WOYWW #595

What a beautiful sunshiney day to meet up at our work desk for WOYWW 595

As you can see the rain was pelting down the window when I took this photo. I've been playing with my Funky Fossil stencils and stamps as I've heard through the grape vine that there's more on the way. I love the snail set of stamps. 

I'm hoping someone on WOYWW can recall making a journal using Amazon packaging as I'm eager to try my hand at one. I may have dreamt that I saw it on WOYWW as I am having strange Covid dreams. I'll perhaps look on YouTube or Pinterest too. I've been squirreling away the packaging for such a day as this as the card looks too good to throw away. I guess the other solution is not to buy so much online...like that's going to happen!!

I look forward to hearing from you guys, it's like I've got a new set of crafty mates. 

With love and hugs, Sue. x

AAA Cards Challenge Game #177 - Maxi White Space with the optional twist of Stars


I'm well chuffed to guest design for the AAA Cards Challenge #177: Maxi Space + optional twist of Stars. Thanks for inviting me.

I have used a fave stamp of mine, by Inky Doodles, with Funky Fossil Designs "joy" sentiment and a touch of Crystal Stickles. I'm thinking that the card could be used for any joyous occasion, other than Christmas.

As a relatively newbie to the AAA Card Challenge and the world of card challenges, I would recommend joining in the fun to make new friends. It's also a great way to get motivated if you've lost your mojo in these crazy times and who hasn't got a star or two in their stash!!

Take care and keep in touch with hugs from Sue. x

A rainy autumn Saturday afternoon in my Craft Cave

 I love this time of year when I can stay indoors and enjoy playing in my craft cave. Colouring in these fab stamps from Funky Fossil has been really therapeutic today. I ordered a load of promarkers, and although they were for Christmas I couldn't help myself from keeping a few back. Just to make sure they worked you understand.... 

My daughter has made this gorgeous autumnal wreath for her front door and decorated her fireplace with bits and bobs. Like me, she loves autumn, even though the heavens have just opened here. But the trees look even more beautiful when they're wet, don't you think?

To finish off the day we're having haddock risotto for tea, though we should have used up one of our many pumpkins really. Never mind, they do store well. Next week we'll be harvesting the beetroot and leeks that we've left in the allotment until the last possible minute. Hubby makes the most delish beetroot chutney with anything else that's around at the time. He is a star!!

Take care, with hugs, from Sue. x

WOYWW #594: Craftyscrappers Digistamps

 Just got back from a quick shopping trip so now I'm drying off with a cup of tea. Thankfully we found a supply of Tunnocks!! In the first weeks of lockdown Tunnocks stopped distributing them. I KNOW..... We had to eat KitKats instead and it really wasn't the same. I realise this is a first world problem, and I'm very shallow. Please don't judge me πŸ˜‰

Back to WOYWW... Much the same as last week really. I've discovered Digistamps, by winning a card challenge, and so I've been playing with these little characters and sentiments from Craftyscrappers via AAA Cards CAS challenge. I've also renewed my love of colouring in, finding it very relaxing on a rainy day, even more than retail therapy these days!!

By winning this challenge I've also discovered what the left column of Blogger Post Settings is all about and have dipped my toe into Publishing and Permalinks. It goes to show its never too late!! 

I hope you are all keeping yourself busy today. 

Take care with hugs from Sue. xx

Time Out Challenge #172 - with a twist of pink

 I’m loving taking our daily walk watching the colours of autumn get deeper and awesome. Not even Tim Holtz can gather the gorgeousness of the coloured leaves in his little inks.

We’ve gathered in our harvest of vegetables from the allotment and now have 23 pumpkins ripening in the conservatory. We grow them as we could never find any to buy after 31 October and I love my husbands pumpkin soup with cheese and pumpkins seeds sprinkled on top. Delish! πŸ₯°

Time for another challenge, though I am forgetting what I’ve entered! Perhaps it’s an age thing. This card is for the TIME OUT challenge and Breast Cancer Awareness. I got the all clear this week after my breast screening appointment. The nurse told me that the numbers of women taking up the screening appointment was, sadly, very low this year. 

I used a stampin up stamp and sentiment and used my lush inktense pencil crayons with a touch of Nuvo and sparkle.

Take care out there and get checked out. With hugs from Sue. x

WOYWW 593: Funky Fossil & Groovi cards

 I think I might be getting the hang of WOYWW. I find my mantra helps:

Monday - bin day

Tuesday - care in the community .... walk to buy my friend her weekly TV guide & deliver to her house.

Wednesday - this, obvs! & Let Leonie Loose while ironing

Thursday - small group on zoom

Friday - Monty Don (but only for 2/3 more weeks)

Then the weekend......

I know. I really know how to have a good time don’t I πŸ€“

But enough of my ramblings, this is my desk & close up of the card....

My Groovi card is complete, I think, but I’ve got till December to tweek it. The “you snailed it” card is for my daughter who had her Higher Level Teaching Assistant assessment last week. 

