Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Just a fun make.  After eight mint holder.  Very simple you need an A4 sheet of card, using your score board on its inches side.  It's now a bit photo heavy and and great light all wrong.

Place your card so 

Score at 1/2ins, 3ins and 31/2 ins

Turn your card and score at 21/2 ins,5 ins, and 71/4 ins

Cut away the extra leavening you this shape 

Fold these bits and crease with bone folder

Bottom flap crease and fold glue the side flaps to the bottom fold. (A little pocket. )
Crease and fold top flap add to small foam pads so once you have put your after eight mint in use them to keep flap closed. 

Not the best instruction sorry but will give you the general idea. 

I have decided to make loads of these and take them with the Christmas goodies up to the chemo unit so they can give everyone one on the week running up to Christmas, I know not everyone likes or can eat the chocolate, but it's the thought that counts. 
So I will be busy. 

Hazel xxx

Monday, 23 November 2015


Good afternoon.  Thank you for calling in to see what I have been up too?  

I have taken a table at Beths school Christmas fair as you know.  I have been making these little boxe, which will in my eyes make great table gift boxes or even just to put a little gift in?  I have had fun making these.  The bottom ones are made using big bits out of my bit box and odd sheets of card. The flowers and die cuts are again from my bit box. I love using up these bits and more so doing these. 

I have already got an order for 15.   These are for table gifts.  I am hoping they sell at the school. 
Off to make some more gift bags 

These are made from using the XCut pillow box die, very easy to use and you get 2 out of an A4 sheet of card 250 gms is good. 

Hope you are all well and thank you once again for all your lovely comments.



Saturday, 21 November 2015


Good morning.   Firstly Thank You for all your kind words about how Calum  dealt and coped with his friends loss, he can be a pain at times but deep down he is very thoughtful and kind, and seeing how he is just 11 he's doing ok.  Andrew has dealt with what he saw, by saying he will look for Millie's star in the sky.   He is 7 and he finds his own way.
Samuels, dad, mum and his twin brother were very taken aback by the support Tammy, Derek and the boys have shown.

Today I am showing 3 of my little cut down bags, I have taken a table at Beths school Christmas fair so I have to get things done, plus I thought I wouldn't get asked to do many gifts this year, I think I will take that back.  These I will sell with and without goodies.  I have orders for a good few already from out with the school, so if they don't sell they will be used.

The tutorial for these little bags are on my blog on the 1st May this year. Very simple and not hard to make as long as you own the X Cut die.

Off to get some more put together.

Oh I want to show you these

Now these I found in Home Bargains they are described as " Nail Art Dotting Tools" 

As you can see they are like the craft ones? Difference you get the set of 4 for 99p big difference in cost from the craft ones, so if you need more look for these, even if it's just from the grand children to use!

Hope it's not to cold and wet where you are, here the sun is out but it rather chilly.

Thank you again.


Thursday, 19 November 2015


Tammy asked me to make this card for Calum our grandsons friend and his family.  They lost their little 7 month old cocker spaniel pup on Monday in a road accident outside the school.
Calum and Andrew did witness it so you can imagine a lot of sadness. Calum was very brave and went and got Samuel his friend and told him what had happened, it did play on his mind as a couple of stupid children in his class told him he shouldn't have said anything. I do wonder what we are breeding in some families??? 

What made matters worse for Calum was the fact they were picking up their new family member, Calum was worried what he was going to say to Samuel, but they X Box each other and Calum suggested to Samuel they built a mine craft  statue of Millie, it did help. 
This is a half an hour of this little black one being in our house, him and Harris were like old friends. No problems what so ever, Tammy left Jak for 25 mins tonight while she went and picked up Derek from the station and came back to everything being fine. 
So we will hope he will be ok left out of the cage. 

Thank you for all you lovely comments on my " Positive Thoughts" card. 
I am a great believer in positive thoughts, I know sometimes they dont work, I only which they worked all the time.  


Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Good afternoon.  Well the sun is out but for how long you guess is as good as mine?
Thank you for calling in and also, thank you for all your lovely comments on my card. They are all appreciated.
Today's card is made for a friend how has just started her chemo. I just wanted to send her positive thoughts.

Heartfelt aster die cut into layers of tissue paper, leaves are from my box.   Sue Wilsons   Diagonal Heart die and a Sue Wilson bow.  Very simple card.

That's all for today, I am over in Perth puppy sitting, well he not so much a puppy, puppy but 17 months old, daughter and husband have rescued him only last week, but he stayed at the kennels while they were away, now he is very anxious as in two weeks he has lost his owner and his brother. He and his brother had to be rehomed due to illness of the owner,  so a lot of upset.  He was in a cage yesterday but oh boy the cage hasn't come off to good. Plus puppy in a complete state.  So granny came and sat with him while Tammy did what she needed to do.  

Hope you are all safe and not been flooded?


Saturday, 14 November 2015


Good evening.  Just taking 5 mins off to put my feet up and write this post.  I am looking after grandsons, have been since Thursday. Mum and dad will be back tomorrow.

The worrying thing is they are at a rock festival and after the terrible  atrocities of Paris you start to think that could have so easily at their one seeing how over 2,000 were there last night.   Tammy phoned so it helped, I knew they were ok but I just needed to hear her voice

To night I have a card I made for a friends birthday, very simple using Sue Wilson's  butterfly die, heart felt aster die and a border embossing folder.  The pink pearlised card is from Anna Marie card.

Thank you for all your lovely words about Patricia and I helping to raise the money to keep the tea trolley stocked at the chemo unit.  Just a small way of saying thank you.

Better get back to doing things, like ironing.  Tammy is coming home to hopefully an empty basket. Mine is going to be full when I get home.

Hazel xxx

Monday, 9 November 2015


Goodies for the chemo unit.  As you who know me I have supported the chemo unit Ninewells since I had my treatment there some three and half years ago, with taking goodies up for the tea trolley through the sale of Patricia and I making pendants. 

These are goodies that I will be delivering up to the chemo unit at Ninewells tomorrow. These have been bought out of the money from a great bunch of wonderful friends who on a crafty weekend bought pendants from us, they asked Patricia and I to bring pendants with us and we did.

These are us at the retreat which came about from just Sandra ( cotswold crafter ) saying back in March that it would be great to meet up for a weekend.  Well we did it, and had a great time meeting blog friends, some we had meet on other local meet ups, but this was on a much bigger scale. With us coming from all over Britain and Germany. 

With other friends who couldn't come to the retreat buying pendants too, we will be able to take goodies for the tea trolley for a very long time. 

Hazel & Patricia 


Good morning from a very wet and windy Fife.
Firstly thank you for all your lovely comments on my little baskets and gift bags. They are much  appreciated .    It's good to be back in a crafting mood.
Today I have a wedding card to show.

7x7 prefolded card as the base, Anna Marie pearl card was used for every thing.
Sue Wilson striplet die.
Heart felt creation Aster Die for the flower and leaves.
The boarder embossing folders are ones I bought but can't remember the names.
Pearls from stash.

A very simple card..

I was asked to wrapped two bottles of wine too.

A second marriage and no gifts wanted, but they enjoy their wine so I am sure they will enjoy drinking it. 

Wrapped up in tartan tissue as the bride is from up here, but now lives in London. 
They are meeting up this weekend with the group of music fans at the big 
" Hard Rock Hell " concert. I expect the wine will be all gone ny the time they head home. 

That's it for today. Thank you for calling in.

Hazel xxx 

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Good afternoon, again I have to say sorry for being absent.    I was away last weekend at a craft retreat which was more chatting, laughing and just catching up with friends,  while away I picked up,a real nasty cold/flu like bug. I think it was from being on trains for  over 9 hours each way. which along with sore legs and back ( just normal for me these days) I ended up in bed till Wednesday when I turned the corner as they say.

I have been taking it easy and have put together a lot of my Christmas cards.  Today I have been playing making my cut down XCut gift bags and doing up baskets for Patricia to sell at her grandsons  Christmas fair next weekend.

These little gift bags hold mini products, you can't fit three in, I just am showing two little hand products that I had. My stock is out side in my new store room, it's pouting with rain so I am not going out to get any in, that can wait. 

Two little baskets with goodies.  
They don't photograph well in the cellophane but do look lovely I have used rich red ribbon to tie them up. 

If you want to know how to cut the bags down, I did a tutorial back on May the 1st on the blog.

Thank you for all your comments on my gift baskets, they were well received, I have to say I still do love making my baskets up over doing other craft things. 

Hazel xxx