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

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 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
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 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 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 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

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 I do hope you will bear with me whilst I witter on!

Ok, where to 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
  • 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

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bunnies, Chicks and Cutie Pies

Hello, my lovely friends - hope you all had a very Happy, Peaceful and Blessed Easter Weekend,

I'm sure by now you've all finished munching your way through your Choccie Eggs, so if you have a little time on your hands today....why not "hop" on over and join in with the current Cutie Pie challenge - our theme this time is
Bunnies and Chicks
we are sponsored by our lovely friends at 
who once again, also provided the team with the most adorable images to play with - I chose Bunny with Carrots!

click in the box to join in the fun!

Friday, 14 April 2017

One for my Mum

 Good Morning, thank you for visiting me today - may I wish you a Happy and Blessed Easter!

I have something of a special card to share today - this is the Mother's Day card that I made FOR my Mum......
FROM this lovely old girl.....
the completely beautiful Tilly!

It was given to Mum before I remembered to take a snap, hence the delay in blogging.

Today's card features:
  • Swing Time from LOTV
  • coloured with promarkers
  • lacy circle die 
  • Xcut Penant die
  • papers and butterfly dies - magazine freebies
  • woodware corner punch
  • Dovecraft pearls
  • sentiment uses Time after Time font
I would like to enter:

Enjoy your weekend, I am off to work very soon - Easter is generally our busiest time of year so I am expecting 5 busy hours ahead!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Animals, Birds and Crafty Friends.....

Good Morning to you, and thank you for dropping in today, hope the weekend has got off to a good start...maybe you'll be doing exactly what the wee mousie is up to in today's card.......(relaxing, as opposed to languishing over toadstools, of course, lol)

So today starts a new Crafty Friends Challenge
and our theme this time is
our very lovely sponsors are 
who also provided some gorgeous images for the DT to work with.


  • Sleeping Mouse - from Toadstool Printables
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Sakura white gelly pen added to cap of toadstool
  • papers are an old Magazine freebie
  • ribbon from The Ribbon Girl (I think?)
  • wooden heart from stash
  • wee wooden ladybird from home bargains
With such a lovely theme to play with, and more gorgeous inspiration from the DT...we would love to see hop on over and join in with us

Best Wishes on a Sunny Saturday

Hello there, depending on which order you may be reading, this is either the first or second post of the's been a busy week, and whilst I wanted to make at least one "just for fun" card it has taken me several days to do so.

I have a couple of fave images, at the moment, that I keep coming back to....and this is most certainly one of them!
Today's card features:

  • Arthur and Flower from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers
  • two mini sentiments from LC designs
  • Spellbinders fancy circle die
  • Gingham paper from scrap box and other paper from The Works
  • brads and flower charm from Hobbycraft
Once again I was lucky enough to go into London with Alistair and Megan to see a West End Show - this time it was "Half a Sixpence" - I have a vague recollection of seeing the Tommy Steele film on the TV many years ago, but I knew nothing about the story at all - have to say I thought it was wonderful! It was a real nod back in time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it - great cast....and must add, that although we has booked the cheapest seats up in the top balcony - when we got there last night our seats were upgraded to middle of the Royal Circle, so we had an amazing view too - fantastic evening!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Red & Green Must be Seen!

Hello there, my lovely blog it's a new week and time for a new challenge at
our theme is
It's such a nice, easy theme....and we all like to use these traditional colours on our Christmas cards, so I do hope to see lots of you joining us, you'll be very welcome!

Our lovely Sponsors for this challenge are long time friends of the Cuties, so many thanks to

Once again our fantastic team have come up with some amazing cards to delight and inspire what are you waiting for - see you over there!

My DT card features:
  • Little Penguin - Winter from Bugaboo
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • green dotty paper is a magazine freebie
  • red card from Payper Box (if you're not familiar with Payper Box, it's a bit of a pick'n'mix, where you have the challenge of trying to squeeze as much as you can in your box, but at the same time not squeezing too much as you don't want to hurt your new lovely papers....when we were on holiday in Scotland I was almost giddy with excitement to find a stand in the gift shop at the Deer Park!)
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Dies used: Memory Box precious mittens die and Xcut scalloped squares
  • White Sakura gelly pen used for faux stitching and highlighting
I would like to enter:

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothers Day!

Thank you for dropping in today......if you are celebrating Mother's Day today, then I hope you have a lovely, lovely day. This will be my first Mothers day with one of my kids away, as Megan is still away at Uni until next weekend, then she'll be home for Easter.....sending big hugs to those that are not able to be with their Mum's today. I am looking forward to spending time with my own mother this afternoon. As the weather is a little more agreeable this weekend, I may even venture out into the front garden and make a start on the weed attack that I have been avoiding!

A few days ago I was trawling through a folder of digi stamps and I landed upon this absolute Cutie from Di's that I have had in my collection for quite a few years now, it's always been one that I return to time after time, but it was well overdue a printing and colouring! I went upstairs yesterday to put away a pile of ironing - got distracted....this card is the result, and it wasn't till I went to bed last night that I remembered the pile of clothes still waiting patiently to be put away!!!
Today's card features:

  • Mouse image from Di's Digi's
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Trimcraft Floral Fancy papers
  • sentiment  from LC designs
  • Dies used Memory Box label die, Spellbinders circle and fancy circle dies, Joycraft mini flowers and Butterfly die (magazine freebie!)
  • Woodware corner punch
  • ribbon and lace from local haberdashery
  • dovecraft acrylic dome stickers and doily
I would like to enter:
(glittery card, paper doily, ribbon, lace and acrylic dome stickers)

Will be back tomorrow with a new Christmas with the Cuties challenge, but cheerio for now and thank you again for visiting xx