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Welcome to Sandra's Blog my escape is card making l took it up in 2007 after l retired from the Civil Service l am recently Widowed have 3 children all grown up and flown the nest Five grand children Tayla, Nathan, Poppy, Mila & Rio they keep me on my toes l adore then but it's always nice when they go home....lol l like making my own cards and enjoy the challenges it provides Sandra H xxx

Monday 21 December 2020

Snippets challenge 393

 Hello all and welcome to my blog
Well it's not going to good with Covic-19
Various places in tier4 North West tier3 
Such a worry for lots of people and now 
Christmas reduced to 1 day 
l can only think this is the best way to go forward
Hopefully to get us back on track and gets rid of the Virus
Lets just hope people will abide by the rules this time
And we then can get back to living a normal life

Well l thought l wouldn't be doing another challenge
This year but here l am again with my snippets challenge 393
And here is my card
I made this card for my granddaughter Tayla's B'day
She absolutely loved the card and her hair
Is very much like the image having her mum
Coloured it for the Christmas period 
It will of course be washed out before school commence again
Items used
Scalloped/Blue/Purple & Lilac card stock
Image pre-coloured freebie 
Gems, die, 3D sticky pads & pearls
Thank you for your visit
Take care stay safe and Merry Christmas
Happy New Year 
Sandra H

Monday 7 December 2020

December Snippets challenge 392

 Hello and good morning to you all
It's so fresh and crisp today nice day for a walk
Wrap up well though as it's pretty cold too!
Well it's another challenge for Di's Snippets playground
Here is my card
Not a Birthday or Christmas card 
l made this for a friend who lost her husband 3 years ago
Simply card to say 
Thinking of you 
Items used
Scalloped card/green white card
Designer Papers snippets of left over card
Image Lillie's computer generated
The pink ones give off an amazing smell
Stamped Image 3 D sticky pads
Die used for the edges & gems
Thank you for your visit
And any comments you leave they are so much appreciated
Take care & Stay safe 
Enjoy your day whatever your plans
This will probably be my last post of the year
So l would like to 
Sandra H

Wednesday 25 November 2020

November Rudolph challenge & Pixies Snippets 391

 Good day to you and what a lovely day it is 
With all the rain and wind which l think hasn't left us yet
It's nice to see a dry day cold but better than rain
It's that time again for 2 Challenges
So here is my card for both challenges 
Items used
Stamperia Scrapbook called Blue Land
It's got the most gorgeous paper backgrounds and images 
Scalloped /Blue card stock,3D pads and stamped Sentiments
Snippets playground challenge
November Rudolph day challenge
Thank you for your visit
Have a lovely day whatever your plans
Stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 1 November 2020

Pixiescrafty snippets challenge 390

Hello and good day to you all 
Well it had to happen another lockdown
If only it was done a few weeks ago
l just hope people will take notice
And realise this is a serious situation we are in
Now lets hope we can abide by the rules and get this under control
On a brighter note we have a new challenge from
Pixies snippets challenge and today it's challenge 390
Here is my card 
This is a card l made for my daughters upcoming birthday
Items used 
White scalloped card/purple card stock 
Snippets of designer dotted papers from not sure where?
Doily, variety of Spellbinders dies to create the bow, edging & banner
Image pre-coloured 3D Sticky pads & gems

Sunday 25 October 2020

Snippets challenge389 & October Rudolph day Challenge

 Good Morning and welcome to my post
Well did you remember to put your clocks back?
Which we all know shorter days and darker night's
It's hard enough with Co-v19 losing the hour only adds 
To longer and dismal days but what can you do but keep busy
And my way is crafting and here is my card made from a batch
l made some time back
Items used 
Scalloped/Cream/white card
Poinsettia paper pack & added the image from the same pack
Not a lot of work to this one but equally as nice
My challenges for this card is

As it's nearing Halloween l made this card years ago
My grandson Nathan and his sisters Tayla & Poppy love to celebrate it
And DiL Paula is really good at Halloween they have lots done on the inside
Even a black tree with all the trimmings 
Well as it's Nathans Birthday 30th October l altered this card for his birthday 
Just thought l would post it as there are lots of cards being shown
And he will absolutely love it hope you do too
Thank you for your time 
Have a lovely day whatever your plans
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 4 October 2020

Pixies Snippets challenge 388

 Good Morning to you all and a warm welcome to my post today

Well after all the rain yesterday today its a little better

The sun is trying to get out and l think it's forecast cloudy no rain

l hope your all managing to cope with the current situation we are in 

Sending lots of virtual hugs to you all 

So today its another day for a new challenge and this is my card

This isn't the card l was to use but of course Mr blogger is playing u[p

l also have spaces between lines which l can't control so any advise

 Would be very much appreciated many thanks

This card l made for my DIL 

Items used

Scalloped card/white/yellow card stock

Designer papers snippets

Pre-coloured image l use a lot just love it

Ribbon Pearls & 3d sticky pads

My challenge is 

Pixies snippets challenge 388

Click on the link and join in see what fun you can have

Thank you for your visit 

Take care stay safe

Sandra H


Friday 25 September 2020

September Rudolph day challenge & Snippets challenge 387

Hello and welcome to you all
like you l can imagine your not so pleased regarding the new lockdown
Unfortunately not everyone has abided by the rules so lockdown it is 
Its better to be safe than sorry there have already been so many lost of lives
So all l am saying is stay safe abide by the rules and once again life will become normal
25th September and that's means another new challenge for
Rudolph days challenge it lasts until the end of the month so please do join in
Here is my card 
 Items used 
Scalloped card
Used snippets of 
Poinsettia Perfections Designer Pack
Sentiment from the same pack
Added a die cut holly and some red gems
l will be using this card for 
Thank you for your time
Keep well & Stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 6 September 2020

Pixies snippets challenge 386

Good morning to you all
It's a bit dismal here today so hopefully the sun will come out
Today's challenge l have created a 50th birthday card using snippets
This was for my son-in-law and the party went well had a great day
Here is my card l will be entering it into the challenge below
Items used
Scalloped white card/kraft card/White /Black card
Die, Beer images and 50th sentiment
Thank you for your visit and any comments placed are appreciated
Enjoy your day whatever your plans

Tuesday 25 August 2020

August Rudolphs day challenge & Snippets challenge 385

Hello to you and welcome to my post today
I know we complain about the weather but
A little more sunshine wouldn't go a miss
l really hope this isn't the end of our summer
l love Autumn and winter but don't want it too
Arrive too soon as l feel it makes Spring a long 
Time getting here and winter can be gloomy at times
Now down to my challenges l made this card for 
Along with a new 
This is my card
l love doing cards in this colour it gives that crisp feeling
And a warm welcome to snow as and when we are lucky
To get it l like how the snow magnifies everything
Makes it nice and bright
Items uses
Scalloped card/blue/ First reserved Dp'papers
Added gems, sentiment, 3d sticky pad and image pre-coloured
My challenges are
Rudolph's day challenge
l hope whatever your plans for the coming week
You enjoy what your doing 
Take care
Stay safe
Sandra H

Monday 10 August 2020


Good morning all
l hope you enjoyed the sunny weather 
And it wasn't too hot for you
Living in the north we didn't get the weather as hot
As people living in the south but it was just nice enough
Today is overcast but still warm it was a warm night
How do you keep yourselves cool?
l have a card l made for my Sister-in-law
And l am going to enter it into the challenge below
Made with lots of snippets 
White scalloped card/red card/Designer paper
Added some red gems to create cherries
Die cut the Happy Birthday
Thank you for your visit 
Enjoy your day stay safe 
Sandra H

Thursday 30 July 2020

Pixies snippets challenge 383

Good morning to you all
Well this new blogger is testing l'm not sure 
How it will pan out with me but hopefully it will
All come together without any problems
My card today is for Di's challenge
Items used 
Pre-printed image Freebie
Scalloped card/red card stock 
Designer papers snippets from ?
Added pearls, die cut bow and 3d sticky pads
That's it folks
I just wanted to say l hope your staying safe
And that one day we will be get to how things where
Thank you for visiting your comments mean so much
And as always appreciated
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Saturday 25 July 2020

