Monday, 2 May 2016

Calendar girls crafty challenge


A new monthly challenge blog called Calendar Girls Crafty Challenges is starting on 2 June and each month the theme will be something relevant to that month. I am excited and privileged to have been invited to be on the Design Team.


There are some fabulous sponsors lined up and the team are looking for a few more members, so if you like working with sponsor images and can commit to one project a month and leaving comments on a rota  system then head over to the DT call.

Please come and follow the blog so that you don't miss out on the chance to play along and win some fabulous prizes.

To have and to hold


I bought some of these sentiment panels years ago ... and still have one or two. Other bits and pieces from stash, all mounted on matt silver and gold card, with the addition of the rings. The bits that look black are actually silver mirror.

Suitable, I think, for either wedding or anniversary. Haven't made a card in this style for ages.


This is for:

Daring cardmakers: wedding/anniversary
Everybody art 366: wedding
Creative knockouts 139: lots of layers
Kort o mania 152: layers
Incy wincy: clean and simple
Time out 55: celebrations

CAS pink birthday


This is a quick card made with an offcut of paper (unknown), some sticky ribbon, three glittery flowers and the metallic silver sentiment panel.



This is for:

Get creative 38: pink + 1 other colour (silver)
Crafty boots: monochrome
Incy wincy: clean and simple
Time out 55: celebrations
Fussy & fancy 162: female birthdays
Great impressions May: blinged birthday
Curtain call 1 May: charming
Craft your passion 310: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 110: anything goes
PDE linky 121: anything goes
Crafts galore 29: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 15: anything goes
Sisters of craft May: anything goes
Paper creators 47: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Crafting musketeers challenge 37: summer


This is my card for Crafting musketeers challenge 37: summer. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

Well, summer must be on it's way soooon, although last week we had four seasons in one day ... sun, hail, sun, snow, wind ...

I think you need your sunglasses on for viewing this card ... well, it is all about summer.

I've used the Sunsational Stamps Tiffany lounging image kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and die cut with X cut rectangular parenthesis die (these are among my favourites), using a larger one to cut an offcut of We R Memory Keepers paper that had been left from a previous project.

The background was created with acrylic paint, a stencil and the gelli plate (left over from a previous project). Ribbon is DCWV, a chipboard 'FUN' that I've had for ages and a pair of flip flop charms (much brighter colour irl).



This is also for:

Dragonfly dreams May: summertime
Little red wagon 339: sunshiny days
Eureka 191: feminine cards
The paper girls 103: all about the ladies
Love to scrap 77: make it girly
Dragonfly journeys 55: Mamma Mia
Simply create too 108: ladies only
Crafter's cafe 148: feminine
Addicted to stamps 125: paper embellishments/chipboard
Creative artiste 13: anything goes - mixed media + option: chipboard, stencils
Country view crafts May: use a stencil
Nordalsten hobbyklubb 138: colouring
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Art at Stampz by Star: weather related
The ribbon girl: May card challenge
Digistamps4Joy 124: anything goes + option: ribbon
The crafty addicts 14: anything goes/ribbon
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Nordalsten hobbyklubb 138: colouring
Doodle pantry ants in my pantry 17: digital anything goes
613 avenue create 174: anything goes + option: beach
Craft your passion 310: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 110: anything goes
Lacy sunshine: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 69: anything goes
PDE linky 121: anything goes
Morgan's ArtWorld 9: anything goes
MFP 18: anything goes
Crafts galore 29: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 15: anything goes
Cute as a button 22: anything goes
Sisters of craft May: anything goes
Paper creators 47: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes
DL.ART May linky

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A bit more time to craft challenge 19: anything goes


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft challenge 19-: anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of others in the team and join in our challenge.

For my card I used Ching-Chou Kuik dandelion dream, kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge and Lozzy's Fun paper - Lozzy, the owner of the challenge is also sponsoring.

I coloured the image with chameleon pens and added a piece of rainbow ribbon, a DCWV chipboard sentiment and a couple of 3D glittered pansies.


