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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Winter is coming - at Moving along with the Times Challenge this week!

Good morning all

I'm here today to share my DT card for Moving Along With The times Challenge this week.  It's my turn to host over there this week and I chose the theme 

Winter is coming
(Winter themed or fantasy based Game of thrones theme)

I got the idea for the name from Game of Thrones - I watched the TV series and decided to read the books - a real epic task! - I'm really enjoying them - just about at the end of book 2 so I've got pleanty more to keep me busy

Anyway - I was all full of an idea that I would make a fabulous dragon card - and I know there are some fabulous dragon images around - only I didn't find one!! 

So I stuck with the easy option and made a winter themed card instead 
(I'm so disappointed with myself lol)

I used a fab image from Stampart design by Kathryne at Whimsystamps
he's called Owl-ways Winter and is available here 
the sentiment is also included as a bonus set

You may recognise the papers if you visited me yesterday - yes the same one! - I think I must be on a tartan thing just now lol -  But after checking out my Christmas papers I just liked this one best so here it is again!! -not to mention more Wild Rose studios dies that I really do think I'm in love with. 

This is what I did....

Image and Sentiment - Owl-ways Winter from Stampart Design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics
Papers - Dovecraft 12 days of Christmas
Card - Papermania - Krafty Christmas pack
Ribbon -Crafty ribbons
Holly berry - papermania
Berries on holly dies - viva decor red pen
Inking on dies -TH bundled sage DI
Glamour dust for added sparkle!
Dies - spellbinders circle and Scalloped circle
        - Wild Rose Studios Holly flourish and Small frame from Snowflake frame set

We'd love to see you at MAWTT this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Jingle belles - Christmas card with a creature (6/11)
Polka doodles - Christmas fun (31/10)
Aud sentiments - 2 or 3 word sentiment (5/11)
As you like it - Cute or Elegant - for me its cute (most of the time!) - cute is usually easier and cuter!! -thats a good enough reason for me (5/11)

Judith x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Hello again

Its challenge time again at 

 and it is also my last week as part of the lovely DT.  I've got such a lot going on just now that I've decided to stand down from the team.  I've so enjoyed my time with Penny's and I'd like to thank Julie for having me on the team and also for being such a great boss lady over there!!

But onto the job in hand 

Today's challenge is one of those easy peasy ones

Anything Goes

We all got to work with one of the sponsor images for this week
 and I chose a real little cutie to make a card for a new baby,
it's from Stitchy  Bear's Digi Outlet called 
Droppin In -  available here

our fab sponsors this week are


There are some fab prizes - check it out at the challenge blog

This is what I did....

Image - Droppin in from Stitchy Bears Digi outlet
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour pencils
Papers and sentiment - LOTV 
Dies - Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies
          Magnolia Swirl and leaf
          Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle
          Scalloped border spelbinders (hidden under the image. flowers and ribbon!)
Pink card - bazzill basics
Vintage  seam binding ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dewdrops from my stash

I hope we'll see you at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge this week

challenges I'm entering with this card 

Crafty creations - brads buttons or bows (12/11)
simon says - anything goes (5/11)
divas by design - anything goes (5/11)
bunny zoes - animals (9/11)

Judith xx

Have a Beary Happy Christmas xx

Good morning all

Well its Wednesday again and another week has been marked off in the countdown to Christmas
I'm so pleased that we started the monthly Christmas challenges at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this year and as its the last week of the month today is the day for Octobers Christmas Challenge

I have myself a nice little stash of Christmas cards now- well over 20 - so much better than I've done other years and I'm thinking that I might not have such a panic over cards this year - phew!!

So as usual for our Christmas challenge it's an easy one 


My card is made with one of the really cute bears from Stampart Design by Kathryne 
This is one of the bears in Little Bears Winter Fun set
and the sentiment comes with it too 

Available here from Stampart Design by Kathryne at Whimsy Stamps 

We are proudly sponsored at Fab'n'Funky this week 


Dilly Beans Digi Stamps

there are great prizes up for grabs - call over to the challenge blog here to see details of the challenge and the fab designs that the DT girls made this week

I  love colouring Kathy's cute bear images and this one was no exception,  I always use the same colours to colour my bears Copics E40, E41 and E43 - but shock horror - I found my E43 totally dried out!! - I've sent for a new refill but it forced me to use a new colour combo - and I rather liked it. For this one I used E35, E34 and E31 and a touch of E33 too.  I rather like the colour its sort of traditional golden teddy bear,  after that he's simply shaded with a grey prismacolor pencil and there he is a golden coloured teddy bear!!

I'm loving these dies I bought from Wild Rose studios - it's the first of their dies I've bought - and it definitely won't be the last - they cut beautifully first time (no poking out the pieces  and turning on the diecutting platform to get it to cut ) - I was well impressed.  The corner die has been cut several times and cut and pieced to make the border and the snowflake on the ribbon.  It really is very versatile.

This is what I did...

Image and sentiment - Little bear winter fun from Stampart design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - 12 days of Christmas from Dovecraft
Vintage seam binding ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Snowflake corner and Snow Frame from Wild Rose studios
           Sentiment cut with Sue Wilson Saltzberg from the Austrian collection
Glamour dust added to snowflakes for a little bit of sparkle

I hope to see your Christmas cards at Fab'n'Funky this week - you know you really need to!!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Christmas with sweet stamping - snowflakes (12/11)
Crafty creations challenge -brads buttons or bows (12/11)
Simon says - anything goes (5/11)
divas by design - anything goes (5/11)
PDE linky party - easel cards (4/11)
Polka doodles- christmas fu)n (31/10

Judith xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

.Run Run Run!

Good Morning all

I'm here on a Saturday morning for the first time in ages!
and only because I'm very late lol

This is my DT card for Fab'n'Funky Challenges
I had this card half done and it's taken me until now to get a chance to get it finished!

Our challenge theme this week is 

In Stitches 
(having a laugh)

so you can either show us a funny card or a card with stitching on it

Here's my card

using the image Run Derek Run available here

It's from our fabulously fun sponsor for this week

Doctor Digi

I chose this image because it's perfect for my son Matthews birthday
- even though it's not until next April!!

Matthew has just recently left home and is living up in Edinburgh.  All grown up he is with a job, a car and a room in a flat share in central Edinburgh. it's not the first time he's been away from home, he spent 3 years in Norwich when he was at University there - and that's sort of where this card fits in.  He's still in touch with his old house mates from uni but they're scattered all over the country so don't meet up to often.  But they have an annual reunion each year - and next year it's to be in Berlin - one of them decided that as the Berlin half marathon  is on while they are there that he was going to enter - and Matthew decided he would do it too - all well and good but the most he's ever run in recent years was to catch a bus!!! - So he's in training and he's got loads of time - but we still all think its more than a bit funny that Matthew is running - hence this card!!

Here's what I did...

Image - Run Derek Run - from Dr  Digi's house of stamps
Coloured with spectrum noir pens and pencils
Papers - LOTV - father knows best
Sentiment - Anna Griffin Birthday sentiments set from QVC
Tiny brads- Papermania
"Run" - punched with a very old letter punch set I got from QVC when I first started making cards

I decided to just post this late as a midway reminder -We'd love to see your fun cards - or perhaps your elegant stitched ones - either way we'd love to see you at Fab'n'Funky - and youve still got loads of time to enter

Judith xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Pennys Paper crafty challenge - Polka dots and pearls

Hello again

Here I am with card number two for today - this time for 

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 

Our theme this week is 

Polka dots and pearls

I had chosen this very pretty image from

Sassy Studio Designs

she is called Rapunzel Sasy - available here

Coloured her up with copics  in a  spellbinders die cut frame - then pretty much couldn't decide what to do with her!  I had some lovely linen effect cards left over from some invitations I had made  and as she is such a pretty little girl I decided that she didn't need much at all.  She has pearls in her hair and my polka dots are on the little organza ribbon, the sentiment is from the lovely new set of Anna Griffin birthday sentiments that I got from QVC last week  - so that's it -done!!

Hope you'll pop over to Penny's this week - there are some lovely cards and we have some lovely new teamies too

Judith xx

We're celebrating Halloween at the paper shelter this week

Good morning all

Whoops just checked and my scheduled post didin't!! - here it is : )

I'm here for another one of my Wednesday 3 card tricks lol.  This is my first DT post of the day and its for 

The Paper Shelter

We are being very seasonable and celebrating that spooky time of year!

our theme is simply


I used a lovely new digi that was just released at TPS last week called 

The Cutest Wizard available here
Together with those fab Spooktacular signs papers - so useful for all things Halloween and they're available here

I made another of my gift/trick or treat bags - like the one I made  a couple of weeks ago and really liked how it turned out. 
  My daughter Alison is going to come round trick or treating with her friend Rachel - well they are bringing their two little boys with them lol -my grandson Jacob and Rachel's little boy Leo -  both almost three years old.  So I decided I'd make them a bag each and find some goodies to fill it with for them - not sure if they'll have a clue what's going on but I'm sure they'll enjoy it.  They're only calling at our house and Leo's grandmas house - probably enough for a first Halloween outing I think.  Funnily enough I remember Alison and Rachel going out with the rest of their friends when they were teenagers - they were supposed to be based on the film "The Craft" - all short skirts and too much make up as I recall - happy days - how time flies!!

Anyway I digress - back to my card and this weeks challenge.

As always we have a fab prize for our winner at TPS

Challenge prize badge

I hope you'll play along with us

This is what I did,,,

Image - Thcutest wizard from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolor encils
Paper - from the Spooktacular signs paper set at TPS
Glitter glues from Martha Stewart
Kraft bag - from Michaels
Stars - cut with a Nallie Snellen die

That talented bunch of DT girls over at TPS have mad some gorgeous projects this week - pop over and have a look at what they have made with the fabulous Halloween images and papers that we have at TPS


Judith xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

We're having a white out!

Good morning all

Hoping you are all bright and breezy this morning and that the weather is being kind to you in your little corner of the world.  As for my post title - no we're not having snow here in the frozen north of England  but we do want to see your white cards at Moving Along With The Times this week, so a little snow is definitely a good thing - well on your card at least!

The theme this week is 

White Only

I decided to have a play with my dies to make this card and it turned out pretty much as I had in mind - which if you knew how I mess on with this type of card is an achievement in itself!!
It's another one of those big 8x8 inch cards - I'm on a real roll with these big Christmas cards just now.  My main problem was getting a good photograph. I got a couple of really weird ones where the words and embossing sort of reversed - strangely enough it looked ok upside down as I was manipulating it in my photo editor to try to do something with it - but I thought you might like to see it the right way up, so after much repositioning and changing of lights I finally got it!!

I have been having a little retail therapy this past week to cheer myself up and part of my shop was some new Christmas dies and together with some old favourites they were perfect for this card.  I also had a good old shop when Anna Griffin visited QVC this week, I just love her range  - I got the lovely bow dies, the Christmas card kit for quick and easy lovely cards (I'd rather buy this kit than buy cards - I just can't bear to buy Christmas cards!!) I also got some stamps and a big hole in my bank balance!! - the card kit came today and if you like vintage style its well worth it - as everything is in there down to the inserts and envelopes -and there'll be lots of embellies left over for some inspired creations!

This is what I did,,,,,,

8x8 inch card 
White card
Sparkle embellies from creative expressions
Noel die - Sue Wilson at Creative expressions
Snowflake corner die (I used 4 to make a frame) - Wild Rose Studios
Layered poinsettia dies - Spellbinders - my favourite poinsettia die by far
Leafy spruce looking thing!! -Mariannes creatables (I think its called mistletoe?)  - coated with 
Cosmic shimmer jewels - iced snow

I hope I've inspired you to make a WOW (white on white card)  I think they make very elegant special Christmas cards which are really quite easy to make once you get all the dies cut and embossed, I think I'll make a couple more while I'm on a roll! 

There are some really beautiful cards over at MAWTT - if you need some more persuasion to have a go click here!