Saturday, 19 August 2017

CHNC challenge 347


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 347 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic ... although time is rushing by because by the end of this challenge we will nearly be into September!

The optional theme for CHNC challenge 347 is 'make it girlie'... but anything  goes as long as it's Christmas.

For my girlie card I used some Hunkydory supplies from a couple of years ago with a topper and decoupaged layers mounted on to an A5 card blank with the red and gold snowflake background.


Strange angle to show the shine and decoupage:


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Penny's challenge 342


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 342, where the theme is anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

For my card I used Cute as a button 'winter flurries', kindly supplied by them as one of the sponsors. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and used a quickie glue pen and some art institute glitter to add a bit of sparkle. The background paper is from a Kaisercraft twig & berry pad, the button trim across the bottom from an old Kanban kit and the sparkly poinsettias from Hobbycraft.



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love to craft August challenge mid-month inspiration


This is my design card for Love to craft challenge 13 August: anything goes - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the Crafty Girls team  who published mid-month inspiration and also here to see the crafting of team A and to enter our challenge.


This is also for:

Stamps & fun = creativity 306: anything goes
The artistic stamper August: anything goes
Stamping sensations August: anything goes
Craft stamper take it make it August: anything goes
Fashionable stamping 126: use your inks anyway you like
Paperminutes 500: Jubilee challenge: anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes

CCAYR August challenge: use yellow


This is my card for Christmas cards all year round August challenge: use yellow. 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 August here - please have a look at their lovely designs and join in our challenge there.

For my card I used old Kanban supplies, glittered washi tapes and I punched out some corrugated stars, putting the large one over the one that was in the topper.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 32: anything goes
Christmas card challenges 19: blue and white colour from photo inspiration
The merry Christmas 29: anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas: Q for quick
Crimbo crackers 138: cute
Jingle belles: peace on earth
Oddball: a sky full of stars/anything goes
Creatalicious 121 anything goes + option: glitter/bling
City crafter 375: you don't bring me flowers
Paperminutes 500: Jubilee challenge: anything goes

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Penny's challenge 341


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 341, where the theme is anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

For my card I used Sasayaki Glitter 'gift Amy' image kindly supplied by them as a sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and die cut with a todo cross hatch die going round the edges with a spectrum. I thought the wide band of hessian behind the raised image would make a change, adding the sentiment panel and the Hobbycraft flowers.


This is also for:

Simon says Monday: happy birthday
A gem of a challenge 200: birthday wishes
The paper shelter 304: blooming days
Sunny day crafting 47: F is for flowers
Simply create too 130: use flowers #1
Simon says Wednesday: for a child
Love to scrap 100: kidz rule
Papercreators 60: something for the kids
Come and get it: time to die
Die cut divas August: anything goes
Digi choosday 32: anything goes
Art at Stampz by Star: hand coloured image
Colour crazy week 31: anything goes
Crafty awesomeness August: anything goes
Colouring in scrapland August: anything goes
Color inspiration link up 25
Fabrika fantasy 12: anything goes
Pattie's crations 137: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 47: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
2 sisters on the blog 6: everything is allowed
Crafts galore encore August: anything goes
Emerald city crafts 2: anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes
Creative inspirations 279: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 295: anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie wonderful Wednesday: anything goes
Daisy chain 11: anything goes
DL.ART August linky

Saturday, 5 August 2017

CHNC challenge 345


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 345 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic ... although time is rushing by because by the end of this challenge we will be into August!

The optional theme for CHNC challenge 345 is '3 of something'... but anything  goes as long as it's Christmas.

For my card I used quite a few 3s:

3 caroling hedgehogs (stamp by Penny Black)
3 spectrum noir pens to colour the image
3 papers from Winterland paper pad by fancypants
3 punched snowflakes
3 gems
3 felt buttons


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 32: anything goes
Crafty friends 63: Christmas in July
Crimbo crackers 138: cute
Pile it on 132: something beginning with S - snowflakes
Art at Stampz by Star: hand coloured image
Colour crazy 31: anything goes
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes + a stamp
Stamps & fun = creativity 306: anything goes
Little red wagon 405: favourite products: Penny Black stamps, patterned papers, spectrum noir pens
One crazy stamper August: my favourite things: making Christmas cards, Penny Black stamps, patterned papers, spectrum noir pens etc
Aud sentiments 185: no sentiment on front of project
2 crafty  critter crazies 5: must be a critter
AnMaCreatief 71: animals
Ching-Chou Kuik August: four legged friends
Craft rocket 40: animal kingdom
Crafty animals 5: anything goes
Paper craft happy 4: anything goes with an animal
The artistic stamper August: anything goes
Craft stamper take it/make it August: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 168: anything goes
Fabrika fantasy 12: anything goes
Pattie's crations 137: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 47: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Crafty creations 347: anything goes
Polka doodles 31: anything goes
2 sisters on the blog 6: everything is allowed
Crafts galore encore August: anything goes
Emerald city crafts 2: anything goes
Use your stuff free week
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes

Let's craft and create challenge 128: hey dude!


This is my design card for Let's craft and create challenge 128: hey dude!, Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and we would love you to join in our challenge.

I was comissioned to make this card for a son who loves technology. The papers are from my offcuts box (Kanban and Papermania Mister set) with other bits and pieces from stash.


This is also for:

Crafty gals corner 134: celebrate
The sisterhood of crafters: boys to men
4 crafty chicks 362: masculine
Open minded 18: just about time
Nordsalten hobbyklubb 160: blue
Pile it on 132: primary colours or something beginning with S - son
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 47: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Crafty creations 347: anything goes
Polka doodles 31: anything goes
2 sisters on the blog 6: everything is allowed
Crafts galore encore August: anything goes
Emerald city crafts 2: anything goes
Use your stuff free week
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

WOYWW 426


It's Wednesday, so it's time for WOYWW 426 - please click on the link to find out what it's all about (is there anyone in the crafting world who doesn't know what it is?!?!) and join in the fun.

Thank you for all the visits and comments left last week. Some of you said that all my boxes are so well organised ... well they are in one sense ... but some of the boxes need their contents to be sorted better and then labelled. I've done a bit more sorting this week, but not much ... can't see much difference. Time is limited this week with more hospital appointments for John - yesterday up at Guy's hospital and didn't get back till nearly 6 and tomorrow we've got to be ready for transport at 7 in the morning ... which means we need to be up at 5 as everything takes John ages! I'm always late to bed, so I'm wondering whether it's going to be worth getting settled and then up again - lol!

Anyway, enough of all that. I'm here on this post to show what's on my workspace today - so these are the pictures to the left and right of where I sit. Not a lot to the left, except boxes that need to be put away and a card ready for this challenge - Pennys challenge 340 - which has just gone live:


On the right, a bit of a silly pile - some more boxes that need to be put away, other bits and pieces including a Bugaboo stamps image topper I've printed (it might get used soon), some spectrum noir pens that need to go back in their right places. My heat gun is lurking somewhere under something (lol) - all you can see is the wire:



Now I'm off to link this for WOYWW 426 and then have a look at what others have been up to later today.

Penny's challenge 340


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 340, where the theme is anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

I used the lovely Oddball Stamps Alice the artist, kindly provided by them as one of the challenge sponsors, adding the Happy Birthday digitally before printing, colouring  with spectrum pens and die cutting using a Spellbinders nestie label die, using a larger one to cut the surrounding red label shape. I found up off cuts of spotted card, cutting and rounding the corners.


This is also for:

Scrapyland 71: anything goes (used a Spellbinders nestie die)
Craftholics R us 30: die cuts
Die cut divas August: anything goes
Digi choosday 31: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes

Penny's challenge 339


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 339, where the theme is anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries. (This is being posted a week late because Julie was ill ... this means you can enter two different Penny's challenges this week).

I used caroling digital stamp by QKR Stampede, one of the sponsors of the challenge. I mounted the image on to an offcut of matt ice blue card.The background paper is from Hunkydory and the lovely glittered snowflake ribbon is from stash.





