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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, 20 May 2017

Allsorts Challenge 416

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week we are celebrating our 8th Birthday.  Our lovely boss lady teamie Brenda is the host and she has chosen
Happy Birthday
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Our Birthday challenge is kindly sponsored by Tattered Lace who are offering a fabulous £50 store voucher for this weeks winner...................and in addition there is a £5.00 voucher for every single entrant to spend at their Crafting store. 

To use your £5 voucher you will need a code which can be found by visiting each of the DT's personal blogs, collecting the nine letters/numbers and creating the unique code.......it's a really simple one I promise you, but if you get stuck just mail Brenda. Your voucher will be valid from today until Saturday 27th May and is limited to one voucher per entrant, that means even if you enter three times you will only receive one voucher.


Die Tattered Lace Florentine Heart
Stamp Whimsy Spring Blossom 
Coloured with copics & Prisma pencils.
Papers LOTV/Nitwits
Ribbon, gems, stickles, liquid pearls.
Flower & leaf punches.

The gorgeous heart die from Tattered lace cuts beautifully and all the pieces fall out easily without the use of greased paper. I may have to treat myself to a new die as l have not had any new goodies for ages ;)

Please check out all my teamies blogs to pick up the letters/numbers for the code.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Penny Black & More Midway Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for May which is
Photo Inspiration
 
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.




Stamp Penny Black 4308K Field of Poppies,
Sentiment Penny Black from 30-053 Betsy Bluebell Set
Butterfly die PB 51-110 Flicker & Flutter
Coloured with copics 
Papers MME Wild Asparagus

We are generously sponsored by Penny Black, Crafts U Love & Sizzix.

A busy few days ahead for me, the grand children have In Service days (teacher training days) today and tomorrow, so today been home with them and tomorrow l am taking them down to Landmark Adventure Park which is not far from Aviemore - a great adventure day out, then home for a BBQ We have just had a very heavy thunder storm and downpour so hopefully the air has cleared for tomorrow.  Then from friday evening until sunday teatime l have Rosie and Esther while My son, SIL and grandson fly down to Wembley for the Bradford City play off.....come on City.

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

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Allsorts Challenge 415

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
Ring A Ring Of Roses

We want to see roses on your creation. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp Papermania - Henbury
Coloured with copics
Papers Dovecraft
Gems. Ribbon, stickles.

We have two lovely prizes this week, a pretty paper pad by Dovecraft 

and a beautiful stamp by Heartfelt Creations.

The stamp l have used for todays card has been in my unused box for ages and l thought it would be perfect for this challenge....quite a bit of rubber forms the image - if you know what l mean, so l first stamped with clear the used a green WOW embossing powder but it did not work with my copics and left an awful muddy mess. Next plan was use Momento London Fog which is a grey and worked better than the black. I found this a very difficult one to colour.

I am late preparing my post today, having a lovely day hopefully in the garden as the forecast is good for today. We have had some gorgeous weather this week and l am loving seeing what is growing in my new garden. I have bought a few new shrubs but am having a bit of a problem - one l have never had before. As the garden is so big l am struggling on where to put my plants and just seem to wander around for ages then end up putting them back in the wheelbarrow. The cherry blossom is absolutely full of blossom which started to fall in yesterdays breeze but l think the prettiest of all is the apple blossom. The veg plot l built is doing very well, l think the beans and peas need to be started off in cells to keep the mice away.

 As you can see in the photo above my little Rosie has been to play. She loves to play Ring O Ring A Rosie with Grandma.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Penny Black & More May Challenge

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

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 used 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.

I have used one of my cute Penny Black hedgie stamps, isn't it sweet and these old papers are a perfect match for the photo inspiration. I enjoyed making this card and decorated the inside too to finish it off nicely.


Stamp Penny Black 3199J Poppy Fields
Dies Penny Black 52-110 Flicker & Flutter, MB Prim Poppy
Papers MME Wild Asparagus
Ribbon, gems, stickles

We have been generously sponsored by....



I am looking forward to the summer months and seeing poppies in the fields, at the moment we have lots of gorgeous yellow gorse on the hills and hedges - it looks very pretty but have you ever tried to cut it from your hedges ?? It is razor sharp and thorns that cut your hands to shreds, My neighbours say the farmer will cut the hedges at the bottom of the garden for a fee in the autumn. Nature is the most wonderful thing and the seasons just make me smile thinking of them, even though l love my winter holidays in the sun - l can't imagine life without seasons.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Allsorts Challenge 414

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 something she loves
Music
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. Now l have to admit this one threw me a little and l thought what on earth am l going to do but after a quick flick through my stamp collection catalogue l came up with this one. The stamp is fromPenny Black and  the sentiment is an old one from Butterfly Kisses.


Stamp Penny Black - Carolling Penguins
Sentiment Butterfly Kisses
Papers Craft Creations
Glamour dust, stickles, Ribbon & bells

We have been generously sponsored by
DigiStamp

As well as a lovely music die from Tattered Lace.


Before l go l must tell you about our Special Birthday here at Allsorts in two weeks time. We have a super treat for every entry - come back and join us for more details.

Hope you have all had a good week, l can't believe the contrast in weather just over a week ago we had freezing temperatures and snow and this week it has been wall to wall sunshine every day and we have had the loungers out. Our garden faces south and is a suntrap, we just sit and listen to the birds as we have at least 6 pairs of blackbirds nesting in one of our hedges - the young ones are out of the nests hopping around waiting to be fed. We have lots of different birds including one of my favourites the Curlew which flies over regularly to the fields over our hedge. Years ago we came up to the highlands every spring bank to bird watch and now it is on our doorstep - feeling blessed.  We make the most of the quiet before the grandchildren come after school. 
Whatever you are upto this week hope it is a good one. 
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 413

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  Hard to believe we are almost into May - how time flies. This week my lovely teamie Brenda is the host and she has chosen
Embossing
A few options to choose - embossing folders, paste or powders. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  
I pulled out one of my old dreamweaver stencils and metallic embossing paste and made the dragonfly then cut it out. For the sentiment l used embossing powder.  It has been a while since l used a House Mouse stamp so time to blow the dust off them....


Stamp House Mouse (joanna Sheen JSHM025)
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers Nitwits - Lifes little lemons
Dreamweaver dragonfly stencil
Dreamweaver silver metallic embossing paste
Air dry clay & heart mould
SB oval die
Embossing powder, stickles, liquid pearls.

We have two lovely prizes from Sizzix



What a mixed week we have had here with the weather - l took my grandaughter back down to Bradford last saturday and had planned on staying until monday and doing some visiting but the weather forecast was for snow on monday. Needless to say l did not want to chance the journey on monday so set off back home 400 miles up the road on sunday evening getting home at 1am monday and l am so glad l did as we had quite a bit of snow on monday.  It did not stay around long and was all gone by the end of tuesday, yesterday was glorious and l had a good hour in the garden.

It is a long time since l entered a challenge too so here goes
I would like to enter this card into - 
 House Mouse Monday Challenge No. 239 Stop and Smell the flowers

 Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 412

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
I Spy 'B'
So this week we are having a little game of I Spy with the letter 'B', plenty of B options and we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I kept my card quite simple but full of b's


Stamp - LOTV
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
Papers Craft Creations
Ribbon, button, gems, butterfly, stickles

We have Two lovely B prizes this week
A Borders embossing folder


A lovely IndigoBlu bear stamp


We have had a lovely week with my eldest grandaughter here for the week and today l have the long journey of taking here back home - a 800 mile round trip so l will have a day to catch up with some family and friends while down south.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 411

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
A Sketch


Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Flower die - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Papers Dovecraft Sweet Paris
Ribbon, pearls,
Sentiment LOTV, embossing powder
Woodware 
Butterfly punch

We have been generously sponsored by Lets Create with a lovely prize for one lucky winner.



Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 410

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
Bring On The Bling
We all like a bit of sparkle and shine so check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I had this little beauty coloured a couple of weeks ago and she just shouted out for some bling. A colour combo l have not used before but l quite like how it all came together.


Stamp LOTV
Coloured with Inktense pencils
Papers ? from scrap box
Stickles, glamour dust, gems
Flowers, ribbon, 



We have been generously sponsored by


I have had a very busy week at home, our new boiler has been fit so we now have both heating and water - oh how lovely to have a nice long soak at last.
We have papered the dining room ceiling - first time l have done a ceiling, and glad that job is complete. Sewn and hung my new curtains so that is another room done.
Grass seeded a large area of the garden, planted more flower and veg seeds up.
This morning the local village hall is having a coffee/cake/craft day to raise funds for Marie Curie - l will get chance to paint a daffodil on slate, flower arranging and of course eat cake.
Enjoy your week whatever you get up to and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

April Penny Black & More Challenge

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

I have made these sweet little cards to put some money in to send down to my 3 grandsons for Easter. Great fun cards, quick and easy to make from this lovely little Penny Black transparency set. Even managed a bit of spring in the background photo.  Love this time of year.



Stamp Penny Black 30-010 Fresh New Day
Butterfly Die Penny Black 51-11- Flicker and Flutter
Spellbinders Circles, scalloped circles
Coloured with copics
Papers - Papermania Olivine Essence
Gems, Stickles

We have been generously sponsored by....




So what you waiting for - lots of lovely sponsors means lots of lovely prizes.

Thanks for the get well wishes - l am much better today and plan some outdoor time as well as setting some seeds off on trays. I am missing my greenhouse but keep dropping hints to hubby - so the seed is planted for a new one !  There are lots of trees and shrubs in the garden and l am looking forward to seeing what they are.  Apparently a tree Norman cut to the ground was not dead and was a lovely Victoria Plum Whoops, l have planted more fruit trees and the veg garden is coming on a treat, l have put in strawberries, raspberries, gooseberry and little grandaughter Esther's Favourite a Blueberry - just hope it likes the spot. I know blueberries can be difficult and l have never grown one before but will keep my eye on it, l have put a good mulch of wood chippings around. I bought them from the garden centre as good sized plants with plenty buds

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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 409

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
Food Glorious Food
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. Hope you all enjoy playing along with this yummy challenge.


Stamp Sugar Nellie - Let them eat cake
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers - Dovecraft Floral Muses
Ribbon, pearl brad, pearls
Flowers. Dies - joy leaves and star
Stickles, glamour dust

We have two  generous sponsors this week -
DigiStamp Boutique


Stamp Addicts.


Sorry l am a bit later than usual posting this today, l had to go back to bed this morning after being up ill through the night. Our little grandaughter had a bug thurs and friday and passed it to us. I  had planned a shopping trip to Inverness but that will have to be monday now instead.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 408

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
Cakes, Cupcakes or Sweet Treats
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  Have a look at Brenda's stunning cake - l would love to be able to do that.


Stamp - Crafthouse Press - K005 Cupcakes
Coloured with copics
Papers - DC Sweet Stack
Glossy accents, glamour dust, stickles
Dies -Joy Banner, SB Floral ovals 

We have 2 lovely prizes this week



Well the sun is shining this morning so that is a promising start to the weekend, hopefully most of it will be spent outside. Whatever you are doing have a great weekend and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 407

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
Anything But A Card
I would love to see what other crafty things you get up to - sewing, knitting, upcycling - anything crafty or creative.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.






MDF Box from MDF Man
Furniture paint, adirondak ink
Stamps - Inkylicious, Lavina, Stampin Up
Dies Butterfly Penny Black, Flower Marianne, Foliage Joy
Gems, glamour dust, twine.

I decorated a MDF organiser box. First l painted it with furniture paint then when dry l used an ink duster brush to apply the purple Adirondak ink. Next, l stamped the sentiment and flowers ect and added the die cuts. A touch of glamour dust on the flowers. I added the twine to make a handle and secured it using a heat gun.
I made a friend a similar one last year in white as a gift but added colour to this one which l am going to keep.

We have been generously sponsored by my teamie Wendy and John with a stamp for the winner, we also have a second prize too.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 406

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 in celebration of International Womens Day she has chosen
Ladies & Girls
Check out all the gorgeous creations my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  


Image & Papers Pion
Ribbon, Lace, Pearls,
Flowers, Doily
Butterfly die - Joy

The prize this weeks is a beautiful vintage feminine Indigo Blu stamp

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of the month is here so time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is
Anything Goes (must be stamped)

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 used 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.

It is quite a while since l bought any new stamps so recently had a little spend on a few PB's and this gorgeous stamp has been on my wish list for a while. I inked it up with distress inks then spritzed it with water and stamped on water paper. When dry l added a few beads to look like the poppy centre, quite pleased with the result.


Stamp Penny Black  40-330 Pop Pop Poppy
Distress Inks
Ribbon, Beads, Gem, Stickles

We have been generously sponsored by....
Penny Black


Marianne Designs


Chalkola

Hope you pop over to the challenge blog and join in with this month's Anything Goes (stamped of course) challenge

Yesterday l rained and rained and rained l kept thinking Noah and his Ark would be sailing by, l had hoped to have the day in the garden but don't think l will be stepping out there for a few days until it has dried out. Hope the weather is better where you are.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 405

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
Spring Inspiration
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
We have had some gorgeous bright spring days this week but with an early frosty start to most days. The snowdrops are in full bloom and the daffs are poking their heads up, l am looking forward to seeing what else is growing in my new garden.



Stamp by Little Claire -FFH002 Flower Friends 
Coloured with copics
Papers from scraps
Dies - MB flower, SB leaf
Punches - Kars butterfly, ovals SU
Ribbon, gems, stickles, liquid pearls

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique who have the most gorgeous digi images


Little Claire - who are sponsoring us for the first time, l usually pop a stamp or two from their stall in my basket at craft fairs as they are so sweet.


Whatever you are doing this weekend have fun, l am hoping to make a start on preparing my veg garden from the enormous mound of soil the landscaper left when doing some work on the garden.  I have bought a few fruit trees and strawberry plants all ready so watch this space lol.
Hubby is busy reducing the 100+ conifers from approx 12-15 ft down to a more manage height - he has never done as much in a garden in the 21 years we have been married and he seems to be enjoying himself just so long as he remembers how is the boss in the garden.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x