Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Determined to join in again with Darnell's NBUS challenge I headed to the crafty cupboard and pulled out a Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Holiday Joy' stamp and die set which I won from the lovely Miss Di over at Pixie's Playground back in November last year and (hanging head in shame) is just getting its' first outing. There are quite a few images in this set but I have just used the 'JOY' stamp which I cut with the matching die. The background has been embossed with a Die'sire Embossalicious folder and matted onto a red card blank before adding a Memory Box 'snowflake border' die and the TH 'joy' sentiment stamp/die. To finish I just added a single silver gem.

This is one of the quickest and easiest christmas cards I've made and would have been ideal for a batch make if only that hadn't been my last coloured card blank!

As well as joining in with Darnells NBUS challenge I shall also enter this in the following challenges

Winter Wonderland challenge 'use white + one other colour or a little bird told me'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'use a sentiment'

Allsorts challenge 'use at least two dies'

Creative Inspirations challenge 'christmas in August'

Sunday, 28 August 2016

NBUS Under the Sea

It's that time of the year again when the fabulous Darnell shames us all into having a play with our NBUS and as usual I look in the cupboard and wonder which route to take up the mountain of unused goodies? So in the end I decided to go along the mixed media road and as well as being able to pack in no less than THREE NBUS goodies, I also took along a few snippets and some very old crafty stash for the ride. I even managed to do a bit of recycling along the way to come up with this.......

 So here's what I did ~
I painted a piece of card with Aquamarkers, used my NBUS Noor stencil 'wavy stripes' with Gesso then added more colour with the Aquamarkers before sticking to a piece of cardboard packaging. I cut a frame from foam padding (also recycled packaging) and then made the scene. 

I used a snippet of vellum and Memento ink to stamp the Design By Ryn 'leafy branch' which I stuck with some tiny glue dots. Then, using Glossy Accents, I added the very old stash - pearls, stamens and leaves. The other two items of NBUS are the Memory Box dies 'elegant jellyfish' and 'swimming seahorses' cut from snippets of card. I used a Zig metallic marker to colour the seahorses and Tattered Angels glimmer glaze for the jellyfish. 

Not my usual sort of thing but I must admit I did have fun making this AND as I managed to use three things from my NBUS pile I won't feel quite so guilty about the 2 parcels of goodies I ordered the other day!!

As well as heading up Mount NBUS to join in with Darnell's challenge I'm also heading over to see the playmates in Pixie's Snippets Playground and joining in with these other challenges

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 'by or under the sea'
The Craft Barn challenge 'blue or blues'
Love to Create challenge 'anything creative / mixed media goes'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend (and the extra day for those in the UK)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

First Birthday

I can't believe I'm back with another card so soon.... although I must admit to having coloured up this gorgeous Wee stamp a couple of weeks ago and I'd already got some Cheery Lynn flower dies cut and just waiting to be stuck together. I used a cream base card and also cream card for matting the image and the papers are from my snippets box. The ribbon, pearls and peel off sentiment are all from my stash and to finish I decorated the cake with Stickles and a little gem flower

After I'd taken the photo I noticed the gems had gone a little skew-wiff - but glad to say they're all straight now.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Magnolia-licious challenge 'anything goes with a stamp carried by Magnolia-licious store'
Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'pink and cream with lots of bling'
In The Pink challenge 'make it sparkle'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'it's hip to be square'
Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes with a stamp'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Thanks for popping by and I'll hopefully catch up with you all over the next few days.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Wee Cutie

Hi everyone and thanks for calling by to visit today. Sorry I've not been around but last week I thought I'd have a ride out in the car to my Dad's and also into the village to do a spot of shopping and I've spent the last few days regretting it! Why oh why can't our bodies age at the same rate as our minds?! Anyway I gave myself the proverbial kick up the b... and made this card.

