Saturday, 25 October 2014

Home and Heart


Back with a second card today, please scroll down for my Pink Gem Halloween card. I love using strips of paper on shaped cards and the kraft cards are particularly good with the Autumnal colours.
Image - Home and Heart by Create-it
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Sunny Side
Die - Memory Box

Challenges
Simon Says get crafty and use kraft
Stamping Sensations Warm Autumn colours

I should be home soon as the craft fair finishes at 2pm. Hopefully I will have less stock and more money!

Boo!


Trick or treat is the challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I have used a cute precoloured digi from the cute spooks set along with one of the batty papers and the Halloween calendar. I simply added some black ribbon and a diecut banner. I hope you will play along for the chance to win 2 digis of your choice.

Challenges
Dream Valley Halloween 
Bearly Mine Halloween 
ALBC Boo! 
Send a smile 4 kids Celebration cards 4 kids
Creative Inspirations Happy Halloween
The Paper Shelter Halloween
Delicious Doodles Halloween

I am selling at a Spooky Halloween craft fair today so I will catch you later. I alo have another card scheduled for 1pm so please hop back.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Snowmen Village gift card holder


Today is my turn to post a project on the Little Claire blog and I have posted the instructions for making this gift card holder. If you would like the measurements and instructions hop over there. It would be lovely if you left a comment here and there too. I have used Christmas Snowmen stamp set.

This is the inside

Challenges
Country View Sparkle and shine 
Crafty Little Fairies Only one DP

Thursday, 23 October 2014

White on white


Well Blogger threw a hissy fit for me yesterday morning and judging by some comments on Facebook I wasn't alone. It said there had been unexpected activity and wanted me to enter a code, which I did, and then enter another code and so on, just wouldn't let me in. Thankfully it did let me in after I left it a while but it meant I couldn't do my normal morning commenting.

Anyway all was well when I scheduled this card yesterday afternoon so hopefully it is still working so I can catch up. I love white on white cards but they are not the easiest to photograph. I used an Embossalicious folder with Core'dinations, Sue Wilson filigree poinsettia, shabby white frantage, pearl sprays from Wild Orchid, pearl strip from a friend and white ribbon.

Challenges
Allsorts embossing 
  Divas by Design festive florals 
Country View Sparkle and shine 
CCAYR Embelish it

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Making Cards paper challenge


I decided to challenge myself on Monday afternoon to make a batch of cards using the papers, toppers and sentiments that came with the latest edition of Making Cards. It was so much faster using one set of papers and I was very pleased to make 8 that afternoon. They are all varied as I added various embellishments.


This one is my favourite, well it is a snowman and I love the colour combination. I simply added some Stickles and Joy die cut snowflakes from white glitter card.


I love the chalkboard effect of the sentiments. I shall be looking out for some of these to buy at the NEC. For this one I added half a doily and some Marianne diecut and embossed poinsettias with pearls.

I still have a lot of materials left to make another batch. A great way to build up my stock.

Challenges
Sister Act Anything goes 
Southern Girls Getting wordy on it 
Fantastic Tuesday Add flowers 
CCAYR Embellish it

Looking forward to a visit to the garden centre with friends this morning. We will be stopping for coffee and buying some more bulbs for Spring colour in the garden.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Friends


Another cute image today for one of my calendars for my craft fairs.
Image - LOTV Art Pad
Papers - MME
Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl
Punch - MS border
Dies - Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle
Paper bows with buttons  - Hobbycraft

Challenges
Bunny Zoe Animals 
LOTV Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons Buttons and bows

Monday, 20 October 2014

Birthday Gift


This little cutie is a freebie at Funky Kits with any purchase of sweet Sugar Nellie stamps. I made this card for the lovely Debby (A Scrapjourney) for her Birthday last Saturday.
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Unforgettable
Punch - MS border
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - MFT Die-namics pierced rectangles, MB cherry blossom
Other - enamel dots

Challenges
Crafty Sentiments Something starting with G (Gift) 
Bunny Zoe Animals 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Simply Forever Friends


This is one of many simple 5x5 cards I have made for my craft fairs. I will only be putting a very few of them on my blog but I really love the sweet simplicity of this one. The papers are old Forever Friends and I simply fussy cut the image from one paper and decoupaged it and added 2 Doohickey slender fir diecuts. Simples.

Challenges
Oldie but a goodie Christmas (old papers)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

All aboard the Mayflower


Another layout today and a much simpler design. I love the variety of layouts you can create with scrapbooking and if you have never tried it I urge you to give it a try. The photograph is of a replica of the Mayflower which is in Plymouth, New England. Of course this is where the Pilgrims landed after setting sail from England. 

The paper is DCWV and just perfect for this layout. The tag is Craftwork Cards and the lovely ribbon and striped buttons are from Crafty Ribbons. I also used a Go Kreate seagull die, Tim Holtz word stickers and words and journal cards from Bo Bunny and Papermania.

Challenges
TTCD Anything goes
Simon Says Monday O is for.... (Ocean)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas Wishes


Great craft shop sales yesterday and a lovely treat day today. Off for a facial and back massage and a look round the shops in Norwich. Very tiring day yesterday as we were up at 5.30 and standing all day selling so I didn't get much blogging done last night. Will have to catch up later or at the weekend. The second of my vintage Christmas cards in the November issue of Making Cards. I used a lovely Inkylicious stamp with white ink on kraft card cut with a postage stamp Spellbinder. The papers are Echo Park Keepin' Cozy. I used Marianne poinsettia and Tattered Lace ivy dies with tiny red berries from The Ribbon Girl.

Challenges
CCAYR Embellish it
Crafty Cardmakers It's only words
Oldie but a Goodie Chistmas (last year's stamp, old poinsettia dies)
Inky Chicks Christmas

Thursday, 16 October 2014

NYC Streets


Back with another scrapbook layout today. I loved our visit to New York and really want to go back. It is just like you expect it to be from seeing it in movies and on TV. These pics were taken in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn. The bottom picture is of the famous brownstones which I have read about in many novels. Very tranquil walking around here away from the hustle of Times Square.

I tore and inked some old papers and added some vintage ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.I used a Tim Holtz on the edge townscape die also inked with DI Vintage Photo. The love lamp post is a new die from Doohickey I got with a voucher I won a few weeks ago at Winter Wonderland. I didn't have enough of each letter in the alphabet stickers I wanted to use so I used a mixture and I really like the effect.

Challenges
AllsortsCream and brown 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

Two of my crafting friends who sell handpainted ceramics and textiles are sharing the shop at the hospital with me today. We did this a couple of months ago and we were very busy as is is right by the outpatient's reception. They have different people in there every day and we are hoping to get a regular day a month next year. It is an early start so I won't be around all day today.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Let it Snow


Here is the second of my Dillybean cards published in Making Cards this month. Again coloured with Copics and teamed with the LOTV Woodland Wishes papers. I simply added some MS punched snowflakes with glitter card and some lovely ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
Delicious Doodles Christmas in October
Oldie but a Goodie Chistmas (last year's digi, ribbon and papers, old snowflake punches)
Crafting from the heart Anything goes 
TTCD Anything goes

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

One of my favourite stamps


This is another of the cards I made for Making Cards magazine using one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Stampendous. I stamped the image twice and cut one into an oval and decoupaged it, coloured the holly with Copics and added lots of shabby white frantage. The papers are Craftwork Cards Christmas Post. Lots of distressing on this card with DI Vintage photo and TH tool. The holly leaves were made with a Woodware punch and sanded Core'dinations with added pearls for berries.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in October
  Scribble and scrap anything goes 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Get ahead for Christmas

Monday, 13 October 2014

Pumpkin People!


I haven't created any scrapbook layouts for such a long time but I thoroughly enjoyed making 3 last Friday when Lynsey came for the day. It is so different to cardmaking and lovely to make something for myself. We love New England and one of the fun things to do in New Hampshire in October is to follow the trail and find the pumpkin people. This is just one of the many displays. I used some papers from my stash with a GO Kreate die and aTim Holtz die for the leaves, The pumpkins, spotted shape and pumpkin pie diecuts are from a set I bought in America. I also added some burlap and felt letters for added texture.

Challenges
Scrapology Great sketch 
Papertake Anything goes 
Scribble and scrap Anything goes 
Dream Valley Anything but a card 
Crafting Musketeers Autumn colours
Simon Says Monday O is for ..... (October)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Penguins in Making Cards magazine


I am so pleased to have 4 cards published in this month's Making Cards magazine and this is one of 2 Dillybean cards I made. These images are such fun and I was delighted to win some more of them recently. I have teamed them with LOTV Woodland Wishes papers and sentiment, Memory Box die cut penguins and some pearls. A little bit of doodling to match the doodles around the image which has been coloured with Copics.

