Thursday, 23 November 2017

Teddy and Bees

Hello my lovely blogging buddies. It seems I am always here on a Thursday these days and today is to share a sweet little guy from Sasayaki Glitter, Teddy and Bees.

I coloured him to match the pretty papers and added a little bit of cotton lace. As luck should have it I also found a cute little button in the shape of a bee that I "operated" on to remove the shank!!

It won't be quite so long until I see you again as I have another DT date on Monday!!

Thank you for your anniversary wishes. We had a lovely week and it was awfully hard to go back to work on Monday, however, two minutes in the door and  it was like I had never been away!!

Have a good weekend when you get there xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Hello folks. I hope you are having a good week and looking forward to the weekend. We are on Annual Leave this week which has been lovely. A visit to see my Mum on Monday, Weymouth on Tuesday, yesterday was our Wedding Anniversary...31 years 
( I married very  young!! ) Today we are going wherever the fancy takes us after our 3+ mile morning walk of course!!

Anyway, the reason for my post is to encourage you to join us at

where our theme is Your favourite Christmas colour combination.

Being a traditionalist at heart I tend to favour holly green and berry red or combinations thereof. I used a design sheet from our sponsor, Polkadoodles.

This image came from Winnie's Winterland cd.

I hope you will find time to join us and,  in doing so, add to your pile of festive makes.  I really must get a wriggle on myself,  as my pile is looking decidedly small, despite being a DT member for Christmas with the Cutie Pies!! 

Anyway, that is all for now folks. See you soon xx

Some challenges

Crafty girls challenges - November Anything Goes/Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges #127 - Anything Goes 
Digi Choosday week #46 - Anything Goes 
A gem of a challenge #207 - Buttons and/or ribbon

Monday, 13 November 2017

Bear Hugs

Helloooo!! It's time for another challenge at

So, the intention was to use a rather cute digi image from my stash but unfortunately I talked myself into pre-ordering  one of the latest releases from Stamping Bella so I just had to use that instead!! 

Now tell me that's not cute!!

I coloured them with Promarkers to match the scrummy papers from  Doodlebug Designs (Milk and cookies). My new (longed for) Tattered lace dies got their first airing too which was exciting!! I just think crafting is fab, in that so much pleasure can be gained by some paper, metal and a bit of rubber!! Designer shoes and handbags? Not for me!! Actually it's more like horse shoes and rugs!!

Anyway, you have a few weeks to dig out your bear stamps, papers, toppers or dies and join the Cuties...look forward to seeing what you make!!

See you later in the week with more Christmas!! xx

Some challenges

Christmas Card Challenges #25
Crafty Friends #70 - Christmas
Craft Rocket #43 - Christmas is coming
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #8
Crafty Animals #8

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Baby Elly's Birthday

Hello friends. I hope this week has been a good one for you. I have had a long awaited "normal" week at work so it has been nice to be able to ride, dog walking and do my household activities at a leisurely pace rather than the breakneck speed that has been needed for the past few won't last though for sure!! I even managed to squeeze in a bit of DT work which was a bonus!!

Here is one of those cards for my inspiration post at 

Sasayaki Glitter and this little cutie is Baby Elly

I coloured her with Promarkers and the papers were in my bits and pieces box,  possibly Simple Stories. 

Just have a look at Mollie dressed as a pumpkin for Halloween!! 

See you the other side of the weekend with a bit of cuteness xx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

It's Christmas for me at AYLI!!

Happy Thursday blogland peeps. I have a bit of DT inspiration today for the new challenge at

We would love you to share your favourite type of card, Christmas or non-Christmas

I am so behind with my Christmas cards this year so it had to be a festive card. I have so many unused stamps that I bought last year that it is also the perfect opportunity to ink them up too!!

This little bunny is one of them. I won a spend at The Cat's Pajamas after leaving a comment on my lovely blog buddy Brenda's blog and chose this set Bunny Christmas. I love these guys and have quite a few of them now. It is a much smaller card than I would usually make being only a 4 inch square. The papers were a little scrap and bunny was coloured with Promarkers. Being  Christmas there is obviously a dusting of glitter too!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will play along. It's pretty much a free for all!!

See you soon xx

I love Promarkers #346 - Show us some sparkle
The holly and ivy #18 - Always anything goes
Jingle belles - Not a creature was stirring

Monday, 30 October 2017

Cutie Christmas Tags

Hello everyone. Not sure where the last month has gone but it looks as though it's time for a new challenge at

The theme this time is tags. I made a large one to decorate the front of my card.

