Friday 30 October 2020

Crafty Catz Challenge #525 - optional theme- Winter

                 Good morning,  I'm here with my DT card for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz,

Billie is hosting this week, she's chosen the theme of 'Winter' and our sponsor is

All Dressed Up Stamps

The team were given some sweet sponsor images to create with- I couldn't decide which one to use so I used both (greedy-eh!) 
I coloured up Sledging Pup and Sledging all the Way, fussy cut the images and placed  them onto my embossed zig zag card.  I added a few die cut snowflakes,a tree and a die cut sentiment to finish.
There's plenty more to see over at Crafty Catz, where my teamies have been busy creating with these sweet images. We'd love to have you join in this week- remember the theme is optional- Anything Goes at Crafty Catz.

Thanks for visiting, keep safe and have good weekend



Challenge entries:

alldressedup #110

TIOT embossed

52cct fancy folds

CHNC #513

Rudolph Day- October Challenge

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Fab'n' Funky Challenge #500- Blog Hop


Exciting news this morning- it's our 500th Challenge  over at Fab'n' Funky- we are celebrating this momentous occasion with a blog hop and to thank all our wonderful followers and challenge entrants we are giving away loads of fantastic prizes. 
To find out how to play along and be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes on offer you will need to start off at Fab'n'Funky Challenge Blog.

Here's my inspiration card for this challenge-
I'm being careful not to give away the theme- but I can tell you that I've created the background with Distress inks and most of the stamps are Lavinia. Sorry the photo is at a bit of a weird angle, I was trying to catch the sparkle, the light was really bad! The colours are much better in the second photo but you can't see the glitter!

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you decide to play along- here's a quick reminder of the rules-

  • Note down the key word on each blog
  • Leave a comment on each blog
  • Make a project that fits with the challenge request that will be revealed in the words you collect when you have visited all of the blogs
  • Make sure to link our challenge blog in your post
  •  And link your entry to the  Fab'n'Funky Challenge Blog(Please ensure your link is to your post for this challenge not just your blog, Thank you
  • No more than 2 entries per person

The word you are looking for is 


(just click on the link to take you to the next blog)



Challenge entries:

avenue613 October Challenge

intaas #195

fairyandtheunicorn October Challenge

laviniaworld #38

Tuesday 27 October 2020

A turtally cute New Release at Bugaboo!

Good morning, this week's New Releases at Bugaboo ae a couple of cute turtles- one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas- as we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK I opted to use the Christmas one- 
here he is-
I think he's 'turtally' cute.
As always, there's loads of inspiration over at Catch the Bug, and there's still time to take part in the current challenges so why not hop over and take a look.
Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:


Saturday 24 October 2020

Halloween at Sweet Stampin' Challenges

 Good morning, this week's theme at Sweet Stampin' is Halloween, I don't have a lot of use for halloween cards but they are fun to make and there are some wonderful stamps and images to choose from- ranging from extremely scary to cute and fun. I took the opportunity to ink up a sweet little witch stamp (Bells 'n Whistles) that I've had for years and never used. coloured up with Copics, then masked off so I could sponge the background with Distress ink and stamp the swirly sentiment and stars (Lavinia). Stars are coloured over with a  clear sparkle pen,  the papers are Doodlebug. 

There are more spooky makes from the rest of my team over at Sweet Stampin'- and we'd love to see what you create for this fun theme so why not join us this week.

Thanks for stopping by, keep yourselves safe!



Challenge entries:

cck-digitalstamps - October

creatalicious #197

creativecraftcottage #134

digidoodle #32

sweetstampers #10

thepapershelter #446

twooldbats #1

cutiepie #152

Friday 23 October 2020

Crafty Catz Challenge #524- optional twist 'Hats'

 Good morning, another week is drawing to a close- it's been a bit of a mixed week for me- on one hand my daughter and one of my granddaughters have both celebrated birthdays- Ruby's 11th and my daughter's ??? not going to say in case she ever reads this post! We are still allowed to see family (rule of 6!) at present so we were able to see both of them on their birthdays which was lovely. Sadly, on the other hand, we've been told that our beautiful Mathilda has a heart condition. She's 8 years old now which is getting on a bit for a Great Dane as they do not have a long life expectancy, but she's always been so fit and healthy that it's a bit of a shock to say the least. The vet has put her on medication and is monitoring her, she seems really well, a bit quieter than usual but otherwise perfectly happy- eating her head off and asking for walks so we're hoping it's not as serious as it sounds. She's definitely lapping up the extra attention and coddling and any little bits of chicken that might be coming her way.

Today's card is for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz, our host for this is Aunty Sue and she picked the optional twist of 'hats'. 

We have a brand new sponsor this week

and we were given some gorgeous images to play with, I just love this little pony in his Christmas hat! He was so easy to colour too as the shading is done for you!

I created the card base by cutting a semi circle, scoring and folding to make it stand up. It does fold flat for posting, which is a bonus! The rest of it is pretty simple- DP, die cut trees and snowflake border and a few gems. 'Merry Christmas' sentiment die cut in red and white then layered together is on the front of the folded card.

My lovely teamies have made some stunning cards using fabulous sponsor images,
 just click here to take a look, hope you can find the time to play along too.
Thanks for stopping by
Challenge entries:

jinglebelles - not a creature was stirring..
MAWTT #123

Thursday 22 October 2020

CRAFT #474 - Memories


Good morning, here's my last GDT make for CRAFT Challenges, I have enjoyed my time with the team and would like to thank the ladies for having me.
The theme this week is 'Memories'
sponsored by Bugaboo and The Cutting Cafe.

I used a fabulous Bugaboo image, Girls Happy Trio to create my card.

This image is a real favourite of mine, I've used it loads! Coloured with Copics, I've used paper from stash, a stamped sentiment and added a tiny camera charm. 
Thanks for visiting- don't forget to check out the CRAFT Challenge Blog would be great to see you play along this challenge runs for 2 weeks.

Challenge entries:

Saturday 17 October 2020

October Bingo Challenge at Catch the Bug

Good morning, it's time for October's Bingo Challenge at Catch the Bug.
Here is the bingo board-
This is the card I made using the third column (vertical)

The cute elf, is available HERE, as usual I've used my Copic Markers to colour, the sentiment is a stamp and the added baubles are memory Box die cuts covered with Glossy Accents.
As always there are loads of fabulous digis to be won so why not play along this week, just click here to be transported to the challenge blog to add your entry!

Thanks for visiting today- hope you are all keeping well and staying safe...and sane!

Challenge entries:
thesisterhoodofcrafters lots of layers


Friday 16 October 2020

Crafty Catz #523- Anything Goes

Good morning, time for a brand new challenge at Crafty Catz, this week the theme is simply 'Anything Goes- no added twist, chosen by Aunty Sue who is hosting this week.
Our sponsor is

Prize $10 Aud gift certificate

I made a joy fold card featuring the gorgeous Merle, kindly given to me by the sponsor. She's all coloured up with Copics and i gave her a few more fairy lights to get tangled up in!

Here's the inside of the card

 Well, there's absolutely no excuse not to play along this week, if you're stuck for ideas just hop on over to Crafty Catz to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting,
have a good weekend

Challenge entries:

Thursday 15 October 2020

CRAFT Challenge #573 - Anything Goes/ Christmas non traditional colours

 Good morning, I'm here with another GDT card for the CRAFT Challenge, the theme is ATG or Christmas, non- traditional colours. The sponsors this week are
I chose to use shades of brown gold and orange for my card- autumnal shades I guess! The cute image is called Reggie- Christmas Bells from the Colour of Love.
(Sorry, no link- I tried to find him in the store but soooo many images and no easy way to search- I was losing the will to live!)
I've used copics to colour, papers from stash, gold ribbon and some little wooden snowflakes, coloured with a brown inkpad and gold gems in the centres.
There's plenty more to see over at CRAFT Challenge blog so do hop over and see what the team have created to inspire you this week.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Keep it Simple at Fab'n' Funky Challenges

 Good morning, hope you're all keeping well and having a good week. It's time for this week's challenge at Fab'n'Funky- it's my turn to pick a theme  and I chose 'keep it simple'- it doesn't have to be a CAS card, anything with a simple design that was quick to make will be perfect.

I did make a card- it was quick and easy and it's just one layer, stamped directly onto the card blank- usually these are NOT quick or easy for me- something always goes wrong- but this time it worked. I inked up my large splat stamp with Distress Oxides, spritzed with water then laid the card blank on top and pressed down, a bit like using a Gelli plate. This meant that the inks didn't run off the stamp and drip everywhere (which is what has happened previously- maybe I'm a bit too generous with the spritzing :). I dried it with my heat gun then stamped the image and sentiment (Visible Image) on top using Versafine Clair ink. Finished. It took about 5 minutes start to finish. 

I was inspired by beautiful photos of my 2 eldest granddaughters taken on a beach, at sunrise, during the early part of the Lockdown. 

Thanks for visiting today



Challenge entries:

pathofpositivity #84


creativeknockouts #371

craftycreations #414

aperfecttimetocraft #10

do-allkreatives #46


Saturday 10 October 2020

Something old at Sweet Stampin'...

 .... no, I don't mean me! Our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week is to use something from your old stash. I was rooting around my old wood mounted stamps when I came across this little snowman, absolutely no idea how old it is but I do know it was one of the first stamps I bought- I used him a lot in the past but he hasn't seen the light of day for ages. I made 3 really quick CAS cards, I think I spent longer looking through the stamps.

Hope you can find the time to play along with us this week- be kind to your older stamps (or dies etc) and give them an outing! Just remember to include some stamping on your project :)

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a good weekend



Friday 9 October 2020

Go wild and Crazy with the Crafty Catz- Challenge #522

 Good morning, hope you're all well and coping with whatever restrictions the pandemic is having on your lives right now- it does seem to be going on...and on, suppose we just have to get on with our lives as best we can, but I think it's going to be a loooong winter. I shouldn't be complaining because the area I live is relatively 'safe' and, so far, I'm allowed to be seeing my family as long as there are no more than 6 of us -so  at least I can see my granddaughters! 
Anyway, enough of me waffling on, I'm here to remind you that it's time for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz.
Lovely Nick is this week's host, she's chosen the theme of 'Wild and Crazy'-optional as always.
Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Paper Shelter, who generously provided the DT with a fun digital image to use, Cute Cave Girl.
The image is coloured with copics, lightly inke around the edges with Distress ink, some stamped grass and leaves.
I inked my embossing folder (a  magazine freebie) with peeled Paint Distress Ink and embossed a rectangle of lighter green cardstock, then cut the aperture to make a frame for my image. 
I added a stamped sentiment and die cut the letters for 'Go Wild'
For more ideas using this cute image just go and see what my clever teamies have come up with this week.
Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge entries:

Thursday 8 October 2020

CRAFT Challenge #572 - Halloween/Autumn

 Good morning, I'm back with my second creation as a guest designer at C.R.A. F.T. Challenges.

This week the theme is Halloween, sponsored by

 Oddball Art

My card features a cute little witch from Oddball, Tiffany the Terrible, she's coloured with copics and a clear sparkle pen, then masked and inked blended to create the moon. I stamped and embossed a few stars, added the die cut bats and sentiment to finish.
There's plenty more to see over at the CRAFT Challenge Blog so do hop over and take a look at what the ladies on the team have created to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by- have a lovely day.

Challenge entries:
unicorn #59
dragonflydreams October Challenge

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Be your own kind of beautiful


Good morning, it's Humour Wednesday at Catch the Bug and as
6th October is Plus Size Appreciation Day- I think that many of us are bit  more 'plus size' after the enforced inactivity of the last few months-  I thought I'd make a card to remind us all that it's not necessary to be thin to feel good about yourself :)
I made a rocker card featuring the lovely, curvy Dottie Birthday, die cut flowers and swirl and a stamped sentiment embossed with a glittery black embossing powder.
Thanks for stopping by,
Have a good day

Challenge entries:
cutitup #210

Saturday 3 October 2020

Crafty Calendar - October Challenge

 Good morning, the October challenge at Crafty Calendar begins today- the theme is Halloween and what better sponsor could we have than

I made a centre step card featuring Zombie Girl- image 46, have to admit this girl creeps me out a bit, as does the whole concept of zombies, but I did enjoy the colouring! I framed her in a 'mirror' and added some die cut cobwebs and sentiments.
There are some brilliant makes from the rest of the team this month, so do hop over to Crafty Calendar to give yourselves a fright  treat.
Thanks for stopping by.have a lovely weekend

challenge entries:
cck-digitalstamps - October Challenge
countryview october challenge

Friday 2 October 2020

Crafty Catz # 521- New Home or Anything Goes

 Well, here we are again, at the end of another week, it's hard to believe that October has arrived already! In some ways it's seemed a very long other ways it has just flashed by! 

Anyhow, it's time for our new challenge at Crafty Catz, this week we are sponsored by

 JMC Designs 


It's lovely Janette' s turn to host and her theme is 'New Home' - a perfect choice for showcasing some of our lovely sponsor images this week.

My card features the whimsical Story Book Lane digi, which I've coloured with Copic markers. The sentiment is stamped.

There's plenty of beautiful creations to inspire you over at Crafty Catz so do hop over and take a look. Hope you get the chance to join us this week- the theme is optional as always.

Thanks for visiting- hope you have an enjoyable weekend



Thursday 1 October 2020

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

Good morning, after a recent challenge win I was delighted to be invited to Guest Design for the C.R.A.F.T Challenge this month- thank you ladies.
This week the challenge theme is Shaped card/Anything Goes
sponsored by 


I made a card featuring Dimble the Ale Destroyer from Dr Digi.


Isn't he wonderful?!! I won this image a few weeks ago and have been itching to colour him up.
I made the card base by reversing the image and cropping it to just the mug, printing it onto brown cardstock and again onto white cardstock for the froth and metal bands- just added a handle, the die cut sentiment and of course the fussy cut Dimble himself. 
Thanks for visiting today- hope to see your entries over at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.

Challenge entries: