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Thursday, 15 November 2018

A bit of upcycling with Winter animals

Good morning all

I've been looking for some different (and quick) ways to make some extra Christmas cards this year and remembered that I had saved some of last year's cards that I received to 'do something with' - like you do - then don't - if you know what I mean lol

So I spent a day or two making new cards out of some of the lovely cards I received last year.  I realise now that I should have taken before and fter photos but I can't do much about that now!

Here is one that I made with the challenge at

 in mind

The theme is 

Winter Animals

The original card was actually just the black and white background with the trees and 'Winter Wishes' sentiment - quite pretty and sparkly but it could have been so much more.....  see below for what I did.....

The challenge at MAWTT still has a week to run so you have plenty of time to enter your Winter Animals cards.  Sorry to Wendy, our lovely host Jackie and my teamies that I'm a week late!  I had a horrible ear infection last week and got totally mixed up about the challenge week - and I got no crafting or blogging done at all - thankfully after antibiotic, hydracortisone and seroid ear drops (7 times a day - there just wasn't enough hours in the day!!)  I'm on the mend

Here's what I did....

I made a frame with black card using Sue Wilson pierced square dies
Mounted that onto champagne coloured satin card
I then cut a new moon and Stag with a Crafters Companion die using a thin gold craft metal that I got from a Create and Craft sale day a few weeks back - I love this it has a fabulous finish

and that - as they say - is that.  It looks so much nicer than the original card and I was quite pleasd with the result -  making a card like this was definitely a bit of a novelty! - I've made a few more now - series to be continued .......

Hope you'll join in with our challenge at MAWTT


Judith x

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

When is a Fa La Llama not a Llama?! .......

.......When it's an Alpaca!

He he - good morning all

Did you see what I did there lol

I saw this fab little alpaca image was available from our sponsor this week and just had to have it!
But I really wanted her to be a Llama so I could do my own take on the lovely Llama cards that are around (in fact all over the place!) this Christmas

So forgive me Alice the Alpaca (available HERE)
you have been redisignated as a Llama lol

Sorry about the lighting on this photograph - it's so difficult these dark days to get decent colour and I ran out of time so just had to go with it- it is brighter IRL and she has pink ears and nose and blue eyes - poor Alice - she's really suffering for my art 😉

This card is for our challenge at 

our theme is 

Add an Animal

(so either an animal as the main focus or as part of the general scene - Birthdays, all sorts of ocassions and lots of scope for Christmas here - rudolph, nativity - so bring out all those lovely animal stamps

Our lovely sponsor this week is 

There are sooo many cute animal digis in the Dr Digi store - pop over and take a look and check out the Fab'n'Funky girls creations on the Fab'n'Funky Challenge blog.  I just love what everyone has done this week with these cute images

This is what I did....

Image - Alice the Alpaca from Dr Digi's house of stamps
Coloured with copics
Papers - an old papermania Christmas collection (sorry lost the cover sheet!)
Die cut hat and scarf from Sara's Cute Christmas (santa suit) at Crafters Companion
Bunting Dies - Whimsey stamps
Letter dies -Dies'ire essentials from Crafter's companion

I hope I've inspired you to join in with our challenge this week - we'd love you to help us fill our Ark!!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Boo! - are you too cute to spook - or very grown up Halloween?

Good morning all

Well the day is finally here - well that's what my grandson Jacob thinks anyway.  He's six years old and is totally taken up with the idea of Halloween, dressing up and face painting, trick or treat and everything else that goes with it.  He's had a fun week going to a National Trust Halloween night at the weekend, Apple ducking at Beavers on Monday night and finally..... the big day has arrived lol
My daughter rang me last night because he was so excited to come round to visit tomorrow after school because I told him I might have a special treat (or trick!) for him and his sister.  She was just making sure that I knew about this - to avoid disappointment lol.

Things certainly seem to have gone up a gear in the Halloween celebrations round here,  I passed a full blown graveyard in someones garden when I was walking the dog - really fun and obviously lots of work had gone into it, the painted gravestones with funny verses, bones in a wheelbarrow too!

Anyways ...... our challenge theme this week at

and our theme is 


and as expected by Jacob I  made a treat bag!

This one is much more 'grown up' than the one I made for his sister Eva - after all she is only 2!!  I used papers to decorate it from a very old pad from from MME - I hope he'll be impressed at how grown up and scary it is! - and filled with treats of course!!  I always put their names on things I make - I think kids love to see their name on a card or box, they like the idea that it's made just for them : )

This is what I did...

Box made from a peice of orange card on my scoreboard
Papers - My Minds Eye - Wicked Merchant Malvado
Label dies - Dienamics
Skeleton 'parts' - Sheena Douglass  day of the dead die
Alphabet dies - Fashion Dies from Crafters Companion
Black twine and sticker spider from my stash
velcro sticky fastener to secure the flap

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week - can't wait to see what you make!

