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Sunday, 4 December 2022

Stamping Sensations Winter Wonderland

It's the first Sunday of the month and time for a new theme at Stamping Sensations for "Anything Stamped with the option of a Winter Wonderland" so grab your stamps and come join in the fun. This month's prizes are from Craft Stash.  

And here is my card using lovely Lavinia Stamps and a Papertrey Ink Sentiment.


As a reminder, the theme at Everybody Art Challenge is for "Winter has come to town" and we would love to see your creations there too. 

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations - Nov - Sparkle, sparkle Sparkle (my sparkle isn't really evident in the photo but it IS there)
Fourseasons December - Anything Goes Winter
Krafty Chicks #640 Stamp Act
Less is More #478 Outdoors

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin - Christmas Creations

Tic Tac Toe #190 - Top row Snow, Stencil (the circle), Tree










Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Santa Napping

For my card today I have used this lovely Santa Napping image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  If you take a peek in Mo's store you will see this exact rendition of Santa on display because Mo selected the work I had done with her image for her shop window.  

I can't tell you how thrilled I was.  Although I paper-pieced and coloured the image some time ago, I only finished my card yesterday evening and had to wait until this morning to photograph it.  Sadly the lighting is still horrible but it's the best I can do in these dark winter days.

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 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:
CD Sunday Plus - #99 Always Anything Digital Goes
Crafter's Cafe - #291 Dies, Punches
Inkspirational #279 Paper Piecing
Krafty Chicks #639 All Occasions
Polkadoodles #48 Anything Goes

We Love Stamping Nov - Christmas

Tic Tac Toe #189 December Holiday, Die, Embellishment (from the first row) 



Edited to showcase a prized top picks selection from those lovely Krafty Chicks!



Winter Comes to Town at Everybody Art Challenge

I have been a bit poorly with CoVid followed by a raging toothache which I'm sure was connected to how badly CoVid affected my sinuses. I had a root canal yesterday!  Ugh!  On top of that, I'm more tired than usual and my brain is a bit foggy so my cards today are simple Design Papers made to look like wallpaper with a Memory Box/Poppy Stamps diecut window  and a recycled Christmas card scene placed behind. 


We have a new theme for "Winter has come to Town" 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. My first card showcases a winter scene in town outside the window.  Some diecut foliage, a simple sentiment and this Papertrey Ink Peace die cut on the window sill were the finishing touches.


And here are two more cards using different winter scenes.  It's a great way to recycle last year's Christmas cards!


As a reminder, our challenge at 
Stamping Sensations is for "Christmas Celebrations". For that challenge don't forget to include Stamping as a key feature of your creations.

I am entering my cards into the following challenges:

Crafter's Cafe - #291 Dies, Punches
Creative Inspirations - Nov - Sparkle, sparkle sparkle (my wallpaper & sparkly berries)
Krafty Chicks #639 All Occasions
Tic Tac Toe #189 December Holiday, Die, Embellishment (from the first row) 







Friday, 18 November 2022

Christmas Mid Month Reminder at Stamping Sensations

It's the middle of the month and time for our mid-month reminder of our Christmas Celebrations theme at Stamping Sensations where one of our lovely regular entrants has contributed a fabulous prize.



My card today uses this cute little Penny Black hedgehog coloured with Alcohol markers and teamed with these pretty papers.  I love these cuties and I don't use them often enough.  

Don't forget we have a "Winter Forest" theme at Everybody Art Challenge which began last Tuesday. 

Do please consider sharing some love with my teamies at Stamping Sensations and Everybody Art Challenge by visiting the challenge sites and leaving comments on our blogs.

I am entering my card into the following challenges

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Nov - Anything Goes or Embellish it!

Polkadoodles #46 Anything Goes

We Love Stamping Nov - Christmas






 



Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Winter Forest for Everybody Art Challenge

I missed the last challenge at Everybody Art Challenge because I had CoVid.   It has left me with a bad toothache - a very unusual but not unheard of symptom apparently.   Today we have a new theme for "Winter Forest" and we hope you will play along. My card is obviously showing only the very edge of the forest! I have used these much loved die sets and a beautiful embossed sentiment from Papertrey Ink.   I coloured the cardinals with my Copic pens.



The trees and birds are by Impression Obsession and the houses are Stampin Up.  There is plenty of inspiration on the Everybody Art Challenge blog and we would love to see your "Winter Forest" creations.   We would be delighted if you would also share some love with the Design Team by leaving comments on their blogs if you have a few moments.

And just as a reminder, the theme this month at Stamping Sensations is for "stamped Christmas Celebrations" and we have some great prizes donated by one of our regular entrants..

