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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

My time to craft challenge- milestone birthdays

Good morning all

This is my partly  scheduled and partly updated  post as I'm now enjoyong my hollies in  (at the moment -not so) sunny Florida.  We're really enjoying our hollies but not with out a few dramas!! Firstly before we even left the UK we took off from Manchester and made an emergency landing at Gatwick to have the plane repaired!! - 6 hours of sitting on the runway later - we took off again and eventually got here only to have to sit on the runway in Orlando for another half hour because there were no immigration officers to take us through and legally we couldn't disembark - just because by this time we'd been on the plane for 16 hours and they knew we were coming didn't mean they had to be ready for us (at 1 on the morning) .  Still all was forgotten when we finally got to the villa and we got into holiday mode only to be greeted by .... a hurricane warning, a tropical storm warning and tornado warnings all in the same day!!  None of them hit us but we had lots of rain and wind which led us to the shopping mall and lots of shopping and bargain Nine West in shoes for meeee!! - I'm otherwise known as the Imelda Markos of South Tyneside and had to live up to my reputation ha ha.

Anyways less of the holiday dramas and onto my card today which is my DT card for My Time to Craft - on time for a change!! (amended to add- well it would have been if my scheduled post had posted!) I have a really fun card for you today that I made for my brother in laws 60th birthday.  I had a little competition with my MAWTT DT buddies to find a digistamp suitable for this card - the criteria set for my husband for his brothers birthday card was quite the toughest I've had - but a great suggestion for this stamp came from my teamie Hazel, who spent a sleepless night coming up with this stamp for me - thanks so much  hun- your prize has been sorted in a trip to Michaels!!-and this is what I did with it......

Image and sentiments - Bugaboo Gus, birthday - optional
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - MME
Card - Bazzill basics
Distress ink -Tim Holtz Marigod
Numbers - cut with tim holtz vintage market Sizzix die
Card - cut with Spellbinders scallop dies

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Creative stamp friends - special shaped card
Hooked on craft challenges - cards for men
Make it monday - anything goes
Tammys Scrappin corner - lots of layers

Have a fab week everyone


Judith xx

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Delightful challenges - frilly and fancy

Hello all

Well the day has finally arrived - the day before my hollies - yippee! - can't wait.  I have a couple of posts while I'm away but with these busy holiday weeks I haven't had much crafting time so it will be pretty quiet on this blog for the next 3 weeks - but I'll be able to do some catching up on your blogs and do some visiting from my sunbed by the pool!!

Todays card is my DT card for Delightful Challenges.

I love these cute images from Digital Delights and I really enjoyed making this card - a real girly card!

This is what I Did

Image - Penny and her teddy from Digital Delights
Coloured with Copics and Prismolor Pencils
Dies - spellbinders
Sentiment - Birthday sentiment set from digital delights
Papers - I thin they are a papermania set - but I've lost the coversheet!
Pleated trim - Tim Holtz fancy trim se
Butterflies - Martha Stewart (large and woodware (small)
Gem flower - Martha Stewart
Dewdrop gems and ribbon from my stash (ribbon is reycled from some packaging)

Hope you all have a fab weekend - see you from Florida!

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Lolipop crafts - anything goes
Stamps fun creativity - ink and yellow
Divas by design - anything goes
Paper pretties - cards for kids
Creative Belli Blog - things with wings


Judith x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Back to school at inky impressions

Hello again

I'm back with my second DT card today - this time its for the fabulous
Inky Impressions challenge blog

The challenge is 

Back to School

As well as all the gorgeous little girls and boys that Inky do in their rubber stamp range there are also some cute little animals.  This little bear is Lizzie finger painting - so cute and a bit different I think.

This is what I did....

Image - Inky impressions Lizzie finger paintind
Coloured with - copics and prismacolor pencils
Leaves - spellbinders and
Flowers - punch by EK success
Pearls - Inky Impressions 6mm flatback pearls
Fun - cut with sizzix - Tim Holtz vintage market

See you all tomorrow - I'm off to finish packing - oooo off on my jolly hollies on Friday - can't wait

Challenges I'm entering with this card

digi doodle shop - use pearls


Judith x

Use Leaves on your card at Fab'n'funky Challenges

Good morning all

We have a great and very easy new challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Our hostess for this week is on of our newest DT members
The very talented

Pat K

and she has chosen the theme

Use leaves on your card (somewhere!)

So think papers, die cuts stamps - anything that puts some leaves on your card!

Our sponsors this week are the fab digi stamp company

Who are giving a great prize this week of 7 digi stamps to the winner

My card for this week is a card my best friend asked me to make for her Mams birthday.  Now for those of you who don't know, here in the north east of England we don't go for this Mummsy thing we have our good old MAMs!

Whenever I have a reason to think about the Mam/Mum thing it reminds me of when my eldest son Matthew was away at university in Norwich and makes me laugh.  For some reason he decided he would go to about the furthest place possible away from home, we didn't see much of him for the 3 years he was at university but he was a good boy and rang home regularly and that's where the funny story comes in.

In our family we don't have a very strong Geordie accent but to a southerner - that is anyone south of Newcastle we just don't talk proper!!  Matthew used to ring home each week and he'd always tell his housemates he was off to ring "me Mam" - that's Geordie for" my Mummy!"  He'd been away for quite a while, ringing home regularly when one of his housemates asked him - "Who's this Meemam person you keep ringing all the time?"  Matthew was just creased up laughing when he told us -maybe its the northern humour I don't know -but it still makes us laugh now.

Anyhow - onto the card

This is what I did.....

Image and little cut out embellies - digi stamp (can't remember where will update!)
Coloured with - Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Paper - K & Co
Card- Bazzill Basics
Die cut flowers and leaves spellbinders
MAM - cut with cricut expression Cindyloo Cartridge
Happy birthday circular stamp - Lili of the Valley
Gems- from my stash

I'll be back later with my DT card for inky Impressions for this week

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Crafty sentiments - Flowers
Flourishes - butterflies, bees , spiders oh my!
Stamp n plus -flowers
created with love challenge - use something 3 times (butterfly and seed packets)
Lolipop crafts - anything goes

Have a great day


Judith x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Delightful Challenges punches and Dies Challenge

Hello again

I have yet another Christmas project for you today - I'm well as truly Christmasfied (is that a word!) this week!!  This cute little girl is Caroling Penny from Digital delights and its my DT card for this week at Delightful Challenges.  There are some fabulous designs on the challenge blog, have a look over there I'm sure you'll be impressed

I just love little Penny - too cute! there are so many Digital Delight digis to choose from my problem in doing my DT cards is just too much bloomin' choice!  I decided to keep the card quite plain and simple.  Although there are several layers I managed to restrain myself with the embellies and just keep the focus on the image which I made fairly large.   I love colouring in red, I used to avoid it like the plague at one time but through practice I've developed a technique of breaking it into sections and creating folds and  that makes it far easier to deal with, also I wouldn't be without my white gel pen to cover up the mistakes lol.

This is what I did.....

Image - Caroling Penny from digital delights 
Sentiment - Christmas sentiment set from Digital Delights
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Skin E21,E00, E000  Clothes R39, R37,R35,G63,G61,G11,  boots E43,E41,E40 Shading C1,C3
Pencils - Tuscan red, Cool grey 70%, Light Umber
Papers - Silent night from Papermania (got these a couple of years ago - hope they're still around this year)
Kraft card - QVC
Die cuts all from Spellbinders
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Foam holly and berries - American Crafts

Tha'ts my last Christmas project for the week - had a whole Christmas overload this week 

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Papercrafting journey - Anything goes

Have a great weekend everyone


Judith x 

Shape up at MAWTT challenge this week

Good morning blog friends

Can't believe another two weeks have gone by and its brand new challenge day at MAWTT again! 
Our hostess this week is the very talented 

Leesa (aka The Navy Wife)

and she has chosen the theme 

Shape up!
(anything but square)

We are sponsored this week by 

Sir Stampalot
who are offering a fab prize of some Christmas goodies for the winner.

