Monday, 25 May 2020

Ribbons and Bows

Hello friends and welcome on this lovely Monday morning. Lovely because I should be at work but it is a Bank Holiday here in the UK  so that means a short week for me!! Hurrah!!

I have a little bit of Christmas to share with you today, it is my inspiration for the new challenge


An easy peasy theme this time Anything Cute with optional Ribbons and Bows.



Ha ha I have just realised that you can see my reflection in the mirror board...how funny!!

My base started with a Bright Rosa die set upon which I popped a sweet Heather Ellis digi, coloured with Promarkers. My nod to ribbon is the sweet seam binding bow. 

That's all for now folks, I hope that you have more crafty time than I do at the moment and will join us with your Christmas cards.

See you later in the week xx

Some Challenges

The holly and ivy Christmas Challenge #72 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Favourite colour combination
I love green on christmas cards and when teamed with white reminds me of Mistletoe and
 Christmas Roses
Christmas Craft Creations - Use a Die Cut

Thursday, 21 May 2020

AYLI - Embellishment

Hello all. Hope this post finds you keeping well and sane whatever stage of lockdown you are at in your part of the world. Life has pretty much continued as normal for me working as I do in the local Surgery. Days have been quiet with very few patients setting foot in the building and I do wonder whether, once/if this pandemic is (ever) under control, if things will change back. 

Anyway, less of the thoughful prose and on with business!!

We are all about Embellishments at As You Like It Challenge this time. 

My "go to" embellishments are seam binding (of which I have many metres in many different colours) and enamel dots. Both of these add little bulk for posting and sit well on most styles and designs of cards. 

Here is my make...


I love Cheeky Monkey, such a great stamped image to colour and although quite small, really packs a punch teamed with one of the accompanying sentiments.
I coloured the cheeky chimp with Promarkers and used some lovely stripes from MFT Sweet Stack backed with black cardstock. I put some glossy accents on his gnashers for extra shine..cheaper than veneers I should imagine!!

Before I leave you here are me and Wills on Sunday. To avoid any unnecessary accidents we have not ridden away from home since, Stay Home, so on Sunday we had a quiet pootle down our lane, boy it was good!! By the way, the weird body shape is not due to cake...it is my body protector!!

 I hope you are all managing to find pleasures in your days.




Love to all and see you soon xx

Some challenges

Passion For Promarkers #543 - Anniversary Special spots and/or stripes
Allsorts Challenge 571/572 - Anything Goes

Monday, 11 May 2020

Pretty in Pink Bunnita

It is all pink, pink and more pink at The Cutie Pie Challenge today. I had a lovely time colouring the cute little Bunnita Carrot Cake with my Promarkers. 


She didn't need too much added but I made good use of my new LOTV sentiments...love these!!

Hope you will join us with your cute pink cards this time.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Purple and one other!!

I was a lazy moo this time and have used a pre-coloured LOTV Simply Prints for my card today!!


It is my DT piece for the new challenge at


and boy did this theme have me scratching my head!! 

Purple + one other colour.

I rarely use purple, it's just not "me" but I do love a splash of bright pink so I picked a shade that went with the pretty flowers and bingo...result!! Again, I wish I had made more than one but as the ingredients are still on my desk I might just put another together.

I hope you are all still doing OK.

 I wonder what plans are afoot for us, here in the UK, not too long to wait now for the big reveal. 

Enjoy the VE day celebrations tomorrow xx

Friday, 1 May 2020

Hedgie Birthday

Yay...another Friday has rolled around and I will resist the temptation to ask if you have anything nice planned for the weekend!! If you fancy a bit of crafting then we would love to see you at


We are an Anything Goes Challenge as long as your card is hand coloured in your medium of choice. 

I did this...



 using Birthday Hedgie from our Sponsor Bugaboo.

 The lovely Jules has just added TEN lovely new Sketches to her library and I used #43...THANK YOU!! The papers were freebies from Making Cards Magazine and the sweet little hedgehog was coloured with Flexmarkers. 

Thank you for your visits and kind comments, they are much appreciated. 

Let's see what May brings!! See you soon xx




Monday, 27 April 2020

Red and Green

Hello all!! I am bringing a bit of christmas cheer today as it is new challenge time at


where the theme is RED and GREEN


I used Centura Pearl card and MFT plaid papers on the pop up card base, it's brilliant because although dimensional it slides absolutely flat for posting. Have a peep at Mixed Up Craft for a brilliant tutorial on how to do this and many others.

