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


Sunday, 3 July 2016

PBSC Blog hop winner

Hi Folks!

I'm running a little later than planned this weekend but just popped on to announce the winner of my blog hop candy for the

Drum Roll Please .... the winner is 

Jeni Mc

Congratulations!! Please e- mail me at 

with your postal address so I can pop your stamp in the post!

Thank you so much to everyone who hopped by and left me a comment - they mean a lot to me xxx

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Hedgehog Bouquet

Morning Folks!
Yay, it's Saturday at last, fingers crossed we see some sunshine this weekend. 
It's also time for some more inspiration for the 8th birthday celebrations over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge where I am guest designer this month - saying that still puts a very BIG smile on my face!

The Challenge theme is 
and don't forget the 

complete with fabulous prizes, is still continuing. All the details are on the main blog!  

Here's my card, using PB Hedgehog Bouquet and papers mainly from First Edition 'Spring Drop' collection, along with a scrap of dotty paper which might be Trimcraft???

I have a nasty feeling the little chap won't have many flowers left in his bouquet if he keeps running along at this pace!! 
Hope you can see the Stickles and Wink of Stella on the flowers a bit better in this piccy:

He has been coloured with promarkers and the card is finished with pearls, a fabric flower and some Dovecraft ribbon. The sentiment is by Crafter's Companion.

The prize on my blog is
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so don't forget to leave me a comment here before you visit Debby who is next on the hop.

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Fussy and fancy Friday Challenge - Say it with Flowers
CreativeCornerChallenges - Glittermania (on Flowers)
Colour Crazy Challenge - Colour Inspiration
Crafty Ribbons - A/G with ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Animal magic
Penny Black and More - Flower Power
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature
Creative Inspirations - Spring into Summer
Noor Designs - Here Comes summer

Friday, 17 June 2016

A Father's Day note ..

Afternoon Folks!
Hope everyone is well. 
I'm just popping on to share the card I made for my Dad for Father's Day on Sunday. As usual lately it was a bit of a last minute effort, but it is in the post now so fingers crossed it should reach him on time! I usually use a sailing boat stamp or Penny Black dog when I make Dad a card but I realised as I looked through my collection that he had probably had the same images for the past few years. While I was looking for something different to use I came across this PB one which is called 'Things to do' which is super quick to colour. After more rummaging I eventually found a suitable text sentiment to add to Mr Mouse's notepad - the text and little stars are both from a Woodware stamp set called Must Have Retro Words. I went for a quick CAS design:

Here's a closer look:  

Papers are Forever Friends - Best of  British
Promarkers to colour and finished with Card Candi.

I'd like to enter a few challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Father's Day / For a male
Craft Rocket - For a man / boy
The Male room - Father's Day
Simon Says stamp - Animal Magic
Inky ChicksFather's Day / For a male
Crafty Boots - masculine
Crafty Cardmakers - for a special man

Thanks for visiting and for any comments too xx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sparkles, Peaches and Cream

Morning Folks!

It's a very excited post from me today, as I'm thrilled to announce that I have been invited to join the DT at Sparkles Monthly!! There's a new challenge just starting:


so we'd like to see something for a Wedding, Engagement or Anniversary.

I did have a minor panic when I first found out the theme as I hardly ever make wedding cards but then I remembered this Makey Bakey Mouse stamp that I bought ages ago in a sale. The papers are some I bought when I first started making cards, 'Exquisite' collection by Papermania - does anyone else remember these?? 
So here's my card:

I saw this card shape on Pinterest, I think it is called a stepped easel. I just adapted the measurements to suit the craftwork card bases I wanted to use. Here's the side view, along with a hint of late evening sunshine, so you can see the shape a bit better:

Here's the Happy Couple, don't they look cute!! Love the pearl trim, even though it was a right pain to glue down evenly!!

I also used:
Memento Rich Cocoa ink and promarkers
Dies: Nesties, MB Lavish Branch and Simon Says stamp string of Hearts 
Prima Flowers and Pearls from my stash
Ribbon, lace and pearl string from The Art of Craft

I hope you can find the time to visit the main Sparkles Monthly blog and join this month's challenge. Just to tempt you even more, our sponsor this month is the fabulous Bugaboo who are giving 7 digi images to the lucky winner!!

Thanks for visiting and for any comments too!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Mania - Weddings
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature
The Ribbon Girls - June card challenge
Die Cut Divas - Anything goes
Happy little Stampers - June A/g with dies
A Gem of a Challenge - Love & Romance
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Wedding / Anniversary
Simon says Wednesdays - Animal Magic
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge - Colour Inspiration