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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

Sunday 12 December 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge #418 - Christmas Draw - Prize A

l would like to wish all of my blogging family
A Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year
Good morning to you all
On this wet and dismal day
l know what will cheer you up and its a 
Special challenge from our very good blogger
And what a challenge Di has for us today
This challenge will run for 4weeks so you don't want to miss it
There are lots of prizes to be won and it's a Christmas theme 
You can use loads of snippets to create such wonder creations
And this is my card made for this wonderful challenge
Please do join in as its worth all the effect 
Its a Christmas them as you can see 
Items used 
Scalloped card, stamped sentiment,
Snippets of Designer card/blue card stock
Added pre-coloured image, Gems 3d sticky pads
l hope you manage to do this challenge its so inspiring
So lets see what you can come up with and take the challenge
l am entering into the challenge below
Thank you for your visit
Have a lovely day
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Momery of Ruby's challenge 417

 Good morning to you all
Little bit of snow in my area on Sunday
Not enough to stick but they say the weather
Is going to change again so watch this space
This is my card for the following challenge
Items used 
Scalloped card/snippets of Dt papers & cream card
Dies for the banner and bells, 3d Sticky-pads gems 
Pre-coloured image 
My challenge l would like to enter into is ofcourse
Snippets in memory of Ruby's 417
Thank you for your time
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Thursday 25 November 2021

Pixies snippets challenge 416/Nov Rudolph days challenge

 Good morning crafters hope your having a good week
l had my Covid booster jab last week it felt good to have it 
l know its a personal choice so if you are eligible and want it
Please go ahead and get it done
My son and dil are expecting their 2nd child this week
So l haven't been on very much l did a bit of catch up yesterday
Here is my card for the following challenges
Snowflake Die, Snowflake Gems  Embellishment
Thank you for your visit
Take care
Sandra H

Monday 1 November 2021

Snippets challenge 415/mynbu challeges 32

 Hello and good afternoon fellow bloggers
These months are going so fast hardly time to blink an eye
Another month out and today1st November hard to believe 
l was once told after you reach a certain age it just goes so fast
And that is so totally true
This is my card for the following challenges 

Using snippets and never been used before item
l recently bought the tree dies from Amazon didn't come with
A known make just in a clear bag still did the job so happy with it
 And using the snippets is a well known way to use them up
Items used
Scalloped card/Red/Green card stock
Gems, Snowflake, Sentiment 3Dsticky pads & peel offs
Thank you for your visit
Take care stay safe
Sandra H 

Monday 25 October 2021

Rudolph days October challenge/Christmas sentiment challenge

 Good morning to you all l an feeling the change in the weather
Well it seems we are not out of the woods with Covid-19
l heard that numbers are going up again 
And Australia has come out of its longest lockdown
l just hope they stay safe as l hope we all do
Reluctant to go into another lockdown what do you think?
l have a card for you l am using this card for 2 challenges
This was a quick card to make l just love the background
Items used
Designer card from Christmas Post/red & white card stock
Added pre-coloured image
Spellbinders dies, Memento ink pad Christmas tree 
Stamped Christmas sentiment & gems
 Christmas is so nearing have you done any shopping?
Thank you for your visit 
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 17 October 2021

Pixies Ruby Memory challenge 414

Hello and welcome to my post
It's a wet and cold day today l think
The weather really has changed bit misty too
Here is a card made for Ruby's memory challenge 414
l always like to participate and you can too
Just click on the link below 
Items used
Scalloped card/beige/black card stock
Banner die, Image clip art & Stamped Sentiment 
Thank you for your visit
Hope you have a good week ahead whatever your plans
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Monday 4 October 2021