This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 32: anything goes
Christmas card challenges 18 inspiration photo:


Art at Stampz by Star: Christmas in July
A gem of a challenge 199: Christmas in July
Crafty friends 63: Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room 311: freestyle Christmas in July
Winter wonderland: use a digi image
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge 49


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft challenge 49: 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 one of Lozzy's lovely Cream tea 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 lovely tea cup, flowers and butterflies came from a kit I bought long ago, adding the birthday circle.


This is also for:

DL.ART thankful Thursday 209: happy birthday
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 170: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 49: anything goes
A perfect time to craft August: anything goes
Day dreamer 1: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes
Craftaholics R us 29: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 488: anything goes
Use your stuff free week
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft EXTRA August Challenge


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft EXTRA August 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 one of Lozzy's lovely Chic Wonder 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 lovely dress stand, vase and birthday banner were from a Craftwork Cards collection that I bought long ago.The die cut  and embossed butterfly is one that I cut ages ago, waiting to fly on to a card. The panel centre right was taken from a card received and upcycled here, placing the vase so that the leaves looked as if they were in it.


This is also for:

DL.ART thankful Thursday 209: happy birthday
Die cut divas August: anything goes
Make my Monday 51: monochromatic
Nordsalten hobbyklubb 160: blue
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 170: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 49: anything goes
A perfect time to craft August: anything goes
Day dreamer 1: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes

Do-al(l) kreatives challenge 8 for August


This is my design card for Do-al(l) kreatives challenge 8: happy birthday with summer images - I like the title because my birthday is this month - lol!. Please click on the link to see the wonderful designs of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

I used the lovely Kris by SheepSkiDesigns, kindly given by them as sponsor of the challenge, colouring with spectrum noir pens and die cutting with an X cut rectangular parenthesis die, using a larger one to cut the striped piece of DCWV paper that was lurking in my offcuts box. The background paper with shells is also DCWV from an old summer collection. I stuck the scrap piece of seaside ribbon on to the netting and added the little chipboard tag. The little birthday sentiment oval is silver foiled, although it looks black in the photo.


This is also for:

Kort o mania: summer feeling
Cards und more 14: anything goes with summer
Paper creators 60: something for the kids
Love to scrap 100: kidz rule
International art & soul 13: dies
Die cut divas August: anything goes
Digistamps4Joy 139: anything goes + option: summer
Creative moments 123: anything goes + option: summer fun
CRAFT 426: summer
Cupcake inspirations 416: beachy
Deep ocean 160: a day at the beach
Fairytale 172: at the coast
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Colour crazy week 30: anything goes
Digi choosday 31: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 170: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 49: anything goes
A perfect time to craft August: anything goes
Day dreamer 1: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 133: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for August 2017


As it's the 1st of the month, it's time for CHNC challenge extra for August 2017. Please click on the link to find out all about it, see the lovely designs of my DT ... and I hope you will get out your Christmas stash and join in the challenge - we are now beginning August, so it makes sense to get on with Christmas designs now before it becomes a panic.

Bugaboo Stamps always generously sponsor my CHNC challenge extra and provide images for the team to use and showcase. The image I've used is Christmas jar, which is the pre-coloured version. Papers are from my offcuts box, using the old trick on top and bottom from one piece with another across it because the original piece wasn't big enough to cover the card blank. Glittered poinsettias from Hobbycraft, Santa from The Works, candy canes from stash.


This is also for:

Bugaboo crafty challenge 7: anything goes with a Bugaboo image
12 months of Christmas link up 32: anything goes
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Art at Stampz by Star: Christmas in July
A gem of a challenge 199: Christmas in July
Crafty friends 63: Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room 311: freestyle Christmas in July
Jingle belles: here comes Santa Claus
Winter wonderland: use a digi image
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper August 2017 challenge


It's the 1st of the month and that means that there is a new challenge over on my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge blog.

This is my card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper August 2017 challenge. Please click on the link to find out what it's about and see the lovely inspirational designs by my team. We hope you will join in our challenge ... as often as you like throughout the month of August as long as you use some patterned paper.

This was a commissioned card, using papers from

I was asked to make it black and white with pin houses - the glittered pink houses were from a Christmas kit from long ago with other bits and pieces from stash.



This is also for:

DL.ART thankful Thursday 209: happy birthday
Cute card Thursday 488: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 234: anything goes
Craftaholics R us 29: anything goes
Use your stuff free week
Eclectic Ellapu August: anything goes
Paru August: anything goes

Saturday, 29 July 2017

CHNC challenge 344

This is my card for my CHNC challenge 344 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic ... although time is rushing by because by the end of this challenge we will be into August!

The optional theme for CHNC challenge 344 is 'gingerbread'... but anything  goes as long as it's Christmas.

For my card I used papers from Cosy Christmas collection, a piece of gingerbread grosgrain ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, a Belle & Boo stitched label, and a pack of 4 felt gingerbread embellishments, all of which can be won as the prize for the randomly chosen winner of CHNC challenge 344.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 31: anything goes
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Art at Stampz by Star: Christmas in July
A gem of a challenge 199: Christmas in July
Crafty friends 63: Christmas in July
If you give a crafter a cookie 74
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Craftaholics R us 29: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 133: anything goes
The paper shelter 304: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 488: anything goes
Brown sugar 261: anything goes
Morgan's ArtWorld 15: anything goes
Polka doodles week 30: anything goes

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WOYWW 425


It's Wednesday, so it's time for WOYWW 425 - please click on the link to find out what it's all about (is there anyone in the crafting world who doesn't know what it is?!?!) and join in the fun.

On my WOYWW last Wednesday I said: 'I hope to return again next week and show some more of my craft room - in fact, I'd like to think that the sorting and labelling will be finished ... but I keep hoping that - lol!.'

Well, I'm pleased to say that quite a lot of progress has been made and I'm able to share quite a lot of photos, although it's still a work in progress ... think it might always be, although I really do like to be organised and long for the day when everything's sorted and labelled. I think I've come to the conclusion that I have too much crafting stuff ... did I actually just say that - lol!! Surely, you can never have too much!

The room that I craft in is really a second bedroom, but there's no way that you could get a bed on here - lol! There's a built in wardrobe - we use the right hand part of it to store our coats, but the left hand side is shelved, so that houses some of my crafting stuff. Because the shelves are deep, I have to put boxes in front of boxes which does mean that I need to remember what's behind. It's been very helpful to have everything out to sort through, although I confess that some of the boxes have gone back without being labelled because I ran out of enthusiasm. My ultimate plan is to draw up some sort of table that shows what's on each shelf and stick into inside the door ... but there are lots of other things to be done first.





And then there are the trolleys that house my really useful boxes - they came with us in the move from our maisonette. I've been through quite a lot of the boxes, sorted and labelled, but there are still some to do. We recently had the shelf put in above some of the trolleys so that I could display some of my wooden stamps and I couldn't resist putting the fairy house in the middle.





The big box on top of the right hand trolley is to house any 'work in progress' (really meaning anything that needs to be put somewhere ... but where?!!

As for my workdesk, you can see that there's only essentials on there atm, including the vital cup of coffee ...  and labels still to be put on the right boxes and the dymo at the ready to create more.

Although it might look organised ... well, it is to a certain extent ... there are still boxes that need to be sorted a bit more and labelled. I think now I need to have a rest from it all and get some stuff out on to the workdesk and make some more cards.

Now I'm off to link this for WOYWW 425 and then have a look at what others have been up to - that might be a bit later today.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Girlie card


This is a commissioned girlie card to be given to a granddaughter. The picture on the left is one that I found free on the internet. The picture on the right and the flowers were from an old Kanban kit. The sentiments were put on to labels made with a todo cross hatch die. The Happy Birthday at the top was punched through the card blank and a piece of red card was put across the card underneath.



This is for:

Paru  July: birthday
Cutie pie 113: here come the girls
International art & soul 13: dies
Simon says Monday: you've got the edge (the punched top)
Tuesday throwdown 353: black & white + 1 other colour
Double D: black & white with a pop of colour
Daisy chain 10: floral
Pile it on 132: something beginning with S: sassy
City crafter: something beginning with S: sassy

Tulips in summer?


