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All work exhibited here is my own design, unless otherwise stated, in which case I shall have credited the original author of that work. I am thrilled to be able to share my designs with you but would appreciate that you respect that these are my designs and do not copy and place them anywhere else online or use them for your own personal gain in any way.

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Monday 25 May 2015

DV 107 Anything Goes

We have a nice easy challenge for you this time around at Dream Valley as it’s Anything Goes. We are sponsored by Sherri Baldy and the team were given some of her images to work with.

107 Anything Goes

I coloured my image with copics. The papers are all from Nitwit Designs and were free with a magazine…. have you noticed the ‘using up the freebies’ trend I am exercising right now, lol.

The pearl string is from my stash. The birds on the banner were on a string, and I trimmed them off to sit on the banner.

I am entering this into:-

Crafting Musketeers – #25 Use a Die Cut
Digi Designs Challenge – Two or More Designer Papers
Doodle Pantry – AIMPDC5 Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon – #290 To Die For
Mema Crafts – May: Anything Goes
My Besties Friendship – #13 Birthday
My Besties International – #11Anything Goes
My Besties Meet At The Scrapper’s Corner – #12 Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge – #228 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft – #5 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – #81 Anything Goes, Twist Make it Girly


Monday 18 May 2015

#139 Shaped Card

It’s challenge time again at Crafty Cardmakers and it’s my turn to host. I would love to see all your shaped cards.

I chose one of my favourite shapes for my card, Spellbinders Labels 25.

139 Shaped Card

I cut three card blanks with the largest of the dies, and also cut some patterned paper from the Prima Firefly pad, which I covered one of the blanks with. With the Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25 I cut into one of the other blanks and layered it over the top of the one with the patterned paper. I did it this way because I gutted the paper to get the central design, also cut from the Majestic Labels 25, and I needed it to look neat on the inside of the card so in effect I sandwiched a frame of the patterned paper between two pieces of white card. I could of course have just cut a frame with the larger of the Maj Labels dies, but I find I am not that accurate so it’s easier to layer some paper over the top to give the impression of a frame.

The butterflies are a Joycraft die cut from some foiled cardstock, and the sentiment comes from a Craftwork Cards kit.

I am entering this into:-

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #10 Anything Goes
OSAAT – #237 Anything Goes With Appreciation
Penny Black and More – May: Dies and Punches
Pile It On – #69 Not Cute
Polkadoodles – #19 Things With Wings
Quick Quotes Friday Challenge – #51 Add a Flower or Butterfly
Scrapper’s Delights – #44 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap – #44 Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft – #4 Anything Goes
Sister Act – #106 Anything Goes
Stamping Boutique – Die Cut or Punch
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – # Anything Goes – Add Pink


Friday 15 May 2015

ABC J for Jewels

Welcome to another challenge from ABC. This time we would like to see your jewel bedecked creations. We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and the team were lucky enough to get some of their fabulous images to work with, but I used one I already had called Festival Time

ABC J Jewels 1

My papers are from First Edition’s Hideaway pad, these particular ones are glittered.

ABC J Jewels Image

I coloured her with my copics.

ABC J Jewels Angle

You can see the glitter better on the pic above and also all the jewels I added both to the card itself and her dress, hair and adorning the butterflies.

I added a Joycrafts Butterfly border and a sentiment from CWC.

I hope we get to see your Jewelled creations.

I am entering this into:-

Always Playing With Paper – #34 Yellow, Orange, Green
Crafting For All Seasons – #103 Birthdays with Four of Something (Four gem corners)
Creative Colours
– #35 All Six Colours plus three of more layers
Double Click – Birthday Challenge
Inspiration Destination – #33 Anything Goes
(PIN)Spirational – #140 I was inspired by the butterfly in the image
Sweet Stamps – #221 Things With Wings
The Crafter’s Cafe – #116 Feminine
Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff – #183 Sunshine (I used sunshine colours)


Monday 11 May 2015

DV 106 Things With Wings

The challenge at Dream Valley today is Things With Wings. We are sponsored by Crafts and Me and the team were given some lovely digis to work with. I chose Poppy as that’s the name of my Dog!

106 Wings

I coloured Poppy up with my copics. Her basque is coloured with sakura stardust pens, and her wings, once coloured, were glittered with glamour dust. I fussy cut her out because I wanted to make her wings dimensional, and then stuck her back on some white paper, curling her wings up for that dimension. They also catch the light so much better than laying flat!

The papers are from two different months of a craft magazine, as it struck me that they went very well together when I was removing them from the centre of the magazines. Fancy die cut, Spellbinders, is cut from some Core’dinations paper and that has also been used as a background mat. I also used some Core’dinations in red to make a branch for the flowers and a decorative top piece, as I wanted to tone in with the background paper colours more.

The flowers are stamped and cut out of vellum with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies, and then coloured with the same colours I used on the image. I did curl the flowers up a little, but I may have flattened them out slightly when I pushed the brads into the centres.

I am entering Poppy into:-

Aliciabel – #7 Anything Goes, or add some flowers
Allsorts Challenge – #310 Die Cuts, more than 2
Colour Q – #290
Craft For the Craic – May: Things With Wings
Crafty Calendar – May: Things With Wings
Graph’It – #19 Anything Square
Left Of Centre – #77 Bling
Polkadoodles – #19 Things With Wings
Sister Act – #105 Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Blooming Challenge – #79 Anything Goes, Twist add flowers
Whimsy Stamps – #82 Colour an Image


Tuesday 5 May 2015

TMC 09 Triptych

It’s new challenge time over at The Mirror Crack’d and we would love to see a Triptych.

09 Triptych

I should have taken photos of this whilst making it but I have been suffering really seriously with a bad back and it was easier to just get on rather than keep getting up and down to get a camera.

I started with a blank MDF Triptych from Dutch Doobadoo, which I painted with white gesso. Then I used my gelatos, each panel slightly differently, to create a background.

With the lefthand side one I went over it with an Imagination Crafts stencil with white texture paste.


When it was dry I coloured the bees a little with some distress inks, and added glitter to their wings. Next I added a hat to, printed and then coloured up Honey from Vera Lane Studio’s fabulous Hope and Honey set of digi images with copics.

For the centre panel I created some sun rays with Tim Holtz’s stencil, and when dry shaded the rays with DIs. The Sunburst image is also from Vera Lane from her Buds and Birds digi set. I coloured up the Sunburst with copics.


The final panel I added texture paste through a Crafters Workshop stencil. I realised later that it sadly looked a little like rain, which defeated the object of the sentiment, but hey ho, it was too late by then.

For the image there I chose Honey, from Hope and Honey and coloured her with copics.


Before I stuck my images down I added some paint rings with various sized lids. I realised that the ones on Hope’s panel looked a little like hula hoops, so I positioned her over them to look as if she were about to use them. I created the sentiment on my pc. My little dog is my constant companion and I often tell her that she puts sunshine in my heart, which is why I chose the sentiment. As I am a little on the quirky side (okay yes, I am actually cracked!) I thought the image suited me well, although sadly I have a good few years on Hope!

Finally I edged all the panels with Peacock Feathers DI, and bound them together with some teal jute.

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – #26 Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - May: Anything Goes
Mix It Monthly – May: A Happy Couple (hope me and my dog are okay as a couple?)
Mixed Media World
– #2 Use Bright Colours
Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #225 Anything But Square
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – May: Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish – #262 Anything But a Card
Stamps and Stencils – Anything Goes
That Craft Place – No Cards
We Love To Create – #9 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes


Monday 4 May 2015

CCM 138 Make Your Own Background

Pamellia is hosting at Crafty Cardmakers today and she would like us to make our own background.

138 Own Background

I made my background with some white stamping card and a Moroccan Tile mask, which I sprayed Prima Color Blooms through in Iris and Glistening Waves.  I deliberately let it overspill instead of masking off the edges so that I would have an artificial mat to save me trying to colour match it. By the way, I discovered that Prima Color Bloom is awfully sticky when it lands on your table, lamp and long distance glasses!!!! *Makes mental note, must protect my work surface more thoroughly in future*

My lovely image is from the Polkadoodles Eden CD. It’s one of the fabulous pre-coloured images, which I was very grateful for as I am having severe back issues and I was in a lot of pain so didn’t want to sit colouring. I printed her and then edged her with the opposite colours to the background so that it would stand out a little better. Both the edge of the background and the image were then glittered with glamour dust. I love glamour dust because it’s intensely sparkly but it allows the colours beneath to shine through.

The gorgeous diecut above the image is from Sue Wilson’s Configurations Dies, and the flower is a Bosskut die, which I cut from some oversprayed card that I trimmed off and then glittered. The pearl and gem centre was in my stash, as was the birthday sentiment.

I am entering this into:-

Aud Sentiments – #130 Things With Wings + Sentiment
Come and Get It – Female Project
Craft For the Craic – May: Things With Wings
Crafty Calendar – May: Things With Wings
Cute Card Thursday – #371 Use A Sentiment
Doodle Pantry – Ants In my Pantry Digital Challenge #5 Anything Digital
Ike’s World Challenge – #36 No Patterned Papers
Kitty Bee Designs – #46 Girly Cards
Mema’s Crafts – May: Anything Goes
Outlawz Color ChallengeTwist Add something with Wings
Simply Create Too – #84 Pretty Woman
Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ Challenge – #78 No Patterned Paper


Crafty Boots Guest Designer Things With Wings

I am delighted to be a Guest Designer for Crafty Boots today. Their challenge is ‘Things With Wings’.

Crafty Boots Guest

Guest DT Badge

I made my background by embossing a Crafts Too feather folder and then swiping gently over with a blending brush with some Brilliance inks from the blue/green trio. I decided to have a play with my lovely new Kimono dies from Crafters Companion. I stuck a double sided adhesive sheet onto some paper (card would be too difficult to cut through!), and diecut the peacock, small bird and swallow, plus the flowers from the blossom branch. Then I peeled back the remaining sticky side and rubbed on some transfer foil.

The bird cage and branch were just left plain as was my lovely new Bo Bunny Lattice Frame and Lattice Centre die cuts.

I do hope you will pop on over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the Guests and the team have created and join in the fun.

I am entering this into:-

Animal Friends – Feathers With an Animal in the Bird World
Craft For the Craic – May: Wings
Craftliners – May: Make use of Proverb, In May all birds lay an egg.
Crafty Calendar – May: Things With Wings
Creatalicious – #74 Embossing Wet or Dry
Lia Stampz – Embossing Dry or Heat
Mixed Media Card Challenge – #11 Wings with Option of Foil
Operation Write Home – May: Embossing
Paradise of Stamps – #17 Animal
Polkadoodles – #18 Anything But Square


Friday 1 May 2015

ABC I Inspire Us

Our challenge at ABC today is I for Inspire Us, so basically anything goes. We are sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the team were given some of their lovely images to work with. I chose Moon Spell.

I Inspire 1

I coloured her with copics, and matted her onto some purple sparkly card to match her hair. The papers are from the sadly no longer trading Bearly Mine Designs, as is the gorgeous decorative swirl pattern behind the central image. I overlaid that design over the Mixed Media paper with a slight shadow. I glittered the moon, and added a metal corner and in the opposite corner a fabulous purple butterfly which appears to be holding a moon of it’s own.

I am entering this into:-

2 Cute Ink – #128 Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. – #309 Add a Charm/Use Metal
Craft For the Craic – May: Wings
Crafting with an Attitude – #2 Freestyle/Fantasy
Eureka Stamps – #138 Add Some Bling
Inspired by Stamping – #93 I chose the colour swatch
Moo-Mania – Butterflies
Quick Quotes Friday Challenge – #51 Add A Butterfly
Top Tip Tuesday – Due Mine is Girl and Pet
Whimsy Stamps – #82 Colour an Image



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