Friday 20 December 2019

Christmas Critter Chaos -Day 7 AND a Freebie!

Well, we've reached the end of our week of festive Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug, here's my card for the final day. Today's challenge is a recipe...Keep it simple with 2 layers and ribbon or twine.
My card features this week's adorable Freebie, Poppi xmas present. I'm never sure whether 2 layers includes the base card or not.... anyway I made a red card base and added the image which I'd die cut with a rectangular stitched die, added my twine and a stamped sentiment...job done!
I think this is such a sweet image and love how the card came out. Don't forget to grab your Freebie this week, to find out how just visit Catch the Bug and all will be explained!
This is the last Challenge for this year at Catch the Bug BUT the Holiday Chaos challenges will remain open until 31st December, so you still have loads of time to play along and have chances to win one of the many fabulous prizes on offer!
This is my last post before the Christmas holiday too so I'd like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone who visits and leaves kind and encouraging comments, and in particular my lovely followers who regularly visit and comment. It really is much appreciated!

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for a happy and healthy New Year.

Challenge entries
Winter Wonderland Dec Challenge
qkrstampede #377
audsentiments #242
C.R.A.F.T. #539

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Holiday Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug- Day 5

Today we have a real fun challenge for you at Catch the Bug, we want you to take your inspiration from the above photo...I made this card featuring Candy Cane Charlie...I was imagining how my dog would be feeling if she got a peppermint stick for a gift when the house is full of the smells of turkey, ham and pigs in blankets!
Images are coloured with copics, a touch of glitter added to hat, 'bah humbug' is stamped with versamark and heat embossed in white the coloured with a white gel pen, the other sentiments computer generated. I doodled the frame around the red layer.
Just two more days to go of the Critter Chaos! 

One Entry Per day per Person!!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Challenge entries:
sisterhoodofcrafters- anything Christmas

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Christmas Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug -Day4

Today's Challenge at Catch the Bug is a Bingo Challenge, I made a card using the centre column Lights, free, critter) and featuring this week's new release digi, Christmas Mouse Light.

For details of  how to play along please click HERE to hop over to the Challenge Blog.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, I know how busy everyone is right now!

Saturday 14 December 2019

Catch the Bug Holiday Critter Chaos- Day 1

It's Day 1 of Holiday Critter Chaos at Catch the Bug! Join us for a whole week of fun and prizes! For details of how to play along please click HERE.
Today's challenge is -

Here is my card featuring Reindeer Christmas Goodies
There's plenty more to see over at Catch the Bug, the whole team have been busy this week!
Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend.

Challenge entries:
gem of a challenge #24
CHNCC #468

Friday 13 December 2019

Friday Freebie at Catch the Bug- Candy Cane Bear

Hi I'm back to show you this week's Friday Freebie at Catch the Bug- it's this adorable Candy Cane Bear, so hop over now and grab yours ! This sweet image is a joy to colour...very quick and easy, I've sat him inside a die cut snowflake matted onto an embossed red panel, added a bow and stamped sentiment. 

Don't forget our annual week long Holiday Chaos Event begins tomorrow!
Lots of fun and plenty of prizes to be won every day!
So come and join us at Catch the Bug

Thanks for visiting 

Challenge entries
craftyanimals #33
craft-deebowz dec challenge
diesrus #135
pattiescreations #165
giveacrafteracookie #132 (colours)

Crafty Catz Challenge #487- Blue Christmas

Good morning, Friday the 13th-hope no one is superstitious! It's time for the last Challenge this year at Crafty Catz, we have a fantastic sponsor this week...none other than the amazing Bugaboo 
Our lovely host this week is Ginny and she's picked the theme of  Blue Christmas, which is, as always, optional. I made a concertina card using a Tattered Lace die that I'd only looked at and put back into the packet looked a bit complicated to me, but once I'd worked out where to stick the tags (!!) it was ok! The cute image on the front is of course from BugabooWinter Cat and Puppy Dog, coloured with copics. I also used a Merry Christmas and large snowflake die cut. I have heat embossed with  chunky white EP around the frames and added a few small die cut snowflakes. Not the easiest card to photograph but you can get an idea from the photos beneath.

We hope you choose to play along with this last challenge for 2019, please just click HERE to hop over and see the beautiful cards the team have made, they really have excelled themselves this week.
Thanks for visiting 

Challenge entries
creativefingers (Dec 14)
cutitup #189
paperfunday #12
craftysentiments #10 Dec Challenge
hollyandivy #62
2craftycrittercrazies. # December

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Winter clothing at Fab'n' Funky

Hi I'm back again with a second Christmas card to share. The theme this week at Fab'n'Funky was chosen by our lovely talented Pat K and she would like to see winter clothing on your creations...sohats, scarves, mitt, coats, stockings etc. I chose to use a cutie from Mo Manning, she's certainly wearing plenty of winter clothing!  I created a card base from a piece of mauve/grey shimmery card, added my image along with some die cut pine trees, snowflakes and 'snow' banks. The sentiment is stamped. 
Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenge Entries
throughthepurplehaze #162
hollyandivy #62
craftinghappiness #26
addicted-to-stamps #180
scor-pal. December Challenge
mosdigitalchallenge. #286

Christmas at Sweet Stampin'- December Challenge

Well here we are with our last challenge for 2019 at Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge...not long to go now before the big day arrives! This month our theme is 'Critters'- so as long as your project is Christmas themed and has a critter on it we would love to see it!
I coloured up a Whipper Snapper rubber stamp that I've had for several years and haven't got around to using before. I used various papers from stash and added an embossed die cut border. The sentiment is a PB stamp and the holly embellishment is a sort of foamy thing that came from I -know-not -where ( I have loads of them !).  I used the sketch from Creative Sketchy Girls
If you're stuck for inspiration for those last minute cards there's plenty to see over at CaSS- as usual my fabulous teamies have come up with some crackers. 
Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries
craftygalscorner #202
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Dec Challenge
cardz4guyz #234
christmaswiththecuties  #33
mmmchallenge #111
2craftycrittercrazies. December challenge
creativesketchygirls #42

Tuesday 10 December 2019

New Release day at Catch the Bug

Good morning, this week's new release image at Catch the Bug is a cute little elf with a candy cane. I coloured him up with copics and added him to my star-shaped tag...quick and easy- I only need about another 2 dozen! Thanks for stopping by- have a good day!

Challenge entries
T.I.O.T.  Christmas is Coming
simonsaysstampmondaychallenge stars
intaas #73
CCAYR December Challenge
countryview- stars
happylittlestampers Dec. Christmas

Sunday 8 December 2019

Christmas trees

Running even later now... here's the card I should have posted yesterday! It's my DT card for this week's Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug. I made a card featuring Christmas Tree Row- love this image! It's a simple design with an embossed panel, ribbon and bow attached with a little Christmas tree brad. 
Granddaughters collected much later than planned due to their parent's car breaking down on the way back from the airport...a 2 hour wait on the hard shoulder ( or cold shoulder as my daughter described it!)  for the RAC to tow them home! Still, no one was hurt and all's well that ends well!
Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of the weekend

Challenge entries:
craft-deebowz December Challenge
52cct.  Previous Challenge July 27 -Ribbon
sisterhoodofcrafters trees
 artsystamper #5
merrylittlechristmas #17

Saturday 7 December 2019

Let it snow!

Hi, I'm back again with my second DT card today...this one is for our 'Christmas' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. Now I have been quite proud of myself this year, I've hardly bought any new Christmas stash- but I did succumb to temptation and bought a couple of gnome themed stamps from Polkadoodles. These cute little snow gnomes made me smile. The snow dome is cut using Tim Holtz dies and the aperture is covered with snow printed acetate. I was going to be brave and make a shaker element but thought better of it as I can never make them seal so that the glittery stuff doesn't escape.
The snowflake dies are both Memory Box, sentiment dies are Tim Holtz.
There's plenty of loveliness to see from the rest of the team over at Sweet Stampin', so do hop over and take a look.
Thanks for visiting today

Challenge entries:

allsorts #549
alphabet S for Snow
audsentiments #241
throughthepurplehaze #162
incywincy- No red or green
polkadoodle #49

