Friday, 31 January 2014

Sweet pea stampers challenge: Valentine's day/love


This is my design card for the Sweet pea stampers challenge: Valentine's day/love. I've used Helena Reis' 'follow my heart' digital image, cutting this out with a labels die and mounting on to the card with foam tape to raise it up. The card blank was made from a Craftwell eBosser embossing folder called 'fanciful flight', which included embossed butterflies on the inside of the card. I brushed the embossing with a mix of dusty concord and fired brick distress inks.





This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
CRAFT 244: love/Valentines
MilkCoffee: Valentine's/love
Little miss muffet 78: luuuuuurve
A creative romance: show us some love
Jellypark friends: lots of love
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 214: make your image pop
Deep ocean 70: fantasy
Paper-crafting journey: emboss that
Bloggers challenge: embossing
Penny's 162: spots and dots
Delicious doodles 73: die cuts and/or punches
Winter wonderland: digi days
Come and get it: butterflies or dragonflies
Hobbyhome 3: butterflies
Feeling crafty 24 butterflies
Graph it markers: anything goes/different coloured hair
Oozak 30: anything goes/love
Eureka 74: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 157: anything goes
Polka doodled digi choosday: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Dazzling divas 10: anything goes
Rhedd and rosies 25: anything goes
4 crafty chicks 179: anything goes
Crafty catz 216: anything goes
QKR stampede 73: anything goes
Digitally sweet 73: anything goes
Dream valley 74: no designer paper
613 avenue create 56: anything goes
Sister act 42
Inky linky 42
DL.ART January
Make it Monday 176

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Postcard swap


I've taken part in a postcard swap on the Bubbly Funk forum, sending my postcard to Tracey.

The theme for the postcard swap was 'new' - we could interpret this in any way. I decided to go totally digital and used a couple of free images from the internet and played around with them till I got 'the world' in the 'eye' of the camera. It was originally a rectangular image with a black background, so I created a cut out circle and then faded the edges so that the black was only showing in the middle.


I'm entering this for these challenges:

Facebook A card a day
Scrapping4fun 9:  Start by using a colour with the first letter of your first name, add one more colour of your choice. Lots of colours were shown, but with a name beginning with H I didn't have much choice - so mine is Heliotrope + aqua
Tuesday throwdown 180: one layer
Papercreators crafts 19: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 117: anything goes
Eureka 74: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 157: anything goes
Polka doodled digi choosday: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Dazzling divas 10: anything goes
Rhedd and rosies 25: anything goes
Digitally sweet 73: anything goes
Dream valley 74: no designer paper
613 avenue create 56: anything goes
Inky linky 42
DL.ART January
Make it Monday 176

Monday, 27 January 2014

Cheerful stamp pad 78 week 2


It's time for some more inspiration for the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 78: a snowy day. Please click on the link and see the beautiful crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge which is being sponsored by Vintage Image Crafts - you can link your entry here.

For my design card I have used an image kindly supplied by Vintage Image Crafts on their facebook page - mounting on to a shaped piece of patterned card that was then matted on to a pearlescent card blank. The glittered layered snowflakes and holly are from an old Anna Griffin kit and the glittered ribbon is the final piece (shame there's none left now).


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Pixie's snippets 109: the last snippet of that ribbon (unless there are any bits lurking that I haven't seen)
The ribbon girl: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 156: ribbon
Digistamps4Joy 84: add real ribbon
Inky impressions 143: ribbon
Cupcake inspirations 245: snowflakes
The sisterhood of crafters: winter snowflakes
Kaboodle 208: baby it's cold outside
Glitter n sparkle 69: bling it up
4 crafty chicks 178: bling
Card and scrap 68: use bling
Robyn's fetish 196: lots of glitter
Stamp dreams 29: winter time
Crafty creations 255: seasonal - winter
Christmas card challenges 9: anything goes
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
Eureka 74: anything goes
The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Sister act 41
DL.ART January
Make it Monday 176

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Thinking of you at this time


I needed to make quite a few sympathy cards recently and ones that let folk know we are thinking of them. This is another made with paper similar to that shown for my new Craftyhazellnut's Patterned Paper challenge for January (I'm giving away a pack of the paper as the prize for the month, so it's worth entering ... you've got to be in it to win it!), simply stamped with the sentiment by Lyn Lockwood (Inca stamps) and the rose stamped randomly, inked with memento rich cocoa.


