Friday, 3 April 2020

Birthday Hugs

Good Morning to you, my lovely blog chums....I hope this finds you well and keeping in good spirits, despite the circumstances. 

Here in the UK, we are remembering and most importantly Thanking our health workers and other key workers, with clapping (and cheering) from our doorsteps at 8pm on a Thursday night......we were out again last night doing this, and again I found this terribly emotional, but grateful to have the opportunity to show appreciation.

I'm sure many of us are enjoying the opportunity to escape to our craft desks, and the distraction from our troubles......I have been getting ahead with my DT work, as well as a few other makes.....I decided to print out some digi's that have been sitting in a folder on the laptop for ages

Today's card features a Heather Ellis Pure Innocence image that I've had for a while. I have used ProMarkers to colour, this is also a fairly old paper too........I added a couple of buttons to finish.

I would like to enter these challenges:
As You Like It buttons or pearls
Love using both, but buttons are just that bit more could add a pearl to a button, but both so easy the other way around!
I Love ProMarkers 407 A.G/Birthdays
Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday
Di's Dig Design's Birthdays

Thank you for visiting me today, take care and keep well xx

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Crafty Hugs to you all xx

Good Morning to you all, my lovely blog chums.....I think its fair to say that since my last blog post, the world has completely changed - hasn't it! I hope and pray that you are all keeping safe and well during these difficult times. We received notification this week that Alistair is being regarded as "extremely vulnerable" (due to medical conditions) so he is now isolating at home for at least 3 months, this didn't go down too well at first, but he is getting his head around the idea that this is to shield him. I have also taken the decision to stop working for the time being too. The company I work for are classed as Hardware, so are still trading at the moment. Fortunately, I had accrued some lieu time and I will be using a bit of annual leave too, but beyond that I don't really know how I stand with all this, but I do know that I just don't want to take the risk of bringing something home from work with me. Our daughter has moved herself in with her boyfriend and his family to free up her bed, for me, and whilst I miss her terribly, it has been a massive help. So, like many, many families now, we are spending a lot of time Video Calling each other, I sat for ages the other day just watching my twin grandson's running around their kitchen!! We have even got my Mum doing this too, and have about 3/4 chats with her a day....we decided to watch "Tenable" together next week, so we can shout answers at the TV together! All of this is wonderful, and is getting us through this time BUT you can't hug an I-pad (believe me, I've tried!!) and one thing that I will take from this experience is to not, not ever, take spending time with people, for granted,.....I am an awful one for saying, "Oh, I'm really busy, we'll take Mum shopping next week", or "Its too cold out, I can't be bothered to go out"............ There is an awful lot that we can learn about ourselves and the way we view the World, and for how we live, going forward, for me: I AM GOING TO PUT OFF, PUTTING THINGS OFF!!!

Wow, get me being all profound! Anyway, in the midst of all the madness, I feel so blessed that I am able to escape to my craft desk and loose myself, at least for a little while.

With other stuff on my mind I also forgot to add my DT card for the current 

our theme is WHITE CHRISTMAS

Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our friends at
they have the most amazing online store - stuffed with adorable digi stamps, and will offer a gift voucher for our lucky winner

  • Winter Winnie from generously provided by Polkadoodles
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • snowflake die
  • snowflake border die
  • holly die
  • enamel dots from Your Next Stamp
  • liquid pearls
I would like to enter these challenges please
POLKADOODLES #13 AG Craft and card making

Before I go, I just wanted to add that we are running an extra little challenge, over at
this is especially for our youngsters, who are home and not able to be at school right now - we would love to see their "makes"

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Crafty Friends, Ladies/Girls

Good Morning to you all, my lovely blog chums.

I do hope that this post finds you keeping well during this worrying time. My thoughts and prayers are with who are maybe not feeling so good, or are feeling anxious at the moment. 

We have a wonderful new challenge, kicking off today, at
and it's all about the Ladies and Girlies!!
 Something slightly different from me for my DT "make". 
I used this fabby digi stamp from Pink Gem on a birthday card for my Mum, a couple of years ago, and she loved it to bits......honestly, it's her to a tee!! So I decided to make a little Mother's day gift, using it again and teaming it up with a cute sentiment.

  • Knitting Rita, from Pink Gem
  • Cushion cover and iron on transfer papers from EBay
  • Own sentiment, created using Cute Stitch font (soooo pleased with myself for remembering to flip the sentiment, like mirror writing, so that it came out the right way when ironed....this may seem obvious, but for someone with Brown hair, I do have many blond moments, lol)
  • Inner cushion from Homebase
We have a wonderful sponsor... 

