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Friday, 31 January 2014

Summer sailing! - Whimsy Inspiration post

Good morning blog friends

Aren't I doing well this week!  - my 3rd post in a row - and I'm back tomorrow with a blog hop!

Todays post is my Whimsy stamps inspiration post and I'm using a Digi that I've had since last summer.  Always intending to use but never quite getting it together!!

This is Ahoy by Liastampz at Whimsy Stamps 
Available in the Whimsy stamps shop  HERE

I love all things nautical, we even have a beach themed conservatory here in our house, with a lovely collection of shells. I've always picked up shells on the beach, they're from beaches from all over the world and if ever I'm feeling down my shells take me to those lovely places and the days I had there and make me smile - the beach is always my happy place.

I've been a seaside girl all my life - always living on the coast - so close we could always walk to the sea.  I love the sea and really couldn't imagine living somewhere inland.  In the winter I walk our dog on the beach and even on freezing cold rainy days I love to be there, its not all about sunshine, if you're dressed for the cold there's something beautiful about the  crashing waves and wind.  The beach where we walk is in a bay and when the tide is right out we can walk end to end right to the pier and back probably 6 miles or more there and back along the bay and you can walk the whole way on the sand sometimes hopping across the rocks and rock pools. 

Glenn on the beach at Whitburn showing the bay through Seaburn down to Roker Pier

Sunrise on the beach 

When I got this digi I had the idea that it was a perfect image for a little boys card and real summer scene.  I decided that I would use nautical papers and embellies - but didn't have any! I bought some papermania nautical papers and embellies last summer, then when I had my trip to the My Favourite Things shop in Florida last Christmas one of my things on the list was the seaside charms dies - so I was good to go!

This is what I did....

Image Ahoy from Liastampz at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with copics and prisma color pencils
Papers and bow - Ahoy there! from paper mania
Nautical Dies - seaside charms from dienamics at MFT
kraft card - from MFT
Letters cut with TH vintage market dies
Twine from my stash
Sentiment - LOTV
circle dies -spellbinders

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Winter wonderland -Digi days
Sister act card challenge -  anything goes
Creative knockouts - tictactoe (middle line)
little red wagon - childs play
simon says - anything goes with twine or string

Hope I've brought you a little piece of seaside and sunshine today
Judith x

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lavender and Lace GDT card for Crafty little Fairies

Good morning all

Well where did January go then!! - when Squirrel asked me if I would like to do a GDT spot  as a pink fairy at Crafty Little fairies it was last year - all of a sudden we're one twelfth of the way through the next one  - how did that happen?

I'm really enjoying my little spot with Lilis Little Fairies and making the most of it showing of my gorgeous LOTV stamps - I could keep going for months just with the stamps I've got - and I'm always up for buying more!!

the challenge theme for this week is

Lavender and Lace

I decided to make a floral card for this challenge as it just sounds floral pretty! - and was going to make it a birthday card, but one of my dear friends lost her mother last week so I decided that this was the perfect pretty image for a sympathy card instead

The image I used is the lovely Foxgloves available here

As you can see I kept it fairly simple keeping the image as the main focus of the card, sticking very much to the theme lavender and a touch of lovely lace.   I loved colouring this image - I love florals and don't use them nearly enough - its nice not to colour skin and clothes for a change.  With all those lovely girly stamps over at LOTV I think you could really go to town with a frilly , lacy totally glammed up card for this challenge - but I'm very happy with my fairly simple card, its so much easier  with the other type, I often just don't know where to stop - or sometimes where to start for that matter lol.

Here's what I did

Image -Foxgloves from LOTV
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencil
card - bazzill basics
papers - Meadowlark from Prima
Sentiment - Anna Griffin
Pearls - Martha Stewart
Lace - WOC
Grey seam binding ribbon - crafty ribbons

We'd love to see some pretty card for this weeks challenge

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Fashionable stamping challenge -Tag along (must have tag and stamping)
the crafters cafe - ribbon and or lace
Crafty sentiments - 1 image, 2 papers. 3 embellies
loves rubber stamps - use lace

Judith x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wrapped up at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

Hope the weather is treating you kindly where you are!  - if not this weeks challenge at 

 could be just for you!  If you're feeling cold and blue where you are, we're encouraging you to 

Get all wrapped up!

I decided to keep on with my christmas crusade this week and used a cute little Christmas elf who is definitely wrapped up with his little scarf - keeping warm by this candle  don't you just love him!!

A marshmallow for the Christmas elf is available to buy HERE

The prize this week is the same as always

Challenge prize badge

if you win using an image from The Paper Shelter the prize will be a wonderful $30 voucher
but even if its not an image from TPS you can still win 3 digis - how cool is that!

I bought the lovely Woodland wishes paper for this card from LOTV because I just love the colours - I plan on making a series of cards with these papers using these colours ans a theme - so be prepared - theres lots of lovely greens, pinks and burgundy to come!

I also popped this card on the challenge blog over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - Just because it fit the challenge this week - so if you have a Christmas card this week pop on over to 
 this week 
and join in there too!! 

This is what I did...

Image - A Marshmallow for the Christmas elf from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers -LOTV Woodland wishes
Dies - Marianne - mistletoe and pinecones and Spellbinders poinsettia
Ribbon - crafty ribbons
Sentiment tags - LOTV Christmas sentiment tags,
Distress ink -TH walnut stain
Pearls - kaisercraft

Hope to see you joining in with these lovely  challenges this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Christmas at sweet stamping - christmas foliage
The crafters cafe - ribbon and or lace


Judith x

Sunday, 26 January 2014

A trip down Animal Memory Lane

Hi all 

After my post for my Moving along with the Times this last week it set me off thinking about my pets over the years and over on our DT blog we've been sharing photos and stories and I have so enjoyed it - so decided to share here too.  if you're an animal lover you might enjoy my trip down memory lane - if not just switch off now!!!

I went off looking through our boxes of old photos after I persuaded my DH to get them out of the loft.  I didn't find them all -you'll be glad to hear!  -but it kept us all amused this cold rainy weekend and gave me these old and not so old photos to share with you here.....

Me and Kim
Kim - my first dog that I had from about the age of 7 and she lived until she was 15, (I think I was about 10 in this photo) she was from a litter of puppies my Grandma's dog had - my Mam said she knew that we'd end up with one -  and we did!! - We'd had a black and white cat (Cookie) before that who just disappeared one day - the way cats do, I know I've got a couple of photos but  didn't come across them.  While I was young my Dad also used to breed budgies - think that's where I got the animal gene!!

Next came Sunny the dog we got shortly after we got married, she was a border collie cross - more cross than border collie!! We had her for 13 years - she had that awful trip to the vet just weeks after my youngest son was born.

We had a break of a couple of years with no dog but we had budgies (Peter and Wendy) and guinea pigs.   We had 3 guinea pigs, who were brothers they were long haired shelties like little yorkshire terriers - I used to have to bath them and cut their hair! 
They were called Badger, Cuddles and Tiny.  This picture is of my son Matthew with Badger.  We had them for about 5 or 6 years
Matthew and Badger

It really kicked off  when we got our first Labrador Heidi
She was a lovely gentle dog - if not a bit nuts!!
We had her for almost 14 years
Heidi aged around 2

At the same time we got our brown tabby Persian Toby 
- the most beautiful cat of all
(terrible photo I know)
and terrible carpet - it came with the house!!

he was closely followed by Jack the ginger mog
and the British Shorthairs that I bred and showed 
We had a lilac colour point Lucy

Jack and Lucy

Lucy was a lovely cat but suffered from progressive retinal atrophy and went blind before she was 3
She couldn't cope in a multi cat house so she went to live with a  friend of mine and lived happily until just a couple of years ago.  I never bred from her and was so glad because the condition was hereditary - but I would have loved colourpoint kittens.

