Tuesday, 19 August 2014

I've done it again!


Last month I showed a card here that I made by re-purposing a previous card that I've made. Well, I have to confess that I've done it again!! And this time it will stay like this because it's a card that was commissioned by a friend for a silver wedding anniversary. I was told that the couple both like cakes and I was asked to try and include a church on the card - I hope this is 'job done'!

So this is the final card that I hope will meet the requirements. The glittery, slightly holographic, church is one that I've had for ages, as is the little 25th square. The little group of cakes is a stamp from a little Docrafts set I've had for ages, but haven't used before, inked with versamark and heat embossed with detail silver powder. I think I like this final version.

As ever, very difficult to get a photo of a card that has glittery, shiny things on it, heat embossing and the blue strips top and bottom are actually a deep blue mirror card, although you only see a hint of that here.





I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Word art Wednesday 145: something sweet
Timbro scrap mania 99: special occasions
Totally gorjuss 249: special celebration
Sparkle n sprinkle August: anything goes (embossing powder)
Wow! embossing powder August: monochrome
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Craft for the craig 7: a craft item you have never used before (the cakes stamp)
Sentimental Sundays 220: monochromatic colours
Crafty catz 244: recycle it
Fairytale stamper 43: anything goes

Male birthday


Simply Happy Birthday with some polka dot paper, sentiment and a lovely photo matted on to mirror card.


This is for:

Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
Paper pretties 323: boys cards
Little Claire designs 48: a man's birthday card
DRS 135: birthday card
Crafting by designs: polka dots
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Little red wagon 250: happy birthday
Cute card Thursday 334: clean and simple
My mums craft shop 20: clean & simple
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 49


This is my design card for today's Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 49 - please have a look at the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the fun.

For my card I used Bugaboo Stamps AKV baby stroller, colouring with spectrum noir and copic pens. I mounted the image on to a snippet piece of mirror card and added tag, sentiments etc that have been in my 'baby' box for quite some time and then some more of those lovely felt fabric buttons from Poundland.

This gorgeous photo inspiration for City crafter 225 to me suggests a baby card:



This is also for:

Paper crafting 16: baby
Sweet 7 challenge 2: baby
In the pink 50: anything goes as long as it's pink
Left of center 41: inspired by a song: Congratulations
Fitztown 48: just for kids
Hobbybook: all about kids
PumpkinSpice 80: children
The east wind 13: for the kiddies
QKR stampede 101: add a button
Freshly brewed August 1: buttons
Cutie pie 76: cute with buttons & bows
Sentimental Sundays 220: monochromatic colours
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): use your stash (I've had the tag and sentiment oval for ages)
Top tip Tuesday: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 32: anything goes
613 avenue create 85: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 25: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

Monday, 18 August 2014

New baby card for Cheerful stamp pad challenge 93


It's time for Cheerful stamp pad challenge 93: a new baby - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and it would be great if you could join in the challenge.

I've used digital images from the Stitchy Bear's 'baby girl pack' kindly supplied by the sponsor. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and added a suede die cut teddy (cut with a die that came with the original pink die cutter from QVC years ago - no longer have the die cutter, but still have the dies) and a rattle. I finished off the card with the faux stitching on the surrounds and mounted on to a pale pink card blank.


This is also for:

CAS on Sunday 40: rock a bye baby
Paper crafting 16: baby
Sweet 7 challenge 2: baby
Cute card Thursday 334: clean and simple
My mums craft shop 20: clean & simple
In the pink 50: anything goes as long as it's pink
Digi choosday 32: stitching
Pink gem 126: stitching
Dies r us 8: stitching (die cut teddy bear)
Scrappers delights 29: anything goes with die cuts
Cut it up 51: inspired by a song (die cut teddy bear) - song: Congratulations
Left of center 41: inspired by a song: Congratulations
Fitztown 48: just for kids
Pause dream enjoy 16: kid's theme
Hobbybook: all about kids
PumpkinSpice 80: children
The east wind 13: for the kiddies
Moving along with the times: feeling a little vintage
Sugar creek hollow 93: let's celebrate
Graph it markers week 33: furry stuff (die cut teddy bear is suede)
Sentimental Sundays 220: monochromatic colours
Simply create too 68: monochromatic
The paper girls 62: design your own challenge - I chose these from the grid: stitch on your project, make a card, 3 or more images
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 32: anything goes
Stamp and create August: anything goes
613 avenue create 85: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 25: anything goes
Treasured time 22: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Cool down ...


