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 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.

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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

Thursday, 4 May 2017

CRAFT Challenge #414 3D Decoupage

Hi, guys! We have a Technique Challenge at CRAFT Challenge this week: 3D Decoupage.


The cute Cat image is from Kenny K. I printed 4 images, all the same size, to cut my layers from, and coloured then with Warm Grey Copic markers. The striped paper is very old, I think it was from Papermania, but the pad has lost its cover.

The ribbon and sequins are from stash. The gold-embossed sentiment and black pawprints are from the Nine Lives set by Paper Smooches.

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Kenny K


Have a look at my talented teamies' 3D creations, they will inspire you to have a go!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #5

Good morning! It's time for another Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge and we are on Number 5 already!!!

I have made a CAS card, stamping with rainbow colours.


I used a stamp from the Avery Elle Noel set, and Simon Says Stamp hybrid inks (which came with a kit) in rainbow colours. The background paper is a snippet. I layered everything onto blue and then silver cardstock. The ribbon is from Hobbycraft, the gems are from stash, and the snowflake sequins are from Little Things From Lucy,

On the inside I stamped and gold-embossed 'born is the King of Israel' from the Lyrical Script set by Altenew.


Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Dream Valley #155 Blue and Yellow.

Good morning! Happy Monday! We have a Bank Holiday today in the UK - I hope we have good weather! It's a running joke here that on Bank Holidays we usually get rain!!

We also have a new Challenge at Dream Valley which is to use Blue and Yellow on your creation - which doesn't have to be a card!

I have been tidying my Craft Hovel yet again, and came across my stamps from The Greeting Farm. They are lovely stamps, such great images and such high quality red rubber. They are easier to stamp than clear stamps, I think.

Anyway, when my printer ran out of ink so I couldn't print out an image by our sponsor Cute as a Button Stamps I chose an old Anya stamp from The Greeting Farm.


Sadly, I can't find her on the website. I cut her out with a Spellbinders Oval die and layered her onto a Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals mat, and added her to the card with foam tape. I added Spectrum Noir sparkle to the flower in her hair, and a gem from stash. The paper is also from stash, as are the blue seam binding and the sequin flowers in the corners. I am using up my stash!!! I still have enough left to last a decade... at least!

The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley's Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments Set and says ' Dreaming of Sunshine and Smiles'. I cut it with a Spellbinders circle die and layered it onto a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die.

My Dream Valley Teamies have done some lovely work with images from our sponsor, do go over there for some inspiration!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Sequins and Buttons

Good morning! Last Saturday I made a shaker card for the current Challenge at My Time to Craft which is to use sequins, buttons or both. While I had my sequins and the button tin out, I thought I'd make another card, using Bubble Bloom Felicity by Woodware. I've had this stamp a while but never used it - it is Never-before-used-Schtuff or NBUS for short.

The inspiring Darnell coined the phrase and acronym. If you haven't discovered her blog do go and see, her creations are lovely and she is so funny!

Anyway, here is my card:


Very CAS! The buttons are from my late Mother-in-Law's button tin, they have a pretty pearly sheen. The sequins are from Little Things by Lucy from her Tutu Sparkly Shaker Collection. So pretty! The leaves are coloured with Copics.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I have scheduled this, as tomorrow Ye Olde Manne and I are going to a wedding! A rare excuse to wear my Posh Frock!!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Friday, 28 April 2017

CRAFT Challenge #423 Inspired by a Book

Good morning! At CRAFT Challenge this week we'd like you to be Inspired by a Book.

Mine is 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Arrr, Jim lad!


The image is an old one by Bugaboo Stamps. I used some very old pirate buttons, cutting off the shanks before gluing them down. The blue strips are supposed to represent the treasure trail - in hindsight I should have stamped arrows along each strip! Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I used stickers for the sentiment, and the paper is from stash.

As Lord Melchett said in the Blackadder II episode 'Potato,' - "With a Yo Ho Ho and perhaps I might venture a bottle of rum into the bargain."

Our sponsor is wonderful:

Bugaboo Stamps


Go and see my teamies' creations - you may well be inspired to read the books they have illustrated!

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Time to Craft Challenge #344 Sequins or Buttons.

Goooood Morning!!! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend! Our next challenge at My Time to Craft is to use Sequins or Buttons or Both on your creation! This is a great challenge, as you can add sequins to a girly 'make' or buttons to a 'boy' one!

I went with a Shaker card for a baby.


I think it looks as though she is sitting in one of those soft ball play areas!

The adorable little elephant is from a Simon Says Stamp set, Wild About You - the stamps came with their April kit, I don't have the dies! Even though the price has gone up a lot since the fall in the £ since last June, I just can't stop my subscription to these gorgeous kits!!! We are eating a lot more vegetarian dishes as a result, they are cheap and delicious and my veggie daughter approves!

Back to the card. I stamped 3 pale pink hearts around the elephant and used Glossy Accents to glue some sequins about her. I added a pink one near her ear, but when I added more sequins later, a little white one got stuck underneath, and I think she's looking at it, wondering where it came from!

The pink paper has soft white images on it, and comes from DCWV's 'Mariposa@ pad, which I have had for several years. I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles die to make an aperture (I have both the large and small circle sets, I'm not sure which set the die came from!) and backed it with acetate. The border is made with the first die I used and also the next size up.

I doubled up strips of Scotch foam tape, cut them lengthways in half, removed the backing and curved it around the aperture, leaving no gaps. Then I added more doubled tape around the edges of the back of the patterned paper. I had stamped the elephant onto my base card, all I had to do then was dust the exposed edges of the tape around the aperture with an embossing buddy, add some sequins (from Lucy's Little Things Tutu Sparkly Shaker Selection) and lay the patterned paper piece over it.

The banner is also by Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is by Paper Smooches.

Phew, what a long post! I so enjoyed making this card, Shaker cards take a long time for me because I am rather fussy about getting everything right, but they are such fun!

Go and see my teamies' interpretations on the theme, they are such a talented bunch, you're bound to find inspiration there!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

CRAFT Challenge #412 CHRISTMAAAAAS!

Good morning! Today our new CRAFT Challenge is our regular Christmas theme.


This cute Heart Swag Snowman is from our sponsor DRS Designs. I used up some more old Christmas paper from my stash for the background, the silver ribbon is from Hobbycraft, and the silver-embossed sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted stamp set.

Our sponsor:

DRS Designs


My teamis, as usual, have made some gorgeous inspiration for you, do go and see!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #4

Hi, guys! It's a lovely, sunny day in S-E Herts, so of course it's time for another Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge!

I have been having a massive tidy of my craft hovel and found a lot of very old Christmas papers, so I made 3 Starburst/Sunburst cards. The link is to Youtube.


The Christmas tree is a Spellbinders die, I filled in the holes with red stickles. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.


The holly die is by Whimsy Stamps and the sentiment is from the same Hero Arts set


I layered it on gold card, and the sentiment is by Lil' Inkers.

Fun cards, and brilliant for using up snippets!

PS Here is a video on making a side starburst card, for some variety!

Have a good week!

love Mags B x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Dream Valley #154 All About the Hair

Hi, guys, our new Challenge at Dream Valley is to have differently coloured hair on your project. Don't do what I did!!!!! I didn't read the requirements properly - what a plonker! So please imagine that the dancer on my card has purple, or blue, or orange or pink hair!


The image is an old one from the greatly-missed Saturated Canary. I used paper from a very old magazine freebie paper pad; the sentiment is from an old Clearly Besotted stamps set which sadly seems unavailable. The ribbon and gems are from stash.

Our sponsor this fortnight:

PPinkyDolls Art


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

CRAFT Challenge #411 White plus One!

Good morning! There's a new challenge at CRAFT Challenge and it's quite an unusual one: Use White and ONE other colour!


