Thursday, 22 June 2017

An English Country Garden

You can always count on our Ang to pick a belter of a challenge, and yet again she has!  (Love it Ang).

So for the latest challenge over at MAWTT, we are following the theme of...

In An English Country Garden

But wait, that would be too straight forward for an Ang challenge...so her twist is... picking a flower from the verse of the song!


Now half of these floweries I'd never recognise, so I bet some of you will quite successfully pull the wool over my eyes, however I do know a fox glove when I see one... and these are they courtesy of Poppy Power Stamps!

Challenges;
Crafty Sentiments - Use a sentiment
Addicted to Stamps - Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Favourite stamp - well favourite at the moment cause its new!
Ribbon Girls - Any image & ribbon


Monday, 19 June 2017

Summertime

Oh me! What a mix up this morning! My card scheduling has gone all to pot and I'm entering 2 cards into one challenge then leaving another blank!  Pauline, thanks for putting things right and helping me get things as they should be!

So... today's card, for the latest Ooh La La challenge which has the theme of

Summertime

So what do we associate with summertime? The sun, visits to the beach, the garden in full bloom...any of these and a whole load more!

I went with the beach, my favourite place on a sunny day and chose this delightful image from the Paula Oakley CD - can you tell it's a favourite of mine and if you don't already have it, might I suggest you look into getting it as it really has so many fantastic images!


Challenges;

Sunday, 18 June 2017

More Graduation

So it's another graduation card today - this time for one of Alan's closest friends who is from Ghana - so I thought I'd use a tartan ribbon to remind him of his time is Scotland!

Challenges;
SSW2 - Use sketch provided.

Sketch 114

Jx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Graduation

After several weeks...if not months of card block, I have eventually managed to start colouring and make cards using stamps not kits!  Not sure if this was simply due to necessity or if I'm actually getting back into my card making...we can but hope!

Today's card is for our son Alan, who heard last week that he will be graduating in Masters Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours!!! Can't get better than that so I thought I'd best make him a card to celebrate!  His graduation is on Thurs so I dare say you'll see a photo or two!


My card uses a sweet Penny Black stamp and a selection of old papers - I am trying to use what I have...for now!

Challenges;
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes with spots & stripes
PBSC - Masculine
Cheerful Sketches - Use Sketch Jx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Pearls

Monday morning and I hope you all had a good weekend.  Uni term is now over so I've got Colin back home just now, and then Alan at the beginning of the week which is lovely.  I also have this years Race For Life next weekend, so am busy with my running.

Back to card making for now though, and the latest challenge over at Ooh La La, chosen by me and it's

Pearls

So nice and easy I'd say, yet despite that I struggled to make my card - sometimes the more challenging themes focus you more and can actually be easier...or maybe it's just me!

So my image is from the lovely Paula Oakley Collection as are the papers, and here's my card...



Challenges;
A Gem of a Challenge - Men/Boys
Craft rocket - For men/boys

Jx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Graduation

I have to confess, I'm struggling to make cards these days!  My heart really isn't in it at the moment and despite needing several graduation cards this year, I've only just managed to make this one!  That said, I love these Pink Gem Topper Kits, and have relied on them several times this year when my motivation has left me!

So today's card is for the latest MAWTT challenge, which, if you haven't guessed by now, has the theme on...

Graduation!




Challenges;
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Deep Ocean - Furry or Feathered Friends
Fairytale - Things with wings
Try it on Tuesday - Feathered Friends
Dream Valley - Things with Wings
Jx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Food & Drink

Don't know where the last two weeks have gone, but here we are at the start of another new Ooh La La challenge, and Jane is asking us to follow the theme of;

Food & Drink

So I have made this male card using files off the lovely Paula Oakley Collection CD.


Challenges;

Monday, 8 May 2017

Something Beginning with "B"

Another DT project today and it's back to working with Ooh La La Cd's.  This time it's Deloris hosting and she is asking us to include;

Something Beginning With "B" 

On our projects.

So after flicking through several files, I decided on this beauty from the Shawn Jenkins Collection. So my "B's" would be;


Birthday / Blue / Boat / Bottles and ball of string!!!

Challenges;
My Time to Craft - Masculine
Crafty Catz - Anything goes + 5 = Wooden Embellishments
Sisterhood of Crafters - B - Birthday/Boat/Bottles/Blue
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Jx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fairies

Hi everyone, I'm the hostess this time at MAWTT and today I have chosen

Fairies

as my theme.  There are so many gorgeous fairies out there, so the problem this challenge is deciding which to use.  Again I've gone with a super sweet Wee Stamp image all ready coloured. and paired her with some old papers, and a fancy die.


I was really pleased with how well the colours on this one matched - not always that easy with pre coloured stamps, but today it was possible with the papers I had.

Challenges;

Monday, 24 April 2017

Christmas Cuties

This hasn't happened in a very long time! Two posts from me in the same day! Can't quite believe it myself actually but here is the proof, a second card and this time its a Christmas card!

And the reason for the second post, is that I was lucky enough to be asked by Lisa at the Christmas With The Cuties if I'd like to guest design.  Clearly the answer was yes and the card below was made following their current theme of,
Holly
So, initially my card was going to just feature holly, but in a last minute switch this Christmas Cutie was purchased from Wee Stamps as I thought she filled the challenge better!


Papers are oldies from a few years back, I think by Fancy Pants but to be honest I'm not sure!

Challenges;
CRAFT - Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Season's Greetings - Anything Goes
The Holly & The Ivy - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
CHCC - Christmas for a child
Jx

Get Well Wishes

Today it's Wynn at the helm of the Ooh La La challenge and she has set our theme as

Get Well Wishes

It's always lovely to receive a hand made card - but even more lovely when you are under the weather.



So for my card I used this image from The Shawn Jenkins Collection with matching papers.  This time the sentiment is off a Pink Gem topper sheet - it matched the card and was looking for a home!

Challenges;
Crafts & Me - Things with wings
4 Crafty Chicks - Butterflies
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Layers
Fab n Funky - In the garden
Paper Shelter - Use a sentiment
Jx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Birthday

Today's challenge over at Ooh La La has been chosen by Pauline and she has gone with

Birthday

So me thinks we will have lots of entries this time!


For my card I went to the Paula Oakley CD and grabbed this image of kiddy shoes all pretty in pink candy stripes!  As always the image and the papers are straight from the CD file - all colour matched and ready to use!

Challenges;
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Jx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Furry Friends

I've made so many cards with the Pink Gem kits lately, and never seem to post any in challenges, so today, as a card I made for my niece's birthday fits the Pink Gem Challenge I've decided to post it!

Challenges;
Pink Gem - Furry Friends
Jx

Spring Chickens

I've been messing about trying to finish this card for weeks now and eventually managed to piece it together this morning.  It uses a super Di's Digi and some of my favourite MME papers.


Challenges;
Die Sketch - Tanten - Sketch #30
Di's Digi's - Texture - Buttons, glaze on beak, flower & pearl

Jx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Into The Woods

Almost the end of March, soon there will be leaves on the trees again and Winter will be behind us.  I made this card however last month, on a wet weekend when the trees were bare and Summer a long way off!

What isn't a long way off however is the next challenge over at MAWTT, chosen by Terrie and she's asking for projects relating to the theme...

Into The Woods.

Now initially I was going to do a woodland creature on my card, but as I rummaged through my real stamps, I came upon this stamp again - it's very simple but I do love it!


So the ink dusters and distress inks came out along with Papermania Capsule Collection papers, and the end result is above!

Challenges;
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guys - In the country
Jx



Monday, 27 March 2017

Layer It Up

Almost the end of March, and time for another challenge over at Ooh La La.

Today we are looking for you to...

Layer It Up

Something that always happens on my cards to some degree, so my only decision was which image to choose!  In the end, I went with this lovely feminine dresser off the Shawn Jenkins Collection, and the results are below,


As well as lots of layers, I have a die cut flower, punched leaves ribbons and buttons all used to embellish my card.

Challenges;
CD Sunday - Any old iron - mirror frame & dresser handle
Dragonfly Dreams - Girly & Diecuts/punches
Glitter n Sparkle - Mother's Day/For a female
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls - Any image & ribbon
Crafty Catz - Anything goes & buttons
Jx


Monday, 13 March 2017

Bunny Garden

Mid March already, and what better theme that;

Spring is in The Air

for the latest challenge over at Ooh La La.

So Spring can mean so many things, daffodils, chicks, and in my case ... bunnies!



Today's files come from one of the older Ooh La La CD's - (still available to buy from the online shop though).

The CD is Everyday Occasions and the files - Bunny Garden.

Everything on the card is from the CD except the sentiment and kraft.

Challenges;
A Gem of A Challenge - At least 3 B's - Birthday/Bunny?Blue/Birds/Basil
Fussy & Fancy - Anything Goes
CRAFT - Spring/Easter
Creative Knockouts - Lots of green
Deep Ocean - Dots and/or stripes -  stripes
Jx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Rainbow or Rainbow Colours

It's a MAWTT challenge day again today, and back to Team A and Terri at the helm picking her first challenge with us, and she's picked a great one...

Rainbow or Rainbow Colours

So let the fun begin!

For my card I went with a super cute newish Bugaboo stamp which just appealed to me.  A little sad unicorn sat on a rainbow, wishing his dreams could come true... it could just be me sat there the way i'm feeling just now!


Sorry again about picture quality - white cards/dark days...say no more!

Colouring as always by Promarkers and my card is finished with Hobby House pearl strands and corner die cuts.

Challenges;
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Di's Digis - Die Cuts & Punches
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes Jx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Cupcake Creams

Another Monday and another new challenge over at Ooh La La.  This time it's Julie who is hosting and she has chosen a favourite theme of mine...

Embossing

It's up to you what kind of embossing you do - feel free to get out those powders and heat gun, but as I'm using CD files, I have gone to the aid of my bigshot and embossing folders!



So this time it's files from the Shawn Jenkins CD - I chose Cupcake Creams - love the colours on these files and I thought they coordinated perfectly with kraft card.

So it's a simple design, the image is on a daisy embossed kraft bed and the card is finished off with a ribbon, a die cut flower and some buttons.

Challenges;
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Jx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Snap

Yup, it's Birthday season in the Thompson house!  Today it's Colin's turn, Happy Birthday Col,love ya lots!

Another CAS card, simple design and a decoupaged camera.


I'm off in tonight to see him and hopefully out somewhere fine for a spot of food!  Might even manage to take a pic!  Jx

Challenges;
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Masculine - this is for my son!

And my little adventure earlier in the week... an overnight stay in Ardoe House Hotel, loved it!




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Solitary Sunflower

Today's card is for my next door neighbour for her Birthday today.  Happy Birthday Stella!

It's a CAS card using a single sunflower and a little verse...and as we are heading off today on a little adventure I thought the sentiment quite fitting!


Sorry again for the horrid colour of the photo - soon be summer and I'll have better pics! So my card is a first for me - Tim Holtz pens, a water spritz and ta-da a card!

The flower head is double stamped then a lovely sparkly from Hobby House popped in the centre.

Challenges;
Crafting When We Can - Flowers
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG
Brown sugar - Rhinestones or Ribbon - Rhinestones


Monday, 13 February 2017

Die Cuts

Today's challenge over at Ooh La La is

Die Cuts

One that I think will prove popular as I think they are a vital addition to most cards these days - well they are mine!

So with that in mind, I cranked the handle of my Big Shot and made more fencing and a couple of butterflies resulting in...


Sorry about the picture quality - winter light is never the best, or perhaps it's the camera!  My images are off the Shawn Jenkins CD as are the papers.

Challenges;
A Gem of a Challenge - Add a butterfly
Allsorts - Hearts or flowers
Crafting with Dragonflies - One for the girls
Creative Knockouts - Flower Power
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Jx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Ring a Ring o' Roses

Today's new challenge over at MAWTT is a real fun one!

Wendy has set it as

Ring A Ring o' Roses 

What a fantastic theme eh? Well I thought so anyway and had great fun making my card using a lovely new image (to me) from Aurora Wings.  I'm hoping that Wendy will allow a halo of roses to count as a ring - otherwise I'm goosed!


So my card uses gorgeous rose papers, given to me over a year ago by my dear friend Sue. Unfortunately I never got round to using them earlier, but that's not cause I don't love them, Sue they are so lovely and just the perfect match for this image, so thank you, (xxx).

Finally my card is completed with pearls, roses and a gorgeous ribbon from Ka De We, my favourite department store - sadly in Berlin though!

Colouring as always is with Promarker with a brush of Flexmarker.

Challenges;
A Gem of A Challenge - Hearts or Flowers
Allsorts - Lets Celebrate
Crafty Catz - 355 - Ladies
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Red/Pink with ribbon
Sketch Tanten - Sketch 28
Creative Craft Cottage - Flowers
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Jx

PS Sorry MAWTT teamies - today is Wednesday not Thursday, I'm only a day ahead of the new challenge!!!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Thank You

Today I'm the host for the Ooh La La challenge so I've set the theme as;

Thank You

I always think it is important to say thank you, and what better way to say it than with a pretty card.


For my card, I used files off the Paula Oakley CD - this one's called Sunflowers/Nasturtiums.  It's a lovely bright image perfect for the job I'd say!

Challenges;
Come And Get It - 3 or more layers
Dragonfly Dreams - With Thanks
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
As You Like it  - Favourite Flower & Why - Sunflowers - they are such happy flowers which just make me smile!

Finally a late addition to this post a picture I took of the countryside around us on my daily walk from the house.




Jx

Monday, 16 January 2017

For a Man/Boy

Second Ooh La La challenge of the year, and this time we are looking for projects around the theme of;
For a Man/Boy

So for my card I went with this biker Ted, off the Everyday Occasions CD.  My husband always spoke of his love of his Chopper bike when he was little, so this image made me think of him and the antics he got up to on two wheels!


The image and papers are all off the CD, I just added die cut clouds and a ribbon.

Challenges;
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Ribbon or Lace
Simon Says Stamp - Winter Birthday - Snow topped hills
Cardz 4 Guyz - Happy Birthday
The Ribbon Girls - Any Image
CD Sunday - Make it Male Jx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bugaboo's 7th Birthday Bash

Can't believe it's Bugaboo's 7th Birthday already - I've been a fan for years and still adore Jodie's fun images.

Happy Birthday Bugaboo!

So in true Bugaboo style, there's a week long of challenges to celebrate!

Day 1 Picture Inspiration:
So in keeping with the under the sea image I chose to use a little Bugaboo seahorse, and cause it's Bugaboo's 7th Birthday I used 7 of them!


Challenges;
Dragonfly Journeys - Birthday Bash
Polkadoodles Wk2 - Anything Goes




Day 2 - Stella Says Sketch
I prefer square cards so squished things around a bit and used a Bugaboo dolphin for my next card.


Challenges;
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Blue Monday

Not sure if I'll manage the rest of the week, who knows, but I'll post these for now just in case, Jx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Home

Today's card is a bit late in the making but hopefully it will now have been received.  It's for my dear crafty friend Susan and her family who moved north at Christmas.  Hopefully soon we'll be able to meet up and share some crafty time together. (x)

So. my card uses an image and papers are from one of Susan's favourites - Lili of The Valley.  It's one of their digi stamps and shows a lovely country cottage.  I've coloured it with my usual Promarkers, then added little wooden hearts.


Challenges;
Sweet Stampin - Something New
A Gem of a Challenge - Something New
Come and Get It - Anything New
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thursday, 5 January 2017

In The Air

Well, are you gradually getting back into the old routine now that the festivities are all past?  It's months since I made and posted 2 DT cards in the same week, but that's what I've done with this DL CAS card for MAWTT.

The challenge theme this time is;

In The Air

So I guess you could take that quite a lot of ways, balloons, birds, insects to name but a few or in my case planes.

This is the first time I've used this Funky Kits image called FF High Flyer - available as a digi here.  And I've just popped over to the Sugar Nellie page and discovered they are to close - so sad as it is a local company, based in Elgin.  They had lots of cute stamps and still have a few, so if you like this digi - grab him while you can!



Now I have to admit, my colouring skills (as always using Promarkers,) are pretty rusty, but like last year I aim to improve them with the help of Kit & Clowder - last year I bought a class...this year I hope to do it!!!

So that's my take on things, over to you now to see what you come up with.  Jx

Challenges;
Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/ monochrome
Cardz 4 Guyz - Up up & away
Passion for Promarkers - Anything Goes


Monday, 2 January 2017

Feminine

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone - hope it's a healthy and happy one for you all.

It seems like ages since I last posted on here - probably cause it has been ages!  So many Blogger changes too, I hope I manage to get this to work!

Today I'm here after our extended Christmas break to welcome you all to our new challenge over at Ooh La La.  And today we are working to the theme of;

Feminine

It's up to you how you interpret this, but for me I went with butterflies and flowers and a good few pearls!



My image and papers are off the Occasions section on the Shawn Jenkins CD then I used a variety of textured embellishments to decorate my card.  I also double printed the butterflies and layered them up to add further dimension.

I'd also like to say hi to our newest teamies, Jane and Meg who are now crafting for us on the Ooh La La design team - great to have you ladies on board.

Challenges;
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes