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Thursday, 26 June 2014

We're celebrating our 5th birthday at Moving Along with the times - with a hop!

Good morning all

The letter you're looking for is.....

Its a special day for us girlies at MAWTT - its our 5th birthday
a very special day for our lovely leader Hazel
 who has kept the challenge going for all that time - some achievement I'd say 

We're having a challenge with the theme

Birthdays, Buttons and Balloons

 so as long as your entry contains one of those - you're in!

Here's my card using the fabulous Pacifica from Rick St Dennis available here

but our celebration part is our special bloghop
the rules of the hop are

To be eligible for the Prizes you must visit all the blogs and collect a letter from each.  Then email Hazel at with the word you have made with Blog Hop Word in the Subject Line.  You must send the word to us to be in with a chance of winning!!!! 
Each DT Member will announce their winner on their own blog from the comments.
I'm giving a lovely selection of embellies to the winner on my blog
- including shell stickers and birthday stickers just to tie in

So here's the list for the hop

You should have come to me from Carole's blog - the next stop is Wendy - so off you go - hop hop hop!  There are sooo many sponsors and fabulous prizes - I think everyone has a chance!!

Call in at the MAWTT blog to see our full list of sponsors and prizes - you won't be disappointed

I absolutely loved colouring this image - though when I first printed it out it half scard me to death because it was so fine in detail - I also used those fabulous Sheena Douglas Shell stamps again, and the sentiment that goes with them.  i just love these shells stamps - they're so realistic.  I coloured them with perfect pearls to give them a pearly look, you can see in my picture next to my real shells they look pretty realistic

Hope you'll join in our, challenge and hop to celebrate the occassion


Judith xx 

Christmas is coming!

Well Hello again!

Today is a very special day - Christmas wise, its the midpoint between last Christmas and next Christmas. I dont know about you but that thought makes me go EEEK!

So just to encourage you prepare for this momentous event 
we're holding a monthly Christmas Challenge at
Fab'n'Funky Challenges

The theme is simply

(any Christmas project)

Here's my quick and easy card to inspire you to make 
- Quick and easy cards!! - it's an essential for sanity - either that of you're incredibly organised and make fabulously lavish cards for Christmas all year round 
Hands up! - who's got all their (fabulously lavish!!) cards made already lol

This is another card that I've made using the Anna Griffin papers and 3D sentiment stickers that I bought last year and never used!! - with the addition of a few die cuts and a pretty ribbon that all there is to it.

We don't have an image sponsor at Fab'n'Funky this week
but we do have a fabulous prize of an online class from 
- have a look at the wonderful classes they have on offer

Thank you for visiting today - be sure to come back tomorrow - i have a lovely prize to give away to commenters on my blog - and there's a blog hop too!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Embossing at Penny's Papercrafty Challenge this week

Morning all

It's that day of the week again - when I grace this page with two DT cards in one day!

Here is the first (I'll be back with my Fab'n'Funky Challenges Christmas card later)

This one is for our Embossing Challenge over at 

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges

I'm using one of our sponsor images 
this is Goldie Sassy
from Sassy Design Studios available here

Isn't she just so pretty! - a real party girl.  

This card was really easy to make - I used an embossing folder to make the background after first inking it with  Perfect Medium, I then highlighted  the embossed areas by dusting over with perfect pearls in pink and green- I was really pleased with the effect - it looks very pretty IRL.

We have two fab sponsors this week


Here's what I did

Image - Goldie Sassy from Sassy design studios
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour pencils
Embossing folder - Anna Griffin floral
Swiss dot card - pre-embossed - from a kit from craftwork cards 
                        (and dusted with perfect medium/Perfect pearls)
 Dies - spellbinders oval and Parisian border
Sentiment - Anna Griffin
Vintage seambinding and eyelash ribbons - crafty ribbons
Pearls and pearl and crystal embellie - ebay

Thank you for visiting today - hope to see you again later for my Christmas celebration!

hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

use your favourite embellishment at Pennys Challenge this week

Good Morning all

I'm back with my second post of the day (scroll down for my cute boxes from The Paper Shelter)
This time its my DT card for 

and this week our challenge is 

Use your favourite embellishment

We have a fab sponsor this week 

 - always such fun images to work with

I chose the cute Deacon bugs available here
a perfect "boy card" image

and my favourite embellies are punches - any punches!  - of course i love to use dies and you can make some fabulous embellies with some of the wonderful dies around these days - but for a quick and easy embellie - you really can't go wrong with a punch - and I might admit to having one or two or maybe a few more lol.  This one is a Martha Stewart ladybug punch -just perfect for this card - though of course it could make a lovely girly embellie too

This is what I did....
Image - Deacon Bugs from bugaboo
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - Hopscotch boy - K&Co
Ladybug punch - Martha Stewart
Card candy - craftwork cards
Sentiment - Anna Griffin
Twine from my stash

Hope you'll come and share your favourite embellies with us this week 

Judith xx

Anything but a card at The Paper Shelter

Good morning all

- and just lately all mornings seem to be extra good - lots of sunshine - doesn't it make you feel so much better!

I'm back to tell you about the new challenge this week at

The Paper Shelter

Our theme this week is

 Anything But a Card

I decided to take the opportunity to show you some of the other cute downloads available over at
The Paper Shelter (its not just all digi images over there!!)  and I've made two of the three boxes and tags from this "printables" set

called The Sweetest Girls, it's available here

another view showing the ribbon to decorate - really quick and easy to do 
- and of course you could add lots more embellies or perhaps a name to personalise 
As always we have a fab prize

Challenge prize badge

It was great being able to use this quick and easy download for the challenge as I've been a bit pushed for crafty and blogging time this last couple of weeks as I'm making a huuuge! amount of wedding paraphernalia for my cousin's daughter's wedding next week, place cards, table setting board decorations etc.  There's been a whole lot of printing, ribbon, lace and hot glue been going on but I'm finally down to just the table plan board (which has to be last minute really because ( as usual with these things) there have been cancellations and table changes in the last week)  But the wedding is next weekend in the Lake District and I'm really looking forward to the lovely weekend away - a wedding is such a lovely treat.  
I got my shoes yesterday - that I just love!- flowers which match my dress perfectly,  I couldn't believe it as they're not part of a matching set at all

gramercy2, black/other shoe by nine west -
aren't they fab! - well if you're a shoe girl like me they're fab - and even better, they were half price in the sale!! 
- anyway enough about shoes and back to the matter of a challenge!!

This is what I did.....

(really easy peasy)
Printable boxes and tags - The sweetest girls set from The Paper Shelter
Ribbon -American crafts
Lace ( borrowed from the wedding place cards!!) - Fantastic ribbons 

Hope we see you at The Paper Shelter Challenge this week


Judith xx 

Monday, 16 June 2014

A simple Thank You

Hi all

I have a fairly CAS card to share with you using a lovely poppy stamp from Sheena Douglas, I've loved this Stamp for ages and wanted to use it for my DT card for 

 as soon as I saw the theme for this weeks challenge which is 

Keep it Simple

I always enjoy colouring floral cards and this one was no exception, It was supposed to be even more CAS than this but (here is confession time) I dropped my black ink pad onto it as I went to stamp the sentiment along the bottom - so had to do a repair job of the larger sentiment and ribbon grrr - i hate when that sort of thing happens when you've just spent an age colouring a card,

I'm sorry I'm late in with this card - things are still a bit topsy turvy around here just now - hopefully I'll get back on track before too long!

This is what I did....

