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Friday, November 30, 2018

Gift Box

Something different this time, a bit of mixed media on a box lid.  The box is made of heavy cardboard

I have covered the box in Christmas polka dot paper.   The snow has been made from Stampin Up Embossing paste, wow! worked a treat and dried fast.

I started with layering some stiff net  and the paste, working in the little wooden church and houses,, reindeer, sleigh and Christmas Tree.  The last two have been coloured with copic pens.

Two paper trees, pearl flourishes, flowers and leaves then added,  all finished off with some white pearl drops and crystal glitter.

Entered into:
Simon Says Mondays - Gift It
Outlawz Twisted Thursday - AG
Crafty Card Makers - Anything But a Card
MooMania - Trees  (paper and wooden)
4 Crafty Chicks - AG
Inky Mess - AG Mixed Media
Creative Inspirations - November Chill

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

And all through the house....

The image on my card is from QKR and is called "Night before Christmas".  Printed and diecut, I have coloured only the holly, leaving everything else white.  Then, layered onto more green diecuts (look black in photo, but they are a very dark green)  Matching dies inside with a stamped sentiment.

Entered into:
AAA cards -mostly white
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
Outlawz SAturday Paper A La Mode - Christmas
International Art & Soul - Funny Christmas
Incy Wincy - Square Cards
Creative Craft - Christmas is coming
Sweet Stampers - Christmas

Saturday, November 24, 2018

CHNC Christmas #413

This week's challenge is Anything Goes, Optional "Make your own background".  I was lucky enough a few months ago to win a prize from Beccy's Place and one of the sets I chose was "Ginger Bread Set" which comes in coloured as well as black and white.

I have created the background digitally using coloured images and sentiments from the set.  The House and Tree were printed black and white, and I coloured them with copic and little tipsy pens.
Fussy cut and adhered with 3d dimensions.

Entered into:
Outlaws Festive Fridays - Christmas
Christmas All Year Round - Gingerbread
Daisy Chain- Christmas/Winter
Createful Heart Designs - Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage   - Christmas is Coming
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Fab N Funky - Christmas
Beccy's Place -Day 8 G is for
Jingle Belles - Christmas Feast

Friday, November 23, 2018

Christmas Time

Here's a quick Christmas card made with Kaisercraft paper and sentiment. 

Christmas to me has always been about the warm weather and the red flowers.  I can remember my Grandmother always had a big vase of red Gladioli at Christmas.  The bottlebrush bushes are in full red bloom as are the geraniums.  Everything is green and lush as we haven't usually hit the full heat of summer, but it is coming. 

Entered into:
Through the Craftroom Door - AG
Cute Card Thursday - Festive Colours
Aud Sentiments - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - AG

Thursday, November 22, 2018


Bit different today, this card has been made with stamps and sentiment from Stampin up.  The background has been inked and dandelions have been embossed.

Entered into:
Mod Squad - Use rubber stamps
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG 
The Corrosive Challenge - AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG


This month's challenge at The Path of Positivity is SHADES OF GREEN.  Although Blue is my all time favourite colour, green comes in a very close second.  I love green because it is the colour of the spring grass, when it so lush.  The leaves on the evergreen trees and the deciduous ones in Spring, a sign to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, even a favourite apple is green, the Granny Smith.

Green is relaxing, rejuvenating and well, it's great being green!

This digital page has been created with a kit from Create Wings called  "Where Dreams Begin"  The little girl in the photo loves dogs and this is the first dog for her family.  I think the photo says it all.

 Entered into:
Path of Positivity - Shades of Green
Digital Whisperer - Love Birds


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Round Tuit

I haven't made one of these for years, love the little poem, I have added a magnet ot the back and it is hanging on the fridge door. 

This one has been made with Stampin Up and Graphic 45 papers diecuts and flowers from my stash.

 Entered into:
Dream Valley - No squares or rectangles.
Crafty Cardmakers - Lots of Layers
Crafting from the Heart - AG
Lets Craft and Create - AG

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Tag Time

A gift tag, the spotted paper is from Stampin up as is the green leaf vine.  The flowers, butterflies and gems all from my stash and the little branches are from a punch.

Entered itno:
Daring Cardmakers - Tag
Crafty Catz - AG optional with Wings
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode - Anything but a Card
Fussy N Fancy - AG
The Creative Crafters - AG

Saturday, November 17, 2018

CHNC Christmas #412

This week's challenge is something beginning with H.  I've used Bugaboo's - Christmas Horse for this challenge.  Coloured with copic pens and die cut, layered onto some bright red and white patterned paper.

Entered into:
Fabrika Fantasy - Christmas
Outlaw Festive Friday - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - AG
Papercraft Challenge - AG -  Christmas animal 
Sheepski Challenges - Christmas 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #208 - Decorate an Envelope - 15/11/18

The sponsor for the Crafter's Cafe this fortnight is: challenge is:

My Stitch in Twine
My Stitch back in Twine
Prize: 3 digis

The envelopes are made up with scraps of paper from my stash, great was to use the left over pieces, if you keep them plain you could post them, mine are to be hand delivered.

I received Gingerbread Boy for this challenge.  The image has been coloured with copic pens and attached to the envelope.



Entered into:
The Paper Shelter - Christmas is ComingStamping Sensations - Getting ready for Christmas 
Incy Wincy - Christmas
Not Just a Card - AG

As I already had Steampunk Owl, I also made a neutral envelope, that could be used for different occasions.  The owl has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, I have added wooden cogs to complete the envelope


Check out the beautiful envelopes at

Entered into:
Fab'n'Funky - With an AnimalOutlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes - The Owl Song
 A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

Through the Craftroom Door - AG 
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG

Southern Girls - Inks and Sprays -12 November

Our sponsors for this Southern Girls Challenge are:

A Day for Daisies
I received a beautiful image of  Bachelor Buttons in a Mason Jar.  The image has been printed onto the card base and coloured with inks.  The flowers and stems using a brush, the ink for the water has been applied with an acrylic stamp block.  Lace, gems and a sentiment completes the card.

 Check out all the inspiration at:

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CHNC Christmas #411

This week's challenge has the option of using a button or two or more.  I have built a Christmas tree with a twig punch, then decorated the trees with buttons, pearls, gems and glitter.  A wooden star tops the tree, the paper and sentiments come from Kaisercraft.

Entered into:
Outlawz Festive Fridays - Christmas 
The 12 months of Christmas - AG
The Crafty Addicts - AG
613 Avenue Create - AG optional Christmas 
Crimbo Crackers - AG
Winter Wonderland - What you love to do at Christmas (Trim the Tree)

Friday, November 9, 2018

New Technique

Thanks to Judy Woodland at ModSquad this week for introducing me to Modern Grid, love how it came out and although this was going to be a thankyou card, I loved the final result so much I used it to create a Remembrance Day page in my 2018 Envelope junk journal.

Both my Grandfathers fought in WW1, in Belgium and France and this Sunday it is 100 years since that war ended. A day to be thankful to those who have served, many losing their lives in WW,  but all servicemen and women as well.  "Lest We Forget"

The technique is so easy, check out Judy's posting at ModSquad HERE.  I have used Acrylic Chalk paints to colours the grid and copic pens to colour the image from Fred She Said, called Cosmos.  Fine Black sharpies for the lines and doodles.

I am definitely going to be using this technique again.

Entered into:
The Mod Squad - Flowers and Modern grid
The Paper Player - Thanks 
Use our Stuff - Give Thanks
Simon on Wednesday - Thanks
Crafty Gals Corner - Thankful

Monday, November 5, 2018

Snow People Envelopes

This month at The Outlawz Monthly Progressive challenge there are 2 images, Drawn by Krista and called Snowman and Snowman- Woman.  I decided to use both on gift envelopes.

Firstly I used lots of pieces of scrap paper to cover the envelopes, then the images were colured with copic pens, fussy cut and layered onto the envelopes.

Ladies first, to the front of the envelope I have also added, tags, 
snowflakes, dove, flowers, wooden tree and snowflake.


 Next comes the gentleman, to the front I have added snowmen, 
paper and wooden.  Also a wooden bauble.


Entered into:
The Outlawz Monthly Progressive Challenge
CHNC Patterned Paper
Crafts Galore Encore - AG
Dragon Fly Dreams - AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG
Double Trouble - Christmas
Incy Wincy - Christmas
Simon Says on Mondays - Make your own background (Franken paper technique )

Saturday, November 3, 2018

CHNC Christmas #410

This week the challenge is Anything Goes or the of option of use some Glitter.

