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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

It's a bunny day today!

Good morning all

I can't beleive it's almost two months since I posted here. 

But I thought I'd better make the effort to appear 
as it's my turn to host at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

I chose the theme

Anything but a card

So here's my ode to lockdown 
- meet Covid the Easter Bunny
He was made for my Grandchildren to go in a basket with Easter eggs and some little bags of caramel shortbread and brownies I made for their Mum and Dad
(I'm sure Jacob and Eva got some too!)

Covid the Easter Bunny and a basket of Easter treats

I've been doing lots of crafting and hobbying! - not so much papercraft (though I started an album yet to be continued) but knitting and sewing, lots of baking and cooking and growing my own little plants from seed and garden tidying and to stay fit a half hour work out in the morning and an hours walk in the afternoon - week sorted! .  I've never been bored and I'm certainly not veging out in front of the TV - though we've started a routine each night before bed we watch an episode or two of 'Parks and Recs' - its so funny - a great end to the day.

I feel like I've been living in a big bubble since our lockdown in March.  I'm actually doing OK with it and not all the changes in life have been bad ones.  I'm not missing the shops that much as I'm much more of an online shopper anyway and we've been doing click and collect for a big weekly shop then stocking up with fresh food in a small store locally once a week and I've enjoyed that too, planning ahead for the weeks meals is something I sort of got out of the habit of when I stopped working.  But I do miss my daily gym routine -  my spin classes in particular, the gym is right next to Tesco so I'd just call in to pick up whatever we wanted for dinner and now that I've had time to think about that I think the weekly shop is so much better use of my time.  So when gym days return I'll definitely keep up with the big weekly shop routine and go straight home to do something much more fun than shopping! 

There's so much time to think about things that have changed these past few weeks I'm sure so many of us will have found some things that have been forced onto us will stay when we get back to whatever normal is!!

I'm not huge on social media anyway but very early on when all the 'rubbish' started to be shared around I really felt a need to stay away and that sort of extended to my blogs as well.  My mobile phone and computer have been gathering a lot of dust, used mainly for recipes and online orders - it's funny the things we do to get through the days - but it works for me, just cutting out too much media has been my saving grace.

So back to the bunny and the sweets!

....This is what I did

Knitting pattern is free from Deramores Here
Knit in double knitting wool it was a quick and easy knit 
I had all the wool in my stash anyway - so a total freebee

The recipes for the sweeties 
both from BBC Good Food which is my go to for recipes
I cut each into little 1 inch squares - perfect with a cuppa
- but not too bad for the waistline : )

Chocolate Brownies
Recipe HERE

Easy Millionaires Shortbread
Recipe HERE

Thank you so much for visiting me today - I'll pop round for a visit to you all - its been a nice change to be here today : )))

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The card we love to hate!!

Good morning all

Well whatever you're doing today I can bet it's not much different from yesterday - or tomorrow or even this time next week!!  This stay at home business ( this being the official day 3 but in reality has been going on for a week or two) isn't so bad if you stick to a routine. 

 I'm taking the attitude that it's nice to not have to hurry doing anything, as we can't do anything else I may as well just make the best of it - of course there are sooo many negatives in all of this but what's the point of focusing on that side, I am forever the optimist and I'm hoping this will carry us through : ) - this too will pass.

So lots of time for crafts - for me that I'm spending time clearing out and tidying my craft room- just a little bit at a time paper crafting - and Knitting.

Its our lovely Buffy's turn to host this weeks challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

 and she has chosen the theme


Myself I Dont mind a masculine make (!)
I know  an awful lot of people hate it
I always take the attitude of basically plain and simple, mainly primary or muted colours and it nearly always fits the bill.  I made this card for a good friend's birthday

the front

the inside

This is what I did....
6 x6 inch card
Papers are an old LOTV paper pad - te cover is missing but it's called birthday something!!
Happy birthday die - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
Star die - an old memory box die
the stamps are from a set from MFT

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week, see you there
and stay safe, take care, stay home, make the most of this quiet time because we'll all be joining in with real life again before we know it.


Judith x 

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Black and white with a hint of Pink!

Good Morning all

I'm a bit late with my DT card for 

I was down to only 100 toilet rolls - so I had to rush out to panic buy!!

I promise I am joking and on a serious note I hope everyone is fit and well and coping with all this media saturation of coronavirus.  It's so difficult to keep a sensible head on when it's all the news if full of.  I really don't know what to worry about first !!

Our challenge this week has been chosen by the lovely Pat

the theme is 

Black and White with a hint of Pink

I decided to get going with making Mother's Day cards as it'll be here before we know it 

This is what I did....

I had an assortment of lovely black and white papers, i know they're mainly first addition and one from the LOTV wedding themed paper pad,
 I just decided to go a bit geometrc and used some rounded sqare dies - I think from MME but not sure
The flower dies are from Crafters Companion Country Garden Collection
Mothers Day die is a sue Wilson from Creative Expressions
It's a 7 x7 inch card matted and layered up with pink and black card and some 3d glue gel for dimention

I wasn't really sure where I was gong when I started this to be honest, I just used the papers for inspiration, but I really liked how it turned out!  

Hope you'll join in with us this week at Fab 'n'Funky


Judith xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Love is in the air!

hi all

I'm running so late today- really just make it!!!

I slept in this morning when the plan was to have a lazy breakfast and catch the blog
instead I had to fly out of the house to catch my spin class at the gym 
took my mother to do her grocery shopping then spent the rest of the day chasing my tail

So it's a better late than ever day - just as well I had already made my card

This one is for our challange over at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

our theme is 

Love Love Love

( well it had to be didn't it!!)

I think this one definitely says love lol - it is a really simple card
the emphasis on the papers and heart dies 

What i did....

Papers from MME love collection
assorted heart dies
X O dies from a Crafter's Companion alphabet set

hope we see you at this weeks challenge - show us a little love!

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Christmas challenge at fab'n'Funky

Good morning all

It's that week of tthe month again at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

our once a month ' Christmas' challenge

I have to admit that Christmas cards are my very favourite thing to make - after all it's the most wonderful time of the year! and they're always such happy cards
.....and I've got such a lot of Christmas stash that I never really struggle when it comes to ideas

I bought these lovely dies in the pre Christmas sale at Sizzix - I loved them when they were launched the Christmas before - but they were such a bargin having waited a year
 -I think I ejoyed them even more : ))))))
and lets face it it's Christmas no matter which year you buy them

This is what I did....

Dies  -Freshbaked #1 by Sizzix
Papers - a very old set from Papermania
Kraft card
assorted scraps of coloured card and glitter ard
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion ( I think!)

Hope you'll joi i with our challenge this week

Judith xx

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Happy New year! MerryChristmas!

Good morning all

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!
We had a break over on the Fab'n'Funky Challenges blog until last week and I had intended to start off the year with our new challenge , unfortunately my blog year didn't get off to a very good start as our internet went down last week with what BT termed -' a major fault', we were down until Friday so  I just decided to write off the week and start back this week with our  new challenge set by our lovely Monika

She has chosen the theme 


it seemed to me to be a great opportunity to get off to a flying start with this year's Christmas cards - so here we go with Christmas card number one for 2020!!!

I made the task fairly simple by using an image from one of the Hunky Dory little books, there are 4 of each image in the book and I've already used one of these images before, its so pretty and delicate - as well as being very cute - a perfect little angel

This is what I did.....

Image - from Hunky Dory little book
Silver mirri card and blue card from Crafter's Companion
Poinsettia die - Memory box
Merry Christmas die - Crafter's Companion
Paper - an old LOTV paper pad
Gems and ribbon from my stash

I hope you'll come over and join in with our chalenge this week!

Hapy new Year and merry Christmas 


Judith xx