Wednesday 30 November 2022

No stamped images at Fab'n' Funky

Good morning, there's a new challenge starting today over at Fab'n'Funky-
 this fortnight our lovely Ginny is hosting and would like to see creations with no stamped images so time to play with dies and embossing folders.
I'm still making my Christmas cards, so I looked through my dies and found this beautiful Memory Box tree, it's one of the oldest dies I have but I still love it- so delicate and pretty.
I cut a panel of white card and masked it, just leaving a strip slightly off centre, sponged with Distress Ink flicked some water and white ink over it. I stuck the die cut tree on, stamped and embossed the greeting and tied some twine around the panel- nice and quick so I made some more in different colours! I'm happy with the way these turned out.

 For more inspiration pay a visit to Fab'n'Funky to see what my talented team have created - and hopefully you'll want to play along- it can be any project for any occasion- just no stamped images please.

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day



Challenge entries:

thehollyandivy #129

lilredwagon #682

thesisterhoodofcrafters -Christmas/winter

crafterscafe #291


die-cut-divas November Challenge

Monday 28 November 2022

Warm wishes

 Good morning.

Hope you have all enjoyed a good weekend, November is fast disappearing now and Christmas is looming! Time to crack on with those Christmas cards- my aim is to be finished by the end of this week and to get them in the post by next- it won't happen but I can dream! 

I felt like a bit of colouring therapy over the weekend, looked through my files and decided on this cutie, it's been ages since I coloured an Aurora Wings image! Coloured with Copics and fussy cut I popped him onto the die cut frame, papers are from the Works, sentiment stamped and embossed with white EP and 4 tiny Nuvo drops to finish.

 Another one done! 

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries:

peaceonearth #28

craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge. R for reindeer

thefairyandtheunicorn November Challenge

kraftychicks #639

thepapershelter #535

passion for markers #668

Friday 25 November 2022

Crafty Catz Challenge #616- Optional twist- Blue and Silver

 Good morning- just one month to go now until Christmas day- time to start panicking about getting everything organised on time. I still have so many gifts to buy- mainly because it seems to get harder each year to know what to give family and friends- probably because we all have too much already! 

Anyway, here's another Christmas card- my DT creation for this week's challenge at

 Crafty Catz 

which is sponsored by  

Jan’s Digital Stamps

Prize $6 gift certificate

The optional twist of Silver and Blue has been chosen by Janet, our lovely host for this week.

I used a sweet Sponsor image, Caroling, which I've coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut, the background is a piece of DP (magazine freebie), overlaid with torn vellum with silver print - the snow is layers of ripped mulberry paper, I've added a die cut tree, sentiment and musical notes.

As always, some beautiful creations from the rest of team over at Crafty Catz so do hop over for a visit! Remember the theme is optional- ANYTHING GOES- so please do join in! 

Thanks for visiting - have a lovely weekend



Challenge entries:

CRAFT #659

classicdesign #11

craftyfriends #161

jansdigistamps November Challenge

Rudolph Days- November Challenge

Thursday 24 November 2022

Stamped cards

Good morning, after looking through my stash of Christmas card I decided it was time to make some simple stamped cards (no time-consuming colouring!) to build up their numbers. Yes, I thought, CAS, monochromatic and as few stamps as possible- try to make several of the same design- not easy for me- I have a low boredom threshold and go off at a tangent. So out came my Lavinia stamps, various types and shades of blue ink pads...and off I go. It started well- die cut a square of whit stamping card with a stitched edge die sponged ink through a mask to make the circle in the middle, stamped the words over it, used the Berry wreath stamp set and mini holly leaf stamp to create the wreath, stamped the bunnies...and looked in horror at the large dark inky fingerprint I'd left on the right- hand side of my card!!! Said some unladylike words. Tried to remove/disguise it but it just looked worse, so I chopped it off, manoeuvring the die to keep a stitched edge. I then inked and stamped the border panel, using the same inks and the holly stamp. Decided that it looked a bit flat so added white Liquid Pearls to the holly berries and a teal-coloured glitter to some of the other berries. Stamped the sentiment. Finished. Not quick!! 

I had another try...

much quicker!!!

Thanks for visiting.



Challenge entries:

thesisterhoodofcrafters Christmas or winter

crittercrazy #68

do-allkreatives #71

sweetstampers #74

welovestamping.november Challenge

abcchristmas W- White space


Saturday 19 November 2022

Happy Birthday Sweet Stampin'!

 Good morning, it's party time at Sweet Stampin' - it's our 13th Birthday and we're inviting you all to join in the celebrations by creating a birthday card (or project!) - please remember we need to see some stamping on your entry- a digi stamp is fine as long as it's not pre-coloured! 

My image is a digi from Krista Smith, coloured with markers. The background is stamped and clear embossed using a stamp from Aall & Create, the sponged over with shades of blue distress ink, flicked with water and gold mica shimmer spray. The nozzle on the spray bottle is hopelessly blocked so I had a little brainwave (ok, doesn't happen often! and decanted some into an empty spray bottle, sprayed it experimentally and was delighted to see a fine gold mist on my background- not so delighted to find what else I'd managed to spray gold...including the image I'd just finished colouring....

Fortunately it mostly went on her dress and looks rather pretty, if you squint a bit you might just be able to see it on the image below :)

I fussy cut the image and placed it onto the gold glittery die cut (also Aall & Create).  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.

I do hope you'll have time to join the party this fortnight- if you need some inspiration hop over to the challenge blog to see what the Sweeties have been up to.

Thanks for visiting



Challenge entries

colourcrazychallenge #45

creativefingers #243

CRAFT #658

throughthepurplehaze #198

digichoosday #46

dreamvalley #282

crafterscafe #291

sheepski #68

Friday 18 November 2022



Good morning, this week's challenge at Crafty Catz is hosted by our lovely Ginny, the optional twist this time is Christmas, our fabulous sponsor for this week is 

 I used the beautiful Poinsettia image, printed twice and coloured with Copic markers then fussy cut and layered with foam pads for extra dimension. I die cut a scalloped frame from white cardstock, the background is a piece of very old vellum printed with gold stars that I found lurking in the bottom of the scrap drawer. A die cut sentiment to finish.

Thanks for visiting hope you have a great weekend.



Challenge entries:

lilredwagon #680

TIOT Traditional Christmas


leannsworld #56

pearlysparkles #79

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Christmas animals at Fab 'n' Funky

 Good morning, here's my DT make for this fortnight's challenge at Fab 'n' Funky.
 The theme this time is CHRISTMAS ANIMALS chosen by our lovely Pat who is hosting this challenge. I've used another new Mo Manning image, Santa Claws was a Patreon freebie and is now available in the store. I've coloured using Copic markers,  a simple layered design using papers from Polkadoodles. The sentiment is stamped and I've addded some little fairy lights.
There's plenty of inspiration from my lovely teamies over at Fab'n' Funky so please do hop over and check them out. 
Thanks for stopping by

Challenge entries:
cutiepie #177
dragonflydreams November Challenge
intaas #146
craftrocket November Challenge

Sunday 13 November 2022

Sweet 16

 Good evening, I hope you've had a pleasant weekend. I've had a lovely day today- a visit to a friend with a gift for her birthday, followed by lunch out at a local carvery- I do love a 'no cooking Sunday' !!  This afternoon I made this card for my niece who will be 16 next week, I still think of her as she was at 3- the cutest little scrap of a girl with the cheekiest grin ever!  Hard to believe that she's all grown up now- a real girly girl who loves pretty clothes and is welded to her phone- hence the card! The image is from Krista Smith- so many of these lovely digis are perfect for teen girls. I've used my Copic markers to colour and stencilled around the image, added a little bling. The card design is a simple easel, papers are KaiserCraft- the colours are brighter IRL, not good lighting for the photo!

Must dash now- it'll soon be time for the Strictly result show!

