Monday, 29 February 2016

Add A Sentiment

I am so on a Christmas roll this year - already I think I have made more cards than last, as I am ashamed to say I had to buy Christmas cards last year!

Any way, back to today and the start of a new super easy challenge over at Ooh La La...

Add A Sentiment

How easy is that - what card doesn't have one!

So with such an easy theme you can basically make anything you want, so I chose another Christmas card - made using a super image and papers from the Festive Funnies collection.

CHCE - Anything goes
As You Like It - Favourite Occasion - Christmas - Cause the whole family comes together then.
Fab n Funky - Christmas
Paper Shelter - Animal Magic - Fish & Reindeer
Holly Jolly - Getting Sentimental - Add a sentiment
Winter Wonderland - Add a sentiment
CHCC - Use a sentiment
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes - tree inspired... a fish tree!
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Finally, Alli our teamie is doing a spot of fundraising for Cancer Research UK and is doing a walking challenge throughout March.  To find out more and/or make a donation please hit here!

Many thanks, Jx

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

I'm still doing well with my Christmas card makes this year - just going at it slow and steady, and I have set my own challenge within a challenge and am trying to complete a set of Christmas cards using a LOTV art pad and a pack of their papers.

So far I've done 3 cards all with the help of sketches from SSW2!

So here is my card, this time following sketch 83.

SSW2 - 83

CHCC - Anything Christmas
ABC Christmas - D - Don't over do it - keep it simple
Winter Wonderland - CAS
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Monday, 22 February 2016


I'm doing quite well with my card making this year - think I'm averaging at about two cards a week, which is down from my all time best, but up from last year again! (In case you wanted the statistics!!!)

This card however was made a while ago, and came to the surface when a neighbour wanted a card - I then realised it had not been blogged to here it is now!

The image is a gorgeous Hannah Lynn - although she is looking a bit pasty faced - think that's partly down to the flash but also my limited colouring skills.  Hopefully that will be resolved this year if I can find time to do a Kit and Clowder class - or two! (They are on my to-do list!)

Allsorts - Birthday Wishes
I Love Promarkers -Punch (Leaves) - Flower -Pearl
Passion for Promarkers - Luscious Locks
Ribbon Girls - Use any image
Lil Patch of Crafting Friends - Anything goes

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Beautiful Baby Boy

Not a usual time for me to post a card, but needs must! I needed to make a baby card for a little boy, born last week on 18/2 - still not named so no birth details on my card!

My card uses a favourite PB stamp and my Craft Creations baby blue sheets.

Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Penny Black Sat Challenge- Red or with a heart
PB@Allsorts - Anything goes with a die - flower, circles & hearts
Tues Morning Sketch - 339
Cutie Pies - All you need is cutie love!
Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Anything goes
ABC Challenge - B you pick - Baby/Blue Jx

Tuesday Morning Sketches Winner - Thank you and thanks Sami Stamps for my great prize. Jx

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Words Only

One of the reasons I love being on the MAWTT team is that now and again we do different challenges, so while the rest of you are on bunnies and hearts Christine has gone for saying it with words - no image!  So we are looking for

Words Only

in this weeks challenge.

Now this isn't something I would normally do - I love my cute stamps and CD images, however, when I saw this Bugaboo stamp at the end of last year, I knew it had to be added to my digi collection.

So here is my simple coffee themed card.  Coffee cup, coffee coloured and filled with coffee associated words.  All I needed to do here was print, ink and cut out!

So that was my take, the DT ladies have also got some super inspiration for you on the main blog so check out their cards too,  Jx

Crafting By Design - Tic TacToe -
                                Top Line - Tag Sentiment/3 Colours - Chocolate,Kraft& Cream/CoffeeWords
Crafting for all Seasons - 3 of a kind - buttons
Crafty Creations - Something to eat/drink - coffee
Paper Shelter - Make it Digital - Bugaboo digi
Clear it Out - Anything goes with twine - New stamp but old papers - from scrap box, don't know                          who's cause it was a cut off!
Catch The Bug - Feb Theme - Keep it simple
Sweet Stampin - CAS
Stamping Senstations - Anything Goes

Reports are just coming in that our DT is now short of 2 designers, so if you fancy joining us leave a comment on the MAWTT blog.  Jx

Monday, 15 February 2016

Clean & Simple

Today's challenge over at Ooh La La has been set by Michelle and it's

Clean & Simple

One of my favourites - but for some reason I possibly added a bit much off the crafting CD, simply because I love the papers that go with the images!

Anyway, I went back to my Say It With Words CD and chose this Art file, and because the image printed in two formats I made two cards.  Both nice and quick though and following a simple design.

Creative Craft Cottage - Tag your it - sentiment tags.
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
City Crafter - It all began in Paris - Lots of street artists in Paris
Di's Digi's - Birthdays
Crafty Friends - Girly
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

And to finish with, a couple of photo's taken first thing yesterday - we awoke to snow!

Both pic's taken within walking distance of our house.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Fancy Folds

As well as trying to keep ahead of Christmas production this year, I'm making quite a few Birthday cards, my nieces birthdays are in Mar/Apr and I make cards for them from quite a few family members!

I think this card will be from me though - it's kinda expected now that my cards to them have cats on them, and this is one such cutie that I think they will love!

My card uses a lovely Gorjuss Girl image, coloured with Promarkers, Basic Grey paper, an LOTV sentiment tag and die cut flowers.

Femo must have known it was a cat card!

As You Like It - Fancy Fold - Why - Because it's essentially a square and I love my square cards!
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Furry Friends
ABC Challenge - A is for Animals - Cat
Animal Friends Challenge - Cats
Penny Black & More - Anything with a stamp (rubber) & Die

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Holly Tree - or is that Bush?

There's a question - will have to look that up, does holly grow on a bush or a tree.  The holly on my card looks very tree like but in my garden it's a holly bush...I'll google it!

Anyway, back to my card, another quick make using my lovely LOTV art pad.

Again I've followed a SSW2 sketch and kept my card simple and thin for postal purposes.

SSW2 - Sketch - 82
I've flipped the sentiment location due to the tag sitting better on the right!

CHCC - Anything Goes/Vintage
CHPP - Anything goes with patterned paper

Just looked up my question...
Lots of places refer to holly as a shrub, and depending on the variety it can either be a bush or a tree - so both are correct! 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Pretty Poinsettia

I said I was going to get ready for Christmas early, and this is another card to add to my early collection!  It uses that gorgeous poinsettia image from A Day For Daisies, but this time I double printed the main flower and then decoupaged it - slightly off centre to build up my flower - but it's still nice and flat for posting - little foam pads required!

Really pleased with this simple card.  The centre has got a liquid pearl finish and the sentiment computer generated.

Allsorts - CAS
Challenge Up Your Life - No design papers
CHCC - Anything Goes
Di's Digis - Lots of Red
Cardz4Gals - Fantastic Florals
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - One Layer/Anything Goes

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Cat Scratcher

I made this card at the beginning of the week, but it has taken me all week to get it uploaded. Conflicts and unsupported program warnings kept flashing up on my computer, so hubby decided to give it an upgrade!

So it's official... I hate change!  He asked me if my computer was now running quicker, which it is, but everything else is running slower, he's moved things into folders to tidy up the desktop, he's put on a more recent version of Windows and Word, he's replaced my over heating hard drive and he's fixed the noisy fan... I know I should be grateful, but I'm such a grump, I can't do things I used to do in seconds, I can't find things and I hate change!!!

So this is my first post on the new system, here goes with uploading a photo...

assistance was needed, Microsoft Picture Manager had to be set up again, but hey, we got there!  So my card uses a Karen's Doodles image, won last year, Ooh La La papers from the Shawn Jenkins CD and a LOTV sentiment.

Sketch Saturday - Challenge 397 - Use an old sketch - I chose 228, but flipped the sentiment/pearls

Passion for Promarkers - Favourites - Cats/Ooh La La CD's/Layers/Pearls
Fab n Funky - All creatures great and small
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Fancy - Lots of details - fancy paper/pearls/layers - maybe not fancy enough tho?
CRAFT - Picture Inspiration
Animal Friends - Cats

Thanks The Paper Shelter for my great prize, Jx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Love & Romance

With Valentines Day fast approaching it's little surprise that there are lots of love themed challenges on the go just now and jumping on the band wagon, Pauline has chosen

Love & Romance

as the latest theme over at Ooh La La.  So I'm assuming wedding/engagement/anniversary projects all fall under this umbrella, but I just went down the Valentine road.

This time I made a stepper card and also decorated up a jar to be used to hold memories from the coming year.  It's something that was suggested on Facebook a lot at the beginning of the year, but I wasn't quite organised into making one then!

So basically you write little notes or add tiny keepsakes into the jar to remind you of happy outings/gatherings throughout the year, then at the end of the year you tip out the jar and remind yourself of all those fun times!  - well I liked the idea!!!

My projects are made with files from the Ooh La La CD "Say It With Words" and the jar tag uses the bookmark file shrunk to fit! So there we have it, my card and gift set for the current challenge.  Hope you can join us, Jx

Alphabet Challenge - X - EXtra fold
Polkadoodles - Love and Romance
Wags n Whiskers - With Love
CRAFT - Love/Valentine/Anniversary
The Ribbon Girl - Love - Hope using twine counts, if not, sorry!