Hello and Welcome...

Hello & Welcome...My name is Anne-Marie, I am a full-time administration assistant for a local housing association, I have a husband, two adult sons, and a mad dog named Fritz. I spend any spare minute crafting (although there are never enough spare minutes)...anything from making cards, papercrafts, knitting, crochet, baking and making jams, curds etc. I also enjoy growing my own fruit/veg in my greenhouse/garden.

I hope I will post something that may be of interest to you.
..thanks for visiting xx

Friday, 31 January 2014

Gruffies & Guests - New Challenge

Good Evening

Firstly - I'd like to say the Winner and Top 3 have been announced for our first Gruffies & Guests Challenge - Anything Goes - so pop over to see if you're a winner HERE Thank you to everyone that entered our first challenge, there were some really fab entries.

Secondly - We will be starting a new challenge tomorrow, Saturday, 1st February 2014, the theme for February is "Love is in the Air"

Our sponsor for February is Dawn till Dusk, and the winner will receive a £10 voucher

So come on get your crafting hands creating, using a House Mouse, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers image, then please pop over and join in the fun and enter the challenge HERE

I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations, good luck, Anne-Marie DT xx

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Buttons & Butterflies

It will be my niece's birthday on Sunday and wanted to make something a bit different.  So armed with a blank 8x8 canvas, pink buttons, pink gems and pink butterflies that I'd cut out using Sissix Sizlits die using my Big Shot I set to work.  And this is what I came up with...

I though it might look nice on her bedroom wall.  Had a great time making it and might have to make one for my nephew next, although don't think he'd be impressed with pink buttons & butterflies haha

I'd be grateful for any feedback and ideas on what I could use on a canvas for a 5 year old boy.

Thanks for stopping by, A-M xx

I have entered this into the following challenges:

Scribble and Scrap Challenge & Blog - Challenge #10 Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #37 Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge - Challenge #1 Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge - Challenge #20 Make It Cute or Sweet
Jellypark Friends Challenge- Challenge Buttons and/or bows
Feeling Crafty Challenge - Challenge Butterflies

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Docrafts Creativity Prize Draw Winner

Evening All

Exciting news!  I am a very lucky winner of the Docrafts Creativity prize draw for December, my parcel arrived at the weekend and it was full of goodies from the new 'Sew Lovely' range

I went to a Docrafts demo at our local Craft Central on Saturday and had a fab time with Louise Moore, who showed us lots of ideas on using the new ranges.  Obviously as soon as I got home I had to get in my craft room and start 'playing' with my goodies.  

The first project I made was a deocrated box for a crafty facebook friend, hope she likes it.

The second project was a Mother's Day card using a card kit.

I still have lots of goodies left so what will I make next??

I enter the prize draws every time I go on the website and never in a million years thought I'd win, so get yourselves over to Docrafts and enter the draws...you never know!

Thanks for popping in, it is much appreciated, Luv Anne-Marie xx

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Gruffies & Guests Challenge reminder

Hi All

Here's a mid-way reminder for the first Gruffies & Guests Challenge - Anything Goes!  Please pop in and join in the fun HERE - lots of DT member projects to inspire, you so get crafting!

There is a prize of a £10 voucher from our sponsor - 

Here's my first project as a Design Team member for Team B, a mini recipe book, hope you like it and it gives plenty of inspiration.

I won't be doing such big projects every month, but I've wanted to make a mini recipe book for a while and thought it would be lovely to use the cute images from House Mouse, Gruffies & Happy Hoppers.  What do you think?  Any feedback would be fab.

There are some great entries so far in the challenge, thanks to everyone for joining in and good luck xx

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Feeling Old

I'm sitting in my Craft room feeling old this afternoon :(  just finished making my youngest son Adam's 21st birthday card!  Where has the time gone?  My eldest son Craig will be 24 this year!!

I struggled with what to put on the card, men are so much harder to make cards for aren't they? Well, I came up with this...

...I'm quite pleased with it.  What do you think?  Hopefully he will like it too.

Adam's birthday is on Tuesday so we're going out for a Chinese meal (just four of us) and then going out for a family meal on Saturday (10 of us) so I think the diet will have to wait until next week :)

Thanks for stopping by...Anne-Marie x

Saturday, 4 January 2014


Well...I've been having a play with my new Gruffies & Happy Hoppers cd rom, getting a bit of practice in for my DT Project for the new Gruffies & Guests Challenge Blog which went live this morning, please pop in and join in the fun.

Here are a couple of cards I have made...what do you think?

My DT project is in hand, and won't go 'live' until Saturday, 18th January as I'm in Team B.  But you don't have to wait until then, Team A's fantastic projects are already live, so please have a look and gain inspiration on using these fab images to make your own projects and enter them into the challenge.  There is a £10 voucher to be won from our Sponsor 

Hope to see your lovely creations soon, and Good Luck in the Challenge :) xx

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

I'd like to wish you all a very Happy New Year, my very best wishes for a happy, healthy and fabulously crafty 2014!!

I've started off my crafty new year by making some cupcakes this morning to take to my parents as we were invited for lunch.  Went down a treat and everyone enjoyed them. 

Although did have a mishap on the way out, the front door was open and because it was windy it blew the living room door into my arm and knocked the container the cakes were in so half of them fell over and the icing was smudged, but never mind they were still enjoyed :)  They looked like this before the mishap...

They all have pink butter cream,  half have been sprayed with silver shimmer spray and half with gold shimmer spray.

Will be back in my craft room tomorrow as I have a few cards to make.

But for now I'm going to chill in my pjs on the sofa and watch the soaps.

Thanks for popping in.  Bye for now, Love & Best Wishes Anne-Marie xx