Crafty Calendar December Challenge

Good morning...errrr afternoon! I'm running really late today, have my Granddaughters staying while their parents enjoy a short break in Cologne. The girls are no trouble and we really enjoy having them to stay, but the time seems to disappear even faster when they are here! 
I've three cards to share today, all DT makes, this one is for December's challenge at Crafty Calendar, the theme is 'anything BUT  Christmas and use ribbon'- a chance to have a break from the Christmas cards! sponsors for this month are Oddball Art and Crafty Ribbons

I made a birthday card for my teenage niece using a sponsor digi, Aya tags the wall. I printed the image twice, once onto grey cardstock, I coloured just the sprayed art  then embossed with a brick wall ef. The second time I printed the image onto white card, coloured just the girl, fussy cut her and pieced her over the grey image as I didn't want her embossed like a brick wall! (Not a good look for anyone!). I layered the 'wall' onto black card and then onto a piece of card which was inked with brushos, ac few tiny die cut stars added to echo the art on the wall.  The bunting is made from snippets of ribbon and twine, sentiments are stamped.
For details of prizes and how to play along, hop over to Crafty Calendar.
Thanks for looking!

Challenge entries:
thepapershelter birthday

Friday 6 December 2019

Last minute Christmas at Crafty Catz

Good morning, if you're anything like me you will be wondering how it can possibly be Friday...again...already! Well it is, only 19 days to go now and time to panic about all those Christmas cards you haven't made! 
Our challenge theme this week at Crafty Catz is 'last minute Christmas' picked by our lovely Janette who is hosting this week.
Our sponsor this time is the fabulous Dr Digi

My card features We three kings,  this wonderful trio singing their hearts out I coloured them with copics, gave them a snowy embossed background and added some die cuts...I can hear their dulcet tones as I type this post!
So, if you haven't finished those Christmas makes yet and need some inspiration, hop on over to Crafty Catz to see what my lovely teamies have come up with this week! We'd love to see what you make too, so why not play along- remember the theme is optional- anything goes at Crafty Catz!

Enjoy your weekend!

Challenge entries:
creativeknockouts #327
timeout #150
craftycreations #403
placetostart  Dec. Challenge
artsystamper #5

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Guest Designer for Jo (Tales from the Craft Room)


Good morning, I was delighted when lovely Jo of Tales from the Craft Room invited me to Guest Design for this month, thanks Jo! Challenge ~11 is up and running, the theme this time is 'Christmas'.
Please hop over HERE for details of how to enter etc.
My project this time is a little Christmas  Album I made for my DIL, she's a keen photographer and it's my youngest granddaughter's first Christmas so I know she'll find a good use for it!

The album measures 5 inches square, the pages are made from recycled chipboard and card from packaging and the covers of paper pads, I've covered them with dsp and embossed card stock. There are plenty of pockets and flaps for the photos.

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to pay a visit to Jo's Blog


Challenge entries:
papergirls #189
allsorts #548
die-cut-divas Dec Challenge

Saturday 30 November 2019

Get your party on!

Good morning, I'm joining in with Team Wendy for this week's  challenge at Sweet Stampin' . 
Today is St Andrew's Day so we've picked the theme of Blue and White. My card IS blue and white ...I promise, it just looks grey because of the poor light...
It's a very simple design on a shaped card base, the wonderful partied-out bear is from Sheepski Designs, coloured with copics, sentiment is stamped.
Remember that we're celebrating our 10th Birthday at Sweet Stampin', all  eligible entries from November challenges will be included in a prize draw to win some lovely digis from Whimsy Stamps...just follow the theme and include some stamping!
Thanks for stopping by

Challenge entries
jansdigistamps #2
kraftychicks #483
southerngirls -28 Nov-atg
artydivas #9
cutiepie #141

Friday 29 November 2019

Santa's good list - Crafty Catz Challenge #485

Good morning,  it's Christine's turn to host the challenge at Crafty Catz this week, she's picked the theme of Clean and Simple. Now I love CAS cards, I'm just not very good at them, can't stop my hands from adding stuff even when my head says 'NO'! 

We have 2  lovely sponsors this week 
who generously provided the DT with some lovely images to play with.

our 2nd Sponsor is

I coloured up the lovely traditional  Santa image, popped him into a white die cut frame and added a stamped 'ho ho ho'...nothing else! 
I hope you choose to play along with the Crafty Catz this week, as always the theme is optional....but if you still have loads of Christmas cards to make CAS is probably the way to go!! :)
Thanks for visiting
Have a great weekend

Challenge entries
creativeknockouts #326
addictedtostamps #369
Double D - style- CAS
alldressedup #99
hollyandivy #61
TIOT -Song- Santa Claus is coming to town
craftycardmakers. #246

Wednesday 27 November 2019


Good morning, it's the last week of November (how did that happen?) so our theme at Fab'n' Funky is Anything Christmas - we regularly have a Christmas themed challenge on this last Wednesday of the month, it really does help us to get ahead with our Christmas makes.
I made a card featuring a fun image from Mo Manning- Coal. This was October's freebie Patreon image, it's now available here in the shop. I just love the look on this naughty little one's face, she's totally unperturbed to be getting coal in her stocking, obviously knows it's all she deserves! I added a stamped sentiment to the front of the card to keep it closed, oh, how often have I used that warning to get the grandkids to do as I want them to!  The sentiments that came with the image 
are on the inside...

Well the big day is getting very close now...time to panic if you haven't started on your cards!
If you're stuck for ideas hop over to Fab'n' Funky to see what my clever teamies have created this week, then why not share one of your own festive creations, we'd love to have you play along.
Thanks for stopping by
have a lovely day

challenge entries
CCAYR - November Ch.
sweetstampers #38- Christmas
watercooler #249
12monthsofchristmas #59
worldwideopendesignteam #11
alphabet R for ribbon

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Snowman, cocoa and marshmallows....

New Releases!

It's Tuesday, time for a New Release Digi at Catch the Bug, here's the card I made featuring the cute Snowman Cocoa, he looks so pleased with himself juggling those marshmallows!

I coloured the image with copics, added Fluffy Stuff to his hat and some chunky white embossing enamel for snow. Papers from stash, die cut snowflake and sentiment.
Thanks for looking

Challenge entries:

Saturday 23 November 2019

A pop of red

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog
Good morning, before I move onto today's card I want to share some great news with you...Sweet Stampin' Challenges will be 10 years old on Monday! I think that's a wonderful achievement...10 years  and still going strong.
I have a special soft spot for this lovely Challenge and it's team, I joined 7 years ago- I had only been card making for a short while and I was delighted to be invited. 
To celebrate this landmark birthday Sweet Stampin will be holding a draw at the end of November,  all the entries for the whole month will be included (as long as they contain some stamping, of course.)
There is a fantastic prize of 5 digis from Whimsy Stamps for the lucky winner.
Now for this week's challenge and today's card- the theme is 'add a pop of red'

I made a circular card in black and white featuring some of my beloved Lavinia stamps. I masked the fairy's hat so that I could stamp it in red and added the 'fur' trim with a white gel pen, the die cut branches are (Tim Holtz) Sizzix 
I really love the cards my lovely teamies have created this week, hop over and take a look for yourselves! We'd love to have you play along, and who knows, you could be the winner of the fabulous prize. The more entries you make this month (max. 3 per challenge) the more chances you have to win!

Thanks for stopping by, have a good week.

Challenge entries
pennyblack # Christmas
fairyandtheunicorn # November

Friday 22 November 2019

Crafty Catz # 484 spots and/or stripes

Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz it's my turn to host the challenge, which means I get to pick the theme, so I chose spots/and stripes...either or both.
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous LeAnne's World 101

Prize - 2 images from store
I fancied making a non-Christmas card for a change so I chose to use the cute Sassy Sally digi. I've used my copics to colour, added a bit of stencilling around the image and layered it up onto left over scraps of dp. I added a button, stamped sentiment and 3 tiny brads.

My teamies have created some lovely cards with these sweet images...pop over HERE to see for yourself. 
As always, the theme is optional, so why not play along! 
Thanks for visiting 
have a great weekend

Challenges entered:

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Red mitten day

Humor Me Wednesday!

It's Humour Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug, I made a little gift tag in honour of Red Mitten Day (21st November). I printed and coloured the Circle Sentiments Warm Wishes digi and attached it to a die cut and embossed tag. I added a pair of die cut red mittens and some twine, quick and easy and another much needed tag for my stash.

Thanks for visiting, have a good day

Challenge entries
craftysentiments Christmas
CCAYR winter clothing
do-allkreatives #35
Tales from the Craft Room #10