Pixies snippets 413 challenge

Hello and welcome to my post
l hope you are well and for those
Who need some TLC l am sending loads
Well not many like to hear the C Word
But it's not too far off now that
We are in October 
 l hadn't up until yesterday 
Started Christmas shopping yes Christmas shopping
Some people would think it a naughty word
But there's no getting away from it 
l managed to order 3 of the 4 Grandchildren's presents
Amazon is an amazing place 
l hope to finish it early as l am one of those 
People that are last minute hopefully not this year
Onto my post here is a card l made with snippets
And that means my challenge is one a do regularly 
Snippets challenge 413 
This is my card made from snippets of Christmas papers
Added some gems a stamped sentiment
And panelled each Christmas backing papers
With Peel offs 

It would be nice if you was to enter
Just click on the link and this will take you to the challenge 
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your week whatever your plans
Take care
Sandra H 

Saturday 25 September 2021

September Rudolph days challenge

 Good Afternoon to you all
l have a busy weekend ahead with having
Some of the family staying over and my 
Middle son & daughter-in-law celebrating their
12th Wedding anniversary so a day out for them
And Grandchildren for me couldn't be happier
Here is a card made for Rudolph days challenge 
Items used
White scalloped card/green/white/card
Designer papers
Die used for Holly gems pre-coloured image
Stamped sentiment &3d sticky pads to mount image
l would like to enter into the challenge below
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day whatever your plans
Stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 19 September 2021

Pixiescraftyworkshopchallenge 412

 Hello fellow bloggers
Here is a card l have made for my grandson
l have used lots of snippets of cards for the balloons
And banners which he just loves
The background paper is from a pad l have had for years
Not sure of the name but it sure came in handy for this card
Other items used are
 White scalloped card/blue/green/yellow card stock
l stamped the sentiment and used 3D sticky pads to for dimension 
l would like to enter into the challenge below 
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your week whatever your plans
Sandra H

Thursday 16 September 2021

Challenge for Kath Allsorts challenge

 Good afternoon to you all
Gosh this weather is so changeable 
And l heard from next week we are going to 
Have some lovely weather l really like this
As it means Autumn isn't too long and its nice
That we get an extended Summer
Well hopefully if the rumour is true
l have followed plenty of bloggers for this post
Its a tribute for our fellow blogger Kath
 Who sadly passed away 
Here l have followed the challenge and made this card
l think l have only paper pieced one card but this card
l truly enjoyed doing 
l cut out the Flower Die and paper pieced with 
Coloured card
Hope you like it too

Items used 
White scalloped card stock
Green/yellow/orange card stock
Gemini Flower Die
Sentiment from the Die set
3D Sticky pads lifts the image  
Truly is one challenge you should try and participate in
Thank you for your time
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Monday 13 September 2021

Pixies challenge 411

 Good Morning all
Wow did you watch the Tennis Emma is going places
Tennis was well worth watching she is so talented
14 matches from unknown to a winner
Well done to her
So late with this challenge 
l always have a card ready 
And here it is made in 2019
Have to go back through my challenges
Just to double check l haven't used it before
 l used lots of peel offs
Snippets of card, Christmas tree die
Coloured with watercolour pencils
Added some gems and Sentiment

Friday 3 September 2021

Mynbus challenge 30

Hello to you all and welcome to my post
Weathers been mixed and now being in September
l don't see much sunshine coming our way it would
Be nice just to get a few more days before Autumn Sets in
The nights are most certainly drawing in
Here is a card l made for NBUS challenge 

NBUS Paper pad & Image
Items used
Scalloped card/red card stock, 3D Sticky pads
Red gems, Stamped the sentiment and Snowflakes
Holly Hobbie designer papers which where a bargain
Priced at £11 got for £5.50 and what gorgeous papers 
(Never been used before) NBUB 
Image pre-coloured
It's a great challenge so do please check it out
Thank you for your visit
Take care 
Sandra H

Wednesday 25 August 2021


Good Afternoon fellow bloggers
Today l have my challenge which l try not to miss
And is open to anyone
All you need to do is use up snippets of card
Or anything to do with crafts 
As l have done here 
I used snippets of card for this as you can see
So just goes to show you can use them up rather then
Throwing them away 
Scalloped card /Blue card stock
Spamperia Blue Land D/papers
Added some Snowflakes
Spellbinder die 
For the Gift tag, Reindeer 3d sticky pads & Twine
Thank you for your visit 
Enjoy your day
Thank you for your comments
They really are so much appreciated