This is for:

Facebook A card a day
Creative creations: less is more
Squigglefly 3: CAS
Little red wagon 221: clean & simple
Frilly and funkie: the warmth of winter - to warm the heart of someone dear
Come and get it: butterflies or dragonflies
Feeling crafty 24: butterflies
Challenges and candies 26: monochromatic
Crafty catz 215: monochrome
Country view crafts January: monochromatic
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
Sister act 41
DL.ART January

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 13: anything goes with ribbon


This is my design card for today's Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 13: anything goes with ribbon. This challenge is being sponsored by Stitchy Bear. I used one of their digis that were kindly provided, called 'bonnet day' and coloured with spectrum noir pens.

For the A5 card base I used a piece of pearlescent A4 card that I've had for years - bought loads at the time, used some and then the rest has been in a drawer.

Other papers and bits and pieces (mainly from Papermania kits) are offcuts. I found the ribbon in a box - haven't a clue where it came from or how long I've had it.

I followed the sketch given for Feeling sketchy 78:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Artistic inspirations 75: use ribbon/anything goes
Party time Tuesday 156: ribbon
Really reasonable ribbon 87: love and ribbon
Digistamps4Joy 84: add real ribbon
Inky impressions 143: ribbon
Delicious doodles 72: must use a ribbon
Craft-Dee BowZ January: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Jellypark friends: buttons and/or bows
Fairytale 85: bows
One stitch at a time 196: use a digi (I used a Stitchy bear image)
The paper shelter 142: digi image + sentiment
Crafting by designs: get your girl on
Crafting for all seasons 69: for the girls
Pattie's 84: for the little girls
Crafty sentiments: birthdays
Deep ocean 69: birthday
Polka doodles digi choosday: anything goes/bithdays
Seize the birthday: who likes to colour?
Stampin' for the weekend: happy birthday
Simply create too 53: use hearts
Kreativeinkauf 11: hearts
Crafts and me 144: use a heart
Di's digi designs: spots and dots
MilkCoffee: monochromatic
Challenges and candies 26: monochromatic
Crafty catz 215: monochrome
Country view crafts January: monochromatic
Sentimental Sundays 190: more than 3 layers
Hobby cutz 32: lots of layers
Papercreators crafts 19: anything goes
Creative fingers 21: anything goes
Craftitude 57: anything goes
613 avenue create 55: anything goes
Divas by design: anything goes
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 10: anything goes#
Inky linky 41
Sister act 41
DL.ART January
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

Another tree for CHNC challenge 161


This is my second card for CHNC challenge 161. This has only one little tree in the corner. The backing paper and the cut out panel of Rosie in her Christmas outfit are from my Daisy & friends CD, designed by Linnie the owner of Whoopsi Daisy, one of our sponsors for this challenge. The sentiment circle is from Anna Griffin and the silver stars from stash.


This is also for:

ABC Christmas: B for bare essentials
Order of the opus gluei 175: trees
Little miss muffet 77: what a fuss - fussy cutting around the shape with the girl
Little red wagon 221: clean & simple
One stitch at a time 196: use a digi (I used a Stitchy bear image)
The paper shelter 142: digi image + sentiment
Crafting by designs: get your girl on
Crafting for all seasons 69: for the girls
PumpkinSpice 56: something shiny (the sentiment circle and the silver stars)
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
Sister act 41
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

CHNC challenge 161: trees


The theme for today's CHNC challenge 161 is 'trees' - tall or small, just one of many ... as long as there's at least one tree on your Christmas card it's good to enter - I'd love to see you there.

For my first card I cut up three trees from a card received and panelled them on to matching mirror card. The trees are on a hammered card, so I used a white hammered card as the blank, on to which I also matted the sentiment that had been created on the computer and printed.

As is always the case, very difficult to get a photo of a card with so much mirror card, but in real life the trees as well as the surrounding mat are very shiny.


This is also for:

ABC Christmas: B for bare essentials
Order of the opus gluei 175: trees
MilkCoffee: monochromatic
Challenges and candies 26: monochromatic
Crafty catz 215: monochrome
Country view crafts January: monochromatic
PumpkinSpice 56: something shiny
Little red wagon 221: clean & simple
As you like it: favourite C & S style & why: a symmetrical pattern using an upycled card in a new way
Creative fingers 21: anything goes
Craftitude 57: anything goes
613 avenue create 55: anything goes
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 10: anything goes
Inky linky 41
Sister act 41
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

Friday, 24 January 2014

Roses for sympathy


A simple sympathy card (I never think they should be elaborate), using a piece of paper similar to that shown for my new Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge for January on to which I've stamped the sentiment and added some stickers from Poundland.


This is for:

Facebook A card a day
Creative creations: less is more
Squigglefly 3: CAS
Addicted to stamps and more 79: CAS
Little red wagon 221: clean & simple
Frilly and funkie: the warmth of winter - to warm the heart of someone dear
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
Sister act 41
DL.ART January

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Christmas snow through a window


I created this window effect by cutting up part of an upcycled Christmas card into nine equal squares, mounting these on to a piece of dark brown card that matched the card blank, mounting this on to a piece of pearlised card before finally mounting on to the dark brown card blank.

I've followed Christmas cards with sketches 107 - please click on the link to see the sketch - also for Top tip Tuesday: favourite sketch challenge - I love this sketch because it is so versatile and could be used to upcycle a few cards. The picture is glittered in places, but, unfortunately, this doesn't show up on the photo.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Craft a scene January: make your own theme
Card 4 guyz: monochrome (think this is suitable to send to a male)
Digi sketch challenge: one for the men
Ooh-la-la 148: a man card
Let's craft and create 86: masculine
Fussy & fancy 105: monochromatic
MilkCoffee: monochromatic
Country view crafts January: monochromatic
Robyn's fetish 195: winter cards
The sisterhood of crafters: winter snowflakes
Christmas fun: non-traditional colours
Jingle belles: have yourself a merry little Christmas (each square is 1.5" x 1.5")
Crafty creations 255: seasonal
Scribbles designs 13: sparkle it up
Hobby cutz 32: lots of layers (four)
Sentimental Sundays 190: more than 3 layers
The 12 days of Christmas card link up
613 avenue create 55: anything goes
Crafting with dragonflies 18: card only - anything goes
Divas by design: anything goes
Paper pretties 294: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 10: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 10: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister act 40
DL.ART January
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

With deepest sympathy


It's sad that this kind of card is often needed - the older one gets, the more they are needed.

Anyway, this is a simple card using a piece of paper similar to those in the pack I am giving away for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge for January (if you haven't discovered this yet, please click on the link and join in the fun). I used a little stamp that I've had for years, inking with memento rich cocoa and also stazon blazing red, sometimes stamping this on a piece of  paper first so I got a faded image. The sentiment is Anita's.


This is for:

Creative creations: less is more
As you like it: favourite C & S style & why - involving stamping, because I love stamps!
Addicted to stamps and more 79: CAS
Nutcrafters 60: CAS
Little red wagon 221: clean & simple

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Just like fine wine ...


... you grow better with the years.

It's my brother's birthday today and this is the card I made for him using a mixture of Kanban and Hunkydory supplies (a similar card to the one I made for John's birthday and showed here).

The bottle and glass on the front both have a holographic look with colours varyng according to the light -difficult to get a photo that shows it at its best.



The white square on the inside has just been added digitally to hide the message I wrote:


This is for:

Daring cardmakers: what's your tipple?
Deep ocean 69: birthday
Crafty sentiments: birthdays
Scrappers delights 14: let's celebrate
A little bit crafty January: celebrate
Crafty calendar January: let's celebrate
Digi sketch challenge: one for the men
Ooh-la-la 148: a man card
Let's craft and create 86: masculine
Crafting from the heart 5: anything goes/fancy folds
Lexi 108: fancy folds
Crafts 4 eternity R159: fancy folds
Scribble and scrap 10: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister act 40
DL.ART January
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

Clean and simple sympathy


This is a clean and simple card made with a piece of paper from the pack similar to those that I am giving away as the prize for the randomly chosen winner of my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge for January - if you haven't yet discovered this new challenge blog, please click on the link and have a look and join in. I'm showing this card there.

'The monthly challenge will always be 'anything goes' as long as you cover your card blank with patterned paper or card, using any size or shape of card that you wish - there are no other rules! You can add embellishments if you wish, stamp, emboss etc - but you must cover your card blank with patterned paper or card. The card can be for any occasion.'

I've stamped on the paper with a sentiment stamp from Hobbycraft and one of my favourite Penny Black stamps which is so versatile, sparklers, stamped randomly, both inked with stazon vibrant violet.


This is for:
Creative creations: less is more
As you like it: favourite C & S style & why - involving stamping, because I love stamps!
Through the purple haze 25: pick your favourite colour - I love lots of colours, but purple is a definite favourite for crafting
Feeling crafty 24: butterflies
Created with love 73: winged things
Fantasy stampers 2: anything with wings

Monday, 20 January 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 78


Today sees the start of the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 78: a snowy day. Please click on the link and see the beautiful crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge which is being sponsored by Vintage Image Crafts.

For my design card I have used an image kindly supplied by Vintage Image Crafts on their facebook page  - mounting on to a shaped piece of patterned card that was then matted on to a pearlescent card blank. The glittered layered snowflake and holly are from an old Anna Griffin kit and the knotted ribbon is almost the last snippet of some that I've loved using.


This is also for:

The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Pixie's snippets 108
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Stamp dreams 28: snowflakes
Paper makeup 124: snowflakes
Everybody art 261: snow
Digi haven: baby it's cold outside
Melonheadz: winter fun
Crafter's cafe blog 46: bling it on
Card and scrap 68; use bling
Digistamps4Joy 83: glitter n sparkle
Scribbles designs 13: sparkle it up
Divas by design: use ribbons
Artistic inspirations 75: use ribbon/anything goes
Fairytale 85: bows
Craft-Dee BowZ January: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Cuttin and stampin 14-2: anything goes with winter
Delightful: brrr (anything winter)
Dare to be sassy 212: shabby chic or vintage
Paper-crafting journey: vintage
Polka doodles digi choosday: anything goes
Hobbycutz 32: lots of layers
One stitch at a time 196: use a digi
My Sheri 125: delightful digis
Robyn's fetish 195: winter cards
Scribble and scrap 10: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Brown sugar 77: anything goes
Inky linky 40
Sister act 40
DL.ART January
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 175

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Glory of Christmas challenge 15: clean and simple


This is my design card for the Glory of Christmas 25: clean and simple.

I've used an offcut of Hunkydory card and a tree image cut from a card received, mounted on to red mirror card - simples, as the meerkats would say!


This is also for:

The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Hiding in my craftroom 133: clean and simple
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Cuttin and stampin 14-2: anything goes with winter
Creative inspirations 248: anything goes
Sister act 40
Crafting by designs January: anything goes

Cooking up a storm


It was Lizzie's turn to pick the theme for the Christmas Card Club for today's challenge and she asked us to 'cook up a storm' - anything to do with food.

So I've gone with the ever-popular gingerbread men (or should I say 'people'?!). I've used snippets of left over bits from magazine freebie papers top and bottom and snippet strips from Echo Park Winter Wishes by Michelle Coleman in between. Gingerbread ribbons are by Crafty Ribbons (some that I bought with a voucher I won quite some time ago). Felt gingerbread people and little sprigs of holly from Poundland.

Colours are for Just us girls 224:


And lots of gingerbread houses for Festive Friday 23:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Pixie's snippets 108
Open-minded crafting: warmth (food or clothing)
Pink gem 111: for the boys (suitable for a young boy)
Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Divas by design: use ribbons
Alphabet: Y for young card for a little one
Cuttin and stampin 14-2: anything goes with winter
Come and get it: food, glorious food
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Brown sugar 77: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Inky linky 40
Sister act 40
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

Saturday, 18 January 2014

More shades of blue for CHNC challenge 160


This is my second card for today's CHNC challenge 160: shades of blue.

Once again, I've used a ready printed card blank and Hunkydory supplies:


This is also for:

Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Creative creations: anything goes
Through the purple haze 24: anything goes
Creative inspirations 248: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Sister act 40
Crafting by designs January: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 12: sketch


Today's Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 12 is a sketch (I turned the sketch to the left for my card):


The challenge is being sponsored by Broken Box Stock and I've used their 'sunscreen snowman' digital image on my design card for this challenge. It's also being sponsored by Digi Darla - so there are two chances to win a prize.

I've used offcuts from Hunkydory kits, cutting off a piece of the front of the card to reveal card that I'd put on the inside. Buttons were from stash.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafting from the heart 4: anything goes/use pearls or buttons
Flourishes timeless 254: button up - button as embellishment on a winter card
Jellypark friends: buttons and/or bows
Pixie's snippets 107
Merry Monday 91: snowman or snow people
Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Kaboodle 206: winter wonderland
Collage obsession: frozen
Everybody art 261: snow
Going grey at Scrap-creations: snowmen
Aud sentiments 98: any sentiment you would like
Crafty boots: anything goes
DL.ART January
Sister act 40
Inky linky 40
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

CHNC challenge 160: shades of blue


Saturday has come round quickly again and that means it's time for CHNC challenge 160: shades of blue.
I'd love to see any Christmas cards that have plenty of blue on them, although other colours can be used to.

This is a simple card using a pre-patterned card blank, a pre-die cut mat on to which I put a Hunkydory topper, with a piece of band and sentiment also from a Hunkydory kit.


This is also for:

Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Aud sentiments 98: any sentiment you would like
Creative creations: anything goes
Through the purple haze 24: anything goes
Creative inspirations 248: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Sister act 40
Crafting by designs January: anything goes

Friday, 17 January 2014

The sweet pea stampers challenge: flower power


Today's new challenge on the Sweet pea stampers blog is 'flower power'. Please click on the link to see the wonderful creations of the rest of the team and join in the challenge - we'd love to see you there.

For my design card I have used Elaine Cox's Thumbelina stamp inked with memento tuxedo black and coloured with promarkers and flexmarkers.

Papers are Dovecraft Back to Basics IV, brushed with broken china distress ink. The fishtail shapes were die cut with Die-namics run through my cuttlebug and once again the papers brushed with the distress ink. Flowers are some that I won quite a long time ago from Hooked on Craft (sadly, only a few left now).

I based the card on the sketch given for Sweet Sunday sketch 202, turning this to the left:


The die cuts aren't crooked - it's the photo - honestly - lol!


This is also for:

Passion for promarkers 230: just a fairytale
Graph it markers: anything goes/springtime inspired/yellows and blues
Cuttlebug mania: distressed
Sunday stamper 290: on the wings of love
Emerald faeries 51: things with wings
Crafting by designs: flowers, flowers, flowers
Penny's 160: embellishments - flowers (one of my favourite embellishments)
Cute card Thursday 304: warm it up - summary days
The rubber buggy 15: anything goes

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Crafting Musketeers challenge 9: grunge


Crafting Musketeers challenge 9 'grunge' started at the beginning of the month, but, as the design team have now been split into team A and team B, I'm in team B and our design creations are being shown here today. The challenge is being sponsored by Invisible Image with a prize worth £16.

