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Friday, 18 December 2015

It's Christmas Bingo at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

Well I'm sure most of you probably think I've disappeared from the face of blogland by now!
and I have to confess I thought I had as well

Life has just been so so busy, unexpected and downright messy lately!!

in the last 3 months 

I slipped and fell and turned into an old, aching, moaning crock!!
Got an ear infection - and moaned some more
Went on holiday for almost 4 weeks - and cheered up
came back to Christmas (!)
attended my sons Masters degree graduation - and was so so proud
found I was going to be Grandma (again) to a baby girl :  )

All the while very little crafting or blogging has happened

But I've managed to squeeze in for the last challenge of the year at 

Winter Wonderland

where our theme is 

Christmas Bingo

I used this cute image from The Paper Shelter 
called - Snowman

We have 3 fabulous prizes provided by out sponsors

a £10 gift certificate from Bunnyzoes Crafts

a £10 voucher from Crafter's companion

a surprise from Marianne's designs

So definitely worth entering!

This is what I did...
Image - Snowman - from TPS
Coloured with Spectrum noir pencils and glitter pens
Dies - wild rose snowflake corners
           Memory box - stitched rounded squares
Card - Kraft card from Crafters companion
        - Red Christmas card from Papermania
Paper - Dovecraft nordic papers
Epoxy button - Anna Griffin
Flowers and Gems - from my stash
Snowflake gems - Creative Expression

It's such a busy time of the year so we're running this challenge for 3 weeks over the holidays to give you lots of time to enter

Judith xx

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Winner of the comments draw on my blog - It's you Sarah!

Hi all

Just a very quick post from me to announce my winner!
Drawn randomly from everyone who left comments on the blog hop 
to celebrate our birthday at 

The Paper Shelter

it's you 

(Mallows Crafty Bits Blog)

Check over at  

For a full list of winners and also how to claim your prize

Judith xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Just a little flight of fantasy....

Hi All

Just thought I'd call in and share one of my makes for the Spectrum Noir TV Design team
I'm still here on my hollies in Florida but we're having a lazy day today - preparing ourselves to party with cookies and hot chocolate at Mickey Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom tonight!!  Our grandson Jacob - who will be 4 next week just can't wait - he loves Mickey, Parties and staying out late at night he has decided, so I think we're in for a night of fun, 

This is one of the lovely new stamps from Morgan Fitzsimmons
Flights of Fantasy range

I made it for the Shows last week on Create and Craft
 coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

What I did

Spectrum Noir pens DR2, PP3,5 GB5 DG2,3 TN2 FS2,3, IG1
Fantasy of flight stamp - Genevieve
Papers from fantasy of flight CD
Downton mirror die
Kraft Card from Crafters Companion
TH Cored’nations card
Sheena’s perfect partners poinsettia and ivy dies and stamps
Sentiment -Nordic Christmas stamp

Hope you're all doing well with your Christmas crafting and preparations


Judith x

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blog hop to celebrate our 5th birthday at The Paper Shelter

Good Morning all

this is to celebrate our 5th Birthday on December 8th.
 It will be a two week Challenge and  Design Teams A and B are taking part.

The Hop is our way of inviting you to join in to celebrate and the theme is

 "A Special Birthday" 
because it's our special birthday!!!

If you have landed here from Anna's Blog then you're heading in the right direction - if not then you'll want to head on back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again,
 as you'll not want to miss out on this one! 

Our Design Team have worked very hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter Website

 and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice 
as well as the main prize, details of which are on 

Here's my card using my favourite image from TPS called

This one one of the first images I ever used when I joined the design team at The Paper Shelter almost 3 years ago - where has the time gone! I still love this little girlie she's so pretty and I love her hat (infact I have one just like it!- in black) 

This is what i did

Image - In the 20's available from the Paper Shelter
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and Pencils
Papers - First Edition Spring Drop
Frame die - Spellbinders
Flower and leaf and button dies from - MFT blueprints 16
Sentiment - LOTV tags

The next blog on the hop is Marianne's blog
I know she has a special treat in store for you there!
now go on hop hop hop!!

Judith xx

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Anything Goes challenge at Digital Delights - 26th November

Hi all

I'm here with my mid challenge reminder post for the challenge at

and thought I'd take the opportunity to make another Christmas card

I used the cute Molly Moose image available here
and a sentiment from the Christmas Wishes set 

This is what I did....

