Thursday, 15 September 2022

Glittery or Metallic at AYLI

 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

Monday, 12 September 2022

Birthday Bears

 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

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Hello and Goodbye

 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

Thursday, 1 September 2022

What's your favourite shape then?

 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...

...and then when you open it....BOOM!! explosion!!

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

Monday, 22 August 2022

Frosty the Snowman...

 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

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Favourite Domestic Animal

 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

where we would like to see your favourite domestic animal.

A tough choice for me but having had dogs in our family since I was on maternity leave awaiting Declan's arrival 33 years ago, so I have chosen dogs. There's nothing quite like their loyalty and they are the best comfort when you are feeling below par. 

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

Monday, 8 August 2022

Rubber Stamp & Ribbon

 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

is Rubber Stamp and Ribbon, CUTE of course!!

I really enjoyed making this card. I had a lovely rummage through my stamps, made a huge pile of "possibles" and whittled them down until I was left with this one, a once before inked stamp from Your Next Stamp. It was super quick to colour with my Promarkers. I glossed her coffee mug and added a touch of Star Dust stickles to her flower and the tip of the cat's tail. The sentiment is one from a set that I was lucky enough to win over at The Snippets Playground, honestly, it's such a great set and makes me smile every time I use it, there are some great messages/sentiments. The little piece of ribbon is from my stash, just a tiny bit to add some interest and a button to finish!!

I do hope you will join us.

See you soon xx

Thursday, 4 August 2022

African or Australian?

 Hello everyone!!

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

Wednesday, 27 July 2022


 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

Some Challenges

Allsorts Challenge #686 - Summer

Monday, 25 July 2022


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' any Christmas animal.

Here's mine...

 That wonderful moose is from a Sugar Pea Designs set that is sooooo old it's yellow!! I bought it years ago and never inked until now. I was amazed to find that it's still available. I coloured him with Promarkers and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the same set. I also found a whole collection of Couture Creations snowflake dies that I'd never opened, so used them too, making the most of snippets of smooth card that I'd printed digis on to. Oh and the paper was another from The Range last year. I liked this design so much that I made another that I will share another time.

My Christmas prep is coming along nicely, the card pile is growing and I was gifted the 2021 Christmas kit from Cotton and Twine last year that I am currently cross stitching (it's still available if you're interested...just saying!!). I always make my work colleagues a little gift so I am also cross stitching snowflakes in a 3" hoop. 

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and letting me chat!! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas animals.

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

NBUS Challenge #40 - Stamp set and dies...shame on me!!
Creative Moments #236 - AG +/- Cute
Snippets Playground #433 - Christmas in July
(Snowflakes cut from snippets of alcohol marker cardstock)

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Feathers, Fur or Scales?

 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

Monday, 11 July 2022

Little Cuties

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

Some Challenges

Allsorts Challenge #684 - Allsorts of animals

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Cool or Warm at AYLI

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

Monday, 27 June 2022

Christmas Cutie

Good gracious me, another month has rolled around and has brought the new challenge at

This months' optional theme is a card for a child.

Here's mine...

...and I used a kit that came with a magazine a very long time ago. Everything was included, even the acetate. It was really easy to put together and looks perfect for a little one.

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


Thursday, 23 June 2022

AYLI Masculine or Feminine?

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

Monday, 13 June 2022

Add aTag

 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.

The blank was cut in kraft card and then I used the smaller dies to make a lovely layered topper. I love to use chocolate brown with pink and while rummaging in my stash found some gorgeous brown glittered card that, if memory serves me, came with plain and embossed dots too in ten different colours. I am sure it came from Create and Craft many years ago...hmmm...must hunt out the other colours they must be somewhere!! Anyway, I digress, the little piggy was coloured with Promarkers and I found some complimentary ribbons and pearls to made an embellishment bundle. It won't stand up because it's top heavy but never mind, it looks so pretty and once I add the insert it should balance. 
I hope you will play along.

Have a good day xx

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Blond or Brunette?

 We love making you think out of the box at

and this challenge is no exception. We would LOVE to know whether you favour
 blonde or brunette? 

I have never been overly confident with colouring hair and gave up trying to get any realistic effect a long time ago.

I am brunette through and through, well at least, I used to be!! I had gloriously dark glossy hair until I was about 35 when the grey/white started to appear. I coloured it until I was 50 and have let Mother Nature do her "thing" ever since. I am now blessed with a rather nicely even salt and pepper crown. 

My lovely little (antique c2012!!) Whimsy rubber stamp was coloured with Promarkers and her hair has a touch of pencil too for definition. Such pretty patterned papers called for a simple design and just a few pretties to finish off.

Thank you for your good wishes following my fall. My bottom is s..l..o..w..l..y recovering and thankfully my wonderful Hubby and a friend are keeping Wills ticking over for me. I don't think I am going to be back in the saddle just yet. The whole episode has made me realise that I am getting old!!

