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Monday, 24 April 2017

'Get Well Wishes' at Ooh La La

It's time for a new chaklenge at Ooh La La. I have chosen the theme this time and it's 'Get Well Wishes'. Here is my inspiration for you.


I started with  A4 card stock folded and printed the image and background paper from an Ooh La La CD 'Everyday Occasions'. I used a Martha Stewart punch on a strip of the pale blue background paper and placed it along the edge of the card to add interest. The tag with the sentiment is also from the same CD. You can find the CD in the Ooh La La shop here ooh-la-la-creations

I hope you'll be inspired to join the challenge the winner will receive 2 free digi images from the Ooh La La shop. For more inspiration pop over to the Ooh la La challenge blog and see what the rest of the team have created (Link in sidebar)

Have fun!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Unstampabelles final week.

We've had some fab entries for our challenge at Unstampabelles so far this month using die cuts and the twist is to add a bird. There's still time to enter as you have til the end of the month to create something for this challenge. Anything goes as long as you don't use stamps of any type including digi stamps and images. There's a great prize on offer donated by our lovely leader Susan.
                                                                    10 die cut bunnies
                                                                  chic dies....how cute are these!

Here is my inspiration for you this week.

It's a zig zig floating flowers card. I cut an oblong strip of card and embossed it. Then folded it in half and one side was folded in half again to make the zig zag. A small strip approx. 1'' wide was cut and folded in the same way and I placed it a third of the way up the main card. I embossed panels to go on each side and the strip. Then I added die cut flowers using  patterned designer paper. I also die cut some sprays of ivy in white. The flowers were placed randomly across the strip and on the back panels. I found a snippet of paper with a green bird on it .....lucky me thinks. It fitted the colour scheme perfectly and the challenge twist! Finally I added gems across the strip and in the centre of the flowers.
I hope I've inspired you. There is more inspiration for you on the Unstampabelles challenge blog (link in side bar). I look forward to visiting your blogs and don't forget NO STAMPS PLEASE!!! Go on you can do it!!
Have fun!

CD Sunday

Good Morning everyone. I hope you are all fully recovered from the Easter festivities and not eaten too many of the childrens' chocolate eggs!! It'sd time for our new challenge at CD Sunday. We had some lovely entries for the last challenge 'Spring Colours' which also had an extra prize for the winner as we are celebrating our 7th Birthday....doesn't time fly!! The results will be up in two weeks when Pauline has chosen her winner. In the meantime the winner of the previous challenge 'Any Old Iron'', chosen by Jocelyn, is up on the blog now. So don't forget to pop over to see if it's you. Link in side bar.

Now for our new challenge and it's something a bit different for us, it's a 'Sketch', kindly devised by our lovely leader Carol.


Here is my inspiration for you.


I have used three different CDs to create this card. It's a square card. The main image and the square of blue flowered background paper are from a Joanne Sheen CD, artwork by Janet Kruskamp. The sentiment is from 'Holly Hill Pond', also from Joanne Sheen and finally the flowers are from Debbie Moore 'Elegant Moments'. The added gems in the corners and on the flower are from my stash.

I hope you'll be inspired by Carol's Sketch and the teams creations. Pop over to Cd Sunday and visit them to give them some love.

Have fun!!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

#79 'Show me a Dragonfly'

Good Morning crafters. It's time for another challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies, which very appropriately is all about 'Dragonflies'. We would like to see a Dragonfly somewhere on your card. This is my inspiration for you.


This is a favourite image of mine which I have stored on My Pictures. I have used it before on an altered notebook. I decided to use it again for this challenge as it's so pretty. I am not sure who the artist is but if anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit. The co-ordinating background papers were with the image too so this made the layout very easy. There were some extra dragonflies to decoupage but I used them two randomly instead. I die cut a Happy Birthday from purple mirri card.. It's a retro die from Joanne Sheen. Finally adding three purple gems to the corner. Et Voila!!

I hope you're inspired to join the challenge, which is a fun challenge for cards only. Link to Crafting with Dragonflies in the side bar.

Have fun!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Midway at Unstampabelles

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you're all enjoying your weekend whatever you may be doing to celebrate. Greek Orthodox Easter is also being celebrated at the same time this year. It doesn't happen often but double celebrations are lovely.

The five domed Greek Orthodox church in Yeroskipou near Paphos Cyprus. The red eggs are symbolic with Easter, the red depicting the blood of Jesus.

We are mid way through the challenge at Unstampabelles . The challenge is ' To die for...' So we are looking for yummy dies on your creations and the twist is to add a bird. There's an great prize on offer too
10 die cut bunnies

.brand new sweet chicks die
 
Here is my inspiration for you.

It's an A5 card and I used a fancy edger die to use on the gatefold opening. I also added two diecut butterflies. The main card is patterned and I layered a matching lilac matt inside which I'd embossed. The bird and nest are from a Joanne Sheen CD Holly Hill Pond and was a snippet of left over paper from another project. The Birthday Wishes is also from this CD. Finally I added pink gems to the butterflies and flowers under the nest. Peeping through from the inside is another image from some Hunky Dorey papers.

I hope I've inspired you to take part. So just get out those lovely dies and don't forget no stamping please. (Although lovely to see they won't put be in the prize draw.)

'Happy Easter' or if you are also celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter 'Kalo Paxa!'.

Monday, 10 April 2017

'Birthday' with Ooh La La

It's time for our new challenge at Ooh La La and it's 'Birthdays' chosen by Pauline. We had some fab entries for our Layer it up challenge last time. The Top Three are up on the blog now so don't  forget to pop over to see if you're a winner (link in sidebar)
Here is my inspiration for you this time.



                                   (sorry the light wasn't too good when I took this photo)

It's another of my different folds etc. I prefer a challenge of making new folds and styles of cards instead of the simple A4 folded!! Some of my fellow crafters think I'm mad! Maybe just a little crazy!!

This design was shown to me by one of our crafters in my group. Not sure if it has a name but it's a zig zag fold with 3 ovals placed centrally across the large oblong aperture. You need fairly sturdy card for this one to give it some strength as the central aperture is large. Alternatively you could place acetate behind the aperture .....wish I'd thought of this when I was making it!! The letters for the greeting are all die cuts from a die cut set we've had in the craft group for eons .....not sure who makes them sorry.

The centre oval contains a lovely image from an Ooh La La CD  'Say it with words' It's a beautiful image and looks like a watercolour painting....very pretty. You will find the CD for sale here .ooh-la-la-creations

I finished off the design with flat backed pearls placed around the oval frames.

I think this will be a popular challenge as we all need birthday cards!! So I look forward to visiting many of you and seeing if anyone has been brave enough, like me,to make a different style birthday card!!

Have a lovely week and Happy Easter to you all!!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

CD Sunday extra prizes for 7th Birthday wishes to us........

Yes it's our 7th birthday this year on the 18th April at CD Sunday! It falls almost exactly between our next two challenges. So help us to celebrate our 7th Birthday with our 'Spring Colours' challenge , chosen by Pauline.

These Birthday celebrations may become a permanent feature with us, as we had one last year and you supported us so well.  We decided to add a special gift again this time to the winner. This is the ADDITIONAL prize donated by a team member. So whoever wins will get this prize plus a little something from Pauline as it's her challenge.

                                                              This is the extra prize!!
It's a Tattered Lace slider die.....yummy eh!!
 
 
Here is my 'Spring Colours' inspiration for you.
 



This delightful image and background papers are from Joanne Sheen 'Holly Hill Pond'.  Spring green and yellow always makes me think of daffodils and thus heralding Spring.
The main card is A4 and the green lace border is made using a Martha Stewart punch. I added small cream silk roses to each corner and hand cut some green card to  create the 'photo' triangle corners, The Easter Greeting is also on the CD.

I hope you're inspired to join us this time for our 7th Birthday challenge. Don't  forget to use something from a CD in your creation....it doesn't have to be a card....  and give the CD credit.

I look forward to visiting you all soon and Happy Easter to you all!!
 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

'Easter Card'

Easter will soon be here in the Christian calendar and this year Orthodox Easter falls also at the same time. So a double celebration if you're in Cyprus!!

Our challenge this time at Crafting with Dragonflies therefore is, very appropriately, 'Easter Cards'!!
This is my inspiration for you.


It's a very simple, traditional Easter card made for my best friend in the UK. The flowers on the cross and corner are decoupaged.

Remember this is a fun , card only challenge blog. Please pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies to see what the rest of the team have created and give them some love. (link in side bar)

Happy Easter Blessings to all my crafty friends and followers.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Unstampabelles ' To Die For..........'

A new month and a new challenge at Unstampabelles. We would like you to use those yummy dies and the optional twist is to add a bird or two or three!!

We had some great entries for our last challenge 'Punctuation'. The winner and DT choice will be on the challenge board soon.

Here is my inspiration for you this time.



This is a wedding card I made recently at my craft group. It uses heart dies and a new edging die with a heart and two swans. I began with A4 white card stock and edged ti with the die. Then I embossed it with a new embossing folder. I added white ribbon down the side to cover the edge of the die cut and another ribbon down the centre of the card. I used three different sizes of heart dies. The larger one at the top also has  'LOVE'  on it. Then the hand tied white ribbon bows and flat backed pearls were added to the hearts to finish.

                               You can see the die cut hearts better from this angle I think.
       I will add the wedding greetings and personalised details to the card nearer the time.

I  hope I have inspired you to join the challenge. For more inspiration pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) to see what the rest of the Design Team have created. As always theirs a yummy prize on offer courtesy of our lovely leader Susan.
10 die cut baby bunnies, for those up and coming Easter cards.....
 
 
......AND some sweet baby chick dies!! How generous is that!!!
 
I hope you all have a lovely crafty week and I look forward to visiting you soon.
 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Unstampabelles

It's a new month and a therefore a new challenge at Unstampabelles. We had some great entries last month and the DT girls are busy selecting there favourite, which is difficult when we have so many lovely entries.

This month we are wanting to see lots of layering on your creations with the added TWIST to use  a border punch or edging die. There's a lovely prize on offer as usual.

This is my inspiration for you.


I have created a simple handbag card using a template given to me by one of my crafter friends Christine....thank you for sharing. The shaped card piece is simply folded over and then I added layers.
The main card is embossed using a new A4 folder which I purchased recently. I then used a border punch to create two scalloped layers and placed them at the top to make a faux flap. The handle was made using the same edging die .
I'll try to explain how I did this. I edged some card then flipped it and edged the opposite side. Then folded it in half making sure the edges matched perfectly. I then fussy cut the centre out to create the space where you hold it.....clear as mud eh!!
I die cut the flowers using the same papers to co ordinate. I added liquid pearls in a matching colour to the centers. I drew some lines to create a spray and added the liquid pearls along the lines. I will add a sentiment later when I decide who to send it to.

I hope you're inspired to get those border punches out or dies. My teamies have some great ideas for you too. So pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) and see what they've created. You won't be disappointed.

Have a great month and I look forward to visiting you very soon.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Unstampabelles Final Week

It's the final count down for this month at Unstampabelles. We are looking for creations with any form of Punctuation on them. The twist is to make it amusing if you can. Here is my inspiration for you.


                                      It's New Baby Girl card with a sweet little verse on the front:
 
Two tiny feet
That wave in the air.
Two little hands
That tug at your hair.
Cute bottom for patting.
Adorable face -
A bundle of joy
To love and embrace.
 
Pop over to Unstampabelles (link in side bar) to see other inspiration from the design team.
There's a prize on offer as always.
 
 
A new craft magazine with embossing folder, die and stamps.
 
I hope you are inspired to join us and I look forward to visiting you soon. Have a crafty week!


Monday, 27 March 2017

OLL challenge 'Layer it up'

Good morning I trust you have all had a good weekend and are raring to craft this week. At Ooh La La our challenge this time has been chosen by Michelle. She would like to see lots of layers on your creations. Last time we had lots of yummy entries for 'Spring' and Lynn has had great fun choosing her Top Three. Pop over to the challenge blog soon to see if you're a winner!! (link in sidebar)

Here is my inspiration for you.


I have used the Ooh La CD 'Fleur D' Imagination'. There are lots of fantastic floral images on this CD.....well worth investing in. You will find the CD in the Ooh La La shop here ooh-la-la-creations

I began with a piece of lilac A4 card stock folded landscape orientation. Then I printed the background design onto lightweight card. I then made a smaller fold back centre opening card and placed it on top. I matted and layered an image from the CD and placed it in the centre panel of this smaller card. The large and small diecut flowers were layered and act as fasteners for the small card.


To finish I embossed two strips of the same lilac card and layered them on the outside edges of the main card. Finally adding the matching flower gems.

So lots of layering on this card. I hope I've inspired you to join the challenge. For more awesome creations pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have created.

Have a great week crafting. See you soon!!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

'Any Old Iron' with CD Sunday.

Good Morning everyone. It's time for a new challenge at CD Sunday. Last time it was Margaret's challenge' Enjoy Tea or Coffee'. We didn't have many entries but the ones we had were wonderful. Margaret will decide on her winner and it will up on the challenge blog next time. The winner and Top Three for my 'Punch it out' are up on the challenge blog now. So pop over soon to see if you are a winner!! (link in sidebar)

This time Jocelyn has chosen  the challenge as  'Any Old Iron'. Now this got us all thinking and I hope it will get your imagination up and running too. The team have come up with some great ideas. Here is my inspiration for you.


My 'old iron' is an old iron stove. You don't see many of these around in this modern age!! I imagine it would keep your kitchen lovely and warm too.

The image and background paper is from a Joanne Sheen CD with artwork by Janet Kruskamp. This is one of my favourite CDs and I have used it for many occasions.

The card is a simple landscape A5 with the image , background and sentiment taken from the CD. I found a metal flower brad in my stash which I'd had for eons which may have been sent to me by a fellow crafter I think. I added a pink gem brad to the centre. So more old iron!!

I hope I've inspired you to think 'Old Iron' . Pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) for more inspiration from my teamies.

Have a crafty week and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

' More than two folds'' with the Dragonflies.

The next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is to use 'More Than Two Folds'  in your card making. This is a favourite of mine as I love making unusual style cards. So I am looking forward to visiting you to see what you come up with.

Here is my inspiration for you.



As you can see this fairly simple card has three folds. . Using a piece of A4 card it is folded mountain fold at the centre. The two side panels were then made using valley folds. The central element was then cut half way across to make a swing card. I added a verse and a greeting to the panels and an image in the centre. Finally some matching gems and a tiny dragonfly.
The idea came from a  designer at Crafts You Print but I didn't make a note of which one.....sorry. If anyone knows please let me know and I'll add the info and give them credit.

Last time Hilde asked you to make cards using the theme 'Under the sea'. There weren't many entries which won't make my job easy to choose a winner as they are all lovely. I will let you know next weekend who it is. Check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have created and don't forget this is a fun challenge making cards only.

Have a crafty weekend and I'll be visiting you soon.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Midway at Unstampabelles.

I can hardly believe that we are nearing the end of March and halfway through our challenge at Unstampabelles. This time we've been asking you to think about 'Punctuation' and using it somewhere on your creation. Sometimes punctuation can be amusing if used incorrectly and very annoying to the punctuation purists!  This is my inspiration for you.


I've used the exclamation mark but didn't go for the amusing twist. Unlike some of my teamies who have. If you pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) you'll see some very funny examples.

I am showing you a shaker card this time using a hot air balloon die that one of my crafters got as a freebie in a craft magazine (not sure which one sorry) I die cut the balloon twice and paper pieced one. The shaker is filled with tiny seed beads and sequins. The sentiment is computer generated using Word which I mounted on silver mirri card stock. Finally the three tiny 'balloons' floating high are actually  raindrop candy that I had been given as a RAK from my friend Wendy but to me they looked like mini balloons!!

I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget no stamps please either digi or otherwise. And of course there's a yummy prize as usual. Here it is.....


         A brand new 'Die-cutting Essentials' magazine with freebie die, stamps and embossing folder.
A yummy prize I think you'll agree. I look forward to visiting you soon and enjoy your crafty week!

Monday, 13 March 2017

#224 'Spring is in the air'

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La. Last time we had some fabulous embossing projects. Pop over and see if you were a winner!! (link in sidebar)

This time it's naturally all about Spring, 'Spring is in the air'. It certainly is here with the almond blossom in abundance and the fields full of yellow rape making a golden carpet. With this in mind here is the inspiration I have created for you this time.


The image and background papers are taken from the 'Paula Oakley' CD. This can be found in the Ooh La La store  (link.....ooh-la-la-) It reminded me of how the fields here in Cyprus look at the moment.

I started with a square card and chose the matching background paper from the CD. I cut it into two triangular shapes and then die cut the image to create a circle. I then die cut a frame to place around it. I then decided it needed to be softened so I added the light weight ribbon and made two tiny bows. Then I found some wooden yellow butterflies in my stash and placed them randomly along the ribbon. Finally I die cut the greeting in the same yellow background paper and placed it in the top right hand corner. Et Voila!!

I hope I've inspired you to join us at Ooh La La and if you pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) you will find more inspiration from our wonderful design tam.

Take care and have a crafty week.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

'Enjoy....tea or coffee'......

........that's our challenge next time at CD Sunday. What a great theme which has been chosen by Margaret.

There were lots of yummy entries for my 'Punch it out' challenge last time and I'm having fun trying to decide who has made the top three and who will be receiving a gift from me! Watch this space!!

The winner of ' Friendship, Love and Romance' chosen by Meg is now up on the challenge blog (link in sidebar)

Here is some inspiration for you this time. It's a photograph of a wall mural that Margaret took in her favourite coffee/tea shop whilst on holiday.


And here is my inspiration for you.


The image is from a Joanne Sheen CD, artwork by Janet Kruskamp. I began with a piece of A4 card folded landscape. Then added the image and embossed some strips of matching card to place on the outside edges. The sentiment is from the same CD.

You can use either tea or coffee in your creation or both!!.....whatever you ENJOY!! Only one other rule to use a CD in your creation and give credit to the designer of the CD. 

I hope you'll agree that this is a real fun challenge this time and I hope to see lots of yummy entries!!

Have a great week!!


Saturday, 11 March 2017

#76 'Unde the sea'

It's time for our next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Hilde asked us to create a card using the under sea world for our inspiration. This is a card I made for my Christmas collection and I think it fits the bill perfectly.

The image is from an Ooh La La CD artwork by Shawn Jenkins. It's sea treasures in the form of a wreath!!

 Each image was layered on to three die cut frames which I embossed and attached them to each other with a silver band. Then three more frames were made and 'sandwiched ' together (I hope you can see by the piccie what I mean!) I strengthened the band with embossed card in the same colour as main frame.

 
                I also put images on the back of the card and placed a verse in the central one.

For more inspiration please pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what my teamies have created. You won't be disappointed.

Have a crafty week and if you are having a well deserved holiday, like our lovely leader Hilde, I hope you are relaxing doing nothing!!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Punctuate!!

This is your new challenge at Unstampabelles this Month. Susan would like you to add punctuation signs to your work. The TWIST....this lends itself to being quite amusing if you can take it there. I didn't this time but watch this space!! There's always a yummy prize on offer too kindly donated by our lovely leader Susan.

 
It's a brand new die cutting magazine with embossing folder and dies.


                                                         Here is my inspiration for you.


I found this image on an OLL CD 'Everyday Occasions' and there was text written around the image with some elipses ......... Now I am fond of using these myself when sending out quick emails to friends. There is some more text on the card with a ' (a punctuation sign that is used instead of a letter). So I think I have the challenge covered this time.

For more inspiration please pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) My teamies have been awesome with their creative makes for you!

Don't forget the main rule for this challenge is NOT to use STAMPS either digi or other wise. We had a lot of yummy entries last time and  the team are busy choosing their favourite....not an easy task! (ooopppsss there goes those elipses again! The winner will be posted in a week's time.

I hope you have a very crafty week and ENJOY!!

Monday, 27 February 2017

'Anything Goes' at Unstampabelles

Ooooppppsss a wee bit late with my post but here goes!!

It's the final week at Unstampabelles and we've had lots and lots of lovely entries so far. Thank you everyone I am really enjoying visiting your blogs and viewing all the different creations!!

The challenge is 'Anything Goes' with the optional twist to use something new. The main rule of this challenge is to use NO stamps digi or otherwise as it's UNstampabelles challenge blog!! There is always a yummy prize on offer and this time it's a brand new magazine with dies, stamps and embossing folder included.
 
Prize donated by Susan.

 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 
It's a CAS Valentine card. The main card is red card stock. The white base card was embossed with a new folder. I used a new wooden filigree heart mounted on red.  A red ribbon and bead are used as the hanger, so it could be removed from the card and kept as a memory.  Two red die cuts hearts were added and the greetings are computer generated.  Finally red lace ribbon was added down the edge of the card. 
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us for our final week. Don't forget to pop over to the Unstampabelles challenge blog ( link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have created.
 
Have a crafty week!!
 

'Embossing' with Ooh La La

It's time for our next challenge at Ooh La La chosen by Julie. She would like to see some embossing on your creation. We had lots of entries last for Jennifer's challenge, 'Die Cuts'. She has decide on her Top Three to don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) and see if you're a winner. The prize is two digis of your choice from the Ooh La La shop  link

This is my inspiration for you.


I started with white card stock and cut out the handbag shape using a template that one of my lady crafters had designed....thank you Christine. I embossed it with a new folder from Spellbinders.

Then using an edging die I cut out the two top layers. The pink floral one uses background paper from an Ooh La La  CD ' Fleur d' Imagination'. There are so many pretty papers on this CD that I was spoilt for choice.

 The scalloped handle was cut with the same edging die and from the same background paper .  I die cut some flowers again using the same background paper and white card stock and paper pieced the flowers.....tricky if you lose a tiny piece so take care when using this technique.

Finally I added gems and seed pearls to finish. Et Voila!!

I hope I've inspired you to take part in this challenge and don't forget there's always a prize on offer from Ooh La La (link to shop higher up the post)

Have fun and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

'Punch it out' at CD Sunday!

Time for a new challenge at CD Sunday and it is by choice of theme this time. I decided to go for punches or dies in your creations as there are so many fabulous dies and punches always popping up on craft blogs to tempt us to spend, spend, spend!!! Have you been tempted like me?

This is my inspiration for you.


It's a pleated aperture card. The idea for the card came from Christina on youtube. Her tutorials are always so clear and easy to follow. I have adapted it but the general idea is the same.

I started with A4 white card stock folded landscape. I embossed a piece of A5 card,  to cover top, with a new embossing folder from Spellbinder. The centre aperture was cut using  a labels die I've had for a while .

Now for the tricky part!! Using some yummy background paper, that I printed off from a Crafters Companion CD Halcyon Days I made a rosette. ( check out Christina's video if you need help making this....link higher up in post) The rosette was put behind the aperture. I placed it slightly off centre just to add interest.  You need plenty of 3D tape to secure and heighten the embossed layer as the rosette is quite high....tricky part. 

I used a border punch that I've had for eons and put a strip down one side. On the other side I have some white ribbon and a die cut spray of ivy leaves from Joanne Sheen.  I added a white bow and a gem to match the colour of the rosette paper. Then a smaller label was cut from the same set of dies as the larger aperture and a greeting from my stash was added with matching gems.

So lots of dies and punches on this one but using only one, either a punch or a die, will be fine for the challenge but please remember that this is a CD challenge and you need to use something from a CD in your creation and give credit to the maker/ designer to be in with a chance of the prize that is always on offer.

I look forward to seeing your creations using those dies or punches you have. You never know I may be tempted to spend if I see one I really, really  need!!!. So are you ready to tempt me!!
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Have fun!!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

'Purple' with the Dragonflies

We had some lovely 'girlie' entries for our last challenge. Hilde will have a task on her hand choosing her Top Three!! This time we are looking for the colour 'Purple'. This is a lovely colour to work with so I expect to see lots of yummy entries this time too.

This is my inspiration for you.


I used white card stock for the base and then die cut a trellis mat in white also. This was layered on to some sparkly purple card stock. The embossed strips were then added on top to create three panels. I had some soft white lace in my stash that I'd bought at a market I went to in France two years ago! It definitely need to be loved so I made a small cone with it and placed the purple roses inside. I also added a strip of it across the lower half of the trellis. I added some purple beads, which were on a wire strip, and twisted them around the 'bouquet'. Finally a computer generated the greeting 'Congratulations' was added to the lace strip. Et Voila!

I hope you'll be inspired to join us and for more lovely creations pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have been making.....you won't be disappointed. Remember this is a fun, cards only challenge. I look forward to visiting you soon.

Have a crafty weekend!!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Unstampabelles

Where do the weeks go!! We are already into week 3 for our challenge at Unstampabelles and so far your entries have been stunning for the 'Anything Goes' challenge with the added twist to use something new and tell us what it is. There's a great prize on offer too.

 
                                A new craft magazine with stamps, embossing folder and die.

                                                          Here is my inspiration for you.

 
It's for the newly weds and a wish for their new life together
 
Inside shows a new fold , for me,. I love trying out new folds and this one was a wee bit tricky but I got there in the end!!
 
This is the reverse with the greeting and good wishes.
The whole thing came in kit form with instructions which made it slightly easier to assemble. I added a ribbon bow and gems to the front Et Voila!!
 
I hope I've inspired you to try something new and join our challenge. You'll find more inspiration from the design team at Unstampabelles (link in sidebar)
Have a great week crafting!!

Monday, 13 February 2017

#222 'Die Cuts' with Ooh La La

Good morning and it's time for our next challenge at Ooh La La. This time Jennifer has chosen the theme of diecuts. So a chance to get your die cutting machines out a have a play!

Last time Janice asked you to make Thank You card and we had some lovely entries. It's always a joy to make Thank You cards I think. The Top Three are up on the board now if you want to see if you've been chosen (link in sidebar)

Here is my inspiration for you this time.
 
I began white card stock and made a gatefold card then used an edging die by Desire to diecut the two outside edges. I placed a dark blue matt of card from my stock to the centre panel. The Ooh La La CD I used for the image, was from the Shawn Jenkins Collection which you can find in the OLL shop (link in sidebar) I then diecut the greeting Happy Birthday from white card stock. Finally I placed some blue flower gems to give it a bit of bling!!
 
 
I tied some narrow white ribbon around to close it.....adhering it to the back of the card. Tiny blue gems were also placed in the centre of the flowers.

I don't know if this shows up but the tiny petals are loose thus giving a 3D effect.

I hope I've inspired you get those dies out and take part in Jennifer's challenge at Ooh La La.
Don't forget to visit my teamies and give them some love too. Have a great week and I look forward to visiting you soon.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

'Friendship, Love, Romance'

It's Sunday and time for our next challenge at CD Sunday. The challenge last time was chosen by our DT member Pamela. She wanted you to show us what you love!! It certainly stretched the imagination and no doubt like me you had a hard time narrowing it down to one thing....I finally went for two!! If you remember it was an exploding box as I love a different style and I love playing with boxes. Enough waffle from me about that challenge as it's now time for the next one chosen by Meg 'Friendship, Love, Romance'.

What a lovely theme choice especially in February as many of us start thinking about Love and Valentines in particular. We need lots of love and friendship in the world too at this very unsettled time politically so very appropriate methinks.

Here is my inspiration for you and I've gone for 'Friendship'

 
I started with white card stock which I covered with the striped green background paper using a  CD by Joanne Sheen with artwork by Janet Kruskamp.
The image and border came from the CD 'Forest Friends' by Cupcakecrafting. The banner straps were handmade using the three greetings from the same CD and layered on matching green and red card stock.
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us. There's always a yummy prize on offer and the only one main rule really to use something, however small from a CD and tell us which one.....got to give credit to all those fab designers!!
The Top Three for the challenge 'Make it Male' chosen by Carol is up on the challenge blog now. So off you pop and see if you were a winner....fingers crossed my lovelies. Link to CD Sunday in sidebar.
 
Have a lovely week and I look forward to visiting you all soon.


Saturday, 11 February 2017

'For The Girls'

Time for our next challenge with the Dragonflies. We had some great entries for 'Valentines' last time and Hilde will have her Top Three for you next weekend....going to be a difficult job choosing methinks!!

This time another lovely challenge as we are looking for girly cards. Now who doesn't like making those girly cards!! Not many of us I imagine.

 Here is my inspiration for you. I have made a Pop and Twist card for a friend who wanted something girly for her Grand Daughter


'Pop and Twist' closed with belly band.
 
I used Isabella Designer Paper stack by Bobunni for the background of the front cover. I had a lovely topper in my stack which had a postcard image attached and the greeting 'On Your Birthday'. This matched with the pinks so I used this for the greeting. I used a Hunky Dory strip for the belly band. The size of these strips are perfect for wrapping around this type of card and I have used them often. I layered the sparkly '20' and name on grey from the same paper pack and placed it on a pink matt.

 
'Pop and Twist' inside
 
I used the Bobunni stack again for the base backgrounds and added embellishments from my stash. Lots of girly things on each section can be seen below.
 

 
 
And finally the back cover with verse and border generated from CD Greeting Card Factory and layered on the Bobunni paper stack again.
 
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join our fun challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)
Have a great weekend and I look forward to visiting you soon.