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

Thursday 12 April 2018

AYLI Favourite Medium

Hello there friends, I hope the week has been good to you so far.
My card today is my DT piece for

Such an easy theme for you this week a project using your
Favourite Colouring Medium

No prizes for guessing that mine is Promarkers!! I have tried most alcohol markers, had a play with a couple of branded pencils but always, always go back to my Promarkers. They just work for me!!

I used them to colour a fabulous Whimsy Stamp that was a Birthday present, together with the First Edition, Sweet Nothings, paper pad
( you know me so well, lovely lady!!).

It would be lovely if you can join us.

See you there!!

Some challenges

Addicted to stamps and more #287 - Make your mark
Crafty Animals #13 - Anything goes
CCC digi creations #91 - Include an animal
Whimsy Stamps #104 - Anything goes

Wednesday 11 April 2018


It' been a while since I have had the chance to put a handful of challenges in the mix and come up with something to satisfy all of them.

With squares, matching boxes tags and buttons and bows I came up with this.

A card with a matching box to accommodate the bundle of ribbons and twine...

...and the card on it's own which looks very wobbly. I used a wet glue instead of my usual Collall glue gel and the card warped :0(

I used Bo Bunny Pincushion paper pad for the card base and the box, such pretty colours I think. The darling LOTV stamp was a Birthday present, and was coloured with Promarkers. To finish off I bundled some coordinating ribbon, twine and lace together and attached behind a button.

Ta dah!!

The challenges that inspired me

Allsorts #462 - Be there or be square
Crafty Calendar - Buttons and/or bows
My time to craft #368 - Bag or box with matching tag
Addicted to stamps #163 - Balloons, bunting or presents

Amazingly I will be back tomorrow with some DT inspiration for you, until then xx

Monday 9 April 2018

Delightful Digis

Hello everyone. I have a cute little chap to share with you today.

It is new challenge time at 

The theme is Delightful Digis

I used Little Monster from our sponsor 

He was coloured with Promarkers and I used some Doodlebug Designs papers. He really is a cutie and was a joy to colour. I hope I have inspired you enough to seek out your cute Digis and join in!!

Thank you for stopping by today xx

Some challenges

Little Miss Muffet #186 - Anything goes
Colour Crazy challenge week 14 - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #524 - Anything goes

Sunday 1 April 2018

Call Me

Happy Easter everyone. I hope the Easter Bunny has delivered lots of chocolate eggs to you all!! 

I am here with an absolutely no calorie bit of inspiration for you!!
She is one of the new release images at Sasayaki Glitter  which launch today.

I coloured her with Promarkers to match the pretty LOTV papers (available in digi form at Nitwits Collections). She is actually named "Call me" so one of my very old stamp and die sets came in handy although I am not entirely happy with the inked edge...never mind!!

I hope you have a peaceful Easter Sunday. I am off to make some  Easter biscuits...yum!!

See you soon xx