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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Dinosaur Gift Box

Hi Folks
Hope you have all been managing to make the most of the nice weather we are having in the UK at the moment.  Long may it continue.  I do love being able to sit out in the evenings with a nice cold drink.  Just a bit too hot for me during the night to get a good night's sleep lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Kraftyhands.  Our theme for this month is:
Wrap It Up
We would like to see you use your stash to create lovely gift boxes and packaging.

Here is my inspiration project using images and papers from the Dangerous Dinosaur CD which can be found here.


I used a popcorn box template that I have had for ages to cut out the basic box using white card.  The sides of the box are covered with papers from the CD matted onto some blue box.  I cut out one of the small toppers and attched to the handle of the box using some green ribbon.  I also put some green ribbon around the bottom of the box.
A really quick project but this would be ideal for any dinosaur loving youngster to receive a gift in.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Kraftyhands for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
TO BE UPDATED

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
I am back again with my second post of the day.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme this week is a nice easy one for you:
Anything Goes

We have three sponsors joining us this week:
Oddball Art - prize of 3 digi images to the winner
Lacy Sunshine - prize of a $20 gift certificate
Dis Digi Designs - prize of a $12 gift certificate

Here is my inspiration project using a cute Lizzy Love image from Oddball Art which is available here.


I decided to go for quite a clean look with this one.  The image has been coloured with promarkers and I went around the edges with some faux stitching.  The sentiment was stamped into the corner and I wrote the words into the speech bubble.  Some punched butterflies finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super creations from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - Clean and simple
Dream Valley - Girly
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
MAWTT - Stitching
Sister Act - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Clean and simple
TTCRD - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Pink and girlie
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes

Holidays at Little Claire Digi Challenge

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  Well it does seem that Summer has arrived in the UK.  It has been very hot the last couple of days.  The only trouble I have is sleeping at night when it is hot.  The fan in the bedroom has certainly been working overtime lol.

Today sees the start of a new digi challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Holidays
You can create any project you like as long as you include a digi and it is related to some kind of holiday.

Here is my inspiration project using a cute digi image called Digi Stocking Owls which can be found in the store here.


I coloured the image using my promarkers and cut out using one of my dies.  I did add a bit of colour to the edges with distress ink.  There is also some glitter added to the stockings, hat and branch.  Although this is not showing up very well in the photo.  The papers are matted onto silver mirror card and I added some Merry Christmas ribbon and card candi.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Little Claire's Designs for full challenge details.  You could win some digi images of your choice from the store.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Use ribbon/lace/twine
That Craft Place - Layers
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Seeing red
HIMCR - Any holiday
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Stamp or digi
Paper Creators - Christmas in July
Craftyhazlenuts Patterned Paper - Anything goes

Sunday, 28 June 2015

On Your Wedding Day

Hi Folks
Hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend.  Spent Saturday afternoon with my daughters at a local event in our town for Armed Forces Day.  The weather was gorgeous and lovely to see so many people in our town supporting the event.  Today has been a bit quieter and a a day for catching up on things before the week ahead.

Today I thought I would share with you the card that I made for my Daughter and Son-In-Law for their wedding.  


I wanted to use the colour scheme of the wedding which was Royal Blue for the card.  My new Son-In-Law is a supporter of our local football team - Peterborough United - and their colour is blue.  Heather decided to choose their colour as the main theme for the wedding which did please Gary immensely.

For the card I used various embossing folders and dies.  The background is a swirly embossing folder, I added versamark to the folder before embossing and then sparkly embossing powder.  The frame die is a Sue Wilson die and I also used her lattice weaving dies for the inner background to the frame.  The roses were created with a bitty blossom die from Spellbinders and I added some Memory Box die flourishes.  A ribbon bow and some pearls to the corners etc finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I really appreciate all the lovely comments that you leave me.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Special Occasion
Creatalicious - Ribbon and pearls
Corrosive - Sparkle
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Layers
Papertake - Trio-tastic
Creative Moments - Anything goes/embossing
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Catch The Bug - Photo inspiration
Crafty Sentiments - Bingo (embossing/pearls/ribbon)

Friday, 26 June 2015

More Than One Fold at Winter Wonderland

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and it looks like we are finally getting some sunny weather.  Yesterday was gorgeous here, very hot and sunny.  Might even be able to have a barbecue at the weekend.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  Our theme for this week is:
More Than One Fold
You can enter anything you like as long as it fits the challenge theme and is christmas based.

Here is my inspiration project which is a pop up card.

 This is the inside of the card.
And this is the front of the card.

I go to a cardmaking workshop once a month and we learned how to make this style of pop up card at the last one I attended.  
The front of the card is actually an image from a christmas card that I received last year.  It was such a lovely image that I decided to recycle it.  
For the inside I used some scraps of paper from my scraps box and embellished with a wooden deer, wooden stars, christmas trees and a sentiment.

Now our sponsor for the challenge this week is:
Dis Digi Stamps - with a prize of a $12 voucher to the winner.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries to our challenge.  Just pop over to Winter Wonderland for full challenge details.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Natalie and Amy - Christmas
CHNC Christmas Extra - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Fancy folds
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Name that tune (Oh Christmas Tree)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Fab N Funky - Christmas
Crafting by Designs - Christmas
Sister Act - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Fancy folds

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Who's for Cupcakes

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by and hope you are all well.  Thank you for all your lovely comments about my daughter's wedding photos.  I am still trying to catch up with things after the weekend.  If I haven't been around to comment on your blogs please bear with me.  Hopefully, normal service will resume shortly.

Today I would like to share a little inspiration project that I have done for Little Claire's Designs using a cute digi image.


For full details of how I have created this please pop over to Little Claire's Designs.  Would love for you to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps - Ribbon/Lace/Twine
Graph'It - Pink and pretty
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
OLLCB - Happy Birthday
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything Goes

We have two great sponsors for this challenge:
Lemon Shortbread - prize of 3 digi images for the winner
The Paper Shelter - prize of a $10 gift certificate to their store

Here is my inspiration project using a super digi image and background paper from The Paper Shelter.


I used the precoloured image for my project.  I cut the image out using a die cute and matted onto some green card.  The background was matted onto some matching green card.  I layered the bow for some dimension and added a stamped sentiment.  Some little gems around the image completed the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the wonderful inspiration projects from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoes - Furry friends
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
Creative Corner - Bling it out
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
OLLCB - Happy Birthday
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes

Dinkie Day

Hi Folks
Just popping by to let you know about a great sale over at Little Claire today


This is for today only so pop over and stock up on your stamps.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Fathers Day and a Wonderful Weekend

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  I am now back in the land of the living after a fabulous weekend celebrating my daughters wedding.  On Saturday we spent the day with family who had arrived for the wedding.  We had lunch and dinner out together with a few drinks.  On Sunday the big day arrived and it was fabulous.  Everything went so well.  The weather was very kind to us and my daughter looked stunning in her wedding dress.  Our other daughter was her maid of honour and she also looked beautiful.  Everyone had such a good time and Heather certainly had a day to remember.  I have attached a few photos below.

But back to crafty matters.  Today I am sharing a Fathers Day card that I did for my hubby.  What a day to remember he had, walking his daughter up the aisle.


The Happy Fathers Day is a large stamp that I got free with a magazine.  I stamped and embossed it and then coloured in the Fathers word with promarkers.  The background is a tie stamp which was stamped in versamark and then mica powder brushed over the top.  I then did a couple of folded shirts to finish the card.

Now as promised here are a few pics of the wedding.

Our gorgeous daugher.

 A very proud Mummy and Daddy.

 Heather and her sister both looking fabulous.

 A family shot of the bride and groom and both sets of parents.

 A super cute shot of their flower girl.

The fabulous cake with lots of piped roses.

Thanks for popping by and hope I haven't bored you too much with the wedding photos.

I would like to enter my Fathers Day card into the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Dragonfly Dreams - Special Occasion
OSAAT - Men
Deep Ocean - Monochrome
Creative Inspirations - Male
4 Crafty Chicks - Fathers Day
Brown Sugar - Monochromatic
Sister Act - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Dads
Allsorts - Use a stamp
Sentimental Sundays - Fathers Day
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Create (Premium) - Anything goes

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sneak Peak

Hi Folks
This is a scheduled post as it is the morning after my daughter's wedding and I will be having a well deserved lie in.  Will hopefully post some pictures later.

Today I would like to share a sneaky look at a project I have completed for the Personal Impressions blog.


Would love for you to pop over to the Personal Impressions blog and take a look.  There are full details of how I created this project.

Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Welcome back for my second post of the day.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything Goes
You can enter any project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme.

We have three sponsors joining us for this challenge:
Bugaboo Stamps - prize of 7 digi images to the winner
Oddball Art - prize of 3 digi images to the winner
Di's Digi Stamps - prize of a $12 gift certificate to the store

Here is my inspiration project using a cute Lizzy Love image from Oddball Art which can be found here.


Sorry about the poor photo.  Just could not seem to get a good pic.  
The speech bubble actually says 'Can you keep a secret??'.  I decided to go down the route of a young lady declaring her love for someone hence the love themed papers and all the hearts.  To add to the romantic feel I added a feather, some resin and pearl hearts and a red rose.  The image was coloured in promarkers and I added some liquid pearls around the image to break up the white background.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration projects from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Create (Premium) - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Papertake - Oh so pretty
TTCRD - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Make it digital
Fab N Funky - Gorgeous girls

Black and White at The Crafting Cafe

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by my blog today.  Not long now till my daughters big day.  We are all so excited and really looking forward to seeing her walk down the aisle.

Today I would like to share some inspiration for our current challenge over at The Crafting Cafe.  Our theme for this month is:
Black and White
You can enter any project you like as long as it fits the theme.

Our great sponsor for this month is Inky Impressions and I have used one of their images for my inspiration project.


This cat is so cute.  I simply cut him out using a die and softly added a bit of colour with grey promarkers.  I added pearls all around the image for bling.  The papers are from Papermania and I matted onto black cardstock.  Some paper roses, a sentiment, mini bow and some heart pearls finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking foward to seeing your entries to our challenge.  Just pop over to The Crafting Cafe for full challenge details.  

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craftyhazlenuts Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it out
That Craft Place - Anything goes
Bunny Zoes - Furry friends
Crafts 4 Eternity - Black and white
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Pearls
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Deep Ocean - Monochrome

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Shades of Summer

Hi Folks
Today I am popping by to share some inspiration with you for our current challenge over at Crafting Musketeers.  Our theme for this month is:
Shades of Summer

Our great spnosor for this month is The Hobby House with a prize of a gift voucher to the winner.

Here is my inspiration project.


For this card I used products from Hunkydory that I got free with a crafting magazine many months ago.  The only addition from my stash is the butterfly in the top corner.

Thanks for popping by and hope you will join in with our challenge.  Just pop over to Crafting Musketeers for full challenge details.

Sorry if I am not about much the next few days but my daughter gets married on Sunday.  Most things are now done but there is always that last minute panic.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
OLLCB - Here comes summer
Crafters Cafe - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
In The Pink - Summer
Brown Sugar - In the garden
Sister Act - Anything goes
Allsorts - Flower power
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Papertake - Oh so pretty
TTCRD - Anything goes

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Fathers Day with Little Claire

Hi Folks
I have been trying to make the most of the sunny weather we have been having to top up my tan.  Would be nice to have a bit of colour on me for my daughter's wedding next weekend.  The time has gone by so quickly and can't believe we only have a week to go to the big day.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Fathers Day
So lets see all those male creations.

Here is my inspiration project using a garden shed design sheet and gingham paper which can be found at Little Claire.


I used some dark green card for the matting and added several layers.  I die cut the bird house, bird and fence just to add some interest.  The sentiment was in my stash.

Thanks for popping by and would love to see you join in the challenge.  The winner of the challenge will win this lovely male themed stamp set.


Just pop over to Little Claire's Designs for full challenge details.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Pile It On - For a man
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it out
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/layers
Crafty Boots - Male
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
OLLCB - Here comes summer
That Craft Place - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Disdigidesigns - Use die cuts
Polkadoodles - Male
Simply Create Too - Male
Digi Choosday - Male
Crafty Sentiments - For a man
Papertake - One for the boys
Crafters Cafe - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/male
Crafting for all Seasons - Male
Creative Corner - Just for boys
Brown Sugar - In the garden
QKR Stampede - Fathers Day
Sister Act - Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Masculine

Friday, 12 June 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  Our theme for this week is:
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You can enter any project you like.  Just remember that it does need to feature Santa in some way.

Here is my inspiration project.


I used some papers and toppers from an old edition of Making Cards for my card.  Some faux stitching around the outer edge, some ho ho ho ribbon across the centre and a wooden star embellishment finished the card.  I think this makes a great masculine card for christmas.

Our sponsor for this week at Winter Wonderland is:

with a prize of 3 digi images to the winner

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Winter Wonderland for full challenge details.  My talented teamies have been busy making some gorgeous inspiration projects so don't forget to take a look.

I would like to enter the following challeges:
Natalie and Amy - Christmas
CHNC Extra - Anything goes
CHNC - Use some blue
CRAFT - Christmas
ABC Christmas - Song (Santa Claus is coming to town)
Creative Moments - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Polka dots
Sister Act - Anything goes

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Your Favourite Embellishment at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Use Your Favourite Embellishment

Our sponsor for this week is Little Blue Button Stamps with a super prize of a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

Here is my inspiration project using a cute image from Little Blue Button Stamps called You Got A Present which can be found here.


This is such a cute image and could be used for various occasions.  I coloured the image with my promarkers before cutting out and mounting behind a Sue Wilson Noble die which acted as a frame.  The background striped paper is from Graphic 45.  I have several embellishments which I love including ribbon, feathers and flowers.  So I added them all to my creation along with some punched butterflies.  With the addition of some distress ink I tried to give it a bit of a vintage feel.  Hope I achieved that, what do you think?

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the gorgeous creations from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Creatalicious - Butterflies
Whimsy Stamps - Anything but square
OSAAT - Anything goes with flowers
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Paper Creators - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (ribbon, paper,die)
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Birthday
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it out
Corrosive - Pile it on
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/layers
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Create(Premium) - Anything goes
Disdigidesigns - Use die cut
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Something in the air
Crafters Cafe Challenge - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Here's to a Top Chap

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and thanks for popping by.  Well, I have had a lovely time in Marbella for my daughter's hen weekend.  We arrived on Friday and got home on Monday lunchtime.  Managed to spend some time soaking up the sun around the pool and on the beach.  There was also a little bit of drinking involved.  It still amazes me how much stamina the youngsters have.  I have added a few photos to the end of my post.  Now we just have the wedding to look forward to in a couple of weeks. 

Today I thought I would share with you a male card using a shirt topper set from Papermania.


I love these shirt decoupage sets and they are just great for male cards.  I used black card for the matting and the sentiment was also from the topper set.  The papers were also from the set and I added some buttons to some black ribbon which I added under the sentiment.

As promised here are a couple of photos from the weekend.

 My two beautiful daughters.

 Me and the bride to be Heather.

A group shot of us all on Saturday night.

Thanks again for popping by.  I do appreciate all your visits and the lovely comments that you leave.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons - Men and ribbon
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Paper Creators - Anything goes
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Stitching
Sister Act - Anything goes
Creative Corner - Just for Dad
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
My Time To Craft - Male
Pile It On - For a man
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Corrosive - Pile It On
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Male
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Masculine
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - For a man
Papertake - One for the boys

Sunday, 7 June 2015

One for the Boys at Kraftyhands

Hi Folks
When this post goes live I will be enjoying the sun in Marbella on my daughter's hen weekend.  Probably with a bit of a hangover but never mind lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Kraftyhands.  Our theme for this month is:
One For The Boys
So show us your best male creations.

Here is my inspiration project using Man About Town CD.



I used various images and papers from the CD for this card.  The only additions from my stash were some buttons and a die cut star.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Kraftyhands for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the awesome creations from my talented teamies.