Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Photo Challenge

Its the turn of Team A at Addicted to Stamps and More this week and it is a photo inspiration challenge


I decided to create a tag based on the colours and elements in the photo.


I die cut a tag, clouds and zig zag pattern using my Cricut Explore and adhered them to a tag. I used an Avery Elle stamp set for the elephant, balloons and bubbles. The elements are edged with a ink and Sparkle pens.  Finally I made the bow from three different pieces of string and ribbon.

Can't wait to see your creations!!

Challenges I am entering:
Die Cuttin Divas - Animals







Thursday, 9 February 2017

A Sparkly Fairy


What better - a Sparkly Fairy from a Sparkly Fairy! I am still struggling with this awful flu virus at the moment so bear with me!

I created this card for the February Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With A Die Challenge.



I used some beautiful Tonic Label dies that recently came with an issue of Die Cutting Essentials. I cut these from plain white card. The fairy I die cut from black card using a Spellbinders fairy die. I layered all the elements using foam pads to achieve some dimension.

I hope your day provides some sparkle too!

Don't forget there is a prize at the challenge for the winner!







Sunday, 5 February 2017

Jolly Holly

Unfortunately as I write this post I am not feeling too jolly! Everyone in our house has been hit by an awful flu virus doing the rounds. After nearly a week indoors cabin fever is setting in!!

I managed to struggle from my sick bed to finish this card for Happy Little Stampers February Christmas Challenge.

This month it is :



For my card I used a new set of stamps I purchased at Christmas from PolkaDoodles. I stamped the individual holly leaves to create a wreath and coloured them using Promarkers. There is a really useful script stamp in the set which I used in first and second generation mode to create the background. I used Distress Ink in Old Paper to age the card. I thought the tartan ribbon added a nice festive touch.

I look forward to seeing your work!





Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Anything Goes!

At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme this week is


This is the card I created as part of the Design Team


I was watching Hochanda the other day and saw them using Spectrum Noir Colour Blend pencils on black card. I have the original Spectrum Noir pencils but still decided to have a go.

I used a new stamp in my stash from Imagination Crafts which is great to decoupage. I stamped and embossed with white WOW! Embossing Powder before laying down the colour with the pencils. The butterfly I stamped and coloured before cutting out and adding it with foam pads. The sentiment is also from the same set.

Hopefully wherever you are the nights are getting slightly lighter and you will have time to join in with our challenge.

Challenges I am entering:

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
WOW! Embossing Powder - Anything Goes woth Embossing






Tuesday, 24 January 2017

So many Birthdays!


January is always an expensive timewith lots of birthdays just after Christmas. This week was my Dad's and my baby brother's 40th!! And as we crafters know its always tricky to be inspired when it comes to cards for the men!

I thought I would share the card that I made for my Dad.


I used my Cricut machine to create the banners from patterned paper although you can add patterns to shapes in the Print and Cut facility. I cut the DAD from a recent freebie set of dies from Papercrafter magazine. The sentiments were stamped and I added some twine to finish.

I'm glad to say my Dad loved it!!

I am entering the following challenges:

IncyWincy Designs - For the men in your life
Ooh La La Creations - For man or boy





Sunday, 8 January 2017

New Year, New Dies

With the beginning of the year comes it heralds new crafty supplies! I treated myself to the new Die Cutting Essentials publication this week which came with some fabulous freebies.



The window die was perfect for this month's Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with a Die Challenge.

I cut the window and cat from black cardstock and used the free papers for the curtains and flowers. The back is backed with acetate to give the impression of glass. I used the stencil and Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick to get the brick effect.

I used the stamp to create the shutters and a computer printed sentiment.

I hope you received some new crafty supplies for Christmas and look forward to seeing what you create with them.

Dream Valley Challenges - Anything New
Crafts and Me - New Stash



Thursday, 5 January 2017

Joy of The Season



I hope you all had a lovely festive season. It's always sad to pack away the decorations and wait with intrepidation as to what the new year will bring.

One good thing is being a member of Happy Little Stampers Christmas Design Team I can keep my Christmas stamping going for another 6 months!!

The theme for this month's challenge is :



I used this Clarity Stamp for the first time which I love. 


I stamped the Joy with Perfect Medium and embossed it with WOW! Embossing Brass Powder. I created a mask and applied Sapphire Distress ink into the O. I then stamped the birds and tree and added white paint dots for the snow.

I hope you will come over and join us at the challenge.

Challenges I am entering:
Unicorn Challenge - Use mostly blue
WOW! Embossing Powder - Anything Goes






Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

I hope all of you that visit my blog have a happy and peaceful 2017. In the mad rush of Christmas I haven't had time time to make a project so I thought I would share a couple of vintage postcards from my collection.



I can't wait to get back to crafting and have signed up for some exciting challenges this year. Watch this space!!



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Clean and Simple Christmas

I hope all your Christmas preparations are now underway. I for one am looking forward to the end of term on Friday when we can relax as a family at home.

At Addicted to Stamps and More it is the turn of the A Team and the theme is CAS.


 The prize is a 15$ gift certificate courtesy of Happy Little Stampers


For my card I used a Woodware stamp to stamp the trees onto patterned paper and then paper pieced them onto the stamped image on the card.

I hope you can find some time to craft in this busy season and join us!

Challenges I am entering:

The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes / Christmas Colours
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas









Friday, 9 December 2016

Anything Goes With A Die


We've reached the final month of 2016 at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With a Die Challenge. Of course I had to make a Christmas card as its nearly the last chance before I pack away the Christmas crafting stash.


I used a Die-namites die for the wreath adding gems and gingham ribbon. With all the festive preparations to get on with it had to be something quick and simple!

I hope you will join us for this end of year challenge and may I take this chance to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Challenges I am entering with my card:
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Holiday Challenge
Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas Extra - Anything Christmas
Dies R Us Challenge - Christmas









What can you find here?

The makings and musings of a Sparkly Fairy!