Monday, 21 April 2014

Dream Valley DT Challenge #80 Say it with Words

Ooops! I'm so sorry, chaps, I'm a little late with my DT cards for Dream Valley

It's a slightly different challenge this time: Say it with Words - in other words, we'd like to see words or a sentiment on your creation (remember, it doesn't have to be a card!)

Our fab sponsor is Crafty Sentiments and a lucky winner will win 3 digis! Go and have a look at the shop, they don't just sell digis, they have all kinds of crafty stuff!

I used the Black and White Sentiments Set 1 to make some 4x4 inch notelets.


The bases are white Centura Pearl. I made a template out of scrap card and marked on the front of each card where the Spellbinders circle die should go. Then I cut out all the sentiments with the same die and used foam pads to stick them on the inside of the card, through the hole.

I used the same die and a wider scalloped circle die to make the border, using spotted paper from a Raspberry Road stack that was another magazine freebie.

Finally I tied some red grosgrain ribbon by Dovecraft round the cards and anchored it with a glue dot under the knot.

I'm rather pleased with them, though they were a bit fiddly to put together!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! I was at a wedding Service on Saturday, which was absolutely lovely, and yesterday our Easter Service was also lovely! Lots of terrific songs!!!

Go and see the great variations on the theme of Say it with Words that my teamies have made here and get cracking with your sentiments!

Have a good week!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge #68 Use a Die or punch

Good morning, all! Happy Easter!

It's time for another challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox! We'd like you to dig out your Dies and/or Punches.

Our sponsor is the amazing Kenny K. A lucky winner will be able to choose 5 digis - what a great prize! So get punching and die-cutting and enter the Challenge - you gotta be in it to win it!!


This fabulous image by Kenny K is 'Supermom' and I made the card for a very special friend who is definitely a Supermom! I used Spectrum Noirs to colour her - I've been practising with my Speccies, following the video tutorials on the Spectrum Noir website, which is a very useful resource.

All the papers are from my 'free with magazines' stash. I used 1 Spellbinders label die; 1 Martha Stewart border punch; 2 Retro flower punches (E K Success and Tonic); and 1 Woodware punch for the leaves.

The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley. The gems are from Hobbycraft.

Go and see how creative my teamies have been with their punches and dies, and join in the fun! But please note what punches or dies you've used in your post, because some of us don't have the same keen eyesight we had when we were younger lol!

I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend, with maybe a little bit of chocolate!

love, Mags B x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dream Valley DT Challenge #79 - Easter

Hello again! For my DT card for The Squirrel and the Fox please scroll down to the previous post. Ta.

It's another topical Challenge at Dream Valley: Easter. Our sponsor this fortnight is the wonderful Mulberry Crafts who will reward a lucky winner with one of their fab Goody Bags. Go and drool over all the gorgeous things for sale on their website!

I used my lovely Grand Calibur for the embossing and die-cutting on my card:


The card base and blue layer use Centura pearl cardstock, I really like the sheen it has. The die-cuts are from Decorative Labels Eight and Gold Labels Four, with a plain Labels Four on the top.

The cross is by Wild Rose Studio and is stamped in a multicoloured Brilliance ink, it is a bit darker in real life, and has a subtle shine. The flowers and ribbon are from stash. The leaves are from a Woodware punch, and the bling is from a swirl by Hobbycraft. I glittered the flowers.

The sentiment is LotV; and it's on another Spellbinders die-cut, this time Adorning Circles.

My teamies have made some lovely creations for the challenge, do go and take a look! Remember, you don't have to make a card, anything is fine as long as it fits the Easter theme. Think Easter eggs, Easter chicks, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets.....

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox DT #67 All Creatures Great and Small

Good morning! Over at The Squirrel and the Fox we have a great new challenge - All Creatures, Great and Small! We'd like to see cards with animals - or fish or insects or even dinosaurs!

Our lovely sponsor is Oak Pond Creations and a very lucky winner can pick 3 of their fabulous digis! Not too shabby, eh?!


Isn't this the most wonderful fox family? A very lovely friend of mine is moving home to Scotland next week, and this is the card I made her. She has 3 bright, fun daughters, so as soon as I saw this image I knew it was just right for her!

I used the Spellbinders Filigree Delight die to emboss a card base made with Centura Pearl. I added some pearls in the corners and the middle of the sides. I used all the russet coloured Promarkers to colour the image, plus some green for the grass they are sitting on.

The sparkly organza ribbon and the diamante buckle are from stash. The sentiment is by LotV - it's actually straight on the card itself but unfortunately my photo is a wee bit wonky!

Happily, the card went down very well with the recipient! I will miss her so much - but there is always Facebook to keep in touch. I love living in the 21st Century!

Do go and see my teamies' fab makes, then join in the challenge with your own animal cards!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thinking of you.

It's been quite a sad year so far, with several Sympathy cards made for friends.


I'm sorry the photo is a bit naff, it's been a very overcast day and the light is pretty bad!

The paper is from a 'Webster's Pages' stack, one of the many magazine freebies I'm trying to use up. The card base and die-cuts are done in white Centura Pearl, which has a lovely subtle sheen. I used Spellbinders: the label is from the A2 Filigree Delight set, and I added 2 small pearls; and the corner is from Parisian Accents.

I silver embossed the sentiment, which is by Penny Black.

A very simple card - but my craft hovel is a disaster! Boxes of paper pads, several Spellbinders packets, my Grand Calibur and all its plates, left-over bits of card.... You name it, it's there on the bed!!! After we've eaten I'll be tidying up!

Thanks for looking, my lovelies! I will be back tomorrow with my DT cards for The Squirrel and the Fox and Dream Valley

I hope you're having a good weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Another card for a bloke!

Hello, my dearios! Firstly, welcome to my new followers! I hope very much that you enjoy this erratic, sometimes crazy blog! xx

We had good news this morning: my daughter had a 3-month check-up today and her cancer is still in full remission! She is so lively now, back to what she was like before the Hodgkins' Lymphoma struck. So we opened a bottle of wine this evening to celebrate, and I may possibly be a wee bit tiddly. Please excuse any misprints in my post!

On to the card! This was made for my hubby's BFF, who turned 60 at the weekend.


I went with a CAS look. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm Kraft card (my Christmas present to me was a subscription to Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kits and the card came with one of them.) I rounded the corners with the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, I do love that bit of kit!

The background striped paper is a snippet from the Nitwits Tour of London collection. I embossed a snippet of blue Core'dinations with the Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder and die-cut a circle. I added it with foam pads for dimension. The circle was too big, so I added another snippet with a smaller circle cut into it and glued it behind the cardstock.

The letters and numbers are from a Papermania sticker set that I've had in my stash for ages!

Because the top right corner looked so bare I added Prima flowers and a fabric-covered brad, both of which were floating around in my stash.

Even though the postage was unexpectedly horrendous (the brad made it a 'small package' rather than a 'large envelope') i am very pleased with this - and so, I'm glad to say, is the old boy who received it! I can call him 'old boy' as I'm a Spring Chicken who won't be 60 until July lolz!!!!!

I'm going to enter this at the Snippets Playground

Ok, enough waffling! I hope you're all having a good week and are looking forward to a GREAT weekend!

Thanks so much for looking!

love Mags B xxx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

2 Sympathy Cards :(

Sadly I have had to make two more Sympathy cards, both for two lovely ladies at Church.


It's very simply made, with some paper from a Papermania Capsule Collection called 'Heather' as a background. The diecuts are by Tattered Lace and came with the 2nd edition of the Tattered Lace Magazine, and I used White Centura Pearl to cut them. They are glued directly onto the purple paper.

I cut and embossed a frame, which is on foam pads, and so is the Spellbinders Tag. I added 2 small gems, coloured purple with a Promarker, and the bow is made with ribbon from stash.

The second is smaller, made with Spellbinders Labels One dies.


Again I used paper from the same pack, but used the Spellbinders/Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil die. The label is from the Parisian Accents set, and has little gems also coloured with a purple Promarker. The ribbon (which is purple irl) is from my stash. Again the frame is embossed and raised on foam pads.

Unfortunately I can't recall where the sentiments are from.

Happily, I have some birthday cards waiting to be blogged just as soon as they reach their new homes! So I hope I'll see you all tomorrow!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x