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Monday, 21 July 2014

Fitztown - Browns



This is my card for the current challenge at Fitztown Challenge blog so please come and join us and check out the rest of the creative team's cards. I chose Dog number 4 and you can buy him here.

My card blank is a small square by Crafts UK. The brown mottled backing paper is by Costco and the beige card is by Papermill. I wasn't sure what colours this dog should be but I was sure he would be OK in browns. lol I used my Promarkers to colour him and then I fussy cut him very carefully. I used a Sue Wilson Italian die to cut the beautiful dark brown mat for him. The dark brown card is also from Papermill. I raised the dog on foam pads so that he's sitting proud - I love him. I generated the sentiment on the computer and after matting it on to more beige card I tucked it just behind his ear.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
A Girl Who Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
Animal Friends Challenge - Dog or Cat
Sisters of Craft Challenge - Anything Goes - 3rd Entry
TokBobok Challenge - Monochrome
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
4KraftyGirlz Challenge - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Goes
Left of Centre Creative Challenge - Monochrome
Sister Act Card Challenge 66 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by.




Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fitztown - Altered Item



I did have fun with this one! This is the challenge this week at Fitztown Challenge Blog - an altered item. I was assigned the image Cameo 18, available here, and decided to alter a box, yes, I know it's a bag but here's what happened........................

I'd almost finished colouring the image and it was looking good. I'd done the skin and hair and the next day decided to give her antique pink lips, picked up my Promarker and the ink gushed out. It's the first time this has happened and she had very smudged lipstick. I touched a rose and she ended up with a pink neck too. It went in the bin. I coloured another and didn't use antique pink! I was going to use a box that used to hold fabric flowers and I covered the base beautifully in a lovely mottled pink paper. I made a start on the lid and made a right hash of it so that was binned too. I went for the easier option this time and used a simple paper bag.

My image was coloured with Promarkers and then I cut and embellished with one of my new Spellbinders Curved Borders Two at the top and bottom of the image. I then matted it on to pink pearlescent card. This was matted on to another Spellbinders diecut in bright pink card from Papermill. I also added the same shape to the other side of the bag to strengthen it. A Spellbinders Parisian border was added to the top of the turnover on the bag to give it a neat finish. I closed the bag with a pink star brad, from Create and Craft, and then all I had to do was add the pink paper roses which are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The green leaves are cut with Crealies dies. This will be used to hold a scarf for someone's birthday. A friend saw this just after it was finished and she nearly grabbed it for herself so I think it was a hit!

Check out the challenge blog for details of prizes.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting rom the Heart - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge - Girly Girl
My Craft Spot Monday Challenge - Anything but a Card
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
The Sailing Pineapple Challenge - Anything BUT a card
A Girl Who Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics Challenge - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Challenge - Summer Flowers
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge - Altered Art only

Thank you all for visiting and thank you for the lovely comments.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fitztown - Pick a Holiday


Come and join us this week at Fitztown Challenge Blog and Pick a Holiday. Mine's a summer holiday.


I was assigned this beautiful country scene: image cs6, available here, and I immediately thought of the canal boat holiday that we never actually got to go on! When our boys were young we used to go camping almost every year and every year we talked about going on a canal boat holiday the following year. Why? I have no idea because I'm not very keen on being on the water so perhaps it's just as well that that holiday never did materialise. lol I'm sure that lots of people have fun when they go boating but it just isn't for me. The clouds had to show on my card because most years we had lots of clouds and we were rained off a few times. On a very odd occasion we had a red hot year and thoroughly enjoyed our camping experience.

Anyway I decided to enjoy colouring the image and this is what I came up with, I'm not sure that the water looks very good but I went for the dirty grey look. I used my Promarkers and Lyra aquacolours. I used a dark green card as the mat base and then matted a pale blue card, embossed with clouds, on to it. The card is from Papermill and the embossing folder is an embossalicious folder from Crafter's Companion. I used a Memory Box die for the fresh foliage at the top. The leaves at the bottom are from a pack of diecuts I've had for ages - I think I bought them from Create and Craft. I coloured this one and then generated the sentiment on the computer. I cut it with a Memory Box Marshmallow clouds die and edged it with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. The card blank is by Joanna Sheen.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Summertime Fun
Open minded Crafting Fun Challenge - Water, water everywhere
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Challenge - Punches and/or Dies
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - Summertime Fun
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Stempelsonnen Challenge - Summer


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fitztown - Anything Goes

First of all I must tell you that there is a sale over at Morgan Fitzsimon's Etsy store and it ends today! Get there and spend before you miss out.
Use coupon code 20OFF4DAYSALE

Come along to Fitztown challenge blog  and join us in our Anything Goes challenge. It ends Sunday 13th July.

I was assigned the image Valentine 5, available here, and decided to make a Valentine's card with it because the image is so beautiful. Tiger lilies are my favourite flowers and so it wasn't difficult to work with this image. It was a joy to colour and after colouring I cut it with a grand Spellbinders classic oval. I added some faux gems, from JJD Cards, to the bottom edge. I generated a simple sentiment on the computer and then after cutting with a smaller Spellbinders classic oval I matted it on to a scalloped oval in orange pearlescent card. I added three more of the faux gems underneath the sentiment. My card blank is a large square by Joanna Sheen. The glittered backing paper is from a First Edition pad called Hideaway. I matted that on to plain orange card as the background and base for the image and sentiment. It looks quite effective now that it's finished and I love it. lol

Please check out the Fitztown challenge blog for details of the prizes.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania Challenge - Circles - all over my backing paper and my faux gems
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
A Girl Who Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Challenge - Digi or Rubber Stamp
Ladybug Crafts - Summer Flowers
4 Crafty Girlz Challenge - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes



Thursday, 3 July 2014

MAWTT Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! and MY blog hop winner

OK the first thing I'm going to do is announce MY winner of the MAWTT Birthday Blog Hop. Thank you all for for your lovely comments and I'm so glad that you all enjoyed the hop. Without further ado I will announce that the winner is...............


I'll send you an email Debbie to get your details.



Janice is the hostess this week over at Moving Along with the Times and she chose the theme 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!'.

I had fun with this one (I'm not quite a girl but I was once - lol). I usually don't add too much because I like to keep things simple, however, I went to town on this one.

My card blank is by Joanna Sheen. The image is by Delicious Doodles and is called Sunshine Gal. I coloured her with my Promarkers and used Glossy Accents on her specs. I cut the image out with my x cut guillotine and matted it on to bright pink card from Papermill.  The lilac spotty paper is by Dovecraft and I matted that on the bright pink card too. I used a Spellbinders Parisian border for the fancy edge and then more Spellbinders dies for the sentiment base and other embellishments. The beads I bought when Eric and I were in Australia in 2010 and this is the first time I've used them. Little crystal flowers are set in the centre of two of the embellishments and below the sentiment. I can't even remember buying these but they were in my stash!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Summer Days
Crafty Catz Challenge - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Summertime
Sister Act Card Challenge 63 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Summer Girls
613 Avenue Create Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Anything Goes
A Girl Who Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

I'm sorry that I haven't been around much, my eyes are still playing up and I'm spending as little time as possible on the computer. I can't believe that I can play a game on my laptop and my eyes stay open but I can hardly look at the computer screen or the TV and my eyes close. I'm fed up.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

MAWTT 5th Birthday



This is the 5th birthday of Moving Along with the Times so we have both teams covering this theme. You can use any of the following: buttons, bunting or birthday. I used all three! Come along and join us - there are lots of prizes on offer and you know that you've got to be in it to win it.




Blog Hop Rules.

To be eligible for the Prizes you must visit all the blogs and collect a letter from each.  Then email Hazel at didosdesigns@yahoo.com with the word you have made with Blog Hop Word in the Subject Line.  You must send the word to us to be in with a chance of winning!!!! 
Each DT Member will announce their winner on their own blog from the comments. This is my prize which will be awarded to one of the commenters on my blog - IF they have collected all the letters and emailed Hazel (Didos) with the answer to the query.





I've used the beautiful image by Aurora Wings and it's called 'Stars'. I coloured her with my Promarkers and a Sakura gelly roll pen to add some glitz to the stars. The turquoise card is by Papermill and the card blank is by Joanna Sheen. I embossed a sheet of white paper with the Crafter's Companion embossalicious folder of buttons before matting on to the turquoise card. The bunting die and organza ribbon are also by Joanna Sheen. The sentiment was generated on the computer before being backed by the turquoise card and raised to give a bit of dimension.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Feeling Crafty Challenge - One for the Girls/Ladies
The Sisters of Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz June Challenge - Anything Goes - with a bow
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes/Square or Rectangular
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Embossing


Monday, 23 June 2014

Fitztown - Shaped Card





I don't very often make shaped cards but I decided to throw caution to the wind this week and join in with this Fitztown Shaped Cards challenge. I chose Floral 3 to be my image, available from the Fitztown store.

I coloured the pansies with my Promarkers and added some Stickles to the centre of the large flower. The shape of the image decided my card shape and so I used my grand Spellbinders classic oval to cut it out. I used Distress Ink on the edges and then decided to mat it on to the grand scalloped oval which I cut using an A3 sheet of off white textured card from Papermill.  I added Wild Orchid Craft pearls, in two different shades of purple, to the scallops. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and after fussy cutting and edging with Distress Ink I raised it on foam pads for some dimension.

Please check the Fitztown challenge blog for details of prizes.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - Don't be Square
Digistamps4joy Challenge - Add Flowers
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Shaped Cards
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic : Summery and/or with flowers
Sister Act Challenge 62 - Anything Goes
The Sweet Pea Stamper - Shaped Card
4KraftyGirlz Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes