Monday, 30 June 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 89: weekend activities, week 2


This is my design card for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 89 week 2, where the theme is 'weekend activities'. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the challenge and join in with your entry here.

For my card I used the BB Kakes 'stitcher fae' image, kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, the sponsor of the challenge. I coloured this with spectrum noir pens, adding Art Institute glitter to her wings. I cut out the image using a Spellbinder marvellous squares die, brushing the edges with peacock feathers distress ink. The main background paper is an old piece of Daisy Bucket and the torn strip is from American Crafts 'amy tangerine' plus one paper pad that I recently bought with a prize voucher. The added 3D embellishments were from an Express Yourself DIY pack.



Creative Blog Hop


I was delighted when a dear crafting friend, Gezzy B tagged me in the Blog Hop. It's my turn today to tag people and join the hop.

The idea is to pass on the joy of creativity and share who we are inspired by.

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

1. What am I working on?

I mainly make cards, although I occasionally make scrapbook LOs and other papercrafting items. I am fortunate enough to be on eight different Design Teams, so I'm constantly kept busy with preparing my designs for these. I also run three challenge blogs of my own. As well as making cards for my own use, I sell to raise money for charity so making all my design cards helps add nicely to the stock needed.

A while ago now I promised myself that I would reorganise my craft supplies, having invested in some more storage ... I still need to do much of this.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I don't have a particular style, but my designs were originally prompted by what I knew would sell, trying to cater for all sorts of taste. The more design work I've taken on, the more variety that has crept into my cardmaking. It's hard for me to tell how much more work differs from others.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I'm not in the best of health and I find that crafting helps pain become more bearable. As I've already said, I sell to raise money for charity, which is one of the reasons that I create and, of course, for the design challenge blogs that I belong to.

If I'm honest I would love to be able to spend more time creating just for the sake of it, but time hardly ever permits this ... perhaps one day!

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

I'm not much of a planner when it comes to crafting - I tend to start something and see how it evolves. Of course, there are certain constraints when creating for design teams as there is usually a theme, or following a sketch or colour combo etc

Sometimes I like to sit down with my gelli plate, masks and acrylic paints and just see what happens - I then build up some backgrounds that can be used for future projects, combining with stamping, embossing etc.

I am delighted to tag three lovely craftings that inspire me in so many different ways.

1.  Asha Martins

I've got to know Asha through the Christmas Card Club that I belong to. Just like me, Asha loves to make Christmas cards throughout the year. She is a very talented designer, who contributes so much to the teams she is on, inspiring by so much attention to detail as well as her spark of creativity that always seems to 'hit the spot'.

Asha writes:

'I live in a little village by the sea in Portugal with a supportive husband, 3 dogs and a black kitty. I started crafting and blogging in the autumn of 2011 and haven't looked back since... seriously, my early work is that hideous! My style is eclectic with plenty of stitching. I am a meticulous methodical perfectionist by day and a creative spirited foodie by night.'
2.  Rachel Taylor

Rachel is a 'teamie' on three design teams that I belong to, as well as crafting for a few more teams. Rachel has a variety of styles that she uses to good effect, not only in cardmaking, but in making gifts etc and in sharing her talents in tutorials.

She writes:

'I have been married for 27 years and have 2 grown up children I love all types of crafting I like running blossom cards and hand made gifts which I do from home I also teach classes and sell at craft fairs and do demos and craft parties. I have done one tutorial video at the moment but hope to do more I like to make shaped cards and I love stamping and working with digi stamps I like to do real hand stitching on my cards I am a crafter first and a house wife second lol just love to craft. Crafting is in my bones my motto is keep calm and craft on.'

3.  Helen Nile

I'm fortunate to have Helen on the DT for my Christmas cards extra challenge blog and also on the Glory of Christmas. Helen is a very busy crafter and never fails to inspire with her clean lines and eye for style, as well as flawless colouring. I love her work and was so glad when she became part of my team, giving me the opportunity to know her better.

Helen writes:

I live on the Wirral in the north west of Britain and work as an Activities Coordinator for Abbeyfield which is a charity providing services to the elderly. My job involves organising activities, outings etc for a residential home and two sheltered houses. I love card making and teach weekend workshops for Little Claire. My favourite technique is stamping and I love my Promarkers! My style is very much clean and simple and I love cute as well as floral.''

I do hope that you will visit these lovely ladies' blogs and be inspired by their creativity and talent. Please visit them next Monday when they will be choosing their own inspirational crafters to tag as the Creative Blog Hop continues.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

CHNC challenge 183: let's get sentimental


CHNC challenge 183 this week is all about adding a sentiment - easy peasy! Please click on the link and join in the Christmas fun - and you might be randomly picked to win one of the three lovely prizes.

For my card I've used the 'Christmas tree' image kindly provided by my new sponsor, Sentimental Susan, colouring with spectrum noir pens and mounting on to green mirror card. Papers are from my Christmas offcuts box - the main background one being K & Co.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My time to craft 252: Christmas in June
Fab n funky 222: Christmas
That craft place: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 35: anything goes


It's time for Suzy Bee's challenge 35, which is 'anything goes' - please click and see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and please join in our challenge.

I've used Di's Digi download freebie, 'summertime swing' image, coloured with spectrum noirs. Papers are from American Crafts 'amy tangerine' Plus one paper pad (one that I bought with a prize I won). The flower was from Hobbycraft and the sentiment from Craftworks - hard to see here, but it says 'on your Birthday'.



This is also for:

Paper crafting 13: anything goes
That craft place: anything goes

Completely Christmas challenge 18


Completely Christmas challenge 18 is being sponsored by Sparkle and Sprinkle and for my clean and simple design card I've used the beautiful 'Noel angel' - I coloured digitally and added te scripture. Please click on the link and look at the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge - it's 'anything goes' as long as it's Christmas.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My time to craft 252: Christmas in June
Paper crafting 13: anything goes
Crafty creations 266: things with wings
Fab n funky 222: Christmas
Lacy sunshine 36: anything goes
That craft place: anything goes

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 41: anything goes


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday 41 - please click on the link to see the lovely creations of the rest of the team and join in with your designs.

For my card I used Sparkle n Sprinkle 'Isabelle hat lady' (kindly supplied by the sponsor). I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens and applied quickie glue and Art Institute glitter to the fur collar. Papers, ribbons, bow and large flowers are all from the Papermania 'midnight blush' capsule collection. The white flowers were from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

Sparkle n sprinkle June: anything goes with loose glitter
Penny's 182: favourite embellishments - flowers and ribbons
Craftitude 67: use flowers and/or lace
Sugar creek hollow 89: floral
Totally gorjuss 241: flower power
Craft for the craig 5: something summery or with flowers
We do doobadoo 8: ribbons
Divas by design: 3 or more layers
Di's digi designs: lots of layers
Bunny Zoe June: layers
Corrosive 202: colour me happy - favourite colour medium - alcohol pens
Dream valley 84: monochrome
613 avenue create 77: anything goes + option: pink
Lacy sunshine 36: anything goes
One stitch at a time 218: anything goes
Rhedd & rosies 35: anything goes
Craftin from the heart 24: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 21: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Monday, 23 June 2014

Fast cars greeting


A birthday card for a male with a penchant for fast cars! Papers are from my offcuts box, with a piece of sentiment paper from a 'bloc' (bought loads of these years ago and still have loads!) and photos from a pack I bought long ago.


This is for:

Pixie's snippets 130
Eclectic ellapu: card for a man
Try it on Tuesday: one for the boys
Creative moments 45: anything goes/for the boys
Hobbybook: for dad/male
DL.ART 134: masculine
Hobbyhome: anything goes for men
PumpkinSpice 76: masculine
Country view crafts 16: only men allowed
CAS on Sunday 36: birthday
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Creatalicious 64: happy birthday
Dream valley 84: monochrome
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Guest design slot for the Crazy Challenge 174: by the sea


I was chosen as one of the top 3 for the Crazy challenge 171 and as a result I was asked to be their guest designer for the next two challenges.

Crazy challenge 174 'by the sea' is being sponsored by Mygrafico arts and crafts who kindly supplied images for the team to use. I also bought their Pirate Boy clipart set and used some of it to digitally create a background on to which I added the digital image of the pirate boy. I used a sea picture that I found on the internet. Once printed out I coloured him with spectrum noir pens and mounted on to a blue card blank.


This is also for:

The stamping boutique 22: card for a child
Pink gem 122: for a child
A little bit crafty June: child's play
Melonheadz friends: for kids/use a kid image
Robyn's fetish 217: at the beach
Lexi 119: at the beach
Pause dream enjoy 12: beach
Sparkles 57: at the beach/summer fun
Cute card Thursday 326: beside the seaside
Moving along with the times: I do like to be beside the seaside
Jellypark friends: oh we do like to be beside the seaside
Craft a scene June: by the sea
Try it on Tuesday: one for the boys
Creative moments 45: anything goes/for the boys
Inky impressions 164: for the boys
DL.ART thankful Thursday 134: masculine
PumpkinSpice 76: masculine
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Craftin from the heart 24: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 21: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 89: weekend activities


This is my design card for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 89: weekend activities. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge.

I based my card on the sketch given for Sketch Saturday 315:

 Papers are from Spring and Summer pads from Create and Craft. The image is one kindly given by the sponsor, Stitchy Bear's digi outlet 'BB Kakes girl watering', coloured with spectrum noir alcohol pens, with the addition of some gems. I'm linking this for One stitch at a time 218: anything goes.


This is also for:

The craft garden June: orange, yellow and lime green
Let's craft and create 93: spots or stripes
Brown sugar 99: dots and/or stripes
Addicted to stamps 85: polka dots
Divas by design: 3 or more layers
Di's digi designs: lots of layers
Bunny Zoe June: layers
Corrosive 202: colour me happy - favourite colour medium - alcohol pens
Glitter n sparkle 90: include some yellow
Allsorts 264: how does your garden grow
Catered crop: summer lovin' - summertime
Whoopsi Daisy: summer is here
Just inspirational: summer
Paper pretties 315: summer fun
MilkCoffee: summer fun
Bloggers challenge: summertime
Jo's scrap shack funday 55: summer fun
LiaStampz 67: summer fun
Paper crafting 12: in summer
Craft for the craig 5: something summery or with flowers
Fairies 28: summer
Melonheadz friends: for kids/use a kid image
Cutie pie 72: cute girls, girls, girls
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Graph it week 25: blondes
Craftin from the heart 24: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 21: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Glory of Christmas challenge 36 second card


This is my second design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 36: lights. Please click on the link and see the lovely designs of others in the team and please join in the challenge.

Once again I've used a piece of Hunkydory card that had the lovely soft candle picture in the corner. I've kept it simple, so the eye is drawn to the lights, adding cream lace, gems and a sentiment. I then mounted on to a piece of red mirror card before mounting on to the cream card blank.

Colours for Christmas card challenges 30 from their inspiration photo:



This is also for:

Crafting by designs: favourite holiday (Christmas)
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

The Glory of Christmas challenge 36: lights


This is my first design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 36: lights. Please click on the link and see the lovely designs of others in the team and please join in the challenge.

The picture I've used is from Hunkydory and I've added the strip of sequins, some gems and two decoupaged glittered Christmas trees.


This is also for:

Crafting by designs: favourite holiday (Christmas)
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 34


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 34: anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and share your own entries.

I used Sparkle n Sprinkle 'church sympathy', supplied by the sponsor, colouring with pastel colours of spectrum noir pens, keeping the card one layer clean and simple:


This is also for:

Crafty sentiments: CAS or full on
Stampin with the dragon June: clean and simple
Scrappers delights 25: anything with twist: get sentimental
Love to create 120: anything goes
Through the purple haze 46: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

CHNC challenge 182: include a building


For my CHNC challenge 182 I'm asking to see a building (or part of a building) on your Christmas creations - please click on the link and join in the fun. There are always good prizes to be won - winners always picked randomly - this week there are four chances to win a prize.

For my card I've used the 'Bethlehem with verse' image kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, Eureka Stamps. Papers are DCWV from an old Christmas pack - I can never tire of black and white with a touch of bright pink - with just the addition of some stitched ribbon from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

Crafting by designs: favourite holiday (Christmas)
Sparkles Christmas 41: favourite colour combo - I love black, white and deep pink together
Deep ocean 80: favourite colour combo - I love black, white and deep pink together
Craftin desert divas 33: your favourite colour - I love black, white and deep pink together
Fitztown 39: use your favourite colour(s) - I love black, white and deep pink together
Faith hope love 10: anything goes (with scripture)
Word art Wednesday: anything goes
Stampin' for the weekend: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Completely Christmas 17: anything goes


This is my design card for Completely Christmas 17: anything goes - please click and see the lovely Christmas crafting of the rest of the team and join in the fun - you'll be glad when you get nearer to Christmas!

For my card I used Stitchy Bear's Hope Jacare Doodles 'Christmas dove of peace' and Stitchy Bear's Holly girl digital papers (kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge). I created this digitally, changing colours, using fading etc.


This is also for:

Crafting by designs: favourite holiday (Christmas)
Sparkles Christmas 41: favourite colour combo - anything purple!
Deep ocean 80: favourite colour combo - anything purple!
Craftin desert divas 33: your favourite colour - purple!
Fitztown 39: use your favourite colour(s) - purple!
Dream valley 84: monochrome
Fussy & fancy 116: things with wings
Creative fingers 40: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Friday, 20 June 2014

Sweet Pea Stampers 'shaped card' challenge


It's time for a new challenge on the Sweet pea stampers and for the next two weeks we're asking you to show us a shaped card. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge - using a Sweet pea stamp/digi if you have one.

For my design card I sued Silentness (owl version) digi by ching chou cuik (also available as a stamp) coloured with spectrum noir pens. 

I have a large box filled with handmade papers, angelhair, mulberry papers etc and I haven't used much of this for years. I thought it was about time that some came out to see the light of day - lol!

So the image is mounted on to a piece of blue angelhair and then on to a piece of white mulberry paper, with the addition of a few gems here and there to give a bit of bling.



This is also for:

Squigglefly 24: summer colours - orange or blue
Fussy & fancy 116: things with wings
Open-minded 12: something with wings
Crafts and me 149: add wings
That's crafty: the birds challenge
Come and get it: fairy fantasy
Aloha Friday 26: fairytales & fantasy creatures
Kreativer Bastel 49: anything but square
Inky chicks 31: special shape
Top tip Tuesday: shaped cards
Fab n funky 221: shaped cards
The house that stamps built DCC618: shaped or fun fold cards
Little Miss Muffet 88: anything goes
Crafter's cafe 68: distress it
Rhedd and rosies 35: anything goes
Creative fingers 40: anything goes
613 avenue create 76: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister Act 62: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 40: summer at the beach


I am excited and privileged to be joining the design team for Fan-tastic Tuesday.

This is my first design team creation, which is for Fan-tastic Tuesday 40: at the beach. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and we would love to see you joining in the challenge.

I have used Bugaboo Stamps 'beach border' and 'crab boat', kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with spectrum  noir pens.

The background paper is DCWV from their summer pack from long ago. The beach hut and bunting are part of a prize from Flourish with a bling for winning a challenge on Emerald Faeries (I had $15 to spend and got a lovely lot of goodies - you'll see more of them in due time). It's a pity that you can't see the lovely shine on the banner and beach hut. The little flip flops are some I've had for a long, long time.


This is also for:

Fairies 28: summer
Sparkles 57: at the beach/summer fun
Catch the bug: summertime
Melonheadz friends: summer fun
Just inspirational: summer
The paper shelter 162: summer time
Brown sugar 98: summer
Get inky: get inky this summer
Paper crafting 12: in summer
Just for fun June: here comes summer
V's sweet 24: summer fun
Time out 7: summer
Craft for the craig 5: something summery or with flowers
Stamp dreams 39: by the sea/vacation
Pause dream enjoy 12: beach
One sweet challenge June: hit the beach
Craft a scene June: by the sea
Craft room: sun sand and surf
Addicted to stamps 84: outdoors
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Corrosive 201: cut it or crop it
Bunny Zoe June: layers
Incy wincy: bright funky colours
Clear it out: anything goes (DCWV paper is very old)
Craft your passion 218: 3 or more embellishments (bunting, beach hut sticker, flipflops)
613 avenue create 76: anything goes + option: use subway art
Artistic inspirations 96: anything goes/summer fun
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 23: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Monday, 16 June 2014

Crafting musketeers halfway post for challenge 14


As I am on team B my design card is showing today as part of Crafting musketeers halfway post for challenge 14 - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team.

For my card I used the Polka Doodles 'office' image that was kindly supplied as Polka Doodles are sponsoring the challenge. You can find the original challenge 14 post here and enter your creation using a stamped image (it can be a digi). I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens and mounted on to an offcut of red mirror card. I created the sentiment on the computer and printed, using another scrap of red mirror card for mounting. The cupcake is from an old Kanban kit.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 129
PumpkinSpice 76: masculine
Catered crop: manly men
Cupcake inspirations 265: for the boys
Eclectic ellapu: card for a man
Glitter n sparkle 89: father's day/men's cards
Digi sketch: for the men
Ooh-la-la 158: father's day/male
Crafty sentiments: father's day/for a male
Ladybug: for him
Papertake: for the boys
Digi choosday 22: all about the men
Tuesday throwdown 199: special man
Aud sentiments 108: any sentiment for a guy
Hobbybook: for dad/male
Cute card Thursday 325: so macho!
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 233: all about the man!
DL.ART 134: masculine
MilkCoffee: father's day/special male
Hobbyhome: anything goes for men
Polka doodles 23: men on our minds
Country view crafts 16: only men allowed
Mema's crafts June: only men allowed
Crafting by designs: birthday
Tok bobok June: birthday cake
Creatalicious 64: happy birthday
Fab n funky 220: laughter is the best medicine!!
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Bunny Zoe June: layers
Sisters of craft June: anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 23: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 88: fruits & veggies week 2


Today sees the start of week 2 for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 88: fruits & veggies. Please click on the link to see the delicious crafting of the rest of the team and please join in with your entries here.

