Monday, 11 November 2019

Add an animal

Happy Monday everyone!! After the manic last few weeks I have had I am so glad that this one has arrived as I am on annual leave!! Chance to recharge the batteries hopefully and catch up with friends and family and perhaps some Christmas shopping!! 

I am sharing my Cutie Pie DT card today where the theme is ADD A CUTE ANIMAL. I am still in full on Christmas production so chose Highland Christmas from our Sponsor Di's Digis.

Oh bother...I have just noticed the camera mark on Christmas!! Never mind, it can be our secret!!

I wish you a good week whatever you are up to and I will see you on Thursday with another Christmas card. Until then take care xx

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Cute or Traditional

We are in a Christmassy mood at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight and would love for you to show us your cards in either a cute or traditional style. 

My longstanding blog visitors will not be at all surprised to see that my card is

 CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!! Why? Because I love them...that's all!!

I ended up using another LOTV digi and coloured it to match the very old LOTV papers. I found some lovely sand coloured stickles (another bottle that I had completely forgotten about!!) so used that to add some glittery dots. My trusty Whimsy "Happy Sayings" stamp and die sets came out again.

Well, that is almost another week over!! The tooth is feeling much better although extraction is likely in December. Work has been full on again this week and today will be the last Flu Clinic...hoorah!! It is quite the event...we hold it in the Village Hall and some local ladies provide tea, coffee and biscuits which is rather nice. Not quite sure why I felt the need to tell you that...but there you go!!

Anyway, I hope you will share your Christmas cards with us, cute or traditional they will be most welcome together with your reason. Look forward to seeing you there.

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes +/- Stars
Passion for Promarkers #518 - Christmas is coming
The holly and ivy Christmas challenge  #59 - Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #16 - anything Goes

Friday, 1 November 2019

Winter Wishes

Thank goodness it's Friday!! Another hectic week for me, Flu Clinic at work and the associated admin that goes with it, face ache from smiling at patients and a painful tooth as well!! Still we are planning a visit to West Bay tomorrow so that will blow the cobwebs away!!

Before that though I have yet another Christmas card to share in support of

you can share any kind of card at all, just as long as the image is hand coloured.

My card features a gorgeous digi stamp from our sponsor Polkadoodles

My lovely Paper Boutique Winter Wishes die set was used for the base and the sweet little image was coloured with Promarkers.

Thank you for your visit xx

Monday, 28 October 2019

Christmas with The Cutie Pies

Hello fellow crafters. To kick off the week I have a cutie for you today.

Over at

we are persinalising our cards and this is one that I was asked to make for a friend.

I used my favourite colour combo, pink and green, for this sweet card. The image is an extremely old digi stamp that I found, among others, while I was having a crafty tidy up!!

I hope this post finds you all well. Crafty time is still in short supply here!! Wet weather, animals, work and family matters are taking up precious crafty time at the moment and just when I think there is a glimmer of opportunity on the horizon...along comes another spanner in the works!! On the plus side, I have actually made a start on the Christmas shopping and have a reasonable stack already. So together with my Christmas cards things are looking good!!

Toodles for now xx

Thursday, 24 October 2019

AYLI Favourite Designer Paper

We are all about your Favourite Designer Papers at

This theme is right up my street I LOVE Designer paper pads and have more than I am ever going to use in ten lifetimes. Still I keep buying them, can anyone explain it?!!

On this occasion I am showcasing two MFT paper pads. What I love about this brand is the ability to mix and match them so well, added to which they also suit the cute stamps and images that I am so fond of using.!!

A sweet LOTV rubber stamp was coloured with Promarkers and I used my Mama Elephant companion stamp and die set for the tag.

I can't wait to put the clocks back an hour on Saturday night, it will mean lighter mornings again for a little while at least!!

See you soon everyone xx

Some Challenges

Dream Valley challenges #212 - Add a sentiment
Lil patch of crafty friends #116 - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - October Pretty in Pink
( I shan't be offended if it isn't pink enough!!)

Monday, 14 October 2019

Cutie Pie Challenge

Hello. It's a cute one from me change there then!!

is ANYTHING GOES, as long as it's cute.

This cute little lady is Winnie from our sponsor

Polkadoodles Ltd

I used Promarkers to colour her to match the pretty papers which are from one of my many "Julie Loves" sets. As usual the design is quite simple but I found myself with a large white area, top right, so used my companion die and stamp set from Whimsy, which filled the space perfectly. The "everything" was heat embossed in white.

Have a good week xx

Some challenges

Thursday, 10 October 2019


Hello friends. I hope this finds you well. Yet another Christmas card to share today, this time for

where we are all about stitching and how you add it to your cards.

My nod to stitching is usually by way of dies and on this card the bauble has a stitched edge, as does the circle mat in the middle. I tend to use dies these days for stitched detail mainly for the convenience and speed. 

It was unintentional but I seem to have used a lot of products from our sponsor, Lawn Fawn, on this card, the bauble shaped tag and the stamp and companion dies. It is a dinky little 4x4 card that was coloured with Promarkers.

Thank you for visiting and if I have not visited you recently please accept my apologies. Free time has been in short supply of late what with one thing or another going on here but all will be well in the not too distant future.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Winter Wonderland - Merry and Bright
Crafty Friends #120 - Christmas
I Love Promarkers #394 - Anything Goes =/- Halloween

Friday, 4 October 2019

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

Another Christmas card for you today. This time to invite you to join in at

where we just love seeing your hand coloured cards, the theme is always Anything Goes and this time our sponsor is Bugaboo. I used Christmas Moose Ornaments.

As you can see I went down the delicate girly route this time and even added some ribbon for a bit of texture, it is still fairly flat for posting though. The moose was coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens and I added a touch of sparkle pen to the baubles on his antlers.

I hope you have a good weekend. Fingers crossed the rain will hold off for a while here in Dorset!!

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Crafting by Designs - October Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #399 - Anything Goes
Penny's paper crafty challenge #450 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Favourite Style

Do you have a particular cardmaking style or are you like me, a bit unsure? 

That is the question for you at AYLI this fortnight. Remember that we are a nosy bunch and like to know why you create how and/or why you do.
I don't really fall into the CAS or frilly and fancy category. I love patterned papers but don't usually tend to add bulk to my cards. I am an inbetweeny!!

This is what I made...

The paper from The Range was the starting point here and I coloured the cute Elf and his presents to match. I used my lovely Sue Wilson Christmas Wishes die again and there you have it a neither Clean and Simple or Frilly and Fancy card!!

Apologies for not being very active with my commenting this week, it has been a busy one. Hope to catch up soon xx

Some Challenges

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #20 - It's a gift
Chistmas at Sweet Stampin'
Passion for Promarkers #512 - Christmas in September

Monday, 23 September 2019

Ribbons & Bows - Christmas Cutie

Hello all. I hope you had a good weekend and that the week ahead is just as good!! 

It is Christmas with the Cutie Pies Challenge time again, boy don't these months roll by!??

This time we would love to see your cute Christmas cards adorned with ribbons and/or bows.

Here is my card to inspire you...

I have no idea where the image came from (shout if you know!!) but it was in my digi box. I coloured it with pencils for a change to match the lovely Echo Park papers which included the sentiment strip too which, I thought, was perfect.

So if you make a card over the coming weeks that is cute, for Christmas and has a bow or ribbon, you know where to come, you will be most welcome.

See you later in the week with another Christmas card xx

Some challenges

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