Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year and Anything Goes!!

Hello crafty friends!! Hope you are well this New Year's Eve and getting your party frocks dusted down!!? No? Me neither, I'd rather watch White Christmas (again!!) while crocheting or colouring!!

To end the year I am here to share my (very last) DT card for Buddly Crafts which is also perfect as my DT piece  for the new challenge at

As You Like It and it's everyone's favourite

Anything Goes 

With "new" in mind I decided to make a New Home card to add to my stock and Cosy Cottage fitted the bill perfectly. I started with the base and coloured the image with Promarkers and used Glossy Accents for the window panes. The sentiment was done on my PC.

Some challenges

Allsorts 342/343 - Anything but Christmas
Crafty Friends #21 - Anything goes
Polkadoodles #51 - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #52 - Anything Goes

Before I go I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind words of encouragement during the past year and for fuelling my crafty mojo when it has been lacking!!

Wishing you good health and happiness in 2016 xx 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My Favourite Five Christmas Cards of 2015

Thank you to Debby for hosting this brilliant annual event.

 I was lucky enough to be Team member at Christmas Cards All Year Round and Guest at ABC Christmas Challenge this year so I have kept the festive makes going all year which means that with so many, it was a rather difficult choice but here they no particular order!!

I was so pleased with how this pink creation turned out using ALL Buddly Craft products, except for the sentiment.

I made this one with a particular friend in mind, the colours are among my favourites.

This was one of my first attempts using pencils and I was really happy with the bauble idea too!!

There had to be a horse somewhere, and I was especially delighted with the dapple effect.

I challenged myself with this one to use more dies and I think I succeeded!!

So, there are my favourite five.

I don't have anything to share at the moment

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Z for Zoo Animal

Ooooh, only two more sleeps, I am beside myself with excitement!! 

Anyway (with grown up head on!!) I am here to share my last GDT card for

where the last challenge of the year is

Z for Zoo Animal

As a Digistamp Boutique fan, I could not resist the Oreo and Polo Winter Set and had to use them on this card. To keep the chilly feel I used Snow Princess paper, white pearls, white mats and die cuts . Bears coloured by Promarkers with a little bit of seasonal sparkle for good measure. Finally a Craftwork cards sentiment.

Right...things to do still but before I go I must say a massive thank you to Samantha for inviting me to guest at ABC.

Merry Christmas to my crafty friends, near and far and I hope you have a peaceful Christmas time with your loved ones.

Until next time xx

Some challenges

Digistamp Boutique - December Customer Competition
Di's digis - Anything Cjristmas
Creatalicious #82 - Something old (paper pad & dies) Something new (digi stamp)
Live and Love Crafts #42 - Sparkle

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Traditional or Non-traditional

Happy Thursday everyone!!

Another Christmas make today, it's my DT piece for

As You Like It Challenge

 and we would love to see your Christmas projects featuring your favourite colourway, remember to tell us why though!!

As some of you know I "braved" it and had a table at a local craft fayre last month. My best sellers were my knitted Christmas Puddings that hid a chocolate surprise underneath.
 Nothing more traditional than Christmas pud!! 

I apologise for the photograph, I forgot to take  pictures at home so had to make the use of my mobile phone once the table was set up!!

Some challenges

Not Just Cards December Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Craft your passion #292 - Anything Goes

I am looking forward to seeing your creations.

Toodles for now xx

Monday, 14 December 2015

Cutie Pie Bingo

Good morning, hope the Christmas prep is going well!!

I decided to take a break from Christmas for my Cutie Pie Challenge DT card.
Our Challenge this time is in the form of a Bingo Board

and I chose Pearls, Cute Digi and Lace

The image from our lovely sponsors Pink Gem Designs "Hedgy with bee" was coloured with Promarkers to match the papers. As you can see I did a bit of inking and ripping for a change and threaded the pearls though the lace. 

Hope you will find time to have a play this time, it will be a great opportunity to play if Father Christmas brings you some goodies!!

Some challenges to play along

Crafting Musketeers #32 - Use a sentiment
Crafty Time Challenges - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers #326 - Let's Celebrate
Papertake Weekly - Fun, fun, fun
(How much fun can a hedgehog have ina welly boot??|)

I'll see you Thursday with another card. Until then, take care xx

Thursday, 10 December 2015

How are you deers?

