Sunday, 26 January 2014

Dream Valley DT Challenge #74 - No Designer Paper

For the new challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox please scroll down to the previous post. Thanks!

Hello again, my dearios! We have another challenge at Dream Valley and this time it's No Designer Paper. Our lovely sponsor is Freckled Fawn who are offering a $20 voucher to spend at their store! You really have to go there and drool over their fabulous washi tape!!

Well, I don't know about you, but I found this challenge quite hard - every idea I had needed to be revised! It's not just that I couldn't use dp to mat and layer, I couldn't use it for embellishments or paper piecing, either!

Thank goodness for embossing folders!


I used a Cuttlebug Tiny Hearts folder to emboss the background, then went over it lightly with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I cut the 2 hearts with an X-cut die. Henry Mouse hugging Heart is a stamp from Whiff of Joy and I used Promarkers to colour him. (List below.) The heart has been Glossy Accented. I fussy cut him and added him with foam pads.

The banner is cut from a stamp in Lawn Fawn's 'Bannerific' stamp set, I coloured the flags with Worn Lipstick, stamped with Woodware 'Oriental Alphabet' letters, and the heart is a gem from stash. They are also added with foam pads.

The ribbon came with a box of chox at Christmas and the flowers are all by Wild Orchid Crafts. The leaves are cut with a Woodware punch.

I'm pleased to say that every part of the card was made with large and small snippets! So I am entering Pixie's Snippets Playground after a long absense. (I've got a note from me Mum, honest, Miss!)

Have a look at my teamies' fab and clever work, then set yourself the challenge of No Designer Paper and see what you can make! :)

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan; Salmon, Baby Pink, Pastel Pink; Crimson, Berry Red, Lipstick Red

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #62 - Use Embellishments!

Good morning! Ooops, actually, no, it's the afternoon! I meant to schedule this post, but we were watching 'The Mentalist' yesterday evening and I forgot! D'oh!!

But I'm here now to tell you about our new challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox. It's one that will appeal to so many of you - Use Embellishments. Yes, we'd like to see at least TWO embellishments on your creation!

Our sponsor is our very own DT teamie Vanessa! Check out her shop she has loads of sweet embellies, as well as a range of other goodies! She is offering a $10 gift card for her shop, and also 3 sets of enamel dots!

The images the DT have used have also been designed by Vanessa - this is Caroline, isn't she elegant?!


As you can see, I had another go at a Starburst pattern, I thought it would look like the flash from Caroline's camera! The papers are from a magazine last year, they are very bright! To calm down the busy-ness I embossed a strip of cream pearlescent card with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, then fussy cut Caroline and mounted her on foam pads. Her shades and the camera lens have Glossy Accents applied. I'll list the Promarkers I used below the post.

My embellishments are the knotted ribbon and the glasses charm, which was a RAK from my daughter.

Do go and see my teamies' embellishriffic work, and have a go your self! Please do tell us what embellies you use!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Raw Sienna, Mustard, Canary, Buttercup; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Lime Green, Lime Zest, Ginger, Mandarin; Denim Blue, Powder Blue

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Starburst!

I have seen a lot of these Starburst (or Sunburst) cards on Facebook recently and thought I'd have a go!


The check background is from a Papermania Capsule Collection stack and the starburst papers are from a 'Forever Friends' pack that was another magazine freebie. I stickled between the lines to give a bit of sparkle! The butterflies are made with a Woodware punch, glued in the centre so the wings lift up, and I stickled them and added a pearl to each body. The baker's twine is from stash and the sentiment was another magazine freebie.


This is my second Starburst card - and my first Christmas card of 2014! All the papers are snippets! I used Broken China Distress Ink round the edges. The tiny snowflakes are cut with a Memory Box die, and stickled. The sentiment is by LotV and is embossed in silver.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out!

Challenges I'm entering:

The first card is for Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge as I used most of a sheet of patterned paper for the check background. This is a new Challenge, aimed at helping us to use up our papers - the only rule is to use a piece of patterned paper to cover the background of your card.

The second card is for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra

and also for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where the theme is 'Shades of Blue.'

I hope you're all having a good weekend! Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

PS The bread that I was baking the other day turned out ok!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Rainbow thanks!

Evening, all! By 'eck, it's a damp, cold night in S-E Hertfordshire! I hope you're all snug and warm and dry - especially my friends across the Pond, suffering from the Snowpocalypse! Stay indoors and get crafty, you know it makes sense!

