Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A butterfly Twofer!!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. It's been ages hasn't it?!! We have been enjoying such good weather here in the UK that my mojo has packed up and gone on holiday!!

However, every month since Darnell launched her " Twofer" challenge I have had good intentions to join in and...you know what it's like...for one reason or other I never managed it. However I am here to rectify that with these...

Now, I rarely use butterflies and knew I didn't have any stamps but the little die was free with a magazine so I used it in two ways, to make a feature and as a finishing touch. Not my usual style, I know, but I thoroughly enjoyed letting loose and trying something new!!

Thank you Darnell for the inspiration!!

I won't be away so long next time...see you Thursday!!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

AYLI Pink or Blue

Oh no...I forgot to write my post...my bad!!!

You probably already know that a new challenge has started at

We would love to know whether you favour pink or blue in your card making, and don't forget we would like to know why too!!


I used Princess Snow from our sponsor Kinda Cute.
She was coloured with Promarkers to match the retired LOTV paper.

My favourite is pink, not wishy washy pink though, it has to be bright for me.

Back in the late 80s, when I worked in a Bank, we had a girls  night in and had our "colours" done. I fell into the Winter/Autumn category meaning that stronger colours suit my darker skin and hair tone, and that blue, except for navy should be excluded.  I think that is probably why I am never happy with cards featuring blue!! I still stick to my "colours", thirty years on, and investment pieces bought way back when coordinate nicely with new garments in my wardrobe.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing your favourite...if I am not sacked that is!!
See you soon xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Christmas hallway

Hello crafty friends. A whirlwind visit to share a card that has been some time in the making but the current Allsorts Challenge - Fancy Folds spurred me on to finish it.

Lots of techniques here, some inky sky, complete with masking, gold embossing powder on the die cut sentiment and lots of measuring and chopping for the banister.

I took inspiration from here if you fancy a go. 

Hope you have a good evening.

 See you tomorrow xx

Some challenges 

Allsorts #466 - Fancy folds
The holly and Ivy #28 - Anything goes 

Monday, 7 May 2018

Add a Butterfly

Blimey...where did last week go?! I know I said it was going to be a busy one but I didn't really expect to be absent and not to manage much blog visiting!! So apologies if I haven't left a comment. Normal service should now resume !!

Anyway, today is the start of the May challenge at

It's another good one. As well as your incredibly cute image we simply want you to add a butterfly...easy peasy lemon squeeze!!

I hope this little lady will inspire you.

A few weeks ago I took a trip down Memory Lane and spent a little time studying my old posts. I was taken by this one and, knowing that I still had the same paper pad, decided to make it again!! Little Wendy was coloured with Promarkers and I cut butterflies ( Impression Obsession I think) out of the patterned paper.

The sun has finally put in an appearance just in time for a Bank Holiday here in the UK so I anticipate some outdoor time, at last.

Bye for now xx 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Relax...you are only 60!!

I am out on the tiles tonight with my work colleagues, one of whom will be celebrating her 60th Birthday on Monday. Her fella is taking her away to Florence next week so we are starting the celebration early.  As well, as being one of the Surgery's Dispensers she also teaches yoga so this new addition to my  crafty arsenal was perfect.

I really enjoyed colouring her and managed to refrain from adding too much patterned paper...so unlike me!!

April showers are here in force today, I got soaked walking the dogs so fully intend to stay put in the dry...until the next outing that is!!

Whatever you are up to I hope you have a good day.

See you when I do, a busier time next with with courses and such so crafty time may be in limited supply!! xx

Some Challenges

Addicted to stamps and more #289 - CAS
Papercraft challenges #10 - Clean and Simple

Thursday, 26 April 2018

AYLI Favourite Animal

It's challenge time again at As You Like It and the theme this time is right up my street.


This was actually a tough choice for me as I love all animals, with the exception of a few creepy crawlies and I am not very keen on crocodiles, but for the purpose of this I went with dogs (please don't anyone tell Surprise, although we do refer to her as "the big dog" so I suppose she counts!!)

This was the card that I made for my Sister's Birthday, it's a perfect companion to the one I made her fella earlier in the year here.

I used the same Making Cards cd Rom and trawled through my paper library for a suitable colour match, which I think worked really well. The "Sister" stamp was a magazine freebie too and I used my favourite Mama Elephant stamp and die sets for the little tag.

It would be lovely to see you there!!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


There is something to be said for early morning light, it means  I can get a little bit of crafting done before doing the animals!! I am here to share a card that has been made over many such mornings to satisfy some current challenges!!

This is Custard, a lovely bovine  beauty from Sugar Nellie. She takes me right back to our dairy farming days, although we didn't have one with such a name...we had a Petunia though!!

She was coloured with Promarkers and the papers are from my stash, possibly The Lovely Studio.

That is me for today. I will return later in the week with week with another type of animal.

Take Care until then xx

These are the challenges that inspired me

Penny Black and more - Black and white plus one
Dis digi challenge - Include an animal
Cards 4 galz #69 - Black and white + 1 bright colours 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Christmas with The Cutie Pies - let It Snow

Ho, ho, ho, it's Christmas time again, well in Cutie Pie land it is!!

We have a snowy theme for you this time...Let It Snow.

This is what I did with the lovely image that I chose to use from our sponsor

I fussy cut the pre-coloured image and using foam pads to mount it on the  beautiful glittery die cut snowflake panel that I found here. Behind that is some coloured mirri card and it was finished off with a sentiment from LOTV that was heat embossed . Simples!!

I hope the coming week will be a good one for you. See you soon xx

Some challenges

A Gem Of A Challenge #217 - Children's playtime
 Fussy and fancy #210 - Add a die cut
ABC  Christmas - H for hat, I for ice ( H for hat)
The Merry Christmas Challenge #16
The holly and ivy Christmas challenge #27 - Anything goes

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Happy Birthday Dec

Hello everyone. It's sunny...yay...and warm too...double yay!!! My cherry tree is bursting with blossom, the grass is growing like billyo (and what a bummer...my lawnmower is in hospital!!) but so are the weeds!! Doesn't it make you feel better though to see a bit of sunshine, I know I certainly do.

Anyway, it has been a week since my last visit so I thought I would share the card I made for Declan who enjoyed a Birthday earlier in the month.

He is too old for Thomas the Tank Engine these days (although I am reliably informed that his cake resembled aforesaid engine!!) so good old DSB came to the rescue with Harry and Beer. Coloured with Promarkers and matted on to a Lovely Studio digital paper. I found a Son stamp in my stash, it was a free one, I think and the Happy Birthday is from Clearly Besotted.

I will leave you with a picture of  Declan and Mollie, taken in the snow last month!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Some challenges

Colour Crazy Challenge week 16 - Anything goes
Daring cardmakers - Feeling Blue
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Only for boys
Back to basics and  beyond challenge #1 - Matting and layering

Sunday, 15 April 2018

An interesting kind of sketch!!

Hello lovely peeps. I hope you had a good weekend. Dare I say it, but it looks like the months of rain may be coming to an end here in the UK and I was able to go dog walking, do horsey/field stuff  and gardening without waterproofs yesterday...bliss!! This was our lane water feature on Wednesday morning!! I had been waiting for the hairy kids to say that they don't want to get wet but they never did!!!

Anyway the inspiration for today's card came from here, such an unusual and striking sketch, I just had to play.

The papers were free with a magazine ages ago and the stamps are from a Clearly Besotted set,
Rockin' Robin, coloured with Promarkers. Another Christmas card for the box!!

I hope to see you soon xx

Some Challenges

Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas Critters
Daring cardmakers - Animal antics
CRAFT challenge #463 - Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes

Thursday, 12 April 2018

AYLI Favourite Medium

Hello there friends, I hope the week has been good to you so far.
My card today is my DT piece for

Such an easy theme for you this week a project using your
Favourite Colouring Medium

No prizes for guessing that mine is Promarkers!! I have tried most alcohol markers, had a play with a couple of branded pencils but always, always go back to my Promarkers. They just work for me!!

I used them to colour a fabulous Whimsy Stamp that was a Birthday present, together with the First Edition, Sweet Nothings, paper pad
( you know me so well, lovely lady!!).

It would be lovely if you can join us.

See you there!!

Some challenges

Addicted to stamps and more #287 - Make your mark
Crafty Animals #13 - Anything goes
CCC digi creations #91 - Include an animal
Whimsy Stamps #104 - Anything goes

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


It' been a while since I have had the chance to put a handful of challenges in the mix and come up with something to satisfy all of them.

With squares, matching boxes tags and buttons and bows I came up with this.

A card with a matching box to accommodate the bundle of ribbons and twine...

...and the card on it's own which looks very wobbly. I used a wet glue instead of my usual Collall glue gel and the card warped :0(

I used Bo Bunny Pincushion paper pad for the card base and the box, such pretty colours I think. The darling LOTV stamp was a Birthday present, and was coloured with Promarkers. To finish off I bundled some coordinating ribbon, twine and lace together and attached behind a button.

Ta dah!!

The challenges that inspired me

Allsorts #462 - Be there or be square
Crafty Calendar - Buttons and/or bows
My time to craft #368 - Bag or box with matching tag
Addicted to stamps #163 - Balloons, bunting or presents

Amazingly I will be back tomorrow with some DT inspiration for you, until then xx

Monday, 9 April 2018

Delightful Digis

Hello everyone. I have a cute little chap to share with you today.

It is new challenge time at 

The theme is Delightful Digis

I used Little Monster from our sponsor 

He was coloured with Promarkers and I used some Doodlebug Designs papers. He really is a cutie and was a joy to colour. I hope I have inspired you enough to seek out your cute Digis and join in!!

Thank you for stopping by today xx

Some challenges

Little Miss Muffet #186 - Anything goes
Colour Crazy challenge week 14 - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #524 - Anything goes

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Call Me

Happy Easter everyone. I hope the Easter Bunny has delivered lots of chocolate eggs to you all!! 

I am here with an absolutely no calorie bit of inspiration for you!!
She is one of the new release images at Sasayaki Glitter  which launch today.

I coloured her with Promarkers to match the pretty LOTV papers (available in digi form at Nitwits Collections). She is actually named "Call me" so one of my very old stamp and die sets came in handy although I am not entirely happy with the inked edge...never mind!!

I hope you have a peaceful Easter Sunday. I am off to make some  Easter biscuits...yum!!

See you soon xx

Thursday, 29 March 2018

AYLI Flowers

Hello lovely people, its me again!!
This time with my fortnightly DT inspiration for

The theme this time is Favourite Flowers.

I have so many, including daisies, sunflowers and my current favourite favourite...hyacinths, if they count as flowers!!

However, I have used roses for the purpose of this challenge. They are available in many different types and colours and the fragrances vary from one variety to another, my absolute favourite being "Blue Moon" which takes me right back to my childhood garden making perfume, with my Sister, from the petals , much to Dad's horror!!

I used Hand Stitched by Neat and Tangled, together with more Doodlebug designs paper for the background and some black gems to finish off.

I really hope you will join us.

I will leave you with the blooms that are currently on my kitchen table!!

See you soon xx

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Black and White

Hello my crafty friends.  As it is raining...again, I thought I would share a card that I put together last night to support a couple of current challenges.

It is a mixture of old and new. The stamp is one that I bought way back in my early rubber stamping days and one that I have rarely used. I spotted it on a virtual shopping trip and had to have it as one of the faces reminded me of my own New Forest Pony, Surprise. The new is the fabulous die cut layers which were made using a Tonic die set...English Picnic it is called and I was rather shocked at the size of them...huge!! In fact the ones I have used here on this 6 x 5ish card are some of the smallest!!

Anyway raining it may be, but that means a wet and muddy utility room floor from the dog walk this morning so I had better go and sort that out!!

Have a lovely day whatever the weather xx

Some challenges

Allsorts Challenge #460 - Black and white only
Stamping Sensations - Forest Friends (New Forest Pony)
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature

Monday, 26 March 2018

Christmas Cuties - Full House!!

