So Excited – Create And Craft TV #Excited

This morning I was watching Dawn Wheeler and Dean Wilson on Create And Craft TV… they were demonstrating the Spellbinders Grand Calibur diecutting machine and as I had bought one of these fab machines then I thought I would email the show with some support and a few of my recent makes.

Guess what… two of my keepsake cards were shown live on television this morning. I was so excited and still can’t believe that something I have made was shown on television :-)

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Wordless Wednesday – Kilchurn Castle

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Happy Fathers Day 2015

Happy Fathers Day to my wonderful Dad, I love you very very much!!

I wanted something unique and personal to send my Dad for Fathers Day, he is always there for me through everything in my life and I want him to know how much I appreciate him.

I decided to contact Melody Moo with an idea of what I wanted… I wanted a unique drawing incorporating my Dad’s Mazda MX-5, his Eriba Puck caravan and the background I wanted to be based around Lochy Holiday Park in Fort William… this is what Melody came up with for me and I love it!!

FAthers Day 1

Then I saw this from Handmade With Love Designs and just had to buy it lol.

Fathers Day 2

And to complete Dad’s Fathers Day gifts I handcrafted a greetings card for him:

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Fathers Day 2015 (1)

Happy Fathers Day to my Dad, both my Grandpa’s in Heaven and all other Dads, Stepdads, Grandads and Father figures :)

Handcrafted Greetings Cards For Every Occasion

Our local WRVS have kindly started to stock a selection of our greetings cards which they sell on our behalf to the centre’s clients. This is a selection of the cards which are available from WRVS, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent:

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Handcrafted Keepsake Gift Box – Baby Boy’s Christening

Our newest keepsake card design is proving very popular and I have to say I am loving working on something a little bit different… this is an 8x8inch easel card which is mounted on top of a handcrafted drawer which incorporates the card and gift box in one.

This particular design is for a baby boy’s Christening and incorporates a Sugar Nellie digital stamp which has been coloured using Promarker pens, before being die cut using an X-Cut scalloped circle die. There is also a die cut, layered cross with floral embellishments and a Christening themed verse and personalisation.

Christening Keepsake for Rupert Brian (4)

We also added a lacy Christening gown as the baby boy’s parents are following tradition and he will be wearing their family heirloom gown – it is such a lovely change to hear of a baby who is wearing traditional wear at their Christening, made even more special having previously been worn by other family members.

Christening Keepsake for Rupert Brian (1)

The base of this keepsake is made using pearlised cardstock, this is an opening drawer which means a gift can be placed inside the gift box or this can be used for other keepsakes by the recipient.

Christening Keepsake for Rupert Brian (6)

Christening Keepsake for Rupert Brian (5)

This design of keepsake card can be handcrafted to any colour scheme, theme or occasion to give a unique and personalised gift for your loved one.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for a keepsake like this or indeed any of your greetings card or keepsake card requests, please email us at

xxx Love Laura xxx

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Handcrafted Fathers Day Greeting Card – Morgan Fitzsimons Design

I love to create unique and ‘different’ handcrafted greetings cards so when I saw the new Morgan Fitzsimons range on Create & Craft TV last week, I just knew that I needed to buy this ‘Flight of Fantasy’ cd-rom and I’m so glad that I did. I have spent to many hours going through the twin cd-rom and there are so many different elements, papers, toppers, digi-stamps and images that I’m sure I still have lots to explore.

This is the first card which I have made using Flights Of Fantasy – I have used three of the co-ordinating backing papers, two copies of the image which have been layered and then finished with Candies.

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Using the verse writer which is included in this software I then printed a Fathers Day verse onto a co-ordinating paper which I then attached to the inside of the card.

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I can’t wait to work with more of Morgan’s artwork and I am sure that the designs will be incredibly popular – there really is something for all ages. Thank you Morgan for sharing your amazing designs with the crafting world!!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

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Dignity In Dying

Dignity In Dying

“An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering” – I truly believe this to be true.

So many people would have less suffering if they were allowed to die with dignity, I know that assisted suicide, etc are incredibly controversial subjects BUT people need to remember that animals are not allowed to suffer, their suffering is eased when it comes to that time so surely we should take note of this and consider it for the people in the world too?

“‎Dignity In Dying”‬ is something I feel very strongly about – I have seen people suffer from many illnesses including various forms of ‪‎Cancer‬, ‪‎Parkinsons Disease‬ and Alzheimers‬ to name a few.

I follow a lovely family here on Facebook who are currently dealing with ‪‎Motor Neurone Disease‬ and the effects of this on the individual and also their family.

I have often thought about how I would feel if I were in any of those situations – would I want my life to drag out knowing that I was terminally ill? Would I want to prolong my death while knowing that I was a burden on my family and whilst caring for me that they were having to put their own lives on hold? Would I want to be ‘there’ mentally while everything about my physical being was failing, or vice-versa… my mental state was failing and I had no idea who I was, where I was or what was going on around me?

No!! I would want someone to show the compassion to me that is shown to animals every day, the world through – I would want someone to help me, someone to help end my suffering, move the inevitable death closer while I was still able to say goodbye to my loved ones and share my last thoughts, moments and memories with them. I would want a DIGNIFIED passing… assisted dying should not be a crime.

We are brought up being taught about dignity and helping one another… surely in a time of desperation and need, a time when we have terminal illnesses and daily suffering, this is when dignity should be brought to the forefront???