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Friday, 14 May 2021

Happy Birthday Friend!


Here is a card I have made using a Debbi Moore freebie topper sheet and backing paper.  Isn't the rose and butterflies just gorgeous?  I printed the sheet off twice so I could do some extra decoupage - well that is where my first love with crafting came about.

I have used some glitter card to add some sparkle to my card.

I have simply finished the card off with flowers/sentiments/banners off the topper sheet, some posh lace and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams - Add some sparkle (glitter paper and gems)
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of a mood board
Get Creative - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Paper Funday - Anything goes with the option of flowers/floral
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of no patterned paper
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes with a CD/USB/digital (digital image and digital papers used)
Ally's Angels - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 14 May 2021


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

The weekly topic is always "anything goes".

This week our sponsor is "Polkadoodles".
For my vintage/distressed style of Christmas card I have used the Polkadoodles image called "Snowman and Friends Digital Stamp - Winnie White Christmas".

I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and inked around the image with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink.

The papers are from Summertime Designs (sadly no longer available) and Hobbycraft.

I have finished my card off with two doily die-cuts coloured red with my Promarker, scrunchy ribbon and bell (from Lindt chocolate long eaten!!), small gems and a sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Daisy Chain - Add some ribbon
Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes with the option of pink
Creative Craft Cottage - Add ribbon and/or a bow
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option to add a tree or two
Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Markers - Use your favourite colours (I love to see lots of different colours on Christmas but I like the more traditional colours of red, green and gold like I have done with this card)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Fezziwigs Challenge - Let's get sentimental
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option to add a sentiment
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Thursday, 13 May 2021

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 "Summer Blooms".

In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.
This image is available at a special introductory price of $3.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 18 May 2021.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Monday 10 May 2021


Today is the day for me to show you my creation for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

Our challenge this month is:

"MAGICAL WORLD eg fairies, dryads, mermaids, unicorns etc".

This week the Design Team were challenged to a "shaped card".  Here is my inspiration post with that theme.

For my shaped card I have used the partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik called "Aromatic Summer" (when you purchase this image you will get a partially coloured image and a black-and-white image for you to colour).

I have used a Crafter's Companion die for the floral edge.

I have used various papers from my stash and used my Tim Holtz deckle trimmer for all the papers and images.

I have finished the card off with a LOTV sentiment, lace, ribbon bow, pearls and a flower made by a crafty friend in Canada.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of wings
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of a mood board
Incy Wincy - Mother's day and/or flowers
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting Happiness - Anything goes or frogs
Unicorn Challenge - Shaped cards
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
The Paper Funday - Anything goes with the option of flowers/floral
Daisy Chain - Add some ribbon
Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes with the option of pink
Simon Says - Feminine
Little Red Wagon - Hers! (congratulations on your 600th challenge - what an achievement!!)
Creative Craft Cottage - Add ribbon and/or a bow
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes with the option of gems/pearls
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes with a CD/USB/digital (digital image used)

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Happy Birthday - Have a Great Day!


Here is a card for a male family member using some decoupage from Joanna Sheen by the artist Jody Bergsma (sadly I do not think it is available now).  These animal images are perfect for those men that do not really have an interest but then again I would gladly receive a card like this being a female.

The backing papers I have used are from The Works and Sara Davies Crafter's Companion Nautical Range.

As the card has to be posted I could not go too "over the top" but have die-cut some greenery, die-cut some netting, added a sentiment from the decoupage sheet, stamped a sentiment, used a piece of Crafter's Companion hessian style thread and knotted it in places and finally some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of a mood board
Get Creative - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of no patterned paper
The Male Room - Water/beach
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes with the option of gems/pearls
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of flowers/twine or gems

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Hare-py Birthday Julie


I recently won a challenge over at the Skeepski Designs Facebook Group and I got to pick some images as my prize.  These bunnies - or hares - are gorgeous and I thought they would be perfect to give to my hairdresser for her birthday.

I have coloured the Sheepski Designs image called "Bad Hare Day Image No 169" in with Promarkers.  For the bunny/hare on the left and the hairdryer I decided to decoupage this area to add a bit more dimension.

I have used a very small stencil I got free with a magazine and drew the brick effect to replicate a wall and did the same with some squares to replicate a tiled floor.  It was very time consuming compared to just colouring with pens/chalks/Pan Pastels etc but I think it was worth it.

The backing papers I have used are from my Creative Crafting World Perfect Papercrafting CD and I have also used some Dolly Dimples wood effect card.

I have finished the card off with some lace, grosgrain ribbon, gems, computer generated sentiment (a bit corny I know but I am sure she will like it!!), organza bow with a button sewn onto it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting Happiness - Anything goes or frogs
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of wings
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option for a child
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of a mood board
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything goes
Mix it Up - Anything goes with the option of layering it up
Sheepski Design Facebook Challenge - Anything goes with an optional twist of flower power
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes

Monday, 3 May 2021

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Monday 3 May 2021


Today is the day for me to show you my creation for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

Our challenge this month is:

"MAGICAL WORLD eg fairies, dryads, mermaids, unicorns etc".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
For my birthday card I have used one of the new decoupage images that are in the Etsy Store.  I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Dreamy Moon".  Isn't that little puppy so very cute?

I have used the image along with some papers from The Works.  I shall be glad when they reopen to look for some new paper pads as their quality is very good.

I have finished the card off with a bought flower, leaves cut out of a piece of the backing paper that I gutted (no-one will know will they??), LOTV digital sentiments, wide pink sating ribbon, narrow stitched pink ribbon and a piece of pink lace.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes (digital image used)
We Love to Create - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Krafty Chicks - Anything goes
Mix it Up - Anything goes with the option of layering it up
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes
Morgans Artworld - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option of a mood board
Incy Wincy - Mother's day and/or flowers
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting Happiness - Anything goes or frogs
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes

Saturday, 1 May 2021

A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog - May 2021


Today sees the start of another challenge over at the A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge Blog.

The topic is always "ANYTHING GOES" and you are allowed unlimited entries into the challenge. 

This month are very welcome sponsor is "Fred She Said".


For my card I have used the image called "Afternoon Ride (Motorcycle)".

When you purchase this image you will get some black-and-white images for you to colour and some pre-coloured images which I can only say are fantastic!!

For my card I used the pre-coloured motorcycle.  I also took the image into Craft Artist and made my own backing paper.

I used a tyre stamp held in my hand so it did not print in a full straight line and instead was distressed.  I tore around the image and inked with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink and then also added the tyre stamp around it as well.

I cut out various cogs and brushed over with silver and copper gilding wax.

I then used three layers of card die-cut for the name "Stuart".

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

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes (I have used a digital image and used the digital image to make a digital background paper)
We Love to Create - Anything goes
Crafting Happiness - Anything goes with the option of bright colours
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Krafty Chicks - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of wings
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option for a child
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Mix it Up - Anything goes with the option of layering it up
Crafty Calendar - Masculine
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes


Thursday, 29 April 2021

New Release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store


There is a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
This image is called "Pale February - Greyscale".
This image is available at a special introductory price of $3.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 2 May 2021.

Monday, 19 April 2021

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Monday 19 April 2021


Today is the day for me to show you another creation for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

Our challenge this month is:

"FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 

For my final inspiration card for April 2021 I have made a birthday card using the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Autumn Watchers - Greyscale".  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers, added Sakura stardust clear pen to the cat's wings (crumbs I must have taken about 20 photos trying not to get such a shine on the wings which is showing in this photo but I had to give up in the end) and inked around the image with Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans distress ink.

The backing papers are from Hobbycraft.

I have finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, three bought flowers and I die-cut a border and then threaded some grosgrain ribbon through it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

CCC Digi Creations - Include an animal
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Include an animal
Moving Along with the Times - Animals/birds
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Girls and/or ladies
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
Pearly Sparkles - Animals, birds and/or insects
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Feature a creature
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of "in the garden"
Stamping Sensation - Fantasy and magical
Crafter's Castle - Anything goes
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Include an animal
Creative Craft Cottage - Include an animal
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes using a digital download or a CD/USB (digital image used)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Feminine
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of paper piecing
The Paper Shelter - Girl power
Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon/twine

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Home Sweet Home


I needed to make two new home cards.  I decided to use my Debbi Moore "Shabby Chic - Owls" CD as I wanted to use the owls and the birdhouse image. 

On the sheet you get the birdhouse, owl, tags, sentiments and ribbon strip.  I have also used backing papers and inserts from the CD.  For the card above I have used elements from the CD and just decorated with some sparkly gems and some satin ribbon through the tag.

