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From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

The Saturday Sketchie is back on the CMLI group on Craft Bubble and the challenge was to use a Christmas Tree.  I decided to use red and white, i embossed some card and went round the edges with chalk, then I decided to put some stickles around the tree....big mistake! They took all day too dry I kept touching them by mistake and they were wiping off everywhere and they warped the card!! I won't be using them for a long time (until I forget and think they look pretty!).

Hope everyone's weekend is going well and happy rudolph day!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Another Crimble card!

I know you are probably getting fed up of these new SU toys i have to play with...the only thing i am not happy with I have 2 white ink pads, staz on and memento and neither seem to show up well...i may have to give in to the SU one!
Everything is SU except card candi by craftwork cards and sentiment by pink petticoat

Hope you like!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sunday Challenge

Clare set the challenge of three of a kind and I had been wanting to use this stamp for ages. The image is a Lavinia stamp which has been sat in its packaging for a couple of months! The background distressing is with memento inks danube blue and paris dusk and santa is stamped in tuxedo black. Sentiment is from a popcorn and friends christmas and birthday kit.

I used low tack masking tape to tape a section and then faced my arch nemesis - DISTRESSING! No matter how many times I do it I always forget and go straight to the card/paper, hopefully it just likes like a mix of midnight colours!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Crazy Christmas Challenge - no red or green
Use it Tuesday - uninked stamp (santa)
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Charisma Cardz - sky
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - q for quick and simple
Secret Crafter Saturday - one layer card
Cutie Sunday - christmas cards

Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Saturday Sketchie is back!

over on the CMLI group on craftbubble. The Dt were taken a well deserved break and the lovely Clare has started us off again as she is gdt this week. She has given us a fabby cas sketch to work with and the theme is'the world's your oyster' so i have obviously gone for crimble cards!
This is the fabby sketch and this is my take on it..
Paper are stamping up and both stamps are from the sparkly and bright stamp set (now retired).

I am entering this card into the  following challenges;

Less is More - anything cas goes

I also made this card yesterday and with a little imagination fits the sketch..same papers and stamp set.

Hope your weekend is going well


Who wouldn't want to win this little cutie?? Pop over to Hippywitch's blog and check out the rules and this witch could be with you for halloween!!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Going out with a bang (or maybe a boo!)

Happy Thursday and it's time again for a new challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges! Sadly this will be my last Dt post, out of necessity not choice, if you have been following my blog you will know I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I will be going back to my full time job sometime soon and something has to give..I may end up dropping my hours. I will miss my lovely teamies and the support we all provide for one another..anyway back to todays make!

This weeks challenge is to use Autumn colours, I knew straight away I had to use one of the 7 dwarfkins, available here. I love all things halloween so decided to make a very straightforward treat bag.
Papers are SU! pumpkin pie and basic black and the bulldog clip is also SU! Promarkers used for colouring, MS zigzag punch and ribbon from stash.Die cuts are nesties. Googly eyes from stash.

The sweet bag is stapled to the back piece of card so the front is not damaged when a choc fiend tries to rip the goodies out!
Don't forget to visit the blog to see what everyone else has created! So lets see your Autumn colours and don't forget if you use on of our images, your entry is counted twice!

I will be entering this project into the following challenges;

Lexi's Creations - autumn
Digital Tuesday - celebrate the season
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
PaperPlay Challenges - punches and dies
CES Challenges - make it magical or spooky
Quirky Crafts - anything but a card
One stitch at a time - anything goes
Addicted to stamps - anything but a card

Monday, 12 September 2011

Today's makes..

from a class run by my Stampin Up! demo pal Carole.  Our first make was this delightful flower card., using embossing powder and inks.

Next up was this completely gorgeous christmas card, I love this colour combo and this cas card is one of my all time faves, quick and simple, perfect card!
Our next make was a little bit trickier but Carole had already scored the card for us.. I  think it looks great, I don't think i have seen a card like this before!

We finished a little earlier than planned so did a little paper folding and created a kimono to house a gift.

ok that's everything for today, hopefully will get some more crimble cards done this week!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Merry and Bright

All card stock and dp by stampin up. Candi and sentiment from craftwork cards.  Stamp by stampin up.

I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Christmas Challenges - sketch
Little red wagon - die cuts
My Mum's Craft Shop - lots of layers
Charisma Cardz - inspired by a song (oh christmas tree)
Delicious Doodles - new start (new papers, stamp and candi) 2nd entry
Secret Crafter - inspired by a song (oh christmas tree)
Digi Designs - anything goes 2nd entry

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Asking for help


Those people that follow me will know I say very little about home/work life and am a reasonably private person. After having lots of neck/shoulder pain for 2 months, I was diagnosed last week with Fibromyalgia. For those who don't know what this is quite simply you are in pain and exhausted. No cure or treatment  -  just pain management and possibly massage/chiropractice/acupuncture.

I am organising  UK Only atc swap. Please send a sae along with your atc and make a donation of £1.50. Email me for my snail mail addy. Swap closes 10th Sept.

For those who don't make atc's, you could donate the sale of a handmade card or just make a donation.

Money goes straight to the charity via Just Giving, I do not receive anything.

It really would mean the world to me if you all took part,

Debbie xx


These are my first ever ATC's. I have organised a swop in an attempt to raise money for the Fibromyalgia Association, as I was diagnosed with this last month. The main problem with this condition is the pain, the only treatment is pain management. I have been in near constant pain since June but saw a specialist physio last week so will be seeing my Gp to try different painkillers.

Anyway back to the ATC's. Stamps used are all Stampin Up!, Friendly background stamp, butterfly from Strength and Hope set and tiny tag set.  SU jewellery tag punch, everything else from stash.

I will be entering these atc's into the following challenges;

Simply Stampin! - butterfly
Digidesign Challenge  - anything goes
Stamp Something - anything goes
Daring Cardmakers - butterfly
Delicious Doodles - fresh start/try something new
Cute Card Thursday - at the office (staples)
Paperplay Challenges - use 2 or more stamped images
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Stamps R Us - friendship
Jules snippet makes - tiny tags

Friday, 9 September 2011

ATC Swap

will be closing midnight Sat 10th Sept, it is uk only and I ask that you donate £1.50 on my just giving page to take part, money raised is for Fibromyalgia..more details on the sticky at the top of my blog. If you don't want to take part you can always just make a donation :)

Thursday, 8 September 2011


is the new challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenge's.  What a great theme which could be interpreted so many ways! I have used the puffer fish image from the sea life set which can be bought from the shop. He is the most circular fish I have seen! I also used googly circle eyes and card candi (circular) with some stickles on for good measure!

I also used a circular card which I have 'tried' to make look like a goldfish bowl.

Coloured with promarkers, background reeds are a magnolia stamps, reeds in front made from a woodware leaves punch.

Don't forget if you use a Digi Doodle Shop image your entry will count twice and please stop by the blog to see what delightful creations my teamies have come up with!!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Papertake weekly challenge - anything goes
Sweet Stampin - anything but birthday

Monday, 5 September 2011

New Challenge Blog and candy!

Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

"If you would like a chance to win with the Cutie Pie Challenge, then all you need to do is follow the blog, post a picture of the candy with a link back to the challenge post.  Then complete the link at the bottom to be in with a chance to win the BLOG CANDY!   We go live on the 19th September with our first challenge, so please don't forget to come back, enter your fab cards for the chance to win challenge prizes."

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Quick Xmas Tags

I downloaded these the other day but was unsure whether I wanted them for tags or cards.. I remembered I said I would make some Xmas tags for family so tags it was! These are not all of the selection but it's a good start!

Images from Pink Petticoat

I will be entering these tags into the following challenges;

Jules snippet challenge
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - festive cheer in September
Divas by Design - Christmas in August (2nd entry)
Passion for Promarkers - anything goes

Friday, 2 September 2011

Rasperry Dreams

This week's challenge at Simply Stampin' is a sketch. I recently got the very large razzleberry ribbon and decided to work my colour scheme around that.

Stampin Up! stock used ; cardstock -pretty in pink, rich razzleberry and whisper white. Ribbon - rich razzleberry, ink -  rich razzleberry. Stamps are from sweet summer and strength and hope set and the little circles are the ends of the jewellry tag punch.

Hope you like it!

I am entering this card into the following challenges;

Make it Monday
KB Cute Monday - include a butterfly
Stamps R Us - anything goes (2nd entry)
Creative Card Crew - anything goes
The Paper Shelter - anything goes
Charisma Cardz Challenges - anything goes
Jules Snippet Challenge

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Fantasy Week

This week’s challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges is Fantasy/Fairy Tales. We have some fabulous images over at the store and if you use one of our images your card will be entered twice!
The image I used is Fairy in Flight and I just love her in turquoise!
It was really hard trying to take the pic without getting a glare from the mirri card! I added some stardust in silver with a Lavinia stamp. There are 3 stars along the ribbon but you can probably see their reflection better than the stars! I used a Fairydoodles sentiment  and the bluey shiny paper is from stash.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, what a fab challenge! Don’t forget to check out the blog to see what the rest of the dt made – you are in for a real treat!!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Make it Monday
Hooked on Craft - things with wings
Oldie but a Goodie - lots of sparkle
Creative Card Crew - anything goes
The Paper Shelter - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - anything goes
Flutterby Wednesdays - celebrate
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - as you like it