Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ Ribbon & Buttons

Hello All ~ It’s time for a new challenge at Sparkles this month, thank you all for joining in with our Teddy Bear theme last time, please check the main blog to see the winner and Top 3.

Our lovely leader Shaz picked the theme for this month.  It is Shaz’s last challenge with Sparkles as she is stepping away from both Sparkles blogs and we will miss her, but the show will go on and the challenges will continue.  Hopefully Shaz will even have time to pop in once in a while too!

We have two fabulous sponsors again this month, we have a fab prize pack from Marianne Designs:

And once again we have a voucher for you to spend at Crafty Ribbons:

So, Ribbons & Buttons.  This is what I did this month.

I used a beautiful Mo Manning image called What’s Cooking?  She’s been printed out for a long time (over a year) so it didn’t bleed at all when I used my Prisma’s and blending oil to colour her up.  As you can see I went with a bright Spring theme as we’ve definitely turned a corner in my neck of the woods.  Winter is, most definitely, history!

So let’s start from the top.. the gingham backing paper is a digi freebie from The Friday Freebie, the birthday paper is from a Dovecraft pack and the orange flower paper is from a MME pack.  They were all edged in blue Distress Ink and matted on to blue card.  The central blue strip is punched with the Fiskars Threading Water punch from a scrap of card.

The sentiment is Hero Arts stamped in Versafine Black.  The yellow flowers are from Prima, buttons from Michaels and baker’s twine from American Crafts  The blue gingham ribbon came with a UK card magazine and I used the Bow Easy to create the cute double bow.

Finally I popped the image up on foam dots, which you can see better in this photo.

We’d love to have you join in with us this month, we really appreciate your support as always.


Crafty Hazel’s Mid-Month Reminder

It’s time for the mid-month reminder at Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge, remember you can make anything you wish, as long as it’s Christmas based, as our challenges are always “Anything Goes”.  We’re always sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who offer a very generous $21 prize pack.

I made two very quick and easy cards for you, these would be very simple to mass produce and they’re also really flat, so no extra postage to worry about.  I don’t know about you but I have a mountain of snippets of Christmas papers left over from other projects, so I always try to find ways to use some of them up.


These cards use nothing more than some little snips of patterned paper cut into pennant shapes, a sentiment and a few little gems.  The backing cards were from a cheap card making kit from years ago, I still have a few left in other colours so might do a few more of these.  Here they are close up so you can see the detail better.

The card front was covered in white cardstock.  The pennants are hand cut from DCWV papers, although the green text paper on this one was from a UK card magazine.  The sentiment is from Kaiserkraft, stamped in Versamagic Aloe Vera ink and as much as I love this stamp set I find the quality to be bad.  The rubber is very soft and too pliable, press too hard and the words blur, don’t press hard enough and you get an unevenly stamped sentiment as I have here.  I’m still working on it!  I found the glittered heart in the little tin of die cut scraps and I added a few green gems to finish it off.

The second card was made in the same manner, all of the papers are DCWV this time, the sentiment is from the same Kaiserkraft set and the ink is Memento Rhubarb Stalk.

So that’s me for this month.  I hope you have time to join us again and get those cards made!



Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

A Birthday Card

I realised that I never did blog about the birthday card I made for my husband back in February, it appeared in a “general roundup” type of post but that was all.  So here it is now, in all its glory!

The seriously cute image is Hello Baby Giraffe from A Day For Daisies and I coloured it with Prisma pencils and cut it out with a Spellbinders circle die, mounted on to a Spellbinders scalloped circle die.  The blue backing card is from The Paper Company and the DP is all MME Lost & Found Oliver collection.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, stamped in Versamagic Paris Dusk.

Like most men, my husband dislikes embellishments, but I really don’t think that this card needed anything anyway.  The LO was based on a sketch at Sketch Saturday from early February and one of the DT had used this same giraffe image and papers.  Oddly enough, I’d also just used those papers on a different card and they were still sitting on my desk and so having a giraffe loving husband I knew right away that it would make the most perfect birthday card for him!



Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Happy Birthday

Crafty Calendar Challenge ~ Add A Sentiment

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Sparkles Christmas Challenge ~ Use Kraft Card

Hello All, time to start another month at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  The lovely Jo has chosen a great theme for you this time round, and that is to use Kraft card.  And I know how much we all like using that!

Before we get to my card I need to tell you about our brilliant sponsors for this month.

First up we have 3 digis from Crafty Sentiments Designs, and then we have a voucher from Crafty Ribbons.

For my card this month I cased a beautiful one I saw on Pinterest, it had been pinned and re-pinned so I don’t know who the original artist was to give credit to unfortunately.

My Kraft card is in the card base and also in the die cut Memory Box Snowflakes.

I embossed a Darice snowflake embossing folder and added lots of die cut pine branches that had been cut from various  scraps of green card. At the back is a few chopped up Marianne Pine Branches and on top are McGill punched Pine Branches. They were all sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist in Pearl and Heirloom Gold and I used Glossy Accent to make sure they stayed put!  I then wrapped gold ribbon around the panel and secured it to an offcut of red card.  The sentiment is from a package of Christmas wrapping paper but I think I put it to a better use!

The Memory Box snowflakes were cut from more scraps of kraft card.  I deliberated a long time between three small or two small and one large snowflake!  When I was happy I added some red pearls.

I had a lot of fun making this, it looks so stunning but it’s really pretty simple to do.  I hope you have time to join in with us this month, we love seeing all your beautiful Christmas cards.



Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (lots of scraps this time!)

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Stick It! (Loads of sticking going on here, lol!)

 Winter Wonderland ~ Embossing (Wet or Dry)

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ April

Hello Peeps – April has rolled around and today sees the start of another monthly challenge at Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge.  As always we’re sponsored by the ever generous Bugaboo Stamps, and the prize is $21 for the winner to spend at the store.

For my card I used Bugaboo Christmas Cupcake ~ Mistletoe.  It was coloured up with Prisma pencils, covered in Versamark ink and embossed with Tim Holtz Holographic Embossing Powder for a lovely sparkly finish.

The embossing folder is from Stampin’ Up and it’s embossed directly on the card base.  I’m trying to be mindful of posting costs this year!  The image is popped up on foam pads and I added a few red gems to the snowflakes.

That’s all from me this time round, keep making those Christmas cards, we love seeing them and you know you’ll be glad you joined in later in the year!



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Stick It (Foam sticky pads)

Completely Christmas ~ Anything Goes with a twist ~ No Sentiment

I Know It’s A Card, Don’t Faint!

Yeah, so I got back in to my craft room at the weekend, and I did something for a DT commitment, and then very surprisingly, I did something else for the fun of it too!  I know!!

It was just a quick little Christmas card for Mo’s current Rudolph Day Challenge, that I haven’t managed to join in with yet.  I have a number of pieces of Christmas papers in small pads that have quite large images on them that make it difficult to cut up and place on a card with lots of other elements.  So I came up with a simple of idea of using a few up.  It should have been simple, but in reality it took a lot longer than was necessary, mostly because if you don’t plan very well (and I’m sorely out of practice), you’ll be a bit stuck die cutting your card blank if you only have a Cuttlebug.

But this is the card:

And my idea was to cut a shape in the empty space, cut a matching shape in the card blank, decorate the inside and then stamp a large sentiment on the inside to show through the aperture you cut.  But what happened was this!  I cut the aperture on the paper with a Spellbinders Oval die and traced around the opening to cut the matching aperture on the card blank.  And then realised I wasn’t going to get the open card into the Cuttlebug to cut the hole.  The paper is 4.5″ by 6.5″, which is wides than the bed of my die cutting machine.  I tried packing out the card blank with paper but I still ended up with an embossed oval on the back of the blank, so I ended up cutting the opening out with a scalpal.  This wasn’t as neat as using the die, so after stamping the Stampin’ Up verse, I stuck it to the inside front of the card to cover up the rough cut-out.  And if you’re wondering about the single snowflake, I edged the inside of the opening with a red ink pen and the pen slipped!  I needed something to cover up the boo-boo!


I’ve got a few more sheets of paper like this with different designs on them, so if I can come up with a way of reliably cutting the aperture on the card blank I’ll be making more of these.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank from Michaels ~The Paper Company
  • DP: Recollections Christmas Pack
  • Ink: Versamagic Red Magic
  • Stamp: Stampin” Up More Merry Messages
  • Embellies: Whispers Red Ink Pen ~ Kraft snowflake (Martha punch) from the snippets tin ~ Red gem from Michael’s
  • Tools: Cuttlebug ~ Spellbinders Oval Die



Scrappy Mo’s Rudolph Day ~ Make A Christmas Card

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (the snowflake)

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes

Stuck In Spring-ter!

The calendar tells me it’s the first week of Spring but it’s actually been colder here than the first week of Winter was back in December!  We’re feeling a bit trapped between that no-mans land between Winter and Spring, hence the “Spring-ter” in the post title if you haven’t figured it out yet.

Whilst the weather makes up its mind which way to go I thought I’d show you a few photos of the last days of Winter, a bit late as they’re from the first two weekends in March, but I’ve had strep throat and my step-father is in hospital in England after suffering a nasty fall.  No broken bones, amazingly, but he’s pretty banged up and needed stitches on his face, he’s being kept in for a few days for observation and to make sure that he’s able to get about under his own steam again.

These first few are from our skiing trip to Petoskey.  We forgot the camera on the first day, which is a shame as it was beautiful and sunny and just so pretty.  These are from the Sunday when it was grey and show showery all day, it wasn’t very cold though, not much below freezing and the snow conditions were perfect.  And as Andrew always says, it doesn’t matter how dull the day, or how many people are on the slopes, he can spot me a mile off!


And as you can see, on Sunday we practically had the place to ourselves.  Anyone who had come up for the weekend was leaving by Sunday lunchtime for the drive home, but as we weren’t leaving until the Monday it worked out perfectly.

And on the Monday, before leaving, we walked along the harbour in Petoskey as it was a stunning day.  Actually, let me rephrase that, we walked ON the harbour in Petoskey!  Little Traverse Bay was completely frozen over, there were tire tracks on it from trucks heading out to do some ice fishing, and snow-mobile tracks too plus lots of footprints!

Back at home a weekend later and the weather couldn’t have been more different, highs of 21C soon put paid to all of our remaining snow.

Since then we’ve been back down to -8C, mostly after the official start of Spring, but at least that’s given us plenty of indoor time to continue ripping out the bathroom, which is now a big empty space, warts and all.  And we have a lot of work ahead of us!  But more on that another time.

Teddies With Sparkles Monthly

Hello All and welcome to a new challenge at Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenges, the winner and Top 3 have been posted already and we’re starting a new challenge today, one that has been picked by my talented teamie, Helen P.  We have a cute and simple theme for you this time round, and that’s Teddy Bears!

We have two sponsors again this month, first up is Bugaboo Stamps with 7 stamps for one lucky winner:

And $10 to spend at CraftyBren’s Embroidered Embellishments:

I used a new to me Popcorn The Bear stamp called Thanks A Bunch, and I coloured him up with my Prisma pencils, adding a little bit of Crystal Stickles to the centre of the flowers.

He was simply mounted on to lilac Bazzil card from the scrapbox and popped on to a 4.75″ card front.

The sentiment is from the same set and it was stamped in Memento Rosebud ink, it has a single little pink pearl on the dot of the exclamation point.

Such a cute image, and quite large too, I decided it didn’t need anything else!  I hope you have time to join in with us this month, with all the cute images that are available you should have no trouble finding one with teddy bears on in your collection!



Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

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

Papertake Weekly ~ Mother’s Day

Cute Card Thursday ~ Celebrate

Stamp & Create ~ Is It Spring Yet?

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts ~ Spring Colours

Wag’s ‘n’ Whiskers ~ Ready For Spring

Allsorts Challenge ~ Flowers & Pearls (There is a single pearl on the exclamation point)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Things That Fly (There’s a little duck peeking out from behind the leg of the bear)

Fab ‘n’ Funky ~ Focus On The Image

Randomly On My Camera

I take quite a lot of photos over the course of a week or two, most never make it on to this blog, but I thought perhaps I might show you a few once in a while.  Right now there’s a lot of photos of Winter and snow and I could fill up post after post with them but that would get old very quickly!

Trails at our local State Park.

Some Sock Love.

Fingerless Mitts – they match a cowl I made 18 months ago.

Christmas Cactus – Flowering for the second time

Back To The Park For Cross Country Skiing

Andrew had a birthday at the end of February.  Naturally there were Giraffe themed birthday cards and Giraffe themed socks!

And rather randomly taking up space in my dining room right now…

Yes, we’re getting ready for a bathroom remodel!  Looking forward to it but not looking forward to it if you know what I mean!

We’re heading up north again this weekend for more downhill skiing and our camping friends are coming with us for a break although they don’t ski.  We have a little condo booked right beside the State Park in Petoskey that we all love to go to in the Summer months and we’ve all taken Monday off too so we’re making a longer weekend of it.  I’m hoping for lots of knitting time in between bouts of vigorous exercise!