Saturday, 31 March 2018

CHNC challenge 379


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 379 - please click on the link to find out what it's all about and I hope you'll be able to join in with your Christmas designs - anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the optional theme of 'include a star or two or more'.

The panel on the left with the repeated Happy Christmas was printed on to vellum, having been produced by me on computer. The piece of green card with gold stars on the right has been in my offcuts box for years now (and still got pieces left). The sentiment label was from an old Kanban kit. I punched a few stars using bits and pieces of gold card to add.



This is also for:

A snowflakes promise 49: anything goes
Crafty catz 410: anything goes + twist: use old stash
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 64: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 328: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 396: anything goes
Cardz TV 41: anything goes
Creative fingers 144: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 227: anything goes
Crafty friends 80: anything goes
Inspiration destination 147: anything goes

Sunday, 25 March 2018

A difficult decision


It is with a heavy heart that I'm making the decision to opt out of design teams. John (husband) is still in hospital, but likely to come out very soon. In recent months I've been finding it very difficult to care for him and something's got to give.

I will continue to make cards (I need to have that outlet), but it will be at my own pace whenever I can do it, without having to meet deadlines.

As for the two challenge blogs that I run, they will continue for the time being. I am very grateful for the lovely ladies I have on the teams - they are such a great support.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

CHNC challenge 378


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 378 - please click on the link to find out what it's all about and I hope you'll be able to join in with your Christmas designs - anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the optional theme of 'inspired by a Christmas song or carol'.

The carol I chose is Hark the Herald angels sing using the lovely Inkadinkado stamped inked with memento tuxedo black and coloured with spectrum noir and a silver pen. The background consists of a dark blue night time sky offcut piece of card wrapped around with an offcut of vellum embossed with the angels etc. 


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 39
A snowflakes promise 49: anything goes
Sparkles Christmas 86: twinkle, twinkle stars
Christmas at sweet stampin: anything Christmas goes
Jingle belles: spirit of Christmas past - vintage
Double D: just 'wing' it
Incy wincy: no more than three colours
My creative scoop color inspiration link up 32

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Penny's challenge 372


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 372 - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our 'anything goes' challenge.

For my card I used Digistams4Joy Kit 'n cat, kindly supplied by them as one of the sponsors of the challenge. I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens and die cut with one of the Spellbinders marvelous squares. The background paper was from PDA card and craft and the piece that was cut with a banner die is a Papermania offcut, as is the piece on to which the printed sentiment is matted. Stickers and buttons from stash.


This is also for:

Always fun 50: dogs or cats
Art at Stampz by Star: birthday
Time out 105: birthdays
Always happy birthday March: birthday anything goes + option: use pattern paper
Creatalicious 135: anything goes + option: birthday
Crafty animals 12: anything goes
2 crafty critter crazies 12: animal
Unicorn 30: make it girly
Creative craft cottage digi creations 90: for the girls
Little redwagon 438: girls
Scrapy land 86: anything goes
Dies r us 93: frame it (using a Spellbinders marvelous square dies)
Digi choosday 12: anything goes
Everybody art 421: anything goes
My creative scoop color inspiration link up 32

Saturday, 17 March 2018

CHNC challenge 377


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 377 - please click on the link to find out what it's all about and I hope you'll be able to join in with your Christmas designs - anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the optional theme of 'no patterned paper'..

I used a textured card blank brushing it with fired brick distress ink. The embossed mirror card is an offcut, having used the lovely Embossalicious star of wonder embossing folder. The big sentiment label was cut from an old card and the lovely little felt dog from Hobbycraft.



This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 39
The merry Christmas 11: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 154: anything goes
A snowflakes promise 49: anything goes
Crafty animals 12: anything goes
2 crafty critter crazies 12: animal
ABC Christmas March: E for emboss
Card mania 102: embossing
Cardz 4 guyz 190: things with tails
CRAFT 459: animals
Everybody art 421: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 63: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafty creations 362: anything goes
Cardz tv 39: anything goes
Creative fingers 143: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack fundy 225: anything goes
Polka doodles week 11: anything goes
Papercrafters' linky party 7: anything goes
A perfect time to craft 3: anything goes
Crafts galore encore March: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 45: anything goes
Your scrapbook place March: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 37: anything goes
Create and make 19: anything goes
Corrosive 3: anything goes
The paper nest dolls March: anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
The creative crafters 2: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 326: anything goes
DL.ART March linky

Thursday, 15 March 2018

CCAYR March challenge: flowers


This is my design card for Christmas crafts all year round March challenge: flowers. I'm in the Christmas Belles group so we are posting here today - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the Belles group. The Gingerbread gals posted at the beginning of March here - please have a look at their lovely designs and join in our challenge there.

