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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Happy Cake Day!

Humor Me Wednesday!

Good morning, 20th July is International Cake Day...and who better to celebrate with than the lovely Stella! The image I used is Stella Birthday -Eat more cake, the sentiment comes with it!

Get ready for Saturday- our 9th Annual Christmas In July Event takes off then!


On a personal note - my 4th granddaughter arrived yesterday, weighing in at 7lb 3 oz and absolutely gorgeous, Mum and baby both doing well!

Thanks for stopping by
Have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenges entered:
Double D - Birthday
sisterhoodofcrafters birthday
craftyfriends #114
pattiescreations #160
aaabirthday game #3

Friday, 12 July 2019

Wonderful!

Good morning, over at Crafty Catz this week we have a new challenge for you sponsored by
 Nick is our host this week and she has picked a really fabulous theme...Heroes and villains! Great fun!
I used Wonder Woman, a lovely image to colour! I based my design around the colours of her costume .
I hope you choose to play along with this fun theme this week...it  IS optional though, you can choose not to use it and still play along!
Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
polkadoodle #28
abitmoretimetocraft #95
classicdesignteam #7
sparklesforum #117
MAWTT #101 (Stripes on costume :)
craftysentiments (9 July)
digichoosday. #28

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Purple fairy


Hi, back again with another DT card, this one's for our new challenge over at Fab'n' Funky. It's our lovely Wend's turn to host and she'd like to see lots of purple on your creations.
I coloured a beautiful fairy from Morgan's Artworld in shades of purple, added lashings of Wink of Stella to wings and dress., matted onto purple dp and an embossed white panel. The corner flourish die is Memory Box. 
There's more inspiration over at Fab 'n' Funky, so why not hop over and see what my teamies have been up to, we'd love to see your beautiful purple creations too!
Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftingfromtheheart #247
Get Creative  #82
pammiesinkypinkies #1927
dragonflydreams  things with wings
morgansartworld #7
worldwideopen DT #6



Sunny Christmas!


Good morning, we're well into July now and it's time you got started on those Christmas makes...ou know how fast it will creep up on us now! There's a new challenge starting at Christmas At Sweet Sweet Stampin' and although it's an anything goes challenge we like to give you a theme to spark your creativity (and ours!) this month the optional theme is 'Christmas in the sun'. Have to admit I was a bit flummoxed at first...no snow or snowflakes...sun? what? Then I saw some of the creations from my team...they are such a clever lot! I was inspired to think outside the box and make this card, using a fun digi from the much missed Kenny K. The reindeer are wearing sunglasses...perfect! I gave them some waves to splash in beneath that bright sun! 
If you want to see the amazing creations from the rest of the DT just hop on over to the Challenge Blog, I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do, and I hope you'll be inspired to think outside the box and play along this month!
On a personal note my 4th granddaughter is due to be born  today...fingers crossed she doesn't keep us waiting too much longer, can't wait to meet her...and neither can her Mummy!!!
Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenges entered:
digichoosday #28
alwaysfun#118
intaas. #62
CHNCC   #445
mytimetocraft #400
sendasmile4kids- Christmas in July
2craftycrittercrazies #28

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Happy Me Me Me Day!

Stella Says Sketch Challenge
There's a new sketch challenge starting today at  Catch the Bug.
Here's the sketch-

- and this is my card
featuring the gorgeous Stella Facebook Birthday image. 

There's plenty more to see over at Catch the Bug.
This challenge runs for 4 weeks instead of 2 so there's plenty of time to play along, as always there are fantastic prizes to be won so hope to see you there.
.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftyfriends #113- balloons, bunting , bow tie
artimpressions  birthday cards
cardz4galz #100


Saturday, 6 July 2019

Add a button


Hi, I'm back with my second post today. This is my DT card for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin', a lovely easy theme this week- add a button.
I coloured up a cute Whimsy stamp with my copics and paper pieced her dress and added the tiny heart shaped button to the envelope. I found some design papers with stamps and envelopes...knew they were they there somewhere but had to look for ages! I cut the envelopes from the DP and arranged them behind the image, the sentiment is stamped.
Pop over to Sweet Stampin' to see what my lovely teamies have come up with this week, then why not play along, we'd love to have you join us!
Thanks for stopping by
Chris
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Challenges entered:
colourcrazy #25
creativefingers #167
lemonshortbread #97
tuesdaythrowdown #435
classicdesignteam - July #7
craftingchallenge July- just for you

