Wednesday, 12 April 2017

"Happy Easter"

Happy Easter to you all!

I would like to say a big "Thank You" to all my followers and blog buddies.

I very much appreciate all your visits to my blog and the kind comments you leave.  It really does brighten my day and it's great keeping in touch with you all.

I'm taking a short Blog Break as things have been so busy here and I have a busy time ahead.

I'm afraid I am still playing catch-up but will continue to visit when I can during my break.

Barb xx

Friday, 7 April 2017

Blue Skies Ahead

Hello and I hope you're enjoying sunshine too where you are.

My card today is made with a stamp from a new Artemio set that I bought at a discount price.  I loved the cute little images although the sentiments are all in French.

I used crayons on acrylic paper for the background and blended with my fingers.  I then dry brushed over the top with white gesso to dull the colours and mounted up onto black card.

To make the image stand out I scribbled more blue where the image would be.  The shell border was punched from the trimming of the background using a Martha Stewart punch which was recently given to my by a friend when she was having a clear out.  I just stuck the border to the bottom of the black card and the sentiment was also stamped onto a scrap of white card.

As I've used lots of snippets for this one I'm going over to join  Pixies Snippets Playground Weeks 275 & 276

I would also like to join in with Darnell's NBUS Challenge #11  where we're invited to share some
Never Before Used Schtuff!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Loobi Hoop!

Hello on this lovely sunny Monday.  I hope you are having a good day.

Yesterday I went to Loobi Crafts in Leighton Buzzard for a Dabble Day with some friends and we made a total of 8 projects.

Anne, Cobnut Crafter was there.  We first met at a Loobi class and it's the first time our paths have crossed since we started following each other.  So it was good to catch up in person again.

We had a lovely lunch and lots of cake and everybody enjoyed the day very much.

Here is one of the cards we made using a new Woodware set called Embroidery Hoop.

I was so tired when I got home I didn't even lift the lid of my laptop so I am again behind with my visits  but will pop in to see what everybody has been up to over the next few days.

I would like to enter my card into the challenge  at Crafting from the Heart #153 (Anything Goes)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Rudolph Day Elf

Happy Monday Everybody!

Well I never thought I'd be saying I'm "Crafted out" but I actually am.

I went to clubs last Monday and Wednesday and to two different workshops on Friday and Saturday then this morning to another club and I couldn't really think properly!

As I've been out and about so much I'm well behind with my visits but will get round to you over the next few days - I promise!

My card today was made using the super cute set of  Avery Elle stamps that I was delighted to win in last month's Rudolph Day Challenge.

I cut my card with the Presscut stepper die and used Cardwork Card papers and candi  from the Cheery Christmas set. A little fussy cutting - oops! I added a bit of sparkle pen to the elf's hat and the candi holly berry then found I'd got a huge smudge of red ink on the top of his scroll.  It actually turned out to be a good thing as I stamped again, cut out the top of the scroll and decoupaged over the smudge using 3D glue gel and was pleased with the result.

I'm entering my card into the  March Rudolph Day Challenge which runs every month from 25th until the end of the month.  Maureen very generously offers a prize each month to the lucky winner.
Also Christmas With the Cuties #4 - Red and Green

Monday, 20 March 2017

Just Weeds!

Hello and Welcome.

First I would just like to thank you, Karen D for your visits and kind comments.  I am so sorry but for the last couple of weeks I have been unable - goodness knows why- to leave comments on your blog although I have often called in.

My card today was made very quickly using just a small snippet of paper that has been around for a long time.  I did a bit of stamping with the Old French Writing stamp then added a die cut using a Tim Holtz wild flower die. The "Hello" was cut from a scrap and I used the remains of the tiniest piece of foil, left from a workshop, to the flowers and added the small bow and three black gems to finish.

I decided to make a twofer from the piece of black  card that was left after cutting the wild flower.  I used the copier paper that I'd used to stamp-off  on the first card as my backing.

I am popping over to join in with the playmates at
Pixies Snippets Workshop Weeks 273 & 274 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lady in Red

Hello and thank you for your visit.

I recently went to a class where we used the  Stampin Up set "Gorgeous You".  I really enjoyed using this lovely set and ordered them straight away.

I've made two quick cards using the same lady and a set of Spellbinders dies for matting and layering.

The papers I used are also from Stampin Up.

Just a bit of paper piecing and some ribbon and twine from my stash and the cards were soon finished.

I would like to enter this card into the challenge at

Try it on Tuesday - Lady in Red 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

On Yer Bike!

Hello and thank you for your visit today.

I stamped my bike (a magazine freebie) onto a piece of white card and a piece of kraft.

Next I tore the centre out of the white card and stuck the two sides to the kraft card, matching up the design.  For the flowers in the basket I stuck on small bits of flower soft.

The sentiment is an old wooden stamp and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.  I used snippets from my box t for decoration and mounting.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #121 Modes of Transport
Sweet Stampin' Challenge  (anything but Birthday)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thanks for your Waste Jacky!

Hello and thank you for visiting me.

A very quick post from me today as it's one of those weeks where I seem to be chasing my tail and getting nowhere.

  I'm sorry that I'm playing catch up again with my visits!!!

I like to join in with Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge and although I made this card several weeks ago thought it fitted the requirements.

I have just gone for the colour this time not the edge but will try better next month Mrs. A, I promise.

My friend recently did a class with 20 very elderly ladies who haven't done crafting before so she prepared the class to make it as easy as she could for them to take home a finished card.

The green card was embossed and the ladies cut out their oval centres so Jacky gave me the green waste to make into cards for my charity box and this was one that I made.

I inked the inside of the scalloped ovals, added a diecut sentiment, a diecut butterfly and finished with glittery peel off strips that have been in my stash for years.

I would like to join in at the Butterfly Challenge #74 E for Edges /and or the colour Mint Green.
I have just used the colour mint green this time.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Spotted in the "Neck" of Time

Good Evening Folks,

First I would like to give a warm welcome to my two new followers Babs and Kelly .  I hope you will be able to visit their blogs to see the lovely work they do.

My card today was made with a scrap of paper from my snippets box and a small piece of core card which I embossed and rubbed back.  I distressed the edges and matted onto a scrap of black card.

The giraffe was stamped onto a scrap of white card with a Lawn Fawn stamp and cut from the matching die.

The sentiment is from a set by Lindsay Mason.

I'm taking my card over to join in with the playmates at Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 271 & 272

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Love turned around!

Hello and Welcome.

This card was made some time ago but not shared as I can't work out how show more than one picture in a post!!!

I sprayed through a Heidi Swapp stencil then turned the stencil over and pressed the paint onto a piece of white card.  I replaced the cleaned stencil and drew round the letters with a fine liner pen (second picture).

I did some tangling in the letters,
added a bow,  a strip of washi tape and the pearls.

After matting onto some black card I stuck it onto a 5" square card which I had cut out with a
Spellbinders die.

Punch Art Puppy

Hello to you and thank you for dropping by.

Many of you may remember Wendy Stenton who used to be a regular guest on Create and Craft some years ago.

Since she returned to the village she's started giving monthly workshops again.

This is one of the cards that I made at Wendy's workshop a couple of weeks ago.

This little fellow is made entirely (other than his eye patch) with punches and a card candi for his ball.

Isn't it fun and it can be made with just a few small pieces of card.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Creative Fingers Challenge #125
A Bit More Time to Craft #39 (Anything Goes)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Baa Humbug!

Hello and thank you for your visit.

I'd like to welcome my latest follower Janet who I met last year when she did a class at a Retreat I went to in November.

As I was so behind with Christmas cards last year I've made a good start for 2017 and already have 75 done.  Another 35 and I'll have them all finished!

I have done lots of batch making and made a dozen similar to this card (not all the same sentiment!) using  Hobby Arts stamps set.  It is a favourite of mine and  has  several sheep and different hats in the set.

The background was done with distress inks and flicked with water and the hills die, which I've used over and over again I won in one of Darnell's NBUS challenges some time ago.

I would like to join in with Mo's Rudolph Day Challenge which she runs each month from 25th till the end of the month.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Home Tweet Home

Hello and Welcome!

I had a play this afternoon with my Crayola Stix crayons and acrylic paper.

I scribbled lots of colour onto the paper then blended with my fingers.  It looked very bright so I gave it a coat of white Gesso and when it was dry did some stencilling with Milled Lavender DI for the background .

Then using a Jofy set I stamped the tree sideways to make branches and added the birdhouse.  I extended the branches at the bottom with a fine marker then coloured with Promarkers.

The bird was stamped onto a scrap of white card and watercoloured  with a bit of clear sparkle pen on top then cut him out and stuck him to the branch with foam pads.

To finish I put purple crayon round the edge and again rubbed with my finger.  The heart is punched from white card and also has a bit of sparkle pen on top of the milled lavender DI.

I think my card might have been more suitable for Halloween, don't you?

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - February (Animal Magic) 
Make My Monday challenge #40 (Birds)
The Alphabet Challenge - Y for You Choose
Brown Sugar challenge #239 - Anything Goes)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Little Deer

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.

I chose the title for this card as it reminds me of  my hubby's Nan.  I knew her from the age of fifteen.

  She was the sweetest person and very special to me.  She used to say it when referring to babies, dogs, cats and even the birds feeding in her garden (the spelling of cause would have been dear).

The image is a Hobby Art  stamp and was dug out of a box of numerous stamped images that I'm trying to use up.

It was cut with a Nellie Snellin die and the heart was punched  from the kraft circle.

The papers are from my snippets box and the flowers were punched from the strip of paper then shaped from behind.

I am popping over to join in at Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 269 & 270
I would also like to join in at   The Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - It's a Zoo Out there

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Out for an inking!

Good Afternoon and I hope you're having a good day.

I decided to get some of my old stamps out for an inking.  This card was made using a Hero Arts stamp and Sizzix die from a set I've had for quite a few years.

I stamped the background card with a versamark pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used three marker pens to ink up the same stamp then diecut the image and layered up with foam pads.

I gave up on trying to photograph this after a while as either the heat embossing on the background didn't show or the flower image looked blown out.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge blog - Week 403 (anything  goes)
 Sweet Stampin'  - Flowers
Shopping Our Stash #290 - No Hearts

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lots of Paper Piercing !!!

Good Morning and today I'm sharing with you a blast from the past.

I was just commenting on Mrs.As blog and was reminded of  some cards I made ten or more years ago. Hence, a very wonky and fuzzy photo.

I bet some of you will remember when Petra, a lady from Holland was on Create and Craft regularly with all sorts of kits, stamps and especially brass stencils for doing all sorts of things.

Well I bought a kit of these pricking cards and really enjoyed making them at the time.

A sentiment was added later.  What a shame I didn't put a butterfly on this one!

Did anyone else buy these?  I'm off to watch Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda now.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have enjoyed your day.  I've had a good one.

We had our weekly lunch meet-up with friends and today I had my first pizza for a long time and a big glass of red wine.

This is the card I made for my hubby this year.

It is quite a small card and my first using an Elizabeth Crafts die.  The set includes the main two working pieces, the frame and several small charm pieces, including the little heart.

Although  I had seen it demonstrated on The Craft Channel (now no longer available, sadly) it took a bit of working out and I cut my own base pieces.

I used a small amount of Stampin' Up paper and lots of small pieces of card plus the peel off (silver) hearts and some strips of peel offs from my stash.

This is how the card looks when the ribbon is pulled.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sole Mate!

Hello and Welcome!

There's not a lot I can say about this card really.

It was made with a Woodware set.  After stamping the boots I coloured them with Promarkers then tangled onto them.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' (Masculine)

Creative Inspirations #268 - (Anything Goes)

Creative Craft Cottage #81 (Anything Goes)

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Butterfly with Ferns!

Welcome and thank you for visiting.

Well the exciting news is that earlier this week I was one of the very lucky winners of Rachel's Mystery Candy box - a very generous gift voucher.   I've enjoyed hours of browsing!

I made this card to enter into Mrs A's
Butterfly Challenge  #72 (P for Paper Piercing and/or  colour Fern.

 I know I've got a fern stamp lurking somewhere but this is the best I could come up with after a major hunt and I was obviously having a senior moment as I just needed the colour fern, not a stamp.

 I already had  the background which is white card spritzed with a green spray,  years ago so I stamped round the edge and pierced the corners.

I also pierced a circle on the green scalloped mount but I need not have bothered as it doesn't show up on the photo because I used a very fine pokey tool for that job.  I added some sparkly pen to the dragon flies and underside of the butterfly wings then went over the top with distress inks!!!

I hope you like my card.   I wasn't too unhappy with how it turned out in the end.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Woolly Jumper

Hello and Welcome!

I actually bought this Elizabeth Crafts  sweater and hanger set in December to use for Christmas cards as it comes with the cutest little reindeer head.

It didn't get used at Christmas time so I thought I ought to use it before the warm weather arrives .....

I used a scrap of smooshed card which was on my desk to cut out the jumper then embossed it together with a snippet of black card which I then rubbed over with pink Inca Gold.

I put it together on a Presscut stepper die cut and added some snippets of SU paper with the knitted pattern to decorate the sides and bottom.

I will certainly be making some Christmas sweaters for my cards  Christmas cards this year.

I'd like to join in with the following challenges:
Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 267 & 268
Crafty Creations #334 (Anything Goes
Craft Hazel's Patterned Paper - February