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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, 22 July 2017

Allsorts Challenge 425

Saturday is here again and so is the start of the new challenge at Allsorts.  This week my lovely Teamie Helene is the host and she has chosen
FANCY FOLDS

My teamies have some great inspirational pieces to share with you over on the challenge blog which you can find here
I must admit l was a bit stumped with this one and had to give it some thought. The card below is similar to one l made a few years back at a craft group l used to go to so technically not all my design.



Piglet - Stampin Up punches - Owl & Bird
Card Stampin Up
Flower punches woodware
gems, distress ink

We have two prizes this week from Crafty Ribbons

We have been blessed with gorgeous weather here most of the week so l will share a few pics of my garden with you....

Me with my fluffy boy Toby on back lawn, this area was a massive hole approx 20x25 ft and 6ft deep when we moved in - the previous owners had it dug out 20 yr ago to build a sunken garden and never got round to it - so we had it filled at a ridiculous cost and then seeded it when settled

Me again in my woodland area, there are quite a few foxgloves here and l have added hosta's and plan to put helebores, forget me nots and spring bulbs in. When we moved in you could not see any ground here so we cut back lower branches to open it up
 
The Larch archway looking down towards conservatory, we also cut lower branches here to tidy it up and make it easier to get mower/strimmer through


The View over the hedge- hubby cut this down over 6ft as it was very high. We are south facing here so get lots of sunshine but also the prevailing winds.

Toby on walkabout - Isaac's goal net

My veg garden with childrens sunflowers growing well

Hope you have enjoyed your little tour around part of my back garden, l might share a bit more next week

Hope to see you over on the challenge and have a good week whatever you are up too. x Susan x.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Allsorts Challenge 424

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
Lavender & Lace
So we would like to see the colour or flower lavender and the lace can be either the lace fabric, lacey paper or a lacey patterned stamp. - Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details


Stamp Sugar Nellie - Let Them Eat Cake
Coloured with copics
Papers LOTV Timeless Victorian
Ribbon, lace, flowers
Stickles, glamour dust, gems
Doily,  Joy Butterfly die

We have two lovely prizes this week

    

Hope you have all had a good week, we are two weeks into school holidays up here in Scotland and have had a mixed bag of weather this week. I am hoping for a good weekend to get out in the garden, my veg garden is coming on very well we have been eating our potatoes for a couple of weeks, this weekend l am going to pick the first broad beans. The strawberries are first year so not the best crop but the plants are very strong and putting out plenty of runners so we are hoping for bumper crops next year. Norman has cut down a few more large conifers - we have over 200 around our hedges and the height has needed reducing greatly all the way round. As l look out of my craft room window l can see my neighbours Scots Pines - they are magnificent trees, l just hope they never come crashing down in our direction as they are quite shallow rooted trees
I think we need to have a look at getting a ride on mower next year as it takes well over an hour to cut the back garden.
Anyway... happy crafting and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Allsorts Challenge 423

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
Mythical & Magical
So we would like to see fairies, gnomes, mermaids etc. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamps by Lavinia & Inkylicious
Inks Adirondak
Stickles, liquid pearls
Silver card

I thought l would go for a bit of stamping this week, it turned out ok with just a few ink colours. The sentiment is just a little set l have which always comes in useful.

We have a couple of prizes this week for 2 lucky winners


What has been going on with the weather this week???? Yesterday morning at  6am the sun was shining beautifully then by 8am more rain, we have had so much rain lately l keep expecting Noah to come sailing past in his Ark, twice this week we had hoped to have a bbq - hopefully it might brighten up this weekend. The grass is so wet it is not good for the children to play on.
Anyway moan over....have a good weekend whatever you are doing x
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

July Penny Black & More

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

Stamp Penny Black 4060K Hedge-word
Sentiment Penny Black 30-053 Betsy Bluebell set
Coloured with copics
Papers Crafts House - Allsorts

We have been generously sponsored by....


Stamp Addicts


I love this stamp as it is just perfect for a quick male card.
Schools have now finished up here for the summer so l am looking forward to some free time while the grandchildren are with parents :)  Hopefully crafting and gardening.
 I have been spending a lot time in the garden - this week l bought a lovely white hydrangea, l spotted a dark foliage elderberry with pink clusters of flowers in a few gardens recently and on a trip to a well known DIY store it caught my eye so l had to buy it. Elderberry Black Beauty. It grows to 12 feet so l just need to find a place where l can appreciate it when it has fully grown.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Allsorts Challenge 422

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
Question of Sport
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. Get your thinking caps on and show us your sporty stuff. I must say my first thought was - what on earth am l going to do - but when l looked through my stamps l had quite a few to choose from.


Stamp LOTV
Coloured with copics
Sentiment stamp from SU

We have been generously sponsored by -
DigiStamp Boutique


As well as this lovely paper pad for another lucky winner


What on earth has happened to the weather - we have had rain for 2 days solid and the temperature has struggled to be in double figures. We have even resorted to putting the heating on.
 The schools up here are now on summer break for 6 weeks so l hope it brightens up as the kids spend so much time outdoors around here. The Piper came with bagpipes to my grandchildrens school yesterday and piped the children moving up to High School around the playground to say farewell. Last weekend was European Piping Championships here in Forres with around a 1000 pipers - l had a ticket to go but was not feeling too well - not a place to be with a banging headache. Hopefully next year l will be able to enjoy it as l love to hear the pipes.
Have a warm and cosy weekend whatever you are doing x

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Allsorts Challenge 421

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

Stamps Aspect of Design Funky Flowers
Clear versamark ink
white embossing powder
Inktense pencils
vellum & gold embossing powder


We have been generously sponsored by
Tattered Lace who have generously donated 3 prizes this week


A Pair of Tickets for Crafting Live on 15/16th July.



       

A couple of weeks ago l pulled out some kraft card and decided it was time to start to use some of it up and have always fancied having a go at colouring it. I watched a you tube video which inspired me to make this. I stamped the flowers with clear versamark and embossed with white detail powder then coloured with my pencils. I was pleased with the result and hope you like it too
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Penny Black & More Midway Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, sorry l am late with this post... we are now over halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for June which is
Anything Goes 
You still have plenty of time until 28th June 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 40-405 Holly Tweet
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Glamour dust
Chunky embossing powder



We are generously sponsored by..
Penny Black
Tattered Lace

Hope you are all enjoying the scorching weather, not as hot up here in Scotland but still very nice. It stays light until well after 11pm, l think we only have a couple of hours of darkness....not that l plan on staying up to check, l like my sleep. Schools finish on 30th June here for 6 weeks and l am looking forward to that as l will be relieved of grandma duties as both parents work in education.... more crafting time for me :)
Hope to see you over on the challenge xx


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Allsorts Challenge 420

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
Birthday Boy
This must be a birthday card for a male - just to make it very clear.  Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp LOTV 
Coloured with copics
Ribbon, button, twine, 
metal butterfly

Our lovely Wendy is generously giving this lovely prize of John Lockwoods Nasturiums to one lucky winner.  I think this is the first year l have not grown any of these beautiful flowers - they are great for covering planter bottoms or spare ground....l know just the spot where they are going next year.

I am in for an exciting few days as my daughter and grandaughter Caitlin are travelling up this morning to have a few days with us, so big BBQ tomorrow, she says crossing fingers for sunshine.
Happy Fathers day to you all, if like me your dad is no longer with you - happy memories to you. Have to good week everyone whatever you are doing x
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Allsorts Challenge 419

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
Use 2 or More Dies
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I have used 3 dies and you can't see clearly here but the border die stands out to the left. The sweet stamp has been in my unused box for a couple of years so it was good to eventually ink it up.


Stamp House Mouse Doverly Love
Coloured with copics
Dies Marianne Tree LR0136
Sweet Dixie Poinsettias, TH snow flurries border
Ribbon, gems, 
glitter glass, stickles, glamour dust

We have been generously sponsored by.

What a week it has been, l have never seen as much rain as we have had since last saturday, we had a lot of local flooding, the next village down - Dallas, was cut off. Luckily we live on a hill so for us to flood we would expect to see Noah and his Arc passing by. Little Rosie was ill so we had her an extra day - 3 instead of 2 then hubby ended up in hospital with chest pains, fortunately no heart damage and just a lung infection. I was lucky to manage a few hours playing in my craft room mid week which l thoroughly enjoyed.
I am looking forward to a quiet dry weekend.  

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Penny Black & More June 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
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 bought this gorgeous Penny Black Stamp a while ago and today l am using for the first time and l can see me having a lot of usage with this beauty as it is a great one if you just want to sit a colour for a bit and nothing else is really needed to make a lovely card and perfect for postage too.


Stamp Penny Black 40-348 Winter Pine
Coloured with Copics & prisma pencils
Embossing powder

We have have two fantastic prizes this month for two winners. We been generously sponsored by....
I hope my card has not made you feel too cold if it has here is a picture taken this morning of a Cistus in my front garden, all the flowers drop on an evening and then fresh flowers bloom in the morning.

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

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Allsorts Challenge 418

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 as the months are just flying by l would like to see
Christmas in June
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details


Stamp - Stampendous Snowy Postcard
Versafine vintage sepia 
Papers First Edition Gilded Winter
Dies - SB Floral ovals, Sweet Dixie Poinsettias
Ribbon, glamour dust.

We have been generously sponsored by

Also a lovely Snowglobe die set from Tattered Lace

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Allsorts Challenge 417

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 her favourite
Vintage Style
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  As l struggle with vintage this image is from a sheet l think is by Pion that l bought a while ago.


Papers & image Pion
Lace, pearls, butterfly
Tonic Doily Die
Flower punch 

We have been generously sponsored by-
Swedish House Crafts, they have the most gorgeous range of goodies so check them out.




I have had a wonderful week, l have been friends with my crafting buddy for about 12 years and we have never met up....this week Janice came to visit and l was so excited to finally meet her, what a lovely lady. We just chatted for hours and l know it is a friendship that will last a lifetime :)

The weather has been gorgeous up here this week if not a bit too hot so l will be outdoors for the day pottering about in the garden. I have just been sitting in the garden with my morning cuppa just listening to the birds and feeling blessed, even though we have had many difficult times. Whatever you are doing have a great time.
Hope to see you over on the challenge 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, just rearrange the letters and number.......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