Sunday 30 September 2018

Stella says Sketch #616 at Catch the Bug

Good afternoon, should have posted this earlier but had a surprise visit from Son and family who popped in to see if I've recovered from looking after Emily! Good to see the grown ups looking so relaxed and happy after their break!

Here's my card for this fortnights Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch the Bug
I used one of my fave Christmas digis, Reindeer Peeker, twice!
Thanks for looking, 
Challenges entered:
52cct. colouring
CHNC #405 (sentiment)
craftingbydesigns September- Christmas
watercooler -#189

Saturday 29 September 2018

Spots before your eyes!

 Hi, I'm a bit late with my post today, just got back from my Son's house where I have been looking after my 4 year old granddaughter.... I lived to tell the tale! Actually she was very good and we enjoyed our couple of days together ,won't mention the hairwashing (or...not hairwashing) or the 6.30 am start this morning !! 
My card is my DT make for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin'. The theme is simply 'spots' , so lovely and easy this week!
I used a Karen Burniston pop up die set  for the first time, I was very impressed with the set...much easier to use than i expected! The flowers are all stamped, paper pieced and fussy cut, the sentiment and swirl stamp are stamped and heat embossed.  

There are more spotty creations to be seen by clicking here...hope to have you join us this week.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend

Challenges entered:
audsentiments  #213
cardz4galz. #81 (new dies)
southerngirls spots and dots
creativecraftcottage  #111
daisychain #23
useyourstuff #331

Friday 28 September 2018

Dancing Penguin

Good morning, here's my GDT card for this week's challenge at Colour Crazy Challenges. This week  the fabulous sponsor is Fred She Said
I chose to use the cute Dancing Penguin image and created a simple fold back card, covering the card base with a snowflake patterned DP and embossed white card for the snow.  I added a die cut tree border, with white gel pen ‘snow’, and a stamped & embossed  sentiment banner. I adhered the cute penguin which was  coloured with copics and fussy cut over the edge of the fold.  A touch of stickles glitter to his hat and on the snowflakes to finish.
Please hop over to Colour Crazy Challenges to see what the DT ladies have been up to this week, then it's time to grab those markers, pencils or paint and get colouring!
Thanks for stopping by
Challenges entered:
jinglebelles let it snow
Winter Wonderland atg
abcchristmas S for Snow
craftingbydesigns Christmas
Rudolph Day

Thursday 27 September 2018

Have fun, chill out and relax

Oldies But Goodies!

Good morning, here's my inspiration card for Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Catch the Bug.

I made a step card featuring  Stella and Gus socks and sandals, love this image! I used my copics to colour. The main sentiment comes with the made me laugh...poor old Gus!
This card was made for a good friend's's all ok ...he's still speaking to me! 
This post is scheduled as I'll be at my son's for a few days, looking after my youngest granddaughter, whilst Mummy & Daddy enjoy a short break.
Emily is delighted at the prospect...she has plans...wish me luck!
I'm sure we'll have fun together...not so sure about the chilling out and relaxing!
Thanks for visiting,
Challenges entered:
alwaysfun #77
colouringinscrapland - Easel card

Wednesday 26 September 2018

All creatures great and small

This week's challenge at Fab 'n ' Funky has the  theme of  'all creatures great and small' chosen by Judith, our lovely leader to mark the birth date of St Francis of Assisi , patron Saint of Animals. She would like to see anything from the animal kingdom (animals, insects, fish, birds)- real not mythical please! 
I made a quick and easy card featuring Fuzzy Bunnies, a sweet digital image from A Day For Daisies. I  could be wrong but I think it was a freebie. I printed the image directly onto a piece of DP (Twilight Kingdom, Hunkydory 6x6 pad), then printed it again onto white cardstock. I used copics to colour the image, then very carefully fussy cut, leaving no white edges. I adhered the coloured image directly over the one stamped onto the DP - this way you get to keep the whiskers :) I stamped some grasses and ferns along the lower edge to finish. I haven't added a sentiment as I think this card could be used for a variety of occasions.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. There is plenty to see over at The Challenge Blog, my fabulous teamies have been busy again! We'd love to see your creations too, so why not hop (hop, bunnies...get it?:) over and join us!
animalfriends #66
Sunnyday Sept/Oct Challenge
intaas #42
brownsugar #282

Wednesday 19 September 2018

A couple of fairy themed cards

Good morning, here's a couple of fairy themed cards I created with some of my beautiful Lavinia Stamps.
I used Distress Oxide inks to make the backgrounds....slightly obsessed with both the inks and the stamps just now! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!

Challenges entered:
1st card
craftycatz #429

2nd Card
TIOT #Slap it on
allsorts #485

Monday 17 September 2018

Gift box- anything but a card at Catch the Bug

Good morning, hope everyone is feeling rested and renewed after the weekend and ready to enjoy the week ahead. Today I'm sharing a simple gift box I made featuring a fabulous set of digi stamps from Bugaboo.  I love these block images, so versatile as you can use them individually too, this one is called Giraffe blocks.

I constructed the box from cardstock (loads of tutorials available online, just not sure what we're allowed to link back to any more :( the box is great size for tealights or individually wrapped chocolates. Definitely going to make more of these as ideal for small gifts!
There's more inspiration to be seen at Catch the Bug .

Have a great week.

Challenges entered:
sunnydaycrafting Sept/Oct
brownsugar #282

Sunday 16 September 2018

Time for a sketch at Catch the Bug

Good's the sketch...

and here's my card... of the images from Bella Trio.
Why not hop over to Catch the Bug for more inspiration from my teamies? Hopefully you'll be tempted to join us this fortnight. 
Have a great day

Challenges entered:
PDE September  Challenge

Saturday 15 September 2018

Up, up and away

I'm fresh back from a lovely holiday in the Wye Valley/ Forest of Dean area , such a beautiful part of our country...never been there before, but will definitely go again ! We enjoyed lovely weather, wonderful scenery and long walks with Mathilda, our Great Dane, she loved it too but I think she's glad to be home for a rest!
This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' has the theme of 'balloons or bunting' , if you look closely you can see that my card has both! I used a sweet Tiny Townie stamp from Stamping Bella, coloured with copics and fussy cut, the popped her up on foam pads on top of the DP. I added a stamped sentiment and two little hearts.
Thanks for visiting, hope you choose to play along with this fun challenge.
Enjoy the weekend

Challenges entered:
alohafriday #127
cutencrafty #9
alwayshappybirthday. - Sept Challenge
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper. Sept Challenge
Create And Inspire #77 (Up up & away  my beautiful balloon)

Wednesday 12 September 2018

September Challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

Well,  here we are... the September Challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' begins today....the big day will be upon us all too quickly!
For this challenge I made a shaker card...not something I do very often, quite pleased as the sequins actually move when the card is shaken...and they don't fall out (won't mention the glitter...)
The scene inside the shaker was created with distress inks and some gorgeous fairy pine tree stamps from Lavinia. I piled some sequins and glitter on top and covered it with snow patterned acetate.The die cut sleigh and reindeer is adhered on top. I took the photo in bright sunshine which shows the lovely sparkle but the colours are a bit washed out,  much more 'twilight-y' IRL...still you can't have it all!
Thanks for visiting today...if you''re starting to panic about getting your Christmas cards made on time and are stuck for ideas...head on over to  Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for some wonderful inspiration from my teamies.
Have a great day

Friday 7 September 2018

Marriage is like a deck of cards...

Freebie Every Friday!

 It's Freebie Friday at Catch The Bug, head over now to grab your free digi! This week it's Stella and Gus Deck of cards, a fun image and sentiment...great for anniversary cards  for those with a sense of humour :))

Inside of card

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful weekend!

Colour Crazy - Week 36

Good morning, there's a new challenge starting today over at Colour Crazy Challenges and I'm having a great time as a Guest Designer, they have some fabulous sponsors and I've been given some gorgeous images to colour. This week the sponsor is Knitty Kitty, such cute and  quirky digis!

I used  the Florentina  image from the Build a Snow Scene set ... x 4, merged.  My thoughts were  ‘forget Swan Lake…this is Flamingo Pond.. on Ice!’ Coloured  with copics… a fun wintery birthday card. There are 4 more fun flamingo images in this set...amazing value!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday 6 September 2018

Pushing my luck...

Hi, a quick card from me today, featuring an older image from BugabooStella Tidbits- push my luck.  Stella really is a girl after my own heart (not being a big fan of exercise...  apart from a lovely walk!). 
The image was quick and easy to colour with my copics, die cut using a stitched rectangle die and layered onto my base card and DP. I added a bit of doodled stitching around the edges. The sentiment comes with the image, I die cut it with a stitched circle die and made it into a little tag.
Please hop over to Catch the Bug to enjoy some fabulous creations featuring some of Bugaboo's 'oldies but goodies'!
Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day

a moment in time

Hi, I've created a card inspired by the sketch at this month's challenge at Aurora Wings
At the moment  time passing is very much on my mind with my beautiful granddaughters growing up so fast. It seems like yesterday they were babies and this week the eldest started at Grammar school whilst the youngest had her first day at school.., a whole new chapter in both of their young lives. Hence the steampunk style card, to me it symbolises  time and the passing of time.
The image is of course from Aurora Wings, it's called Unless, and is one of my favourites. I cropped the image (don't you just love digis?!!) to fit with the sketch. 
I coloured the cropped image with my copics and fussy cut. She's placed inside the clock (Tim Holtz) die cut and embellished with die cut cogs. The background was created using my gel plate and distress inks, a bit of stencilling and embossed stamping.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and for any comments you might leave, always very much appreciated!

Challenges entered:

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Bingo board at Fab 'n' Funky

Good morning, there's a great new challenge starting today over at Fab 'n' Funky, our clever Buffy has created a fabulous Bingo board for us all to play with.

                                     Gems   Yellow    Die Cuts
                                     Blue     Flowers  Ribbons   
                                     Lace     Circular  Red                                                                                             

 Here's my card using the top line across. I had a play with my new favourite toy.. a Gel plate... and some Distress Oxide inks ( wonderful messy fun) and created the yellow background. I stamped and embossed the butterfly stamp and cut around the edge. I used a stitched edge square to die cut the yellow card to size and then used the fancy corner die. I adhered this to my black card blank then cut again around the edge of the butterfly stamp leaving a narrow black border The sentiment is also a die cut with a black gem replacing the dot. I added 3 tiny yellow gems to finish. This was actually quite quick to make (apart from washing all the inky stuff...especially from my fingers!!).
Hope you choose to play along with this fun challenge...just hop over here to see my teamies' fabulous makes!
Thanks for visiting today

Challenges entered:
.simonsaysstamp- stamp it on
heartful stamping- atg
stamping sensations- B butterfies
craftycardmakers #217
allsorts #483

Sunday 2 September 2018

Time for a sketch!

Stella Says Sketch Challenge

Good morning, it's time for our new Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch the Bug
Here's the sketch

Here's my card featuring Wizardry Wizard 06

The cute wizard is coloured with copics, glossy accents to his specs. I die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die and matted onto black card. The stripes are 3 pieces of ribbon, I added a stamped, embossed sentiment. 

Hope you find the time to play along this fortnight, it's a lovely versatile sketch! Hop over to Catch the Bug to see what my teamies have created with it...then it's your turn.
Thanks for stopping by

Challenges entered:
creativecraftcottage #110
sasayakiglitter (Aug Challenge)

Saturday 1 September 2018

Anything goes at Catch the Bug!

First Saturday of the month's our anything goes challenge at Catch the Bug! here's my card featuring the fabulous JJ , one of my fave Bugaboo characters. This one is called JJ Housework Cook., love her cooking style!!! She does come complete with a funny sentiment, but I used some stamps instead. 
Thanks for visiting today...if you looked at all of the  posts - multiply that by 3!
Enjoy your weekend

Challenges entered:
creativeknockouts  #261
craftycreations #373
diecuttindivas #384
/alwayshappybirthday September challenge
crafterscafe #203 (3 glasses)

Keep it neutral at Sweet Stampin'

Hi, back with my second card today (one more to go!). This is for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin', the theme is 'keep it neutral'.
I decided to make a Christmas card for this (can't believe how horribly fast this year is flying past and don't want a last minute'll make a pleasant change:). I used a beautiful Mo manning image and my copics to colour. I fussy cut the little angel and placed her on top of my layered dp and die cuts. The sentiment is stamped and embossed with dull silver ep. The twine is recycled from some packaging and I added a little snowflake charm. 
Don't forget to hop over to Sweet Stampin' Challenges to see what my teamies have been up to, then it's up to you to get stamping and join in!

Challenges entered:
creativefingers #151
polkadoodle #35
4craftychicks #418
watercooler #185
hollyandivy #35
allsorts #483

Unusual folds at Crafty Calendar

September has on earth can that be possible already! I'm hoping for an Indian Summer as I'm definitely not ready for it to be over yet, still at least we did have summer this year!
As it's the first Saturday of the month, our new challenge at Crafty Calendar is up and running! This month the theme is 'unusual folds' and we are so lucky to be sponsored by LOTV 
with a fabulous prize of 3 digi stamps for our lucky winner!
I made an easel card with some diagonal folding ( saw something a bit like it on Pinterest, couldn't find instructions so made it up as I went along).
The sweet image is of course from LOTV,  aptly named Lovely- it's available here. I cloured it with copics and framed her with a die cut archway. The trees in the background are also die cut ...I've a horrible feeling I may have stuck them on upside down but hopefully it doesn't show...
To see more creations featuring unusual folds please hop over to Crafty Calendar to see what my lovely teamies have made to inspire you...then it's your turn to amaze us with your fantastic folding!
Thanks for looking...will be back in a short while with more DT makes.

Challenges entered:
qkrstampede #311
Creative Moments #151
craftysentiments (28/08 challenge)
ttcrd.  (28/08 challenge)
disdigidesigns fancy folds