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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A traditional Christmas card for this weeks Christmas challenge

Good morning all

It's time for a new challenge over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and this week it's our once a month

Christmas Challenge

It's our way of giving you encouragement to get ahead on your Christmas cards for this year
 before the panic sets in!!

My card this week is very much a traditional style
a lovely Sheena Douglass stamp from the Little bit Festive range called Victorian Lady

I coloured her with my colourtint pencils because I thought the muted tones were perfect for this style of image.  - except for the red - which is a Derwent inktense pencil!!

The poinsettias and ivy are are also Sheena Douglass A little bit festive perfect partners
coloured with Spectrum Noir aqua tints (now discontinued) and Sparkle pens

Here's what I did....

Image and sentiment- Victorian lady - Sheena Douglass a little bit sketchy
watercolour card - Canston
coloured with SpectrumNoir colourtint pencils and red derwnt inktense pencil
Papers - Anna Griffin ( old forgotten the name range!)
Card - black and kraft card from Crafter's Companion
Poinsettia and ivy die - Sheena Douglass perfect partners
Coloured with SN aquatints and sparkle pens
Shaped with Heartfelt Creations flower mould
Sparklers - hobby house

Hop over to the fab'n'Funky blog to see the fabulous creations from the team this week - and leave us a Christmas card while you're there!!

Judith xx

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Down sizing for Christmas! ppp-pick up a tiny penguin

Hi all

Just a quick little post to share a cute little card!
I joined the facebook challenge 'Make one card a week for Christmas'
in an effort to have lots of cards all ready and waiting to be sent when christmas comes around 😃

There's a different optional theme each week
 this week its make a 3 inch square card
If i make one of these each week I'll have no storage problems lol.

So here it is in all it's glory  -3inches square!
- though it could be any size in this photo
- the wonders of photo editing!

I just decided to tackle this card the same as making a larger card with mats and layers, embellies and a sentiment - it wasn't until I actually cut the card did I realise quite how tiny 3 inches is - in card terms it's really really tiny!

This is what I did....

Card made with white Sheena stamping card from Crafter's Companion
Mat and latered with black card and cored'nations red card
Penguin and snow flakes die cuts  - Sara's Cute Christmas range from Crafters Companion
Sentiment stamp from LOTV
Pearls and ribbon from my stash

Can't wait for next weeks challenge!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Give me a number!

Good morning all

Hands up who's sick to death of weather
We have some every day and none of it's good!!

I'm sharing a sun-shiney sort of card today for the challenge over at 

where our theme for the week is

With a number

I saw this really cute image over at Bugaboo Digi stamps called Birthday Troll available HERE -Bugaboo are our fab sponsor for our challenge this week. 
I  knew this little troll girl was perfect for my granddaughter Eva's birthday card - and here's the thing I must be so organised because it's not until April!! - this is the new me lol

Eva is just mad about Poppy Troll from the kids film The Trolls and I thought I could definitely make this image very Poppy Troll like! If you don't know the film you might know the song from the film by Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling - Eva does a mean dance to that too lol  here's a link 
I guarantee you'll be singing it all dance dance dance.....

I tried to photograph this so you can see all the sparkle - unfortunately that has made the colours look a bit darker than IRL - can't have everything I suppose

I also used some of the new Sue Wilson dies to make this a bright sunny card - I just love that rainbow, it's also proved to me that something from my school science lessons stuck there.  I just had to have a correctly coloured rainbow - non of that red and yelow and pink and blue rubbish that they sing about!!! - there is no pink!!  At school we were taught ROY GABIV is the name of the rainbow guy and it's stayed with me my whole life.  Thats Red, Orange,Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet -so thats what my rainbow is : ) - all coloured in pencils and then glittered.

Here's what I did..

Image - Birthday Troll from Bugaboo digi stamps
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils 
on Sheena Douglass Stamping card from Crafter's Companion
Background created with TH distress inks
Papers Sara Davies  Birthday Party collection
Card - Cored'nations brights
Yellow and white glitter card
Rainbow, clouds and Sentiment dies - Sue Wilson you are my sunshine set
Sunshine die from the rain or shine set
Number 2 - Diamond press fashion dies from Crafter's companion
Diamond Stickles

So come on - bring out those numbers! - mine is a teeny little one 'cos Eva will be 2 years old so how high or low(!) can you go 😃 

Hope to see you over  at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Judith xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

We have a girly challenge going on at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Morning all

I have to confess that when I started out on this one it took me on a bit of a trip down 'crafting memory lane'  I think because it's quite a while since I've made anything in this style and I started to think about when I first started colouring and this was the style of  card I used to make.  It's actually quite a long way from my style now.  It's funny how things evolve over time and it's not until you look back that you realise how much things have changed!  That's not to say that I don't like the card I've made - just I'm definitely a much messier, grungier, shabbier crafter than I used to be - lol

But this image called 'Give a Heart' - available HERE
 is one provided by Whoopsie Daisy who is  our sponsor this week at 

and she is undoubtedly very cute!  
She wasn't going to be dark or grungy or even shabby chic 
- she needed to be pink and pretty
  and like our theme says 


This is what I did....

