Friday, 23 July 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge #561 -Anything goes with an optional twist

 Good morning, it's time for our last Crafty Catz Challenge before the summer break, 

 sponsored this week  by  BUGABOO 

As many of you will be aware, sadly the shop has had to close, so grab this chance to win the digis used by the team this week.

Our lovely Nick is hosting this week- her optional twist is 
Gone Fishing
My card features the fabulous Gus Fishing, the image is coloured with Copic markers, I've added a few die cuts to complete my scene.
The sentiment comes with the image and made me laugh!
Please hop over and see what the rest of the team have created for you this week and it would be great if you could join us with a lovely creation of your own.
Our next challenge will be 3rd September.

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Monochrome mauves

 Good morning,  this is my DT card for this week's challenge at Fab'n'Funky. It's my turn to host, the theme I chose is MONOCHROME.

I coloured up a beautiful (free) image I found online- really needed a little colouring therapy at the time! I used soft shades of mauve and purple which is quite an unusual choice for me. I matted the coloured image onto an embossed panel and a layer of DP. Three brads (so old they're probably vintage!) a mauve ribbon and stamped sentiment to finish.

Apologies for slightly dingy colours, the embossed panel and cardstock is actually bright white!

There's more to see over at Fab'n'Funky, so please do take a look, it would be great to have you play along this week!

Thanks for visiting

keep yourselves safe


Challenge entries:

digichoosday. #29

lemonshortbread #150

dreamvalley #251

allsorts #633/4

thefairyandtheunicorn July Challenge

colourcrazy #28


Monday, 19 July 2021

Just because...

 Good afternoon, it's a beautiful day here, I've come indoors to escape from the sun for a little while and thought I would share this card that I made just because I could. It seems like ages since I had the time or inclination to create something that I didn't actually need for a DT or a specific occasion. 

I die cut a square of white cardstock, stamped the floral image and masked it off. I used a stencil (magazine freebie!) and black ink to create the chevron pattern. I stamped the little girl (a Vera Lane stamp), masked that too and stamped the flowers she is sitting on and added the stamped sentiment. My copic markers were used for colouring both images. I placed the panel on a black card base.

I've spent most of the morning in the garden, sitting in the shade -reading. I did give Marvin a good brushing though, his adult coat is starting to come through now, at the grand age of 6 months. He's looking very handsome but oh boy everywhere gets covered in his hair- every day the vacuum cleaner is absolutely full of it and  when I brush him it comes out in handfuls! I keep thinking we're going to have a bald dog at this rate- but oh no the hair is never-ending- his coat is thick, shiny and getting a much darker red. Here he is- my handsome boy! Looks as if butter wouldn't melt- looks are very deceptive...!

Thanks for visiting today, keep safe and healthy and cool!



Challenge entries:

beyondtheblue #BB24

polkadoodle #29

daisychain #54

LTSCB #147

audsentiments #279

craftinghappiness #105

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Make your own background at Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Good morning, it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin'.
The theme this fortnight is 

So I had a little play with Distress Oxide Inks, a sunray stencil and a lovely Nuvo Mica Mist spray- wish the shimmer and sparkle showed up in the photo!
I let the background dry thoroughly (not easy for me...I'm too impatient!) and then stamped the beautiful seahorse (Lavinia Stamps) using a dark green Versafine Clair ink. I used a clear glitter pen to pick out some of the scales and the tendrils (again not showing in photo- but it does look pretty IRL).
I finished the edges with some Frantage crushed glass glitter.

 It's well worth paying a visit to Sweet Stampin' challenge blog just to see the beautiful cards my lovely and talented teamies have produced this week- we'd love to see what you make of this challenge theme too, so why not play along this fortnight?

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

2craftycrittercrazies #52

aperfecttimetocraft #7


creativecrafters #42

craftycreations #423

welove2create #7

Friday, 16 July 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge # 560 Optional twist- Christmas in July

 Good morning, hope you've all had a good week and are safe and well. It's my youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday today, hard to believe she's 2 already, I seem to have missed so much of her babyhood because of all the restrictions and she's changed from a baby to a bright and beautiful little girl, a real chatterbox with a mind of her own (!!) not at all shy! Happy Birthday little Charlotte. 