I am entering my card into just two challenges this week:

Krafty Chicks #637 Christmas
Tic Tac Toe #187 I have used a diagonal selection  from bottom left to top right; embossing, free & wood although I admit my card is showing the very edge of the wood with only the last three birch trees in the embossed frame.  The rest of the wood is obviously out of sight!






Monday, 14 November 2022

Snowball Fight

For my card today I have used this lovely Snowball Fight image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.


I had such fun colouring this cutie with my alcohol markers.  I masked the image and teamed it with a small foliage stamp from my stash and this Ready, Set, Snow sentiment and die from Papertrey Ink. I used quite a few Stampin Up stamps in the background also - the loose colour blocks, splatters, grid pattern and snowflakes.  For my card this image is identifying as a little girl but it would work just as well for a cute little boy!   There is some glossy accents and quite a bit of sparkle on my card too.

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 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:

CD Sunday Plus - #98 Anything Digital Goes 
Creative Inspirations November "Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle"   I promise my card is sparkling IRL but I just couldn't get it to show in the photo!
Inkspirational #278 photo image of a snow globe. I've gone with "snow" as my main theme
Krafty Chicks #637 Christmas
We Love Stamping November - Christmas

We Love to Create Mixed Media #11 Anything Mixed Media


Edited to add a very happy Top Picks award from the lovelies at Krafty Chicks and another from the lovely team at We Love Stamping

      






Sunday, 6 November 2022

Stamping Sensations Stampin' Up for Christmas

Sorry I haven't been around for a while.  I got my second bout of CoVid and have been too poorly to do much of anything.     

But things are improving and I managed to put together a card for our new "Christmas" theme at Stamping Sensations where one of our regular entrants has been kind enough to supply us with two pretty stamp sets for this month's prize.



My card was designed by friends Nikki Raine and Colette Melly at one of their Stampin' Up classes I attended back in the pre-Covid era.   Being a slow crafter, I quite often didn't finish projects started in the classroom and brought home the bits to make at another time.  I didn't always get around to finishing them!  

Feeling as rough as I have been these last ten days, I really couldn't manage to make a brand new card but found the makings of this card in a little cellophane pack amongst my stash and managed to cobble it together in time for today.  It uses all Stampin' Up ingredients.  

I missed the post I was supposed to make for Everybody Art Challenge last Tuesday where the theme is for "vintage".  There is plenty of inspiration on our challenge site and we would love for you to play along. 

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CAS on Friday #243 Winter (this is about as CAS as I can make a card!)
Krafty Chicks #636 Stamp Act
Simon Says Stamp (Mon) - Christmas

Tic Tac Toe #186 I've used Christmas Tree Sparkle & Star

We love to Create Mixed Media #11 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Edited to add my great pleasure that my card, designed by friends Nikki & Colette, was a team pick at Tic Tac Toe!  

  






Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Bingo at Everybody Art AND Autumn reminder at Stamping Sensations

It's not often that I can make just one card for my three Design Teams but today is the day! We have a new Bingo theme at Everybody Art Challenge and I have included the board beneath my card.  Had I used just a few more design elements I would have been able to cover the whole board and shout "Bingo" but I was aiming for just the top row of Ribbon, Autumn Colours and Tags.


My card today uses Harvest Fairy Apple from Mo's Digital Pencil
. I've owned this little cutie for years but I have always been a little intimidated by the thought of colouring the apple with my alcohol markers.  So I didn't!  Instead, I printed her a second time on masking paper and cut out just the apple from the mask.  I then covered over my fairy and background and inked through the apple-shaped hole in the mask with my blending brushes.  It came out even better than I hoped and I went on to hand colour the fairy and add a little Wink of Stella to her wings and some Glossy Accents to the apples in her hair.  I additionally stencilled some leaves on the background and added ribbon and tags for my Bingo row.    I have to say, I just loved how this card turned out!  I can't remember the name of my papers.  I bought the pack in the USA and just brought a couple of sheets home to use here.  The tag punch is by Stampin Up.


This card is also my mid-month reminder of our "Autumn" theme  at Stamping  Sensations where our sponsor is Highlight Crafts and where we would love to see you!

And don't forget 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:
Allsorts #698 Add a sentiment
Aud Sentiments #298 Fall + sentiment
CD Sunday Plus - #96 Anything Digital Goes
Colorhues #51 Orange & Green
Creative Inspirations - October Autumn or Halloween
Polkadoodles #42 Anything Goes

We Love Stamping October Autumn Colours

Seize the Birthday #249 Faces (human or animal)

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Fall Colours 








Tuesday, 4 October 2022

There is a SALE at Mo's Digital Pencil!

I am excited to tell you about a BIG SALE at Mo’s Digital Pencil and the wonderfully talented Mo Manning has drawn some absolutely GORGEOUS new images for us to play with.  All Mo's images are available to purchase at 15% off from now through 17 October 2022, using the code provided in the store, and there are some adorable freebies too.

I can't wait to get started on some of those cute Christmas images but right now at  Everybody Art Challenge (and seemingly at loads of other challenge sites too) we have a new theme for "Autumn".

My card today uses "Mighty Oak" from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  Isn't she adorable?  I was aiming for the colour palette at Fusion challenge this month.  It's so pretty.  I printed her on 6x6 card and then masked her before stencilling a wreath around her using a cute Martha Stewart stencil which I then over-stamped with some script and scrolls from a Heidi Swapp  stamp.  My original plan was to make a more simple card but I then decided to cut two panels from my original 6x6 and layer them up.   The torn notebook dies are from Marianne and make a great background to my image which I coloured using Copics and Promarkers. I cut two little tags, using a Stampin Up punch, from the original stencilled panel and additionally die cut some leaves which I then inked and some little acorns. My papers, which had to include stripes for Creative Inspirations, are Anthologie from Memory Keepers.  I think this might become a Thanksgiving card but until I decide, it doesn't have a sentiment just yet. 

It seems to me there a loads of Autumn themed challenges right now including Stamping Sensations and Everybody Art Challenge.   I'm on both Design Teams and we would love for you to grab your stash and come and play along with us.   Please check out the wonderful inspiration of my teamies and share some love with the Design Teams by leaving comments on their blogs.

And don't forget Mo's sale at Mo’s Digital Pencil Mo's sites are stuffed with stunning inspiration from my teamies which you can find  HERE and HERE And Mo's "Patreon" Page is 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 a raft of challenges as follows:

CD Sunday Plus - #95 Anything Digital goes
Creative Inspirations - Sept - Spots or stripes
Four Seasons - Oct - Anything Goes Fall
Fusion Card Challenge - Colour Palette - Autumn Leaves
Inkspirational #275 - Use stencils
Krafty Chicks #631 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles #40 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Anything Goes

Tic Tac Toe #181 Leaves, ribbon, autumn colours

We Love Stamping Oct - Autumn Colours

We Love to Create Mixed Media #10 Anything Mixed Media Goes



Edited to add a very proud win at CD Sunday Plus! Thank you so much.  I'm thrilled!





Sunday, 2 October 2022

It's Autumn Already!

My heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Ian.  We have family and friends in Florida all of whom have been affected and they are very much in my thoughts. 

We have a new theme at Stamping Sensations for "Autumn" so grab some stash and come join in the fun.  Our sponsors this month are "Highlight Crafts".  It is not necessary to use products from "Highlight Crafts" but if you have them, we would love to see them.  


For my card today I have used this lovely image from Papertrey Ink, coloured with my Copics.  I've kept the card pretty clean to really showcase this small image.  

I'd also like to remind you that we have a theme for "Coffee or Tea" at Everybody Art Challenge which is still active

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Fourseasons October - Anything Fall Goes
Fusion Card Challenge Colour Palette - Autumn Leaves
Krafty Chicks #631 Anything Goes
the Male Room #166 Song Title (I have gone for "Autumn Leaves" by Eva Cassidy)

Polkadoodles #40 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed)- Anything Goes 

We Love Stamping - Oct Autumn Colours


  
 



Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Tea or Coffee at Everybody Art Challenge

After a sad day yesterday for us Brits and the Commonwealth, it is time to look forward to a new era.  I am filled with gratitude for the wonderful service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll and I wish our new King Charles lll a wonderful reign.  

For my card today I have used this lovely Coffee image from Mo’s Digital Pencil although in my case, this lovely lady's mug has been filled with Tea.  


We have a new theme for "tea or coffee" 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 forgot to write down the name of the design papers I used but I thought they were the perfect accompaniment to this cute image which I coloured with Copic markers.  I added a little stamped vellum teabag, over-stamped with my sentiment to add to our challenge theme.

And don't forget we still have another challenge running at Stamping Sensations for "feminine". This card would have worked well there too although, in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Brenda decided not to have a mid month posting.  

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 - #94 Anything Digital Goes
Polkadoodles #38 Anything Goes

We Love Stamping September Anything Goes

Tic Tac Toe #179 I chose Die cutting (the image frame), design paper & ribbon






Tuesday, 6 September 2022

It's Anything Goes at Everybody Art Challenge

After a lovely summer break we are back at Everybody Art Challenge with a new "Anything Goes" theme and for my card today I have used this lovely Prom s image from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  There is also a beautiful curly haired prom girl too called Prom c.

I only recently learned that the recipient of this card still very much likes the colour pink and it was the perfect opportunity to break out these lovely My Minds Eye Lost and Found papers and team them with some hand stamping of some extra bird cages for another challenge.  

I've had vintage rose ribbon for ever and thought it would be perfect with this image.  My only sadness is that the cream coloured card I was using really doesn't like my Copic markers as much as my white card stock and the inks don't blend so well.   Still, I liked my finished card, which makes use of some Papertrey Ink diecut numbers and this tiny little Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp, and I hope my niece will too!  

Just as a reminder, we have another challenge running at Stamping Sensations for "Feminine".  We would love to see you enter our challenge there.

There is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations. 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 - #93 Anything Digital Goes
Inkspirational #273 Repitition (I stamped 2 extra birdcages on the background to go with the one already on the design paper)
Krafty Chicks #627 Stamp Act
Polkadoodles #36 Anything Goes (and a big thank you for the win on the last challenge)

Simon Says Stamp (Wed) - Anything Goes





Thursday, 1 September 2022

Stamping Sensations want us to be Feminine this month!

Sadly, last month's Linky went walkabout at Stamping Sensations and never came home.  We didn't all have time to comment on your work before it disappeared and I'm afraid that we also couldn't chose our top picks for August.  As a result, we have decided to bring forward the start date for September's theme and our lovely boss, Brenda, has added an additional prize this month too.  So without further ado, we have a new theme at Stamping Sensations for "Feminine" and we would love for you to play along with us.  Our sponsor this month is "Stamp Addicts".  It is not necessary to use products from "Stamp Addicts" but if you have them, we would love to see them.  

For my card today I have used this cute Saturated Canary image from the talented Krista Smith called "Hatress".  You can still get hold of some of Krista's images in rubber but this one was actually a digital image, hand coloured with my Copics.  I printed her too small and she was a bit tricky to colour but I got there in the end.  I love these papers and silly me, I packed them away before I wrote down what they were.  I'm guessing Studio Light but don't hold me to it.  The one in the background looks very Prima to me.   The little teapot stamp is from a Papertrey Ink set and I love the little rosette die.   

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #92 Anything digital always goes
Creative Inspirations #August Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks #627 Stamp Act
Polkadoodles #35 Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp (Wed)- Anything Goes

Sweet Stampin - Food or Drink





Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Darn it - I've done it again!

I was somewhat horrified to realise that I had completely forgotten my Dream Team post two weeks ago.  Life got in the way and I'm so sorry to my teamies and to Mo Manning for letting the side down. I am also using the same image I used only a few weeks ago and even the same style of card but this guy is great for my sewing friends and I have opted for different colours than last time.   So here is "Darn it" from Mo’s Digital Pencil  combined with some stencilling and some stamped buttons. 

We don't have a challenge at Mo's but there is a Facebook page where members can upload their Mo Manning creations.  As long as you use an officially purchased Mo Manning image (digital or stamped), you can post your work 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.  

Just as a reminder of other challenges where I am on the Design Team... our challenge  at Stamping Sensations is "Anything Goes with the option to Make it Magical".

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

CD Sunday Plus - #92 Anything Goes as long as it's digital.  I have won here two weeks in a row and I'm trying for a hattrick!
Creative Inspirations August Anything Goes
Polkadoodles #34 Anything Goes

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #216 O is for Old

Time Out #220 Make your own Background

Edited to add a proud Top Picks Award from the lovelies at CD Sunday Plus







Thursday, 18 August 2022

Make it Magical with Stamping Sensations

It's been quite the month for us and not in a good way.  We were supposed to have been in Europe but thanks to Her Majesty's Passport Office who failed to return our passports, we had to cancel two trips and six flights and I have been completely discombobulated by the stress of changed plans to the point that I missed posting a card for Mo's Digital Pencil Dream Team last week (I'm soooo sorry) and I'm late posting this one!   

But it's the middle of the month and time for our mid-month reminder of our theme for "Anything Stamped with an option to Make it Magical" at Stamping Sensations Our sponsors this month are "Fairy Hugs".  It is not necessary to use products from "Fairy Hugs" but if you have them, we would love to see them.  


My card today uses another sweet fairy from Lavinia stamps for this clean and simple card.  

Do please consider sharing some love with my teamies at Stamping Sensations and come and play along.

I am entering my card into the following challenges

Creative Inspirations August Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks #625 CAS