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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Red and White Challenge at delightful challenges - Just right for a sunderland girl!!

Good Morning blog friends

I'm back again this morning with a card for the challenge over at

Delightful Challenges

Delightful Challenges

The theme of our challenge this week is 

Red and White

Just the right colours for this Sunderland girl - the colours of our football team
I'm not a big football fan but my Dad was Sunderland through and through!
So this ones for you Dad xx

Our sponsor this week is
Crafty Ribbons

and this is the fab prize!

I decided to use one of the new release images for this month
Its the cute - love you this much monkey - available here

I decided to keep this fairly simple keeping the focus on the image and I think it worked out ok

This is what I did.....

Image - love you this much monkey from Digital Delights
Coloured with Copics (E70, E71, E74, E04, R32, R25, R27, R29))
Heart circle - spellbinders heart circles (with a circle cut out of the middle to make it just a border)
Hear die cut - spellbinders nested hearts die
Hearts - from the cut outs of the heart circle
Heart charm -inky Impressions
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage

There are some wonderful red and white creations over on the Delightful challenges blog - hope to see you joining in with us

Challenges I'm entering with this card

crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
Sassy studios - love/valentines
paper pretties - square cards
ruby's rainbow - valentines
stampavie and more - love

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Shoe, Shoes, shoes! - Fab'n'Funky's challenge was made for me!

Good morning all

We have a great new challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges today 
set by our gorgeous Rachel
The theme is 


This can either be the main focus or featured on your card

This challenge was just made for me - the Imelda Marcos of the North East!! - Though I have to confess I don't have any quite like the beauties on my card today!!

My card features what I think must be the most iconic shoes I can think of 

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz

I used Delightful Dotty from Digital Delights 
who are sponsoring our challenge today

I have toned her shoes to match the card - so they are more of a dark pink than red.  I was trying to get the sparkle when I photographed this and they look pinker than in real life, they're really a dark pink - but at least I got the sparkle!

I was trying to think of an original sentiment for this card and finally decided that 
- Theres no place like home 
-actually makes it quite a nice new home card!

This is what I did....

Image - Delightful Dotty from Digital Delights
Coloured with Copics
Paper - LOTV -
Dies - swirl from Memory box, Flowers and Chevron from Dienamics
Circle Dies from -Spellbinders
Pearls and gems - Kaisercraft
Buttons - Papermania
Sentiment - Produced in word
Butterfly punch - Woodware
Sparkle! - Pink tourmaline glitter glue from Martha Stewart and Diamond Stickles

Hope you all are enjoying the sunshine today!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Nutcrafters - Cute and girly
Pennys challenges - for the girls
Paper Pretties - square cards
The Perfect sentiment - Anything goes with a die cut
Simon says - anything goes
Creative card crew - girly
Die cuttin Divas - anything goes - with a die cut

Judith xx

Sunday, 27 January 2013

A little gem from Whimsy Stamps and a big op for Glenn!

Good morning all

Well at last the snow has gone and its a little bit warmer this morning - thank goodness.  Its been an awful week weather wise and for me too!  I don't think my feet have touched the floor this week so many things have been going on.  The thing that's taken most of my time has been my poor dog Glenn having to have an operation on his leg because he ruptured his cruciate ligament.  Its been a bit of a week because the vet I had to take him to isn't my normal local one so there's been a lot of tooing and froing on top of the normal life things like going to work! - there wasn't much crafty time left over.  In fact I'm back off to the vet again this morning to have him checked over, then at least we get a break before he goes back to have the staples remove in 10 days.  He's such a good dog we've been doing his "physio" exercises and massages and he just gives you a look as if to say - ok whats happening now.

Anyway I did manage to  get this card finished just to squeeze in at the end of the week - luckily it was part made before all the  trips to the vet fun started 

I used another of Marika Collins little gems for this card - I love these little girls with their big eyes and messy hair - they're perfect for little girls and teens.

This cutie is called Alex and she's available here 
I think she's just perfect for those tweeny girls but would make a fab valentine too

This is what I did....

