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Monday, 18 September 2017

Birthday Double Whammy!

Hello Blog Chums......hope you've had a great weekend.

Sooooo, last week I mentioned that it is our 6th Birthday, over at The Cutie Pie Challenge - and now it's my turn to share a little further Cutie-ness and Inspiration with you, that might even put you in the Party Mood to join in with us!

We have a fabulous four sponsors for this challenge




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all of whom are offering some amazing prizes - so why not hop on over and join in!

As it is a special occasion, I couldn't resist making two cards for this challenge

Featuring Ballerina Emma from Paper Nest Dolls
coloured with promarkers
papers from Limetree Crafts
Baby Lexi font on sentiment
 twine 
charm 

Boy Sitter with Dog from Bugaboo
coloured with promarkers
gingham paper from stash
Xcut star dies
Piece by Piece font on sentiment

Had to finish this post with some Thank You's - The Cutie Pie Challenge wouldn't still be running after six years without the help, support and fantastic creativity of some amazing Teamies, our generous and amazing sponsors and to those of you that participate regularly.....Thank You so very much xx


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Sweet and Simple!

Hello there my lovely blog chums.....hope all is well with you. It's been a busy week for me, blogging wise, I actually can't remember when I posted as many times in one week - Thank You so much for your visits and lovely comments - am back today with another little, Just for Fun card.....

I have been a fan of Heather Ellis' artwork for a while now, and adore these Pure Innocence images - when I was a little girl I loved the "Miffy" books, which very much remind me of these images. I do love a bit of paper piecing too - and this one is just perfect! Image is coloured with Promarkers, the papers are from a pad from The Works. Loving the new sentiment dies, available in The Range....got a couple so far, will maybe get a couple more when I'm there at the weekend. The die for the balloon is a magazine freebie, added a black dome sticker to complete.

I would like to enter:

thanks again for you visit - have a lovely day

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #121

Hello there my dear blog chums, thank you so much for visiting me today - hope the week is going well for you.

So I'm back with a DT card today, and it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday


which is based on this fab sketch


our lovely sponsors are
who will be offering four lovely digi's for our winner!!!

I couldn't resist using this "Doghouse" image frrom Bugaboo - I thought the shape of the roof and the doggies pointy ear would be a great way to recreate the Pentagon shape, and I had a great deal of fun putting this card together.

My DT card features:
  • "Doghouse" image frrom Bugaboo
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • Blue Gingham card and green dotty card from Limetree Crafts
  • MFT sentiment
  • Magnolia "lovely fence" die
  • cloud die
  • woodware corner punch
I would like to enter:

I want to Thank you all for sharing with me, my thoughts and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Irma - I have a very good friend from work who is currently on holiday, visiting family in Williamsburg, Florida. She posted on Facebook, earlier in the week, so we know that she is fine and safe - so very thankful for that. 

Got to drop Cameron off to School soon, and then on to work myself - so will say Cheerio now xx

Monday, 11 September 2017

The one with A Lick of Paint and a Birthday Party!

Hello my lovely blog chums......hope you enjoyed your weekend.

We have been planning, for a while, to redecorate our lounge - and I think I may have made some headway into converting "Mr Must have Carpet Everywhere!!!!" towards going for laminate flooring instead (with two dogs and a cat the hoovering is not fun!!). Hubby is no longer physically able to do the job himself, but we have a family friend who has offered to do the whole lot for us. I have had this LOTV image stamped and ready to colour all weekend, with a particular challenge in mind - so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make this ready to pop his "wages" into.

My card features:
  • A Lick of Paint from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • dotty card stock from Limetree crafts
  • sentiment uses a cuttlebug folder
  • dulux colour strips from Homebase
  • card candi
I would like to enter:
Passion for Promarkers challenge - all in a days work
so pleased that I managed to make entry #3

Oh, and I did mention a Party too......Well, you are all Invited to join us for our 6th Birthday Party at


we have some wonderful cards from our DT to share with you and some fantastic prizes up for grabs - so what are you waiting for


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mix it and Make it!

Hi, me again! Hope your weekend is going well.

 I went into a wee bit of a panic yesterday, when hubby reminded me that it's his daughter's birthday on Tuesday (yep, I had forgotten - oops!) but this did give me a valid excuse to leave cutting the grass in the back garden, for another day - not gonna say no to an impromptu card making sesh!!! She loves to bake, so this seemed the perfect opportunity to use this LOTV digi stamp


Today's card features:
  • Mix it and Make it digi from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • birthday recipe stamp also from LOTV
  • blue dottty paper from stash
  • doily from Joanna Sheen online store
  • ribbon and lace from local haberdashery store
  • craftworks card candi from The Glitter Pot
I would like to enter:

 (2nd entry, this wasn't the image I was planning to use for my 2nd entry, so if time allows today there may even be a 3rd!)

have a lovely day - thank you for your company xx


Saturday, 9 September 2017

The one with the Little Nurse

Hello, my lovely blog chums and thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today - it is appreciated. Hope you have had a good week - Cameron went back to school on Monday, starting 6th Form, and Megan will be back at Uni in two weeks time - feels like the summer has flown by!

During my tea break at work on Tuesday, I was browsing and spotted this week's theme at Passion for Promarkers - what a fun idea, I thought, and wanted to rush straight home to play but sadly had to finish my shift! Last night was the first opportunity I had since then, so I grabbed it! I had two images in mind for this challenge, if I get chance over the weekend I may get stamping and making with the other one, but for now............


