Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I spy a blue dragon

Morning Folks!
This week, Kitty has choosen   

 MONOCHROME

as the theme for the new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers. Here's my card using the super cute Clyde party which you can find here in the Bugaboo store. I wasn't quite sure that a dragon could be blue but then as my hubby pointed out they are fantasy animals so they can be any colour you like! I'm sure there must be some real dragons hiding out there somewhere - perhaps they are blue!!


Here's the close up view:


The papers are scraps from my blue folder, the dotty one is Papermania and the swirly one is HOTP. I tried the card without the memory box trellis die cut but I decided the touch of silver really lifted the card so after a lot of indecision it stayed!!

Please pop over to
 to see what the rest of the design team have made and to get the details of this weeks fab prize!
Get creating with your Letraset / Winsor & Newton markers and join us!! Remember you can enter any type of creation, it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for visiting today xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A quick Happy Birthday

Morning Folks!
A super quick post from me this morning, I'm heading out for the day! The new challenge over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges is nice and easy:
BIRTHDAYS
so we're hoping for lots of entries!!
Here's my card which I made after having a good old sort out of my stash . I 'rediscovered' this cute teddy stamp from Crafter's Companion and the butterfly (Memory Box die) was all ready made in my odds and ends box. A quick spot of colouring and ta-da:

The sentiment is from a Humphrey's corner set.


Please visit the main blog
to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Thank you so much for visiting today and for any comments you're kind enough to leave xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:


Monday, 14 August 2017

Stash sale!

Afternoon Folks!

I'm sorting through my craft stuff and have some stash for sale including Penny Black Stamps e.g. 



Lots more to list soon so keep checking back!

Click on the stash tab above or go to this page

Love

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Just popping to the post box!

Morning Folks!
We have a fun and easy challenge starting over at Passion for Promarkers :

JUST ADD GLITTER  

So lots of possibilities! I decided to make a Christmas card, I'm determined I'm not going to be panicking and rushing to make cards in December this year!!  Famous last words ...
Here's my card, apologies for the poor picture, it's such a dull day and it feels more like October than August just now - did I miss the summer?


I hope you can see the glamour dust and sparkle a bit better in this one:


Card Details
Penny Black stamp - Royal Mail coloured with promarkers and chalk inks
Glamour dust and stickles
Patterned Papers -  Country Companions Winter Wishes
Glitter card, mirri board - The Works
Navy glittery card from stash and embossed using CC Bebunni embossing  folder
Diecut snowflakes - X cut
Sentiment - Craftwork cards

Don't forget to pop over to
 to see what the rest of the design team have made!
Get creating with your Letraset / Winsor & Newton markers and join us!! Remember you can enter any type of creation, it doesn't have to be a card.

This week we are generously sponsored by:
who are offering a $10 voucher to our lucky winner!

Thanks for visiting today and please have a look at my stash sale here xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Allsorts - colours of your flag
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - Cute
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Christmas in July
CHNChristmas - Anything Christmas
Come and get it - Die Cuts
Penny Black and More - All creatures great and small
Stamping sensations - Anything goes
2 Crafty Critter crazies - A/G with a critter
Crafty Animals - A/G
CHNPP - A/G with patterned paper
The Holly and the IvyAnything Christmas
CHNC ExtraAnything Christmas

Friday, 4 August 2017

Mirror, mirror ...

Morning Folks!
As it is the first Friday of August, there is a new challenge starting over at Making Memories Crafting ! Our optional theme this time is
ONE FOR THE GIRLS / LADIES
but if you prefer you can just join us with the Anything goes option!

Here's the card I made using a pre-coloured cute square image from LOTV. I bought these from ebay years ago and recently rediscovered them when sorting through my stash. The dotty paper is from a Christmas pack and the others are from LOTV. Die cut heart banner is from Simon says Stamp.


I hope you'll be able to join us over at 
We are generously sponsored by 
who are giving a fabulous $10 voucher to our winner!

Thanks for visiting today!

I'd like to enter the challenges at:
Cardz 4 Galz - Pretty pastels
CHNPP - A/G with patterned paper

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Poppy Fields

Afternoon Folks!
A rare afternoon post for me, I've spent some time just playing today rather than on a DT project - love the summer holidays! 

I saw the new challenge at Allsorts earlier in the week and it immediately made me think of a very under used PB stamp in my collection called Poppy fields. Anyway, today I decided to give it an airing and inked it up, here's the card I made:


I didn't really have a plan for this card, it kind of evolved as I went along. The green textured card was from my scraps box and the red polka dot is from a Christmas paper pad left on my desk after trying to reorganise my papers - long job with still a way to go! I couldn't find a good contrasting colour for the matting layers so then I thought use black like poppy centres. The image need something else against the polka dots so another rummage in the red scraps folder produced a piece of corrugated card.  

Here's the close up view:


Originally, I was trying to do a square card but it just didn't look right with the rectangular image so I found a rectangular card base and started shuffling things around to get the layout. This is when a light bulb moment occured - without thinking about it this card had a lot of contrast and texture making it perfect for my MIL who is partially sighted, she likes to feel cards and have them described to her. Luck really must have been on my side because I found these felt flowers in my stash:


I added the buttons, ribbon and pearls to give more textures to feel! I'm not often that pleased with a card I make on a whim but I have to say I love this one!!

Here's the original inspiration picture from Allsorts - Thanks ladies for your inspiration! 

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
CHNPP - Anything goes with patterned paper
and I'll also be joining the fun at Pixie's Snippets Playground , sadly I haven't had time to visit recently - a trip to the swings is long overdue!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A tad traditional!

Hi everyone!
We have a new challenge over at SPARKLES CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE today and the theme is:

Use a festive sentiment as the focal point

I've gone for a very traditional feel for my card. I don't have that many large Christmas sentiment stamps in my collection, they tend to be rather small! This stamp could easily qualify as an antique - it is from Anita's and I must have bought it at least a decade ago. It certainly hasn't seen much ink recently. I'm always a bit doubtful when I use an 'old' stamp, particularly if it is a cheaper brand as many don't stamp that well but I was pleasantly surprised with this one! I heat embossed the sentiment using versamark and Stampin' Up gold embossing powder and it came out brilliantly at the first attempt! This card does have a bit of sparkle and gloss in real life but I just couldn't get it to show up in the piccys :-(


The paper is from the Docrafts Papermania first Noel collection - another bargain from The Works. The poinsettia is made using  All Occasion dies and has been covered in Wink of Stella which gives a lovely sparkle.


Please click the piccy to visit the main blog
and see the inspiration from the rest of the design team! You have a whole month to join us, we'd love to see what you make! 


Thank you so much for visiting today and for any comments you're kind enough to leave xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
A gem of a challenge - Christmas in July
Crafty Friends - Christmas in July
CHNC - Anything Christmas 
Shopping our Stash - Countdown to Christmas 
CHNCXtra - Anything Christmas
The Diva's that cut paper - Anything goes

Monday, 31 July 2017

Strawberry Mouse

Hello Folks!
Hope everyone is OK? I'm posting in a hurry today as I'm nearly too late for Gerder Steiner's progressive challenge. I've had all month to play with this super cute digi and here I am posting in the final hours! I do have a feeble excuse though - I couldn't get my computer to talk to my printer all last week. Typically, technical support a.k.a. my husband was away, so I had to wait for him to work his magic when he got back!
Anyhow enough waffle, here's my card:


The papers were a free gift from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine in 2009 - I knew it was worth keeping them all this time as they were perfect for this little chap - LOL!!

I'd also like to join the challenge at:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today!


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Party Pup

Morning Folks!
It was my turn to choose the new challenge theme at  at Passion for Promarkers this week - hope you like my choice which is to 

USE 3 or MORE PATTERNED PAPERS

Our sponsors, Digi Stamp Boutique kindly gave the DT images to play with, I'm using New Year Pup which you can find here. I thought this cute little chap would be perfect for all sorts of celebrations. I have used my 'current favourite' papers, Dovecraft More or Less, I love the bold colour combinations. I kept the design fairly CAS because I think the papers provide a lot of interest and I also wanted it to be for a male relative!


He looks like he is having a good time!


The Sentiment is from a Humphrey's Corner stamp set.

Don't forget to pop over to
 to see what the rest of the design team have made!
Get creating with your Letraset / Winsor & Newton markers and join us!! I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

As I mentioned, this week we are generously sponsored by Digi Stamp Boutique

who are offering a £10 voucher to our lucky winner!
Thanks for visiting today xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Word Art Wednesdays - A/G
CraftyCatz - A/G + optional party time
Digi Stamp Boutique - July Customer Competition
Crafty Cardmakers - Lots of Layers
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - A/G
Crafty Animals - A/G
CHNPP - A/G with patterned paper


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sympathy Tree

Morning Folks!
Hope you're all OK and looking forward to the weekend - I'm planning on watching the tennis! As we are halfway through the month ( how did that happen?) there is a new challenge starting over at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
We'd like to see 
THINKING OF YOU/ SYMPATHY CARDS

Confession time now, this is a very long way out of my comfort zone - I've only ever made one sympathy card before and I wasn't happy with it! Like most people they are not the type of card I enjoy making, but anyhow a challenge is a challenge .....
Here's my card which I have kept very CAS in the hope it looks more elegant! 


The tree stamp was a magazine freebie from years ago, possibly Craft Stamper? Stamped with Old Olive Ink from Stampin' Up and finished with matching ribbon. Sentiment is also from a Stampin' Up set called 'Simply Sketched'. 

Please visit the main blog

to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Thank you so much for visiting today and for any comments you're kind enough to leave xx

I'd also like to enter the challenge at:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Wishing on a star

Morning Folks!
This week, we have a nice easy challenge over  at Passion for Promarkers , we'd just like to see you

ADD PEARLS

I made a baby card for a change as I seem to have made lots of birthday cards recently:  


I also attempted my first upright Z fold card. Here's the side view:


and here's a closer view of the cute bear


Card Details
Stamp - Crafter's Companion Party Paws coloured with promarkers
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Papers - magazine freebies
and pearls from Ebay.

Don't forget to pop over to
 to see what the rest of the design team have made!
Get creating with your Letraset / Winsor & Newton markers and join us!! Remember you can enter any type of creation, it doesn't have to be a card.

This week we are generously sponsored by:

who are offering a set of stamps to our lucky winner!
Thanks for visiting today xx

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
CHNPP - Anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes

EDITED TO ADD - I was the lucky winner at


Monday, 10 July 2017

Anything but square

Important note to self here, if you want Mr. Blogger to publish something in your absence, it does help if you tell him the correct month!! Here's my Friday post, a lot later than planned!

Morning Folks! 
Yipppee! It's nearly the weekend and also time for a fab new challenge over at Making Memories Crafting !
This month we would like to see Anything but squares but remember you can go for our Anything goes option if you prefer! Here's my card, I used Go Kreate dies to create the base and a favourite old Penny Black stamp coloured with promarkers.


The papers are First Edition, sentiment tag by LOTV and Memory box butterfly die cut. Ribbons, pearls and flowers from my stash.


I hope you'll join us over at 
This time we are generously sponsored by





Thanks for visiting today and for any comments you'd like to leave!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
CHNPP - Anything goes with patterned paper
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything with flowers