Friday 29 April 2016

E is for Embossing Folder

hi, welcome to my blog, thanks for yoru visit.
Today we begin a new challenge at Alphabet Challenges
for the letter E - Embossing Folder. 
No explanation needed, simply use an Embossing Folder, 
any style, any purpose, anything you choose.
 Please pop and take a peek at the gallery from the DT. 
I used black card, with an Embossing Folder from Sheena Douglass.
I gently rubbed on Metallic Gold Wax over the proud embossed areas.
Matted onto gold mirri card then onto a black folded card. 
Thinking of you is from my old stash.
I hope you enjoy the challenage. Stay walm and well. 

Thursday 28 April 2016

Include a Button or 2 or More

Hi everyone, thanks to those visiting, I hope you enjoy looking at my card.
Today starts the new challenge for the next two weeks at 
chosen by Sharon who would like to see you
Include a Button or 2 or Even More
Please pop and see the wonderful gallery from the Design Team.
For my card, the main image is a stamp from Woodware Stamps 
Bubble Bloom - Julie.  The seniment is on with the bloom stamp.
I coloured the leaves with a Promarker and a pencil for shading.
The flower heads are made with a few buttons and Card Candi.
I used black card to mat and paper from a Craftworks Cards
Paper Pad - Velver Plum.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

April Showers and Birthday Prize

Hi everyone, today starts a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow
April Showers
Well,  at home yesterday we certainly had showers, of every description.
We had rain, hailstones and snow - all in one day, on and off, and it was so cold.
I am hoping all of my readers are in fairer and warmer weather today,
Back to the April Showers, please do pop over to the blog to check the details, 
and of course to see the wonderful inspiration from the DT. 
My card was  blended with a few of TH blue toned D. Inks. 
Stamped with a large sentiment stamp, with raindrops and umberellas
from Sheena Douglass. The girl in the raincoat is from a set of 
Stick Girls from Debbie Moore an old favourite of mine. 
Two weeks ago was the 5th Birthday of Ruby's Rainbow,
Along with the blog and several of the Design Team we individually had
a prize to draw. Sadly whilst I had several comments on my blog, as was required, 
none are eligible to win the prize I have on offer.
I am so sorry for I would have been so happy to send this prize to a winner. 

Tuesday 26 April 2016

Wood in the Design

Hi, today starts the new weekly challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.
Joan has chosen a challenge to really get those creative juices flowing.
I love it when the DT choose something different.
Please pop over to check out the know hows and of course to see the
amazing creations  from the Design Team for 
The sheet of 'wood' I used is from a paper pad from  Hobbycraft  -Beach Life.
I punched 3 holes with a Woodware circle punch
The stamped images on the lower and upper sheet are from Hobbyart Stamps-
Coastal Sets, coloured with Promarkers.
The sentiment is by Kaisercraft stamps.
Have fun and thanks for visiting my blog. 

Monday 25 April 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hello, today is the start of the new challenge for the next week at
which is appropriate for the time of the year in the UK
April Showers Bring May Flowers
 Please pop over to the blog for details and to see the DT's gallery.
For my card, I veered towards the May flowers part of the challenge.
Distress inks blended in the background are Abondend Coral, Twisted 
Citron and Fossilized Amber.
The main and border stamps are by Woodware - Grasses.
I  dotted  parts of the plant with a white Sakura pen to add some highlights. 
Hope you enjoy the challenge. 

Saturday 23 April 2016


Hello, welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit.
Today begins the new challenge for the next two weeks at 
We are challenging you to create
 A MONOCHROME project.
This week blue is my favourite colour, yes I do change my mind regularly
on this subject. I firstly blended with Distress Inks -
Tumbled Glass, then Broken China then finally Chipped Sapphire.
The moon was created with a Fiskars circle punch used as a mask.
All of the stamps are from Lavinia Stamps.
If there are fairies about then of course there is the obligatory glitter
sadly this doesn't show up on the photo. 
Have fun with your monochrome project. 

Get Well Soon

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit.
Today is the launch of the new challenge at My Time To Craft,  we
are asking you to think of the poorly folk in your life for you to send them a
Please check out the gallery by the Design Team for inspiration.
For my card I kept it in the CAS style.
Three swipes with a wide paintbrush with 3 mica coloured paints.
A Wayside flowers stamp from Stamps Away.
Greeting from Hobby Art and the fairy from Lavinia stamps. 
3 gemstones. 

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Books or Book Paper

Hi, thanks for your visit, today starts our new challenge at
Cardz 4 Guyz.  Jan has given us a different sort of challenge. 
I am looking forward to the varied ways this challenge can be met.
The Design Team have again created a super gallery, please take a look.
For my card, I matted two sheets of paper from a very old book onto
black card. I distressed the edges,  and blended withVintage Photo DI.
Stamps used are Crafty Individuals Three Wise Gentlemen CI077
TH -  Hand and the sentiment - Hobbycraft.

Monday 18 April 2016


Hi, hope your well and thanks for visiting my blog. 
Today is the first day of our weekly challenge at Make My Monday. 
Our challenge for you is Butterflies, which I believe is THE most
popular theme in card making, so let us see if this is true.
The DT have some amazing ideas for you, please pop over to the blog.
I blended and coloured a white card with DI Mustard Seed, Wild Honey.
Matted the elements with black card. 
The stamps I used are for the corner - Paper World stamps.
Butterfly Border (cut into individual pieces) from Honey Doo stamps.
The sentiment is by Little Claire - Butterfly Flourish.

Friday 15 April 2016

Thinking of You

Hi everyone, today starts a new challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenges
until the 14th May our challenge is 
Thinking of You
Please pop to the blog to check out the few details and of course
to see the amazing creations from the Design Team. 
For my card, I decided upon the CAS approach. 
White scallop edge card with a black mat.
White watercolour card which gives some texture.
3 large brush strokes of mica powders.
Stamp from Stamps Away - Wayside Grasses. 
Greeting stamp from Hobbycraft. 

D is for Dots

Hello again, today is the start of a new challenge at 
Alphabet Challenges 
and we have reached the letter D - the challenge is
Please pop over to the blog to check out the DT Gallery of inspiration.
For my card, I used the Bold Bloom - Ruby stamp from Woodware.
I fussy cut it, then filled it in with DOTS - for those who don't know
this is called POINTILLISM. 
I already had a batch of prepared backgrounds from one of my
greatly enjoyable messy days playing with inks. The background
above was created with shaving foam and ink sprays.
The greeting stamp is from Honey Doo stamps. 
A few black gems added. 
So, why don't you pop to the blog and accept the challenge?

Thursday 14 April 2016

Use an Embossing Folder

Hi everyone, thanks for your visit. Today starts a new challenge,
 for the next two weeks at  Cardz 4 Galz .  Babs has chosen
 a technique, which can be simple or you can play with it.
Please pop over to the blog to see the DT Gallery of inspiration.
For my card, I stayed fairly simple, but elegant.
I made grey, white and pink layers for the white embossed square.
Embossing Folder is Christmas Vines but it can look okay for any season. 
I gutted the grey and the pink sheets, to die cut the grey scrolls and
the petals for the flower from the pink. 
For those who don't know what I mean by gutted.  ........
Where only a small edge is needed on your card/paper, and you may
be short of card of the same colour, you can cut out  a 
square from the centre or even directly die cut in the centre.
as long as you leaave  a sufficient border with strength 
to use as your mat or layer.
The dies used were freebies with magazines. 
the greeting stamp is from Honey Doo Stamps. 

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Favourite Colour - 5th Birthday

Hi everyone, an exciting two weeks ahead for the Design Team 
at Ruby's Rainbow, for we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of the blog. 
Shaz the owner has candi and prizes, most of the team are offering prizes, 
so please pop over to check out the details of the challenge and prizes.
If you wish to win the prize I am providing you must firstly 
enter a Favourite Colour project according to the rules,
 add a comment to both the challenge blog and to my blog. 
Due to postage I can only consider to send the prize to 
a winner in Europe. 
I will choose a winner for my prize.
This is my prize.

Winter Faerie Poppets by Christine Haworth
 -Interactive Papercrafting CD Rom by Crafter's Companion

My card with the butterflies above was created with papers and 
images from Butterfly Botanicals CD by Kraftyhands.
Matted onto a Kraft card. I edged most of the elements with
Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
This week Orange is my favourite colour, but I LOVE all colours,
I change with the seasons. What about you? Looking in my
wardrobe, I see a lot of blue, lilac, red, teal, orange and black. 
See what I mean about changing with the seasons. Have fun and 
good luck to you all, remember someone has to win, there
are lots of prizes available. 

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Challenge #115 Food and Drink

Hi everyone, thanks for your visit. 
Today begins a week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, 
which is one to get your teeth into (sorry, couldn't stop myself)
Food and Drink
Please pop to the blog and check out the wonderful creations from the DT. 
I printed from a Joanna Sheene CD - Janet Kruskamp both the 
background paper and the decoupage topper and made a DL card.
Hope you have fun.

Monday 11 April 2016


Hi, everyone, hope your well and thanks for visiting my blog.
Today is the first day of a week's challenge over at Make My Monday
which is for PETS.   I'm sure you will have fun with this one. 
Please pop over to check out the Design Team's Gallery.
For my card, I printed from a CD by Kraftyhands - 
Man Bout Town, from which I made a folded stepper card
 with vintage style papers and a pyramid topper. 
Have fun and please call again. 

Saturday 9 April 2016

People and their Pets

Hello everyone, this is my second post for today, the previous one 
was also for a DT card for another challenge.
At My Time To Craft for the next two weeks the new challenge is
People and their Pets.
I have used a topper and background papers from my go to CD
The Best of La Pashe 2012.
The man and his dog have been decoupaged.
I have added Glossy Accents to the rain drops. 
Hope you have fun making your card. 

A New Baby

Hi everyone, thanks for your visit today, I will have two posts, 
both for DT cards for challenge blogs. Firstly, let's look at 
Fantasy Stampers where the challenge for the next two weeks
will be A New Baby.
Please see the challenge blog for the amazing creataions from the DT.
For my card, I have used some new purchases, how exciting it is to buy
new stamps and this time even a set of patterned circle dies.
The stamps are from Little Claire, this card is for a baby boy, but the
stamp set also has a dress and a bonnet for a baby girl. 
I paper pieced, the outfit, bib and teddy tummy. 
Papers are from Tiny Tatty Teddy Me To You, paper pack - Boys.

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Get Well Wishes

Hi everyone, thanks for your visit. Today I am posting a card 
to enter into the current challenge at CD Sunday challenge blog,
which is Get Well Wishes.
A white scallop 6" card. Background papaer from my stash.
The remainder papers are from a Joanna Sheene CD.
artist - Janet Kruskamp.
I decoupaged the centre of the table, which sadly doesn't show
on the photo, but the coffee pot, cup and strawberries are more
shaped than flat. 
If I was poorly, this is the scene I could look at all day and be content. 
Thanks again ladies for a wonderful challenge. 
I'm looking forward to your up-coming birthday challenge. 

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Black and White

Hi everyone, welcome and thanks for visiting my blog.
Today starts the new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz.
Amy has chosen for us Black and White. It's been some
time since we had a monochrome challenge, I greatly enjoyed 
making the card,  I am hoping you will too.
Plaease check out the blog, the DT gallery does not fail to
impress and inspire. 
For my card, I have well and truly taken a step into the past, 
and yet, silhouette (black) peel offs are being made popular once again 
with the amazing new products from Little Claire.
I used paper from a Black and White Papermania Pad.
I stamped text with a Creative Expressions script stamp.
The bottles of wine are a Peel off as above.
I did however, replace lots of the little left behind pieces, 
so the bottles weren't white.

Monday 4 April 2016


Hello, thank  you for visiting my blog. Today is the start of 
our new challenge at Make My Monday, which is 
Please pop to the blog to see the details and of course to check 
out the Design Team Gallery.
For my card, I decided to go for the Clean and Simple look.
I love watercolours, it is such a relaxing form of art.  Though for this card
I just splashed on three colours with a flat paintbrush. The watercolours
I used are a new set, which have mica in them. The colours are shimmery
which sadly can't be seen on the photo.
The stamp is from Wayside Grasses by Stamps Away.

Friday 1 April 2016

CAS Christmas at Sparkles Christmas

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog. The months are going by so quickly.
At Sparkles Christmas Challenges we are starting a new challenge for April.
It was my turn to choose, I decided upon
CAS (Clean and Simple) for Christmas
The Design Team have again provided some amazing creations.
Please pop over to see them on the main blog.
For my card, I chose a 5" round card.
The robin and greeting are stamps from a set from Katy Sue Designs,
Artwork  by The House of Zandra 
I coloured with Promarkers and a few pencils.
I added a faux stitching around the main image mat with a Micron pen. 
I die cut the main image and the red mat.

C is for Cats

hello everyone, welcome to my blog. Today starts the two week challenge
at Alphabet Challenges, we are now at letter C which has been chosen to be
Big ones or little ones, the choice is yours
Please pop and check out the main blog to see the Design Team's creations. 
I have chosen a 5" square card.
All the papers and design are from a CD by Crafter's Companion
halcyon Days - Artwork by Abigail Mills
I decoupaged the top few layers and added some pretty pink pearls. 
Have fun everyone.