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Tuesday 4 June 2024

A Secret

We have a new theme for "Patterned Paper" at Everybody Art Challenge.  Regulars to my  blog will know that I love patterned papers!   It's a great opportunity to use up some of your own pretty stash so please join in the fun and share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.

I missed my Mo's post a fortnight ago because I was away and I like to keep that a secret from social media until my return.  Coincidentally, "A Secret" is also the name of the adorable image I used for my card today.  It's available in Mo’s Digital Pencil shop here.  


I used my alcohol pens to colour this sweet girl and combined her with die cut numbers, and a stamped banner all teamed up with these pretty papers 

Inspiration for your Mo's Digital Pencil creations can be found on the Dream Team Blog HERE. There is a Facebook page HERE where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you there.   And for fans like me, who love coupons and freebies, Mo has a "Patreon" Page HERE. There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month!  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
CD Sunday Plus - #134 Always anything digital goes
Creative Inspirations #May Feminine
Krafty Chicks #718 Anything Goes
Make my Monday -#227 B is for... Birthday of course

Polkadoodles #22 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Anything Goes





 

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Circles and or Stripes (and in my case, also hearts)

So I've been out of the country and did not have an opportunity to make a card using an image from Mo's Digital Pencil for Mo's Dream Team Blog but we have a new theme for "circles and/or stripes" at Everybody Art Challenge and I did manage to find some design papers with tiny circles and heart filled stripes to make this card.   We would love you to play along with our challenge this fortnight and perhaps share some love with my teamies by leaving a comment on their blogs. 


I used Bo Bunny papers, a sentiment from Papertrey Ink and these cute Marianne Design diecut kitties for my card today.    My background heart has been cut with a Spellbinders die and embossed with hearts.

I'm so sorry to Mo and my Dream Teamies for failing to make a card for Mo's Dream Team Blog HERE.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Can you Handle the Pressure #Anything embossed goes with a floral twist 
Polkadoodles #20 Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Patterned Paper


Edited to show my happy appreciation to be in the top 3 picks from the wonderful team at Can You Handle the Pressure.  Thank you!  I'm chuffed! 




Tuesday 7 May 2024

Val with Heart

I'm a little late posting for Mo’s Digital Pencil today.  A week slipped by without me noticing and today crept up on me!  I have used this sweet image "Val with Heart" image from Mo Manning's Patreon Page HERE. There are three levels to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month (plus tax where applicable) and each month Mo offers treats to her patronsThere is also a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations HERE And, if you are in need of some fabulous inspiration, check out the Mo's Dream Team Blog HERE.


I used some cute heart papers from Bo Bunny and a stitched banner die for my card today which is a birthday greeting for one of our bestest friends whom we love very much!  The tiny sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  

The heart for this image comes pre-coloured and I used my Wink of Stella pen to add shimmer and shine.  I coloured Val with my alcohol markers.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #132 Always Anything Digital Goes
Creative Inspirations -  May Feminine
Just Add Ink #700 Add Shimmer or shine 
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Feminine





 

Holey Moley - It's the gardener's birthday

We have a new theme for "Garden" at Everybody Art Challenge Come and play along and  share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.  

The recipient of my card is a keen gardener and has struggled with moles in his garden.  He probably didn't want to see another mole but this little guy looks so cute coloured with my alcohol markers and teamed with these perfect papers (which I think are by Dovecraft) and a couple of cute garden related die-cuts.  The sentiments are word processed.



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks # 714 Stamps

Polkadoodles #18 Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday #282 Anything Birthday Goes with optional off the edge

Sweet Stampin - Animals



Tuesday 23 April 2024

Ilana amidst the roses

We have a new theme at Everybody Art Challenge and we want to see "roses in the background" of your projects.  Do come and play along and share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.

Today I have used the beautiful "Ilana" image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  I believe Ilana was an image from Mo's Patreon page HERE. There are three levels of patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month!   

My roses are from an embossing folder.  I inked the debossed side of the folder with some Altenew ink and a brayer.  After winding the folder through my Sizzix Big Shot, the result is white roses embossed against a soft pastel lilac background.  Ilana has been coloured with Copics and I added some DPs - one of which is plaid for another challenge I am entering.