I used more of my Crafters Companion Christmas stash for this one.  Red Nose Reindeer from the Cute Christmas range. The layer beneath the tag was embossed with Contemporary Folk from the Scandinavian Christmas range. The card stock that I embossed was actually the packaging from the folder, so a freebie!!  The sparkle came from a couple of bottles of Nuvo Drops, White Blizzard and Ruby Slippers.

I hope you will manage to find some time to play along, just remember that your Christmas creation needs to feature a tag and be cute!!

There are a few challenges that will suit this card so I am off to link up.

I hope this week will be kind to you xx

Allsorts Challenge #439 - Christmas Creatures

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Birthday teddy

Hello lovely people. Two posts in a week?.....I know, and it's fab to have your company again!! I have a couple of cute bears to share with you. The first is 

I really enjoyed making this card, in fact I am enjoying crafting again, full stop!! I used green for a change and raided my ribbon stash for something a bit different. The spots were perfect as inspiration  for the additional colours.

Here is bear number two. I can't find the link for the pattern unfortunately!!

 A friend's daughter has just given birth to a long awaited baby boy, Harrison Jack and I made this comforter for him. I decided to use bright colours that wouldn't show the dirt too much, assuming that one day Harrison will be dragging this around after him!! Declan sucked his thumb when he was small so never had a comfort blanket. Connor, on the other hand, favoured a brushed cotton pillowcase called "moocher" that got smaller and smaller with wear!! 

Well, that is me for today. Not sure what is in the pipeline, card wise, so I will see you when I do. Have a lovely weekend when you get there xx

Some challenges

Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner #146 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - October Use any image

Monday, 23 October 2017

Two's Company

Hello friends. I hope that you had a good weekend. It was Hubby's weekend off so we walked a lot, did a bit of repair work on Surprise's stable and ate out on Sunday which was a treat. It was nice to spend some quality time together outside of our hectic routines which seems to be commonplace these days!!

Anyway, I have a little card to share with you. It took me a week to complete but I was determined to play along with some challenges, particularly one inspired by
A Gem Of A Challenge,  which is currently spots and/or stripes.

The sweet image is one of Lili of the valley's digital images called Two's Company. I found the papers in my stash, they are double sided card stock that, I believe, were by  Creative Expressions many years ago. Lilac and purple shades are not ones that I regularly use but I became reacquainted with said colours when Bowie  chewed  got hold of my Promarkers colour chart and I had to download and re-colour another...thanks Bowie!! I think I shall be using them more often now!!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope the coming week will be a good one xx

Some other challenges

Thursday, 19 October 2017

AYLI People or Animals?

Hello everyone, I can't believe it's been a week since I have posted here.
Anyway, it's time for the every other Thursday dilemma for you.

People or Animals is the theme at 

Now, this was a tough one for me but after having a bit of a count, it seems that people are my favourite thing to colour. I like to have a play with my alcohol markers with different skin tones. That said, I still go back to using the same old three!!

I used Fairy Emma with Unicorn from our sponsor Paper Nest Dolls

She was coloured with Promarker pens. The backing paper is from another of the Craftwork Cards Subscription kits. To finish off I used a sentiment stamp from a Mama Elephant set.

Thank you for visiting me. I am not sure if I am going to be able to return the favour any time soon. I am at screaming point with work as our new member of staff has now resigned after only a couple of weeks so we are back to square one!! Hey ho...onwards and upwards!!

Until next time xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Meg and Big Red

Hello my lovely crafty buddies. Hope you have had a good week and have a nice weekend to look forward to.

It's my turn to share some inspiration for

and this time it is in the shape of Meg and Big Red, only I have changed her into a grey chicken to blend with the MME papers!! 

I have some new papers on the way so thought I had better try and use some of my older pads!! Between you and me, in the highly unlikely event that I live to be 200 years old, I won't even scratch the surface!! Anyhow,  she was coloured with Promarkers and I embossed the panel with a folder that came free with a magazine, back in the summer, to add some texture. The organza ribbon  was a perfect colour match for the mustard shade, and is lovely and soft so will squash quite nicely into an envelope for posting.

Thank you for your visit today xx

Some challenges

Creative Moments #128 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday wk #41 - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers #416 - Embossing

Monday, 9 October 2017

Think Pink with The Cutie Pies

I have a little bit of pinkness to share today. It is to inspire you to join us at

for our October challenge which is

Think Pink

I am sharing a card that I made, in all its pink gorgeousness, for a friend.

I used a cute LOTV rubber stamp, coloured with Promarkers, and Maja Design papers. I recently won a spend at Wild Orchid Crafts ( thank you again Sue xx) so made use of some of my newly acquired floral goodies to decorate this pretty card.

Hope to see you and your Cute Pink creations here.

Hope there is a good week in store for you. I will, hopefully, see you later in the week.

Some challenges

Creative Craft Cottage #97 - Pink for breasts cancer awareness
Craft Rocket #42 - Birthday or pretty pinks
Crafting with dragonflies #91 - Pinktober

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Flowers or Ribbon

Hello bloggers. Hope everyone is happy and well. Nearly the weekend again so I am very happy!! I am sorry that I still haven't been a regular visitor. I am fed up with bleating about work but it's been relentless...I am hoping to finish with holiday and sickness cover some time in December!! I am missing so much time with my loved ones,  two and four legged and you guys too!!

Anyway today's offering is for the new challenge at 

where we are eager to see your projects with ribbon or flowers...and don't forget to tell us why.

Normally I don't use either on my projects as I am a paper pad fanatic and like to let the papers do the talking!! However I have a chest of drawers full of ribbons  so had a rummage to find something to trim this snow globe. The stripe ribbon was in a bundle that I won from Crafty Ribbons and the bobble trim was lurking in the "red drawer" and seemed perfect!! 

The background was quite technical for me!!  I admired a background that Inky Fingers Carol demonstrated here and decided to have a go ( having first purchased some drawing gum!!). Mind you my snowflakes look rather large so I must perfect my technique further I think!! There is also a lovely shimmer, as I unearthed my Twinkling H2o's as well so that was fun!! The penguin is a die cut chappy from Crafters Companion as was the snow globe actually. 

Anyway I have rambled quite enough!! Hope you will join in!!

See you soon xx

Some challenges

ABC Christmas - Use for unlimited
The Merry Christmas Challenge #37 - Anything Christmas
Crafty Creations #351 - Anything Goes 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Peggy on mushroom

Hello lovely peeps. Nearly the weekend again, thankfully!! Before that though it is my turn to share another Sasayaki Glitter creation. This time it's Peggy.

How cute is she, sitting on her toadstool!! I coloured her with Promarkers, glittered her wings and used more of the wonderful Craftwork Cards Julie Loves Collection. Little Lucy gave me the pretty doily ( thank you xx) and I finished off with pearls and rolled roses from the papercraft kit too.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Allsorts  #434 - Things with wings

Monday, 25 September 2017

Christmas Animals

Hello blog land buddies.  It's new challenge time at

where your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to inundate us with Christmas cards showcasing cute animals....easy peasy!!

Here's mine, featuring a really cute polar bear from our sponsor


I coloured the little darling with Promarkers and I think I am right in saying that the backing paper is from a Doodlebug pad. My glittery snow is by Marianne Designs and the sentiment from a new Crafters Companion stamp set.

I will see you on Thursday, until then, have a good one xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

AYLI Favourite Paper Pad

Hello everyone. Here I am to shout about the new challenge starting at

As You Like It

Your Favourite Paper Pad.

What???? I couldn't choose if my life depended on it!!  However...I somehow managed to subscribe to the Craftwork cards Julie Loves collections and have really been enjoying using these wonderful kits. I love the sweet Ditsy prints which I really like to use on my cards.

I used a couple of papers here to create a little background scene for Lazy Daisy. The cute little pair were coloured with Promarkers and I added a fence to finish the scene. We had a pony on the yard once that used to lie down when he thought he had worked hard enough,  rider and all!!

Before I go here are Surprise and I coming back from a walk a couple of weeks ago. She is much better now, thankfully.

Stylish I know...wellies and shorts!!

Thank you as always for your visit xx

Some challenges

Passion for Promarkers #413 - The great outdoors
The Ribbon Girl September Any Image
Digi Choosday #38 - Anything Goes
A gem of a challenge #203 - Fun Outside

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Winter Mia

Hello friends, hope you are all safe and well. 

I am back in Christmas mode and have Mia Winter to share with you. She is available here together with lots of other sweet images. 
I coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are from my stash and I added some snowflakes using die cut glitter card. The Merry Christmas die is new and I am rather pleased with it...not too big yet not too fiddly either. Ooh and finished off with a few little pale blue pearls.

So, that is me for today. All very quiet here in Dorset which is just as we like it. It seems to have got a lot cooler though. I had to put away my cropped work trousers, which made me very sad, hopefully we will get an Indian summer in October when my holiday cover stint is over...can't wait!!

Right, I am off...see you soon xx

Some challenges

Sweet Stampin Christmas - Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #34 - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks #88 - Use your favourite colour
I love to use icy blue and red for my Christmas cards
Lemon Shortbread #50 - Anything Goes 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Favourite Cutie Image

Welcome to another new week and another new challenge at

The Cutie Pie Challenge

It's a rather special challenge as it's our 6th Birthday and for the occasion we have lots of sponsors, so many chances to win!!

I used an image from Bugaboo, one of said sponsors.

She was coloured with Promarkers to match one of the elements from Craftwork Cards August kit (which is scrummy!!). I used my favourite colour combination here, pink and turquoise...ish, my summer wardrobe is based around these colours and sadly soon to be packed away and replaced by winter woolies and boots!!
Anyway, less of that!! Hope you, and your Cute cards, will join us for our celebrations!!

See you later in the week. Until then take care xx

Some challenges

Thursday, 7 September 2017

AYLI Flora or Fauna

Happy Thursday everyone. Hope you have had a good week. It's been lovely here in Dorset, although the mornings are so much darker so my early jaunts have been put back a bit, much to the disgust of our four legged family members.
Which brings me nicely to the theme for the new challenge at

As You Like It 

We would love to see your projects featuring Flora or Fauna.

As you can see I chose every sense. Although I love my garden, when it comes to card making its animals and people that inspire me.

 I bought this Clarity stamp quite a few years ago now and stamped and embossed it and it has sat in my "not quite sure what to do with" box ever since!! While flicking through my paper pad mountain, as you do, I came across deer backing paper and so my card idea was born.  Throw in a new embossing folder, bells and some ribbon and bingo...job done!!

I hope I have I managed to inspire you to join us.

Well, that's it for now.  Take Care xx

Some  challenges

The holly and ivy Christmas Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #33 - Anything Goes
Addicted to stamps and more #258 - Holiday
Penny Black and More- Get ready for Christmas

Friday, 1 September 2017

Under the Rain

Hello and welcome, it's me again, with yet another Sasayaki Glitter image for you.

It is New Release day today and this little lady is one of them. I do hope I am not tempting fate with the umbrella, as it has been positively gorgeous here in the UK for the past week. I hope it stays that way because I am not quite ready yet for muddy ponies and dogs on a daily basis!!

Anyway less she is...Under the rain

i used some old My Mind's Eye papers as the starting point here, mainly because of the perfect sentiment cut from the pad. She was coloured with Promarkers (I am not entirely happy with the umbrella, my Royal blue was quite dry and I didn't achieve a very smooth blend) and the sweetheart blossom balances the card quite well, I thought.

Well that's me for now. I don't think I will be troubling you, with any waffle, tomorrow. So until next time stay well and have a good weekend  xx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

School Girl

Hellooo!! Can you believe that August is nearly over? It hardly seems like yesterday that it began. Correct me if I am wrong but I think that the older you get the quicker time whizzes by!! The summer holidays are drawing to an end which is why it is appropriate to share this little lady with you. Looks like she is back to school !! She is available at Sasayaki Glitter together with lots of other lovely images.

She looks rather nervous standing there with her brand spanking new backpack. Perhaps her Mum gave her a talking to, before she left the house, for wearing such a short dress!! My pretty papers came from The Works and being that they are vintage in style I decided to ink the edges with my favourite Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Sbe was coloured with Promarkers to match. Although she is modern in style, I was still rather pleased with the end result.  This card didn't stay in my stock box very long. Connor nabbed it to give to one of his team at work who is off to University. I am reliably informed that she liked it too!!

On the subject of my offspring, we had a lovely few hours with Mollie and her Daddy and Mummy.  She met Surprise for the first time and sat on her too.

As you can see Mollie looks quite happy up there and the camera caught my best side!! I didn't realise my hair was quite that grey either!!
Anyway that's it for today. I will be back again tomorrow with a new release.
Until then xx

Some challenges

Craftaholics r us #34 - School
Crafty creations #349 - Anything Goes
The paper shelter #307 - Back to school

Monday, 28 August 2017

Cutie Christmas Couples

Hello all.  We have a Bank Holiday in the UK today so I hope lots of my British chums will be enjoying the last holiday until Christmas...which leads quite nicely to the reason for my post!! 

