Sunday, 19 November 2017

Warm Winter Wishes - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Sunday!

I'm just popping by to say I am up on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with a project using ribbons - lots of them!  The November 'Through The Letterbox' is full of a wonderful array of ribbons.

I've covered a chipboard mitten with the ribbons and used one to make a pretty bow!  

The embellishments in the box are gorgeous and I've picked on a beautiful faux pearl brad and snowflake charms for this project.

I love it when a plan comes together and I found a sentiment which goes so well with my project - 'warm wishes to you' as mittens keep your hands warm don't they?!  The sentiment was one of a set in the latest Making Cards Magazine.  I can certainly see myself using them a lot as they're very versatile.

There's a more in depth post on the Bubbly Funk blog of how I made this card and if you haven't got the November 'Through The Letterbox' - what are you waiting for?!

See you again next week!

Products Used:
Ribbon, Chipboard Mitten, Brad, Twine, Snowflake charms from the Bubbly Funk November 'Through The Letterbox
Sizzix Circle Die
Sentiment from Making Cards Magazine
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything

Friday, 17 November 2017

Gift Bag or Box - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

How's your week been?  I've had a very productive week this week and managed to achieve a lot so I'm happy.  As a bonus, I get to spend a weekend with my family as I'm not working and I'm very much looking forward to it!

The Daring Cardmakers are in 'Step Away From the Card's mode and the first of these is to create or decorate a bag or box.

I opted to make a really versatile gift bag which can be made to any size.  I've used one of my favourite collections - Trimcraft's Time to Sparkle range.  I've used washi tape at the top and bottom and used a matching cardstock sticker for the tag.  To hold it together I've used a sparkly gold glitter peg.

It's a simple bag but I wanted to show that you don't have to spend lots of time to make a pretty gift bag and it beats buying one!

Lots more inspiration over on the Daring Cardmakers blog HERE - hope you'll join in!

See you again over the weekend!

Products Used:
Trimcraft Time to Sparkle Paper Pad
Time to Sparkle Chipboard Stickers
Time to Sparkle Glitter Tags
Time to Sparkle Peg
Dovecraft Adhesive

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

CrafTangles Aperture Wedding Cards

Happy Tuesday!

How's your week going so far? I'm having a good week so far getting projects completed so no complaints from me!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a couple of wedding cards using a very traditional Indian wedding themed stamp set.

I've put a modern twist on my cards by using apertures in different ways and I have a bit of a romantic theme going on with the hearts - well, you associate love with weddings don't you?!

For my first card I've used the CrafTangles stitched heart die to cut out the aperture and also to frame them.  I've heat embossed sentiments in 2 of the hearts and in the third I've stamped the image, fussy cut it and added a new product from my stash - Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss.  It's added a light coating of glitter and shimmer.

For my second card I've stamped and fussy cut the image 3 times, the final time heat embossing it with gold.  I created the aperture by using foam pads to decoupage the image.

I added a gold heart to the background and another die cut with a stamped and heat embossed sentiment.

See you again later on in the week!

I Products Used:
CrafTangles Mr & Mrs Stamp Set
CrafTangles Denim Blue Cardstock
CrafTangles Ruby Red Cardstock
CrafTangles Stitched Heart Dies
Ranger Embossing Powder
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder
Amy Tangerine Die Set
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Makeover Candle Gift Project - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Thursday!

I hope you're all keeping snug and warm.  I'm definitely feeling the cold but my Mum thinks I may have an iron deficiency as she claims it's not that cold!!!!  

I'm on the Bubbly Funk blog today with a makeover project using the November Bubbly Funk Through The Letterbox.  I adore candles and use them a great deal at home as I like both the scent and the atmosphere they create.

I recently bought a few candles which smell divine but don't look very interesting so I decided to give one a makeover as a gift for a friend. 

For the lid, I die cut a white glitter base and added skeleton leaves and chipboard hearts from the box.  I used a couple of poinsettia from my stash and glittered the tips.  I threaded twine through the poinsettia and a white bell, adding beads to the bottom.

For the side of the tin I used the striped material from the box.  I found I could manipulate it so well as it didn't crease and gave a lovely clean look.  I adhered it with double sided tape and used that for the pom pom ribbon as well.

I hope you've enjoyed my project.  You'll find more information and inspiration on the Bubbly Funk page HERE where you can also purchase your November Through The Letterbox.

I may see you again tomorrow but it all depends if I get my project completed - it's been a mad week so far and it's not over yet!


Products Used:
Material, Pom Pom Ribbon, Skeleton Leaves, White Bell and Beads from the Bubbly Funk November Through The Letterbox
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 6 November 2017

Christmas Wreath - Angie's Digital Stamps DT (Challenge 15)

Happy Monday to you all!

It's been a busy day for me as I've been at work so haven't had time to write my blog post until now.  I usually write them in advance but this weekend was busy with work. 

Anyhow, the new challenge has started over on Angie's Digital Stamps HERE.  It's actually my last post as DT member as I have stepped down due to work commitments.  I've enjoyed showcasing Angie's Digistamps as there is such a wide variety and I will no doubt be popping in to stock up when necessary!  A big thank you to Angie for having me on her DT.

So, the optional theme for this challenge is the Holidays and I've chosen a wreath digistamp which I've coloured with pencils so I could achieve the texture of the wreath I wanted.

I added gems and a sentiment stamp to finish.  I've kept is simple with ribbon and contrasting backing papers as I wanted the focus to be on the image.

I've got a mountain of work to complete this week but I'm very grateful to have been given a wonderful new planner today.  Planners make organising my life so much easier and I love adding colours and embellishments to them.

You will no doubt see me again later on in the week but until then, have a great week!


Products Used:
Angie's Digital Stamp - Christmas Wreath
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 3 November 2017

November Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

The first Friday of the month can only mean one thing, right?! It's the November Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers of course!  I've gone kind of shabby chic for this one.  I began by choosing the flower toppers which are really rather old - bought in the sale in Hobbycraft (as you do) but realised I still hadn't used them!

I've distressed the papers, then inked over them with chalk inks as I like the finish it gives for this kind of look.  

To break up the colour, I've added elements of green with the ribbon and doily.  I've had a roll of hessian in my stash for a long time and it kind of went with the look I was going for so used it as an additional layer.  

This is the photo from which you take any 3 elements that take your fancy.  I chose the deep purple flowers (love that colour), the green ribbon and the wood (I used the wood effect background paper).  I hope you'll join in and find more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team HERE.

Have a lovely weekend and see you again soon!

Products Used:
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Dovecraft Sentiment Stamp
First Edition Merry Little Christmas Paper Pad
Santoro Ribbon
Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Die
Hobbycraft Flower Toppers
All adhesives from Stix 2 anything
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Festive Snow Friends Tag - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Wednesday!

The new Bubbly Funk 'Through The Letterbox' is out today and it is brimming with all things festive!

For my first project I have opted to make a tag using everything from the box apart from the paint that I used to spatter the tag with!  The embellishments in this kit are plentiful with pearls, candi, metal snowflakes, gems, buttons and much more, a bit of an Aladdin's cave.......

For my tag I spattered gold and white paint as a base then adhered a plain white and spotted blue ribbon.  The sparkly poinsettia base is really glittery and after adding it I had a tough time choosing which embellishments to use as I was truly spoilt for choice!

I ended up with using a mixture of the metal snowflakes, card candi, pearls, sequin hearts and a metal sentiment.  I finished by adding twine to a couple of buttons and tying in a bow.

You may be able to guess that the key colour for this month's box is blue.  The spotted blue and white paper bag is one of the bags the items come packaged in.  I can't bear to throw them away as they're so pretty!

You can buy the November Bubbly Funk box HERE.

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Everything from the Bubbly Funk November 'Through The Letterbox'  apart from adhesive and paint.

Monday, 30 October 2017

CrafTangles Beautiful Blooms Border Designs - CrafTangles DT

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  I had a laid back weekend for a change and managed to tick off quite a  few things on my list so I'm happy!

I'm on the CrafTangles blog with a couple of cards using the Beautiful Bloom Border.  Not only does the set have a gorgeous intricate border, but it has a number of heartfelt sentiments and I do love a good sentiment.

My first card uses the spotlight technique, where you stamp the image, cut out parts, colour them and put them back like a jigsaw!  How's that for a technique in a nutshell?!

I went for shades of green on my second card, as it's one of my favourite colours and I used my water brush with various shades of green from my Zig pens.

The background is made using a stencil and some faux stitching.  The sentiment is heat embossed and faux stitching added to finish.

For a more in depth look at how I made these cards please take a look at my post on the CrafTangles blog HERE.

Have a great week!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Beautiful Bloom Border Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Black, Emerald and Spring Green
Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens
Versamagic Ink Pad
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Glacier White Embossing Powder
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 27 October 2017

Blended Backgrounds - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's come around even quicker than usual with the half term holiday and we have another week to go.

On with the new Daring Cardmakers challenge and Nat has chosen blended backgrounds so no excuses not to join in as you can make your own backgrounds with soooooo many different mediums.  This challenge took me a lot longer than anticipated as I did one using my distress oxides but decided it wasn't quite right and instead of faffing about with it I thought it would be easier to start again.  Does that happen to you?  So, I began again with distress inks as I have ore of them (still saving up for more of the distress oxides).

I used an acrylic block and put my inks on then smooshed watercolour paper over it.  I then sprayed feather stamps with water and stamped them on to the background.  Finally, I heat embossed a trio of dot stamps with clear embossing power and that's my blended background with a couple of twists thrown in!

I finished the card with a die cut sentiment and some enamel dots.

There are lots of brilliant creations by the DT HERE so I hope you'll take a look and join in!

See you again soon!

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Ranger Enamel Accents
Versamark Ink Pad
Tonic Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder
Sarah Hurley Dreams & Plans Stamp Set
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Not So Hungry Caterpillar - Bubbly Funk DT

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you've had a good weekend.  Half term is in full swing here and we've been having a good sort out so we can give our preloved books, toys and games new homes.  We do have fun activities planned but I need the boys' input otherwise it's all going - not really!!!!

I have another project for Bubbly Funk to share and there's even a craft tip over on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE.

My post is based around this little fellow made of pom poms, twine and beads - isn't he cute?!  Of course, I've given him leaves to rest and feed on too.......

I've drawn faux stitching on the leaves just to make them stand out a little more.

The striped background paper was a scrap and I added the grey zig zag washi tape strip because you all know how fond I am of it as well as some coloured gems.

I coloured the sentiment with chalk ink and added a couple of flowers to finish.  Hope to see your Bubbly Funk creations if you've received your October Letterbox!

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Bubbly Funk October Letterbox
All adhesives from Stix to Anything
Versamagic Chalk Ink
Scrap Striped Paper from my stash

Friday, 20 October 2017

Are you a City or Country Girl? - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Time for a new challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog set by Miri who wants to know whether you're a city or coutry girl?  Can you guess which one I am from my card?

Give up?!  For the challenge I am a country girl.  I was brought up in the countryside in a small village in the East Midlands.  Lots of farmland around and lovely country walks.  I used to see deer and always thought they were so beautiful and powerful.

Back to my card, I've used the fabulous First Edition pad - Merry Little Christmas.  I absolutely love the colours and patterns in this pad and I'll be using them to demo this weekend in Romford.  I tore the paper to give the impression of grassland and added the deer die cut on a circle.  I used a tag sentiment, adding a little ribbon and gem to embellish.

I have a busy weekend ahead and then half term to look forward to so a break from the norm and I'm hoping to plan some outings with the boys.

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Merry Little Christmas Pad
Time to Sparkle Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Festival of Lights - CrafTangles DT

Happy Wednesday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE with a couple of celebratory cards for Diwali.  Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs.

You won't be surprised to learn that I have used 'light' as the theme for both my makes.

For my first card I've tried to highlight the diva lamp, keeping the rest of the card monochrome, bar the yellow border.  I've masked the lamp and used distress inks to create the glow from flame.

On my second card the fireworks are lighting up the sky and I used the appropriately named 'Fireworks' stencil with both distress oxides and heat embossing.  Don't the family look colourful in their traditional outfits?

There's a lot more detail on my makes over on the CrafTangles blog.

See you on Friday!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Diwali Wishes Stamps
CrafTangles Diwali Greetings Stamps
CrafTangles Cardstock in Cobalt Blue
CrafTangles Cardstock in Fiery Yellow
CrafTangles Stencil - Fireworks
Distress Oxides
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Ranger Embossing Powder in Silver
Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder in White
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Pens
All adhesives from Six 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 13 October 2017

Funky Frame - Bubbly Funk DT

Welcome to the Weekend!

I did say I'd be back but I bet you didn't think it'd be this quick!  I'm on the Bubbly Funk blog HERE with my first project using the October Letterbox. 

I opted for a home decor project and made a frame using only items from the letterbox.  There is loads left over  and I do have other projects lined up!

There are lots of embellishments in the box and I felt like a child in a sweet shop trying to choose what to use first.

There's lots more information on the Bubbly Funk blog so I hope you 'll pop along and there is also a competition to win a box like mine over on the Bubbly Funk Facebook page.

See you next week!

Products Used:
Bubbly Funk October Letterbox
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Pastel Rainbow - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

This week's challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers was set by Sharon who asked for a pastel rainbow.  Now, as I'd already used traditional rainbows last week, I wanted to do something a little different and this is what I came up with.........

I used stitched dies to create the pastel rainbow background, adding a stitched sun and clouds.  I was SO pleased when I found a CrafTangles stamp set with the most perfect sentiment.  I really like the idea of wishing someone rainbows and sunshine, as to me it conjures up images of happiness.

Loving this challenge and the inspiration from the Design Team is brilliant - you must check it out HERE and have a go!

I'll be back over the weekend!

Products Used:
CrafTangles Girl In The Rain Stamp Set
Amy Tangerine Die Set
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 6 October 2017

October Elemental Challenge - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday in October which can only mean one thing - the start of the Elemental Challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers blog, this time set by Leo.

I have a special card duo to share for an adorable set of twins which fits the Challenge so well!  I was asked by a friend to make similar but not the same 1st birthday cards incorporating, wait for it.......unicorns and rainbows! I was able to use a  new die set and I just had to add a touch of glitter to to give an extra sparkle.

Here is the photo from which you have to choose 3 elements.  I think there's something for everyone in here so no excuse for not joining in - ha!  

From the elements above I chose the wording unicorn and rainbows as well as the colours.  You'll find lots more inspiration on the Daring Cardmakers Blog HERE.

Enjoy your weekend,

Products used:
Sizzix Magical Unicorn Die Set
All adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Monday, 2 October 2017

Angie's Digital Stamp Challenge DT - Challenge 14 (October 2017)

Happy October!

A spooky start to the month from me with a new challenge over on Angie's Digital Stamps that has an optional twist of spooky/scary.

I've used the Halloween Digital Set for my make which includes the sentiment and witch's hat.

I had fun making the background using distress inks and spritzing a light mist of water at the end.  I coloured the image using my Zig pens.

To finish I added some strips on my black card base and enamel dots for extra interest.

You can see more inspiration from the Design Team HERE and I hope you'll join in as I'd love to see your Halloween makes!

Have a good week,

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Angie's Digital Stamps - Halloween Digital Set
Ranger Enamel Accents
All adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 29 September 2017

Harvest Home - Daring Cardmakers Design Team

Friday Greetings!

It's my turn to choose a challenge over on the Daring Cardmakers and I have gone with 'Harvest Home' - the boys have a Harvest Festival at school today and I'd like to see any fruit, vegetables or grains on your card.  I've made a couple of cards because I wanted to make full use of a Spellbinders stamp and die set that I recently won which happens to fit in with the challenge!

For my first card I stamped and heat embossed a stitched circle and the sentiment before making up the pea pods and adding a couple of extra peas near the sentiment!

For my second card I stamped a paint effect background and made up the carrots, adding the stamped sentiment.

They are simple cards but I think they really show the dies off well.  

You can see more inspiration over on the blog HERE - they certainly made me feel hungry!  I hope you'll play along as I'd love to see your interpretations on the challenge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Products Used:
Spellbinders Peas and Carrots Stamp & Die Set
Nuvo Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
All Adhesives from Stix 2 Anything
Everything else from my stash

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CrafTangles Super Boys and Backgrounds


I'm up on the CrafTangles blog HERE using one of my favourite stamp and die sets - Super Boys.

I wanted to try out different backgrounds so for my first make I opted for a sunburst effect, after all, Superheroes do fly through the air don't they?! I added clouds, some glittery and on the plain one I stamped the sentiment on.

For my second make I got my Distress Oxides out, I say I got them out but they've never actually made it into the cupboard since the last time I used them..........!

As the inks are chalky they give a brilliant smoky effect which works really well through stencils on black card, giving a crisp image.

I used my Zig pens to colour in the image again and heat embossed the sentiment.  I enjoyed making the superhero different from the norm, in particular the hair which I think gives a fun effect.

See you again on Friday!

Products Used:
Ranger Embossing Powder - Liquid Platinum
Amy Tangerine Scarlett Die Set

Friday, 22 September 2017

Queen for the Day - Daring Cardmakers DT

Friday Greeting!

I'm a bit late today as I've had a long list to do before catching up with my blog posts.  My lists are never ending at the moment - do you make lists?

On with the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which today is entitled 'Queen for the Day' and you can find more inspiration HERE.

I opted for the royal theme with a castle turret in the background and when Svenja mentioned frog princes I immediately though of a rather old decoupage set that I'd had which was perfect!  The background was made using scraps of patterned paper, I love the stitched one in particular, don't you? I used scalloped stitched dies for it.

I had to add the hearts and googly eyes for a little fun as they went with with the stamped sentiment.  I must admit I love the sentiment and apply it to my life whenever I can.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do.  I have another Trimcraft demo which I'm very much looking forward to.

Happy Crafting!

Products Used:
MFT Stitched Cloud Edges Dies
Dovecraft Princess Fairytale Decoupage Pad
Docrafts stamps
Adhesive from Stix 2 Anything
Momento Black Ink
Everything else from my stash

Friday, 15 September 2017

Four of a Kind - Daring Cardmakers DT

Happy Friday!

Was it only yesterday I last blogged?!  Well, I'm back but don't get used to it!  Before I begin I'd like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my fellow Daring Cardmaker DT members and crafty friends Dawn and Kathy.  Dawn set the Challenge this week as it's her 40th she asked for four of anything on your card - a fun challenge wouldn't you agree?

For my inspirational card I used a lovely stamp and die set that I bought in the sale by Clearly Besotted.  There have been so many exam results celebrated lately and this was the perfect set to congratulate everyone.

I coloured the cute raccoons with my trusty Zig pens and used a stitched die to highlight the images.  Creating with cute images always bring a smile to my face.

I hope you'll join in with the Challenge this week and do check out the creations the DT have made HERE.

I've got my first Trimcraft demo of the season this weekend so I need to do a little more preparation.  Have a great weekend whatever you do!

Products Used:
Clearly Besotted Eureka! Stamp Set
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Versamark Black Ink
Unbranded Stitched die
All adhesives from 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Centre Stepper Card

Happy Thursday!

I'm up on the CrafTangles Blog today using the fabulous Mermaid Kisses stamp set.

I had a lot of fun creating this card using a centre stepper as my base.  This style of card worked well with the 3D scene I wanted to create.

All the images were coloured in and then fussy cut before being assembled on the card.

I stamped bubbles from the set and heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it a kind of foamy effect.  I also added stitched borders to give the effect of waves.

I'll be back tomorrow so not long to wait - ha!

Have a good day,

Products Used:
CrafTangles Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set
CrafTangles Cardstock in Seafoam
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens
Stitched Border Dies
Tonic Nuvo Embossing Powder