Wednesday 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas

Wishing every visitor to my blog a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

The Big Guy - Santa

For this week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz,  it being my turn to choose the topic I would like to see lots and lots of entries with The Big Guy - being of course Santa Claus - Saint Nick . You can choose any type of Santa, all we ask is Santa is the main part of your design.  For my design I have made a humerous card for one of my grandsons. The stamps are from Katy Sue Designs - The Christmas Spirit. I used Promarkers to colour the images. Some fluffy stuff for Sanata's beard and hat. I painted the sky with DI Stormy Sky as a watercolour. The greeting stamp is from Crafty Companions - an old set. Have fun and we look forward to seeing a host of Santas.

Saturday 13 December 2014

Make a Scene

Hello again, oh! it's getting so close to Christmas. Thank goodness we haven't seen snow yet, but the forecast is for lots to fall this winter. The challenge for the next week at My Time To Craft is for you to Make a Scene, it doesn't hae to be a winter or Christmas scene. Why don't you pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the wonderful examples from the Design Team. For my card I first watercoloured the sky using Distress inks. The trees were stamped with Woodware stamps. The various shades were created by stamping 3 times with one application of ink. The markings on the snow were creted with a brush stroke of grey ink. have you spotted the flock of birds in the top left corner? The greeting is also from Woodware stamps. Have fun creating your scene.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Christmas Recipe

Hello, for the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow our challenge is a Christmas Recipe, you will need to add to your project, 1 x critter - 2 patterned papers - 3 embellishments. If you pop over to the challenge blog you will find further details and of course the wodnerful inspirational ideas from the Design Team. For my card, I have the following
1 x critter - reindeer from Woodware stamps (2013 but still a favourite of mine) coloured with Promarkers  and a touch of glossy acents on the nose, heart, holly and berries.
2 x patterned papers from Raspberry Road Design - Christmas Collection.
3 x card candi  - Additional greeting from Little Claire Stamps - Have fun everyone. 

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Winter Critters

For the next week at Cardz 4 Guyz, Andrea has chosen for our challenge - Winter Critters - this can be any creature we associate with during the winter time. The Design Team have created some wonderful cards to inspire you to have a go. Please pop over to the challenge blog and have a look.
For my card, I used a sheet from a designer pack for the background. I sponged around the edges of the image die cut and the paper with Vintage Photo DI.  The bird has been coloured with Promarkers. all of the stamps are from  Katy Sue Designs - Tall Tails. If you check out previous postings, you will see how much I am in love with these stamps at present. Have fun with your Winter Critters.

Saturday 6 December 2014

CAS Christmas

Hello again, welcome to my blog. For the next two weeks at Fantasty Stampers we are looking forward to seeing your entries for the challenge of CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas. Pop over to the challengel blog to check out what CAS is and to see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team. For my card, I ahve again used on of the wonderful stamps from Katy Sue Designs - Tall Tails designs. I love these cute stamps, see previous Tall Tails in my labels section. I coloured this cute image with Promarkers. The holly and the greeting are from the same set. Have fun everyone.


For the challenge this week at My Time To Craft the challenge is to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card). What do I mean? If you pop over to the challenge blog all will be revealed and you will see some wonderful ATCs from the Design Team. The most important detail of an ATC is the size. They MUST measure 2.5 inches x 3.3 inches. You can use any medium, style or technique you wish. For mine I covered my piece of card with a piece of design paper from a Papermania 12 Days of Christmas paper pad. I cut 3 shapes for the trees, then doodled small designs, circles, straight lines and then a hatched pattern. Adding here and there a touch of Dovecraft Crystal Glitter glue. Added a Christmas greeting, If you've never made an ATC, then why not give it a go. Thanks for popping by.

Friday 5 December 2014

V - is for Variety

Hi, this week at Alphabet Challenges it is the letter V and the challenge is for Variety. You are required to produce a project which has 3 different design papers or 3 different elements. You'll see what we mean when you pop over to the blog to see what the DT have created. For my card, the papers I used are from a Papermania 12 Days of Christmas pad. The image is the reindeer stamp in a set of Tall Tails stamps from Katy Sue, which was coloured with Promarkers and glossy accents added to his red nose. The greeting is from Little Claiar stamps.  Have fun everyone, thanks for popping in to visit me. 

