Wednesday, 31 December 2014


Hi Everyone

Well I can only say a BIG BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has left such lovely comments and so many heartfelt thoughts throughout this very sad and difficult year we have had as a family, but would also like to add one of the happiest with Claire and Toby's  wedding in April and their  blessing in May.  I hope that 2015 is going to be a good one for us all.

If it wasn't for coming across Sue's blog by accident I would never have come in contact with you all you lovely ladies, so a really big thank you to Sue

If you are out tonight celebrating the new year in, stay safe and warm. I will raise a glass to you all at Midnight. Good Health & Happy Crafting to everyone  CHEERS!!

Love and hugs

Tina XX

Wednesday, 24 December 2014


To all the lovely regulars that visit my blog and to people who just quietly pass through.

I really can't put into words how much I have enjoyed you visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments, it makes my making cards worthwhile.

I wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas, and a very Happy & Healthy New Year and may 2015 bring everything you wish for and more.

With fond and Kind regards to all :-)

Tina XX

Friday, 19 December 2014

Hope your day is Fabulous

Hi to my regular blog friends and to new visitors, and to everyone that just quietly pass through. Please feel free to leave a comment, as I love to read what you have to say.

I made this card for a dear friend on my blog. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPH. I hope you have a FABULOUS day!!

Hope you like it Steph   " A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ". I hope it arrived in one piece.

In the new year I am determined to makes more Tina cards along side my CE DT cards. Got a few in mind!

See you soon

Tina XX

Monday, 15 December 2014

Espresso Yourself

Good Tuesday morning everyone, to my regular blog friends and to people who quietly pass through, all are more than welcome.

How fast is that big day looming and only 24hrs in the day to get ready for it. Thank you Hazel I did enjoy the email you sent and the last hymn is one of my favouites. Also congratulations on your win at the weekend.

Products used :-

8x8 White card
Silver Mirri card
Creative Expressions foundation-Black card
Foundations -White card
Sue Wilson EF- Celtic Flower
Creative Expressions- Espresso background stamp
Creative Expressions- Silver embossing powder
Spellbinders basic dies

I started with an 8x8 card and matt and layered with silver mirri card and an embossed layer using Sue's Celtic flower EF. I then cut 3 panels of black foundation card and stamped with perfect medium with 3 different images from the CE back ground stamp and heat embossed them with CE embossing powder, then layered with silver mirri card, and attached sticky pads for dimention and attached to the card in equal spaces. For the focal I stamped Espresso Yourself stamp and heat embossed with silver embossing powder and cut it out with Spellbinders basic B die cuts and while still in the die lightly coloured edges with Tim Holtz black soot distressing ink, put sticky pads on the reverse and attached in the centre of the 3 panels. I stamped 5 coffee beans and cut them out with SW Carmelia dies, tied a bow with ribbon from my stash, added a gem to the middle and to the corners of the focal point.

I hope you like it!

On Friday I will be posting a Tina card, for a special lady on my blog . I really hope she likes it when it arrives.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dessert Card

Good Tuesday Morning to all my regular blog friend visitors and to those who just pass through. Please feel free to pause a while and write a comment.

Out of all the stamps I was sent for this month this is my favorite.

Products used:-

8X8 white card
Pink mirri card
Creative Expression- Black foundation card
Creative Expression- white foundation card
Sue Wilson- Lattice Heart EF
Grosgrain ribbon
Spellbinders- Grand large labels
Spellbinders- Tag Dies
Sue Wilson- French collection Corner, border & tags die
Creative Expression- Crystal sparkler

First I started with a matt of pink mirri card and a piece of white card embossed with the heart lattice EF. The second layer of matt and layering is black card, pink mirri and heart lattice embossed white card only 3/4 the way down. Next I stamped from the kitchen utensil stamps on black card with Adirondack snow cap ink, then cut it out with the smallest Spellbinder grand Labels die, and while still in the die I lightly inked with the snow cap ink and attached it to the top of the card. I then cut from the French collection border and attached a strip of pink and white striped grosgrain ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the card. I then tied a bow with the same ribbon and glued it in the middle of the border. Finally I attached a sparkle from CE.

I hope it all makes sense, and I hope you like the card.

To all my regular visitors, I just thought I would let you know that Anthea has had some really intense radiotherapy and it is working big time. She has her final session on the 11th Dec,and she has said that her and Jake want to come for big hugs and cuddles sometime over Christmas, which will be FAB.

Paul had to go to the A&E again today as the eye cream they gave him last week reacted badly. His eye has now ulcerated and the iris has gone soggy and has attached itself to something else in the eye. He had to go back today and again tomorrow, as the ulcer has been quite aggressive,  hopefully better news today.

Claire STILL work in painful progress. I just despair of the NHS, and whole heartedly agree with Margaret ( Corgi Owner ). Claire needs to be seen by a vet. If she had been back September she would be sorted by now.

Thank you for your lovely comments about my last card.

Talk soon, have a great week

Tina XX    

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My 1st Dec DT Card

Good Tuesday morning blog friends

I hope you all had a good weekend. My weekend consisted of clearing up after an elderly puss cat (Summer), and a hubby that ended up in A&E. He was doing gardening and putting new fascias and guttering around to bungalow, he came in, his eye streaming  to see if I could see anything in it. It was completely red, that was on Saturday, by Sunday it looked dreadful, so I said it's A&E for you. They said what ever it was that was in his eye had gone with the eye watering so much but what ever it was had cut the cornea. So he has antibiotic cream to put in. Well what can I say, when  Claire & Craig were little they didn't make as much fuss when taking their medicine. MEN!.

Anyway I digress, the stamps we were sent for this month are even more of a challenge than last month, but I'm up for that. No flowers or butterflies on this card though.

Products used :-

8x8 white card
Creative Expressions- foundation black card
       "               "         foundation White card
Gold mirri card
Creative Expressions- black embossing powder
Creative Expressions- Tea & Biscuits stamp
Tim Holtz distress inks- Vintage photo & Wild honey
Gems- from my stash
Tea cup- from my stash
Sue Wilson Embossing folder
Sue Wilson California collection- Corner, border & Tags

 First I matt & layered Gold and black card to the main 8x8 card, then did another set of matt & layering, only slightly smaller but bossed the black card with the basket weave EF and only 3/4 of the way down the black card. With odds and ends of the white, mirri & black card I made a ribbon to go across the bottom of the embossed part of the card. Before attaching I used Sue's Border die, in gold mirri and glued it to the back of the ribbon then glued to the bottom of the card. I stamped the Tea and Biscuit stamp onto white card and while still in the die I added some shade with distressing inks. I cut an oval frame out of remaining embossed card and layered with sticky pads. Just to finish I added some black gems and a cup an saucer from my stash.

I hope you like it! I would love you to leave a comment, and look forward to reading them.

See again you soon!

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX

Thursday, 27 November 2014


HELLO to my regular blog friends, and if you just pass through I hope you like what you see.

I have sooo missed making my " Tina cards ". I have been really determined to make time to make one for my blog.      Whoops!!. Sorry I have to go, the cats are pestering me for a top up, I think they feel neglected because I have shut them out of my workroom today, the meows are so loud. ( be back soon ).

Hi back again. They are so demanding, don't go on the time on the computer there have been lots of other interruptions in between feeding my fluffy friends. I wish I was waited on as much as all my puddy cats are.

So, as I was saying before they rudely interrupted me. I just shut my workroom door and made a Tina card of flowers and butterflies. I have missed making my fussy cards, but also very pleased and excited to be on the CE DT as they are really stretching my imagination, and that's a good thing.

I hope you like this one.

Products used:-

8X8 White card
Purple miiri card
Tonic EF- Rosalyn
Hunkydory- frosted Florals paper
Anna Marie Designs- White card for Matt and layering
CE- Iced snow
Sue Wilson-Scandinavian collection- Background
Spellbinders- fancy tags Two
Sue wilso Finishing touches- Classic Rose
Spellbinders-Les Papillions Two
Sue Wilson- Scandinavian collection- Copenhagen
Sentiment- Just Rite- Floral Thank you set
Tim Holzt- dusty Concord to colour the flowers
Gems from my stash

So nice to do one of my kind of cards again. I hope you like it. Thank you for leaving your comments. I really love to read them all.

