Sunday 30 November 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge # 100 - Make A Calendar

**If you are looking for my CCC card then please scroll down**
Hi Crafters,
The challenge at 613 Avenue Create this time is ATG/Make a Calendar. With our fabulous sponsors offering great prizes you would be silly not to enter, go and have a peek at the inspirational projects on our blog and then join in with us, the more the merrier.

I've made an easel calendar this time using the gorgeous image from Bugaboo - Scene It - Ladybugs
and coloured it with my Promarkers, added a red ribbon and button, mounted the calendar on to a die cut panel using Spellbinders Romantic rectangles die and added an Inkylicious sentiment.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Not Just Cards - #7 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers - #275 Bloomin' Marvellous
Little Miss Muffet - #99 Clean & Simple
Crafty Catz - #257 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #122 Anything Goes
Sister Act - #85 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #58 Anything Goes
Country View Challenge - Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Crafty Little Fairies - Not A Square
 Catch The Bug Challenge - Stuffed (use left over papers)
Now let's see what you can all come up with, I'm sure you have some fabulous ideas already in mind so come and join us, our sponsors are giving away some great prizes again...

Bye for now


Saturday 29 November 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge #25 - 'All I Want for Christmas'

Hi Everyone, hope you are well and have managed to make a start, if not finished your Christmas shopping and card making. I have a little more to do but feel quite good about how organised I am with my Christmas cards this year and it is all down to belonging to this great Christmas Card Club and the incentive it gives me to make Christmas cards all year through. So thank you very much Margaret for running this lovely group and all the other friendly members who I have come to know very well over this last year, I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Now back to business... this time was Asha's turn to choose a theme and she gave us 'All I Want for Christmas'. Now having gotten to know the group well I am sure they won't be offended by my card this time, it is a little tongue in cheek, but I thought it was very funny, albeit a bit saucy, here goes...

Pre-coloured Image - Unknown, sorry
Paper - DCWV
Stampin' Up Pleated Ribbon
Papermania Poinsettias
Mei-Flower Pearls
SB Ribbon Banner Die
I have had this image stored on my computer for ages just waiting for the right moment and I think, this is it. It was such a long time ago that I acquired this image, before I started to keep a record of where things came from, that I have no idea so I can't give credit, sorry. It is also decoupaged, perhaps this next picture showing it at a slight angle makes it more apparent.  The sentiment inside the card carries on from the front with ' YOU!'

Scribble & Scrap - #32 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Something Old (Digital Image)
Crafty Catz - #257 Anything Goes
A list of all the members in our little group is in the CCC tab at the top of my blog, please go and take a look at their lovely creations. We have one more challenge on the 14th December before we break for Christmas and then we will be back in the New Year with some more great challenge themes. Why don't you play along with us and by Christmas 2015 you too will have all if not most of your cards already made!
See you soon,

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Guest Designer at Elisabeth Bell's World

Hi Crafters,
**If you are looking for my Top Tip Tuesday post please scroll down**
Today I would like to share with you a card that I made for my guest design spot at Elisabeth Bell's World . The theme for their challenge this time is 'Christmas Creations' and the stamp I used is a Whimsy Stamp called ' Two Turtle Doves', isn't she the most adorable little girl.

Elisabeth Bell - Two Turtle Doves Stamp
Papers - LOTV/Nitwit 'Twas The Night'
Papermania - Red paper
Marianne and Joy snowflake dies
American Crafts Ribbon
White glitter
The snowflakes are very glittery in real life but are not showing it here :(
These images are great to colour and I really enjoyed trying some new (to me) colour combos. So come on, get out your stamps or digital images and join in, I'm sure you all still have a few more Christmas cards to make and then you can enter it in the challenge.
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Elisabeth Bell's World - Christmas Creations
I Love Promarkers - #246 A Christmas Sing Song ( On the Second Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me, Two Turtle Doves)
Diva's By Design - Let It Snow
Creative Moments Make It Sparkle
Crafty Catz - #256 Winter Theme
Fussy & Fancy - #127 Pairs/2 of a Kind. (Two Turtle Doves)
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by today,

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Buttons or Bows

Hi Crafters,
This week at Top Tip Tuesday we are playing with 'Buttons and Bows' and here is a little card as inspiration for you...

Image - Zlatoena's Designs
SB Labels Twenty Two Die
Paper - LOTV/Nitwit 'Twas the Night'
BoBunny Holly Corner Stamp
Linen Thread
Sentiment - Computer generated
We have some gorgeous digital images up for grabs as our prize this week from
The design team have some lovely inspirational cards to get your crafty mojo flowing and we would love to see what you come up with for the theme so check out the blog and we'll see you there.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #348 Stars
Winter Wonderland - Let's Get Sentimental
Crafty Catz - #256 Winter Theme
Brown Sugar - #121 Use 2 or More Colours
Sister Act - #84 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #57 Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy Friday - #127 Pairs or Two of a Kind (2 star buttons & 2 Spotty buttons)
Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's All About Christmas
Scribble & Scrap - #32 Anything Goes
Bye for now,

Monday 24 November 2014

Cherished Friend

Hi Crafters,
Hope you are enjoying your day?
This is a commissioned card that I made recently, I love using decoupage and had a few sheets left in my draw, these roses were gorgeous and already glittered.

Decoupage sheet - sorry no make
Spellbinder dies - Labels 40 Decorative elements,
Matting Basics and Resplendent Rectangles
Jus-Cutz Dies - Nested Decorative Shapes No 6
Stamped Sentiment - Kaisercraft Friendship Sentiments set
Wide Organza Ribbon
Pearl Brad
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Sooo Girlie
A Creative Romance - Something Old (Decoupage sheet)
Brown Sugar - #121 Use 2 or more colours
Sister Act - #84 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #57 Anything Goes
See you soon,

Saturday 22 November 2014

Sugar Nellie GDT

Hi Crafters,
I was so excited to be asked to do a Guest Design Spot for Sugar Nellie after entering their Competition in August. Each of the entrants will get to do a Guest spot and today is my turn.
I have made two projects using Sugar Nellie images for you today, here is 'Geisha', she is new and will be in the Funky Kits shop soon.
7" x 7" card blank
Geisha image provided by Sugar Nellie
Digital paper
Papermania Oriental Stamps
Beads and findings from stash
I matted the image on several layers of coloured card to match the matting on the background and tie it all together. The Oriental symbols are from a Papermania stamp set that I have stamped and embossed with black embossing powder and made a type of scroll by rolling up the two ends and placing a hanging bead arrangement from it to match the decoration in the Geisha’s hair.
I'd like to enter this in to these challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Sooo Girlie
Creative Fingers - #57 Anything Goes
My second project to share today is using 'Love Letters' and it's an altered box.
Isn't she gorgeous? She is from the Simply Sassy range.
Kraft box
Image - Love Letters
My Minds Eye papers - Adventure
SB Floral Ovals
La, La Land Crafts - Filigree corner die
Sue Wilson - Faux Quilled Leaf die
WOC and Prima flowers
Recollections kraft foam letters
Wooden 'Memories' Buckle
Gemstone brad
White Satin Ribbon
The image gave me the idea to make a keepsake box, for precious memories and letters.
The papers have been inked around the edges and layered up to make panels for the box sides and top. I mounted the image on to the floral ovals die cut, love this die cut it's so useful and pretty. Added the filigree corners and ribbon with the gemstone brad to cover the knot and arranged the flowers. Lastly I added the kraft letters to the side. This image was so much fun to colour and quick too. 
Not Just Cards - #6 Anything Goes

I'd like to say a big thank you to Karen and the Design Team for inviting me to play today.
Thank you all for joining me.


