Monday, July 25, 2016


Crafty Cardmakers new challenge for this  fortnight is 'Summer'. You can  interpret this theme as you like as long as its based on something associated with the season.You can create anything you like, card, tags, etc as long as it meets the challenge and the 15 or less challenge entry rule.
My summer garden is  always blooming in poppies,glorious  yellow Icelandic, fluffy red annuals and towering red orange orientals. The yellows will grow all season long but the orientals have a brief few weeks and then they are gone with the odd one or two blooms appearing in the late summer.   I look forward to them every year.

This card is for a wonderful friend and close neighbour. The card is simplistic but I am pleased with how it turned out.

Stamp: digital stamp from Just Inklined
Dies: Spellbinders ovals, Dee's Distinctively Lattice 2
Embossing Folder: Polka Dots
Other. ribbon and button from stash

Top Three - Crafts Encore and  Great Impressions

1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 Anything Goes
2. Great Impressions: July Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Broken Fairy: #7 Anything Goes with a Twist of Embossing (Heat or Dry)
4. Crafting with Dragonflies: #62 Anything Goes
5. Little Claire's Designs:#71 Anything Goes
6. A Bit More Time to Craft:#24 Anything Goes
7. Crafts EncoreChallenge  Anything Goes
8. Creatalicious Challenges: #25 Anything Goes with Optional flowers 
9. Sisters of Craft July Anything GoesChallenge 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 - Bearing Gifts

Final Day of Christmas in July 2016 over at Bugaboo and the freebie is this adorable reindeer bearing gifts. The challenge is a colour challenge.

Stamp: Bugaboo
Embossing folder with holly and snowflakes
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Dies:  Spellbinders rectangles, Spellbinders Labels Twenty for sentiment

1. Bugaboo Catch the Bug Christmas in July Challenge #7 Friday  Freebie and Colour Challenge.
.Freshly Made Sketches :#245 Sketch by Jen:
3.The Sisterhood of Crafters: Animals
4. Christmas Cards All Year Long July Challenge

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 - Beach

Bugaboo Christmas in July 2016 day 6. Thursday Challenge Photo Inspiration. The photo was a beach scene so here is my take on it. IRL the Merry Christmas stands out a lot more than in the photo, now having said that I wish I had darkened it before gluing it down.  I could not find my brayer so I sponged the background, think it turned out OK.

Stamp: Bugaboo  digital stamp "Tropical Santa - Buried
 Dies: die cut sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Poinsettia Strip by Cherry Lynn Designs,  Holly flourishes?
Other: red and  green/blue half pearls

1. Catch the Bug Christmas in July 2016 Day 6 - photo inspiration
2. Inspiration Destination: #4 Anything Goes
3.The Paper Shelter: #257 Holiday Time
4. Simon Says: Create a Scene
5. Lacy Sunshine: Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Too Late To Be Good

Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge #5 Humour Me Wednesday. I choose this little Penguin from Bugaboo called ' Poppi xmas Snowballs'  He looked slightly guilty (to me) so added a sentiment I thought suited it, just my little bit of humor :0)
Stamp:  Bugaboo's 'Poppi xmas Snowballs'
Sentiment: office word
Embossing folder: Snowflakes
Stamped Snowflakes: Stampin' Up - Snow Burst
Dies: Poinsettia Strip by Cherry Lynn Designs , Spellbinds Inverted Circles,  standard circles & Scalloped circles.
Punch: rounded corners
Other: Stickles- Diamond;  Rhinestones

1. Bugaboo's Christmas in July Challenge 'Humor Me Wednesday: Use scallops, bling & layers
2. ABC Christmas Challenge: N is for No Rules
3.The Sisterhood of Crafters: Animals
4. Sweet Stampin  Christmas: July  Challenge Anything Goes
5. Fab' N Funky Challenge: #313Add a Sentiment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 Day 4

Day 4 of the Bugaboo  Christmas in July Challenge  and the Theme is  "Bingo". I choose the bingo line that read Snowflake, Lime Green and Embossing. Could also work for the diagonal line of   Snowflake, Bugaboo Image and Ribbon.

Digital Stamp: Bugaboo  "Christmas Words - Joy"
Paper: Stampin' Up
Markers: Prisma Color
Dies:  Memory Box "Precious Snowflakes"
Embossing Folder: Snowflakes
Ribbon :1/8 " ribbon sold at Michaels

1.Bugaboo Catch the Bug 'Christmas in July 2016 Day 4 Challenge
2.Inky Chicks: #69 Christmas in Summer
3. Crafty Boots: Christmas in July
4. Whoopsi Daisy Digi and CD Challenge Christmas in July
5. Sparkles Christmas Christmas Challenge #66 Snowflakes

Monday, July 11, 2016

Christmas in July Challenge 3 Tag It

Tag time over at Bugaboo's Christmas in July 2016  Challenge #3.. I used the Bugaboo image Christmas Mouse Mistletoe  and coloured her with Prisma Markers. I used   a Poppystamps die cut called 'Stitched Main Street Tags' to cut it out.. Actually cut two of them  out and taped them together  to give extra sturdiness.  The back side is stamped with  'For' and 'From'.  Punched a hole in the top and added some ribbon and  half pearls for the finished look. Must say it looks better IRL.

1. Bugaboo Christmas in July 2016  Catch The Bug Challenge # 3 - Tag it
2. Sweet Stamps Blog: July Challenge- Anything Goes
3. Craft Your Passion: #320 Anything Goes
4.  Crafty Boots Challenges: Christmas in July
5. Whoopsi Daisy: Christmas July Challenge

Christmas in July 2016 Eggbert

Another entry for the Bugaboo Christmas in July 2016  Challenge. Again a little late, oh well life is busy. This time I used "Eggbert' as my image. He is always adorable and can be found on the Bugaboo site. In real life the colour contrast is not near so identifiable as it is  on the picture I took. I used Tempting Turquoise for the border around the circle and it matched the coloured image's scarf quite nicely. Again 'Oh Well' :o)!

Stamp: Bugaboo Eggbert Winter
Sentiment: Stampin' Up
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Circles, Cottage Cutz 'Fancy Lace Border', Marianne Designs- the scalloped circle
Paper: Stampin UP
Punch: hole punch
Other: Stickles -Frosted Lace

1.;Catch the Bug  Christmas in July 2016 Challenge #2: Sketch
2. ABC Christmas Challenge: N for No Rules
3. CHNC  Challenge Extra for July
4. Digi Designs Christmas in July
5. Christmas Cards All Year Round July Challenge

Sad Dog

I am delighted to be creating for Crafty Cardmakers again. Their challenge this fortnight is 'Bling it Up,  lots of bling. Feel free to go a little mad on the gems, sparkle  and glitter etc. I used rhinestones on the hat, the butterfly, the white background, around the base of the scallops, in the corner of the center  rose column and a couple on the lower border.

The card is for one of my step daughters.

Digital stamp from

Sentiment. created on Word
Butterfly: Martha Stewart punch
Dies: Spellbinders and Memory Box "Grape Vine Border'

1. A Bit More Time To Craft: #23 Anything Goes
2. Animal Friends Challenge #40: Animal plus Punches/Dies
3.Crafts Galore Encore Challenge: Anything Goes
4. Digi Stamps 4 Joy: Anything Goes #126
5. Lets Create & Craft #125 Four Legged Friends

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Christmas in July 2016 Snowman Card

A day late but can still enter,phew! This card is my first entry into  the 2016 Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenges.
Challenge #1 Use Snowmen or Snowflakes
I used a Bugaboo image called  'Snowman Bells'

 I also plan to enter this in their Sunday  Stella Say Sketch Challenge.

OK I just had to revise the  Be Merry  to make it straight and not  angeled. All challenges are entered with the first one, the revised was just for me.

.1. Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge #1- use a snowman or snowflakes
2. Bugaboo Stella Says Sketch Challenge #411
3. Ike's World Challenge #67 Christmas in July
4. Weekly Christmas Card Challengers: #32 Snowman
5. Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes

Light House Tag

Outlaws Progressive Challenge - July 2016: the lighthouse image is  a Laurian MacDonald creation. I choose to make a tag and found a wonderful sketch challenge  called 'Tag You're It' and this is my interpretation of it.

Digital Image : drawn by Laurian MacDonald
Stamp: Stampin Up's  'Clockworks' for the background blue and for the design around the hole for the ribbon.
Sentiment: Stampin' Up's 'Elementary Elegance'
Colour Medium: Prisma Color Markers
Paper. Stampin' Up Whisper White
I cut  out the lighthouse image and made it dimensional with strips of  dimensional tape.
Ribbon  from Michaels