Katharina’s ‘Whiff of Joy’ Guest DT Call

I made a last minute card to enter Katharina’s guest DT call.  Katharina has started a new stamp company with some brilliant artists and designers supporting her.  I’m sure that Whiff of Joy will be a tremendous success and that everyone will love the new stamp designs. Katharina also designs beautiful sketches and I’m hoping that I shall have time to try some more of these soon.  

Tilda & Friends

The latest challenge at Tilda and Friends is to use beads on your ATC.  I chose the lovely summery Tilda with her cute hat for my image, and she is coloured with Prisma pencils, using paper stumps and Sansodor to blend.  I’m afraid I can’t remember the make of the backing paper; it was a small scrap from my stash, and I thought it went well with what I had in mind for this ATC.  I edged the card with an apricot ink pad, and stamped some Autumn Leaves scrolls at the corners in brown ink. I used colourful alphabet beads, threaded them on a piece of blue wire and curled the ends to keep the beads in place.  This was attached to the card with silicone glue.


Again this week there is a special prize for the under 16’s who enter our challenge, so come along and join the fun.

Sweet ‘n’ Cute!

I have been able to combine two lovely challenges with one card again this week.  A Spoon Full of Sugar has a gorgeous sketch by Katharina for their challenge.  The theme at Cute Card Thursday is ‘Things That Grow’, and I think this card is also perfect for this challenge.

All the background papers i used are by Basic Grey, except the the blue dotty paper behind the image, which is by K & Co.  The pretty image is a Sarah Kay stamp, which I coloured with Derwent Artist pencils, with Sansodor and paper stumps to blend.  The scroll stamp is by Autumn Leaves, and the flowers are from Scrapfairies.  The ribbon, brad and leaves are from my stash. 

Buttons and Bows

This week the challenge at Tilda and Friends is to use buttons on your ATCs. I’ve kept mine fairly simple this time.  I used the Magnolia hearts stamp, which I coloured with Prisma pencils, with Sansodor and paper stumps to blend, and then tied a vintage mother of pearl button to the centre of the hearts with embroidery floss.  The background is a gorgeous K & Co paper, and the embossed buttons are made with one of the new Cuttlebug border embossing folders. I edged the card with a chalk ink pad, and ran this lightly over the embossed buttons to emphasise their shapes.  I attached the hearts to the ATC with some 1mm foam pads for a little  extra dimension, and added three more vintage buttons to embellish the ATC further.  The words were made on the computer, shaded with a browny-pink ink pad, and placed on the card.  To finish, I drew faux stitches on the edges of the ATC.

Why don’t you raid your button box, and come join us in making some beautiful ATCs? There’s a special prize for the under 16’s this week, full of goodies to keep little hands busy during the summer holidays!

Make a Wish!

I have made another ‘just because’ card, this time with an Elzybells NA stamped image, which my friend Tricia sent me.  I’d like to send good wishes to everyone who reads my blog, and they come with lots of hugs and a sprinkling of fairy dust – thank you very much for your support and kind comments which are so much appreciated, and may all your wishes come true!


I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the Elzybells Art Stamps design team today.  Elizabeth has some great things planned now she has a new website and blog up and running.  I’m looking forward to being part of the team with these fabulous girls, some of whose names you may recognise. Here is the complete list:

Alex Eaton, UK
Angel Rivera, USA
Beverly Rousch, USA
Charlene Austin, Canada
Dawn wheeler, UK
Deborah Southard, USA
Eva Costigan, USA
Frances Byrne, Australia
Inge Groot, The Netherlands
Jeanne Streiff, USA
Katie Stilwater, USA
Kim Fee, UK
Kitty Frampton, UK
Maria Adams, UK
Michelle Short, UK
Michelle Woerner, USA
Pam Fraser, UK
Paula Williamson, USA
Rachel Hope Baird, USA
Shannan Teubner, USA
Stephanie Mayne, UK
Tobi Crawford, Canada

Thanks again, Elizabeth, for this wonderful opportunity!

Cute Card Thursday – Animals Only!

This week, the theme on Cute Card Thursday is ‘Animals Only’, so people aren’t allowed on your cards at all!  Here is my card for the challenge.  I used a Penny Black hedghog stamp for the image, and this was coloured with Prisma pencils as usual.  The birthday sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts, and I used backing papers by K & Co. The toning card is by DCWV, the flowers by Prima, and the brads and ribbon are from my stash.

Tilda and Friends – Purrr..fect Friends

The theme for this week’s challenge, chosen by guest designer Michelle Oatman, is ‘Animal Friends’.  I chose Cuddly Tilda and her cat to represent this theme on my card.  Tilda and her kitty were coloured with Prisma pencils, using paper stumps and Sansodor to blend.  The background papers are by K & Co, with a touch of pink Bazzill Bling cardstock.  I used 1mm foam pads to stick the cat onto the card for added dimension.  The sentiment was made on the computer, and cut out using Nestabilities with the Cuttlebug, and then this was edged with a soft pink ink pad to highlight.

Join us for this week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends and meet all our animal friends. Why not make an ATC with your favourite Magnolia animal and come along to join in the fun too?

Penny Black Sketch #1

The Penny Black challenge this week is a sketch.  

Here is my interpretation, and, as you can see, I turned the sketch around onto its side to make my card.  I adore this little hedgie with his bouquet of flowers, and this image seemed very fitting for a birthday card.  I coloured him with my Prisma pencils, using paper stumps and Sansodor to blend.  The background papers are by K & Co, and the cardstock by DCWV, and I embossed the piece behind the image with a Cuttlebug folder to give a little texture to the card.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts, and this was die-cut with Nestabilities on the Cuttlebug and then matted and layered with scraps of the paper and card used in the project.  Lastly, I placed the little pearly flowers onto the card to accent.

Crafty Monkeys Challenge Blog

Two very talented young crafters, Zoe and Hannah, have a fab new challenge blog for children up to the age of 16.  They have a card challenge every fortnight, with some lovely goodies for the winner.  The latest theme is ‘Summertime’, but if you don’t have the right stamps for this challenge, Hannah and Zoe welcome your hand-drawn pictures too.  If you are under 16, or have children in this age range, do go along and join the fun at Crafty Monkeys.

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