Thursday, 18 May 2017

AYLI DT Favourite skin or fur colours

Helloooo!! I love it when it's time to share a DT piece for


because it means that Martin's weekend off is coming up...yay!! I think we are off to Lyme Regis this time, there is always the guarantee of a great ice cream there!! 
For now though, there is the guarantee of a great challenge and this fortnight it is to share a project showcasing your favourite colours for skin or fur. As always, it is necessary to tell us what you have chosen and why.

Our sponsor is 

so I had to use an image from Winnie's Spring Collection and here it is. 

On this occasion I used my Promarkers to colour her in to match the papers. My default skin colours are, Apricot, Oatmeal, Blush and Baby Pink which, together,  always give a fantastic result and go, pretty much, with cool and warm paper colours. The border is a Spellbinders die and the little tags are Mama Elephant with the Mini Messages stamp set and some seam binding ribbon to finish off.  Hope you will have time to join in this time.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Passion for Promarkers #395 - Tag it
Whimsie  Doodles May - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl -  May card challenge
Creative Inspirations #275 - Anything Goes 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ribbon and Rubber at The Cutie Pies

Hello folks, hope you are ready to face the week following a lovely weekend!!
We have been lucky with the weather so I managed to mow the lawn and spend some time in the garden. Bowie and Bumble really enjoyed attacking the mower!! Thankfully they soon got bored and  then proceeded to dig up my borders...little terrors. Still, I must forgive them as they are one year old today!!
Anyway on with the job in hand.

It's time for some mid challenge inspiration Cutie Pie style!! Our current challenge is 
Ribbon and Rubber.

Here is what I made

My Presscut stepper die had an airing and the grand opening of several  more packets took place for the stamp set and other dies (oops...Love Cynthia, Sue Wilson Spring Foliage and Elizabeth Craft ). The papers came out of my scrap box and I found a piece of seam binding that matched perfectly, although it doesn't look that way at all in the photograph!!

I do hope that you will join us, if you haven't already, there is still time!!

Until next time xx

Some challenges

Di's digi designs - Fold it fancy
Crafty Calendar  - Flowers
Cute card Thursday #477 - Dies and punches
Little Miss Muffet #162 - Anything Goes 

Thursday, 11 May 2017


Hello my lovely blogging buddies. Not quite sure where the last week has gone as I intended to share a few more cards but hey ho, I am here now!! 

This is Leila from Sasayaki Glitter

She was coloured with Promarkers. the die and stamp are from a Taylored Expressions set and the chevrons were done with texture paste from Lidl using the free stencil that came with Making Cards Magazine. I really enjoyed making this card and have decided not to shy away from white space quite so much!!

Hope you have a good weekend when you get there xx

Some Challenges

Digi Choosday #19 - Anything goes 
Crafting when we can #143 - Clean and simple

Thursday, 4 May 2017

AYLI Favourite Die

It's a special day today, a new challenge at As You Like It and my Aunty San's 70th Birthday, she sometimes visits here

So, Happy Birthday Aunty San!!!!

The new theme is Your Favourite Die and I have no doubt about that (apart from the circles that I use all the time) my "go to" dies are Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Elegant Ovals. They add a touch of pretty without too much fuss, which I like!!

My DT card is the one that I sent her and I had a fancy for making a twist and pop card and followed a tutorial. It was far easier than I expected and this was my first attempt...result!!

The cake and numbers were free with crafting magazines

as were the sentiments that fit perfectly on the oval mats inside, hope she likes it!!

Thank you for your visit today and continued comments, they are much appreciated.

Some challenges

Unicorn Challenge #21 - Special  Occasion
In the pink #118 - Birthday
Fab 'n' Funky #349 - Lovely Ladies
The Crafty Addicts #36 - Anything goes/Use die cuts

Monday, 1 May 2017

Coffee and Friends

Me again...I have actually managed to grab some time to myself and make some cards just for fun, so, inspired by some current challenges I came up with this.

It was the first time I had inked this sweet stamp by Your Next Stamp and, as usual, I coloured her up to match the papers that came from The Works ( as well as a few other pads actually!!)

I used SN Illustrator pens to colour her and am pleased to say I am getting the hang of them. I also broke the mould and tried blonde hair which I am really pleased with. The embossed panel was supposed to be a panel with texture paste but the colour was wrong so I improvised and used a Leoni folder instead. I will save the paste panel for another project!!

The rain has gone so today I am going to spend some time in the garden, the weeds on the patio will be easier to deal with now the ground is damp!! No riding for me as poor Surprise is lame at the moment and having a week in bed so I can use the time doing something productive!!

