Wednesday 30 September 2020

Diamond Wedding Anniverary

 Good morning, this week's challenge at Fab 'n' Funky  hosted by our lovely Ginny, is to create something for a wedding or anniversary. I'm sharing the card I made for some dear friends of ours for their 60th Anniversary- it seemed appropriate to create a diamond fold card!
Thanks for stopping by

Challenge entries
alwaysfun #182

Tuesday 29 September 2020

oops- another senior moment...


I've just remembered it's Tuesday and I made a card featuring Bugaboo's New Release image for this week, so I'm sharing it now...better late than never!

Isn't this little Halloween cat a cutie?? I made this card really quickly, colouring the image with copics and teaming it up with some lovely Doodlebug papers, the sentiment strips are cut from the papers too.

For more inspiration featuring this cute cat, hop over to Catch the Bug to view what my talented teamies have created. 

Thanks for visiting,

have a pleasant evening



Challenge entries:

showusyourpussycats #58

unicorn #58

sendasmile4kids #cute halloween or fall

Saturday 26 September 2020

It's Autumn at Sweet Stampin'

 Good morning, at Sweet Stampin' this week our theme is 'Autumn', a favourite of mine as the autumn colours are so beautiful. I coloured up a sweet image from All Dressed Up and popped her inside a stamped frame - the leafy vine stamp is from Lavinia Stamps (one of my most used stamps ever!)I added a bunch of die cut leaves berries and an acorn, tied with twine. Tiny stamped tag is LOTV.

 Hope you're all keeping safe and well in these continuing uncertain times.

Have a good weekend



Challenge entries:

colourcrazy #38

allsorts #591

craftyfriends #145

craftygalscorner #211

alldressedup #109

worldwideopendesignteam #9

Friday 25 September 2020

Crafty Catz #520- Colours of Autumn

 Wow! Where did that week go?? Once again it's time for our Crafty Catz Challenge, this week it's Jac's turn to host and her chosen theme is 'Colours of Autumn' - how lovely! Our sponsors for this week are 


My card features a gorgeous image courtesy of Sherry West Art- Girl with basket of apples, coloured with copic markers.
As always, my teamies have produced some beautiful cards using these sweet Sherry West images, please do hop over and take a look. It would be great to have you play along with us this week, so come on don't be shy- there's no need to follow the theme it's optional- so no excuses!
Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:
craftysentiments. (22/9 Challenge)

Monday 21 September 2020

Steampunk ATCs

 Good morning- and here's something completely different from me! I've never made ATCs before but wanted to play  along with the new challenge blog,  Steampunk Challenge.  I have to say I really enjoyed creating these tiny projects and I could get completely hooked, such a great way of trying out different techniques and using some of the tiny stamps that get a bit lost on a card. I do love Steampunk style too- the mixture of fantasy , time travel  and technology really appeals to my imagination. My base cards (carefully measured) were cut from a previously made experiment using brushos and texture paste. I added a bit of stencilling and stamping. 
This one is my favourite- I stamped and embossed the boot, added a little colour with a bronze metallic pen and fussy cut. I stamped and fussy cut a pair of wings which you can't actually see because I stuck the feathers on top, then added them to the base. The row of  metallic hearts are actually silver, look quite dark in the photo. 

For the second one I used another stamp from the same set,  stamped and embossed but left uncoloured this time. Tore the edges and sponged with distress ink. Added some cogs and a button and a tiny metal plaque that says 'why not?'The silver elements are the chain, safety pin and key charm.

These were such fun to make and I really enjoyed doing something that was, for me, a little bit different.

Thanks for stopping by



Entering these challenges:

.steampunkchallenge #1

sandee-and-amelie steampunk ch.  September Ch.

sweetstampers #48

welove2create. #9

Saturday 19 September 2020

Jingle Bells

Good morning...errr afternoon! It's time for our September Bingo Challenge at Catch the Bug, I made a Christmas card for this featuring the gorgeous Heels- Christmas Shoe image which I love- 


Using the diagonal line from the bingo grid -embossing, bugaboo image, ribbon, I made a shaped card base using white cardstock and a set of layering dies, used the same set to cut the red layer and the holly patterned DP. 

The image is coloured with copics and sparkle pens, diecut into a circle with just the toe peeking over, hen adhered to card base. I added a few tiny green gems to the image for more sparkle, a stamped and embossed sentiment , a bow and the tiny bells - a perfect Christmas card for my very glamorous younger (much!) sister.

There's more to see over at Catch the Bug, and as always, great images to win, so why not play along this week.

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend



Challenge entries:

colourcrazy #37

jinglebelles gold (bells, embossing)

cardz4galz #130

stinkininkers x3 (bells)

hollyandivy #79

2sistersontheblog #42


Friday 18 September 2020

Crafty Catz #519 - Make it sporty

 Good morning, hope you've all had a good week, I'm back from my holiday a little earlier than planned- we drove back yesterday instead of today. Can't say it was the best holiday I've ever had- it was great to have a change of scene, the weather was amazing- so warm and sunny but I got fed up with having no hot water for baths and showers! It packed up on Monday- owner came out and fixed it- still no hot water- came again on Tuesday- still no hot water - came again get the picture. I am NOT a fan of cold showers and do not enjoy having  to constantly phone and complain when I want to be relaxing and enjoying myself. There were several other problems with the property too- definitely won't be booking that one again! Had such a lovely long soak in the bath last night- pure bliss!

Anyway back to the card- this week at Crafty Catz we are sponsored by the amazing 

Doctor Digi

the theme for the team to use is 'make it sporty' chosen by our lovely Ginny, who is hosting this week.

As always the theme is optional- anything goes at Crafty Catz!

My card features Hole in One Hal, he's coloured u with Copics and fussy cut to stand smugly surveying the golf course. Background is created with die cuts, stencilled clouds, stamped birds and I made a flag to finish. 

Thanks for stopping by and a huge thank you to all of you who left comments while I was away- much appreciated!



Challenge entries:

MAWTT #122

watercoolerchallenges #289

digichoosday #37

diesrus #153 (Sue Wilson Stitched Borders; Find it Trading trees)

LTSCB #137

alwaysfun #180

Thursday 17 September 2020

Happy Bird Day

Oldies But Goodies!

Hello, my card today is for 'Oldie But A Goodie' Thursday at Catch the Bug. A quick and simple card featuring the cute Happy Bird Day Chickie. Image coloured with copics, die cut with a stitched label die and added to the stencilled background panel. Added the sentiment that comes with the image. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Add a button at Fab'n' Funky

This week our Fab'n'Funky challenge is hosted by our very talented N-eva, she's chosen 'add a button' as the theme..
This is the card I made for a very dear friend, he's 86 this year although no one would believe it to look at him! He and his lovely wife still do everything for themselves even though they have family (and friends) who are more than willing to help. 
The image is stamped and embossed, coloured (very quickly) with Copics, DI sponged around the edges. The button is a recycled metal one that I cut off a jacket.
Thanks for visiting,have a great day.

Saturday 12 September 2020

Puppy Power...

Good morning, this week at Sweet Stampin' our theme is 'pets'. 
I'm actually quite proud of this simple card- it's not often I manage to make a one layer card that I like enough to actually send to someone but I like how this turned out! I stamped the puppy and coloured him with pencils (alcohol markers tend to bleed through to the inside of the card) masked himoff and then used a splat stencil and blue and green Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the sentiment and then added a few stencilled paw prints. 
For a quick and simple card it took a silly amount of time to make!
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great weekend

Friday 11 September 2020

Glitter and gems at Crafty Catz

Good morning, time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz this week we are sponsored by 

Our host for this week is our lovely Christine who has chosen the theme of 'add glitter or gems' - this theme is optional as always but works beautifully with the wonderful image the team has been given to use. 
My image is Fantasy Fae 15, I've used copics to colour and added tiny gems to her dress and jewellery and glitter to the bird in her hair. The image is fussy cut and placed inside the aperture cut into the embossed blue card, the background behind the image was made on the gelli plate, stamped leaves and flowers. The die cut sentiment is  Sizzix Tim Holtz.
Thanks for visiting, don't forget to pop over to Crafty Catz to see what the team have created this week, hope you can join us there!

PS This and the next few posts are scheduled- Having a short break, I'll be back in a week.

Challenge entries:
thefairyandtheunicorn September Challenge

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Fab'n' Funky Challenges are back!

Good afternoon, a quick post to let you know that Fab'n Funky Challenges are back after the summer break..  Our lovely Pat is hosting this week, she's picked the theme of circles- so plenty of scope for everyone!
I made this card a couple of weeks ago, playing with some gorgeous Aall & Create Stamps. Stamps coloured with Copics.  Circular background made using the smooshing technique and stencils. The sentiment is stamped. The flower shaped card base was made using a template and embossing folder. 
Please hop over to Fab'n' Funky for more inspiration, hope you can join us this week.
Thanks for visiting

Challenges entered:

shoppingourstash #428
artsystamper #23
craftinghappiness #65
mytimetocraft #440
colourcrazy #34
Double D-colourful

Monday 7 September 2020

Ho ho ho

Anything But a Card!

Hello, I hope your week has started well.
Monday is 'Anything But A Card' day at Catch the Bug.
Here's a little treat box/gift card holder that I made ready for Christmas after seeing several  similar ones on Pinterest.
The image I used is Merry Christmas Word
I have every intention of making several of these for the teen nephews and nieces.... hopefully before Christmas eve....

The gift card (or money) goes in the top bit (haven't bought any yet)
The treats go in the little box. In the interest of health and safety I will eat the treats in this one- wouldn't want them to go off before Christmas arrives ...

Don't miss this one day only sale at BUGABOO

Thanks for visiting

challenge entries:
die-cut-divas - september
CRAFT #568
CHNC #506

Sunday 6 September 2020

Stella Says Sketch challenge at Catch the bug

Stella Says Sketch Challenge

The summer break is over and we're back to our fortnightly sketch challenges at Catch the Bug- here's this fortnight's sketch

and this is my take on it
a CAS design featuring the beautiful Flower Butterfly Vase-
coloured with copics..

Thanks for visiting- remember you have just two weeks to play along.


Challenge entries:

Saturday 5 September 2020

September Challenge at Crafty Calendar

Good morning, our September challenge at Crafty Calendar starts today- the theme is 'anything goes' and our sponsor this month is the fabulous Dr Digi
I made a circular easel card featuring Right Shed Fred, like everyone else in Lockdown he's spent a lot of time in the garden-escaping to his 'man shed' for a little peace from 'She- who -must be- obeyed' 'and her endless list of 'just' jobs!!! Coloured with Copics,  stencilled clouds, embossed frame and base, some die cut flowers, clouds and sun and a little stamped watering can- that's about it!
Plenty more to see over at Crafty Calendar, as always my teamies have produced some wonderful creations, so please hop over and take a look.

My daughter (she's a teacher) and three eldest granddaughters all went back to school this week, so far so good, girls are happy to be back with their friends and having a more 'normal' routine. 
Daughter is exhausted already!
Fingers crossed all the children and teachers stay safe and well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend
MAWTT  #122
allsorts #588

Friday 4 September 2020

Crafty Catz are back...yay!!!

Good morning- Crafty Catz Challenges are back today with a brand new challenge for you- it's my turn to host, which means I get to choose the optional theme- being a kind person I thought I'd ease us all back in gently so I picked 'anything but square'- rectangles are fine...just not squares! 
Our fabulous sponsor this week is none other than Bugaboo Stamps

I made an easel card using a template from Dutch Doobadoo, my cute featured image is Wishing Ewe..., coloured up with copics lots of added sparkle, framed with a selection die cuts, the 'wishing ewe' part of the sentiment comes with the image  'a wonderful day' is a stamp.

There are some fabulous creations from the rest of the team (obviously well -refreshed from the break) just hop on over to Crafty Catz to take a look, and of course we'd be delighted to have you join us this week. Remember the theme is optional- anything goes at Crafty Catz.
Thanks for visiting
have a good day

Challenge entries:
EllibelleCraftyWednesday -things with wings
alwaysfun #178
intaas. #91