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Friday, 29 January 2016

We're all loved up at Wags'n Whiskers

Good morning all

OOO - I'm a little behind with my visiting this week - we went away for the weekend last weekend - to celebrate my husbands birthday - and I just haven't caught up yet! i'm planning on calling around in the next couple of days

We've been a little mixed up over at 

and our challenge was a little late this week

never mind we're there now and the theme is 

With Love

I used the cute Ellie and Squeak that I tweeked a little bit by covering Ellie's present with a heart to fit in with the theme - and I gave Squeak a heart too - just for good measure!!

I used the new heart die from Crafters Companion to make a heart easel card
I cut the latticed centres from the hearts to create a frame and a contrast on the two hearts at the top - I quite like how it turned out!

This is what I did...

Image - Ellie and Squeak from Wags'n Whiskers
Coloured with Spectum Noir pens and pencils 
Dies used 
Crafter's Companion Sara Davies signature collection - decorative hearts and I love you 
Memory box hearts (small hearts)
Tiny hearts are the waste from another die I had used (can't remember what!!)
Red and pink card - Crafter's Companion Cored'nations
Heart gem from my stash

Thank you for calling in today -I love to have you visit me

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

Pals Paper Arts - colour inspiration
C.R.A.A.F.T challenge - love/valentine/aniversary
Polkadoodles - love and romance

hugs Judith x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

First challenge of the year at Digital Delights

hi all

I'm back to share my DT card for 

Digital Delights

our theme as always is 

Anything Goes

I used the cute Genie Scottie

I rather liked working with the pink and black combo on yesterdays card - so decided to repeat it all again - I think it suits this cute genie - who definitely needs bright jewel colours

He was coloured with my spctrum noir pens and pencils
skin TN1,2,3 FS7
Clothes PP4, BP1,3

This is what I did 

image - Genie Scotty from Digital Delights
sentiment - magical day sentiment - digital delights
Coloured with spectrum noir pens and pencils
Star die - Crafters Companion Die'sire die
Stitched circle die - lawn fawn
Circle and scallopped dies - spellbinders
Papers - DCWV Christmas Stack
star gems from my stash
Matt black card - crafters companion
Matt silver card - papermania christmas stack

Hope you'll play along with us

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Aud sentiments - anything goes

Judith x

We're getting organised for Christmas at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

I'm back with my DT card for Fab'n'Funky challenges 
- albeit a little later than I intended - where did yesterday go!!

As its the last week of the month our challenge theme is 


I still have a couple of cards that I didn't blog from last Christmas 
this is one I made for my daughter and her husband

One of my favourite stamps from the Nordic Christmas collection at Crafter's Companion
this one is Christmas Cheer

Did you notice my play on the words - deer .. clever huh!!

I coloured him up with spectrum noir pens and pencils - a real dream to colour - I really do love this one!

This is what I did....

Image - Christmas cheer from Crafter's companion
coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens and pencils
Sentiment - produced in word
Papers - LOTV
Ribbon, pearls and wooden 'with love' - from my stash
Holly die - crafters companion
Matt black card - Crafter's Companion

hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Christmas at sweet stamping - bows
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter
Crafty Boots - ribbon or lace


Judith x

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

We want to see winter sports at Fab'n'Funky this week!

Good morning all

we have a new challenge starting at 

The theme this week is

Winter Sport

I used this pretty image called

The Beautiful Skier
available here

She was coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers and pencils  and also a few touches with Spectrum Sparkle pens - just for a wintry look

I'm starting to think I'm more than a bit clumsy (and lucky !) making this card.  Shall I just say it repaired very well lol -  I dropped a black marker on her - and successfullfy removed with the blender pen (phew) I then dropped a huge blob of collall tacky glue in the middle of the card as I was sticking the bow on - fortunately that came off too - what a disaster!!

As always there's a great prize on offer

This is what I did....

Image - the beautiful skier
Coloured with spectrum noir pens and spectrum sparkle pens and Spectrum noir pencils
Pens FS1,3,TN3  PP4,BP1,3  BGR1,2,3,5 BG1
Pencils 26,115,116,120
Sparkle pen - clear
Papers (very old!) DCWV Christmas stack
Black Card
Frostyville wreath die from Memory box
Sentiment from Crafter's Companions Nordic Christmas stamp - Cool Christmas
Tag dies - MFT
Star border die - Memory box
Slight shading round the edges - TH spun sugar DI
Ribbon and sparkle dots from my stash

This could be a great start to your Christmas makes for this year - hope you'll join in with us
I'll be back later with another wintry card - for the Christmas challenge over at Fab'n'Funky

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Double ds - a winter theme 
Creative moments - anything goes - optional winter theme
Rudolph day - Anything Christmas
Inky Impressions - all about the border

see you soon!
Hugs Judith x 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Something news going on at Winter Wonderland!

Good morning all

Sorry I'm a bit late with my post today 
- shall I just say we've been having utility problems and leave it at that : / - electricity and water are not easily done without lol.

It's time for a new challenge over at

and the theme for this week is

Something New

I decided to make a new baby card as a friend of mine just had a new baby girl 

I used a cute image from our sponsor this week
called A Gift from the Stars its available HERE

I used my fab Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens together with Spectrum Noir markers to colour this cute image.  I tried my very best to show the sparkle in the photo - and think I succeeded!  It looks totally glittery - but it is much more subtle in real life.  I just sort of directed my craft lamp onto it and that pink certainly shines - the sparkle was also used on the leaves and stars as but think the light just really hit that pink lol.

Our sponsors this week at winter wonderland are

who are offering a $12 gift card


who are offering a £10 gift voucher

So this is what I did ....

Image - A gift from the stars - from A day for daisies
Coloured with - Spectrum Noir markers and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
       Sparkle pens  - moonlight,soft jade,rose quartz
       Spectrum noir markers -  LG1,LY1,PP1,PP2,BG3,FS5,FS2
Papers - First edition baby girl
Distress ink for sky - TH tumbled glass applied with ink duster from Inkylicious
Sentiment tag - LOTV baby clear stamps set
Embossed heart - cut out from Crafters Companion Love and Romance range In Love 6x6 embossing folder
Tree die - Heartfelt Creations Sugar hollow hangout die
Cut with Centura pearl card and coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pen soft jade
Square dies - stitched square die Memory Box, Sue Wilson noble square die
Ribbon from my stash

Thank you for visiting today - hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

A day for daisies - stitch it up (faux stitching around image)
Crafty catz - girls only 
Really reasonable ribbon - pink with ribbon or trim
The stamping boutique - punches and dies

hugs Judith x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Buttons or bows or both at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Ok - a question for you! - who - like me wakes up with a song in their head every morning - what was it today? - There's no rhyme or reason to the songs that pop in there - today o-bla-dee- o bla- da. - A hit for The Marmalade in the late 60's I think but actually a great Paul McCartney song. There now I've totally spoiled your day lol - try getting that out of your head

  Sometimes the songs change over the day, but they're always there.  For me yesterday was an Eagles day - they often are for me, I play The Eagles a lot as I craft, and I was so sad to hear of the death of Glenn Frey,  The Eagles have always been my favourite band - right back to the early seventies when I started my love affair with music.  My dog Glenn was named after Glenn Frey because we picked him up on the way back from an Eagles concert in Manchester. But its funny - as I started off saying -what my brain picks as the song of the day - with all the massive Eagles songs, and I have lots of favourites, yesterday was the little known early song Whatever happened to Saturday night.  (this is the link to a youtube video) I love the easy country style of the Eagles as well as their big blasting hits.  Ah well - end of an era - but it was a fun, great one.

It's my turn to host over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

so I chose an easy theme for you!

Buttons or Bows or both

I'm sharing a card that I made last year but never got round to blogging
but feel that it's appropriate - just to remind you that.....

Christmas is coming lol - you really should start now so that you're prepared lol
I visited Cathy's blog yesterday and she's in the swing - and so should you!!

Anyway - now that you've been reminded its back to my card I really loved making this one lots of crafting - stamping, colouring, embossing and die cutting
and don't you just love that image  
-it's by Sheena Douglass for Crafter's Companion
from the little bit festive range and the dies and stamps are from the Perfect Partners Festive Fancies range (some of these were in the January sale over there
 - if you're lucky you might just get them at a bargain price!)

 We have a great prize on offer at Fab'n'Funky Challenge this week from our sponsor

the prize is 3 images up to a value of $10

What I did to make this card....

Image - Sheena Douglass a little bit festive window into Christmas 
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens - DR2 TB4 OR2 HB3 TN3,4 DR1,2 IG3,4 FS3 LG2 JG3,4 
Dies - Sheena Douglass perfect partners stamps and dies - Christmas ivy and Merry and bright
Embossing folder - Sheena Douglass -festive
Mounted on Crafters Companion Mat Black and kraft card
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Distress ink - TH Tea dye

Hope we see you playing along this week with your buttons or bows or both!


