Monday 14 December 2015

A bit of Bingo with The Cuties

Hello, and welcome to you my dear blog chums.......hope you have had a lovely weekend and as  Christmas day draws closer, I hope you are all set and ready for a happy and peaceful festive time.

It is time for the Cutie Pie Challenge and the theme for this challenge is
Cutie Bingo

we are sponsored this time, by our lovely friends at 

who not only offer two wonderful digi's for our winner, but also very generously provide the most adorable images for our team to play with.

So this is our bingo board, and I've gone for the middle line
This adorable Pink Gem image is coloured with Promarkers, the papers are a freebie download, which I found here.  Wooden embellishment from The Works, Memory Box Precious Mittens die, ribbons, and acrylic dome sticker from stash.

If you're super organised and have already made your Christmas cards - don't worry, you can make a card for any theme or occasion, so why not hop on over, join in the fun and also check out the other amazing makes from our lovely team.

Being such a busy time of year, I'll maybe not get another post in beforehand...., I would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas xx 

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Not a Promarker to be seen!

Good Morning all, hope all is well with you today, am sending a big hug if this is not the case xx

I am enjoying a few days off work this week....well, when I  say enjoying what I actually mean is running around taking my Mum food shopping, completing a card order for 20 individual cards for an order, then continuing  the pile of Christmas cards I plan to make for my friends and family, Christmas pressie shopping, washing, ironing, dog walking and general housework!

I did decided that before I get stuck into anything else today, that I would do a bit of breakfast blogging, so today's card is one of several I've made with a similar design. I created this "Word Tree", if you will, using serif page plus and the font is "Rochester" (have also added it below, if anyone would like to use this). This gorgeous swirly paper has been in my stash forever, and I've no idea where it came from, the die is Memory Box Fremont Crest, added sticky pearls to finish.

I would like to enter this into:

off to munch my weetabix.......bye for now xx

Saturday 5 December 2015

Merry Christmas from The Crafty Friends

Hello there, hope the weekend has got off to a lovely start. Maybe you're planning on putting up the Christmas decorations this weekend or you're out and about doing some Christmas shopping.......all of a sudden Christmas day doesn't seem that far off now does it!

So what better theme could we have at this weeks Crafty Friends Challenge then,
we are very kindly sponsored by 

who are offering a wondeful digi stamp prize to our lucky winner, and have also been so generous in providing such adorable images for our DT to play with

For my own card I couldn't resist Chilly the Snowman with his waiting for Santa sign. I have used used Spellbinders fancy oval to cut out this image and have added it to yummy glitter card which I recycled from one of last year's Christmas cards and also a paper scrap. Button and ribbon from stash.

My teamies have also made some wonderful cards, so we'd love for you to hop on over for a visit and maybe even join in with us xx

Sunday 29 November 2015

James, the Snowman and a sketch.....

Hello there my lovely blog chums.........hope you've been having a great weekend, Its been another chilly one hasn't. So much so, that I decided to pretty much hibernate this weekend and get stuck into making some Christmas cards. I have done a little Christmas pressie shopping online already and we have started Christmas food shopping so I decided to take things a little easier.

I do have a few cards to make for family and friends and I do try to keep each one unique, using different colours and embellishments and I did find myself hunting for sketch challenges just to give myself a bit of layout inspiration and I found this weeks Sketch Saturday to be exactly what I wanted.

So for today's card, I have used James and the Snowman from LOTV coloured with promarkers, gorgeous dotty card from Annamarie designs, dovecraft ribbon, sentiment printed onto card which was then embossed with cuttlebug folder - the font is my current fave "Piece by Piece"

I would like to enter this card into:

So its time for a quick cuppa and a blog browse and then I really must get on with some housework - I believe that Disney's The Little Mermaid is on tv this afternoon, so I suspect that will accompany my ironing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

Wednesday 25 November 2015

a bit of warm snuggliness!

Hello there, my lovely blog how has your week been so far? 
Its been another busy week here, but when I got home from work today, I decided to cook myself an Omlette, stick on a Christmas movie and spend the rest of the afternoon working on my Christmas cards - bliss!

 Its been a wee while since I used this image and I'd forgotten what a little treat it is to colour, I do wish I could look this cute when I am out walking the dogs in the cold weather. I usually end up with a bright red nose, hair all over the place and I can never find matching gloves and scarf, lol! The image is a From The Heart Digi, and is coloured with promarkers. I found the plaid paper in my scrap box and the pink dotty paper is from Annamarie designs, have also used Doodlebug twine and a random pink button from my stash. together with a cute circular sentiment.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
from the heart stamps- card sketches with a twist-128 (I have gone for the "twist" of fave colours - Pink, Ivory and Beige combo, but the sketch is fab and worth a do too!)
A Gem of a challenge - Inspired by a Christmas song - Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Before I go, for those of you that follow my blog in the USA, can I take this opportunity to wish you
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 sending hugs to all xx

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Simply Cute and Christmassy

Hello there my dear blog friends, from a wet and windy corner of Kent! Hope you've had a good start to the week.

Over at The Cutie Pie challenge, our theme this time is Simply Cute and we want to see your cutest Christmas images and a cas design - simple!

For my own DT card, which features on today's inspiration post, I have used this gorgeous Lotv stamp,  coloured with pro markers, computer generated sentiment which is layered onto this yummy blue dotty card.

Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful

who have this lovely prize for our winner
and also
who are offering super cute digi stamps for our randomly chosen winner

We would love to have your company, so click here to join in and also check out the other wonderful DT cards.

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Add a Charm....with Crafty Friends

Hello there my dear friends, I do sense a slight echo when I'm typing, so I do hope that there are still some of you around, lol. I know that many of us seem to be in a bit of "just not enough hours in the day" situation at the moment, and whilst work and family life obviously have to be our priority it is such a shame that our trusty blogs have to sit patiently and wait for us to find time to play.....ho hum!

Anyway, that aside I have to tell you about the latest Crafty Friends challenge, our theme this time is

Add a Charm

Here are details of this challenge's sponsors... 

Our first wonderful sponsor is 'Small & Round'
Click (HERE) to be taken to Small & Round's Etsy Store and
for more inspiration, click (HERE) to be taken to the Blog.
One lucky winner will be able to choose 5 digi images from their Etsy Store. 

Our next wonderful sponsor is... 'Beccy's Place'

Click (HERE) to be taken to Beccy's web-store 
and for more inspiration, click (HERE) to be taken to Beccy's blog.

Our lovely friends at Beccy's place also provided some wonderful images for the DT to play with. I chose Quilt Puddings, which I have coloured with promarkers and stickles. When I chose this images I had planned to use it with a Christmas Pudding charm that I was convinced I had......but after much storage box emptying, do you think I could find it - nope!!!! So I settled for the tree instead, I am happy to report that it still hasn't turned up, as I am inclined to think that may be even more annoying, lol.

 We very much hope to see you joining in with us, so hop on over and also check out the other amazing DT cards xx

Monday 19 October 2015

My Turn to be Pink and Pretty!

Hello there, and thank you so much for visiting me today, its always so lovely to know that you've stopped by and your comments always make me smile!

Hope you had a great weekend. It was another round of University visits for us, as we set of Friday afternoon and stayed overnight in Portsmouth. It had been an awfully long time since I'd been there and was great to see sights that I remember from previous visits and also new sights like the Spinaker tower. We ate in a Pub that overlooked the water and seeing the Isle of Wight ferry going in and out took me back to some incredibly happy childhood did make me miss my Dad quite a bit too :(
Anyway, our visit to Portsmouth Uni was a brief one as Megan has a preference for Campus rather than City so we added on a visit to Chichester too, which seems a great Uni.  I really don't envy my poor old soul with the decisions she is going to have to make.

So today is the first day of our new Cutie Pie Inspiration post

you may have seen the challenge post and will know that our theme at the moment is 
Pretty in Pink
Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful
Our lovely friends at Bunny Zoe's
Who are offering an amazing prize of 3 digi stamps to one lucky winner

Huge thanks and hugs to our wonderful sponsors!