July Rudolph's day challenge

Hello and thank you for popping onto my blog
l would like to share with you my card that l 
Put together from a batch l did some time back
And as it's the 25th of the month there is a challenge
Out there where anyone can join in and its called
Rudolph day's challenge 
Open from 25th of each month
So why not check it out and give it a go
This is my creation 
Items used
White Scalloped card/Green card stock 
Backing Dp's from Poinsettia Perfections 
Added Sentiment from the same pack and some gems
Simple card with a nice effect
I would like to enter into
Thank you for your visit
Take care stay safe and enjoy your day
Lots of love
Sandra H

Monday 13 July 2020

Snippets challenge 382

Hi and a good day to you all
The weather really has changed it's been wet here today
Hopefully we will have some good dry weather as it's
The 1st day of summer today so lets see some sun
Here is a card l made for Pixies snippets challenge 382
Made today for my Sisters birthday which is 
On the 26th July made with snippets of card
Cut out a flower head from the card stock
Added gems and Sentiment no need to be too fussy
Plain and simple still make adorable cards
Hope you have a lovely week whatever your plans
Take care stay safe and thank you for your visit
Sandra H

Monday 29 June 2020

Pixieschallenge381 & NBUS Challenge

Hello 👋 fellow bloggers
Hope all is well with the lockdown 🔐
It’s a bit easier now but for the best?!! l don’t think so
Especially with the demonstrations and marches
No social distancing and raves some people just don’t
Seem to realise there’s a pandemic amongst us
And without being sensible it’s not going to go away
Anytime soon some places are speaking of a 2nd lockdown
Just hope this makes people become more aware
And realise this is a serious time we are in

Well it’s another day for a challenge or two
And here is my card/s
Items used 
Scalloped card/blank cards
Noel clear stamp NBUS
Black card stock 
Black/Red inks
l made around 15 of these to boost my Christmas cards list

Used different coloured inks and added some gems
Well some did some didn’t l certainly did
Like the good sunny weather please come back 🤣
It’s been really windy 🌬 and wet although not 🥶
It would be nice for the ☀️ to re-appear doesn’t have to be as hot


Thursday 25 June 2020

June Rudolph days challenge

Good Morning to you all
Today is another gorgeous day
So hopefully sitting out is on the cards
It's the 25th and that can only mean a new challenge over at
Scrappymo's for her 
Here is my card 

Items used are
White Scalloped card/Red & Green card
Holly, Snowman, Sentiment, Snowflake, 3D Stickers & Gems
poinsettia Perfection Designer Papers
Image printed from some downloads l bought
This is a great challenge do remember though its 
Christmas cards only
Also this way it builds up your Christmas cards
Hope you enjoy your day
Thank you for your visit
And any comments you leave they are 
Very much appreciated 
Stay safe 
Sandra H

Monday 15 June 2020

Snippets challenge 380

Hello everyone it's a nice day here
Hope its as nice wherever you are
It's that time again for another challenge from
So again l have a card ready
And here it is put together using lots of snippets
 Items used Scalloped card/Red & Green plain card
Snippets of designer card
Added a Christmas ribbon Sentiment
And that's about it easy peasy
Challenge l would like to enter into
l hope your still occupying yourselves during this lockdown
And that your staying safe and keeping well
Thank you for your visit 
Take care 
Sandra H xx

Sunday 31 May 2020

Pixies challenge 379

Hello from a sunny day here in the North
l hope you are all well and occupying yourselves
With the present situation we are in
It's another new challenge from
So here is my card
Used with Snippets of Design/papers/Blue card
Added pre-coloured image & Sentiment
l made this card for a good friend's b'day in March
And having looked back through my posts l am sure l haven't used it before
l have so many cards made up which is great as l can just pull one from a stack l have
l will be entering into 
Di's snippet challenge
 You can too just click on the link
Thank you for your visit 
Take care & stay safe
Lots of love 
Sandra H 

