My Daughters Cowgirl Themed 16th Birthday Party!

My daughter will be 16 on the 22nd July.

This weekend she is having 5 friends round for a birthday party here at the house, a cowgirl camping out themed party and I have a heap of organising to do for it… 

My other half wont be around much for the next 2 weeks, he is working flat out so this leaves me with more or less everything to do…

Today I am planning to erect the 8 man tent! … goodness knows how on earth i’ll manage that, I remember every time we went camping it took us a good couple of hours to suss out how to put the thing up!    Now where did I put that big groundsheet? its been a good few years since we’ve used the tent  🙂

We went out shopping the other day and picked up balloons and streamers all adorned with 16,  also some glitzy sparkly hanging things that I can decorate the tent with, tablecloth, napkins, plates and cups, all 16 themed.   The little pink organza party bags are made up and good to go, they contain a cupcake cell phone charm, sparkly beads, a lovely hair clasp, a small bag of thorntons sweeties and a bottle of nail polish, hopefully the girls will love them.

I will over the next few days be posting quite a few recipes, of all the things I make for the party, what have I let myself in for 🙂


Who stole the champagne truffle……….?

Hmm…. I wonder who indeed!

I was sitting watching a spot of telly and could hear something rustle but couldnt pinpoint where from… so I got up and went to investigate…

Now I have no idea exactly how she managed to fly under the radar, but she did, in the kitchen I found my Irish Setter Naimh, in her bed, slowly and methodically making her way into my last thorntons champagne truffle that I got for my birthday…


Birthday Bottles & Glasses

I have spent this evening making several attempts at mens birthday cards, the pre-requisites… just a card for my husband.. i’ll let you choose (arghhh!)

So here are my attempts, I hope he likes wine lol….   wine-birthday.jpg

And another 2 just for good measure 🙂

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and then I had a fiddle about with some small cuttlebug embossing folders and dies and made this..


and finally………………

Apologies for my squint pictures tonight, I was lacking space.. I have managed to cocoon myself into the desk, so much so I cant move and i’m surrounded by card making stuff and debris lol, i’m away to tidy it all up, dig myself out and go and have a nice cuppa 🙂

Happy Birthday Dad

I have only made one card today.. I’ve been busy in the kitchen baking, then I did a spot of tidying up..

I always find it kinda hard making cards for men, the creative juices always seem to flow with the girlie cards, but ask me to make a card for a man and I really have to rack my brain..

I had look around online for some inspiration and I think everyone else must be the same, there are hardly any out there!

Sooooo….. here is today’s effort, I still need to make another one (a husband birthday card) so will need to get my thinking cap on..


 I made the above card yesterday, and it niggled away at me all night, there was something amiss and not right … so I slept on it and when I got up this morning I added 3 brads along the bottom, I’m happy enough with it now lol

What do you think?


Birthday Cards Galore…..

I have a day off on holiday from work today, stacks of cards on order, so thought what better a way to spend a morning than sitting at my craft workstation with the sun streaming in the window, making cards 🙂

I’ve got the cat lying on the far edge of my workstation and a springer spaniel (mits) at my feet, the birds are singing good style outside and its such a lovely sound to hear.

Here are the cards that I have made today..


This card is themed around Hibs football club, a small picture of the club mascot, with a few layers of clear embossing powder to give it some shine…the colour green running throughout with the DCWV Cardstock and the wee guy’s name and age cut out using the cricut machine.


This card is for a girl., and her brother wanted to give her a card themed around Celtic Football Club, so I managed to find and emblem, gave it several layers of embossing powder and mounted the pictures on circles cut out with the cricut, she will be 8 on her birthday so I built that in too and just so that it wasn’t too much OTT with the football stuff, I incorporated some flowers to surround the number 8.. I do hope she likes it.


Next on the agenda was this girlie pink card.. I cut out a 4.5  and a 3.5 inch flower on the cricut, the smaller flower I took one petal at a time, spread with pva glue and then encrusted the petals with clear rhinestones, I did one of the petals in self adhesive pink gemstones.  Then I added some ribbon, a pink striped Heidi Swapp chipboard, a couple of flower brads and I made up a wee tag with Happy Birthday on it.


Next was this card, its for someone at work who’s 50 on her next birthday, I still have to finish putting the happy birthday and her name on the plaque at the bottom of the card.

The card was made using a lovely white and silver backing paper, then I used a light pink shimer cardstock and ran it through the cuttlebug using the floral fantasy folder, a Heidi Swapp chipboard picture frame, a heidi swapp material flower and a yellow card for the centrepiece finishing it off with some lovely American Crafts Elements lush Pink Ribbon.

Dr Who Birthday Card


A birthday card for a boy who is going to be 10 yrs old and loves Dr Who…

This is what I came up with, I do hope he likes it..

It was made using the following:

Basic black card stock from the paper mill shop

Karen Foster purple backing paper

A couple of Daleks and a Cyberman

The number 10 cut using my cricut machine then put through the cuttlebug embosser using the Spots and Dots Folder.

Then a few glossy black peel off circley things.

70th Birthday Card


I made this tonight for an order I received the other day…

Card made up from the following:

The card itself, basic cardstock from the paper mill shop

light pink mulberry paper used as a backing paper

Plain white cardstock embossed with cuttlebug folder : Stylized flowers

Heidi Swapp large material flower with a matching heidi swapp puffy flower centre.

finished off with a lovely pink and gold organza ribbon.

It’s a Boy!

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I have been making cards again this evening… Baby boy congratulations cards..

Card No. 1 was made using the following :-

Basic Blue cardstock for the card from the paper mill shop

DCWV Textured cardstock from the Brights stack.

Sugar Nellie Stamp – Baby Millie

Some “its a boy” blue satin ribbon

and I used my Cricut machine to cut out the slotted oval tags with the letters B O Y.

Card 2

Basic white cardstock for the card from the paper mill shop

Textured DCWV cardstock from a stack I bought ages ago and cant remember the name of.

Silver charms and blue brads from my local card suplies shop that I picked up in my travels

Some lovely blue ribbon and a nice big blue button.



I had a play around this evening with my new sugar nellie stamp called Maggie, I think its kinda cute, must experiment doing her with different colours…

For this card I used:

 White Card from the Paper Mill Shop for the card itself

Yellow and green striped paper I got in a 12×12 kit from Lakeland

Sugar Nellie Stamp : Maggie

Watercolour & Twinkling H2O paints to colour Maggie

2 different shades of green Bazzill cardstock

Bazzill Monochromatic yellow gingham ribbon

American Crafts Grenhouse yellow flower

Self adhesive yellow gemstone from WHS.

Friends oval sticker from DCWV Spring Stack.