Friday, 31 January 2014

Z - is for Zesty Colours

Well we have come to the end of the alphabet, letter Z - a brilliant idea from Pat is Zesty colours - e.g. 
lime, orange, lemon. I have used card from a Boho Chic pad of Zesty spring colours, created a layout for them, onto which is a print out from a fabulous CD from Creative Crafting World in conjunction with Crafty Sentiments who have produced 'Here Come the Girls'. Embellishments are paper flowers and leaves, Card Candi - white  which I coloured orange with a Promarker. Greeting is a stamp and die from Go Kreate. 
Hope you all have lots of fun, I think we all need some bright cheerful colours at present, especially with the dull dark days we are experiencing int he UK and the dreadful snowy conditions in many parts of the US. 
Don't forget we'll be back in two weeks time to start back again for another year of the alphabet - beginning of course with the letter A - now I wonder what it will be?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse

This time of the year the Chinese celebrate their new year, and as we know, their years are always celebrated with the qualities of an animal. 2014 will be the Year of the Horse, so we at Cardz 4 Guyz would like to see for this week's challenge, either anything to do with a Chines New Year, anything celebrating horses, or a combination of both as I have made for my Design Team inspirational card. Though I have both a confession and an apology to make. Firstly the papers with the writing on is actually South Korean, the medallion is Chinese though I don't know if it's Cantonese or Mandarin. My apology is to both the Chinese and the Koreans for mixing it up. A very good friend of mine has a SIL who teaches English in S. Korea, she has kindly passed some of these wonderful papers onto me. I hope you have fun with this challenge and look forward to visiting you all. 
Whte cardstock
S. Korean decorative paper
Image of horses from Maria G Designs CD from E bay
Gentleman on Horse from pack of Playing Cards.
Go Kreate Large Scalloped Square die.
Gold Mirri Card

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Year of the Horse

Time for Team B at CD Sunday Challenges - the Chinese New year will be celebrated on January 31st, so Jocelyn has appropriately chosen for your challenge this week Year of the Horse. So everyone it's time to get out those CDs, you may already know which has the topper your needing, if not search time ahead.  I had great fun making this card, for though I decided on simplicity, it was so different to others recently made.

Scalloped edged Kraft Card
Dark brown card
Gingham paper from Funkyhands - Papercraft Factory CD
Main Image from Maria G Designs - Just 4 Men CD from E - bay
Garden string to embellish.
Sentiment and die from Go Kreate.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

2 Images on One card

This week at My Time To Craft we are being challenged to provide Two Images on One Card. At first it seemed an easy challenge, then for some reason my creative juices just froze, even we on the Design Team struggle at times, but not to be beaten, for a challenge is exactly that, a challenge we must meet head on.
Core-Ordinations card, 
White Cardstock
DI Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender
Paper World Stamps - Grasses
Sheena Douglass - Flower Power stamps
Go Kreate birthday greeting and die.
I do hope you like this card, enough to inspire you to enter the challenge, looking forward to seeing your cards. have fun everyone. 

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Bare Essentials

ABC Christmas Challenges are asking for B - Bare Essentials,  simply to withhold the usual amount of embellishments and to keep the card as bare as possible. It did feel strange not adding anymore to this card.
White cardstock
Paper from LOTV - Frosty Christmas
Greetings LOTV stamp
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder 
Mirri card
Stamp Tulip Perfect partners - Urban stamps - Papermania

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Monochromatic Challenge #2

Well, here we are our second outing at Cardz4Guyz , thanks to everyone for the wonderful support last week for our first challenge. don't forget to pop to the challenge blog to see if you are in the Top 3.  Jan has chosen the theme for this week which is MONOCHROMATIC - you choose ONE main colour, you can use many shades of the same colour, but for contrast, shade texture or depth, you can use muted tones, such as white, black, grey, kraft, beige or similar. I have recently purchased for a late birthday present, undersea stamps from Shena Douglass, I couldn't get to use them quick enough, though I still have lots and lots I want to do with them. 
White scalloped edged card
Silver mirri card
White cardstock
TH Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire - Salty Ocean- Broken China - Faded Jeans
Sheena Douglass - Hidden Stars and Underwater Angels.
Glossy Accents - on the bubbles
LOTV - sentiment
I hope you like the card and will pop over to be inspired even more by the Design Team with their Monochromatic treasures. Thanks for popping in, your visits are always a pleasure.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Anything with Wings

