Sunday, 6 December 2015

1st card from new room!

This is the first card made in my new crafty room and I am glad it was Nick's Birthday one. I used one of my favourite bird stamps and brushos

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Let it snow


This months Lavinia Stamps Challenge (see box on left for details) is Let it Snow.

Chaos reigns supreme in our house, building work has meant that my craft room is still being used for storage, so to make these cards involved waiting until they left and then climbing over the bits to find a space to make - but it was fun so therefore worth it!

These are my two cards as samples, I hope you like them and I look forward to seeing yours on the challenge.

The next cards should be made in my new room so I am hoping for great inspiration and to make even better samples :)  Lots of love to you all and a Merry Christmas to you too xxx



Monday, 2 November 2015

Christmas has started!

This months Lavinia Stamps Challenge (see the box on the left for details) is all about Christmas - my absolute favourite time of year.  My house looks like Santa's grotto by the time I've finished decorating it!!

STILL have the builders in!! so much for a 12 week project! still it is looking good and I think that the end is in sight.  I had to fight my way in to my craft room and make these ones quickly, so not quite as good as I would like, I am sure you can all do a lot better and I look forward to seeing your entries.

Bobby is growing fast and getting on well with the the other two, I am sure he is drinking kangaroo juice from somewhere as this little one is on springs!! so intelligent - we have got him doing all sorts of tricks including playing the guitar and skateboarding :)!

Anyway - I do hope that you like these cards and that may be they will give a spark of inspiration for you to enter our challenge.

This is so simple to do with the tiny leaf stamps and one of my favourite to make.  Love the new simple message too!

This is done with brushing mica powder over versa mark

This looks better in real live as the background has silver flakes that catch the light as you turn it.

Lots of love to you all

Melissa xx

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Glitter and Gems


This months challenge for me is that I haven't been able to do any crafting as the renovations in my house have taken over my room (again) so I am pleased that I did a few challenges ahead!

This month Lavinia's challenge is Glitter and Gems  - oh so hard with all those fab stamps eh?! See the side bar on the left for all the details of how to enter, you don't even need a blog!

I decided to do something pretty and something practical, a heart and a coffee jar.  I buy refills for the coffee and decided that the jar I put it in was far too boring.  I did mask off a strip down the sides so you can still see how much coffee you have left!

My photography skills do leave a lot to be desired, but The flowers on the jar are really sparkly as I dropped glitter onto the glaze.

Here I went back to my usual subtle colours and had hours of fun colouring in the edges of the flowers in a silver glitter pen!

Oh and since last month we have a new addition to the family!

My youngest son went off to study Medicine at UCL so I replaced him with a puppy :) his name is Bobby and he is a delight!

Love to everyone

Melissa xx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hot Bright Colours at Lavinia

Hi Everyone

Today is the first day of this months Lavinia Stamps Challenge (see notes at the side for links and info)

This month it is hot bright colours - not easy for a pastel girl like me - but I gave it a go AND used some of the FAB new stamps - you really need to pay a visit to the web site, although when I did it loads of stamps seemed to fall in to my basket!!

The first picture if of a key box -  how we ended up with so many keys!

Can't wait to see your entries!!


Melissa xx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Anything but a card

This months Lavinia Stamps Challenge was SO up my street and I had a load of fun with it.

First off I had a go at a plant pot.

Then I had the MOST fun with a clock - I was asked to make a video of it - if you want a laugh :)  But below are the stage by stage pictures.  It is so very easy to do and would make a great Christmas present.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Lavinia flowers

This months challenge at Lavinia Stamps is to add a flower, and you know when you have an idea and the half way through you think that you could have done something quicker?! Well this was it with me!  It took me soooo long to fussy cut these flowers, but I was pleased with the result.

I look forward to seeing yourentries, you can win £40. Worth of Lavinia goodies

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

New Lavinia Challenge

Hi Everyone

You know when you look at something in the house and think - that's ugly but I need it so it'll have to stay - well I did that with my scrubbing brush :) lovely Eileen thought it might be fun to make a series of them for the challenge - so I did!  I bought them from Tesco and covered them in a chalk based paint, stamped away and glittered and glazed them - great fun. They are all covered in outdoor Modgepodge and so are fully useable, as I have proved with another I made using one of the Lavinia designed stencils from Sweet Poppy designs.

The Lavinia stamps are so versatile you can use them for anything! see what you can do at  The theme is "Any colours you like" so a nice and easy one!

Happy Crafting

Melissa xx

Friday, 29 May 2015

Chest of drawers

I bought the basics of this at Ali Pali and have just finished decorating it. Quite pleased with the way it has turned out, although I wish I had better flourishes for the top.

Hope you are all fit and well

Melissa xx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Pink and Blue

Hi All

Sorry I've not been blogging lately, been through a bit of a crafty drought and not feeling to bright, but hopefully all now on the mend :)

This month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge is something in Pink and/or Blue, I decided to do a set of coasters showing of some of my most favourite stamps, you will have to take my word for it that these twinkle in the light - they do, honestly!  these were such fun to do, the hardest part was choosing just 6 fairy stamps- they are all so yummy!

I rough painted the background with gesso to give it some texture so when I inked them up it gave a lovely uneven texture to it and then off I set with my pro markers - this kept me quiet for ages!!

Looking forward to seeing your crafty entries

I also made this one too using an new edge stamp


Melissa xx

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Lovely Lemon and Lime Lavinia :)

Hi Ladies

This months challenge from Lavinia stamps is anything using their stamps in Lemon and Lime.  I decided to have a go at a set of coasters.  I kept the plant theme throughout - what you can't see is that the sparkle too! you'll have to take my word for it!

This was really fun to do.  I rough gesso'd the background so that when I put the ink over I got a great (well I liked it!) texture, then it was a question of playtime :)

Hope all is well with everyone



Monday, 2 March 2015

Add a gem for this months Lavinia Challenge

Hi all

When this months challenge of "add A gem" was announced.  The naughty streak in me rose to the surface and I offered this card 

...... Spot THE gem :)

Then I thought that perhaps I should do something more sensible

With more gems!!!

Look forward to seeing your entry at


melissa xxx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Race for Life

Hi Everyone

Not a crafty post this time, but one in a good cause.

With the loss of my Mum a while ago friend this year and another fighting so hard to cope with cancer I have decided to do Cancer Research - Race for Life.

This is a 5k walk jog or run round a local park, I've got my number now and it all seems really real.  5K doesn't sound a lot, but in October I had to a walking stick to get around and I have had to push myself to exercise - but it has worked! not quite up to marathon standard yet :)

This event is something positive I can do for friends past and present and a celebration of me getting to the point I can actually walk 5K

Sponsoring is really easy with the Just Giving web site, and if you are a UK tax payer the government will match the tax amount that you have already paid so it boosts the donation even further.  Just click on the picture below and give what you can spare - every £1 helps.  Even if you are not in the UK and want to help then please do :)

Selected pictures of me doing the race will follow!

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Lavinia Bright and Beautiful

Ever with my head in the clouds, I forgot to upload my cards in time to appear on the blog :(. Sorry Eileen.  But I did do them !!!

With this one I had some fun with Brosho's for the background and then part of the stamp and then coloured thise in with Gelato's

This one is with Adirondack inks ans some new circular dies

Hope to see your entry at 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Art book for Kathi


I bought a little sketch book for Kathi (mr son's girlfriend) for Christmas but never gave it to her as it was boring and black, THEN I found the perfect paper to cover it.  I made a secret pocket with a tag inside under the big butterfly. All the butterflies are raised, I added one of my favourite arty quotes and it was done! The biggest challenge was getting the paper between the binding, but scissors and patience and it was done!



At least now it is a bit different to everyone elses!


Melissa xx

Monday, 12 January 2015

Purple moments

Back in my crafty heaven after a bit of a break. I have made this tag for a challenge and thought you may like a look.  It uses Lavinia stamps, versamark and yummy mica powder 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Anything goes!!


I hope you all had fun over Christmas and New Year.  I had both boys at home Christmas Day so I was in heaven! and New Year we spent at the Grand Hotel Brighton waited on hand and foot!

These are my favourite challenges as you can let your imagination run away with you.  Bought this tissue box ages ago and didn't really know what to do with it, but then with all the different scenes that you can create with Lavinia stamps, and especially with the fantastic door stamp it was obvious!!

Wishing you all a happy healthy new year!!


Melissa xx