Papers are DCWV 'summer' (I've had them a long time). The image is Stitchy Bear's Scrappers-delights 'fruity babies watermelon' coloured with spectrum noir pens and mounted on to green mirror card. Stitchy Bear's digital outlet are sponsoring the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 88.


I continued the strip on to the back of the card:


and I decorated the inside:


This is also for:

Scrappers-delights 24: anything goes with a twist: layer it up
Inspiration avenue: juicy
Fairies 28: summer
Sparkles 57: at the beach/summer fun
Catch the bug: summertime
Melonheadz friends: summer fun
Just inspirational: summer
The paper shelter 162: summer time
Brown sugar 98: summer
Get inky: get inky this summer
Paper crafting 12: in summer
Just for fun June: here comes summer
V's sweet 24: summer fun
Time out 7: summer
Craft for the craig 5: something summery or with flowers
Stamp dreams 39: by the sea/vacation
Pause dream enjoy 12: beach
One sweet challenge June: hit the beach
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Sisters of craft June: anything goes
613 avenue create 76: anything goes + option: use subway art
Artistic inspirations 96: anything goes/summer fun
Simon says Monday challenge: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 23: anything goes
Penny's 181: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
QKR stampede: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Caroling penguins


This is my card for today's Christmas card club challenge - Carol asked us to feature penguins.

I love this Penny Black 'caroling penguins' stamp - I inked with memento tuxedo black and coloured with spectrum noir (not that there was much colouring to do). The background paper is from My Mind's Eye 12 days of Christmas paper pad. The ribbon  is from Crafty Ribbons, part of a prize I received for winning at the Allsorts Birthday week (a pity that most of it has been covered by the image!

I based the card on the sketch given for Atlantic hearts 59:



This is also for:

Penny Black and more at Allsorts June: use your favourite stamp - definitely one of my favourites
Penny Black Saturday challenge June: boys (suitable for boys of any age, I think)
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Crimbo crackers 66: anything goes
CRAFT 263: Christmas
Merry Monday 112: Santa hats
Let's craft and create 93: spots or stripes
City crafter 215: it's for the birds
That's crafty: the birds challenge
Fashionable stamping 75: birds & bees
Sentimental Sundays 211: animals
Red rubber inspirationals 124: music in me
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Sisters of craft June: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Penny's 181: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
Art by Miran 8: anything goes
Crafty ribbons 93: anything goes with ribbon
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART June: anything goes

Some more angels for CCAYR mid-month inspiration


As I said in the previous post, the June 'anegels' challenge continues on Christmas cards all year round and today there is a mid-month post with some inspiration from team members.  You can link your entries here.

This is a card that I showed previously for the Glory of Christmas challenge 34 (you can see my original blogpost here) and thought it might be worth showing for further inspiration for CCAYR mid-month.



This is for::

Scrappy hands 15: create the background

CCAYR mid-month inspiration


The June 'anegels' challenge continues on Christmas cards all year round and today there is a mid-month post with some inspiration from team members.  You can link your entries here.

This is my design card for the CCAYR mid-month. I've used a favourite Tin Can Mail angel stamp, inked with versamark and heat embossed with gold detail powder and then mounted on to some gold mirror card. The embossed piece on the side is an offcut from some that was previously run through my eBosser with an Embossalicious folder, with trips of sequins either side.

This is also another card for my CHNC challenge 181: include gold or silver (or both).


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 129
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 23
Crimbo crackers 66: anything goes
CRAFT 263: Christmas
As you like it: favourite embossing technique and why - I love embossing with my eBosser, but also love heat embossing - both shown here - heat embossing never fails to fascinate as I see the dull powder turn to a shine
Sparkle n sprinkle June: anything goes - used embossing powder
Word art Wednesday 136: anything goes
Creative moments 44: anything goes/monochromatic
Stampin' for the weekend: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Penny's 181: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for June mid-month inspiration


This is my card for CHNC challenge extra for June mid-month inspiration - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and there's still plenty of time before the end of the month to add your own Christmas creations.

This is also another card for my CHNC challenge 181: include some gold or silver (or both).

The background and the striped card are from an old Kanban kit. The silver foiled panels with the lovely bird and baubles and the strip across the bottom are from My Paper Stash 'frost & feathers'. As is always the case, difficult to get a photo when mirror card is involved.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Crimbo crackers 66: anything goes
CRAFT 263: Christmas
Holly jolly Christmas: winter birds
City crafter 215: it's for the birds
That's crafty: the birds challenge
Fussy & fancy 116: things with wings
Open-minded crafting 12: something with wings

Saturday, 14 June 2014

CHNC challenge 181: include some gold or silver (or both)


For CHNC challenge 181 starting today I'm asking you to include some gold or silver (or both) on your Christmas creations - for more details and to see the sponsors, please click on the link.

I've kept my card simple with gold mirror card for the background, three gold foiled vellum squares some gold and silver glittered Christmas puddings and some silver sentiment strips.

What a nightmare trying to get a half-decent photo when the background is totally mirror card!


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Crimbo crackers 66: anything goes
Squigglefly 23: Christmas cards
CRAFT 263: Christmas
Allsorts 263: white and gold plus one (silver)
Sisters of craft June: anything goes
Crafty girls 20: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 33: celebrate


This is my design card for today's Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 33, where the theme is 'celebrate' - please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in the challenge, which is being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, adding the sentiments digitally, mounting the image on silver mirror card.

I've used Bugaboo Stamps 'AKV too Wedding - cut cake', kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring with spectrum noir pens. The embossed background paper is some that I've had for ages - quite a bundle of similar papers that haven't been touched and I'm not sure why, because they are lovely. I found a scrap of 'congratulations' vellum that I torn to put over the silver mirror offcut. The glittered spotty ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, part of a prize I received for winning at the Allsorts Birthday week.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 128
Hiding in my craft room 153: super scraps Saturday
The sisterhood of crafters: weddings
Paper creators 25: wedding/anniversary
Pattie's 94: father's day or wedding
The crafting cafe June: love and marriage
Crafty ribbons 93: anything goes with ribbon
Di's digi: ribbons/bow
We do doobadoo 8: ribbons
Craft-Dee BowZ June: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Glitter n sparkle 88: use a digi
One stitch at a time 216: use a digi
Seema crafts June: make it cute
Catch the bug: June anything goes
QKR stampede 92: anything goes
Crafty girls 20: anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sentimental Sundays 210: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday: anything goes

Completely Christmas 16: sketch


It's time for the mid-month sketch for Completely Christmas 16, sponsored by Lacy Sunshine - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge.

For my design card I've used the lovely Lacy sunshine Christmas boo coloured digitally. All papers are from my Christmas offcuts box, flowers from Hobbycraft.

This is the sketch to use for the challenge:



This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 128
Hiding in my craft room 153: super scraps Saturday
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Crimbo crackers 66: anything goes
Squigglefly 23: Christmas cards
CRAFT 263: Christmas
Glitter n sparkle 88: use a digi
One stitch at a time 216: use a digi
Pink gem 121: gingham ribbon and/or design paper
Pile it on 23:use some patterned paper
Perfectly rustics 24: glorious buttons
Crafts and smash June: buttons
Card mania 48 flowers
Digistamps4Joy 94: flowers, flowers, flowers
Bloggers challenge: flowers
The stamping boutique 21: flower embellishment
Sweet stampin: say it with flowers
Craft for the craig 5: something summery or with flowers (sorry it's not summery!)
Craftitude 67: use flowers and/or lace
Seema crafts June: make it cute
QKR stampede 92: anything goes
Crafty girls 20: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 20: anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 22: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sentimental Sundays 210: anything goes
Sister Act 61: anything goes
Crafting by designs June: anything goes

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pottering in the garden


This is a quick card using Hunkydory supplies. The picture is decoupaged.

Colours for Pals paper arts 206:


This is for:

Live & love 24: summer garden
Kreativeinkauf 15: in my garden
Craftitude 66: pop it up
Scrappers delights 24: anything goes with a twist: layer it up
Bunny Zoe June: layers
Pink gem 121: gingham ribbon and/or design paper
Seize the birthday: summertime
Time out 7: summer with option: flowers
Just for fun June: here comes summer