Saturday, 1 October 2016

Welcome to challenge Saturday

Hi there peeps,

The weekend has rolled around again - got something nice to look forward to? I know I do so .. I hope for the same for you all.

Anyhoo, by way of a thank you for the hospitality of friends recently I made the card and gift tag below....

My card
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
The inside of my card and the front of my envelope
My co-ordinating gift tag ... guess what my thank you gift was??!?!!??!
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 and 9½cm square plus snippets for the gift tag, image panel and sentiment
  • Snippet of black card, for matting on the gift tag
  • Deep red DCWV 8" x 8" linen effect card which I used to mat the image panel on both the card and gift tag - I love it when there's so little waste!
  • Sadly, I've had both the image and sentiment (both unmounted rubber) that I don't recall who the manufacturer is ... but they were both stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Deep red organza ribbon - for the gift tag
  • 2½" circle punch and crop-a-dile - for punching the holes in the gift tag
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 445 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  2. Morgans ArtWorld - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. DL Art - October challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Thanks so much for your hospitality, M&B, much appreciated ... they took us out to lunch on Wednesday, to a rather smashing brewery ... splendid place and lovely food, such a shame we caught them on such a bad day with the service. If you are ever in the area I recommend you visit but suggest you make your beer selection before taking a seat for lunch or dinner, we'd happily go again but with that proviso!

It was in an old mill
What a fabulous bar
Just a small selection of craft beers then?!??!
I tried the one on the extreme right - very tasty, I'd have that again!
Our dear friends Barry and Mary
And now, since it's Saturday, you may well have swung by to check out my usual Saturday challenge makes ..

My card
And a close up which hopefully will show more detail of the
stamps and colours used
The front and back of my card and the reverse of my envelope
The front of my envelope and inside of my card
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9cm square
  • Two panels of lilac card cut to 9.4cm square
  • Snippets of card in white, lilac and turquoise for the image and sentiment panels
  • Kaisercraft "mini grid" and "crackle" images stamped using the closest ink I had to turquoise which turned out to be Memento Bahama blue - sorry ladies!
  • Kaisercraft "mini dots" and Dimension "faux brick" images stamped using Brilliance  pearlescent purple ... which is actually pretty lavender-y!
  • Penny Black Iris image and The Cats Pyjamas sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal stickles used to highlight the bloom



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 296 - COLOUR CHALLENGE ... TURQUOISE and LILAC
  2. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 218 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Aloha Friday - challenge No. 81 - BIRTHDAY

Now I'll close by wishing two friends (Sue and Karen) a very


And our dear pals Sally and  Roger, a very 



Friday, 30 September 2016

Welcome to the start of the weekend, with the Friday Funny!

Morning all,

With Christmas less than 13 weeks away I seem to have gone in to overdrive with making Christmas cards which is good news for me but perhaps I should apologise to those of you who may be fed up of seeing them ... More bad news, here comes another!


My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • One red card panel cut to 9½cm square
  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy Bird and Crazy accessory stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers used to colour images before using the co-ordinating die cuts ... sooo much easier than fussy cutting myself!!!
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink ... I picked this sentiment because of the flourish to the "T" as it was simply THE perfect snowy perch for my crazy bird!
  • Stardust stickles to highlight




I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) - Rudolph Day challenge - FESTIVE BIRDS
  2. Dragonfly Journeys - challenge No. 75 - SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER
  3. Incy Wincy Designs - September 19th challenge - THINGS THAT FLY
  4. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 313 - FALL FEATHERS
  5. Just add ink - challenge No. 331 - JUST ADD WINGS ... 2nd entry, or 1st if my previous didn't qualify

I've been in Blackpool this week .... visiting friends and, since it's "Illuminations" season - we simply HAD to take a drive along the prom!



You can see the tower ballroom in the background

Love this decorated tram!



There are a few more pix but I've saved them for tomorrow as I thought that it would be too many in one post!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Jan - thanks mate, feeling pretty safe myself now too!




Have a fab weekend everyone

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Welcome to WOYWW

Morning peeps,

Hope your week is coming along pretty good, mine certainly is, I've had time to craft, caught up with some friends - all good! This post's a bit heavy on the Christmas cards but .... I hope you will like the makes featured. I picked up a set of Woodware stamps and got cracking - it was one of those days when everything conspired against me and card #1 ended up in the bin!! Eventually I succeeded (IMHO) and I used the sentiment and border from the Woodware set but not the tree I  had originally intended to! Don't you find that life's like that sometimes?

My card
The front and back of my card and the back of my envelope
The inside of my card and the front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • Navy card cut to 9½cm square
  • Woodware border image stamped around outer edges using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Inkadinkado snowflake stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • White gel pen used to doodle a border on to the navy matting layer
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight border and snowflake




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 331 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Make my Monday - challenge No. 31 - NO PATTERNED PAPER
  3. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 268 - ANY HOLIDAY

And, since I'm on a bit of a Christmas roll .. so here's mark II or (in view of the disaster) is it mark III?


My card
And a close up of my embroidering partridge
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • Red card cut to 9½cm square
  • Penny Black image and sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink ..... all of the images in this set are soooo cute - you can expect to see more over the remaining time between now and Christmas!!! Don't say you weren't warned!
  • Hero Arts sentiment (for insert and envelope) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • White gelly roll and Faber Castell black Pitt pen used to doodle a border
  • Plaid dimensional gloss (for glasses) and stardust stickles to highlight




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 295 - RECIPE WEEK .... USE THREAD (my partridge is embroidering!!!) - 2nd entry
  2. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) Rudolph Day challenge - FESTIVE BIRDS ... thankfully there IS such a thing as a grey partridge!!!!
  3. Weekly Christmas card challenge - challenge No. 42 - ANYTHING ( Christmas) GOES
  4. Incy Wincy Designs - September 19th challenge - THINGS THAT FLY
  5. Just add ink - challenge No. 331 - JUST ADD WINGS

And now for a pic of my work desk this week ....






Monday, 26 September 2016

Morning and welcome to the start of another week ...

Morning peeps,

Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was quite creative on the Christmas card front! I am LOVING these little 10cm square cards and have another to share with you this morning. A pal set a challenge of "festive birds" and I couldn't resist cracking the seal on my Sparkle 'n Sprinkle set once more after all, it's been a while .....

My card
And a closer view of the doodled borders and "snowflakes"
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
The inside of my card and front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, white,250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • One piece of red card cut to 9½cm square
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle crows stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens in black and red to add a touch of colour and twinkle
  • My Favourite Things "snowflakes" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black
  • White gel pen used to doodle border on red matting layer
  • Black Faber Castell pitt pen used to doodle border on white image panel and insert
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the stars, pom poms and "snow"


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) - Rudolph Day Challenge - FESTIVE BIRDS
  2. Weekly Christmas card challenge - challenge No. 42 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Dragonfly journey - challenge No. 75 - SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHER (or, in this case 5 sets of tail feathers!!)
  4. Lil Patch of crafty friends - challenge No. 42 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Take a word challenge - September 25th challenge - HEADGEAR .. crows in hats - CHECK!

Have a great week all


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Welcome to the last Sunday in September!!! AND it's Rudolph Day too

Morning all

As the title says .. it's the last Sunday in September and it's 13 (SHORT) weeks till Christmas - YIKES! If that is sending you in to a tail spin about Christmas then you may be glad to hear that there are two more Rudolph Days to assist you with your 2016 Christmas card quota!! I've a Christmas card to share with you today myself ....

My card
The reverse of my envelope and inside of my card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½cm square
  • Two pieces of red card cut to 9.9cm square
  • Snippets of card in white, black and red, for my image and matting
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers and Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens to colour
  • White grosgrain ribbon coloured using a red Pro Marker
  • Star buckle brad .. I cannot even remember the last time I used a brad of any description - YAY! Destashing!!!!
  • White gel pen to doodle a decorative border on the black mat
  • Stardust stickles to embellish



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - September Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 248 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 300 - USE A SENTIMENT (Believe - check!)
  4. My Sheri Crafts - challenge No. 191 - CHRISTMAS