Challenges
Papertake anything goes 
Deep Ocean Christmas in October 
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Bunny Zoe Animals
Sparkles Christmas For a child

We are out for a meal with friends this evening and then going to see The Hollies in concert at the theatre. Enjoy your Sunday x

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Santa's hat again


We have another easy challenge for you today at Little Claire, Christmas. Yes we want to see your Christmas creations, well you can't get much easier than that.I have used the fun image Santa's Hat which I have coloured with Copics to match my gorgeous new Carta Bella papers Bundled Up. The ribbo is from Crafty Ribbons and I have used an Xcut ivy and Woodware holly punches with pearls, Die-namics pierced rectangle and MB banner dies plus some Stickles.

Here is this month's fabulous prize.

Challenges 
CCAYR Embellish it 
Papertake anything goes 
Deep Ocean Christmas in October
As You Like it Favourite fibre and why (I love adding texture and although lace and burlap are lovely I use ribbon most often. There are so many colours and patterns available and it makes the best bows.)
Fab n Funky Anything with ribbon

Friday, 10 October 2014

New snowman stamp


I had a lovely day on Wednesday, my Birthday. We spent the day at Freeport shopping outlets. Hubby had already bought me a silver ring from a craft fair and a Gorjuss girls diary and I said I would like some new clothes too. In Gap I got 2 pairs of skinny jeans and 3 jumpers, then across the road in Next (not the Outlet store) I got a lovely top. My Mum gave me money so I bought a gorgeous new Radley handbag reduced by £90! The rest of her money has gone into my NEC fund for next month. We also bought a couple of Christmas pressies while we were there and stopped for a meal before coming home.

You know how much I love snowmen and this is another of the stamps I just got from LOTV. I went with traditional colours for this one.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Father Christmas
Punch - MS holly border, Woodware holly
Sentiment - Bo Bunny
Other - wooden snowflake coloured with DI Vintage Photo, stickles, viva pearl pen, card candi

Challenges
LOTV anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl Glitz and dazzle
Papertake anything goes
Deep Ocean Christmas in October
Whimsy anything goes

My very good friend Lynsey, who bought me some lovely crafty pressies for my Birthday is coming over today for a scrapbooking day. So I am taking time out and indulging in creating some layouts. Catch up with you later.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Christmas Past


Today it is my turn to host the fortnightly challenge at Crafty Ribbons and I have chosen Christmas Past to tie in with the gorgeous new vintage ribbons. This is one of the samples I made recently for the Crafty Ribbons stand at craft shows. I have used a free image, Marianne skates die cut and Vintage Christmas Past - Christmas cards ribbon. Yes, no papers on this card!

I would like to enter this into anything with ribbon at Fab n Funky

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Sweet James in the snow


How much stash do you have that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. Well I haven't used my X cut shape tool for absolutely ages. I got it out and thought either use it or sell it. Mmm, the diamond shape worked perfectly with the image so I am keeping it and going to use it. The larger shapes are particularly useful for scrapbooking.  I was lucky enough to win a £10 LOTV voucher last week so I got 3 new stamps including this older James stamp which I needed. Last time I tried colouring on kraft card I wasn't very happy with it but this time I used Desert Storm colouring card from Crafter's Companion and I am delighted with the result. 
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Carta Bella Bundled Up (lovely new papers)
Ribbon and button  - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - MS border
Other - Viva pearl pen, stickles, glitter twine from stash

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Glitz and dazzle
  LOTV anything LOTV goes 
CCAYR Embellish it 
Country View Sparkle and shine 
Natalie and Amy Colouring on kraft 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Get ahead for Christmas

I won't be around today as it is my Birthday. Hubby asked me what I wanted for my Birthday and I said clothes so we stayed overnight last night at a Premier Inn at Freeport, Braintree and today I will be shopping at the outlets there.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Shabby umbrella


Candy winners post below. I haven't made a card like this for a while and I do love making them. This is one of my favourite images for some reason.  I really enjoyed distressing with DI Vintage Photo and my Tim Holtz distress tool and sanding the Core'dinations. The paper is LOTV Country Gent, clock die and gears are Tim Holtz and I added some brown pearls and a LOTV Birthday stamp.

Challenges
Crafty Catz all sentimental (use a sentiment) 
That Craft Place shabby chic 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes 
Crafty Little Fairies only one DP 
Whimsy anything goes

Candy winners

Thank you to everyone who entered my candy. Sadly there can only be 2 winners. I used random org to choose the winners but can't show you the random org pics as I am on my Ipad and won't have time to get the laptop out today.

First number drawn was .........
37
That's you Mags

Second number drawn was .........
49
That's Debbie Johns.

Please email me your addresses ladies and I will get the candies posted to you.


Monday, 6 October 2014

Candy

Would you like to win some yummy candy? Please check out my candy page and enter. Only entries via the link on my page will be entered into the draw. Closes 6th October. Good Luck.


Spiders and pumpkins


My first Halloween card this year. Janet has so many cute Halloween images it was hard to know which to use first.
Image - Halloween Josh
Medium - Copics
Papers - K&Co Hopscotch
Ribbon and die cut punpking drom stash
Dies - Tim Holtz film strip. Spiders and web bought from Facebook

Challenges
Scribble and scrap Anything goes
Delicious DoodlesCute Halloween 
Divas by design Spooky 
Fab n Funky Halloween 
Bearly Mine Halloween 
ALBC Boo!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ballerinas


These images do make me smile and this card was made for an order. I was asked for 2 ballerinas to represent the lady's daughters. One is tall with red hair and the other is very small with dark hair. The beauty of digital stamps is of course that I was able to size the girls this way.
Images - All Dressed Up
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME
Other -  wooden star coloured with DI Vintage Photo, Lace, American thickers numbers

Challenges
All dressed upanything goes
Whimsy Anything goes 
Scribble and scrap Anything goes 
Di's digis girly 

Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of days to visit your blogs. Day at home today so I should have time for a catch up. I want to sort out my scrapbooks and photographs to get myself organised for what I want to do more layouts for and I am sure there will be some crafting too. Enjoy your day and don't forget to enter my candy which finishes soon.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Joy


Another cas card from me today. I would never get all my Christmas cards made if I made them all fussy and fancy and as we all know not everybody appreciated how much work has gone into them. These Sassy Cheryl images are such fun and of course they make a lovely quick card. I am enjoying experimenting with cas with different embellishments and minimal papers. For this one I just added pearls, twine and a charm. Placing the image at an angle just adds a bit of interest.

Challenges
Paper Creators Use a charm 
Paper Shelter Pearls 
Cutie Pie 3s (3 pearls, 3 strings of twine, 3 letters in Joy)

We had a lovely afternoon at the coast yesterday. The weather was gorgeous. Then we went for an Italian meal and saw Talon, brilliant Eagles tribute band. Still warm when we came out of the theatre. I am selling at one of my regular craft fairs this afternoon. Enjoy your day and don't forget my candy ends soon.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Sparkle and Glitter


A Christmas full of sparkle and glitter sounds good to me. I have used another of the gorgeous new snowmen stamps from Little Claire coloured with Copics and sprayed with gold Spray and Sparkle. Papers are First Edition Gilded Winter. I added some MS punched snowflakes and some cabuchons I bought from somebody on Facebook.

Challenges
Craftyhazelnut Make it colourful
Country View Sparkle and shine

Last few days to enter my candy. Two prizes to be won.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Best friends


I made this card for a friend's Birthday as the family recently got a dog I thought I had to use this adorable image. I do love the vintage boys at LOTV.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - K&Co Hopscotch, DCWV gauze
Dies - MB fence split, lavish branch and clouds, Die-namics pierced rectangle

Challenges
A Creative Romance In the garden 
Sweet Stampin' Just for men 
We Do Doobadoo Masculine 
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes
Not just cards Anything goes
ABC U for unique (anything goes)

Looking forward to a trip to the coast this afternoon, meal and a show. We are going to see the Eagles tribute band, Talon who are supposed to be excellent.

Just a few days left to enter my candy. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Snowmen!


The first day of October, eeeeeeeek, can you believe it. the first of the month of course means a new club set of stamps from Little Claire and this is one of the new stamps. I love snowmen so I was delighted to play with these new stamps and just love the sentiment. I went for a cas look, colouring the image with Copics and adding lots of glitter. I simply doodled around the edges and added some pearl dots. 

Challenges
Craftyhazelnut Make it colourful

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

White Wedding


I so love white on white cards and they are a perfect match for Wedding cards. I embossed the background, the sentiment is a Woodware stamp cut with a Spellbinders floral oval. I added some beautiful ribbon, MB die cut vines and some flowers from Wild Orchid just to give a little colour.

Challenges
Deep Ocean At least one flower 
Sister Act Anything goes

Have you entered my candy yet?

I am out all day again today, time for a haircut and highlights so that is a long visit to the hairdresser. I have been going there for years so will have a good chat and a chance to read my book whilst the colour is taking.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Christmas florals


I seem to have made countless Christmas cards already but still have loads more to make. How is your Christmas crafting coming along?
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics
Paper, holly leaves, and sentiment - Craftwork Cards Christmas Post
Doily - Dovecraft Curiosity Corner
Other - card candi

Off out again today, meeting a friend for coffee, then popping back to hers to see their new dog, out for lunch and then visiting my Mum.

Have you entered my candy?