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Thank you for dropping by. I hope you like what you see, please feel free to leave a comment or just say hello so l know you have passed through. Happy crafting and blogging x Susan x

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Allsorts Challenge 445

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Helene is the host and she has chosen
Snowflakes
A perfect challenge for this week as it has been trying to snow here for the last few days following Storm Caroline, so far we have not had the heavy snow that has been forecast.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
This week l have gone for something completely different - l went to Hobbycraft on monday for a sewing kit gift and came out with loads of goodies including this MDF advent tree which l gave a makeover


A work in progress

Decorated edge

MDF Tree Hobbycraft
Acrylic Paint
Snowflake stencil 
Gems, Numbers

We have been generously sponsored by. Marianne Design

Firstly l painted the tree shape and drawers in blue acrylic paint, when dry l used the stencil to apply snowflakes with the silver acrylic paint. I added touches of silver randomly on edges, when completely dry l added a gem to the centre of each snowflake on drawer fronts as well as a gem on each drawer knob. I also bought a little box of numbers - which were next to the trees on the shop shelf and you would have thought that each box had enough numbers.....no, not enough No. 1's so hubby just trimmed a few 7's down.....shame on you hobbycraft as l was not making a 60 mile round trip to buy another box.  Anyway job done and l am pleased with the result - just need to get a few treats for the remaining days.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

December Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of December is here so time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is

CAS
The Design Team have been hard at work with their Penny Blacks and have some gorgeous inspiration to share with you over on the challenge blog here along with all the details.  You can use any brand of stamp except digi (NO DIGI IMAGES), the focal point of your project must be stamped to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes. One lucky winner using a Penny Black stamp will be chosen to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge.


Stamp Penny Black 4009F To Have and to hug
Sentiment Penny Black 30-040 The Wonder set
Coloured wth copics
Stencil, structure paste & glamour dust
Silver embossing powder

We have been generously sponsored by....



Thank you for stopping by and for your comments, hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Allsorts Challenge 444

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Brenda is the host and she has chosen
Thank You
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details

Stamp Penny Black 40-541 Dainties
Coloured with copics
Kars Butterfly punch, 
Twine & stickles

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique.



Hope you have all had a good week, mine has been hectic as usual. Yesterday the Christmas Trees went up and cleaning almost done as so much mess is made putting them up and getting all the decorations down from the loft. We have outside to do hopefully today - just icicle lights and a few trees  to lit up - hubby would go for all the outside lights and decorations if given the chance but l say NO.
Off to grandchildren's christmas fair this morning then back home to my duties and l am determined to have a full day all to myself crafting this week.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Allsorts Challenge 443

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Ellie is the host and she has chosen
Inspired By A Christmas Carol or Winter Themed Song
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Stamp Stampendous 
Stencil, structure paste, glamour dust
Dies -Sweet Dixie poinsettia , Joy foliage, SB oval
Ribbon, gems

We are sponsored by Tattered Lace with a lovely set of christmas dies for one lucky winner.


When l heard this week that David Cassidy had died l googled christmas songs David Cassidy and it showed White Christmas - so my theme was set.
I love this stamp and it makes such pretty cards.
On the note of White Christmas we had our first snowfall of winter on thursday with a good 4 inch and it is trying to snow again this morning - so long as the roads are kept clear as we are very rural and high up. Here is a lovely photo of my snow covered garden, l certainly won't be sitting out this weekend.

Have a good weekend whatever you are doing and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Allsorts Challenge 442

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Kath is the host and she has chosen
Glitter
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. This theme is right up my street as l love all things sparkly. I bought these lovely dies a while back and had a play making a few different ones and l think it is time to get them out for another play. Not sure if all the sparkle is showing here as sometimes it is difficult to capture on camera.





Dies Poinsettia Sweet dixie, 
Wreath & Berries Joy Crafts
Structure paste, glamour dust
Embossing enamel
Sentiment Inkylicious

We have a lovely collection for one lucky winner from Baker Ross

And a die from Tattered Lace

This has been one of those weeks where l have blinked and it has gone - you know the ones - you have been busy not having a minute to yourself but but seem to have got much done lol.
My husband got chatting to a lady a few months ago in B&Q he told her we had created a large border and where in the process of filling it and she kindly said she would have lots of free plants in autumn when dividing hers....so off he went on thursday and came back with the car packed full. You would have all laughed seen us planting them on thursday night by torchlight then finishing off yesterday. How kind and generous of a complete stranger to give us all those plants, her husband even dug them out for us. Stunning border pictures to follow sometime next summer !

Have a good weekend whatever you are up too and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Allsorts Challenge 441

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Tracy is the host and she has chosen
Colours of Autumn
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp Penny Black Flower Lanterns
SU pens
Papers - Papermania Hampstead
Sentiment Inkylicious
Ribbon, dew drops

We have been generously sponsored by Tattered Lace.



We had a touch of winter yesterday with sleet in the rain, there was snow on the Dava Way which is not many miles from me - Winter is here brrrrr.
Last night l was a volunteer at the Colours of Cluny which is a light and sound spectacular in the woodlands in Forres, it was amazing so if anyone is near enough to visit l highly recommend it....just a bit cold.

Enjoy your weekend and time for crafting now the cold winter nights are here. Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

November Penny Black & More

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of the November is here so time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is
Flower Power
The Design Team have been hard at work with their Penny Blacks and have some gorgeous inspiration to share with you over on the challenge blog here along with all the details.  You can use any brand of stamp except digi (NO DIGI IMAGES), the focal point of your project must be stamped to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes. One lucky winner using a Penny Black stamp will be chosen to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge.


Stamp Penny Black 4308K Field of Poppies
Coloured with copics
Papers from my scrap box
Ribbon, liquid pearls, stickles
We have been generously sponsored by....



I thought it quite fitting to use a poppy stamp this month and as my Dad remarried on 11/11 at 11am l thought l would send this card to his wife with a little message as my Dad is no longer with us. I usually pop around with flowers for her but not so easy now we are 400 miles away.

Hope you all join in with our lovely challenge and you have a whole month so plenty of time.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Allsorts Challenge 440

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Wendy is the host and she has chosen
Brown & Blue
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details - So blue and brown it is you can use skin tones, black/white for stamping.

Stamp Penny Black - Whispers
White embossing powder
Inktense pencils
Penny Black Butterfly die
Gems, ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique.



This weekend l am hoping to finish all the bulb planting and garden tidying so the garden can rest over winter.  The weather has dropped colder now and we had our first hard frost on monday, time to wrap up and keep warm. We may go into town tonight for the bonfire with the grandchildren, we have a large park - Grant Park, which is used to host events such as piping, highland games and tonight it is the turn of the bonfire and fireworks by the Rotary Club which is free with donations welcome for next years event. The weekend weather is dry but cold so just perfect for my weekend activities.
Have a good weekend whatever you are up too. x
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Allsorts Challenge 439

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Tracy Mouse is the host and she has chosen
Christmas Creatures
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I saw this House Mouse stamp last year and knew it would be added to my collection one day, it is so sweet.....even though l am petrified of the real thing.


Stamp House Mouse Pine Cone Tree
Coloured with copics
Papers Dovecraft Glad Tidings
Ribbon, Snowflake punch
Stickles, Glamour dust

We have been generously sponsored by Tattered Lace with this lovely die set for one lucky winner.
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The weather has turned now and it feels like winter is setting in especially with the clocks changing tonight. Time to get bugged in on an evening with my crafting and knitting as the garden is going to sleep.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Allsorts Challenge 438

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week it is my turn to host and l have chosen
Halloween
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamps Pink Gem, Stampin Up, Lavinia
Coloured with copics
Distress ink
Cuttlebug alphabets
ribbon
Paper - The paper company trick or treat candy corn

We have been generously sponsored by Little Claire Designs with two stamps for one lucky winner


One of our villagers had a trailer at the end of his drive with free pumpkins so we stopped and got 3 for the grandchildren - guess who will be pumpkin carving !!!

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Allsorts Challenge 436

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Mervi is the host and she has chosen
Trees & Leaves
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I love this time of year when all the leaves are changing colour to all the beautiful reds, golds l just think they are stunning - picking up the fallen leaves is a very different matter. This year l am going to bag the leaves for leaf mould and l have plenty of trees in my garden that are currently shedding their leaves.
We are very lucky to live in the countryside and often see dear in the woodlands over the road and sometimes even running across the road which can be a bit scary.
So here is my offering for this week.


All Stamps by Inkylicious
Distress & adirondak inks
glamour dust

We have been generously sponsored by Marianne Design

Have a good weekend, enjoy crafting and hopefully some outdoor time to see those stunning trees that are all around us :)
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Monday, 2 October 2017

October Penny Black & More @ Allsorts

Hello my lovely crafty friends. Here we are the beginning of October and time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is
Close to Nature
The Design Team have been hard at work with their Penny Blacks and have some gorgeous inspiration to share with you over on the challenge blog here along with all the details.  You can use any brand of stamp except digi (NO DIGI IMAGES), the focal point of your project must be stamped to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes. One lucky winner using a Penny Black stamp will be chosen to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge.
Lots of options for this challenge - animals, scenes or floral.


Stamps Penny Black 4200K Berry Wreath,
30-057 Winter Whites and Greens
Glamour Dust, stickles,
Ribbon & bells
Red embossing powder

We have been generously sponsored by....



I stamped the wreath on the base card and then again on a spare piece of card in a sparkly red embossing powder - l then cut it out and attached it over the base card. The cones were stamped in the corner and glitter added, a bit of ribbon and bells and job done. A fairly quick card and it does look better IRL.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 435

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Helene is the host and she has chosen
Sentiment in Focus
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details


Stamp Inkylicious
Silver Embossing powder
Floral stamp Heartfelt Creations - Sun Kissed Fleur 
Papers Timeless Victorian 

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique
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We have had gorgeous weather this week here in the Moray area of Scotland and we have managed to get quite a few jobs done in the garden. To say l will be glad when the midges have gone is an understatement, we have lots of trees and woodland around here which seem to be a magnet for them - bite cream is always at hand.  Hope you have all had good weather this week, enjoy your weekend, whatever you are doing. I hope to find some blackberries to go with the huge bags of apples we have picked and froze for winter.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 434

The new challenge over at Allsorts has started and this week my lovely teamie Brenda is the host and she has chosen
Things With Wings
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  Lots of options to choose from - butterflies, fairies, planes.


Stamp by Chloe Butterfly Wreath
Coloured with copics
Silver embossing powder
Vellum & gems

I have had this stamp a while and don't really use it enough. Firstly l stamped on white card with clear versamark then heat embossed with silver powder, l then repeated on vellum. l coloured by butterflies on the reverse of the vellum and the colour comes through nicely, after cutting out the butterflies l carefully added them to the card and popped a couple of gems to the centres. I just finished off with lines around the edge of white card to give a nice finish.

We have a couple of gorgeous stamps for this weeks winners.
   

I am just sat looking at the sky wondering if it is an outdoor or indoor day today. Yesterday was glorious and l got so much done outside but still quite a lot to do - tidying up the veg garden and still some bulbs to go in, l called into garden centre yesterday for some bags of patio base to go under new flags for my swing chair and when walking past the bulbs they had a buy one get one free on some tulips and l thought it would be very rude to just walk past ..... but no rush to get tulips in as they can be done in november. My sweet peas have been amazing and still picking lots for the house along with gladioli.

 Hope you are all having a good weekend and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Penny Black & More Midway Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now a little bit more than halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for September as l forgot to prepare my post. This month it is
Get Ready For Christmas

You still have plenty of time to join in to be in with a chance of winning a great prize from one of  our generous sponsors listed below.
My teamies have some lovely pieces to share with you over on the challenge blog here along with all the details. You can use any brand of stamp except digi's - any entries using digi images will not be eligible for a prize. If you use a Penny Black stamp you could be chosen as a Guest Designer for a month.


Using Penny Black 40-405 Holly Tweet
Coloured with copics
White embossing powder, 
Distress inks, stickles, ribbon

We are generously sponsored by...
Penny Black

Swedish Housecrafts

Rare Earth Stamps The subsidary company of Tattered Lace dealing in stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 433

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Ellie is the host and she has chosen a very appropriate theme this week.
Feels Like Autumn
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Stamp House Mouse Autumn set Tumble
Coloured with copics
papers Papermania Sunshine Paper pad
Stickles, liquid pearls
hessian ribbon, brad

We have two lovely prizes this week from Tonic

   

I chose my papers and stamp at the beginning of the week and they just sat on my desk until yesterday - l really need to find more time for my crafting.

Did l get my bulbs planted....not quite, 162 on sunday and another 70 through the week so still have a lot to get in ....then l went into our local Lidl and they had bulbs in and l could not resist.  We have had a lot of rain this week and the ground is saturated which is not a help.

Have a good weekend whatever you are doing, we are partying today as our son  Michael was 21 yesterday and we are celebrating today, l might even open some bubbles the only thing is no one else will want any :). x Susan x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 432

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Kath is the host and she has chosen
Use at Least 2 DP's
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I am now in Christmas mode so there will be lots posted on here over the next few months.


Stamp - LOTV James Santa Stop Here
Coloured with copics
Papers LOTV
Dies - Sweet Dixie Poinsettia. Joy foliage & berries 
Glamour dust, stickles, embossing powder
gem, texture paste.

We have a lovely die from Tattered Lace.


Also a gorgeous paper pack, so two chances of winning this week.


I know there are lots of gorgeous new stamps out there but l have so many that don't get much use l have decided to not buy any christmas this year.
In the past l have used punching paper from craftwork cards for my poinsettias but that has now run out - l wanted something with a bit of a shimmer. After a little thought l pulled out some starburst stains - some of you will remember them from way back and mixed up this gorgeous colour and just coloured some white paper and let it dry.

I was hoping to get  my 400+ spring bulbs planted this weekend but am a bit under the weather with a cold so will have see how l fell later today.
Enjoy the weekend whatever you are up too - hopefully a bit of crafting.
x Susan x






Sunday, 3 September 2017

September Penny Black & More

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of September is here so time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is

Get Ready For Christmas
Yes you have read that correctly ...Christmas, where has this year gone ???The Design Team have been hard at work with their Penny Blacks and have some gorgeous inspiration to share with you over on the challenge blog here along with all the details.  You can use any brand of stamp except digi (NO DIGI IMAGES), the focal point of your project must be stamped to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes. One lucky winner using a Penny Black stamp will be chosen to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge.


Stamp Penny Black 4011K Joyous Hymn
Sentiment Penny Black 30-040 The Wonder 
Coloured with copics
Papers First Edition Gilded Winter
Various dies
Structure paste, glamour dust
stickles & Ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by....


Rare Earth Stamps


Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 431

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Tracy is the host and she has chosen
New Beginnings
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  A few options for this one and l went for new home.



We have been generously sponsored by
DigiStamp Boutique



Crafty Ribbons


I am a bit late posting today as l have had problems with my camera, the photo's l took of my card saved on camera same number as previous photos and l could not get them to move across to my laptop. It has taken ages to sort as l had to leave it this morning as l promised to take the children out today.
Anyway here it is at last - stress over - children had day out, card posted, the sun is still shining so l am off outside for a relax and a cold drink. xx
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x