Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Hi All

I hope you all had a truly fab christmas with your family and friends and are now building up to New Year! 

As I have a few days off I'm in decorating mode and have been busy stripping, sanding, painting and wallpapering the lounge as it needed a bit of face lift.  However, I can't stay away from my little craft room for long and thought I'd share one of my makes with you.  My best friends daughter is getting married in July next year and she has asked me to make up all her wedding stationery which is I am just over the moon about.  I've made up a load of samples for her and will share once she has made her choice but to get me in the mood though I thought I'd use a new stamp I purchase recently from Magnolia.

The DP has been rubbed around the edge to soften the pattern a bit and the image coloured with Copics.  I just added a bit of glitter to the image and around the white background layer.

All cardstock and DP used on this card is from PTI.

The second card I made is A5 sized.  Here I used some Martha Stewart Punch-around-the-Page punches to make the a base for the image to sit on, a little buckle with ribbon and some flowers.  Again I glittered the image a little.

Now... back to that lounge!

Catch up with you soon, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 25 December 2010


It's here, its finally here!  Christmas Day and what, you might ask, am I doing in front of my PC writing this... Well I could well ask the same of you, sitting in front of your PC READING this!

I just had to log on for a sec and wish you all...


I do hope that you are having a truly great day and are getting all that you wished for.  We've opened all our pressies and been down the pub for a drink with some mates.  I'm looking forward to my dinner (we've got a massive rib of beef with my superb yorkie puds and homemade gravy, even if I do say so myself!)

Enjoy it and be happy!
Take care
Zoe x

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


Hi All, hope you are having a good day. 

I never really make cards for boys so thought I'd share a card I made today using a stamp from Whipper Snapper. The sentiment is from PTI, as is the cardstock.  I've also just invested in some Prismacolor pencils and have coloured him in with both Copics and Prismacolor to try them out.  I think I love my new tools!

This is for a friend who's little chappie turns two this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Zoe x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

POOP and MORE poop!

It's all about poop today... Reindeer poop that is!  More bits for the Christmas tree or stocking today.  Again these are clearly tried and tested ideas but as I've never made any before, why not have a go!

I filled a glassine bag with Cadburys choc covered raisans and some Cadburys choc covers flakes, which come out to form nice, poop like clumps (sorry to be so basic, but that's what they look like!). 

I punched out a double sided paper border strip with a Matha Stewart border punch and added a strip of Aqua Mist  & Berry Sorbet PTI cardstock to it before I mounted with my little reindeer image.  I have no reindeer stamps yet (can't seem to find anything I really like) so have used a free clipart image here to which I added the 'Reindeer Poop' text using Word Art in PowerPoint.  I punched out some leaves and added a brad to complete my project. 

How these ever got finished I will never know.  I bought several bags of chocs to use and probably ate half along the way... I am a choc-o-holic just in case you have not realised by now and it is totally unheard of for me to have chocolate in the hosue and be able to resist a nibble or two EVERY * SINGLE * DAY!  Anyway, back to the project folks - here is a small sample of todays work.......

Don't ya just LOVE this hobby - I KNOW I do.

Not long now guys... the big day will soon be here!

Have a good one all.
Zoe x

Thursday, 16 December 2010


A very quick one today which I just had to slot in amongst all the Christmas bits I'm working on and sharing with you.

My father-in-law kept hundreds of slides from my hubby's childhood and luckily for me I have a scanner that can convert these into photos.  My parents used to have tons of slides too, must have been the thing back in the day I guess.  I found some super adorable ones of him as a baby and a little man and had to make a page out of them.   The page size is 8x8.

He's still a cutie to me now that he's all grown up and just passed his 51st year! The cheeky smile is still there but the hair has definitely thinned out a bit.  This page is dead plain and some might say a little stark but I like this sort of layout.  All I've added is some buttons. I want to focus on the pictures not a load of embellishments.  Anyway, it works for me.

Hugs Zoe x

Monday, 13 December 2010


Hi all

Today's card is using a digi stamp from Mo Manning called 'I Even Love The Box'.

I fell in love with this image and I coloured it with Copics and Primsacolor pencils.  I added fake stitching around the edge of each layer and once I'd added the ribbon, mounted onto my blank card.  I glitter the bobble and hat trim to finish it off.

I am still getting the hang of using my new pencils so the colour on the box and the wrapping paper could have been darker with a bit more depth but didn't want to mess around with it some more in case I really messed things up!

Catch up with you soon.
Zoe x

Monday, 6 December 2010


I so miss my cat Jessie.  We had to re home him as he didn't get on with our other cats (except for one) and it was a nightmare to live with all the fights.  He even started to spray over electric sockets and the like which apparently is a sign of stress so we had to come to a really hard decision to let him go somewhere he'd be happy.  He was my absolute favorite and I really do miss his cheeky little face around the place.

He adored climbing trees and we have several in our garden.  He was only happy with the biggest one in the front garden and climbed up there all the time to catch the birds, he never managed it though, he was far to noisy!

He was a cool dude and just loved a cuddle.  His favorite spot was under my chin when I was in bed at night.  He used to keep me warm in the winter I can tell you.

For this page I drew a line around in black ink and then punched some squares of patterned paper which I rounded on the corners.  I printed his pic and trimmed the same way then laid it all out on my PC.  Added my journalling and printed it off.  My one and only embellishment is a little pink brad.

Sorry if you're not a scrappy person but there will be some more crafty bits coming so come back soon!

Take care all
Zoe x

Sunday, 5 December 2010


Hi All

I just had to share a snapshot of my christmas pressie from hubby which arrived yesterday - I had goosebumps and bubbly tummy when I opened this little lot I was so excited.

There were a few things I've been after for a while which have been out of stock as well as a load of new releases I wanted and here they are!  I can't wait to get started playing with all my new stuff so apologies so short and sweet, I'm off to get cracking!

Take care
Zoe x

Friday, 3 December 2010


Hi All

Christmas is getting ever closer, as the TV ads are really keen on reminding us all! and I am acutely aware of what little time remains for me to get myself sorted for the the various craft fairs I will be trying to sell at this year.  Its a lot of work, as anyone who does these mad things will appreciate, BUT the upside is that you get to see people who really like what you're doing and even better than that, want to BUY what you're making!  Every penny helps as it all goes towards a truly great cause.. more craft bits for me to play with!

I've have been making some little tree presents or stocking treats the last few days and as I have a fair this weekend, I have made up some ready to sell.

These are pretty popular, judging by the blogs that I frequent - so made some myself.  These are just filled with Maltizers and a chocolate covered in red foil for little ole Rudolph!  Dead simple and totally delicious - I know, I've eaten quite of a lot of them whilst making these babies up!

To pretty them up a bit when I put them on my table, I made a little box from one sheet of 8.5x11 kraft cardstock and then added a strip of green around each side followed by another strip of kraft around the top with the corners rounded.  To make it even prettier, I added some red ribbon, a button, some bells and a bit of twine.

If they don't sell at least I'll be all set on the chocolate front for a few days!  My waist line will not agree with me however, so lets hope they all go.

Zoe x