Christmas in July at Crafty Calendar


Good morning, it's time for our July challenge at Crafty Calendar, this month the theme is 'Christmas'...what better time to get in the mood for making Christmas cards than when the sky is blue, the sun is warm and the tennis is in full swing!!!
I made my card using a fabulous image, Selfie Santa generously provided by this month's sponsor - Doctor Digi
Sponsors
The image is coloured with copics, papers from stash and a stamped sentiment. 
Thanks for visiting, please pop over and take a look at the lovely creations the girls have made to inspire you...it's never too early to get started on those christmas makes!
Have a great weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
jinglebelles -(snowman/red/die cuts)
alohafriday Christmas in July
crimbo-crackers. #188
cccdigicreations #105
Tales from the craft room #6

Friday, 5 July 2019

Make it Pretty at Crafty Catz


Good morning, once again the week has flown past and It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz. This week it's our lovely and super-talented Janette's turn to host, she's picked the theme of 'make it pretty' which is  a perfect  choice for  the sweet images by All Dressed Up, one of this this week's lovely sponsors - 

and  Crafty Ribbons our other sponsor for this challenge

crafty ribbons
The team were given some beautiful ADU images to use but I chose to colour up a sweet image I was lucky to win a while ago and have been itching to use! Play Day is available here, isn't she sweet!!! I've used my copics to colour, very old papers from stash, a pretty spotted ribbon, the border is a much loved but long neglected Martha Stewart punch, there was a time that every card I made sported this border! The sentiment is part of a Polkadoodles stamp set.
The Crafty Catz girls have produced some stunning cards this week...they really are pretty, so I hope you can find the time to take a look, I'm sure you'll be inspired to play along! 
Thanks for looking
enjoy the weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
colourcrazy #26
qkrstampede #355
thepapershelter #390
watercooler #228
alldressedup #94
craftycardmakers #237

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Sea you at the beach!


It's New Release Day over at Catch the Bug ...and this week Jodie has a real little cutie for you! This little Beach Girl would brighten up anyone's day, just look at that lovely beaming smile! 
I printed my image onto white cardstock, then masked her head, body and bag and stamped the circular sea/sun stamp (magazine freebie) over the top. Coloured using copics, then using 2 nesting circle dies I cut the blue circular frame ...how lucky that it exactly matched the size of the circle stamp...that just never happens to me!  I cut away the part of the frame where the bag is and drew her legs over the frame. The sentiment is stamped.
There are loads of fabulous makes from my teamies over at Catch the Bug, obviously I'm not the only one who thinks she's adorable! 
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day, I'm looking forward to watching some tennis this afternoon, yesterday's Wimbledon was fantastic!

Chris
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Challenges entered:

mytimetocraft #400
audsentiments  #230
sasayakiglitter. making waves


Saturday, 29 June 2019

Believe...


Believe it or not this card is actually a dusky purple and silver, tried and tried but couldn't get a better photo...sun, shade indoors and out- this is the best I could get!  The 'snow banks' don't show up very well either! I came indoors for a while after sitting in the garden (in the shade!!) reading for most of the day...I do love summer, I'm looking forward to Wimbledon next week too :)
I had a little play with stamps and ink making the little Christmas snow scene. The sweet rabbit and 'Believe' stamp are Lavinia, the sleigh and reindeer are not (can't remember the make!) I couldn't decide whether to emboss the word stamp in white or silver...wish I'd chosen the white! This one honestly does look a lotter better IRL....believe!!!
It's starting to cool down a bit now, headache has settled down so I'm off to finish my book.
Thanks for stopping by
have a lovely evening
Chris
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Challenges entered:
hollyandivy #52
craftingbydesigns June Christmas
sisterhoodofcrafters- any occasion




Friday, 28 June 2019

Oo-er...


Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz we have a lovely new challenge for you, the optional theme is 'favourite colour combo' picked for you by our lovely Jac who is hosting this week.
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Morgan's Artworld
with this wonderful prize

The DT were provided with gorgeous images to work with...I chose the quirky Daisy Hopwood, she has such a wonderful expression, not sure if she's startled, bemused or just a bit crazy!!! Anyway, I love this image and loved colouring it! My favourite colour combo is blues and browns, the papers are from Heartfelt Creations (cherished and hoarded), it's a simple matted design, I cut around the edges of the flowers on the dp to add a bit of interest. I haven't added a sentiment yet as I'm probably going to use it next time I forget someone's birthday...which probably will be sooner rather than later...
We hope you choose to play along with us at Crafty Catz this week...hop on over now and take a look at the inspiration cards from my lovely teamies, you won't be disappointed!
Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
colourcrazy #25
polkadoodle #26
cardz4galz # 99 (blue and brown)
ttcrd atg (June 25 Challenge)
getcreative #81
worldwideopen DT Challenge #6

Thursday, 27 June 2019

...not rain...again!!


