Saturday 30 April 2016

Christmas Card Club Challenge - #9 Poinsettias or Christmas Angels

Hi Crafters,

The theme for our Christmas challenge this fortnight was chosen my Mary this time and she has given us a nice and easy one of 'Poinsettias or Christmas Angels'
As you can see I went with the Poinsettia option.

My card is a day early as usual so please pop back tomorrow for links to the other teamies cards.

Creative Expressions Embossing Folder and Ivy Die
Memory Box 'Merry Christmas' Die
Paper Poinsettias and Stamens

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab & Funky - #302 Bright Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - #423 No Patterned Papers
Creative Fingers - #108 ATG

Well that's all from me for now, see you tomorrow.


Thursday 28 April 2016

Football Crazy

Hi Crafters,

I've been looking through some older stamps that haven't seen the light of day for a while and came across this footballer stamp. It had no packaging, I think I received it in a swap, so I'm not sure of the brand.... but thought I had better ink it up anyway.
I stamped it in black as it had dotted shading on the stamp just like the pictures in a newspaper. 

Mysterious Footballer Stamp
Distress Ink Background cut with Xcut Postage Die
Large Background - My Craft Studio Image
Sentiments - Clearly Besotted Stamps and Dies, Britannia Dies and Tonic Number Dies.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Inspirations - #350 For The Boys/Something Sporty
Crafty Creations - #314 Black, White and a Pop of Colour


Wednesday 27 April 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - I is for Ink

Hi Crafters,

ABC Christmas Challenge has a new challenge starting today with the letter 'I' for Ink.
We'd like to see your Christmas creations using all your inky delights in your stash.
Here I have used two colours of Distress Inks with this gorgeous Christmas stamp from Magenta.

Magenta Stamp
Distress Inks - Barn Door & Peeled Paint - Splattered with water
Archival Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Unicorn Challenge - #8 Favourite Time of Year (Christmas)
One Crazy Stamper - # ATG
Rudolph Day Challenge - ATG Christmas
CHNC Challenge - ATG - Christmas

Our sponsor this week is 

and the lucky winner will receive a £10 gift voucher.

Come and join in the fun!


Tuesday 26 April 2016

Vintage Style

Hi Crafters,

Hope you are all well and thank you for visiting.

I have a special card to share today, not only was I thrilled to be asked to do a GDT spot for  Try It On Tuesday  but I finally had time to create a style of card that I have admired being made by some of the talented crafters out there.

The challenge theme was to....
Use a Vintage Photo

Vintage Photo - Internet
Papers - Graphic 45 'A Ladies Diary'
Spellbinders Floral Oval Die
Joy Crafts Viewmaster Die 6002/0451
Joy Crafts Flourish 6002/0258
Joy Crafts Butterfly Border Die 6002/0251
Go Kreate Large Frilly Frame #10 Die
Pearl Strings
Guipure Lace
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

I really enjoyed myself making this card, although I broke out in a cold sweat making the decision to cut in to my G45 pad that I had been hoarding, but it really suited what I had in mind for this card so I chopped away. The layers were hand stitched and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and I decorated the inside to match the front cutting a white oval for the message.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Catz - #321 Add Lace
Fussy & Fancy - #162 Female Birthdays
Noor Design - #17 ATG
The Ribbon Girl - April Any Image ATG
Crafty Cardmakers - #162 1 Image, 2 Papers, 3 Different Embellishments (pearls, lace, flowers)
Deep Ocean - #127 Dots &/Stripes
Crafty Creations - #313 Stitching Real/Faux


Sunday 24 April 2016

Diamond Anniversary

Hi Crafters,

Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday.

My card today was an order for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary. I used a 7" x 7" card base and lots of die cut elements.

Glitter Dot Paper
Spellbinders 'Lovin' Diamonds' and 'Pierced Hearts' Dies
Heartfelt Creations Sunkissed Fleur, Italiana Grape Vines Stamps and Dies
Squeezed Lemonade & Peeled Paint Distress Ink

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Come & Get It - #115 Glitter and Bling
Creative Inspirations - #349 Your Favourite Things (Flowers and Pearls)
Noor Designs - #17 April ATG

How wonderful to reach 60 years together, somehow I don't think hubby and I will make this milestone anniversary - it's our second marriage and by my calculations I will be 96 and my hubby 102!  :o)  but hey, you never know.


