Saturday 3 April 2021

Mixed Up Saturday featuring Michele's Magazine Review


Good Saturday Morning Ladies,

I do hope that you are all enjoying the Easter Weekend?, I hope that you are all getting to Skype/zoom with your families at the very least.  I don't think the weather is warm enough for picnics in the garden but maybe some of you can wrap up warm and have a cuppa and a catch up with a loved one or friend.  I am more than happy to make do with Paul and the girls for now.  This will probably be the girls last weekend off for a while as the Wildlife Park is finally opening up next week, I think that they are both looking forward to getting back to normal.   Becca and Adam are also having a busy weekend getting ready for the pub opening too, they are really excited to get back to serving customers.  


Maria created this lovely Diamond Painting for Rick as an Anniversary gift, I really love the design, such a lovely image, something that we can all relate to, mind you if it was to portray Paul and I it would need to have both of us lying on one side of the bed and Milo the cat laid full stretch on the other side. 😂😂.  A real unique gift Maria, I'm sure Rick loved it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us XXX

Michele's Magazine Review 

Hi Ladies,

Papercraft Essentials has a fun gift this month-Baked with Love stamps & toppers.

Here’s some ideas of what’s inside the magazine.

There 14 pages with 21 ideas how  to use the free gifts.

Yet  another feature (seems to be a recurring one) on how to use your dies to create stencils.

Great idea for a quick card.

How to guide to create a stencilled background.

Create your own backgrounds using Distress oxide sprays.

Some cute Easter ideas

More Easter inspiration.

Great article explaining how to use a Gel plate, you can create such a variety of backgrounds.

Feature using new Hunkydory papers-Duo Design.

I’m sure we’ve all got some similar papers we could substitute to create cards like these.

WOW-doesn’t this diecut flower make an impressive card.

Great to see how you can use one floral die to make 3 very different cards.

That’s all for this week so
Happy Crafting

Love Michele

Another great magazine review Michele, some great techniques, I like the look of the Mono printing and the using the Distress Sprays to create backgrounds. There are some cute Easter designs too.  Thank you so much for taking the time in your week off to write a review for us my lovely XXX

That's all for today ladies, I am going to be out in the garden again today, we are popping out to the shops early to get some Chocolate for everyone and we need some gardening supplies, the only thing that worries me is last weekend the queues to get into shops were huge, particularly The Range and Asda, I am hoping to pop into B&M Bargains today but we will see how long the queue is first, I hope that you all have a good day too.

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                                                                                          xxxxxx


  1. Morning Everyone
    Maria OH I love love love your latest creation.So beautiful.

    Michelle Thank you for your Mag review.I shall read it in full when I get back from my shopping trip this morning.

    YES I am venturing out to M&S food hall this morning for my first day out since last Sept other than to have my jabs.
    I'm not sure what I'll be like when we get back.

    CAFE is OPEN and there's one or two little Easter chocs around if you can find

  2. Morning Ladies

    We have another Sunny day here in the North West. I’m off out early to the butcher’s to collect out order & something I ordered from Amazon (a present) has been delivered to the lockers in my local Co-op so can pick that up too.
    I’m meeting a friend in the village for an outdoor drink which will be nice as I haven’t seen her in over 12 months. One of the churches has created a community garden so hopefully there’ll be a free bench.


  3. Love the saying Especially a handmade card is a hug We all use our love to create what we make
    OMG MARIA! Your gift to Rick is stunning What a great idea too
    Thank you MICHELE for the review I only ever buy magazines after reading your reviews Thank you for taking the time to do them
    Today is Charlie’s first birthday so we are visiting our daughter She would have loved to have had us all around together to celebrate but is doing it in stages Our side of family first and then her OH’s side It also means Charlie can have a nap in between It will make it a long day for her though It is a shame that the weather has cooled but hey ho
    I hope you manage to get the chocolate SANDRA OH went yesterday to buy more eggs and there was not one left in our Morrison’s
    Take care all x

  4. Hi Sandra and all in the cafe' today.

    A very Happy Birthday to little Charlie, you have a nice time meeting up with them Karen.
    Love the saying as to receive a card from someone is like a hug, especially in these times.
    Thank you Michele once again for taking the time and do a review on a craft magazine. Some nice techniques and I love the Easter bunnies ,so cute.
    Thank you for liking my last crystal art ladies. It was fun to make, a bit fiddly with so many colours but got it done in time :)
    Very cold winds and a grey day so only had a shorter walk this morning. Shopping is here now so soon time for brunch and a nice weak mug of tea Lol Herring ,prawns,eggs and rye bread,dinner be Salmon and then the bad stuff coming out hihi Have a lovely Easter everyone ! hugs xxx

  5. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. I like next weeks dies only challenge and your cards you shared yesterday.
    The saying is so true isn’t it. I’m glad Paul is feeling better and I hope you both manage to get out into the garden, wrapped up warm though I think if it’s as chilly as it is here. You will probably struggle to get any Easter eggs as all if the stores seem to have run out this year. Gems store ran out early yesterday and she had a lady who was outraged that there weren’t any in the store as she had already been to three other popular high street stores that also didn’t have any left! That’s the mentality of some shoppers. You couldn’t make it up could you 😏
    Maria your picture is a great present for R. Bet he loves it xx
    Michele, thanks for the review. It’s good to know what what is inside the magazines isn’t it xx
    A lazy day here but I hope you all have a good day. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda, Mum and all in need. Take care xx

  6. Hello All, very cold here today, but sunshine. I managed to plant my sweet peas today, all 120 of them.

    Maria love your work of art, I imagine it’s looks lovely in the light.

    Michele great magazine review as always.

    Hope you all had a good day, Lilian

  7. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    Maria you art work for Rick is beautiful you really have created a lovely gift. I’m sure he will treasure it always. xx

    Sandra I’m sure the girls will be pleased to get back to work, it means life is getting back to so sort of normality. Fingers crossed 🤞

    Michele thank you for the magazine review. As always it is so helpful,

    Love the Quote it would make a lovely stand alone card.(or insert)

    Hope you have had a good day. Take care.
    Love and hugs, Brenda xxx