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The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #116

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  Hi there! We have a new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. Yes, we're halfway through May, but we can make Christmas cards all year round! I had a play with making a different fold for my card this time.  I cut off a section on the front of a side-folded card base in blue and added papers to the inside and outside.  The topper and sentiment, which both have gold foiling, were glued only to the front flap; the star is also gold foiled. Everything came from a card kit that came with a magazine earlier this year.  It's a simple card, but the gold foiling gives it some pizzaz! Check out the Challenge blog and my teamies' fab creations, they'll inspire you to join in! Thanks for looking and take care. love Mags B x

Dream Valley Challenges #270 Add Embellishments

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  Good morning! Welcome to a new Challenge at Dream Valley. Our theme this time is add Embellishments so dig out your favourite embellies and have fun!   Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs and I have used the adorable Couples digi stamp for an anniversary card. The patterned paper came from my Snippets drawer. I coloured the bears with Copics and the sentiment came from an old Hero Arts stamp set. I used several embellishments: Peel-offs from Love from Lizi; some heart confetti from an old bag of sequins by Little Things by Lucy ; and some twine from my stash.   Check out the blog for more inspiration!   Thanks for looking and take care!   love Mags B x

My Time to Craft Christmas #34 Sleds or Sleighs

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  Good morning! We have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft Christmas to inspire you to make a Christmas card! Our theme is Sleds or Sleighs think Santa's sleigh, children sledding in the snow, bringing home a Christmas tree tied to a sledge...   And it doesn't have to be a Christmas card! I have a very old book by an inspirational crafter named Valerie Janitsch, which includes a template for a small sleigh to decorate the festive table, and here it is: I will make several of these and fill them with chocolates. I used double-sided patterned paper, some bobble trim and some gold cord for the bows.   I also made a card using 'Christmas Delivery' by Newton's Nook which sadly is no longer available. The paper is from an old Kaisercraft pad, and is perfect with the stamp! I chose Copics that matched the colours in the paper for the image, and the green ribbon is from my stash. Finally, the sentiment came with the stamp set.   Have a look at the examples on the

My Time to Craft #481 Around the House.

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  Hi there! We have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft and our theme is Around the House. Think kitchens, living rooms, conservatories, bookshelves, flowers in a vase, furniture, a fireplace, reading a book, playing a computer game or Scrabble...   As an ex-Public Librarian who lives in a house with bookshelves everywhere, I went with reading and books!   My first card uses a Lili of the Valley coloured image called Story Time.   Such a cute scene! The background paper is a scrap from a Nitwit Collections set. I see that now they are producing paper pads in collaboration with Crafter's Companion, as well as their own digi bundles.   My second card uses a stamp set by Simon Says Stamp called 'To Thine Own Shelf' which is sadly unavailable. I used various brightly-coloured dye inks to stamp a very graphic design. I'm very good at smudging designs like this, being too impatient to let the ink dry properly, but this time I did it all right first time!    Do chec

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #115 Anything Christmas Goes

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 Hello, my dearios! It's time for another challenge at The Holly and Ivy. I upcycled a card I received last Christmas, I love the elegant foiling of the image on the dark blue background. I used Octagon nesting dies by Spellbinders to cut the pale blue border and the image.  The gold mat was made by tracing the outline of the smaller die and cutting it with my trimmer; I did the same technique for the card base using the largest die. A very simple card, but I like the unusual shape. Check out the challenge blog and make a Christmas card! You'll be glad to have a stash of cards ready for December ;) Thanks for looking and take care. love Mags B x

Dream Valley Challenges #269 Four-legged friends

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  Good morning! It's a Bank Holiday in the UK: you can tell because it's a grey, dreary day with the likelihood of rain later. It's a running joke that Bank Holidays usually mean rain! Whatever the weather, I hope you all have a good day!   Our latest Challenge at Dream Valley is a corker: Four-legged Friends. Yep, any animal with four legs will be good, whether wild or domesticated!   I have two sets of rubber stamps by Katzelkraft (the link is to the page that lists the sellers of their stamps by country.) I used one of Les Chiens for my card but I also have Les Chats Russes. Such fun, quirky images!   Anyway, on to my card. The dachshund is perfect for a mini slimline. The background paper is from my stash and the mat is pearlised. The sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted sentiment set. The dog was so easy to colour, as there are shading lines on the images and a coloured example on the packaging - in shades of green!!   Go and see my teamies' cre

My Time to Craft Christmas #33 Fireplace theme and/or stockings.

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Morning, all! Welcome to another Challenge at My Time to Craft Christmas.   I have chosen to make 2 cards with Stockings, since I don't have anything for a Christmas fireplace!   My first card uses one of the adorable Elves from MFT's Santa's Elves stamp set. The background paper is a snippet from my stash - it also has stockings on it! The sentiment came with the stamp set.   My second card uses a Penny Black image from the Wonder stamp set. I love these cute mice! The paper and sentiment are also from the Snippets drawer.   Check out the blog for some more inspiration!   Thanks for looking and take care.   love Mags B x