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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Cool Britannia at Moving Along with the Times

Hi again

Its another challenge over at MAWTT this week hosted by out gorgeous Laurie and the theme is

Cool Britannia

With everything that's going on around our little Island it is indeed a cool place to be - So why am I not there?!!  - Cos at the minute I'm prefering Hot Florida!!
We are sponsored this week by

Digi my World

who gave us DT girls some fab England digis to play with
and here's the card that I came up with to fit this challenge!
I did do a bit better with remembering what I did with this card because I wrote down what I did when I uploaded the card to my blog - why did I not do that with the rest of them!!

What I did ...

Image - from digi my world England set
Coloured with - Promarkers,Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - Portobello road
Bunting - Flags downloaded from internet and stamped with bunting stamp from Anna Griffin
Bakers twine and gems- from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - Anything goes
My mums craftshop -Red white and blue
Digital Delights - Red white and blue
Craft your days away - Red white and blue
One stitch at a time - Red white and blue
Simon says - Anything goes
Digi doodle shop- get out the bunting

That's all from me for today

hugs Judith x

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Summer fun at Inky Impressions

Hello from sunny Florida!

Oh its such a lazy life and I'm lovin it! 

Was really busy before I came away and got as many DT cards done as I could and just uploaded them to a post name - trouble is I don't know what I did for half of them!!  This one I know is one of the fab new Inky Impressions stamps called Christopher mowing - he's so cute and I loved making this card.  These papers are so perfect for a garden card  like this one- I won them from my MAWTT DT buddy Lisa in her bog candy draw a while back  - thank you Lisa xx.  I knew they would be perfect for this card, I can see them in my mind as I'm sitting here in 92 degrees by the pool!!! but can't for the life of me think what they're called!!

What I did...

Image - Christopher mowing - Inky Impressions new summer stamps
Papers - from Lisa can't remember what they're called!
Die cuts - spellbinders
Ribbon - carnmeal cottage
Watering can embellie and sentiment sticker - K & Co
Card - Bazzill basics
Gems from my stash

Thats it from me for today - got some lazing in the sun to do!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

That craft place - trees and nature
Here comes the boys - anything goes
One stop craft - for the boys
Lexis creations - for the man/boy in our life
Crafty sentiments - anything goes
Simon says - anything goes


Judith x

Celebration time at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hello from me from sunny Florida!
I've scheduled this post which has hopefully appeared at the right time after my card making marathon to try to get 2 weeks worth of DT cards done before I went off for 2 weeks "vacation" in Florida and thats where I am now!  - still popping in and out of blogging - but no crafting and not a lot else to be honest - just love it!

Anyway back to business its challenge day again over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and today our challenge is

hosted by our lovely Wendy.

and sponsored by the fabulous

Joanna Sheen

The challenge is that your card must be celebrating something- how easy is that!!.  I have chosen a card to celebrate the birth of a baby girl.

Our challenge today is sponsored by the wonderful Joanna Sheen who are offering a prize of £10 to spend in store

This is what I did

Image  - Lili of the Valley
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - Forever Friends New arrival
Buttons - Papermania
Flower Punch - Paper Mania
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Pearls = from my stash
Charm - recycled from a Christmas card!

Hope the British weather is holding up while I'm away and more to the point I hope its still sunny or at least sort of summer when I get back

Challenges I'm entering with this card

thehybridchick. - use pink
craftyourpassionchallenges - for a baby
Love to create challenge - add a sentiment
Simon says - anything goes
Perfect Sentiment - anything goes - must have stamped sentiment
stampavie and more - for a girl
Truly scrumptious - pretty in pink

See you later


Judith x

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Life doesn't get any better than this!!

Good Morning Blog friends

Just a quick one from me today, its challenge day over at Creative Craft Challenges so just to remind you all to get on over there because we're going all patriotic with red, white and blue.  Its not my turn for this challenge and thank goodness for that 'cos here I am on me jollies in Florida.  I had a real card making marathon before I  came away but still didn't quite make all the cards I needed - only so many hours in the day.  DT girls at CCC had some great images to play with from our sponsors Our sponsors for this challenge are
Who are offering a lovely little selection of goodies
Who are providing some great digi images

I had even got as far as printing one out as I thought it would make a great bookmark for my lazing around this week (makes a change from the boarding card I usually use!) but I just didn't have time in the end so its back to the boarding card bookmark for me
I like to get up really early when I'm here and just sit by the pool surfing the net and chillin' until everyone else surfaces - which they just did at around 9! Been catching up on my DT commenting and generally nosying around, though the laptop here in this house is ancient and takes ages to load anything up - so I've been knitting at the same time while I'm waiting for the pages to open - don't like to waste time!!

I know the weathers been great back in the UK - hope theres some left for me when I get home!   I'm sad to say that its a bit of a dull morning here - no Florida sunshine just yet I hear theres a tropical storm brewing somewhere - but Floridas not Florida without rain and it soon passes - besides the lightening can be spectacular!   Just off now to have a swim in the pool and then we're off to visit Mickey Mouse today at Disneys Hollywood Studios - Rockin Rollercoaster here I come - there the secrets out - I'm a secret rollercoaster junkie!!!

I'm being very good and keeping up with my DT comments so far but not much time for lots of visiting all of you while I'm here - but I'll be on a catch up of anyone I miss when I get home

I even had a quick look at challenge winners today and had a really good day in yesterdays challenges I won top 5 in the crafty cardmakers challenge and the Love to create challenge - life really doesn't get much better than this!!

Have a great day everyone - hope the sun's shining where you are

Big Florida hugs

Judith x

Friday, 25 May 2012

inky Impressions blog hop

Good morning blog friends

Have I got a treat for you- today is the start of the Inky Impressions Summer bloghop!
Are you ready to get Inky?
Today the Inky Inkettes are sharing lots of fabulous Inky creations
to welcome the summer weather we've all been waiting for!  
Today not only are there some fantastic projects from all the DT girls, 
but we are also releasing 6 brand new Rubber Stamps!

These are
Angelica the Bride
Angelica's New Puppy
Independence Day Lili
Sassy Lili
Christopher Mowing
Gardening Lili

All you have to do is comment at each stop along the way then One lucky winner will win this fabulous prize package

Winners choice of one of the new release stamps and tow other rubber stamps -
  • Nickies Birdie 
  • Hula LiLi
as well as the following embellishments

1 package of Turtle Charms
1 Package of Wicker Daisy Basket Charms
1 Package of Flower Heart Charms
1 Package of 4mm flat back Pearls Bubblicious
1 Package of 4mm flat back Pearls Golden Yellow
1 Package of 5mm flat back Pearl Hearts - bright White

Great prize! you have until Friday June 1st to comment and add our blog hop information to your personal blog sidebar to be eligible for the prize,

You should have arrived here from Kelli's Blog,, if so you are in the right place. If not, go to the Inky Inspirational blog as that is the first stop

So if you haven't been there yet head on over there and start hopping!

I chose the gorgeous Gardening Lili

and this is what I did...

Image - Gardening Lili by Inky Impressions
coloured with - Copics and prismacolor pencils
Card Bazzill Basics
Ribbon - carnmeal Cottage
Twine - the twinery
butterfly Charm - Inky impressions
flatback pearls - Inky impressions
Die cut flowers - Dienamics die
Die cut shaped mounts -Spellbinders
Sentiments - Craftwork cards
Butterfly Dies- Martha Stewart and fiskars

I do hope you'll join us in the fun hop - go on off you go!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Alphabet Challenge - h is for handmade flowers
My mums craftshop - 3 flowers 2 papers 1 ribbon
Phindys place - 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments - ribbon, twine,pearls


Hugs Judith

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Celebrate at Moving along with the times(but not birthdays)

Good Morning Blog friends

Its almost the weekend and I can't wait for it to arrive, this must be one of the longest busiest weeks ever!!

