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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Winner of my candy draw


Hi all


Just a very quick post to say thank you to all who entered my candy draw
I drew the winner tonight and 

Drum roll 
(I asked my sun to pick a number / and he said ....

number 7

it's you 

Kim!

Hope you enjoy being organised for 2017
And practicing your colouring as you go 😘
Have fun
Your prize we'll be in the post tomorrow

Hugs
Judith xxx



A Create 365 Candy Draw - to get your new year off to a good start!


Happy weekend everyone!



I'm still here in sunny Florida on my hollies - another week to go
 so not around  visiting  all your lovely blogs too much

But I've been shopping in the sales!!

I got the biggest bargain at Michaels 
who had a fab doorbuster offer on

Create 365 Happy Planners!



its a the big 8 inch x 10inch colouring version
so ideal to organise my crafty year next year - with some fun colouring too!
These are pictures of the cover and one of the inside pages

When I bought it I  thought it would be fun to buy another and share as Candy with my crafty buddies -so you can be organised and have some fun in 2017 too!

I'm so excited to get started on this
- I'm predicting 2017 as a good ie organised(!) one.

If you want to enter my candy please add your name to the linky below - and sign up to follow me if you're not already a follower - so you can check back to see if you've won!
and also share the picture at the top of the post in the side bar of your blog  : )

The draw is open until midday December 29th
and I'll post worldwide
 - so if I get your address back quickly you can have it as soon as possible
and start planning your new year

So what are you waiting for - get ready to plan and enter my draw!!

(organised!!) crafty hugs
Judith xxx




Friday, 16 December 2016

Happy new year or someone special challenge at Winter Wonderland

Don't forget to enter my candy draw for a fab Craft planner for 2017





Good morning all

Today is our last challenge for the year over at 

Winter Wonderland

this one doesn't need to be a Christmas project

our dual themes are 

Happy New Year 
or
For Someone Special

I chose to go with a box card for someone special
and it's a very special person to me - an absolute treasure 💕💕
- my Grandson Jacob - who was 5 years old on Tuesday

I've bought a few of the Tattered Lace  Disney dies as they've come up 
- just odd ones that I could use to make a few cards and Christmas projects

This one is supposed to be a Christmas Die(and he has a present in his hands that I cut off!)- but he suits this winter birthday just as well
and Jacob loves Donald Duck
when we went to Walt Disney World and he went to 'meet' the characters 
there wwre 4 lines to choose
- Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald 
........we stood in line to meet Donald Duck!!


and here is Jacob with the Duck himself!!
this was taken just before last Christmas - now he's a whole year older
where does the time go!



We have two fab sponsors for our challenge this week

Crafter's Companion

and 

A Day for Daisies

I was so pleased with how this card turned out - if not a bit fiddly and definitely time consuming!!
 - but totally worth the effort

Hope we see you at Winter Wonderland this last time for 2016!

This is what I did

Pop up box card made with Core'dnations card stock in blue and yellow from Crafter's Companion
Happy birthday and birthday cake dies - Sara Davies Signature birthday collection
Stars - diesire - essentials dies 
Swirls - Sizzix dies
Donald Duck - Tattered lace - cut in various card stock and partly coloured with Spectrum noir pens
Number 5 - Sizzix die
Letters - Crafters Companion Gemini Fashion dies

Challenges I'm entering with this card

the alphabet challenge - use something red
The stamping boutique - fancy folds
julia spiri challenge - anything goes - but no square cards
TTCRD - anything goes




Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Everyone needs a little glitter and sparkle in their lives!

Don't forget to enter my candy draw to win a fab 365 Craft Planner for 2017
click Here



Hi all

We have a new challenge over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

the theme is 

Glitter and Sparkle

We are being sponsored this week by the fabulous

AuroraWings

whoare giving our lucky winner a prize of $10 to spend in store

I just got back from holiday at the weekend and have been playing catch up since then
so crafting time has been on the back burner!
fortunately I had a card I had made a while ago that I could use for this challenge

definitely lots of sparkle and shine - and shoes too
what could be nicer!!


This is what I did....

Shoe die, papers and Sentiment all from the Cattitudes Collection at Crafter's Companion
Sparkle added with Spectrum Noirblack sparkle pen
Tag die - Dienamics from MFT
Black card - Crafters Companion
Gems -from Recollections at Michaels

Hope you'll join in with us - it's our last challenge before Christmas!

Hugs
Judith x






Thursday, 8 December 2016

We would like to see Christmas scenes at Moving along with the times

Hi all

We have a lovely new challenge for you this week at


just in case you had forgotten
- Christmas is on the way!!

We would like to see

Christmas Scenes


I love really traditional Christmas cards, Santa, Poinsettias, Christmas trees, green red....
This card just about has it all!

This is what I did
Image, sentiment and embossing folder - from Nordic Christmas range by Crafter's Companion
Coloured with - Spectrum Noir watercolour pens
Poinsettias made with Sheena Douglass perfect partners Poinsettia dies
Card - Cored'nations Card - darks
Black card from Crafter's Companion
Pebeo silver gilding wax

Hope you'll play along with us this challenge - it's another great excuse to make a Christmas card!

Don't forget to enter my candy draw! - here



http://whatididbyjudithhall.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/a-create-365-candy-draw-to-get-your-new.html

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Addicted to stamps -Christmas
A gem of a challenge - Anything christmas goes



Hugs
Judith

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Things with wings challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Greetings from sunny Florida!

I expect you're all wondering where I got to lately!  
Unfortunately we've had a pretty bad time over the last few months at home.  My father in law was very ill for a long time and sadly passed away on 31st October.  Things had been pretty bad for quite a while before that and to make things even worse I came down with flu just a few days after that. 

We've eventually got through it all and were lucky enough to have our holiday in Florida booked for a well deserved break, We've been here for six days now and over the last couple of days I've felt almost human again!!

So hopefully I'll be able to pick back up on my blog a bit more now  - which has been sadly neglected of late : )

We have a new challenge over at 


The theme was chosen by our lovely Sharon who  is hosting this week
and she has chosen the theme

Things with Wings

I didn't manage to make a card specially for this challenge but I did have one already made that fit the theme so decided to join in 


We have a lovely sponsor this week 


who are offering a fab prize for our winner


This is what I did....

 Crafter's Companion 5x5 Create a card die - Country garden 
and Crafters Companion 5x2 create a card die - thinking of you

with just a couple of sheets of card and a ribbon and some lace together with a sparkle embellie from creative expressions this card was very quick and easy to make

I hope you'll call in and check out the DT's creations and join in with our challenge this week
and I'll be visiting you all  again really soon!

hugs
Judith xx


Things with wings challenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Greetings from sunny Florida!

I expect you're all wondering where I got to lately!  
Unfortunately we've had a pretty bad time over the last few months at home.  My father in law was very ill for a long time and sadly passed away on 31st October.  Things had been pretty bad for quite a while before that and to make things even worse I came down with flu just a few days after that. 

We've eventually got through it all and were lucky enough to have our holiday in Florida booked for a well deserved break, We've been here for six days now and over the last couple of days I've felt almost human again!!

So hopefully I'll be able to pick back up on my blog a bit more now  - which has been sadly neglected of late : )

We have a new challenge over at 


The theme was chosen by our lovely Sharon who  is hosting this week
and she has chosen the theme

Things with Wings

I didn't manage to make a card specially for this challenge but I did have one already made that fit the theme so decided to join in 


We have a lovely sponsor this week 


who are offering a fab prize for our winner


This is what I did....

 Crafter's Companion 5x5 Create a card die - Country garden 
and Crafters Companion 5x2 create a card die - thinking of you

with just a couple of sheets of card and a ribbon and some lace together with a sparkle embellie from creative expressions this card was very quick and easy to make

I hope you'll call in and check out the DT's creations and join in with our challenge this week
and I'll be visiting you all  again really soon!

hugs
Judith xx


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Show us die cut letters or numbers at MAWTT

Good morning all

It's my turn to host at MAWTT this week

I have chosen the theme

Show us die cut letters or numbers





Sunday, 30 October 2016

Boo!- it's Halloween!