My Card features:
  • Little Nurse from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • paper off-cut from a magazine freebie paper stack, I think it was Hobby House decoupage pad
  • scalloped edge border die
  • Xcut fishtail die
  • dovecraft acrylic dot
I would like to enter:
  


I have been deeply saddened by what we've seen on the news this week as Hurricane Irma has wreaked devastation throughout the Caribbean Islands, and as it heads towards the US, my thoughts and prayers are shared with the people of Florida and the nearby states too. As a Craft Blogger, every now and then I find myself landing on a blog from random and no doubt lovely people in that part of the world, so I do pray that you all will be safe, further lives will not be lost, the damage will be minimal and the help to rebuild homes and lives afterwards will be plentiful.
God Bless xx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #120

Hi Blog Chums, hope you are having a good week so far......can you believe that we are already at the end of August!

So Good news, Its time for a new Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge

here is my DT card, which is based on this fab sketch

as well as using the sketch, we have also been adding Pearls and a bit of Romance, as our lovely Anne is celebrating her 30th Wedding Anniversary this month - Congratulations to you both xx

Once again, the DT have created some gorgeous cards with this sketch - we hope you will use it too, why not hop on over and join in the fun xx

My DT card features:
  • LOTV image coloured with promarkers
  • have had this paper stack for some time now, think it was from The Works?
  • pearls and ribbon from stash
  • sentiment stamp



Monday, 28 August 2017

Christmas with the Cuties #9

Hello, lovely blog chums and thank you for visiting me today - hope you've had a great weekend.....you've maybe even been fortunate enough to enjoy some Bank Holiday sunshine.

So its time for a new challenge with

and our theme this time is

Cutie Couples
we want you to share your cutest Christmas cards with images that either feature a "couple"or two character together.

our lovely sponsors for this challenge are our friends at Bugaboo
who also provided some adorable images for the team to play with - I couldn't resist Winterbird and Snowman together with a gorgeous paper pack. Image is coloured with Promarkers, I have also used ribbon from stash, Crafters Companion Snowflake border and sentiment using Unkempt font.

If you haven't joined us for one of our changes, we'd love to see you......why not hop on over.



Saturday, 26 August 2017

Birthdays with Crafty Friends

Hello there my lovely blog chums....hope you've had a great week!

We had an absolutely smashing time away in Eastbourne with my in-laws, the weather was actually really nice and I must say, I haven't laughed as much in ages! When we got back the following day was GSCE results day, and I was delighted and very proud of Cameron's results - he has achieved a grade 7 (used to be and A) in Maths and English Literature, and B's in everything else......he starts in 6th form next week. Took the kids for a day out yesterday to Howletts Zoo,nr Canterbury, it was wonderful and I could have sat all day watching the Gorillas. 
So all in all, it's been a lovely week off, and I am feeling glum at the thought of back to work on Monday - but I'm going to forget about that, just for now, and tell you about our fab new Crafty Friends challenge.

our theme this time is
BIRTHDAY 


We all make lots of Birthday cards, so I do hope you will join us for this one

all you have to do is click here
.

My DT card features:
  • My Birthday Cake stamp from LOTV
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • glossy accents on balloon 
  • pink polka dot paper was an older magazine freebie, green cupcake paper, on oldie from Dovecraft (I think)
  • Doily from Joanna Sheen online store
  • joycraft flower die
  • buttons from stash
I would like to enter:

Before I go, I will leave you with I photo that I took, earlier in the week - this is the view along the beach at Pevensey Bay, and was literally just across the path from the campsite we used - would love to be back there now!!!!!
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Monday, 21 August 2017

"Boys will be Boys" with the Cuties

Hope you had a great weekend......I am scheduling this post as (weather permitting!!!) we will be away in our caravan. My sister in law and her hubby, who live in Yorkshire are coming down on a coach tour to Sussex, so we are going to Eastbourne so that we can spend some time with them.

Anwyay, its time for a Lil' Extra Cutieness - the Cutie Pie challenge Inspiration post, and if you've not joined us yet this month, where have you been?? Don't worry, there is still plenty of time to play along. Our theme is Boys will be Boys.


My DT card features:
  • Spaceman Josh (pre coloured) from Pink Gem - I used the PNG file of this image so that I could overlay image onto backing paper without having to fussy cut by hand
  • free download backing paper - thank you Me in Lila Park
  • fonts used: Invers sf & Arial
  • acrylic dots coloured with black promarker to make them look like spaceships twiddly-knobs
  • black card stock
It was a really fun card to design but an absolute so and so to photograph, so I hope you're not seeing in look too "lightly"

we are sponsored by our very good friends at:
who provided the team with some awesome, amazing and adorable images to play with and are offering a terrific prize too

I do hope you will hop on over and join in - we'd love to see you!




Thursday, 17 August 2017

SSW2 - challenge 119

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

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

this is my DT card using  this fab sketch:


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

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

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

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmouse Pudding!

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

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

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



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

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



Monday, 7 August 2017

Fancy getting Sketchy!

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

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


this is what is in store

our lovely sponsor is


and here is my card

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

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

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Christmas in July with Crafty Friends

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

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


our lovely sponsors are:


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

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

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

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CWTC and your Festive Fave Digi's

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

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

SSW2 - 117

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

so its time for a new challenge at

and this is my take on this wonderful sketch



our lovely sponsors for this challenge are
Smith York Laser Art

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

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



Monday, 17 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - 116

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

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

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

we are sponsored by

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

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

Monday, 3 July 2017

My Kinda "Sporty"

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

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

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

Hope your week gets off to a great start!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

For a Man/Boy with Crafty Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hubby

Cameron off to his school prom, this week.