Thursday, 7 December 2017

CRAFT Challenge #445 Colour Combo.

Hello! We have a gorgeous Colour Combo for you at CRAFT Challenge this week!

Such rich colours! The DT were given some fab papers by Jo, our boss, from her site: Trimgym's Digistamps and images and if you go to the Challenge blog you can see that my teamies made excellent use of them!

The fun image is Ambrose King of the Road by Doctor Digi. Fans of 'Noddy' will recognise the car!

I dry embossed a strip of yellow card to act as a 'road'. I also added some doubled-up twine from stash and tied a knot. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted from the Message Me set, and the banner is made with a Simon Says Stamp Sall Folded Banners die.

Our Sponsors:

Melonheadz Doodles

Doctor Digi

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Dear Blogger pals, I apologise that I haven't been around recently to thank you for your comments or to appreciate your lovely creations.

However, now that our Christingle Service has been more-or-less organised, and the Christmas Parties at the Church Toddler Club have come and gone, I hope to be here for you more!

I always appreciate your comments, they are so encouraging! Thank you!

love Mags B x

Monday, 4 December 2017

Dream Valley Challenge #169 Christmas

Hello, my lovelies! If you need encouragement for making Christmas cards, our new challenge at Dream Valley is - Christmas!

This adorable image is Christmas Star from Star Stampz. So sweet!

The papers are First Edition's Merry Little Christmas The gold twine is from stash. The red banner (which I cut a bit short) is printed with 'Merry Christmas' and so I didn't add a sentiment.

We have THREE sponsors for this Challenge, which lasts until January 6th 2018.

Star Stampz

Lemon Shortbread

Ppinky Dolls Art

Each one is offering a prize of 3 digis of your choice!

Go and see my talented teamies' gorgeous inspiration on the Challenge blog!

Thanks for looking and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

My Time to Craft #360 Sketchy Time!

Good morning! I hope you're all having a great weekend! I'm going to be writing Christmas cards today rather than making them!

First let me tell you about our new Challenge at My Time to Craft and we have a terrific sketch for you to follow!


I turned it around, as the image is horizontal, not vertical, it comes from a sheet of cut-aparts by Graphic45.

This is for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary, as I'm sure you can tell by all the red! The paper is from an ancient pad by K&Co, the ribbon and lace are from stash, the pearl heart is from Hobbycraft, and the 3 pearl buttons are by Webster's Pages.

The sentiment says 'Love is two people who share one heart' and is a vellum strip that came with a Freckled Fawn kit about 3 years ago! I added it to a strip of green paper to make it stand out more.

I distressed the edges of the paper and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink, to give a shabby chic look, but I'm not sure about it as it makes the pearl trim and lace look wonky where they turn up. I think I'll flatten that bit!

Anyway, enough of my wittering! Go and see what my teamies have done with the sketch and then give it a try!

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 30 November 2017

CRAFT Challenge #444 Christmas Present.

My goodness, it's Thursday already! Where did the week go??? Mind, I have now bought most of the Christmas Presents (isn't the Internet wonderful?) which is appropriate because our new CRAFT Challenge is Christmas PRESENT not merely Christmas!

(I apologise for the wonky picture!)

The paper comes from The Magic of Christmas paper pad by Dovecraft. I added strips of Washi to look like ribbons tying up a present.

The image of a present is from Christmas Doodles by Pickled Potpourri - such fun images! Icoloured 'From Me To You' in 3 shades of Copics to give an ombre effect. I punched a hole in the corner, added an eyelet and some glitter twine, and made it to represent the gift tag on top of my 'present' card!

Our terrific sponsors this week are:

Pickled Potpourri

and DRS Designs

My teamies have had a lot of fun with this challenge, do go and check out the inspiration on the blog!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20

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

It's already time for another Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge and we're up to number 20! As ever the theme is Anything Christmas Goes.

I used an old wood-mounted stamp and versamark ink on watercolour paper, then heat-embossed in gold. I used Distress Inks to colour the image by tapping an ink pad on a palette and using a waterbrush. I'm not brilliant at watercolouring, but I like the way the ink puddles between the embossed lines to give variety.

The palette, by the way, is a piece of white card that's been run through a laminator - a great idea from Kristina Werner.

Good luck with all your Christmas card making! Put on some seasonal music and craft, then reward yourself with a mince pie and a mug of chocolate!!

Thanks for looking and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Friday, 24 November 2017

CRAFT Challenge #443 Not a card

Good morning! Our new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge is Not a Card!

I made a vellum gift bag for my granddaughter's birthday present, using some beautiful heavy vellum that came with a magazine a loooong time ago! I find vellum quite hard to work with, as there are no second chances if you score the lines wrong, but it only took 2 goes to get this right!!

The gorgeous image is Spring Flower by Star Stampz. The ribbon is from stash.

Our sponsors this week:

The Cutting Cafe

Star Stampz

Go and see the inspiration my teamies have left for you, put your thinking caps on, and make something that isn't a card!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 20 November 2017

Dream Valley Challenges #168 Add Texture

Hi, guys! We have a new Dream Valley Challenge for you and it's a corker: Add Texture.

I have made a Christmas card (surprise!) using a sweet image from our sponsor, the wonderful Digistamp Boutique. Seriously, go and have a look at their fun, adorable images!

Here is my card:

This fun trio is Happy Penguins and even my hubby, who does not 'do' cute, likes them! The senstiment comes with the penguins.

I added Flowersoft to the trims on their hats, which gives a nice fluffy look. My background is dry embossed with a snowflake pattern and I added some Nuvo Drops for some shine.

The silver trees are made with silver Nuvo Mousse and a stencil which came with the November kit by Love From Lizi and I roughed-up the mousse before letting it dry, then cut out the trees. Lots of Diamond Stickles were added to the hand-cut 'snow banks!' It's a very sparkly card!

My texture is: dry embossing; Nuvo drops; stickles; Nuvo Mousse, and Flowersoft! Do you think that's enough?!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

My Time to Craft! #359 Winter Birthday

Hello, my dearios! Yesterday I had my latest post-cancer check-up, and I'm delighted to say I'm still in remission! The NHS really is a National Treasure, the staff are amazing and so kind. Thank you, ladies and gents, for seeing me through my treatment last year!

But I'm here to tell you about the new Challenge at My Time to Craft which is Winter Birthday. A very useful Challenge, as I have 3 important birthdays between now and January!

The gorgeous image is Winter Fairy by Sylvia Zet for Whimsy Stamps. I added a lot of Stickles to the 'fur' on her coat and her earmuffs, and Spectrum Noir sparkle to her wings.

The papers are from stash, as is the ribbon, and the snowflakes are cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes die.

As usual my teamies have produced some lovely examples to inspire you, do go and see!

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 16 November 2017

CRAFTChallenge DT Christmas

Good morning! It's time for our regular Christmas theme at CRAFT Challenge How are you getting on with your Christmas crafting? At this time of year I can be found muttering 'DON'T PANIC!' in true Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' style!

Every card made now means one fewer to make later! I had fun with the fold on this card, I cut a strip off the front and added the sentiment to the back.

The image is Christmas Owls from Pink Gem. Aren't they fun? I coloured each one slightly differently, adding Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to the furon the hats, and a spot of Glossy Accents to the stars. The papers are from the snippets drawer and so are the copper-coloured mats.

The sentiment is a very old wood-mounted stamp and is gold-embossed. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner to make sure it was straight - such a useful crafting tool!

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Pink Gem Designs.

Go and see my teamies' gorgeous work and be inspired!


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #19

Hello! We have a new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. It doesn't seem like a fortnight since our last one!

In the summer I bought a magazine about making Christmas cards, which included papers, a stamp set, some chipboard images, decoupage images and a 'how to' magazine, all for a tenner. I've been using a lot of the papers to make some quick cards.

I used coloured cardstock for my card bases: they are all A4, but I can make one A2(US) card and also a 4 x 4 inch card from each sheet! Here are 3 of them:

Sorry about the glare, it was a sunny day!

I used 2 of the chipboards and also added a lot of shimmer with clear and coloured Spectrum Noir glitter pens. The 'ricrac' trim is made with a narrow Stitched Scalloped Borders die by Lawn Fawn which I die-cut from a longer strip of paper, then flipped the die and arranged it so that the second scallops were offset. They also have the full shimmer treatment!

The papers are very bright and pretty!

I only have another dozen or so Christmas cards to go, and I'm ridiculously pleased about that!!

Go and get much more inspiration from my fabulous teamies!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 9 November 2017

CRAFT Challenge #441 Winter

Happy Thursday, all! My goodness, the nights have suddenly turned very chilly here, I have a woolly blanket wrapped around my legs to keep them warm! Winter Is Coming!

And that's my cue to tell you about the new CRAFT Challenge where our theme is Winter.

I have made a winter birthday card, as I always need several at this time of year.

The image is Fenna Snowflake from Scrap'N'Dipity. I used papers from my scrap drawer for the background and banner. The stars are from Paperchase and the Sentiment is from the Fresh Freesia stamp set by Altenew, embossed in Simon Says Stamp's Steel Navy embossing powder which came with last month's kit.

I added drops with a white pearl pen around the image to look like snow.

Our sponsors this week are:


and Lacy Sunshine

My teamies have left some lovely wintry inspiration for you on the blog, do go and see!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Dream Valley #167 Add a Sentiment - and a DT Call!

Evening, all! I'm sorry this is so late, it's been a busy day - rather more busy than expected: and thereby hangs a tale.

I want to sort all the linen and get rid of several worn sheets and duvet covers. However, the baby travel cot is still in front of the cupboard, and it's full of baby stuff that needs to be put away first. I have a box to put them in which will go under the bed, but before doing that I had to make room by sorting all the boxes already under the bed and throwing things out.

Do you ever make 'To Do' lists that seem quite reasonable at the time but take a lot longer than expected? That was me today! I have cleared the boxes under the bed and that's all!

I reckon I won't be sorting the linen until Wednesday!!!!!

But now I'm having a sit-down and a cuppa and can tell you about our new Challenge at Dream Valley where our theme is to Add a Sentiment. We also have a DT Call so do check it out!

Our lovely sponsor is the awesome Pink Gem Designs who have some great digis based on the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters:

I used Keep Calm and Drink Tea and paired it with some striped paper from stash that includes teapots and fairy cakes. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts and teapots. The pink ribbon is from stash.

Go and see my teamies' pretty 'Sentiment' cards and be inspired!

Thanks for looking, and I'm sorry the post is so long!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

My Time to Craft! #358 Paper Piecing

Morning, all! Our new Challenge at My Time to Craft! is Paper Piecing. In case you haven't come across this technique before, it's where, rather than colouring your stamped image, you stamp it again on patterned paper, cut out the pieces and glue them in place instead.

I used an old stamp by Woodware called 'Patchwork Christmas Tree.' Sadly it's now unavailable. The key with paper piecing is to use an image with clearly-defined shapes - have a look at my teamies' lovely creations to get a better idea.

I used a selection of green papers for the tree, and a scrap of red for the heart, which has been covered in Glossy Accents. I also added Stickles to one of the 'patchwork' patterns and the star. The background paper is from stash and the ribbon is from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is from an old magazine freebie stamp set and the gems are also from stash.

I made a second card, too:

I only have another 2 dozen Christmas cards to make! I've never been so up-to-date!! Making 2 cards at a time really makes your collection grow fast!!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

CRAFT Challenge #440 Sketch

Hi, guys! This week at CRAFT Challenge we have a fabulous sketch!

Isn't it great? I think the 3 squares look like tiles, so that inspired my interpretation.

The image is Magnolia Block by Sweet'n'Sassy Stamps. I coloured each image with Copics, then added a thick layer of Glossy Accents over the top.

The paper is from the 6x6 paper pad from the Rose Cafe collection by Bo Bunny. I also used a Simon Says Stamp Small Banner Die for the sentiment.

Our fab sponsor is Sweet'n'Sassy Stamps.

Go and see my teamies' gorgeous interpretations of the sketch, and have a go!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #18 Anything Christmas Goes!

Hi! Here at last is my post for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge I apologise for the delay.

Suddenly Christmas seems much closer, so I am trying to make at least two of every Christmas card now! This time I made two Shaker cards.

For this one I used a Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornaments die to cut the window. I cut it again from gold cardstock and then, without removing the die, traced around the edge and cut it out to make the frame. The sequin mix is from Little Things by Lucy and the paper is from stash. The sentiment is cut in the same gold card with a Simon Says Stamp die.

This is made in the same way but with circle dies for the window and frame, and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Deco Christmas Tree die.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 26 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #439 Add ribbon and distress your card

Morning, all! I hope you're having a good week. We have a new theme at CRAFT Challenge which is to Add Ribbon and Distress your card.

I don't normally make Hallowe'en cards, and in fact this is intended as a birthday card for someone who loves creepy horror stories!!

The fun image is Calista the Witch by Rick St Dennis. All the papers, the sparkly ribbon, the spiders and the webbing are from the October kit by Love From Lizi. The tag is a little advert for a potion made of snake scales - it looks as if the snake curled around Calista's had has seen it and is alarmed!!

I distressed the edges of the background paper with scissors, and added Distress Ink in Pumice Stone around the image.

Our sponsor is Rick St Dennis

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 23 October 2017

Dream Valley Challenges #166 Birthday! And a DT Call!

Evening, all! There is a DT Call at Dream Valley Have a look at the details which are on the blog and see if you'd like to join us! DV was the very first DT I was ever asked to join, and my teamies are so welcoming and kind. No experience necessary!

We have a great Challenge this fortnight - Birthdays!

I have made a card for a little girl:

This is Ellie, and she's having difficulties carrying that big pile of presents - I love how the bottom one has slipped sideways and she's supporting it with her foot!

She is from Di's Digi Stamps and sadly this image has been retired, but there are other equally adorable images on the site!

The papers are from an old pad by Crate Paper called 'Little Bo Peep.' The narrow white ribbon originally came from a blouse - does anyone else snip those off to use on cards? The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts stamp set.

Our fab sponsors are:

Di's Digi Designs

and Crafty Ribbons

Thanks for looking, and check out that DT call!!

love Mags B x

My Time to Craft #357 Cats or Halloween

Hi, guys! We have a new challenge at My Time to Craft! and the theme is either Cats or Halloween I found a very, very old stamp set by Francoise Read for Woodware which has some lovely cartoonish cats.

I heat-embossed him and used Prismacolour pencils to colour him in. He had to be pink and white, like Bagpuss! The papers are also very old, from My Mind's Eyes Quite Contrary paper pad. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, I bent it into a wave to give some interest.

Go and see what my creative teamies have done with these themes!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Yo Ho Ho Ho

Using items from the Love From Lizi October Kit, plus paper scraps, plus stickers, plus a chipboard ship from Hobbycraft, plus a little Santa hat stamp from Lawn Fawn.

Isn't it a horrendous pun?!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 19 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #438 Christmas.

Morning, all! I hope your week is going well and that you're looking forward to a good weekend!

Maybe you're planning on making Christmas cards? If so, you're in luck, as Christmas is our new theme at CRAFT Challenge!

The sweet image is Christmas Bella from Paper Nest Dolls. The crown of candles is worn by Santa Lucia, whose feast day is now 13th December - but before the calendar changed in 1752 it was on the shortest day, hence the candles to signify light. A friend of my daughter's is called Lucy and she's a big fan of Santa Lucia, so this is for her!

The papers are from an old pad by Papermania, there is gold foiling and glitter on some of the papers. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sammpler.

Our sponsors this week are:

All Dressed Up Stamps

and also Paper Nest Dolls

Go and see the gorgeous creations made by my teamies using digis generously given to us by our sponsors!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #17

Morning, all! I hope everyone is ok this morning, especially those in the British Isles hit by Storm Ophelia yesterday. It was a bit blowy in S-E Herts, and the sky turned a strange reddish-sepia: I remember 'red dust' from a couple of times in the 60s and 70s when I was at school, but never anything like that! Fortunately the sky is clear and the sun is shining today.

How are you doing with your Christmas cards? The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is here to encourage you! As usual, our theme is Anything Christmas Goes!

In my never-ending quest to use up my patterned papers I investigated Youtube and found a tutorial on making a pleated card here by a talented lady called Crazy Paper Chick.

The paper isn't actually Christmas, but I love the pattern! I scored a piece of 10" x 5" paper at 1" and half an inch alternately, trimmed out a truncated diamond, and folded.

Then I re-folded because I had the wrong side of the paper facing up!!!

The card is for someone who isn't religious, so I added a 'holiday cheer' sentiment from Paper Smooches' Christmas Sampler set. The banner is from Streamers by Paper Smooches. The birds are by Lawn Fawn.

I added a dot of Platinum Stickles to the centres of the crosses on the paper, and went round the edge with a white gel pen.

It's not the usual type of Christmas card, but I enjoyed making it!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #437 Shaped Card (Not a Square or Rectangle.)

Hi, guys! We have a new challenge at CRAFT Challenge and it's a good one: Shaped Card - but NOT Square or Rectangular!

I have an old octagonal die by Spellbinders which is about 10 cm wide, and I thought it would be ideal for a small card. I drew areound the outside onto a piece of folded cardstock, then die-cut the mat and finally drew around the inside of the die and cut out the patterned paper.

The adorable image is Little Boy Blue from Melonheadz Doodles. I added Glossy Accents to the horn.

It was lovely to work on such a small scale, the trick is to find papers whose patterns aren't too big.

Our sponsor this week is Melonheadz Doodles

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Love From Lizi September Card Kit - Three Cards

I recently subscribed to the card kits by Love From Lizi which is a uk-based online shop. She has a Youtube Channel too, which is where I first came across her. Wow! is all I can say!

I found it very hard to cut into the gorgeous speciality papers and use the fab sequins, lace and ribbon, but I bit the bullet and here are 3 cards.

This is made with beautiful, glossy patterned card and an old Die'sire die which I cut and then embossed.

For this Shaker card I used a scrap of the left-over speciality card and the peacock die which came in the kit. I stamped and embossed the pretty curly flower onto mint cardstock : stamp, card and embossing powder, and the sequins, are from the kit, as is the sentiment and the silver twine. The zig-zag border is made with a MFT zig-zag circle die and a Spellbinders die to cut the centre.

On this card - you guessed it! everything came from the kit, except I used a die to cut a rectangle into kraft cardstock, then covered the inside piece with lace, and glued it flat. The frame is on foam tape. I went over the stitching lines with a white gel pen and added the velvet ribbon and buckle, and the butterfly, which has pearlescent Nuvo Drops along the bodyline.

The last one is my favourite, I love all the texture!

I am trying to be brave and use items from kits, but it's a bit daunting because I'm ridiculously nervous about spoiling things! Silly, eh? It's only paper!!!!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 9 October 2017

Dream Valley #165 One for the Boys

Hi, guys! I hope all is well with you. We have a new Challenge at Dream Valley for you: last time it was One for the Girls and this time it's One For The Boys.

I have made a birthday card for a little boy, using Babay Boy and Monkey from our sponsor Sasayaki Glitter.

Isn't he fun?

The paper is by Crate Paper from their 6x6 Toy Box collection - sadly now out of print. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' Sentiment Sampler stamp set, I stamped in black Versafine and clear-embossed it.

Now it's your turn! Have a look at the gorgeous inspiration my teamies have left on the blog and make something for one of the blokes in your life!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Time to Craft #356 Sympathy

Morning, all! It's a grey and overcast day here in S-E Hertfordshire - I hope you guys are seeing some sunshine this weekend!

We have a new challenge at My Time to Craft and it's quite a difficult one: Sympathy.

I am a big fan of Jennifer McGuire and took inspiration from this video entitled 4-for-1 masked cards. It's a clever technique, because you get two cards from just one stamping session.

I cut a circle in a piece of card the same size as a card front and stamped various flower and leaf imges in dye inks over both pieces, added a stamped sentiment, and mounted them on 2 card bases with foam tape. I cut one of the cards down because the circle looked a bit remote on a full-sized card.

Some close-ups:


My teamies have made some beautiful and elegant sympathy cards - do go and see them!

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

CRAFT Challenge #436 Inspiration Picture!

Good morning! We have an Inspiration Challenge at CRAFT Challenge this week.

We also have our DT CALL so make sure to check it out!

Here is the lovely Inspiration Picture, it's a lovely, tranquil scene:

I took the colours of the sky, the sunset and the fence as my inspiration:

I ink-blended the sky and added dots of a glitter gel pen tor stars. The 'clouds' are made by drops of water, which bleached the ink. The fence is made with a die from Whiff of Joy and the grass with a die from Lawn Fawn.

The image is from clip art by our sponsor Digital Paper Craft.

Have a look at my teamies' creations to see how they were inspired by the picture, they will give you some great ideas!

Thanks for looking.

love Mags B x