Monday, 25 October 2021

In the Pink!!

 Hello all, now I don't want to scare you, it being Halloween week and all, but it's only two months until Christmas Day!! What better way to add to your card pile than join us at

where we are "In the PINK". 

Here's what I did...

I made my own box card this time to accomodate some previously die cut trees and houses that were in my scraps box, crying out to be used. The pretty pink snowflake paper is from an MFT pad and little Phoebe and sentiment are from the same Your Next Stamp Hot Cocoa Phoebe Set. She was coloured with Promarkers and so were the trees, to break up the white layers. I added lots of stickles that have melted into the photograph as usual.

I hope that you had a good weekend and that you have a happy and healthy week ahead.

See you on Friday, I think xx

Sunday, 24 October 2021


Happy sunday everyone. It's pretty horrid here in Dorset, grey, rainy and quite blowy so I thought I would make use of indoors time and make Mollie a Halloween card. It's not something we ever did when our Sons were small but Mollie enjoys dressing up and visiting their neighbours.

That cute image (re-discovered on a memory stick!!) is Puddle Jumpers Ghost Girl from Lori Designs. Coloured with Promarkers and glittered up a bit. I coloured the mats with the same Promarkers as the image for complete coordination. So there we are, ready to put in the post tomorrow, as first class post in these parts has been taking a week to arrive at it's destination recently.

Enjoy the rest of you weekend everyone and see you tomorrow xx

Some Challenges

I Love Promarkers #446 - Anything Goes +/- die or punch

Sweet Stampin' - All Hallow's Eve

Crafty Calendar October Challenge - Halloween

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Animals or people?

An odd title I know but we like to keep you on your toes when you join in at

This time we would love to know if you prefer people or animals on your cards/projects.

For me it's animals, particularly the cute and fluffy variety, they are so much easier to colour than hair on a person. The card I am sharing is using one of my favourite critters actually, and the sentiment always makes me smile.

I used a Do Crafts (I think) pad, for this pretty pink joy fold card, so that the papers were a perfect match for my pink loving friend. The bunny was coloured with Promarkers to match.

Well it's been a rainy old week so far in Dorset, much needed but a shock to the system nonetheless!! It wasn't ideal for our first Over 65's Flu Clinic yesterday. Keeping Covid safe we had all the windows and doors open so it was a tad draughty!! 

Thank you for your company friends. See you soon xx

Monday, 11 October 2021

Down on the Farm

 Well hello, hope you are all keeping well and had an enjoyable weekend. I love live theatre so couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch Connor's girlfriend, Amelia, as Elizabeth-Jane in Thomas Hardy's  Mayor of Casterbridge. My word, it was a brilliant production and a lovely trip down memory lane to revisit O'level English Literature!! 

Anyway, I am not here for that, it's all about the new challenge at

where the theme is one close to my heart...Down on the Farm.

I always get such fabulous Birthday cards from my blogging buddies and one in particular sent me a card a few years ago that I have used as my inspiration for my card. Sorry, not sorry!!

I used a Lawn Fawn die set for the card base and some really lovely Marianne Designs papers for the panels. The Whole Herd MFT stamp set was used for the cute animals that I coloured with Promarkers.

I don't have the accompanying die set so the little farm animals were fussy cut and stuck on with foam pads for a little bit of dimension. 

 I am wishing you all a good week ahead. Keep well xx

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Time for AYLI

 Hello friends. Hope you are all doing okay.

I have a clock to share with you today. At As You Like It this time we would love to see your non card projects. My crafty journey started with cross stitch and since then I have tried lots of different crafts. This clock started life as a kit that was a Birthday gift. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and it's now proudly hanging on the living room wall.

Thank you for calling in and I really hope that you will make a little project and join in.

See you soon xx

Friday, 1 October 2021

Agnes and her balloon

Hello all. I hope that you have had a good week. I had my Covid booster on Tuesday and, once again, managed to escape with minimal side effects, a tender upper arm but nothing more. We have had rain and lots of it which (it pains me to say) has been a blessing. We relocated some paving slabs in the garden and laid some turf so have been let off watering it in!! Not so keen on the gusty wind that's come with the rain though!! The week hasn't quite gone as planned, our broadband disappeared early on, so a planned trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday was replaced by a visit from Open Reach to fix it, necessary for Connor to work from home.

 How can it possibly be October already and heading towards the festive period. Anyway, nothing Christmassy to see here today, just a gorgeous new baby girl card.

It is my DT piece for 

where it's always Anything Goes just as long as you hand colour your card. 

My card was coloured using Spectrum Noir markers and just a snippet of MFT paper. Little Agnes from our sponsor Polkadoodles is just adorable.

Thank you for your continued visits and kind words.

See you soon xx

Monday, 27 September 2021

Rudolph and Friends


Hello friends. How are you all on this Monday morning? Well I hope.

