A pair of pear trees


Despite the wind and rain today we have planted two lovely pear trees today. It was such a joy to see them swaying in the wind after we'd dug through a load of clay to plant them both. 

I'm looking forward to our first crop of Williams Bon Chretien and Doyenne du Comics in a couple of years. 

Take care with hugs from Sue. x

First visit to the Allotment


The garlic and strawberries are looking healthy on our first visit to the allotment this year. There's grass growing amongst the strawberries but I'll soon be attacking that!

The fruit bushes are "doing their thing, baby" and the herb bed is still a herb bed, with self seeding parsley finding its place amongst the fennel, basil, bay and thyme.

We laid down layers of material to suppress the weeds and it was a lovely feeling unveiling this lush, weed free soil. 

Three rows of King Edward potatoes have been planted while the other veg seeds are growing at home ready for transplanting when they get big enough to fend for themselves against rabbits, pigeons & mice. Oh, and the neighbours chucks...

So there's our fitness regime sorted for a few months. Bring it on...

Take care with hugs from Sue. x

WOYWW #618, AAA Birthday Card Challenge #24: A shaped card, NBUS Challenge #25

 I thought I'd have a mooch at my Cricut this week to see what delights are free!  I came across this game console and so I'm now over run with console cards in various guises for the gamers of my family, of which, thankfully, there are plenty.

I glued this console shape onto a Brusho background and paper pieced the bits and bobs in place. The controls are covered in Glossy Accents and I used EP on the Happy Birthday sentiment. I trimmed the card to take the shape of the console, which was a bit tricky until I made the hinge at the top. I was never one to follow rules and I'm sure there's an easier way to construct it...;o/

I'm gradually making a hint of a gap in my paper collection, not that my hubby has noticed!!

I'm entering the card into AAA Birthday Card challenge #24 and NBUS Challenge #25, as it's the first time that I've used the game console cutout, with help from Cricut Explore.

So this is also my WOYWW contribution, being my ink and paint free table. As you can see it's very tidy! My very generous friend gave me the paper stack tower as her shop closed yonks ago and she wanted rid of it from her garage. It makes me very happy whenever I need to spend time stroking my papers!! My various journals are on the top of the bookcase and my ribbons and cardboard stash (well some of it) are to the left of the table.

I hope you all had a good Easter. We managed to eat our roast lamb, roasties and Yorkshire puds in the sunshine, thankfully. 

Take care out there, with hugs from Sue. x 

Uniko Challenge #64: Signs of Spring & Easter & NBUS challenge #25


I love, love, love this stencil from Uniko so it was the obvious choice to include in the Uniko Signs of Spring card challenge #64. I used 2 different shades of pink oxides for the petals and green for the centre and job done...

The sentiment is from my stash.

I'm still trying to use up my paper stash so I backed the gerbera with Stampin' Up paper, which is probs yonks old. 

As this is the first time out with the stencil I'm also joining the NBUS challenge #25....again... It's a good job you can enter up to 9 times (I hope!).

I hope you have a good Easter, take care with love and hugs from Sue. x

Cardstv Anything goes #137

Spring Card Challenges: AAA Card #186 - NBUS Challenge #25 - Uniko #64

 Last weeks beautiful sunshine has had a very creative effect on me, so much so that I'm now entering my Spring cards in several challenges.....

I'm hoping my "along the edge die" card, using the Funky Fossil die, is allowed into the party for the AAA Cards Challenge #186!! I've used a Uniko freebie flower stencil with yellow and orange oxide ink, in the middle circle of the die. I smooched and splattered yellow and green oxide ink onto the card and edged the card with yellow ink - It's reflects my interpretation of CAS ;o) I've also stencilled inside the card with the small but beautifully formed flower Uniko stencil, to continue the Spring theme. The sentiment is from Card-io.

I've recently discovered the NBUS challenge too, and as I've had a rather lovely month spending my Birthday money I'll have lots of entries for them I think!! This card sees both the die and stencil's first trip out.

And then Uniko go and have a sale this weekend, along with their challenge!!!! 

Thanks for popping by, and I hope you have an enjoyable Easter. Take care with love and Easter blessings from Sue. x

WOYWW #617: Under the wire

Today's WOYWW has just about slipped under the wire before the sunsets on Wednesday, I gaze in wonderment at the super moon & Thursday appears as if by magic. 

I had an urge to stencil this fab Uniko gerbera in pink, so that's just what I did. I'm now in love with the flower in every colour in my distress ink tin. Now need to find an outlet for these beauties. I won't add a sentiment just yet, to keep my options open. 

