Friday, January 31, 2014


This will stay at the top of my blog till 31st January. Names will be pulled on 30th and winners announced on 31st.  Current posts are below this one.
To celebrate having been blogging 4 yrs on the 29th January I am offering my loyal readers some blog candy. There are two different sets as I am also celebrating having passed 250 faithful followers and over 75,000 blog viewings. Wow!
Please be a genuine follower to participate and leave a comment on this post stating whether you would like the pink or yellow version (they are both the same in quantity and quality) and hopefully the two names pulled from the hat will not want the same other wise the first name out will get their chosen choice.

The Names pulled from the hat by The Doc are shown below.

Pink Set  
Winner is Greta

 4 Drawer box.
 Includes this candy for cards/layouts etc.

Yellow Set
Winner is Margreet.

2 Drawer box.

Includes this candy for cards/layouts etc.
Ladies please let me have your details by using my email in the side bar.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Then 2 became 6!

It is still me!
Panic Not You are in the right Place. I have had a face lift to celebrate my 4 yrs of blogging!!
Sarn threw rather a curved ball at us for the Rudolph challenge this month as she wanted not one but two cards entered.
Now I don 't normally do two's of anything only those darn/delightful Christmas  Elves.
I have an order for another one this yr. already. Grrrr!
This required military precision so off to my newly sorted Christmas drawer I went and found a topper sheet by Kanban called Golden Christmas Trees.
These are gold foiled images which went perfectly
with the  12cm x 12cm cream card blanks from my stash.
Spellbinders Majestic Elements die S4-383
Sizzix  Circles 657552 die.
White glitter card from stash using Sizzix die to cut.

All the sentiments were cut from old received cards backed with card from stash.

As there were 6 images on the card you can see 2  very quickly became Six!
I did in the end have fun by seeing how many variations  I could come up with.
Below shows just 3 of the cards inserts that I made using more dies
Spellbinders Lable 4 & Deckled Rectangles S4-202
and old recycled cards.
I also used a mini snowflake & Christmas tree  punch from the borders
left on the Kanban  card. Waste not want not!

Entering into the following:
Rudolph Day: Make 2 cards this time.
Creative Craft World: Beat the rush.
Christmas Cards All Year Round: Anything goes Christmas.
Christmas Card Challenge #9: Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnuts #161: Trees.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra #12: Anything goes Christmas.
Sweet Stampin Christmas #13: Festive foliage.
Fab 'n' Funky #201: Christmas Time.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #109: Use up your snippets. (recycled cards).
Dream Valley #74: No Designer paper.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Stitch in Time.

I have several things on the go at the moment still under wraps so to speak so am showing a card and tag I made at the end of last year and not posted yet. 
Corners rounded using Xcut large cutter.
Backing paper is from Debbie Moore designs  'Art Deco Rome' CD rom
which matched perfectly this Kanban Topper 'Bella Fiori - Rosanna Delights
'Birthday' cut using Britania Dies.
Sissors charm, old lace and oval topper in my stash, along with cotton for stitching.
Inside of card using more of CD rom paper and
Spellbinders 'Majestic Elements' Nestabilitites.

Tag created using above elements.
Bakers Twin from stash.

Reverse of tag.

Entering into the following challenges:
Scribble  and Scrap #10: Anything goes.
Love to Scrap #22: Tag your it.
The Paper Nest Dolls #2: Anything goes.
Crafting For All Seasons: #69: For the Girls.
Paper Pretties #294: Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz #10: Anything goes.
Bunny Zoe's Crafts #44: Stitching.
Sweet Stampin: In stitches.
Kaboodle Doodles #207: Use blue.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thank you.

I needed to make a Thank You card and this is the one that I sent. As with my pledge to try out new card shapes and techniques I found this video by Christina  on making a trellis without the use of a die cut.Christina also has a fantastic blog.
Card base made from two pieces of craft paper hinged at top.
Both aperture windows cut using a craft knife .
Embossed with a Butterfly folder free with Papercraft Essentials magazine.
Navy blue strips from my stash of paper oddments adhered to back of front frame.
Butterfly die  by Cheery Lynn Designs DL 113AB
Sentiment  cut  using Britannia dies.
dp behind trellis and on banner by Hunkdory Butterfly Wishes
Side view of card.

Inside of card showing Hunkydory floral topper.
Die cuts by Spellbinders 'Deckled Rectangles' and 'Romantic Rectangles.'
Entering into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments #98: Use any sentiment.
Penny's Paper-Crafty #160: Embellishments.
Simon Says Stamps: Emboss it.
Vintage  Utfordring #73: Dies and or/punch.
Come & Get It : Butterflies or dragonflies.
613 Avenue Create #55: Anything goes/use shades of blue.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #108: Use up your snippets (navy blue strips for trellis).
Quirky Crafts #2: Birds, bugs and butterflies.
Sarah Hurley 365 #88: Thank you.

All White.

Never an easy card to make or to send but we had occasion to do so last week as one of our friends that we have both known for over 40 yrs  lost his sister on Christmas Eve. The funeral was last week and this is a card I already had in my stash.

 Embossing Folder by Sizzix 656978 Floral Flourish.
Sentiment stamp by Wow using London Fog ink pad.
Ribbon and pearl from stash.
Entering into following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy #105: Monochromatic.
Hiding in My Craft Room #133: Clean and simple.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Birthday Blues

I needed to make a card for a male family friend who has a birthday next week. As he is football mad I wanted the card to be in his teams colours and also to have a football theme.
 I decided to challenge myself  and see if I could make a recipe from scratch using just my stash, a paper trimmer and using a new technique another of my New Yr resolutions !
1st off I needed a number of assorted blue papers. Now a ready supply of these come in the post almost daily. Namely those irritating  white envelopes, you know the ones that come with bank statements and nasty bills inside!  Well once you have thrown those straight in the bin you are then  left with the  envelopes which if you slice open have some rather natty patterns on the inside  mostly in blues and greys. I keep a pile of these to hand (don't you? No! Tut tut)  so out came the blue ones.


Next I needed to throw in a mix of extra papers so out came my handy box of strips (you do keep all those don't you?) and sorted out a few more of the blue ones and then cut a few of the envelopes up into random size widths using my trimmer as I needed dead straight edges.

New Technique.
Finally throw in a little bit of origami paper folding and this is what you should end up with.

The Origami shirt is in the brand new 2014 Club strip!
I folded from white paper and then added the blue stripes afterwards.
I found the tutorial for shirt here.
Sentiment cut using Britannia word dies.
Strips of paper randomly stuck to a piece of old cardboard with white strips in between(as the cardboard was a grey colour).
Edges trimmed to neaten and then adhered to a slightly larger blue backing sheet.
Entering into the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz #1: Happy  Birthday.
Deep Ocean Challenge #69:  Birthday.
Tuesday Throwdown #178: Stripes.
Charisma Cardz #2: It's a Boy Thing.
Card Mania #38: Anything goes.
My Craft Creations: Anything goes.
Melon Headz: Birthday challenge.
Country View Crafts #11: Monochromatic.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #107: Use up your snippets (those nasty envelopes and odd strips).
Paper Pretties #293: Monochromatic.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thinking of You.

Well that is my 1st New Year's resolution accomplished! I was determined not to blog until I had sorted out my craft stash and space and had a new home for everything and everything in its place. (I may well be going nuts in a few days time though when I can't remember or find where the new home is for the item I need a.s.a.p.)!!
Another resolution I made  is to try new card shapes and techniques out and this is the first card shape here a 'Side Stepper'. My good blogging buddy Debbie of Love Paper Crafting
used this card shape on her blog and when I commented that I had only ever done centre step cards before she very kindly popped two of the ready made shapes in the post to me so that I could use and also see how to make my own version. This card  along with a matching tag was made for a swap and is now safe to show as the recipient has received.

Stripe backing card is actually the base from a custard tart box!
Topper is by Hunkydory 'Flutterbye Wishes' Aqua Spray.
Large butterfly is Memory Box's Isabella98507/Pippi 98508.
Small butterfly  punch from Tonic Studios.
Sentiment is a stamp by Hero Arts.

Side view of card.

Matching tag.
Bakers twine from stash along with the pre shaped  oval for the sentiment.
Entering into the following Challenges:
The Crafter's Cafe #45: Anything goes.
Penny's Paper - Crafty #159: Anything goes.
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges #9: Anything goes.
Simply Create Too #52: Anything goes.
Card Makin Mamas #78: Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #9: Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #107: Use your snippets up (pieces of card from The Doc's custard tart box).
Challenges 4 Everybody #37: Anything goes.
Artistic Inspirations #74: Anything goes Feminine.
Crafty Boots: Anything goes.
The Paper Nest Dolls: Anything goes.
Victorine Stamps #75: 3 layers. 
Cards  Galore: Anything goes.
Seemacrafts: Anything goes.
Oozak #29: Anything goes/blue tones.

Monday, January 06, 2014


It's time again for the midway reminder for the Craft My Life Dec/Jan challenge. The sponsors for the current challenge are:
The Theme is as usual Anything Goes.....but no cards. We would be delighted to see you so do please come on over and join in the fun.
I have chosen to work with a Bugaboo image and created a 2014 Wall Calendar. This is the January page and as you can see I'm still celebrating!!
Image has been coloured using Graph'it pens and Pearlescent chalks.
Die cut is Spellbinders  'Romantic Rectangles'.
Blue pearl paper a snippet from stash along with the bakers twine.
Date created in word.
Month cut from a mini planner.
Close up of digi.
I really missed not being able to use my light box.
You can see the difference in the wall colouring though the photos were all  taken at the same time.
I coloured the image twice and cut out the figure  and balloon from one  of them.
Side view showing the image adhered on top using  3d foam pads.
Entering into the following challenges:
Paper Minutes #302: wall decoration.
Brown Sugar #75: Use ribbon or twine (I used Bakers twine).
Digi Galore: Girly.
Natalie and Amy's Challenge #16: One for the Girlies.
Creative Inspirations  #246: Celebration.
Catch The Bug :Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop:  Use up your snippets (blue pearl card).
Creative Craft #26: Anything goes.
Creative Moments #33: Anything goes.
Crafting By Designs: Anything goes.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The West Wing!

We have a lovely friend who decided to downsize and move in with her daughter. Part of her daughter's house has  been converted into a grannie annex which has now been nick named 'The West Wing' by the rest of the family!  Brenda has settled in and this is the card that I sent which can now be shown.

Pre shaped card base used.
'Mushroom house with Flower' a digi from Beyond the Fringe (freebie site) .
Image coloured using Graph'it marker pens.
White and green card scraps  used.
Sentiments printed in word.
Acetate and Sizzix scallop Circles die 657552  used to create the window.
Inside of card.
Entering into the following challenges:
Craft your passion #194: Something new.
Scrap Creations: Something New.
Simon Says Stamps: Something new.
A Creative Romance #15: New something.
Jelly Park Friends: New beginnings.
Totally Papercrafts #200: New Beginnings.
A Little Bit Crafty #9: Celebrate.
Craft - Mojo: All things new.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014.

Hope You got the presents that you wanted!
Bugaboo image.
Backing paper from my good friend Barbara (in America)
Graph'it marker pens.
Pearlescent chalks.
silver gel pen

It does shimmer in real life.
Entering into the following challenges:
LEJ Designs #84: Anything goes.
Paper Pretties #290: Ring in the new Year.
Totally Gorjuss #216: New Yr/New baby/ New house.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #105: Use snippets (I'm trying. bp. left over from a previous card.)
Card Mania #37: Happy new Year.
The Crazy challenge #161: celebrate the New Year.
The Pink Elephant #231: Anything goes.