Friday, 7 May 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge #550 DT card

 Good morning- I'm a little late today- life gets in the way sometimes and the best-laid-plans go to pot! 

This week's challenge at Crafty Catz , hosted by our lovely Billie A is sponsored by 

All Dressed Up Stamps

The optional theme this week is 
Flowers/twine/ gems

The DT were given some adorable images to play with- I chose to use Country Girl. She's coloured with Copic Markers and I added some dots to her jumpsuit with a whit gel pen. I kept to a simple matted layout and  added a die cut frame, and die cut flowers, which I have again coloured with Copics, tiny pearls added to the centres.

As always there is plenty to see over at Crafty Catz, my lovely teamies have produced some gorgeous cards this week.
Our DT call is still ongoing so please check out the details while you are there.

I have a couple of  photos of Marvin to share today- he's growing SO fast, getting quite gangly with those long legs! He's outgrown his puppy basket- amazingly it's still in one piece -I thought he would have eaten before he grew out of it! I don't think he'll be in his first crate much longer either...
He's such a lovely boy (most of the time), full of fun and mischief but so sweet natured and friendly.

Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Crafty Calendar May Challenge- Masculine

 Good morning and happy weekend- first day of a new month- May is here! 

This month's challenge at Crafty Calendar begins today, sponsored by none other than the fabulous 

Bugaboo Stamps

Our theme for this month is 


My card features the amazing Gus, a favourite of mine for masculine cards. This image is Collect Wrinkles, just one of the many Gus images available.

As usual I've used Copic markers to colour. Papers from stash, 3 buttons and a stamped sentiment.

I love the cards my amazing teamies have created for this challenge- click here to see them yourselves.

Thank you for visiting, wishing you a great weekend and a happy week ahead.



Challenge entries:

thepapershelter #467

passion for markers #589

Gem of a Challenge #9

crafts galore encore #87

worldwideopendesignteam# 04

intaas. #107

Friday, 30 April 2021

Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug- dinosaur

It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug

this week's image is a cute dinosaur- 

I made an Easter card for my friend's grandson- he is obsessed with dinosaurs - I thought it would be more fun for him than bunnies or chicks!

I coloured the image with copic markers and fussy cut it. I die cut more eggs in 2 sizes, drew some cracks and speckles and coloured them too. The little dinosaur was the first to hatch- but he won't be lonely for long, his brothers and sisters will soon be joining him!

 Thanks for visiting today - don't forget to grab your freebie!


Challenges entered:

craftygalscorner #218

digichoosday #17

craftinghappiness #94 bright colours

lilpatchofcraftyfriends #156

For a child

 Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz Challenges our optional theme is 

for a child

chosen by our lovely Auntie Sue who is hosting this challenge.

Our sponsor this time is Star Jam Lines

The DT were given some adorable images to play with, I chose to use Party Giraffe- so sweet- to make a card for my friends little granddaughter's 1st birthday. I've used my Copic markers to colour the image, various papers from stash, ribbon and braid trim, a few tiny pearls. The tag behind the image is removeable and bears her age as well as her name.

We'd love to have you join us this week- click here to check out the beautiful creations from my fabulous teamies and add your own wonderful creation- remember the theme is optional - anything goes at Crafty Catz.

Thanks for visiting



challenge entries

cutecardthursday #684

kraftychicks #557

ellibelle (bow, balloons, brad)

craftysentiments 27 April Challenge

dreamvalley #246

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Anything Christmas at Fab'n'Funky

 Good morning, it's time for a new challenge at Fab'n'Funky and as it's the last Wednesday of the month the theme this week is Christmas. Our lovely and very talented Pat K is hosting this week.

I made a fun card using one of my favourite Christmas stamps (MFT) this little dancing Santa  always makes me smile- he's so happy! Papers are from a pad I bought in the Works between lockdowns, one of the very rare times I went into a non food shop.  The die cut tree is, I think, a Penny Black die.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, please do take a look at the Fab'n' Funky Challenge blog to admire the beautiful cards my teamies have created this week, we would be delighted to have you play along- anything Christmas themed goes.



Challenge entries:

watercooler #314

hollyandivy #93

52cct. April Technique- Stamping


Rudolph Days- April Challenge

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Stella Says Sketch #909

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Catch the Bug- here is this fortnight's sketch-

- and here is my interpretation-

as you can see I stuck pretty close to the sketch. 

The little bear image is Sitting Cute- he was a Friday Freebie earlier this month.

