Monday, February 29, 2016

Return To Sender.

Time for another challenge over at 
Crafting From The Heart
The sponsor for this week

We were given some images to  use 
and I chose this 'Return to Sender' for my card.
To me it conjured up lost love  
so I made my card  vintage and shabby chic.

I printed off the envelope image and made it up into 
an actual envelope shape which I then screwed up.
After flattening out again I used some inks still on my
ink daubers to give it an aged look and just for 
good measure rang it through my Big Shot.
I think it looks like it has been round the block a bit now!
Used a cream card base and then bits and bobs still out
on my desk. Well it beats putting it all away.
The backing paper is from some sheets I marbled
a few weeks ago at craft class. The roses are die cut
from another sheet  . Green doily,canvas butterflies,
lace, green  rose shape ribbon and square pearls 
completed the look.

The theme is Anything Goes as usual
and we would love to see you entering
your projects.

Entering into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge #123 Lovely lace.
Through The Craftroom Door # Anything goes.
Tuesaday Throwdown  #282 Create your own background.
Crafty Gals Corner #60 Anything goes.
Create And Inspire #40 Anything goes.
Frilly And Funkie # Layer it up.
Inspiration Destination #74 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper Crafty #266 Anything goes.
Country View Challenges # Make your own background.
Lets Craft and Create #110 Lace and Pearls

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hot Cocoa

has a digital Stamp Of the  Month challenge.
This month the digi is' 
'Snowman and Cocoa.
It is a progressive challenge so 
if you enter in the month then the next month 
you get sent the next digi free,
I missed out January but you can purchase the image for $1.
It's as good job there are 29 days this month
as I've left it a tad late!
No excuses as I have had the digi sat on my desk for sages.
When I first saw this image  I immediately
thought of this die cut to go with it 
so just had to make a card using them both. 

It is not very clear from my photo but the diecut
is X cut's Jigsaw pieces.
I coloured the image using my promarkers and silver gel pen.
The background is done with pearlescent  blue chalk.
I stuck the whole image onto d/s sticky paper and then ran
through my bigshot.  Peeled off the backing sheet and 
proceeded to remake the jigsaw leaving the last piece out and 
sticking at an angle.
Snowflake paper is by Sally Denton and is adhered to red
card and then onto a green card base.
Green sequins to finish off. 
Sentiment is part of the snowman digi set. 

Entering into the following challenges:

Friday, February 26, 2016


It's Rudolph Day time again.
Hosted by Maureen on her 

I was determined to use this 
Penny Black stamp that I won  a while back
 on Di's blog 'Pixie's Crafty Workshop'.
I hunted around on my desk
for inspiration and my eyes lighted on some
acetate packaging that embellishments
had been in and so this  Shaker Card was born.

Base card was made from gold card stock which I
put through a Crafts -Too embossing folder
called  'Twinkle'.
As there was a small lip all the way around the acetate
I used my Sizzix Scallop Rectangle to die cut a
frame to cover so that the ds tape would not show
when  I attached to the front of the card.
I used a piece of silver glitter card stock to  make the backing
for the acetate box and enclosed Doodle Loots 
Crystal Mini Stars inside for the shaker element.
The stamp was coloured using my promarkers and fussy cut.
Sentiment created in word and also fussy cut out. 
Gold stars from  my stash. 
Close up of Caroling Duck.
Fab 'n' Funky #293 Christmas.
Addicted to Stamps #121 Die cuts (used Sizzix 657905).
Twofers Challenge #14 Anything goes.
Crafty Girlz Challenge #12 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #217 Use up your snippets (acetate packaging).
Crimbo Crackers #101 Die cuts ( used Sizzix 657905).
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra # Anything goes.
Scraps Of Life #2 Rudolph Day.
Christmas Card Challenge #12 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's #269 Cute.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Glittered Butterflies

The New Theme/ Colour
for my Butterfly Challenge is

Here is my inspiration for you.

Base  card is made from Purple card stock
which I die cut 3 different butterflies from.
I cut a panel from spare card stock to fit behind
first covering  in strips of ds tape before adhering.
With the sticky side now showing through on the front
I covered with Beadazzles in  the colour 'TuTu' and a little
silver glitter for good measure.
Both from my stash.

I used 3 strips of silver edging to divide the front
into two panels and on the left hand side
added a Japanese vase and a flower from 
silver stickers in my stash which 
I thought went well together. 

Here is a close up of the butterflies 
showing the glittery Beadazzles.

Hope you will play along with the new challenge.

Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Girlz Challenges #12 Anything goes.
Chocolate Coffee & Cards #104 Anything goes.
Creative Fingers #103 Anything goes.
Jo's Scrap Shack #126 Anything goes.
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #28 Anything goes.
Crafty Boots #  No stamps allowed.
Craft Your Passion #300 Anything goes.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


I'm continuing to loose one gain one,
loose one with my followers.
Beginning to be a bit of a cat and mouse game!
Also though I can access my Dashboard
from my Ipad I cannot see my readers list or
write a new blog post up.
Anyone  else having the same problem?
It's annoying as I like to be downstairs of an evening 
and not glued to the internet upstairs.

Right. Moan over.
It's time once again for the 
girls in the Christmas Card Club to show
our next batch of cards
Kate has chosen the Theme of
This one I freely admit had me well and truly stumped!
But as I never admit defeat
looking through my stash of used  christmas cards 
I found this picture of a  water mill which I cut down
slightly to make this new card.

I mounted onto silver glitter card and then onto 
sage green card stock ( that picked out the colours of the water)
to make the base card.
Sentiment is die cut from a snippet of the glitter card
then I simply took my silver stickles bottle and created some icicles 
hanging  from  the roofs, wheel, waterfall and the trees.
I took the picture with the card at an angle to catch the icicles.

I'm still sticking to my resolution to make one card from 
my used stash and one from my stash of
stamps, embossing folders, diecuts , digis and stencils
which I have mostly never used.!
Could I find an Icicle amongst them?
what is a snowflake if it is not an Icicle
so just keep that idea firmly in your head as I show you
my next card.!!

This snowflake E.F is by Spellbinders
M-bossibilities Winter Wonder  design B.
The empty space at the top was just crying out for a stamp.
I found this never used freebie  'Humphrey's Corner'
and sentiment (had been one long word but I cut it in half)
which I coloured with my promarkers and pearlised chalk
for the background..
Snowflake brad was in my odds tin on my desk.
The stamp had snow falling so I used liquid pearls to embellish.
Mounted onto white card and then grey pearlised cardstock.

As I was putting everything away
 I still had this freebie  snowflake EF on my desk
 that I had embossed onto a strip of white card.
Waste not want not!
10mins later a further Icicle card.

Silver Sentiment sticker and silver gems 
completed the look.

Hope your all  enjoying what is left of the weekend .
I off to do a spot of sewing now.
hugs to you all.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Candy Winner

Here is the result
of my Turkish Delight Candy.
Sorry for the delay in publishing.
I couldn't get Mr Linky to show as closed
even though controls said it had.
Sorted now.

Without further delay

The Winner is:

(9) Lia

Congratulations Lia.
Please get in touch via  the email
in my side bar. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Turkish Delight Blog Candy

Last Friday I showed you a 
5 sided Silk Embroidered Box
that I made 6 yrs ago when I first started my blog.
I said that I still had a piece of the material left 
(which is now 46yrs+ old)!

Well unfortunately I don't have it now  as I have spent
 the past week making  another  one!!

This one has the addition of some beads
on the tassels.
(The design of the box is from a 
book 'Embroidered Boxes' by Janet Edmonds
published in 2002).

Now beige inside

 There is extra crafting goodies too.

To be in with a chance  to win this embroidered box +goodies
1. Add your name to Mr Linky below.

2. Please be or become  a follower with Google Friend Connect.

3. Add this candy picture  on your side bar.

Candy will close on Friday 19th  February 11.55pm (GMT).
International followers welcome to join in. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Not as Planned.

I'm having a run of breakages at the moment.
The latest casualty being my Heat Gun!!
I went to use it last night and it was dead as a door nail.
Hence the  title of the post as this is not the card
I had planned  to show as my  latest inspiration
 for my Butterfly Challenge.
A not so quick change of plan was needed
which also nearly came unstuck when I found I didn't
have  a white ink pad  but by this time I was desperate
so 'London Fog' had to suffice instead.
on White pencil highlights for Stamping
and decided to have a go.

I used Crafts-Too you Square scalloped edge die PCD 77
and Woodware Stamp Camellia JGS 254
Th butterflies/gems and white colour pencil 
were from my stash.
Backed onto dark blue pearlised paper and a scalloped card blank.

Iv'e ordered a new  Heat Gun so watch this space
for the intended card!!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #299 Anything goes.
Love to Scrap #72 Anything goes.
Through The Craft Room Door#  Anything goes.
Addicted To Stamps #181 Anything goes.
Creative  Inspirations#345 Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #73 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #265 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #216  Use your snippets (oddment of blue card).
Crafty Girlz Challenges #12 Anything goes.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Rose Trio

I have Blog Candy in the post above.
Ends Friday 19th. 

Now this card that  I'm about to show you today 
is a bit of an odd ball because as I was making it
I kept thinking what if I do this, what if  I just add
and what if I tweak it a bit here and there,
so much so that the card is nothing like I had 
planned out in my head.
I am pleased to say though that I like it very much.

Time for another challenge over at 
Crafting From The Heart
The sponsor for this week

I have chosen to work with a digi called
'Rose Trio'

So I started with the premise that I would 
colour the image with my Papermania
water colour pencils which I did.
Then I had the notion to colour up an identical image
and place one on top of another. 
Whilst colouring up the second image I sort of thought
what if I put one behind a sheet of vellum to mute it down a bit.
It was only at this point I thought I had better go and sort through
my pink stash of papers for a paper to go with the image that 
I had already coloured twice!!
Second Phew as I found this freebie paper
by Sally Moret 2012 and cardstock in pink and green 
that matched perfectly. 
Next up I decided to cut a frame using 
Sizzix  Scallop rectangle die 657905 
which was actually  a tad smaller than my image.? 
Not to worry I thought.
 Next bright idea was to layer the design paper
 on a green base then one of the images,
the vellum ,the die cut scallop and put the second image
over the top scrunching the flowers and leaves slightly to just
 overhang the frame work.
By this time I'm on a roll so added stickles  in Diamond and Holly
 to the top roses and leaves.
The rose charm happened to be on my desk so had to get used as well.
I die  cut a small tag from the pink card and vellum  and used
a silver sticker for the sentiment at which point 
I thought enough is enough.!!!!!

You can just see in this close up the first rose  image
 covered with vellum which is behind the scalloped frame.

The theme is Anything Goes as usual
and we would love to see you entering
your projects.

Entering into the following challenges:
Create and Inspire #39 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #264 Favourite colour. (Mine is pink.)
4 Crafty Chicks #285 Bling.
Cards 4 Galz #15 Fantastic Florals.
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies #12 Anything goes,
Little Miss Muffet #131 Anything goes.
Crafting With Friends #14 Anything goes.
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #27 Anything goes.
That Craft Place #Anything goes.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine

I have Blog Candy in the post above. 

I made a love heart for The Doc for Valentine's Day
 and whilst I had everything out on my desk
made another one to show here.
This one is  much more girly!
I had a stash of cardboard heart shapes and can't  remember 
where I got them from probably the NEC.
Anyway as they have a picot edge on them
I coloured around the edges on both sides 
using a red promarker .
The red  rose design paper was an oddment in my 
stash and I had just enough to cover 2 hearts on both sides.
I distressed round the edges before gluing to the bases.

I made the roses using my Spellbinder's Rose Creations die
and then blinged it up with bits and bobs .
The word is a silver sticker sentiment which I made a little banner for.
Red paper for the roses ,ribbon , pearl, pearlescent doves  and lace 
all from my stash.
Would you believe it all the handles in my house
aren't a knob shape so I couldn't take a photo of it 
hanging up so I ended up lying it down on white card
but you get the gist!.

Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #216 Use up your snippets.
Crafting By Designs #176 Hearts.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  # Anything goes.
Scrapper's Delights #52 Anyhing goes.
Everybody Art #355 Hearts.
Tuesday Taggers # A fine romance.
Crafty Creations #308 Hearts.
Crafty Gals Corner #58 Sweethearts ( use a heart).
Create and Inspire #39  Anything goes.
Inspiration Destination #72 Anything goes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Friendly Acetate.

I hadn't quite realised how many
Custard tarts The Doc had consumed
till looking through my blue stash to make this card.

Best start using some of these box bases up then.

It is a new challlenge over at my Butterfly Challenge.

Here is my inspiration post for you. 

My card uses acetate for the front with the stamped image and blue
custard tart card in the middle and blue card stock for the back

Stamps used are SU's  'Painted Petals'
and a new stamp company to me called Heyda that make 
these little stamps which come on wooden pegs 
(very similar to Cardio stamps idea  ).
Here I have used a Butterfly which is part of a set of 6 stamps.
I stamped using two coloured ink pads and built  the image
up one stamp at a time. Sentimnet is part of the SU set.

The card open showing the middle section.
Floral paper, zig zag braid, ribbon and
silver edging all from my stash along with the 
used tart box.
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use up your snippets.
2 Creative Chicks #7 Anything goes.
Crafty Girlz Challenge #11 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a digi or stamp.
Crafting By Designs # Anyhing goes.
Scrapper's Delights #52 Anything goes.
Stamping Sensations # Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #15 Fantasticflorals.
Jades Sparkling Butterflies #12 Anything goes,
Creative Fingers #102 Anything goes.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Custard Tart Card

Every so often The Doc
buys his custard tarts from a shop
in town which pleases me as they come 
in a nice reusable box that is yellow
instead of the blue strippy  ones I normally
squirrel away in my stash. 

So what to do with the left over box?
Well with a bit of cutting ,gluing and imagination
 you could make a shaker card with it

At the local craft club last week we were making marbled paper
and one of the pieces I had made  happened to be 
yellow and pink. Just right for roses I thought!
I had left the acetate/plastic sheet attached to the front of the box so
this was ideal for the front of the shaker.. 
I adhered the base of the box to a cream blank card and then covered
up the writing on the box with a piece of the marble paper which
also served as the backing for the shaker element. 
I used my Spellbinders Rose  creations die  to cut the roses out.
Gold/silver sticker butterflies attached to the front, gold foil butterflies
inside the shaker element and a gold sentiment sticker completed the look.

I have made this as the second Inspiration card
 for my Butterfly challenge using the letter O for 
I showed you U for Undulating last week. 
If you hurry you still have time to enter.

Entering into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper Crafty #263 Anything goes.
Cards 4 Galz #15 Fantastic florals,
Jade's Sparkling Butterflies #12 Anything goes.
Moving Along With The Times #13 Things with wings.
Crafting With Friends #13 Anything goes,
A Bit More Time To Craft #13 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use up your snippets.
Scrappers Delights  #52 Anything goes,
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes,

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Textured does it.

I have  Blog Candy in the  post above.

It is #3 challenge
over with the girls in the Christmas Card Club .
Rachel has chosen today's theme
I have kept to my new  resolution to use
1 used christmas card front and 
 a stamp/supplies from my stash 
for the 2nd one. 

I found this challenge a hard one and very nearly 
ran for the hills but it was cold wet and windy
last night so I persevered!

My first card  uses an old christmas card front.
Well actually it is the second card I used as the first one
I had selected with an Owl on it just wasn't working for me.

Quite a bit of texture here.
I created a base from blue cardstock and layered up with 
a design paper from Nitwitstoo collection  'Crossteal'.
Next up was a layer of hessian that I frayed around the edges.
The next layer you can't really see is embossed with a bark effect.
 The original image I was going to use on top of it
had been cut into an oval and this one is oblong.
It looked so good I didn't want to risk cutting it down
and spoiling the effect. 
The bling and the wooden sentiment were in my stash.

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #290 All creatures great and small.
Inspiration Destination #71 Anything goes.
Ruby's Rainbow #122 Anything goes,
ABC Christmas Challenge # C is for Cute critters.
Crimbo Crackers #99 Anything goes.
Winter Wonderland # Best friends.
2 Creative Chicks #7 Anything goes.
Creative Ladybirds #12 Anything goes,

 My second card uses this Delightful
Nordic Christmas stamp by Crafter's Companion
called 'Christmas Cheer.
I fell in love with him straight away. There are 4 in the set
and I bought 2 of them. I coloured him with my Promarkers.
My texture is created by using green felt adhered
to a red card blank and then a layer of red card
which I have embossed  with a EF by Crafter's Companion
called 'Reindeer Parade'
I scruffed this up with some sand paper for more effect.
I used star stickers on his blanket for more texture.
More green felt die cut with a circle die and the wooden
sentiment by Scrapmatts was layered on top with 3D pads.
This was actually a bauble design but I removed the hanging bit
as I just  wanted the circle. (I did the same on the card above).

I finished the insid eoff with matching green card
and a left over piece from the embossed sheet. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #263 Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #215 Use your snippets (piece ofwhite card for image)
Christmas Card Challenge #10 Photo Inspiration.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
Crafts Galore # Use a digi or stamp.
Crafty Girlz #11 Anything goes.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.