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Thursday, 9 July 2020

The one that went Solo!

Good Morning my lovely blog chums ,  hope you are keeping well and are having a happy week! My daughter and her partner both have time off from work this week, and they asked us if we'd like to have a run out with them....now that hubby is "allowed" out more we have been slowly and cautiously venturing out a bit, and yesterday we went to Howletts Zoo with Megan and Jacob. Fortunately the weather was damp enough, that there wasn't a huge amount of people there, but it didn't rain during the time we were there, so it made for a very enjoyable time.

So a couple of days ago I featured this same little sweetie and his singing partner....unfortunately they have gone there separate ways (something about artistic differences!!!!) But I'm sure there will be a reunion at some point.....

He is, of course,  from LOTV, and is coloured with Promarkers. The embossed sentiment was a magazine freebie, and there is also a small section of embossing using cuttlebug, swiss dots folder. The paper jumped out at me from my scrap box, I've no idea of its origins. Kept the design sweet and simple, following  the sketch shown below. 

I would like to enter these challenges please :


ABC Christmas challenge  N for No Fuss/ O for Over the top
Christmas craft Creations July, Christmas Characters 
Fezziwigs Festive Frolics Anything Festive 

Have a lovely day, sending hugs to you.....stay safe xx


Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The one with the watering can...

Hello my lovely blog chums.....hope you've had a good day......anyone got any idea where the summer has gone, after a lovely start, the weather this week has been a  bit.....meh, as my son would say!! I do hope it perks up again.

Well, it might be a bit grey and breezy outside,  but I have something bright and cheery to share....

This is another recent "treat" from LOTV, it's a gorgeous little set with super cute images, and several gorgeous sentiments too. I have used Promarkers to colour, the gingham paper is a free printable from Polkdoodles.

I would like to enter these challenges please:

Passion for Promarkers  #550 Use Orange....hope the apricot and coral counts as softer shades of orange 
Allsorts #579 summertime 
Crafty Catz  #513 A.T.G, optional time to relax 
Your Next Stamp #142 How does your garden grow 

Enjoy your evening.....we are just settling down for the evening,  watching Doc Martin, and dreaming of holidays to Cornwall!

Take care and stay safe xx

Monday, 6 July 2020

The one with the carol singing

Hello my lovely blog chums,  hope you had a great weekend.  So slowly our lives are returning to some kind of normal. I hope that you are finding your way through at a pace, you are comfortable with.  We had to get cash to pay our roofer, so it was a trip to the bank for us this morning, and a first experience of queuing outside (any other trips to shops have been done during quiet times), guess its something to get used to!

I have still no idea, if and when I would be back to work, so I am trying to get my Christmas card box, as well stocked as I can, whilst I can......
 These two little sweetie, from LOTV, often appear solo on my cards, but today they have formed a duet....I love the expression on both of their faces. I have used Promarkers to colour and added my own sentiment, which could well be what they are singing. I kept things simple, with just the addition of wooden embellishments.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
AAA Challenges  #169 cas & Christmas in July

Di's digi designs Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland Challenge  Hip to be square
ABC Christmas challenge  N for No Fuss.....also O for over the top

Thank you so much for your visit today, enjoy your evening and keep safe xx



Sunday, 5 July 2020

Circles with Crafty Friends

Good Morning, my lovely blog chums......I hope that you've had a good week. So today sees a greater easing of our lockdown, with pubs and the like set to re-open.....and if I am honest, I am quite happy to continue shielding at home for another month! My worry is, that as these restrictions ease, the public perception will be that this wretched virus has gone away - that is clearly not the case, and I think we all have to adopt a more cautious life style going forward.

Anyway, we have a fab and fun new challenge with 
Crafty Friends

and our theme is CIRCLES



Prize - One lucky winner will receive 3 single image digital stamps (2.50) of your choice from the on-line store.

