Tuesday 18 April 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges 142 - One for the Girls

Over at CWWCC we have a new sponsor.

Our Sponsor the this challenge is a new sponsor Jackie of

Theme:  One for the Girls

We were generously given images to work with and I chose Evath.  I coloured her using Spectum Noir pens and the paper was from a 250gsm paper pad from B & M.  I think it was a bargain at £2.99 for 24 double sided card and I really like all the designs.  The shapes were cut on the SnC and I designed the flourish myself.  Not perfect but my own.  Nuvo glitter drops in the centre of the flowers and ribbon from chocolate box.  My MIL saves ribbons for me, she also asks her friends to save them for her and I'm sure I'm not the only person who uses the annoying ribbons in clothes that are supposed to hold the t-shirt on the hanger.  That's what flocked covered hangers are for.  The gold card is also from B & M 1.99 for 20 and it cuts like a dream.

Hop over to the Challenge and show us your Girly projects.


Allsorts Challenge 411 - Sketch by Brenda
Creatalicious Challenges #113 - Anything Goes optional Birthday
Creative Fingers Challenge 128 - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends 41 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Colour inspiration

Sunday 2 April 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges 141 - Animals

For our challenge over at CWWCC we have a theme of Animals and the prize is a selection of ribbons.  We have not sponsor so we went freestyle.  As people who read this blog know I love my Scan n Cut so my project was completely made using this machine.

I converted an image from a Daisytrail digi kit called Country ways.  CraftArtist 2 has the ability to convert files to .svg.  It took me a while to figure it out but now it's my go to program to convert picture to .svg.

The papers I used were from a 12 x 12 scrapbook pad from The Range called Mix & Match Colour Basics at £2.99 it fell into my basket.  It took a while to find it as it wasn't with the big brand scrap pads.  The yellow and orange are from a pack of Papermania card i've had for years.  Crystals from Poundland.  Ribbon from an Easter chocolate box.

Hop over to CWWCC and show us your Animal projects.


Cute Card Thrusday 471 - Warm tones and colours
Crafts Galore Challenges - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 challenges 379 - Use multiple colours
Crafting With Friends 40 - Anything Goes

Sunday 19 March 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges 140 - Add Circlies

For challenge 140 we would like you to add circles.  Circles in any form from stamped, paper design, card shape etc.  Our generous sponsor is
Fabrika Fantasy

We were generously given an image to use and I chose Air Fairy.  I didn't fancy blue so I went with a vintage colouring.  Image coloured with Spectum Noir pens, paper from B & M paper pad Memory Lane, mats cut on Scan n Cut.  The sentiments are Sheena Douglass
Word stamps.
I think you'll agree there are plenty of circles on this card.  Hop over to CWWCC and show us your projects including circles.

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Crafting When We Can Challenges #139 - Mixed Media

If my head wasn't attached to my shoulders I swear I'd lose it.  I made my project for the challenge and then forgot to post it.  Our sponsor for this challenge is 

We were given images to use and I chose Birthday Jaz.  I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens and a signo white pen for the spots on her socks.  I'm really impressed with this white pen it's so much better than ones I've used before.  The canvas was wiped with acrylic paint (using a face wipe as I didn't have any baby wipes).  I cut a stencil on my scan n cut and dabbed more paint onto the canvas.  Spectrum Noir pens were used to go around the stencilled shapes and then I used pearl paint and tonic Nuvo sparkle pearls to decorate them.
It's a looser style than I usually do but I think my Bestie will be proud, I got paint on my fingers and everything.  I didn't worry about the splogy paint and squiggles and I really enjoyed making this project.

Hop over to the Challenge and show us your mixed media projects.  All you have to do is use more than 1 media on your project.  Pens and glitter, paint and modelling paste etc.

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**

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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.


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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