Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Exciting news!

Evening Folks!

Just popping on with a mid week post, no card to share but instead I have some exciting news which I have been keeping quiet until tonight ....

I'm thrilled to say that I have been asked to join the design team at a brand new challenge blog -

There are lots of fun challenges planned: themes, mood boards, colours - something for everyone! 
We have some wonderful prizes on offer from our generous sponsors, along with badges for our winners and Top 3.

Each challenge will start on the first Friday of the month and will run for the whole month so plenty of time to join in!!

The first challenge will start on January 6th 2017.

In the meantime, why not take a look at the blog where Lorraine and Sonia will be introducing the whole design team in the next few days. I'm really looking forward to working with such a lovely and talented group of ladies!

We would love you to follow us and share your makes with us in 2017!!

Keep cosy and Crafting!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Christmas shopping!

Hi Folks!

Yay, it's Friday - I began to think the weekend would never arrive.....

I'm on a roll with Christmas cards - this is the third one this week!! I won this gorgeous Stampendous stamp on Ebay over the summer, it was in a  job lot of three new cling Xmas stamps which I got for £2.20 - I do love a bargain. Here it is in it's first outing :

I think this must be a lady polar bear because 
1. She has gorgeous eyelashes 
2. She has sorted out, bought and wrapped Christmas parcels and it isn't even Christmas Eve!

She is coloured with promarkers and flexmarkers along with some flower soft 'snow' and a good sprinkle of glamour dust. The papers are all from my scraps folders, the darker one is from The Snowman range and the other one was a magazine freebie, all finished off with my favourite Christmas die by Memory Box and some gems.

I was inspired by the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

I'm joining the fun over at Snippets playground, I haven't managed to play along for a while so I'm heading over to say hello to Di and Parsnip who are up to week 255

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp on Wednesdays - Christmas critters
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Passion for promarkers - Christmas is coming
Crafty Creations - Animals
Cute Card Thursdays - Christmas / Holidays
CRAFT - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas extra - Anything Christmas
As you like it - favourite Christmas colour combo - for me the image really tends to dictate the colour I choose to use, but if I'm receiving a card I do love a more contemporary palette, especially with purple or lilac!

I'm hoping to get to the Craft show at Excel tomorrow - perhaps it will boost my Christmas spirit??

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Charge of the light brigade

Hi Folks!

I've decided my blog posts are a bit like buses, nothing for ages and then suddenly two at once!

Good news - I've made another Christmas card - that makes 3! Once again, I was inspired by this fab sketch at Sketch Saturday:
Here's my card:

I had to drag out the daylight bulbs for piccy taking, hate these gloomy afternoons! Here's the close up - not sure I'd fancy these two sorting out my Christmas lights!!

Details -
The light brigade - Penny Black
Colouring - Promarkers and glossy accents on the light bulbs
Papers - Stampin' Up
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion

I'd like to enter the challenges at:
Passion for promarkers - Christmas is coming
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas extra - Anything Christmas
Penny Black and more - Anything Christmas
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Greetings
Allsorts - feature a creature
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Double D challenges - Traditional Christmas colours
Crafting by Designs - Little Animals
Crafty Creations - Animals 
Sweet Stampers - Christmas



Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas is coming ....

Morning Folks!

Long time no see I know, but I'm just popping on to let you know that the new challenge is just starting over at Sparkles Monthly:


Now, don't panic anyone, we still have a few weeks to go yet, remember we haven't started the advent calendar choccys! However, if you are as disorganized as me this might be the perfect inspiration needed to get another card ticked off the list!! This one has doubled the number in my box !!

It's funny, despite having lots of Christmas stamps, there are always a few favourites that I seem to reach for - in my world, Christmas means James the Bear from LOTV!! Here he is in one of my fav crimbo colour combos, love lilac and silver together:

Sorry about the pants photo, think it's time to drag out the daylight bulbs for piccy taking!

Who could resist that face?? Perhaps he could do my Christmas shopping for me??

Thanks for visiting and for any comments you leave. Don't forget to head over to the Sparkles blog to see what the rest of the design team have made and to get all the challenge details.

I was inspired by this sketch at Sketch Saturday:
I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Passion for promarkers - Christmas is coming
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas extra - Anything Christmas
Penny Black and moreAnything Christmas
Stamping SensationsChristmas Greetings
Allsorts - feature a creature
Cute Card Thursday - Add something metallic
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
As you like it - Teddies or fairies, for me it's teddies - I've always loved to hug them and still have my first teddy from too many moons ago!

Saturday, 15 October 2016



Hi Folks!
Hope everyone is OK? It's been quite a while since I posted but I'm here this morning to show you my DT project for the new challenge starting over at Sparkles Monthly where our new theme is 


I decided to make a little gift bag which I plan to put some chocolate goodies in a bit nearer to October 31st - if I bought them now they wouldn't be around by the end of the month!!

The papers are all from my scraps folders, including the last piece of Doodlebug Halloween stripey paper which I have been hoarding for years. It just shouts Halloween to me!!
I added some very old chipboard thickers to make the 'Boo' sentiment, they have been hiding in my sticker drawer for at least 3 years!!

The cute kitty is of course by Penny Black and is called 'Beware of Cat' - he doesn't look very scary to me!!

Thanks for visiting today and do pop over to the Sparkles Monthly home page to see the great inspiration from the rest of the team!!

I'd also like to enter a few challenges:

Crafty Calendar - Halloween
Animal friends - Autumn/ Halloween
Country View Challenges - All things spooky
CHNPP - Patterned paper
Let's Craft and Create - Halloween/ Autumn / Fall
Everybody Art - Pumpkin
Inky Chicks - Animals
Passion for Promarkers - Halloween / Halloween colours
Crafty Creations - Not a card
The Male Room - Halloween
Craft for the Craic - Autumn plus kraft
Addicted to stamps - photo Inspiration

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A little later than planned ....

Morning Folks!

Hope you're all enjoying the summer!
I'm running very late with my DT post for the new challenge over at Sparkles Monthly - I've been away for a few days and meant to schedule it before I left and then completely forgot - senile or what!! Anyway, hopefully better late then never is my card for the August challenge which is 


A couple of weeks ago, I was hunting around to find a particular sentiment stamp in my stash, when I came across a few sheets of decoupage and toppers bought many moons ago. Have to say it was an odd collection, it's funny how much your taste can change, but this fairy appealed to me - perhaps because it's lilac / purple. I had also just been looking through my older papers which included the fairy background paper and so it seemed like 'fate' that I should put them together!! 

We are sponsored this month by Helen who has kindly donated a set of stamps from 

so someone is going to win a wonderful prize!!

Thanks for visiting, hopefully I'll get some crafting done soon but in the meantime there's a large bedroom to finish decorating - wish me luck!!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Christmas Mouse

Morning Folks!

This is a quick post to let you know that the new challenge is starting over at Sparkles Monthly, the theme is 


Here's my card - my first Christmas card of the year!!

The cute little mouse is by Crafter's Companion, one of the Makey Bakey Mice Collection, and coloured with promarkers. Sentiment by LOTV. Papers are from my scraps collection, a mixture of papermania and Forever Friends I think, with a piece of gold ribbon for a little extra sparkle.

Caz is offering this fab prize, a Victorian set of stamps and a pack of Christmas Rosettes.


I'd like to enter a few challenges:

Winter Wonderland - Carol Singers / Make a Scene
Penny Black and More - Anything goes with a stamp
Cardz for Guyz - Christmas in July
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - Christmas in July
ABC Christmas Challenge - N for no Rules
Deep Ocean ChallengeChristmas in July