Monday, 13 August 2018

Sporting Cuties

Hello friends, hope you are well and had a good weekend. We took a drive down to the coast for a spot of breakfast and a walk which we enjoyed. Anyway, today is the start of the new challenge at

The theme is SPORTING CUTIES and I used this sweet image from LOTV getting ready to tack up her pony.

I used Tonic scalloped dies for the card base (and layers) to make a rocker card for a change.

Speaking of is Surprise tucking into her current favourite lollies!! Mint tea with carrot and apple. Martin was horrified when he noticed the first one in the freezer!!

She might be a little bit disappointed not to get more as
I don't think the temperatures are going to peak again any time soon because yay...we have had rain and lots of it. Looks like the rain dancing worked!!

I look forward to seeing your Sporting Cuties.

Thank you for your visit xx

Crafty friends #90 - Anything goes
A bit more time to  craft #73 - Anything goes
Daisy chain challenges #22 - Anything goes
Let's craft and create #140 - Anything goes 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

More forgotten LOTV

Hello all. I hope you are well and, if not, that you soon will be.

I must apologise for not doing so well with my visiting of late, but we have been making the most of it, while the weather has been good, and taking care of some outdoor jobs.  Still, I am here now to share another rediscovered rubber stamp that was hiding away. This one is from Lili of the Valley. I love this little pair of sweet girls. They were coloured with Promarkers and the papers came from The Range.

I had a fancy for an easel card for a change. The sentiment came from a Purple Onion set that was a gift. I was lucky to find some little buttons that matched the hat I love coordination!!

Well, the grass is looking much greener today, thanks to some showers overnight. The horses are doing very well and actually manage on very little, but it will still be nice to have a bit more grass for them when the autumn and winter come. I am sure Mother Nature will redress the balance.

Whatever the weather where you are, stay well xx

Some challenges

Dis digi challenge  - 2 or more papers
Colour Crazy Challenge week 32 - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments #209 - for the girls + a sentiment
Little Miss Muffet #195 - Always anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #456 - Make it feminine

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Feathers or Fur at AYLI

Hello peeps. How are you all doing? Time has a way of slipping by at this time of year and I couldn't believe that it's been so long since I posted. Anyway here I am with some inspiration for you.

Feathers or Fur is the theme for the new challenge at

It is fur all the way for me. Feathery things terrify me, especially if they are flying around my head!! When we were farming I did have a dozen hens that were kept in an old outhouse. They roosted up high and I would not go in to collect the eggs and let them out until they were all safely on the floor...scary!!

Anyway here is my card featuring two furry pups.

I used a Marianne Designs die set for the heart, and coloured the sweet little lady and her pups with Promarkers to compliment the papers.

That's me for now. Hope to see you join us with your feathery or furry makes!!

Until next time, take care xx

Some challenges

I love Promarkers #364 - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - August anything goes

Monday, 23 July 2018

Add some Sparkle!!

Hello my blogging buddies. Hope you had a good weekend and are refreshed for the week ahead and whatever it throws at you!!

To start mine off I have my DT inspiration piece for

An easy one this time...Add Some Sparkle to your cute card.

Little DSB Rosie was so cute I made two!!

I fussy cut the frame and mounted it on a mat that I made using sparkly texture paste and a snowflake stencil. The frame was glittered with some super sparkelicious glitter from Chloe. I coloured them with Promarkers and finished  off with a tag and some twine.

Thank you for visiting xx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tea anyone?

I was asked by one of my regular customers to make a Birthday card for her Sister. I am still rummaging in my stash and decided to use one of the free downloads from Making Cards.

This ties in rather nicely with the new challenge at

Which is buttons or ribbon  (remember to tell us why)

My "go to" finishing touch is definitely ribbon. When seam binding first became fashionable I think I bought every available colour and still have masses in my vast collection. It's so easy to tie into a perfect bow and always looks amazing. These days though I buy white and colour with alcohol markers as necessary!!

It is much larger than I would usually make (A5) so I filled it out a bit with complimentary coloured mats and cut a doily using my Gemini. The sentiments were stamped using stamps from a couple of free sets, so a freebie all round, except for the seam binding.

We are still without rain in our part of the UK. I am actually missing mowing my lawn  now and all  Bowie and Bumble's favourite streams, except one, have dried up. They do have a paddling pool but won't use it so it is becoming very useful for me on extremely hot days!! It has been a little cooler the last couple of mornings so Surprise and I enjoyed an hour out and about yesterday. Looks like it's hotting up again at the weekend though.
Have a good one when you get there xx

Some challenges

Crafty friends #88 - Food/drink
Double D Challenge - Tea and/or coffee

Monday, 9 July 2018

Cutie Pie BINGO!!

Hello everyone. 

Eyes down, look's BINGO at the Cutie Pie Challenge

Here is my cutie using the middle row - buttons, ribbon and die cut

I have been trying to use more of my stash lately and in this case coloured the sweet stamped image with my Lyra Rembrandt pencils. I used the stamp packaging for inspiration, colour wise, and was reasonably satisfied with the result. Oops I have just noticed that I didn't finish cutting the tails of the kite...never mind!! Blue is a colour that I don't really use, except for Christmas cards, so that stretched my creativeness a little too.

That's me for today. See you soon xx

Some challenges

Love to craft #24 - Anything goes
Craft-Dee bowZ - July Challenge
Crafty Catz #42 - Anything goes +/- Summer fun
Cardz  4 galz #75 - For a little girl
Cute Card Thursday #537 - Anything goes

Thursday, 5 July 2018

AYLI Favourite Celebration

My word, don't these weeks fly by? I am here again to encourage you to join in at

where we are sharing our favourite celebration.

For me it has to be Birthdays, boring, I know, but it is always a lovely opportunity to make a one of a kind card especially for "that" person. In this case it was for a friend who just doesn't "do" cutesy or fluffy!!

She does, however, love her garden, the content of which this year is pink and green so this paper pad from The Range was a perfect choice.

The jaunty angle here shows the dimension and detail on the die cut butterfly and stem.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Try it on Tuesday - things with wings
Crafty cardmakers #215 - At least two dies or punches
( three different dies and a punch for the corners)
Pennys paper-crafty challenge #387 - Anything goes

Monday, 25 June 2018

Blue and White - Christmas with The Cutie Pies

Ho, Ho,'s Christmas time again!! I so look forward to sharing my card for this challenge as it means that there is one less card to make!!

The theme this time is


I loved colouring this chap although he was not what I intended to use. Unfortunately my printer would not play nicely so I was unable to use an image from our sponsor

Anyway, all's well that ends well. Replacement cartridge received so I am back in business!!

It seems so wrong to be excited about Christmas cards when we are enjoying such settled weather here in the UK. My animals aren't particularly happy and don't quite know what to do with themselves and spend their day seeking shade as the sun moves around the garden. It's a relay in the mornings, the dogs get walked at 5.30am (yes...really!!) then I ride Surprise. It's really lovely at that time of day and at the moment the hedges are full of honeysuckle which smells amazing. 

Hope you will join us this time, just remember to use a cute image...simple as that!!

See you soon xx

Thursday, 21 June 2018

AYLI Embossing

Hellooo everyone. It's time for your fortnightly conundrum from 

... this time it's EMBOSSING, dry or heat we don't mind!!

For me it has to be heat embossing as I find the melting process magical, even after many years of doing it, and I love the silky smooth feel of the image once it has cooled.

While I was sorting my stamps last week I found a Sheena Douglass set that was free with a magazine so used that for my card today. Heat embossed with a white powder and then I simply inked a background. I should do this more often as it was really therapeutic .

I couldn't leave without showing you my little helper, Bumble, photobombing or should that be
 photo Bumbling!! It was just as well Bowie was bird watching at the time otherwise the card might have been in danger of being squished!!

I hope you will manage to join in.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Crafty Cardmakers #214 - Wet or dry embossing

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sunny Yellow

I actually found some time to make a just for fun card and drew inspiration from a challenge or two and came up with this...

I decided to organise my rubber stamps by brand  and,  in doing so, found many old favourites that haven't seen ink for quite some time and chose a sweet LOTV stamp. She was coloured with Promarkers and, although you can't see it, given a generous addition of stickles on her boa. The papers are from The Lovely Studio.

It is somewhat grey and drizzly here so housework is on the agenda this morning and as we are on holiday we are out to lunch. Hope your day is a good one.