Get out those stamps and raid the digi folders we are looking for

Cutie Christmas Couples at

My chosen image was stamped  using a retired Lili of the Valley rubber stamp. Who knows they might make an appearance in digi form in the future.

All together now.........aaaaah,  if they aren't cute I don't know what is!!

I coloured them with Promarkers using the necessary Christmas greens and reds and added a bit of Ruby Slippers  Nuvo Drops for the berries and a squirt of Stardust Stickles around the mat.  The holly leaves are my much used Cheery Lynn Christmas Holly Leaves, which get dusted off each year!!

 Well, that's another to add to the Christmas box,  I hope to squeeze in a batch making session soon otherwise will find myself lacking of Christmas cards like I did last year...oops!!

You have a good few weeks to enter our couples challenge so see you there!!

Hope you have a lovely day. Mollie is bringing her Mummy and Daddy for a visit today so I am looking forward to that very much. Spare time has been in such short supply I have missed lots of cuddle time so hope to catch up today!!

Until next time xx

Some Challenges

ABC Christmas - P,  Q, and R (P for people)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin- Anything Goes Christmas

Thursday, 24 August 2017

AYLI Feathers or fur?

Hello crafty friends Hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. Before that though it's challenge time at

Yes, it really has been two weeks!! This time the theme is

Feathers or Fur?

It has to be fur for me, I love the soft silky fur of our sprollies, the downy fur of Mo the yard cat and the smell of Surprise is intoxicating (strange but true!!). We have had hens in the past and Declan had a sweet budgie called Paddy,  who stayed with us when he left home but sadly you can't cuddle a bird!!

Anyway, here is my card featuring a furry fox!!

The image was part of a prize from Just Me and I had a lovely time browsing the images there. Do take a look if you have a spare moment. I coloured him with my Promarkers and used some Doodlebug paper that were perfect in colour. I used a tiny scallop edged die on the black mat under Mr Fox and I was pleased to find a wooden button in the exact same colours of the paper too.

So, I hope I have inspired you to join us with your furry or feathery creations!!

On the subject of fur, thank you to those of you who left such lovely comments about my Surprise. She had her seven weekly visit from my Farrier and as he is the person I trust the most in relation to her legs and feet, I was thrilled when he said that a full recovery is probable as long as I introduce work slowly, so I am back in the saddle at the weekend...yay!! Can't tell you how much I have missed it.

Thank you for dropping in xx

Some challenges

Allsorts # 429 - Forest Friends
Dragonfly dreams - Animals
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #5 - Anything Goes but must feature a creature
Crafty Animals #5 - Anything Goes

Friday, 18 August 2017

Knitting Time

Hello crafters. It is my turn to showcase an image from Sasayaki Glitter. I thought I would stay away from the cute girlie images this time and, instead, chose a cute bunny with her you do!! 

I used my Lyra Rembrandt pencils to colour her to match the Craftwork cards papers. I was lacking mojo so visited Jules in order to borrow another of her sketches. This one is #7. The sentiments are from a Clearly Besotted Stamp set and I used the coordinating die for the label too, although they must be discontinued as I can't find them on the website.

I chose this image because I have actually been knitting for a change and have just finished a, one ball, pretty shawl. It's purpose is to jazz up a very smart black full length coat that I bought last winter and never actually  got to wear because it was too warm!!

Thought you might like a peep.

It was made using Sirdar Colour Wheel and the pattern came on the ball band.

Thank you for your continued visits and comments xx

Some challenges
MAWTT #52 - Things beginning with B
Bunny, Balls (of yarn!!) and Banners
Craft Rocket Challenges #40 - Animals Kingdom
Kitty Bee #101 - Anything Goes 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Milk and Cookies anyone?

Yay me!! I managed to sneak in a bit of crafty time today while Martin was out and about doing tractory things!! Not one to let the grass grow I hot footed up to my work room and made this...

I took inspiration from a couple of current challenges. I am much enjoying following sketches at the moment as time is short and the mojo is often lacking!! It was also an opportunity to ink up another stamp that I found in the My Mum's Craft Shop Sale. I figured she would be easy to cut out so didn't invest in the matching die this time!! Promarkers were used to colour her to match the papers ( I would quite fancy a sofa upholstered in the plaid!!) they are Forever Friends, Kraft Notes that Bev Rochester  and her blog MADE me buy many years ago when I was first dipping my toe!!

