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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Happy Birthday Niece

Here is a card that I have made for my niece who will be 12 this year using the Debbi Moore Journey to Wonderland CD

For my card I have a topper sheet, backing paper and an insert.

I recently won a challenge where I won some lovely glittery ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.  I have used a bright blue ribbon for this card.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, the glittery blue ribbon, gingham ribbon and a lovely bright red heart charm.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday - Anything goes using a CD
Allsorts - Charms
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - For a child + sentiment

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Blowing in the Wind".  

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 $2.80 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 31 July 2019.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Happy 28th Anniversary Husband πŸ’•

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Today is a very special day today for my husband and myself as it is our 28th wedding anniversary.  Our time together has had some good times but unfortunately the majority of our married life bar a few years I have been unwell so that has been an added strain for my husband.  We have managed 28 years together and have two wonderful sons so that cannot be too bad can it?

Recently I won a challenge and got to pick some images from Dr Digi as my prize.  As soon as I saw the image "Flossie's Day Out" I knew I wanted it for our anniversary card.  I had a moped for a few years when I first started work and hated it and fell of numerous times.  We go to Skegness quite often and regularly see motorbikes with sidecars and I've said to my husband that I'd love a ride in a sidecar - but I'd doubt I'd get in one with my health and where would my walking stick go?  We can dream though!!!

Not sure what my husband will think of his card.
I have coloured the Dr Digi image called "Flossie's Day Out" with my Promarkers.  I have decoupaged the lights from some dimension and added Glossy Accents to their glasses.  I have edged the image with a tyre stamp I had in my stash from a magazine freebie and also used a little dotty stamp as well using a grey Prism ink pad.

The backing papers are from Summertime Designs who no longer seems to be around anymore as she made gorgeous papers.

I have finished the card off with stamped sentiments, die-cut the numbers "2" and "8" 4 times and stuck them together to make them more pronounced on the card and added some red/white/blue ribbon to match the colour scheme of the card.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair/beard - Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 2
Sidecar/motorbike - Red, Berry Red, Crimson, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3, Black, Lemon, Yellow and Purple
Flossie/her biker friend/helmets - Amethyst, Purple, Mulberry, Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3.

Now just for a laugh here are a few photos of us 28 years ago:
     
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Friends - Two or more patterned papers
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Colours of summer
Cardz for Guyz - Transport
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Krafty Chicks - Stars and stripes (stars and stripes on two different backing papers)
Cute Card Thursday - Bright colours
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of Christmas in July
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - You've got to have friends (my best friend is my hubby who I've known for 31 years but we've been married 28 years today)
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
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Friday, 19 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 19 July 2019

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 "MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "DOTS AND/OR STRIPES".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Field of Red Poppies - Grayscale" (this image comes in a set where you get the black-and-white image as well as a grayscale image).  I soooooooo love poppies so I had to colour up this image.  I have used Promarkers and added some Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen to the centre of the poppies.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished off the card with a Sheena Douglass poppy stamp with matching die, some Sue Wilson die-cut greener, gem stickers and a die-cut sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Cocoa and Caramel
Dress - Lemon, Yellow and Canary
Poppies/greenery - Lipstick Red, Red, Poppy, Canary, Sunflower, Leaf Green and Bright Green
Background - Blue Pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Daisy Chain - Flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Two or more patterned papers
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Colours of summer
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Bright colours
Kitty Bee Designs - Happy summer!
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Happy 5th Anniversary

Here is a 5th anniversary card I made recently using a CraftsUPrint image called "Sloths Just Chillin" set by Janet Briggs.  I printed off the the main image page twice so I could do lots of decoupage layers as the card was being hand-delivered.  I also used the insert which you also got in the kit.

I have finished the card off quite simple using stamped sentiments (using different fonts/sizes of stamps which other crafters I use which I think look good but when I do it I am not sure!!), green glitter glue on the leaves for some sparkles and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of bright and fun
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
As You Like It - Favourite - birds or beasts (I have a "thing" about birds flying too close to me like pigeons and seagulls especially when both my husband and I have food taken from our hands as we are eating by seagulls and two weeks ago a large seagull pinch half of my husband's Danish blue cheese roll out of his hands - so I think I will have to say beasts are my favourites)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
A Place to Start - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Add pearls or gems (pearls for me)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Cardinal".

In this set you will get TWO GRAYSCALE images - a lighter grey image and a darker grey image.

It is available at a special introductory price of $2.50 (original price of $3.50).

Hurry as this offer ends on 21 July 2019.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Happy Birthday Dad

Here is a card I made for my son to give to his dad on his birthday yesterday.

I have used this cute Gruffies House Mouse image from some decoupage sheets I got from Joanna Sheen some years back.

The backing papers I have used are from The Works.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, flowers made by a friend in Canada and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
House Mouse - Anything goes with the option of making a matching envelope

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Happy Birthday Husband


 Today is my husband's birthday so he had to have a special birthday card.

For my card I have used a kit by Janet Briggs over at CraftsUPrint.  The kit is called "Sea View Male Birthday".  In this kit you will get a topper, age badges, sentiment tags and decoupage.
I have printed the sheets out twice so I can do lots of decoupage and also so that I could make a shaker card.  Yes some bits are fiddly to cut out but oh so worth it.

The backing papers are from The Works and also from Sara Davies' Crafter's Companion Nautical Collection.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, sequins/glitter in the shaker and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Place to Start - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Always Fun - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Two or more patterned papers
Creative Fingers - Anything goes

Friday, 12 July 2019

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 12 July 2019

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

The topic this week is "anything goes".


PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation and you MUST specify the colouring medium you have used.
 
 This week we are lucky to have our sponsor as the company "The Paper Shelter".
For my bright and cheery card I have used The Paper Shelter image called "Beauty Session".  This image comes with a black-and-white image, one coloured image, one matching paper and one composition.  I have used the image and the backing paper.  The image has been coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.

I have die-cut circles in orange and green to match the image and also the backing paper.  I then put them through a dotty Embossalicious embossing folder.

I have finished the card off quite simply with a stamped sentiment and some ribbon.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Caramel and Cocoa
Dressing gown - Mango, Orange and Bright Orange
Chair/foam toe dividers/cucumber - Lime Zest, Lime Green, Pear Green, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Ice Grey 3.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Anything goes
A Place to Start - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option to use your country's flag colours
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Always Fun - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment
Passion for Promarkers - Flowers (flowers on the backing paper)
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of one for the girls
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - BINGO plus sentiment (top horizontal row of middle horizontal row of 3d item (flowers/lace), digi/stamp and markers/pencils (Promarkers)
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of heroes and villains
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 12 July 2019

 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 "MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "SHABBY CHIC/DISTRESSED".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
 For my shabby chic/distressed card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Longing For" (it comes in a set with a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself).  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and went for mainly a pink and brown colour scheme.

I have used various design papers from my stash along with kraft card. All of the layers have been distressed with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and then inked around with a brown VersaMagic ink pad. I have also used ink through stencils and also used some texture paste.

I have finished the card off with a doily, wide lace, grosgrain ribbon, sentiment and some flowers.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin/wings - Saffron, Spice, Coral and Oatmeal 
Hair - Tan, Pastel Beige and Khaki
Flowers - Coral, Lime Zest and Lime Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of anything patriotic
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of pastel colours
Daisy Chain - Flowers
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of 2 or more designer papers
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option to use your country's flag colours
Dragonfly Wings - Things with wings
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Always Fun - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment
Passion for Promarkers - Flowers (flowers in the image and added onto the card as an embellishment)
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of one for the girls
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - BINGO plus sentiment (middle horizontal row of patterned paper, embossing and die-cut)
Cute Card Thursday - Pink
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of heroes and villains
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Monday, 8 July 2019

CD Sunday Challenge - 7 July 2019

Here is a card I have made for the CD Sunday Challenge.

I have used my Katy Sue Designs Fabulous Fashion CD.  I have used one of the toppers with the dress and stand.  I printed off two sheets so that I could do extra decoupage (yes I do loveeeeeeeeee cutting out decoupage) as the card was being hand delivered to the recipient.

I have used some plain style card and a backing paper which were all printed from the CD.

I have finished the card off with some pearl dots, wide teal grosgrain ribbon, white lace, thin green stitched grosgrain ribbon, some die-cut butterflies and a sentiment.

Let's hope the recipient likes it!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of anything patriotic
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of pastel colours
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of 2 or more designer papers
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option to use your country's flag colours
Get Creative - Anything goes with the optional twist of monochromatic
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Friday, 5 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 5 July 2019

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

The Blog Challenge for July 2019 is "MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Sunflower Night" and have coloured the image in with Promarkers and used chalks for the background.

Onto the "make your own background".  For this I used various Distress Oxide refills (Fossilised Amber, Spice Marmalade and broken China) and put the colours on my glass mat one at a time, spritzed with water and then dried each layer.  Then I used various stencils and used the same distress oxides through these to get a bit of a pattern.  It took quite a long time but I am very pleased with the results.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment, stamped flowers from a magazine and some twine.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Tan and Putty
Dress/hat - Azure, Artic Blue and Sky Blue
Flowers/moon - Lemon, Yellow, Canary, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Cinnamon and Raw Sienna
Cat - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2 and Azure.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Crafty Friends - Something beginning with "B" (blue and best wishes)

Monday, 1 July 2019

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps July 2019 Facebook Challenge - MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND

  Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

The topic for the Facebook July 2019 challenge is 
"MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my bright and cheery card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Monarch Butterfly" (it comes in a set along with the image "Two Ladybugs".  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers.

For my "make your own background" I have used Broken China and Wilted Violet distress oxide refills to colour the piece of card.  I have then used a flower stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine and stamped around in various shades of purple ink.  I then used used a greenery stamp and also a branch effect stamp to add some more effect in purples and blue.

I have finished my card off with some lace, sentiment and two Prima butterflies which were grey but I coloured with Promarkers to match the colour scheme.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Butterfly - Orchid, Amethyst, Purple, Orange, Duck Egg and Turquoise
Flowers/stalks - Orchid, Amethyst, Purple, leaf Green and Bright Green
Background - Powder Blue, Arctic Blue and Sky Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Any occasion
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Going digital
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Birthdays
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of your favourite colour combo (my favourite colour is purple so anything that goes with it like blue in this card is a nice combo that I will like)
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Something beginning with "B" (butterflies, bling (gems on butterflies), blossom stamp used for the background and birthday)