Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Birthday Bunny


Imagine That Digistamp have a Progressive Challenge each month. If you completed a card using the Digi of the Month you automatically get the following month emailed to you. If not you can purchase that stamp for a reduced price.

The set we have been given to play with for February is Birthday Bunny. You get this cute image in colour and black and white, a great coloured circle sentiment and lots of sentiments which are so useful.

I chose the paper first which is an old K & Company one from one of those huge pads of patterned papers. 3 years ago I split all my pads up and sorted by colour and pattern. I have all my multicolour striped papers together and it was a case of finding one I wanted to use and this then dictated the colours to use on the image.  I used Promarkers and Spectrum Noir Glitter markers to add accents to the balloon and cupcake. They add a bit of sparkle without being OTT. 

The layout of the card is from sketch 494 at Try Stamping on Tuesday. I rotated it to fit the orientation of the image.

I used a sheet of green A4 card for the base to compliment the paper. Added a pink trim as per the sketch and a self adhesive ribbon to anchor the birthday tag to. It is an embellished cardstock sticker which has always been too pretty to use.... it was obviously waiting for the perfect image to go with it. As a finishing touch I added a brad and called this done. Quite a simple layout but the image and tag are the shining stars.

If you visit my blog and are not already taking part in the Digi of the Month challenge I would urge you to pop over there. Kris' images are really lovely and you get so much in each pack. You can buy this one at the reduced price and away you go then.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Image - Birthday Bunny (Imagine That Digistamp)

Paper - Studio K Super K ( K and Company)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers

Embellishments - Self Adhesive Ribbon, Birthday Tag Sticker, Metal Brad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #47 Anything Goes With A Critter

613 Avenue Create - #2 Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything Goes

A Perfect Time To Craft - #2 Anything Goes

As You Like It - Favourite Digi Stamps because I came make them as big or small as I like, they are cheaper than rubber, easier to store. Easy to print and get good results every time.

Classic Design Challenge - #2 Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Challenge - #6 Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - #47 Anything Goes with an animal or insect

Crafty Catz - #539 Anything Goes

Crafty Gals Corner - #216 Add A Heart

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Createful Heart Design - #29 Anything Goes

Creative Fingers - #202 Anything Goes

Creative Moments - #209 Always Anything Goes

Creative Sketchy Girls - #57 For Girls Only

Double D Challenge - Anything With a Heart

Get Creative Challenges - #98 Use red or pink

I Love Promarkers - #429 Anything Goes / Birthday

Imagine That Digi of The Month - Birthday Bunny

Love To Craft - #55 Anything Goes

My Time To Craft - #451 Create or add a Tag

Pearly Sparkles - #59 Anything Goes

Penny’s Challenge - #490 Anything Goes

Polkadoodles - #8 Anything Goes

Scrapping4fun Challenges - #186 Anything Goes

Scribbles Designs Challenge - #97 Add 1 or more hearts

Simply Create Too - #167 Use Hearts

The Creative Crafters - #37 Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Through The Purple Haze - #177 1 Ribbon/2 word sentimnet/3 layers

Try Stamping on Tuesdays - #494 Sketch for Layout

Uniko 9th Birthday Challenge - # Birthday card with any supplies

Word Art Wednesday - #479-480 Anything Goes

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - #2 Anything Goes

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Christmas Sweater


As soon as I saw this pack of Christmas Sweater Stamps at Kate Hadfield Designs I was inspired to make a shaped card. The only thing was...... which design to choose? As you can see from the preview image below there are so many fabulous designs. You can choose to buy the stamps to colour, pre coloured ones or there is a specially priced bundle with both sets together.

For this card I chose the Christmas pudding stamp as I wanted to embellish it with glitter and beads. In the set you get each image and there is one with a more bold outline which is particularly good for printing out as a larger size. I sized it to around 6" square. I also did a second one the same and covered the pudding with a white rectangle. Inside this I added the text for the sentiment inside the card. After I printed it out I thought I could also have flipped this so it could be the outside back of the card. That is an idea for next time as I am sure I will be using more of these stamps.

I have coloured the bulk of the image using Promarkers. Even working on a very large area they give a really smooth finish. The green would have looked awful if it was streaky.

I used a Spectrum Noir glitter marker to add spots of 'fruit' to the Christmas pudding and coloured the holly, berries and sauce. I knew I would be covering them with glitter glue but also like to colour underneath so it gives better coverage.

Both the layers of the stamp were then added to a thicker card for the base to make a stronger card. Alcohol pens soak through the card so this covers the back of your colouring. Neat cutting around the bold outlines with my small blade Fiskars scissors produced neat images. I used a black marker to run around the outside of the shapes. To stick the layers together I scored around the curve on the jumper to allow it to bend and used some very strong red line double sided tape to hinge at the top.

Now it came to adding the bling! I could only add one full gem 'berry' so used red stickles glitter glue for the other two. The green one was used for the holly and I used a frosted lace one for the sauce on the pudding. It is sparkly but subtle so it looks more like a silky sauce.... almost good enough to eat. I used glossy accents to add the black beads. You can see in the photo below how it opens and stands and just how much dimension the beads add.

I really loved making this. Kate's designs are so much fun to work with and there are so many fabulous items in the store. I love making cards and colouring so the stamps are my faves. There are coloured images, papers, doodles and you are only limited by your creativity. 

There are oodles of freebies in the store too. Simply sign up to the Newsletter in the Doodle Den and your will be given access to so many resources. There is a gallery full of projects by the Creative Team and customers and so much inspiration for crafter and teachers. I would highly recommend you pop over there and join in the fun.

Card Details -

Size - 6” high

Digital Image - Christmas Sweaters Stamps (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers

Embellishments - Stickles Glitter glue, gem, beads

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Happy Birthday Tag


One thing that I very rarely make is tags. I have all the wonderful ideas about making matching tag to go with a card but very rarely do I do it.

However Imagine That Digistamp is currently celebrating their 8th birthday and Kris is having some extra weekly birthday themed challenges to celebrate. If you take part you get a specially created set so it is definitely worth participating.

The prompt this week is to create a tag with a birthday theme. It was a so and so to photograph as it was either too bright and the light shone one the gold card, or not bright enough and you couldn't see the twinkle in the paint. I hate not being able to take photos in natural light but the days are very dull here at the moment.

This tag has been made using lots of offcuts that have been recycled from shop bought cards. The centre image is a very old rubber stamp from Penny Black called Spring Air. It has been stamped onto some scrap white card and coloured with Promarkers and H20's were added to the top for shimmer. This was coloured many years ago. I have a folder with lots of images that I coloured but they have not been made into anything so it is nice to get this little cutie out. The hedgehog is sniffing the air above his head. When I fussy cut around it it looked weird so I cut the air off and decided it would look cute with little butterflies instead.

The pink circles have been cut with some generic stitched circle dies from scraps of card that have been recycled from the inside of shop bought cards. Quite often there is an insert and the card has got some good quality coloured or even patterned cards that can be used for crafting. I sandwiched a scrap of gold ribbon between the pink and a circle of white card on the back of the tag.

The Happy Birthday die is from Spellbinders. I had already cut it out of some gold textured card in the past but not used it so added the red heart stickers, the stamped image and a couple of little butterfly stickers that are some of the most used stickers I have had in my collection. They are so small and in many colours so compliment a lot of colour schemes and projects.

Tag Details -

Size - 4”

Rubber Stamp Image - Spring Air 3346F (Penny Black)

Dies - Happy Birthday with numbers (Spellbinders) Circle Nesting Dies (unbranded from Ebay)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & H20’s

Embellishments - Glittery butterfly stickers, heart peel off stickers, gold lurex ribbon

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Monday, 15 February 2021

A Christmas Wish


Over at The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up it is the Merry Maidens turn to showcase some fabulous Christmas cards.

This paper pack Christmas Fun designed by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles 
is up for grabs to the lucky winner who follows the Optional Twist to make the card suitable for a Child under 12 Years old.

If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features the twist.

The Sponsor for this challenge is Ike's Art who is offering a $10 certificate from their store.

I used to be on a Design team for a store that sold Ike's Art images and chose to use an image I already had which is A Christmas Wish. It is a really sweet image and reminds me of many Christmas outings to sit on Santa's knee at John Lewis in Leeds when I was a little girl.

The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I added lots of Stickles glitter glue to the fur. I decided that there was a Christmas tree missing from the image. Having already decided to use the Decorating Tree paper from the Christmas Fun pack I also isolated a tree and printed it out on photo paper so it is about 10cm tall, thus suiting the dimensions of the image I had already printed. This also shows how versatile the papers can be as you can choose only an element from it and not the whole paper.

I chose to use sketch 201 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for the layout.

The base card is a 6" square and I cut the patterned paper to suit. I have added a wide metallic ribbon to highlight the gold elements. A square of gold glittery paper has been used for the background to my tableau and matted onto dark green card.

The tree has been added to the background and a gold star shaped gem to emulate the one in the paper. The stamped image has been raised up on thin foam squares to add depth. I added some green gems in the corners to match the sketch layout and a gold foiled sentiment.

Printing in colour has been an issue for us for a while as we cannot get a printer driver for our machine anymore. We have found a work around which is a bit awkward but said we will run the inks down and buy a new printer. They seem exceptionally hard to get at the moment though, every model hubby is after there is no stock and to timeframe for availability. Not sure if that is a Brexit think, a Covid thing or just shipping to UK being messed up in general so watch this space.......

I do hope you will take part in our challenge and look forward to seeing your creations.

Card Details -

Size - 6" Square
Digital Image - A Christmas Wish (Ike's Art)
Digital Paper - Christmas Fun (Decosse's Dynamite Doodles)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - Stickles Glitter Glue, gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Friday, 12 February 2021

Monsterfic Birthday


Today is my eldest niece's birthday and this is a card I have made using a new freebie set  Monsterific Birthday which has being released at Kate Hadfield Designs.

The set has 4 images and they are available in both the digital stamp outline and pre-coloured for really quick and easy cards. There are 3 cute monsters and a superb cake.

I chose to use Monster 1 with the cute little birthday cake. My niece is not very girly so I opted to use red and black as my main colour scheme. The papers are from a really old HOTP Cardmakers paper pack. I added a black and white ribbon with a stitched effect. Rather than add a full sentiment I used some chipboard letters HB and added to squares of card edged with white faux stitches. This emulates both the diamond patterned paper and the pattern in the ribbon.

The image has been coloured with a combination of Promarkers and some coloured pencils for shading. Lots of sparkle has been added with Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers. They really are great for adding interest to these monsters and of course you can use whatever colours you wish. I added background to the image by watering down the glitter markers and adding splotches of colour with a waterbrush.

Stacey was expecting her 3rd baby around mid March but we are celebrating a little earlier than expected. Baby Reyna Michelle decided to make an appearance yesterday, the day before Mummy's birthday! Her 7 year old twin sisters Liara and Belle now have a little baby sister to cuddle.

Head on over to Kate Hadfield Designs website to download this amazing freebie. You will need to sign up to the newsletter and you will be given access to the Doodle Den where you can download this set and you will get access to even more. It is definitely worth your while paying us a visit.

Kate Hadfield Designs is also celebrating an anniversary - 12 Years of designing digital doodles. There is a sale on for the next few days to celebrate.

Card Details -

Size – A5
Digital Image – Monsterific Birthday (Kate Hadfield Designs)
Paper - Classic Cardmakers Pack by HOTP
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, white gel pen, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers, Areteza Coloured pencils
Embellishments – Ribbon, Chipboard Letters,

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Monster 2


This is a card I have made using a new freebie set Monsterific Birthday which has being released at Kate Hadfield Designs.

The set has 4 images and they are available in both the digital stamp outline and pre-coloured for really quick and easy cards. There are 3 cute monsters and a superb cake.

This card has been made using the pre-coloured image Monster 2 from the set. I printed this onto glossy photo paper and it really makes the colours pop. I added some googly eyes because they are so much fun and this image is perfect for them.

I selected some papers from my stash in the same colours of orange, pink and aqua and matted all the layers onto orange cardstock. I used some complimentary self adhesive ribbon and added some Card Candi dots.

The sentiment came from Craftwork Cards in a massive box of odds and sods I had years ago. I will probably still be using bits from this till I am 80......

As a final touch I added some little monster stickers I bought in the post office a couple of weeks ago s they are so cute. Monster needed some little friends to help deliver the gift. 

Head on over to Kate Hadfield Designs website to download this amazing freebie. You will need to sign up to the newsletter and you will be given access to the Doodle Den where you can download this set and you will get access to even more. It is definitely worth your while paying us a visit.

Kate Hadfield Designs
 is also celebrating an anniversary - 12 Years of designing digital doodles. There is a sale on for the next few days to celebrate.

Card Details -

Size – 6" Square
Digital Image – Monsterific Birthday (Kate Hadfield Designs)
Embellishments – Self Adhesive Ribbon, Googly eyes, Card Candi dots, monster stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Kit Kite Valentine


Today I am sharing with you the valentine's card I have made for my hubby.

There is a great offer on in the store of 30% off a purchase of 3 items or more so I would encourage you to head on over.

I have used the image Kit Kite Valentine and Heart Digital Papers from Pinksy Doodles. Please visit the Etsy store for an ever expanding range of papers, images and some fabulous SVG cut files that make me wish I had one of those fancy machines......

I used Sketch 492 from Try Stamping on Tuesdays for the layout and roughly designed my card on scrap paper before organising what I wanted to print out.

I printed the heart digital paper onto some glossy photo paper, it really makes the colours pop. I used 2 of the papers so I could add a contrasting strip.

The little kitty has been coloured with Promarkers and I used my Arteza coloured pencils to add some shading. The balloon has been covered with Glossy Accents and I added Glamour Dust glitter to this so it really sparkles. I fussy cut the image and added some sparkly gems to the cushion. This has been popped up on some thin foam squares.

The You Make My Heart Happy die cut sentiment is from Crafter's Companion. You get all the dies needed to create the layout and once I had decided what papers I was using I could cut the hearts out using the matching papers. I added double sided tape onto the back of the black cardstock before cutting the letters out which is so much easier than glueing the letters after they have been cut.

I added a strip of my absolute favourite ribbon to the underside of the pink central panel. I bought quite a big roll of it from Ebay years ago and have used it for so many cards over the years.

The sketch has 3 little dots on the bottom left so I used one of the rubber stamps from the Always & Forever set from Uniko and added some tiny red gems to either side. There seemed too much blank space above the sentiment so I cut a scalloped heart using an old punch from Woodware.

I had lots of scraps of the papers left so I decided to decorate the inside too. The central focus is the sentiment stamp from You Are Sentiments Outlined from Uniko. I had seen reference to this phrase at different times over the years but did not know where it originated. I really like to watch programmes on my Ipad when I am cooking and crafting and I am currently watching Grey's Anatomy and now know it is from this series. My husband is 'My Person' and has been for nearly 32 years so it is perfect for him.

I layered the papers together using Woodware punches to add a little more interest.

I am a full on romantic. I always say I live in a heart shaped world. You know some people see faces in images and everyday scenarios well I see hearts in all sorts of patterns and I truly believe that is because I have been in love with my husband for so many years. I know I am extremely lucky, he truly makes my heart happy just like it says on the front of this card.

I wish everyone who visits my blog lots of love and happiness and hope you are as happy as I am.

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Image - Kit Kite Valentine (Pinksy Doodles)

Digital Paper - Hearts (Pinksy Doodles)

Dies - You Make My Heart Happy (Crafter’s Companion)

Punches - Scallop Heart (Woodware) Heart Corner (Woodware)

Rubber StampsAlways & Forever (Uniko), You Are Sentiments Outlined (Uniko)

Inkpad - Versafine Onyx Black

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza coloured pencils, white gel pen

Embellishments - Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust, Docrafts self adhesive gems

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)