Friday, 8 February 2019

My Time to Craft! #390 Men Only

Hi, guys! I hope you're all keeping well!

We have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft! which is Men Only. Yep, we're asking for those tricky cards for the Blokes! I have made a card for a boy.


This is Fenton Frog by Sweet'n'Sassy stamps, he is so cute!

ALL the papers and card (except the card base were made with Snippets from the scrap drawer! The sentiment came with the image and I cut it out and layered it onto a folded banner die-cut by Simon Says Stamp, using a scrap of green glittery card. I added green Nuvo Drops as an embellishment as well as two tiny green hearts on the banner.

I am determined to make a real effort to use up snippets this year!!

Go and see the fab work left on the Challenge blog by my teamies!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #44 Anything Christmas Goes

Hello, my dearios! Doesn't it seem a long time since Christmas? Everything is back to the daily routine - cleaning, cooking, ironing, and tidying the craft hovel, in my case! However it is never too soon to start on Christmas cards, and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is here to help!

This time the Challenge lasts until the 3rd of March, which gives you plenty of time to join in!


I have used an old printed image (coloured by the amazingly talented Bev Rochester) from Lili of the Valley and added Stickles here and there - in fact, I made 8 cards using various images and Christmas papers to the same design. Yes, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to USE STUFF UP!

The paper is from an old Papermania pad, and the ribbon is from the Pinflair shop in Hertford - they have beautiful ribbons! I used a Love From Lizi die and gold card for the sentiment.

Check out the creations my teamies have made on the blog, then put your Santa hat on and get Christmassy!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

PS You may remember I 'lost' a box of Christmas cards last November. Well, I've found it!! Yippee!!

Monday, 4 February 2019

Dream Valley #195 Love and Kisses

Hi, guys, from a grey and drizzly Hertfordshire! We have a romantic new theme at Dream Valley - Love and Kisses. Just in time for St Valentine's Day!!

Our lovely sponsor is Di's Digi Designs and a lucky winner can choose 3 of her sweet images.

I have made a congratulations card for an engagement.


I used both birds from the Woodware 'Love Birds' stamp set (which sadly seems to be out of print) and stamped them facing each other. I love the folk art 'vibe' and coloured them in lots of different Copic colours. I covered a die-cut pink heart with Spectrum Noir clear sparke pen and added Glossy Accents over the top. The hearts on the birds have also been sparkled!

I layered papers from a very old magazine freebie, and then some pink card. The card base is 5 x 7 inches.

I hope the ladies I made this for will like it!

Go and see the romantic creations my teamies have left to inspire you and join in with the love!!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Friday, 25 January 2019

My Time to Craft #389 All You Need is Love

Hi, guys! I hope you're all keeping well and looking forward to a great weekend!

Our new challenge at My Time to Craft is All You Need is Love and I'll be humming that Beatles song all day now!

It's not just for Valentine's Day but includes weddings, anniversaries, or something to say 'I love you.'


I used papers from the 'Love Story' paper pad by First Edition, and the sentiment circle is a tag cut from one of the papers. It reads 'How sweet it is to be loved by you.' I added some lace from Crafteezee and ribbon from my stash. I covered the hole in the circle tag with a crystal flower from my stash.

My teamies have left some gorgeous 'loving' inspiration on the blog, have a look and join in!

Thanks for looking, and have a lovely weekend!

love Mags B x

Monday, 21 January 2019

Dream Valley #194 Use a Doily and a Brad

Hi, guys! Well, apparently today is 'Blue Monday' which is the most depressing day of the year, according to an advert put out by a travel company back in 2005! I wonder why they chose gloomy (in the Northern Hemisphere) January to advertise holidays in sunnier climes?!

However, there's a simpler solution to cheer everyone up - a new challenge at Dream Valley!We have a really unusual theme: Use a Doily and a Brad.

Our sponsor is the gorgeous All Dressed Up Stamps. Wendy very kindly sent the DT a couple of very pretty images touse - check out what my teamies have done on the Challenge blog! Unfortunately my printer gave up the ghost over New Year just at the time I needed toprint my image out! Fortunately I had another sweet ADU girlie already printed out. Phew!


This cutie is Flyaway Butterfly. I used papers from a very old pad which came with a magazine, and cut the edge of the pink piece with a Spellbinders Scalloped Borders One die.

I used the Doily to decorate the top corners, and the yellow Brad is fastened to the girl's gorgeous flowery headband. The brad is flower-shaped, which I thought appropriate!  The sentiment is die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die and trimmed to fit.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x



Friday, 11 January 2019

My Time to Craft! #388 Winter Birthday!

Good morning! There's a new Challenge at My Time to Craft! and our theme is Winter Birthday.

I have made a card for a bloke, in wintry shades of blue and white, as I have a birthday for an important Olde Manne in my life coming up soon!


The papers are very old, I found them in my stash when sorting ye olde craft hovel. I embossed a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Big Scripty Sayings in their Steel Navy embossing powder, which is lovely and shiny.

I added sparkly baker's twine, and 3 snowflake sequins, and also dots of Navy Blue Nuvo Drops.

My teamies have left some gorgeous inspiration for you on the blog - check it out!

Cheerio, my dearios, I hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Gorjuss Card for a Gorjuss Girl!

Hi, guys, from a grey and chilly S-E Hertfordshire!

My daughter-in-law loves the Santoro Gorjuss range, and luckily I have a few Gorjuss stamps, so I combined my favourite with some glittery, shiny snippets for her card this year.


I coloured the image with Copics and added a flower sequin over the skull ornament in her hair. I fussy-cut her, then layered her onto a circle distressed with Spun Sugar DI. The sentiment is cut with a Love from Lizi birthday die from shiny pink paper that was originally a card base.

Yes! I'm using stuff up!!

Ok, back to yet another Grand Tidy-Up of ye olde craft hovel. I'm being ruthless, RUTHLESS I TELL YOU!

I hope all is going well for you all - it's nearly the weekend, huzza!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x