Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sweet Stampin' - bunnies or bears

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where our challenge for this week is bunnies and/ or bears... now I do have a real soft spot for bears, but thought I'd use this sweet bunny again instead.


Isn't he just adorable?  He's called Heart Bunny, and is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  He comes with lots of sentiments, but I've used one from this set.  I coloured him with copics, the papers are... ermm... actually I've forgotten, I'll have to check later!  The stitched squares were cut with an MFT die-namics die, little sparkly dots from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - happy birthday
Crafty Friends - B is for (bunnies, birthdays, bling)
Alphabet Challenge - D is for dots
As You Like It - favourite pink or blue and why (I'll be completely honest and say I could easily have chosen either, I like both, but probably reach for pink a bit more often, particularly for more 'girly' cards)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 12 May 2018

NEW Special Dad - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

Just popping in with some quick cards I made this afternoon, using a fab new set from Digi Stamp Boutique.




This set is Special Dad - Square - perfect for quick Father's Day makes.  I printed the images on linen card, added Glamour Dust around the inner circle for a bit of sparkle and shimmery silver dots, for a bit more sparkle lol.  The papers are digi ones from Raspberry Rd, found in my printed stash (I have lots!), and everything is matted on silver mirri card from Hunkydory.

I'm entering my cards for the following challenges
MAWTT - sentiment only, no images
Simon Says Wednesday - for the boys
Brown Sugar - masculine/ father's day

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Everybody Art - hidden message

Hello everyone :o)

Ooh, isn't it hot?!  Too hot for me really, but I'm not complaining (yet lol), we've had such a loooong winter it makes a nice change to feel the sun.

So, I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our theme this week is 'hidden message'... eek!



I'm not very imaginative with this sort of thing, at all!  But I needed a card for Pav's step-dad, and I had a fun CD to play with that came with Making Cards magazine.  So I've used one of the dog images from the CD, placing that onto its own 'mini-card', then used a fab digi sentiment from the Large Birthday Sentiments set from Digi Stamp Boutique on the 'inside' and fixing the 'mini-card' onto the card front.  I added a little twill ribbon tab to make it easier to open, and wrapped bakers twine around the card front to keep the image panel closed.  I coated the dog's glasses with Nuvo clear sparkle pen, and added some little buttons from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - animal magic
Back to Basics & Beyond - use a craft CD or kit from a magazine
Crafty Friends - animals
Allsorts Challenge - fancy folds (not sure it qualifies as fancy, but t'is a fold lol)
CD Sunday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Sweet Stampin' - flowers

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's theme over at Sweet Stampin' is 'flowers', and as I'd had this image on my desk waiting to be coloured for a few weeks, it seemed like a good time to use it.


The image is Tails Together Mice from Di's Digis, coloured with copics.  The papers are old (retired) ones from LOTV, the flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts, heart pins are from The Hobby House.  The tag stamp is from an old set of unknown make, and the pearls are from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Double D Challenges - May flowers
Simon Says Wednesday - animal magic

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely weekend... looks like nice weather for the bank holiday for a change :o)

Thursday, 3 May 2018

'That' embossing folder again...

Hello everyone :o)

This one's similar to a recent 21st card... a friend spotted that one and ordered one for her son.


I used 'that' embossing folder from Craft Stash again... so useful for male cards!  The main embossing is on black card, with silver gilding wax rubbed on to pick out the details.  I added some silver mirri card for some of the layers and the numbers, which were cut using a Crafter's Companion die.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  The scrabble letters are Whimsy, gaming controller is Clearly Besotted and the gems were from The Range (bought because I apparently had nothing in the right shade of blue!).

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky - embossing
Pause Dream Enjoy - lots of layers
Make My Monday - embossing

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

First attempt at needle felting!

Hello everyone :o)

So... I'm attempting a new hobby!  I've wanted to try needle felting for ages and finally had a go, using a kit I bought from Felt Hoppy on Etsy.


He's by no means perfect, but he's my very first attempt, so I'm quite pleased with him really.  Ears are my nemesis though, just can't get them right!  And the amount of times I've stabbed myself with that blimmin' barbed needle.... ouch!!  Need to get myself a good book and practice lots I think.

Hope you like him... thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Large Thank You Set - Blue - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

There are some gorgeous new watercolour effect sentiment sets at Digi Stamp Boutique this month, and I just couldn't resist using one for today's card...


I used the Large Thank You Set - Blue, and printed it onto linen card from Papermill Direct.  The paper is from a Craft Sensations pad - I'm getting quite into tearing paper now, go me! ;o)  It's matted onto Hunkydory mirri card and core'dinations.  I added some seam binding ribbon and made a bow for the first time in ages, something I don't usually do as I'm so rubbish at it... I do love a pretty bow though, so must push myself to do it more often!  The pearl brad is from The Hobby House.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow

I've got a night in with control of the remote tonight, as Pav's going out... Dex is angling to stay up with me though, so I'll probably end up watching a kids' film and eating too much chocolate lol.  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Everybody Art GDT - flowers

Hello again :o)

I'm back with my 2nd post for today, this one is my Guest DT card for Everybody Art where our challenge is 'flowers'.... easy peasy!


I've used an adorable little mouse from Di's Digi Stamps HERE, coloured with copics (still trying to master fur!), plus a touch of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on the butterfly.  The papers are old (retired) ones from LOTV, the flowers are my favourite MFT die, with sparkly enamel dot centres.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Di's Digi Challenge - include an animal
Simon Says Wednesday - sparkle & shine
Cutie Pie Challenge - delightful digis
As You Like It - favourite colouring medium & why
I like to experiment with pencils, and occasionally try watercolour (Inktense/ Distress Ink) too, but Copics are my comfort zone... I'm quicker and more consistent with Copics than with other mediums.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges - CAS

Good Morning :o)

I'm here with my first of two blog posts for today... this one is for Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is CAS (clean & simple).


I try not to buy too many stamps at the moment, as I just have so many that have never been used at all... but I do have a bit of a soft spot for dragons, so couldn't resist this set from MFT called Magical Dragons.  I coloured him with copics, and added a bit of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on his wings.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I just shaped it into a curve on a clear block before stamping.  The stitched square and dotted circle dies are both MFT, and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Just Us Girls - prominently purple
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional CAS
Seize the Birthday - birthday + optional vibrant colours

Back later with my Everybody Art GDT card... hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' - sympathy/ thinking of you

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my card for the latest challenge at Sweet Stampin', where our theme is 'sympathy/ thinking of you'...


I used one of the pretty new printable sheets from Digi Stamp Boutique, this one is from the Quick Print Birds sheet.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available HERE.  The papers are from a Craft Sensations pad I bought in The Range (I went in for a pack of gems to match a card I was making, as I didn't have quite the right thing... came out with 7 paper pads and some sheets for Morgan's bed lol.  Got the gems though!).  The sheer ribbon is from my stash and the cardstock is Core'dinations plus white linen card from Papermill Direct.

I soooo wanted to use my sewing machine on this card... I was so close to being brave and going for it, the bloomin' thing terrifies me though!  It's a Janome Mini and I've had it for years, used it once or twice when I first got it, but the whole thing with the threading process, the bobbins, the scary pedal, put me off and it's just been gathering dust ever since.  So I'm putting this here to try and push myself into getting over my fear very soon!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Try it on Tuesday - nature's beauty
Unicorn Challenge - use some ribbon

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Quick Print Butterflies - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

For today's card I've used one of the new A4 Quick Print Butterflies from Digi Stamp Boutique.


The sheet includes 4 butterflies on lovely watercolour effect backgrounds, plus 4 sentiments, for some very quick but pretty cards.  There's a sheet of birds available HERE too.  I've  kept my card quite simple, printed the sheet on linen card and added some patterned paper scraps, a Papermania sparkly dot and an MFT die-namics leafy flourish die, cut into pieces.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Incy Wincy - nature
Make My Monday - things with wings

Dex is spending the day at his friend's house tomorrow, so I'll be able to get a bit of colouring done without the guilt!  Love the holidays, but getting things done can be a challenge.  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Everybody Art GDT - dies

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'dies'.  I thought I'd go all the way and use a die instead of an image for a change...


The cats are a Penny Black die, cut 3 times from black card and two scraps of patterned paper, and then pieced back together.  The fishtail banner, 'bow' and 'button' dies are all MFT die-namics.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, Doodlebug enamel dots and the green baker's twine from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
Dragonfly Journeys - baker's twine (just a little bit!)
Simply Create Too - use die cuts
Simon Says Wednesday - happy birthday

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' - embossing

Happy Saturday :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where our challenge is 'embossing'.


I bought this embossing folder from Craft Stash recently and hadn't had chance to play with it until now... there are loads of different designs using the same layout, and I think I might need a few more lol.  I embossed plain black card, then rubbed on some silver gilding wax (love this stuff!), embossed a piece of white card and cut and layered the curved piece from that.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, the game controller is a stamp/ die from Clearly Besotted, the number dies are Crafter's Companion and the gold dome embellishments are Papermania.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - be there or be square
Simon Says Wednesday - happy birthday
The Paper Girls - masculine birthday
Inspire.Create - masculine

Thanks for popping in, hope you're enjoying the weekend :o)

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Simply Moving Home - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

It's the Easter holidays at the moment and Pav's off this week too, so my blog's a bit on the quiet side unfortunately... it's nice to have some time with all the family around though.

I needed a quick 'new home' card, so I've used an image from the Simply Moving Home A4 sheet from Digi Stamp Boutique.


I wanted the paper piecing to have a sort of quirky fabric look (I probably saw something on Pinterest/ Instagram that put the idea in my head...), so I've used lots of paper scraps and cut slightly outside of the lines.  The border die is Lawn Fawn, sentiment stamp is Clearly Besotted, and I added a little twine bow and some Viva Pearl dots... I still think it maybe needs 'something' but I've no idea what!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Double D Challenges - twine
Daring Cardmakers - do something digi
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - clean & simple

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Everybody Art GDT - pink & green/ spring

Hello again :o)

I'm back with my 2nd post for today, this time with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'pink & green or spring'.


I've used a cute new fairy image from Digi Stamp Boutique... she's available HERE.  I coloured her with copics and added lots of Glamour Dust for sparkle on her wings and crown.  The paper is a scrap of a very old 12x12 Bo Bunny sheet, that I used because it has 'splodges' of green amid the pink... but then I seem to have covered most of the green bits up!  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  I added some Doodlebug enamel dots, and then because it didn't seem quite finished, I added a couple of punched butterflies too, with Doodlebug sequins.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Kreativeinkauf Challenge - fantasy figures
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - anything goes (must be DT project)
Crazy Challenge - shine on (use glitter)
Inkspirational Challenges - mythical

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges - bunnies for Easter

Good Morning :o)

I'm here with the first of two posts today, this one is for the new challenge at Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is 'bunnies for Easter'.  We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner, who kindly provided images for the DT to use.


I coloured these adorable bunnies with copics, the papers are Studio Light and the heart banner die is possibly from Simon Says Stamp, but I'm not completely sure about that!  Finished off with some twine from my stash.  I've left it without a sentiment for now, as I didn't really need another Easter card and general ones always come in handy.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cutie Pie - spring cuties
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - spring
Dragonfly Journeys - bunnies, chicks & ducks
Crafty Cardmakers - bunnies, chicks & eggs

Back later with my Everybody Art GDT card, thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Easter

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge this week over at Sweet Stampin' is 'Easter'... I don't tend to make many Easter cards, but always need one for my in-laws, so here's this year's card.


This cute little bunny (and the matching sentiment) is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, available HERE.  I coloured it with copics, and paper pieced the smallest egg.  The stitched square, scalloped frame and flower dies are all MFT Die-namics, and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.  I'm running quite low on enamel dots now... any ideas where I can get them (or something similar?) online?  So many of my favourite craft shops have gone, I'm not sure where to shop at the moment!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Animal Friends - Easter/ spring
Dies R Us - frame it
Hanna & Friends - Easter/ spring
Sweet Stampers - spring/ Easter
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional Easter
MAWTT - Easter

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 23 March 2018

Pop-Up Butterflies

I've hardly made anything this week as I've not been very well, but you know when there's an idea in your head that just has to get out?  This one's been rattling around for days but I didn't feel up to doing anything with it... finally finished it last night though.



The Lawn Fawn Pop-Up Butterfly die is a recent purchase that I didn't try hard enough to resist... you can find it HERE if you also neeeed it.  The inner dotted circle is an MFT die-namics die, although I wish I'd used a smaller size, so I'll try that too at some point.  The coloured pieces behind the pop-ups are scraps of core'dinations card, the gems are from my stash.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from THIS SET from Digi Stamp Boutique, heat embossed in detail white embossing powder on black card.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Southern Girls - die cuts
Incy Wincy - no more than 3 colours, excluding black & white
Pile It On - circles and/ or squares

Off to try and make something else... I'm so behind now!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Silhouette Flower set - Digi Stamp Boutique

Hello everyone :o)

I've made a quick card today, as I couldn't resist playing with some brand new images from Digi Stamp Boutique...


The Silhouette Flower set is available HERE and it's just gorgeous... I love silhouette images!  There are sentiments included, but I used one of the clear stamps from this set.  I tore a piece of paper (very unlike me!) from a Craftwork Cards pad, and rubbed gold gilding wax around the edges, added a couple of gold pearls to the flowers, and that's about it... super simple today!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Everybody Art GDT - anything goes

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'anything goes'.  I made a card for my mum for Mother's Day, using a cute image from Di's Digi Stamps.


I nearly always use something featuring daffodils, as when I was growing up Mum would say not to spend much, she was happy with a bunch of daffodils... so now I get daffs for the boys to give her, and get her something else from me.  I coloured the image with copics... I ran out of blender refill so the background isn't quite right, and then as soon as I put an order in for refills another pen ran out... grrr!  The papers are old ones from LOTV (now retired), frame die is a Grand Nestabilities, the heart wreath is Avery Elle and the flower/ leaves are MFT die-namics.  Sentiment stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, and buttons and twine from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - girl power (something feminine)
Cutie Pie Challenge - spring cuties
Crafty Friends - for a special lady
As You Like It - single or multiple layers (I like layers of paper, one layer cards never feel completely finished to me, at least not when I make them!)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Sweet Stampin' - inspired by a song

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'inspired by a song'... I'm no good at these types of challenge, I just go blank.  But I had this card to make, and realised it could work for the song 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'... which I suppose is cheating a bit!


I've used an image from Digi Stamp Boutique called Cocktail Imogen, coloured with copics.  THe papers are from an older First Edition pad, and the scalloped card base is cream (not a dodgy photo that should be white lol!).  The number dies are MFT die-namics, made sparkly with Nuvo clear sparkle pen.  The corner bow is Memory Box and the little corner die is Whimsy, the sparkly gold enamel dots are Doodlebug.  I do still need to add a personalised sentiment, but left that off for the photo.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional layer it up
Simon Says Wednesday - girl power
Fussy & Fancy - let's celebrate
Creatalicious - anything goes + optional girly

Hope all you mums have a lovely day tomorrow... hugs to all who find the day difficult xx I know how lucky I am to still have my mum - Father's Day is always a little bit sad for me no matter how much time goes by.

Thanks for popping in :o)

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Heart Bunny - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I've used one of the new clear stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique for today's card...


This one is Heart Bunny and I've coloured it with copics.  I added some doodled 'stripes' around the heart frame... not sure why, I just felt like it!  The mother's day sentiment stamp is available HERE and the Grandma stamp is from THIS SET.  The papers are from a Gorjuss Girl pack, most of the dies are MFT die-namics, apart from the larger circles which are from Craft Stash.  Sparkly gem from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - have a heart
Pile it On - circles
Crafty Animals - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 2 March 2018

Polkadoodles DT - anything goes

Hello everyone :o)

As usual over at Polkadoodles it's an 'anything goes' challenge, although the DT are all following a 'celebrations' theme.


I thought I'd make a birthday card, and used a gorgeous Horace and Boo image called Slurpy Ice Cream, coloured with copics.  The sentiment is from Work & Play Love & Kisses and the papers are from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles.  I wanted to keep this one quite simple, so I've just added some twill ribbon from my stash and a tiny pearl on the cat's flower.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cardz 4 Galz - furry friends
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes + a sentiment
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

We've still got loads of snow, and it's starting to freeze now, and there's an ice cold wind too, which is fun... school was open though, so we've traipsed there and back, and now I'm tired and cold!  Not going anywhere tomorrow!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Pretty Flower Vase - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with a card made for an order, using a gorgeous recent image from Digi Stamp Boutique.


The image is called Pretty Flower Vase and I coloured it with copics, with a bit of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on the flower centres.  The papers are Dovecraft, sentiment is a new clear stamp available HERE.  Buttons and ribbon from my stash, the heart wreath is an Avery Elle die and the stitched circle die is from this set.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - floral delight
Addicted to Stamps - have a heart
Fussy & Fancy - favourite colours (I have lots of favourites, but I love this colour combo)

So, do you have snow?  We've got loads and it's been snowing on and off all day... I decided to keep the kids off, and I'm so glad I did because Morgan's school closed within a couple of hours of opening and Dex's school sent messages out saying they were staying open but sending children home if parents could collect them.  I don't know why they open when it's as bad as it was today, it just creates confusion!  Not sure what'll happen tomorrow, but Dex was supposed to be dressing up for World Book Day and they've already sent messages saying that will be postponed to another day.  I knitted him a beard to go with his costume this morning (the things we do, eh?!), but I suppose he'll still get to wear it all eventually.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Everybody Art GDT - pearls & lace

Hello again... I'm back with my 2nd post for today, my Guest DT card for Everybody Art where the theme is 'pearls & lace'.


The papers are Raspberry Rd digi ones printed on linen card (I have a huge tub of different ones printed out for some reason, occasionally I remember to use some of them!).  The glittery butterfly is from my stash, possibly Prima, the cotton lace is also from my older stash.  The sentiment is a clear one from Digi Stamp Boutique available HERE, scalloped frame dies are MFT die-namics and the pearls are from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - something beginning with 'B' (2nd entry - butterfly, birthday, bling)
Pile It On - 3d embellishments
Country View Challenges - anything but cute
City Crafter - die cuts

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges DT - ribbon

Good Morning :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Papercraft Challenges, where our challenge is 'ribbon' and we're sponsored by Rick St Dennis who kindly provided images for the DT to use.


This image is called Make a New Friend Cat and I coloured it with copics... I ruined the first one trying to make it look furry, so I gave up with the second attempt and left him smooth... need more fur practice!  The papers are old Prima ones (Believe), and I've had that paw print twill ribbon for a very long time too.  Sentiment stamp is from a new clear set from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, scallop frame die is MFT die-namics and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.

I'll be back later with my Everybody Art DT card... thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Westie Walkies

Hello everyone :o)

Here's a card I made for an order, using a super cute image from Di's Digi Stamps, called Westie Walkies.


I coloured it with copics, and thought I'd made a huge mess of the white fur, until I added some strokes of white uni Posca pen, and then I was quite happy with it.  I added dots of white pen on the wellies too, because wellies should be spotty don't you think?  The papers are old ones from LOTV, ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons, the flowers are an MFT die with Doodlebug enamel dot centres, the stitched circle die is from a Creative Dies set from Craft Stash.  The sentiment is from a new clear stamp set from Digi Stamp Boutique available HERE.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Dragonfly Journeys - year of the dog
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - cute critters

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Sweet Stampin' - spring

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is 'spring'... not very springlike out there just yet, but we can dream eh?!


I had just received this month's gorgeous release of clear stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique, and this one looked perfect for a spring theme to me.  It's called Sweet Bird and Flowers and comes with the main image, plus the sentiments I've used and more.  I coloured it with copics, and added some Viva Pearl drops around the image.  The papers are old ones from LOTV, oval dies are Spellbinders and the pearls are from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - I spy something beginning with 'B' (blue, bird)
City Crafter - polka dots
Dream Valley - things with wings

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Just For You - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

Sorry I've not been around much lately, it was Morgan's half-term last week and Dex's this week, so I've not had much blogging time.  All back to normal on Tuesday though!


I've used one of the fab clear stamps from DigiStamp Boutique... this one's called Just For You and the sentiment stamp is available HERE.  I'm enjoying experimenting with different colouring mediums at the moment, so this one was 'painted' with Inktense pencils and a water brush... the splattered background is really easy to do, just by flicking the water brush on the end of the pencils.  I'm hopeless at any colouring involving water, and think I probably always will be, but I don't care because I enjoy doing it!  I added Enamel Accents to the flower centres, the red twine and sparkly gem are from my stash, and the paper is probably 10yrs old lol.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
As You Like It - favourite way to add a sentiment
(I prefer to stamp them... I'm not usually organised enough to use a digi sentiment, it's easier just to grab a stamp!)
Cardz 4 Galz - stamping (no digis)
Always Happy Birthday - CAS birthday

We're off to the cinema to see Early Man now, hope it's good!  Thanks for popping in :o)

Friday, 16 February 2018

Polkadoodles DT - anything goes

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for this week's challenge at Polkadoodles... the DT are following a 'new beginnings' theme, but it's 'anything goes' for participants as always.


I couldn't decide what to make at first, then I spotted this image and thought, passing your driving test is a new beginning of sorts isn't it?  Nothing to do with really wanting to use the image of course... she's called You Passed! from Winnie Celebrations 2, and I coloured her with copics.  The papers and sentiment are from the Work and Play Love & Kisses set, and the stitched rectangle is a MFT die-namics die.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - one word sentiment
Stempelgarten - girly
Simon Says Wednesday - add a die cut
Colour Inspiration Monthly Link Up - anything goes with hand coloured image

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Mr Bear and a bunny - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone, and Happy Valentine's Day :o)

I've used one of this month's cute new images for today's card... this is Mr Bear.


He's available as part of the Mr Bear Banner set HERE... I added one of the included sentiments and coloured him with copics.  The papers are older ones from MME (Miss Caroline Howdy Doody), the little stitched tab is a MFT die-namics die and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Sketch Saturday - fab sketch
Animal Friends - stripes and/ or dots
Crafty Animals - anything goes

Now originally I started colouring another of this month's images, with prisma pencils, for today's card, but I wasn't happy enough with it for it to go on a finished card.  So I thought I'd share it anyway as a sort of colouring practice progress thing, and I can keep notes on the back of each piece of where I went wrong/ right, and maybe revisit the images for another go when I've got a bit better with the pencils...


This cute image is Spring Bunny... I'm fairly happy with the jumper and the grass, but made a mess of the bunny and flowers.  More pencil practice required!  The 'off-white' paper (I'm using Canson Mi-Teints) also takes a lot of getting used to when you're used to the bright white of copic-friendly paper.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Everybody Art GDT - car/ motorcycle/ card for a man

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our theme is 'car/ motorcycle', or you can just make a card for a man... easy peasy!


I've used a fab Cuthbert image, available from Little Miss Muffet Stamps HERE, coloured with copics.  The papers are Dovecraft, sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE (so appropriate for the recipient, as he's a bit grumpy about birthdays lol).  The banner die is probably Memory Box and the black dots are Ranger enamel accents - first time I've tried these and quite impressed with how well they set, most of them ended up a nice slightly domed shape, just like a 'real' enamel dot.  I made lots on a piece of acetate and they peeled off easily when they were set, only a few set in strange shapes, but that was probably me lol.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Challenge Up Your Life - grey & yellow
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
Alphabet Challenge - w is for wheels

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sweet Stampin' - girly

Happy Saturday :o)

Our new challenge theme at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'girly'...



I've been working on my first Prisma pencil colouring class with Kit & Clowder, so I thought I'd make my first 'proper' pencil coloured image into a card for my mum.  Mostly because I couldn't face parting with an image that I spent over a week colouring, unless it was for a 'special' card!  Really enjoying pencils, but it takes me ages to colour with them.

The adorable image is from Di's Digi's HERE, the papers are old LOTV ones (now retired), I think the flower and leafy die are both Memory Box, 'mum' is possibly Clearly Besotted and the Happy Birthday sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, but I can't actually find this one to link up at the moment... will hopefully add that later.  Sparkly gems and pearl from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Dream Valley - use 3 patterned papers
Dragonfly Dreams - flowers
Pile It On - 3D embellishments

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 2 February 2018

Polkadoodles DT - anything goes

Morning everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Polkadoodles, where the DT are following an 'engagement' theme, but as always it's 'anything goes' for participants.


I've used a pre-coloured image for a change... I layered the image on a 'love' heart embellishment before printing and cutting out, then added lots of Nuvo clear sparkle to the 'love' lettering, which again just looks streaky in the photo, but is actually nice and shimmery!  The papers, image and heart are all from the Work and Play Love & Kisses set.  Finished off with some little flower sequins from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Craft Rocket - love
MAWTT - love

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Everybody Art GDT - circle or square

Hello again :o)

I'm back with my 2nd post for today, this one is for the new challenge at Everybody Art, where our theme is 'circle or square'.


I nearly always make square cards, so thought I'd go with a circle for a change.  I used a cute new clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, called Bunny Baby, kept the design simple and paper pieced the stamp, using an embossing tool to round out each of the pieces for a slightly 'padded' look.  The coloured in parts were done with copics, the sentiment is included with the image stamp, and all the circles were cut using the stitched & pierced plain and scalloped circle dies from Craft Stash.  All the edges are lightly inked with distress ink in Spun Sugar.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cardz 4 Galz - anything but square
Simon Says Wednesday - layer it up

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges - pastel colours

Hello everyone :o)

I have two posts for today, so here's the first... Our theme over at Papercraft Challenges is 'pastel colours', and we're sponsored by Dr Digi who kindly provided the DT with images to use.


I'm not great at keeping things pastel, so my colouring definitely ended up a bit brighter than I intended!  The image is called Quackers and it's coloured with copics.  The papers are old ones from LOTV (now retired), the stitched circles and pink banner shape are MFT dies, ovals are Nestabilities and the hearts pins were from the Hobby House.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, available HERE.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - layer it up
Allsorts - old favourites (the papers)

I'll be back later with my card for Everybody Art... thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Valentine or love

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where we have a 'Valentine or love' theme this week.


I bought some super cute little dog images recently from Bugaboo, so I thought I'd get one of them used... I coloured him with copics and added lots of Nuvo clear sparkle pen over the hearts (which just looks streaky in the photos, but is nice and shimmery in real life!).  The papers are old ones from LOTV (now retired), sentiment is one of the new clear stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique available HERE, the fishtail dies are MFT die-namics and I think the heart might be Lil' Inkers... teeny button from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Catch the Bug - Stella Says Sketch (fab sketch)
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional something new (the image)
Cute Card Thursday - buttons (just one very small one!)

We went to watch Morgan in his first under-16s basketball game yesterday... there was slight confusion over which team he'd made it onto lol, he originally thought it was the Sharks but it's actually the basketball team that Sheffield United run.  They played Rotherham and lost, but Morgan scored a lot of the points so they asked him to stay and play the under-18s game too... which they also lost!  But it's all good practice eh?  And he's having fun, so it's all good.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Annie All Occasions - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Digi Stamp Boutique, using an adorable little dog image...


This is Peeking Annie from the Annie All Occasions set... less than £1 at the moment for loads of cute images and sentiments too!  The sentiment I used was from THIS clear stamp set though.  I coloured the image with copics, the papers are Basic Grey 'Oxford', blue twine and button from my stash, and an MFT die-namics banner die.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - add a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - something fun
Crafty Catz- anything goes + optional male birthday

I've had a lovely day with my friend today, doing what we'd planned to do last week on my birthday and then didn't because I wasn't well.  So we had a long walk with the dogs (we do this most weeks anyway), then went to Meadowhall and had hot chocolate at the new Godiva cafe... it was a little work of art and it seemed a shame to drink it lol, wish I'd taken a photo of it!  Then we had a little shopping session, and I actually bought clothes for myself, which very rarely happens... and then pizza for lunch.  And I'm off to another friend's for coffee and cake this evening, so it's been a bit of a naughty day really!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 19 January 2018

Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

Morning everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Polkadoodles, where our challenges are always 'anything goes' for participants, but the DT are following the theme of 'winter birthday'.


I don't really make 'winter birthday' cards as such... I find they can often end up looking like Christmas cards, and having a winter birthday myself (and loads in our family too) I like it to be totally separate from Christmas.  So I chose an image that looked fairly warmly dressed and some chilly colours, and that's about as wintery as I get!

I've used a gorgeous image called January Heart on Your Sleeve, coloured with copics.  The papers are from the Belle Papillon paper pad and the sentiment was made using stamps from the fab Build Your Own Male Sentiments set.  The flowers are my favourite MFT die-namics die and the buttons are from my stash... I actually intended to use the plain side of that spotty button, but went on auto-pilot and put the glue on the wrong side lol, so it's one of those happy accidents that all the buttons are different!  Oh, and there's a Doodlebug sparkly enamel dot on the image's flower.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
As You Like It - your favourite die and why (I love this flower die and use it ALL the time, probably too much!  It just fits in so nicely when I want something pretty but not too fussy)
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Fab n Funky - girly
Simon Says Wednesday - add a sentiment

Mum's home from hospital, but still really not well... not sure if it's the flu causing it or a reaction to one of the medications she now has to take, but she can't keep any food down and is getting very fed up.  I'm still shaking off my cold, so haven't risked going to see her yet, as the last thing she needs is more germs!  I'm feeling much better now though, so hopefully I can go at the weekend.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)