Sunday, September 24, 2017

I'm Back.

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and blogging. Thankyou to everyone's comments on the loss of my Dad. They have been much appreciated along with all the lovely cards that I received. Fortunately I had painted the flower image on this card way back in August and only had to put the card together for my lovely, lovely friend's birthday (Miss Di) week before last. I know she liked it cos she said so!

The stamped image is a Woodware one called Anemone and is one of my favourite ones to paint. I have used my Marvey LePlumeII pens to scribble the colours onto an acetate stamp block and then pick up the colours one by one with a wet paint brush. I like painting this way as for me I can get better placing and blending and if I go wrong I can use water to pick the colour up which is something you can't do with pens straight to paper. I have also used a gold gel pen for edging the petals and stamens.  A dusting of light blue chalk finished the picture. The sentiment is a Britannia die cut from a snippet of the same backing card. The gold spots which I thought looked like nail heads  were from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop # 299/300 Use your snippets up. (white card for stamping image).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

In The Shadow.

It's the second week of the Butterfly Challenge but I am extending it for a further 7days as it is Dad's Funeral next week and I am busy with last minute organisation for it. Therefore the challenge will close on Tuesday 26th September instead.

#85 Butterflies + S is for Silhouette and/or the colour Indigo

Here is some more inspiration for you. I don't know why my camera does this but when I took this photo yesterday it made the light box  (I was taking it in )look decidedly pink and the lovely blue insert with the butterfly on came out a washed out white. The photo today has come out ok.

I have used dark indigo cardstock to make the base card and used my Crafts-Too Rectangle dies Stitch hole PCD98 to remove the centre leaving a border all round. The butterfly stamp is by Visible Image  called rather appropriately 'Butterfly Inkcognito' and stamped using black ink onto pale blue cardstock. I then used the same die to cut a matching rectangle around the butterfly to fit back  into the  card front. The sentiment and the dots are black glitter stickers from my stash.

The second card which I took at the same time as the first one that came out wrong is perfect and was taken literally minutes apart . This really is a throw it together card. The blue strips where from the previous card. I had added them to a pile of strips of different colours that were still out on my desk and as I glanced at the pile an idea formed of using them up. The orange ones were on the top of the pile and looked so pleasing  with the blue that I just sat and had a play with arranging them around on a white card blank. The butterflies were cut from the discarded centre of the previous card using a Memory Box die 'Cascadia Butterfly Trio'.  Th sentiment is by Crafter's Companion Diesire and I cut it twice in snippets of the blue and orange card using orange on blue for the Best and blue on orange for the Wishes offsetting slightly to create the shadow.

Thankyou for all your well wishes for Sammy and Norm. As it has already  taken him six yrs to get this far there is no need to rush out and buy a hat just yet and anyway guess who would get roped into making the Wedding Dress!!!  I feel a headache coming on.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Norm's Little Surprise.

Norm came home from the Monkee Convention in a very thoughtful frame of mind and announced on Monday that he needed to go shopping asap on his own into town and as he would need to visit a lot of shops could be gone for a quite a while. No amount of coaxing could draw out the reason why but he was seen emptying his money box and putting it all in his pockets before leaving to catch the early morning bus.  We expected to see him come home laden with shopping bags but no he came sauntering up the garden path with nothing more than a very small packet tucked under his arm.
Whilst he was busy hanging up his coat I  had a quick peep inside the box.

 Oh Norm you haven't have you?

Oh yes he has!!
Here's the happy couple. It did take a monkey gathering though for Norm to realise what a gem he had under his very own roof. 

Eat your heart out Elizabeth Taylor!! It's Ginormous and sparkles like no other.

Sammy is on cloud nine.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sew Pretty

This is the card I made Sis for her birthday. Sis loves sewing and knitting and I usually make her a card depicting one or the other. Last year was knitting so this year I had a look through my stash of freebie papers from magazines and selected some to make the card below.

The paper pattern  paper is 'Sew Pretty' by Aspire Crafts and also the Handmade sentiment. The women dressed is a Raspberry Road Design. The Tape measure paper is an unknown. I have glued them all to sheets of thin card before trimming down to size and  distressing around the edges using a TH. distress tool.
I have adhered to a blank scalloped edge card base and the sentiment is a Britannia word die cut. The scissors and cotton reel are mdf cut outs from Scrap Matts and the green thread from my stash.
As I have used snippets of  card from  cereal boxes to glue the papers onto I can hop over to Di's blog and enter the playground. I haven't played on the swings in such a long time. I'm not going near those pogo sticks or the pond.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #296 and 297.  Use up your snippets. (bits of cereal boxes).
Allsorts challenge #432. Use at least two DP's.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A quick game..

Day 3 of the convention. All to soon it was time to go our separate ways but not before they had a last game of cards .
 Then a quick run through of possible dates for the next convention (oh yes there will be one) and marking up of their diaries.
Poor Nigel was totally bereft at having to say goodbye to Sammy but she did have to gently say that she was already spoken for by Norm.

So until the next time..............................................

It's hugs from Sammy & Norm.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Lots of Talking.

Day 2 of the Convention saw them all reconvening  in the hotel lounge and after a hefty breakfast they all sat down for a natter and to watch the T.V.

Several coffee's later and they still hadn't moved. We had intended to hit the shops but before we knew it the time was 1.30pm and the decision was taken to just chill out on the very comfy sofas instead.
My two don't watch much T.V. and as Darrell, Monkey and Nigel seemed to be very cognizant with all the channels, they all settled down for an afternoons television. Just look at all their rapt expressions.Still it kept them quite!!
And so to bed. The only problem being it was Miss Di's bed they decided to kip down in for the night.
If you hear miss Di complaining about a bad back it's cos she had to sleep on the sofa!

Thursday, September 07, 2017


Day 1 of the Monkee Convention.
So here they all are at the holiday Inn Express. Their first meet up in 6yrs and there was lots to talk about and of course the boys met Sammy!

Left to right we have Hank(with his rabbit), Marvin, Norm, Nigel (infront), Monkey, Darrell (behind)
and of course Sammy.

Helen had bought them all matching tee shirts for the occasion which they all just had to put on straight away and then decided to go down into the hotel lounge for a photo shoot .
Back row is Hank & Norm, middle row Monkey, Sammy, Nigel & Darrell  and in the front Marvin looking very noculant .

But look who's totally smitten with Sammy. Those doleful eyes say it all!  Stay tuned for more fun.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017


It is time for another challenge over on the butterfly blog.

#85 Butterflies + S is for Silhouette  and/or the colour Indigo

I have two cards today for my inspiration for you.

The first uses a digi silhouette image by Pink Petticoat called 'Dandeline Wisps'. They did close down but have since reopened under the name The Lovely Studio. I'm pleased about that as they have some lovely images and gorgeous paper designs. Lighting is not good for showing up the true colours. The indigo is looking more black than in real life. The die cut frame is by Crafts-Too from their Lattice Frame PCD33. The small butterflies are a tonic Studios punch. All adhered onto a white card base made from cardstock. The sentiment is a Britannia die, cut twice and glued together and then added to front of frame.

My second card uses a Silhouette design from a CD-Rom & book by Dover Electronic Clip Art.
Design no 108. I have printed out onto thin  pink card stock and again the colours are much better in real life. The butterflies have been stamped on separately using a stamp From Clearly Besotted 'Elegant butterflies' and Memento Tuxedo black ink pad. Edges have been cut using a fancy edge punch and the sentiment is again a Britannia word die  but only cut once this time. The whole panel has been raised up with 3D foam pads onto an indigo blue card base made from cardstock.

I hope you will come and play along. The challenge is back to its fortnightly run now that the school holidays are over.

Entering into the following challenges:

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Card Players

Whilst waiting for their lift on Friday Norm decided to have a quick game of  cards. He is a dab hand at poker so I set the  card table up for them and left them to it.

 Sammy is fairly confident she has a good hand and has put most of her money on it.

Was that wise though Sammy? 

Norm is such a good Poker player and keeps such a dead pan expression but is he bluffing ?

Apparently not!! The odds of getting this hand (Royal Flush) is 649,739 to 1  !!!!!!!

Me thinks they had best stick to playing Solitaire or Patience this Weekend or some of the boys will either be going home shirtless or Norm will have a pile of I.O.U's stuffed in his shirt pocket.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Poppies for Rememberance

I made this card to send to my sister. Dad loved all flowers and had poppies in his garden too so I thought this image was quite appropriate to remember him by.

The digi image is by  Justinklined and called Poppy Cluster. I have painted using my Marvey LePlumeII water colour pens by scribbling the colours onto a perspex block and picking the paint up with a wet paint brush and then blending in with additional water. Finished off with a gold gel pen.
Die cuts used are  Crafts - Too Square die scalloped edge and SU's Large modern Label. Striped card is  recycled from The Doc's custard tart box  and the sentiment is a gold sticker from my stash.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Norm Update.

Norm is off on his travels. He is meeting up with some of his mates for a monkee convention at a Holiday Inn Express which could be near you!!!  Of course Miss Di and I have been roped in as chaperones for the weekend and Sammy has managed to wrangle her way onto the the trip as well. So along  with Norm and Sammy, Hank and Marvin (who live with Miss Di)  we are being joined with  Helen of Mum's Monekey and her troop, namely Monkey, Darrell and Nigel. Seven Monkeys altogether doesn't bare thinking about and I do hope the Holiday Inn know what they are letting themselves in for.  Iv'e packed the asprin and smelling salts!!

Here's Sammy and Norm waiting to be picked up by Hank and Marvin in Miss Di's car. Of course Sammy insisted on having a new hat especially for the occasion  and could she also have two hat pins as well  in case the weather is a bit windy.  Guess who had to make the hat!!
Stay tuned for updates of their exploits.

FaDoodles Candy Winner

Here is the winner of the FaDoodles candy.

