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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

It's anything goes at Whimsy stamps challenge this month - sounds like a good excuse to make Christmas cards to me!!

Hello again

(Please scroll down for my post for The Paper Shelter and Fab'n'Funky Challenges Halloween Challenges) 

Well its a busy old day for me - after being pretty absent for the last week or so - to be honest I think I've lost my crafty gene this week - I've struggled so much and there's not much there!  I haven't even done much blogging so I'm really sorry if I haven't visited you lately - it's nothing personal - honest! - I just need a bit of a kick start I think - though I did manage to come up with this weeks cards ok so maybe I'm on my way back on track - I hope so : )

Anyway - on to this months Whimsy Stamps Challenge

its the old favourite

Anything Goes

We had such a great variety at Whimsy Stamps for new releases this month and us DT girls are lucky enough to get to play with all the new releases every month - we had Autumn, Halloween, Christmas lots of cuties and animals - spoilt for choice really, and so many different styles from our lovely designers. I decided to use anything goes as an opportunity to get another Christmas card stashed away and ready to go! - so I chose this really cute snowman from Crissy Armstrong

The image is called Snowman hold my heart and is available here 

I really like the red/kraftcard combo for Christmas cards - I made quite a few last year and think I might have to check on my kraftcard stocks before I get going on this years.  I pulled out all my Christmas "stuff" from last year ( i find it easier just to pack it all away) and found alsorts of dies and embellies I had forgotten I had - including this lovely snowflake border die also from Whimsy stamps - I think this might get a few outings too

This is what I did...

Image -Snowman hold my heart by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Snowflake die - Whimsy stamps
Label die - Dienamics
Paper - Christmas in the country from Dovecraft
Kraftcard - from ebay 
Gems  - Trimcraft Lillibet 
Wooden Noel - Dovecraft - 'tis the season
Wooden snowflake - Kars

I promise to call in to see you all this week xx

Challenges I'm entering with this card...

Inky impressions - traditional Christmas
Scrapbook society - anything goes - with twist Kraft paper
Created with love - anything goes
Lady Annes challenges - anything goes


Judith x

Halloween all over the place!!

God morning all

Its a really busy blogging morning for me today!  I have two DT's with the same theme on the same day - hows that for a gift to any DT girl lol!!

and the theme is 


The card I made was really for my DT card at The Paper Shelter but as Fab'n'Funky challenges also have the same theme - I thought I'd double up and give it a mention!!

This absolute beauty is 
Gothika - available from The Paper Shelter here
I loved this digi the first time I saw her and have just been waiting for the right challenge to use her 
She's not a new digi by any means - definately an oldie but goodie I'd say!

As always at The Paper Shelter the prize is.....

Challenge prize badge

at Fab'n'Funky challenges the sponsor is Bugaboo stamps 
and they are offering another fab prize
- the winners choicc of 7 digis 

It seems to me like it might be a great idea to make a Halloween card this week!!

Here's what I did..

image - Gothika from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - MME Wicked Merchant Mavaldo (i have loved these papers)
Pins and ribbon - Creative studios by Sam Poole
Trick or treat stamp from a bargin bin at Michaels
- and thats it - simples!!

Hope we see your cards at both these fab challenges this week.  Check back later for yet another DT card - this time for Whimsy Stamps challenge starting today - they are having a fab "Anything goes" challenge!!

By Lori designs - trick or treat
Creative belli blog - Halloween
lil red wagon - Halloween
Scrappers delights - Halloween
Simon says - anything goes
The perfect sentiment - Halloween or fall


Judith x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

We're getting distressed at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week - in a nice way!

Good morning all

I was starting to think nobody loved me anymore - after z couple of manic days I haven't had much blogging time  and just foundh post still on draft grrrrr! - so that's why no one visited today! - anyway here it is -  off to the gym now but I'll pop on later to see you all xx.......

We have a brand new challenge at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week - almost as if it was made for me with my vintage/ distress thing going on at the moment

The challenge is 


I decided to go with a different effect this time - not something I've done a lot before - but I like to experiment.  I used my TH distress tool to distress all of the edges and curled the corners to give a distressed look.  I decided not to use my distress inks to keep it fresh looking and I think I quite liked this first attempt

I chose this cute little image called Bows 'lil Santas helper from Lacy Sunshine
 Available here  

She's a sort of messy little girl and the distressed look quite suits her!

We are lucky enough to have two fabulous sponsors at 
Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week 


prize $20 shop voucher (plus free shipping)

also offering 12% discount in their shop to all challenge entrants 



who are offering a prize of 5 Digi Images

This is what I did ...

Image - Bows 'lil Santass helper from Lacy Sunshine
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Glitter - Martha Stewart silver glitter glue
Paper - K & co swell noel
Ribbon - vintage seam binding from crafty ribbons
Sentiment labels - LOTV
Card  cord'inations contemporary Christmas
Wooden embellie star - Kars

Hope we see you over at Fab'n'Funky this week - any distressing will do!

hugs Judith x

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Con - grat - u - lations

Morning all

I'm pretty sure that anyone of a certain age in the UK will be able to hear Cliff Richard singing 


How could you avoid it! I can't say the word without singing the song in my head!

and over at 

My time to Craft

 this week this is our theme

Anything with Congratulations 
(or something of similar meaning - well done etc)

I decided on a baby girl Congratulations card

The image is a digi called Baby Girl from Lia Stampz at Whimsy Stamps available here
There is also a "boy" version of this - they are both such pretty stamps

I think I got into a bit of a distress thing a week or so back with lots of distress/vinage style
 - now I can't get out of it lol

Here's what I did....

Image - Baby girl from Lia Stampz by Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with Copics and prismacolour pencils
Distress ink TH dusky rose
Paper - MME lost and found - blush
Vintage seam binding - crafty ribbons
scalloped circle - Grand nestability
Label die - Dienamics
Congratulations - Anna Griffin rubber stamp
button  and pearls from my stash
Pearl heart - MCH

Hope you all have a great weekend
 - and all those on half term school hollies next week - hope its a good one!


Judith x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Two colours at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

oooo - I've had such blogger problems - just about tearing my hair out trying to get this post to post - well its either blogger or my laptop - either way I couldn't do what I wanted - and I'm never happy if I can't get my own way - just ask my DH lol!!

But if you're reading this I finally got there so the tantrum will be over

Its time for a new challenge over at 

and the theme is

Use only two colours
(includes shades of those colours and not hair or skin)

I have to say this is not my most favourite theme ever - but well we can't like them all.  For some reason my brain just couldn't get it together on this one.  I eventually came up with this card - and even then I can't decide whether I like it or not -  but it has grown on me!  I went to TPS store in search of inspiration and found this image which was a pre- coloured one - in shades of reds/pinks and brown/beige - and took it from there.

The image is called My Little Spoiled and is available here
I can certainly say that this image was the inspiration to make this card as I was clueless until I found it
- no change there then lol.

I decided to go with a sort of shabby chic theme as those colours seemed to fit

As always there are fab prizes up for grabs at The Paper Shelter

The gift voucher

Here's what I did...

Image - My little spoiled from The Paper Shelter (precoloured)
Papers - MME - lost and found
Sentiment labels - LOTV
Shaped card - from a ikt I can't remember buying!
Mounting for image - spellbinders labels 10
Butterfly die cut - whimsy stamps
Heart sticks dies and Flower dies  impression obsession at MCH
Pearls and ribbon form my stash
Distress ink - my favourite TH tea dye

Hope we see you at The Paper shelter Challenge blog this week - go on challenge yourself - if i can do it anyone can!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
nutcrafters - lots of layers
pennys papercrafty - anything goes
Stampavie and more - pearls and swirls
paper pretties - use lots of embellishments

hugs Judith xx

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Too cute to spook!!

Good morning all

There are some very spooky goings on at Moving along with the Times Challenge blog this week and if you pop on over there to have a look you see....

Our new challenge this week is 

Spooktastic Times 

- or Halloween to me and you lol

I used this reeeally cute digis from Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps available here
Shees called Halloween witchy girls and 
I think she is my favourite little witch for this year - I 've just been dying to use her.
She's just soo pretty and so cute!!

I'm afraid I just couldn't get a good photograph of this one at all - I just finished it off last night and it just was soo wrong in artificial light -in real life the glitter I used is matching the ribbon but in this picture it just looks like the ribbon is the wrong shade with the colouring - oh well :(

This is what I did...

Image - Halloween Witchy girl from Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prismacoor pencils
Paper and aper embellies - MME - Wicked merchant mavaldo
Gems - jollies
Ribbon - recollections from Michaels
distress ink - TH iced spruce.

There are so many fabulous Halloween goodies around now - i hope you feel inspired to join us over at MAWTT this week.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Hanna and friends- halloween
papercrafting journey - use halloween colours
Craft challenge - halloween/fall/autumn

Judith xx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Its all Rock'n'Roll to me!

Good morning all

How can it have got to be Wednesday already!  - and yet another challenge day over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - not only that - but its my turn to host so I get to chose the theme!!

  I always enjoy the music challenges over on other challenge blogs
so decided to host my own -with a twist!

The challenge name is 

Its all Rock'n'Roll to me 

That means you can do one (or both if you like) of two things 

 make a card showing some sort of Musical theme 
a card which is the name of a song 
and for that option you must tell us the name of the song that your card represents 

My card show this fab image called 
Groove Dude - a fabulous image from  Kenny K downloads available here

I love this image - I've used him before for a "boy" card, I think lots of boys (and men) would love this cool dude!

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by Kenny K Downloads this week

 and the DT girls got some fabulous music themed digis to play with - call in at Fab'n'Funky challenges and you can see what we all did with them!

Heres what I did....

Image - groove Dude by Kenny K downloads
Coloured with copics
Papers MME wicked merchant malvado
gems - jollies
distress inks - TH tea dye and winter spruce

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Stampavie and more - Pearls and swirls
Nutcrafters - colouring
Addicted to stamps - Anything goes


Judith xx

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Are you sick to death of my shabby chic yet!!

Good morning all

Its been one busy, funny old week this one!
I'm back this morning with my 3rd Shabby chic DT project in a week - 
could this actually be Shabby Chic week!!?

Anyway I'm back here with my card for 

My Time to Craft

And yet another

Shabby chic

I made this really simple gift tag with the cute Sapphire from Stampart by Kathryne available here
I cut two sizes of tag and tided them together with vintage seam binding - coloured the image and doodled her wings and the corners of the tag with glitter glue for a shabby chic look,  then added two little sentiment tags fastened on with a brad to finish off -really very simple to make

This is what I did...
Image - Sapphire from Stampart design by Kathryne at Whimsy stamps
Coloured with - Copics
Glitter glue - Martha Stewart  - hematite and sharoite
Card - Bazzill basics
Tags dies- My favourite things
Brad - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment tags - LOTV
Vintage Seam binding - crafty ribbons

There must be some more of you making Shabby chic this week - there's certainly no shortage of challenges to enter

Challenges I'm entering with this card..

Paper Creators crafts - Die cute and punches
Di's digi designs - Colouring skills
A creative romance -Fairy tales or winged creatures
Patties creations - Ribbon (mst include an image)
crafty little fairies - bows and brads


Judith xx

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A shabby Chic baby card fotr this months Whimsy stamps challenge

Hi all

I'm back with another card today - this time for the Whimsy stamps challenge - albeit a little late - sorry!!   The theme for this month is 

Shabby Chic

I decided to use this cute little donkey by Crissy Armstrong - he's called Pin the tail on the donkey and is available here.

I made it for a friend of my daughter who has just had a baby boy. Its a big 8inch square card.  I distressed around the edges of the blue card and papers to give it a shappy chic look - it sort of goes with the look of the donkey - I think he looks a bit shabby chic too!

it's such a cute little stamp and I thought it was ideal for a new baby card - a bit different to the normal run of the mill baby card - but cute enough to suit the purpose.  

There are some fab prizes for the winners over at the Whimsy Stamps Challenge this month

The Prizes are:

First Winner

Second Winner

Third Winner

A mystery Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp

This is what I did....

Image - Pin the Tail Donkey by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Shaped card - craftwork card
Papers - LOTV and sentiment
Vintage seam binding - crafty ribbons
Buttons - docrafts pasel buttons
Die cut flowers and leaves - Memory box fabulous phlox

Hope we see you at the Whimsy stamps challenge this month

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Chocolate coffee & cards - Flowers
Delicious Doodles - Shaped cards
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Kitty Bee Designs - flowers
Trimmies craft challenge - cats/dogs/pets/animals


Judith xx

We are back at Moving Along with the times - and anything goes!

Good morning all

I'm so happy to be posting here today with my first card for the new revamped MAWTT.  We have new DT members - welcome to all you lovely talented girls - and we have lovely challenges for you every week - just for fun,  We'd love a good turn out for this our first week and its.....

Anything goes!

This card shows my kind of day - a comfy chair - in the sun with a great book, a drink to sip and a hat - always a hat - to protect my hair and face from the beating sun - vanity is a hard thing to live with lol

I wanted to make a retirement card for a friend and when I want an image in this style I know I can always rely on Just Inklined and sure enough here was this perfect image called "Serenity"

This is what I did .....

Image -Serenity  by just inklined
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - K and Co
Card - bazzill basics
Hessian - from michaels 
Sentiment  LOTV
Ribbon - carnmeal Cottage
Pearls - from my stash
Punch (along edge of paper) -  Martha Stewart

hope you can find a card for our new challenge this week

Challenges I've entered with this card

Crafty ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Southern girls - sing a song (inspired by a song - Lazing on a sunny after noon - by the Kinks
Krafty girls challenge - Anything goes
Belli Challenge - ribbon and pearls
Penny's paper crafty challenge - anything goes


Judith xx

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Shabby Chic challenge at The paper shelter

Good morning all

Oh my goodness this is such a busy blogging week 
Can't remember a time when I had so many cards to show in such a short time - and its not over yet!!

Todays challenge at the paper shelter is 

Shabby Chic

I just fell in love with this gorgeous image and the matching paper when it was released at The paper Shelter last week  - yes its totally brand new!!

Its called Christmas Candy and is available here

I decided to use the pre-coloured image to save myself some time as I had so many challenge cards to make this week. It would also be great for making lots of Christmas cards en masse.  I simply printed off the coloured image and the matching paper - distressed around the edges with distress ink and thn slightly with my TH distressing tool.  I then mounted onto Kraft card  for that shabby look - and  added a couple of sentiment labels and some embellies and ribbon - it was really quick and easy to make
Here's what I did .....

Image and papers - Christmas Candy from the paper shelter
Seam binding ribbon from crafty ribbons
Sentiment tags - LOTV Christmas tags
Twine from my stash
Beige  pearls - lillibet gems from trim craft
Wooden star and snowflakes  from Kars

Hope we see you joining in with us at TPS this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty creations - winged things
Crafting by design - anything goes
Flutterby Wednesday - anything goes with things with wings
Lady annes challenge - anything with a stamp

Judith x

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps October blog hop

Welcome to the October digital release blog hop!!!!
(I can't believe I have two blog hops on my blog on the same day!!
if you're looking for the Ready-Teddy- Go hop - please scroll down) 
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 Michelle Oatman's
 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the
The hop will run for 1 week and end on Tuesday8th October at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.
Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way

You should have arrived here from Jackie's blog and the next stop is Kelly

I chose this lovely Christmas digi from liastampz called Christmas Shopping

Though i think this could be coloured differently to make a lovely birthday card digo too - even better value!!

I made the image the whole focus of the card and used just a few embellies and some pretty Christmas papers - easy peasy!!

This is what I did ....

Image - Christmas shopping from liastampz at Whimsystamps
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
papers and sentiment stamps - LOTV
Die cut bow swirl - Memory box
Poinsettia - WOC
Red gems - from my stash
Metal corner - jollies

Hope we see you hopping along this week! - I love all of your hoppy visits

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Through the craftroom door  - anything goes
Creative craft challenges - anything goes
Craftin desert divas - Anything with a sentiment


Judith x

Ready Teddy Go is having a birthday blog hop!

Good Morning all

We're celebrating our birthday at Ready-Teddy- Go this month 
.....with a blog hop!

The hop will run for the whole month and is starting today with team Teddy 

team Bear will then take over with a whole new hop on 15th until the end of the month
so there's two prizes to be won!!!!

Here is a list of the Team Teddy hop - in case you get lost along the way!

Anne Marie
Deborah A
Judith (thats me!)
Kelly Lloyd

at the moment you are at my (Judith's) blog 
The next stop is Kelly Lloyd

To qualify for the prize you must -

1) leave a comment at each blog in the hop
2) become a member of  Ready Teddy Go Challenge

This is the wonderful prize that the winner of each hop will win

 - there will be a "Spring bringer" and "Love me do"
card making kit from Hobby House for each blog hop winner 

For my card I decided to go with Halloween and Autumn colours combined mainly because I bought a whole boatload of Halloween Papers and embellies on my holiday trip to Michaels and haven't used any of them.  I've had a bit of a week last week and crafting and blogging had to take a back seat but I'm in catchup mode now and I'm ready to teddy go lol.

I used this really cute bear from Stampfairy called Barry Pumpkins available here

 and the inside

Here's what I did for my card....

Image - Pumkin Barry from stampfairy
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Inside image and cobweb stamps from a graphic 45 clear stamp set 
Papers and sentiment sticker - My Minds Eye Wicked Merchant Malvado paper and stickers 
Spider stickers - Jollies from Michaels
Die cut swirl - Magnolia

Hope to see you at the hop- and don't forget to join in with the second hop that starts on 15th October

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Bearly mine - halloween
Cuttin and stampin - halloween
Party time tuesdays - spooky little monsters (more the spiders than the bear lol)
House of gilli - anything goes/fall


Judith x