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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rudolph Day Again

Time for another of Scrappy Mo's Rudolph day challenges again. I'm determined to keep up this year even if its just another one card to add to the box.  I already had some Hobby Art Stamps out from the last card I made so decided to do another little scene. This is much smaller than the one done with the stencil, its a 5x7 card which is a size I'm used to working with.  Used the cuttlebug embossing folder (I think this was the first embossing folder I ever bought ?) The little deer at the front is from a freebie set from last year and its just a nice size to fit in with the other stamps I've used. I'd also like to enter these challenges

A Snowflake Promise - anything goes  Christmas or winter theme
The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - anything goes as long as its Christmas

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Great Outdoors

This week at Cardz4guyz, the challenge, chosen by Julie is The Great Outdoors. I had really wanted this Clarity Stencil for a while but kept telling myself I didn't need it but last weekend I found myself clicking the buy now button once again !  Actually its a lot bigger than I thought and I've had to make a  7x7 card to accomodate it, not fan of big cards so may not be using it much ! The stamps are from Hobby Arts other than the rabbits which are Inkylicious.  Hope to see you on our challenge with a card for a Guy in your life.  This is my last DT card for Cardz4guyz as I have reluctantly decided to step down, I've enjoyed being part of the team for the last couple of years but I'll still be making lots of cards for the men in my life.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

I Spy........

Not been doing much crafting this week as I've been trying to get some work done in the garden most days, the last few days have been really sunny although its still cold out of the sun.  My usual annual fight with celandines ,know I'll never completely eradicate them but have to try and keep the numbers down. Could not believe there are already greenfly on one of my clematis, must remember to go and spray them tomorrow. usually try first of all with soapy water but if that doesn't work its out with the bug spray!   Last night I did manage a little play with my oxide ink pads, for some reason I forget to get a yellow one so as I was ordering that I thought I might as well have the others I don't have ,just waiting for them to arrive now, always think a bit of yellow lifts things. Anyhow this is my first play with my new Indigo Blu stamps( another  birthday present), do love the flower stamps in the set. The butterflies looked a bit dull so I added a bit of wink of stella, wasn't too impressed with that so added some glamour dust glitter as well.  I'd like to enter my card into

Allsorts Challenge - I Spy ........... something beginning with B-  Blue and butterflies

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shades of brown

This week at Cardz4guyz Caz has chosen Shades of Brown for the challenge. For my card I have used the sand pipers and reeds from Stampin Up Wetlands set and the sentiment is from another set.
Kraft card base and a bit of corrugated town card. The two background papers are actually a light brown although they look grey on here.  Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge with a card for a Guy in your life..

Black and white

Saw Rubber Dance challenge for Black and white with one other colour and thought I'd have a go at it. Then I didn't know what stamp to use, first p
of all I found this Stampendous Dance in the rain and thought I'd use that and then I found another stampendous  Steampunk lady and after that a couple of creative expression ones I thought might do, Ended up making four cards in all but I had also got out some Banksy style ones that I've never used but thought I'd better stop now as its well after midnight.
Here are the other three cards, no idea what I'll use them for but enjoyed making them

Rubber Dance  Challenge - Black and white plus one colour of your choice

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Raindrops on roses

A friend has just sent me two sets of Rose stamps, they are just beautiful!  For my card I stamped the smaller rose head in versamark and white embossed, the coloured the card with Distress oxide worn lipstick ( goes on like a dream !) gave it a bit of a spritz and wiped off  the embossed images. The main rose done in exactly the same way and fussy cut. The leaves are from an altenew set,used the D.Oxides again for them. The Die cuts were a birthday present from another lovely friend(they are spellbinders marvelous squares)  The raindrops are glassy accents with a bit of glitter added.
I like to enter my card in these challenges

Fashionable Stamping _ sound of music-my favourite things (raindrops on roses)
My Time to craft - No designer paper

Thursday, 13 April 2017


Found time for a bit of inky play last night.  This card didn't work out at all like I planned but then my cards rarely do.  I think the background is made with distress oxides but it was in a pile of papers so I'm not sure. Stamped the Beautiful you girl and coloured her with Inktense pencils, the puddle is from some free stamps and once I'd stamped it I wished I hadn't ! but carried on regardless. I stamped the whole quote on the piece I had cut off the background paper but it looked too heavy in one piece so chopped it up . Stamped round the edges with a Kaisercraft edge stamp and stamped a few blotches which don't really show up on here.

I'd like to enter this into

                                            Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Make your mark (Inktense pencils)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Animal Antics

The challenge at Cardz4guyz this week ,chosen by Sian, is Animal Antics, for my DT card I have used a very old Penny Black stamp and a sentiment stamp by Butterfly Kisses.  I have had a very busy weekend and had to make this card in a hurry late at night but even though its quite simple I was quite pleased at how it turned out. Now I've just had my customary fight with Windows 10 to try and edit it !  My daughter has taken my old laptop to a friend who has a computer shop to see if they can remove all the photos from it and install Windows 7 on it .  I'm getting too old to fight with all this technology !  Hope you will join us this week with a card for a Guy (any age) .

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter Bunny

This week at Cardz4guyz the challenge ,chosen by Cyndi, is Easter or Spring. I have lots of flowery stamps etc that I could use but struggled to find something masculine. Came across some serviettes a friend sent me last year or maybe the year before, she had made some lovely cards with them which gave me the nudge to make this. The background is embossed but it doesn't really show on here,the foliage at the bottom is a little stamp from creative stamping magazine. Hope you will join us in ou challenge this week.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Daisies ?

We have an anything goes challenge at Stamping Sensations this month so |I've gone with my favourites  of making a messy background to stamp on.  This is my second go at making this card, first one I started with a brusho background and started to paint with brusho paint but it bled all over the place ! I have never had that happen before and can only think it was because I had used water colour card whereas I normaly just use my ordinary stamping card. This background is a mix of dylusions with a lot of water added to dilute the colour and a homemade ink spray. The stamp is Stampendous Daisy Thanks,bees from two different sets and the greeting is a magazine freebie

There is a fabulous prize on offer this month

PDA sell quality cardstock, pre scored cards and envelopes, essentials such as Spellbinder dies and embossing folders, Imagination Crafts beautiful Sparkle Medium, and some cute charms and crystals from Hobby House. The website is always changing, so call back regularly for all the latest products. There is a fabulous £40 voucher for the winner.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Christmas candy canes

This month at Christmas Sparkles the challenge Chosen by Sandra is Christmas Candy.  I was a bit thrown by this as I've never really thought about candy canes in respect of Christmas although I think they are more popular in the States but its surprising what turns up when you start rooting through stash! firstly I found the candy cane paper freebie ages ago from Simply Homemade magazine (when did that one disappear ?) and then among a box of freebie stamps I found a set of Nitwit stamps which had also come from the same magazine, probably together.  I stamped the Santa onto a new die  ( from The Works, they had lots of different sets at very, very good prices and they cut beautifully )coloured with Promarkers. The small candycanes are from the same set.  Look forward to seeing you on this challenge getting ahead with your Christmas card stash !

Friday, 31 March 2017

away with the fairies

I've never really been into making anything with fairies but I have to admit to taking a liking to fairy doors, I have a lovely wooden one waiting to be decorated (sometime!) but somehow I seem to have suddenly enjoyed playing with this set which were free with a papercraft magazine a few weeks ago.
I have made these four atcs for a friend who has just sent me some lovely ones, I haven't made any for ages but these were so quick and simple, using my Misti I did have to stamp the fairies a couple of times to get a really black silhouette.  Coloured with promarkers and lots of glitter added.  I'd like to enter these in a couple of challenges

Cardz4galz - fairy nice  (hope this is ok as its not a card ?)
ilove promarkers challenge - Angels/fairies

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rudolph day robin

Since I got Windows 10 I can't get at my pictures in the editing programme I used to use and I find it really irritating!  Anyhow just made this card from bits and pieces from an old Making Cards magazine, do like the Robin images from this one . While I was searching for bits of DP I did bring myself to throw some of the images from a couple of the other magazines away, I need to stop hoarding !  Don't think I'll be making anymore like this as I'm not that happy at how it turned out but its another one in the box LOL  I wanted to get entered into the Rudolph Day challenge as I've made myself a promise I will enter it every month

In The Country

Oh my goodness, I forgot to make my DT card for Cardz4guyz this week, didn't remember until 11pm last night so its a very hasty put together one this time. The challenge this week by Sue is In The Country so lots of scope there.For my card I have used a topper from Making Cards magazine and some woodgrain paper from my stash. Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pretty In Pink

