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Friday, 20 December 2013

Paper Shelter Blog hop - spot prize winner

Good evening all

Just a quick post to let you know who won the spot prize on my blog for 

The Paper Shelter Blog Hop comments

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the hop and left all of the lovely comments
It really is much appreciated and helped make our hop a great success

Selected by my (very random!!) son 

Its you EVA!! -

Please go over to the Paper Shelter to claim your prize
There are instructions on there that will tell you exactly what you will need to do

Congratulations and enjoy your prize


Thursday, 19 December 2013

A lovely colour challenge at MAWTT this week

Good morning all

Hope you are all nice and cozy and warm where you are!  I've had to schedule this post as I'm out for the day - so that I can be cozy and warm too!!  We are having a power cut for the whole of today because there are faults on the overhead lines and they are repairing it - I suppose its better done now than no electricity in the power surge on Christmas day.  But I had really wanted a day at home just to organise things - I only just finished work for the holidays and was looking forward to a nice quiet day in - never mind!

Anyway I won't be around much over the next couple of days while this is going on - but I'll try to do some visiting tomorrow evening.

This week we have a pretty colour challenge at 

antiqued bouquet

 I was determined to make a Christmas card for this card and it caused me a bit of a headache deciding what to do as its definitely non traditional Christmas colours and I just couldn't get my head round it at all

I used a LOTV precoloured image that I had left over from last year
- it was supposed to be a quick and easy card - not that it turned out that way - my cards are never quick ....or easy - I'm too much of a faffer - a northern England  word perhaps but says it all !!

Sorry about the odd unbalanced photo - but how else was I going to get that bow in!!

Heres what I did....

Image LOTV precoloured - fur cones
Papers - MME Santa Claus, and lost and found -Christmas found
Distress ink - TH dust rose
Mistletoe and pine cone dies - Marianne
Square die - spellbinders
corner dies - dienamics
Kraft card - MFT
Diamond stickles
Sentiment tags - LOTV
Ribbon - Sam Pooles Creative studios

It's the last challenge of the year at MAWTT and you have until 31st December to enter - we'd love to see these pretty colours in your cards this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - make your own embellies

Judith xx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Anything goes at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

Its a late post from me this morning - and the reason being ....Christmas - what else - I've totally lost track of just about everything including what day I post for my challenges!  I'm sure this Christmas thing causes temporary insanity - well I hope it's temporary or there's no hope for any of us really lol.

Today's challenge over at
 The Paper Shelter Challenge blog
 is the last one for this year 
and the theme is an easy peasy....

Anything Goes

I used one of the very newest stamps that was just released
and I just fell in love with this pretty image and the absolutely gorgeous papers that come with her

This is The Music Practice and is available here

I loved the papers just as much as the pretty image and even thought about making a card using just the papers - it would make a very pretty card with just a sentiment mounted on the centre frame - but I just didn't have the heart to leave this pretty girl out!  I printed the paper out twice on paper for the inside and outside of the card then cropped the centre frame part and printed it onto card so that I could add dimension.  It was then curved and elevated at the centre with foam pads.  Lastly I fussy cut the image and stuck her onto the frame, the butterflies and flower embellishments were added - because she deserved to be pretty!  It's quite  a while since I made a card with flowers and "fussy" embellies, I definitely favour a more CAS style these days, but some images suit this style so well and I thought that this was definitely one of them.  I just love the effect of this paper - the doily looks so dimensional - but its all printed onto the one piece of paper

Hope we see you at The Paper Shelter Challenge
- as always there's a great prize up for grabs

Challenge prize badge

This is what I did....

Image and papers -The music Practice from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Flowers - WOC
Butterfly -Prima
Gems - from my stash
Sentiment - LOTV
Leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Kraft card - MFT (still haven't recovered from my visit to this fab shop!!)

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Everybody art -no christmas cards
Fantastic Tuesday challenge - punches and dies
Twisted Tuesdays - fussy cut and fancy corners
Crafty sentiments -Birthdays
Bunny Zoes - wings
The crafty bloggers network - girly
The kraft journal - something new (new release digi and new kraft card)

See you again tomorrow!

Judith xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Snowman Country cute - yes he certainly is!

Good Morning all

I hope today finds you all in good Christmas spirit (and not too stressed by it all!)

I'm here today to share my card for the 24 days of Christmas Event at Whimsy Stamps

For all of you who do not know what's going on over at Whimsy Inspiration blog - the design team is holding a 24 Days of Christmas Event to thank you all for your continued support of Whimsy Stamps

Every day from 1st to 24th December, a member of the design team will be sharing a brand new Whimsy holiday creation on the Whimsy blog.  Included in these daily posts will be a LETTER.  Visit every day, make a note of each letter and keep them safe.  Once you have collected all 24 letters, you should be able to unscramble them and make a 4 word phrase.  
Email your phrase to by 31st December 2013, and if you've guessed correctly, you will be entered into the draw to win a fantastic GRAND PRIZE! 
But that's not it, there will also be some fun SPOT PRIZES throughout the entire event. They could be hidden either on the Whimsy blog  or on one of the design team member's blogs! Be sure to leave a comment here AND on the DT's blog posts each day to be in with a chance to win! 

Here is my inspiration card for the event
using Snowman Country Cute by Crissy Armstrong available here

This is what I did ...

Image - snowman country cute from crissy armstrong at Whimsy stamps
Coloured with copics and prismacoor pencils
Papers - recollections at Michaels and MME
pearl brads - Whiff of joy
Flower dies - marianne (large die) and Dienamics
Leaf - magnolia
sentiment tag LOTV

Why not pay a visit to Whimsy Inspirations blog and see if you can win yourself a prize - don't forget to leave me a comment here - for the chance to win a spot prize.

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Snowflakes challenge at fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning lovely blog friends

Firstly I must thank all of my lovely friends who sent me such kind messages and left such comforting comments after my last post on losing my lovely cat Barney.  I really was so touched by your kindness and support, I  feel so fortunate to have had so much understanding and kindness shown.

I haven't so much as picked up a pen until I made this card last night but I've decided it's got to be onward and upward from here on, sad as I still feel I'm sure that creativity is a good healthy distraction.

Its our last challenge of the year over at 

Set by our lovely Rachel the theme is


We are sponsored this week by 

and had some gorgeous images to play with 

I chose Flakey Friends which is the snowman image- available here

I also used one of the lovely background digis from Make it Crafty
Called little village scene available here

I had to photograph it in poor light last night so it doesn't show all the - way over the top - glitter that I used !

This is what I did...

Image - Flakey Friends from Stampart design by Kathryne
Background image -little village scene from Make it Crafty
Coloured with copics
Glitter glue - stickles 
Ribbon - vintage seam binding - crafty ribbons
Snowflake punch - martha stewart
Glass snowflakes - ebay (ages ago)
Sentiment - from the holiday stamp set at hot fudge studio
Dies for sentiment - spellbinders circles and scalloped circles
Kraft card - MFT

We hope you'll join in with our last challenge for the year - I'm sure there will be lots of snowflake cards around this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - make your own embelishments
Christmas at sweet stamping - Let it snow
Divas by design - anything goes
The sisterhood of crafters - Sparkle
Scrappers delights - Christmas
Partytime Tuesday - Winter wonderland



Sunday, 8 December 2013

Rest peacefully my beautiful Barney

Hello crafty friends

I'm here with just a quick post to share my sad new - one that only an animal lover will really understand.   I got back from holiday yesterday morning knowing that my dear old beautiful Barney cat was not well.  My daughter had told me through the week that "something" had happened  probably a minor stroke or bleed on his brain and although he wasn't in any pain he just wasn't well at all.  I came home really hoping that things weren't so bad - but as soon as I saw him I knew that it was time to let him go.  At the grand old age of almost 18 years he already had a problem with his kidneys and although controlled well with diet he had lost weight through it and I think his poor body just gave up.  

I used to show and breed British Shorthair cats- only in a small way- when my kids were little, and Barney was my very first kitten born in the cupboard under the stairs, it was a life long love affair between us, I really was the love of his life! - he was my constant shadow and  loved sitting on my lap with his head tucked under my chin, the most gentle beautiful cat I've ever had with his bright green eyes and black eye-liner.

These photographs were taken a couple of years ago - my beautiful boy at around 14 or 15 years old - still in his absolute prime - and that is how I remember him

I am just heartbroken and devastated that he is gone but surprisingly I feel quite calm now that it's all over - because I think I did the very best last thing that I could for him, and the vet let him peacefully fall asleep in my arms.

I'm not feeling particularly crafty or bloggy at the moment - so I'll take a few days just to recharge.

Rest in peace my beautiful boy x

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A Wee Sketchie challenge at Moving Along with the Times

Good morning all

I'm back with another scheduled post - this time its my DT post for

Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog

This was supposed to be my turn to host this week 
but as I'm away on holiday our lovely leader Hazel is hosting instead - thanks Hazel!

And in the words of our lovely little Scottish lady Hazel 
the theme is 

A Wee Sketchie Challenge

And here's the Wee Sketchie!!

We have sponsors for this weeks challenge and a lovely prize too

- the prize is 3 images of the winners choice.

The DT were lucky enough to get some images to play with 
and I chose the cute - Train Spotting  available here

This image came at the perfect time for me as I was looking for a cute image to make a card for my grandson Jacobs 2nd birthday. on 13th December.  I got him a little train set just a week or two back in the Early Learning Centre - I don't know if he'll get it for his birthday or as a Christmas gift yet but I'm sure he'll be just as cute as this little boy whenever he gets to play with it!

This is what I did...

Image - Train Spotting from Scrappers Delights
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - K and Co hopscotch boy
Die cut letters/number- Sizzix Vintage Market by Tim Holtz

We'd love to see what you can make with this easy peasy wee sketchy - I love sketches it takes all the thinking out of the card  and at the minute I'm a bit thunk out!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Judith xx

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Welcome to The Paper Shelter Special Birthday Blog Hop

Good Morning all

Greetings from me -still in sunny Florida and welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop 

This is our celebration of The Paper Shelters 3rd Birthday on December 8th.  As well as the blog hop It is also a two week Challenge and both Design Teams are taking part.

The Hop is our celebration of three years of fabulous digis from Veronica and Pedro the most generous owners of The Paper Shelter and also our way of saying thank you to our loyal followers for supporting our challenge each week.  
The theme is a  "Special Birthday" which I know is an easy one - I don't know anyone who doesn't have a birthday card to make .... So make it special!!!

If you have landed here from Anna's blog then you're heading in the right direction - if not then you'll need to head on back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to check on the order - as you'll not want to miss out on this one!  The next stop after this one is Lydia's blog.

Our Wonderful Design Team have worked so hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter Shop.  Not only is there a fab prize for the main blog hop winner but each blog on the hop is also offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice -  how fab is that!  Full details are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot.

Here is my card using one of the gorgeous new digis we've had lately

She's called Autumn Attitude and is available here
She really is so beautiful
- it wasn't until I started to colour her that I realised what a beautiful face she has

This is what I did....