Sunday 8 August 2021

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 409

 Good morning fellow bloggers
So unpredictable is the sort of weather we are having
l like one or the other not both at the same time
l was out for a walk yesterday after a heavy downpour
l had to take my coat of as the sun was just so warm
 Needless to say within 2 minutes the heavens opened up again
Do remember to take a brolly if you do go out
Well on a brighter note here is my card for Di's 
Please do join in where you can use up plenty of snippets as l have
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day and week ahead whatever your plans
Thank you for any comments left they are very much appreciated
Sandra H

Sunday 25 July 2021

July Rudolph days challenge/Pixies challenge 408 Ruby's memory

Hello fellow bloggers
l do hope your enjoying this gorgeous weather
I have just seen on the news where parts of London have 
Had a lots of rain l hope its not going to continue
And hopefully no damage to properties 
Its that time again for Julys Rudolph days challenge
And if your not aware the challenge is Christmas makes
So not only cards but anything to do with Christmas
Also Pixies Snippets challenge Ruby Memory 408 
Made with snippets
Here is my take on the challenge
This is one of my cards l made earlier on in the year
Whilst in lockdown 
Hope you manage to join in do take a look at the challenge
Here  &  Here
You will get lots of inspiration
Hope you enjoy your week whatever your plans
Sandra H 

Sunday 11 July 2021


 Hello all and thank you for popping by
l have a card that l want to share with you
For the challenge below 
Simple made card for a very good friend
Using snippets of card and pre-coloured image
Die cut the banner, corner & added gems & flower
Thank you for your visit 
Have a lovely day
Sandra H

Thursday 1 July 2021

Pixies snippets challenge 406 & Nbub

 Hello and good afternoon 
It's been a lovely couple of days 
Lets hope the rain that's forecast isn't with us for too long
And we get much more needed sunshine
Here is a card l made for a couple of challenges
You cannot miss Pixies snippets challenge
You can use up snippets of card like l have done here
And NBUB challenge l have used the flower die
l have made a few of these birthday cards using various
Die's from the set of Simple Florals 
l also won this from a blogging friend
Edna click on the link
Where you can see the amazing crafts she creates
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Friday 25 June 2021

June Rudolph days challenge

 Good morning and welcome to a new challenge
Over at
It starts on the 25th and continues until the last day
Of each month
This is my card
Just click on the link and lets see your entry
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Sunday 13 June 2021

Pixies snippets challenge 405 Ruby's memory

 Hello to you all it's been a lovely day
Although not a lot of sun in the north but really warm
Here is a card l made for my 2nd cousin
She was 70 on Friday so l am using it to enter into
Di's Snippets challenge 405

Thank you for your visit
Hope you have an enjoyable week
Sandra H

Monday 31 May 2021

Snippets challenge 404

 Hello and good afternoon to you all
Gosh this weather is gorgeous 
l only hope it sticks around for some time
 It's really lifted my spirits 
And l hope your getting it too
Here is a card made for 

Made this card for one of my special friends 
She lost her 42 yrs old daughter suddenly 
Last Friday came as a shock to all the family & friends
How do you grieve the loss of a child/young adult
Not the easiest card l had to made 


Tuesday 25 May 2021

May Rudolph day challenge

 Good morning 
Thank you all for your well wishes 
My back is much better it really took it out of me
  l am still catching up with comments doing a little at a time
                   Here is my card for the 
                 Scrappy-mo's May Rudolph day challenge
Made earlier in the year while in lockdown
Simple make but l love using blue for Christmas
Thank you for your visit and any comments you leave are so much appreciated
Enjoy your day 
Sandra H

Monday 17 May 2021

Snippets playground challenge 403

 Hello all welcome to my blog
I thought my backache was improving
But today it seemed to have returned so l think 
A visit to the Dr's are on the cards
l made this card ages back in lockdown
It was for my grand daughter who's birthday has been and gone
Thank you for your visit
Have a great week
Sandra H

Tuesday 4 May 2021


Hello friends and welcome to my blog
l hope you had a lovely weekend and you have a great week planned ahead of you
l have been suffering with terrible lower back pain
So limited to commenting at the moment but my plan
Is to get round to you all as and when l can
Here is my card for the challenge below
l made this card for my friends husband they live in Australia
And his birthday was 23rd April he had a great birthday
He has green fingers so the image l though was just him
Items used
8x8 Scalloped card 
Designer backing papers
Kraft card 3d pads pre-coloured image & sentiment

Sunday 25 April 2021

April Rudolph days challenge

 Hello and a warm welcome to my post today
l have just come back from having my 2nd jab
All went really well in and out within seconds
Although the roads where gridlocked l had a 
Better journey back home
By now many of you l hope have had your 2nd
And that there wasn't any bad effects 
Here is my card for
Items used
Scalloped card/blue card
Designer papers
    Pre-coloured image
Snowdrops, pearls, 3D Stickly pads & Sentiment
Challenges i would like to enter into
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Monday 19 April 2021

Pixies Snippets Challenge 401

 Hello Fellow bloggers
Hope you enjoyed your weekend 
It's nice here today and has been for the pass few days
Like many of you l watched the funeral of the Duke so moving
Such a sad time for them all especially the queen he's been her rock
She has an amazing family around her so will be well looked after
Today l have this adorable card to share with you 
Made this for you granddaughter Poppy she was 5yrs old on 16th April
Items used 
White Scalloped card/Pink/yellow card stock
Backing paper is from a paper pad (?)
Die cut the balloons & Banners 
Added & stamped Sentiment
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day whatever your plans
Sandra H
Thank you for your comments they are so much appreciated

Tuesday 6 April 2021


Welcome and good morning to you all
Gosh the change in the weather it's just gone back to winter
l hope you had a lovely Easter nice that the sun was out for a few days
Even though some of those days was cold glad it didn't rain
And as for the snow .....well what a surprise!!
Here is my card for
Here is a card l made for my sons birthday
Which was on the 3rd April so no problem posting it
As he'd moved to a new house the images show's him re designing 
The property which we have all done and digging up the garden to build
A bar which has been one of the most builds during lockdown
Shows just what skills people can achieve without knowing they had them
Items used
White scalloped card/blue & snippets of Designer papers
Images pre-coloured Dies, Happy Birthday Stamp & 3D Sticky pads
Challenge l would like to enter into
Enjoy your day whatever your plans 
Thank you for your visit
Sandra H

Thursday 25 March 2021

March Rudolph day challenge

 Hello and good morning to you all
Here is my card for 
Items used
White scalloped card/black/white card
Designer card
Added pre-coloured image
Just love this image especially as its pre-coloured
Added snowflakes, Pearls & stamped sentiment
My challenge is
The challenge starts on the 25th of each month
And runs until the end 
As always its a Christmas challenge so anything 
To do with Christmas you can enter
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day 
Sandra H

Sunday 21 March 2021

Pixies snippet challenge 399

 Good Afternoon all hope your having a lovely weekend
Weather not been too bad just hoping for some sunshine 
I hope by now most of us have had our vaccine 
And please continue to do so
There seems to be some misleading reports
About the Oxford Vaccine Astra Zeneca 
Your choice to take it or leave it it's yours that can't be taken away from you
l have had mine and am willing to take the 2nd as and when
Here is a card l made for 
I made this card for a friend who lives in Australia so 
She won't see this post and her birthday is next month
Items used 
Scalloped card
Mostly snippets of pink card/Dp card
Image is from Clipart freebie/embellishments
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 7 March 2021

Snippets challenge 398

 Hello to you all
Schools back tomorrow what an eye opener that will be 
l can imagine lots of children will be so pleased with this news
Also lots that will of course be apprehensive 
l don't think all parents will be sure if its the right thing
To do but we can only give it a try and hopefully stay on the right track
And not undo all the good work we had done during this last lockdown
Here is my card for 
Just s simple quick card for a dear friends b'day at the end of this month
Items used 
Kraft card 
White/black card
Spippet of Dp backing card 
Image printed off from Clipart 
3 D sticky pads & Sentiment
Have a lovely day all
Sandra H

Friday 26 February 2021

Feb Rudolph Days Challenge

 Good Morning fellow bloggers
Welcome to my post 
l hope by now lots of us have had the Vaccine
Some have suffered badly hopefully they are okay now
Roll on 1st June just hope all goes well
Until then a lot rides on us getting
Some sort of normality back
This is my card for 
 Well l think we where all wondering why Mo hadn't posted
It yesterday as normal but having seen Mo's post
Computers/Internets can have a mind of their own and go
Wrong at the worse time 
So pleased though that all was sorted 
Don't forget to post or you will miss it
Items used
Scalloped edged card
White/Red/Designer card pre-coloured image
Stamped Sentiment, Snowflakes & Stars
Simple card made from scraps 
My challenge 
Thank you for your visit
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 21 February 2021


Hello fellow blogger welcome to my post today
I hope you are keeping well and busy during this lockdown
Let’s hope as l hear figures are going down stay down and we
Can then get back to some sort of normality which we know it’s
Not going to be easy only with common sense will get us back on track 
And Monday we will have some news from Boris 
So to lighten the load here is a card made for my granddaughter’s 11th b’day
During this lockdown l have managed to make all the b'day cards for 2021
Items used
8"x8" Scalloped card/White/Blue & Peach 
Designer card/Die's, Gem's, Sentiment & Pre-coloured image
Challenge l would like to enter into
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day and the coming week whatever your plans
Sandra H

Sunday 7 February 2021

pixies-snippets-playground-challenge card

 Hello and welcome my fellow blogger
Because of the restrictions of not going far
Having made over 30 Christmas cards now
 l thought l would start my Birthday cards
For 2021 and so far l have made 28 for the year
And here is my 2nd card l hope you like it
Not sure if my friend likes pink l am sure she wouldn't of minded what colour
Item's used
l decided to go bigger for birthday card so l used
8"x8" Scalloped card/White card stock
lily of the valley paper pad which was a Christmas present
Birthday stamp, pearls, 3d sticky pads, gems & butterflies
My challenge for this card will be
Thankyou for your visit
Please stay safe and take care
Lots of love
Sandra H
Today l get my Vaccine l hope many of you have had yours

Monday 25 January 2021

Snippets 395 Challenge & January Rudolph Days Challenges

 Hello and welcome to my post today
l hope your all adapting to the lockdown
Many of you as l am waiting for the Vaccine
l don't have a date yet but not worrying
As we will all get it sometime
Not easy for some people so l am sending
You lots of love and virtual hugs
Here is my card for 2 challenges
This is the first Christmas card made 2021 along with 26 more 
My total for this year so far is 27 and that's of course is
Due to lockdown and keeping my mind occupied 
Items used
8"x8" White scalloped card/Green & Red card stock
Poinsettia Perfection Paper Pad
Spellbinders Holly/Poinsettia Dies
Gems, Merry Christmas Stamp & Ink
Thank you for your visit
Please be positive with lockdown
And we will get through this
Sending lots of love
Sandra H

Sunday 10 January 2021

Snippets challenge 394

 Hello and Happy New Year to you all
Not the best start but we can only hope it gets better
And to do that we have to abide by the rules 
Here is my first challenge for 2021 with lots more to follow
This is a card l made for my sister's Birthday which was 
Earlier this month and now has it so am able to post 

Items used 
Scalloped /Kraft/white card stock
Designer pad from Lily of the Valley (not available now)
Stamp used for the birthday Sentiment, gems  3D Sticky pads & Butterfly
And a string of pearls just to finish off
l would like to use this card for 
Thank you for your visit l hope you have a lovely day
Take care and stay safe 
Sandra H