(23) Ionabunny
Congratulations  Gail. Please get in touch via the email on my side bar so I can post your prize off to you.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Feeling Sad.

Sorry I have not been around much this past week or so. Dad was taken unexpectedly into hospital  with breathing difficulties and passed away on Friday.

28/10/1924 - 25/08/2017

Dad had a passion for roses and their garden at home was always full of them. I have made a card as a tribute using just one of the many photos that he took of his blooms.

Card Details.
Made with the help of 3 generations. ( Father, Daughter, Granddaughter) 

                  Dad.    Rose grower and photographer.
         Me.     Card design ValeryAnne. 
  Faye.    FaDoodles stampset.


FaDoodles Candy

This post will stay at the top until 30th August.

My daughter Faye  (Fluff)  now has another feather in her cap. Her first set of stamps are out! Commissioned by Whimsy Stamps and called FaDoodles.  I have bought two of them one for me of course and the other to give away as candy here on my blog.
Candy will run from 31st July  - 30th August

FaDoodles  - CWSD226
Clearly Whimsy Stamps collection 

Candy will close on 30th August at 8pm (GMT)

Just a Few Rules.

1.One entry only per person.

2. International followers welcome to join in.

3. Please be one of my regular  followers .

4. Add the the Candy picture on my side bar to
your own blog side bar.

5. Add your name to Mr Linky  below.

Winner  will be drawn by Random Org  on
31st  August.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Peace, Love and Joy

Time once more for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our makes. It was Christine's turn to choose the theme which is The True Meaning of Christmas. A rootle round in my used christmas card box only turned up one suitable card . I simply trimmed it down slightly and adhered to several layers of different coloured cardstock. The base is made from green cardstock. The joy sentiment comes I think from The Works and I have coated with Glossy Accents.
I only had time to make the one card today so this post is short and sweet.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Holly and The Ivy Christmas challenge #12 Anything goes.
A Snowflakes Promise #42 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Anything goes.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spot The Doodle.

It's into the second week of the latest Butterfly Challenge which is running for a total of 4 weeks.

#84 Butterflies + You Choose  and/or Wedgewood Blue

Here is my inspiration card for you.
I was very lucky to receive this die cut image  in the post from my lovely blogging friend Greta and as it was a total surprise it made my day for me. Thanks Greta. I knew exactly what I was going to be using it for and kept it safely on my desk to use on this card. The die is a PTI coverplate and as Gtreta had used white  Bristol paper I was able to colour with my blue promarker pen to get the exact shade I needed. The background is from some sheets that I had made earlier in the year using the Shaving Foam Technique  and this particular sheet looked perfect behind the butterflies. I have mounted onto dark blue linen card  which in turn is adhered to a white card base and as Faye's 'FaDoddles ' were out on my desk I just had to use them to finish off the card. I have stamped them this time using Memento Dew Drop Nautical Blue . I also added blue gems to the butterflies antenna which I have left waving on the card.   To win one of these  fabulous stamp sets I'm giving one away free in the Candy at the top of this page which ends 30th Aug.

Entering into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I recently spent a crafting day with Jean from B J Crafts and this is the second project that I made.
I had asked to recycle a book using Mixed Media  products and Jean provided me with a hard covered book to use  and I just had to bring an old picture/photograph for the front.

I was pleased when I saw the book I would be using as I had already read it in paper back form so wouldn't have to sit there reading it before I could get started !! Lol.  The first thing was to cover the entire front and back covers using Imagination Crafts Rusty Patina. I chose to use a dark brown and a sea green This dries remarkably fast so the next stage was to get really messy and using your fingers daub on Imagination Crafts Starlight Wax in a rustic gold colour and rub into the surface to give the sparkle. I could choose the embellishments and I went for butterflies (what a surprise ), an old key, buttons and a Heartfelt flower die  which were all given the same treatment.  The old photograph I took along was a photo copied image of my G.G. Grandfather. The original photo is a lot bigger and shows he is carrying a shot gun and has his faithful black dog at his feet. 

The Frame was created from stiff card and  I used a craft  knife to cut a cross in the centre  carefully peeled back to create the aperture. Coated same as the other embellishments and then the picture was tucked behind and the frame glued to the book front.   I had told Jean that I intended making the book centre into a hidden compartment by carefully cutting the centres from the pages and gluing together but when I got home and had left it on my desk for a week or two decided instead that as the picture was of one of my ancestors I would start the book off with his details and then add all the rest of the family on subsequent pages. (I love genealogy and this particular branch of the family tree I have manage to trace back to 1463)

I have glued two pages together to make them more sturdy throughout the book and painted over the pages with a cream paint to cover the wording. I used a tree stamp to decorate the top of the front  page which has Samuel's details on it listing his parents and siblings and subsequent pages  will go through each of the family members in turn. I will be in there right at the back eventually along with my children and their children. Something to keep me occupied on a cold winters night!

Entering into the following challenges:
Altered Electics # Anything goes altered projects.
Electic Ellapu # Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.