Hello, it's Oldie But A Goodie  at Catch the Bug today, so hop on over for some fabulous inspiration showcasing some of Jodie's older-but-still-gorgeous digis!
The day I made this card it was absolutely lashing it down so a welly boot seemed like a good choice!
Scene It- Rainboot Bugs is available here, just click on the link!
I used copics to colour, added a little glitter here and there and glossy accents to the raindrops. Papers from never-ending stash, red Nuvo Crystal drops,the sentiment is a very old wood backed stamp.
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day.
Chris
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Challenges entered:

crafterscafe #221 (Rain/sun)
countryviewchallenges  It's a bug's life

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Summer sunshine


Good morning, for our new challenge starting today over at Fab'n' Funky we'd like to see some lovely summery creations! 
To make my card I used a cute little bear from Whimsy stamps, he's part of a set called Beary Fun, I've coloured him with copics and used a sunray stencil and distress inks to make the background, sentiment stamp is Paper Smooches.
Please hop over and take a look at what my lovely teamies have created for you this week.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks for visiting, have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenges entered:
aplacetostart Stencil me in
angiesdigitalstamps #32
disdigidesigns include a sun
craftrocket #60
cutecardthursday  #587

Saturday, 22 June 2019

It's summer...honestly...

Good morning, at Sweet Stampin' this week we're celebrating the Summer Solstice with summer themed cards. It's hard to believe that midsummer has officially passed...hopefully we WILL get some summer sunshine soon!
I made a twisted easel card featuring this cute little guy from Mo Manning, I think he may have been the first digi I bought from her store. He's coloured up with copics, I gave him some grass to stand on and if you look closely you'll see the cloudy background...looks fine on the card but hard to see in the photo. 
The little kite acts as a stopper to keep the card upright.
Hope you choose to join us at Sweet Stampin' this week we'd all love to see some sunny, summery creations.
Have a lovely weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
CRAFT #518
lilredwagon summer fun

Friday, 21 June 2019

Going round in circles at Crafty Catz

Good morning, this week our challenge at Crafty Catz is hosted by Ginny, the theme she's picked is 'Circles', so plenty of scope there if you wish to follow the theme!
Our sponsor this week is 
who generously provided the DT with some lovely images to play with.
I used Pose of an elongated triangle ,which I printed in several sizes, coloured with copics and die cut into circles. I arranged them onto my bubble patterned DP and added a few die cut 'bubbles'. The bubbles are coated with glossy accents.
There's loads more to see at Crafty Catz where my teamies have been busy creating some fabulous inspiration for you. Hope you choose to play along this week, remember the theme is optional...anything goes at Crafty Catz!
Thanks for visiting
enjoy your day.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
colourcrazy #23
audsentiments #229
aperfecttimetocraft #6 June
cccdigicreations #104
daisychain #31


Thursday, 20 June 2019

Feel Beautiful Today


It's 'Oldie But A Goodie Day' at Catch the Bug...I made a card featuring the cutest little girl...all dressed up like Mum, something little girls have always loved to do...even more fun if it involves a little (or a lot!!!) of lipstick. I've used copics to colour and soom beautiful papers from Craft Consortium, Bloom Beautiful. I added a punched flower and leaves (both v. old punches!) a button and a stamped sentiment. 
The sketch is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

For more inspiration using some of Jodie's older- but- still- gorgeous images, click HERE.
Thanks for visiting, have a great day

Monday, 17 June 2019

A little something...

Anything But a Card!


It's Anything But A  Card showcase at Catch the Bug today..I made a tag featuring the beautiful Silhouette Butterfly Flowers image. The background is a combination of Distress Oxides and Brushos, added a couple of die cuts, 2 punched butterflies and a stamped sentiment. 
Thanks for visiting, hope you have a good week...with some sunshine, preferably.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
welove2create #6
crafterscastle. #18
creativefingers #166
audsentiments #229
craftingwithanattitude #52
a2zscrapbooking June Challenge

Sunday, 16 June 2019

A card for me...


Hi, it seems like ages since I had time to play and create a card just for fun...what with DT stuff, holidays and granddaughters, time just flies past! Yesterday I had some time to play with my lovely Lavinia stamps and gelli plate...if you saw my green stained fingers you'd know exactly what I'd been up to! I made two fairly similar (well, very similar!) cards...this one I brayered DI inks directly onto the paper (no gelli plate here!) then stamped my images using various colours of Versafine Clair inks, added some touches of white gel pen ink and added a bit of sparkle with Wink of Stella (sorry it doesn't show up in the poho). I kept the design totally CAS - find it difficult and unnecessary to do anything else with these stamps! I haven't added a sentiment because I use these cards for all for sorts of occasions..
Not a very good photo, the card is white ...usually we have better daylight for taking photos in June!!!
Thanks for visiting, hope you've had a good weekend so far, enjoy the rest of it!
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Challenges entered
craftyfriends #112
asyoulikeit - Lavinia Stamps are my favourites,
they're so delicate and beautiful, stamp perfectly and are very versatile.
laviniaworld #2

Friday, 14 June 2019

Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug- Flower Pots

Freebie Every Friday!


It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug, this week's freebie is the pretty Flower Pots image featured on my card. For details of how to grab your free image hop over to Catch the Bug!

Thanks for visiting today
Have a lovely weekend...hoping the weather improves here in the UK!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
.simplycreatetoo #150
mmmchallenge #98


Crafty Catz Challenge #466- Optional twist- Male card

Good morning, the weekend is almost upon us once again and it's time for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz., Aunty Sue is standing in for Dianne as host this week, the optional theme, with Father's Day in mind, is to make card for a male. We are sponsored by Dr Digi.
     
The DT were given some fun and fabulous images to play with, I used Chill Out Chaz to make my card. As soon as I saw this brilliant image I knew it would make a perfect card for my husband's best mate- that blissful look on his face as he blots out the world and listens to his favourite rock music! It even has a poster of a camper van on the wall...Terry's dream (unfortunately not a dream shared by his wife ...). I used my copics to colour, background dp has musical notes, just added a die cut keyboard and a stamped sentiment.
As always there's loads of inspiration to be gained from hopping over to Crafty Catz to see what my lovely teamies have come up with this week.


 I'll be back later today with this Friday's Freebie from Bugaboo
Chris
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Challenges entered:
TTPH #157
craftygalscorner #193
cardz4guyz #221
TIOT- Man's World
unicorn #44
craftycardmakers #235
addicted-to-stamps-#175




Wednesday, 12 June 2019

June Challenge at Sweet Stampin' Christmas


My second card today is for our June Challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin', the optional theme this month is 'Non-traditional colours', I went with my favourite blue/brown combo...I used a set of dies from Marianne Design that I've had for years, papers are magazine freebies. The little bear was stamped onto white card, coloured with copics and fussy cut then fixed to the tag with foam pads and silicone to add some dimension. 
We're halfway through this years challenges now...scary thought really! 
Hope you choose to play along this month!-
Thanks for visiting
Chris

Bloomin' June!


Good morning, I've two cards to share today...this one is for our new challenge starting today at Fab'n' Funky, hosting this week is our very talented Pat K and the theme is 'June Blooms'. 
I decided to try something different (for me, anyway!) this week, I used a previously untouched set of floral stamps by Hobby Art...one of those buys I really 'needed' at the time...then didn't quite know what to with! So, a bit of making and stamping onto a piece of mixed media paper that I'd previously sloshed some  water and Zig pen ink onto delicately water coloured. Coloured the flowers using Zig pens and a white gel pen, added some random stamping to the background using a grey Versafine Clair ink and a touch of  watery white paint through a stencil, stamped the sentiment and doodled a border. It was fun doing something a bit different!
 Hope you choose to play along at Fab' n' Funky this week, just click on the link to be transported to the Challenge!

I'll be back later today with my second card.
Chris
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Challenges entered;
colouringinscrapland June-use watercolours
dreamvalley #204
pennyblack June Challenge
Stamping Sensations June Challenge
scribblesdesigns #77
alphabet -f for flowers







Saturday, 8 June 2019

Lookin' Good!


Good afternoon, I'm back from my hols and trying to catch up with all the things I didn't get around to doing before I went! I'm usually pretty well organised ...but not this time! At least I've been food shopping today so we can eat tonight :)
Today's card is for the new challenge at Sweet Stampin', this week's optional theme is Fathers' Day. I don't make Father's Day cards so I'm sharing the card I made for my Son In Law's birthday last month.
The image is of course from Dr Digi, Dumbbell Derek, I've used my copics to colour. The papers and sentiment magazine freebies. I cut out some extra stars, scattered them around and coated them with Glossy Accents.
For a lovely variety of inspiration for making those difficult masculine cards please hop over to Sweet Stampin' to see what my fabulous teamies have created for you, then please link up your own projects, we'd love to see them! Remember, the theme is optional, just include some stamping.
Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftyfriends #111
alohafriday #144
throughthepurplehaze #157
craftygalscorner  #193
simon says-wednesday - masculine
unicorn #44



Saturday, 1 June 2019

Crafty Calendar June Challenge- Masculine


Good morning, this is a scheduled post as I'm away for a week, off to sunny (I hope!!!) Cornwall this time!  My card today is for our June Challenge at Crafty Calendar, the theme is 'masculine' and we're sponsored by Lawn Fawn
Lawn Fawn
I made this card for my husband's birthday, he loves his bike! The stamps are a Woodware set,  I stamped the bicycle with Versamark and embossed with white detail EP., sponged various shades of Distress and Distress Oxide inks over the image and die cut with a stitched rectangle die. The papers are Craftwork Cards- The Great Outdoors (bargain buy at a craft show...I wanted the bicycle paper!)I stamped the spanner image around the edge of the bottom layer of DP to make a frame. Believe it or not the sentiment is stamped with the same colour brown ink as the spanners...it must have reacted to the glossy accents! 
For some great inspiration for those 'difficult' masculine cards take a look at the fabulous creations from my teamies HERE. We'd love to see what you create for the men/ boys in your lives too!
Thanks for visiting
See you in a week!
Chris
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Friday, 31 May 2019

Guest Design at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.


I recently was lucky enough to win at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge and was invited to Guest Design for them. of course  I was delighted to accept..
The challenge theme this week is 'For a Child' and I was given some adorable images to use by one of their fabulous sponsors, Pickled Pot Pourri
The set I used is Adorable Animals, there are several cute images along with sentiments in this set...I found it difficult to choose, so as they're quick and easy to colour I made 2 little rocker cards, same design, just different papers, images and embellishments.

Thanks ladies for inviting me to design along with you.
Chris
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Crafty Catz Challenge #464...it's Summertime!


Good morning, over at Crafty Catz we have a fabulous new challenge for you, the optional theme this week is 'Summer' chosen by Billie who is hosting this week.

We are lucky to have The Paper Shelter sponsor us this challenge

with a lovely prize of 3 digis for our lucky winner.

I used a sweet image I already owned , Not Big Enough, I've had this cute image for ages and finally got around to colouring it whilst on holiday last month., I thought she was perfect for the summer theme!
My eldest granddaughter also made a card with this cutie, she found a printed image in my 'to colour when I get time ' box (they're always rifling through it looking for something that takes their fancy.:)
Here's Livvy's card
She made it last year when she was 11, I showed her how to make an easel card base, but it's all her own work and design. She coloured the image with promarkers, I think it's brilliant!!! 
Please hop over to Crafty Catz to see the lovely summery creations from the team,  I hope you choose to play along with us...remember anything goes, the theme is optional.
Thanks for stopping by,
Have a lovely weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftysentiments -summer
craftyfriends #110
craftingfromtheheart #244
pileiton #154
qkrstampede #350
polkadoodle. #22






Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A bit of recycling...


Good morning, this week is flying past so quickly after a busy but very enjoyable weekend. I had a lovely time with my granddaughters culminating with a wonderful visit to the Harry Potter Studios which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Our tour was late afternoon and we didn't actually get home until almost 10 pm, the girls were still going strong, don't know where they get their energy from! I spent yesterday recovering...it's very quiet here now the girls have gone home!

Now for the card...over at Fab 'n' Funky our lovely Jools is hosting this week's challenge and she would like to see something recycled on your projects.. 
My recycled items are a junk mail envelope, mainly green outside( the die cut leaves) with a grey 'honeycomb ' print inside (the layer under the image) some acetate from a box lid (the bees were stamped onto this and fussy cut) and a tag from new clothing, it was kraft card and I die cut the mesh peeping out between the shaped layers from it. 
I die cut small hexagons from kraft card and arranged them in a honeycomb pattern onto a kraft card base. The focal image is one of Mo Manning' cuties, Baby Fairy Bee, which I 've coloured with copics. I added a little stencilling around the image. 
For more ideas on items to recycle pop over to Fab'n' Funky to see what my teamies have created this week.
I hope you choose to play along...I'd love to see what ideas you come up with too!
Thanks for visiting
Chris


Monday, 27 May 2019

A gift bag for you...

                                                    


Monday is 'Anything But A Card ' at Catch the Bug, I made a quick and simple little gift bag.
I diecut the bag shape from a pearly pink piece of cardstock left over from another project and decorated it with some of the images from the Flower Garden Set, which I coloured in various shades of brown, I added a tiny tag with a stamped sentiment, a button and a scrap of ribbon to finish.

This weekend has flown by, been so good to spend time with my lovely girls!
Was going to share a photo of how their bedroom looked this morning but did not want to frighten you!!!! Definitely not a sight for the faint hearted or house proud!!!
Off to the Harry Potter Studios today.

Thanks for visiting

Chris
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