Tuesday, June 29, 2021

If you can't be you,

be a unicorn!

Hello blogworld,

Isn't it amazing how one child's birthday can disrupt a whole weeks' worth of crafting?  Maybe if either of us were more organised it wouldn't happen, but it does and so I go with the flow!

I'm almost back to routine, just a lunch out today which is nothing to do with said child, purely for the adults, but until then I'm flowing! Of course, summer holidays are also looming and that will interrupt crafting as well, but not as much as it did when TTT was little.

So to go with flow, and while I'm creating my first ever scene from scratch, I'm sharing card I made earlier.

And card:


Digi image
Supplied with a Kit and Clowder colouring class
Coloured with Copics

Sentiment stamp
Catherine Pooler - All Around Wishes

Catherine Pooler - 'wishes'
Pretty Pink Posh - Scallop Borders 2

Anything else
string from stash

Right, that's it from me today folks, I'll be back shortly!
Signing off,


Passion for Markers: Week 598 - CAS

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 25 - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 26, 2021


 Hello blogworld,

Well it's been a busy week, as part of TTT's birthday celebrations we had people over for dinner on her birthday itself (quiet as school night), a bowling party yesterday with her circle of friends and today went shopping in Lincoln with her best friends and a sleepover.

Wandering around the shops with three fourteen year olds, in tail end of a pandemic wearing masks, social distancing and queuing to get in shops - well all I can say is I'm a darn good parent!! I'm sure they appreciate it!! 😂😂 

To reward myself for being kind, patient and understanding - I got some new gym wear and weights and then had a little wind down this evening making this card.

It started out quite a bit different, but I'm fairly pleased with the end result. As always I can see things I would do differently if I did it again. Isn't that always the way though!

So card, which I can promise you is actually straight, it's just I can't seem to take a straight picture this evening!:

I used:
Characters: Sweet November - Peter and April
Sentiment: Neat and Tangled - Together
Colouring: Copics

Memory Box: Small Madison Arched Window and Picket Fence

So I'm off for a sit down and probably either a disturbed night - kids awake until early hours maybe? - or an early morning - kids getting up at a ridiculous time? - wonder which it will be!

Signing off

Challenge / s:

Always Fun Challenges: Challenge #219 - Add a window

Gem of a Craft Challenge: Challenge #13 - Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: C#160 - Always Anything Goes

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Ahoy there!

 Hello blogworld

Still not quite back to routine yet following on from TTT's birthday.  Currently I'm on tea making duties while hubby is re-arranging the Teens room to put up the Tokyo Ghoul canvases she got for a birthday present.  He's also listening to the radio on an echo dot, another present and a total novelty for us - we've never had one before Tuesday!

So as I can't hang around long, I'll move swiftly onto my card:

I used:

Image: Pollycraft Digi Stamp - Cuthbert yo-ho
Catherine Pooler - All Around wishes 'day'
 Colouring: Copics
Dies: Sunny Studio - Happy

And that's the story folks! Oh, apart from I can't see the word 'happy' on it's side - so I'm not entirely sure this card works, but the family tells me I'm the oddball and they can see 'happy'! 

Signing off now,


Challenge / s:

Passion for Markers: Week 597 - Keep it slim

Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Something beginning with B - Bear, Boat, Birthday (also skull and crossBones)!!!

The Cutie Pie Challenge: Challenge #160 - The Bear Essentials

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Well, how did that happen!

Good morning blogworld

I have no idea how this happened, but it's TTT (The Troublesome Teen - also known as The Daughter Emily)'s 14th birthday today.

I'm currently surrounded by baking paraphernalia, as the first cake I made just doesn't look right, and am on second recipe, gone back to the good old chocolate sponge! 

So I'm not hanging about, but I did want to share the picture of the balloons we got for her - a fantastic local company who make marvellous balloon displays - and the card I made from me for her.

I'll be sharing the card I made for her from her Dad another day. I know it's odd, but as there are only the three of us we get her a card each otherwise it's a very sad display of one card! Well until the ones from her friends start appearing - then she gets more cards than I ever have!

So balloons (with the Father's Day display snuck in too!):

And card:

I used:

Digital Stamp: Sweet November Stamps - Zodiac Girl : Cancer
Coloured with Copics
Papers: Prima - Fairy Flora
Die: MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX
Anything else: Sentiment from Craftwork Cards and Bling from my stuff

Maybe, if she gives permission, I'll stick a picture up of her which will explain why all my girls are coloured with red hair!!

Really do need to run now, got things to be doing,
Signing off,


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 24 - Anything Goes

Allsorts Challenge: Week 629 - Anything Goes (Option button or bows)

As Yu Like it Challenge: Favourite Tip (and use it on your entry) - Weeellll, my favourite tip is not to stress too much about things that go wrong!!  The background for this image should have been a sky - it looks like bubbles! Also I nicked the cardstock I mounted the image on, so it's a bit rough.  Finally I don't like the where the three gems landed up, personally think it'd flow more if they were off the image but they stuck really well when I put them on the image and I couldn't move them!  All that stress and my daughter really loved the card - I got a 'it's wonderful, Mummy' - she didn't see what I did wrong, she only saw a card I'd made for her!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Best Dad ever!

 Hello blogworld,

Well I guess that most people think their Dad is the best Dad ever - but TTT (The Troublesome Teen also known as our Emily) thinks hers is the best Dad ever.  That is until she's being told off about something or other - then we're the meanest meanies ever!! Sounds about right with kids, am I right?

Card today is her's to give to Peter for Father's Day.  I asked if she wanted to help, but nope - the little flatterer said I had good taste and she would be happy with what ever I made.  In the end she did have some input, picking the silver/black combo for the backing card, but everything else are my picks.

So today's card:

I used:

Stamps / Digis:
Stamping Bella - Daddy's Girl
Background and sentiment - LoTV : Watercolour Pastels and Grunge Stamp Sentiment

Image coloured with Copics

Anything else:
Black and silver card

That's is for today folks, be back at the end of the week.
Signing off for now,


Always fun Challenges: Challenge #218 - I love my Dad

A Bit More Time To Craft: #142 - Anything Goes

The Male Room: Challenge #151 - Dads and Grandads

Digi Chooseday: Wk 24 - Anything Goes

Monday, June 14, 2021

A Bumble Bee

 Hello blogworld,

Hope everyone had a good weekend and got the good weather the UK has been having? Here in Lincolnshire, it was sunny (for a change), which is good timing as TTT was invited to join a couple of friends in a local Aquapark,  Basically an obstacle course on water - she had great fun!

So onto today's card - I'm trying Instagram as well as Blogging and I saw this image being used just after I'd thought about stamping and colouring it. Had a conversation about how I should stamp it as well and, well here I am and will be on Instagram shortly! First time  I've tried creating my own pleats / folds on a dress - not done too badly I think, but obviously more work needed.

Without further ado - here's card:

I used:

Stamps: Sugar Nellie (Suzanne Woolcott) - Bumble Bee
Sentiment - Fiskars - Laugh With Me Sentiments

Coloured with Copics

Paper: First Edition - New Bloom

Dies: MFT - Die-namics - Stitched Rectangles Stax

Flower: Anne Marie Designs - Mount Board blooms

Can you believe this stamp was released in 2009!  I couldn't believe how many stamp companies had gone in my break from crafting - some of them my total favourites as well. 2009 wasn't even when I first started making cards, probably that was around the early 2000's.  Goodness it makes me feel old.

And that definitely is it from me today,
Signing off,


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 23 - Anything Goes

Gem of A Craft Challenge: Challenge 12 - Anything Goes

Friday, June 11, 2021

Running late today

 Hello blogworld,

This is very late in the day for me to be posting! I started making this card yesterday, but I had one of those which image was I going to use wobbles, then when I picked a stamp I couldn't think how to layout the card - just a total bleugh day.

I blame it on I decided to do a masculine card - not something I do very often. When I last made cards for the boys all the boys I knew were boys! Now they are teenagers and I haven't got a lot I can use, most of my images are a bit childish.  I'm told by their mums that teenage boys are difficult in more ways than one!!

So this is attempt number one.  Attempt number two will appear at a later date.

Without further ado card:

I used:

Stamps: The Greeting Farm - My Guy Ian

Coloured with Copics

Catherine Pooler - All Around Wishes Sentiments

Papers: echo park paper co - A Boy's Life

Dies: Sunny Studio - Stitched Circles

MFT - Die-namics: Photo Corners

And that's all folks!

Hope you are enjoying, and not melting in, this mini heat weave we are having - have a good weekend.

Signing off,


Challenge / s:

Always Fun Challenges: Challenge #217 - 'Layers'

Passion for Markers: Week 595 - Masculine

Crafty Catz: Challenge #555 - Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Masculine Makes

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Hello deer

Good morning blogworld,

First things first - hello new follower!  How nice to have you along for the ride - you'll get used to my waffling on about anything and everything, eventually! :-)

Do you recall in my last post I said all I'd managed to do over the school holiday was a bit of colouring?  Well this is that colouring turned into a card.

Before I had a break from crafting I'd just started down the route of colouring self-improvement, with classes at the new site Alyce had set up - Kit and Clowder. Seems a long time ago now, and the 'new' site has 20,000 followers on her Facebook group.

I'd used Pencils, Pro-Markers and Graph'it's with varying degrees of success, then found Copics and I was very happy! Very happy with the pens that is, but dissatisfied with my colouring, which is why the lessons.  Of course, that timed with me stopping crafting - typical of life, eh!

Anyways, waffle, waffle - relevant point is, as you get life-time access to the classes I've picked the classes up again so instead of colouring my usual stamps I've been doing classes.

This is the first colouring / card from a class:

I put so much effort into the colouring by the time I came to make a card I was ready for something simple! Although I do seem to be leaning into my sort of simple at the minute.

I used:

Stamps: Kit and Clowder : image is suppled for the free class

Lili of the Valley - sentiment

Coloured with Copics (but if you use another medium it's catered for)

Dies: MFT - Die-namics Stitch Rectangular STAX set

Everything else: Striped paper from Anne Marie Designs

scrap of card from my stuff

And that's all from me this time, folks!

Signing off,


Challenge / s:

As You Like It Challenge: CAS or Fully Fancy - My sort of CAS for sure, I somehow never seem to get the vibe for fussy cards and, anyways, I spend so long colouring the images making a fussy card would take a year!!

Creative Craft Cottage: #141 - Eileen's Anything Goes Challenge

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: C#159 - Always Anything Goes

Monday, June 7, 2021

Back for good..

Hmmm, wonder if anyone's ever thought of using that in a song!

Morning blogworld,

Apologies for absence, again!, it's been half-term here in sunny Lincolnshire and with TTT at home all schedules (for that read normal activities, exercise, me time!) go out the window.

All I've managed to do crafty wise was a little bit of colouring on Saturday, other than that my craft supplies got consigned to the junk room, again.

But, as it's back to school today, hopefully it's back to normal as well - hence the early morning post.

So although I've had no craft time I do have a couple of cards I made before the school hols - those will be my catch-ups until I get some colouring time in the next few days.

Therefore, catch-up card number one:

This one was made for a friend's of TTT's birthday at the beginning of the school holidays.  I very much doubt she reads my blog so feel safe sharing it now.

I used:
Stamp: The Greeting Farm - Miss Anya : Hats Off
Coloured with Copics
Paper: Prima - Fairy Flora
Anything else: Sentiment from Craftwork Cards and a bit of trim from my stuff

Think I hear the rest of the house stirring, so time for me to go,
See you soon,
Signing off,

Challenge / s:

Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #526 Go Girly

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 22 Anything Goes

Crafty Catz: Challenge #554 Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Hello blogworld,

Did you notice the little absence there, then?  I'm guessing probably not, as you are as busy as I am, but you never know. Anyways, am back now, maybe not as regularly for this week - as it is half-term so TTT is at home - but I will be back again before you know it.

So onto card, and it's another one of the Anya styles stamped and coloured during my 'what went wrong there then' panic. 

Actually, blowing me own trumpet here - I'm quite pleased with this one!

And so, card:

I used:

Rubber stamp: The Greeting Farm - Anya Styles

and Whimsy Stamps - Fantabulous for the sentiment

Coloured with : Copics

Die : Pretty Pink Posh - Scallop Borders 2

Paper: BoBunny - Isabella

Anything else: couple little foam hearts from my stuff

There we go folks, got things to do so, signing off now,


Challenge / s:

A Bit More Time To Craft: #141 - Anything Goes

Dream Valley Challenges: #249 - Dies cuts and/or punches

Gem of A Challenge: Challenge 11 - Anything Goes