This is also for:

The ribbon girl: May card challenge
Digistamps4Joy 124: anything goes + option: ribbon
The crafty addicts 14: anything goes/ribbon
Really seasonable ribbon 139: things with wings
Spellbinding stamps: fantasy
Scrapping4fun 64: fantasy
Digi choosday 17: things with wings
Addicted to stamps 125: paper embellishments/chipboard
Hanna and friends 247: flowers
My crafting stories 5: flowers
Creative moments 92: anything goes + option of rainbows
Nordalsten hobbyklubb 138: colouring
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Lil patch of crafty friends 35: anything goes
Creative fingers 108: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 249:freestyle
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for May 2016


This is my card for my CHNC challenge extra for May 2016. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in with your festive designs.

I made a card using offcuts from DCWV Christmas glittery papers and using a Bugaboo Stamps Christmas words - Noel image.

I'm also showing this for my CHNC challenge 279 which started on Saturday and will continue until Friday 6 May at 22:00 UK time - please click the link and join in the challenge.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 17
Fab n funky 302: bright Christmas
Lil patch of crafty friends 35: anything goes
Creative fingers 108: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 249:freestyle
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes
Time out 55: celebrations

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper May challenge


This is my design card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper May challenge. Please click on the link to the see the lovely designs by the members of my team and we would love to see your entries - all you have to do is make something using some patterned paper.

This card was in response to a commissioned request for a birthday card for a 5 year old footie fan.

Papers are from PDA card and craft - the middle panel is torn at the edges, but difficult to see here.  I used various stickers and 3D elements, including the scarf with the lovely touchy-feeling red felt.


This is also for:

That's crafty: go figure (the number)
Crafting by designs: for the boys and men
Creative inspirations 350: for the boys or something sporty
Brown sugar 196:: for the boys
Time out 55: celebrations
Julia Spiri 17: anything goes + optional twist: for a child
Crafty creations 314: black and white and a pop of colour
Lil patch of crafty friends 35: anything goes
Creative fingers 108: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 249:freestyle
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 128


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 128: anything goes with a twist ... fairyland. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of others in the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

I used an image from Nikki Burnette sheet 2 (Nikki is sponsoring the challenge) - this was a ready coloured image. The frame added over the upper part of the image is from a set of Trimcraft curiosity corner frames. The image was matted on to a piece of gold gilded faux leather that I've had for years and never found a use for it. The orange mirror card was embossed with a folder. Sparkly ribbon, Hobbycraft flowers and Birthday sentiment circle were added.

The camera sometimes plays tricks according to the light because the birthday circle looks silver, whereas it it actually gold to match the gold in other elements.


This is also for:

Spellbinding stamps: fantasy
Digitally sweet April: fantasy
Dream factory 31: game of thrones - fantasy
Scrapping4fun 64: fantasy
One stitch at a time 260: anything goes with wings
Digi choosday 17: things with wings
Really seasonable ribbon 139: things with wings
The crafty addicts 14: anything goes/ribbon
Hanna and friends 247: flowers
Crafty sentiments: birthday
Inky chicks 66: it's birthday time
The sisterhood of crafters: birthdays
Time out 55: celebrations
Fussy & fancy 162: female birthdays
Jade's sparkling butterflies 18: add a sentiment
Word art Wednesday 228 - 229: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Friday, 29 April 2016

Crafting in a beautiful mess challenge 2



This is my design card for Crafting in a beautiful mess challenge 2 where anything goes all of the time. Please click on the challenge link to see the wonderful designs of the rest of the team for our second challenge ... and we would love you to join in.

Challenges are always be on the last Friday of the month, starting at 08:00 UK time.

I used the lovely pre-coloured image from Fabrika Fantasy called 'little travellers' kindly provided by Fabrica as one of the sponsors of the challenge - and I added the sentiment before printing. I mounted the image on to a scrap of We R memory keepers frenzy + rumble from their White Out collection.

The background paper and ribbons are DCWV from a summer pack bought a few years ago.I used a variety of 3D stickers, including two sets of lovely plastic flip flops. I used an 8 x 8 card blank as I wanted plenty of space for all the bits and pieces.


This is also for:

Little red wagon: sunshiny days
Crafty time April: for the kids
Julia Spiri 17: anything goes with optional twist for a child
Bunny Zoe April: travelling/transport
The ribbon girl: April any image
Dare 2 B artzy: polka dot challenge
Papercreators 46: polka dots
613 avenue create 173: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 155: anything goes
Craft your passion 309: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 14: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 291: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 228 - 229: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Happy anniversary


An anniversary card using three little roses held together with an organza ribbon bow with a little basket charm attached. Papers are from scrap and the sentiment cut with fancy edged scissors with two little brads added.

Sorry that there is a dull shadow caused by the raised roses that doesn't show the card as white.



This is for:

Craft-Dee BowZ April: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Penny's 275: stitching and/or charm
Simon says Monday: show us your metal (charm and brads)
Crazy 4 challenges 333: springtime flowers
Crafty boots: monochrome
Time out 55: celebrations
Use your stuff 220: use your scraps
Jade's sparkling butterflies 18: add a sentiment
Word art Wednesday 228 - 229: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Using old supplies


Two cards made with shaped cards and elements from a Dawn Bibby kit bought years ago when QVC used to do their Craft Day specials. The flowers etc are all like mother of pearl look or 'oil on water' and those on the second card are vellum.

Both the front and the back of the cards are cut away like steps at the top right hand corner.



These are for:

Clear it out: nature + greenery
My Sheri 180: get in shape
Sasayaki glitter April: shaped cards
Cute card Thursday 423: no patterned papers
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: birthday
Inky chicks 66: it's birthday time
The sisterhood of crafters: birthdays
Time out 55: celebrations
Fuassy & fancy 162: female birthdays
Jade's sparkling butterflies 18: add a sentiment
Crazy 4 challenges 333: springtime flowers
Crafty boots: monochrome
Lemon shortbread 14: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 228 - 229: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Teletubbies for twins


A while ago I was asked to make two cards for twin boys, based on the teletubbies. I used matt silver card to surround the pictures of the four to make it look like a TV screen, adding the 2 and  the ribbon along the bottom (so glad that I found that ribbon) - and, of course, the names for the two little boys.


This is for:

Crafting by designs: for the boys and men
Jade's sparkling butterflies 18: add a sentiment
Cute card Thursday 423: no patterned papers
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Crafty time April: for the kids
Julia Spiri 17: anything goes with optional twist for a child
The ribbon girl: April any image
Crafty sentiments: birthday
Inky chicks 66: it's birthday time
The sisterhood of crafters: birthdays
Time out 55: celebrations
Incy wincy: inspired by a song/book/movie - lots of teletubbies books
CRAFT 361: inspired by a book: lots of teletubbies books
613 avenue create 173: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 185: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 155: anything goes
Craft your passion 309: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 14: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 291: anything goes
Cute as a button 21: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 228 - 229: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 83: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Monday, 25 April 2016

Simply a cross


Card made using  a piece of K & Co embossed card for the background (this was left over from a previous make some time ago), some organza ribbon, a Hobbycraft flower and a die cut cross created using a Spellbinder's die cut with my todo - with an offcut of matt silver card.


This is for:

Pixie's snippets 226
Use your stuff 220: use your scraps
Little tangles 67: die cutting
Cut it up 94: spring flowers (with die cut)
Crafty boots: monochrome
613 avenue create 173: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 185: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 313: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 155: anything goes
Craft your passion 309: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 226 - 227: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Especially for you


This is an A5 folded tall card that I made a while ago, using a gold pearlescent card blank wrapped with a piece of glittery gold ribbon. The triple mounted stamped image coloured mainly in soft gold is one that I think I got in a swap, but can't remember what it is - I would love to know, because I would love to buy it.


