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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

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Penny Black & More Midway Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now a little bit more than halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for September as l forgot to prepare my post. This month it is
Get Ready For Christmas

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.


Using Penny Black 40-405 Holly Tweet
Coloured with copics
White embossing powder, 
Distress inks, stickles, ribbon

We are generously sponsored by...
Penny Black

Swedish Housecrafts

Rare Earth Stamps The subsidary company of Tattered Lace dealing in stamps.

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

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 433

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 a very appropriate theme this week.
Feels Like Autumn
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Stamp House Mouse Autumn set Tumble
Coloured with copics
papers Papermania Sunshine Paper pad
Stickles, liquid pearls
hessian ribbon, brad

We have two lovely prizes this week from Tonic

   

I chose my papers and stamp at the beginning of the week and they just sat on my desk until yesterday - l really need to find more time for my crafting.

Did l get my bulbs planted....not quite, 162 on sunday and another 70 through the week so still have a lot to get in ....then l went into our local Lidl and they had bulbs in and l could not resist.  We have had a lot of rain this week and the ground is saturated which is not a help.

Have a good weekend whatever you are doing, we are partying today as our son  Michael was 21 yesterday and we are celebrating today, l might even open some bubbles the only thing is no one else will want any :). x Susan x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 432

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
Use at Least 2 DP's
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I am now in Christmas mode so there will be lots posted on here over the next few months.


Stamp - LOTV James Santa Stop Here
Coloured with copics
Papers LOTV
Dies - Sweet Dixie Poinsettia. Joy foliage & berries 
Glamour dust, stickles, embossing powder
gem, texture paste.

We have a lovely die from Tattered Lace.


Also a gorgeous paper pack, so two chances of winning this week.


I know there are lots of gorgeous new stamps out there but l have so many that don't get much use l have decided to not buy any christmas this year.
In the past l have used punching paper from craftwork cards for my poinsettias but that has now run out - l wanted something with a bit of a shimmer. After a little thought l pulled out some starburst stains - some of you will remember them from way back and mixed up this gorgeous colour and just coloured some white paper and let it dry.

I was hoping to get  my 400+ spring bulbs planted this weekend but am a bit under the weather with a cold so will have see how l fell later today.
Enjoy the weekend whatever you are up too - hopefully a bit of crafting.
x Susan x






Sunday, 3 September 2017

September Penny Black & More

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

Get Ready For Christmas
Yes you have read that correctly ...Christmas, where has this year gone ???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 4011K Joyous Hymn
Sentiment Penny Black 30-040 The Wonder 
Coloured with copics
Papers First Edition Gilded Winter
Various dies
Structure paste, glamour dust
stickles & Ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by....


Rare Earth Stamps


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

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Allsorts Challenge 431

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
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  A few options for this one and l went for new home.



We have been generously sponsored by
DigiStamp Boutique



Crafty Ribbons


I am a bit late posting today as l have had problems with my camera, the photo's l took of my card saved on camera same number as previous photos and l could not get them to move across to my laptop. It has taken ages to sort as l had to leave it this morning as l promised to take the children out today.
Anyway here it is at last - stress over - children had day out, card posted, the sun is still shining so l am off outside for a relax and a cold drink. xx
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Allsorts Challenge 430

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
Ribbons - More Than Just A Bow
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I did make a card a few weeks back with christmas ribbons but was not entirely happy with it so decided to have a look around pinterest for some ideas and saw some lovely ribbon trees. These were a bit fiddly and perhaps l need a bit of practice - but here they are. I painted a twig with some acrylic paint and popped some pine cones from the garden in a vase and hey presto the start of the christmas table decoration.



We have some lovely ribbons as this weeks prize,
I am looking forward to seeing lots of different creations for this challenge.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Allsorts Challenge 429

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
Forest Friends
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I pulled out an old stamp from Little Claire, isn't it adorable.


Stamp Little Claire - Bambino
Coloured  with copics
Papers Nitwits Winter Wishes
Tree die - Marianne Design
stickles, embossing powder, glossy accents
ribbon

We have a lovely prize for a lucky winner, check out the challenge post for details.

We were very excited last night to see a red squirrel in our garden.  When we moved here in december all our neighbours said they don't get them in our village anymore. I keep looking out for signs in the woods over the road as there are lots of pine trees that they love, but no sign. We often see them running across the road when we go down into town. Hubby dashed over to Elgin - 25 mile round trip to get peanuts to entice it back.  We don't get the grey squirrels up here just the gorgeous little red squirrels - in fact, if you see a grey you have to report it. Hopefully it will come back and become a regular visitor so l can get a photo to share.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Penny Black & More Midway Reminder

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for August which is
All Creatures Great & Small 
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 3974 Your Birthday
Coloured with copics
Stickles, glamour dust
Spellbinders circles dies,
MS border punch

We have several generous sponsors - check out all the details on the challenge post.
Penny Black
Crafts U Love
Sizzix

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

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Allsorts Challenge 428

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
Name &/Or Number
So either a name or number or both so long as they are clearly visible on your project.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp LOTV
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers LOTV
air dry clay, banner mould by Katy Sue Designs
Ribbon, lace, stickles

I made this card for my Grandaughter Esther a while back and as Esther (7) has been known to be a bit stroppy l thought this image perfect as l could imagine her kicking her pressie if it was not what she wanted....sure enough Esther noticed and asked 'Grandma why does she look angry'.......Fortunately she loved all her pressies.

We have a lovely prize from Marianne Designs for one lucky winner.

Good in the garden this week
I have a few Rowan Trees in the garden and the berries are looking stunning at the moment and seem to change colour daily. Apparently Wax Wings arrive in winter so we will be hoping to see them taking the berries.




Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

August Penny Black & More @ Allsorts

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

All Creatures Great & Small
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.
How cute is this Penny Black Stamp .....adorable.


Stamps Penny Black 1449K Guess What ?
sentiment from 30-034 Teddy & Company
Coloured with copics & Prisma pencils
Papers Doddlebug & Fancy Pants
Ribbon, Gems, Stickles, Doily
Flowers, Butterfly punch Kars

Here are a couple of toadstools l noticed in my front garden but could not see any hedgehogs or fairies.

We have been generously sponsored by....


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

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Allsorts Challenge 427

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
Colours of Your Flag
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I was born and bred in Bradford and lived there for 55 years before moving up to Scotland last december - so should l do red, white and blue or opt for blue and white the colours of the Scottish flag.  As most of my teamies are England l went for 2nd option. Here it is although l don't think the white shows up too well - it is quite pretty IRL.


Stamp Funky Flowers by Aspects of Design
Sentiment LOTV embossed with midnight sapphire
White embossing powder
distress ink
Stickles, ribbon, gem

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique.

Now back to the midge saga l told you about last week....off l tottled to Boots and bought repellant, bite cream and anti histamines then l ordered a head net to wear in the garden.....had a lovely evening on wednesday, 4 hours gardening and not a single bite but l looked a bit of a sight covered up head to toe ....the blighters are not getting me again.

Hope you all have a good week whatever you are up too. Hopefully we might see the sun again after days of rain.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Allsorts Challenge 426

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




Stamp Penny Black Flower Lanterns 40-547
Stampin Up Stamp Write pens
Ribbon 
Machine Stitching around edge

This is a new stamp l bought recently and l love it, you never get the same image twice. I have used the same colour pens on both cards, as it is such a large stamp nothing else is needed so l just stitched around the edge and added a ribbon at the bottom.
We have been generously sponsored by Swedish House Crafts and they have some gorgeous products on their site so check them out.


We have had a couple of evenings in the garden this week creating a flower bed with some gorgeous plants l have bought over the last few weeks ....the midges have been a nightmare and l have the bites to prove it so off to chemist in morning from repellant and anti histamine's. You would all have laughed if you had seen me jacket zipped up to the chin, big hat and glasses to keep of buggers off my eyes. Hope to share a pic or two nexr week

Hope to see you over on the challenge 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