Thursday, 28 April 2016

Cats R Best

The latest challenge over at As You Like It is pick your favourite animal and say why - clearly I couldn't sit this one out and clearly there is one obvious choice - well in my case anyway!

Cats win hands down, they are loving and cuddly, cute and funny, loyal when they want to be and easy to look after/co-exist with!

Currently I have two cats, Femo a 6 year old female and Merlot a 2 year old male.  Love them to bits and could never be without a feline companion...or two!

Anyway back to the challenge and my card,

It uses a Sami stamp, two sided papers and some die cuts.

As You Like It - Favourite animal - CATS - see above!
City Crafters - Balloons
Crafty Sentiments - Birthdays
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Passion for Prpmarkers - Digital
ShowUsYour Pussies - Furrything goes
Sami Stamps - Add pearls or beads - pearls on hearts
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

And finally just so there is no doubt, this is why I like cats best...

 Meet Merlot
 My one eyed cat!
 Here as a kitten before his op!
& my senior lady, Femo

Love ya lots Merlot & Femo xxx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Photo Inspiration

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge again over at Ooh La La, and Allison has chosen a photo as our inspiration for this one.  The photo is shown at the end of this post and on the main blog

There were lots of elements in the picture that could be drawn upon, the colours, the images or even the age! I chose to go with a combination of the grey colour from the car, and flowers from the bonnet. Granted my flowers are probably more Spring than Summer, but you get the idea. (Put that down to the current weather conditions...Summer still feels like a long way off!)

The files used on this one are called "Jonquil and Violets" off the Yesterday's Memories CD and the card is finished with candi, a lovely ribbon and a butterfly.

Fussy & Fancy - Female Birthdays
Simon Says Stamp - Make it girly
Clear It Out - Nature - Flowers, old ribbon & candi
Creative Craft Cottage - Feminine
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes

"The Inspirational Photo"

Thursday, 21 April 2016


I love that name - "a Doodledallion" and that apparently is what is featured on the front of todays cards!  To be more specific, they are Fred She Said Dragonfly Doodledallions and they were part of a fantastic Fred She Said prize I won the other week at Holly Jolly - Thanks guys!

So it's pre-coloured images again for quick cards all to put in my charity box for CRUK.

Fab n Funky - Winged Things
Digi Chooseday - Tic-Tac-Toe - Wings/Nature/Sentiment
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Come & Get It - Things with Wings
Crafting When We Can - Birthdays well as making cards I have actually started running again!  Yup training has commenced for my 5k in June.  Not the biggest distance I know, but Paula Radcliffe I ain't.  Currently I am running about 2 miles, don't know what that is in km's but I know it's no where near...yet!  Jx

Monday, 18 April 2016

Baby Gems not lettuces, Pink Gem teddies as baby cards!

Today's post features another couple of pre-coloured images made up into baby guessed sell in my card box for Cancer Research UK.  Over the last couple of weeks my card box has being doing the rounds, and to date it has raises £29, but it's still nice and full, (cause I keep topping it up) so hopefully it will raise far more in the weeks to come.

Sorry, picture quality isn't great - can't seem to get the right amount of light onto my cards despite them being in the window!

Papers this time are old favourite 12 x 12 Craft Creation sheets and the sentiments LOTV and computer generated.

A Gem of A Challenge - Teddy Bears
SSW2 - Sketch 87

The Ribbon Girl - Any Image
Crafty Catz - Monochrome

Friday, 15 April 2016

Grown With Hedgehog Love

It's a long time since I've posted a card daily, but I've managed this week cause the weather was so rubbish at the weekend.  Instead of being out in the garden as I had hoped I was stuck in doors, so what else was there to do but craft!

So, another card using a pre-coloured Di's digi today - this time it's "Grown With Hedgehog Love", a sweet image which I've added to a kraft card base.  Now this time, I'm using papers which were sent to me by my lovely friend Sue, I've had them over a year now, and never quite got round to using them.  Obviously I was keeping them for best, and I'm glad I did cause I think the colour fits perfectly with this image and my kraft card - hope you agree!

Di's Digi Challenge - Embossing
Cutie Pies - Woodland Friends
Clear It Out - Springtime Stash - (papers in my case) & Flowers
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafting Friends - Anything Goes
Digi Chooseday Challenge - Embossing
Paper Shelter - Flowers everywhere
Cardz for Galz - Use an embossing folder.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Spring Flowers

Hi folks, I'm back again today with another DT make as it's challenge day again over at MAWTT and Gail has picked
Spring Flowers
as today's theme.

Now I swithered on this one, I have loads of daffodil stamps and to be fair, they only see light of day this time of year so I was going to use one of them, but in the end, a last minute switch and this little beauty from All Dressed Up landed on my craft table!  The image is called Springtime and is available here.(I guess the rabbit makes it Spring!)

So papers today are LOTV, as are the tags.  The pearls are from Hobby House (Still the ones from you Pami, ta!) and the colouring by Promarkers.

All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
Scrappers Delight's - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Girly & Pretty
Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Spring is in the air
Creative Corner - Flower Power

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Totally Fabulous

I'm back again today cause I just had to make a card using the fantastic, or should I say "Totally Fabulous" stamp I won over at PB and more Challenge.

Obviously it's a PB, a slapstick to be precise and it's quite a big stamp, so I kept my card nice and simple, coloured the image the same as the example on the pack, and this is what I made...

Sentiment from a Taylored Expressions set.

PBand More - birthdays
Stamping Sensations - One for the girls
AAA - Challenge 62 - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Bright Colours
Robyns Fetish - Add a sentiment
The Corrosive Challenge - Girls/Ladies
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 12 April 2016


Card production is still on high as I'm managing to sell them for CRUK.  So to add variety to my sales box I decided to follow the slightly more unusual sketch over at Sketch Saturday.

I used some Hero Arts flower heads, mounted on stitched border tiles (cut using SSS dies), then set these tiles onto a tiled paper by Doodlebug, the result being...

Sketch Saturday
PB@Allsorts - Birthdays
Stamping Sensations - One for the girls
Dragonfly Dreams - Spring is in the air

...and thank you so much for my wonderful $25 Simon Says Stamp prize, Jx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Words Words Words

Today's challenge over at Ooh La La has been set by the lovely Lynn and she has chosen

Words, Words, Words

So by that she means words or verses as a major focal point on the card.

For my card, I went back to the Shawn Jenkins CD from a couple of years ago and chose the "Love" file as I thought it tied in perfectly with a wedding card I needed to make.

As you can see I went for an easel design featuring the image on the main card section and the wedding details on the base.
( Sorry about the spotty windows - that's the cats!)
 The card front on.

& all those words!!!

Head back to the main blog to see what the other's made, but for now, I'd like to enter the following challenges;
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Cre8tive Hands Friends - Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze - Layers
Crafting When We Can - Based on a song - All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

Finally, if you like CD crafting, why don't you enter our DT call?  Details are on the main blog page if you fancy joining our happy team, Jx

Friday, 8 April 2016

Izzy's Spring Stroll

I'm so loving my new pre-coloured Di's Digi's - so easy to turn into gorgeous quick cards.  Never before have I won images and got them all on cards so quickly.  I can't thank Diane enough for her generosity as it's certainly given me a helping hand when it comes to filling up my charity card box - all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog - Sketch

Cardz 4 Galz - Springtime
Paper Shelter - Spring Delights
Di's Digi's - For The Girls Jx

Well all the other Di's Digi cards disappeared out of my card box sharpish, all apart from this one.  I had kept it thin deliberately as postal costs are so high, but she had no takers, so she's now been beefed up a bit to this...

We shall see if she sell's now...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

The Purrfect Day

Wasn't sure if I was going to manage a 2nd card this week with both our boys being home for Easter, but they are both at uni reports/thesis/revising, so once I'd caught up on all their washing and ironing, I found a bit of spare time!

Today's card is another quick make to go in my sales box using a pre- coloured digi, this time from Di's digi store.  I won a super $12 prize the other week and when I explained to Diane that I was wanting coloured images for quick makes to sell for charity, she waved the extra charge and wished me well with my fund raising.  So thanks Di, your generosity and support is much appreciated and here is the first of 4 makes using my prize images.

Di's Digi's - For the Girls
SSW2 - Sketch

Crafty Sentiments - Lace and/or pearls
Dream Valley - Girlie
Lil Patch of Crafting Friends - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girls - April Anything Goes

Monday, 4 April 2016

Birthday Kitty

Today I'm using a Sami Stamp for the first time - a lovely digi I won a couple of weeks back called Birthday Kitty.

I've kept my card nice and simple and made it DL shape for a change!  That was so I could get the balloon big enough for my new Happy Birthday die cut!

The edges of my card are distressed with TH scattered straw, then a line of die cut paws along the bottom completes my CAS card.

Glitter n Sparkle - Punch or die - Happy Birthday & Paw dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Don't be square
Alphabet Challenge - c- cat
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons - Dies & Punches
Crafty Creations - for a young girl - my niece!
Creative Card Crew - CAS
Pile it On - Animal prints/paw prints