Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mamma Makes Gardening

We have a Fabulous challenge for you this week over at

Our challenge this week is 

Garden or outdoors

so lots of leafy /floral projects please

This week our lovely sponsor is

Be sure to watch Loti on Hochanda this Wednesday 9th May at 11am and 2pm - remember you saw her here first!!

Bio about the company:
Mama Makes is all about preserving memories and sending positivity through crafting. These stamps are perfect for cardmaking, journaling and scrapbooks. They are a perfect combination of modern, quirky and the perfect size for a multitude of projects. Mama Makes originally started as a craft blog in 2014, while Loti was on maternity leave. On Mother’s Day 2017, Mama Makes opened as a store selling Loti’s designs as photopolymer stamps. You might have seen the stamps as part of Katie Skilton and Paula Pascual’s demos on Hochanda or maybe in Papercrafter and Die Cutting Essentials magazine!
Loti Maria has been creative ever since she was a small girl watching Art Attack in her bedroom! This passion evolved over the years and was reignited when she was on maternity leave with her son, Charlie and found herself watching craft shopping television.
She then went onto work in craft shopping television and one day was offered something she couldn’t refuse, a chance to make her doodles, into photopolymer stamps, to sell. The rest is history!
Loti lives with her husband Esteban and son Charlie. All of the stamps are made in A grade 3mm photopolymer and are hand poured and packaged by Loti and her husband in their home. Loti designs all of the stamps digitally and takes time to think of quirky sentiments for all occasions. Some of Loti’s sentiments are words she wrote down to motivate herself through tough times and she hopes to help and inspire others by making them available as stamps.

This lovely flower and foliage are from Mamma Makes Foliage Frenzy. 

So I noticed one of my favourite plants is starting to return and that was my inspiration for this little card.
It comes back each year and has the most lovely orange/yellow colouring.
One day I will make the effort to find out what it's called.
(I don't know its name because so I rescued it from my my mother-in-laws garden, she was going to bin it).
 When it comes into full bloom I shall try to remember to take a picture, I'm sure one of you lovely people will recognise it straight away.

Well, back to studying.
I have my PTS course next week and I don't want to fail.

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

(p.s. PTS for anyone who doesn't know means Personnel Track Safety (yeah I work for a railway company but don't hold it against me)

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

First Christmas card for 2018

But his week we are celebrating christmas over at Fab'n'Funky challenges.
Our lovely ladies have been working hard to spread some holiday happy, with wonderfully inspiring Christmas creations.

"First card of the year Buffy!!" I here you shout
Yes, I know I'm very late starting my cards, I can assure you I am hanging my head in shame.

So here in a little card I whipped up
These adorable little guys are from my Waltzing Mouse Stamps collection.
 I really miss WMS shop, it was my go-to-place for choosing pressies for my Christmas Wish-list. Think hubby may miss it to as it made his life so much simpler

Please excuse the piccie, my husband has run off with our little camera for some job he's doing and I have never been very good at taking piccies with my mobile.

I have nearly finished tweaking my next SnC cutting file, a litttle bit steampunk-ish
Back soon with more sharing

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

p.s. I will be typing up some of my weightwatchers friendly recipes to share with you all xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Fabulous Cute Critters

We are going critter crazy over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

Challenge this week
Cute Critters

Our lovely sponsor is

For those of you who have known me a while now, you will know I've been struggling with my weight for a few years and falling down the stairs didn't help matters. So for this challenge I decided I needed a cute new recipe book to write-up all the healthy W.W. friendly recipes I'm going to try to create
And here it is, the little critter hippo is to remind me how I don't want to look anymore, the critter rabbit is pointing out to think veg! Lastly Alistair Alligator is reminding me not to make Snap decision. All these adorable critters are available from Dr.Digi.

Please pop over and visit our lovley design ladies and leave them some happy thoughts.

I do promise to post my W.W. friendly recipes on here if they turn out yummy. They will be for a family (4-6portions) not a single person recipe. (But hey, sevral portions means several days of prepared lunch/dinner.)

Back soon
Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Not a square on it

We have a great challenges for you this week over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

"Anything But Square"
(No squares cards or boxes or anything)

Our lovely Sponsor this week is

It is so simple to make square or rectangular cards, so hopefully we can inspire and encourage you all to change the pace a little.
If you are one of the lovely people who treated yourself to a Scan N Cut then let it help you created a shaped card, like this:
I can see this being the start of lots of shaped cards, I simple typed my daughters name into canvas then used the "create offset line" to make the actual card section. 
Once you create the offset you then duplicate it and use the mirror tool to flip it over. Now line up the top edges, allowing them to overlap a little bit.

This is your card base, now you can go nuts and decorate.
I used this lovely Whoopsidaisy digi stamp

and coloured it with Promarkers that were as close as possible to the card-stock I used.

Pop over to the Fab'N'Funky blog to see the lovely inspiring creations from our fabulous design team. Leave our ladies some good vibes.

We look forward to seeing your creations.

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mothers Day

I would just like to wish all my fellow mums a very Happy Mothers Day.

Today has been lovely, I whipped up a quick card for my nephew, which I am entering in the "Abstract" #290 CASology challenge:

A nice simple card, I had the sunset backing paper in my stash and thought my little skate-boy stamp and a die-cut sentiment.

I got taken out for a lovely meal at Moonsha, a Japanese restaurant I like.

My lovely girls trying to decide what to have.

We started with Sushi and Gyoza (fried dumplings). Unfortunately I forgot to get a piccie.

 Main course was excellent, I had the Tempura bento box, it was like being back in Japan
Needless to say the girls were happy too, eldest had the Beef Teriyaki bento, youngest had the Katsu don and hubby had the Tempura, same as me.

Of course Mawgan had to share her dinner with her friends on snapchat.

 But no meal is complete without dessert

                Mochi                                                                       Coconut Ice cream

I hope your Mothers Day was a wonderful one too

Well, it's been a long and exciting day           
Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx                                                                           


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Mothers day is coming

Well what a week we have had. Snow, sub-zero temperatures and a lot of people driving stupidly.
I personally love snow and have driven to work on several occasions in the past in rather poor visibility.
Well when you work up on the Staffordshire moorlands you have to be prepared for anything, especially when there are areas with no mobile signal if you get into trouble.
I have to say, it was easier to get to work in a blizzard up on the moorlands than it is here in the city...go figure.

But let us get back to the more important matter of crafting. Over at Fab'N'Funky Challenges we are celebrating Mothers day.
We would love for you to come and join in with us.
I have had several requests for card from work colleages, but here are just 2 of the many I have had to make.
This first card I decided to go elegant & understated, gentle mute tones and just a simple ribbon.

Sticking with the multi-stamp tulip, I changed up a gear with bright crisp colours.

I have also done something crazy, I have entered a dress I made into the "Dress maker of the year" contest. I am actually feeling slightly queazy now that I've done it.
Every entry gets 2 dressmaking patterns, so that's like winning to me 😁
I will keep you updated.

Getting late and I'm shattered.
Back soon with more sharing

Hugs & Happy thoughts
Buffy xx

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