Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The animals went in two by two....

Well here I am again...this time with my DT card for our new challenge at Creative Moments. Sponsored by QKR Stampede

the theme this fortnight is Anything Goes.
I chose this cute stamp Noah by Rick St Dennis (thanks!!) and coloured it with copics and made a circular easel card, simple design with some layered mats, twine and a die cut anchor.
Apologies for dodgy photo...the light was terrible!
Thanks for taking the time to visit, please scroll down if you would like to see my earlier card today.

Have a lovely day

... in the background..

Good morning, another week is flying past, soon be the weekend again, today we have a new challenge for you over at Fab N Funky, the theme was chosen by our lovely host this week, Troppostella who would like you to create your own background  or use a background stamp. Our sponsor this week is Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet Stamps
who kindly gave the DT some fabulous digis to play with.
I used dream dangle background digistamp, my focal image is a sweet little fairy from Mo Manning, coloured with copics. I added the die cut bubbles (they are very  sparkly IRL!) and a scattering of sequins.
As always, my teamies have created some fabulous cards to inspire you...just click here to take a peek, we're looking forward to seeing what you make of this fun challenge.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Shabby chic at Sweet Stampin'

Good morning and happy weekend. I'm here today with my DT card for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin'...the theme is 'Shabby Chic'.
I have to admit that although I love the look of this style I'm a bit outside of my comfort zone, no matter how I try my cards look a bit 'junky' whilst other people seem to effortlessly pile on the layers and embellishments splatter on some paint...everything but the kitchen sink.. and their cards look absolutely fantastic!!!
I stamped the tag using a rubber stamp I've had for years, can't remember the make but the image is so sweet, cut it out, distressed the edges and added a brad, twine and the pearl trim. I cut the butterfly and bee from the bottom layer of DP and tucked them between the layers, added lace and pearls, a few die cuts and flowers tied with unravelled string...meant to add some paint 'splats' but I forgot....
Thanks for taking the time to visit...It would be great if you found the time to play along this week...just click here for more inspiration from Team Susan!

fussyandfancy #187 pink pearls and posies
cardz4galz #47 add some texture
create and inspire # 62
creativesketchygirls #11
 pearlysparkles #16
alwaysfun #5
lostcoast #36

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

It's never too early...

Good morning and welcome. It's time for our May Challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'... nearly half way through the year already!!! I thought I'd made a card for this challenge before I went on holiday...realised I hadn't so panic stations! Fortunately I'd already coloured up this cute LOTV digi image so this card was quick and simple to make.
My little stash of Christmas cards is quietly growing...I'm going to be SO pleased I started early this year, I'm hoping no last minute panic in will be a first!!
My lovely teamies have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you this month, they're such a talented bunch! Just click here to take a look...and then it's your turn to inspire us (...and believe me you do!!!) with your own fantastic festive creations.
Thank you for visiting my blog...and many thanks for all the wonderful and encouraging comments that you have left recently, they are very much appreciated.

Challenges entered:
christmaswiththecuties add holly
ooh-la-la-creations #228 B (bunnies and bow)
craftyfriends #57 cute
Winter wonderland add sparkle (glitter on fur)
2craftycrittercrazies  #2
12monthsofchristmas #29
merrychristmaschallenge May atg

Sunday, 7 May 2017

...May flowers..

Hellooo...back from  my hols in the New Forest, had a  relaxing break in a beautiful area, everything is so fresh and lovely at this time of year...but the weather could have been a bit warmer!  At least we didn't get much rain...only once - complete with hailstones! We took Matilda our Great Dane who had a fabulous time...she loves holidays! She is very patient with the attention and admiration she receives, accepts it as her due...and a bit bemused by the animals this time, she's not really used to anything being bigger than she is so the donkeys, ponies and cows wandering past our door were a bit of a surprise! 
My card today is for the new Challenge at Crafty Calendar, this month the theme is 'flowers', our sponsors are All Dressed Up

Lemon Shortbread

I used a beautiful image from Lemon Shortbread, available here. Coloured with copics and die cut with a stitched circle die, she's framed with a ribbon-threaded scalloped circle and a doily. I made a rocker card and embellished with flowers. the tiny tags are LOTV. 
My teamies have excelled themselves this month, their inspiration cards are absolutely gorgeous and you really don't want to miss them, so just click here to hop on over and take a peek. Of course we'd love to see what you can create for this lovely challenge too!
Thanks for looking, have a great week.

