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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A short absence

Hi all,
just a really quick post to say that I may be absent from my blog for a couple of weeks.
I was on holiday when I got the news that my daughter has developed a blood clot in her lung after a flight home from her own holiday. It was really scary and the hospital said had she left it another 24 hours and not gone there it could have been very nasty indeed. She really was very lucky that her boyfriend insisted she go as she was in so much pain.
It means that I am now going to be helping her out as much as possible as shes not allowed to move around too much-crafting is going to be way down my list at the moment so I do hope you will bear with me and I will be back just as soon as I can.
Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you all soon.
Andree x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Crafty Boots-guest DT spot

Hello all,
well, two posts in one day, that never happens does it!
The reason for my second post is to let you know about the new challenge beginning today at Crafty Boots.
I was really excited to receive a lovely message from Dionne asking me if I would like to join the DT as guest for this challenge and I was thrilled to accept.
The theme for the challenge is 'Use a stamp' it can be a physical or digital stamp but I thought as lately I mostly turn to digis I would go dig out some of my physical stamps. This clear stamp came free with my magazine and is one of my favourites as it's so versatile.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and layered it with some papers from Nitwit. The frames are cut with a Nellie Snellen stitched die and the banner and button are die cut too. The little butterfly is punched with a Woodware punch. The sentiment is another freebie.


I'd like to enter this into the following challenges (but as I'm away at the moment I will link up at a later date):

The Butterfly challenge #59-P for punch
The Paper Shelter -anything goes
Through the Purple Haze #105 -monochrome
Create & Inspire #50-anything goes
Fussy & Fancy #169-a walk in the garden

I'd like to say a huge Thank You to the lovely Crafty Boots DT for allowing me to join them this time round, it's been huge fun.
 Don't forget to dig out your favourite stamp and pop on over to join in the challenge.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may with to leave.
Until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

A Bit More Time to Craft new challenge


Hello all
I hope you are all well. This is a scheduled post as I am currently attending a family wedding in Santorini so fingers crossed the post works ok!
I just wanted to let you all know that a new challenge is beginning today over at A Bit More Time to Craft and it's a very special one too. The challenge blog has now being running for a whole year and I'm so glad to be part of this lovely group of ladies, huge thanks to Lozzy for having me on the team. As it's our birthday Lozzy has decided to make it a special celebration.
For this challenge there is going to be a huge 12 (yes, 12!!!) winners who will all get to choose some of Lozzy's beautiful papers as a prize. These really are so gorgeous and print out beautifully too. The theme of our challenges is always Anything Goes so nice and easy to come play along.
For my card I chose Lozzy's Blue Lagoon papers which I thought were just perfect to match with this image I found online as a free colouring page. I coloured the image with Promarkers and die cut the image with some Nellie Snellen dies, adding a Marianne die cut leafy flourish too. Some blue gems finished off and the sentiment is from Netty's cards.


I wanted to make this for my sister in law's birthday,  as she will be away with us I thought this was very apt for a beach birthday!
Id like to enter this into the following challenges: (I will link up later)

The Paper Shelter -anything goes
As you like it - favourite papers (Lozzy's Blue Lagoon, my favourite all time colour and so pretty)
Little Miss Muffet #143 - anything goes
Create & Inspire #50 -anything goes

Well that's all from me, don't forget to pop by the challenge and come join in with our birthday celebrations.
Thank you for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Bye for now
Andree x




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

....and finally, a post!

Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well and if you're in the UK I hope you are managing to keep cool in this heat. I must say, Im not good with it myself and have been so grateful that our school has already broken up. I really think I would have struggled big time working through this.
I'm easing myself gently into the holiday routine-there's been lots of 'oh, I'll do that tomorrow!'
I've finally managed to get around to showing the card I made for my son's recent 21st birthday-he's a huge Marvel fan so we secretly arranged for the party to have 'Superheroes' as the theme and we bought loads of decorations and everyone turned up in a Superhero T shirt of some description.
I decided to use The Hulk for his card as Adam's also into his gym and weight lifting so I thought he was quite apt.
I found this image online and wanted to layer him with a comic page background which I also found online. I decided it would be fun to make him look like he was busting through the page so cut and folded back the paper. The sentiments are computer generated.



I spent ages making this timeline for his party too, cutting out individual banners, die cutting each picture -one for every year,and adding some punched stars . We strung it up along the conservatory and it was a real hit. I couldn't bear to take it down though and it managed to stay up for well over a week after!


I'd like to think I can now slowly start to get back to normal crafting activity but the old mojo is playing up again, maybe it's the heat??
I am trying to get around and comment on all your makes but I hope you'll bear with me-I do check in each day to see what you've all been making.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Until next time then.
Aloha
Andree x

Friday, 1 July 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft-new challenge

Good afternoon to all my blogging friends and visitors I hope you are all well.
Just to let you all know that a new challenge has begun today over at A Bit More Time to Craft. As always our challenges are Anything Goes and run fortnightly. We'd love to see you come along and join in and there's a chance for you to win some sets of Lozzy's gorgeous papers too.
Lozzy now has a shop selling all of her wonderful sets which are such good value for money-why not take a peek here, I bet you can't just stop at one!!
For my card I used a lovely paper from Lozzy's Checkout set as I thought the shade went so well with the little tortoise I'd  coloured up with my Promarkers, which was a freebie from Birds Cards. I die cut a little banner using a die set I recently bought on ebay and the circle die was  also a recent purchase too and the heart die was a freebie from a magazine.
Some paper flowers and gems finished off.


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Creations #22 -anything goes
Craft your Passion #318 -anything goes
Southern Girls -anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #78-anything goes
Inspiration Destination #92 -anything goes

Well don't forget to pop on over and see the gorgeous cards that the lovely design team have been busy making and why not join in with us this time too.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting today.
Andree x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Craft Time......what's that????

Hello all,
wow, I can't believe it's so long since I did a post, I hope you have all been keeping well. Firstly I MUST give you all a huge apology for not visiting and commenting on your makes for quite a while. Life has got a bit crazy in the last couple of weeks-end of term looming at work means I come home utterly drained and exhausted each day -most nights I'm eating my dinner then climbing into bed! Then my daughter decided to bring her wedding forward by a whole year, meaning it's now this time next year so it's been nothing but wedding plans, research, planning invites etc and then as it that's not enough it's my sons 21st in two weeks and we are planning a big party at home (for which I really don't feel ready). My craft time has been non existent!
Anyway, I'm trying to do this post before someone or other decides they really need me!
I made this card a little while back for my box at work using a lovely image by Flat Friends which I coloured with Promarkers. The papers and pretty pearl brad are both from Poundland and the sentiment is from Netty's Cards. The corners are punched with an X cut corner punch.



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Friends -song (I'm getting married in the morning)
Crafting with Friends #23-anything goes
The Stamping Boutique -wedding
Craft Rocket #18 -weddings & things
Cute Card Thursday #431-wedding

I am hoping that things will calm down over the next few weeks and I can get back into my normal craft routine, I promise to visit and comment more frequently very soon so hope you will bear with me until then.
Take care and until next time
Aloha
Andree x








Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Dad's birthday

Hello all
Just a quick post today to share a card I made at the weekend for my Dad's birthday. I was really stumped for him and couldn't think what to do for him this year and then I came upon this image that I won in a challenge (but my AOL email is playing up big time at the moment so I can't confirm where it's from!!) The image reminded me of Dad when he's snoozing in the garden!
I coloured him with my Promarkers and layered him with papers from a pack I got recently at the Pound shop-I bought all three pads which are such good quality.
I die cut the Dad wording with an Xcut die, added a computer generated sentiment and a couple of card candi and that's it-CAS -I hope he likes it.


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations #253-spring into summer
The Paper Girls #105- the great outdoors
Melonheadz -masculine
Love to Scrap #79-it's a boy thing
Crafty Boots -masculine
Ooh la la creations #206-boys
Tuesday Throwdown #279-mans world
Try it on Tuesday-all about him
Craftin Desert Divas-masculine

Well thank you so much for visiting me today and for any comments you may wish to leave which I really love reading.
Not far to the weekend!!
Aloha
Andree x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft -new challenge starts

Hello crafty friends and followers.
This post is to let you know that a new challenge begins today over at A Bit More Time to Craft where our challenges are always Anything Goes and begin on the 1st and 15th of every month.
For the winner there's a chance to choose some gorgeous papers designed by Lozzy, they really are beautiful sets. I decided to use this lovely image from Cre8tive Hands called Rabbit with Cake and thought he'd go so well with Lozzy's papers called Funky Ows.


I printed out the papers and die cut a square from the corner of the plain piece using a Nellie Snellen stitched square die. I then did the same for the image which was coloured with Promarkers and layered them at the bottom so that the patterned paper showed through. I die cut the sentiment which is from Netty's Cards and added two die cut balloons. The little heart was punched out and then embossed with a dotty embossing folder.
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I will link up later)

Lemon Shortbread -anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania-embossing
Passion for Promarkers #348-furry friends
Sweet stamps -anything goes
Craft your Passion #314-anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #165-monochrome
Ooh-la-la creations #205-animals with four legs
Pile it On #109-tic tac toe (balloon, emboss, dots)

Well that's all from me for today, why not pop on over to the challenge and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration cards made by the lovely ladies on the DT. We'd also love it if you wanted to join in with the challenge with us too.
Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Andree x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Flower barrow

Hello today to all my crafty friends.
I just popped on to share another recent card.  A while  back I decided that I use digis far too often and decided to dig out some physical stamps and use them a bit more. I must say I did enjoy inking them up but the down side is they don't always stamp out perfectly do they??
This one is from a freebie set given away by Quick Cards a while back and I admit I never used them before popping them into my box never to be seen again (until now!!)
I needed to make a few cards for my box at work and wanted to make some with more general images as the cute girly ones aren't always so popular with people-this one fitted the bill perfectly!
I coloured the image with Promarkers and used some nitwit papers. I used my trusty cuttlebug to cut the image with a Nellie Snellen circle die and used the same for the sentiment which is another from Netty's Cards. I punched some slits to thread paper through with a punch I bought in Hobbycraft and added a paper flower and a little die cut butterfly. A little purple gem and some purple liquid pearls in the flower centres finished off:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers #309-anything goes
Create & Inspire #46-anything goes
Inspiration Destination #86-anything goes
Crafty Gals #72-may flowers
Fussy and Fancy #164-dies and punches
Crafty Friends #32-summer time
Crafty Catz #325-anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania -may flowers

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x



Sunday, 15 May 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends-anything goes



Hello all, this post is to let you know that a new challenge has begun today over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and our theme as always is Anything Goes.
My lovely DT colleagues have been really busy making some gorgeous inspiration cards for you to see and I know they'd love it if you come to visit and see their fab work and also play along with our challenge too.
Our sponsors deserve our thanks too for providing us with some of their gorgeous images to work with and for this challenge we have to thank:


Prize ~ $12 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 7 Images

For my card I got to work with this lovely image from Bugaboo Stamps called Heel Accessories which you can buy here-I think this is such a fab image which will suit ladies of any age and will work with both CAS and more fussy designs too.


I wanted to keep my card more on the CAS side so all I added was a couple of card candy coloured to match the image which I coloured with Promarkers.  The grey paper is from a Papermania pad and the pink is from my stash. The sentiment was stamped using a freebie set from a magazine.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I will link up later)

Crafting by Designs -pink and girly
Spellbinding Stamps -girly
Chocolate, coffee and cards #109-just girls
Creative Fingers #109-anything goes
Craft your Passion #311-anything goes
Simply Papercraft #28-anything goes
Crafting with Friends #20-anything goes
Jade's sparkling butterflies #19-anything goes


Don't forget to pop on over to see us and join in with our challenge, and until next time,




Saturday, 7 May 2016

Dance like no one is watching

Hello all, I hope this finds you all well.
Just a really quick post today -I've not been feeling too well the last couple of days so apologies if I've missed commenting on your lovely work, I really hope to be back to normal soon.
This card was made using a freebie image I had in my files but I saved it wrong and can't remember the name of it-if anyone can help I'd be really grateful?? I coloured her in with Promarkers, adding plenty of glitter to her wings and dress. The sentiment was a freebie too from a magazine and the papers are from a set I got at The Works. I punched some little butterflies and added several pink pearls:



I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Pearly Sparkles #4-things with wings and pearls
Crafty Cardmakers # 163-pearls/gems
Our Crafty Corner #9-anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy -fairy dreams
Classic DT #2-anything goes
Create & Inspire#45-anything goes
Allsorts #362-theres magic in the air
Crafty Friends #31-in the garden
Crafty Calendar -things with wings
Hiding in my Craft Room-all that glitters

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. I hope to visit you all soon.
Until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft-new challenge -Anything Goes

Hello today I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend -a lovely extended one here in the UK.
This post is to let you all know that a new challenge is beginning today at A Bit More Time to Craft where our challenges are always Anything Goes.
We have the fab Ching-Chou Kuik sponsoring us this time so the lucky winner will get to choose two images and you also have the chance of winning some gorgeous paper sets from Lozzy too.
Speaking of which I can also tell you that Lozzy has opened a shop for her papers and you can now buy them here. There really are some beautiful papers and they're such good value for money too so well worth a visit and a browse.
For my card I got this fab image called Dandelion Dream which you can buy here.
I chose to use a pastel colour mix and coloured her with my Promarkers, adding lots of glitter to her wings. The papers are from Lozzy's beautiful Floral set and I die cut some butterflies with a freebie die from Quick Cards magazine and also a little fence die I found on ebay.  The sentiment is from Netty's cards and some pearls finished it off. Once I made it I decided I would give it to my lovely Mum for her birthday next week as she loves spring colours.



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Melonheadz -pastel colours
Passion for Promarkers #343-digital
Digi Choosday #17-things with wings
Crafty Gals Corner #69-anything goes
Suzy Bees #128-fairyland
Just us Girls #341-wild card
Spellbinding stamps-fantasy
Fussy and Fancy #162-female birthday
Simply Create Too #108-ladies only

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Don't forget to come pay a visit and join in with our challenge and also take a look at the fab cards made by my team mates too-we'd love to see you there.
Until next time.
Andree x


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Islander Flower Girl -take 2

Hello all,
as promised here is the second card I made for the challenge which is currently still running over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. A little bit more of a traditional birthday card, the image is from Lemon Shortbread coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from a magazine and the sentiment is computer generated. I added a Marianne swirl die cut and a filigree heart die cut. A couple of paper flowers coloured with promarkers and some little green gems finished it off:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Corrosive challenge #4-girls/ladies
Crafty Sentiments -anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage #62-feminine
Time Out #55-dies/fussy cut
I Love Promarkers #307-pastel colours
Fussy & Fancy #162-female birthday
Polkadoodles #16-swirls/flourishes
Suzy Bees #127-female

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge 32


Hello all I hope you are all well. Todays post is to let you all know that a new challenge has begun today over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
Our challenge runs for two weeks and as always it has an Anything Goes theme so that gives you loads of scope to come on over and join us, we'd love to see you there.
Huge thanks go to our sponsors who for this challenge are:


Prize ~ 7 Images

&


Prize ~ 3 Images


For my card I got to choose this lovely image from Lemon Shortbread called Islander Flower Girl which can be found here.
I ended up making two cards for this challenge myself. The first card is a traditional type birthday card but when I'd made it I had another idea which I just had to make so this one is actually the second card I made. (I'll show you the first one in my next post!!)
I found this fab background on a free clipart website and thought it matched the image perfectly so I layered the image digitally and then coloured her in with promarkers to match the background. 
I also found some images of shells which I fussy cut and layered onto the image using some raised pads. I punched some little flowers to add too and the sentiment is computer generated which I then layered using some Nellie Snellen oval dies. I finished off with some glitter to her dress and a couple of little pearls:



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I'll link up later)

Not Just Cards #31-anything goes
Dream Valley #129-anything goes
Craft your Passion #307-anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #341-bingo-gems, image, flowers
Crafty Sentiments -anything goes
Creative Moments #91-anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #107-anything goes
Crafty Girlz -anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #67-dies/punches

Well thank you so much for stopping by today -don't forget to come on over to the Lil Patch to take a peek at the gorgeous cards the DT have been very busy making for you and to hopefully join in too.
Until next time-






Thursday, 14 April 2016

Princess Beauty

Afternoon all, just a quick post today to share a card I made in the holidays using a Starstampz image I won in a recent challenge.
I coloured her in with my Promarkers and layered her with papers from Nitwit adding a doily behind the image. The edge is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some glitter, a paper flower (with a little punched centre) and a couple of gems. The sentiment is computer generated:


I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers #306-two colours
Fab N Funky #300-girly and pretty
Creative Moments#91-anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons #124-tic tac toe (sparkle, digi, backing paper)
Inspiration Destination#81-anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude #14-anything goes
Star in my Pocket -use a digi
Aud sents #153 -anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #67-dies/punches

Well thank you so much for stopping by today-nearly the weekend yay!!!
Until next time then.
Aloha
Andree x





Saturday, 9 April 2016

Abbie with Cake

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.
So, the Easter break is nearly over and as usual I feel like it's flown by but it's been a lovely rest and I have spent lots of time at my craft desk.
I've had the day to myself today too so apart from the hour cleaning the oven (yeuck!!) I have made lots of time for me-card making and catching up with some TV programmes too.
My card today is one I made with a gorgeous freebie from Connie Fong.
I coloured her up with my Promarkers and layered her with some papers which came free with my magazine. I added some die cut balloons, a heart and used my hobbycraft 'handmade with love' die but only showed the 'with love' part! The sentiment is from Netty's cards and I found a cute little button in my box which I thought fitted it perfectly:



I had some fab news yesterday too-I emailed this to my magazine to show them how I'd used their fee papers and got a reply back from them saying they'd like to share it on their letter page in June so I was really thrilled about that!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafting for all Seasons #123-dies/punches
Fussy and Fancy #161-pink and green
Simply Papercraft#27-anything goes
Crafty Calendar-anything goes April
Crafty Friends #29 -for a child
Jades sparkling butterflies #16-anything goes
In the Pink #91-dies /punches
Craft your Passion #306-anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge#312-for a young girl

Well that's all from me for today. Thank you so much for your visit, I hope you have a lovely week and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Friday, 1 April 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft -new challenge

Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well.
This post is to let you know that a new challenge begins today over at A Bit More Time to Craft.
Our challenges start on the 1st and the 15th of each month and are always an Anything Goes theme so we hope you can come on over and join in the fun with us this time. There's also a chance to win some of Lozzy's gorgeous backing papers too.
This time we are sponsored by the fab Sheepski designs and I got the chance to use their gorgeous image called Fuzzy. I coloured him with my Promarkers and used some of Lozzy's pretty 'Fun' papers layered with Kraft card. I added some paper flowers and a couple of gems. The sentiment is computer generated:



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I will link up later)

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies #16 anything goes
Crafting by Designs -april challenge anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - #65-anything goes
Inspiration Destination #79-anything goes
Southern Girls -anything goes
Creative Moments #90-anything goes
Craft your Passion #305-anything goes
Simply Papercraft #26 anything goes
Classic Design Team challenge #1-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Don't forget to pop by the challenge and take a peek at the gorgeous inspiration cards that my team mates have been busy making. We'd love for you to join in too!
Until next time, have a lovely weekend.
Aloha
Andree x




Sunday, 27 March 2016

Balloons and ice cream

A very good afternoon to all my friends and followers, I hope you are all having a lovely Easter weekend.
We popped down to the seaside this morning for a little wander and a spot of lunch. Managed a quick walk on the beach afterwards before it started to rain too.
I saw a challenge on City Crafter to use clouds and thought this fab little image I recently won from Star Stampz would be ideal to use. The paper is by Lozzy of A Bit More Time to Craft. I die cut a couple of balloons and punched some corners with a Hobbycraft punch. The sentiments are a mix of Hobbycraft clear stamps and magazine freebies. I added a banner to the bottom and a couple of gems to finish off:



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

City Crafter #304 -on cloud nine
Crafty Friends #28-anything goes
Imagine That -birthday
2 Creative Chicks #8-anything goes
Crafty Time - birthday
Just Keep on Creating -anything goes March
Creative Ladybirds #13-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today.
Hope to see you soon and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x


Friday, 25 March 2016

Happy Easter

Hello today and a very Happy Easter to all.
This is just a really quick post to wish you all a wonderful and peaceful weekend.
I started mine with a really lazy morning and actually got to spend some time making and putting together a couple of cards. I really enjoyed myself and am hoping I can get back to my normal craft speed over the holidays.
I made this card using some stickers I found at the front of a First Edition paper pack, I'd completely forgotten they were there and thought they were really cute and just right for a quick card I needed to make.
The yellow check paper is also from a First Edition pack and the sentiment was from a magazine freebie.


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafting with Friends #17 -anything goes
Creative Fingers #105 -anything goes
Daring Cardmakers -spring
Fussy and Fancy #160-pastel colours
QKR stampede #184-easter cards

Wishing you all a wonderful time over the holidays and I hope to see you all again soon.
Thanks so much for visiting today.
Until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge 30


Hello to all,
First of all I must apologise for being such a bad blogger this last couple of weeks but I have had lots going on and to add to that my mojo has completely left me- I have been checking in every day though to keep up with all your gorgeous makes.
This post is to let you all know that we have  a new challenge beginning today over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and of course like always it is an Anything Goes theme.
For our challenge we have two fab sponsors so our thanks must go to the fab



Prize ~ up to $10 USD/€10 Euro worth of digital stamps



Prize ~ €10 Euro Gift Voucher

For my card I got to use the gorgeous Elf Maiden from Moonflower Digistamps and coloured her up with Promarkers. I layered her with some gorgeous papers called Treasure my Heart from Michele R and layered her up with Kraft card. I added some paper flowers from Sweet Lilac and added a die cut heart and corner. The sentiment is computer generated and a few pearls and sequins finished it all off:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I will link later)

Crafting with Friends #16 -anything goes
Simply Papercraft #25 -anything goes
QKR stampede #183-sentiment
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #15-dies/punches
Craft Rocket #11-anything goes
Aud Sentiments #151 -bingo (die/flowers/2DP)
Inspiration Destination #77-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Hopefully I will see you soon and in the mean time don't forget to come on over to the Lil Patch to see the gorgeous cards made by my team mates and also to hopefully play along in our challenge.
Until next time then.