... on a hot summer day. I recently took part in a postcard swap on the Bubblyfunk Forum - the theme was 'summer'. I added script to a digital image, printed out and added quickie pen glue and lots of different Art Institute glitters.


I'm entering this into the following challenges:

The sailing pineapple 15: it's summer
Simon says Wednesday: summer
Open-minded 17: last days of summer
AnMaCreatief 35: summer
Our creative corner August: summertime
Seema crafts August: summer fun
Crafty bloggers network August: summer fun
Bunny Zoe August: summer colours
Top tip Tuesday: something sweet
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): wish you were here (holiday postcard)
Sparkle n sprinkle August: anything goes - loose glitter
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

A royal blue anniversary


I was asked by a friend to make a card for him to give to his wife on their anniversary and he requested that I used royal blue on the card.

I used three different embossing folders with my eBosser with some royal blue mirror card. I used part of an eBosser A4 embossing folder (which is actually designed to make a three fold DL card. The front step panel was embossed with a border folder by Design Objectives. The two other steps have been decorated with panels cut from the mirror card with a Craft Concepts folder called 'budding vine'. I cut the 'To someone Special' panel to fit between the paws of the bear.

The Forever Friends 3D stickers came from their Black & Gold collection.


A close up of the two back steps:


And a close up of the front panel:


This is for:

Crazy challenge 178: love and marriage
Sugar creek hollow 93: let's celebrate
Totally gorjuss 249: special celebration
Hobbycutz 60: fancy folds
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
A song in your He{ART} 13: best day of my life
Kort o mania 113: layers
Corrosive 206: B unique - 3 items beginning with B - bears, blooms, blue
Creative moments 48: anything goes/animals
Left of center 41: inspired by a song - I will always love you, Whitney Houston
613 avenue create 85: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 25: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

A letter to Santa for the Glory of Christmas challenge 40


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 40: a letter to Santa. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team - and we would love you to join in our challenge. I produced this card digitally using a lovely freebie from Melonheadz adding my own wording:


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life week 32
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Crafting for all seasons 83: feature a creature
Creative moments 48: anything goes/animals
Inky impressions 172: animal friends
Scribbles designs 20: animal planet
Papertake: spots & dots
Crafting by designs: polka dots
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Full steam ahead ...


... for a happy birthday - for Crafting Musketeers challenge 16 mid-month inspiration. This is my design card for team B using the 'train guard' image kindly supplied by the sponsors, Polka Doodles, coloured with spectrum noirs. The theme for the challenge is 1, 2, 3 - I've used 1 image, 2 buttons (felt ones from Poundland) and 3 gems.

The background picture is one I found on the internet and the sentiment was generated on my Dymo letratag.


This is also for:

Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
Paper pretties 323: boys cards
Little Claire designs 48: a man's birthday card
DRS 135: birthday card
Little tangles 42: happy birthday
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Little red wagon 250: happy birthday
QKR stampede 101: add a button
Freshly brewed August 1: buttons
Fitztown 47: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

