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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  There is a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
  This image is called "Spring Clover - Greyscale".

In this set you will get TWO greyscale images:  a lighter greyscale image and a darker greyscale image.

It is available at a special introductory price of $2.00 (original price of $3.50).

Hurry as this offer ends on 5 March 2020.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Bookmarks and a card in the Debbi Moore Bringing Inspiration to You Magazine

I recently won a challenge over at the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog and my prize was to pick some images from the Wink Wink Ink Designs Store.  There were lots of gorgeous images but these two dog characters "spoke to me" and I had to have them!!

 I decided to make a couple of bookmarks with these images.  The first image I used was called "Teacup Chihuahua".  I have coloured the image in with Caran D'Ache pencils, highlighted areas with a white Posca pen and fussy cut out.

The backdrop for the image is a decorative card from Hunkydory which I have used a stencil and inked through with a pink and blue ink.  I also used my dauber to make pink circles as well.  I have used some wide grosgrain ribbon, raffia ribbon, flower with brad centre and a stamped sentiment to finish off the bookmark.
 For my second bookmark I used the image called "Pug".  I have again coloured the image in with Caran D'Ache pencils, highlighted areas with a white Posca pen and fussy cut out.  I do like colouring with pencils but with my dodgy hands it makes them so painful afterwards.

The backdrop for the image is a paper from a paper pad from The Works which again I have used a stencil and inked through with a pink, yellow and blue ink.  I also used my dauber to make blue circles as well.  I have used some wide grosgrain ribbon and two stamped sentiments to finish off the bookmark.
 Here is what the cute little chihuahua looks like on my Debbi Moore magazine.
 This is what the pug looks like on the magazine.
I was delighted to see that in Issue 50 of the Debbi Moore Bringing Inspiration to You Magazine one of my cards was shown in the readers' creations page (see above).

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Di's Digi - Use a digi image
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Square
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of food
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of for the girls
Allsorts - Make it girly
  

Friday, 21 February 2020

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 21 February 2020

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is:

 "VALENTINE'S DAY/LOVE/FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL".


Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 
 I decided to make this weeks' card for "someone special" so it's got lots and lots of dimension added onto it.  I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Love is in the air".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, added a large stamped sentiments and coloured the background with pink, turquoise and yellow Pan Pastels.

The backing papers are from The Works and I think First Edition.

I have used my new John Lockwood Lattice Flowers and greenery dies which I got for Christmas and I love them.  I have also used a Marianne Designs die for the mount underneath the image.

I have finished the card off with some purple seam binding. thick purple glittery ribbon, die-cut flowers, die-cut greenery and some purple Nuvo drops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Di's Digi - Use a digi image
Creative Craft Cottage - Add a heart
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Use 3 of something (I have used 3 die-cut flowers and 3 buttons)
Simon Says - Add a sentiment
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Creative Sketchy Girls - Girls only
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Square
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  There is a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Green Clover".

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.
 It is available at a special introductory price of $2.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 21 February 2020.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Happy Anniversary Auntie Irene and Uncle Ben

Today it is my aunt and uncle's wedding anniversary so I have made them this card.  I have used my Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Love CD Rom.  

For my card I used one of the A5 quick cards but I printed it out twice so I could do some extra decoupage and I have printed off an insert for inside as well.

I have finished the card off with some die-cut butterflies, Nuvo pearl drops and some lace.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams - It's a love thing
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of banners/bows
Get Creative - Use hearts
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - W is for anything you wish
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of critters
Allsorts - Dies and/or punches (dies used for the butterflies)
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of embossing
Always Fun - Animals
Make my Monday - Critters
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Monday, 17 February 2020

Good Luck in your New Job Kevin

Today sees our eldest son start a new job.  When he was a child we nearly lost him twice due to his brittle asthma.  Since he's been working he has vowed to "give back" to the NHS for them saving his life twice.  This will be his third job in an NHS Trust.

For my card I have used my Creative Crafting World Meercat Madness For the Boys CD.  I have used a topper sheet, three different backing papers and an insert for the CD.

On one of the backing papers I have used two of my texture stamps to stamp on a checked and a harlequin texture to tie in with the topper.

I have finished the card off quite simply with a computer generated sentiment, seam binding ribbon, organza ribbon, lots of die-cut stars and a button.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Unicorn Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of banners/bows
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Simon Says - 2 or more patterned papers
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - W is for anything you wish
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of critters
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Allsorts - Dies and/or punches (dies used for all of the different stars)
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of embossing
Always Fun - Animals
Make my Monday - Critters
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Happy 50th Birthday Anne

 I had a good friend at school and although she left our home town of Rushden before she finished our comprehensive school we always kept in touch - so much so she was my bridesmaid in July 1991.  

Today it is a special day as it is her 50th birthday.  She is going away to New York with her family for her 50th so I knew which CD I would use to make this card and it was Debbi Moore's Glitter and Glitz New York CD 1 and CD2.
 The card is A5 and is a concertina card with four sides on each side, if you know what I mean.  

For the card I have used backing papers, decoupage, toppers and design sheets from the CD.  I think the card took 10+ hours to make with cutting out the decoupage/toppers etc and then it was planning what would go on each page with trying to work out the decoupage images being spread about so the card didn't turn out too fat.
For the front of the card I used some of my New York stamps.  For the "50 TODAY" I cut these out 8 times for each number/letter and layered them up and inked around the edges.  It was quite a tedious job but it makes them look like MDF.

I have finished the card off quite simply with ribbon, sentiments and Papermania glitterations.

I shall keep my fingers crossed my friend likes her card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Craft - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - W is for anything you wish
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of critters
Allsorts - Dies and/or punches (dies used for the "50 TODAY")
The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of embossing
 
  

Friday, 14 February 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

Here is the Valentine's Day card I have made for my husband for this year.

For my card I have used a topper sheet, insert and backing papers from my Joanna Sheen Furry Friends CD.

The gorgeous black glitter card I got from Hobbycraft recently.  It is is lovely as it is encapsulated glitter and therefore not scratchy to touch which I hate.  It easily cut out various heart die-cuts that I used on this card.

I have finished the card simply with a stamped sentiment, an organza/seam binding ribbon bow and a wooden heart coloured with a black Promarker.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Scrap - Red and/or pink equals love
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - It's a love thing
We Love to Create - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of banners/bows
Get Creative - Use hearts
Craft Rocket - Bows and/or buttons
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Always Fun - Love/Valentine's
Tales from the Craft Room - Love is in the air
Crafty Gals Corner - Add a heart
The Male Room - Heart you
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Love, love, love

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 14 February 2020

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is:

 "VALENTINE'S DAY/LOVE/FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL".


Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 
I am sorry about the photo but no matter what I did the sparkle of the ribbon, the foiling on the backing paper and the pearlescent die-cut mount I could not get a good enough picture with my mobile phone.  Think more practice is needed!!

For my "with love" card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Love Balloon" (in this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself).  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, used chalks for the background, inked around the edge with a pink Versa Magic chalk ink pad and added white and pink dots for an accent.

The backing papers are from The Works.

I have finished the card off with some spotty grosgrain ribbon, sparkly organza ribbon, Debbi Moore sentiment, button and some very tine flower sequins.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Love to Scrap - Red and/or pink equals love
Crafty Friends - Love/romance
CCC Digi Creations - Wedding/Engagement/Love
Make my Monday - I heart you
Craft Rocket - Bows and/or buttons (both for me)
Aud Sentiments - Love/Valentine sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage - Add a heart
Sweet Stampin - All you need is love
Allsorts - Add a heart
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Always Fun - Love/Valentine's
Tales from the Craft Room - Love is in the air
Passion for Promarkers - Photo inspiration
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Add a heart
The Paper Shelter - With a sentiment
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 There is a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
  This image is called "Spring Bookworm".

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.
  It is available at a special introductory price of $2.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 19 February 2020.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 7 February 2020

  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".
 This week we are lucky to be sponsored by Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps.
 For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Sweet Pal".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, used chalks for the background and added a Wink of Stella clear pen for a sparkly sun.

The backing papers are from a paper pad I won recently in a challenge and they are by Trimcraft.

I have created lots of layer with the different papers and by die-cutting some tags.

I have finished the card off with some white organza ribbon (underneath the lace), bright orange lace, LOTV digital stamp (which I have coloured with my Honeycomb Promarker), three orange flowers, Prima butterfly, gems and embroidery threads added to the tags.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of hearts
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of banners/bows
Always Fun - Anything goes
Simon Says - Floral frenzy
Unicorn Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of love
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 7 February 2020

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is:

 "VALENTINE'S DAY/LOVE/FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL".


Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 
 For my "with love" card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Gentle Heart".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, tore around the image and then inked around the edge with a black Versa Magic chalk ink pad.

The backing papers are free downloads from Summertime Designs and Hunkydory.  Some of the scraps of both papers I have torn, inked with the black chalk in pad and used as a decoration in one corner.  I have cut the two hearts out of the backing papers ie gutting and inked these with the black chalk ink pad.

I have finished the card off with a Debbi Moore sentiment, an MDF heart coloured with Promarkers and some silver padded hearts which I've had for years and years.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of hearts
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Red and/or pink equals love
Crafty Friends - Love/romance
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Include some red
Di's Digi Designs - All about love
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - It's a love thing
We Love to Create - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of banners/bows
Always Fun - Anything goes
Get Creative - Use hearts
CCC Digi Creations - Wedding/Engagement/Love
Make my Monday - I heart you
Unicorn Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - For the one I love
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of Mother's Day
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of red
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of love or wedding/anniversary
Daisy Chain - For the girls
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Simon Says - With love
CRAFT - Love/Valentine's
Aud Sentiments - Love/Valentine sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of love
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Add a heart
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New releases

 There have been some new arrivals in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Purple Balloon".  
Ching-Chou recently released this image as a black-and-white version and a partially coloured image (see here).  
The image above though is a totally coloured in image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself and is a decoupage image for you to use.

 This image is available at a special introductory price of $2.00 (original price of $3.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 7 February 2020.
 This image is called "Fern and Butterfly" and you will get a black-and-white image only (the colour photo is for example only). 

 This image is available at a special introductory price of $2.00 (original price of $3.50).

Hurry as this offer ends on 12 February 2020.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Happy Birthday

I made this card for someone who likes to wear nice shoes.  I used backing papers, insert and decoupage from the Katy Sue Designs Fabulous Shoes CD.  There were lots of images but I went for this blue shoe with a red flower.  The shoe was difficult to cut in areas and had more layers than normal as I printed the page out twice to give it lots of dimension.

The flowers were cut out of the backing paper mounts which I gutted before layering up.  The green leaves were die-cut from a The Works paper pad.

As I wanted the decoupaged show image to take centre stage I have just finished the card off with die-cut flowers/leaves and a LOTV digital sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

The Creative Crafters - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Simon Says - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Include some red

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps February 2020 Facebook Challenge - VALENTINE'S DAY/LOVE/FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL

 Today also sees the start of the new Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Challenge.  

This month the topic is "VALENTINE'S DAY/LOVE/FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.  
For my "sending love" card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "It's all about love".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and inked around the edge with a pink Versa Magic chalk ink pad.

The backing papers are free downloads from Hunkydory and Summertime Designs (the red paper I have stamped around the edge with a rose stamp and a Hunkydory grey Prism ink pad).

I have finished the card off with some die-cut hearts from scraps of the backing papers, Debbi Moore sentiment and some lace.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes (congratulations on your 5th anniversary of the challenge.  Here's to the next 5 years!!)
Simon Says - All loved up
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Hearts
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Digital image
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Krafty Chicks - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Valentines
As You Like It - Warm or cool colours - which is your favourite? (I would have to say warm colours as cool colours remind me of the winter and my arthritis doesn't like the cold and I think warm colours help to brighten even the dullest of days for whatever reason)
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of hearts
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Love/romance
Pearly Sparkles - Include some red
Di's Digi Designs - All about love
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes