Saturday 4 November 2023

Mixed Up Saturday


Good Saturday Morning Ladies,

We returned to calm breeze and sunshine yesterday, thank goodness, apart from a light rain shower in the morning,  such a relief to not have those strong winds battering everything in the garden, we have quite a few flood warnings in place around us though. Sonia said that the sun was out in Great Yarmouth too, which was good to hear, there is nothing worse than being away and the weather is too miserable to venture out for a walk around.  

What have you lovely ladies got planned for the weekend?  Nothing exciting going on here, apart from having a new dishwasher delivered tomorrow, having to wash up for the past three weeks or so has made me really appreciate having a dishwasher!  This one has a time delay too so it will be joining the washing machine and tumble dryer on the 'Night Shift'  although the dryer gets put on when Paul gets up at 5.30am as we don't trust it being on while we are in bed, ours was one of those recalled to have a repair because the lint from the drying was getting sucked through to the element at the back and it was burning!  So it only goes on when it can be supervised. 

Phoebe's Candle

Sue kindly shared this incredible drawing of a candle drawn by her Granddaughter Phoebe,  Sue explained that Phoebe couldn't sleep so got up and drew this candle instead !!  It so absolutely amazing, I love the shading and all of the detail in the wax dripping down, I hope you keep your drawing up as you have an incredible talent Phoebe. XXX

Sue thank you so much for sharing this amazing drawing with us XXX

Simply Cards & Papercraft

Issue 250

This month we have a Lisa Horton free gift of Under the mistletoe slimline embossing folder and 4 dies. A sprig of mistletoe, berries a bow and a Christmas sentiment. There are also free matching digital papers and toppers.

Here we have some cards designed by Katie Skelton using the freebies. There are clean and simple ones and also more traditional styles. I do like the Merry Christmas one that has a red and white striped background. Katie shows how you can get different looks with just a change of colours. 

Nicky Gilburt shows us a selective heat embossing technique to make the card. Using embossing or sticky ink on a card using a stencil which is then run through your die cutting machine. Then add various lines of glitter and heat. The left over embossing powders is spread into a rough shape and sandwiched between grease proof paper. Using your heat tool pounce it quickly on and off of the greaseproof paper until the powder is thoroughly melted. Pull the greaseproof paper off then you can use the matching melted powder pieces on your card along with the background. I will try this technique and I also want to try to die-cut and use embossing folders with it. 

Lisa Horton shows use 2 cards made using her freebies. I love the clean and simple top card, a good one for batch making. The bottom card has been embossed then  an ink pad has been blended gently over it. I will be making the top card. 

The masterclass shows us Tim Holtz Distress watercolour pencils. There are 36 pencils in total sold in packs of 12. The pencils are wood free with solid pigment and a paper cover. This allows you to use the shavings or sharpening to make backgrounds or or a watercolour palette. The pencils have similar water-reactive properties to the other Distress items. They can be used in many ways including as a normal water-colour pencil, as a dry colour or by wetting the nib and as a colour with stamps. There are lots of other uses

I hope you have found this review helpful 

Love Sue xx 


Thank you so much Sue for another great review,  I really like the free gifts for this magazine and I will look for it when we go shopping this weekend, you can't beat those little foliage dies and in my experience Lisa Horton's embossing folders etc are great quality.  I also have the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and I love using them to colour with, it's great having another medium in Distress colours too.  They watercolour really nicely and are really richly pigmented.  I also tried the pouncing with embossing powders technique, I saw Marion Emberson do it on YouTube, (she is an absolute hoot to watch).  The little pieces you get after pouncing with your heat tool are just fun little bits perfect for a background or an embellishment. 

You won't get that effect any other way! 🤣😂

Thanks again Sue, I'm off to get ready to go shopping! 

Have a lovely Saturday ladies,

Love and HUGE hugs all round, 



  1. Great saying Crafting of any description really does help me
    The magazine review looks interesting I like the idea of this embossing technique I will go and look for Marion Emberson on YouTube
    I am going on my own to a friend’s 70th birthday party tonight Alan is unwell and is isolating in the bedroom with either covid, flu or a head cold It will feel very strange turning up at a function (outside of Salsa) on my own At some point I’d like to finish the poppy challenge
    Take care everyone xx

  2. Hello, a little sunshine this morning, but still breezy. Heavy rain warning for later.
    Great candle drawing, Phoebe, very talented , keep it up.

    Love todays saying, most of the time I agree, apart from those days when nothing goes right.

    Good magazine, great review Sue, the good to see what is in the magazine before we buy.

    Hoping to start my poppy challenge today, not sure what I’m going to do, will have a “ quick” look on Pinterest before I start.

    Suddenly come over very dark heavy clouds, so hope we don’t get any thunder as I’m on my own and I don’t like it.

    Hope you all have a really good Saturday, Lilian

  3. Hi everyone
    Turned wet and windy here again after a lovely sunny day yesterday. The band have performed and went down very well. It’s been a tiring, but good few days. Today will be spent watching other bands and socialising.
    Lovely cards yesterday and I’m glad you and Sue got chance to catch up and craft.
    Thank you for the magazine review, I like the look of the freebies.
    Pheobe’s candle drawing is fantastic ☺️
    Hope you’re all ok and have a good weekend.
    Sending hugs to all xxx

  4. Hi everyone
    Beautiful candle by Phoebe , very talanted.
    Thank you Sue for the magazine review.
    Have a good weekend everyone whatever you are up to.
    Many hugs to you all xx

  5. Hello Sandra and everyone
    Brilliant drawing by Phoebe, she is such a talented young lady. Sue how old is she now? I still think of her as the baby of the family!
    Thank you for the magazine review, your reviews are so good and appreciated. xx
    Love your card Sandra, it’s so bright and cheerful. Don’t think I’ve seen Marion Emberson’s work I will certainly be listening her up.
    Hope everyone has had a good day, I’ve been dosing myself up with pain killers, my back is so painful. Last time it was this bad I had an X-ray which showed two fractures at the bad of my spine. So plenty of rest should ease it 🤞
    Karen sorry Alan is feeling so rough. Hope you manage to enjoy your evening at your friends birthday party.
    Take care everyone, Hugs Brenda xxx

  6. Hi Sandra and all looking in.
    Love the saying. It’s good to know our crafting helps to keep us healthier 😁
    I agree that Lisa Horton’s ef’s and dies are good quality. Much as holly and poinsettias are lovely it is great to have mistletoe for a change. You can never have enough different foliage can you. Thank you for sharing Phoebes candle, like your Soph she just has that natural talent. I hope the dishwasher delivery and connection go smoothly tomorrow xx
    Brenda, Phoebe is now 14….yes I know, where did those years go? I hope that your back pain eases with lots of rest🤞you haven’t got more fractures. Gentle hugs are on their way xx
    I’ve had a day at home catching up with laundry etc and now I’m off for an early night. Sleep well. Take care. Love Sue xx