Monday, 17 February 2020

Dream Valley Challenges #219 Hand-coloured Image

Hello, my lovelies! We have a new challenge for you at Dream Valley which is to use a Hand-coloured image. Our sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps - go and check out her adorable images! So cute!

For my card I used a fabulous stamp set by Love From Lizi which was in the February card kit but which should be available to buy separately in March. It's huge, and full of the most gorgeous retro flowers!


I stamped this bouquet in black pigment ink and heat-embossed it in clear embossing powder. I used my Inktense Pencils to colour , then fussy cut the image.

The background card has been stamped in Versamark with a little sprig from the same stamp set and also clear heat-embossed. I added the bouquet with foam tape and used some of Lizi's peel-offs as a partial border, then finished it off with Nuvo Drops.

I need to get out my Inktense Pencils more often, I'd forgotten how vibrant the colours are!

Have a look at the gorgeous cards my talented teamies have left to inspire you on the Challenge blog, then get out your favourite colouring medium and a pretty image and join in the fun!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #65 Anything Christmas Goes.

Good morning! It's so cold today, and the last dregs of Storm Ciara mean it's also quite windy still. My heart goes out to those suffering from the floods, I can't imagine how awful it must be to lose everything like that. I hope the Powers That Be get off their bottoms and do something to prevent it ever happening again.

However, life goes on, and today it's time for a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy.

I have used items from the December 2019 card kit by Simon Says Stamp.


The sentiment is from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set and I used the adorable Lil' Gnome die to paper piece the image, colouring his nose and beard with Copics. All the papers came with the kit. I added a red and gold ribbon from my stash to 'ground' the Gnome.

As usual my teamies have made some fabulous cards in all kinds of styles to inspire you, so do go and see!

Thanks for looking, and have a good day!

love Mags B x

Friday, 7 February 2020

My Time to Craft #425 Love me, Do!

All together now: "Love, love me, do! You know I love you! I'll always be true! So pleeeease! Love me, do!" (Cue Harmonica.)

Yes, I remember that Beatles song from when I was young! Now all of you will be singing it all weekend! And perhaps you'll join in at our new Challenge at My Time to Craft! too!

For my 'Love' card I have done some paper piecing, using more papers from the Nitwits Perfect Pair digi papers that I used on Monday.


I used pearlescent pink card for the die-cut heart outline and the mat. The heart die came from Simon Says Stamp and unfortunately is no longer available. I backed the outline with a scrap of white card and cut around the outside, then glued the patterned paper in the apertures. I used foam tape to give the heart some dimension.

The sentiment is from Good Gab by Paper Smooches, and I filled in the little heart with some Nuvo Glitter Drops. I like that sentiment, it makes me smile!

My teamies have created some lovely interpretations of the theme, do go and check them out!

Thanks for looking, and TGIF!

love Mags B x

Monday, 3 February 2020

Dream Valley Challenges #218 Love

Hello, my dearios! It's time for anotherChallenge at Dream Valley where our theme is Love.

Our sponsor is The Paper Shelter who kindly sent one of their adorable images for us to use. Unfortunately my printer broke down, so I couldn't use the image, but luckily I already had the gorgeous Victorian Beauty printed out. (This is the original image, the current one is slightly different but still gorgeous.)


She is a delight to colour, and I love the flirty glance she's giving as she checks her hair! I fussy cut her and raised her on foam pads, and cut a pink frame with a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die (sadly no longer available.)

I used papers from Nitwits' Perfect Pair collection, so pretty! The place where the two papers join is edged with a Love from Lizi Matt Gold peel-off.

The Valentine sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted sentiment set, which sadly is out of print, and embossed it with Ranger's Rose Quartz Embossing Powder.

Finally I used Tonic Nuvo Drops in Enchanting Pink.

This lady is definitely ready for Valentine's Day! On the day itself I will be doing the Church flowers, using pinks and red roses! Vibrant colours to cheer up the gloomiest February day!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you all have a good week.

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #64 Anything Christmas Goes.

Afternoon, all! I apologise that I'm a day late with my post for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. I had a rather long dental appointment yesterday, and when I got home I spent some time sleeping off the anaesthetic, and, I'm sorry to say, forgot my post!

However, here is my card! One of my New Year's Resolutions is to go back into my stash and use older items as well as snippets of papers. Here is the result:


The elaborate Merry Christmas die, from Sara Davies' Signature Collection for Crafter's Companion, was a magazine freebie and unfortunately is not available on the CC website. I used a snippet of gold card to cut it out and glued it onto a snippet of white pearlised card. The background paper is also from the snippets drawer. I added Nuvo Drops in red and white to give some festive bling.

Do join in our Challenge, it's such a great feeling to see a pile of Christmas cards mount up, knowing you won't have a mad rush to get them all done in November!

Thanks for looking, and I hope your week is going well.

love Mags B x

Friday, 24 January 2020

My Time to Craft #414 Inspired by Disney

Hello, my dearios! We have a lovely Challenge for you at My Time to Craft which is Inspired by Disney. That is INSPIRED BY... since Disney's images are all copyright, of course, and they come down like a ton of bricks on anyone who uses their images without permission.

So you could be inspired to use Mermaids, or Princesses, or a Chinese theme, or pick a fairy tale and put your own spin on it - just don't use any actual Disney images! And let us know what inspired you, too!

I have a beautiful digi from Sassy Studios (which sadly no longer seems to be trading) called Snow Queen Portrait, which reminds me of 'Frozen.'


For my winter birthday card, which is 5" x 7" for a change, I used shades of blue and white. The papers are from my stash, and long out of print. I layered them on blue and silver mats. I added White Blizzard Nuvo Drops to the centres of the snowflakes, and also to the Queen's hair, but they don't really show in the photo.

The silver-embossed sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted stamp set. I added 2 snowflakes that came in a pack of 'Table Confetti' from my local supermarket one Christmas.

Go and see how my teamies have used our theme as inspiration for this challenge and come on down and join in!

Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

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