Image - Autumn Attitudefrom The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and prisma colour pencils
Papers -MME 
Sentiment tags - LOTV
Corner - reflections from Michaels
Ricardo ribbon - crafty ribbons
Butterfly - from my stash
Die cut oval - spellbinders
Distress inks - Tim Holtz  tea die and winter spruce

From here remember you will need to hop on over to Lydia - Don't forget to leave your comment here on my blob for your chance to win your choice of one of the fab digis available in store.
Hop! Hop! Hop!
Good luck and hope you're enjoying the hop so far.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

digistamps 4 joy - distressing
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
tip top tuesday - use kraft

Judith xx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Freezing at Thanksgiving - Florida style with My Favourite Things!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends
And greetings to friends everywhere

I'm here in Florida for a spot of R&R and to hit the sales on Friday- much better than shopping at home - even on Black Friday I don't think its as bad as weekend Christmas shopping back home!

But.... It's blooming freezing! - when I got up this morning it was only 4 degrees C! 
- we had to put the heating on in the house!  I think it's just a hiccup today and set to warm iUp tomorrow but it's lunchtime now and still only 10 degrees - I just checked and it's 8 back home in Sunny Sunderland!

Never mind we're still having fun and yesterday was just the best day ever - I had some Christmas money that I was given to spend before I came so we had a drive up to a town called Eustis - so what you might say - but it's just the home of the


I took some photos but for some reason computer ( or in this case iPad) says no
 - but I'll post them later

But need I say more -  I have my little pink MFT Bag full of my goodies - course they have to go to Santa to be wrapped up - but I can sit and look at them till I get home lol

We also visited the most gorgeous shop I've ever seen 
- called Peddlars Wagon - it was just so beautiful
Totally over the top Christmas and the most lovely people - it was almost closing when we went to pay for all the breakable, crushable goodies that I've yet to get home and spent almost an hour talking to three of the guys about TV, British history and lots more besides - such a lovely few hours spent in Eustis - we will be back! 

Hope you're all warm and cozy where you are

Judith xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Its still our birthday - Challenge 2 at Fab'n'Funky - anything goes

Good morning all

I do hope you joined in at Fab'n'Funky last week - we had such fab prizes for our winners - pop across and see if you are one of the lucky prize winners.

We have another Anything Goes challenge this week at Fab'n'Funky
with an equally good selection of prizes from our great sponsors 
Have a look over there and join us again this week

I used a really pretty little image from one of our sponsors this week
Her name is Alannah - by Stampart Design by Kathryne
and she is available here
I used the bonus set that comes with the stamps instead of the full digi 
so I could sit her in the corner of my card
The little birdie and sentiment is all part of the set
I don't know if you can see so well in the photo but it is a really sparkly card
I went totally mad with the stickles!!

Here is a list of all of our great sponsors- lots of prizes to be had!!

It's really worth an entry!!
This is what I did...

Images and sentiment - Alannah from Stampart design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prisma color pencils
Papers - Blue Christmas form recollections at Michaels
Noel-wooden embellie from dovecraft
Ribbon  Carnmeal cottage
Die cut tree - Mariannes LR1036
Snowflakes - dovecraft snowflake punch
Glitter - Stickles tiara and diamond

I'm off on my hollies today for two weeks - I have some scheduled posts here and there and I'll be calling to visit as I laze around with nothing better to do than visit all your lovely blogs - that's if I ever get sorted out and away - soo much to do.....xx

Hope we see you at Fab'n'Funky this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - pretty
ABC Christmas Challenge - Winter wishes
Inky Impressions - Hats scarves and gloves
Pennys papercrafty challenge - anything goes
Crafty creations - Christmas/thanksgiving
Scrappers delights - anything goes
Deep Ocean challenge blog - favourite colour combo (Blue and kraft(beige))
Scrap creations - make it sparkle

Judith x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Christmas is on its way - big time!

Good morning all

I'm here this morning with an inspirational post for Whimsy stamps, I've had a really busy week or so with not much time for crafting - or anything else for that matter!  We've been painting and decorating the house, cleaning carpets and putting our Christmas decorations up!!  I can hear you all saying WHAT!!! but yes you heard right I'm sitting here in full Christmas mode surrounded by our Christmas decorations and lights and our lovely big tree!  - we also put our outside lights up on the trees outside - but they're not turned on yet in case we scare the neighbours lol

I have to confess that I love it when the house is all decorated for Christmas - its my favourite time of year....but I'm really not a complete Christmas nut its just that we're going to Florida on Wednesday and won't be back until 7th December and that's just far to late to start putting up the tree and sorting things out - so I'm far happier that its done now.  When the family were all there for Sunday dinner yesterday we had a lovely time - just like Christmas.  My grandson loved the candles on the table - he's almost two and we had a great time lighting and blowing out candles - little things ha ha.  Even my mother who though it was "far to early for Christmas" had to admit that it cheered everything up - so I say - give it a try - you might just like an early Christmas!!

Anyway - back to the job in hand
I made these cute gift tags with a lovely set available over at Whimsy stamps

You'll find Christmas Gift Tags by Stampart Design by Kathryne HERE 

There is a lovely selection of designs and I printed them out in different sizes to suit a selection of gifts
I then coloured them with copics (and glittered some) then mounted them onto red card or silver mirri, added a few snowflake embellies here and there and finished them off with ribbons.  They looked so pretty with all the bows and even my husband stopped and commented - which is not normal at all!  

I still have a stack yet to colour, I think they're a great idea - and so much prettier - and cheaper than bought ones.  I was even surprised myself at how much I liked them!

Challenges I'm entering with these tags

Glitter n sparkle challenge - tag it
Jingle belles -holiday traditions

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

We're celebrating our 4th birthday at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - so anything goes!

Good afternoon all

I'm back with my second post of the day  - and a very special one at that!

We are celebrating our 4th birthday at Fab'n'Funky challenges with a great challenge

Anything goes

We also have lots of fabulous sponsors and a host of prizes on offer!

Our wonderful Sponsors

Prize - 5 digis of the winners Choice - and a GDT spot at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

- the prize is 5 images of the winners choice from DS4J shop

Prize is 3 images of the winners choice from the Lacy Sunshine Shop

Inky Impressions 

prize is 3 digis of the winners choice

The fabulous Flonzcraft
prize - $20 voucher to spend in store - with free shipping! how great is that!

You have to admit these are fab and funky prizes and next week is just as great!

I made a Christmas card (no surprise there then!!) using a set of images from one of our sponsors

The images are from digistamps4joy called Christmas twigis winter - available HERE

This is what I did...

Images - Christmas Twigis winter from Digi Stamps 4 joy
Coloured with copics and white gel pen
Papers - MME joy
Sentiment - LOTV
Diecuts - postage stamps from spellbinders
               bells for memorybox
Ribbon - from my stash

We;d love to see you at Fab'n'Funky this week  come and see if you can win one of our fab (and funky) prizes

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - winter wishes
Crafting by design - anything goes with twist of Christmas
Handmade harbour - Christmas is coming


Judith x

A card for my special little someone!

Good morning all

Its another busy Wednesday morning with my first of two posts for the day
Its time for a new challenge at 

and our theme is 

For someone special

I decided to make a Christmas card for my extra special little someone!
my grandson Jacob

I used an absolutely gorgeous Snowman digi form The Paper Shelter 
.... ooo I do love a snowman card!
....and my favourite easel shape too - what a good day this is lol

Called The Snowman  - he's available here

As usual we have fab prizes up for grabs at TPS challenge 

The gift voucher

This is what I did....

Image - The Snowman from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics
Papers - MME Merry
Card - Bazzill basics
Sentiment - produced in Word
Fence punch and snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Snowflake die - Whimsy stamps
Label die -dienamics
Chipboard Snowman  K & Co Swell Noel
Gliter paper - from my stash
Glitter glue - tim holtz

We have so many lovely special cards to show you at The Paper Shelter Challenge week - so come on over - show us your cards for that special someone.

Don't forget to come back later for my post about our special 4th birthday celebrations at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - lots of fab prizes up for grabs from our wonderful sponsors!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty little fairies - top of the pops - I wish it could be christmas every day (when the snowman brings the snow....)
Creative knock outs - make it sparkle
hanna and friends - glitter
ABC christmas challenge - winter wishes

Judith x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

We're going swirly, girly, pearly at MAWTT this week!

Good morning all

I'm back today with my DT card for this weeks challenge at 
Moving along with the Times
 where our lovely Debs is "the hostess with the mostest" for this week

She has chosen the fab theme

Swirly girly pearly

Here's what I came up with

I was asked by a friend to make a Wedding card for her sister-in-law
and was dying to use this cute image from Tiddly Inks called you and me babe.
Its a very contemporary sort of image and I decide to go quite shabby chic with it
(I still haven't got over my shabby chic week of DT cards a few weeks ago!!)
I love pearly swirly cards and a wedding card is the perfect occasion to go totally OTT

Here's what I did...

Image - you and me babe from Tiddly Inks
Coloured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers from MME - one is lost and found blush and I cant remember the other!!
Swirls from creative impressions
Fabric flower strip - Tim Holtz
Hearts banner - lala land die
Vintage seambinding ribbon - crafty ribbons
sentiment produced in word and cut with dienamics label die
Pearls from kars
Distress Ink - TH tea die

The inside is also decorated to match and there was a lovely shabby style box to match - but I for got to photograph them dir!

there are some very pretty cards over on the MAWTT blog this week - all pearly swirly girly!
hope we see you there
Challenges I'm entering with this card..

Aud sentiments - feminine
creative knockouts - get punchy
Charizma cards - anything goes

Hugs Judith x

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Christmas colours challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Brrrrr - aren't the mornings getting cold now - I had to scrape ice off my car yesterday and Monday to go to work - I just hate icy mornings,  But its my day off today and I'm just staying in the warmwhile my grandson Jacob comes to play! The only good thing about this time of year is Christmas comes somewhere in the middle of it - and I love Christmas and everything that goes with it. And on that note....

We have a brand new challenge over at 
and the theme is 

Traditional Christmas Colours

It's my turn to host this week and I decided to take it easy on you - the colours have to be traditional Christmas ones - but it doesn't have to be a Christmas card.  We're looking for those lovely reds, greens, gold, silver,white - maybe a touch of black on Santa,s boots - I'm sure you know what we have in mind!

Our sponsors this week is the fabulous Digi Darla Designs

who are offering a fab prize of 5 digi stamps of the winners choice

and we we're lucky enough to get some fab images to play with too

I chose this lovely image called 
Stockings on  mantle - available here

This is what I did....

Image - stockings on mantle from Digi Darla designs
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - LOTV
Sentiment LOTV
Ribbon - Sam Pooles creative studios

Can't wait to see your cards over at the challengeg at Fab'n'Funky this week

Judith x

Friday, 1 November 2013

A lovely bloghop at Whimsy stamps to welcome November!

Welcome to the November digital release blog hop!!!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by

Crissy Armstrong
Ashlan Valor Tangles
Marika Collins
Miss Rach's digis

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
  To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice.
The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is  Blog

 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Sunday 8th September at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.

I chose to use this cute digi from Liastampz
called Snowmen available here

I think this stamp has a bit of a retro feel to it and tried to follow that through the card 

This is what I did...

Image - Snowmen from Liastampz to Whimsystampz
coloured with copics
Papers and sentiment from Dovecraft 'tis the season
Card - bazzill basics
Diecut tree - Mariannes creatables
Glitter - Martha Stewart
ribbon and gems and star brad from my stash

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way

Have a great hop!

Hugs Judith x

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty girls - anything goes
My heart pieces - anything christmas
A creative romance - metal mania (metal brad star on tree)
Crafty hands challenge- anything goes
Polka doodles - anything goes christmas