I coloured the sponsor image with my Promarkers and, although it is difficult to see, added various forms of glitters and pearl drops to snazzy her up a bit!!

I hope you are all keeping well as the lockdown continues and managing to find good in every day amid this horrid pandemic.

That is me for today, before I go let me share our morning walk with you.


Bowie leading the way down a leafy track that we call " Fairy Glen"


One of the footpaths we follow goes through this field. I am getting wet knees as the moment as the silage crop is getting quite high...nothing to do with my height of course!!


Bumble has various pit stops along the brook where he waits for a us to throw a stick.

We have always enjoyed our walks and consider ourselves to be fortunate enough to have them literally on our doorstep. They seem to be even more special at the moment and we are thankful to still be able to enjoy them.

Some challenges

Tales From the Craft Room #4 - Sweet Treats


Thursday, 23 April 2020

Non- Birthday

Blimey, that week and a bit whooshed by!! I was hoping to craft more during this "stay at home" time but the kind weather, while it lasts, has meant more time outdoors.

So, I have a cute book mark to share with you today. The new theme at


is Favourite non-Birthday occasion. For me it was an easy decision...Christmas so I made a book mark.

The cute reindeer and tree (Coloured with Flexmarkers this time) are from a Clearly Besotted set that I chose (among others) following a Challenge win early in the New Year (when Brexit was headlining!!).



The bookmark itself was die cut from a lovely MFT die set. The message on the banner was white powder, heat embossed and I used three complimentary coloured seam binding ribbons to finish it off. I think I might make more of these, it was great for using up scraps.

That is all for now except to say that I hope you are all well and untouched by this nasty virus, particularly those who are in the face of it. 

Keep well friends xx

Some Challenges

Passion for Promarkers #539 - Add a sentiment
The Holly and the Ivy #70 - Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Cardmakers #255 - Anything but a card


Monday, 13 April 2020

Bunnies, Bears and other B's

Happy Easter Bank Holiday everyone, although I confess that for some reason I had this challenge on my calendar for next week so this is a hasty post...oops!! I would like to say that my forgetfulness is due to chocolate egg overload but the Easter bunny didn't call here this year, he is in social isolation!!


This cutie is for


where the theme is Bunnies, Bears and other B's.

I went with bunny, baaaa lamb, border, bow and button.

The pretty paper is from a very old Docrafts pad, I think. The border is from an older Tonic die set  and the stamped image was coloured with Promarkers.

After the glorious weather of the weekend, today has turned rather gusty and chilly so I intend to try and start on a clock kit that I was given for my Birthday. Whatever you are doing I hope you have a good day xx



Some challenges

Allsorts Challenge #566/567 - Something Old, Something New ( I used all old and/or forgotten goodies on this card)

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Animals or People

I have the cutest card to share that I hope will encourage you to join in the new challenge that starts today at


Animals or people (remember the reason too)


That sweet rhino dressed as a bumble bee is from Tracey Hey's Rhino Rascals. I love her characters and unusual sentiments. Anyway the image was stamped in Versamark and then black embossing powder was heated for a lovely shiny outline. I am not great at colouring hair so, by choice,  find animals a much easier option. This cutie was coloured with Flexmarkers. I happened to find some sweet bumble bee paper in my stash which, I think, may be from a Doodlebug Designs pad.

I hope you enjoy the Easter Weekend, albeit not what we are used to but necessary nonetheless. 

See you soon and stay safe xx

Friday, 3 April 2020

Little Butterfly Girl

Hello friends, lovely to see you here this Friday morning. It is time for me to share another DT piece for 


where the theme is always Anything Goes as long as you share a card with a hand coloured image.

Our sponsor this time is All Dressed Up and I have coloured the pretty Little Butterfly Girl.


I used Promarkers to match the Nitwits paper, some coordinated sequins and sparkly wings finished it off perfectly. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one as I rarely use shades of purple and lavender, however, I was really pleased and gave myself a pat on the back for being so brave!!

I hope you are all well and coping with the social isolation. I think Mother Nature is being kind to us here in the UK with fine, dry weather at last. I have been on Annual Leave this week (typical!!) and had an "essential" trip to our local Agricultural Merchant for animal feed so that was a change of scenery!!  Other than that I have no idea what day it is and have baked as though my life depends on it. We are going to be a little bit cuddlier, in this household, when we come out the other side!!

That's all for now. Keep well xx


Monday, 30 March 2020

SMILE!!!!

I make no apology for being weak...I just cannot help myself, it is such a burden!!! I see an amazing card and find myself in Detective mode trying to locate a certain stamp, die, paper pad and so on!! Case in point is the stamp I am using today. I had spotted it while browsing at DTDF and I resisted (yes, really!!) for soooooo long until I spied it showcased, brilliantly, here and I caved. So a mahoosive thank you Claire for making me realise that life would be a little bit better with this cheeky monkey in it!! 

This is what I did with him...


...a miracle really because, even though I am finding time to craft, the inspiration just will not come at the moment. Still, my Marianne Designs photo die came in very handy to frame the stamped image that I coloured with Flex Markers. The SMILE was heat embossed onto some very old Bo Bunny spotted paper.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are all coping with the current situation and that you and your loved ones are keeping well. 

See you soon xx

Challenges that inspired me

Allsorts Challenge #565 - Men and/or Boys
The Crafter's Cafe #238 - Animals
CCC Digi Creations #112 - Embossing


Saturday, 28 March 2020

Little Cuties

The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

Hello and a Happy Weekend to you all.

The lovely "Boss Lady" Lisa wanted to share some joy and positivity during these troubling times so today we are launching a challenge for your "Little Cuties" (16 years and under) who might like to make a cute, cute, cute card for Mum and/or Dad, a Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or to lift the spirits of an Elderly Neighbour perhaps. If they do then we would LOVE to see it here where you will find all the details.

Looking forward to seeing you share your stash !! 

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Buttons or Pearls

Happy Thursday everyone. I hope that amid these scary times that you are finding enjoyment in your crafting and, where possible, enjoying the sun for a little while at least. Being fairly isolated, as we are, the animals still need tending so it is pretty much business as usual. I am still at work at the local surgery but have made the decision not to ride away from home. 

Anyway, I have a sunny little James to share today to inspire you to join us at


A simple theme this time...Buttons or Pearls. I had a tricky decision really as I have many colours of both but went with buttons as centres of the flowers.


He was coloured with Promarkers and actually looks a little washed out, shouldn't complain though as it was the first time in months that I was able to take a photograph outside!!

Stay safe and keep well everyone xx

Some Challenges

Little Red Wagon #542- Use your Leftovers
( used the previously coloured James image and a scrap of pink for the flowers)

Monday, 23 March 2020

White Christmas

Hello my lovely friends and visitors. I really hope that you are all safe and well today and continue to be so in the ever changing times we are currently facing.

Let's not think about that for a minute and let me spread a bit of Christmas cheer!!


The theme is White Christmas

I went a bit CAS with my card. I used a pre-coloured image from Winnie Christmas Wishes...Helping Hands simply added some dotty ribbon and a Phill Martin sentiment.




That's it from me for today.

Thank you for calling in today, your time and comments are much appreciated.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Time For You

Hello friends. I recently took advantage of the reduced prices at Lily of the Valley and grabbed myself several of the new designs...as you do!! She is called Time for You and I really enjoyed colouring her with my Promarkers.


The beautiful papers were part of a Birthday gift from a special blogging buddy and the digi was coloured to match.

I hope you are all safe and well, wherever you are in the world, during these worrying times. There is comfort in the fact that here in Blogland we are still able to enjoy each others company safely, while getting inspiration to fuel our crafty minds should we need to self isolate.


On a brighter note, we saw a glimpse of spring at the weekend.   I found a solitary bluebell hidden in our hedge and the primroses are in abundance down the lane.



It is starting to dry out underfoot so we were able to start tackling the garden...the dogs helped by digging....my daffodils!!





Stay safe everyone xx

Some Challenges

Creatalicious Challenges #183 - Anything Goes +/- Layer it up
Creative Crafters challenge #26 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends #131 - Ladies/Girls
Allsorts #563 - Lots of Dots (hopefuly enough dots!!)

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Easter Bunny

Welcome, welcome!! 

Spring has arrived at As You Like It Challenge this time and we are loooking forward to seeing your cards featuring Easter or Spring.

I made an Easter card for Mollie Rose using various dies from my stash. I think she will like it!!



