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Thursday, 23 June 2016

There's a male thing going on at Fab'n'funky challenges this week!

hi all

We have a topical challenge going on at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

our theme is 

For Men and Boys

So with all those Fathers day cards you have been making you must be something you show us so you can join in with our challenge !!

My card was made for my nephew's 21st birthday
using this fab image called 

Octoberfest Otto 
from our fab sponsor Dr Digi's house of stamps 
available HERE

and this is the inside of the card using 
some lovely Anna Griffin male themed stamps

the prize this week from Dr Digi's house of Stamps 
is 2 images of the winners choice.

This is what I did

Image - Octoberfest Otto from Dr Digi's house of stamps
inside images- from Anna griffin male themed stamps
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and pens
Papers from MME
Kraft card from Crafters companion
Assorted dies - that I can't remember lol

hope to see you playing along with us this week 



Friday, 10 June 2016

Happy birthday Winter Wonderland!

Good morning all

Well I'm back from my travels (yes I know again!) We've had a lovely couple of weeks, first up to beautiful Northumberland to drop off our youngest son on  his activities holiday at Keilder Water, I think Northumberland is the most beautiful county in England (IMHO!!) the gorgeous countryside, rolling hills, vast waters and then the beautiful coastline - it really is spectacular with lots of historical treasures to visit too.  We then drove from there to Edinburgh to spend a couple of days with our older son Matthew and the weather was just gorgeous, while England was languishing in the cold unseasonal weather Scotland was having their turn of temperatures in the 20's.  When we drove home it got colder and colder as we crossed the border - quite bizarre really.  But that was ok we weren't here for long!! After 2 days at home we flew off for a lovely trip to Rome with some good friends - some very good friends! - we discovered quite by chance while talking that it was our 40th friendship anniversary this year!! - We've all been friends since we were at school, oh where has the time gone.... So we had a drink or two in Rome just to celebrate properly.  It's taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things at home but I'm getting there.

but I digress......

The team at 

is celebrating this week
its our 7th birthday!

and we're having a lovely challenge just for the occasion

Add a ribbon and a bow

I'm using an image for my card from one of our lovely sponsors

this is Christmas Poinsettia  from
A day for daisies 

Can you see the lovely sparkle on my card!
I coloured this lovely image with my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens
- and I even managed to get the sparkle in my photograph too

This is what I did

Image - Christmas Poinsettia from a day for daisies
Coloured with spectrum noir sparkle pens - hearthside, boudoir and olive jade - and clear sparkle around it to pullout the colour slightly around the edges
Embossing folder - Sheena Douglas Christmas greetings embossing folder
Card - to colour onto - Sheena's stamping card,
           embossed TH vintage from Die'sire
           black card from Crafters Companion
Ribbon from my stash 
Jewel - creative expressions

Hope you'll join in with our celebration this week
we have lots of lovely sponsors

who are giving a prize of £10 to spend in store

who are giving a prize of £10 to spend in store

whoa re giving a $12 voucher to spend in store

hope we see you at 

 this week!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Sending some flowers

Morning all

This is just a quick call in between holidays and weekends away lol!

I've totally lost my crafting blogging thing these last couple of weeks and luckily had this card
 pre-made to use for my DT card for the challenge at

The Paper Shelter

where our theme is 

Flowers everywhere

This is using another of the lovely precoloured images and papers from TPS
she is called Charming Spring Girl and is available HERE.

I used the whole preprinted image and paper printed onto card, mounted it onto kraft card then fussy cut the image of the little girl and mounted it with 3d glue gel (it's sort of curved and looks really good on the card - though it doesn't photograph well)  I inked the edges of the card and the image with TH teadye DI for a vintage look - it goes well with these colours I think.  ThenI added from die cut flowers. butterflies and leaves cut from Crafter's Companion dies and also coloured them with distressed inks in, coral, wild honey and moss green.  The entiment is from the free set in the latest CC inspiration magazine - then finally finished off with a few gems and a cute little charm. - using these printed images is very quick and easy but allows you to add your own creativity too

hope you'll join in with our challenge
as always its a fab prize
see you there!

We're off on our travels again tomorrow for a lovely weekend with friends in Rome - the downside is the flight is 7:15 in the morning - I hate early flights lol.  I'll be back on Monday with a brand new mojo - lots of ideas are there just needing to get out - so watch this space!!

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

I feel charming - oh so charming

It's alarming how charming I feel.....!

Good morning all

Well depending how old you are or how many musicals you have watched - you'll be singing your head off now and I have just planted your song for the day firmly in there.

For those who don't know the song is I feel pretty from West Side Story - just to put you out of your misery - I'd hate to keep you wondering lol

And the reason I feel so charming is because that's our challenge theme at 


The card here isn't the card I started to make!! - I had another one of those days yesterday ( on top of still catching up after my hollies)  I spent the day in hospital with my son Tom who was having some dental work done as a day patient under general anesthetic - on the bright side I got lots of knitting done for my new granddaughter Eva as I wiled away the hours, on the minus side I was wrecked when we eventually got home and just couldn't be bothered to finish my colouring that I had started the day before.  - but that's where good old precoloured images from TPS come in very handy.  I had printed this one off ages ago just to have on standby as a quick card
- and this was just the occasion to use it!

This pretty girly complete with background paper is Melody
 - available Here

I simply printed the image twice and cut the image and star out and decoupaged for a 3d effect.  I had added "just a note to say" in word before I printed it and after that I simply inked the edges with TH DI in Tea dye added the die cut musical notes from a MFT die - cut in black card and I had that cute little guitar charm that I tied with a piece of twine.  The inside has the matching paper ready to stamp a sentiment - nearly all images from TPS come with all these elements along with the lined image that you can colour.  Check them all out here if you've never seen them before - I often use them for a quick make.

As always we have a fab prize at our challenge

Well I must be off - today's not much better than yesterday - it's dog operation day today, our dog Glenn has to have a big operation because he has a ruptured cruciate ligament, I don't have to spend the day with him but its a journey to the specialist orthopedic vet and back .... and the worry : (

Hope you have a lovely day whatever you're doing

Judith xx

Friday, 13 May 2016

Don't you just love a snowman lol

Hi again

We'll I'm sort of getting there - late again but on the right day!!

We have a new challenge at 

Winter Wonderland

our theme is 


it's my turn to host and I chose the theme because Snowmen are my favourite Christmas card theme!

This is Snowman Couple from Crafty Sentiments Designs
Available Here

We have two lovely sponsors for this challenge

who are giving a prize of 3 digi images

The Craft Barn
With a prize of £10 to spend in store

This is what I did...

Image Snowman Couple from Crafty Sentiments designs
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens BT1,3  CR1,7,9  CG2,4  BGR1
and Spectrum noir clear sparkle pen
Papers - MME Winterwonderland
Easel card made with Die'sire card base die -Rosie
Snowflake dies - Crafter's Companion Die'sire dies
Sentiment - Die'sire only words Christmas Edgeables 
Card, sparklers and sparkle paper from my stash

If you start now making a Christmas card a week from now until Christmas you'll be well on your way to being organised - that's why I love being on Winter Wonderland DT! - I get to work with great teamies and organise my Christmas too - win win

Hope to see your snowman card thi week!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A new baby, child's card at Fab','Funky Challenges - and please send help lol!!

Hi all

Well I'm home from my hollies in Florida at last - no crafting for almost four weeks and home to four weeks of post and answer phone messages - oh my - please send help!! 

 I can't believe how much stuff accumulates while you're away - and the longer you're away the more there is, I've spent all my time catching up with it all for the last few days along with catching up on life and most importantly meeting my new grand daughter - who was also born while we were away!!
Life at home certainly doesn't stop that's for sure

So here she is 
Miss Eva Elizabeth Todd she arrived 10 days early at 6lb 4oz - so tiny!!

I've only just got my crafting act back together tonight - hence my late DT card!!

So here it is my card for Fab'n'Funky Challenges
where our theme this week is

For a Child

chosen and hosted for us by our lovely Helen

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Bugaboo digi stamps
who are providinga fab prize of 7 digis for the winner

I chose this image because it is so simple and cute - and because it reminds me of my grandson Jacob
who is 4 years old and wears totally cool glasses!

this is Kids pocket topper - glasses boy from Bugaboo digi stamps

I love when a simple card comes together and this one was so easy!!
I decided to take the easy route on the colouring too and used my Spectrum Noir aquablend pencils - you might call it a cop out!! - I call it a great use of my time and I just love these pencils and the watercolour effect

This is what i did

Image - Kids pocket topper from Bugaboo digi stamps
Coloured with Spectrum noir aquablend pencils - coral, apricot, ruby, black umber. sorrell, beeswax
Papers - MME meadow lark
Coloured card - Core'dnations
banner - Diesire from Crafters companion
Letters - Tim Holtz for sizzix - vintage market
Sentiment created in word

Hope you'll join in with us at Fab'n'Funky this week

Judith x

Friday, 29 April 2016

We want to see white on white cards at Winter Wonderland Challenge (29/04/16)

hi all

We have a fab new challenge for you at 

Winter Wonderland

another marmite theme I think 
(love it or hate it!!)

White on White

as with most WOW cards I make I have chosen to use dies and dry embossing and lots of layers - pop on a bow and its done!  I find this quite a quick easy way to make a quite sophisticated looking card - I always think they look like they take a lot more effort than they do!

we are sponsored this week by the lovely Bunny Zoe's Crafts
who we are all sad to see closing
the prize is a £10 voucher to spend in store and as there is a sale on with 30% off all stock yous should be able to buy lots of goodies 

This is what I did

Christmas tree greetings die from Sue Wilson
cut in white card then again in glitter paper and offset layered
Opulent Corner dies from Crafter's companion Downton Abbey range
Embossed card using Crafter's Companion Elements snow embossing folder
Pierced squares cut with Sue Wilson's Pierced noble square dies
Sparkle embellie on bow from creative expressions
Ribbon, gems and pins from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Alphabet challenge - E for embossing
Creative knockouts - lots of layers
Southern girls - texture