We have a corker of a theme for you at

Rudolph and we would love a cute reindeer on your cards this time. In my quest to use older stash I found several Humphrey's Corner stamp sets. I had forgotten just how cute this series was and had a lovely time colouring up this image of Humphrey and his Sister Lottie dressed as Santa and Rudolph, how adorable!!

It really didn't need too much in the way of frills so I used a little bit of kraft and some gingham paper to break up the red mats.

That's all for now everyone. I hope you have a good week. I am on Annual Leave ahead of Flu Clinics, in the Village Hall for our patients mixed in with Covid boosters together with our local Surgeries.

See you when I do xx

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Autumn or Winter

 Challenge time again at

the fortnights seem to go by in a flash and I can hardly believe that we are charging headlong into October which brings me nicely to the theme...AUTUMN or WINTER

I found this a tricky decision. Autumn gives us fruits and berries for jams and chutney and also glorious colours but being a Winter baby, I love crackling fires, frosty winter walks and rides and of course Christmas and all that goes with it. I have been wanting to make a folio for some time and found a printable kit from here. This is the result...

It was honestly so easy to make, simply print cut and glue!!

This is probably destined for one of my work colleagues...on the other hand I might make her another and keep this one for myself!! It's full of gorgeous tags, and ephemera.

Thank you for your visit. It is much appreciated.

See you soon xx

Monday, 13 September 2021

The Cuties are 10!!


            Happy Birthday to us,🎈🎈🎈

Happy Birthday to us,

Happy Birthday Cutie Pie Challenge,

Happy Birthday to us!!

Hello everyone, there is a bit of a party going on at The Cutie Pies this time as it's our

10th Birthday 

It's a pleasure to be on this Design Team, indulging my love of all things cute and I just want to thank Lisa and Sue for doing such an incredible job keeping us cuties in line and making sure that the challenge blog runs like clockwork.

Here is my Birthday card for your inspiration...

...once again using older "stuff". The paper is from a very old pad. Little Hoppy poppy (Stamping Bella) is such a cutie blowing out her candles. She was coloured with Promarkers and I added die cut stars to echo those in the paper.

I really hope that you will join in with our celebrations, we have several sponsors this time to tempt you!!

See you soon xx 

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Seeds of Friendship

Hello everyone and I hope that you have had an enjoyable weekend. It's been lovely here, lots of sunshine but not too hot. 

Martin's mowing the lawn so I thought I would make good use of the quiet time and post a card that I made today especially for the latest challenges at Allsorts - A Challenge for Kath and Sweet Stampin' - Colours of Autumn


This is one of those cards created entirely using freebies, the sunflower stamp, sentiment and the stencil all came with magazines at one time or other. I used various inks with the stencil, including an autumnal Big Juicy pad...remember them. It is quite old and was still juicy!! The stem and pot wer coloured with Promarkers and I found some suitably coloured scraps of paper so that I could paper piece the sunflower. I must apologise for the pretty poor photo, honestly it is as crisp as anything but looks dreadful on here...never mind, you get the gist!!

See you again tomorrow xx

Thursday, 9 September 2021

A bit square!!

 Hello, friends and anyone who has found themselves here by accident!! 

Today's card is all about the new challenge at As You Like It. We are showcasing the straight or curved this time. Circles or squares, curves, rounded edges or straight lines, whatever you prefer we would love to see it.

I like order, symmetry and straight lines so this was an easy one for me, although I do have a little circle sentiment so, for that, I hope you will forgive me!!

I made this for our very special Grandaughter, Mollie Rose, who started school on Monday!! Yes friends, you have been following me a loooong time if you can remember when she was born here. She's all grown up and, of course, I had to colour the card to suit her uniform. The adorable little image was coloured with Promarkers and, once again, my stash came up trumps with a school type paper pad( Kaisercraft Class of  '87) and some coordinating elements that finished it off beautifully.

Here is the little lady of the moment in all her glory... proud of her.

 Look at the leaves though, a sure sign that Autumn is truly approaching. Our cherry tree is casting leaves really heavily. We picked sloes from our hedges at the weekend (not as many as last year) so started the Sloe Gin off on Tuesday. Then I picked blackberries for Bramble jelly so am stocking up nicely!! The tomatoes have done really well this year too so I have also made several jars of chutney, not my favourite thing to make as the smell is so awful...anybody have any tips to share to avoid the vinegary smell at all? 

So that's me for today. See you soon xx

Friday, 3 September 2021

A Gnome with a cake...of course!!

 Happy Friday everyone and what better way to celebrate than sharing a gnome with a cake!!

This gorgeous image is from Star Jam Lines who is the sponsor at the new Colour Crazy Challenge.

I used Promarkers to colour this cheeky chappy to match some gorgeous, very old, MME papers.
I love that he is wearing an oven glove on his head...that's a look that has passed me by!!