On to the card- this week's challenge at Crafty Catz, hosted by our lovely Ginny, has the (optional) theme of CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Our sponsor for this week is 

Heather Valentin - Colour of Love 


The image I have used is Christmas Star, coloured with Copics, glitter markers and a white gel pen, touches of glitter added to the snow. The papers are from Polkadoodle, I've added some die cuts and 3 tiny buttons.

As always there's plenty to see over at Crafty Catz so do hop over and see what my lovely teamies have created this week.
Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely weekend.

Challenge entries:
cardz4galz # 151
MLCCB  #36
dragonflydreams Christmas in July

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Crafty Calendar- July Challenge

 I'm a bit late with my DT make for tis month's challenge at Crafty Calendar but there's still plenty of time to play along- and as the theme this time is 'Anything Goes'  no excuses please!

Our lovely sponsor this month is Jan's Digital Stamps
I used a beautiful sponsor image from the Christmas Skates set and made a circular card. I've used my Copic markers to colour. 
Thanks for stopping by...I'm off to watch the tennis.

Challenge entries:

CHNC #550
ellibelle Christmas in July
lilredwagon- Christmas

Friday, 9 July 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge #559 - Optional twist- CAS with a sentiment

 Good morning, this week's challenge at Crafty Catz  is hosted by our lovely Ginny and we're sponsored by STAR JAM LINES

The OPTIONAL theme this week is 

To make my card I used a cute sponsor image -Gnome in a Watering Can. I have used Copic markers to colour. 
There is loads of inspiration from my lovely team to be enjoyed over at Crafty Catz and of course we would love to have you join us this week- remember the theme is always optional- anything goes at Crafty Catz.
Thanks for visiting today

Challenge entries:

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

I'll be back...

 Good afternoon  my lovely friends and followers,

A brief explanation for my unscheduled absence- my  brother lost a short but traumatic battle with bowel cancer and passed away last month. I have needed some time to spend with my family and to try to get my head around the sudden loss of such a wonderful man. I'm still struggling with this but need to keep myself busy, so intend to be back blogging on Friday...fingers crossed.



Friday, 11 June 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge #555- Optional twist- Make a scene

 Hello! Running a bit late today with my post for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz. I'm off on holiday tomorrow so I've been busy packing and getting and getting the house ready for Marvin's 'babysitter', a lovely friend who has kindly offered to stay here with him while we are away. Usually we take our dogs with us when we go on holiday but at 5 months he's too young for the journey. Also he has kleptomaniac tendencies and I wouldn't trust him in someone else's property! He really loves his Aunty Helen and she loves him so I know he'll be perfectly happy with her but we're going to miss him!

Anyway back to the card...this week the optional theme has been chosen by our lovely Nick, 

'Make a Scene'

We are sponsored this week by 


I made a bridge fold card, the background toadstool houses are a Polkadoodles stamp,  the little fairy is from Jenoviya Art and the toadstool border is a die cut, also Polkadoodles. I've used Copic Markers to colour.
As always there's plenty of beautiful makes from the Crafty Catz over at the Challenge blog- hope to have you play along this week- remember the theme is always an option, we love to see your creations whatever they are!
Thanks for stopping by- see you in a week.

Challenge entries
cck-digitalstamps June Challenge
worldwideopen DT Challenge #05
morgansartworld June Challenge
thefairyandtheunicorn June Challenge

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

One for the boys

 Good morning, this week our challenge theme over at Fab 'n' Funky Challenges has the theme of 


chosen by our lovely and super-talented Pat K.

This is the card I made for my nephew- a stencilled background using various colours of Distress Inks, a die cut keyboard and a few stamps. I don't have a die for a guitar so I stamped onto black cardstock and fussy cut it. to create the guitar silhouette.

Thanks for visiting 

Have a lovely day



Challenge entries:

incywincy - for the men

useyourstuff #424

aplacetostart. (card, birthday, mixed media, stencil)

dragonflydreams for the boys

stinkininkers you're the Man

watercooler #317

Saturday, 5 June 2021

June Challenge at Crafty Calendar


Good morning, I'm here today with my DT card for our June challenge at Crafty Calendar.

The theme this month is
 Anything Goes
and we're sponsored by the fabulous 

I made a rocker card using the cute Party Birds digi, which I've coloured with Copic markers and glitter pens. The colours of my card are much brighter IRL- unfortunately the light was bad when I took the photo...

