Hello friends. As it's the last challenge of the year we have an
Anything Goes for Christmas theme at
Hello friends. As it's the last challenge of the year we have an
Anything Goes for Christmas theme at
Hello, hello!! Lovely to see you and I hope you are in for a good week.
I have such a cutie to share today. It's my DT piece for
I took inspiration from Sam Calcott again for the card shape. It was quite time consuming cutting out all the mats and I would highly recommend making a paper template first but, as you can see, the end result is well worth it. The image is the rubber version of LotV's Mary & Joseph. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens for a change. Apologies for the diabolical photograph, try as I might I just could not get a good one today!! It really is much nicer in real life!!
Thank you for your visit and comments. They are always much appreciated xx
I have yet another Christmas cards to share with you today. This time it's in support of the new challenge starting today at
Hello again. I have another Christmas card to share with you.
The November Challenge starts today at
The string of lights across the top is from a very old Inky Doodles set, The Best Gift, as is the lovely sentiment.
Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will join in The Cutie Pies Challenge.
See you soon xx
Hello everyone. Long time, no see, well a couple of weeks!! I am pleased that Flu Clinics are a thing of the past in my working life so I am looking forward to getting some Christmas crafting done. I am cross stitching for my work colleagues this year, which I am enjoying, but find it difficult to do in the evenings now that it's dark so early and my vision is not what it once was!!
We have a new challenge starting today at
Nearly the weekend and I am looking forward to it. The weather has been rubbish and I've had a stinking cold (not covid!!) that has left me with an irritating dry cough. Anyway less of my moans!! I am actually here to share my latest inspiration for the new challenge at
I coloured him with Promarkers and glittered the little stars. I had a bit of an issue recently with a few items jumping into my basket over at Craft Stash!! The layered hexagon base was made using these, they cut brilliantly and honestly, the largest one is HUGE, great value for money too.
I will love you and leave you now and hope that you will join us.
Thank you for your continued support and visits xx
Welcome friends and visitors. Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have a good week in store.
In just two months it will be Christmas Eve so it's time to increase your Christmas card numbers!!
LOTV had 60% off so I had to support them and bought a couple of new images. Plum Pudding is the one that I have chosen to share today.
I coloured the sweet couple with Promarkers to match the Christmas Pud paper which was from an old Craftwork Cards pad. My paper trimmer blade is due to be replaced and leaving a feathery edge so I used my distressing tool and added some shabby chic touches by way of mesh and co-ordinating seam binding.
I am planning a "slow" week. Work has been rather busy with Flu Clinics for the last month. It's quite an event in the village and I really love being involved but smiling for ten hours straight is exhausting!!
Mother Nature really is putting on a lovely Autumn show here although the rain and wind we've had is battering the poor trees somewhat. As much as I love being able to get up and enjoy the early morning peace during the Summer I much prefer the Autumn colours and temperatures that she brings.
I shall leave you now andhope to see you join us with your Christmas Pudding and Turkey Stamps!!
See you later in the week xx
Well autumn has finally arrived here in Dorset. We've had frosty, cold and crisp days and also warm and blustery wet days. The Summer clothes have been packed away and my Christmas Shopping list has one or two gifts ticked off already. Once again I am trying really hard to buy local, at the very least within Dorset and so far, so good!
On the subject of Christmas over at
I've got a real cutie to share with you today. She is to (hopefully) inspire you to join us at
I used the most adorable Dainty Dancing in rubber form. She was coloured with Promarkers to match the pretty pink papers. The sentiment is from a Woodware set.
That's it. I hope very much to see you join in.
See you soon xx
Hello friends and visitors, thank you for stopping by.
Another Christmas card to add to my festive pile. This one is to encourage you to join us at
Amazingly it actually shows up on the piccie!! I used a rubber LOTV stamp that I coloured with Promarkers then fussy cut and sat in front of torn paper. The background is, I think, a Craft Creations paper. And to finish off a generous squirt of Stickles for the all important snowy sparkle. A stamped "Merry" and die cut "Christmas" sentiment.
Well, September came and went in a flash and I am sure October will do just the same. Flu Clinics will be featuring largely for me, as we have four planned in the coming weeks.
Take Care everyone and see you soon xx
Happy Monday everyone and I hope the new week finds you well.
I had an enjoyable weeks' holiday last week. Walking, riding and eating!
