Mother’s Day

Every year it is always difficult to find new inspiration for mother’s day card ideas. Now that my mum is a grandma though, I like to make sure she knows that Jack also wishes her a Happy Mother’s Day so I try to incorporate a nice photo of us into the card. I love the idea of creating a pretty frame on a card and these lolly sticks really does give the card a 3D effect! It seemed a shame to put this on a card so I made it into a hanging card which she can put up all year round. It’s given me some ideas for my craft stall too, as this can be easily adapted for anyone as a hanging photo frame!



Docrafts Blog Project

I wanted to share my latest little project with docrafts for their blog. I love anything felt and colourful so could not resist this project they asked me to work on. I designed the templates on paper and cut each shape out using colourful Craft Planet felt. Each dinosaur was brought to life with a little polyester stuffing, some decorative contrast felt and eyes. These were so easy to do but were also lots of fun! Have a look here for the link with step by step instructions!


Latest Features

It’s been a busy year so far in 2017 since my last blog I have been up to so much! To start with I was eager to get my craft stall back out for spring and see what Easter crafts I could create as previously my stalls have always been focused on Christmas Fairs. I got inspired to make lavender scented Easter Crafts and loved the idea of upcyling a wool scarf into these cute little Easter Bunnies. The little chicks proved to be most popular which I was so pleased with. Simple Easter Cards are also ideal for this time of year.


Overall I was impressed with how well it went, especially as it was a small scale local event. So hopefully next year I’ll be back with some new exciting Easter crafts again!

In May we had a wonderful holiday break to Crete which was Jack’s first holiday! It was a bit daunting as he was only 7.5 months old so we were nervous about the flight and how he would cope with the heat. As you can see from the smiles he enjoyed every moment!

I have also been busy keeping stocks maintained for a retail space I have secured in a gift shop in Southampton called The Little Gem in Shirley High Street. I wanted to keep visibility of my work permanently and this was a great opportunity in a busy retail area. Its just a handful of my favourite items but so far there has been consistent sales which is exciting!


Docrafts have also continued to commission me to do projects for the Creativity magazine. I was so happy with the results of how the Teepee commission went and so were they as it featured on the front cover of the Magazine! It was my first front cover feature so I was very proud. I have two more commissions yet to be released this year so keep a look out….


Still Crafting!

It has been sooo long since I last updated my blog however I have a good excuse and his name is Jack! My new baby boy who arrived last year 22nd September at a whopping 9lb 4oz. He has kept me very busy to say the least but he is truly the most amazing little man, with the cutest smile, here is our very first selfie..


Unbelievably I have still fitted crafting inbetween feeding, changing and cuddling little Jack! I attended the yearly Southampton University craft fair and even had time to create new stock. These gorgeous cupcake pin cushions were fun and easy to make yet look good enough to eat (not that you would..owch!) The little ramekins are great little bases for these pin cushions and they come in all pretty pastel colours..


With Pom Poms being so on trend currently I just could not resist adding some pom pom crafts to my stock. These little pom pom fairies were ideal for tree decorations for the Christmas fair.The wool has lurex in it so the skirts sparkle! I also added little felt wings to these.


I enjoyed the Southampton University Craft fair so much I went and booked myself to the New forest craft fair too which was based at Exbury Gardens. It was a very cold day to be outside but I loved being there amongst fellow crafters and enjoying the festivities. Here is my pitch all set up!


You will also see some projects again from me in the 2017 editions of docrafts Creativity magazine. I am particularly excited to see my recent Wedding stationery project get printed, I just love working on Wedding Invitations!


Tag a friend blog hop

For this blog hop we have all worked on creating a fab little tag to exchange with a craft buddy. I love a challenge so was keen to participate with this blog.

I find it challenging to make a creation on such a small piece of card as I have so many ideas I want to fit onto it! I did make a few tags but I went with the design below for this blog hop as I was most pleased with the combination of textures and the sentiment. The colours all seemed to work well together as well.

I had Heather as my tag exchange buddy and was very pleased to hear she received my tag and liked it!

I was excited to receive a parcel in the post myself from heather too, and such a gorgeous parcel it was too. Gorgeous mixed media base with a stunning gold leaf die cut of a pretty bird on acetate. The little sentiment was perfect too the tag with some raffia, lace and burlap.

I love it and it will sit proudly in my craft office, thank you Heather!

Do have a look at everyone else’s tags on the blog hop too!









Craft stash swap – Russian Roulette

This blog idea stemmed from my lovely crafting buddies I met through do crafts. With a plethora of crafting stash between us the concept was that we would each compile a craft goodie bag for another team member to let them work their creative skills on. We had names picked out of a hat and below was the craft stash list we had to post out to our crafting companion.

3 sheets of a4 or similar

5 embellishments (buttons flowers or chipboard)

A length of ribbon

A sentiment or journaling of some type

A surprise item

A template (optional)

I got Sarah to swap with so dug deep in my crafting goodies to find some pretty and colour coordinating pieces for my goodie bag to post to her as she has she has a beautiful crafting style! Here was my choice of crafting stash…


I got a lovely message from Sarah when she received her parcel to say she loved the colours.

I received a fabulous kit from Sarah which was packed full of exciting toppers, trims and sentiments. I started planning my projects straight away!

Included in my kit was a pack of button toppers, this inspired me to make a button jar card as I loved the idea of creating a greeting card for a dedicated crafter!


I loved adding the embossed background with Passion wording in it and then adding a little sentiment of Happiness. This would be an ideal card for a keen crafter! I used some pinking shears to give it a fabric cut look to the edges along with a black running stitch in black ink.

The next idea I had was to use up some of the lovely hearts in the pack and a pretty piece of velum which was printed with a gold damask print. The golden colours all complimented so well I decided the theme would remain gold and so kept the colours nice and clean for this design.


My next card I created was based around some pretty butterfly toppers in the kit and these gorgeous ribbon tail toppers. I also kept this simple as there were equal numbers of each so kept it to a 3 in a row template for effectiveness.


Finally I had some pretty twine to use and brighter printed hearts in my kit. There was also a very pretty aqua coloured lace which I was keen to incorporate as it co-ordinated with the heart colours! I used this pretty layout of a hot air balloon and added a sentiment to the twine.


So a big thank you to Sarah for sending me a wonderful kit of crafting goodies, they stretched far and I do have some left overs too which I am sure will come in future use!

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers from this event too!






Greetings From Crete!

As we are on a lovely break in Crete I thought this would be an ideal time to recap on a few crafting projects since my last post. Before I move onto crafts though I must mention the announcement of our little baby Surey who will be with us in September this year! Hence not being up to as much crafting as I would normally like as the energy certainly has been zapped out of me during this pregnancy.

Preg announcement Amy and Loz UK dates

So to get us in training quickly for sleepless nights we have also welcomed Rufus to our growing family! He is a handsome Lagotto pedigree pup and we adore him despite his nippy teeth lol. We can’t imagine life without this little characterful chap.

So now onto crafting activities 🙂 I have had a few features in docrafts creativity magazine since my last post. In Issue 68 I did a pretty feature on flowers for a spring theme edition which included a bridal flower belt and flower bag.  The flowers were created from a combination of canvas, felt and burlap. I created the flowers individually and then adhered them onto a double satin ribbon with glue gun. I really liked the soft tones of colours together in this project.

For issue 69 I was asked to stitch a Bare Basics journal book cover. I did this using the Xcut Screw Hole Punch and twine. I created a geometric sail shape with the hole punch and stitched them with the twine, adding a little topper flag!

In issue 70 I did a fun feature on 3 ways with bows. This included 1) a Dog bow tie 2) Bow Accessories 3) Greetings Card. The dog bow tie was a challenge as at that point I did not have Rufus to test it on. However as you can see the bow fitted perfectly for the photoshoot!

The dog bow tie involved hand painting a bare basics bow and attaching to a canvas tube so that it could be attached to a dogs collar. The bow accessories were created from self adhesive x cut glitter sheets applied to xcut canvas sheets. These were super quick to make and can be used as hair clips, necklaces or shoe clips! The card was a  male bow tie card using papermania papier patch papers mounted onto canvas sheet for texture.

I have further features in Issues 71 and 72 so keep a look out in the coming docrafts creativity magazine.

A few of my other card makes have been for friends and family occasions. Here are a couple of the wedding anniversary commissions below.


I have also been keeping up wedding stationery orders below was an unusual invite sample request which was an exploding box idea with a New York theme. It was a challenge to make but I quite liked the outcome.

I have a couple of weddings which I am now working on and will post updates after they are completed to. I can’t wait to see how they look finished!

Right off for a dip in the pool now and enjoy the last day in Crete before returning to UK 😦  It’s been a fantastic babymoon!