Loving reading your blogs. You're such a gifted crowd, tidy desk or not, it's all part of our creativity isn't it.

Take care, with hugs from our "medium" town to yours. Love, Sue. xx

AAA Cards Challenge #176: one corner + cosy

 Bin day today. We always have to wait for neighbours to put out their bin to establish what colour we need to roll out. FYI...today it’s the black binπŸ‘πŸΌ

Other news....I’ve joined AAA Cards Challenge #176 one corner + optional twist cosy. I’ve used a Hobby Art deer stamp with a sentiment from a crafty magazine (I think) coloured in with ProMarkers. The grass stencil is Funky Fossil Designs. 

Awaiting a debrief from BoJo today so I’m thinking of having a card making blitz with encouraging & positive messages, in between our daily walk. 

Take care you guys. Love & hugs, Sue H. xx

WOYWW #592: Getting Groovi

After watching Barbara demo-ing the latest groovy Groovi plates on Hochanda and being ever so tempted to purchase the fab envelope to match my previous plate set, I thought I’d better get my plates out of the folder and try them out! 

I haven’t played with parchment for quite some time but I’m enjoying my self getting into the zone. I thought I’d send this card to my mum for her birthday later in the year. 

Other news from my craft cave is that I’ve won a card challenge with AAA cards & CAS colour & sketches challenge, so I’m well chuffed. It seems to be a big thing in the world of craft blogging and it’s fun to see other people’s take on a subject. It’s also a big challenge for me to be clean & simple as it’s not my usual thing. More is more is my world.πŸ™ƒ

Take care you guys. Love and hugs, Sue. xx

AAA Cards Challenge CAS Game #175

A stash delivery from Funky Fossil is just what I need on this Monday morning. Plus I've treated myself to Bockingford watercolour card. I'll probs just keep it to stroke & admire for a while...... Ssshhh, don't judge me.πŸ˜‰ I’m building quite a pile of Christmas presents to myself. Maybe I should leave room in the Christmas present store cupboard for the rest of the familyπŸ™ˆ

While I’m in the Christmas mood I thought I’d enter the AAA card challenge + coffee  (+ Christmas sprinkles + cinnamon.) I wonder if Christmas coffee is on sale yet.

I’ve outlined the cup, cream & sprinkles with Perga-glitter but I don’t think it shows up so well on my photo.

At long last our fave ginger biscuits are reduced in Sainsbury’s today. I shouldn’t share this really, they’ll soon sell out if news gets out.🀫

I’m off now to make a cuppa to dip them in...

Best wishes, take care. Love, Sue. xx

uniko challenge #61 Anything goes:Thanks

As I’m relatively new to this blogging malarkey I’ve been blog hopping, yes it’s a thingπŸ€“, and discovered it’s a crazy, crafty world out there, with pags of challenges to enter.

I’ve also discovered a new (to me) company so I thought I’d join the Uniko challenge with a thank you card made using Clarity Stamps die, which I loved so much I joined the club❣️

I’ve already added this new shop to my fave sites, so let the shopping begin.....

Take care & thanks for blogging in (is that a thing too?)πŸ™ˆ

Best wishes, Sue. xx

WOYWW #591: Bee Keepers Birthday

Started my Wednesday with great joy, getting a mention on Scala Radio by Simon Mayo, with my 3 Words Wednesday...The Captain Said... I also added the rest of the rhyme, "it will never, never do on the last day of September" to add context, cheating a bit I guess. πŸ˜‰

Then back to my craft cave to tidy up for my WOYWW photo. It always feels like my mum's visiting on a Wednesday morning πŸ˜‚ so don't fret Julia, my desk looks like yours from Wednesday afternoon to Tuesday evening πŸ™ˆ

I've been making a bee card for my Uncle who keeps bees in Clun, Shropshire. They make the best honey ever, and that's true. I believe he's quite famous in bee keeping quarters. 

I used one of my gelli plate backgrounds to stick my die cut bee onto & black & sandstone Brusho to add colour to the bee. I used Funky Fossil stencil for the envelope. BTW they have a 10% discount until Sunday with FFCOFFEE10 code at checkout.πŸ‘

I'll pop in to read t'other blogs now. Take care.

Love & hugs, Sue. xx


Another WOYWW on this rainy day. It's a nice kind of strange to see the ground so wet for a change. The allotment will love it and it'll make weeding so much easier.

My desk this week shows me making a 30th Birthday card for my son. Hopefully we'll still be able to travel to see him for his Birthday in October. There's rumours of lockdown at half term but hopefully everyone will behave so that it won't come to that. 

I'm loving my latest barg of a set of 10 oval make up brushes by LaRoc, reduced to £4.99. I know!! The background stencil is from Funky Fossil and the stamps are from my ever growing AALL & Create collection. 

It's lovely to feel part of the WOYWW gang so soon after joining. Thanks guys. πŸ€—

I also use Twitter for tweeting about WOYWW. It's not trending.......yet! πŸ˜‚

Take care & keep up the good work. 

Live & hugs, Sue. x