Image - "Alex" from Marika Collins at whimsy stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prisma pencils
Papers - are from MME but I can't find which one - sorry
Sentiment - From a kanban set
Butterfly punch and border punch - Martha Stewart
Corner dies - Whimsy stamps
Flowers and leaves - spellbinders ditzy blossoms
Shaped frames - spellbinders - labels ten
Gems from my stash

Must rush - off to the vets again!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Dream Valley Challenges - girls girls girls
Totally gorgus - Flowers
Simply create too - anything goes
Sparkle and glitter - the Rick st Dennis Challenge - anything but square
Stampin for the weekend - Girlie
Copic markers Europe - Anything goes
Charisma cards - hearts and flowers


Judith xx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Thinking of you at Delightful Challenges

Hi again

Here I am with my second post of the day - this time for Delightful Challenges

Our theme for this week is

Thinking of you

I chose to use this cute digi Boo Boo bear available here 
and the cute sentiment from the Romance sentiment set available here

This is what I did ......

Image - Boo Boo bear from Digital delights
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Sentiment - Romance sentiments set
Paper - My minds Eye - so sophie
Dies - flowers, tag  and trellis - Memory box
Scalopped circle - Spellbinders
Heart - Mariannes 
Butterfly and corner - Elegant butterflies from Whimsy stamps

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Digistamps for joy - anything goes
Charisma cardz - hearts and flowers
Happy campers - flowers and digital
Little miss muffett - Hearts and flowers
Crafting by design - polka dots
Stampin royalty - Polka Dots 


Judith x

Lets see some bling over at MAWTT this week

Good morning all

I hope this morning finds you warm and dry - we have been fortunate in that we haven't had too much snow - it hasn't brought things to a standstill like it has in other parts of the country, but I could do with some sunshine now I think!

We have a really bright and happy challenge over at Moving along with the times this week, our talented teamie Sue has decided to cheer us all up with a fab challenge 

Bling it up!!

That means any amount of glitter, gems,charms, pearls - bring it all out and stick it on a card lol

Here's my blingy card complete with pearls, glitter and stick pins

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by 

this week and got some cute digis to play with 

Here's what I did....

Image -from Russia Set from Digi my World
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers - Portobello Road by papermania
butterfly die - Whimsy stamps elegant butterflies
Border - cut from frame bu Marianne
Pearls and stick pins from my stash
gingham ribbon from my stash
Red glitter - Martha Stewart glitter glue

There are some fabulous cards over on the DT blog - go on over and have a look at the fab cards the girls have made and bring your very blingy card with you

Challenges I'm entering with this card.....

CRAFT challenge - valentines / love
Craft us crazy - Love/ valentines Red
Dutch dare challenge - things with wings
The paper shelter - Anything goes


Judith xx

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tag it! at Delightful Challenges this week

Hi Blog friends

A big welcome to my new followers this week - its lovely to have you call on me - I hope you will find something to inspire you

My card today is my DT card for the new challenge over at 

which is

Tag it!

In other words make a tag or use a tag on your card 

We have a wonderful Sponsor this week
Oh My Crafts

I used this cute little guy - called  Handy Harry - available here   -  I just love him!
He's going to my husband for his birthday from my son - I might put DAD on the fence in Die cut letters - I'll have another look at it for his birthday next week - but i'm quite happy with it as it is 

I tried a different method of blending and colouring with my copics that I saw along my travels - it turned out ok but was a bit messy and in the middle i had my doubts as to whether it needed a rescue job lol  but you have to give these things a go sometimes! 
 - think I might just go back to my tried and tested

Here's what I did...
Image Handy Harry by digital delights
Happy birthday sentiment - from Digital Delights
2 U - produced in word
Cooured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Circle dies - spellbinders
Fence die - Whimsy stamps
Zig zag die - My favourite things
Tool charms - inky impressions
String - From my garden shed!!
Papers - from a nameless 12 x12 pack in my stash! (could be a K& co)

There are some fabulous cards over at the blog at Delightful challenges - hope we see you there

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Bearly mine  - Anything goes
LEJ designs - use metal
Tip top tuesday - fur or feathers
created with love - critter birthday -  top 3 21/01/2013!!
Pennys papercrafty challenge - Teddys


Judith x

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Fab'n'Funky challenges get moving challenge

Good morning all

Its time for another challenge over at Fab'n'Funky and as we're all just getting into the swing of things this new year and with all our good intentions to be slimmer. fitter, more on time!! - whatever 

Our challenge this week chosen by our fabulous shirley is

Get Moving

We are lucky enough to have a fabulous new sponsor this year 

and all the DT girls got to choose an image for this challenge

Mine is a bit of a tongue in cheek interpretation of this challenge - its teenage style get moving

and here he is
Texting teen

I already had this digi stamp from Mayzyart - I bought it because I knew I would be able to use it so many times for tenage boy cards - always such a difficult card to come up with I think.

But this one is just perfect - its so current and even a teenage boy might actually like this
- a tall order I know but it might just happen!!

This is what I did...

Image -Texting teen from mayzyart
Colured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Lettering and tag cut with sizzix dies
Papers  MME
Gold raffia - from my stash
Sentiment - from a dawn Bibby set (I think!)

Challenges I am ntering with this card

Mayzyart - anything goes
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Digi darla - anything goes (also they are having a DT call)
Forever friends monthly challenge - birthdays
Make my monday - punches and die cuts
Ooh la la creations - birthdays
Allsorts challenge - dies and punches

See ya l8tr!!

Remembrance by Fairy Dust Images - Whimsy stamps challenge

Good morning blog friends

Today is the first challenge of the year over at Whimsy Stamps and the theme is

Fancy Edges

there are 3 fab prizes up for grabs this month
A gift certificate, 5 Digi's and a rubber stamp
But remember!
You have to be in it to win it!! 

I've chosen this gorgeous image to work with

It is from Fairy Dust Images at Whimsy Stamps 
and is called 
available here

a close up of the image

I loved this image when I first saw it - I love "wings" but I couldn't quite decide what to do with it.

Sometimes inspiration comes in the strangest, saddest ways and that is where mine appeared for this card.  My husbands uncle had been very ill and died just after New Year and I knew this was the perfect image to use for a card to give to his auntie.  I don't think this image is necessarily suitable for this type of card for everyone - but I knew it was just right this time.  Auntie Joan is someone who really loves arty crafty things and I ways make sure that I make her special cards which she always loves, so I felt sure that she would see my thoughts and prayers that came with this card.

This is what I did

Coloured with - copics
Sentiment - Produced in word
Die cuts - Marianne large ovals by Petra (thanks Vicky for the inspiration!)
Papers - MME Market
Distress ink - Tea Dye from Tim Holtz
Flowers - wild orchid crafts
Gems in centre of ribbons - Prima say it in crystals from Oyster crafts
Other gems from my stash
Ribbons from my stash
Leaves cut with Martha Stewart punch

There are so many gorgeous cards that the DT have made for your inspiration this month - go on over to whimsy stamps and have a look at cards my talented teamies have made

Challenges I'm entering with this stamp

Digital Tuesdays - flower power
Tuesday throwdown - frame it
Artistic inspiration - anything goes
Crafty cardmakers blog - create a fairytale scene

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Whimsy Stamps inspiration post -Maya from Marika Collins

Good morning my lovely friends

And a special welcome to my new followers - its lovely to have you visit me and I hope you'll find something here to inspire you.

I have a card today that I made with one of the lovely girly stamps
 fom Marika Collins over at whimsy stamps 

Her name is Maya and you can find her here

I decided to go for a bit of a grungy look - she looks like she might be a grungy cool kind of girl lol.

this was the card that i was originally going to post for My time to craft last with with all my fab new craft goodies from christmas - only to discover that that wasn't the challenge at all!

I got some fab new copic colours one set being E70, E71 and E74 that I really liked the look of for things like a darker neutral jeans colour and also for animal furs - perhaps teddies, I like these type of colours. Anyway off I went colouring away when the darkest of the colours just splodged a huge dollop of ink out - I couldn't believe it!! I think I managed to rescue it quite well - it was on the knee area but don't you just hate when that happens - my "sharp intake of breath" ( I did manage to restrain myself quite well!!) could probably be heard for several miles around lol

Anyway here's what I did ...
(and details of my new goodies)

Coloured with- copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - MME - Lost and found blush
Circle dies - spellbinders
Pearls (coloured with copics to tone) 0 from my stash
Ribbon - carnmeal cottage
.....and my new goodies
Corner set - Whimsy stamps
Butterfly - elegant butterfly set from Whimsy stamps
Tags (including birdie and "so tweet" sentiment ) - notched tag set from Dienamics
Sentiment - from the grunge birthday set at lili of the valley

wasn't I a lucky girl - Santa was very good to me!

Hope you like her 

I'm entering the following challenges

Paper crafting journey - Anything goes
My heart pieces - getting girly
Happy Campers -Buttons beads and bows
CCEE - new toys
allsorts challenge - dies and punches

Have a great weekend everyone 


Judith x

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Delightful challenges - Hearts

Hello again

Here I am with my second DT card of the day for Delightful Challenges
Scroll down if you're looking for my MAWTT DT card
Today is new release day at Digital Delights
we have the cutest little digis over there all ready for you to make your cards for Valentines day
and we have a brand new challenge to go with it

This weeks challenge theme is


I've used this cute little digi called 
Beatrice Bee available here 
The new bee mine sentiment set available here

We are sponsored this week by 

who are offering a great prize of a $15 gift certificate

This is what I did.....

Coloured with copics 
Glitter - Martha Stewart glitter glue
Paper - MME meadowlark
Dies -small hearts and label - Dienamics
         large layered heart - Marianne
         Scalloped oval - spellbinders
Ribbons - from my stash

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Divas by design - anything goes
Crafty Creations - something new (new digi/sentiment and heart dies)
Craft room Challenge - valentines
Incy Wincy -something new (new digi/sentiment and heart dies)

Floral delights challenge at MAWTT

Good morning all

We have a fab new sponsor over at MAWTT 

are sponsoring us this week 
for our

Floral Delights Challenge
(anything with flowers)

The DT girls got to choose a sponsor digi to use in this challenge and I have to say I was delighted with the gorgeous floral images we had to choose from - they are all so pretty - and there's some fab inspiration on the shop website too - you really should go on over and take a peek

I chose the gorgeous Morning Glory digi to work with - I love morning glory - they are just so pretty - it also reminds me of a lovely novel I read years ago of the same name - by Lavyrle Spencer -  I remember the story so well - just a simple tale, set just after the depression in America, that has stayed in my memory for all these years, a real old fashioned love story beautifully written
 give it a try if you love this sort of story - I'm sure you'll love it
 for me the book and the flower always remind me of each other!

Anyway back to my card, I kept it really simple to keep the focus on the image, I always think images like this look so much better kept plain and simple 

This is what I did....

Image - Morning Glory from a Passion for stamps
Coloured with copics
Happy birthday stamp - from  Anna Griffin flower set
Die cut behind sentiment - spellbinders
Die cut corners - whimsy stamps
Card - from my stash

There really are the most gorgeous cards on the MAWTT blog this week
 - go on over and be inspired - after all spring is just around the corner!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC challenges - clean and simple
Crafty bloggers network - flowers
Whoopsi daisy challenge - die cuts
crazy challenge - no design paper

Judith xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Our first challenge this year at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - Its Winter!

Good morning blog friends

Well I recon Jackie got it just about right when she set this weeks challenge over at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges


she said!
and winter it is!

Our first really cold day this year and I don't like it one little bit!

The best bit about this challenge is the really virtuous feeling I got having made my first Christmas card this year - I'm really full of good intentions(aren't we always at this time of year)
I'm going to try to make a Christmas card every other week for the rest of the year
Not even every week - I don't want to be too ambitious after all lol

We have two fabulous sponsors this week at Fab'n'Funky challenges

Our regular first prize sponsor 

Who is regularly sponsoring our challenge this year with a special first prize 


I chose a really cute digi fom
over at Whimsy Stamps 

She is called 
Raggedy Girl Sled and is available here

I was actually feeling a bit down about not making Christmas cards
- because no matter how busy it can be 
they really are the very best cards to make 
you can go totally OTT with the sparkle and bling like no other time of the year!!

So I decided to have a real glitter and sparkle fest with this one and I got to use those gorgeous glittery snowflakes that didn't even make it out of the box and onto my last years card - what a waste!

This is what I did....

Digi stamp - Raggedy girl sled from Stampart by Kathryne
Coloured with - Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers -  recollections blue Christmas from Michaels
              the blingy snow flakes and words are also from recollections
Die cut snowflakes - Dienamics dies
Die cut frame - spellbinders labels ten
Ribbon and check card  from my stash
Pearl sticks - cut from pearl sticks from Wild orchid crafts
Glittered with - Diamond stickles

So if you want that virtuous feeling that a Christmas card in January can bring come on over to 
Fab'n'Funky challenges this week and bring a winter card with you - see you there!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Canyoudigiit - sparkle
Crafty sentiments designs - sparkle / glitter
Creative card crew - snow and ice
The ribbon carousel - winter spirit
The ribbon reel challenge - snowman or snowflake with ribbon/twine/trim
Crazy4challenges - ribbons and bows
Dis digi design challenge - try something new - new sparkly snowflakes


Judith xx

Saturday, 5 January 2013

All about the New at My Time to Craft Challenge Blog

Good morning blogfriends

Well here we are at the first weekend of 2013 with the first challenge of the year for MTTC.  which is

All about the New

I have to confess that I didn't do very well with this challenge - totally because I didn't read it properly!- something that all bloggers who enter challenges suffer from from time to time!!  For this challenge the new can be New Year, new baby, new house but NOT new stash - and that's where I went wrong - when I read the challenge I though it said and new stash - so off I went and made my card - which is not the one I've posted here!!  I made a lovely card with lots of my new goodies that i got from santa - lovely new colours for my copics, new dies and a lovely stamp - but totally wrong for this challenge!!

 - so be warned - NOT new stash.

I managed to find a card that I hadn't posted before that fit that challenge perfectly - something I made ages ago, the card was really lovely and sparkly and shiney - the photo is terrible - and for that I must apologise. I've always photographed my cards - long before I started to blog just to serve as a reminder if i want to make something similar again, and this was just a quick snap really!

   It was so last minute when I went to post the card - even though I hadn't rushed to make it -that I didn't have time to make another on top of that my mojo isn't doing very well at the moment - I think he's still on holiday, along with my craft stuff which was also put away for the holidays, I just can't seem to get it together all at the minute - hopefully I'll get it right soon!!!

anyway onto my card

This is what I did (from what I remember)....

Card  -  made from plain blue card, white card and silver miri card - layered together
Lettering -  cut on Slice die cutter (which I borrowed to try out a while ago)
Labels and congrats  - also die cut on slice
Edges done with a martha stewart edge punch
Baby sticker, ribbon and button - from my stash

It really was a very easy card to make. I decided not to go with the slice and bought a cricut expression instead. Though to be fair the slice is very portable, easy to us, good for layering and I could have found a home for it among my craft tools and I think its a lot cheaper now than it used to be (well if you import it from the US it is!!) - but at the time it seemed a bit expensive for what it was.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Totally papercrafts - something new
Crafts for eternity - something new (MM slice)
link up for pink - a dash of pink
a gem of a challenge - new beginings

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Whimsy Stamps January blog hop - Happy New Year!

Happy new Year!!

Oh I feel like I've been away for ages, I packed all my crafty stuff away for the holidays and have paid only the occasional visit to blogland - I've really enjoyed our quiet family Christmas and New Year and I'm slowly getting my pens and papers and all the other paraphernalia out to make a brand new start for 2013, and this is my very first inspiration card this year for the Whimsy Stamps blog hop 

So here we go - Welcome to the January 2013 digital release blog hop!!!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by

Marika Collins Collection

Moon Cookie Gallery Crissy's Digi's

Stamp Art Design

Lia Stampz

Dana's Digi's

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!
These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice. The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is Laura’s Blog
This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the Whimsy Stamps Store
The hop will run for 1 week and end on Wednesday 9th January at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced.
Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way 

So after me you need to visit Kelly 

For my Card I have used the gorgeous
Marika Collins
you can get her here


One of  new Smile Sentiments 
 Rainbow Echo Designs
available here

a close up of the sentiment

This is what I did....

Image - Danni by Marika Collins  at Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment - new smile sentiments by Rainbow echo designs at Whimsy Stamps
Papers are MME
Frame - cut with spellbinders labels 10
Flowers - cut with Dienamics flower and leaf trio
Leaves - spellbinders foliage die
Glitter - Martha Stewart silver glitter glue
Pearls and buttons from my stash
Heart stamp in background is from a dawn bibby set but I've lost the label with the name!

So get hopping to Kellys blog and see if you can win your first prize for 2013.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Simply create -anything goes
Lady Annes challenges - must use a stamp
The paper shelter - anything goes
Inky Impressions - anything goes

Hugs Judith xx