Tuesday, 8 October 2019



Quick post from me tonight, I've been such a bad blogger but time has got away with me again!

This fortnight's AYLI challenge theme is to showcase a project using your favourite style and why

My style has definitely changed over the years, I think CAS is harder than it looks but I love making clean'ish' modern cards and I always use dies

I used Lee Holland's adorable fox image for my card and some Tattered Lace frames...




This is quite a large card and is a bit different for me so I'd love your thoughts

I'll be back later in the week as I'd like to share some pictures from my photography day out with Lou








Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Santa... or no Santa?


Hello everyone...

I've been out and about again visiting friends, this time a trip to Spalding to see lovely Lou and Fleur

Lou and I spent a day in the woods with our cameras, the weather was perfect and we managed to see some deer (quite a few in fact) which was amazing
If you haven't seen Lou's fantastic pictures then do have a look on her Facebook page. I was really into photography about 15 years ago but it was side lined when I started papercrafting seriously. I have a very expensive camera that I have no idea how to use - it only comes out to take pictures of cards and Manny!




The latest challenge at AYLI is to share a project either using Santa or not, and don't forget to say why. I love penguins, snowmen and cute winter animals so rarely use Santa on my cards...




These are some of the new snowmen from LOTV. I actually did this when my printer was playing up and would only print green. The others went in the bin but I coloured this and I think it turned out ok. The lights are done with Nuvo drops and I used Frantage for the snow

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This is another new cutie from the latest LOTV release called Starry Penguin...



The image is coloured, cut out and stuck onto the background. I made a distress ink night sky then die cut the tiny stars and layered it onto yellow card so it shows through

You can get all the LOTV digi images from their Etsy shop and the AYLI challenge finishes tomorrow -  the prize this time is a Guest DT spot for October so worth a go if you'd love to join us!

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Hope you like them, thanks as always for stopping by and enjoy your week









Wednesday, 4 September 2019

New LOTV and favourite text style...


Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by

I've had a busy couple of weeks...
I went to visit my lovely friends Mary and Andrea in Newcastle for some crafty time and a catch up, always great to see them
Then I'd just got back and Jess asked me if I wanted to go up to Carlisle and Hamilton with her to take some horses to the races. It was a quick turnaround but a benefit of being retired that I can go without notice, so I was going back up the A1 before I knew it! What a lovely run though when you turn off the A1 at Scotch Corner going to Carlisle, I haven't been on that road since I was a kid and we used to go camping in Scotland

I haven't had  much chance to play with the LOTV Christmas images because my printer died. I got a new one but only just managed to find the time to set it up and install it so got a quick card made with the new Gnome Simply Prints and Hand Drawn Sentiments...


I'm hoping to find time in the next couple of days to make some cards with these and also the new ones which will be out next week, I'm a bit behind!

This fortnight's AYLI challenge theme is to showcase a project using your favourite way to add text and why. I love mixing fonts so that is definitely my favourite way to add text but because I haven't had a printer I used one of the sentiments included with this fab 'Ula be a mermaid' image from Polkadoodles who are our sponsors for this challenge. Nicky uses interesting fonts for her greetings which is pretty much what I would do myself. This card is completely different for me but I enjoyed doing a bit of colouring and I'm entering it into the Polkadoodles challenges




That's it from me,  thanks again so much for taking the time to pop by...
 and enjoy the rest of your week






Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Pink and Green...


Good afternoon crafty friends, I'm late with my post for the AYLI challenge as I've been away but there's still time to enter and it's a lovely theme

Our sponsor is Lili of the Valley and we want you to showcase a project using either pink & green or blue & orange - don't forget to say which is your favourite and why to be in with a chance of winning

It was an easy choice for me, pink and green has always been one of my favourite colour combinations, I think they go so well together

This cute image is a Simply Print from Lili of the Valley (Dressed Up) and the papers are NitWit collections (Butterfly Dreams)
The sentiment is from the Lili of the Valley Everyday Greetings set





Hope you like it, I'll be back in a couple of days to tell you about my weekend









Saturday, 10 August 2019

Favourite flower...



Hello everyone, what are you up to this weekend? It's absolutely pouring down here so a crafty day for me

I'm doing a small craft fair next weekend and having a bit of a panic because I've not made much! The advice from crafty friends was keep it simple, I was spending far too long on them, so I've made a pile using old LOTV art pads and some simply prints
These 2 fitted in nicely with the current AYLI challenge which is your favourite flower (and why!)

Daisies are so pretty, I love the way they open their little faces up to the sun and we used to have a lot of fun with them when I was a child making daisy chains and playing he loves me...he loves me not (although I wouldn't pull the petals out now like we did back then!)





These cards are very simple, the LOTV image is called delightful daisies and I did the sentiments on the computer. The scalloped frame dies are Papertrey Ink and the daisy die is from a Sue Wilson set

Hope you like them, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. The AYLI challenge finishes on Wednesday and as always there is a great prize up for grabs and some lovely inspiration from the team

Enjoy your weekend 







Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Birds or Beasts...


Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by

It's been longer in between posts (again!) than I intended but...   you know, life got in the way and before I knew it another month had whizzed by!

There's still time to enter the current AYLI challenge and the theme is your favourite bird or beast and why

I'm loving these new stamps by Tracy Easson, I did a workshop with her a few weeks back and made (amongst other things) this cute little cushion...




My painting on fabric needs some practise but I really enjoyed trying a new technique
You might have seen Tracy on Hochanda last week, if not do watch on catch up and see the full range. She is an amazing lady and a fantastic artist, check out her super cute mouse images on etsy here


Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you're up to









Friday, 5 July 2019

Mama Makes on Hochanda...


Good evening everyone, it's been another lovely day here and Keith is putting some steaks on the bbq as I write! I love eating outside and we haven't really much so far this year

Just wanted to let you know that Loti is on Hochanda in the morning (8am) with some fab Christmas stamps, papers and other goodies from Mama Makes

You know I love patterned papers and I made a few little projects with them for something different...






The colours are really lovely and most of them could be used all year round

I hope you'll tune in, the new stamps are great too and I'll share my samples with those next week

Have a great weekend!




Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Summer or Winter?


Good afternoon lovely friends, quick post from me as I've been making the most of the sunshine and sending some time in the garden

The current AYLI challenge is to use Summer or Winter colours and say which is your favourite. I haven't got round to doing any Christmas cards yet so went with Summer, I do love this colour combo and use it a lot...




I seem to have made a lot of LOTV cards lately so I thought I'd use something different. This is from a lovely store on Etsy called StudioDudaArt and her images are a bit quirky, not cute but quite sweet I think

The sentiment is from a Polkadoodles digi kit and the pearl square die is tattered Lace. I'm not really a fan of their dies but they do have some lovely frames

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Hope you like it!
Thanks so much for stopping by - have a good Tuesday!








Monday, 17 June 2019

Favourite stamp brand


Hello everyone, thanks so much for stopping by even though I'm hanging my head in shame at the way I've neglected your blogs this past month

I haven't put my holiday pics onto my laptop yet, I took so many and the thought of sorting them out keeps putting me off doing it!

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I just had a lovely weekend away doing a workshop with Tracy Easson. If you haven't heard of her she is the artist behind the Wonky Tonk stamps that Paula at Which Craft! sells.
Tracy has a new range now on her own Etsy store and they are just adorable. I'll take some pics of my makes and post about them shortly

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This fortnight's challenge at AYLI is to use your favourite stamp brand and why?

I LOVE so many brands and have a huge stamp stash but I didn't have to think about this one really because it has to be Lili of the Valley...




This is one of the Spring images, Happy Birthday bear...  I put him on a tag and printed out a few extra flowers to decorate. Really simple card but I think it's pretty so I hope you like it
The dotty border die is Tonic

Just in case you aren't aware, LOTV have moved to digital products only now and you can get them in their Etsy store. The original website will redirect you there

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Don't forget to enter the AYLI challenge...  the prize this time is a guest spot on the DT so it would be fab to have one of you join us!

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Have a lovely week everyone, got my fingers crossed for an improvement in this awful weather!











Monday, 3 June 2019

Still here...


Hello everyone... I can't believe it's been so long since my last post so thank you for still stopping by!

I've been jetting off to Italy (Lake Garda) and had a lovely time, what a beautiful place. I haven't sorted my pictures out yet so I'll share some in my next post

Then when we got back Jess had an operation on her arm. If you've been here a while you may remember that she was kicked by a horse a couple of years ago and broke her elbow. To cut a long story short it was to correct some nerve problems resulting from that injury. Anyway she couldn't drive and was bored, she came to stay for a bit so I was taxi and entertainment! It was lovely to have her home but (and please don't judge me) I was glad to see the back of her!! She's fine and having physio now so hopefully back to work next week

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The latest AYLI challenge is 'His or Hers' - which is your favourite?
I would usually always say 'Hers' because I love making girlie cards and everything pink and flowery. But I thought I'd have a change and because we are sponsored by Polkadoodles I used the fab Horace and Boo digi kit to make a boys card...



I really enjoy using these kits, I love that you add in all the little extra elements - hope you like it! 
The paw print embossing folder is Marianne

There's still time to enter the challenge and as I said the prize for this one is sponsored by Polkadoodles

I'm entering this into these challenges too; Digi Choosday Blog, Polkadoodles Blog, Gem of a ChallengeWe Love 2 Create challenge

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I'm finally getting back into my routine so I'll be round to catch up on all your blogs this week. Thanks to my lovely new visitors too who came from the AYLI 6th anniversary hop!

Have a great week everyone







Thursday, 9 May 2019

AYLI blog hop



ANNIVERSARY 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

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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




Elaine







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

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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

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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!!

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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
here


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 

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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