Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Masculine touch

Good morning,
I am the hostess this week and I have our new challenge for you over at Fab'n'Funky challenges.

Our challenge this week is 


(something for the man in your life - husband, son, dad, grandson, uncle.....We want to see good strong masculine colours and an appropriate image. Optional extra - charm/tag)
This week our lovely sponsor is

Now without further ado, here is my little bit of inspiration, I have used the digi stamp "Casual Boy" and a a digi Retro backing paper.

Faded jeans look is always a safe bet for any man no matter what his age. 

Our lovely design team always appreciate a visit so if you pop over to the Fab'n'Funky Blog  and leave a comment.

Back soon 
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Major Disaster with my Fashion

Major Disaster - this was my scheduled post for our lovely fashion challenge but once again it didn't go live.......aaaaaarrrggghhh!!!!
 I am very disappointed this did not go live when it was supposed to.
But I still want to share this lovely digi stamp with you........

So we have a great challenge for you this week over at

and Our Lovely Sponsor is
I have used Heart Sunglasses, and I decided on tones of blue for this gorgeous digi stamp.
 Dug out some of my die-cutters to add an extra dimension.

Please come along and visit our wonderful design ladies and leave them some good vibes

Back soon with more sharing
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pretty on Pink

We have a great challenge for you this week at

this week we want to to see your take on

Pretty in Pink

Our lovely sponsor this week is

My take on our little challenge this week is a little Thank you
She is such a cute character , "Little Flower Fairy".

What will you design? We look forward to see to your entries, remember to Tag and Link your post to the Fab'n'Funky challenge blog.
And please visit our lovely ladies blogs and leave a little note.

Back soon with my adventures at J-Con Derby.
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Crafts and Me

So we have a great challenge for you over at  Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Our challenge this week is:
Floral Embelishments
(and floral print paper isn't enough)

 Our lovely sponsor this week is:

 This lovely image is "Summer-Days by Jeremiah-Ketner" I really like Jeremiah's designs, they have a beautiful delicacy. I created a stamped border to frame the image without detracking from it.
 I created the border using a two-step stamp set. The delicate ribbons are the loops from a top (waste not want not).

Unfortunately when I put it on the stand to take the photo it fell off and the small clay butterfly I made, smashed. The three dots you can see in the top righthand corner of the orangey backing are an emergency addition to disguise the glue.

I will make a new butterfly to share with you all when I have a embelishment making session.

Please remember to visit all the lovely ladies at Fab'n'Funky and leave them some good vibes.

Thank you to everyone who read my Japan blog posts. 
Back shortly
Buffy xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Masked Coffee Man

So back to crafting, I had a card to make for one of my workmates and lucky for me he's mad about coffee. Why is this lucky for me...because I bought a fabulous coffee stamp set a few months ago and I have been dying to make the perfect birthday card with it.

The Male Room are having a Masking challenge which is just right for the design I dreamt up.

So I stamped the cafetiere first on a post-it note then onto a white piece of card. I covered the cafetiere with the cut out post-it image and stamped the the coffee cup. I raised the cup image up a little to give a slightly more dimensional feel.
Card:- S.U. Chocolate Chip,
Stamp-set:- For the Love of Stamps - Coffee Time
Promarkers - Tan, Cinnamon and Henna

Back soon with more sharing
Buffy xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Finally of Day 5

I meant to write this up a few days ago, but unfortunately my husband started to feel ill and that took presidency over blogging.
When your are in a foreign country with minor language skills it's a little bit worrying, but he is fairing well and getting plenty of rest.
So where were we....
 Another of the Rakan carvings, this one has a beautiful pillar that is topped by a lotus-like flower. The skill and dedication of the masons who carved all of this is most admirable.
It's also lovely to have something that makes you giggle
Mawgan couldn't resist snapping a quick piccie of a sign that really doesn't apply to us, since we're vertically challenged ;-)
After quite a long walk in 28C heat and a humidity of approx 80% we reach....
Diabutsu of Nihon-ji

This is the largest statue of a Buddha in Japan. In 1969 in underwent a 4 year reconstruction to repair severe damage. If you look closely to the right-hand side you can see stone bricks & mortar. It was originally built in 1780 by Jingoro Eirei Ono and his 27 apprentices. They dedicated 3 years to it's construction. It stands 28 metres high, pedestal & figure. 
I can tell you when you are stood in front of it it is totally awe inspiring.
I took this photo whilst kneeling, to show respect for this religious site. 
I realise that might seem silly to some but I have always believed in showing respect for beliefs and traditions when visiting a foreign country. 
We were also extremely lucky to have gotten a photo of this beautiful Japanese resident
A member of the swallowtail family, this butterfly was approximately 6 inches long (including the tails) with a wing span of approx 9 inches. The photo is a little blurry because these butterflies do not hold still. The flower it's sitting on is about 8ft high. 
As you are leaving the Nokogiri-yama you pass several shrines, this is a pray shrine. On the left of the photo you can see all the prayers that people have written.
I'm afraid I'm not going to show any more images of this majestic place. Photo's can never tell the true power of this great mountain, only a visit can do that.

I will be back soon to share a few more things we saw and learned whilst we were in Japan and hopefully they will help you when you go...

Back soon
Buffy xx
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