First off I used a freebie image from Sylvia Zet which I coloured with Promarkers and if you want this image for yourself you can find it here. I embossed a leftover piece of card with an Embassalicious folder  - this is actually a 6x6 inch folder but I think it works okay on smaller pieces of card too - and rounded all the corners with a punch before sticking to the base card. Then I added some die-cut flowers - the sprig is Marianne Designs and the daisies are Cheery Lynn with some card candi centres - and a silver peel-off sentiment.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Allsorts challenge 'sabulous florals'
Mod Squad challenge 'the die's the thing'
Happy Little Stampers challenge 'anything goes with dies'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'kiddies / babies'
Cupcake Inspirations challenge 'cupcake inspiration picture'
Love To Scrap challenge 'anything goes'
Live & Love Crafts challenge 'happy birthday / anniversary'
Colour Crazy Craft challenge 'anything goes'

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Beside the Seaside

Although it's a bit chilly for anything more than a paddle today!

I've had this little project in mind for a week or so now and finally got round to making it yesterday. It's a booklet for notes, stories, drawings, photos or whatever and made from a couple of sheets white A4 card and whatever else was lying around.

First I cut the A4 sheets into three and hole punched each of the pieces before scoring all except one (for the back sheet) to make it easy to fold the pages and then tying together with some bits of ribbon.
To make the beach scene I coloured a piece of white card with some chalk for the sky and used Memento ink for the sun. Then I added a piece of coloured card for the sand, and the sea is an embossed piece of card again coloured with Memento ink - both pieces were cut at the top with Tonic Studio fancy edging scissors. I made some little beach huts from snippets of card and layered the scene onto some blue shiny card before sticking to the front of the booklet.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

The Craft Barn challenge 'beach scene with a beach hut'
Time Out challenge 'holidays with option of no stamping'
Unstampabelles challenge 'anything but a card'
Country View challenge 'hot summer days'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'seaside, sunshine and summer holidays'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Thanks for taking the time to pop by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Zesty Sunbursts

I'm not sure where the days have gone to this month and I'm getting way behind with my blog visits again. I also had some new stamps drop through the letterbox this morning so I thought I'd better have a quick play.

This is another Penny Black called Sunbursts which I inked up with Memento inks. As I wanted to make a smaller card I cut the image down and matted it onto some nice bright card and then stamped the sentiment (which was a magazine freebie and can't remember who by). I had every intention of getting out the needle and cotton and doing a bit of hand stitching around the image but decided that a ruler and gel pen would be the better option as I hadn't got any bright coloured cotton. I couldn't decide whether to put the image central to the card or at an angle, but fate (and strong sticky stuff) made the decision for me!

I shall enter thid in the following challenges

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes with a stamp'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'
AAA Cards challenge 'stitching'
Mod Squad challenge 'sew easy'
The Artistic Stamper challenge 'anything goes'
Country View challenge 'hot summer days'
That's Crafty challenge 'zesty zing'

Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments. I will try my best to catch up with you all over the next couple of days.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Christmas Trio

What a fabulous sunny hot weekend we're having here in the East Midlands and I've been making another christmas card!

I've used another fun image from Bugaboo which I coloured with Promarkers. It's another CAS design (and flat for posting) with some silver mirrcard for matting the image, a Tattered Lace snowflake die and the sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets' (the silver mirricard was snippets)

I Love Promarkers challenge 'christmas in July'

HLS Christmas challenge 'snowflakes'

Colour Crazy challenge 'anything goes'

Noor! Design UK challenge 'christmas'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Snowballing Penguins

We're already in August and if I blink I'm certain that I'll find myself in December... so with that thought in mind I decided it was time to get on with another christmas card.

I've used a few of my favourites for this card - a fun Bugaboo image coloured with (of course) Promarkers, a Tattered Lace snowflake die and a snippet of the lovely LOTV 'frosty christmas' paper. Now I'm sure there are many of you just like me who are hoarding every tiny leftover piece of your LOTV paper pads and hoping that they reconsider and start producing them again before you use the very last sheet. They were just so pretty and fresh looking as well as a great size and quality. I used silver mirricard to matt the image and cut the die, and if you're wondering why the centre of the snowflake has Stickles on it..... well maybe I shouldn't have started squeezing the bottle before my hand had reached the snowballs!

Can you see the sun shining through the window onto my card?

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'a touch of sparkle'
As You Like It challenge 'favourite papers and why'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas'
Fab 'n' Funky challenge 'christmas'
Hiding In My Craft Room challenge 'freestyle with a twist'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'christmas in July'
Noor! Design challenge 'christmas'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'my favourite things'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'show us your gold / silver and/or an embossed background'

That's it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and I'll get round to visit you all soon.