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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, 11 August 2018

Allsorts Challenge 480/1

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Tracy chose the theme but  is currently taking a break after sadly losing her lovely son Scott.
Boys To Men
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Stamp Penny Black Missed You 
Coloured with copics
Flower & Butterfly stamps Inkylicious
Dies SB Circles, sentiment.
Glamour dust, twine

We have been generously sponsored by Marianne Design


This challenge will run for 2 weeks.
The children are back to school this week so l will be back to doing school pick ups and looking after Rosie (3) for two days a week., oh the joys of being Grandma.
 Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

August Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. I am late again with my post - need to get my blogging act together....so the new challenge started on Sunday at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts  this month the challenge is
I spy With my Little Eye Something Beginning 
with 'B'
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.
My 'B's' are Bauble & Blue, love this little cheeky pixie.



Stamp Penny Black 40-088 Little Elf Finn
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Distress ink & snowflake stamp
Glamour Dust

We have been generously sponsored by....
 

Crafts U Love - they currently have the new Penny Black range to pre-order.

Also a Stamp from Inkylicious
This is the last week of the school summer holidays here so making the most of it, busy in the garden as well as working some extra hours.....think l need a little retail therapy and need to check out the new Penny Black stamps over at Crafts U Love.

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

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Allsorts Challenge 278/9

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
Tags
I want to see tags you would attach to a gift or a tag used to decorate a card - easy peasy, so hopefully no dodgy ones this time. The challenge runs for 2 weeks, so plenty of time to join in.
I have made 2 as they are so quick and easy to make.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Tag die
Stamps by Inkylicious
SU stamp write pens to the stamp
sparkle pen, gems, twine

Dies, gem & ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by Lost Coast Designs - a new sponsor, they are offering a 15% discount for entrants to this challenge just quote Allsorts 15 on your order.

 How much longer can this heat go on ???? It is far too hot for me and l am keeping in the shade of a cool room in the house, with minimum clothing. On thursday out of curiosity l put a thermometer in the conservatory, all the doors and windows had been open all day and it rocketed to 46 degrees - far too hot. We should not complain as it was only a few months ago we were coming out of a very long cold winter.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Allsorts Challenge 476

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
Flowers All Over
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. This challenge will run for 2 weeks so we can all enjoy a bit of sun and holidays.

Stamps by Crafters Companion - Sparkle Garden
Coloured with copics & prisma pencils
Glamour dust
Spellbinders floral die

We have been generously sponsored by Swedish House Crafts

I started a new job 5 weeks ago in a well known store where 'Every Little Helps',
working just 2 shifts a week 4pm-12.30am which fits in perfectly with helping out with the grandchildren. The last 2 weeks l have done full time hours to help cover holidays/sickness which has been quite tiring, one of the lovely young managers is leaving to do a less stressful job in a garden centre.......my dream job. I hope she likes this card l have made for her.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Allsorts Challenge 475

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
In The Garden
Plenty of choice here and l went for the unusual...Toadstools, some of you may remember l had them growing in my garden last year so the really are in my garden.
 I have a photo of my toadstools but unfortunately as l type this post blogger won't let me add any more photos grrrrr so will add it later.

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


Stamps By Crafters Companion
Stampin Up silhouette flower stamps
Coloured with aquatints/markers

We have been generously sponsored by Chocolate Baroque
Had a very busy week with the garden as usual and working too many hours to help cover staff shortages for holidays. Managed a lovely day in Inverness yesterday and picked up some bargain in the sales.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Monday, 2 July 2018

July Penny Black & More Challenge

Well guess who forgot to do a new post, when did July creep in??? So a new month and a new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month the challenge is
Things With Wings
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 2243K Black Bee Costume
Sentiment Penny Black 1073E Bere-u-tiful Day
colouredwith copics
Papers Penny Black80-008 Gentle Whisper
Die Penny Black51-110 Flicker & Flutter
Ribbon, Gems & Stickles

We have been generously sponsored by....


Stamp Addicts

Schools are out for summer for the next six weeks and l am looking forward to having some time to myself for a change, best make the most of it with lots of gardening & crafting and maybe the odd outing too as l have not planned a summer holiday as too much to do in garden - think l will have a winter holiday when the garden is sleeping.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x and a new challenge over at

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Allsorts Challenge 474

It is Saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Helene is the host and she has chosen
Baby Animals
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I had a choice of a few stamps and decided to use with this one with the cute owlet's, plus another one to add to the christmas box.
Stamp by Crafters Companion
Coloured with copics
Papers - Dovecraft
Glamour dust, stickles & ribbon

We have a lovely stamp from Rare Earth Stamps
We have had scorching weather up here, in fact it has been too hot to be outside, even the house got too hot - on thursday morning l had to go out and could not lock the conservatory as it had expanded, just as well it is quiet round here. Even the candles melted to liquid.
School is now out for summer, yippee, off pick up duty so a good chance to catch up with other things:)

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Allsorts Challenge 473

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 has chosen
Sweet Treats
We all love a treat now and then, cakes, chocolate all things sweet. Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.

Stamp LOTV
Coloured with copics
SB die, LaLa Land banner die
Ribbon, glamour dust & gem

We have been generously sponsored by Marianne Designs
.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Allsorts Challenge 472

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 Dies
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. Time to crack on with christmas cards, l am determined to get them all done before december.


Stamp LOTV James Santa Stop Here
Coloured with copics, distress inks
Papers - Dovecraft
Dies SB square & scolloped
Poinsettia Sweet Dixie die
Ribbon & Glamour dust.

We have been generously sponsored by Sticker To You
Hope you have all had a good week, mine has been busy as usual. The garden is all planted up now for summer but it took a battering with the strong winds on thursday. We had a tree fall down - a beautiful pyracantha which had lots of berries forming also a few plants in the border were down - the lovely dark sweet williams and lots of foxgloves so they are now in a vase. I managed to put some supports in for other plants. 
The children are counting the days down until summer break, only 2 weeks left and as my daughter and SIL are both in education l will get 6 weeks off from my Grandma duties ;)

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Allsorts Challenge 471

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
Girl's Night Out
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
I dug deep in my stash for this stamp - it is by Whiff Of Joy and l have had it quite a few years.

Stamp by Whiff Of Joy
Sentiment from Penny Black
Coloured with copics
Papers SU
Gold glamour dust, ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by Swedish House Crafts , they have a gorgeous range of online products so why not pop over for a peep.

The weather here has been amazing all week, often too hot to sit in, the veg garden is now almost full,  just the courgettes and the last of the beetroot to go in.  The border which is mostly perennials is filling out fast, l have grown cosmos, dahlia's, sunflowers inc chocolate ones, marigolds, sweetpeas all from seed and they are now in too.
 Last year l bought a plant from a house sale and l can't remember what it is called, it has lanterns in autumn like chinese lanterns but the flower which comes first is blue - the man told me the name but l can't remember it, he said it is an american plant. I took one of the lanterns which was full of seed and have grown them - hundreds all from one pod, then when weeding the border this week lots have also self seeded as l left the plant in over winter as the lanterns were beautiful.  Time now to think about next years wallflowers, sweet williams, foxgloves, lupins and so on - always something to do ..........except housework that can wait until a rainy day.
Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Monday, 4 June 2018

Allsorts Challenge 470

I missed the start of the new challenge at Allsorts on saturday and then l forgot to post the card on sunday - so here it is, better late than never.
Wendy is the host this week and she has chosen .....
Baby
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. This is not traditional colours and would be ok for boy or girl.


Stamp LOTV All Our Dreams
Coloured wigth copics
Paper SU
Die SB, punch MS
Lace & glamour dust

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique

Also this lovely stamp set

As l post this it is 10pm and we still have excellent daylight. We have a lot of blackbirds nesting in the hedges again this year - they are fledging right now and hopping around the garden looking for worms and chasing the parent birds around hoping for a meal. They look so funny running then stopping and listening. There is a bit of moisture in the air so hopefully the worms will be coming up to the surface. I love to see them and listen to them .....except when they wake me at 3.45 am
I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by nature.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 3 June 2018

June Penny Black & More Challenge

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

In The Garden
A very appropriate title for me as l spend most of my time in the garden at this time of year, busiest time of the year, potted on 80 delphiniums and hollyhocks yesterday that l have grown from seed to plant out in october ready for next year. Had a full day in garden yesterday and probably the same today. So thats my garden bit .....lets see yours.

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 2896H Hobble and cuddle
Coloured with copics
SB dies, flower punches
Papers LOTV/Nitwits, Ribbon

We have been generously sponsored by....


Lots of lovely prizes to be won and as the saying goes you have to be in it to win it.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x Susan x 

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 469

It is saturday again and that can only mean the start of the new challenge over at Allsorts.  This week my lovely teamie Tracy M is the host and she has chosen
Bugs, Bees, Butterflies & Insects
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details. I had a few choices of stamps but went for a new one that has been sitting on my desk a few weeks.....along with several other stamps.


Stamps by Sheena Douglass
White embossing powder
Aquatints & distress ink

I stamped the cow parsley in clear ink and embossed with white powder.
Added a light wash over with an aquatint colour, distressed around the edge when it was completely dry.
Aquatints direct to butterfly stamp, dried & pulled in colour.
Added a ribbon band and bow and a little gem in centre

We have a lovely stamp sheet from Rare Earth Stamps for one lucky winner.
 

Whats happening in the garden this week?????
With the daffodils finished and the tulips almost done it is time for the alliums to shine. Lots of perennials are shooting up and hopefully will cover the foliage from the spring bulbs.  The forget me nots have been splendid but are almost ready for pulling out. For next year l have decided to plant more Queen of the Night tulips (dark purple) along with white tulips and more alliums - can't wait for the garden centre to get them in. My giant sunflowers are ready to go in but hubby says they can't go in the border.....watch this space lol.


This is what the border was like 16 months ago, a massive hole and not a single plant. Seeding the lawn has been difficult but we are getting there. The trees are down too and it opens the area up lovely.

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Allsorts 468

It is saturday again and this week is a special one as it is our 9th Birthday over at  Allsorts.  and we have lots of lovely prizes in celebration. The theme this week is......
Happy Birthday
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp Sunflower by Sheena Douglass
Aquatints
Glamour dust

This is the lovely prizes up for grabs ........that's right 9 prizes


Looks like we are in for a glorious weekend of sunshine, the grass was cut yesterday and all is looking beautiful in the garden, the blossom trees are shedding it like confetti so l could close my eyes and dream l am at the Royal Wedding, so a nice relaxing day (for a change) and maybe a bit of crafting later.

Hope to see you over on the challenge to celebrate Allsorts 9th Birthday x Susan x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 467

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.....
In The Pink
I want to see predominantly Pink, Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.


Stamp by Sugar Nellie
Distress Ink
Coloured with Copics & Prisma pencils
Martha Stewart punches to create frame
Stickles & Glamour dust
I think l have only used these punches once before but they make a lovely shape so you will be seeing it again, l have another set like a fan shape that l have also only used once before. 

We have been generously sponsored by Stamp Addicts with a voucher for one lucky winner.

Next week Allsorts will be celebrating 9 years of challenges and we have some fantastic prizes, spread the word and take the banner


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May Penny Black & More Challenge

Hello my lovely crafty friends. The first sunday of May 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 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.


Stamps Penny Black 4155L Flower Amongst Flowers
Die Penny Black Flicker & Flutter
Aquatints & Sparkle Pens
Gems
We have been generously sponsored by....


Another glorious day here so as the grandchildren are here for a stay we are heading south to the Highland Zoo and hoping for a glimpse of Hamish the new baby polar bear, we are taking a picnic and making a day off it.

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

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 466

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
Fancy Folds
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details.
As l have an old pack of gate fold cards it made sense to use one of them. I decided to go all out with the inks for this one, be gentle as still practising. I used drawing gum for the first time - just wish l had more time to play.




Stamps by Sheena & CC & Stampin Up
Sparkle pens & Aquatints
Gold embossing powder

We have been generously sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique

Looks like we are in for a lovely weekend, we have the 3 grandchildren staying with us for 5 days while parents having a break in London so it is a bit hectic hereas school is having a long weekend (Fri & Mon). With the dry weather at least they can play in  the garden, you can see Esther & Rosie at bottom of the border.  Here is a picture of the long border l created last year, when we moved in there was not a single flower here just a massive hole the previous owners dug to create a sunken garden then dumped rubbish in it !It cost a fortune to have it filled, l planted some perennials and 1000 + spring bulbs - most of them here. My dining room is currently full of seedlings and getting bigger every day.


Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Allsorts 465

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
All About Animals
April is Pet Awareness month and this week is RSPCA Week, both promote the care and welfare of domestic animals be they small or large, the clue is in the title but basically we would like to see anything from mice to canaries, cat's and dogs right up to donkeys and horses.
Check out what my lovely teamies have to share with you here along with all the challenge details and please don't forget DOMESTIC ANIMALS ONLY, this does not include bears or wild animals


Stamp - Man's Best Friend from LOTV
Coloured with copics
Papers Penny Black Gentle Whisper
Dragonfly die, gems

We have a lovely cat stamp by Woodware as a prize this week
Also some animal stamps

Hope to see you over on the challenge x Susan x