Monday 28 June 2021

Christmas Cuties

 Hello All. Goodness me, it's been over a week since I have been here, so I apologise if I have not visited you recently. Life has been a bit full on!! Anyway, I am here with some Christmas cheer today by way of a cutie for the latest challenge at

a simple one this time Christmas Cuties and our sponsor is the fantastic Hetty Clare. I LOVE her images as she does brilliant pony digis that remind me of my two!! I have used the coloured version of 

 Pony Christmas.

I chose the spotted digi papers to echo the spotted wrapping paper and simply teamed it with traditional red card. a bit of crystal stickles to finish off. Then I made two more!! The sentiments were die cut twice, using Tonic and Creative Expressions dies, and layered for depth.

The girls that keep their horses here will be getting those come December!!

Hope you are keeping well. See you soon xx

Thursday 17 June 2021


 Hello peeps, hope the world has been kind to you this week and that you have had some crafty time to yourselves. My work room is west facing and gets extremely hot in the afternoon and evenings so I have to plan my crafty time carefully at this time of year. Not sure why I felt the need to tell you that but hey ho!! Anyway, an early morning visit to the work room resulted in this......

I am in the driving seat over at AYLI this time where we are all about your crafty tips. Blogland is such a kind and generous place that we are hoping that you will share your little pearls of wisdom with us.

My tip for you is one that I use almost every time I make a card and that is to choose your paper before you colour your image so that you can make perfect colour choices and therefore coordinate the card. I always have the paper next to the image as I am colouring and then construct the card afterwards. Jules shared another rectangular sketch last week, #4, so I had to try it out!! Thank you again Jules.

The papers are from a  Craftwork Cards Julie Loves  pack and the stamp from a Woodware set. Perfectly coordinated colouring with Promarkers and a little bit of Stardust Stickles on the pom pom.

I remembered to make two this time!!

Finishing touches were seam binding and a little star punch with a matching pearl and enamel dot.

I hope that you will have a tip to share with us and look forward to seeing what you make.

See you soon

Monday 14 June 2021

The bear essentials...Cutie Pie

 Hello friends. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. We were gifted wall to wall sunshine so made the most of it by taking a quick visit to West Bay on Saturday. We got there early and managed a peaceful thirty minutes on the beach, just sitting and people watching!! It was all about the four legged family members yesterday. An early morning ride followed by a session trimming the dogs with the horse clippers (UK friends...think Specsavers with the Farmer shearing the sheep!!), they look so much better for it!! It was so hot in the afternoon that we hosed down the ponies. On returning to his paddock Wills promptly got down and rolled in the mud!! 

If you've got this far I am actually here to invite you to the new Cutie Pie Challenge.

The Bear Essentials...a cute card with a bear on it...simple!!

Another challenge sponsored by Lee Holland, not used one of those images for yonks and find two consecutive Dt pieces by the same sponsor!! This little cutie was coloured with Spectrum Noir markers to match the bright and cheery paper, that I think is First Edition. The banner is from a retired Clearly Besotted set that I stamped and heat embossed. 

Thank you for stopping by and listening to my jabbering...I will leave you with a couple of snaps of the sea, what a beautiful colour too.

See you later in the week xx

Friday 11 June 2021

Birthday Wishes

 Hello all. Hope you are well this Friday and looking forward to the weekend. 

 I have a cute squirrel to share with you today. He and his bunch of balloons is available here and his creator is the sponsor of the new challenge at

You know by now that it's always Anything Goes and your image must be hand coloured...easy!!

The original plan was to just showcase the image and balance it with the fabulous "Birthday" but it just didn't look right, boy oh boy did I panic..."what if I can't find the exact colours among my obscene amount of paper pads?" As if!! All is well though as I found just the thing in an old Echo Park A Boy's Life pad and it looked so much better. 

I have looked in awe at you clever colourists who manage to make balloons look see through so was determined to have a jolly good go. Imagine my delight when I realised that I had achieved a reasonable attempt, I really should have more confidence at my age!!

Thank you for calling, it's still a delight to see comments, they are much appreciated.

See you soon xx 


Thursday 3 June 2021

CAS or Fussy at AYLI

 Hello everyone. How are you all doing? The weather has picked up a little bit here in the UK and that has certainly put a spring in my step!! Covid vaccination clinics are drawing to an end as we are doing the first Pfizer for 18-30 year olds this coming Saturday and have only two more second jab clinics to go. It has been hard work but equally wonderful to be involved in such an important event.

Another important event is the new challenge at As You Like It Challenge where it's 

CAS or Fussy

I am one of those people that doesn't really fall into either category as I love patterned papers far too much to favour CAS but like to keep my cards flat for posting so don't tend to add too many embellishments. For the purpose of this challenge I am a "little bit fussy" which suits the recipient of this card. It is for a work colleague, Eve, who absolutely LOVES pink and is incredibly girly.

I have been trying to use less cute stamps and bought this gem a while back. With pink in mind I found a Craftwork Cards Julie Loves pad and made a dutch fold card base. It doesn't quite sit on the supporting flaps but that can be our secret!!

She was coloured with Spectrum Noir markers for a change

and  used my trusty Mama Elephant tag and stamp set for the sentiment.

Just a simple seam binding bow and pearly flower ooh and a touch of stardust glitter too.

See you soon  xx