Wednesday 30 September 2015

Oh Christmas Tree (2)

Hi Crafters,

This is my second post - some challenges won't allow you to enter two cards with the same URL link up so I have created another post.

                                  Image - Papercraft Essentials Magazine Freebie Stamp Set
Papers - Decosse Dynamite Doodles - Snow Much Fun Word Art
 Merry Christmas Die-cut - Britannia Dies
Corner Die-cuts - Crafters Companion
Clear Gems

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab 'n' Funky - #275 Anything Christmas
Aud Sentiments - #141 Let's Get Started on Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Festive Decor
The 12 Months of Christmas - #9 ATG / Oh Christmas Tree

Thanks for visiting today


Oh Christmas Tree

Hi Crafters,

...long time - no see... I've had computer issues for the past week and it's been in to the repairers, firstly for an upgrade on the memory, which took longer than they thought, and then to sort out some conflict issues with certain security programs I had loaded on there.  All in all I have been so lost without my computer and only able to comment via my phone, I didn't realise just how much I relied on my little technical friend. 
Now though, all is good and she is up and running like a dream so I can start to post some cards that I have been making and just in time too. Today is the last day of the challenge at The 12 Months of Christmas and I have two cards to enter in to the draw so that hopefully I will be eligible for the free digital papers. I've had these made for some time but have been unable to upload my blog until today.
So here is one of them and the other is in a separate post...

Image - Our Daily Bread Stamp - Christmas Tree Collage
Distress Inks
Papers - Decosse Dynamite Doodles - Familiar Refrain
Stampin' Up Pleated Ribbon Trim
LOTV - Christmas Circle Sentiment and Christmas Wishes Set 75

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab 'n' Funky - #275 Anything Christmas
Aud Sentiments - #141 Let's Get Started on Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Traditional Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Festive Decor
The 12 Months of Christmas - #9 ATG / Oh Christmas Tree
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick (Distress Inks)

I've been keeping an eye on what you've all been doing and I've tried to keep busy too creating some Christmas cards and orders for the months ahead. I've also made some Christmas tags which I will share another day.

See you all soon,


Thursday 24 September 2015

As You Like It Challenge #63 Sweet or Savoury and Why.

Hi Crafters,

Well it's almost the weekend and we are supposed to be getting some nice weather in this neck of the woods so I'm looking forward to that.

I have a DT card to share today for As You Like It, our challenge this time is to showcase a project using your favourite Sweet or Savoury (& WHY).
My favourite would have to be sweet but not necessarily cake as I have shown here on my card but chocolate. I am rather partial to a bar of chocolate, especially Galaxy. I like the smooth, rich silky texture as it melts in your mouth ( did I sound like the advert there? ) and the taste of course.
Anyway here is my sweet little card using one of my many Hobby House toppers that I won recently.

Topper - The Hobby House - 'It's a Girl'
Cheery Lynn - FRM135 Frame Die
Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circle Die
MFT Scallop Border from Blueprint 14 Set
Gingham Ribbon
Paper - LOTV Bonnets & Bow Ties

I decided to make a circular card for a change as I have gotten stuck in a rut of making square cards recently and I really like the way it turned out. I decorated the inside with matching paper and stamped a Stampin' Up 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
In The Pink - #78 For a Friend +PINK
Noor Design Challenge - #10 Shaped Cards
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG + A Bow
Creative Inspirations - #328 Something Sweet

We have another wonderful sponsor this week at AYLI -
My Mum's Craft Shop to be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prize you must tell us in your post WHY you like either 'Sweet or Savoury' and follow the theme of course.

Well that's all from me, I will endeavour to get round to your blogs today but it is my stall at the Farmers Market tomorrow - where did that month go? - and I am finishing some last minute things so apologies if I don't quite make all of you.

See you soon,


Tuesday 22 September 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge # 315 - Boys Will Be Boys

Hi Crafters,

Lovely to see you here today and I would like to share my DT card for Passion For Promarkers challenge  - Boys Will Be Boys.
Our sponsor this time is Digi Stamp Boutique and we would love for you to join in too using your Letraset markers of course.

Image - Dan - Best Friends - Digi Stamp Boutique
Medium Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - Crafters Companion Angelica and Adam Paper Pad
Sentiment - LOTV
Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Die
Marianne Designs Fence Die - LR0205
Star Buttons

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Moments - #77 ATG / Kids Rule / Back To School
Quirky Crafts - Animal Magic
Digi Stamp Boutique - September Challenge
Crafty Creations - #298 It Takes Two (2 Star buttons)

See you soon,


Monday 21 September 2015


Hi Crafters,

I love these new 'Sketchy' stamps from Woodware and there are a few in this collection. I have used 'Happy Birthday To You' and created a very blue card.

Stamp - 'Happy Birthday To You' - Woodware Stamps
White Detail Embossing Powder - Stampendous
Papers - 'Margie' - Sassy Designs
Blue & White Vellum
Flower Stamp - 'Fresh Bloom' - Stampendous

I'm not usually a blue person but this was such a vibrant shade that I had to make something with these papers. Hope you like it?

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Eureka Stamps - #159 Monochrome
Aud Sentiments - #140 ATG + Sentiment
The Ribbon Girl - Colour Challenge - BLUE

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Sunday 20 September 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge - #142 Anything Goes / Celebrate Womens' Friendship Day

Hi Crafters,

Hope you are all well.
**If you are looking for my Christmas Card Club card then please scroll down to previous post**

I have a notebook to share today for my DT project at 613 Avenue Create using this fun image and sentiment from Oddball Art who is one of our sponsors this week. I dusted down my Cinch binding machine and made my own notebook from scratch.

 ... anybody know that feeling?

Dimensions - 15 cm x 18 cm
Image - 'Frazzled Fran needs her Coffee' - Oddball Art
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Brown cardstock
Papers - Just So Scrappy - 'Caffeine Fix'
Lined paper cut to size
Cinch binding machine

We have two sponsors this week,

Oddball Art Co

Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Our DT have come up with some awesome designs and inspiration for your delectation this week so run along to the blog and take a peek. The prizes and rules are listed there also but most of all - 'Have Fun!'

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Incy Wincy Designs - Digi Images - No Stamps
Aud Sentiments - #140 ATG + sentiment
Brown Sugar - #164 Anything BUT a Card
Not Just Cards - #24 ATG
Crafty Time - #5 Anything BUT a Card


Saturday 19 September 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #19 - Embossing Wet or Dry

Hi Crafters,

Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday regarding the loss of our beautiful cat Tina, we are all missing her dreadfully, she was such a character and to have her taken from us suddenly like that is very difficult to come to terms with.

On a brighter note it is only 96 days until Christmas Day and challenge #19 of our Christmas Card Club. I'm posting a day early again as I have another post for tomorrow.  My card features both wet and dry embossing.

Sue Wilson Embossing Folder - Swirling Holly
Sue Wilson Dies - ~Vintage Bauble
Crafters Companion Sentiment Stamp
LOTV Tag stamps
Dovecrafts Ribbon
Glitter card

This folder and die set was a naughty little purchase the other day but I thought they were so lovely I couldn't resist. The sentiments have been wet embossed with black detail EP.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Friends Challenge - #14  'B' is for 'BAUBLES'
Crafty Calendar Challenge - ATG
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Festive Decor
Crafty Creations - #298 It Takes Two
Crafty Inspirations - #327 Your Favourite Occasion - 'Christmas'
Aud Sentiments - #140 ATG
Creative Fingers - #93 ATG
Allsorts Challenge - #329 Sparkle

Well that's all from me today, please join me tomorrow for my 613 Avenue Create DT card.


Friday 18 September 2015

Goodbye Tina

Hi Crafters,

No card today - but I would like to share this lovely picture of one of our cats, Tina.
We sadly had to say goodbye to her last night.

'Have fun in God's Garden little one'


Thursday 17 September 2015

Sew Happy For You

Hi Crafters,

Well after yesterdays rain I'm hoping for something a little drier today. It doesn't help my mood or creative juices when the weather is so dismal.
I'm sharing the second of my sewing themed cards that I made using the wonderful Hobby House Toppers - Needles & Pins.

Image Topper - The Hobby House, Needles & Pins
Paper - Little Claire Designs
Buttons and Ribbon - Molly Blooms Collection
Sentiment Stamp - Magazine Freebie
Stitching Stamp

Another quick make, anyone would think I had a deadline to meet :)
Love these toppers and I was lucky enough to win eight sets in a challenge recently, so you will be seeing a lot more of these in the future.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Allsorts Challenge - #238 Buttons
Craft-Dee Bowz - Sept. ATG + Bow

Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments on my previous posts too, I love to read them and appreciate you taking the time to do so. 
Happy Crafting Everyone!


Wednesday 16 September 2015

Mythical & Magical

Hi Crafters,

There is a new monthly challenge blog -  Unicorn Challenge. They have started off with their first theme being Mythical & Magical and it is one of my favourite themes to create for. I have already entered twice this month and this card below will be my third and final entry and we're only half way through the September! Anywho enough waffle here it is...

Image - Flights of Fantasy CD Rom, Crafters Companion
Paper - Raspberry Road
Cool Faux reptile skin paper - The Range
Sentiment - Stampin' Up 'Best Yet' Stamp set
Border - Martha Stewart Punch
Gold fleck net ribbon
Black Pearls
Corner Die - Crafters Companion 

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Unicorn Challenge - #1 Mythical & Magical
Quirky Crafts - #19 Animal Magic

There are some great images on this CD and lovely papers too, I have another card nearly finished so will share that soon.


Tuesday 15 September 2015


Hi Crafters,

I have another 'Steampunkesque' card to share with you today. I have played with my alcohol inks and Spellbinders embossing folder for the background together with a few more X-Cut cog dies. These were heat embossed with black EP to look like metal. I then decided to add little red gems to the centres like you see inside a watch...

The background was a mixture of Adirondak Inks in Espresso, Rust and Gold and topped off on the raised embossed parts with black Memento Ink to define them.
The Happy Birthday die is a Memory Box one and it had the same treatment as the cogs. I backed it with gold card to show through the letters. A little matting and layering and it was complete.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Frilly & Funkie - Stamps Be Gone (Vintage, no stamps)
That Craft Place - Steampunk
Cardz 4 Guyz - Embossing, Heat/Dry

A quick post as it's a busy day ahead for me, so I will say goodbye for now and see you soon.


Monday 14 September 2015


Hi Crafters,

I have a quick card share today using another topper from The Hobby House. This one comes from the Needles and Pins collection.

Needles and Pins Hobby House Topper
MFT Stitched Square Die
Molly Blooms papers, Buttons and Ribbon
Stitched Banner Stamp - Magazine Freebie

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Fingers - #92 ATG
Crafty Friends - #14 'B' is for...(Buttons, Basket)
Allsorts Challenge - #328 Buttons

Thanks for visiting me today and I will see you again soon,


Sunday 13 September 2015

Steampunk Trio

Hi Crafters,

I have been having a sort out in my craft room (a bigger job than I first thought, lol) and came across these fabulous Steampunk toppers from Kanban Crafts that I had forgotten about so I made a few cards with them.

Together with some cog papers, X-Cut and MB cog dies and sentiment stamps I created these cards. I'm really pleased with how they turned out but then again I'm a little biased towards the subject :)

Challenges I'd like to enter:
That Craft Place - Steampunk
NBUS Challenge - #5 ATG (NBUS - Kanban Toppers)
Creative Inspirations - #326 Vintage
Crafty Friends - #14 'B' is for...'BRIDE'

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday - we have enjoyed the sunny weather this morning as it is meant to be wet this afternoon.

See you soon,


Saturday 12 September 2015


Hi Crafters,

I've been using my MFT numbers die and a little inspiration from Pinterest and created this card...

Quite a simple design really but very effective I think.

Challenge I'd like to enter:
Country View Crafts - Numbers
Cute Card Thursday - #390 Numbers

A fun little make and one I think I will replicate for different ages in the future.

Well that's all from me, a very late post today.


Friday 11 September 2015

Shabby Chic

Hi Crafters,

This is my second post for today, must be on a roll :)

I have made another card using these beautiful shabby/vintage papers from Michele R Designs. The theme on the papers is sewing so I went with that for the embellishments.

Papers - Michele R Designs - Sew Shabby
Sentiment -  LOTV ~Quotables Set 61
Recycled Lace
Crochet Flower
Paper Doily
Pearl Trim

I distressed and inked the edges of the papers once I had printed them out to complete the shabby feel. Then I layered them up with the doily and lace trims to complete the look. I was given the beautiful crochet flower, I wish I could make these - I've tried and they turn out wonky :/ it's the only one I have but I had to use it here as it seemed perfect for the card.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Come & Get It - Buttons and Bows
Creative Moments - #76 Use A Sentiment
Fab n Funky - #272 Shabby Chic
NBUS Challenge - #5 ATG (New Quote Stamp) and Crochet Flower)
Deep Ocean - #112 Shabby Chic


Share an Oldie on Friday

Hi Crafters,

These Fridays sure are rolling round quickly, I can hardly keep up.
Erika from Snappy Crafts asks us to share an old crafty make for fun, if you would like to join in just visit her blog and leave a comment letting her know you have joined in. So my 'oldie' for today is a very sweet card in pale lilac...

Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4
EK Success Corner Punch
Decoupage kit from Papermania - 'Bellissima'
Organza Ribbon and Pearl Brad
Glamour Dust

Hope you can join in with us, it's such fun to look back over projects you have created a long time ago and see how your style and talents have evolved.

See you soon,


Thursday 10 September 2015

As You Like It Challenge #62 - Favourite Die and WHY

Hi Crafters,

Today is the start of a new challenge at As You Like It and the theme is 'Your Favourite Die and Why'. - Don't forget to tell us why it's your favourite to qualify for the prize. 
Our sponsor this time is Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

My favourite die at the moment is a Spellbinders large Floral Oval. I love it because it's big enough to frame quite a large image and very pretty too. Here is my card...

Image - Tiddly Inks 'Wryn's Birdhouse'
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - Unknown (sorry bought a mixed lot on Ebay)
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die
Classic Oval Dies
EK Success Flower and Corner Punches
Glamour Dust
Gingham Ribbon

 Side view...

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Brown Sugar - #162 Use Something Recycled ( Gingham Ribbon from a gift bar of soap)
Creative Fingers - #91 ATG
Crafty Friends Challenge - #13 Use a Sentiment
Allsorts Challenge - #327 Lots of Layers
Addicted To Stamps - #108 Die Cuts
The Ribbon Girl - Add Flowers
Quirky Crafts - #18 Home Sweet Home
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #17 ATG
Crafting From The Heart - #76 ATG
Crafty Card Makers & More - #147 Floral Embellishments
Papertake Weekly - Things With Wings

Come and join in the fun with us, the rest of the DT have created some great projects with their favourite dies. I'm sure you all have a ton of dies in your crafty stash so lets see what your favourite one is. 


Wednesday 9 September 2015


Hi Crafters,

I hope you are all well. Today I have a Retirement card to share with you, it was a commissioned one and had the requirements of the house as the main image.

Marianne Dies - House CR1217, Tree LR0203
Grass - Magnolia Grass Edger, Cheery Lynn Grass Gorder, Clearly Besotted Fresh Grass Tuft Die
Cat - Impression Obsession Die
Cloud Die - Clearly Besotted Stamps
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers - LOTV Up, Up & Away and Dovecraft Garden Party

I used lots of dies and Distress Inks with this one. Once I had cut out the house I inked through the die with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain then added Versamark ink and clear EP over the walnut stain colour and embossed it. The tree die was cut several times, one for a shadow and two in green so I could harvest the leaves and add to the branches. The sentiment stamp was also embossed and then cut out using the cloud die.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Quirky Crafts - #18 Home Sweet Home
Cardz 4 Guyz - #87 3 of Something (3 Grass Dies)
Allsorts Challenge - #327 Lots of Layers
Addicted To Stamps - #108 Die Cuts (Stamped Sentiment)

This was a fun card to make, hope you liked it.
I will be back tomorrow with my DT card for the new challenge at 'As You Like It'.


Tuesday 8 September 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #313 - 'Use a Sentiment'

Hi Crafters,
I'm here today to share my DT card for the new challenge at Passion For Promarkers. Our sponsor is Michele R Designs and the prize is a €10 voucher for her store.
Don't forget to qualify for the prize you must use your Letraset markers and follow the theme.
Here is my card...
Image - 'Jewel' by A & T Digital Designs
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - 'Sew Shabby' by Michele R Designs
Sentiment - LOTV
Green Crochet Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Lace and pearls from stash
...a side view...

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Moments - #76 ATG - Use a Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #291 ATG
Crafty Friends - #13 Use a Sentiment
Unicorn Challenge - #1 Mythical/Magical
Crafty Girlz Challenge - #5 ATG/Lazy Days
Allsorts Challenge - #327 Lots of Layers

My fellow DT members have created some gorgeous inspirational projects for you over on the blog so go and take a look.

See you soon,


Sunday 6 September 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge #140 - Anything Goes / Create Your Own Challenge

Hi Crafters,

**if you are looking or my CCC card please scroll down to the previous post **

Well it's Sunday morning again, I hope you are enjoying your weekend and we have a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create

We are always an Anything Goes challenge but with an optional twist this week of creating your own challenge using the grid. You must make a project which includes at least one of the items shown in each column on the grid and tell us which ones you have used. The grid is on the blog and an explanation of what to do. Here is my card for the challenge...

Image - Chubby Flower Fairy - A Day for Daisies
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - Blackberry Lane - Wild Rose Studio
Dies - Marianne LR0141
Sentiment - LOTV
Lace and Velvet Ribbon from stash
A Mixture of Flowers
Diamond Stickles

Here is my grid with my choices marked with a cross...

...and a side view to hopefully show the layers and glitter...

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Moments - #76 Use A Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #291 ATG
Crafty Friends Challenge - #13 Use A Sentiment
Unicorn Challenge - #1 Mythical/Magical

I hope you can join in with us, there are great prizes from our sponsors again this time and they are ...

See you soon,


Saturday 5 September 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #18 - Christmas Carols

Hi Crafters,

Thanks for joining me today and a big warm welcome to my new followers, hope you enjoy visiting and are inspired by what you see here.

I am posting my Christmas Card Club project a day early as I have another DT card for tomorrow. The theme was chosen by Rita and so my card depicts the Christmas Carol 'Away in a Manger'...

6 x 6 card blank
Image - Sacred Silhouette  - Stampendous Stamps
Paper - Anita's Classic Black Christmas
Marianne Snowflake Die
Silver Rik-Rak
Black Embossing Powder

Challenges I'd like to enter:
One Crazy Stamper - Sept. Ch. - Christmas, Halloween, Fall
CHNC Extra - Sept. Challenge
Incy Wincy Designs - ATG
Crafting From The Heart - #75 ATG
ABC Christmas Challenge - Things Beginning with 'R' - 'Religious'
Winter Wonderland - Add A Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #291 ATG
Creative Fingers - #91 ATG

The rest of the team will be posting their gorgeous makes tomorrow so until then, bye for now,


Friday 4 September 2015

Share An Oldie On Friday

Hi Crafters,
I'm joining in with Erika again this Friday from Snappy Crafts and sharing an 'Oldie' today.
I believe I posted these on Facebook but not here on my blog. They are a set of activity birthday cards for younger children.

I think these are great as little ones love to colour so after their birthday once they have had the card on display they can then colour the picture with the crayons provided.
My other activity cards are for the little gardeners - an apron shaped card and packets of easy to grow seeds.

Well that's it from me today, hope you all have a lovely weekend.