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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, 19 May 2018

Allsorts 468

It is saturday again and this week is a special one as it is our 9th Birthday over at  Allsorts.  and we have lots of lovely prizes in celebration. The theme this week is......
Happy Birthday
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp Sunflower by Sheena Douglass
Aquatints
Glamour dust

This is the lovely prizes up for grabs ........that's right 9 prizes


Looks like we are in for a glorious weekend of sunshine, the grass was cut yesterday and all is looking beautiful in the garden, the blossom trees are shedding it like confetti so l could close my eyes and dream l am at the Royal Wedding, so a nice relaxing day (for a change) and maybe a bit of crafting later.

Hope to see you over on the challenge to celebrate Allsorts 9th Birthday x Susan x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 467

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.....
In The Pink
I want to see predominantly Pink, Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp by Sugar Nellie
Distress Ink
Coloured with Copics & Prisma pencils
Martha Stewart punches to create frame
Stickles & Glamour dust
I think l have only used these punches once before but they make a lovely shape so you will be seeing it again, l have another set like a fan shape that l have also only used once before. 

We have been generously sponsored by Stamp Addicts with a voucher for one lucky winner.

Next week Allsorts will be celebrating 9 years of challenges and we have some fantastic prizes, spread the word and take the banner


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May Penny Black & More 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
Anything Goes
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.


Stamps Penny Black 4155L Flower Amongst Flowers
Die Penny Black Flicker & Flutter
Aquatints & Sparkle Pens
Gems
We have been generously sponsored by....


Another glorious day here so as the grandchildren are here for a stay we are heading south to the Highland Zoo and hoping for a glimpse of Hamish the new baby polar bear, we are taking a picnic and making a day off it.

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

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 466

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
Fancy Folds
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
As l have an old pack of gate fold cards it made sense to use one of them. I decided to go all out with the inks for this one, be gentle as still practising. I used drawing gum for the first time - just wish l had more time to play.




Stamps by Sheena & CC & Stampin Up
Sparkle pens & Aquatints
Gold embossing powder

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique

Looks like we are in for a lovely weekend, we have the 3 grandchildren staying with us for 5 days while parents having a break in London so it is a bit hectic hereas school is having a long weekend (Fri & Mon). With the dry weather at least they can play in  the garden, you can see Esther & Rosie at bottom of the border.  Here is a picture of the long border l created last year, when we moved in there was not a single flower here just a massive hole the previous owners dug to create a sunken garden then dumped rubbish in it !It cost a fortune to have it filled, l planted some perennials and 1000 + spring bulbs - most of them here. My dining room is currently full of seedlings and getting bigger every day.


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Allsorts 465

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
All About Animals
April is Pet Awareness month and this week is RSPCA Week, both promote the care and welfare of domestic animals be they small or large, the clue is in the title but basically we would like to see anything from mice to canaries, cat's and dogs right up to donkeys and horses.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details and please don't forget DOMESTIC ANIMALS ONLY, this does not include bears or wild animals


Stamp - Man's Best Friend from LOTV
Coloured with copics
Papers Penny Black Gentle Whisper
Dragonfly die, gems

We have a lovely cat stamp by Woodware as a prize this week
Also some animal stamps

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Allsorts 464

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
Use Pearls
A nice easy one for you all to join in, everybody should be able to follow this theme. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I have been playing with my new stamps and aquatints but they just looked like slodgy messes when l finished so went back to sparkle pens and black ink on stamp for outline rather than directly inking stamp with colour. Not the greatest card as still practising and ran out of time.


Stamp Sheena Born to be Wild
Sparkle Pens
Pearls

We have a lovely prize from Marianne Designs



We have had gorgeous weather here all week and hope you have too. I planted lots of seeds on sunday and am amazed to see most of them have germinated already. The garden has 'greened up' and all the trees are bursting into leaf. the garden looks different everyday and l love walking around it as l always see something new.
I love this time of year with longer daylight and everyone seems more cheerful. we even had our first BBQ on wednesday.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April Midway Penny Black & More Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for April which is
 Black/White Plus One Colour
You still have plenty of time to join in..
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. The focal point must be a stamped image.  If you use a Penny Black stamp you could be chosen as a Guest Designer for a month.


Stamps Penny Black 4361J Warm Embrace
40-353 Lets Chill (Sentiment)
Coloured with copics 
Spellbinders Poinsettia die
Ribbon & Stickles

We have some great prizes from our lovely sponsors so pop over to the challenge post to see all the details - You have to be in it to win, as the saying goes.

We have jumped a season in the space of a few days, the weather has been glorious over the last week. We have had our first hot water from our 2 solar panels - free hot water at last. Hubby got the hose out on the garden last night as we had a warm wind which dries the ground quickly. And tonight....we are having our first BBQ. Now, l know some of you down in England have not had it so good yet but hopefully you will soon. Although we have had a bitterly cold winter we didn't get much snow either, we have a bit of a micro climate here around the Moray area :)

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

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Allsorts challenge 463

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
Spring Flowers or Showers
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I have used one of my favourite Penny Black stamps this week.


Stamp Penny Black
Papers Craft Creations
Background Aqua & Sparkle Pens
Copics, glossy accents

We have 2 lovely Woodware stamps as prizes this week

I am still practising with my Aqua pens which l used for this background and just dropped a little water on to create the rain drops.
A mixed bag of weather here this week, some lovely sunshine to bring on the daffs and everything is starting to green up at last.
Had a lovely afternoon tea out at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness with my daughter and granddaughter this week - if anyone is up this way l definitely recommend it.
Have a good week whatever you are doing and hope to see you over on the challenge. x Susan x




Saturday, 7 April 2018

Allsorts Challenge 462

It is saturday again, they seem to be coming around very quickly - so time for the new challenge at Allsorts. This week Kath is our lovely host and she has chosen
Be Square
No shaped cards, keep it all square on your project - no circles, oval etc. Check out all my teamies inspiration and challenge details here.

I have been having a little play with a new stamp set and my new aqua pens, still practising so lots will be coming though here in the near future. A few stamp sets are sitting on my desk just waiting for a play too.



Stamps Set CC Magic Garden
Aquapens
Gems & stickles

We have 2 lovely sets of dies from Tattered Lace for this weeks lucky winners.


The calendar tells me it should be spring but it is still sooooo cold, l think we must be about 4 weeks behind with growth in the garden and not even thinking about starting my seeds off yet. If anyone knows when spring is due please let me know so l don't miss it
My daughter and grandaughter are coming up for the week so really looking forward to sharing some time together :)

Hope to see you over on the challenge, happy crafting, Susan x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends and Happy Easter. 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

Black & White Plus One
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.


Stamps Penny Black 30-033 Allegro
3170F Every Day 
Beads
Inks Grey & Blue

The flower is a small single stamp from a transparency set which l stamped masked and repeat stamped then added beads to the centres. I used a blue ink for the sentiment to keep it soft - hope you like it.

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


Sizzix


Plus a lovely woodware stamp.

Hope you pop over to the challenge and join us this month.

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

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Allsorts Challenge 461

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
Lots of options - new job, house, baby ect. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp Penny Black 40-547 Flower Lanterns
SU Stramp write pens
Sparkle pen, gems
MS border punch

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique
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Also a lovely stamp set up for grabs.
Image result for cris-wed crafters companion stamp set

I love the flower lanterns stamp - no matter how many times you use it it always gives a different look, when dried l added sparkle pen to the blooms to give a little extra shimmer.
Having recently had a 2 week holiday away l have never felt as exhausted as l do at the moment, energy levels are zero and l am really struggling. Perhaps a visit to the docs is on the cards. The grandchildren have two weeks off for easter so they will be with parents so hopefully a bit easier for me.
 Looking forward to some warmer weather soon, just had a bit of time in the garden to do a spring tidy, most of the 1000+ bulbs l put in are making an appearance but so are the rabbits nibbling at the fresh shots :(

Happy Easter to you all xx

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Allsorts Challenge 460

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
Black & White Only
The only other colour permitted in this challenge is a skin colouring. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details

Stamp Penny Black Hedge-word 4060K
Papers Doodlebug
Copics for skin colour

The little snipped corner was a mistake but l think it looks ok so left it.
We have been generously sponsored by.
Rare Earth - the stamping arm of Tattered Lace


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Allsorts Challenge 459

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
Bring On The Bling
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
Sorry no card from me this week as l ran out of time before my hols - back to normal next week

We have been generously sponsored by -


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Allsorts Challenge 458

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
Nursery Rhymes/
Fairy Tales
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. My Nursery Rhyme is Row Row Row Your Boat.

Stamp LOTV Land Ahoy
Coloured with copics
Papers Papermania - Ahoy There
Dies SB square & Scalloped 
Whimsy Cloud die
ribbon & twine

We have been generously sponsored by Bee Crafty



Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

March Penny Black More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of March is here so time for the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is
Feature A Creature
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 30-027 Purrfect Day
Coloured with copics
Papers Doodlebug
SB Circle dies

We have been generously sponsored by....



Hope you pop over to the challenge and join us.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Allsorts Challenge 457

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
Ladies Only
For Ladies International Week
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Image by Pion
Papers Craftwork Cards
Flower stamp - Heartfelt Creations 
Flourish die by Cheery Lynn
Glimmer mist spray,
Ribbon & pearls

We have been generously sponsored by

Also a lovely stamp set for another lucky winner


I have scheduled my next few posts as l am currently sat in Glasgow Airport waiting to fly off on my next adventures, leaving Hubby home looking after things as he won't fly ;)
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Allsorts Challenge 456

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
Something Beginning With 'B'
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
As l am still getting to grips with my new sparkle pens l went for a simple background and stamped the silhouette flowers on the bottom, the butterfly is an old stamp by Creative Expressions l have had for years and not used - to be honest is was in my get rid of bag and l am glad l kept it. The butterfly background is also coloured with sparkle pens and love the shimmery effect it gives, l stamped with a clear ink and embossed with a silver powder.


Stamp Creative Expression
Sentiment Stamp Penny Black 3170F Every Day
Stampin Up Pocket Silhouettes
Colour Sparkle Pens
Gems

We have been generously sponsored by-

Hope you have all had a good week, the sun has been glorious....through the conservatory and a sign of things to come soon. The forecast is for icy blasts from the arctic over the next few days so wrap up and stay warm x

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

February midway Penny Black & More

Hello my lovely crafty friends, here l am a day late as l forgot to schedule my post - we are now halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for February which is
Love, Hearts & Flowers 
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. Your focal point must be a stamped image, 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 3925H Top Of The World
Coloured with copics 
Papers by Nitwits
Ribbon & Gem
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We have some lovely prizes from our generous sponsors so why not join in the fun.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Allsorts Challenge 455

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


Stamps - Aspects of Design by Kay Carley
Japanese Dragonfly Dreams
White embossing powder
Copics. glamour dust, glitter paper
Dies -Sizzix Dragonfly, Joy Leaves, 
Memory Box Flower
Ribbon, gems, stickles

Here is another stamp set that l have not used in a while, l stamped the bamboo in versamark and added white embossing powder which l heated. Next l added the blue ink to the card, a bit of random word stamping finished the background off nicely. I am quite pleased with how this turned out as it was a requested card to have dragonflies and be blue.

We have been generously sponsored by our new sponsor Sticker You with a $65 voucher for one lucky winner
Custom stickers

We have had another bitterly cold week here in Moray with a bit of snow early in the week but nothing significant, nice and cosy in front of the log burner. Earlier in the week I spoke to my niece who lives out in Grand Cayman and they have hot weather all year round - l think l would miss the seasons and l am sure she does too. I have a holiday coming up soon in the caribbean unfortunately it does not take in Cayman. Maybe next year l will fly out to visit her.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Allsorts Challenge 454

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 with Valentines Day approaching she has chosen......
Love Is In The Air
Check out the love my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I bought some new goodies - sparkle & aqua pens and stamps and managed to have a little inky play this week. Very early days and l need plenty of practice but will get there, please be gentle with your comments. I love this stamp the poppies are beautiful and l can see me getting a lot of use from this one.


Stamp By Sheena Douglass
Sentiment from an Old Elusive Images set
Sparkle & Aqua pens.
Stencil & distress ink
Penny Black butterfly die.
Stickles, liquid pearls & gems

We have been generously sponsored by Marianne Designs with a lovely selection for a lucky winner.
    

Have you all had a good Week? The weather here up in Moray has been very cold but we have been lucky with only a slight dusting of snow.  I have a holiday coming up soon and never felt as much in need of a holiday as l do at the moment. Lots of family stresses which is leaving me feeling exhausted, hopefully things will get easier soon.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x