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Your Favourite Christmas Colour Combo

Hello again, welcome to my blog. For the next week at Cardz 4 Guyz, Helen has chosen - Your Favourite Christmas Colour Combo. If you pop over to the blog you will see a variety, but we want to see what your favourite is. I have always liked blue and white with a touch of silver/glitter. The background paper is from a Willow Design CD, the main image is from a few years ago, by Stamps Away- Pilkington 3 set Winter Wonderland. The greetings label is from Little Claire stamps. I coloured with Promarkers and a mix of Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Inks as a watercolour for the sky.  Quickie glue Pen and Glamour Dust sprinkled over. I am looking forward to visiting you all to see what your favourite combo is. Have fun. 

Monday 1 December 2014

It's A Blue, Blue Christmas........... at Sparkles Christmas Challenges for the next month.  Please pop over to the blog to see the super blue inspired cards from the Design Team.  I love blue and white cards, they can look so elegant and they don't always have to be snow scenes. For my card the background paper is from a CD - Walter and Winnie Does Christmas. The sprig is a Marianne die - our sponsor for the month- 
the stamps are from a set which were free last year with a magazine. I used DI Chipped Sapphire and Brilliance - Mediterranean Sea to stamp with and to blend the edges of the card. A few strings of  peel offs to hang the baubles along with a peel off greeting. This was an easy card to make, so I think I'll be making a few to add to my stock. Have fun everyone, don't get too cold when your working on your Blue, Blue Christms project. 

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Saturday 29 November 2014


Hello again, this week at My Time To Craft  - MTTC our challenge is Snowman. Probably one of the most iconic images for Christmas, even in countries where they don't even experience snow. Please do go to look on the blog because the Design Team have made some amazing projects for your inspiration. May I introduce you to Walter and Winnie from Willow Design Stamps.  At a recent craft show I bought a number of stamps by this company along with a CD.  I used Promarkers to colour. Around the edges of the image and the main card I embellished with Dovecraft Glitter glue.  Have fun everyone. Thanks for your visit,

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Challenge # 93 - Just Because..........

Hello again, this week at Ruby's Rainbow, the challenge is Just Because....... maybe we should send more cards for no other reason than Just Because, for I am sure it would always be appreciated. Could this be another of my plans for next year? I was fortunate to buy this stamp at a recent Ross Craft Event, the stamp is from 'The Stamp Barn' which is a Canadian stamp company. I think it is so elegant and suitable for many occasions. I used Promarkers to colour it. The dark rose matting card is a piece of Core-Dinations. Please pop over to the blog to see the Design Team's inspiration. 

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Food and or Drink

Hello again, another week has passed us by and it's time for the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week, Kim has chosen for us Food and or Drink. Please check out the blog for the team have created some lovely cards for your inspiration. For my card I thought along the lines of thanking a cook for a wonderful meal, I am hoping you have all  had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have enjoyed your Thanksgiving meals across the pond and for those who may have celebrated here in the UK. Maybe this card would be suitable for you. I cut half of the front cover off to show the pretty food scattered paper on the inside. The chef is decoupaged which adds more interest.  The wording is ' Thank you - Serving Up A Feast'.  The papers are from a Janet Kruskamp CD, produced by Joanna Sheene.  Thanks for visiting, which is greatly appreciated that you took the time. 

Saturday 22 November 2014

Cute Christmas

Hi, we at Fantasty Stampers would like to see a Cute Christmas for your next challenge project. Please pop over to the challenge blog to check out what the Design Team have created.  I just love this design from LOTV, called Penguin Presents, it is such a fun stamp and a lovely one to sit and colour with Promarkers. It's on a round scalloped card, which I made into an easel card. Another Christmas card ready for my collection.  You have two weeks, so I hope to see you during my visits.

Time and Space

Well, I certainly jumped out of my comfort area with this week's challenge at My Time To Craft (MTTC). The challenge is Time and or Space. Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the Design Team's inspiration . I decided to go for Space - The Last Frontier. I used a dark blue 8 inch square card. Scattered peel off stars over the page. I found via Pinterest a free Aliens print out page provided by Leone Betts, to whom I am so grateful. I coloured the digis with Promarkers. The planet began, many months ago, in one of my inky, messy sessions, when the pages are spritzed, splattered and generally messed about, to be dried and put away for another day. This being one of them. This piece of card seemed just the right piece for the planet and after it had been embossed with a snake skin Embossing Folder, which created craters. The larger spacecraft is stuck on with a wiggly spring, it is such a shame you can't see it moving on the page, it makes the card so interactive and fun. Wiggly spring available from Wear Crafts   I look forward to visiting you during the next week, have fun creating your Time - Space challenge. 

Friday 21 November 2014

U is for Unicorn

It was my turn to choose the subject, it being for the letter U in our Alphabet Challenges, I love the idea of the mythical beauty, the UNICORN. I do hope you have fun creating your project with this beautiful animal. Please visit the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the design team. I used a  blue scalloped 8 inch square card. The background paper and the main image are from a CD I bought  from E Bay Unicorns from Maria G Designs, which I don't think are any longer in business.
I matted the main image onto holgraphic silver card. Added some pink/purple pearls, along with ribbon and a piece of purple and silver twisted cord. along with a Happy Birthday sentiment. 

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Christmas Stocking

Hello again, the challenge this week at Cardz 4 Guyz has been chosen by Julie, everyone loves to have a Christmas Stocking full of little goodies and  secret surpirses. We would like to see any style, design or cration of a Christmas Stocking. The design team have created some amazing inspirational cards for you so please do pop over to check them out. I decided to make a CAS card. I bought the scalloped round dark blue cards recently so felt I needed to try them out. I used my new round dies to create the holographic silver mat and the same blue card for the image. The stocking is from Debbie Moore, yes, it's a number of years old but I do love these stamps. The greeting is from the same set. I used Stampendous eaxtra fine detailed white Embossing powder to emboss the stocking and the sentiment. I'm looking forward to visiting you to see your Christmas Stockings for a MALE. 

Saturday 15 November 2014

The Big Guy (Santa)

It's getting very close to The Big Guy (Santa) visiting all the children.  For the next month at
Sparkles Monthly Challenges it was my turn to choose the theme, so I have chosen 'The Big Guy'. We, the Design Team, have created inspiration for you so please do check out the challenge. I used a stamp set from Kanban. I stamped in red and black Ho Ho Ho to create the background. I used Festive Berries DI to the edges and around the circle. I used Promarkers to colour. Dovecraft Crystal Glitter glue on the fur edgings. I love using the Fluffy stuff, it is so magical. I added this to his beard. You just add the liquid, then heat it with your heat tool and it bubbles up and stays fluffy when it cools down. I'm sure you'll have fun, creataing your project, I'm looking forward to visiting you.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas

Hi, for the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow, the challenge is to make a project for Christmas but for it to be a Non-Traditional design. After seeing my Design Team card why not pop over to the blog to check out the amazing inspiration from the team. Firstly I thought about colour, black and white has not as yet, become traditional. I love doing Zentangle work, I'm not as good as I would like to be, but I am practicing. This Rudolph stamp from Woodware is the perfect open space needed to play with the tangles. The small tag Christmas greeting is from LOTV.  I hope you like my Non -Traditional style Christmas card. Have fun everyone.

Tuesday 11 November 2014


Hi for the challenge this week at Cardz 4 Guyz,  Andrea has chosen Thanksgiving or Thankful. Our US followers will be celebrating their Thanksgiving and we on this side of the pond could take time to say Thank you to our family or friends and for us all to be thankful for the good things in our lives. For my card, the base is a Kraft card, The insert in the aperture is part of a lovely stamp from Little Claire - Swirly Owls, coloured with Promarkers. The tree panel is a piece of Kraft card, I used an Embossing Folder to get the bark effect, I used Gathered Twigs DI to colour the bark effect. A few leaves punched with a Matha Stewart leaf border punch and a thank you greeting from my stash. The bark panel was added to the main card, using dimensionals to create a depth between the two cards around the aperture for the owls. Sending warm thanks to all my US visitors during their Thanksgiving period and my thanks to every one of my visitors and for their lovely comments.

Saturday 8 November 2014

RED Alert!

RED Alert! This is the challenge for the next two weeks at Fantasty Stampers. We want to see anything you have created which is predominately RED. Please remember digi stamps will not be considered in the choosing for the Top 3. You must have added ink to an actual stamp. Pop over to the challenge blog to see how the Design Team have been able to deal with the RED Alert! For my project I have made a Christmas card which has a detailed stamped and decoupaged poinsettia. I made a box reversing the two colours of red and cream. The box and card have a Merry Christmas embossed label at one side, a freebie embossing folder, with a magazine. The larger embossed area, one in red, one in cream was created using an Embossilicious E. F. called Christmas Vines. I stamped the Poinsettia from Home Farm Stamps, 4 x in red and again 4 x in cream. Decoupaged the layers. I added gold jewels to the centre of the flower and red gems to the card. Looking forward to seeing you in red over the next two weeks, have fun everyone.

Farm Yard Animals

The challenge this week at My Time To Craft (MTTC) is for Farm Yard Animals. Some may say I have cheated, for I suppose a cockeral being a bird, is not technically an animal, is it? It's a bird. Hey! ho! My apologies to any who object to my Farm Yard Animal. The thing is I just love this image from The Shawn Jenkins Collection by Oh La La CD's he is so regal and colourful. The additional flowers I made with a die, adding a few pearl stones. Please pop over to the blog to see the rest of the Design Team's contributions for the Farm Yard. 

Friday 7 November 2014

T is for Traditional Christmas

Time for the letter T at Alphabet Challenges, we would like to see Traditional Christmas projects. Another excuse for me to make yet another Christmas card. I do enjoy making Christmas cards, which is just as well, the number I make during a year. Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the amazing inspiration from the Design Team. I decided for my Traditional card to go with a pretty snow scene. The stamp belongs to a friend, from a stampathon we had earlier in the year.  I added little colour to the image, mainly green to the trees with  a brushed  area of blue for the sky. Of course I have scattered some glitter for snow  here and there, hoping when enlarged you may see it sparkle and twinkle. The oval die is from Marianne Designs, the script is from a Die I recently bought but didn't keep the packaging, sorry that was naughty of me. Have fun everyone. Thanks for popping by. 

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Toys For The Boys

Hello, another challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz. This week Jane has chosen, 'Toys For The Boys', anything which you think fits, it can be either vintage or modern, any form of technology suitable for the guyz, young or old. The Design Team and Guest Designer  have made some fabulous inspiration for you, please pop over to see thri cards.  I have long admired Mo Manning's digi stamps, I love my stamps, as long as I can apply ink to them, then stamp an impression, I'm set to play. This is my first step into actually buying a digi stamp and playing with it. It wasn't a painful process after all. This is Video Boy, coloured with Promarkers. I first found the background papers in my paper stash drawer then coloured the edges with Distress inks. This card is perfect for a forthcoming grandson's birthday.  Hope to see you at Cardz 4 Guyz. Have fun, enjoy your week.

Saturday 1 November 2014

#46 Christmas Candy

Here we are at the beginning of another month, it is November, how did that happen? For the challenge for the month at Sparkles Christmas Challenges we would like to see some Christmas Candy. Our US friends make more of the striped candy stick than we in the UK so it's nice to share our various traditions. Please pop over to see the DT projects which I am sure will please and inspire. For my card, I used a CD from Oh La La Creations called The Shawn Jenkins Collection. It's a simple matting and layering card, but nowadays with the cost of postage for cards with depth, it pays to have some flat cards. The bow is made from a template I bought at a craft event. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Christmas Candy on the blog. Have fun. 

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Charmed I'm Sure

Another challenge at MTTC (My Time To Craft) , I am  still making Christmas cards, but for this challenge you can make any type of card/project you wish, all we ask, is to see a Charm added, as the title says 'Charmed I'm Sure' The Design Team have some wonderful inspiration for you so please pop over to visit the blog. For my card, I was itching to use some new stamps I bought at a recent craft event, such a bargain, I know it's  last year's model, but I am so happy to have eventually bought them. This is the robin from a set by Katy Sue Designs called Tall Tails, I  coloured it with Promarkers. The background paper is from my stash. I added an angel charm to the ribbon. I hope your liking my DT card and we see you over on the blog. 

Wednesday 29 October 2014

For the One you Love

Hello again, for the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow we are looking for a project,
  'For the One You Love'.  Please  pop over to the blog to see the fabulous inspiration from the team. I decided to make a masculine card, for the one I love. It's a fairly simple card to convey my message. I used a scalloped Kraft card. The background paper is from LOTV 'Father Knows Best' paper pad. Across the centre the panel consists of, a piece of Kraft card, a piece of card punched with a heart border. A piece of hessian (burlap), two hearts stamped from a My Sentiments Exactly set of stamps -  Be Mine. The sentiment was created on my computer, a button added. In opposite corners are two metal corner embellishments. I do hope you like my card, I look forward to visiting you over the next two weeks and wish you happy time ahead. 

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Use Your Metal

This week at Cardz 4 Guyz, Kim from the Design Team has asked us to 'Use Our Metal!' We can use anything we like as long as we include something which is metal. Please do pop over to the blog to see what the Design Team have used, they certainly have Used Their Metal. For my project another Happy Birthday card. The background papers are from LOTV Father Knows Best. The scripted panel was great fun, it is a piece of metal cut from a drinking can, flattened, embossed in an embossing folder. I added various splats of alcohol inks to colour the metal. The watch stamp, embossed with gold embossing powder,  is from Personal Impressions Steampunk  Frame and Watch stamps set. I also added a metal label frame, to hold the greeting. Looking forward to visiting your creations, have fun everyone. 

Saturday 25 October 2014

Something Spooky

The challenge for the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers is ' Somthing Spooky'. The only thing we ask is please use some stamps, as long as they are stamps you have had to use ink to stamp them, digis are NOT allowed. Pop over to see the inspiration from the Design Team. For my card, the piece of paper I used for the background was one I prepared months ago, when I had a messy background paper making session, with spary paints and some stamping. In addition for the theme I have added a few spiders and a couple of bats. The top right bat is suspended with some folded acetate, he wobbles when the card is moved.  My stamps are a mixture, leaves from Sheena Douglass, skull unknown make bought from E Bay, the bats and pumpkin are by Tandastamps. Have fun everyone, I look forward to visiting your haunted mansions and creepy corridors. 


Fort the next week at My Time To Craft we would like to see a project for 'Hobbies'. I chose this artist's image from 'Fabulous Fellas' CD by Katy Sue Designs.  Painting is a generic hobby so this would be suitable for either a man or woman who dabbles with paintbrushes and a canvas. Please do po over to the blog to see the inspiration from the DT. Have a go, and have some fun. 

Friday 24 October 2014

S is for Stitching

For the letter S at Alphabet Challenges  for the next two weeks our challenge is Stitching, this can be either real or faux. A good opportunity to show any items you have sewn, remember your project can be anything you have created. I made this vintage card for a recent class, the papers are from a Papermania paper pad Madame Payraud's. I drew stitch marks around each section to give the illusion the y were actually sewn together. It adds a little more interest to the card. The flowers were stamped onto red paper, the stamps from Sheena Douglas Flower Power stamp set. Have fun. 

Tuesday 21 October 2014

It's Spooky Time

Not long to go till it's Halloween,  being a grandmother of five boys, I have a few projects to make.  So our challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is - It's Spooky Time.  I really like these pop up boxes, they can be time consuming but they can be kept standing in the boy's bedrooms as a keepsake.(Hopefully) !If you fancy having a go, look on You tube or Pinterest,  I used papers from a paper stack Monochrome by Dovecraft. The stamps are from my collection of Halloween stamps - Exhangables, Inkadinkado and Tandastamps. I used thin strips of acetate to suspend most of the embellishments.  This pop up box/card  folds flat and fits into an envelope. 
Here is a close up of the 'floating'  embellishments

Please  be sure to pop over to the  challenge blog Cardz 4 Guyz  to see how the Design Team and Guest Designers have inspired you with their Spooky Time. Have fun and happy haunting times.

Sunday 19 October 2014


For the next two weeks at CD Sunday Challenges we would like to see Silhouettes. Amongst my ever growing CD collection, I found I don't have any with Silhouettes, I thought this also may be the case of others, but remembering the rules of the challenge blog, as long as something is used from a CD it doesn't have to be all of the project. The background sheet was printed from a Debbie Moore - Lizzy Lu CD - there are some wonderful sheets there for lots of uses other than those planned for the CD. 
I then cdreated a scene with silhouette stamps, all from Lavinia stamps. I'm not sure the source of the sentiment, I was given a few of these in a swap. I look forward to visiting you over the next few weeks. Have fun and hopefully stay well. 

Saturday 18 October 2014

Tag It!

For the next week at My Time To Craft we would like to see a tag, the challenge being 'Tag It!'. It must be a loose tag or tags, not to be attached to a greetings card. Tags are a wonderful way to experiment with techniques, they can be a very personal gift tag, or something to make just for the fun of it, example of this being above, though I wull be adding it to a gift this Christmas. I used paper from Papermania 'Twelve Days of Christmas' paper pad, the reindeer was given a new life, it once existed on an old ATC. A die cut added, at last I have used some Washi tape which I have had for over a year ( he he ) The small greetings tags are from LOTV - stamp set. have fun making your tag.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Use your Freebies or Prizes

For the next two weeks at Ruby's Rainbow, you have an opportunity to show us your prizes or freebies, for this is the next challenge. It doesn't have to be stamps, it can be dies, papers, anything you can use to create a project, but we need to know how you won it or it's origin as a freebie. A great challenge, something different.  I have used for the background of my project a sheet of designer paper from a Debbie Moore CD - Lizzy Lu. Every stamp I have used was on a Freebie sheet of Lavinia stamps with a magazine. I have added some Crystal glitter in various places and of course on the wings, I hope this will show when highlighted. Have fun everyone. 

Fall/Autumn Colours

For the next month at Sparkles Forum Challenges - the challenge is Fall or Autumn colours, these are my kind of colours, I love them all. I usually throw as much on a card as I can get away with, especially colour, but for this challenge I went with the Less is More attitidue. I used a Kraft card, gold mirri card to add some brightness against the resist technique panel. Leaves stamped with Versamrk, clear embossing powder, allowed to cool, then I added various Distress Inks to colour the panel. When dry, I buffed up the leaves. The additional leaves were created by first colouring some card with various autumnal colours, then I stamped with a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper magazine, adding 3 to side of the card. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft. Happy stamping everyone.

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Tuesday 14 October 2014

An Easel Card

Starting today over on Cardz 4 Guyz for one week the challenge is An Easel Card. For athose not sure on how to make one, there is a link to a tutorial on You tube or alternatively you could search for Pinterest and find a tutorial on there. They really are easy to make and make such a different type of card. Please pop over to the blog to check out the amazing inspiration from the Design Team,  for two of them this was a first attempt, so well done ladies. Accepting challenges is what challenge blogs are all about.  For my card, I was challenged by a member of my class with a stamp she had recently bought and needed ideas on how to make a card - result is my card for this challenge.  This card will be perfect for my 18 yr old grandson, I think it says a lot!! The papers are from a Dovecraft pack - The 12 Days of Christmas - the stamp, apologies I forgot to get the details, I believe it is an American stamp. Have fun, I hope you find inspiration to give it a go. 

Saturday 11 October 2014

Time Flies

For the next two weeks at Fantasy Stampers the theme is Time Flies - so many ways you can interpret this challenge. Why don't you pop over to the blog, to see how the design team have been inspired with the title of Time Flies. I have chosen some old stamps from my collection. Old but gold stamps. 
I created the bckground blending several shades of Distress Ink blues, including the gorgeous Peacock Feathers. The background clock stamp is from Creative Expressions - Time set. The main image is from Clocks 1 Paperartsy, along with the lower sentiment. The Time Flies sentiment is part of a Stampendous stamp. I used  Spellbinders dies to mat the image, the outer coloured with Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers. I am looking forward to seeing your creations, have fun. 


The Christmas cards are appearing everywhere now, we are hoping to see a lot more this week at
My Time To Craft because our theme is Santa, yes, the wonderful guy who visits our children of all ages, once a year. I greatly enjoy Zentangling, so this stamp from Woodware with the word Santa was the perfect choice and excuse for me to play. Zentangling is not difficult, best described as 'doodling for adults'. The background card is stamped with Ho Ho Ho from the same stamp set. Glitter has been added to the hat. Hope you enjoy the challenge, I'm looking forward to seeing lots of Santas over the next week. Have fun. 

Friday 10 October 2014

R is for Round or Rectangle

Alphabet Challenge's theme this week was chosen by me, so I hope you enjoy it. For the letter R - I have chosen Round or Rectangle, easy one isn't it?    Why don't you pop over to the main blog and see my team buddies wonderful creations.  I was inspired by a crafting friend Viv Howe with her card, to Zentangle  into this Woodware Snow stamp. The best description of Zentangling I have heard is ' doodling for grown -ups'. It is so relaxing, nothing is regimental or required, you have the freedom to do what you will. I stamped the background card with a small snowflake stamp.  I added glitter onto the snowflakes and around the edges of the Snow panel, I'm hoping it will show when you click for a close up. Have fun and enjoy playing with either a Round or Rectangle project. 

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Time To Retire

Hi again, this week at Cardz 4 Guyz the teme chosen is 'Time To Retire'.  It could be  either retiring to bed or retiring from employment, wherever your imagination and creative ideas take you. I just love this stamp from Fizzy Moon - called All About Him, I coloured it with Promarkers. The background papers are from LOTV - Father Knows Best Designer papers, all matted onto Kraft card. Card candi to embellish. The Happy Thoughts greeting was a free stamp with a magazine. Please do pop along to see the wonderful creations from my fellow Design Team buddies, lots of wonderful inspiration. We are also introducing  two  fabulous Guest Designers for October. 

Sunday 5 October 2014

Christmas is Coming

At CD Sunday Challenges - Christmas is Coming - yes we have opened up the thought of Christmas. 
Please pop over to see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team and while your there check out the new header and badges which Sue B has designed for us, looking posh me thinks, a great job Sue, many thanks. It seems amongst the team, the Shawn Jenkins Collection has proven very popular, though we know there are many more suitable CDs around, most of us have chosen this CD from our collections.  This design is such a happy card, suitable for some of my grandchildren I think. I have added some ribbon and a few card candi, other than that it is a very simple and quick card. Have fun ladies, I look forward to visiting you during the next two weeks.

Saturday 4 October 2014

Die Cuts Only

For the next week at My Time To Craft  the challenge is Die Cuts Only - A sentiment is acceptable but NO Images.  I know challenges are meant to challenge, well that is what it is all about isn't it? To help us to develop as crafters, to try doing some things we wouldn't normally try. Well, you may not realise this but we the Designers are in the same boat. Take me for example, I am a stamper, through and through like a stick of rock, no images, OMG what was I to do? Find pretty papers, done. Look at the small number of dies I have in my craft room and see what I could create.  Surprised that what I had could actually create a card.
Papers are from Papermania - Capsule collection Eau de Nil and Oyster Shell
Dies - Butterflies- Rose are Marianne dies. Small Flowers and scroll  - sorry don't know the make.
Stamp sentiment from HobbyArt. Label Die from Go Kreate. So if I can do it, I am sure you can. Have fun, I'll be popping round to see you.

Mid-Week Motivation

Hello everyone, we are midway in our challenge at Fantasy Stampers for 'Here Come The Girls'. We like to give everyone a mid week reminder of the challenge but also to hopefully motivate you to create an entry. It is my honour to be the provider of the inspiration for this challenge. For my papers I have used new purchases, being Papermania, Capsule Collection of Eau de nil and Oyster Shell, Kraft card and white pearlised paper, punched with a fancy X-cut punch. I used a dragonfly punch, small flower Woodware punch, Martha Stewart leaf punch and a die for small flowers. The stamp is by Sarah Kay coloured with Promarkers. I distressed the edges of all paper and card, and edged with Vintage Photo Distressed ink. Hope you like the inspiration and maybe you'll think of popping over and joining us. 

Wednesday 1 October 2014

For a Child

Here we are at the beginning of another month and time for the monthly challenge
Sparkles Christmas Challenges. For October we challenge you to make a project For A Child. Please pop over to the main blog where he team have produced some fabulous inspiration for you. My card is made up of layers of Papermania Christmas papers, the main image is a stamp from Walter and Winnie Designs, coloured with Promarkers. A little glitter added for the snow, can't have a Christmas card without a little glitter can we? I hope this card is bright and cheerful for any child to enjoy.

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Autumn Leaves

For the next two week's at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge # 89 will be Autumn Leaves. I hope you will be popping over to the blog to se the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team. Autumn is my second most favourite season, the colours are so vibrant and interesting. For my card, I added with dimensionals a white decorated square onto a square card. For the smaller square, I added DI to one edge only, starting with Scattered Straw, through various autumnal colours ending at the edge with Vintage Photo. I added some brown and cream twine. The leaves were created by randomly adding and blending numerous autumnal Distress Inks to a piece of scrap card, once completley blended and dry, I stamped 3 leaves with a stamp from Sheena Douglas Leaves stamp set, I used Black Soot and embossed with clear embossing powder to give a super shine to them. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I look forward to visiting you and hope you enjoy creating your Autumn Leaves.