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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Do you need image therapy?! if so pop over to MAWTT this week

Good morning all

We have a new challenge today for you over at

Our lovely Carole is our hostess this week

and has chosen the theme

No image
(so you see - no image therapy required ha ha)

I've been struggling for time these last couple of weeks so decided to make an easy peasy card with some papers and stickers I bought last year - exactly for the purpose of quick Christmas Cards 
.... except I didn't use them - now I'm sure none of you ever buy things that don't get used lol.

I've got a whole set of these toppers with Christmas words and they do make really quick cards -well it would have been quick except it took me half an hour to choose which papers to use, I have to admit that for me there's no such thing as a quick card - you have no idea how much I faf about (technical term!)
I'll have to get that Christmas card counter updated too -I think I'm into double figures now - that's an achievement in itself 

Here's what I did...

Papers - Yuletide Greetings by Anna Griffin
Topper - from the Christmas Garland Embellishment set by Anna Griffin
Ribbon - Gold satin from carnmeal cottage
Card - Bazzill Basics

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Party time Tuesday - Anything Goes
The Cheerful stamp pad - use a sentiment
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
Simon says - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Back to school with Penny's Papercrafty Challenge

Good morning all

Well its a whole week since I posted - and a really busy topsy turvy one at that!  Those of you who visit me often will know that I scribe for my son Tom for his Uni work because he has cerebral palsy and is unable to write up his work for himself.  He is at Newcastle Uni now doing a Masters degree and last week was essay deadline week - well being a real student obviously he had to work up to the wire so last week we had a whole lot of work going on - two 2am finishes and a few tantrums and tiaras on the way (that was me!!)  anyway the work's all done and submitted so we're on break for the summer - well he is anyway - I've got a whole lot of catching up on other things to do, and a bit of sleep to catch up on too - I'm so not cut out for the student life lol!!

Anyway onto this weeks challenge which is 

using the fab Learning is Fun
 from the Paper Shelter available here

 As you might have guessed our sponsor this week is the wonderful

The Paper Shelter

 who are offering a prize of 3 digis of the winners choice and also 

Digital Delights

This is what I did

Image - learning is fun from the Paper Shelter
Coloured with spectrum noir Skin, copics and spectrum noir pencils
Paper - from the vintage teacher digi set from The Paper Shelter
Sentiment - produced in word
Distress inks - TH linnen and walnut stain
Ribbon - vintage seambinding from the ribbon girl
pins and sequin star/flowers from my stash
label die - MFT

Hope we see you over at Penny's this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

A random fan - Anything goes
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything goes
Inky Chicks - Use a metal embellishment (pins)
Chocolate coffee and cards - use a tag
Vintage stamping/flonzcraft - ribbons and bows

Judith x

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

We want to see how "charming" you can be at The Paper Shelter this week!

Good morning all

Can you believe another month is almost gone! - its really quite scary the way this year is disappearing
and its also another week for team A over at

The Paper Shelter

and the theme is

"Charming" - use a charm on your card

and I've used this gorgeous new digi from TPS

called -It's time for tea -and  it's available here

As usual we have a great prize for the winner

Challenge prize badge

I'm still on my vintage thing - enjoying the new goodies I bought when I went to Florida recently, and a few I bought before I went too!!

My favourite new "toy" - is gilding wax- I just love effect it gives and its so easy to use.  I also used my new feather dies from MFT, I couldn't decide what to use to cut them - I thought card would be too heavy for the effect and I remembered that I had some glassine paper tucked away that I had never used - it was just perfect for the feathers and gave a lovely effect.

This is what I did....

Image - Its time for tea from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with copics
Distress ink - TH teadye
gulding wax - creative expressions - gold and bronze
Flowers - prima
Dies - fancy rectangle and circle - spellbinders, feathers - MFT,swirl die - magnolia
Jute - michaels
Glassine paper - TimHoltz
Wood butterfly -trincraft
Bow charm - from my stash
Papers and sentiment - LOTV
twine MFT

We'd love to see your charms this week - there are so many lovely ones about now - so join us at TPS this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Creative moments - anything goes - twine
Hambo hodown - flowers
Little red wagon - feathers
Paper pretties - flowers
Crafty sentiments -  Inspired by a song -everything stops for tea!
bunny zoes - flowers and charms

Judith x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

You don't bring me flowers anymore......

Good morning all

I'm back today with my card for the challenge over at 

Moving Along with the Times

we have one of those song themes going on over there this week!


I heard it on the radio!

This theme has totally done my head in for about a week now because for some reason when I saw the theme I started to sing "You Don't Bring me Flowers Anymore"  and I pretty much haven't stopped yet! - For me-  I really like the song - for everyone else - I'm driving them round the bend - I have no idea why because I sound so much like Barbra Streisand you'd think they would be privileged to have a free performance without even stepping foot out of the door - it seems not hmmm.

Anyway here's my card using a really pretty flower stamp from Stampart design by Kathryne

called Full Bloom its available here

(sorry the photo's a bit wonky! - it is the photo honest - not the card!!)

Here's what I did

Image - Full bloom from Stampart design by Kathryne
Coloured with - spectrun noir pencils
Papers - MME Market
Kraft card - crafters companion
Dies (circles - spellbinders)( Square and border MFT blueprints 14)
Lace - lilibet from dovecraft
Tags - LOTV - le jardain and everyday sentiment tags
Ribbon and pins - Sam Pooles creative studios shop
twine - MFT
Jewel - prima SIC
Distress ink - TH tea dye

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Creative knockouts - lots of layers
Seize the birthday - birthday with flowers
Crafty creations - use 2 of - ribbon, flowers, die cut purple
Inky Impressions - Flower power
Scrappers delights - anything goes

Hope you can join us this week for a quick song - or I'll come round and sing for you if you like!!

Judith xx 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Anything goes at Penny's Papercrafty challenge

Good morning all

Another week has flown by an its time for a new challenge at 

Pennys Paper Crafty Challenges

This week the theme is 

Anything goes

and I have taken full advantage and made just anything lol

this little cutie is called 

Adele - Paris city girl and is available in the Lacy Sunshine Shop here

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine

who are offering a prize to our winner of 3 digi stamps from the Lacy Sunshine Store

I had myself another inky adventure with this card - I'm really enjoying getting back to inking, embossing and some good old craftiness these days - I even bought myself some gilding wax and used it liberally on this card and I just love the effect

This is what I  did

Image - Adele - Paris city girl from Lacy sunshine
Coloured with Copics, spectrum noirs (skin) and prismacolor pencils
Papers - Bramble rose from MME
Labels and postcard stamps - LOTV le jardain and vintage backs
Embossing folders - Anna Griffin
Distress inks - TH tea die, frayed burlap, antique linen
Guilding wax - autumn glory from creative expressions
Ribbon - santoro
Corner - Michaels
Eiffel tower die - Dienamics
Butterfly and lace - Lilibet from dovecraft
Accent stamp in background of image - from Paris stamp set 

Challenges I'm entering with this card 

Lacy sunshine - Anything Goes
Fitztown challenge - shabby chic

Hope you'll come and join us for our challenge this week 

Judith x

A new challenge over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges - a picture to inspire you

Good morning all

Well another week has flown by and I've managed to do a little more crafting which culminates in 2 cards in one day again - my cards are of the bus type - nothing for ages then two come along at once lol .... and I have plans for tomorrow too!!

We have a lovely picture challenge going on over at 

Use this inspiration any way you want to - the colours, images or anything else you can see to inspire you in this pretty combination

we have two sponsors this week

Stampart design by Kathryne

and Kenny K digistamps

both offering fab prizes - pop on over to the challenge blog for all the information and to see what the DT girls have come up with for your inspiration

for my card this week I used this little cutie from Stampart Design by Kathryne
shees called little bear, spring bonnet large flower available here

I decided to put my die-namics blueprints set to the test to create this card and it did give me that little bit of help in creating my card - everything all together just to put together.

This is what i did ...

Image - Little bear spring bonnet large flower from stampart design  by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Distredded ink - TH frayed burlap
Die cut elements - die -namics from MFT blueprints 14
Papers MME
Sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon - American crafts
Twine - MFT
Kraft card - Crafters Companion

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Scrappers delights - anything goes
Simon says - die crazy
Creative moments - bingo /anything goes (flower /sentiment/ more than 2 layers)
through the craftroom door - anything goes
crafting from the heart - anything goes

I'll be back in a little while with my card for Pennys paper crafty challenge - see you soon!

Judith x 


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Love is in the air at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

Well I'm finally back - I've had almost 4 lovely weeks in the United States and another week recovering!!  I got a really nasty ear infection just before we got home and together with jet lag I just had no energy or inclination for craft, then my son Tom got a flu virus(proper flu not just a bad cold)  and my FIL got rushed into hospital when he collapsed - he's back home recovering  after a couple of days in hospital - so I think we've had our "3" and I've had enough of it all now lol

Anyway I'm back into the crafting swing with some catching up to do so I'm trying desperately to get things into some sort of order. 

Todays challenge at

The Paper Shelter is 

Love is in the air

I had a little look around at what was new while I was away and saw these fabulous digi papers iin TPS shop there are 12 in the set - such great value 

They're called
Two Shades of Romance
and are available here 
-I just love them and they are perfectly romantic for our Love challenge

I decided to get a little bit inky and make a gift bag using one of the papers in the set

This one has sort of pinky/sepia colours, I resized it to fit my gift bag before printing out and cut  smaller versions to make the tag and the flower  and I used my TH distress markers to highlight some of the flowers and words to highlight them.  I then distressed around the edges to darken them further, I really enjoyed myself making the flower and creating a vintage feel - my husband even comment - oh that looks French! - he said as he wandered by!!

As always we have a fab prize at TPS this week
- win 3 digis or if you use an image from TPS - the prize is a $30 gift voucher
how great is that!!

Challenge prize badge

This is what I did,,,,

Papers - Two shades of romance from TPS
Kraft bag - Michaels
Kraft card - Crafters companion
Distress ink - TH Tea die, frayed burlap
Die cut letters - TH vintage market
Flower - made with TH Tattered floral dies
Leaf die - Spellbinders
Large butterfly charm - Santoro
Small butterfly - Docrafts Lilibet
Burlap ribbon- recollections from Michaels
Brad (flower centre) and gems from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty sentiments Design - Anything goes
Bunny Zoes crafts challenge - Distress
Crafting from the heart - anything Goes
Love to create - say it with flowers
Dream valley challenges - anything goes
Allsorts challenge - Butterflies

Hope to see you at TPS this week - call back soon for my DT card for Penny's Paper Crafty challenge

Judith xx

Use two or more patterned papers at Penny's Paper Crafty challenge this week

Can you believe it! - nothing from me for weeks - then her I am with two posts in one day - I think I'm back from my jollies!! - check out my other post for The Paper Challenge and my Shabby Chic gift bag

But for this post it's all about Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge
 I have a really fun card using an image from one of our sponsors this week

He's a little 'ole carpenter man!! and available here from QKR Stampede

Don't you just love him - I thought he was just perfect as a fathers day card.

This is what I did....

Image - Carpenter from QKR stampede
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour pencils
Papers - MME Be Amazing -Follow your heart 
Kraft card - Crafters companion
Buttons - DPapermania
Twine - MFT
Die cut letters - Sizzix - TH Vintage Market alphabet
Tag die - MFT

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Cardz for Guyz - Bingo 4 Guyz (Twine/image/buttons)
Oldie but a goodie challenge - Hats (everything except the Kraft card and image is over 6 months old)
We Dobadoo challenge - lots of layers
Polkadoodles - Something old (papers) something new (image and kraft card)

Come and join our challenge at Pennys this week - I'm sure you can find a couple of papers to put together lol


Judith xx