What a great week we had over at  at Moving along with the times last week
 - well over 200 fabulous entries - thank you so much for supporting our challenge. If you haven't checked the winners yet - get over there it might be you!
 The challenge for this week  is 

(but not birthdays)

Set by our DT buddy Kim - another great challenge Kim!

This week we are being sponsored by 

So let's see your celebration cards to be in with the chance of a great prize - the prize is £10 to spend at her online store NOT including post and packing.

I made this card a few weeks ago for my daughter to give to her cousin-in-law (if there's such a thing), with box to match- all tied up with a big blue ribbon it was on the day and looked much more than a card (hope they weren't disappointed when they opened it expecting a pressie and found a card instead!!)

the inside
the card in the box with lid behind

I bought this stamp ages ago and have never used it but its a lovely stamp to colour and I decided just to leave the card without a sentiment on the front - there was already enough on there!!

This is what I did....

Stamp - Whiff of Joy
Coloured with - copics and prismacolour pencils
Paper - Forever friends - new arrival
Corner diecuts - memory box madeira corner
flowers - wild orchid and from my stash
Charm and twine - Inky impressions
verse inside card - Lili of the valley
Butterfly and glitter (on flowers on the image) - Martha Stewart
small butterfly - fiskars
pearls from my stash

Challenges i'm entering with this card

My Sheri crafts - wedding/anniversary
Creative belli - Wedding
Flourishes timeless tuesday Challenge- use a flower on your card
Sweet stamps blog - anything goes
Thats all from me for today

Come back tomorrow to visit again for Inky Impressions summer blog hop to celebrate the launch of their new stamps - I have a cute little girl stamp to show you  and if you join in the hop you'll see the new stamps That all the DT girls have used - so see you at the hop


Judith x

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

New beginnings and New Management at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good Morning Blog Friends

Today I have some exciting news!  
I have taken over the management of Fab'n'Funky Challenges from the lovely Lou! 
 Lou decided that she can no longer commit to the time it takes to run the blog and to stand down. 
 Rather than see this Fabulous challenge blog close (as so many seem to be lately) 
 I agreed to take over from Lou. 

Over the last couple of weeks I have been getting to grips with what goes on behind the scenes of running a blog like Fab'n'Funky Challenges.  I have to say "all hail" to all you lovely ladies (and men!) who do all the organising and running of all our challenge blogs - and to Lou for keeping ours going for so long - so successfully, it definitely doesn't happen by itself. 
 I think many of us don't appreciate just how much work goes into these things - just for fun.  

Sooo - on to this week, I'm really chasing my tail trying to get all my DT cards done before I go on me hollies on Saturday - can't wait - though isn't it typical that just as I'm going away we get good weather - I feel cheated that I'll miss the good weather at home - maybe I shouldn't go lol.

With all of  this going on over these last couple of weeks I haven't had much visiting time to all your blogs - sometimes it comes down to a choice make a card or blogging doesn't it
 and well, we all have to work hard at our cards in this game!!!!

The challenge this week over at Fab'n' Funky Challenges is very appropriately

New beginnings

We want there to be something new about your card, it could be a new baby -any occasion that falls into new beginning or you could have used something new on your card or to make your card.  to qualify for the prize you have to tell us what the "new" is on your card

We have a fabulous new sponsor
who are offering a great prize of $10 to spend in store

So here is my "new beginnings" card

I love this little girl! - I was lucky enough to win some Digis from Di's shop a few weeks ago and this is one of the ones I chose-  being used today for the first time.  Sorry - I'm back on the easel thing - I find myself looking at challenges now and thinking - can I make an easel card for that lol.

This is what I did...

Image- Dis Digi Downloads -Izzys flower barrow
Papers - Rasberry road - barnyard blowout (also new)
Yellow card - Bazzill 
Flowers - wild orchid craft - sweetheart blooms
Die cut fence and barrow - Cricut expression - Paper dolls cartridge
Die cut frame - Spellbinders -labels 10
Butterflies - Martha Stewart and Fiskars butterfly punches 
pale lemon gems and ribbon from my stash from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafts and me - fabulous flowers
Digidesign challenge blog - show us that bling
Creative inspirations - Anything goes
Flourishes - Use a flower image 

Thats all from me for today - hope you're all enjoying sunshine where you are 

See you tomorrow for an other challenge over at MAWTT


Judith x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

It takes two at My Time to Craft and exciting news

Hi Blog friends

Its time for another challenge over at My Time to Craft and this week we also have some news! The challenge has been so very well run by Wendy helped along by Leslie for several years now but they've decided to leave our lovely challenge and hand over to the very capable hands of 


Well done Shell for taking on this great challenge blog- I know you'll do a great job -
 and thank you so much to Wendy and Lesley for having me on your great team - we will all miss you.

The theme for this week is very appropriate for our two ladies 
Wendy and Lesley 
who have looked after us all so well and brought some great challenges - the theme is..

It takes Two

We would like to see two of something on your projects this week.

 I've gone for two cute little children on a swing - it could be two of something on your image or two of the same type of embellishment - like two ribbons or two flowers. If you can find any other way to have two of something on a card we'd love to see!!  So lets see what you can do and come over to give  
Wendy and Lesley a great send off on their last challenge for us

What I did ....
Image - Lili of the Valley
Papers - my minds eye - blush
Flowers - prima and wild orchid
Ribbon - Sam Pooles creative studios shop
Butterfly punch   Fiskars
Pearl swirl- Creative expressions
Distress ink - Tim Holtz brushed corduroy
Pearls and dark red card - from my stash
Label - Stamping boutique digi

I'm entering this card for the following challenges
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Love to Create challenge - Inspire by a song with a sentiment - Just the two of us by Bill Withers
Simon Says - summer holidays - love to see children playing on a swing!

See you all tomorrow for another exciting announcement over at Fab'n'Funky challenges

Judith xx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Keep it Real at MAWTT!

Good morning blog friends

Its a new challenge today over at Moving along with the Times challenge Blog
 - my turn to host this week and I've chosen the theme 

Keep it real 
(no fantasy figures)

What does that mean you may well be asking, well it's simply this.  The main focus of your card must be a real living thing - people, animals, plants, trees  - any living breathing thing. Now here's the real controversial part - strictly no fantasy figures - that means no fairies, witches, wizards, teddies or toys. At the risk of upsetting some people I'm coming straight out and saying - fairies are not real!! - there I've said it, we're all entitled to our opinions and for today's challenge that is mine!

Here's my card for this weeks challenge.  I'm sure we've got the photograph of this stamp somewhere in our family album!  This - without a doubt - is my son Matthew, when he was little, with our brown tabby Persian cat,Toby.  He was the most gorgeous floppy bagpus of a cat, as soon as I saw this stamp it was mine and I made him a brown tabby when I coloured him!!

I was really excited this week to get a top 3 at Craft your Days Away challenge and  and a top 5 at Crafty Card Makers challenge for my last weeks DT card for MAWTT in the Nautical challenge- lets hope you like this one just as much!

Now for the really exciting part 
Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is the fabulous Wild Orchid Crafts
and they are offering a fantastic prise of a £15 voucher to spend in their store

WOC gift_certificate

So come on, this fab prize has to be worth making the biggest of efforts and entering
our challenge this week

our DT girls have produced some REAL beautiful creations to inspire you
so go over to the challenge blog and take a look at their fabulous designs

 Keep it Real Challenge at MAWTT this week

Heres what I did ....

