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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Green fairy


Good morning and happy weekend.
It's been a bit of a mixed bag weatherwise here this week- quite a lot of rain and not too warm most days so I've spent a bit of time in the craft room and took the opportunity to colour up this gorgeous Morgan's Artworld image. I made a twisted easel base, covered it with a beautiful swirly green DP, added my flowers, die cuts lace and pearls. The flowers are stamped onto vellum and embossed with white EP, fussy cut and layered together. The die cut sentiment is from Tonic Studios, it's actually a Christmas one but I cut off the 'Christmas' bit!
This week at Sweet Stampin' 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog
Team Wends have a lovely 'Fairies and Fantasy' challenge for you- so I gatecrashed with this card.
As always, there are some beautiful creations from Team Wends to enjoy so please do hop on over and take a look.
I hope you'll be tempted to play along but please remember to include some stamping.
Thanks for visiting 
enjoy the weekend.
Chris
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Challenge entries:
artydivas #25
thefairyandtheunicorn  July Challenge

Friday, 10 July 2020

Crafty Catz Challenge # 514- ATG or Christmas



Good morning, another week has come and gone and now it's time once again for a new challenge at Crafty Catz.
This week it's our lovely Aunty Sue's turn to host and the theme she has picked for us is Christmas, as always this theme is optional.
We're sponsored this time by the fabulous
and
Star Jam Lines

The DT were given some adorable  sponsor images to play with,
I used
Christmas Snowman- so cute and lovely to colour with my trusty Copics.
I added some tiny gems to the string of lights for a little extra sparkle. I intended to add some to the snowflakes on the DP but I forgot! 

There are some beautiful cards created by the rest of the team to enjoy over at The Challenge Blog
so do hop over and take a look, we'd love to have you play along this week.
Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenge entries
christmas-craft-creations July Challenge
fezziwigsfestivefrolics - 1/7 Challenge
CCAYR- July- Cool it
sheepski #40





Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Level Up!



Good morning, I hope your week is going well so far, mine is! 
Monday- got a haircut!!!
Tuesday- went for a walk by the sea- first visit to the coast this year :) It was wonderful to breathe in all that lovely fresh air! (Fish and chips were great too!)
Local libraries are re-opening for borrowing books next week- click and collect, no browsing but better safe than sorry!
Today is food shopping day- can't win 'em all!

This week's challenge theme at Fab'n'Funky is 'for a man or boy'. I made a very simple card featuring a cutie from Mo Manning, it was a Patreon freebie last month, don't think it's in the shop yet!

Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries:
jansdigistamps July Challenge
pearlysparkles #53 (3 banners, 3 stars)



Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Bugaboo New Release Day

New Releases!


Good morning, Tuesday again and time for another new release at Catch the Bug, this week it's a real little sweetie Sign It Kids Polka Dots. I made a little tent fold card, added an embossed panel then placed my image and frame on top - quick and easy! I used my copics to colour, added the sentiment and a few extra polka dots.
Sale now on at Bugaboo Stamps!

Yesterday I had a haircut, I am so not missing that mop on my head and it's lovely being able to see without peering through hair!

Have a good day
Chris
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Challenge entries
tuesdaythrowdown #461 Polka dots
dragonflydreams - no patterned paper




Sunday, 5 July 2020

Feet

 Stella Says Sketch Challenge

It's time for a new Stella Says Sketch Challenge at Catch the Bug, during the summer months they run for 4 weeks instead of the normal 2.

Here's the sketch
Here's my card featuring Season's Greetings Feet.

Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries:
MLCCB #24
fezziwigsfestivefrolics- anything festive
thehousethatstampsbuilt # DCCJL120 Christmas in July

Saturday, 4 July 2020

A day at the beach



Hi, back again with my second card for today. This is for Sweet Stampin' Challenge , our theme this week is 'holiday'- interpret  how you wish, it could be a holiday you would like, somewhere you've been or what you might do instead of going away this year.
I'm not planning to go anywhere soon, maybe if things improve we might rent a cottage somewhere in the countryside or near the sea, where we can take our Mathilda and have a change of scene, but I'm in no hurry. When we go on holiday the thing I enjoy the most is walking on the beach with our dog, preferably a very quiet beach that she can run on and not disturb anyone else! She loves the beach the sea is a different matter- she's not at all keen on getting wet! She watches other dogs running in and out of the waves but isn't even slightly tempted to join in, she obviously thinks they're crazy!
My card shows the kind of beach I like- empty! 
I used water colours to paint the background then stamped the birds. 
I added the diecut and stamped the sentiment.
Why not pop over to Sweet Stampin', there's plenty to inspire you from my team, we'd love to see your take on this challenge too

Thanks for taking the time to visit today,
enjoy your weekend.
Chris
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Challenge entries:
allsorts #579
MAWTT #120
modsquad silhouette
TIOT  Create a scene

Smile!


Good morning, I will definitely be smiling today as I'm expecting my son to visit with my 2 youngest granddaughters- they're allowed to come indoors from today which will please Emily (6) as she'll be able to access all of the toys not just the ones I put in the garden for her! It will also please my son- visiting in the garden is all very well but not a lot of fun if it's raining or the ground is too wet to put the baby down on- not a lot of fun trying to hold a lively wriggling not-quite- one-year -old little girl in your arms for any length of time.
I have 2 cards to share today, this one is for our July Challenge at Crafty Calendar sponsored by the fabulous 

Crafty Ribbons
The theme is a simple one-Add a Ribbon.
I used a cute stamp that I ought online recently- it was a sale bargain and I couldn't resist. I stamped it onto a die cut kraft tag and coloured- with pencils for a change! I doodled around the edge with a white gel pen and stamped and embossed the sentiment. I used a very old punch for the flowers and added some buttons. The pretty ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.
Thanks for stopping by,
Chris
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Challenge entries:
LTCCB  #48
intaas. #86




Friday, 3 July 2020

Time to relax



Good morning- what a difference a week makes- this time last week it was sweltering here  since then it's at least 10 degrees cooler and often wet and windy- that's British summertime for you! 
It's been quite a quiet week here, I did get to the dentist on Monday, broke a tooth during lockdown and no treatment to be had then, fortunately for me I wasn't in pain and it's all fixed now, thankfully. I feel really sorry for people who were/are in pain because it was only possible to get any treatment if it  was  a real emergency- apparently being in agony was not necessarily considered an emergency!
Anyway, enough waffling and onto today's card.

This week's challenge at Crafty Catz is sponsored by the wonderful 
Visit Our Shop

 
It's Nick's turn to host , her chosen theme for the DT is 'Time To Relax'
I used a gorgeous sponsor image to make my card, Morpheus,  he's just the sweetest baby dragon
nestling inside a flower.
I have some design paper (Polkadoodles) that I thought went perfectly with the flower on the image, so I coloured my image to match the colours on the paper (very rarely do this- usually spend ages trying to find papers that match my colours!) then fussy cut the image, shaped it and used foam & Pinflair glue to add a little dimension.
The top layer is embossed,  I diecut a circular aperture and placed the image underneath., adding the diecut sentiment and a few sequins.
I photographed the card outside- the dark patch on the right hand side is a shadow, not an inky print!
I hope you have time to join us this week-the theme is optional, just use it if you want to.
If you're looking for more inspiration then just hop on over to Crafty Catz to see what my lovely teamies have created.
Thanks for visiting  and have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenge entries:

 



Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A wish...

New Releases!


Tuesday is new release day at Catch the Bug, I made a card featuring this week's JJ with her vacuum cleaner. The image does come with a sentiment but this one is computer generated! 
I used some oddments of design paper from my stash and added some die cut buttons which I've made by layering them up and covering with glossy accents (quite pleased with these as they look realistic!)
I wish I did enjoy cleaning...but I don't! It always seems such a waste of time when I could be reading or crafting...and you I know that it'll all need doing again the next day- joys of living with a large dog (and a husband!)
Thanks for visiting
have a good day
Chris
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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Colour Challenge at Catch the Bug

Weekly Challenge!

Good morning, this week at Catch the Bug we have a colour challenge for you... 

I LOVE these colours!

I made a card using some very old but much loved papers from Authentique- hardly any left now!
The image is a favourite too- Puppy Girl - so I really enjoyed making this.

Bit of a change in the weather today...it's been sweltering here for 4 days...today I'm wearing a fleece!
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries:
creativeknockouts #356 (blue/brown)


 

Friday, 26 June 2020

Crafty Catz Challenge #512- ATG


Good morning, this week's challenge at  Crafty Catz has the optional theme of 'Friendship' chosen by Janette  who is hosting this week.

Our sponsor for this is Some Odd Girl
PRIZE

$10 Gift Voucher to the winner but if the winner used a sponsors stamps on their project It is doubled to $20. 

https://www.someoddgirl.com/

The lucky DT were all given lovely sponsor images to play with- I chose to use Girlfriends Kaylee and Mae , image coloured with Copic Markers. 
I made a card base frome kraft card using a Dutch Doobadoo template, papers from stash, die cuts an old Tim Holtz journaling ticket I found buried in a drawer, ribbon and stamped sentiments.

We hope you can find some time to play along this week- remember the theme is optional- 
Anything Goes at 

Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries:

craftysentiments 23/6 Challenge
aplacetostart. June Challenge
cutiepie #148


Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Frosty Friends



Good morning, hope your week is going well- we've had beautiful weather here so far- yesterday was really hot- so I spent most of it in the garden (in the shade) reading- it was too warm to do much else- that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!  
I'm so pleased that the libraries are going to be re-opening in July- wasn't too bothered about shops but I'll definitely be prepared to queue for books!
As it's the last Wednesday of the month it's time for our Christmas themed challenge at Fab'n' Funky, this week our very talented Pat K is hosting.
I made a bridge fold card, featuring a cute digi, Be Sparkley and Cotton Tail from digi Doodle Studios. I made them a snowy scene using embossing folders, die cut trees and snowflakes. 
My stash of Christmas cards is growing (slowly- but better than not at all!)-why not join us this week with a Christmas themed project and grow your Christmas stash too, you will find some lovely creations from the team to inspire you over at Fab'n' Funky.
Thanks for visiting

Chris
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Challenge entries:

MLCCB #23
52cct Snowflakes
CRAFT #560


Saturday, 20 June 2020

Got the Blues...


 
Good morning, here's the card I made for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin'
the theme being 'Got the Blues'- to be interpreted any way you choose! 
I took the obvious option and went for the colour!
Out came the Distress Inks and Distress Oxides- I indulged in some smooshing , sponging and flicking with  the inks and water onto a piece of white cardstock to create a background (had lovely blue fingers for a while). 
Out came the Lavinia stamps- some old, some new, I stamped the Winifred Fairy with black Versafine Clair ink and then  die cut the frame, cutting around the fairy stamp first. I stamped the script and swirls randomly over the frame and added some sparkle to the fairy wings. 
The little scene inside the frame was created using the rest of the inky cardstock and various Lavinia stamps, details picked out with a white gel pen.  After adding the frame to the card base it looked a little bare so I added another fairy and stamped some swirls and 'fairy dust' .
I haven't added a sentiment as I love to use these cards as 'just because' cards and notelets.
There's always loads to see and be inspired by at 
so do take the time to visit-
we'd really love to see what you create too,  just follow the theme  and remember to add some stamping to play along
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries:
MAWTT #119
southerngirls  11/6  Challenge



Friday, 19 June 2020

Tops in my book- Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug


 Hi , I'm back again with a quick reminder that it's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug- I wouldn't want you to miss this week's cute giveaway! 
I made a circular card featuring this cute little girl, happily absorbed in her book. She's sitting on  a shelf in the library- I just can't wait until they reopen their doors!

Just click here for details of how to grab your freebie !

Thanks for visiting,
please scroll down to see my earlier post today.
Chris
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Challenge entries:
sweetstampers #45 B for Books
ikesworld #133 round

 

You're Fabulous!



