Wednesday, 23 November 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge X for Criss-Cross

Hi Crafters,

A fun challenge this week at ABC Christmas Challenge where it is up to you to interpret the meaning of 'X' is for Criss-Cross. 
It could be a cross-over card like I have created here or criss-cross papers such as the check pattern below or even criss crossing strips of papers in a woven pattern, it's up to you.

This is the first time that I have created a cross-over card. I have always admired them on others blogs so this was the perfect challenge to have a go at one.
Mine has a gusset to allow for the insert to slip in and out more easily.

...and here's a pic of the insert.
There's room to write your message on the back of the insert.

Papers - First Edition Christmas Wishes
Wood Grain Paper
Nellie Snellen Christmas Star Pattern Frame Die
Sentiment Stamp - Magazine Freebie
Poinsettias & Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts
Tag - My Minds Eye
Stampin' Up Tab Punch

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Try It On Tuesday - Layer It Up
Holly Jolly Christmas - #85 Ribbons & lace
Creative Inspirations - #262 Frosted Florals
Winter Wonderland - Poinsettias/Snow is Falling
Crafty Catz - #347 ATG + Use Red
Fussy & Fancy - #177 Different Folds and Shaped Cards
Noor Design - #24 Winter
Craft-Dee BowZ - November Challenge
CHNC Extra - November Challenge

Our sponsor this time is
Who are offering a $10 Gift Certificate to the winner.

We'd love to see how you interpret the 'X' is for Criss-Cross theme. Take a peek at the marvelous makes from the rest of the Design Team HERE.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #373 - Three Favourite Colours

Hi Crafters,

How is everyone?
I hope you are all well and thank you for visiting.

It's Tuesday so that must mean a new challenge at Passion for Promarkers

3 Favourite Colours

Now I have many favourite colour combos but BLUE - BROWN - WHITE are at the top of my list so here is my inspiration card using these colours.

Image - Tiddly Inks Reindeer (Newsletter Freebie)
Medium - Promarkers
Memory Box Modern Landscape Border Die
Paper Smooches Wavy Border Die
Glitter card
Waltzingmouse Sentiment Stamp

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Addicted To Stamps - #136 Die Cuts / Punches
The Ribbon Girl - Use Any Image
Deep Ocean - #142 Inspired by a Song/Movie (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
I Love Promarkers - #322 No Patterned Papers
Cute Card Thursday - #452 Christmas/Holidays
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #390 Christmas
Brown Sugar - #225 ATG
The Cutie Pie Challenge - #105 Cute + No Designer Papers
Crafty Girlz - #21 ATG
CHNC Every Saturday - #308 Cute/ ATG Christmas
Sweet Stampers - #1 Christmas

Our prize this week is a set of 12 Neutral Winsor Newton (Letraset) Markers for the lucky winner.

I'm looking forward to seeing what your favourite 3 colours are, so pop along to the challenge BLOG and join in with us.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

As You Like It Challenge #93 - Favourite Christmas Colours and WHY

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are getting ahead with your Christmas card making, if not then why not join in with our challenge at As You Like It with our theme of

and WHY

This was a difficult choice for me. I love alternative colours for Christmas like Pink and White or Blue and Lilac but the traditional colours of Red Gold and Green just called out to me for this sweet image, so here's Bert's Christmas, isn't he adorable?

Image - Bert Christmas - DigiStamp Boutique
Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Trimcraft - Santa's Workshop
Sentiment Stamp - Dreamees Stamp Set
Jus-Cutz Scallop Square Die
Spellbinders Scallop Circle Die
Gold Embossing Powder
White and Sparkle Glitter Mix

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fussy & Fancy - #176 Ice/Snow with lots of texture and sparkle
Allsorts - #389 Feature a Creature
Unicorn Challenge - #15 Snow/Snowflakes
DigiStamp Boutique - November Challenge
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything (Christmas) Goes
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Greetings
Sweet Stampers - #1 Christmas
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - #214 ATG
Fab 'n' Funky - #327 Digi Girls or Hats
Crafty Creations - #328 Animals
Double 'D' Challenges - Traditional Christmas Colours

Phew, that's quite a few challenges, I don't usually enter that many but there are lots of Christmas themed ones about right now of course.

For more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team please take a look at the challenge site HERE.
You could win a £10 voucher from our sponsor if you are the lucky winner.

Good Luck!

See you soon,


Monday, 14 November 2016

Birthday Selection

Hi Crafters,

As it was Hubby's Birthday yesterday I have a few of his cards to share with you that I had created for family members to give to him.
All are centred around his hobbies and interests.

Firstly I'd like to thank Sylvie for her inspirational card HERE that set the ideas rolling for my card.
As hubby is an avid this one seemed appropriate.

...a rear view using a 'Craftfairy' Stamp...

I love how these types of cards fold flat and fit in to a 6 x 6 inch envelope too.

Spellbinders Pop-Up Box Card Die
Wood Grain Embossing Folder
Distress Inks
Tattered Lace 'Happy Birthday' Die
Lea'bilities Tools Die Set
Xcut Cogs Dies
Screw Brads

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Deep Ocean - #141 Use Die Cuts/Punches
Cute Card Thursday - #451 Add Something Metallic


This next card was depicting his tropical fish tank.

This was made as a shaker card and filled with sequins and tiny glass beads.

Joy Craft Foliage Dies
Gold speciality papers for the sandy/pebble bed
Computer Generated Sentiment

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Aud Sentiments - #168 ATG + Sentiment


Another one of his hobbies are Motorbikes, preferably classic models.

Creative Crafts Topper
Joanna Sheen Motorbike Die
Craft Essentials Corner Die
Embossalicious Embossing Folders

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Cardmakers - #177 Embossing Heat/Dry


...and lastly his interest in gardening...

Hunkydory Topper
Lea'bilities Wheel Barrow, Watering Can and Grass Dies
Spellbinders Banner Die

Challenges I'd like to enter:

Well I hope you liked my selection of cards, Hubby was pleased with them, that's the main thing and he had a lovely Birthday too.

See yo again later in the week.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas Card Club Challenge #23 - Reindeer

Hi Crafters,

This week it was my turn to choose the theme for our friendly Christmas Card Club challenge and as you can see I went with ...

EK Success Reindeer Punch
Mama Elephant Tags-a-lot dies
Xcut Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Paper - Docrafts Christmas Pack

I made a set of tags with this same design recently and thought one would look good on a card.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab 'n' Funky - #326 Get Krafty
Crafty Creations - #328 Animals
Aud Sentiments - #168 ATG +Sentiment
Brown Sugar - #224 ATG
CHNC Challenge Extra - November ATG Christmas
Allsorts - #389 Feature a Creature

Thanks for visiting, please pop over to the other ladies in the team and see their beautiful creations.
A list of their blogs is in the tab at the top of my page.

See you soon,


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Ruby Red Anniversary

Hi Crafters,

I'm glad it's the weekend, aren't you?
Each week I think 'this was a busy one' but then the next week proves to be even busier! I guess this is the pattern for the run up to Christmas as I try and get my cards made for orders, craft fairs and of course, my own cards to send out to family and friends. Even though last year I found it a struggle to get enough made for my own use I refuse to buy any and so will be up into the small hours beavering away in my craft room :)

Anyhow that's enough of my little crisis, lets get down to business.
I'd like to join in the challenge at Moving Along with the Times, their theme this week is 'Dies - Numbers or Letters.

Dies - Tonic First Dance & Deco Numbers
Spellbinders Pierced Heart Die & Embossing Folder
Organza Ribbon
Heart Brad

This is such a lovely die set to use with the three panels that can be left in the card or cut out completely as I have here.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Moving Along with the Times - #33 Dies - Numbers or Letters
Deep Ocean - #141 Use Die Cuts/Punches
Crafty Catz - #346 ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz - November - ATG +Bow

Well that's all from me today, I'll be back again tomorrow with my Christmas Club Card to share with you.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Oldie For Friday

Hi Crafters,

I've finally managed the time to find an image of an older card which means I can join in with Erika and her 'oldie' challenge for Friday.
Anyone can link up an older creation just for fun. It is great to look back and see how our creativity has changed over the years.

Stamp - Magenta Christmas Silhouette
Distress Ink used as water-colour wash
Black Embossing Powder

This is a great stamp set for quick cards, I have had it for years, each one can be used on their own or joined together to create this square panel.

It has been a sunny but cold day here today which was quite pleasant after the rain of late but I think it's set to change over night - oh well, can't win them all.

