Monday, 28 July 2014

Dream Valley Challenge DT #87 Favourite Colour Combination.

Oh dear, it's Monday again! Back to work day! However, to cheer you all up we have a new Challenge at Dream Valley! Our theme this time is Your Favourite Colour Combination

Well, you'd think that is a pretty straightforward theme, wouldn't you? My trouble is, I have so many favourite colour combos! So I cheated a bit and thought of the card I wanted to make, and the friend who it's for, and worked backwards. My lovely neighbour is undergoing chemo for breast cancer: it's going well, but the treatment is making her feel grotty, so I wanted to make her a card to cheer her up. Voila! I had my first colour - PINK! I love PINK and GREEN and also PINK and BROWN and there was my colour combo, all ready and waiting!

Our fab sponsor this time is the amazing My Mum's Craft Shop. They stock one of my favourite stamp companies, Paper Smooches, and I have used the adorable Cutesaurus stamp set.

So cute! I used an A5 card for the base and covered it with the pink flowered snippet. Then I took a large green snippet and drew two curving lines to look like hills, which I cut out and then Distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs. The one on the right was glued to the card, the one on the left was added with foam squares.

I coloured the images with Promarkers and used the matching dies on the dinos, then fussy cut the other elements. Both dinos are added on foam pads (except for the pink one's bottom half, which is glued down) and the rocks, leaves and trees are also glued down.

The sentiment is from the same set, I cut out the ribbon shape and edged it with more Gathered Twigs DI.

I am ridiculously happy with this scene!

Do go and see the creations that my wonderful teamies have made at Dream Valley and then think up your favourite, most amazing colour combo and join us!

(It would help if you actually described your colour combo in your post - I know it seems silly, but it really helps me as I squint at my laptop screen! Old age, my dears. Or, as Shakespeare put it in Henry IV part 2 Act 3 Scene 2 'We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow'. That was one of my Grannie's sayings - it was years before I discovered it's actually Shakespeare lol! And thank goodness for Google to show me the reference!!!)

Enough of all this! Thanks very much for looking, and I hope you all have a splendid week!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox DT #74 Inspired by a Song or Movie

Good morning! I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Today I have a morning at Church doing my Deputy Church Warden stick - oo, that sounds exciting doesn't it? (Or not!) Mostly it's switching lights on or off, and unlocking or locking doors! it's a tough job but someone has to do it lol!

Enough of this blether, you're here for the next Challenge from The Squirrel and the Fox and this time it's another theme you'll love: Inspired by a Song or Movie

Our wonderful sponsor is Kenny K who is offering a great prize of 5 free digis!!!!!

The DT was very lucky to be able to use some of Kenny K's fab images for this Challenge. I chose the 1920s Socialite - isn't she glamorous?! In keeping with the image, I went for an Art Deco look.

I can't remember what the papers are, they were loose in my collection, sorry! I cut the striped and looped papers at an angle so I could make the chevron effect and the corner pieces. Both are mounted on gold textured card that came from the Pinflair shop in Hertford.

The glamorous lady is coloured in Spectrum Noirs. Her necklace is Glossy Accented and her fringe and the rose in her hat are Stickled.

My inspiration, of course, is 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' - does anyone else remember seeing it when it first came out? I loved it!!

Do go and see the very varied creations that my teamies have made, you'll be inspired! Then just pick your favourite Song or Movie and join in! But please remember to note in your blog post what your inspiration is, I'm not very familiar with recent music or films and I need the help!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

My Time To Craft DT #254 use Kraft.

Good morning! I hope you're all having a relaxing Saturday with a minimum of housework and a maximum of crafty time!

There's a new Challenge at My Time To Kraft which is Use Craft. (Did you see what I did there?!) As long as we can see Kraft on your artwork, it's all good. Colour on it, emboss it, mat and layer it - however your fancy takes you!

Now, I have to apologise for this dull picture, irl the colours are much prettier!

I made my card base from Neenah Desert Storm Kraft card, and it's cut to the American A2 size (4.25" x 5.50") and i rounded the bottom corners with the faithful Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers. I stamped the background with Versamark, using a background stamp by Hero Arts/Basic Grey called Circles and Diamonds. I went over the circles with a teal gel pen from Sakura. It's shinier than shown on the photo!

The chipboard butterfly is from Maya Road, I've had it for ages! I covered it with paper from the Basic Grey Hipster Collection and went areound the raw edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.. I added a butterfly trail cut from a Hobbycraft gemmed flourish.

The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted, it's from their You Are stamp set: 'You Are' is a separate stamp, and there are lots of different words to add to complete your sentiment. I stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed in white, and cut the flag shape using a MFT 'Die-namics' Fishtail Flags die. I edged it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and drew a border with a white gel pen. The turquoise brad is from stash.

Not my usual style! This is another card influenced by artists like Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire and Debby Hughes I am trying to get to grips with CAS!!!!!

Go and see the inspirational pieces that my teamies at My Time To Craft have created, you are sure to be inspired to join in the fun!

But, please, if it's not obvious, please mention what part of your design is Kraft! I hate to play the 'grey-haired old Grannie' card (apart from anything else my hair has been dyed burgundy for the past 11 years!) but, truly, my eyesight is not what it was and without an explanation I may miss that single, exquisite Kraft butterfly you placed so delicately on your creation!!!!!

Thanks for looking, my dearios!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

More Paper Piecing

Evening, all!

I have been paper piecing some thank you cards, since I needed a bunch, using Penny Black flower stamps Gossamer 3865K and Whispers 3377K

This one is made with blue Snippets - paper piecing is such a good way to use up scraps of paper! Though even so I have to force myself to throw away the snippets left after fussy cutting the design! And I apologise for the naff photo, the card base is in fact white!

And this one is, of course, made with pink snippets. the very tiny areas are coloured with felt tips.

The banners are by Lawn Fawn and I edged them with Spectrum Noir pens in the appropriate colours, to look like mats, and put them on foam adhesive to give some dimension.

Two very simple cards, with no glitter or Glossy Accents, just stamped and cut papers! An ideal technique for quietly cutting out while watching tv!

I'm now off to enter Pixie's Snippets Challenge

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Hello, my dearios! I hope you're all keeping well!

I have been practising with my Promarkers recently! I belong to a facebook group, Donna-Marie's Cards and Promarker tutorials and Donna has produced an e-book on colouring. It's with the permission of letraset, of course. All money raised will go to a homeless charity. Her tutorials are very detailed, and well worth £12!

Here is Bubbles who I coloured along with one of the tutorials.

I am so much happier with my colouring, it's much smoother and more defined!

I edged the image with a Fiskar's Scallop Sentiment punch. The black paper for my mat was dull, so I livened it up with some clear embossing, using a background stamp by Impression Obsession called Circle Fusion 2 CR002. I think I ordered it from Simon Says Stamp. The background paper is from a Christmas pad by Dovecraft called 'Noel.' I added glitter to the star, bubbles, and the dots on her dress.

The sentiment and heart are from a Hero Arts stamp set, 'Year Round Sentiments.' The black ribbon and clear gems are from stash. I used glitter card to cut a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis square and cut it up to put behind the image.

The sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches and I've turned it 180 degrees, it was just right for what I wanted to do!

Ok, time to stagger downstairs and see how the curry is doing!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Dream Valley DT #86 Summer

Good morning! When you read this I will be in Derby with the Olde Manne, the kids and kid-in-law and the gorgeous granddaughter! My niece was married on Sunday, and we all stayed overnight at the hotel where the reception was held. A Four Star Hotel, how posh!

In the meantime, here is the new Challenge at Dream Valley. Our theme is Summer. Now, in the UK Summer quite often includes rain, a cold wind, and even hail - but we're going to be optimistic and go for sunshine, the seaside, ice cream - anything summery!

Friends in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope this Challenge will remind you of warmer days to come!

Our fabulous sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I have used an image which I've had on my laptop for ages but never got around to using: It's a Dragonfly Day.

I used Promarkers, and covered the Dragonfly's wings with stickles and its body with Glossy Accent. The background paper with the butterflies is one I bought years ago, when we still had a local craft shop - I think it's by Craft Creations. The yellow paper is a very old magazine freebie from a stack of 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' papers. I also used the yellow paper to make the butterflies, using a Martha Stewart punch, and a Pearl Pen to add pearls to their bodies.

The circle die and lacey circle die are both Spellbinders. I distressed the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and mounted it on foam pads.

The sentiment is from the Sentiment Sampler stamp set by Paper Smooches. The banner is made from a Bannerific stamp and matching die by Lawn Fawn and I went round the edge with a purple Promarker to give the impression of a mat, then added it with foam pads.

A very old friend, who lives on the edge of a meadow outside Oxford, has a Big Birthday coming up, and the image and papers are just perfect for her birthday card! Don't you love it when that happens?

Go and see the lovely creations that my teamies have made, then join in our Challenge with your own summer-inspired creations! It doesn't have to be a card - or even papercraft!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge #73 Ribbon AND Lace

Good morning, all! I hope you're having a great weekend! This is a scheduled post, as on Sunday I will be at my niece's wedding!

Our Challenge this time at The Squirrel and the Fox is to use Ribbon AND Lace not one or the other but BOTH! it's an excuse to make something girly and pretty!

Our sponsor is the wonderful Robyn's Fetish and the DT were lucky enough to be given some gorgeous digi stamps to work with!

This fabulous image is Christie Angel. I think she has a cute 'folk art' vibe so I made a 'folksy' card. I coloured her with Promarkers and then cut her out and popped her onto foam pads. The yellow mat is cut with a Spellbinders Lacey Square die, and the quilt paper is cut with a plain square die.

The bright papers are snippets from my stash, but I forgot to note where they came from. Sorry! The ribbon is from Hobbycraft and the white broderie anglaise lace is from my sewing basket!

The sentiment is embossed in blue and covered with Glossy Accents, it is by Inkadinkado from the Vintage Expressions sentiment set. The little wooden stars are from stash and have been edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Fly over to The Squirrel and the Fox and see the lovely inspiration that the DT has produced for you, and join in! But remember, the Challenge is for Ribbon AND Lace!

Thanks for looking, and enjoy your day!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

My Time to Craft DT #253 'Paper Piecing.'

Good morning, all! I hope you're enjoying your weekend! My house is full of people - my daughter is over from Ireland, and my son, daughter-in-law and baby granddaughter are here from Shropshire. We have a family wedding tomorrow, my niece is getting married!

It's time for another Challenge at My Time To Craft! and it's a technique that is very popular: Paper Piecing!

My card is very simple because I wanted the Penny Black image 'Love Blush' to stand out. (Sadly, it looks as though the stamp is discontinued, at any rate, I can't find it online.) It is very fiddly to cut out all the petals!

I used Lotv Bonnets and Bowties papers. I stamped the image on 3 pink papers and 1 green one, and then I stamped the image in the middle of my card blank. Then it was a matter of finding my scissors and snipping away - it took quite a while! i did cheat a bit and coloured the very narrowest sections with felt-tips!

The banner is the Bannerific set by Lawn Fawn. I love these banners, the stamps come with matching dies! i added it on foam pads to give a bit of dimension.

Go and see the wonderful paper piecing done by my teamies at My Time to Craft you will be inspired! :)

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 3 July 2014


Good evening, my lovelies!

I'm just popping by quickly with a card I made using the Starburst technique and some Lili of the Valley papers. (The link is to one of many Youtube videos, this is also known as the 'Sunburst' technique but 'Starburst' is the name of the faster-than-light travel in the tv series 'Farscape' and since I'm a big fan.....)

I made several like this while watching the World Cup last week. Once the papers are cut it's easy to put them together. The sentiment is also LotV and is gold embossed, and the ribbon is from my stash.

The only thing to watch out for in this technique is to make sure that directional patterned papers are cut and glued in the right direction so that eg hearts are all the right way round.

My daughter came over from Ireland because she had her latest blood tests and report on whether she is still clear of her cancer and I'm delighted to say that she is still in remission!

Then tomorrow the Old Man and I go away for a birdwatching weekend in Norfolk, our first holiday in over a year. We aren't proper 'twitchers' as we don't really mind if we don't see rare birds, it's just so lovely to walk along the beautiful Norfolk coast. And we'll be staying in a hotel! Posh, eh? It's to celebrate HIS 60th birthday in February and MINE next week. EEk!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x