Green or Gold…..

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. Meg has chosen the theme of ‘Green or Gold’. Here is my card:

So – did I go for gold or what???!!!

Using the same embossing folder used previously, I embossed with some gold mirror card – and that shine and detail is stunning in real life…….

I didn’t want to hide too much of the design, so I just added the ‘Sweet Tulip’ die from Simon says Stamp – layered three times, and another sentiment strip.

The Design Team has some very varied makes as inspiration – so I hope you can come and join us with this challenge. xx

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Thank you, Friend

Hello. I am managing to spend a little time sitting ‘normally’ now so have been able to so some crafting. My foot is recovering nicely, but I still have to be careful how I walk – it’s a very funny sight, I can tell you. Think penguin crossed with a crab……….

One of the cards I was able to make before my surgery was this card for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz:

The theme chosen by Shell is to ‘get inky’, so I played with my Distress inks and oxides, created some ink smooshing backgrounds, then die cut these leaves and flowers from a Sizzix die set.

The background is a 3D embossing folder – just on white card stock – to add some subtle interest.

The sentiment is a label sticker from Tim Holtz. In hindsight – I maybe should have put it onto a piece of card instead of sticking it directly down onto the textured background – but there we are………

I hope you can come and join us. This is the first ever challenge hosted by Shell (Bower) – so lets give her lots of choices for the top picks…….!

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Happy Penguin Holidays

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive‘. Here is my card:

The cute penguin image is from Gerda Steiner, coloured with Copics, with the sentiment from the same stamp set.

The background is ink blended Distress inks with a little gitterly splatter. Hills created using Lawn Fawn dies, and Lawn Fawn glitter applied to the top of each hill and their hats.

I also decided to add some glittery clouds on the top with a little – just a little – ink blending.

I hope you can come and join us and increae your crafty stash ready forr the end of the year – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

Panda Happy Birthday

Hello there. This is another post I’m putting together whilst unable to sit at my computer – so please bear with the briefness – is that a word?

Annyway, I am hosting the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge, we have reached the letter ‘F’, and I chose the theme of ‘Furry Friends’.

Here is my card:

I chose to use an oldie but favourite stamp set from Simon Says Stamp ‘Party Like a Panda‘, and coloured with Copics.

The sparkly birthday is using a die from Mama Elephant with a shadow layer in black to make it stand out more.

The background is using a Sue Wilson embossing folder and just a little hint of wax for some shine.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I’m looking forward to seeing your creations following our theme. xx

Circles and Purples

Hello everyone. Please bear with this rather limited blog post. I am recovering from foot surgery and I have to sit with my leg raised for a couple of weeks. I’m putting this post together on my tablet, as not able to sit at my desk, and also I’m not able to sit crafting either – I’m doing quite a bit of colouring – but even that is a chore at times!

I managed to get ahead with some cards for my DT duties and this is one card I made earlier for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – the theme is girlies with ‘Circles and Purples‘.

I hope I managed to link this correctly!

This card is actually a reveal wheel using dies from Lawn Fawn:

I stamped the ‘Freestyle Flowers’ from Simon says Stamp – and coloured with Copics. I stamped and coloured extra flowers and leaves to add a fuller image and to fill the white space arouns the arranegment.

The white background is wood grain card stock from Lawn Fawn as are the Reveal Wheel interactive dies.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

Gingerbread Season’s Greetings

Hello everyone. My gosh I’ve had a busy weekend – I attended – virtually – the Maker Mania #3…..and let me tell you it IS manic. A three day event, a new technique from a different store every hour…….so much fun. I have lots of PDF’s to go through so I can use the techniques I saw – but it’s going to take me a long, long time.

All the timings for us in the UK ran from 4pm until 1am the following morning…..I didn’t make all the live showings, and not that late each night – but I will catch up. At some point. Hopefully in the near future…..


Anyhoo – The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has a new challenge. The theme is ‘Anything goes Christmas’. here is my card:

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Build a House’ and the Gingerbread add-on for the house, using Kraft card and some Lawn Fawn ‘Let It Shine’ paper with the gold dots.

Once die-cut. I played with the layers, and the placement and then decided it needed something extra, so I use the gingerbread and tree stamps from another Lawn Fawn set – cutting down to fit – trying not to cut the gingerbread people or the trees in half, then attached as you see.

I hope you can come and join us and get your Christmas stash growing. I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

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Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Jingle Belles Rock Christmas and at least 3 layers

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

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You’re So Sweet

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘E’ and we want to see your ‘Easy’ makes – simple, minimal embellishments, minimal layers – easy and simple to make.

Here is my card:

The images were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. All were die-cut with their matching dies, and adhered onto the white card base with a thin white layer using a Catherine Pooler postage stamp die.

The mouse was an after-thought – he was lying on my desk after a previous crafting session I hadn’t used him for – and I thought it would be a fun addition – he is running to use the gumball machine………….

I hope you can come and join us – I look for ward to seeing your creations….

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Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

Dies R Us Challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

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With a Splash….

Hell once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge and this times the me has been chosen by Billie a – Summer Fun. So – think beach, shells, water – anything which fits our theme and is along the ‘girlie’ lines is welcome. Here is my card:

Another slimline card – and this time the rhino is happily playing in the little pool, and her friend the ape is running and going to jump in and join her – which is why I think the rhino is looking a little nervous!

I can’t seem to get away from the teal and pink colour combo – but I do like how they look together. Who says you can’t have a pink ape and pink rhino? A little – OK maybe a lot – of creative license – but I am pleased with the result.

Both images were coloured with Copics, and cut out with their matching die. The pool itself is one of the stitched dens from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you can join us with your ‘Summer Fun’ cards – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

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Sweet Stampers Challenge animals/critters/birds

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Crocodile Cheers

Hello, hello, hello……..I new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. The theme for this is ‘Bottoms Up‘……

Here is my card:

The images are from Heffy Doodle, stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, coloured with Copics, then die cut using their matching die.

I tried to add some interest and dimension to parts of the crocodile using a technique recently learned from taking a Jenn Shurkus class – yes – yet another! Using one of the lighter greens to create some dots – the alcohol in the Copic almost bleaches the parts you touch with your nib……..varying sizes depending on how much pressure I exerted.

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler and this time stamped before I added the dimensional images!

I hope you can join us – I’d love to see your CAS ‘Bottoms Up’ creations. xx

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Sweet Stampers animals/critters/birds

Clean and Simple On Friday CAS green as main colour

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

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The Magic Of Christmas…

Hello there. The ABC Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge using the letters ‘L’ for Letters and ‘M’ for Mistletoe. Here is my card:

I took some green card stock, and used a mistletoe stamp from Simon says Stamp, heat embossing with gold for the two corners. I then stamped the sentiment, also heat embossing – but this time I heat embossed either two or three times to get a more richer and deeper colour.

I inked some green around the edges to create some ombre effect, coloured the berries with a white pencil, and then splattered with one of the Gansai Tambi gold colours – I think I went more rose or red gold.

Once this was dry, I die cut with a stitched rectangle and added to my card base.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas mistletoe and/or letters creations – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

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Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Crafters Café Challengeanything goes

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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