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Friday, 13 May 2022

Rock on!


 Good morning, my card today is my DT make for this week's challenge at Crafty Catz which is sponsored this week by the fabulous DR DIGI, our lovely Ginny is hosting and the optional twist, for anyone who wishes to use it, is 'Masculine'. 

I used the super- cool Davey Dunderton, coloured him with Copics and fussy cut him, he's popped up on foam onto the background panel I created using Distress Inks and brushos, a splat stamp  and shimmery gold paint through a stencil. I added a few tiny gold stars and a stamped sentiment.

Pop over to Crafty Catz for more inspiration then why not join in this week? You could be the lucky winner of some of these fabulous digis!

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend

Chris

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Challenge entries:

craftrocket #92

creativeknockouts #452

cardz4guyz #295 D is for Davey Dunderton!

Passion for Markers #640

TIOT Use a stencil


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Fantasy at Fab'n' Funky


 Good morning, once again 2 weeks have just flown by and it's time for a new challenge at 
 this week it's our lovely Pat hosting and she's chosen the theme of 'Fantasy'- gnomes, elves, fairies, dragons etc- there's a lot of possibilites here.

I went for the fairy option using a beautiful digi from Ching-Chou Kuik, Butterfly Magic, a beautiful fairy, lost in a magical book. Image is coloured with Copics, touches of glitter and Wink of Stella on her wings and the butterflies. I kept the design simple, using torn edge layering dies and matting the image onto DP that has a lovely shimmer. The sentiment is stamped onto a small tag and attached with a couple of flowers. 

Please stop by the Challenge blog for more inspiration from my lovely teamies, hopefully you'll be tempted to join in this fortnight!

Thanks for visiting

Chris

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Challenge entries:

unicorn #76

cck-digitalstamps - just colour it

digidoodle #49

letscreate #183

morgansartworld. #5

thefairyandtheunicorn May Challenge



Saturday, 7 May 2022

May Challenge at Crafty Calendar


 Hello, I'm back with my second post today- it's our May Challenge over at Crafty Calendar, sponsored by the fabulous Sheepski Designs, the theme for this month is Anything Goes.

I made a card featuring the amazing Bartholomew- such a fabulous image ! He's coloured with Copics and a white gel pen on a stencilled backgound, The papers are Stamperia and I've used my Tim Holtz clock die (again!). I've added a few die cut cogs and a couple of stamped sentiments (also Tim Holtz). 

There's more to see over at the Challenge Blog, so please hop over to take a look, and of course we'd love to have you play along this month.

Thanks for visiting. enjoy your weekend.

Chris

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Challenge entries:

Critter Crazy #62

countryview May Challenge

creativesketchygirls #71

daisychain #63

polkadoodle #18

colourcrazy #18

dreamvalley #269

Believe

Good morning, I'm keeping it short and sweet today as I've two DT makes to share and a busy day ahead! It's Emily's birthday tomorrow and we've a family party arranged today- can't be tomorrow as she has another party to go to- oh for the social life of an eight year old! This fortnight at Sweet Stampin' the challenge is to use bookprint, music or maps on your creation. For me, a no-brainer as books are so important in my life! I decided to create a journal page for a change and this is what I came up with- torn book page, digital image I've had for years, coloured with Copics, I think it's Crafts and Me-sadly  long gone! Inks, stencil and some Lavinia stamps and a die cut to try to disguise the messy stamping in the top right hand corner!  Apart from the bodged stamping I like the way it came out! Please take a look at the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Sweeties have made, some brilliant ideas HERE

I'll be back very soon!

Chris

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Challenge entries:

classicdesign #5

digidoodle #49

allsorts #675 ( Lavinia Stamps are my favourites)

thefairyandtheunicorn #May Challenge


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Friday, 6 May 2022

Little Dude


 Good morning, it's Friday again so it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz, this week it's my turn to host which means I get to choose the twist for the DT to use, which is 

A hand -coloured image...nice and easy, especially as this week we're sponsored by 



PRIZE 2 IMAGES OF WINNERS CHOICE
https://www.etsy.com/shop/alldressedupstamps
these cute images are so lovely to colour.
I used Dude- he's such a little sweetie, annd coloured him in my favourite combo of blues and browns. It's a simple layered design with various papers from stash matted onto black card, a die cut and some star shaped brads plus a stamped sentiment.
My lovely teamies have made some gorgeous cards with these adorable images so do hop over for a look. 
Remember, anything goes if you choose to play along- the theme is optional.

