Saturday, 25 April 2015

CHNC challenge 226: 20 minutes or less


For my CHNC challlenge 226 that starts today I'm asking to see Christmas creations that were made within 20 minutes or less.

My card was made in about 17 minutes - that included choosing the Hunkydory pictures I wanted to use, cutting to size etc - part of the time was taken up trying to find my favourite scissors to fussy cut around the arched picture so that everything fitted together. This is an A5 card opening tent style.

I based my card on the sketch given for the current Jingle Belles challenge (always like to support as many other Christmas challenge blogs as I can):




This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
That's crafty: Let's keep it simple
Scribble and scrap 42: anything goes
Craft your passion 258: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 56: anything goes
Creative inspirations 310: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 180: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 30: anything goes
Sister act 103: anything goes
Craft creations

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 77


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 77: anything goes with a twist ... use some lace. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used the Lacy Sunshine winter Emily image kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with Spectrum noir pencils (my first time of using these) and added Art Institute fine glitter to quickie glue pen on the 'fur'.

Papers are The English Paper Company 'airy fairy' (I've had for ages). The pink lace was bought from a local market stall a few months ago.


This is also for:

Crafter's cafe 113: ribbon and/or lace
Fab n funky 256: lace
The stamping boutique: ribbon and/or lace
One stitch at a time 235: anything goes with daughters/girls
Graph it week 17: ribbons and lace
Simply create too 84: pretty woman
Crafty gals corner 16: girls, girls, girls
Aloha Friday 46: girly cards
Sparkle n sprinkle April: anything goes (used loose glitter)
In the pink 67: make it sparkle
Allsorts 308: bring on the bling
The paper shelter 200: celebration
Digi choosday 16: spots and dots
Little red wagon 286: seeing spots
Creative inspirations 310: anything goes
Cute as a button 8: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafts 4 eternity R223: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 30: anything goes
Sister act 103: anything goes
Craft creations

Completely Christmas challenge 60


This is my design card for Completely Christmas challenge 60: anything goes with a twist ... use some washi tape.

For my card I used a lovely Dazzling Ace Designs image, kindly supplied by the sponsor. The foiled panel across the middle (much more shiny irl) has been upcycled from the remains of a Christmas cracker and the reindeer washi tape  added top abd bottom. The felt holly and the poinsettia were from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
Recycle, re-purpose & re-invent April: anything goes
Creative inspirations 310: anything goes
Cute as a button 8: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafts 4 eternity R223: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 30: anything goes
Sister act 103: anything goes
Craft creations

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 82


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 82: anything goes with a twist ... stitching, real or faux. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

For my card I used a butterfly image from The Stamping Boutique, the sponsor of the challenge. I printed on to a piece of Papermania 'lemon sorbet' capsule paper, coloured with spectrum noirs, which was then cut and faux stitched  (drawn with pen in holder instead of needle) on my Scan n Cut, also creating a card blank and extra piece for the easel from a 'flittered' sheet of DCWV card with circles with more faux stitching. Twine wrapped around the base with a sentiment panel created the stopper for the easel.



This is also for:

Crafting by designs: shaped card
Deep ocean 102: shaped card
Moving along with the times: anything but square
Crafty creations 298: seeing spots
Digi choosday 16: spots and dots
Scrap & craft 7: ribbon or twine
Tuesday throwdown 241: up in the air (things that fly)
Fresh brewed: birthdays
Inky chicks 49: stitching
Incy wincy: faux techniques (the stitching)
Die cuttin' divas 212: national garden month
Hiding in my craft room 196: freestyle
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations
DL.ART April

Monday, 20 April 2015

The cheerful stamp pad challenge 109 2nd week


The cheerful stamp pad challenge 109 is 'zentangle' and this is the second week. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in with your entries here.

For my design card for week 2 I added more zentangle to Courtney McAnsh's zetangle elephant (click the link to see the original), kindly supplied by the Sweet Pea Stampers as sponsors of the challenge. The backing paper is some I've had for ages from PDA paper card & craft, on to which I added a cut out of faux black crocodile. The strip across the top is recycled from some craft packaging and the ribbon/bow is Papermania. I thought it was appropriate to add the Belated Birthday Wishes as elephants never forget ... but sometimes we humans do!


This is also for:

Speedy fox and friends 258: black & white
Take a word: black and white
Cardz 4 guyz 66: exotic/jungle wildlife
Cuttin and stampin 12: cute critters
Crafter's cafe 112: animal antics
Di's digi designs: include an animal
Sentimental Sundays 255: animal love
Make my Monday: earth day (nature and a bit of recycling)
Animal friends 25: happy birthday
Fresh brewed: birthdays
Aud sentiments 129: birthday sentiment
Red rubber 216: make a fuss (fussy cutting)
LiaStampz 87: ribbon
Scrap & craft 7: ribbon or twine
Scrapping4fun 40: anything goes + lace or ribbon
3 girl jam April: anything goes with ribbon
Hiding in my craft room 196: freestyle
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations
DL.ART April

Inspirational post for Buckwell Crafty challenge 7


A reminder of Buckwell Crafts Challenge 7 for April:


We would like to see all or just one of the colours somewhere on your card/project. So its any tone of  yellow, pink, or green that we would like to see and you could be a lucky winner and receive 3 digi images of your choice from Lacy Sunshine who has kindly agreed to be our Sponsor for this month.



You can enter here

For my inspiration card I used Lacy Sunshine's Gemma's spring flower love, kindly provided by the sponsor of this month's challenge. I coloured with chameleon pens and die cut with a Nellie Snellen die and sponged the edges with worn lipstick distress ink. I cut two shapes with Die-namic fishtail flag dies, using papers printed from Buckwell Crafts digital papers. Organza flowers from were Create & Craft some time ago and the sentiment from Craftwork Cards.


This is also for:

Fresh brewed: birthdays
Aud sentiments 129: birthday sentiment
One stitch at a time 235: anything goes with daughters/girls
Penny's 223: one for the girls
Crafty catz 275: it's a girl thing
Creative corner: for a child
Polka doodles 15/16: pink and pretty
Craft for the craic April: die-ing for spring
Graph it week 16: flower power
Digi sketch: F is for flowers
Fussy and fancy 137: springtime flowers
QKR stampede 135: spring flowers
Crafty creations 287: seeing spots
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The glory of Christmas challenge 57


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 57: use a digi or anything goes as long as it's Christmas. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge - there is a prize to be won too!

I used a digital image - Limited runs pre-coloured 'trees on a cupcake', cutting out and mounting on to dark green card to match the card blank. The background is an offcut left over after making the card for this week's CHNC challenge 225 (shown yesterday) - Bo Bunny tis the season carol paper. The strip of card down the side is a piece that was cut off the remains of a piece of Kanban long ago. The jute flowers were from Poundland.

I'm also going to share this on my CHNC challenge 225: something beginning with F ... because there are flowers.


These are also for:

Pixie's snippets week 173
12 months of Christmas 4
CRAFT 307: Christmas
Holly jolly Christmas: trees
Red rubber 216: make a fuss (fussy cutting)
Digi sketch: F is for flowers
Wags n whiskers 152: flowers
Little Claire digi 4: flowers
Kit and clowder April: flowers
Hiding in my craft room 196: freestyle
Creative fingers 76:  anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations

Saturday, 18 April 2015

CHNC challenge 225: something beginning with F


For my CHNC challenge 225 I'm looking for you to use or show something beginning with F -  e.g. flurries (of snow), flourishes, flowers, faith, funny, Father Christmas, figgy pudding ... or, if you are stuck, just FESTIVE!! - I'm sure you can come up with other ideas too. If you are stuck you can get some more ideas here.

I've made two cards using die cuts created on my Scan n Cut, using svg files from SVG Attic (one of the sponsors), changing this to the correct format for the SnC using 'canvas'.  The file I used is called winter flurries - so I have used at least two words beginning with F ... flurries and flourishes (perhaps even 'flake' as in 'snow flake'  ...  as well, of course, as FESTIVE!

I'm also adding these cards for my Patterned Paper April challenge - if you haven't discovered that yet, please take a look and join in the challenge.

For the first card the background is Bo Bunny tis the season carol:


For the second card I used My Mind's Eye lost and found Christmas paper, using a couple of glittered strips from the reverse side of the paper:


These are also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
CRAFT 307: Christmas
Creative craft cottage digi creations 23: add some sparkle (second card)
Creative craft cottage 37: use die cuts
Chocolate, coffee & cards 89: use a die cut
Creative cutting challenges 51: anything goes
Ruby's rainbow 102: CAS
Creative fingers 76:  anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 76


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 76: anything goes with a twist ... use a die or punch. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

For my card I used a Nellie Snellen die to cut out The Stamping Boutique image, Audrey with a cupcake, kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge. This had been coloured with Chameleon pens. The die cut was mounted on a piece of Pink Petticoat vintage rose paper. The background paper and the pink and white flower panel offcut are from the Pink Petticoat wild blossoms collection. Washi tape from Paperchase (a bargain buy) and flowers from Hobbycraft.

I'm also adding this card for my Patterned Paper April challenge - if you haven't discovered that yet, please take a look and join in the challenge.


This is also for:

The stamping boutique: spring
Fresh brewed: birthdays
Aud sentiments 129: birthday sentiment
Creative card crew 85: sentiment
Pile it on 64: fancy frames and/or beautiful borders
Natalie and Amy 31: frame it
Melonheadz friends: 2 or more designer papers
Graph it week 16: flower power
Creative corner: for a child
Penny's 223: one for the girls
Crafty catz 275: it's a girl thing
Polka doodles 16: pink and pretty
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Craft for the craic April: die-ing for spring
Chocolate, coffee & cards 89: use a die cut
Creative craft cottage 37: use die cuts
Mema's April: anything goes, use a die or punch
Artistic inspiration 129: anything goes with a twist of spring
Crazy challenge 195: springtime
Crafts4eternity R222: spring
Hobbyhome  cards 2 create 21: spring card
Pink gem 142: spring is in the air
Dragonfly dreams 16: let's see spring
Oddball: spring
Scribbles designs 28: spring has sprung
Stampartpapel retarte 43: inspired in spring or anything goes
Fussy and fancy 137: springtime flowers
QKR stampede 135: spring flowers
Creative moments 66: anything goes/spring
Digi sketch: F is for flowers
Wags n whiskers 152: flowers
Fitztown 70: use flowers and/or leaves
Whoopsi Daisy April: throw on the flowers
Little Claire digi 4: flowers
Kit and clowder April: flowers
Going grey with Scrap-Creations: spring flowers
Sweet stamps 217: pink
Creative cutting challenges 51: anything goes
Stamp and create April: anything goes
Craft your passion 257: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 55: anything goes
Creative fingers 76:  anything goes
Party time Tuesday 197: anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations
DL.ART April

Completely Christmas challenge 59


This is my design card for Completely Christmas challenge 59: anything goes with a twist ... use the sketch supplied by Sandy:


Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

For my design card I used Deedee's Digis Ornamental contemporary and Merry Christ-mouse, kindly supplied by the sponsor, arranging paper and other elements digitall, including the addition of the banner and circle.



This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
CRAFT 307: Christmas
Eureka 136: four legged friends
Crafter's cafe 112: animal antics
Paperminutes 379: stripes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 102: anything goes
Craft creations

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Crafting musketeers challenge 24


I am in team B on the Crafting musketeers DT and it's our turn mid-month to share some inspiration for April's challenge 24: it's a man's world. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by others in team B and join in our challenge here.

Having bought my Scan n Cut a while ago and had initial success with a few simple tasks, I decided this week to make an effort to use it more, so my design card has been created with everything cut on the SnC, mounted on to a black card blank. The textured paper with random text on it is (I think) DCWV and all pieces of black and grey card are scraps - the beauty of the SnC is being able to scan in pieces of card and position items for cutting so it's possible to use up scraps.


This is also for:

Pixie snippets week 172
Hiding in my craft room 195: super scraps Saturday
Fab n funky 255: masculine
The paper shelter 199: for the boys
Fresh brewed: birthdays
Aud sentiments 129: birthday sentiment
Creative card crew 85: sentiment
Creative craft cottage 37: use die cuts
Mema's April: anything goes, use a die or punch
Creative cutting challenges 51: anything goes
613 avenue create 119: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 42: anything goes
Craft your passion 257: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 55: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Creative fingers 75: anything goes
V's sweet 33:  anything goes
Party time Tuesday 197: anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Second card for CCAYR mid-month inspiration


This is my second design card for Christmas cards all year round mid-month inspiration - please click on the link to see the love crafting of  the rest of the team and we would love you to join in the challenge here featuring Christmas ornaments.

CCAYR 'ormanets' challenge is being sponsored by Deedee's Digis and I used digital papers and image from 'Happy owl-idays', adding digital shapes, adding a sentiment from the 'Meowy Christmas' set.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
Crafts cardmakers 136: wings
Deep ocean 101: things with wings
Sweet stampin: children's cards
Come and get it: make a card for a child
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

CCAYR mid-month inspiration


This is my first design card for Christmas cards all year round mid-month inspiration - please click on the link to see the love crafting of  the rest of the team and we would love you to join in the challenge here featuring Christmas ornaments.

CCAYR 'ormanets' challenge is being sponsored by Deedee's Digis and I used digital papers, sentiment and images from 'ornaments contempo', layering digitally and adding chains to the baubles.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
613 avenue create 119: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 42: anything goes
Craft your passion 257: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 55: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Creative fingers 75: anything goes
V's sweet 33:  anything goes
Party time Tuesday 197: anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

CHNC challenge extra for April mid-month


It seems impossible that it's already time for the mid-month inspiration for April on our CHNC challenge extra blog - please click here to see the lovely crafting of my super design team - and we would love you to join in our challenge - all you have to do is to make something for Christmas.

I was running out of time to get my card done, so I have to admit to reaching for Hunkydory supplies and making this quick card on an A5 tent opening card:


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
Southern girls: starry, starry night
Lil patch of crafty friends 7: anything goes
Through the purple haze 84: anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 29: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 81


This is my design card for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 81: anything goes with a twist ... add some pearls. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge.

I've used Lacy Sunshine '1920s winter Abby'. kindly supplied by the sponsor. The centre panel of card is an offcut of some that I've had for a long time - much more pearly looking irl. The top and bottom pieces are offcut pearlescent pieces run through an embossing folder. Flowers are from Flourish with a bling (I won some from them), which have those lovely pearl buttons in the centres of the delicate chiffon petals.


This is also for:

Lacy sunshine 56: steampunk, shabby chic or vintage
Pixie's snippets week 172
Hiding in my craft room 195: super scraps Saturday
Everybody art 320: pearl
Digi choosday 15: pearls and gems
Digi sketch: F is for flowers
Fitztown 70: use flowers and/or leaves
Whoopsi Daisy April: throw on the flowers
Little Claire digi 4: flowers
Creative craft cottage digi creations 22: pretty pearls
Incy wincy: embossing
Aud sentiment 129: birthday sentiment
Creative whispers 43: birthday
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Pinspirational 138: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Monday, 13 April 2015

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 109


The Cheerful stamp pad challenge 109 for this fortnight is 'zentangle' - please click on the challenge link to see the lovely zentangled designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries.

For my design card I created the background by brushing a Spectrum Noir aqua tint and splattering with water. The moon image is Sweet Pea Stamps  Courtney Mcanshs 'to the moon and back' digital, kindly provided by the challenge sponsor. This image  already had an element of zentangle, but I added to it and also decorated around the edges of the background before mounting on to a black card blank.

This is what the image looked like before I added some more zentangle:




This is also for:

Frosted designs: splatter
Alooha Friday 45: fairytale/tantasy
Crafting with an attitude 2: freestyle/fantasy
Eclectic ellapu April: out of your comfort zone
Inky chicks 49: stitching
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 17: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Easter narcissus


Probably my last Easter card - a quick one using a recycled image matted on to orange card, Kanban sentiment and everything on to some Kanban grass card.


This is for:

Catch the bug: earth day - recycle
Open-minded 34: recycle something
Recycle, re-purpose & re-invent April: anything goes
Ooh-la-la 177: Easter/spring
Card and scrap 94: use spring colours/Easter colours
Little red wagon 284: spring is in the air
The stamping boutique: spring
Pink gem 142: spring is in the air
Dragonfly dreams 16: let's see spring
Bunny Zoe March: spring colours
Order of the opus gluei 206: happy Easter
Crafty boots: Easter
Incy wincy: clean and simple
Craftin desert divas: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 16: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Easter daffodils


I love daffodils - they are such a sign of spring and so are the little chicks, so I thought they would look good together on this 5 x 7 yellow card blank. The chicks paper is an offcut snippet from a piece of PDA paper and the daffodil topper is Kanban. Sentiment generated on the Dymo letratag. A couple of pieces of gold foil strips (Paper Cellar) either side of the chicks paper (although it doesn't look gold here).


This is for:

Ooh-la-la 177: Easter/spring
Card and scrap 94: use spring colours/Easter colours
Little red wagon 284: spring is in the air
The stamping boutique: spring
Pink gem 142: spring is in the air
Dragonfly dreams 16: let's see spring
Bunny Zoe March: spring colours
Order of the opus gluei 206: happy Easter
Crafty boots: Easter
Incy wincy: clean and simple
Craftin desert divas: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 16: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Happy Easter


Another Easter card made a couple of weeks ago using some Kanban background card with eggs, stripes of floral card (can't remember where it came from) - these strips had folds, but I covered them with the felt eggs. Sentiment panel is also Kanban (from quite a long time ago).


This is for:

Ooh-la-la 177: Easter/spring
Card and scrap 94: use spring colours/Easter colours
Little red wagon 284: spring is in the air
Simon says Wednesday: April showers and/or spring flowers
The stamping boutique: spring
Pink gem 142: spring is in the air
Dragonfly dreams 16: let's see spring
Bunny Zoe March: spring colours
Order of the opus gluei 206: happy Easter
Crafty boots: Easter
Craftin desert divas: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 16: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

Easter rabbits and birds


An Easter card that I made a couple of weeks ago, using a piece of Bo Bunny paper with the birds, a strip from the reverse side and the image mounted on to gold mirror card and a Dymo letratag sentiment.


This is for:

Ooh-la-la 177: Easter/spring
Card and scrap 94: use spring colours/Easter colours
Little red wagon 284: spring is in the air
Simon says Wednesday: April showers and/or spring flowers
The stamping boutique: spring
Pink gem 142: spring is in the air
Dragonfly dreams 16: let's see spring
Great impressions April: Easter/spring
Bunny Zoe March: spring colours
Kraftyhands April: nature's work
Order of the opus gluei 206: happy Easter
Crafty boots: Easter
Paper sweeties 30: hoppy Easter
All kinds of craft 124: Easter bunnies
Papertake: anything goes
Craftin desert divas: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 16: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations

CHNC challenge 224: add some texture


For my CHNC challenge 224, I'm asking to see some texture on your Christmas designs - it might be some embossing, fabric, flowers, lace ... anything that provides some texture - I'm sure you can come up with other ideas too.

For my card I used an embossing folder run through the eBosser to texture some red mirror card, matted this on to a green card blank and added a picture from a set I bought long ago, a couple of Hobbycraft poinsettias on other flowers and some gold ribbon - a few different textures.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas 4
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
Crafty gals corner 14: any holiday
Crafty sentiments: lots of flowers
Card mania 67: flowers
Papercreators 37: flowers
Crafts4eternity R221: texture
3 girl jam April: anything goes with ribbon
Simply create too 83: no digis or stamped images
Clear it out: anything goes (I've had the picture a long time - and the ribbon)
613 avenue create 118: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 131: anything goes
Craft your passion 256: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 54: anything goes
Penny's 222: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Craftin desert divas: anything goes
Creatalicious 73: anything goes
Not just cards 16: anything goes
Inspiration destination 28: anything goes
Sister act 101: anything goes
Craft creations