Monday, 18 September 2017

Shining Snippets

A quick post from me today with my snippets make. It's one of those throw together type of cards where you pick up snippets of (in this case) shiny and glitter card and die-cuts and just wriggle them about to see what happens. The image is Bugaboo which I coloured with my usual Promarkers and I stuck them all with foam pads to give that fun dimension feel to it.

I made this for the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

Passion For Promarkers 'let it shine'

Told you it was a quick post!.... Hubby is expecting me to have finished the cleaning before he gets back from his physio appointment so I'd better crack on otherwise he'll suspect I've been having a mooch around the online crafty shops (now would I do such a thing?!). Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great week.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Koala Fun

Beware, this is rather a photo heavy post!

I was looking for a Koala stamp and after checking out a few different brands I decided on a set from My Favourite Things called 'Cuddly Koalas'. My Favourite Things are running a 2017 Card Design Superstar challenge at the moment so I decided to have a play with my new stamps and join in with a couple of the categories. For both of my cards I've used the 'Cuddly Koalas' stamp set and the 'Surf & Turf' Die-namics die set. I fussy cut all the images and it took quite some time so the matching dies are a definite requirement next time I go shopping.

Here's my card for the Clean & Simple Genius category

and this is my card for the Innovation Master category which combines a slider card along with a bendy card (neither of which I've made before!)

I really enjoyed making both of these cards and was pleased with how they both turned out and I shall definitely be having a lot more fun with these adorable Koalas.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


I don't normally CASE cards but when I saw the challenge over at Time Out I knew I couldn't resist getting out a couple of my new stamp sets and joining in. For my card I used Uniko's 'background blocks halftone' and 'pure florals Cosmos' with some pearls added to finish it off.

and this is the fabulous card from Beverley Brown that I CASEd

Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate all your visits.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Snippets and Glitter

Hi to all you crafty people, I hope you're having a good start to the weekend. I've got a couple of cards to show you today which I made to try and get myself motivated while Mojo is absent.

First off I headed for the pile of card snippets and cut a few of the Memory Box 'chloe stems' die. This is one of my favourite dies that I've had for a few years now and it doesn't cut as well as it used to (no matter what I try) so I ended up getting the scissors out to snip those last little bits. The sentiment is a HLS stamp from the 'mix mash' set.

 The stems are actually more autumnal looking but in the photo the greens looks a bit blueish and the rust red looks pinkish. Who says the camera never lies?... and I did try it on various settings!

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Memory Box challenge 'falling for fall autumn cards'

Next up I've gone all glittery for my christmas card covering the card base with an Xcut adhesive glitter sheet. I used a magazine freebie embossing folder and dies from Marianne Designs, Tattered Lace and Tim Holtz.

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

Double D challenge 'glitter glitter glitter'

Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge 'sketch'

Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge 'use leaves'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'anything goes christmas + option add some flowers or foliage'

I'm way behind today as I overslept this morning so I'm off to try and get all the jobs done so that I can have a crafty play later. Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Relaxing Summer Hols

Just dashing in with a card I nearly forgot to blog - talk about missing Mojo, I reckon the brain's going AWOL as well!

The challenge over at Words 2 Craft By is vacation and the inspirational words are 'A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in' - Robert Orben. What a brilliant thought although very rarely true as there are always plenty of jobs here that need doing and no matter how many hours in the day they never get done!....  But I did take those words literally when I made my card and picked out this fabulous decoupage sheet from one of my House Mouse cds and with the addition of some paper and stuff from my stash I had my 'mice on holiday / vacation' card. They look like they're having a super relaxing day with nothing to do!

Thanks for popping by today.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Penny Black Snowman

Hi everyone, sorry not to have been visiting for a couple of days but my laptop decided to go on the blink. My very clever Hubby has managed to fix it (again) so I'm now back in business

I'm here with another christmas card this time using a Penny Black snowman stamp coloured with Promarkers with a bit of Stickles added for sparkle. I matted the image onto some dark blue card, then onto a piece of embossed card before attaching to the card blank. To finish I added a Penny Black die-cut sentiment that I cut in white and dark blue so that I could off-set to give that shadow effect.