I know tulips aren't seasonal atm, although it seems nowadays you can get almost anything regardless of the season.

Anyway, papers, tulips and swirl from an Anna Griffin kit long ago. I love the paper on the left - it's embossed with something that feels like velvet. I used a piece of sticky ribbon to join the two papers.



This is for:

Paru  July: birthday
Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Daisy chain 10: floral
Ike's world 93: anything goes + option: bunch of kindness
Pile it on 132: something beginning with S: swirls
City crafter: something beginning with S: swirls

For a special lady on her 90th birthday


I was commissioned to make this card by a lady who is a retired Salvation Army officer, for her to send to someone she trained with for her 90th birthday - hence the picture of the flag with the date of when they were Ambassadors together. I used papers etc from the Crafter's Companion Downton Abbey kit, including one of those lovely domed metal and glass framed picture that matches the main one and the background paper is very glittery (if that's a word - lol!).

Sorry it's such a dark picture ... and the card has gone now,. so I can't take another.



This is for:

Paru  July: birthday
Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Daisy chain 10: floral
Ike's world 93: anything goes + option: bunch of kindness
Paper sweeties July: red, white & blue
Crafty girlz July: anything goes + option: red, white & blue
Pile it on 132: primary colours or something beginning with S: special day
City crafter: something beginning with S: special day

Monday, 24 July 2017

Just a note to say ...


The fairy and butterflies are flying in again to say 'just a note to say ...' Background paper, topper and sentiment oval are from the Flower Fairies magazine freebie and glittered raised butterflies from Poundland.


This is for:

Country view crafts July: things with wings
Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Daisy chain 10: floral
Cupcake inspirations 415: in the garden
My time to craft 350: in the garden
Come and get it: summertime
Creatalicious 119: anything goes + option: summer
Cute card Thursday 487: summer colours
Eclectic Ellapu July: summer colours
Ike's world 93: anything goes + option: bunch of kindness

The flower fairies are back ...


... with just a note to say ...

Another card made with paper and toppers from a Flower fairies magazine freebie kit.

It doesn't really show on here, but the background of the toppers has a very light lilac with white spots to compliment the background paper.


This is for:

Country view crafts July: things with wings
Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Daisy chain 10: floral
Creatalicious 119: anything goes + option: summer
Cute card Thursday 487: summer colours
Eclectic Ellapu July: summer colours
Ike's world 93: anything goes + option: bunch of kindness
Stempelgarten 62: anything that can fly

Up, up and away ....


I made this card just now for no reason other than just because I could - lol!

Background paper is from an Up & away  pad by Mindy Terasawa that I've had for a long time and haven't used much of it. I like the way there are little hearts hanging from the clouds.

I found a free image for cloud background and also a lovely hot air balloon with rainbow colours. The balloon was on a white background so I layered it digitally on to the clouds background and used a 'fade' brush to get rid of the white surrounds of the balloon. I added the sentiment digitally. I then printed out and added on to the background and on to a card blank. I then dotted some blue gems randomly around the image.

Inspired by the photo for Calling all sistahs July challenge:



This is for:

AAA cards 95: rainbow
Scrapping4fun 95: bon voyage/vacation
QKR stampede 253: up, up and away
Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Come and get it: summertime
Cute card Thursday 487: summer colours
Card mania 94: summer fun
Cute as a button 36: summer fun
Eclectic Ellapu July: summer colours
Creatalicious 119: anything goes + option: summer
Cards und more 14: anything goes with summer
Creative craft cottage digi creations 77: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 104: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 169: anything goes

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Where are the flower fairies?


This card was made with more of the paper and toppers from the magazine Flower Fairies freebies ... but there's not a fairy in sight - lol! Instead there are lots of lovely purple/lilac flowers, spotty paper and lemon yellow with lots of love.


This is for:

Fab n funky 360: use a patterned paper
Daisy chain 10: floral
Cupcake inspirations 415: in the garden
My time to craft 350: in the garden
Creatalicious 119: anything goes + option: summer
Cute card Thursday 487: summer colours
Eclectic Ellapu July: summer colours
Cards und more 14: anything goes with summer
Ike's world 93: anything goes + option: bunch of kindness