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

Saturday, 11 March 2017

My Time to Craft Challenge #341 Sketchy Time!

Good morning! We have a fab sketch for you to try at My Time to Craft this fortnight, created by the talented Jo.


You can turn it, but we need to see the sketch in your project - have a look at my teamies' creations to get some ideas!

I have made..... a Christmas card!


The adorable image is by Penny Black from the Christmas Critters stamp set. I love those cute mice!

I used papers from the ever-expanding Snippets Drawer, and the green card is also a Snippet. The gems are by Papermania and the gold-embossed sentiment is from Hanging Around which is one of Clearly Besotted's mini stamp sets. The ribbon is by American Crafts.

CHALLENGES ENTERED:

I am entering this card to the Snippets Playground at Di's blog. as so much of the card is made with leftovers!

Thanks for looking, and have an excellent weekend!

love Mags B x

Friday, 10 March 2017

CRAFT Challenge #406 Easter/Spring

Our new CRAFT Challenge has a theme of Easter/Spring.


I used CU Rabbit Parka 6 by sponsor Scrappers Delights to make a scene.

I used Broken China Distress Ink and a hand-cut paper mask to make the sky background. The grass is cut from a snippet with a Lawn Fawn Meadow Meadow Borders die. The butterfly stickers and sequin flowers are from stash.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #1

Good morning! There's Exciting News this morning - a brand new Challenge blog!

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is a fortnightly Tuesday Challenge, whose theme is Christmas and always Anything Goes! I'm on the Design Team!!

For my first card I have used an old Whiff of Joy rubber stamp, Willow with Candle. It's by the talented Elisabeth Bell: many of her images are now available as digis from Elisabeth Bell, but unfortunately not this one. Please read the terms and conditions very carefully.

Here is my card:


I layered some old Christmas paper on gold and green card, and cut the Spellbinders die from the same gold card. The poinsettia is an old Marianne die, I embossed it and rubbed some Nuvo Embellishing Mouse over the raised veins. The holly leaves are also an old Marianne die, cut from a scrap of pearlised green card. The gold-embossed sentiment is by Altenew. I added gold-coloured gems from my stash.

This year I am determined not to spend the week before Christmas madly making cards!!!

Go and see the inspiration my teamies have left on the blog, and join in! It's never too soon to start making Christmas cards!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Dream Valley Challenge #151 Lots of Layers

Hi, guys! What a grey, chilly Monday it is today here in S-E Herts! A good day to cheer yourself up with some crafting! We have a new Challenge at Dream Valley which is Lots of Layers.

Our sponsor is the delicious Lemon Shortbread an the Design Team were lucky enough to have some of their adorable images to play with!


This is the gorgeous Bob Pixie Girl with Flower. I used papers from an older First Edition collection called 'Spring Drop'. The aqua-coloured paper has some gorgeous glitter elements! I added sparkle to the flowers on the image and also to the corners. The sentiment is by LoTV and the ribbon is from stash.

Have a look at my teamies' creations and join in! Just add lots of layers to your project!

Thanks for looking and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 2 March 2017

CRAFT Challenge #405 - Sketch.

Hello! Our latest CRAFT Challenge is to use this great sketch by Sheryl:


I used a fun image by Bugaboo Stamps called Circle Sentiments Birthday Ewe.


The papers are from Echo Park's A Boy's Life 6 x 6 pad. I used silver mirri card for the mats, the round one is done with a Spellbinders Lacey Circles die. The stars are from Paperchase, and the sentiment is from the Message Me sentiment set by Clearly Besotted. The balloons and party hat have Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle added.

Our sponsors are:

Digital Delights


and Bugaboo Stamps


My teamies have made some great creations using the sketch, have a look and be inspired!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x