I made this for the following challenges

Penny Black Holiday Head Start challenge 'holiday theme'

Penny Black and More challenge 'get ready for christmas'

Addicted To Stamps challenge 'christmas'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'christmas with option - add some sparkle'

Deep Ocean challenge 'fave colour combo'    for christmas cards my favourite colour combo is definitely blue and white

Thanks for taking the time to pop by today and I hope you all have a great week.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Christmas Digi

It's a glorious sunny day here and it feels a bit wrong to be posting this christmas card but I really do need to get some more made before I end up all in a dither come December.

On a recent clean out of my digistamps I found this lovely image from 'the Paper Shelter' called 'Hope' which was given away as a freebie at christmas a couple of years ago, so I thought it about time to be printed off. I used Promarkers to colour, LOTV papers, TH stitched oval and snowflakes dies, with some ribbon and pearls to finish. Looking at the photo I've just realised I forgot to add some Stickles so will have to do that later.

I'm entering this in the following challenges

The Paper Shelter 'pearls. gems and/or enamel dots'

ABC Christmas 'P Q and R for people, quick and/or red'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas 'anything goes christmas + option use something old'

That's Crafty 'only cards'

Well that's enough frostiness from me.... I'm off outside to enjoy the weather before those snowflakes become a reality! Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great week.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Rudolph Day and My happy Mail

Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a great weekend and looking forward to the extra day Bank Holiday if you're lucky enough to be having one. Yesterday I receieved some 'Happy Mail' from the lovely Mia in Greece.... I was very lucky to win the Name Day candy she had on her blog Craftartista and she sent me a parcel full to overflowing of so many wonderful goodies so I set to last night and made a card using some of the stamps and ribbon.

I shall head over to the August Rudolph Days challenge with this

I thought you might like to see the parcel I received

... and to show you how many wonderful goodies she managed to pack in there I've made a photo collage. There is so much - ribbons, lace, buttons, stamps and lots more, as well as her own crochet work, some shells she had collected from the beach and last but not least a packet of greek coffee which is bubbling on the stove as I type. Thank you so much Mia for all these fabulous goodies.

Mia is new to Blogland so it would be lovely if you could pay her a visit and say Hi to her and also see the crafts she makes.

Thanks for popping by today and taking the time to leave a comment . I'm just off now to do a spot of tidying up in the garden while the sun is shining, so I'll be round to visit you later.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Spell Book

I'm back again... two posts in two days and I bet you're as surprised as I am!

Truth be told I woke up just after 6am and could not get back to sleep so I lay in bed trying to think up ideas for cards and the challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations with the theme 'world of witches and wizards' came to mind. I knew I had this image on my House Mouse CD and also some papers from Bearly Mine Designs (sadly no longer trading) that would be perfect and decided to make a spell book. I printed an extra image so that I could layer it up and I cut the letters with a Memory Box die but just before sticking them I decided to substitute the 'o's with some googly eyes and I think it looks much more fun.

and here's a close up to show the decoupage

and this is the inspiration photo

I actually enjoyed making this and you never know I just might (or might not!) get around to covering the rest of the notebooks I bought for pennies in the sale a couple of years ago

..... Oh and before I go I just want to mention that the lovely Darnell has announced her next NBUS challenge will run from September 24th to October 4th so get ready to break out your NBUS and just in case you didn't know that is 'never-before-used-schtuff'

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hoots and Squeaks

At the moment I seem to be just 'putting cards together' rather than having any real enthusiasm for what I'm doing and here are two that I made for challenges to try and get me motivated. I'm hoping that now the weather is getting colder Mojo might decide to return home and stop all these silly hide and seek games and give me some proper inspiration!

Anyways here's my first card using an NBUS Woodware stamp I managed to pick up on sale a few months ago. I used my usual Promarkers to colour him and added some googly eyes for fun. The paper is two leftover pieces that were from one of my CDs - can't remember which as they've been in the 'bit' box for over a year now - and I found the sentiment in the 'recycling' box

This is for the following challenges

Allsorts 'forest friends'

Penny Black and More 'all creatures great and small

Stamping Sensations 'anything goes'

Now for my second card which I made using one of the decoupaged images from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse CD I had already made up. Luckily I've still got a fair few of these left from when I had a mad printing, cutting and sticking phase some time ago. So with the addition of Dovecraft paper, 'happy birthday' and balloon dies and a piece of bakers twine I have another card.

and this is for the following challenges

In The Pink '5th birthday so anything goes'

Card Mania 'party'

and as the dies were cut from snippets I shall skip over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to see the Playmates

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you all have a great week.