Saturday, 18 December 2010

Well this time ...

next week the man in the red suit will have been with pressies for everyone except me (nothing new there). DS will be all excited at what he's got and won't know what to do first. It'l be lovely !

Thought I'd pop on while I got the chance to say THANK YOU to all my patient followers and friends for their continued support during my long periods of AWOL. Due to illness, work and family commitments my blog posts have taken a back seat, but I'm hoping to get back on track in 2011.

Due to family and work commitments I've only made Christmas cards for family this year, So I'd like to wish you ALL a


Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Just a quick one ...

I made this for my SIL's birthday last month. The image is PB and everything else is from my stash.
Not had much time to do much crafting for myself. I've been doing cards for the shop and work is really busy too. I've been finishing late and trying to fit my crafting in between sleep and all the usual day to day stuff.
I've got a few days off over Christmas so hopefully I'l find time to get in my craft room then.

Well I'd better get off and do something.
Love Karen xxx

Monday, 1 November 2010

A new challenge to me ...

I found this fairly new challenge blog whilst hopping one day and thought I'd give it a go. It's called Craft your days away and their challenge is All White or as much as you can.
This a beautiful stamp that I've used so much the names worn off. It's inspired by my wonderful friend Tracey, who's a very talented cardmaker and SU demonstrator.

Thanks for dropping by and having a look at my cards. Pop back anytime soon.
love Karen xxx

1 card 3 challenges and my 2nd post of the week ...

Wow my 2nd post in a week and for 3 challenges too !

1. Sketch Saturday - This wonderful sketch. 2. MAWTT - A childs Card. And 3. Stamp Something - Something Pink.

The image is one of my most favourite Sugar Nellie stamps, she's such a cutie. She's coloured using pencils and Sansador.
The paper is BG and all the embellies are from my stash. All bits n bobs from my boxes.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look and please call in again soon.
Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 28 October 2010

WOOHOO Finally I've sorted my camera out and done a challenge ...

For Mo's challenge over at DP2 which is to choose a season. I just love this ickle fella. He's coloured with pencils and sansador, with a sakura glitterpen on the bow. I've used DB flock and gd for the fur on the hat.The card is PM and the lovely paper is DB. The flower and brad are from my stash.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my tiny piece of cyber space. Please feel free to pop in anytime.

Love Karen xxx

Monday, 20 September 2010

I am about ...

but I've got no pics as I think my camera is broken, so I've not been posting. Sorry ! Normal service will be resumed as soon as I sort my camera out.

T T F N Love
Karen xxx

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Hello it's me ...

I'm back from the wilderness. Sorry I've not been about lately, but I've had stuff to deal with and am feeling very low again. Just to top it off I seem to have lost my mojo and haven't been in my craft room for a few weeks.
So my apologies and I'm intending to get something done before the weekend as I really need to change the range in the shop and I picked up an order last night at work, so onward and upward as they say.

Thank you for your patience, much apreciated.
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Well what a week ...

I've been looking after my MIL's shop ( see the link in my sidebar ) while she had a well earned break.
I have got pics but my camera is still in my crate. I made a few things for the shop, which I really enjoyed. I don't usually paint as it's just not my thing, but I found it very relaxing and theraputic.
I had a few visitors over the week and I thank them for their company. Tracey, Marie, Leanne, Susan, Anne and Vicki.
Back to the norm now and my usual night work as of tonight. And back to my comfort zone CARDS. Yes I meed to make some, I feel the need to colour, cut and create. I sound like a hairdresser LOL.
I'l be back in my craft room this week as OH is on a course so I've got the company of DS and his non stop chatter LOL. You think I'm joking, you ask any of his grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles.
Well that's me for now as I feel the need for some ZZZZZZZ's . I got a bit tipsy last night on my Dad's home made wine.LOL

Love Karen xxx

Friday, 13 August 2010

Just a quick pop in ...

To say HELLO and show you the card I made for my brothers birthday, which is today. I can put it on because I know he doesn't look at my blog. I just hope it gets to him as my nephew's card got lost in transit.

The card and stamps are SU, the ribbon and brads are from my stash. I always find it hard to make a card for my brother, so I hope he likes it.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Just a few cards ...

