Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Things With Wings

Morning All – Welcome back to another fun challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  Our winner and Top3 of our Back to School theme have already been posted and today sees the start of a brand new challenge, which is Things With Wings, chosen by my lovely teamie Helen P.

For my card I used a couple of Lavinia stamps that were free with a UK card magazine, a couple of Inkadinkado foliage stamps and ink.  Lots and lots of ink (you should see my desk!).  I used the Ink Duster technique but improvised as I don’t have any ink dusters, but I find that men’s shaving brushes do an admirable job!!


All of the coloured inks are Memento and the black ink is Versafine.  It was also sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mists in Pearl to make it nice and shiny too.

Our sponsor for this month is the ever generous Marianne Designs with a surprise pack for the lucky winner.

Please pop on over to the main Sparkles blog and see the wonderful inspiration for the girls, and we look forward to seeing what you talented bunch come up with for this one.



Pixies Snippets Playground ~ One piece of spare stamping card plus the moon template was also cut from a scrap!  AND!  I watched the very useful videos by Sally before I tackled this!

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Create Your Own Background

Stamping Sensations ~ Things With Wings

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly ~ Repeat Repeat ( The foliage spray across the top is repeated three times; the lower foliage is repeated twice.)

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge~ Rock The Techniques (Ink Dusting)

LadyBug Crafts ~ Anything Goes

Crafting At The Weekend ~ Anything Goes

Natalie & Amy ~ Things With Wings

Sparkles Christmas Challenge ~ No Man Like A Snowman

Hello All and welcome to another challenge at Sparkles Christmas Forum.  Our winner and Top 3 have already been posted, pop over to see if it was you!  My lovely friend Mary aka Glitter Grammy chose our theme for this month, No Man Like A Snowman!  A great theme so get your thinking caps on, you can make anything you like as long as it’s for Christmas and it contains a snowman!

I went with two stamps from Impression Obsession that are having their first outing, fun or what!  I can think of a lot of people who this card could be sent to come Christmas! Perhaps I should make some more, lol.

I coloured the image with Prisma pencils and added a little bit of glitter here and there, and I added Glossy Accents to their buttons.  The large backing paper is from SEI so it’s nice and shiny and semi-holographic, the green piece is from a Simple Stories Christmas pad.  The chevron paper for the sentiment and also for the Memory Box Frostyville Circle die is the reverse side of the Simple Stories paper.  I mounted the image on to shiny Bazzil card and used some of the same card for the MB Frosytville Border die too.


We’re sponsored by the generous folks at Crafty Ribbons this month and there is a 10 pound voucher for the lucky winner.

I hope you can play along with us this month, always wonderful to see fellow Christmas cards addicts!  And remember, Christmas is right around the corner!

Gone Fishin’

Feels like that’s what I’ve been doing all Summer long as I certainly haven’t been around this blog much at all.  We’re off again camping this weekend, and then four days after we get back we go again for another ten days on our yearly pilgrimage Oop North, as they say where I’m from!  But it’s all good, I can sit on my bum and do nothing during the Winter, but Summer is for getting out and about and having fun.

So I have a quick card for you, I couldn’t post it earlier when I made it as it was my brother’s birthday card and he gets all my posts via email, so I had to wait.  I’ve actually just remembered that you haven’t seen it yet.

I went with a CAS LO for this one, just a spare rectangle of stamping card on to which I stamped the image and then the sentiment, having first offered up the ribbon and the fish charm to make sure everything fitted.  The image is LOTV Gone Fishing and I coloured it up with Prisma pencils, the sentiment is from a small Inkadinkadoo set, the ribbon is Bo Bunny, the scrap of Baker’s Twine was from The Ribbon Girl and the charm was in a little pack I bought the last time I was in England, but I couldn’t see a name anywhere on the packet.



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (the stamping card)

Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Back To School

Wow, our last challenge really captured your imaginations!  Either that or you suddenly relalised that Christmas is truly just around the corner!  Either way, to have more than 110 of you join in was fabulous.  The winner and Top3 have already been posted, and we’re now starting on our challenge for August which the lovely J0 picked, and it’s Back To School.  That event that children the world over dread but parents the world over look forward to since the school hols began, lol!

We have another wonderful sponsor and prize for you this time round and it’s the very generous Marianne Designs.



And here’s my card.  I found the sweet little reading Sprite digi free online from artist Elizabeth Dulumbo and he is copyrighted to her.  She has lots of lovely images so her site is definitely worth a visit.

He’s coloured with Prisma’s, added some Crystal Stickles to his wings, cut him out with a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die and mounted on to scrap blue card.  The papers are both digital too, from Raspberry Road Farm Chic.  I punched the brown scrap card with an EKSuccess punch that looks like the edge of notepaper.  A little scrap of ribbon, some bakers twine and an apple charm to give to his new teacher!  I made the greeting on the computer and used the smallest Wonky Rectangle to cut it out, it’s also mounted on to blue scrap card.  I also added punched photo corners and added some little black gems.

Please make sure you pop over to the Sparkles blog to see all the wonderful creations by my teamies and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge.

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

Hi All – Long time no post!  It’s summer here in Michigan and in general it’s been a very good one with low heat and humidity… so we’ve been out and about, camping, kayaking, biking, meeting friends, two Vintage Grand Prix’s (race trackking!) and another one this weekend coming plus the Vintage air show we always attend.  Busy, in other words, but in a totally fun way.  So there’s been no blogging apart from Design Team commitments, and pretty much my only computing time has revolved around Croatian genealogy records as I’m helping someone look into their family history there.

But I do have a desk to show you this week, I’ve had to cover up what I’m working on but there’s still stuff to see.


The two Memory Box dies on top of the trimmer are new, and yes, I’m working on Christmas again!  At the back is a big pile of yarn as my local store is moving to a bigger premises and was having a big sale on all the end of range, oddments, one offs, mismatched dye lots etc that aren’t going to the new store.  So I came home with a few sock yarns and at the very back, a jumpers (sweater to the US peeps) worth of pure wool in my favourite made in Michigan brand, Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool.  It’s a dark greeny/blue, a bit heathered too.  I’d have preferred a different colour, not so dark, but I got it for a great price and there wasn’t a lot in the store in that kind of quantity any more.

I’ve also completed another two pairs of socks since I last checked in with you all and pair No10 for the year is 75% done too.  My goal this year was to knit 12 pairs, and I’m almost there as pairs 11 and 12 are also on the needles!  After that I’m taking that lovely greeny yarn in the above photo and I’m making a start on that jumper I keep saying I’m ready to make!!

After saying we’ve had a really good summer weather wise earlier, we did have a major weather incident here on Monday afternoon that gave us an “official” rain total of 4.25 inches in a matter of hours.  Just up the road from me a trained weather spotter reported 6″ of rain in 12 hours and at Grosse Ille, an island in the Detroit River between us and Canada they recorded 6.48″.  Most of the major roads and freeways around here were inundated with water and thousands were stranded.  At midday on Tuesday the intersection of two large freeways were still under 12ft of water and police divers were searching submerged vehicles, although no one has been reported missing.  A number of people I know have badly flooded basements and a racing friend now has a totaled car as he and his wife had to abandon it and get to higher ground when they road they were traveling on become submerged by 3 1/2ft deep flood water!  We got 1.19″ of rain where we are, so the garden got a good watering, everything else in my area was unscathed thankfully.  We made headline news on The Weather Channel again though!



Hopefully you’re all staying dry and enjoying the summer, I’m off to link up with Julia.

Snowflakes At Sparkles Christmas Challenge

It’s August 1st and time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenges.  The winner and top 3 from last month have already been posted, make sure you check out who they were!  For the month of August we’re looking for snowflakes.  These can be in any form, a large single one used as a focal point, lots of little ones, embellishments, embossing folders, paper or images, your choice, let’s see what you can come up with!

We’re sponsored this month by the wonderful Di’s Digis, who are offering a $10 voucher to spend at the shop.


For my card I went the clean and simple route with large snowflakes used as a focal point.



I cut the Memory Box Crystal die from white card then cut a piece of scrap paper to cover the aperture and then ran the piece of scrap through the Zyron to make it completely sticky.  I then stuck it on to the back of the white card, die cut another snowflake from blue scrap and carefully stuck it in the original aperture, hopefully you’re still following this, lol!  The original white snowflake was tipped with red ink and when that was dry I stickied the ends and dipped the in coarse Martha Stewart glitter.  It was stuck down in the centre only with a dab of Glossy Accents so the limbs could be curled up slightly, and a single red gem added to finish it off.  The sentiment is by Stampendous and was stamped with Versamagic Red Magic ink, the same as on the ends of the white snowflake.


You can see the dimension better in this photo, although it’s still small, light and will easily fit into the “single layer” category at the post office come Christmas!  I think I’ll make a few more in other colours, they’ll be handy for spares in the card box.

Hopefully you will find time to play along with us this month, Christmas is closer than you think, it’s August for crying out loud!!  Eeek!!



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland ~ Anything Goes

Christmas Cards All Year Round ~ Sparkle & Shine

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

This week, a rather eclectic mix of stuff but thanks for asking!  The socks take centre stage, a finished pair on the right, an almost finished pair in the middle and a just started pair on the left!

There’s also some stamps (signs of life other than knitting – finally!), including a little pile from the UK that contained that sweet Happy Hopers image as it’s busy knitting little coats for the chicks!  And the zig-zagy thing is a placemat, cause apparently you can make sock blockers out of them for cheap, so I want to give that a go.

And here’s the finished Hermione’s Every Day Socks being modeled, not by Hermione, but by me, on a very warm (84F), very humid (it had rained all morning then the sun came out) Sunday afternoon.  I didn’t keep them on for long, I’m not that mad!


So, head on over to Julia’s if you need info on the weekly link up, I’ll see you on the trail.