See you soon,


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Wishes

Hi Crafters,

We're almost at the end of the alphabet with our challenge at ABC Christmas.
Today it is the turn of the letter 'W' for Wishes.
Christmas Wishes of course.

Stamped Background - Inky Doodles
Coloured with Promarkers and then Glossy Accents added
Sentiment Stamp - Christmas Peace
Antique Linen & Evergreen Bough Distress Ink for edges

This was a quick and simple card but I hope you'll agree, quite bold and effective.
It is a little smaller than I would normally make being only A6 in size.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #321  Distress those Edges
Not Just Cards - #37 ATG
Penny Black & More - November - ATG Christmas
Delicious Doodles - #18 Christmas, Non-Traditional
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Greetings
CHNC Every Saturday - #306 Vintage/ATG Christmas
CHNC Challenge Extra - November Challenge

Our sponsor this week is

The lucky winner will win this gorgeous die called Winter Bouquet

I'm sure you can come up with some fabulous entries for this challenge, looking forward to seeing them all.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #371 Cute Animals

Hi Crafters,

Today marks the start of a new challenge at Passion for Promarkers.

Using your Letraset/Winsor Newton Markers we want to see projects using...


Image - Teeny Penguin - DigiStamp Boutique
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Sentiment Stamp - LOTV Christmas Wishes Set 75
Glitter Card
Paper Smooches Stitched Wavy Border Dies
Snowflake Charm

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Fab 'n' Funky - #325 Animals
MAWTT - #32 Cute Animals
Crafty Catz - #345 ATG + Add Snowflakes
Fussy & Fancy - #176 Ice/Snow with lots of Texture/Sparkle
Unicorn Challenge - #15 Snow/Snowflakes
DigiStamp Boutique - November Challenge
Noor Designs - #24 Winter
Sweet Stamping Christmas - Glitter & Sparkle
The Ribbon Girl - November Card Challenge

Our sponsor, DigiStamp Boutique is offering a £10 voucher to the lucky winner.

Thanks for visiting today and joining in with the challenge.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

613 Avenue Create Challenge for November - Anything Goes

Hi Crafters,

It's time to introduce a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create.
We have an easy 'Anything Goes' theme this month so look forward to seeing your fabulous creations.
I have used a pre-coloured set from one of our sponsors, Doodle Pantry, called Cowboy Gear.

Images & Papers - Cowboy Gear - Doodle Pantry

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Brown Sugar - #223 ATG
Creative Fingers - #119 ATG
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Movember - One for the Men

There are many sponsors for this month with some wonderful prizes for the winners, to see a list of them please pop over to the blog HERE.
Good luck and see you soon,


Thursday, 3 November 2016

As You Like It Challenge #92 - Your Favourite, Teddy Bears or Fairies

Hi Crafters,

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using your favourite Teddies or Fairies and Why.

I love both but I have always been drawn to magical, fantasy images and I adore anything fairy-like. Wouldn't it be lovely if these beautiful little beings lived in my garden.

Silhouette Fairy Image - Lavinia Stamps
Distress Inks - Black Soot, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade.
Foliage Stamps - Sheena Douglas
Perfect Pearls Shimmer Spray

Challenges I'd like to enter:
One Crazy Stamper - November Challenge - Fall/Winter Fun
Country View Challenges - Stars
Crafting From The Heart - #134 ATG

I'm sure you all have your favourites between our two theme subjects and we look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge. 

Our sponsor is
who are offering a £15 Voucher for their shop.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Christmas Belle

Hi Crafters,

I am honoured to be a Guest Designer this month at Cute as a Button challenge blog.
It's an Anything Goes theme so come along and join in.

Here's my card using 'Christmas Belle'

Image - Christmas Belle - Cute as a Button Designs
Medium - Pro/flexmarkers
Papers - MME Snowed In Paper Pad
Dreamees Sentiment Stamp (heat embossed)
Impression Obsession Snowflake Die
Glamour Dust

As usual the glamour dust isn't showing up on her hat and pom-poms but I can assure you there's plenty on there.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland - Frosty / Well Wrapped Up
Aud Sentiments - #167 Cute + Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #344 ATG + Die Cuts / Punches
Art By Myran - #70 ATG
Allsorts - #387 Let's Make a Start on Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - #176 Explosion of Colour
Sketch Saturday - #436 Pick a Sketch

Thanks for visiting today,
See you soon,