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Friday, 28 April 2017

Sparkle or bling challenge at Winter Wonderland


Good morning all

We have  a new Christmas challenge starting at 

Winter Wonderland

the theme is 

Sparkle or bling

I decided to create a page in my art journal
 because I  was totally inspired by this lovely image that I got to choose from our sponsor 

Called Winter Wonders
available HERE



our sponsor this week is 

Helen Niles foto.

I really enjoyed creating this page.  I love just being messy and the result of having another page in my journal when I've finished, it's a different feeling to making  just another card

This is what i did....

Image - Winter Wonders from Crafty Sentiment Designs
Assorted stamps from MFT, Leonie Pujol and Crafty individuals
Image coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and Colourblend pencils
Page coloured with TH distress inks and sparkle pens

Hope you'll join in with us this week 

Hugs
Judith xx





Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The monthly ChristmasChallenge at Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good morning all

Well long time no blog!
I've had such a lot going on lately and just had to take a step back
and fortunately I have a few scheduled posts to carry me along : )

Today is our regular Christmas  challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and  the theme is,,,,,

Christmas!!

I always love these type of simple little images for Christmas cards
Matted and layeered up on a4 in a square on a 6x6 inch card
 or 3 in a row on a DL card always looks great 
- well I think so!

This image is Xmas Pud from Dr Digi - available here


Our sponsor  this week is Dr Digi's house of Stamps


there's a great prize of  2 digis for this weeks winner
I love the fun stamps from Dr Digi 

This is what I did

Image - xmas pud from Dr Digis house of stamps
Coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens 
Papers MME (an old pad with the cover missing!)
Metallic card - Crafter's Companion Centura pearl metallics (copper)

Hope you'll play along with us this week - another christmas card for the stash is always a good move!

hugs
Judith xx







Thursday, 13 April 2017

Birds of a feather.....

Good morning all

We have a new challenge starting at 


our theme is 

birds or feathers

I made this card for a dear friend's birthday 
using this cute owl stamp from Woodware
I decided to go for a bright cheerful card rather than a serious floral
- sometimes we need a bit of fun in life : ) 


and the inside to match


This is what I did....

Image and sentiment - from Woodware stamps
coloured with spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils
Papers - LOTV Birdie Lane
Dies - Circles and scalloped circles - Grand nestabilities
        - flowers , leaves and border - MFT blueprints
       - Happy birthday - Sara Davies birthday signeature collection From Crafter's Companion
       - inside  word dies - Tattered Lace

Hope you can join in with us at Moving along with the times this challenge.

Hugs

Judith xx




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Fantasy at Fab'n'Funky Challenges


Good morning all

We have a lovely new challenge for you at 


The theme this week is

Fantasy 
(fairies, magical creatures etc)

I chose to colour one of my favourite fairies

She is from the flights of Fantasy CD from Morgan Fittzsimmons


I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir colourblend pencils
to coordinate with the lovely Heartfelt creations papers

Heres what I did 

Image - Digi from MorganFitzsimmons flights of fantasy cd from Crafters Companion
Coloured with Spectrum noir colourblend pencils
Papers and flower/ butterfly dies - Heartfelt creations Butterfly medley
With love and daughter sentiment - Diesire essentials words die from Crafters companion


Friday, 31 March 2017

Started your Christmas shopping yet?!!

............Well I have just the tag for your Christmas wrapping up!!

Hi all

I'm sure I must be getting on your nerves now with my Christmas in March routine lol
but better to start early than get caught out  - that's my motto
and that's exactly why I wanted to join a lovely Christmas design team like


We have a new challenge starting today and our theme is 

Animals or Birds

I made this cute little tag with  an image from our lovely sponsor this week
he's called Hollie Christmas Penguin available HERE



Our sponsor this week is the lovely



who are offering one of their cute digis to this weeks winner

Here's what I did 

Image - Hollie Christmas Penguin from Kitty Bee designs
Coloured with Spectrum Aqua markers (black, scarlet, orange, bud green, marigold)
Merry Christmas die - Die'sire essentials  words die set - Celebration Words
Small poinsettia - Sue Wilson from Cretive expressions
Snowflake die - free from the christmas edition of Crafter's Companion magazine
tag dies from MFT
Nouvo drops from tonic
Ribbon and twine from my stash

Hope you'll join in with our cute challenge this week

hugs 
Judith x



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Happy Christmas everyone!

Good Morning all

Is it too early to wish you a Merry Christmas yet lol!!

We have our monthly Christmas challenge over at 


so if you feel like sending some Christmas greetings back why not join in with us!!

This cute image is called 
Happy Christmas Penguins and is available HERE


it's one of the images we got to work with from our lovely sponsors this week
at 


It's a very sparkly card, die cuts made with sparkle card and the image is colourd with Spectrum noir sparkle pens.  I tried to photograph it so you could see all the lovely sparkle - but it's made the colouring look a bit odd!! - not like that IRL - can't have everything I suppose lol

This is what I did....

6x6 inch card
Image - Happy Christmas penguins from all dressed up
coloured with Spectrum Noir sparkle pens
colours - Clear, black, Aquamarine, Harvest Moon,
Dies - Wild Rose snowflake corner ( cut 4 times to make a border)
           Memory box - Frosty borner
           Whimsy Snowflake seal
Glitter card in pale blue - (very old from create and craft)
Anna Griffin - Christmas StampsHope you'll join in with us this challenge - only about 8 more months of card making for Christmas left, so you'd best get crafting.

Hugs 
Judith









Thursday, 23 March 2017

A traditional Mother's Day card

Good morning all

I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone that Mother's Day is fast approaching
If your mother is anything like mine - she likes a traditional card
flowers, pretty, pink - you get the picture.

So I've made this card as a little inspiration for a traditional pretty
Mothers Day card



the inside

I made the shape of the card by simply folding the square 7 inch card back at just above the half way mark and decorated with pretty papers, and die cuts.  I used collall 3d glue gel to glue it (after adding the papers) as I didn't want it to lie flat, but instead created a slightly dimensional fold
My main inspiration was the Die'sire word dies, I find them so useful, you can make them the central focus of any card really then just add embellishments.

What I did.....

Papers,- Little Angels and Sara's country garden from Sara's Signature collections from Crafter's Companion
Embossing folder - Floral swirls from Sara's signature Floral delights by Crafter's companion
Dies  Words Die'sire essentials female words and words of emdearment sets from Crafter's Companion
           Flowers - Heartfelt Creations from Butterfly Medley collection (dies and stamps)
           Frame  - Spellbinders nestabilities Majesty
           leaves - Memory box fabulous phlox
flower centres - floral punch from woodware
Glues used, Collall 3d glue gel and all purpose glue
Flowers embossed with white detail embossing powder and washed over with Ranger Perfect Pearls in pink gumball

I hope I've given you some inspiration for Mother's Day cards - I'm sure most mums  love flowers for Mothers's Day

Challenges im entering with this card 

ocean deep challenge - flowers everywhere
southern girls - use dies (6/4)

Hugs

Judith x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Foils aren't just for cards!!


Good morning all

I'm sharing two more samples made with the lovely new foils 

They're from Crafter's Companion and are launching on Hochanda TV tomorrow

They,re really  so easy to use and you can create really beautiful effects using them as just an accent or as the full focus of the card

I used them in a mixed media effect on this tag in an assortment of the lovely colours
just look at that electric blue!!


it was made with a Tim Holtz tag coloured with Distress inks - in fossilised amber, peacock feathers and abandoned coral.  The rest was just an assortment of transfers and a couple of die cuts in black card with little enamel dots.  Mounted onto black card it really makes the colours pop

My second make is a very traditional type card
made entirely with the Graceful Butterflies transfer set


I simply applied a transfer to the side of the white card and this time used just the silver foil, the butterfly is also made with the transfer, fussy cut and I doubled up a smaller one onto a larger one for a 3D effect.   The lovely sentiment is also a part of the transfer set

This is what I used (all from Crafter's Companion)

card - graceful butterflies transfers
          silver foil
          Downton Abbey Ornate oval frame
          Centura pearl card

tag - Transfers - from the sets -  Lavish lace, graceful butterflies, blooming bouquets,
         opulent flourishes
         Foils - Electric blue, raspberry pink, gold

Don't miss these - they're gorgeous!!

hugs
Judith xx


Friday, 17 March 2017

Don't you just love a bit of foiling!

Good morning all

We've been really busy these last few weeks on the Crafter's Companion team - so many lovely new crafty goodies have been introduced to the range - there's going to be some lovely cards from all you crafty people one you get your hands o the latest ones on offer next week!

I'm here to tease you with a couple of sneak peeks of the fabulous new foils and transfers which will enable you to make fabulous foiled cards with nothing more than the aid of a lolly stick - no more expensive foiling machines or complicated glues - they really are fab

It's really difficult to catch the shine in a still photograph but I deliberately created the shiney spot on this first card i the fabulous electric blue foil using two of the borders to create the accent down the centre and the sentiment it makes a very quick but effective card


This card is just as shiny but not so easy to see it here! - this one is inthe lovely raspberry pink foil
it's a whole background transfer sheet, the sentiment andan additional tiny butterfly - even the tiny one would make a fab addition to your cards!!



They're being launched on Hochanda on Tuesday and will be available at Crafter's Companion on line and i store shortly afterwards - so don't forget to watch to see everythng that's in the sets - there are lots of different ones and a huge range of lovely colours too

I just want to foil everything now!!

Have a great weekend - as for me I'm babysitting my grand childen while their parents are at a no children allowed wedding! - no crafting for me then lol

hugs Judith xx





Thursday, 16 March 2017

Handmade or die cut Flowers


Good morning all

Hope you're all having a good week - i'm really enjoying the change in the weather - doesn't a bit of sunshine make all the difference!

We have a new challenge for you this week at

It's a lovely floral challenge 
(perhaps spring really is in the air!)

Use Handmade or Die cut flowers

I made this cute card with handmade flowers
The stamp is from LOTV - one of the first I bought
and still a favourite


This is what I did.....

Image from LOTV
Coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens
Papers from MME - lost and found Heirloom
Flowers - Crafters Crafters Companion Sara's country garden dies
Butterfly - Diesire essentials butterflies die
Kraft card from Crafter's Companion
Pearls, ribbon and swirls from my stash

Hope you'll play along with us this week at MAWTT

hugs
Judith x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cute cards for children

Good afternoon!

Firstly i'd just like to say thank you for your messages and good wishes for my birthday yesterday - i had a lovely day 

But Wow I'm late today! with my DT card for 


 - just managed to post my card on the challenge blog this morning then I had to rush out to go to the garage with hubby because he was taking his car in  for a diagnostic and needed a lift home from the specialist garage about half an hour away (yes it's serious and now has a death sentence!!)  From there I went for my daily swim, popped into town to pick up a few odds and ends, came back, walked the dog about 5 miles, back home tea prepped and I've finally got time to blog!! - I'm worn out thinking about it : )

We have a cute card challenge today! 
-something I haven't made in a while

 - a cute card for a child

I'm still keeping up with my crafting for a purpose challenge to myself and only making things for a purpose - this one fits because my grandson Jacob is in the 5 year olds constant round of birthday parties - sometimes two a week!!- so this will go in the box for him to use.

A fairly simple card but great to showcase this cute little image
she's called 
Ballerina Bobby and is available from 
Digital Delights by Louby Loo HERE


Our lovely sponsor this week is


who are offering this fab prize


Hope you can play along with us with your cute projects for children or showing children - anything child related really!!

This is what I did...

Image - Ballerina Bobby from digital Delights
Coloured with Spectrum noir illustrator pens,
pen colours - TN1, FS6, FS2, FS7, PP1, PP4, GY1,2 & 3
Colourblend pencils - cinamon and mulberry
and a lilac spectrum sparkle pen
Die cut oval - Crafters companion Downton Abbey oval dies
Bow - Sue Wilson bow die
Silver card - Centura pearl platinum
Pink card from my stash
Papers - Dovecraft - very old collection!!
The pearls are a bargain picked up in Pound World last week - £1 a sheet for huge amounts and great quality too!! - I do love a bargain


I'll be round to visit you soon!

hugs
Judith xx



Monday, 13 March 2017

Mothers Day is just a couple of weeks away - get your cards at the ready!

hi all

There's a new challenge over at 


The theme is 

Lovely Ladies
(anything for special ladies in your life)

I made this tag that I may use to make a card 
- or maybe I'll just use it as a gift tag!!
- that's the beauty of a tag!!


I used a Tim Holtz Manilla tag mounted on black card for definition

Here's what I did....

Tim holtz Manilla tag
coloured with DI- peacock feathers, worn lipstick and fossilised amber
Butterfly die - Sheena Douglass Perfect partners country cottage collection
Flowers - leonie Pujol Typography stamp - fly free
Embossed with Wow embossing powders - from Crafty Purple frog
Mam die cut - Crafters companion only words dies
Sequins - Dovecraft bohemium sequins from Crafty Purple frog
Ribbon from my stash
Black card from Crafters Companion


now's as good a timeas any to get those mothers day cards made - lets see what you can make for your lovely ladies!

hugs
Judith xx






Friday, 3 March 2017

Winter Wonderland Christmas challenge - with ribbon!

Hi all

Hi all, i'm back today (all be it a little late!) with my card for 


I'm still on catch up after my holidays and grandchildren  baby sitting duties this week have stopped the progress lol

This morning I was asked- will you look after Eva for an hour
 ...... 5 hours later - need I say more lol

anyway back to the challenge 

our theme this week is 

Ribbon and lace

As I'm still in catch up mode I will confess this is not a card newly made for this challenge
 - but it has never been blogged - so it came in handy : )


A large 8x8 inch card it was made with an image from Crafter's Companion Colourista Christmas USB stick and coloured with CC Colourista pens, then mounted on some gold mirri and black card.  The sentiment is Crafter's Companion Die'sire Seasons Greetings sentiment and a big black satin bow - just to finish it off!

We are sponsored this week by 



who are offering a prize of a £10 voucher to spend in store

I hope you'll come over and join in with us - looking forward to seeing your creations

hugs
Judith xx


Thursday, 2 March 2017

We're having a Baby week at Fab'n'funky challenges

Good morning all

Well I'm back!!
 - bet you didn't even notice I'd been away lol

I've just had a lovely week away in Tenerife
 -it was a lovely treat to get a little sunshine, but for now it's back to reality 
and I'll be round to catch up on my commenting and visiting soon

We have a new challenge for you over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

hosted by our lovely Jan who chose the theme

Baby 
(anything baby!)


I decided to take the opportunity to add another Christmas card to the Christmas pile
using this lovely image from A Day for Daisies
called A Sign I Give - available HERE

there's a fab prize of a $12 gift card up for grabs this week from our sponsor



I went with a fairly simple style for this card 
keeping the focus on the image which I coloured with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
the frame is yellow with an aged look created with pebeo gilding wax - it looks a bit random in this photo - but I rather like the effect - much better in real life

This is what I did....

Image - A sign I give from ADFD
Coloured with spectrum noir blendable pencils
Easel card created with creata die
Star die - Memory box
Peace, goodwill and Joy die - Crafter's Companion
Pebeo gilding wax - gold

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

Hugs Judith xx


Friday, 17 February 2017

Anything Christmas Goes! - at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

Hope you are well and enjoying some better weather 
its been lovely and bright here this week - spring is in the air!!

We have a new challenge starting at

Winter Wonderland 

and our theme is

Anything Christmas Goes

This is a very special challenge for the Winter Wonderland DT girls
It's our tribute to our lovely DT leader Eileen who sadly and unexpectedly 
passed away last month - such a shock

We'd love you to join in with us as a lovely way of remembering this lovely lady

I have used a lovely Woodware stamp that I bought last year but never used.
I coloured it with my favourite of the moment - Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils
Sort of grungy style but equally bright 
I also used a very long lost paper pad from K and Co called 'Swell Noel'
I've had it years - so bright and colourful - the little chipboard shapes are from the same range
As a finishing touch I added good old Santa in black silhouette 
cut with an Impression Obsessions die



We have a lovely sponsor this week



Who are offering a fab prize of 3 digi stamps to our winner this week

I do hope you'll join us in our special challenge 
it runs for 2 weeks - so lots of time to make Christmas cards!

Hugs

Judith xx



Thursday, 16 February 2017

For a Man at MAWTT with very old stamps! - does anyone else have these!

Good morning all

Whoops sorry I'm late!
I didn't schedules it properly - it was set for 10 past 10 tonight lol
Anyway....
We have a new challenge over at 

Moving Along with the Times

our theme is

For a Man

This is a card I made for a good friend
it's not really that I forgot his birthday
just we always exchange cards by hand and it was after his birthday when it was given


and the inside


I used some stamps from Creative Expressions called Murray and Ethel
I've had them for years! - they're some of the first rubber stamps I ever bought
So much fun for cards for that certain age!!

Here's what I did .....

Images and sentiments - Murray and Ethel by Creative Expressions
Coloured with Spectrum Noir watercolour pencils
Papers - Just for Men from Crafters Comanion
Tag dies - MFT

Hope you'll join in our fun challenge this week

hugs
Judith x


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Why do I never win at Bingo!!...... I'll explain

Good morning all

We have a new challenge starting at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

our lovely Buffy Chose the theme

Bingo


and we have a new sponsor this year 

DigiStamps4joy


who are offering a great prize this week 

I never win at Bingo!! - mainly I think because I loose the plot and my mind wanders off and I miss numbers .... pretty much like in this challenge really.  Not a very good example to anyone who plays along with our challenge - you won't win if like me you only complete half a line!! Yellow/flowers/gems, then I've sort of got black off another line .... see what I mean I'm pretty useless lol.   To be fair it's easily put right I could stick gems on no problem - so if you can screw your eyes up and stick black gems on in your mind - it fits!

I decided that this lovely image was perfect to create a page in my art journal - it's only one side of a double page - I've yet to venture onto the facing page - but I have something floral in mind!!


This lovely image is called Phantasi 7 - I just love it!!


I used parts of the Doodlin' stencil from Sheena Douglass groovin 60's collection as I thought the shapes echoed the lovely cala lilys in her hair and also added an ornate vine and basket weave stencil for texture - I rather like the effect.
Here's what I did

Image - Phantasi 7 from Digistamps4joy
coloured with Spectrum noir blendable pencils
Background created with Sheena Douglass stencils and  inspirational words stamps sets 1 and 2
and splats and accessories set 2
Inks used - Creative expressions colourcloud and TH distress inks, stazon black ink

Hope we see you with a winning line overat Fab'n'Funky this week

Hugs
Judith xx