Monday 29 February 2016

Green Dragon - Guest DT

Hello Everybody and thanks for visiting me today.

I'm really excited to be able to tell you that today's card is my entry as a Guest on the  Design Team at Delicious Doodles.

This my first time DT and also the first time I've ever used a digi stamp.  This one is called Dragon Shield and is one of the large range available from Delicious Doodles.

As the challenge was to use green I used as much as I could manage.

The background panel is rainbow card which was embossed then rubbed over with Inca Gold.  For the background, right, I rubbed through a stencil on a piece of linen card although unfortunately the texture doesn't show well in the photo.

I printed out the dragon three times so that I was able to decoupage him.  I tried several ways of getting a good golden shield and finally settled on a Krylon pen  and I did rised dots on the edge of the shield and coloured over the top when they were dry.

I put a little glossy accents on his eyes and coloured four silver brads gold gor the corners of the topper.  The wire mesh behind the image is something I picked up somewhere years ago.  It's the first time I've ever used it but I have a large sheet and will be using it again.

Those of you who visit often know how much I love to recycle. Happy Crafting!

I'd like to enter my card into Crafting When We Can  #113 

My First Anniversary Blog Candy - WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who joined in and left comments on my First Anniversary Blog Candy.  I really appreciate all your support and interest. 

A very warm welcome to my new Followers.  Thank you very much for joining me here.

I was really excited to find out who's number would come up in the Random Number Generator......and the winner is:


Sunday 28 February 2016

Blog Candy Giveaway (ENDED 28 Feb 2016)

Hi everyone!

It will be a year ago this week since I made my very first posting on my new blog.  So I thought it would be fun to offer some Card Candy in Celebration!

I've made so many wonderful blogland friends over the past year - so hope you'll join in.

There will be just one winner.

This Post will stay at the top until  11 pm GMT on 28th February when a Random Winner will be chosen by Mr Linky.  I will post the result the following day. 

Please scroll down to see my latest posts.

To be in with a chance to win

a) Become a follower of my
     blog if you aren't already.

b) Add your name to the link      below.

c) Leave a comment on this

Only one entry each please as additional entries will not be included.  Good Luck Everyone!


Morning to you all and thank you for your visit.

First, just a quick reminder that my blog candy giveaway closes at 11.00 GMT tonight.

I don't know about you but I love chocolate and when I saw this Marianne set of dies with the sentiment recently at a sale price of £6 just couldn't resist.

I used a couple of snippets of Brusho background that's been hanging about for a long time.  I thought the colours would go well with the kraft for this card.

As i didn't have very much of the brusho card the piece behind the sentiment is really just two small pieces.

The chocolates were cut from pieces of kraft card and rubbed over with Distress ink and the white chocolate and the two nuts were cut from cream coloured card  and I coloured the nuts with distress ink .  I think I'll be getting a lot of use from this fun set.

I would like to enter my card into Pixies  Snippets Playground - Week 218 and also
The Allsorts Challenge - Week 352 "Sentiment in Focus"

Friday 26 February 2016

Oldie for Friday

Happy Friday Everyone and it's time again to link up with Erika on her Snappy Crafts blog where she invites us to share an old craft item .  As you see it doesn't have to be a card.  Just something we did a some ago.

I'm sharing a tapestry I made in the 1980's.  Because of the size I knew it would take a long time to do so  every time I got it out to work on  I kept a note of the time I'd spent stitching it.   The stitched area measures 44 inches x 20 inches and it took just over 120 hours to finish.

When we moved to our present home it fitted perfectly in the sitting room.  It hangs below a beam and has an old oak chest below which is slightly wider.

If you'd like to join in link to Erika's blog, leave her a comment and she'll visit you too.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Thursday 25 February 2016

Rudolph Day - February

Happy Rudolph Day to you All!

As it's 25th of the month it's time again to join Mo with a Christmas card on her Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo blog.

This little angel is one of my favourites and is by Judikins.  She was one of my first stamps and comes out every year.

I stamped her and painted with my water colour pencils then paper pieced her dress and added glitter to her halo.

On the top left of the topper, not showing well in the photograph is an angel that I embossed with a brass stencil.  I pricked holes in the bottom of her gown.