More favourite things for CHNC challenge 190


This time for another card for my CHNC challenge 190 I used some favourite papers - Teresa Collins 'Christmas at Home', another favourite Christmas Inkadinkado stamp inked with plum archival and heat embossed with clear powder. I used the ink pad to part colour the white flowers. And the plum colour is another favourite of mine.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 272: Christmas
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): Christmas
Stamps & fun = creativity: Christmas in summer
Sweet stampin': Christmas in August
Loves rubber stamps 116: out of season
Creative card crew 68: embossing (wet)
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Everybody art 289: favourite stamp (one of them!)
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Wow! embossing powder August: monochrome
Simply create too 68: monochromatic
Sparkle n sprinkle August: anything goes - embossing powder
Going grey with Scrap-creations: animals
Crafting for all seasons 83: feature a creature
Creative moments 48: anything goes/animals
Inky impressions 172: animal friends
Craft a scene August: add a four-legged animal
Bastel-traum: animals
Scribbles designs 20: animal planet
Papertake: spots & dots
Crafting by designs: polka dots
Crafty calendar August: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 12: anything goes
Cards galore August: anything goes
Bearly mine August: anything goes
Brown sugar 107: anything goes
Treasured times 22: anything goes
Nutcrafters 74: anything goes
Pinspirational 120: anything goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts August: anything goes
The artistic stamper creative team August: anything goes
Stamping sensations August: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R189: something old (or forgotten) - the stamp, the papers
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Just inspirational August: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
V's sweet 26: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
The squirrel and the fox 75: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

These are a few of my favourite things ...


... for my CHNC challenge 190.

For this card I used some Hunkydory card mounted on to silver mirror card with a coordinating strip and sentiment circle. The image is one of my favourite Penny Black stamps 'fantasy' inked with Elsybells sugar candy pigment inkpad (one of the best white ones I've ever come across) and heat embossed with detail white powder. So I used one of my favourite stamps, shiny things and heat embossing - oh, and purple is involved too!


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Stamps & fun = creativity: Christmas in summer
Loves rubber stamps 116: out of season
Penny Black and more at Allsorts August: anything goes (used a PB stamp)
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Everybody art 289: favourite stamp (one of them!)
Wow! embossing powder August: monochrome
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Sparkle n sprinkle August: anything goes - embossing powder
The artistic stamper creative team August: anything goes
Mema's crafts August: anything goes
Stamping sensations August: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
The squirrel and the fox 75: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 42


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 42, which is, once again, anything goes, so it would be lovely if you could join in with your entries - and please click the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team.

I used Stitchy Bear Birthday word art which I digitally faded at the edges to superimpose on a lovely free background I found on the internet - this was originally brown and I changed the colour digitally and then added the sentiments top and bottom.


I decided to try and do something about the misspelling on the original digital image so I created cut outs of the letters 'r' and 'i' and then cloned the colour where they were and put them in the right places - this is the result:


This is also for:

DRS 135: birthday card
Little tangles 42: happy birthday
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Corrosive 205: birthdays
Little red wagon 250: happy birthday
Great impressions August: birthday bash
The sisterhood of crafters: your favourite colour
Pattie's 97: monochromatic
Pinspirational 120: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Completely Christmas 25: mid-month sketch


For today's Completely Christmas challenge 25 we have the mid-month sketch:


Please click on the challenge link to see the designs of the rest of the team and join in with your own interpretations of the sketch.

I've used card, borders, toppers etc from the Hunkydory 'Road to Bethlehem' kit - I love this because it depicts scenes that show what Christmas is really all about - the birth of Jesus Christ. The middle topper, the sentiment etc have been raised up with 3D foam.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 272: Christmas
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Crafts4eternity R189: something old (or forgotten) - the stamp, glittered paper and the spacers
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Penny's 190: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Friday, 15 August 2014

Second card for CCAYR mid-month inspiration


This is my second design card for the CCAYR design team mid-month inspiration for the August challenge with the theme Sparkle & Shine - simply create a card that has glitter, sparkle, gems, pearls etc.