Hi All

I'm rather late with my post for 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

My blogging is a bit sporadic due to illness in the family
and things have taken a greater turn for the worse this week

I've eventually finished my card for this week so i'm really just sending a reminder for anyone to join in with their Halloween projects - you must have some!!

Our theme is very simple!

Halloween!

We are sponsored by the fab 

Lemon Shortbread

who are offering a prize of 3 images to our winner this week

 the team were given some fab images to work with 

I chose the cute

Holloween Dracula Party
available here


 and suprise! it opens to form a pop twist card!


I made this for my grandson Jacob who absolutely loved it!  Its a very sturdy card and just as well as he played with it all afternoon - jumping out and shouting BOO! as he opened the card
Here's a (very short!!) video of him : ) 

video

I just saw this style of card last week and set about finding out how to make it - there are lots of tutorials on youtube - really easy to make and very effective 
- you should give it a try!!

Here's what I did...

Image -Halloween Dracula Party from Lemon Shortbread
Coloured with Spectrum noir pens and Colourblend pencils
with bats coloured with black spectrum noir sparkle pen
Papers - MME
Black card - Crafters Companion
Orange card and red card - Cored'nations Brights
Frame die - Noble frame die from Sue Wilson
die cut letters - sizzix

ther's still lot's of time for you to enter our challenge - hope to see you there

Hugs
Judith x













Friday, 21 October 2016

New illustrator pens from Crafter's Companion - i'm in love!!


Good morning all


I have a huuuuge(!) card to share today 
(its around 8 x 10 inches)
but I really needed the space to give this lovely image centre stage and have space for my hessian and embellies too!!

I coloured this up with the fabulous new Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens that are being launched today.  I can honestly say that these are my favourite pens ever, they blend so beautifully and have a wonderful fine detail nib as well as a brush nib which blends like a dream.  It took me a couple of attempts to get it right because you need to use a really light touch, but that's no different to any new pens!  
If you colour - you need these pens!!


This is what I did

The image is an old favourite from Justinklined called Serenity a lovely summy image but also used it a couple of times before for retirement cards 

I used the following pen colours for this image
DG2,DG3,GB2,GB4,GB7,GG2,GY3,YG1,YG2,IG1,CR11,PP1,PP6,MB1,MB2,BT1

The sentiment is from a Fiskars set called Make a wish - on of my go sentiment sets - there are some lovely ones as well as a good old happy birthday - so you can't go wrong

The papers are a very old K and Co and sadly it was my last sheet of this one : (

Kraft Card fr0m Crafters Companion
Frame made with Sue Wilson's pierced Rectangle Noble dies
Hessian and flip frops i got on a visit to Michaels craft store when I was in Florida

Don't miss the shows on Hochanda TV (freeview 85/ Sky 663) where the lovely Leann will be launching these lovely pens at 10am today

Lot's more lovely new goodies following this week at Crafter's Companion birthday week celebrations
hope to see you there!



hugs Judith xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Put a little sparkle in your life

Good morning all

I can't believe we've arrived at Wednesday again!
the weeks are just flying by
and it's time fro another challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

This week we have two themes to choose from

Shades of Grey and One other colour
or 
Lots of sparkle

I chose to go with lots of sparkle
1 - because it's always good to have a little sparkle in your life 
2 - it's an opportunity to use my lovely Spectrum Noir sparkle pens!!

this is the beautiful 
Harleqinade - Venetian Mask
available HERE


I decided to keep the colouring very soft, first of all using my Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils - I love how easy they are to blend, then I used the clear Spectrum noir sparkle pen to highlight areas on her face and the flowers and created some sparkle and I then used another pen in the shade biscuit  to colour all of the droplets, finally i coloured her eyes in the black sparkle pen which looks really dtamatic IRL  -   I really like the whole  effect. I decided to keep it really simple to focus on the image.  Using just a frame in black card made with the Sue Wilson Noble square dies, then added the die cut 'celebrate' across the bottom corner which is also coloured with the black sparkle pen

pencils used - face - cream, vanilla, mulberry,peach, pebble, black
                       Flowers, mulberry,redcurrant,lemongrass, peach, carnation,pistachio, earth, 
                       background shading - mulberry, lemongrass, peach, black, redcurrant


The image was provided by our fab sponsor this week


AuroraWings

who are also giving a prize of $10 to spend in store to our lucky winner 
- it could be you!!

hope you'll join in and play along this week

hugs 
Judith x


Friday, 7 October 2016

Kraft or Plaid it again Sam!

Good morning all

It's time for a new challenge over at 

Winter Wonderland

There's a choice of two fun themes

Use Kraft Card or Plaid ( it again Sam!!)

I have a tag to share which uses Kraft Card


The cute snowman and embossing folder are from the Nordic Christmas range from Crafter's Companion and the Die'sire Edgebles die Wishing you a Merry Christmas

We have some great sponsors this week

Di's Digis who are offering a prize of a $12 to spend in store


and

Crafty sentiments 
who will give 3 digi images to our winner


This is what I did....

Image -Cool Christmas Stamp from the Nordic Christmas range at Crafter's Companion
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
Embossing Folder - Diamond Christmas form Nordic Christmas at Crafter's Companion
Cut on Gemini Die cutting machine from Crafter's Companion
Kraft card, black card and centural pearl card - Crafter's Companion


Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week - look forward to seeing you there 

Hugs
Judith x



Wednesday, 5 October 2016

If music be the food of love.......

Good morning all

We have a lovely theme for our new challenge at 

The Paper Shelter 

my very favourite thing in the world 
(I think even more than crafting)
is music : )

and so that is our this weeks theme

Music

I've always loved music, when I was young I sang, followed the charts, had my favourite artists, fell asleep listening to radio Luxemburg under my pillow....
now my relationship with music is different,  I still sing - anywhere and everywhere!  But my love of current music is not so great, some I like, some not so much! - But I still have my favourites, love to drive along with the radio playing, love live concerts.
This week I've been lucky to get tickets to two fabulous concerts
- my first this year!  I was giving up hope of seeing anyone.  
The first is Barbra Streisand  just announced last week and I was thrilled to learn that she is appearing at an arena in Tampa Florida when we go in November.  I haven't seen her live before -  she has been one of my all time favorites for ever! - This week I've been singing Evergreen at the top of my voice all over the house!! - just as well I have a fabulous singing voice lol.

The second one is David Gray at the Sage in Gateshead.  
A fabulous venue for this type of performance - It's an acoustic performance
I've seen him twice before and each time he was just fabulous - just as good live as on a recording.  That's just before Christmas so the Sage will be decorated for the season - I'm excited already!!

but I digress - back to the challenge and my card


Instead of  one of the lovely images from TPS I decided to use one of the paper sets
this one is called Spring Song available HERE.  It  has a lovely music print on it, and I've teamed it with music themed die cuts and pretty embellies to fit the theme

As always there is a fab prize on offer at TPS


http://www.thepapershelter.com/


Hope you'll play along with us

This is what I did

Papers - Spring Song 6x6 paper set
Die cut butterfly - Sheen Douglas perfect partners
Die cut musical notes and corners - MFT
Die cut lantern - Kimono from Crafter's Companion
Celebrate die cut - Sara's signature collection at Crafter's Companion
Die cut swirls - Sara's signature Collection from Crafters Companion
Die cut heart - Entwined collection by Leonie Pujol at Crafter's Companion
Sparkler - the hobby house
Ribbon and pearl from stash
Kraft Card - Crafter's Companion

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week

Hugs
Judith x

Friday, 30 September 2016

Todays the day for little Angels!


Good morning all

Well the day is almosthere!!

tomorrow is Little Angels launch day at

Crafter's Companion

I'm sure you must have seen the gorgeous new range by now
if not you're in for a treat

Here are a couple of samples that I made
 with these absolutely adorable dies, papers, embossing folders and stamps
there are also ribbons and charms to finish the whole thing off

the first one is a large 8x8 inch card
 and uses the baby accessories and beautiful baby dies 
as well as 12x12 papers



The second one uses the adorable friendly elephant die, papers,
patchwork quilt embossing folder and the stamps and ribbon


I so loved working with this range - perfect for baby showers, baby and toddler cards
or just total cuteness!!

The range will launch on Hochanda TV tomorrow at 8pm and there's more shows on Sunday
you really don't want to miss this one!!

and finally a little catch up of our own little angel
my granddaughter Eva - she's almost 6 months old now
a real live little angel xxx



Challenges I'm entering

As you like it - favourite colour combo (pink and white of course because I'm a girl!!)
Crafty ribbons - ribbon and /or lace
Little miss muffett challenge - Anything goes
Digi designs - ribbon and or twine


hugs 
Judith xx




Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thought for the day! Even if you start now how many cards could you make by Christmas!

Good morning all

Sorry I don't know what happened to my yesterday's post (well I do it was still in draft!!) 
- here it is!!

Today is a new challenge day over at


and the theme is 

Christmas

So  I I ask the question in a different way!

Have you got time to make all your Christmas cards this year - how many have you made already!!
If you're anything like me 
you will have started off with good intentions in January 
and on that strategy I now have maybe a 15 or 20 cards 
- but none of my special cards have been made and I certainly don't have enough.  
In reality there's a lot of work to be done between now and Christmas card D - day, 
- thats maybe 8 or 9 weeks time?-
 so with that in mind how many do you need to make each week?

Have I scared you enough to go and make a card and enter it in our challenge this week 
- I hope so lol

Here's mine made with a fab little precoloured image called

Christmas stocking - available here



We also have the incentive of  great prize this week 
provided by our sponsor 


I love this vintage style of card, some darker toned papers and distress ink - based on kraft card and you have the basics of a card.  This one was quite quick to make as the image is one of the precoloured ones - great for all those cards you're going to have to make, 

another tip.... 
- never make a card once always duplicate it as the hardest part is the design, you don't even have to use the same image just repeat the design and you have two cards in super quick time 
- I really should take my own advice!!

Here's what I did....

Image - Christmas Stocking from TPS
Papers - 6 x6 from Sara's Signature Traditional Christmas from Crafters Companion
Kraft Card - Crafters Companion
Distress ink - TH Gathered twigs and Tea dye
Die cuts - words -Christmas words from Sizzix by TH 
Holly sprig die from Wild Rose crafts
Label dies - MFT
Poinsettia die - Memory box
Sparkler from the Hobby house
Bells were I think papermania embellies
Wooden stars, gems, ribbon and twine from my stash

Hope to see a flood of Christmas cardsthis week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges from you my crafty friends - and I'm going to keep plugging away from now til Christmas!

Challengesi'm entering

Rudolph days - Christmas anything goes
Aud sentiments - Anything goes


hugs
Judith xx



Friday, 16 September 2016

Use at least two dies or show us some sparkle at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

It's time for anew challenge at 

Winter Wonderland

we want to see
Two or more dies 
or alternatively 
Lots of sparkle

I have both on this card!


Unlike yesterdays offering, this card is a favourite of mine,
 I really enjoyed making it and loved it when it was finished

Here's what i did

Images- Snowman and bunting and sentiment from Nordic Christmas collection at Crafters Companion
coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens
Embossing Folder - Christmas Jumper from nordic Christmas collection at CC
Kraft card and black card - Crafters Companion
Pine cone and branch dies from sheena douglas perfect prtners christmas dies
Snowflake die - crafters companion essentials christmas dies
other embellies from my stash
Distress inks - TH gatheed twigs and tea dye

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week 

hugs 
Judith x