Monday, February 1, 2016


Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  My little dude managed his first proper steps over the weekend but as soon as you offer any encouragement he would just sit back down. We are getting there!!

It's challenge time at Daring Cardmakers. This weeks challenge is all about Balloons.  Our lovely host Leo would like to see balloons on your card. This could be an image featuring balloons or even a die cut.

I went with die cut balloons with lots of sparkle.
I made my card with a child in mind as I have lots of birthdays coming up from my daughters school.
I then added a little cupcake and flag

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more balloon inspiration.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fools Gold

This weeks challenge at Daring Cardmakers is hosted Sharon and its all about GOLD.  Sharon would like to see gold featured heavily on your creations.  There are bonus points for using rose gold with is Sharon's favourite.
I have gone with a Tim Holtz inspired card.  I have used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and used some core'dinations card and then lightly sanded over the top.
I then took my clear ink pad and gently wiped it over the surface and then added some gold embossing powder to create the back ground.
The cogs and gears are also from Tim Holtz and I have just ran them through my Big Sot using gold card.
The stop watch is a die cut from Sizzix and the clock face and sentiment are from Prima.
I then added a little peacock feather which was an old earring.

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team blogs for more lovely gold inspiration.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Leaf It Alone.

Hello everyone I hope you have all got back into crafting after the Christmas holidays. 
Its another weekly challenge over at Daring Cardmakers and this weeks dare is hosted by Jo.  Jo asks that we feature leaves on our cards and make them the star rather than an accent.
I have made my card a bit Autumnal but I am sure a lot of you are hoping for spring to hurry up and arrive.  I am sick of all this wet weather and our garden is so muddy at the moment.
A very lovely craft friend gave me the leaf stem die which I have used.   She no longer uses her big shot as she has now bought a different die cutter.
I then added a little wooden ladybird which looks really cute, a few gems and the backing paper has leaves on it too.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Elemental Inspiration

Happy New Year!!!
This is my first post after the Christmas holidays and I hope you all had a lovely time.
Its also the first challenge of 2016 from Daring Cardmakers.  As its the first Friday of the month after the break we have a lovely Elemental Inspiration challenge for you.
Jo our lovely host this week has picked the gorgeous picture below.
Remember to use at least 3 elements. 
The elements I have used are:
colours - I just love the pop of red
heart and stars
corrugated card to match the cupcake cases.
ric rac ribbon
glitter card
I have used a lot of elements this time but as you can see in the picture there are a few to choose from.
I have used a star embossing folder which I purchase from my lovely friend at Kerudoc Creation and embossed the stars onto white corrugated card.  I have also used some Tim Holtz dies to create the scalloped edges along with a piece of ric rac.

I have also included my favourite die!! The sentiment is from a selection at Pink Petticoat and I have finished with some sequins.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more inspiration.

Friday, December 18, 2015

All Wrapped Up

Well here it is my last post before Christmas.  First of all I would to wish each of my lovely followers a Very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016. I hope you all have a great time. 

And second here is this weeks challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.  This weeks theme is All Wrapped Up.  This could be gift boxes, wrapping paper, winter hats and scarves.

Don't forget Daring Cardmakers will return on 8th January 2016 with a brand new challenge.

My first card has a winter theme with this lovely snowman wrapped up in his festive hat and scarf.

This next card is made using a die cut tag from Do crafts and Xcut.  Which I have cut from pink glitter card and added some pink gingham ribbon.  I love none traditional Christmas colours.

Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more lovely inspiration.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Elemental Inspiration

Its my turn this week over at Daring Cardmakers to host the dare and its Elemental Inspiration time.
Here is the picture I have chosen for this weeks dare to get us all in the Christmas Spirit.  Well I don't need an excuse as I just love Christmas.
Remember you need to use at least 3 elements from the picture.
I have gone with the colours, (not sure why I didn't include the green), ribbon, gingham, jingle bell and some wooden embellishments.

The papers are from Docrafts and I have used some snowflake dies from Spellbinders.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat and the two little cups are from my stash.  I imagine that they are filled with hot chocolate just perfect for Christmas.
Don't forget to stop by the Design Team Blogs for more lovely inspiration.
Have a great weekend.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Something Stenciled

This week at Daring Cardmakers we have a pre-Christmas treat for one of you - a beautiful crafty gift you could win, thanks to our lovely sponsor,

 Bubbly Funk
Recently celebrating 10 whole years selling crafty stash on-line, Bubbly Funk has had a slight change of direction and is now specialising in selling stencils and the paraphernalia that goes alongside.  You'll find a huge range of stencils and masks in many different sizes, plus the inks, paints, sprays, mixed media goodies and the tools you need too. 
Caroline, of Bubbly Funk has put together a special prize pack which includes
3 stencils to play with, plus chipboard mini albums and keychains,
 crystal flowers, ink and ribbon
Wouldn't it be good to find that little lot arriving at your door?  All you have to do to be in with a chance of it being yours is to join in with this week's challenge - leave a link to your card and at the end of the week we'll use a Random Picker to select our winner.  We can't make it easier than that, can we? 
The Challenge:
Something Stencilled

Just use a stencil in some way on your card. It's not a problem if you don't have any ready made stencils - you could use a die cut, or the die itself, a doily, or anything else that you can paint, ink or trace through.

Here is my card
I used my stencil as an embossing folder instead.  I used some lovely core'dinations card stock.  I then just lightly sanded off the top to make the embossed snowflakes stand out.

Don't forget to stop by the design team blogs to check out their lovely creations.