26 September 2018

The Great Outdoors

Hi Everyone my DT post today is for

Another SUPER challenge, with so many possibilities. Luckily I had some magazine freebies recently that fitted the bill, so I stamped yep! real stamping with  my platform. not too difficult, but here it is. I have to admit to casing one of the cards on the pack of stamps and dies. The hardest part was what to use.

reindeer stamp, tree stamps, dies and background paper, label image -
  Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue 182
embossing on snowflakes - WOW embossing powder
brown card - Dovecraft textured
rectangle dies -  Tonic
oval dies - Tonic
ribbon - Dovecraft
white pen - Uniball

25 September 2018

Autumn Girl

Hi Everyone, my last DT card for TTCRD after a fabulous 6 months, I learnt to do a few things that I wouldn't have, so I am grateful to Cara and Sandra for their help and to the SUPER talented Team.
Through The Craft Room Door challenge
Our Sponsor for this challenge is
 Twinkle Lane Designs
Twinkle Lane Designs was started in 2015 - created by Suzanne Porter BA (Hons) Graduate in Fashion Enterprise. I have always been creative, I love all types of crafts, sewing, papercraft, drawing. As an avid cardmaker I created Twinkle Lane so I could make unique characters and papers to make wonderful cards.

The Prize is 2 digi's and 2 Patterned Papers

 Autumn Clip Art Girl 
with sentiments
image and sentiment - Twinkle Lane Designs
coloured in Photoshop CS6
with umbrella and skirt 3D'd
background paper - Just So Scrappy
coloured leaves paper - Just So Scrappy leaves - my design 
corner leaves die -  unknown
coloured with Spectrum Noir markers

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2018/09/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper.html Patterned paper - Yep!

https://digichoosday.blogspot.com/2018/09/wk-39-anything-goes-challenge-digi.html ATG - Yep!

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com/2018/09/218-autumn-colours.html Autumn Colours - Yep!

https://cutencraftychallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/challenge-10-fall-halloween.html Fall colours - Yep!

http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/challenge-80-autumn-fall-colours.html Autumn/Fall colours - Yep!

20 September 2018

Hay! Scarecrow

Hi Everyone, a break in work and sorting, still a lot to do UGH! with just a couple of weeks left to clear it and hubby's eyes still not good, in fact a visit to A&E to check if all OK.

I'll try and catch up with you all when all the "panic" is over.

I hope you are all dry and not affected by the awful weather which has been happening both sides of the pond.

Anyhow, enough of that here is my card for the Outlawz  Progressive Challenge.

image - Ms. Scarecrow with Squirrels by Createful Heart Design.
coloured in Photoshop CS
paper pieced and background papers - Dreams Forever Designs
on a photo background I took last year, a wonderful hayfield
hence the sentiment!
wheat stalks - Pixelscrapper
circle die - Tonic 
gold mirror card - The Range
twine - stash

14 September 2018

New kitchen! plus more.

Hi Everyone, this is long but hopefully interesting?

You must be wondering where I am and why I haven't visited, well the reason is we are having a new kitchen in mid October and due to new electrical work we have to empty our very full loft - UGH! It contains a lot of our last 2 houses and my Mothers "stuff". as as we downsized, it all went into the loft.  SO! I decided that everything must be sorted and the loft emptied for good. It will mean my son will have little to do after our days, - well gotta be prepared.

I also have hubby off sick! he had his eyes operated on this week so that his tear ducts work again. Lots of pain and swelling around his eyes, and as this is the second time he has had it done they had to play with the scarring from last time and the internal stitching. So with everything going on he opts out of helping! poor man. He does have a valid excuse.

On to the kitchen which is 25 years old, a few of the cupboards are definitely showing their age. It's a small room with no option to enlarge it, due to the design of the bungalow.  BUT it works. I LOVE my floor, but it's going and a new one down.

Due to this upheaval and the sorting I'm going to be absent most of the time. I am overloaded to sort it out in a few weeks, and hope to be back soon. I still have a few DT work that I am trying to keep up with and I am duty bound to do that, I believe.

So far I have found my son's terry napkins (diapers) and towels we used for him, he's 42,  also my wedding dress and veil screwed up in a carrier bag - NO I can't fit into it. And that will go back into the loft! :( Also some pillowcases that were engagement presents and were still in their original boxes after 55 years, now after being washed, they are beautiful and I am going to use them at last.

 I wonder if pillowcases are given as presents these days?

 I have also found books from the 1930's and other books which are still good enough to go to the charity shops, you can see some of the photos below. Also thousands of slides/transparencies and photos, which are the biggest challenge to sort. My son wants to know if I have had news that hubby and I are departing this world, as that's what it seems like, it is a true house clearance.

That is my excuse for not visiting, but hope it won't be too long when I am back with fresh ideas and an empty house. - I hope!

Why do we hoard stuff we don't use? 
AH! but the memories are wonderful - 
most of the time.

These were amongst the first load of boxes that will be staying with me.
I hope you won't be bored?
this is how a painting was/is wrapped, you can see little bits of the crumbling paper
watercolour painting by my Grandfather in 1894, he would have been 24
sadly the paper is so fragile, it's breaking into bits.
This is his signature, showing he copied it.

 Now a few books, that I'm fascinated by. The Chums book is a wonderful book.
it is dated an Annual 1935 / 1936
These are a few of the pages of this VERY dated, even in language, boys book.

  1. The left book is one belonging to my Mother, I used this a lot when younger, a few of the things in it are crafts forgotten - perhaps?
  2. The middle book is about learning music - as it says, it's really good
  3. Then the Chums book showing it's disrepair 

12 September 2018


Hi Everyone, my DT post today is for

Great subject and endless possibilities, but my mind is not on creativeness at the moment, (all will be revealed in a few days.) 

I looked for geometric images and papers in my files and found this wonderfully coloured paper. A bit of dry embossing, some twine and the card was done. I then decided to add a gold glitter pen to the white lines and I'm so glad I did, I think it gave it "something". 

I hope you will join us for the challenge, the Team have got their minds in gear and created some wonderful masculine inspiration for you.

EF - Cuttlebug birthday folder
dp - Janet Scott at Pixelscrapper
pen - Uniball gold glitter pen
twine / button - stash

11 September 2018

Christmas Holy Family

Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for
Through The Craft Room Door challenge
Team: B

"Hi there! I've doodled since I can remember (on table cloths, street guides, text books, walls and finally, for my parent's relief, sketchbooks). What I love the most is to create adorable characters for both adults and children and bring them to life. That's why I became an animator and illustrator.
I decided to create a shop to free all the characters that were trapped in my sketchbooks, unfinished. So I took them, refurbished and sparkling, and share them to the world. They are ready to be adopted and willing to be part of your crafts.
All my illustratons are 100 % handmade by me, scanned from my sketchbooks and finished in Photoshop with my beloved Wacom Cintiq.
I hope you like what you see and come back soon.
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Prize: 3 digital images -
 Christmas Holy Family - M Medel illustrations
Star frame - Shirley Young  also here
cut with Silhouette Cameo
background dp & journal tag - Fancy bird Designs
embossing glitter - WOW
glitter glue - Dovecraft

06 September 2018


Hi Everyone, here is a DT card I should have posted on the 1st, OOOpps  did a booboo and forgot, anyhow here is the card posted for
It's an open challenge why not have a try, I hope to see you there.

I used "Alyce with Skull"
you can find the image HERE 

I coloured the image in Photoshop CS6
background digital stamp - Brandi Sutherland
corner dies - Tattered Lace
pieces from die scattered on image
I felt that the sentiment fitted the image, I had it from the web.

here is a closeup of the fab image

04 September 2018

Roses all the way!

Hi Everyone, here's a card I have a tutorial for, in the new Through The Craftroom Door Magazine. It's online NOW!

If you're not a member the email address is after the information below. There is a taster of the magazine on the right.

The September-October issue of Through the Craft Room door is now available in the Subscribers Only area of the Website with over a dozen tutorials and articles which include stamping on walls, what can you emboss, a way to use up scrap papers and a fun tool review to name a few! 
Our theme this month is Beverages, Brothers & Fruit and of course we also have a great number of Christmas cards/projects to share as well!
Suzanne Porter of Twinkle Lane Designs is not only a regular Sponsor for Through the Craft Room Door, she is also our amazing Featured Digi Artist this issue and our Special Challenge on the Website is Shake cards! Come check out the great inspiration from the Design team and play along! 
If you are not a current subscriber and interested in subscribing, fee is $18.00 for first time subscribers. This gives you access to current and 24 months of back issues. Renewing fee after the first year is $12.00 with discount refunded once payment is confirmed. To sign up, just click on the Magazine Subscription tab up above or if you have questions, please contact Cara at TTCRDMag1@gmail.com.

SO many colour options with this. 

03 September 2018

Well Done

Hi Everyone, a couple of cards today for a GNiece and GNephew who have done well in their exams. I have been slow to get these to them, due to life! When I eventually got to them, I dillied and dallied with the design and papers, but got there in the end.

I'm sort of happy with them, but the words could have been a little higher and I turned the sketch and one of the cards a different way, as I stuck the centre on wrong! It was very difficult to take the photos in the bright sunshine due to the mirror card. Oh! dear! Their in the post, and the 2 did well, that's what matters most of all.
sketch - Outlawz Sketch Challenge
paper - Craft Sensations - The Range
mirror card - Hunkydory
all cut on the Silhouette Cameo