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Monday, 14 August 2017

'Flowers'

It's time for a new challenge at Ooh La La. This time it's 'Flowers' chosen by Michelle. Another popular theme, just like our last one, 'Anything Goes'. Meg has a task on her hands choosing her Top Three for that challenge! Pop over to see if you agree with her choice. Fingers crossed you may me a winner too!!

Here is my inspiration for you.

I know it's another Christmas card. Whoo Hoo!! Another one for the little pile. I have tried another new shape. I do like to dabble in new shapes. This is tricky to describe so bear with me.

I started with white card stock. The two centre panels are the same size and the front one is smaller and back one taller. I matted the panels with plum card stock from a Lidls card pad. I printed images of white poinsettia flowers from the Oh La La CD 'Fleur D'Imagination'. These were matted on white card stock and then place on the bottom of each panel.

I die cut some poinsettia in white card plus some holly leaves and added these to the panels. The greeting is a die cut, again from white card stock.

 
This is taken from a different angle.

I hope I've inspired you to join our challenge at Ooh La La. The prize is two digi images from the shop. To check out more Ooh Lla La CDs visit the shop at .ooh-la-la-creations

Have  fun week and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

'Past Times' at CD Sunday

It's Sunday and time for our next challenge at CD Sunday. Last time we had lots of fabulous entries for 'Anything Goes' and Carol will have a difficult task choosing her Top Three.

The theme this time has been chosen by Jane. It's 'Past Times'. Here is my inspiration for you.


It's another Christmas card to add to my small collection!! It's just too hot to craft here and I know lots of crafters will be already making their Christmas but not me!! So I welcomed this challenge as it made me seek out my Joanne Sheen CD Victorian Christmas Cards and thus adding a Christmas card to the Christmas box!

The white card stock was covered with the designer paper from the CD. I then printed the image and placed it centrally. It already had the border of red. The scene is a lovely image of Victorian skaters on the park lake. This is certainly an image from Past Times. Look at what they are wearing! All dressed up....especially the men!

 I felt that the whole card needed 'lifting', as it looked too dark, so I die cut some white snowflakes and added these randomly. The 'snowflakes' helped to achieve this I think. The two tiny sentiments were also from the same CD.

I hope I've inspired you to join our challenge. Usual rules apply, except that to be with a chance of winning a prize, you must use something from a CD and tell us what CD you have used.

Have a lovely week and I hope, unlike me, you are well on the way to making those Christmas cards!!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

'Embossing Wet / and or Dry'

Good morning thank you for visiting me. Your comments are always read and appreciated.

 It's time to announce our next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Last time's challenge was 'Baby' cards.....my favourite make. We had some very cute creations and it's Karen's turn to choose the Top Three. This won't be an easy task!!

For this time's challenge you have a wider theme as it's Embossing either wet or dry or both!!
Here is my inspiration for you.

 
I've chosen dry embossing. I began with a matt of cerise mirri card and added the white embossed card stock to the top. The embossing folder is a new A4 one..... Jacobean design (forgotten who makes this)  Before embossing I die cut 'flower' shaped apertures randomly across the white card.. The cerise mirri card can then be seen peeping through. The flower shapes which had been die cut were then placed on top of the opening with a 3D pad. Tucked in behind the 'flower' were swirls of fine cerise wire. A gem was then placed in the centre of the flower. To complete the card I die cut a butterfly in white and cerise mirri and finished it with gems added to the centre. The sentiment is cut from the same cerise mirri card.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget this is a fun challenge for cards only. For more inspiration visit Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)

Have a lovely weekend!!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

'Collage' and yummy prize at Unstampabelles

Time for a new challenge at Unstampabelles. I can't believe it's August already. The heat here is unbearable at times but shouldn't complain as I hate the Winters....too cold for me!!

Our challenge for August is  'Collage, collage collage!! The optional twist is to venture into multi media by using two or more mediums on your creation.

As usual there's a fabulous prize on offer donated by our lovely leader Susan.


Lots of yummy goodie.....papers, stamps and dies. Now who wouldn't want to win this. Wow!


Here is my inspiration for you. I have some wooden letters in my stash just waiting to be 'played' with. This is the letter 'A'.



I covered it with the blue striped paper from a paper stack in my stash. I added sand and pebbles on the 'feet'. I found some wooden nautical bits in my odds and ends box. The boat, sun brolly and lighthouse gave it a seaside feel. I then added a felt cloud to the top of the 'A' and a thick white piece of string to act as a hanger. 

I had fun playing . I hope you do too. Don't forget the main rule is NO STAMPS ...digi or otherwise. I look forward to visiting you soon to see all your yummy creations.

Have fun!!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Another 'Anything Goes' challenge!

This time it's from Ooh La La and has been chosen by our lovely Meg. I know this will be a popular challenge so I'm expecting lots of entries.

Here is my inspiration for you.



The Ooh La La CD I've used for this card is 'Fleur D'Imagination' . You can find it in the OLL shop here ooh-la-la-creations

The card was created using a piece of white card stock folded in landscape orientation. I cut out a section from the front and added acetate to create a 'see through' card. The designer papers were from Ooh La La and I also added some die cut flowers and leaves. I punched out two circles and added a die cut greeting. You can just see  the inside of the card through the acetate 'window' where I have placed the verse and also some more designer paper. Finally I added gems to the centres of the flowers.

I hope I've inspired you to join us at Ooh La La . For more inspiration from the team click on the link to Ooh La La in the sidebar.

Have a great week!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

'Anything Goes'

Good Morning crafters. It's time for a new challenge at CD Sunday and this fortnight it's 'Anything Goes'. This is always a favourite so I'm expecting lots of yummy entries from you.

Here is my inspiration for you.



This is a pop up box card. I love making these as I always have great fun playing with all the added embellishments.

The CD I've used for the image and sentiment are from Debbie Moore's 'Elegant Moments'. As you can see I've also used feathers. These were  from Hobby Craft and a Martha Stewart punch was used for the fancy edging on the box.

I look forward to seeing what fun you've had creating your entry this time for the 'Anything Goes' challenge at CD Sunday. Don't forget the important rule, to be in with the chance of winner a yummy prize. You must use a CD somewhere in the making of your project and can you please give credit to the designer.

Please pop over to CD Sunday ( link ind sidebar) to see what the rest of the team have created.  Remember it doesn't have to be a card. It could be anything as long as you've used a CD.

Have a lovely week!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

'Baby'

There's a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies this fortnight and it's one of my favourites......'Baby'. I love making baby cards so this was a joy for me. Last time it was 'Shabby Chic' and the onus fell on me to pick the Top Three. Not an easy task as there were so many fabulous entries!!  To see who I've chosen pop into Crafting with Dragonflies next week to see whose won.

Here is my inspiration for you.


                                (Sorry the lighting wasn't too good when I took this piccie)

The image is from CUP....not sure who the artist was. If anyone recognises this please let me know and I'll give credit. A very easy card to make using a square white card and adding the background and image from CUP and Voila!

The challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is for cards only and it's a fun challenge. To see what the rest of the team have created pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)

Have a fun weekend!

Monday, 17 July 2017

'Landscapes'

Another challenge begins today at Ooh La La. The theme is 'Landscapes' chosen by Lynn.
Here is my inspiration for you.

 
The Ooh La La CD I used is an old one, 'Watercolour Memories'. There are some wonderful landscape images on this CD and most look like handpainted pastel paintings.....very naturalistic.
 
The background paper and image are both from the CD. The greeting is a die cut from white card stock. The die is a retro 'Happy Birthday' from Joanne Sheen.
 
For more inspiration pop over to OLL challenges (link in sidebar). The Top Three will be chosen in two weeks time by Lynn and the prize is two digis from OLL.
 
Hope you have lots of lovely things planned for this week. Enjoy!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

'Everyday is Special.

A great challenge is currently available at Unstampabelles. Susan would like to see creations that celebrate any event as all days are special. The twist is to use a lot of colour. There's a great prize on offer as usual.


Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 
                                                   Celebrating Girl Power every day!!

A simple card using white card stock, a matt of cerise pink and a very dramatic colourful image from my picture stash!!

I hope you'll be joining us this month. We've had some great entries so far but we are only midway through the month so plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing!!

Have a great week and have fun creating!!

'Celebration'

Good morning from a scorching hot Cyprus!!! We are still having a heatwave and it's still unbearably  sticky,wet and humid on the coast, especially in the evenings. Thank goodness we live higher up in the hills.

This fortnight at CD Sunday we have another challenge for you, 'Celebration', chosen by Jocelyn. Last time it was 'Up the Garden Path' and not many entries. It's always harder to choose a winner when there are fewer entries but someone will be very lucky and receive a great prize for winning. No idea why we had so few entries.....maybe you are all on holiday or watching the tennis!!

Here is my inspiration for you this time.

 Time to celebrate a wedding. June is traditionally the month for weddings so I expect we'll see a few more entries this time. You could however be Celebrating any occasion.....birthdays, new baby, new home, new job, retirement, graduation....lots of ideas come to mind so plenty of scope to inspire you.

I used the CD 'Victorian Weddings' by Debbie Moore for my card. I began with a pre cut shaped card which I embossed with a Jacobean patterned embossing folder. Printed off the image and sentiment and adhered them to the card front. I added gems to the corners and pearls on the sentiment.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us this time. Remember you must use a CD to be in with a chance of a prize and tell us in your post where the CD is from. Non CD entries will be acceptable but you will only be chosen to receive a prize if you've used a CD.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Have fun!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

'Vintage / Shabby Chic'

There's a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies this fortnight. It's Vintage/Shabby Chic. So lots of scope to make those yummy cards!!

Here is my inspiration for you.

 
                                        This a pop and twist card made to order for a friend.
                                            I used a variety of papers and images for this.
 
 
(Warning photo alert!!)
 

 
reverse of card.
 
 
Verse is computer generated ....adapted from CD Greeting Card Factory.
 
I hope you've been inspired to join us. For more yummy cards visit Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)
 
Friendly rule reminder: This is a fun challenge and only one entry per person allowed please.
 
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing!



Friday, 7 July 2017

' Up the garden path'

Good morning crafters. Sorry I've been absent but life gets in way of crafting at times. I'm now on a major blog catch up!

This is the latest challenge at CD Sunday 'Up the garden path'. I have used a CD from Joanne Sheen and the artwork of Janet Kruskamp for my inspiration for you.


The card began life as a piece of A4 white card stock. The background is actually the insert from the CD. I placed the image centrally and added a greeting from the CD and a die cut to one side. There were some smaller images on the same sheet so I created a gift tag too.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us at CD Sunday. There are the usual rules plus the important one to use a CD and give credit to the CD.

Off now to do more catching up and trying to keep cool in this hot, hot, hot, heatwave !! Phewwwwww!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Final week at Unstampabelles

We are on the final count down for the month of June at Unstampabelles. Not too many entries so if you want to be in the draw for a prize get your mojo working and enter for a lovely goody bag of crafty stuff!

The Prize
 



The Challenge
 
Create a card for a male. The optional twist is to add an animal without using stamps digi or otherwise!
 
 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 
 
I started with a square card using white card stock. Then added red card for the background. The red checked matt was then added. I found the image in my Pictures album on my CD....not sure where it was from. I just loved the cute doggy image. I added it to a red matt plus a ribbon strip of red down the side to balance. I then placed peel off letters for the name and sentiment. I punched out a circle in red and added the number peel offs to this. Peel off circles were finally added to the corners of the red  matt.
 
I hope I've inspired you to join us at Unstampabelles (link in sidebar). For a chance of winning the goody bag don't forget NO STAMPS....we are UN stampabelles.
 
Have a great week and I look forward to visiting you soon.
 




Monday, 19 June 2017

'Summertime'

Another challenge for you at Ooh La La and another Summery one. This time it's 'Summertime'. So it could be anywhere from the beach to the countryside whatever makes you think of  'Summertime'.

Here is my inspiration for you.



This is a lovely image from the artwork of Paula Oakley. You'll find a beautiful range of images on this CD. The artwork is stunning!

I wanted to go for a 'postcard' feel to my card and have therefore used a simple layout with the two adorable  beach donkeys and the little stamp image of them too. I added a birthday greeting and couldn't resist finishing it off by adding some grey flat backed pearls. 

I hope I have inspired you and I look forward to seeing your interpretation of 'Summertime'.

Have a lovely week and I just to say thank you for all your supportive comments. I appreciate and read all of them. If you are not already one of my followers and you like what you see please click to follow me!!

Have fun!!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

'Sun or Sea or Sand' with CD Sunday.

It's time for another challenge at CD Sunday. This time we'd like you to think of the Summer days ahead and time spent at the beach with sand in our toes and the sea gently lapping and of course the sun always shines at the beach!! Well we hope it does anyway!! A great theme for this time of the year. For your inspiration I have chosen a lovely CD from Joanne Sheen with artwork by Tom Melko.


I have chosen to use an A4 landscape orientation for my base card in white card stock. The designer paper and image etc. are all from this CD. it's such a tranquil scene....I love it. There are some other lovely images on this CD . I use it a lot. It is my go to CD for New Home images too.You will find an inspiring range of homes on there from both the country side and beach. But I digress as this time we are wanting some lovely beach scenes please.

I hope you've been inspired. For more lovely ideas please pop over to CD Sunday (link in sidebar)
Have a great week ....in the sun...hopefully!


Saturday, 17 June 2017

'Sentiments' with the Dragonflies

It's time for a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. This time Hilde would like you show us a card which makes the sentiment your main focus. Here is my inspiration for you.


I have used two sentiments on my card and added and image in between. I started with a card blanked which was pre embossed and shaped. It's a pretty lemon colour. The image and sentiments are from a Debbie Moore CD 'Victorian Weddings'.

To finish I have added flat backed pearls to the top and bottom sentiments and randomly on the wedding cake.

I hope you've been inspired. For more lovely ideas please visit Crafting with Dragonflies. (link in sidebar)

Have a great week and have fun!

Monday, 5 June 2017

'Pearls' at Ooh La La

A new challenge at Ooh La La this fortnight and the theme has been chosen by Janice......it's 'Pearls'.

Here is my inspiration for you.

 
I created a 'floating flower' card using pearlised green card stock. The background matts were created using a darker shade of green paper from my stash. The flowers were die cut from a designer paper printed on to card from an Ooh La La CD 'Fleur D'Imagination'. I scattered them randomly across the card. I die cut some ivy leaf spray using a die from Joanne Sheen. Finally adding the flat backed pearls to the flower centres and across the 'bar'.
 
I hope I've inspired you to join us at Ooh La La (link to challenge blog in sidebar)
 
Have a great week and have fun!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

New challenge at Unstampabelles

A new month and a new challenge at Unstampabelles. Where is this year  going? The official start of the Summer in the UK and I believe the weather is playing nicely....long may it last!! It's the beginning of Autumn or is it Winter, not sure, in Tasmania where our lovely leader Susan lives. Watch out on Susan's blog for some fab piccies of the beautiful scenery is this part of the world. Coming up also this month is Father's Day in the UK, on the 18th of June and with this is mind I made a Father's Day card for our next challenge at Unstampabelles.

This month's challenge is for anything for the male in your life with the twist of adding an animal. Here is my inspiration for you.


I trawled through my pictures stash on the PC and found this fabulous image with matching Father's Day sentiment. The background paper is courtesy of google piccies. You can't really see it but it's a ball of yarn that has been photographed and enlarged. Very clever and shows lots of lovely texture. I'll be using this again I'm sure so watch out for maybe a clearer piccie next time. So there you have it a simple square card for this challenge. I hope you'll be inspired to join us this month. It doesn't have to be a card it can be anything but NO STAMPS please digi or otherwise. ....we are UNSTAMPabelles remember!

As usual there's a great prize on offer too.

The Prize will be .....
a mystery collection of new crafting bits 
As it is a mystery - there is no photograph of it!
There may be teasers during the month so watch out on the main blog (link in sidebar)

I hope you all have a good week whatever season you are welcoming. Have fun!

' Shabby Chic' at CD Sunday

The challenge at CD Sunday this fortnight is 'Shabby Chic' and was chosen by Meg.

Here is my inspiration for you.


The CD I used was by Debbie Moore, ' Shabby Chic Vintage Rose'. I printed the background paper , main image, greeting and butterfly from the CD. The main card is cream card stock from my stash which was covered with the designer paper. I added vintage lace down the folded edge and made a spray of flowers using flowers from my stash. I also added a long pin with a pink heart to the flower spray and tied them all together with a matching pink bow. The recipients name was added using peel offs on a two shades of pink card. Finally I added gems to the butterfly.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us at CD Sunday (link in sidebar)

Have a good week. Have fun!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Anything Goes

This time at Crafting with Dragonflies it's an old favourite 'Anything Goes'. So I'm expecting to see lots of entries for this one!

This is my inspiration for you.

I started with pink card stock and added a die cut aperture frame using some  paler pink patterned designer paper. I cut an oblong piece of acetate and punched holes around the edge. I then threaded two co ordinating ribbons through the holes and twisted them as I threaded them. This was then adhered to the aperture.
The wooden butterflies are from my stash and may be from Lidls. The die cut Happy Birthday was cut twice using co ordinating card. Then I offset them to create a shadow effect.

I hope I've inspired you to join our fun cards only challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

Monday, 22 May 2017

'Food or Drink' at Ooh La La

The new challenge at Ooh La La has been chosen by Jane and it's 'Food or Drink'. So lots of scope for your imagination.

Here is my inspiration for you.


This card was created using the Ooh La La CD of the Paula Oakley Collection. I printed the image off from the pyramage section. Don't those scones look real! The red checked background paper and greeting is also on the CD. The tiny teapot and tea bag were found in my stash.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge and for more inspiration pop over to Oh La La (link in sidebar) where you'll find some fab creations by the rest of the Design Team.

Have a good week. Enjoy!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

'Flowers' at CD Sunday

Pamela has chosen the next challenge at CD Sunday. It's 'Say it with Flowers'. I'm sure this is going to be a very popular theme as we all love those flowery cards!

Here is my inspiration for you.

I began with white card stock and used a Martha Stewart edging punch for the front border. The CD I used was from Joanne Sheen 'Victorian Birthdays'. I printed off the background and the image and adhered them to the card. I finished it by adding flat backed pearls  to the edging. So easy to make and yet still very pretty.

 For more fabulous Flower creations pop over to CD Sunday (link in sidebar).

Have a good week and have fun!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cards with Animals


This is our next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. We would like you to include and animal on your lovely cards and as it's our 4th birthday there's a prize on offer. Hilde will send a wee prize to anywhere in the world for the winner of this challenge. Remember it's cards only.

We are also saying goodbye to Helen . I have loved working with Helen and I am sad to see her go. Keep in touch Helen xx

 This is my inspiration for you.

I found this cute elephant for a baby card in my stash. The layout was pre done and I only had to fussy cut the additional bootees which I added to the bottom corner. I think it may have come from CUP but not sure. If anyone knows please let me know and I'll give it credit. A very easy card to make but so cute.

I look forward to visiting you soon to see what Animal images inspire you.
Have a good weekend. Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Unstampabelles 'Layering and Borders'

Well we're mid way through the month and the Unstampabelles monthly challenge. Where do the days go?

We are looking for any layered creations with a an edging punch or die also being used. There's a great prize on offer too.



Some pretty edging dies. Now who wouldn't want to win these!!
 
 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 
I have made a Double Pocket Diamond Easel card with a punched border.
 
I started by creating the pocket element first, using a 8 x8 square of light weight card folded to create the pockets. My inspiration came from this video on  youtube Click on link to see the process of making it. It's not easy to describe but the video is very clear.
 
After making the pockets I added the layering of papers from a paper pack a friend shared with me. Not sure where it was from but may have been from OZ as she recently visited Sydney.
This was then added to a square piece of card stock to make the top diamond.
 
 Then I used another piece of square card for the base and added a layer of the same paper.  The top easel element was then adhered with hi tac tape.
 
This was then placed on the fancy border edged element. This was made using a Martha Stewart Around the Page Punch. The strip behind the stopper was made using this same punch.
 
The stopper is a tiny oval die from a magazine which again was borrowed from a friend. Thank you Christine. I cut it several times and layered it up. Then I added the tiny silk rose bud.
 
Two of the tags are die cuts and one was in my stash. You can add anything to the pockets really. Each tag has a sentiment added. Then I placed a ribbon bow and silk rosebuds to finish! Phewwwww!!
 
A challenging card to make but worth it when finished.
 
I hope you feel inspired to join us. For more ideas pop over to Unstampabelles (link in side bar)
 
 
Have lovely week. I'm off on holiday shortly so may not be able to view your comments or visit you til I return. So be good!!


Monday, 8 May 2017

'Something beginning with B'

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La. This one has been chosen by Deloris and it's 'Something beginning with 'B' So lots of scope for your imagination. It was my turn last time and my winner is up on the blog now for 'Get Well Wishes'. Thank you to everyone who entered. I had a great time popping in to visit you all and trying to choose a winner. Not easy as there were so many lovely creations.

Here is my inspiration for you this time.


I used the CD by Ooh La La  'Everyday Occasions'. There's lots of great inspiration on this CD for many occasions. I started with a square white card from my stash.  The background papers and main image are from this CD . I added a wooden baby embellishment and a die cut greeting to finish.
So an obvious B for baby and blue.

 The design team have been very creative so please pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) for more inspiration. I hope you have as creative week and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

'Anything Asian'

Good Morning crafters. It's time for another challenge at CD Sunday and this time Jane has chosen 'Anything Asian'. We had some lovely entries for the  last challenge , the 'Sketch', chosen by Carol. The results for the Birthday prize and Pauline's for 'Spring Colours' are up on the blog now.

 Sadly Pauline is stepping down from the Design Team because of health issues. We are so sorry to see her go as she has been a wonderful team member not only for  her creativity but also her friendship and support. We  hope all goes well for you Pauline.

Now for my inspiration for your for 'Anything Asian'.


I have used a CD by Joanne Sheen 'Oriental Dreams' for my creation. I used to pieces of A4 card stock to create the main card. I scored one piece at one inch on the long side and folded it. Then I cut the other in half to A5 size. This was adhered along the fold of the first piece.

The card was covered in the background paper from the CD. The circular toppers were die cut and a die cut border placed around them and then put on the front and inner back panel. I also placed a silver tassel to the middle image. This was also from Joanne Sheen. This middle image overlaps the card front. The inner verse was die cut with an oval die and lined up with the front topper. so when closed you only see the front image. I finished with the green flower gems  and a peel off greeting.

I hope you'll be inspired to join Jane's challenge at CD Sunday. For more inspiration please visit the challenge blog (link in sidebar)

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

Saturday, 6 May 2017

'Lots of Flowers'

I can't believe we are into May already. Time has wings for me anyway!! This fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies Hilde wants us to use flowers on our cards. This is always a popular theme with our followers so I expect we'll get lots of lovely creations from you.
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Here is my inspiration for you.

This a fold I've used once or twice lately. It begins with a piece of A4 card folded landscape orientation. Then I added a matt of floral card. The little top 'card' is an oblong piece of patterned co ordinating card stock. This is folded to create a gate fold which opens out and a sentiment or image can be placed inside. Sorry I forgot to take a photo of it opened before I sent it. The closure is made using two die cut flowers, one large and one small one, and are glued on opposite sides. The smaller ones acts as a 'lock' over lapping the larger one slightly.

To finish I cut two border strips in the same patterned card and placed them at the edge of the floral matt. I die cut some smaller flowers and added those at each end of the strips. Gems were added to the centers of the flowers.

I hope I've inspired you to get creative with your flowers for this challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. For more inspiration click on the link in the sidebar to see what the rest of the team have created. Don't forget this is a fun challenge for cards only.

I hope you have a crafty week and I look forward to visiting you soon!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

New challenge at Unstampabelles

It's a new month and a new challenge at Unstampabelles. Time must have wings as it flies by so quickly. We are almost halfway through this year Wow! The fruit trees in the orchard are growing really well but some high winds last weekend caused us to lose literally hundreds of plums. Thankfully the apricots survived so all the fruit harvest is not lost!

This time we would like to see some layering on your creations and the TWIST is to use a border punch or edging die.

 As usual there is a prize on offer and this time it's two edging dies. I wish I could enter as I love this one!!

 
Couture Creations edging dies
(New)
 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 
It's a handbag shaped card using a template provided by one of my crafter friends. Thank you Christine. It's a simple shape folded at the top. I embossed the white card stock with a new A4 embossing folder that I got from Joanne Sheen. I cut two layers for the flap using an edging die. One was white embossed card to match the main 'handbag' and the other was patterned cardstock. I then used the edging die again to make the handle.
 
 I'll try to explain how I did it. I  took a piece of the patterned card stock and cut one edge. Then I turned it 180 degrees and cut the opposite edge. The piece was then folded down the centre and then I carefully fussy cut the middle away to create the space on the handle.I adhered this on to the top of the card before adding the layers made earlier to give it more strength.
 
The flowers were die cut in the same card stock and Rangers Mint Green liquid pearls were added to the centres. Then I lightly drew some pencil lines to create a spray effect and added the liquid pearls to them. I will add a sentiment at a later date when I decide who will receive it!
 
Please pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have created. I look forward to visiting you soon and thank you for all your comments which are always read and appreciated.
 
Have fun and a very crafty week!

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!!