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Thursday, 17 August 2017

SSW2 - challenge 119

Hello there, blog chums! Hope you're having a great week so far.

So it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday

this is my DT card using  this fab sketch:


we are sponsored by the lovely
who are offering a fantastic prize and also provided the most adorable images for the team to play with.

My DT card features:
  • Jasper with Flower from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers 
  • pink dotty papers from an older magazine freebie, the light teal paper is from a Dovecraft stack that I found in a bargain bin in Whsmiths - don't usually go for 12 x 12 papers but for £1, I couldn't resist!
  • Doily from Joanna Sheen online store
  • used a spellbinders fancy circle die (quartered) to create corner detail
  • sentiment uses Baby Lexi font
  • button and ribbon from stash
I would like to enter:

Thank you so much for visiting today, and thank you so much for your lovely and encouraging comments too xx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmouse Pudding!

Hello there, my lovely blog chums.....so how is your week going so far? 

So, I'm sure I'm not the only person who waited eagerly for the launch of the latest LOTV stamps......having seen a few teasers of the images, I had singled out my fave's before they even went on sale. As soon as they went on sale I treated myself to what was my "favorite" favorite and very much hope to add to this, come pay-day, lol

So who could resist a lil' bit of Christmouse Pudding!



My Card features:
  • Christmouse Pudding from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Joanna Sheen Snowflake die
  • Diamond Stickles
  • holly paper is an old magazine freebie 
  • sticky pearl 

I would like to enter:
Lili of the Valley August Facebook Challenge - Christmas



Monday, 7 August 2017

Fancy getting Sketchy!

Hi all, thank you so much for calling by today and thank you for the recent lovely comments. My poorly knee is still feeling sore and uncomfortable, so I am hoping to get to see my GP this week with a view to trying some physio.

Anyway, that's another weekend gone in a flash and me realising that I have overlooked another DT card (off to the naughty step for me) but fear not, there is still plenty of time to play along with us at


this is what is in store

our lovely sponsor is


and here is my card

I have used " Are we done yet" from CAAB. I'm sure this is how the poor reindeer must feel every year, lol!

There is a great prize up for grabs and some more fab inspiration from the team, so come on over for a visit xx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Christmas in July with Crafty Friends

I must start this post with a huge apology to my lovely Crafty Friends Teamies - as I am nearly a week late posting my DT card for the current challenge, will remedy that in a mo, but to explain, I don't actually think that I have been in possession of a "full set of marbles" since my holiday! A fortnight ago most of the UK experienced heavy rain and a thunder storm and during this time I stepped out of the caravan to answer my mobile, slipped on the top step and ended up on the patio at the bottom on my knees - at the time I was more worried about cracking the screen on my mobile and Alistair was more interested in  moaning about my wearing flip flops on such a surface. I was able to stand and bear weight on my leg so was happy that there was no breakage, but as the last two weeks have progressed it is still extremely painful at times and had kept me awake of a night time. I was getting a bit fed up at the weekend, so went to our local out of hours gp, who diagnosed ligament damage and advised me to take co-codamol along with the ibruprofen. Having been doing this I have gone to other extreme that the painkillers are now making me really sleepy so one way or another I have been running on a fuzzy brain for the last two weeks......hence the reason it completely passed me by that I had a challenge to tell you all about!!!!!

So........ at the Crafty Friends Challenge, this time it's all about 
Christmas in July!!!


our lovely sponsors are:


If you are our lucky winner of this challenge, you will receive the following fabulous prize...  3 individual digital images or 1 digital set of your choice from Beccy's Place Store

I have used this gorgeous sentiment and candy cane image from Beccy's Place, which comes from the Tied up with String set. 

There is still plenty of time to join in with this challenge and some other fantastic DT cards to browse, so come on over and join in with the festive fun!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CWTC and your Festive Fave Digi's

Hi everyone, I back from my holibobs now! We had a wonderful time in the Lake District - such a beautiful part of the world, and it was great to spend time with family. I will share some photo's in a future post, but for now I'm here to tell you about our new Christmas with the Cuties Challenge.
our theme is
Festive Favourite Digi's

We've all got lil' favourites that we never fail to go back to time after time, and I am certain that this adorable image from our lovely sponsor
will become a well used favourite of mine too!
I have also seen a few of the new release of LOTV Christmas digi's too, and I rather suspect that some of those are "old favourite's in waiting", lol

My DT card features:
  • Vintage Carolers from The Paper Nest Dolls
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • papers from Nitiwit Christmas stack
  • sentiment uses Chopin Script font
  • pearls, ribbons and wooden embellishment from stash
If you havent hopped on over for a visit yet, why not - where have you been? We would love to see you and we have some wonderful DT work to share with you!

I would like to enter
as you like it challenge - pearls or gems - for me it would be Pearls everytime, i'm not really a blingy kinda gal, pearls have a more subtle beauty

the downside of every holiday, must be coming home with a ton of laundry and that is the joy that awaits me today - so off to stick the kettle on and get stuck in - bye for now xx



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SSW2 - 117

Hi.....I'm back with another scheduled post, whilst i'm still on my holibobs in the Lake District

so its time for a new challenge at

and this is my take on this wonderful sketch



our lovely sponsors for this challenge are
Smith York Laser Art

who are the makers of these adorable wooden embellishments that you will see on my card here and the other DT cards too - if you are a regular visitor here you will know that I LOVE to use wooden embellies, so this was right up my street!

I have also used
  • Quacky - just for you, from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers
  • the papers are from a Trimcraft stack that I found in The Works for an absolute bargain!
I think this is a sketch that can lend itself to any occasion, gender or theme - we would love to see how you use it.........



Monday, 17 July 2017

Here Come The Girls.....and the Cuties!

Hi, and thank you for visiting me today - this is a pre-scheduled post as I am currently away on holiday in the Lake District with my hubby and some of his family. As I type this the weather outside is gloriously warm and sunny, and I can't help wondering what the weather will be like when this actually goes live.

Anyway, if you haven't joined us for the current Cutie Pie Challenge - where have you been?

Our theme is the ever popular
Here Come The Girls
we are sponsored by our lovely friends at
I know so many of you love using your cute, girl images, so why not come and join in the fun!

My DT card features:
  • Lily from CS*
  • coloured with promarkers
  • friendship recipe sentiment from LOTV
  • papermania capule collection papers
  • doily from Joanna Sheen store
  • wooden flower, pearls and rik rak from stash
* I chose this image for two reasons - a) my granny was called Lily and b)when I was a little girl I always had my hair in bunches just like these, my dad used to can them my handle bars!

Thanks again for your visit, not too sure what the wifi is going to be like where we are staying, so will be back with you as and when xx




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Like Spending time with an old friend......

Hello, and thank yous for taking the time to visit me today......hope all is well with you xx

Whilst, it is such an exciting feeling when you click to download a new digi stamp or rip the wrapper of a new rubber stamp, I find equal joy in stumbling upon a folder on your pc that contains digi's that you havent used for absolutely ages. I have been working my way through stuff on my pc and transferring files over to my laptop, when I opened up the Pink Petticoat file that I've not touched for such  a long while (shame on me!!!)  I had forgotten how much I loved this particular Froggie, so it really was like a chance meeting with an old friend - so that was that and the file tidy up got put to one side in favour of printing, and once printed, well may just a bit of colouring and then maybe I'll just make a little card........
My card features:

  • Frog on swing image from Pink Petticoat (I suspect now discontinued)
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • Dotty card stock from Annamarie designs 
  • other paper is a Hobby House magazine freebie
  • used lacy circles spellbinders die, also coloured with promarkers to complement
  • added doily just to lift colours a little
  • woodware flower punch, flowers also coloured with promarkers, and sakura gelly pen to add faux stitch
  • pearls from stash
  • ribbon from local drapery store - I thought the texture of this ribbon matched the frog, beautifully!
I would like to enter:
Passion for promarkers - week-403 add pearls
top row: Summer, Circle, Ribbon

thanks and hugs for dropping in for a visit today - have a great day xx


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - 116

Hi there......hope your week has been going well so far. It feels like the last two weeks have whizzed by, and here we are now with a new challenge at

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

my card is based on this fab sketch
and we would love to see what you can do with it.........

we are sponsored by

we have some terrific inspiration from the team to share with you, so click here to come visit - we'd love to see you!

My DT card features:
  • Bugaboo Boys - side peeking
  • coloured with promarkers
  • dotty card stock &  kraft from Limetree Crafts
  • Xcut star die
  • acrylic dome sticker
  • LC designs mini sentiment
Thank you for visiting today.......enjoy whatever you're up to!

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Kinda "Sporty"

Hello, and thanking you for bobbing by today - hope you've had a great weekend.

I spotted a couple of challenges this week, with a "sporty" theme. Now, I thoroughly enjoy watching certain sports, but as for taking part - hmmm, not so much! When I was a little girl, probably the most sporty thing I did was pound the pavements on my roller skates. Maybe that's why I am so fond of this gorgeous LOTV digi.......I do love the steely look of determination on her face too, lol
This card features:

  • Roller Skating Annabel digi from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • LOTV circular digi sentiment
  • dotty papers from Limetree Crafts
  • ribbon and wooden bone embellishment from stash
I would like to enter these challenges:
(I love to use ribbons - as a way to create a border and/or for bows)

Hope your week gets off to a great start!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

For a Man/Boy with Crafty Friends

Hello there, and thank you for visiting me today - can you actually believe it's the 1st of July already!

It's time for a new challenge, with Crafty Friends!
our theme is
For a Man/Boy

our sponsors are 
who also provided some adorable images for the team to create with

My DT card features:
  • Henry - why not! From Crafty Sentiments
  • coloured with promarkers
  • sentiment features Unkempt font
  • papers from Payper Box
  • card candi and wooden star embellishment

We also have some fab inspiration from our team, so I do hope you will hop on over to say Hi!

As this is our theme, I just wanted to close with a couple of snaps of the Men of my family

The Hubby

Cameron off to his school prom, this week.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Clean, Somple, Cute and Christmassy!

Hello, my lovely friends,,,,,hope you had a terrific weekend.

So it's now time for a new Christmas with the Cuties - and as we are now just 6 months till Christmas, maybe you're just starting to think about making some Christmas cards - if that's you, why not come and play along with us.......we would love to see you!

our theme this time is
Clean and Simple
I think it's a theme that can lend itself very well to Christmas cards.

We are sponsored by
to join in the fun and also see our other wonderful DT cards, click here

My DT card features:
  • Snow Angel James, LOTV Digi stamp
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Sakura Stardust gelly roller
  • wooden embellishment
  • pearls

thanks again for your visit - have a lovely day xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #115

Hello, thank you for visiting today - so lovely to see you! So we are having something of a warm spell here in the UK, this week - hope you are enjoying the weather - and if you are not, hope your managing to keep cool.

So it's time for a new sketch and a new challenge
at 

which is based on this fab sketch

our lovely sponsors are 



My DT card features:
  • Mac from DSB
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Spellbinders fancy oval die
  • DSB sentiment
  • gingham and dotty papers from Limetree Crafts
  • flower buttons from local drapery store
we have some amazing card from the DT to share with you, so why not hop over for a visit!





Monday, 19 June 2017

All Creatures Great and Small, with the Cuties!

Good Morning, and thanks for stopping by! Hope the new week has got off to a good start - my Monday morning started a little earlier than planned - with a phone call from work at 4.55am!!! Megan has a summer job in our store, but is working with a team that has been seconded to another store which is being refit, and when it re-opens will be a Bunnings Warehouse - instead of a Homebase store. Anyway, apparently her alarm never went off this morning, and when she wasn't at the prearranged pick up, they realized what must've happened and phoned me to give her a kick - the poor soul was up and out in about 10 minutes! Fortunately, I'm an early bird anyway, so I've had time to catch up on some DT stuff before I need to think about getting ready for work myself!

anyway, enough waffle - more cards........so today it is our "A Little Extra Cutie-ness" Inspiration post day - if you've not seen it yet, why not hop on over for a nosey??

our challenge theme is
All Creatures Great and Small
and here is my card

We are lucky enough to have Two Lovely Sponsors for this challenge - so huge thanks to
and
My DT card features:
  • Monkey Balloon from Bugaboo stamps
  • coloured with promarkers
  • magazine freebie, balloon die cut, which was coated with glossy accents 
  • red embossedd card from Payper Box, blue polka dot paper was an offcut
  • also used Xcut star dies
  • own sentiment - using Unkempt font
  • kraft card
I would like to enter:

thanks again for visiting me today, don't forget to hop over to our challenge too, here

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Fathers Day!

Hello there....hope you are having a lovely weekend, and making the most of this glorious sunshine.

Whether you will be fortunate enough to spending time with your Dad's today, or spending time thinking about your Dad's today - I wish you a Happy Day!

This is the card that I've made for Megan and Cameron to give Alistair today, 
I couldn't resist using this adorable James the Bear digi stamp and adding my own sentiment - using Unkempt Font. The image is coloured with promarkers, and instead of using a normal circular style of colouring, I kind of just dragged the marker to create a mor "woody" look for his sign, thought this would look great with this wood effect DP too, and finished with two wee stars too (as this card is from our two wee stars!)

I would like to enter:

have a lovely day xx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday time....

Hello there, my dear friends.....I hope you week has got off to a great start.

So its Wednesday which means time for a new Sweet Sketch challenge....

this is my DT card, based on this sketch


our lovely sponsors for this challenge are
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It is also my first time as host for this challenge, and I am extra chuffed that Little Claire's are sponsoring, as I have been lucky enough to meet some of their team at previous Sincerely Yours shows - and they are lovely, lovely people! Thank you so much to LC for providing some gorgeous images for the team to use - I couldnt 't resist the Three Monkeys digi (although I only used one of the three, lol)

So, there we go - we have a fab sketch to follow, a great prize up for grabs and some amazing inspiration from the team - so why not hop on over - click here

I would also like to enter:

I had mentioned in previous posts, that last weekend I did a craft fair - to be honest, it wasn't the best advertised event and the turn out was disappointing, but still managed to sell a few cards and bit and bobs including a couple of the felt keyrings, that I have been making recently. When we were at the caravan a few weeks ago, I was discussing with my Mum, what we were going to do at this event and I stumbled upon a few ideas on Pinterest that I couldn't resist trying - I thoroughly enjoyed making these - whilst my sewing skills have plenty of room for improvement, it was lovely to have a go at something different....




thanks again for visiting, cheerio for now xx 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Snuggly Bears!

Do you ever have days where you are rushing around so much, that you think you are going to meet yourself coming back....I do hope that you are nodding now, 'cos that pretty much sums this week up for me.......the bank holiday weekend, was crazy busy at work, I am doing a craft fair this weekend coming up so still struggling to get sooo many things finished and ready, Megan is now home from Uni, but is back at work with me, although on different shifts, and just as it happens most of Cameron's friends live in an area of town near to my place of work, and good old Mum is a free and reliable taxi service, so I feel like I am spending half my time driving up and down the same road!!!!

Anyway, enough of my rambles, I am here today, as we have a fab new challenge at
our theme this time is
Snuggly Bears
and I'm sure you will agree that the lovely Claudia from Little Miss Muffet looks very snuggly in her hat and boots!

Huge thanks to our lovely friends at

for sponsoring this challenge too.

So why not hop on over for a visit, we have some amazing DT Inspiration to share with you!

I would like to enter:
As you like it challenge: favourite reason to make cards - for me it has to be Christmas cards! Love making them so much, I even set up a blog challenge to make more, lol!
Little Miss Muffet challenge - always anything goes
christmas at sweet stampin  - always anything goes
the holly and ivy christmas challenge - anything goes

thanks again for your visiting.....xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

SSW2 - 113

Hello there, my lovely blog chums.....hope you're having a great week so far! Hasn't it been lovely to see some glorious sunshine in the UK this week. It has been a busy week work wise, so I am a little late posting this, but hey-ho

So we have a new challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday
,,,,and this is my card, based on this brilliant sketch
our lovely sponsor is

It is a really versatile sketch, so I hope you will be inspired to join in with us, why not hop on over to also check out the other fantastic DT cards.......click here

I used the Framed Penguins image from Dilly Beans, which I coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from a Payper Box pick and mix. Used my wee fave "Baby Lexi" font for the sentiment.

We treated ourselves to another trip to the West End, last night and saw the magnificent....
Kinky Boots!

This was on Megan's wishlist and I didn't know very much about it....absolutely loved it though! Very funny and very sassy...but at the same time very moving and touching too. Another show that I would highly recommend.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ribbon and Rubber with the Cuties!

Good Morning, hope you had a lovely weekend, we had another little break away with the caravan, but more about that later.....

Our current Cutie Pie challenge kicked off last Monday, so today its time for 
we have a whole lot more Inspiration from some of the DT, so why not hop on over for a visit!

The theme for our current challenge is
Ribbon and Rubber
Quite simply, we want to see the cutest rubber (polymer also acceptable) stamps used with your prettiest ribbons.


our lovely sponsors are
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who are offering a voucher to spend in their wonderful online store - imagine how great that would be!

My DT card features:

  • Bunny Ballerina from Wild Rose Studio (this was a Mothers day pressie from Megan)
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • pink dotty dp from AnnaMarie designs
  • ribbon and pearls from stash
  • sentiment uses Baby Lexi font
I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Anniversary Bingo
 (polka dots, square card, birthday are my "line" although I've also used Kraft and Text)
addicted to cas - pink
So, as I mentioned earlier, we had another weekend away in the caravan, bit of a mixed bag with the weather, but was still able to enjoy a couple of drives out in the lovely Kent countryside......living in a busy town it is so easy to forget that such beautiful scenery, and charming little villages are just a short drive away and when the sun started shining on Saturday we decided to visit a little spot that we found on our last weekend away. Hothfield is a little village just outside of Ashford and is home to the most wonderful Heathland Nature Reserve. Obviously there is an abundance of plant life, tree's, birds that sort of thing which are wonderful enough, but there are also ponies roaming wild and some cattle too including this absolute beauty that we met up with on our walk.


Having seen plenty of Highland cattle on our various trips to Scotland, but never this close up....so I feel incredibly privileged.

Anyway, its back to normal life and work today, so I will say cheerio for now! 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

where did those last two weeks go???

Hello, my dear blog chums, hope you're having a good week so far.....maybe you've even enjoyed an improvement in the weather this last week!

So the last two weeks have whizzed on by and its time for another Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge


our lovely sponsor is

and here is my little card
Couldn't resist using this image, as a neighbour of ours used to have a Yorkie when I was a little girl, and my Dad used to refer to them as "Dish mop Dogs!!.....he always had a wonderful way of putting things!!! Once again it's blue's and pinks, and I cannot stop using this die at the moment.

Have a great day, and very much hope that you will join in with this challenge xx