Here we are the second challenge at Fantasy Stamping - the challenge for the next two weeks is  Anything with Wings. this opens itself to lots of possibilities, so get hunting through your stamps to find the wings you wish to create with. I found myself diving for stamps I have from The Stampman, quite a selection of winged botanical stamps, but chose the Dragonfly. It has been a little while since I used one of my favourite techniques - Caught in Crystal - here is an easy You Tube video to follow, the second option is the one I used. -

Scallop edged Kraft card
Gold mirri card - Small computer printed sentiment
Design paper from Madame Payraud's - Papermania
Heat Resistant Acetate
Gold embossing powder - Versamark ink pad
Cosmic shimmer H2o paints.
Tissue Paper - secret ingredient (watch the video)
Paper flowers, leaves,  Marianne die flourish
We are so looking forward to this second challenge, it was so heart warming to see such a wonderful response for our first outing, many thanks for the support. See you all soon. 

All About Love

Over at My Time to Craft for the next week our challenge is - All About Love. Time for a little romance.
White card stock
Blue BP  and cut up elements from Madame Payraud's Designed paper pad.
Heart charm and brad
Paper rose and leaves
Anniversary Stamp and Die from Go Kreate
Couple Stamp Inkadinkado 503
Promarker pens
DI Walnut Stain around the edges of most elements
I look forward to visiting to see your creations which are All About Love - have Fun.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Y is for Young One

For the next two weeks we at Alphabet Challenge are challenging you to providing an entry for the letter Y - this was my choice and I opted for Young One or Youth whatever you wish. I hope you enjoy this challenge.
My Recipe
White cardstock
Pink BP and star paper from Forever Friends Paper Pad
A small doiley
Stamp and greeting from LOTV
A ribbon, card candi, DI Worn Lipstick. 
I hope you have fun, i am looking forward to visiting you to see your creations. Thanks for popping by. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Show Us Your New Stash

This month we at Sparkles Monthly are being very nosy, yes, we are wanting to look into your craft boxes. Our theme until 15th February is SHOW US YOUR NEW STASH.  At one time this only meant new stamps to me, but some of the papers which are appearing in the craft world nowadays are mouth-watering, "strokable" delicious pieces of art themselves. For my inspirational design for this challenge, I made a card
with the following.
White card stock
Papers and die cuts all from Craftwork Cards - 
Vogue Collection and Die Cut sheets.
This being my new stash - a present to myself
Stamped flowers lower right - same papers using a 
                                                    Sheena Douglas flower stamp from 
Flower Power set of stamps
Quickie Glue Pen - Glamour Dust - Crystal
This month we are so pleased to be sponsored by
 and this will be the prize for the lucky winner.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Well, at long last, I take a big sigh, fingers crossed, here it is, I have started my very own challenge blog. I
am both nervous and excited. I have been around in blogland for a few years, part of many wonderful Design Teams and felt it was time to give it a go myself. I would like to thank the Design Team for all of their help, in particular my good crafting buddie of many years, Jaybe aka Jan, without whose help this would all still be a dream. So what more can I say other than I hope you will pop over to CARDZ 4 GUYZ  for our first
challenge which is 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY'.
The challenge blog as you will find is for guyz of all ages, for my first card for the blog, I chose a favourite stamp of mine for guys for it in itself suits all ages, from the age of being able to read or hide behind  a book.
White Card stock
Papers from Forever Friends Kraft notes pad
and LOTV - A Country Gentleman
Fizzy Moon Main Stamp  and Brother- All about Him
Greeting stamp form my stash
Distress Inks Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo
I do hope to be seeing you over on the blog, we all need male cards at some time or another, so why not at least pay a visit and have a go. Thanks for popping by here, I always look forward to your comments and appreciate everyone.
Challenges entered into
Crafty Cardmakers - Bear with Me 
Creative Creations Anything Goes
Crazy Challenges  Card for Men

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Tantalizing Turquoise

If you joined us last week at CD Sunday Challenges you would have read how we are still a weekly challenge blog but the team has been divided so we can each share a week on and a week off, last week were Team A and I am here along with Team B. I would first like to wish everyone of you a very happy new Year and mostly for those who have suffered through illness or caring for those in need, my thoughts go with you, hoping this year will be less stressful and show signs of either settlement or improvement. 
So, for the first of Team B's challenge we thank Wendy for choosing Tantalizing Turquoise - a very nice and I believe a popular colour.  I do like shaped cards and some do suit it more than others, with Art Deco I thought this card really suited being shaped around the design. I downloaded the main image, which is the complete front of the card, cut it out and stuck to a heavier black card,  then I drew around it on another piece of the black card. Cut that out, matched the two up and marked across the second curved shape, scored this. Then I glued only the upper part of the shape, for the card to open and stand. 
Recipe for the card
White card - Black card stock
Debbie Moore Art Deco - Glamour DVD
Glossy Accents Crystal Glitter
Turquoise Gemstones
The Design Team have some wonderful inspiration, so please do pop over to see the blog and hopefully, I'll be visiting and commenting on your Tantalizing Turquoise card which for our challenges must have something or everything from a craft CD. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Easel Card for MTTC

At My Time To Craft (MTTC) this week we are challenging you to make an easel card. There are so many variations on this theme, so you have lots to choose from.  My thoughts these last few weeks have been focused on those in the UK who are suffering from the amount of rain, the damage it has caused and the flooding. We also have lots of  blogging friends in the USA who are also suffering dreadful snow storms and freezing temperatures. My best wishes to you all and may all your inclement weather problems be soon over.
My card recipe.
White cardstock
All Papers, images, toppers etc downloaded from
Kraftyhands  CD. - Man About Town.
DI Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo.
I look forward once again to visiting your blogs to see your Easel Cards - hope you have lots of fun.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Your Favourite Stamp


At last Fantasy Stampers has arrived. Good luck and best wishes to my good friend Jan Brown who is venturing into blogland with her own challenge blog. I am so thrilled to be part of the Design Team.  Jan has decided she would like to have more members on the DT, all you have to do is to join in the challenge and add DT on your entry.  For the first challenge Jan has given something which we will all enjoy - Your Favourite Stamp. I have so many so it wasn't an easy choice for me to choose, but poppies are one of my favourite flowers. I do love this stamp so decided to make a card and to decorate a candle for a small present. I used the Faux Silk/Linen technique on the card.  I look forward to visiting the entries during the first challenge, we are hoping to see many of you popping onto the blog and  would welcome any comments on the challenge blog and of course on own blogs. 
White base card  + Black card - Red Core-dinations card. 
Tissue Paper on card and candle
Inkylicious Botanical Poppy - stamp
Diamante Ribbon Slider
Glue Stick
Candle £1 from Poundland

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Movie or Music Influence

Happy new year to everyone. This week at My Time To Craft our challenge is to be either  Influenced by Music or Movie/s. So many ideas for this challenge but I do love music, many types of music. I love the beat of drums, all forms of drums, little and large, orchestral or rock, so for me, it was an easy choice to turn to a Debbie Moore CD - Shabby Chic  - Music. I managed to make two 5.5 square cards from one design sheet and one backing paper, with still more embellishments available. Have fun everyone, and please pop over to see how the wonderful design team have met the challenge.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Design Team Ready to go

Hi everyone. I am so pleased to announce my design team are ready to go for the new challenge blog which is ready to go live on TUESDAY 14th JANUARY. I am so hoping you will join us at Cardz 4 Guyz.  I would like to thank everyone for their patience in getting this started, I am now getting very excited.

X-tra-ordinary and X-plain

Firstly where ever you may be I wish each and every one of my visitors and followers a very happy and a healthy New Year. So close to the end of the alphabet at Alphabet Challenges - for the first week in 2014 we have Xtra- Ordinary and we need to X-plain why. I'm not really sue whether this card would be X-plained as being Xtra ordinary, but I know I had great fun making it. 
Patterned yellow paper
Creative Expressions swirly stamps
Indigo Blu - Ella Bella Stamp
Inidgo Blu - sentiment stamp
White detailed powder
Gold embossing powder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink.
Gold mirri card
Looking forward to visiting you again, please have some fun making your extra-ordinary card. Don't forget you need to pop over to the main blog for all the details and see what the Design Team created.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Exciting News - New DT Post

I am thrilled to announce I will be joining Jan Brown,  a very dear friend, as a Design Team member,  in her new adventure when she opens her own Challenge blog - 4th January. If you pop over to the blog  HERE you can read all about it.  Jan is currently looking for more Design Team members. If your new to blogging, or not, but fancy having a try as a DT member, newbies will be considered for Jan would like to help enthusiastic newbies to get on the ladder of being a DT member.  However if you have experience of either being a Guest Designer or a Design Team Member , you too will be equally considered  There will be a wide variety of themes for challenges, Fantasy is the name not the style. A new year, a new blog  a new adventure. If you have for a new year resolution, to improve, to try something different or new, this is your chance to take that step.
If you just like entering challenges then don't forget the visit the Blog on SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY