Tuesday 29 December 2020

New Year 2021


Well, this is very retro...who has parties these days?!

I made this card for a reminder post for The Library Challenge , which is to pick any previous book/s and I chose :

For my card I used a Stamping Bella image, coloured with Promarkers. The clock, cut out of glitter card, is an old Tim Holtz/ Sizzix die, the numbers were cut on my Silhouette and the background is a Sizzix/ Tim Holtz texture fade (I think it's called Rays.) .

I'd like to enter:

Always Fun  New Year 

Saturday 26 December 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Something in your home


The new challenge at Inkspirational is to be inspired by something in your home , so I chose the toaster and an egg cup! (Not the mice; I have no mice at home). 

The stamp is Penny Black, coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment was cobbled together by cutting bits from two other stamp sets. 

I'd like to enter:

Promarker Challenge  add a sentiment 

Thursday 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas!


Last night I made these treat bags for the children who live next door. I wanted to use the 'candy hugger' characters , which are Lori Whitlock cutting files but I wanted to give them a few chocolates as well, so I made the little bags and stuck the huggers onto them. I added a loop of ribbon to the top. 

Merry Christmas everyone! 

I'd like to enter:
Stinkin Inkers all boxed up 
Little Red Wagon  Christmas 

Sunday 20 December 2020

Pine Green Caroller


A last minute Christmas card.... Here I used one of the old Pure Innocence digistamps, coloured with Promarkers and cut out.  The pine-tree scene behind him is a Woodware stamp and the sentiment is Hero Arts. 

I'd like to enter:

The Library Challenge - Anthology (Pick a Previous book)

Here's a card made for the reminder post at The Library.  This challenge is to be inspired by any previous book and I chose Elmer and The Rainbow. 

The elephant and sentiment are by Avery Elle. The stripes are a Uniko stamp, coloured with Spectrum shimmer pens. 

I'd like to enter:

Sunday 13 December 2020

The Library Challenge - Anthology - The Snowman

I made a card for my 'Anthology' challenge at The Library   - I chose the book , The Snowman : easy! 

My snowman was a free digital download from a magazine - in fact, the patterned papers were free from past magazines too, and the snowflake was a digital Silhouette file designed by me, so overall, a very cost-effective card! 

I'd like to enter:


Christmas Craft Creations 

Saturday 12 December 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Snow


Our new challenge at Inkspirational, is 'snow'. Easy!!!

For my DT card I used a Pinkfresh Studio skiing bear stamp and a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and a white gel pen. Simple! 

I'd like to enter:

Sweet Stampin

Little Red Wagon 

Saturday 28 November 2020

Rocker Penguin


I think this is the first time I've made a rocker card but I'm going to make more as it was so easy but the rocking adds a fun element. Here I used a digistamp _ I think it's Bugaboo, coloured with Promarkers .

I'd like to enter:

Sweet Stampin stripes 

CD Sunday Plus

Sisterhood of Crafters shaped project 

As you Like It  I plump for penguins as they really are cute in real life (although they don't usually wear scarves and skates)

Embossing and Polar Bear


If you've noticed an upsurge in my volume of blog posts, it's because I'm a Christmascardmaking maniac! 

Here I used a very old favourite stamp - the polar bear by Anita's - with an inked up Cuttlebug embossing folder. The banner is a Penny Black die-cut I was lucky to win in a challenge. 

I'd like to enter:

Krafty Chicks  all occasions 
s for snowflakes 

Bearing Gifts

Here I used a Pure Innocence image of a girl holding presents. These images are identified with a particular stamping brand now, but I got this (and several others) when the artist used to sell them as digi stamps. The advantage of being a digi is that I could flip it around so she was facing the other way and resize it.  I coloured it with Promarkers, added a die-cut triangle 'tree', a sentiment and a MFT background stamp in white. 

I'd like to enter:

Cardz 4 Galz

Twas the Night Before Christmas

I made this card as an extra card for my challenge at The Library , and to enter a few other challenges as well. 

The stamp is by Clarity - they made a series of stamps using verses from the poem 'A Visit from St Nicholas' but this is the only one I have. 

I white embossed it on kraft, coloured the reindeer with marker pen. I painted the moon with glitter glue and added Liquid Pearl snow. 

I'd like to enter: 

Shopping Our Stash  Let it Snow x3 

The Holly and Ivy 

Inkspirational Challenges - Kitten Photo


This is my DT card for Inkspirational, inspired by the photo below :

When I chose this photo for the challenge, about a year ago as our challenges are planned for the year ahead, I didn't imagine that by the time the challenge went live I'd have a cat myself! My cat isn't a baby anymore - he's 7 months and we've noticed he seems to be at a similar stage to my 13 year old son. 😀
He doesn't look much like any of the cats on my card either, as he's black and white - too hard to colour!

So, my card ....one layer, a Little Claire stamp, coloured in with Promarkers. I added a sort of rough halo around them and added gel pen snow (my favourite kind of snow!) Then I stamped the sentiment (can't remember brand). 

I'd like to enter: 

My Time to Craft  Christmas animals 
Cas on Friday  snow 

Sunday 22 November 2020

The Library Challenge - The Night Before Christmas


Woo, bit late with this, been busy this week with work and also house-hunting and getting ready to (hopefully) move house. So, I'm really sorry that I'm behind with commenting and also not been able to do much visiting of my favourite crafters but hopefully find time soon....

The new challenge at The Library is the book of the poem 'The Night Before Christmas'. 

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house , not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

My gift-carrying mice are from a new Colorado Crafts set - I coloured them with watercolour pencils and paper-pieced the present with poinsettia patterned paper. The ribbon was coloured with gold glitter pen and the sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set (the one with the cooking mice). 

I'd like to enter: 
Alphabet Challenge  quote from poem 
Try it on Tuesday  trad Christmas colours 

Saturday 14 November 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Frame It


Our new challenge at Inkspirational, is 'frame it'. 

For my DT card I stamped a frame on an easel stamp and then stamped the Waffle Flower bird and jars inside it, colouring with Promarkers. 

I'd like to enter :
Passion for Promarkers fancy frames - well , it's a red frame - is that fancy enough?

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Party Co-ordinates


For a show-stopping party outfit, have you considered getting balloons to match your outfit? 

Here I used a digi download from A Day for Daisies , coloured with Promarkers and paper-pieced , with a stamped sentiment. 

I'd like to enter:

Fab n Funky  anything but Christmas

CD Sunday Plus

Alphabet Challenge party 

Sunday 8 November 2020

The Library Challenge - Christmas Shopaholic


The new challenge at The Library is Christmas Shopaholic by Sophia Kinsella.  This is a new book in a series of seven 'shopaholic' books.  My daughter used to read these when she was younger. 
For my card, I used an old Stampendous stamp (with a Woodware sentiment) and I paper-pieced in two patterned papers and added shimmer pen and glitter drops. 

I'd like to enter:
Use your Stuff stripes 
Retro Rubber  stamp is over 5 years , if not 10
Craft Rocket Christmas 
Cas Christmas  non trad colours 
Cas on Friday  Christmas 

Sorry don't seem to be able to copy and paste blog badges today - been a problem since New Blogger, Will try later...

Saturday 7 November 2020

Reindeer Driver


Hello everyone. Here's a very cas Christmas card using stamps from Flora and Fauna. 

I'd like to enter:

Make My Monday  masculine 

My Time to Craft  cas Christmas 

Sweet Stampin  use red 

Friday 6 November 2020

Autumn Bags

Here are some bags I made for a mini-event I hosted in my back garden last weekend! 

For the last few years, my best friend and I and our grown-up daughters have attended a fashion and beauty show in London with 'Vips' tickets, which included a fabulous goody bag stuffed with products. 
Of course, this year it couldn't be held.  So we decided to organise a get-together and use the money saved to create our own goody bags - we bought four of everything and my son packed them for us into the bags I'd made so that it'd be a surprise. The products in the goody bags were the best ever! 

So anyway, I made the actual bag to put it all in, using plain ready-made cotton bags. I masked a square and stamped using three wood block stamps  (Stampin Up, Hero and PSX) and added a touch of colour with two ink sprays. Then I used my Silhouette electronic cutter and a heat press to add the words 'still vips' (which is the name of our Whatsapp group). 

For Covid regulations reasons we had to stay in the garden and the day before it was chucking down with rain and was even drizzling earlier on in the morning. But by the time my guests arrived it had dried up and the weather was mild and we sat drinking Prosecco cocktails in our coats and had a fabulous time. 

I'd like to enter:
Country View Challenges  anything but a card 

Saturday 31 October 2020

Inkspirational Challenges - Night


Our new challenge at Inkspirational, is to be inspired by the word 'night'. 

For my DT card I made a one-layer Christmas card , using a Reverse Confetti gnome and Mama Elephant scene-builder stamps.