Monday 29 February 2016

Make My Monday - Let's Go Fly A Kite

This week's challenge at Make My Monday is to use a kite.

For my DT card I used kite and cloud stamps from October Afternoon, and the sun from Hero Arts. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella.

We'd love you to pop over to MMM, see what the DT have done and enter your own kite themed creation.

I'd like to enter:
The Paper Girls  show some sunshine
Ooh La La  add a sentiment
Eureka clean and simple
The Craft Barn clean and simple
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
Pinspirational  photo

Sunday 28 February 2016

Farmyard Birthday

Here's a one-layer- card using stamps from two sets of The Alley Way stamps (and the 'birthday' from Papermania). It would have fairly quick if I hadn't had to abandon some attempts due to excessive smudging.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash - one layer
My Time To Craft - one layer
Fantastic Tuesday - add an animal
Mod Squad animal fun

Saturday 27 February 2016

Inkspirational - Geometric

Pia chose our new challenge at Inkspirational - Geometric .
Although I thought long and hard , and tried out several ideas, for this theme, in the end the cards I made were very clean and simple.

I used a cutting file on the Silhouette and teamed it with a pre-cut foiled 'hello' from Like For Ever's Feb kit (which I reviewed here).  For the second card, I used some of the triangles cut from the first card, together with another die-cut from the kit and a stamped sentiment (Hero Arts).

I hope you'll visit us at Inkspirational, see the work of our fabulous Guest Designer Justine  and our Design Team, and link up your own geometric creation.

I'd like to link the card with the butterfly at:
QKR Stampede birthday cards
Winter Wonderland must use a sentiment
Seize the Birthday  anything goes

Thursday 25 February 2016


For this card I'm using the new Clearly Besotted pirates set, which I blogged about here.  I've also used a sentiment set from Waffle Flower.

This was going to be a one-layer-card, but I had so many failed attempts I feared I would run out of cardstock! I really don't know where all those smudges came from!

I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Inspirations colour
Addicted to Stamps  make your mark
Stamp Ink Paper  cardmaker's choice
Seize the Birthday  anything goes

Tuesday 23 February 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Polka Dots

This week at City Crafter, Stella wants to see polka dots on our projects.

I used a digi stamp from A Day for Daisies and sentiment stamps from Waffle Flower.  I coloured in with alcohol markers and paper-pieced with polka dot paper.

Our special Guest Star, Andie , is still with us - and doing an amazing job! - so please visit the City Crafter blog to see what she , and the DT, have made ...and join in the challenge!

I'd like to enter:
Crafting when we can use a digi
Naughty or Nice  see red
Allsorts  birthday wishes
Get Creative  lots of red

Monday 22 February 2016

Make My Monday - Through the Window

Our challenge at Make My Monday is 'Through the Window'.

For my DT card I die-cut a window and created a view using My Favourite Things 'Ewe are the Best' stamps. (And not a sheep in sight!) . The chair is an svg e-die cut from Lettering Delights and the sentiment is Little Claire. The wallpaper is a Basic Grey design from my paper mountain. 

I hope you'll visit Make My Monday, see what the rest of the DT have made and join in!

I'd like to enter:
That Craft Place anything goes
The Challenge  photo
Addicted to Stamps  die cut
Polkadoodles lucky green
Penny Black and More stamp and die 

Saturday 20 February 2016

Balloon Ride (Conquering Paper Mountain #6)

This card uses stamps from W plus 9 and sentiment stamps by Clearly Besotted. The My Mind's Eye papers I've used are from my paper mountain - I think I won this pad and I do like them so I'm not sure why they've been hanging around for years!

I'd like to enter:
Fairytale balloons
ABC Challenge b is for ...balloon and birthday
Allsorts  birthday wishes
Crafting with Dragonflies birthday card

Sweet Macarons

I'm missing my local crop (Scrapbags) today because my son has been away at his grandparents' this week and is due back any minute. So I'm just taking the last opportunity to scrap at home, and enter a few challenges, before I go back on mum duty.

Most of the stuff  I used here is from the Like for Ever February kit. (I reviewed this kit here ) . I also used paper from Craftwork Cards (esp the eiffel tower) , Pink Paislee (the script bottom layer paper). The macaron stamp is this month's freebie with Craft Stamper magazine.

I am pleased to enter the Abba-themed challenge in the ATDML cybercrop - I used 7 patterned papers. (Apart from the obvious, I have used 2 to paper-piece the macarons). Voulez vous?

I'd like to enter Another Freaking Scrappy Blog  - only one sheet of paper is completer and I didn't think I'd use the 'sweet' embellishment - it originally said 'sweetie' , so I cut the end off and voila!

I'd also like to enter:
Craft Stamper  two text papers included and the CS freebie stamp
Time Out  photo - hope it's okay to enter a scrapbook layout. Congrats on 50 challenges - whooshed by!

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Green Outdoors

My craze for one-layer-cards continues and my craft room is littered with the bodies of olc’s that didn’t make it. 

For this card I used stamps from Docrafts, Clarity, Paper Artsy and Clearly Besotted, and 3 shades of green Distress Ink. 

(While I've got you, I'd love to invite you over to my new crafts consumer blog, We Want Craft stuff UK. )  

I'd like to enter: 
Mod Squad  great outdoors
Less is More  olc/ stem's certainly simple but is it clean enough for LIM???
The Male Room  monochromatic
Crafting Musketeers  monochrome 
Fantasy Stampers  just one layer 

Gold embossed Trees

I'm trying out a new (for me) technique here, using stamps from Neat and Tangled.  I gold embossed the trees and sentiment onto white card, then covered them over with Distress Ink. Then I 'bleached' the middle tree with water and, when it was dry, covered it with Wink of Stella.

(While I've got you, I'd love to invite you over to my new crafts consumer blog, We Want Craft stuff UK. )  
I'd like to enter:
52CCT  blue, cream, gold
Holly Jolly  emboss
Stamplorations triplets 

Head in the Stars

This is a good luck/ encouragement card featuring a giraffe e-cutting  file from Lettering Delights.

The patch of stars is a stamp by Lindsay Mason and I stamped it in grey and then heat embossed it using clear sparkle powder, The cloud is a die-cut and the sentiment is a Sarah Hurley stamp.

(While I've got you, I'd love to invite you over to my new crafts consumer blog, We Want Craft stuff UK. )  

I'd like to enter:
Cardz4Guyz going to the zoo
Ooh La La  clean and simple
Addicted to Stamps  anything goes
Little Red Wagon  pop of colour
Crazy Challenge card for a Friend

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Happy Birthday Amy

Happy Birthday to Amy, my team-mate at Make My Monday.  Amy, I have sent this card to you but as I only sent it last week, it may still be in transit! Sorry if it's late.

This is a one-layer-card using stamps from Artemio, My Favourite Things and Clearly Besotted, and also a Prima stencil.

I really enjoyed making it and was thinking of making it again and videoing it. I haven't had time yet, but may do later in the week.

Anyway, Amy - have a great day.

I'd like to enter:
Fantasy Stampers - just one layer
Simon Says Wednesday  one layer
Eureka  feathers (pigeon)
Try it on Tuesday  transport
Card Mania add some red

City Crafter - Negativity

Our new challenge at City Crafter is to use the negative part of a die.  I used a jam jar die that I won (randomly) in another challenge, and turned it into a shaker card.

Our special Guest Star , Andie, is still with us, so please come over to City Crafter Challenge Blog to see what Andie and the DT have made, and enter your own project.

I'd like to enter:
Crafting when we can  add hearts
Challenge up your life  no designer paper
Get Creative  include hearts
Addicted to stamps die cuts
Shopping Our Stash   fantastic plastic - acetate and the beads etc in the shaker.

Monday 15 February 2016

Make My Monday - Use the Word Love

Our new challenge at Make My Monday  is to use the word 'love'. I used a Craft Stamper magazine text stamp combined with the word 'ewe' and the sheep image from My Favourite Things.

I hope you'll come over to Make My Monday, see what the DT have made, and enter your own project featuring the word 'love'.

I'd like to enter:
Cupcake Inspirations love
Come and Get It  love is in the air
Sweet Stampin  clean and simple
Just add Ink  just add v - valentine (and the letter v too)
Aloha Friday  valentine

Sunday 14 February 2016

Cat in a Box

This card is for my colleague who's just moved house.

I used a GSD digital stamp, coloured with Promarkers, a Little Claire sentiment , and paper from my paper mountain.

While I've got you, I'd love to invite you over to my new crafts consumer blog, We Want Craft stuff UK.  

I'd like to enter:
Animal Friends  cats
Give a Crafter a Cookie  inspiration picture

Saturday 13 February 2016

Inkspirational - Pop

Our new Inkspirational challenge is a word prompt - Pop.

I made a box card that lies flat and then pops up when you open it.  I used an electronic cutting file from SVG cuts and added a stamped sentiment , a die-cut number (for a 70th birthday)  and gems.

I hope you'll 'pop over' to see us at Inkspirational, admire the creations of the DT and our wonderful Guest Designer, Tenia  - and link up a project of your own.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping Our Stash  shaped card
Seize the birthday no topping
Suzy Bees Bloomin Challenge   sentimental
Crafting with Dragonflies  anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe  monochromatic

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Coffee Gift Card

I hate coffee. I make no secret of it. I hate the taste and I hate the smell. One day I spotted my daughter sitting in Starbucks with a friend I 'd never met, and I popped in to say hello. She turned to her friend and said 'This is my mum who hates coffee, hates coffee shops and hates people who use coffee shops.' The friend looked quite alarmed!

But anyway, I'll tuck a coffee shop gift-card in here for my daughter.

I used a coffee cup cutting file from the Silhouette store , a sentiment svg file from Lettering Delights and papers from Like For Ever's February kit.  I review this kit on my new craft consumer bog, We Want Craft Stuff UK  so I hope you'll take a look.

I'd like to enter:
Shopping our Stash shaped card
 Addicted to  Stamps  photo
Die cuttin divas - love
Stamp Ink Paper  love
Craft Cardmakers  love

Tuesday 9 February 2016

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Photo Inspiration

Here's my DT project for our new challenge at City Crafter. Kirsty has chosen an inspirational photo:
We still have our special guest star Andie  with us, so please visit the blog and see what she , and the DT have made. 

While I've got you, I'd love you to pop over to see my new craft consumer blog We Want Craft Stuff UK . 

I'd like to enter:
Pixels and Paper  travel theme 

Monday 8 February 2016

Make My Monday - Arrows

Our new challenge at Make My Monday  is - Arrows.

I used stamps by Sugar Pea design, the word 'bullseye' from a computer font cut on the Silhouette , a woodgrain embossing folder and paper from my paper mountain .

I hope you'll join us with your own project featuring arrows.

While I've got you, I'd love you to pop over to see my new craft consumer blog We Want Craft Stuff UK . 

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Boots love is in the air
Crafting when we can   add hearts
Crafty Creations  hearts
Sweet Stampin  all you need is love
Get Creative  hearts

Sunday 7 February 2016

At 21

Here's a 12 x 12 scrapbook page I made, using a subscription kit from Likeforever. The photo (of my daughter and her partner)  was taken on a Valentine's Day, which is my daughter's birthday.

I will review this kit later in the week on my new consumer blog We Want Craft Stuff UK .

I'd like to enter:

Stamp Ink Paper  black, red, gold
Stuck Sketches  I've rotated it.
Paper Girls  valentine/love

Keeping Warm

Here's a Hobby Art polar bear in his lovely warm scarf (and real fur coat!) , standing against a stamped panel (Justrite). The brownish layer is actually copper with a metallic sheen.  I used Promarkers to colour him and the sentiment stamp is from - somewhere else!

While I've got you, I'd love to invite you over to my new crafts consumer blog, We Want Craft stuff UK.  

I'd like to enter:
52CCT - sketch
Shopping Our Stash - something warm (scarf)
ABC Christmas Challenge  c is for cute critters
Stamping Sensations - anything goes

Saturday 6 February 2016

Be Mine Birds

I made this Valentine's card using stamps from Paper Artsy's new stamp sets. (The sentiment, however, is Stampin Up).

I review these new stamps on my new craft consumer blog We Want Craft Stuff UK  - I hope you'll come and take a look.

I'd like to enter:
Just Add Ink  colour combo
Fantasy Stampers Love is in the air
That's Crafty  first love
Craft Rocket  valentine
Crafty Calendar love is in the air
Moving along with the times  wings

JAI #297


The latest in my long-running series of koi- carp themed cards! That's because it is my partner's parents' big hobby and this is a birthday card for his step-father.

I used some watercolour paper I'd attempted a background technique on, stamped and gold-embossed the fish (Sheena Douglass)  on it , and cut it out. For the background , I used a Chinese script stamp by Oyster stamps.

I'd like to enter:
The Male Room  oriental
Addicted to Stamps  cas
Fab n Funky  all creatures great and small
Allsorts cas 

Tuesday 2 February 2016

City Crafter - Fantastic Plastic

I chose this week's challenge at City Crafter, and it is to use any kind of plastic on your project.

I used shrink plastic to make the flowers on my card and I made a video of myself making the card, It's the first time I've made a crafting video (the only other vid I've made was a craft-room tour) - and I really haven't got the camera angle right at all!

Friendly plastic, plastic embellishments, acetate ..... we'd love you to use any kind of plastic on your project and join us at City Crafter. Come and see what the DT and our fabulous Guest Designer Andie have made.

I'd like to enter:
Paper Artsy  hearts
Crafting By Designs add a flower
Allsorts  bring on the bling
Eclectic Ellapu love actually
Try it on Tuesday  a fine romance

Monday 1 February 2016

Thanks a Bunch

My daughter asked me to make a jungle-themed thank-you card - let's hope she wanted a fun one!

The monkey stamp is an old one by Woodware , coloured with alcohol markers and the banana is from the same set. The green thingy at the side is from another old Woodware set - I'm not sure what it is but I thought it looked a bit jungly.  I cut the sentiment out on my Silhouette (the 'a' is stamped).

I'd like to enter:
Friday Mash Up  monkey
Suzy Bees Bloomin Challenge  animal 
Addicted to Stamps  anything goes
Crafty Friends animals
abc Challenge   animals

Make My Monday - Pink, White, Red ( Conquering Paper Mountain ~#5)

Our challenge this week at Make My Monday  is to use pink, white and red . I used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil and I coloured it with markers and paper-pieced the heart. I made the sentimenht on my computer (cutting the 'heart' on the Silhouette), and doodled a frame.

I used papers from my paper mountain :

I hope you'll join us at Make My Monday.

I'd like to enter:
CAS on Sunday  paper piecing
Crafty Creations  paper piecing
Mos Digital Challenge  ag
Sweet Stampin  Valentine
Love to Scrap  have a heart