Friday 21 November 2014

Craft Room Pictures

Hi Crafters,
As I mentioned recently my hubby has been fitting out the small bedroom as my craft room and I am so pleased with the results. I had an insulated room in the back of our garage for the last four years and although this was quite adequate at the time, I had outgrown it. It is surprising how much we crafters can accumulate over a few years :/
It has taken me two solid days to carry everything in to my new room and arrange it where it will hopefully be accessible and to hand. It was great to start with a blank room and decide what storage was best for me and not have a hotch-potch of different storage gathered over the years as I had in my old room. I am a really lucky lady and I do appreciate it so much. I have a lot more work space than before and I can spread my things out when creating which will be great. I still have the odd couple of items to get, like a new door handle and some curtain tie backs but these are minor items. A few people have asked to see it when it was finished, so here are a few pics:

Looking in from the hall

Paper/card storage and die cutting workspace

Punches and Inks

Where I will sit and do all my card making. I closed the blind as there was a glare on the camera towards the window plus it only looks onto a wooden fence across the driveway, lol. I put Lizzie's (one of our two cats) bed under my desk in the vain attempt to stop her from pestering me on the desk top but it hasn't worked as yet :/

 A separate computer space. Hopefully this will help me to keep focused on one thing at a time. I had the tendency in my old room to get distracted from what I was making by looking at the computer all the time, now I will have to move my chair over to see the screen, I'll let you know how that goes, :)

Finally a space for my Silhouette Cameo so it has room both back and front for the cutting mat to move freely. Also on the shelf I have a small display area for some of my favourite makes and some crafty gifts from friends.

My Ikea units, something I've wanted for a long time. The storage boxes on top are full of my cards for my craft stall.    ...and if you are still with me this far, my last picture is of the back of the door where most of my ribbon reels are now housed.

.. and that's it!
Hope you liked my little craft room tour -  crafty posts will be resumed shortly -  starting tomorrow with my Guest Design spot for Sugar Nellie.
See you there,


Monday 17 November 2014

Guest Designer at The Shabby Tea Room !

Hi Everyone, hope you are well.
Today I am sharing my Guest Designer project for the new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.
I decided to make a tag for a change....
Image  - Bugaboo - Thanksgiving Brat
Doilies from stash
Stampin' Up sentiment stamp
Burlap cut to a tag shape and stiffened with card
Burgundy Seam Binding
We R Memory Keepers Silver Eyelet

For Challenge #240 you are to take inspiration from the photo below and the subject  'Grateful', and using burlap and/or twine create your project.
I do hope you can play along with us.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs
Passion For Promarkers - Lace
Little Miss Muffet - #98 ATG
Eureka Stamps - #115 Give Thanks
Crafty Little Fairies - Not A Square
Come and Get It - Thanksgiving Traditions
Not Just Cards - #6 ATG
Well that's it from me today, off for a little surf around your blogs,

Sunday 16 November 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #98 - World Hello Day

***If you are looking for my CCC project please scroll down to previous post, thanks***
Hi Crafters,
The weeks are flying by and it is time to bring you another challenge at 613 Avenue Create . As always it is Anything Goes but with an optional twist using the word 'hello' in any language to celebrate 'World Hello Day'.
I have turned a plain notebook in to a fab book for all your telephone numbers...

Image - Flat Friends Boutique - Boy with Mobile
Papers - Simple Stories 6 x 6 pad 24/SEVEN
Again we have some fabulous sponsors this time with some great prizes too
Check out the blog for some great inspiration and why not join in while you are there?
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Not Just Cards - #6 ATG
See you tomorrow for my Guest DT post at The Shabby Tea Room.
Bye for now,

Saturday 15 November 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge # 24 - Tea Bag Folding/ Origami

Hi Crafters,
This is a day early but I have a DT post tomorrow and I'd rather do a separate post.
It's time for another meeting of our Christmas Card Club and this time it was Karen's turn to choose a theme.... and she picked a challenging one for me - Tea Bag Folding. I have never attempted it so after much 'Googling' (new verb, lol) I found some tutorials on the types of folds I needed to do in order to make my card. So here it is...

I think this is quite a basic fold that I used for the Christmas tree, there were a lot of examples on the net to choose from and the star frame was made up from 14 separate tea bag squares folded and glued together to make the frame size that I wanted. My sentiment was a blog freebie and I changed the colour in 'My Craft Studio'. The tea bag papers were also free downloads and once I got the hang of the folds it didn't take too long at all. I was going to tea bag fold the star on top of the tree but that proved too fiddly so I punched it out with a small X-Cut punch.
Hope you like my little folded tree card, I'd like to enter it in to the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenge - Christmas Cards
Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's All About Christmas
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - November Challenge
Scribble & Scrap - #31 ATG
Diva's By Design - Photo Inspiration
Crafty Catz - #255 Christmas is Coming
Brown Sugar - ATG
Sister Act - #83 ATG
Creative Fingers - #56 ATG

Do pop over to the other blogs in our group tomorrow, I'm sure there will be some interesting makes this time. Thanks Karen for a challenge that pushed my boundaries and made me try something new.
It's less than 6 weeks to THE big day and I still have lots of cards to make, hope you are managing to keep ahead of things though.
See you all again tomorrow for my 613 Avenue Create DT post.


Thursday 13 November 2014

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Hi Crafters,
It's my hubby's birthday today and although I have already shared my card to him a couple of days ago I did in fact make four cards for other family members to give him so I will share them as and when time allows. This one has another DIY theme...

Image - free download
Personal Impressions 12 x 12 Designer Papers
Spellbinders Captivating Squares die
Spellbinders Tags die
'Happy Birthday'Die - Magazine Freebie
EK Success Corner Punch
Stampin' Up Star Punch
My husband is quite good at DIY he can turn his hand to most things so this image seemed to suit him well.
Sister Act - #82 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #55 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #54 ATG + Make It Male
Crafty Little Fairies - Not A Square
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - November Challenge
Scribble & Scrap - #31 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 Legs
Creative Moments - ATG/ Celebration
Thanks for visiting today and hope you are all well and getting plenty of crafting time.
See you again soon,

Wednesday 12 November 2014

I was so naughty....

....but I needed it all, mwahhh.

Hi Crafters,
A few friends have asked to see pictures of the goodies I bought at the NEC recently but it wasn't until I laid it all out that I realised just how much I had actually bought :/ . Because I am still organising my craft room I had kept it in the shopping trolley since we came back and it looked quite a respectable amount in there but that trolley is like a tardis and look at the pile now...

I needed to replace lots of cardstock, pearls and gems but I think a few stamps and dies found their way in there too, along with ribbons, chipboard shapes, embossing folders, and of course one can never have too much glue, lol. It doesn't include the goodie bag I got from Create and Craft either. Oh well it's only twice a year and I only occasionally purchase things online. A girl has to have crafty stash to go to when inspiration strikes.
We had a great day hubby and I...let me rephrase that... 'I' had a great day, hubby dutifully trundled the trolley so I could look round the stands easily, he is a sweetie and never complains that he is bored. We stayed overnight on the Wednesday so we could be there early and fresh for the day ahead. I enjoyed watching some demos and seeing all the celebs and chatting to Anna Marie from Anna Marie Designs - love her style. I also bumped in to Marianne and her friend Lynsey.

Well that's my confession post over, Santa will not be visiting me this year as I've been too naughty :(
Hope you are all well,

See you soon,


Tuesday 11 November 2014

My First Design Team Post For Top Tip Tuesday

Hi Everyone,
I've been so excited for the past few weeks to tell you that I had been asked by Samantha and Annette to join the DT at Top Tip Tuesday but  I had to wait until today to spread the news. I was so thrilled to be asked and jumped at the opportunity to join the team.
We are sponsored this time by Stamp and Create, the theme is to use '3 papers or more' and  here is my card...

Mr Fixit image - Mo Manning
My Minds Eye paper pad - Adventure
Brittania Dies - 'Happy Birthday'
MFT die - Zig-zag border
MFT die - Stitched Squares
Creative Expressions Screw head Brads
Craftime DIY Embellishments
This card is actually for my husbands birthday on the 13th of this month so he has been banned from looking at my blog in case he sees it too early, lol. He is my real life handy man as he has just finished fitting out my new craft room. I had a small insulated room at the rear of our garage to work in but since my eldest daughter left home recently I have moved into her old bedroom and I have so much more space now, it's heaven, I'm so lucky to be able to have a purpose made room of my own.
Challenges I'm entering:
Creative Moments - #55 ATG/Celebration
Cute Card Thursday - #346 Stripes
Sister Act - #82 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #55 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #54 ATG/Make It Male
CHNC patterned Paper Challenge - November Challenge
Scribble & Scrap - #31 Anything Goes
So back to the challenge.... don't forget to use 3 or more papers and that's it, easy! so come and join us you could be the lucky winner of that fab prize.

the winner will receive a $20 voucher, 
Bye for now,

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Merry Christmas !

Hi Crafters,
I thought I had already shared this Christmas card with you but it must have been overlooked so I will share it now.
Using another one of the gorgeous pre-coloured Hobby House Toppers depicting this sweet image by Sylvia Zet. - Let It Snow.

Hobby House Topper
Hobby House Patterned Cardstock and Sentiment Circle
SB Captivating Squares Die
Pom pom trim
This was a quick and simple card that I created for my stall recently.
Creative Fingers - #54 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #53 Anything Goes + Add Layers
Delicious Doodles - #108 Baby It's Cold Outside
Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's All About Christmas
CHNC Challenge Extra - November Challenge
Scribble And Scrap - #30 Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - November Card Challenge - Christmas Card
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
That's all from me,
See you soon,

Sunday 2 November 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #96 - Anything Goes/Thank You

Hi Crafters,
The weeks are whizzing by and it is time for another challenge at 613 Avenue Create.
It's always Anything Goes with an optional twist this time of Thank You.
Here is my inspirational card for you all...  
...there's lots of glitter and gems on here but as usual the camera is not showing it :( I have glittered around each leaf  and the frame is heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle embossing powder over the brown cardstock but this isn't showing up either :(

Isn't she the most gorgeous Sprite, I love her eyes.
Image - Hydrangea Sprite - Aurora Wings
Papers - Vintage Rose 6x6 pad - Wild Rose Studio
Stampin 'Up Sentiment Stamp
Hydrangea Flowers
Magnolia Dies - Leaves and Doily
SB Labels Seventeen Die - Frame
Resin roses
Glitter and gems
We have some fabulous sponsors this week -
- and great prizes to be won, so come and join us!
I'd like to enter my card in to the following challenges:
Crafty Card Makers & More - #126 Cut It Out
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers - # 271 Add Some Sparkle
I Love Promarkers - #243 Three of a Kind ( Hydrangea Flowers)
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Razzle Dazzle
A Creative Romance - Pink
Crafty Catz - #253 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar  - #118 Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - #126 Thankful/Thank you cards
One Crazy Stamper - Nov. Anything Goes
Thank you for joining me today and I wish you all well on this Sunday morning, hope to see you all again soon,

Saturday 1 November 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge # 23 - SNOWMEN

Hi Crafters,
Another fortnight has past and we are meeting up at our friendly Christmas Card Club again for another festive challenge and this time the host is ME! I am posting this a day early as my 613 Avenue Create DT post coincides and I don't like to mix DT posts on the same day.  I have chosen 'Snowmen' for our theme and I hope the ladies on our team enjoyed playing along.  I think snowmen are quite popular among us so hopefully it wasn't too difficult to find a stamp or digital image to use.
Here is my contribution to the group...

I decided to use this gorgeous freebie image that was on the Sugar Nellie Facebook page recently and colour with a vintage style but also make it a shaker card. You may just be able to see the tiny snowflakes in the bottom of the shaker.

Sugar Nellie Image - My Friend Flakey
Papers - Dovecraft Krafty Christmas 6x6 pad
SB Grand Circle Dies
Cheery Lynn  and Joy Snowflake die
Wild Rose Studio Snowflake Corner Die
Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy & Evergreen Bough
Sentiment - Computer generated
Glamour Dust
Scribble & Scrap - #30 Anything Goes
Crafty Card Makers and More - #126 Cut It Out
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers - #271 Add Some Sparkle
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl - #118 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #253 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #118 Anything Goes
Sister Act - #81 Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - Nov. Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge - Christmas Cards
CHNC Christmas Every Saturday - #201 Sparkle
CHNC Christmas Challenge Extra - Nov. Anything Goes
CHNC Patterned Paper - November Challenge
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #53 Anything Goes + Layers
Hope you can find the time to visit the other ladies tomorrow playing along with this theme, their cards are gorgeous and you can find their links in the tab at the top of my blog.
See you all soon,