I've been having a bit of a Christmas celebration myself this week! so thought I'd continue with the theme and make yet another  that's four this week!!

I had been wondering what to make for this challenge and spotted a card one of my blogging buddies over at Fab'n'Funky challenges had made with distress inks - that was enough excuse for me to get out my inks and get very messy

This is what I did...

Tag - Ranger 
Distress inks - Fired Brick,Mustard seed, Shabby shutters and last years Christmas special edition trio
Stamp  - Creative Expressions
Crackle glaze just on Angel - Tim holtz for ranger
Swirl stamp - Anna Griffin
Green card - bazzill basics
Flower - Prima
Ribbon carnmeal cottage
Die cut - Memory box frosty border
glitter glue (on die cut) - Martha Stewart haematite glitter glue 
pearl brad - Whiff of joy (coloured green with copic pen)
Pearl pins - from my stash again coloured with copic pen

I'll be back with - guess what another Christmas card for my Delightful Challenges DT card

Challenges I'm entering 

Papercrafting journey - Anything goes
Card and scrap - make a tag
Just keep on creating -Christmas is just around the corner

Have a great day 


Judith x

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Angels and Faries Challenge at Fab'n'Funky

Good morning blog friends

We have another fab challenge for you this week over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges hosted by our lovely 


The challenge is 

Angels and Fairies

and we have a great prize to give away to the lucky winner from our sponsors for this week

I took this one as an opportunity to add to my Christmas card stash (I had a mini panic the other day when someone on the TV said how many days away - something like 130 days to Christmas!) I used one of the images provided by Digi Darla for the DT team to play with called "High Angel".  To be honest I couldn't decide whether I liked this card or not when I finished it but I think that's the way it is with cards you can't like them all  and you just have to live with it!!!

This is what I did....

Image - High Angel from Digi Darla Designs
Coloured with - Copics in -Skin E21,E00,E000 Clothes and wings E43,E41,E40, hair E43,E51,E50,YR31
Shaded with - Prisma color pencils - in grey and yellow shades (sorry can't remember!)
Paper(back) - Silent Night from Papermania
Paper(top) - Once upon a time DCWV
ribbon and other embellies from my stash
Joy - die cut Sizzix

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

Clearly istamp - Things with wings
Digi designs challenge blog - no squares allowed
Stampalot Challenge - Take flight
Bearly mine - fly fly away
Celebrate the occasion - Christmas in August

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card -my DT card for Delightful Challenges (another Christmas card but I liked it much better!)


Judith x

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Christmas in August at MTTC

Hi there blog friends

It's another two weeks gone and new challenge  day at MTTC again

The theme this time is 

Christmas in August

I've been playing with my Cricut Expression lately - it sort of got forgotten about for a while - but I decided to give it a dust off - just to ring the changes, sometimes its a nice change to make something that's not stamped and that's what happened for this weeks challenge.  I'm into door hangers at the minute so thought I could get a head start on some new Christmas decor  - it's not long now - just wait until the kids all get back to school - there'll be selection boxes in the shops lol

Here it is hanging on my hallway cupboard door -I'm going to leave it there and see who notices it!  The green looks a bit blue in this photo - but its very red and green!

This is what I did...

All cut on Cricut expression
Cartridges -

Door hanger - tags,bags,boxes and more
Ho Ho Ho - Cindy Loo
Bells - Christmas

Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Card - Bazzill Basics

Have a great day everyone - and get Christmas creating or you'll be regretting it!

Challenges I'm entering

Crafty mess challenge blog -Words (no images)
Poodles Parlour - Die cuts
Stamping with the dragon  -Christmas in August
My mums craftshop - christmas in August



Monday, 13 August 2012

Beach bound Lili door hanger for Inky Impressions

Hi all

I have a cute little project to share with you to day that i;ve made for the Inky Impressions Inspirations blog.   I've made a cute door hanger that would be great either for a little girls room or in my case I'm using it for decor in my beach themed conservatory - just hanging on the door encouraging me to go out and down to the beach!

I decided to stick to a blue and yellow colour theme to stay with the beach theme.  It was made very simply with my cricut expression machine. 

This is what I did...

Image - Beach Bound Lili from Inky Impressions
Coloured with - Copics
Skin E000,E00,E21,
Hair E50,E51,E53,YR31
All other YR15,YR16,Y38,Y35,Y11,Y00
Cricut Expression cartridges - 
Hanger cut in two sizes -Tags bags boxes and more
Boat border -Wall Decor and more
Beach sign - Summer Vacation
Card - Bazzil Basic cardstock
Ribbon -Trim  rescued from a birthday cake!

It was really very easy to make and you could make a series of them for children to plan days out in the holidays!

Challenges I'm entering

Incy Wincy Designs - Beach days
Truly madly Crafty -Summer fun
Dream valley Challenges - die cuts and punches
Quirky crafts blogspot - Schools out for summer
The crafty Pad - all about sumer vacation

Hope you like it 


Judith x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

It's Thursday - challenge day at Digital Delights!

Hi all

I'm back today with my DT card for Delightful Challenges at Digital Delights.  The challenge this week is

use fabric,fibre or trim

here is my card for this week

I have to say I'm not big on the fabric thing but I managed to find this flowery fabric in my scraps box - from goodness knows where! and I cut some flowers with my grand calibur (now fixed by my super duper Mr Fixit husband!!)  I really enjoyed colouring this image, I love little cowgirl and cowboy images and this is why I chose her - you can really go to town on the  shading of their clothes.  The sun was so bright (can't believe I'm saying that after all the rain) that there are a lot of shadows on this photograph - but its nice and bright!!

This is what I did...

Image - cowgirl Dixie by digital delights
coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
barrel- from cowgirl Dixie accessories
Sentiments - digital delights - (howdy from cowgirl Dixie sentiments and birthday girl from Birthday sentiments) 
Die cut trim - honeysuckle vne from Memory Box
Lace, garden twine, star brad and fabric from my stash
Die cuts - spellbinders (create a rose, circle and scallop circle)
Paper - Cowgirl cool from rapsberry road

Hope we see you at Delightful Challenges this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Papercrafting journey - Anything goes 
Paperplay challenges - shaped card
Crafts and me - use a digi
Divas by design - for a female


Judith xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Rhinestones and pearls at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hi all

Well here I am again - this should have been my first post today but when I looked it was still in draft - wondered where it was when I checked my blog!  I'm just using the insanity excuse that's the only one I can come up with - I'm seriously losing the plot!!  I think I'm on the countdown to my holidays at the end of the month.  So if you're a DT buddy of mine - beware I'm not responsible for my actions until the end of August lol - DT cards, they may turn up or maybe not, maybe the right day or week - maybe not!!

Anyway - here's what should have been my first post today.....

Today's challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges is hosted by the fabulous 


she's one of our wonderful new teamies and has chosen the theme 

Rhinestones and Pearls

It's as simple as that!!  I rarely make a card without at least one of these shiny embellies so it must be an easy one.

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Crimson Cloud

Here is my card for this week using rhinestones on a very simple thank you card
 - or as my daughter has called it
 - the Brownie card!!   

I'm sure you're as puzzled by the description as I was when she first said it - but for anyone who was a Brownie - well its obvious.  In the Brownies when they congratulate anyone they say (or always used to say - I presume it's never changed) "Well done, Well done, Well done" accompanied by a sequence of clapping, and the person replies "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you"  also with the same clapping sequence as you can see there are three "thank yous'" on my card its a Brownie card ha ha  -  see told you I was quite mad.  I'm sure there will be two very distinct groups of readers of this blog either nodding and smiling - "oh yes I remember that" or - "haven't got a clue what she's talking about - she is mad"

This is what I did...

Card punched with - Martha Stewart zig zag border punch
Ribbon - Berrisfords blue gingham
Thank you Circle stamp - Stamping all day (Thank you Nicky you provide a great service!)
Rhinestones - from my stash
Circle and scalloped circle die cuts - spellbinders

I'm sure everyone must have a card for our challenge this week - bring on those pearls and rhinestones (and brownie cards lol)

Challenges I'm entering with this card
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and simple
Papercrafting journey -Anything goes
Papertake weekly - anything goes

Judith xx

Inky Impressions Weekly Challenge - Use Ribbon

Hello again blog friends

Here I am back again with my second DT card for today

This time its for the fabulous Inky Impressions and the challenge is

Use Ribbon

I have a huuuuge collection of ribbon that I mainly buy by the reel from Carnmeal Cottage. It all started when we made my daughters wedding stationary and we bought an awful lot of ribbon in a gorgeous sage green colour, it got put on all kinds of things as I made everything from the save the date cards to the boxes for the cupcakes and Table place board for the reception and everything was butterflies, birds and sage green ribbon  - such a lovely day, it makes me smile to think about it.  Anyway I decided to buy a few extra reels of ribbon at the same time as ordering the wedding ribbon and now its an annual event, I always buy ribbon at Christmas to tie round gifts and I buy a few extra reels and so the collection continues!

This is what I did...

Stamped image - Nickies Birdie by Inky Impressions
Coloured with - Copics and prismacolor pencils
Pearls - Inky Impressions
Papers - Beach Babe by fancy pants designs
Die cut ovals - Spellbinders
Die cut flowers, swirls and corner - Memory box dies
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Die cut label - Sizzix
Sentiment - Dawn Bibby woodland deer set

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Papertake weekly challenge -Anything goes

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Creative Craft Challenges - just a sentiment challenge

Hi All

Here we are with another challenge for a fortnight from Creative Craft Challenges and the theme is

Just a sentiment

In other words we don't want to see any stamped or digi images - Just a sentiment!!

For this challenge I've made a Christmas card using a stamped sentiment, 
some die cut flowers and a border, lace and ribbons

This is what I did...

Sentiment- Lily of the Valley
Die cut flowers and border -Spellbinders
Lace,pearls and ribbon - from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Whoopsi Daisy challenge - Die cuts and or punches
Love to create - Punches and dies
Dream valley challenges - punches and dies
Platypus Creek - traditional Christmas
CD Sunday challenge - Bingo - Diecuts, pearls, lace
The Ribbon Girl - Bingo -Pearls, Lace , Bow

Hope we see you over at CCC for this challenge, we'd love you to call and see all the great DT projects this week

Hugs Judith x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

New release at Delightful Challenges - my new DT team!!

Ha Ha and a very good morning!!

I've kept this secret for a while now - but I can finally reveal that I've been asked to join the DT for the new term at Delightful challenges!  - I've been so excited and dying to get started.

Today is new release day and the theme of the new release and the challenge is 


 I've got this fabulous little monkey by the name of Maycee to share with you

 Isn't this just the cutest little monkey you ever saw!  - together with the matching papers  and sentiment.  This is just one of the fabulous new release stamps all on a birthday/party theme.  you can see them all at the Digital delights store here and then visit the challenge blog and have a look at what my new  teamies have been up to- theres some fab projects to inspire you!

This is what I did....

Digi stamp - Telephone Maycee from Digital Delights
Coloured with copics
Paper -  Its a party paper pack from Digital Delights
Sentiment- birthday sentiment set from Digital Dlights
Ribbon - Vintage seam binding in teal from creative expressions
Die cut roses - cut with dienamics mini rolled rose die
Hi! - Anna Griffin stamp party set
Distressed with - Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink

Challenges I'm entering

7 kids college fund challenge - Shaped cards
paperplaytime - anything goes
squigglefly - Speak to me
Truly madly craftly - Animals

Have a great day everyone


Judith x

Summer Challenge at MAWTT

Morning all

Its time for a new challenge at Moving Along with the Times and this week it's the turn of of my lovely and very talented teamie
to host the challenge, and she has chosen the theme


This week we are lucky enough to be sponsored by

who are giving this weeks Winner a choice of prizes - you can have either 5 digital images of the winners choice or 3 images and 1 digital paper. Isn't that a fab prize!