On the left is a piece of Tim Holtz grungeboard that was run through my cuttelebug with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder which was then swiped all over with vintage photo distress ink. I had a lovely inky time as it came off on my fingers. I buffed with a piece of kitchen towel, but it was still inky to the touch, so I threw some clear embossing powder on it and heated to seal it. The piece of  brown card on the right was run through the cuttelbug with a 'tri-boss' embossing folder. It was sanded and then Papermania copper precious metals was added (using a piece of kitchen towel, but once more producing stained fingers). I then sanded this again in places. The brass cog wheel was one that I got in Wilkinson's sale (had originally been sold as a decoration for the Christmas tree!). I managed to find some old bits and pieces, including the cork mat and stamped the IndigoBlu 'take the time' image, swiping with in places with tthe vintage photo distress ink.

Inspired by the picture given for Craft room challenge:



This is also for:

Totally gorjuss 218: manly
Crazy challenge 162: cards for men
Let's craft and create 86: masculine
Charisma cardz: 2 it's a boy thing
Incy wincy: add texture
Cuttlebug mania: distressed
Sandee & Amelie's steampunk challenge January: use your new stash (Sheena Douglass embossing folder and brass cog wheel)
Loves rubber stamps 86: use metal
The rubber buggy 15: anything goes

More inspiration for CCAYR January


It's time for mid-month inspiration for CCAYR January and this is my second design card. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team.The challenge is being sponsored by Beccy's Place and I've used images from Beccy's snowman set. Please click here to join in the January challenge at CCAYR - we'd love to see your Christmas crafting there.

All pieces of card are offcuts left from Hunkydory kits. Glittered silver strips are by Paper Cellar and the silver snowflakes added to the image are Anita's.


This is also for:

The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Pixie's snippets 107
Hiding in my craftroom 132: super scraps Saturday
Merry Monday 91: snowman or snow people
Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Kaboodle 206: winter wonderland
Kreativer Bastel 38: in the snow
Collage obsession: frozen
Everybody art 261: snow
All kinds of cards 95: snow
QKR stampede 70: snowflakes & sparkle
Eureka 72: bundle up it's cold outside
Delightful: brrrr (anything winter)
Going grey at Scrap-creations: snowmen
Digistamps4Joy 83: glitter n sparkle
Scribbles designs 13: sparkle it up
The paper shelter 141: winter blue
Card and scrap 68: use bling
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Aud sentiments 98: any sentiment you would like
Little blue button January
613 avenue create 53: anything goes + option: party/celebrate
Card mania 38: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack fun-day Friday: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
DL.ART January
Inky linky 40
Sister act 39
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

Christmas cards all year round January mid-month inspiration


It's time for mid-month inspiration for CCAYR January and this is my first design card. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team.The challenge is being sponsored by Beccy's Place and I've used images from Beccy's gingerbread set (love these) - I mixed them up digitally. Please click here to join in the January challenge at CCAYR - we'd love to see your Christmas crafting there.

I've used a pale lemon A5 card blank. The striped pieces of card are left over pieces from a Kanban kit from long ago - the colours matched perfectly. The snowflakes are some wooden ones that have been in my Christmas box for ages - I was going to ink or paint them, but decided they were best left plain as they matched so well.


This is also for:

The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Pixie's snippets 107
Hiding in my craftroom 132: super scraps Saturday
Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Kaboodle 206: winter wonderland
Tuesday throwdown 178: stripes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Aud sentiments 98: any sentiment you would like
Little blue button January
613 avenue create 53: anything goes + option: party/celebrate
Card mania 38: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack fun-day Friday: anything goes
LEJ 85: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Sister act 39
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

CHNC challenge extra for January mid-month inspiration


It is so good to have a supportive design team over on my CHNC challenge extra blog - please go and have a look at the mid-month inspiration there and then scroll down to the original January challenge post and join in.

This is my card, using Hunkydory supplies:


This is also for:

The 12 days of Christmas card link up
Pile it on 2: holidays/celebrations
ABC Christmas: A for anything Christmas
Kaboodle 206: winter wonderland
Everybody art 261: snow
Collage obsession: frozen
QKR stampede 70: snowflakes & sparkle
Eureka 72: bungle up it's cold outside
Top tip Tuesday: clean and simple
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Aud sentiments 98: any sentiment you would like
Crafty boots: anything goes
Sister act 39
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

Monday, 13 January 2014

Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 77 week 2


This is the card that I made and showed here on 30 August 2013. It was my design card for the Sweet pea stampers Fantasy challenge.


I wanted to use it for one of our granddaughter's birthday at the end of December and thought I would alter it a bit and make a twisted easel, adding a 'granddaughter sentiment'. I used some toning paper, ribbon, glittered strip and gem strip with a prima flower making the 'stopper'. So this is the card that I've linked as my design card for the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 77 week 2 - you can see the creations by the rest of the team here and enter into the challenge here, which is being sponsored by Sweet Stamps.

Colours for Tok bobok 8:


Also Craft your passion 196: cool colours:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Ooh-la-la 147: easel card
My time to craft 230: easel cards
Melonheadz friends: birthdays
Sweet stampin: girly but no pink
Simon says Monday: anything goes
Crafting by designs: birthdays
Lothian 30: birthday for a female
Artistic inspirations 74: anything goes/feminine
The paper shelter: winter birthdays with sentiment - use cold colours
A little bit crafty January: celebrate
Digi sketch: say it with flowers
Delicious doodles 70: flowers
Card and scrap 67: use flowers
Delightful: patterned paper
Crafftitude 56: anything goes or ribbons and pearls
Allsorts 241: ribbons
Stamping sensations January: ribbon, buttons and bow
Little blue button January
613 avenue create 53: anything goes + option: party/celebrate
The rubber buggy 15: anything goes
Card mania 38: anything goes
Crafty fingers 19: anything goes
Digittally sweet 70: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack fun-day Friday: anything goes
One crazy stamper January: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 37: anything goes
V's sweet 19: anything goes
Kort o mania 99: anything goes
LEJ 85: anything goes
Lacy sunshine 24: anything goes
Loves rubber stamps 85: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
DL.ART January
Sister act 39
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 174

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Black and white mystic


One sweet challenge for January is 'black and white'. Having had a package of loads of  Sweet Pea Stamps come through the post a couple of days ago I thought I had no excuse but to take part (well, I already had quite a few that I could have used anyway).

Here is the package I received - a grab bag of Sweet Pea stamps that only worked out at slightly over £1.00 a stamp, even accounting for international shipping - bargain!


So I used 'mysic' by Rachel Anderson, colouring with a combination of copics and spectrum noir pens. I also used a metallic silver pen for the moon and for touches to the wings. I used a double sided paper ' Wbony & Alabaster' Breakfast at Tiffany's by Black Market Paper Society, on to a black A5 landscape card that was cut away on the right front to reveal the inside, with the image half overlapping.  I put strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape down the left and right sides.The swirly netting flowers with pearls were from Poundland and the small shiny ones are prima spacers.




Difficult to get a photo that clearly shows the silvery wings:



I made this card for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of making it - and I enjoyed doing so.

This is also for:

Sunday stamper 289: dream
Fussy & fancy 105: monochromatic
LiaStampz 56: monochrome
Country view crafts January: monochromatic
Winter wonderland: monochrome
Emerald faeries 51: things with wings
Bunny Zoe December: wings
Whoopsi Daisy: make it girly
Sweet stampin: girly but no pink
Crafting from the heart 4: anything goes/use pearls or buttons
Open-minded crafting 1: use new toys
Pink gem 110: something new
Sugar creek hollow 77: something new
Inky impressions 141: something new
Try it on Tuesday: in with the new
The sisterhood of crafters: out with the old, in with the new - use new product
The house that stamps built DCC11: new to you
A creative romance: something new
Shelly: out with the old, in with the new
Great impressions January: use something new
Allways something creative 66: something new
The rubber buggy 15: anything goes
Little blue button January
One crazy stamper January: anything goes
Lacy sunshine 24: anything goes
Stamps & fun = creativity 184: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 37: anything goes
Inky chicks 20: anything goes
Loves rubber stamps 85: anything goes
Nutcrafters 59: anything goes
Stampotique 129: anything goes
Stamping dragon: anything goes
Wags n whiskers 120: anything goes
Penny's 159: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Sister act 39
Crafting by designs January: anything goes
Make it Monday 173