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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.

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:


and


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:



and


and


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:


and


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'

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge - No Designer Paper


Today's new challenge on the 'Cardz 4 Guyz' challenge blog was chosen by me and it's 'no patterned paper'.  You can find all the details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used an embossing folder to create my background.  I've also used a Dinkies stamp from Little Claire called 'Waggy Westie' which you can find here.

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

Crafty Catz - 'clean and simple'
Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - 'use an embossing folder'
Moving Along With the Times - 'add texture'

Monday, 15 September 2014

New Sparkles Challenge - Things With Wings


This is my card for the new Sparkles Challenge where our theme is 'things with wings'.  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

Our sponsor for this month is:



For my card I've used one of the new Christmas stamps from Little Claire called 'Snowflake Owl' which you can find here on their website.

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

Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - 'spots and stripes'
Natalie and Amy's Challenge Blog - 'things with wings'
One Sweet Challenge - 'the holidays are coming'
Stamping Sensations - 'things with wings'

New Cutie Pies Challenge - Cute With Shades of Autumn


Our new challenge today on the Cutie Pie Blog Challenge is 'cute with shades of autumn'.  For all the details 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:


For my card I've used a digi from Bugaboo called 'Brat - Autumn Pumpkin' - you can find it here on the Bugaboo website.  The swirl I've used is a Memory Box die. The sentiment is from the Imagine That 'Pilgrims' set which is here.

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

Craft Your Passion Challenges - 'it's harvest time'
Lexi's Creations - 'autumn colours'
Melonheadz Challenge - 'autumn colours challenge'
2 Cute Ink - 'fall'
Come and Get It Challenge - 'use a digi with an autumn challenge'
Simply Create Too - 'fall/autumn'
The East Wind Challenge - 'feel the fall'
Stampavie and More - 'autumn colours'
Creative Moments - 'anything goes/fall colours'

GDT Card for Love to Scrap - Anything Goes


This is the second of my GDT card for the Love to Scrap Challenge - the theme for the new challenge starting today is 'anything goes'.   A big thank you again to the team for inviting me to join you this month.

You can find all the details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.  The challenge is sponsored by:


For my card I've used 'Wintertime Buddies' from DRS Designs which you can find here and the 'In the Meadow' sentiment which you can find here.

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

Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Incy Wincy Designs - 'shaped cards'
Digi Designs Challenge Blog - 'add stripes or checks'
One Sweet Challenge - 'the holidays are coming'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra Reminder


There's still plenty of time left to enter this month's 'anything goes' challenge on Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  You can find all the details about the challenge here in the original post from the start of the month and see the mid-month inspiration from the Design Team here.

For my card I've used a digi stamp from Bugaboo called 'Chubby Snowman Scarf' which you can find here on the Bugaboo website.

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

Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
613 Avenue Create - 'anything goes'
Treasured Times Challenge - 'anything goes'
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - 'anything goes'

Sunday, 14 September 2014

New Glory of Christmas Challenge - Under the Mistletoe


There's a new challenge today on The Glory of Christmas Challenge Blog and our theme is 'under the mistletoe',  For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

As soon as I saw the challenge title, I knew which stamp I was going to use - this is 'Merry Kissmas' from Little Claire which is here on their website.  I've paper pieced the dogs' waistcoats.

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

Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Brown Sugar Challenge - 'celebrations'
Divas by Design - 'anything goes'
Craft Your Passion Challenges - 'going round in circles'
Scribble and Scrap Crafts - 'anything goes'
Crafting When We Can Challenge - 'Christmas comes early'

Saturday, 13 September 2014

New Little Claire Challenge - Birthdays


We've got a new challenge on the Little Claire blog today and our theme is 'birthdays'.  For details about the challenge and to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team, have a look here on the challenge blog.

There's a great prize on offer for the winner:


For my card I've used one of my favourite Little Claire stamps, the very cute 'Hedgehog in Squares' which you can find here on the Little Claire website.

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

Sweet Pea Stampers - 'all creatures great and small'
As You Like It Challenge - 'favourite rubber stamp' (it's cute and suitable for so many occasions plus you can split it into separate squares or leave it whole as I have)
Scribbles Designs Challenge - 'animal planet'
Through the Craft Room Door - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'spots and/or stripes'
Creative Knockouts - 'outdoors'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - 'anything goes'
Brown Sugar Challenge - 'celebrations'

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge - Non Card Project


This week on the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge Blog we are looking for 'non card projects'.  You can find all the details here on the blog.

Our sponsor for this week is:


For my project, I've made a Christmas Address Book.  The base is a kraft covered notebook which I bought recently in Home and Bargain.  I've added some papers and then used the very cute 'Polar Bear' which you can find here on the Bugaboo website.  The label I've used is computer generated.

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

Catch the Bug Challenge - 'anything goes'
Crafts 4 Eternity - 'favourite colour combination' (red, green and kraft/brown)
Sweet Pea Stampers - 'all creatures great and small'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - 'anything goes'
Passion for Promarkers - 'four legged friends'
Not Just Cards - 'anything goes'

Imagine That DT Inspiration Post


The card I'm sharing today was made using one of the new September digis from Imagine That.  This one is called 'Humphrey's Acorn' and you can find it here on the Imagine That website.

The set also includes a single acorn - I printed two side by side twice and used then on the small flaps at the bottom of my card.

There is more inspiration from the rest of the Imagine That design team here on the blog.

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

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - 'more than one fold'
4 Crafty Chicks - 'fancy folds'
Crafty Sentiments Designs - 'spots and/or stripes'
Passion for Promarkers - 'four legged friends'
Digi Choosday - 'monochromatic'

New Alphabet Challenge - P is for Pretty Petals


Our new challenge today on the Alphabet Challenge Blog is 'P is for Pretty Petals'.  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 this month's new digi stamps from Imagine That.  This one is called 'Humphrey's Sunflower' and you can find it here on the Imagine That website.  The sentiment I've used comes with the main image.

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

A Creative Romance - 'anything goes'
Simply Create Too - 'fall/autumn'
Sweet Pea Stampers - 'all creatures great and small'
Milk Coffee Challenge - 'colours of autumn'
Word Art Wednesdays - 'anything goes'
Passion for Promarkers - 'four legged friends'

New Sweet 7 Digital Designs Challenge - Anything Goes With a Colour Twist


A new challenge has started today on the Sweet 7 Digital Designs Challenge Blog and this time our theme is 'anything goes with a colour twist':


The winner gets to pick three items from the Sweet 7 Digital Designs store.

For all the details about the challenge, have a look here on the challenge blog.

For my card I've used the main image and one of the sentiments from the 'Airplane' set which is here on the Sweet 7 Digital Designs website.  The paper I've used is from a Lili of the Valley paper pad.

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

QKR Stampede - 'things with wings'
Crafty Catz Challenge - 'clean and simple'
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - 'for the men in our life'
Delightful Challenges - 'simple times'
Craft Your Passion Challenge - 'going round in circles'
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - 'things with wings'

Thursday, 11 September 2014

New CRAFT Challenge - Christmas


We've got a new challenge today on the CRAFT Challenge Blog and this week our theme is 'Christmas'.  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 Pickled Pot Pourri called 'Jingle Jolly' - you can find it here on their website.

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

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - 'Christmas critters'
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles - '12 months of Christmas link up'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Papertake Weekly - 'repeat, repeat, repeat' (backing paper)
A Random Fan - 'bright colours'
Cute Card Thursday - 'too cute'
Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog - 'make your mark' (Promarkers)
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog - 'a card for a child'

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New Penny's Challenge - Stitching, Real or Faux


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

Our sponsor for this week's challenge is:


For my card I've used a digi from Bugaboo called 'Fancy Umbrella 1' which you can find here on the Bugaboo website.

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

The Stamping Chef Challenge - 'anything goes'
Divas by Design - 'anything goes'
Crafty Sentiment Designs - 'spots and/or stripes'
Not Just Cards Challenge - 'anything goes'
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - 'anything goes'
Catch the Bug Challenge - 'anything goes'

Nutcrafters Challenge Reminder - B is for .....


Just a quick reminder that there's still time to enter the current challenge at Nutcrafters - our theme is 'B is for ....' and you can find all the details about the challenge here on the challenge blog.  There's some mid-challenge inspiration here.

For my card I've used one of the cute Christmas digis from Nutcrafters called 'Pudding Balloon'.  I've also used paper from the Dovecraft 'Krafty Christmas' paper pack which is available here from Little Claire.  In my case, B is for - balloon, brown and of course brandy sauce!

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

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles - '12 months of Christmas link up'
Completely Christmas - 'anything goes'
Crafting at the Weekend - 'anything goes'
Without Words Challenge - 'celebration'

WOYWW #275


I've been meaning to join in again with WOYWW for ages now so after having a big clean up in my craft room over the weekend, I thought I'd link up a couple of photos

Not too much going on in the photos this week as I'm still trying to keep them tidy but you can see all my essential bits and pieces - Promarkers, tape, ink pads etc.  And on the right hand side in the photo above you can see my new Sue Wilson bow die - one of my best purchases for a long time and perfect for someone like me who is 'ribbon challenged'!!


This second photo shows a bit more of the desk and you just seen one of the shelf units with all my stamps and on the other side my very expensive stamping mat - an old office supplies directory!

I promise next week there will be more going on!!

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