Monday, 17 October 2016


Good morning everyone it's the mid month reminder for the CCAYR challenge and our theme is 'use a little or a lot of orange' on your Christmas creation!  I thought I might struggle with this because orange isn't a colour I've used a lot but I bought a brilliant digi from Lily of the Valley - I'm so pleased they've started doing digi images although I will admit to waiting until they have an offer on before I buy!!   I started off using just a little orange on my penguin's scarf then carried on with his umbrella and whilst it was drying I found - woo hoo - a First Edition paper pad with orange Christmas papers in it!!!

I'm quite pleased with how my card turned out and am so glad I found that paper pad - must keep it close 'cos I think I'll have to use it again!!!


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs 
Digi - 'Snow Flurries' from LOTV
First Edition - 'Christmas Joy' 8" x 8" paper pad
First Edition - 'Christmas Promise' 8" x 8" paper pad
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Double Stitch Squares Ref 42 die
Creative Expression Dies - Contemporary 'Happy Christmas' die
Sweet Dixie Dies - Snowflakes SDD007 dies
Memory Box Dies - Twilight Snowflakes die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Small Snowflake SD439 die
Copics, Flexmarkers, Promarkers and Spectrum Noir marker pens
Scraps of patterned Mirri card

I hope you enter our Challenge this month especially as it's not much longer to Christmas so you do need to get cracking!  We are offering the following to our two winners

Prize #1
The sponsor is

Prize-3 digis

Prize #2 
Gingham Tape
October Afternoon Chip Alphabet
Your Next Stamp-Monty the Snake (unmounted rubber stamp)

I really enjoy making Christmas cards and would love it if you could join us.  Please take care out there in blogland.

Lots of big hugs and love    

Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Good afternoon everyone - there's another exciting challenge over on OSAAT this fortnight and our theme is 'Halloween'!   I chose 'Silhouette Cats' from the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet to use on my card.

I had an idea in my head but it didn't turn out quite as I wanted it to.  I made the background just before I was ?bitten by a critter out in the garden.   A hugely swollen leg and fever followed and I finished my card feeling only 80% better.  I do love the spooky feel I've created though!  Believe me fussy cutting that minute witch out was a challenge on its own!


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - Silhouette Cats by Coosty Creations at the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet 
Tattered Lace Embossing Folder - Brickwork
Bats, Witch, Signs found on the internet - printed and then foiled via Minc machine
Pumpkin digi - Colouring pages on the internet
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz
Flexmarkers and Copics

I hope you can enter our challenge, I know that there are loads of you who celebrate Halloween nowadays and also make Halloween cards so why not let us see them - you could win a $10 voucher from the Stitchy Bear shop

Anyway take care and steer clear of nasty garden bugs!   Oh and a little bit of further information on the new contact lenses - I found out (the day before I went back to the optician) that the reason the left one was blurred was because I had it on inside out - been wearing it like this for 5 days!!!  I had one of those (rare) light bulb moments and thought "I wonder what would happen if I put the blurry one on inside out" so I did and whoa -- everything was sooooo clear!  I am such a plank - methinks me life is going to be eventful with me new eyes!!!

Catch you all later big hugs to you all

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge No 2 - AG with option Halloween (2)
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Wk 24 - Anything Goes (1)
Crafting with Friends Challenge No 29 - Anything Goes (1)
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge No 77 - Trick or Treat
Great Impressions Stamps Challenge (OCT) - Anything Goes
Left of Centre Challenge No 152 - Halloween
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge No 127 - Halloween
Robyn's Fetish Challenge No 338 - Halloween Cards
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge (OCT) - Autumn/Harvest/Halloween
Simply Create Too Challenge No 120 - Halloween

Monday, 3 October 2016


Hi there everyone in blogland - this should have been posted on Saturday so I must apologise to our leader - Sue J (Ollie's Mam) - I have to 'compute' when I don't have me new lenses in (the left one is blurred and the right one is only slightly better so I'm struggling loads).  Fortunately I go back tomorrow (Tuesday) having been wearing them about 6 days - I wasn't allowed to go swimming in them, according to the optician, though as everyone should know by now I never put me head under water and always keep me hair dry!  lol!

Anyway - stop waffling for a second - this is my card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge and we want to see Halloween cards or Halloween colours on your cards.   We've been sponsored this month by All Dressed Up and I just love this image I was able to use from Wendy.  There's a wonderful prize for the winner of our challenge and ...... when we reach 1000 followers we have a really special prize on offer for our 'random' winner!

By the way, you may wonder why I have pumpkins on me sparkly web - the answer's simple - I can't put eight legged beasties on there 'cos I would be sick!  Oooh there was one in the bedroom the other night and not only could I see the colour of its eyes, I could tell what size Doc Martins he was wearing (size 10!).  Thankfully my Knight in Shining Armour came to my rescue - after hearing a very very loud high pitched screeching plus heaving, he said (duh!) "Is something wrong" - didn't take him long to realise that my gibberish meant "HELP"!!!  Bless him, at least he got rid of it!


6" x 6" White card blank - Papermania
Digi image - All Dressed Up
Handmade 'colourful' paper - ancient stash
Glitter paper - The Range A5 pad
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Double Stitch Circles die No 41
Cheery Lynn Dies - Spiders Web Doily die DL162
Memory Box Dies - Flying bats die
Yvonne's Creations Dies - Pumpkin die (from Little Ghost set)
Marianne Craftables Dies Silver Collection - Star Garland die CR1280
Apple Blossom Dies - Upper and Lower case alphabet die sets

I hope you can find time to enter our challenge, the sponsor of our prize this month has some amazing digis on her site!   

So, please take care all of you - the nights are drawing in and it's getting towards the time when we need to keep nice and cosy!

Lots of big hugs to everyone

Love  Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges - 

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge No 29 - Anything Goes
Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge No 2 - AG with optional twist 'Halloween'
Animal Friends Challenge No 43 - Fall/Halloween
Ching Chou Kuik Challenge (Oct) - Halloween/Something Spooky
CMD Challenge No 38 - Halloween
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Oct) - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge No 325 - Halloween
Gem of a Challenge No 179 - Halloween
Paper Creators Challenge No 52 - Anything Spooky
Scrap 'n' Challenge (Sept) - Halloween

Sunday, 18 September 2016

OSAAT CHALLENGE - NO 271 - ANYTHING GOES WITH A SPECIAL DAY (birthday, anniversary etc. )

Hi there fellow bloggers - it's time to post my next card for the OSAAT challenge and our theme this fortnight is 'A Special Day' which could be birthday, anniversary, birth, christening, Father's Day, Mother's Day - you get the gist.  Anyway I thought back to when I took my early retirement and I was as happy as Larry to be able to 'do my own thing' at last.  This image just made me chuckle and as she looks loads like me (cough cough!) I thought it was just perfect for a retirement occasion.

I thought the sentiment below was just so apt for this card so I printed it off and used some pink foil over the top and popped it through my favourite piece of equipment, my Minc machine.  I know it looks black on here but irl it blends beautifully with the rest of the colours on here.


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - 'Please Drink Responsibly' by Stitchy Stamps at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Best of K and Co Too - 12" x 12" paper pad
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Stitched Ovals No 43
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Stitched Circles No 41
Tonic Studio Dies - Frond Finesse die set
Graph-it Markers
Spectrum Noir Pencils
White Gel Pen
Sparkle Gems - The Range
Stardust Stickles
'Life' sentiment - Typed and foiled using Minc machine
Doily - coloured with Distress Ink pad - stash

We'd love to see your creations on the OSAAT blog there's a $10 gift coupon for our winner!

Check over on the blog - my DT teamies have made some wonderful creations to inspire you all.

Whilst I'm here I would like to thank you so much for all your support over the loss of Blossom (or Dirty Gertie as she was lovingly nicknamed), we really do appreciate your kind thoughts and understanding.

Big hugs to you all and I hope you are keeping well - I trust all the youngsters got back to school OK!

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges - 

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 37 - Anything Goes (2)
Love to Craft Challenge No 2 - Anything Goes (2)

Thursday, 15 September 2016


Hi there everyone it's the mid month reminder for the CCAYR September Challenge and our theme is 'Shabby chic and/or Monochromatic' for your Christmas/Holiday creations.  I bought some gorgeous images a while ago from a wonderful artist Toni Arthurs, she has a group on FB ("My Art By Toni" Digital Stamps Sharing Group) and her images are varied and very pretty!


7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - Birdhouse with Robins by Toni Arthurs (FB)
Embossing Folder - Free with a Craft Magazine
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL - Stitched Rectangle Ref 44
Core-dinations 'Ebony and Ivory' 12" x 12" pad
Anna Marie Designs - 'Blissful Teal' 7" x 7" paper pad
Stardust Stickles
Ribbon - The Hobby House
Charm - stash - bought from Ebay
Sentiment - printed and then 'Minc'd' with silver foil

We are being sponsored this month by Elizabeth Bell

and she is offering the two sweet digis below as a prize

Prize no 2 is the following 

 So there we have it - two prizes on offer when you enter our challenge.  Don't forget we love seeing your creations and we hope you can find the time to drop by and check out the DT work on our Challenge site (here).

I do have some sad news to tell you about and that is that we lost our gorgeous Blossom on Monday 6 September.  On the Sunday night she came up the stairs to bed in my craft room and I noticed that she was out of breath but guessed she must have been cavorting with Donny in the garden before she came in.  She'd been absolutely fine up until then, however in the morning she was no better so we popped her to the vets and they said they would x-ray her and give us a ring when she was ready to pick up.  Apparently they gave her a small sedative and she had a seizure.  The x-ray showed a large amount of fluid on her lungs and the vet said she couldn't be sure whether it was her heart or the return of the cancer.  She said she could try to drain her lungs but couldn't risk giving her a full anaesthetic and even then she couldn't guarantee anything.  After consideration we thought it best to let her go and join her other furry brothers and sisters over what I think is beautifully described as 'the rainbow bridge'.  We were both with her and she was so dignified bless her.  I'm keeping her little bed in my craft room, I know the other two are missing her, Biscuit was looking for her for two days, whilst  Donny seemed to be like my shadow for a while.  Sorry to end on a miserable note but I know that many of you will understand how we're feeling at the moment.

Big hugs to you all

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 37 - Anything Goes (1)
Ike's World Challenge No 72 - Things that Fly
Love to Craft Challenge No 2 - Anything Goes (1)

Saturday, 3 September 2016


Hi there everyone - now I feel really guilty for telling you this because I know there are lots of peeps out there who are either poorly themselves or their other halves are poorly but I am in absolute agony with my back.  We did our training session on Monday morning with the Wii machine thingy and thoroughly enjoyed it and then on Tuesday evening I got out of the bath and bent slightly to pick up me jim-jams off the bed and I felt a sort of pop in my back and have been in pain ever since - it's the sort that makes you feel sick all the time!  Graham talked me out of swimming on Wednesday and I didn't need talking out of it on Friday.  

Anyway huge apologies to you all for having a whinge, here's my card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  Our theme is 'Back to School' so I've taken it upon myself to use a few embellishments that took me back to my school days - with a little poetic licence!   I'm just a tad too young to have had a slate at school but we did have a chalk board!  I'm still using my school dictionary with my name and Form IIA written in it and then there's the skipping rope which I loved and a few daisies 'cos making daisy chains was one of my favourite pastimes!  Oh and our summer dresses were in different coloured gingham, mine were blue.


7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi image - 'Katie Reading' - Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More
Paper - LOTV 'Sunny Side Up' 8" x 8" pad
Spellbinders Dies - Labels Forty Six die
X-Cut Large Dies - Tags and Bookplates dies
Marianne Design Craftables Dies - Daisy CR1272 dies
Beads for skipping rope handles - stash
'Piece of chalk' - broken tip off a Chinagraph pencil (one of those gem 'pick up' pencils which have never worked properly!!)

I made the little 'slate' with a piece of semi-black paper and a coffee 'stirrer'.  I chopped the stirrer into pieces to fit around the edges of the paper, glued them on and then sandpapered the edges to smooth them,  adding the words using a white gel pen.  I found a couple of beads plus a teeny bit of toothpick to make the skipping rope handles and must admit I was pleased with the results for both of these items.

Anyway the sponsor for this month's challenge is Robyn's Fetish and they have some fabulous images so do try and enter our challenge competition.

Lots of big hugs to you all and please take care.

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges  -

Aloha Friday Challenge No 79 - School
Brown Sugar Challenge No 214 - Back to School
Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 21 - Anything Goes
Colour Throw Down Challenge No 408 - Colour Inspiration 
Crazy Challenge No 230 - Getting Ready for School
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge No 203 - Back to School
Going Grey with Scrap Creations Challenge - Back to School
I Love Promarkers Challenge No 316 - Use a Die Cut
Make it My Monday Challenge No 29 - Back to School
Pattie's Creations Challenge No 126 - Back to School

Sunday, 21 August 2016


Good afternoon everyone - well here I am with my next card for the OSAAT Challenge where our theme is Anything Goes for a Male.   I chose this gorgeous digi of a buck although I think of him as a stag and despite the fact that I'm not pleased with my colouring of the hills, I do think he looks quite proud of himself!


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - 'Buck - Wild' - Reeces Scrap Pieces at Stitchy Bear's DO
Paper - LOTV 'Country Gent' 8" x 8" pad
Paper - LOTV 'Father Knows Best' 8" x 8" pad
Paper - First Edition 'Falling Leaves' 8" x 8" pad
Memory Box Dies - Pine Needles Border die
Poppy Stamps Dies - Pine Sprigs die
Tonic Dies - 'Happy Birthday' Pansy Topper die
Gold Striped Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Copics and a few grey Flexmarkers

The prize we are offering is a $10 voucher to spend at Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet you'll be spoilt for choice so we do hope you will enter this fortnight.

I'd love it if you could pop over and enter our challenge and also check on the work that the DT has produced, I hope that my teamies can inspire you with their 'male' themed creations.

Now for a little update on the feline family - as usual Donny and Blossom are 'behaving' themselves (almost) and young Biscuit seems to be feeling loads better,  he had to wear his 'Elizabethan' collar for three days to stop his 'over-grooming', I de-flea'd them all and also bought him some very expensive food  - £40 for a 3 for 2 bag of yummy dry food, mind you I will give some of this to the others as well.  I know that if they are all OK, I feel OK - daft isn't it. 

Oh well have a nice afternoon and I'll catch you all later.

Big hugs to you all and take care, especially those of you who have been feeling poorly lately.

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges - 

Aud Sentiments Challenge No 162 - For a Man plus Sentiment
Broken Fairy Challenge No 9 - Anything Goes with a twist - use Autumn Colours
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes with a Coloured Image
Delicious Doodles Challenge (Aug) - All Creatures Great and Small
Live and Love Crafts Challenge No 50 - Happy Birthday/Anniversary