The Pepsi challenge continues...

If you'd like a giggle at our expense, please check out... The adventures of Pepsi Man!

Also Tom's song entry here.

And if you have time before 12pm tonight please register and vote us HIGH!

Smell the roses...

Here's a challenge...

Which one is real?


... actually neither of them are!

I was web surfing last night and was looking at the Martha Stewart website and found the instructions for making the first rose, I then made the second one. The instructions are here and there is a handy video to watch as well. You can also go to the Mommy Makes Roses website for more info.

SALT water

The latest SALT challenge is the theme of WATER as set by my dear sister Esther.

Do have a look at the Faith Challenge Salt blog and the other creations based on this theme.

I was short of time this week to do anything too elaborate, so I created this Baptism card.

PP by TLC, stamps by Rhonna Farrer, scalloped scissors by Fiskars and the punch tool from MM eyelet setter.

And the winner is...

And the first winner is

Then luke said he wanted to pick again...
so another little prize will be winging it's way to...

(please could you email me with your address mamaluke at

Thank you everyone that took part, I'll let you know when the next blog candy is up for grabs!

My mojo's with me...

Just made another one... then really must go to bed, have had far too many late nights.

Thought I'd share... bought the first of the Columbo DVD's today. I am no way going to be collecting the whole set, in my opinion you're paying far to much for all the cardboard and paper that goes into the packaging, and the not so researched magazine that goes with it! I'd rather have the disc in a small card sleeve for 99p and be done with it!

And another thing... (lol had to get that in!)

Summer and bank holidaying in Welshpool has proven to be lovely for me, due to something that is taken for granted in cities. Having lived in London and being of mixed ethnic background myself, I miss the variety of skin tones that can be found in a Cosmopolitan area. However, whilst wandering round town today it was lovely to see people of colour on the streets of Welshpool on their holidays. How I miss that here in Mid Wales...

Anyway, here is the card...

I love punching the front of cards to reveal a bit of the back of the card, especially if there's pretty paper behind it.

Ingredients: PP by Anna Griffin, Stamps by AG and Rhonna Farrer, Butterfly and Flower punch, Prima Flowers, scallop scissors and Sakura glitter pen.

DCM button challenge

Been making quite a few cards this weekend, it's been easier to find what I need in my more tidy space.

Ingredients: Anna Griffin and Do-crafts stamps, flowers from local source and Blooms to Go, large vintage button, ribbon, scrap of newspaper, PP by unknown and leaf punch by Punch Bunch.

CPS challenge

Had a go at the CPS sketch...

Ingredients: PP by Anna Griffin, stamps by Anna Griffin, Clevercut and Stampin Up. Flower by Blooms to Go and Opitec and some ribbon.

B and W challenge and Wed's Stamper

Had a go at the Creative Idea on a Sunday challenge of creating something in Black and White and combined it with Wednesday stamper's one of using stitches.

Ingredients: PP by HOTP, stamps by HOTP and Rubber Stampede, Prima flower, vintage button, ribbon and Sakura fine glitter pen.

DCM dots and dashes and more sorting!

Thought I'd take advantage of my newly sorted papers and card, and actually get back into some card making!

I sorted all my scraps of cardstock and any "cut into" papers into colours sections. Makes it so much easier to find what I need. Just got to keep it that way now and it looks pretty too!

Here is my contribution for the latest DCM challenge... While I had bits out thought I'd make a few.

Ingredients: PP by TLC and unknown?!, computer printed Bible text and sticker by Brenda Walton, Prima flower, vintage button, flower crystal and various ribbons.

Luke is 5!

I know it's a tired cliche but time has flown! I can't believe it's 5 years ago since Luke was born!

He doesn't quite understand that it can be your birthday and NOT have a party. So I told him he could invite some friends round to play, have tea and then go to the cinema, which they did.

Cooked a vat of Bolgnaise! And a gorgeous chocolate cake, extremely choclatey!

Here are some pics...

Luke took these...

Ethan took this...

Jadon's first laugh...

Last night as I was trying to get Ethan to sleep, I could hear Jadon "chatting" and then it turning into a laugh. I managed to grab the Digi camera Tom had borrowed from work and captured him and then Ethan chatting...

My first Youtube video!!! yay

Forgot to say the deadline for the entries for the blog candy is Sunday 3pm (GMT) so check back after that to see who won!

Altered Spice Jars and BLOG CANDY!!!

As a treat to myself I bough a wire cake stand from Argos yesterday. I felt I deserved it after doing so much sorting a tidying this week *wink*. I had bought a new spice rack to tidy up kitchen area and had spice jars left over that I want to put small craft bits into. They were crying out to be altered, so I stuck flowers and ribbon onto the lids so that when they're in the stand it looks like a posie of flowers.

Ingredients: Empty spice jars, glye gun, assorted fabric flowers from stash bought from general stores and charity shops, buttons, ribbon and emboidery thread.

And as a treat to you, leave a comment on this post telling me your ideas for what I should store in the jars and I will enter your name in the draw for the jar below. Not only will you win the jar, but tell me your favourite colour or colours and I'll fill it with candy such as ribbons, fibres, button and anything else that takes my fancy! So get your thinking caps on and post me a comment. International bloggers welcome!

A couple of cards - Sketch This and Marie Loves to Stamp

Made this for a friend, sketch taken from Sketch This blog.

Ingredients: PP by Basic Grey, Stamps by HOTP and Create-it.

Found another challenge blog today, I just love them! So inspirational. I got this sketch from Marie loves to Stamp, I had to make this thank you card for a lovely couple who phoned me when I had left my purse on their stall today! They tracked my number in the phone book and were trying to contact me all day.

Ingredients: PP by TLC, DCWV and Brenda Walton. Stamps by HOTP. Old lace, button, crystal and ribbon from stash.

Tom's Pepsi Entry

My DH has entered a Pepsi competition, he composed a song, then filmed himself singing and playing the guitar.

... please take a look HERE and rate it accordingly. You'll need to register to cast your vote.

Managed to do a card for the Di Hickman blog, used it for my dads birthday card...

Ingredients: PP and stamps by HOTP, silk flower from a general store and flower punch.

SALT challenge #2

Wooohoo I'm pleased to annunce the 2nd challenge from this exciting group and fab group of ladies.

I was thinking along the lines of how my life is FULL in CHRIST.

This week it's Casey's to set the challenge :)

I have chosen the theme "Life to the Full." This theme comes from the verse John 10:10b where Jesus says that He has come so we may have life and have it to the full (or in abundance)!

So, we would really love to see your take on this challenge of what
"Life to the full- in Christ" means for you.
You can do it whatever format you like e.g. A Layout, card, beyond the page, canvas etc.

Do have a look at the SALT blog to see the other creations

That it is because of Jesus that my life is complete. I was searching for a verse to express this and came across a verse I was given just after my baptism. I have often pondered on it and what it means and how it should affect my life.

The flowers have been inspired by the work of Carole Janson and others who create 3D paper flowers. The verse is printed on acetate, the frame lightly inked and then the flowers, leaves and dragonflies stuck on with sticky pads or Modge Podge glue. The dragonflies have little crystals on them and coloured with a clear gel pen to give them a shine.

Ingredients: PP by Basic Grey, flowers by Prima, Leaf and stamen punches by Leone Em, Dragonfly punches by Woodware and Xcut.

DCM photo finish challenge

Made this on Sunday, and have finally blogged it! Have been frantically sorting out boxes I've not looked at for months/years and rearranging bedrooms, as we are now the proud owners of bunkbeds!

My craft stuff is slowly being ordered, have yet to tackle the 12x12 paper!
Now, here's a question, do you sort into order of colour, manufacturer, theme?

I've sorted my little pieces of card into colour order and it is fab! So easy when making a card to find what I need!

Anyway, here is the card, hope the couple who's anniversary it was last month, and who I'll be sending it to doesn't check this blog soon!

Ingredients: Stamps by HTP and Rhonna Farrer, organza ribbon rescued from some packaging and some crystals.

Sorting frenzy!

While the whim is taking me, I'm taking advantage of it!

Been doing a long overdue sort through of craft stuff, and I've just scratched the surface!!! I am a self confessed horder and need to sort it out!

Off course I had to make my sorting look pretty. So I got round to using my Kilner jars for what I intended them for. I have picked up quite a number of them from jumble sales and wanted to use them for storing titbits.

So here is a tidy area...

and here is my dining table!!!

As you can see, not quite there yet!

How do you organise your craft stuff? By items, colours, themes? Any tips would be most valued.

Photos are funny things....

A friend of mine took the following pics of me, and asked if I minded it being posted on Facebook.

I was intrigued as to why he wanted my permission, but when I looked at it I knew why. Although it is not what I would regard as a flattering picture of myself it is an honest one. I find it hard to look at as its a view of myself I don't often have. When we see ourselves it tends to be in a mirror, and I was quite shocked when I was younger to realise that I don't really like my profile. I've learnt to tolerate it now.

What this throws up is an interesting thought of how we view ourselves and way we are percieved by others and how this differs from the way others see and percieve us. And even though we know ourselves very well - how we think, feel and see the world, we never see the whole picture of "me". Thankfully God does, and I am reminded of the following verses...

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

Now... for the photo.

New beginnings...

Decided it was time for a change of look for my Blog...

Hope you like it.


Praise the Lord! We have got back from a week at the Carey Family Conference. We are shattered but happy.

Thought I'd better update my blog with my involvement with the Salt Faith Challenge blog. I am so privledged to be involved with an international and inspirational group of women. The response so far has been wonderful and I am aiming to have a good look at what people have been creating.

However, as soon as I've posted this I must head for bed!

Here are the pics of my Altered box on the theme of Praise for Salt.

On each letter is written a verse of the Bible containing the word PRAISE.

Ingredients: PP by Basic Grey, Prima Flowers, butterfly punch (2 sizes), Modge Podge, ribbon, glitter glue and a wooden box.

New Arrival...

In the form of a challenge site!
SALT is now up and running, a challenge craft site that gives us the opporunity to express our love for God, and to use the gifts he has given us through the means of art and craft. All welcome to join in with the Bi-weekly challenges, visit for more details and to check out the project that I made!
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