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Friday, 23 August 2019

Lets Dance

Make My Monday challenge this week is "Dance"  gave me a chance to use this Stampendous stamp that I really like but it gets very little use. I love that it takes so little time to make, the verse is part of the stamp, just had to add a bit of colour and some little crystal drops for the rain.

While I was in the mood I also made another card, this time using a  creative expressions stamp for the dancers and some stamps that were free with Creative Stamping last year.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

In my garden there is.............

Its time for another challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we would like to see what is in your garden ?  Mine is a journal page this time, flowers are stamped, bird,bee and butterflies cut from some free papers that came with a magazine. The design team have some fabulous inspiration over on the challenge blog so hope you will visit them.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Things with wings 2

Time for a mid month bit of inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and the design team have some lovely samples to show you.  I'm a bit disappointed at how my card looks on here ,it is brighter in real life although I do find that the oxide inks do tend to look a bit duller than the ordinary distress inks,maybe its just how I use them.  For my card I have used a favourite TH background stamp and a butterfly stamp that was free with a magazine.  There is still plenty of time to enter the challenge but as we are a stamping challenge we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Wish You Were Here

A journal page for the new challenge at Try It On Tuesday which is Wish You Were Here.  Any kind of project/medium is welcome as long as it follows the theme.  Do visit the challenge blog and see what the design team have created. Hope you will join us.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Things with wings

Forgot to schedule my post for Stamping Sensations  new challenge, better late than never which seems to be the story of my life at the moment.  This month we are sponsored by Rubber Dance and the theme is Things with wings. 

Rubber Dance is a home base stamp company in Norway. We manufacture all our stamps on site, Stamps are deeply etched red rubber with natural clingy back that will adhere to acrylic blocks and stamp platforms.

We look forward to seeing your entries but please make sure your entry qualifies by having Stamping as the main focus of your project.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Gift From The Sea

Just a bit of playing about for the the Library Challenge which this time is a book by
Anne, Morrow Lindbergh. I haven't heard of this book or the author so my piece is inspired by the title which is Gift From The Sea.  The little saying is so true, I love going to the seaside and it does make me so happy so that is a gift from the sea to me. I just used a couple of bits of DP and computer generated the saying.  The large shell stamp is a very old one, had quite a search to find it. stamped it with Memento Peanut Brittle, overstamped it with Versamark and the coloured it with gold and pink mica powder to get a lovely shine. I'll probably stick this is my art journal.

It's snowtime !

Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this time Caz has chosen the theme of Its Snowtime.  Well I don't know about you but we have had the strangest weather over the last week, hottest day on record one minute , amazing thunderstorms and torrential rain, we did miss the hailstone storms which have been all around us, did someone say it's summer !
For my card I have used a Hunkydory topper and paper from old stash which I am trying to use up.The winter wonderland stamp was free with magazine a couple of years ago. The design team have some lovely cards to show you over on the challenge blog so hope you will visit them and join in our challenge.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


Well I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer with this one, almost missed this months 
Rudolph Challenge  Its a ten minute card with bits and pieces lying around, only things I cut specially were the red mat and the snow hill which can hardly see on here, might add some glitter to it later and some red stickles to the baubles on the tree.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Splatters and Splodges

Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we want to see lots of splatters and splodes. There are splatters on the background of my card but not showing up too well on here.Stamp by Hobby Arts and a mixture of Hobby Arts and Crafty Individuals splatter and splodge stamps. Lots of inspiration over on the challenge site so hope you will visit.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Birthday Kitty

Hadn't posted anything for ten days and now two posts in one night. I wanted to get this on in time to enter Allsorts challenge which is CAS. I do love this Penny Black kitty, just makes me smile !

Where flowers bloom....

Time for the mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations, still plenty of time to enter this months challenge which is The Earth Laughs In Flowers so we are wanting to see your lovely flower projects, we are a stamping challenge so your entry MUST follow the theme and have stamping as the focal point. Crafty Individuals are offering a £25 voucher for their store for one lucky winner.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Colours Of The Rainbow

The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is "Colours Of The Rainbow" so we are hoping to see lots of colour this time around.  The design team have lots of inspiration over on the challenge site so hope you will visit them.  For my card I have used a stamp from Stamping up  Work Of Art set. I couldn't find any appropriate wording but ended up cutting up an Inkylicious stamp that had never been used although the rest of the set had, I would have been horrified at cutting up stamps at one time but now I take the scissors without a qualm ! 