The DT were lucky enough to have some of these great digis to play with
 and I chose to use these gorgeous butterflies

I decided to make a Wedding card with a black and white theme
 - there's nothing like a summer wedding!

Heres what I did....

Digi stamp - butterflies and verse from The Crafty Pad
Flowers - Punched with large and small daisy punches from papermania
Gems - from my stash
Sentiment  Lili of the Valley
Card and circles - cut with spellbinders die

See you later for another DT card for my new DT post!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - Flowers
7 kids college fund challenge - Shaped card
Digi Darlas challenges - things with wings
Kaboodle doodle challenges - Special day

Hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

My time to craft challenge (mines a different time to everyone elses!!)

Hello again

Just taking a few minutes to post what should have been yesterdays post for My time to Craft - a day late I know - I'll be expecting my p45 from Shell before long.

This weeks challenge was set by our lovely Pat who chose the theme


I won some fab digis last week from the digigarden in the Poodles Parlour challenge so decided to choose one of their stamps for this challenge. I decided to go cute and colourful just to ring the changes!

Here's what I did

Image - Bitsy the gnome and mushroom pack 2  from the Digigarden
Coloured with - copics and slight shading with prismacour pencils
Papers from my stash
Ribbon - papermania
Butterfly charm - Inky impressions
Pearls - my crafty heart
Punched zig zag border - Martha Stewart
Butterfly punch - woodware
Glitter on wings - gold and pink by Martha Stewart
Die cuts - Spellbinders
Sentiment - Whiff of Joy

Hope I've redeemed myself a bit by actually getting this posted!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

LEJ Designs -Mystical, Magical or  Mysterious
Digi Darlas challenges - things with wings
Tammys scrappin corner - anything goes
Digidesigns challenge - Mystical creatures
The poodles parlour - anything goes
Digistamps4joy- polka dots and stripes

See you again tomorrow


Judith xx

Anything but a card with new sponsors Flonzcraft

Good morning all

I haven't been a very good blogger these last couple of weeks, hardly any visiting been done, bare minimum cards but i have kept my commenting  up to date so i feel quite angelic about that one (check out our next weeks challenge at Fab'n'Funky on that one hint hint) I'm really chasing my tail with lots to do and not much crafty time.  I'd tellyou what I've been doing - but I haven't got the time! and I need to do a HUUUGE catch up post because so much exciting stuff has happened this last week!!

I had scheduled this post and just checked to find it hadn't posted so even bloggers not giving me any help!

Anyway a quick one today with a fabulous challenge and sponsor at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges 

and new stamp company 

.  This weeks hostess is our gorgeous
 with the theme

Anything but a card

A great theme to get your creativity going and our DT girls really pushed the boat out for this one -I was really blown away when I saw the beautiful variety of projects they came up with.  I decided on the easy option of a tag and this gorgeous little vintage themed stamp fit it perfectly I think, and it gave me an excuse to get my messy inks out and have a play.

I really enjoyed making this and might have a play and make a few more tags - perhaps for Christmas, the thing about these style of tag is you can always mount them up and they make a fabulous card and you can get even messier with that option!

This is what I did....

Stamp - Vintage fashion girl 11 by Flonzcraft
Tag, background stamps and sentiment - Crafty individuals
Butterfly diecut - spellbinders
Paper for butterfly- My Minds Eye - meadowlark
Vintage seam binding ribbon and pins - Creative expressions
Lace - Wild Orchid crafts
Black glitter glue (on butterfly) - Martha Stewart

Challenges I'm entering with this tag

Die Cuttin divas - Anything goes
High hopes Stamps-Ribbon and lace
Paperminutes - Acrylic block stamped background
The stamping boutique - Anything goes
Twisted Tuesdays - free for all
Incy Wincy challenges - Anything but a card
Fussy and fancy friday - vintage (with distressing and lace

Well thats all for now I'll be back later with a very late MTTC post, some news and more challenges tomorrow, roll on next week - Ive got 7 weeks off work and I intend to make the most of it !!


Judith x