Image - Poppies and daisies by Sheena Douglas
Coloured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Aged effect stamp (around the edge) -Aging beautifully from a little bit sketchy by Sheena Douglas
Sentiment - Chalkboard sentiments from Anna Griffin
Card - Bazzil Basics
Ribbon - american crafts
Distress ink TH Tea dye
White Gel Pen

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Storyteller - Flowers
Stemplegarten - Flower dreams
Sweet stampin challenge -say it with flowers

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

We're having a bit of a giggle over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Hello again

I'm back with my second post of the day - this time my DT card for 

we decided to give you all a bit of fun with this weeks challenge
and our hostess with the mostest for the week is the lovely Shirley who has chosen the theme

Laughter is the best medicine!

we would love to see your cards and projects that can give us a bit of a giggle
anything at all that will brighten our day as we come to visit you!!

I decided to take the opportunity to make a Christmas card with this cute little image called

French Hen available here

It's from the bugaboo twelve days of Christmas set - something i think I might be revisiting soon

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous

Definitely the place to visit for lots of cute and funny digis

This was such a quick and easy card to make 
(once I'd decided on the design which me being me took about a week!!)
I think its a great image (and set) for quick and easy christmas cards
 - something we could all do with

Here's what I did....

Image - French Hen from bugaboo stamps
Coloured with copics
Papers - Woodland wishes from LOTV
Gold card - Centura pearl old gold from crafters companion (a nice dull muted gold)
Holly and pearls from my stash
Die cut from greeting - fishtail flag from MFT
Sentiment - made in word

We would really love to visit you this week to see some fun on your blogs - see you soon!

Judith xx

Anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Good morning all

Hope you're all enjoying some sunshine between those thunderstorms - it's certainly lovely to see the sun again - for more than one day at a time!  We had a lovely day here on Sunday and never went any further than the garden- - BBQ  and 4 generation boules on the lawn! - That was my grandson, my daughter, me and my mother and MIL.  We had such a lovely afternoon and it was lovely that from 2 years old to 85 years old everyone enjoyed it - while the men had a few beers and planned their world cup!!

Anyway - I digress on to this weeks challenge at 

This weeks theme is 

Anything Goes

Which to me was an excuse to carry on with my messy crafting that I've so enjoyed lately! - lots of distressing with my inks and new toy - guilding wax

Isn't she just gorgeous! - here name is Martha and she's available here

This image was kindly supplied by our sponsor this week

This is what I did...

Image - Martha from Pink Gem designs
Coloured with copics
DI - Tim Holtz, Walnut stain, Antique linnen and Dusky rose
Guilding wax -lilac by creative expressions
Papers and pleated ribbon - Madame Payraud from Dovecraft
Charm and pearls - from ebay
Twine - MFT
Hesiona bow - Michaels
Photo frame (tucked behind) and texture created with - LOTV background bits - old romance
Shaped card - craftwork cards

So you have absolutely no excuse not to play along this week! - because we'd just love to see ... Anything!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Digi Chooseday - use 2 papers
Tip top tuesday - shaped cards
Inky chicks - no square or rectangle cards


Judith x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Spots and stripes at Crafty Little Fairies

Hi blog friends

Ooo I'm late again! - I'm so sorry - I seem to spend my whole time catching up these days!
I'm back again today with my DT card for 

Crafty Little Fairies
and our theme for this challenge 
Spots and Stripes

I decided to share a card that I was asked to make for a man who is 90.
As always I asked if he had any hobbies or interests or anything that could personalise the card and as often happens with older men was told no - he doesn't have hobbies, doesn't drink or drive or do very much at all - so just a "man" card!

I decided to make a nautical themed card because we live on the coast here in the north east of England and most people have some sort of a connection with the sea and it's a summery sort of theme - and summers on its way!  Its a big 8 x 8 inch card and I really enjoyed making it.  It came together so easily.

The stamped image is from a small nautical set from kanban which also included the compass corner that I also used.  There are some other small stamps with the set as well - very useful.
The shell stamps are from Sheena Douglass, I had been looking for a while to buy some of her stamps and treat myself when they were on a really good offer on Create and Craft a few weeks ago - I bought  3 sets and I'm really looking forward to creating some cards with them over the next few weeks.  I stamped onto watercolour card and used my TH watercolour pens for a softer look and toned the shells to match 
Here's what I did....

Image - kanban nautical set
Shell stamps - Sheena Douglass
Coloured with TH watercolour distress pens
Sentiment - MFT birthday quotes
Die cut numbers - Vintage Market by TH at Sizzix 
Charm - from ebay
Bows - Papermania
Pleated ribbon - Madame Payraud from Papermania
Hessian ribbon - Michaels
Twine - MFT
Label - cut with MFT stitched tag
Papers - K and Co
Gold Gilding wax - crafty individuals

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Aud Sentiments - use a sentiment for a guy
Sassy studios - summer themed
Milk coffee challenge - father/special male
Addicted to stamps - Holiday
Stamping Royalty - Masculine
City crafter - Nautical

I do hope you'll join in with our challenge this month - I'm sure you'll have lots of spots and stripes to show us

Judith xx

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

There's a bears and mice thing going on over at Penny's Paper Challenge this week

Hi again

I'm playing a bit of post catch up this week after my busy weekend away and this is my DT card 

our theme this week is

Bears and Mice

and the DT girls have had such fun with this cute theme

Here is my card using 
Henry Mushroom Bear - available here
(I see it's on sale just now - so go on and bag yourself a bargain!!)

Crafty sentiments is one of our fab sponsors this week and I have to confess a new one for me - I have never use their images before.  But I so enjoyed colouring this cute little bear scene - a really easy one to colour.  I also decided to have another try at colouring sky with copics and was quite pleased with how it turned out.  The card is just overall colourful but was quite easy to do.

We have 3 sponsors this week in total - so lots of lovely prizes up for grabs 

Who are offering 3 digis of the winners choice

Who are offering a $12 voucher

who are offering a prize of 4 non coloured digi images

This is what I did....

Image - Henry  on a Mushroom from Crafty Sentiments
Colured with Copics
Papers - I think they are Raspberry Road - they came free with a magazine so I'm not sure
Leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Flower punch  Woodware
Pearls from my stash 
Sentiment - LOTV
Sentiment mount - from a marianne's set
Distress ink TH antique linen
Craft card - crafters companion

Challenges I'm entering this week

Crafty sentiments - anything goes
through the craftroom door - anything goes
Paper pretties - square
Hobbybook challenge - must have at least 3 flowers

I do hope you can join in with us this week

Judith xx

Flower power at The Paper Challenge

Good morning blog friends

Well there's another week gone flying by and it's June!  I've had a lovely week with lots going on again. It was my last official day at work before my early retirement day (though my last day weeks several weeks ago, because I had leave to take)  I called into the office just to visit and mark the occasion and say my goodbyes - and decided I definitely don't miss the place!! We had a (mostly) lovely week weather wise and spent lots of time in the garden tidying up and BBqing - I love weeks like that.  Then we left for a few days in Scotland which ended with a night out at the new Hydro in Glasgow to see the Eagles.  They were fabulous - what a great night we had.- then we had a wander around the shops in Glasgow, we're off to a wedding at the end of the month and I was hoping to find an outfit to wear - no joy I'm afraid  i suppose it would help if I knew what I wanted!!

Well onto this weeks challenge at 

and this weeks theme is 

Flower Power

This wasn't the image I had intended to use when I first saw the challenge but I decided to use this cute lifeguard instead at the last minute so I could say look who's.... so here she is - looking through those binoculars of hers! I decided to  make  my favourite easel shape - its a while since I made one.

She's called - Lifeguard on Duty 2 available here
as always theres a fab prize on offer at The Paper Shelter 

Challenge prize badge

we'd love to see your flowery projects this week 

This is what I did...

Image - Lifeguard on duty 2 from The Paper Shelter
Coloured with Copics
Distress inks - worn lipstick and dusty pink
Papers -MME sunshine
Die cut sunflower - MFT
Die cut circle and swirl - Mariannes
Sentiments - produced in word
Pearls - from my stash

Challenges I will enter with this card

Digistamps for joy - girly

See you later my lovely friends!

Judith x