For my DT card, I decided to do something slightly different from my usual style.....I used a sentiment that was kindly provided by our sponsors, together with a butterfly, which I tweaked and replicated using Serif page plus. I embossed white card using a faux stitched flower folder, I thought this lent itself to the circle theme. I  added a die cut butterfly and some sticky pearls.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge, click here

Enjoy  your weekend......if you are venturing out, please take  care xx

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The One with the little mousie

Hello, my lovely blog chums....I hope that you're having a good week. We have been in the process of having a porch built onto our house for some time now, it was needing to be of a decent size to accommodate hubby's mobility scooter, as well as the usual sort of porch stuff, and  unfortunately we were badly let down by our original builder. Not only was he unreliable about in coming to do the work, but the quality of the work turned out to be woefully below standard. Obviously things had to be paused for a while, but now we have another team of builders on the job, so hopefully it should be sorted soon.

With the porch roof being replaced today, it got hubby out from under my feet (I think he enjoyed having someone different to chat) and I took myself upstairs to make today's card. 

This super cute Mouse with Flowers, is a recent treat from Lili of the Valley, and is coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment also comes from LOTV, The plaid paper is from a stack from The Range. The top border was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and cut with a faux stitched die. I used a woodware envelope punch, and a couple of heart shaped buttons.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Crafty Catz #512 ATG/for a friend
Crafty Creations  #411 ATG
Allsorts #578 so cute
Crafty Animals  #40 ATG/must include an ANIMAL

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today, stay safe xx


Sunday, 28 June 2020

The Girl with the Flowers in her hair

Good Morning, my lovely blog chums.....I do hope that you are enjoying the weekend, its certainly been a little cooler out.  I live at the top of a hill, overlooking the River Medway, and we always get something of a breeze, whipping up the hill.....during the night it seems to be really blowy out there! 

Today's card features the second of the images that were my prize from Star Jam Lines - there is a link to there store on yesterday's post.......
Kept the design simple, to fit the sketch, below.  This super-cute Mother and Baby digi, is coloured with promarkers, and cut out with a faux stitched square die. I used a couple of papers from my snippets box, two sweet little buttons, and the baby word die, is a old Sizzix thinlets die, that i've had for ages........oh, and on that subject, when I dropped my Mum's groceries to her this week, I snuck upstairs to see if she still had this lil beaut in her back bedroom, and if it still worked.......


the answer to both was YES! This was my Sizzix machine - one of the old ones, that weighs an absolute tonne to move around, and the cutting plate wasn't that large, so it eventually got upgraded to a Big Shot.....but, there was something quite lovely about pulling the handle up and down and shimmying the plate along to cut. I think I got this for Christmas 2006 - can't believe how long i've been cardmaking!!!

Anyway, I would like to enter these challenges:
CAS on Friday #183 sketch
Allsorts So Cute
 Sweet Stampers something beginning with B
Cute Card Thursday #640 Flowers
Passion for Promarkers #548 Use a Die

Thank you so much for your visit today, stay safe xx

Saturday, 27 June 2020

The one with the Gnome


Hello, my lovely blog chums.....hope you've had a good week!
It was my birthday on Thursday, and, as lockdown down birthdays go, I had a fabulous day! Lazy morning, with a leisurely bath followed by lounging in the sun in the garden, later in the afternoon we broke out of shielding for a while and went to my daughter's house, she had got the paddling pool out in the garden, and we each had a turn to socially distanced dip! Dinner was a takeaway from a local pub, and very yum it was too. I was thoroughly spoilt too, hubby had treated me to a new Samsung tablet a few weeks ago, my mum  had given me money to get summer clothes and Promarkers, and Megan and her boyfriend got me a Raskog trolley from IKEA....looking forward to getting that built at weekend! So fab day, all in all.


Another treat this week came from winning a Passion for Promarkers challenge, and receiving my prize from Star Jam  Lines....I couldn't wait to print out this adorable Gnome with his candle.....what a Cutie, right? The paper came from a stack that I picked up in The Works, back in February. I used my trusty Promarkers to colour. The sentiment is my own, using Cinnamon  Cake font, the Snowflake dies are from Marianne creatables and Joanna Sheen. I hadn't come across Star Jam Lines before, but there are some fantastic digi's, so do go take a look.....

