Saturday, 20 May 2017

CHNC challenge 334


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 334 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic ... already getting towards the end of the fifth month of the year ... scary!! The challenge is anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the option of 'candy canes'

For my card I used part of a box that I had made and shown here. I decided it was too long to keep the box safe till Christmas, so I cut this piece off and mounted on to a piece of DCWV glittered candy canes paper.



12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes
Dream factory 44: the holiday
Sparkles Christmas 76: snowflakes
Winter wonderland: use your favourite Christmas colour  combination - hard to choose, but still like the traditional red and green
Simon says Wednesday: a bit of sparkle
Ribbon girl: May card challenge
Nordsalten hobbyklubb May: new life or recycle
A snowflakes promise 40: anything goes
Creative moments 118: anything goes
Craft for the craic May: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Corrosive 5: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 283: anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie wonderful Wednesday: anything goes
Inspiration destination 128: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Penny's challenge 329


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 329, where the theme is 'anything goes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

I used the ballet shoes and one of the sayings from Sparkle n Sprinkle Ballet shoes digital set kindly supplied as a sponsor of the challenge. I mounted this on to a piece of embossed card.

Background paper and the decoupaged ballet dancer were from Jolly Nation more years ago than I can remember - I still have lots of papers and images that really ought to be used rather than being stuck away in a drawer. This was a good opportunity to use some of the stock. I love the little ballet dancer - unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the decoupaged layers.


This is also for:

Crafty sentiments: pastel colours
Moo mania & more: dancer
Great impressions May: feminine
Dare 2 B artzy May: girly
Pattie's 134: for the girls
Quirky May: going for a quirky song - I could have danced all night
Simply create too 127: must use a digi stamp
Artistic inspirations 179: anything goes
Digi choosday 20: anything goes
Creative moments 118: anything goes
Creative fingers 130: anything goes
Aussie digital artists 4: anything goes
Craft for the craic May: anything goes
Making memories crafting 5: anything goes
Imagine that creative playground May: anything goes
Scrappers delights 66: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Corrosive 5: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 283: anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie wonderful Wednesday: anything goes
Inspiration destination 128: anything goes
Angie's 9: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Monday, 15 May 2017

Love to craft challenge 10 mid-month inspiration


This is my design card for Love to craft challenge 10 May anything goes - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the Crafty Girls team  who published mid-month inspiration and also here to see the crafting of team A and to enter our challenge.

This was a commissioned card ... the only thing I was asked to do was to include a unicorn, so I cut one out of some gold embossed paper (from old stash) using the Tattered lace USB No. 2 a little bit of everything on my Scan n cut. The background is Hunkydory card. The greeting was generated on computer, printed and cute and embossed using a todo die, with a larger one cutting the mat to match the unicorn.


This is also for:

2 crafty critter crazies 2
Crafty animals 2: anything goes
Sparkles 92: four or more legs
Pile it on 130: animal
Alphabet: E for enchanted creatures
Crafty friends 57: cute
Art impressions 208: dots and stripes
Cardz 4 galz 47: add some texture
Mix it up 1 anything goes + option: embossing
Brown sugar 250: embossing
Always fun 6: dry embossing
Delicious doodles May: embossing
Use your stuff 264: metallics
Simon says Wednesday: going dotty
Crafting by designs: fantasy
Craft rocket 37: fantasy
CRAFT 415: birthday
Crafter's cafe 173: birthday
Unicorn 21: special occasions
As you like it: favourite die and why - I love these label dies - so versatile
Cute card Thursday 477: dies and punches
The crafty addicts 36: anything goes + option: use die cuts
Lil patch of crafty friends 57: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 179: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 159: anything goes
Crafting with friends 43: anything goes
Crafty creations 341: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Creative fingers 130: anything goes
Classic design team 14: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Craft for the craic May: anything goes
Making memories crafting 5: anything goes
Scrappers delights 66: anything goes
Corrosive 5: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 282: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

CCAYR May mid-month challenge: precipitation


This is my card for Christmas cards all year round May challenge:precipitation. I'm in the Christmas Belles group so we are posting here today - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the Belles group. The Gingerbread gals posted at the beginning of May here - please have a look at their lovely designs and join in our challenge there.

I decided to make an acetate card, using some snowy acetate and some glittered toppers from a kit that I bought years ago. I placed identical shaped toppers behind the front ones and the same at the back of the card, so that all four sides were decorated, leaving one shape inside blank so that a personal greeting can be written if desired.

I added quite a lot of 3D glittered silver and white snowflakes (from The Works), once again putting these 'back to back' to avoid seeing bare backs!




This is also for:

Christmas card challenges 12: photo:
12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes
Dream factory 44: the holiday
Sparkles Christmas 76: snowflakes
Winter wonderland: use your favourite Christmas colour  combination - hard to choose, but still like the traditional red and green
A snowflakes promise 40: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 122: bling
Fairytale 168: sentiment in focus
Artistic inspirations 179: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 159: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Creative fingers 130: anything goes
Crafts galore encore May: anything goes
Crafty awesomeness May: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 36: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 26: anything goes
The paper nest dolls 5: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 27: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Craft for the craic May: anything goes
Making memories crafting 5: anything goes
Scrappers delights 66: anything goes
Corrosive 5: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 282: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for May mid-month inspiration


We are now already halfway through May ... it's time for some mid-month inspiration on my CHNC challenge extra for May - please click on the link to see the lovely Christmas designs of some of the team. We hope you will join in our challenge here.

My card was made with a Hunkydory background, a computer generated greeting,a couple of labels from stash and a couple of felt reindeer with pompom noses (from The Works).


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes + option: cute
ABC Christmas: K for keep it simple
Jingle belles: blue Christmas
Dream factory 44: the holiday
2 crafty critter crazies 2
Crafty animals 2: anything goes
Sparkles 92: four or more legs
Pile it on 130: animal
Crafty friends 57: cute
Lil patch of crafty friends 57: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 159: anything goes
Crafting with friends 43: anything goes
Polka doodles week 19: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 41: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 282: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Saturday, 13 May 2017

CHNC challenge 333


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 333 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic. The challenge is anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the option of 'include a tree or  two or more'

For my card I followed the optional theme, using Hunkydory supplies and 3D sparkly snowflake from The Works:


This is also for:

Christmas card challenges 12: photo:
12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes
ABC Christmas: K for keep it simple
Jingle belles: blue Christmas
Jo's scrap shack funday 187: anything goes + optional twist: use all patterned papers (3 used)
Lil patch of crafty friends 57: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 158: anything goes
Deep ocean 154: anything goes
Crafty creations 341: anything goes
Crafting with friends 43: anything goes
Polka doodles week 19: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 41: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 282: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Penny's challenge 328


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 328, where the theme is 'anything goes'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

I used the lovely Cute as a button Alana birthday princess kindly supplied by them as a sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and cut out with a Spellbinder nestability die, going round the edges with a pink pen.

Papers are Crafts House Cupcakes - these are so bright and lovely, with a sheen on the paper (not sure why these have been in the box for so long). The 3D glittered stickers are from stash and, of course, the greeting banner.


This is also for:

Come and get it: birthday wishes
Unicorn 21: special occasions
Crafting by designs: fantasy
Craft rocket 37: fantasy
Fab n funky 350: kids and teenager birthdays
Mod squad: let's color
Color inspiration Monday link up 22
Colour crazy week 18: anything goes
Aussie digital 4: anything goes
Card mania 92: life is colourful
Crafty awesomeness May: anything goes
Love to scrap 97: anything goes
Sparkles 91: use your favourite colour combo - anything with purple!
Scrapyland 65: anything goes (used a Spellbinder die)
The crafty addicts 36: anything goes + option: use die cuts
Pattie's 134: for the girls
Crafter's cafe 172: feminine
Creatalicious 114: anything goes + option: for the girls
Dare 2 B artzy May: girly
Glitter n sparkle 238: for the kids - inspired by a kid's film - Cinderella
That's  crafty: bright
Crafty sentiments: bright colours
Papercreators 58: bright & bold
Crafty friends 57: cute
Lemon shortbread 41: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Deep ocean 154: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 282: anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CHNC challenge 332


This is my card for my CHNC challenge 332 - please click on the link to see what it's all about and I hope you will join in with the challenge - it makes sense to get on with Christmas creations while there is plenty of time to enjoy doing so without any panic. The challenge is anything goes as long as it's Christmas with the option of 'include some bells'.

I followed the optional theme, using a lovely Elisabeth Bell topper, mounting on to  a piece of red mirror card cuton the Scan n Cut. The lovely 3D felt bells and holly were from The Works.Background paper is Kaisercraft with a sheen to the baubles that isn't visible here.


This is also for:


12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes + option: cute Christmas
ABC Christmas: J for jingle bells
Christmas at the cuties 5: add some holly
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Deep ocean 154: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Cute card Thursday: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 187: anything goes
Polka doodles 18: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Friday, 5 May 2017

Let's craft and create 125: make your own background


This is my design card for Let's craft and create challenge 125: make your own background. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and we would love you to join in our challenge.

I made my own background' using small distress ink pads randomly 'stamped',
a grid embossing folder swiped with distress ink and spectrum noir pens for colouring the background mats and the images, having stamped the lovely Inkadinkadoo pens stamp by Dawn Houser inked with memento tuxedo black, also the 'just a note stamp.



This is also for:

City crafter 360: you can do it - create your own background
Allsorts 413: embossing
Delicious doodles May: embossing
Mix it up 1: anything goes + option: embossing
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes
Classic design team 14: anything goes
One crazy stamper May: anything goes
Craft stamper take it/make it May: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Deep ocean 154: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes + option: masculine
Cute card Thursday: anything goes
Little Miss Muffet 162: anything goes
Colour crazy week 18: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 186: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 187: anything goes
Polka doodles 18: anything goes
Crafts galore encore May: anything goes
Crafty awesomeness May: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 36: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 26: anything goes
Love to scrap 97: anything goes
Colouring in scrapland May: anything goes
The paper nest dolls 5: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 27: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

More mixed media May challenge: pink


This is my design project for More mixed media May challenge where the option this month is to use pink. Please click on the link to see the wonderful crafting of the rest of the team. We hope you will join in our challenge - you don't have to use pink, that's optional ... just create a mixed media design.

I altered and decorated a tin that had previously had chocolates in. I used stream and wild plum alcohol inks with dabs of BP7 pink alcohol spectrum noir pen, mixed with alcohol blending solution, dabbing randomly everywhere. For the lid of the tin I just used the pink alcohol with the blending solution. I stamped Stampington antique buttons with memento tuxedo black and decorated with ribbons, felt buttons and crocheted flowers.




This is also for:

We love 2 create 9: anything  creative/mixed media goes
Altered eclectics May: anything goes mixed media or altered art or upcycling
Creative artiste 26: anything goes mixed media
Mixed media world 24: anything goes
Nordsalten hobbyklubb May: new life or recycle
City crafter 360: you can do it - create your own background
My time to craft 344: sequins or buttons
That's crafty: bright
Papercreators 58: bright & bold
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes
Classic design team 14: anything goes
One crazy stamper May: anything goes
Craft stamper take it/make it May: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
A inky mess 10: creative media anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 187: anything goes
Morgan's ArtWorld 9: anything goes
A perfect time to craft 5: anything goes
Crafts and me inspiration May: anything goes
Crafts galore encore May: anything goes
Crafty girls creations 36: anything goes
Creative ladybirds 26: anything goes
Crafting with an attitude 27: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Daisy chain 8: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Penny's challenge 327


This is my design card for Penny's challenge 327, where the theme is 'quick and easy'. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

For my card I used the lovely All dressed up 3 little summer girls image kindly supplied by them as a sponsor of the challenge. I coloured with copic and spectrum noir pens and die cut with an X-cut parenthesis rectangular die. Other bits and pieces added from stash, including the stickers from Hema.

The background papers are offcuts of DCWV papers that I've had for some time.


This is also for:

Unicorn 21: special occasions
Little red wagon 382: time to celebrate
Crafter's cafe 172: feminine
Hanna and friends 272: glitter
The crafty addicts 36: anything goes +option: use die cuts
Scrapy land 65: anything goes (used an X-cut die)
Cards and more 11: anything goes with sentiments
Aussie digital artists 4: anything goes (coloured in by me)
Love to scrap 97: anything goes (coloured in)
Colouring in scrapland May: anything goes (coloured in)
Creatalicious 114: anything goes + option: for the girls
Simon says Wednesday: a hint of pink
Deep ocean 154: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Digi choosday 18: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Colour crazy 17: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 186: anything goes
Polka doodles 17: anything goes
A perfect time to craft 5: anything goes
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 281: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Monday, 1 May 2017

A bit more time to craft challenge 43 for May


This is my design card for A bit more time to craft challenge 43: anything goes. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

For my card I used Ching-chou Kuik's lovely little talk image and also Lozzy's infinity papers - you can see Lozzy's lovely papers here.

I coloured the image with spectrum noir pens, die cutting with one of Spellbinder's marvelous squares dies and brushing the edges with worn lipstick distress ink. I added some textured rub on flowers and also the acetate glittered butterfly from Hobbycraft.

Flowers/colours for Paper sweeties 55:




This is also for:

Creatalicious 114: anything goes + option: for the girls/mother's day
Creative craft cottage digi creations 72: use pearls
Dies r us 72: flowers
Craftaholics R us May: spring colours or flowers
Die cut divas May: May flowers
Glitter n sparkle 237: flower power
Always fun 4: flowers
Make my Monday 45: May flowers
Aurora wings 49: frame it
Country view May: flower power
Creative sketchy girls 11: butterflies and/or flowers
Art at stampz by star: soft pastels
The paper shelter 291: a birthday card
The sisterhood of crafters: the letter B - birthday
Crafty animals 2: anything goes
2 crafty critter crazies 2: anything goes (animal)
Di's digi designs: use something digital - image printed
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Cards and more 11: anything goes with sentiments
Artistic inspirations 178: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 157: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Digi choosday 17: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Creative moments 116: anything goes + option: spring has sprung
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Colour crazy 17: anything goes
Crafting with friends 42: anything goes
Creative fingers 129: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 186: anything goes
Polka doodles 17: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 186: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 89: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 46: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 299: freestyle
A perfect time to craft 5: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Do-al(l) kreatives challenge 5


This is my design card for Do-al(l) kreatives challenge 5: Let your hears speak. Please click on the link to see the wonderful designs of the team and we hope you will join in with your entries.

I used the lovely Bugaboo stamps 'make it snappy - floral moms day', kindly supplied by them as sponsors of the challenge. I coloured digitally using Microsoft Paint, printing out and mounting on to a deep lilac card blank, adding the lines of gems and the acetate glittered butterflies from Hobbycraft.

I made this card for my mum for Mother's Day, which, in the UK, was celebrated this year on 26 March.

This is also for:

Paru's card making May: mother's day
DL.ART 203: mother's day
Creatalicious 114: anything goes + option: for the girls/mother's day
Cute as a button 34: Mom
Cards in envy: motherly love (flat enough for ordinary postage cost)
Card mania 92: life is colourful
Country view May: flower power
Craftaholics R us May: spring colours or flowers
Glitter n sparkle 237: flower power
Always fun 4: flowers
Make my Monday 45: May flowers
Great impressions April: April showers bring May flowers
Creative craft cottage digi creations 72: use pearls
Creative sketchy girls 11: butterflies and/or flowers
Di's digi designs: use something digital (image and papers printed)
As you like it: favourite colour and why - anything with a purple/lilac tint - lovely and vibrant
Sparkles 91: use your favourite colour combo
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes
Cards and more 11: anything goes with sentiments
Artistic inspirations 178: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 157: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 89: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 46: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 299: freestyle
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for May 2017


As it's the 1st of the month, it's time for CHNC challenge extra for May 2017. Please click on the link to find out all about it, see the lovely designs of my DT ... and I hope you will get out your Christmas stash and join in the challenge.

Bugaboo Stamps always generously sponsor my CHNC challenge extra and provide images for the team to use and showcase. The image I've used is penguin joy, which I coloured digitally using Microsoft Paint.

The background paper is an offcut from a 12 x 12 Christmas paper (incidentally, being a double sided paper it has penguins on the back ... but I thought that there would be too many penguins if I used that side - lol!).

I added the two little felt penguins, sticks and the little Santa's hat.


This is also for:

12 months of Christmas link up 29: anything goes + option: cute Christmas
Crafting by designs: Christmas
Fab n funky 348: Christmas
Crafty animals 2: anything goes
2 crafty critter crazies 2: anything goes (animal)
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes + option: masculine
Cards and more 11: anything goes with sentiments
Artistic inspirations 178: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 157: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 89: anything goes
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes

Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge for May 2017


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

So this is my card for Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge for May 2017 using papers from
Crafter's Companion
Signature Collection by Sara Davies
Just for men includes 48 detailed patterned papers
6 x 6 brights collection

which is the prize for this month (I obviously used another pad of the same papers, so the winner will receive an entirely new pad).

I can't remember where the beach huts topper came from or the added surf board, flipflops etc.

It's making me think of the summer that is on it's way ... being hopeful!


This is also for:

Little red wagon 391: happy birthday boys
The paper shelter 291: a birthday card
The sisterhood of crafters: the letter B - blue, birthday
Everybody art 401: blue and one other colour (red ... hopefully, white isn't counted)
Cardz 4 guyz 167: the great outdoors
Simon says Monday: the great outdoors
Inspiration destination 127: anything goes + option: masculine
Cards and more 11: anything goes with sentiments
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Lemon shortbread 40: anything goes
Crafty creations 340: anything goes
Crafty gals corner 120: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
Crafting with friends 42: anything goes
Creative fingers 129: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 186: anything goes
Morgan's ArtWorld 8: anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun 89: anything goes
Simply papercrafts 46: anything goes
Crafty friends 56: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 299: freestyle
Word art Wednesday 280: anything goes
Wonderful Wednesday (Kraftin' Kimmie): anything goes
DL.ART May linky
Eclectic Ellapu May: anything goes