Sunday 30 September 2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #20 - Turkeys, Camels or Sheep!

Hi Crafters,

It's time to share my Christmas Card Club project and this week Rachel has given us an interesting challenge this time of...


As I don't own any turkey or sheep stamps I went with Camels!

I have created four cards this time, very clean and simple designs just using an embossing folder for the frame, inking through a circle aperture with Distress Inks and stamping this lovely three wise men and camel stamp from Woodware called Nativity Silhouette. The sentiment is from the same set.

Here's a closer view of one card, the embossing shows up better in this photo.

The little star is a two-part Lea'bilities Die and was so fiddly to cut out and use but looks really good I think.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes Christmas
Fussy & Fancy - #221 White on White with a Splash of Colour
CHNC Every Saturday - #405 ATG - Something Beginning with the letter 'S' (STAR)
613 Avenue Create - #213 ATG / CAS
Addicted To Stamps - #166 Christmas Comes Early
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - ATG Christmas
Rudolph Day Challenge - Sept. ATG Christmas
Back To Basics and Beyond - #12 Inky Backgrounds

Please take a look at the other team members creations, you can find links to their blogs by clicking the tab at the top of my blog labelled 'Christmas Card Club' - there's lots of Christmas inspiration to be found there.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Tuesday 25 September 2018

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #463 - Include a Number

Hi Crafters,

It was my turn to choose the challenge theme at Passion For Promarkers this week...


A nice easy challenge for you all so lets see those lovely entries this week using your Winsor Newton (formerly Letraset) - Pro, Flex, Brush, Aqua or Tria, markers and don't forget to include a number to be in with a chance of winning one of two fabulous Marker pen sets from Cowling & Wilcox

I've used an image from Lee Holland Illustrations that has been waiting to be coloured for a while, isn't she sweet?

Image - 'Girl with Flower' - Lee Holland Illustrations
Coloured with Promarkers
Patterned Papers from Craft Style
Tonic Scalloped Circle, Square and Oval Dies
Robert Addams Number Dies
Creative Expressions Oak Leaf Swag Die
Flower Punch

Challenges I'd like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #368 ATG opt. Use an Animal
The Crafters Cafe - #204 Autumn / Spring

I'm looking forward to visiting all the entrants and excited to see what you create.


Sunday 16 September 2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #19 - Polar Bear / Teddy Bear

Hi Crafters,

After a having a lovely week in the Peak District I have plenty of commenting to catch up on so I will be round to you all soon, in the meantime I have some Christmas cards to share today for our Christmas Card Club Challenge.

I went for the Teddy Bear theme and made some simple Christmas designs using a Spellbinders frame die, Tonic Sentiment die, LOTV printed toppers and some older Christmas papers that I had in my stash.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafting From The Heart - #219 ATG
Die Cuttin' Divas - #386 Any Animal
Cute Card Thursday - #547 Punches and Dies
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #482 Christmas
Moving Along with the Times - #80 Use Ribbons
Winter Wonderland - Use Ribbon or Twine
CHNC on Saturday - #403 ATG Christmas, Include Plaid, Check or Gingham
Brown Sugar - #282 All Creatures Great and Small

Thank you for visiting today, see you again soon,


Tuesday 11 September 2018

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #461 - Favourite Colour Combo

Hi Crafters,

Hope you're having a lovely day.
I'm popping in to share my DT card for the current challenge at Passion For Promarkers.

We'd like to see your

Although my favourite colour is red my favourite colour combination is blue and brown.
But I have managed to squeeze in a bit of red though ;o)

Image - Saucer-Head - Dr Digi Stamps
Coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Creative Expressions Die and computer generated.
Xcut Star Die
Creative Expressions Stitched Square Dies
Apple Blossom Stitched Banner Die
Craft Concepts 'Sun Ray' Embossing Folder

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Inspirations - Sept. ATG
Crafty Cardmakers - #217 All Creatures Great and Small
I Love Promarkers - #367 ATG opt. No Patterned Papers

Our sponsor this week is
Dr Digi's House of Stamps

who are offering 2 digital images to the lucky winner of this weeks challenge.
Please use your Winsor Newton Markers, tell us where you have used them on your project, follow the theme and have fun!

The design team are looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you have created using your favourite colour combo.


Monday 3 September 2018


Hi Crafters,

Yesterday it was my mum's birthday, 87 years young!

Here's the card I made for her...

I used the Tattered Lace Botanicals Die Collection along with the 3D Charisma CD Rom and created this lovely 3D forget-me-not bouquet. The background paper and sentiment comes on the CD too.
I thought I'd use my Creative Expressions large stitched square die for the first time to create an interesting border. This move proved to be a potentially expensive choice, the die is almost as wide as the cutting plates and although I angled the die between the plates of my cutting machine to avoid the long edge hitting the rollers at once I obviously didn't get it quite right. It rolled in quite easily, reached the point where the rollers were on the widest part of the square, diagonally across the points and just stuck. It wouldn't roll backward or forward and started to make a strange noise. Enter hubby after hearing my cries of distress, he had to take the machine apart to free the rollers and get my plates, die and cardstock out :o(
It looks as if I will be looking for a new die cutting machine. It still works...sort of, but has a rather suspect sound every time I die cut something now.
Any suggestions for a new machine please? This was the turquoise Grand Calibre which has served me well until I ruined it and I also have a Sizzix Bigshot for the thick steel rule dies but I really need a reliable machine as it will get a lot of use. What machines do you have?

Challenges I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday Challenge - Cool Colours
Crafteezee Challenge - Sept. ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG + Bow


Sunday 2 September 2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #18 - Christmas Foliage/Trees

Hi Crafters,

This weeks theme was chosen by Zoe who wanted to see


The first card was created using a magazine freebie set from last year, teamed with a Marieke Frosty Corner die cut, a Marianne Designs Frond die cut and lots of glitter.
The second card is another Craft Creations Decoupage image with Lea'bilities Corner and Holly Dies used for accents. I glazed the holly leaves and added red gems for the berries.

Please pop over to the other ladies blogs in our group ( links in tab at the top of my blog) to see their wonderful festive creations.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
CHNC Every Saturday - #410 ATG Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Joy

Thanks for joining me today.