Toby and Lucy

Lucy as a kitten
Matthew with Jack - out of my 3 kids he is the one who loved the animals most
We bred mainly British silver tipped and my breeding queen was  Rosie

She was mum to my lovely Barney and his sister Annie
who we also kept

Barney,Annie and their brother Casper aged around 8 weeks

We also had a British blue Tilly and had a couple of litters of British blues from which we had
Chandler our gorgeous boy - I couldn't find most of my photos - so he's not pictured here I'm sad to say he was a lovely chunky boy.

I only ever had 2 litters of kittens in a year and even that was only once.  We had such fun when the kids were little and made some lovely friends and had quite a lot of success in the cat shows. - many people came back and bought another kitten - they were very well brought up kittens with lovely natures.  - but so hard work and cost a fortune - there was never a profit made out of breeding cats in our house!!
Our other British Shorthair male Bailey who was the youngest of the cats became Grand champion - he was an enormous cat over 16 pounds in his prime

After our Labrador Heidi died we got Glenn who is now 4
here he is just a few weeks ago in his Christmas bandana

So now we're down to a one pet household - very quiet compared to our busy animal years - but its right for us now, we like to go on holiday too much - and thats the choice I've had to make

I've enjoyed my trip down animal memory lane!  - seeing all my beautiful boys and girls again was a lovely way to spend an afternoon -most of these photographs are pre digital so the quality is not that good - don't we just take technology for granted these days!!

Congratulations if you made it this far lol

hugs Judith xx

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Cats cats cats......

Good morning blog friends

Well by the title of my post you might just have guessed the theme of this weeks challenge at 
Moving along with the Times

of lovely janice has chosen the theme 


nothing ambiguous, not in the least bit complicated 
pure and simple - cats!!

If you call on me regularly you'll know I'm a huge lover of animals - they're there in my side bar all the time.  I used to breed pedigree cats (British shorthairs) when my kids were little and we've always had an assortment of animals in the house - we always had every kid in the neighbourhood at our house because we had cats -complete with litters of kittens, dogs, guinea pigs, budgies.... lol a real menagerie.  But I very recently lost my beloved last cat Barney at the grand old age of 18, it makes me so sad not to have cats but we have too many holidays these days and its not fair or easy on the cats particularly.  We still have our lovely labrador Glenn but he's a very social animal and enjoys when someone else looks after him when we aren't here.

Anyway on with my card

I went hunting around to see what sort of catty images I had and came across this cutie from Meljens
Called Kitty Cat love its available here

A quite bizarre thing happened as I was looking for a link for this digi just now - I found the original post from the artist showing her two cats that she based this stamp on - I hope she doesn't mind me publishing this picture - but I hadn't seen it when I coloured these kittys - and here they are..

 rex and bolita

Now is that spooky or what! - I could have coloured these cats any combination of colours - yet that was what came to my mind - people say I'm a bit spooky at times cos I often do these things....!! 

Janice is offering a cool kitty stamp for you cat loving people to win
it's called Kitty Tiles from New Hampton Art Stamps - its gorgeous 
wish I could enter for the chance to win it!!


Anyhooos - you can see the cats I had most recently on my side bar
I had told Janice I would post some others of my cats on here - but when I looked I didn't have any on my computer at all (well I had others of these same cats but not my other cats!!)  I only have my prints and they are where everyone keeps their old photos - in a box in the loft!!  I'll get them out sometime and post some of my other lovely cats.  and cute kitty litters I had!  Oh I do so miss my cats - but its lovely to remember them here today.

When I made this card I had a real embellie crisis -you have no idea how many embellies were put on this card - then taken back off again - I just decided to let the cats do the talking and leave it at that

Here's what I did...
Image - kitty cat love from meljens designs
Coloured with - copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers - sunshine by MME
Dark red card and pearls from my stash
Ribbon - vintage seam binding in toffe from crafty ribbons
Sentiment produced in word
die cut circles - spellbinders
die cut labels - MFT
Picture of cats  -

Challenges I'm entering with this card

digistamps 4 joy - ribbon
inky impressions - ribbon
animal friends challenge -  punches and dies
crafters companion - hearts
really reasonable ribbon - valentines/love/ribbon
the stamping boutique - valentines

I hope we see lots of lovely cat cards from you at MAWTT - it would be lovely if you would share your cat  photos too  - I'd love to come over and see them 

Judith x 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

It's All about the words -Challenge #200 at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

I'd like to say a big welcome to my new followers this week 
and sorry there hasn't been much going on here to follow!!

What a busy old week this one turned out to be!
I'm so sorry I haven't been here (or anywhere else) this week
I'll be doing a catch up with you all later - see you soon

We've had a lovely time over on the Fab'n'Funky DT blog 
meeting and greeting our lovely new DT ladies
But it doesn't half take some organising!!
I've been beavering away all week setting up things on the blog, emailing, making cards...

But now I'm all ready for this weeks challenge over at 

set by our lovely Beccy

She chose the theme

All about the words

and here's how I interpreted it

The cute image is Beary Special Gift from Stampart design by Kathryne 
available here
I decided to use a fairly large sentiment so that the focus is on both the image and the sentiment
I kept the embellies down to a minimum
 - well just the odd big bow, button, pearls, twine - I started off imagining CAS
It didn't turn out that way!!  - I hardly ever make a card without a ribbon or a bow (I need to just to keep using up my huge ribbon stash- so why change the habits of a life time!! - I decided to enter the DT call over at Crafty Ribbons - it seems like the ideal DT for a ribbon diva like me lol  - 

We have two great sponsors at Fab'n'Funky this week

Who are offering a prize of 5 digis to the randomly chosen winner


Also offering a prize of 5 digis to our special first prize winner
and the chance of a GDT spot with us over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

So what are you waiting for - you are such a wordy lot!  I've seen your blogs!! 
- lets see if you can put it on a card.

Here's what I did

Image - Bearly special gift - form Stampart Designs by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Sentiment from Digital Delights
Circle/scallop dies - from Spellbinders
Ribbon and button - papermania capsule collection
Papers - LOTV bear necessities
Twine - MFT (I love this twine its the perfect fine twine for threading through a button)
Card - Papermania Kraft cards
Pearls - kars

We'd love to see you over at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week - hope you'll call in to see what my talented teamies have made this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Creative moments -Buttons and pearls
Allsorts challenge  - buttons and bows
the hobby house - ribbons
Divas by design - anything goes
Paper pretties - anything goes
Papertake weekly - add a bow and use a die
Twisted tuesdays - use tape or something begining with T - twine (or WINE)

Bearly mine challenges -colour inspiration  

Hugs Judith xx

Thursday, 16 January 2014

GDT card for Crafty little fairies In the Kitchen Challenge

Good morning all

I'm back with my second GDT card for Crafty little fairies, this time the theme is 

In the kitchen

this means we want anything kitchen or food themed
- be as creative as you like !

I used this cute little stamp from Lili of the Valley
called Top Chef available HERE

 I'm looking forward to the summer - and our own outdoor kitchen!
When the weather is good we BBQ all the time - just like this cute little bear
Last year was great - we had such a good summer and we even BBQ'd breakfast at weekends!
- oh I do hope we have a good summer again,evenings in the garden, lovely salads, blackberry Pimms.........

I'm still on my rubber stamps thing and quite enjoying the challenge - it doesn't mean I've abandoned my digis -just making sure I use my lovely rubber stamps as well!  I also did a bit of experimentation on this image by colouring the sky - not something I've done so completely before, its far from perfect but I quite like the effect, it adds colour, I think I'll have to practice some more but you've got to start somewhere,
 for a change I think the picture looks better than the real thing,
 I cut it with a  circle die because I couldn't get the edges right - hows that for honesty!!

I also just kept it to foliage on the trellis for a more masculine card rather than using flowers.
If I don't get a wiggle on and make something else my DH will be getting this for his birthday next week
- well he is king of the BBQ so it would  fit!

This is what I did....

Image - Top Chef from LOTV
Coloured with copics
Sentiment tags - LOTV
Papers - Petal Fresh from LOTV and Kitchy Kitchen from Melissa Francis
Dies - circles - spellbinders, Trellis - Memory box, star - Nellie Snellen
Foliage punch - Martha Stewart
Buttons - Dovecraft
Twine and Kraft card - MFT
Gems - from my stash

Have you got a foody card in you!  - Lets see it over at Crafty Little Fairies this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Charisma cards - its a boy thing
Creative knockouts- tag - your it
Cute card Thursday - warm it up
Red rubber inspirationals - make a scene
Aud sentiments - use any sentiment
Stamp'n'doodle - use an animal

Judith x

Non traditional christmas colours at the new Christmas Fun challenge

Good morning all

It's another two card day
(not a AnotherTequila Sunrise - sorry I'm a biggg fan of The Eagles sometimes the words of songs just pop into my head - you really should live in here its a very musical place lol)

I digress- what I really want to say is
 I'm so excited to be here with my first DT card for a brand new
Christmas challenge Blog

Christmas Fun Challenge Blog

Christmas Fun is a fortnightly challenge that started on 1st January this year
 and this week its the turn of team B

The theme for the challenge is 

Non Traditional Christmas Colours

I found this fab image in the JustInklined digi shop 
its called Three Kings and is available here
and thought it would make a perfect card for this challenge
I  love this image its also perfect to celebrate Epiphany - which was just last week 
 when the wise men visited the infant Jesus 

I enjoyed colouring this in some totally different colours - mostly colours I don't often use.  Then i simply surrounded the image with gold stickles (it looks better IRL!)

So come on - join me in getting ready or next christmas - while you can still remember the pain of last Christmas when you hadn't made enough cards lol

This is what I did....

Image - the wise men from justinklined
coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Ribbon - Vintage seam binding in teal from crafty ribbons
Gem embellie and papers - Michaels recollections
Kraft - MFT
Glitter - gold stickles
Sentiment - produced in word

Hope we see your gorgeous Christmas creations this week  I'll be back later this morning with my GDT card for Crafty Little Fairies - don't forget to come back to see what I've got cooking!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - anything Christmas
Divas by design -  Ribbon
Digistamps 4 joy - glitter and sparkle
The glory of Christmas challenge - the 3 kings
Kenny Ks Krafty Krew - anything goes/use black(black gem)
Stamp'n'Doodle - use an animal

Judith x

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Its a 'New' challenge at Whimsy Stamps today

Hello again

It seems a while since I had two posts in a day but I've got two today and two tomorrow - no rest for the wicked as they say!

Our new challenge this month  at Whimsy Stamps is

Something New

 and I've used one of this months new release digis 
called Birthday Prince from Liastampz and available HERE

I just love this little image - just perfect for a little boys birthday card 
so true  to life in a child's make believe world and I decided to make it an easel card so I would have extra space for the embellies I had in mind.

here is a close up of the details

I used my favourite "little boy card" papers with the toy embellies and sentiment from matching sets
They are all Hopscotch Boy from K & Co

Here's what I did....

Image - Birthday Prince from liastampz at Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with Copics and prismacolr pencils
Papers, sentiment and die cut toy embellies - hopscotch boy from K & Co
Card - Bazzill basics
Circles cut with spellbinders dies
Sentiment in circle - LOTV
Stars - nellie snellen die

There is also a lovely Birthday Princess digi by Liastampz too - equally cute - hop on over to Whimsy Stamps digi store to check out the new releases this month- just so cute! 

Hope you can find something new to enter into our challenge this month

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Pennys paper crafty - embellishments

hugs Judith xx

Winter blues challenge at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

I'm here with my first DT project for 2014 for 

and the Challenge is

Winter Blues

I decided to focus on the blue - cos I'm trying to forget about winter lol

this pretty little girl is called Shopping Girl available here
obviously out enjoying the January sales - very seasonal

Have you nabbed yourself any bargains in the sales this year? - I haven't even been to the shops and haven't shopped on line either - I think I'm all shopped out after Christmas lol

The fab prize for the challenge is the same as always

Challenge prize badge

This is what I did....
Image - shopping girl - the paper shelter
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Sale labels - cut from the matching papers that come with the image
card bazzill basics
Blue papers - petal fresh LOTV
Scalloped oval dies  spellbinders
Rolled flowers dies - dienamics
butterfly die -obsession impressions
Ivy tendrils die - poppy stamps
yellow papers MFT
tag sentiments - LOTV
Filmstrip sentiment and die  whimsy stamps
Ribbon and gems - from my stash
bag - dawn bibby stamp on LOTV paper

My teamies have made some gorgeous blue themed cards - why don't you pop over to the challenge blog to take a look

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - Ribbon
Pennys paper crafty - embellishments

I'll be back this afternoon with my DT card for the challenge over at Whimsy stamps  do pop back and take a peek - I've got such a cute little boys card to share - for your little prince!!

Judith xx

Thursday, 9 January 2014

New beginnings at Moving Long with the times this week

Good morning all

I'm here today for a new beginning - over at Moving Along at the Times - but also for myself as well!

I've been sorting out my rubber stamps of late and have been enjoying using them again instead of the digis that seem to get used more and more these days.
I have a huuuuge! collection of rubber stamps that sort of found their way to the back of the cupboard
so I've dusted them off and given them a promotion to the top drawer
- expect to see more!!

I've used a cute baby stamp from Lili of the Valley to make a baby card for our

New beginnings Challenge

This stamp is called Baby Blanket  and is available here
This is my favourite baby stamp I've used it so many times - I have 3 or 4 other baby stamps but for some reason I always go back to this one, I think because it can be for either a boy or a girl and I also tried to make this card the same - one size fits all lol!

This is what I did.....

Image - baby blanket from LOTV
Coloured with copics
Papers - petal fresh from LOTV
Lace, buttons, pearls and ribbon from my stash
Shaped card - craftwork cards
Die for mounts -Spellbinders
Hearts banner - lala land die
Letters - tim holtz vintage market dies
Craft hearts - dienamics
Distress ink - tea dye
Kraft card - MFT

Let's see your new beginnings over at MAWTT challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Pennys paper crafty - anything goes
Paper pretties -buttons
Crafty sentiments - new
Oldie but a goodie - new beginnings (nothing on this card is new!!)
Crafting from the heart -  use buttons and pearls
Crafty little fairies - kraft
Creative knockouts - buttons

As you like it - favourite single colour (it has to be Kraft/neutral for me - I love the warmth of it )

Hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Celebrate - anything!!

Good morning all

Well. all the decorations are down, its been a hard slog - but the chocolate is gone and I'm ready to face the year all over again.  I'm not sure how it came to be 2014 - but it definitely is.  I've got this week before I'm back to work (mainly to help Tom with his work for Uni- but one essay down and one almost done so almost there)

It's been a funny old Christmas and New year this one, my Mam and my parents in law all having some sort of health issues and the obligatory sickness bug in our house- just for good measure, its been a bit of a roller coaster all round.  my MIL is still in hospital recovering from having a pacemaker fitted and we have FIL to look after, but things are looking up and should be back to normal soon - phew!!

It's been lovely having a bit of a break - from crafting and everything else- over the holidays - with everything going on there's hardly been a minute in the day
 - but its nice to back to a bit of creativity again.

We've had a complete break from challenges over at Fab'n'Funky - but we've still been busy!  
We have a DT call going on and already have some fabulous crafters queuing up to join us - but theres still time to get your application in if your interested.  

Click on the link HERE - for more details of our DT CALL
at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

But we're also back this week with a new challenge

Lets Celebrate!

its an easy one to kick off the New Year
 - you can celebrate anything you like to join in with this challenge

Having had  a totally disorganised bad Christmas card experience last year I've decided to start the year off as I mean to go on - with a Christmas card!

The image is Bugaboo - JJ Christmas Cheers  - available HERE

We are sponsored by the fabulous 

we gave all of us DT girls a fab digi to play with -I do love bugaboo - such fun

So that's Christmas card number one in the bag!!
This is what I did...

Image - JJ Christmas Cheers from Bugaboo digi stamps
Coloured with - copics
Papers - LOTV and Anna Griffin
Poinsettias - WOC
Sentiments - produced in word

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Divas by design - lets celebrate
ABC Christmas Challenge - anything christmas
Christmas sweet stamping - Christmas foliage (poinsettias and trees on paper)
Scrappers delights - celebrate it (22nd)
Catch the bug - anything goes (11th)

Hope we see you celebrating at Fab'n'Funky this week - and don't forget our DT call!!


Judith xx

Friday, 3 January 2014

Whimsy Stamps New Year blog hop

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

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

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 MEEE!!! - Leave me a comment and I'll come and visit you too - I'm looking forward to seeing you all

 The Grand Prize winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

Here's my inspiration using this cute little pup from the January New Release 
He's called Yarn guard pup by Miss Rach and is available HERE

I so enjoyed making this card - I had an idea that I would make it fairly CAS and masculine and I think I achieved at least the last part of that! (perhaps a few to many layers for CAS - but definitely ok for a male card!) - though I'm sure "he" could become a "she" with a colour change and some pretty embellies

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Friday 10th January at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.

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

Here's what I did...

Digi - Yarn guard pup by Miss Rach from Whimsy Stamps
Coloured with - copics, prismacolor pencils and a touch of white gel pen
Papers - Dovecraft Christmas 
Card - MFT Kraft
Twine - MFT
Buttons - from my stash
Sentiments - produced in word
Dies - Spellbinders (round) Memory box (flagtails)

Hope to see you joining in with our first blog hop of the year - lets make 2014 the year of the hop!! - see you there 

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Brown sugar - Use twine or ribbon (8th)
Polka doodles - anything goes (12th)
inky impressions - anything goes (7th )
Creative craft challenges - anything goes (12th)

Judith x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year - from the temporary pink fairy at Crafty little fairies!!

Good morning all

Well I'm certainly getting the new year off with a bang
 - I'm so excited to have been asked to do some GDT spots as a pink fairy at Crafty Little Fairies!!
 Thank you so much Squirrel - you know how happy you made me!!
  Lili of the Valley was one of my first loves when I started stamping
 - I have a huuuuge collection of LOTV stamps
 -and I'm going to make the most of showing them off in my GDT posts.

The challenge for this week is 

Starting Over
(in other words anything new - new year, new house, new baby .... I'm sure you get the idea)

I've used the cute MOVING DAY stamp from LOTV available HERE
Sentiments are Sentiment tags available HERE
And Everyday (circular) sentiments available HERE

My favourite go to new home stamp and sentiments
I've used them so many times and have to confess always use the same easel shape
 - because it works!!
For me this stamp just fits this frame perfectly
But each card is always coloured and embellished differently - it really is a great little stamp!

This is what I did.....

Image - Moving Douse by Lili of the Valley
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Sentiments - Lili of the valley For you circular sentiments and Sentiment Tags
papers - Sunshine from MME
Flower die - Dienamics flower trio
Leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon and gems - Recollections at Michaels
Dies - Spellbinders circle and Labels 10

Oh I'm so going to so enjoy my little stay with the Crafty little fairies!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Simon Says Wednesday challenge- Something new (7th)
Ready Teddy go - new beginnings (31st)
Heck of a challenge - new (31st)
crafting by design - anything goes (25th)
The crafters cafe - animal friends (6th)

Thank you for calling to see me today -see you soon


Judith xxx