Friday, 12 September 2014

Win a ticket for Ally Pally Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show 20-21 September


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I was fortunate enough to win two 2-day tickets for Alexandra Palace for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show on 20-21 September.


It was a prize for a challenge at My Craft Creations in conjunction with the organisers of the show:


Every year I say that I will go to it and then don't in the end, but this year, I'm going to go and use one of the tickets. But the other ticket is going spare, so I'm inviting you to add your name to the linky (you can just link up with your blog address, name and email) and I will draw a winner using random. It seems to be the fairest way to give the ticket to someone who could benefit.

The ticket is for the 2-day event, so you would be able to use it on the Saturday or Sunday ... or go both days if you wish.

Please feel free to share this on your blog to give other crafters the chance to win.

Please only enter if you would be able to use the ticket, as I don't want it to go to waste. If you have any questions, please ask!

The linky will remain open until 23:55 UK time Friday 12 September, to give time for me to put the ticket in the post.




Thursday, 28 August 2014

Special Birthday wishes for a very special person

Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

This is another one of the cards I made yesterday with supplies from the free Hunkydory seaside kit. I added a little 3D boat sticker at the bottom. The silver foiled sentiment says: 'Wishing a very special person a very special birthday'.


This is for:

Crafts4eternity R190: oh I do like to be beside the seaside (the tune is going round and round in my head now!)
Eclectic ellapu: seaside or nautical
Craft your passion 228: summer fun
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Crafty bloggers network August: summer fun
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: clean and simple
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71

Retirement by the sea


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

Yesterday I made ten quick cards using supplies from a free Hunkydory members gift - all about the seaside. The way the weather has turned I somehow don't think any of the cards will get used now this year, but will be ready for next!

At first I was going to make five cards using the A4 cards folded, but then I decided that it seemed a bit of a waste to use the other halves on the back of the cards, so I cut all of them and mounted on to white A5 card blanks, that way I got ten cards instead of five.

The silver foiled sentiment says: 'We'll miss you! Enjoy your retirement!'. I added two little flip flop embellishments.


This is for:

Crafts4eternity R190: oh I do like to be beside the seaside (the tune is going round and round in my head now!)
Eclectic ellapu: seaside or nautical
Craft your passion 228: summer fun
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Crafty bloggers network August: summer fun
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: clean and simple
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
DL.ART August anything goes

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wishing you a Happy Birthday


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

This card uses an offcut of paper like that used for another card that will be shown later, together with a piece of foiled card with butterflies etc. The topper and the sentiment are from the unknown kit that I'm trying to use up, flowers from Papermania.


This is for:

Pixie's snippets week 139
Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Butterfly challenges 13: butterfly with a sentiment
Divas by design: happy birthday
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Dream valley 89: flowers
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 210: anything goes
Treasured times 23: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
DL.ART August anything goes

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Belated birthday wishes


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

The paper for this card is an offcut from  GCDstudios paris nights collection - double sided. The main background piece is flocked and almost feels like velvet. I wrapped the thick black lace around the smaller piece - the lace looks a lot more defined in real life - adding the Craftime sentiment, the Bebe Daniels picture (which was in a bag of ephemera) and the brown flower with the prima spacer inside.

More sunflowers


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

Having made the previous card using a Papermania sunflower border, I had a piece left over - not a very long piece because the previous card was 8 x 8. I've used this to put on the base of a card with 'just for you' background from a bloc that I bought years ago (I have so many of these and don't think I'd use them up even if I used a piece every day till I'm 100!).

All it needed then was the Craftime sentiment and the embossed die cut butterfly with parts inked with a spectrum noir.


This is for:

Classy cards n such 47: sunflower inspired
Dream valley 89: flowers
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Butterfly challenges 12: summertime butterflies
Open-minded 17: last days of summer
AnMaCreatief 35: summer
Our creative corner August: summertime
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
613 avenue create 86: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 33: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71

Sunflowers to brighten a dull day


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

It rained all day yesterday and what is it doing today? ... raining!

So it's nice to use some sunflowers to brighten the day. What do you do with a piece of 8 x 8 paper that is a picture in itself and really doesn't need much added to it ... add a Papermania sunflower border, of course - and a sentiment panel.


This is for:

Classy cards n such 47: sunflower inspired
Dream valley 89: flowers
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Butterfly challenges 12: summertime butterflies
Open-minded 17: last days of summer
AnMaCreatief 35: summer
Our creative corner August: summertime
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Craft for the craig 7: a craft item you have never used before (everything used is new)
613 avenue create 86: anything goes
Come and get it: anything goes with a sentiment
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 33: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71

Happy birthday


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

Among my birthday presents I had an M & S gift card. Instead of putting the front of the card in the paper recycling bin, I've used it on this card, using an A5 yellow card blank and two pieces of paper from my offcuts box. A few Poundland felt buttons and the card was done.

I was inspired by the wavy lines for this Use your stuff 150: ad inspired challenge, as well as the bright colours:




This is also for:

613 avenue create 86: anything goes
Come and get it: anything goes with a sentiment
Art impressions 142: show off your sentiment
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 33: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
DL.ART August anything goes

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 50


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

This is my design card for Fan-tastic challenge 50: anything goes. This is being sponsored by Paper Pretties. Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and we would love to see you joining in with your entries.

I've used Paper Pretties rosebud with sentiment, colouring spectrum noirs and die cutting with Xcut rectangle parenthesis dies. The background sparkly pearl card was embossed with an Embossalicious paisley folder run through the eBosser. This is an A5 card. A few gems added for a bit of bling to compliment the silver foiling.


This is also for:

Pause dream enjoy 17: punches or dies
Natalie and Amy 23: die cuts & flowers
Charisma cardz 18: wedding anniversary
Fitztown 49: embossing
Paper make up 155: embossing
Scrapping4fun 24: technique - embossing and die cutting
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Digi choosday 34: blooms

Monday, 25 August 2014

Rudolph day


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

25th of the month has come round quickly again and it's time for Sarn's Rudolph Day when she asks us to show two Christmas cards. I missed last month's, but was determined not to miss this time (how could I miss Rudolph Day when I make so many Christmas cards?!).

My cards are simple, made with offcuts of My Mind's Eye 'snowed in' winter paper with some of Bazzill Basics 'timeless' snippets too.

The 3D stickers are Express Yourself DIY (I've had these for ages) - they have some lovely felt pieces that make them so 'touch and feely'. Sentiment circles are Craftwork cards.


These are also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 33 
Pixie's snippets week 139
ABC Christmas: Q for quick and easy
Sparkles Christmas 43: snowflakes
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): use your stash

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 93 second week


Please click here for a chance to win a 2-day ticket for the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace 20-21 September

This is my design card for the second week of the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 93: a new baby. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and click here to enter your baby cards for the challenge.

I've used digital images from the Stitchy Bear's 'baby boy pack' kindly supplied by the sponsor. I coloured with spectrum noir pens, mounting on to a background I found on the internet.


This is also for:

City crafter 225 photo prompt:
Sweet 7 challenge 2: baby
QKR stampede 102: monochrome
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: CAS
Digitally sweet 102: guys only
Fab n funky 226: for the kids
PumpkinSpice 80: children
Lunagirl: let's hear it for the boys
Eureka 104: CAS
The house that stamps built DCC813: blues
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Winter cardinal


It was Mary's turn to choose the theme for this fortnight's CCC challenge and she asked us to include a cardinal or another winter bird.

For my card I've used Sparkle n sprinkle 'winter cardinal' colouring with spectrum noir pens.

I followed the sketch for Atlantic hearts 69:
I used a piece of My Mind's Eye 'snowed in' winter papers for the background and for the punched out snowflakes, overlaying a piece of Papermania 'at Christmas time' vellum - I was able to glue this underneath the image, the sentiment and the snowflakes to secure the vellum into place.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
ABC Christmas: Q for quick and easy
Sparkles Christmas 43: snowflakes
Hiding in my craft room 162: any holiday
Pause dream enjoy 17: punches or dies
My heart pieces: use a digistamp
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: CAS
Robyn's fetish 226: cards for men
Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine
Digitally sweet 102: guys only
That's crafty: this is a man's world

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Simply less is more


It's a long time since I played along with a challenge at Less is more, but the sketch for today's challenge 186 

was just right to showcase a stamped chipboard square that I'd made this afternoon. I found up a piece of chipboard that I had previously coloured with Caran d'arche neocolor pastels that I had swiped and blended with a baby wipe to produce an ombre effect for Keep it simple 47: ombre.

I stamped the piece of chipboard with a favourite Magenta stamp that I haven't used for ages - inked with Stazon black.


This is also for:

Shopping our stash 165: chipping away (chipboard)
Bizzy Becs August: anything goes
Addicted to stamps and more 109: CAS

Thinking of you


This card was prompted by Jane Taylor's card that we asked to CASE for AAA cards 16:


I've used a kraft base card, mounting an offcut piece of kraft card with owls outlined in gold foil, matted on to a piece of gold mirror. The motif in the middle is one from Poundland and a Craftime sentiment.


This is also for:

Brown sugar 108: let's get krafty
Crafting for all seasons 84: monochromatic
Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine
That's crafty: this is a man's world
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: clean and simple
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Kreativeinkauf 18: anything goes
Creative inspirations 277: anything goes

Kraft time


The background paper of this card is a piece taken from the lovely Bazzill Basdics 'timeless pack, mounted on to kraft. I found an ATC that I made long ago - I took part in a swap and made a few of them and this was an extra that I kept for myself - it was originally made using an Indigo Blu 'take the time' stamp. I can't believe how well it goes with the paper - it's as if it was made for it!The brown paper stickers were from Poundland (a lovely range that they are doing atm).


This is for:

Brown sugar 108: let's get krafty
Crafting by designs: rock around the clock - music or time
Crafting for all seasons 84: monochromatic
QKR stampede 102: monochrome
Catered crop: music expressions
Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine
That's crafty: this is a man's world
Pattie's 98: altered or recycles (the ATC)

CHNC challenge 191: merry and bright


It's time for a new challenge over on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge blog  and the theme for CHNC challenge 191 is 'merry and bright' - interpret in any way you wish, as long as the creation is for Christmas. I'd love to see you there.

For my card I've used My Mind's Eye 12 days of Christmas papers, using up some snippet pieces for those across the bottom and down the side. The glittered 3D stickers were from Poundland (last year or the year before ... time goes so quickly).I've used a sentiment circle that I found in the bottom of a Christmas box and a recycled sparkly bow - can't remember where I rescued it from.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Polka doodles 34: get organised for Christmas
Hiding in my craft room 162: any holiday
Penny's 191: Christmas (or children or critters)
Pixie's snippets week 138
Freshly brewed August 2: glitter galore
Corrosive 206: B unique - 3 items starting with the letter B: baubles, bling, bow
Crafty ribbons: celebration with ribbon
Let's craft and create 95: ribbon or twine
Clear it out: anything goes (all old supplies)
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): use your stash
Crafty girls 25: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 43


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 43: anything goes - please look and see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

For my card I used Lacy Sunshine's winter abby (kindly supplied by the sponsor), coloured with spectrum noir and die cut using Xcut rectangle parenthesis, cutting some mirror card with one of the larger dies. The background paper is a digital one printed and mounted on to a black card blank - I found this here (a wonderful site with lots of lovely papers to download - I've bookmarked it).

The flowers were from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

Jingle belles: winter card
Catered crop: music expressions
Crafting by designs: rock around the clock - music or time
Natalie and Amy 23: die cuts & flowers
Card and scrap 80: flowers
My heart pieces: use a digistamp
Moving along with the times: feeling a little vintage
Crafting for all seasons 84: monochromatic
QKR stampede 102: monochrome
The sisterhood of crafters: your favourite colour - purple!!
As you like it: favourite embellishments and why: flowers - they always add texture to a card
We do doobadoo 13: add textures
Die cuttin' divas 179: pinterest inspired - purple music notes
Paperminutes 335: die cuts
Papertake: to die for
Pause dream enjoy 17: punches or dies
Scrappers delights 28: anything goes with die cuts
Take a word: frame
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August

Completely Christmas 26: anything goes


This is my design card for Completely Christmas 26 using Bugaboo Stamps 'stocking line' (Bugaboo are sponsoring the challenge) - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the team and join in with the Christmas fun.

The background of my card is some paper free with a magazine. I mounted the image (which had been digitally coloured in Microsoft Paint) on to an offcut piece of card and added the Craftwork cards sentiment circle and the fabric felt buttons from Poundland (I do love those - I'm glad I bought two packs because I doubt they will have them again).


This is also for:

ABC Christmas: Q for quick and easy
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Penny's 191: Christmas (or children or critters)
Polka doodles 34: get organised for Christmas
Hiding in my craft room 162: any holiday
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: CAS
My heart pieces: use a digistamp
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Friday, 22 August 2014

Shhh ... owl not say how old you are


But I'm looking forward to the 50th celebration!

I was asked to make this card for a friend to give to another friend who had just had her 50th birthday. I was told that she loves owls, so this is what I came up with, using some Dawn Bibby card that I bought a few years ago - it's very shiny and looks different according to the way the light's shining - very difficult to get true photos.

The twinchie that was stamped with a little owl, coloured with copics and edged with distress ink is one that I  made a long while ago - did some for a swap and had one for myself - it was triple embossed with clear powder, so it has a glazed finish. The flowers were from Hobbycraft and the sentiments generated on computer and printed.





This is for:

Timbro scrap mania 99: special occasions
Loves rubber stamps 117: wings
Red rubber inspirationals 134: just wing it
Penny's 191: critters (or Christmas or children)
Stampotique 161: flowers
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Stampavie and more 218: easel card
Ooh-la-la 163: fancy folds
Corrosive 206: B unique - 3 items starting with the letter B: blooms, birds, bling
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): use your stash
Inky impressions 173: anything goes
Art by Miran 13: anything goes
The artistic stamper creative team August: anything goes
Stamp and create August: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 71
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Just to say ...


A simple card using an upcycled picture that was matted on to gold mirror card - I love the simplicity (and confess that it didn't involve much crafting), but it was too good to waste.


This is for:

Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine
Moving along with the times: vintage
Left of center 41: inspired by a song: Just to say I love you
Ladybug: CAS
Paper pretties 324: white, black + 1 (gold)
Crafty girls 25: anything goes

Full steam ahead ...


A CAS card using a Hunkydory train topper left over from a kit, mounted on to a couple of unknown pieces that were in my offcuts box. The sentiments were computer generated and printed and the edges brushed with brown corduroy distress ink.


This is for:

Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
4 crafty chicks 207: let's get masculine
Little Claire 48: a man's birthday card
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Sugar creek hollow 93: let's celebrate
Moving along with the times: vintage
Take a word: frame
Incy wincy: things and wheels
Crafty creations 270: dig deep use something old from your stash (everything is old)
Artistic inspirations 105: anything goes (option: up, up and away)
Crafty girls 25: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes