Saturday, 15 July 2017


Good morning and thank you for calling into my little blog.  It's been a busy few days here so again I haven't had much time to do my blog.

Today's card is one I made for our niece who has just bought her first home.  Big step and very nerve racking  as well up until those keys were hand over to her on Friday.  I remember when our three went through this when they all took that big step.
Just a very simple card, which I started by embossing a piece of white card ( Anna Marie ) the embossing folder is by Darice.  I like these simple designed folders. Then I just layer it up using Anna Marie spotty card and more of the white. Cut some butterflies with SW cascading butterfly die, the little hearts are from the waste. Stamped my sentiment and that was it.

I made her up a couple of useful gifts as well and popped a cheque in to her card as well.
Here are her gifts
 Towels were harder to wrap than I thought as they were of different sizes and it was  getting them to sit neatly.   Bath sheet, 4 bath sized, 4 hand. Plus 4 tea towels. ( just noticed I have taken photo of the not so neat side oh dear!)

Just useful things that we all need, she can buy something she would like and needs with 
her money.
Off to see the flat on Tuesday with sister Patricia. We can't wait as the flat is half of an old Victorian house and still has the original ornate high ceilings which have been loving  preserved .
Niece is an artist and fabric designer so I can see some fantastic pieces being restored for this home. 
Thank you for all of your comments on my last card, they are aporiecated. 

Hazel x 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Thank you for all your comments on my little plaque. I just loved the quote.  This was bought from a little store miles from any where. Nearest town was Prince George. That wasn't  near really. The lady and her husband ran the gift shop, store, cafe.  They had a few of these plaques with great quotes on them but I couldn't be cheeky and ask if I could photo them, I felt that would have been rude.  The husband did wood craving and she made the fudge ( which was to die for).

Today's card was made for a friends anniversay. A very simple card. I used memory box dies cut from silver card stock, also used on the layers,   Spotty EF.  The white card is Anna Marie. As I said very simple.

Again thank you for calling in.

Hazel xxx

Monday, 3 July 2017


Good morning thank you for calling in. Also thank you for the lovely comments left.
I found this little  plaque  on our travels in Canada and thought it was so true for those of us that have worked hard until we retired.  To often work has taken over our lives for so long we don't adjust to retirement that easily.

That's all for today. I am off out to meet up with big sister Patricia.

Enjoy your day, if you are retired remember to enjoy yourself.

Hazel x

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Sorry I have been missing for weeks, things have been very busy here plus we went away on holiday and just back.    Thank you for looking in to my very simple blog.  I do appreciate you doing so. 
Google is still giving me problems and I can't always get in to other blogs and if I do I am lucky to comment on one or two only.  

Today is a card for my niece.  This young lady is not a fashion follower or into handbags and shoes either so it made it difficult to do her card. I went for a very simple design using SW butterfly dies, and the SW spotty EF.  Hannah does like pale colours so I played safe.  

As I said I have been busy. Lots of teachers gift baskets as that our Scottish schools broken up for summer holidays.  Baby gifts have been required to be made also.   Then it was our holiday to Canada that we are just recovering from.  We did over 3 thousand miles. This was to be our last trip as it is just to much. I think the 5 hours sat at Toronto airport just was a step to much on our way home.     

Lots of these kind of things now just memories.
Well that's it for now.  I hope to get time to do things that I can post.

Thank you again for calling in. 
Hazel xxx

Friday, 12 May 2017


Sorry I haven't been posting yet again. It's been a busy time here since getting back from my meet up with the others.   I might be retired yet I am still on hand to do picks etc of Beth and Anna, plus I help  daughter Tammy out.   Big daughter Gillian is fund raising once again to cover costs of her and her team of  Podiatrists to help the good folks who do the Catalan Yump, raising money for the soldiers charities. That  is in June.  She was given a donation of bits like oil and things for salads and cooking, pots of jams.  There is a factory in Arbroath that make them.  So I have been making them up in baskets so they can be raffled.

Sorry photos aren't that good. I actually forgot to photograph them for putting up on here. These are ones I sent to .Gillian to show what I had done.  I feel they would also make a good gift at other times.   
As I said I have been busy.   I have  been doing some planning and costing for Patricia and I doing a road trip to go to Ally Pally for the two days in September.   It's all just in the planning at the present.  Plus lots of birthdays in the family at this time.  Looking after grandsons while their dad takes Mum away for her 40th. 

Hopefully I will get back into blogging properly when things settle down. 
Thank you for looking in and leaving a comment I do appreciate each and everyoneof them. 

Hazel x

PS. Glad big sister Patricia is up and running her blog again. 

Sunday, 30 April 2017


Good morning. Sorry I didn't post yesterday.  I was rather tried and things weren't going right. Google has me signing in every time plus other problems posting.  I could have taken my I pad and thrown it out the window.
Thank you for all your kind comments that you left.  I hope my gift baskets give you ideas.  Today basket is one I get asked to do a few times.  This was one of four I made to give to ladies that had help at a conference. To show  appreciation for the long hours and hard work they had put in.

Small hand towel.
Face cloth.
2 face masks.
2 small bottles of wine.
Wine glass filled with sweets.

Again the photo of it all wrapped up wasn't good enough to show.  This is one I did before it just gives you the idea of how it's wrapped.

As I said I haven't made many cards of late, I will hopefully get back in to making them again.
Having my blog up and running gives me a reason to start.

Have a good day what ever you are doing.

Hazel xxx

Friday, 28 April 2017


Good morning.   Thank you for those who took the time to pop in and see what I had posted. I do appreciate your comments.
Yesterday I wanted to let those of you who had been taking an interest in "The Gang of Nine" to see what we looked like. Oh we did have fun.  We are all home safe. Diane had a long day as her flight wasn't till 9.  She went to visit Maureen and brought her up to speed with what we had all got up too.

I have not been making lots of cards.  Beth whom I was nanny to her and her big sister until I retired over a year ago, does Shetland pony racing and won herself a place at Olympia just before christmas. Had to raise £600 for the Bob Champion cancer care fund. I was helping her make cards to sell, plus other things that were sold.  She actually raised over £900.  It was all go from June to December.   I just had to have a break from making, I did a few.   I had my gift baskets still to do.

This basket was a gift for a gentleman.  I did do it up in cellophane it just doesn't photograph very well.  
I hope it gives you an idea what can be done with a basket, a big bottle of wine and 6 little ones

Have a good day. Thank you once again.
Hazel x