Thursday, 22 February 2018

CRAFT Challenge #456 Alien/Fantasy

Hi, guys! How's things? I can't believe it's Thursday already and time for another CRAFT Challenge. Our fun theme this week is Alien or Fantasy!


This is Saucer Head from Doctor Digi. I love his anxious expression and the way he's clutching the steering whell, just like any other learner driver! I coloured him in Copics, adding shimmer pen to the Saucer and Glossy Accents over the lights.

The papers are actually from an out of print pad by Crate Paper called 'School Spirit Collection' and not a special 'space' collection, but I like the hexagons, and the distressed circles make me think of planets! The silver embossed sentiment is from an old stamp set from a long time ago which has lost its packaging.

Our fab sponsor is Dr Digi's House of Stamps.


This was such a fun card to make! Zoom across to the Challenge blog and check out my teamies fab creations!

Thanks for looking and have a good day!

love Mags B x

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dream Valley #173 Things With Wings.

Hi, guys! Well, the weekend's over and we have to cope with That Monday Morning Feeling. However, there is a new Challenge at Dream Valley to cheer you up! Our theme is Things With Wings - Angels, Fairies, Birds, Insects - even Aeroplanes are all suitable!

I have a card made with a dramatic Fire Fairy with lots of hot, fiery colours!


This is Fire Fairy by Fabrika Fantasy Stamps, she is so dynamic! I cut some red dotted card with a Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die for the background. The red ribbon and broderie anglaise lace are from stash, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Fabrika Fantasy.


My teamies have used several of their Fairy images to make some gorgeous cards! Do join in the fun!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 15 February 2018

CRAFT Challenge #455 Mothers' Day or Female

Hi, guys! Happy Thursday! I hope you're all looking forward to a good weekend!

In the meantime, have a look at our great new Challenge at CRAFT Challenge! It's a nice and easy one - Mothers' Day or Female. (I never know whhere to put the apostrophe on 'Mothers' Day!)


This pretty image is Happy Flowers from Sweet'n'Sassy. I used a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 4 die for the mat. The papers are from stash and the silver ribbon was an RAK from my daughter. The silver-embossed sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Celebration Scripty Sayings stamp set.

Our sponsors this week:

Sweet'n'Sassy


and Crafty Ribbons.


Get out your prettiest ribbons, dies, stamps and papers and make something for the ladies in your life!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

My Time to Craft #364 Love Is All We Need

Morning, all! Happy Valentine's Day! I apologise for the lateness of this post, we had a rather busy weekend and I forgot! Sorry!

Our current Challenge at My Time to Craft! is Love Is All We Need.


I used a digi by The Greeting Farm called 50s Sweetheart. The mat is a Spellbinders Heart Circles Die. The papers are from a very old K & Company pad which sadly is out of print. I also used little heart-shaped gems from my stash and two gorgeous glitter peel-offs which came from a kit from Love From Lizi.

My teamies have made some gorgeous creations to inspire you - go and see!

I hope you're all having a good week. I don't know about you guys, but I find February to be the dreariest month of the year: the weather is always grotty! However, there are yellow crocuses beginning to peep out of the ground in the garden, and soon it will be Spring, hooray!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 8 February 2018

CRAFT Challenge #454 Christmas (humorous.)

Hi, guys! Our regular Christmas theme at CRAFT Challenge has a twist this month - make it Humorous.


This is Need More Elves from QKR Stampede. Isn't he fun?

I used papers and ribbon from stash, and the gold-embossed sentiment is by Lawn Fawn.

Our sponsor this week is QKR Stampede

Go and see my teamies' fun creations and have a good giggle!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #23

Good morning, my little pot plants! I hope you're all keeping well!

We have a new Challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge where the theme is always Anything Christmas Goes.

I made half a dozen little cards in shades of blue and here are two of them:


I used a Wreath stamp by Clearly Besotted, which is now out of print, but there's another similar set here. I stamped the base and the baubles in different shades of blue pigment ink, and the separate bow in red. I added Wink of Stella to the baubles and also Glossy Accents on top. I used two of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables from the large and small sets to cut the image and mat.

The embossed sentiment is by Waffle Flower from the Stocking stamp set.

Quick and easy to make multiples! It's never too soon to start making Christmas cards!

Go and see my teamies' pretty creations and join in the Festive fun! The Challenge is open until 4th March.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy your day!

love Mags B x



Monday, 5 February 2018

Dream Valley Challenge #172 3 Patterned Papers

Good morning, my lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend - we were visited by the grandchildren (and their parents!) which was lovely. The house seems very quiet now!

We have an interesting new Challenge at Dream Valley - Use Three Patterned Papers. A good way to use up those snippets we all save!


I apologise for the wonky photo!

I used A girl can't have too many... rubber stamp by All Dressed Up for Little Darlings Rubber Stamps. She is so chic, with her elegant shoes and hat! I think of her as une Parisienne, so I used papers from the Paris Girl collection by Echo Park/Carta Bella.

The Eiffel Tower chipboard was a magazine freebie a looooong time ago. The ribbon is from stash. I used a Penny Black Heart String die to cut the hearts swag from the same paper I used at the bottom of the card. The sentiment is from and old stamp set by Lili of the Valley.

Our sponsor this fortnight is the fabulous All Dressed Up Stamps.


Go and see my teamies' great creations with Wendy's gorgeous images!

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

love Mags B x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

CRAFT Challenge #453 Three of a Kind

Hi, guys! We have a fun theme at CRAFT Challenge - Three of a Kind.

My card made me smile even while I was making it, the smiling stars are so happy!


This is 'Happy Stars' by Rick St Dennis and sadly it's no longer available. I used Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the edges and also around the sentiment. Sadly the Simon Says Stamp sentiment is also out of print.

I die-cut a star as a mat - originally I used patterned paper, but it didn't show very well so I went with cardstock. The papers are from stash. I used double sided tape and glitter to make the border strips.

My Three of a Kind are the 3 stars of the image; the 3 gold stars on the sentiment; and (if the cardstock counts!!) 3 papers.

Our sponsor is Rick St Dennis


Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 28 January 2018

My Time to Craft #363 Transport

Hi guys! I hope your weekend has been good! We have had a visit from my brother and sister-in-law, plus their gorgeous dog! We had a walk down by the river, which was rather muddy, but the sun shone and the skies were blue - it was lovely!

I apologise that I'm late with my post! But at last I'm here to tell you about the new Challenge at My Time to Craft. which is Transport. Any means of transport counts, from bicycles to rockets!

I went with a car from the 'Hre We Go' stamp set from Reverse Confetti which sadly seems to be out of print.


The papers are by My Mind's Eye, but I can't find them! They are somewhere in my craft hovel, which has had a lot of odds'n'ends dumped into it as we were tidying ready for our visitors! Oops!

The gold-embossed sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the ribbon is from stash. I glammed-up the car with a lot of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen!

My teamies have made some great inspiration pieces, as usual - go and see!

Thanks for looking and have a good week!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 25 January 2018

CRAFT Challenge #452 Distress Your Project/Vintage

Good morning!

We have a great theme at CRAFT Challenge this week: Distress/Vintage.


This fab Art Deco style image is Talk to Myself by Pickled Potpourri. I used some very old black and white paper from my stash and a gorgeous piece of lace from a Crafteezee kit from Noor! Design. I roughed up all the edges with scissors and used Pumice Stone ink to distress them.

The feathers are made with an old stamp which came with a magazine, I gold-embossed and fussy-cut them, then added them with a gold dazzler from Hobbycraft.

Our sponsors this week are:

Pickled Potpourri


and DRS Designs


Have a look at my teamies' creations on the challenge blog, they are gorgeous!

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

love Mags B x

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dream Valley Challenges #171 Love

Good morning! To cheer up your Monday we have a new Challenge at Dream Valley which is Lurve. With Valentine's Day approaching fast, it's a very topical Challenge!


The sweet image is Emma With Heart Ballon from Paper Nest Dolls. I fussy-cut her so I could put her against a patterned background. All the papers are from the Love Story collection by First Edition. The heart sentiment is also from the paper pad, it reads 'You Make My Heart So Very Happy.'

The lace is from stash, and I added Glossy Accents to the hearts on the image and Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the sentiment heart.

Our sponsor is Paper Nest Dolls.


I'm entering the current Challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and this is their fab sketch:


Go and see my teamies' gorgeous creations and feel the love!

Thanks for looking, and have a good week.

love Mags B x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Simon Says Stamp Valentine's Card

Evening, all! I hope you're all having a restful weekend!

I've made a card using items from the January Kit by Simon Says Stamp.


Everything is from the kit apart from the little heart-shaped gem, which is there to cover a smear of glue, and the banner, which is also from SSS, and the heart die.

It's a bit too pink and girly for my Olde Manne, but I'm pleased with it!

I am entering the current Challenge at Stamp Ink Paper because I used their lovely sketch!


