Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Colour me autumn


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 104: anything goes with a twist ... colour me autumn. Please click on the link to see the lovely autumnal designs of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in the challenge.

I used Di's Digi Downloads Henry's windfall image with offcuts of papers, including the piece of card with leaves which is upcycled from a Graze box. The material leaves were white originally - I coloured with alcohol pens.


This is also for:

Di's digi designs: fabulous fall colours
Make my Monday: nature
Use your stuff 192: fall theme
Scrapping4fun 50: spring/autumn
Oddball: fall is in the air
Really reasonable ribbon 126: orange you glad it's autumn
Recycle, re-purpose & re-invent September: anything goes (recycled card from Graze box used)

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Christmas dinner


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 68: Christmas dinner - please click on the link to see the yummy designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I don't really like Christmas pudding (only if I put so much brandy butter on it that I can't taste the pudding so much - lol!), but I decided to base my card on the traditional pudding for Christmas day, using a lovely Dotty image from a Charmed cards and crafts Christmas set - I love this image, but haven't actually used it for ages. Dotty was cut out and mounted on to an old Kanban frame and then on to an offcut of Christmas paper (no idea where it's from) with a snippet of ribbon down the side (Milo managed to get hold of a snippet of the ribbon and has been triumphantly running around with it in his mouth!).


This is also for:

Creative inspirations 327: your favourite occasion - Christmas
Penny's 245: use a bow and/or Christmas

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 98


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 98: anything goes with a twist ... vintage/shabby chic. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used a lovely image supplied by the sponsor, Dazzling Ace Designs, fading the edges and adding to a background with lilies and swirls added.


This is also for:

Deep ocean 112: shabby chic

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Crafting Musketeers challenge 29


This is my design card for team B for Crafting Musketeers challenge 29: autumnal colours - please click on the link to see the designs of the rest of the team and join in the challenge here where you can see the designs created by team A. The challenge is being sponsored by Oak House Studio.

I used spectrum noir aqua tints to create the background randomly painted and then sprayed with water (technique that Sheena Douglass quite often shares on C & C), adding some spots of glossy accents here and there when the background was dry. The barrel of apples with the spotlighted area coloured with spectrum noir alcohol pens is one that I'd used on a card long ago (didn't like it on that card, so I lifted it for this one), with some glossy accents on the apples. The image is 'basket of apples' by Sparkle n Sprinkle. The felt leaves were from Lidl.

Inspired by Our creative corner September: shades of autumn:




This is also for:

CCEE 1537: swap ideas day - share a technique (using aqua tints and also spotlight technique)
V's sweet 38: technique  - new or favourite
We love 2 create 19: anything mixed media/creatuve/inky goes
Daring cardmakers: wonderful watercolours
Corrosive 233: mixed media
Simon says Monday challenge: love this technique - using the aqua tints to create a background, also spotlighting on an image
Lacy sunshine 67: winds of change (changing seasons)
Clear it out: autumn + leaves/foliage
Creative card crew 96: fall
Incy wincy: digi images only - no rubber stamps
Little Miss Muffet 120: anything goes
Stampartpaper retarte 60: anything goes

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Bright and colourful


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 103: anything goes with a twist ... bright and colourful. Please click on the link and see the delightful bright and colourful designs of the rest and the team - and we would love you to join in the challenge.

My card is simply made up of a colourful background on which to layer the Bugaboo Stamps hey chickie kindly provided by the sponsor, adding the get well circle and the butterfly.


This is also for:

Quirky crafts 19: quirky animal magic
Incy wincy: digi images only - no rubber stamps
Tuesday throwdown 262: for a child

Saturday, 12 September 2015

A touch of festive greenery


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 246 which is all about festive trees or greenery. As you can see from my CAS card, you don't have to show a lot of greenery if you don't want to ... as much or as little as you wish. I used Christmas ornaments 2 by CraftyGirl kindly given by StitchyBear's DIgi Outlet, one of the sponsors this week, colouring with a variety of spectrum noir reds/pinks and adding three green flowers with brad centres and a felt piece of holly on top of the rare outing of a Christmas peel off. I thought a DL card would make a change.

Just realised that the dark green flowers look almost deep blue on the photo.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9
A snowflakes promise 5: Christmas winter theme
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
CRAFT 328: Christmas
Graph it 37: Christmas colours
Simply create too 94: early holiday wishes
Little Claire digi 9: Christmas theme
Merry Monday 170: use holly
Crafty friends 14: B is for ...  baubles
Winter wonderland: anything but square
Creative moments 76: anything goes/use a sentiment
Aud sentiments 140: anything goes plus a sentiment
Cottage craft cottage digi 32: include a sentiment
Little red wagon 306: digi do - digital stamp
613 avenue create 140: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 17: anything goes
Craft your passion 278: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 76: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes
Penny's 244: anything goes
Crafting-with-friends 6: anything goes
Creative fingers 92: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 13: anything goes
Not just cards 24: anything goes
Inspiration destination 50: anything goes

Vintage monochrome


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 97: anything goes with a twist ... monochrome. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I've used the lovely Sparkle n Sprinkle Vivian hat lady kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge. I changed the black and white to antique (on reflection, I should have made it darker, but, hey ho, 'tis done!)


This is also for:

4 crafty chicks 263: birthday
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Creative inspirations 326: vintage
Crafts4eternity R243: vintage
Digistamps4Joy 116: anything goes + option: girly girl
Cards 2 create (Hobbyhome) 26: white with one other colour
The stamping boutique: banners
Crafty friends 14: B is for ... birthday, banner
Aud sentiments 140: anything goes plus a sentiment
Cottage craft cottage digi 32: include a sentiment
Little red wagon 306: digi do - digital stamp
613 avenue create 140: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 153: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 17: anything goes
Craft your passion 278: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 76: anything goes
Penny's 244: anything goes
Crafting-with-friends 6: anything goes
Creative fingers 92: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 13: anything goes
Not just cards 24: anything goes
Inspiration destination 50: anything goes

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fan-tastic Tuesday 102


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 102: anything goes with a twist ... make it feminine. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used the lovely Sassy Studio snow queen portrait image kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge, colouring digitally in Microsoft Paint. The background of the card is an offcut of some Hunkydory card and the strip behind the printed image is an unknown snippet. Flowers are by Craftime.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 193
Through the purple haze September: happy birthday
Digistamps4Joy 116: anything goes + optional twist: girly girl
Crafty cardmakers 147: floral embellishments
My time to craft 303: flowers
Card and scrap 102: use flowers
Creative moments 76: anything goes/use a sentiment
Di's digi designs: include a sentiment
Digi galore September : anything goes

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Let's Craft and Create challenge 105


This is my design card for Let's craft and create 105: use dies or punches . Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

This is an 8" x 8" card using three punched layers, two of which use K & Company papers left over from a card made previously. I used three different We R Memory Keepers mini 8 punches - don't know why they call them 'mini' because they are actually quite big and can be used on varying sizes of paper up to 12" x 12" - here I used pieces 8", 7" and 6" square. The centre piece was cut from my wedding veil. I kept the veil for over 20 years, but it had been folded up and wasn't in good condition, so I decided to get rid of it, but keep the pieces from the edge. Flowers from Hobbycraft, pearls from Poundland. I think this could be used for any special occasion, perhaps ruby wedding anniversary. It's given me the idea that I could use another piece from the veil to make a card for our silver wedding next year (if we get there).



Left of center 93: use mainly red
Scrapping4fun 49: name brand scrapbooking paper (K & Co)
Cards 2 create (Hobbyhome) 26: white with one other colour
DRS 190: the hole thing (punched holes)
Allsorts 327: lots of layers
Bloggers challenge: use ovals or circles
Southern girls 118: flower power
Card and scrap 102: use flowers
My time to craft 303: flower
Hiding in my craft room 215: favourite team colours - red and white for Arsenal (was my dad's favourite team)
Brown sugar 162: use something recycled (the centre piece)
Clear it out: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Craft your passion 277: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 75: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 199: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: use stash 6 months or old

The glory of Christmas challenge 67: no stamp or digi


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 67: no stamp or digi. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we would love you to join in the challenge - and you even add 'anything goes' as long as it's Christmas!

The lovely background paper is Webster's Pages with a torn strip offcut of their paper across the middle. With background like this there isn't any need for lots added, so just a few glittery stickers and a sentiment circle.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9
A snowflakes promise 4: Christmas winter theme
Winter wonderland: add a sentiment
Pink gem 152: do you wanna build a  snowman
That's crafty: alphabet soup - letters of the alphabet
Clear it out: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 199: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: use stash 6 months or old

Saturday, 5 September 2015

CHNC challenge 245: 'twas the night before Christmas


For my CHNC challenge 245 I'm asking for Christmas creations that depict the night before Christmas - easy peasy! Please click the link and join in.

This is the card I made using one of the lovely Websters Pages papers as the background with a torn rectangle of an offcut paper, topped with the lovely reindeer with glittery antlers.

Colours for Pals paper arts 266:



This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9
Christmas stampin all year long 55: anything goes
Moving along with the times 3: cute animal
ABC Christmas: R for things beginning with R: reindeer, roses red
Clear it out: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 199: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: use stash 6 months or old

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 95


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 95: anything goes with a twist ...  toys. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used a Christmas theme as that's a time when children think about receiving toys, using a lovely Dazzling Ace Design image kindly supplied by the sponsor, adding this on to a digital background found free on the internet, with some fairy lights over the top.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9 + option: Christmas tree
Sparkles Christmas September: oh! Christmas tree
Left of center 93: use mainly red
Simon says Wednesday: make it colourful
Creative inspirations 325: warm colours
Incy wincy: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes

Friday, 4 September 2015

Remembering summer


'Remembering summer' is the theme of the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 119, for which I made this card for the second week - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team. Sadly, Vicki is taking a break from hosting these challenges - I will certainly miss designing with Vicki and the rest of her wonderful team and wish everyone well in their ongoing crafting. I looked back to see when I first joined the team at the Cheerful stamp pad was amazed that it was back in August 2013, just over two years ago.

This is a similar card to the one I made for week 1 of this challenge, once again using the lovely Miss Lily on the beach image kindly supplied by the challenge sponsor, Little Blue Button, coloured with chameleon pens. Papers and card used to create the background were  from various bits and pieces that have built up over the years, tearing to give the idea of the sea and beach with a torn piece of DCWV summer paper text across the middle and a piece of DCWV flip flops grosgrain ribbon with a few other bits and pieces. I made the bucket and spade look shiny by covering with glossy accents, although that doesn't show here.


This is also for:

Craft and smash September: clouds
The crafting cafe facebook: your favourite season - summer
Timbro scrap mania 111: summer
Creatalicious 78: summer fun at the beach
Simon says Wednesday: make it colourful
CCEE 1536: using letters of CITY - C for colourful and colouring with alcohol pens, I for ice creams, T for torn papers and Y for yellow and yummy
Tuesday throwdown 260: cool treats
Digistamps4Joy 116: anything goes + twist: girly girl
Craftin desert divas: just for kids
Cupcake inspirations 325: layers
Robyn's fetish 279: square cards only
PDE linky party: lots of blue
3 girl jam September: anything goes with ribbon
Clear it out: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
613 avenue create 139: anything goes
Craft your passion 277: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 75: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 199: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: use stash 6 months or old

Thursday, 3 September 2015

80th birthday card


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft September challenge 3 - always anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge - lovely prizes to be won. Big apologies to Lozzy and the team for my lateness - the card was done and as a draft on my blog some days ago, but I forgot to add to for the challenge blog - big apology.


A friend commissioned me to make an 80th birthday card with the request of pink/lilac colours and flowers. The shimmery background paper and the decoupage flowers are from a set bought some years ago. The computer generated greeting was matted on to a snippet piece of Hot off the Press paper, another offcut being used for the panel beneath the number and flowers.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 192
Fussy & Fancy 146: birthdays
Card and scrap 102: use flowers
Creative corner: flower power
My time to craft 303: flowers
Cupcake inspirations 325: layers
Robyn's fetish 279: square cards only
Simon says Wednesday: make it colourful
Country view crafts September: numbers
Creative moments 76: anything goes/use a sentiment
Penny's 243: use a sentiment
Crafting-with-friends 5: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 103: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 12: anything goes
Creative craft cottage 46: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 7: anything goes
Clear it out: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
613 avenue create 139: anything goes
Craft your passion 277: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 75: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 199: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: use stash 6 months or old

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A country Christmas for CCAYR


This is my last  design card for CCAYR September: a country Christmas. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

A magazine freebie background paper, a die cut border and a snippet strip of some gold foiled paper,, a Poundland poinsettia and those lovely gingerbreak men sat on top of another snippet piece.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 192
12 months of Christmas link up 9
Robyn's fetish 279: square cards only
Christmas card challenges 39: anything goes
Creative inspirations 325: warm colours
Penny's 243: use a sentiment
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes

Another card for CCAYR September


This is another design card for CCAYR September: a country Christmas.  Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge. This time I used some Holly Hobby background paper from a magazine freebie - the corner was a bit tatty, so I decided to cut a couple of corners. I used a torn piece of scrap My Mind's Eye glitter Christmas paper and a shiny gold piece of card (just looks beige here) as a background to the little gingerbread person, adding some poinsettias from Poundland.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 192
12 months of Christmas link up 9
Christmas card challenges 39: anything goes
Creative card crew 95: Christmas
Little Claire 60:  Christmas in August
Creative inspirations 325: warm colours
My time to craft 303: flowers
Penny's 243: use a sentiment
The crafty addicts 2: spots or stripes/anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes

CCAYR September challenge


The theme of Christmas cards all year round September challenge is 'a country Christmas'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge. I've submitted four design cards for this, but the first one is a cheat really, because I had forgotten that I'd already shown it here.

So this is my second design card, using some lovely Websters Pages paper as the background with some 3D stickers with gingham and that lovely reindeer with glittered antlers.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9
Christmas card challenges 39: anything goes
ABC Christmas: R for things beginning with R: red, Rudolph, reindeer
Creative card crew 95: Christmas
Little Claire 60:  Christmas in August
Creative inspirations 325: warm colours
Scrapping4fun 49: name brand scrapbooking paper (Websters Pages)
The crafty addicts 2: spots or stripes/anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Inspiration destination 49: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 101


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday 101: anything goes with a twist ... make it cute. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and we would love you to join in with our challenge with your cute crafting. My card was created digitally with a lovely background found on the internet, adding the greeting, the little squirrels and the cute Stitchy Bear's digi outlet Little Siannie Christmas colour stamp kindly supplied by the sponsor.

This is also for:

Christmas card challenges 39: anything goes
A snowflakes promise 4: Christmas winter theme
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge


It's the beginning of a new month and time for a new challenge on my Patterned Paper blog - Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September challenge - please click on the link to see the wonderful designs of my team - I am so fortunate to have such a talented bunch of ladies.

As the prize for September is a lovely 12" x 12" K & Company paper pad (more details here), I thought I would use similar K & Co papers for my easel card, using some die cuts, corrugated card strip, hearts, bows and lace as well as the gorgeous vase of flowers 106 embroidered topper kindly given to me by Crafty Bren.



This is also for:

AnMaCreatief 47: easel card
Fussy & Fancy 146: birthdays
3 girl jam September: anything goes with ribbon
Inky chicks 55: hearts
ABC challenge: Q for queen of hearts
Scrapping4fun 49: name brand scrapbooking paper (K & Co)
Sparkles 71:: more than one fold
Creative craft cottage 46: anything goes
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Eclectic ellapu September: old stash - had the K & Co papers years - and everything else more than six months
Use your stuff 200: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for September


It is hard to believe that we are already starting September. Here in the UK the nights are really drawing in (especially on rainy days like today) and Christmas is getting nearer! If you haven't yet started your Christmas cards etc, September can be the ideal time to do so before it gets to the panic season for crafters. I know that many of my visitors have been ahead of the game and entering into my challenges throughout the year, but if you haven't, please step across to CHNC challenge extra for September and join in the fun.

This is my design card using supplies from Bugaboo Stamps who are always the sponsors for my CHNC challenge extra blog. I am so grateful to them, as I know my winners are.

I used digi papers Frosty (red snowflakes) and Girlz Christmas present, adding a big red bow and the sentiment.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 9
Christmas card challenges 39: anything goes
A snowflakes promise 4: Christmas winter theme
Crafty friends 13: use a sentiment
Incy wincy: anything goes
PDE linky party: anything goes
Not just cards 23: anything goes
Use your stuff 200: anything goes