Thursday, 28 April 2011


My trusty Big Shot fell apart today, all I was left with was the handle and confusion.  I had used the same sandwich as I'd used before but would it go through?! I put a bit more pressure on and the handle snapped off in my hand :( Step in trusty husband who takes it apart and finds it was not my fault after all!! the bearings had seized! so it is good it wasn't me but a shame that it was poorly manufactured, you can see where it had been slowly grinding away on itself - poor thing.

SOOOOOO I've ordered myself a Vagabond!! posts to follow

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


YAY, my neighbour liked her anniversary card so much she wants me to make and engagement and a 65th!

I had immediate inspiration for the engagement using one of the folders I bought from the show - what do you think?

I am no so inspired for the 65th yet - but I'll have a look around other peoples blogs and see if something pings! (or is that cheating!!)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Playtime never ends!

Hi Guys

We picked up a new car this weekend, so some crafting time was spent driving round in it.  It is fantastic, the most beautiful powder blue and that lovely new car smell.  Chris is on half term and eating me out of house and home but it is nice to have him around, number one son is due back on Thursday just in time for Easter and I can't wait.  There is nothing in the world as nice as having the whole family round the table for dinner!

I'm still playing with the bits I got at the show.  I just LOVE this stamp, this time I used distressed ink for a more vintage affect.

At the show Eileen found the most beautiful flowers, so not to be out done I had to get some myself.  But now they have presented me with somewhat of a problem as I now need to make boxes for them to go in as they won't go in a standard envelope.  This is going to be a leap of faith as I am rubbish at measuring anything - but the card is ordered and I'm giving it a go - failing that I'll get Eileen to make them for me :)

This is a bit of cutsey fun, using a layout I saw in a mag and some lovely papers I have.

 Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Catching Up

 Although I've not been blogging - I've still been crafting! - what do you think?

This flourish is scrummy, you could put it on a card on it's own easily, but I had some nesties to play with :)

I love this Joanna Sheen stamp, and used it to play with aquamarkers.  I think that they need a little more practice, but they give a lovely soft effect.

These are my oversized dies with some new seaside stamps.

Lastly here is one of the brightest cards I've made - but it is Easter :)

Lots of love and thanks for looking

Melissa xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2011



Some friends and I went to the Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Alexandra Palace at the weekend and spent far too much money - I have so many toys to play with I don't know where to start - so watch this space.  I took inspiration from one of the cards I saw their to make this 40th Anniversary card for my Neighbour to give to her friend.

Now that one is out the way - onwards with playtime :)

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