Have a lovely evening



Challenge entries

avenue613 Nov. Challenge

allsorts #702 (atg)

colourcrazy #44


C.R.A.F.T #657

thepapershelter. #533

passion for markers #666

morgansartworld #11

Friday 11 November 2022

Birthday Treats at Crafty Catz

 Good morning, another week has flown past and once again it's time for a new challenge at
our lovely sponsor this week is Last Minute Manda
As always, the theme is Anything Goes with an optional twist of Birthday Treats chosen by Christine, this week's host.
To make my card I used one of the cute images from the Baking Up Some Love set. I've used Copic markers to colour and added a little stencilling around the image. Papers are from Polkadoodles and Doodlebug, the sentiment is a stamp and I've added some tiny brads to finish.
Please take the time to pop over to Crafty Catz to see what the team have been up to this week- some beautiful creations you just don't want to miss! 
Thanks for stopping by- have a fabulous weekend

Challenge entries: 
shoppingourstash #483 (brads)

Saturday 5 November 2022

November Challenge at Crafty Calendar

 Good morning, time for our November Challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge, this month we're sponsored by the fabulous Mirtillemente, the theme is ANYTHING GOES 

I used the cute and quirky Sweet Rudolph to make my card, not sure how he's going to eat his treats with that tongue piercing though! He's all coloured up with Copic markers. Various papers from my stash, most of them scraps! Added tiny buttons and a ricrac trim. 

I used this sketch from Creative Sketchy Girls

Please take a look at the beautiful cards from the rest of the team over at the challenge blog, then why not play along? You could be the lucky winner of our sponsor's prize this month.

Thanks for visiting, happy weekend!



Challenge entries:

creativeknockouts #477


shoppingourstash #482

christmaswiththecuties #65

creativesketchygirls #77

aperfecttimetocraft #11

Friday 4 November 2022

Never too old for a snowball fight!

 Good morning, it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Catz.
 My turn to host this week so I got to choose the optional twist - which is 3 OR MORE LAYERS. We have no sponsor this week so it's a just for fun challenge- no prizes but you could be chosen as one of our top 3 and earn a lovely badge to wear on your blog! 

I chose to use Snowball Fight, a  cute Mo Manning digi, which I've coloured with Copics, added some glitter and spattered ink snow. The sentiment comes with the image. I've used various scraps of paper from the never diminishing heap and layered them onto a snow embossed panel of white card. 

I'm not a fan of snow myself but I do love to see the children ( some of them in this family are very grown up children and parents themselves!) having fun with it! 

Do take the time to check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the DT , just click here! Remember , you don't need to follow the twist to join in- anything goes at Crafty Catz.

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a lovely weekend- if you're celebrating the 5th with fireworks please be careful and stay safe! 


Challenge entries:

ellibelle November Challenge

christmaswiththecuties #65 (atg)

polkadoodle #44

colourcrazy #43

12monthsofchristmas #94

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Shades of Blue at Fab'n' Funky

 Good morning, hope your week has been a good one so far. Hallowe'en has been and gone, clocks have changed so for me it's all downhill to Christmas now! We don't celebrate on 5th November now our children have grown, in fact we can't wait for it to be over,  knowing the distress  it causes to so many animals. Marvin couldn't care less but previosly we have owned Great Danes, much more nervous dogs , who were traumatised, reduced to trembling wrecks during all the banging and popping that sounded like bombs going off! Hoping it's over very quickly this year as the 5th falls at the weekend and most families will probably hold their celebrations then rather than spread it out over a fortnight! Ok I'll stop whingeing now and move onto the card. 

Our challenge at Fab'n' Funky starts today, hosted by our lovely Pat K  who has chosen the theme 'shades of blue' - it can be for any occasion. I chose to make a Christmas card using stamps and a bauble stencil from Card-io.

 There are a lovely variety of creations from the rest of the team over at Fab'n'Funky so do take a look! We hope you'll be inspired to play along . 

Thanks for visiting, have a lovely day



Challenge entries:

Crazy is our fame- November Challenge

hollyandivy #127

unicorn #82

creativefingers #241

kraftychicks #635

52cct. # die cut, deer , embossing