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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

Tuesday 27 December 2022

Snippets challenge 444

Well hello to you all
l hope you had a good Christmas
l had a nice time but some of my family was ill
Having caught Covid and Flu so haven't seem them
l will though make up for it in the new year 
When they should be well from it (hopefully)
l have a card below which l made for a friends
Birthday on 6th January she doesn't follow my blog
So am safe to post it and just loves Hedgehogs

All it took was the printed image and black snippet of card
Sentiment which l always have handy
l would like to enter into the snippets challenge
Please click on the link if your not familiar you can see
It's a great challenge and you get to use up your snippets
Thank you for your time 
Hope you have a lovely day whatever your plans
Take care stay safe

Sunday 11 December 2022

Snippets challenge 433

Hello and a very warm welcome on this cold day
Well its certainly a cold spell we are getting
Did you get snow l woke to a wet morning 
Unbeknown to me it had snowed or sleet 
And washed away near me but the roads are very slushy
And Paths not for walking on so slippery
Well its another challenge at
Here is my card
I made this card for a friend in June
Having made so many l have to check back
That l hadn't used it l did do one for my sister
And that had 70 on it as she was 70 this year
And made from the snippets below
Item's use
White card
Snippets of Red/white card & Dp papers
Die's to cut the banner & flower's added gems
Stamped the sentiment 
Challenge l will enter into 
Click on the link to see an amazing challenge
 Thank you for your time
Have a lovely day and stay warm
Sandra H

Sunday 27 November 2022

November Rudolph days & Snippets

Hello and a very warm welcome to my post today
Gosh it's been cold the weather really has changed
Next week cold but hopefully not as wet
It's the last Rudolph day challenge of the year
Where has this year gone????
Here is my card for the following challenges
Here are the snippets l used 
Items used White scalloped card/Dp card & White card
Stamped the sentiment and that was it easy peasy 
What a way to use up snippets
This is Rio my grandson who celebrated his 1st birthday yesterday
Thank you for your time
l hope you have a lovely day
Sandra H

Sunday 13 November 2022

Snippets challenge 441&Allsorts challenge 441

Good morning to you all
Following my butterfly theme 
Here is another card l made using snippets of cards
Along with Butterfly dies, banner die, gems and Happy b'day die
Challenge l would like to enter into is
Snippets & Anything goes allsortschallenge
Thank you for your visit
Have a lovely day
Sandra H

Sunday 30 October 2022

Snippets challenge 440

Hello all
It's a bit of a mixed day today although l didn't find it cold
Sun was out for a short time which warmed the day then Rain
So out sweeping up all the fallen leaves which is a regular 
Day for me l don't have trees but all neighbouring gardens do 
And they are nice tree's so l didn't mind the sweeping
Any way today is the start of another Snippets challenge
As the challenge is snippets there's an added feature Halloween
And or colours l used both snippets and Halloween colours 
You might or might not remember l posted a card like this earlier
l made about 5 maybe more slightly different and this card is all
About colours 
Items used
White scalloped card/snippets of green, yellow and orange card stock
l Stamped a butterfly onto the white card Die cut butterflies
Added pearls and sentiment

Tuesday 25 October 2022

October Rudolph days challenge

Hello all 
l had a lovely day out at Boundry Mill & Oswaldtwistle Mill
And the sun was shining it was so warm
Here l have a card to share with you for the start of 
As always, it's a Christmas challenge so anything
Christmassy you can use to enter
This is my card for the challenge
Items used 
White scalloped card/Dp papers/red card stock
Pre-coloured image 3D sticky pads Gems & Sentiment
l have made a few of these cards using the same image 
But a different layout so love the image and it was free

Monday 17 October 2022

Snippets challenge 439 & MYNBUS challenge 43

Good morning fellow bloggers
l hope you had a good weekend 
It's the start of a new week and new challenges
l made this card for my niece one of 3 christenings l 
Was lucky to attend and what a lovely day it was
Made simply from snippets of cards 
And pre-coloured image which was a freebie
Here is my card
Items used
White scalloped card/blue Dp card and white card stock
Heart & Star embellishment 3D Sticky pads
l also used my new die cut Tattered Lace Mini Ruffles Square
Birthday present from my DIL
 NBUS before
Challenges l would like to enter into 
Thank you for your time
Have a wonderful week whatever your plans
Sandra H

Sunday 2 October 2022

Snippet playground challenge 438

Hello and a good morning to you all
It's a much better day today did you get caught in the
Rain on Friday? l was soaked to the skin 
Today is another change for you to take part in 
Snippets challenge 438
As it specifies Snippet you get the chance to use
All oddments of cards and here is what l have done
Items used 
White scalloped card stock & Butterfly die
Snippets of green, orange & yellow card
Stamped sentiment and added a few pearls 
Simple card but just so cute
Thank you for your time
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Sunday 25 September 2022

September Rudolph days challenge

Good Morning and welcome to my post today
It's a bit of a dull day but at least its dry for the time being
Here is my card for the challenge below and of course it's a Christmas Challenge
So if you join in anything Christmas qualifies 
l made this card using lots of snippets and bauble die
Added 3d sticky pads and stamped sentiment that's it
l would like to enter this card into the challenge below 
Thank you for your time
Have a nice day
Sandra H 

Wednesday 21 September 2022


Hello and welcome 
There's been lot of tears during this last week
l for one could not believe it when Her Majesty the Queen
Was pronounced dead it just didn't seem real
She to me was every body's granny and of course Mum 
Such a sad time and what a wonderful sent off she had
My heart goes out to her family and all the people who adored her
Mourning has ended in the playground 
Now onto the challenge which was delayed because of the above
It's now up and running and here is my card for the challenge

Items used 
Scalloped cream card lot smaller than l usually use
Snippets of background papers /red card stock
Hand cut the flower image and used 3d pads to enhance the hight
Added a few gems and stamped the Sentiment
Thank you for your time 
Sandra H

Sunday 4 September 2022

Snippets 436 mynbus 42

 Hello fellow bloggers
Well the weather has changed l just hope Summer hasn't ended
l have a card which will brighten my day and yours 
Using my new MYNBUS Die and snippets of black & white card
Items used
White scalloped card
Snippets of black & silver card
Sentiment handbags which l just love
The die l bought from 
l also bought more Die's all will be revealed in new posts

Challenges l will be entering into are


Thank you for your time and all comments are
All are very much appreciated
Enjoy your day 

Thursday 25 August 2022

August Rudolph days challenge

Good morning to you all and a warm welcome to my blog
Today is the start of another new challenge over at 
Click on the link and you can check out the challenge
It's a Christmas challenge so anything Christmassy
This is my card   

l used a scalloped card used Dp designer paper
Die used for the edges Pre-coloured imaged 
Stamped the sentiment and that was it
I will be entering my card into the challenge below
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day 
Sandra H

Monday 22 August 2022

Snippets challenge 435

 Hello everyone and welcome to my blog
This is my card made from snippets 
 l have used this image before and the papers
The papers are from Dovecraft collections 
Couture du love 
The image is pre-coloured and a freebie from Pinterest
l die cut a flower added some card candy & die cut corners
Thank you for your visit 
Sandra H

Monday 8 August 2022

Snippets challenge 434

Hello and a warm welcome 
Another day another challenge and todays challenge
From me is Snippets 434 as always l have plenty cards already made
But this is newly made as it was for my sisters 70th b'day which
Was in July l made this card with lots of snippets of red card
The background paper is kraft card which l used on a lot of 
Christmas cards l die cut the balloon flower banner and 70 
Added Gem stone and stamped the birthday sentiment 
l am entering this card into the challenge below


Thank you for your time 
l hope you have a wonderful day
Whatever your plans
Take care
Sandra H

Wednesday 27 July 2022

Snippets challenge 433 & July Rudolph days challenge

Hello and a very warm welcome to you all 
We are having a lot of mixed weather at the moment
l just hope it settles and we know one way or another 
If its going to rain or we will have more lovely sunshine
l would rather the latter
 l have two challenges that l look forward to and here l
Have a card that suits both challenges

This is one of many cards l made and had to check 
To make sure that l hadn't used it l have similar cards
l used lots of snippets and a pre-coloured free image 
Die cut a banner framed the image stamped the sentiment 
And finished off with some gems and its blue one of my favourite
Christmas colours 
Click on the links and you will be taken to each of the challenges
Thank you for your visit and any comments place are so much
Enjoy your day
Sandra H

Sunday 10 July 2022

Snippets challenge 432 Nbus challenge 40

 Good morning to you all
Its a much nicer day today 
Yesterday wasn't as warm l had the pool out
For the grandchildren but none participated the water
Was too cold only the youngest put her legs in and out she came
Today is the start of Di's snippet challenge and for a change
Its got a theme to it which is Christmas l like the change 
Here is my card 
Sunburst die
Sun Burst Die from ppcrafts.net 
Never been used before
I first saw this die set on Di's from snippets challenge blog
l just fell in love with it and it cuts fantastic
And as its a snippets challenge what a way to use up snippets
Challenges below


Thank you for your visit
Have a lovely day whatever your plans
Sandra H

Sunday 26 June 2022

June Rudolph days challenge, nbus challenge 39 & Snippets challenge 431

 Hello and a very warm welcome to you all
l do hope you were having lovely weather as l had
It never last's but hopefully it will return
And the longest day been and gone
l have 3 challenges today and here is my card
Items used
Scalloped card, pre-coloured image & Sentiment
Snowflakes cut from dies, NEW Circle stitched edged dies
 Pearls & 3d sticky pads
Snippets of card
The picture really doesn't do it justice so a side view helps
Here is my new double stitched edged scalloped dies
Which l used to cut out around the snowman
l also bought a few more items which l will be showing off
Thanks to Di for the link
Thank you for stopping by l really do appreciate your comments

Monday 13 June 2022

Snippets challenge 430

Hello to you all
l have had a busy weekend with my families
l also went to see Tom Cruise's new film
Which l enjoyed then a Roast dinner afterwards
l have a card for the challenge below
Although the image is cut out you just assemble it
Use snippets of background card and for the number 2 
Also added card candy, gems, sentiment and 3d sticky pads 
l made this for my Great, great niece's daughter's 2nd b'day
The day was so enjoyable 
Sandra H

Sunday 29 May 2022

Snippets challenge 429

Good afternoon bloggers
l am here with a card for 
Run by our very own Sarn this week over at Di's playground
Check out Sarn's card for the challenge
You can also get to see Di's card
This is my card 
This card was made in 2019 as it happens 
l haven't been making very many cards 
But l do have a stash which l can depend on when needed
Just like the one above
Its a snippets challenge so as you can see there are
Plenty of snippets used to make the card
Click on the links and you will find lots of inspiration
So do feel that you can join in
l am making my way over there now and who knows there
Could well be other celebrations going on and hot coffee
Thank you for your visit
Hope you enjoy your day
Sandra H

Thursday 26 May 2022

May Rudolph days challenge

 Hello and welcome 
l have been absent for a while just to rest
My eye after having a cataract operation
This post has been ready and waiting to go 
Items used 
Scalloped card/blue/white card stock
Designer papers pre-coloured image 
 Stamped sentiment Christmas Embellishment's & Die 
Thank you for your visit
Hope you enjoy your day
Sandra H 
Click on the link below to find out more where you
Can enter the challenge and get some great ideas

Sunday 15 May 2022

Snippets challenge 428

Hello to you all 
My apologies for not being around much 
l am nursing a cataract operation which l had 
A few days ago and haven't been on my computer 
l will be missing for another few days if not a couple of weeks
l have to rest it and hopefully stay away from the screens 
So no commenting for a little time l will hopefully catch up later
l do however have a card for 
And l will do another challenge on 25th May
Made last year for my niece's 40th birthday
Items used 
Scalloped card designer backing papers snippets
Pre-coloured image which l made black & white 
Stamped 40 added some gems and 3d sticky pads
Challenge l would like to enter into is 

Monday 2 May 2022

Snippets challenge 427

 Hello to you all l hope your making the most of the 
May bank holiday and as always weather was a little wet 
In some places typically holiday weather 
l am on my way to play at the playground and you
Will find it by just clicking on the link below
So why not join in
This is my card
l made this for my friend who's birthday it is today
l just hope she rec'd it as she would normally say 
The post is still not as it should be and now with the
Bank holiday could be delay although it was sent in ample time
l used snippets of card stamped the sentiment die cut flowers
And banner added gem stone and came up with this 
l would like to enter it into the challenge below
Thank you for your time 
Enjoy your day whatever your plans
Sandra H

Monday 25 April 2022

April Rudolph days challenge

Hello fellow bloggers
l love this time of the month why?? well because
There's a new challenge and that being
Here is my card made last year possibly or
The year before l have lots of cards not used
If l don't have the time to make one l always have
Made up cards ready to be used although this card
Was posted out l must get on with making more 
Christmas Cards for this year
Made with this gorgeous background paper and pre-printed image 
Die cut snowflake stamped greetings and added a few gems
l would like to use this card to enter into the challenge below
Anyone can enter just click on the link
There will be lots of inspirational cards 
And it doesn't have to be a card must be Christmas related
So anything that you have made 
l appreciate your time to call and look at my blog
And any comments placed are greatly received
Thank you
Sandra H

Monday 18 April 2022

Snippets challenge 426

Hello fellow bloggers and what a lovely day its been
Don't you think the sun brings out the best of people
l myself have been preparing for some planting
So tidied up all of my garden even hoovered my grass
Yes lol l invested in a garden hoover for my artificial grass
And to my surprise it worked and puts lines in which
Makes the grass look more natural so one happy lady
Here is a card l made for my grand daughter Poppy's
6th birthday which was on the 16th April 
l am going to use it for the 
Snippets challenge 426
Hope you join in its a great challenge
Thank you for your visit hope you have a great
Week ahead whatever your plans
Sandra H

Sunday 3 April 2022

Snippets challenge 425

Good Morning to you all weather so changeable
l didn't get the snow so for those who did luck you
l love the snow but don't like it too messy and don't 
Like it to Disrupt anyone's plans its gone so cold too
As you may or not be aware our lovely Sarn is sharing
Snippets playground challenge with Di and today
Is the start of challenge 425 
Check out the link below for all the details
Here is my card
Today is my youngest sons birthday
This is my card that l made for him
Made with snippets and added a bow and buttons
First time l have ever done a card like this so proud of myself
My challenge 
Hope your going to join in as its so much fun
Thank you for your visit and any comments
Placed are truly appreciated 
Enjoy your day 
Sandra H 

Friday 25 March 2022

March Rudolph Days Challenge

 Hello and welcome to my post today
What lovely weather we are having 
l just hope your getting it just as good
My friend in Spain is experiencing lots of rain
Apparently this happens around this time so maybe
If your going to go abroad check the weather first
l also think wet or dry just being away is nice
Although l think  most of us go for the sunny weather
Here is a card for 
l just love this card 
Items used
Red card/Ho Ho & Candi cane backing papers
 Image, 3D pads, Die & Sentiment 
So easy to put together using snippets of card too

Sunday 20 March 2022

Snippets challenge 424

Hello and welcome to my post
l have to agree with Di spring is in the air
For how long no one knows but how good does it feel
Today l have a card that l made for a very good friend
l really haven't been in the mood for card making 
l do have many made and try to get ahead of myself
l am hoping to get back into it as to me
Its therapeutic 
l will be using this card to enter into 
l normally just play for fun but there are plenty of lovely prizes
So why not tag alone and enter yourselves
Just click on the link and it will take you there and 
Our blogging Friend Sarn is teaming up with Di and
You will get lots of inspiration from not only
But plenty of others that play along
This is my card

Monday 7 March 2022

In support of the Ukrainian people

Good Morning to you all
What a sad time for the Ukrainians 
My heart and soul goes out to them all
Here is a card l made hoping for peace using 
Snippets of left over cards 
Added the image taken from Pinterest
Using the colours and the Sunflowers 
Which represents Ukraine
As it's Ruby's memory challenge 423 over at the snippets playground
I just thought l would make this card in support for peace
And lets hope this can be resolved pretty quickly 

Friday 25 February 2022

Feb Rudolph days challenge

 Hello to your all 
Well its the 25th of the month which mean
A new challenge for 
Here is my card
This card is one of a batch l have made for this year
Postage was so expensive last year so a lot
Of flatter cards are going in the post even though
Some of the others wasn't built up too much
Using the stamp l stamped straight onto the card
l actually went over the faded area with a black pencil 
Just to make it stand out that little bit darker
Coloured Holly & Ivy with  Derwent pencils 
long time since l have coloured anything 
A lot of my images are now pre-coloured
But l have to admit l really enjoyed doing it
So might just do more colouring its so therapeutic
Thank you for your visit
Enjoy your day whatever your plans
Take care stay safe
Sandra H

Sunday 20 February 2022

Snippets challenge 422

Good morning fellow blogger
Well the weather really turned for the worse yesterday
We had snow, wind, rain & rainbows 
Didn't last for too long so there wasn't any disruption
l do feel for those that did suffer
So my heart goes out to you all
Tomorrow another storm is set to arrive
hopefully it won't be as bad
So please do be careful
Today is the start of 
And here is my card
Made this card for my neighbours Anniversary
Used up snippets for the background
Added the image which was free heart doily & pearls
l am entering into
Why not join in its a great challenge where you can
Get lots of inspiration from all that enter
And Sarn is our guest designer and her makes are wonderful
Check her out on the link below
Thank you for your visit
Take care stay safe 
Sandra H

Sunday 6 February 2022

Condolences to two dear friends

 Good Morning to all you fellow bloggers 
Its a wet Sunday morning in my neck of the woods
Just hope its not going to be wet all day 
Although it does seem a little warmer 
And the sun is trying its best to come out
Here is a card l have for 
Not a good start to the year 
l lost 2 very dear friends they where my daughters god parents
Both died with-in a week of each other
Not knowing either had died one in hospital and the other at home
Only one child and what a service he gave his parents
Even he said it was the best funeral he had attended 
How he managed is beyond any ones imagination
He truly gave his parents a great send off
l just hoped the card l made and the words where of comfort to him
This is my card l always use this image 
Thank you for your visit
Sandra H

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Snippers Ruby playground challenge 420 & Rudolph's January day challenge & mynbus challenge 34

 Hello all of you blogging friends
l am about to nip over to the playground 
Where there's a new Ruby's challenge 420
For those of you who are not aware of the playground
Just click on the link below 
This is my first Christmas card for 2022
l am also using the winnings from the Christmas grand challenge
l adored the card Di made to present the prize
And this is the set that l was lucky enough to win
And here is my card using the Christmas Puddings
And the sentiments 
Items used
Cream scalloped card/Red mirror card/Gems
Designer paper pad Festive feeling
Tim Holtz Distress ink Brushed Corduroy
Sentiments & Puddings Stamps from Clearly Besotted
Firstly l stamped the Christmas puddings onto white card
Using Tim Holts ink then use the circle from the die set 
l layered the top of the pudding to give it 3D look
l cut the holly & Ivy added some gems to complete the look
l will use this card for another 2 challenges
This challenge runs from 25th January till 25th November
Here again is a link that will take you there
Rudolph's day challenge
My 3rd challenge is
Thank you for your visit
l do hope you come back again
Sandra H
This is the new snippets badge check it out by 
Clicking the link above

Sunday 9 January 2022


 Good morning Fellow blogger
A Happy New Year to you all
Wow we have a new blog on the go and its 
Well its a new face but an old challenge Di 
Has changed the look of the blog and its fantastic
l am seeing some people not able to access
If it helps l clicked on the icon and it took me to
The challenge page hopefully this will help the link is below
Also its a new blog so you will have to Follow it again
I just love the new icon and the new blog so this is my 
1st card for the new blog
1st birthday card of the year many more to make
l used lots of snippets for this card and my friend
Just adores Hedgehogs the image is a freebie 
From the internet as was the background paper 
All l had to do was add a banner using my die cut
Circle the image again using my die cut, Green card
3D Sticky pads, gems and l Stamped the Sentiment
This is my card for Di 1st challenge for 2022
Please do join in its a fabulous challenge
Thank you for your visit
Hope you have an enjoyable week
Take care 
Sandra H