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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Well today I'm going to tell you to Stick it!!!!

...on your card that is

Hello again

I'm back with my second card of the day -its doesn't rain but it pours as they say.

Please scroll down for my post for The Paper Shelter this week

Its a new challenge over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and the theme has been chosen by our lovely Ciska

Can you stick it?

It's a great idea for a challenge - what we're asking you to do is get all those sticky things out that you're hoarding away - and stick them on your card - stickers, peel offs, just any stick on embellies will do - but tell us what they are

We are sponsored by the fun and fabulous 

Bugaboo Digi Stamps

I used the cute 

Kitty Kat - available here

I chose this cute little cat to go with some stickers that I knew I had lurking at the back of the drawer - I bought a whole set of allsorts of stickers - years ago - it really was the time to use them up.  I also used some stick on pearls so I'm double sticking this one

This is what I did...
Image - Kitty Kat from bugaboo Stamps
Papers MME - The sweetest thing- tangerine
Card - Kraft 
Stickers - animal themed from QVC yee...ears ago
Stick on pearls and ribbon - from my stash
Die ut circles - Spellbinders
Die cut number 3 - Sizzix sizzlets skooshy die

We;d really love you to stick it this week!!


Judith xx

Still stretching out these summer days - with a little help from The Paper Shelter - and uncle Bob!!!

Good morning all

I hope its still summer where you are!  - its not doing too bad here at all, not quite those balmy days we had but still quite warm and sunny most days - I can't believe that we actually got summer this year after the complete washout that was the last couple of summers.

We're keeping on with those summer days - just to stretch it out a bit more

and over at 
The Paper Shelter

We're celebrating 

Holiday Time

I'm reaching desperation point in trying to finish off my DT cards before I go off on my holiday time - so I decided to take the easy option with my card this week - you wouldn't believe how quickly you can put this card together.

This is Happy Times Beach Boy from The Paper Shelter - available here

I opted to use the precoloured version of the image that I fussy cut and mounted on foam pads and I used the matching papers too - the whole set comes together for the price - a real bargin and easy card - if you want it to be - or you can colour the lined version anyway you want to.

I'm really quite pleased with the effect of this card - its really bright and cheery -  I made it as an easel card and cut a sentiment and stuck on a few sticker embelies (I coloured the pink ones yellow/gold with my copics to match) - and as the old saying goes - Bob's your uncle lol - I haven't heard that said in years - but it fits the bill here ha ha 

As always at The Paper Shelter you have the chance to win a $30 voucher to spend in store - if you use an image from The Paper Shelter - but even if you don't you can still win 3 gorgeous images from The Paper Shelter

The gift voucher

Here's what I did....

Image - Happy times beach boy from The Paper Shelter
Papers- from Happy times beach boy set from The Paper Shelter
Card - Bazzill Basics
Sentiment - LOTV 
Circle dies- Spellbinders
Beach themed stickers - Jollies

You really need to stretch out the summer crafting while you can - there's far to many Christmas cards out there for my liking - lets see the sun instead of the snow this week 


Judith xx 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

It's birthday cow day!

Good morning all

I have a really cute card to share with you today that I made using the cutest little Birthday Cow you ever saw - called Birthday Cow the artist is Crissy Armstrong
 and she is available from Whimsy Stamps here

and here's the inside 

I just love her cute fac as she blows out that candle on the cake!  I've kept the card fairly simple to keep the focus on the image which I've coloured using bright colours and I also added some glossy accents to the balloons and her hooves - don't think it shows up too well on the photograph - but you can see the lovely raised gloss on that pretty spotty paper!

I made it for a friend's little boy who will be one soon -He just loves bright colours so I'm sure that this is just perfect for him - who wouldn't want a happy birthday cow!!

This is what I did....

Image - Birthday Cow by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with copics - E50,E51,E53,E70,E71
Papers- First edition -blank canvas
Card - Bazzill Basics
Ribbon - American crafts
Flower - Prima (Paris)
Circle dies - spellbinders
Number 1  cut with sizzix sizzlits skooshy die
Ballon punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiments - LOTV
Twine  papermania pastels

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Hobby cutz - card for a child
One stitch at a time - use a digi
Crafty ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
bearly mine - anything goes
LEJ designs - furry friends

Just inspirational challenges

Have a great week everyone!


Judith x

Saturday, 10 August 2013

A polo card !!

Hi all

What's polo card I hear you say - simple - its a card with a hole in it lol!

Todays challenge at 

My Time to Craft



Its not something I've made often - though if you have a die cutting machine and a suitable die (or better still I suppose a ready cut aperture card - they are incredibly easy and make a nice change from a straightforward square card which is what most of us stick to these days

I cut this card  aperture with a spellbinders circle die and already had this sentiment in mind to use and it was really the inspiration for the whole card - I think it makes a lovely sentiment for a baby girl card.  So to go with the sentiment I decorated the card with punched flowers.

This is what I did....

Image - LOTV Baby Blanket -available here
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment - part of digi set "Katie" from Stampart by Kathryne at Whimsy Stamps
papers - (pink) - spring drop from first edition and check - LOTV blossoms and bows
Ribbon pearlhearts and pearls  from my stash
Button - Papermania pastel button pack
Flower punches - retro flower from EK sucess and small daisy flower from papermania
leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Die cut label -part of fishtail flag from dienamics

Challenges I'm entering with this challenge

CMC challenge - pretty in pink
Brown sugar challenge - anything goes
Sister act card challenge - anything goes
Ladybug crafts - say it with flowers
Natalie and Amy's- Celebrate
The crafting cafe - a baby is born

Have a great weekend everyone


Judith xx

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

So happy to see the sunshine back this morning

Good morning all

Hands up! - who remembers when they were a child the sun shone all summer long and we played out every day - with no suntan lotion on!   and never got burned - don't we have selective memories!!

I don't think we were alone here in the North East of England yesterday with our miserable rainy day, I think most everywhere had a taste of it  - the only thing I can say is it wasn't cold!  But the sunshine is back as bright as ever this morning and doesn't it make a difference - We've had so many weeks of lovely sunny weather with only the very odd blip like yesterday - I'm really going to miss these lovely bright, warm, sunny days when inevitably it all comes to an end - but isn't it just lovely for now!!

These lovely days make me want to make nice bright sunny cards too.  So for my card today I chose lovely summer pink and pale green for this cute little lady and her even cuter little dog!
This is Good Girl from the Paper Shelter and it's available here

Its Challenge day again at

The Paper Shelter 

and the challenge is a really easy one

Punches and Dies

As Always at The Paper Shelter you have the chance to win a $30 voucher to spend at The Paper shelter store if you win our challenge using a Paper Shelter image - but even if you don't its still a great prize of 3 digis of your choice

The gift voucher

This is what I did...

Image Good Girl from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics, prismacolor pencils and a little white gel pen
Papers - birdsong from First Edition
Felt, ribbon, lace and pearls from my stash
Metal corner -from Momenta
Sentiment - LOTV
Card - bazzil basics
Flower dies - Dienamics

We'd love to see your die cuts and punched creations over at TPS  - hope to see you there

Challenges I'm entering

Digi stamps 4 joy - make your own embellies - felt flowers
Paper pretties - use 2 or more designer papers
Whimsical designs - anything goes
Stamp and doodle - anything goes
LEJ designs - lovely lace
Bearly mine challenge - tic tac toe - hearts/ die cuts /flowers


Judith xx

Monday, 5 August 2013

A card" for the love of film" for my very special son

Good morning all

I have a card to share with you today that I made for my son Tom's 21st birthday a few weeks ago but never got around to sharing. 
 I had a very specific idea of what this card had to be - it had to be especially for him on his very special birthday and had tobe something that I knew he would love,  Whenever I am commissioned to make a card for someone (particularly when it is someone I don't know) I always find out something about the persons interests and make a card that will be special just for them.  Sometimes you're storing up a load of trouble doing that as there have been some pretty odd requests - but I have to say in some ways these have been the cards I've liked the best because of the challenge of getting it just right.

My son has loved film all of his life - from watching films from when he was small to developing a deeper interest, studying the industry for his own pleasure and eventually going on to doing a degree in Film and Media from which he graduated this year.  Some of you may know already that my son Tom is profoundly disabled by Cerebral Palsy so the fact that he achieved this is all the more reason why we are so very proud of him.

Here is the card that I came up with 

I had an idea of what I wanted to do and set about researching for the perfect stamps - I love the scenes that  Make it crafty do and had a feeling that I would find a background  stamp on there that was just perfect  - and sure enough here it is! - Its called  City Corner and is available here.  I coloured it just by using my copics in shades of grey but didn't want it to be to dark - and really like how it turned out.  I really love the dimension of this digi.

The little director guy is another digi I knew I had seen on my travels and set about finding him again.  He is from Simply Betty Stamps and is from the Teen Scene Hollywood collection,
- his name is Action Chris and he is available here

I layered the two digis together in Microsoft word
 (There is a fab tutorial over at Make it crafty showing you how to layer digi stamps - take a look here if you don't know how to do it - Zoe's tutorial makes it incredibly easy)

I coloured up Action Chris to give the scene a splash of colour so it was a good contrast to the grey toned background scene.  Its a big 8x8 inch card and I really just wanted the images to fill the card so I kept my embellies to the edges.  I used red mirri to mount the image and made all my embellies using a memory box swirl die and Nellie Snellen star dies - for a male card it makes it so much easier to know where you are going with embellies - they definitely don't want a frilyl, pretty pearl embellished card!! - the mirri played havoc with my photograph because I'm sure most of you know how hard it is to photograph but it really made the scene pop and embellished the card prefectly.  To finish the film theme the sentiment is fromthe film strip sentiments stamp set from  Rainbow echo at Whimsystamps available here.  
I was so pleased with this card when I had finished as it was exactly what I wanted it to be
 -  and Tom loved it too!

Here he is on his graduation day- a really informal happy photograph of him that is just so "Thomas" - he got a really good 2:1 and is now continuing to a Masters Degree where he will be doing further study and research - into his favourite field of audiences and all sorts of stuff to do with media integration which I really don't profess to understand!

I've got a whole house to myself this week (well apart from my DH who puts in an appearance here and there!)- Toms away on an activity holiday for the week - lots of physical stuff  like zip lines and archery and sailing and my older son Matthew has taken himself of to Moscow - he's definitely on a mission to see the world - he only went yesterday morning and he sent this photograph of him outside of St Basils Cathedral last night

 - my mother (aged 84 also got the photo on her ipad!) thinks technology is such a wonderful thing - I think I  have to agree - isn't the world such a small place these days my worldwide crafty friends! - have a fab week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

The crafters cafe - anything goes
Challenges for everybody - anything goes
Simply Challenge - Heavy on embellishments
Kraftyhands - anything goes
My creative moments - Birthdays
A day for daisies - use something shiny
Milk coffee challenge - show us your colouring skills

Judith x

Thursday, 1 August 2013

New Challenge for August from Ready-Teddy-Go - Use punches and dies

Good morning all

Its a nip and a punch for the first of the month today ha ha 
- and a new challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go Too.  
The challenge for this month is 

Use Punches and Dies 

I decided to use a really cute little teddy Bear from 
Stampart design by Kathryne 
Baby Bears Butterfly available here

A "proper" Teddy Bear - I just love him!

This months challenge is sponsored by Lilli of the Valley
Who are offering a voucher for £10 as a prize

Here's what I did.....

Image - from Stampart by Kathryne 
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers and tags - LOTV
Die cut circles - spellbinders
Die cut swirl - Magnolia doo hickey
Flower punch - EK success retro flower punch punch
Butterfly punch - woodware
border punch - Martha Stewart
Card - Bazzill basics
Lace - from my stash
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage

We'd love to see you at Ready Teddy Go Challenge this month

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Milk coffee challenge - show us your colouring skills