Good morning...some how it's Friday again...don't know how, you'd think time would pass more slowly not faster right now! Anyway, Friday means a new challenge at Crafty Catz , this week our lovely Jac picked the theme of 'Black and White + one other colour' to inspire the team.
Our sponsors for this week are
LITTLE BLUE BUTTON STAMPS

and 

I used a beautiful sponsor image, Mixed Media Pin-up, coloured her with copics. A you can see I chose orange for my + 1.
I've had the beautiful Dp for many years, it's double sided with the same pattern on each side, but with the colours reversed, I added a small strip of the reverse side across the image underneath the orange ribbon. I added a black tulle bow topped with a blingy thingy , some black pearls and a stamped sentiment.
As always there's loads to inspire you over at Crafty Catz, where my super- talented team mates have again produced some gorgeous creations, so please do pay us a visit.
Thanks for stopping by
Chris
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Challenge entries:



Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Happiness is...


...a sloppy dog kiss- as any dog -lover knows! 
I made  this card for Humour Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug- June 20th is Ugliest Dog Day- how could anyone call a dog ugly!!
The featured doggie is Charlie, he may not be the handsomest canine around but he IS cute! 
I've used Copics to colour,  several die cuts, a punched border , stamped sentiment and added some twine threaded through a strange little button!

And here's a picture of the most beautiful dog in the world! 
My gorgeous Matilda.


Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries:
ttcrd 16 June Challenge
cutiepie 148
incywincy - man's best friend



Friday, 12 June 2020

A pop up box for Charlotte!


Good morning, our challenge at Crafty Catz this week is sponsored by 


The prize is a $6 voucher

Our lovely Ginny is hosting and the theme  she picked for the team is 'Add a number'.
It's my youngest Granddaughter's 1st birthday next month- the time has passed so quickly, I'm a little sad that I missed so much of her first year because of the current situation, but we'll definitely make up for it as soon as we're able! Since we've been allowed to meet family outdoors we have seen her a few times and she's getting used to me again- so looking forward to when I can squish her a bit!! - she's very round, smiley  and beautiful and definitely huggable!
Anyway, back to the card- I made a pop up box featuring one of Mo Manning's adorable images, which is coloured with copics  and paper pieced, fussy cut to sit  on top of the box.

 I've added die cut balloons and hearts,  happy birthday sentiment and her name. The papers are from Polkadoodle (so pretty). 
I decorated the outside of the box with a number one, die cut banners and some die cut hearts.
As always the rest of the Crafty Catz Ladies have produced some beautiful cards so please do take a look! 
Remember, the theme is optional if you wish to play along.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries:
craftysentiments (9 June)

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Creature Feature at Fab'n' Funky



Good morning, can't believe it's Wednesday again and time for the weekly trip to the supermarket- not my favourite occupation, is it just me or does anyone else think that some people ( men particularly) are unable to judge a 2 meter distance...and as for going one way- just forget it! Most of them do go one way which is the exactly the way they've chosen to go- those little arrows on the floor are just for decoration!
One day we'll be able to go shopping without worrying about it again😊

On a much brighter note Wednesday is also the day for a new challenge at Fab'n'Funky, this week our lovely host,  Ginny, has chosen the theme of Creature Feature.
I made a card featuring the cutest little House Mouse (So Sweet Set, Stampendous) such a sweet little face! He's framed by die cut circles, flowers and leaves, papers are Craft Consortium , Bloom Beautiful. The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the tiny mouse and I've stamped around the circle using a gorgeous Lavinia Stamps swirl.
It's a lovely challenge this week so we hope to see you at Fab'n' Funky just click the link to hop over and see what the team have come up with this week.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day
Chris
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Challenge entries:
HMFMC #318


Sunday, 7 June 2020

Just a note



Stella Says Sketch Challenge

Good morning, time for a new sketch challenge at Catch the Bug, at this time of year there is just one sketch a month so plenty of time to join in if you feel inclined.
I have to say that I really like this sketch and will definitely be using it again.
My card features the lovely Flower Garden image,I added 2 strips of DP, a ribbon and stamped sentiment.