I stuck a scrap of paper behind the little angel and another strip to ground her then did a little more paper pricking.  I used a starlight  Sakura pen for a bit of sparkle on both angel angels, the holly leaves and round the edge of the white card.

Finally I added a punched snowflake and one little gem.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Very Hearty Thanks!

Hello and thank you for your visit.

My friend Louise held a workshop last year where we made ten cards during the day.

This card was pretty quick to make.   After embossing the background I added the twine then attached to the card base.

The dies are both by Clearly Besotted.  Just the small pink disk, the little rose and a couple of gems and this card was finished.

I'd like to enter my card is the Less is More Challenge  Week 264

Monday 22 February 2016

Hugs and Kisses

Hello and thank you for your visit.

Last week I got a magazine and they were explaining how to make floating cards.

I forgot to take my magazine up to my cabin so I didn't have the right dimensions but this card was very easy and fun to make.

It's a 5 inch square card and I cut a  section out of the front of the card, stuck a square of paper on the inside then decorated with snippets of Stampin Up papers that I had embossed.

I used stuff that I still had out on my desk from making my hubby's valentine card.

The heart was stencilled onto a scrap of card then I added red Sakura starlight pen to give some glimmer.

 I attached the white card to the stripey paper then matted onto black card and stuck the panel on to join the top and bottom pieces of the card  front together.

 The sentiments are Hero Arts stamps.   The red heart gems were from my stash and are one of the first things I ever bought.

I think I'll probably make a lot more of this type of card as it's quick, fun to do and you can certainly use up lots of scraps.

I would like to enter my card into the following:-
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge 100
Creative Inspirations -Challenge 345
Crafter's  Cafe Challenge - #143

Sunday 21 February 2016

Sew Nice

Hello and thank you for popping by

I made this card for a friend last summer when she lent us a couple of pasting tables to use to put outside our cottage when the village held a tabletop sale.  Elizabeth is a keen  and very skillful sewer.

I embossed the body form onto a piece of core card and rubbed back to show the white core.  I distressed the edges with a distressing tool.

The dress and dotty  papers are scraps that came in a magazine.

The "thank you" stamp is a wooden one that I keep out on my desk and the other two are from a Hero Arts set of sewing stamps.

I'm taking this card to join in at The Snippets Playground - Week 217

Friday 19 February 2016

Oldies for Friday

This is my second post today.  A little late as we've had visitors.

 I made these two ATCs about six  or seven years ago using stampbord which seems to be becoming popular again.

I coloured the stampbord tiles with dye inks then stamped the two geishas  with black Archival ink.  After doing a bit of scratching back I triple embossed the tiles.  Because they were very shiny they didn't photograph too well.  I coloured the edges with a gold Krylon pen.

The bamboo leaf was stamped onto scraps of card and gold embossed on the black card.  

I'm linking up with Erika's Snappy Crafts blog where, every Friday, she invites us to share any craft item we made in the past.   If you join in just leave a comment for Erika so she knows you've called and she'll visit you too.

Yoghurt Pot Card!

Morning Everyone!

A very quick post today as we have friends coming for lunch and Im doing a roast.

This card was made a while ago but has never been shared before.

I used the inner metal lid of a large youghurt pot for this one.

First I dabbed on alcohol inks then embossed in my cuttlebug.  Finally I rubbed Stazon ink over the raised part of the embossing and diecut with my Tonic matting die.

I punched the corners of the black card with a corner punch and rounded the corners of the pink card.

The sentiment is a Hobby Arts wooden stamp.

I would like to enter my card into The Allsorts Challenge - Week 350
The Snippets Playground - Week 216

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Sapphire Butterflies

Hello  and thank you for your visit today.

I made this card yesterday for the challenge on Mrs. A's
Butterfly Challenge blog where the challenge this time is S for Stamping/Sapphire.

I was given some of these triangular cards by a friend at our craft club on Monday so decided to use one for this challenge.

I covered the front of the card with some sparkly blue card which unfortunately was very difficult to photograph.  Next I cut a scrap of white card to fit on top, embossed with a folder in my Cuttlebug then rubbed lightly over the raised areas with Tea Dye distress ink.

I delved through my box of snippets of ribbon and found this piece of blue and purple variegated thread which I added to the bottom then stuck on the three blue hearts which are one of the first things I ever bought when I started paper crafting.

The two butterflies are from a sheet of stickers of butterflies in various colours. They hve also been around for a very long time and I'm gradually managing to use them up.

The two I chose were stuck to white card, bent into shape and attached to my card.   I think this fits the remit for The Butterfly Challenge  #48
House Of Cards Challenge - Shaped Cards 

Monday 15 February 2016

A Shiny Shoe!

Evening All and I hope you've had a good day.

I call Monday "Play Day" as I go to a craft club in the morning and a cross stitch circle in the afternoon and they're both in our village.  So Monday's dinner is always an easy cook meal.

This card was made a while ago using the inside of another envelope for the background paper.  I did emboss this one.

I'm really not tight, I promise, it's just a bit of a personal challenge to try to use up junk!

I drew round a Wendy Stenton shoe stencil on the front of my card then cut it out being careful to keep a hinge at the back of the shoe.

Then I tore off  pieces of ordinary masking tape and covered the shoe with them.  Next I rubbed distress ink all over the masking tape and finally heat embossed it three times with clear embossing powder.

The heart was from my stash and also the flower.  I added a brad to the centre  after cutting off the legs and the sentiment is a rubber stamp bought from Stamp Addicts several years ago.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
613 Avenue #163 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge blog - Y for You Choos 
Shopping Our Stash - Bent Out of Shape

Sunday 14 February 2016

My Hubby - My Valentine!

 Happy Valentine's Day to you All

There's a little bit of a story to this card.  My husband generally opens the post and as he calls me a squirrel because I never throw anything away.   He puts aside any envelopes with interesting insides that he thinks I might want to use.

Well on Thursday I made this card with the inside of an evelope which he'd saved  earlier in the morning.  A few days before I'd been watching Hochanda and they were selling Cascade cards so I decided to
have a go at making one.

So - here is my Valentine's card for my husband using the envelope (and yes, he did recognise it).  I also used my new set of Tim Holtz dies called Scribbles and Splates .  I added a little sparkle to the heart with a Sakura pen, although it doesn't show in the photo and the splat which was far too big was cut into pieces and separated to fit the card.

I used a Hero Arts set of stamps for the sentiment  and the small hearts .

One of the strips of envelope wasn't quire long enough so I cut it in half for the front piece and left a small gap behind the sentiment but I think it works quite well.

For the lips on the inside of the card I inked through a small stencil which is meant for cake decoration.  I bought it at a craft show several years ago.  I knew it would come in useful one day!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
The Snippets Playground
Cardz 4 Guys - #106  Love and Valentine 
Crafting When We Can  #112

Friday 12 February 2016

By The Seaside

Happy Friday !

And because it's Friday again I'm linking up with Erika on her blog
Snappy Crafts where she invites us to share an old craft project.

This card was made a very long time ago with a Woodware set of stamps.

I used a glitter card.  I painted stripes of colour onto white card with a big brush and stamped on top adding a little glitter onto the 'sea'.

The black strip at the side was supposed to be the flagpole for the happy birthday flag.  I did smudge the Birthday on purpose  - goodness knows why.

As I've used lots of scraps I'm going to take this along to the Snippets Playground-  Week215

Wednesday 10 February 2016

WOYWW - Week 349

Happy Wednesday Deskers,

This is my desk today.  I'm working on a particular project and have done lots of messy crafting trying to get the effect I wanted for the shield.

I thought about silver then settled on gold.  I've not worked with digi images before and am rapidly running out of  the ones my hubby printed out for me.

I would have liked to use acetate and gilding flakes but as I don't have a whole sheet of acetate to go through the printer have finally decided on a gold Krylon pen which seems to be working alright.  Now just to sort out the raised dots.

I'm linking up with the Stamping Ground where our hostess Julia invites us all to show what is on our desks on Wednesday then whizz around the globe snooping at others  work desks.  It really is a lot of fun.

A couple of weeks ago when I showed my desk I was making some ATCs.  So thought you might like to see them finished.
Have a good week Everyone!

Monday 8 February 2016

A Flush of Pink!

Thank you for visiting today.

The card I am showing was made with a little Die-Sire die set.

Although there is a stem die for the flower I decided to draw a line with a black pen before embossing the punched oval with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I put a blush of colour onto the flower and leaves while they were still in the die  then a little round the central oval and edge of the card .

I added the sentiment the three gems and rounded the top right hand corner to complete the card.  It was very quick to make.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Allsorts Challenge blog - #349 "Clean and Simple"
The Snippets Playground - Week 125

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Sunday 7 February 2016

Fluttering by!

Afternoon All,

I've been a bit stumped on what to do for Mrs. A's challenge this month.  However while I was sorting out a snippets card I decided this would fit the challenge.

So here's a card I demonstrated at one of our village craft clubs a couple of months ago.  I've not shown this card before.

I used a snippet of paper down the side.  The sentiment is from a Stampman set inked in grey and a snippet of white card for the circle.

The wings of the butterfly are made from two 2" squares of washi paper and the body from is a paper bead which was made from a strip of the same paper.  I made the antennae from craft wire and stuck a couple of beads on the end.  The "Joy" is a Kidomo wooden stamp.

I would like to enter this into The Butterfly Challenge "O for over the edge" and also into
The Snippets Playground - Week 215

Saturday 6 February 2016

Merry Santa

Good Afternoon,

What a miserable dark wet day it is here today but I've enjoyed a bit of crafting. watched some footie so I'm enjoying the day.  I hope you are too.

My card today is one of a batch of similar cards I made for last year using snippets of paper and a Santa stamp I've loved for years.

I gave the image just a bit of colour using chalks then inked round the outside of the image and onto the embossed piece at the back with Antique Linen distress ink.  I added a little glitter on the snowflakes and round the edge of the image.

The sentiments are from a Paula Pascal set and the red dewdrops are from Papermania.  The stamp is from a clear Habico set.

I would like to enter my card into the Merry Monday Challenge #190

Friday 5 February 2016

An Oldie on Friday

Happy Friday!

And as it is Friday again it's time to join Erika at her Snappy Crafts blog to share a card or other craft item which we made a long time ago.

If you want to join in link to Erika's blog and leave her a comment and she'll return your visit.

Today I'm showing a little bone china trinket tray that I painted and fired back in the 80s when my main passion was painting on china and porcelain.

I added liquid gold with my index finger and re-fired  It.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

Wednesday 3 February 2016

"Old Friends"

Hello and thank you for your visit

I got my alcohol inks out on Sunday for the first time in ages.

I inked randomly with three colours onto the back of the inside lid of  a tub of Benecol spread - you know the butter substitute stuff that we have to eat when we eat lots of chocolate and chips!

After inking I trimmed it to size then stuck it with double sided tape to scrap card to give it strength then embossed it in my Cuttlebug.

I mounted the finished background onto black card because I thought it made the colours pop.

This morning I added the ribbon and the sentiment which was inked round the edges with Black Soot distress ink. The two silver hearts were lying on my desk from a few days ago.  They just seemed to fit.  Then a few small gems  were added and I mounted onto an A6 card.

The sentiment is from a Woodware set and EF is by Crafters Companion.  The diecut is from a Spellbinders labels set that I find really useful and use often.

I would like to enter this card into Country View Challenges - Make your Own Background and
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 214

Tuesday 2 February 2016

The Kiss

Good Morning  and Welcome.

As Valentine's day approaches I'm showing an Anniversary card that I made a while ago.

I used a small stamp I bought from ebay which I stamped with black Archival  then just added a touch of colour to the image.  I put some fine glitter on the moon.

I used a Sizzix set to cut out the image and the stamp edge and a newspaper print stamp from the same set which was randomly stamped onto white card.

Next I smooshed the card in a few places with watered down distress ink which was on my craft mat, added a few splats and when it was dry I inked round the edge with the same coloured distress ink.

The two big stars were cut with Spellbinders dies then the larger was  embossed  in my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment peel off and two small stars continued my "using up" regime.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Delicious Doodles Challenge  "Love is in the Air" and also join in again at
Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 214  also
Try It On Tuesday - Love is in the Air
Creative Inspirations - Hugs and Kisses