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Monday, 19 February 2018

Good luck in Your New Job Kevin

Today is a special day for our eldest son Kevin.  He is re-joining the NHS and is going to be working at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the West Middlesex Hospital.
I thought he needed an appropriate card so I have made this one for him using various images and papers from downloads from the Hunkydory Club called "Thursday - Man's World" and I have used a brown paper with faux stitching and a brown/blue check.
His dad and I so proud of Kevin going back to join the NHS.  Sadly we have nearly lost Kevin twice in his life due to brittle asthma but thankfully NHS staff have made him better.  As an adult Kevin has always said he wants to give back to the NHS so his new job will let him do this.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option for a boy/man
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of layers
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

Friday, 16 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 16 February 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

This week the Design Team were challenged with the topic of "patchwork".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 I have decided to make sure I keep making Christmas cards throughout the year like I did last year.  It makes things less stressful come November/December time!!  As this is likely to be a posted card I have had to keep it as flat as possible.

For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Holly Fairy" (which comes in a set of 3 other images - Merry Season, Poinsettia Fairy and Cherish Christmas).  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers and then used my Graph'it gold sparkle pen for the background.

The backing papers are from my stash.  I decided to cut 9 squares with a The Works square stitched die and alternated them on the backing card to form a patchwork effect.

I have finished the card off with some organza ribbon, die-cut sentiment and some pearls.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin/fairy's wings - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Raw Sienna, Cocoa and Spice
Holly leaves - Forest Green and Lush Green
Berries - Red and Poppy Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option of cute
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Add an embellishment (ribbon and pearls)
Simon Says - Add a die-cut (die-cut squares and sentiment)
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Anything goes
Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything goes with the option of reindeer
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option for a boy/man
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Lots of layers
Winter Wonderland - Anything goes Christmas
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Make it girly
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of using some pretty ribbon

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Today it is Valentine's day here in the UK.  I recently won a challenge over the 2 Crafty Crazy Critters Challenge Blog where Sasayaki Glitter were the sponsor.  I had a look at the images and chose this one as I thought I could use it for my husband's Valentine's day card.  The image I have used is called "Image #95 - Turtle love".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to the eyes (I am having to use my husband's tablet to take my photos as my computer is poorly and will not download images from my camera.  The eyes in real life look totally smooth but they look a bit bumpy with the Glossy Accents in this photo but not sure how to tweak things on the tablet to enhance pictures).  I then fussy cut out the images.

The backing papers I have used are from a pad from B&M.  I chose the one with greenery as I thought it was a nice backdrop to the turtles.

I have finished the card off simply with a heart doily which I have coloured with Tim Holtz's Shabber Shutters distress ink, stamped and die-cut sentiments and some Nuvo pearl drops.

Promarkers used:

Turtles - Meadow Green, Apple, Leaf Green, Olive Green, Marsh Green, Poppy and Berry Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
2 Crafty Critters - Anything goes with critters
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Love
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Crafty Friends - Love is in the air
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Allsorts - Love is in the air
Delicious Doodles - Valentine/love
Digi Doodle Studios - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Valentines/mums
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 13 February 2018

 Welcome to another challenge over at the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog.

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".
 For my love themed card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "Baking Love".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, chalked around the edge of the image and added my Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pen over the top of the cake and the hearts.

The backing papers I have used up from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a large "LOVE" stamped sentiment, Die'sire die-cut hearts, stain ribbon and some pearls.

Promarkers used:  

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 

Hair - Raw Sienna, Cocoa and Burnt Sienna

Dress/top/hearts - Amethyst, Purple, Plum, Duck Egg, Denim Blue and white gel pen.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:  

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Love
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
That's Crafty - I heart you
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional themes of National Umbrella Day or World Compliment Day
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
I Love Promarkers - Love/wedding anniversary
Creative Craft Cottage - Love is all around
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Fab n Funky - Valentine - say it with words
Paper Shelter - For the one you love
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Crafty Friends - Love is in the air
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Allsorts - Love is in the air
Digi Doodle Studios - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
The Cutie Pie - Valentines/mums
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of winter
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes

Monday, 12 February 2018

40th Birthday Wishes Just for You

Here is a 40th birthday card I made using a kit from Hunkydory Crafts called "In the Boudoir".

I have used a topper sheet and backing card.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment and ribbon from the design sheet, organza ribbon bow, button and a die-cut number 40.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Cardz 4 Galz - Think pink
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This set is called "Misty Moon".  

In this set you will get two different levels of grayscale image.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $2.50 (instead of the original price of $3.00).
  Hurry as this offer ends on 17 February 2018.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 9 February 2018

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.   

The challenge topic for February 2018 is "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my journal page I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Key to my Heart".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from a Debbi Moore Inspiration Magazine.

I have used a heart embossing folder and cut the hearts out.  I have used a tag die I got for Christmas and cut two out and embossed one with the heart embossing folder.

I have finished the journal page off with some organza ribbon, stamped sentiment and tiny little die-cut flowers.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair/roses - Pink Carnation, Blush and Fuchsia Pink
Leaves - Bright Green and Forest Green
Background - Blue Pearl.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Love - Valentine's day, wedding, engagement
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - I Love You
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Think pink
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Pearly Sparkles - Love, love, love
Brown Sugar - Valentine (love)
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
CCC Digi Creations - It's all about love
Let's Craft and Create - Anything goes with the option of Mother's Day/mothers
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with the optional theme of "Be my Valentine"
Daisy Chain - Add a heart
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Simon Says - Love is in the air
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Love/Valentine
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Love and kisses
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Depp Ocean - Love is all around
That's Crafty - I heart you
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional themes of National Umbrella Day or World Compliment Day
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/all loved up
I Love Promarkers - Love/wedding anniversary
Creative Craft Cottage - Love is all around
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Love is in the air and/or the colour scheme of red and pink
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Love
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Good Luck

This is a card I made for someone at work who has got a new job.  I have used these beautiful butterflies and flower image from a Joanna Sheen Jody Bergsma paper pad (sadly this paper pad does not seem to be on their website anymore).  I have cut out the flower and butterflies and decoupaged up.

I have finished the card off by adding glitter glue to the wings of the butterflies, added some seam binding ribbon, a stamped sentiment and some gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critters Crazies - Anything goes with critters
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Get Creative - Use ribbon or washi tape
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Monday, 5 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "Still".  

In this set you will get a black-and-white image with a background, a black-and-white image without background and a partially coloured image with the background.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $3.00 (instead of the original price of $4.00).
 Hurry as this offer ends on 10 February 2018.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Best Wishes and Your're the Best

 Here are two cards that I have made using a Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Love Barn Owl".  I started off with painting over the image with Pebeo drawing gum to mask off the owl and greenery.

I then scribbled various Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Aqua pens onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and then swooshed the card into the ink/water.  Once dry I rubbed off the drawing um which came off easily.  A previous one I had when you rubbed it rubbed holes in your card.

I then coloured the image in with my Promarkers.

For the red card I have used various red papers from my stash, added a Craftwork Cards sentiment  and some die-cut feathers.

For the purple card I used papers from my stash that have been designed by my friend Lozzy.  I finished the card off with a Cherry Lynn border (I haven't used this for ages and ages as no matter how many times I put it through my Grand Calibur it would never cut properly.  One pass through my Gemini and all the bits fell out!!), Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and some die-cut feathers.
Promarkers used:

Red card - Khaki, Cocoa, pastel Beige, Saffron, Vanilla, Bright Green and Meadow Green and Burnt Sienna
Purple card - Khaki, Sandstone, Tan, Pastel Yellow, Raw Sienna, Bright Green, Meadow Green.

I am entering these two cards into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite colour (I am entering the second card as my favourite colour is purple, purple and more purple!!)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of one for the girls
Crafty Calendar - 2 or more layers
Sweet Stampin - Anything but a birthday
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of love
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Kit and Clowder Facebook Group

Just to let you know that there is a special event going on over at the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group.

Ching-Chou Kuik is giving away a free digital stamp.

Hurry on over and take a look.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 2 February 2018

 Good morning.  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".

PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation.
 This week our sponsor is "Bugaboo Stamps".
 For my card I have used the Bugaboo Stamps image called "If Friends were Flowers".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and added my Crafter's Companion clear sparkle pens to areas for some sparkle and shine.

The backing papers I have used are from a Debbi Moore Inspiration Magazine (flowery one) and the other backing paper has been designed by my friend Lozzy and comes from the "scratch" set she has designed.

I have finished the card off with various die-cut butterflies with the addition of some Stickles glitter glue, seam binding bow and some gems.

Promarkers used: 

Flowers - Lilac, Lavender, Orchid, Ice Grey 1, Forest Green and Bright Green.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Valentine
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Photo inspiration - I was inspired by the flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite colour (purple, purple and more purple!!)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of love/anniversary/thinking of you
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Country View Challenge - Anything but cute
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper February Challenge - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of one for the girls

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This image is called "It's Hummingbird".

In this set you will get a clear digital stamp (black-and-white image)
and a
partially coloured digital stamp.

This set is available in the Etsy Store at a special introductory price of $3.00 (instead of the original price of $4.00).
 Hurry as this offer ends on 6 February 2018.

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps February Facebook Challenge - Be my Valentine

 Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

The topic for the challenge this month is "BE MY VALENTINE".

I decided to play along with their challenge this month.
 I do apologise for my photograph.  As my computer is not allowing my camera to download I have had to resort to my husband's tablet and I'm not the best at using it!!

For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Bunch of Love".  I have coloured my image in with Promarkers.

The backing papers I have used are from Carta Bella "Words of Love" paper pad.

I have finished the card off with some black satin ribbon, white ribbon with red lips on it, stamped and die-cut sentiment and different sizes and shapes of hearts cut from black cardstock and Hobbycraft red glitter card.

 Promarkers used:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3 and Cool Grey 4
Dress and hearts - Ice Grey 2, Ice Grey 3 and Poppy
Background - Pastel Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Valentine
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of love/anniversary/thinking of you
Simon Says - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Love - Valentine's day, wedding, engagement
Craft Rocket - Love
Aud Sentiments - Valentine or love sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Lemon Shortbread Challenge - Tuesday 30 January 2018

 Welcome to another challenge over at the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog.

The challenge this fortnight is "anything goes".
 For my bright and cheery card I have used the Lemon Shortbread image called "60s Love and Peace" and I have coloured the image in with Promarkers.

I have used various odds and ends of papers to make this card.  I had a DCWV paper pad which I've not used for a while.  One of the papers had a paisley print with a light blue background so I have coloured two in with my Yellow Promarker and two with my Amber Promarker and fussy cut around as they match the paisley print of this girl's dress.

I have finished the card with some ribbon, die-cut sentiment and some gems.

Promarkers used: 

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Raw Sienna, Spice and Cocoa
Dress/boots - Yellow, Sunflower, Forest Green, Amber and Pumpkin
Heart - Red and Poppy Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/no optional twist
I Love Promarkers - Embossing
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says - Layer it up
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional theme of "something new"
Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Valentine
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of two new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 This is a PRE-COLOURED  digital art image called "Monarch Butterfly". 
This is a PRE-COLOURED  digital art image called "Two Ladybugs"