Sunday, 26 February 2012


Food related ....yumm.  Just right for the challenges over at Craft Boots Challenges: Food glorious Food and Kaboodle Doodles:  Lets get cooking

I have used a digitally coloured image and decoupaged it to make this birthday card. I have layered the image with contrasting colours to tone with the background paper and stamped the sentiment and mat and layered that in the same way.  The mat and layering was done with scraps from my stask box.

I have also entered it into these other challenges:

Card Makin Mammas:  Happy Birthday
Simply Create Too:  Add sunshine to your day
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Pink and Brown
Made especially for you:  Three papers
My Time to Craft Challenges:  Bring on the Cake
Simon Says Stamp:  Use 3 different papers
The Paper Shelter:  Add a sentiment
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges:  Use Pattern Paper
Moving Along with the Times:  Lots of Layers
Paper Crafting Journey:  Make it Cute
2 Sisters Challenge:  Anything Goes
Allsorts:  Your Choice
Pixie's Crafty Snippets #9

Tuesday, 21 February 2012


Another CAS card, a good masculine card and one that has used some of my scraps.

I have used two scraps of black and white paper and matted my image on a scrap of black paper.  I punched three tiny dots as embellishments.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Digi Doodle Shop's:  Anything Goes
DYSU:  Layers
Delightful Challenges:  Use your scraps
CES Challenges:  Spots and Dots
If the Shoe Fits:  Anything Goes
Allsorts:  Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew:  Masculine
Lollipop Crafts:  Anything Goes
Pixi's Crafty workshops:  Snippets #8
Sassy Cheryl:  No embossing
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  London
Made Especially for You:  3 papers
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations:  Monochromatic
Dream Valley:  Just for Men

Monday, 20 February 2012

Spots and Dots

I have some lovely Hot of the Press Papers and took my favourite stamp which I coloured with my Promarkers and paper pieced with another of the Hot of the Press Papers.  I then used some scraps of pink card from my card stash and a snippet of red ribbon from my ribbon stash.

I have entered this in the following challenges:

Card Makin Mamas:  Happy Birthday
Craft Your Days Away:  Paper Piecing
Digi Doodle Shop:  Anything Goes
DYSU:  Layers
Really Reasonable Ribbons:  Pink and Brown with Ribbon
Delightful Challenges: Use Your Scraps
Simon Says Stamp: Patterned Paper
Crafty Catz: Favourite Things
CES Challenges:  Spots and Dots
If the Shoe Fits:  Anything Goes
Mami Doodles:  Pink/White/Red
Totally Paper Crafts:  Ribbons and/or Bows
Allsorts Challenge:  Anything Goes
Robyns Fetish:  Pretty in Pink
Pixie's Crafty Workshop:  Snippets challenge #8
Incey Wincy:  Birthdays
Crazy 4 challenges:  Stripes and Polka Dots
Lollipop Crafts:  Anything Goes
Pink elephant: Print It
Pile It On:  Sending Happiness
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Pink and Brown
Aud Sentiment:  Happy
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey:  Cute
Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes
Sundays with Chrissy:  Happy Birthday
Made Especially for you:  Three different papers

Sunday, 19 February 2012


I find that I tend to make masculine cards more of a CAS style and bold colours.  This card seemed to fit the bill and was made with some striped backing paper from my scraps box and I punched some  small circles from some red scraps for the corners.  The sentiment was produced digitally and then cut out with a Spellbinders die.

I have entered it into the following challenges:

Dream Valley challenges:  Just for Men
Creative Card Crew:  #4 Masculine
Less is more:  Punches or die cuts
Wags n Whiskers:  Masculine Birthday
Hot Shot Craft:  One for the boys

Saturday, 18 February 2012


I love white on white cards and the Cuttlebug is also the love of my life.  Put those two together and I can create cards for so many different celebrations and I just love their look.

I have used the Swiss Dots embossing folder and also a Marianne Createables die for the leaves, together with some ribbons and a small flower embellishment which has a small gem in the centre..

I have entered it in the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy:  With all my heart
Gingerloft Challenges:  Love is in the air
Totally Papercrafts:  Ribbons and/or bows
Allsorts:  Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty:  Ribbons and Bling
CRAFT:  No Designer Papers
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
I Brake for Challenges:  For Love
If the Shoe Fits Scrap It:  Anything Goes
Penny's Papercraft:  Anything Goes

Friday, 17 February 2012


At my card group this afternoon  we were making cards for special events e.g. 25th wedding anniversary, 50th birthday etc.  This year I need to 3rd birthdays and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make one of them.  The cards were cut by one of the members who has an electronic cutter.

I used my Promarkers to highlight the wording that had been cut for me and then I cut some backing squares to go under the Craft Works Ice Cream Parlour papers I had chosen in browns and pinks.  I then used two Spellbinders shapes on which to mount a small bear topper.  I then added Card Candi to the scallops on the topper.

I have entered this in the following challenges:

Robyns Fetish Challenges:  Square Card
Crafty Creations Challenges:  Warm and cuddly teddy bears
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Anything goes
Digi Doodle Shop:  Anything Goes
Lily Pad:  Pattened Paper
DYSU:  Layers
Paper Play Challenges:  Critters
If the Shoe Fits .. Scrap It:  Anything goes
Just Some Lines:  Fairy Tale/Nursery Rhyme   (Goldilocks and the Three Bears)
Deep Ocean Challenges:  Pink and Brown
Aud Sentiments:  Happy
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey:  Make it Cute
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge:  Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs:  Die Cut Challenge

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tag It

I was given the distressed tag in a swap last year but never had the right papers to provide the inspiration needed to make a card with it.  I got a pack of Bo Bunny Etcetera papers just after Christmas and just fell in love with the backing paper I have used on the card and new it teamed well with the tag.  I ran a distress ink round the edge of the paper to make it stand out from the base card.  I rummaged in my stash of ribbons and mounted one on a strip of open weave type paper and then used a button to finish off the card.

I have entered this in the following challenges:

CES Challenge:  Lots of Layers
Robyn's Fetish challenge Blog: #94 Square Card
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge:  Distressed
DYSU Challenge Blog:  #59 Layers
Lily Pad Cards:  Patterned Paper Challenge
If the Shoe Fits:  Anything goes
Southern Girls:  So distressed
Crafter's Companion:  Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty:  Anything Goes
The Emerald Fairie Garden:  Tag It
Wishcraft:  Waste Not Wednesdays wk #7
Pixie's Crafty Workshop:  Snippet Challenge #7
Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  Tag it

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Wishcraft Blog Candy

Wishcraft are celebrating their 700 followers with some Blog Candy:

The draw will close on Sunday 4th March and the winner will be chosen by random org.


I received this image as part of a stamped images swap over on Crafts by Carolyn Forum.  Two little cute angels just needed to be coloured and then I added some Stickles to ad some sparkle on the head dresses and wings.  I used offcuts from two papers from a pack of non-traditional coloured christmas papers that I bought several years ago, some silver card candy and a stamped image.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafthazelnut's Christmas Challenge:  Angels or fairies
Allsorts Challenge:  Free and Easy
CES Challenges:  Lots of Layers
Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge:  Anything Goes
Lily Pad:  Paper Challenge
Pixies's Crafty Snippet:  #7
Simon Says Stamp and Show:  Anything Goes
The Pretty Little Ribbon  Shop:  Feb Challenge- Anything Goes
If the Shoe Fits Scrap It:  Anything Goes
Wishcraft:  Waste Not Wednesdays:  wk 7

Sunday, 12 February 2012


I created this card by drawing the design in the software for my Craft Robo and then set about choosing some papers suitable for a man.  The card style lent itself to bright colours and I chose a pack of co-ordinating papers.

I have entered it in the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge:  Colours of the Rainbow
Sassy Studio Designs:  #111 Birthday Card
Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Anything Goes
Pretty Little Ribbon:  Anything Goes
Allsorts:  Free and Easy
CES Challenge:  Lots of Layers  (there are 5 layers in this card)
Hotshot Craft Blog:  One for the boys
Sentimental Sundays:  shaped Cards
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes

Saturday, 11 February 2012


Flowers were everywhere in the supermarket this morning, lots of red, white and pink flowers .... can only think that love is in the air!!  Variations on pink seem to be a favourite in blogland challenges at the moment so I have used some snippets of textured papers I had and then stamped them with my new Technique Tuesday Petit Posies stamps and cut them out.  I then stamped and cut the centres separately before mounting on my base card .... leaving room for a sentiment.  Another CAS card!!!

Photos of red and pink never seem to come out quite how the colours are in real life and so hope these have come out well enough for me to enter it in the following challenges.

Lets Craft and Create:  Flower Power
Pixie's Craft Snippets:  Snippets #6
Celebrate the Occasion:  Challenge #49 Anything Goes Birthday
Cupcake Craft Challenges:  Pink and Red
Sassy Studio Designs Challenge #111:  Birthday Card
Papertake Weekly Challenge:  Anything goes
Pink Elephant Challenge:  Pink
Crafts and Me Challenge:  Use new Image
Simply Create Too:  Red Hot
Crafts 4 eternity:  Raspberry Delight
Crafty Cardmakers:  Monochrome Magic
Mami Doodles:  Pink, Red and White
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs:  Love, pink, white and black
Saturday Challenge:  Red, White and black with Texture.

Friday, 10 February 2012


A fairly simple card with decoupaged flowers mounted on different nestie layers.  I used a pearlescent card for the base card and just added a simple greeting underneath.

I have entered it in the following challenges:

City Craft Challenges:  Colours of the rainbow
Lets Craft and Create:  Flower Power
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes:  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs Challenge:  Use die cuts

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Blings and Wings and Pretty Things is the February challenge over on the Crafts by Carolyn forum.  I couldn't resist getting the Marianne Creatables butterfly die out again; I so love that pretty butterfly.  It meets two parts of the challenge so I just needed to add the bling element.  Out came the Stickles and I "blinged" the butterfly.  Hope you like it Kath and thanks for setting the challenge this month.

I have also entered it for the following challenges:
All Sorts challenge:  Free and Easy
CES Challenge:  Give me wings or a sketch
Crafters Companion:  Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers:  Monochrome Magic
Lily Pad:  Patterned Paper
Paper Sundaes:  Clean and simple
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Pretty Little Ribbon:  Anything Goes

Monday, 6 February 2012


For a long time I have struggled with tracing my paternal side of the family as they come from Scotland and most of the records needed are not on the sites I use for much of my ancestors from England.

Last week I was busy entering what I do know into my new genealogy programme that I bought last year and I thought I would have another shot at trying to trace these elusive Jacksons.  I suppose they are not so much elusive as me being able to find the correct ones out of the ones that there are around, and there are many in Renfrewshire!!! It also doesn't help that Robert is son of Robert who is son of Robert etc

However the good genealogy fraternity of Scotland on various mailing groups and forums came up with ideas to trace them and I even had a copy of the record sent to me. 50% of my brickwall parents, of Robert Jackson born about 1773 in Kilbarchan, has tumbled and I now know that Robert was son of Robert Jackson and Janet Speir (Spier).  I only wish the same method of research had worked for his mother, Isabella Crawford (Crauford) born about 1795, but sadly it didn't and I am still none the wiser who her parents were.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


I have been making several CAS cards recently and seeing as there are so many "Love" blog challenges at the moment I combined the two and came up with this.  It also enabled me to use some scraps to silver card and an old Christmas Cracker from several years ago to make the lettering on the tags.  I used my Cuttlebug to make both the tags and the lettering.

I have entered it for the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon:Valentines Day or Love
Crafts Room Challenge:  Valentines
Die Cuttin Divas:  Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday:  Valentines
The Shabby Tearoom:  Love is in the Air
DYSU Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes
Lets Craft and Create:  Valentines
Sassy Studio Designs:  Valentines
Moving Along with the Times:  Have a heart
Mami Doodles:  For a loved one
Come and Get It:  Love is in the Air
Sentimental Sundays:  Feel the Love
Ladybugs Craft Ink:  Loves, me, Loves me not
Paper Sundaes:  Clean and Simple
:Pixie's Crafty Workshop:  Snippets
Cards for Men:  Seeing Red
House of Gilli:  Love
Deep Ocean:  Love You!
Simply Create Too:  Red Hot
Card Makin Mammas:  Valentines
Dream Valley Challenges:  Valentines
My Sheri Crafts:  Love is in the Air
Gingerloft Challenges:  Love is in the air
One Stop Craft Challenge:  For the one I love
The Artistic Stamper:  Hearts
By the Cute and Girly:  Love is in the Air
Joanna Sheen:  Love is in the Air
I Brake for Challenges:  Love

Thursday, 2 February 2012


Betsy Bluebell is such a loveable stamp (from Penny Black) and she looks so different here coloured in red and black Promarkers.  I punched two balloons extra to add above the image as an embellishment and mounted it all on a piece of Christmas Cracker from last year (Christmas 2010)!!!

Do you see those little hearts in her hair?  I have used Glossy Accents to make them pop; that doesn't show up too well in the photos.  Hearts was a requirement at the following challenges that I have entered it in: Artistic StamperOldie but a goodieTuesday Throwdown

I have also entered it for the following challenges:
Bizzy Becs Store:  Anything Goes
Crafts and Me:  Brighten your Day
DYSU:  Anything Goes
Going Buggy Challenges:  Black red and White
Lollipop Crafts:  Anything Goes
My Time to Craft:  A is for Adorable
My Mums Craft Shop:  Fab and Funky
Robyns Fetish Challenge:  Make it Sparkle
Pollycraft Challenges:  Favourite Things  (Betsy Bluebell Stamps)

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Square Christmas

I was tidying up some scraps in my craft room and thought of a card that would suit a few challenges that are on the go at the moment.  As it is square it fits Hazel's challenge, because it is a Christmas card using scraps it fits Sassy Studio Designs challenge; because it is on gingham background paper it fits the CES Challenge.

I have also entered it into the following challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges:  Favourite Technique (Paper piecing)
Bizzy Becs Store:  Anything Goes
ABC Challenge:  In Pairs
Crafty Boots:  Inspired by a song title  (Baubles, bangles and beads)
Lily Pad:  Patterned Paper
Lollipop Crafts:  Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge:  Stitching, faux or real
Pile it On:  Just Because
Pixie Crafty Workshop:  Snippets #5