Saturday, 24 December 2016

Wishing You All... A Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas!

Hi all,
Sorry I've not posted for ages. I was hoping to put some Christmas Cards on my blog, but came down with a bad virus a couple of weeks ago. I'm well on the mend now though :-) 

The presents are wrapped, and we're stocked up with yummy food... so think we're all ready for the big day! My daughter is here with Mum and I for a few days. So we're looking forward to watching some nice programmes on TV and relaxing.

I just wanted to say big Thank You to all my lovely friends and followers!
Hope you and your families have a very
Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year!

Lots of Love and Huge Hugs,

Thursday, 8 December 2016

MAWTT - Christmas Scenes

 Hello again... I'm back with...

our lovely Jan is hosting this week....
and she wants to see any creation using.....

 'Christmas Scene/s' 

I've been very short on time this year, so I've only managed to make a few Christmas Cards. I used CraftUPrint Sheets The Winter Scenes Bumper Kit by Julie Hutchings. This is a fab kit and great value as you get 8 winter scenes. Each sheet has extra flowers for decoupage. I've layered the flowers and added some red nailheads for berries and some Star Dust Stickles.

CraftUPrint Sheets The Winter Scenes Bumper Kit by Julie Hutchings

Hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's Christmassy Creations!!
We hope you will have fun and enter the challenge.... and remember you can enter up to three times, but please no backlinking.
Closing date is 1pm GMT 21st December 2016

I'm sorry that I've not been around very much... mum and I have had loads of appointments this last month. Time sure does fly when you are back and forth to doctors and hospital !! I think maybe I need to invest in some shares with our local taxi firm!

Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them! I will try and catch up with everyone over the next few days.
Love and hugs

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bugaboo - Gift Tag with Red/White Stripes

Hello to all, 

as my life is quite chaotic at the moment... it seems quite apt to join in with the Bugaboo Holiday Chaos!

 I managed to squeeze in a wee bit of crafting between appointments.

This is for the following challenge:

Image: Bugaboo - Christmas Window
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat
Paper - Design House Digital

Huge Thank You to my lovely Crafting Buddies Janice and Hazel... who urged me to join in the Bugaboo challenge. I really enjoyed colouring Santa and it's just what I needed to unwind!! there are lots of sparkles on Santa's fur trims but it doesn't show up in photo which is shame. I'm pleased with how these tags came out considering I made them up as I went along!! 

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be back tomorrow morning with my creation for MAWTT.
Love and Hugs

Friday, 25 November 2016

MAWTT - Anything Goes With Christmas and DT Call

Hi all,

it's not my turn this fortnight, but....

just popping on to remind you that Team A have a new challenge over at 

and our lovely Christine is hosting a fab theme of 

'Anything Goes With Christmas'

Please do pop over to MAWTT  and check out the DT's gorgeous Christmassy creations for inspiration. 
Hope you can join us for this fun challenge.
Three entries per person but please no back-linking. 
Closing date for this challenge is 1pm GMT Wednesday 7th December 2016.

We are also having a DT Call !

Would you be interested in joining us?

We are friendly team and commitments are as follows.....

You will have to create and post one creation per month.

Commenting is two weeks on and two weeks off. So you do get a complete break every fortnight.

We don't have sponsors, the emphasis being on crafting for fun. 

Please do get in touch if you are interested. You can contact Wendy on the MAWTT main website, details in sidebar. Or else leave a comment. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Love and Hugs, Sue B xxx

Thursday, 10 November 2016

MAWTT - Must have Die Cut Numbers, Letters or Words

 Hello... it's the turn of Team B at

our lovely Judith is hosting this week and she's chosen a fab theme of...

  Must have Die Cut Numbers, Letters or Words  

I've used a lovely LOTV Pre-Coloured Topper for this Birthday Card...

Image: Pre-Coloured LOTV Topper Art Pad
Paper: Karen Funk - A Fresh Start - Design House Digital
Die: Die'Sire - Happy Birthday
Enamel Dots - Simple Stories
Sparkles - Waterfall Stickles

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous Die Cut Numbers/Letters Creations!! I hope you can join us for this fortnight's challenge!
Closing date is 6pm Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Sorry I'm not around very much. Mum's health is very up and down at the moment. Also, I have a chest infection and flare up of muscular problems on top of my normal pain levels.  I'm ok but haven't been able to craft very much. I managed to put this quick card together right at the last minute.
I can't believe how quickly time is flying by... hard to believe it's only 45 sleeps to Christmas.

Only seven couples left in Strictly now! can't wait for Blackpool. I've been enjoying the Autumn tv... so many fab things on this year... Loved Victoria, Poldark,  Tutenkhamun!! :-))
Hope you are all doing ok?
I will hopefully get around to visit you all very soon!
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 15 September 2016

MAWTT - Birthday Cake

it's Team B's turn over at

my lovely blogging buddy Claire is hosting this week
 and she's chosen a fab theme of...

"Birthday Cake"

I have so many digital stamps that I haven't used yet, so decided to put 'cake' into my computer search and see what popped up... found this wonderful image and sentiment called
Stella Birthday - Eat More Cake from Bugaboo.  

I've coloured her with Chameleon Pens and  paper pieced her dress and shoes, with some paper from Shery K Design - Brown and Lime.
I've added some sparkle to the cake frosting, and finished off with some lovely lime enamel dots.

I hope you can join us for this fun challenge, and please pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's inspirational and yummy cakes.
Closing date is 6pm Wednesday 28th September 2016. 
Three entries per person, but please no backlinking. 

Thanks for visiting and for all your comments, I really do appreciate them.
Will catch up with you soon.
Love and hugs

Thursday, 18 August 2016

MAWTT - Clean and Simple

 Hello... Good Morning! it's time for Team B's challenge over at

I am hosting this week and have chosen the theme of...

   Clean and Simple   

I tried to keep things simple on this card. I left some 'white space' for the eye to rest, but it looked a bit cold and clinical, so added some embossing to add interest.. but not sure whether that was the right way to go, looking at it now! Looks a bit overload... Sigh! too late now! didn't have time to do another one... I've used the enamel dots to finish off and balance out the card. 

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's gorgeous Clean and Simple creations!! I hope you can join us for this fortnight's challenge!
Closing date is 6pm Wednesday 31st August 2016

Sorry, it's been a while since I last posted. To be honest I've not felt much like crafting or blogging. Mum is continually getting her allergies bad, where her tongue and lips swell. My spine pain has gone worse... the pain at top of my spine is now nearly as bad as it is in lower. Feel like my whole spine is falling apart. My discs are like falling dominos! :-(

I've been reading books and magazines on my kindle though, and have also got back into my genealogy. I've just sent off a DNA sample to Ancestry UK. Can't wait for the results. I'm wondering if I might be related to Richard III !!! ;-) ROFL.

I can't wait for Autumn... all those fab programmes coming up soon... Bake Off, Strictly, Cold Feet... and Poldark!!! be still my beating heart... I really hope he will be doing some threshing in the fields again! :-D
Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Love and hugs

Thursday, 21 July 2016

MAWTT - Monsters and/or Aliens

 Hello... Good Morning! it's the turn of Team B at

and our lovely Tanja has chosen a theme of

  Monsters and/or Aliens  
Whether they be cute or scary... we would like your creation to have some! :-)

I've used a very cute Bugaboo Stamp... I've paper pieced a couple of the monsters and balloons... then coloured the rest with Chameleon Pens.... I really enjoyed making this card.

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's wonderful Monster/Alien creations, and join us for this fun challenge!
Closing date is 6pm Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Three entries per person, but please no backlinking. 

Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
Hope to catch up with you all soon! 
Love and hugs

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Sunburst Sunshine!

Sorry it's been a while since I last posted.... home life seems very busy... and when I do get a bit of spare time, often I feel really end up reading and then usually fall asleep!

I had a couple of days last week when I felt bit brighter, but the weather was really dull, so thought I'd create my own sunshine with a couple of Sunburst Cards! :-D

My lovely blogging friend and Teamie Christine recently made a beautiful card here
So I took inspiration and thought I would have a go at making one... or two even...

Gorgeous Papers: Basic Grey - Picadilly
Sentiment: Freebie with magazine
Flowers: Bo Bunny

Isn't it strange how you can only see mistakes once your cards are photographed and uploaded! ;-/ 
I love the contrast of colours between the card and patterned paper on the second card... but I realise now that it was a huge mistake to use  a paper pattern with lines on! they fight against the sunburst pattern.  Gonna have another go at one of these with Christmas Papers...will make the strips a bit wider next time.

My daughter has just got back from beautiful Crete... think she brought some sunshine back with her as it's been a lovely day here today! :-)
Mum and I went round to see her flat the other weekend. It's a really nice apartment.. very light and airy. She made us both a lovely lunch and tea and jam scones for dessert! Yum Yum. 

Thanks for all your comments... I really do appreciate them!
Love and Hugs 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

MAWTT - New Baby

 Hello... Good Morning! I'm pleased to be back once again with Team B at

and Beckie has chosen the lovely theme of 

  New Baby  

remember... it doesn't have to be a card... as long as your creation is for new baby! 

 I've made a Pop Up Card for New Baby... created with Nitwit Collections - Stuffed With Love Kit.

These kits are really great for making Pop Up Cards as you can resize everything to fit... and everything matches.

Nitwit Collections - FQB Stuffed With Love Collection
Nitwit Collections - Lil Bits Stuffed With Love (Sentiments)


Close-up of the Pop Ups

Back with Label to write a message...

(Front label for baby's name, birthdate, weight)

Side Panels - Decoration

I love making Pop Up Cards but hate photographing them... they are such a pain to get right! you end up with some very strange angles.... I went all around the house taking photos in every kind of light possible.... still not completely happy but gave up in the end! Lol.

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's 'new baby' creations!! You can enter up to three times but please no back-linking. 
Closing date of this challenge is 6pm Wednesday 6th July 2016.

I have quite a few friends who are unwell or going through difficult times at the moment... so I'm sending extra huge hugs to you all.
Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them.
Not long until the weekend. All being well, I'm hoping to visit my daughter in her new flat. Although she moved into it a while back, she's only just got everything sorted how she wants it. So I'm really excited and looking forward to seeing her new place! :-)
Take Care
Love and hugs

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Squirrel's Engagement

I found this card in a folder ..... must have forgotten to post it...

my daughter asked me to make an engagement card for her friend last September. She said her friend loves squirrels and so I said yes, I could work with that... a squirrel engagement card?

Anyway, after lots of searching I finally found a squirrel image that I liked on sliekje digi stamps.  A very talented lady named Angelique draws and paints and shares her delightful images. So thank you Angelique for the beautiful squirrel image! 

As it's an engagement card.... I used the image twice... flipping one of them. I cut away the acorn on one of them and added an engagement ring with little gem. I think Mrs Squirrel might have to wear this ring as a bracelet though? Lol. This was such a joy to colour. I've kept things very simple. Just added an embossed border and a computer generated sentiment. Looking at it now... wish that I'd drawn in a border on inside of the embossing... think it would have finished it off nicely! 

Well the weather here is a bit Autumny today! pouring down at the moment! I'm gonna have to go and put the top light on as I'm sat here in the dark!! Mum and I got caught in a big storm last Thursday. We had just stepped out of the doctors and it's only a short walk to the chemist.. but it waited for the moment we stepped out!! why does it do that!! good job we both had our raincoats on!

Hope it brightens up for Wimbledon! 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday
Love and hugs

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Flaming June ... Strawberries .... Wimbledon ....

I bought some new digital images recently from StarStampz on Etsy. My friend sent me a gorgeous Birthday Card with one of their stamps on, so I went over to buy the image and ended up buying a couple more... love this Strawberry image! :-))

Papers and Elements:  Raspberry Road Summer Goodness
Except for paper behind image... which was a freebie with Design House Digital and is by Sara Schmutz - Strawberry Patch
The Blackboard is from Raspberry Road Summer Goodness Element Set... original says FRESH STRAWBERRIES 25 Quart.... but I've added Happy Birthday and xxx on the board just for this one off card.... but all design credit goes to Raspberry Road Designs.

I can't believe it's June!! don't know about you... but June always makes me think of Strawberries and Wimbledon! :-D

I had a fall last night... really don't know how I did it but when I got up to go to loo... somehow lost my balance and instinctively grabbed my tower fan which was nearby and we both went down together into the hearth!! :-O
Ouch!! and what a crash! I'm okay but it shook me up - my leg is very bruised and sore... it has made my spine pain worse too. So I'm resting up today. Gonna watch some catch up tv later.
Take Care
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 26 May 2016

MAWTT - Age Related Sentiment

 Hello... it's the turn of Team B over at

and it's our very lovely Jenny hosting the challenge this week... she has chosen a fab theme of.....

  Age Related Sentiment  

 I've used good old Dilbert the Dragon again to make a Card for 2 Year Old Boy. I've kept things simple.... paper pieced and fussy cut him out....  layered up some digital papers.... added my own sentiments...

Image: The Crafty Pad - Dilbert the Dragon
Papers: Karen Funk - For the Boys - Design House Digital
Sentiments - Computer Generated

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's Age Related creations!!
Three entries per person and please no backlinking. 
You have until Wednesday 8th June 6pm BST

Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate them!
not long until Bank Holiday Weekend... my daughter and her partner are off to Scotland... so I'm really hoping that the weather will brighten up for them! and for us too... then we can sit in the garden!
Take Care
Love and hugs

Monday, 23 May 2016

Clean and Simple!

Hi all,
it seems a while since I last posted and I've been really missing blogland!

It's been a hectic few weeks at home, but we survived the kitchen renovations. It took a bit longer than anticipated, but it's all finished now and we absolutely love it... more on that later... but first.....

Now this is long overdue.... but I have to say a HUGE Thank You! to my dear blogging friend Cathy... who very kindly passed onto me a prize that she had won... of a Craft Classes Online Course that she wasn't able to take up.  

So a while back, I chose to do a CAS Course by Jeri Parks and would highly recommend it as it was awesome!! I learnt so much on it. I'm just sorry that I haven't had time to post more about it until now.  I have a file full of wonderful coursework with lots of inspiration and ideas. I can't wait to create more CAS cards...

I thought you might like to see some of the cards that I created during the course... 
please let me know which is your favourite?

On the course I learnt a lot about Colour and Contrast, and Balance and Flow and lots more besides. CAS cards don't seem quite as daunting as before, as now I have something to work from, and am not sat looking at a white space. I still have a lot to learn... the most important thing that I learnt about CAS Cards is that they are NOT quick and easy! they take thought and planning to make them 'look' clean and simple. I'm hoping that you will see an improvement in my CAS Cards.
 Thanks again Cathy! it was so kind of you to give me this wonderful gift!!! 

Back again to my kitchen... as I know some of you wanted to see photos of it... so here goes...

This is when it was first gutted!! :-O

and this is it now!!!

We're so happy with how it turned out!! It's a very small kitchen, but it's amazing what a difference the new layout has made, and the new appliances are all awesome... the new levelled floor really took some getting used to though... after walking on quite a slope for 54 years!! it felt really weird Lol.

The builders and workmen were really great... they kept stress to a minimum for us... but it was still a bit much for my mum... she got a really bad chest infection after it... so I've had to be with her 24/7 for about ten days. My chest flared up also... so I've been on the tablets again... but think we're both on the mend now.

I'm really hoping to get back into crafting proper soon if mum stays well.
I have managed to make a card for Thursday MAWTT.  So will see you then....

P.s. Just noticed Poldark in my Sidebar... anyone know where he is? I thought he was supposed to be back for second series in April? !!!! he's late... gosh I bet we now have to wait until after the Olympics!!! :-(
Take Care
Love and hugs

Thursday, 28 April 2016

MAWTT - So 80's

 Hello... it's the turn of Team B over at

and our lovely Lena is hosting the challenge this week with a brilliant theme of.....

  So 80's  
Go crazy with neons or pastels (a la Miami Vice)
black and white geometrics /asymmetrics
whatever you think of when you think of the 80's

I absolutely loved the 80's and have lots of very happy memories of this fab decade!! :-))

I found this wonderful image from Lemon Shortbread... it really made me chuckle as I had a very brief phase in the 80's where I used to wear a red and white polka dot ra ra skirt... teamed with a denim jacket. I also had red shoes with bows on!!! so I cut out two of the hair bows a bit smaller to add to the shoes in the image! Thankfully there is no photographic evidence of me in this get-up!! not that I know of anyway!! Lol.


Image: Lemon Shortbread - 80's Girl in the City
Papers: Design House Digital
Colouring Pens: Promarkers, Copics, Flexmarkers, Chameleon
Sentiment: Computer generated

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's wonderful 80's creations!!
You have until Wednesday 11th May 6pm BST. Three entries per person and please, no back-linking. 

This is a scheduled post as we have builders in doing the kitchen at the moment. I'm sure it will be wonderful when it's completed but it's hard going at the moment. The kitchen is the hub of the house, so it's been quite difficult re-locating all our gadgets. The kettle and brew stuff is upstairs... and in the living room?.... the toaster is on the sideboard, and the microwave is on the TV Unit!!! So at moment we have riveting night's viewing of watching the Chicken Curry going around and around!! ROFL.

I will catch up with you as soon as I can.
Love and hugs

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Mother's Day Wobble Card

Hello... hope you are doing ok today? Huge hugs to anyone unwell or going through difficult times...

it seems to have been a long time since I posted, so thought I'd share this card that I made Mum for Mother's Day last month.

I found a CraftsUPrint Sheet in my stash of freebies from magazines.... used it to make up this Wobble Card.... love how it came out and you can add your own little touches. I added my own sentiment and some gems.

Gems: Stash
Sentiment: Computer generated

 Sorry that I haven't had time to visit your blogs very often. Mum is improving slowly but still not back to strength. I finally got my new bed... got a divan this time and am really pleased with it. We're hoping work will begin on our new kitchen soon. Seems like we've been waiting forever, so can't wait for it to be finally done.

Have any of you read or listened to Belgravia? Julian Fellowes has a new online partwork out. You get the first episode free. I listened to it before bed and found it really relaxing. So think I am hooked now :-)
Hope you're having a good weekend
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 31 March 2016

MAWTT - Come Dancing

 Hello... Good Morning! Team B are back with this fortnight's challenge over at

and our lovely Hazel L is hosting this week... she has chosen the fab theme of

'Come Dancing'

So get your dancing shoes on for this challenge

Entries to be in by Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 6pm GMT.
Three entries per person and please no back-linking.

As I've been very short on time lately, I've used a Crafts U Print Decoupage Sheet to make a luxury tag... lots of layers on her skirt and on the fans. I've also used my new Crop-a-Dile Eyelet Setter which I bought with Birthday vouchers... love it so much and is easy to use!!

Punch: We R Memory Keepers - Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter
Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers Wide Eyelets - Purple

Close up of Decoupage

I hope you can pop over to our main site at MAWTT and see the rest of the Team's Strictly Come Dancing creations!! I hope you can join us for this fun challenge.

Sorry I've not been around for a while... mum has been very ill but is now improving slowly.  Also my new bed split in two! I'm gutted.... as only had it two months... in process of returning it for a refund... but they are SO slow at collecting it! Meanwhile, I've had to use my daughter's bed or recliner.. I'm in agony and just want to order a new bed... from different shop!! they are due to collect the broken bed today... fingers, toes, everything crossed that they take the blighter away!!!
Hopefully when I get my new bed sorted then I will be able to sleep better, and also do a wee bit of colouring or crafting to relax.
Will catch up with you all soon!
Love and hugs