Autumn feels are in the air now and it's less than three months until Christmas so I hope you will join us this month at
We are Anything Goes now but give an optional theme which, this time, is Father Christmas.
I think I've mentioned before that I am a little bit "funny" about Father Christmas stamps and find some of them a little bit sinister! This Tomte-ish one is the only Father Christmas like rubber stamp I have in my collection. It's from Gummiapan and is suitably cute and was coloured with my Promarkers. The heat embossed background is a lovely WOW stamp. I actually made four of this design using different coloured embossing powders, gold, silver, copper and a lovely brown shade.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will find time to join us with your cute Christmas cards.
See you soon x
I have a very grown up kind of Christmas card to share with you today.
Over at As You Like It Challenge the new theme is Glitter or Metallic Card?
I love nothing more than a bit of metal to snazz up a card and what better than gold matt metallic for these lovely layers.
The die cut set was a "new to me" gift so I've no idea where it came from. It was five or six layers that I alternated gold and white and just added some berry red glitter drops for a little bit of contrast. I will be making more of these in different colours as it's a nice flat one for posting.
Toodle pip for now xx
Hello Friends. I hope today finds you well.
I've got a Cutie Pie Challenge DT card to share today. The new challenge here is
I used a LOTV rubber stamp and coloured the adorable pair with Promarkers. I used an old Craftwork Cards stamp set for the sentiment. I can tell you, it was SOOOO hard not to add "stuff" to the CAS design!! There is a touch of sparkle on the daisy though!!
Thank you for dropping in, your company is much appreciated xx
Hello September and hello to rain. Honestly, our paddocks look like the Sahara and a couple of our oak trees have already started to shed their leaves and acorns due to stress. We drove Connor and Amelia to Bristol Airport on Friday and it was shocking to see how green the fields are just an hour from home. Hopefully the much needed rain will do the trick and we can enjoy the usual Autumn "flush" of grass.
So that's the hellos over and done with now the saddest Goodbye. It was with a heavy heart that we said Goodbye to my Darling Surprise a week or so ago. She brought me such joy over the 25 years that she employed me(!!) and I have such happy memories. She didn't do so well last winter and despite piling food into her she continued to look poor so we made the decision to let her enjoy the sumer and take her final journey on a bright and sunny morning. She's not gone far away though, just beyond the garden with Mog and Suzy where, come the spring, we enjoy masses of spring bulb colour.
I loved her for most of her life and will miss her for the rest of mine.
This was us ten years ago when Surprise was about 25 years old.
Wills has settled down now but was a little bit "shouty" for the first few days. We didn't think that they were actually very fond of each other judging by the faces they used to pull!! Surprise was very much the yard "Matriarch", hugely independent and evidence suggested that Wills was merely her subject!!
Anyway, thank you for hearing me out and I shall see you soon with something crafty xx
Hello friends. How did it get to be September? The leaves are turning and there are so many acorns on our oak trees already. Sloes and blackberries in abundance so I think some of those might just find their way into some gin and/or vodka ready for the season of goodwill.
With those festivities in mind I have a Christmas card to share with you today. It's the start of a new challenge at
where we are looking forward to see ing your favourite card shape.
Now I like an ordered life and like symmetry so, for me, it had to be a 6x6 square card. Easy to get a symmetrical layout and they work well as a tent sytle too.
Here is my square, complete with belly band...
I took inspiration from Sam Calcott here. It looks impressive but was actually really quick to assemble (once all the mats were cut). I used a Nitwits digital paper matted on to kraft card for the panels. The adorable digi is from the long ago closed (and much missed) Digistamp Boutique and was coloured with Promarkers. I think the Christmas is from Crafters Companion, but there are lots of similar dies available and the pine cones (which are actually embossed!!) from Joanna Sheen (also now closed).
It's a bit fat when folded so this will be hand delivered to someone special, come December.
I hope that I have whetted your appetite and look forward to seeing your favourite card shapes. If you are looking for more inspiration please go and visit my teamies here.
See you soon xx
Passion for Markers #656 - Christmas
Hello peeps, less than five months until Christmas now so it's time to get a wriggle on with your Christmas cards. No better fellow to put on a card than a jolly snowman and that's what the theme is over at
where we are inviting you to share your cards featuring dear old Frosty the Snowman (or any other person of the snowy type will do!!). Here's mine...
He is a lovely decoupaged piece that fits that six inch card nicely. I picked out the purply tones by using a sheet from my (precious) Snow Princess pad. One of my very last oval Craftwork Cards sentiments was just the right size for the top corner.
