Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sending Smiles

Good Morning to you all, and I wish you a very Happy Thursday. It's a cold and damp morning here, and I am blogging now, as a bit of a housework dodge....the washing up, the laundry waiting to go in the machine, the wheely bin waiting to be put out, the dusting, hoovering and ironing, can wait till after I've had a cuppa, right!

Enough of that gloomy talk, as my most recent cards have all been DT work, I decided to add a "just for fun" card.....and this was a fun card to make. I was recently lucky enough to win a Little Miss Muffet voucher and this in one of my chosen digi's.....she is a Polka Dot Pal, by the name of Sally and is a little treat to colour. The papers came from a pad that I got in The Works just before I went away to Scotland, and it wasn't until last Thursday that I'd actually had time and opportunity to play - then I opened the paper pad an instantly had that "oh my gosh, these are far to pretty to use, I must save them and stroke them forever" feeling.....I had to push past this feeling, and like I say, I really enjoyed making this card.

Today's card features:
  • Polka Dot Pal, Sally from Little Miss Muffet
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Dovecraft paper stack from The Works
  • balloon die was a magazine freebie
  • sentiment from LC designs
I would like to enter these challenges:
Passion for Promarkers challenge - 387 Girl Power
Little Miss Muffet - challenge #159
As you like it - favourite colouring medium - for me it would have to be my trusty Promarkers. When I first started adding my own "colouring" to my cards, I tried watercolour pencils and paints with mixed results, then I started to see the beautiful results people were creating using the likes of Promarkers and Copics, so I took the plunge, bought myself a starter bundle of pro's and have never looked back. I love the ease of use, the range of available colours....and whilst I would be the first to admit, I still have a long way to go with my blending and shading - I do feel confident and happy using these.

have a great day all, and thanks again for your visit xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Dies and Digi's part 2

 Hello there, my lovely Blog chums, hope you have had a terrific weekend. So it wasn't the best weather-wise, but maybe this gave you an excuse to hibernate with at your craft desk, lol. As it was really windy here, I abandoned my Saturday afternoon plans to mow the front lawn, and de-weed the flower beds in favour of a bit of colouring and rugby watching.

So we are now in week 2 of the latest Cutie Pie challenge, with our theme of
Dies and Digi's
our lovely sponsors this time are:

who also provided the team with some completely adorable stamps to play with - thank you!

My DT card features:
  • Mimi's ladybug - from LMM
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Dies used: Spelldinders lacy circle, Spelldinders oval, Marianne Designs Butterfly, Magnolia Doohickey Lovely Fence and border
  • Papers used: pink dotty and flowery from a stack from The Works, green dotty was a magazine giveaway pad
  • sentiment from Digistamp boutique

I would like to enter:

don't forget to wander over here to play along with the Cuties xx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Crafty Friends Challenge - For a Child

Hello there, and thank you so much for visiting me today......hope you've had a great week. Had a pretty busy week since we got back from Scotland last weekend. I always detest the first day back at work after a holiday - it's a "not being able to nip off for a cup of tea, whenever the fancy takes" thing! Anyway, survived the week, the laundry is now all done and dusted and the house is pretty much ship-shape so hoping for a restful weekend.....and very much looking forward to watching the England vs Scotland 5 Nations game this afternoon - I have absolutely no idea of the rules (are there actually any?) of Rugby, but I love the atmosphere and find it such a compelling thing to watch.

Anyway, less waffle and more Crafty Friends news - Yep, it's time for our next challenge and the theme is:
For a Child
our lovely sponsors are

who also very kindly provided some gorgeous images for the team to work with.

I chose the adorable Chloe with HulaHoop digikit......this is the first time I have used these kits, and I have to say that they are absolutely perfect if you need a card at short notice - everything is done for you (and beautifully done too) although even if you have time on your hands the components are fab to play around with. My card will be one of the Birthday cards for Erin, so I added her age - when I decide whether it will be for a Grand daughter or Niece, I will add a sentiment later. I took two of the flower components of the kit to create my own backing paper using serif.

Really hope you will join us for this challenge, why not click here to check out the other gorgeous DT cards and join in with the fun!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

There's "No man like a Snowman" for Christmas with the Cuties

Good Morning to you all, my lovely blog chums! 

Hope you are fine, well and enjoying a lovely weekend. We have just returned from a week in Scotland visiting family. It's been a smashing week and a great opportunity for my hubby to catch up with one of his Cousin's and an Aunt and Uncle he doesn't get to see very often as well as his daughters and there families......after all of this family visiting I am awash with Tea now, but nothing beats that first cuppa when get get home from travelling any distance!

I have added some photos from this trip to my Facebook page, if you're interested in having a nosey, and I may well add one or two to a future post the moment I am a few days late adding my  DT card for Christmas with the Cuties, so that will be the matter at hand for now.......
Yep, so our third challenge is now underway and our theme is
No Man Like a Snowman
I must admit, I prefer a snowman that you can print out and colour....rather than one that you have to faff about in the cold with, so I really enjoyed making this card.

Huge Thanks to our lovely sponsor
for providing both, a lovely prize for our winner, and some adorable images for the team to play with.

My DT card features:
  • Build a Snowman - from the Paper Nest Dolls
  • coloured with Promarkers
  • a little blob of Stickles Frosted Lace to enhance the Fur trims and another little blob of glossy accents to enhance to glass jar
  • Dotty paper from Anna Marie designs
  • Snowflake paper was a magazine download - used Serif to change the colour tone to compliment
  • wooden star and acrylic dot from stash
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Use 3B's - Blue, "Build a Snowman" and Banner

Thank you so much for visiting and enjoy whatever you're up to....for me it will be a day of post holiday laundry, shopping and house cleaning before I head back to work tomorrow - lucky me!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Simply Love with the Cuties

Helloo, thank you for visiting today...hope you've had a lovely weekend!

I was a very lucky me on Saturday, as my hubby took me on a night out to the theatre. We went to the White Rock theatre in Hastings to see Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat....and it was absolutely terrific. It is one of my fave  musicals having learned all of the songs at school (many years ago) then going to see it in the 90's at the London Palladium with Jason Donovan, and then Phillip Schofield.....have to say that Joe Mcelderry was a fantastic Joseph!

Anyway, onto today's card and it is time for 
A Little Extra Cutie-ness
our theme this time is
Simply Love
our wonderful sponsor is

  • You've got my heart - from Sasayaki Glitter
  • coloured with promarkers
  • papers from a Me to You
  • MB Precious hearts die
we have already had some gorgeous entries, but there is still plenty of time to hop on over and join in the fun!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Claudia Loves Christmas......and so do I!

Good Morning my lovely blog chums, thank you so much for the very kind comments on my post yesterday as I now go headlong into year 8 of Blogging! 

I am feeling very Happy that it's Friday - the company I work for (in the real World) recently changed my working hours, so I decided to look upon this as an opportunity to reduce the hours and days that I do and I now no longer work on a Thursday or Friday. This is only my second week of doing this but last week was brilliant - having the extra couple of days off, I was completely on top of the housework, the dogs had longer walks, I felt soooo much less tired and when I went back into work on Monday I felt much happier in myself and actually enjoyed the three days that I'm in. I also managed to spend time last weekend making a wedding card for an order (note to self - don't forget to take a photo!!) and doing a bit of colouring.....a little bit of which, is featured on today's card......
I have used Claudia Loves Christmas, from Little Miss Muffet digi stamps - isn't she adorable....and is an absolute treat to colour, so will be appearing here a lot more over the course of the year.

Today's card features:

  • Claudia Loves Christmas
  • coloured with promarkers
  • glossy accents
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Martha Stewart border punch - oldie, can't recall the name
  • sentiment created on Serif page plus
  • Doodlebug Twine
  • magazine freebie paper
  • button from stash
I would like to enter these challenges:
In the Pink - Dies/Punches (only the one punch used, but hoping that the Pinkness makes us for it!)
ABC Christmas Challenge - C & D creature and dimension - my Creature name also starts with a C and I hope that the button adds Dimension

Cheerio for now, and have a lovely day xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

7 Today!

Hi, hope you're having a great week so far!

I am having a little Celebration here, as today is my...........

It doesn't seem like that long ago, that I was on a week off from work, quite a few of my friends from the Docrafts forum were already blogging, so I decided to take the plunge - and I am so happy that I did!!! This little part of my PC has become such an important part of my life, over these years my life has seen some incredibly happy times, and then some not so happy times too but blogging has been a constant, and in a weird cyber-y sort of way has been an arm around my shoulder throughout. When I first started I never thought I'd be "brave" enough to enter a blog challenge - but I did, and it was fab and eventually I even won one, then I never thought I'd be "good enough" to be offered a Design Team position, but I did get the offer of a spot - and then another one shortly after, I'm sure my 7 years ago brain, would have exploded at the thought of running TWO challenges -  and yet here we are now with the Cutie Pie challenge doing fantastically well and even getting a mention in Papercraft Inspirations magazine and Christmas with the Cuties growing in popularity and just about to have challenge #3. I have been fortunate and blessed to have made some amazing and wonderful friends, through this world of blogging,,,,,and if I could have one wish I would visit you all in person to give you the biggest of hugs, but I hope you will accept my Thanks and virtual hugs. Thank you also to this little blog for being more than a URL to me.

 My blog name sums me up perfectly, I am very much One Happy Little Crafter - and I have much to be Happy about and Thankful for.

There really was only one theme I could use for today's card..........

Today's card features:
  • Dan with flowers, from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers
  • older papers from stash - not entirely sure of "make"
  • ribbons from stash
  • sentiment from LC designs
  • Dovecraft acrylic dome stickers

I would like to enter:
Thank you for stopping by today, and also if you have ever visited me over the last 7 years - your vists, lovely comments and support mean the world to me xx