Monday, 19 November 2012


Found this lovely little template some
time ago, I love it so much, its so versatile, made here for halloween, but similarly would be great for christmas or party favours.

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3d Paper craft shoe.  This is so simple yet effective, see below for step by step instructions.

Carefully cut around the template.

Print out template and attach to chosen cardstock with removable tape runner.

Score along perferated lines on both templates.

Fold along all score lines.

Begin glueing the shoe template together leaving the front top flaps open at this stage. 

Glue insert (liner) into shoe.

Glue shoe front together and decorate in your own style .

I hope you will enjoy making and sharing your own shoes on the Craft Cupboard Blog, or leave a message here with a link to your own blog, and I will visit to take a look.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Full steam ahead for the christmas season now which I love, Cakes are in process being fed brandy on a regular basis.  I am looking forward to a baking day, with my good friend, playing carols, drinking mulled wine, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when the smell from the oven purmeates the air.  I love christmas.  Cant wait until December when I can put up the tree and decorations.

I have started on my present shopping, a little later than usual.  And so far so good.   I guess I should start thinking about cards!

And speaking of decorations, I have had this mad idea that I would like a post box, yep a real royal mail red one..having done some research, I have to admit, that the price tag is just a step too far LOL.  I have now commissioned a replica, which I am hoping will come to fruition, I will keep you updated on its progress. (disaster or not)

I will post some of my favourites recipes over the coming weeks,  which I hope you may like to try.

This week I am working on a birthday cake for my niece, rainbow sponge, which I admit is a nightmare LOL.  Made one, and said I wouldnt do another, but here I am in the same situation stresses over doing something I have had no training in and just winging it.....   Photos to follow on completion.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Following blogs.....  Just found this lovely blog, please pop on over and take a look, with the chance of winning a little blog candy? Why not!

I am still trying to break into the world of blogs, such a mine field for me.   I am starting to realise that I must update my blog much more often.

I know some people use it as a way of therapy, or as a diary, or just to share their crafts etc.  I am always so busy doing nothing I completely forget, perhaps I should try a knotted handkerchief
To remind me LOL. ..

Friday, 19 October 2012


Look at my sad little followers list LOL   I really havent got to grips with this blogging lark.  How do you attract more visitors?.  I think it might encourage me to keep it up to date if I knew people were interested.

Hey Ho.  for what its worth and just in case you do happen to by stopping by,  please pop over to the cupboard trilogy challenge blog.  Still plenty of time to enter this months challenge.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge No 2 Going Live today!

The  Going live today, the second challenge of our newly formed Cupboard trilogy, please hop on over for a chance to win some great prizes and have some fun.  DT work available for inspiration, Here is mine for this month, The challenge was to use embossing, but as I had no access to an embossing machine and my embossing powders were buried under a pile of who knows what, i had to improvise chosing to use some plastic embellishment flowers and a bone folder, What do you think?, I think, maybe a little more practice to perfect the technique but pretty happy with it myself.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


What a busy few weeks I have had, trying to juggle what seemed like a million different things at once.   Suffering the effects now with a aches, pains a cold (although that appears to be leaving now).    Looking forward to the school holidays and a change in routine,  I will probably regret saying that fairly quickly LOL , once the kids start urguing and I have listened to "Mum, Im bored" for the umpteenth time.  Teenage years are the most difficult I believe No longer a child, but not quite an adult....

Looking forward to the school holidays, and the break in routine.  Although, I guess i will be regretting saying that when the holidays start and the kids begin arguing, and I have heard "Mum, Im bored" for the umpteenth time.

Hopefully, I will have a bit more time for crafting over the next few weeks, I need a bit of me time, to slow down, and take stock of my life........A change is acoming!!!!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Cupboard Trilogy, DT entry.

The Cupboard Trilogy challenge blog has begun, please visit ,
to enter the monthly challenge and be in with the chance of a prize. 

Below is my DT layout, challenge #1 is a colour palette challenge.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Blog candy

Oh dont we all just love a freebie.......Over on The Cupboard Trilogy Blog, candy being given away daily leading up to the launch of the new Challenges.  See Link top left. :)

Monday, 25 June 2012


Well, not  camp exactly, but a rather large house.  Yes its that time of year again and we are taking the Brownies away for the weekend.  Challenging for both Leaders and Girls Alike.  Many have never slept away from home EVER!.  So much to organise before friday, so all thought of crafting is on hold.

Its a rather tight ship this time as 2 people have let me down, so only 2 leaders, a cook and a young leader, usually we have 6 adult leaders.   Lets see how the dynamics change, it should be interesting, and I am sure the few of us that are going will be shattered, we are taking 17 girls, mostly 7 year olds.

Lets hope I dont forget anything as leader in charge I supposed to stay on site, but as the only driver, that might be difficult.....

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Another Day...........

How many of us are wishing right now there was another day in the week.   I have such a busy schedule over the coming weeks, I am not quite sure how i will fit everything in......Wedding stationary to finish (for 2 weeks time).  18th Birthday invites to make. for 2 weeks time. Brownie camp to organise, lead and recover from friday week. Then 2 weddings and an 18th to attend in the same week. Lots of other menial things to attend to inbetween.

All this slowed down by the disruptive exam schedule, which leaves my daughter home for much of the time during the next few weeks.   I am finding it really difficult to concentrate on the jobs in hand with this rather lovely intrusion of my usually lonesome days LOL x

Wedding stationary for the lovely Sam & Dave.  Working now on table plans and place names etc.  Love this design.

Will update with clapper board birthday invites as soon as I have completed them.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


What a surprise to wake up this morning and find the rain has stopped!! I wonder how long it will last.  Weather report says no rain today and I am sure it isnt April the 1st, so fingers crossed.  

Sharing this layout again, my sister and I, taken when she was undergoing treatment for BC.  Makes you realise just how precious life is.   Thankfully, all is well right now x

Friday, 8 June 2012

DT Call

Please visit the cupboard trilogy blog where there is a design team  call.  Lots of challenges and other interesting stuff going on.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Layout for a challenge in the cupboard trilogy, not such a great photo, camera battery went flat, as it does.  The photo was taken on my parents 60th wedding anniversary, with their grandchildren and great grandchildren,

Friday, 18 May 2012

A few cards I have made recentley:-

The Cupboard Trilogy.

Please visit the cupboard trilogy for challenges, inspiration and more....

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Hunger Games

What a fantastic film.  I was sceptical when the kids asked me to go with them, but must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Very emotional, a bit violent, but pretty damn good.

Got soaked running back to the car, and drove home in torrential rain, but other than that a good day was had by all.  Even managed a little bit of shopping too.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Loving The Holiday.

Oh!  How I love the school holidays.  Just the break in routine is uplifting in itself.  So far, so good, no major arguments just the usual sibling squabbles, usually around mealtimes LOL.  Enough to give you indigestion.  We are looking forward to the Easter Egg Hunt A La The Bryans on Sunday.   Last year we were still finding chocolate eggs in Autumn.   We do love to go OTT.   Here's a little peek at what our friends and family can expect...........

Glad I didnt give up chocolate for lent, last time I did that I couldnt eat chocolate for weeks :) x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

GOGO Getaway 2012.

What A lovely Weekend in more ways than one.  The sun was shining, the Daffs were out, and to top it all, I got to spend time with friends old and new.

This was the 8th GOGO getaway, and my third.  And I must say that this has been by far the best for me.  The lovely GOGO girls changing and perfecting the event using suggestions, and tried and tested methods from previous events, to make it all go with a flow.

Here are some of my creations from the weekend, will post more as and when I finish the minor details like journalling.

1. This is one of my favourite classes, by Lisa Griffin - I can paint a rainbow.  Painting on black and white photo's, I will definitely be using this technique again.

2. Another great class from the lovely Janice Warren - Wishi Washi, Nice and relaxed perfect for a late night :).
Loved making the washi tape, have never been a fan, but now i know how to do my own, and create perfect matching designs and colours, I will be doing this again, and again.

3. Labels class by Lorraine Ablett, perfect for my designer loving daughter, had no idea what the class entailed but took along some labels which we had been collecting, and they were perfect for the cause. This class was all about making your own labels but i was able to incorporate some of our own.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Cupboard Trilogy.

I was lucky enough to be the winner of February's sketch challenge, and asked to be guest designer on their blog.  The design I came up with for the blog:-

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Cupboard trilogy, Valentines Challenge.

Loved creating this card, with the heart stamp.  Embossed and embellished.

Monday, 20 February 2012

The Craft Room Clear Up Continues.....

Boy oh Boy,  2 weeks later and I am still trying to sort out my craft room.  I have uncovered all sorts of lovely stuff that I had forgotten I had.
All those pretties, found down the back of the desk, in a carrier bag. LOL.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Trying to work out how to edit and change formats is a bit beyond my capabilities so it seems........

Craft Room Chaos.

Still trying unsuccessfully to reorganise my craft room into a space that will be more productive than it has been over recent months.

Still cant see the desk, but I can at least now get in the door, and sit down. But thats just it, I sit down look around, sigh, leave the room, close the door and forget it for another day LOL.

Despite the mess, I have managed to do a couple of small items. - 2 cards, a messy craft room and an ATC.

Will post a picture at a later date of my new and improved tidy room.

Friday, 3 February 2012

HobbyCraft show bluewater.

What a fun day! Lots of crafts all in one area, could have spent far more than I did. Also got to see the Downton Abbey costumes. Gorgeous they were too. Cant wait to go back in September, for another dose of craft retail therapy ..

Monday, 16 January 2012

Doesnt Time Fly!

Boy, oh Boy! I havent been here in a long time.

All those good intentions to blog regularly, lost in time.

Lets give it another try.

Here we are in 2012, I wonder what this new year will bring. I have no idea, but hope it brings health, wealth and happiness to one and allxx.

Since my last entry I have been learning British Sign language , which has been fun. I am not sure how far I will take it, as to become a qualified Translator take 7 years, round about the time I will be thinking about retiring (early of course). Well, if nothing else if i lose my hearing in old age at least I will be able to communicate in a language that doesnt require hearing.