Image - Mos digital pencil
Coloured with - Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers and chip board words - K & Co - hopscotch (on of my all time favourites!)
Card - Tim Holtz distress craft card
Ink - Tim Holtz brushed corduroy distress ink
Other embellies from my stash

Challenges I am entering with this card

Crafty creations challenge - Male birthday card
Stampavie and more - for a boy
Whimsey Stamps - Anything goes
Reasonable ribbon - masculine /fathers day - must have ribbon

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Its Cow Girl Lili for Inky impressions challenge day

Hello again

I'm back with my second post of the day with my Cow Girl Lili DT card 
for the challenge over at the Inky Impressions Challenge Blog 
and todays challenge is

Use Lace or trim

This weeks  challenge is being sponsored by 3 Bugs in a Rug!
Here is a bit about their fabulous company:

Kristine and Rick Turner founded Three Bugs in a Rug 5 years ago. After starting an online scrapbook store, Kristine decided to create her own designs. After the overwhelming response to her designs, we closed the online store to concentrate on creating fun pattern paper and coordinating embellishments. We hope you enjoy working with her designs as much as she enjoys creating them.

They are giving a great prize this week
 - so why don't you play along - it could be you!!

This little girl is one of my favourites from Inky Impressions I just love her little cowhide skirt, her knock knees and her boots!  I'm not having a very good week when it comes to liking cards this week - I think we all have these weeks when we just can't please ourselves!  I had an idea in my head when I started this but the card doesn't match it- i don't not like it its just it doesn't look like I had in mind....!

This is what I did....

Image - Inky Impresions - Cowgirl Lili
Coloured with - Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers and Cowgirl sentiment - Raspberry Road - cowgirl (something!) collection
Lace and card from my Stash
Ticket - Tim Holtz
Die cut borders -Memory box jasmine frame (cut in half)
Brown pearls - Kaiser craft
Circles cut with spellbinders
heart stamp on background - Dawn Bibby

Challenges I am entering with this tag

Sarah Hurley Challenge - Tags or tickets
Truly scrumptious - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps -anything goes
Thats all from me today

see you tomorrow with my MAWTT DT card - its my week to host the challenge!

Hugs Judith xx

Its challenge day over at Fab'n'Funky challenges

Hi blog Friends

Its another challenge day over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and this week we have the theme

Use fabric on your card

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Lili of the Valley this week so lets see your Fab'n'Funky creations for this great challenge I've used this lovely Lili of the valley Vtamp that I got for my birthday in March and was until now uninked - disgraceful!  Though because its a new house stamp its not the sort of thing you jump to immediately but I great one to have in your collection.  Wasn't sure what to do about the fabric so decided to go with felt flowers.

the label pocket under the easel

Yes I know its another easel card - think I need help with this addiction, its not getting any better and its being closely followed by big bows!! 
 I was asked to make this card by a friend of a friend on the same colour scheme as a previous card I had made - but there will be no more as I only had two sheets of the card!!

This is what I did

Image - Lili of the valley - moving day
Coloured with - Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Card -Craftwork cards
Papers  my Minds Eye -Fiddlesticks
Backing card - Tim holtz distress coredinations
Sentiments font and label - Lili of the Valley
Felt flowers - K & co
Card candy - craftwork cards
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Houses border - cut on my cricut expression
Frame on card  - spellbinders
everything else from my stash

Challenges I am entering with this card

Lilis little fairies - use your favourite tool -Grand calibur
Simon says - anything goes
Digi darlas -challenges -Photo inspiration
Craft your days away - all creatures great and small
Sketchy colours - colour inspiration
digi doodle shop - bingo - ribbon/something new(stamp)/ink
Sarah Hurley Challenge- tags or tickets

Thats me for now,I'll be back later with my DT card for and details of the new Inky Impressions Challenge

Judith x

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A little distressing

Good morning blog friends

Don't worry I'm not here to tell you a sad story to get distressed over - but we do need some distressing over at Creative Craft Challenges this week!!

We have the wonderful Lili of the Valley sponsoring this weeks challenge
 and so we want to see your projects on the theme 


I had such problems making this card, had chosen the card paper and ribbon - even coloured the image but I just couldn't put it together for the life of me - and it certainly didn't start life as an easel card!
I messed on with it all day on and off - took the dog out for a walk, did some work, came back to it and eventually stuck it together and photographed it - but it still didn't look right -when I looked at it I had forgotten to do the shading with my prismas to give it a more distressed/vintage look, by then I was blending the black prisma pencils onto the mostly finished card - I'm amazed that it didn't end up in the bin!! As if that wasn't bad enough when I came to try to photograph it the second time I ended up chasing it round the garden!!  I like to take my photos outside if I can - but didn't think it was quite as windy as it was....

So these terrible photos were taken in my conservatory and I
 couldn't do any better so gave up and this is the best I got!

I decided to pick out the green, pink, blue and peach in the papers - more colours than I would normally use together and carried it through with the embellies so this card is not really me at all - I'm usually a two or three colour girl at the most.  The only thing i can say is it does actually work and looks better in real life than in these photos!!

This is what I did.....

Image - Lili of the Valley - Party girl
Coloured with copics and prismaclour pencils
Papers - First edition - spring feast
Sentiment Lili of the valley
Ribbon - Sam Pooles creative studios
Butterfly punches  Martha Stewart and papermania
Roses - dienamics dies with a pink dew drop inside
Green pearls - kaisercraft
Distress ink - Tim Holtz - tea die
Die cut circles - spellbinders
Die cut flower border and corner (used as leafy sprig) - Memory box

Challenges I am entering with this card

Crafty cardmakers - birthday with balloons
Ooh la la creations - ribbon or twine
Love to create challenge- Bingo - Ribbon /punches/flowers
Lilis little fairies - use your favourite craft tool (Grand Calibre die cutting machine)
Delightful challenges - Distressing
Willow Sketchie challenge  -handmade flowers

Well that about the end of my distressing tale!

See you all tomorrow

Hugs Judith xx

Friday, 11 May 2012

Simple layered flowers and that inky fairy again!

Hi there

I have another card today with that gorgeous fairy on a clothes pin image from Inky impressions.  I've also posted this on the Inky Impressions inspirations blog with my tutorial for making these easy peasy flowers.

I love mulberry paper flowers on cards but I always think making your own flowers is that little bit more special and gives a totally coordinated look and there are so many ways you can do it.  You don't even need a die cutting machine, all you need is one flower punch and you can make a variety of flowers.

For these flowers I've used the medium retro flower punch from EK success but you can use the same technique for any punch.  I've also used card for my flowers but you can do the same with papers of different weights and you'll get different looks - just experiment its fun!

Anyway this is what I did

Here's a selection of punches adhesives and embellies that you could use to make flowers with punches

I punched three flowers with the punch and curled them slightly with the blade of some scissors

then stuck them together with wet glue, layering each one between the petals of the one below -I use collall all purpose but any good strong glue will do.  I used three layers 

The centres of the flowers on the card I made are card candy from craftwork cards that I stuck on with foam pads, but you can get different looks just by changing the centre as you can see here. I used a small papermania punch to make a paper centre and have used gems and flatback pearls - these are from inky impressions and available at the Inky Impressions Store here.

To embellish your card you can simply group the flowers together on your card or just use one as a focal point.  Or use them as I have done by using a die cut or punched swirl underneath, this one is elegant scroll work from memory box.  Punched or die cut leaves are also great.

the inside

Hope you like my card and enjoyed my take on making simple flowers

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Crafty Ribbons - flowers
Little Miss Muffet challenge - Flowers
Shellys images- Use something that makes you happy - making flowers makes me happy!
Bearly Mine challenges- Fairies
LEJ designs challenge blog - things with wings
Sundays with Crissy - Things with wings
Card makin Mammas - flowers

Judith xx