Wednesday, 30 October 2013


Today see's a new challenge over at Diva's By Design and this time the theme is


Great for those Autumnal cards - not so good for Christmas, but we can't be good all the time!

Sponsoring us this time is the fabulous Kenny K who gave us some lovely images to play with and will give our lucky winner some free digi's of choice.

My card uses Jasmine available here.

Heck of a Challenge - Autumn colours
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Autumn leaves & ribbon - all on orange ribbon!
Card Crafters Cafe - Happy Birthday
Crafting For All Seasons - Autumn Colours

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Use A Charm

As it is now the end of October, time is fast running out for Christmas cards so from now on, where ever possible I am only to make Christmas cards, right?

The last few years I have made Christmas cards all year long so by this stage in the year I was sitting pretty with my stash all made.  This January however I felt Christmas was never ending so decided to hault production till middle of the year.  Sadly however, middle of the year came and went and Christmas cards still didn't appear.  So that's it, next year its year round production again & for now, it's ONLY CHRISTMAS!

Today sees a new challenge over at An Oldie But a Goodie - set by Natalie and sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls.

The theme is

Use A Charm
(Remember also to use an item older that 6 months on your project and to tell us what it is.)

So here is my CHRISTMAS card!

Made using a super Carolling Snowmen image from Paper Nest Dolls - thanks for that PND!  Papers used are Crafters Companion and my oldies, then the card is finished with the pom-pom trim and charm.

The prize this time from Paper Nest Dolls is a $25 gift voucher to be used in their store - a very generous prize indeed for our lucky winner.

Hope you can join us this time & for more lovely inspiration head back to the main blog to see what the rest of the DT made.


CHCC - Music

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Christmas Card Drive - Day 1

How many days is it till Christmas - I'm scared to look! I do however fear there are fewer days than their are cards I have to make, so from now on it's Christmas all the way!

Today's card uses a new Woodware stamp and LOTV papers.

Christmas Challenges With Sketches - Super sketch
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - Regular paper not Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Check this out - Use checked paper
Here Come The Boys - Brown & Cream
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - For The Men
Allsorts - Treemendous
Papertake - Oh Christmas Tree
Sweet Stampin - Wood/Trees/Leaves

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Shaped Cards - Thanks Laurie!!!

Morning everyone, a scheduled post for you today as I'm away on a course in Edinburgh this week.  Before I went however I made this card for Laurie's challenge over at Moving Along With The Times.  Now normally I like Laurie's challenges, but this time she had me as the challenge is

Shaped Cards!

Thanks Laurie! I thought it was just Lisa who loved these, but apparently a growing number of people are moving away from square.  So a card making first for me, as I don't have a fancy cutting machine, and my Big Shot dies don't do big dies, (oh yeah, I don't have big dies!)  So what was I to do other than panic?

Search the web of course for card templates and there were loads to choose from!

I made this using a tutorial found on line at Papercraft Inspirations, with my own take on things!

Template Found Here. and some kitchen bits (not used by me) Here.

So, if like me you have a panic at the thought of shaped cards, be brave, see what's out there and come join us at MAWTT this week!


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Kitty Cats

Just a quick post today as I'm off to visit my parents once Colin decides to part company from his bed!  Today's card uses a super sketch from Sketch Saturday which I just loved!  Couldn't decide what my little features on the card would be, wondered about hearts for a valentine, or balloons for a birthday, but in the end I went with cats - and I guess you all know why that is!

So a Femo and Merlot dedicated card below using one of my first stamps, the fabulous, Stampendous Fluffles!

Sorry about the picture quality, the card is actually white but that's not so obvious from the photo.  Tried flash on and off but still couldn't get a good pic - it's just such a grey day today.

So the rest of the card, an embossed bit and pearls and a computer generated sentiment.

Hope you all have a lovely day, be back tonight to leave comments. Jx

Sketch Saturday - a super little sketch this week.
Crafters Cafe - Cute

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Autumn Colours

The days are still flying by at a rate of knots here.  It's mid October and in a blink we'll all be saying it's Christmas.  For now, let's celebrate the season we're in.  After a cold and misty start yesterday, the day improved and we had a lovely sunny afternoon.  Perfect for a garden tidy.

Before I get onto that though I must tell you about the latest challenge over at Diva's by Design, it's,

Autumn Colours

And they are in all their glory at the moment!

So, my card uses a fantastic digi by From The Heart, and some LOTV paper & kraft.

Colouring is by Promarkers and then the card is finished off with ribbon, buttons and a Pippa butterfly.

Sponsoring this weeks Diva's challenge is the wonderful Iva Nova Chest, who are offering the lucky winner a "Charming" prize!

Stampin For The Weekend - Anything goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Papertake - Happy Halloween Hues - or Autumn - mines more Autumn!
Shopping Our Stash - Oldest ribbon - this one has to be in this category, it was bought a couple of years ago in Germany.
Tuesday Throwdown - Pumpkin Patch
Craft Your Passion - Embossing
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Fall Colours
Pink Elephant - Pumpkin Photo Inspiration
Without Words - Pumpkins
Glitter n Sparkle - Add some Orange
Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Autumn

Tuesday, 15 October 2013


Well it's the school holidays where we stay, so Colin is at home with me for the next two weeks.  We haven't really got much planned, just days here and there and catching up on odd jobs.

Today however is new challenge day over at An Oldie But A Goodie and Helen has chosen

(Please also use an item older than 6 months on your project and tell us what it is. )

So here is my spooky card...

Sponsoring us for the first time this time are Sk Digi who very kindly gave us DT gals a stamp of our choice and who are offering our winner some free digi's.  Check out their store, they have loads of fun stamps.

Back to my card, and it uses an old crepe bandage, an old ribbon - used it last year too! and a great Sk Digi image called Little Mummy, available here.

A really simple card to make, with just a touch of shading on the bandages and some glossy accents on the eyes.

Cards For Men - Halloween - This will be going to my son to remind him that his Mummy expects him to keep his flat clean and tidy!
C is For Challenge - Halloween
Creative Creations Challenge Blog - Halloween
Digi Makeover Challenge - Clean & Simple
Lexi's Creations - Halloween
My Craft Spot - Halloween
Stamp & Create - Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - Halloween
Sweet Stampin - Halloween

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Nurse Congratulations

Just a quick post today as kitty sleeps! (Kittens seriously reduce craft time!)

Made this congratulations card for a nurse who recently got promoted.

Papers LOTV and the flower made using a Marianne die.

Sketch n Stash - Sketch 19 - lovely sketch, nothing too new on this, maybe the papers, stamp and die quite old now.
Paper Creator - Dies or Punches - used a flower die

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Spooktastic MAWTT

Morning everyone, hope you are all ok and managed to make the most of the good weather we had at the beginning of the week. (Gone now!)  I've had a good week, not done as much gardening as I might have, but there is a reason for this...

Before I tell you that bit of news, I'll have to tell you all about this weeks challenge over at Moving Along With The Times.  It's a seasonal theme that Hazel has gone for with

"Spooktastic Times"

A great theme as there are so many fabulous Halloween stamps out there so I really can't wait to see what you all come up with.

For my card, I went with this new release from Bugaboo.  Added lots of glossy accents, a nice bold ribbon & that my dears was it! Abra-ca-Dabra, job done!  Now it's over to you! (PS Thanks to everyone who entered last week, we had a brilliant response to that challenge so hopefully you'll come out in force again for this weeks one too.)

Kaboodle Doodles - Pumpkins
City Crafter - Trick or Treat
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday - Pumpkins
My Craft Spot - Trick or Treat
Without Words - Pumpkins
Hobby Cutz - Halloween
Catch The Bug - October Anything Goes

Which now leaves me my other tiny bit of news... everyone, Meet Merlot!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Welcome Back

Can you believe it, the 3rd of October already?  I certainly can't - where did the Summer go this year?  We can't even blame the bad weather, we had a really great summer, it's just that somebody pressed fast forward on it!

So last time I did a Moving along with the Times post was back in May, and we were all sad cause it was stopping for a break.  The break is now over and we're back in full swing with a new challenge to tempt you all back... and the theme... Nice and easy...

Anything Goes

And as we are in party mode, both Teams A and B are producing cards, so there's lots to feast your eyes on over on the main blog.

I went with an old Sugar Nellie stamp and some Wild Rose papers to make this anniversary card.

A simple layered card as I have been rather busy of late, but hopefully things are settling down and I'll have a bit more crafty time soon.

OOpsie almost forgot to tell you about the prize!  It's a super prize from Sir Stampalot and they are offering our lucky winner the goodies below!

Now head back to the main blog to see all the lovely creations by my teamies then please join us in this weeks fun. Jx

The Sugar Bowl - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Your Special Day
Pink Elephant Monday - Wedding or Anniversary
Fab & Funky - Ribbon

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Boy's oh boys am I ahead of myself!  It's only Aug and here's me posting an October DT card.  No biggy now, but I bet come Oct I'll be well chuffed that this is done and dusted and I can concentrate on Christmas cards!

So, the new challenge at Diva's by Design is...

A favourite challenge theme of mine, which is probably why creativity has jumped ahead, when really I should be working on the current DT card!!!

So here's my effort,

... and there's no denying that it's not CAS! A computer generated sentiment, my new wave die from Die-namics a piece of ribbon & my Promarkers.  And obviously a fabulous image, by 2 Cute Ink, called Dolphin Cutie, available free to all here.

The sponsor this time is 2 Cute Ink, a lovely stamp company, who generously gave us lovely images to play with and who will give our winner lovely digi's as a prize.

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Something blue
Stamp & Create - Birthdays
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Monochromatic
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Oldies Play Bingo

Don't know if I'll have caught up on myself by today - should have and we should have finished decorating the new flat.  In case things haven't gone to plan I'm scheduling this!

So it's a new challenge over at An Oldie But A Goodie, and Francesca has given us a Bingo grid to play with. (It's on the main blog and at the end of my post.)  Just select any line and tell us which you used.

(Please also remember to use an item older that 6 months on your project and to tell us what it is.)

So for my card this time around I made an anniversary card using an old Penny Black stamp which I love.  I then made die cut flowers, punched leaves and a doily border and finally added pearls to my flower centres.

Sponsoring us this time is the fabulous Robyn's Fetish who are very kindly offering our winner some digi's of their choice.

Now as this was a bulky card & I didn't want to squash it,  so I followed Bev's Tutorial here, on how to make a card box.  Thanks Bev, it was quick and easy to do with your great instructions.

Come and Get It - Fall colour challenge - golden brown
Polkadoodles - More than 1 fold - Easel
Crafty Little Fairies - Autumn colours - Gold
Crafters Cafe - Die cuts & punches - die cut flowers, doily punched borders.
Creative Belli - Ribbons & pearls (CBC179)
I Love Promarkers - make your own flowers - with dies?
Penny's Paper Crafty - Easel card
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

2nd Oct
Delighted to see my card as a random winner at Penny's Challenges and even more delighted to receive a $6 spend in Little Miss Muffet stamps as my prize.