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22 May 2015


I made this little robot at a recent workshop
run by Jane Gill at The Craft Barn.
He is made from Shrink plastic and 
a design drawn by Jane.

Sweet Cheeks has been collecting
 the school vouchers run by a super market chain and 
The Doc has been amassing some for him too.
Sweet cheeks also likes to receive post addressed
to him personally so I made this card for him
using the little robot and popped the vouchers inside.
Design papers were from my stash of freebies
and the sentiment is by Woodware.

Entering into the following challeges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #177 use up your snippets. (white card for sentiment.)
Buckwells Crafty#8 Spots or stripes or both.

20 May 2015

Patchwork Doily.

It's a new challenge over at 
my Butterfly challenge with the theme of

The starting point for this card was
the backing  which is actually the inside cover 
from a Mother's Day Card which I had 
received and was about to stash away
as I had thought it too pretty to discard.
Light bulb moment!
Would be  perfect for this challenge.

The patchwork design just lent itself to having some 
stitching added both down the side of the card and 
on the doily.
Butterflies were cut  from scraps of red card and gems
from my stash along with the pink crochet thread.
Doily is a shop bought one from my stash.
Sentiment is by Wow stamps.
The faux patchwork and the real stitching 
I think work well together.
Entering into the following challenges:
Make My Monday # Things with wings
Dream Valley #106 Things with wings
Tuesday Taggers # Sewing and buttons.
Scrap -Creations # Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin challenge #80 Anything goes + add pink.
Hiding In My Craft Room #199 Button up.
In The Pink #69 Stitching real or faux
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #177 Use your snippets.

19 May 2015

Stair Step Card.

Well we had the internet up and running for 21hrs.
It was nice whilst it lasted!!
Just managed to get back on this evening 
so will see how long we get before the orange light.
I'm so behind with every thing now. 
This card should have been shown on 1st May
but better late than never.
It's time to reveal the card I made 
For the April Swap at the
Card Chain Challenge.
I chose the colour theme to work with 
which  was  Pale pink, Charcoal and Dark pink.
I decided on another new card shape
A Stair Step Card.
and sent to Vicki in Australia.
I used the excellent instructions
I found on You Tube

Front of card.
Rose paper by Jennifer Ellory 2013
Dark pink  paper Making cards 2014
I used pale pink card stock to layer with.
Spellbinders die is  Deckled Rectangles Large.
Inside of card.
Wooden die cut flowers from Scrapmatts
Grey base card is SU cardstock

Letters created in word and printed out.
Entering into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination #33 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #227 More than one fold.
Wags and Whiskers #154 Lots of layers.
Sister Act #106 Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #80 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #10 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #262 Anything goes.
Crafty Card Makers #139 shaped cards
Love To Scrap #54 Anyhing goes. (used a stamp for sentiment).

14 May 2015

Jagged Edges 2.

Internet back on for the first time in 2 days!
My ipad also spectacularly crashed (totally unrelated)
but non the less left me a complete gibbering wreck
for the time it took my IT specialist to fix and 
 to restore calm and order to my 
already frayed nerves.  
I'm consuming large and varied glasses
of the hard stuff. 
Internet is still not fixed and 
now into lengthy talks with them
with no immediate end in sight.

So before I loose it completely
It's the 2nd week of my Butterfly challenge
Here is the card I have made for your inspiration.
Design papers are from the 'Botanical Collection'
by Prima in two colourways.

Butterfly made from a scrap of spotty paper in my stash.
Sentiment is by Wow
and the butterfly die  by Quick Kutz.
Doodled a jagged line around the edge to finish. 
Entering into the following challenges:
One Sweet Challenge # Things with wings.
Night Shift Stamping # Butterflies in your work.
Polka Doodles #19 Things with wings.
Dream Valley #106 Things with wings.
Clear It Out Challenge # Green /+green things.
Scrap Creations # Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes. 
Tuesday Throwdown #244 Add  a doodle.

I'm slowly getting round all your blogs
internet and predictive text allowing!!
Hugs Mrs A. 

12 May 2015

3 Villiages.

Internet still playing up so I'm running late.
Latest news is that they are still working on it!!

Time once again for the girls in
the Christmas Card club to show 
their creations. 
It was the turn of Rita to set the theme
and her choice was Village Scene.
This sent me scuttling off to my 
box of  used Christmas cards as I knew 
that I had several card fronts
 that would be suitable to use. 
I found 3 with village scenes but as I
couldn't decide which to use
(and my pile of Christmas cards is a bit low)

I give you 3  very  different villages.
You choose!!

The first village scene I'm calling Modern.

I made a sort of envelope style opening for the card base
which I have held closed using Faux buttons 
and bakers twine.

Blue  pearlescent card stock, Anita's sentiment
and the silver edging were from my stash.
Buttons made using  Joy Crafts die cut.

Entering into the following challenges:
A Gem Of A Challenge #144 More than one fold.
Scribble and Scrap #144 Anything goes.
Me and  Mine  #  Beat the rush.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.

My second Scene I'm calling  Traditional
and is a Tent fold shape .

I cut the scene up into 3 oblongs and then 
adhered to a red backing card leaving a small gap 
between each panel which I think gives the 
appearance of looking through a window.
I used gold pearlescent card to make the card shape.
Bow and pearls from my stash along with the 
gold sentiment sticker.

Entering into the following challenges:
Country View Crafts # Simply scenic.
Sister Act #105 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrapshack #87 Anything goes.

And Lastly my Medieval Scene.
I have had this card in my box for yrs and yrs
Many more than I care to remember.
Waiting and waiting for the right moment.
The scene is actually only half of the card.
I still have the other half saved !!
I have used yellow pearlescent card for the front 
and used my Spellbinder Labels twenty-eight
to die cut the window frame from the centre.
As the picture was a tad short, I cut the discarded 
insert down and used to create the base
for the sentiment thus covering up the slight
gap left at the bottom.
Black pearls was all I felt  was needed 
to complete the card. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Scrapper's Delights #44 Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #261 Anything goes.
Christmas Card Challenge #23 No patterned papers.
Crimbo Crackers #80 Die cuts.

11 May 2015

Springtime with Vanessa.

Great News.
They asked me to stay on at 
I am now officially on the DT Team A.  Yay!!
We have a new challenge for you  this week
which is being sponsored by 

I chose to work with this delightlful image
As always the challenge is Anything Goes.
Please pop over and see what my 
team mates have created  just for you.
You have a week to enter and we 
would be delighted to see you .

I coloured her with my  Spectrum Noir Pencils
and paper pieced her dress using a matching paper
to the backing papers all by Pink Petticoat
from their  'Isobelline' pack. I love these
papers in grey and yellow.
I used Sizzix Framelits die  657936
and the flowers are all made using a variety
of Spellbinders flower dies.
Leaves are Sizzix Susan's Garden 658413.
Yellow and grey snippets used from my stash
along with the gems and pearls for decoration.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #176 Use up your snippets. (odds of card stock for flowers)
Our Creative Corner # April showers bring May flowers.
Clear It Out challenges Anything goes.
Deep Ocean Challenge #103 Flowers.
Create and Inspire #21 Anything goes.
Fab 'n' Funky #258 May flowers.
Inspiration Destination #32 Anything  goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #226 Anything goes.
Cut It Up Challenge #70 Paper piecing. 
Fussy and Fancy #138 Lots of flowers

6 May 2015

Jagged Edges.

It's a new challenge over at 
my Butterfly challenge with the theme of
# 30 Butterlies + J is for Jagged edges.

This card is nothing like I had planned
in my head.It looked all right in there
until I started putting it together!!
Many layers later ( one to cover a mistake)
I have a card I'm fairly happy with. 

Papers  are from my stash  and torn at will.
The stamp is one of my favourites
Crafty Individuls CI - 012
Sequin butterflies, gems and twine 
All from my stash. 
Entering into the following challenges :
Craft Your Passion #260 Anything goes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #84 Anything goes with pastel colours.
Sister Act #104 Anything goes.
Catch The Bug # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #175 Use your snippets (Torn papers).
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #9 Anything goes.
Fasionable Stamping #97 Things with wings.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #3 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #3 Anyhing goes.

3 May 2015

Pointillist Colouring

Our lack of Internet still persists.
We thought it had been fixed as we
had 2 days of continuous usage  
but it was obviously  not to be. 
So the saga continues with the 
Service provider telling us no fault found!!
I am slowly going round the twist with it all and 
finding it so frustrating to manage any blogging
with the limited time a reboot  gives before
the green light flashes orange and disconnects.
I have a connection at the moment
 so typing like the clappers.

I was invited by Crafting Musketeers 
to be their GDT for May
and this is one of the cards that I made.
The Theme for the challenge is to 
Use a Die cut on your project.

I recently went to a class  to learn colouring
The Pointillist Way (using lots of dots)
 which was run by Jane Gill at 
I fell in love with the technique
and came home  and mediately
made a few more cards  in the same style. 

I used a Woodware  Stamp  'Amaryllis'
  for my image and coloured in with
 promarkers in 3 shades of pink and a grey.
Die cut is Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight.
Pink and grey toning cardstock  from stash.
Distress ink used round edge of  image.

Sentiment is also by Woodware.
Card shape is a tent fold  with a further flap at the base.
Ribbon and pearls from stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Card Makers #137 Dots.
Cuttlebug Mania # We love to stamp.
Inspiration Destination #31 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #103 Anything goes.
Simon Says Wednesdays # Anything goes.
In The Pink #68 Fussy and fancy or clean and simple.
Cute Card Thursday #371 Use a sentiment.
4 Crafty Chicks #244 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #144 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #175 Use your snippets (scrap of ribbon).

30 Apr 2015

MIL's Lace

It's the 2nd week of my Butterfly challenge
Here is some more inspiration for you.
1st up is a Side Stepper card.
Very easy to cut this shape using a ready made card blank.
You just need a pencil, ruler, sissors and Scor-pal.
Decide where you want your split to be and mark a line 
just under  half the depth of the card using pencil and ruler.
This card was 4.25 so I made my line 2.00.
Cut with sissors then open card blank out flat 
and score each side of the split using Scor-pal.
Finally fold on score lines to make the folds as shown.
I decorated the side of card using lace I had
salvaged from MIL's . I love this piece 
of lace so I use sparingly.
How and what I made the Butterflies 
from will be revealed in a future post.
Sentiment is by Hero Arts.
Gems from my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew #86 Fancy folds.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin #77 Anything goees + use some lace.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop. Use your snippets. (Lace and butterflies from snippets.)
Scor-pal #14 Spring and/or flowers. (We have an abundance of butterflies in our garden).

2nd  card 
Again uses up some of MIL's Lace.
This was a snippet of cream lace which 
I wrapped round a piece of card and matted
onto black card stock.
Card base was a ready made cream card
which I  then adhered the black card onto.
Butterfly die is by Cheery Lynn Designs DL 113AB
In order to attach to lace I drew round the butterfly 
and cut a cream backing which I first glued to
the butterfly and then using d/s tape onto the lace.
Sentiment shape is made using SU punch 
and gold sticker lettering.
Pearls from stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs #182 Anything goes.
Crafty Boots # Things with wings.
Craft Your Passion #259 Anything goes.
Aud Sentiments #130 Things with wings + a sentiment.
Crafty Catz #276 Things with wings.

27 Apr 2015

Bloomin Hot.

My last card to show you as 
Guest Designer for April over at
Thank you Fiona for inviting me . Iv'e had fun.

Both the image and paper are by 

one of the sponsors for this weeks challenge.
I coloured the image using my  Spectrum Noir Pencils
by picking out the colours in the design paper.
Card is made from Cream cardstock.
The corners were punched out using my corner cruncher
Sentiment is by Woodware.
Edges were coloured using  Deistress ink 
and pearls are from my stash.

Close up of image.
I think I'm slowly getting to grips with colouring!

Entering into the following challenges:
Love to Scrap #52 Anything goes.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Night Shift Stamping # Use a digi stamp.
Digitally Sweet challenges #137 Anything goes.
Frosted Designs # Spring.
Fussy and Fancy #137 Springtime flowers.
My Time To Craft #289 Spring flowers.
Scribble and Scrap #43 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #174 Use up your snippets (scrap of white card for wording)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends # Anything goes.

26 Apr 2015

Wish Upon A Star

Time once again for the girls in
the Christmas Card club to show 
their creations. 
It was my turn to set the theme
and I have chosen 'Stars'.
I have had these stars in my 
used Christmas card box for ages and they gave me the idea.
Card was originally going to be a Joy fold but as I
started to make I realised I would be covering up 
a large portion of the stars so disbanded the  middle flap.
I'm calling this a Half Fold Card!
Stars on white background is the reverse side of a card.
Red and gold card is from my stash.
Sentiments are Outline stickers by Daisy and Dandelion.
Large star is from a card which I centred the die cut over
to get the star in the centre of the design.
Die is Spellbinders  Marvelous Squares.

Inside of card.

As I was about to put everything away I found 
this star Embossing folder
by Crafts-too 
so made another card.
Sentiment is a gold sticker by Docrafts.

Entering the first card into the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craftroom #197 Any holiday.
Crafty Hazelnts Extra # Anything goes Christmas.
Rudolph Day # Anything goes Christmas.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #174 Use up your snippets (parts of christmas cards).

24 Apr 2015


Internet is still very adhoc.
The good news is that it has been escalated 
to service level 3 and a ticket raised
so all will be sorted!!
That was 2 days ago!!!!!!
Thank goodness I  have
 enough  cards/projects in draft form
 to keep me blogging for a while.

Whilst we wait here is 
an Anniversary card to celebrate
11 yrs which is Steel.
I wanted to keep the card quite simple 
and let the elements do the talking.

The backing paper is silver holographic
which I have been hoarding for years
and the trellis die is by Tonic from their Souree Set.
The entwined hearts
 (created by cutting one and wrapping through the other)
came from my good blogging buddy Miss Di (xxx).
The numbers came from a sheet of silver card
but there is no name on it and I can't remember 
where I purchased from .
Grey pearls from my stash.
Cream card is linen effect from The Works.
Entering into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter #120 Celebration.
Inspiration Destination #30 Anything goes.
613 Avenue Create #120 Anything goes/diamonds.
Sister Act #103 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #143 Anything goes.