Monday, 7 March 2016

Trying a little less fussy

Hello friends and followers, hope you are all well and that you had a good weekend.
I had a lovely Mothers Day, went shopping with my daughter and had some lunch out which was very nice-hope you all had a lovely day however you spent yours.
I've had a little bit of a crafting wobble this week-someone made a comment on my cards and said I should make some that were more simple and with more general images-not the 'little girls' I normally use. I spent about three hours yesterday trying to do just that but I don't know, I struggled with it and felt a bit lost for a while. I ended up throwing three away, getting myself in a right old mood and then putting all my stuff away.
In the end I came up with this one -no flowers and no die cuts and although it is girly she isn't little!! I felt a little bit lost and my mojo definitely went AWOL but then figured I should just make what makes me happy and accept that it won't always be what other people may choose!
My image is from Pink Gem and is a pre-coloured version-I really love the colours on this one so chose to use this rather than colour one up myself and after spoiling three cards I felt I needed something a bit quicker.
My papers are from Lozzy at A Bit More Time to Craft and are from the Fun set. The only thing added is a sentiment and a couple of gems:



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Creative Craft Cottage #59-sentimental
Craft your Passion # 302 -anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #102-anything goes
Our Crafty Corner #7-anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies #52 -girly
Inky Impressions -lets hear it for the girl
In the Pink #89 -for a special lady
Cardz 4 galz #17-women

well that's all from me for today, hopefully I'll be back soon and my mojo will have returned to it's normal self.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you wish to leave. Have a good week and until next time.
Aloha
Andree xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft- New Challenge

Hello all I hope you are all well.
My post today is to let you all know that a new challenge has begun today over at A Bit More Time to Craft.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes so why not pop over and join us this time, we'd love to see you and there is also the chance of winning some of Lozzy's fab papers too.
For my card today I decided to use Lozzy's Micro Dots and Checkout papers which team so perfectly with Kraft card.
The image is from Crafty Sentiments called Charles Just Relax and I coloured him with my Promarkers and added some glossy accents to his bubbles and some gold glitter pen to the barrel. I die cut a fancy corner and added some card candi too. The sentiment is from a magazine freebie set.



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(this is a scheduled post so I will link up later)

Melonheadz-include an animal
Ooh la la Creations #199-add a sentiment
Craft your Passion #301-anything goes
That Craft Place #5-anything goes
Crafting with Friends #15-anything goes
Alphabet challenge -Z for Zoo animals
Simply Papercraft #24-anthing goes
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #13-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Why not pop over to take a look at the gorgeous cards made for you by the rest of my lovely team mates and enter the challenge too.
Lozzy is currently having a DT call too so if you're looking for a DT position why not consider applying. Lozzy and the ladies are such a fab bunch of ladies to work with and our challenge is so fun and relaxed. All details will be on the blog for you.
Take care.
Andree x

Friday, 26 February 2016

Lucky Butterfly

Hello all, I hope everyone has had  a good week and you are looking forward to a fab weekend.
A quick post from me today to share a card I made for a work colleague who left today. I used a stamp and some pretty papers which came free with past issues of Quick Cards. I used Promarkers to colour the butterfly and die cut the circles with a Nellie Snellen die. I cut a leafy flourish with a Die namites die from Ebay and punched some slots with a Hobbycraft punch to thread the ribbon through. I added some punched butterflies and a few gems. The sentiment is from Netty's Cards, also cut with the circle die,  and some paper flowers coloured with promarkers finished off:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Craft your Passion #300-anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #334-dies/punches
City Crafter #300-polka dots
Addicted to Stamps #182 -make your mark
That's Crafty -circle it
Southern Girls -sparkle
Create & Inspire #40-anything goes


Well thank you so much for stopping by today for a visit and for any comments you may wish to leave. Take care and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge






Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well.
This post is to let you all know that a brand new challenge has begun today over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
Our challenges run on the first and third weekend of the month and are always Anything Goes.
For this challenge we need to thank our fab sponsors who are:

Prize ~ 3 Images

Fred She Said
Prize ~ 3 Images

For my card I got to colour up this gorgeous digi from Fred She Said called Wee Hummingbird and Petunia which can be found here-isn't it just a gorgeous digi and could be used for so many different occasions.
I used Promarkers to colour and layered it up with some papers from my Papermania Sweet Paris pad.
I added some paper flowers coloured with Promarkers and also some glitter and gems. I die cut a heart from cream card using a Tonic die and also a leafy flourish using a Die namites die and punched a strip with an Xcut punch. The sentiment is a computer generated one:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

QKR #179 -layer it up
Inspiration Destination #73-anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons#120 three of a kind
The Papershelter #236 -make it digi
Penny's #265 -anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #281 -layer it up
CCC creations#43-fave colour combo (this is my current favourite)
Love to Scrap #72-anything goes
Dream Valley -sparkle, bling & embellish

Well thank you so much for stopping by today to visit me. Don't forget to pop on over and take a look at the beautiful cards made by my team mates for this challenge, and why not enter a project while you're there, we'd love to see you. Until next time,


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Arielle Flora Fae

Hello to all my friends and followers today.
I hope you are enjoying good weekends-mine is just lovely as it's the start of our half term week off and I was taken out by my daughter for a gorgeous afternoon tea as a belated birthday treat!
I'm hoping to spend some time crafting but my week is already filling up fast-five days is just not enough!!
My card today is made with a gorgeous freebie digi given away on the Fairy Ink blog. I decided straight away I wanted her to be coloured in purple and green so chose to use  some of my papers from Lili of the Valley.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and added some glitter to her wings. I punched the corners of the image with a Martha Stewart punch and cut along the edge with some fancy edge scissors. I die cut some leafy flourishes and added some paper flowers, some gems and a sentiment from Netty's cards which I die cut using an x cut die:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Simply Papercraft # 23-anything goes
Crafting with Friends #14-anything goes
Inspiration Destination #72-anything goes
Create & Inspire#39-anything goes
Crafty Sentiments -dies/punches
Crafting from the Heart #98-anything goes
Craft your Passion #298-anything goes
Moving along with the Times #13-things with wings
Cardz4Gals #15-fantastic florals
Addicted to Stamps #120 -die cuts

Well thank you all so much for your visit today and also for any comments you may wish to leave.
I hope you all have a lovely week and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x


Sunday, 7 February 2016

CAS valentine

Hello all, how is your weekend?
We had some  gorgeous sunshine this morning so decided on a drive to the seaside for a wander and a bit of lunch. It was gorgeous (if a lot on the windy side) and we found a fab new place which does a Sunday carvery so all in all a lovely day.
My card today was the second card I made for the teacher at work to choose from so made this one a CAS style.
I used some red and white card and cut a fancy heart using a Tonic Studio die. The sentiment is from a Hobbycraft set and  I added some paper flowers,  a few little punched hearts and some red pearls. This is quite different from the cards I normally do and did find it a bit of a challenge.
Apologies for the awful photo but the days here have been so dark it's really difficult to get a good picture!)


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Challenge up your Life #34 -no designer paper
Allsorts #349 -clean and simple
Crafty Calendar -love is in the air
Suzy Bees bloomin challenge #116-love
Robyns Fetish #302-valentines
CAS on Sunday #76-valentine
Corrosive Challenge #2-love love love
One Stitch at a Time #255-love is in the air
4 Crafty Chicks #284-love

Well thank you so much for stopping by today, I'm off now to do the usual Sunday night 'getting ready for work' ritual :(
 Have a lovely week and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x



Thursday, 4 February 2016

Bundle of Hearts

A big hello today, hope you are all well.
I am just popping on quickly to share my newest card with you all and to enter a few challenges.
One of the teachers as work asked me to make a card for his wife for Valentines day-always a bit of a challenge when you don't know what sort of style people would choose if they went into a shop I think!
In the end I made two, this one with a cutesy type image and another more CAS style which I'll share later on.
For this one I used this gorgeous Crafty Sentiments image that I recently won in a challenge and coloured him with Promarkers-adding a touch of glossy accents to his little nose.
The gorgeous papers are from two different sets by Lozzy of A Bit More Time to Craft (which you can stand a chance of winning if you pop over there and enter our current challenge!!)
I used my new stitched square dies and layered it all with some Kraft card, punching along the left side with an Xcut punch.
The sentiment is from Netty's cards (I am such a fan of these sentiments as they always seem to fit any shape or style of card) and added some paper flowers and pearls from Hobbycraft and finished off with a little die cut heart:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner #57-love is in the air
In the Pink #87-with love
Craft Rocket #8-valentines/love
Cute Card Thursday #411-in the pink
Star in my Pocket -all about love
Sasayaki Glitter #1-valentines day/love
Inky Chicks #62 -love/hearts
Crafty Sentiments -anything goes
Passion for Promarkers #331-favourite (my paper flowers & sentiment)

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave me, I do so appreciate each and every one.
Take care and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Monday, 1 February 2016

A Bit More Time to Craft new challenge begins

Hello today to all my friends and followers-I hope this post finds you well.
This is to let you all know that a new challenge has begun over at A Bit More Time to Craft.
Our challenges are always an Anything Goes theme and you have the chance to win some sets of Lozzy's gorgeous papers too.
Huge thanks go to Digistamps for Joy who are our sponsor this time and I got to choose this gorgeous image called Ellie's Flowers which you can find here.
I coloured my image with Promarkers, adding some glossy accents to the flower centres and used some gorgeous papers designed by Lozzy called Love Rush.
I added a strip to the bottom cut with an Xcut punch and punched out two little hearts. The sentiment is from Netty's cards which I've die cut and backed with an Xcut scalloped circle die:



Our challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to pop on over and take a look at the gorgeous cards my team mates have been busy making and why not join in with the challenge too-we'd love to see you there!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(This is a scheduled post so I'll link up later)

CRAFT #348-love/anniversary 
I love Promarkers #301-anything goes
Oddball Stamps -all you need is love
Sweet Stampin -valentine
My Time to Craft #314-love is all around
Creatalicious challenge #84-love is in the air
Crafty Friends #24 -animal/birds
Crafty Gals Corner #56-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Hope to see you come play along with us!
Until next time.
Andree x







Sunday, 24 January 2016

Pink Owl

A very good afternoon to all, hope you are all well and have had a lovely weekend. Hoping too that any of my friends in the USA are keeping safe if you are caught in the snowstorms. I love snow to bits but it must be hard to cope with it that heavy.
I am enjoying a nice coffee and a rest after spending a day walking round Lakeside shopping centre and Ikea-am just exhausted but did get some good bargains.
I'm sharing a card today that I made with a really gorgeous freebie set given away by Michele R on her facebook page. The papers are so pretty and the images just so cute.
I fussy cut and decoupaged the owl with one layer and added lots of glitter to her heart and some paper flowers coloured with promarkers-the leaves were offcuts from a snowflake I'd punched! The sentiment is one from Netty's cards punched with my circle punch and backed with a Nellie Snellen circle die. I added a die cut heart and a couple of gems to finish off:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge #161-lots of pink
Allsorts #347-valentines
Crafty Galz corner #55 -new for you (digi paper pack)
Cut it Up #88-love is in the air
Whimsy Stamps #90 -with love
In the Pink #86 -bling it on
Southern Girls-anything goes
Aud Sentiments #147-anything goes
Creative Inspirations #343-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and for any comments you may wish to leave me.
Have a wonderful week and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Oh Boy a New Baby

Hello all, hope you are all well and having  a lovely week.
It's been absolutely freezing here in Kent but I must admit I do quite like the cold and it's nice to finally feel that we are in winter-I much prefer this to the horrible rain.
I've been slowly getting back into my crafting the last couple of weeks but am still struggling slightly with my mojo and things don't seem to be quite clicking at the minute. I'm trying not to worry about it and am just plodding along as and when I feel like spending time in my room.
I did make this last weekend as we thought our niece was going into hospital on Monday to be induced but have since found out it's next week!-still, at least it's done and ready to go now. I just hope her scan's right and it is a little boy!!
I used a gorgeous image I've had for a while from Pink Gem. The fab spotty blue paper is from a set called Micro dots by Lozzy at A Bit More Time to Craft and the stripey one was in my stash.
I die cut the image with a Nellie Snellen circle die and backed it with an X cut scalloped circle.
I die cut some cute little buttons with a die I bought at Hobbycraft and added a couple of die cut balloons. The white strip was punched with my new Xcut border punch and the sentiment is from a Daisy and Dandelion clear stamp set:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Dream Valley #123-new beginnings
Cardz 4 Guyz #103-blue
Pennys #261 child or cat
Fab n Funky #288-buttons/bows
Lemon Shortbread #7-anything goes
Shopping our Stash #235 -321 (3 buttons, 2 balloons, 1 image)
Crafty Calendar -something new
Crafting Musketeers #33-new beginnings
Glitter n Sparkle 171-monochrome

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Stay warm and until next time.
Aloha
Andree x

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #26 Anything Goes



Hello friends, I hope this finds you all well.
Todays post is to let you all know that a new challenge has begun over at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. As always our challenge is Anything Goes and our thanks must go out to our lovely sponsors who for this challenge are:

Prize ~ 7 Images



Prize ~ $12 Gift Certificate


For my card I got to choose a fab image from Bugaboo stamps so I decided upon this pretty image called Thank You flower which can be found here.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and used some papers from Lili of the Valley. I die cut a couple of circles to layer behind the image and punched a little butterfly. The flowers in the corners are the die cut centres from my poinsettia die and the little gems are a recent find in the pound shop:


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
(This is a scheduled post so I will link up later)

In the Pink #85 -anything goes
Sweet Stampin-things with wings
QKR stampede #174-lots of layers
Creative Ladybirds #11-anything goes
Crafty Girlz #11 -anything goes
CCC digi creations #41-dies
Simply Papercraft #21-anything goes
Creative Fingers #100-anything goes
I love Promarkers #300-use something new (image, gems)

Well that's all from me for today, don't forget to pop by and visit us at the Lil Patch as my lovely team mates have all been really busy making some gorgeous cards for you to see. We'd love for you to join in with our challenge too!
Until next time.