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Friday, 21 October 2016

New illustrator pens from Crafter's Companion - i'm in love!!

Good morning all

I have a huuuuge(!) card to share today 
(its around 8 x 10 inches)
but I really needed the space to give this lovely image centre stage and have space for my hessian and embellies too!!

I coloured this up with the fabulous new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens that are being launched today.  I can honestly say that these are my favourite pens ever, they blend so beautifully and have a wonderful fine detail nib as well as a brush nib which blends like a dream.  It took me a couple of attempts to get it right because you need to use a really light touch, but that's no different to any new pens!  
If you colour - you need these pens!!

This is what I did

The image is an old favourite from Justinklined called Serenity a lovely summy image but also used it a couple of times before for retirement cards 

I used the following pen colours for this image

The sentiment is from a Fiskars set called Make a wish - on of my go sentiment sets - there are some lovely ones as well as a good old happy birthday - so you can't go wrong

The papers are a very old K and Co and sadly it was my last sheet of this one : (

Kraft Card fr0m Crafters Companion
Frame made with Sue Wilson's pierced Rectangle Noble dies
Hessian and flip frops i got on a visit to Michaels craft store when I was in Florida

Don't miss the shows on Hochanda TV (freeview 85/ Sky 663) where the lovely Leann will be launching these lovely pens at 10am today

Lot's more lovely new goodies following this week at Crafter's Companion birthday week celebrations
hope to see you there!

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Put a little sparkle in your life

Good morning all

I can't believe we've arrived at Wednesday again!
the weeks are just flying by
and it's time fro another challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

This week we have two themes to choose from

Shades of Grey and One other colour
Lots of sparkle

I chose to go with lots of sparkle
1 - because it's always good to have a little sparkle in your life 
2 - it's an opportunity to use my lovely Spectrum Noir sparkle pens!!

this is the beautiful 
Harleqinade - Venetian Mask
available HERE

I decided to keep the colouring very soft, first of all using my Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils - I love how easy they are to blend, then I used the clear Spectrum noir sparkle pen to highlight areas on her face and the flowers and created some sparkle and I then used another pen in the shade biscuit  to colour all of the droplets, finally i coloured her eyes in the black sparkle pen which looks really dtamatic IRL  -   I really like the whole  effect. I decided to keep it really simple to focus on the image.  Using just a frame in black card made with the Sue Wilson Noble square dies, then added the die cut 'celebrate' across the bottom corner which is also coloured with the black sparkle pen

pencils used - face - cream, vanilla, mulberry,peach, pebble, black
                       Flowers, mulberry,redcurrant,lemongrass, peach, carnation,pistachio, earth, 
                       background shading - mulberry, lemongrass, peach, black, redcurrant

The image was provided by our fab sponsor this week


who are also giving a prize of $10 to spend in store to our lucky winner 
- it could be you!!

hope you'll join in and play along this week

Judith x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Kraft or Plaid it again Sam!

Good morning all

It's time for a new challenge over at 

Winter Wonderland

There's a choice of two fun themes

Use Kraft Card or Plaid ( it again Sam!!)

I have a tag to share which uses Kraft Card

The cute snowman and embossing folder are from the Nordic Christmas range from Crafter's Companion and the Die'sire Edgebles die Wishing you a Merry Christmas

We have some great sponsors this week

Di's Digis who are offering a prize of a $12 to spend in store


Crafty sentiments 
who will give 3 digi images to our winner

This is what I did....

Image -Cool Christmas Stamp from the Nordic Christmas range at Crafter's Companion
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
Embossing Folder - Diamond Christmas form Nordic Christmas at Crafter's Companion
Cut on Gemini Die cutting machine from Crafter's Companion
Kraft card, black card and centural pearl card - Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week - look forward to seeing you there 

Judith x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

If music be the food of love.......

Good morning all

We have a lovely theme for our new challenge at 

The Paper Shelter 

my very favourite thing in the world 
(I think even more than crafting)
is music : )

and so that is our this weeks theme


I've always loved music, when I was young I sang, followed the charts, had my favourite artists, fell asleep listening to radio Luxemburg under my pillow....
now my relationship with music is different,  I still sing - anywhere and everywhere!  But my love of current music is not so great, some I like, some not so much! - But I still have my favourites, love to drive along with the radio playing, love live concerts.
This week I've been lucky to get tickets to two fabulous concerts
- my first this year!  I was giving up hope of seeing anyone.  
The first is Barbra Streisand  just announced last week and I was thrilled to learn that she is appearing at an arena in Tampa Florida when we go in November.  I haven't seen her live before -  she has been one of my all time favorites for ever! - This week I've been singing Evergreen at the top of my voice all over the house!! - just as well I have a fabulous singing voice lol.

The second one is David Gray at the Sage in Gateshead.  
A fabulous venue for this type of performance - It's an acoustic performance
I've seen him twice before and each time he was just fabulous - just as good live as on a recording.  That's just before Christmas so the Sage will be decorated for the season - I'm excited already!!

but I digress - back to the challenge and my card

Instead of  one of the lovely images from TPS I decided to use one of the paper sets
this one is called Spring Song available HERE.  It  has a lovely music print on it, and I've teamed it with music themed die cuts and pretty embellies to fit the theme

As always there is a fab prize on offer at TPS

Hope you'll play along with us

This is what I did

Papers - Spring Song 6x6 paper set
Die cut butterfly - Sheen Douglas perfect partners
Die cut musical notes and corners - MFT
Die cut lantern - Kimono from Crafter's Companion
Celebrate die cut - Sara's signature collection at Crafter's Companion
Die cut swirls - Sara's signature Collection from Crafters Companion
Die cut heart - Entwined collection by Leonie Pujol at Crafter's Companion
Sparkler - the hobby house
Ribbon and pearl from stash
Kraft Card - Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Judith x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Todays the day for little Angels!

Good morning all

Well the day is almosthere!!

tomorrow is Little Angels launch day at

Crafter's Companion

I'm sure you must have seen the gorgeous new range by now
if not you're in for a treat

Here are a couple of samples that I made
 with these absolutely adorable dies, papers, embossing folders and stamps
there are also ribbons and charms to finish the whole thing off

the first one is a large 8x8 inch card
 and uses the baby accessories and beautiful baby dies 
as well as 12x12 papers

The second one uses the adorable friendly elephant die, papers,
patchwork quilt embossing folder and the stamps and ribbon

I so loved working with this range - perfect for baby showers, baby and toddler cards
or just total cuteness!!

The range will launch on Hochanda TV tomorrow at 8pm and there's more shows on Sunday
you really don't want to miss this one!!

and finally a little catch up of our own little angel
my granddaughter Eva - she's almost 6 months old now
a real live little angel xxx

Challenges I'm entering

As you like it - favourite colour combo (pink and white of course because I'm a girl!!)
Crafty ribbons - ribbon and /or lace
Little miss muffett challenge - Anything goes
Digi designs - ribbon and or twine

Judith xx

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thought for the day! Even if you start now how many cards could you make by Christmas!

Good morning all

Sorry I don't know what happened to my yesterday's post (well I do it was still in draft!!) 
- here it is!!

Today is a new challenge day over at

and the theme is 


So  I I ask the question in a different way!

Have you got time to make all your Christmas cards this year - how many have you made already!!
If you're anything like me 
you will have started off with good intentions in January 
and on that strategy I now have maybe a 15 or 20 cards 
- but none of my special cards have been made and I certainly don't have enough.  
In reality there's a lot of work to be done between now and Christmas card D - day, 
- thats maybe 8 or 9 weeks time?-
 so with that in mind how many do you need to make each week?

Have I scared you enough to go and make a card and enter it in our challenge this week 
- I hope so lol

Here's mine made with a fab little precoloured image called

Christmas stocking - available here

We also have the incentive of  great prize this week 
provided by our sponsor 

I love this vintage style of card, some darker toned papers and distress ink - based on kraft card and you have the basics of a card.  This one was quite quick to make as the image is one of the precoloured ones - great for all those cards you're going to have to make, 

another tip.... 
- never make a card once always duplicate it as the hardest part is the design, you don't even have to use the same image just repeat the design and you have two cards in super quick time 
- I really should take my own advice!!

Here's what I did....

Image - Christmas Stocking from TPS
Papers - 6 x6 from Sara's Signature Traditional Christmas from Crafters Companion
Kraft Card - Crafters Companion
Distress ink - TH Gathered twigs and Tea dye
Die cuts - words -Christmas words from Sizzix by TH 
Holly sprig die from Wild Rose crafts
Label dies - MFT
Poinsettia die - Memory box
Sparkler from the Hobby house
Bells were I think papermania embellies
Wooden stars, gems, ribbon and twine from my stash

Hope to see a flood of Christmas cardsthis week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges from you my crafty friends - and I'm going to keep plugging away from now til Christmas!

Challengesi'm entering

Rudolph days - Christmas anything goes
Aud sentiments - Anything goes

Judith xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

Use at least two dies or show us some sparkle at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

It's time for anew challenge at 

Winter Wonderland

we want to see
Two or more dies 
or alternatively 
Lots of sparkle

I have both on this card!

Unlike yesterdays offering, this card is a favourite of mine,
 I really enjoyed making it and loved it when it was finished

Here's what i did

Images- Snowman and bunting and sentiment from Nordic Christmas collection at Crafters Companion
coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens
Embossing Folder - Christmas Jumper from nordic Christmas collection at CC
Kraft card and black card - Crafters Companion
Pine cone and branch dies from sheena douglas perfect prtners christmas dies
Snowflake die - crafters companion essentials christmas dies
other embellies from my stash
Distress inks - TH gatheed twigs and tea dye

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week 

Judith x