Saturday, 1 August 2015

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 117: anything goes


This is my design card for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 117: anything goes, sponsored by Little Blue Button Stamps. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries for the challenge.

For my card I used the lovely 'dream Charlie' image kindly supplied by the sponsor, Little Blue Button. I coloured this with spectrum noir pens and tore the oval around a perspex template, using a larger one for the surrounding oval torn from an offcut of spotted paper. The main background paper is an offcut piece of DCWV, with the addition of the chipboard sentiment and flowers from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): hot and wild (colours)
The sisterhood of crafters: summer heat (colours)
Cute card Thursday 384: citrus (colours)
Creative inspirations 323: flowers
Craft and smash July: sentiments/emotions
Eureka 151: anything goes
Love to scrap 58: anything goes
Stampartpapel retarte 57: anything goes
Creative craft cottage 44: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

More snowflakes for CCAYR August


This is my fourth design card for Christmas cards all year round August challenge, which is all about 'snowflakes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

The background is a piece of Fantastic Foils festive frolics and the topper was rescued from a card received, matting this on deep blue mirror card. Punched snowflakes from snippets of silver mirror card were added.



This is also for:

Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Bloggers challenge: blue
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Another card for August CCAYR


This is my third design card for Christmas cards all year round August challenge, which is all about 'snowflakes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

The background is a piece of Fantastic Foils festive frolics and the topper was rescued from a card received, matting this on black mirror card. Punched snowflakes from snippets of silver mirror card were added.



This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 187
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Paper creators 41: dies and/or punches
Take a word: black and white
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Second card for CCAYR August challenge


This is my second design card for Christmas cards all year round August challenge, which is all about 'snowflakes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

The background is a piece of The Snowman paper and the topper is from a Making Cards magazine, layered on to silver foil and card. Punched snowflakes from snippets of silver mirror card were added.


This is also for:

A snowflakes promise 2: Christmas/winter theme
Craftin desert divas: Christmas in July
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Paper creators 41: dies and/or punches
Bloggers challenge: blue
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Christmas cards all year round August challenge


This is my first design card for Christmas cards all year round August challenge, which is all about 'snowflakes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

The background is a piece of Fantastic Foils festive frolics and the topper was rescued from a card received, matting this on silver mirror card. Punched snowflakes from snippets of silver mirror card were added.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 187
A snowflakes promise 2: Christmas/winter theme
Craftin desert divas: Christmas in July
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Pink gem 150: animals or birds
Paper creators 41: dies and/or punches
Fussy & fancy 144: things with wings
Little red wagon 300: up, up and away
As you like it: favourite fur or feathers and why - dove because it is so peaceful
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 194: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

A bit more time to craft


A new challenge blog starts today: A bit more time to craft challenge 1 - please click on the link to find out all about it and join in the fun.

My card is one that I was commissioned to make for a 12 year old who, like most his age, is interested in techie things!

The background is from a Kanban sentiments book of cards and the pictures are all old Kanban photo toppers that I've had waiting for the right reason to come along to use them. The band across the bottom was taken from a mouse pad paper pad from Wilkinson's.


This is also for:

Fairytale-challenge 123: guys boys men
Beccy's place August: celebrate
Paper sweeties 34: happy birthday
City crafter 272: masculine birthday
Scribbles designs 31: birthday bonanza
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 194: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 91


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 91: anything goes with a twist ... wings or feathers. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used the Pickled Potpourri Designs 'tail feathers' image, kindly supplied by the challenge sponsor, colouring with chameleon pens. The background paper was a couple of scrap pieces from my offcuts box (originally from a magazine, I think) and I used DCWV ribbons top and bottom and the sentiment generated on my dymo letratag.


This is also for:

Fussy & fancy 144: things with wings
Pink gem 150: animals or birds
Digistamps4Joy 115: anything goes + option: things with wings
Little red wagon 300: up, up and away
As you like it: favourite fur or feathers and why - something cheeky like this because it's fun
Penny's 238: use ribbon or twine
Crafty ribbons 124: anything goes with ribbon
3 girl jam August: anything goes with ribbon
Crafts4eternity R237: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 99: anything goes
Simply create too 91: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 10: anything goes
Crafts galore August: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 6: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 194: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for August 2015


As it's 1 August, it's time for CHNC challenge extra for August 2015 - a challenge where 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas' - please click on the link to see the lovely designs by my team and we hope you will join in the challenge which, as always is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.

For my card I used the ginger spoon image kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring digitally in Paint, matting on to an offcut of card. The background paper is from a Tattered Lace magazine and the strip near the bottom is a scrap left from a previous card with grosgrain ribbon beneath that.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 187
Jingle belles: cookies for Santa
A snowflakes promise 2: Christmas/winter theme
Craftin desert divas: Christmas in July
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Crafting for all seasons 106: Christmas in July
Pinspirational 145: Christmas in July
Penny's 238: use ribbon or twine
3 girl jam August: anything goes with ribbon
613 avenue create 134: anything goes
Craft your passion 272: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 70: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R237: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 99: anything goes
Simply create too 91: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 10: anything goes
Crafts galore August: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 6: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 194: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper August challenge


Another month of this year has gone in a flash and it's time for our August challenge on my Patterned Paper blog. Please click on the link to find out all about the challenge and to see the lovely designs of my team ... and, if you love patterned paper like we do, we hope you will join in the challenge.

For my design card I used Hunkydory supplies, including the background patterned card. This was a commissioned request card.


This is for:

Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
613 avenue create 134: anything goes
Craft your passion 272: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 70: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R237: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 99: anything goes
Simply create too 91: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 10: anything goes
Crafts galore August: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 6: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 194: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 257: anything goes
Inspiration destination 44: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 117
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
PDE linky: anything goes

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Feminine friendship


This is my card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 96: anything goes with a twist ... make it feminine. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge.

The friendship quote with graphics is Bugaboo Stamps Friendship sentiment, kindly supplied by Bugaboo as sponsors the the challenge. Everythign else used was free clipart pngs that were easy to add to the main friendship silhouette one. The silhouette was originally black on brown, but I changed the colours.

This is also for:

Paperminutes 391: proverbs, sayings

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The glory of Christmas challenge 64


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 64: add some ribbon or washi tape (or anything goes as long as it's Christmas). Please click on the link to see the lovely festive crafting of the rest of the team and we hope to see your entries for the challenge.

Background paper and decoupaged Santa and reindeer are from an Anna Griffin collection that I've had for some time.Three strips of washi tape complete the simply card.

This is also another card for my own CHNC challenge 239: Ho! Ho! Ho!


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 7 
Christmas card challenges week 34: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 274: Christmas in July
Craftin desert divas: Christmas in July
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Cardz 4 guyz 80: Christmas in July
Deep ocean 108: Christmas in July
Going grey with Scrap-creations: Christmas in July
Tuesday throwdown 254: Christmas in July
Crafter's cafe 126: Christmas in July
Crafting for all seasons 106: Christmas in July
Penny's 237: Christmas in July
Creative corner: Christmas in July
My time to craft 300: Christmas in July
Beccy's place: Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room 209: any holiday
Eclectic ellapu July: favourite holidays
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Saturday, 25 July 2015

CHNC challenge 239: Ho! Ho! Ho!


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 239: Ho! Ho! Ho! Please click on the link to see what this is about and join in the Christmas fun with your entries.

For my one layer CAS card I've used one of my favourite Santa stamps bt Hero Arts inked with memento tuxedo black and filled in with a poppy red embossing pen for Santa's hat, heat embossed with WOW! detail clear gloss powder, then using a clear embossing pen to 'colour' in the fur on Santa's hat and his beard and embossed with WOW! metallic medley powder. The Ho Ho Ho stamp was from Hobbycraft. I dotted in places with quickie glue and then sprinkled with Chloe's sparkelicious glitter.

However much I tried I couldn't get a photo that showed the card as it actually is - this is the best I could do and below you can see a close up showing the embossing and glitter a bit better:



This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 7 
Craftin desert divas: Christmas in July
Crafty boots: Christmas in July
Eureka 150: Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la 185: Christmas in July
Cardz 4 guyz 80: Christmas in July
A snowflakes promise 1: anything goes Christmas/winter
Deep ocean 108: Christmas in July
Going grey with Scrap-creations: Christmas in July
Tuesday throwdown 254: Christmas in July
Crafter's cafe 126: Christmas in July
Crafting for all seasons 106: Christmas in July
Penny's 237: Christmas in July
Creative corner: Christmas in July
Whimsy 85: Christmas in July
My time to craft 300: Christmas in July
Beccy's place: Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room 209: any holiday
Eclectic ellapu July: favourite holidays
Crimbo crackers 85: something cute
Happy little stampers CAS: stamping
Fab n funky 269: no patterned papers
Christmas stampin all year long 51: clean & simple
Everybody art 334: emboss
CAS-ual Friday 141: embosssing
Simon says Wednesday: sparkle and shine
One crazy stamper July: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Ice cream shades


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 90: anything goes with a twist ... use some ice cream shades - I'm thinking pistachio, mint, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry ... yes, I know that's a lot of flavours, but I love a lot of them! Please click on the link to see the delicious crafting of the rest of the team and we hope you will take part in our challenge.

I used the lovely ballet image supplied by Dazzling Ace Designs as sponsor of the challenge, digitally layering on to the lovely ballet shoes background, making the edges of the ballerina image soft to blend in. I then added the quote.



This is also for:

Digi choosday 29: all about the girl
That craft place: words
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Friday, 24 July 2015

Hearts and flowers


This is my design card for the second week of the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 116: hearts and flowers. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge here.

For my card for the second week I've featured both hearts and flowers, using the lovely 'flowers and lattice' image from Stitchy Bear's 'in the garden', coloured with chameleon pens and fussy cut to stick on a shaped card blank, adding the Kanban sentiment panel, gems and epoxy hearts.


This is also for:


Bloggers challenge: the letter B - biirthday, blooms, bling
Chocolate, coffee & cards 96: a flower in your image
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Pink gem 149: birthday wishes
Scribbles designs 31: birthday bonanza
Creative inspiratioms 323: flowers
Little Claire 59: in bloom
Di's digi designs: hand coloured image
Simon says Wednesday: sparkle and shine
Creative craft cottage 44: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Creative craft cottage digi 29: anything goes
613 avenue create 133: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 14: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 136: anything goes
Craft your passion 271: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 69: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Wish you were here


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 95: anything goes with a twist ... a day at the beach. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

For my card I use the lovely Dazzling Ace Designs vintage image kindly given by the sponsor.and ceated this post card with various elements.


This is also for:

Little red wagon 298: beach theme
Fussy & fancy 143: beach fun
Sparkles 70: sun, sea and sand
Aloha Friday 52: summer fun
Lunagirl: retro summertime
AnMaCreatief 46: summer
Natalie and Amy 34: summertime
Dragonfly dreams July: midsummer
Craft for the craic July: summertime
Bastel-traum 31: summer
Digi choosday 29: all about the girl
Creative craft cottage digi 29: anything goes
613 avenue create 133: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 14: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 136: anything goes
Craft your passion 271: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 69: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Monday, 20 July 2015

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 116


This is my very late design card for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 116: hearts and flowers. My big apologies to Vicki and my fellow teamies for not getting this card done on time ... first of all I got confused with days (thinking the card was due for today) and then, when I realised, I couldn't find the image that I'd already coloured in a week or two ago! Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used the lovely dogwood image from Stitchy Bear's In the garden, kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring this with chameleon pens and then die cutting using one of the Spellbinder marvelous squares die. The background paper is from a booklet of the Country Dairy of an Edwardian Lady collection which seemed appropriate for the card. Some spotty ribbon, lace, gems and sentiment finish off the card.


This is also for:

Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Wags n whiskers 158: birthday
Pink gem 149: birthday wishes
Scribbles designs 31: birthday bonanza
Corrosive 229: to die for
Oddball: die cuts
Little tangles 58: die cutting
Crafty time: punches or dies
Fab n funky 268: flower delights
In the pink 73: floral
Little Claire 59: in bloom
Di's digi designs: hand coloured image
3 girl jam July: anything goes with ribbon
Love to scrap 58: anything goes
Creative craft cottage digi 29: anything goes
613 avenue create 133: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 14: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 136: anything goes
Stempelsonne 145: anything goes
Craft your passion 271: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 69: anything goes
Creative fingers 87: anything goes
Scrappers delights 46: anything goes
Penny's 236: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 9: anything goes
Crafting-with-friends 2: anything goes
Aud sentiments 136: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes

Saturday, 18 July 2015

CHNC challenge 238: spots and/or stripes


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 238: spots and/or stripes. I've used some lovely digital bokeh paper kindly supplied by one of our sponsors this week, Stamp your life. The lovely reindeer is 'snowflake reindeer silhouette' by Bugaboo Stamps. The stripes and other elements were achieved with playing around with various digital designs.

I thought the bokeh effect would make a change to the more normal regular spots or dots.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 7 
Little Claire digi stamp 7: holiday theme
A snowflakes promise 1: anything goes Christmas/winter
Deep ocean 108: Christmas in July
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Crafty gals corner 28: Christmas in July
Whimsy 85: Christmas in July
My time to craft 300: Christmas in July
DL.ART thankful Thursday 160: Christmas in July
Holly jolly Christmas: winter wonderland
Christmas at sweet stampin July: oh deer
City crafters 270 woodland animals
Scrappy hands 42: animals
The paper shelter 212: use some circles
Digitally sweet 140: anything goes
Penny's 236: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 9: anything goes
Crafting-with-friends 2: anything goes
Aud sentiments 136: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes
Simon says Monday: anything goes

A vintage wedding card


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 89: anything goes with a twist ... vintage wedding card. Please click the link to the lovely crafting of others in the team and join in our challenge.

I used a Dazzling Ace Designs image supplied by them as sponsor, adhering an ornate frame over the printed image (wasn't sure about this at first, but I think it looks OK, just different). I've had the wedding vows sentiment panel for ages and thought it was just right for this card with a piece of ribbon behind (used to use ribbon like this years ago, but got out of the habit). The Mr & Mrs is a raised embossed rub on.

In the photo the card looks lighter than it is - more of a creamy ivory in real life.



This is also for:

Try is on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): in the frame
Creative moments 72: anything goes/monochromatic
The ribbon girl: everything goes with an image
3 girl jam July: anything goes with ribbon
Melonheadz friends: celebrations
V's sweet 36 celebrate
Creative corner: wedding bells are ringing
Craft and smash July: sentiments/emotions
Digi choosday 28: something old (sentiment panel, frame, ribbon, rub on)
Sweet stampin: no designer paper
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Creative fingers 87: anything goes
Penny's 236: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 9: anything goes
Crafting-with-friends 2: anything goes
Aud sentiments 136: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 192: anything goes
Simon says Monday: anything goes

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Come rain or shine ...


 ... owl always love you

This is my design card for Crafting musketeers challenge 27 team B where the theme is anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in the challenge here.

I've used the lovely owl ribbon kindly supplied by Crafty Ribbons, sponsor of the challenge. Papers and the strip of owls are Kanban Dawn Bibby Designs (hoarded away for some time). It doesn't show here,, but the background has glazed swirls etc. Other items from stash. The sentiment was generated on my Dymo letratag labeller.


This is also for:

Take a word: wings
Robyn's fetish 272: birds
Crazy4challenges 294: one or more critters
City crafters 270 woodland animals
Crafty boots: stars or stripes
3 girl jam July: anything goes with ribbon
Craft and smash July: sentiments/emotions
Aud sentiments 136: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 116: anything goes
613 avenue create 132: anything goes
Simon says Monday: anything goes

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

CHNC challenge extra for July mid-month inspiration.


Mid-month has come round so quickly again - difficult to think that we are now much nearer to Christmas 2015 than 2014. It's time for some mid-month inspiration from the team. We would love you to join in our July challenge here.

For my card I used  Aurora Wings Christmas owl with Santa hat, colouring with chameleon pens and matting on to an offcut of paper, then on to a couple more Christmas offcuts (the main background is BoBunny). Poinsettias from Poundland. I added Art Institute fine glitter to the edges of the hat.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 185
12 months of Christmas link up 7 
Beccy's place July: Christmas in July
Come and get it: Christmas in July
Eclectic Ellapu July: favourite holidays (Christmas)
Little Claire digi stamp 7: holiday theme
A snowflakes promise 1: Christmas/winter
Deep ocean 108: Christmas in July
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Crafty gals corner 28: Christmas in July
Whimsy 85: Christmas in July
Take a word: wings
Robyn's fetish 272: birds
Scribbles designs 30: feathers, fins or frog legs
Crazy4challenges 294: one or more critters
City crafters 270 woodland animals
Ooh-la-la 184: all that glitters
Sparkle n sprinkle July: anything goes (loose glitter with quickie glue)
Christmas stampin all year long 50: snow or glitter (glitter)
Whoopsi Daisy July: bling it on
Creative craft cottage digi 28: three of a kind (flowers)
Love to scrap 57: it's a triple play (3 flowers)
Fab n funky 268: flower delights
Creative inspirations 322: let's colour
Crafts galore July: use a stamp or digi
613 avenue create 132: anything goes
Craft your passion 270: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 68: anything goes
Stampartpapel retarte 56: anything goes
Simon says Monday: anything goes

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Sometimes life is an uphill struggle ...


I was asked for make a card for friends to send to a keen cyclist who is going through a difficult time. I found this image free on the internet and thought it fitted the requested. I created the whole card digitally and then printed out. I wish I'd taken a picture of the actual card before I gave it to my friends because the digital image that I've saved hasn't made the card look as good as it was - somehow the jpg got saved with a weaker resolution. The text going up the hill is '... it is the Lord who goes before you,' Deut. 31:8.

It did look much better than this printed out ... honestly!


This is for:

Word art Wednesday 191: anything goes
Cardz 4 guyz 79: no designer paper
The male room 14: song title: 'bike song' Pink Floyd
Fab n funky 267: inspired by a song:  'bike song' Pink Floyd
Crafts4eternity R234: sport
Digitally sweet 140: anything goes
Country view crafts July: on your travels
Craft and smash July: sentiments/emotions
Creative moments 72: anything goes/monochromatic
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Crafty friends 9: anything goes
Creative fingers 87: anything goes
Digistamps4Joy 114: anything goes
Craft your passion 270: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 68: anything goes
Simon says Monday: anything goes
Inspiration destination 41: anything goes
Not just cards 22: anything goes
Sister act 114