I decided to make this an almost one layer card by stamping directly on to the card blank using an Anna Griffin stamp inked with memento tuxedo black. The glittered purple card is an offcut. Ribbon is Papermania and the purple spacers are Prima.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 272: Christmas
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): Christmas
Stamps & fun = creativity: Christmas in summer
Loves rubber stamps 116: out of season
Oldie but a goodie: black and white + 1 (stamp is much older than six months)
Stampotique 159: bows
The sisterhood of crafters: your favourite colour (purple with anything!)
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Everybody art 289: favourite stamp (one of them!)
Crafts4eternity R189: something old (or forgotten) - the stamp, glittered paper and the spacers
Fairytale stamper 42: ribbon/lace
Let's craft and create 95: ribbon or twine
Crafty calendar August: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 12: anything goes
Bearly mine August: anything goes
Pinspirational 120: anything goes
Brown sugar 107: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Stamp and create August: anything goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts August: anything goes
The artistic stamper creative team August: anything goes
Mema's crafts August: anything goes
Stamping sensations August: anything goes
Penny's 190: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

CCAYR mid-month inspiration


It's already mid-month and an opportunity for the CCAYR design team to show some more inspiration for the August challenge with the theme Sparkle & Shine - simply create a card that has glitter, sparkle, gems, pearls etc.

This is my first mid-month design card using an offcut of silver mirror card that was embossed with the folder that came with my eBosser, with another offcut of some crinkled shiny card that I've had for ages, with a piece of glittered ribbon to cover the join. I used another snippet of the crinkled card to back the sentiment. The glittered baubles with gems were from Poundland from last year.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 137
Hiding in my craft room Blogiversary 1: super scraps Saturday
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 31
CRAFT 272: Christmas
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Aud sentiments 113: favourite season (Christmas - winter - although only for cards!)
Creative card crew 68: embossing (wet or dry)
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 242: stack it up - 3 or more layers
Crafts4eternity R189: something old (or forgotten) - the glittered baubles
Pinspirational 120: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
613 avenue create 84: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 31: anything goes
Crafty girls 24: anything goes
Penny's 190: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Sweet pea stampers: embossing


This is my design card for the Sweet pea stampers 'embossing' challenge - wet or dry. I've included some dry embossing achieved with an Embossalicious folder with my eBosser - a snippet piece that was left over from a previous project - it was done with matt silver card which I brushed with peacock feathers distress ink.

I used Ching Chou Kuik's 'silentness' (owl version) digi, colouring with spectrum noir pens. The papers I've used are offcuts from the Far East stack, including the piece behind the embossed panel and the sentiment. Flowers from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 137
Hiding in my craft room Blogiversary 1: super scraps Saturday
Creative card crew 68: embossing (wet or dry)
Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
As you like it: favourite embellishments and why? - flowers - they add a touch of dimension
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 242: stack it up - 3 or more layers
DRS 135: birthday card
Little tangles 42: happy birthday
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Wags n whiskers 135: birthdays
Corrosive 205: birthdays
Little red wagon 250: happy birthday
Great impressions August: birthday bash
Crafty boots: flowers
Melonheadz friends: flowers
Crafty creations 269: flower power
Spectrum noir August: floral - flowers & nature
Eureka 102: things with wings
Ruby's rainbow 85: for the birds
Mark's finst papers speedy fox and friends 224: feathers
A creative romance: fantasy
Miriam's crafting 15: fantasy
Digi sketch: fairies
Chocolate, coffee & cards 71: fairies
Pattie's 97: monochromatic
Simply create too 68: monochromatic
Crafty calendar August: anything goes
Sisters of craft August: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Pinspirational 120: anything goes
Just inspirational August: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 224: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 31: anything goes
613 avenue create 84: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 92: anything goes
Crafty girls 24: anything goes
Penny's 190: anything goes
Treasured times 22: anything goes
V's sweet 26: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for August mid-month inspiration


It seems impossible that it is already 15 August and time for some mid-month inspiration on CHNC challenge extra for August. The design team have some lovely designs to show - please click on the link and have a look - and we would love to see more of your Christmas entries.

For my card I've used Bugaboo Stamps 'stocking line', matted on to an offcut piece of card and then on to a stray piece of card left from a gift bag from a couple of years ago. This was matted on to an offcut piece of Graphic 45 paper and then on to a piece of card and finally on to a red card blank.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 137
Hiding in my craft room Blogiversary 1: super scraps Saturday
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 272: Christmas
Deep ocean 84: Christmas in August
Crafty catz 244: recycle it (the piece of gift bag)
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 224: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 70
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 48: anything goes


This is my design team card for Fan-tastic Tuesday 48: anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I created this totally digitally, starting off with a film background from Microsoft Publisher clipart, on to which I put 'camera life' images kindly given to the team by the sponsor, Sparkle n Sprinkle. The other digis that I've used are freebies from the internet - I changed the colours, faded the backgrounds etc.


This is also for:

Cardz for guyz 31: cameras/photos
Craft your passion 226: bring me sunshine (add some yellow)
Flat friends 23: say it with a quote
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Fitztown 47: anything goes
Crafty girls 24: anything goes
Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
Soartful August: eye glasses, spectacles
Hiding in my craft room blogiversary 4: freestyle
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

Monday, 11 August 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 92 week 2


This is my design card for week 2 of Cheerful stamp pad challenge 92: all that jazz.

I've used some sheet music that I found on the internet and created my card digitally in Microsoft Picture It, adding digital images taken from Jazz Band, kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear's digi outlet, together with a quote by Duke Ellington - all created digitally.


This is also for:

Love to create 128: inspired by a song, book or movie
Perfectly rustics 29: masculine card
Hiding in my craft room blogiversary 4: freestyle
Fitztown 47: anything goes
613 avenue create 84: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 224: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 31: anything goes
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Altered box


It was Lizzie's turn to set the theme for the Christmas Card Club's challenge this fortnight and she asked us to make 'anything but a card'. I've had to prepare this ahead of time because when this goes live we will be away from home (attending a family funeral and extending our stay). I had very little time to make anything, but remembered that I had a sturdy box that I could alter:


My box isn't in the same league as those that Lizzie makes - click on the link above to see what she gets up to - partly because of lack of time, but mainly because I lack the skill to make anything like she does.

I covered it with some DCWV Christmas paper (although this paper could be used for any time of the year), adding some grosgrain decorated ribbon and some ripple bauble stickers from Hobbycraft, threading some red and white twine through and tying, then adding a few miscellaneous stickers. Very simple, but it will now be used to put some of my Christmas crafting bits and bobs in.

Colours for Christmas card challenges 37:




This is also for:

My craft creations: anything goes
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Saturday, 9 August 2014

CHNC challenge 189:fur and/or feather


Today's CHNC challenge 189 is ''fur and/of feather' - feature an animal and/or a bird on your Christmas creation. Please click on the link and join in the challenge.

This is my card using the same supplies that you've seen for a couple of other previous CHNC challenges - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas and 3D stickers. I used up pieces of paper that were on my workspace when I made the other similar cards.

This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Fitztown 47: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Crafting by designs August anything goes

Posted with BlogsyPosted with Blogsy

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 41


For my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 41 I used some golfing background paper that I got some time ago from PDA card and craft. The diamond embossed card strip is a piece left over from a previous project which was created with an Embossalicious folder with my eBosser. It was matt silver card, so I brushed it with peacock feathers distress ink. The happy golfer is Bugaboo Stamps AKV golf - golf bag (Bugaboo are sponsoring Suzy Bee's challenge), coloured with spectrum noir pens.

Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of others in the team - and it would be great if you could join us with your entries.


This is also for:

Eclectic paperie ePlay August: embossing
Corrosive 205: birthdays
Little tangles 42: happy birthday
Wags n whiskers 135: birthdays
Fitztown 47: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Crafting by designs August anything goes
DL.ART August anything goes