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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

It's All About The Girls at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Girly
We want you to create a feminine project or one featuring a girl.

We have two sponsors joining us for this challenge:
Art By Miran - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice
Lacy Sunshine - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice

Here are my inspiration projects:


For my first project I have used an image from Art By Miran called Beautiful Amy.  I coloured the image with promarkers before matting onto black card.  I did add some glitter to the stands from the lanterns but it is not showing up very well on the photo.  The backing paper is an old magazine freebie.  For embellishments I added some ribbon, a feather, a paper rose and some black dazzlers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Corrosive - Feminine
A Gem Of A Challenge - One for the girls
Disdigidesigns - Use ribbon/lace/twine
Sister Act - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Robyns Fetish - Use a digi
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
I Love Promarkers - ATG


My second project features a digi image from Lacy Sunshine which can be found here.  I coloured the image with promarkers before die cutting and layering onto some lilac card.  The background is an embossing folder.  I embossed on coredinations cardstock and then sanded back to reveal the brick pattern.  I added some ribbon around all four sides and some dazzlers for embellishments.  

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Melonheadz - Hand coloured image
Crafty Boots - Fair and square
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
Creative Moments - ATG
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Birthdays
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Use a sentiment
Glitter N Sparkle - Happy Birthday
Incy Wincy - Birthday Wishes
Crafty Cardmakers - No patterned paper
Papertake - Take your pick (colour and distressed)
Creative Inspirations - ATG

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your girly entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration projects from my talented teamies.


Monday, 24 August 2015

Anyone for Cake?

Hi Folks
Hope you all had a good weekend.  The new job is going really well and I think I am going to really enjoy it.  Just got to get used to the work patterns and getting myself organised at home.  I am getting there slowly and I am sure it will all fall into place.

Today I wanted to share a birthday card I made using a Woodware stamp.


The stamp set comes with the large CAKE stamp and the smaller sentiments.  I stamped the large stamp onto white card and then onto patterned paper.  This enabled me to paperpiece the C and K.  
The patterned paper was in my scraps box and the candle image is also from the stamp set.  I just stamped a row to make a border strip.  

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I really do appreciate all your comments.  Please accept my apologies if my commenting is a bit intermittent at the moment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Great Impressions - Add a sentiment
Crafty Girlz - ATG
Crafty Boots - Fair and square
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
Creative Moments - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Use a sentiment
Sweet Stampin - Spots and/or stripes
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Incy Wincy - Birthday wishes
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Who's for Wine

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  The new job seems to be going fine at the moment although I am doing lots of theory training at the moment.  Can't wait to get that finished and get started with job shadowing and getting involved.  I am training to be a support worker for people with learning disabilities, cerebral palsy etc.  This is totally different to my last office job but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Anyway, onto crafty matters.  Today is my turn to post a digi inspiration post over at Little Claire's Designs.  


For full details of how I created this just pop over to Little Claire's Designs.  Would love for you to leave a comment letting me know what you think.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin - Bottoms up
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Crafty Boots - Fair and square
OLLCB - One for the boys
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
Crafty Sentiments - ATG
Digi Choosday - For the men
TTCRD - ATG
Sassy Studio - For the boys

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges Anything Goes

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is a nice easy one for you
Anything Goes

We have 3 fab sponsors joining us this week:
Karleigh Sue - prize of a $10 gift certificate to their store
Cute As A Button - prize of 2 single digi images from their store
Digital Delights - prize of a $5 gift certificate to their store

Here are my two inspiration projects for this challenge:


I have used a cute image from Cute As A Button for this card which can be found here.  The image has been coloured with promarkers before adding some chunky glitter for the snow and some liquid pearls.  The paper is from my stash and I have had it for a couple of years.  Some fabric christmas trees and a sentiment finished the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CHNC Extra - ATG
Dragonfly Dreams - Things with wings
MAWTT - Snow in summertime
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Penguins/polar bears
Graph'It - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
CHNC - Something old (papers and trees)
Pile It On - Bright colours
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Crafty Girlz - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Crafty Sentiments - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Inky Impressions - Christmas
Crafting by Designs - Christmas


For this project I used a cute image from Karleigh Sue which can be found here.  The image was coloured with promarkers before being die cut.  I added some distress ink around the die to frame the image.  The papers are from my magazine freebies box and have been matted onto pink card.  For embellishments I added some ribbon, a bow, starburst die cut from Signature dies, some dazzlers and a sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cosmic Strawberry - Use sketch










Papertake - To die for
Paper Creators - Dies and/or punches
Whoopsi Daisy - Make it girly
Wags N Whiskers - Frame it
Cutie Pie - Cute and girly
Digi Choosday - Punches/dies
Little Miss Muffet - ATG
HIMCR - Die cuts
Allsorts - Favourite colour (purple)
Corrosive - Feminine
A Gem Of A Challenge - One for the girls
Disdigidesigns - Ribbon/lace/twine
Melonheadz - Hand coloured image

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Personal Impressions Inspiration

Hi Folks
Today is my turn to post an inspiration project for you over on the Personal Impressions blog.  But you kow the rules lol.  You only get a sneak look at the project here.


For full details of how I created this project just pop over to the Personal Impressions blog.  Would love for you to leave me a comment over there letting me know what you think.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Happy Birthday Mate!!

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and had a good weekend.  I am a bit nervous but excited as I start my new job tomorrow.  It is a total change of career from my last job but looking forward to the challenge.  Wish me luck as I think I will need it.  I will let you know more in a few days.

Today I thought I would share a card that I made for one of my daughter's friends children.  I made it last year but never got round to posting it.


The image is from a Lily of the Valley art pad.  These do make for super quick cards and the images are gorgeous.  I simply matted onto some light blue card and added some faux stitching.  The backing paper are from a K & Co paper pad and I added some ribbon across the centre and a couple of gems.  A sentiment finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - ATG
Cute Card Thursday - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Simply Create Too - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
That Craft Place - Blue
Disdigidesigns - Use ribbon/lace/twine
Crafty Girlz - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Crafty Boots - Fair and square
OLLCB - One for the boys
Artistic Inspirations - ATG

Sunday, 16 August 2015

It's Sketch Time at Crafting Musketeers

Hi Folks
Hope you are having a good weekend.  We went out for a meal last night to a local thai restaurant followed by a few drinks with friends.  Had a really good time but feeling a bit delicate this morning.  
Today I would like to share some inspiration for our current challenge at Crafting Musketeers.  Our theme for this month is to:
Use a sketch
We have provided a sketch and would like you to create a project using that sketch.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Delicious Doodles.

Here is my inspiration project.


I used a freebie Hunkydory kit that I got with a magazine many months ago.  I added some ribbon, flowers and pearls from my stash.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing your entries to the challenge.  Just pop over to Crafting Musketeers for full challenge details.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations - Flowers
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - ATG
Dragonfly Dreams - Things with wings
Top Tip Tuesday - Ribbon and pearls
Creative Moments - ATG
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Frame it
The Paper Shelter - Lace/ribbon
As You Like It - Favourite 2 embellishments (love ribbon and pearls as I find it adds interest and that touch of elegance)
Sister Act - ATG
Simply Create Too - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Corrosive - Feminine
Crafty Girlz - ATG

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Penguin Hugs

Hi Folks
Welcome to my little corner of blogland.  Hope you are all looking forward to your weekend.  We are going out for a meal tonight but nothing else planned.  Might sneak some crafty time in tomorrow though.

Today sees the start of a new stamping challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Christmas in August

So lets see all those fabulous stamped creations.  Here is my inspiration project using a cute stamp called Penguin Hugs which can be found here.


The image was stamped using Memento ink and then coloured using my promarkers.  Added a stamped sentiment to the bottom along with some christmas ribbon before adding some faux stitching around the edge.  The matting has been done onto black card and mirror card.  I added a few pieces of christmas card candi to embellish.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing your entries to the challenge.  Just pop over to Little Claire's Designs for full challenge details.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CHNC Extra - ATG
Great Impressions - Add a sentiment
Wags N Whiskers - Frame it
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Frame it
Patties Creations - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Fab N Funky - Things with wings
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Penguins/Polar bears
CRAFT - Christmas Animals
Cute Card Thursday - ATG
Graph'It - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Simply Create Too - ATG

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Personal Impressions Inspiration

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and getting through the week.  Had lunch out yesterday with my daughter for her birthday.  Went to a local tea room and had toasted sandwiches and yummy home made cake for dessert.  A lovely treat and really enjoyed it.

Today is my turn to post an inspiration project for you over on the Personal Impressions blog.  But you know the rules lol.  You only get a sneak look at the project here.


For full details of how I created my project just pop over to Personal Impressions blog.  Would love for you to leave me a comment there letting me know what you think.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
This is a scheduled post as it is my youngest daughter's birthday today and we will hopefully be out for lunch when this goes live.  She is 24 today.  Really makes me feel old lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme this week is a nice easy one for you.
Anything Goes
You can enter any type of project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme.

We have 3 sponsors joining us for this challenge:
Oddball Art - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice
Lemon Shortbread - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice
Di's Digi Stamps - prize of a $12 gift certificate

Here are my inspiration projects for you.


This first project features a digi image from Oddball Art.  I coloured the image with promarkers before matting onto some cardstock.  The paper is from a First Edition paper pad.  I finished the project with a crotchet flower, crotchet butterfly and some buttons.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore - ATG
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - ATG
Dream Valley - Stripes or checks
Not Just Cards - ATG
Whoopsi Daisy - Make it girly
Creative Moments - ATG
Sassy Studio - ATG
Patties Creations - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
The Ribbon Girl - ATG with an image


My second project features a digi image from Lemon Shortbread.  I kept this very simple by just colouring the image with promarkers and matting onto some gold glitter card and black card.  I added a bow detail, some faux stitching and some glitter to the tree branches.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Animals or birds
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG
CHNC Extra - ATG
Dragonfly Dreams - Things with wings
QKR Stampede - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Brown Sugar - ATG
Sweet Stampin - Anything but birthday
Pile It On - Summer or winter
Robyns Fetish - Things with wings
Come and Get It - Feature a creature
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
TTCRD - ATG

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries into the challenge.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration projects from my talented teamies.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Personal Impressions Inspiration

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and had a good weekend.  I am still waiting to start my new job so making the most of my time at home catching up on some jobs.  Hopefully should start in the next couple of weeks.

Today is my turn to post an inspiration project for you over on the Personal Impressions blog.  But you know the rules lol.  You only get a sneak look at the project here.


Full details of how I created my project can be found over on the Personal Impressions blog.  Would love for you to pop over and leave me a comment there.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Special Wedding Wishes

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and looking forward to your weekend.  We are off to a barbecue tomorrow so hope the weather is kind to us.  

Today I thought I would share the wedding card that  I made for my youngest daughter to give to her sister.  


I decided to use the colour scheme of the wedding for this card.  Lots of die cutting and embossing.  As I wanted it be personal I composed the sentiment on my computer before printing out onto white card. My daughter and her husband loved it.  

Thanks for popping by and for all the lovely comments you leave me.  It is much appreciated.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - ATG
Scrap & Craft - Wedding
Simply Create Too - ATG
Paper Creator - Dies and/or punches
Crafts Galore Encore - ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Not Just Cards - ATG
Unstampabelles - White on white
The Ribbon Girl - Add ribbon
Papertake - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Brown Sugar - ATG

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Back again for my second post of the day.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
For a child or featuring a child
You can enter any project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme.

We have two great sponsors joining us this week:
Inky Impressions - prize of a $10 gift certificate
Paper Creator - prize of £10 store credit

Here is my inspiration project using a great image from Paper Creator.


The image comes pre coloured which does make for a quick and easy card.  The backing paper is from my stash and I overstamped with a football stamp.  A sentiment and a bit of ribbon finished the card.  Wanted to keep it clean and simple as it is intended for a male.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super creations from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
OSAAT - ATG with children
Crafts 4 Eternity - ATG
Simply Create Too - ATG
Sister Act - ATG
Crafts Galore Encore - ATG
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
Not Just Cards - ATG
The Ribbon Girl - Add ribbon
Papertake - ATG
TTCRD - ATG

Favourite Colour Combo at Little Claire Digi Challenge

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.

Today sees the start of a new digi challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Favourite Colour Combo
You can enter any creation you like but please follow the theme and use a digi on your project.

Here is my inspiration project using a cute digi image called Flowerpot Bow which can be found here.


I decided to make a ittle tag this time around.  I love the colour purple and think it contrasts well against kraft card.  I coloured the image lightly using my promarkers.  For embellishments I added a bit of gauze and a flower and stamens.  

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries to the challenge.  Just pop over to Little Claire's Designs for full challenge details.  The winner will receive some free digi images of their choice from Little Claire.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by today and hope you are all well.  Had a great time on Sunday at our local raft race.  Will hopefully get a few pics posted later on in the week for you.

Today is my turn to post an inspiration project for you over on the Personal Impressions blog.  But you know the rules lol.  You only get a sneak look at the project here.  


To see the full project and a step by step of how I created it just pop over to Personal Impressions and take a look.  Would love for you to leave me a comment over there and let me know what you think.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

It's Movie Time at Crafty Friends Challenges

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Friends.  This is my project for them as part of the Design Team.  Our theme for this challenge is:
Movie Week
Just enter a creation that is based on a movie.  Don't forget to tell us the name of the movie.

Here is my inspiration project using a couple of images from one of our sponsors - Sparkle N Sprinkle.


The images are pre coloured so this made for quick and easy card.  The sentiment is also from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I matted the images and sentiment onto blue cardstock.  Some patterned paper from my stash and some ribbon and gems finished the card.
The movie title I have chosen is Happy Feet.  Such a great film.

Now we have two sponsors joining us for this challenge:


Prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice


Prize of any digis of the winners choice up to the value of $15

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Crafty Friends for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super creations from my talented teamies.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and looking forward to your weekend.  Our town is holding it's annual Raft Race this Sunday.  It is a great event where teams are encouraged to build their own rafts and paddle down the river through the town.  Lots of side stalls and entertainment is provided too.  Hopefully the weather will be kind to us when we sit on the river bank on Sunday with our refreshments.  I think a few nibbles and a glass of prosecco will go down nicely lol.

Anyway, onto crafty matters.  Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  This will be an extended challenge and will last until the 27th August. 
Our theme for this challenge is:
Christmas Carols/Christmas Songs

Here is my inspiration project and I have chosen the song 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'.


The image is from a Lily Of The Valley Art Pad.  I matted it onto red cardstock.  The background has been embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  Some Ho Ho Ho ribbon along the bottom and some punched snowflakes finished the card.

I am looking forward to seeing all your entries to the challenge.  Just pop over to Winter Wonderland for full challenge details.  We have four sponsors for this challenge offering some great prizes so you don't want to miss out.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots - Christmas
OLLCB - Christmas
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
Fab N Funky - No patterned paper
Crafting for all Seasons - Christmas
CHNC - Ho, ho, ho
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Robyns Fetish - Christmas
Eureka Stamps - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Crafting by Designs - ATG
4 Crafty Chicks - ATG
Crimbo Crackers - Santa
Brown Sugar - Animals
Crafts 4 Eternity - ATG
Simply Create Too - ATG

Personal Impressions Blog Hop

Good Morning

Today we are taking part in our first Personal Impressions blog hop.



Here is my project!


My project has been made using products from our Craftexcess website!

 A simple card and the only additions from my stash were the ribbon, pearls and die cut heart.


1st Prize is £40 voucher
2nd Prize is £25 Voucher
3rd Prize is £15 Voucher

To be in with the chance of winning one of these prizes you need to complete the following:

1. Follow the Personal Impressions blog
2. Comment on all the sample makers blogs
3. Like Craftexcess page on Facebook
4. Leave a comment here too!

There will be 3 prizes to give to 3 lucky commenter's
Two of the prizes will be picked from 2 of the sample makers blog so be sure to comment on all the blogs.

Below is the blog hop list to follow, we hope you enjoy!

Mags - you are here


The Blog Hop will finish on Friday 7th August and the winner will be announced on Monday 10th August on the CraftExcess Facebook page.
Happy Blog Hopping!


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Like A Bat Out Of Hell....

Hi Folks
Thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes on my post yesterday.  Very nervous to be starting a new job soon as it is totally different to anything I have done before.  But I am up for a challenge and looking forward to it too.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Use ribbon or twine

We have two lovely sponsors joining us this week:
Dr Digi - prize of 2 digi images to the winner
Little Blue Button Stamps - prize of a $10 gift certificate

Here is my inspiration project using a super image from Dr Digi.


When I saw this image I knew I had to use it as the song is from Meat Loaf - Like a Bat Out Of Hell.  I love Meat Loaf and have seen him 6 times in concert.  He never disappoints and would go to see him again in a flash.  Anyway, let's get back to my card.  I coloured the image using my promarkers and mounted onto kraft card.  The dotty paper is a freebie from a magazine.  I used ribbon across the front of the card together with a ribbon bow.  Some dazzlers and a couple of sentiments finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries this week.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super creations from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft-Dee Bowz - ATG
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
A Gem of a Challenge - Birthday
Disdigidesigns - Hand coloured image
The Paper Shelter - ATG
Crafts 4 Eternity - Music
Sister Act - ATG
Brown Sugar - ATG
613 Avenue Create - ATG
Eureka Stamps - ATG
Craft Your Passion - ATG
Crafting from the Heart - ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Crafting by Designs - ATG

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Happy Birthday

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by today and hope you are all well.  I went for a job interview yesterday and was offered the job there and then.  Not sure when I start yet as they need to sort out references etc but looking forward to a new challenge.  Will have to get myself sorted into some sort of routine now lol.

Today I thought I would share a quick and easy birthday card that will suit both male and female recipients.


I used a large Happy Birthday stamp from Woodware for this card.  I stamped the image several times onto different patterned paper and then pieced together the letters.  The backing paper is mounted onto black card.  No further embellishments added apart from some faux stitching.  Of course you could jazz it up with buttons, flowers etc if you wished.

Would love to know what you think.  I do appreciate all the comments and support you give me.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
Craftyhazlenut's Patterned Paper - ATG
Not Just Cards - ATG
Artistic Inspirations - ATG
That Craft Place - Words
Creative Moments - ATG
Creative Knockouts - Paper piecing
Sister Act - ATG
Brown Sugar - ATG