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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Catch Up

 Hello everyone, if there is anyone still out there.  You may have noticed that I have been missing for a month since my last post.  A week before that post (which was scheduled) I had both parents ambulanced to hospital - after seven hours on oxygen mum was discharged same day, but dad was admitted.

He was discharged the next day, Thursday, but readmitted on Friday following a call-back after some blood test results had been rechecked.  Dad didn't make it, he died in hospital on 18 August.

Needless to say, our world has crumbled.  Dad was my hero, my rock, my Yoda, he was my everything, and I am struggling so much with the grief of his loss but trying to stay strong for mum at the same time.

In amongst all the tears and sadness, the world has moved on, mum had a birthday, and we had our wedding anniversary.

Trying to make mum a birthday card this year, between dad's passing and his funeral, was awful.

I eventually settled on this Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girls Sweet Pea,
Keeping with the pink and blue theme, I used some MFT papers
A Sunny Studio lattice die, a Cheery Lynn butterfly
and a very simple MFT sentiment

Yesterday, the Queen's funeral, was our 24th Wedding Anniversary

Another Stamping Bella image, this one is Mini Oddballs on A Tricycle
Papers are MFT Festive Celebrations
Sentiment is from an MFT Essentials set but can't remember which one

Both cards were painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)



My darling Daddy Bear
18-2-1934 - 18-8-2022



Thursday, 18 August 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Domestic Animal

 Hello chaps, hope you are ok.  I'm sorry I've not been around much (well, not at all) but we've had a bit of a family crisis.  I won't bore you with the details but it might be a while before I'm posting more regularly again.

Anyhoo, you came here because it's AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE day so let's crack on.

The theme for the new challenge is
Favourite Domestic Animal (and tell us why)

This is always a great theme so looking forward to seeing your entries.

I'm an amateur crazy cat lady.  I say amateur because we only have one at the moment, Rosie Pudding, but she is big enough to actually be two cats on her own.  I've always had a cat in my life, even when I had dogs, and even when they haven't always lived in the same place as me.  I cannot imagine my world without a small, furry, demanding, cute, demonic, overlord to look after.

I've used one of the stamps from
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Cheers word and the word bubble are from an old retired Whimsy set
Background stencil from Amazon

and our sponsor for this time is the lovely Tracy from


Thursday, 4 August 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) African or Australian Animal

Time for another challenge from the

and this time the theme is
Your Favourite African or Australian Animal

I had to think long and hard about this because I have a lot of favourite animals, so I had to narrow it down by working out which was the one I was most likely ever to get a cuddle from.
Except there is a rumour they'll wee on you.  I'll chance it.

So I have used
Gerda Steiner Designs - You're Koalafied
Simon Says Stamp hugs die
Sunny Studio 6x6 neutral papers
Lawn Fawm 6x6 papers Flower Market
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor of this challenge is


Thursday, 21 July 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Fur Feathers or Scales

 I wasn't going to mention this week's weather, but by crikey it has been exceptional - on Monday it was dear old Suffolk that broke the UK high temperature record (obviously exceeded on Tuesday), and I have to say I HAVE HATED EVERY SECOND OF IT!  The forecast for tomorrow is 19C and I cannot wait to be able to breathe again.

Anyhoo, it is time for a new theme at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE and this time
it is Your Favourite - Fur, Feathers, or Scales (and why)

Soft and fluffy fur!  I quite like feathers themselves, but am nervous of birds, they are so delicate, except for chickens, chickens are sneaky and evil.  Scales are attached to things that freak me out (sorry to the tortoises), so fur it is, it's soft, it's strokeable, it's warm, it's usually wrapped around something I'd like to cuddle.

For this one I have used the Bears set from CC Designs
painted her with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
teamed her with some papers from Lawn Fawn and Sunny Studio Designs
and a die from Crealies
Corner punch is unlabelled so can't tell you what that is

The sponsor for this challenge is the ever popular and talented


Thursday, 7 July 2022

As You Like It Chalenge (DT) Warm or Cool Colours

 Yoo-hoo (waving madly), how are you?  I hope everyone is well.

It's time for another new theme from
and this time the theme is Warm or Cool Colours
(please tell us about your choice)

I had to have a think about this, because I like all colours, and I'm not afraid to mix it up, but on balance I seem to favour the cool shades more, the blues and purples.

So for this one I've used
MFT DieNamics Modern Serif Alphabet dies
A dotty background stencil, and while I was inking the stencil, I inked up some stripes
from which to cut the SNOW lettering
Sarah is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT 6x6 gingham paper
and I think the Let It Snow is MFT Snow Globe Sentiments (maybe)

In case you're really not sure what's hot and what's not, here's a simple colour wheel to help

And just before I go, our sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there


Saturday, 25 June 2022

For My Dad

Morning all, hope you are feeling fine and dandy today!

I've been going through a phase of super CAS cards again, but for Father's Day last weekend
I did actually go a little bit (but not much) further.  Dad's not a great one for fuss, and he was
absolutely chuffed as little mintballs with this one.

So, let's see what I used
Lili of The Valley Vintage Boy (from the last time they released some physical stamps)
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds edger die
MFT 6x6 plaid papers
MFT 6x6 striped papers
MFT DieNamics Modern Serif Alphabet dies
and a fair splashing of the ol' Distress Inks (ReInkers)

One of his favourite things to do is go for a fish n chip lunch at their local
garden centre, so as well as 1/2 ton of liquorice allsorts and fruit jellies, I gave him
some universal gift vouchers for him and mum to treat themselves.  I made a little gift wallet themed
for the occasion.

Well, that's about all from me folks, I have a joint of pork in the oven (fingers crossed for crackling rather than sogling) and it smells divine, and a washing machine full of stuff that I am about to get out on the line.  If I'm not back within a week then I'm dangling from the washing line still.



Thursday, 23 June 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Feminine or Masculine

 Hello peeps, remember me?  I seem to have been away a while.....but I have still been crafting, honestly.

So, it's a Thursday, and that means it is time for another new theme with

and this time we'd like to hear which is your favourite type of card to make
Feminine or Masculine

The majority of my makes are for the ladies, but I do really enjoy the boys cards because I can get away with simplicity without losing impact.

So for this one I hauled out one of old LOTV rubber stamps for this one
and he is one of my all time favourite boys
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a hint of Polychromos
Sentiment is from a very old set with no packaging left, but I think it's Hero Arts
Simple as!

The sponsor for this challenge theme is

I know the weather is getting nicer now, but that is no excuse - get crafting!


Thursday, 9 June 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Blonde or Brunette

 Hello peeps, here we are again, it's time for another new challenge theme
from the

This time we're talking about hair, what's your favourite, blonde or brunette

I used to be a brunette, very dark, but in later years it had to have help!  I made the decision to stop colouring it the Christmas before Covid hit us (lockdown was a blessing as no one witnessed the badger phase) and now, weird or what, I'm grey with a blonde tint (natural)

For this one I have used
CC Designs - Hoola Twila
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Polychromos Pencils for help with her hair details
Catherine Pooler Scribbled Circles stencil
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 DP Mix and Match 2 WSDP38
MFT Die-Namics Causes for Celebration MFT-972
MFT Clear Stamps Snow Globe Sentiments CS-243

Instead of a sponsored prize for the winner of this theme, it will be
an invitation to be a
Guest Designer with the team for July
(that's how I started)

So, off you go and get hairy, and come back to tell us all about it.


Friday, 3 June 2022

Out with the Bunting

 It's Jubilee Friday, the sun is shining, there are parties everywhere .... and I'm loading the
washing machine, LOL!

As there is so much bunting around, I though I'd get out one of my older CC Designs stamps

OK, it's not red white and blue, but she is definitely party ready.

Somehow, in between making the card and blogging it, I've managed to misfile the stamp, but after a bit of Googling she is C C Designs Swiss Pixies Banner Heidi
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 Mix n Match 2 papers
MFT Die-Namics word dies
Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Martha Stewart corner punch
Hobbycraft tiny flower punch

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, 2 June 2022

Get Well Kitty

 Morning peeps, happy Jubilee weekend to you!  Are you up to anything special?

I've been making a few get well/feel better cards lately to try and keep
my boss cheery while she recovers from surgery.

I'm not sure if this one made her feel better or more worried!

I've no idea what's in the syringe but kitty does look concerned!

Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Sweet, simple, does what it says on the tin.


Thursday, 26 May 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Gift Card/Money Wallet

 Hey, it's time for a new themed challenge over at

The theme this time is your favourite way to decorate a gift card or money wallet
(please explain why)

I'm a terror with gift cards, they are very much gifts for that person who already has everything, or if I have left it too late to shop for a physical gift!  And I am so lazy, I tend to just decorate a small envelope, so this time I did a quick search and found a simple but very effective You Tube tutorial

I was so pleased that I actually had a WRMK notch punch for the thumb hole.  Yay me!

One sheet of A4 kraft card for the base
Flowered card stock from The Works for the matting panels
Pretty Pink Posh flower stamp
Crealies XXL80 small circle edge Circle dies
Some Distress Inks (ReInkers) for the stamped image and a
greeting stamp for the inside

I'm sure you will all be able to come up with something

Our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 21 May 2022

Best Friend Forever

 Crafting brings us together doesn't it?

After many years of card making now, I have made some absolutely fabulous and lifelong
friends in the crafting community, but there is always that special someone who you just
click with and the longer you know them, the more you discover they are more like family
than a friend.  A sister who I would have chosen.

I have one BFF who owns a large chunk of my heart, and I like to tell her that from time to time.

For this small, sweet, and simple card I have used
Painted with Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens as watercolours
and a left over sheet of pretty pink paper that I have no idea which pad it is from


Thursday, 12 May 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Food

 Hellooooo (waving), how are we all then in the sunny month of May?

It's a Thursday, so it's time for a new challenge theme with the
and our theme this time around is Your Favourite Food
(please explain why it inspired your make)

If I'm not well, or if I can't be bothered to cook, or if I want something quick ..... soup!
There is something so comforting about a bowl of soup and thick bread or a roll (buttered).
My favourites, in order, are cream of chicken, oxtail, vegetable, and tomato.  Nothing fancy, but oh so delicious.

I really ought to make my own soup more often, but I couldn't bear to see this in my stock pot!

Whimsy Stamps - Get Well (DP1033)
Honey Bee 6x6 papers - Gingham Galore: Fall and Playful Pastels
MFT DieNamics Single Stitch Line Rounded Square Frame (MFT-1056)
Crealies XXL Double Dot Squares XXL50
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

I do hope you will find time to come over and make us salivate!


Sunday, 8 May 2022

Happy (no, really) Birthday

 My favourite cousin and I are only 10 weeks apart in age (he's the eldest), and we've done a lot together over time - right through school together, learning to drive at the same time (I passed first), you get the idea.  And even though we are now heading towards a certain age, we still like to remind each other of how old we're getting.

I don't know why, but this just made me laugh - I hope he saw the funny side too.

A very simple card but I used
Coloured with a mix of Distress Inks (ReInkers), Zig Clean Color Pens, and Polychromos Pencils
Honestly not sure what make the striped paper is


Saturday, 7 May 2022

Pawly Plushies

 Happy Saturday everyone!

I've been a busy little Squirrel this morning and already have a mahoosive pan of Squirrel Stew bubbling away on the stove (for those who don't know, it's a hybrid of bolognese sauce and chilli - it goes with rice, pasta, and jacket potatoes beautifully).  So that's tonight's dinner sorted, and about six boxes for the freezer.  The whole house now stinks of onion and garlic!

Anyhoo, today I bring you a get well card.  My boss of 17 years has recently been in hospital for surgery and is now, thankfully, recovering at home.  I wanted to send her a card from our team at the office so got busy the other weekend and made her this,.

I used the Clearly Besotted Pawly Plushies stamp set, and because I couldn't choose just two or three bears I used them all.  My fingers after fussy cutting them all were a wee bit sore!

I used a MFT Die-Namics Cover-Up die, lots of Lawn Fawn paper, and sentiments from Personal Impressions.

A fair quantity of Distress Inks (ReInkers) was also used.

Hope your weekend is a restful one.


Thursday, 28 April 2022

AS You Like It Challenge (DT) Sketch

 Hello peeps, almost time for the Bank Holiday (UK) weekend, hurrah!

Now, before you all dash off to the beach or out to the barbeque, it's time for another challenge over at

Our theme for this one is Favourite Sketch (and please explain your choice)

We all get stuck for ideas from time to time, of course we do, and it is so easy to repeat something over and over because you feel comfortable with it, so when I get stuck or need something fresh I pop over to the MFT Blog for a mooch through their library of past sketches.  I have used 2 or 3 of them a few times but this one is winning at the moment as my favourite.  It's very simple, but can be very effective with the right choice of papers and little extra details.

For this I have used
Stamping Bella - Mini Oddball Has A Present
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens
Papers are Lawn Fawn 6x6 Flower Market
MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle
Mama Elephant Mini Everyday Messages

Our sponsor for this theme is


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