I cannot believe that a whole seven days has passed since I have been here. I know Christmas is creeping up but I blame it on the lack of daylight...I just don't seem to be able to fit indoor/outdoor/work in!! Added to which a work colleague left for pastures new so I am doing extra hours too :0(

Anyway I am here to share a card that was part of a relatively quick batch make that I sold in sets at my recent Craft Fayre.

It is also suitable for the following challenges.

Allsorts #340 -  CAS
4 Crafty Chicks #276 - Non-traditional Christmas Colours
(The card was photographed on a red background)
My Time To Craft #310 - Christmas Animals

Right, that's me for now. 

Until next time, stay safe xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Male or female?

Hello all and I hope Thursday finds you chomping at the bit ready for the weekend!! 

Before that though I am here to show off a DT card for the new

As You Like It Challenge

Male or Female

and in doing so share another fabulous Buddly Crafts image .

There is NO question in my has to be female.
 I love cute images and although my cards aren't usually heavily embellished, I always look on in pride when I have finished a card for a girl friend, or family member or for a customer and think yep...I made that!! Male cards are so difficult, unless they have a hobby or passion in life that can feature on a card. Making a male card is almost as difficult as choosing a gift for a chap!!

Anyway we would love to know your preference and don't forget to tell us why and as usual, there is a super duper prize up for grabs too!!

Have a good day and see you soon xx

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

CAS Christmas

Welcome to December!! That means I can send one of the men in my life up in the attic to get down the magical Christmas boxes...yay!! Added to that Suzy the dog can start on her advent calendar!! I kid you not...Connor returned from town with one for her!!! 

It also means the start of a new challenge at 

this time the theme is CAS.

Here's mine

I made this as a tribute to Sarah of Inky Doodles who sadly passed away at the end of September.  This set is called Warm Winter Wishes and is a lovely set. I have several of her stamp sets and will think of her when I use them in the future. I think she would have approved of this one. The images were stamped onto desert storm card and coloured with Sakura gel pens for a little bit of sheen (it can't be seen here of course!!). I used dies for the wreath and fussy cut the smaller elements before sticking them with 3d foam pads for dimension.


It's my last card for this fabulous team as, sadly, real life commitments have taken up valuable crafty time. It's been a fabulous year girls and thank you for having me xx

Hope you will join in with our Clean and Simple theme this time, it's the ideal opportunity to knock up some quick batch makes. See you there!!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A card for me

Hello lovely people. Huge apologies for being such a bad blogger of late, I have so much stuff going on at the moment I don't know whether I am coming or going!! Anyway less of my moaning!! I have another Buddly Crafts DT piece to share with you today. As well as lots and lots of "real" stuff, their digital shop is also rather fabulous and this time I have some decoupage to share with you. This little guy, Fudge, was so easy to cut out.

I created the frame by embossing into some centura pearl card with a tonic die then added  different Marianne Designs snowflake dies  adorned with complimentary jewels for a relatively CAS and flat card.

Some challenges

Christmas Card Challenges #51 - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can #108 - Don't forget the animals
My time to craft #309 - Let it Snow
Ooh La La challenge #194 - Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick
Colour theme - red and/or green

I won't leave it so long next time!! Until then xx

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Favourite Season

Hello and welcome!! Hope you are well today.

It's time for a new challenge at As You Like It Challenge

Your favourite Season (remember to tell us why)

mine is......

Winter!! Simply because 'tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la la la!!
I can't help but love Christmas, even though the men in the house think I'm obsessive!! Woe betide anyone who dares to mess with my tree and don't even start me on my dressers!! I love the preparation, anticipation and the lovely feeling I get from conjuring up memories of Christmases past both when I was small and those shared with our Sons when they were little too.

Here are a couple of suitably wintery cards

While I was getting "inky" with my penguin background last week I continued the trend and made these two.  Simply embossed bases with navy blue mats. The stamp was free with the current  Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine and they were both stickled for a bit of frosty glitz. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's  Most Wonderful set.

Apologies for the rubbish photo, I blame the weather, although it looks like the damp warmth is about to be replaced by icy chills here in the UK - rather like my cards then!!

Wherever you are in the world stay warm OR keep cool!! xx

See you soon xx

Some Challenges to play

Crafting For All Seasons 114 - Embossing
A Snowflake's Promise #10 - Anything Christmas or Winter
Papertake Weekly - Let It Snow
Moving Along With The Times - Favourite things
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
 Silver white winters that melt into springs

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Teeny snowman

Hello and thank you for stopping by.

Wet weather does have the distinct advantage of stopping any outdoor pursuits so on Sunday I managed to indulge in an hour of play. 

I could not resist the fun Teeny snowman set from Digistamp Boutique but instead of keeping him tiny I made him large enough for a topper to put on a gift bag. My gigantic stash of ribbon came in handy for the embellishment and an embossed piece of pearl card made a perfect back drop.

I am playing here

The Ribbon Girl - Any image + ribbon
Allsorts - Anything but a card
Sweet Stampin - Wrap up warm
Not Just Cards #26 - Anything Goes
Little Claire Digi Challenge - Anything but a card

Right, best get a wriggle on and get to work a long day  today and the added fun of a meeting at!! Whatever your day holds I hope it's a good one.

Until next time xx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Let it Snow....

Hello everyone and I hope this finds you well. I had an idea in my head and finally manged to grab some time to put it all together and here it is.

The cute penguins are part of the Let it Snow set that I chose when I won a voucher from Darnell in her last NBUS Challenge, (in case you missed it, the other part of the set is here). For the background
I used the wonderful Stitched Snowflake Cutouts die and  stamped  Snowy Backdrop  on top and heat embossed with white powder. I then blended tumbled glass over the top. It's been ages since I did the resist technique and I really had fun!! The die cut tree was a freebie from Tracey and finished it off nicely.

Some perfect challenges to play

Papertake Weekly - Christmas Critters
Cute Card Thursday #399 - Birds/Animals
A Gem Of A Challenge #157- Christmas Critters

The forecast is positively foul for today so I won't be venturing far that's for sure. Wherever you are I hope it's a good day for you.

Happy crafting xx

Monday, 9 November 2015

Cutie CAS

Good morning lovely peeps. Guess what?.....Another Christmas card from me today.
This time a little CAS number as my DT piece for

We want to see Cute, Christmassy and Clean and Simple and by doing that you can win goodies from these fab sponsors 

Di's Digis
Crafty Ribbons

This was one of those cards that nearly ended up "recycled" several times and I'm still not really happy with it. I love the stamp, love the "free" embossing folder but somehow it just doesn't work. There is shading on her coat (what possessed me to colour it red I don't know!!) which is hardly visible in the picture, so sorry for the "flat" look. Anyway pop over to the main blog to have a look at what my teamies have made...they have nailed it!!

Where I failed with this card I, more than, made up for on our shopping trip on Saturday.!! Because the weather was so foul, and town was really quiet, we got everything on the list in super quick time and had time for a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!!

I'm playing here

Christmas Card Challenges #49 - anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #321 - Embossing
Creative Fingers #97 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #300 - Winter
Penny Black and More November Challenge - Anything Christmas

I apologise in advance for the fact that I shall not be visiting very much for the next week or so as real life is butting very rude!!

Until next time take care xx

Saturday, 7 November 2015

I'll grow into it!!

Hello everyone and Happy Weekend to those of you not working.

Today I am sharing a make to showcase another Buddly Crafts image and paper set (Silent Night) which happens to be a favourite of mine as they can be used at any time of year.

She was coloured with Promarkers then I added some glamour dust to her oversized jumper and Wink of Stella to her wings. My Cheery Lynn poinsettia strip got an airing as did a Whimsy stamp and companion die that I had forgotten you do!!

Some challenges

Creative Inspirations #334 - Sparkle
Creative Corner - Christmas - No red or green
Winter Wonderland - Angels
In the Pink #81 - Magical
A snowflakes promise #9 - Anything Christmas/Winter
Love to Scrap #65 - Bling it girlfriend

We are heading into town today in the hope of finding some black winter boots for me and getting some Christmas shopping done. Martin has just passed the "don't forget to buy your new 2016 diary" page in this year's diary, so that's on the list too...he's nothing if not organised is my Hubby!!
Whatever you are doing I hope it's a good day for you.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Remember, Remember...

 ...the 5th of November gunpowder treason and plot....

It's Guy Fawkes' Night in our part of the world but actually that's not what I am here to talk because it's also the start of a new challenge at

As You Like It Challenge and this time it's your favourite hobby!!

I have so many including knitting, crochet, golf, walking with Suzy, gardening and reading but have chosen to incorporate two of my most favourite...which are papercrafting and all things equine. Papercrafting indulges the child in me as I get an enormous amount of pleasure from colouring in and Suzy and  I love spending time with and riding Surprise  in the glorious Dorset countryside that we have on our doorstep (although, now that Suzy is totally deaf she doesn't accompany me out riding any more and makes me feel guilty by looking sad when I get my saddle out...diva!!) . 

This was the first outing for an MFT set that I treated myself to back along...mainly for the cute horse!! I made the card for one of my friends that keeps her horse with me so I coloured the image with Promarkers to match he is...

and not a bad likeness if I do say so myself!!

The sky is actually printed vellum which I found hiding in my scrap box and the flowery meadow was a piece of LOTV Perfect Pair.

I'd like to join in at these challenges

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #280 - Die cuts and punches
(the cloud was made using a Joy Crafts die)
Inspiration Destination #58 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Dies/punches
Cute Card Thursday #398 - Food/Drink
(a horse loves nothing more than a pile of sweet smelling hay to eat!!)

Have a good day and if you have a moment pop over and see what delights my team mates have won't be disappointed...promise!!

 Stay safe if you are having fireworks tonight, I shall be on tenterhooks as there a some fairly large displays within 10 miles in every direction and the horses are a constant worry :0(

Sunday, 1 November 2015

O' Christmas Tree

Happy November everyone. I always think November heralds the countdown to Christmas and if you haven't made a start on your cards there's a good opportunity to get a wriggle on and also enter our new challenge at

where this month's theme is O' Christmas Tree. 

Here's mine

I used , yes you've guessed it, O' Christmas Tree from Inkydoodles I love these stamps and don't use mine nearly enough, and I have several sets too!! I paper pieced the tree using Doodlebug papers and coloured the little robin with Promarkers. The perfectly coordinated ribbon was from Buddly Crafts.

Some challenges that fit the bill

Allsorts #335 - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes
Pennys paper-crafty challenge #251 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #279 - Christmas

Enjoy Sunday whatever you are up to xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

"V" for Very Cute

I am guesting again at ABC Christmas Challenge and the letter this time is

"V" for Very Cute

Here is what I came up with 

The sponsor is Zlatoena and as I have some of her images in stamp form decided to use one of them. This guy is Define Good and he was coloured with Promarkers. The papers are Lawn Fawn Snow Day. There was a liberal sprinkling of glamour dust for a snowy effect too.

Some challenges to enter

Crafty Friends - Favourite colour
Digi Choosday #43 - Favourite colour combo
( I love red and turquoise together for festive cards)
Crafting From the heart #83 - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges #47 - Anything Goes
Graphit #43 - Autumn or Christmas
TCP Tuesday - Anything Goes

Thank you Samantha for inviting me to share my work alongside your fab DT xx

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Winter wishes

Hello folks. Hopefully you have had an enjoyable weekend. We were given an "Afternoon Tea" for a gift last Christmas and finally got around to enjoying the experience yesterday...yum...after which we walked it off around Clark's Village and managed not to spend any money, except in the Lindt shop!!
Mucking out burned off those calories this morning!!

Anyway, I am here to share an easel card with a difference, as on first glance it's a gatefold card.

However, when you open it up, it does this!!

 Now, I was one of the very lucky winners of Darnell's most recent NBUS Challenge and this is the first outing for one of the stamp sets I chose from Bunny Zoes. I love this TGF set which has lots of components (and will think of you whenever I use it Darnell!!) . I coloured the polar bear with SN pencils for a change to contrast the pretty LOTV papers. The snowflakes were made using Tonic Studios Forever Moments clay and a push out cutter that I picked up in the cake decorating section in Hobbycraft. When they were dry I used dries clear glue and sprinkled tons of glamour dust on the top.
I think I could have put a few more snowflakes inside but thought perhaps it wouldn't tie quite so neatly. Anyway there are some challenges that suit this card so I am off to play at

Papertake Weekly - All about the base 
Crafting by Designs - Get ready for Christmas October
A snowflake's promise #8 - Anything Christmas/Winter
Fantasy Stampers #48 - Animal Antics
Polkadoodles #43 - Add sparkle, bling or glitter
 (glitter on snowflakes and scene)

Right, I'm off to catch up on last night's Casualty while I can have full control of the remote as Connor and Laura are dogsitting again!!