We hope you'll find the time to play along this challenge, you can enter your link and see what the team have  created using this sketch here .

Thanks for stopping by



Saturday, 24 April 2021

Every page is a new adventure

Good morning, our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' begins today, the theme for this fortnight is
 Not a Square
This is the card I made for my eldest granddaughter's 14th birthday at the beginning of April, I used a Gemini Create-a Card triple easel die to make the base, stamped the print and sentiments on the first 2 pages. The last page is a collage of some of her favourite book characters. My sweet Livvy is a real bookworm, nothing she likes better than to curl up somewhere and get lost in a book- can't think who she takes after!
 She really loved this card!

 As always there are some beautiful cards from my team over at Sweet Stampin' so give your eyes a treat and take a peek! We would love to have you join us this fortnight, it's a lovely easy theme but please remember to stamp something, somewhere on your entry.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend



Challenge entries:

crafterscastle #40

audsentiments #273

kraftychicks #556

diesruschallenge #167 (Gemini Dies)


creativecrafters #39

aaabirthday #24

Friday, 23 April 2021

Bunny hugs

 Good morning, another week has just flown by and it's time once again for a new challenge at 

Crafty Catz. Lovely Nick is hosting this week, she's picked the optional theme of 

'All Creatures Great And Small'

We have 2 sponsors for this challenge 

 Sherry West Art


The team were given some delightful sponsor images to use.
I thought this sweet little girl had a vintage air so I teamed her up with some beautiful vintage style papers- I would tell you the brand but I can't remember the name and I've put the pad somewhere strange ... I'll find it when I'm not looking for it...
colouring medium is Copic Markers.
I have added some (very old) flowers, a die cut swirl, ribbon and twine. The little sentiment tag is  an LOTV stamp.

The DT call at Crafty Catz is still open- if you're interested in joining our very friendly team please drop our lovely Auntie Sue an email

Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:

Saturday, 17 April 2021

5 o'clock somewhere...


Good morning and happy weekend. It's time for a new ATG Challenge at Catch the Bug.

My card features the fabulous Dottie Celebrate, she's all dressed up for a glamorous night out, partying and downing cocktails. As usual I've used my Copic markers to colour her. 

The card layout is fairly simple, the background gold card is embossed with a Couture Creations EF, a panel of black/white DP- this has a lovely sparkle IRL, some black gems, a black tulle bow and a stamped sentiment.

You now have 2 weeks to play along with our ATG Challenges, the prizes are are as generous as ever so hope to see you play along.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a good weekend



Challenges entered:

polkadoodle #16

creativeknockouts #397

cutecardthursday #682

TTPH #179

markerchallenge #587

Friday, 16 April 2021

Believe in the magic

Good morning, today brings another challenge over at Crafty Catz, this week Jac is hosting and the optional theme she has chosen is embossing, our lovely sponsor is 

Jan's Digital Stamps

I made a CAS Christmas card featuring a magical top hat from this set- Magic of the Season, which comes with some lovely sentiments- however I used a sentiment stamp so that I could emboss it with it with a glittery embossing powder.

The image is coloured with Copic markers, I sponged some yellow distress ink around the swirling stars wwwhich were coloured with a gold sparkle pen, I added some glamour dust glitter to the snow on the brim.

Please hop over to Crafty Catz to see what my lovely teamies have come up with this week- the DT call is still open if anyone is interested!

Thanks for visiting, have a good day



Challenge entries:

cardz4galz #144

kraftychicks #555

hollyandivy #92

CCAYR- H for Hat

jansdigistamps April Challenge


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

I like you...

 Good morning, todays card is my DT make for this week's challenge at Fab'n' Funky. The theme this week is Embossing (wet or dry).

This is the birthday card I made for my granddaughter Emily- she will be 7 in May and this cute Mo Manning image is Emily to a T! From the pigtails and freckles to the cheeky expression on her little face! I've used my Copic markers to colour, I kept the design very simple to focus on the image.

For more inspiration, please pay a visit to Fab'n' Funky to see what the rest of the team have come up with this week- hope you find the time to play along.

Thanks for visiting 



Challenge entries:

mosdigitalchallenge #302


audsentiments #272

craftrocket #80

aperfecttimetocraft April Ch.

craftyfriends #151

markerchallenge. #587

thesisterhoodofcrafters- mellow yellow

Friday, 9 April 2021

I tried...

Good morning, it's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Catz, this week our lovely Aunty Sue is hosting and the theme is Anything Goes- no twist this time!
Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous

I'm behind on my Christmas card making this year so I decided to make one for this challenge- a side step card featuring the wonderful Gus
I printed and coloured the image, then enlarged and printed the stack of bottles twice, coloured and fussy cut them and stacked them up on the side steps. I added a die cut sentiment to finish.
Please do hop over to Crafty Catz to see the fabulous cards the team have created this week and of course we'd love to have you join us - anything goes- so no excuses!

Thanks for looking

Challenge entries
CCAYR- G for Gus and Green
CHNC #536


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Wishing and smiling...

 Good morning, I'm snatching a quick moment to share this card - I've been trying to find time all week but someone is keeping me busy just now...

I have used some gorgeous stamps from Colorado Craft, coloured with Copic markers, papers from stash and die cut flowers.

Here's the little someone who has been taking up most of my time....
he's clutching the new toy that his 'auntie' sent him for Easter! 
He is growing so quickly- he put on 2 kilos in 2 weeks and now weighs 10 kilos, he's teething like crazy and it bloomin' hurts when he succeeds in testing them out on me!!! I won't be sorry when he grows out of that habit. He's a really good boy at night now- sleeps from 11pm- 7am - no accidents!
His training is coming along nicely too- at present we're having a one-to-one session with a trainer for half an hour a week and as soon as they open up again he'll be going to puppy socialisation classes. It's only a few days now until he can go for a short walk in the park which we're really looking forward to.
I can't believe that it's only just over 3 weeks since we brought him home, he has definitely filled our home and our lives- hard work sometimes but such fun!
I love that he looks as if he's smiling when he's asleep :)


Thanks for stopping by



Challenge entries:

allsorts #617/8

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Easter bunny

 Good morning, today sees the start of April's challenge at Crafty Calendar, this month we are sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Our theme for the month is Easter or Spring
I made a double z fold card, the grassy border is a Lawn Fawn diecut, the  hidden eggs and chocolate bunnies are from a set of Lawn Fawn stamps, Eggstra Amazing Easter, the big bunny is Bebunni stamp.

As always there are some fabulous creations from the rest if the Crafty Girls to be enjoyed over at Crafty Calendar, and of course we'd love to have you play along with us this month.
Thanks for visiting
Wishing you a Happy Easter- with loads of chocolate!

Challenge entries:
MAWTT #129

Friday, 2 April 2021

A colour challenge at Crafty Catz- and a DT/GDT call

 Happy Easter weekend, I hope you all have a lovely time whatever you're doing this weekend, at least the restrictions have been relaxed a little here in the UK and we're allowed to have our families in the garden again- that means 2 Egg hunts here, 2 eldest granddaughters on Sunday, littl'uns on Monday ! I thought that at 14 and 11 the two older girls might not want to hunt for eggs in the garden they just looked at me as if I was bonkers!!! Hope we don't all get too cold!!

Anyway, back to the card...this week's challenge at Crafty Catz has the option of following a  colour chart picked by our lovely Ginny

our sponsor this week is the fabulous

the team were given some of their cute images to play with and my card features the sweet Maddy- Molly- Yorkie, coloured with Copic markers. Various papers from stash were chosen to match the colour scheme, a stamped sentiment and a bow. It looked a bit bare so I added the little flower- shaped buttons and doodled the leaves and stems.

My lovely teamies and our Guest Designers have created some fabulous cards this week using sweet sponsor images so please do hope over and check out the Crafty Catz Challenge Blog and the exciting news that we're having a DT/GDT call at the moment- if you fancy being part of our  friendly team, and you have a blog, then just contact our lovely Auntie Sue (all the details you need are on the Challenge Blog)

Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:
markerchallenge. #585 Buttons, bow

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Snowman hugs

 Good morning, it's the last Wednesday of the month which means it's time for a Christmas themed challenge at Fab'n' Funky. I made a very quick card featuring a really cute snowman couple from QKR Stampede. It was super- quick to make as I found a small stash of images I had coloured some time ago and never got around to a simple layout and added a couple of wooden snowflakes and a stamped sentiment- job done! There's plenty to see over at the Challenge Blog, so if you're wanting to get started on your Christmas cards and looking for inspiration please hop over and take a look!

Hasn't the weather here been glorious over the last couple of days- it feels like a gift to be able to sit in the garden, enjoy the sunshine and chat face-to-face with friends. I'm making the very most of it while it lasts- not looking too good at the end of the week.

Thanks for visiting



Monday, 29 March 2021


Good evening, here are some cards I made in order to enter this month's Rudolph Days Challenge. I am trying to enter the challenge every month this year, nearly didn't make it this time and it's only March!.
It was my birthday back in January and my husband treated me to some gorgeous Lavinia stamps, I still haven't had time to play with them all yet so I decided it was time to ink up the magnificent Magnus. I liked how the card turned out so  I made another using different coloured inks for the background and changing the Berry stamp for the trees.

Apologies for this wonky photo!

It's been a fantastic day here, warm and sunny, had a lovely afternoon in the garden with a friend (it's allowed!!!) who brought Lottie, her year old Cockapoo for puppy playtime with Marvin. He had a wonderful time...I don't think poor Lottie quite knew what hit her.... 
After Lottie had gone home Marvin slept for two hours solid...oh the peace! 
Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:
Rudolph Days March Challenge
CHNC #535
inkspirational #235 Fur/feathers
Winter Wonderland Trees (2nd card)


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Colour inspiration at Catch the Bug.


Hi, I'm back with a second card today, this one is using the above colour inspiration photo for this week's challenge at Catch the Bug

The image I've used is an old favourite of mine- Clyde Spring, it coloured with Copic Markers and I've added glossy accents to his eyes. Papers are a random selection from stash, a stamped sentiment, some die cut daisies and tiny buttons.
Thanks for visiting today

Challenge entries:
sisterhoodofcrafters. -Easter/Spring
Cheerful Sketches- March Challenge

For a special lady

 Good morning and happy weekend...just a couple more days to go then we'll be able to socialise in our gardens again, I'm so looking forward to being able to sit and have a coffee with friends again, it seems such a long time since I've been able to see's hoping for some warm dry weather!

Today's card is my DT make for this fortnight's challenge at Sweet Stampin', the theme is 

For a special lady.

I made this for a very special friend using my lovely Lavinia stamps. The background papers were made using a Gel plate, a mixture of Distress Inks and Lavinia Elements Ink. I matted each layer onto black card and added the black twine, die cuts and gems to provide some contrast and texture. 

Team Susan have created some fabulous makes for this challenge- don't forget to take a look now.

Thanks for visiting today, have a great weekend



Challenge entries:

countryviewchallenges- March Challenge

creativefingers #204


addictedtostamps #401

paperfunday #27

watercooler #312

Friday, 26 March 2021

Dreaming of summer....

 Good morning,  this week's challenge at Crafty Catz begins today, this week our host is Christine and her chosen theme is 'Dreaming of Summer ' (oh yes!) .

Our sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter

the DT were given this gorgeous image to play with , it's called Having a Good Time...and he looks as if he is! The image comes with both coloured and black and white versions as well as backing papers. I choose to use the uncoloured version as TPS images are so lovely to colour, I used my Copic markers and DIs for the background.  
The die cut flower is Ditsy Florals (Tattered Lace)

Please do hop over to Crafty Catz to see the gorgeous cards my teamies have created using this cute little guy. It would be great to have you play along this week- as always the theme is entirely optional.

It's been a whole week since I last managed to post! Someone has been keeping me very busy! I think a young puppy takes up nearly as much time as looking after a baby, it's so important to put the time in when they're young and learn so quickly, also they're not puppies for very long and you have to enjoy the puppy games while you can! He's been given a clean bill of health  from the vet and has now had his first injection. We're looking forward to the day we can take out him out and introduce him to the big wide world.

Thanks for visiting, have a lovely day


Challenge entries.

kraftychicks #552

thepapershelter. #462

craftysentiments 23 March Challenge

craftinghappiness #89

doubletrouble #79

DRU #165


Friday, 19 March 2021

Poppy Sprite

 Good morning, this week's challenge at Crafty Catz starts today, the optional theme is
 Fantasy / Make it Magical.,
 our sponsor for this challenge is 


The team were given some lovely images to play with and my card features the cute Poppy Sprite.
She's coloured with Copic markers, the background clouds are sponged with Distress Ink. The red panel behind her is embossed with a butterfly EF that I've had for years and have no idea of the brand. I added a die cut butterfly (MB) and some poppies (Orchid Crafts- whatever they're called now).

Update on Marvin...he's settled in so well already, he's so quick to learn we can't quite believe how young he is!
Our house feels like a home again :))

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

Challenge entries:

Double D -skies
LTSCB #143
dragonflydreams march challenge
thefairyandtheunicorn march challenge