Monday, 23 December 2013


I cant believe its been  a month since I last posted!!! So this post might be a bit long!! Erm, not too sure where  the time has gone!!!  I'm afraid my mojo hasn't been wanting to play and having the pressure of last minute cards didn't help as I wasn't really pleased with my makes - so did have to resolve to sending bought cards :-(.  So as part of my New Years Resolution which never seems to stay resolved for very long I am going to try and make a Christmas card a month - so I dont have the same panic as this year - sounds good doesn't it - hmmmm wonder if I stick to it!!

I did make a Birthday card for Sarah which I was quite pleased with:

The image is Saturated Canary coloured with promarkers (can you tell I've been trying to practice shading in her hair lol) - the papers are Echo Park (I think)  and I made the sentiment myself, it finished off inside 'love on your birthday'.

I would like to enter this into:

Passion for promarkers - include a sentiment
Crafty Little fairies - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Charisma cardz - anything goes.

I also managed a little break to Harrogate to go to the Knitting and Stitching show - my lovely hubby went with me - bless him - I think he secretly likes these shows he doesnt seem to mind wandering around one bit with me and is quite good at remembering where I've seen things.  I forgot to take my camera though so have no photos of the stalls and also forgot Mouse's  contact details as was hoping to meet up with her  :-( .  Its the first time I had been to this show and would definately save up and go again - there was a life size knitted nativity scene and it was fab!

Here's a little picture of my new stash - I was quite restrained really lol:

I got a couple of new cross stitch patterns and threads and as you may have noticed from previous posts I have a bit of a thing for bags and I bought a pattern and kit to make my own quilted bag - although I was a bit gutted when I got home to find there was no wadding in the kit and it wasnt mentioned at the time that I'd need to buy it seperately so I havent got round to starting it yet.  that can be a New Year project when I get round to ordering the wadding.  Then thats it I'm on a stitchy stash ban until I've used up what I have - cough- yeah right!

On the subject of stitching I've signed up again for Daffycats Tusal - you can find out all the info here.

Right I think thats about it - ah not too long!! apart from to wish you all a:

as I'm at work until 6 tomorrow - boooo!!! so dont think I'll get chance to blog again before Christmas - hope Santa is good to you all - lots of love.



  1. I like your card my fav colour too. I bought a knitting pattern and the wool to make a bag ages ago and still not touched it. Perhaps I should include it in my New years resolutiuons!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and don't work too hard tomorrow. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Great card Ali. I started making my Christmas cards for this year in January (!) but got lazy throughout the year cos I didn't want the rush, but have just finished my last 3 to the OH and my boys. Next year I will start early again, and make sure I finish all 65 by August! Just got to go for a simple design - Merry Christmas to all of you xxx

  3. Gorgeous card Ali, I love the image and beautiful colours.
    Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
    Sue xx

  4. Love your sweet card, Ali and your practising is looking great! Glad to see you treated yourself to some pre Christmas crafty goodies and look forward to seeing your creations in the New Year! I have promised myself for the last I don't know how many years that I will make a Xmas card each month, but have never managed to achieve it yet! Have a wonderful Christmas, hugs, Lisa x

  5. awww cute card and I only made one christmas card .... last night good idea to try and make some each month ... gutted we couldn't meet up but there is always next time :) I see we have the same taste in patterns and also in bag ones we might have to do this one together heheheheh ... I only have the pattern though but got wadding ;) ... Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Very Merry Stitchy (and cardy) New Year :) love mouse xxxxxxx

  6. Such a lovely image and card, thanks for joining us at Charisma this week and a Merry Christmas. xxx

  7. Lovely card! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  8. Such a pretty card hun. You've coloured her so delicately and so beautifully. Big thank you for my xmas card, it was so gorgeous - and it will definitely go into my 'keep' pile. Merry Christmas J x

  9. Thanks for your comment re:the card I designed! I just couldn't do so many handmade cards but I also couldn't bring myself to buy any...I'm also going to try to continue to make all year! Have a good one!

  10. Such a sweet image and a wonderful card! Thanks for playing at Charisma and I hope you had a lovely Christmas! xxx

  11. Hey, Ali! Back again to say thanks for joining in with our mega Christmas challenge at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  12. That's my card! It's gorgeous, thank you so much. Love the look of your goodies, not been to a craft show for a couple of years, well overdue a trip don't you think? Hope you had a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a crafty 2014 xxx

  13. oh, the Harrogate fair! Wish I'd gone, I;ve not been for years now, something always gets in the way! Love your stash of goodies - the colours are just up my street!
    very best wishes to you and yours for 2014
    BH x

  14. Lovely card Ali. Love the image and the soft colours you have used. Good luck in your New's Resolution for a Christmas card a month! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafty Creations. Have a great new year. Meighan DT

  15. HI Ali,
    What a lovely card. I love the image & those gorgeous papers. What fabulous stash too. Wish I had more time cross stitch. Thanks for joining in our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion For Promarkers.
    Andie xx