Image - Molly Moose from Digital Delights
Christmas wishes sentiment set from Digital Delights
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and pencils
Papers - Dovecraft nordic
Kraft Card - Digital Delights
Snowflake corner dies-  memory box
glitter glue  on snowflakes

There's still time to join in our challenge this month - hope to see you there! - now popoverand see the fabulous creations that my teamies have made for your inspiration!


Judith x

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's Christmas at The Paper Shelter - hooray!

Good morning all

We have a lovely Christmas card challenge for you this week 

The Paper Shelter

Come on bring out your 

Christmas Cards

If you haven't started on Christmas cards yet you really should!!

there are some gorgeous girly images at TPS 
(as well as cute and traditional ones too)

I chose to use the lovely 
Christmas Decorations - available here

she has such a lovely vintage style to her I think 
so i used that as inspiration for my card

As usual I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pens and pencils - my favourite medium

We have the same old fabulous prize at the Paper Shelter this week

Here's what I did...

Image - Christmas decorations from TPS
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils
Pinecone die - britannia dies
Papers - MME 
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Button embellie - Creative expressions
Gem embellie - jollies at Michaels

Hope you'll come over to TPS and share your Christmas creations 


Judith x

Friday, 13 November 2015

We have a sweet challenge at Winter Wonderland - show us some candy!!

Good morning all

Hope this scheduled post works today! - my record with blogger this week hasn't been too good
and as it's Friday 13th......

I'll be travelling around and about somewhere 
on my way to Florida on my hollies!

Our challenge at Winter Wonderland this week is 

Christmas Candy

It's a perfect one for me this year as I've got a bit of a thing about gingerbread men!
I treat myself to this lovely die from Tonic to make some cute Christmas cards together with the accessories set from Tim Holtz Crazy birds stamps to add the hats and candy canes
- the perfect ingredients for a Christmas candy card!
When I get back from my hollies I intend to do a bit of a batch craft of this card 
- quite easy to do - well except for backing the gingerbread men in white - which turned out a whole lot more complicated than I thought!!

We have a fab prize as always at Winter Wonderland challenge 
from our sponsor this week

Crafty Ribbons

The prize is a £10 voucher to spend in their store

Here's what I did....

Die cut gingerbreadman Tonic Roccoco die
Hat and Candycane - TH Stampers Anonymous Crazy birds accessories stamps
Papers and matching ribbon - Dovecraft Jolly Santa
Tag die - Whimsystamps
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion
Kraft card - Crafters companion
Dark red card - from a huge stash that I haven't got a clue where it came from!!
Spectrum noir pens in DR2 and DR 4 to colour hats

Thursday, 12 November 2015

New Release at Digital Delights

Hi all

There is another fabulous new release over at 

lots of cute Christmas and winter themed cuties 
and little houses and village buildings

Here is a gift bag with tags that I made with 2 of the images

The main image is  Candy house - available HERE
and the tag is Skating Rocky Raccoon - available HERE

I coloured the images with my Spectrum Noir pens and added a lot of glamour dust to the house  to give it lots of sparkle .  I then made corners out of a Marianne decorative star strip and added an extra gift tag - just for good measure!

Hope you'll join in our challenge at Digital Delights this month - as always the theme is 
Anything  Goes

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

We're travelling at the Paper shelter this week

Good morning all

Stupid blogger - this was scheduled for 9am today (and still is!) - why did you not post it!!

It's time for another challenge at 

The Paper Shelter 

with a a theme very appropriate for me!


I'm off on my hollies this week to Florida - to visit all those fun places and to do my Christmas shopping at the sales!  My daughter and her family are also coming with us and we are so looking forward to going to Mickeys Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom with our Grandson Jacob who will be 4 next month - just a perfect age for Santa and Mickey and all those other fantasies that are just wonderful through the eyes of a small child.  I just hope he enjoys it as much as we will!!

But I digress - I decided to make a Christmas card for this challenge using the cute image

Are You Ready My Friend available here

just a perfectly lovely image of Santa and Rudolf getting ready for their travels on Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve - and I even found his little sleigh to add to the corner of the card!

You can choose any form of travel for this challenge - it could be a form of transport such as a car or train, walking or running or even going on hoilday or perhaps as I have chosen Santa's travels!

What i did ...

Image - pecoloured Are you ready my friend from TPS
Papers - Dovecraft rafyt Christmas
Red card - papermania Christmas 8x8 textured cardstock
Kraft card nd Blak card - Crafter's Companion
Dies - all Marriannes (except spellbinders circles)
Distress ink - TH tea dye
Glitter - Stickles diamond

We are looking forward to seeing what you create for our challenge this week!


Judith xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Crafters Companion Kimono Stamps

Hi All

Just calling in to share a couple of cards I made as samples for Crafter's Companion for the TV shows on Create and Craft today

I used the stamps, paper pad and coloured them with Spectrum  Aqua markers

I just loved working with these stamps and the beautiful papers - just so gorgeous!

This is what i did

Stamps Kimono Buttefly Silk and Paper Moon
papers - Crafters companion 
Watercolour paper - Crafters Companion
Pens - Spectrum Aqua
Feather broach die is from the Downton Abbey die range

Judith x

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Just because I can....

Good morning all

And - happy guy Fawkes day to all my UK buddies - to be honest I forgot it was Guy Fawkes day today until I saw it on another blog this morning.  Aren't we a funny lot in the UK - having a special celebration day to remember when a man named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the houses of Parliament - and all therein! - and from my school days as I recall what they did to him when the plot was foiled - ooo I shudder to think about that!!

Anyway I digress - I 'm posting today just because i can! - no challenges or have -to-makes....
I seem to have a whole queue of cards and projects that I haven't blogged so thought I would share  a set of card samples that I made for Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir a couple of months back for one of Sheena Douglass TV shows, using the lovely Perfect Partners Victorian Floral stamps and dies available HERE

 The first two are from the bluebell set which is a great set because you get two for the price of one! - the flowers and leaves allow you to make either a bluebell or lily of the valley.  I really loved the lily of the valley when it was finished, although obviously just a white flower I also heat embossed it with a shimmer embossing powder and shaped the flowers with a ball tool.  It looked so pretty.

the last one was probably my favourite - the sweet william, Probably because I love these flowers in real life, always so pretty, make a lovely display - and last for ages!

I coloured the flowers with my Spectrum Noir pens and also coloured the centura pearl card in the first two cards to match in blue and green so they toned perfectly with the colours of the flowers and leaves.  I used collall 3d glue gel to create dimension in the flowers - it's great for this type of project.

It takes me back to summer sharing these today! - wouldn't a nice light,warm sunny day be nice! 

Thank you for calling in to see me today

Judith xxx

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Creative knockouts - lace ribbon twine

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Die cuts and / or punches challenge at Fab'n'Funky

Hi all

OOO! - I'm late again - can't beleive what I did! - I had my card all ready and left the glitter to dry on the snowflke before sticking it on (my favourite chunky glitter jewels) - when I went to stick it on i must have cut my finger on the sharp glitter and ended up with smears of blood all over my image - how can that happen!!  I had to reprint and recolour the image  - how annoying lol.

It's challenge day again at 

and our theme is 

Die Cuts and/or  Punches

The DT were lucky enough to all get an image to work with from our lovely sponsor

I chose this cute image 

Beary Happy Winter Bear - available here

I've used this image a couple of times now - i just love him :  )

I coloured this cute bear with my Spectrum Noir markers and pencils
fur and ears BG 1,2,3,4,5  FS6
scarf BR9 TB2,3  BT4
pencils 95,117,119
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous 

who will give our lucky winner 3 images up to $10 value

This is what i did

Image - Beary happy winter bear from SBDO
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and pencils
Papers - Nordic Christmas from Dovecraft (an old one from a year or two ago)
Kraft card and Centura pearl cardbase - both Crafters Companion
Sentiment and snowflake stamps Anna Griffin Christmas Envelope Sentiment set
Snowflake die - Whimsystamps
Pierced rectangle dies - Noble rectangles from Creative Expressions
Circle pinch - Dovecraft
circle die - Spellbinders
Glitter - cosmic shimmer glitter jewels
Pearls and ric rac from my stash

Hope you'll come and visit us this week and play along at Fab'n'funky Challenges

Challenges I'm entering with this card...

Polkadoodles - glitter and bling 6/11
simply create too - baby it's cold outside 6/11
sweet stampin challenge - punchesand dies 6/11
Sparkle n sprinkle - anything goes with glitter

Judith x

Friday, 30 October 2015

Anything Goes at Winter Wonderland

Good Morning all

Don't these Fridays come round fast!  - it's challenge day again at

Winter Wonderland 

Surely you must all be in Christmas card mode by now!!

And - just to help you along we have the easiest of Challenges

Anything Goes

I still haven't quite got into "proper" crafting mode after my fall - I'm still aching and sooo tired!
so I'm taking full advantage of a few cards that I made but have never blogged

This one is a sample I made for Crafter's Companion TV launch of the 
Nordic Christmas Stamps

called Santa's helper - available here
both the image and the sentiment are in the set

It was coloured with Spectrum noir Pens and mounted onto red card on a scalloped shaped card
 - and that was pretty much it! - a very easy card

We are sponsored this week by 

MR Designs who are offering a prize of 20 Euros to the winner

I do hope you''' join in with our challenge this week - can't wait to see what you create!

Here's what I did...

Image - Santa's helper from Crafter's Companion
Coloured with spectrum noir Pens - DR1,3,5  TN2,3,5  LG2,6,8  GB6
Red card - Core'dinations brights - Crafters Companion
Heart Die - Crafters Companion

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Artbymiran - anything goes 14/11
crafting with friends - anything goes 6/11
graph it marker challenge - christmas colours 6/11
simply papercraft - Anything goes 6/11

Hugs judith xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

We have a Halloween challenge at The Paper Shelter this week

Good morning all

I'm back today with my creation made for 

The Paper Shelter Challenge

We have a new challenge starting today 

with the very topical theme of 


I still haven't got myself back up and crafting properly after my fall - luckily I had a couple of projects in hand and I did motivate myself to colour one image last weekend (big deal!)- but to be honest I'm still very achy and just so exhausted.  By the time evening comes when I would normally sit down and do some crafting - I just sit down and go to sleep instead!!!.   I really have so much that I should be doing and I'm starting to panic EEK - Christmas is coming!!

Anyway less of my moaning on 

I have a treat bag to share that I made for my grandson when he call round on Halloween night

I used the precoloured version of the image

Halloween night - available here

I printed it several times and layerd up some of the elements -though it doesn't show to well here.
I added a set of Halloween embellies for Jollies that I picked up in a sale basket at Michaels last year, a ribbon and die cut a BOO! - just for good measure - a quick and east make!

As always we have a fabulous prize on offer at TPS
for the winner of our challenge

I hope you'll come and join in with our challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this project...

Rubies Rainbow - birds of a feather (9/11)
lil red wagon - halloween creatures/characters (4/11)
Die cutting divas - Halloween with a die cut (2/11)
Fan tastic tuesday - anything goes with a hallowen twist (3/11)

Judith xx

Friday, 23 October 2015

Jingle Bells at Winter Wonderland

Good Morning all

Well I've finally managed to make a card - nothing to complicated but at least I'm crafting again!
I had the staples removed from my head yesterday but I'm more achey then ever  in my arms and chest after driving just a short distance the last couple of days - I thought I was better than I was : / - so it's back to the resting at home for a few more days I think - something I don't take kindly to - I really just want to get back up and back to normal .... moan moan

Anyway less moaning it's challenge day at 

Winter Wonderland

and our theme is 

Jingle Bells

 I'made a quick and easy last minute card with some of the digi's we got from our lovely sponsor

Digistamp Boutique

This is from the jingle bells set available here  

  Our lovely sponsor this week is

Digi stamp Boutique

who are offering a lovely prize of a £10 voucher to out lucky winner

This is what i did....

Image - Jingle all the way from digistamp Boutique
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens from Crafters Companion
Reds - CR1,10,11
Browns TN4,6,7,9
Greens CG1,3 DG3
Gold - GB3,5,7

Black card from Crafters Companion
red card from my stash
Gold and white glitter glues - Martha Stewart

Challenges I'm entering with this card...

A snowflakes promise - Anything goes (christmas ) 2/11
Doodlepantry - digital image (25/10)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Anything goes at the Digital Delights Challenge

Good morning all

It's challenge time at Digital Delights and as usual our theme for the month is

Anything goes

I chose to use the cute Lil' Billy - one of my favourites!
and also the Wild West Sentiments set

I took my colour inspiration from my papers which is a really old set from My Minds Eye called So Sophie - there aren't many pages left in the pad now  : (  - gorgeous purples, mustards and greens - I really like the colour scheme with the cute little cowboy - it made a nice change from the reds and blues that I usually choose for these little cowboy images.