There are some beautiful creations from the rest of the Crafty Girls using these cute sponsor digis over at Crafty Calendar and we'd love to have you join us for this 'anything goes' challenge.
Thanks for visiting today, have a great weekend

Challenge entries:
cck-digitalstamps  June Challenge

Friday, 4 June 2021

Tag- You're It! at Crafty Catz Challenges

 Good morning, what a fabulous week of warm sunshine we've enjoyed here! It's been so lovely to spend some time in the garden...even if Marvin does make sure that it's not particularly peaceful! At 41/2 months old he finds impossible to resist the lure of plants, flowers, stones, bees, ants, snails- well anything really! Still what can you expect from a puppy- I'm sure he'll grow out of eating everything one day...please!!

Anyway back to business- there's a new challenge starting at Crafty Catz today, the theme, picked by Jac, is Tag- You're It- as always this theme is optional.

Our sponsor this week is the one and only Bugaboo Stamps 

prize...$12 gift voucher

The image on my hand cut kraft tag is Snowman and Birds, which I've coloured with pencils
There's plenty of inspiration from the rest of the DT over at Crafty Catz so do hop over for a peek, we'd love to have you play along this week.
Thanks for visiting today- have a great weekend

Challenge entries:
craftysentiments- atg (1/6/ Challenge)

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Yo ho ho ! Guest Designer at Digi Doodle Studios

Good morning, I was lucky enough to win a challenge at Digi Doodle Studios, and delighted to be invited to Guest Design for this month's challenge. 
The theme is BOYS TO MEN

 I made this card featuring the cute Pauly Pirate (thank you Dina), he's coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut, I stood him on a desert island in the shade of a palm tree, a Tonic Studios die cut. The rolling waves are cut from very old dp, I think Nitwits. The ship is hand drawn and the sentiment is a stamp.

There is plenty more inspiration to be seen from the fabulous designers over at Digi Doodle Challenges,  it's a great theme this month, hopefully you'll be inspired to play along.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:


passion for markers #594

unicornchallenge. #66

creatalicious #212

pearlysparkles #63

Friday, 28 May 2021

Did someone say free cake??


Hi, I'm back again already with a card made with this weeks cute freebie from Catch the Bug.


I coloured this cutie with Copics, fussy cut and popped him onto the blue dotted panel using foam pads. I added a die cut sentiment and two narrow strips of the same dp.

Hop over to Catch the Bug to grab your freebie- you won't want to miss this cutie!

Thanks for visiting today- hope you have a lovely weekend with plenty of sunshine.



Challenge entries:

just-add-ink #556

creativeknockouts #403

kraftychicks #561

polkadoodle #22

Something pink at Crafty Catz

 Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz our optional theme , chosen by Ginny, is 

add something pink

We are sponsored for this challenge by The Paper Shelter

I chose to use an image I already owned and had never got around to colouring before, a little sweetie called Charming Country Girl,  she's available Here

I have no idea what this card fold is called, but it looks pretty and folds flat for posting which is always a bonus!

The dp is Blissful Cocoa (Anne Marie Crafts), one of those paper pads that I tend to hoard and not use. 

The sweet image is coloured with Copics, I gave her some grass to sit on and stencilled some fluffy clouds. The die cut roses are Little B dies,  and I added a few tiny pink pearls.

As always, anything goes at Crafty Catz, the theme is optional for those who wish to use it, so it's always easy to play along with our challenges- if you're stuck for inspiration there are some fabulous makes from the rest of the DT over at the Challenge Blog.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

colourcrazy #21

audsentiments #275

thepapershelter #471

lemonshortbread #146

craftinghappiness #97

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Not a stamp in sight...

 Good morning- once again we've reached the last Wednesday of the month and it's time for our Christmas- themed challenge at Fab 'n' Funky

I made a simple card- quick to make as there are no stamps or colouring, just embossing and die cuts. I layered the embossed white panel onto silver pearlescent card, and added the circle, snowflakes and sentiment dies- popped the gem on top of snowflake- all finished!

There's more inspiration from the team at  Fab 'n' Funky Challenge Blog and we'd love to have you play along with us this week- anything Christmas themed is great- it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

Rudolph Day- May Challenge

hollyandivy #95

CHNC #543

letscreate #171


happylittlestampers atg with dies

pearlysparkles #62

jinglebelles- bling

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Stella Says Sketch #911 at Catch the Bug


Good morning, it's time for a new sketch challenge at Catch the Bug- here's the sketch

and this is my card featuring the cute Unicorn Chibi

 Image coloured with Copic markers, a die cut frame and embossed die cut border edged with narrow ribbon. Very old DP from stash and a die cut sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by today

Challenge entries:
thefairyandtheunicorn May Challenge

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Stand tall

 Good morning, our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' starts today- this fortnight the theme is 


I hand cut the tag shape from white cardstock and used distress inks and a stencil to make the background and stamped around the edges with a lace- patterned stamp and Twilight Versafine Clair ink. I used the same ink and stamps on the sentiment strip. The  dark blue 'ground' is torn wahi tape- proud of this because I never think to use it! I added the dark blue criss/cross die cut and the green flowers- the mall ones are punched and the larger one cut from DP. The Julie Nutting doll has been coloured with Copics, her clothes are paper pieced. I added some ribbon and tiny green gems to finish. 

For more inspiration please hop over to the Challenge Blog to see what the Sweeties have created this week. We'd love to have you play along- remember you now have 2 weeks to add your entries.

Thanks for visiting

enjoy your weekend.



Challenge entries:

crafterscafe #266

creativecraftcottage. #140

daisychain #52

audsentiments #275

craftygalscorner #219

useyourstuff #422

Friday, 21 May 2021

Crafty Catz challenge # 552- optional twist- Cute as you like!

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

 the optional theme chosen by our lovely Christine is 'Cute as you like'- perfect with these cute and quirky images. 

I have used the adorable Gabriella to make my card- coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut, I've added a die cut fence for her to peek over- and that round yellow thing with rays is called the sun...not seen much of it here lately... Papers are Doodlebug and a stamped sentiment to finish.

As always there are loads of fabulous makes from the rest of the team to be enjoyed over at Crafty Catz Challenges- this week we have a lovely new teamie joining us as well as our fabulous resident Guest Designer- so please be sure to check out their blogs too.

Our DT/GDT call is still ongoing - the details are on the challenge blog.

Thanks for visiting 



Challenge entries:

asyoulikeit- favourite colouring medium -

alcohol markers- I have loads of colours and they blend so beautifully.

digichoosday #20

2craftycrittercrazies #50

classicdesign #5

craftyanimals. #50

sweetstampers #56

snarkystampers A for animals

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Anything goes at Catch the Bug- Violet

Good morning- it's time for a new Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug. I've used this month's Newsletter freebie, FG Violet, to make my card. If you haven't already signed up for the monthly newsletter please do so- you'll be missing out on cute freebies like this one if you don't! 
The image is coloured with Copic markers, very old DP from stash,  a border punch (ek)  and die cut flowers, leaves ( Little B) and circle frames ( Tonic).
Hop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration from the Bugaboo team- why not play along? Anything goes- and the prizes are awesome!
Thanks for stopping by

Challenge entries:
Double D- Flower of the month -violet
Ellibelles Crafty Wednesday- bloomin' beautiful
colouringinscrapland- MayChallenge- flowers


Friday, 14 May 2021

Just Chill...


Good morning, another weekend almost here- and just a few more days until we can invite friends and family into our homes again- it will be so lovely to be able to sit in comfort and enjoy a meal or a coffee with friends without having to worry about the weather! 
My card today is my DT card for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz- my turn to host this week and the theme I have picked is
our fabulous sponsor this week is 

I have used Paddling Pool Peggy - this lady sure knows how to relax!
I've used Copic markers to colour and various papers from my stash and a few brads  (doesn't seem to matter how many of these brads I use there never seems to be any less in the box!)
I hope you can find some time to pop over to Crafty Catz and see what my lovely teamies have created with these fun digis - you don't need to follow the theme to play along as all our challenges are Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting, have a lovely day and a great weekend

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Embellish it

 Good morning, hope your week is going well so far. Yesterday we had some lovely warm sunshine here and I found some time to sit in the garden and finish my library book- bliss! I managed half an hour before I gave in and played ball with one determined puppy! He's brilliant at 'fetch' not quite as good with 'drop' but we're getting there.

Today's card is this week's challenge at Fab'n' Funky, hosted by N-Eva- her chosen theme is 

Embellish It

I used a lovely digital image from  Mo Manning, Alisa with Roses, which I've coloured with Copic Markers. I cut out the image with a stitched circle die and layered it onto a larger circular die cut with tiny punched holes which I've threaded with ribbon. The papers are from a  Craft Sensation pad I bought in the Range, a real bargain, great quality paper and  I just love the colours! I've embellished it with die cuts (Memory Box) and some tiny pearls.

There's more to see over at Fab'n' Funky - so please do hop on over and take a look- hopefully you'll be inspired to play along this week.

Thanks for stopping by

enjoy your day



challenge entries:

digichoosday #19

lemonshortbread #145

passion for markers #591 Fave colours- blue and brown


mosdigitalchallenge #303

creativecraftcottage #140

daisychain #52

craftrocket #81 (blue/brown)

Friday, 7 May 2021

Crafty Catz Challenge #550 DT card

 Good morning- I'm a little late today- life gets in the way sometimes and the best-laid-plans go to pot! 

This week's challenge at Crafty Catz , hosted by our lovely Billie A is sponsored by 

All Dressed Up Stamps

The optional theme this week is 
Flowers/twine/ gems

The DT were given some adorable images to play with- I chose to use Country Girl. She's coloured with Copic Markers and I added some dots to her jumpsuit with a whit gel pen. I kept to a simple matted layout and  added a die cut frame, and die cut flowers, which I have again coloured with Copics, tiny pearls added to the centres.

As always there is plenty to see over at Crafty Catz, my lovely teamies have produced some gorgeous cards this week.
Our DT call is still ongoing so please check out the details while you are there.

I have a couple of  photos of Marvin to share today- he's growing SO fast, getting quite gangly with those long legs! He's outgrown his puppy basket- amazingly it's still in one piece -I thought he would have eaten before he grew out of it! I don't think he'll be in his first crate much longer either...
He's such a lovely boy (most of the time), full of fun and mischief but so sweet natured and friendly.

Thanks for visiting

Challenge entries:

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Crafty Calendar May Challenge- Masculine

 Good morning and happy weekend- first day of a new month- May is here! 

This month's challenge at Crafty Calendar begins today, sponsored by none other than the fabulous 

Bugaboo Stamps

Our theme for this month is 


My card features the amazing Gus, a favourite of mine for masculine cards. This image is Collect Wrinkles, just one of the many Gus images available.

As usual I've used Copic markers to colour. Papers from stash, 3 buttons and a stamped sentiment.

I love the cards my amazing teamies have created for this challenge- click here to see them yourselves.

Thank you for visiting, wishing you a great weekend and a happy week ahead.



Challenge entries:

thepapershelter #467

passion for markers #589

Gem of a Challenge #9

crafts galore encore #87

worldwideopendesignteam# 04

intaas. #107

Friday, 30 April 2021

Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug- dinosaur

It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug

this week's image is a cute dinosaur- 

I made an Easter card for my friend's grandson- he is obsessed with dinosaurs - I thought it would be more fun for him than bunnies or chicks!

I coloured the image with copic markers and fussy cut it. I die cut more eggs in 2 sizes, drew some cracks and speckles and coloured them too. The little dinosaur was the first to hatch- but he won't be lonely for long, his brothers and sisters will soon be joining him!

 Thanks for visiting today - don't forget to grab your freebie!


Challenges entered:

craftygalscorner #218

digichoosday #17

craftinghappiness #94 bright colours

lilpatchofcraftyfriends #156

For a child

 Good morning, this week at Crafty Catz Challenges our optional theme is 

for a child

chosen by our lovely Auntie Sue who is hosting this challenge.

Our sponsor this time is Star Jam Lines

The DT were given some adorable images to play with, I chose to use Party Giraffe- so sweet- to make a card for my friends little granddaughter's 1st birthday. I've used my Copic markers to colour the image, various papers from stash, ribbon and braid trim, a few tiny pearls. The tag behind the image is removeable and bears her age as well as her name.

We'd love to have you join us this week- click here to check out the beautiful creations from my fabulous teamies and add your own wonderful creation- remember the theme is optional - anything goes at Crafty Catz.

Thanks for visiting



challenge entries

cutecardthursday #684

kraftychicks #557

ellibelle (bow, balloons, brad)

craftysentiments 27 April Challenge

dreamvalley #246