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Friday, 18 August 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 18 August 2017

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "use a colour you dislike/you don't use very often".

For those that know me there is no doubt what colour comes to mind for me for a colour that I dislike/don't use very often ............... and that is GREEN!!!

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Aurora Woods" and I have coloured her in with my Promarkers.

The backing I made myself with lots of inks and stamps (swirls, mesh, holly leaves) doing lots of 1st generation, 2nd generation and 3rd generation stamping.

I have finished the card off with some holly and berries from a decoupage sheet and a stamped sentiment as I needed to keep the card as flat as possible as there are a lot of cards to post at Christmas time and it is so expensive.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Sparkles Christmas - Festive sentiment
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - Anything goes Christmas with the option of nativity
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything goes Christmas or photo inspiration
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of using die-cuts and/or punches
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creatalicious - Anything goes with the option of glitter/bling
Pammy's Inkie Pinkies - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Add a star (star stamp used when making my background for my card)
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a sentiment
Pearly Sparkles - Happy anything
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
2 Sisters on the Blog - Everything is allowed
CRAFT - Christmas
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
That's Crafty! - Only cards challenge
QKR Stampede - Shaped cards or anything goes

Monday, 14 August 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The image is called "Summer Goddess" and it is available as a special introductory price of $2.80 (instead of the original price of $4).  

Hurry as this offer ends on  19 August 2017.

Happy Birthday Bro

Here is the birthday card I made for my youngest son to give to his brother.  I have used a Joanna Sheen Gruffies decoupage I bought a few years' back.

The backing papers I have used are from various Debbi Moore Inspiration magazines.

I have finished the card off with some wide satin ribbon, textured banners and stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/humorous
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Animal kingdom
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/make it funny
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Happy 25th Birthday Son

 Today is our eldest son's 25th birthday.  We are so proud of what he has achieved in his life so he needed a special card.  Kevin has collected a few meerkats from a certain insurance company so I knew that these Creative Crafting World Pollyanna Pickering meerkats were just the trick on my Pollyanna Pickering World Wildlife CD.
 For my card which I have decorated outside, inside and on the back and I have used various topper sheets which I printed off multiple times to decoupage, backing papers, embellishments and a teabag paper sheet.
I have finished the card off with a number 25 which I cut out from printing off the computer and added Glossy Accents to make it shiny, gems, wooden button and seam binding ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/humorous
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Animal kingdom
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/make it funny
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Allsorts - Name and/or number

Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy Birthday

Here is an A5 birthday card I have made for a gift card and receipts to go inside.

The gorgeous wolves images are from a Joanna Sheen paper pad by Jody Bergsma.  I have used the main image, border and two small images.

The backing papers are from various Debbi Moore Inspiration Magazines.

I have finished the card off simply with a foiled sentiment and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Animal kingdom
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 11 August 2017

  Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "My Little Sunshine".  I have coloured my image in with my Promarkers.

I have used various backing papers from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut flower, brad, cork flags, ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of summer
Ooh La La Creations - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Colours of Autumn
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Noor! Design UK - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/humorous
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Hand coloured image
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of shabby chic
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Come and Get It - Use die-cuts
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/make it funny
Sunny Day Crafting - F is for flowers
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Blooming days
Crafty Gals Corner - BINGO board (I have gone for the middle vertical column of 2+ designer papers (yellow striped and yellow dotty paper the die-cut mount has been cut out of), free and flowers (flowers in the image and also a die-cut flower has been made)
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group August Challenge - Beautiful colours of the world

 Today is the start of the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group Monthly Challenge.

The topic for the challenge this month is "BEAUTIFUL COLOURS OF THE WORLD" eg Asian, African, Latino etc colour skins.

I decided to play along with their challenge this month.
 For my card I have used one the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp called "Hello Magnolia".  I have coloured her in with Promarkers, chalked the background and used a tiny bird stamp.

The papers I have used are my First Edition Storyteller paper pad.

I have finished the card off with a doily, ribbon and die-cut butterflies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Creative Moments - Anything goes/summer fun
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday- Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Things with wings (butterflies and birds)
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of summer
Ooh La La Creations - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Extra - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes

Monday, 31 July 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New releases

Today sees the arrival of some new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store: 
  Here is a set of images and you will find "dragonflies, seahorse and a ladybug".  

The set is available as a special introductory price of $3.00 (instead of the original price of $5).  

Hurry as this offer ends on 5 August 2017.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

To the Bride and Groom - Just Married

We have been invited to a evening wedding reception tonight.  I wanted to make a special card for the bride and groom.  A fellow Ching-Chou Kuik Design Team Member, Aurora, made a beautiful faux book recently and I was cheeky and asked if she could share the instructions.  I don't follow instructions well and certainly struggled at times especially when trying to stick the sides of the book together.  Thanks to the internet I found a faux book tutorial by Tanya and this helped me to stick the pages together in a different way.  It certainly wasn't easy waiting for the glue to catch but I got there in the end.  Once I'd got the four sides together I weighted it down overnight with some craft magazines and some of my die storage boxes to ensure a good stick.
 For the faux book I made a box for it to sit inside.  I used my Crafter's Companion boxer board.  I struggle with this board as I bought my Crafter's Companion Ultimate on offer a few weeks before the Ultimate Pro was launched.  With the Ultimate Pro the board locks inside whereas with the Ultimate it doesn't and I have to use stand-alone and I struggle to hold the page exactly where it needs to go.  I think I did some movement as I know I measured correctly and left a centimetre gap on all four sides but when I put the book in the finished box it only just goes in.  I wish I had the funds to buy the Ultimate Pro as it would make things so much easier.  I used various scroll stamps and Toffee Versafine ink to stamp around the box before I stuck it together.
 I have scribbled out the name of the bride and groom.  For the box and the faux book I have used papers from my Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Wedding CD and my Debbi Moore Wedding CD. 
  I made all the flowers - which took some time - using a Sue Wilson die.  I added Nuvo drops to the centre and left to dry overnight.
 Inside the card I used an image from the Paper Nest Dolls.  I saw a show on Hochanda with their stamps and digital stamps were mentioned so I had to have a look.  I was pleased when I saw a "Wedding Couple" image so I had to have it - along with some others!!!.  I coloured the image in with my Promarkers.  I found a new colour combo for a light coloured dress - ivory and vanilla.  I fussy cut around the image.
 Inside the middle of the faux book I did a shadow effect with a Marianne Designs corner die.  I used a pyromage image from the Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Wedding CD.
 The inside and out of the card and box has been finished off with ribbon, hand-made flowers, gems and various elements from the Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Wedding CD.
Here is the finished card sitting inside the box.  

My husband and I hope hope the happy couple have a long and happy married life together.

Unfortunately I had a medical procedure done on Tuesday and the post-procedure recovery has been a lot harder than I ever thought so no wedding reception for me today.

I am entering this faux book card and decorated box into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
More Mixed Media - Anything goes with the option of pastel
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
CD Sunday - Celebration
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/summer fun
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday- Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of anything but a card
Brown Sugar - Anything goes

Friday, 28 July 2017

Enjoy Your Retirement

Here is a retirement card I have made using various elements from a Debbi Moore Inspirations Magazine.

I have finished the card off with die-cut butterflies, ribbon and ribbon slider.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes/summer fun
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday- Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of anything but a card

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 21 July 2017

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "MONOCHROME".

This week the Design Team were challenged to the topic of "anything goes".

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my summery card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Keep in Faith" and I have coloured her in with my Promarkers and added white gel pen highlights.

The papers I have used are from my friend Lozzy.  I have used papers from the following sets:  Scratch, Grid, Checkout and Mixed up.

