25/01/2023

Happy 40th Birthday!

   Good Evening!
It's been a long time since I've had a card to share with you all that wasn't made for one of the Design Teams that I'm in. Today's card is one that I made for a family friend who turns 40 later this week. It was the perfect opportunity to dig out one of my older Stamping Bella stamps!
It's been a rather grey and dull afternoon so unfortunately even with a daylight lamp this photo isn't the most flattering lol


INGREDIENTS -
Stamping Bella Stamps
Maja Design Papers
Flowers, Gold Berries, Ribbon, Doodlebug Sprinkles & Dew Drops
'Antique Linen' Distress Glitter and Die Cut Numbers

I'd like to enter the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ANYTHING GOES
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ADD SOME SPARKLE
ALLSORTS - SPOTS AND/OR STRIPES


 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

21/01/2023

January Challenge - Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

            Good Morning!

Today we have a new challenge over at PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. 
This month's challenge is 'Anything Goes ... Optional - Something New!'
I decided to create a white on white card using a wintery stamp, nowadays its more common to get snow in January rather than at Christmas so I wanted to show that a stamp that would usually be used for Christmas cards can also be used for an everyday card.

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black 'Pretty Perch' Stamp & PB Sentiment
DCWV Embossed Papers
Brown & Green Pearl Embellishments
White Frantage Chunky Embossing Powder

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - FABULOUR FLOWERS
ALLSORTS - SPOTS AND/OR STRIPES

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX    

08/01/2023

Sweet Bears - Lili of the Valley Design Team!

  Good Morning!

Earlier in the week I shared some creations using stamps from the latest LOTV launch and today I'm back with another! Today's card is using a design from the Sweet Bears set and the individual stamps are perfect for smaller cards.

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Sweet Bears' Stamp Set
Sentiment from Bear Hugs Set
Maja Design Papers
Doodlebug Sprinkles & Doodlebug Sequins
Large Pink Shimmer Dome Sticker by Papermania

I'd like to enter the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - SOMETHING NEW
(new stamp)
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ADD SOME SPARKLE
ALLSORTS - SOMETHING NEW 
(new stamp)

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

04/01/2023

January Challenge - Creative Inspirations!

Good Morning!
Today we are launching our January Challenge over at CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS!
We're back with a returning sponsor who have also let us use one of their Digital Stamps on our creations. Our theme this month is 'Something Old, Something New!' I opted to use some extremely old design papers in my stash by Basic Grey but the something new option is also covered because I've used the new digi!

INGREDIENTS -
'Desert Cactus' Digi by Polkadoodles
Basic Grey Papers
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Doodlebug Matte Sprinkles

I'd like to enter the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - SOMETHING NEW
(New Digi)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join in with the challenge!
Happy Crafting!
xxx

02/01/2023

A New Year Launch! - Lili of the Valley Design Team

 Good Afternoon!
Yesterday LOTV kick started the new year by launching a brand new release! Today I am sharing a card with a matching gift tag using two designs form one of the sets called 'Love Gnomes'. I loved their Christmassy Gnomes so couldn't wait to get these little chaps inked up!

Along with the Gnomes you can also treat yourself to 'Bear Hug Tags' and some cute 'Sweet Bears' (I will be sharing another card later in the week using one of those designs). There's also some more sentiment sets being released so you really are being spoilt!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Love Gnomes' Stamp Set
Sentiment from Bear Hugs Set
Maja Design Papers
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Doodlebug Sprinkles & Doodlebug Sequins
Ribbon from Stash

I'd like to enter the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - PARTY
(the card and gift tag are birthday creations)
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ADD SOME SPARKLE 
(sparkle added with the sequins)

 Thanks for stopping by & I hope you all had a lovely New Year!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

01/01/2023

My Favourite 5 Cards of 2022!

 Good Morning!
Following on from my previous post I'm now sharing my 5 favourite non-christmassy cards of 2022!
It's always hard to pick favourites but eventually I managed to narrow some down. I'l tell you something if you ever start to feel like you're losing your crafty mojo then a quick look through your previous creations is a great way to bring that inspiration back.

First up is a card using an Easter image by LOTV but I think it's versatile enough to be used for other occasions such as Spring Birthdays etc. I just love the barrow of Daffodils!
Following on with the animal theme here's a card using one of my very first Penny Black stamps, how could anyone not find this little chap cute?!
Midway through the year we were celebrating LOTV's 18th Birthday with an updated version of their iconic wedding couple stamp. I created a card using a yellow scheme and I must admit I'l find it rather hard to part with this card! lol
Next up is a Clean & Simple card using a digi from retired company Mel Jens Designs, I wanted to keep all the focus on the image.
Heading into Autumn LOTV released some beautiful seasonal digi's, anything combining cute animals and pumpkins is an instant winner for me.
Okay so I know this is technically card number 6 but I had to include this in my favourites. The stamp is by Stamping Bella and kept sentiment free makes it versatile enough to be sent any time of year, not just at Autumn/Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by and joining me throughout 2022, I hope you will continue to do so throughout 2023.
Happy New Year!
xxx

30/12/2022

My Favourite 5 Christmas Cards of 2022!

 Good Evening!
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking towards the New Year! Unfortunately mine hasn't gone to plan this past week as I caught the dreaded lurgy the week leading up to Christmas and ended up with a chest infection from Boxing Day onwards ...
Today's post was supposed to have been wrote and shared days ago but I just didn't feel well enough until now to get it sorted. Here's hoping now that I've got some antibiotics in my system though that I'm on the mend!

First up is a dinky 3x3 Christmas card using one of the designs released this year by LOTV. If any of you watch Create & Craft TV you might've spotted this card along with one of my others on there too!
Another image by LOTV, this time released a few years ago using one of my favourite colour schemes for Christmas, Gold!
Halfway through the year I was transferring all of my Digi's from my old laptop to my current one and this is one of the designs I came across. Unfortunately the company are no longer running, I loved their designs!
Next up is another card using a digi from the same retired company, Mel Jens Designs.
Last up is one of my recent Christmas cards using a classic Penny Black sentiment stamp as the focal point, this time using a darker gold scheme.

I'l be sharing my favourite non Christmas creations from this year with you all in the next day or so, why don't you join in? It's always nice having a look back at the things you've made.
HAPPY CRAFTING!
xxx