This is for:

Left of center 127: tall cards
The ribbon girl: April any image
Corrosive: girls, ladies, women
Melonheadz friends: let's get girly
Simon says Wednesday: make it girlie
Great impressions April: ladies' night
Stamping sensations April: one for the girls
The crafty addicts 13: anything goes/girly
Creative craft cottage 62: feminine
Come and get it 115: glitter and bling
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Timbro scrap mania 119: shabby chic or anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 185: anything goes
Robyn's fetish 313: anything goes
One crazy stamper  April: anything goes
Amusing challenges (Stamped blessings): anything goes
Art by Miran 56: anything goes
Love to scrap 76: anything goes
Brown sugar 195: anything goes
Cre8tive hands friends 5: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

The glory of Christmas challenge 83


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 83: stamp or digi only. Please click on the link to see the lovely scenes created by others in the team and we would love you to join in the challenge - if you don't fancy using a digi or a stamp you can always enter with anything as long as it's Christmas.

I used the lovely Rubber Stampede stained glass mother and child stamp coloured with spectrum noir pens. The piece of torn background paper is from Bo Bunny's silver & gold collection paper pad. Corrugated strip and scalloped strip from stash and sentiment printed from computer (angle of the camera makes this look crooked, but it isn't!).


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 16
Christmas card challenges 21: anything goes
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
CRAFT 360: Christmas
Time out 55: celebrations
Art impressions 182: show off your stamp
One crazy stamper  April: anything goes
Amusing challenges (Stamped blessings): anything goes
Timbro scrap mania 119: shabby chic or anything goes
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Little Miss Muffet 136: anything goes
Art by Miran 56: anything goes
Cute card Thursday 422: add a quotation
Penny's 274: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 18: anything goes
Crafting with friends 19: anything goes
PDE linky part 120: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Saturday, 23 April 2016

CHNC challenge 278: use a sentiment


It's the fourth Saturday in the month, so the theme for my CHNC challenge 278 this week is 'use a sentiment' - anything Christmas as long as there is a sentiment added.

For my card I used one of Lozzy's snowflakes paper in green (Lozzy's paper pick), matted on to the card blank with strips of washi tape down the side and across the bottom. The glittered picture is upcycled from an old card. Various flowers from stash with brads in the centres.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 16
Jingle belles: walking in a washi wonderland
Winter wonderland: winter blossom
Crafting by designs: get ready for Christmas
CRAFT 360: Christmas
Time out 55: celebrations
Crafty boots: use a sentiment
Penny's 274: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 18: anything goes
Crafting with friends 19: anything goes
PDE linky part 120: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 127


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's bloomin' challenge 127: anything goes with a twist ... for a lady/girl. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of others in the team and join in our challenge with your feminine creations.

I used Sparkle n sprinkle Vivian hat lady, kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring with spectrum noir papers. I created the background with various paper offcuts, the main one covering the card blank is a very iridescent paper that changes colour according to how the light catches it. The frame is an old Kanban one, Hobbycraft flowers and a few pearls and sentiment.

This card has a Happy Birthday insert - was commissioned by a friend.


This is also for:

Classic Design team open challenge 1: anything goes
Creative craft cottage 62: feminine
Corrosive: girls, ladies, women
Melonheadz friends: let's get girly
Simon says Wednesday: make it girlie
Fussy & fancy 162: female birthdays
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Oddball: birthday
Time out: celebrations + option: fussy cutting
Great impressions April: ladies' night
The crafty addicts 13: anything goes/girly
MFP 17: purple
Creative inspirations 349: your favourite things - crafting with purple, flowers, pearls
Ruby's rainbow 127: your favourite colour
Craft rocket 13: favourite colour combo - purple/lilac
Aurora wings 27: say it with flowers
Let's color linky party 8: anything goes with something coloured
Crafting for all seasons 124: tic tac toe - I chose the diagonal with girly, digi/stamp image, flowers
Art with Stampz by Star: use a digi
Morgan's ArtWorld 8: monochrome
Doodle pantry Ants in my pantry 16: anything goes
Crafty boots: use a sentiment
Our crafty corner 8: anything goes
Love to scrap 76: anything goes
Penny's 274: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 18: anything goes
Cre8tive hands friends 5: anything goes
Brown sugar 195: anything goes
Crafting with friends 19: anything goes
PDE linky part 120: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Another 80th birthday card


Another commissioned 80th birthday card using some of the lovely butterflies holographic card (photo doesn't do it justice),  ribbons and an offcut of purple glittered card and paper to match the decoupaged flowers (can't remember the make of these supplies).


This is for:

Pixie's snippets 225
Hiding in my craft room 247: lots of layers
Creative inspirations 349: your favourite things: ribbon, decoupage, making special birthday cards
Going grey with Scrap-creations: spring/flowers
Moving along with the times 18: spring flowers
Creative corner: spring flowers
Polka doodles 15: floral frenzy
The stamping boutique: flowers
Fab n funky 301: winged things
Make my Monday: butterflies
Simon says Monday: butterfly beauty
Really reasonable ribbon 139: things with wings
Scribbles designs 40: a little note to bug you
Oddball: birthday
Ruby's rainbow 127: favourite colour: purple
Tuesday throwdown 290: monochromatic
Crafty boots: use a sentiment
Create and inspire 44: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Thinking of you


A simple 'thinking of you' card made with Hunkydory supplies:


This is for:

Sparkles 79: thinking of you
Crafty boots: use a sentiment
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
613 avenue create 172: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 32: anything goes
Craft your passion 308: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 108: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31

Todo foiled doily


I was commissioned to make an 80th birthday card for a lady. I had used my Todo with the doily letterpress to foil on to a piece of Centura pearl card and had been wondering what to use it for. The big bloom in the middle was from Hobbycraft, various other bits from stash. I used two different corner punches to bring just a bit more interest, mounting on to a rich blue mirror card that matched the foiling.



This is for:

Creative inspirations 349: your favourite things: foiling with my new Todo, flowers, making special birthday cards
Moving along with the times 18: spring flowers
Creative corner: spring flowers
Polka doodles 15: floral frenzy
The stamping boutique: flowers
Going grey with Scrap-creations: spring/flowers
Use your stuff 219: punches (used two neglected corner punches)
Oddball: birthday
Unstampabelles 56: flora/fauna with a twist of texture
Tuesday throwdown 290: monochromatic
Crafty boots: use a sentiment
Our crafty corner 8: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Aud sentiments 153: anything goes
613 avenue create 172: anything goes
Lil patch of crafty friends 32: anything goes
Craft your passion 308: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 108: anything goes
Through the craft room door: anything goes
Create and inspire 44: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 226 - 7: anything goes
Brown sugar 194: anything goes
Creative fingers 107: anything goes
Crafts galore April: anything goes
My crafting stories 4: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 14: anything goes
Crafty calendar April: anything goes
Petal Lu 12: anything goes
Pearly sparkles 3: anything goes
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 82: anything goes
Not just cards 31
DL.ART April linky

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Foiled flower


The flower was created using a Todo letterpress die foiled with silver holographic foil, using the Todo - this was the first attempt at foiling done as while ago now when I first tried out foiling with my Todo and waiting to be used on the right card. This was mounted on to silver matt card. A piece of organza ribbon and wooden butterfly finish the card.


This is for:

Make my Monday: butterflies
Simon says Monday: butterfly beauty
Scribbles designs 40: a little note to bug you
AAA cards 62: anything goes
CRAFT 359: clean and simple
Curtain call: simplicity
Creative inspirations 349: your favourite things: butterflies, ribbon, my new Todo
Simon says Wednesday: let's do the polka
Alphabet: D for dots
Dare 2 B artzy: polka dot challenge
Papercreators crafts 46: polka dots or gingham
Deep ocean 127: dots (and/or stripes)
Crafting by designs: ribbons (or lace)
Really reasonable ribbons 139: things with wings
Come and get it: things with wings
One stitch at a time 260: anything goes with wings
Aloha Friday 69: living things with wings
Fresh brewed: flowers
Moving along with the times 18: spring flowers
Going grey with Scrap-creations: spring/flowers
Unstampabelles 56: flora/fauna with a twist of texture
Tuesday throwdown 290: monochromatic
Scrappers delights 54: anything goes
Leinzlove tear bears 4: anything goes
Inspiration destination 81: anything goes
Not just cards 31