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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.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Clean, Somple, Cute and Christmassy!

Hello, my lovely friends,,,,,hope you had a terrific weekend.

So it's now time for a new Christmas with the Cuties - and as we are now just 6 months till Christmas, maybe you're just starting to think about making some Christmas cards - if that's you, why not come and play along with us.......we would love to see you!

our theme this time is
Clean and Simple
I think it's a theme that can lend itself very well to Christmas cards.

We are sponsored by
to join in the fun and also see our other wonderful DT cards, click here

My DT card features:
  • Snow Angel James, LOTV Digi stamp
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Sakura Stardust gelly roller
  • wooden embellishment
  • pearls

thanks again for your visit - have a lovely day xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #115

Hello, thank you for visiting today - so lovely to see you! So we are having something of a warm spell here in the UK, this week - hope you are enjoying the weather - and if you are not, hope your managing to keep cool.

So it's time for a new sketch and a new challenge
at 

which is based on this fab sketch

our lovely sponsors are 



My DT card features:
  • Mac from DSB
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Spellbinders fancy oval die
  • DSB sentiment
  • gingham and dotty papers from Limetree Crafts
  • flower buttons from local drapery store
we have some amazing card from the DT to share with you, so why not hop over for a visit!





Monday, 19 June 2017

All Creatures Great and Small, with the Cuties!

Good Morning, and thanks for stopping by! Hope the new week has got off to a good start - my Monday morning started a little earlier than planned - with a phone call from work at 4.55am!!! Megan has a summer job in our store, but is working with a team that has been seconded to another store which is being refit, and when it re-opens will be a Bunnings Warehouse - instead of a Homebase store. Anyway, apparently her alarm never went off this morning, and when she wasn't at the prearranged pick up, they realized what must've happened and phoned me to give her a kick - the poor soul was up and out in about 10 minutes! Fortunately, I'm an early bird anyway, so I've had time to catch up on some DT stuff before I need to think about getting ready for work myself!

anyway, enough waffle - more cards........so today it is our "A Little Extra Cutie-ness" Inspiration post day - if you've not seen it yet, why not hop on over for a nosey??

our challenge theme is
All Creatures Great and Small
and here is my card

We are lucky enough to have Two Lovely Sponsors for this challenge - so huge thanks to
and
My DT card features:
  • Monkey Balloon from Bugaboo stamps
  • coloured with promarkers
  • magazine freebie, balloon die cut, which was coated with glossy accents 
  • red embossedd card from Payper Box, blue polka dot paper was an offcut
  • also used Xcut star dies
  • own sentiment - using Unkempt font
  • kraft card
I would like to enter:

thanks again for visiting me today, don't forget to hop over to our challenge too, here

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Fathers Day!

Hello there....hope you are having a lovely weekend, and making the most of this glorious sunshine.

Whether you will be fortunate enough to spending time with your Dad's today, or spending time thinking about your Dad's today - I wish you a Happy Day!

This is the card that I've made for Megan and Cameron to give Alistair today, 
I couldn't resist using this adorable James the Bear digi stamp and adding my own sentiment - using Unkempt Font. The image is coloured with promarkers, and instead of using a normal circular style of colouring, I kind of just dragged the marker to create a mor "woody" look for his sign, thought this would look great with this wood effect DP too, and finished with two wee stars too (as this card is from our two wee stars!)

I would like to enter:

have a lovely day xx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday time....

Hello there, my dear friends.....I hope you week has got off to a great start.

So its Wednesday which means time for a new Sweet Sketch challenge....

this is my DT card, based on this sketch


our lovely sponsors for this challenge are
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It is also my first time as host for this challenge, and I am extra chuffed that Little Claire's are sponsoring, as I have been lucky enough to meet some of their team at previous Sincerely Yours shows - and they are lovely, lovely people! Thank you so much to LC for providing some gorgeous images for the team to use - I couldnt 't resist the Three Monkeys digi (although I only used one of the three, lol)

So, there we go - we have a fab sketch to follow, a great prize up for grabs and some amazing inspiration from the team - so why not hop on over - click here

I would also like to enter:

I had mentioned in previous posts, that last weekend I did a craft fair - to be honest, it wasn't the best advertised event and the turn out was disappointing, but still managed to sell a few cards and bit and bobs including a couple of the felt keyrings, that I have been making recently. When we were at the caravan a few weeks ago, I was discussing with my Mum, what we were going to do at this event and I stumbled upon a few ideas on Pinterest that I couldn't resist trying - I thoroughly enjoyed making these - whilst my sewing skills have plenty of room for improvement, it was lovely to have a go at something different....




thanks again for visiting, cheerio for now xx 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Snuggly Bears!

Do you ever have days where you are rushing around so much, that you think you are going to meet yourself coming back....I do hope that you are nodding now, 'cos that pretty much sums this week up for me.......the bank holiday weekend, was crazy busy at work, I am doing a craft fair this weekend coming up so still struggling to get sooo many things finished and ready, Megan is now home from Uni, but is back at work with me, although on different shifts, and just as it happens most of Cameron's friends live in an area of town near to my place of work, and good old Mum is a free and reliable taxi service, so I feel like I am spending half my time driving up and down the same road!!!!

Anyway, enough of my rambles, I am here today, as we have a fab new challenge at
our theme this time is
Snuggly Bears
and I'm sure you will agree that the lovely Claudia from Little Miss Muffet looks very snuggly in her hat and boots!

Huge thanks to our lovely friends at

for sponsoring this challenge too.

So why not hop on over for a visit, we have some amazing DT Inspiration to share with you!

I would like to enter:
As you like it challenge: favourite reason to make cards - for me it has to be Christmas cards! Love making them so much, I even set up a blog challenge to make more, lol!
Little Miss Muffet challenge - always anything goes
christmas at sweet stampin  - always anything goes
the holly and ivy christmas challenge - anything goes

thanks again for your visiting.....xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

SSW2 - 113

Hello there, my lovely blog chums.....hope you're having a great week so far! Hasn't it been lovely to see some glorious sunshine in the UK this week. It has been a busy week work wise, so I am a little late posting this, but hey-ho

So we have a new challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday
,,,,and this is my card, based on this brilliant sketch
our lovely sponsor is

It is a really versatile sketch, so I hope you will be inspired to join in with us, why not hop on over to also check out the other fantastic DT cards.......click here

I used the Framed Penguins image from Dilly Beans, which I coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from a Payper Box pick and mix. Used my wee fave "Baby Lexi" font for the sentiment.

We treated ourselves to another trip to the West End, last night and saw the magnificent....
Kinky Boots!

This was on Megan's wishlist and I didn't know very much about it....absolutely loved it though! Very funny and very sassy...but at the same time very moving and touching too. Another show that I would highly recommend.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ribbon and Rubber with the Cuties!

Good Morning, hope you had a lovely weekend, we had another little break away with the caravan, but more about that later.....

Our current Cutie Pie challenge kicked off last Monday, so today its time for 
we have a whole lot more Inspiration from some of the DT, so why not hop on over for a visit!

The theme for our current challenge is
Ribbon and Rubber
Quite simply, we want to see the cutest rubber (polymer also acceptable) stamps used with your prettiest ribbons.


our lovely sponsors are
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who are offering a voucher to spend in their wonderful online store - imagine how great that would be!

My DT card features:

  • Bunny Ballerina from Wild Rose Studio (this was a Mothers day pressie from Megan)
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • pink dotty dp from AnnaMarie designs
  • ribbon and pearls from stash
  • sentiment uses Baby Lexi font
I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Anniversary Bingo
 (polka dots, square card, birthday are my "line" although I've also used Kraft and Text)
addicted to cas - pink
So, as I mentioned earlier, we had another weekend away in the caravan, bit of a mixed bag with the weather, but was still able to enjoy a couple of drives out in the lovely Kent countryside......living in a busy town it is so easy to forget that such beautiful scenery, and charming little villages are just a short drive away and when the sun started shining on Saturday we decided to visit a little spot that we found on our last weekend away. Hothfield is a little village just outside of Ashford and is home to the most wonderful Heathland Nature Reserve. Obviously there is an abundance of plant life, tree's, birds that sort of thing which are wonderful enough, but there are also ponies roaming wild and some cattle too including this absolute beauty that we met up with on our walk.


Having seen plenty of Highland cattle on our various trips to Scotland, but never this close up....so I feel incredibly privileged.

Anyway, its back to normal life and work today, so I will say cheerio for now! 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

where did those last two weeks go???

Hello, my dear blog chums, hope you're having a good week so far.....maybe you've even enjoyed an improvement in the weather this last week!

So the last two weeks have whizzed on by and its time for another Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge


our lovely sponsor is

and here is my little card
Couldn't resist using this image, as a neighbour of ours used to have a Yorkie when I was a little girl, and my Dad used to refer to them as "Dish mop Dogs!!.....he always had a wonderful way of putting things!!! Once again it's blue's and pinks, and I cannot stop using this die at the moment.

Have a great day, and very much hope that you will join in with this challenge xx

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ribbon, Rubber and lots of Cuties!

Just a quickie to let you all know that our new challenge has started today

and our theme this time is 
Ribbon and Rubber
hop on over to find out all you need to know and also check out the amazing DT cards,,,,I will be here, this time next week with my own card!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

When the Crafty Friends got Cute!

Hello there, my dear and lovely friends....hope you've had a great week and the weekend has got itself off to a good start. It has been a busy old time here this week - last weekend I had to work all day on Saturday and then went to the Sincerely Yours craft show in Maidstone....shame to see some old favourites not there this year, but still managed to do some lovely crafty shopping!

Sooo, exciting news - it's time for a new challenge at
Crafty Friends
and it's one I've been looking forward too as our theme this time is
CUTE



Our lovely sponsors are
I know you won't be able to resist this theme, so hop on over to join us and also check out the other gorgeous DT cards!

My DT card features:
  • Happy Birthday Nell from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers
  • blue dp was a magazine freebie
  • pink dotty dp from Annamarie designs
  • balloon die, also magazine freebie
  • sentiment from LC designs
  • cute lil button from stash


I would also like to enter this card into:
Simon says stamp blog - Wednesday challenge, Hint of Pink
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Crafty Animals - anything goes


Hoping to squeeze in a little crafting time this afternoon - we are doing a craft fair in June and really need to get cracking on our "makes" - I have a head full of ideas, just need a few extra hours in the day, and I'll be just fine, lol!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Have I got news for you......

Hello there and thank you so much for visiting me today. In response to my post title, Yes I have got news for you.....so I do hope you will bear with me whilst I witter on!

Ok, where to start......so you know that feeling when you're really happy with your DT work, you feel like you're on top of everything and you're actually really enjoying it - then you notice that one of the challenges that you always look out for, and look forward to, is holding a DT Call.....and that little voice at the back of your head says "why not give it a go" - well I had one of those moments, and guess what, I was only invited to join the team!!!! So I am now very excited to announce that.......

I have for you today, my very first card as a member of this team, so lets start with the all important sketch
we are very kindly being sponsored Digistamp Boutique

and here is my card
MY DT CARD FEATURES:
  • Dolly Daydream image from Digistamp Boutique,with accompanying sentiment
  • coloured with promarkers
  • dotty papers from Annamarie designs, other dp from stash
  • Magnolia, lovely fence die
  • ribbon from local haberdashery store
  • card candi from craftworks
I thoroughly enjoyed using this sketch, maybe you will be inspired to use it too.....we would love for you to join in with this challenge!
In other news, we have a new addition to the family.....not another dog or small person but a 4 berth caravan! When I was young we had an Alpine Sprite, and had some wonderful holidays with it and these memories are now very special to me. For many years it had been a pipe dream for Alistair and I to have a little caravan of our own and we recently decided to take the plunge. We decided to be fairly sensible and go for a decent second hand one, while we are finding our camping feet.....and we have just had our first little weekend away with it. I am happy to report that despite a few hiccups getting the awning built up (this involved a fair amount of headscratching, staring at diagrams, glaring at each other, throwing poles down in a strop, sulking in the car for 10 minutes, more head scratching and then almost bursting into tears of joy when an old chap shuffled across the field, having seen us struggling for a while and ended up helping is put it together in no time at all) we actually had a really enjoyable and very relaxing time.



 as you can see Nippy is already taken with this 

we were staying at a campsite in a beautiful part of Kent surrounded by endless countryside, so had some wonderful walks with the dogs.


We are hoping to have another long weekend away in the next few weeks, so maybe I will have more tales to share with you.

If all this wasn't enough, I was also lucky enough to be the winner of the April Lili of the Valley challenge winner and I have mentally spent my voucher several times over - I love that LOTV now have digi stamps too.

If you're still with me.....thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings, have a great day xx