You can see the layers more clearly here.
I hope you'll find time to join in.
See you there xx
Phew...the heatwave is finally over, here in sunny Dorset, and we've even had some much needed rain that will hopefully perk up the grass a bit.
Today's post is to share some inspiration for our new challenge at
I chose a pooch from a Whimsy stamp set and coloured him with my Promarkers. The spotty green mat went really well with the bottle green card base and it also quenched my thirst to see some green as the lawn has been brown for so long!!
I'll leave you with a snap of my lovely boys, Bowie and Bumble.
Looking forward to seeing your makes.
See you soon xx
Hello and welcome everyone. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.
I'm kicking off the week with a cutie...this one
The theme, this time at
It's a first for me today. Never have I ever shared a koala here!! I have seen real ones at Longleat Safari park and, as a child of the 70's, used to love watching Skippy (the bush kangaroo) on TV during the summer holidays but colouring one has been a first!!
He is my DT piece for As You Like It Challenge where we are inviting you to share your favourite African or Australian animal, with your reason, of course.
On thorough inspection of my stash looking for either type, I didn't find any "safari" type animals but did find this cutie that, I think, I bought in support of an appeal when Australia was suffering horrendous drought and bush fires a few years ago. He looks a bit washed out in the picture but he was coloured with my Warm Grey Promarkers so looks much more colourful in real life. Try as I might I cannot seem to get a good photograph when it's sunny!!
So, that's it for now. See you soon xx
Evening All!! I know, it's unusual for me to be here a) on a Wednesday and b) in the evening. But, as we are currently enjoying Summer, here in the UK, it would be rude not to join in with the current Summer challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog.
I made this...
I just knew that I had the perfect stamp set for this card. It was a Clearly Besotted magazine freebie from waaaay back. The leaves were stamped in two shades of ink and then clear embossed and the flower heads coloured with my Promarkers. I have quite a lot of fuschias in the garden, they seem to be one plant that Bowie doesn't lie on or dig up!
The one that I used as a backdrop to this card has special significance. When we opened as a livery yard back in 2001 one of our first clients was a formidable lady called Jenny who was as tall as she was wide and was the typical Pony Club Instructor type. Sit up and kick on...B you will know the type I mean!! Anyway, despite her loud voice and firm opinions she was a darling and when she split plants in her garden always gave us some. This Fuschia being one of them.
She stayed with us a few years and it was her mare that bore the first foal at Mallows Farm, Delboy Trotter he was called!! She left us when she found a field closer to home but we still kept in touch. As well as her horses and garden, she loved her dogs and had three, Juniper, Gingham and Pumpkin. She was walking her lovely girls one morning when she had a sudden, fatal, heart attack and was found, by a gentleman, with her beloved pooches beside her. I think of her throughout the year when her primoroses appear in the garden, when the snowdrops that she gave us pop up in the lane and when this old fashioned fushcia shows off.
If you are still with me, thank you for your visit and I shall see you when I do xx
Allsorts Challenge #686 - Summer
After last weeks' heat it's Christmas on my blog today.
This time I am sharing some inspiration for the new challenge at
We are always anything goes these days but there is an optional theme of
Not just Rockin' Robin...so any Christmas animal.
Good Morning peeps. Well what a scorcher it has been here in the UK. Thank goodness it's cooled down a bit, I was panicking that my HRT patch might slide down my leg and out of my sandal while I was in Aldi!! 😄 Our poor animals weren't very impressed either. Martin was hosing down the ponies on Monday while I was in an air conditioned office (small mercies!!) and Bowie and Bumble just didn't know what to do with themselves. Anyway, it's passed and, lets be honest, us Brits do love to chat about the weather!!
I have a furry squirrel to share with you today. It's my AYLI DT inspiration for you.
Our theme is Feathers, fur or scales? I am not a big fan of the former. I think I might have mentioned before that my Grandma used to let her budgies fly free around her living room. They used to scare the life out of me so feathers is definitely out. Scales.....Yuk!! So something warm and furry suits me just fine. I love my Sprollies' silky ears and there is nothing quite like the smell and feel of the velvet muzzle of a horse. I have never been in close proximity to a squirrel but I imagine that tail is soft and furry!! The cute image was from our Sponsor, Lee Holland Illustrations, and I coloured him with my Promarkers. The ombre pad jumped into my basket while I was wandering around in The Range looking for something else!!
That's all for today.
See you soon xx
Hello everyone, it's Cutie Pie time again and the theme is
Cards for a child
I absolutely LOVE Hetty Clare images, especially her wonderful ponies so I am delighted that she is our sponsor this time. It was also a pleasure to colour up the gorgeous Pony Plait .
These pony digis are wonderfully detailed with well defined shaded areas so I tend to avoid alcohol markers because they smudge a bit. I dusted off my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour. the papers are from a Marianne Designs block Hello Sweet Baby and all the dies from Tonic's Cherish the moment set. I ran with the pink and brown-ish colourway and finished off with brown and pink pearls.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that I have encouraged you to join in.
See you soon xx
Allsorts Challenge #684 - Allsorts of animals
Hello everyone. I hope you are well this fine Thursday and looking forward to the coming weekend. I am hoping to finally get back on board the pony. It's been a long six weeks since my fall but I am happy to report that all appears well in the butt cheek department!! I was eventually referred to Fracture Clinic because of a non-reducing large haematoma. The Orthopaedic Surgeon that I saw had me whisked to Ultrasound to have the lump drained and since then my recovery has, thankfully, been swift.
Anyway, less about me and more about my card. It's to hopefully encourage you to join in at
As You Like It Challenge
where the DT are sharing their favourite colours Warm or Cool and there is even a fabulous colour wheel for you to take inspiration from too!!
On inspection, I found that the tally of my makes favours the cooler spectrum, I suspect the reason for this is that I was a Winter baby so go for the cooler shades.
My lovely Friend and colleague (Practice Vampire/Phlebotomist) has just retired so I hunted out this lovely House Mouse decoupage sheet and made this for her.
Oh I did enjoy cutting out those sweet little mice. I had forgotten what a huge topper they actually make so the card base itself was 7 x 7. The spotty paper was from a LOTV Snow Princess paper pad and the ombre stripe was the absolute perfect match for the topper, although it was actually greener rather than yellow, as in the picture. It's not often I add flowers but this special card called for it and I found some perfect blooms in my flower box.
So I look forward to seeing what you share with us.
Thanks, as always, for your continued visits. See you soon xx
Good gracious me, another month has rolled around and has brought the new challenge at
I hope you will join in, after all it's less than six months' away now...just saying!!
It looks like Blogger is playing up again. I have been asked to type characters while visiting the following ladies, Julie, Claire, Sarah, Jane and Liz , I really wanted to say a massive Well Done to your courageous Daughter, what a terrific achievement!! Unfortunately it would not let me leave a comment on any of your blogs. I am such a technophobe I couldn't see if it was my settings or not...grrrrrr!!
See you soon xx
It's a battle of the sexes at As You Like It Challenge today.
I try, I really do, to enjoy making cards for boys and men but I struggle!! Even living in a house full of men has not helped over the years. So feminine it is, after all, I do have oodles of girly stamps, papers, dies and embellishments to use up!!
Our sponsor is Polkadoodles and I just happened to have a freebie waiting to be coloured so I used her. I am really not happy with how this card looks on the screen, it really does look better in real life, the paper doesn't seem quite so overbearing...honestly. She was coloured with Promarkers and I fussy cut her, leaving a white border so that she wouldn't disappear into the paper. I added some sparkle and glossy accents for some interest and raised her up on foam pads for some dimension. The sentiment stamp is one of those unknown ones that I happened to find and will probably become a favourite!!
I am really feeling right sorry for myself. Although the bruising to my derriere has disappeared, I have been left with a large, painful fluid filled lump so asked one of the Partners at work to take a look. He suspects a gluteal tear that might take up to six weeks to repair so no riding for a while yet. I did wonder if moving more might help but it just made it worse so I am having to take it easy, which I find difficult!! I simply cannot understand why these media stars want to have bigger butts, it's no fun at all!!
Anyway, moan over, I hope you will share your masculine or feminine makes with us.
See you soon xx
Hello lovely people of blogland. I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend and are fully refreshed for the week ahead and whatever it may bring.
I had such an enjoyable time colouring the little fellow I am sharing with you today. He is Pig with Butterfly by Lee Holland who is kindly sponsoring our latest challenge at
Tags are the order of the day and I decided to make a tag shaped card blank using a nesting set from Crafters Companion which actually doesn't appear to be available any more.