Friday, 12 September 2014

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


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For all other posts please scroll down

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.




Monday, 1 September 2014

My second card for CCAYR September


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 second design card for Christmas cards all year round September challenge. Please click on the link to see the lovely krafty designs of the rest of the team ... and we hope you will join in our challenge with your krafty Christmas creations.

Once again I stamped trees on to kraft paper using stamps from Clearly Besotted 'modern Christmas' collection - the sentiment was from Anna Griffin - mounted on to kraft card, black and then on to a kraft card blank. The felt star buttons (lovely touchy feely) were from Poundland.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 40: anything goes
A creative romance: a touch of kraft
CAS on Sunday 41: black & white with one colour (kraft)
Amusing challenges (Stamped blessings): anything goes
Red rubber inspirationals 135: stay focused on stamping
One crazy stamper September: halloween or Christmas
Bloggers challenge: buttons
The male room 17: seeing stars
Corrosive 207: let's hear it for the boys
Ooh-la-la 164: clean & simple
Daring cardmakers: clean and simple
Fairytale 99: clean and simple
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Hiding in my craft room 163: freestyle
Sisters of craft September: anything goes
Inky impressions 174: anything goes
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

CCAYR September: keep it krafty


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 first design card for Christmas cards all year round September challenge: keep it krafty. Please click on the link to see the lovely krafty designs of the rest of the team ... and we hope you will join in our challenge with your krafty Christmas creations.

The paper is Bazzill Basics 'Timeless', mounted on to a kraft card blank. The trees were stamped on to kraft paper using stamps from Clearly Besotted 'modern Christmas' collection - the sentiment was from that collection too. The felt buttons (lovely touchy feely) were from Poundland. I added gems to the tops of the trees for a little bit of bling.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 40: anything goes
Christmas stampin all year long 25: anything goes
Allsorts 274: early Christmas makes
A creative romance: a touch of kraft
Amusing challenges (Stamped blessings): anything goes
Red rubber inspirationals 135: stay focused on stamping
One crazy stamper September: halloween or Christmas
Frosted designs: break out the stamps
Bloggers challenge: buttons
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Hiding in my craft room 163: freestyle
Sisters of craft September: anything goes
Brown sugar 109: anything goes
Inky impressions 174: anything goes
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Third card for Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge


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This is my third card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge, using offcuts of the two foiled papes and one patterned paper used for the previous two cards - taken from a pack of Fantastic Foils Pippie's garden collection - these papers are also to be found in the prize for my September challenge - full details here. The topper and sentiment banners are also from the Pippi Garden collection.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 140
CRAFT 274: animal/pet
AnMaCreatief 36: animals
Incy wincy: cute critters
Fussy & fancy 121: pets or favourite animals
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Another Pippi's garden card


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This is another Pippi's garden card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge, using papers similar to those in the prize pack - details here - hope you will be able to join in with your entries.
For this card I've used part of one of the foiled papers and an offcut of patterned paper left over from the previous card. Once again, there's a coordinating topper and sentiment.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 140
Craft room: cats
CRAFT 274: animal/pet
Fussy & fancy 121: pets or favourite animals
Crafty sentiments: animals
AnMaCreatief 36: animals
Incy wincy: cute critters
Cutie pie 77: two's company
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge



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

Today sees the start of a new month's challenge over on my Patterned Paper challenge blog - it would be lovely if you could join in by using up some of your patterned paper - all details of this month's challenge, including the prize are here.

This is my first card made using one foiled and one patterned paper from the 6 x 6 Fantastic Foils Pippi's garden collection, as well as coordinating toppers and sentiment  banner.


This is also for:

Craft room: cats
CRAFT 274: animal/pet
Fussy & fancy 121: pets or favourite animals
Crafty sentiments: animals
AnMaCreatief 36: animals
Incy wincy: cute critters
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The glory of Christmas challenge 41


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There is a bingo grid for today's Glory of Christmas challenge 41:

Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team - and we would love you to choose a line of 3 to use on a Christmas creation and join in with your entries.

I chose the left colum down: ribbon snowflake and silver, although I also have glitter and trees on my card.  The background, topper and sentiment are all from Hunkydory's moonlight Christmas. The lovely organza and glitter ribbon with the snowflakes was part of a prize I won a while back - this is the first time I've used any of it.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 40: anything goes
My perfect life festive 48 week 34
Penny's 192: children and/or Christmas
Aud sentiments 114: any sentiment other than a birthday
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
Sister act 72
DL.ART August anything goes

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Trifold card


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This is a trifold card made with a sparkly stardream deep blue card blank and Hunkydory 'moonlight Christmas' card and elements.

The background for each of the three parts of the card was originally one A4 picture, so it flows from the front panel into the middle and then the back - harder to show on here than irl.





This is for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Allsorts 274: early Christmas makes
Ooh-la-la 163: fancy folds
The sisterhood of crafters: fancy fold
Crazy challenge 178: cute little animals
Crafty sentiments: animals
CRAFT 274: animal
Fussy & fancy 121: favourite animals
Aud sentiments 114: any sentiment other than a birthday
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

If you want to know how much I love you ...

just count the waves!

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 card made from supplies in the Hunkydory seaside kit. This is another A5 card. Once again I've added a little pair of flip flops.


This is for:

Pile it on 34: best wishes
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 244: it's all about the love
Time out 13: if music be the food of love play on
Crafts4eternity R191: tic tac toe - I chose the bottom line: anniversary, holiday, something new
Eclectic ellapu: seaside or nautical
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Pink gem 127: it's summer time
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 7

Seaside holiday anniversary


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This is another card made with Hunkydory seaside kit, for a couple who will be spending their anniversary at the seaside. I added the little flip flop stickers. This is a large A5 size card.


This is for:

Crafts4eternity R191: tic tac toe - I chose the bottom line: anniversary, holiday, something new
Eclectic ellapu: seaside or nautical
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Pink gem 127: it's summer time
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Happy birthday


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This card uses paper, topper and sentiment that I found in one of my boxes of mixed goodies that were put aside for making some day, with the addition of an offcut of embossed matt silver card that had originally been run through my eBosser with an Embossalicious folder.


This is for:

Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Pile it on 34: best wishes/congratulations
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Butterfly challenge 13: butterfly with a sentiment
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Pink gem 127: it's summer time
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Pink birthday wishes


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This card uses paper, topper and sentiment from a kit that I've had for quite a time and can't remember where it came from. I'm trying to use up some of the odd things that I have in one of my boxes of mixed goodies that were put aside for making some day!

Colours for Crazy4challenges 251:



This is for:

Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Pile it on 34: best wishes/congratulations
Divas by design: happy birthday
Paper pretties 325: birthdays
Butterfly challenge 13: butterfly with a sentiment
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Pink gem 127: it's summer time
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

CHNC challenge 192: people matter


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 theme  for CHNC challenge 192 for this week is 'people matter' - I'd like to see people on your Christmas creations - at least one person (can be child or adult, but must be human!) I'd love to see your entries there - and this week there are four prizes to be won by randomly chosen winners.

For my two cards I've used card, toppers and sentiments from a Hunkydory Christmas choir set, part of their Traditional Christmas range. The background card was one piece, but I thought it was too good to fold in half, so I added each half to A5 card blanks. The music strip down the side of each card was offcut from the waste around the die cut toppers etc.

The sentiment on the left hand card says 'Christmas Blessings' and the one on the right says 'Wishing you Peace and Love this Christmas time'.


These are also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
ABC Christmas: Q for quick and easy
Penny's 192: children and/or Christmas
Polka doodles 35: get organised for Christmas
Allsorts 274: early Christmas makes
Catered crop: music expressions
Time out 13: if music be the food of love play on
Scrappy hands 20: peace
Aud sentiments 114: any sentiment other than a birthday
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 44: anything goes


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This is my design card for today's Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 44 - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and it would be lovely if you could join in our challenge.

For my card I used Di's Digi download freebie 'summertime swing' coloured with spectrum noir pens and 'fussy cut' round before mounting on to a shaped card blank. I then added a variety of sparkly flowers and butterflies.



This is also for:

Hanna and friends 204: special card (shaped)
Graph it markers week 35: florals
Spectrum noir August: floral & nature
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Hobbyhome 13: use flowers on your card
Crazy challenge 178: cute little animals
Whoopsi Daisy: girly
Crafty little fairies August: cute & cuddly
Clear it out: favourite colour combo - anything lilac/purple (I've had the card blank for ages)
Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Pink gem 127: it's summer time
Craft your passion 228: summer fun
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Digi sketch: summer fun
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Inky impressions 174: anything goes
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72
DL.ART August anything goes

Completely Christmas challenge 27


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This is my design card for Completely Christmas challenge 27, which is 'anything goes' - as long as it's Christmas, of course. Please click the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your own entries.

I created this card digitally using an iPad background and superimposing Lacy Sunshine's 'Christmas boo' (kindly supplied by the sponsor), which I had coloured digitally in Microsoft Paint and faded around the edges. This clean and simple card was then finished with the digitally produced sentiment.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
ABC Christmas: Q for quick and easy
Penny's 192: children and/or Christmas
Polka doodles 35: get organised for Christmas
Allsorts 274: early Christmas makes
Whoopsi Daisy: girly
Little red wagon 252: girl power
Scrappy hands 19: red
Aud sentiments 114: any sentiment other than a birthday
Just us girls 256: anything but a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72

Friday, 29 August 2014

Sweet pea stampers challenge: use lots of layers


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This is my design card for this fortnight's Sweet pea stampers challenge: use lots of layers.

The image is Sweet Pea Stamps Regan Kubecek's 'fairy bride' rubber stamp (also available as a digi) coloured with spectrum noir and mounted on a piece of Hunkydory foiled card. This was then mounted on to an embossed square from Craftwell's Teresa Collins swirltangle embossing folder. The lovely velvet pleats are from Maya Road and the flowers from Hobbycraft. The corrugated paper strips were from Poundland (I think!). The background paper is from an unknown kit that I've been using up recently.

The photo given for Perfectly rustics 30 reminds me not only of flowers, but particularly of these lovely pink velvet pleated circles from Maya Road:


And the colours and 'garden theme' with flowers are prompted by the photo given for The shabby tea room 233:

This is a large 8 x 8 card:


This is also for:

Inky chicks 36: fairies and/or angels
In the pink 51: fairies and elves
Miriam's crafting 15: fantasy
Glitter n sparkle 99: use some butterflies
Graph it week 34: summer florals
Lisa B designs August: butterflies & flowers
Spectrum noir August: floral & nature
Card and scrap 80: flowers
Flonz vintage stamping 23: summer days
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Craft for the craig 7: a craft item you have never used before - the corrugated paper strips and the Maya Road velvet pleated circles
4 crafty chicks 209: something old/something new - old paper/embossing, new corrugated paper, Maya Road velvet pleated circles
Delightful: layer it
Red rubber inspirationals 135: stay focused on stamping - anything goes
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Art by Miran 13: anything goes
The artistic stamper creative team August: anything goes
Stamp and create August: anything goes
Inky impressions 174: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Treasured times 23: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 336: anything goes
The pink elephant 265: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 72
DL.ART August anything goes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Special Birthday wishes for a very special person


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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
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
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
Aud sentiments 114: any sentiment other than a birthday
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 226: clean and simple
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
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


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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
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
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


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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


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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
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
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