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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Freezing at Thanksgiving - Florida style with My Favourite Things!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends
And greetings to friends everywhere

I'm here in Florida for a spot of R&R and to hit the sales on Friday- much better than shopping at home - even on Black Friday I don't think its as bad as weekend Christmas shopping back home!

But.... It's blooming freezing! - when I got up this morning it was only 4 degrees C! 
- we had to put the heating on in the house!  I think it's just a hiccup today and set to warm iUp tomorrow but it's lunchtime now and still only 10 degrees - I just checked and it's 8 back home in Sunny Sunderland!

Never mind we're still having fun and yesterday was just the best day ever - I had some Christmas money that I was given to spend before I came so we had a drive up to a town called Eustis - so what you might say - but it's just the home of the


I took some photos but for some reason computer ( or in this case iPad) says no
 - but I'll post them later

But need I say more -  I have my little pink MFT Bag full of my goodies - course they have to go to Santa to be wrapped up - but I can sit and look at them till I get home lol

We also visited the most gorgeous shop I've ever seen 
- called Peddlars Wagon - it was just so beautiful
Totally over the top Christmas and the most lovely people - it was almost closing when we went to pay for all the breakable, crushable goodies that I've yet to get home and spent almost an hour talking to three of the guys about TV, British history and lots more besides - such a lovely few hours spent in Eustis - we will be back! 

Hope you're all warm and cozy where you are

Judith xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Its still our birthday - Challenge 2 at Fab'n'Funky - anything goes

Good morning all

I do hope you joined in at Fab'n'Funky last week - we had such fab prizes for our winners - pop across and see if you are one of the lucky prize winners.

We have another Anything Goes challenge this week at Fab'n'Funky
with an equally good selection of prizes from our great sponsors 
Have a look over there and join us again this week

I used a really pretty little image from one of our sponsors this week
Her name is Alannah - by Stampart Design by Kathryne
and she is available here
I used the bonus set that comes with the stamps instead of the full digi 
so I could sit her in the corner of my card
The little birdie and sentiment is all part of the set
I don't know if you can see so well in the photo but it is a really sparkly card
I went totally mad with the stickles!!

Here is a list of all of our great sponsors- lots of prizes to be had!!

It's really worth an entry!!
This is what I did...

Images and sentiment - Alannah from Stampart design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prisma color pencils
Papers - Blue Christmas form recollections at Michaels
Noel-wooden embellie from dovecraft
Ribbon  Carnmeal cottage
Die cut tree - Mariannes LR1036
Snowflakes - dovecraft snowflake punch
Glitter - Stickles tiara and diamond

I'm off on my hollies today for two weeks - I have some scheduled posts here and there and I'll be calling to visit as I laze around with nothing better to do than visit all your lovely blogs - that's if I ever get sorted out and away - soo much to do.....xx

Hope we see you at Fab'n'Funky this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - pretty
ABC Christmas Challenge - Winter wishes
Inky Impressions - Hats scarves and gloves
Pennys papercrafty challenge - anything goes
Crafty creations - Christmas/thanksgiving
Scrappers delights - anything goes
Deep Ocean challenge blog - favourite colour combo (Blue and kraft(beige))
Scrap creations - make it sparkle

Judith x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Christmas is on its way - big time!

Good morning all

I'm here this morning with an inspirational post for Whimsy stamps, I've had a really busy week or so with not much time for crafting - or anything else for that matter!  We've been painting and decorating the house, cleaning carpets and putting our Christmas decorations up!!  I can hear you all saying WHAT!!! but yes you heard right I'm sitting here in full Christmas mode surrounded by our Christmas decorations and lights and our lovely big tree!  - we also put our outside lights up on the trees outside - but they're not turned on yet in case we scare the neighbours lol

I have to confess that I love it when the house is all decorated for Christmas - its my favourite time of year....but I'm really not a complete Christmas nut its just that we're going to Florida on Wednesday and won't be back until 7th December and that's just far to late to start putting up the tree and sorting things out - so I'm far happier that its done now.  When the family were all there for Sunday dinner yesterday we had a lovely time - just like Christmas.  My grandson loved the candles on the table - he's almost two and we had a great time lighting and blowing out candles - little things ha ha.  Even my mother who though it was "far to early for Christmas" had to admit that it cheered everything up - so I say - give it a try - you might just like an early Christmas!!

Anyway - back to the job in hand
I made these cute gift tags with a lovely set available over at Whimsy stamps

You'll find Christmas Gift Tags by Stampart Design by Kathryne HERE 

There is a lovely selection of designs and I printed them out in different sizes to suit a selection of gifts
I then coloured them with copics (and glittered some) then mounted them onto red card or silver mirri, added a few snowflake embellies here and there and finished them off with ribbons.  They looked so pretty with all the bows and even my husband stopped and commented - which is not normal at all!  

I still have a stack yet to colour, I think they're a great idea - and so much prettier - and cheaper than bought ones.  I was even surprised myself at how much I liked them!

Challenges I'm entering with these tags

Glitter n sparkle challenge - tag it
Jingle belles -holiday traditions

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

We're celebrating our 4th birthday at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - so anything goes!

Good afternoon all

I'm back with my second post of the day  - and a very special one at that!

We are celebrating our 4th birthday at Fab'n'Funky challenges with a great challenge

Anything goes

We also have lots of fabulous sponsors and a host of prizes on offer!

Our wonderful Sponsors

Prize - 5 digis of the winners Choice - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

- the prize is 5 images of the winners choice from DS4J shop

Prize is 3 images of the winners choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shop

Inky Impressions 

prize is 3 digis of the winners choice

The fabulous Flonzcraft
prize - $20 voucher to spend in store - with free shipping! how great is that!

You have to admit these are fab and funky prizes and next week is just as great!

I made a Christmas card (no surprise there then!!) using a set of images from one of our sponsors

The images are from digistamps4joy called Christmas twigis winter - available HERE

This is what I did...

Images - Christmas Twigis winter from Digi Stamps 4 joy
Coloured with copics and white gel pen
Papers - MME joy
Sentiment - LOTV
Diecuts - postage stamps from spellbinders
               bells for memorybox
Ribbon - from my stash

We;d love to see you at Fab'n'Funky this week  come and see if you can win one of our fab (and funky) prizes

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - winter wishes
Crafting by design - anything goes with twist of Christmas
Handmade harbour - Christmas is coming


Judith x

A card for my special little someone!

Good morning all

Its another busy Wednesday morning with my first of two posts for the day
Its time for a new challenge at 

and our theme is 

For someone special

I decided to make a Christmas card for my extra special little someone!
my grandson Jacob

I used an absolutely gorgeous Snowman digi form The Paper Shelter 
.... ooo I do love a snowman card!
....and my favourite easel shape too - what a good day this is lol

Called The Snowman  - he's available here

As usual we have fab prizes up for grabs at TPS challenge 

The gift voucher

This is what I did....

Image - The Snowman from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics
Papers - MME Merry
Card - Bazzill basics
Sentiment - produced in Word
Fence punch and snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Snowflake die - Whimsy stamps
Label die -dienamics
Chipboard Snowman  K & Co Swell Noel
Gliter paper - from my stash
Glitter glue - tim holtz

We have so many lovely special cards to show you at The Paper Shelter Challenge week - so come on over - show us your cards for that special someone.

Don't forget to come back later for my post about our special 4th birthday celebrations at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - lots of fab prizes up for grabs from our wonderful sponsors!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty little fairies - top of the pops - I wish it could be christmas every day (when the snowman brings the snow....)
Creative knock outs - make it sparkle
hanna and friends - glitter
ABC christmas challenge - winter wishes

Judith x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

We're going swirly, girly, pearly at MAWTT this week!

Good morning all

I'm back today with my DT card for this weeks challenge at 
Moving along with the Times
 where our lovely Debs is "the hostess with the mostest" for this week

She has chosen the fab theme

Swirly girly pearly

Here's what I came up with

I was asked by a friend to make a Wedding card for her sister-in-law
and was dying to use this cute image from Tiddly Inks called you and me babe.
Its a very contemporary sort of image and I decide to go quite shabby chic with it
(I still haven't got over my shabby chic week of DT cards a few weeks ago!!)
I love pearly swirly cards and a wedding card is the perfect occasion to go totally OTT

Here's what I did...

Image - you and me babe from Tiddly Inks
Coloured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers from MME - one is lost and found blush and I cant remember the other!!
Swirls from creative impressions
Fabric flower strip - Tim Holtz
Hearts banner - lala land die
Vintage seambinding ribbon - crafty ribbons
sentiment produced in word and cut with dienamics label die
Pearls from kars
Distress Ink - TH tea die

The inside is also decorated to match and there was a lovely shabby style box to match - but I for got to photograph them dir!

there are some very pretty cards over on the MAWTT blog this week - all pearly swirly girly!
hope we see you there
Challenges I'm entering with this card..

Aud sentiments - feminine
creative knockouts - get punchy
Charizma cards - anything goes

Hugs Judith x

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Christmas colours challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Brrrrr - aren't the mornings getting cold now - I had to scrape ice off my car yesterday and Monday to go to work - I just hate icy mornings,  But its my day off today and I'm just staying in the warmwhile my grandson Jacob comes to play! The only good thing about this time of year is Christmas comes somewhere in the middle of it - and I love Christmas and everything that goes with it. And on that note....

We have a brand new challenge over at 
and the theme is 

Traditional Christmas Colours

It's my turn to host this week and I decided to take it easy on you - the colours have to be traditional Christmas ones - but it doesn't have to be a Christmas card.  We're looking for those lovely reds, greens, gold, silver,white - maybe a touch of black on Santa,s boots - I'm sure you know what we have in mind!

Our sponsors this week is the fabulous Digi Darla Designs

who are offering a fab prize of 5 digi stamps of the winners choice

and we we're lucky enough to get some fab images to play with too

I chose this lovely image called 
Stockings on  mantle - available here

This is what I did....

Image - stockings on mantle from Digi Darla designs
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - LOTV
Sentiment LOTV
Ribbon - Sam Pooles creative studios

Can't wait to see your cards over at the challengeg at Fab'n'Funky this week

Judith x

Friday, 1 November 2013

A lovely bloghop at Whimsy stamps to welcome November!

Welcome to the November digital release blog hop!!!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by

Crissy Armstrong
Ashlan Valor Tangles
Marika Collins
Miss Rach's digis

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
  To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice.
The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is  Blog

 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Sunday 8th September at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.

I chose to use this cute digi from Liastampz
called Snowmen available here

I think this stamp has a bit of a retro feel to it and tried to follow that through the card 

This is what I did...

Image - Snowmen from Liastampz to Whimsystampz
coloured with copics
Papers and sentiment from Dovecraft 'tis the season
Card - bazzill basics
Diecut tree - Mariannes creatables
Glitter - Martha Stewart
ribbon and gems and star brad from my stash

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way

Have a great hop!

Hugs Judith x

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty girls - anything goes
My heart pieces - anything christmas
A creative romance - metal mania (metal brad star on tree)
Crafty hands challenge- anything goes
Polka doodles - anything goes christmas

We have an embossing challenge over at Ready teddy go this month.

Good morning all

This is my first of two posts today - the other coming later is the Whimsy Stamps monthly blog hop - pop back and see it if you want to play along and win a great prize

But Back to the business in hand

This month our challenge at Ready Teddy go is 


Here is my card using this cute bear from  my favouriteLOTV
Called James bear in the snow - available here

Now embossing is not my favourite theme - in fact I never use embossing folders!  I struggled a bit as to what to do then decided  that I would adapt the challenge to suit the sort of embossing that I often do and that is embossed dies. I used one of my favourite Marianne dies which  embosses beautifully to give a really nice effect on these holly leaves.  This was a really easy card to make - the little bear colours up so quickly and after that it was just a bit of cutting, sticking and embossing, a quick and easy stamped sentiment - a really quick Christmas card  of the type you could easily batch make with different papers to ring the changes - think I might make a few of these.

This is what I did....

Image LOTV James bear in the snow 
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers LOTV traditional Christmas paper pad 
Sentiment LOTV Christmas labels
Die - Mariannes creatables holly
Ribbon and red pearls fom my stash
Card - Bazzill Basics
Snow - flowersoft

I hope I've inspird you with another option to make a card using embossing - that doesn't have to be an embossing folder or heat embossed design

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty little fairies - anything goes/DT CALL
Card crafters circle - cute cards
Jingle belles - not a creature was stirring
Polka doodles - anything goes Christmas
Crafty hands challenge- anything goes


Judith x