I hope you all have a happy week ahead of you!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 18 January 2018

CRAFT Challenge #451 Love/Valentine

Hi, guys! It's Thursday, ao that means a new CRAFT Challenge. This week our theme is Love or Valentine.


This cutie is Stanley - Valentine's Heart from Crafty Sentiments.

I used a Spellbinders Heart Circle die to cut the mat, and used some of the heart leftovers in pink and kraft to decorate the image. All the hearts have added sparkle.

The papers are from stash, and the gold-embossed sentiment is from an old Simon Says Stamp set that came with a kit.

Our sponsor this week is the fab Crafty Sentiments.


My teamies have left you some sweet inspiration, go and see!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Baby Boy!

Good afternoon, all! My lovely nephew and neice celebrated the birth of their first baby just before Christmas: a baby boy! He is utterly adorable!

I sent a card:


The image is Looking at my Sweet by Sami Stamps. So elegant! I added some sparkle to the baby blanket.

I used Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles dies to cut the image and the mat. The sentiment is embossed with Steel blue embossing powder by Simon Says Stamps and the Small Banner die is also from SSS.

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

love Mags B x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

My Time to Craft! # 362 Something New

Hi, guys! I'm very late again with my post for My Time to Craft where our theme is Something New.


If this looks familiar, it's because it matches a box I posted here.

The card is for a NEW baby, and I also used NEW stash from the Card Making Magic line from Craftstash.

Do go and see the NEW creations that my teamies have made, and join in the Challenge! Don't forget to tell us why your entry is NEW!!

Thanks for looking, and have a good weekend!

love Mags B x

Friday, 12 January 2018

CRAFT Challenge #450 Christmas

I apologise for the delay in posting. My cold is at the really yucky stage and I spent most of yesterday asleep!

At CRAFT Challenge we have our regular Christmas theme.


This cutie is Christmas Hair Do from All Dressed Up Stamps. The papers are by Dovecraft from The Magic of Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad (on sale at Hobbycraft!). The snowflakes are cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes die set. The gold-embossed sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Our sponsors this week is the fabulous All Dressed Up Stamps.


Thanks for looking!

love Mags x

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #22 Anything Christmas Goes.

I know, I know, it's only a couple of weeks since we were all preparing for Christmas, and here is our first Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge for 2018! But 'the sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish', as my Mum used to say to me when I was meant to be tidying my room!

I made a very simple card, using a die-set from Tonic Studios which sadly seems to be out of print.


The green background paper has a slight ombre effect. I lined the white die-cuts with circles cut from the same paper to emphasise the details.

The sentiment and holly sprig come from an old stamp set from Clearly Besotted who are having A SALE!!!!

I love how elegant these layering dies look!

Do have a go at the Challenge, you'll feel so pleased with yourself! And don't forget to check out my teamies' gorgeous creations.

You have more time to join in because this Challenge doesn't end until February 4th. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Monday, 8 January 2018

Dream Valley Challenge #170 Anything Goes!

Good morning! Are you all getting back to the normal routine after the Festive Season? I have been tackling the washing and ironing - talk about coming back to earth with a thump!

And now we have our first Challenge at Dream Valley which is Anything Goes. I made a ridiculous mistake when making my card - more anon!


My first version was this:


All weekend I was puzzling over why it looked wrong, then yesterday I realised - it's all the wrong way round! Cue a lot of careful removing of elements and replacing them correctly! Oh dear, what a palaver!

The cute image is Fairytale Princess from Fabrika Fantasy Stamps. I took the pictures using a daylight lamp, which has made the papers (from an old First Edition pad) look brighter and the image look paler, for some reason. Sorry! The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set called 'You're Pretty Sweet.' The wooden heart and gems are from stash.

We have a lovely new sponsor, Fabrika Fantasy Stamps.


Go and see my teamies' lovely work and join in the fun!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

CRAFT Challenge #449 Box or Bag

Happy New Year!

Our first Challenge of 2018 at CRAFT Challenge is to make a Box or Bag.


And here's a sideways view:


I used the new Complete 5 x 7 card and box die set from the Christina Collection at Craftstash. I used one of her trellis dies to cut a pattern in the top side of the box, backed it with acetate, and added Pearl Pen to the intersections. The flowers and leaves are from the same die set.

I used rather thick card, and cutting the trellis was quite difficult, no next time I'll be sure to used thinner card.

The cute image is an old one from Bugaboo Stamps - check out their freebies if you want to 'try before you buy'!

Our sponsors this week:

The Cutting Cafe


and Bugaboo Stamps.


Thanks for looking, and have a good weekend!

love Mags B x