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Monday, 20 February 2017


Where do the weeks go!! We are already into week 3 for our challenge at Unstampabelles and so far your entries have been stunning for the 'Anything Goes' challenge with the added twist to use something new and tell us what it is. There's a great prize on offer too.

                                A new craft magazine with stamps, embossing folder and die.

                                                          Here is my inspiration for you.

It's for the newly weds and a wish for their new life together
Inside shows a new fold , for me,. I love trying out new folds and this one was a wee bit tricky but I got there in the end!!
This is the reverse with the greeting and good wishes.
The whole thing came in kit form with instructions which made it slightly easier to assemble. I added a ribbon bow and gems to the front Et Voila!!
I hope I've inspired you to try something new and join our challenge. You'll find more inspiration from the design team at Unstampabelles (link in sidebar)
Have a great week crafting!!

Monday, 13 February 2017

#222 'Die Cuts' with Ooh La La

Good morning and it's time for our next challenge at Ooh La La. This time Jennifer has chosen the theme of diecuts. So a chance to get your die cutting machines out a have a play!

Last time Janice asked you to make Thank You card and we had some lovely entries. It's always a joy to make Thank You cards I think. The Top Three are up on the board now if you want to see if you've been chosen (link in sidebar)

Here is my inspiration for you this time.
I began white card stock and made a gatefold card then used an edging die by Desire to diecut the two outside edges. I placed a dark blue matt of card from my stock to the centre panel. The Ooh La La CD I used for the image, was from the Shawn Jenkins Collection which you can find in the OLL shop (link in sidebar) I then diecut the greeting Happy Birthday from white card stock. Finally I placed some blue flower gems to give it a bit of bling!!
I tied some narrow white ribbon around to close it.....adhering it to the back of the card. Tiny blue gems were also placed in the centre of the flowers.

I don't know if this shows up but the tiny petals are loose thus giving a 3D effect.

I hope I've inspired you get those dies out and take part in Jennifer's challenge at Ooh La La.
Don't forget to visit my teamies and give them some love too. Have a great week and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

'Friendship, Love, Romance'

It's Sunday and time for our next challenge at CD Sunday. The challenge last time was chosen by our DT member Pamela. She wanted you to show us what you love!! It certainly stretched the imagination and no doubt like me you had a hard time narrowing it down to one thing....I finally went for two!! If you remember it was an exploding box as I love a different style and I love playing with boxes. Enough waffle from me about that challenge as it's now time for the next one chosen by Meg 'Friendship, Love, Romance'.

What a lovely theme choice especially in February as many of us start thinking about Love and Valentines in particular. We need lots of love and friendship in the world too at this very unsettled time politically so very appropriate methinks.

Here is my inspiration for you and I've gone for 'Friendship'

I started with white card stock which I covered with the striped green background paper using a  CD by Joanne Sheen with artwork by Janet Kruskamp.
The image and border came from the CD 'Forest Friends' by Cupcakecrafting. The banner straps were handmade using the three greetings from the same CD and layered on matching green and red card stock.
I hope you'll be inspired to join us. There's always a yummy prize on offer and the only one main rule really to use something, however small from a CD and tell us which to give credit to all those fab designers!!
The Top Three for the challenge 'Make it Male' chosen by Carol is up on the challenge blog now. So off you pop and see if you were a winner....fingers crossed my lovelies. Link to CD Sunday in sidebar.
Have a lovely week and I look forward to visiting you all soon.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

'For The Girls'

Time for our next challenge with the Dragonflies. We had some great entries for 'Valentines' last time and Hilde will have her Top Three for you next weekend....going to be a difficult job choosing methinks!!

This time another lovely challenge as we are looking for girly cards. Now who doesn't like making those girly cards!! Not many of us I imagine.

 Here is my inspiration for you. I have made a Pop and Twist card for a friend who wanted something girly for her Grand Daughter

'Pop and Twist' closed with belly band.
I used Isabella Designer Paper stack by Bobunni for the background of the front cover. I had a lovely topper in my stack which had a postcard image attached and the greeting 'On Your Birthday'. This matched with the pinks so I used this for the greeting. I used a Hunky Dory strip for the belly band. The size of these strips are perfect for wrapping around this type of card and I have used them often. I layered the sparkly '20' and name on grey from the same paper pack and placed it on a pink matt.

'Pop and Twist' inside
I used the Bobunni stack again for the base backgrounds and added embellishments from my stash. Lots of girly things on each section can be seen below.

And finally the back cover with verse and border generated from CD Greeting Card Factory and layered on the Bobunni paper stack again.
I hope you'll be inspired to join our fun challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)
Have a great weekend and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

'Unstampabelles' are back and it's.......

.....'Anything Goes. An easy challenge to start our new year off. We've had a lovely long break and our batteries are recharged and we are ready to go!!

It's 'Anything Goes' with the twist being to use something new. There's always a yummy prize on offer, kindly donated by our lovely leader Susan.

It's a brand new magazine with gift that is unopened. How generous is this!!

Here is my inspiration for you.

I used card stock from a pack I got from Lidls'. It was full of items with Autumnal colours. I thought this would be perfect for a male card. I made a matt from brown card stock which I had embossed using a new chevron embossing folder a friend kindly lent to me.  Then I die cut the cogs, again using a new die set. I layered these and then added them to a die cut ribbon and embossed strip .  Finally adding a circular 'Happy Birthday' gold peel off. Et Voila!!

I hope you will join our challenge. It would be lovely to get lots of entries for our first challenge of 2017. And don't forget the yummy prize!! I look forward to visiting you soon to see what you've created.

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, 30 January 2017

'Thank You' at Ooh La La

Good Morning crafters. Over at Ooh La La  Janice has chosen the theme 'Thank You'. After the holiday season of gift exchanges I always seem to be sending thank yous.....mainly for the beautiful cards I've received....not so many gifts for me at my age!! So this theme seems very appropriate.
Our challenge last time was chosen by Jane, 'For Man or Boy' and her Top Three are on the OLL challenge blog now (link in sidebar).
For you inspiration this time I have chosen the CD 'Fleur D'Imagination' to play with. There are lots are very pretty floral images on this CD and choosing one is so difficult. You can purchase from the OLL online store here .ooh-la-la-creations. You will also find some lovely freebies in the shop too. Enjoy browsing!!


The card is a new shape for me shown to us by one of crafters at my craft group. It uses the 'banner' shape and I thought no way will it stand up but it does no bother at all. I used 300gsm card stock to make the main card and covered it with a delicate lilac card from my stock. The a layer of white card stock which I'd embossed with the dotty folder was placed over this. I then diecut an oval in the same lilac card, again embossed with the dots, and diecut a smaller oval over the image from the CD and layered them. After placing it centrally on the card I added a 'Thank You' greeting and two card candies in matching lilac. Et Voila!!

I hope I've inspired you to join the challenge and perhaps to use a different shape like I have done. I am always on the look out for new shapes so I hope I'm going to be inspired by you and I'll be visiting you to say a big 'THANK YOU'!!

Have fun!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

'Do What You Love' at CD Sunday

Good Morning crafters. It's time forpour new challenge at CD Sunday. The theme has been chosen by Pamela and it's something I know you are all going to enjoy as she wants you to create something, using either a technique you love or something you really anything goes. Don't forget there is always a yummy prize to be won but to be in with a chance of winning you must use something from a CD , however small. You can show us your creations without using a CD but you won't be considered for a prize but we'll still visit and send you some love!!

The winners of the challenge set by Pauline, 'Something New' .......are up on the challenge blog now ( link in sidebar). We had great fun visiting you all and your creations were inspiring!! This was a difficult task for Pauline but she has finally decided on her Top Three.

Here is my inspiration for this time.

Those who follow my blog know that I love making cards that are different shapes and that I love playing with boxes. So I thought what I great idea to combine the two and make an exploding box card!!

The CD I used was the Be Bunni 'Love Collection' by Cupcake Crafting and a section included this lovely wedding exploding box! It was simple to put together the main box and layers. I then decided to create a wedding cake for the centre by making two square boxes from white card stock. I wrapped narrow white ribbon around each one and then added tiny flat backed pearls. I did the same with the box lid. Then I found a cream rose in my stash. I thought white may be better but I didn't have one that was suitable. I draped some narrow white ribbon over the top box and secured it with the rose. Finally I added flat backed pearls to the ribbon. The 'wedding cake' was placed on a piece of silver card stock and adhered to the base. There were some tags in the set too but I didn't use them.....wasn't sure where to put them as they are larger than the side panels. I may add a greeting to them and place them loose in the box....decisions, decisions!!

I hope you have fun with this challenge and I look forward too seeing what you love!!!
Have a great week and I'll be visiting you shortly.