Monday, 16 September 2019

With Sympathy

I have one of those necessary but not nice cards to share today. It was made  for my Aunt following the loss of my Uncle.

No cute image today only lots of rubber and ink. On a whim, I bought this stamp set a while ago and kept picking it up and putting it back down again with lots of head scratching!! The wreath alone just wasn't enough so I hunted through my stamps and found the flourish in an old Banana Frog Christmas set, which worked a treat with the leaves around the edges. It also fits the theme at these two chellenges.

Crafty Catz #474 - Anything Goes - +/- With Sympathy
Little Red Wagon #514 - In Memorium

It was a lovely weekend here, lots of sunshine and really quite warm during the afternoons. I love walking the dogs early before it gets hot and it was actually a chilly 6 degrees so a fleece was necessary yesterday morning.

An interesting web.

The pups on the lookout for newly released pheasants.

Wills Wills (on the right) catching some early morning rays. Surprise was still in bed!!

I hope you have a good week. See you when I do xx

Friday, 13 September 2019


I always have good intentions when I spot challenges that take my fancy but, more often than not, fail to make time to create a worthy entry. A planned visit to hospital meant that I gained an extra day at home this week so actually managed to make these to take along to Darnell's Twofer Challenge where the theme is "Critters".

It was the first inking of one of the stamps in the Tracey Hey set, Rhino Rascals that has been sat on my desk for several months now. They really are adorable and come with lots of "different" sentiments and lots of diddy filler stamps, the heart background being an example. They were coloured with Promarkers.

I used three different shades of red ink to create the background on the panel above. It wasn't until I had finished that I realised that there are actually four different heart stamps and I only used two!!

The paper panel on this one made the card look unfinished so I dug out a long forgotten tube of yellow glitter to weld the paper and white space together. The sequins were inspired by the current
Passion for Promarkers Challenge #510 - Sequins, pearls or gems.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. The forecast here in the UK looks rather good for now so we will be making the most of it while it lasts.

See you soon

More challenges that inspired me

Polkadoodles #37 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Santa or no Santa? AYLI

Another Christmas card from me today. I am hosting at

As You Like It Challenge

so I really hope you will pop over and take a look at what my team mates have made too.

It's Santa or no Santa? 

I have to be honest, over the years I have struggled to find Father Christmas stamps, rubber or digi, that haven't given me the willies!! They either have a sinister look or are just too cute to be authentic so for me it's no Santa.

I was enchanted by the Christmas bunnies from LOTV and bought a couple of them back a long so thought it was time to print and colour.

I coloured the image with my Promarkers and used, I think, a First Edition pad. It cried out for a bit of gingham!!

I hope you are having a good week. I am taking it easy after a bit of minor surgery yesterday so hope to spend a bit of time quietly colouring.

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards featuring Santa or not!!

See you soon xx

Monday, 9 September 2019

Celebrations at The Cutie Pie Challenge

The theme at The Cutie Pie Challenge this week is


so we would love to see your cute cards for any event with cause for celebration.

I am using Christmas Banner Grace from our sponsor Pink Gem at Polkadoodles. I intended being lazy and using the pre-coloured version but since a Windows update a week or so ago, I can only print grayscale or black and white so a coloured image it was!! I also spotted a wiper card tutorial so decided to put Grace on the front of one. In my haste I think the wiper works the wrong way but never mind!!

The holly papers were free with a magazine many years ago and I coloured the image with Promarkers to match. It is a miracle that I managed a card at all, I had got my DT diary all back to front last week...nightmare!! Still, all is well and here I am.

I think I am back later in the week so see you then xx

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Friday, 6 September 2019

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Hello lovely people, hope this finds you well and looking forward to the weekend. I have had a hectic week, workwise, so am looking forward to a lie in, in theory!! My word the mornings have been so dark and as Surprise is stabled at night all year round I have really noticed the drop in temperature this week as I have been mucking out. Still, it has been a lovely summer.

So, something a little bit different from me today. My longstanding visitors will know that my style is normally  cute. The image I have used was given to us by the sponsor (Ikes Art) of the latest challenge at

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

This is the gorgeous Athena looking very regal so I used purple (not a big fan really) and teamed her with gold for a touch of opulence. I was so pleased with the finished result. Even the hair was okay!!

In is a real eyeful!!

Since the "accidental purchase" of #2 pony earlier in the year I have tried to be good and restrict my crafty spends on essentials only...I fell off the wagon a bit and "invested" in some Hunkydory flower dies and boy, am I glad I did, they are sensational!! Lots of mileage in these I am sure!!

It would be lovely if you could join us, always Anything Goes as long as you share a hand coloured card...simples!!

I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to having a catch up with you soon xx

Thursday, 29 August 2019

How do you text? - AYLI

Hello everyone. 

I am sharing this card to inspire you to join in at 

where we are interested to know how you add text to your cards.

I am sure I am not alone in saying that I have drawers full of sentiment stamps but can never find one that is quite right...sound familiar!? So quite often I am saved by a computer generated sentiment mounted on complimentary board.

I used an image from our sponsor Polkadoodles and she is called Glass Half Full.
I used First Edition papers Wanderlust as my starting point and coloured her with Promarkers to match. 

I am not sure what posessed me to choose an image with lots of hair as I struggle so much with it. However, I am relatively pleased with my efforts. When the darker nights arrive I might enrol myself on a colouring course.

I hope you will join us.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Pink and girly handbags

Hello friends. I hope my fellow Brits were able to enjoy the Bank Holiday yesterday. Blessed with dry weather too which doesn't happen that often!! As Monday is a normal working day for me it means that I get a one day working week which is also very pleasing!! 

 As promised here I am with a card that I put together for a couple of challenges that grabbed me. I have had a little sort through my stash and found a fair few unused items including the stamps I have used today. So my mission is to use or rehome anything that has been gathering dust.

A square card as usual covered with some paper that came from The Range. I used a very old Martha Stewart border punch for some detail and all the stamps used are part of a Craftwork Cards set from here

The message was heat embossed and I have coloured the smaller handbags and paper pieced the large one and then used glossy accents. Although not cute, I actually like this one!!

Before I go I have a couple of snaps that I took on my early morning walk with the hairy kids. There is the feel of autumn in the air and the blackberries are starting to appear. 

See you soon xx

The challenges that inspired me

Sweet Stampin' - Pretty in Pink

Monday, 26 August 2019

Let's build a snowman!!

I don't think there is much chance of snowman building here in the UK today, the forecast is for a very hot and sunny Bank Holiday Monday. I am hoping to have already ridden before this post goes live, to avoid the heat.

To get back to the matter in hand, I am doing really well with my Christmas cards this year, I think that being on a Christmas Challenge Design Team helps too. Today's little fella is for

where we are building snowmen. Bugaboo is our sponsor and I used a chap from this set.

It is a 5x5 card for a change so I kept the design simple using only silver mirri board for contrast to the spotty paper from here. The sentiment was with the image. The cute little pair were coloured with Promarkers and of course Star Dust glitter had to feature.

So if you have time during the next three weeks be sure to ink up a snowman or two and join us!!

Hope the coming week will be a good one for you. I might just be back tomorrow since a challenge or two have caught my eye over the weekend.

Until then xx

Some challenges

Sweet Stampin'Christmas - Anything Goes/Snow people
Creative Craft Cottage #121 - Christmas

Thursday, 15 August 2019

AYLI Pink and Green

Happy Thursday everyone.

I made double sure that I had the right day, right time and I pressed the Publish button this time!!

So I am here with my card for

where we have a colour choice for you this week

Pink and Green or Blue and Orange...tell us why too!!

I have chosen pink and green, it's Mother Nature's idea, just look out of the window and you see it everywhere, colours in perfect harmony!! On this occasion I have chosen those colours to make a christmas card using Hanging Stockings from LOTV. They are matched to some Doodlebug Designs paper and an MFT die for the greeting.

We are enjoying our week very much. We got very wet yesterday at a local agricultural show, but on the plus side we didn't queue to get in!! I came home with a beautifully crafted chopping board and a lardy cake...yum!!

That's all for now. Thank you for your continued support and kind words xx

Some Challenges

Crafting by designs - August Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #396 - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers #506 - Dies and/or punches

Monday, 12 August 2019

Cutie Favourite Colour Combo

Edit....Oh my days I am going to be sacked... I am so in Holiday mode  that I forgot to schedule this post...whoops!! Better late than never!!

Hello friends, hope you had a restful weekend and are refreshed for the week ahead. I am hoping you will have time to join in at 

where we would love to see your favourite colour combinations on a cute card. Using an image from our sponsor, Bugaboo, I made this sweet pink and black card.

I coloured her with Promarkers and used scraps of paper. I am rather partial to pink and black together and have used this combo many times actually... some here, here and here if you would like a trip back in time!!

So that is me for today. See you later in the week with more pink I think.

 Until then take care xx

Some challenges

Dream Valley Challenges #207 - Hand coloured image
Sweet Stampin' - things with wings
Creative Fingers Challenge #169 - Anything Goes

Friday, 9 August 2019

A Day For Daisies

Friday at last lovely people and an extra special one as I am on annual leave for a week...woo hoo!!
The weather doesn't look that great but no matter, Martin is off too so I have plans!!

Before that though I have some inspiration for you, it's my DT piece for

I chose this beautiful image from  A Day For Daisies, sadly now closed.

I absolutely love how this card turned out. I rarely do frills and fancies but felt that the magical image warranted such so I went to town with sparkle and all things girly!! The delicate colouring doesn't really show up was extraordinarily sunny when I took the photo, hence the sparkle!! I even managed to reduce the size of my Wild Orchid Crafts flower mountain!!

Have a good weekend, when you get there xx

Some challenges

I love Promarkers #390 - Anything goes +/- Birthday
Unicorn Challenge #46 - Fully loaded or CAS

Monday, 5 August 2019

Little Friends - Rabbit

Rain over the weekend meant I had some indoors time on my hands so I was able to prepare a post. I am sharing a card that I made for a recent Birthday. It also fits a few current challenges so win, win!!

Just look at the face on that cute LOTV bunny rabbit!! I  coloured with Promarkers and I think the spotty paper is from a LOTV Christmas pad.

I am still struggling to come to terms with the fact that it is already August!! The nights are drawing in and I had to put on the lights to muck out this morning, it was 5.30am but even so!!

That's all for now. See you later in the week xx

Some challenges

Passion for Promarkers #504 - Going Dotty
Sweet Stampin' - Spots and/or stripes
Crafty Calendar August - Anything Goes
Colourific Challenge Corner #2 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Favourite Flower

Hello my lovely friends and visitors. I hope life is treating you well.

It's time to share another DT piece for As You Like It Challenge.

We are all about your Favourite Flowers this time ( and why, of course!). I have previously showcased daisies and sunflowers so this time thought about winter time flowers and came up with these.

I have had poinsettias in my kitchen for many winters now and one particular £1 plant from a supermarket lasted well into August. Funny I have never managed it since!! Although they can be a little bit tempermental, I love the velvety texture of the blooms and how they can brighten up a room.

I am really pleased with my new Sue Wilson poinsettia and message dies and ( in spite of my self imposed crafty stash embargo!!) am sure they will get lots of use!! I really enjoyed the piecing back together, very therapeutic.

I hope my crafty friends in the north of the UK are safe and well after the dreadful weather we had on Tuesday. What scary stuff for you.

That's all for now. I wish you a good weekend, when you get there xx

Monday, 22 July 2019

Christmas with the Cutie Pies

Hello friends. I can't tell you how relieved that this week is going to be a "normal" one for me work wise as holiday cover is over for a while. So what better way to kick the week off with a DT card for

where we are 


interpret this as you will...perhaps recycle something on your card or, like I have, use the literal meaning and use only green!!

Our lovely friends at Polkadoodles are sponsoring us. I used Rolling Snowballs and coloured her with lime tone Promarkers. The mirror board is actually green too but, as is so often the case, my dress is reflected and you don't really get the full effect!! The sentiment is a Sue Wilson die.
So that's it...another Christmas card to add to the pile. I really must settle down and make some less cute Christmas cards before the months whoosh us to December!!

Whatever you are up to this week I hope it is a good one.

See you next time xx

Some Challenges

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' July Challenge - AG +/- Christmas in the sun
Merry Little Christmas Challenge July Challenge
SheepSki Design Challenge #28 - Early christmas/Winter
Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Bird or Beast at AYLI

It's nearly Friday again and that can only mean a new challenge at

As You Like It where it's Birds or Beast? 

I have told you many times about my fear of birds, thanks to my Darling Grandma, but on this occasion I have decided to try and overcome my fear by colouring up a cute pair of birds that I found in my digi collection.

I used Promarkers to compliment the Craftwork Cards papers. I used another of Jules' sketches...

...I always turn to her fantastic library when my inspiration and enthusiasm for crafting is lacking!! Thank you lovely lady!! 

We have been out and about again, a visit to Lyme Regis this time...

...a little overcast but still nicely warm and the pistachio ice cream was delicious!! 

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Friday, 12 July 2019

A beauty Session

Hello my friends. I hope you have had a good week. Mine was Ok. Holiday cover again but I did have a good lesson on Wills on Wednesday. After riding Surprise for so many years I thought a little refresher course was in order and let's face it we are never too old to learn.  My thighs have been a bit tender since...but less of that!!

My post today could not be more appropriate as when it goes live I will be sitting in the hairdresser's chair. No rollers for me though!! It is my DT piece for

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

This little lady is called Beauty Session and was kindly given to the team by our sponsor The Paper Shelter

I got out my old stepper die and some MFT paper and coloured her to match.

That's me for now. See you soon xx

Monday, 8 July 2019

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...Cutie Style

Hello everyone, another new week and I hope it's a good one for you!! My post today is to share my DT piece for

It's a great theme   Girls Just Wanna Have Fun so cute girly cards are the order of the day!!

Here is mine using an image from our sponsor the fabulous Polkadoodles.

My cute unicorn was coloured with my Promarkers to match the MFT paper.

So that is my card and I really hope you will join us!!

I haven't shared any pictures with you lately so here is a glimpse of my world at the moment!!

Some challenges

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Something for baby

Hello everyone. It's been a while and I have no excuse at all apart from work, animals, family and garden!! Still I am here now with my DT piece for

where this week we would love to see your project for a baby.

I have made this sweet card  using a generic digi from LOTV.

This was coloured with Promarkers and the papers were magazine freebies. I actually CASed a card that one of my old AYLI Team members made a few yers thank you Carol for the inspiration!! Looks like we have similar tastes in dies!!

Some Challenges

Crafty Friends #113 - Something beginning with B
Unicorn Challenges #45 - For a baby or a child
The Paper Shelter #390 - Go Digital
Creative Inspirations July - Anything Goes

Monday, 24 June 2019

Christmas with the Cutie Pies

Only six months until Christmas Eve!! Just saying!!

So, we have gone a bit dotty at

Christmas With The Cuties

and would love to see your cute Christmas cards featuring spots and dots together with a super cute image of course.

I used spotty paper from MFT and used the wonderful Paper Boutique Winter Wishes die for the card shape. The Stamping Bella  Rita and Reindeer stamp is a new one...I waited ages for it to be back in stock so didn't hesitate to colour her with my Promarkers. To finish off I added pearls and irridescent gems together with some Stardust Stickles. It really does sparkle beautifully in real life!!

Thank you for your continued visits and lovely comments. I do enjoy reading them.

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Merry Little Christmas Challenge #11
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #101 - Include a reindeer
Allsorts Challenge #525 - Soft pastels
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes =/- Non traditional colours

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Summer or Winter Colours at AYLI

I may have mentioned before that back in the 80's (when I wore shoulder pads and high heels!!) a group of us from work had our " Colours Done" by a very flambouyant ambassador for Colour Me Beautiful called Marilyn. With my dark hair, eyes and skin I was  "Winter" and to this day still use my little swatches when shopping for clothes. Interestingly those colours are the ones I also favour in my card making. 

So, after all that intro the new challenge at

is Summer or Winter Colours and remember to tell us why.

Here is my card using icy coolWinter colours...closed


It's been a while since I have been creative with cards so decided on this pull up slider. The papers are from Crafters Companion, as are the sprig dies in the corner. Again, I should have made multiples of this card...why do I always think of it after I have put everything away!!??

That's all for now xx

Friday, 14 June 2019

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Well that week went by in a flash didn't it?!! Never mind there will be a new one starting in a couple of days!!
I have a DT piece today for Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.  It's always Anything Goes as long as you hand colour your image so play along if you can.

Our sponsor Createful Heart Designs is a new one to me and I really enjoyed colouring this image with Promarkers. I kept the design really simple with just some black accents and added some star dust glitter to the insects and flowers.

I apologise for the dreadful photograph...blame the rain!!

See you when I do xx

Monday, 10 June 2019

Ribbons & Bows

Hello everyone. So good to have you here on this lovely Monday morning!! Lovely because I am on Annual Leave this week...yay!! Not any firm plans as yet but Hubby is taking a few days at the end of the week so we will see what happens.

 As this goes live though I will be sat in the Dentist chair having my annual check up. Not my favourite thing to be doing. I object to being asked  on every visit"do you floss and do you use an electric toothbrush?". I have been taking care of my teeth for 50 odd years thank you very much!! Rant over!! 🤪😀

Anyway, I digress, I am here to encourage you to come and join The Cutie Pie Challenge
where our theme is Ribbons and Bows, featuring a cute image of course.

I am still in LOTV mode. I loved colouring this little fella with my Promarkers, although I should probably have grounded him, he rather looks like he is floating!!. The papers are from a pad that came from The Range and my ribbon and bow take the form of seam binding.

That's all for today. I hope you have a good week, whatever is in store xx

Thursday, 6 June 2019

LOTV all the way!!

Today I am here with my DT piece for As You Like It Challenge. I am hosting this time and we are asking you to share your favourite stamp brand.

Mine appears to be Lily of the valley judging by the size of the pile I sorted!! When I first started rubber stamping I loved seeing Bev Rochesters handiwork for LOTV in crafting magazines and progressed to following her blog. The purchase of many LOTV stamps followed and today's card features one of the very last of their rubber production. It is the cute factor that has always appealed and they are always a dream to colour. In this case with Promarkers

It was also the perfect opportunity to try out my new Crafters Companion die.

I hope you will be able to join us. It will be a great chance to sort out your rubber stamp collections and find some forgotten treasures!!

That's me for today. See you soon xx

Some challenges

Passion for Promarkers #496 - Feathers and/or Fur