Monday, 20 January 2020

Dream Valley Challenges #217 Spots and/or Dots

Yes, it's already time for the second Challenge of 2020 at Dream Valley! Our new theme is Spots and/or Dots and our sponsor is the fabulous Crafty Sentiments.

I have made a birthday card for a little boy, using the adorable Gaffi. Well, he's a giraffe, so definitely has spots!


The papers are from an old Echo Park pad called 'Petticoats and Pinstripes' which is sadly out of print. The gold-embossed sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Scripty Sayings. I added Nuvo Drops to embellish, not sequins, because the little boy this is intended for would probably pick off sequins and try to eat them!!

Go and see my teamies' lovely work, and check out our sponsor's gorgeous images!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #63

It's never too soon to make Christmas cards! And to prove it we have our first challenge for 2020 at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge where as usual it's Anything Christmas Goes.


I used the Radiant Ornament Layering Die Set from Birch Press Designs for my focal point. I used up snippets of coloured card stock and made the middle layer and the hanger from silver mirri card. I made 24 to this design in 'assembly line' fashion, while watching tv. It was very relaxing.

The sentiment was an old one from Penny Black, I like how it's laid out to resemble a Christmas Tree, and I used co-ordinating ink to match the coloured card.

Pop over to the challenge blog to see my teamies' gorgeous Christmas creations!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Friday, 10 January 2020

My Time to Craft #413 New Stash!

Hello! Happy Friday! Christmas now seems a long time ago, doesn't it? However we have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft which will bring back some of the excitement of Christmas Day - New Stash! It's a chance to show off any lovely new inks, stamps, dies, paints etc that you received.

My lovely daughter bought me the gorgeous Peony stamp and die set by Reverse Confetti.


Instead of colouring the images I stamped them onto snippets of patterned paper and added a little shading with my Prismacolor pencils. The background has been dry embossed with an old Spellbinders folder, it scarcely shows in the photo but irl it adds a subtle background. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Simply Sentiments stamp set. I added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir pan and finished with dots of various Nuvo Drops.

After several days of cleaning and tidying it was great to get back into ye olde crafte hovel to create!

Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

Monday, 6 January 2020

Dream Valley #216 Anything New

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Ours was much busier than expected, I got a message from my Dear Daughter on December 20th:

DD: Mum, can the three of us come and stay with you for Christmas?

Me: Yes, of course!

DD: That's good, I've already booked our flight from Dublin on Sunday!

So we did a lot of unexpected food and presents shopping and had a good time with the Grandson and his parents.

Now all is returning to normal, and we are bringing you the first Dream Valley challenge of 2020. The theme is Anything New.

Our sponsor is the wonderful Bugaboo Stamps. I have used their delightful AKV House image, I love its quirky look!


The striped paper is from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful pad, and I matched the Copics I used to the paper. The sentiment is an old one from LOTV. I also used some Plum Pudding Nuvo Crystal Drops in the bottom corner.

Do join in with the Challenge - it can be anything New: New Job, New Baby, New Home or New Stash or anything else you can think of!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Friday, 13 December 2019

My Time to Craft #412 Christmas Flowers

Hello, my dearios! I hope all is well with you. I am just back from Friday evening Choir Practice, which is always such a lovely way to end the week. And tomorrow morning we're singing carols in Saino's to raise money for our local Hospice! Christmas is coming!

And so our new Challenge at My Time to Craft is Christmas Flowers.


I have used the gorgeous Christmas Florals Stamp and die by Concord & 9th. I stamped the image using my MISTI using Antique Linen ink. I left the stamp in the MISTI while I coloured the flowers with Copics. Then I put the card back in the MISTI and re-stamped with Versamark and gold-embossed it.

Copics and embossing DO NOT MIX so this is the best way to do it.

Then I cut it out with a matching die and matted it on red cardstock. Finally I embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set in white on black, cut it out, and added it to the card. I want to try this image with coloured pencils and with watercolour, too!

My teamies have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you! Go and see!

Thanks for looking, and I hope the run-up to Christmas isn't stressing you out!

love Mags B x





Monday, 2 December 2019

Dream Valley Challenges #215 Christmas!

Hi, guys! I hope you're keeping well. We have the last challenge of the year at Dream Valley and the theme is Christmas! We have several fabulous sponsors this time and I fell for the adorable Noel Christmas Mouse from Polkadoodles.


I used paper from an old Kaisercraft pad for the background (using up my stash!) and some glitter paper that I have had for years for the matting and the centre strip. I edged the central strip with Silver Bubble peel-off stickers by Love from Lizi.

The sentiment is from a very old LOTV stamp.

I added glitter to Noel's 'fur' trim, and Glossy Accents over the bauble. This card sparkles!!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Friday, 29 November 2019

My Time to Craft #411 Christmas Scene.

Happy Friday! We have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft! We'd like to see a Christmas Scene.


I used an old Crafter's Companion Die to cut and emboss blue Centura Pearl card. Then I backed it with glitter card - I like how the stars above the stable glimmer when the light catches them!

My teamies have created all kinds of different Christmas scenes to inspire you, do go and see!

Thanks for looking, and here's to a great weekend!

love Mags B x