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Friday, 29 April 2016

We want to see white on white cards at Winter Wonderland Challenge (29/04/16)

hi all

We have a fab new challenge for you at 

Winter Wonderland

another marmite theme I think 
(love it or hate it!!)

White on White

as with most WOW cards I make I have chosen to use dies and dry embossing and lots of layers - pop on a bow and its done!  I find this quite a quick easy way to make a quite sophisticated looking card - I always think they look like they take a lot more effort than they do!

we are sponsored this week by the lovely Bunny Zoe's Crafts
who we are all sad to see closing
the prize is a £10 voucher to spend in store and as there is a sale on with 30% off all stock yous should be able to buy lots of goodies 

This is what I did

Christmas tree greetings die from Sue Wilson
cut in white card then again in glitter paper and offset layered
Opulent Corner dies from Crafter's companion Downton Abbey range
Embossed card using Crafter's Companion Elements snow embossing folder
Pierced squares cut with Sue Wilson's Pierced noble square dies
Sparkle embellie on bow from creative expressions
Ribbon, gems and pins from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Alphabet challenge - E for embossing
Creative knockouts - lots of layers
Southern girls - texture

Thursday, 28 April 2016

We're So 80's at Moving along with the Times!!

Good morning all

We have a quirky challenge for you over at 

our theme is 

So 80's

we would like to see anything that is 80's themed or 80's inspired
 -be it  colour style or anything else that makes you think
 - that's so 80's!!

I chose this cute and colourful card
using on of Tim Holtz Crazy birds
and created a background with Spectrum noir aquatints
these colours with the splashes that remind me of tie dye 
it made me think - yes that's so 80's

This is what I did

Image - Crazy birds from tim holtz
Sentiments and corners and splats(!) - Crafter's Companion Elements stamps
Bird - coloured with Spectrum noir aqua pencils
Background created with Spectrum noir Aquatints in primaries then bleached out with water to create the splodge effect

Hope we see you playing along with us this week

Judith xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Let's all make it a bright Christmas this year!!

Good morning all

So there's another month gone by and it's the last week of April already

so that means we have another Christmas challenge at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

our lovely Buffy has chosen the theme

Bright Christmas

I had to have a little hunt around to see what I had in my unblogged cards for Christmas as I didn't have time to make a card before we left to go on holiday (yes I'm not really here!!)
I made a whole batch of these cards last Christmas - all 8x8 inch - they made lovely special Christmas cards for the family -I  hope I've got a few of these images left for this year, these artpads really help out at Christmas when the pressure's on!
I think this card will pass for bright - it's got a lovely bright red ribbon and holly berries and with the white background on the paper it's definitely not dark!!

our lovely sponsor this week- for the last time is Bunny Zoes crafts 
who are offering a fab prize of a £1o voucher to spend in store
not only that but as there is also 30% off in store - so even more crafty goodies!

This is what I did...

Image is from a LOTV art pad of the cute James bear
Papers - also LOTV
Sentiment - prodiced in word
Holly die cut - Wild rose
Gems and ribbon from my stash
stickles added to his hat for a little extra sparkle

Hope you'll join in with us at Fab'n'Funky this week

Judith x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

For the boys - at The Paper Shelter

Good Morning all

We have a lovely new challenge at 

one that we either love or hate -projects for boys!
myself I love cards for boys -soooo we want to see what you can make

For the Boys

I used a cute little racing driver image called

My Racing Car available here

As always we have a fab prize

This is what I did.....

Image - my racing car from TPS - cut twice to layer 3d style
Papers MME fine and dandy boy
Die - happy birthday from tattered lace (cut twice)
Card - American Crafts
Stitched circle die - lawn fawn
Pierced border - from MFT blueprints 15

hope we'll see you at TPS this week

judith x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Pink or blue at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

Well we're definitely full swing into Christmas crafting at

Winter Wonderland

our lovely Plony has set us a pretty chalenge theme this week

Pink or Blue

we are sponsored this week by the lovely 

and Teresa is offering a great prize of £8 to spend in store

I have gone with the blue theme (with a bit of pink for luck!)

This is what I did 

Baubles -  Christmas Baubles stamps and dies from Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners range
Foliage - Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Foliage stamps
Background - created with Spectrum Noir Aquatints perfect primaries
Baubles -coloured with Spectrum Noir markers PP4,5,6  OR1,2  TB3,4,5 JG1,2,4 IG1, DG2, LG4

Hope you'll show us your Christmas projects at Winter Wonderland

Judith x

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Pretty and Girly challenge at Fab'n'Funky challenges

good morning all

All being well you willbe seeing this, my first scheduled post of my holiday - and I will begetting up to a lovely sunny morning in Florida - all being well!!

We have a new challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and the theme is

Pretty and Girly

this very pretty and girly image is called
Pearls in my hair available here

We are sponsored by the lovely 

who are giving a fab prize of $12 to spend in store

This is what i did

image - Pearls in my hair from a day for daisies
coloured with spectrum noir pens and pencils
pens PP1,2,5,  EB7,8  TN1,2,4,7  IG1
pencils Peach, cherry red, black
Die - Downton abbey classic edge from crafters companion
bow die - (part of ) Downton Abbey bow brouch die
Sentiment - Anna Griffin
Pearl swirl - creative expressions
ribbon from my stash

Hope you'll play along with us this week


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spring has sprung - well sort of!

Morning all

It's challenge day at 

The Paper Shelter 

and we have the lovely theme of 


I decided to go a bit arty and chose this lovely image 

called the Huntress available here

I was starting to wish I hadn't bothered by the end of this card - I can''t remember a card causing me quite so much trouble - ever!!  It started off ok and I cut my papers and dies and everything was ready just to mount the image and I decided to colour her with pencils - I think that was my first mistake because it was looking too pale and I didn't like it all that much but I thought I'd carry on and see what happened! After an hour or so I got to a stage that I quite liked and was going to call it a day and finish off the card.  Only thing was I had cut my little finger on the edge of a large die earlier (beware of sharp dies!!) and only had a small plaster in the cupboard to cover the cut.  As I pulled my hand away the plaster came off and splodged streaks of blood right down my colouring - I could have cried! - and there was no way I could rescue it.  I left it for the night and started again (by then I was very late - sorry Shirley!!) and changed to watercolour pencils, sparkle pens with a background of Aquatints.  I think I must be getting hard to please because I didn't really like that either!!  I was going to just change to the precoloured image and give up but when I looked at it it was too pale for my otherwise finished card base - so went back and had another play and it ended up like this - the gold sparkle pen rescued it quite a bit!! - it's ok- ish - just not what I imagined when I started off.  Think I'll go back to print cut and stick cards lol

As always we have a great prize on offer at TPS

Here's what I did...

Image the huntress from TPS
Coloured with Spectrum noir watercolour pencils and Sparkle pens
Background created with Aquatints - (Blue, white and gold) and a touch of green sparkle pen
Papers - gilded Christmas from First edition
Card - Crafters companion Mat black and old gold centura pearl
Dies - Ivy - Sheena's perfect partners festive fancies - Ivy 
           Flowers - from Sara Davies floral delights signature collection 
Gilding wax - pebeo - old gold and copper

Hope we see you at TPS Challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Creative card crew - die cuts 17/04
Die cutting divas - sports (hunting/shooting bow and arrow) 11/04
TTCRD - anything goes 13/04
Make my monday challenge - watercolour 11/04

Judith x

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Another gorgeous fairy from Flights of Fantasy - meet Darcy

Good morning all

I'm back with my next fairy from Morgan Fitzsimons Flights of Fantasy collection
Yet another birthday card - this time for a special friend 
(it feels like all my friends and relations were born in March!!)

This lovely fairy is called Darcy

I wanted to create a mono type image with just a burst of colour in the flowers, which I think are morning glory, they are usually blue or shades in that spectrum, I decided to colour her with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens.  Whenever I see images coloured in this way with a pop of colour it's nearly always with red, so I thought the blue would make a good contrast and that I'd be able to blend it in with the greys that I coloured the image with.  I did this by transferring the blue directly onto the grey pen tip to keep it subtly blended on the image. I then added some sparkle - because a fairy simply has to have some! - with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
The background was created by embossing  navy textured cored'nations card then sanding back and embellishing with gilding wax.  The black frames were also embellished with the silver gilding wax
 - I just love this stuff!!

This is what I did....

Image - Darcy from Flights of Fantasy by Morgan Fitzsimons from Crafter's Companion
Coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens -colours IG1, IG2,IG4, TB4, TB9
Sparkle pens - colours silver, starry sky and clear
Flower and leaf die - Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Country Cottage Plain Honesty
Embossing folder - Embossalicious flutterby butterfly folder
Silver pebeo gilding wax
Sue wilson pierced noble dies and frames
Sentiment - LOTV
Ribbons from my stash
Matt black card - Crafter's Companion
Navy Core'dnations card - Crafters Companion
Silver detail embossing powder(on sentiment) creative expressions

Hope you like her as much as I do - I'm not sure that the full effect comes across in the photograph, but i really loved it when I finished - one of those cards for someone els - that you really want to keep for your self!!

Challenges i am entering with this challenge

Chocolate baroque - colour challenge 20/04
glitter and sparkle challenge - use a die/punch  10/04
Stamping sensations - one for the girls 27/04
the ribbon girl - anything goes - with ribbon

have a great day
Judith x

Friday, 1 April 2016

I'm so loving these Morgan Fitzsimons Fairies - had a real colouring fest this week!

Hi all

I had several special birthday cards to make this week and couldn't decide what to do
I know I'm talking to those who know here -when I say sometimes it just doesn't happen!!
I have lost a whole set of stamps that I had in mind to use so was totally clueless!
Then I remembered I had a pile of fairies I had stamped out but not coloured
and they totally fit the bill - I'm sharing the first one here

I made this one for my daughter's birthday - so it's a very special card for me

This is Morgan Fitzsimons Erin from the Flights of Fantasy range at Crafter's Companion
I just love her
and what a dream to colour

She is coloured with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils and Sparkle Pens
there is actually quite a bit of sparkle but it was hard to get both the colour and the sparkle together - so I went for the colour option!

This is what I did

image - Erin from Crafter's Companion Flights of Fantasy range
Coloured with Spectrum noir 
Blendable Pencils
Colours - amazon green, peacock green, violet pearl, deep purple, honey, paprika, copper, sangria, russett, havana, pebble, timberwood, peach, saddle brown, cinnamon, black
Sparkle pens
Colours - clear and jade 
Dies - Die'sire Edgeables wishing you a happy birthday
           Diesire Fancy Edgeables butterfly dreams
           Whimsy stamps corner dies
small woodware butterfly punch
Papers - from Crafters companion kimono paper pad

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Artbymiran - Anything goes
craftrocket challenges - mythical creatures 12/04
Simon says stamp - happy birthday - 13/04
Chocolate baroque - colour challenge 20/04

Wet or dry embossing required at Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge

Good Morning all

We have a fun new challenge starting over at 

Winter Wonderland

and our lovely Marlene has chosen the theme

Wet or Dry Embossing

I never really got embossing until quite lately but now I've got into it in a big way!! - I love embossing and even prefer embossed backgrounds to papers these days
 (10,000 paper pads needing to be offloaded anyone lol) 

My project today uses wet embossing onto Sheena Douglass' Perfect Partners Poinsettia
 dies and stamps to make Christmas tags

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous

who are offering a prize of 3 digis of the winners choice

This is what I did....

Stamps and dies - Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Poinsettias
Stamped onto black card and embossed with Creative expressions fine detail gold embossing powder
Black card and Centura pearl old gold card - from Crafter's Companion
Tag dies - plain and stitched from MFT
Black organza ribbon - from my stash

Quite simple really - but will dress up your Christmas gifts beautifully

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week 

Challenges I'm entering 

Crafty ribbons - Tags with ribbons

Judith x