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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Use More Than One Die.....with the Crafty Friends

Hello, my lovely blog chums......hope you've had a great week. Do you have anything exciting planned for this bank holiday weekend?

If you do happen to find yourself with some crafting time on your hands, then why not hop on over and join in our new challenge at
our theme this time is  

USE MORE THAN ONE DIE

Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is
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Link to Etsy Store:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SheepSkiDesigns
Link to Personal Blog:  http://sheepskidesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Link to Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730005463906336/

Prize - One lucky winner will receive 3 digital stamps of their choice 
from Sheep Ski Designs on-line store.

They also, very kindly, provided the DT with the most gorgeous images to play with.....I simply had to use this image, as it sooo much like a certain, very handsome, four legged chap that, as I type, is lying next to me dozing!
Our dog groomer has recently retired, so I thought this would be the perfect way to say Thank You to her for taking such good care with Nippy.
I have coloured the image with Promarkers. The papers are from a pad that came from The Works, the dies used are: Oval from Spellbinders, Memory Box Precious Hearts die (took the heart off) small circle die and pawprint punch, and then finally small label die also from The Works. For finishing touches I added lace and enamel gumdrop dots.

I would like to enter these challenges:
cute card thursday - A.G
lil red wagon - black and white buddie
BUGABOO - may-anything-goes

Before I go I thought, as I have mentioned Nippy in this post, it was only right to share a photo too





Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Sweet and Simple Favourite

Good Morning my lovely blog chums........hope you're having a lovely week so far, and how great has the weather been of late too. We even had a BBQ in the garden at the weekend which was a change from the traditional Easter Sunday roast. It doesn't seem set to last though.

So I was scrolling through my news feed, during my tea break, on Tuesday and I spotted that this weeks theme at Passion for Promarkers is "use a favourite digi/rubber stamp"- now that really is a challenge, how do you pick!!! It certainly got me thinking, and I eventually managed to narrow it down to several catergories: fave character/fave animal/fave bear/fave christmas etc etc, if time allows over the weekend I will try and make another card with a favourite from one of the other catergories.....but for now I am sharing with you what is (currently) my favourite "character" digi (sub catergory - girl) (am I overthinking this, lol)

simply named Girl with Flower, from Lee Holland Illustrations - and you can get her here. If you are a cute fan and you havent yet visited this Etsy store yet, then you absolutely should *I will not be held responsible for your spends though!!!!. With such an adorable image to showcase I decided to keep the rest of the card fairly simple, The image is coloured with Promarkers and I used a Die-namics, from MFT Mini Scalloped border die, and then the perforating tool on my paper trimmer. The pretty pretty paper is from a mini stack that came from The Range. My own created sentiment using the Apples Script Font and Arial font, and to finish  Gumdrops from Your Next Stamp.

I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for ProMarkers - favourite digi/rubber stamps
The crafty addicts - A.G with optional Pink
aud sentiments challenge 9th Birthday
The Paper Shelter - Sentimental
Simon says stamp, Wednesdays challenge - A.G

Thank you so much for visiting.....enjoy the rest of your day xx

Monday, 22 April 2019

Feature a Creature at Christmas with the Cuties

Hello there, my lovely blog chums - I wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Easter!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend - the weather here was so good, we had our first BBQ of the year! 

I feels a bit odd sharing a Christmas card on Easter Monday -but lets do it anyway, as its time for a brand new challenge at


our theme is

FEATURE A CREATURE

there are all number of animals that lend themselves perfectly to this theme, so we cant wait to see what you come up with!

I went teeny-tiny, creature-wise, and plumped for this adorable mouse from our lovely sponsors


I will probably add a sentiment closer to Christmas, possibly even personalising this card for my daughter, Megan, whilst not such a mouse fan, she does love a candy cane and chunky knitwear!

As ever, I have used Promarkers to colour my image, the background paper is a fabby download from an Etsy store called Digi Rainbow (thank you to Sarah, for the nod in that direction!) I have also used a Snowflake border die, sticky pearls from stash and a plain white ribbon that I coloured with the bluebell promarker to match the bow on the image.

Our wonderful DT have also made some amazing cards for this challenge, so why not hop over and join in the fun!

I would like to enter these challenges


Monday, 15 April 2019

New Beginnings with the Cuties

Hello, my lovely blog chums - I hope you had a great weekend. I was at the Opticians on Friday to collect my new specs, and I am still getting used to them so hopefully my typing wont be jumbled here, lol........I actually mislaid the previous set at work (cannot recall, for the life of me - what I did with the blooming things!!!!)  so will try to be more diligent with this set.....I am getting more forgetful, the older I get though.......

So its time for our "A Little Extra Cutie-ness" Inspiration post at
and I am sharing my DT card, our theme is
NEW BEGINNINGS


Spring is a special time to celebrate New Beginnings, such as a new baby, or a new home or a new job.....and we always need a ready supply of cards for occasions like this, especially cute ones, so why not hop over and join in.

Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are:
who also very kindly provided some adorable images for the team to play with - I thought that Pig with Flower, would be fun to use! I have coloured with with Promarkers, and cut our using a Spellbinders nestie die. The papers are from an older Bo Bunny pad, and I have tried to keep the colours fresh and springlike. The fence is a Magnolia die, the ribbon is from my stash, and I finished with just a couple of die cut flowers and YNS gumdrops.

I would like to enter these challenges:
QKR STAMPEDE - anything goes
MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - That Spring Feeling
I LOVE PROMARKERS - anything goes, optional use something square (the actual card itself)
crafty calendar challenge - 1 ribbon, 2 or more designer papers

Thank you so much, again, for visiting me today - have a lovely day xx

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Happy Birthday's with Crafty Friends

Hello my lovely blog chums! I hope you're having a great weekend.....so as I type this we are currently away in our caravan for the weekend. Not tot far away from home, on the Kent coast......but far enough to feel like we're away from home!!!

It's time for a new challenge today, from 
Our theme is
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

We all need a ready supply of birthday cards, so what better opportunity, to add to your box!

I made my card, with a very special little girl in mind.....my step Grand Daughter, Erin, who will be 4 soon
I thought that this Pink Gem image, would be perfect, as she is crazy about Unicorns, and I'm sure she would love to own a  costume just like this. She has the most beautiful red hair, which I have tried to recreate here! I have used ProMarkers to colour. The sentiments are my own work, using Piece By Piece font. The papers are bits and bobs from my scraps box. The balloon die used, was an old magazine freebie and is a bit of a favourite of mine. For a little finishing touch I added a couple of Pink Gumdrop, enamel dots from YNS. 

I would like to enter these challenges:



Wednesday, 3 April 2019

One For My Mum

Hello my lovely blog chums, I hope you're having a great week so far.

So the card I am sharing today is the very card that I made for my Mum for Mothers Day.....
This adorable image is Odd Dog, from Lili of the Valley, and I thought it would be perfect for my Mum.....her Patterdale Terrier, Tilly, has become such a good companion over the last few years. I have used ProMarkers to colour, as always. The sentiment is my own creation, and I combined the Apples Script font with the more simple Arial. My favourite embellishments at the moment are Gumdrops/Enamel Dot, and these little lovelies came from Your Next Stamp at Dies to Die For.

I would like to enter:
this is my Promarkers, all day long, I love the selection of colours and the layers of colour that can be achieved

Thank you for visiting me today xx

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

White on White, at Christmas with the Cuties

Good morning to you all, my lovely blog chums.....hope you had a lovely weekend. We had decided that, last weekend, it was time to get the caravan out on the road again for the season.....she has been parked in a storage place on the Kent coast, all winter and we have missed her. We didn't travel too far, just a few miles away to Canterbury, but it was a great opportunity to make sure everything was all in good working order.....thankfully, the heating system was working well as it did get a bit chilly of an evening! I had been to a Dr's appointment, earlier in the week, and apparently my blood pressure is higher than it should be....I'm sure chilling out, this weekend, will have helped!

Anyway, enough waffle, Lisa, So we have a super new challenge at
Christmas with the Cuties
and we really are challenging you this time, with our theme of
WHITE ON WHITE

Our very lovely sponsors for this challenge are

who also provided the DT with some adorable images to play with......thank you!!

We have some absolutely gorgeous inspiration from the DT, so why not hop on over and join in!

Whenever I do W.o.W I tend to use embossing folders, to add a bit of texture and definition. The image i've used here is called Harriet - Cold Christmas which you can find here. Have also used Promarkers to colour.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Thank you again for visiting, have a lovely day xx



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Beary Sweet with the Cuties

Good morning to you all, my lovely blog chums.....hope you had a lovely weekend.

So it's A Little Extra Cutieness Day which means I'm here with my DT card for the current Cutie Pie Challenge.
Our theme is Beary Sweet
and we really do have some super cute and very sweet bears to share with you
Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are

I have used a Crafty sentiments image for my own DT card, this was coloured with ProMarkers. I have kept this very simple, using a Tatty Teddy embossing folder, together with an Xcut star die. The sentiment is my own creation using Baby Lexi font. I recently moved over from serif s.e to serif page plus 10 (still quite an old version) but I am finding it great to use with my digi stamps, creating sentiments and such.

I would like to enter these challenges:
CAS on Friday - embossing
i love promarkers - something new.......does a baby count as something new???

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Hello Friend!

Hello my lovely blog chums, I hope you're having a great week so far, when I got home from work, my intention was to take the dog out for a walk beside the river, however, the rain was belting down, and the wind was blowing so much, that I decided to park that idea, and there was no objection from the little chap......obviously there are countless other housewifey tasks that could have occupied my time, but instead I decided to do a little colouring, which then led to making today's card......
This little sweetie comes from a Lili of the Valley pad, she has been coloured with ProMarkers. The papers are from a Raspberry Road pad. The sentiment is my own creation using Baby Lexi font. When we were in Scotland several weeks ago I went into a little haberdashery store to buy ribbon to use on the  wedding invitation samples that I am working on for my step daughter (I will tell you more about this in a future post) I spotted a jar with the gorgeous little buttons with a red gingham bow attached, and I couldn't resist popping a few into my basket..... aren't they cute! Added a couple of acrylic gumdrops from YNS, as a finishing touch.

I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for ProMarkers - Spots and/or Stripes
Shopping our Stash - Celebrating Friendship
Cute and Crafty - A.G
simon says stamp monday challenge - make it girly/feminine
Crafty Catz - A.G with optional, Best Friends
cute card thursday - A.G

Thank you for visiting today....come back soon xx

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Ladies, Girls and Crafty Friends

Hello, my lovely blog chums......hope you are having a lovely weekend....the weather definitely feels  chillier than it did a couple of weeks ago, but maybe that thats makes for staying in and crafting weather! 

So it's time for a new challenge over at
Our theme this time is, the always popular, 
Ladies/Girls
How perfect, as we have just marked International Women's Day

Our lovely sponsors are

My DT card features this sweet little girl with flowers, it is a stamp that I stumbled upon in a Dr Barnado shop, what a find!, I have used ProMarkers to colour. The image was stamped into cardstock that I had already run through with an embossing folder. This pretty paper is from a pad from The Works, the lace is from a local haberdashery, and have used a Dienamics small scallop die with this. The flowers were made with a woodware punch , with the addition of sugar rush gumdrops acrylic stickers from YNS
and finally the sentiment features Baby Lexi font.

I would like to enter these challenges
Passion for ProMarkers.......Happy Birthday
Allsorts.......for a child
Crafty calendar.......for a child
Di's,.........Tic Tac Toe sentiment, flowers, hand coloured image

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Beginning with B at Christmas with the Cuties

Hello my lovely blog chums, thank you so much for visiting me today....hope we find you well!

After a wee break the team at
are back, and we have a fab and fun challenge to start our 2019 season with.......

BEGINNING WITH B
So, quite simply, we challenge you to see how many items that begin with B, you can use on your card which should, of course, be both Cute and Christmassy too!

Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are
All the info about the challenge, and some absolutely yummy inspiration from our wonderful team can be found with a click on the link above.

My own card features Baking Bears from Di's, they are coloured with ProMarkers, and I have chosen Blues, Brown and Beige tones to fit the theme. Backing paper from The Range, as with the ribbon and Bow. Doily and wooden hearts from stash. The sentiment verse is something I saved on my pc years ago.....and completely forgot about but I thought it suited this image perfectly.

I would like to enter these challenges:
aud sentiments challenge - Bingo (patterned paper, 3D item & ribbon)
cute n crafty christmas - christmas or winter

Before I go, I wanted to share a couple of pics with you......my hubby had recently purchased something from Gumtree  which we had to go down to Devon to collect, and we decided to take advantage of the unusually pleasant weather and so we stopped off for two days in Dorset.....I have wanted to visit this area for many years.....and I wasn't disappointed. I am hoping we will return soon and stay for longer!

As a fan of Broadchurch I was very excited to visit West Bay

Any trip, to any sandy beach Must involve "name in sand writing"

The beautiful view from Portland overlooking Chesil Beach......and me.

Portland Bill lighthouse

The Olympic rings......made from Portland stone

Weymouth

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

One For The Boys, with the Cuties

Good morning to you my lovely blog chums, hope you had a great weekend.....it was so lovely to be walking the dog in the sunshine yesterday.

Anyway, it's A Little Extra Cutie -ness day, which means it's my day to share my DT card for the 

Our theme is
ONE FOR THE BOYS

Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are

For all you need to know about the challenge, and to see the other amazing DT cards, click the link above.

We have a shiny new sponsor this time, so it's a big thanks to

They also, very kindly, provided the team with some very cute  images to play with....I love dungarees on children so  this image choose itself! 



Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Definitely One For the Boys

Hello my lovely blog chums, hope you're having a good week so far, I just wanted to tell you about our latest challenge with the
CUTIE PIES
Our theme is
One For  The Boys

I will be back with my own DT card next Monday.

In the meantime, and whilst I am on the subject of Cuteness and Boys.......this is what we got up to this afternoon

Alistair and I  spent the afternoon with our gorgeous grandsons.....we even went out for a walk and stopped off for a Costa to give their Mummy a very welcomed rest.

This is Will

and this is Alex

The boys are nearly 7 weeks old now, and are doing very well indeed.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the week and if you do celebrate Valentine's day, I hope you are thoroughly spoiled!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Anything Goes, with the Crafty Friends Challenge

Good morning to you my lovely blog chums, and I wish you a Happy Saturday! I hope you have had a good week.
You may know that I am a bit of a West End theatre enthusiast, and one of my absolute favourites is Les Miserables....well, we have been fortunate enough to get tickets, this week,  for a concert performance of this wonderful show, that will feature the likes of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.....now, I just have to wait patiently until November!


So today sees the start  of our latest challenge with
Crafty Friends
and our theme this time is
ANYTHING GOES
Our lovely sponsors are

More into about the challenge and our sponsor, can be foundfound, with a click Here, as well as some beautiful cards from the DT.

My DT card features:
  • Laptop James stamp from LOTV
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Papers from The Range
  • Sentiment created using Serif 10
I have seen a number of cards, recently, using a design much like this, and I love the way it showcases the image, so I thought I'd give it a go!

I would like to enter these challenges, please:

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, whatever you're up to today, have a good day xx

Saturday, 2 February 2019

A day to Relax!!!

Good morning to you my lovely blog chums, I hope that wherever you are, you are keeping warm and safe this weekend. After a couple of light dustings, during the week, I thought we had got away with not having any significant snow in my part of Kent.....however, from late afternoon yesterday and throughout the evening it came down. Fortunately it doesn't appear to be to any great depth, but enough to cause disruption and difficulties getting out and about.......so, I think it might be a weekend of hibernation for me. I have some wedding invitation samples to work on, and also a clay face mask, that I treated myself to in the Boots sale, that needs trying out!!

I have set myself a challenge this year, to reacquaint myself with some of the amazing digi stamps that I have acquired over the years, you forget how many you have stashed away in folders on the laptop.....already my trawls through have been met with squeals of delight. This week I have been looking through my "Pink Petticoat" folder,  as a particular image had come to mind when I was thinking about another blog challenge. The current theme at Passion for ProMarkers is, Inspired by the movies, and I recently watched "Pretty Woman"  for the first time in years, and this digi in particular, put me in mind of the scene when Julia Roberts is in the bath, negotiating her "fee" with Richard Gere.....So that's how this card came about, lol



  • Pink Petticoat Lola Rose image
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Dotty card from Limetree
  • Dienamics mini scallop border die
  • ribbon and card candi from stash
I would like to enter these challenges:
as you like it - favourite shape/fold - I favour a 6x6 square card, I like the  symmetry and even-ness of a square card

Have a great day, whatever you get up to!

Monday, 21 January 2019

CUTE, CLEAN & SIMPLE!

Good morning to you, my lovely blog chums.....I do hope you've had a great weekend.

It's time for a Little Extra Cutie ness today, at
The Cutie Pie challenge
and here is my little DT card
Our theme is
CUTE, CLEAN & SIMPLE!
If you haven't joined in yet.....where have you been! Don't worry, there is still plenty of time to play along

My DT card features
  • Stamp from LOTV
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Card candi
  • Polka dot card from Limetree crafts
I would also like to join in with


Saturday, 12 January 2019

New Beginning with Crafty Friends

Hello there my lovely blog chums, I do hope you've had a good week.

So today is the start of a New challenge with
CRAFTY FRIENDS
and what could be more apt, at this time of year, than the theme of
NEW BEGINNINGS
So basically, we would like your card to highlight something new: a baby, a job, a house or maybe new craft goodies.
Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are

Who, as well as offering an awesome prize, also provided the rest of the team with some amazing images to play with......if you hop on over, we have some great inspiration to share with you.

I went completely for dies and punches on my card, for the house i used a faux stitch square, the fence is a magnolia die,  the clouds are Go kreate, heart die and woodware daisy punch. The enamel dots are YNS gum drops.

I would like to enter these challenges:
Cute card Thursday - what's new
alphabet challenge - U is for Use stitching real/faux
crafting with friends - JFF
QKR - AG
Simply Create Too - AG
Crafty Creations- AG

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Wonderfully Cute!

Hello, my lovely blog chums.....hope the new year has got off to a great start, we have had an exciting time, but more about that later.

I was lucky enough to have a few days off from work after Christmas, so I managed to get on top of my DT work as well as make a few cards,  do some colouring just for the fun of it and also play with my new pom-pom maker that a friend introduced me to.

Today's card features:

  • Ballerina Bunny from Wild Rose Studio
  • Coloured with Promarkers 
  • Sentiment from LOTV
  • Scalloped edge border punch
  • Papers and pearls from stash


So our year starred with the arrival of two very special little boys

My lovely step daughter gave birth on 28th December to Alex (just over 5lbs) and  Will (6.9). The new family are settling into family life and, of course, Nanny and Grandad are completely smitten.