Sunday 31 March 2013

Add Flowers At The Ribbon Girl Magnolia Challenge

I'm a little late, but better late than never, this weeks Ribbon Girl Magnolia Challenge is 'Add Flowers'. I should have published this this morning but the kids and me all have a tummy bug, always a story at the Hetherington's.

I got my Stamp Club and I'd taken a chunk out of my finger so I couldn't colour as it kept reopening and I didn't want blood getting onto my stuff. See, told you there is always something going on.

At last it looks like it is starting to be spring like, I much prefer taking pictures in the sun.

I'm loving the new purple papers from Maja Design, they look even nicer in real life.

Hopefully the lurgy will be leaving here soon, but this afternoon we are having a DVD day, pity it's a lovely day here.

I'm entering this into Simply Magnolia's 'Hats Of To You' and also into 'Anything Goes' at Simon Says Stamp.



Thursday 28 March 2013

Buttons And Bows at Lili's Little Fairies

Hi everyone, today I'm here with my Lili's Little Fairies card, today our theme is 'Buttons and Bows'.

I've been asked to make a couple of wedding cards, I work with the mother of the groom, and she's asked me to make this for his daughter to give her dad. The colour theme of the wedding is green, so you'll be seeing another green wedding card from me soon.

I've coloured Over The Threashold with my distress markers and added glitter with stickles. The papers are from Maja Design, from a few collections, I've added some white Frantage too, I'm loving that stuff.

Another arty shot, lol, the roses and sweetheart blossoms are from WOC. I've also used Sweet Sage Shabby Seam Binding, a Vintage ButtonCream ChrysanthIvory Rolled Rose and Jacqueline Vintage Style Lace.


Becky xx

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Favourite Stamp At Midweek Magnolias

Happy Wednesday everyone, this week at Midweek Magnolias we want to see your favourite stamp, well for me the one I'm currently colouring tends to be my favourite any way..... so this one is actually the same as the very first Tilda card I blogged in May 2011.

Over at Live and Love Crafts Sandy has set the DT the challenge of revisiting a card from their past, so here is my original version of this card, I thought it would be fun to follow the same sketch too

I missed the sentiment out though, artistic license, lol.

I've use Maja Design papers and distressed the edges before I machine sewed them.

The roses are from WOC, the rolled roses and chrysanthemums are by Kort og Godt, the Shabby Tulle Rose is from Magnolia and the red poppy is from LLC, all of the links are at the end.

Hope you can play along this week, I'm sorry but I've not yet done my candy, I have had a horrendous week, I will be doing it soon though, I just hope that it is worth waiting for.


Becky xx

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Inspiration At Deep Ocean Challenges

Hi everyone, I'm here with my DT card for Deep Ocean, for this challenge we have an inspirational photo, here's my card.

Here is the inspirational photo,

I've used Champagne Fountain from Lili Of The Valley, these mice are so cute. I've made a card for a lady who is retiring from work, and I thought this stamp was perfect, the sentiment is also from LOTV. 

I've used Maja Design papers again, you will be seeing more of these, Sandy at Live and Love Crafts has restocks as well as the new Vintage Spring Basics in, they are gorgeous......

I have a sideways opening card again, the card has been made to give to her off all of us, so here is an extra arty shot.

I've used glamour dust on the champagne to mimic the bubbles :)


Becky xx

Monday 25 March 2013

Cutie Pie Zsa Zsa

Happy Monday everyone, I'm here today with my card for Little Darlings Inspirations, I've coloured up the gorgeous Zsa Zsa.

Isn't she sweet? I've coloured her with distress markers and reinkers, I just don't like how the browns come out in the markers. I've added sparkle to her with glamour dust.

The papers are also from Little Darlings, I've distressed them and then machine sewn them using top stitch thread. 

I've made this for a blogging friends birthday, so I hope Royal Mail has it delivered before she sees my post.

I want to thank you all for your kind words on the loss of my beloved Milo, the house seems too quiet without him, coming home is not the same without my bouncing boy. 


Becky xx

Saturday 23 March 2013

Bye bye Milo

(taken 5.3.13)

Sadly on Thursday evening my little dog Milo passed away. I had mentioned he hadn't been well, but after he threw up a small piece of potato he was back to my bouncy barking boy.

All day Thursday he was his usual self, he even eat the extra pasta that I had cooked for him at teatime. Just after 7pm he walked out of the living room, but he was all wobbly, I laid him down and it was if he couldn't really focus on me. He laid there moaning, so I phoned the emergency vet. On the way to take him over he stood up to follow me out, turned round and completely collapsed. Hubby lifted him off the floor and put him in the car. When I got there it was like carrying a small child, he had his head on my shoulder and I had to lay him down so carefully. The vet gave him a good checking over, there was nothing physically wrong with him, so she thought he had had a stroke, this was what I was thinking. I was given the choice to try and treat him, but he was over 12 years old and before we got him he had been through enough. So I covered him with cuddles and tears as he quietly slipped away. I am heartbroken, he has been by my side through so much. But, we get pets to love them and be loved by them, I know the last 10 years of his life we had that. But, I want to have what we know about his early life written somewhere too.

Early 2003 I talked my now hubby into getting a dog. We went to Dogs Trust at Sedbergh, first way round the first block my list was full. But, I got it narrowed down, but for one reason or another the ones I chose weren't suitable for our situation. But, there was the cutest dog wandering behind the people behind the counter. Keith said we'd have him, but we were told that Tyler had been booked, but we could have a look at his brother Milo who was still in hospital. We were told that he would bark at us. We went round to the hospital, Milo did bark, but he had my heart straight away. We then got to know why he was in hospital.
Sedbergh Dog's Trust is sort of on the brow of a hill, and instead of his previous owners taking him in they dropped them off outside. Even after his ordeal Milo had no fear of cars, and he was hit by a passing driver, he went in the the Dog's Trust when the came out they found him in the bushes, not moving. Turn's out the poor little mite had a broken back, so Dog's trust being dogs trust they operated on him, and he had a plate in his back. When we got him he was just getting some downy hair through. When he got wet you could see the huge scar running the length of his back. He was also a bit unsteady on his feet, but he soon strengthened up. 
Seeing how jumpy and flinchy he was was heartbreaking, he had obviously taking some beatings, bless him. I had decided he was going to sleep in the back lobby, but Milo decided he wanted to sleep at the foot of the stairs. That way no one could get past him without him knowing. If people were in different rooms he would constantly pace, when everyone was in the same room he was so happy and content. He was also my shadow, he was so bad I had to turn round and give him time to get behind me so that I didn't stand on him, that is going to take some getting used to. When I went to work I used to drop him off my mam and dads, my dad would take him for long walks round the moor. My original plan for his ashes were to scatter them on the moor, but William asked for a grave, so we're going to put them on top of my mam and dad's grave, just seems right, he was with them so much for most of his life anyway.
I always knew that I'd not see him in pain, so making the final decision for him was easy, even if it was one of the hardest choices I've ever had to make.
The story of my Milo is longer, but I am typing this through my tears, we adopted him on Valentines day 2003, so we had him as part of our family for just over 10 years, my kids came after, so they have always known him.

RIP my doggy boy, you are so missed 



Wednesday 20 March 2013

Leaving To Have A Baby

Hi everyone, I'm here today with a card for Midweek Magnolia's, I know it's not my week, but my 'Fussy and Fancy' inspiration card for Live and Love Crafts had plenty of flowers I thought I would join in with the 'Everything Is Coming Up Roses' at Midweek Magnolia's. I'll be back tomorrow with my winner from the blog hop (this is because I am scheduling this post as I'm going to work tonight, so I'll be in bed tomorrow and I've not photographed my goodies yet).

I've been asked to make a few cards, this one is for a girl at work who is leaving soon to have her first baby, and if all of the scans are to believed she is having a boy, which is why it's all in blue. 

Unusually for me I have a card that opens at the right, this is easier for everyone to sign it at work. I've used Pion Designs Alma's Sewing Room, I love the blue in this. I've used loads of the new goodies on here, as usual they are all linked at the end of the post.

I couldn't resist putting that on the tag, I've had two maternity leaves myself so I know what it's like, and how quickly it goes over. She is glowing though bless her, and this Tilda is perfect.

I'm entering this into 'Inspirational Picture' at MDUC, I've used the same shade of blue, 'Anything Goes' at Tilda's Town

Remember to pop back tomorrow to see if you're the lucky one.


Becky xx

Tuesday 19 March 2013


Hi, just getting my blog all sorted with Bloglovin, not really sure what I'm doing yet, but thought I'd better get myself sorted.

Hugs Becky xx

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Saturday 16 March 2013

Blogoversary Candy Winner Redraw

Hi everyone, my candy winner didn't contact me, so I have redrawn it using

Congratulations that is you

Gayle can you please send me an email with your address and I'll pop your goodies out to you, my email is in the side bar.


Becky x

Friday 15 March 2013

CLP Challenge #56

Hi everyone, yay it's Friday, the weekend is almost here :)

I'm here today with the midway post at CLP Challenges.

Here's my card using the following sketch,

It's something a little bit different for me, there's 3 reasons behind it. Firstly, I bought the Tinted Grandma's Attic papers by Pion from Live and Love Crafts and I was determined that I would use it, secondly I didn't have time to colour an image, my brother asked if I could mind my nephew Thursday afternoon, and thirdly I have wanted to try that technique (I think it's called broken glass) for ages, but I couldn't bring myself to try it on an image I'd spent ages colouring.

I was quite pleased how the UTEE embossing went, but I think I could have done with a fourth coat, but for making it up as I went along I am happy with it.

The papers are from Maja Designs Vintage Summer Basics.

Happy weekend everyone,


Becky xx

Thursday 14 March 2013

Handbags And Gladrags

Happy Thursday everyone. I almost forgot to post this, can you believe I was too busy with the housework??? It's done now, well as much as I'm doing today anyway, lol. 

There's a new challenge today at Lili's Little Fairies, the theme is 'Top of The Pops'. When I saw this title I did struggle for ideas, I then got my thinking cap on and they flowed. I decided to go with Handbags and Gladrags by the Stereophonics, I know Rod Stewart sang it too, but I love the Stereophonics, and I think Kelly Jones is so much nicer to look at too ;)

I've coloured New Hat in with my distress markers and added glamour dust for sparkle. 

The pearl string and roses are from WOC, the lovely lace is from The Ribbon Girls and the rose organza is from Live and Love Crafts, I stuck the pearls on.

The border die is one of the new Doohickeys, I gor it from Bunnyzoes, the gorgeous rolled roses are from Kort og Godt.

Pop over to Lili's Little Fairies for some amazing inspiration.

The winner of my candy hasn't come forward yet, so if I've not heard from her by Saturday I will be doing a redraw.

My Midweek Magnolia bloghop is HERE.

I'm entering this into 'Glitter' at 7 Kids Challenge, 'Pink' at Fashionista Challenges and also into 'Put On Some Pink' at Diva's By Design.


Becky x

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Happy Birthday Midweek Magnolias

Happy Birthday To Us..........

Midweek Magnolia's are One today, and to celebrate we are having a blog hop.

You should have come here from Anne's blog.

To be eligible to win the main prize at Midweek Magnolia's leave a comment there, and on all of the DT's blogs, there are also prizes to be picked up along the way..........

This is actually the last of the 30th birthday cards I needed to make, but as it was for our 1st birthday I didn't put the 30 on.

I've coloured Tilda in with distress markers and added sparkle with glamour dust. I have used loads of goodies from Live and Love Crafts, see the links at the end.

Sandy has just got some fran-tage in, I've seen a few people using this, it is gorgeous, I've used it on the purple magnolia berries to tone them down a tad and also on the corner die. I could have kept going too, lol.

Your next stop on the hop is Teresa, remember to leave comments along the way for your chance to win goodies.

I'm entering this into 'Happy Birthday' at MDUC and also into 'Birthday Happy Birthday' at You, Me and Magnolia.


Becky xx

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Cute And Cuddly At Deep Ocean

Hi everyone, time for a new challenge at Deep Ocean Challenges, our theme is 'Cute and Cuddly'.

I've used Daddy's Girl from Saturated Canary, with her Teddy Bear and her cute bunny slippers I think she looks all cute and cuddly.

I've used papers from Maja Design and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain.

I'm literally running out of the door in 10 minutes to go to work so I will add the inlinkz collection soon.

I'm entering this into the 'Good v Evil' challenge at Saturated Canary, she is definitely a cutie.


Becky x

Monday 11 March 2013

Little Darlings Contest

I woke up this morning to a dreary, grey day covered in the white stuff, but I have an amazing contest to share with you with Little Darlings.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?  Create an original project.  Below are the contest rules.  Read them very carefully as you must meet each criteria to be eligible to win.
  • The main focus of your project must be a non-card/non-tag piece.  It can be an altered project, mixed media, jewelry, home decor, etc.
  • You may accompany your project with a card or tag, but it cannot be the main focus of the project.
  • LDRS products must be the primary products used...stamped images, sentiments, background images, papers.  You can choose from all of our product lines.
  • There are extra points for using many LDRS products.  
  • The Grand Prize winner will be required to send their completed project to me.
  • You must be or become a Member of our LDRS FB Group
  • You must be or become a Follower of the LDRS Inspiration Blog
  • You must enter a picture of your project using the Inlinkz button at the top of the sidebar of the LDRS Inspiration Blog


  • Your project, name and blog address will be showcased in the LDRS booth at the Create 'N' Connect (formerly CHA) tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2013
  • Your project will be featured in one or both of our catalogs, depending on the products used on the project
  • You will receive $100.00 in free merchandise from LDRS; to include papers and rubber stamps from all product lines; items will be hand selected by me and will include items from upcoming releases
  • You will have the option to join our LDRS DT for a 2-month GDT spot

  • You will receive a $50.00 merchandise discount coupon to shop at our online LDRS store

  • You will receive a $25.00 merchandise discount coupon to shop at our online LDRS store

You will have until 5 p.m. EST on May 15th, 2013 to enter the contest.  This gives everyone plenty of time to get your ideas together and gather the materials that you will need.  I will hand pick the Grand Prize and First Prize winners.  The Second Prize winner will be selected using  I will announce all winners here before the May month end.

Amazing or what?? Good luck to all of you that enter.


Becky xx

Sunday 10 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone - there is no challenge this week at The Ribbon Girls so we are having a giveaway today and as it is Mothering Sunday here in the UK they are giving away a 'Bouquet of Paper Flowers' which are always useful to have in your stash drawer!

The winner will be picked at random and will receive all of the flowers in the photograph which consist of Kort & Godt rolled roses, chrysanthemums and beaded berries, Wild Orchid Craft trellis roses, large rose buds, hip rose buds, gardenias, cherry blossoms, carnations and sweetheart blossoms; Ribbon Girl beaded sprig, beaded twirls, large white daisies

The rules are simple - just leave us a comment on The Ribbon Girl Blog and add this photo on your blog and link back to The Ribbon Girl Blog - it would be nice it you were a follower of The Ribbon Girls blog but not essential.  We'll announce the winner on Saturday 16th March.


Becky xx

Thursday 7 March 2013

Candy Winner

Hi everyone, time for the winner of my Blogoversary candy,

Congratulations Anne-Maree Driver, that is you chick.  This has been redrawn on 16th March.
Can you please e-mail me with your contact details, my addy is in the side bar.

Thanks to everyone that has entered and left me a comment, and to all of my new followers.


Becky xx

Blogoversary Candy

This post is sticky, and will remain at the top until the candy finishes, please scroll down for new posts.

Hi everyone, next week is the two year anniversary of me blogging my first card. I had my blog for a few months before I plucked up the courage to share my cards. My first year I blogged less than a card a week, it's only been the past year that I've done it 'properly'.

I've said it before, but I am genuinely having a great time making and blogging my cards, I am part of amazing Design Teams with the loveliest and sweetest people I know, I do feel truly privileged.

In my candy there is the new Special Release Drip Drop Tilda, a BNIP QuicKutz corner die, a 6 inch (15 cm) card hanger, 5mm Ivory Self Adhesive Pearls from The Ribbon Girl and Beaded Centre Vintage Findings from Live and Love Crafts (these are currently on sale).

All you have to do to enter is pop your details in the linky thing below, if you don't have a blog just leave that bit blank. If you do have a blog can you please follow me and display the above picture in your sidebar, thank you.

I will post worldwide, but please no candy only blogs. 

My blogoversary is on 7th February, so I'm going to keep the candy open until 7th March.

Thank you all for your continued support, I do read and appreciate all the comments left for my cards.

Big Hugs,