Challenges entered:
 qkrstampede #242 feminine
4craftychicks #349 bows
cardz4galz #46 shaped card
creativeknockouts #192 doily
inthepink #118 birthday

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Punch it out!

Good morning...another scheduled post,  this time for our new challenge over at Southern Girls...we want you to use an actual punch on your creations. I've loads of punches that tend to be sadly neglected these days...I used to use them all the time! The punch I used is a Martha Stewart border punch which is a real old favourite. I also used a splatter' die cut (Tim Holtz). The image is courtesy of our lovely sponsor this fortnight - Rory's Graffiti Believe - from Lacy Sunshine.
For full details of the challenge, sponsors and prizes, please click here to visit the challenge blog. There are some fabulous creations from my lovely teamies for you to enjoy, then it's up to you to dig out those punches and join the fun!
Thanks for visiting!


Challenges entered:
cardmania #92 life is colourful
papercreators #58 bright and bold
craftingfromtheheart #157
/pammiesinkypinkies #1718
cagichallenge - make it square

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lovely Ladies

Good morning...back again with another scheduled post! This is my DT card for this weeks Challenge at Fab N Funky. It's our lovely and so talented Pat K's turn to host this week and she's chosen the theme of 'Lovely ladies'.  Our sponsor for this challenge, Crafts and Me generously gave the DT some gorgeous images to play with, I chose to use this beautiful Audrey Hepburn image by Emily Luella. It's already shaded so I decided not to colour it, just printed it out in sepia tones and used a touch of distress ink around the edges. I stamped the rose (magazine freebie!) onto the corner of a piece of dp, coloured with copics and added a spattering of white frantage. Distressed edges and faux stitching. I added a film strip die cut and flowers, a few brads and pearls. The sentiment and banner are stamped.
This is such a lovely theme that I'm sure loads of you will want to play along with us... just click here to join the fun!
Thanks for looking!

watercoolerchallenges #117 feminine
thepapershelter. #292 flowers
crafterscafe  #172 feminine
creatalicious  #114
cccdigicreations  #72 use pearls
alwaysfun #4 flowers
craftycardmakers #187 pearls or gems

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Make us laugh!

Good morning...this is a scheduled post so I hope it's here...if you know what I mean! There's a new challenge starting at Sweet Stampin' today and our theme this week is 'humour'. There's nothing funny about my is a very serious business...but I tried! Please hop over to Sweet Stampin' teamies' cards will  make you smile, then it's your turn to make us laugh!

Thanks for visiting...have a great week.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Dressing up

A 'just for fun ' card from me today using some gorgeous stamps from Mo Manning...just couldn't resist these! All images coloured with copics, the centre one was printed twice, one image flipped to cut out and place in the mirror which is covered with acetate.

Created a concertina-ed card shape , I needed something that folded out to accommodate all the images and stamped sentiments. It folds up quite neatly though!
Papers are LOTV, sadly no longer available.
Thanks for calling by, have a good week.

Challenges entered:
craftingfromtheheart #156
incywincydesigns so so cute
pammiesinkypinkies #1717
addicted-to-stamps #146 not a square
Bronte & Bella #274
cardz4galz  #45 handbags and gladrags
color-inspiration-monday #21
Crafty Awesomeness April Ch.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

In the garden...

...I'm back! Here's my card for this week's challenge at Fab N Funky , it's our lovely boss lady, Judith's turn to host and pick the theme and a lovely theme it is too...'In the garden'...I'm sure I'm not the only one who's spent a lot of time there lately!
Our sponsor this week is the lovely Lemon Shortbread

Lemon shortbread Digi Stamps

The DT were given 2 sweet images to choose from...I couldn't choose so greedily I used girl with cat and gardening girl. The first image I coloured in it's entirety (Copics again!) and die cut into circle. The second image I just coloured the girl and fussy cut her. My base is a side step card, I've added some die cuts...a tree in blossom in a stamped pot, a tag with stamped sentiment, a stamped watering can , leafy branch and some die cut daisies on the lawn. 
My teamies have created some beautiful cards to inspire you so hop over here to enjoy them! We'd love to see what you make of this theme so hope to see you play along this week.
Thanks for visiting my blog, you're always very welcome!

PS Please scroll down for my previous card today :)))

addicted-to-stamps #146 not square

Spring has sprung...

Good morning, it's time for a new challenge at Creative Moments ...this fortnight the optional theme is 'Spring has Sprung' sponsored by 

I was given a sweet image to use by Sparkle N Sprinkle, Emily -Showers of Love, she's available here. I coloured her up with copics, a touch of glitter on the hearts, then die cut with a stitched circle die. I made a circle  side step base card and loaded it up with layers of die cut flowers and leaves.
Thanks for looking ...will be back in a bit with my Fab N Funky DT card,

Challenges entered:
cagichallenge it's a girl thing
craftingwhenwecan #142 one for the girls
qkrstampede flowers
pdelinkyparty #168 girly
fairytale- #166
unicorn #20 petal power
simonsaysstamp Showers and flowers

Sunday, 16 April 2017

It's spring!

Just a quick post today to remind you that there's still plenty of time to enter our April Challenge at Crafty Calendar...this month's theme is April Showers or Spring. I made this card using a very beautiful image from one of our lovely sponsors, SheepSki Designs. It's called Butterfly Hair and is available here. I've used copics to colour my image. The yellow background is embossed, diecut butterflies and leaves and some punched flowers.
Hope you can find the time to play along...just click here to pop over to Craft Calendar Challenges for full details of sponsors and prizes!
Hope everyone is enjoying the Easter break,
Thanks for visiting.

Challenges entered:
sasayakiglitter. April Challenge
starstampz Spring or Easter
craftygalscorner  #118 pastels
diecuttindivas #312
shoppingourstash #298
daisychain #7
sheepski-designs #1

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Paper Piecing at Sweet Stampin'

Happy Easter! Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend.  This week at Sweet Stampin' our challenge theme is 'paper-piecing' which is one of my favourite's easy to do, just needs a bit of accurate cutting and it has such a lovely effect.
My card is very CAS...the stamp is so large there's not a lot of room for anything else...just a stamped sentiment. The image is coloured with copics and I've paper-pieced her dress. Simples!
My lovely teamies have created some beautiful cards to inspire you this week...just click here to take a peek then it's up to you to get paper-piecing and join the fun!
Thanks for visiting!

Challenges entered:
colourcrazy week 15
addictedtostamps #237 make your mark
craftingbydesigns girls or flowers
thesisterhoodofcrafters stamp it
thecraftyaddicts #35
color-inspiration-monday #20
addicted-to-stamps #145
heartfulstamping  april challenge

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' Christmas...April Challenge

Good morning, hope the sun is shining where you are! We've had some fabulous sunshine here over the last few's almost it seemed a great time to make a Christmas card !!?! I've had a busy few days looking after my Mum so a quick and simple card from me! I'm trying very hard to make enough 'postable' cards this year, so quite pleased with this one. Some die cut trees...cut in white and pale grey card and offset. A stamped sentiment and embossed background inside a simple die cut frame.
There's some amazing creations from the rest of the team at Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge, and as always it's an 'Anything Christmas' theme, so why not hop over here and take a peek...and why not join us this month, you'll be so glad you did later on in the year!

Have a lovely day

Challenges entered:
12monthsofchristmaslinkup #28
merrymondaychristmaschallenge #243 create a scene
christmascardchallenges #10
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge #328
mytimetocraft #343 no designer paper
mawtt #42 into the woods

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Favourite colours

Good morning...where has this week gone?  I'm sure weeks are at least 2 days shorter than they used to be!! Thursday is here already and The Southern Girls have a new challenge for easy this fortnight the theme is 'Favourite Colour Combo'. I love blue and brown together so I used blue DP with kraft. The beautiful image, Lily, is courtesy of one of our sponsors for this fortnight, Ching-Chou Kuik. I've coloured her with copics . The extra lilies are coloured to match.
Take a look here at the Challenge Blog for full details of this fortnight's challenge and sponsors, there's some fantastic creations from my teamies ...hopefully they'll inspire you to play along with us, we'd love to see your favourite colours too!

Thanks for taking the time to visit today.

Challenges entered:
craftygalscorner #117
thepapershelter  #288 digital
cardsinenvy Fantasy and flowers
4craftychicks #345 flowers

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Buttons'n' bows

...told you I'd be back! Here's my DT card for our new challenge at Fab 'n'Funky, this week it's our lovely Susan's turn to host and pick the theme...and what a lovely theme she's chosen! It's 'buttons and/or bows, sponsored this week by the fabulous Bugaboo these digi stamps, there's so much choice and something for every occasion.
It's my beloved eldest granddaughter's birthday today....she's 10 years old but it seems like yesterday that this wonderful little person came into the world! I made this card  for her...from my Mum, her Gran-Nana, who used to love to make her own cards when she was still able to. The cute image is kidz punky topper, coloured with copics.
There are some amazing creations from my talented teamies over on the Challenge Blog so why not hop over and feast your eyes? We'd be delighted to have you play along with us this week, so time to search through your stash for those cute buttons and gorgeous ribbons and get creating!
Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Please scroll down if you would like to see my previous post today!

Challenges entered:
ribbongirl April Challenge
Bugaboo Crafty CH. #3
LTSCB #96 Girlz rule
catchthebugblog. atg
Double D Neons/brights
simonsaysstamp Happy Birthday

Easter bunnies

Good morning, hope you're all enjoying a good week so far! Still busy here...being retired isn't all it's cracked up to be you know! Still, I'd hate to get bored so no complaining :))
I made these little treat boxes as my DT inspiration for this fortnight's challenge at Creative Moments. I found a lovely tutorial here, they were really quick to make and are filled with tiny choccy eggs for my three granddaughters. The fabulous Daydreaming Bunny is from QKR Stampede (thank you)  he's coloured with copics and fussy cut then just adhered to the front of the box.
Our challenge this time is ,as always, anything goes...with an optional twist of 'Easter', we're sponsored this time by QKR Stampede and Creative Bug. Please click here to visit the challenge blog for full details of prizes etc and for more inspiration from my lovely teamies.

I'll be back later ....

Challenges entered:
shoppingourstash #297
dreamvalley #153
cagichallenge  Easter
craftingwhenwecan #141
thepaperplayers #338
qkrstampede #237 (atg)
2craftycrittercrazies # 1

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April showers..

I'm back again as threatened!... Here's my card for April's Challenge at Crafty Calendar which is, aptly enough, 'April showers or Spring'. We have two fabulous sponsors this month- 

both offering lovely prizes for our lucky winners.
I made my  card using Tulip Umbrella, a sweet image from Miss Daisy Stamps. 
Thanks for calling by today, please hop over to Crafty Calendar to see what my lovely teamies have created ...hopefully you'll be inspired to join in with a lovely creation of your own.
Have a lovely weekend.

Please scroll down to  see my first post today ;)

Challenges entered:
cardmania #91
sunnydaycrafting spring
pdelinkyparty #166 spring
throughthepurplehaze #121 springtime
craftycardmakers #185

enjoy the journey

Good morning, haven't posted for a while as I've been somewhat busy lately but I have two cards to share today...this one is my DT card for the new challenge starting at Sweet Stampin', the theme is 'travel or journey'.  You really don't want to know how many times I've pulled this card apart and re-jigged it! I've used a Tim Holtz compass stamp, the small airplanes and sentiment are also stamped. The black panels are embossed but I can't make it show up in a photo. The DP and die cut corner are Amy Design.
Hope to see you play along with us this week...just click here for more inspiration from my lovely teamies!

I'll be back...very soon!

audsentiments #176
Double D  Things that fly
fashionablestamping modes of transport

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Flowers at Fab 'n Funky

Hi, back with my second card today...please scroll down if you want to see the first one! This week's challenge at Fab N Funky is hosted by Wendy...I'm a huge fan of this talented lady, hop over to her blog and you'll see why... Her chosen theme is 'flowers'. The DT  were given some lovely images to play with from Lia Stampz, I used Birthday Elephant to make my card and I followed a sketch from Cheerful Sketches,
Thanks for calling by today, looking forward to seeing your lovely flowery creations this week, just click here to visit the challenge blog and add your link :))

animalfriends #48 animals with big ears
cheerfulsketches March Challenge
naughtyornice #37 feature a creature

Birthday Weirdo!

Good morning! Hope your week is going well...mine is! Had a crazy busy week so far, still trying to catch up with myself, so I'll keep this short! Here's my DT card for our new challenge at Creative Moments, the optional theme this time is 'Spring colours'. My card doesn't have a spring theme at all, but for me green and yellow are the colour of spring...I was allowed to choose an image from Dr Digi, one of our fab sponsors this fortnight (please click here to visit the main challenge blog for full details of sponsors) here here he is...Birthday-Bot, all coloured up with my copics then generously coated with glossy accents...perfect card for one of my brothers who is a weirdo...still love him though!
Sorry I haven't been around much this week, been so busy with family visiting, will catch up soon!
Thanks for looking!

Challenges entered:
watercooler wednesday # 111 atg masculine
crazychallenge #244  masculine
simplycreatetoo. #125 lots of green
cagichallenge  atg
intaas #4 embossing

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mother's Day or for a special lady

Good morning, the theme for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is 'Mother's Day' or 'special lady''s my DT card. Embossed background with die cut heart, embossed using a different ef and re-inserted into the aperture. Punched border, diecut bow and butterfly. The vellum flowers are stamped and embossed with white detail ep, then coloured on the reverse with a yellow copic, fussy cut shaped with a ball tool and then layered together. I've added some tiny pearls to the centres. 
Please hop over to Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog to see the beautiful creations my teamies have made to inspire you. We'd love to have you join us this week, so make something lovely for your Mum (or another wonderful lady!) and join the fun...just remember to include some stamping.
Thanks for visiting, have a super weekend.

craftrocket #35 feminine
creativeknockouts  #185 border
starstampz add gems or pearls
inkychicks #80 flowers
craftycardmakers #184 special woman
useyourstuff #255 dry embossing
daisychain #6 make it feminine
papercreators All about Mum

Thursday, 16 March 2017

It looks beautiful on you...

Hi, a quick post from me with a fairly quick card to share, couldn't resist this little cutie from Mo, and couldn't wait to colour her! Simple layered L/O with some punched hearts. Sentiment stamps from Concord & 9th-   and that's about it!
Thanks for visiting!

Challenges entered:
Bronte and Bella's  #273
cardz4galz #43 pretty in pink
craftrocket #35 feminine
cardsundmore #180 kids
allsorts #406
craftyfriends #53

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Feeling blue?

OOPS! Just realised this card didn't post on Wednesday! It's for the
  new challenge at Creative Moments , the optional theme is 'Winter Blues'...include some blue in your design, this fortnight we have 2 lovely sponsors

I was given a sweet image from Mari Designs, available here. He's such a sweetie with that sad innocent face.  He's coloured with copics and fussy cut. My card design is a one I haven't tried before, a swing step card. Papers from my stash...they look more blue IRL! I added a die cut fence and some punched daisies.  Well it's blue if not very wintery!!!
Thanks for looking, have a great weekend!


crafting-with-friends #38
craftingbydesigns 3 patterned papers (fence is cut from pp)
craftygalscorner #113
/inspirationdestination #123
deepocean #150 dots or stripes

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Pop it up!