Eyes down, look in...lol

It's time for BINGO at

I went for a Full House, using an image kindly provided by our sponsor Bugaboo.

It was the perfect opportunity to use some of my stash that never sees the light of day and also experiment with some unusual Christmas colours.

I will be back later in the week. Until then take care xx

Some challenges

Crafty Calendar March - Add a tag or make one
Colour Crazy Challenge week 12
Winter Wonderland  - Outdoor fun
Crimbo crackers #154 - Anything goes

Thursday, 22 March 2018


Hello everyone, I hope you are well and having a good week. Dorset is still gripped by the cold weather although all the snow has gone.
Anyway, to balance the cold  weather I have a really bright and jolly little card to share today.

She is Anita from Sasayaki Glitter. 

I took inspiration from a fabulous Doodlebug Designs pad and coloured her with Promarkers adding a touch of detail to her hair with pencil . I used my Concord and 9th Beautiful Branches sentiment stamps, which worked really well.

That is me for today. Hope to see you soon xx

Some challenges

Little Red Wagon #438 - Who run the world? Girls
Digi choosday #12 - Anything goes

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Icy Breeze

Hello my lovely blogging buddies. Hope you are keeping well. 

My post title seems rather appropriate following the return of the bitterly cold wind and snowfall that we had here over the weekend, but it really is the name of the paper collection that I used for today's card.

 I must say a special thank you to Pauline who I blame entirely for steering me in the direction of this fab papercrafting pack!!

Before I go I have a snowy scene to share which I took on Sunday.  I said that after Hubby's accident a fortnight ago that I wouldn't ever wish for snow again but, I have to say, that it was lovely to enjoy a snowy walk together and I am sure it will be many years before we see more!!

There is very little left now.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Creative Crafting World #2 - Anything goes 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

AYLI - Easter Creatures

My word these weeks are flying by and it is time for another new challenge at

With Easter only a few weeks away we would like to see your project showing your favourite Easter animal.

I was torn between rabbits and chicks and the chicks won, only because of my new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies!!

I made lots of these for my work colleagues.

I used Promarkers to colour these little guys.

So, that's my inspiration for you, a bit of CAS for a change and they were incredibly quick to put together.

Hope to see your Easter projects xx

Some challenges

Crafty Sentiments - Easter
Passion for Promarkers #435 - Spring
Simon says stamp Monday Challenge - Easter/Spring
Penny Black and more - Feature a creature
Crafting with dragonflies #99 - Birds/Feathers

Monday, 12 March 2018

Spring Cuties

Hello, Hello!! I hope you had a good weekend. I have that "Monday feeling" but the rate at which the year is flying by it will soon be the weekend again so never mind!!

It is time for the next challenge at

and we would love to see your cards showing cute spring characters.
I used Spring Friends from our sponsor Bugaboo, and you can't get more spring than lambs and bunnies!!

They were coloured with Promarkers to match the pretty LOTV papers
(now retired). I gave the bunny a fluffy chest using flowersoft.

Well that is me for today. Hope you have a good week xx

Some challenges

Catch the Bug- Natures Wonders, All creatures great and small
My time to craft #366 - Easter/Spring
Cards 4 galz #66 - Furry Friends
Noor UK March Challenge - Spring
The paper shelter #329 - Let it be spring

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Singing Bird

Hello everyone.
 First of all I would just like to thank you for your kind words for my Husband. He is feeling much better now and his head is healing quite nicely, although I try not to look too closely....eewwww!!

Anyway, less of that!! I am sharing a sweet image called
Singing Bird today. She is one of Naz's older images and a little less cute than normal.

I dug out an old Papermania pack and went with a blue colour scheme for a change and also went a bit flouncy!! I attempted an ombre effect with my Promarkers, which actually looks better in real life.

I hope my UK followers and visitors are now snow free and getting back to normal. We now have water everywhere but at least the temperatures are a little kinder than a week ago. Better go, I have four eyes looking at me expectantly as it's time my little helpers and I to put Surprise to bed!!

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Creative Inspirations March - Any occasion
( I actually changed the sentiment to "To a special Mum"
Passion for Promarkers #434 - Only girls allowed
Allsorts #457 - Ladies only

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Happy Birthday

Hello peeps I hope you are are well.

We did finally get our dump of snow ( courtesy of the "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma ) on Thursday. We were sent home from work early so I was able to enjoy a snowy walk with Bowie and Bumble after seeing to Surprise...yay!! Sadly it froze overnight so it wasn't so much fun yesterday...boo!!

 My darling Hubby managed to gash his head at work yesterday, not snow/ice related, so spent the morning being x-rayed and glued back together and the afternoon we spent at a different hospital waiting for an injection. Not a pleasant 45 mile round trip!! So, I am going to keep my big trap shut in future and never, ever wish for snow again!!

Anyhow I have a card to share that I made for my Brother-in-law's Birthday. He and my Sister have always had  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel so this image from a magazine CdRom was perfect.

As it was for a fella I kept the design simple.

I have been searching for more Cavalier images for my Sister's soon Birthday but am not having much luck...shout if you know of any...decoupage or images, I don't mind!!

Thank you for your visit today. I am going to make the most of the adverse weather and get some DT cards made.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Always Happy Birthday March - Anything goes
Crafty Animals #12
The Creative Crafters #1 - Anything goes

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Yee Haw Harriett

Howdy pardners!! 

Here I am again to share Yee Haw Harriett. She is part of the March new release at Sasayaki Glitter.  

I loved colouring this little cutie and used Promarkers to match the Cowboys and  Cowgirls papers from Happy Heart Studios. These were such fantastic value and the range of available sets made my heart very happy indeed!! I actually have a scarf just like the navy/white horse print...how spooky!! Not sure why I felt the need to mention that...oh well!!

Before I go I just want to share one of Mollie's First Birthday pics. I refuse to believe that she is already over a year old, how can that be? Anyway here she is, the apple of our eye!!

She had a "Cake Smash" I have no clue to the real meaning of this but it sounds like the waste of a perfectly good cake!!

That really is my lot for the day. Your visits and comments are much appreciated and I shall see you very soon xx

AYLI - Single or Multiple Layers

Hello everyone:0) I hope you are well.
When this goes live, if Dorset is now experiencing our share of the  heavy snowfall, I will be at work expecting the possible arrival of just one out my eight colleagues...the perils of working just a mile away from home!!

Anyhow, I have a lazy card to share today, in that I used a pre-coloured image for a change. The theme of the new challenge at

is Single or Multiple layers and remember to tell us why.

I cannot help myself and almost always use multiple layers. It is a great way to actually use showcase my many patterned papers!!

Our sponsor is Polkadoodles this time and I used a selection  of bits and pieces from the  Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime Collection. Some chocolate brown and white ribbon finished it off perfectly.

I will see you later with another card. Until then have a good day and stay safe and warm xx

Monday, 26 February 2018

Christmas With The Cutie Pies

So the  Christmas with the Cuties gang are back from our winter break and the first challenge of the year is everyone's favourite 

Anything Goes

Here is my inspiration for you. Such a cute image from Di's digis that I coloured with my Promarkers. The papers are from one of the Craftwork Cards Julie Loves kits and the ribbon just happened to be a perfect  match too...really it is, although the photograph doesn't show it!!

If you look closely you can see that I even machine stitched the mats too...get me!!  I know Mothering Sunday and Easter are looming but I do hope you will find time for a Christmas make!!

We had a lovely weekend if bitterly cold and frosty. The dogs were like yetis after our walks. Here is a frosty Bowie, a dreadful photo but he wouldn' t stay still. And yes, he always has hair like Boris Johnson!!

I can't wait to see what they look like later in the week if we get the snow that has been forecast!!

 I hope this will be a good week for you whatever is in store.

See you on Thursday  xx

Some Challenges

Winter Wonderland - Anything goes
Colour Crazy Challenge week 8 - Anything goes