Thursday, 20 July 2017

CRAFT Challenge #425 Christmas

When you read this I will be on the way to Dublin to celebrate my grandson's first birthday! I hope I get the scheduling right!

It's time for our regular Christmas theme at CRAFT Challenge.
I have used an adorable pre-coloured Elf by Melonheadz from the Christmas Bobbleheadz Clip Art set.


I used papers from 'Pink Christmas' which is an old Papermania pad. The holly die-cuts are made with a Marianne Holly Branches die and the glitter snowflakes are from the old Frosty Border die by Memory Box. I added red stickles for the holly berries.

The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts sentiment set, and is gold-embossed. The ribbon is from stash. I added stickles to the Elf's hat and Glossy Accents to his boots.

Our sponsor is Melonheadz

Thanks for looking, and enjoy your weekend!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

My Time to Craft #350 In the Garden.

Hiya! I hope your weekend is going well! Maybe you're enjoying a relaxing time In the Garden which would be a wonderful coincidence as that is our new theme at My Time to Craft!

I am not a gardener, my awesome super-power is to kill plants, sadly, but I do like sitting out with a g'n't admiring the flowers that my hubby tends so succesfully! And I like colouring in images of flowers and of garden creatures!


This image is an old stamp by Lili of the Valley and is sadly unavailable. The papers are from stash and the ribbon was a RAK from my daughter.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

CRAFT Challenge #424 Thank you (Teacher)

(To see my post for The Holly and Ivy Challenge, please scroll down.)

Good morning! I hope you're all keeping well! At CRAFT Challenge this week we would like to see Thank you creations, with the option of making something for a teacher, since it's nearly the end of term!

I made my card some time ago, and it has already been posted, so I hope I can remember the details!!


The image is Just to Say Freebie from Scrappers' Delights. The papers are from stash and the corner stickers are from Paperchase. The 'Thanks' is cut with a very old MFT Die-namics die, from purple holographic card, and the 'teacher' label is handwritten.

Our sponsor is Scrap N Dipity who are new to me - have a look!


The prize is 3 digis from the shop!

Have a look at my teamies' gorgeous creations to get an idea of Scrap N Dipity's quirky style!

Thanks for looking, now I'm off to play a bit more of my new videogame: I have a Wraith to hunt so that a small child will no longer have nightmares! Then I have some ironing to do.....

love Mags B x


The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #10 Always Anything Goes

I'm sorry this post is late, I thought I had scheduled it! I have been playing a new videogame and forgot to check! Ooops!

There's a new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.


This cool dude is Cool Claud by High Hopes Stamps. I added Glossy Accents to his shades and Icicle Stickles to the snow. The paper is an old one from Papermania.

Do join in our Challenge, it's never too soon to start your Christmas cards!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

CRAFT Challenge #423 Sketch

Good morning! It's Thursday! That means two exciting things: it's nearly the weekend AND there's a new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge!

This week we have a fabulous Sketch created by our lovely and talented Aunty Sue.


So versatile!

I made a birthday card for a bloke.


The fun image is Frog on a Log from sponsor DRS Designs. I coloured him with Copics and added Glossy Accents to his eyes. I cut him out with a Die-namics Zig-zag Stitched Circle die, then distressed the edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. The butterfly sticker is from stash.

The papers are all from the Snippets Drawer and the ancient paper raffia ribbon is from stash as are the star stickers. The silver-embossed sentiment is from an old Hero Arts Messages set.

Go and see the gorgeous creations my teamies have made using the sketch, and join in!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A Thank you card.

Hi, guys! I spent a wonderful weekend in Oxford staying with a schoolfriend recently, and made this card for her.


I used an old wooden stamp by Funstamps, which I gold-embossed and coloured with Copics - carefully, because alcohol ink can affect embossing. I layered it on pearlescent blue card and foam-mounted it. The paper is from the 'Soleil' pad by Basic Grey.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you're all having a good week.

love Mags B x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

My Time to Craft! #349 Christmas in July.

Good morning, all! I hope you're looking forward to a great weekend!

Q: What did Big Ben say to the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

A: I've got the time if you've got the inclination!

(From Timekeepers by Simon Garfield.)

Our new Challenge at My Time to Craft is Christmas in July. Yes, another Christmas card - I've been making quite a few recently, and it's always satisfying to see the pile of Christmas cards growing taller!

Recently I have been going through my older stamps and came across some cuties from the much-missed Whiff of Joy.


This is one of the adorable Gnome stamps by Norma Fickel, it's Wee with Christmas Tree. I added Glossy Accents to the star and Xmas red stickles to the baubles. I cut out the image with a Spellbinders Labels Fourteen die and before removing the edges I distressed the edge with Tea Die Distress Ink. The snowflakes were cut from silver glitter card with another Spellbinders die which is positively ancient!!

The papers are from an old Papermania pack and the ribbon is from stash. The silver-embossed sentiment is from Lil' Inkers' All the Christmas You'll Ever Need stamp set.

I've had a lovely trip down memory lane while sorting through my stamps, I'm determined to use them more often! My stash diet has been going quite well, though I have recently re-stocked on card bases and envelopes. We are saving for a Special Holiday next year for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary, it's always better to have a specific purpose in mind while saving, I think!!!

Go and see my teamies' creations, and get your Christmas on! There's only 6 months to go! *ducks*

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 29 June 2017

CRAFT Challenge #422 Add Ribbon and Sparkle

Good morning! I hope you are all having a good week. After several days of very hot and sunny weather we have suddenly got cold breezes and drizzle. Flaming June, eh? I just hope next week will be fine, as we have our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Toddler Group that I help to run, and it's so much nicer to have it in the Church grounds rather than the hall!

In the meantime, we have a new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge which is to Add Ribbon and Sparkle.


When I saw this gorgeous Festive Flamingo I knew I had to make her into a Christmas card for a lovely friend who does Ice Dancing - yes, the same sport as Torvill and Dean! (And if you're too young to remember their amazing record-breaking Olympic win dancing to Ravel's 'Bolero' here is a youtube link. Awesome!

Anyway, I coloured the Flamingo with Promarkers. Her hat is glittered with gold Glamour Dust and there is Glossy Accents on her blades and the string of lights around her neck (though they don't show well in the photo. Where's David Bailey when you need him to photograph your card, eh?)

The paper is from an ancient Papermania pad called 'Pink Christmas.' The pink ribbon is from stash. The gold-embossed sentiment is by Paper Smooches' Christmas Sampler - so useful! The gems are from stash. I also used a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the corners.

Our fab sponsor this week is Digital Delights - seriously, if you haven't come across them before, do go and look at the delightful digis on the site! Or join the Challenge, and you might win some digis!


Do skate over to the Challenge Blog and take a look at the gorgeous sparkly inspiration that my teamies have made for you!

Then maybe look at Torvill and Dean on Youtube: they were absolutely magical!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #9

Hiya! We have a new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge! As usual, it's Anything Goes!

I found some old papers from Nitwits' Homespun Holiday Collection which came pre-printed with a magazine some years ago. I have been watching videos on Youtube on using up 6x6 paper pads and was inspired by Jess Crafts to have a go.


Very simple, quick cards, using paper, a trimmer and glue! All I added was glitter on Santa's fur hat and Glossy Accents on the Snowman's nose. Then I made two more:


I'll be adding to these until the papers are used up, then give them to my Church to sell.

I think sometimes it's good to make sets of simple cards, I feel very accomplished when I've made a nice stack of them! Also, I highly recommend Jess Crafts on Youtube - very inspiring!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x


Monday, 26 June 2017

Dream Valley Challenges #159 Bling, Lace and Ribbon

Hiya! I hope you're all keeping well. I had a great weekend in Oxford at a school reunion, which was so much fun! There were a lot of middle-aged ladies giggling like schoolgirls! And also wine - which I must reassure you was not available when I was actually a pupil! (What the teachers got up to I'm not qualified to say!!!)

Now it's time for another Challenge at Dream Valley and our theme is Bling, Lace and Ribbon.

I used a gorgeous freebie, Lady's Shoe from Sponsor Beccy's Place.


I cut out the shoe and added it with foam pads to a mat cut with a Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die. The lace and ribbon are from The Ribbon Girl. The pearls and the pearl-and-gem heart are from stash. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I covered them with gold Glamour Dust. The chipboard sentiment is from Noor Design and came in one of their gorgeous kits.

I had a lot of fun with this card! My teamies have made some gorgeous inspiration for you, do have a look!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

CRAFT Challenge #421 Animals

Good morning, all! I hope you're all well - it's not long until the weekend, hurrah!

Since it's Thursday we have a new theme at CRAFT Challenge and this time it's Animals.

I have made a birthday card especially for a very sweet lad who comes to the Toddler Club that I help at, he will be 2 next month. (Already! I remember when he was a tiny baby!!)


The cute image is Birthday Monkey from our sponsor All Dressed Up Stamps. Like every one of Wendy's stamps, this is adorable!

I used a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles die to cut the mat behind the image. The papers are snippets from my scraps drawer. The number 2 came from a magazine freebie, and I heat-embossed it in silver. The Lawn Fawn sentiment is also heat-embossed in silver.

Have a look at my teamies' creations, they have done a wonderful job and will inspire you to join in with our challenge!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My Time to Craft! #348 Summertime.

Eek! I'm so sorry that I'm late posting this! A busy few days with the Irish Contingent meant I totally forgot. Wot a plonker! (My grandson is adorable, but that's no consolation for you guys!)

Our theme at My Time to Craft! is Summertime! Ice cream! The seaside! Sunshine! Scorchio! Torrential rain! (Well, maybe not the latter, I hope!)

This is one of a pair of birthday cards that I made for a friend's twin daughters:


The image is a very old wooden stamp by Penny Black, and sadly it's out of print. The paper is from an ancient pad that was a magazine freebie. The mat is cut with Spellbinders' Floral Ovals die, and the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley. The stickers are from Paperchase.

I have been keeping to my 'stash diet' as you can tell - I'm trying to use up stuff, which is why so often what I show is no longer available. Apologies, I know it can be frustrating! However, if I don't make the effort I'll slowly be driven out of my craft hovel by the sheer quantity of stuff! I think I have a desk in there, under the heaps of paper, magazines, cardstock etc!!!

Pop over to The Blog and admire the inspiration that my teamies have made!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

CRAFT Challenge #420 Christmas

Good morning! It's a glorious summer's day, so of course the new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge is Christmas!


This is Elf Emma with Lights, All the lights have Glossy Accents on them, and the fur on her hat has been stickled. I used papers from an old Christmas set by Kaisercraft. The snowflakes are cut from glitter paper with a Cheery Lynn Laced Pine Snowflake die. The Jingle Bell Border is Memory Box die.

Our sponsor it the fab Paper Nest Dolls


Check out the inspiration left for you by my teamies at CRAFT Challenge!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #8

Hi guys! It's already our 8th Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge! As usual the theme is Anything Goes, as long as it's Christmas.


This cutie is Christmas Winston by Digistamp Boutique.

I used papers from stash, and gold card for the dry-embossed corners, which are an old set by Spellbinders. The sentiment is heat-embossed in gold, and I added 3 tiny snowflake images, also gold-embossed.

Go and be inspired by my teamies, they have such varied styles, you're sure to be inspired!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dream Valley Challenges #158 Square Cards Only!

Good morning, lovely people! I hope you all had a good weekend! To cheer you up if you're suffering from that Monday Morning Feeling we have a new Challenge at Dream Valley. It's a nice, easy one, too - Square Cards Only!


I have used the adorable Sunshine by Star Stampz.

I cut the image mat with the largest Spellbinders' Captivating Squares die, using paper from an old Basic Grey pad called 'Soleil.'

The flourishes are cut with an old Magnolia die, and the lace and ribbon and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Our sponsor is the fabulous Star Stampz



My teamies have left some lovely inspiration for you on The Blog, do go and see!

For once it's hip to be Square!

Have a great week, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 8 June 2017

CRAFT Challenge #419 Inspired by a Film.

Good morning! We have a new Challenge at CRAFT and this week it's Inspired by a Film.

When I first saw this image from sponsor Lacy Sunshine I thought of one of my favourite films, Curse of the Golden Flower which is a melodrama set in Ancient China, and which is gorgeous!

However, the girl in the image is definitely Japanese, so instead I'll link to The Mikado


The papers are snippets, the ribbon and shell embellies are from stash. The image is Koi Fish Dreamer

Our sponsor this week is: Lacy Sunshine


See what my teamies have made to inspire you and check out the films they have linked to - you might find one that's just right for your weekend viewing!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Time to Craft #347 Down on the Farm

Eek! I'm late! Apologies! I really must learn that writing a 'To Do' list is useless if I don't do what's on the list! D'oh!

Anyway, our new Challenge at My Time to Craft! is Down on the Farm so we'd like to see Farm animals - horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, cows - or a tractor!


I made this Get Well card for a friend undergoing an operation. The cow is purple (and I'll explain why later) and is from Paper Smooches' Chubby Chums stamp set. Such fun images! The flowers and mushrooms and snail are from Lawn Fawn's Gleeful Gardens set. The 'Get Well' is from Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches and the 'sooooon' is made with stickers from my stash.

So why a Purple Cow? Well, Gelett Burgess wrote this silly poem:

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one
But this I'll tell you anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

Then Carolyn Wells wrote some delicious parodies of well-known poems on the same subject. Take a look! Even if you don't know the originals (and there are some that I don't know at all) they are still very funny!

The Purple Cow Parodies

I hope you enjoy them!

Do also go and see my teamies' great creations for the challenge, there's a wonderful variety there to inspire you!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x



Thursday, 1 June 2017

CRAFT Challenge #418 Recipe

Hi, everyone! I hope you're having a good Thursday. I have been putting away the winter clothes - my Grannie used to quote 'Cast Not a Clout Till May Be Out' and since it's June 1st it seemed appropriate!

We have a fab Recipe at CRAFT Challenge this week.


For my card I used the gorgeous Charmant by Rick St Dennis. I love his portrait digis they are so elegant.


The Three Papers are from an old Papermania pad, they are brighter in real life. The Two Ribbons (or 1 ribbon and 1 ricrac!) are from stash and the gold Glitter is Glamour Dust. The gold-embossed sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Our Sponsor is Rick St Dennis MFA


I admit, I found the recipe quite Challenging! Do have a look at my teamies' fab creations for some gorgeous inspiration!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #7 Anything Goes for Christmas

Hi, guys! Dashing by (late!) with my DT card for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.


The cute mouse is a digi from the sorely-missed Meljen. So cute! The paper is from a very old Papermania pad, and the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Thanks for looking, and apologies that I'm late, we had both grandchildren to visit last weekend and time flew away with me!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Dream Valley #157 More Than One Fold

Hi, guys! I hope all is well with you. This Bank Holiday weekend we were visited by our children and both grandchildren, which was lovely! The house is very quiet now.....

Time for a new Challenge at Dream Valley which is to make something with More than One Fold. I made an easel card.


The adorable image is Springtime by All Dressed Up stamps. So sweet! I added butterflies cut with a die by Joy! Crafts which I can't find to link to, sadly. There are pearls along the butterfly bodies and also in the corners. The stopper is made with strips of card and papers, gold-embossed with a Lawn Fawn Scripty Saying sentiment. The ribbon is from stash.

We have two sponsors for this Challenge:

Oddball Art and

All Dressed Up.

My teamies have made some lovely examples to inspire you with interesting folds, do take a look!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Thursday, 25 May 2017

CRAFT Challenge #417 Father's Day/Male

Good morning! I hope you are all keeping well. Our new CRAFT Challenge is to make something for Father's Day or for the blokes in our lives!

I used The Dragon and the Knight for my Father's Day card, it's such a cute image! I used a Woodware corner punch to decorate the corners. The background paper is from an old magazine freebie.

The DAD die-cuts are made with an old Die-namics alphabet die. The silver card I wanted to use was too bright, so I covered a scrap of card with several layers of silver embossing powder and used that instead.

Our sponsor this week is:

Doctor Digi's House of Stamps

and our Sponsor for Star of the Month is:

Star Stampz

Now I'm off to do a huge tidy up, as both the grandchildren are coming to visit and I must move stuff out of the reach of little hands! Wish me luck, I'm going in!

Thanks for looking, and have a fun weekend!

love Mags B x




Saturday, 20 May 2017

My Time to Craft Challenge #326 Sketchy Time!

Hello, me dearios! I hope you're all having a good weekend, whether at work or at play!

Our new Challenge at My Time to Craft! is this fabulous Sketch by Jo!

Isn't it great? Just perfect for a card I wanted to make for a friend of my daughter's, who has just had a bonny, bouncing baby boy!

I used the adorable Butterfly Baby by Krista Smith, now available in rubber from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps. Too darn' cute!

I coloured him with Copics, and slathered Icicle Stickles over his wings. I distressed the edge with Broken China Distress ink, and did the same with the mat, which is cut with a Spellbinders Heart Circles Die. (The link is to the main Spellbinders site, Google the die to find local sources.)

The paper is a snippet, I'm not sure who it's by. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the leaves are cut from a snippet of green card using a Woodware punch. I glittered the flowers with Glamour Dust. The sentiments are from an old 'Baby' set by American Crafts, and stamped in 'Stargazer' pigment ink from Mama Elephant. I love that colour!

I used my glue gun to adhere the flowers, since the card is off to the Republic of Ireland - aren't those little threads of glue that appear when using a glue gun annoying? I spent ages carefully removig them! I need more practice.

Go and see the lovely variations on the sketch that my fab teamies have made, they are so inspiring!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Thursday, 18 May 2017

CRAFT Challenge #416 Christmas

Good morning!I hope you're all looking forward to a good weekend!

It's Thursday, which means a new theme at CRAFT Challenge. I hope you all had fun on our Birthday blog hop last week! Today we have our monthly Christmas theme.

I used Christmas Baubles from our sponsor Pink Gem Designs. I used Copics to colour the image, and added Wink of Stella to the stars and gold Stickles to the snowflakes. The gems around the red mat are from stash, and so is the bakers' twine. The background paper is from an ancient Papermania pad.

Our sponsor this week is Pink Gem Designs.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #6

So sorry, everyone, I thought I had scheduled this! Oops!

Here is our new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge where it's always Anything Goes I made three cards this time, using pre-coloured toppers from an old set by Lili of the Valley with some green or red cardstock and some gold card to layer. The papers are from my Christmas stash.

Very simple, and I tried to match the papers to the colours of the toppers, which all have added Stickles on the fur trim for some shine.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dream Valley DT #156 Things with Wings.

Good morning! It's a grey, drizzly day here in S E Herts. A good day to hop over to Dream Valley and check out our new challenge, Things with Wings. So - fairies, birds, bees, aeroplanes - as long as it has wings it's ok for the challenge!

I went with a cute image from our sponsor Sasayaki Glitter. This is You Blow Me Away isn't she sweet?

I added glitter to her wings and the centre of the flower in her hair. I used a Spellbinders' Labels Four die to cut out the image, and layered it onto an Elegant Labels Four mat. The Butterfly is also cut with a Spellbinders die.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon and pearls are from stash. The background paper is a snippet and the sentiment is from an old Lili of the Valley sentiment set.

Go and see my teamies' pretty creations and then join in the fun!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

CRAFT Challenge #415 Birthday Bloghop!


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Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!


Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 8 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can't Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.

We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week at a time.

We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.

So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?

Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?

We all feature sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.



The sponsor on my blog is Di's Digistamps.

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And you can win a $12 voucher from Di's Digistamps by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.


How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?

That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 17th of May 2017.

And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:






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Saturday, 6 May 2017

My Time to Craft! Challenge #345 Masculine

Good morning! I hope you are all having a good weekend! We have grey skies and a chilly wind here in S-E Herts, but on the bright side I have seen several Swifts flying by in the last couple of days, which means that Summer is on its way!

On to our new Challenge at My Time to Craft! and it's to make something For the Men in Our Lives. Yes, one of those tricky creations for a bloke!

I've made a Father's Day card - I know the actual day isn't until June, but I thought I'd be efficient and make one early!


I used the Balloon Bouquet outline die from Simon Says Stamp and cut it in black card. I glued it to the card front, which is covered with paper from an old Studio Calico Kit. Then I cut the die again from snippets of coloured card and inlaid them. I gave them some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

The sentiment is from an old set by Clearly Besotted, sadly it's now out of print.

Do go and see my teamies' gorgeous creations for some great inspiration!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x