Monday, 18 January 2016

Inspiration post on colouring with Spectrum noir pens and pencils

Hi all

I'm here to share my inspiration post that I've created for the Digital Delights blog today and I'm showcasing a cute male image called

Tooltime Donald

 - great for all sorts of male occasions
check him out in the DD store HERE

Here is my finished card - but if you follow on below you'll see how the use of different medium can change the appearance of an image/project 

Most of my cards are fairly simple in style, preferring to concentrate on the image - though I have been known to go mad with embellies occasionally - it's not my normal style

I coloured this image with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.  Starting off by laying down basic colours
as follows

skin - FS1,3,4,7
shirt - BT1,2,3
Boots and tool handles - TN5
Tools BG1,2
Dungarees, hat,glasses - TN1,2,4

I then added spectrum noir pencil in just one shade (116) ready to blend with blending fluid and blending stumps - you can see the lines around the edges here ready to blend towards the centre of the image

I then blended the pencil and added and blended in other pencil colours to the image to add more shade and depth, I also used pencil strokes to give him a salt'n'pepper hair colour!

pencil colours 120(black) for overall shading, 
shirt - 52, 62, 120
cheeks - 26
dungarees,hat and tools 94,109,115,116
boots - 120

This more or less finishes the colouring of the image and gives a fairly clean look, however I wanted a more distressed look so added further shading from the outside edges of the card with Tim Holtz distress in in the shade distressed corduroy using an ink duster brush for a light coverage, this has the effect of toning down the whole image taking away the stark whiteness and also highlighting the stitched effect die.  I also created shade around the image with pencils 116 and 62.  This is not the usual appearance created with cuter images such as Digital Delights, but I wanted to show that cute does not mean you can't create a vintage type/distressed look as well 

and so back full circle to the beginning!
 I mounted the image onto Crafter's Companion Kraft card and black card and used a couple of papers from MME for background.  'DAD' was cut twice and offset to create a highlight with the alphabet die from the spellbinders sapphire die cutting machine - just love my new baby - so useful and very portable for crafting away from my craft room - infact lots of dies that you use when creating embellies on a project will fit - I'm so glad I got it.

I enjoyed creating this project 
- I hope you like my take on it and that I have given you a different 'take' on cute!!


Challenges I'm entering with this card

Cutie pie challenge - Kraft and cute 1/2

Thursday, 14 January 2016

New release at Digital Delights - we're in the mood for love!!

Good morning all

It's time for another showcase of the new release this month over at 

Digital Delights

and to remind you to take a look over at our challenge this month
where we are having a DT call 
- if you would like to join our team why not check it out HERE

I have used this cute little guy - Wanted Mickey Monkey available here
together with the Sweet on You sentiment set - available here

I used a Sizzix stepper card set to create the card - it includes lots of dies to cut embellies too
I kept it fairly simple but you could really go to town on these steps!

This is what I did.....

Image - Wanted Mickey Monkey
Sentiment - Sweet on you
Coloured with - spectrum noir pens and pencils
Papers - My minds eye lost and found heirloom
Dies - including the card shape - sizzix hearts step up
Black card - Crafter's Companion

Why not call ibto the blog and see all the other fabulous projects designed by my teamies

Challenges I'm entering with this card

DRS designs - heart to heart 21/01
Little Miss Muffett - anything goes 27/01
Cute card thursday - a bit of fun  20/01
ccee stampers - hats 24/01

Judith x

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Do You have any January Blues? - colouring denim could be the answer

Good morning all

If you have January Blues I have just the place for you!

We have a new challenge at 

and the theme is 


Here's my DT card for your inspiration
using the image Casual Boy available HERE

I love colouring this type of boy image - when I first learned how to colour with pens and pencils it was denim blue that I first mastered, it still amazes me today how a grey pencil can transform some reasonable blue colouring into something that looks like denim jeans!

As always we have a fab prize on offer this week at TPS

This is what I did

Image - Casualboy from TPS
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils
Papers - Father knows best from LOTV
Kraft card - Crafters companion
Pierced dies - Pierced noble squares and rectangles from Sue Wilson at Creative Expressions
Corner dies - MFT
Happy birthday die - Tatterred lace

Of course it doesn't have to be a boy card that you create - it could be a pretty blue floral, or anything else - as long as it is a predominantly blue card.  i look forward to seeing what you create

Challenges i'm entering with this card

The Male room - anything goes 19/1
cardz 4 guyz- happy birthday 18/1
digi chooseday - cool blues 26/1


Judith x

Saturday, 9 January 2016

It's really just as well that anything goes today!!

Good morning all

Well, today is anything goes day - and it's obvious because I slept in!!
it's something I haven't done for aaaages! 
Never mind it's Saturday which is good, but when I sleep in I always feel as if someone's stolen a bit of the day from me!!

Today's challenge at 


Anything Goes

Here's my card using the pretty

Fairy Angelica

I used the papers as colour inspiration for this one - so not colours I would have naturally chosen for a fairy.  But I like the finished result- almost Christmas colours,
 I think my brain is still a bit stuck in the festive season!!

It also has a lot of subtle sparkle in real life but you can't really see it here - I used Spectrum noir  Sparkle pens to add a real fairy shimmer to this one -every fairy needs sparkle!

Here's what I did

Image - Fairy Angelica fromWags'n'Whiskers 
Papers - vintage floral from Coture designs
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and Spectrum noir Sparkle pens
Card -Cordinations from Crafters Companion 
Flowers - lillies from WOC
Butterfly dies - Diesire from Crafters Companion
Oval dies - Sue Wilson for Creative expression (can't remember the collection!)
Also Chloe stem die from Memory box as a leafy effect

Hope you'll come and join us this week at Wags and Whiskers Challenge - after all anything goes!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Gem of a challenge - female birthdays 23/1
sweet stampin - flowers 16/1
polkadoodles - anything goes 15/01


Friday, 8 January 2016

We have spring Fever at Winter Wonderland!

..... but don't worry we're all still perfectly safe to visit lol

Good morning all

It's time for our first challenge of the year at 

Winter Wonderland

at this time of year we give you a few weeks break from Christmas so our theme is

Spring Fever

(that could be flowers, love, romance etc)

I decided to keep it Floral

This gorgeous image is from one of our sponsors Kenny K Stamps
She is the lovely Socialite - available HERE

The papers are from our other sponsor MR Designs
called Shabby Flowers they are available HERE

This is what I did ....

Image - Socialite from Kenny K
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and Pencils
Papers Shabby Flowers from MR designs (including the paper bow)
Card - Centura pearl and Neenah cardstok
Oval Die - Sue Wilson -
Feather broach die - Downton abbey range from Crafters companion
Sentiment - LOTV  (covering what splodgy dirty mark grrr!!)
Flower from my WOC stash

Hope you'll come and join in with our challenge this week - could there be spring in the air - not where I'm standing lol

Challenges I'm entering

Polkadoodles - anything goes 15/1
as  you like it - anything goes 13/1
creative knockouts - anything goes 14/1


Judith x

Thursday, 7 January 2016

It's a spotty dotty day at MAWTT

Good morning all

Hands up who's seen the sun this year - not me lol.  This has to be the wettest most miserable, grey start to any year ever!! - and it's getting colder too.

We had a lovely start to the year with a New Years Day wedding- the daughter of our very best friends.  But even that was  a grey and miserable day, I got hardly any photographs and not a single decent one of me (nothing new there!!) - it was just so dark that my black dress looked like a v neck jumper and my flouncy facinator/hat was like a shadow on my head!! - Still it was a lovely day and a very happy way to start off the year 

It's also time to kick off the new year at

Moving Along with the Times

and our first challenge of the year is an easy one

Spots and Dots

My card is one that I made at Christmas 
- in my last minute rush to finish my Christmas cards
it's a large 8 x8 inch card 

Here's what I did...

Image - A LOTV James Bear from an old set of toppers I still had
Papers Dovecraft Christmas papers
Snowflake die - Whimsy stamps
Snowflake border - memory box
Sentiment - from Nordic Christmas stamp from Crafters Companion
Jewelled embellie - creative expressions
Black card and Ribbon from my stash

We'd love you to play along with us this week at MAWTT - hope to see you there

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC christmas challenge -anything christmas (28/1)
Chocolate baroque - colour challenge (29/1)
Whimsy inspiration -winter (11/1)

Judith x

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy New Year - and something else New!

Happy New Year everyone

Well I finally kicked myself into gear and here's my first post of the year

I'm setting myself off on a new blogging start for the year
-after a pretty disastrous end of last year
the only thing I can say is I had a great holiday in November
and Christmas and New Year were pretty good too

So - line drawn under 2015
and a happy 2016 is here!!

We have a "New" challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

the theme is 

Something New
(new house, new baby, using new stash etc)

My card is a wedding card that my daughter asked me to make for a friend last summer
the theme of the wedding was sunflowers

I think you could even say a wedding fits the new theme - it is after all a start of a new life together
but as well as that I used some new dies 

Absolutely brand new are the Dies from Sue Wilson
They're the ornate pierced rectangles from the Noble Collection
I just love this collection

I also decorated the inside to match

I don't know if these photographs do this card justice, it was quite a large card and the layering looked really effective with the black and yellow and it was also  really quite easy to make -

Our fabulous sponsor this week is

Live and Love Crafts

who are providing a £10 voucher for our prize winner

Live & Love Craft

What I did...
The whole list of items used

Dies - Ornate pierced dies Sue Wilson Noble die collection
Sunflower dies - MFT
Black Card - Crafter's Companion
Yellow cards - Cor'dnations from Crafters Companion
Sentiment tag - Anna Griffin Chalkboard Sentiments
Sentiment inside of card - LOTV
Ribbon and jewelled embellie from my stash

I do hope you'll join in with us at Fab'n'Funky this week to get the 'New' year off to a flying start

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Incy winsey - white with a splash of colour (16/1)
our crafty corner - anything goes (31/01)
ruby's rainbow - something new (28/1)


Judith xx