Saturday 29 July 2023

Anything but square

 Happy Saturday crafters and I hope this weekend is a good one for you. I am sending a hug to anyone that's in need of one.

So back to the business of Saturday and a new challenge over at Allsorts. It's a two week challenge this time so we are planning to make good use of the time by sitting in the sunshine drinking Pimms  or any other tipple that takes our fancy!!(who am I kidding?! We are in the UK!!)

The theme to tempt you is Anything but Square or you can opt for Anything Goes if you prefer.

Here is my card to inspire

It's been a while since I used a Tracey Hey product so I decided to go the whole hog and use one of her pretty paper pads - Rainbows Rule Again as well as a stamp. The adorable rhino and sentiment are from the Rhino Rascals set, which includes some really lovely words and messages. I coloured the image with Promarkers and fussy cut to sit on the paper, which looks like I stamped it but didn't!!

I really enjoyed making this card, another tick in the box for using supplies haven't seen the light of day for some time!!

See you soon xx

Thursday 27 July 2023

Gingham or Floral at AYLI

 Now here's a conundrum for you

Floral or Gingham Papers? Is the new theme at

My long suffering lovely blogging buddies will probably guess that I have copious amounts of both so believe me when I say it was a decision and a half!! In the end I went with Floral for two reasons...
1) I happened to buy a new floral paper pad in The works last week  
2) I love a good floral background paper so that I can colour a stamped image to match.

On this occasion though the paper pad had pages of sentiments and smaller "swatches" so I made the decision to utilise the contents instead of colouring.

I had a couple of die cut flowers, left over from this card, that were a perfect colour match so I added them too.

I hope that you will share your favourite gingham or floral paper with us to be in with a chance of choosing digi images or simply prints from Lili of the Valley who are our sponsors this time.

Take Care until next time xx

Monday 24 July 2023

Something Green

 Hello friends and visitors. Lovely to have you here and I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was a bit disappointing as we had more of the wet stuff. Every cloud has a silver lining as we didn;t have to water the garden though!!

Anyway we are going GREEN (and cute) at

and this is what I made to inspire you.

I found a Scandi style First Edition paper pad that had just the shade of green that I had in mind. I die cut the frame and coloured my super cute Cats Pajamas stamp (Define Good - mine is a stamp but also available as a digi)  with Promarkers to match. The frame looked a little bit plain so I used glittery tonic drops as holly berries that actually worked very well. Finally I used a LOTV printable for the sentiment. I printed and cut out all the strips and they are really useful to have at hand to finish off a card.

That's all for now. I have an extra day off today in lieu of the August Bank Holiday so I think we are off out to find a nice toasted teacake and do a spot of sale shopping in Harts of Stur, a favourite haunt of mine. Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a good week ahead.

 See you later in the week xx

Saturday 22 July 2023

Summer Blues

 One thing's for sure it looks like a very different weekend to the last. We have finally dried out, although there are still a few muddy puddles down our track and Martin spent an afternoon collecting twigs and branches that were blown off the trees.

It's Summer Blues at Allsorts this week or if that doesn't grab you Anything Goes is also welcome.

I have gone for the CAS approach with this card, using only dies. Clearly Besotted for the sentiment, the little flowers are Creative Expressions and the branch is a very, very old Memory Box, I think. One of the first that I bought way back when!!

Prizes from Oakwood, SizzixAALL and Create and Craft Stash, please visit our Patrons page to read more about each.

I look forward to seeing your lovely makes and will see you the other side of the weekend with something festive.

Have a good weekend xx

Saturday 15 July 2023

Allsorts Summer Mood Board

 Happy Saturday everyone. Summer is still in full swing here in the UK so we have a Summer Mood Board for you at Allsorts this week. That said, we are expecting 50mph gusts of wind and heavy rain here today....eeeeek!!

Lots of things I love on here and the fellow in the middle actually looks a bit like our cricket loving youngest Son (it's not though!!). However I went with the beach hut vibe and the colour pink so that I could use an old die cut paper book that I bought from Buddly Crafts a very long time ago. Snipping off the paper pips took longer than it did to put the card together using good old Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension!!

Of course you can go for the Anything Goes option if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these lovely goodies that will be drawn at the end of the month.

See you there xx

Thursday 13 July 2023

AYLI Beach holiday or not?

 We have a lovely theme for you at

Beach holiday or not?

When my Sister and I were children we were fortunate enough to spend most weekends and all of the Summer holidays at West Bay where Mum and Dad had a static caravan. We got to know the local beaches very well and have some very happy memories too. Once I became a farmers Wife things like milking, silage making and combining meant the seaside visits were put on hold for a year or two!! We are making up for it now though and enjoy the Dorset coastline whenever we can.

My card today was made using an old Little Claire stamp set. The sea is a little piece of paper from the Doodlebug Design, Sunkissed, pad that I still had on my desk from a previous make. I used my Promarkers to colour the image and the sky.

I hope you will find some time to join in.

See you soon xx

Monday 10 July 2023

Simply Cuties

 Hello Friends. I hope this Monday finds you well, if not then I am sending you a great big hug. 

I have a cutie to share with you today in support of the new challenge

where the theme is Simply Cuties so, in essence, CAS. Here's mine

I used a super cute LOTV rubber stamp (available as a digi here) that I coloured with Promarkers and backed with a lovely rich purple card. The sentiment is also from an old rubber LOTV set.

Looking forward to seeing your cute CAS cards.

See you soon xx

Saturday 8 July 2023

Allsorts Embossing Folder

I don't know about you but I have many Embossing Folders, most of which were magazine freebies from long ago. I remember when I first started my crafty journey that I bought cardstock pads for  specific use with Embossing Folders, some with black core and some with white. Coredinations it was. The idea was that after embossing that you sanded back to reveal the pattern. Remeber that!?

Anyway, the optional theme at Allsorts this week is Embossing Folders. I used a pretty floral one as a background for the sweet LOTV rubber stamp (Little Friends Set).  I coloured with Promarkers and used a string of pearly daisies for a little bit of interest.

As usual there is an array of fab prizes (drawn at the end of the month) from our lovely sponsors.

Prizes from, Sizzix,Oakwood ,
 AALL and Create and Craft Stash,  please visit our Patrons page to read more about each.

Thank you for stopping by, your company is always welcome. Have a lovely weekend.

Saturday 1 July 2023


It's Summertime at 

so we would love to see your projects featuring anything summery or, if you prefer, you can opt for the Anything Goes option.

For the month of July Prizes are from Oakwood, SizzixAALL and Create and Craft Stash, please visit our Patrons page to read more about each.

Here is my own Summertime inspiration for you.

 I am mighty chuffed with myself as there were no new purchases required for this card!1 The pretty papers are Doodlebug Designs "Sunkissed". The sweet image and sentiment stamp is from a very old one from Crafters Companion and was coloured with Promarkers. 

Well, I had a lovely week off that (as predicted at the beginning of the week) included riding, cycling, a visit to the seaside and lots of naughty food (cancelled out by the cycling!!). I really don't want to go back to work on Monday 😢😢

Here's a cheesy grin for you!!

Lyme Bay

I hope you all have a good weekend xx