Image - Give a heart from Whoopsi Daisy
Coloured with Spectrum noir watercolour pencils and spakle pens
6inch square card base
Papers - LOTV buttons and bows (I think - I've lost the cover!)
Card - LilacPastel Centura pearl from Crafter's Companion
Butterfly die - Sara's flutterfly from Crafter's Companion
Tonic nouvo drops in lilac
Pierced square noble die from Sue Wilson - Creative expressions
heart and scallopped circle dies - Dies'ire crafters Companion
Stitched circle die - Die'namics
number 2 - Diamons press fashion dies from Crafter's Companion
Seam binding ribbon  from Crafty Ribbons
Cutie! stamp from Apple blossom stamps

I hope you join in with our challenge at Fab'n'Funky this week - we have a fab prize up for grabs - so call inand take a look!


Judith xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happy cards are the best!

Good morning all

There's a new challenge starting over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

the theme is 

(anything at all with the word Happy)

I thought it was a great opportunity to use the new flower dies that I bought in the sales over Christmas - so much so that I made two cards!
The dies are from Tonic - believe it or not the first Tonic dies I've ever bought!

So do you like the bright and bold.....

.......or the muted softer tones

This is what I did.....

1st card
Dies - Tonic Sunny Gazania
        - Sizzix border die
       - Happy birthday - from crafter's companion Sara's birthday collection
Embossing folder - from crafter's companion Sara's birthday collection
glossy accentsand viva decor (red)
Card from my stash

2nd Card
Dies - Tonic  Apple Blossom
        - Spellbinders happy birthday
       - crafters companion - diesire fancy edgeable
       - small stitche circle die - MFT?
papers - First edition - spring feast
card from my stash

I love these flowers - such a great size and variety for ll sorts of projects - you may see them again very soon!

Hope you'll join in with us over at fab'n'funky this week 


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One card a week for Christmas - that's the aim!

Hi all

Is it to early to talk about Christmas lol
I can see you rolling your eyes and hear the groans already he he

But for anyone who wants to send handmade  Christmas cards - now is the time to start.
I always have good intentions at the beginning of the year - and mostly I don't do too badly - but I always wish I'd made more when December comes around

So in an attempt to put in even more effort I joined a facebook page where the aim is to make 52 cards in the year.  (We'll not mention the fact that I'm already a week behind lol)

So here's my first card.  I actually made a couple like this one last Christmas.  When I went to Florida last November I took my pencils and coloured a few images as i sat by the pool - this one I coloured  three times.  Two of them got made into cards and this one was 'saved' for this year and has got me off to a start for the year

This cute, pretty image is from Sheena Douglass at Crafter's Companion- it's very easy to colour because it has a lot of shading on the stamp to guide you, the sentiment also came with the stamp.

  I stamped onto Canson watercolour paper (my favourite for watercolours - it has such a fabulous texture)  Then coloured with Spectrum Noir Colourtint watercolour pencils - all except for the red which is a Derwent Inktense pencil (there isn't a bright red in the Colourtints)  I love the Colourtints they're such lovely muted shades.  

This is what I did .....

Image and sentiment - Dashing Deer from Sheena Douglass a little bit festive
Coloured with Spectrum noir colourtint pencils
red pencil - Derwent inktense
Paper - Canson watercolour paperCard and ribbon from my stash

I hope I've inspired you to get going on next years Christmas cards

Judith x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year and a New Flowers challenge at MAWTT

Good morning all

A belated Happy New Year from me!
it hasn't got off to a good start so far - I've had an ear infection since New Years Eve
 - so I'm feeling a bit of a misery at the moment!

But it's not all bad- New Year - New Start and all that and I'm feeling positive : )

It's time for our first challenge of the year over at

Moving along with the Times

and our theme for this challenge is


Always one of my favourite themes - a card for every occasion- and I have loads of flower dies!!

I made this card for my Mother in law's birthday - she was 89 years young on Boxing Day so definitely a special card was called for!

I used the Poppy Collection from Heartfelt Creations to make this card - so pretty and as with all the Heartfelt collections everything goes together so easily to make a card.

I also used the new basic floral shaping mold  from heartfelt (the ones that came out just before Christmas)  - this is a fab tool - you could use it with most die cut flowers to give some depth and dimension to your flowers without the time and effort that most flower shaping tools take - i love it!

and the inside also matches

This is what I did......

Papers, dies and stamps from the Heartfelt Poppy collection
Flowers shaped with the new Heartfelt floral basics shaping mold
Poppy and leaves coloured with distress inks
MAM- cut with Tim Holtz alphabet dies from Sizzix 
8x8 inch card 
Sentiment stamp inside from Anna Griffin

Hope you can play along with us this time
over at the Moving along with the Times Challenge blog
see you soon

Judith xx