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Sunday, 1 March 2015

We have a flowers challenge over at Buckwells Crafty Challenge....

.... and I'm sorry to say I'm late : (

Hi all

I do hope you're all keeping safe and warm today - we've had horrible cold windy weather here and I haven't set foot out of the door today brrr...

If you've been around this week you'll know about the new communication aid my son has got this week - the good news is its going well.  We've spent a lot of time this last couple of days getting to grips with it and also loading up some stuff for him to use at uni tomorrow when he goes in.  He has a short film script to write and has to do a short talk on his ideas, so between writing of the script and getting it all set out for him to use he's excited and nervous about his first outing with it tomorrow - I'm certain he'll do well.

Anyway after dinner tonight I suddenly realised that in among all of this I had totally forgotten that March has arrived and my DT post was due for 

my very first challenge - not a very good first day impression - sorry Lozzy : / 

Our challenge this month is 


and I decided to go with a cute style card
to match the cute little image
Angelina from A Lil Digi Heaven available HERE
the papers are from the Microdot and Flower swirls collections
available from Buckwells Craft Supplies HERE

we have two great sponsors this month

who are offering a prize of 3 digis to the winner
plus an image each for the top 3

Buckwell Craft Supplies Shop
who will be lucky enough to win 5 sets of lovely digi papers

how good is that!

The DT have made some lovely flowery creations for your inspiration so hop over to

to take a peek - and join in with the fun

Here's what I did....

Image - Angelina from A Lil Digi Heaven
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Digi papers from - Buckwells Craft Supplies 
Sentiment - LOTV 
Dies - Circles - spellbinders
           Flowers - MFT blueprints 19
           Rectangle-  Mamma Elephant - sew fancy
Ribbon - Michaels
Buttons - Papermania

Hope you'll all play along with us - you have a whole month and with all those mothers day and Easter projects coming up I'm sure there's loads of flowers projects about!

Challenges I'm entering with this card...

Di's digi design challenge - Birthdays
Brownsugar challenge - Anything goes
Artbymiran - Anything goes
Crafty catz - use dies/punches


Judith xx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Happy Candy Draw results - It's you Pauline!!

Hi All

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my 

Happy Candy Draw

I really enjoyed reading the happy comments you all left
and visiting all your lovely blogs
I now have some lovely new blog friends too

So all in all my happy candy brought me more happiness!!

I'll have to do it again

But now for the all important winner
drum roll.....

Drawn at Random number

Random number generation / Random Numbers

Generate a random number between  and   = 7   

That's you Pauline!!

So email me within in the week Pauline and my happy candy is yours

Judith xx

Come and share my Happy Candy

Good morning all

Today is a "Happy Day!!"

....for all sorts of reasons : )

I celebrated my 3rd blogaversary in January
its February!
I tidied up my blog and feel happy blogging!
I just won Kate's WRS candy at her Downright Crafty blog! 
I won three other challenge prizes this week and I love them all!
I just bought some lovely fluffy angora wool in a sale to knit a gorgeous cardi!
I've just walked along the beach with my dog and it's my favorite place!
I have lovely friends and family!
I love my dog!
the sun is shining....

ha ha - it doesn't take much to make me happy

So I decided to share the happiness with some candy to celebrate

The candy includes

Ity bitty bow dies - by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
Heart Circle nestability dies - Spellbinders
"Happy Day" paper pad from MME
Selections of WOC flowers, charms, mdf frames and gems
American crafts ribbons 
Lily Rose clear stamp set and matching papers -(I got these free with a magazine and when I opened it there were two sets - so now they can make you happy too!)
and a surprise!!

To enter my candy

You must be or become a follower of my blog with Google friend Connect
and add your link to the linky below
you don't have to post a link to your side bar - but you can if it makes you happy : )

I will post worldwide so all are welcome

You have until 5pm Friday 27th February to enter - I  will draw the winner at random and announce it on my blog that evening

Hope you'll join in and spread the happiness
- oh and if you're happy today - tell me xx

Happy hugs 

Judith : )))

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Football bears! - show us some sport at MAWT this week

Good morning all

Hope you're having a great week - I've had such a busy time this last week and yesterday I just got myself something else to take up lots of my time - though it will be great when it's all done!!

