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Sunday, 31 May 2015

New Scruffy little Kitten Stamps

Hello from sunny Florida!

Well here's my very first post for the Spectrum Noir TV design team - and I have to say I'm just loving the colours and effects I can get with the pens and pencils together - as my first card here shows

And I just had to call in today to remind you about the new launch over at Crafter's Companion  - if you loved Scruffy Little Cat (and I did!)  you will just love this kiddy version

 - Scruffy Little Kittens -

 The lovely Fiona Clayton will start her demonstrations tomorrow on Create and Craft for the 4 day deal - first show 8am - so be sure to take a peek - these new stamps and the CD are gorgeous.

My sneak peek for you is the cute little Rosie and there's also some of the printed elements from the CD - don't you just love her!

I coloured her up with my Spectrun Noir pens and used the pencils for extra definition and tiny bit of a distressed look - just the way I like it!
Spectrum Noir pens 
Skin - CR3, PP5,TN3, FS3,FS5,FS7
Hair - E82, FS2,FS4,FS5
Umbrella - LY1,LY2,CT1
Clothes - BT1,BT2,BT4,BT5
Spectrum Noir Pencils
 - 120,117,98,63,61,33

Here's what I did...

Image and Sentiments - Rosie from Scruffy Little Kittens at Crafters Companion
Flower and Paper ribbon - from the Scruffy Little Kittens CD
Butterfly - Die'sire essentials Beautiful Butterflies dies
Card - Core'dinations TH Distress card
ribbon from my stash
Glues used -Colall all purpose and tacky

Thanks for looking in today - hope its a sunny one where you are


Judith xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Show us some Flower power over at The Paper Shelter

Good morning al

I'm hoping that you are reading this post - because it means blogger did his job and published it!

We are staying in our house in Florida and I mostly pop in and out from time to time on our lazy days - but this week is a real treat! - We have gone to  New York to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Gardens - oooo I'm so excited can't wait for Thursday night.  Not to mention that we are in fabulous New York .  I'll tell you all about it when we get back to Florida : )

But for now on with this scheduled post.

It's challenge day again at

The Paper Shelter

and the theme this week is

Flower Power

I used this really cute little bear called
Teddy Bear with flower - available HERE

I was pretty sure that these die cuts would reflect the flower in this digi and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out

As always there's a fab prize available at The Paper Shelter for our challenge winner

Here's what I did

Image - Teddy bear with flower from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and Spectrum Noir pencil
Sentiments - LOTV label stamps
Papers - MME
Dies - flower from MFT - blueprints 16
        - stalk and leaves - memory box norrland flower die
Ribbon and button from my Stash
Glitter glue - diamond stickles

I do hope you'll play along this week

Challenges I'm entering

Simon says - Anything goes

Judith xx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

I'm so excited!! - I'm a member of the Spectrum Noir TV Design Team!!

Hi All

My feet have hardly touched the ground over the last two weeks
 - I've had so many things to do and blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat for a little while : ( 

But now that they have touched down my feet eventually landed here in Florida on my hollies!!
and I thought I'd just call in to share my exciting news

 ....... I got a wonderful email just the week before we came away on holiday 
asking if I would like to join the Spectrun Noir TV DT
we'll after I though for well at least two seconds - of course I said - yes please : ))))

I love to craft and colouring is my first love - especially with pens and pencils - so to get to do this for the Spectrum Noir TV team - and to think that someone thinks my work is good enough to show on TV is just the hugest compliment I could possibly have.  

I have coloured a couple of projects for an upcoming launch that I'll share with you soon

but in the meantime - oooo - I'm just so excited - I can't wait to get started properly 


Judith x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Flora and Fauna at Fab'n'Funky challenges

Good morning all

It's time for another challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges
and this week it's our lovely Helen's turn to host and she has chosen the theme

Flora and Fauna

i got to use this lovely image from Stitchy Bear Designs
called Blooming Beauty and available here

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by the fabulous

Who are offering a prize of 3 images up to the value of $10 to our lucky winner

I have been doing some colouring with my pencils lately for a change, I'm quite liking the soft effect - quite different to the vibrant colours of alcohol markers

This is what I did

Image - blooming beauty from SBDO
Coloured with Spectrum noir pencils
Sentiment - LOTV
Purple card - Bazzill Basics

A very simple card with this pretty flower stamp.

I hope you'll join us this week - we'd love to visit to see your Flora and Fauna projects


Judith x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Button it! - at Winter Wonderland

Good morning again!

I'm here with my second DT card this morning - this time for 

We have an easy challenge for you this week we want you to 

 Button it up!
(use at least one button )

I'm on a bit of a roll with simple cards at the moment - and this one's no exception!
A precoloured topper - simple layout - a card in no time!!

Our sponsor this week is

Who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher - it could be yooou!

This is what I did

Topper - LOTV paper pad
Sentiment - LOTV
Die cut holly - Sizzix
Buttons - fro a docraft mixed bag - with pearls on top
Ribbon from my stash
Papers - Docrafts Nordic Christmas

Hope to see you at Winter Wonderland this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card..

Crimbo Crackers - Die cuts
Crafty Ribbons - Animals


Judith x

We'd like to see lots of layers at Wags 'n Whiskers challenge this week

Good morning all

I'm here with my first post of the day with my Wags'n Whiskers DT card

Our challenge this time is

Lots of Layers

Our lucky winner will win a rubber stamp of their choice from 

I used the cute 

Tobys Tasty Treat available here

I'm enjoying making a few simpler cards lately making the image the main focus with just a couple of embellies - I though this cute tiger needed some bright colours to make his stand out.  i also gave him some texture with my pencils - not sure if I like the effect or not : /
- I think it looks better IRL

This is what I did....

Image - Tobys Tasty Treat - by Wags'n Whskers rubber Stamps
Coloured with copics and copics and spectrum noir pencils
Papers - MME
Dies - MFT Blueprints 16
Sentiment -LOTV
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage

Hope you'll join inwith our challenge - you have a whole two weeks to play along - hope to see you there with your lots of layers.

I'll be back soon with my DT card fro Winter Wonderland Challenge

Judith xx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Are you feeling Charming today - if you do come and visit us at the Paper Shelter

Good morning all

So sorry I'm late today - I had left my post in draft and just noticed now

Its time for a new challenge at 

and our theme today is 


(in other words we want to see a charm on your card)

The lovely Veronica at the Paper Shelter sent me this lovely new digi just last week
ans as she seemed just perfect for the challenge I just had to use her

she's called Charming Spring Girl
and is available here

I've been feeling a bit CAS lately and I think my card shows it !
She's really so pretty that I dont think she needs anything more than a ribbon, a charm and some really pretty floral paper

As usual we have a fab prize up for grabs at TPS this week

So all you need to do is come up with a fabulously charming card and - it could be you!

Here's what I did...

Colored with copics and spectrum noir pencils
Sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon - vintage seam binding - from the robbon girl
Charm From my stash
Paper - Vintage Rose garden from Couture Creations

Hope you'll come and join in with us at TPS this week


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Birds of a feather......


I'm a bit late with my post today! - still playing catch up lol.

It's the lovely Jessie's turn to host our challenge at 

Moving along with the Times 

and our theme is 

Birds and feathers

in other words - we want to see birdies - or the feathery bits of them (he he)

I decided to take the opportunity to make a quick and easy Christmas Card
in my attempt to do as well as last year with Christmas cards all year round
- you can never start too early - or make too many Christmas cards!!

Here's what I did.....

Image - Robin Chicklets from Digi Stamp Boutique
papers - The sweetest thing Tangerine from MME
Card - Bazzil basics
coloured with copics
Die cuts 
Holly - Wild rose studios
Stitched square - MFT blueprints 16
Rectangle - Mamma Elephant
Ribbon and pearls from my stash

Hope to see you over at MAWTT this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crimbo crackers - die cuts
Southern Girls - Animal Crackers
Crafty boots - Things with wings
Crafty calendar - things with wings (M)


Judith x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

April showers ..... bring MAY FLOWERS!

Good morning all

Firstly I must apologise for my absences over the last week I've been completely put off course because my Grandson had chicken pox which meant I had him all day every day instead of the normal afternoons after nursery school, luckily he wasn't very poorly with it and was fine towards the end of the week - so needed to be entertained!  Fortunately we had a supply  of card and paper and ribbon to make all kinds of crafty things - he really enjoyed it and spent the days saying - Grandma what can we make now!!

Not only were my days filled but my evenings have been spent scribing for my son Tom for his masters degree work.  Not only that but the whole of the bank holiday weekend was spent locked away in his room - working away, I switched off my phone and he had a really productive week  - only one essay left to finish now - but still lots to do - I forgot how tiring study is - I slept well each night after those marathons - unfortunately poor Tom is having a hard time switching off and not sleeping well at all - the joys of being a student

I was really pleased that I had been organised and had worked ahead, I had nearly the whole weeks posts scheduled and all but one card made.  but I'm totally back to nothing in hand but a couple of odd cards and I'm going on holiday in two weeks eeek!! 

Never mind - I'll do my best and see where I get with it all!!

but for now its on to this weeks challenge at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

it's my turn to host and the theme is

May Flowers

we were very lucky not to have too many April showers - 
but I'm sure our May flowers will still arrive lol

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by the fabulous 

who are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps to the lucky winner

I chose to use this cute digi called Pablo 
available here

when I saw this cute image I thought it would be fun to make a really colourful card
I wasn't sure about it at first - but i did some extra shading on the image with my spectrum noir pencils and it really brought him to life

This is what I did...

Image - Pablo from Lacy Sunshine stamps
Coloured with copics and spectrum noir pencils
Papers by The sweetest thing tangerine from MME
Card - Bazzill basics
Dies from Dienamics 19 from MFT
Sentiment tags LOTV
Ribbon - Michaels

I hope I can get myself back on track to do some catch up visiting this next few days - see you soon!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Stamping sensations - Flower power
Allsorts challenge - April showers bring May flowers
Creative fingers - anything goes (8/5)
Fussy and fancy - lots of flowers


Judith xx

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Penny Black and more challenge GDT spot - Die cuts

Good morning all

I was really delighted to have my card chosen in the challenge over at 

to be GDT in this months challenge

The theme is

Use die cuts
(remember you must use a penny black stamp)

here's what I came up with
using this lovely floral from Penny Black

it's called Botanical Notes (40-276)

I just love the floral stamps at Penny Black - and this one is especially gorgeous!
This is another lovely big 8x8 inch cards - I love working with this size

Here's what I did....

Stamp - Botanical notes from Penny Black
Coloured with copics and Spectrum Noir pencils
Papers - LOTV Bear essentials
Card - MFT
Sentiment stamp - Heartfelt creations
Corner dies - both from memory box and quite old now - Macarena corner and Bow flourish
Labels - MFT - labels and stitched labels dies
Pearls and butterfly from my stash
Gold shimmer gilding wax on and around image

Thank you to the DT at Penny Black and more for choosing me - I really enjoyed making this card

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Penny black Saturday challenge - trees or nature (M)
Addicted to stamps - Flowers
Fashionable stamping - things with wings
Stamping sensations - Flower power(M)
Great impressions - celebrate spring (M)

Judith xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

My new DT news!! - Clean and Simple at Winter Wonderland

.... and hello for the third time today!!

Today I am really happy to be posting my first DT card for my new DT at

when I saw the DT call I just had to enter because I love making Christmas cards and I was thrilled to bits when I was asked to join the team and to work with the lovely talented ladies there.  For me it's just a great chance to get ahead with those Christmas cards - how could I not join in!!

Not only is this my first DT card - but I also got to host the challenge this week too
So pop over to the Challenge blog to see what I have to say over there too
 - I seem to have an awful lot to say today lol

Our theme for the week is 

Clean and Simple

and we have a fab sponsor this week

Dis Digistamps

 who are giving a $12 voucher to spend in store

I'm using a reeeealy old stamp for this card 
it's one of Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit stamps
I don't think they're available anymore - such a shame because they are so cute
I have quite a few of them - so I might just get them out again and have a play - I think I also have the matching paper pads - hands up who has so much stash they can't remember what or where it is!!

The little holly stamps also come with it, as well as some other cute little embellie stamps 
 and the sentiment is from LOTV
the pearly dots are cosmic shimmer and the berries are a red viva decor pen.
Glitter is gold stickles

I coloured this image with Spectrum Noir pencils - the first time I've ever coloured an image totally with pencils, I usually use them for shading after colouring with pens.  I have to admit I wasn't too keen on it when I finished it but when I looked at it again next morning I really liked the effect - I think probably the artificial light at night washed it out.  But in day light it looks soft and pretty - totally different to the vibrant colours that you get with alcohol pens.

Well if you followed me through my 3 posts today well done! 
- if not - just get back and see the other's - you don't know what you're missing lol

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Thats crafty challenge - keep it simple


Judith xx 

Banners and Bunting at Wags'n Whiskers challenge

Hi again!

If your following along in order this is my second post of three today

This one is my DT card for 

and our theme is 

Banners and Bunting

and our lucky winner - as always will win a Wags'n Whisker's rubber stamp

I decided to use the cute Some Bunny Loves You
available here

For some reason this cute little image reminded me of Little House on the Prairie!! 
- so I gave it a bit of a checky /floral theme to match

This is what I did....

Image - some bunny loves you from Wags'n Whiskers
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - Raspberry road freebies from a magazine
Kraft Card - Crafters companion
Banner die - la la land heart banner die

My next post is for my new DT - follow me to see!!....

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Flowers/flower image - patties creations


Judith xx

Spots and / or Stripes at Buckwells Crafty Challenge

Good morning all

Well! I'm here with a first today! - 3 DT cards all in one day 
and this is the first one!

I can't believe they all fell on the same day - it's been a busy week
and what with my grandson Jacob having chicken pox and Toms Uni work it's been a busy one

So to start this marathon - its on with the first

We have the theme of

Spots or  stripes or both

The minute I saw this image I knew what I was going to do with it
- isn't it funny how that happens sometimes
- other times it's a total blank!

So here she is the lovely Olivia from A lil digi heaven
available here

As you can see I used shades of cream and pinky/brown with a touch of gold
- this image spoke to me and that is what she said lol
I'm pretty sure she's wearing that new must have lipstick from Mac - Velvet Teddy
- what do you think!?

Our lovely sponsors this month are

who are offering a prize of 3 images

and our very own Lozzy

who is offering 2 winners a set of microdot digi papers
pop over to the challenge blog to check it all out

This is what I did....

Image - Olivia from a lil digi heaven
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - Couture creations Vintage Rose garden
Back frame die - Anna Griffin
Cream card - milk from Creative expressions
Fern Die -Memory box delicate fern
Flower - from Sheena Douglas bloomin beautiful stamp set -embossed in gold
Tag - MFT label dies
Sentiment - LOTV stamped and embossed in gold
Embossing powder - creative expressions gold detail powder
Brads and pearls from my stash

Hope you'll check on my next DT card for Wags'n Whiskers Challenge

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Put it in neutral - DRS designs 
Girly cards - Kitty Bee designs
Use a flower/ flowers image - Patties creations
Pretty woman - simply create too


Judith x