This was a commissioned card made in December, but not blogged. The background paper  and sentiment is from a lovely Craftwork Cards Christmas past collection. The sentiment was computer generated, printed on to Centura pearl white card with a hint of silver - I quickly covered with silver detail embossing powder and heated. This was cut and embossed with a todo die. Concertina folded flowers, crocheted flowers, pearls and wooden star and heart were added from stash.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 39
The merry Christmas 11: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 154: anything goes
Jingle belles: music
A snowflakes promise 49: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 383: use buttons
Scrapping 4 fun 111: anything goes with flowers
Pearly sparkles 26: flowers
Little red wagon 437: focus on family (sister and brother-in-law)
Everybody art 421: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 63: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafty creations 362: anything goes
PDE linky 11: anything goes
Creative fingers 143: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack fundy 225: anything goes
Polka doodles week 11: anything goes
Papercrafters' linky party 7: anything goes
A perfect time to craft 3: anything goes
Crafts galore encore March: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 45: anything goes
Sognando scrap 53: anything goes
Crafty awesomeness March: anything goes
Your scrapbook place March: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 37: anything goes
Create and make 19: anything goes
Corrosive 3: anything goes
The paper nest dolls March: anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
The creative crafters 2: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 326: anything goes
DL.ART March linky

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Penny's challenge 371


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 371 - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our 'anything goes' challenge.

For my card I used Cute as a button Beach holiday, kindly supplied by them as one of the sponsors. Papers are from my offcuts box. I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens and die cut with a Spellbinders scalloped circle. Puffed bits and pieces were added.

This should have gone live last Wednesday, but things have been difficult with mum being critically ill and dying and John still in St Thomas hospital. However, I'm showing this as if it was done on the correct day to keep continuity with the DT challenge blog.


This is also for:

My creative scoop color inspiration link up 32

Saturday, 10 March 2018

CHNC challenge 376


This is my card for my  CHNC challenge 376 - please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of my team and find out what it's all about and I hope you'll be able to join in with your Christmas designs - anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the optional theme of 'Santa Claus/Father Christmas'.

Background paper is from
Santa is a 3D sticker from Anna Griffin, other stickers including the glittered snowflake were from The Works.



This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 39
The merry Christmas 10: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 153: anything goes
Jingle belles: music
CRAFT 458: Christmas
Happy little stampers Christmas: anything goes + twist: reindeer
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + a sentiment

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Penny's challenge 370


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 370 - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our 'anything goes' challenge.

For my card I used Lemon Shortbread girl with book, kindly supplied by them as one of the sponsors of the challenge. I coloured the image in Microsoft Paint and fussy cut around the print out. All pieces of paper were from my offcuts box,sentiment circle from Hunkydory and flowers from Hobbycraft. Unfortunately, colours haven't come out very well on the photo.


This is also for:

Allsorts 457: ladies only
Creatalicious 134: anything goes + option: girly
Creative craft cottage digi 90: for the girls
Incy wincy: ultra violet

Monday, 5 March 2018

Let's craft and create challenge 135


This is my design card for Let's craft and create challenge 135: anything goes or option of Easter, Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

For my Easter card I used an embossed card blank from Create and Craft brushed with seedless preserves distress ink. The image was stamped with one of the lovely Papermania Moments of Faith, colouring with spectrum noir and cutting with a todo die. The sparkly washi tape is from stash, flowers from Hobbycraft and sentiment cut from an old Easter card received a couple of years ago.


This is also for:

Ching-Chou Kuik March: spring/Easter
Crea Chicky's 19: Easter
Papercraft business 4: anything goes + option: Easter
Brown sugar 276: spring or Easter
Friendship challenge 27: Easter
City crafters 401: die cuts
Di's digi designs: die cuts
International art & soul 28: emboss and use a die
Pearly sparkles 26: flowers
Sheepski 12: flowers
Time out 104: bold
Card mania 102: embossing
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes + a stamp
Joy Clair March: anything goes
Craft stamper take it make it March: anything goes
Papercraft challenges 6: ribbon/band
4 crafty chicks 382: just add a sentiment/anything goes
Fussy & fancy 206: favourite colours - purple/lilac with pink
Dare 2 B artzy March: your favourite colours
Paru March: colour
Crafty awesomeness March: anything goes
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + a sentiment
Always fun 48: inspired by a movie - The day Christ died
Colour crazy week 9: anything goes
Love to scrap 107: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
The house that stamps built F2818: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 55: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 77: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 195: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 197: anything goes
Use your stuff: anything goes
Cardz TV 37: anything goes
Crafting with friends 62: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 223: anything goes
Polka doodles 9: anything goes
QKR stampede 285: anything goes
Papercrafter's linky party 5: anything goes
A perfect time to craft 3: anything goes
Classic design team 23: anything goes
Crafts galore encore March: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 45: anything goes
Sognando scrap 53: anything goes
Sunsational stamps March: anything goes
Your scrapbook place March: anything goes
Angie's 18: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 37: anything goes
Create and make 19: anything goes
Corrosive 3: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes
DL.ART March linky

Saturday, 3 March 2018

CHNC challenge 375


This is my card for my  CHNC challenge 375 - please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of my team and find out what it's all about and I hope you'll be able to join in with your Christmas designs - anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the optional theme of 'vintage or shabby chic'.

For my card I used papers and toppers from Craftwork cards Christmas past collection.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 39
Merry Monday 279: poinsettias
The merry Christmas 9: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 153: anything goes
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): vintage
Crazy challenge 269: use the colour red
Crafty cardmakers 206: floral delight
4 crafty chicks 382: just add a sentiment/anything goes
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + a sentiment
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Love to craft 20 March challenge


This is my design card for Love to craft challenge 20 March anything goes - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and to enter our challenge.

This was a commissioned card for a daughter who loves to shop. The background card and the topper were from separate Hunkydory kits, adding a textured rub on greeting, glittered butterfly from Hobbycraft and other bits and pieces from stash including the crocheted oval and heart from The Works.



This is also for:

Use your stuff 301: at the movies - Confessions of a shopaholic
Creatalicious 134: anything goes + option: girly
4 crafty chicks 392: just add a sentiment
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + add a sentiment
Through the purple haze 142: anything goes + twist: birthday
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 55: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 324: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes

A bit more time to craft EXTRA March challenge


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft EXTRA March challenge: anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

For my card I used three of Lozzy's vintage love papers - you can see Lozzy's lovely papers here - so many delightful papers - and you have the chance to win some by entering the challenge.

The stamped image is Penny Black sparklers (one of my all-time favourites) inked with memento rich cocoa. I used the tip of this stamp to repeatedly stamp at the top and bottom. I added an offcut scrap of glittered strip, burlap birds and the offcut piece of floral border from stash.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 320 (offcut of glittered piece and floral border)
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes + a stamp
Penny Black Saturday challenge February: anything goes + option: use some scraps
Stamps & fun = creativity 318: glitter
Time out 104: bold
Sweet stampin: spring has sprung
Papercraft challenges 6: ribbon/band
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
The house that stamps built F2818: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 55: anything goes
Papercrafters' linky party 4: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 324: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes

A bit more time to craft challenge 63


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft challenge 63: anything goes. Please click
on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

For my 8 x 8  card I used four of Lozzy's Joy papers - you can see Lozzy's lovely papers here - and you have the chance to win some by entering the challenge.

I stamped around the edge of the main background paper using a lovely Magenta floral stamp inked with memento grape jelly. The flowers are from a Docrafts Papermania capsule range - I have lots of these in various collections and have always been a bit stumped as to how to use them as they are all the same diameter. Recently, I've started to chop down some of the petals so that I can layer the blooms - I love the look of them like that. I added a tiny flower in the centres and added the glittered acetate butterflies from Hobbycraft and the sentiments.


This is also for:

4 crafty chicks 392: just add a sentiment
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + add a sentiment
Time out 104: bold
Paru March: colour
Always happy birthday March: birthday anything goes + option: use pattern paper
Through the purple haze 142: anything goes + twist: birthday
Sunny day crafting 9: I is for insects (butterflies)
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 196: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 62: anything goes
Crafty creations 361: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 160: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cardz TV 36: anything goes
Creative fingers 143: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 55: anything goes
Papercrafters' linky party 4: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 324: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes
Dl.ART March linky

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March 2018 challenge


This is my design card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March 2018 challenge - please click on the link to see the inspirational designs by my team and we hope you will join in our challenge using some patterned paper.

This 8" x 8" card was made using paper and flowers from Docrafts Papermania Parisienne blue capsule collection - the prize for the challenge this month is an 8" x 8" paper pack from this collection. The flowers are from a Docrafts Papermania capsule range - I have lots of these in various collections and have always been a bit stumped as to how to use them as they are all the same diameter. Recently, I've started to chop down some of the petals so that I can layer the blooms - I love the look of them like that.

The lovely floral image is a Magenta stamp inked with memento Paris dusk, matted on to an offcut of pearlescent dark blue card. Ribbons, pearls and greeting from stash.


This is also for:

4 crafty chicks 392: just add a sentiment
Aud sentiments 198: anything goes + add a sentiment
Joy Clair March: anything goes (with stamp)
PDE 328: stamped image
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes + a stamp
Sweet stampin: spring has sprung
Monochrome magic 8: monochrome
My time to craft 365: monochromatic
A gem of a challenge 213: spring flowers
Papercraft challenges 6: ribbon/band
Paru March: colour
Always happy birthday March: birthday anything goes + option: use pattern paper
Crafty catz 405: anything goes + option: birthday
Through the purple haze 142: anything goes + twist: birthday
Cute card Thursday 519: anything goes
The house that stamps built F2818: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 196: anything goes
Pammie's inky pinkies 1808: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 62: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafty creations 361: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 160: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday 223: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 183: anything goes
Cardz TV 36: anything goes
Creative fingers 143: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 222: anything goes
Polka doodles week 8: anything goes
QKR stampede 284: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 55: anything goes
Papercrafters' linky party 4: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 324: anything goes
Inspiration destination 145: anything goes
Dl.ART March linky