Thank you for all your good wishes for our 50th Anniversary, we had a wonderful weekend in York, lovely hotel, great weather and York is such a beautiful city- so much to see and do.
Marvin was very good for his babysitter- she wasn't too impressed with his 
6am start...but apart from that he was no trouble and kept her entertained with his playfulness- she even finds his kleptomania amusing! You soon learn to put things out of his reach and keep doors and cupboards closed when he's on the prowl! 
This is him enjoying our walk on Tuesday- such a happy boy!
Thanks for visiting
enjoy your weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries:
CRAFT #636
MAWTT #142
cardz4guyz #295 D is for Dude



Sunday, 1 May 2022

Guest Design for Mirtillamente


 Good morning,  I was lucky enough to win a recent challenge at Mirtillamente- not only did I get to choose some fabulous digis and papers but was also invited by lovely Eve to be a Special Guest Designer for this month. The challenges are 'anything goes' - you can use whatever images you choose.

The image I've used is --So'Getta Steampunk Gears- isn't she fabulous! The digi comes with 2 versions- with or without the cogs and gears. I used the one without as I wanted to team it with some beautiful Stamperia papers and a die cut with numbers cogs and gears. The image is coloured with copics (lovely to colour up!), fussy cut and placed on  top of my layered papers and die. I added some metal cogs and a piece of jewellery wire with some beads recycled from an old necklace. I made a tag/bookmark as I'm keeping this for myself- it will replace the one that Marvin has just eaten!

Please do hop over to Mirtillamente Challenge Blog and check out the lovely makes from the DT- I hope you'll be inspired to play along.
Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries:

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Punk or Goth at Fab'n' Funky


 Good morning,  the theme for this fortnight's challenge at Fab'n' Funky, chosen by our lovely Buffy is quite an unusual one and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's interpreted- the theme is 'Punk or Goth'. I think I leaned more towards the gothic than goth because it was a great oppotunity to use one of the Delicios Doodles images I haven't had the chance to play with for ages! Years ago I was on the DT for DD and always loved colouring these beautifully detailed digis. I tried to colour this one to look a bit dark and 'gothlike'. My card design is very simple- just the coloured image matted onto DP that has a lovely shimmer, the colours matched so well with those I had chosen to colour with. I haven't added a sentiment as this will be used as a notecard. 

Please do hop over to Fab'n' Funky to see how the rest of the DT interpreted the theme and I really hope you'll join in and show us your take on it! 

I 'll be missing for a few days as it's our 50th Anniversary, we're celebrating with a long weekend break, so see you next week!

Thanks for visiting

Chris

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Challenge entries:

digichoosday #17

morgansartworld #4

worldwide #4

colourcrazy #15



Friday, 22 April 2022

Bunny ears...


 Good morning, this week has flown by so quickly so it's time once again for a new challenge at Crafty Catz. Billie is hosting this week and the twist she's chosen for the DT to use is 'add ribbon or twine'. Our lovely sponsor for this week's challenge is 
                                                 STAMPERS DELIGHTS


The card I'm sharing was Emily's Easter card, the image, kindly donated by our sponsor is Chibi Bunny and Carrot. I chose it because Emily recently dressed up as rabbit with white ears for World Book Day
Image coloured with Copics, papers from Polkadoodles, some die cut eggs and chocolate bunny, stamped sentiments.
It wasn't until I'd finished the card I realised that there was no ribbon or twine- another bloomin' senior moment! I added a ribon bow to the little girl's headband.

Emily was  delighted with her costume- much more fun than school uniform!

Marvin had his stitches removed on Tuesday- he's now able to have his normal exercise - much to his delight! He's been a lot better behaved thank goodness. Yesterday we took him for a run on the beach to celebrate his new found freedom, it was wonderful to watch him run in and out of the sea- such a happy boy! 