I used this lovely Shell Border Stamp from Eureka Stamps. I coloured it with Copics and added Glossy Accents to the shells.

Our sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps


I hope all is well with you and that you will have a relaxing Easter break!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hydrangea and Butterfly.

Hi, guys! I have been on my Church's Flower-arranging Team for the past few years, guided by a wonderful lady named Shirley. She is a Jedi Master and I her humble Padawan. She has a wonderful phrase to remind us not to make the arrangement too tight: "Leave room for the butterflies!"

She is moving away this Spring to be nearer her daughters. I will miss her so much, even though I know it's the right thing to do. I wanted to make a very personal card for her, so I used a stamp set that came free (along with a stencil) with a cardmaking magazine a couple of months ago. Hydrangeas and butterflies are featured!


I coloured the images with Copics having added the butterfly above the flower. I rounded the corners and added Spun Sugar Distress Ink around the edges. The sentiment says: "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies" which I thought was quite appropriate. I added clear Wink of Stella to the blooms, butterfly wings and caterpillar.

The background paper has a subtle white and fawn damask pattern. I used some pink Centura Pearl card to make the card base. Even my hubby likes this one!!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

My Time to Craft #343 No Designer Papers.

Good morning! I hope you're all having a good weekend!

Our new Challenge at My Time to Craft is to use No Designer Papers. I went with dry embossing and inlaid die-cutting to make my card.


The most important thing to remember about embossing your background is to die-cut first! Squished embossing is not very pretty - go on, guess how I know! Anyway, I cut the hearts using a nesting die set and some card snippets to give an ombre effect before embossing the background with a Sizzix folder. Then I used a scrap of typing paper to back the aperture and glued the hearts onto it. I added clear Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

The gold-embossed sentiment is from Super Script stamp set by Altenew.

My teamies have all been so inventive with their creations, do pop over to the blog to see what they've done!

Thanks for looking.

love Mags B x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

CRAFT Challenge #410 Colour Combo

Good morning! We have a great new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge! It's a Colour Combo:


Gorgeous, or what?

I used Love to Dance by our fab sponsor All Dressed Up Stamps. I love Wendy's beautiful, charming images!


The papers were created by our Boss, Jo. I used a Spellbinders Labels 20 die to cut the mat. I also used a Spellibinders Foliage Two set for the white die-cut flourishes. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the lace is from stash.

Our sponsors:

All Dressed Up


Paper Nest Dolls


Go and be inspired by my teamies' fab creations!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #3

Good afternoon! We have another challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always the theme is Anything Goes - as long as it's Christmas!

I have made a very simple card, using a die-cut, gold glitter paper, and an embossed sentiment.


The die is by Memory Box, and I glued some gold glitter card behind the entire top piece to give a slightly raised effect when I glued it to the base card. The gold-embossed sentiment is, I think, an old magazine freebie. I doodled a frame around the sentiment using a metallic gel pen.

Thanks for looking, do go and see my teamies' lovely festive creations and join in our Challenge!

love Mags B x

PS Ooops! I scheduled this for 1 am instead of 1pm! Oh dear, what a plonker!!! What a good thing that I checked before bedtime!!!!!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Dream Valley Challenge #153 Our Four-legged Friends

Good morning! Welcome to the start of a new week, and a new Challenge at Dream Valley! The theme this fortnight is Our Four-legged Friends.

I used an adorable image from Di's Digi Stamps who is our lovely sponsor.


This is Squisshy Kitty - she is so cute!


I coloured her with Promarkers and added gold Stickles to the centres of the daisies. The mat is cut with a Spellbinders' Stately Circles die which unfortunately seems to be out of print. The paper is from a magazine freebie many years ago and has a linen-effect print on the background. The stickers are from Paperchase and the ribbon from stash. The sentiment is from an old banner set by Clearly Besotted.

Have a look at my teamies' Four-legged Friends creations and be inspired to join in!

Thanks for looking and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 30 March 2017

CRAFT Challenge #409 Create your own embellishment

Hi, guys! Our new theme at Craft Challenge is Create Your Own Embellishment!

For my card i used a lovely image by Sponsor Nikki Burnette, this is Adeline


I coloured her with Promarkers, I loved colouring the folds on her outfit, and added Wink of Stella to the butterflies' wings. I used punches by Woodware, which are many years old, to make the daisies: I punched the bottom layers from gingham papers and the top layers from plain pink papers (both of which were SNIPPETS) and then layered them and added gold stickles in the centres - those were my DIY embellishmants. The leaves are punched from a snippet of turquoise card. I also added a strip of white ribbon, too.

Our sponsor Nikki Burnette


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

My Time to Craft #342 Woodland Animals or Easter.

Hiya, lads and lasses! It's a glorious sunny day here in S-E Hertfordshire, Spring has well and truly sprung!

Easter is approaching fast, but of course not everyone celebrates it, so at My Time to Craft we have two themes to choose from: Woodland Animals or Easter.

I made an Easter card, using die-cuts.


The Tattered Lace Small Cross Die was cut from white card and glued directly onto some gorgeous textured paper by First Edition. It's from a pad called 'Spring Drop' which is sadly out of print. The oval was glued directly onto white card cut with a Spellbinders' Elegant Ovals That is raised on foam pads. I did the same with the next layer, too.

Finally I added 5 tiny green gems and rounded the top corner.  I really need to get out my dies more often!

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

Thanks for looking and have a good weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

CRAFT Challenge #408 Add a Charm.

Hiya! Our new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge is simply to Add a Charm to your creation.


This beautiful image is Ladybug Carnation from sponsor Sami Stamps.  I used papers by Nitwits called Bonnets'n'Bowties Too. The bakers twine and leaf charm are from stash. The sentiment is a die-cut, and I covered it with purple Spectrum Noir glitter pen.

Our gorgeous sponsor:

Sami Stamps (this links to the Etsy shop, the link above goes to their Blogspot site.)


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #2

Hi, guys! Welcome to the second Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.

I have used my favourite Santa image, this is a cling stamp by Penny Black called Antique Santa.


The gold mat is made with a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangles die and the background paper is from an old pad by Papermania. The stars are from Paperchase and the ribbon is from stash. There's a lot of Spectrum Noir sparkle on the fur trim of Santa's gorgeous coat!

Go see what my talented teamies have made - as always, the theme is Anything Goes!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Dream Valley #152 Fantasy

I'm so sorry this is a day late!

Our new Challenge at Dream Valley is Fantasy. Our sponsor is Beccy's Place and I used this fabulous Dragon Design done by Beccy's daughter when she was 12! I think you'll agree that it's amazing!


I've been re-playing a videogame that includes Leviathan, a water-dragon, and although it looks more snaky than this one, I thought I'd use blues and make a 'watery' background.

I used Ranger alcohol inks on photo paper, since I can't find my glossy cardstock - it worked ok, but the paper soaked up quite a lot of the ink and dried very quickly, so I don't recommend photo paper at all! The frame round the dragon is a Die-namics Stitched Oval Scalloped Frame Die cut from pearlised card. The pearls are made with a blue and a green pearl pen. The birthday sentiment is from Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches and has been gold-embossed. I added Clear Wink of Stella to Leviathan's wings.

Have a fantastic week, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

CRAFT Challenge #407 Christmas

Hi, guys! I hope you're all having a good week! We have our regular Christmas Challenge at CRAFT Challenge.


The adorable image is Christmas Angel from sponsor Digital Paper Craft. I added folds to her pretty gown with my Copics and I'm rather pleased how it turned out! I added clear Wink of Stella to her wings, halo and star.

The papers are from Nitwits' Still Joyful Hearts digi papers. The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. The sparkly Ikea ribbon was an RAK from my daughter and the pearls are from stash.

Our sponsors:

Star Stampz


Digital Paper Crafts


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x