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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Die cuts and punches challenge at Inky Impressions

Happy Wednesday

I hope the sun is still shining where you are - what a difference a week makes!  Yesterday was another fab day, when I walked the dog along the coastal path today and looked down to the beach it could have been any beach in Spain - though I suspect the sea was freezing!  - hundreds of kids, tents and sandcastles galore- oh the sunshine always makes me happy and I love to be out and about in it!

Today's card is my DT card for Inky Impressions challenge and the theme is

Die cuts and punches

I decided to go all out and die cut everything!- layers, flowers,leaves,tag and even a shaped card  but disaster of disasters my Grand Calibur  decided to fall to bits half way through! - I could have cried.  I heard something inside drop into the bottom and the handle jammed, I'm going to have to work out if I can open it up and put it back together.  Luckily I have a sizzix as well but it means messing about with shims to use the spellbinders - none-the-less - for the love of an Inky DT card I persevered and got it all done.

This is what I did.....

Image - Cowgirl Lili from Inky Impressions
Coloured with - copics and Prismacolor pencils 
Distressing  Tim Holtz tea die distress ink
Shaped Card - Craftwork Cards
Papers - Raspberry road - free with a craft magazine
all dies (except tag) - Spellbinders
Tag - sizzix die
Boot charm - Inky Impressions
Buttons and bow- from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card
Anything goes challenge  - lets not be square
Craft room challenge - buttons and bows
Papertake weekly challenge - make your own
Sassy Cheryls - Polka dots everywhere
Love to create challenge - spots and dots

Have a great day everyone.


Judith x

The challenge is no stamped images at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week

Good morning blog friends

Today being Wednesday - unlike yesterday that was Tuesday (as Sue kindly pointed out for me!!) we have a new challenge at Fab'n'Funky set by this weeks hostess
our lovely 
  quite a tricky one I think for a lot of us who are used to stamped cards
 - but one to get your creativity going

No Stamped Images!!

It's not something I do often but I have got a few cards in my back catalogue that I've never shown and decided to use two of them today, some occasions lend themselves to die cutting and I made these cards as a pair for the birth of a friends Grandson - one for the grandparents and the other for baby Sam and his parents

I suppose these types of card are easy to make - what takes the time is deciding on the layout!  Unfortunately because I made them a while ago I can't remember most of what went into them - though all the die cutting is on the Cricut expression machine.  
There's a few stickers and gems and thats about it!

We are sponsored by the fabulous Joanna Sheen
and the prize is £10 to spend in store - definitely worth getting creative for.

I'm entering these cards into the following challenges

Make it Monday - Anything goes
Love to create - spots and dots
Crafty Boots - babies
Samuel Taylors Crafts - Use die cuts

Thanks for stopping by


Judith x

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Inky impressions Sassy lili

Hi all

I made this card for a tutorial on shading with pencils over on the

Sassy Lili

Have a look over there if you want to see what I did

Image - Sassy Lili from Inky impressions
Coloured with - copics and prismacolor pencils
Paper - MME meadowlark
Flowers - woodware daisy punch
Gems and ribbon from my stash
Dies (border and ovals) - spellbinders
Sentiment - Anna Griffin stamp
Charm - Inky Impressions

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Digi doodle shops best - anything goes
Oldie but goodie - flower power
Cupcake craftroom - lots of layers
Penny black and more - summer blooms
digidesigns challenge blogspot -Pile on the flowers

Thanks for stopping by to see me!

Hugs Judith xx

Pink, Pearl and Pretty celebration challenge at MAWTT

Hi there

Its a busy blog week this one and its not over yet!

This weeks challenge over at Moving along with the times is

Pink, Pearl and Pretty celebration

Believe it or not I was a bit stuck for what to do for this one - couldn't get my head into pink and pretty gear at all, I've been having a few mojo problems of late and this one was top of the heap! ....Until I saw this fab new digi called Jules that Krista Smith was giving away on her blog this week (isn't it just so pretty) and she just screamed at me - PINK, PRETTY PEARLS lol.

I just decided to keep it simple and used just the one big flower as an accent together with the leaves (a die I've had for ages and would you believe never used before!) - just love this little girly and she's pink from head to toe!

This is what I did....

Image - Jules from saturated Canary
Coloured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Paper and card and stick on stars(on her bow)- from my very old stash
Flower and leaves - spellbinders dies
Pearls - my crafty heart
Bow - ebay 
Heart stamp in background - from a Dawn Bibby set

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Digidoodle shops best - anything goes
Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Oldie but goodie -Flower power
Papertake weekly -All things girly

See you later with a Inky impressions post

Judith x

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Make your own flowers at fab'n'funky Challenges

Hello my blogfriends
and a special hello to my new followers - lovely of you to join me!

Todays challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challengesset by our flower crazy Wendy! is
Make your own flowers
and this week weare being sponsored by the fabulous Doodle Pantry

I've finally given in and jumped on the Christmas bandwagon! - so heres another one off the list but still an awful long way to go I know I'll still be finishing off those final Christmas Eve deliveries this year - same as usual.

I used  dark green card for the base of this one for a change - got to go with those Christmas colours and of course its a round easel card but I thought it fitted this image perfectly. It looks a bit wonky in this picture but its quite straight - unlike my photography skills!

Here's what I did....

Image and We wish you a Merry Christmas circular sentiment - Doodle pantry winter song birdies
Coloured with -copics and prismacolor pencils
Paper - Anna Griffin - from yeeears ago
Die cut circles and poinsettia die- spellbinders
Small circular sentiment - Lili of the Valley
Gems and paper bow with bell - from my stash
Glitter - Martha Stewart glitter glue
Glitter paper (flowers) - Create and Craft

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Die cutting divas - Christmas in july
Tip Top Tuesday - All about circles
Hooked on craft - Christmas in july
Stampavie and more- Christmas in summer

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Make it wet challenge at My Time to Craft

Hi there blog friends

It's another challenge day at MTTC and the theme is 

Make it Wet

for this challenge you can make anything you like with a water theme

I didn't do very well with this one - don't know how but I got my challenges all mixed up and I was totally on the wrong week, so when I went to post my card I had the wrong challenge and had to quickly get this card sorted, luckily it was mostly coloured, I just hadn't done any shading and I knew in my mind what I was doing with it - if you saw the way I faf on (is that a word lol) putting a card together and this was an almighty faffy card - just couldn't get the embellies right so went bed and finished it of this morning, I think most of my cards are made like that, I have to walk away before they go in the bin and they always come together second time round, anyway onto the card

This is what I did ....

Digi stamp - Digidoodle shop - a drink of water
Coloured with - copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - MME So Sopie - graceful
Dies - spellbinders
Flowers - Wild orchid
Leaves - Martha Stewart punch
Ribbon -carnmeal cottage
Sentiment - lili of the valley

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Digi doodle shop best -Summertime
Poodles parlour - use a digi
Joanna Sheen - going round in circles
Bild malarna - Summer
Cupcake craftroom - lots of layers
Craft a scene - in the garden
The squirrel and the fox - kids or babies
Little miss muffet - Circles

Hope you all have a great day - the sums shining here today which is always a bonus!

See tomorrow with another Fab'n'Funky challenge


Judith x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Inky "Summer Fun" blog hop

Good morning all

I'm sorry about the weird font and formatting on this post - don't know what bloggers doing but this is the best I can do with it -I've messed on for ages - you should have seen it before!!


Today being the 15th of the month means its time for  the Inky Impressions Design Team Blog Hop! this month our fabulous Inkettes have been making creations for the the theme

 'Summer Fun'! 

we are all sharing some Inky Impressions creations that are perfect for the summer!  Also, be sure to comment along the way, you never know where a prize may be hiding!

Here is the Blog Hop Order:
Inky Impressions Inspirational Blog
Judith - thats me!
Mary J 
Inky Impressions Challenge Blog
You should have arrived here from Joni's blog if so you're doing fine and in the right place -your next stop is Kerry.  The prize this month is an Ink Impressioncharacter or animal stamp of your choice and a sampling if gorgeous inky charms. To be eligible for a prize youmust leave a comment by 20th July.

I couldn't think of better little lady than Beachbound Lili to use for a summerfun creation.  I had bought some gorgeous My Minds eye papers at Michaels when I was in Florida with a real vintage colour theme - I hadn't seen them before and thought Lili would make a perfect little 60's babe to use with them. Be sure to check out our newest stamps from our May release, they are ALL about summer!

She's looking a bit pale in this photograph - she's really got a much better tan than this - cos she's been on holiday anywhere but here!!  I thought it would make a perfect retirement card for a dear friend of mine who retires in a couple of weeks and plans a lovely 
cruise holiday - and lots of other holidays! -after her retirement.

Here's what I did....

Stamp - inky Impressions - beach bound Lili
Coloured with copics, a touch of prismacolor pencils and white gel pen
Dies - all spellbinders
Flowers - wild orchid crafts
Charm - Inky impressions butterfly
Pearls - inky impressions flat back pearls
Sentiment - lili of the Valley
Papers - MME Sophie
Lace - Michaels reflections
Ribbon from my stash

Hope to see you at the hop! 

I'm entering the following challenges with this card

The craft place - anything goes
Scrappers delight challenge - summer fun
Lets ink it up - all girl

Digidesign challenge - pile on the flowers
Alphabet challenge - L for lace
simply create too - Summer/vacation
digi doodle shop best  - summertime


Judith x

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The great outdoors - new challenge at Inky Impressions

Hello again

I'm back with my second DT card of the day for the new challenge over at Inky Impressions and the theme is 

The great outdoors

I've chosen this cute little lady from Inky Impressions for my card for this week - she's called Gardening Lili - I could do with a visit from her in my garden any time - so many weeds - so little time! - It was difficult to photograph with being an easel card - but the bottom of the easel is a aqua  blue and gold which tones with the top paper.

This is what I did...

Stamp - Gardening Lili from Inky Impressions
Coloured with - Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - Sun kiss by prima
Die cut flowers and branches - memory box honeysuckle vine and cherry blossom flowers
fence punch - Martha Steward
Distress inks - Tim Hotz spiced marmalade and tea dye
Garden die cut - cricut expression freshly picked card
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Butterfly punch - Fiskars
Tag - sizzix die
Gems - from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Cute card Thursday  -gardeners world
Digidesign challenge - pile on the flowers
Penny black and more - summer blooms

Have a great day

Judith x

We're all going on a summer holiday with Fab'n'Funky challenges

Good morning all

Its time for another new challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and today the theme has bee chosen by our hostess for the week 

And its
We're all going on a summer holiday
(go on sing along - you know you want to!)

I really hope none of you are going on a summer holiday in this weather - unless you're a duck, i've never seen so much rain in my life, I think this week has been the worst so far because the rain just hasn't stopped for 3 days now.  But when this challenge was set we really expected it to be summer weather so my card for this week definitely reflects this - though you might put a different slant on it!!

I saw this cute little girl waiting to go on her summer holidays over at Di's digi downloads (I've got a bit of a love affair going on with these digis at the moment) and here she is....

She's got a bit of a happy look going on there so I think the sun's shining where she is anyway, just sitting on her suitcase waiting to go - camera at the ready - oooh I want to go!!!

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is the fantastic Digi Doodle Shop

Who are offering a fab prize of $10 to spend in their store

So come on what have you got to loose - you need to get going on a sumer holiday 
- its far far better than staying here!!

This is what I did....

Image - Dis digi downloads
Coloured with - Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - K & Co hopscotch
Diecuts - cut on cricut expression, spellbinders circle dies and sizzix label
Key Charm on case - Inky Impressions
Stickers (on case) - K & Co
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
Gems from my stash

We'd love to see you over at the sunny land of Fab'n'Funky this week for your summer holiday - its got to be better than staying at home in the rain!

Have a great day - but don't forget your wellies

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Sassy studios designs - use something metal (key charm )
Card Crafters Circle - Summer holiday
Crafty catz weekly - spots
Fun with shapes and more - Summer birthday
Simply create too - Summer vacation
Sentimental Sundays - bingo (twine charm die cut)

Judith x

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Make it sentimental at moving Along with the Times

Hello again blog friends

Its Thursday so that means another brand new challenge at MAWTT.   Yesterday was the end of our birthday challenge,  we had so many fabulous entries and the prize winners have all been drawn if you entered our challenge have a look at the blog - you could be one of the lucky ones!

Our hostess this week is the lovely Debs and she has chosen the theme

Make it Sentimental

to put it simply - make the sentiment the main focus of your card
(no images please!)

There seems to have been an influx of Christmas cards this last week or two - or is it just  the blogs I visit lol.  I'm definitely not an early Christmas card person but  if you can't beat 'em join 'em!!

I had bought this stamp last year from Clarity stamps but never got around to using it - it seemed like a good opportunity to use it and perhaps jump on the bandwagon for Christmas designs.

This is what I did

Stamp - Let it snow by Clarity Stamps
Inked with - memento light blue
Blue and white card and gems from my stash
Ribbon - carnmeal cottage
Large snowflakes - Spellbinders build a snowflake dies
Small snowflakes - Martha Stewart punch
Gems in sticks - salvaged from a wedding favour I was given

I'm entering these challenges with this card

Make it Monday - Anything goes
Totally stampalicious - Bows and Ribbons
The squirrell and the fox - Christmas in July
Ladybird crafts Ink - Christmas in July 

Hope you have a great day


Judith x

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Its fireworks and bling at Inky Impressions challenge blog today

Hello again

I'm back with my second post of the day.  It's supposed to be my Inky Impressions post but there's no Inky Impressions card from me today!! I started off full of good intentions that I would post this week (its not my week but I really liked the challenge and wanted to do it).

Inky impressions are being sponsored by Kenny K this week  and that was another good reason to join in!  I saw this Kenny K special 4th of July digi and knew it was perfect for my nephews 21st birthday card, that was a few weeks ago so I decided to keep it for this challenge.  I made the box to match and tied it up with red white and blue twine and I had put a little money pouch underneath the easel to give him money for his birthday.  When I gave him the box at his party (he was keeping all of his presents to open when he got home)  - he was really puzzled as to what was in the box - bet he didn't expect a sassy little girl!!

I really pushed the boat out with this one and got the 4th of July papers from Raspberry Road as well (at least I think that's what it was- it was weeks ago and I can only half remember - they're definitely Raspberry road!!)

I had a great idea for my Inky card too - but it never got any further than that - my Grandson Jacob was christened at the weekend and we had a party for 60 people afterwards in our house and I'm afraid my inky card got lost in the preparations!  Here is Jacob his with his Mammy and Daddy - my daughter Alison and son in law Steven. As you can see Jacobs a bit of a bruiser and he's really long- he's only 6 months old but is now into 12-18 months size clothes - he's got legs like tree trunks -his Mammy had legs like those when she was a baby - thankfully they slimmed down when she got bigger!!)

Anyway - back to the card

This is what I did...

Digi - Kenny K 4th of July
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - raspberry road - 4th July (I think!)
Sentiment (I'm not a troublemaker)- Whimsy stamps
Happy birthday circular sentiment - Lili of the valley
21 - cut on sizzix die - Tim Holtz vintage market
Key charm - Ink Impressions
bling etc from my stash
box made with ultimate pro from crafters companion

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Kenny k's crafty crew -Patriotic -red white and blue for GB
Celebrate the occasion - 4th July
Incy Wincy - use only the colours of your country (red white and blue) GB
The cutie pie challenge - one for the boys
Tammy's scrappin corner - Celebrations/4th July
Divas by design - Red white and blue

Thats all from me for today

hugs Judith x

Stars and Stripes Challenge at Fab 'n'Funky Challenges

Good Morning blog friends

Hope this morning finds you all well. 

Its challenge day again over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.  We had sooo many entries to last weeks challenge - well over 200 - I needed some new fingers by the time I'd finished commenting on all the fabulous entries - there were some absolutely gorgeous girly cards out there in blog land!

This week its my turn to host the challenge and I've chosen the theme 

Stars and Stripes

Happy 4th July to all my American friends out there

Its not a red white and blue challenge - just any old stars and/or stripes on your card

I made my card using one of our sponsor images 
Lil' Pinkette Coraline from Tickled Pink Stamps 
I made her "Tickled Pink" in honour of the stamps!

We have two fabulous sponsors this week for the challenge as well as Tickled Pink Stamps who are offering 2 digis of the winners choice we also have the gorgeous Papershelter who are giving a $20 voucher to spend in store - what fab prizes!

Here's what I did...

Digi image - Lil'Pinkette coraline from Tickled Pink Stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Stary card - from kanban
Sentiment - Dawn biby Cupcake set
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Bling! - from my stash

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Sassy Cheryls - Anything goes
Bunny Zoes - Girls girls girls
Charizma Cardz - Anything Goes
Digidoodle shops best - purple and Pink

Have a great day

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Is it Shells fault that its raining cats and dogs at MTTC - and everywhere?!

Good morning all

Well I hope it is where you are its a lovely warm day here.

Today is challenge day at My time to Craft and for some reason best known to herself Shell chose the theme - Its raining cats and dogs!  Now this challenge was set weeks ago - did she have a premonition or just wish it on us!  Either way its definitely true of last week -here in the frozen north,  we nearly drowned we had so much rain!  Thunder, lightening, water running down the roads like a river, trains off, roads closed - I still can't believe how much chaos it caused and by the weekend it was just as if it never happened. Since then we've has a few showers but on the whole it's been ok and really quite warm - weird weather, I think this must be summer!

Anyway on this this weeks challenge, I was looking for a digi for this challenge and had won some from Di's digidownloads on Digidownloads challenge.  While I was claiming my prize I asked Di if she had any "rainy" digis and sure enough she came up with the goods! - a few days later this cute little digi appeared in her shop - so thanks Di - you're a star and this is just the sort of thing I had in mind - I love Di's digis with all the cute little characters!

I made this card as a thankyou for my friend Christine.  It was our grandson's christening on Sunday and we had the party afterwards at our house -60 people to feed  a tall order and it took me nearly all the week before to tidy the house! It was a lovely day, we really enjoyed it.  Anyway Christine just did sooo much to help on the day - she was a real star, along with her husband Steven who has a butchers business -he baked us lots of delicious pies and quiches - our very bestest friends - thank you x

This is what I did

Image - Molly mouse and Puddles from Di's Digi downloads
Coloured with - copics prismacolour pencils
Puddles and eyes highlighted with glossy accents
Punched flowers - retro flower punch by EK success
Paper - Sunkiss by prima
Ribbon  carnmeal cotage
gems from my stash
sentiment - Craftwork cards

Challenges I'm entering

Digidesign challenge blog - summertime
Joanna Sheen challenge - Summer daze
Crafty cardmakers - make your own flowers
Crafty sentiments - here comes summer
LEJ designs - Fabulous flowers
Papertake weekly challenge - Anything goes
Try it on Tuesday - bingo - ribbon /2 background papers / bling