Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Everybody Art GDT - anything goes

Hello :o)

I should have posted this yesterday, but I forgot!  So here's my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our challenge is 'anything goes'.


This one's a wedding card I needed for an order... the 'congratulations' stamp is an old one from LOTV (now unavailable), the flower and leafy dies are Memory Box, papers are old digi ones from Pink Petticoat and I found the silver ribbon and pearl in my stash.

Bit of a flying visit today, as I'm in the middle of decorating Morgan's new bedroom (which was the old craft room... you wouldn't believe the amount of junk I've cleared out of there!).  Thanks for popping in :o)

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Cute Santa set - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

The new Digi Stamp Boutique Christmas release is now available from Lili of the Valley.  Grab them now, as NO digital products at all will be available from the end of September, LOTV have made the difficult decision to stop selling them due to increasingly complex EU rules around VAT.  The good thing to come of this, is that LOTV will be selling real stamps AND papers again, which will be fabulous, but I'm really going to miss Digi Stamp Boutique!  Have a look on the FB page for full info - lots of digi bundles and bargains to be had at the moment.


So, you may have noticed that Lili of the Valley sort of 'inherited' me from the Digi Stamp Boutique DT... so here's my first card for the new release, using the fab Cute Santa set and a sentiment from the Christmas Greetings Bundle.  I coloured Santa with copics, adding some Glamour Dust for sparkle.  The papers are digi ones from Northern Whimsy, the stitched oval and snowflake dies are MFT dienamics, and the pearls and card candy from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Gals - 3 or more layers
The Merry Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas
The Holly & Ivy - anything Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - dies & punches

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Papercraft Challenges - special occasions

Hello!  Sorry for the long gap... I've been busy but not sure that excuses quite such a long gap between posts.  Hopefully I'll be around a bit more now.

I'm here with my DT card for Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is 'special occasions'.  We're sponsored by Dr Digi who kindly provided images for the DT to use.


I made this for Morgan's 16th birthday, which is happening at the end of this month, and I'm totally in denial about!  I mean it's just not possible that I'll have a 16yr old soon, is it?!  The image is called Slam dunk Duncan, coloured with copics in his favourite Chicago Bulls colours with some neon yellow touches, as he likes a bit of neon.  The papers are old Doodlebug ones, and the '16th' sentiment is a Digi Stamp Boutique one available from LOTV HERE (or will be, when the site's working properly again!).

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Craft Rocket - boys/ men

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Everybody Art GDT - just words

Hello everyone :o)  

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our current challenge is 'just words'.


I'll hopefully provide a link to the printable text soon - it's from the Digi Stamp Boutique shop on Etsy, but doesn't seem to be available there yet.  I printed the text onto linen card (from Crafter's Companion), the papers are Bo Bunny, butterfly could be either Prima or Bo Bunny, I'm not sure.  The swirly die is a Memory Box one that I cut into two pieces.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cheerful Sketches - fab sketch
Aud Sentiments - for the girls + a sentiment

Sorry for going quiet again, we've been to Wales for a week (Llanbrynmair, not far from Snowdonia) and had a lovely time... not got round to sorting out photos yet, but I'll pop some on Instagram when I get chance.  We did get quite a bit of rain, but the scenery was just gorgeous, and the best bit - no wifi in the cottage, so we actually got to spend time together, even with the teenage one lol.  We've discovered that we all like playing badminton, which is odd considering I've never enjoyed playing any sport really... just need to find some local courts now.

Pav's got this week off too, and we'd planned to do some day trips and maybe go to the cinema, find a badminton court.  But unfortunately within hours of getting home at the weekend, Pav's back gave up and he's not been able to do anything since!  He has an issue with one of the discs in his back, it's ok most of the time but flares up every now and then... it's probably down to all the driving this time, last time it went he'd been shoveling snow off the drive.  He needs an op at some point, but hopefully he won't need it just yet... fingers crossed it'll improve with a few days rest.  He can't even get in/ out of a car at the moment, so I don't think we'll be going far this week!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Sweet Stampin' - CAS

Happy Saturday :o)

Our theme over at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'CAS', so we'd like to see all your lovely clean & simple designs.


I will admit to cheating a bit this week... I really tried to make a card, but the heat in my craft room is on the unbearable side, and it defeated me!  So this is an older card that I didn't blog when I made it... made using Crafter's Companion stamps and dies, white embossing and Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks.  The background is simple splashes/ drips of the ink on white linen card (my mum said it looked like I'd bled on it, which is nice...).  Finished off with some Doodlebug enamel dots on the butterflies.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely weekend... isn't it great to see some rain at last?!  :o)

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ted teacher thanks - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

I meant to blog this earlier in the week but forgot as usual!  This is the card I made for Dex to give to his teacher, who has done absolute wonders for his confidence this year... he's one of those children who quietly works away, getting top marks without making a fuss and absolutely not pushing himself forward for anything.  His teacher has been brilliant at giving him a bit of a push, telling him his writing skills are amazing and that he'll be an author one day (not sure he actually wants to be, but that's beside the point lol), so much so that he started working on the school newspaper and has been given the 'Editor in Chief' position for next year... he was so pleased with himself!


I've used a sweet ted called First Day at School, along with the Teacher Thanks set, both available from Digi Stamp Boutique at LOTV.  I coloured Ted with copics, the grid paper is a really old one from Doodlebug, the dies are all MFT die-namics, and the 'lined paper' was stamped with a large MFT background stamp in Stampin' Up 'soft sky' ink.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - too cute
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Hippo Tons of Fun

Hello again :o)

You may have already noticed that Digi Stamp Boutique have now moved to Lili of the Valley HERE... Sally-Ann decided to concentrate on drawing her lovely images, and released some very cute ones to celebrate the launch.


This one is Hippo Tons of Fun and I coloured him with copics.  The papers are Doodlebug, the stitched mats and the little tags are all MFT Die-namics dies, and I added some enamel dots and baker's twine from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - use a die/ punch
Dies R Us - birthdays

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Papercraft Challenges - Christmas in July

Hello :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is 'Christmas in July'.


The cute image is from the Reindeer Blocks set from Bugaboo Stamps, coloured with copics.  I used a couple of different embossing folders on white linen card, some purple Centura Pearl card and a sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
The Holly & Ivy - anything Christmas goes
Creatalicious - anything goes + optional no patterned paper
Simply Create Too - no pattern paper
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes

I'm having a proud mum moment as I've had an email from one of the teachers who was with Morgan on his trip to France last week... it made me cry!  Here's part of it...

'I wanted to spend a bit of time to let you know that no other student has made me feel prouder of being a teacher than your son.

Every day during the trip Morgan was an absolute pleasure to have in my group and made the whole trip worth while. He had a strong phobia of heights and what impressed me more than any other student was the fact he did not let that stop him and ploughed through the activities regardless! 

Morgan has inspired me as an individual and I am convinced he will continue to inspire those around him as he grows up into an awesome young gentleman!'

 How lovely is that?!  And so nice of him to take the time to write to us.  Morgan told me about this particular teacher, and said he couldn't have managed some of the activities without his encouragement.

Thanks for popping in... back tomorrow with another card, that's quite productive for me lately lol.  Have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sweet Stampin' - occupations or hobbies

I'm playing catch up with my blog posts, so this one should actually have been blogged on Saturday and I'll post my card for Papercraft Challenges tomorrow (should be today!).

Our theme at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'occupations or hobbies'... I needed some teacher thank you cards for a customer, so I thought they'd fit the challenge nicely.


I've used some fab printable sentiments from Digi Stamp Boutique... now you may have noticed that Digi Stamp Boutique have recently moved to LOTV HERE, but Sally-Ann's printable goodies (including this particular set) are available through her Etsy shop HERE.  The papers are Doodlebug and the apple was from an old Digi Stamp Boutique set, the shaped frame die is MFT die-namics.

We've had a couple of lovely days away in Wales over the weekend... Morgan was away on a week-long trip to France with school, so we thought we'd surprise Dex with a little holiday as we knew he'd be missing Morgan.  It was Pav's birthday on Saturday too, so it was perfect timing... and we had birthday cake for breakfast lol.  We're all going back to Wales in a couple of weeks for a full week away, so we'll get to explore it properly then (first time we've been this weekend)... we were in Llangrannog this time and it was just gorgeous!  Morgan came back yesterday morning (exhausted, and with a very smelly bag of washing!), he's had a great time, but I spent the whole day trying to poke him awake so he'd be able to sleep at night lol.

Then yesterday afternoon we ended up at the children's hospital with Dex, because he was having abdominal pains towards the end of school, plus a temperature and refusing to walk as it hurt too much!  It's really not like Dex to make a fuss, so school were concerned it could be appendicitis.  Doctor at the hospital said it could be the beginning of it, but he didn't think it was, so just to keep an eye on things really... he's been fine today, so fingers crossed it won't turn into anything.

I'll be back tomorrow... thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Sweet Stampin' - summer brights

Happy Saturday :o)

Our theme over at Sweet Stampin' for this week is 'summer brights'... my (teenage) son needed a birthday card for his friend, so I've gone CAS for this one.  It's always safest with those male teenage creatures to go for super simple, just on the off chance I inadvertently add something embarrassing (worst crime ever....).


There are lots of card blanks in my stash, from the 'old days' when I often bought them instead of just cutting them myself... I recently found several packs of tall, thin cards, 21cm tall and just under 7.5cm wide, they've got a fab ribbed texture too, and really suit CAS designs I think.

I used the 'sun ray' stencil from MFT, with Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries.  The sentiment is a stamp from this set from Digi Stamp Boutique, embossed in detail white on black card and popped up on foam pads... and that's it!  Sooo simple but approved by the teenage one :o)

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Craftaholics R Us - sunshine
Seize the Birthday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Everybody Art GDT - birthday

Hello... apologies again for how quiet my blog is at the moment, I'm just not feeling all that motivated with crafting/ blogging lately.  Hopefully I will again soon, but I'm not going to force it... I'll just make/ post when I can.

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our theme is 'birthday'.  This one is also my 'annual pig card' for those regulars to my blog - one of my mum's friends loves pigs, so I have to find a new pig for her card every year!


This year's pig is a super cute one from Lee Holland, coloured with copics.  The papers are Echo Park 'Happy Summer', the sentiment is a stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  I added a Whimsy corner die, some punched butterflies and Doodlebug enamel dots.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute n Crafty - birthday
Cutie Pie - spots & dots
Always Happy Birthday - birthday + optional summer birthday
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Crafty Gals - summer colours

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Thursday, 14 June 2018

You Rock set - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

You would not believe how long it took to photograph this card... I'm not sure I believe how long it took to photograph this card!!  Occasionally I like to prove to myself (again) just how useless I am at getting photos of anything that isn't square...




It's only got the front folded in half, nothing remotely complicated, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  I used a new set from Digi Stamp Boutique called You Rock, which comes with the Father's Day text that I've added.  The papers are foiled ones from a Craft Sensations pad (from the Range), I added some sparkly gold dots and a MFT die-namics bow die and that's about it.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cardz 4 Guyz - Father's Day

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Male sentiments - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I actually have a few cards made for a change, so hopefully my blog won't be empty this week!...


Today's card is a quick and simple one, using a new set from Digi Stamp Boutique called Male Sentiments - Distressed.  I made the 'Grandad' text quite big (the card is 6 x 8") and added the 'Father's Day' sentiment from this set.  The dog is a Marianne Design die, and the background was made by dabbing various distress inks onto a MFT watercolour backdrop stamp and then stamping several times.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Always Fun - for a male/ dad
Crafty Cardmakers - for a man/ boy
Crazy 4 Challenges - masculine cards
Simply Create Too - for a male

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Sweet Stampin' - presents

Hello everyone :o)

Apologies for a very boring blog lately, hopefully things will pick up a bit when the kids go back to school next week!  Today's card is for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin', where this week's theme is 'presents'.


