Saturday 13 April 2019

Mixed Up Saturday Featuring Michele's Mag Review & Snooping


Michele's Amazing Acheivement

Good Morning Ladies,

We have a shopping filled post today, lots of shopping from Ally Pally and more, we all bought a wide range of craft goodies, I have started to see some of the new things used on some of this weeks challenge cards.

First up today we have some really cute Easter Baskets that Danielle has made for her girls for Easter, they are so much nicer than just getting an egg, I love the papers that Danielle has used for her baskets, they look really Spring like.  I know that your Girls will absolutely adore them Danielle, thank you so much for allowing me to share them.

Michele reached a HUGE Milestone this month, she received her Emerald Award for making her 75th Blood Donation!! 
Michele this is such an amazing achievement, you should be so very proud, just think about how many people your kindness has helped, I know I have received several blood transfusions over the many orthopaedic surgeries, so I am hugely grateful to you and anyone else that gives blood.
Wear your badge with pride my lovely XXX

Now we have our weekly feature...…..

Michele's Magazine Review

Hi Ladies

This week is Diecutting Essentials magazine. There’s a gorgeous die free this month and lots of inspiration inside the magazine using the free gift.

Here’s some extra ideas to get more out of the free gift.

Here’s just one of the features showing you what you can make with the free Dies.

There a great feature on Slider cards plus an absolutely brilliant feature on cards for men using Alphabet Dies which shows 7 very different cards.

For anyone who loves the look of the “pop up cards” but struggles to make them-look at the free gift next month!!!!!!

That’s all for now-Happy Crafting.

Love Michele .

Thank you so much Michele for another fantastic Magazine Review, I really like how many examples they have showing inspiration for the free gifts. I really appreciate the time you put into this feature each week. XXX

Your Craft Shopping









Didn't we all do buy some amazing things???, I was mainly shopping for different colouring mediums, I have wanted to have a play with Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper for a while, the Sheena Pens have been on my list for a while too, I love them already! The stamps were all from Honey Doo, I think that Brenda and I contributed heavily to their stand fee for Ally Pally, lol, we both love their stamps and so does Lynda, you wait until you see one of her Challenge cards tomorrow!
The Sue Wilson die was a last minute impulse buy from A crafty Place, the pearl swirls were reduced to an absolute bargain price so it would have been rude to leave them behind.
I have started playing with my alcohol inks and yupo paper, I now have to convince myself that the 'random/messy' look is OK, as there is no actual control with this medium, I have set my backgrounds to one side to see if I can get inspired to use them.

I can't wait to see what you all make with your new goodies, Lynda you got some lovely masks made by Leonie, they are really pretty.  Brenda was buying for her Sister Anne as well as herself, Anne is absolutely loving her new hobby and is already getting orders in for cards, it's such a therapeutic hobby and it will make her recovery a lot less tedious.  I can't wait to see some of her cards Brenda.
Thank you all for sharing your shopping with us, judging by that list we are going to have some incredible cards coming in for our weekly challenges. XXX

I hope that you all enjoy your weekend, hopefully you will all get to play with your new things.

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Danielle-the Easter egg baskets are so cute, they’re lovely.

    Great crafty shopping on display today-some gorgeous goodies.

    I showed my colleagues my award & our IT manager has arranged for the hospital to do a feature on it/me in the next edition of Trust News which is our online newsletter. As much as I hate having my photo taken, I’m hoping this will promote giving blood.

    We’re off out for lunch today-my brother & wife are on their way back from 2 weeks traveling round France in their Campervan and have suggested we meet up with Dad for lunch. Let’s hop the ferry crossing & the journey up is problem free.


    1. Many many congratulations MICHELE In a way I am jealous because I would love to be a donor Sadly Type 1 diabetics can’t

    2. Fantastic achievement Michele, congrats.
      Thank you for the mag review, I like both issues :>)
      Have a nice lunch out xx

    3. Maria-it’s just the one magazine. The pop up dies are the free Gift in next months issue of Diecutting Essentials.


    4. I know, just very nice gifts from that magazine. I keep them on a wish list as buying them right away is a bit costly for me so have to wait sometimes but this issue and the next hmmm might have to buy them asap :) xx

  2. Morning Everyone
    Lovely Easter baskets and I'm sure some little girl/boy will enjoy them.

    Wow what a lot of shopping. Was there anything left at AP last Saturday lol.

    Thank you for the mag review MICHELE and congratulations on your donor award.

    Jim was a plasma donor for years and years only having to stop when he started with AF.All donors are special people.

    Off on our normal Saturday shopping and it's our Saturday to meet up with Jim's Niece for a catch up and coffee.

    Afternoon Tea will be available this afternoon for you all.
    HUGS are on their way to you all. Have a good day and stay safe xxxx

    1. Have a nice day meeting up with Jim's Niece Janet and I see you later for a tea :) xx

  3. Your EASTER baskets are beautiful DANIELLE Your girls will love them
    Thank you for the review MICHELE It is always so helpful Die cutting Essentials is one of my favourite magazines I’m definitely interested in next month’s!
    The shopping looks amazing I must have been going around with blinkers because I didn’t see half the stuff you ladies bought
    I see a few bought the paper cut edger dies including our Val I don’t think you’ll be disappointed
    I love mine for a quick effective card They’re brilliant Did you see Jamie’s samples on the CE stand - amazing
    Oscar is staying overnight (yippee)
    Take care all xxxx

    1. Like the shopping you did, some pretty papers there.
      Have a fab time with Oscar staying the night. :) hugs xx

  4. Morning ladies.
    oh Danielle, love the Easter baskets for your girls, they will love them too.
    Thanks as well again to Michele for doing the mag. review. They both go on my wish list.
    Oh wow look at all the shopping. Do believe the Honey Doo did well from some of us Lol.
    Brenda- your bag must have been heavy, know mine was Lol. Can see wee bought the same flower with die.Be fun to see what you make with yours.
    Looking forward to see you work with the inks Sandra.
    Lynda ,you bought some nice Stencils and stamps. Hope working with your new things will help thinking less of the pain you in. Many hugs for you and Terry. Tell him I missed saying bye when going home too. Hopefully see you sometime before next Ally Pally somewhere x
    Sue, Margaret and Val- happy crafting !
    It's my OH birthday today and he went early by train to see football at the new grounds at Tottenham so lucky for me it give me some more hours to write his card hihihi
    Sun is out so might get the special tool and do some weeding between the patio slabs, think whole trees are coming up if not careful.
    Wish you all a nice Saturday and sending many hugs for you all, Maria xxx

  5. OMG I have just seen the edger dies some of us have bought for £2 They look very similar I haven’t checked the postage though

    1. Brain and fingers not in sync They’re on Wish!

  6. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    Danielle I love your Easter baskets, I’m sure your girls will certainly going to love them. xx
    Michele thank you for the magazine review, I haven’t picked a copy up yet, hope they haven’t all sold out. This is certainly my favourite craft magazine.
    What a lot of crafty shopping. I agree with you Sandra you and I must have helped Honey Doo considerably with the cost of there stand! KAREN I didn’t see those Colour Famlies pads they look great. xx SANDRA you have some lovely colours in the Yupo packet, I had never heard of them before you mentioned them the other week, please let us know how you get on with them. xx several of us seem to have bought the same Stamps and Masks. I hope you all enjoy using your new goodies.
    Love Brenda xxx

    1. Msrgaret Palmer13 April 2019 at 18:15

      Hi Sandra & all ladies,
      Dannielle your baskets are
      Michele well done on your award & thank you for
      Sandra we all did very well at AP thank you for showing the
      Sending hugs to all love Margaret. Xxx