Whatever you are doing, I hope it's a good one xx

I was inspired by these challenges

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Allsorts #413 - Embossing
A Gem Of A Challenge #193 - Embossing wet or dry
Creatalicious challenges #114 - Anything Goes +/- Mothers Day or for the girls

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Bird Watching

Hello folks, hope that everyone is enjoying a good weekend. It is positively bucketing  down with rain here, long overdue actually. What a strange week its been here in the UK, freezing cold nights and hard frosts, one morning the gates were frozen and I had to boil the kettle to defrost the stable yard tap!! 

 Anyway my card shows anything but rain or frost, it's my inspiration piece for Sasayaki Glitter and is called Bird Watching.

I used some old MME papers and set about creating a little scene for the sweet image.
It's not actually the card that I am showcasing on the inspiration blog, I somehow deleted the photograph from my DT folder and cannot get a copy as I have already sent the card, so all in all a disaster!! Never mind, worse things happen at sea and all that, however, if you are interested you can see the other card here.

Thank you for your visit and continued support, it is much appreciated xx

Some challenges

Creative fingers #129 - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs #93 - In the garden
I Love Promarkers #333 - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz #167 - Theme great outdoors

Monday, 24 April 2017

Christmas with the Cuties

Hello and welcome to another new week and also to another new theme at

I loved this new theme Add some Holly as it was the perfect opportunity to air a new die set that I bought in the Crafters Companion New Year Sale.

Our sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter and I used Girl and Puppy in the snow,
coloured with Promarkers, to compliment the Holly patterned paper.

Well, that's another card added to the Christmas box. Hope you will join in and add to your festive greeting card is only eight months away after all.....just saying!!

Wishing you all a good week xx

Some challenges

Crafty Animals #1 - Anything Goes with an animal
Polkadoodles Week #16 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
Crimbo Crackers #131 - kraft card
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' April Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

AYLI Favourite Colour

Hello friends, it's Thursday which means it's time for the latest challenge to kick off at

Another easy one  your FAVOURITE COLOUR

I am one of those people that really doesn't have a favourite colour as such so I did the sensible thing and trawled back through my cards to have a bit of a tally. Shock...horror...PINK is my favourite/most used colour!! So I made this just to prove the point!!

I was in a CAS mood and just had to play with my new Hunky Dory stamp set, Doodlebug paper pad and Lawn Fawn die set. I was so pleased with the result and have just the person in mind to send it to when the time comes.

I have a bit of time on my side as I am waiting for the end of year reports to print so am able to have a chat and share some photographs.

Spring is well and truly under way here in Dorset, our daily walks/rides are fragrant by way of the lovely bluebells and wild garlic that has started to appear. The pheasants are much bolder now that the shooting season is over and there are deer all over the place which is a worry because they appear through the hedge causing Surprise to jump and the dogs pick up the scent and get giddy with excitement!! Our rabbit family have come out of their winter burrows and are now making themselves at home on the lawn, again causing much excitement for Bowie and Bumble and frequent coffee spillage for me as I tend to throw it all over myself when they bark...little b*ggers darlings!!

Bumble and Bowie very wet from the morning dew.

Hope to see you soon xx

Some challenges

Little Red Wagon - April Showers
Creative Moments #116 -Anything goes 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Party Chooks

Hello everyone and Easter Blessings on this Good Friday!!

In keeping with this time of year I have some chicks to share today in the shape of a Birthday card.

This little group of chicks is Party Chooks available here. They were coloured with  all of my yellow Promarkers to match the papers which were free in a magazine.

I wish you all a lovely Easter Weekend whatever you are up to.

Until next time, keep crafting!! xx

Some challenges

Polkadoodles Week 15 - Anything goes
Crafting With Friends #41 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #339 - Anything Goes

Monday, 10 April 2017

Bunnies and Chicks

Hello everyone. Another lovely Monday and the start of a short couple of working weeks too!! Not only that it's the start of the April challenge at

We want to see cute BUNNIES & CHICKS

Time has been in short supply again so I took the advantage of a pre-coloured image by our sponsor Pink Gem Designs. She went particularly well with some papers from
The Lovely Studio. I finished it off with a seam binding bow and one of the sweet postmark sentiments from LOTV (which I am unable to locate on the website!!) and a pearly thing. It would be lovely to see you if you have a cute card to share featuring a bunny, chick or even both!!

Before I go here are some bluebells for Lucy...not quite a carpet, just yet, but at least it is a start!! They smell gorgeous  too as I walk or ride by.

See you soon  xx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

It's all about the shape at AYLI!!

We are all about the shape at As You Like It today. An easy peasy theme so do join in and don't forget to give your reasons.

I chose 15cm x15cm. I love symmetry and balance on my cards and although I use my "frilly" die a fair bit I am never really 100% happy.

It's Declan's Birthday today and this is (obviously!!) for him. I have been itching to have a play with one of LOTV's printable sheets and as time was short this was the perfect opportunity. I was really pleased and teamed the image up with papers from a Joy Crafts pad. My new letter dies also got an airing...really pleased with them. He works incredibly long hours and I know he has arranged to have today off to spend with Mollie and Chelsea so I hope he will manage to "take the weight off" just like the little fella on his card.

Thank you for your visit today and if I haven't managed to visit you for a day or two I promise to rectify that very soon!!

Have a good one xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cute Bun

Hello friends, here I am again...twice in one week is a bit rare these days!!

I have Cute Bun to share with you today. Yet another cute image from

Here she is recharging her batteries in preparation for Easter!!

She was coloured with Promarkers and had a squirt of stickles to the bow, which sadly looks rather orange here...I blame the light!!
I fancied something different than a square card base so used my Tonic layering dies for the scalloped base and layers and then continued the theme with Memory Box stitched circles. The sentiment was from a Taylored Expressions set.

Hope you have had a good week, mine has been the first "normal" week since before Christmas when we had two new members of staff. I have been nipping in and out of work for extra hours here and there which has been a right nuisance!! Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for me!! 

Hope to see you soon,  until then take care xx

Some challenges

Little Red Wagon -  #387 Hippity Hoppity

Monday, 27 March 2017

Red and Green Cutie Christmas

Hello Friends. Hope your weekend has prepared you for a good week. It was Mothering Sunday here in the UK and the weather was very kind to us, a sign of things to come I hope.

Anyway, the reason for my visit is the new challenge at

Where we are RED and GREEN

Our sponsor is Bugaboo and so I am sharing a card using Winter Kidz

She was coloured with Promarkers to match the subtle papers from a Forever Friends Kraft Notes pad. There is plenty of time to join us and to add to your Christmas card pile!!

Until next time xx

Some challenges

My time to craft - Woodland animals/Easter
(Hope the bunny counts as a woodland animal!!)
Crafty friends #54 -  B is for.....
Bunny, bow
Weekly Christmas card challenges #9 - Mittens

Thursday, 23 March 2017

AYLI Favourite Medium

Happy Thursday everyone, it will soon be the weekend...Yay!! Before that and to give you a a crafty project (should the weather be rubbish!!) it's time for a new challenge at

where the theme is an easy peasy one

share your favourite colouring medium and don't forget to tell us why!!

It will come as no surprise when I tell you that my medium of choice has to be Promarkers. They were my first brand of alcohol markers and although I am dipping my toe into the Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, I still go back to my Promarkers. I just know which colours blend well and go together, as demonstrated on my DT piece.

I really enjoyed colouring this stamp to match the papers that came from The Range. I used a Tonic punch for the flowers and then used a linen effect embossing folder for texture, an Impression Obsession tag die and (oops) a new Tattered Lace deckle edge die set for the mat that Miss Pussy Cat is sitting on.

Have a good day, whatever you are doing xx

Some challenges

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - More than one die/ punch
Seven Hills Crafts - Animals, embossing, patterned paper
Creative Inspirations #271 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Easter Amy

Hello everyone. I am hanging my head in shame as due to work related issues I forgot to post this yesterday...oops!!

So, this is one of the new images available here

She is called Easter Amy.

I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens to match the Taylored Expressions papers. The sentiment is from another Easter set. 

Anyway,  must love you and leave you. Take Care xx

Some challenges...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Dies and Digis

Hello my friends. I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend. We had a very good one. The weather was glorious on Saturday so we had a wander in Sherborne and my lovely Hubby treated me to some beautiful earrings after a delicious coffee and cake!! We walked the dogs in our shirt sleeves and took note of all the new life appearing including toads "making" new life in the garden pond which was quite unnecessary!!). Surprise and I had a nice ride on Sunday morning and I even managed to catch up on some DT commitments, so all is well in the world!!

Anyway, it being the second Monday of the month it is time for a bit of cute, in the shape of The Cutie Pie Challenge.

This month we want to see


I used a digi from our sponsor Little Miss Muffet that I coloured with Promarkers to match the MME papers. I cut the card base using a Tonic set, the curved panel was a Spellbinders die, as was the oval that Kiki is on, the clouds are Joy Crafts, the sun from Lil Inkers and the ribbon from my stash. Oh and finally, the sentiment from an Easter stamp set.

I haven't shared any pics of the puppies dogs lately so here they are...



I know,  they are far too big to pick up but I can't help myself!!

Thank you for letting me rabbit on and I do hope you will join us at

See you soon xx

Some  challenges

Sweet stampin' - Anything but Birthday
Polkadoodles Week #10 - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffett #158 - Anything goes
Squirrels not so random challenge #4 - Spring fever

Thursday, 9 March 2017

It has to be LOTV!!

Hello to all. Hope this finds you well. I still seem to be chasing my tail these days. Dogs, horse, extra hours at work, Husband, Family, house and garden (not necessarily in that order mind!!) I am sure that there aren't as many hours in the day as there used to be!!

Anyway, the reason for my visit today is to shout about the new challenge at

Where we would love you to share a project featuring your favourite BRAND of stamp...and don't forget to tell us why.

Now I have many, many stamps, rubber/clear and digi and it seems I have far more LOTV than any other. I suppose it's because that are such fabulous quality, have great detail and you can always find one for any occasion.

Mine was made for Chelsea (Mollie's Mummy) who celebrated her Birthday on Tuesday. She is really girly so I decided to push the boat out and throw everything at it...Cute stamp, pretty papers, cheesecloth, flowers, die cuts...well it did the trick because she loved it!!

Hope you will  be able to join in with us here

Until next time...take care xx

Some challenges

Creative Inspirations #270 -  Lili of the Valley
Dream Valley #151 - Lots of layers
Penny Black & More March Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar March Challenge - Mum's Day/Special Female (My Son's GF)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Girl and her pup

Hello everyone. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your day with me. I managed to grab a bit of time to make this sweet card for the Sasayaki Inspiration Blog.

She is available here.

I coloured her with Promarkers and was even brave enough to have a go at a different hair colour which turned out reasonably well I thought. The pretty blue paper is from one of the paper pads that the wonderful Lucy sent for my Birthday and I teamed it with a lovely rich shade of purple. The (wonky) sentiment die is by Impression Obsession and another that I don't use nearly enough. The smudge was entirely intentional...not!! Oops!!

Some challenges

Love to craft challenge blog #8 -Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl March Card Challenge

See you soon xx

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Bunny Mother's Day

Hello friends. It is my turn to inspire you with more cuteness from Naz.

This sweet image is Bunny Mother's Day.

I found another yummy My Mind's Eye paper pad in my stash and coloured the image with Promarkers to  match. I was lacking inspiration for a layout so visited Jule's Sketch Library and used #15.

Hope to see you soon xx

Some Challenges

Lemon Shortbread #36 - Anything goes
Digi Choosday week 9 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl February - Use any image

Monday, 27 February 2017

Christmas with the Cutie Pies

Happy new week everyone!! I am not so happy as it's back to work for me today following annual leave last hoo!!

Anyway,  less of that and more of this

The new challenge theme is

No man like a snowman (full details here)

I used  a CC Designs snowman that was a Christmas pressie from a dear crafty buddy (thank you ever so much xx).  He was so easy to colour and his cute specs cried out for glossy accents, which actually shows up in the photograph!! The dies that feature are from Lawn Fawn And Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Well, that's another Christmas card to add to the pile. I hope you will join in and add another card to your own collection for this is only ten months away!!!

Whatever this week throws at you I hope it is a good one.

See you tomorrow  xx

Some challenges

Di's Digis - Die cuts and/or punches
The Alphabet challenge - Y for You Choose
Brown Sugar #239 - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends #37 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner challenges - winter wonderland

Thursday, 23 February 2017

AYLI...what else can you do??!!

Hello everyone!! A big oops from me and apologies to my team mates at

I forgot to schedule my own post for our new challenge which is

What do you make other than cards...and why?

I have dabbled in all kinds of crafts including sewing, knitting, embroidery, jewellery making and cross stitch and over the last few years I have taught myself to crochet. My current "work in progress" is my biggest piece to date...a blanket. I am just about half way through the blanket itself and then have a pretty border to add so I reckon it will be keeping us warm at night by next winter!! I have taken much inspiration from Lucy at Attic 24 so if crochet is something that you fancy having a go at then I highly recommend her easy to follow patterns and informative blog to get you started. 

The kit for my blanket can be found here.

Check out the main challenge blog for some  inspiration  from my team mates. Hope to see you there, if I'm not sacked that is!!

Hope this week is being kind to you and that you have stayed safe during storm Doris that visited the UK today.

Until next time xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Birthday Meg for Sasayaki Glitter

Hello crafters. In my quest to actually "use" my papers instead of hoarding them I came across the pretty ones I used on my card today. 

They are Belle and Boo,  by Trimcraft and give just the right amount of "party" to compliment Meg who I am showcasing today.  She was coloured with Promarkers to match the papers. I also got out my Press cut stepper die for the base so hope this will be suitable for the current Ooh la la Challenge ( thank you Janice, Meg and Pauline for inspiring me!!)

 Thank you for your visit today. See you soon xx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Simply Love with The Cutie Pie Challenge

Happy new week crafters. Hope you are keeping warm/cool depending on where in the world you are!! It has been frrrrreezing here and we actually had a flake or two of snow on Saturday, much to my excitement! Sadly not enough to make a snowball!!

Anyway, I am here to share the love with my inspiration for the new

I used an image from our sponsor (details on the challenge blog here)

She was coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens (shhhh don't tell my Promarkers) to match the  Tiny Tatty Ted papers. The sentiment is from an LOTV set.

I do hope that you will join us.

Until next time, take care xx

Some challenges

In the pink #112 - With Love
Noor Design UK - Have a heart
Crafty Purple Frog #4 - Love is all around
Allsorts #402 -Hearts and/or flowers

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Ribbon or Lace?

Hello friends. Gosh, how time flies, it's been over a week since I posted anything!! Anyway I am here now!!  Something completely different from me today.

 The weeks have rolled around to another new challenge at

Which is Ribbon or Lace?

Many of you will now that neither of these feature regularly on my cards, but if the occasion arises I use ribbon, usually in the form of seam binding ribbon. I have metres of this in white so that I can colour to suit. I love the way that it ties into a perfect bow too.

 This is a card that I was asked to make for a customer to give to his Wife on her 95th Birthday. I actually used a Downton Abbey papercraft kit that came with a magazine last year and dressed it up with a new die. He was delighted and I am informed that Rosemary, his Wife loved it too.

Hope you will join us!!

Before I go this is a more recent photograph of our beautiful
 Granddaughter Mollie Rose, can't believe she will be 4 weeks old on Sunday.

See you soon

Some Challenges

The Ribbon Girl - February card challenge
Crafting when we can #137 - Flowers
The crafty addicts #32 - Anything goes +/- a sentiment
Crafting from the heart #145 - Anything goes

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sasayaki DT

Happy Monday crafters.  Hope you all had a good weekend. It was Hubby's weekend off so we had plenty of lovely dog walks, a trip to the local town for a bit of retail therapy and a bite to eat and I even managed a bit of crafty time. 

Anyway, it's my turn to share another sample of the lovely artwork from

She was coloured with Promarkers to match the pretty papers and had a liberal squirt of stickles!!
I was very tempted to carry on with the shabby chic but held back as I didn't want to cover more of the paper than I had to. I did, however ink the edges for an aged look.

See you next time xx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Daisy, Daisy....

Morning crafters. I hope you are well today. I have my DT card for

The new challenge is for you to share a project showing your favourite flower.

My paternal Grandmother "Nanny" was called Daisy so I have always found myself drawn to daisies, and, as it says in the film You've Got Mail,  they are "such friendly flowers".

It was the perfect opportunity to use a NBUS stamp, Delightful Daisies, that happened to fall in my basket when LOTV had a bit of a promotion. The image was coloured with Promarkers and the daisies had a slathering of Sparkle pen, which, as you already know, does not show up in photographs. Speaking of which I had to use my phone to take this one so it's pants anyway!!
The papers were from a magazine freebie and my Marianne Daisy die got an airing for the finishing touches. I have yet to add a message as this sweet card will actually serve very well for a number of occasions.

Hope you will join in. 

Until next time, take care xx

Some challenges

Allsorts #399 - Daisy, Daisy
Sweet Stampin' - Dies and Punches
The Ribbon girl - Any image Challenge

Monday, 23 January 2017

White Christmas

Hello crafters. Time for challenge #2 at

We would love to see your cute Christmas cards featuring a song or carol.

I may have mentioned before that I watch White Christmas (and sing the title song!!) all the time so it was an easy choice for me. I used an image from one of the sponsors (full details here).

The pretty paper was free with a magazine and I cut a silver mat using a new die set from Swedish House Crafts.

I really hope that you will find time to add to your Christmas card stash by joining us with your cute designs.

Thank you ever so much for your kind messages about our promotion!! Mollie Rose continues to grow more beautiful every day and I have taken to being Grandma very well, although I am  not so keen on sharing the bed with a Grandad!!

Hope this week is a good one for you xx

Some challenges

Addicted to stamps - Baby it's cold outside
Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #4
Di's digis -Snowy Winter