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Hi, this blog is a mixture of my life as a wife, mum to 2 kids and creator of handmade cards which I sell to fund my addiction to craft stuff.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Just Clicked on the blog link in my Folksy shop and realised I haven't blogged in quite a while (OK, 3 years to be honest!) Not sure why, but I've decided to try and be better at it (but please don't hold me to that)
I'll probably be doing more craft related blogs as family life at the moment is a bit 'everyday' but to bring you up to date;  our Dear Daughter graduated from Exeter University 15 months ago and is now working in Bristol and proud 'Mummy' to 2 bunnies, Dear Son is now in his final year of High School so we are once again going to be thrown into the turmoil of GCSEs, choosing college etc. Hubby and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary this summer and I find myself wondering where those years have gone! I've also gained a 'proper' job as School Crossing Patrol Officer (Lollipop Lady) a job which I love (except when it's cold and wet) as I still have plenty of time to craft :-)

I'll leave it there for now as I'm sure I'm probably talking to myself (nothing new there then) but hope to share some of my crafting world soon

Diane x

Friday, 11 October 2013

Busy with Christmas!

Well I've not been a very good blogger this year with only a handful of posts but hopefully I'll be doing better from now on (yes I know you've heard that before!) Well as it's autumn that means Christmas is just around the corner and card making is taking on a more frantic mood in my crafting corner as I have so many ideas and not enough time (I think I'll ask for a few extra hours in the day for Christmas!) 

As usual there are lots of lovely festive items available on Folksy,(http://folksy.com/) here are a few of my humble offerings


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Fathers' Day

In case you didn't know it's Fathers' Day on Sunday.
For me & my family it will be a mixed day as I lost my own Dad in February but still want my Father-in-Law and Husband to have a happy day, also for the first time my Daughter won't be there to take breakfast in bed to her Dad as she's in Cornwall at University.

The theme for this weeks Papercraft thread on Folksy forums is surprise surprise, Men, who (as we all know) can be difficult to buy cards and gifts for so hopefully this selection will give anyone who's not bought anything yet a few ideas.

First one from my DeesDesigns shop as we all know Dads are superheroes no matter how old you are.  
This one from Phoenix Projects is bold and colourful   
If it's a present you're after how about this beautiful artwork by Iain S Byrne Wildlife Art
This card by Crafty Mushroom is sure to make Dad smile
These lovely journals from Tara Winona art are ideal for Dad to write down his wish list
How about a card for the little ones to colour in for their Daddy this clever idea is from Clarkie Designs.
How about a card that can double as a Beer mat from Little Red Press, what more could a Dad ask for!
Diane's Decoupage has made this card for the Golfing Dads out there

So if you're still in need of a card or present for the wonderful Dad in your life then head over to Folksy, there's all this and much more to choose from.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Whiter Than White?

White is ............
 Daisies, Wedding Dresses, cake icing,snow and fluffy clouds.

Most cardmakers see white as a challenge, there are so many shades of white it's difficult to match pieces of card or paper , if a card has too much white you're wondering if it looks 'finished' or just half done, does the amount of white enhance or detract from your main focal point, all in all white can be a bit of a nightmare. But it can also be a delight and really make a card stand out from the rest , on Folksy forums we have a weekly thread for papercrafters to show off their creations, each week it has a theme and this week Carol of Cariadcrafts picked white, I thought I would struggle to find a card in my shop and wasn't sure how many others would add to the thread but are our whiter than white crafts.
A romantic Wedding card from Cariadcrafts  W
This card from Ritzy Swish uses the white to show off the delicate design
This elegant card from Phoenix Projects uses texture to great effect

A sweet Wedding card from Diane's Decoupage   a
TThis card is made by the aptly named White Card Company
HHelles Belles card has a very crisp clean look H
TThese cards look delicious and were made by Stephanie Short Stationary
This is my contribution to the white thread 


Friday, 26 October 2012


We have a few robins in our garden who visit the bird feeder, one has even been known to sit on the windowsill & look in on us if there's nothing much on there as if to say 'It's breakfast time where's the food?'
Lots of sellers on Folksy have been listing for Christmas so there seems to be a lot of Robins on there too so as the weather is turning very wintry (the weather man mentioned snow this morning!) here's a few of Folksy's Festive Robins.

Firstly one of mine

These from Zulelkha's Art are beautifully detailed

This one from Audrey's Cat is made from vintage fabric

This lovely glass suncatcher has been painted by ARP Glass Designs

If you want to see any of  these lovely creations in your home then click on the text next to the photos to be taken to the details :-)
Finally don't forget to feed the robins & our other feathered friends through the winter.

Diane x 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

While Hubby's away.......

I've been playing :-) 

Normally I try to leave all things crafty at my desk, otherwise the whole house would be awash with paper, glitter etc. & it's bad enough with my 11yo son's Warhammer 40k stuff taking over the dining room. However hubby is away for a couple of nights (which gives me chance to tidy up after myself) so I brought down some of my Christmas decoupage sheets to cut & stack whilst 'watching' the telly, it's amazing how much I got done in only an hour or so;

Apologies for the bad  quality of the photo but it is a bit late & the only place I could lay them all out was on the living room floor. 
Now I need to get my act together and make them up into cards before the 'Christmas rush' has passed :-)

Here's some I prepared earlier 
To find these cards (and more) click on the folksy shop link at the top of the page

Diane x

Friday, 5 October 2012

Folksy Friday Autumn Colours The End is Nigh!!

Only a few more things left on my list, so there's light at the end of the tunnel!

If you want more details click on the shop name next to the photo.

Firstly a few warm reds,
Melissa's Ceramics 

Quilting Demon



RaRa Bazaar

Jules Handmade

Finally There were some gorgeous metallic coppers & bronzes

Creative Treasures 

Putting on the Charms 

AbyJem Handcrafted Jewellery

The Owl & The Pussycat

Midnight Star Designs

And finally a few from me!

 Hope no-one fell asleep during that marathon blog, back soon.

Diane x