Thank you for your visit and I hope you will share your marvellous hair colouring with the Team.

Bye for now xx

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Happy New Home

 Hello all, me again!! While I am not able to get in the saddle or do horsey things I am, however, able to craft and blog so, here is today's offering.

 A New Home Card for our youngest and his Girlfriend who have just bought their first home together. 

I should just point out that I was NOT drunk when I took this photograph...honestly!! If you tip your head to the right a bit it will look so much better!! The little house is actually Holiday House from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I used coloured cardstock so that it looks a bit like their new home. The strip of flowers is washi tape that came free with a magazine many moons ago, I always knew it would come in useful sometime!! Sound familiar? The sentiment is a collaboration of stamp and dies.

They moved in the weekend before last after a lengthy wait actually, as their offer was accepted way back in early January. It's a new conversion so no chain either, a delay in searches was the excuse. Still, they are in and getting things ship shape. We, on the other hand, have a very quiet house and Bowie and Bumble are eyeing up the now empty room!! We are expecting a massive reduction in our electricity usage though as he'd been working from home !

If you are still with me Thank you, it's always lovely to have visitors.

See you soon xx

Some Challenges

Allsorts Challenge #678 - Anything but Birthdays

NBUS #38 - Washi Tape never used


Monday, 30 May 2022

Happy Birthday bunny

 Hello everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. I took a bit of a tumble from Wills on Saturday so am feeling a little bit sore and my right buttock is an interesting colour. Still, could have been worse!! 

I don't know about you but I always fill an A4 sheet with digis, even if I only need one for a DT piece. For that reason I am on a mission to colour up the resulting mountain of digi images that I seem to have accumulated and this is the first.

This gorgeous little Spring image just cried out to be dressed in pink. For a change I gave the Promarkers a rest and used my SN Illustrator pens. Just a simple design as usual but adorned with a simple punched layered flower. 

I used a "Happy" stamp from a Craftwork Cards set and the lovely "Birthday" die is a Whimsy one that was a gift from a lovely crafty pal and used a snippet of white card.

Thank you for stopping by. Your compnay, as always, is most welcome xx

Some Challenges

Snippets Playground #429

Passion for Markers #642 - Spots and/or Stripes

Thursday, 26 May 2022

A paper wallet

 Hello again folks. I hope that the week has been kind to you so far. 

We have another lovely theme for you at

where we would love to see your favourite way to decorate a gift card. I must admit that I only ever give the boys gift cards or cash (straight into their bank accounts!!) so this make was actually a bit of an excuse to make something entirely different and an unusual way to present a Birthday gift.

  Once again, I took inspiration from the fabulous Sam Calcott (Mixed Up Craft) and made this wallet/purse, complete with coin pocket and slots for gift cards and even a pocket for cash. 

This is the front and the little fold over bit fastens with a magnet.

 Once opened it look like this...

Flip it over and the gift card and/or cash section is found by lifting another magnetic closure.

It was really easy to put together once all the components were cut to size and I also think it would make a lovely way to give show tickets or even send ATCs.

I used a 12 x 12 paper pad from The Range so everything co-ordinated and added just a smidge of plain cardstock and a flower to decorate.

If you are still here, thank you, it's been lovely to have your company!

 Now I am heading over to Allsorts Challenges 13th Birthday Challenge with gift wallet in hand!!

See you soon xx

Monday, 23 May 2022

Candy Cane

 Hello friends. I am feeling a bit festive today because it's new challenge launch at

we are taking a trip down Candy Cane Lane so would love to see your cute Christmas cards featuring a red and white colour combo or candy canes.

 Here's my card...

Many moons ago the super talented Wends (Crafty Kiwi Mamma) did a blog candy and I won the stamp that is gracing my card. She is aptly named Candy Canes so was the absolute perfect choice. She was coloured with Promarkers except her hair which had a touch of pencil added also. The papers are from another pad from The Works. I found some sinky candy cane embellishments in my stash so added them too. 

It's a glorious day as I write this and it amuses me to be sharing a Christmas card while wearing shorts and a vest top!!

See you soon xx

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Favourite Food

 We are feeling a little bit peckish at 

where we would love you to share a project inspired by your favourite food.

I am a real fan of lemon, if it's on the menu with a piece of fish, in a sauce or in a dessert or cake then I am going to choose it!! I am even partial to it in a G&T...funny that!!
No better stamp to use than this lovely little mouse  from the Penny Black Homemade set.

I used this Mixed Up Craft tutorial for the impossible card base and, as it was little bit floppy without, added the connecting panels on the front and back for stability. I had used 300gsm card but I think the cutting and folding just weakened the base a little. The image was coloured with my Promarkers and I bravely cut into a piece of Maja Design paper to decorate the base. I bought the Daisy Mae arch die set a while back and, I think, this is the first airing. They are a really great size so I think will probably make a rather nice card base at Christmas.

I hope I have given you some inspiration to join us and once again thank you for continuing to visit and leave such encouraging comments. In a world where it's easier to "like" I much appreciate your time. Oh yes, on the theme of commenting hasn't blogger been a devil of late?! Darnell has shared a "how to" if you are struggling. I have done a bit of housekeeping and hope that my comments are now reaching you all!!

Take Care xx

Some Challenges

NBUS #38 - My lovely sparkly new dies
May Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes +/- Nature
Allsorts #675 - Favourite Stamp/Dies (my "go to" for food/drink related themes)

Monday, 9 May 2022

Dies and digis

Hello friends and visitors. Hope you are keeping well and happy.

I am very happy indeed as the new theme at

is right up my street, digis and die cuts. We had some lovely images from our Sponsor, Fred She Said, and I coloured mine with my Promarkers to match the lovely paper that I picked up during a recent visit to The Range at Weymouth. My die cuts are the mats which come from a Tonic set and a "happy" that was cut twice for a bit of height. 

 I tested myself with the colour combo and am quite pleased with the result.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have tempted you into joining us with your cute makes.

See you later in the week xx

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Favourite sketch or layout at AYLI

 Hello, me again and it's lovely to be back with my DT card for

I am ever so lucky to be on this team and I hope that, like me, you feel that it makes you think out of the box a little bit. This time we would love you to share your favourite sketch or layout and give the reason for your choice.

When I am lacking inspiration I ALWAYS pay Jules a visit. She has a wonderful library of sketches here that she is happy to share. 

I used number six to create this...

...and not a cute image in sight!! 

I found this rather splendid paper pack while, as usual, I was looking for something else entirely. It's Docrafts Parisienne Blue Capsule Collection that, as is so often the case, I had forgotten existed. As it all co-ordinates it was pretty quick to put together and I also discovered a navy blue ink pad for the stamped sentiment so that was a very good day in my craft room!!

It would be lovely to see your favourite layout or sketch.

See you when I do xx

Monday, 25 April 2022

Christmas Cuties Heart

 Hello everyone. The sun may be shining here in the UK and the temperatures are rising but I have a little bit of festive cuteness for you today.

That's because it's time to kick off the new challenge at

where, although we are now Anything Goes (as long as it's CUTE) , we give you a little prompt, should you wish to use it, and this time it's hearts as in Last Christmas, I gave you my heart!

Disappointingly the card looks flat but it is actually quite dimensional. The heart, that was cut from the middle of the Lawn Fawn paper is actualy raised with Pinflair Glue Gel for some height. Never mind, you get the idea. I coloured the sweet little ChristMOUSE with my Promarkers and fussy cut him so that he was sitting on the heart then sat the whole lot on a die cut mat. The snowflake button was the perfect finishing touch.

Thank you for your visit and encouragement. You are much appreciated x

Thursday, 14 April 2022

AYLI Floral or Cute

Morning All!! 

Over at As You Like It Challenge it's Cute or Floral? 

My longsuffering standing friends and followers will know the answer from me is CUTE!! I do have floral stamps that I use for grown up cards, from time to time, but mostly I will reach for a cute stamp or image. The reason...cute justs fit with my love of patterned papers, that are mostly contemporary in design, and the non fussy style that I favour. 

Here is my cute inspiration for you, made using a rubber stamp set from our sponsor LOTV . Coloured with Promarkers and mounted behind some pretty Marianne Designs paper into which I had die cut port holes framed with coordinating paper.

I faffed about with sentiments, die cut ones, stamped ones and just wasn't happy so ended up with a very old, sweet little oval from Craftwork Cards. Just right, I think.

It looks like the weather is going to be good for the Easter Weekend. My word, didin't we have some rain earlier in the week, much needed in the garden actually and it meant Martin didn't need to water our six new £1.79 clematis that we picked up in Aldi last week...yes £1.79!! 

I wish you all a peaceful and Happy Easter xx

Monday, 11 April 2022

Easter or Spring

Hello everyone, happy new week!! 

We are all leaping about like spring lambs over at The Cutie Pies Challenge where our new theme is 

Bunnies and Blooms 

We would love to see your Spring or Easter cards featuring a cute image.

I dug out a very old Stampendous set and made this...

The little strip of paper is a snippet from my scrap box and I coloured the image and chose a mat in the same colour. The fun sentiment is part of the set too.

The daffodils in the picture were blown down in high winds so I rescued them and they are currently looking very pretty on my kitchen table. We put in lots of different daffodil bulbs the autumn before last, so are enjoying a second show of really different blooms from the later varieties. Goodness knows with all the atrocities going on in the East that we should grab joy where we can and these pretties certainly do that.

See you soon xx 

Passion for Markers #635 - Animal magic

Snippets Playground #425