I hope you are all doing okay, especially those of you that are in lockdown. Life has been fairly quiet chez Wills which is actually how we like it. I have started to do a bit of shopping for the festive season and have started making little gifts too. 

That's all for now friends, see you soon xx

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Wild Animal

 Hello friends. Hope you are all doing okay and it's lovely to see you.

Another DT card to share with you. This time for our new challenge at

this time we are looking for your favourite wild animal. 

For me it has to be a giraffe, there is something about their faces that I find really appealing. It's their eyes that make them so beautiful. My dear little giraffe, and the sentiment, is from a Clearly Besotted set that was a gift. 

Coloured with Promarkers with just a snippet of paper and a scalloped edge for a little bit of interest.

That's all for now. For those of you in the UK, I am hoping that the weather will stay fair for the August Bank Holiday and that you can enjoy it. We have been quite lucky for the last week or so, although the mornings are feeling chillier and are certainly darker as I go about my horsey chores!!  

See you soon xx

Monday, 23 August 2021

Oh Christmas Tree

I have been really good this year and have kept my crafty purchases to a minimum and buying only essentials like cardstock and adhesive. I have had so much enjoyment revisiting paper pads and stamps that  were long forgotten. This sweet Christmas card is one of the prducts of these findings and is my DT card for our latest challenge at

The theme this time is Anything Cute and Christmass with the option of 
"Oh Christmas Tree"


Here is what I made using a totally adorable grey rubber LOTV stamp "Oh Christmas Tree" available in digi form now though, you will be pleased to hear. They were coloured with a mixture of Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens. The paper is from a Maja Designs pad that I have vowed to actually use, rather than just look at, from now on!! Oh and you know what I said in the opening paragraph...I actually lied because the gorgeous tag die is new...but it was essential!! Lots of stickles were used to add a bit of sparkle.

Hope that you will join us.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead whatever you are up to. Stay safe xx

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Yellow, red or blue?

I love being on the team at

not only do the challenges ask you peeps to think out of the box but they certainly stir up my grey matter too!! This time we would love to see your projects featuring your favourite primary colour.

 That was a dead easy one for's red. I love Christmas and most, if not all, of my Christmas cards have red on them, like these.

These were super quick to make using just patterned papers (The Works, I think) and red cardstock. 
I simply die cut alternate layers in paper and card and used die cut sentiments on top.

My christmas card stack is looking quite healthy but I think I might make more of this design to have "just in case".

That's all for today. I wish you all a good weekend, when you get there, and hope you will find some time to make something for our challenge.

See you next time xx


Monday, 9 August 2021

Girls, Girls, Girls...Cutie Pie

 Hello friends, old and new, hope you are all doing okay on this Monday morning. Not usually my favourite day of the week as it's my "long" day at work...7.30-18.30 but on the plus side it is time for a new challenge so I am pleased to be here to share my inspiration.

Our theme this time is girly, so cute, pink and fluffy is order of the day!!

I decided to dig out an older rubber LOTV stamp Feather Boa who is, amazingly, still available as a digi. She was coloured with Promarkers to match an A4 Shabby chic Crafters Companion paper booklet (that I suspect was a magazine freebie). Such pretty colours and gorgeous designs so the card came together quite quickly. All I added was some burgungy coredinations that I distressed with a sanding block and some matching organza ribbon. 

I hope that you will join us.

See you later in the week xx

Some Challenges

Crafty Calendar August - Anything Goes
Passion for Markers #603 - Favourite Colours (pink & green)

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Favourite Animal that can be a Pet

 I have been fortunate to have New Forest Ponies in my life for 25 years and at 32 Surprise has been there to supervise lots of events. She knows all my secrets and has been a huge support through good times and bad. Wills has taken her place as riding pony since her forced retirement, two and a bit years ago, and at 11 years old will be my last. If he ages as well as Surprise I will be well into my 70's!!

 Why is she going on about her animals I hear you cry...well it's new challenge day at 

As You Like It Challenge

and we would love to see a project featuring your favourite animal that can be a pet with a little explanation why and, on this occasion, would really like to see a picture of your pet too.

The image I used here is a freebie from Making Cards that I coloured with my Promarkers to compliment the rustic papers from Crafters Companion. I also discovered some rustic style stringy stuff and seed heads that went really well with the hessian ribbon. The message on the pin was part of a journalling kit that I had left over and fitted just right.

and here they are Wills on the left and my darling Surprise on the right

I think she is sticking her tongue out in this one!! She might be an antique pony but is still as cheeky as ever!!

It would be wrong of me to exclude my other hairy kids so here are Bowie and Bumble too doing their best sealion impersonation after a very wet walk!!

Can't wait to see your projects and photos xx

Monday, 26 July 2021

Clean & Simple christmas Cutie

 Hello everyone, there's a Christmassy vibe going on here today. With only five months until the big day I am really steaming ahead with my Christmas cards. Today is the start of the new challenge at

where we are looking for your Clean and Simple Cuties. We are sponsored by Just Me and the DT images were so gorgeous that I made cards using ALL of them!!

They were all coloured with Promarkers and I used a couple of  Christmas sentiment dies cut twice and stuck together for a bit of interest. It was soooooo hard not to add more though!!

I think the time thief has been pinching days again, I was shocked to see that it's been over a week since I posted anything!! We have been busy here doing some repairs to the barn roof and replacing some cladding that we intended to do "one day" which turned out to be several days, last week. Still, we are now watertight once more and safe in the knowledge that the several hundred bales of hay being delivered next week will stay nice and dry when the wet weather comes.

I hope that you are all managing to stay safe and well. Masks are still a requirement for me at work and, to be honest, we will still continue to wear ours out and about for a while yet. 

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

Thursday, 15 July 2021

No squares or rectangles

 Morning All, hope you are keeping well.

Don't these Thursdays roll around quickly, it's time for my DT piece to tempt you to join in at 

As You Like It Challenge.

This time we are looking for your shaped cards, other than square or rectangle.

I love using my Presscut Stepper die for special cards. There are lots of lovely spaces to add a bit of interest and they look so fabulous on the mantelpiece.

My picture is rubbish but, trust me, it's quite crisp in real life!! I coloured the adorable LOTV image with my Promarkers to match a book of papers that came with a magazine many moons ago. I finished off with some Wild Orchid flowers.

Looking forward to seeing your unusual shaped cards.

The bike riding is becoming easier and we have found a route that is far less hilly, tell you what though, the saddle is far less comfy than on the pony!!

See you soon xx

Monday, 12 July 2021

Paper Piece It!!

 Hello crafty friends, hope you are all keeping well.

It is time, once again, for a new challenge with The Cutie Pies. The theme is paper piecing and I had truly forgotten just how fabulous this particular technique is. Doesn't her dress look gorgeous!? It was a tiny piece that I had left from another Julie Loves, Craftwork Cards collection.

She is, of course, a Pure Innocence stamp, the rest of her was coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers and the  textured paper came from my bits and pieces box too.
Looking forward to seeing your paper pieced makes xx

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Coolest Chick Ever

 Hello all. I am such a bad human being, the card I am about to share should have gone live yesterday and for some reason, probably old age, I had it in my head that it was next week.

So, without further ado here is my DT card for

Our Sponsor is Angie Blom and I chose an image from her Coolest Chicks Ever set.

I coloured her with Promarkers and added a touch of white pen to highlight her feathers.

Here she is close up!!

We have been very productive chez Wills. For many years we have been intending to replace the cladding on the barn that houses the stabling and this week was the week. I have also been on the hunt for a second hand bicycle so that I can accompany Martin on his jaunts around the local villages. When I arrived home from work on Thursday there was a lovely bike (with panniers!!) in the drive, my darling Hubby had only gone and found one, local too, and collected it for me. We went on our maiden voyage yesterday afternoon, only three miles mind you but darn near killed me!! Turns out I am not quite as fit as I thought I was!!

Lovely to have your company...see you soon xx

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Sailing by...

 It's raining again, so tinkering about in the stables has met an abrupt end so what else can I do but craft!! It is my Uncle Dave's Birthday at the end of the week so I made this. 

It is two thirds of a very old Woodware stamp that I coloured with Promarkers and mounted on some coordinating card. It looked a little flat so I added a bit of sparkle pen to the waves and used glossy accents to add some sheen.

Honestly, that tile looks orange but it is actually the same red as the mat, how does a camera do that? 

Thank you for dropping in xx

Some Challenges

Allsorts Challenge #631 - Sun, Sea and Sand
My time to Craft #460 - All things Beachy

Thursday, 1 July 2021


 I'm like one of those buses me. Nothing for ages then two posts in a week!! 

This time I am sharing a card featuring "stitching", my way. It's for our new challenge at

As You Like It Challenge

where we always ask you to showcase a favourite and tell us why. This time we would love to see your favourite way of adding stitching to your cards. 

My favourite way of doing stitching myself is by using my piercing ruler to first prick holes in the card using a piercing tool. I then join the dots with a black fineliner, I think this actually looks quite authentic. I am in awe of anyone that can machine/hand stitch their cards and despite following the lovely Jules' stitching masterclass I still manage to make a pigs' ear of it!!

Shamefuly everything on this card is Never Before Used Schtuff, the paper is from  YNS Winter Knits paper pad and the cute rabbit from The Cat's Pajamas. Not sure how long they have been "items in waiting" but a couple of years or more I should imagine!! While I was having a sort out, as you do, I found a pan of watercolour paints so had a dabble and painted for a change. 

I hope to be here soon xx