Have a lovely evening xx

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Pastel or bright??

Hello crafty peeps, me again with a DT card for 

and the question this time is


It will come as no surprise that it's largely brights for me. Why? Because they suit the style of images that I enjoy colouring. Like this one!!

The image is a digi from Pollycraft (now closed) coloured with Promarkers. The paper is from Doodlebug Designs and that's it!!

I'm off to join in at these challenges

Without Words - Purple and green (but no halloween)
Creative Inspirations #332 - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart #82 - Anything Goes
Pennys paper-crafty challenge #250 - Anything Goes

Thank you for taking the time to stop for a while and for your lovely comments, it's much appreciated.

Keep crafting and see you soon xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Swinging Friends

A while back I was lucky enough to win a challenge at Little Miss Muffet and chose this little darling as part of my prize.

My blogging buddy Annette has a love of cats so this digi was the perfect choice for her Birthday card this year. I used LOTV Perfect Pair for the card base and, as usual, coloured the image to match.

Little Miss Muffet Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #98 - Ribbon
In the Pink #80 - Pink Ribbon
Crafty Creations #300 - Don't be blue

Hope you week has got off to a good start but if you are feeling under the weather I wish you well.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 15 October 2015're it!!

Hello blogging buddies, me again!! This time to share some gift tags that I made using the brilliant Mama elephant stamp set called No Peeking.

They were really quick to do so I made rather a lot of them in the hope that they will sell at the next local Craft Fair. If they don't then at least I will have my own Christmas tags done and dusted!! 
The cute animals were coloured with Promarkers to coordinate with the cardstock and twine and I stickled the edges for a bit of Christmas bling!!

Some challenges that fit

Make the day special - Anything But a card
Little Red Wagon #311 - Tags
I love Promarkers #290 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards #25 - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft #10 - Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds #8 - Anything Goes

Thank you for vising, as always you are most welcome and your comments make my day xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

You're BOO-tiful!!

We don't do (and never have done) Halloween in our house largely due to me being scared of things that go bump in the night!!

However, I can make an exception when spooky is cute and this is the second outing for this gorgeous Lori Boyd Designs image. She first made an appearance here. She was coloured with Promarkers, which amazingly took ages as there is so much white on show!!

The paper came out of my scrap box, I hand doodled the edge and the spider's web and spider. The web was glittered but, as usual, was nigh on impossible to capture on film!!

Some spooky fun to join in

Creative Corner -  Halloween
Di's Digis - Too cute to spook
Noor Designs Uk #11- Autumn/Halloween
Our Crafty Corner #2 - Anything Goes/ Halloween
Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Passion for Promarkers #318 - Doodle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Colour Inspiration
Crafty Gals Corner #41 - Witches, ghouls and goblins
Creative Moments #79 - Anything Goes/ spots and/or stripes
Crafting by Designs - Halloween

Thank you for sharing your day with me, it's much appreciated xx

Monday, 12 October 2015

Cute and pretty in pink

Happy Monday everyone and wherever you are in the world I hope it heralds a good week for you!!

NO work for me this it's going to be super good chez Wills!!

Anyway I am really here to share my DT card for the new challenge at

and in keeping with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month the theme is


We were supplied with digis from one of our sponsors, Crafty Sentiments, and typically my printer just would not play nicely. Thankfully I had a rubber stamp set from the same company that I could use...phew!! I used my favourite Lawn Fawn set to create the pretty layered panel using Nitwits Country Meadow digital papers and Promarkers to colour the image.

I'd like to try my hand at these challenges

Create and Inspire #31 - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket #1 - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Inky chicks #57 - think Pink
The Ribbon Girl - Any image anything goes

Hope you will join in...cute and pink...easy peasy!!

See you soon xx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Down the local!!

Hello everyone, unusual for me to be here on a Sunday evening but have managed to grab a few minutes to myself for a bit of blogging and thought why not?!! Anyway, I know I am not alone in saying that the male species are often difficult to make cards for. However, I think this one fits the bill for almost any age.

 It's a digi from Buddly Crafts called " Down the local" that I coloured with Promarkers to compliment the digi papers, also from Buddly Crafts. The pint's "head" was glittered, the glass had a touch of glossy accents and I added the button and twine from my stash to finish off. 

Some challenges to play

A Gem Of A Challenge #155 - Spots and/or stripes
That's Crafty - Boys will be boys
Cardz 4 Guys # 91   - Button it

Enjoy the rest of the day xx

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Black and White or Colour?

Hello friends. My card today is my DT piece for

and our challenge this fortnight is to share your creation using black and white or colour...whichever you favour, with an explanation of course!!

Those of you that visit often will know that I love patterned paper and always colour my images to here is the latest effort!!

The From The Heart digi was just too cute to resist. The Hobbycraft pad was still on my desk so I used that again together with the snowflakes also from Hobbycraft.

Some challenges

Crafting with dragonflies #44 - Anything Goes
Spellbinding Stamps Challenge #1 - Embellishments (snowflakes & ribbon)
Love to scrap #63 - Ribbon or lace
Natalie and Amy #37 - Snow people
Penny's papercrafty challenge #248 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations #330 - Stars and/or stripes

See you soon xx

Sunday, 4 October 2015

P..P...Pick up a penguin

Another Christmas card from me today and I make no apology because it is such a fabulous stamp and I would like it noted that I do not endorse penguin throwing in any way, shape or form!!

The fabulous Archie was coloured to compliment the Frosty Friends papers, matted on some teal card and adorned with some ribbon and a pearl slider...simples. Ooh and the sketch was borrowed from the most generous Jules...again!!

A challenge or two

Winter Wonderland - P P Pick up a penguin
Crafty Gals #39 - Things with wings
Crafty Ribbons #128 - Christmas but no red or green
Crafting Musketeers #30 - Christmas with a ribbon

I should be in the saddle but it's a pea souper out there (thick fog for those of you not in the UK!!) so Surprise gets a reprieve this morning, which I am sure she won't mind!! I haven't shared any photographs for a while so this is what the mornings were like at the beginning of the week. 

Have a lovely Sunday whatever you are doing xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

No stamps allowed

I simply CANNOT believe that September is over and we are welcoming October on earth did that happen!?? 

Anyway, it being October 1st it means a new challenge at

and it's No Stamping 

...think pre-coloured toppers, die cuts...that kind of thing but definitely no stamps!!
Struggling? hmmmm I did too until I bought a crafting magazine that had some really great decoupage and here is what I made.

The sky paper was a perfect colour match to the snow globe base, and came from Hobbycraft. The snow is some shimmery paper and the sentiment was a freebie from way back, so really not that difficult at all!!

You have a month to play so I hope you will find time to join in...go on challenge yourself!!

Some challenges

A snowflake's promise #6 - Christmas/Winter
Crafty Friends #15 - Pick a Tune - In the bleak midwinter
Craft Your Passion #281 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #275 - Anything Christmas

Once again thank you for visiting, time seems to be slipping away from me at the moment, so I do appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind comments.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Savoury or sweet......?

It's challenge time again at AYLI and our theme this week is

Savoury or sweet?

At the moment it's all things sweet for me, particularly if it contains salted caramel, so just imagine that the cupcake below is oozing with salty caramel goodness!! Yum!!

A work colleague is celebrating her Birthday on Saturday and as she is Coeliac, I made her a gluten free cupcake (in the form of a card!!) complete with glittery icing!!

The papers are the most recent addition to the family, the utter fabulous Maja Designs Summer Crush. The banner was made using a free stamp set and the darling little cat stamp was coloured with Promarkers.

Some challenges to play

Crafty Cardmakers #148 - Make it sprakle (cupcake frosting)
Love to scrap ~62 - Anything Goes
In the pink #78 - For a Friend
Creative Inspirations #328 - Something Sweet

See you soon xx

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A very sparkly Christmas

When I've had the chance I have been rummaging through my old digi stamps and came upon a folder full of Wee Stamps images, I'd forgotten how gorgeous they are. Anyway this is what I did with the delightful  Lullaby.

She was coloured with Promarkers to match the LOTV papers. My fabulous stepper die put in an appearance together with a new snowflake punch ready for the festive makes!! Lashings of stardust (which sadly made the ink run a bit but don't look too closely!!) and there you have it!!

Perfect for these challenges

Allsorts #329 - Sparkle
Winter Wonderland - A Christmas Fairy
Christmas Stamping All Year Long #56 - Lots of Texture or Layers
The Craft Barn - Christmas Snow/Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by today, your comments are much appreciated xx

Saturday, 19 September 2015

A touch of autumn

I've tried to ignore the fact but it seems that autumn is definitely here. I even had to hunt out my torch this week before mucking out and Surprise is beginning to look like a yeti!! Still, the sun is shining at the moment and we have the gorgeous colours to look forward to so it's not all bad.

With that in mind I found a stamp from a while back that came free with Get Stamping magazine so thought I would make a seasonal card in order to join in at some of the current challenges.

It was nice to do something a bit different. The owl was inked with memento chalk ink and I then used Spectrum Noir pencils on top for a bit of feathery definition. The leaves were also pencilled to coordinate with the Doodlebug papers.

I would like to play here

That's Crafty - Lovely leaves
Di's Digis - Fabulous Fall colours
Fantasty stampers - #45 Autumn Leaves
Uniko #25 - Autumn/Fall
Crafting Musketeers #29 - Autumnal Colours

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for sharing a bit of it with me xx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Frosted Winter

Hello my lovely crafty friends. First off an apology for being so sparse with my visits of late, I'm afraid that real life (in the shape of family, animals and work) has just got in the way of crafty fun. Hopefully normal service will resume soon.

Luckily this card was in my Buddly Crafts DT folder ready to share with you so at least I am not empty handed!!

I just love this cute penguin wearing his/her bear cute, and All Warm is the perfect name. The papers and sentiment are also digis from Buddly Crafts and I coloured it with Promarkers to match those used on the image.

Some challenges to join

Winter Wonderland - Anything But Square
Christmas Card Challenge #41 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - September Any image + ribbon
Papertake Weekly - Animal Magic
Little Claire Digi Challenge #9 - Christmas

Thank you for stopping by, it's much appreciated xx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Happy Birthday with a Sketch

It's Cutie Pie Challenge time again and it's

Birthday with a sketch...this one here by our very own lovely Lisa...

...great isn't it? Here is what I made of it

I used an image by one of our sponsors and teamed her with MME A Mother's Love papers (another pad sneakily hiding from me!!) and used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped border die set for the prettiness. The label was created using a Joy die set.

I am playing here

Crafty Gals Corner #36 - Bingo (bottom left to top right)

Crafting with friends #6 - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire #29 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore  - Anything Goes

That's me for now. thanks for visiting xx

Friday, 11 September 2015

Hello Friend

A couple of weeks ago Annie set me a challenge to create a bendy I did!!

It was also the perfect opportunity to make something to support a couple of special challenges that are open at the moment.

It was really easy to do (just google bendicards...there are loads!!) so thanks for the shove Annie!! 

This is what it looks like from above.

We all know that as crafters we have to get all the latest stamps, papers and  dies (need I go on!!?) but what I didn't realize was that my Never Before Used Schtuff mountain also included digi stamps and magazine freebies too (shock horror!!) so I had a delve into the digi folder archive and used Surprise from Di's Digis and coloured the sweet little girls with pencils and blender. Purple is not my "go to" colour so that in itself was a challenge. Nevertheless I was really pleased with the result!! The sentiment was a magazine freebie and the centre of the flowers were pearled to echo the pretty flowers.

So, I am off to play at

Digi Choosday #36 - Shaped cards
Chocolate, coffee and cards #99 - Fancy and feminine
Di's digi designs - Use a sentiment

Thank you for stopping by and have a good weekend xx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

What's your favourite die

Hello fellow crafters, hope Thursday finds you well and looking forward to the weekend.

As You Like It have a new challenge starting today and an easy peasy one

Share your favourite die

For my "favourite" I went for "most used" and that is, without a doubt, my Spellbinders Large Circle set. I use them for frames, backgrounds, as in this case, have even cut into them to make rolled flowers and cut fabric with them too. 

Jules has been sharing her fabulous sketches and this time I used number one which is perfect for showing off the fabulous Buddly Crafts image and papers. I was asked for a card to welcome a new puppy into a family and this Lilyboo digi was perfect.

I'd like to join in at these challenges

Passion for Promarkers #313 - Use a sentiment
Allsorts #327 - Lots of layers
Cuttlebug mania - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds #7 - Anything Goes
Penny's paper-crafty Challenge #244 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #278 - Anything Goes

Hope your day is a good one xx