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I am a stay at home mum who lives in the US but is originally from the UK. I have a devoted hubby who is my rock, 2 gorgeous kids and a new puppy who is my shadow! I have been card making for many years and now I have a dedicated craft room plan to continue for many more!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Wow what a release - and a blog hop to boot!

Good morning! 

What a week I have planned for you! It's Riley and Company's first release this year and they have some amazing and funny stamps that are about to hit their store along with something new!!!!

Not only is Riley & Co releasing some stunning new 'things' they are joining this month with Card Maker magazine for a fab blog hop - you can find all the details on their blog:

So if you've come here from Sandye's blog  welcome, have a read, leave some love and your next hop is to Kat's Blog.

It was thought that Riley and his friends were a bit naked and it being winter and all they decided to warm them up a bit. 

Introducing 2 new Riley characters and a wardrobe of clothing and accessories for them!

 I will be posting every day this week showing all the new releases but for now on to my showcase today - do you remember the paper dress up dolls we had as kids? 

Well take a look:


I started by making a box to house everything 

Next came the main man and some of his brand new outfits:


These were all colored with alcohol markers - I then fussy cut each piece out leaving tabs on the clothing so Riley could wear them. I then used re-positional glue dots on the accessories so they could be changed out.

And just to bring him to life I used a crafting CD I have to make backgrounds for each of the outfits:

Meet Highland Riley:

Snow fun Riley


Irish Riley


and last but not least Ice Skating Sophie


These are just some of the 57 items of clothing and accessories that are being released today!

These aren't the only release either -head over to the store to see them all and check out the deals on offer:

SUPER DEAL! Package deal on the Dress Up Riley line: get all three clear sets, all three dies sets, the two basic Riley's and matching dies for only $100! (Reg. price $127.77. Includes 41 dies, 3 clear sets, 2 rubber stamps)

Package deal on entire Funny Bone release of 14 red rubber stamps: cling set is only $75.00 (reg. 91.00) and unmounted sheet is only $50.00 (reg. $70.00)!

Package deal on the Mushroom Lane release: get all 5 new Mushroom Lane Houses for only $45.00 (Reg. $52.50)

Word Bubble Die Special - get all three new Word Bubble Dies for only $40.00! (Save $9.85!)
Yes you have read correctly, although I haven't used them for this post - Riley now has dies!!! All the new accessories and clothing comes with it's own die as do the 2 new Riley characters!!! We also have bubble word dies for the funny Bones! 

 Don't forget the blog hop here are all the participants who have some amazing stuff to show you!
and last but not least
If you get lost along the way just head on back to Card Maker Magazine 

Thank you for stopping by, for more inspiration check out the Riley and Company Blog. Or for more news about what the Moose and his pals are up to head on over to the company Facebook page




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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A new Craft

Good afternoon its a gorgeous sunny day here - still cold but hey it is still January!

 As a Christmas gift my lovely friend paid for us to attend a string art class and yesterday was the day we got to take part.

When we arrived we had to choose which pattern we wanted to do. As it was an opportunity to learn the craft we both chose the harder pattern - Michigan State including both the lower and upper peninsulas 

We then set to work hammering tiny nails around the pattern 


Imagine around 25 people all hammering at once - it was very noisy and as you can see from the wrappers it required a small intake of chocolate to complete this stage!

Once all the nails were knocked in we were left with this:


Carefully we tore the pattern away being careful not to dislodge any of the nails 


Then the fun began, we had to wind string around the nails filling in the State. Seems easy but when you have to keep the thread tight and decide where to string across without letting go it can be a bit frustrating especially when the need to blow your nose becomes stronger and stronger!


In these photographs I had completed my center stringing and was adding the red floss to edge it. 

Once this was completed superglue was added to all the knots before snipping off the long ends


This is the completed work - we still have to stencil some wording in the left corner but not being great at free hand lettering we saved this for another day.


We had a fun afternoon with lots of laughs and best of all it was child free!!

We ended the day with dinner out at our favorite nacho place and researched Pinterest for more patterns for our next attempt so watch this space for more string art!

Thank you Jane for such a thoughtful Christmas gift!!


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time is flying - It's Scrapper's Delights mid-month reminder


It's the middle of January already??? Wow where is time going? 

This means it's the mid month reminder about the Scrapper's Delights challenge it's also the 3,000 members celebration over on the Facebook page and super heroes are abundant there so call and by and see what excitement is happening .

So today I'm showcasing one of Scrapper's delights Fairies - It only being a month away from Valentine's Day I thought I'd color up the Love Fairy 3:


Isn't she the sweetest!!
I have colored the image with Copic markers and enhanced the shading with Polychromo pencils, to make the hearts pop I added glossy accents.I then matted both the image and some coordinating design papers with red card. I used white card to make my 5x7 inch base and layered mt mats onto this - adding pink ribbon to the side. I then die cut the word love and placed this across the corner of my image. A pink bow on the ribbon just balanced the card. 

Ingredients:



Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Store to see all of their images.

Don't forget to enter the monthly challenge you may win!
Why not stop by the Scrapper's Delight Facebook page for regular news on and inspiration from my Teamies and keep your eyes peeled on my blog for new releases from them!



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