There's a new challenge with a fun theme starting over at Southern Girls..."Pop it up with foam"...sponsored by Ppinky Dolls

My sweet image, Marilou is courtesy of Ppinky Dolls. She's coloured with copics and die cut into a circle. I added a few die cuts, which as you can see from the deep blue shadows (it was a gorgeous sunny day!) are popped up on foam! Hope you're tempted to play along with this lovely easy challenge. 
Thanks for calling by
Challenges :
craftycreations #336
craftingfromtheheart #149
scrapbookstampsociety #111
dragonflydreams girly with die cut/punch

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rock on!

Back again with my 3rd card today (phew!). It's my turn to host the challenge at Fab 'n' Funky this week...which means I get to pick the theme :)) and as we're sponsored by the fabulous Kenny K this week it was an easy choice for me ...Music or inspired by a song, as I love their wonderful Rock images, and I have several of them :), I couldn't decide which one I liked the I made a whole rock band! I used: Metal DrummerVikki Lee ViciousRock DudeGroove Dude and Star. coloured them all with copics, fussy cut and arranged them on my step card 'stage'. I added the two chip board shapes, covered with black glitter, to finish. I so enjoyed colouring these fantastic characters!
There's plenty more inspiration from my lovely teamies to be seen by clicking here, and I'll be so happy if you chose to play along with my challenge this week.
Thank you so much for visiting today, hope you like something you've seen!!

Challenges entered:
glitternsparkle # 229 (I love Rock n Roll)

Christmas at sweet Stampin'...March Challenge

Good morning! The March Challenge is up and running over at Sweet Stampin' Christmas, it's anything goes as long as it has a Christmas theme. I went a little crazy with my Crazy Bird stamps (why are these so addictive to use??). I made card with a money holder envelope on the front ( lots of teens and young adults - mostly male- in the family, they always appreciate money gifts!) Once I'd made a template for the little envelope this was so quick to make- I made 2 more! I'll be so pleased I did later in the year!!

We'd be delighted to have you play along with us this please just click here to hop over and join the fun!


Challenges entered
craftygalscorner #113 (stripes)
thepapershelter ~284 (stipes)
crazychallenge animals

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Special Sister!

Here I am promised (or do I mean threatened?!!:)) with my DT make for March's Challenge at Crafty Calendar, the theme is 'Mother's Day or Special Lady', so I thought I'd share the card I made for my lovely and very special sister's birthday last month. I made her a pop up box card, not made one of these for a while! The cute fairy is from That Craft Place and I chose to use her because her cheeky smile reminds me of my sister as a child! I've surrounded her with die cut balloons, bunting and lots of presents... my sister LOVES presents!! :))
There's some beautiful inspiration from my lovely teamies to be seen by hopping over here, we have a fantastic sponsor this month, Wild Orchid Crafts, so why not make something for your Mum or another special lady in your life,link it up with us and you could be the lucky winner of something gorgeous!
Thanks for visiting my blog today...hope you have a very wonderful weekend!

crafting-with-dragonflies #75 purple
disdigidesigns die cuts or punches
creativecorner girly fun
cutitup birthday
pattiescreations#132 wings
 creativeknockouts #183 die/punch frenzy

No Design Paper at Sweet Stampin'

Good morning...hooray, it's Saturday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin'. This week we challenge you to create something without using any design paper. You can make your own of course, using stamps stencils etc...but no 'bought' or downloaded papers please! So plenty of scope to get creative, as long as you include some stamping you can make whatever you like! I recently bought a set of tiny Cardio stamps, these are so dainty and pretty so this seemed like the ideal time to try them out. I swiped some green distress ink across a piece of white cardstock, then with a bit of masking here and there I randomly stamped the pansies and leaves using various colours of distress inks. I attached a narrow band of ribbon and then a smaller square of the same white cardstock embossed and with a die cut aperture. The butterflies are part of the same stamp set, one is stamped directly into the aperture, the other onto a spare piece of card and fussy cut . Sentiment stamp a magazine freebie.
We'd love to see what you make of this challenge, so please just click   here to check out the fabulous work of my fabulous teamies ..then get creating!
Thanks for visiting.... I'll be back later with another card!

open-mindedcraftingfun -  #14 flowering in february
alohafriday #89 flowers
craftygalscorner #112 add ribbon
craftrocketchallenges. #34 no patterned paper