Kind regards to all :-)

Tina XX

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Last Christmas DT card

Good Tuesday Morning Blog Friends

I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are raring to go for the rest of this week. I can't believe in less than a week I will start to put up my Christmas Decorations, It takes me at least a week to put them all up. My favourite is the fire surround. I absolutely love Christmas, but this year we have a few first's to overcome.

Anyway like I said the last Christmas DT card this month, and then on to my next challenge for next month, even more of a challenge for me.

Back to the last Christmas card. I have used practically every stamp in the partridge in a pear tree set. I hope it's not too much of an overload.

Please feel free to leave a comment, as I love to read your feedback

I hope you like it!

Products used:-

8x8 white card
Gold & silver Mirri card
Silver mica flakes
Distress ink- Wild honey,Tattered rose, and weathered wood.
Spellbinders- Large square dies
Sue Wilson-Festive collection- Pine bough
Cosmic shimmer embossing powder Gold silver black and true white
Cosmic Shimmer- Mica powder- rose pink gold & blue
Most of the stamps from- Partridge in a pear tree stamp pack

First of all I matt and layered an 8x8 white card with gold mirri and white card, added sticky strips for dimension, did the same with silver and white card and lastly added gold mirri  and white card for another dimension, but covered last layer of white card with a sticky sheet and covered with silver Mica flakes.

1st square, I stamped the partridge with clear medium covered with black embossing powder and heat embossed. I then used pink gold and blue mica powder with a water paint brush and coloured the partridge. I cut some twigs from the pine bough dies, stamped a couple of pine sprigs and heat embossed in silver and then st the partridge on top with sticky pads

2nd square stamped music verse stamp with clear medium then added true white embossing powder and heat embossed., matt and layered with a smaller square the finally stamped a sentiment, heat embossed in silver embossing powder and layered with sticky pads.

3rd square, just stamped sentiment and horn stamp with clear medium and heat embossed with silver embossing powder, and added very thin sticky pads for slight dimension.

I stamped all 3 of the small pear stamps in clear medium covered each one with a different embossing powder, Gold,silver and true white and heat embossed. The diamond embossed pear, I then coloured with pink, blue and honey distress ink same colours as the partridge to tie in the colour scheme.

Finally I matt and layered each square with several layers of card and sticky pads until each square was a different level.

Sounds a lot of work, but you could cut many squares at one time. It was good fun

Hope you like this card, please feel free to leave a comment.I hope you all have a happy and healthy and enjoyable up and coming week, and will see you all again soon.

Kind regards

 Tina XX

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Butterflies and Flowers

Hi blog friends

Just a little card to say, I too am missing making my butterfly and flower cards. So thought I would make this one quickly, butterfly overload I know but it was good getting them out again. Very difficult to add butterflies on Christmas cards. So if you can't take the card to the butterfly, take the butterfly to the card. Just a bit of fun. hope you like it.

Like I said not the butterfly and flower card I normally do, but just did a quick fun to make Christmas card twist.

Kind regards:-)

Tina XX

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Let It Snow

Good Tuesday Morning to all my regular blog friends and to those who just pass through.

I hope you all had a good weekend, and have a good week ahead.

I would like to say a big welcome to my blog to:-  Cr@fty, Ros and Rocky, and thank you all for your lovely comments, much appreciated and I look forward to reading them.

Products used:-

16x8 card
foundation card in red and white and green
Creative Expressions snowflake stamp - Snowflake & sprigs
CE Sentiment- Winter Greetings
Spellbinders- Fancy Tags Two
Sue Wilson- Festive collection- Classic Poinsettia
Sue Wilson- Festive collection- Mosaic Poinsettia
Sue Wilson- Snowflake Lattice
Glitter embossing powder
Gems from my stash

I started scoring my card 4" each side of the card and then fold in to make an 8x8, then I cut an 8x8 piece of card in red and stamped the snowflakes in perfect medium and used true white embossing powder and then heat embossed it. I cut 3 sets of the poinsettias in red and the same in the mosaic die and layered them.On the front of the card I did a matt and layer of red card and the white card I embossed with snowflake lattice EF folder. I put the poinsettias on to the front of the card so that they slightly overhung each side of the card. I made a forked tag and stamped a sentiment. I cut  fancy tag and embossed a sentiment and placed in the inside of the card. Every snowflake was given a gem in the middle on the inside and on the front of the card. 

I hope you like my 3rd  CE DT card.

I really must do another Tina card with my flowers and butterflies, I miss them. I will have to put some me time by.

My new Cut n Boss machine arrived on Tuesday last week, and by the time this blog goes out it will have been collected yesterday ( Monday ) as it has several fault. I hope they fix it as there are no more in the Country until February. Unless you know anywhere I can get my hands on one? Hoping they will let me have a refund.

Talk again soon, have a good week everyone

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Partridge in a pear tree

Good Tuesday morning all, I hope you had a good week-end and have an equally good week, as I have said at the bottom of this post a very different card from me again this week. My goodness, I am really out of my comfort zone but really enjoying it. Thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog, where you will always be more than welcome. Have a good day everyone.

products use:-

8x8 Black card
Creative Expressions- Vintage Silver card
CE card- Black
CE card- white
Mari bu feathers
CE- Partridge in a pear tree stamp range
CE- Diamond sparkles
Sue Wilson- Festive collection- Pine Bough
Gold thread from my stash
Cosmic Shimmer- Gold & Silver embossing powder
Spellbinders- Heirloom 2012 baubles die
Spellbinders- Labels 33
Tim Holtz- Black soot distress ink

I  started with my black 8x8  card, I then cut a slightly smaller piece of card in silver, then another slightly smaller in white card. I then cut an aperture using Heirloom 2012 largest die in the middle of all three, and then embossed the white card with tiny dots EF. Then I put sticky pads on the back of the silver and white card for dimension and Matt and layered them. I stamped the large pear four times and heat embossed two in silver and two in gold and cut them out., then scored them all down the centre  folded them along the score line and glued them together to make a bauble and did the same for the four leaves. I used Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue through the middle and around the edges of the pears and put diamond sparkles on the glued areas, then put a length of gold thread through the centre of the pear bauble and glued it to the middle Matt of silver card. Then using the Pine bough dies I cut 3 of the pine and 1 of the twigs and arranged them to the side of the bauble aperture. I then stamped a partridge and coloured it with water colour pencils, cut it out and mounted it on top of the pine and twigs. Finally I cut a sentiment  out and while still in the die I gave it a shadow using black soot, attached sticky pads to the back and adhered it to the bottom of my card.

The first card I made for Creative Expressions was very different for me, and this one is even more so. I really hope you like my 2nd  attempt. Please feel free to leave a comment. I'll look forward to hearing them.

Hopefully I will get some time to make a usual Tina card at some point this week, as last week was manic. Because Claire was taken back into hospital.

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX

Monday, 10 November 2014


So so cute

 "Turn the light off on your way out".

 where would we be without our furry family.  Just wanted to share a special puddy cat moment.

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

My 1st CEDT Card

Good Tuesday morning to my regular visitors, and to all who just pass through. Please feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear what you think. This is my very first card  as part of the Creative Expressions  Design Team, I just hope it's not my last. Fingers Crossed.

Products used:-

8x8 white card
Black card
Vintage Gold card- Creative Expressions
Pine leaves- Creative Expressions Snowflake & Sprigs Stamps
Sue Wilson Die- California Collection- Hollywood
Poinsettia- Creative Expression Snowflake & sprig stamps
Creative Expressions- black embossing powder
Creative Expression- Gold embossing powder
Spellbinders- Labels Two
Spellbinders- Poinsettia dies ( leaves )
Creative Expressions foundation- Red card
CE foundation card for the leaves
Cosmic Shimmer- Cosmic Twinkles

I started with the 8x8 card, I matted it with a slightly smaller piece of black card then again with a piece of vintage gold card. I stamped the gold card first with the larger pine stamp and heat embossed it with the gold embossing powder. I then cut a smaller piece of black card and a slightly smaller piece of gold card, before layering it I stamped it with the small pine stamp and again heat embossed  with gold embossing powder. I then used the Californian dies and cut an aperture. I put sticky pads on the back of layers for dimension. I put the California die inside of the aperture for a set back look. I stamped 3 sets of the poinsettia's with clear perfect medium and heat embossed it with black embossing powder, and cut them out. Using cosmic shimmer mica powder in gold I mixed a bit in the lid with water and painted the stamens. I layered the poinsettias at various levels for dimension and cut some leaves in green for an added splash of colour. I cut some festive holly sprays and added some Cosmic Twinkles to the berries. For the sentiment I used the labels two die and stamped it with a Creative Expressions Winter greeting stamp. I rolled it to give a beveled effect and attached it to the centre of the card.

It seems like a lot of work but it is a really very therapeutic card if you like cutting out.

I really hope you like this one.

Friday, 24 October 2014


Hi to everyone, regulars and new visitors

Thank you for being patient and returning. My lovely son passed on yet another bug to me, and then went off to scotland on holiday with his girlfriend. I won't go into details, but it ended with severe aching in the neck, shoulders, arms and back. Because my Ebosser eventually went to crafting heaven, I didn't have the strength in my arm to use the musical one ( Joy Trouvaille ).

Anyway, you can't keep me down for long.

Thank you all for my birthday wishes, that was so thoughtful X

This card is something a little different for me, well maybe not, well maybe a little. You decide! . I hope you like it.

Products used:-

8x8 Card- Anna Marie Design, absolutetly fantastic card 300gsm
Pastle mirri card, Lemon
Gold card C&C 163-187
Flowers:- Sue Wilson - finishing touches, Classic Rose
Guilding flake- Crafty notions-Pitate treasure,Copper Thunder and Sunshine
Sue Wilson- French Collection- Corner Borders & Tags
Spellbinders- Fancy tags Two
Marianne design- Creatables Leaves
Butterflies, TBA

Again, I hope you like this one. I think this is one that looks better when you are holding it in front of you.

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX 

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Hi Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and that the weather is more pleasant where you are, and not like a wet Wiltshire.

I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you for all your lovely comments, or shall I say all the ones I can read. I changed something on my blog to be able to receive more messages. Although I received 35 messages, when I went in to read them only 16 came up. I just didn't want any new people looking at my blog thinking I was rude in not saying thank you.

So until I try to sort out my blog I would like to Thank You all BIG TIME.

If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful.

See you soon

Tina XX

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Kindred Spirits

Hi to my regular ladies and gents, and to anyone that just slips through quietly. Welcome

I made this card quickly today, as I thought after being announced on the CEDT that maybe you would like to see a card and not read about my little kitties. So here goes, my goodness I have never been so nervous.

Products used :-

8x8 White card embossed with Tonic forever moments- Rosalyn
Burnt orangs card from my stash, I can only give you the C & C code 163-187
Pastel mirri card
Black card 300 gsm- Anna Marie designs
Focal point:- Sue Wilson Californian collectio- decorative Frames Set B
Sue Wilson Californian Collection- Hollywood
Spellbinders- Fancy Tags Two
Cheery Lyn- Gardenia Strip
Sue Wilson  Finishing touches- Classic Rose
Marianne design- Creatables LR 0227
Sue Wilson Finishing Touches- Magical butterflies
Little butterfly- TBA
Sentiment- creative Expressions- Thoughtful Sentiments
Creative Expression- Dazzlers
Creative Expressions- Iced Snow
Creative Expressions- Clear dry Glue

Good grief I didn't realise I had used so much, I hope you like it. Hope you visit again!!

Kind Regards :-)

Tina XX