My youngest son Tom has severe physical disabilities and although he can speak and we have no problem understanding him at home, his speech can be slow and sometimes hard to understand especially in a large environment.  He has been waiting for a while now to get an "eyegaze" communication aid - this will help him hugely especially with his Uni work when he has to do presentations and generally speak out at uni.  - Well it finally arrived yesterday and we had a whole team come to set it up!  Bars to mount it on his power chair, another guy giving some basic training on how it works and a speech therapist - just because that's what speech therapists do!! - For those who haven't got a clue what I'm talking about  - think Dr Stephen Hawkins operating a speech aid with his eyes - that's what we're talking here!! - technology is a wonderful thing ....sometimes
There's a huge amount of work to do to set it up to his requirements and that 's mostly my job I think, but I used to  devise training programs for new computer sytems when I worked in staff training a few years ago- so I sort of know where to start - but I think it will keep me busy for a while - 
so if I'm missing for a while I'm on a computer - just not this one!!

But in the meantime .....Its a time for a new challenge over at

Moving Along with the Times 

and our theme this week is 

Show us some sport

I chose a cute little image from

I really enjoyed making this card -very straightforward and fairly CAS - it's a birthday card for my nephew - who is a total Newcastle United nut! - so of course it must be black and white. I cut the happy birthday die cut twice (once black and once white) and layered them to create a shadow
 -that's probably the most complicated part of the whole card
  I think its a bit of a - says what it is on the tin card lol
football - birthday - black and white
that's it - no more to say!!

There's only a couple of days now to enter my happy candy - so if you want to join in here's the link

Here's what I did....

Image - Crafters Companion Mulberry Wood - Champion
Papers - happy - from MME Vintage
Coloured with copics and Spectrum noir pencils
Gems and Ribbon from my stash
Birthday die - tonic
Glitter glue - stickles

Hope we see you with your sporty cards over at MAWTT this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty ribbons - Black n White
Seize the birthday - masculine birthday

Judith xx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Let's see your snowflakes over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Good morning blog friends

I hope you're all well this morning

It's another Wednesday and time for another challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and this week our lovely Pat has chosen the theme 

***Let's see some Snowflakes***

can you believe another month has gone by
 and as usual our last challenge of the month
is a Christmas one

I used one of my favourite digi images for this card
together with my favourite snowflake border die
it's a lovely big 8x8 inch card

This cute image is Snowman hold my heart from Crissy Armstrong
I don't think it's available anymore since Whimsy stamps stopped their digital sales this year due to the new VAT rules
 - such a shame

Our lovely sponsor this week is the fabulous 

Bunny Zoe's crafts

gif maker

who are offering a prize of

How good is that!

There's only acouple of days left to enter my Happy candy draw
just follow the link HERE
This is what I did....

Image - Snowman hold my heart by Crissy Armstrong
Coloured with copics and spectrum noir pencils
Papers and dome stickers - 12 days of Christmas from docrafts
Die cuts - large snowflake - Memory box Bianca Snowflake
                Border - Snowflake border from Whimsy Stamps
                Heart die - Memory box
                Merry Christmas - Britannia dies
                stitched Square from MFT blueprints 14
Ribbon from my stash

Hope you'll join in with us a t Fab'n'Funky this week - a great way to get a head start on Christmas this year - at least that's what we want you to do!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

ABC Christmas challenge - D for die cuts
Simon says - anything Goes
digi chooseday - anything goes
Di's digi design - lots of embellies

Judith x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A little magic of the animal kind - and some ribbon and lace!

hi all

Click HERE to enter my 'happy candy' draw

I hope you are all well this sunny morning - the weather has been lovely here for the last couple of weeks now - still cold - but lovely days for walking and getting out into the fresh air. I was out with the larks with my pooch Glenn yesterday and Monday - I walked about 5 miles each day - with a coffee stop - it really blows the cobwebs away. We have to sit outside because we have Glenn with us but when you're dressed for it it's just lovely!

I'm here today with my DT card for 

where our challenge theme this week is

Animal Magic
(have an animal on your card)

I used the cute image Oh My! - available from TPS HERE

I used the pre coloured version of this digi set -the colours are so lovely and I thought it would look perfect with vintage type papers with a little distress ink - so that's what I did

I also thought I'd take the opportunity to use this card for the challenge at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges too!!

It's not my week to post over there but as the card fits the challenge
(and it wasn't even planned!)- thought I may as well use it for both

The challenge is

Ribbon and Lace

I got these lovely flower dies over in the recent sale at Sizzix - so pretty and so many ways to put them together - I'm sure you'll see more of them from me.  

As always we have a fabulous prize on offer at The Paper Shelter

Challenge prize badge

and at Fab'nFunky
our fab sponsor

is offering the winner 4 digis of their choice
So go on - one card will do it!
-Animals and ribbon and lace and you can enter both lol!
This is what I did....

Image - Oh My! from TPS
Papers - Panduro Tilda papercraft pad -"lavendar" 
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Flower dies -Summer Florals strip die by Brenda Walton from Sizzix
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment stamp - Whimsy stamps vintage birthday tags
Gems - from my stash
Organza ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Lace - the ribbon girl
Distress ink - TH vintage linen

I hope we'll see your lovely animal creations over at TPS this week
- and ribbon and lace at Fab'n'Funky challenges

Challenges I'm entering with this card -

Crafting for all seasons - punches and dies
Fresh brewed designs - animals
Rubys rainbow - anything green
Crafty gals challenge - bingo (ribbon/rhinestones and flowers)
Crafty Sentiments - bling it on
Just inspirational challenge - handmade flowers
Papertake weekly - bingo (ribbon/gems/punches)

Judith xx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

What's on your TV!

hi all

Click HERE to enter my 'happy candy' draw

So sorry I'm a bit late with my post today - I've had a busy time these last couple of days that as kept me away from my blog (and most other things!)  My regular visitors will know that my youngest son Tom has Cerebral Palsy which causes him to have severe physical disabilities - but he's also very bright and is now in the second year of his masters degree.  I regularly support him in his studies by acting as a reader and scribe.  He's been working on his dissertation proposal this week so it's been a busy old week work-wise - and not over yet! 

None the less I've eventually escaped
to share my card for this weeks challenge at

Moving Along With The Times

Our theme is 

Square Eyes
(your favourite TV programme)

I have to say I'm a bit selective with my TV viewing
but I do like a good old murder mystery!

I like programmes like Broadchurch and Silent Witness
but also the good old Agatha Christie one like 
Miss Marple and Poirot

I think this card is more Miss Marple than Silent Witness!!

It reminded me of when first started work and used to travel there on the bus - I used to read Agatha Christie books to pass the time - I must have read dozens of them and they were really good!
I haven't read an Agatha Christie book for years now - happy days!!

I made this card with another of those fab Sheena Douglas stamp sets - they're such good quality and stamp beautifully every time.  I think this card is more masculine than feminine - but could be used for either as it has a definite vintage look - its a large 8 inch card  and looks quite good IRL.
I did think abourt adding some flowers but decided to leave it as it was to keep it simple!

This is what i did..

Stamp - Mystery Author from Sheena Douglas a little bit sketchy range
Sentiments - top of card Sheena Douglas 'I say' from a little bit sketchy range
                     bottom of card - produced in word
Ribbon - Crafty ribbons
Lace - Creative expressions
Papers - LOTV father knows best
Charm - from my stash
Pins - from my stash
Dies - Flag tail MFT
Perfect pearls and TH distress inks Tea dye, vintage linen

We'd love to see you at MAWTT to show us your favourite TV programme

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Incy wincy challenges - use punches or dies
open minded crafting - no pink no red

Judith x