Been meaning to photograph and post this for a while but didn’t get my act together until now. Anyway, as a Christmas present from me to say thank you for visiting and to celebrate reaching 250 followers (now an amazing 265 – thank you!) here it is.

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Neither of these has ever seen ink and the ums haven’t been opened, so leave me a comment, telling me why you deserve them and you can have them.
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I’ll draw a name sometime closer to the end of December but will only post after the Christmas rush, to avoid losing them in the Christmas post! I will, of course, be adding other goodies to this, but I haven’t yet decided what … but it will be nice 🙂

Please note!
Please don’t put your name down if you live in RUSSIA.
Add a link to your side bar (you can copy mine from the top of the right hand column) if you like!
Best of luck.  Cath x

Flutterby and GIVEAWAY…

Just finished a card I really enjoyed making. Although I started with some ink on the background, most of the colour has been added with Prismacolor pencils and it’s a combination of some of my favourite colours (as you can probably tell from the number of times I use them, lol).
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The challenge over at Daring Cardmakers this week is Flutterbies, so this WAS my entry but I’ve just been told I missed the fact that it was supposed to be pink and green – oops. My apologies, DCM – it really was an oversight and I’ve removed the title!
[PS Here’s a giggle for you.  I made this card with someone in mind and when I went to stamp the inside, I noticed I’d put the front on the WRONG WAY – duh!  The fold was at the right hand side.  Could’ve done with one of those ‘you know you’re getting old when opening a card isn’t as easy as it used to be…’ stamps, he, he.]


I don’t often use ribbons these days but the other day, I decided to sort them all out – it’s taken me THREE DAYS!  I have more ribbon than anyone could ever use in a lifetime, SO….. I’ve decided to do a GIVEAWAY!!!!
I have THREE BIG EVELOPES stuffed with ribbons, trims and all kinds and I’ll send them to three random people who leave me a comment on THIS POST before 18th of September.   There are some half and almost full rolls (most of which I’ve now shared between the bags, tho’ there are still a couple of rolls in each) and along with all the lengths you may find fibres and/or lace, along with grosgrain, satin and organza.
The DOWNSIDE is that you will probably have to unravel some of it and the bags contain a very mixed selection of sizes, colours and widths, not to mention materials.
The UPSIDE is that I’m still ‘destashing’ so I’ll be adding buttons, brads and maybe a few other things to the envelopes as the week progresses. If I don’t manage to get it all done, then I’ll do another giveaway soon because I really do NOT need all this stash I have now that I no longer run workshops or do classes!!!

Freebies and some Blog Candy..

I was lucky enough to happen upon a fab Music Mag from 1897 at a Car boot sale, just outside York when I was there at the weekend, so I thought I’d scan some of the pages and share them with you.


They’re pretty large files, so I’ll add a couple at a time.  Here are the first couple, the front and back covers.  Just click to enlarge for better resolution.  I haven’t tried cleaning them up at all because I thought you may like them as they are – naturally distressed.  Now that’s what I call torn pages, lol.  Aren’t they cool?

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I’ve rescanned this at a higher res and uploaded it again so that you could see the text more clearly.  If that doesn’t work, ask me to send you a copy – it’s easier, lol. I think Blogger may resize it.  Unfortunately, in the meantime, a little bit of the Venus Soap ad has torn – it’s pretty fragile – so I’ll upload the original, too, just in case you wanted that bit.
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Here’s the promised Blog Candy.  A bit of a mixed bag 😉
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There’s an Oriental rubber plate and a plate of great quotes, from Time to Stamp (now sold by I Brake for Stamps), a selection of mixed style single unmounted rubber stamps, Pearly Stuff, Provocraft Roller stamp (Alphabet letters you select to make the word), Suze Weinberg’s Beadazzles (Cha Cha), buttons, copper foil, Art Glitter Glue, Pearly Stuff, Alphabet Stickers (K & Co), jigsaw pieces and I’ll also throw in a selection of charms.
All you have to do is to leave a comment, telling me why you think I should give this to you…

Blog Candy

Today, I’ve been really, REALLY messy, to make up for the clean cards I made in the last couple of days, lol. I’ve been making Marvy Metallic Backgrounds and Twinkler backgrounds – this one was my very own idea, too – not one I found elsewhere, so I’m quite proud of it.

One of the advantages of having had a stamping business was that I had to have a supply of most things I sold, so that I could demo them and also so that the people attending workshops and Stamp Club could use them. I know it sounds daft but it was sometimes a disadvantage because there was just too much to choose from and Twinklers were no exception, although I rarely use them now, which is a shame. They’re so glitzy and the colours are so beautiful. My set is the larger sized jars and in amidst all those pretty jewel like colours, I found some of the smaller Twinklers – 13 in fact – which we must have used before the larger sized jars arrived! So if anyone would like them, just leave a comment here and I’ll put your name in a hat. If they’ve been used at all, they’ve been VERY lightly used, but some of them have no lids – I don’t use lids because they jam if you put them on when the paint is still wet…


The colours are:- Fuzzy Peach, Stargazer, Coral Berry, Wisteria, Evening Primrose, Razzle Berry, Nutmeg, Black Orchid, Bolivian Blue, Oregano, Caribbean Mist, Jasper Red – I think!!

While I remember, I also have a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder that I managed to double up on – don’t know how, but it was probably while doing classes or something… again, very lightly used, although I can’t tell the one I’ve used more from the other now. If you’re interested in that, please leave a comment. It’s the Birds and Swirls design.

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I’d VERY MUCH appreciate it if you’d stipulate which one you’re interested in – Twinklers or Embossing Folder – or I won’t be able to enter you for the draw. I’ll draw a name over the weekend.

Happy Birthday, Mum and Blog Candy Winners!

First of all, I’d like to wish my lovely Mum a really Happy Birthday – even though she’ll probably be in bed because she now lives in New Zealand and celebrated her day early 😦 Love you loads, Mum and hope each year just gets better than the last.

Now onto the draw. We drew numbers last night and I’ve just trawled through all the comments to make sure I get the right names and links and I have to say ‘Never again!’ It’s taken me ages and ages and ages and ages and ages and ages and… I think you’ll get the point, lol – Mr Linky next time, I think 🙂

Anyway, In no particular order the winners are…







All Blog Candy was posted on 26 January – hope it arrives soon 🙂

Sorry everyone couldn’t win but thank you to all for your fab comments and especially to those who have commented on artwork before and since then. It’s been lovely to meet so many new people and to see the fab Eye Candy available on all your blogs 🙂 There will be more candy soon, I promise.

BLOG CANDY – Finally, here it is!

I have much more than this to clear but this is just a starter, so if you’re interested in this BLOG CANDY, just leave a comment and don’t forget to tell your friends! If you’d like to become a follower of my Blog, that would be great AND you’ll get an extra chance in the draw, but no obligation to do so.

I’ll draw a name in a couple of weeks’ time – let’s say 19 January for the sake of giving an end date 🙂 It’s my Mum’s birthday on 21st, so I’ll draw names on that date 🙂

After the 50th Comment, I added more stash, which you may be able to see from the second photo. Much to my surprise, there are now over 100 comments, so there are a couple more prizes – thank you for Commenting and Bonne Chance !



The link in the sidebar will remain there until I’ve drawn names.

Blog Candy alert…

Jo’s giving away some great BLOG CANDY, folks so hurry along and get your name on her list. Check out her fab art while you’re there. She’s a VERY creative lady 🙂 I’ll leave a link in the sidebar to make it easier for you to find it!