Monday 30 September 2019

Christmas Card Club Challenge #20 Icicles

Hi Crafters,

Firstly I have to apologise to my CCC ladies for being a day late in posting my card and what makes it doubly bad is that it was my challenge too!
So sorry ladies but last week was just so busy and I was unprepared for Sunday to arrive so quickly.

Anyway here is my card with the theme of 

Image - Hunkydory 's Little Book of Festive Flurry
Paper - LOTV Frozen Snowflakes paper pad
Pearlescent Card Stock
Marianne Designs Icicle Die - LR0392
Sue Wilson Mini Expressions Die - From Our House To Yours
Unbranded Snowflake Die
Glitter Glass

Challenges I'd like to enter:
 CHNC Every Saturday - #457 ATG/For Someone Special
Fab n Funky - #450 Christmas
Aud Sentiments - #236 ATG + Sentiment
Crimbo Crackers - #194 ATG
Rudolph Day Challenge - ATG Christmas

I hope you have a great start to the week.
Thanks for stopping by.


Friday 27 September 2019

Stop, I want To Get Off!

Hi Crafters,

It's been a VERY busy week and as my title suggests I want it to stop now please :)
I've managed a few comments along the way but haven't posted anything here all week so today I'm going to remedy that.

I won the fabulous Spellbinders 'Tropical Paradise' Background die which arrived this week and just had to make a card using it. I have also used Spellbinders Labels Fifty One dies for the mats behind my fun clipart monkey. Some Charisma die cut leaves left over from another project which were on my desk and the Sizzix Planks Dies made great places to add my words.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Allsorts Challenge - #538 Trees and Leaves
Creative Moments - #177 ATG opt. Masculine
Cardz 4 Guyz - #229 Trees or Leaves or Both
Crafty Creations - #399 ATG
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #529 Animals

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I love reading your comments and each one is very appreciated.
See you again soon,


Saturday 21 September 2019

A Couple of Shakers! :o)

Hi Crafters,

I've been on a shaker card making fest.
I have two to share with you today which were commissioned with particular themes in mind.

The first is using a Celtic Dreams Die by Lavinia Stamps called 'Hidden Secrets'. I love those whimsical houses.

I've also used a Lavinia Stamps printed background behind my acetate, I love the colours in this woodland night sky print. I've filled my shaker with lots of sequins in various blue shades and some glitter for good measure.
The fairy die is unbranded and the stamped sentiment is a magazine freebie.
My second shaker card is for someone who loves their cruise holidays and so I decided to create a porthole from mirri card using two circle dies of different sizes, adding the hole reinforcer cutouts from a tag die for the rivets and placing a picture behind it. The embossing on the background is a Tim Holtz folder. My champagne glasses are also shakers and are filled with glass beads. These were rather fiddly to create as I cut out the centre of the glass ( a Marianne Designs die) using a craft blade.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Love To Craft - #38 ATG
Brown Sugar - #293 ATG
Moving Along with the Times - #106 Use Acetate

It's lovely to see you here again today, thanks for stopping by.


Thursday 19 September 2019

Christening Dress

Hi Crafters,

 I'm sure that many of you, like me, have a stash of lace and trims in your craft room and when I was asked to create a Christening card recently and the brief was 'pretty and girly' I came up with this design.

Crafters Companion Brick Embossing Folder and Arch Window Die
Tattered Lace Picot Edge Frame die
LOTV Sentiment Stamp
Pearls and lace from my stash

I set about making the dress by drawing half the shape on a folded piece of paper and cutting it out. When unfolded it makes the full dress shape, an easy way to ensure it is symmetrical. I used this template to cut out the dress in pearl card and embossed this to create the swirly pattern.
Then I added the layers of lace for the frills of the dress and trimmed the neck and sleeves with pearls.
The card turned out quite chunky so I had to make a box for it too.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Embossing Wet/Dry
Creative Inspirations - Lace & Pearls

I said I'd share some of my holiday photo's with you so here are a few of Portmeirion which we visited, with it's brightly painted buildings.

We walked across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct alongside the canal boats. It crosses the Dee Valley and is 38m high. I really don't like heights but held on to the rail tightly. :o/
This is the view looking back over the side after we'd walked across...

The holiday cottage where we stayed

...and after climbing the hill behind it this was our reward.

 See you soon,


Tuesday 17 September 2019

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #511 - Use 3 of Something

Hi Crafters,

I'm back today with another shaker card.
This one is for the new challenge at Passion For Promarkers.
I chose the theme this week of 

I've used 'Birthday Ewe Trio' from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured them with my Promarkers.
To create the grassy border I've used several brands of  dies, Magnolia Doohickey, Cheery Lynn and Creative Expressions, then
a Sue Wilson Stitched frame die and lots of sequins in the shaker.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Ally's Angels - #26 ATG
Moving Along with the Times - #106 Use Acetate

We'd love to see what you make for our challenge this week using 3 of something. Please remember to use your Winsor Newton Pro, Flex, Brush, Tria, Aqua or Metallic markers on your project to be in with a chance of winning the fab prize of a $12 gift code from our sponsor...

Well that's it from me today, thanks for calling by and I'll see you tomorrow.


Sunday 15 September 2019

Christmas Card Club Challenge #19 Anything Goes

Hi Crafters,

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my cards last week.
I hope that I managed to visit you all but I was away on holiday with all my posts scheduled ahead of time and although the internet was pretty good I didn't have a lot of time for commenting. Our days were full of sightseeing and walking and the evenings were spent recovering from the busy days, lol.
I will share some photos in a day or two when I get them uploaded.

Anyway, on to the business of the day which is to share my Christmas Card Club creation for this challenge of Anything Goes.

I have created a card and two sets of tags.

Using a lovely Crafts Creations decoupage image and a Tattered Lace Frame Die

 The tags were cut from music paper, then a Quickutz bell die and Marianne Designs frond die were layered up and finished with a Clearly Besotted Banner Stamp and die combo which I heat embossed.

These last tags were rather simple, letting the fabulous glitter paper do all the talking.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - #104 Winter Wishes
ABC Christmas - S is for Sparkle
Crafty Calendar - Add Lots of Layers
Christmas with the Cuties - #30 Let's Build a Snowman

The other members of our club have posted their creations today too please take a look at them, links to their blogs are HERE.

Have a lovely Sunday.


Friday 13 September 2019

Stars and Sequins

Hi Crafters,

I couldn't resist another shaker card, this time for a 5 year old.
A glitter background and lots of stars seemed perfect for this fun boys card. My '5' was cut using a large Tonic Studio die and using the waste for the shaker frame.

I hope you've had a great week, I'm looking forward to the weekend.


Thursday 12 September 2019


Hi Crafters,

For my personalised card below I used a couple of digital sentiments from TLC Creations and printed them on to my backing papers. I really like circular sentiments they add a certain something extra to any design I think. The perfume bottle dies are a Lea'bilities set and the large number dies are Memory Box.

Oh to be Eighteen again :)
That was a few years ago, lol.

See you soon and thanks for popping by,


Wednesday 11 September 2019

20 Happy Years

Hi Crafters,

A super quick post today, but I hope you all have a fab Wednesday.

Here's my card...

A Creative Expressions die for the frame and computer generated sentiment. My glittery backing paper is a piece I discovered while having a sort through some older stash. It is actually more like material than paper and came from The Glitter Girls - remember them? :)

Take care,


Tuesday 10 September 2019

GDT at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Hi Crafters,

I was lucky enough to win the challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches last week and was asked to Guest Design a card for this weeks challenge.
In fact I made two, well I had to have a matching baby boy and girl card didn't I?

Here is the sketch I followed...

Cottage Cutz Baby ClothesDies
Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace Frame Die
Creative Expressions Sentiment Die
Paper - Holly Pond Hill CD Rom
Metal Star Brads

Challenges I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday Plus - #18 ATG
Try It on Tuesday - Boys/Girls/All Things Children

Thanks for visiting today,


Monday 9 September 2019

In My Garden ATC's

Hi Crafters,

I have been joining in with an ATC swap at Charmed Cards and Crafts and their latest theme was 'In My Garden'.
This gave me the opportunity to use a set of dies I've been itching to find a project for - Sizzix Funky Foilage.
The deadline has passed for sending them in so I'm safe to share these now.

A close-up of one ATC

I used Distress Oxide inks for the background using the 'smooshing' (technical term, lol)
technique and added crackle paste through a TH flourish stencil. The bee stamp is the smallest one in the new IndigoBlu stamp set that I used the other day on my shaker card. I die cut all the elements of the toadstools and inked them using Distress Inks, then layers them up and arranged them on my moss which comes from Anna Marie Designs. The sentiment stamp is from an Inkylicious set - Dancing in the Rain - which I stamped onto the edge of some card and punched it out using a circle punch. 
I can't wait to receive my swaps for this month.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Unicorn Challenge - #47 Autumn
More Mixed Media - ATG  opt. Brown


Sunday 8 September 2019

So Cute!

Hi Crafters,

This cute little critter was created using a file on my Silhouette Cameo Cutting machine. The sentiment is Stampin' Up and the flower is from my stash.
This makes me smile :)

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #598 ATG

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Saturday 7 September 2019

Getting Inky Again

Hi Crafters,

My cards today are using various makes of butterfly/ fairy/ mythical stamps and Distress Inks.
They have all been sprayed with Pearl Diamond Spray & Sparkle so they're really shimmery in real life.

I really enjoy my time spent getting inky and messy whilst creating these fabulous backgrounds to use in my cards. I have some more backgrounds saved up for another day, so watch this space :)


Friday 6 September 2019

Picture Postcards Collection

Hi Crafters,

I've been playing with my Tattered Lace Dies and matching Picture Postcards Charisma images again.
Here are two cards in different colour tones for my box.

Lots of layers in these images and quite fiddly to stick the foam pads to but worth it for the end result I think.

See you soon,


Thursday 5 September 2019

Horsing Around

Hi Crafters,

This was a fun card to make, lots of die cutting and layering up on the horse.

Marianne Designs Horse Die
Creative Expressions Grass Border Die
Crafters Companion Birthday Embossing folder

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Tales From The Craft Room - #8 For The Kids

Well that's all from me today, I must get some housework done :)


Wednesday 4 September 2019

Football Crazy!

Hi Crafters,

I hope the week is going well for you.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on yesterdays card too.
Today I have a card for a young lad using an LOTV Art Topper image.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Try It on Tuesday - Boys/Girls/All Things Children

It's been a little cooler here this week, leaves have started to fall from some of the trees so it must mean Autumn is on it's way, how quickly the seasons change now. 

See you soon,


Tuesday 3 September 2019

Passion For Promarkers Challenge # 509 - Add Buttons

Hi Crafters,

I'm here today with a fun challenge from Passion For Promarkers this week...


The inspiration for my card came from Kathy Clements, you can see her card HERE.
Yes it's a shaker card! I love them and I had just received my Bumble Bee stamp in the post when the Buttons challenge came up so I had to use it on this card.

Image - IndigoBlu Stamp - No 9 Bumble Bee
Apple Blossom Stamp and Die Set - April Daisy
Both Coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Apple Blossom Kay Whittaker floral Frame Sentiments
Papers - Raspberry Road Digital Honey Bee Set
Cheery Lynn doily die
Honeycomb Die

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Moving Along with the Times - #105 Things with Wings
Crafty Friends - #117 Add Embellishments
Stamping Sensations - ATG with Flowers

Our sponsor this week is
Cowling & Wilcox
Offering this prize to the lucky winner of a
6 pack of Pastel Tones Promarkers
No photo description available.

Please follow these simple rules to be in with a chance of winning this challenge - Use your Winsor Newton Pro, flex, Brush, Aqua, Tria and Metallic markers, tell us in your post where on your project you have used them, follow the theme, link your post to our challenge and have fun!
Take a look at the wonderful inspiration from our Design Team on the Challenge Blog.

I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you can create for our Add Buttons theme.

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday 2 September 2019

88 Years Young!

Hi Crafters,

It's my Mum's birthday today and she is 88 years young!
This is the card I created for her.
She loves Shire horses and this image was perfect for her card.

I used my Tattered Lace Dies and matching 3D Charisma CD rom for the flowers. Tattered Lace sentiment die and Britannia 'Mum' die.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday Plus - #18 ATG

Well I must dash, I need to go and wish the birthday girl a wonderful day.


Sunday 1 September 2019

Christmas Card Club Challenge #18 - Snowman/men

Hi Crafters,

September 1st!!!
It is scary how fast this year is passing by.
Another Sunday has rolled around and it is time to share a Christmas card or two for the Christmas Card Club.

Our theme this time is Snowmen.

Using a Hunkydory Topper and elements.

Using a Craft Creations decoupage image and snowflake border die.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
CHNC Every Saturday - #453 ATG / Something beginning with 'S'
Crimbo Crackers - #192 ATG