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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Cazzy Hookin' time: Infinity scarf

Lots of swans, comorant, robin, moorhen and more photos on this post. Cazzy Hookin' time: Infinity scarf: This is my latest make, an infinity scarf for hubby - and he is actually wearing it! The pattern is a free one from Little Monkeys Croch...

Friday, 22 January 2016

Cazzy Hookin' time: C2C for the dog!

Cazzy Hookin' time: C2C for the dog!: I made a small C2C (corner to corner) blanket for the dog, it isn't perfect but it will do. I made the border up - do you want to kn...

Monday, 18 January 2016

Quirky January, we are celebrating!

It is the Quirky Crafts challenge reminder, for which I am late, and I am celebrating my Granddaughter's 1st birthday, for which I am very early! She is only 10 weeks old, but for once in my life I am prepared in advance!
We are sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet who provided this, and many more, cute images to the team to showcase. The image is called Baby and is by Beary Dust, isn't she cute!
I coloured Baby with Promarkers and die cut her and all the panels with Spellbinders dies. The background and stamped Celebrate ribbon are all Hero Arts stamps, there are three different definition stamps in the background - Celebrate, Birthday and Family.
Granddaughter is stamped with a Papermania clear stamp, 1 today is I think a Pink Gems stamp set, and Happy Birthday was hand written (with a Marvy's Wet Look pen and heat embossed) by me after searching for over an hour for a vertical stamp I don't think I have after all! I heat embossed the words with holographic embossing powder by Papermania. Finally I die cut the word Cute with a Die-version die.

If you want to see photos of me, the dogs and friends, a robin, ducks and a Kingfisher - check the post below and click the link to my crochet blog!

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some more lovely examples and to play along to win Stitchy digital images.

Challenges entered:
Inspiration Destination - anything goes (Tues)
Fab n Funky - for a child (Wed)
A Gem of a Challenge - female birthday (22nd Jan)
Sweet Stampin' - things with wings (Sat)
Pile it on - #99 Use your first initial (C for Cute and celebrate) (24th Jan)
Simply Papercrafts - #21 anything goes (29th Jan)
Ribbon Girls - any image (30th Jan)
Creative Fingers - #100 anything goes
ABC challenge - Z for Zero embellishments (Jan)
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Stitchy Bear Facebook challenge for Jan.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Cazzy Hookin' time: Rustic set, hat and infinity scarf.

Cazzy Hookin' time: Rustic set, hat and infinity scarf.: It has turned cold here in Wiltshire, and the rest of the UK, and I had lost my only hat last year. It was a bought one anyway. I had st...

Friday, 15 January 2016

Cazzy Hookin' time: Sweet baby bun bun.

Cazzy Hookin' time: Sweet baby bun bun.: The yarn is King Cole Cherish baby yarn, which comes in wonderful colours. The pattern for the dress and bolero is a free one by Just C...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Cazzy Hookin' time: Another star is born!

Cazzy Hookin' time: Another star is born!: A star blanket that is! This one is for my new Granddaughter's baby cousin who is due any day now. It had to be similar colours to th...

Cazzy Hookin' time: Confessions of a hoarder!

Cazzy Hookin' time: Confessions of a hoarder!: In the garage "loft" I have 4 large wheeled boxes of yarn on cones which I acquired when I was machine knitting. Apart from be...

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Let's Quirky Celebrate everything crafty!


YAY It's Quirky challenge time again, it is my challenge and the first of our new monthly challenges this year!
My challenge to you is to celebrate anything you like, but you must include the word Celebrate, or Celebration. 
I am celebrating having a new team, new monthly format, and the New Year.
We are sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet who provided the team with images to use, and are providing three prizes to our lucky top three.
Here are the details:
The digi I used is called Craft Queen by BB Kakes from Stitchy Bear, her craft room is way tidier than mine!
I took one chocolate box and stuck the inside into the lid to strengthen it, then painted it with white gesso before painting it with Paper Artsy Fresco paints. I painted it with Ice Blue then sponged Beach Hut and South Pacific over the top.
I cut a piece of designer printed paper by Me and My Big Ideas to use for the background and adhered it to the box. The image was coloured with Promarkers and metallic pens (and now I see what I forgot, meant to add some gems to the crown - will have to do that and retake).
I found some ribbon sliders spelling celebrate and added them and their ribbon to the top of the frame. Quirky is stamped with an Inkadinkado stamp and heat embossed in gold. DoCrafts scrabble tiles spell out the words round the frame, and some shiny red mirror mosaic tiles are dotted inbetween them.
The die cut corner is a Spellbinders Heartfelt die, and the other corner features tiny buttons. I added real shells, tiny cork stoppered bottles of glittery stuff and some freebie metal charms, an odd peacock feather embellishement and an exercise book embellishment that I hand wrote in. 
To finish it off I rubbed some Treasure Gold round the edge of the frame where the lid edge is.

Here it is from another angle, I made some changes to it from the original below (where you can still see wet glue)! I added two legs made from wooden beads, and I really thought it would stand up - it isn't standing without help! So, as I type, a third leg made from two beads is painted and drying, and I had to paint the back of the box today - now you can only see the embossed chocolate bars and make if you really look. I think I might have to decorate the back, all that blue space!
I added some gems to the crown, and drew some images on the stamps on the shelf, and added another little bottle, who knows what will appear on this next!





This is the chocolate box, the chocolates were a Christmas present from my hubby, he knows what I like!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals - #52 anything goes end of year bash and hop (5th Jan)
Tuesday Throwdown - #274 anything goes
Simon Says - Lets Party (Wed)
Cute Card Thursday - #406 anything goes 
Left of Centre - all things new (Fri)
Brown Sugar - New Year (Fri)
That's Crafty - anything goes (11th Jan)
Allsorts - what's new? (Sat)
Glitter and Sparkle - #169 anything goes (Sun)
That Craft Place - anything goes (Jan 17)
Love to Create - anything mixed media (24th Jan)
Crafts Galore - #25 anything goes (Jan)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Peace and love at Christmas

This is a Sizzix Bigz die and embossing folder combination, and I cut and embossed the dove with Cordinations paper, and sanded it to try it out. So it sat in my box of bits until now. The gorgeous paper it is on was some that I think I was given and I don't know who it is by, it has the same colour in it as the bird, and has faux stitching. The sentiments were cut with Xcut dies, and are covered in glue, I hope it eventually dried clear as it should. This was a really quick card to make.

I stamped the envelope with PaperArtsy stamps and coloured the images with Promarkers, getting inky finger prints on the envelope as you can see.

This stamp is from the same set, the envelope got creased when I carried it with me in case I needed one to give on Boxing day, and I nearly gave it away today - but forgot to take it with me!

I used the sentiment block from the same set inside, haven't taken a photo of that.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals - anything goes (Wed)
Die Cut Divas - warm and cosy (Dec)
Less is more - Homespun (Sat) Withdrawn as 5 challenge rule exceeded and not enough white space.
My time to craft - Last minute Christmas (Sat)
Crafting from the heart - #92 anything goes (Mon)
Simon Says - make it sparkle (Wed)

Friday, 25 December 2015

Don't eat yellow snow!

 Happy Christmas to you all, I have had a good day with the family over for lunch and family staying and all went to plan I think.
This card was for my hubby, he needs a laugh! The digi is from Dr Digi, it is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with Spellbinders dies. Paper is Dovecraft I think.
The ribbon is exclusive to Crafty Ribbons.
When I showed it to my parents they said it was lovely, I had to get them to look more closely at the image haha!
Inside is decorated too, and I printed off the sentiment.


Challenges entered:
Die Cut Divas - warm and cosy (Dec)
LOC - #109/110 Anything goes (1st Jan)
Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge Let it Snow (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge (5th Jan)
Winter Wonderland - bingo, ribbon, animal snowflakes (7th Jan)
Cute Card Thursdays - #405 anything goes 
Creative Card Crew - #103 Anything goes (12th Jan)
Polkadoodles - anything goes (15th Jan)
Digi Chooseday - anything goes (19th Jan)

Awards.
Ike's World - Santa is coming (28th Dec)


Oddball Art - Winter or Christmas (14th Jan)







Oh Christmas tree - not!

This evil snowman had a great idea, to spray Flossie the sheep green and decorate her as a Christmas tree! When I saw Flossie on another blog I had to go straight to Dr Digi and buy her, and I also bought the snowman. The spray can and light bulbs were freebies, and I snagged a few more freebies too. Lights are All Dressed Up, and I used Promarkers to colour my fun scene! Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the layers are cut with Spellbinders, paper is Dovecraft.

It has been commented that Flossie is a strange zoo animal, and I would like to point out that the ABC DT examples included a shepherd holding a lamb! Also there are such things as petting zoos for children over here, I believe there is or was one at Longleat where you could find lambs to pet, then again Flossie could just be the Lion's dinner!

Challenges entered:
Ike's World - Santa is coming (28th Dec)
Crafty Gals - anything goes (Wed)
Crafting by Designs - anything goes (Dec)
Die Cut Divas - warm and cosy (Dec)
LOC - #109/110 Anything goes (1st Jan)
Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge Let it Snow (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge (5th Jan)
ABC Christmas - Z is for zoo animal (6th Jan)
Winter Wonderland - bingo, ribbon, animal snowflakes (7th Jan)
Cute Card Thursdays - #405 anything goes 
Creative Card Crew - #103 Anything goes (12th Jan)
Oddball Art - Winter or Christmas (14th Jan)

Sing loud!

Here is the card I made last night for my grandson. The first thing he did when he got to our house was sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas extremely loudly!
The little boy is a Molly Blooms stamp, "We Wish You..." is an Indigo Blu stamp, and "The Best Way...." is a Kaisercraft stamp. The verse is die cut with a Spellbinders speech bubble, the panels of paper are die cut with Spellbinders too, the spotty paper was a freebie and the music paper is from a Craftwork Cards pad. The image is coloured with Promarkers and Stickles Ice Diamond on the fluffy bits, and finally some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Can you tell what it is yet? By the way he said he liked the box best and played inside that for hours!

Challenges entered:
Ike's World - Santa is coming (28th Dec)
Die Cut Divas - warm and cosy (Dec)
LOC - #109/110 Anything goes (1st Jan)
ABC - X for xtreme (Tues)
Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge Let it Snow (Tues)
Love to Scrap - #68 anything goes (3rd Jan)
Cute Card Thursdays - #405 anything goes 
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge (5th Jan)
That's Crafty - anything goes (11th Jan)
Creative Card Crew - #103 Anything goes (12th Jan)
Oddball Art - Winter or Christmas (14th Jan)
Polkadoodles - anything goes (15th Jan)
Digi Chooseday - anything goes (19th Jan)

Monday, 21 December 2015

Catching up - Little Claire geese.

I've tried to stick to bought card blanks for speed, and to use them up. Also they come with envelopes so no scrabbling round to find the right one. I had this shaped card (that I had cut earlier) lurking on my desk and decided to use it. The stamped geese are a Little Claire stamp, and they were coloured with Promarkers and die cut with Spellbinders, as was the card blank and paper layers. Papers are DCWV I think. Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I think this is a special Christmas card, my favourite so far, and I will give it to my best friend for Christmas.

I have entered the following challenges:
Sweet Stamping - Merry Christmas (26th Dec)
Crafting from the heart - #91 anything goes (28th Dec)
Little Claire - Special Christmas card (Dec)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Dec)
Crafting by Designs - anything goes (Dec)
LOC - #109/110 Anything goes (1st Jan)
Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge Let it Snow (Tues)
Simon Says - make it sparkle (Wed)
Love to Scrap - #68 anything goes (3rd Jan)
That's Crafty - anything goes (11th Jan)
Pile it on - Winter/Christmas (9th Jan)
Polkadoodles - anything goes (15th Jan)

Catching up - cuddly snowman

I found these two Penny Black snowmen ready to go, and this Papermania paper seemed just right. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment that comes with the image onto the paper and heat embossed it. One is done with silver pearl embossing powder, the other with gold. The images were coloured with Promarkers. Some of Crafty Ribbons' exclusive ribbon finished off the card.

I've entered the following challenges:
Sweet Stamping - Merry Christmas (26th Dec)
Penny Black Saturdays - Christmas (Dec)
Crafting by Designs - Here comes the Holidays (Dec)
Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge Let it Snow (Tues)
Crafty Cardmakers - #154 Snow (6th Jan)
Pile it on - Winter/Christmas (9th Jan)

Awards:


Cards Galore - anything goes (Dec)

Catching up - Postbox

Yes well, I think I should have posted some cards today - they will be late! This is an image by Terri Sherman who is Delicious Doodles!
I coloured the image with Promarkers and die cut it with Spellbinders.
I added some Crafty Ribbons ribbon, which looks a bit crooked, but another one done!

I have entered the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles - Christmas (Dec)
Crafting from the heart - #91 anything goes (28th Dec)
Crafting by Designs - anything goes (Dec)
Crafty Cardmakers - #154 Snow (6th Jan)
Pile it on - Winter/Christmas (9th Jan)

Catching up - Penny Black tree

I had stamped this Penny Black tree and heat embossed it, then die cut it with a Spellbinders oval die a number of times. I found this gorgeous die cut sentiment using a new die I bought earlier this year which is an IO die. Decided they were perfect together - but then I couldn't find the die to cut some more! I spent hours looking until the early hours, resulting in only two complete cards that evening.

I searched for that die again the following night, and gave up and used some Xcut dies instead. Not as pretty but another 6 cards ready!

I have entered the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturdays - Christmas (Dec)
Vintage Stamping - Trees (Dec)
Simon Says - make it sparkle (Wed)
Pile it on - Winter/Christmas (9th Jan)
Polkadoodles - anything goes (15th Jan)

Awards:
Crafting by Designs - Here comes the Holidays (Dec)

Catching up on Christmas - Doodle Dragon robin

I love this Doodle Dragon robin. I haven't been able to get in the mood for Christmas. I had maybe a dozen cards left from last year or made this year, but I need more. So I got out the digis that I had already coloured with Promarkers and die cut last year, or maybe the year before and this is one. It was ready mounted on the fancy Spellbinders Label as well as coloured, I just added some paper and a stamped greeting that was also in the box already (Hero Arts?). The paper is from a Craftwork Cards pad and is designed by Steph Davies. 
Like my Yankee Candle jar top? I can't get it to work with all cards, and there is a trick to getting them to actually stand up on this one, which is to open them so the other half counterbalances the front!

I've entered the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart - #91 anything goes (28th Dec)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Dec)
Crafting by Designs - Here comes the Holidays (Dec)
LOC - #109/110 Anything goes (1st Jan)
Love to Scrap - #68 anything goes (3rd Jan)
Crafty Cardmakers - #154 Snow (6th Jan)
Pile it on - Winter/Christmas (9th Jan)

Monday, 30 November 2015

Quirky Christmas and DT call reminder

 I have managed to make one card, I've been in bed for a week with a virus or flu, not sure which! It is Quirky Reminder time, I didn't make it for the challenge due to computer problems, then getting sick!
I have used two cute Bugaboo images, they are one of our three sponsors this time, Skinny Bird Candy Cane and Skinny Bird Ornaments, they go so well together to make a scene.
The papers are: red and green striped from Craftwork Cards in a pad called Christmas Post, and the Merry Christmas Robins are from My Mind's Eye and the pad was a freebie with Card Making and Papercrafts magazine last year I think.
The ribbon is an exclusive from Crafty Ribbons and the digi and panel are cut with Spellbinders dies.
The images are coloured with Promarkers, with added glitter glue and Flowersoft in Polar White.


The other sponsors at Quirky are Ditzie Designs and Digital Delights so hop on over and see some more and play along to win some great prizes.
Also Bugaboo are having a 50% off sale on Christmas digis right now!
Don't forget Your Quirky Needs You! We need more Quirky teamies to keep going, we have a few applicants so far, if you would like to apply please let me know.

I've entered the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Nearly Christmas (Tues)
Crafting by Design - get ready for Christmas (Wed)
Fab n Funky - Christmas (Wed)
Crafty Ribbons - Frosty Christmas (Thurs)
Creative Card Crew - 101 It's cold outside (Thurs)
Pile it on - use red and green (Sun)
Christmas Card Challenges - anything Christmas goes (Sun)
Graph'it Markers - Christmas (4/11 Dec)

Challenges Won.
Catch the Bug - sketch #319 3rd place.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

New Big Brother

My new little granddaughter is here, she is 3 weeks and 1 day old today. She had a card I made ages ago, because I spent all my time making a New Big Brother card for Kenny (poor Lily - I will make it up to her next time).
This Molly Blooms stamp of a little boy with his kite was perfect, and Kenny opened the card and said "that's me"(he loves kite flying)! Result! 
I coloured the boy with Promarkers and die cut it with Spellbinders. I added DCWV papers from three pads, the background is from All About Boys and had all the right colours for the image.
The letters are cut with Sizzlets Bounce, the New is cut with an Xcut Christmas words set, and Brother is a Spellbinders die from a family set. The airplane - I can't remember who makes this die set, I will have to look for the packaging.

I would like to tell you that there is a new Challenge at Quirky Crafts and it is Christmas, I hope to make something to show you for that soon, (I am late due to my computer throwing a wobbly last week and being away for the weekend visiting my new granddaughter and grandson - where my son fixed the computer) we have three great sponsors and prizes, so hop along to Quirky and join the party! We also have a DT call, your Quirky needs you - or we won't have any challenges next year!

I've entered a few challenges:
Crafting by Design - 3 of something - papers (24th Nov)
Creative Fingers - #98 anything goes 
Ike's World - Childhood (30th Nov)
TTCRD - Anything goes 11th - 30th Nov
Cards Galore - use a stamp or digi (Nov)
Craft Stamper - take a stamp (Nov)
Die Cut Divas - warm and cosy (Nov)
Papertake Weekly - pick sketch #85 (Tues)
Addicted to Stamps - #172 make your mark (Wed)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Quirky feathers, they are light!

It's Quirky reminder time and the challenge is all about feathers of any kind, even images containing feathers. The bird alone would have been enough but I have feathers that have sat in a box for maybe 10 years so this is a good excuse to use them. The digi and sentiment set are called Chickz - Cool Chick from Bugaboo . I love a bird in DMs! I coloured the bird with Promarkers and die cut it with Spellbinders Labels 8, and the sentiment with deckled rectangles. The paper is Rockstar by DCWV which I searched for for ages before finding a pad for sale not at a silly price. The polka dot ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons who are also sponsoring us along with Bugaboo and Sweet Pea Stamps.
Sweet Pea are closing down so it could be your last chance to win some digis from them.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts for some more inspiration and to play along and maybe win prizes. We love to see your work.

This chicky is stomping into the following challenges:
Simon Says - Thinking of you (Wed)
Cute Card Thursday - Birds/Animals
Daring Cardmakers - cuddly creatures (Fri)
Glitter n Sparkle - add a die cut (Sun)