Saturday, 29 March 2014

Beary Nice

Hello everyone, Well it's nearly that time of the year when we celebrate Easter, which was in my mind, when Shell at MTTC (My Time To Craft) suggested for our challenge this week to use Bears, nice, cuddly,   lovable bears. i have always liked DL cards, as these are called, I think it means Double Length, the card measures 3.5 " wide x  7" long. Sorry I still believe in feet and inches. I used a lovely Tatty Ted - A Do Craft  stamp and coloured it with Promarkers. I'm so looking forward to seeing your Beary Nice projects, please take a peek at the challenge blog to be inspired by the Design Team. Thanks for any comments you may leave.


For the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers, we are looking to see your projects to fit our challenge of
Silhouettes - the Design Team have made a varied selection which all fit the challenge. Please pop over and check it out. You must use some form of actual stamps, sorry digis are not allowed. I apologise for the poor quality of the photo, taken late at night, poor light. I am going to a craft event tomorrow, but promise will re-new  this as soon as I can.
White and turquoise card stock.
Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage and Crushed Olive
All stamps are from Lavinia stamps except
the Greeting Stamp from LOTV. 
Have fun everyone I will be popping around to visit you, I would be grateful for a nice cup of coffee.

D is for Die-Cuts

Hello everyone, firstly let me apologise for the days's delay in posting my design card for Alphabet Challenges for the letter D which Marie chose DIE CUTS - A nice change for us to challenge you with. 
My computer crashed on Monday, well it was 15 year old, and going very slow. New one was acquired fairly quickly and to stay I am struggling is a good way to describe it. Especially with pictures etc., hence my
lateness. Never mind, at last I'm here with my Die Cuts card. I used papers,die cut greeting and  die cut flowers from the Vogue collection from Craftwork Cards - and a Die cut birdcage. I hope you have fun playing with die cuts. If you don't have a machine or dies, don't worry none of mine above have been cut by me, all in a pack die cut and ready to go. Have fun everyone.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Gone Fishing

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz Janice in the US has chosen for us GONE FISHING - I believe this is the most popular sport for men in the UK, not sure about it in the US.  If your new to the male orientated blog you will know we accept any medium, technique, we are happy for you to either stay in your comfort zone or experiment. To this purpose this week, I decided to make a card using an old favourite of mine, and again I believe one of the most popular forms of card making and that is decoupage.  My card is made from papers and the decoupaged image from a CD 'The Best of La Pache 2012' which is a wonderful source for a wide variety of topics. I really can't say I designed the card, for I did follow a format from the CD, but I did make the card. So whatever you choose to do, check out the wonderful DT inspiration over on the blog, for there are various formats of techniques. Hope you'll join in with the challenge, Looking forward to visiting you. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Going Around in Circles

Jocelyn has chosen Going Around in Circles for us at CD Sunday Challenges this week. I do hope my card for the Design Team fits into the brief, for I will be honest, sometimes as a DT member we too struggle to beat the challenge, but we must give it a go, so I hope you will too.  I'm sure you'll come up with some amazing effects, as the remainder of Team B have, please pop over to see their cards. I made mine with papers from Debbie Moore - Lizzy Lu Inspirations, this was a new CD for me, having missed it on TV,  but a friend kindly loaned me it, there are some wonderful flower scenes and soft spring colours. Have fun everyone, looking forward to visiting you over the next week.  

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mother's Day or Special Lady

This week, we at My Time To Craft, would like to see you make a project/card for a Special Lady in your life or if your fortunate a Mother's Day card, for here in the UK it will shortly be Mother's Day. I recently purchased a 6 inch square pad of Papermania Parisienne papers from the Capsule Collections. I fell in love with these papers, as did the ladies at my card making class, below I have added a selection of some of the cards which were made at a class. For this card I used the following.~~~~
Plain White and Navy card stock 
£ sheets from the Capsule collection of Parisienne papers.
Dragonfly stamp from Sheena Douglas on card and vellum
Flower from Chloe stamps, stamped twice with a large pearl stone added. 
Cream lace
Greeting stamp and die from Go - Kreate.
I hope my card has helped you to go ahead and make a card for your Special Lady. 
As mentioned - completed homework cards from a recent class. Didn't they do well? 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tag It!

It's been a while since I made a tag,  I do enjoy making them, they can be so different. For this next week at Cardz 4 Guyz ,( my own little baby, my first challenge blog),  Jan from the DT has chosen our challenge ~ TAG IT! You can either  make a tag or tags on their own, or you can add them to a card. Please pop over to see the wonderful cards and tags made by the DT. I'm sure you will be inspired to take part. For my tag,  I reached for my Tim Holtz stamp box, he never fails me. The main image of the 3 Wise Gentlemen is from Crafty Individuals. Coloured with Promarkers. A Metal button and two metal brads added for dimension and texture. Enjoy the Journey everyone and have fun. 

Saturday, 15 March 2014


For the challenge this week at My Time To Craft Kim has chosen Charming! No big surprise that we would like you to add a charm to your project. There are so many wonderful charms around these days, and of course you could always make your own to fit your needs. I recently bought some charms suitable for cards with beaches, boats and of course now suitable for my underwater card, have you spotted the metal starfish?

Kraft Card and very dark blue card stock.
Chipped Sapphire, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress inks
Sheena Douglas underwater stamps. 
Glossy Accents on the bubbles. 
Stampendous Detailed White Embossing Powder on the outer elements. 

Sparkles Monthly - Easter Parade

An indication for me of how fast the months go by, is how fast it seems to come round to Sparkles Monthly, here we are ready for our third challenge this year for the month of March. Shaz has chosen for us 
Easter Parade .  Please do take a look at the challenge blog for the fabulous designs by the Design Team. Have fun, anything to do with Easter, chicks, eggs, rabbits, hats, bunnies, you have so many to choose from. A friend loaned me a very large stamp which stamped out the  Easter basket, it was then cut, scored, folded and glued together, I added tissue paper, a few small Easter eggs and two little chicks, one has jumped out to say hello to the 3 little rabbits on the card. The rabbits have been decoupaged at varied heights to give dimension. Coloured with Promarkers. Sadly I have no idea whose make the rabbits wooden stamp  with Easter eggs is, it has no identification on it.
Thanks to our sponsors this month
Please pop over to the main blog to see the wonderful prize for the winner.

Rose Garden @ Fantasy Stampers

This week at Fantasy Stampers , Jan is wanting to see your projects with the theme of Rose Garden.  
Please pop over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful samples from the Design Team, for I am sure you will feel inspired to create a project for the challenge. I decided instead of having pink roses which I always seem to go for, I chose peach for a change, along with toning peach colours for the background paper.
White Card stock 
Peach paper for background
Rambling Rose stamp from Creative Expressions - designed by Sheena Douglas
Greeting stamp and die from Go - Kreate. 
Coloured with Promarkers.

Friday, 14 March 2014

C is for Country Flowers

It's time for week C at Alphabet Challenges and Jennifer has chosen for us Country Flowers. At this time of the year we are all hoping to shortly be seeing the spring flowers in full bloom. There is nothing nicer than seeing the country flowers in our fields and waysides, no matter which country we live in. For my card ~~~
Plain white scalloped card.
Lemon and black card stock
Yellow ribbon
Greeting - from my stash
The stamp, yes, it's only one stamp, bought bargain price at a craft event, no info on it.
Mustard Seed DI patted onto an acrylic small block, sprayed with water, the ink
stamped onto a piece of card, dried with heat tool. Stamped with black Memento ink onto the piece of 
card.  Such an easy yet effective technique. Experiment with different colours you can get some amazing results. Have you spotted just how straight my matting and layering is? I am so thrilled, for I just don't do straight, this was the first card I tried my new Perfect Layers rulers and they ARE perfect. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Technique Time Tuesday

Caught in Crystal

I love to pop into Mynette's challenge blog Technique Time Tuesday , I am interested in learning new techniques whenever possible, however, for this particular challenge I have made cards using this wonderful technique before, so had to have another go to enter into the challenge. It is one of my favourite techniques and one the ladies of my class always enjoy, because until your project has dried and you turn it over, if you can be patient enough to wait, you never know what it is going to be like - it's always a surprise. 
White and black card stock
Stazon ink
D - Dragonfly Botanical stamp from The Stampman
Purple mesh and lilac grosgrain ribbon, 3 purple gems and four brads
Tumble Glass, Dusty Concorde and Peeled Paint DI
A secret ingredient  - not Glossy Accents - see
Hope you enjoy the video Mynn - thanks for giving me this technique to play with - love it!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Typography - Words or a Name

It seems in the paper crafting world Typography - the use of words or names on cards/projects is currently very popular. Julie on the DT of Cardz 4 Guyz has chosen this very subject for the challenge this week. Papermania recently brought out some wonderful stamps which fit in well with this topic. I know that Woodware has also brought out some great large word stamps too, a must on my list of wants, not needs, just wants, I don't kid myself any more. I decided to make my card for one of the younger Guyz today.
Plain white  and black card stock
Sheet of designer paper from a pack (sorry from stash, long since lost the front sheet)
Doubloons stamped from Tandastamps pirate set.
Happy Birthday Greeting from Papermania
Agh! Captain Pirate stamp  from Creative Semtiments.
Coloured withe Promarkers. 
Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the amazing inspiration from the design team, you may even decide to enter our challenge. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Simply Red

Good morning everyone, hope your having some nice weather wherever you are. Here we are Team B at 
CD Sunday Challenges - our challenge for you this week is Simply Red, no explanations required - Simply Red. i so enjoy making these shoe cards and they are very popular for young and old.
White card stock
All papers and decoupage are from Fashion Shoes CD by Katy Sue.
Template for the bow and the white Card Candi - from Craftwork Cards.
I look forward to visiting you over the next week to see your wonderful creations for Simply Red. Take care everyone and have some fun. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Frame It!

Hello to everyone, this week at My Time To Craft our challenge is to Frame It!, How you frame it is entirely left to your own creativity. Please check out how the Design Team have interpreted the challenge, so many different ways but all are Framing It!  We don't receive any more information than yourselves, which is a good thing for then we can create as you would, no guidelines to adhere to. have fun, looking forward to visiting you. 

Plain white card stock
Green spotty paper from Krafty Hands CD Summer of '59
Pink Patterned Paper from ' Here Come The Girls' CD Creative Crafting World
Frame from Die loaned by a friend
The image is a stamp from LOTV.
Pink Card Candi and pink pearl gems. 
Not mentioning the gold peel off around the edge of the pink frame.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Nature at Cardz 4 Guyz

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz   - Kim has chosen Nature, a lovely suggestion for this time of the year when we are all so much looking forward to spring. For some of us in the UK we really haven't had to endure a long cold winter, or the dreadful rainstorms, but it has been a long strange kind of winter and Nature is showing signs it is ready to enjoy the forthcoming spring, so a good choice Kim. Remember you need to make your project for a male person of any age. Have fun and I look forward to visiting you.
Background Papers - off cuts from Scrap booking card
The main image  and verse - Stamps from Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque)
Shell stamp a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine.
Sentiment from Go Kreate - Stamp and Die Set.
Coloured with DI Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.
Promarkers used to colour the posts and seagulls feet.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Spring Colours

At Fantasy Stamping Jan has chosen or our challenge, for us to use Spring Colours. It was a pleasure, to be able to look for the yellows, light greens, such pretty pastel colours. For a Christmas present I was fortunate (after lots of un-subtle hints) to be given 6 of the LOTV flowers in containers, this being the Daffodils. I have coloured the flowers with Promarkers.  The background is a sheet of music sheet printed from a Debbie Moore / Leonie Pujol CD - Songbirds. The additional daisies and stems are from my stash. Please pop over to the main blog for the team have been having a fun time producing their inspirational cards for you. Oh! How I am looking forward to the Spring.