Monday, 31 August 2015

Dream Valley DT Challenge #114 Back to School

Good morning! As you read this I will be on my hols in Northumberland. I hope my scheduling has worked!

At Dream Valley we have a topical theme: Back to School.

Our sponsor is the fabulous The Paper Shelter


This adorable image is Back to School!


While reorganising my craft hovel I came across some unnamed papers, and some School stickers, also unnamed. I put the stickers onto white cardstock to strengthen them before cutting them out. The corners are cut with a Whimsy Shapeology Trio of Corners die and lightly Stickled.

Go and see the fun creations my teamies have made, and join in the Challenge!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

My Time to Craft Challenge Flowers

Hi, guys! I hope you're all well!

We have a lovely Challenge at My Time to Craft - Flowers. We would like to see one or several flowers as your focal point (ie not just on the background paper!)

I used a lovely image from Clearly Besotted Stamps it is from the Fresh Flowers set.


I white-embossed the flower on watercolour paper and used Distress Inks to colour it. The sentiment is silver embossed. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles die to cut it out, then layered onto pink and silver cardstock.

The technique is one I learned at Online Card Classes 'Watercolor for cardmakers' class.

Thanks for looking!

love mags B x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

CRAFT Challenge #326 Back to School

Hi, guys! This is a scheduled post as I am on holiday in Northumberland (I hope it isn't raining!)

Our Challenge this week is Back to School

Our sponsors are:

Sami Stamps


and WagsnWhiskers


I used this cute 'Bedtime Story' image from Wags n Whiskers.


The papers are snippets from my stash and the letter stickers are from an old sheet that I've had for years! The flowers are wild Orchid Crafts and I used a Martha Stewart doily border punch to make the rows of paper lace.

Thanks for looking1

love Mags B x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

CRAFT Challenge #325 Fantasy

Good morning! Thursday means it's CRAFT Challenge time, and our new theme is Fantasy, my Precioussss.

Our great sponsors are:

Doctor Digi's House of Stamps


and The Stamping Boutique


I used BBQ Dragon, a fun image from Doctor Digi.


The papers are from stash, and so is the ribbon. The buttons are from my button tin, The sentiment is from Altenew's Label Love stamp set.

My teamies have made som fantastic creations, hop onto your unicorn and trot over to the blog to be inspired!

Have a great day - today I shall mostly be watching the cricket!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 17 August 2015

Dream Valley DT #113 - Use a Charm

Good morning! For the first time in days we have blue skies and sunshine, and everyone seems to be smiling!

We have a great Challenge at Dream Valley this fortnight, and it's to add a Charm to your creation.

Our sponsor is the wonderful Diane at Di's Digi Stamps she draws the most adorable images!

I have quite a few of her images already, and used the cute 'Hedgehog Blossom' to make an Anniversary card:


I apologise for the faded photo, the colours are brighter irl!

I used Promarkers to colour the Hedgies, and gold glamour dust for the centre of the flower: I chose purples to resemble a Michaelmas Daisy. The papers are a freebie (again!) and they are 'Rose Garden' by Marianne Designs. I used some lace from The Ribbon Girl and a length of purple thread over it. The charm was a RAK from my daughter.

I added a Memory Box Breezy Wreath and some butterflies punched with a Martha Stewart punch and then glittered.

Go and see the charming creations made by my teamies: my card isn't there, because I forgot to upload it until too late. How embarrassing!!!

Have a great week, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

My Time to Craft DT #302 Easel card

Hi, guys! I hope you're all having a good weekend!

At My Time to Craft this fortnight we would like to see Easel Cards. Here is a link to Christina Griffith's instructions on how to make one, and also some variations. She also has a video.

I made a 'twisted' or 'skewed' easel - they look very impressive but they are actually quite easy!


I used a Sarah Kay image from Stampavie - sadly, the firm has closed down, because of what Bev Rochester calls 'epic piracy. So sad.

I coloured her with Copics and added Glossy Accents to her watering can. The image is die cut with a My Favorite Things Die-namics stitched oval die, and I distressed the edges with Broken China. The 'Thanks' die-cut is by Clearly Besotted and I added Glamour Dust for sparkle. The papers are First Edition Floral Pavilion.

The stopper is a LotV sentiment, raised on foam pads. I added 2 tiny crystal butterflies and some gems from stash.

Do have a go, especially if you haven't made an Easel Card before. Go and see what great work my teamies have done if you need inspiration!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 13 August 2015

CRAFT Challenge DT #324 Christmas Animals - and a warning about a phone scam.

This morning I got a phone call from a man claiming to be D C Morris of Paddington Green Police Station, saying someone had cloned my credit card. Luckily, I knew that this is a SCAM designed to trick me into revealing my bank details. If you get one of these calls, use another phone to call 101 and report it to the real police!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programmes!

Our CRAFT Challenge is Christmas Animals. We have some great sponsors:

1: Bugaboo Stamps


2: Lacy Sunshine


I used Bugaboo Stamp's Merry Christmas to Ewe isn't he adorable?


I made a Shaker card, using fun foam rather than just foam tape to give the dimension. The sequins and paper are from stash, and the sentiment came with the image.

Trot over to our Challenge blog to see the fun cards my teamies have made and be inspired!

Thanks for looking!

Baaa-bye for now!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 6 August 2015

CRAFT Challenge #323 Recipe

Good morning! Our CRAFT Challenge this week is a recipe:


Our sponsor is Sunflowerfield


I made a circular Christmas card, and the image is on a square mat (those are the 1 image and 2 shapes part of the recipe):


My 3 papers are MME 'Snowed In' which were a magazine freebie, they were pieced together and I used a Spellbinders Grand Circles die to cut the shape. The four gems are from stash.

On the inside I added a pocket and a tea bag is doing stunt duty for a sachet of mulled wine spices, this is going to accompany a bottle of red wine for a Christmas present this year:


Go and see my teamies' interpretations of the recipe, then have a go!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Dream Valley DT Challenge #112 Stripes and/or Checks

I apologise for the delay in posting the new Dream Valley Challenge I have had computer problems, but hopefully it's all fixed now!

We would like to see Stripes or Checks on your creations this time - or even both! Our sponsor is Doctor Digi's House of Stamps


I used Summer Holiday isn't it fun?


The striped paper is from stash, and the check is by LotV. The sentiment tags are also LotV and I added stickers from Paperchase to look like brads. The twine is from The Ribbon Girl and the buttons from my Button Tin.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x