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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Happy cards at Moving along with the times!

Good Morning all
(Well it's morning where I am!)  I'm on my hollies in Florida and this is the one and only card I managed to make before we came away.   With all the good intentions in the world it just didn't happen as things just got so busy with so much to do before I left that my crafting had to take a back seat - after much stressing about it in the end I had to let it go because after all crafting's fun and life is life and sometimes fun just has to wait!!

Anyway.... its my turn to host this week at MAWTT  and I chose the theme 

Make a card with the word "Happy" on it

As you can see I've got a "Happy Mothers Day" card to share - I decided it fit the challenge perfectly and so I kept it especially for this challenge - even though Mothers Day is long gone (in the UK - maybe I'll catch some US challenges because its in May here!!)

I used a lovely LOTV stamp called foxgloves available here - one that I haven't had for very long but it is one of my favourites - I just love the way the flowers fall on this card and its so lovely to colour.  I made it for my own mother - very clean and simple and I really liked how it turned out
This is what I did ....

Stamp - Foxgloves by LOTV
Paper - LOTV Antibellum pad
Sentiment - Stamping all day
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Card and pearls from my stash

I'll be trying to fit in some visiting to you all soon - so get the kettle on

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Addicted to stamps - happy
Add a little dazzle - mothers day of anything goes
Crafting with dragon flies - mothers day / for a special lady
Creative moments - girly
Whimsy Inspiration - anything goes

Crafty hugs

Judith xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Add a tag at Crafty Little Fairies Challenge this week

Good morning all

Well if all goes well blogger has posted this post and I'm getting ready to catch the train to London.  We're just having a sneaky couple of days away and hopefully take in a show - nothing booked just doing it on the hoof - I'm just that kinda girl lol
(so fingers crossed Mr Blogger has played nicely!)

It's Pink Fairies week over at Crafty Little Fairies this week
and the theme is

Add a Tag

I used one of the cute LOTV boys to make a birthday card
Its my son Matthews birthday in a couple of weeks so I took the opportunity to make his card
This cutie is called Sailing Boat and is available HERE

Our fab sponsor this week is 

Crafty Ribbons
who are offering a prize of a £10 voucher

This what I did....

Image - Sail boat from LOTV
Coloured with spectrum noirs and copics
Papers - Ahoy there! from Papermania
Tags - LOTV
Kraft card - Crafters Companion
Chevron die and Nautical Dies - MFT
Distress Ink - TH tea dye
Twine - MFT
Brads - from my stash

See you over at Crafty Little fairies challenge this week!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

4 crafty girls - anything goes

Judith xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Spring has sprung at The Paper Shelter - goodbye DWP and Las Vegas (and Florida) here I come!!!

Good morning all

I'm here again with post number two of the day.  This time for 

The Paper Shelter

we have a lovely theme for you this week 

Spring Delights

  (click here for my post for Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge)

I used this cute little image called the Florist available HERE
the set comes with background papers, jpeg and png images
and the pre coloured image that I used here. 

As always we have a fab prize for the winner at The Paper Shelter

And an update from my night out at Newcastle Boulevard drag queen show out on Saturday

The stars of the show...

Betty "legs" Diamond

This photo of Boulevard Show Bar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Miss Rory - the compare with the acid tongue!

This photo of Boulevard Show Bar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It's not the first time I've been - but its such a good night out - we ached with laughing!

It was my daughter Alison's 30th birthday - and she was dressed to kill as well in her sparkly dress and Jimmy Choos - she gave the drag queens a run for their money - Miss Rory was very impressed lol!!

 Alison in celebration - I've arrived! - mode

Me and Alison

Anyway back to my card!!

Here's what I did....

Image - the florist - from The Paper Shelter (precoloured image)
Die cut flowers and leaves - fabulous phlox from Memory Box
Papers - spring drop from First Edition
Vintage seambinding ribbon - Crafty ribbons
Metal butterfly - trimcraft Lilli bet
Pearls (coloured green with copic pen - from my stash
Distress ink - TH dusky rose

Hope to see you playing along at TPS this week

I'll be back tomorrow with my DT card for crafty Little Fairies - then I'm off to London for a couple of days, back at the weekend and then in to work on monday for my last day - as I'm taking early retirement from the Department of work and Pensions after 38 years!! - after that off on my jollies on Wednesday night - Las Vegas and Florida here I come - life's not dull at the moment!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

My Besties challenge - for Mum
Stampavie and more - girly
Hobby book designer challenge -spring

Judith x

Use your favourite colour combo at Pennys Papercrafty Challenge

Good morning all

(I'll be back later this morning with my DT card for the Paper Shelter)

Its time for another challenge at

 Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges

This week we have an easy peasy challenge for you 

Use your favourite Colour combo

I used a Pink/Kraft combo

The image is called Butterfly and Bluebonnet from Eureka Stamps available here
I just love this pretty image - I thought it was Lupins but Eureka call it Blue Bonnet.  Maybe its just the same thing different continent! - I'm sure some botanical person will be able to put me right.
The picture looks brighter than it actually is - I photographed it with a flash photo and I think its picked up the white areas and brightened them!

I'm feeling a need to get a bit distressed and inky lately so really enjoyed making this card- this was my direction when I very first started making cards and I've meandered into allsorts of other places on the way  - I've just sent for some lovely vintagey (is that a word!) stamps - so watch this space for the return of vintage!!
I sent this card to a lovely blogging buddy of mine for her birthday and I know she has it now so its safe to show!

We have two great sponsors this week 

 Stampart Design by Kathryne

(sorry I have't got the sponsor banners for you I'm still having problems uploading and i forgot to add them when I did the upload of the card on my (long suffering!) sons Mac)

This is what I did

Image - Butterfly and bluebonnet from Eureka stamps
Coloured with copics and Prismacolor pencils
Distress inks - TH shaby shutters and dusky pink
Papers - Antebellum from LOTV
Labels and postcard stamp al from LOTV
Kraft card - from MFT
Twine - MFT
Pearls - Kars
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Circle and scalloped circle - spellbinders die

Hope we see you at Pennys Challenge this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Scrappers delights - mothers day/special lady
Aurora wings - anything goes

Judith x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Boys to men at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Hi again!

So for  my third post of  in the long running saga of blogger that won't blog lol!

I'm using this as a a reminder of our challenge over at

it was of lovely Katies forst challenge for us and she chose the theme

Boys to Men

(or Boys II Men if you live in my world!)
I'm a big fan of Boys II Men - I've seen them loads of times - love their music and they have such fabulous voices and are a really great live act

Anyways back to the challenge!

I used a fab image from an artist I found only recently and I love his images

Meet That's Tragic from Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Available here

We Have two fabulous sponsors over at Fab'n'Funky this week

Stampart Design by Kathryne


I think I mentioned in my post yesterday that I bought a few Spectrum Noirs - mainly because I needed to refill several of my grey and neutral copics and they were ones that I didn't have reinkers for - so I decided I would give the SN's a go as it was cheaper them than buying the reinkers - and I got some extra shades into the bargin!!  I found them very easy to blend (VERY easy!) and although I didn't have the brush nibs and I think that would probably make it even easier when it comes the colours like the greys and reds which can be notoriously difficult to work with, I'd definitely say you don't need brush nibs for every colour, its definitely a different technique to copics and with a bit of practice it would only improve.   I'm now wavering on the edge - more SN's or buy the copic refills - I suppose there's nothing wrong with a combo as I have done here, it works!
Here's what I did.....

Image - Thats Tragic - fom Dr Digis house of Stamps
Coloured with Spectrum Noir and Copics
Papers - K & Co Hopscotch boy
Star dies - Joy 
Circle die - Spellbinders
Sentiment - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment "cards" - LOTV tags 
Glitter glue - (used to doodle round edges) Martha Stewart

We're off out to the drag show for my daughters 30th birthday celebrations tonight - always such a fun night out -Miss Rory the compare is the most beautiful "woman" you ever saw. I'll let you know how it goes - when I recover lol.

Have a great weekend everyone

Judith xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Its buttons and bows at Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge

Hi Again

I'm playing catch up now with my missing DT posts - but only because I've hijacked my sons Apple Mac - he's not at all impressed that I've taken up residence at his desk in this bedroom to use his super dooper machine lol - so its not going to be a long term thing, I still need to get things sorted on my laptop - but it's not getting any better - I'm having problems with commenting too now, on some blogs its no problem, on others the comments box is just a white box saying "resolving host" - I haven't got time to craft, blog and fix computers so for the minute I'm just having to struggle with things as they are : (
so please forgive me if I haven't called on you lately - I'll keep trying x

Anyway on the bright side here's my post for

Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge 
(due yesterday)

The theme is 

Buttons and Bows 

and our sponsors this week are 

Bugaboo Stamps


Meljens Designs

There are some lovely designs from the DT girls this week - you should pop over to take a look

I got to use this cute little boy from Bugaboo stamps 
he's called Kidz boy puppy- and is available here

I made this fore my grandson to give to his Mammy (my daughter)
for her birthday next week

I decided to give the spectrum noire pens a try (mainly because I needed to buy a few ink refills for my copics - so I thought I'd spend the money on pens rather than ink)  I was really impressed, they blend very well and are easy to use, the method is different but with a bit of practice (spot my deliberate mistake!!) they're definitely worth the money (and a lot cheaper than copics).  I only bought a few but might well buy some more as my copics need to be refilled

This is what I did ,,,,

Image - Kidz boy puppy from bugaboo stamps
Coloured with copics and spectrum noires
papers - K and Co hopscotch boy
Easel card made with papermania kraft card and Spellbinders circle/ scallop dies
Cloud die - joy craft
To my Mammy - made especially for me by the lovely Nicky at stampingallday
Flowers - EK success retro flower punch
Swirl - MFT die
Square Sentiment - Anna Griffin chalk board sentiment stamped with chalk ink
Buttons - Papermania capsule collection
Ribbon bow - from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Brown sugar - anything goes
simply create too - animals

Hope we see you playing along this week

Judith x

Some pretty photo inspiration for you

Good morning all

Well after yesterdays fiasco I'm here with a post today (with 2 to catch up on for yesterday!!)   Thank you all for the advice - I still haven't solved my blogger upload problems but I eventually managed to get my images uploaded last night by using my sons Apple mac and the only saving grace of that is as I use dropbox at least I can upload my images then just access them anywhere.  My son was delighted when I took over his desk to upload pictures at half past midnight last night while he went to bed - so as you can imagine thats not happening to often!!

Anyway on with todays challenge

We have a really pretty challenge for you over at Moving Long With the Times this week
Our lovely Pami is hostess and she has given us some gorgeous photo inspiration

Isn't this just so pretty!

And here's my card
My teamie Carole  used this image in a challenge a couple of weeks ago and when I saw it I knew it was perfect for my daughterAlison's 30th birthday next week.  The sugared almond colours are perfect for this image and as she is a girly girl I know she'll love this card.  This picture will be her on Friday night when she has her birthday night out with friends and family at a local club with a fabulous drag queen show - I've been before  its such a laugh - I'll update you on the proceeding after the week end.  Alisons birthday is always the event of the year as not only is it her birthday but also her husband Stevens birthday - and their 4th wedding anniversary this year- you can imagine the fuss we have to make of it all!!!

So the details of this card ....I wanted to keep it fresh but also use lots of embellies and I was quite pleased with the outcome, i bought those sunflower dies at the MFT shop on my trip yjere last Christmas -its the first time i've used them but it won't be the last - what a gorgeous easy flower it makes, and there are several elements on the die for plenty of variety - I still haven't added a "happy birthday" -the jury's out on what and where its going!! - the inside is also decorated to match with  another image and sentiment from stamping bella image - Opal the optimist- which says - "may your glass be always half full" - very appropriate!!- but I've got enough problems with photos at the minute so its wasn't photographed or uploaded - if I get the chance I'll add it later - just for completeness

This is what I did......

Image - from Stamping Bella uptown girls - Victoria and Juliette's night out
Coloured with spectrum noirs and copics
papers - perfect pair from LOTV
Dies - leaf - magnolia, sunflower and heart- MFT, heart pins obsession impression, numbers tim holtz vintage market, butterfly - whimsy stamps
ribbon - carnmeal cottage
lace - WOC
Flatback pearls - Inky Impressions
Sparkly bits! - glamour dust

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Charisma cards - birthday girls
Crafty ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
Divas by design - flowers
Rubys rainbow - happy birthday
ladybugs crafts ink - for a special lady

Judith x