Well, I must love you and leave you. Bowie, Bumble and I must go and tuck up Surprise for the night. She isn't too well at the moment, she has a ligament injury which means confinement in a small paddock during the day and her stable at night. I am not sure how she managed it, high jinks in the field I suspect. I have a suspicion that it may mean the end to her being ridden so she will have to join us dog walking instead...not sure how she will get over the stiles mind you!! Anyway, be positive Sarah, on the other hand, given time she might make a full recovery...fingers crossed.

See you later in the week for some DT inspiration. Until then take care.

Some challenges

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 #119

Crafty Creations#348 - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #48 - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers #408 - Pretty pastels
Stamping Sensations August - Anything Goes 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Boys Will Be Boys

Hello, Good Morning and Welcome!! It's time for

The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

It is Boys Will Be Boys and I chose this sweet little fella from our Sponsor.

Pink Gem Designs

He is pre-coloured and I chose Lawn Fawn papers that seem to compliment his outfit perfectly. I can't remember where my Happy Birthday die came from but it adds a bit of interest to a fairly plain card. I die cut the star buttons and then coated them in glossy accents for a bit of shine. Its been a long time since my boys sat cross legged on the floor playing on their Playstation!! Martin and I couldn't wait for them to go to bed so that we could attempt the next level on Crash Bandicoot...remember him?!!

Well, Mama Mia was brilliant and we came home a little hoarse from  singing our heads off!! There was plenty of time to wander around Bournemouth beforehand and reawaken some happy childhood memories. Lunch was scrumptious too, so a very successful outing and one I hope we can do again.

Anyway, we look forward to seeing your Cute boy cards.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

AYLI - Favourite embellishment

Hello folks!! It's time to get your embellishments out and let us know at

As You Like It Challenge

which is your favourite!!

I am not one for a lot of embellishments but if I am feeling in a fancy mood I add ribbon to a card for a bit of interest. It adds a lovely touch to certain designs and still doesn't add too much bulk for posting, as you can see on my card.

Another card without a coloured image, I don't know what is going on lately!! This sweet little fairy and papers came free with a magazine and was perfect to send to a friend for her Birthday. All it needed was a gold mat and my perfectly matching ribbon. 

I usually say I am looking forward to the weekend because Martin will be off, and he will be, but I am abandoning the boys and going out on a "jolly" with the girls from work. We are going to Bournemouth to see Mama Mia at the Pavilion. I can't wait!! I love live theatre and it has been far too long since I have been to see a show. It's a matinee performance so I have booked us in for a nice lunch beforehand. We can dance and sing the calories off later!!

Anyway I know it's a bit premature but whatever the weekend has in store for you, I hope it's a good one!!

See you soon xx

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The colours of your flag

Allsorts have had such great challenges lately and I have found myself with time to play along again. This week they are asking for projects using the colours of your flag. Well, being British I have chosen red, white and blue, but have also incorporated a little bit of yellow for Dorset. Yes the county of Dorset has a flag!!

Image result for dorset flag

Anyway here is my card using the latest Julie Loves kit, and a stamp from Craftwork Cards.

Better get ready for "walkies", I can hear excitement building and had better not disappoint as it is such a lovely day!! 

Hope yours is a lovely day whatever you are doing!!

Some Challenges

Allsorts #427 - Colours of your flag
Creative Fingers #135 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #49 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #347 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Hello friends. Yay, I managed to find some crafty time because it  is raining !!

 Many years ago, in the late 80s actually, one of my work colleagues arranged a "Colour me beautiful" consultation for a group of us. Basically a lady draped coloured scarves around our necks and told us what colours suited our skin tone/hair colour best. I was an Autumn/Winter and still stick to certain colours to this day. Anyway, that is why I was drawn to the latest challenge at Allsorts...the beautiful autumnal colours, and this is what I was inspired to make.

It's a very old stamp that, I think, came in a collection from QVC when Dawn Bibby first started presenting...yes, I am that old!! I heat embossed it using black shiny powder and used Aquamarkers to paint in the detail. It looked a bit flat on a plain card mat so I used a hessian effect embossing folder for a bit of texture. Ta-dah!! Not a cute image or patterned paper in sight!! The colours are much more vibrant in real life...I blame the weather!! Hope you like it.

That's all for now. See you soon xx

Some challenges

Allsorts Challenge #426 - Photo Inspiration

Sunny Day Crafting #46 - E for emboss
Crafting by Designs - August anything Goes