Today was Day 2 of Couch to 5k with my daughter. We were a bit earlier today as my day was busier than my whole year's been. 😉 

I joined a group of mates from my church's  small group on a walk round the local country park. It was very busy but we managed to catch up on life from a safe distance. It was a real joy to meet up in the flesh instead of on Zoom. The weirdest thing was seeing their legs.....I know....weird isn't it!!! But that might just be me 😏

Take care one and all, with love and hugs from Sue. xx

NBUS Challenge #24 & ‘Couch to 5k’: Day One

 I’ve succumbed to my daughters request to start the Couch to 5k exercise regime. She did it a while ago and has caught the bug to continue running. I actually quite enjoyed listening to the instructions and was pleasantly surprised at the gentle pace on day one. Best bit is the instruction to have a glass of water and a small piece of fruit, even though I felt I deserved a Tunnocks or two!, I’m hoping to get to at least half way but who knows I may even complete the course. 🤗


Other news is that I’ve joined the NBUS challenge #24. Well why not! It gives me a reason to play with stash I’ve had for yonks as well as my new stuff, of which I seem to have lots. So much for being in lockdown with my iPad, a credit card, and my hair dressing budget. Yabadabadooooo 🥰

This card is made using the lovely Uniko Blocks Mid Century Modern ll Background stamp, in yellow and grey inks. I'm not a CAS kind of guy but I loved this fresh look. 

Take care and enjoy the sunshine, safely. Hugs from Sue. x

WOYWW #616: The Jab

For this weeks WOYWW you can see that I've prepared a few crafty activities that take little energy, as I had my first covid jab yesterday. My daughter, working with SEMH & SEN children, had 48 hours of horribleness after her jab, so my hubby and I are anticipating the worst but hoping for an easy ride! Reactions to the jab seem to becoming more regular as they get down the age ranges. 

So not wanting to recycle our latest seed catalogue that we didn't order, I thought I'd cut a few of the beautiful flowers out and do some collage work later on. I still remember cutting and sticking being my fave part of my primary school days. I guess that's where the bug started!! I've recently bought some IndigoBlu translucent paint so I'll be adding those to my collage/journal too.

My Card-io order arrived yesterday. I was right chuffed to have spotted the new release of stamps on the website before they hit Hochanda and sold out. It's such a good job that I've got Birthday money to spend this month!! And I've still got a bit left - so I might have to have another look at Janet Klein's latest release. 

Hope you're all keeping well. With love and hugs from Sue. x

Fab n Funky Challenge #515 & Time Out Challenge #183: Different

 My entry for the Time Out Challenge and Fab n Funky Challenge today has emerged from my introduction to Time 4 Tea Designs Digi stamps, mainly because they were free (though it did lead to a full shopping basket - so that worked!) but also due to the cuteness of the cat and dogs. 

I do own a few digi stamps but rarely use them. I coloured the dog with grey promarkers, adding white gel pen to highlight and glossy accents to the nose and collar. I'm trying to use up my stash of papers (to make room for new!) and used a sheet of Stampin' Up spotty paper under the stitched rectangled die (T4T) that I'd coloured with Oxides in speckled egg and hickory smoke over the dog paw stencil from Funky Fossil.  

The sentiment die from Funky Fossil was coloured with the same oxide colours and heat embossed in clear EP.  I added foam pads to both the sentiment and the dog. 

Take care with hugs from Sue. x

Time Out Challenge #183: Do Your Thing Different

Entered in 2 Crafty Critter Crazies...

 I never thought I was a fan of making cards with critters but these little chaps really captured my heart. I am also enjoying a new adventure, using background dies to add interest to my cards. This flap die has been safely stored away for quite some time. Not sure why I was so hesitant in using it....

The space ship & critters are in the Pop Up Monsters stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The background stencil is from Funky Fossil Designs. I used peacock feathers oxide & promarkers to colour the scene.

Take care out there with hugs from Sue. x


AAA Birthday Card Challenge #23 - Patterned Paper

 It's been a while since I entered a challenge but as this AAA Birthday challenge coincided with sorting my paper stash I thought I'd join in the fun and make a few Birthday cards using some of the papers that I can, hesitantly, part with!

I've used my gorgeous Funky Fossil wreath die in the same paper as the background. As I was determined not to have any little bits of the paper leftover I punched a flower for each card, as well as adding an inner to one of the cards...result!!

The Lavinia Stamp words are stamped with Momento in Bamboo Leaves. I also edged the cards with Bamboo Leaves ink.

I decorated the envelopes with the stencil made from the flower punch waste, adding the stamen from Uniko floral stamp set in Bamboo Leaves.

Take care with hugs from Sue. x


I'm so grateful to last weeks very thoughtful comments, from my new found WOYWW mates, to be found here via Stamping Ground, if you fancy joining the fun. Thanks guys. 🥰

This week I'm patiently awaiting Funky Fossil Designs new releases. The washi tape, of which I'm a massive addict, looks ab fab, so that will probs be the first thing in my basket.

Meanwhile I've been tidying my stencil collection and came across a Clarity one that I thought I'd play with as I've got a couple of family Wedding Anniversaries coming up. I also found out my sprays and had a wild old time getting messy. I did manage to avoid spreading the love too much with the cardboard box.

Lat time I used my Brushos I forgot to put the lid on my Versamark!!!!  It does add an usual look to my embossing now.....

But back to WOYWW. This is my desk and the two cards that I made using the background.

Take care. Blue skies & brighter days will soon be here. Hugs from Sue. x