I've used a cute image from Bugaboo, as the dog looks a bit like a friend's dog and it's his birthday on Monday (the friend, not the dog lol).  It'll also be our wedding anniversary, so I need to get a wriggle on and make a card for Pav!  Anyway... I coloured the image with copics, the papers are Doodlebug, sentiment stamp is Clearly Besotted and the black twine is from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Catch the Bug - anything goes
Sweet Stampers - birthday
Seize the Birthday - patterned paper
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely weekend :o)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Everybody Art GDT - for friends only

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our new theme is 'for friends only'.


This stamp is one of many that I've had for ages and not used at all... maybe one day I'll get them all inked (ha!...).  It's a Roberto's Rascals stamp from CC Designs, the sentiment is also from a CC Designs set.  I coloured the image with copics, the papers are My Mind's Eye (I think... I keep grabbing random papers from piles that need clearing up on my desk, and then forgetting what I've used!).  The flower and leaf are MFT Die-namics dies, the little heart/ bow die is Memory Box, although I cut it up and used two small hearts instead of the bigger one.  Added a button and enamel dot from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Dragonfly Dreams - here come the girls
Pile It On - sports/ hobbies/ and/or make us laugh
Colour Crazy Challenge - anything goes (with hand coloured image)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sweet Stampin' - bunnies or bears

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where our challenge for this week is bunnies and/ or bears... now I do have a real soft spot for bears, but thought I'd use this sweet bunny again instead.


Isn't he just adorable?  He's called Heart Bunny, and is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  He comes with lots of sentiments, but I've used one from this set.  I coloured him with copics, the papers are... ermm... actually I've forgotten, I'll have to check later!  The stitched squares were cut with an MFT die-namics die, little sparkly dots from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - happy birthday
Crafty Friends - B is for (bunnies, birthdays, bling)
Alphabet Challenge - D is for dots
As You Like It - favourite pink or blue and why (I'll be completely honest and say I could easily have chosen either, I like both, but probably reach for pink a bit more often, particularly for more 'girly' cards)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 12 May 2018

NEW Special Dad - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

Just popping in with some quick cards I made this afternoon, using a fab new set from Digi Stamp Boutique.




This set is Special Dad - Square - perfect for quick Father's Day makes.  I printed the images on linen card, added Glamour Dust around the inner circle for a bit of sparkle and shimmery silver dots, for a bit more sparkle lol.  The papers are digi ones from Raspberry Rd, found in my printed stash (I have lots!), and everything is matted on silver mirri card from Hunkydory.

I'm entering my cards for the following challenges
MAWTT - sentiment only, no images
Simon Says Wednesday - for the boys
Brown Sugar - masculine/ father's day

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Everybody Art - hidden message

Hello everyone :o)

Ooh, isn't it hot?!  Too hot for me really, but I'm not complaining (yet lol), we've had such a loooong winter it makes a nice change to feel the sun.

So, I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art, where our theme this week is 'hidden message'... eek!



I'm not very imaginative with this sort of thing, at all!  But I needed a card for Pav's step-dad, and I had a fun CD to play with that came with Making Cards magazine.  So I've used one of the dog images from the CD, placing that onto its own 'mini-card', then used a fab digi sentiment from the Large Birthday Sentiments set from Digi Stamp Boutique on the 'inside' and fixing the 'mini-card' onto the card front.  I added a little twill ribbon tab to make it easier to open, and wrapped bakers twine around the card front to keep the image panel closed.  I coated the dog's glasses with Nuvo clear sparkle pen, and added some little buttons from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - animal magic
Back to Basics & Beyond - use a craft CD or kit from a magazine
Crafty Friends - animals
Allsorts Challenge - fancy folds (not sure it qualifies as fancy, but t'is a fold lol)
CD Sunday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Sweet Stampin' - flowers

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's theme over at Sweet Stampin' is 'flowers', and as I'd had this image on my desk waiting to be coloured for a few weeks, it seemed like a good time to use it.


The image is Tails Together Mice from Di's Digis, coloured with copics.  The papers are old (retired) ones from LOTV, the flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts, heart pins are from The Hobby House.  The tag stamp is from an old set of unknown make, and the pearls are from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Double D Challenges - May flowers
Simon Says Wednesday - animal magic

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely weekend... looks like nice weather for the bank holiday for a change :o)

Thursday, 3 May 2018

'That' embossing folder again...

Hello everyone :o)

This one's similar to a recent 21st card... a friend spotted that one and ordered one for her son.


I used 'that' embossing folder from Craft Stash again... so useful for male cards!  The main embossing is on black card, with silver gilding wax rubbed on to pick out the details.  I added some silver mirri card for some of the layers and the numbers, which were cut using a Crafter's Companion die.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  The scrabble letters are Whimsy, gaming controller is Clearly Besotted and the gems were from The Range (bought because I apparently had nothing in the right shade of blue!).

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky - embossing
Pause Dream Enjoy - lots of layers
Make My Monday - embossing

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

First attempt at needle felting!

Hello everyone :o)

So... I'm attempting a new hobby!  I've wanted to try needle felting for ages and finally had a go, using a kit I bought from Felt Hoppy on Etsy.


He's by no means perfect, but he's my very first attempt, so I'm quite pleased with him really.  Ears are my nemesis though, just can't get them right!  And the amount of times I've stabbed myself with that blimmin' barbed needle.... ouch!!  Need to get myself a good book and practice lots I think.

Hope you like him... thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Large Thank You Set - Blue - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Happy Saturday :o)

There are some gorgeous new watercolour effect sentiment sets at Digi Stamp Boutique this month, and I just couldn't resist using one for today's card...


I used the Large Thank You Set - Blue, and printed it onto linen card from Papermill Direct.  The paper is from a Craft Sensations pad - I'm getting quite into tearing paper now, go me! ;o)  It's matted onto Hunkydory mirri card and core'dinations.  I added some seam binding ribbon and made a bow for the first time in ages, something I don't usually do as I'm so rubbish at it... I do love a pretty bow though, so must push myself to do it more often!  The pearl brad is from The Hobby House.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow

I've got a night in with control of the remote tonight, as Pav's going out... Dex is angling to stay up with me though, so I'll probably end up watching a kids' film and eating too much chocolate lol.  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Everybody Art GDT - flowers

Hello again :o)

I'm back with my 2nd post for today, this one is my Guest DT card for Everybody Art where our challenge is 'flowers'.... easy peasy!


I've used an adorable little mouse from Di's Digi Stamps HERE, coloured with copics (still trying to master fur!), plus a touch of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on the butterfly.  The papers are old (retired) ones from LOTV, the flowers are my favourite MFT die, with sparkly enamel dot centres.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Di's Digi Challenge - include an animal
Simon Says Wednesday - sparkle & shine
Cutie Pie Challenge - delightful digis
As You Like It - favourite colouring medium & why
I like to experiment with pencils, and occasionally try watercolour (Inktense/ Distress Ink) too, but Copics are my comfort zone... I'm quicker and more consistent with Copics than with other mediums.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges - CAS

Good Morning :o)

I'm here with my first of two blog posts for today... this one is for Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is CAS (clean & simple).


I try not to buy too many stamps at the moment, as I just have so many that have never been used at all... but I do have a bit of a soft spot for dragons, so couldn't resist this set from MFT called Magical Dragons.  I coloured him with copics, and added a bit of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on his wings.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I just shaped it into a curve on a clear block before stamping.  The stitched square and dotted circle dies are both MFT, and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Just Us Girls - prominently purple
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional CAS
Seize the Birthday - birthday + optional vibrant colours

Back later with my Everybody Art GDT card... hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' - sympathy/ thinking of you

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my card for the latest challenge at Sweet Stampin', where our theme is 'sympathy/ thinking of you'...


I used one of the pretty new printable sheets from Digi Stamp Boutique, this one is from the Quick Print Birds sheet.  The sentiment is a clear stamp available HERE.  The papers are from a Craft Sensations pad I bought in The Range (I went in for a pack of gems to match a card I was making, as I didn't have quite the right thing... came out with 7 paper pads and some sheets for Morgan's bed lol.  Got the gems though!).  The sheer ribbon is from my stash and the cardstock is Core'dinations plus white linen card from Papermill Direct.

I soooo wanted to use my sewing machine on this card... I was so close to being brave and going for it, the bloomin' thing terrifies me though!  It's a Janome Mini and I've had it for years, used it once or twice when I first got it, but the whole thing with the threading process, the bobbins, the scary pedal, put me off and it's just been gathering dust ever since.  So I'm putting this here to try and push myself into getting over my fear very soon!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Try it on Tuesday - nature's beauty
Unicorn Challenge - use some ribbon

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Quick Print Butterflies - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

For today's card I've used one of the new A4 Quick Print Butterflies from Digi Stamp Boutique.


The sheet includes 4 butterflies on lovely watercolour effect backgrounds, plus 4 sentiments, for some very quick but pretty cards.  There's a sheet of birds available HERE too.  I've  kept my card quite simple, printed the sheet on linen card and added some patterned paper scraps, a Papermania sparkly dot and an MFT die-namics leafy flourish die, cut into pieces.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Incy Wincy - nature
Make My Monday - things with wings

Dex is spending the day at his friend's house tomorrow, so I'll be able to get a bit of colouring done without the guilt!  Love the holidays, but getting things done can be a challenge.  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Everybody Art GDT - dies

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'dies'.  I thought I'd go all the way and use a die instead of an image for a change...


The cats are a Penny Black die, cut 3 times from black card and two scraps of patterned paper, and then pieced back together.  The fishtail banner, 'bow' and 'button' dies are all MFT die-namics.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, Doodlebug enamel dots and the green baker's twine from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
Dragonfly Journeys - baker's twine (just a little bit!)
Simply Create Too - use die cuts
Simon Says Wednesday - happy birthday

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' - embossing

Happy Saturday :o)

I'm here with my DT card for Sweet Stampin', where our challenge is 'embossing'.


I bought this embossing folder from Craft Stash recently and hadn't had chance to play with it until now... there are loads of different designs using the same layout, and I think I might need a few more lol.  I embossed plain black card, then rubbed on some silver gilding wax (love this stuff!), embossed a piece of white card and cut and layered the curved piece from that.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, the game controller is a stamp/ die from Clearly Besotted, the number dies are Crafter's Companion and the gold dome embellishments are Papermania.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Allsorts - be there or be square
Simon Says Wednesday - happy birthday
The Paper Girls - masculine birthday
Inspire.Create - masculine

Thanks for popping in, hope you're enjoying the weekend :o)

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Simply Moving Home - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

It's the Easter holidays at the moment and Pav's off this week too, so my blog's a bit on the quiet side unfortunately... it's nice to have some time with all the family around though.

I needed a quick 'new home' card, so I've used an image from the Simply Moving Home A4 sheet from Digi Stamp Boutique.


I wanted the paper piecing to have a sort of quirky fabric look (I probably saw something on Pinterest/ Instagram that put the idea in my head...), so I've used lots of paper scraps and cut slightly outside of the lines.  The border die is Lawn Fawn, sentiment stamp is Clearly Besotted, and I added a little twine bow and some Viva Pearl dots... I still think it maybe needs 'something' but I've no idea what!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Double D Challenges - twine
Daring Cardmakers - do something digi
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - clean & simple

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Everybody Art GDT - pink & green/ spring

Hello again :o)

I'm back with my 2nd post for today, this time with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'pink & green or spring'.


I've used a cute new fairy image from Digi Stamp Boutique... she's available HERE.  I coloured her with copics and added lots of Glamour Dust for sparkle on her wings and crown.  The paper is a scrap of a very old 12x12 Bo Bunny sheet, that I used because it has 'splodges' of green amid the pink... but then I seem to have covered most of the green bits up!  The sentiment is a clear stamp available from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE.  I added some Doodlebug enamel dots, and then because it didn't seem quite finished, I added a couple of punched butterflies too, with Doodlebug sequins.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Kreativeinkauf Challenge - fantasy figures
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - anything goes (must be DT project)
Crazy Challenge - shine on (use glitter)
Inkspirational Challenges - mythical

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Papercraft Challenges - bunnies for Easter

Good Morning :o)

I'm here with the first of two posts today, this one is for the new challenge at Papercraft Challenges, where our theme is 'bunnies for Easter'.  We're sponsored by Gerda Steiner, who kindly provided images for the DT to use.


I coloured these adorable bunnies with copics, the papers are Studio Light and the heart banner die is possibly from Simon Says Stamp, but I'm not completely sure about that!  Finished off with some twine from my stash.  I've left it without a sentiment for now, as I didn't really need another Easter card and general ones always come in handy.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cutie Pie - spring cuties
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - spring
Dragonfly Journeys - bunnies, chicks & ducks
Crafty Cardmakers - bunnies, chicks & eggs

Back later with my Everybody Art GDT card, thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Easter

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge this week over at Sweet Stampin' is 'Easter'... I don't tend to make many Easter cards, but always need one for my in-laws, so here's this year's card.


This cute little bunny (and the matching sentiment) is a clear stamp from Digi Stamp Boutique, available HERE.  I coloured it with copics, and paper pieced the smallest egg.  The stitched square, scalloped frame and flower dies are all MFT Die-namics, and the enamel dots are Doodlebug.  I'm running quite low on enamel dots now... any ideas where I can get them (or something similar?) online?  So many of my favourite craft shops have gone, I'm not sure where to shop at the moment!

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Animal Friends - Easter/ spring
Dies R Us - frame it
Hanna & Friends - Easter/ spring
Sweet Stampers - spring/ Easter
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional Easter
MAWTT - Easter

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 23 March 2018

Pop-Up Butterflies

I've hardly made anything this week as I've not been very well, but you know when there's an idea in your head that just has to get out?  This one's been rattling around for days but I didn't feel up to doing anything with it... finally finished it last night though.



The Lawn Fawn Pop-Up Butterfly die is a recent purchase that I didn't try hard enough to resist... you can find it HERE if you also neeeed it.  The inner dotted circle is an MFT die-namics die, although I wish I'd used a smaller size, so I'll try that too at some point.  The coloured pieces behind the pop-ups are scraps of core'dinations card, the gems are from my stash.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from THIS SET from Digi Stamp Boutique, heat embossed in detail white embossing powder on black card.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Southern Girls - die cuts
Incy Wincy - no more than 3 colours, excluding black & white
Pile It On - circles and/ or squares

Off to try and make something else... I'm so behind now!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Silhouette Flower set - Digi Stamp Boutique

Hello everyone :o)

I've made a quick card today, as I couldn't resist playing with some brand new images from Digi Stamp Boutique...


The Silhouette Flower set is available HERE and it's just gorgeous... I love silhouette images!  There are sentiments included, but I used one of the clear stamps from this set.  I tore a piece of paper (very unlike me!) from a Craftwork Cards pad, and rubbed gold gilding wax around the edges, added a couple of gold pearls to the flowers, and that's about it... super simple today!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Everybody Art GDT - anything goes

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with my Guest DT card for Everybody Art Challenge, where our theme is 'anything goes'.  I made a card for my mum for Mother's Day, using a cute image from Di's Digi Stamps.


I nearly always use something featuring daffodils, as when I was growing up Mum would say not to spend much, she was happy with a bunch of daffodils... so now I get daffs for the boys to give her, and get her something else from me.  I coloured the image with copics... I ran out of blender refill so the background isn't quite right, and then as soon as I put an order in for refills another pen ran out... grrr!  The papers are old ones from LOTV (now retired), frame die is a Grand Nestabilities, the heart wreath is Avery Elle and the flower/ leaves are MFT die-namics.  Sentiment stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE, and buttons and twine from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - girl power (something feminine)
Cutie Pie Challenge - spring cuties
Crafty Friends - for a special lady
As You Like It - single or multiple layers (I like layers of paper, one layer cards never feel completely finished to me, at least not when I make them!)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Sweet Stampin' - inspired by a song

Happy Saturday :o)

Our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'inspired by a song'... I'm no good at these types of challenge, I just go blank.  But I had this card to make, and realised it could work for the song 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'... which I suppose is cheating a bit!


I've used an image from Digi Stamp Boutique called Cocktail Imogen, coloured with copics.  THe papers are from an older First Edition pad, and the scalloped card base is cream (not a dodgy photo that should be white lol!).  The number dies are MFT die-namics, made sparkly with Nuvo clear sparkle pen.  The corner bow is Memory Box and the little corner die is Whimsy, the sparkly gold enamel dots are Doodlebug.  I do still need to add a personalised sentiment, but left that off for the photo.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional layer it up
Simon Says Wednesday - girl power
Fussy & Fancy - let's celebrate
Creatalicious - anything goes + optional girly

Hope all you mums have a lovely day tomorrow... hugs to all who find the day difficult xx I know how lucky I am to still have my mum - Father's Day is always a little bit sad for me no matter how much time goes by.

Thanks for popping in :o)

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Heart Bunny - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I've used one of the new clear stamps from Digi Stamp Boutique for today's card...


This one is Heart Bunny and I've coloured it with copics.  I added some doodled 'stripes' around the heart frame... not sure why, I just felt like it!  The mother's day sentiment stamp is available HERE and the Grandma stamp is from THIS SET.  The papers are from a Gorjuss Girl pack, most of the dies are MFT die-namics, apart from the larger circles which are from Craft Stash.  Sparkly gem from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - have a heart
Pile it On - circles
Crafty Animals - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday, 2 March 2018

Polkadoodles DT - anything goes

Hello everyone :o)

As usual over at Polkadoodles it's an 'anything goes' challenge, although the DT are all following a 'celebrations' theme.


I thought I'd make a birthday card, and used a gorgeous Horace and Boo image called Slurpy Ice Cream, coloured with copics.  The sentiment is from Work & Play Love & Kisses and the papers are from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles.  I wanted to keep this one quite simple, so I've just added some twill ribbon from my stash and a tiny pearl on the cat's flower.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cardz 4 Galz - furry friends
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes + a sentiment
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes

We've still got loads of snow, and it's starting to freeze now, and there's an ice cold wind too, which is fun... school was open though, so we've traipsed there and back, and now I'm tired and cold!  Not going anywhere tomorrow!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Pretty Flower Vase - Digi Stamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

I'm here with a card made for an order, using a gorgeous recent image from Digi Stamp Boutique.


The image is called Pretty Flower Vase and I coloured it with copics, with a bit of Nuvo clear sparkle pen on the flower centres.  The papers are Dovecraft, sentiment is a new clear stamp available HERE.  Buttons and ribbon from my stash, the heart wreath is an Avery Elle die and the stitched circle die is from this set.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - floral delight
Addicted to Stamps - have a heart
Fussy & Fancy - favourite colours (I have lots of favourites, but I love this colour combo)

So, do you have snow?  We've got loads and it's been snowing on and off all day... I decided to keep the kids off, and I'm so glad I did because Morgan's school closed within a couple of hours of opening and Dex's school sent messages out saying they were staying open but sending children home if parents could collect them.  I don't know why they open when it's as bad as it was today, it just creates confusion!  Not sure what'll happen tomorrow, but Dex was supposed to be dressing up for World Book Day and they've already sent messages saying that will be postponed to another day.  I knitted him a beard to go with his costume this morning (the things we do, eh?!), but I suppose he'll still get to wear it all eventually.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)