I've made during my week off. The Teddies are by Pollycraft designs, the Victorian lady is from Digital two for Tuesday, the fisherman is a Mo Manning and the tiger is from Free digital stamps and I can't remember where Jim is from. All are coloured using pencils and Sansador.
I've not had anytime to do any challenge cards this week. I've been busy with my DS taking walks and playing on the wii. I managed to beat him twice at bowling, much to his disgust.

Well that's me for now.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


This is a new blog starting on Tues 7th September offering tips, tutotials and prizes. And just to get things started they are giving away this fab Tilda candy.

All you have to do to be in with winning this candy is:
become a follower of TTT
enter your name and blog address in Mr Linkz below
post about my candy on your blog
Please make sure that you do ALL 3 of the above requirements - failure to do so will mean that you miss out on this fabulous candy!

This candy will be available until Sunday 5th September. The winner will be announced in the first post of Top Tip Tuesday on the 7th September!

Easy peasey lemon squeezey so pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and have a go !

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

I've dug them out ...

my Magnolia stamps. I can't remember when I last used them. Edwin and Tilda are for 3 challenges and for 2 friends who have finally got together.

1. Friday Sketchers - This fab sketch, 2. Just Magnolia - Vintage and 3. Stamp Something - Flowery something.

The card is SU and Papermill, the paper is by Craftwork cards and my lovely couple are coloured using pencils and Sansador. The ribbon, gems and candy are from my stash. The flowers are hand punched and then dry embossed.

Thank you for taking a look.
Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhh ! I can't sleep ...

because it's bin day, my neighbour is clipping her garden,the puppy across the way is playing with a squeeky toy, the council are doing something over at the OAP flats and DS has disturbed me a couple of times. Once to tell me about his no existant "merucca", not sure where he's heard that probably at school or BBC 3 news. LOL.
Well I've got my cuppa tea so I'm off to try again. If I'm unsuccessful I'l be back later with a challenge card. Well might aswell do something constructive with my time.

Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Oh the musings of a 6 year old ...

As some of you know my DS is 6 but very old fashioned. I put it down to me being older and the fact that he thinks way too much for his age.
Well today we have finally found out where marmalade comes from. Now you may all think that it's made with oranges, but you're mistaken. Marmalade is made by butterflies that collect nectar to make it. Yes I did put butterflies. He knows it's true because he heard on the news. Which news channel you might ask. Well that'l be BBC 3. So now you know !

Not as amusing as a few weeks ago when I asked my OH to nip to Iceland to fetch a few bits. A voice from the back said " it's closed ", " no it isn't" I replied, " It's Sunday they close at 5 ".
" No Mum, it's shut 'cos the aeroplanes can't get out 'cos that volcano interrupted".

Oh to be 6 again and know what I know now.
Love Karen xxx

It's not everyone ....

That's got a Sweet pepper plant in their living room you know. Yes you guessed it I have. OH reckons it might stop the cat knocking the flowers off. Uuuurrrmmm if you ask me it's just asking for trouble, she ripped the wallpaper the other night. And that window does get alot of sun during the day so he's hoping for a bumper crop. Only time will tell, but I'l keep you informed.
Well I'm off for a kip before work tonight, oh the joys of working for an international parcel company.

Love Karen xxx

WOW !! Bev's got candy ....

Kindly donated by Wild orchid crafts all these scrummy stash items. Pop over to Bev's and take a look. Her blog is stunning, she is so very talented.

Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 24 July 2010

24 years and still happily married ...

That's my MIL and FIL. I made this for their wedding anni in the week. I've had the stamp ages and ages, but never really used it. It's coloured with pencils and Sansador, with some gems added for a bit of bling. The card and sentiment are SU and the ribbon is from my stash.

Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Icecream yummmmmmy !

For Pink Gem and Saturday Challenge. Isn't she a cutie ? This is the 1st time I've used her and I love the clear image you get.
Over at pink Gem the challenge is the sketch above with the option to decorate the inside of your card and over at Saturday challenge it's all about summer holidays.
The papers are PM Summer blooms and the card is bits n bobs from my bit box. Cutie is coloured using my usual pencils and sansador. I just the love the effect you get. The flowers and brads are from my stash and both sentiments are PB.

Thank you for taking a look at my ickle bit of the WWW. Please pop in anytime, we love visitors.
Love Karen xxx

Made for my friends birthday ...

Done with bazill and SU card, the verse is printed, the numbers are hand cut and embossed with clear embossing powder. The ribbon is from my stash.
Thankfully he liked it.

Back later hopefully with a challenge card.

Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 17 July 2010

4 for the card of 1 ...

Yes 4 challenges, 1 card so here goes.

1. Totally Papercrafts. - Is this recipe of 1 image, 1 ribbon, 2 papers and 3 embellies. The papers are We are memory keepers which I've had floating around in my stash for ages, the ribbon is some cotton sewing tape, the image is a Mo Manning coloured with pencils and sansador and the embellies are a brad, an eyelet and the wooden tag. I've covered it because it's got a letter on it.
2. DP2 - Masculine cards please. The image by Mo.
3. Stamp Something - Digital Something. The image by Mo.
4. DU2Digi Stamp - Stitching. I've put faux stitching on the cotton tape using a brown pen.

Ta for dropping in and taking the time to browse round my tiny piece of cyber space. Pop in anytime Visitors are always welcome.

Love Karen xxx

Friday, 9 July 2010


Janet over at Pink Gem is kindly offering this fab candy. All you need to do is post this pic on your blog and the details of the draw and then leave a comment over at Pink Gem.
The draw will take place on the 30th July at 6pm. Get yourself over there and take a look.

Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Oooops I missed it ...

my blogaversary. I can't believe it, how silly am I ?! Well I'd better put some candy together over the next couple of days for all my loyal followers and friends.


Love Karen xxx

Monday, 28 June 2010

Cards for teachers ...

Just a couple of the cards I've done for the shop for teachers. I've used Mo Manning digi images coloured with pencils and sansador. The card is papermill and the rule per is from my stash.

Love Karen xxx

Hey Baby girl ...

This card is for my BIL and SIL to celebrate the birth of their baby daughter Katie Jayne. Ans I've also used it for this weeks "Anything goes" challenge over at DP2 using Mo's wonderful baby Kiki.
She's coloured using pencils and sansador, my fav colouring medium. The paper is BG Lilykate, the card is Papermill and bazill and the flowers are made by moi, the gems and ribbon are from my stash. Oooops nearly forgot the sentiment is SU.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my ickle bit of cyber space. Feel free to bob in anytime.
Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Thank you ....

Made for a friends daughter who I helped make a road safety poster for a competition. She is now in print on the month of May. Well done Amelia.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

A challenge card ...

For 2 challenges, Friday sketches and Dare U 2 Digi stamp. Friday sketches is this wonderful sketch with gems and ribbon and DU2DS as always wants you to use a digi image or papers. This week the challenge is Blooms and butterflies.
I've used a Mo Manning image coloured with pencils and Sansador, MME papers and SU and papermill card. The ribbon, gems and bits n bobs are all from my stash. The flutterby is Papermania and the greeting is by Wild rose studio.

Ta for popping in and taking a look. Feel free to leave a comment and pop back anytime.

Love Karen xxx

Cards for an order ...

All these were made for a colleague at work. All the card is SU or papermill. Absolutely everything else is from my stash.
The Mother saying is by Bethany at Elegant word art 2. Take at look at her blog it's wonderful.
The images are by Mo manning, Do crafts and unknown because I got it off a friend ages ago and have never used it. All are coloured using pencils and sansador.

Keep scrolling to see all the cards and thank you for taking the time to come and look at my tiny piece of blogland.

Love Karen xxx

Monday, 21 June 2010

A few Father's Day cards ...

The beer one is for my FIL and the Big guy was what my 6 year old coloured for his Daddy.
Jim sitting is a Digi stamp boutique, the beer glass is a feebie but I can't recall from where ooops sorry !
I used Dove craft paper and papermill card for this card. The letter were cut on the MIL's cricut. The images are coloured using sansador and pencils and I've added some floc mixed with glamour dust to the beers head. If you look carefully you can see that one of his feet is bandaged as my FIL has broken his toe.
My son's card was made using SU and papermill card and some hessian and rafia from my stash. He coloured the image himself and I think it's brilliant for a 6 year old.The image of course is by Mo Manning, my fav images.

Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Underpants at the ready ...

I just love this image by Mo Manning, take a look at her blog and website. Her images are truely gorjus. I've used it quite alot lately for various occassions. But forgotten to take pics.
This was made for my nephew Morgan, who was 5 last week. The card is SU and papermill, the paper is from my stash and I've had it so long I can't remember who it's by. Any suggestions ?
I hope he liked it.

Love Karen xxx

Well it's been a while ...

So I thought I'd share a few cards that I've made for family birthdays and orders. These are my MIL and SIL's birthday cards as they share the same date.
My MIL's is made using flowers that my good friend Tracey taught me how to do. It's amazing what you can do with a bit of tissue, a stamp, some stazon and glossy. The card is SU and Papermill, the paper is by Craftworks and the ribbon and beads are from my stash.
My SIL's is PB from the slapsick range coloured using sansador and pencils. Everything else is from my stash.
Both cards were totally loved, which is always a good feeling.

Thanks for looking and I'l try and be a better blogger from now on.
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 6 June 2010

A card a card .........

I made for my nephews 2nd birthday. The image is by the marvellous Mo Manning coloured with pencils and sansador. The paper is Dovecraft and the card is a mix of Bazzill, SU and Papermill. I hope he liked it.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Monday, 31 May 2010


Here's my card and guest book I made for my brothers wedding. We had a lovely day apart from the weather. It rained so much that they had their photo's done in church. Everyone looked gorjus in there wedding attitre. What a wonderful day !

I'm back and chomping at the bit to get some cards done just for fun and the shop LOL. I'm on holiday after tonite with it being school holidays. I'm at the shop a couple of days due to MIL's commitments this week. I love it, I get to craft and and help in the shop and I don't even get paid. Getting my hands on the cricut is payment enuff LOL.

Well am off as I've got that nasty "H" word to do LOL.
Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

School project ....

This is what DS and I made for his rainforest project. I've even managed to add stamped images LOL.

Back later love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Sketch Saturday ...

This is for the Sketch Saturday challenge for my niece's birthday. The card is papermill and SU, the paper is DCWV Rock star and everything else is from my stash. The 2 girlies chatting is by the wonderful Mo Manning, coloured using pencils and Sansador and the greeting is SU.

Thanks for taking a look and pop by anytime.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Monday, 10 May 2010

Another challenge card ...

This is my friends Grandad's birthday and for 2 challenges. The 1st is over at Stamp Something where the theme is "Birthday Somethings" and the 2nd one is Secret crafter
where it's a recipe of 3 embellies. 2 papers and 1 image.
The image is by the wonderful Mo manning, the papers are DCWV from an old matt stack, the ribbon is Gisella Graham, the sentiment is pc generated and everything else is from my stash.

Ta for bobbing by and taking a look at my tiny piece of blogland. Feel free to pop in anytime.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Ooooooops ! ...

I've done it again abandoned my blog. Sorry fellow bloggers. I have been on and briefly looked at my fav blogs but not really had time to comment. You've done Fantastic work blog friends. Some totally stunning and inspirational pieces out there.

It's been busy this week what with getting back into the swing of going back to work, getting ready for tomorrow and trying to finish my brothers wedding stuff. Ooh and the odd order thrown in for good measure But am getting there slowly LOL.

Well I'd better pootle off and carry on am 1/2 way thru some baby cards.
Check the Love Heart Home blog after tomorrow for some pics of our day.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

A card for an order and a challenge ...

I've made this for my friends Dad and for the challenges over at DP2 where the theme is masualine cards and for the Stamp Something challenge where it's this fab sketch.
The card is a mixture of SU and Papermill, the paper is Making memories and everything else is from my stash. The sentiments are Papermania and Woodware.

Ta for looking pop back anytime, we love to get visitors.
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 2 May 2010

A Challenge card WOOHOO !

Yes I've finally done it, I've made a challenge card WOOHOO ! It's for Colour Create where they would like us to use the colours black, cream and burnt orange, with the optional extra of using checks. My burnt orange does look a bit red/pinky, but it is the right colour I promise.
The image is Stampendous Agaphantus, the card is SU and Papermill, the paper is from my stash and is a basket weave pattern so not sure if that counts as a check. I've used rafia instead of ribbon and the flowers are from my stash. The greeting is by Wild rose studio.

Thanks for looking and I hope you'l pop by again soon. Please feel free to leave a comment.
Love Karen xxx