Saturday 29 June 2024

Way to Grow at Allsorts

 Gail has chosen the theme at Allsorts Challenge this week.

Way to grow (Gardens, Plants, Children etc) a good one don't you think?!!

I had great fun colouring Clementine from The Stamp Fairy and paired her with a piece of MFT paper.

I created the sentiment in word and made a little banner. Simples!!

As always there are fabulous prizes which will be drawn at random at the end of the month.

Whatever you are up to I hope it's a good weekend. It very much looks like it's going to continue to be dry here so a spot of gardening will probably be on the cards.

Thank you for your visit, it's always appreciated.

Thursday 27 June 2024

AYLI - Favourite colour combination

Hello everyone and welcome. 

It's the launch of a new theme at

get your thinking caps on and share your favourite two colour combination with us. Don't forget we are also keen to know why they are your choices.

I have gone with my tried and tested favourite "favourite". Pink and green, it's Mother Natures favourite too. Whatever shade of either colour they always go together.

I used a digital freebie from Making Cards and coloured her with Promarkers to match the pretty backing papers that came from The Range.  I discovered the sentiment in a cross stitch book that I was thumbing through and it struck a chord!! The layout is courtesy of Jules (thank you x) #56 this time.

I flipped it though to suit.

I hope you will join us. This time we're sponsored by Dies to Die For.

Thank you for dropping in and I hope the week has been kind to you.

See you in a day or two xx

Monday 24 June 2024

Festive Bears and other B's

 Merry (six months until) Christmas...yes it really is getting close!!

At Christmas with the Cuties we would LOVE to see bears on your cards or other festive things beginning with B.

Now, Christmas would not be the same without a visit from James the Bear who I have used (in rubber form) to decorate this card.

I used a bauble paper from a Penny Black pad and coloured James to match. It's really hard to tell but the tinsel is hairy glitter!! The baubles were glazed with glossy accents and I die cut a Crafters Companion bauble and covered it with glittery sticky backed plastic!! The sentiment is also from a Christmas set by LOTV.

I am looking forward to seeing what you make for us!!

Saturday 22 June 2024

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

Happy weekend everyone, I hope it's going to be full of good things wherever you are in the world.

Summer is in full swing here in the UK and the optional theme at Allsorts this week is perfect.

Bees, Blooms and Butterflies

Here is my card to tempt you.

 I found a perfect red, rubber, Whimsy Stamp in my collection and coloured it, with Promarkers, to match a ditsy print paper pad that came from The Range. I used an old Impression Obsession butterfly die set to embellish the card. The sentiment was made up from two stamp sets, both magazine freebies, back in the day. A work colleague is retiring next Friday so I made this card for her.

This was earlier in the week. A long awaited summer morning.

It's lovely to have your company. See you soon xx

Saturday 15 June 2024

Masculine at Allsorts

Hello everyone. We are all about the fellas at Allsorts this time. Brenda has chosen masculine for the optional theme.

I have been trying really hard to make more masculine cards this year and I have enjoyed hunting through my stash and on this occasion found a lovely paper pad featuring Wellington the bear.

I made a card and a tag too using images from the pad and the accompanying papers.

I even got a little bit arty and ripped and inked strips of papers and, get this, splatted the tag with my white posca pen.

I hope you have something nice planned for this weekend and wherever you are in the world that the weather stays fine. 

See you soon xx

Thursday 13 June 2024

With or Without Words at AYLI

 We have a new challenge kicking off at

With or Without Words

Here is my inspiration for you using an image from our sponsor, 

it's called Hot Air Balloon 

I inked the sky first, using Tumbled Glass DI, then coloured the image with Promarkers, ummed and aaaahed about whether to leave the balloon white or not and after much deliberation decided to use a very pale pink chalk. The message was created in word and both the image and sentiment matted on a lovely navy blue card which looks black here!!

I hope that you feel inspired to join in this time and if you do we would love to know why you made your card with or without a sentiment.

See you on Saturday xx

Monday 10 June 2024

Dads and/or lads Cutie style

 Father's Day is next Sunday in the UK so we are all about the Dads and Lads at

I've made a card for Martin from Bowie and Bumble.

I used a Whimsy dog stamp and sentiment and then found a similar font and printed the additional sentiment on the digital backing paper. Layered up with navy cardstock it looks just right. The sweet dog was coloured with Promarkers.

We have been enjoying some reasonable weather here and our lane has dried out suffieicntly for us to actually get out on our pushbikes, which we always enjoy at this time of year. It was nice enough on Friday to stop at the little shop in our neighbouring village and have a pot of tea outside. Typically I am on annual leave this week and it looks like the rain is coming back.

I'll leave you with some blue sky from last week.

I will see you later in the week. Until then, take care xx

Saturday 8 June 2024

Flowers Galore

Saturday again so you know that means a new challenge at Allsorts where Lolo has picked 

Flowers Galore as your prompt.

I know I say it regularly but my wonderful team mates certainly make me think out of the box with my makes and this one was no exception. 

My "go to" is cute so floral is quite alien to me BUT my crafty treasure trove came to the rescue!! A long time ago I subscribed to the Julie Makes Collections by Craftwork cards and dug out the Tapestry set that was chock full of gorgeous florals. I used the suggestion sheet to help me put my card together and this is what I made. I have lots of these left so will definitely be playing again.

 I inked the edges of the pretty flowers for a bit of definition on this gatefold card and added a touch of crystal glitter here and there for some interest.

If florals aren't your thing, you can always take the Anything Goes path. 

See you the other side of the weekend xx

Saturday 1 June 2024

Lots of Layers

 It's my pleasure to be the chooser of the optional theme at Allsorts Challenge this week.

I would be thrilled to bits if you would support my challenge and share your cards featuring 

Lots of Layers

I used one of my many paper pads and put this card together to inspire you.

I used a Doodlebug Designs pad and coloured the adorable Stanley (from the no longer trading Digistamp Boutique) to match. I had a lovely time cutting and layering the different papers on to kraft card. This card was CASed from this one that I made in 2015 and I used the same paper pad and image too. It was lovely trawling back through my makes and I am going to have a go at making more of the same but different!!

Anyway I hope that you will play along whether you are tempted by my theme or take the Anything Goes option. There are always lovely prizes up for grabs.

See you Soon xx