For this card I have stamped two different keys (ie key to the door for a new home) in Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany distress all around the top layer of paper printed from the CD.  I have simply finished the card off with ribbon through the tag and some sparkly sequins.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Get Creative - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of making a slimline card
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Mix It Up - Anything goes with the option of no stamping
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option to use some flowers
  

Friday, 16 April 2021

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 16 April 2021


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

The weekly topic is always "anything goes".
This week we are lucky to be sponsored by SheepSki Designs.
For my male orientated card I have used the SheepSki Designs image called "Bob - Image No 60".  This is a lovely fun image suitable for a small child but even a man/woman that likes anything DIY/robotic etc.

I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and edged around the image with Tim Holtz's Speckled Egg distress oxide and Gathered Twigs distress ink.

I recently won a challenge over at the Classic Design Team Challenge Blog.  As my prize I got to pick a set of digital papers from Michelle's store (Keen Crafter Designs).  I got it down to a choice of three and in the end went for the "Steampunk" set as I knew I had this image for a DT card.

I printed three of the backing papers off and tore all their edges and inked with the Gathered Twigs distress ink.  Under the image I laid some hessian which I frayed.  I then used my cog dies and two different backing papers and cut out all the cogs, inked the edges and added to the card with brads (including two screw head brads).

I have finished the card off with some die-cut spanners, wrenches and screwdrivers and a stamped sentiment onto one of the backing papers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper April Challenge - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything goes
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
The Paper Funday - Anything goes with the option of Spring has Sprung
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes using a digital download or a CD/USB (digital image and also digital papers used)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of paper piecing
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of making a slimline card
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of embossing - wet or dry
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

New Release in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store


There is a new set of images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:

This is a set called "Wild Passion". 

In this set you will "Inner Passion - Greyscale" and "Getting Wild - Greyscale".

These images are available at a special introductory price of $3.00 (original price of $4.00).

Hurry as this offer ends on 18 April 2021.

I'm a little late to celebrate your birthday


I needed to make a belated card for someone.  I decided to use my Just Inklined "The Big One" CD and used this builder/DIY chap to make a flippin' card ie you get to see the front and back of the character as there is a layer of acetate in between.

The other week when I was on holiday this card took me two days to make as it just kept on going wrong.  I restarted once and I nearly put this one into the bin but asked my hubby's advice and he said "can't you put some ribbon on it?".  Thankfully I had some perfect ribbon and that did the trick.

On the yellow paper I used various tool stamps to stamp onto the paper and just coloured in the handles with Promarkers.

I finished the card off by die-cutting some DIY tools (thanks Lozzy - these are fiddly to do at times but so wonderful), peel-off letters coloured with a red Promarker, stamped sentiment and a peel-off glitter frame over the sentiment.

I was pleased to hear that the recipient liked his card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Craft - Anything goes
Mix It Up - Anything goes with the option of no stamping
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of "in the garden"
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option to use some yellow
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Get Creative - Anything goes
The Paper Funday - Anything goes with the option of Spring has Sprung
CD Sunday Plus - Anything goes using a digital download or a CD/USB (CD used)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes

Monday, 12 April 2021

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Monday 12 April 2021


Today is the day for me to show you another creation for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

Our challenge this month is:

"FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme. 

For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital image called "Hello Spring - Greyscale".  This time I have coloured my image in with coloured pencils and my Spectrum Noir blending solution.  It certainly took a lot longer to colour in over several days but I enjoyed doing it.

The backing papers I have used from The Works.  On one of the backing papers I have stamped around the edge with different leaf/greenery stamps.  I have also done the same with the sentiment that I stamped on a tag.

I have finished the card off quite simply with some fabric flowers, stamped sentiment, various short lengths of ribbon in my stash and some Nuvo pearl drops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Classic Design Challenge - Anything goes (congratulations on your 5th birthday)
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes with the option of ribbon or twine (various ribbons used)
CCC Digi Creations - Include an animal
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Cute as a Button - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Studios - Include an animal
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Mix It Up - Anything goes with the option of no stamping
Moving Along with the Times - Animals/birds
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Girls and/or ladies
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Animals, birds and/or insects
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of flowers
Dragonfly Dreams - Feature a creature
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of "in the garden"
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option to use some flowers
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option to use some yellow
Inspiration Station - Photo inspiration (my inspiration is from the leaves and the colour green)
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Jan's Digi Stamps - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Include an animal
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Include an animal
The Paper Funday - Anything goes with the option of Spring has Sprung
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Get Creative - Anything goes
Simon Says - Happy birthday
The Paper Shelter - Include a sentiment
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Crafty Catz - Anything goes 
Polkadoodles - Anything goes