Friday, 9 December 2016

Bugaboo Christmas Chaos Dec 16

As if we weren't busy enough at this time of year without Bugaboo to come and distract us with their Bugaboo Christmas chaos Event!  & cards in 7 days!!! You up for it?

Don't know if I'll manage it all but here goes anyway...

Didn't manage a card daily, but I managed these;

Day 1 - Saturday - All that Sparkles - Using Snowman Blocks

Day 2 - Sunday - Sketch - Using a reindeer

Day 3 - Monday - Tag - didn't manage this one as no stripe paper

Day 4 - Tuesday - No patterned papers - Let it Snow

Day 5 - Funny - Reindeer Blocks

Day 6 - Old paper & image - Ran out of time

Day 7 - Use Freebie Friday - Couldn't resist a cat tho!

No wonder my cat is crabby though, the glossy accents weren't dry as I took thephoto and so it looks like he's got cataracts!!!


Friday, 25 November 2016


Lol, this is one of those cards I made and uploaded, but never quite got round to writing a post for!

Well it's out there now, and was actually for my niece's birthday in March last year, so it was about time it got an airing!  Sorry for the lack of post initially!


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Anything Goes

It's challenge day again over at MAWTT, and back to Team A and Christine is asking for

Christmas Anything Goes

So hopefully as well as Christmas cards, we'll get a variety of other Christmas makes!

That said, I just made a card, lol!  I really love the Pink Gem toppers at the moment, so I went back to their store and purchased these adorable snowmen - cute or what!!!

Lots of layers made up this beauty!

and I even decorated the inside!
It's just so easy with these files!

Cutie Pies - Cute with no designer papers - I no it looks like I have used papers, but honest - no I haven't it's all kit sheets!
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
CHCC - Cute or Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Poinsettias or snow is falling - i chose the snow option!
ABC Christmas - X - Criss Cross - look closely now...the waistcoat buttons!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Birthday Celebrations

It's nearing the end of November, and that means Christmas Break time for the DT over at Ooh La La, but before we go, we have one last challenge for 2016 and it's bee set by Wynn and is...

Birthday Celebrations

Cause Wynn celebrates her birthday at this time of year - Happy Birthday Wynn.

For my card I went back to the Everyday Occasion's CD and picked this sweet teddy bear!  Not too seasonal I know, with sunflowers, but a little bit of sunshine always cheers you up on these dark Winter days!

CCEE1646 - Bears
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes


Monday, 7 November 2016


Don't know how it is with you, but up North it's freezing!  We had hail showers over the weekend and a cold northerly wind, Brrr indeed!

So once I tidied up the garden a bit, picking up loads of fallen leaves, and washed the car, what else was there to do but craft!

Today's card was made some time ago though and is for the latest Ooh La La Challenge set by Pauline and it's

Not one of my favourite themes I have to confess probably cause I'm never too sure what makes a card vintage, is it an old fashioned pic, the embellishments used or a colour scheme followed, so I guess we'll leave the interpretation up to you!

I went with an old sort of image - well who wears aprons like that these days???

Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Everybody Art Challenge - Vintage
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cute Animals

Seems a while since I posted anything for MAWTT, but that changes today, as a new challenge begins and we are looking for

Cute Animals

Don't think this one will be too hard for any of us so I'm guessing lots of lovely cute cards will be on display over the coming fortnight.

For my card, I nipped over to Pink Gem Designs again and bought this Autumnal topper - Pumpkin Patch - Available here.

I think quite a few of you know, I think hedgehogs are really cute, so I couldn't resist this little fellow for a lovely seasonal make!

Make My Monday - Halloween or Autumn
Simon Monday Challenge - Autumn
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Pink Gem - Autumn Colour Inspiration

Monday, 24 October 2016

Tiny Tots

Today it's Michelle's turn at being hostess at Ooh La La and she has chosen the theme of

Tiny Tots

For my card, I went back to one of my older Ooh La La CD's, (which is still available here), and made this sweet baby card.

The image and papers are from the Everyday Occasions CD, which truly contains a wealth of material and is one I turn to frequently as I know it won't disappoint!

Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon or lace
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Creates & Makes - Use a die - Heart Jx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Shades of Autumn

With the weather turning that bit colder we are definitely heading in to Autumn, that said, it was a lovely day yesterday and after church I headed into the garden and had a right good tidy!

This weeks challenge over at Ooh La La is a popular one at the moment, we are looking for

Shades of Autumn

Not quite evident in the trees yet, but I'm sure with a few more frosty nights they will begin to turn.

So for my card, I used the fishing files from  the Ooh La La CD - Yesterday's Memories.

