Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I would love for you to either leave a comment or follow my blog and then I can come and see your work and leave comments for you too.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Charity Fundraising Event

I am still experiencing problems with blogger and commenting. And I can not even sign out now - so my advise don't log on from a public computer.

I just wanted to come by and drop a quick note, that I was going to hold a fundraising stall on 28th May, however due to my mother I was unable to attend. However, whenever my next stall will be I will donate funds from that event to this worthwhile cause. Please accept my apologies.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Etsy Shop: Akeman Artist

I wanted to mention a beautiful shop I have seen on Etsy, with beautiful paintings. She was kind enough to become friends on Etsy and has been great. So you will have a smooth transaction and enjoyable purchase all round. Do check out her work, here

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Forever Friends Week 10

I could not forget about my Forever Friend Sunday commitment. Just come back from the hospital. So this post is a lot later than planned.

Today, as I did not have time to design a card, i used a gorgeous project out of the recent magazine. I do not have the ship embossing folder, but i used this dots one and I think it works well. I hope you like it.
Products used:
Forever Friends Ultimate Decoupage Pack - Good life - Retro
V&A Hanoverian Ribbon
Mini Buttons
Kraft Cardstock

EDIT: I tried to comment and catch up on your lovely blogs, and I still can not comment. Please accept my apologies. I will catch up soon.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

I am on the Penny Black Official Blog

Thank you for all the kind wishes. My mother has been admitted into hospital, and i guess she is on the road to recovery.

I was flipping around the blogs last night, catching up and my eyes feeling like a bricks. The first place I went over to was the Penny Black Official blog, and saw that todays Inspired by card from the talented Jill Foster was by me!!!! WOW! I could not believe my eyes! Me.... Thank you so much, I am totally chuffed to bits, and such a huge compliment. She was inspired by one of my Penny Black cards, this one below. And people were leaving gorgeous compliments about the card, i was jumping for joy.
Pop over to the Official Penny Black blog here to see the post and the gorgeous card that Jill Foster made. Wow! Thank you so much. I am here with big huge smile across the face, and I needed that after the day I had yesterday.

EDIT: I have added a Networked Blog Widget in the right hand bar, would love for you to join me if you can and I will return the same.

Friday, 27 May 2011


I am sorry I have no post to make today with a demo card, I have just come back from A&E from taking my mother there. I am going back there in a short while, catch up with you soon.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Welcome to another week of snooping around desks. If you would like to see what the fuss is about, click here to be taken to where the fun starts. And next week it is PIF week,read about it more on Julias blog.

My blog candy for charity is here. It is for charity, I know most of you are crafters, but it is for a good cause please dig deep.

I have finally amended the facebook URL of my page, and please now visit the URL and click on like. I would truly appreciate it. There is a question poll on my page and a question for fun, I would love your responses. You can visit my facebook page by clicking here

Here is my desk for this week. Candles i have started working on. Bookmark Corners - they go on the corner of the page. a notebook. Born to shop paper, some cardstock.

EDIT: This morning I was 18, now I am 16 - Julia must have deleted some invalid links.

EDIT: i am struggling to leave comments on other peoples blog, according to bloggers twitter they seem to be aware of this issue and are working on a fix. Sorry i will not be able to get to many desks as I would like this week. :(

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Forever Friends Sunday Week 9

Update on Daisy - enough funds have been raised to give Daisy the operation she needs. Yay! However, if you still want to be in a chance of winning some amazing prices. Do visit Kirsty Wisemans blogs for a chance to win. The money raised above the amount required will be donated to charity. Click here for more information.

Thank you for all the Get Well Wishes, and a few times recently when I have been feeling sorry for myself. It has been very much appreciated.

The official Penny Black Blog is so full of inspiration, and you must visit the blogs too. I found the uber talented blog of The Paper Landscaper belonging to Denise. In fact I spent a whole day being inspired and looked at her entire blog and every single post. I stumbled across her fabulous Bookmark Corners, and soon learned how to create them. I have made a few, and I need some more practise. I am sure I will soon get better. Its certainly not easy, and I am struggling to design them too!

I am certainly getting more moneys worth out of my Cuttlebug and Forever Friends Stamps.

Also Anita's Card blanks tie the card and envelopes using a ribbon which I have always saved, and have made use of that ribbon on this card!
Products used:
Forever Friends Playtime stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - With Stitches
Ribbon from the card blank
Promarkers - Ginger, Oatmeal, Baby Pink
Perfect Medium Ink Pad to stamp the image all over the background
Adhesive Gems

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Saving Daisy

This dogs name is called Daisy, who unfortunately had an accident. This dog needed an operation at a cost of £1600. The dog belongs to Tom who has Aspergers and could not possibly live without this dog. Unfortunately Toms family are faced with this huge vet bill as they have no pet insurance. They have been told that if they do not pay the bill their dog will be put to sleep.

Kirsty Wiseman has organised a massive craft raffle, such as cricut and the prices get bigger and are being added constantly. Tickets are £2 each. All i urge you to do is take the 2nd option for payment, slightly longer but it means more money reaches this family who can pay the vet bill. If they raise more than £1600 the rest of the money will be donated to charity. For more information how to participate - click here

Friday, 20 May 2011

Cute Companions Demo Card

Following on last week's theme of demo cards on Friday. Today I have more samples to show you from my Cute Companions Demo of Play Day and Dressing Up stamp set.

Again, I was demonstrating layouts. I have used the same layout but different papers to create two different cards. I hope you like it.

Products used:
Cute Companions Dressing Up Stamp Set
CCSR Sentiments Stamp Set
Daisy and Dandelion - Some Bunny Loves You Papers
Forever Friends - Pink Parfair Papers
Adhesive Gems

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sorry No WOYWW This week...

I would have usually made it out of bed over 2 and half hours ago, took some pictures and made the WOYWW post. Then waited until 6am for the WOYWW post from Julia and added my link, and had a good nosy and read of other peoples posts who were crazy enough like me to get up early. Today I did not have the energy to get up or do this, or the energy last night to schedule a post. Why? All will be revealed soon. I have been making and experimenting making something new, and have enjoyed the process. Will post some pictures of this soon.

However I have been continuing to make it to everyones desk and leave some comments. Hope to inspire somebody.

I have added a poll to my facebook page, please click on the link on the right hand panel and let me have your say. I am totally confused. Those who I have spoke to say that Crafty Corner is best and Handmade by is not so interesting or inviting. However my fellow facebookers have said that they like Handmade by the best.

This is what I would like to be doing, and not at work in my office job and dreaming if I will be able to craft full time and make a decent living!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Thank you

Over at Edna's lovely blog, Another Day Another Card I won some small blog candy! I was really chuffed as it was a stamp set from Creative Expressions - which i love and became hooked when I started to demonstrate them. However recently I have been closing my eyes at their new released to stop me spending more money!!!!!!! It's worked so far....

Here is a picture of the stamp and the lovely thank you card.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Poorly Girl

Today is not going to be a normal post, such as an update from tesco's or a new card or what is going on. I am really feeling under the weather :(  and feeling sorry for myself.

Maybe I could do with one of these to cheer me up.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Forever Friend Sunday - Week 8

I am sorry if you are not a fan, but are these Forever Friend images the cutest and sweetest. Here is another card I made with faux stitching. And guess what - no stamped image, everything is from a Paper Pack. Also I managed to use my scraps - BONUS!

In attempt to use up my stash, I have finished one pack of Adhesive Gems! Yay! So what I have done is bought out another packet and instead of putting it away. I am leaving it on my desk so i use that one up as well and so forth. However only another 50 packets to go through!!!!!!!!!!! Is it me or does this sound familiar for anyone else? Buy it when on offer... even if you have it. Oh well.

There is also a mountain of cardstock to get through.... Small steps.
Products used:
Forever Friends - Pink Parfait Paper
Pokey Tool
Whisper Brush Markers
Brown Cardstock
Anitas Everyday Ribbon
3d Gloss
Papermania Capsule Mono Adhesive Stones

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Cute Companions Play Days

Here is another demonstration card I made last year. This was the first time i used stamps from the cute companion range. These cute animals never appealed to me, however since using them to make the demo cards I have been tempted to buy more of their range. Although never bought these animal stamps again. I did buy the S.W.A.L.K range! (More stamps that have not yet seen ink, ssshhh! don't tell hubby!)

I do look at these cards and smile at my early attempts of combing papers with colours. And can see how I have developed further with my craft.

What I wanted to show my cards, if you are not good at combing papers - don't! Stick to one and use a layout like this. With the first card i used the left overs from the punches, with the second card i used the same layout different papers, to create a masculine card.

Products used:
Cute Companions Play Days Stamp
Capsule Red Hot Paper
Capsule Verde Paper
Capsule Verde Ribbon
Adhesive Gems

Friday, 13 May 2011

Thursdays Posts & Comments Missing

Due to blogging issues, Google have deleted all comments Wednesday after a certain time and all blogging posts after this time. I am appreciative that blogging has been restored.

So if you entered my candy - please check if your comment is there, if not please leave your comment again.

EDIT: Thursdays posts have reappeared, but no comments. Looking on twitter - they are looking to restore comments as well. Oh dear = have they not heard, if it is not broke dont fix it.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Adhesive Gems

I had a message asking about my Adhesive Gems purchase, 10 packs for £5. They came on an email from docrafts in their online shop. I ordered 2 sets. I thought they were 10, but the are actually 11 and they are the Papermania quality, it is just does not have all the usual packaging.

Click here to have a look.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


We are now not long away until we are nearly at week 104. WOYWW is a massive success in it’s own right, but week 104 will be the 2nd Anniversary of WOYWW. It is addictive, having a look around everyone’s desks and getting lots of ideas. Last week I made it to everyone's desk and made comments. Pop on over to Julia's blog for the head start here

Thank you for all your comments last week, you are totally fab and do make me smile. I am not 8 foot tall and although the picture does make it look very tall. However, I can not see into the top two draws, but I can easily pull out the draw to take out what I need, when needed. Thank you for those who became a follower last week, if I have not become a follower as of yet do let me know and I will return the favour. If you love what you see, do become a follower and I will return the same.

As you can see I have done my first blog candy, and done it for charity. Do give it a shout out and participate, you can win £70 worth of goodies plus 50 stamped images from a range of Penny Black and Creative Expressions stamps. Plus you can gain additional entries to increase your changes of winning, details in the post above. However some of you have already entered, forgot to make a blog post, once you have have made a post do let me know so I can add your entry. If you have any feedback how I can improve this for the future, do let me know. I appreciate all comments.

With Ebay, I have had some sell and some go unsold. It is early days. For Charity, I have listed some non craft items for sale. Do help the cause and bid.

I am now able to change the URL of my facebook page. However I am not sure what to call it to. I want something to incorporate my name or initials SS. Although I only have cards listed, I will soon be listing bookmark corners and candles to my shop. Any suggestions? If I use one of your suggestions, I am sure I can find a free stamp to give away.

Do you have any tips you can share for the shop? If you do not want me to publish your comment or wish to share anything by email let me know, and I will not say a word.

On to why a lot of you are here, for a snoop around at my desk or my desk next to my desk?!?! The picture of my desk, is this desk I used to work under natural sunlight. See in the corner items on Ebay, glue, paints.

Well, a picture of what is underneath… Box of ribbons, and a lot of Wild Rose Studio paper that can not fit in any of my draws. Oh dear oh dear…. And you may notice a lot of uncrafty stuff there as well. I think it is about time I invested in another box for my ribbon I have accumulated… And what desk can you see there to craft on.... :)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Added Non Crafty Items to My Ebay Shop

Just a quick post to let you know that I have added non Crafty items to be sold on Ebay in my shop. Including Playstation games and reading books- unopened. All proceeds to be donated to Cancer Research UK. Click here if you are interested.

Wild Rose Studio - Millie With Flower Pot

Hi everyone. Just a quick post from me today. Don't forget to scroll down to view new posts.

Do not forget about my candy at the top of the page, and how you can help me raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Just leave a comment in the post to partcipate and ensure you have done at least the first three things to ensure your chances to win the candy.

This card I have made using Wild Rose Studio's stamp - Millie With Flower Pot, and some of my new papers. Need to use a lot more of those pads up, I am running out of room!  And I got more use from my adhesive gems and cuttlebug.

I have been trying to work through my adhesive gems and just bought 20 packets more. How could you resist a bargain, 10 packets for £5.

Come back tomorrow and join me for WOYWW!
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio - Millie With Flower Pot
First Edition - Love Letter Paper Pad
Adhesive Gem

For those who are interested this item is available to purchase in Etsy, here

Monday, 9 May 2011

Good News: Tatty Teddy / Me To You Angel Policy

It has been confirmed we can sell our cards using the Me To You Range of products. That is a relief. It is a shame some peoples listings were removed, but pleased it is all over and I dont have to return my goodies! i do love Tatty Teddy.

Read the angel policy here

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Forever Friend Sunday Playtime - Week 7

Hi there, continuing with my Forever Friend Sunday theme. I have managed 7 consecutive weeks. 7!

With one of moans previously is how much we spend on crafting stuff that we get little use of. I am getting use of my Cuttlebug but perhaps not as much as I would like. So with this card, I have used a Cuttlebug embossing folder - with stitches i think it was called, Nestabilities and a cutey but oldy Forever Friend Stamp - Playtime. It has created a Clean and Simple effective layout.
Products used:
Forever Friends - Playtime Stamp
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - With Stitches
Adhesive Gems
Anitas Peel Off Stickers
Whispers Brush Markers

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Spread The Word - Tatty Teddy / Me to You WARNING Crafting PRODUCTS

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD to many as possible, post this on your blogs. Let the world know. Let's bycott Me To You Products until they agree an angel policy. 

I feel that Docrafts have missold tatty teddies, stating that there is an angel policy on the products. This implies you can sell your cards using their products. However when you visit docrafts - it states that the policy is pending.

However read this post here.Further along in the post - Becky from docrafts confirms there the angel policy is currently being discussed.

You can NOT therefore currently sell your cards using their products. Docrafts should not have sold them without agreeing the Angel Policy first and then making customers aware of it BEFORE purchase. To say I am not happy, is an understatement. I have spent a considerate amount of pennies on this range.
I will wait the outcome of the angel policy. I still luckily have my receipts, and all unused items I will return if the outcome is you can not sell your cards.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Cute Companions Demo Card

To all the messages and emails about my Aldi Bargain. I am sorry for those who have not been able to find it. I only bought mine earlier in the week. I will have a look out, if I find any I will be sure to let you know and happy to send it your way plus p&p.

Last week Friday I did promise that I would show you my remaining Penny Black samples that have not yet surfaced on my blog. However before my Penny Black demo, I did a Cute Companion Demo using two stamp sets. One of them was called Dressing Up. I used the mouse image and dressed it up using one of the dresses. I used the Pink Parfait papers from the Forever Friends range.
Products used:
Cute Companion Dressing Up Stamp Set
Forever Friends Pink Parfait Paper

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Penny Black Challenge

Thank you to all my followers - I have now made it to 200 followers plus. I am so excited.

I have not forgotten about the blog candy, fear not. It is on its way.

Over at the official Penny Black Blog, this weeks challenge is to lift a design from one of the Penny Black designers.

I decided to lift the talented Kathy design here and created this card below. This card will now be listed on my Etsy Shop.
Products used:
Penny Black Yummy Mimi
Penny Black Hello Friend
Basic Grey Kioshi Paper
Glossy Accents
Lilac Pigment Ink

For anyone that may be interested, this card is for sale in my Etsy shop here

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


I was not going to miss this week of WOYWW for anything! It is WOYWW 100. If you have no idea, what I am talking about pop over to Julia Dunnit's blog here. I managed to visit you all last week and comment!there were some I could not leave a comment, a couple of blogs because I everytime i opened their page, my internet explorer crashed.

I have nothing to report on my Ebay Shop. I am still waiting for bids. However, I will try some more combinations first and see what happens.

I have a facebook page, which I have started for my cards. I need 25 fans before I can amend the URL into something easier. I only have 8 at the moment, early days. My facebook page is here

Since last week, i decided to open an Etsy account since it seems more popular and successful in blogland. For the time being, my Folksy account will remain open. My Etsy shop is here

Thank you for all who became followers last week. I am nearly on 200 followers! wow. I hope to get there soon. If I have not managed to follow you from last week, please drop me a link to your blog for me to do so. I can not always find a link to your blog. I hope I can make 200 followers this week. If you like what you see, do become a follower I hopefully will not disappoint. I have some blog candy open starting soon.

Here is what you have all come for, pictures of the desk / craft room:

The first is of my desk, and you can see the time I got up to take the picture. My wallet for my crafty purchases when will I ever learn! Some left over Demo Born to Shop cards, which I have put on Ebay for sale as a bundle here
This is a picture of my keyboard to the right. To the very left is a pile of cards I have started to make for my shops. The next pile of cards is Christmas cards. Card bags, and the third pile of cards are actual cards that are online for sale in my shop
Some may remember this corner of my room, it has grown my other set of drawers, because the two green draws which was full of clear stamps, was overfilled. So i have now managed to organise my clear stamps some more by Cute and Cuddly, Penny Black, Christmas and everything else.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Announcement: My Blog Candy

Hi there, my blog candy will be launched on 5th May.

Please accept my apologies.

Meanwhile, Etsy shops seem more common and popular in blogland. So I have set up my shop there, and may close my Folksy account. Early days, will see what happens.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Birthday Blog Candy Over At Crafty C's

Over at Crafty C's Crafting Library she has some amazing birthday blog candy up for grabs. Here is a picture below of this gorgeous candy.
The Blog Candy Contains:
2 LOTV New "Additions Corner Stamps".
LOTV "Blowing Bubbles" Rubber Stamp
Purple Viva Pearl Pen
Kenny K Rubber Stamp
Magnolia Flowers
Prima Flowers
Bildmalarna Sticker Sheet
Pack of Cardstock with Envelopes & Bags
Marianne Die
Wild Orchid Flowers
Craftwork "Candi"
Pearls & Gems
"Tarnished Brass" Distressed Stickles
Personal Impressions "Bunting" Stamps
Paper Cellar 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Prima "Sweet Fairy" Paper Pad

For a chance to win some candy click here

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Forever Friend Sunday

I lost count at the amount of weeks I have been doing this. But I will carry on trying. I have really spent too much money on a lot of crafting products not just Forever Friends, which I need to get more use of and moneys worth before my other half will allow me to buy anymore crafting stuff.

If you want to see my other Forever Friends Cards, at the end of the post click on the label Forever Friends (FF) and the page will then display all my Forever Friends Cards.
Products used:
Forever Friends - Champagne Celebration
Black and Pink Coordinations Cardstock
Memento Ink Pad