See you soon folks xx

Some Challenges

Allsorts Challenge # 471 - Ladies Night Out

Fab 'n' Funky #398 - Bring me sunshine

Monday, 11 June 2018

Spots and Dots - Cutie Pie

I always have good intentions when I get freebies with magazines but rarely act on them. However, the papers that came with Making Cards last month really inspired me. They are also perfect for the latest challenge at

where the theme is Dots and Spots.

I used a stamp from a set by our sponsor Crafty Sentiments and coloured her onesie in rainbow colours to match the spots.

I loved the paper so much that I made another card using one of the toppers too.

If spots and dots are your thing together with a super cute stamp, topper or even decoupage please come and join in.

Hope to see you there xx

Some challenges

Crafty Calendar - Three of something ( flowers)
Crafty Girls Creations #48 - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #108 - Anything goes
Crafty Cats #420 - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #533 - Anything goes 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Furry Friends for Hubby

Hello again, I's not the other side of the weekend, it's Friday and it is my Hubby's birthday today so I must share his card that was made with a few challenges in mind.

Of course it had to feature a dog as he loves our two very much indeed!!

I used a favourite paper from Nitwits Collection, called Tail Wags too for this layered fold back card. The sweet dog is from a Whimsy Stamps collection, aptly called Furry Friends. He was, of course, coloured with Promarkers.

Martin is, unfortunately, working today but hopefully he will manage to finish early so that we can spend the day together.

I really will see you on the other side of the weekend this time!!

Some Challenges

Back to basics & beyond #4 - Fold Back Card
I Love promarkers #360 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - June Anything Goes

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Favourite Card Shape - AYLI

Hello my lovely blogging buddies. Wherever you are in the world I hope the weather is being kind to you. We have been enjoying some glorious days here in Dorset, hence my absence!!

I am here to share some inspiration for you to join us at

The theme this fortnight is Your favourite card shape.

Other than square, my favourite is made with my Go Kreate Frilly Frame die set. I waited so long to get my hands on a set, many years ago, and I am so glad I did as it is one of my most used dies.

The sweet fox is from  a set that I bought from Mama Makes. He was coloured with Promarkers and the papers were from a pad that I picked up in The you do!! the embossed panel was made using a folder that came free with a magazine which I inked for a bit of definition.

That is me for today. See you the other side of the weekend. Have  good one, when you get there xx

Some challenges

Penny's Paper Crafty challenge #383 - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - June anything Goes

Monday, 28 May 2018

Cutie Pie Festive Furry Friend

Happy Spring Bank Holiday if you are here in the UK...elsewhere...Happy Monday!!

Furry Christmas Friends is the theme of the new challenge at

Christmas With The Cuties

Those of you that visit often will know that "cute" features often here so this was right up my street.

I used the bunny rabbit from a Your Next Stamp collection because he matched perfectly with the Lawn fawn paper pad.

I bought the mason jar shaker kit (together with lots more actually) on shopping telly a while back and this was actually my second attempt. The first went in the bin as I filled the shaker bit with glitter but despite my best efforts beforehand, with an anti static cloth, I couldn't stop the glitter sticking to the acetate bubble...lots of bad words in the craft room that day I can tell you!!

Anyway, all's well that ends well and I think the fluffy snowballs add some cute charm to the simple card.

You have plenty of time to join in and it would be so good to see you!!

Hope you have a good day xx

Some challenges

The Merry Christmas Challenge #21 - Anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland - All hearts come home for Christmas
( hearts sprinkled all over the paper)
Christmas cards all year round - Anything goes

Thursday, 24 May 2018

AYLI Flora or Fauna??

Hello again my lovely crafty friends.

Thursday again and another Bank Holiday Monday...yipee!!
I know we brits love to talk about the weather but I am not looking forward to the weekend at all. There's going to be thunder storms....eeek!! I am not a great fan of thunder and lightning. I really hope the weather folk have it wrong...fingers crossed!!

Anyway, weather aside,  I am here today with a DT card for

A good theme this week...Flora or Fauna?

I have gone with "fauna" as, for cardmaking purposes, I love cute animals and characters and thoroughly enjoy colouring such images. In this case it's a cute giraffe!!

This fella is from Just ME Digital Stamps, coloured with Promarkers. 

Whatever you are doing this coming weekend I hope it's a good one!!
If I survive the weekend weather I will see you on Monday with some Christmas Cuteness!! xx

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 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 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 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 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 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