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Sunday, 26 August 2018

To my dearest friend


This is an 8 x 8 commissioned card - I was asked to have a floral background and plenty of flowers and to include a teddy bear, as well as the 65. The background paper is Paper Boutique blooming lovely. Near the bottom I used a Papermania pink roses 3D floral border, taking one or two of the ladybirds and butterflies off the piece that I was left with. The lovely swirled paper roses were from The Works; the padded teddy and the spotty bow from stash.


This is for:

The cat's pajamas 349: birthday
Hiding in my craft room 367: any occasion
Let's craft and create 140: anything goes + option: lots of layers
Creations in pink 1: anything goes in pink
A gem of a challenge 225: pink
The sisterhood of crafters: bloomin' flowers
Friendship challenge 32: everything works
Word art Wednesday 348: anything goes
Aud sentiments 210: anything goes + a sentiment
Cardz TV 62: anything goes
Paperbabe 80: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 122: anything goes
The creative crafters 7: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 74: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes
DL.ART August linky

Happy 1st birthday


This is a commissioned card (obscured the little lad's face on purpose). As there are elephants on his outfit (difficult to see here though), I decided to go with the elephant theme (with a few other animal helpers). Having printed the picture I framed with a Nellie Snellen die cut. The background paper that had the elephant on is K & Co (the other items hid the other three squares). 3D stickers from stash.


This is for:

Aloha Friday 125: birthday
The cat's pajamas 349: birthday
Hiding in my craft room 367: any occasion
The male room 92: wild & free
Crafting with dragonflies 111: guy card
Crazy 4 challenges 229: masculine card
Cut it up 155: ABCs or 123s
Cute n crafty 7: animals
Little red wagon 460: hippo birdie - animal theme
Sunny day: any animal
Crafty animals 17: anything goes
Crafty friends 91: animals/birds
Lil patch of crafty friends 88: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 74: anything goes
Penny's 394: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 348: anything goes
Aud sentiments 210: anything goes + a sentiment
Cardz TV 61: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 219: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 248: anything goes
Paperbabe 80: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 122: anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
The creative crafters 7: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 74: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Saturday, 25 August 2018

For a cat lover's birthday


This was a card made recently for a friend's birthday. I used various papers from my offcuts and the lovely Anita's decoupage with Kanban sentiment ovals.


This is for:

Aloha Friday 125: birthday
The cat's pajamas 349: birthday
Hiding in my craft room 367: any occasion
Cute n crafty 7: animals
Little red wagon 460: hippo birdie - animal theme
Sunny day: any animal
Crafty animals 17: anything goes
That's crafty August:  animal magic
Crafty friends 91: animals/birds
Let's craft and create 140: anything goes + option: lots of layers (decoupage)
Lil patch of crafty friends 88: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 74: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafty creations 373: anything goes
Penny's 394: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 348: anything goes
Aud sentiments 210: anything goes + a sentiment
Cardz TV 61: anything goes
Creative fingers 151: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 219: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 248: anything goes
Paperbabe 80: anything goes
Polka doodles 34: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 122: anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
The creative crafters 7: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 74: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

CHNC challenge 400


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 400 -  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 reindeer'.

I randomly stamped the Inkadinkadoo reindeer stamp inked with stazon jet black on to a white card blank. I then stamped it inked with versamark on to a scrap piece of black card, heat embossing with detail silver powder before cutting out with a Spellbinders die, edged with an embossing pen and heat embossed with the detail silver. I then added the two Kanban sentiment pieces.

This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 44: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 165: anything goes
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
Merry little Christmas 1: anything Christmas goes
Christmas at sweet stampin August: anything Christmas goes
The merry Christmas: anything goes
My time to craft 378: Christmas in August
Incy wincy: winter in August
Creativ fusion 3: the four seasons (winter)/ anything goes
Cute n crafty 7: animals
Little red wagon 460: hippo birdie - animal theme
Sunny day: any animal
Crafty animals 17: anything goes
That's crafty August:  animal magic
Crafty friends 91: animals/birds
Pile it on 145: new technique and/or oldest stash (I've had this reindeer stamp for years)
Scrapy land 96: anything goes (with Spellbinder die)
Cardz 4 galz 78: dies and or punches
As you like it: black and white plus your favourite (silver) and why: looks elegant
Sparkles 107: stamp your own background
Creative craft cottage 110: no patterned paper
Everybody art 430: stamp
HeARTful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes + stamp
The house that stamps built: anything goes
Pammie's inky pinkies 1833: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 88: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 74: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafty creations 373: anything goes
Penny's 394: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 348: anything goes
Aud sentiments 210: anything goes + a sentiment
Little Miss Muffet 196: anything goes
Cardz TV 61: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 219: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 248: anything goes
QKR stampede 310: anything goes
Paperbabe 80: anything goes
Polka doodles 34: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 122: anything goes
Pattie's 149: anything goes
Not just cards: anything goes
The creative crafters 7: anything goes
Corrosive 8: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 74: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes
DL.ART August linky

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

WOYWW 481


It's Wednesday and that means a visit to Julia's lovely blog and lots of other lovely crafting spaces to explore and enjoy. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the head over to WOYWW 481 at Julia's lovely blog and find out ... and I hope you'll join in the fun.

I can't really believe it's Wednesday already, but here we go! Sorry this is a long post, but I thought I'd share something of my birthday on Monday as well as a bit of craftiness.

This is the left hand side of my desk - some papers and flowers out ready for two 8 x 8 birthday cards that I've been commissioned to make ... although by the time I start to make them I'll probably change my mind and use something different - lol!



This is the right side of my desk - some goodies I got yesterday from Hobbycraft. It was my birthday on Monday and I received a £5 discount emailed to me from Hobbycraft ... so it would have been rude not to have used this birthday gift.



Talking of my birthday, I had a wonderful day ... made special by the fact that John was here (he was in hospital last year for my 70th so we couldn't really celebrate together). I took him by wheelchair and we went to Ask Italian for lunch, then on to Hotel Chocolat for a big box of 'dark fix', then into M & S for flowers etc.

And John's flowers weren't the only ones I received. I even have some in the craft room near me, sent by friends:



And now some photos of the beautiful cards I received, along with flowers that John gave me:






And there are even flowers on the kitchen windowsill, given to me by a friend, who also gave me some yummy chocolates and the mug you can see in the middle of one of the photos above.



I received three M & S gift cards and also money ... so I'll have a spending spree very soon.

Hope to see you at WOYWW 481.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

CHNC challenge 399


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 399 -  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 stamp or digital image'.

Papers and other elements are from the Craftwork Cards Christmas past collection.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 44: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 165: anything goes
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
Merry little Christmas 1: anything Christmas goes
The merry Christmas: anything goes
The holy and ivy 34: anything goes Christmas
A bit more time to craft 74: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

WOYWW 480


It's Wednesday and that means a visit to Julia's lovely blog and lots of other lovely crafting spaces to explore and enjoy. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the head over to WOYWW 480 at Julia's lovely blog and find out ... and I hope you'll join in the fun.

On the left side of my desk there's a pile of boxes, some finished cards that have been made and blogged since last week,a couple of stamps used and now ought to be cleaned, papers etc:


On the right side of where I sit are some papers and things that were taken out of my 'things in waiting' box, but not used yet, topped with some bits and pieces that I bought yesterday ... I need elephants for a card I must make today. On the freezer you can see a pile of Christmas cards that needs to be added to very soon as I'll be selling at the Macmillan coffee morning at the end of September ... and the days go so quickly.


And a few more goodies can be seen on top of my printer:


Hope to see you at WOYWW 480.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Have a wonderful birthday


This is for the sketch given for Just add ink 421:


Papers are from offcuts, including the little piece of Bo Bunny packaging as shown on the previous card, stamped with a little Hero Arts sentiment. The sentiment panel in the middle is from a Kanban pack, silver embossed, not black as it looks in the photo.

The main image was stamped with Penny Black burst of stars, without the stem and leaves, inked with memento Paris dusk and die cut with a Spellbinders nestie, inked on the spikes of the inverted scallops.


This is also for:

Always fun 71: going round in circles
Hiding in my craft room 365: super scraps Saturday
MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Penny Black and more at Allsorts August: I spy ... with B: birthday, blue
Penny Black and friends Saturday August: anything goes
QKR stampede 308: anything goes
Digi stamps 4 Joy 151: anything goes + option: add a sentiment or greeting
Lost coast 58: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Beautiful


This is for Feeling sketchy 198:


The layered chipboard pieces are from a Bo Bunny set. I used the yellow and white backing card from the pack, adding an offcut of blue striped paper on the left and some buttons.


This is also for:

Let's craft and create 140: anything goes + option: lots of layers
2 crafty critter crazies: anything goes (bird)
Creative fingers 151: anything goes
Crafty friends 90: anything goes
Not just cards August: anything goes
Corrosive 8: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Sending birthday wishes


This is for the sketch for Die cuttin' divas 381:


Papers are from my offcuts box. The todo rose blossom was foiled and die cut, adding the little sentiment oval.

The photo was taken at an angle to show the foiling.


This is also for:

Hiding in my craft room 365: super scraps Saturday
MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 347: anything goes
Creative fingers 151: anything goes
Crafty friends 90: anything goes
Not just cards August: anything goes
Corrosive 8: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

To celebrate a special date


This card is for the sketch on Freshly made sketches 349:


First of all I stamped on to the light grey card blank with the Debbi Moore stamp inked with stazon jet black, then adding pieces of the patterned paper top and bottom, with silver Anita 3D borders added.

I wish I could remember what paper this is (I have a whole pad of different designs, but had taken off the cover and can't remember what it is - if  anyone recognises it, I'd be grateful to know.)



This is also for:

Card mania 107: anniversary
Addicted to stamps and more 304: CAS
Southern girls: stamp your mark on it

Sweet wishes


This card is for the sketch for Atlantic 276 (I've tweaked it a bit, but hope that it's still OK for the sketch):


I created an A5 card with a piece of pink Hunkydory adorable scorable and then used elements from a sweet treats Hunkydory kit, raising the middle oval with foam tape, also the edge of the sentiment oval.

Took the strange angle photo to avoid glare ... all the bits that look black are actually silver.


This is also for:

Cute n crafty 6: sweet treats
Time out 115: food and drink
Moo mania & more: summertime
DL.ART thankful Thursday 234: summer
MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
A gem of a challenge 225: pink
Pearly sparkles 31: pink and purple
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Saturday, 11 August 2018

CHNC challenge 398


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 398 -  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 'for a lady or a girl'.

Papers are from the Craftwork Cards Christmas past collection and 3D stickers from The Works.


This is also for:

Dream valley 183: Christmas in July
12 months of Christmas 44: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 164: anything goes
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
Merry little Christmas 1: anything Christmas goes
The holy and ivy 33: anything goes Christmas
A snowflakes promise 53: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Friday, 10 August 2018

Happiest of birthdays


This card follows the sketch for Cardz 4 galz 77:


The paper is an offcut from Anna Griffin, the large sentiment was also from Anna Griffin, backed with a snippet of some Teresa Collins paper, with flowers from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
Craftaholics R us 32: yellow
Aud sentiments 209: for the girls
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 347: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 246: anything goes
LeAnn's world 101 5: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Simply thank you


This is for the sketch for Hand stamped sentiments 295:


The background is an offcut of Hunkydory card staped with the Anita's thank you scrabble type stamp inked with memento tuxedo black, with the addition of the two Hobbycraft flowers (I nearly didn't add them, but it looked a bit too simple without).


This is also for:

Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
A gem of a challenge 225: pink
DL.ART thankful 234: thank you
Lost coast: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Penny's 392: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 347: anything goes
Cardz TV 60: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 246: anything goes
LeAnn's world 101 5: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Merry Christmas


This is for the sketch for City Crafter 424 - I chose the sketch on the left:


I found the banner online here (I deleted the 2018 for the new year - lol!), added the star shapes and the Enjoy.


This is also for:

Dream valley 183: Christmas in July
CRAFT 479: Christmas
12 months of Christmas 44: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 164: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 218: clean & simple
Monochrome magic 13: monochrome with twist: Christmas
Back to basics and beyond 9: use a digital image
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Snowflake brads


I found these snowflake brads here and thought they were perfect to use for the sketch for 52 Christmas card throwdown August sketch challenge:


I downloaded, then uploaded on to the deep pink background, changing the size and/or colour.


This is also for:

Dream valley 183: Christmas in July
CRAFT 479: Christmas
12 months of Christmas 44: anything goes
Crimbo crackers 164: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 218: clean & simple
Back to basics and beyond 9: use a digital image
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes
DL.ART August linky

Clean and simple blue and cream


This is based on the sketch for Tuesday morning sketches 465:

I inked the Stampers anonymous stamp from the Tim Holtz with Memento Paris dusk ink pad, using the same to edge the Hobby House cream vintage blooms. Ribbons were from Poundland.


This is also for:

Fussy & fancy 218: clean & simple
Through the purple haze 147: make it CAS
Lost coast: anything goes
Fashionable stamping 137: use those inks anyway you want
Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
Stamps & fun = creativity 329: anything goes
Classic design team 28: anything goes
The artistic stamper August: anything goes
Craft stamper take it make it August: anything goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts August: I spy ... something beginning with B - blue
Simon says Wednesday: distress it (the flowers)
Creative craft cottage 110: no patterned paper
Incy wincy: ribbon and/or lace
Pammie's inky pinkies 1831: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 195: anything goes
Crafty creations 372: anything goes
Penny's 392: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 347: anything goes
Cardz TV 60: anything goes
Polka doodles 32: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 246: anything goes
QKR stampede 308: anything goes
Dare 2 B artzy August: anything goes
The paper nest dolls August: anything goes
LeAnn's world 101 5: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Pink and purple birthday


This card follows the sketch for Sketch Saturday 525:

Papers and pearls are from the Love to craft Papillion range. The topper is an unknown one left over from a kit.


This is also for:

Pearly sparkles 31: pink and purple
MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
A gem of a challenge 225: pink
Crafty creations 372: anything goes
Penny's 392: anything goes
PDE 32: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 347: anything goes
Cardz TV 60: anything goes
Polka doodles 32: anything goes
Love to craft 25: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

WOYWW 479


It's Wednesday and that means a visit to Julia's lovely blog and lots of other lovely crafting spaces to explore and enjoy. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the head over to WOYWW 479 at Julia's lovely blog and find out ... and I hope you'll join in the fun.

This is how the left side of my desk looks this morning - mainly cards that have been made in the last few days:t


This is the right side of my desk, with papers that have been used in the last couple of days, some stickeroos (because I used one for the top card on the left):


Those who've followed me for a while will know that I like to be organised with everything put away in the correctly labelled box. Well .... I'm now going to tell you a little secret. Every so often, things pile up on my desk and I just don't have time (or inclination) to actually put them in the right place ... and, besides, there's things that I still need in the next couple of days, so it would be silly putting them away.

As well as my trolleys of Really Useful boxes and other storage, I have two very special boxes - they sit on top of one of my units ... and you will see that the top one is smaller and has snowflakes on it.


The top one is for Christmas bits and pieces ... things that have been lurking on my desk, but haven't yet been put in their right places ... this is what it looks like atm:


The larger box is for anything else that has been taking up residence on my desk ... and it might well be needed in a day or two, so it's a bit silly to put it all away in right places ... or I just haven't had time to do so. This is the inside of that box:


If you need a bit more desk space without putting everything away, I would fully recommend getting some boxes like mine ... large enough to take 12 x 12 paper if necessary.

So now you know why my desk is reasonably tidy, most of the time.

Of course, during the course of a day, things get tipped out of the boxes back on to my desk ... and when I've used some of it, the rest either gets put away properly ... or back in the box for another day.

Hope to see you at WOYWW 479.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Birthday wishes


This card is based on the sketch given for CAS(E) this sketch 283:


I used papers from my offcuts box with a Penny Black stickeroo picture and decorative pieces either side. The sentiment label was from Craftwork Cards.


This is also for:

MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Dragonfly journeys 124: flower power
A gem of a challenge 225: pink
4 crafty chicks 414: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 541: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Sending birthday wishes


For this card I adapted a couple of sketches that I've shown very recently - I love this kind where four squares can be used in a variety of ways, so this is another for for Little red wagon 457: sketchy time, where we are asked to show a favourite sketch.

The background is an offcut of turquoise mirror card. The piece of paper with the four squares was taken from a 12 x 12 Junkitz 'summer' (I daresay that I'll make at least another couple of cards with some more of the paper while it's out of the box). A variety of 3D stickers were added and the little sentiment oval in the middle.


This is also for:

MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The male room 91: birthday
Always happy birthday August: birthday anything goes + option: water
The cat's pajamas 349: birthday
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
The male room 91: birthday
Just us girls 452: beach
Country view August: sun, sea and sand
Unicorn 35: at the beach
Dream factory 58: the beach
Creativ fusion 3: the four seasons (I've depicted summer) + option: anything goes
Ike's world 111: anything goes/all at sea
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 404: anything goes
Dare 2 B artzy August: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 42: anything goes
Lost coast: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 414: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 541: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes
DL.ART August linky

Monday, 6 August 2018

Anchors away


This card is based on the sketch given for MFT 396:


I used another piece of the Best Creation Inc Ocean Breeze 'sailor', which is double sided, so I used some of both sides, a piece of grosgrain anchors ribbon and another photo from the set bought long ago from Kanban. On this card you can see how textured the card is on the anchors side.


This is also for:

MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
The male room 91: birthday
Incy wincy: ribbon and/or lace
Lost coast: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 414: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 541: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes

Wishing you a happy birthday


For this card I've used the sketch given for Inspire.Create 023:


This is very similar to the one given for the previous card, so I'm also entering this for Little red wagon 457: sketchy time, where we are asked to show a favourite sketch.

The background paper is Best Creation Inc Ocean Breeze 'sailor' and the photos were from a set bought long ago from Kanban.


This is also for:

MFT birthday project:  throw confetti like it's your birthday
The cats pajamas 349: birthday
Creative inspirations August: holiday theme
Cardz4guys 200: relax
The male room 91: birthday
Moving along with the times 77: for the boys
Sasayaki glitter August: male project
Lost coast: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 414: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 541: anything goes
A bit more time to craft 73: anything goes
Daisy chain 22: anything goes