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

DIES AND DIGIS


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...

Bumble


Bowie


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 week...boo 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 year...it 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

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Painter Shy and a little bit of news!!

Hello bloggers a little later than usual today to share my DT inspiration card for



This is Painter Shy


I knew he would look amazing with bright primary colours so dug out a Doodlebug Designs pad and coordinating enamel dots. Black mats were the perfect addition. He was coloured with Promarkers.

Some challenges

Lemon Shortbread #33 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Week #3 - Anything Goes
Ooh la la #220 - For a man or boy

Now then, while I am here I had better share my news...we have been upgraded to GRANDPARENTS and my secret wish (for a baby Grand Daughter) came true!!

She arrived safely on Sunday evening and is absolutely gorgeous although names are still proving difficult for Mummy and Daddy to choose!! Mollie Rose is the favourite at the moment!!


Thank you for stopping by xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

AYLI - Favourite Hair Colour

Yay... Thurdsay and nearly the weekend. It's also the first challenge of the New Year at


this time it's
  Your Favourite Hair Colour,
please tell us why and list the colours that you use too.

I used Sewing Avery from our sponsor Paper Nest Dolls. She was coloured with Promarkers using Sandstone, Caramel, Cocoa and  Umber for her hair. These are my "go to" colours as I always get good results, although hair is something that I still struggle with!!


The papers were free with a magazine some time ago so it was time they got used!!

Better head off to work, typical that we have snow heading our way today and I won't get to enjoy it with the hairy kids...never mind.

Have a good day whatever you are up to xx

Some challenges

Digi Choosday #2 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #109 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #332 - Anything Goes 

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Cutie Pies Winter Warmers

Hello friends. It's time for my DT card for

The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

As we are in the midst of winter the theme this time is  Winter Warmers


Nothing like a hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm you up...as you can see I didn't add cream though...I am trying to be good!! I used  Hot Cocoa Bear from, Bugaboo, one of our sponsors (full details on the challenge blog here ). Hope you will join in and either make a start on your Christmas cards for this year or make a birthday card for a winter Birthday.

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always lovely to have visitors xx

Some Challenges

ABC Christmas Challenge - A= Anything Goes B = Bear
Ribbon Girl - January card challenge
Christmas Card Challenges #3 - Anything Goes
Catch the bug - Anything Goes 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year Friends, may 2017 be your best year ever!! 

I hope you are all well and enjoying a peaceful day if you are able.

I am here to share my first 2017 DT inspiration post for 



It's time for another new release and I chose to use this little darling



I teamed her with some pretty Marianne Designs papers and kept the layout relatively simple in order to let the sweet hippo take centre stage.

2017 is going to be very exciting for us...Our eldest Son and his Girlfriend are promoting us to Grandparents in a few weeks so this card may be a very useful addition to my stock pile!!

I would like to join in at these challenges

Allsorts #396 - Something new (new image, new baby card)
Di's digi designs - Celebrations
My time to craft #337- Something New (new image, new baby card)
Polkadoodles wk #52 - Something New (new image, new baby card)
I love Promarkers #325 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations #265 - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit, continued support and comments. Take Care xx