Sunday, 22 January 2017

Special Mam

I decided to make a start on Mother's Day cards today using this lovely heart-shaped floral wreath which was a freebie many moons ago from The Digistamp Boutique ...

I've coloured the image using pro-markers in pastel shades and embellished with pearls. The spotty backing paper came from Dovecraft's Back To Basics II pack.

I'm entering this card into the current challenges at:

The Paper Players - flowers
CAS On Sundays - hearts
Cupcake Inspirations - pearls
Crafting When We Can - spots and/or stripes
A Gem Of A Challenge - hearts and/or flowers

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Friday, 20 January 2017


I needed to make a birthday card for a young lad who loves Lego - unlike me - I think it's evil, especially when you stand on a piece in bare feet!!

I found an outline image of a Lego man via google that works as a digi image and coloured him using primary coloured pro-markers. I then carefully fussy-cut him. For the background, I created a Lego 'base' using dark green card and lots of circles, using foam pads to create dimension...

As I was making this, all I could think of was that annoying 'Everything Is Awesome' song from the Lego movie - hence the greeting!

I'm entering this creation into the challenges at:

Brown Sugar #234 - anything goes
QKR Stampede #227 - one for the kids
Crafty Creations #333 - anything goes 
Ooh - La - La Creations #220 - for a man or a boy
Creative Fingers #123 - anything goes
Outlawz Twisted Thursday - at the movies

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Friday, 13 January 2017


I don't often make St. Valentine's Day cards but I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch

Using a gorgeous heart die that I got with a magazine at a recent craft fair (Die Cutting Essentials - was an old issue so I got it for 4 quid!) and a square border die I created this...

I've added a greeting done in 'BEBAS' font and some red pearls ( I had to use one more than the sketch to balance the layout). 

As well as the sketch challenge, I'm entering this card into the 'anything goes' challenges at:

Brown Sugar Challenge #233
Inspiration Destination Challenge #118
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Big 4 0

For Christmas I was lucky to be spoilt with lots of crafty presents. My faves by far were two sets of large number dies from Tattered Lace. They are designed to make table numbers for weddings etc but I knew they would look fab on number birthday cards...

I wanted a card that was shiny and girly but not fussy. Using a 7x7 inch scallopped base, I used some cerise card for the numbers with a silver mirri-card 'shadow'. The patterned polka dot card is from Buzzcraft   and the greeting was done in Copperplate Gothic font. For a touch of decoration, I've added some peel-off shiny dots at the top of each number.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Fab 'N' Funky Challenge #333 - birthday with a number
Crafting From The Heart #142 - anything goes
Dream Valley #147 - something new (dies)
Crafting When We Can #135 - anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #35 - anything goes

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

An Early Start!

OK - so I started my Christmas cards very late in 2016 - I'd made a few throughout the year but I still ended up making the majority of my cards in November and early December! Not good for the stress levels leading up to Christmas!

So here's the first Christmas card for 2017...

I've used a similar layout to some of my 2016 designs but this exercise is more about getting cards made rather than being innovative about design!

I used the lovely wash tape I found in Lidl, a Diesire bauble die, a Memory Box bow die and some flat backed pearls.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

ABC Christmas Challenge - B is for ....bauble
The Crafty Addicts - monochrome
The Merry Christmas Challenge - lots of red
Dies R Us Challenge #64 - anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe - monochrome
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - clean and simple

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Party Girls

I've pulled a much loved golden oldie out of my stamp collection today - Victoria and Juliette's Night Out from Stampin' Bella...

I've used bright striped and polka dot glittery papers from The Range, black card matting and a few decorative squares in matching colours. The image is coloured with pro-markers, the 'celebrate' greeting is a very old digi from a free digi website and the font used on the main greeting is 'Hobo Std' - I think that covers everything!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #310 - anything goes
Water Cooler Wednesday - it's a celebration
Mod Squad Challenge - anything but Christmas
Crafting By Designs - anything goes (January)
Ooh La La Creations #219 - feminine

Here's to another year of crafting and blogging!


Thursday, 29 December 2016

What Day Is It?

So we're at that strange time of year where all the meals blend into one and nobody knows what day it is! I've started to play with some of the goodies I bought in the sales - I'm very taken with these lovely shiny patterned papers from the Papermania Geometric Mono pack - ideal for New Year cards...

I've added some die cut numbers in gold mirri-card and the greeting used up some very old peel-off letters.

There's not many challenges currently going but I've managed to enter this into:

4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
C R A F T Challenge - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Time Out Challenges - inspired by words (new)

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Last Christmas Card of 2016!

Just a quick share of the last Christmas card of 2016!...

This was a special order for a friend at work - she simply could not find anything suitable in the shops! I used a cute penguin die I bought very cheaply in The Range and used pale blue polka dot patterned paper for the snowy sky.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #395 - anything goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - winter wonderland 
Dream Valley #146 - Christmas
Christmas With The Cuties - cute and Christmassy
Brown Sugar #230 - Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - Use something red
Southern Girls #160 - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - animals

Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to comment on my little creations - it really gives me a boost. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and hope you get loads of crafty pressies from the big man!

Merry Christmas


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Santa on a Scooter!

I've been trying to use up bits left from various kits and colections I've bought over the years and I've managed to create this from the leftovers of a Hunkydory kit.

Not the most complex of designs but I do hate to have waste, especially good quality Hunkydory waste!

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations #330 - masculine 
Crafty Gals Corner #101 = anything goes
The Male Room #50 - Christmas
Inspiration Destination #116 - anything goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - Z is for 'zoom' (Santa is on a scooter!)

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Pink Deer

Just about finished the Christmas cards for this year - I've told my customers at work to expect a huge box arriving on Monday, so I'm busy at the moment doing the inserts.

Today's card is one such order - something pink and girly for a colleague's sister...

I've used that gorgeous deer die again - this time using some pink sparkly patterned paper. The papers are from many years ago - Trimcraft's Xmas Blue collection. I've also used some punched snowflakes and the tiniest red gem for the deer's nose. The greeting was created in Publisher using Hobo font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

My Time To Craft - Christmas animals
Crafty Catz - non-traditional Christmas colours 
Creative Corner - Christmas time
Crimbo Crackers - non-traditional Christmas
Paper Creator - Christmas

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