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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, 29 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 413

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  Hard to believe we are almost into May - how time flies. This week my lovely teamie Brenda is the host and she has chosen
Embossing
A few options to choose - embossing folders, paste or powders. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  
I pulled out one of my old dreamweaver stencils and metallic embossing paste and made the dragonfly then cut it out. For the sentiment l used embossing powder.  It has been a while since l used a House Mouse stamp so time to blow the dust off them....


Stamp House Mouse (joanna Sheen JSHM025)
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers Nitwits - Lifes little lemons
Dreamweaver dragonfly stencil
Dreamweaver silver metallic embossing paste
Air dry clay & heart mould
SB oval die
Embossing powder, stickles, liquid pearls.

We have two lovely prizes from Sizzix



What a mixed week we have had here with the weather - l took my grandaughter back down to Bradford last saturday and had planned on staying until monday and doing some visiting but the weather forecast was for snow on monday. Needless to say l did not want to chance the journey on monday so set off back home 400 miles up the road on sunday evening getting home at 1am monday and l am so glad l did as we had quite a bit of snow on monday.  It did not stay around long and was all gone by the end of tuesday, yesterday was glorious and l had a good hour in the garden.

It is a long time since l entered a challenge too so here goes
I would like to enter this card into - 
 House Mouse Monday Challenge No. 239 Stop and Smell the flowers

 Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 412

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
I Spy 'B'
So this week we are having a little game of I Spy with the letter 'B', plenty of B options and we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I kept my card quite simple but full of b's


Stamp - LOTV
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
Papers Craft Creations
Ribbon, button, gems, butterfly, stickles

We have Two lovely B prizes this week
A Borders embossing folder


A lovely IndigoBlu bear stamp


We have had a lovely week with my eldest grandaughter here for the week and today l have the long journey of taking here back home - a 800 mile round trip so l will have a day to catch up with some family and friends while down south.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 411

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
A Sketch


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


Flower die - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Papers Dovecraft Sweet Paris
Ribbon, pearls,
Sentiment LOTV, embossing powder
Woodware 
Butterfly punch

We have been generously sponsored by Lets Create with a lovely prize for one lucky winner.



Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 410

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
Bring On The Bling
We all like a bit of sparkle and shine so check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I had this little beauty coloured a couple of weeks ago and she just shouted out for some bling. A colour combo l have not used before but l quite like how it all came together.


Stamp LOTV
Coloured with Inktense pencils
Papers ? from scrap box
Stickles, glamour dust, gems
Flowers, ribbon, 



We have been generously sponsored by


I have had a very busy week at home, our new boiler has been fit so we now have both heating and water - oh how lovely to have a nice long soak at last.
We have papered the dining room ceiling - first time l have done a ceiling, and glad that job is complete. Sewn and hung my new curtains so that is another room done.
Grass seeded a large area of the garden, planted more flower and veg seeds up.
This morning the local village hall is having a coffee/cake/craft day to raise funds for Marie Curie - l will get chance to paint a daffodil on slate, flower arranging and of course eat cake.
Enjoy your week whatever you get up to and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

April Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. 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
All Things Spring
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 have made these sweet little cards to put some money in to send down to my 3 grandsons for Easter. Great fun cards, quick and easy to make from this lovely little Penny Black transparency set. Even managed a bit of spring in the background photo.  Love this time of year.



Stamp Penny Black 30-010 Fresh New Day
Butterfly Die Penny Black 51-11- Flicker and Flutter
Spellbinders Circles, scalloped circles
Coloured with copics
Papers - Papermania Olivine Essence
Gems, Stickles

We have been generously sponsored by....




So what you waiting for - lots of lovely sponsors means lots of lovely prizes.

Thanks for the get well wishes - l am much better today and plan some outdoor time as well as setting some seeds off on trays. I am missing my greenhouse but keep dropping hints to hubby - so the seed is planted for a new one !  There are lots of trees and shrubs in the garden and l am looking forward to seeing what they are.  Apparently a tree Norman cut to the ground was not dead and was a lovely Victoria Plum Whoops, l have planted more fruit trees and the veg garden is coming on a treat, l have put in strawberries, raspberries, gooseberry and little grandaughter Esther's Favourite a Blueberry - just hope it likes the spot. I know blueberries can be difficult and l have never grown one before but will keep my eye on it, l have put a good mulch of wood chippings around. I bought them from the garden centre as good sized plants with plenty buds

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

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Allsorts Challenge 409

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
Food Glorious Food
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. Hope you all enjoy playing along with this yummy challenge.


Stamp Sugar Nellie - Let them eat cake
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers - Dovecraft Floral Muses
Ribbon, pearl brad, pearls
Flowers. Dies - joy leaves and star
Stickles, glamour dust

We have two  generous sponsors this week -
DigiStamp Boutique


Stamp Addicts.


Sorry l am a bit later than usual posting this today, l had to go back to bed this morning after being up ill through the night. Our little grandaughter had a bug thurs and friday and passed it to us. I  had planned a shopping trip to Inverness but that will have to be monday now instead.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 408

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
Cakes, Cupcakes or Sweet Treats
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  Have a look at Brenda's stunning cake - l would love to be able to do that.


Stamp - Crafthouse Press - K005 Cupcakes
Coloured with copics
Papers - DC Sweet Stack
Glossy accents, glamour dust, stickles
Dies -Joy Banner, SB Floral ovals 

We have 2 lovely prizes this week



Well the sun is shining this morning so that is a promising start to the weekend, hopefully most of it will be spent outside. Whatever you are doing have a great weekend and hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 407

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
Anything But A Card
I would love to see what other crafty things you get up to - sewing, knitting, upcycling - anything crafty or creative.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.






MDF Box from MDF Man
Furniture paint, adirondak ink
Stamps - Inkylicious, Lavina, Stampin Up
Dies Butterfly Penny Black, Flower Marianne, Foliage Joy
Gems, glamour dust, twine.

I decorated a MDF organiser box. First l painted it with furniture paint then when dry l used an ink duster brush to apply the purple Adirondak ink. Next, l stamped the sentiment and flowers ect and added the die cuts. A touch of glamour dust on the flowers. I added the twine to make a handle and secured it using a heat gun.
I made a friend a similar one last year in white as a gift but added colour to this one which l am going to keep.

We have been generously sponsored by my teamie Wendy and John with a stamp for the winner, we also have a second prize too.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 406

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 in celebration of International Womens Day she has chosen
Ladies & Girls
Check out all the gorgeous creations my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.  


Image & Papers Pion
Ribbon, Lace, Pearls,
Flowers, Doily
Butterfly die - Joy

The prize this weeks is a beautiful vintage feminine Indigo Blu stamp

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Penny Black & More 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 (must be stamped)

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.

It is quite a while since l bought any new stamps so recently had a little spend on a few PB's and this gorgeous stamp has been on my wish list for a while. I inked it up with distress inks then spritzed it with water and stamped on water paper. When dry l added a few beads to look like the poppy centre, quite pleased with the result.


Stamp Penny Black  40-330 Pop Pop Poppy
Distress Inks
Ribbon, Beads, Gem, Stickles

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


Marianne Designs


Chalkola

Hope you pop over to the challenge blog and join in with this month's Anything Goes (stamped of course) challenge

Yesterday l rained and rained and rained l kept thinking Noah and his Ark would be sailing by, l had hoped to have the day in the garden but don't think l will be stepping out there for a few days until it has dried out. Hope the weather is better where you are.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Allsorts Challenge 405

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
Spring Inspiration
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
We have had some gorgeous bright spring days this week but with an early frosty start to most days. The snowdrops are in full bloom and the daffs are poking their heads up, l am looking forward to seeing what else is growing in my new garden.



Stamp by Little Claire -FFH002 Flower Friends 
Coloured with copics
Papers from scraps
Dies - MB flower, SB leaf
Punches - Kars butterfly, ovals SU
Ribbon, gems, stickles, liquid pearls

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique who have the most gorgeous digi images


Little Claire - who are sponsoring us for the first time, l usually pop a stamp or two from their stall in my basket at craft fairs as they are so sweet.


Whatever you are doing this weekend have fun, l am hoping to make a start on preparing my veg garden from the enormous mound of soil the landscaper left when doing some work on the garden.  I have bought a few fruit trees and strawberry plants all ready so watch this space lol.
Hubby is busy reducing the 100+ conifers from approx 12-15 ft down to a more manage height - he has never done as much in a garden in the 21 years we have been married and he seems to be enjoying himself just so long as he remembers how is the boss in the garden.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Allsorts Challenge 404

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  Before l tell you about the new challenge last week some of the team were offering an extra prize for a comment on their own blogs, so l have a lucky winner and that is Comment No 17 Hazel (Didos)  please email me (details in my sidebar) with your details - please mark email Allsorts Win.

This week my lovely teamie Helene is the host and she has chosen
Add Metal Or A Charm
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I added a little brad to the centre of the flower. This little fella has been sitting coloured on my desk a while so thought it was about time l used it.


Stamp from LOTV
Coloured with Inktense pencils
Brad, glamour dust, stickles
structure paste, Dies - fence & poinsettia

We have been generously sponsored Tattered Lace and two lovely prizes are on offer .



Having just got back from a lovely 2 weeks in the hot caribbean sunshine l am feeling the cold, fortunately Doris did not come calling in our area and neither did the snow so all calm at the moment. Hope you all stayed safe.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Allsorts Challenge 403

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Annie is the host and she has chosen
Anything Goes
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details


Canvas, gesso, distress inks
Acrylic paint, glamour dust, stickles 
Dies - Penny Black Butterfly, Marianne flower, Joy leaves

We have been generously sponsored by Swedish House Crafts if you have not visited their online store check it out now as there are lots of beautiful goodies




Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

February Penny Black & More @ Allsorts

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
Use Your Favourite Stamp

No real choice there for me it has to be Snowy
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 Snowy 2521K

We have been generously sponsored by..
Penny Black


Crafts U Love 


Sizzix






Stamps Addicts


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

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Allsorts Challenge 400

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week we are celebrating challenge number 400 and my lovely teamie Tracy is the host and she has chosen
Lets Celebrate
So any occasion that is a celebration is what we are looking for. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp LOTV Flower Fairy
Coloured with Inktense pencils

We have been generously sponsored by Tattered Lace and the main prize is one of their fabulous Lace Baby Blue die cutting machines and there are a couple of more prizes too, thank you to our generous sponsor.



Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Allsorts Challenge 399

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
Daisy Daisy
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details, just want to see lots of lovely daisies.  I used one of my old penny black stamps that l have not used for quite a while and made a just to say card which covers lots of occasions.


Stamp by Penny Black, Daisychain
coloured with copics
flower punch, gems, stickles, liquid pearls
Papers dovecraft

We have been generously sponsored by John Lockwood - providing a beautiful stamp set called Daisy Trail.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

January Midway Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends, we are now halfway through the Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge for January which is
Anything Goes 
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 on the challenge page.
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.
I have made this card using a transparency set and built a little scene from the individual stamps


Stamp Set Penny Black 30-049 Party Time
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers LOTV
Stickles, glamour dust, distress ink

I am a day late posting this as l forgot ...doh. 
Hard to believe we are mid way through January and the weather is gorgeous up here in Moray. Yesterday l spent 4 hours out in the garden without a coat cutting back hedges and the time just flew by. Hope the weather is being kind to you where ever you are.

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

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Allsorts Challenge 398

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 one you are all going to love
Wings on Things 
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
My 6 year old grandaughter has been asking ' when are you going to show me how to make a card Grandma?' So we had a play in the craft room, her friend has a birthday coming up soon and she loves owls and purple. This is a joint creation from Esther and me, a door hanger.


Gesso, distress inks
stencil, structure paste, glitter
Owl template craftwork cards
dies, flower, leaves, alphabet
wobbly eyes, gems, ribbon, twine

We have been generously sponsored by Tattered Lace


Hope to see you over on the challenge.
I have a very busy week coming up as my daughter is taking 9 pupils from her school down to London for 4 days so we will be having the grandchildren stay here and as they are at two different schools 6 miles apart it will be very interesting lol....wish me luck

Here are some snow pictures from my garden this week - sorry if you follow me on facebook you will have seen them already. We are quite high up here in Rafford and had a good few inches whereas Forres a couple of miles down the road had a good dusting.
A couple of the pine trees at the bottom of the garden
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Love this big tree....Norman thought he was going to put christmas lights on it ....not a chance. We have a beautiful view of the garden from the conservatory and we are not overlooked so it is very private, we love it and keeping looking at it and struggling to believe it is all ours.
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My Snow Baby playing out
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 x Susan x