If you are our lucky winner of this challenge, you will receive 5 digital sets of your choice from NS Design's Store.  Click HERE to be taken to their web-store 

I would like to enter these challenges,
Aud Sentiments: Feminine, with a sentiment
Digi Chooseday: week 10, anything goes

Thanks & hugs for your visit today xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Return of Christmas with the Cuties

Hello my lovely blog chums, I hope that the week has got off to a good start for you.

So Great News.......after our winter break,
Christmas with the Cuties
 are back!!
Our first challenge of the year will be
Anything Goes....with the optional twist of C!ean  and Simple

Our lovely sponsors are our good friends at

Who also very kindly provided some gorgeous images for the team to play with.

I couldn't resist this gorgeous penguin digi. I used ProMarkers to colour. This gorgeous bauble paper is from a stack that I have had for AGES, so long in fact, that I can't even remember where it came from!!! I am an  awful one for doing that thing, whereby you "save" certain, especially gorgeous papers for "something special" .....but sometimes you just have to be a brave little soldier, and allow yourself to use, said paper!!!

I would like to enter these challenges:

Anyway, I do hope that you will hop on over and join in with us......cheerio for now xx

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Doggy Walks!

Good Morning, my lovely blog chums......I hope you're having a good weekend. Most of our dog walks during the week have consisted of a quick nip round the block, largely due to the weather, but as it was brighter yesterday, we went for a longer stroll to a local park. Harvey befriended a Lurcher, of a similar age to him and watching them play "chase" was a great deal of fun.....Harvey can run pretty fast, but still couldn't catch up with the lurcher.....needless to say, he slept for ages when we got home!

I think the lovely dog walk put me in mind to use this digi, on the card I am sharing today.....
This is one of my favourite Christmas/Winter digi's and is by From The Heart....who are sadly no longer trading, and I  have used ProMarkers to colour.  The main DP is a oldie download from Cuddly Buddly (I think it was a Spring Fairy set), and whilst the colours are not very Wintery, I think the plaid design lends itself well. The sentiment is from LOTV.   I added cute little heart shaped buttons as a finishing touch.

I would like to enter these challenges:
ABC CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE C is for Cats & D is for Dogs
Allsorts Make it Girly
Challenge Up Your Life Winter Scene
Di's Digi Designs Use a Digi
Winter Wonderland Anything Christmas Goes
As You Like It Favourite Animal
I am a real animal lover so it could have been Cats, Penguins, Giraffes, Lemurs......but ultimately Dogs are my favourite, with their loyalty and devotion, like no other and the furry little head resting on my knee right now, agrees!

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES, will be back from our post Christmas break, with a fabby, brand new challenge tomorrow.....see you over there!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The one with the Cuddly Koala

Good Morning to you all......hope your week is going well so far.
It was my day off yesterday, and hubby and I went off to the cinema together, to see 1917. I'm not really a fan of war films, but thoroughly enjoyed this, very thought provoking.

I posted on Monday about the current theme at
this being,
and as  it's a theme that I love, love, love......I decided to make a second DT card.....So how's this for Cute and Cuddly!
I'm sure we have all been completely saddened by the plight of  our friends in Australia, and what they have had to endure with the bush fires.  It has been so, so awful to see how this has impacted on so many beautiful animals. A few weeks ago, I was moved to tears to see that Lili of the Valley had created this wonderful Koala digi, as a way to raise funds to help......I couldn't, not grab it!!!

It's an absolute treat to colour too, and I can't wait to use it again. I used ProMarkers to colour. I found this paper in my scraps box, and thought it would be a great colour match with the leaves. I used a Memory Box vine die, and I tried to make it look a bit like Eucalyptus! The sentiment is an X cut die, and card was completed with three enamel dots from YNS.

I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for ProMarkers #530 use 3 of something (enamel dots)
Make it Monday #116 Critters
Di's digi designs use a digi image

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit......have a happy day xx

Monday, 17 February 2020

Cute and Cuddly Animals......with the Cutie Pies

Good Morning, I hope you're week has got itself off to a good start!

It's time for a Little Extra Cutie the shape of my DT card for
Our theme is

Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our good friends at
who also, very kindly provided some gorgeous images for the team to play with.

  • puppy with envelope from Bugaboo
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Faux stitched squares, faux stitched labels and heart dies.
I made this as a Valentine's card for my husband! After all these years we don't really "do" Valentine's, but when we were at the supermarket on Friday afternoon, he did drop a packet of Salmon fillets, in the trolley, saying "Lets have these for dinner tonight, I know you like them" .....which, for my hubby, is quite a romantic thing to do, lol!!! Said Salmon was coated in laughing cow light spready cheese and covered in breadcrumbs then served with green salad and jacket potatoes.....yum!

Anyway, back to my card, which I would like to enter into these challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers Love is all you need
Make My Monday Critters
Allsorts Dies and/or Punches
Simply Create 2 Use Red + 1 other colour

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you will hop over and join us for this challenge!

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Gemstones, Pearls and CRAFTY FRIENDS

Good Morning to you all, my lovely blog chums.....we're not really enjoying the best of weather conditions here, in the UK, with Storm Dennis just about heading here, so I hope everyone is keeping safe, warm and dry.

It is time for a new challenge with
and our theme is

We have a brand new sponsor for this challenge
Image result for drs designs rubber stamps

they have a great range of rubber stamps, so I do recommend you have a browse!

My DT card features:
  • Sally Snail, from DRS
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Both papers where pulled out of my scrap box, I decided Sally needed to be bright and cheerfully coloured, and the papers had to match
  • I used squares, fancy label and flower dies with faux stitching
  • I used a font called "Champagne and Limousine" for the sentiment
  • Finally, and in keeping with the challenge theme......pearls!
I would like to enter these challenges, please.....
simon says stamp - wednesday challenge/simon says 2 or more patterned papers/

I hope you have a great weekend......I will be back on Monday with a Cutie Pie card, so until then......xx

Friday, 7 February 2020

Another U Fold

Good Morning my lovely blog chums......I hope all is well with you!

Work and family life seem to have occupied most of my time recently, and I've not had too many opportunities to craft or blog, but with nothing much planned for this weekend I am hoping to get on with DT cards, at least.

I was going to save today's card to use as a DT card, for a future challenge.....but knowing me, I would probably forget by the time it came around, lol!  This is the "other" of the birthday cards that I made for my twin grandsons

I used the cutest little digi from LOTV, which is obviously coloured with ProMarkers. I wanted to do something a bit different with these cards, and I stumbled upon the U FOLD, I found a couple of great tutorials, and really enjoyed trying it...will definitely do it again. I used a combination of papers from Limetree Crafts, together with star die cuts, a balloon and bunting die cuts.

I would like to enter these challenges:

thank you so much for your visit xx

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Clean and Simple with the Cuties

Hello my lovely blog chums.....hope you had a great week. We were away last weekend, so I'm playing catch up now.

If you haven't joined us, at The Cutie Pie Challenge, there is still time to play along......
our theme is
our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our good friends at
why not hop over and visit: My Besties Shop

I couldn't resist this absolute sweetie, saying her prayers. I have used ProMarkers to colour, and teamed up with a do from a older Graphic 45 stack, then added YNS gumdrops to complete.

As I said, we were away last weekend......having a wonderful weekend in Scotland celebrating my step-daughter's wedding, which was a beautiful day......and just enjoying the family getting together, I haven't laughed as much in ages. I have a couple of my own photos to share, until we get our prints from the official chappy.

The gorgeous bride and groom

I don't think we scrubbed up to badly!

Hubby in all his finery

That's all from me today.....enjoy your Sunday xx

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Anything Goes with Crafty Friends!

Hello my lovely blog chums, I hope you're having a great weekend.

So it's time for a new challenge with
Our theme is
Our lovely sponsors are

For my own DT card I am using a stamp from the, My Favourite Things - Lucky Dog, set. This set was a gift from a lovely friend of mine, and is a little treat to use from time to time. I used a woodware paw print punch and a freebie download paper to keep the doggy theme going.

We do hope that you will come over and join us for this challenge.......

Saturday, 11 January 2020

First post of 2020!

Hello my lovely blog chums.....yikes, we are nearly a third of the way into January, and I realised I hadn't blogged this year, yet!
I do hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year time,  Ours was quiet, but enjoyable nonetheless.

One of the high points was the first birthday of our gorgeous twin grandsons, Will and Alex. Their first year has flown by, and they are an absolute joy, neither are walking independently.........yet, but both pull themselves up on the chairs and cruise along like that, so I'm sure it won't be long, lots of babbling too, so I think we will have two little chatterboxes, lol

when they were born, they were delivered a couple of weeks earlier, and I never got to making New Baby cards for them so I was determined to make special birthday cards. Obviously I made two cards, I am saving the other one as I think the image will be perfect for an up and coming DT card, but this is Will's card. I had been commenting on a challenge card just before Christmas and I loved the U-fold style that had been used, so decided it would be fun to try........

The super cute image is from Gerda  Steiner (how sweet!!!!), coloured with ProMarkers. I used a combination of papers from Limetree Crafts. I added a variety of die cuts to set it off.

I have a couple of challenges that I am entering, but before all that I thought I would share a little photo of the boys.....enjoying breakfast on their birthday (Alex is eating and Will has the red cup)

So, onto the challenges......
Alphabet challenge T is for Try something different 
I Love ProMarkers #402 Anything Goes
Mod Squad challenge Birthday Balloons

Thank you so much for your visit today xx