Monday 25 May 2020

Rudolph days May challenge

Hello all 
Well it's the 25th May and that can only mean
Here is my card 
Items used 
White Scalloped card/red/white card stock
Re-used this Rudolph image 
Added some snowflakes, Sentiment and Stitched edge die

l hope your managing to keep busy with this Coronavirus
It's been pretty quiet for me as l only have 2 cats for company
My family do facetime and phone me and l am able to call upon 2 
l do keep my distance though but it's not the same as being close up
l for one will be pleased when there will be more restrictions lifted
But l will stress though that l won't be keen to go back to how we were before
l think it will take some time before l feel as if l could do this
One step at a time is my way of thinking
So please take care and stay safe
Sending lots of virtual hugs 
Sandra H

Sunday 17 May 2020


Hello everybody l am just in from a lovely walk
It's a bit cooler today here's hoping the sunny weather will return
l hope you are keeping yourselves entertained during this lockdown
l like many of you l can imagine have run out of jobs to do
l find l am hoovering just for something to do 
My gardens is surrounded by neighbouring trees so
To keep it tidy l sweep them up most days just 
To keep busy bet my neighbours think l'm potty
Here is a card that l actually made today not having done much
Crafting but l do need to get my finger out and make more
Christmas cards this one was pretty easy and will be entered
Into Pixies crafty Snippets challenge
Items used
White craft scalloped card/Red card
Designer papers by Poinsettia Perfection 12"x12" Paper pad (Snippets)
Image used from the same pack
These pads make light work of card making and l
Just love to use them they make easy cards which
You don't have to add too much to them either
Thank you for your visit take care
Stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 3 May 2020

Snippets challenge 377

Hello to you all l hope your filling your days and keeping well
Being in lockdown there is always something to do
l myself have been keeping the garden tidy and the good weather has helped
l also made this card for my niece's daughter she is due to 
Have her 1st baby in about 4 weeks she's training to be a nurse
And it's been really tough for her not being able to complete
Her training as she was in her last year but is really looking forward
To the little one and then going back to training
Here is what l made 
Items used
White scalloped card/pink card First edition card stock
Doily's, stitched edge die, pink gems, pearls,3d sticky pads and image
Thank you for your visit 
Stay safe stay well and we will get to the end of this pandemic
Sandra H

Saturday 25 April 2020

April/RudolphDay/Snippets/challenge 376

Hello and a big welcome to my post today
It's not the best time for us all at this present time
But we have to accept it and carry on as normal
As possible whatever that means for us
l say keep your chin up and stay calm also staying safe 
Today l am entering two challenges which l often do
And it's open to all so why not join in
l recently moved so my craft room isn't up to standards 
But l do have a supply of cards l made last year 
And here is one that will accommodate both challenges
Simple card with a fabulous die used many times
Di from snippets used this die and l was able to buy it and Di's
Is one of the challenges l am going to enter into
Items used
Plain white card/white/green card stock
Merry Christmas stamp Christmas tree Die
Corner punch and gems
My challenges are
Sending lots of hugs and thankyou for your visit
Take care and more importantly stay safe and we will
Get through this 
Sandra H

Sunday 5 April 2020


Good Afternoon to you all
I hope you are well and keeping safe
Not knowing from day to day how long
Or weeks months staying indoors and keeping our distances
Will be the key to keeping this coronavirus at bay
I still do a walk a day and distancing myself
And of course crafting is a good to keep the mind occupied
So here is a card l made using this adorable free image
l made a few of these as l have 2 Grand-daughter's
With birthdays this month not sure how l will get them 
To them but at least they are made
  On this occasion l used a flat edged card 
Used Woodware corner punch to curve the edges
Scalloped Die, Free Image, Ribbon, Gems and Sentiment
My challenge will be Di's Snippets challenge below
Thank you for your visit and keep safe
Sandra H

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Pixies Playground challenge 374 & Mo’s March Rudolph days

Good morning to you all
How terrible is this Coronavirus 
No one could of predicted this would happen in our
Day and age life is so precious we should
Accept who we are and what we have once this is over 
Hopefully you and your families are keeping safe my love goes out
To you please stay indoors this will be the only way to survive the Less contact the Sooner all will be come good 
I moved on the 13th March my internet was off until 20th l
Am back on line and what a relief that was something l now need
To occupy my mind having to stay indoors it's not going to be easy
But it has to be done to survive l do go out for a walk once a day

On a lighter note l am able to take part in two challengers l have a
Selection of cards which l made up last year my craft room 
Isn't set up yet but I can access my craft supplies
For the background l used this poinsettia designer paper
Snippets of red card 
Die cut a poinsettia added gems, Pre-coloured image
Peel offs and Sentiment 
So nice that we are in Spring and the days
Will get longer after the hour goes forward this weekend
So please take care if your going out keep your distance
Sending lots of love to you all
Keep safe
Thank you for taking the time out to visit
Sandra H

Sunday 8 March 2020

Snippetrs challenge 373

Hello to you all
Another day another challenge 
Here is my take made with snippets of card
Also used is this pre-coloured image l have added
Some glamour dust on the image and the icicle
Snowflakes, gems and Merry Christmas dies 
l will enter into Di's snippet challenge below
This could be my last post for awhile as l am about 
To move house l won't have any internet after 13th March
So until then l won't know if l will be able to comment 
l will however be looking forward to being connecting again 
But l am told it could be 2 weeks after my move unless l log on 
To a families internet
Thank you for your visit
Take care
Sandra H xx

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Feb Rudolph days challenge

Well hello to you all
Yes it's that time again for Rudolph days challenge
And here is a card l made using die's to create the baubles
Simple white plain background to sit them on Red card,
 Sentiment stamp, corner punch, garland which l shortened
Added red gems to finish it off
Pancake Tuesday today l used to always make them
love following traditions 
How about you will you be having them?
l would like to enter into the challenge below
Thank you for your time hope you have a lovely day
Sandra H xx

Sunday 23 February 2020

Challlenge 372

Happy Sunday to you all
It's not the best weather we are having
The wind has slowed down a little today but l hear
It's going to get up again l truly hope it's not causing too much
More damage than it's already caused l feel for those
People that have had it so bad my heart goes out to them
Here is a card l made for my friends 70th b'day 

Made with this lovely freebie and l added some snippets
Of left over card added some gems and the sentiment is
Already added with the image, green/red card die to 
To the stitched edges and 3d sticky pads 
l have used this image plenty of times but the layout 
To each card is slightly different so hopefully you will see that
l am going to enter into Di's snippets which runs for 2 weeks
You can enter just click on the link below
Thank you for your time 
Hope you enjoy your day sending lots of love
Sandra H

Sunday 9 February 2020

Pixies challenge 371

Good afternoon to you all
Well did anyone hear the thunder during the night?
As l am writing this post the sun is shinning
After so much rain and wind there are floods
In my neck of the woods l hope your not affected 
And if yes hopefully not to badly
Here is a card l made for a friends birthday
Which was Saturday and she now has the card
So l can now share it with you
Made from snippets of backing paper think Nitwit or First edition
Cut out balloon with my die added pre-coloured image Freebie
And to finish of with a selection of Coloured gems
Thought this photo looked better 

l am going to enter into the challenge below 
Just follow the link if you want to know more
Thank you for calling hope you
Have a lovely day
Sandra H 

Sunday 26 January 2020

Di and Mo's January Challenges

Good morning to you all
l have been having trouble uploading my photo
Since early yesterday Mr blog must of been having
A bad day which we can all have so l forgave him
All came good as l managed after a few hours to get it on
Here is a card l made using Snippets of Kraft card, red card
For the background some gems, twine 3d sticky pads and sentiment
l am going to enter into Di's snippets challenge
And Scrappymo Rudolph days challenge
Thank you for your visit
Hope you have an enjoyable day
Sandra H xx

Monday 13 January 2020

Playground snippets 369

Happy new year to you all
I hope you had a lovely time
l lost a family member (suddenly)
So in between Xmas and new year
Wasn't too good but you pull through
Which is great coming from a large family
We are always there for each other
l find crafting eases my pain kind of therapeutic 
This is my first post of the year
And what better to use but snippets of card
So this is what l made for the challenge below
Made with snippets and a freebie image
Added some Gems and stitched edge Die
l made 3 of these cards slightly different layout
But the same image 
Thank you for your visit
Hope you have a great week ahead of you
And sending lots of TlC for those who need it
Sandra H