Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Maggie is in hospital overnight for tests

Monday, 28 March 2016

Dream Valley DT Challenge #128 Girlie

Hi, guys! We have a great Challenge at Dream Valley - Girlie

Our sponsor is the awesome All Dressed Up I absolutely love Wendy's adorable images!


This is Love Spring Time. The papers are from my stash and so is the butterfly. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley's Vintage Labels 27 Just For You set.

Have a look at my teamies' beautiful work, they'll inspire you to join in!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 26 March 2016

My Time to Craft #318 Girlie

Our Challenge at My Time to Craft is Girlie.


The image and sentiment are by Whimsy Stamps, they were a magazine freebie some years ago. Papers are from stash and flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts.

Sorry this post is so abrupt, I'm tummyish and anaemic - not a good combination - and I'm off the bed soon!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 24 March 2016

CRAFT Challenge #356 Add Some Bling and DT Call

Don't forget we have an ongoing DT Call. Even if you've never been on a Design Team, click through and have a look! My teamies are absolutely lovely, so helpful and kind! Give it a go!

Our current Challenge is Add Some Bling and we have 2 aweaomw sponsors:

Great Impressions Stamps



Oddball Art


I used Starlina by Oddball Art, she is so cute!


I used papers from an old DCWV stack called 'All Dressed Up'and they are very blingy! The striped paper is glittered and the black and pink paper has foiled images. I added pink and purple glimmery star stickers from Paperchase. Starlina has Wink of Stella on her wings and Stickles on the stars that she is sprinkling around her.

Dig out your most blingtastic papers and embellishments and join in the fun!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Friday, 18 March 2016

CRAFT Challenge DT Call!

We're having a DT Call at CRAFT Challenge - click on the link to see the post on the blog!

The DT is full of lovely crafters who are so kind and helpful! You can choose to join in fortnightly or weekly, whichever suits you best, and we encourage younger crafters to join, too!

Do give it a go, whether you're new or old!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 17 March 2016

CRAFT Challenge #355 Christmas

Good morning, and Happy Thursday!

We have our regular Christmas challenge at CRAFT Challenge. After all, Christmas is only 9 months away, and you'll feel ever so pleased with yourself for getting started early!

We have two fab sponsors this week:

Pickled Potpourri


and Sunsational Stamps


I used a very cute Penguin from Sunsational Stamps


This is a 5" x 7" card. I printed the penguin 4 times, coloured them, and fussy cut them. I went round the cut edges with a black pen to hide any white bits where I didn't cut as accurately!

I freehand cut two curved pieces of white card for snowbanks and added glitter. The background paper is from stash. I Stickled the fur trim on the penguins' hats in Baby Blue and Cotton Candy, and added them with foam tape.

The sentiment is cut from silver mirri card with a Simon Says Stamp die.

Have a look at what my teamies have made, then join in and make a Christmas card! It's never too early to start!!

Thanks for looking.

love Mags B x

Monday, 14 March 2016

Dream Valley DT Challenge #127 All About Birthdays.

Good afternoon, all! I hope you're all feeling good after a relaxing weekend!

Our Challenge at Dream Valley is nice and straightforward - All About Birthdays. You can make anything as long as it's birthday-themed!

Our sponsor this fortnight is the awesome Dies to Die For. Tracy is offering a £15.00 voucher to a lucky winner!


For my card I used an old stamp by Elisabeth Bell for the sadly now closed Whiff of Joy. This is Willow Dancing.


The papers are also very old! The ribbon came with a box of soaps at Christmas, it still smells lovely!

Go and be inspired by my teamies' creations, and then join in!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 12 March 2016

My Time to Craft DT - Flowers

Good morning! I hope your weekend is going swingingly!

We have a lovely Challenge at My Time to Craft it's Flowers Very topical here in the Northern Hemisphere, where the Spring flowers are beginning to bloom; and also topical, I hope, in the Southern Hemisphere, where you'll be enjoying Autumn flowers!

So we would like to see creations where the focal point is a Flower or Flowers. Just using a floral background paper doesn't cut it, I'm afraid!!


My Flower is Fresh Freesia by Altenew, and the card was made for a special birthday for a lady at Church who loves freesias. The Flower Team made her a special arrangement, and the freesias smelled wonderful!

I heat embossed the outline stamp on watercolour paper using Wow! Gold Pearl Embossing Powder, and Inktense Pencils and a water brush to colour it in. The sentiment on a strip of vellum was also embossed in the same Gold Pearl Embossing Powder; and finally I added some sequins from stash. I like the CAS look, I think it emphasises the gorgeous stamp!!

I also covered the edges of the card base with Versamark and added more of the embossing powder to give a gold background to the panel.

Go and see the varied and beautiful interpretations of the theme by my talented teamies, you'll be impressed and inspired!

One of the interesting things I've learned about flower arranging is that a focal point is just as important as it is with a card. It could be one single, large bloom, or a cluster of smaller ones. I've learned a lot about design from flower arranging!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 10 March 2016

CRAFT Challenge DT #354 Easter/Spring

Good morning! Our Challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge is Easter/Spring - very topical!

Our lovely sponsors are:

Bugaboo Stamps


Nikki Burnette


I used a fairy image by Nikki Burnette called Lissa and made a Spring card.

I didn't think it appropriate for Easter, since I'm a Christian; but I also love Fantasy fiction, so Lissa was fun to colour! In fact, I'm reading an Urban Fantasy series by Seanan McGuire that starts with Rosemary and Rue, highly recommended.

Now for my card!


I apologise for the naff photo, it was a grey morning! I used watercolours to paint her and covered her wings with Clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is from an old set of stickers and I covered them with Diamond Stickles.

Go and see the beautiful examples that my teamies have made to inspire you!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 3 March 2016

CRAFT Challenge DT #353 Sketch

Good morning! And Happy Thursday!

Great excitement here at the Manor, as our daughter had her second scan and her baby is a boy! He's due in July. She has already bought him three adorable onesies with dinosaurs on them!

On to today's CRAFT Challenge which is a Sketch


Our sponsors are:

The fabulous Robyn's Fetish

And the adorable All Dressed Up

I used Love Birds from Robyn's Fetish - too cute!


For the background I wove strips of 1 1/2 inch wide paper together. The heart die-cut mat is a Spellbinders die and the sentiment is an old one by Stampendous.

I added Wink of Stella to the birds' hearts and to the boy's crest and the girl's bow. The heart gems are from stash, I coloured them with a red Copic to match the hearts on the image.

Do go and see the gorgeous variations on the sketch that my teamies have created, and also have a look at a special offer from KennyK, 50% off two of their digis! Not bad, eh?

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x