Thanks for visiting, don't forget to check out the challenge blog to see what my lovely teamies have created this week - remember you don't have to follow the twist to play along- we love to see whatever you make.
Chris
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Challenge entries:

CRAFT #634




Sunday, 17 April 2022

Bunny girls

 


Good evening, I hope you are all enjoying a happy Easter weekend. I have had a lovely quiet day, spent most of it reading after overdoing the weeding the last couple of days!  A quick post from me to share my knitted bunnies- finished in the nick of time for my youngest two granddaughters tomorrow. We're having an egg hunt, their parents are not keen on them having too much chocolate - Emily has allergies so not the best thing for her so I thought I'd hide these 2 little bunny girls along with some tiny eggs. I would have liked to dress one as a boy but I know they would both want the girl one! I think we'll have to shut Marvin indoors while the hunt is in progress- he is really lusting after these bunnies- has run off with them several times in various stages of completion...and I don't think the girls will like to share!

Only tomorrow left to go then Marvin will be having his stitches removed- so looking forward to him being able to have a good long walk and get rid of some of that pent up energy, he's been so full of mischief for the last week, apart from bunny snatching he's chomped up his cone, learned to dig big holes- a fun new hobby -and decapitated any flowering plants within reach- and horror of horrors- chewed up one of my Copics which he leapt up and grabbed from my desk before I could stop him. Just as well we love him!

Thanks for visiting

Chris

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Challenge entries

Critter Crazy #61

riverofcreativity (not sure if this is acceptable, please delete entry if not)

CRAFT #634

Double D - Easter


Friday, 15 April 2022

Come rain or shine...


 Good morning and Happy Easter, I hope you're having the 'shine and not the rain! Our optional theme at Crafty Catz this week is 'April Showers' picked by our lovely Sue (Olliesmam), we're sponsored by 

Jan’s Digital Stamps


Prize $6 gift certificate
https://www.janmahew.com/

The team were given some fabulous images to play with from the April Showers set,  I used the cloud,the friends with umbrellas and the sentiment, merging them together, coloured with Copic markers and a white gel pen. Glossy accents added to the tiny raindrops and splashes in the puddle. I added a die cut sun and raindrops- then there had to be a rainbow, I don't have a rainbow die so I drew one, cut it out and inserted it behind the cloud.
As always, our theme is optional, anything goes if you want to play along.
Have a wonderful Easter Weekend
Chris
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Challenge entries:
jansdigistamps April Challenge
avenue613  April Challenge
thefourseasons spring/ April challenge

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Feature a Creature at Fab'n' Funky Challenges


 Good morning, well it's been a lovely week soi far- lots of spring sunshine and pleasantly warm...is the winter finally over? I hope so!! There's a brand new challenge starting over at Fab'n' Funky today, the theme for this fortnight is 'Feature a Creature'- any creature, real or fantasy but must be the main focus of your project. 

I used  a cute bear from Colarado Craft stamps, he looks so happy with his flower and fascinated by the little bee. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Papers are Polkadoodles, I added some little brads  and a piece of twine. The sketch is from Sweet Sketch Wednesday

As always there's more inspiration from my lovely teamies over at Fab'n' Funky, and you have two weeks to join in if you wish to. 
Thanks for visiting
have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenge entries:
unicorn #75
colouringinscrapland April Challenge
alphabetchallenge- animal antics
cck-digitalstamps April Challenge
sweetsketchwednesday #April Challenge



Saturday, 9 April 2022

Springtime at Sweet Stampin'

 

 Good  morning, our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' has a beautiful springtime moodboard to inspire you, lots of gorgeous images and wonderful bright, fresh colours- the theme this fortnight is Spring/ Easter.

The daisy and bee inthe bottom left hand corner caught my eye and here's the card it inspired- another triple step card.


First I created the card base, then die cut the panels to fit from white cardstock, sponged with Distress Inks in soft shades of green and used a Lavinia stencil with a darker shade of green. I matted these panels onto blue cardstock. The daisies are from Polkadoodles, stamped and cut with their matching dies. I stamped the little bees and the sentiment onto the panels then attached the daisies. Hop on over to Sweet Stampin' chsaleebgr tgo see hoe thi beautifu mood board inspired their creativity.

 Thanks for visiting, have a fabulous weekend.

Chris

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Challenge entries:

creative-creases #29

cutitup #249

mytimetocraft #479

crafterscafe #283

thefourseasons spring (April Ch)

cardz4galz #170

TIOT- spring colours

getcreative #110


Friday, 8 April 2022

Anything Goes at Crafty Catz


Good morning, it's Friday again and that means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz, we have a fabulous new sponsor this week

 


Prize- 3 digital images
Conie is celebrating her 6th anniversary so she has a 30% off sale for the month of April, no coupon needed. 

and our theme is ANYTHING GOES- no twist this week!
The DT were given some adorable images to play with, I chose to use the cute Dragon Bouquet and had a lovely relaxing time colouring with my Copic markers, as you can see I kept the design simple.
Thanks for visiting- please be sure to check out the beautiful cards my teamies have made using these sweet sponsor images,
Chris
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Challenge entries:
intaas #130
thefairyandtheunicorn April Challenge



Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Craft therapy!




 Some crafting therapy is needed this week-  our poor little Marvin had 'that' op! I felt so mean seeing his scared little face inside the 'cone of shame' and spent the night sleeping (well not-sleeping!) on the sofa next to him. By the next day he'd bounced right back, doesn't seem to be any discomfort at all from the surgery- eating and drinking as normal (greedily)- and his tail was wagging again! He doesn't like the cone but isn't frightened of it now- he's learned to manouvre doorways etc- and I've learned to stand out of his way when he comes charging through- keep him quiet for 2 weeks! Some hopes!! Today only day 3- he is full of energy, bouncing around the house like Tigger on speed- It's going to be a long fortnight!!.

This is Marv, before his op, trying out the recovery suit - he looked so cute- like a little convict-
but vet said not recommended ...


sooo... oh no! 

don't be fooled by that innocent little face- he's already learned to use it as an offensive weapon! 

Anyway, I made the card above to add to my rather pathetic Christmas pile. Not sure what the fold is called....triple step card? The gnome stamp is from Polkadoodles, white embossed card mounted onto blue glitter card, some die cut snowflakes and die cut sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by

Chris

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Challenge entries:

abcchristmas -embossing, glitter

thehollyandivy #113

christmaswiththecuties.#58

craftyhazelnutschristmas #588

polkadoodle #14

MLCCB #43

sparklesforumchristmas #135






Saturday, 2 April 2022

April Challenge at Crafty Calendar


 Good morning, it's time for our April Challenge over at Crafty Calendar, this month we're sponsored by Oddball Art, so a great chance to win some cute, quirky or creepy digis. The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING BUT SQUARE.

I used Image 312 Hippie Peace Van, had fun colouring it with my Copics then sat looking at it with no idea what to do next! I thought back to the days of my youth and the hippies and flower power movement of the 60s and 70s - and remembered the time I asked my Mum if I could go to a psychadelic freakout with my first  boyfriend (we were both 14 at the time, I had no idea what a freakout was, let alone a psychadelic one- but it sounded really cool!) my Mum had her own little psychadelic freakout - and so did his! I never, ever got to go one.... anyway I tried to create a sort of psychadelic, flowery background by drawing and cutting out shapes, colouring them and adding die cut edges and and punched flowers I fussy cut the Peace Van and popped it up with foam pads. This was fun to make and I'm giving it to my eldest granddaughter as I know she'll love it... 

Thanks for visiting, don't forget to check out the Challenge Blog to see what my lovely teamies have been up to- hopefully you'll be inspired to pay along! 

Have a great weekend

Chris

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Challenge entries:

classicdesign #4

crafterscafe #283

scribblesdesigns #107

kraftychicks #605

craftygalscorner #229


Friday, 1 April 2022

Birthday Boy


 Well, here we are in April already! Shame about the cold snap after the fantastic spring weather we enjoyed last week, let's hope it's soon over so we can enjoy the warmth and sunshine again. We even had snow yesterday, just flurries here in the SE but definitely snow. 

My card today is for our new challenge over at Crafty Catz, this week it's Janet's turn to host, the optional theme is LOTS OF LAYERS and our  lovely sponsor is DIGI DOODLE STUDIOS



The cute image I used, courtesy of our fab sponsor is Mikey- birthday boy, coloured with Copics and fussy cut. The papers are Doodlebug, background layer is embossed with my much-used birhday words ef, stamped sentiment and die cut candles. 

I used this sketch from Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge


There's plenty more inspiration over on the challenge blog where my teamies have been busy creating some wonderful cards using this sweet sponsor images.

Thanks for visiting

Chris

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Challenge entries:

Gem of a Challenge #7

polkadoodle #13

mytimetocraft #478

creativesketchygirls #70


Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Good times..


 Good morning, it's time for a new challenge at Fab'n' Funky., this fortnight Buffy has chosen the theme of 'Masculine'. This is the card I made for my nephew's 17th birthday at the end of last year- he was so excited to begin his driving lessons, he's been saving for ages to buy a car....wheels and freedom! I heard yesterday that he's passed his theory test - now just the practical part to go! 

The image I used is an oldie from Kenny K, coloured withCopicsand matted onto red card. The black background card has been embossed with birthday words ef. I added a stamped sentiment, twine and 2 tiny brads.

There's more inspiration from my lovely teamies over at Fab'n' Funky so do hop over and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by, have a good day

Chris

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Challenge entries:

digichoosday #13

lilpatchofcraftyfriends #178

worldwide #3



Friday, 25 March 2022

Little Easter Bunnies

Good morning, hasn't it been a glorious week here in the UK? Hours of warm sunshine every day! I've made the most of it and spring cleaned my summer house (with a little 'help' from Marvin.)- all ready for use now! During the winter it gets used to store garden furniture etc and the odd delicate plant as we don't have a greenhouse and the garden shed is full to bursting with tools, lawnmower etc. So everything turned out of summerhouse into the garden- floor swept and scrubbed, windows cleaned,  rug vacuumed. All the throws and cushion covers washed and ironed, smells lovely and clean in there now. My two youngest granddaughters will be delighted, they love to play in there during the summer months  and miss it during the winter when there's no room to move! I love to read in there when it's too chilly to sit in the garden, lovely and peaceful- even with Marvin's company. 
Today's card is for our new challenge at Crafty Catz, sponsored this week by The Paper Shelter,  Ginny has picked the theme of Easter for the DT to use- optional, as always, for anyone who wishes to play along. 
The DT were given a cute image to use, Little Easter Bunnies, this digi set comes with both a coloured and an uncoloured  version  as welll as background papers. I used the uncoloured one, printed it twice and  coloured one  with Copic markers. I coloured  two of the  bunnies  on the second one and fussy cut them.I made a tent fold card with an egg shaped aperture, placing the complete image inside, then the two fussy cut bunnies on the outside of the card. I die cut some 'grass' and added tiny punched flowers, and a couple of punched butterflies coloured to match those on the image- two little pompoms for tails and I was finished!

Thanks for visiting today- be sure to check out the rest of the DT makes over at Crafty Catz , hope you'll be inspired to play along.

Have a great weekend

Chris

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Challenge entries:
cutitup #248
CRAFT #631
cutiepie #169 Bunnies, brush, butterflies, bow


 

Friday, 18 March 2022

Bunny and Butterfly


 Good morning, it's another quick post from me as the window fitters couldn't make it yesterday...so are coming back today to finish the job- my craft room is one of the windows that didn't get done so it will be a no-go area for most of the day! The new windows do look lovely though so I'll just have to be patient! 

Our new challenge at Crafty Catz is sponsored by

  KLM Digital Designs

It's Christine's turn to host, she picked the theme of
add sparkle or glitter for the team to follow.

I used the cute Bunny and Butterfly image,coloured with copic markers, a few stencilled circles and die cut frame. There is a tiny bit of glitter on the butterfly wings and I added a few seqins for some sparkle. This sweet image does come with several lovely sentiments but I haven't added one as I may want to use it for an Easter card, but haven't decided as I think it would be suitable for lots of occasions.
Thanks for visiting today, don't forget to check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have been up to this week and remember it's always anything goes at Crafty Catz so no need to follow the theme if you prefer not to!
Chris
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Challenge entries
thefourseasons - March Challenge
ellibelle- March Challenge

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Colour it! At Fab'n' Funky Challenges


 Good morning, a quick post from me as the new windows are going in today- and one of them is in my craft room. It's still nice and tidy in here so I'm hoping the fitters won't make too much mess- I don't need any help in that department! Our new challenge at Fab'n' Funky begins today and this fortnight  
N-Eva is hosting and she  would like to see  a hand -coloured image on your creations. As I love to colour this theme suits me down to the ground! I chose to colour a lovely digi from Aurora Wings, one I've coloured many times before. Although the challenge blog closed years ago (sadly) you can still purchase the digis from the online store. Little elf Kira is available here

Thanks for stopping by and I'm looking forward to admiring your beautifully coloured entries over at Fab'n' Funky.

Have a good day

Chris

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Challenge entries:

jansdigistamps March Challenge

lilpatchofcraftyfriends #177

thepapershelter #503

classicdesign #3

morgansartworld #3



Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Hiding...


 Hello, today I am hiding in my craft room! We're having our windows and back door replaced tomorrow and there's a lot of messy and very noisy prep going on today! I've made good use of my time though- gave the room a good clean and tidied away all the stuff on my desk- this doesn't happen very often! It is lovely to have space to work in so I don't know why I don't do it more often! 

I've coloured up a few images recently so I thought it was about time I used some of them on cards. This lovely image was a recent win from Ching-Chou Kuik, and I enjoyed colouring her in fresh spring colours. I have a lot of 'bought' flowers that I rarely use now so I thought I'd  add a few to the card.

The noise is getting a bit much now- I'm off to the library for some peace and quiet, then I'll take Marvin for his second walk.

Thanks for visiting

Chris

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Challenge entries:

unicorn #74

getcreative#109

cck-digitalstamps March Challenge

craftyfriends #153

cccdigicreations #134

creativesketchygirls #69

lets craftand create #181

sheepski #60



Saturday, 12 March 2022

KISS at Sweet Stampin' !


 Good morning- time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' the theme for this fortnight is KISS- Keep It Sweet and Simple. I've used a gorgeous fairy image from Mo Manning- ok maybe you couldn't describe her as 'sweet' but I do love a fairy with attitude!- I've seen just exactly  that expression on small girls' faces many a time! 

I wanted to keep the palette simple as well as the design so decided to colour her in sepia tones. I have addded Wink of Stella to her wings so they're lovely and sparkly IRL. I masked her feet to stamp the grassy border , then stamped the sentiment. The stencil is a Tim Holtz one. 

The Sweeties have created some fabulous and very varied takes on this theme so don't miss out, just click HERE to hop on over to the Challenge blog- we'd love to see your take on the theme too- so why not get out those stamps and play along. 

Thanks for visiting

have a good weekend

Chris

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Challenge entries:

Polkadoodle#11

thefairyandtheunicorn March Challenge

just-add-ink #594

lilredwagon #644

passion for markers #631

aperfecttimetocraft #3

mirtillamente #7


Friday, 11 March 2022

Colours of spring


 Good morning, after a freezing cold Monday it's been a lovely week here- lots of sunshine, mild and dry- the garden has really enjoyed it too with everything springing to life! Loads of daffs, crocus and snowdrops out even a few early tulips (in pots)! Rebus and forsythia in full bloom, the magnolia is beginning to open up as is the camellia and all the trees and shrubs are wearing leaf buds- lots of spring colours out there! Which leads me onto this week's challenge at Crafty Catz- it's my turn to host and pick a theme for the DT-optional of course for anyone who would like to join in- and the theme I chose is Colours of Spring.

Our sponsor this week is LeAnn’s World 101 




My card features Molly, courtesy of our sponsor,  I've coloured this sweet little girl with Copics, framed her with some pretty green DP and added a corner die cut that I've had for years and never used,  I cut it twice, once in yellow for the butterfly. The sentiment is a stamp.

There's plenty more to see over at Crafty Catz, so do take a moment to see what My teamies have been up to this week.
Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenge entries: