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Thursday, 25 February 2016

New Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils on Create and Craft today!

Hi all

Have you been watching the fabulous Sheena Douglas on Create and Craft today?

She has been demonstrating the fabulous new Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils from Crafter'sCompanion - they are absolutely fabulous.  I was lucky enough to get to play with them to make DT samples for the TV show, I have to say they blend like a dream - they're definitely my new favourite!

Here are a couple of samples I made for the show with some of the lovely stamps from Sheen Douglass' A little bit Sketchy range - I even got a name check from Jackie Jacobs on the 1pm show when she highlighted the first card- fame at last!!

using A New Leaf

Using Butterfly Effect

Don't miss Sheena's last show at 9pm tonight!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

We have a fun Animal challenge at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

It's time for a new challenge at 

The Paper Shelter

and this week the theme is


as Easter is just around the corner I couldn't resist  making a card using 
Little Easter Bunnies from TPS -available here

I've had a busy couple of weeks and decided to use one of the pre coloured images from The Paper Shelter to make my card and add a few die cuts and ribbon - just to make it my own!

as always there's a great prize on offer at our challenge

This is what I did....

Image - Precoloured little Easte bunnies from The Paper Shelter
Papers - Spring Drop from First Edition
Pierced frame die - made with Creative expressions pierced noble square dies (Sue Wilson)
Die cut letters - TH Vintage Market dies from Sizzix
Heart banner - Lala land die
Pink card and ribbon from my stash

Hope you'll join in with us at TPS this week


Judith x

Friday, 19 February 2016

All Fridays should be clean and simple!

Good morning all

It's challenge day again over at Winter Wonderland 

and our host this week is the very talented Lesley

who has cosen the theme 

Clean and Simple

I have to say I used to struggle with CAS cards
 - never really knowing when to stop when it comes to layout and embellishments
but now I actually love the CAS style - it's all about the image really
and if you keep to that you can't go wrong

Because it is so simple this card was really quick and easy to make.  The image is Lovely Lavender from LOTV - another one which seems to have been discontinued - they seem to have has a right old clear out over there!!-  I stamped onto watercolour card with Ranger archival ink in watering can, then coloured it with my Spectrum Aqua pens - also really quick and easy to colour with.  

I made the card with kraft card then made a quick frame with the square pierced noble dies from Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) with the same kraft card that I simply mounted over the top of the image with glue gel - not even a distress ink in sight - I was very strict with myself lol.   After that its just a tag cut with a sizzix die  and a piece of raffia for a bow (I think I actually rescued it from a bunch of flowers a while back) - a  clean and simple card for any occasion with a bit of shabby chic going on!

Here are the colours for the Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua  pens I used
pot - terracotta and slate - yellow, purple, wildflower and moss for the pattern
flowers - purple, wildflower and orchid, leaves leaf green and moss
shading - slate

Hope you'll come and join in with us this week we have two great sponsors

Crafty Sentiments - offering a prize of 2 digi stamps

and The Craft Barn - with a prize of a £10 voucher
The Craft Barn

come and join in - it's fun to be a bit simple at times!!!!


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Everyone's favourite - male birthday card!!

Good morning all

It's challenge day again at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and our lovely Alison is hosting this week

She has chosen the theme 

Male Birthdays

now I know a lot of people dont like making male cards
- but it suits me fine - I love making male cards
especially when it's with the fabulous images from 
Dr Digi's house of Stamps - this one is called a Dunderton Abroad 
and is available HERE

I just love these stamps
 - they are fabulous to colour -
 and there are some great male images

Our sponsor this week is 

and there is a prize of 2 digis for this weeks winner

This is what I did....

Image - A Dunderton Abroad
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils
Sentiment and suitcase stamp and die - Heartfelt Creations
Papers - Neroli by First Edition
Distressinks - Tea die and Walnut stain
Black card - Crafters Companion

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Judith xx

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

To the moon and back The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

It's challenge day again at 

this week is an easy challenge
(given the time of year)

The theme is

Be My Valentine

I decided to use a lovely image from TPS called

Moon Goddess available here

Not traditionally Valentine's at all I don't think, but the image made me think of the - I love you to the moon and back - saying, so that's where the inspiration came from.  I teamed her up with lots of hearts and hey presto - she's a Valentine card!! - I coloured her with Spectrum Noir Pens and pencils and used distress inks to shade the sky and the embossed heart card

and the inside

As always e have a fabulous prize on offer this week

This is what I did....

Image Moon Goddess from the Paper Shelter
Coloured with Spectrum noir Pens and Pencils and TH Distress inks
Paper - LOTV
Embossing Folder - Sarah Davies Love and Romance collection
I and die from Sarah Davies love and Romance collection
Love die - Sizzix
Embossed heart die from Sarah Davies Love and Romance collection
Small double heart die - sizzix
Craft card and Centura pearl card - Crafter's Companion
Circle and Scalloped Circle dies - Spellbinders Grand nesties
letters inside - cut from sizzix TH Wanted strip die

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Frilly and funky - Love is in the air
Deep ocean challenge - hearts
Digi Chooseday - all you need is love

Judith x

Monday, 8 February 2016

Come party with us at Wags'n'Whiskers

Good morning all

Well it's been a sad day in the craftroom today : ( 
my trust Sizzix Bigshot Express finally gave up
after over 7 years of faithful service - the motor just got weaker and weaker 
and he just couldn't emboss anymore, and dies were spending more time stuck in the plates than cutting!!

So I nipped out to Hobbycraft today and got a Big Shot Plus
- they had a great offer on and it was a matter of absolutely can't do without!!
It's just great to be able to craft without the bother again! -It's so sturdy and cuts and embosses really well - I realise how my poor Bigshot Express was struggling when I see what this does

I was hoping to hold out for the new Crafters Companion Gemini which is due out in a few weeks - it's an electronic machine and looked great when I saw it demonstrated a couple of weeks ago.  
My birthday's coming up very soon so I may neeeed to still have one - I've always had both a manual and electronic die cutting machine (but after my last Grand Calibur literally broke up into pieces inside - the second one I've had do this I called it a day - no more of these plastic machines for me.  And as a manual machine compared to the Big Shot Grand Calibur is just no contest. 
So it's happy dance day for me - new machine up and running : )))) 

But back to today's card

The new challenge is up and running at 

and the theme is 

Let's Party
(we want to see birthday creations)

I made this card with the cute

Buddy's Balloon _ available here
- he's just too cute!!

 I used to make a lot of easel cards at one time - probably my favourite shape
but it seems to have been a while since I made one - and I sooo needed to use that lovely new  
Happy Birthday die that I just got from Sue Wilson at Creative Expressions!!

This is what I did.....

Image - buddy's Ballon - Wags'n Whiskers
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and pencils
Sentiment die - happy birthday from Creative expressions
Corner dies and curved corner square (!)  - MFT
Ballon punches - Martha Stewart
Papers MME 
Red and Blue card TH Core'dnations from Crafters companion
PARTY lettering - Sizzix TH Wanted die strip

Hope you'll come and join in with us for our fun challenge



Sunday, 7 February 2016

Best friends are the best friends!

Hi peeps

I'm playing a bit of catch up after problems with my broadband (again) prevented my blogging activities on Friday, and a busy busy day and evening yesterday meant I didn't get a chance to blog

Anyway I'm here with my card for 

Winter Wonderland

and our theme this week is 

Best Friends

I used a cute stamp from the Frou Frou range at Crafter's Companion
Called Two of a kind

I coloured my card with Spectrum Aqua Markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
Skin - peach and topaz
dress 1 - slate scarlet and crimson
hair 1 - sepia jasmine chestnut
hair 2 - fawn
dress 2 - sparkle pen - solar red
background shading - jasmine

Do you like my little champagne glasses!
 - I cut then with the packaging from one of my die sets - coloured the bowl and then covered with diamond stickles and stuck them onmy card with Collal Tacky glue - sticks on great and dries clear!

We're sponsored by



- we have fab prizes on offer!

This is what I did ......

Image and sentiment- Two of a kind - Frou Frou from Crafters Companion
Coloured with SN Aqua markers and Sparkle pens
On Crafter's Companion Watercolour card
Papers - pressed in time from LOTV
Ghampagne glasses - Downton Abbey Champagne saucer die from Crafter's Companion
Die cut flowers and leaves - Cherry Blossom and Lorelei branch from Memory Box
Card - Cored'nations from crafters Companion
30 - cut from Sizzix TH wanted alphabet strip die
Ribbon from my stash

There's still lots of time to join in with our challenge this week

Hope we see you there!

Judith xx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Come fly with me!!

Good morning all

It's challenge time over at 

and it's my turn to host this week

so I decided on the fun easy theme

Things with Wings

I made this card last year but never blogged it
using a lovely stamp by Morgan Fitzsimon from the flights of fantasy range at Crafter's Companion she's called Aofie - isn't she just gorgeous

This is what I did....

Image - Aofie from Morgan Fitzsimon's Flights of Fantasy at Crafter's Companion
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens
Pen Colours -TN,FS2,3  CG1,2  BT1,2,4 GB5,  DG3,  CT3
Papers - From the flights of Fantasy CD
Black card - Crafters Companion
Butterfly Die - Die'sire essentials from Crafters Companion
Gem embellies - Reflections from Michaels
Tag Die - from MFT  blueprints

Come and join in with our fun challenge  - I'd love to see what you make!

Judith x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

All creatures great and small at Fab'n'funky Challenges

Good Morning all

Hope you are all bright and breezy this morning - not sure if I am or not but it's a good description of the weather! - it's been more than a bit fresh here on the North East coast - roll on summer!

I've been having an exciting couple of days (that's apart from the sickness bug - yuk!)
My older son left home over a year ago now and I've finally inherited his room as a craftroom.  I moved into the room to craft a while ago because he already had a lovely desk area - but the rest needed to be sorted!!  We moved the bed out at Christmas and swapped it with a sofa bed we had in the spare bedroom and I've now got a lovely craftroom with lots of storage - and a very clever work area built over the sofa bed!  - it's not finished yet still some shelves to put up and lots of sorting and organising to do - but I'm so excited. I do have a very clever husband - photos to follow!!

But I digress....

We have a new challenge starting at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

hosted by our lovely Sharon

who chose the theme

All creatures great and small

I made a very simple card for a man friend's birthday 

using one of the Tim Holtz - Crazy Birds
I just love these - a stamp for all occasions!

This is what I did....

Image - Crazy birds from Tim Holtz
Coloured with Spectrun Noir pens and pencils
Sentiment - Crazy Birds Sentiment stamps
Papers - MME Tangerine
Dies - Memory box stitched squares, MFT fishtail flags
Black mat card - Crafter's Companion

I hope we'll see you playing along with us this week

Judith xx