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Monday, 10 August 2020

Oopsie

 I made a card today for our "Anything Mo's" theme at 

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

Meet Oopsie!    

Isn't she just darling!   I think she works really well as a get well card or perhaps to say sorry or for a belated birthday.  She's just so versatile.  I've coloured her with Copics and teamed her with some papers which I think are by Crate Paper.

Just grab a Mo Manning image from her store here or use one of her official rubber stamp images (beware of forgeries). You have plenty of time to come and play along with our August challenge.  
I am entering my card into the following challenges...
Aud Sentiments #257 - Anything Goes with a sentiment
Krafty Chicks #519 - Stamp Act
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by Book, Song, or Film (I'm going with Britney "Oops I did it again")
Crafty creations #412 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #646 - Anything Goes
I want to say a big thank you to Cute  Card Thursday with whom I regularly play along.  My card last week was a winner!  Yaaaaaay


Saturday, 1 August 2020

Garden of Possibilities

Good morning to you on this first Saturday in August where here at 
we have a new theme for "Anything Goes" with a Mo Manning image.


I so enjoyed colouring up this lady called Garden of Possibilities with my Copics and paper piecing her top and crocs.  I added some Poppy Stamps bunting, a trellis from Marianne Designs, some garden tools from Robert Addams, a Leane Creatief watering can, some Cheery Lynn leafy flourishes, punched flowers and tags, and some Spellbinder ferns.  I was very pleased with the end result.  There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other site...

* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE 
I am entering my card into the challenges at 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - In the Garden
Cute Card Thursday - Tags (there are tiny tags on my watering can); and 
Krafty Chicks - Anything Goes

Come and play along at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Book Nerd AND A SALE

It's the fourth Sunday of the month and time for me to post a new card on the Dream Team blog using a Mo Manning image.    Today I am showcasing this little Book Nerd  who, together with several other images is brand new to Mo's store last week.  I love a good book myself although I haven't been able to get into reading since CoVid-19.   I also love a good dog.  I go walking most days with my lovely neighbours and their dogs.
I kept my card really simple and masculine.  I coloured it with Copics and paper pieced his chair.  His book cover is made up from some images on Facebook referencing the War of Independence.  There is a fighter plane flying over the soldier on horseback on the front cover and George Washington on the rear cover in his flight suit :)
You have until 0700 GMT Wednesday 29 July to enter this month's "Happy Birthday" theme at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge and we would love to see your entries.  Don't forget to check out the sale details of which are available in Bella and Bronte's Clubhouse on Facebook.   I'll be back next Saturday with a new challenge and a new card.
I am entering my card into the following challenges...
Watercooler Wednesdays - 281 Heidi's All About Occasions;
Krafty Chicks - 517 All Occasions;
Crafty Creations - 411 Anything Goes; and
Stamping Sensations - July All Creatures Great and Small

Monday, 20 July 2020

...and now for something completely different...

Having done a  bit of Facebook stalking in recent weeks, I was hugely taken by Eileen Godwin who does fantastic stencilled backgrounds fronted by bold silhouette images.  Eileen's work is very abstract - something I am not good at but I grabbed an Altenew poppy stencil which came free in a magazine, a Tim Holtz sunburst stencil, some Distress Inks, a Dina Wakley image stamp and a Dylusions sentiment stamp and came up with this card for a friend named Poppy.
I struggled to get a really dark impression using the stamp so I restamped it with Versamark and embossed it in clear Wow powder.  The sentiment has been embossed with white and, following Eileen's example (but using Ranger liquid enamel), I added a few black dots to add some extra interest.  I was very pleased with how my card turned out and I am entering it in the following challenges...  Creative Inspirations - July "in the garden",Time Out - #166 "peaceful"; and Crafty Creations - July #411 "anything goes".

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge for a Yellow Birthday with Pineapple Girl

It's the first Saturday of the month and here at 
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge
we have a "Birthday" theme.
The DT were also given an option to use "Yellow" 
which, I've been told, is Mo Manning's favourite colour

Just pop along to Mo's store for one of her signature digital images or use one of her rubber images from a legitimate partner company and come and join us.
This week I have used Pineapple Girl which you can fine here, coloured with Copics.  I have added some sunshine embellishments with Sizzix pineapples and a hibiscus flower from Tropical Elements and Jungle Shadowbox die sets.  For me, summer means Pina Coladas, Flying Kangaroos and Yo Mama cocktails so I have added a Stampin Up cocktail glass with my sentiment. 
There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE 


I am entering my card into the challenges at
Simon Says Stamp - Bright & Cheerful
Krafty Chicks - 514 Stamp Act
Crafty Creations - 411 Anything Goes
Everybody Art - 472 Summer Girl; and
Aud Sentiments - 254 Summer & a sentiment

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Momo

It's the fourth Sunday of the month and time for me to post a new card using a Mo Manning image.    Today I am showcasing Momo who you can find here.
This is a birthday card I made for a dear friend who, like me - is a frog fan.  I added a juggling frog just to make it more personal for him but Momo, coloured in Copics, is definitely the star of the show.  Papers are by Graphic 45. Momo's rings are the result of a larger circle punch used around a smaller punch and were quite tricky to achieve.  The frog's rings are made using elements of a tiny Memory Box bubble die and the sentiment is word processed.

You have until 0900 GMT Wednesday 1 July to enter our June "Anything Goes" theme at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge and we would love to see your entries.  I'll be back next Saturday with a new challenge and a new card.
In the meantime, I should like to enter my card into the following challenges
Stamping Sensations - Make it colourful
The Male Room 139 - Use die cuts (the froggy's rings and the stitched rectangle)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday 277 - Tristan's All about occasions
Krafty Chicks 513 - all occasions
Time Out 164 photo inspiration of a pinata cake.  I was inspired by the ruffles in the icing.
Creative Inspirations - lets hear it for the boys

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Anything Goes at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge


We have a new "Anything Goes" theme at

Just pop along to Mo's store or use one of her rubber images from a partner company and come and join us.

I used “I heart you” from the retired section but I see that since I bought my image Mo has subsequently revived the image and there is an even more splendid redux version here
  
There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration

* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and

* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE 

I am entering my card into the challenges at
Make My Monday #123 For a baby;
Watercooler Wednesday #274 Dawn's Anything Goes with a Feminine twist;
Cute Card Thursday #637 Anything Goes;
Krafty Chicks #510 Stamp Act; and 
Crafty Creations #510 Anything Goes





Friday, 22 May 2020

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge with Winky

This month at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge we want you to use our sketch with one of Mo Manning's lovely images.
I actually have no idea where my time goes these days.  Suddenly it was the birthday of one of my great nieces and I had to make a card for her in double quick time.  I chose this gorgeous Winky because she seems to exhibit exactly the attitude of my 6 year old recipient.
There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with our sketch this month.

I am additionally going to enter my card into the challenges at Crafty Creations #409 for "Anything Goes" and also Creative Inspirations who want us to use something "Feminine"

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Mo's Digital Pencil Sketch Challenge

We have a new theme at
We want you to use the sketch pictured below
 with a Mo's image

It was my FiL's birthday yesterday.   He is being well looked after in a care home but we have been unable to visit for over six weeks.   The Home made a special exception, allowing The Hubster into their garden yesterday so at least they could see each other through the window while Tom called his Pa and spoke to him on the phone. 
I have used Going Up Boy from Mo's retired section but it IS still available to buy. It's important to tell you that this cutie and his monkey did not have masks in Mo's original art work but I asked her if I could add the masks and she very kindly gave me specific permission to do so.     Mo's images come with a strict policy not permitting changes and I'm very grateful to her for explicitly permitting me to make these small alterations to her lovely image.  I have asked her if she will bring Going Up Boy and Going Up Girl out of retirement wearing masks.  If enough of us ask her perhaps she will and then you too can use these cuties for your Lockdown Birthday cards! 
I used a variety of different dies and my new blending brushes for my inks.  I got mine from Tracy at Dies to Die for.  I love these clouds.   I learned how to do them at a Make & Take at Farnborough craft show with Faye Wynn-Jones in February. 



There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE 

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Make My Monday #121 - Use a Digi Stamp
Watercooler Wednesday #269, Crafty Creations #408 and Krafty Chicks #505- Anything Goes; and
Aud Sentiments #250 - Masculine + a sentiment

Friday, 24 April 2020

Great News!

I could NOT be more excited!   Since I started crafting with digital stamps in earnest, it has been my dream to secure a spot on the Design Team at Mo's Digital Pencil and I've just been asked to become a member of Mo's Dream Team.  I'm sooooooo delighted although a little anxious too because the talent on that team is awesome!
The other bit of great news is that I think - and I'm still being cautiously optimistic - I have finally recovered from my brush with Corona Virus!   I was horribly sick for eleven days with fever and fierce  aches and pains and I've had a monster cough for over a month which FINALLY seems to be getting better.  Hooray!
In view of my recent illness I hope I will be forgiven if my first card is a very simple one.  I have used Kiss Me.  He looks just how my lovely Hubster has looked for the last month!
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday - 268 Dawn's All About Occasions;
Cute Card Thursday - 631 Dotty;
Krafty Chicks - 504 All Occasions;
Aud Sentiments - 249 Birthday; and
Crafty Creations - 408 Anything Goes

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Mo's Digital Pencil Green Challenge

We have a new theme at
We want you to go
"Green" with a Mo's image

I have used this fabulous critter and coloured him in Copics .    My little banners have been embossed with some Crocodile-like textures and the sentiment was Word processed.    You can purchase Tick Tock Croc in Mo's Digital Pencil Shop here and if you are a real Peter Pan fan, Mo's shop has the Darling children, Nana, Hook and Smee as well as Peter.   My crocodile papers are Echo Park Lost in Neverland.
There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE

I am entering my card into the challenges at
Cute Card Thursday #624 Anything Goes; Krafty Chicks #497 Stamp Act; and Crafty Creations #407 Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge...Love

We are well into our "Love" theme at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge but there is still plenty of time to enter for a chance to win one of Mo Manning's fabulous images available from her shop here.
Today I am posting a card using the delightful Eva.
I'm not sure that a baby in a little black number looks quite right but I dressed her to coordinate with the lovely design paper and of course her fabulous black shoes!
Do please come and play along with us and showcase some of your own LOVE using a Mo Manning image.

I am entering my card into the following challenges...
Simon Says Stamp - Two or more Patterned Papers;
Stamping Sensations - Feminine; and
Crafty Creations -#406 and Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes;

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Heart You!

Happy February!    Today is the first day that the UK and Northern Ireland are outside of the European Union since 1973.   I voted to remain in the EU but was unhappy with how difficult the EU made our departure and I move into this new era with an open mind and an open heart.   On a lighter and more enjoyable note, today is also the start of a new theme at
We want you to show some
"Love" with a Mo's image

I have used this gorgeous little cutie who can be coloured up as a boy or, in my case, a girl.  You can purchase Heart You in Mo's Digital Pencil Shop here.
I used some Marianne Design foliage dies and lots of lovely pink and grey papers from my stash, together with store-bought flowers and some eyelets.
There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE

I am entering my card into the challenges at
Creative Inspirations - Something old, something new - I'm using my new Marianne dies here as well as a previously unused Mo Manning image and my papers and flowers are from my stash;
Crafty Creations - #405, and Krafty Chicks #492 - Anything goes;
Watercooler Wednesday - #256 Kath's All about occasions;
Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp, and Aud Sentiments #243;
Cute Card Thursday - #619 Valentine's; and
Time Out - #154 Affectionate



Saturday, 25 January 2020

Something New

My poor FiL had to move suddenly owing to the closure of the care home where he is a resident.   I had just enough time to make a second card for
where our January challenge is for
"Something New" with a Mo Manning image

I used "New Nest" which you can find here, coloured with Copics and teamed with some little die cut birdhouses.  I couldn't resist staging my card with some cute little birdhouse wooden buttons but I just couldn't bring myself to actually use them on the card and give them away.  You have until 9am on Wednesday to play along with us at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge. We would love to see you and  you might even win one of Mo's images!
Sadly my new year didn't start so well.  My pc monitor went dark necessitating a new one and my combination oven microwave gave up the ghost after 14 years of loyal service.  My car had recently suffered from condensation on the inside of the windows and the garage has estimated the repair to be at least £900!!!   Hopefully that's my three things out of the way.
I did have a birthday though and I thoroughly enjoyed my celebrations.  I'm looking forward to a great year ahead!

Saturday, 4 January 2020

New Beginnings

A New Year, a new decade and a new challenge at

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge
"Something New" with a Mo's image

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with lots of love and laughter in your households.  It's hard to believe it is 2020!   It seems only a short time ago that I was celebrating the new millennium!  
I saw this quote somewhere at the back end of the last decade and it really resonated with me. I'm sorry I am unable to attribute it. 

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing!

So my new year's resolution this year is to take responsibility for my actions (and perhaps more importantly my inactions) and to make some changes.   
Of course I am still very mindful of my view about new year's resolutions which is to think of them more as "casual promises to myself that I'm under no obligation to fulfill" (another borrowed quote that I am unable to attribute I'm afraid) so it will be interesting to see which motto wins out!
For my card today, I have used Mo's fabulous Bird (and Monster) which you can find here.  I just love the perspective Mo has used for this guy.  I am celebrating his obvious sensitive side with my choice of pastel colours for his clothing!

There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies and we really would love to see you grab a Mo Manning image and come and play along with us.  Do also check out Mo's other sites ...
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's Facebook Clubhouse HERE, and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE

I am entering my card into the challenges at Cute Card Thursday #615 -"Anything Goes", Simon Says Stamp - "Something New", and Creative Inspirations - "Something New or Something Old".  This is a new stamp for me and a new challenge for you.   I hope you have a happy year ahead!