Thursday, 12 January 2017

CRAFT Challenge #398 Box or Bag

Hi, guys! I hope you're all having a good week; and for those who aren't, I hope things improve very soon.

Our new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge is to decorate a box or bag. I made a bag, using this youtube video.


I used designer paper and ribbon from my stash for the bag. The fun image is Frazzled Fran needs her coffee No 154 from Oddball Art. I coloured her with copics and fussy cut the image and also one of the sentiments that come with the image, and stuck them onto the bag. I had a pack of coffee to include, but sadly my hubby has used it, so I'll have to get more!!

Our lovely sponsors:

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My very talented teamies have, as usual, produced some gorgeous creations to inspire you, do go and see!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 9 January 2017

Dream Valley Challenges #147 Something New

Hi, guys! It's a grey, wet January day here in S-E Herts. I have been listening to music and having a MASSIVE clear-out of my craft hovel - as always when I start tidying, the room looks 10 times worse than it did, but I'm determined to get it sorted!

Here is my card for the Something New Challenge at Dream Valley. I went with a New Home card, using two sweet House images from Digistamp Boutique. There is a SALE on at their site at the moment, and some gorgeous bargains to be snapped up! Go and see!


I was originally going to layer the houses (which I coloured with Promarkers) onto patterned paper, but decided they looked so much more bright and cheerful against plain white. I fussy cut them and popped them onto foam squares to give some interest. Sometimes the simplest cards take me the longest, as I'm always trying and discarding different ideas!

The sentiment is an old stamp from Lili of the Valley but it seems to be out of print now.

Ok, time to finish this cup of cold tea and carry on with the sort-out!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

CRAFT Challenge #397 Recipe

Hiya! Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy and crafty 2017!

The first Challenge of 2017 at CRAFT Challenge is this Recipe:


We'd like you to use ONE image, TWO patterned papers, and THREE flowers.

I made a birthday card for a young man:


My IMAGE is Birthday Mickey Monkey from Digital Delights by Louby Lou - isn't he cute? I coloured him with Promarkers and added glitter to his hat trim and Wink of Stella to the Balloons.

My two PATTERNED PAPERS are from a very old paper pad by Cosmo Cricket called 'The Boyfriend.'

The three flowers, and the leaves, are from the In the Jungle stamp set by Woodware and I fussy cut them after colouring. I added the lower leaves first, then added the flowers on foam pads. The Sentiment tag is by Lili of the Valley.

Have a look at my teamies' lovely work, it's amazing how different their interpretations of the recipe are!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Time to Craft DT Challenge #337 Something new.

Happy New Year!

Our Challenge at My Time to Craft is Something New. That can be a new event (baby, job, home etc) or new craft stash that Santa has brought you! I have made a New Baby card and also used a new stamp set.


The stamp set is by W Plus 9 and is called Party Animal I coloured the cute giraffe with Copics. The balloon was coloured with Distress Inks and blended with a blending tool, then once it had dried I stamped the sentiment with Clearly Besotted's New Baby set in pink pigment ink and clear-embossed it. I fussy cut the images and used foam pads to give dimension. The balloon string is drawn with a black marker. Finally, I added sequins from stash.

I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Christmas and are looking forward to 2017.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

CRAFT Challenge #396 Anything Goes

Good morning! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We have the Irish Contingent here - Daughter, son-in-law-to-be and grandson! Lots of cuddles for Grandma and Grandpa!

Now onto our Challenge at CRAFT Challenge which is Anything Goes. I made a birthday card for a fan of Arsenal Football Club, whose strip is red and white.


This cute chap is Toby Glam Guy by Sweet Stamps . I coloured him with Promarkers and added Wink of Stella Clear to the football. I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the image and mat. The paper was loose, I'm not sure who made it. Sorry! The sentiment is by Avery Elle from the Stoked clear stamp set.

Our sponsor this week is:

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Thanks for looking and Happy New Year!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

CRAFT Challenge #395 Anything Goes.

Morning, all! Our last Challenge at CRAFT Challenge is Anything Goes

I abandoned Christmas cards to make something girly and adaptable for several occasions, using WO Cupcake Tower by Bugaboo Stamps. Cute, or what?


The cupcake background paper came from stash, and the strip with teapots came with the same, very old, set of papers. I added Wink of Stella to the cupcakes and the teapots, and also to the girl's dress. The spotty ribbon is from stash, and the diamante butterfly is from Hobbycraft. I used a Martha Stewart heart border punch to edge the teapots horizontal strip.

Our lovely sponsors are:

Bugaboo Stamps


Nikki Burnette


The Stamping Boutique which sadly is closing down at the end of December :(


Thanks for looking, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year.

love Mags B x

Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Time to Craft Challenge #336 Christmas with non-traditional colours

Good morning! We have a Christmas Challenge with a twist at My Time to Craft this fortnight: Christmas with non-traditional colours which means no red, gold or green!

I went with pink for my card, using Snowman Bells by Bugaboo Stamps:


I apologise for the naff photo, the corner where I usually take them is now blocked by the Christmas tree. I decided to make this a Snowwoman, in pink, for a change. The paper by Dovecraft is very old, so sadly no longer available - a shame, since I really like the pastel colours. There is a bit of green on it, but it's mint green rather than pine green, so I think I've got away with it! The ribbon is from stash.

I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops die for the mat, and the Modern Stationery Card Creator dies for the background. I added stickles to the snow and Wink of Stella to the hat, scarf and bells.

Not quite my last Christmas card, but nearly! I still have a few to make for the neighbours.

Awwww, the 5 year old son of one of my neighbours is helping Daddy clean the car. He has to stand on tiptoe to reach the back windscreen! Bless!

Thanks for looking, and I hope this week is not too stressful and that you can enjoy the run-up to Christmas!

love Mags B x