There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you HERE And check out Mo's Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Can you Handle the Pressure April - Anything embossed (weather twist - which I did not use)
CD Sunday Plus - #131 Always anything digital goes
Colorful Options April - Pastels
Dragonfly Dreams April - Use a die
Passion for Markers -#735 Check it out (using plaid or checks or gingham) 

Tic Tac Toe #245 - I used the centre column for an embossed, square card with a die cut 



Edited to add a very happy top pick from the lovely team at CD Sunday Plus. Thank you ladies!  I'm chuffed! 





 

Tuesday 9 April 2024

It's my birthday and I'll tiara if I want to

We have a new theme for "Numbers" at Everybody Art Challenge.  Do come and play along and share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.

Today I have used this delightful image from Mo’s Digital Pencil called Tiara which is available in Mo's shop here.  I wanted an image with pleats in the clothes to enter at Inkspiration.  I coloured this beauty with alcohol markers and did some masking and stencilling in the background.  


There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you there. It's easy to become a member.  Just click HERE And check out Mo's other sites where there is lots of inspiration from my teamies.
* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE. 
There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month!  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #130 always Anything Digital Goes
Inkspirational - #313 Word prompt - Fold  My folds are in the skirt of the girl's party dress
Krafty Chicks #710 Stamps
Polkadoodles #14 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Happy Birthday!  And a BIG Happy 15th Birthday!

Stencil Fun Challenge - Anything stencilled goes with optional spring/flowers  

Sweet Stampin - Birthday Girls
Tic Tac Toe #244 Using the middle row of spring colours, free & stencil

 

Edited to add a happy dance and THREE lovely awards to acknowledge my presence in the top picks from the lovelies at Krafty Chicks, Sweet Stampin, and also CD Sunday Plus.  Thank you, thank you!  






Tuesday 26 March 2024

What's Moo at The Funny Farm?

For my card today I have used this quirky What's Moo image from the Funny Farm by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.  I stamped and masked the cow then used a stenciled print pull from my Gel Press to make the background before adding additional stamping on top.  



We have a new theme for "Farm Animals" at Everybody Art Challenge and we would love to see your creations. Do check out the wonderful inspiration of my teamies and share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - Z is for Zoology
Creative Inspirations #Anything Goes for March
Polkadoodles #12 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) -Easter/Spring.   

Stencil Fun Challenge - Anything stencilled with optional Easter 



  



Napoleon Barkalot

I just LOVE Napoleon Barkalot  which was one of the monthly treats earned from Mo’s Digital Pencil Patreon Page HERE. There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month (plus tax where applicable) and each month Mo offers treats to her patrons.  

If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the Dream Team Blog HERE, or if you want somewhere to post your own creations using Mo's fabulous images, there is a Facebook page  HERE 


I simply coloured this cute guy with my alcohol markers and teamed him with some vintage styled design papers and a fun sentiment (more suited to Marie-Antoinette, the Queen of France during the French Revolution - whose great niece was married to Napoleon) which I have sneakily included in order to enter two food related challenges.   

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - Z is for Zoology
CD Sunday Plus - #129 Anything Digital Goes
Crafter's Cafe - #306 Food (The cheeky sentiment)
the Male Room #184 Food or Drink (My sentiment)

Polkadoodles #12 Anything Goes




Edited to add my excitement for a top three place from the lovely DT at Crafter's Cafe.  Thank you! 




Tuesday 12 March 2024

Roll on Spring!

We have had soooooooo much rain here in the south of England and I can hardly wait for the clocks to jump forward, the days to lengthen, the skies to brighten, and Spring to arrive.  Crocus, Daffodils and Tulips are so welcome in my garden right now and Teddy Bo has some tulips on my card for a Spring Birthday for our new "Spring" theme at Everybody Art Challenge.  Check out the lovely inspiration from my teamies on our blog and come and play along!  I don't know if Teddy Bo images are still available on line anywhere.  I absolutely LOVED Gayle Cook's fabulous images of Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea and the gang.  If anyone knows if a shop is still out there selling these cuties, please do let me know and I will happily add a link.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #128 Anything digital goes
Creative Inspirations March Anything Goes
Fourseasons - March Spring
Krafty Chicks #706 Stamps
Polkadoodles #10 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Add a Sentiment


Edited to add a great big thank you to Jo and the lovely team at CD Sunday Plus.  I absolutely love my digi images and I nearly always play along with this fun challenge.  I'm  chuffed that my card was in your Top 3 selection.



