Tuesday 24 November 2015

A card for me

Hello lovely people. Huge apologies for being such a bad blogger of late, I have so much stuff going on at the moment I don't know whether I am coming or going!! Anyway less of my moaning!! I have another Buddly Crafts DT piece to share with you today. As well as lots and lots of "real" stuff, their digital shop is also rather fabulous and this time I have some decoupage to share with you. This little guy, Fudge, was so easy to cut out.

I created the frame by embossing into some centura pearl card with a tonic die then added  different Marianne Designs snowflake dies  adorned with complimentary jewels for a relatively CAS and flat card.

Some challenges

Christmas Card Challenges #51 - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can #108 - Don't forget the animals
My time to craft #309 - Let it Snow
Ooh La La challenge #194 - Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick
Colour theme - red and/or green

I won't leave it so long next time!! Until then xx

Thursday 19 November 2015

Favourite Season

Hello and welcome!! Hope you are well today.

It's time for a new challenge at As You Like It Challenge

Your favourite Season (remember to tell us why)

mine is......

Winter!! Simply because 'tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la la la!!
I can't help but love Christmas, even though the men in the house think I'm obsessive!! Woe betide anyone who dares to mess with my tree and don't even start me on my dressers!! I love the preparation, anticipation and the lovely feeling I get from conjuring up memories of Christmases past both when I was small and those shared with our Sons when they were little too.

Here are a couple of suitably wintery cards

While I was getting "inky" with my penguin background last week I continued the trend and made these two.  Simply embossed bases with navy blue mats. The stamp was free with the current  Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine and they were both stickled for a bit of frosty glitz. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's  Most Wonderful set.

Apologies for the rubbish photo, I blame the weather, although it looks like the damp warmth is about to be replaced by icy chills here in the UK - rather like my cards then!!

Wherever you are in the world stay warm OR keep cool!! xx

See you soon xx

Some Challenges to play

Crafting For All Seasons 114 - Embossing
A Snowflake's Promise #10 - Anything Christmas or Winter
Papertake Weekly - Let It Snow
Moving Along With The Times - Favourite things
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
 Silver white winters that melt into springs

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Teeny snowman

Hello and thank you for stopping by.

Wet weather does have the distinct advantage of stopping any outdoor pursuits so on Sunday I managed to indulge in an hour of play. 

I could not resist the fun Teeny snowman set from Digistamp Boutique but instead of keeping him tiny I made him large enough for a topper to put on a gift bag. My gigantic stash of ribbon came in handy for the embellishment and an embossed piece of pearl card made a perfect back drop.

I am playing here

The Ribbon Girl - Any image + ribbon
Allsorts - Anything but a card
Sweet Stampin - Wrap up warm
Not Just Cards #26 - Anything Goes
Little Claire Digi Challenge - Anything but a card

Right, best get a wriggle on and get to work a long day  today and the added fun of a meeting at lunchtime...joy!! Whatever your day holds I hope it's a good one.

Until next time xx

Saturday 14 November 2015

Let it Snow....

Hello everyone and I hope this finds you well. I had an idea in my head and finally manged to grab some time to put it all together and here it is.

The cute penguins are part of the Let it Snow set that I chose when I won a voucher from Darnell in her last NBUS Challenge, (in case you missed it, the other part of the set is here). For the background
I used the wonderful Stitched Snowflake Cutouts die and  stamped  Snowy Backdrop  on top and heat embossed with white powder. I then blended tumbled glass over the top. It's been ages since I did the resist technique and I really had fun!! The die cut tree was a freebie from Tracey and finished it off nicely.

Some perfect challenges to play

Papertake Weekly - Christmas Critters
Cute Card Thursday #399 - Birds/Animals
A Gem Of A Challenge #157- Christmas Critters

The forecast is positively foul for today so I won't be venturing far that's for sure. Wherever you are I hope it's a good day for you.

Happy crafting xx

Monday 9 November 2015

Cutie CAS

Good morning lovely peeps. Guess what?.....Another Christmas card from me today.
This time a little CAS number as my DT piece for

We want to see Cute, Christmassy and Clean and Simple and by doing that you can win goodies from these fab sponsors 

Di's Digis
Crafty Ribbons

This was one of those cards that nearly ended up "recycled" several times and I'm still not really happy with it. I love the stamp, love the "free" embossing folder but somehow it just doesn't work. There is shading on her coat (what possessed me to colour it red I don't know!!) which is hardly visible in the picture, so sorry for the "flat" look. Anyway pop over to the main blog to have a look at what my teamies have made...they have nailed it!!

Where I failed with this card I, more than, made up for on our shopping trip on Saturday.!! Because the weather was so foul, and town was really quiet, we got everything on the list in super quick time and had time for a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!!

I'm playing here

Christmas Card Challenges #49 - anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #321 - Embossing
Creative Fingers #97 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #300 - Winter
Penny Black and More November Challenge - Anything Christmas

I apologise in advance for the fact that I shall not be visiting very much for the next week or so as real life is butting in...again...how very rude!!

Until next time take care xx

Saturday 7 November 2015

I'll grow into it!!

Hello everyone and Happy Weekend to those of you not working.

Today I am sharing a make to showcase another Buddly Crafts image and paper set (Silent Night) which happens to be a favourite of mine as they can be used at any time of year.

She was coloured with Promarkers then I added some glamour dust to her oversized jumper and Wink of Stella to her wings. My Cheery Lynn poinsettia strip got an airing as did a Whimsy stamp and companion die that I had forgotten about...as you do!!

Some challenges

Creative Inspirations #334 - Sparkle
Creative Corner - Christmas - No red or green
Winter Wonderland - Angels
In the Pink #81 - Magical
A snowflakes promise #9 - Anything Christmas/Winter
Love to Scrap #65 - Bling it girlfriend

We are heading into town today in the hope of finding some black winter boots for me and getting some Christmas shopping done. Martin has just passed the "don't forget to buy your new 2016 diary" page in this year's diary, so that's on the list too...he's nothing if not organised is my Hubby!!
Whatever you are doing I hope it's a good day for you.

See you soon xx

Thursday 5 November 2015

Remember, Remember...

 ...the 5th of November gunpowder treason and plot....

It's Guy Fawkes' Night in our part of the world but actually that's not what I am here to talk because it's also the start of a new challenge at

As You Like It Challenge and this time it's your favourite hobby!!

I have so many including knitting, crochet, golf, walking with Suzy, gardening and reading but have chosen to incorporate two of my most favourite...which are papercrafting and all things equine. Papercrafting indulges the child in me as I get an enormous amount of pleasure from colouring in and Suzy and  I love spending time with and riding Surprise  in the glorious Dorset countryside that we have on our doorstep (although, now that Suzy is totally deaf she doesn't accompany me out riding any more and makes me feel guilty by looking sad when I get my saddle out...diva!!) . 

This was the first outing for an MFT set that I treated myself to back along...mainly for the cute horse!! I made the card for one of my friends that keeps her horse with me so I coloured the image with Promarkers to match Zhar...here he is...

and not a bad likeness if I do say so myself!!

The sky is actually printed vellum which I found hiding in my scrap box and the flowery meadow was a piece of LOTV Perfect Pair.

I'd like to join in at these challenges

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #280 - Die cuts and punches
(the cloud was made using a Joy Crafts die)
Inspiration Destination #58 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Dies/punches
Cute Card Thursday #398 - Food/Drink
(a horse loves nothing more than a pile of sweet smelling hay to eat!!)

Have a good day and if you have a moment pop over and see what delights my team mates have created...you won't be disappointed...promise!!

 Stay safe if you are having fireworks tonight, I shall be on tenterhooks as there a some fairly large displays within 10 miles in every direction and the horses are a constant worry :0(

Sunday 1 November 2015

O' Christmas Tree

Happy November everyone. I always think November heralds the countdown to Christmas and if you haven't made a start on your cards there's a good opportunity to get a wriggle on and also enter our new challenge at

where this month's theme is O' Christmas Tree. 

Here's mine

I used , yes you've guessed it, O' Christmas Tree from Inkydoodles I love these stamps and don't use mine nearly enough, and I have several sets too!! I paper pieced the tree using Doodlebug papers and coloured the little robin with Promarkers. The perfectly coordinated ribbon was from Buddly Crafts.

Some challenges that fit the bill

Allsorts #335 - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes
Pennys paper-crafty challenge #251 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #279 - Christmas

Enjoy Sunday whatever you are up to xx