Friday, 28 February 2014

Morning all

Hi Everybody

Hope you are all well, hugs to those that need them. It's Friday yippee that means hopefully Rachel and I will be crafting tomorrow afternoon, can't wait.   It's also my birthday on Sunday not sure yet what is happening, probably be going out for a meal.  I would like a new sewing machine but don't think finances will run to that so might just ask for some vouchers for hobby-craft or something like that.

I have lots of projects on the go and seriously need to get to grips with everything and try to finish one thing before starting another, have about 6 sewing projects on the go, commissioned party invitations, commissioned candles, and need to make candles for the next craft fair that comes up, also our youngest Granddaughter Jessica will be 18 in April and she has asked if she can have a sweet table and wants me to do the labels in black and pink.  I also need to make some more soap one more batch and then I will have 24 soaps in all the fragrances that I am allowed to sell, unless I want to pay for more to be added to my safety assessment.  I also have 24 ready to be boxed so must make the boxes for them as well. so busy busy busy.

I have a couple of cards to show you today that have been commissioned I used bugaboo images which I love for the humour so glad the person that these are for has a good sense of humour.

 First card is from me to Ray whose birthday will be on 7th March

This one is from his wife Sheila 

This is a sample to send out for approval before making the full size candles 
I have used for the first time water-slide decal papers, must say I am really impressed with this stuff much better than tissue paper

I have to pop into Ivybridge shortly as I need to go the post office to post this little candle and also one of my spiral candles and some soap, I also want to buy some more dress making scissors as mine are so blunt.

Will catch up with everybody a bit later when I get back from Ivybridge.

Love to all 


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Morning all

Morning everybody 

Well the sun is shining again but it's cold out there and I have to go out so a trouser day me thinks.  I have been commissioned to make 40 invitations to a 40th Birthday Party around the theme of Midsummer Night's Dream, I have made two sample cards for her to choose from, she really wanted something without fairies but a Midsummer Night's Dream includes guess what fairies, but a light has just gone on in the brain and have thought of something else I could do, if it works will have a go and will come back to you.

Here are the first two cards

Back in a bit with the card I am going to make just now see you soon

I'm back and here is what the light in the brain produced, don't often have this sort of moment anymore the old brain is in a permanently confused state lol.

Am off to have my breakfast, shower and get dressed so that I can pop these along for approval

Love Alison xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

I'm so dangerous I should be locked up

Morning everybody

The sun is shining yet again today, not sure how long it's going to last but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I did something very stupid and very dangerous yesterday, as most of you on here know me you know that I suffer badly with Fibromyalgia and one of the symptoms of this is very poor memory and concentration so I have to do things when the old brain let me without the fibro-fog, well yesterday was one of the days I should have listened to my body but didn't tired to carry on as if nothing was wrong well.............

I decided I was going to make my boxes for my soap easy not much to do print off the writing and put through the cameo that went ok, I then decided I was going to do some blogging ok not too strenuous or dangerous, Alan took the dog out and I though mmmm I'll make a couple of container candles, started to melt the wax and thought oh ill just finish putting those last few soaps into the boxes, then emails's came through so started reading them, then next thing I knew the smoke alarms were going off like crazy, I hobbled into the kitchen and the pan was on fire.

By this time Alan had walked through the door along with Bella and took over wet a tea towel and placed it gently over the pan this then doused the flames but my god the smell it is still with us this morning even though we have had the windows open all night. So my lesson today is never leave a pan with oil in it on the hot stove to melt on its own always stay with it.  When I think of the consequences of what I did I feel sick to my stomach.  I have never ever done anything like this before but guess what wake up call cos will never do it again either.  It frightened me that I had forgotten something so important.  What would have happened if I had gone out, I would have lost everything in the home including Bella and this made me cry.  I am starting to lose my marbles with this stupid syndrome as my memory is completely shot but this time it wasn't something silly like keys in freezer etc it was something really dangerous and life threatening.


Well I promised you yesterday that I would show you a little project I have been working on and here it is

Also before trying to set the kitchen alight made this

and these 

Well I need to do wait for it that dreaded word, a little bit of housework before I start stopping by everybody's blog so will catch up with you all later.

Love Alison xx 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Is Spring on it's way yet

Morning all

Had a resting day yesterday as my vertigo kept me bouncing off walls, who needs alcohol.  I have had this card made for a little while but thought I would hold onto it until I had not been crafting so that I would have something to share with you.

I am working on a wee project and will show that off to you tomorrow when I have finished it, so cute and it's not a card or candle lol.

This card is to welcome spring which I hope will happen soon it is a bit lighter of a morning and evening now thank goodness I hate the winter.

Think the stamp is a LOTV one that I bought a little while ago and have coloured this in with water pencils for a change as it makes the card a little softer.  Those mice are so cute.

Well am off to have my dinner Alan and Sarah have made Lasagna with Garlic Bread as Alan is not over keen on roast dinners and I don't mind as I am not doing the cooking lol.

Love to All 

Alison xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Morning All

Hello everybody

Well if this works this post is scheduled as I am not feeling too good, really bad vertigo and backache woe is me.  Enough she says get on with your blogging.

Sarah and Alan made home-made mushroom soup today it was yummy, especially as someone else cooked for a change.  Well the Armed Forces magazine arrived yesterday in the post and my advert was on the second page, when I can stand will post it on here so pleased with it.

I have 60 bars of soap waiting to be boxed and have not even started making the boxes yet will have to get cracking along with doing some DT work that is.

I have a card and candle to show you today hope you like them.  The candle is from my new mold which turned up on Friday and as I had a little bit of died red wax left added it to the pot and this came out pink I have called it my cupcake candle as that is what it looks like

and then had the thought if this looks like a cupcake perhaps I could put a wrapper around it, and so I made this on my cameo not too bad although it took a couple of attempts need a new blade, have one somewhere will have to look when upright again.

and so onto my card 

I bought this stamp a couple of weeks ago and used it to make an anniversary card which I forgot to take a photo of but thought I would use it again and make a real girly card.  

That's all for now will be by looking at all your wonderful creations shortly.

Alison xxxx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Morning All

Good Morning and Hello to all

Just a quick update on Bella and my doctors appointment.   Bella had bloods taken on Monday and they have come back negative so not sure why she keeps getting upset stomachs but it seems every couple of months she is poorly the poor vet is shaking her head with confusion lol.

My appointment with the Dr was certainly a waste of time, the podiatrist I saw at the hospital last week asked me to go to my docs to get my pain medication increased as it was not even making a dent in the pain in my back and legs.  But he refused said I was taking enough and needed to cope on that.  So walked out in disgust, am certainly thinking of changing surgeries.

Enough moaning.  I am scheduling this post as I will be out first thing helping a friend set up her computer and teaching her how to do the basics.

My card today is one I have had on my desk for a DT Spot that is now no longer needed so would like to showcase today, have had this stamp for don't know how long think I bought it in Taunton late last year, it is an Indigo Blu stamp and goes by the name of Juliet, isn't she gorgeous.

Well I have managed to stay on top of my blogging this week thank goodness but I have more candles and soap to make over the next few days so please be patient with me if I don't get to you within the next few days.

bye for now


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Morning All

Good Morning

How is everyone hope you are all well and that those with colds/flu and anything else are all starting to feel better.

The card I made today was part of an order and I really enjoyed making this card, I wanted to try different colours to the one's I normally use and think this card turned out beautifully.

 I would also like to show you one of my new range in candles which I have already had a couple of orders for

Both of these are on the desk next to me in my craft room and the whole place smells deliciously of Vanilla yummy.

Think I have caught up with everyone in blog land and if I have missed you please accept my apologies not intended.

I have just received an order for some party invitations and the theme is Midsummer Night's Dream so if anyone has got any ideas they will be gratefully received the spec also said no fairies, mmmmm will have to think about this one.

Love Alison 

Crafting for All Seasons New Challenge

Morning All

How are you, keeping warm and dry one hopes.  Today at CFAS we have a new theme and sponsor

And the winning prize is $10.00 Gift Voucher 

Theme being sentiment as focus 

I really enjoyed making this card, background paper is from Serif Artist 2, the die is from Tonic Studio's and the sentiment is by Inky Impressions

Why not pop over we would love to see you, and of course there is all the other DT work which I promise you is wonderful, a very talented bunch of ladies, not sure why I am included lol but am keeping quiet otherwise they might chuck me out.  lol.

Love to All

Alison xxx


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Oldie But A Goodie New Challenge

Morning all

Hope you are all keeping well.  Hugs to those that need it.

Welcome to our new challenge, and the theme we are following this fortnight is Buttons as chosen by our lovely DT member Dips.  This certainly got me thinking, it's easy when it's flowers etc but buttons are a big challenge for me, so I hunted down my trusty LOTV stamps and created the following card, hope you like it.

I even went for a different colour scheme that I have never used but thought this went together quite well.

Why not pop along to OBAG and see what the rest of the team have created and also join in the fun, you never know you might be a winner.

Love to all


Monday, 17 February 2014

At long last

Morning All

It's raining just for a change mind, are you hating all this wet dreary weather as much as me, it makes the old bones ache like mad.

Well at long last I have sorted myself a website out the previous one just proved to be too expensive at £30.00 a month before I had even made any sales this one with Wix is free unless I want to upgrade but for the moment it will do, I have uploaded most of my candles now, a few cards and also my soap, am targeting only the UK market at present but of course if people want to order from abroad they could contact me and I could sort out a price for postage etc.

My website is Here if you would like to pop along and take a look see.

I have to take Bella to the vets this morning she is not very well again, keeps crouching down and whimpering in pain poor love so her appt is at 10.00.

I also have an appointment at the Dr's to sort out my medication as I think it needs tweaking a little so that is at 4.40 today.  Apart from that I have candles to make and DT work to do and I also have an order in for 4 cards so will crack on with them today, busy bee buzzing around all day.

Well I will pop along also and do a bit of blog hopping sorry for not keeping up with everyone this last couple of weeks but the pain just gets you down sometimes and you need to take a break and just rest up.

Love to all


Saturday, 15 February 2014

New Challenge at Open-Minded Crafting Fun

Morning All

Well we have another new challenge for you over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun and this week the theme is Monochrome.  I am loving the DT work as it challenges me into trying things I have not really worked on before i.e this weeks theme, Monochrome.  I have a beautiful image to work with from

Delicious Doodles Shop

Winners Prize 4 Digi images 

How stunning is this image, I just loved working with this, have used wink of stella in silver to hightlight the wolf at the back of the card, acrylic flowers, papers are from my crafty mate Rachel's stash as I started making this card at her house one play afternoon.

Why not pop over and see the rest of the team's work and join the challenge some beautiful images are up for grabs.  

Love to all


New Challenge over at Fantasy Stampers

Morning Everybody

How are you all, its the weekend at long last, are you doing any crafting this weekend.  If you are why not pop over to the Fantasy Stampers Blog and join in the fun we have a bingo board this week so that means
this fortnight you can play with


I have chosen the bottom line twine, blue and buttons and made a boy's card which I don't tend to do very often.
I couldn't find any buttons to match this card so decided I would use my Martha Stewart punch as it has 4 different buttons on it so came up with this.

Why not pop over and join in the fun and also to see what my team mates have been up to.  We also have a new team member Debbi who has joined us so we wish her welcome.  

Love to All


Friday, 14 February 2014

Friday Sketch Challenge # 63

Morning Everybody

Hope you are keeping warm and well.  It's Friday again and apart from the weekend to look forward to we also have a New Challenge starting today over at Friday Sketch Challenge and our theme this fortnight is a lovely sketch by Penny

And our sponsor this week is 
The prize to the lucky winner will be a
£5.00 Gift Voucher

And as its valentine's day what better way than to celebrate this but with a card

Do hope you like it

I fell in love with this cute little guy when I saw him and just knew he would come in handy at some point in time.  

Why not pop along and join in with us over at Friday Sketch Challenge you never know you may just be picked as a winner.

Love to All Alison xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

AWOL Again

Dear All

Just a quick post to say sorry for being AWOL yet again, I have been bad all week with serious back ache and my fibromyalgia flaring up so have not been able to do very much at the computer, mainly been resting and watching TV this week.

I have no card to show you today but just wanted to say I am still around and will catch up as soon as I am able.

Love Alison x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Morning All

Yippeee it's Saturday

Not that it makes much difference to me just another day as I don't work anymore.  Alan is only working half day today thank goodness he looks so tired so hopefully he will rest whilst I am at Rachel's this afternoon having a spot of crafting and catch up over a good cuppa nothing can beat that.  One happy little crafter me be.

The sun is shining but don't suppose that is going to last long.  So wellies at the ready.   I have been up making boxes for my soap on my cameo this morning have just made a batch of Bergamot & Patchouli, the next batch will be plain Lavender.

Thought I would share this photo of Alan and I when we were very much younger and not so grey lol.  Think this was taken in 1988/89 not quite sure.  This was taken at one of the formal dinner's we used to attend and I made the dress I am wearing it is in Taffeta and took 3 days to make.

Well that's it for me for now will do a bit more blog hopping later today when I get home from Rachel's

Love To All

Ali xx

Friday, 7 February 2014

So Sorry

Sorry for being AWOL all week, had a hospital appointment on Tuesday and they poked and prodded so woke up Wednesday hardly able to move lots of pain, but getting better again now.  Thank god for being able to schedule posts.

I can't believe that tomorrow Alan and I have been married for 39 years Wow, and we've not done any serious damage to each other either lol.  Bless don't know where I would be without him.

Well today I am going to showcase a card that I have made and it's not for DT work, have had this cut out ready to play with for ages but not got around to using it until now.    I have used my BeBunni CD from Crafter's Companion, Gems from stock as is the ribbon.

Am off to do a bit of blog hopping and then catch up on some DT work that I have outstanding 

Catch you all later

Alison xx

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Crafting For All Seasons - Show us some Romance

Well it's that time again folks another challenge over at Crafting For All Seasons and boy have I had fun using this image so cute.

Our sponsor for this week is

Fabulous Sponsor 2014
and the prize this fortnight is 
Prize 4 non coloured images

Well I don't know about you but I think that prize is fantastic and wish I could enter for it lol.

My card for this fortnight of love is 

Paper, ribbons,flowers and gems are all from stash that I bought ages ago

Now it's your turn lets see what brilliant romance cards that you can make, I bet they are all more gorgeous than mine.

Love for now

Alison xxx

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Time for another challenge over at Oldie but a Goodie

Morning Everybody well it's another challenge from Oldie but a Goodie and our theme this fortnight is Valentine and of course I had to use one of Lacy Sunshine digi stamps, I decided not to go down the route of using the usual colours for Valentine but wanted to make something a little different.

The background Mat is cut out using my silhouette the bow swirl is a memory box die, be mine is part of a set I have had for ages can't even remember where I got them from, flowers and ribbon from stash.

Why not pop along and see what the rest of the wonderful Design Team have come up with they are such a talented bunch you will not be disappointed.

Well am off to do some blog hopping now and catching up with all my DT work which I am sadly behind with.

Bye for now
Alison xx

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Show Us Some Love Challenge Number 3 - Open-Minded Crafting Fun

Morning All

Don't know where the time has gone already in February and the theme this week at Open-Minded Crafting Fun is of course Show us some love

We have lots of sponsors for you this fortnight and they are as follows:

For my card I chose to use Scrappers Delights and the beautiful CU Cupid she is so cute and I thoroughly enjoyed colouring her in and trying to find the right layout to accompany her.   

So that's my card now why not pop over to Open Minded Crafting Fun and join in with the challenge you never know you may just win a gorgeous prize or just be inspired by the rest of the Team's Fabulous Creations.

Bye for now 

Love Alison xxxx

Fantasy Stampers Challenge #3 Love and Cherish

Wow we are on Challenge number 3 already at Fantasy Stampers now ladies/gents here is a quick rule that some peeps are forgetting this is a Stamp Challenge that means no digi images at all, OK that's over lets get on to the challenge

We were set the theme of Love and Cherish, well that's hard for me as I don't do love and Cherish very well, so I found this particular challenge theme rather difficult as my hubby is the same no romance between us so as we have a couple of weddings coming up in the family soon, I decided I would make a wedding card and of course had to use my LOTV stamps for this one too.  So here is what I came up with

I used papermania capsule backing papers, prisma flowers and ribbon and gems from stash as said above stamp is from LOTV coloured in with PrismaPencils and used the online image as a guide to colour as I am useless at picking my own. lol.

We hope you will come and join in with us and you never know your name may be picked as the winner.

Lots of Love Alison xxx