I got this Woodware stamp  at the Harrogate show this month, i do have quite a few bike stamps but I liked that this one is big enough to need nothing else but a sentiment.  Coloured in with Karisma pencils and added a few sequins. I'd like to enter my card into 

Cardz4galz challenge - pretty in pink


Craftygirlzchallenges - anything goes

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


This week at Cardz4guyz it is my turn to choose the challenge and I have chosen the theme of Trees.
I have had this Craftty Individual stamp over a year and have not really used it but today I tried stamping it on a piece of background paper that I had coloured with distress oxide inks and I really like how it looks. The background is Stampin up hardwood stamp which I use such a lot for male cards and the sentiment is a freebie stamp. Hope you will join us this week with a card for a guy in your life  I'd also like to enter my card in the Male Room challenge

The Male Room  Challenge- Wood

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lady In Red

I was lucky enough to manage to get some oxide distress ink pads at the Harrogate show last Friday, I only bought six as I was not sure I needed them, oh yes I really do need the other six now, I love them!  On this background I have used faded jeans, wilted violet and cracked pistachio ,liberally spritzed with water. I stamped the Justrite Paris Boutique background stamp very lightly as I didn' t want a strong print and then I went back in and restamped the tower and Paris bit again so it showed up more. I stamped the runway girl directly onto the background but them I tried to bleach out her face and ended up with a hole in the paper LOL. stamped her on a bit of card and cut out most of her,the legs ,hand and dog are the original stamped bits.Coloured her with festive berries distress ink.
I'd like to enter my card into Try It On Tuesday Challenge - The Lady In Red

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


We have a lot of family birthdays in February and March so I've been having to make a lot of masculine cards lately, got a bit of an overload with cars and motor bikes so thought I have a play with this old steam train collage stamp, stamped onto a piece of inky paper from "the pile" and just tore off the top bit as it had a yellow sun on it for some reason.The embossed cog piece is also from "the pile" as it the piece of background paper which is actually a bit more purplely than it looks on here. Die cut the cogs ( a cheap die from the works which cuts really well) and just rubbed them with inka gold and green. I would like to enter this card into a couple of challenges

Fashionable Stamping - Modes Of Transport



This weeks at Cardz4guyz the challenge, chosen by Jan, is numbers.  I've made my card for a Great Grandson's eleventh birthday next month,  Now what I know about football could be written on a sixpence bu I know at Christmas he came all togged out in a football strip which I think was Leeds United, couldn't get hold of his Mum to check so hopefully I've got it right. Had to look up their colours on google so just gone with yellow and blue and hope it's right. The image is from a Making Cards CD, I've used a numbers embossing folder,stitched stars and some numbers from a bits and bobs box.  Hope you will join us this week with a card for a Guy in your life.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Beautiful You

I made this card a couple of weeks ago when I first got the Beautiful You stamp set but I hadn't blogged it for some reason.  Thought I could enter it onto Allsorts Challenge this week.

Allsorts Challenge - Ladies and girls
Penny Black and More - Anything goes
Daisy Chain Challenge - Make it Feminine

Saturday, 11 March 2017

more inky bits and pieces

Had a friend round the other day for a bit of crafting, we haven't seen each other for ages so it was more talking than stamping but while I was looking through a file full of inky backgrounds I found these white embossed images so last night I decided it was time to make something of them. Added more distress inks to the backgrounds as they were a bit pale, bleached out the flowers and painted them with distress inks,then just matted and added the sentiments and a few punched butterfles.
Went to the Harrogate Papercrafts show yesterday, not the best of shows, gets smaller every time BUT Inkylicious were there so spent quite a lot of time watching Emma do some fabulous demonstrations, of course I did have to buy a few more stamps and they actually had the Oxide distress inks so loaded up with them, will be interesting to see how they work. More Woodware stamps from the Stamp Hut and own make stamps from Whichcraft ,plus after seeing their demonstrator using the Neo Colour water soluble wax pencils I now have them to play with ! just need more hours to play LOL

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rainbow colours

Make My Monday challenge is colours of the rainbow, use at least three colours from the rainbow. For my card I have used Red (looks a pit pink on here but it is red/ yellow/blue /violet and green .
First time I have used this Stampendous stamp but I think I will be using it quite a lot.

Make My Monday  - colours of the rainbow

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Snap !

This week at Cardz4guyz , Helen has chosen CAS for the challenge.  I'n not at ease with this genre as I always have to add just one more element !  For this card I have used some Close To My Heart stamps that I haven't  used for a while, if I made this card again I would stamp the camera a bit higher to leave a bit more room for the sentiment but I never, ever plan a card, its just what evolves and mostly it works LOL

The design team have some lovely samples for you over on the challenge site and I hope you will join us this week with a card for a Guy in your life.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Brighter days

I recently got the Stampin Up Beautiful You set and this little card is one of several I have made with it, just a 5x5 card base, stamp the scribble? stamp,stamp the girl over the top, stamp the sentiment,colour the umbrella with a copic pen and done.  Very quick and easy card and could be used for all sorts of occasions> I have several family birthdays this month and should be concentrating on cards for them but just want to play ..........

Entering these challenges

Cards In Envy Challenge - keep it simple - quick cards

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Busy Bees

Time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month the theme is Close To Nature. 
For my card I decided to go with flowers and bees, All the stamps except the sentiment are from Stampin Up Touches Of Texture set, I think the sentiment is from Butterfly basics.  
We are a stamping challenge so your entry MUST have stamping as the focal point to be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize

The design team have some lovely cards to show you if you pop over to the challenge page.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

afternoon tea

These freebie stamps have been laid about on my table for some time now, not really "my cup of tea" I thought, however yesterday I was twiddling my thumbs not knowing what to do and started to play about with them, the little tea cup die came with the set and that's what I first started playing about with. The background paper is also from some free papers from another magazine. I think it might be the first time I have used the lovely Tim Holtz doily die, must remember to use it more often. i'm entering this into these challenges

Try It OnTuesday -  Time for Tea
Addicted to stamps - Anything goes

I also made this little 3x3 card from bits on my desk, image already stamped and coloured and a piece of wax resist for the background and a scrap of paper lace.  The pile of bits and pieces never seems to go down, probably because every time I make something there always seems to be something left over that gets added to the pile!

Star of night

Here is my DT card for Christmas Sparkles this month, the challenge has been chosen by Babs and she asks us to use Gold/Silver.  I do love to use gold or silver on my Christmas cards but ,oh dear, its a real pain to try and get a decent picture of it.  I decided to use a some matt silver card I had and it has worked pretty well, the star is stamped.embossed with silver and then die cut,the smaller star cut from blue glitter card.I didn't have enough of the glitter card to make a mat so cut strips and used them as a frame. The stamping is all done with blue encore ink and the star swirl is embossed with some very ancient Judikins Iridescent sparkle embossing powder, must be at least 10 years old so I did wonder if it would work but worked just fine.  Hope to see you at our challenge this month.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monster Hugs

This week at Cardz4guyz, the challenge, chosen by Amy, is Tag it.  I used to make loads of tags but haven't made any for ages so it made a nice change. For my tag I've used a piece of inky card from my pile of  backgrounds, tag is mounted onto another piece which I also used to stamp the  ? well they look like mines ,don't quite know what they are, just on the same Paper Artsy set of monsters. I've had these stamps since last May and this is the first time I've used them, Computer generated the sentiment.  Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Blue snowman

 Just realised late this afternoon that I had better get a move on if I wanted to enter Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Challenge this month, where did February go ?  This card is made mostly with bits and pieces from ONE of my Christmas bits and pieces boxes, this year I really must use up some of this stuff or throw it out ( in my dreams ha ha ha ) Anyhow the LOV snowman was already stamped ,coloured and on a stitched square, the inky blue piece is left over from a master card,the stamped sentiment was also in one of the boxes. The die cut trees and snowflakes were also ready cut in my Christmas die cut box, however I did emboss the  falling snow background piece and use a card blank, so I'd also like to take this to Pixies playground as I hope some of the bits can be classed as snippets ?

Rudolph Day Challenge - Christmas

Pixies playground - snippets

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - anything goes / optional recycle

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Funky flowers and birds

I didn't get round to posting this card which I made a couple of weeks ago, thought I would enter it into Make My Monday challenge which is birds. The stamps are Hobby Arts, coloured with water colour paints

Butterflies and Bees

I haven't been posting much to my blog recently although I have been busy making cards haven't been able to post them as they are for future DT challenges.  I treated myself to a couple of new Stampin Up sets recently and can't stop playing with them !  This card is made with Touches Of Texture set , apart from the flowers there lots of  accent stamps, love the speckles and the beautiful lace border stamp and the sweet little bee.  I made this card for The Butterfly Spot Challenge which is to use the colour Slate Blue and/or Glossy Accents.  I was going to use glossy accents on the bees wings but settled for wink of stella instead. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sea It's Your Birthday

At Cardz4guyz this week the challenge has been chosen by Jane and is "Underwater"  I was going to use my beautiful mermaid stamp but then decided maybe it wasn't masculine enough, so instead I used a Kaisercraft stamp for the seaweed etc, embossed with verdigree EP, a littlestamped seahorse and various sea theme dies, a few sequins for bubbles and a bit of old net stuff.  Pop over and have a look at the lovely samples from the design team and then I hope you will join us in our challenge this week. Just a reminder your card needs to be for a guy.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

You're a classic

This week at Cardz4guys, the challenge ,chosen by Julie, is no patterned paper, pop along to the challenge blog and see the lovely samples made by the design team.  For my card I have used an Artistic Outpost stamp from the diesel Punk set, the classic sentiment is Visible image and the birthday greeting is a freebie , must say do get some really nice wording stamps with some of the free sets, The strip down the side is actually silver mirri card put though an embossing folder, can never get a decent picture of silver or gold shiny card. This is the card I made for my husband's birthday last week, think he liked it.  Hope to see you joining in our challenge this week with a card for a guy in your life.  

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Just messing

Been feeling that it's maybe time to give up on this crafting lark !  Since Christmas I have really had no inspiration whatsoever and other that making cards for the  design teams I'm on I don't seem to be able to rouse any enthusiasm to do anything.  I have a friend who is always saying she has no inspiration either and THEN she goes and posts on facebook a whole raft of super cards ( You know who you are !!! ) Well she had used a sheet of painted paper she had made at a class so I decided maybe I could take some inspiration from her so I made two A4 sheets of card using brusho paints and then cut them up and made a batch of cards with them, nothing wonderful but at least it got me doing something instead of staring vacantly at my stamps and doing ziltch. So here's a couple of pics of them

It's been awhile since I played with the brushos, think I'm a bit heavy handed with them and maybe should leave some white areas but had fun.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


This week at Cardz4guyz our challenge ,chosen by Caz, is "Love You"  Well I'm not much into Valentines etc, my OH would wonder what on earth was happening if I gave him a Valentine card and I've only ever had one from him, which I found out later, my daughter had got it for free and given it to him, so romantic LOL.   I have had this die of the cats for quite a long time and the embossing folder was free with a craft mag last month, the love die is an old freebie die too and the small hearts are a punch I've had for years, Well I'm sure you can all come up with something a lot more romantic than me for the Guy in your life

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Animal Magic

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is "Animal Magic"  As we have a Grandsons second birthday this week I made this card for him.  I think the stamp is Penny Black, I already had the stamped image in a file, cut out with stitched square. Added Die cut balloons and the stamped parcel is from Crazy dogs stamp set.  Hope to see you on our challenge this month but do remember that the main image of your card must be stamped if you are to be in with a chance of winning this months fabulous prize donated by Tattered Lace

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Quick cards

Spotted Country view Crafts challenge is for cards that take 30 minutes or less, well normally it takes me for ever to make even one card but I do have a favourite way of doing a quick card when called for. Using one of my favourite background techniques, inking with acrylic block, used Salty Ocean,Peacock feathers and Cracked pistachio, spritzed and stamped the block, dried with heatgun stamped Woodware Large Fennel and a freebie Happy Birthday stamp, mounted on a piece of black card and then onto the card blank.Added a few small gems and done.( I had intended maybe adding a small butterfly but by the time I had found a stamp or die would probably gone over the thirty mins.)

Countryview Challenges - Under Thirty Minutes

over at Addicted to stamps the challenge is to make your mark

and at Less is more the challenge is to use Three Adjacent colours

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Krafty Christmas

This month at Sparkles Christmas , Jane has chosen the challenge to use Kraft card. For my card I thought I try the faux parchment look , Its the first time I've tried this technique and  it didn't work quite as well as I had hoped. I think  I need to get some new ink dusters, even though I tried really hard to get one clean it has still added a greeny tinge to the colourbox white ink.  Stencil from Inkylicious and stamps are freebies from a magazine.  Hope you will join us this month.