I thought the pannelled paper looked rather like a garden fence and then used an old Memory Box die for the grass for some additional colour.

Dare I say it but I really believe that spring is in the air. Our resident rabbits have come out of their burrows lately and have been "frollicking" on the lawn. I expect to see their family grow in four weeks or so!! We also have a pair of partridges that walk through the garden to the field at this time of year, not to mention the pheasants that are now showing their faces again, safe as the shooting season is now over. That perks the dogs up no end!!

Hope you will join in this time. See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Tales from the craft room #3 - Furry Friends
Crafty Friends challenge #130 - Animals or Birds
The Sisterhood of crafters - Easter











Monday, 9 March 2020

Gorgeous Greens


Hello friends and visitors!!

It's all about GREEN this time at


I went with a simple design to showcase the fabulous green MFT background paper.


The adorable little rabbit is from The Cat's Pajamas set Family forever and was coloured with Promarkers/Flexmarkers. It looks a little bit washed out actually, oh how I long for a decent light to take photographs!! I am beginning to wonder if the rain will ever stop!!

Well, that is all from me for now. See you later in the week xx

Friday, 6 March 2020

Hammock Days

My word, where did the last week go? It has been a bit hectic chez Wills with one thing or another but I am pleased to be here with my DT piece for


where it is always Anything Goes but your card MUST have a hand coloured image. Our sponsor this time is The Paper Shelter and  here is Hammock Days.



The companion paper is part of the set so I simply coloured the image, with Promarkers, fussy cut her and used foam pads to stick her on the scene.

Whatever you have planned for this weekend, I hope it is a good one'

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Dream Valley challenges #220 - For Girls Only
Love to craft challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Pearly sparkles Challenge #49 - For the ladies/girls

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Favourite Flower AYLI

Hello crafters, I have a floral number to share with you today.

Favourite Flower is our theme at AYLI this time.


I love these little white beacons of hope when they appear in our lane. It is a hint that spring is on the way!! The clumps we have were given to us by a lovely lady whose horses were some of our first guests when we opened our stable doors at Mallows Farm. Jenny was a formidable lady, as round as she was tall, a brilliant horsewoman who taught me a lot actually but at the same time scared the living daylights out of me!!  Horses and dogs were her passion and sadly while walking her dogs one day suffered a heart attack and was found with Pumpkin, Juniper and Gingham watching over her. She had a lovely garden and most seasons split something for us to plant that we now have here forever. Sorry...that was a bit of a tear jerker wasn't it!? 

The stamp and sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set that I heat embossed with white powder. The leaves and stems were coloured with Promarkers and the flower heads with white Lyra pencil and a touch of white Sakura pen. 

It would be lovely to see your favourite flowers if you join in.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Some Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers #251 - Embossing

Monday, 24 February 2020

JOY!!

Hello friends, hope this post finds you well.

I have a card to share for Christmas with The Cutie Pie Challenge today. It is our first challenge of 2020 and we are kicking off with Anything Goes with an option of CAS.

Here is mine...


I have tried a bit of ombre with my Promarkers on this sweet image, Penguin Joy The snowy background is a snippet of navy card and some platinum Liquid Pearls. Once again I kicked myself for not making multiples of these while I had the supplies out...doh!!

I hope this week is a good one for you. I am back to work following annual leave last week so a bit sad about that but never mind, onwards and upwards!!

See you later in the week and thank you, as always, for your visits and words of encouragement.

See you soon xx

Some challenges

Crafty Calendar - Use Die cuts/punches (my snowflake border is a CC die)
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes
Christmas 24 #004 - Make a Scene
CAS Christmas Card challenge - Joy

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Favourite Animal at AYLI


Morning All!! A second visit this week with animals as the theme.

 Today at As You Like It Challenge we would love to see your projects featuring your favourite animal, remember to tell us why too.

No prizes for guessing mine but bear with while I tell you why...

I love all animals (perhaps not mice though!!) but horses and ponies will always have a special place in my heart. My love for them was inherited from my Paternal Grandfather (Pop) who worked with them. I am sharing a scrapbook page showcasing my favourite picture of me and my beloved Surprise. I thought it was about time that I used some 12x12 papers from my stash instead of  looking at them!! I was shocked when I realised that this photograph was taken fifteen years ago.



 Here is the whole layout


I thoroughly enjoyed putting this page together, it is a bit primitive, but not a bad effort I thought!!
 Thank you Marianne for sharing your pages...you inspired me to have a go!!

Have a good weekend when it comes. We are due more wild weather I think so it might be an indoors crafty kind of weekend here!!

See you soon xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

You have my heart....

With all the love that is being shared in blogland at the moment I thought I would play along with some of the current challenges. I have no idea where the image came from and  found it among my uncoloured printed images. It was lovely to colour. I think with more open images any mistakes are glaringly obvious so I took my time with the leaves. Promarkers were used and a scrap of MFT heart paper balanced it nicely.



The little heart hanging from the tree was glittered and I happened upon a tiny wooden button that made the perfect finishing touch.

Right, I have a pile of Connor's shirts to iron so I am off  to do that!!

See you on thursday xx

Some Challenges

Tales From the Craft Room #2 - Love is in the air
Sweet Stampin' - All you need is love

Monday, 10 February 2020

Cute and Cuddly Animals

Morning/Afternoon/Evening All!! I hope you had a good weekend and are raring to go and deal with whatever the week has in store for you. My word what a horrendous day yesterday...scary winds and lashing rain, not my favourite especially when sheets blow off the barn roof!! My bonkers Husband would not wait until better weather on Tuesday, so after I retrieved the missing sheet he went up onto said roof in 60mph winds and replaced it, bless his heart!! Wills was not very impressed but at least he, Surprise and all their friends are warm, dry and safe again!!

On a brighter note I have a cute and cuddly bunny to share today as it is the start of the next challenge at The Cutie Pie Challenge. Our sponsor is Bugaboo and I used Bunny for this card...


The picture looks a little washed out but in reality the colours are much deeper. the pretty papers are from Marianne Designs Peach and Mint Collection. Bunny was, of ourse, coloured with Promarkers and the Hunkydory Moonstone flower dies got another airing.

I really hope you will join us this month with your cute and cuddly animals!!

Some Challenges

A Gem of a Challenge Week 3 - Anythng Goes
Papercraft Challenges #54 - Two or more papers
Creative fingers #179 - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers #403 - Anything Goes +/- Wedding, Love, Anniversary

Friday, 7 February 2020

Love is in the air

Hello again!! Two posts in a week is unheard of these days!! Today I have a pretty little lady to share with you. She is called Love is in the air and is by the sponsor of the new challenge 


I used my Promarkers to colour her. The spotty paper was a scrap that I punched in the corners ( that sounds positively brutal but you know what I mean!!).


She would actually make a sweet Valentine card but I am sending her to a friend as a little "catch up" card. 

Hope you have a good weekend xx

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Cool or Warm

Happy Thursday everyone...nearly the weekend again!! Before that though it is the start of a new challenge at


so I am here to encourage you to pay a visit!! We are all about colour this time and are asking why you favour cool or warm colours.

I am a warm sort of girl and use the kinds of colours that I have hanging in my wardrobe. In this case I have used a lovely warm ruby red and pink but have used a little bit of cool blue for the little guy and to tone with the light blue in the paper.


Our sponsor is LOTV so I just had to take advantage of the reduced price and get a couple of their new LOVE designs!!. Coloured with Promarkers to compliment the papers that came from Lidl. I have also been a bit naughty and bought a set of notched corner dies...ooops!!

My back is now much better and I am back in the saddle


I think my face says it all!! Wills was not so impressed!! 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join in at AYLI xx

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Awesome!!

Hello all, I hope this week is being kind to you!! Well, we have had a right old jumble of weather this past week. Gales and floods = muddy dogs and horses, followed by sub zero temperatures and ice = frozen tails!! Added to that I managed to hurt my back lifting a bag of horse food which meant a day off work, which is positively unheard of!! All better now. Thankfully it was muscular rather than disc in nature. I don't do idle so it was an interesting week or so.

Anyway, I have found myself with a few minutes to spare so am here to share a card that I made for a tweenager.


I sort of had the film "Up" in mind so the balloons are soaring up, up and away, with the message dangling beneath. The ballons were made using a free die that came with a magazine years ago. The sentiment was heat embossed for added texture and clear definition.

Thank you for stopping by, it is always nice to see you xx

Some challenges

Allsorts Challenge #555 - More than a single word sentiment
Crafty Creations #405 - Anything Goes
Double D Challenges - Fun with Balloons