Monday, 20 February 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges 138 - Photo Inspiration

A little late with my post but when you're offered free tickets to see a new musical based in Sheffield you don't turn them down.  Saturday my crafting day was taken up watching a really good show called 'Everyone's Talking About Jamie' at the Crucible Theatre. 

Anyhoo, the Challenge for this fortnight is sponsored by Vera from

Prize: $10 gift certificate for Lemon Shortbread shop

Theme: Inspirational Photo

We were kindly given an image to use and I chose Not My Dolly.  I used my SnC to cut my tag and layers.  The faux stitching was also done by the SnC.  Spectum Noir pens BT2, BT3, BT9, CT1, CR8, LG3 were used to colour the image and clear overlay Sparkle pens was used on the red dress.  I raided my button stash for the buttons, they were purchased from The Range.  The little half bobbins I wound cotton around were may by my OH on his 3D printer.  I really enjoyed making this tag.  Ribbon from stash, probably from around a chocolate box.

Hop over to the Challenge and show us your projects inspired by the photo and you may be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prize.


Spectrum Noir Challenge February - anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge 125 - anything goes
Crafting With Friends 37 - anything goes
Inspiration Destination 122 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday 465 - no patterned paper

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


I should have posted this on 22nd January but I completely forgot.  

Our wonderful sponsor was Sasayaki Glitter Digital Designs and the theme was spots and/or stripes.  I went with both.

I designed a stripy mat, on S'n'C Canvas, that I could put something behind, I chose spotty paper.  I printed the image onto Crafters Companion Neenah Desert Storm, Kraft paper.  Unfortunately, I used the spectrum noir pencils.  Bad idea, there is no tooth to this paper and the pencils went shiny when blended, you'll see this on the photo.  I also cut the pattern for the pleated butterflies on the S'n'C.  The paper was some 12" x 12" I've had for years.

If you want to hop over to the CWWCC you can join in the current challenge which is #137 - FLOWERS

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges Challenge 137

The challenge over at Crafting When We Can Challenges is sponsored by

Theme: flowers

We were generously given an image to work with and I chose Pretty Flowers.  

I used my Spectum noir pens to colour the image in and to colour the background papers.  Won't be doing that again, I used up so much ink.  The scan n cut cut the flower card blank and all the mats.  All card was from my stash.  The flowers were from my stash, I've had them for years.  I then used the scan n cut to cut the special and a die set by first choice for Mum.  I put them at the angle my OH wanted (it is his Mum after all) and used Viva pearl pen around the edge.  I also managed not to poke the pearls to see if they were dry.  So proud of myself.

As an afterthought I may add the pearls to the bottom layer to match the pink at the top.**pearls added to bottom layer**

Hop over to the CWWCC and join us by linking your wonderful projects.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 133 - BINGO

I didn't realise I hadn't posted, up to the rafters with costumes for the Panto in 2 weeks.  Lots of hand sewing to do and tiaras to make.  It always comes good in the end and we have a really good show which kicks off the start of Christmas for me.  Anyhoo better get on with the post.

Once again we have as our sponsor over at CWWCC, the talented Caitlyn, from

I really enjoy using Caitlyn's image as I find they are wonderful for practising my colouring.  The features are so clear and the hair is great for practising highlights.  We were generously given images to work with and I chose Skye.  I'm really please with the colouring of this image and I really like her hair.  I also noticed I seem drawn to blond.  Must try a brunette next time, or green like my daughter.

The prize is 3 images from the store

Theme: BINGO

spots and stripes/animal/pearl
spots are the embossing on the orange card and I took liberties with the stripes

The pearls are faux using a viva pearl pen, the paper is DCWV, orange card Tim Holtz, embossing folder swiss dots can'r remember who's, frame Tonic, sketch by Sandra a couple of challenges ago.  Coloured as usual with my Spectrum Noir pens and mats cut on my scanncut.


Addicted to Stamps #222 - Make your mark - Spectrum Noir
Simon say Stamp - Anything Goes

Hop over to the challenge blog and link up your wonderful projects.  I bet you've used 3 of the bingo without even knowing.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 132 - Circles

I forgot to post my card for this challenge so better late than never.  You still have until Saturday afternoon to enter your circle inspired projects.  It can contain 1 or more circles as long as we can see a circle.

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is the talented Caitlyn Crosfield of

Caitlyn very generously gave us images to use and I chose Tracy.  I really enjoyed working with this image I think I would like to use it to practice my colouring.  I love her hair.  I cut a circle stencil on the scan'n'cut and use distressed inks to colour through. I then made a mat with circles surrounding it and welded it together.  The ribbon threaded through was from some chocolates last Christmas and the stamped sentiment is one of my first stamps.  This was stamped onto one of the circles cut from the stencil.  The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.

Hop over the the Challenge and show us your project including a circle or circles.


Sweet Stampin' challenges - Happy Birthday
addicted to stamps #136 - Die cuts/punches
Shopping our Stash #278 - Front and Centre
ribbon from last years chocolates, stamp from years ago, distress inks not used for months
Crafty Catz Challenge #347 - Anything Goes with optional red

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #131 - Sketch by Sandra

Over at CWWCC we have a great sketch by Sandra. I know a lot of people don't use just fell together and I'm really please at how this turned. out.

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Nikki Burnette from

Theme: sketch by Sandra

We were kindly given images to use and I chose Red. I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens and used my Scan n cut to cut my mats. The patterned paper was from the digikit 'snow globes'. The silver card was from B & M and the white base card is from Poundland.

Break out of your comfort zone and have a go at this great sketch by Sandra. Hop over to the challenge to see some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT and show us your interpretation of the sketch.


C.R.A.F.T. challenges 387 - Ribbon, Sparkle and Shine
Allsorts Challenge 387 - Let's start Christmas early
Crafty Catz 344 - Anything Goes with optional dies/punches
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 129 - Christmas Comes Early

Over at CWWCC we have the very talented Heather Valentin from
We were very kindly given an image to work with and I chose Peace on Earth.  I coloured her with my Spectrum Noir pencils and highlighted pieces with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  Unfortunately you can't really see the sparkle on the picture but it's there.  I used blue glitter card from Create and Craft and the stars and sentiment were cut on my scan'n'cut using a sticky back sparkle vinyl from Home Bargains.  This stuff is amazing to cut, I stuck it to card and then cut out the stars and layered them on to my card.  The wide ribbon across the card is from The Range.  She reminded me of a 70's girl so I chose a 70's font for the word Peace and the oval mats are from Tonic mixed layering dies.
Hop over to CWWCC and show us your Christmas projects, I know a lot of you have already started so enter our challenge and you could be in with a chance to win the wonderful prize.


Sketch Saturday #432 - Sketch by Alex
Digital Delights #14 - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - October Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges #100 - Anything Goes ~ optional celebration
They also have a blog hop party with this challenge.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 128 - Use your favourite medium ((pens, pencils, paint etc)

Over at Crafting When We Can Challenges we have the lovely Sarah from

For my project I chose Spring Rain I wanted to use bright colours to counteract the grey skies and storms we've had this week.  My favourite medium is my Spectrum Noir pens, I also used my fiskar cutter, which I use everytime I craft and my Tonic dies and punches.  All the paper and card are from my stash and because I hate to waste papers I've gutted the card you can't see and now have loads of gold and red name dies (First Edition dies from Hobbycraft Female and Male titles Mum, Dad, Sister etc)  The flowers are various punches and the leaves were cut on the scan'n'cut.
Looks better in person.  Photo makes it look washed out and flat

Hop over to CWWCC and leave us your projects using your favourite medium.


Sketch Saturday #430 - Sketch by Debra
Addicted to Stamps#211 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #116 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges #99 - Anything Goes with optional tune
(April Showers bring May Flowers - by Al Jolson) 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges #127 - Happy Birthday

It's birthday time over at Crafting When We Can Challenges and was having probs with my blogger and totally forgot to post my card. So here it is (you have until next Saturday UK time to link you birthday creation).

This week we have the wonderful Cheri Shull of
Prize - choice of
1. choose any 2 digi's (value $5)
2. choose current color club (value $10)
Theme: Happy Birthday

To start with I created a frame of cupcakes to go around my image using the SVG function in CraftArtist and the Scan'n'Cut to cut the file. I then added an offset to mat the cupcakes using Create and Craft glitter card. The background papers are from a CWVC paper pad. The image and cupcakes were coloured using Spectrum noir pens. The image is It's my birthday. The sentiment is one from the scan'n'cut on board library.

Hop over to CWWCC and show us your 'Happy Birthday' projects.  It can be any form of project and as long as you follow the rules you will be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Crafting When We Can Challenges 126 - Dies and Punches

Firstly we have some new DT members to welcome so hop over to CWWCC and leave them some love when you link up your project.

Our wonderful Sponsor for this challenge is Nikki from

We were able to choose an image pack and I chose 5 Swinging Monkeys.  It was a pleasure working with these images and I've had another idea that I want to try. 

I used the Crafter's Companion Big Score to create my card and coloured the images in with Spectrum Noir pens.  The papers are from my stash and the die cuts and punches are from Tonic.  I had add 2 pictures so you can see them images and the die cut/punched detail.

Now it's your turn to show us your creation using dies and punches.  Hop over and leave your projects with the linky at the bottom of the post.  


Addicted to Stamps #207 - Make your Mark (Spectrum Noir pens)
Crafty Catz #334 - Anything Goes (Birthday optional)