I have been playing with some of my Christmas presents: I asked for Inktense Pencils or Tim Holtz Distress markers - and I got both! I used them to make rainbow stripes across two pieces of watercolour paper and then softened and blended with a water brush. Then I cut out strips, used a Marianne 'Thanks' die, and made cards like these:


Markers on the left, pencils on the right. I need a lot more practice with them, but I love the vibrant colours! The border was stamped with a Fiskars 'Bubbles' punch, one card is smaller than the other so I glued the border so that only the scallops show. Very quick and simple!

Aha, the timer in the kitchen is beeping, I must take the bread out of the oven! Thanks for looking!

love, Mags B x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dream Valley Challenge #73 - and a DT call!

If you're looking for my post on The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge please scroll down to the previous post. Ta.

Good afternoon! It's a beautiful sunny day here in Hertfordshire, but there's a definite nip in the air, so I have my thermal socks on as well as my thermal unmentionables!!

We are back at Dream Valley Challenges after our winter break, and the first one for 2014 is definitely challenging for me - Boys/Men Our sponsor is the wonderful Robyn's Fetish

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and owned by Robyn Weinrib.
Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award the winner 3 digital stamps


I already had this adorable Choo Choo Charlie and it's just right for a boy's card!


I used Promarkers to colour the image, and the papers are from my overflowing Snippets Box. The sentiment is from a very old set by Stampendous. I added Stickles to the smoke and Glossy Accents to the wheels.

This is actually the second version of this card. I managed to drop Version 1 in the hall, and didn't realise until I'd stood on it in my muddy trainers.... Mud is NOT a good embellishment for a card!!!

Though I know several small boys who think that mud is a great embellishment for a BOY!!!

Do choo-choo over to Dream Valley to see my teamies' fab makes! We are also having a D T CALL!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Burgundy, Berry Red, Lipstick Red; Sunflower, Canary Yellow; Cool Grey 1, 3, 5; lime Green, Limes Zest; Cyan, Sky Blue; Caramel, Tan

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #61

Hi, guys! I hope you're all settling down after the holiday season - I love Christmas, but it can get a bit frantic, can't it?!

We have another challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and it's a chance for you to Show off your new stuff!. Tell us what you got for Christmas and show what you've made! Easy and fun!

Our sponsor is Hobbybook - and the prize is 5 digis!

Here's the card I made, using one of the sweet images the DT were lucky enough to be given.


My 'New Stuff' is the fabulous Inktense Watercolour Pencils that I used to colour the image.

The mat is cut with a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Rectangle. The papers are also new, from a pad called 'Floral Pavilion' by First Edition. The swirl is a Marianne Die. The flowers are Wild Orchid and the ribbon and doily are from stash. The sentiment came with a magazine a couple of years ago!

Go and see what my talented teamies have created, then grab you new stash and join in! But please tell us what you used so that we know what's new!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 6 January 2014

A Polkadoodles Birthday Card! And some good news!

Happy New Year! And here's wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

We had the best news ever last week - my daughter is in complete remission from her cancer! The last 6 months have been quite trying, but I've found so much creativity in your blogs, you always cheered me up when I felt low. Never underestimate the encouragement that art can give - because we may call what we do 'crafting' in a slightly deprecatory way, but really it's ART! THANK YOU!!!!!

I made this card some time ago for my daughter's boyfriend's father's birthday - he is a gardener, as you can probably tell!


The stamps are by Polkadoodles, last year I bought one of their Pen and Paper Circle magazines and this clear stamp set came with it. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print, I'm sorry about that.

I did some masking with the hydrangea flowers, the flowerpots and the wheelbarrow. I coloured in Promarkers - and wouldn't you know? I've lost the list! D'oh!

The blue section of the card background is stamped in Broken China Distress Ink with a Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background stamp. The grass is a Marianne die-cut which I dabbed over with Peeled Paint DI. The zig-zag patterned paper underneath is by Pink Petticoat. The sentiment stamp was free with a magazine and also stamped with Peeled Paint. Finally, the twine came from Whiff of Joy.

I apologise for the lack of links, I lost that list, too! Double D'oh!!

I hope you're all keeping well! Stay warm and dry - especially those across the Pond who are suffering such freezing temperatures, and those on this side who are threatened by rain and floods.

Take care, lovely friends! Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x