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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Paper kites for my card at My Time to Craft

Good morning all

There's a great new challenge over at My time to Craft this week

Use newspaper or pages from a book

I really enjoyed this challenge - probably because its a wee bit different.  I didn't want to go down the paper flowers route as I felt sure everyone would do the same - but if you have a look at the MTTC challenge blog - you'll see just how original my teamies over there are!

I used this cute image by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps called Want to fly a kite available here
I thought the newspaper kites would work well for this challenge and I made them very simply by cutting them out of newspaper by hand and cutting and colouring scraps of card for the crossed bars, I also cut bows to go on the kite strings.  I really like this cute little guy - he's a real little tubs!

This is what I did....

Image - Want to fly a kite - by Chrissy Armstrong at Whimsy stamps
Coloured with copics
Papers - K & Co Hopscotch boy
Twine and back pearls from my stash
Sentiment tags - LOTV

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Paper Pretties - for the kiddos
Creative craft challenges - For the kids
Send a smile for kids - anything goes

Hope you have a great holiday weekend


Judith x

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Hippity hoppity over to Delightful Challenges

Happy Maundy Thursday!

And the cold and snow goes on......

Our challenge over at Delightful challenges is a spring one but there's no spring around here - we have the tiniest sign of a few crocuses in the garden but I have a feeling the poor things will wish they'd stayed where they were -and there's no chance of us going out to start tidying the garden this Easter holidays - which is something we often do if we get  a nice  bright day over the holiday weekend. 
- I don't care how bright it is - our garden will stay untidy as long as this freezing weather continues!

So spring is remaining firmly indoors and it's as good a reason as any to get crafting

At Digital Delights the theme is 

Hippity Hoppity

that's something with a cute bunny theme, flowers - anything spring

Here's my card for the week made with the cute Easter Bianca

 I just love the cute little girls in the Digital Delights range of stamps and they are often sitting like this one is - I  just sit them on the edge of a circle - like I did with this one
 - that's me life on the edge lol
Don't you just love those ears! - I wanted them to be outside the circle as well and after much faffing with dies (that's a very technical term) finally got them there

I've gone totally spring flower overboard on this one - I think its a hysterical reaction  to the weather but  thought I'd better call a halt to how much was on the front of this card - I think its pretty obvious its an Easter themed card just by looking at it
 - it doesn't need the word Easter anywhere on the front of this card!

But it does need it inside...

So I printed the Hoppy Easter sentiment - available here - super sized and put it inside, I didn't think it needed any more than that though I was tempted to keep on sticking those flowers - I decided to just let the paper do the talking

Our fab sponsor this week is

Crafty Ribbons

and we have a lovely ribbon prize from them so get hippity hoppitying!!!

Anyway - this is what I did......

Image -  Easter Bianca
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils 
Sentiment Hoppy Easter sentiment
Papers - spring drop from first edition
Circles cut with spellbinders dies
Flowers - fabulous Phlox from Memory box dies
Butterfly - Whimsystamps die
Lace flower trim- (could be Anna Griffin) its been in my box of tricks for ever!
Pearls from my stash 

Have a hippity hop (are you sick of this yet!) over to Delightful Challenges -there are some fab Easter and spring projects on the blog

Challenges I'm entering

Oldie but a goodie - Easter (lace flower trim, pearls)
Cutie pie challenge - Easter
forever friends - lots of flowers
shellys images - anything goes

Judith x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Anything goes challenge at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

Hope this (Spring??) morning finds you well.  So sorry I haven't been around much lately and I still haven't caught up on my visiting.  I've tried to keep on top of my DT work and have just about made it by the skin of my teeth!!  but I  don't have a lot of time for anything else - life's going through one of those busy/manic/disaster! phases at the minute- but I'm hoping things might improve this coming week!

Anyway enough of my grovelling lol- and back to the matter in hand which is the Paper Shelter Challenge - and this week its the easiest of them all - 

Anything goes

I chose this really cut little 1920's girl - she was new at The Paper Shelter last month - I just love her

In the 20's set- available here

The image and the background comes in the set and I decided to use them both - just to show how you can ring the changes with these sets.   The sets with the ready made background papers make for a really quick card that looks great but  I printed off two of the paper so that I could cut out the oval and layer it up mounted onto card and foam pads to give some dimension and also thread a ribbon through behind the oval.  The paper also comes with fancy corners ready printed - which look really great - but again I've added my own metal corners over to add more depth to the card.  The only other additions are some gems and a couple of sentiment tags, finally I coloured my image with copics and rismacolour pencils and cutit out and  and mounted it onto foam pads - simples! 

I'm really rather pleased with the effect of this card. it looks as if there are lots of layers, and it was so easy to make - there are some fabulous cards on the Paper shelter challenge blog this week - you really must have a look and join in our "anything goes".  

We have fabulous prizes as always if you play with any TPS product, either images or paper packs you have the chance of winning our mega big gift voucher worth $30 to spend in the TPS store. Playing with another brand gives you the chance of winning three (3) digis of your choice, - so what a re you waiting for!?

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - Use metal (corners)
Simon says - anything goes
LEJ designs - vintage or retro
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Bunny zoes - girly


Judith x

Its time to box clever!

Good morning all

Its challenge day at Fab'n'Funky challenges today and our lovely Ciska is hosting our challenge today. She has chosen a great theme for us

Out of the box

In other words your project must include a box of some description

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous Stampfairy

Who are offering a prize of  $10 to spend in their shop

I think boxes are something you either do or you don't - if you know what I mean!  I make quite a lot of boxes as I often put my cards into a box and tie it up with lots of ribbon and either decorate the box or make a tag to match the card, people are always far more pleased to receive a card in a box than an envelope for some reason!  I always use my Crafters companion to make boxes  - literally a five minute job with the help of four clothes pegs to hold it until the glue dries - and you can make any shape or size.

I made this box for a gift (some chunky jewellery) to go in and also made a card to match - but forgot to photograph the card before it went.... dir!!!

I found this so hard to photograph - I just couldn't get it at an angle where it looked like a box- I'm afraid this is the best I could do.  There's really nothing fancy about this box its 6 inches square and an inch deep the decoration of it comes from the patterned card - its double sided so has a different design inside of the lid and is topped off with a ribbon that I secured under the lid with collall glue.  The main feature is the cute tag again finished with a big bow ribbon - I do love my ribbons and bows!

Here's what I did....

Image - Lenny Flowers 3 from Stamp Fairy - available here
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Card - Kanban (patterned) and bazzill basics (plain pink)
Ribbon - from carnmeal cottage
glitter - (on flowers) diamond stickles

There are some great ideas for boxes on the Fab'n'Funky challenge blog - great ideas for Easter gifts

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Tuesday throwdown - make something dimentional
Partytime tuesday - anything goes
crafting for all seasons - anything but a card
stampavie and more- pink


Judith x

Monday, 25 March 2013

Hostess Monday Project for Digital Delights by Looby Loo

Good Monday morning all

I have a new project today as its my turn to host our Monday inspiration
for Digital Delights by Looby Loo.
I decided I would make something a little different from a card for a change, but something that would perhaps be useful, and set about looking through all the fab digis that we have to choose from at Digital Delights for some inspiration.  I came across a  little book toting turtle called - what else but - 
Scholar Myrtle available here
 I thought that this image would make a fab bookmark and then went on to find Digital Delights even had a fab little bookmark and sentiment set as well available here


Bookmark sentiment setScholar Myrtle

This is what I did......
I used the bookmark template to get the size and dimensions of the bookmark to fit the image
Printed off one of the cute sentiments to use as well. 
I Coloured Myrtle with copics,  keeping the colours fairly muted, 
Gave it some shading with prismacolor pencils  
And cut out the image 
I then cut out the layers of the bookmark,
Cut a small tag with the sentiment
layered the whole thing up finishing off with a hole punched in the top to thread some fine ribbons through.

 I thought it looked a little bit unfinished at this stage so cut a few star die cuts in matching card with a Nellie Snellen star die set and layered them up too.  I felt as if I could have used a few more embellies but  if it was a proper practical hard working book mark it simply wouldn't last with too many embellies or anything fancy like gems or charms so I decided enough was enough!

I enjoyed the challenge that I set myself  to make something different and practical and didn't know either of these  digis existed until I took myself on a tour of Digital Delights - and I look around almost every week, so who knows what you might come across if you just take the time to have a good look around!

Have a great week

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Get Well challenge at delightful challenges

Hello again

Here I am with my second post of the day

This time its for the new Challenge today at Delightful Challenges 

The theme for this weeks challenge is 

Get Well

Here is my card for this weeks challenge using Splish Splash Suzie - available here
and a sentiment from the Feel better sentiment set available here

I really like this image for a get well card - just a little bit different together with the sentiment

Our sponsor this week is 

Who are offering a fab prize of a $15 gift certificate

This is what I did...
Image - splish splash Suzie from Digital delights
Coloured with copics
Sentiment - from feel better sentiment set at digital delights
Papers - first Edition sprig drop
Card - Bazill basics
Die cut - Memory box fram (cut up(
Tag - Dienamics
Ribbon - carnmeal cottage
Gems from my stash

There are some fabulous ideas for get well cards on the challenge blog over at delightful challenges - you really should go on over and take a look.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Shellys images - anything goes
Charizma Cardz - die cuts


Judith xx

My Little decoupaged garden

Morning all

Well I just about caught up with myself eventually - just!  So I;m here and on time with my MAWTT DT card for this week 
And the challenge is 


You can do any type of decoupaging you like  - just make sure we can see it
 (or give us a clue where it is decoupaged!!)

I decoupaged an image that I stamped out

The image is" My Little Garden" from the Paper shelter available here 

I decide to focus on the image for this card with just a ribbon and ribbon rose to embellish
I also kept the decoupage to just the pot of flowers - I had started off with an idea of decoupaged watering can, bees flowers - everywhere - then i reminded myself that less is more and I'm sure this card is the better for it!  I also used only black prismacolor pencil to give it a worn/vintage look.  I really wish I had photographed it before and after the pencil was applied because it really did bring this card to life - a tutorial for another day perhaps. 

  A close up of the decoupaged plant pot

Our Sponsor this week is 
 - offering this fab prize


To be in with a chance - you have to be in it (to win it!)

This is what I did ....

Image  My little garden from the Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and shaded with black prismacolor pencil
Paper - from acraft magazine
Ribbon - carnmeal cottage
Ribbon Rose - creative impressions
Sentiment LOTV

Have a great day everyone 

Challenges I'm entering with this card

LEJ designs - flowers
Crafty sentiments - Flowers galore
Ribbon Carousel - Spring is in the air
Paper crafting journey - ribbon or lace

hugs Judith x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

I'm late, I'm late ......

Hello all

What a day!  What a week!!  

Well I've made it here today (just) with my Fab'n'Funky DT card today.  I've been trying to catch up with my DT cards since I had my buggy thing last week and didn't get much crafting done at all and I thought I had almost got there.  I knew I would have to post this card today rather than schedule it as this is my first day off this week but I expected to be here before now!!

I'd be here all day if I told you about the day I've had  so I'll just summarise with....

Visit to vet, broken wheelchair, fingers jammed in door, poorly baby,important meeting, no lunch!!  
The wheelchair, fingers and baby don't belong to me but I was in charge of them! and they really messed up my day just the same!!

Anyway onto my card  for today's challenge
which is

Brown, Pink and Green

We have a fab sponsor at Fab'n'Funky challenges today 
With a great prize of 5 digis for the winner

We all got digis to play with from the lovely Mayzy 

I chose this little lady called shopaholic - for some reason she reminds me of myself!!

This is what I did.....

Image - shopaholic by Mayzyart
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - K and co - so old I don't know what they are! and (pink spot) first edition bird song
Die cut flowers - Memory box
Bag - Stampfrom dawn bibby
Corner dies and small tag - Whimsy stamps dies
Gems from my stash

I hope to have an altogether calmer day tomorrow! - see you then

Challenges I'm entering with this challenge

Stamp n doodle -Anything goes
Addicted to stamps - markers
Inky Impressions - flowers
lej designs - flowers
Mayzyart challenge - anything goes


Judith x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Last of the bunnies!

Hi all

I'm here with my DT card for MTTC - a little bit late but I've been feeling sort of yukky since Thursday and just couldn't be bothered to sit down and finish it. I've got all sorts of commenting and visiting to catch up with - so I promise I'm on my way round to visit and catch up!  I'm still not feeling 100% but sometimes you've just got to get on with it and I think I've come to the end of any sympathy I'm getting at home
 - hmm that's men for you - I'll have my day!!

Anyway on to my card for today 

Over at My Time to Craft we have a cute challenge this week


I have to admit to being a bit Bunnied out lately so I've decided this is the last for now!

This is a cute little image from LOTV, I actually got it for my birthday last year - its taken me a whole year to ink it up - better late than never!!  I decided to mount it up in several layers onto an 8x8 card.  The image of this stamp is really quite small but I think it worked quite well to add the extra layers.

This is what I did....

Image - Spring Swing from LOTV
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers -Petal fresh from LOTV
Sentiment tags - LOTV sentiment tags
Shaped 8x8 card - Craftwork cards
Blue card  Bazzill Basics
Die cuts - Circles - Spellbinders
                Banners - Whimsy stamps
                Ivy -part of Marianne set
                Butterfly border - from Sizzix / Tim Holtz
Flower - Creative expressions 
Ribbon - carmeal cottage
Gems - from my stash
Tiny flower punch (on banner) - Woodware

I'm sure you've all got one last Bunny card in you before Easter - lets see it over at MTTC

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Digi design challenge - Spring/Easter
A gem of  a challenge - Easter/spring
Totally gorjuss - Something old (The stamp)
The sweet stop - Spring

Hugs Judith x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Have you got One for the Boys!

Good morning blog friends

Hope its nice and bright and sunny where you are.  Its a lovely morning here- nice and bright and very still - I haven't poked my nose out of the door yet so its probably freezing but its just nice that we don't have rain, snow or ice!  

Another nice thing about today is its my birthday and as I worked Tuesday instead of my normal Thursday I even get the day off.  Only thing is at the moment I'm sitting here with my cards and presents that my family left for me and up until now I haven't opened them - somehow it feels a bit sad to open them all by myself - think I'll wait until they all come home tonight lol.

Anyway today is not all about me - its also challenge day over at Delightful Challenges and we have  a day about someone else instead its 
All about the boys!
Our challeng this week is 

One for the boys

Easter Derry from Digital Delights

We have a fab sponsor this week too 

Who are offering a prize of three sets from their store

I decided to make a Easter card for my little grandson with this cute little image 
called Easter Derry available here from Digital Delights
The sentiment is also from Digital Delights - its part of the Easter Sentiments set available here.

This is what I did...
Image - Easter Derry from Digital Delights
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Sentiments- Easter sentiments set from Digital Delights
Papers - Hopscotch by K and co
Card cut with spellbinders scalloped dies
eggs cut with spellbinders oval die
Butterfly die from Whimsy Stamps
Chick from the extras page in spring drop papers from first edition

OOPs!  I started in plenty time but now I'm late posting cos the phone kept ringing with my happy birthdays!! - I'm just waiting for Michael Caine to give me a ring  i feel sure he'll want to celebrate our mutual birthday today with a big celebration - only thin is he's 80 and might not want to share - what do you think - will he give me a call later!!!

Hope you have a lovely card to share with us at delightful challenges this week - I'm looking forward to
seeing it!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Cute card Thursday - Anything goes
Happy Campers - flutter by butterfly
Little Miss Muffett - boys only
digistamps for joy - colour my world  (red yellow blue)
nutcrafters - something begining with B (boy and butterfly)
Stampavie and more - Easter


Judith x

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Add a sentiment at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Hi all

What a busy blogging day today  - like buses they all come at once lol
This is my third( and final!) post of the day
(scroll down for my cards for the Paper Shelter and Whimsy Satmps)

This card if for this weeks challenge over at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

hosted this week by the hostess with the Mostest!

And she has chosen the easy peasy theme of 

Add a sentiment

here is my DT card for this challenge
using boy bearing gifts from Digi Darla available here

We have two fab sponsors this week

Our regular first prize sponsor 
Stampart Design by Kathryne
who is offering a fab prize of 5 digis to the winner
StampArt Design by Kathryne
our second challenge sponsor

Who are offering 5 digi stamps 
to our randomly drawn winner 

I decided to follow a sketch from this weeks Feeling Sketchy Challenge for this card

Sometimes a sketch challenge is good when the mojos low!!

This is what I did...

Image- Boy bearing gifts from Digi Darla Designs
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
papers - K and co hopscotch (my go to boy card papers!)
Card - bazzill basics
Balloon punch - Martha Stewart
corner die - dienamics photo corners
Star die - Sellie Snellen
Lettering cut with - Sizzix alphabet by Tim Holtz
twine and brad- from my stash
glitter - stickles (jst a touch on the parcels!)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges 

Feeling sketchy -sketch as above

We'd love to see your creations over at Fab'n'Funky this week


Judith x

Stitch it -real or faux at Whimsy Stamps Challenge

Hi all

It's time for the new challenge at Whimsy Stamps and this months it's team A's turn with the theme

Stitching - real or faux

Here's my DT card - using the cute Ari and Toby 
from Stampart Design by Kathryne available here

This months prizes for the challenge

first winner:

Second winner:

And thirdwinner:
A Mystery Rubber Stamp

So what are you waiting for! - we really want to see your stitched up creations at Whimsy stamps challenge  this month.  There are some adorable creations with the new digis available in this months release, on the challenge blog - I'm sure you'll be inspired if you go over and take a peek

This is what I did...

Image - Ari and Toby from Stampart design by Kathryne at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with -Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - meadow lark from Prima
Card - bazzzill basics
Dies - circles - spellbindes circle and scalloped circle
          Flowers - diemanics
Saddle stitched ribbon - papermania
Lace - Wild orchid crafts
Sentiment tags - stamped with LOTV sentiment tags
Scalloped card - Craftwork cards
Lilac pearls from - My Crafty heart

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Cards and more - lace and pearls
Through the craftroom door-  anything goes
One stitch at a time - anything goes
Bunnyzoes challenge - girly


Judith x

My first challenge at The Paper Shelter and its Easter

Good morning all

Is there a touch of spring in the air yet do you think!  Its not that long to Easter now so there should be  I'm sure!  My card today is my first card for The Paper Shelter DT and our theme for this week is 


There are so many cute little images at The Paper Shelter I just didn't know which one to choose but this really is the prettiest little Easter Bunny and as soon as I saw her she was mine!!  Her name is 

'The Most Adorable Easter Bunny'  and she's available here
I loved colouring her those eyes and little cheeks - its true -she really is adorable!

This is what I did....

Image - the most adorable Easter Bunny - from the Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers spring drop - first edition
Sentiments -Welcome springdigi  from Stampart by Kathryne at Whimsy stamps
                  Happy Easter stamp from stampingallday
Card - Bazzill basics
Die cuts  Honeysuckle bouquet - memory box
Pearls from my stash

There are some delightfully cute cards over at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog this week   - come on over and join in 

Challenges I'm entering with this card

House of gilli - anything goes with pastels
Digi makeover challenge -Easter / spring
Lexis creations - Easter
Stamp and create - fur or feathers
Crafty sentiments - hello spring
Deep ocean - cute and cuddly
Ribbon carousel - spring


Judith xx

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Are you ready for The Birds and The Bees!

Good morning all

This is my second post for today with the challenge over at Moving along with the times this week.

I'm having a busy old hostess week this week as its also my turn to host this challenge

The theme is 

The Birds and the Bees!

That is any nature (birds, insects, animals or plants)
A New Baby card

Here is my card for the challenge

The image is just so pretty 
Its one of the new release digis at Whimsy Stamps
its called Tulip Umbrella - available here

I love all kinds of colour combo - but I have to say my very favourite is pink and green and my favourite dies of the moment are those "Fabulous Phlox" from Memory Box.  I wanted these flowers to match the card exactly so I cut them all out of white card and coloured them with copics to match the colour of the flowers in the image.  This is my Mothers day card for my Mam - she likes to have flowers on cards - for some reason she has the idea that all of these images with children on - are for children!!

Anyway - this is what I did....

Image - Tulip Umbrella from Stampart Design by Kathryne
Sentiment - produced in word
Flowers and leaves - fabulous phlox by memory box
Papers - song bird from first edition
Card - Bazzill basics
Pearls from my stash
Pearl flowers - MCH
Butterfly - Whimsy stamps butterfly die
frame cut with spellbinders labels ten die

There are some really pretty cards on the MAWTT Challenge blog - go on over and have a look, you'll just love them!

challenges I'm entering with this card

Four crafty chicks -Die for dies
Craft challenge - spring /easter
Forever friends - lots of flowers
In the pink - floral/mothers day
Sincerely yours - mothers day
Crafty sentiments - pretty in pink
City crafter challenge - shades of pink
Fashionistas challenge - make it pink
Oldie but goody challenge - feeling floral (my favourite spellbinders labels 10 die- one of my oldest dies )


Judith  xx

New release day at Delightful Challenges

Good morning all

I still can't quite believe that it's March! and its another new release of cute digis over at

At Delightful Challenges we have some fab new digis to show you - all on a get well theme.

we have a great sponsor this week

I have used the cute Dr Dan available here
 also the On the mend accessories set  available here
 and the feel better sentiments available here

The minute I saw these images it took me back to my childhood when I used to get the Teddy Bear comic (I'm really showing my age here!) My favourite story use to be Dr David and Nurse Nancy - two children who had a toys hospital -I remember it so well! -There must be someone out there remembers the Teddy Bear!!

The cute image sentiment and accessories set go together so well to make a get well card - don't you just love that little sticking plaster (or band aid if you're in the US!)-I had to restrain myself from using them all over my card!!  i also remombered why i don't use mirri card too ofter - what a nightmare to photograph - the shine just gets everywhere lol.

This is what I did...
Image Dr Dan from Digital delights
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Sentiment from the Feel better sentiments set
Accessories from the On the mend accessories set
Blue gingham card and mirri card from my local card factory
Chevron die - dienamics (the little banners are actually offcuts from cutting this )
Glossy accents on glass pieces 

There are some fab cards on the delightful challenges blog - come on over and join in our   

Buttons, Bling and Embellishment things Challenge 

Challenges I'm entering with this card ...

Papertake weekly - Anything goes
ABC challenges - anything goes
Created with love - anything goes
Make it monday - anything goes


Judith xx