You will find plenty of inspiration for using this lovely sketch at Catch the Bug.
Thanks for stopping by
Chris
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Challenge entries:
daisychain  #42

Saturday, 6 June 2020

June Challenge at Crafty Calendar


Here I am again with my card for our June challenge at Crafty Calendar.
Our lovely sponsor for this month is 

Lemon Shortbread

The theme is 'flowers'.
I used a beautiful image, Rose Wavy Hair , kindly given to me by the sponsor. 
As usual colouring medium is Copics.
The card base was created using a Dutch Doobadoo template, a new favourite!
You can see the beautiful cards from the rest of the team by clicking HERE!
Thanks for visiting today,
have good weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries
aplacetostart. June Challenge



Dream Machine!


Good morning, it's time for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' - this week's theme is Fathers Day or Masculine.
I'm sharing the card I made for Hubby's birthday. He's a bit of car freak so I thought he would enjoy this amazing image rom Sheepski- it's a real dream machine! I coloured the image with copics then covered it with Glossy Accents to give it a lovely shine. The background clouds are stencilled. There's a subtle touch of glitter on the wings -not showing in photo. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp
The background is stencilled and stamped onto dark blue card, I added mdf and die cut heat embossed  cogs to echo those in the image. 
There's loads of fabulous  makes from my lovely teamies to be enjoyed Here- we'd love to see your wonderful masculine creations so why not play along this week?
I'll be back later today with my card for this month's challenge at Crafty Calendar.
Thanks for stopping by
Chris
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Challenge entries:
cutitup #201
CRAFT #558
MAWTT #119
simonsaysstamp -masculine
unicorn #55
sheepski #39 (blue /brown combo)


Friday, 5 June 2020

Crafty Catz Challenge #509 - Anything goes- optional twist CAS



Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz it's our lovely Tilly's turn to host and choose the  theme for the DT to use- she chose CAS.
 I love CAS cards -just not that good at them myself...I never know when to stop! 
We're sponsored this week by the fabulous
so a great chance to win some of Jodie's wonderful digis!
I used the pretty  Flower Watering Can , coloured it with copics and die cut a frame from DP.
 I stencilled leaves in the corners and  stamped  a sentiment.

I used the new blogger to make this post- no real problems once I'd worked out how to make the photo bigger! (Thanks for the tip Chrissy)- it just looks different!

Please hop over to Crafty Catz to see what the team have been up to this week, remember, the theme is optional if you want to play along.
Thanks for visiting,
have a good day.
Chris
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Challenge entries:
jansdigistamps june challenge


Sunday, 31 May 2020

Oopsie...I'm a little late...


I made this card for the Humour Me Wednesday
 post at Catch the Bug and have just realised I forgot to post it on my blog! Doh!! Must have been celebrating Wine Day (25 May) and Chardonnay Day (26 May) a bit too hard- 2 days in a row is a bit much when you get to my age!
The featured image is 
 - these girls know how to enjoy themselves :)) - and that's a great size for a bottle of wine!!

Challenge entries:
inkspirational #214
southerngirls 28 May Challenge
craftygalscorner #207
intaas. #84


Saturday, 30 May 2020

Smiles


Good morning, I'm joining in with Team Wends for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin', the theme this week is 'Cute' and  think this fits the bill! The baby fairy is a Mo Manning image, one of the first digis I bought, 9 years ago,  because it looks exactly  like my granddaughter Ruby did at the time (minus pointed ears and wings!)- she probably would have been eating the flower though! Just look at the chubby legs (yum!)-  now she is 10 and  has great long skinny legs and isn't a lot shorter than me! She's still cute though! 
I coloured the little fairy with copics  and the background with distress inks.  I used the sketch for this month's challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil

Do hop over and take a look at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog- there's loads of lovely creations to be enjoyed and I hope you'll be inspired to play along this week.
Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and have a great week.
Chris
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Challenge entries:
mosdigitalchallenge #291
alphabetchallenge dry embossing
thefairyandtheunicorn May Challenge
thepapershelter #429
dreamvalley #226 (sparkle on wings and bees)