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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

It's Chastise Tuesday with Stamping Bella

Once a week I try to post a card which has been made with some of my neglected stash.  The idea is to chastise myself into being creative and post the card on a Chooseday (Tuesday).  This week I've used this cute Stamping Bella stamp called "Chicken Soup" and coloured it with my Copics.
I'm entering my card into the following challenges...Simon Says Stamp wants us to "add a die cut". I've used a My Favourite Things scalloped edge die and been inspired by the sketch at Fusion.   Stamping Sensations and  Sweet Stampin want to see "Things with Wings". and Aud Sentiments requires something with animals

Friday, 9 August 2019

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - Pets and Animals

It's week two of the challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge where we want to see your pets or any animals using a Mo's Digital Pencil digital image or rubber/clear Mo Manning stamps by Stampavie, Stamping Bella, or Penny Black.  Did you see my pig from last week?  I LOVE that pig!
Our lovely neighbour friend is retiring from her ironing business and it just so happens that Mo Manning has just drawn THE PERFECT image for the occasion.   This is Loads of Love.  Because I wanted to expand on it I actually word processed my sentiment but this adorable image comes with its own "Loads of Love" sentiment.
I coloured some of the clothes and the cat in the basket to match my neighbour's own cat who I look after from time to time but, in a moment of pure madness, I decided to paper-piece most of the  laundry using lovely Kirstie Allsop papers given to me by best matey, Julie. Thanks Julie!  In spite of how ridiculously tricky this paper piecing proved to be, I love the finished result.  I have used MFT's Wonky Stitched Squares for Mo's image.  Background papers are by Studio Light Home & Happiness cut with my new MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die.  Love this die!
We would love for you to join in our challenge this month but please remember to use a bona fide Mo Manning image. No "unbranded" stamp images from internet marketplaces like "AliExpress" are allowed. AliExpress images are STOLEN.  They lack the quality of genuinely made stamps and severely damage the wonderful artists who work so hard to provide us with lovely images for our crafts.
I am entering my card into the following challenges...
Simon Says Stamp - Add a Die Cut;
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes; and
Watercooler Wednesdays - Karen's Feminine Challenge (although men do laundry too!)

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

I'm posting a Chastise Chooseday post on an actual Tuesday!

Yaaaay me!  I have been trying to post a card every Tuesday and failing miserably.  This week I'm on time in some parts of the world even if I'm not quite on time here in England.

This is a simple card using Avery Elle's "Hello Chum" shark stamp and die and sentiment.  The inky background was borrowed from best matey, Julie (thanks Julie) and I think it's a Marianne Stamp called "Tiny's Imprint MM1616"
I'm entering my card into the challenge at Simply Less is More for "Tangerine, Aqua and White" and Make My Monday for "Friendship" - or in my case...chums!

Saturday, 3 August 2019

It's Challenge Time at Mo's Digital Pencil

Thank you to everyone who played along with us in July at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.
This month, to make it a real challenge, we are doing away with our previous anything goes options and asking you to make a project specifically on the theme of "Animals or Pets" using a digi image from Mo's Digital Pencil or one of her images from official rubber stamps.

I used this brand new "Hello Pig" with whom I have fallen MADLY IN LOVE!  I mean seriously hopelessly in love with to the point where I am thinking of leaving my Tom (who is wonderful actually and who has been a fabulous husband) and running off with this cute guy!  Let's hope it's just a middle-age infatuation!
"Hello Pig" comes with a Pig Latin "Ellohay" sentiment.  As this is a birthday card, I have used Mo's idea but word processed my birthday greeting in Pig Latin.  I have also shamelessly cased Mo's store example of this piggy and dressed him in a floral shirt and denim shorts.  I paper-pieced his shirt with some pretty Kirstie Allsopp paper but his shorts and the top design panel (which I cut with a Memory Box die) are actual denim.  Denim is tricky stuff I can tell you because it frays!  My button was cut with a Woodware punch.

Do come and play along with us at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge and theme your project around "Pets or Animals".
I am entering my card into the following "Anything Goes" challenges at...
Watercooler WednesdaysSimonSays Wednesday ChallengeCute Card Thursday and Creative Inspirations; and "For a Guy" at Make My Monday

Thursday, 1 August 2019

It's Chastise Chooseday (on Thursday!)

Ok, so I'm late again for my personal weekly challenge where I chastise myself to use some of my neglected stash.  I think, going forward I will have to rename this challenge. Whereas I am able to post a new card each week, I can't seem to make it on a Tuesday!
Here is an incredibly CAS card using a Memory Box frames die, an embossing folder and a selection of hearts.  The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.  I'm sorry about the photograph.  The double glazing in my Craftcroft has blown so my windows are foggy and the latest Windows Update has messed with my ability to use my Photoshop Elements programme to correct the lighting.
I'm going to enter my card into the following challenges...
Less is More - small images. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and Watercooler Wednesdays - anything goes; and Krafty Chicks - embossing

Friday, 26 July 2019

Christmas in July with Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

I have been away and I have not therefore had much time to truly enter into the Christmas spirit at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge where our July challenge is "Christmas in July" or Anything goes with a Mo Manning image. 
I have used Jack Waiting, one of Mo's older images, coloured with Copics, and teamed with a Memory Box Classic Staircase Die 98665 and some Martha Stewart punched leaves.   I particularly love this image as it enables you to insert an image into the window.  I have used a photograph I took of the Christmas Tree in Old Town Square, Prague!  I can't remember the make of the design papers I'm afraid and the sentiment is shop bought.
I am entering this card into the challenges at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin who have an "Anything Goes" with an option of "Christmas in the Sun"
Creative Inspirations - "Anything Goes"
Watercooler Wednesdays - "Tristan's All about Occasions" and Winter Wonderland - "Christmas or Winter Buildings".
You still have until 31 July to enter Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

This is actually last week's Chastise Chooseday Post!

I set myself a challenge to choose some of my stash to play with and make a card each week for posting on a Tuesday.   I missed last week because although I had made a card, I was not sure that the recipient had seen it.   This was for my beautiful goddaughter who has just been awarded a 1st class degree.  She is an artist and for her final exhibition piece, she painted something arty on an antique  bed which she herself restored !
I decided to make her a card with my focus on the bed element of her piece and I used Sizzix Bigz Dies Pediments by Tim Holtz to make my bed.  I embossed and hand cut the bed linen to match the DP and I added a little mortar board with a tiny handmade tassel.   The sentiment die is by Papertrey Ink.  I embossed some brown card with a wood-style embossing folder and cut down the pediment a little to help with perspective.  I used the cut negative space for the feet.

I've just found a FB page for Tim Holtz Sizzix that I am looking forward to joining.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Happy Cake Day Mo Manning!

It's my favourite digi artist's birthday today.   Happy Birthday Mo Manning!  I hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends.

I have used this new cutie called "Carry the Cake"  and when I can find them, I'll be able to post a list of the ingredients I used.  My Craftcroft is soooooo messy at the moment!
I am entering my card at Creative Inspirations "Anything Goes" challenge

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Chastise Chooseday with Penny Black

I set a challenge last month to chastise myself to choose something from my stash, have a play and post it every Tuesday in July.  Today I chose this adorable Penny Black kitty, coloured with my Copics for our friend next door who was just awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree in Photography from Bournemouth Uni.   ConGRADulations Poppy!
The cat on this "Snap Shot Rubber Stamp 4319j" actually comes with a bird on its head but I masked off the stamp before I inked it up and drew a little mortar board hat instead.  
I am entering my card into Penny Black Saturday Challenge where I have opted for the Anything Goes theme rather than food and drink.  I am also entering Penny Black and More where they want to see summer colours.  I've simply used a bright zingy green as my focus colour with a splash of turquoise which hopefully meet the challenge requirements.  These are very much my choice of summer colours for my clothes.   My dies are Spellbinders Borderabilities curves.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - Christmas in July with Little Elf Tippi

The teamies have come up with some absolutely fabulous inspiration at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge where our July challenge is "Christmas in July" or Anything goes with a Mo Manning image.    I have used Little Elf Tippi, the latest of Mo's new gorgeous images.
Papers are Pebbles Inc "Home for Christmas" and I additionally used My Favourite Things - Wonky Stitched Square STAX Die-namics and Cheery Lynn Christmas Lights Swag.   I coloured this cutie with my Copics and a couple of Promarkers and glazed all of the little bulbs (which incidentally are separate from the strand to which they are attached!).  The tag dies are Papertrey Ink.

I am cheekily entering my card into the Stars and Stripes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.  There are stripes (albeit dotty ones) on my aqua design papers and a star on Tippi's overalls.  I am entering the challenges for "Anything Goes" at both Cute Card Thursday and Creative Inspirations.  I am additionally entering my card into the "Anything Goes with the option of non-traditional colours" theme at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.  I used to be on the DT  at this fun challenge (Hello Ladies) and in fact it was I who coined the name CASSettes for the DT members.  It will be fun to join in as a participant this month with my first Christmas card of the year!

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

One for the Guys on my own personal Chastise Chooseday

Last week I set myself a task to post a card every Tuesday under the banner
using any products I already own.  The idea was to challenge myself to use a greater variety of my stash but I love Maurie Manning's images so much I thought I would use one of hers.   You still have till 0900 GMT 3 July to enter Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge which this month has the option of One for the Guys/Boys so I thought I would combine my Tuesday challenge with Mo's using Dwarf 5 which I have coloured in Copics using only my greys and a tiny bit of red.    I love him!   There is a whole set of dwarves and I want to use them all.
I have used Poppy Stamps "Happy Birthday Banner Flags" and some Glitz "Black & White" papers with some Card Candy and I really like how this card turned out. 
I am entering my card into the following challenges
Sketch Saturday 570, where I was a DT member for four years, using Debra's fun Sketch number 332 as my inspiration;  

Cute Card Thursday 588 where the challenge is birthdays; and
The Male Room Challenge 114 for multiple layers

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

It's Chastise Chooseday with Hobby Art

I own mountains of craft supplies and I berate myself on a regular basis for not using them. So as a little experiment, I am going to set myself a personal challenge to actually USE SOME OF MY SUPPLIES.  I know it's an iconoclastic approach for many crafters, I am not alone in collecting supplies that don't see the light of day. 
So starting today and 
continuing each TUESDAY in July, I am going to
from my existing stash and post a card on my blog under the banner of 

Today is Jenny Mayes of Hobby Art's birthday.  Happy Birthday Jenny!  I own several Hobby Art stamp sets and have always found them to be great quality and very versatile. Jenny is a regular on craft TV. She and her team offer workshops in Surrey and often provide "make and take" demos at craft shows.  This is a card I stamped at one of those craft demos and coloured at home using Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolour pens also purchased from Jenny.  The stamps are from Lisa's Collection and include Journal Scribble and Journal Bold

As I am shamelessly trying to boost my readership, I am going to enter my card into Challenge 99 at Make My Monday which is "Begins With the Letter B".  I think my beautiful blooms qualify. I'm also entering my card into the Fusion Challenge which has an inspiration photo of a hippie style brightly coloured VW camper van and also a very simple sketch - rectangular version of my card today. 
I challenge you to chastise yourselves into using some of your stash to create a card for Tuesday (Chooseday) next week!

Saturday, 22 June 2019

One for the (Adventure) Guys

We still all have plenty of time to enter Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge which is always "Anything Goes with a Mo Manning image" but this month has the added option of "One for the guys/boys". 
I have used one of Mo's lovely older images called Adventure Guy, coloured in Copics and mounted on a photograph from my own camera.  My best mate Julie Baker took the scenic photo.  I know this because I am actually in the original behind this little chap who I merged on top .    I have additionally added real map pages to Adventure Guy's map of the recipient's neighbourhood.  I love to personalise my cards!

My Adventure Guy probably has too many clothes on for a summer vacation hike but we have had such awful weather here in England.  Finally, just in time for yesterday's summer solstice, we have some sunshine and warmth but it pays to be cautious!
I am entering my card into the challenges for "Dawn's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge" at Watercooler Wednesdays (where I was a winner last week - thank you), Simon Says Stamp "Travel/ Vacation", and "Summer" from Cute Card Thursday and Sweet Stampin'

Thursday, 13 June 2019

One for the Guys - Mr-Fixit

My niece's husband is in lighting.    He works on big stage productions all over the world designing and assembling lighting gantries (at least I think that's what he does) and he has a specialism in the design and build of laser lights shows.  Mo's Mr Fixit seemed the perfect choice for his birthday card this year.  If you like him, buy him now as he is in the retiring section of Mo's Digital Pencil and he is an absolute bargain.   A curly haired version is also available!

I gave Mr Fixit (aka Laser Man) a printed T Shirt, coloured him with Copics and teamed him with papers from American Crafts Studio Calico Heyday and Doodlebug Take Note.
The challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge is Anything Goes with a Mo image with the option of one for the Guys.  Come and play for a chance to win one of Mo's great images.

I'm entering my card in the challenges at
Sweet Stampin' - Fathers or Special Men; and
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions

Friday, 7 June 2019

One for the (Lil' Hockey) Guys

I am in my final few weeks as a Guest Designer at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge where the optional theme this month is "One for the Guys/Boys".   This is a card I made for my cousin's husband's 70th birthday.  He happens to be a Detroit Red Wings fan and I chose Mo's Lil' Hockey Guy, coloured with Copics, and added the Red Wings logo to his shirt.

This image is likely to be retiring soon so grab it while you can.  If you need any more incentive, Mo has a sale on this week too!