Sweet, beautiful, delightful, spunky, lovely, darling, warm-hearted YOU!

For my card today I have used this lovely Danica image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  She comes full length in a sweet retro styled swing dress but I decided to use only her top half in this fun die cut frame. I coloured her face and hair with Copics.  I paper-pieced Danica's dress with these lovely floral papers which I consider to be in spring colours and added a gingham yellow ribbon to add to the spring vibe.  My word banners were all cut from designer paper and inside the card there is a large die cut "Y O U" to complete the sentiment.  Danica's balloons are covered in glossy accents for a more shiny look.  I hope you like my card.

There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you there.  Just click HERE to become a member And check out the Dream Team Blog where there is lots of inspiration from my teamies HERE.

Mo also has a "Patreon" Page HERE. There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month (plus tax where applicable) and each month Mo offers treats to her patrons.  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - Y is for Yesteryear, vintage/retro
CD Sunday Plus - #128 Anything digital goes
Creative Inspirations March Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks #706 Stamps
Passion for Markers -#729 Colours of Spring

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Add a Sentiment



Edited to share my delight at being the Spotlight Winner at the fun Alphabet Challenge. Thank you, thank you!


Tuesday 27 February 2024

Mermaid and Starfish in my Favourite Colours

We have a new theme to use our "Favourite Colours" at Everybody Art Challenge.  Do come and play along and share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs. I love blue and teal and aqua and pool and mint, and I'm a big fan of pastel pinks (and greys) too. I inked over a wave stencil which I think is from Simon Says Stamp, and added some memory box bubble dies and some adorable little fishy dies from Marianne Design. 

Today I have used this cute "Mermaid and Starfish" image from Mo’s Digital Pencil which is available in her shop here.  

There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you there. It's easy to become a member.  Just click HERE And check out Mo's other sites where there is lots of inspiration.

* Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE. 
There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month!  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #127 Anything Goes
Just Us Girls #715 Stencil Challenge
Krafty Chicks #704 All Occasions
Stencil Fun Challenge - February - stencil optional hearts
Time Out #257 Happy10th birthday celebrations (with lots of fab prizes from their sponsors)  



 

Edited to add a very happy top picks award from the lovely Krafty Chicks and a prize win celebrating with Time Out.  Thank you!  I'm delighted

 



Wednesday 21 February 2024

Arms full of Birthday Hugs!

It's been a very long time since I made a card just for the fun of it and I thought I would have a play with the lovelies at the Time-Out team who are celebrating their 10th birthday and have some great prizes from their sponsors - Happy Birthday Time-Out!  I learned recently that an octopus can change its colour and its skin texture to blend in with it's background so I broke out my fabulous Octopus stencil from Sweet Poppy and teamed it with some stencilling paste and bright oxide ink colours having been inspired by the terrific mood board at Just Us Girls.  I added a My Favourite Things HUGS diecut and an inked seahorse from Aall & Create#137 and came up with this.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Just Us Girls #714 Mood Board - I loved the colours and the ocean theme
We Love to Create Mixed Media #1 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Stencil Fun Challenge -February - Optional Hearts  

Sweet Stampin - Always look on the Bright Side of Life (dumdedum dedum dedum dedum)
Time Out #257 Happy Birthday!

         

Edited to add an excited Top 5 pick from the fab team at Sweet Stampin'.  Thank you so much!





Tuesday 13 February 2024

Birthday Challenge with EAC

We have a new theme for "Birthday" at Everybody Art Challenge.  

Today I have used the beautiful "Eliza" image from Mo’s Digital Pencil which is available in her shop here.  I printed Eliza on my card and then masked her before layering two stencils - one above the other to ink up the heart.   I added some gold spatter and a gold embossed birthday tag together with another sentiment.   Even though I coloured the folds of Eliza's dress with the shading in the wrong place, I am very happy with this make.


Do come and play along and share some love with the EAC Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs.  And if you have a Mo Manning image, come and showcase your work on Mo's Facebook page HERE Inspiration from my teamies can be found on Mo's Dream Team Blog HERE and Mo has a Patreon page too which you can find HERE. There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month!  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
AAABirthday Challenge - #58 - Birthday Hearts
Dragonfly Dreams - Feb - Hearts
CD Sunday Plus - #126 Always anything Digital Goes
Creative Inspirations - Feb - For someone you love or a special friend
Inkspirational -#309 Word Prompt "Hearts"
Seize the Birthday -#277 Spatter

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Love is in the Air

Stencil Fun Challenge - Feb - Love/Hearts  



 

Edited to add a top pick from the lovelies at CD Sunday Plus and at Stencil Fun!  Thank you so much for selecting my card - I'm so delighted to get not just one but two awards!
 
 


Tuesday 30 January 2024

Is it nearly Spring yet?

We have a new theme for a "tag" at Everybody Art Challenge and we would love to see your creations. Do check out the wonderful inspiration from my teamies and share some love with them by leaving comments on their blogs.

For my card today I added mini tags to my card with this Papertrey Ink sentiment but I also made a separate coordinating gift tag, also with a sentiment by PTI.   On the card the image is  "Boo and Tulipsfrom Mo’s Digital Pencil which is available in her shop here.  



I have tried to colour the kitty in the same pattern as the cat who lives with the recipients of my card.   They also happen to be keen gardeners so Mo's images are a win win. 



For the separate gift tag I offset "More Tulips" which you can find here in Mo's Digital Pencil store. 

There is a Facebook page HERE where members can upload their Mo Manning creations and we look forward to seeing you there. Mo has two other sites:
* the Dream Team Blog HERE for inspiration from my teamies; and
* Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE. 

I am entering my card/tag into the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks #700 All Occasions
Make my Monday -#218 Patterned Paper

Polkadoodles #4 Anything Goes

Snippets  Playground #472 No theme as long as snippets are used (I topped and tailed my tags with some very tiny paper pieces from my scraps drawer)


Additionally, my cards are nearly always digital images just right for CD Sunday Plus who always have an "Anything digital goes" theme so I would like to enter my card there, if they will let me, when their new challenge starts on 4th Feb.  Hope you ladies had a great break and will forgive me preempting my entry which is not technically back linking because I made this for your challenge before I realised you were still vacationing!

Edited to add my delight at being in the top 5 at Make my Monday!  Thank you so much for this coveted award!







Tuesday 16 January 2024

Start your year with a Recharge!

I've started my year with a "Recharge" from Mo's Digital Pencil.  You can find this fun image here.     I used a favoured Papertrey Ink Sentiment and a number of stencils to create a background for my image.  

After a fabulous Florida holiday at the back end of 2023, a wonderful Christmas spent with friends and family, and now - at home - recovering from some quite significant surgery, I have vowed that 2024 is going to be a GREAT year!  I hope it will be for you too!

We have a new theme for "Anything Goes" at Everybody Art Challenge and we would love to see your creations and for you to share some love by visiting the personal blogs of our Design Team and leaving a comment.  


There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations HERE, and plenty of inspiration from my teamies can be found on the Dream Team Blog HERE.
I love being a member of Mo's "Patreon" Page HERE. 
There are three levels of Patron to choose from with a minimum of just $2.50 per month and loads of free images and discount coupons for her store!  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments #309 Make your own Background and/or birthday + sentiment
CD Sunday Plus - #125 Always anything digital goes
Cupcake Inspirations - #585 Grey Yellow and White (and a happy top pick for my winter card)
Inkspirational #307 Use Stencils
Make my Monday -#217 Happy Birthday

Polkadoodles Always Anything Goes

Stencil Fun Challenge - Stencils plus Optional Birds