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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Won't you come dancing with us!

Good morning all

We have a fun new challenge starting at

Our lovely Hazel has chosen the theme 

Come Dancing

I had this pretty card already made up that I thought fit the theme perfectly
it's a stamp and sentiment from the Cinderella Collection
 by Christine Howard at Crafter's Companion
this one is the Christmas Fairy,  She is coloured with spectrum noir pens.

The card is made completely with elements from the Cinderella CD
The papers and bow were printed off and I created an easel card with shaped cards from craftwork cards with the addition of a spellbinders die cut on the base and some punched butterflies and a pearl it was quite a quick and easy card.

Hope we'll see you playing along in our fun challenge

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty girls - anything goes 14/04
crafting for all seasons - punches and dies 12/04
crafty creations - for a girl
creative moments - twist of a song - tiny dancer by Elton John 12/04

Judith x

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

It's that Chistmas thing again at fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hi all

I hope you've all recovered from all those chocolate eggs!!
We had a lovely if not busy Easter weekend with birthdays galore then a lovely (if not cold!) day out yesterday at Alnwick garden.  What with all these birthday cards to make I haven't had a lot of time to get down to my DT work so I pulled out a Christmas card I had in reserve for such occasions lol.

This is a cute card made with one of the LOTV art pads that we will all miss
featuring the cute James Bear

It's a large 8x8 inch card using (also sadly missed) LOTV Christmas paper pad!

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous KennyK stamps
who are offering a fabulous prize of  digi stamps

This is what I did

Image - James bear from a now discontinued LOTV artpad
papers - LOTV
Holly sprig die - Wild rose
Jewel embellie - Creative expressions
Sentiment - Anna Griffin Christmas seals
Card, Ribbon and gems from my stash

Hope we see you at Fab'n'Funky this week with your Christmas creations 

Judith x

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Good morning all

Well I think spring is finally in the air and the days are a little warmer
and we even have Sunshine!!

And today we have a new challenge starting at

 our theme is a very seasonal one


I used this lovely image that I've have for ages but never used 
I think it has a very vintage feel to it and I tried to reflect that in my card

the image is called My Sweet Mommy and is available HERE

I coloured the image to get a very soft feel with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils

as always we have a fabulous prize at TPS

This is what I did....

7x7 inch card
Image - My Sweet Mommy from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils
Colours - vintage blue, maroon, raspberry,saddle brown,sorbet,antique rose,nectarine,pink blush,jade,pistachio,canary,lemon
Papers - First Edition spring feast (including all the plain colours)
Embossing folder - Die'sire embossalicious vintage floral, Floral wonder
Dies - Sara Davies signature collection floral delights - leafy flourish and pretty petals
Pearls  and sentiment stamp from my stash 
Teal card - Core'dnations TH distress card 

hope you'll come and share your Easter cards with us this week - I've seen some lovely ones about this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Deep ocean challenge -favourite colour combo - I love pink yellow and blue 04/04
digi choosday - flower frenzy - 12/04
inky chics - happy easter 01/04
whimsy inspires challenge - spring or easter colours 16/04

judith x

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Downton Abbey Inspiration

Hi all

Have you seen the new Downton Abbey dies from Crafter's Companion

I just love them.  I don't have the new ones (yet!!) but felt very inspired to make a birthday card for my son-in-law using the original dies.  It's really not very often that I make a card without colouring an image (I find it easier to colour than die cut!) - but these dies are just so lovely.

This is an 8x8 inch card so quite large and I've been quite adventurous (for me!!) 
I thought I would have a go with the gold gilding wax on kraft card - just to see what happened and I just love the effect.  It looks very opulent - will definitely do that again.  I also found an old broken bracelet that I had put in my craft box - just in case, and one of the chains was perfect to finish off the tags (ribbon, twine and hessian ribbon just wasn't doing it for me)  I'm off now to make my daughter's birthday card.  They very conveniently (or maybe not!) have both their birthdays and wedding anniversary on the same day - and its Easter Sunday this year - so mega card requirement!!

This is what I did....

Card made with 8x8 card, black card green Core'dnations card (distressed with my sanding block) and Kraft cardstock from Crafter's Companion
Downton Abbey dies from Crafter's Companion - Gilt Frame
                                                                                 Motor Vehicle
                                                                                 Downton Abbey icons
Background die - Anna Griffin
Happy birthday die - Spellbinders
Pierced square dies - Sue Wilson Noble dies
Labels - Sizzix tags scallop combo #2
Embossing Folder - embossalicious regency swirls 8x8 from Crafter's Companion
Gilding wax - Pebeo - Empire gold and Renaissance gold
Black Distress ink - Tim Holtz 

Hope i have inspired you to put down your pens and get your dies out!!

Simonsays stamp - sorry adde to your challenge in error - please ignor!!

Judith xx

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sadly - it's the last ever challenge at Wags'n Whiskers

Hi all

I'm here to share my last ever card for

Wags'n'Whiskers Challenge

Sadly the blog is closing after this challenge
 but to go out with a smile we have a lovely challenge for you

the theme is 


I used the cute Fairy Angelica 

I love the fairies at Wags'n Whiskers
 - just the right amount of cute but also girly and pretty
I coloured her up using my Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils and sparkle pens
I also used my (now very favourite!) new Pretty Petals flowers and leafy flourish dies from the floral delight range that accidentally fell into my basket when I went shopping at Crafter's Companion last week, I've liked them for a while but in real life they are gorgeous - the embossing makes the most beautifully shaped flowers
There's lots of sparkle on this card (just as a fairy should be!) using the Sparkle pens and also the green glitter card that I came across in my stash no idea where I got it and I definitely won't be buying it again - a nightmare to work with but looks very pretty!! 

This is what I did....

Image - Fairy Angelica from Wags'n Whiskers
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils
colours - peach, apricot, pineapple, bamboo, clay, honeysuckle,
Spectrum noir Sparkle pens 
colours Clear, soft jade, 
Card - Shenna's stamping card
Papers - First Edition Spring Feast
Dies - Sara Davies signature collection Floral Delight - Leafy Flourish and Pretty Petals
Frame made with Sue Wilson pierced square noble dies from Creative Expressions
The card is a 7x7 inch square

It would be lovely if you could join us for our last challenge

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Dis digis - lots of layers 26/03
My time to craft  - flowers 26/03
lets colour linky party - coloured images 26/03
Fussy and fancy - things with wings 26/03

Judith x

Friday, 18 March 2016

P p p pick up a penguin (well I had to say it!)

Good morning all

Whoops! Sorry I'm late - I scheduled my post for today but forgot to set the time so it was set for 10:20 tonight!  I wondered where it had gone ( no where obviously!!)

It's challenge day again over at 

Winter Wonderland

and our theme thie week is 


I used a cute digi from Digistamp Boutique for this card

Made in my favorite easel style using a lovely new edge die from sara Davies new signature collection - that I'm completely in love with!
I decided to stick to mainly black and white in honour of the little guy - with just a touch of green and orange, and now I can give myself another big tick for another Christmas card made
 that's two this week - how good am I lol!!

This is what I did....

Image - Penguin from Digistamp boutique
Coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens (Black and clear) 
and Spectrum Noir blendable pencils
Embossing folder - Crafter's Companion elements folder (Snow)
Dies - Sara Davies signature die - together forever indulgence
           Die'sire  Classics only words Seasons greetings 
           Memory box frosty border
           lawn fawn stitched cicle
           MFT label die and stitched label die
sparkle embellie on bows - creative expressions
gems - clear coloured orange with spectrum noir OR3 pen
let it snow sentiment - Crafter's companion Noric Christmas stamp set
Black card from Crafter's Companion 
White card - Sheena Douglass stamping card
Black soot TH distress ink
ribbon from my stash

Hope you can find a penguin to pick up in your stash to join in with us this week

Challenges Im entering with this card

AYLI - favourite embossing and why - dry embossing because its easy to get a great effect!


Judith x

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Spots and stripes at fab'n'funky challenges

Good morning all

We have a new challenge starting at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

and our lovely Pat has chosen the theme for us 

Spots and Stripes

We have been given some lovely images to work with by our sponsor this week

Here is 
Little Mug Bear available HERE

Our lovely sponsor is 

Gerda Steiner Designs

This is what I did

Image - Little Mug bear by Gerda Steiner
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and pencils
pens - EB1, BG1,2  FS3.  CR4,7,9
pencils, Rockpool, Coconut, Marroon
Sentiment - from LOTV
Dies - Circles - crafters companion essentials
           Mittens and snowflakes - Mariannes 
           Pierced square dies - SueWilsonnoble dies
Papers - Vintage Christmas from MME
Card - Kraft card from Crafters Companion
Distress ink - TH tea dye and Brushed Corduroy
Brad and pearls from my stash

Hope we see you playing along this week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Judith x

Monday, 14 March 2016

DT Call at Winter Wonderland

Hi all

Just a quick post to let you know we are having a 

DT call

If you would like to join our very friendly team,
you have until Wednesday 16th March.

Click on the link HERE for details of how to enter
I love making Christmas cards all year round
it makes a huge difference when December comes around
This could be you - if you come and join us!!


Judith x

Saturday, 12 March 2016

There's a Spring fun challenge at Wags'n Whiskers Challenge blog

Hi all

Today I'm sharing my DT for
Wags'n Whiskers Challenge

 I used this cute little stamp called 
For You available here
Coloured with spectrum Noir Watercolour Pencils for a very soft look

This is what I did

Image - for you from Wags'nWhiskers Stamps
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils (sorry I've lost the colours list)
Papers - First edition spring Drop
Card - American crafts
Label die - MFT
Flower Dies - Sue Wilson - delicate daisies open and complete
Pearls from my stash

Hope you'll join in with our challenge

Judith x

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Well it's confirmed- I'm away with the fairies!!

Good morning all

Well what a busy week I've had so far - my feet haven't touched the floor!
and I've really just made this challenge by the skin of my teeth

We have a great new challenge over at 

The Paper Shelter

the theme is 

Away with the Fairies

there are so many pretty fairies available at TPS

I chose to use the pretty

Fairy Emma - available here

I made the gorgeous fairy the main focus of the card just adding a couple die cuts 

As always we have a great prize on offer at TPS

I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pens a touch of Spectrum noir colour blend pencils and used Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to add what every fairy needs - Sparkle!

Here's what i did

Image - Fairy Emma from TPS
Coloured with spectrum noir Pens and spectrum Sparkle pens and colour blend pencil
colours -SN pens FS1,7,TN1,2, BP 1, TB3, PP1,4,6, CT1,GB1, CT1,4, LY1,2
SN Colourblend pencil - cherry red
SN Sparkle pens - gold and clear
Sentiment LOTV
Papers - LOTV birdie lane
Dies all die'sire from crafters companion, coloured with TH DI - Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters
Gems from my stash

Friday, 4 March 2016

You really do need a rosy Outlook!

Hi again

Well I'm sure everyone's having some sort of bad weather here in the UK 
apparently there's a lot of snow in the North West  - here in the North east the rain is tipping down
so what we all need is a Rosy Outlook!!

That's the name of this fabulous Stamp and Die set from 
Sheena Douglass' Perfect Partners

I made this card and box using the stamp and die and coloured them with the fabulous new pens that have been launched on Hochanda (channel 39 on freeview) this morning
they are the vintage hues and the colours are fabulous.  I saw my card and box on the TV - right at the front - the feeling never changes - a great boost to my day!!

Here's what I did....

Spectrum noir sparkle pens in Hearthside, and Sage
Perfect Partners Rosy Outlook stamp and die
Sentiment on card from Sheena Douglass's A little bit sketchy silhouette grasses
Sentiment on box was free with Crafter's Companion magazine
Embellie from my stash (ebay)
Core'd'nations card from CC
Black card from CC
Box made with Crafter's Companion ultimate pro

There are lots of shows on Hochanda this weekend with lots of lovely new launches with SAra, Leanne, Sheena and Debbie Shore - be sure to check it out!

Judith x

This one's a challenge!!

Good Morning all

It's time to start getting those Christmas cards on the go

Yes really!!

We are starting off our Christmas challenges again at 

and our theme is

Add Lace

and for me that is a challenge! - I don't really like lace : ( 
in fact in truth I don't really like this card - but I think the lace got in the way of my mojo lol 
- I'd even go as far to say I liked it better before the lace!!
but such is the life of a DT girl - a challenge it is and we can't like them all

We are sponsored this week by the fab
who are offering a prize of  3 digis for the winner

Here is my card made with a precoloured topper from LOTV

This is what I did....

Image - precoloured from LOTV artpad (what a shame that these are discontinued)
Card and paper is from my stash - paper could be Docrafts!?
Merry Christmas - Britannia Dies
Layers cut with Sue Wilson Noble dies from Creative Expression
Large Holly die - Sizzix thinlet
tag die - MFT
Small holly - cut from a memory box holly garland die
Holly berries, ribbon and lace and pearls are from my stash

So come on! - give yourself a helping hand and start on your Christmas cards! - one a week will be so pleased you did when December comes - perhaps you like a lace a lot better than I do - do me a favour and give me some inspiration in our challenge!!


Judith x

Thursday, 3 March 2016

there's a purple 'thing' going on at MAWTT!

Good morning all

It's another one of those Thursdays when I have a DT card to post for 

where do the weeks go!

This time we want to see 


not a colour I use a lot - not for any particular reason - I think I must forget about it now,
 And yet (as any good Donny Osmond fan knows!!) it was Donny's colour and I had a lovely purple bedroom in honour of that when I was a young teenager -it's funny how things come back to you.  I remember being allowed to plaster my walls with pop posters,( the Osmonds, The Jackson five, Marc Bolan, David Bowie, David Essex, The New Seekers. the O'Jays ..... what a collection, all because the man that my Mam got in to wallpaper put the pattern of the paper on upside down!! - happy days - how I'd love that happy carefree place now, my lovely purple room with my posters and music - and my dog Kim, Radio Luxemburg and the Fab 208 magazine - oh I'm really off on a memory trip here - and cream eggs! - why do cream eggs pop into my mind, I haven't had one for years - and all this because of purple : )

This week I have made 3 purple thede cards  one posted yesterday and  one today and I haveanother  following tomorrow - a bit like buses lol

I've had this pretty stamp from LOTV for a little while and never used it, I bought it because I love tulips - so for today's card purple tulips seemed the perfect thing to do! - and I'm still on the watercolour pencils thing! - I just love them, so quick and easy to use

This is what I did....

Image - Tulips from LOTV
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Pencil colours - Iris, hyacinth, wild orchid, cypress, sorrell, beeswax, asphalt,
Sparkle colours - inspired violet, olive Jade, aquamarine, clear
Papers - Kimono from Crafter's Companion
Card - Cor'dnations from Crafters Companion
Frame die - Spellbinders
Square cut with sue Wilson noble die
Ribbon and gems from my stash

Hope you'll play along with us this week

Judith x

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

We're celebrating LoVe at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Hi all

Sorry I'm a bit late with my post today we've got a few things going on with very poorly people in our family at the moment and it's been a bad couple of days - but better late than never

I'm here to share my DT card for 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

our theme this week chosen and hosted by our lovely Jan is


I decided to make this into a Mothers Day card project - I'm a bit loved out with the recent Valentines makes so thought it would make a good compromise - and it still fits the theme with the papers I've chosen

This card was made using the image from a paper pack from TPS
Called Two shades of Romance available HERE

The papers are as the name suggests - only two shades - but I printed it in two sizes onto Crafter's Companion Watercolour card and coloured the lovely vintage floral design with my Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils, and I have to say I was rather pleased with the result! - it was very easy to do as the images are so well drawn with shading anyway.

The DT were lucky enough to be able to work with images from our lovely sponsor this week

Why not check out the blog at Fab'n'Funky and see all the great makes the girls have come up with for your inspiration this week

This is what I did

Image - from Two shades of romance paper set (8 papers in the set)
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Watercolour pencils Colours used : 
 - Petunia, Persimmon, Papaya, Oregano, Rose, Pineapple, Hyacinth, Ebony
Sparkle added with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen
Butterfly - Sheena Douglass perfect partners die and stamp
Heart Die - from Sara Davies Love  signature collection
Letters cut with Sizzix TH Vintage Market strip die 
Black card
Watercolour card 
Core'dinations TH Colours card in Dusty concorde
Embossalicious Embossing folder from Crafters Companion - Vintage floral wonder
Ribbons from my stash