CD Sunday - Country Living
Allsorts - Colours of Autumn
Cardz4Guyz - Nature

Thursday, 29 September 2016

MAWTT - Sketch Challenge

Today's challenge over at MAWTT is to use a super sketch drawn by the lovely Carole from Design Team A, and I don't know about you, but I love sketch challenges - probably my favourite!

So here is my card, using a super male digi from Di's Digi's which I got in their $1 sale a few months back - what a bargain! (Just checked folks - Sale still on!) Papers are a right mix from my scrap box and the hearts were bought last year in Germany!

Cardz4Guyz - Fall/Autumn Colours
Deep Ocean - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Autumn theme or colours - colours
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute & Birthday
Glitter n Sparkle - Happy Birthday
Lil Patch of Crafting Friends - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Bears


Monday, 26 September 2016


Today's card is for the new challenge over at Ooh La La, and Jen has chosen the popular theme of


So for my card, I chose an image and matching papers off the older CD - Yesterday's Memories, (still available in the online shop here),  then added a touch of lace and pearls to make it even more feminine!

A Gem of a Challenge - Female Birthdays
Di's Digi's - Ribbon Lace or Twine - Lace
Broken Fairy - Anything Goes - Girlie
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes

Monday, 29 August 2016


The latest challenge over at OohLaLa is


Hope you can join us, Jx

Monday, 18 July 2016

Add Some Texture

Avril's turn today over at Ooh La La, and she has chosen

Add Some Texture 

as the theme of our latest challenge, so in my case that meant, twine, embossing, layers and wooden embellishments, and here's my card.

I used the file Summer Fun off the Shawn Jenkins Collection CD.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

No Design Papers

Today I'm hosting the MAWTT challenge and for my theme I've chosen

No Design Papers

So it's up to you whether you go predominately white as I have done or whether you go all inky and creative!

My card uses a lovely digi from Digi Stamp Boutique and I created my border by cutting and pasting lines of flower heads into a square.  Colouring as always is done using Promarkers. Jx

Digi Stamp Boutique - July Challenge

Monday, 4 July 2016

Something Beginning with "F"

Something beginning with "F"

My card is made from the Shawn Jenkins CD and uses the file Family and talks about Friendship.

With layering of the 3 Flutterbys...

Monday, 20 June 2016

Sun Sand & Sea

So here we are, British Summertime at it's best - and hopefully you are enjoying good weather where ever you are.  Today's challenge over at Ooh La La has been set by Pauline, and it's a super Summer theme, she's looking for,

Sun Sand & Sea 

Now this was a tricky one for me, cause there are two gorgeous beach images on the Paula Oakley CD and I was torn between which one to use.  In the end I went with this donkey image, cause I used the promenade one last year for a similar challenge theme!

As well as the CD items, my card uses embossed kraft and a gorgeous faux suede ribbon from The Ribbon Girls.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Race For Life - Team Happy Feet

Just thought I'd share with you some of our photos from this years race.  We had a super day in lovely weather conditions and all managed to run the full 5K.  Jx

Thursday, 9 June 2016


It's Thursday again which means it's time for a new challenge over at MAWTT and this time Wendy has chosen

as our theme, so hopefully by the end of the fortnight we will just about have a full orchestra!

For my card I went with this sweet Penny Black dog playing his trombone - not sure who I got this image from but its one I've had for ever from the good old Docraft Days when "swappsies" were the name of the game!  I'm thinking it probably came from Miss PB herself, Sam, but it might have been Sharron...who knows! Thanks anyway ?

Back to the card, coloured with Promarkers then set on MME papers I think, but I can't find the pad as I had a tidy!  The music notes and treble clefs are cut from new little dies.

Stamping Sensations - Feature a creature
I Love Promarkers - Inspired by a song - Michael Buble - Feeling Good
Simon Says Stamp - Fathers Day - For a Guy
PBSC - Birthdays
Sweet Stampin - Fathers Day/Special Man Jx

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Another quick post as I wanted to join the latest Pink Gem Challenge and make a card for my husband.

Thought the sentiment suited my purpose and fitted the bill for the current Pink Gem Challenge which was Weather - Pick a Season - I picked them all! lol

Again it's an 8x8 card using a topper kit and layering up some of the elements.  I also added glossy accents to my raindrops & eyeballs!

Finally I'd just like to draw your attention to my Just Giving Link - Top right on my blog.

So many of you have been so generous in donating to my page and sponsoring me in The Race For Life, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK, HUGE THANKS!

Well my race is this Sunday and although I've passed my individual fundraising target, our team hasn't quite reached it's target, so if you can spare a pound or two please make a donation and hopefully one day help us all fight cancer.

Thanks guys, Jx

Monday, 6 June 2016

One For The Boys

June at last - hopefully some Summer sun to follow - we can but hope!

Today is the start of a new challenge once more at Ooh La La, and it's the turn of Jen to pick the theme.   This time she's chosen

One For The Boys

Not everyone's favourite I know, but we all have men in our lives and they deserve cards too!

For my card, I reached for my Boys to Men CD and used a lovely harbour image.  This time I went all cream and neutral with it, as the last time I used the image I went all blue and nautical!  Just shows you how a change of paper really affects the end result. My initial card can be seen here.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Angry Birds

Just a quick post today as I needed a birthday card for my brother.  Thought he might like an angry bird!

This is my first time using these stamps and matching dies along with distress inks to colour - hence I kept it simple!  Hopefully my inky skills will increase over the summer, Jx

The Male Room - Critters/Bugs - not sure if an angry bird fits?
City Crafters - Feathers
Deep Ocean - Furry or Feathered friends
Aurora Wings - CAS
Di's Digi's - For the boys

Monday, 23 May 2016

4 Legs not 2!

Morning all, the latest challenge over at Ooh La La is hosted by me so I'm excited to announce that I've choosen

4 Legs not 2

Then proceeded to make a card with cats on 2 legs...I'm mad!!! (But you all know that!)

So my challenge is looking for animal projects basically cause you all know I love animals...and if that animal happens to be a cat, all the better!

Anyway, back to my card which uses an Ooh La La FREEBIE available here.  Papers are off the Shawn Jenkins CD also by Ooh La La and the lace is from my favourite city, Berlin!  The main image is decoupaged and the card completed with die cut hearts pearls and flowers.

The card was for my husband on our 28th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated earlier in the month.

Ribbon Girl - Any Image
In The Pink - Happy anything
City Crafters - Pretty Pinks & Pastels
Everybody Art Challenge - Lace & Pearls
Paper Minutes - Hearts
Show Us Your Pussies - Furry Friends
Zoe Bunny Crafts - Layers
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies - Congratulations/Wedding Anniversary

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kits & Toppers

I'm not normally a one for toppers and card kits, but decided to give the Pink Gem ones a try after winning a recent challenge there!  I guessed there was nothing to loose as they were a prize and that if they made quick cards, all the better for my charity box.

So first off, thank you to Pink Gem for my lovely prize - and I now have to say, I adore these topper sets!  Lots of cutting out and layering required, but it's so worth it when you see the end results!

Here is just one of my Pink Gem Topper makes - hopefully it fits the current theme of flowers.

This set is called "A Little Bird Told Me." and it all fits together perfectly on a 8x8 card blank - in my case with scalloped edges!

As I was saying, I have majorly fallen in love with these toppers, and I keep buying more and more - so be prepared for a Pink Gem showcase in the coming weeks!

For now however I must sign off, I'll be back Mon with my OLL DT card but I'm going to be a bit less active on here for a while as we have family coming to stay and a few appointments pending. Hopefully blogger will manage to keep the show on the road in my absence! Jx

Pink Gem - Flowers
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Things with wings
Allsorts - Happy Birthday-

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Man or Boy

It's Team A challenge time back at MAWTT, so I'm back with a male card today as Wendy has set the theme as
Man or Boy

Not everybody's favourite theme I know, but I for one couldn't wait to make up my card for this challenge as I treated myself to some of the new LOTV teen stamps.  I knew I wanted some but I was resisting the temptation till the Queen's 90th Birthday sale, then I caved! (I lasted several weeks longer than some I know...didn't I Sarah!)

Anyway back to the card, we've established it's an LOTV stamp but as I was in an LOTV phase I used their papers along with a lovely ribbon bought in Berlin - am I the only person who shops craft whilst abroad?

Little Red Wagon - Let's Hear it for the Boys
I Love Promarkers - Ribbon or Lace - Ribbon
Colour Throwdown - CTD392 - Blue/White/Brown
Cards und More - Masculine
Paper Minutes - Soccer/Football Championships
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - Male

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Flowers Every Where

Today's card features another gorgeous pre-coloured Di's Digi - won a few weeks back, and it was perfect for the current challenge of flowers every where!

Di's Digis - flowers everywhere
Crafting When We Can - Add Flowers
Deep Ocean - Flowers Everywhere
Everybody Art Challenge - Flowers
Shopping Our Stash - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Eureka Stamps - April showers bring May flowers  Jx