Challenges I've entered with this card

Disdigis -Creepy or cute 3/11
Digichoosday - anything goes 6/11
Asyoulikeit - favourite autumnal or Halloween colours - orange and black!

Friday, 26 October 2018

Twice in a week - is this the new me!!

Good morning all

Well - can you believe I even made it here twice this week
- things are on the up!!

It's time for a new challenge at 

where our theme this time is 

Colour it!
( we would like to see coloured images on your card -
no precoloured toppers or just die cut cards)

I used a stamp from Imagination Crafts for this card - part of a set I bought a couple of years back that I don't think are available anymore - which is a shame because I love the simple shabby style of these stamps.  There are six of them each a similar format that are lovely to stamp and decoupage,  Really easy to do and quite effective I think

This is what I did

Stamp - from Imagination crafts - stamped 3 times and coloured and hand cut to decoupage layers
Coloured with Spectrum Noir illustrator pens
Paper from an old Dovecraft Christmas pack
Kraft card and Dark red card to mat and layer
Narrow gold organza ribbon from stash
Tag made with Sizzix scallop Bigz die 

Hope to see you over at Winter Wonderland with your  lovely hand coloured cards

Judith x

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Who's started their Christmas shopping!

He he

I bet some of you are rolling your eyes and tutting at me right now : )

Yes I've started mine - but only just.  I decided to buy one thing last week that my son had asked for and it sort of snowballed!  I have to confess I've always been an advocate of online and shopping TV shopping.  it's so much easier just to pick up your phone and order something on an app then it gets brought right to the door - no queueing, no parking or trailing round with heavy bags for me.  My hubby says - that looks like a good book - bang its in my trolley at Amazon - no messing!!

That doesn't mean I don't enjoy going to the shops to buy for Christmas - I do but in a lot more relaxed way - because my heavy bags are being dealt with by the postman  I can stroll around the aisles humming along to the Christmas songs

Soo what about the Christmas cards - second qustion - have you started
I know I've lost you altogether by now lol ......

I started with good intentions this year making one a week - that lasted until at least February so I do need to get a wiggle on, I've probably only got about a dozen so that's my next aim.  I don't make all of them - just special ones for family and good friends and any extra's are a bonus. 

I've been struck down by the dreaded lurgy this past few days - a head cold is how I'd best describe it, sore throat, not a lot of voice, light headed, aches and pains a lot of moaning and groaning - and my ears are fizzy!! - if I was a man it would definitely be man flu! When I woke up and opened my eyes on Saturday morning the whole room was spinning, I quickly closed them again and thankfully when I peeked out again it had stopped - definitely can't be doing with that - but I digress...... 

This week our challenge



It doesn't have to be a card - anything Christmas will do!

I first made this card a while ago and it was so quick and easy and a great one to use up scraps of card.  I remade a couple more this week to add to the ordinary Christmas card  pile.  It's very simply a small snowflake die cut in different card and colours and a few stars, gems and a bow - add the sentiment and it makes a pretty sparkly card

What I did....

Snowflake die - free with an old Crafter's Companion inspiration magazine
Seasons greetings die - Crafters Companion
Assorted star dies
Silver mirri card
Pale blue glitter card, white card and scraps of coloured card
Silver ink and a small bow ribbon 
and a selection of gems from my stash
3d glue gel to create a dimational wreath

Hope to see you over at Fab'n'Funky this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

The holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes 5/11
the merry Christmas challenge - anything Christmas 15/11



Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Good morning all

We have a new challenge starting today at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

our theme is 

Ribbon or Lace

My daughter asked me to make a wedding card for a friend in a shabby chic style
- always a favourite of mine - I loved ma.king this

the inside

the box

I made this card almost entirely with papers, dies, stamps and embellishments from the Sara Davies Shabby Chic collection from Crafter's Companion.  With the addition of some die cut buttons, distress inks and word dies it went together very easily - and the bride loved it!!

We have a lovely sponsor this week who will provide a voucher to spend instore at 

so you can stock up o  those ribbons and bows!

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week -I'm looking forward to seeing lots of pretty lace and ribbons 

hugs Judith xx

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Something for the man in your life!

Good morning all

Some love them - some hate them
noooo not the man in your life lol

 Cards for men!  

I have to say I quite like making 'man' cards they're a differnt sort of challenge - you have to get in touch with your masculine side and I always find that making a card that relates to the man in question makes it an altogether easier job!

So with that in mind we have a new challenge over at 

our theme is

For a Man

Here's the card I made

I made this card for a sixties loving man of a certain age!
someone who loves music, The Beatles, 
a sort of groovy baby card -if you know what I mean!!

This is what I did....

Stencil and flower and record/ record player stamps- Sheena Douglass' swinging 60's range
Assorted word and number dies to create the wording
TH distress inks 
Black card - Crafter's Companion
white card - Sheena Stamping card

I love getting messy with inks to create backgrounds, I've been having some fun with my art journal lately doing just that - not quite finished but I'll be back to share soon!

Hope you'll play along with us at MAWTT this week 


Judith xx