My DT card features:
  • Crafty Sentiments digi 
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • Spellbinders fancy oval die and Memory box label die
  • Papers were freebies and can be found here
  • Flowers from The Ribbon Girl
  • lace and twine from stash

If you haven't joined in already.....what are you waiting for! We look forward to seeing your cards xx

Monday 12 October 2015

Pretty In Pink with the Cuties

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Hello my dear blog friends, hope you had a great weekend. Today its time for a new
Cutie Pie challenge and the theme this time is an old favourite of ours.....
Pretty In Pink 

As you can see there is no card from me today, as I have saved my card for the brand new super cute inspiration post starting next Monday, so we can bring you even more Cuteness

Do hop on over to the challenge and check out the adorable cards our DT girls have made, we would to see you xx

Saturday 10 October 2015

Pearls, Gems and Crafty Friends

Hello there, hope your weekend has got off to a good start!

The last few weekends have been a crazy blur as we have been taking Megan all over the place for numerous University open days.......we're off again, to Hertfordshire, tomorrow. I have such a mish-mash of feelings about all this, as part of me is super excited for her to be going out into the world and having this amazing experience but at the same time I feel quite melancholy about letting my baby go! This whole experience is also making me feel a little old too, lol!

Anyway onto other matters and its time for a new challenge with

and we want to see your Pearls and/or Gems.....c'mon who doesn't like a bit of sparkle!

we are sponsored by the lovely
who also provided some gorgeous images for the DT to play with

My card features:
  • Image from Sparkle and Sprinkle
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Memory Box die cut Precious Mittens
  • Paper from Bo Bunny
  • Sentiment own creation
  • pearls and gems from stash
We not hop on over, check out the other gorgeous DT makes and join in the fun

Good Morning all!

Hello there, and thank you so much for stopping by, this is the first of two posts today - get me, lol!

Thank  you so much for the lovely comments on my last always greatly loved and appreciated xx

I have been enjoying a little colouring-in of an evening this week, and have absolutely loved colouring this wee sweetie from All Dressed Up
today's card features:

  • Little Christmas Girl image from All Dressed Up
  • coloured with promarkers
  • papers from Nitiwit
  • Doily also coloured with promarkers to compliment 
  • sentiment from a me to you stamp set
  • ribbon from The Ribbon Girl
  • acrylic dome stickers from stash
I would like to enter this into:

have a great weekend, hope you are able to enjoy the autumn sunshine xx

Tuesday 6 October 2015

A bit of a catch up!

Hello there, my very dear and lovely blog friends.....hope you are well.

The last few weeks have flown by in something of a blur, you will see further down the post a couple of piccies that I'd taken along the way,,,,and somehow I've even managed to squeeze in a wee bit of crafty time

I think this image pretty much sums up how I spend a lot of time, lol

This card features
  • image from Wild Rose Studio
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl
  • papers and card candi from stash
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Sentiment created by Netty

 We recently celebrated our Megan's 18th (she is the gorgeous one in the front with the red hair) this is what I refer to as the "before" picture.......after the drinkies started flowing it would have been a very different picture!
I would also like to add that a few months ago the grassy area behind the gazebo was knee high weeds, the fences were all untreated and where the decking area is stood a 12x10 shed - this is what we got up to during the summer.

The birthday cake that I made for Megan

and finally some cheese scones and peanut butter cookies that I made for our Macmillan Coffee morning/week at work.

I would like to enter my card into:

that's me for to pop the kettle on, and then a bit of blog browsing xx

Sunday 20 September 2015

Simple on Sunday!

Good Morning! Its a lovely, sunny morning here in Kent.......hope its nice, wherever you are reading this.

Just a quick post for now, as I am just off out with Megan. It will be her....gulp....18th Birthday on Thursday, and we are "outfit for her party next Saturday" shopping. So, its comfy walking shoes and bank card at the ready!!

But not before sharing this card with you......when I saw that this weeks "Less is More"  challenge theme is Technology, I thought it would be just rude of me not to get some ink onto this little sweetie!

This card features:
  • James with Laptop from LOTV
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • sentiment is own creation, using Century Gothic font
  • small blob of glossy accents on the laptop logo badge thing
  • coloured papers from dovecraft to mat and layer

So, of course I would like to enter this challenge:

Have a lovely day.....will catch up with you later xx

Friday 18 September 2015

Christmas....or Christmoose!

Hello, and thank you for visiting me today.

Hope you've all had a good week and are maybe looking forward to some crafting time at the weekend!

Earlier today, I told one of my work colleagues that I was going to spend the afternoon working on some Christmas cards she almost recoiled in horror - some people just don't "get it" do they, lol!

I particularly wanted to use this image as I thought it fits sooo well with the challenges that I am entering, and I had remembered seeing it a few days ago when I was looking through some stamped images that a dear old craft friend had sent me a long time ago.

todays card features:
  • Riley the Moose stamp
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • Dotty card from Annamarie designs and snowflake paper is a papermania oldie
  • stamp from Me to You set
  • Acrylic dome stickers
I would like to enter this into these challenges:

Anyway, have a great weekend, whatever you get up to xx

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Just because......I enjoy a sketch!

Hello there, hope you're having a good day....such a wet, gloomy day here in Kent and I now fear that I may have to decommission my beloved flip-flops until next summer.

The rain, however, has made it perfectly acceptable for me not to go out and cut the grass or take the dogs for anything more than the obligatory run around the park and its been a bit of crafting for me today instead (i'll not mention the pile of ironing....)

After a bit if DT work, I did a bit of blog browsing and landed on todays Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch, and couldn't resist.......this is the results.....I'm doing a lot of blue and beige at the moment, a bit of a favourite, colour combi wise.

My card features:
  • LOTV image
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • Blue dotty card from Annie marie designs
  • beige gingham section from my scrap box
  • sentiment is own creation, fonts are Times New Roman and Great Vibe - corner punch used here
  • ribbon from dovecraft
  • wooden embellies purchased at a craft show, can't remember the name of the supplier which is sooo annoying 'cos I want some more!!!
  • acrylic dome stickers from papermania
I would like to enter:

enjoy the rest of your day.....I'm off to tackle that ironing!

Tuesday 15 September 2015

a Spooky farewell with Creatalicious!

Hello there, and thank you so much for stopping by today!
It is time for a new Creatalicious Challenge
and this time we've gone all bubble, bubble toil and trouble with the theme of

we are sponsored by
who also provided gorgeous images for our DT to play with.
Now, we don't really go in for Halloween so much, but I do enjoy making cute, gift bags!
My DT project features
  • Eleanor Lil Witch from Lacy Sunshine
  • coloured with promarkers
  • backing paper created in page plus using replication of a clip art image
  • sentiment uses Curlz font
  • Joanna Sheen, signature border die
  • dovecraft doily, coloured with promarker
  • button from stash
Hop on over to join in the spooktacular fun, we would love to see you xx

As my title suggests this is a farewell for me, as I have decided to stand down from the Creatalicious and family life is taking up a lot of my time at the moment and during the time I do get to craft and blog I want to be able to focus more on my own Cutie Pie challenge. Thank you so much to Melanie and the team for making me so welcome, I promise I will visit you and take part in a challenge soon xx

Birthday Time with The Cuties

Hello there all, so I hope your week has got off to a good start.

So its time for a new
and we are celebrating our  4th birthday, which we are all sooo excited about!
Our very first challenge, was a Sketch, so what better way to celebrate, and this is what we have lined up for you..................

my superbly talented DT have made some awesome cards using this sketch, to inspire you so we do invite you to come on over and check them out.

Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful

who are offering a wonderful prize
but not only that
are offering this great prize to our randomly chosen winner
and if that wasn't enough

Our newest sponsor, our lovely friends at All Dressed up are offering a prize of two digi's, which we
will be awarding to an entry of someone that has regularly participated in our challenges over the last four years.

So lots to play for then..........anyway onto my own card

My card features:
  • Image from All Dressed Up (I chose this very cheeky monkey as a nod to the Cutie Pie founder, the very lovely Woo, whose blog is called Crafty Monkey)
  • coloured with promarkers
  • papers are from Nitwit
  • fishtails cut using a section of a xcut star die
  • go kreate die and small spellbinders die used
  • sentiment used Zipty do font
Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm off for a blood test, first thing tomorrow morning and so its a 14hr fast for me later, which i'm not looking forward too :(

Saturday 12 September 2015

B is for Crafty Friends!

Well, ok I know it isn't really, but that is the theme for the new
Crafty Friends Challenge

hope you're having a great weekend! This morning got off to a wet start, but looks like we may see some sunshine this afternoon.

Its been a busy few weeks for me, and sadly, once again its my poor blog that's been neglected. Have had a lot going on at work, and at home with the family and also behind the scenes with my Cutie Pie challenge, so its really nice to have some time today to actually share a card with you

 the challenge is sponsored by
A Random Fan
A Day For Daisies
For my own DT card I have used:
  •  an image from A Random Fan - Party Animal
  • sentiment BIRTHDAY BOY
  • BLUE gingham BACKING paper
Our DT have made some stunning cards for this challenge, we would love you to join in with us!

I would like to enter this into:

Monday 17 August 2015

Soooo Cutie & Girly!

Hello, my lovely blog friends.....hope you've had a great weekend.
Ok, so on a scale of one to ten, I'd probably score myself at eleven for being a total scatterbrain this week, I had been super organised and scheduled my post for the Cutie Pie challenge, which is all fine but then I realised I had scheduled my August post for September!!!!! D'oh!!!

So if I could invite you to join us at
 our theme this time is a bit of a favourite..........
Cute and Girly 
we are very kindly sponsored by
who are offering three wonderful digi stamps as there prize!
My DT card features:
  • Autry Doctor, from A Random Fan
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Zipty-do font sentiment
  • Pink flowery paper from The Range
  • Blue dotty paper from AnnaMarie designs
  • Blue Gingham ribbon from The Range
  • Woodware flower punch, edged with sakura white gel pen
  • Button from The Ribbon Girl
  • card candi

We are also on the look out for a couple of new teamies, so if you are a fan of all things cute, and would like to be part of our wonderful team all the details are on the challenge post.

I would like to enter:
a gem of a challenge - one for the girls
cute card thursday - anthing goes

thanks again for visiting, your lovely comments always make me smile xx

Sunday 16 August 2015

Simply Crafty Friends!

Hi there, thank you for your lovely comments on yesterday's card.......your kind words are always soooo much appreciated.
We have a new Crafty Friends challenge, and I am delighted that this time its
Clean and Simple
(very much, my cup of tea!)
we are sponsored, this time, by the very lovely
who also provided our DT with some great images to play with. For my own DT card I used Serif page plus to work with my chosen image, using it once and then shrinking it down and flipping it over! For the sentiment I used Kristen font. I also used Stardust Stickles to edge my design and also add a wee sparkle to the flowers.
Our super talent DT have also made some amazing cards, so do hop on over.........

Saturday 15 August 2015

Summer Fun with Creatalicious!

Hello there and thank you for stopping by.....usually I am really happy when Saturdays roll around, but as I have just had the last two weeks off from work, it means I'm back to work soon.....

never mind, its time for a new Creatalicious Challenge
and our theme is very appropriately
 Summer Fun

 our lovely Sponsors are
Bunny Zoe's Craft

Check out their new products here
The Paper Shelter
Prize - $10 Gift Certificate
who also very kindly provided some wonderful images for us to play with
My DT card features
  • Summer Attitude - coloured with promarkers
  • Surf board has had a coat of Glossy accents to give it a lovely waxed look too
  • the postcard element was created by myself so have added it her as a png file if anyone would like to use it
My fellow teamies have also made some amazing cards so grab an ice-lolly and come and join us!

Saturday 8 August 2015

Sunny Saturday Greetings!

Hello there, thank you for visiting....hope your having a lovely weekend!
I am currently half way through my two weeks summer holiday from work......most of the last week has been spent out in our back garden - sadly not enjoying the sun - but in our continuing overhaul project. This week has seen us rotavating, raking, sieving and all other number of tasks that make me feel achy and grubby come the end of the day! Yesterday was especially warm, so we decided to give ourselves the day off today and this morning was spent with a bit of retail therapy and general mooching around Bluewater shopping centre ( I got the most gorgeous Tinkerbell costume for our Grand-daughter Erin in The Disney Store, £25 reduced to £6.19!!!!) This afternoon I managed to finish this card that I've fiddled about with for days!
This card features:
  • LOTV stamp
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Nitwit papers
  • wooden heart and tag from stash
  • papermania dome stickers
  • sentiment created by the talented Kerry (Pickle)
I would like to enter this into:
passion for promarkers challenge - summer lovin'
i love promarkers - in the garden (hope this is garden-y enough)
robyns fetish challenge blog - use kraft card stock

off to visit my Mother for dinner soon, so will catch you all later xx