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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No Balls Allowed


A new challenge has started today on the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge blog and this week our theme is 'no balls allowed'.  That means we're looking for sports based cards but not sports which involve balls so no football, rugby, tennis etc.  You can find all the details here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used a digi stamp called 'Boy Skiing' from LeeHIllustrations - you can it here on Etsy.  The sentiment I've used is from Lili of the Valley and the papers are from Craft Creations.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - 'change of seasons/weather'
Totally Gorjuss - 'young boy'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'non traditional Christmas colours' (kraft and pale blue)
Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Sentimental Sundays - 'use kraft cardstock'

Monday, 29 September 2014

Hedgehog ATCs


Today I'm sharing some ATCs I made recently using one of my favourite Little Claire stamps, 'Hedgehogs in Squares' which you can find here on their website.

I stamped the whole stamp and then chose three of the little images, cut them out and coloured with Promarkers.  I've used kraft card of the base and as a layer round the little pictures and then finished them off with some paper flowers and gems.

I'd like to enter my ATCs in the following challenges:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes/use red'
A Creative Romance - 'in the garden'
Red Rubber Inspirationals - 'focus on stamping/anything goes'
The Pink Elephant Challenge - 'anything goes'
Not Just Cards Challenge - 'anything goes'

New Cutie Pies Challenge - All the Threes for Our Third Birthday


Our new challenge at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog has just started and it's a very special challenge because it's our third birthday: 


Our theme is 'all the threes' so we want to see things in groups of 3 - for example 3 papers or 3 colours.  For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here.

Our challenge is sponsored by:


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For my card I've used the 'Party Dog' from Just Some Lines which you can find here in their online shop.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Sentimental Sundays - 'use kraft card stock plus a sentiment'
CCEE Stampers - 'national dog week'
Papertake Weekly - 'oh how cute'
Scribble and Scrap Challenge - 'anything goes'
Eureka Stamps - 'use some bling'

Sunday, 28 September 2014

New Glory of Christmas Challenge - Fireplaces, Fires or Chimneys


There's a new challenge today on The Glory of Christmas challenge and our theme is 'fireplaces, fires or chimneys' - for all the details of the challenge, have a look here.

For my card I used a digi stamp from the 'Christmas Fireplace' set from Digital Delights by Louby Loo - you can find the set here on their website.  I've used papers from the Dovecraft Kraft Christmas pack and I've also followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Hiding in My Craft Room - 'any holiday'
Winter Wonderland - 'layer it up'
Simon Says Stamp - 'anything goes'
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'

New Baby Congratulations


This is a new baby card that I made recently using the gorgeous 'Babies Are Such a Nice Way .....' stamp set from Little Claire which you can find here on their website. 

It's a hanging card - I've paper pieced the little shorts suit and added a computer generated sentiment to the bottom panel.  

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

The Stamping Boutique - 'baby cards'
Brown Sugar Challenge - 'anything goes'
Red Rubber Designs - 'stay focused on stamping - 'anything goes'
Scribble and Scrap Blog Challenge - 'anything goes'
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - 'white and one other colour'
Inky Impressions Challenge - 'anything goes'
Word Art Wednesday - 'anything goes'
Papertake Weekly - 'oh how cute'

Saturday, 27 September 2014

New Pink Gem Challenge - Clean and Simple


There's a new challenge today over at A Gem of a Challenge and this time it was my turn to choose the theme so I've chosen 'clean and simple'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used 'Chloe and Penguin' digi stamp from Pink Gem as well as part of a Pink Gem Christmas Circle Sentiment.  I used the polymer stamp version and masked off the circle so I just had the words left - the digital version of the same sentiment is available here.  I've used my Wink of Stella pen on all the fur on Chloe's clothes and boots but it's impossible to photograph it properly.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Simon Wednesday Challenge - 'anything goes'
Papertake Weekly - 'oh how cute'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'Christmas in September'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Crafty Little Fairies - 'sparkle and bling'
Creative Moments - 'anything goes/use 3 layers'

Friday, 26 September 2014

Imagine That Digis - Friday Inspiration


I'm back today with my regular Friday Inspiration Post for Imagine That Digis.  This week I've made a card using the 'Pilgrims' digi stamp set which you can find here on the Imagine That website.

Here's what the set contains:


I used the outline versions of both of the main images and merged them together in a Word document.  I also used one of the sentiments from the set and one of the papers from the 'Fall' digi paper pack which is here on the website.

To see some more Friday inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here on the challenge blog.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Kitty Bee Designs - 'fall colours'
QKR Stampede - 'pumpkins'
Creative Inspirations - 'autumn colours'
Passion for Promarkers - 'autumn colours'
Paper Minutes - 'colours of autumn'
2 Cute Ink Challenge - 'fall theme'
Fitztown Challenge Blog - 'fall colours using digital elements'
The East Wind Challenge Blog - 'feel the fall'

New Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge - Non-Traditional Colours


Our new challenge today at Christmas Stampin' all Year Long is to use 'non-traditional colours'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our challenge has been sponsored by:


For my card I used 'Giant Poinsettia' which you can find here on the DRS Designs website.  The paper I've used is from the Paper Mania 'First Noel' pack.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Winter Wonderland Challenge - 'layer it up'
Simon Wednesday Challenge - 'anything goes'
Word Art Wednesday - 'anything goes'
Scribble and Scrap Challenge - 'anything goes'
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - 'anything goes'
Creatalicious Challenge - 'flower power'

Thursday, 25 September 2014

New CRAFT Challenge - Add a Charm/Use Metal


We've got a new challenge today on the CRAFT challenge blog - our theme this time is 'add a charm/use metal.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our sponsors this week are:


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For my card I've used a digi from Lacy Sunshine stamps called 'EmmiLou Boo Hopscotch' which you can find here on the Lacy Sunshine website.  My 'metal' is the two butterfly charms on the base of the easel card, they are from the Trimcraft Lillibet collection,

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Creative Knockouts - 'charming'
4 Crafty Chicks - 'a trio of pairs' (two charms, two pearls, two Card Candi)
Hanna and Friends - 'butterflies'
Lacy Sunshine Challenge - 'use something with wings'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes/spots and dots'
Digi Makeover Challenge - 'happy birthday'

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Penny's Challenge - Add Spots and Stripes



We've got a new challenge today on Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge blog and this week our theme is 'add spots and stripes'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our challenge is sponsored by;


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For my card I've used a digi from StampArt Design called 'Charlie Fishing on a Log' which you can find here on their website.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - 'lots of layers'
Word Art Wednesday - 'anything goes'
We Do Doobadoo - 'something masculine'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'kids'
CCC Digi Creations - 'digi/man in your life'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes/spots and dots'

GDT Cards for Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Christmas



Today I'm very excited to be joining Fab 'n' Funky challenges for a few months as a GDT member.


The challenge for this week is 'Christmas' and you can find more details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.

The challenge is sponsored by:


For my card I've used a digi set called 'Little Deer' which you can find here on their website.  There are two images in the set and I couldn't resist making a card with each of them!   Here's the second one:


The papers I've used on both cards is from the Dovecraft Krafty Christmas pack and I've added gems, Card Candi and sentiments from Craftwork Cards to finish.

I'd like to enter my cards in the following challenges:

Simon Wednesday Challenge - 'anything goes'
Inky Impressions Challenges - 'anything goes'
A Random Fan Challenge - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'Christmas in September'
Papertake Weekly - 'oh how cute'
Fitztown Challenge - 'animals using digital elements'
Wags'n'Whiskers - 'with our furry friends'

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #277


This is a view of my main crafting area - if you look closely you'll see I took the photo at 10.49pm yesterday evening!  

At the front of my desk is my very expensive (!) stamping mat - an old office catalogue.  On top is a Pink Gem digi stamp which I've just coloured - this is for my Pink Gem DT card which will be on here on Saturday.  You can also see my Promarkers and my scalloped die plus my trusty Woodware cartridge punch.

To the right are some hedgehog images coloured in ready to be made in to ATCs and then my tablet - I was watching BBC i-player when the photo was taken.  At the back of the photo you can see all my stamping tools plus an empty glass!

Looking forward to having a nosey at everyone else's desks too - have a look here to see what everyone has been up to! 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

New Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - Water


Our new challenge on the Cardz 4 Guyz challenge blog is 'water' - lots of scope there for different ideas.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here at the challenge blog.

For my card I've used a stamp from Little Claire called 'Maybe' - you can find it here on their website.  My paper is from Craft Creations.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - 'anything goes'
Crafting by Designs - 'childhood memories'
Always Something Creative - 'children'
OLLCB - 'birthday boy'
Top Tip Tuesday - 'kids'
The Crafter's Cafe Blog Challenge - 'water related'
We Doobadoo - 'something masculine'
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge - 'roll out the red'

Monday, 22 September 2014

New from Little Claire - Dinkies Holly Owl Stamp


Today I'm sharing a card made with the new Little Claire Dinkies stamp called 'Holly Owl'.  You can find it here on the Little Claire website.

I've used it with some kraft paper and patterned paper from Paper Mania.  I finished the card with little gold gems.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - 'bling or pearls'
Crafting When We Can Challenge - 'Christmas come early'
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - 'use a die cut or punch'
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - 'anything goes'
The Stamping Chef Challenge - 'anything goes'

New Crafting from the Heart Challenge - Anything Goes


We've got a new challenge today on the Crafting from the Heart challenge blog and our theme, as always, is 'anything goes'.  For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:


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For my card I've used 'Buttercream Babe - Elegant Cake from Sassy Studio Designs which is available in the online shop here.  The paper I've used is from a magazine freebie pack.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes with spots and dots'
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - 'anything goes'
Clear It Out Challenge - 'crazy for polka dots'
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge - 'anything goes'
Not Just Cards Challenge - 'anything goes'

Sunday, 21 September 2014

New Squirrel and the Fox Challenge - Happy Birthday


There's a new challenge today on the Squirrel and the Fox Challenge Blog - our theme is 'happy birthday'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Very sadly, this is our last challenge.  I've been a member of the Design Team since the challenge blog started back in October 2011.  This was the first challenge blog Design Team that I joined and I've really enjoyed being part of the challenge since then.

Our last challenge is sponsored by:


For my card I've used a Paper Shelter digi stamp called 'Si Belle' - you can find it here on the Paper Shelter website.  

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes with spots or dots'
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - 'pretty women'
Clear It Out Challenge - 'crazy for polka dots'
Passion for Promarkers - 'make it digital'
Shopping Our Stash - 'people'
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - 'birthday'

Friday, 19 September 2014

New Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge - Lots of Layers


Our new challenge today on the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge Blog is 'lots of layers'.  You can find all the details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.

We don't have a sponsor this week but the prize on offer is some ribbons and papers.

For my card I've used a stamp called 'Star of Wonder' from Little Claire - you can find it here on their website.  The papers I've used are from the Dovecraft Krafty Christmas pack.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafts 4 Eternity - 'my style' (I describe it as clean and simple with layers)
Creative Corner Challenges - 'favourite colours' (blue and brown/kraft)
Southern Girls Challenge - 'we've got the winter blues'

Imagine That Digis - Friday Inspiration Post


Today I'm sharing a card made with one of the new digis from Imagine That.  This one is called 'Crows and Pumpkins'.  You can find it here in the Imagine That online shop,


I've used the main image and one of the sentiments from the set.

There's more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team here on the Imagine That blog.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

QKR Stampede - 'fall colours'
4 Crafty Chicks - 'fall'
Creative Knockouts - 'happy fall y'all'
Cute Card Thursday - 'awesome autumn'
Crafting for All Seasons - 'colours of autumn'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'autumn colours'
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - 'things with wings'
The East Wind Blog - 'feel the fall'

New CRAFT Challenge - Colour Combo


Our new challenge today on the CRAFT Challenge Blog is a 'colour combo' one using brown, aqua and pink:


For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our challenge has been sponsored by:



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For my card I've used a very cute digi from Spyder's Other Corner called 'Flower Hedgie' - you can find it here on their website.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - 'make it digital'
Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Without Words Challenge - 'it's a celebration'
Creatlicious Challenges - 'use flowers'
Digi Makeover Challenge - 'clean and simple'

New Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes


A new challenge has started on The Crafty Girls Challenge Blog and, as always, our theme is 'anything goes'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:


and

For my card I've used 'Holly' digi stamp from QKR Stampede which you can find here on the website.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge - 'roll out the red'
ABC Christmas Challenge - 's is for something festive'
Not Just Cards Challenge - 'anything goes'
Digi Makeover Challenge - 'clean and simple'

New Nutcrafters Challenge - Anything But Square


It was my turn to choose the challenge for the new Nutcrafters Challenge and I've picked anything but square.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog/

For my card I've used a digi from the 'Teen Seasons' digi stamp set.  The paper I've used is from Craft Creations and the sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - Anything Goes


A new challenge started on the Ruby's Rainbow Challenge Blog yesterday and our theme is 'anything things' - always everyone's favourite!  For all the details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used one of the new digi stamp sets from Imagine That Digis called 'Puppy Chaise' - you can find it here on their website.  I've used the main image and also the little row of paw prints which is part of the set.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

The Stamping Chef - 'anything goes'
Passion for Promarkers - 'make it digital'
Crafty Boots Challenges - 'anything goes'
A Song In Your Heart - 'I've got a dog'

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW 276


This is a photo of the table behind my work desk and all the goodies I bought last Saturday at the craft show at Event City in Manchester - plenty here to keep me busy!!

There were a lot of reduced price Christmas paper pads which I just couldn't resist and the holly die set on the right hand side of the photo was also reduced.  The butterflies are little metal ones which were half price too!

I think the only full price things I bought were the packs of red jewels, the pack of calendar pads for next year and ten rolls of double sided tape.  And just in case you're counting - there are only nine in the photo because I'd already started using one!

I'm linking this up to WOYWW and looking forward to having a nosey at everyone's work desks this week.

New Penny's Challenge - Embossing


We've got a new challenge today on Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'embossing'.  You can find all the details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.

Our sponsors this week are:


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For my card, I've used a digi from StampArt Design called 'Snow Friends' which you can find here on the Whimsy Stamps website.  The sentiment and little blue heart are part of a bonus sheet which comes with the main image.  I've used a Crafts Too embossing folder to create the background on the card.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - 's is for something festive'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Word Art Wednesday - 'anything goes'
Digi Makeover Challenge - 'clean and simple'
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - 'use an embossing folder'

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