Sunday, 7 July 2019

The Earth Laughs In flowers

Time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this time the theme is "The Earth laughs in flowers" so we need to see your lovely floral creations.  We are sponsored this month by
 Crafty Individuals  who have an amazing range of beautiful stamps. This is all one stamp but I have re stamped the largest rectangle and lifted it with foam tape, also decoupaged the butterfly and blue flowers, restamped and fussy cut two extra butterflies too,. The background DP is from
 Crafty Individuals also. .  I found some Inktense liquid water colours I had forgotten about and used them as I wanted to go a bit more vibrant than my usual watercolours. I have watered them down a little as the colours as so bright, loving them all over again!  I hope you will join us in our challenge BUT do remember we are a stamping challenge and must show prominent stamping and follow the theme to stand a chance of winning the very generous voucher from Crafty Individuals.

Monday, 1 July 2019

The Rainbow

The current Library Challenge is The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence, once again a book I have not read.
This is the cover which is the inspiration

An Unrushed Walk Through A Very Different Time - The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence | Byte The Book

I think I got a bit carried away and gone a bit overboard with the rainbow colours, didn't have a stool but found this stamp with the chair which I wanted to be centre stage, stamped the two women as shadowy figures in the back ground Not the best interpretation but I had fun making it and in the process rediscovered all my Paperbag Studio and Oxford Impression stamps that have not seen the light of day for a long time !

also entering
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - make your own background/

Another Christmas card

Time for the July challenge at Sparkles Christmas 
and Jackie has asked us to show us a tree.I have used my all time favourite Lovely as a tree set for the background trees and the main tree. Added some die cut deer and a star, some red and gold stickles on the tree and gold stickles for stars in the sky. Look forward to you joining in our challenge.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sea views

Another card made with the latest stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine, I have loved playing with this stamp set and there are still a lot of the stamps I haven't used yet.  The DP is from the Nautical Signature Collection ( I wasn't buying any more papers but can't resist a bit of nautical!) I stamped , coloured and cut out the lighthouse scene and the bird (long tailed Skua) anchor is die cut and bit of mesh stuff from my stash.There are a lot of layers on this card , base card,blue mat,wood paper,scallop and plain ovals,cut out lighthouse and bird plus the netting and anchor so I'm entering this into the Male Room Challenge which is "Multiple  Layers"


My Time to craft - Seaside

Saturday, 29 June 2019

We Three Kings

Nearly missed Rudolph Day, I seem to be playing catch up with everything these days, a quick card to make, background is pan pastels, every thing else is die cuts. The top panel is mounted onto silver mirri card and looks lovely but can't get a decent picture of it for here!.  I think I will be making a few of these as they are so quick and easy!  I know I have made some of these previously with glitter background but I don't seem to have blogged them.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019


With the horrible weather we are having at the moment it's more like November than June, still wearing winter clothes and putting the heating on.  I've made another card with the last lot of stamps that came with Creative Stamping , I keep saying I am not buying it anymore but then I see the stamps and into my basket it goes !I stamped the background DP with the beach huts from the set and the word Relax is also from it. I'd like to enter my card into Allsorts Challenge which is to use pastel colours

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Material girl

 The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Material Girl,  now is the chance to be feminine and fancy, add lace, ribbon,fabrics, stitching real or faux.   I have added lace, ribbon, a bow and fabric flower. The image was a freebie from Bumble Button a couple of years ago.embossing folder is Stampin Up. The design team have some fabulous inspiration over at the challenge blog so hope you will visit them and join in our challenge.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The Big Bunch

Well as the weather is so grey and miserable I thought I would go to town with some bright colours for my mid month card for Stamping Sensations challenge which is Show Your True Colours . I coloured this Woodware stamp with Pro markers for a change from my usual water colours.  There is still plenty of time to enter our challenge   as we are a stamping challenge your entry must have prominent stamping as the focal point.. There is a £25 voucher from our sponsors Visible Image to be won.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Wild Ride

Well I got carried away again and clicked the buy now button for this stamp!  I really don't know what I was thinking.  It took me ages to colour it and not made a very good job of it either, I did heat emboss it but even so I've got a couple of "bleeds" 

I'd like to link this to

Through The Purple Haze  The guys have it

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

It's a man's world

We have a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "It's a man's world" . We want to see your projects for a men/boys of any age. The design team have some great samples over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pop over to visit them.  Now I usually have no problem with stuff for men but was  clueless this time, in the end I have gone for a monochrome collage of  this guy's ideas rolling round in his head. A mix of stamps ,all old ones, some Elusive image and the rest Hero Arts.

I'm entering this at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Masculine

Beside the sea

Picked up the latest issue of Creative Stamping this morning with a lovely set of seaside stamps with it , so tonight I have had a little play and produced a couple of cards I'd like tp enter this one into 

and my second card I'd like to enter

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Vacation

I would love to be able to lie on a beach basking in the sun, almost forgotten what the sun looks like with the awful weather we are having  and more rain forecast for the rest of the week too, flaming June seems to be a total washout!

Monday, 10 June 2019

To The Lighthouse

I made this card for The Library challenge.  The inspiration book this time is To The Lighthouse, not a book I've read but I really liked the book cover so thought I would have a go. Well this is a very simple card but I have made and binned two others before this !  I will probably add a sentiment later .

This is the book cover. I had originally intended stamping the lighthouse on the striped background but then decided to go for a cleaner look.

Saturday, 8 June 2019


I've not been able to do much crafting recently due to a very painful shoulder, I did get a steroid shot last Tuesday and it has helped but not as much as I hoped!. Today I was determined to try and get back to creating something so I settled on the Allsorts challenge which is Fantasy World. As usual I spent far too long procrastinating on what to use, fairies? Unicorns? gnomes ? finally settled on my favourite Stampendous  mermaid stamp, she is so pretty!  I spent ages colouring her tail with pearlescent paint and she is very sparkly IRL.  The seaweed etc is a Kaisercraft stamp and I added some bubbles from another set , a few sequins and a rusty anchor.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Sparkly Butterfly

Time again for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are asking you to show us your favourite colours . We are sponsored this month by Visible Image and there is a £25 voucher for their store to be won.  The background on my card is made with Brushos and they were not playing nicely for me for once ! I was aiming for a blue,green background so nearly got it eventually. Stamped Visible Image butterfly with black Versafine, heat set it and then stamped over it again with Versamark and embossed it with Kalaidescope E.P, its a lovely purple/blue and very sparkly. The wording is also a Visible Image stamp, I just added a few crystal gems to finish.  Hope you will join us in our challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and the main focus of your entry must be stamped. Digi stamps are allowed as long as they are hand coloured.

Saturday, 1 June 2019


Where is the time going ?  June already and it's time for a new challenge at
Sparkles Christmas. Fiona has chosen the theme for this month and she has asked for us to show a reindeer.  Everything on this card other than the base card came from my box of Christmas "stuff" which I am trying to use up without much success!   Hope you will visit the challenge blog and see the lovely designs by the design team and join in our challenge too.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

May Rudolph Day

A quick card for May Rudolph day challenge, three jolly snowmen in a snow globe  Everything except the base card from my box of Christmas stuff once again, I really need to get things used up or throw them away !   Been busy getting my garden sorted out for village open gardens on Saturday somewhat hindered by a very painful shoulder and arm, waiting an appointment for a steroid injection now. Weather forecast is not brilliant for Saturday so fingers crossed we manage to get a few hours with no rain, I was also hoping to sell cards for my charity but don't think I can risk having them outside!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Make a mark

 The challenge at Try It On Tuesday this time is "Make a Mark"  abstract patterns,grid,circles, squares, chevrons etc.  I have an abstract inky background and random stencilling among my Paper Artsy flowers and butterfly. Hope you will visit the challenge blog and enjoy the  design teams samples and join us in our challenge.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Another Happy Birthday

I was asked to make an 80th Birthday card for a friend to give to her friend.  The only guide I was given was that she likes her garden and goes to church, so I just had to go with flowers.  The DP is from a 12x12 pad I got at The Works, 24 sheets of double sided for only £3. The stamps I have used are from the Christina collection at Craft Stash, I have had them for ages and this is the first time I've used them.  I did put a little verse inside the card "The kiss of the sun for pardon" one by Dorothy Francis Gurney as  a nod to church aspect, it's a little verse I've always related to as I find getting out into the garden very therapeutic.  I'd like to add my card to Allsorts Challenge

Allsorts  Challenge -  Happy Birthday


Addicted to Stamps challenge - Flowers

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Yellow poppies

Time for a little mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations where this months  challenge is "In an English Country Garden. "  For my card I have used an Inkylicious stamp which is a favourite of mine, just for a change I have made the poppies yellow as they are more like my garden poppies which I think are Californian poppies, had to add the two butterflies as can't have a garden without them although I was not too happy when I found two little caterpillars on my new climbing rose today ,need to keep an eye out for more of them.  Hope you will visit the challenge blog and see the lovely art work from the design team .  Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and need to see stamping as the main focus of your entry.There are lovely stamps from Chocolate Baroque to be won.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Celebrate !


We are celebrating our 10th Birthday here at Join in and have fun, be colourful, share your Art and things you like to create with us.

My silly sheep are all dressed up and ready to party so hope you will join us.  I hope you will pop on over to Try It On Tuesday challenge blog and see all the lovely art work from the team

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Viewing

The new challenge at Stamping Sensations is An English Country Garden.  In my country garden I have a pair of Bluetits looking for a new home and wondering if this bird house will fit the bill!  In reality we have two pairs of Bluetits nesting right outside our dining room window and very busy little birds they are too.  The birds ,branches and bird box are stamps that were free with Simply cards and papercrafts, the daisies and bees are a Stampendous stamp.  We are sponsored this month by Chocolat Baroque and there are some lovely stamps to be won. We are a stamping challenge so there must be prominent stamping for your entry to be considered for the prize.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


The year is flying by and now it's time for the May challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this month Lynne has chosen the challenge theme of Holly.  For my card I have used a very old Stampendous wood mounted stamp and a little Penny Black robin, the sentiment is a freebie from s magazine.The design team have some lovely cards over on the challenge site and we hope you will visit them and join in our challenge.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019


Joining in at Rudolph day with a very last minute card only realised half an hour ago so it was a quick root through the file where I keep Christmas stuff and found these cute snowmen already coloured. What looks like black on the mounts is actually green hologram paper but couldn't get it to look any better. The more I go scratting about in drawers and cupboards the more "stuff" I find and however hard I try it never gets any less, in fact I think it multiplies when I'm not looking.

Things with wings

A new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "Things with wings" plenty of scope there , birds,bees, bugs,butterflies, fairies to name just a few.  I have gone with a journal page this time and for a change from butterflies I have gone with dragonflies, I was going to colour them but after I stamped them I liked the way the colours showed through the wings. The dragonfly is a free stamp from Creative Stamping magazine a while ago.( I'm telling myself I need to use all the free stamps I collect with magazines)  The back ground was sprayed with Dylusions and I used various small stamps from the magazine set for background stamping. I hope you will visit the challenge blog and see the lovely work of the design team.

I'd also like to enter my page into Make My Monday Challenge - Wings

Monday, 22 April 2019


Using another of my birthday present stamps which I really love. I coloured the background with distress ink but I thought it was too bright when I'd done it so I cut a piece of vellum to the same size and ran them through the cuttlebug in an embossing folder which I have never used before, think it was free with a magazine some time ago but I really liked the effect so will be using it again. The centre piece is all one stamp and I cut it out with a circle die letting the flower and stalk overhang.  I painted the flower and butterflies with watercolour pens. The small butterflies and sentiment are all part of the same set by Studio Light. I'd like to enter my card into

Allsorts Challenge - which is butterflies,blossoms and bugs 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Blue poppies again

Time for a bit of mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations.  My flowers are a large stamp by Indigo Blu which I have quite a long time, this is a 5x7 cards and it fills it nicely. just added a bit of inking and a few gems to finish

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Happy Easter

Easter is so late this year I had almost forgotten about it !  Today we have had the first day that I have been able to venture into the garden without being blasted by an icy wind although it was still sneaking about in shady areas.  I made a few quick Easter cards with this Honeydoo stamp I got at the Hochanda show in Harrogate in March, pleased to see they are coming back inNovember in  the large hall as it was a good show apart from the overcrowding.Simple inky background stamped with an inkylicioua vine stamp.

I'd like to enter this in Country View Challenge - Easter or Spring and
Ellibelles Wednesday Challenge - Wings, tails or spring blossoms


Tuesday, 16 April 2019


Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesdayand this time we would like to see your Springtime creations.  For my card I have gone for birdsong, I have two pairs of Bluetits in the bird boxes outside my window, very busy getting their homes ready.  Hope you will pop over to the challenge blog and see the design teams lovely samples and then join us in the challenge.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019


This Art Impression stamp was one of the many my dear Sister sent me for my Birthday, she really spoils me !  I have had a really busy week but managed to find time tonight to make this card for a friend who's birthday is tomorrow, it's a hand deliver so no worries about being late with post. I belong to a Women's Group in our village and at the slightest excuse the wine is flowing, makes for a very fun Scrabble evening for example !

I'd like to enter my card into Make My Monday Challenge - which is Something Humorous

Sunday, 7 April 2019

April Showers bring May flowers

It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month it's April Showers Bring  May
Flowers.  We are sponsored this month by Be Creative.  

For my card I have used a Stampendous stamp for the flowers on the background I created using distress inks and a home made stencil for the clouds, The Umbrella, raindrops and sentiment were free with April Simply Cards and Papercrafts.  We are a stamping challenge so do make sure your entry follows the rules and has stamping as the predominant feature.