Paper and diecut from Kaisercraft, wooden star and silver ribbon from my stash.  I stamped the sentiment and added silver glitter to the star and paper.


Sometimes something crosses your path and a lightbulb explodes in your head and you think why didn't I ever think of that!

I was looking through a journal page on facebook the other day and a lady was showing one of her pretty Franken pages. I had no idea what Franken was, after googling, I now understand it to be like building Frankenstein from pieces, you create pages with bits and pieces of left over papers from your stash. Bit like quilting with paper.  But it wasn't the page that interested me it was the technique and being able to reduce my stash.  I wanted to see what I could do with an envelope.

There in started a new obsession, I have done a number of Christmas envelopes which will be on this blog in a couple of weeks, so so easy to do and such a great result.

Basically, I used an already premade envelope, then started layering different papers.  I used a glue stick (my go to whenever I do a collage) then a brayer to make sure all the edges are stuck down.

So my mind is wondering, singing loudly "We are the Champions"  (having just seen Bohemian Rhapsody) and I'm beginning to get an idea together.

I love doing uncluttered cards, it is where I started many moons ago and I have decided 2019 will be the year that simplicity returns, not necessarily CAS, but simple cards and adding a  matching envelope.  Also, I would be using scraps as I create my cards and that would be great leaving me in a less cluttered space.

Then today, I am looking at facebook again, (have to stop seeing things to do) and there is a DT Call for a new monthly challenge commencing in January, the  Rainbow Card Challenge, where the themes are going to be colours, how great is that, different colour or colour combo each month. I cannot wait for it to commence in January.  Click on the banner below to check out all the details
The Design Call for Rainbow Cards is asking for a monochromatic card.  Here is a chance for me to begin my simplicity card and envelope sets.  This card is made with Stampin Up papers.  The little Kewpie doll is a stamp from Creative Splendour which has been coloured with Acrylic Chalk Paint and fussy cut.  Then from the scraps a matching envelope.

I hope you like this new idea, I will certainly be using it a lot more often, and although I would love to join the Rainbow Card Challenge in January, if I don't get chosen, I will definitely be keeping the challenge in my diary, as I love the idea of just working with different colour palettes.  Fingers crossed!

Entered into:
Rainbow Card Challenge - DT Call
Crafting with an Attitude -AG
If you give a Crafter a Cookie.. - Babies
Love to Scrap - AG

Friday, November 2, 2018

Brown Sugar #284 Thankyou

This month we are celebrating, Being Thankful.  Our sponsor for the month is


I've used one of my favourite Sheepski designs called, Jo's Daffodiles.  A single layered card, typed sentiment, the image has been coloured with ink and Little Tipsy pens.  Finished off with ribbon added to the top and bottom of the card.

Entered into:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pearly Sparkles - October - Autumnal Colours

This month's theme is to use Autumnal colours and I have used an image I won from DS4J- Dad's Austin.  I've also done a bit of recycling as well.  The spotted card is from some packaging that came with flowers.  The Austin has been coloured with Copic pens and fussy cut, layered onto the card with some wooden cogs.

Check out the challenge at:

Entered into:

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #207 Masculine - 1/11/18

At the Crafter's Cafe this fortnight our theme is Male (young or old) and the sponsors are:

Prize: 2 images
Prize: 4 images
Prize - Tailored to each individual winner
I got to play with Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, which is always a pleasure as I get to go digital. 
I have used 

Also added some elements from my stash. 

Check out all the male inspiration at:

Orange Blaze

I found a new challenge today, so happy to have found a challenge where I can enter some digital scrapping.  You have to use White + 1 colour, and this months it is Orange Blaze.

All created with Photoshop Elements.  This is our youngest grandson.

Entered itno:
White with 1 - Orange Blaze

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for November 2018

I've made a Christmas card this month featuring Rick St Dennis' Clara and the Nut  Cracker, coloured with Copic Pens and layered onto Kaisercraft paper.

Check out the challenge at:

entered into
Cardz 4 Gals - Let's go Digital
Double D - Stripes and Dots 
Winter Wonderland - Colour it
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG