Thursday, 19 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #438 Christmas.

Morning, all! I hope your week is going well and that you're looking forward to a good weekend!

Maybe you're planning on making Christmas cards? If so, you're in luck, as Christmas is our new theme at CRAFT Challenge!


The sweet image is Christmas Bella from Paper Nest Dolls. The crown of candles is worn by Santa Lucia, whose feast day is now 13th December - but before the calendar changed in 1752 it was on the shortest day, hence the candles to signify light. A friend of my daughter's is called Lucy and she's a big fan of Santa Lucia, so this is for her!

The papers are from an old pad by Papermania, there is gold foiling and glitter on some of the papers. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sammpler.

Our sponsors this week are:

All Dressed Up Stamps


and also Paper Nest Dolls


Go and see the gorgeous creations made by my teamies using digis generously given to us by our sponsors!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #17

Morning, all! I hope everyone is ok this morning, especially those in the British Isles hit by Storm Ophelia yesterday. It was a bit blowy in S-E Herts, and the sky turned a strange reddish-sepia: I remember 'red dust' from a couple of times in the 60s and 70s when I was at school, but never anything like that! Fortunately the sky is clear and the sun is shining today.

How are you doing with your Christmas cards? The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is here to encourage you! As usual, our theme is Anything Christmas Goes!

In my never-ending quest to use up my patterned papers I investigated Youtube and found a tutorial on making a pleated card here by a talented lady called Crazy Paper Chick.


The paper isn't actually Christmas, but I love the pattern! I scored a piece of 10" x 5" paper at 1" and half an inch alternately, trimmed out a truncated diamond, and folded.

Then I re-folded because I had the wrong side of the paper facing up!!!

The card is for someone who isn't religious, so I added a 'holiday cheer' sentiment from Paper Smooches' Christmas Sampler set. The banner is from Streamers by Paper Smooches. The birds are by Lawn Fawn.

I added a dot of Platinum Stickles to the centres of the crosses on the paper, and went round the edge with a white gel pen.

It's not the usual type of Christmas card, but I enjoyed making it!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #437 Shaped Card (Not a Square or Rectangle.)

Hi, guys! We have a new challenge at CRAFT Challenge and it's a good one: Shaped Card - but NOT Square or Rectangular!

I have an old octagonal die by Spellbinders which is about 10 cm wide, and I thought it would be ideal for a small card. I drew areound the outside onto a piece of folded cardstock, then die-cut the mat and finally drew around the inside of the die and cut out the patterned paper.


The adorable image is Little Boy Blue from Melonheadz Doodles. I added Glossy Accents to the horn.

It was lovely to work on such a small scale, the trick is to find papers whose patterns aren't too big.

Our sponsor this week is Melonheadz Doodles

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Love From Lizi September Card Kit - Three Cards

I recently subscribed to the card kits by Love From Lizi which is a uk-based online shop. She has a Youtube Channel too, which is where I first came across her. Wow! is all I can say!

I found it very hard to cut into the gorgeous speciality papers and use the fab sequins, lace and ribbon, but I bit the bullet and here are 3 cards.


This is made with beautiful, glossy patterned card and an old Die'sire die which I cut and then embossed.


For this Shaker card I used a scrap of the left-over speciality card and the peacock die which came in the kit. I stamped and embossed the pretty curly flower onto mint cardstock : stamp, card and embossing powder, and the sequins, are from the kit, as is the sentiment and the silver twine. The zig-zag border is made with a MFT zig-zag circle die and a Spellbinders die to cut the centre.


On this card - you guessed it! everything came from the kit, except I used a die to cut a rectangle into kraft cardstock, then covered the inside piece with lace, and glued it flat. The frame is on foam tape. I went over the stitching lines with a white gel pen and added the velvet ribbon and buckle, and the butterfly, which has pearlescent Nuvo Drops along the bodyline.

The last one is my favourite, I love all the texture!

I am trying to be brave and use items from kits, but it's a bit daunting because I'm ridiculously nervous about spoiling things! Silly, eh? It's only paper!!!!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 9 October 2017

Dream Valley #165 One for the Boys

Hi, guys! I hope all is well with you. We have a new Challenge at Dream Valley for you: last time it was One for the Girls and this time it's One For The Boys.

I have made a birthday card for a little boy, using Babay Boy and Monkey from our sponsor Sasayaki Glitter.


Isn't he fun?

The paper is by Crate Paper from their 6x6 Toy Box collection - sadly now out of print. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Sentiment Sampler stamp set, I stamped in black Versafine and clear-embossed it.

Now it's your turn! Have a look at the gorgeous inspiration my teamies have left on the blog and make something for one of the blokes in your life!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Time to Craft #356 Sympathy

Morning, all! It's a grey and overcast day here in S-E Hertfordshire - I hope you guys are seeing some sunshine this weekend!

We have a new challenge at My Time to Craft and it's quite a difficult one: Sympathy.

I am a big fan of Jennifer McGuire and took inspiration from this video entitled 4-for-1 masked cards. It's a clever technique, because you get two cards from just one stamping session.


I cut a circle in a piece of card the same size as a card front and stamped various flower and leaf imges in dye inks over both pieces, added a stamped sentiment, and mounted them on 2 card bases with foam tape. I cut one of the cards down because the circle looked a bit remote on a full-sized card.

Some close-ups:


and:


My teamies have made some beautiful and elegant sympathy cards - do go and see them!

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #436 Inspiration Picture!

Good morning! We have an Inspiration Challenge at CRAFT Challenge this week.

We also have our DT CALL so make sure to check it out!

Here is the lovely Inspiration Picture, it's a lovely, tranquil scene:


I took the colours of the sky, the sunset and the fence as my inspiration:


I ink-blended the sky and added dots of a glitter gel pen tor stars. The 'clouds' are made by drops of water, which bleached the ink. The fence is made with a die from Whiff of Joy and the grass with a die from Lawn Fawn.

The image is from clip art by our sponsor Digital Paper Craft.


Have a look at my teamies' creations to see how they were inspired by the picture, they will give you some great ideas!

Thanks for looking.

love Mags B x