Thursday, 9 May 2019

AYLI blog hop


I've scheduled this post because the latest AYLI challenge
marks our
6 year anniversary 
and to celebrate we've decided to have a blog hop where one lucky 'hopper' will win an extra surprise

n addition to playing along this week we would like you to pop and visit all our Design Team, leave a little comment on their blogs and then leave a comment back on the AYLI blog

We also have our usual challenge sponsor and this week the prize is an A5 stamp set from

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using your Favourite Non-card project.
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

There are some amazing creations made by our Design Team so do be sure to visit every blog
I decided to share some tags I made at the AALL & Create workshop I did last month
I love the AALL & Create stamp range, they are a bit different and can be used in so many ways - I'm enjoying doing some journaling and mixed media for a change

Don't forget to visit each of our teamies 
to qualify for the separate blog hop prize


Enjoy the hop...  and good luck!!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

LOTV new launch...

Good morning crafty friends, I should be packing as I'm going on my jollies today but couldn't resist popping on and sharing these adorable new images from Lili of the Valley

If you like the pre-coloured ones the Simply Prints will be available shortly but the rubber and digi stamps will be launched on May 15th


This is 'Little Friends - Garland' and I used a doohickey border die

...and this cutie is 'Little Friends - Mouse with Daisy'
The speech bubble die is MFT, scalloped rectangle is Tonic


Aren't they sweet!
There will be sneaky peeks all week from the DT so by the time they are available you will have tonnes of inspiration for using them

I've scheduled a post for tomorrow as we're holding an AYLI blog hop so please do stop by for that (if it works that is, I've never scheduled before!)

See you after my holidays everyone, enjoy your week

Friday, 3 May 2019

Good morning everyone, it's May, how this that possible? Every year seems to fly by quicker than the last
It's a quick post because I have a busy day, we're going to watch the Tour de Yorkshire this afternoon and then out for a curry with the family for my sister in law's birthday tonight


Just need to mention, I was setting up another email address for a craft fair I'm doing in the Summer and didn't notice until I'd left a lot of blog comments that I was still logged into that one! I usually try to sign off as Anne but I was showing as unknown -  just so you know, it was little old me!!


Loti is back on Hochanda tomorrow with some textured circle stamps designed by Natalie Bowers. These are a bit different for me and I really wanted to try some journal pages and backgrounds with them. I haven't had the time yet so I stuck to what I know and made some cards for now...

There are 4 different sets and some fab washi tape so don't miss the shows at 8 and 12 tomorrow morning. You can get the stamps on Hochanda or from the Mama Makes website

Have a great weekend all

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Flowers or ribbon...

Good morning crafty friends, hope you enjoyed the gorgeous Easter weekend. It was so nice to get out in the garden again and feel some sun on my face, hopefully it's a sign of things to come

We went to visit Jess and her boyfriend on Sunday and had a lovely afternoon. They've got nicely settled into their house and she actually cooked... badly, but she tried! She used to pay Joe to make her toast for lunch when they were at home, I have tried over the years but she has no interest in cooking and doesn't take after her Mum in that department lol 


Time for a new challenge at AYLI and it's ribbons or flowers. A tricky choice as most of us use both! I don't use ribbon as much as I used to so I've chosen flowers as I put them on most of my cards. I love the mulberry flowers but recently am preferring to use die cuts, I have a lot of dies

I used one of the latest LOTV spring cuties and enjoyed colouring it...

Here's what I used;
LOTV Spring Pup 
LOTV sentiment
Darice clouds embossing folder
DooHickey flowers
Gummiapan circles

Hope you like it, there's some stunning inspiration from the team for this challenge. You can enter and find all the details here

Have a lovely day all, thanks so much for stopping by

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Favourite animal...

Good evening crafty friends, I'm sneaking in a quick post before the Easter holidays are upon us otherwise I'll forget and it will be another week! 
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post, I'm very grateful that you are still stopping by when it's been weeks since I caught up with your blogs, I promise to be round shortly to see what you've all been making

I've been watching Game of Thrones again from the beginning, I was so excited for the new season which started this week. None of my friends or family watch it but I think it's got to be one of the best things that has ever been on tv, for me anyway


The latest challenge at AYLI is your favourite animal and why, I love all animals and I think dogs would probably have to be number 1 but closely followed by cute woodland furries. I used this sweet image from Lili of the Valley called Party Parade which has 3 of them...

This one was made for the recent Spring swap which we held on the we love Lili of the Valley facebook group. Another adorable image from the Spring release...

 The dies are Doohickey (scalloped frame) Waffle Flower (loopy frame) and Memory Box (clouds). The sentiments are LOTV and images coloured with Copics.

You can enter and find all all the details for the challenge on the AYLI page here


Thanks so much for taking the time to  pop by and have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

I'm back...

Good morning everyone, where has the past month gone? I just haven't found time for my blog lately despite good intentions. I keep thinking I'll call it a day but I do love blogging and going round to see what you've all been up to so I am really going to try and keep up to it better

I've had a few trips out, went on a spa day with Jess, an AALL & Create art workshop and a trip to Newcastle to see my lovely friends Mary and Andrea

I've done quite a bit of crafting so I'll share a few cards today. First is the AYLI challenge, still time to enter if you're quick and it's your favourite colouring medium sponsored by the fab Lee Holland digis. This is one of his cute images and although I've tried many different colouring products I always go back to my alcohol markers, I used Copics on this and a die by Little B...

This is a card I made for Jess's boss who had a nasty fall from her horse. I love this Spellbinders tulip frame die. She broke quite a few bones so thinking of you seemed more appropriate than get well soon. This stamp is from a lovely MFT sentiment set which I've used a lot...

I've been having a destash as I said in my last post and found some CDs that I'd bought ages ago. This is from a Thelwell one and I can't believe I haven't ever used it, the images are adorable and perfect for Jess and her horsey friends! …

Hope you like them, thanks so much for stopping by. I will be having a catch up on all your blogs this week and I'm going to try and post more regularly

Enjoy your Wednesday crafty friends

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Floral Alphabet...

Hello everyone, are you having a nice weekend? 

Here are a few more photos from amazing Iceland...


I was away when we started sneaky peeks for the fab LOTV spring release so didn't get chance to make what I wanted. They are all SO adorable and I can't wait to get more done but for now I used the pretty new flower alphabet for these 2 cards...

Hope you like them, the full alphabet is available in rubber and digi

The papers on the first card are Raspberry Road 'family ties' and the others are discontinued LOTV (sorry, I'm just using them up)


I've been sorting and having a clear out of my craft stash so if any of you didn't see my group on Facebook and would like a peek then here is the link. I'm not good at parting with things, I'm taking pics of items I haven't looked at in a year and still thinking oooh I might use that!

Thanks so much for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your weekend