Thursday, 30 July 2015

Happy Day

Good evening. It's been a very quiet day today, not much going on here apart from a nice walk with husband and dog and a  brief visit from my granddaughters, so plenty of time to play! I'm well up to date with DT commitments (virtuous smirk) so I thought it'd be fun to colour some images that I've been lucky enough to win recently. Here's a card I made using Alex, a little cutie from Oddball Art Stamps. I coloured her with copics and die cut with a stitched oval die which is lightly distress inked and a tiny bit of white frantage added (doesn't show very well in photo, light not very good today!). The background design is made up of squares of dp matted onto larger squares of kraft, all die cut using stitched square dies. I added a die cut swirly bow (MB) with a (very old) butterfly brad and a small tag with a stamped sentiment and a twine bow.
On reflection the sentiment is apt for my day...quiet, but happy.
Hope you have had a happy day too!
Thanks for calling by

Challenges entered:
craftycreations -four ( matted squares behind image)
toptiptuesday bingo line-kraft, sentiment, stitching
craftytime  punches or dies
oddballstamps use a die cut
allsorts add a butterfly
inkspirational kraft

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Wet Sunday.....

It's wet here today....very wet! What better place to spend a wet and miserable Sunday than in your craft room! Doesn't matter what it's doing outside then! I've been very lazy today, got up late :), then sat around reading, then visited a few blogs....there are some extremely talented crafters out there, and I'm often amazed at how creative and imaginative my 'bloggy friends' are! The time, effort and love that go into cards and creations are staggering!

I'm sharing a couple of Christmas cards today. This year I'm so determined not to leave making them until it's a panic rush to get them finished, and although I know I'll never be in Kath's league, she's probably making next year's now :D, I'm feeling quite proud of myself! I'm also trying to use the stamps I have already (don't know how long I'll hold out!) and these beautiful Penny Black deer stamps are some of my favourites so I thought I'd give them an airing! I used the same stencil (Memory Box) for both cards, just quickly dabbing over them with distress ink, then stamping the deer on top. I've kept the designs simple, just adding greetings and some die cuts (OK the dies are new....I said no new stamps...). These are flat enough to post :)
Thanks for visiting, hope you're having a good day....whatever the weather!

mytimetocraft Christmas
creativecorner Christmas
thatscrafty stencils/masks
crafterscafe Christmas
cardz4guyz Christmas

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Have a blast with Sweet Stampin'!

Good morning! Last Saturday of July, the kids have started their summer break and summer is well and truly here....or has summer well and truly gone???!! Picked my girlies up from school yesterday in torrential rain (why DOES it always rain heaviest at 3.15?! and why are my granddaughters always last to emerge :( Anyway here's hoping for some lovely weather over the next few weeks, it's so much easier  (and a lot less expensive!) to amuse the children when the sun shines!
This week our challenge theme at Sweet Stampin' is 'Boys and their toys' and as every little (and not so little...) boy I know just loves to play with water I chose to use this gorgeous Mo Manning digi to make my card. This cutie looks just like my son when he was a little lad right down to the snazzy swim shorts! I coloured him with copics, fussy cut him and mounted him over my die cut circle which I had stamped with the water drops. The sentiments came with the image. The small punched circles and his goggles have been glossy accented (can I say that...). 
We are sponsored this week by Funky Kits so if you want to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize hop over here and join us now!
Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend -hope the sun shines!

craftforthecraic summertime
alohafriday summer fun
Bronte and Bella's #253 summer fun
/thesisterhoodofcrafters summer heat
craftycardmakers water

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Hi, I'm back again with my card for the new challenge at Creative Moments.
this fortnight we have a bingo board
for you to choose from

We have two fabulous sponsors


Here's my card using Maxi Skirt Momma from Sassy Studios
I used ribbon, die cuts, charm (well everything really apart from pearls and flowers!)
This card is for my lovely niece who is expecting her first baby, a little boy, in November, so very exciting!
Thanks so much for visiting today, hope you'll find the time to pop over to Creative Moments to see what my lovely teamies have come up with! We hope you'll play along -remember the theme is optional -anything goes!
/toptiptuesday Bingo, embossing, sentiment, dies
/craft-deebowz July challenge
craftyourpassion  #271 atg
dreamvalley embossing
disdigidesigns hand coloured image
hidinginmycraftroom lots of layers

Fab 'n Funky Challenge #269

Good morning! It's my turn to host the challenge over at Fab N Funky, which means I get to choose the theme...I chose 'no patterned papers' by which I mean no pre printed designer paper or designer paper downloads, it's perfectly acceptable to make your own by stamping, stencilling, inking, painting etc!
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Stitchy Bear, who allowed each of the DT to pick an image to play with.

I chose to use Berry, this sweet little fairy is pre shaded so I decided not to colour her, just printed her onto white card, die cut with a stitched rectangle die and stamped 'magical' in the top right hand corner. I matted this onto a piece of the same white card which I had stamped and embossed with white detail ep and then coloured with pale blue and yellow pan pastels, doesn't show up tht well in the photos!
I stamped the butterflies and trails and embossed in black, then stamped the butterflies again onto acetate, I coloured both lots of butterflies with copics, then cut out and adhered the acetate butterflies over the original stampings. I used tiny gems in matching shades to fill in the trails.
Sorry I couldn't get the colours to photograph well, they are much more vibrant IRL!
I do hope you'll be tempted to join us for this challenge, as it's summer holidays here and everyone is busy, this challenge is running for 3 weeks to give you plenty of time to join in!
Thanks for visiting
have a lovely day

whoopsi daisy bling it on
incywincy things with wings
/natalieandamy summertime

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Get inky with the Southern Girls

Good morning, where did the last fortnight go??? I know I spent a little (quite a lot...) of time watching the tennis last week, but I was convinced that this card wasn't needed until next week...seem to have lost a whole week somewhere! IS Thursday (again) and it IS time for a new challenge at Southern Girls. This fortnight we challenge you to 'get inky'!
For my card I decided to use distress inks and very little else, apart from the lovely Oddball Art image courtesy of one of our lovely sponsors for this challenge. I printed the fairy onto watercolour paper and painted her with distress inks, quite challenging as I haven't done this before! I then inked the edges of the paper, stencilled on the leaves and stamped the sentiment.
There are lovely prizes to be won from our generous sponsors this fortnight The Paper Doll Company and Oddball Stamps, so get out your inks and stamps and join us! Just click here to be inspired by the lovely inky creations from the rest of Team Trace and to add your link!
Have a lovely day
inspirationdestination anything goes
pennyschallenges  #236 anything goes
craftygirlz #4 anything goes
sugarandbetty anything goes
aurorawings sprite delight
craftyourpassion #270 anything goes
craftingfromtheheart #68 anything goes

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Getting ready for Christmas...

...well it is good to be prepared!
I was delighted to be invited to Guest Design for Crafting by Designs, they have a monthly 'Get ready for Christmas' challenge which I think is a brilliant, having been given a choice of challenges to design for I opted for this one!
The LO of my card is really simple as I decided to print the lovely Dilly Beans image fairly large! I coloured this sweetie with copics, just adding some gold coloured stickles to the flowers, the sentiment is a Paper Smooches die cut. One bow and a little Christmas tree charm to finish!
I'd like to thank Doris and the rest of the talented team at Crafting by Designs for giving me this opportunity to work with them, hope you'll pop over and check out their blog!
Thanks for visiting!

whimsy Christmas
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2 atg Christmas
cuteasabutton Christmas
emeraldfaeries Christmas
karleighsue Christmas
onesweetchallenge Christmas
papercreators Christmas
deepocean Christmas