Welcome to my blog!

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, 31 July 2011

Sketch me a Tree

was the challenge on the CMLI group on Craft Bubble, set by the lovely Karen. I knew what image I had in mind and that i would emboss it, but not really happy with the papers...ah well..it doesn't help that there is another card I should be making but am putting it off..excuses, excuses....

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Craft your Passion - christmas in july
Crafty Creations - christmas in july
ABC Christmas - image must be at least one year old
Creative Belli - christmas in july (old/forgotten embellishments - tree charm)
Craft us Crazy -christmas in july
Little red wagonm - heat embossing
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Christmas in July
Crafty Catz - christmas in July
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas in july

Friday, 29 July 2011

Snippets, Charity Cards and Less is More

After making my Dt card I had some bits and pieces left over and decided to make another card for the Less is More Challenge. After making it I wished I had moved the bottom piece higher and I still had more scraps left, so here is what I did….

I batch made some c6 cards with the bottom piece higher and a punched heart in the corner. These will go into the cancer research bags to raise money. They sell these in the local shops for £1 each, what a great way to raise money for charity!


I will be entering this card into the following challenges;
Less is More - button or ribbon

Jules Snippet Challenge

Thursday, 28 July 2011

It’s Anything Goes Week

over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges! You know it’s a firm favourite!!

The image I have used this week is called To My Love which you can purchase here.

Papers are Pink Petticoat
Die cut with Nesties
Border punch by Martha Stewart
Coloured with Pm’s
Card Candy by Craftwork Cards
Distressed with Antique Linen and TH distresser

I’m loving the pink and brown, it’s such a fabby colour and this set matched the image perfectly.

Ok peeps, it’s anything you want to do ,but if you use one of our images your entry will count  twice! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT’s wonderful creations.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;
Craft us Crazy - anything goes
The Paper Shelter - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - anything goes
Papercutz - anything goes
Allsorts - free and easy

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Blog Candy Winner

As chosen by my glamorous assistant (boyfriend). Please email me (details in my profile) by midnight on Friday 29th otherwise it will be redrawn - congratulations!!

Sent out - congrats!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sunday’s Challenge

is also set by me over on the CMLI group on Craftbubble! Now if you play your cards right you can link to Less is more (button or ribbon or mixtures of both) and Jules snippet challenge which is what I will be doing when I drag myself out of bed tomorrow (scheduled post!)


So the challenge is… to use up your snippets! Jules set’s this challenge every week to encourage us to use our scraps up – WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA! – instead of having them cluttering up the place, use them. As I am fairly new at crafting still, I have NOWHERE near the amount that Jules has, she has colour coded boxes!!!!

These snippets are obviously from a forever friends set, buttons from stash, sentiment won as blog candy and punch is SU!.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

GDT for CMLI (Woo Hoo)


Over on the CMLI group at Craft bubble , those of us who post regularly are invited to be GDT’s. Well today it’s my turn again, I have a sketch to follow and the theme is BALLOONS!!

Don’t worry too much if it’s not exact, I ended up not using the circle as my image was too large and I wanted to keep the shapes behind it.
As you have probably noticed this is one of my LOTV stamps!

Coloured with promarkers
Papers are Pink Petticoat
Balloon punch
Ribbon from stash
Pearls from stash
MS Corner Punch

Hope you like my card, can’t wait to see what my cb buddies come up with!

I am entering this card into the following challenges;
Papertake Weekly - getting cute
Craft us Crazy - anything goes
Charisma Cardz - sunshine colours
Crafty Catz - no pink or blue
Paper Cutz Challenge - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - punch or die (nesties , balloon and corner punch)

Friday, 22 July 2011

Celebration Candy!!


To celebrate my DT post and the fact this is my 200th post I am offering some lovely candy :) I will draw when i get sixty comments :)

There are some teeny tiny rules to follow;

1. You must be a follower of my blog
2. You must advertise on your blog/sidebar
3. You must become a follower of Digi Doodles Shops Best and say that you came from my (Debbie's) blog
4. Leave a comment on this post

Once I receive sixty comments I will draw the candy. Unfortunately if you do not follow the rules your name will not be entered.

Please play fair and remember to advertise :) 

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Clean and Simple


This week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges the theme is clean and simple. The general definition of this is clean white (or other colour) space and minimal embellishments. Put that bling and frippery (is that a real word?) away and show us something simple.

For my card I used the Calla Lily Set from the shop, included in the set is individual flowers and leaves so you get a selection of images to choose from!
Coloured with promarkers,
Embossed with cuttlebug strip.
Rik rak ribbon from the Ribbon Girl.
Corner punch by Martha Stewart.


I must admit to not knowing much about flowers apart from what a rose and tulip looks like, but I was convinced calla lilies only came in white! Before I coloured my image in my sister bought me this lovely gift…

Calla lilies in dark purple!! I googled the images and they come in all sorts of colours! I opted for dusky rose as I just love that colour!

Ok , you can use any image you want but if you use a Digi Doodle image your entry will count twice, and these lilies are just perfect! Don’t forget to visit the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team have created!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Less is More - circles (2 circles - the image and the backing)
Allsorts Challenge Blog - free and easy
KB Cute Monday - use a digi

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


that cancer research shops are still taking c6 cards which they put in special bags and sell for a pound.  I took a bagful in, not c6 , babies wedding etc that i had made for challenges but they were still happy to sell them! i got a handful of their bags and will prob use my breast cancer set to make up some more x

Monday, 18 July 2011

You are a star!!

We are celebrating a one year anniversary for the Craft Mad and Loving It Group over on Craft Bubble, Happy Birthday to us!!
I decided not to go for a typical birthday card but to celebrate the fact that everyone in the group is a star, we all support each other and there is always someone who is willing to listen!

I used a fizzy moon image and put as many stars on as possible! I tried to make the top of the star darker to give the impression  that it was leaning back slightly. 

This is for all our stars in the CMLI group, you are wonderful!

Die cut dreams - animal antics
Cupcake Crafts - wish upon a star
Craft your Passion - text it
Ruby's Rainbow - happy birthday
Inky Impressions - distressing
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - 1 ribbon, 2 dp's, 2 gems (does it matter there are 4 gems, please delete if so)
Charisma Cardz - its in the stars
Paper cutz - it's in the skies
Allsorts - free and easy
Sketch Saturday - fab sketch

sorry about the massive gap, it's not there in preview..everything is really close together!!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Following in Kathy's steps....

I have been thinking about not entertaining blog awards for a while, maybe putting the ones i already had in a tab. I feel they are time consuming, slightly intrusive and you have to pass them on for someone else to deal with..in a way they are like texts/emails that you have to pass on to everyone in your phone book/email list. I hope no-one is offended, the information i put on my blog is what i choose, not because an award wants to know what colour underwear i have on today.,,please don't be offended but no thanks x

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Strength and Hope

 *2nd post of the day - please scroll down*

This is a new stamp set from Stampin Up! and every set that is bought they donate £1 or equivalent currency to breast cancer care. Far too many people I know have been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer. My mum is 12 years clear this year, (we had a party at ten) so I try to support it as much as I can. I can't decide whether to give the card to my SU friend to promote the set or give it to someone..anyway, enough babble.. here are the pics, sorry one of them is blurry. I am entering it into the Less is More Challenge. The challenge is circles.

Special thanks to Kathy for the sequin waste!

Shabby chic..or just shabby??


This butterfly is from the SU! breast cancer set, stamped in Tim Holtz dusty concord and the swirls are stamped with milled lavender with a Debbie Moore 'swirl' set. I do love the way these inks raise slightly!

Papers are Pink Petticoat
Ribbon from stash
Pearls from stash
Edges are distressed with Tim Holtz ‘distresser’


This sketch was set by the lovely Lauren on craftbubble, in the CMLI group. There is a new sketch every Saturday so I am a teeny bit late!( The new one is out today). The theme of course is shabby chic , I'm not sure if I have done it justice! I do like the butterfly and the swirls though Smile The beads are actually purple but they look red/black in the picture.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Inky Impressions - distressing
Creative Inspirations - no flowers allowed
My Mums Craft Shop - swirls and pearls
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Moving along with the times - favourite things (purples, nesties, stamping, ribbons, gingham, swirls)
Cute card Thursday - going round in circles
Paperplay Challenges - things with wings
Stamping for the weekend - wings and things
Stamp Man Challenge - anything by tim (inks, paper distresser)

Thursday, 14 July 2011


little flowers..or rather lets see your hand made flowers over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.
For my hand made punches I have used my Marianne ribbon flower die, you can use anything you want to make your flowers, papers, fabrics, ribbons just as long as you make them! Easy!

I have used a hot pink (woohoo!) card and pink petticoat papers for the flowers, mixing up doodles and stripes, with a paper mania flower brad.
Fuchsia promarker for the flowers on the sentiment and Tim Holtz spun sugar for the distressing
Sentiment from the Store, and is Blossom Word Art which you can pick up for FREE….love that word!


Another card I won’t want to give away!!!

Anyway, pop over and see what the rest of the team have created and show us your flowers!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Creative Craft Challenges - pretty blossoms
Papertake Weekly  - hot, hot, hot
Shabby Tea Room - flower power
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - we love pink

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Flutterby butterfly…..


In case you hadn’t guessed Butterflies are the theme of Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. I’m sure we all have butterfly stamps and punches but if you use one the Shops images your entry will count twice!

I decided to stay away from colourful butterflies and go for a more striking monochrome with a touch of colour.

Butterfly punch by Martha Stewart
Butterfly Die cut by Craftwork Cards
BP/Ribbon/Candy by Craftwork Cards
Butterfly Scroll by Digi Doodle Shop


Don't forget to come and see what winged beauties the rest of the DT have created!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Divas by Design - die cuts (2nd entry)
Truly Scrumptious - things with wings
Flutter By Wednesdays - open week (butterfly)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
KB Cute Monday - anything goes
Lexi's Creations - a bugs life
Craft your Passion - anything goes
Onestitchatatime - use a digi

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Play Date!

After seeing the lovely Stampin Up stuff on the web I decided to google and find if there were any demonstraters in the area. Imagine my surprise, when I found the lovely Carole who is based in Oxford, only lived 5 mins away! I became a follower on her blog and saw she was going to be at Newbury on Saturday, so we would miss each other as I  was going Sunday. It turned out she was there Sunday anyway but hey ho, I left a message on her blog and she invited me around to make a card this afternoon.  If you check out her blog she made some lovely butterflies from toilet roll! You would never guess to look at it and it just shows how resourceful crafters are! Here are the pics on my make and take today!

They were misted, dried and cut out and then embossed, aren't they lovely!

I also made a card following Carole's instructions, any wobbly bits are entirely down to me!

Those that know me , know I have hurt my neck and have been suffering for a few weeks. Carole has created an acrylic panel with foam pads which makes it much easier to stamp! I haven't put a pic on in case she wants to patent it  :) but you can contact her on her blog if you are interested.

So thank you Carole for making me feel so very welcome and giving up some of your afternoon to do a make and take!