The lucky winner of our challenge will win a 

$10 Gift Voucher

if a Digital Delights image is used 


$5 Gift Voucher

if you use another image.  
There is also the chance of a GDT spot if you are chosen as one of our top 3
So hurry on down for your chance to win!

Fortunately I had made this card in advance - just as well because I've been out of action for a week now!  I slipped and fell while I was walking my dog last week - forwards onto my chest - then I passed out as I stood up and fell backwards hitting my head.  Fortunately nothing was broken but I have staples in my head and so many aches and pains its unreal - I just want to get up tomorrow and not be aching .... anyway back to my card

This is what i did....

Image - Lil Billy from Digital Delights
Sentiment - Wild West Sentiment set from Digital Delights
Coloured with spectrum noir pens from Crafters companion
Papers - So Sophie from My minds Eye
Dies - Ovals from tattered lace, Stitched circle - lawn fawn, Fish  tail flag stax from MFT, corners MFT
Jute ribbon - paper mania (I love this stuff!!)
Card Base - Kraft card from Crafters Companion
Card - Tim Holtz Cord'nations

Hope we see you at our challenge this month!

hugs Judith xx

Challenges I'm entering with this card....

Whoopsi daisy - hand coloured image (1/11)

Friday, 16 October 2015

We would like to see ribbon at Winterwonderland this week

Good morning all

It's time for another challenge over at 

Winter Wonderland

we would like to see ribbon on your project
so this weeks theme is

Christmas with a Ribbon

The team were lucky enough to be given a choice of image by our sponsor this week

I chose this cute gingerbread man available HERE

our lovely sponsor this week is 

who will be giving a prize of 2 digis to our lucky winner

I'm still continuing to practice with my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens from Crafters Companion and thought that the slight texture of the watercolour card together with the watercolour shaded effect might work quite well with the gingerbread man, It's a different technique to colouring with alchol pens, much quicker and several ways to do it, I think I did ok - practice is the key here - I'll keep trying, he's not just an all over flat colour and that's what I wanted to  acheive.  I also glittered all the white with glamour dust fine glitter - it looks lovely and sparkly in real life - but I don't think I've quite got it in the photogragh

This is what I did......

Image - Gingerbreadman from Pink Gem Designs
Sentiment from Crafters Companion Nordic Christmas CD
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Aqua pens
Colours - chestnut, crimson, evergreen and bud green
Card - crafters companion waterclour card
Cardbase - crafters companion Kraft card
Papers - Krafty Christmas from Dovecraft
Glitter - glamourdust
Buttons and ribbon from my stash
Square stitched die - Memory box
Circle dies - spellbinders
Distress ink - Tim Holtz Tea Dye

We have a lovely new DT member at Winter Wonderland this week!
 Welcome to Alison Barlow,
 it would be lovely if you popped over to her blog and gave her a welcome
- better still you could even join her here at Winter Wonderland as we also have a DT CALL!!  Its the perfect time for you to join a Christmas DT I'd say - lots of Cards to make for Christmas and you would have the added bonus of a Christmas DT to inspire you!!

Full details of our DT Call can be found on the Winter Wonderland blog HERE
Come and join us - we're a very Christmassy DT :)

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

We're looking for men at the Paper Shelter!!

Good morning all

It's challenge time again at

The Paper Shelter

and our theme is a masculine one

For the Man in Your Life

I decided to use this cute Autumn themed image 
called Autumn Joy - available here

I've been practicing with my Spectrum Noir Aquamarkers
and I'm loving the soft watercolour effect 
 it's so easy too - though lots of room for more practice!!

as always we have a fabulous prize on offer at TPS

The gift voucher

This is what I did ...

image - Autumn Joy from the Paper shelter
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Aquamarkers
colours - skin peach
hair - chestnut, desert
Clothes - slate, tan, moss
dog - tan
Leaves and grass - leaf green, marigold, moss, tan
background - aquamarine, leaf green
Papers and sentiment - Vintage rose garden from couture creations
Leaves and acorn stamps and dies - from Sheena Douglas perfect Partners
Ribbon from my stash
Card - Bazzill basics
Card base made with crafters companion Kraft card
Distress ink - frayed burlap

hope we'll see you playing at TPS this week

hugs Judith xx