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Crafty Catz #512 ATG
Festive Friday  #FF00062 single image, faux stitch and geometric shapes
As you like it digi or rubber stamps
Don't get me wrong, I do like to use a rubber stamp....sometimes its preferable to switching the lap top on, and my printer is quite fussy about anything thicker than 160gsm BUT, the jeopardy of rubber stamping - one false move, and you've smudged or you've failed to ink a crucial part of the stamp, makes me prefer Digi stamping - also the cost, and readily available-ness
Passion for Promarkers  #548 use a die
The Holly and the Ivy challenge #74 ATG
Merry Little Christmas challenge  #23  ATG
CHNC #496  add a  snowflake or two
Allsorts  #578 So Cute

Thank you so much for your visit today, stay safe xx





Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Christmas with the Cuties....2 or more patterned papers


Good Morning my lovely blog chums.....I hope that your week has got itself off to a good start. My husband was happy with yesterday's news that our "shielding" is to be paused at the beginning of August....this came as a little glimmer of hope, in what has been such a difficult time.

Anyway, we have a wonderful new challenge at 
The theme is 
USE TWO OR MORE PATTERNED PAPERS 
Whilst we are still at home, why not make a start on your Christmas cards and come and play along with us.....please make sure you're using a cute, cute, cute image though!

Our wonderful sponsors are 
Who also, very kindly provided the team with some amazing images to play with.....

I decided to use "Blitz", and used Promarkers to colour. My two paper combo came from a magazine freebie download featuring gorgeous  snowflakes, together with a snowy embossed paper. I used a Magnolia die cut fence, which I attacked with frosted ice stickels. The sentiment features Cinnamon cake font.

I would like to enter these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today, sending hugs to you xx



Thursday, 18 June 2020

The one with the post box

Hello my lovely blog chums......I hope you had been having a good week. I broke out of lockdown yesterday afternoon to pop out to pick up a couple of Birthday gifts, fortunately the retail park was quiet so I  also nipped into M&S for a bag of Percy Pig sweets and a fancy bar of chocolate......gotta have a few lockdown treats, right?

I decided that it was about time that I added a Christmas card to my box.....
For occasions like Christmas, when you might want to make a batch of cards, I do quite like a pre-printed digi and I recently treated myself to this little sweetie from LOTV. My card is based on sketch, and I added a snowflake border section to look after the twine. The tag die cut, is one of the old Sizzix thick red dies.....it was one of my first ones, and I was overjoyed with it, when I bought it!

I would like to enter these challenges please

Tuesday Morning Sketches #559
ABC CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE  L for Love /M for Movies 
Merry Little Christmas challenge  #23 June anything goes 

Thank you so much for your visit today, sending you hugs xx





Tuesday, 16 June 2020

The one with James and the flower

Hello my lovely blog chums.....hope you've had a good day! 
So I was a brave little soldier at the dentist today.....unfortunately I am going to need further treatment on my wisdom tooth, but I'll panic about that when I get to it....for now, I'm feeling better and hopefully this will bring a good night's sleep tonight! 


Anyway,  on to today's card 
I have used my bear crush, James, today.....he is coloured with Promarkers and I fussy cut him. I used a magnolia sweet fence die, to create the border, to which I added a heart button. The flower is a wee die, and I used an ivy die to create the stem. I used a cloud die, cut out and also embossed. The sentiment tag is from LOTV, and I finished with a couple of pearls.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Passion for Promarkers #547  Flowers and Pearls 
Allsorts #576 Embossing wet or dry
Less is Moore #421 Borders

Thank you so much for your visit today, can I also thank the lovely folks that took the time to comment on my post a couple of days ago, helping me with a blogger prob.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Lots of Layers with The Cuties

Hello my lovely blog chums....I hope that this new week has started well. Early days in lockdown I suffered a broken tooth, it niggled for a few days, but then was fine until last week, when it reaaaally started to ache. So, reluctantly, because I am a bit of a dental phobic, I am off to get it sorted tomorrow - wish me luck!

Anyway,  it's my turn to share my DT card for our fab and fun 
LOTS OF LAYERS challenge 
with

Our lovely sponsors are 

Who have a terrific prize up for grabs and also kindly provided the team with some gorgeous images to play with.....I couldn't resist these super cute Monkeys. They are coloured with Promarkers, this is my own sentiment and I used happy, happy birthday font. Layers created with coloured card stock, die cut stars and a die cut pennant.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Alphabet challenge  E is for  Earth  Bound  Animals
I πŸ–€ Promarkers  #412 ATG/ONE FOR THE BOYS
QKR Stampede  #400 ATG



Thank you for your visit today xx



Sunday, 14 June 2020

BLOGGER HELP!!!!!


Bit of a weird thing, but I have noticed that in my news feed, on my own blog posts, you can't see anything of the photos that I have added to the post, but you can on other people's......this has only recently started to happen.......what's going on

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Saturday, 13 June 2020

The One with Daisy and the doily

Hello my lovely blog chums.....
I wasn't planning on doing this post until tomorrow morning, but Alistair is watching a Bond film downstairs - i'm a bit "seen one, seen them all" where James Bond is concerned, so I left him to it, and decided to do this instead. Hope you had an enjoyable Saturday.......we took the dogs for a longer walk today, we have a park with lovely views over the river, the castle and the cathedral, and it was quite pleasant sitting in the sunshine enjoying this view.

I also finished this card today, I knew it needed "something" which turned out to be the butterflies, it just took me a couple of days to figure that out, lol!
I used the gorgeous Daisy, from Sugar Nellie - another oldie, but one I will never tire of using. She is coloured with promarkers, and have paper-pieced her top to match the pretty yellow paper, which comes from Kaiser craft Sweet Pea collection. The blue dotty card comes from Limetree crafts. I used a scalloped circle die, together with a doily. The sentiment was from digistamp boutique, which I cut with a fancy tag. I used a scalloped edge border punch from Xcut, which I managed to flip over to do the other side - and for once, I managed to get it pretty much even. On this section, I used a ribbon and pearl slider. I cut a scalloped circle into quarters to add at the bottom, and then finally the die cut butterflies.

I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for Promarkers #546 Blue & Yellow
Aud Sentiments #253 ATG with sentiment


Going to sign off now, and get my pyjama's on, so Goodnight, God Bless xx

Friday, 12 June 2020

The one with the Cookies

Hello my lovely blog chums......I hope that this finds you well. 
Not enjoying this change in weather, this week, lockdown seems much more tolerable when you're able to sit in the sunshine.

Most of my recent posts have featured "old favourites", but today's card features a brand new digi.....isn't it sweet, I can only imagine what sort of mischief these two could be cooking up together, lol! 
This is a new release from LOTV, and was an absolute treat to colour...I have used Promarkers to colour, and cut out with a faux stitched stitched square die, then a scalloped square die. The papers are from Limetree crafts. The base card was embossed with a  dotty folder from Crafts Too. The sentiment tag is also from LOTV, for finishing touches, I added a cute dotty button, twine and an enamel dot.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
#638 Masculine 

Masculine/ Father's Day 

#412  One for the boys

Thank you so much for your visit today, stay safe and keep your chin up xx


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

The one with the glossy balloon

Good Morning my lovely blog chums........hope that you are having a good week,  and all is fine and well with you.  Can you believe its been nearly 80 DAYS since we went into lockdown.....which put me in mind of Phineas Fogg.....I'd be happy with just a trip to the coast at the moment, never mind a trip around the world,  lol

One thing about lockdown that I am enjoying, is the extra craft time! I have no idea at all  how much longer I will be furloughed for, so I am making the most of it,  whilst I can.

Today's card is based on a sketch.....
 
I used a sweet little Bugaboo digi for this, which I've coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is my own creation using Unkempt font. The balloon die is a magazine freebie, also coloured with Promarkers and coated with glossy accents. I used a Mama Elephant cloud die, and created border with a faux stitched die, and a small scalloped edge die.....finally added a cute little button.

I would like to enter these challenges :


June ATG

#509 ATG, with optional CAS

Thank you so much for your visit today, stay safe and keep your chin up xx







Saturday, 6 June 2020

The one with the beer!

Good Morning my lovely blog chums, hope you had a good week!

I don't always make the hubby a Father's Day card, but with time on my hands at the moment, I  decided to.....

I  used, yet another oldie, Alf with Beer from Digistamp Boutique (I think both the hair line and the waistline are a similarly here.....hehehe). He is coloured with Promarkers, with a little dollop of glossy accents on his beer tankard.  The  paper is from another rediscovered oldie, printable set from Cuddly Buddy. Own sentiment using Cinnamon Cake font. Added an embossed panel and a few die cut stars.

I would like to enter these challenges please 
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - masculine
Cards 4 Guys #246 Father's Day 
Cut it up #201 Boys will be boys
Passion for Promarkers #454 A Celebration


Thank you so much for your visit today, am sending a huge hug.....will be back later with a new Crafty Friends challenge to tell you about

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The Wedding One

Good Morning my lovely blog chums.......I hope that this finds you well, and keeping your chin up as much as you can. 

I am trialling the new blogger doow-berry today, so here's hoping I can fathom it........

I recently trawled through some old digi stamps and rediscovered this super cute image that I'm using on today's card....


I believe it was a Birdie Brown digi......I have used Promarkers to colour. I used faux stitched square dies, together with a scalloped edge squared die. Also, precious hearts die from Memory Box, and a cute lil' sentiment die.  The dotty card comes from Annemarie designs, sticky pearls to complete.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Passion for Promarkers #545 A Celebration 
Crafty Catz #508 ATG, optional at least two layers

Thank you so much for your visit today, stay safe xx


  

Monday, 1 June 2020

The one with just a sentiment

Good Morning to you, my lovely blog chums......I hope you had a good weekend.  

Something a little bit different from me today.....no digi or rubber stamp to be seen!!!! As much as I love them, its good to let other elements be the "star" of the card......

 The pretty papers are from a pad, from The Works, the embossing folder sentiment was a magazine freebie, the border die is from Oyster stamps and the flower die is from YNS. I was rummaging through my buttons trying to colour match with the papers, and these three little mint coloured buttons were on my desk, left from a previous project.....I wasn't sure if they would work, but I'm glad I tried.

I would like to enter these challenges:

Just Us Girls #538 two or more patterned papers 
Alphabet challenge  D for Dry Embossing 
Aud Sentiments  #152 flowers and a sentiment 


Thank you for visiting me today, stay safe and keep your chin up xx


Friday, 29 May 2020

The one with the Birthday Bear

Good Morning,  my lovely blog chums.....I  hope that you've had an enjoyable week....I've now made a decent start on painting the  fence panels....each one is 9ft long, so it's no easy task, but the sunshine and my Amazon music app have kept me going.....I just hope that I've not been singing to loudly, lol

I have several birthdays coming up in the next few weeks, so look at me getting organised......

This super cute lil' bear is a recent treat from LOTV.....coloured with my trusty Promarkers, I did add a wee bit of chalk to create a rosy cheek. It's definitely an image that deserves to cover pretty much most of the card, so I've kept it simple, layering the image onto cute dotty card from Limetree crafts, and a  single button and twine.

I would like to enter these challenges please 
Passion for Promarkers #544 It's a summer thing 
I ♡ Promarkers  #411 ATG optional circles
Digi Chooseday #week 21

Was out last  night for what apparently was the last Clap For Carers, sadly it had tailed off in my road over recent weeks. I always found it very emotional, but it is definitely something that I will remember fondly about this time in our lives.

Stay safe and keep your chin up  xx

Thursday, 28 May 2020

The one in the little frame

Good Morning,  my lovely blog chums.....hope this lovely, bright morning finds you keeping well and in good spirits.

If there is one thing that I have enjoyed, during this lockdown time, is that I have had the time to make cards that I've LOVED making, not just fulfilling an order or making a  specific  DT card, but I have allowed myself to be more self indulgent, to rummage through my stash and  use digi's, papers and in the case of todays card....my embossing folders,

This gorgeous little image is from Lee Holland, and she is coloured with promarkers, the blue flowery paper is a free download from Polkadoodles, I tweaked the colour tone using serif page plus. The sentiment tag is from LOTV. The flower die is from YNS, I have also used a fancy oval die from spellbinders and a faux stitch scalloped edge border die. I added a section of lace, and a few dollops of liquid pearls.....and the aforementioned embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Alphabet Challenge D for Dry embossing
I πŸ–€ Promarkers #411 ATG OPTIONAL CIRCLES

Sending you all a huge hug, stay safe xx



Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The one with Maisie baking

Good Morning my lovely blog chums, I hope that you are enjoying a lovely sunny day today.....our online food shopping delivery comes this morning. As shielding continues, it is really helpful to be able to do this, and avoid "people contact" in the supermarket, but I do miss mooching around with my trolley......although we do have the Tuesday morning fun of playing......."Substitution Bingo"!!!!

during lockdown I have enjoyed doing some baking....my bathroom scales haven't enjoyed it quite so much, so for now I will stick to digi stamps featuring baking instead, like today's card

I was recently lucky enough to win a POLKADOODLES digi stamp and I chosen this little lovely, as much as I love colouring, I do like to have a few per coloured images too. This is Maisie Mouse, Baking a cake....which you can find here. I followed a skstch, but kept the design fairly simple for easy postage. The mint gingham paper comes from Payper Box, and the pink dots are from Limetree crafts. The sentiment is from LOTV, and I added enamel dots from YNS to complete.

I would like to enter these challenges please:Challenge

Crafty Catz #507 spots and/or stripes
POLKADOODLES week 21 ATG

Thank you for visiting, stay safe and keep your chin up xx

Monday, 25 May 2020

Ribbons, Bows and Christmas with the Cuties

Good Morning to you all, my lovely blog chums!
I hope you are able to find something Happy to do, on this bank holiday monday.....normally for me, it would be a super busy day at work. It's looking to be a bright sunny day out, so I might make a start on painting the back garden fences today.

If you are planning some crafting time, why not play along with our brand new challenge at 
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES
we have an easy-peasy theme for you
ANYTHING GOES (CUTE AND CHRISTMAS THEMED OBVIOUSLY)
WITH OPTIONAL RIBBONS AND BOWS


our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our good friends at
Who have a fabulous prize for our lucky winner.....their online store is stuffed with goodies, and you can find it here

For my own DT card I used an oldie from Prairie Fairy....isn't she fab! I have used my trusty ProMarkers to colour. The gingham paper comes from Limetree crafts and the snowflake paper is from a forever friends stack. The ribbon came from a lovely local haberdashery store. The sentiment is my own creation using happy birthday font, added a couple of enamel dots from YNS to complete.

I would like to enter a few challenges too:
Allsorts #573 Gingham, Stripes or dots
Winter Wonderland your favourite colour combination (I love blue and kraft/beige together)

Stay safe and keep your chin up xx

Sunday, 24 May 2020

The one with the dotty balloons

Hello my lovely blog chums.....I do hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I can't believe we are nearly at the end of May already - this certainly hasn't been the best of times, but at least it seems to be passing quickly. 

I do love a good sketch to base my cards around, and I have used one on today's card:

I have used the super cute Scruffy Edward from LOTV....this has become a little favourite of mine! Have used Promarkers for colouring. Both papers were dug out from my scraps box, I think the lilac one was an old Papermania one that I've had for years! I've added a couple weeks die cut balloons.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Passion for ProMarkers #453 Anniversary challenge - spots and/or stripes

#810
Di's Digi Designs include a sentiment
Aud Sentiments #week 251 ATG with a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday #653 Critters
Allsorts#573 Gingham, Stripes and Dots

We broke out of the house for a short while yesterday, to take the boys to the groomers, neither of them enjoy the experience very much and our worry was that if we left it too much longer the next time they went it would be an arduous task for all concerned.....both boys looking smart and handsome now, and as Harvey gets bigger, it's getting harder to tell them apart!!!


Thanks for visiting today, sending huge hugs, will be back tomorrow with a new "Christmas with the Cuties" challenge......

Saturday, 23 May 2020

The one with the gingham cushion

Good morning to you my lovely blog chums....as we plough on through another week of lockdown, I hope that you are keeping well, and keeping your chin up! With everything else that is going on, I find it so comforting and reassuring that it's business as usual, here in the land of blog!

As soon as I spotted the newest releases from Lili of the Valley, I knew that me and this lil' fella had to be together....this digi is called Hearts & Hugs, I tweaked this name to make a cute sentiment!
I used ProMarkers for the colouring, this yummy gingham paper, I think, was from a Simple Stories pad. The sentiment is my own creation using Cinnamon Cake font, and finally X cut die button and a wee bit of twine.

I would like to enter these challenges please:
Aud Sentiments#251 ATG/WITH A SENTIMENT
I ❤ ProMarkers#410 ATG
Allsorts #week 573 Gingham  Spots Stripes



So I mentioned in a previous post that with Megan moving out, I have been able to create my own craft area in her old room. I am a funny one, in the sense that I prefer to stand up when I a card making, and had been looking at console table's and higher desks.....then I managed to acquire a baby changing table, which is the perfect height for me to work at and as great storage underneath! There are all sorts of other bits I hope to add in the fullness of time....when I can get to Ikea! But for now, I am chuffed to bits to have a little area of my own.....



Thank you for visiting me today xx

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Pretty in Pink with the Cuties

Good Morning my lovely blog chums, I hope that this week has started well for you and that you are keeping your chin up at the moment.

We have an exciting new challenge over with the
PRETTY IN PINK
So, if you're  into "cute", and Pink....why not hop over and play along!


Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our good friends at


who have a great prize for our lucky winner, you can also visit their fabulous store - just click on the badge! I did just that and came across this adorable little Monkey. I had been asked to make a card for a little girl, that wasn't too girly, so I thought this would be spot on!

Silly Monkey is a free download here, and is Coloured with ProMarkers.  The pink gingham paper is also a free download from POLKADOODLES, which you can find here. The other paper is an oldie, so don't have the link for that one. The sentiment is my own creation using Cinnamon Cake font. Finished with balloon die cuts and a little twine.

I look forward to seeing you over at the Cutie Pie challenge, very soon xx




Sunday, 17 May 2020

The Teapot and the sketch

Hello, my lovely blog chums.....I hope that this finds you well. Well, that's another week of lockdown done and dusted, I hope that you are keeping it together and keeping your chin up.

Back in March, my daughter moved into with her boyfriend and his family......and they have since been able to move into a home of their own together. Needless to say, I am sad that Megan won't be coming back to live with us, but I know that she will be very, very happy in her new home - and I have been able to have something of a re-jig with the bedrooms to allow myself to have a decent craft space of my own!!!! I have been setting things up - and I will share a few photos in my next post.

I do have a card to share - no cute image, just for a change, though!!!

my card is based on this sketch

Just a short, sweet post from my today - off to get a hot chocolate and watch Killing Eve!

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Crafty Friends and Flowers

Hello my lovely blog chums....I hope that the glorious sunshine today is lifting your spirits!

As I type this post, the hubby is on his own tablet, working his way through our online grocery shop......oh my gosh, it really does require some patience. I've lost count of how many times I've had to spell out "branston" to him....and don't even get me started on the faces he is pulling as the running total of the shop increases.....oh the joys of lockdown food shopping!!!!

So, it's time for a new challenge with
Our theme is
🌼🌺FLOWERS🌺🌼


no sponsors, this time.....just for fun! 
For my own card, I am using an absolute sweetie from Sassayaki Glitter, have used ProMarkers to colour. The sentiment was a pre-made from DigiStamp boutique, and was cut out with a fancy label die. The backing paper came from a pad from The Works,  added a couple of pretty blooms, in keeping with the theme.

There is much joy to be found in flowers, the beautiful colours, the lovely scents....so we do hope that this will inspire you to join in with this challenge.

I would like to enter these challenges
Di's Digi Designs challenge load on the flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge week 18 ATG
Cute Card Thursday 633 ATG
Moving Along With The Times 118 Flowers
I Love Promarkers  409 ATG/3 of a kind (flower pots!)

Anyway, sending huge hugs to thank you for your visit xx

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The Sketchy One

Good Morning to you, my lovely blog chums.....I hope that this finds you well, in yourself, and keeping your chin up. 

It has been a challenging few days here, as I mentioned before, my husband is having to "shield" isolate , and obviously I am doing pretty much the same by way of solidarity and support, but he is struggling with this at the moment, feeling miserable and in a way loosing sight of why it is so important that he does these measures......I, literally, Thank God every day that I have things to occupy my mind, like my craft projects - otherwise, I fear for HIS safety, lol !!!!

Anyway, on to today's card:
I had coloured this gorgeous image and spent ages faffing around trying different papers and layouts, but nothing felt "right", then I stopped for a while - found a fabby sketch and everything just fell into place! This super cute image is  called "dressed up" from LOTV,  in the full image she is wearing a pretty little frock, she is coloured with promarkers. The several different dies used here: The circular frame features a faux stitched scalloped edge die from The Works, a tiny scalloped edge border, and then a lovely lacy border die, which I think was from Marianne designs. I used an embossing folder that was a  old magazine freebie.

This is the sketch I used:

I would like to enter these challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #553 (see above)
Di's Digi Designs dies and/or punches

thank you for visiting, sending a huge virtual hug xx

Saturday, 2 May 2020

The one with the Bedtime Story

Hello, my lovely blog chums.....once again, I hope that this finds you well and keeping your chin up at the moment. The company that I work for have started to re-open some of our stores, and as such some of my colleagues are now back at work. 
On the whole I am relieved that I am still furloughed, and able to safeguard in my little "bubble", we have now (finally!!!) got a food shopping delivery slot sorted, and are well placed to shield ourselves away from this virus for the time being.......but at the same time, I have really missed my work friends, I miss the random chat, the laughter, the companionship.....and, when the time comes for me to go back to work, I'm sure I will be happy to do so, I have worked there for 14 years now, and in recent years I have spent much of that time grumbling about, now, very trivial things it......If I have learnt one thing during this lockdown time, it is "not to take things for granted" - food, friendship, hugs, work, health, family, I could go on, each are precious in their own way.  I am so, so glad I have this "land of blog" to loose myself in, I really appreciate your virtual company folks, and although we may never share an actual pot of tea together, I have enjoyed many a cuppa, recently whilst browsing your blogs xx

Anyway, I do have a card to share.....

I used the super cute Bedtime Stories digi from LOTV, which is coloured with Promarkers, the sentiment is my own creation using Cinammon Cake font (again!!), the sweet dotty paper is from Anna-Marie designs, I dusted of my old X-cut  scalloped border punch, and added die cuts using a fancy circle with a faux stitched border from The Works.....I also added a bit of gingham ribbon!

I wouls like to enter these challenges:
Di's Digi Designs die cuts and/or punches
Colour Crazy week 17 ATG
Crafty Catz weekly challenge ATG/sending Hugs
Cute Card Thursday 632 Feminine
I Love Promarkers 409 ATG/3 of a kind (3 stuffed toys)
Creations In Pink #21 ATG, mainly pink


thank you so much for your visit today, sending you a huge hug xx