Wednesday 15 January 2020

An Old Fashioned Christmas

I am absolutely delighted to be a Merry Maiden on the Design Team of

Lisa from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is one of the kindest ladies I know in blogland and a very talented designer to boot.

Christmas Cards are the thing I most like to make as it is the perfect excuse to use sparkle and glitter. 

At this present time I do not have a colour printer and so to be able to use the digital papers I will be making my cards as a digital creation.

For this challenge we are being sponsored by Lunagirl who has a great selection of vintage digital images. Karen very generously gave us the opportunity to use a collage sheet of our choosing to work with.

The papers the DT are using for this challenge are An Old Fashioned Christmas. All our challenges are Anything Christmas goes. This will be the prize for the winning entrant who also follows the optional twist of featuring a Vintage item.

For the layout of my card I used a sketch 175 from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

The card is made of lots of layers and features papers & elements that I have collected over the years from various designers and sentiments from Word Art World & Desert Diva

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

Digital Supplies Used : 

ATGB Paper Plaid Cranberry - Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
OFC Holly Bell - Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Tags 4 - Lunagirl
Merry Christmas sentiment - Word Art World
With Love sentiment - Desert Diva

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

Friday 10 January 2020

Chibi Flowerpot Peeker

The January image for the Outlawz progressive freebie is Chibi Flowerpot Peeker from Bugaboo Stamps.

I used the latest Stella Says Sketch 801 from the Catch the Bug challenge for the layout.

The image has been coloured using Promarkers & Flexmarkers. I fussy cut around the image and mounted onto 3d foam squares.

Following the sketch layout I have added a central panel using a glittered paper from the Penny Lane pad by My Mind's Eye. The floral paper on the sides has been recycled from the inside of a birthday card and I covered the join with self adhesive ribbon from Docrafts.

I have made this for a special little girl who is 2 today so added a sentiment and a 2 peel off sticker to the plantpot. 

Card Details -

Size - A5
Papers - Penny Lane by My Mind's Eye & recycled floral card
Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Embellishments - Self Adhesive Ribbon by Docrafts

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

Wednesday 8 January 2020


The progressive freebie image for December at The Outlawz was Daisy from LeAnne's World 101.

I coloured the image using Promarkers, Flexmarkers and gel pens. I added loads of loose glitter to the white gel pen on the hat and dress fur trim.

The papers are from a great pad that I got from The Works. It was only £3 for a 12x12 pad and has lots of small prints perfect for cardmaking.

The candy cane die cut is from a Gingerbread House die set from Tattered Lace. I cut it from white, red and green cardstock, pieced it together and added some loose red glitter.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Dies - Gingerbread House from Tattered Lace
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Flexmarkers, Gel Pens
Papers - The Works 
Sentiment - Recycled from an old card
Embellishments - loose glitter

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

Tuesday 7 January 2020

My Old Blog

My old blog Made By Mandy was active from 2007 to 2014. 

During that time I was on many Design Teams and was fortunate to be a challenge winner on many occasions.

2014-2015 I was the Sponsorship Co-Ordinator at One Stitch at a Time which took me away from making cards. This drew on my administrative skills in the real world and gave me a much broader appreciation of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes with Design Teams & challenges.

We had lived in our old house for 16 years and I needed to pack up my very very cramped craft room in preparation for the move. My boxes were in storage for 2 1/2 years whilst we were having work done to build an extension and now I have the craft room I have always dreamed of.

Unfortunately my old blog was unused in this time and Google archived it.

Thus Made by Mandy 2.0  was born

If you would like to take a look at my old blog please click on the banner

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Current Teams

January 2021 to Present

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Previous Teams

January 2020 to August 2023

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The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

October 2020 to June 2023

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January 2021 to December 2022

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September 2020 to February 2021

Delighted to be a DT member for 

June 2020 to December 2020

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Through The Craft Room Door

September 2020

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Challenge Wins

2020 Challenge Wins

I am really sorry I am terrible at updating this !

My Besties Art Espana - Chosen to be Guest Designer 04/03

Avenue 613 Create - Top Rocker 22/02

Outlawz Sitewide & Festive Friday - Winner 15/02

Createful Heart Cards - Top 3 15/01

Scrappers Delights - Winner 09/01

2019 Challenge Wins

Createful Heart Cards - Top 3 15/12

Craft Rocket Challenges - Top 5 05/12

I Love Promarkers - Top 3 04/12

The Paper Funday - Top 3 04/12

Scrapyland - Winner 04/12

The Outlawz Sunday Songs & Rhymes - Winner & Guest DT 30/11

Krafty Chicks - Winner 27/11

Papercraft Business Challenge - Top Winner DT Choice 06/01/2020

Passion For Promarkers - Top 5 26/11

613 Avenue Create - Top Rocker 30/11

Cardz for Galz - Winner 21/11

Lemon Shortbread - Top 3 26/11

My Besties Art Espana - Top 3 02/12

CD Sunday Plus - Top 3 08/12

Crimbo Crackers - Winner 08/12

Tuesday Morning Sketches - DT Favourite 18/11

Catch The Bug - Winner 09/11

Ching-Chou Kuik - Winner 30/10

Leanne's World 101 - DT Favourite 03/10

Imagine That Digistamps - Top 2 & Guest DT Position

Crafts Galore Encore - Winner 31/08

Your Scrapbook Place - Winner 31/08 

Outlawz Festive Friday - August Sitewide Winner 15/09

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Top 3 18/07

QKR Stampede - Top 5 12/07

Mix It Up Challenge - Top Pick 05/08

Happy Craft Creations - Blog Winner 09/08

Crafty Catz - Top 3 28/06

Crafting By Designs - Winner 08/07

A Bit More Time to Craft - Winner 15/06

Corrosive Challenges - Winner 08/07

My Besties Art Espana - Top 3 08/07

Creatalicious Challenge - Top 3 28/08

Passion For Promarkers - Winner 28/05

Catch The Bug - Winner 02/06

My Besties Art Espana - Winner & Guest DT Position 02/06

Incy Wincy Designs - Winner 03/06

Createful Heart Design - Winner & Guest DT Position 18/06

QKR Stampede - Top 5 12/04

The Happy Craft Place - Top 10 Shortlist 07/05

The Happy Craft Place - Winner 15/05

The Outlawz - Sitewide April Winner 15/05

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Top 3 & Guest DT Position 03/04

Not Just Cards - Top 3 11/04

Outlawz Crash Your Stash - Winner 16/04

613 Avenue Create - Top Rocker 17/03

The Happy Craft Place - Top 10 Shortlist 07/04

Colour Crazy Challenge - Top 3 15/03

QKR Stampede - Winner  22/02

After having a break from crafting between April 2014 and February 2019 I started entering challenges again to build up my confidence in making cards after so many years away.