31 October 2014

DSC # 112 Anything Goes

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 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Anything Goes

sponsored by  Scrappiness Designs

Hi Everyone the challenge today is Anything Goes, but I decided to go with a card as I have just the person this can go to.  We had a fabulous digi kit "My Back Yard" to play with this time and it was difficult to choose. In the end I chose a sketch that would use a few of the DP's and then made a little "picture" of the elements. I suppose I shouldn't say it, but I love it, it makes me smile.

Original PS layout.

This is it printed and layered.

Go and see what my Team mates at DSC have created here


http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/anything-goes.html  Anything Goes

http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/AG-ch-no-5.html  Anything Goes

http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.ca/2014/10/first-wonderful-wednesday-for-november.html  Anything Goes

30 October 2014

Vellum lampshade

I had a few people ask what the lampshade was like lit up, so thought I would add a short post to show you. The first one is with the crystal glass of the original post, the second one is taken on an ordinary wine glass.   The crystal shapes show through, which was a surprise to me.

29 October 2014

Bags and card

Hi Everyone, sadly this is my last GD post for Deedee Digis, I have enjoyed the experience and fun so much this last month and want to thank Deedee for the opportunity to be GD for a whole month, plus the use of her fabulous images and sentiments, also for being the kindest and most generous person I could have been GD for. Also  Kathy D for help with the intermediate challenges I decided to do as well.

For my last GD post I decided I had to do a little extra, so a card and 2 bags is my offering today.  I used Deedee's "Dashing through the snow" kit to make the digital paper in PS to use on the card and the gift bag and that fabulous penguin image.

I used a cut file for the gift bag by Shirley's Cards Here and used the jpeg shape in it, to make the shape in the card. I made the gift bag slightly larger to accommodate the canvas bag.

I suppose this is quite a simple project, I'm not one to over embellish as you know, but not quite CAS either. I'm actually quite pleased how the set worked out and I Love those penguins they are such fun. The sentiments are from the same kit.  I have just realised I haven't made a gift tag, - no problem will do it and add it before giving this gift. Oh! yes and I WILL pretty pack the canvas bag with the same DP paper I made.

This is a picture heavy post - you have been warned LOL.

The set
The gift bag
side view of the bag

The card
The canvas bag

I added Decoart Snow Writer and then glitter

The effect peeled off after I moved the bag to a different location oh! well. at least it didn't mark the image.

To prove the bag was able to be packed into the little Gift bag.

Gingham DP by Just So Scrappy
canvas bag from Hobbycraft

27 October 2014

Snowman card

Hi Everyone, here I am again with another of Deedee's digis, I'm having a lot of fun this GD month.  My card today is another one of the Snowman tags I used from the Snowman tag kit, but I decided to do an "over the top card" it includes the sentiment from the kit, with a little addition from me.

I used DP paper from Delicious Scraps, the large snowflake was printed on A4 card, using a glitter style effect from ADB Winter Frost Glitter styles in PS, then cut using a file from Birds Cards,  I also added lots and lots of glitter with Glamour Dust.




26 October 2014


Hi Everyone, due to the talented Marie - Greece being hostess of the Addicted to CAS challenge this month, I decided to show her that I can VERY occasionally do a little CAS LOL.  Whether this will be allowed I'm not sure, but here goes.  It's a lampshade cut from a file I found on the web years ago, so sorry I do not have who it is designed by.  The tree die was a freebie in a magazine either last year or the year before.  VERY simple, cut the shade and trees out of vellum, stuck the trees on the shade and glittered them. - Simples!

24 October 2014

DSC # 111 Steampunk

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 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 


sponsored by  Lunagirl

Hi Everyone, our challenge this week is completely out of my comfort zone, so much so that I had to find out what "Steampunk" meant, yes of course I have seen it around and greatly admired what had been achieved,  I didn't understand it, but that is what a challenge is isn't it? 

Anyhow, this is my offering and I have to apologise for my efforts. I did what I think it means. Science fiction with Victorian tendencies.  I think!  Perhaps someone could correct me, if I am wrong.

I have used Luna girl steam punk numbers 1,2,3,8,9,10,11, and Stitchy bear sailship and paper numbers 1,2,3,4.  

I placed the images into the surreal world of Steampunk, imagining that the ship was going up into the new world through the frame, which is a PS Brush by Elbereth-de-Lioncourt and the man was asking the lady with the bike to fly off with him, he already is halfway there with the flight! shapes on his feet.  The clock represents time she doesn't have to go with him.  The balloon leaflet is hanging from the frame, again in the surreal world.  I used a few PS masks, blending options, overlays etc, I won't bore you with the the how to's.  I may go back to this and play more when I have time, I think there is so much more than could be done. I'll blog it when I do.

This was hard work, but when I got into it I quite liked the surreal world, where imagination can be set free outside the norm.

23 October 2014

This is a whopper of a plug!

Hi Everyone, I have enjoyed the free Dearie Dolls images so kindly given by Mary Ellen Smith on her blog Here for a few years.

Because of her kindness I felt it my duty to do a whopper of a plug for her book about a little pig who is frightened by Halloween.

This is the link to Amazon where it is available.


I hope you don't mind me doing this, after all it's the only way I can thank her for all the images I have had.

Thank you Mary 

22 October 2014

Christmas card

Hi Everyone. Here I am with my GDT post for Deedee's Digis with, would you believe it, a Christmas card, now that is something I don't usually do this early LOL.  I thought this magnificent Stag / Moose coming out of the forest looked so peaceful, it had to be the Peace on Earth sentiment included on the Winter Woods kit.

I printed and cut out the stag and background and printed his head and antlers again, which I cut out and 3D layered on the background layer, I added lots of glitter - of course.

I cut a 3D frame & box card on my Cricut with a file from Shirley's cards, I think it suited the image coming out of the woods.  I cut some snowflakes and added bling to the centre and a bow to one of them.   The sentiment colour was matched to the image and I embossed it in PS, the DP by A Heimann in 2012 was also matched from it's original colour to the image. I cut the included box and added the DP and a snowflake, plus a label for the addressee. I forgot to take a photo of the card in the box with the ribbon around it duh!

21 October 2014

Black and Orange

Hi Everyone, as GD I saw that I could use another of Deedee's images, however, I have done a bit of playing in PS and have achieved something I haven't done before, nothing new on that front LOL.

I used the original image, clipped to a circle, added a layer mask to show the cat only, and a graphic pen filter, this way I left the original layer whole, but made the rest into a, shall I call it a "line drawing?"  I have to say this was all in "playing" I didn't know what I would come up with and something I hadn't done before, but I love the effect.

I then had to do something with it, I searched my files and came across one I hadn't used before, not unusal, as I have more than I should have!  The cutting file is by Krewella Kreations here. The paper is also from KK. I changed the colour in PS to match the card. I changed the sentiment from the file too, as I found this freebie (no longer available) by When the Scrap Hits the Fun blog, and liked it,  after cutting out I added 3D gloss to the nose and eyes of the cat and paw pads then added ribbon.

http://www.fairytalestamper.blogspot.de/2014/10/challenge-46.html Something New - 1. new use of PS filters. 2. Digi is new 3. Haven't used the cut file before, so I suppose that is new too.

20 October 2014


Hi Everyone another GD card for Deedee's - subject Party Celebration for the challenge going on at the Outlawz.

I used the same sketch as Here love how they look so different. The DTs and image are all from the Fun and Festive kit at Deedee's Digis, it's a FREEBIE, go to the Try It section and download. The kit also has outline images so you could change the colours of the cake.

17 October 2014

DSC # 110 Your Hero

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Your Hero

sponsored by  Bugaboo Digi Stamps

My Hero, of course it is my Mum, a stylish, elegant, lovely lady who worked hard throughout her life, she was still working in her early 70's.  A fit, beautiful woman, who lived through hardship and still maintained her lovely smile.  

Due to what I call negligence, after a knee replacement, she had to have an amputation above the knee when she was 83.  The hours after the operation, one of my brother's and I entered her room imagining she would be very ill, in fact we didn't think she would survive the operation, but, we should have known better, with the temerity of this remarkable woman, she asked us "What have I missed today?".

Within 24 hours she was travelling around the ward in a wheelchair and never looked back.  She didn't take to a prosthetic limb so lived the next 8 years doing everything in her "little flat" (as she called it) in her wheelchair, on her own. She had carers come in, but they only went there for a chat as she had already done what they were supposed to do.  I was working full time and did what I could but, she insisted that I had enough to do than look after her!  She loved going out in the car each Sunday when she would tell hubby - "follow your nose" when asked where she would like to go. It didn't matter where, she just loved the countryside and the sea.

There is one story I have to recount, which I think shows how she loved to be centre of attention too.

 When she was 89, she told everyone she was 90 - just in case she didn't reach 90!  as she wanted to have a celebration, she certainly did, with at least a hundred cards, she was thrilled and couldn't stop smiling. One of her friends said to me "she doesn't look 90 does she?" I had to agree, what else could I do?  I didn't lie though, as she certainly didn't look 90! We, the family, had to laugh though.  

When her real 90th birthday came around, my youngest brother planned her 90th birthday celebration, which took place at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, (NATO have been there recently) he arranged surprises all night, with over 100 family and friends invited from all over the UK and family from the USA, a Welsh Male Voice Choir from her home village singing for her, amongst other things, and fireworks  to finish the most memorable evening.  The evening is still talked about within the extended and close family.

She saw her 90th birthday and her 91st.  The Minister at her funeral also regaled the story of her twice over 90th birthday, which had people nodding and smiling in recognition, this was my MUM.

After sending the layout to the family, one of her granddaughters sent this reply which I thought I had to add.
"I miss her so desperately, and as I get older I miss her even more !  She was such a "Force" in my life, and maybe, some of her style did rub off on me ! haha
One thing Nana did,  which we all took for granted, was that she loved her children and family so much, it was at an exclusion of everybody else, we WERE HER LIFE !  A very selfless act, that we all took for granted, as she was always there for us, and especially for me!"

15 October 2014

Baby Boy

Hi Everyone, my 3rd offering for Deedee's Digis is this baby card for my son's Community Psychiatric Nurse, who has just had a baby boy, well his wife has LOL.

I printed the image on printable acetate, so it hopefully looks like the stork is flying to the house, I then coloured the image from behind with marker pens to make it a stronger colour for the acetate.  The house is made from the blue paper from the same kit "Special Delivery" (it also has pink for a girl and different skin tones for the baby).

The house was prepared in PS, by adding the door and windows on top of the main background. I printed out another layer for the door. I added the included sentiment to the corner of the card.  The inside was also done in PS with the another sentiment included in the kit and of course the smashing stork again.

The roof is a cut file, so is the flower border to which I added red Stickles.

I know I use PS. but I'm sure this can be done in any program including Word, by you clever people but, which would baffle me LOL.

Inside - Baby delivered and hanging on door knob LOL

roof border by  Heather M 
flower border by SheryKDesigns

14 October 2014

Gardener card

Hi Everyone, my offering to you today is a card I was asked to make for a friend's Dad.  I was asked to make a "funny garden card and he is a Scarlets supporter" the Scarlets are the Llanelli Rugby Team.  I incorporated their logo on the T shirt. I added the Leek in the corner as it is the emblem of Wales.

The layout was a case of this card, that I thought lovely. I added a gradient to the sentiment and shaped the logo across his big tum! I have to say I love the digi kit, it is so bright and cheery. I coloured Gus in PS, I think I may be getting the jist of it now LOL. The sentiment circle, leek and Gus are 3D layered.

This is the inside, I collected the veg images and placed them into the box included in the kit the sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Image Dr Digi - Gardening Gus
DP's from Pixel Scrapper by Marisa Lerin and Melo Vrijhof from the kit The Veggie Patch

http://fitztownchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/ch-57-AG.html  Anything Goes using digital elements - Yep!

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/lawnscaping-challenge-patterned-paper.html  Patterned paper - Yep!

http://stampsfun-creativity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sfc-220.html  Something for a boy or Man - Yep!

Just a couple of photos of the amazing sunset we had on 12th October at 5.45pm, they are untouched photos, these were the actual colours of the sky.

13 October 2014

Snowman Tag

Hi Everyone, another Deedee image, isn't he the cutest little snowman.  This and the sentiment are from the Snowman Tags kit. I didn't use the ready coloured version on this I coloured him in PS to match the DP I used, printed and added Glamour Dust. I added the DP to each side of the bottom part and the top of the box.

The sides of the box

Top of the box
Snowman by Deedee's Digis
Cut file from Lettering Delights - Holiday box
The DP is by Ziggle Designs

12 October 2014

Teddy bear

Hi Everyone, a little hurried post today.

Another GDT post and fab image from Deedee's digis.  Teddy's corner, isn't he cute? I printed out the image and another nose layer, cut around the shape, I copied the shape into my cut program on the Cricut and made different size layers of the same shape. Then embossed with the Die'sire Button Box folder on the white layers, added glitter, well I have to don't I? I also added 3D gloss to his eyes and layered nose, tied the blue ribbon, added a couple of buttons et voilà! done.

http://paperprettiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/paper-pretties-weekly-challenge-pwc331.html  Clean and simple - Yep!

10 October 2014

DSC # 109 Sports

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 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 


sponsored by  Stitchy Bear

I made this with most of the DP's and the image kindly supplied by Stitchy Bear for the DT to use.  I think this image is just amazing and such fun.  I kept it quite simple so the image was centre stage.  Hope you like it.
The image is Trophy Bowler 3, the DP's are pbd king of couch.

08 October 2014

Pumpkin mouse

Hi Everyone, my second offering as October GD for Deedees Digis is from the October Digi of the Month, (you receive a freebie if you enter the monthly challenge) this is another great kit.  I decided as my it is my SIL's birthday I would make her a card with one of the the images. (if you have started reading this Anne, log out now! LOL)

Anyhow, I used the mouse on the pumpkin, there are super sentiments in the kit, so chose the "thinking of you" as we live a few hundred miles from each other, it's what I do on her birthday, as well as phoning of course.

I always take HOURS over my cards, and that is just deciding what to do and what to include. I look through my files usually putting a "search" through them with some sort of word, I go mad sometimes and just search with a number, it's surprising what comes up LOL. On this occasion a calender tag came up amongst other things, a gem of an idea sprang up and so this card was born.

Colouring in Photoshop then adding overlays, shadows and highlights. I fussy cut it all out and layered as you can see in the close up. I hope SIL appreciates the amount of work I did for her, I know she will, as she and I are still learning PS and talk about card making a lot.

Image Deedee's Digis
Overlays by TA Miller, Marisa Lerin, Sheila Reid
DP plain papers, Calender tag, and marker on calender by Creative Bloom Designs
SVG file Bubble border by Heather M

06 October 2014


Hi Everyone hope your Monday has been sunny and great, we had to go out today and while waiting for our Son, we walked around the Swansea Marina, the sun was shining and warm and it felt like we were on holiday aaaaaahhhhhh!

Now to today's offering, I followed the The Stamping Boutique FB October sketch and went back to some DP's I had years ago. I have decided to revisit old items and use them.  I printed and cut all Dp's and image frame to add to the card and decided to have a 3 fold ribbon, I'm so glad I did I really like it. AND some lovely Glamour dust.

Sorry for the wonky photo.

Digi stamp is Watering Girl by The Stamping Boutique
DP's are Sassy Girl by Bette Duganitz
Sentiment Create with TLC
Ribbon Papermania

I have entered the TSB challenge on Facebook.

http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/girly-challenge.html  Girly - Yep!

http://lauralcraft.weebly.com/dragonfly-dreams-challenge  Mainly pink - Yep!

04 October 2014

World Card Making Day

Hi Everyone, it's World Card Making Day and as I am GD on Deedee's Digi Stamps, I decided to use her image to celebrate.  I used the ready coloured image from Turtleriffic Day.  I've used it a few times, but it always makes me smile each time I use it. 

A change for me I used a cut file, this time from Birds Cards and made an easel card, I think, only the second one I have made. I fussy cut the image and layered his body and mouth, I had terrible trouble getting a photo as it was 9.45pm when I finished it.  Which is just as well as I can now send it to my Goddaughter for her birthday next week. I decided to off layer so to speak the bottom and top to more interest.  I cut the sentiment out and "shadowed it". The inside sentiment comes with the digi set and it so cute.  Considering I had to do it in a rush and it has been a very busy day, I am quite pleased with the result, I may even do another one like it LOL.

DP Designs by Sheila
Plaid template by Kathryn Estry


http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/week-40-anything-but-square.html  Anything but square - Yep!

http://www.blogquickquotes.com/2014/10/friday-challenge-44.html  Circles and stripes - Yep!

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/challenge-77.html  Anything Goes - Yep!

03 October 2014

DSC # 108

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Lots of Flowers

sponsored by  Lacy Sunshine

My DT choice of image today is "Bella Petal Nifty Britches" the challenge "lots of flowers" I think I have covered that brief LOL. She is certainly surrounded by flowers. I'm trying hard with colouring hair digitally, but not succeeding very well, but better than if I had other ways, I've tried and it's worse :( Love this image though, so will have to have a practice hair colouring day.

DP and elements are from a from a digi kit by Aimee Asher
banner is from Allison Kimball

Here she is printed, but couldn't get a good photo sorry.

01 October 2014

Candle and card

Hello Everyone, I am thrilled to announce - yep! announce :) that I am a Guest Designer at Deedee's Digis for the month of October Yipeeeeeeee!

Here is my first offering. The firefly and mason jar are from the brill "dagoodyjars" kit at Deedee's, lots to choose from in the kit, but I went simple and did a thank you card and candle. I was thrilled with the candle, as I had only made a trial one before this and that was last year. I was amazed it was so clear. I coloured all in Photoshop. Embossing folder is a freebie from a magazine.


http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-38.html  Anything Goes - Yep!

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/ttcrd-challenge-september-30-october-6.html  Anything Goes - Yep!

http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/2014/09/pinspirational-challenge-125.html  Any kind of project - Yep!