I have finished the card off with a die-cut handmade sunflower and leaves, stamped sentiment, gems, lace and a doily.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Classic DT Open Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Colour Crazy - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
As You Like It - Do you prefer gems or pearls and why? (I love them both but my favourite has to be gems as I love to add a little bit of sparkle and shine to my creations)
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - July use any image challenge
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Come and Get It - Use 2 or more designer papers
Pile it On - Primary colours of something beginning with "s" (sunflowers)
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of monochrome
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and simple or fussy and fancy
Passion for Promarkers - Bright colours
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Use a patterned paper
Cute Card Thursday - Summer colours
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of party time

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Our 26th Wedding Anniversary

Can you remember what you were doing 26 years ago today?

I can as it was the day I married my wonderful husband so today we are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary.  

We haven't had an easy time due to me having ill health most of these years but we have managed to bring up two amazing children.
For my card for my husband I have used my Debbi Moore Shabby Chic Love CD and I have used a decoupage page and sentiment.

I have used backing papers from my stash.

I have finished the card off with some twine, stamped sentiment which was a freebie from a magazine and some gorgeous gems I bought from Colemans Warehouse in Rushden when I went to see Dawn Bibby.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Come and Get It - Use 2 or more designer papers
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Penny's Paper - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
  

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The image is called "Love Magic" and it is available as a special introductory price of $2.80 (instead of the original price of $4).  

Hurry as this offer ends on 23 July 2017.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 14 July 2017

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "MONOCHROME".

This week the Design Team were challenged to use the same image "The Tender Angie".

Here is my inspiration post with this image.
 For my seaside inspired card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "The Tender Angie" and I have coloured her in with my Promarkers and fussy cut around the image adding some Nuvo pearl dots here and there.

For this card I have used various stamps that I have bought from Joy! Crafts and also a set that came free with last months' issue of the Creative Stamping magazine.

The backing paper I have used is from Debbi Moore's Nautical CD.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Paper Creator - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Beside the sea
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of monochrome
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of blue and green
Classic DT Open Challenge - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Anything goes

Monday, 10 July 2017

Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - July 2017 - Summertime

 It is time for another challenge over at The Crafty Purple Frog Challenge Blog.

The topic this month is "SUMMERTIME".

Here is my card with this theme.  
For my card I have used the Dovecraft Back to Basics goody bag.  These goodie bags are a wonderful idea as everything matches in the bag.  For this card I have used some backing papers, card blanks (which I have cut up for matting and layering as I wanted to make a bigger card) and some gems.

The rubber stamp I have had for a long time and is by Michael Powell.  I recently changed around my storage for my stamps.  It took over two weeks to finish but I have easy access to my stamps now and have made use of stamps like this that had not seen the "light of day"!!  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and some of my Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.  I then have used my Wow! embossing pen on the surface of the sea and then added my Wow! Sand Dunes embossing powder to add some sparkle to the sea.  I then used my Wow! embossing pen on the windows of the huts and the glass of the lighthouse and then added my Wow! superfine clear embossing powder to add a glaze to the glass.

I have finished the card off with some decorative fish net, various seaside themed die-cuts coloured with Pan Pastels and some gems from the goodie bag.

This card is for my husband's birthday.  I long to live by the sea.  In the meantime when we go away it always has to be near the sea.  One time when my husband was at a course in Eastbourne I went too and I had a scary experience with a seagull who swooped down and pinched one triangle of my sandwich.  A few years later my husband and I went back again to Eastbourne and we dared to sit in the same spot.  Obviously it was a place drawn by seagulls as one swooped down and tried to pinch our lunch.  Needless to say we moved inside the shopping centre to finish our lunch!!

 I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Cardz 4 Guyz - Beside the sea
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty friends - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of blue and green
Delicious Doodles - Beside the sea
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
The Male Room - Add texture (embossing and netting)
Let's Craft and Create - Beachy or red/white/blue
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/summer colours
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says - Summer sunshine
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Star Stampz - Summer celebrations
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Stamping - no digis
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of add some lace
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin - Photo inspiration