Saturday 23 April 2016

Braver Than You Believe!

Hi Crafters,

I love this quote stamp from Inkylicious and thought it was about time I used some of my stash of MDF plaques that have been waiting patiently to be decorated. So here it is...

I painted the plaque with Pebeo matt paint, cut the heart shape from LOTV dotty paper using a set of Xcut dies and heat embossed the glitter edging. Stamped the Inkylicious sentiment and heat embossed this also to make it stand out and added the spray of purple roses together with two die cut Joy Crafts flourishes. To hang it I added a length of frilly edged ribbon.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Deep Ocean Challenge - #127 Dots +/ Stripes
Aud Sentiments - #153 ATG
Brown Sugar - #195 ATG

Well a bit of crafting time for me today whilst it is sleeting outside, hopefully the sun will come out later as I had planned to get out and tidy up the garden today :/

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday!


Friday 22 April 2016

Share and 'Oldie' on Friday

Hi Crafters,

I've been relying on scheduled posts this week so I apologise for my lack of commenting recently but hopefully next week will be a little less hectic and I can visit you all.

Today I am here to share an 'old' crafty make and join in with Erika at Snappy Crafts.

This was made some time ago when Papermania brought out their 'Strictly Party' Glitter Toppers
and this is one image from the sheet. The dies are Spellbinders floral oval and a banner die for the sentiment. I can't remember where the spotty paper came from.
If you'd like to join in at Erika's just post an old crafty make, it doesn't have to be a card, but something you have created yourself, visit her blog and link up your project.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Thursday 21 April 2016

As You Like It Challenge #78 Favourite Animal & WHY

Hi Crafters,

Over on the As You Like It  blog a new challenge is starting and we would love you to tell us what your favourite animal is and WHY.

Although we have had two cats (now sadly only one) and I loved them to bits, I have always loved horses. I have never ridden one but love their majestic nature and to see them galloping free in the fields is the most beautiful sight there is.

Papers and Image from - 
A Country Life Crafters Companion CD Rom
Paper doily
Britannia 'Happy Birthday' Word Dies
EK Succes Corner Punch
Enamel Dots

Challenges I'd like to enter:

I hope you join in the challenge, we would love to see what all your favourite animals are but please remember to tell us in your post WHY you have chosen them as your favourite to be eligible for the prize.
Talking of prizes our sponsor is 

who are offering a £10 voucher to the lucky winner.

Please visit the As You Like It challenge blog for more details and a peek at the DT's projects too.

That's all from me today

See you soon,


Tuesday 19 April 2016

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #342 - Things with Wings

Hi Crafters,

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge at Passion For Promarkers.

I've used this cute image from Tiddly Inks for this very CAS card.

I generated the sentiment to fit each sheet of paper the birds are holding in My Craft Studio program and then coloured the image with my Promarkers.
I have layered a couple of Sweet Dixie border die cuts in coordinating card stock to compliment the image.

Our Sponsor this week is
and they are offering $21 voucher to the winner.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Tiddly Inks - #180 Creature Feature
Aud Sentiments - #153 ATG
Brown Sugar - #194 ATG
Not Just Cards - #31 ATG
Cute As A Button - #21 ATG
Come & Get It - #114 Things With Wings
OSAAT - #260 Wings

Please remember to use your Letraset markers to be eligible for the prize and tell us in your post where you have used them.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Thank you for visiting!


Sunday 17 April 2016

613 Avenue Create Challenge #172 - Anything Goes

Hi Crafters,

**If you are looking for my CCC post then please scroll down**

A new challenge is starting over on the 613 Avenue Create blog today and this week there is no twist just a nice and easy 'Anything Goes' theme.

Here is my card using this sweet image called Molly from our sponsor Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

Image - Molly - Lacy Sunshine Stamps
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Dies - Crealies Double Stitched Ovals
Spellbinders Word Die
Papers - Unknown

Challenges I'd like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #306 Two Colours Only (Pink & Green)
Fab & Funky - #300 Girly and Pretty
Crafty Creations - #313 Stitching Real or Faux
Brown Sugar - #194 ATG
Creative Fingers - #107 ATG
Fussy & Fancy - #161 Green and Pink
Crafty Girlz - #14 ATG
LC Designs - #68 Spring Colours

Please take a look at the other inspirational projects from the rest of the DT over on the blog and join in with our easy theme this week. The winner will receive 3 Digital  Images from our sponsor...

Well that's all from me today, catch up with you later,


Saturday 16 April 2016

Christmas Card Club Challenge #8 - Red Berries

Hi Crafters,

Happy Saturday to you all!
Let the weekend begin!

I'm a day early as usual sharing my CCC card on the theme of 'Red Berries' which was chosen by our lovely Valery.

This was a very quick card and I feel as if I have cheated a bit, it is just a very sweet decoupage image from Crafty Creations, a few mats and layers with a little white glitter for the snow. My customers have been asking for flatter cards, due to postage costs and so this limits the amount of embellishing I can do. Never mind, I get to indulge myself on family and friends cards that can be hand delivered.

Hopefully the rest of our ladies will be posting their creations tomorrow but I have another DT card for Sunday, so pop back then and use the links in the tab above to visit their blogs.

See you then,


Friday 15 April 2016

Mine's a Pint!

Hi Crafters,

What a dreary morning it is today and set to stay that way too I think well in to the weekend. What has happened to our seasons? - there doesn't seem to be a defined Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter any more like I remember as a young girl, instead we have an erratic swing from warm to cold and sunny to rainy days all in one week. Just as I put my winter woollies away, I need them again.
Well that's enough talk about the weather - we could be here all day!

On to my card which is the reason for my title today, not that I drink pints mind you, can't stand the taste of beer at all, but this is my 'OLDIE' share for Erika's challenge at Snappy Crafts. I haven't joined in for a while so I found this older card in my file and here we are....

Image - Personal Impressions Stamp -  Mens 1
Coloured with my Pro/flexmarkers
Embossilicious Folder
Tonic 'Happy Birthday' Die
EK Success Punched Corners
Tattered Lace Frame Die
Ribbon from stash

If you would like to join in with us at Erika's, it's just for fun, post an old card or crafty project and link up over on her blog.

That's all from me today, but I have DT posts over the weekend so I will see you then.


Wednesday 13 April 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Hat

Hi Crafters,

I'm back this week with the new challenge at ABC Christmas.

Thanks for all the get well messages after my wisdom teeth extraction last week, I'm glad that's behind me now.

So here is my card for the theme of

H is for HAT
We'd like to see your Christmas projects featuring a hat this time.

Image - Woodware Stamp - Snow Buddies
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - Create and Craft set

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Brown Sugar - #193 ATG
Unicorn Challenge - #8 Favourite Time of the Year (Christmas)
One Crazy Stamper - April ATG
The Ribbon Girl - ATG Card Challenge
Come & Get It - #113 Bright Colours
Incy Wincy Designs - Use your favourite colouring medium - Promarkers
Crafting From The Heart - #107 ATG

Our sponsor for this challenge is DigiStamp Boutique

with a prize of a £10 Voucher for the winner.

Come and join in the fun and start creating some Christmas cards ahead of time too.

See you soon,


Thursday 7 April 2016

As You Like It Challenge #77 Anything But a Card and WHY

Hi Crafters,

I'm here today for the new challenge at As You Like It which is 'Anything But a Card'.
We'd like to see your favourite non-card creations and WHY you love making them.

I love decorating wooden trinket boxes for presents and for selling on my stall.  This beautiful lace and pearl trim worked beautifully together and I'd had these porcelain and ribbon flowers in my stash for ages and wanted to incorporate them in the design too.

MDF Trinket Box
Purple Paint
Lace Heart shaped Doily
Purple Guipure Lace
Heart Pearl Trim
Velvet Ribbon
Spellbinders 'Lovin' Diamonds' Die
Porcelain/Ribbon Flowers - Stash

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Fingers - #106 ATG
Crafty Friends  - #28 ATG
Crafty Girlz - #13 ATG
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #31 ATG

Our sponsor this time is Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn

and they are offering a Stamp Set and 6x6 Paper Pad of the winner's choice.
For more details on the theme and some fantastic samples from the Design Team please hop over to the blog here.

See you soon,


Tuesday 5 April 2016

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #340 - Four Legged Friends

Hi Crafters,

Good Morning!

Here is my DT inspiration for the new challenge at Passion For Promarkers where our sponsor A Day for Daisies are offering a $12 gift Certificate to the winner.

Image - Cat and Three Fish - A Day For Daisies
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Crafts Too Embossing Folder
Stampin' Up Chevron Ribbon and 'Friend' Stamp
Pretty Petal Edger Die - Joanna Sheen
EK Success Corner Punch
WoS Pen

Here's a close up showing the Wink of Stella clear shimmer on the fish bowl

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Quirky Crafts - #4 Raining Cats and Dogs
A Day for Daisies - #144 Add Glitter
Incy Wincy Designs - Use your favourite colouring medium (Promarkers)

Please head over to the blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team.


Thanks for visiting today. I have been a really bad blogger of late and not managed to get much commenting done. I have been looking after my poor Mum who is waiting for a hip replacement operation and is finding it extremely difficult to get around her home, so I have tried to split myself between my family and Mum. We spent Saturday putting a bed downstairs for her and I fully intended catching up with you all throughout the week but yesterday I received a phone call from the hospital offering me a cancellation for MY op for my wisdom teeth which was scheduled for the end of the month. Thinking it was best for me to get this over with so I will be able to see to Mum without the two ops coinciding I decided to go ahead with it. So as you read this I will be on my way down to theatre, please wish me luck! 

Bye for now,


Sunday 3 April 2016

613 Avenue Create Challenge # 170 - Anything Goes / A Whiter Shade of Pale

Hi Crafters,

**If you are looking for my CCC post, please scroll down**

I'm back again today to share my 613 Avenue Create Design Team project with you for the current challenge which is 'Anything Goes' but the twist if you choose to follow it is 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'
Please use neutral colours ie. White and Beige. 
Black and pale Pink can be used as accent colours.

Here is my project for the Anything Goes theme.

A close up of the lovely heart frame that I coloured with  my Promarkers

Image - Heart Frame - Eureka Stamps
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - LOTV/Nitwit Country Lady
Heartfelt Italiana Grapevines Stamps & Die
WOC Flowers

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Aud Sentiments - #152 Birthday Sentiment
Brown Sugar - #192 ATG
Crafty Friends Challenge - #28 ATG
Crafty Calendar Challenge - ATG
Noor Designs - #17 ATG

Our sponsors for this week are:


For details of the individual prizes please hop over to the blog here.
I do hope you will join in with us, the Design Team are looking forward to seeing your creations.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Saturday 2 April 2016

Christmas Card Club Challenge #7 - Use a Stencil

Hi Crafters,

It's time to share another Christmas card for the CCC and our theme this time was chosen by Carol.
'Use a Stencil'

I only have a few stencils but this metal Dreamweaver stencil looked perfect for the card I had in mind. Firstly I used embossing paste through the stencil on to the navy card stock and sprinkled glitter strands on top before it dried - I liked the effect it produced.
Then I cut a Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Circle Star Die and Memory Box Reindeer Die from white glitter card and popped them up on foam dots in front of the trees for my winter night scene.

Dreamweaver Stencil LJ849
Embossing Paste
Glitter Strands
Memory Box Reindeer, Joy Crafts Circle Star Dies
Papers - Papermania 'Christmas Blue' Paper Pad

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab 'n' Funky - #298 Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Embossing Wet/Dry
Brown Sugar - #192 ATG
Creative Fingers - #106 ATG
CHNC Challenge - April

I'm posting a day early again as I will be back tomorrow with my DT card for 613 Avenue Create but please pop over to the rest of the CCC team whose links are at the top of my blog as they will be sharing their projects tomorrow.

Hope you have a great weekend.