Monday, 22 November 2021

We Wish you a 'Cute Christmas'

 Over at Make My Monday it's my turn to choose the theme this time.  I would love to see your 'cute christmas' makes please.  I had a root through my stash and found this adorable topper for my card.


Other than that I used some off cuts from my box of scraps and a holly leaf embellishment I bought a pack of from The Works.  I'm really pleased with it and I have enough toppers to make some more.

Please pop over and join in the fun.  If nothing else, it will keep me busy commenting.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 19 November 2021

It's Quads

 Morning all.  We have the letter Q for you today over at The Alphabet Challenge.  Q for Quadruple - we would like 4 of something on your projects please.  Plenty of scope for this one so you've no excuse not to join in.   


I went through my scrap box for some pretty paper and started from there. I used a sketch from one of my Pinterest boards and some die cut flowers from some off cuts of white card.  I'm chuffed to bits with the result.  I keep using all these scraps but the box doesn't seem to get any emptier.  It's like the Magic Porridge Pot.  It just keeps filling up.

OK, I'm off to use up some more scraps.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Thursday, 18 November 2021

Fun Fruit (or Veg)

 Morning all.  We have a new theme over at Cardz4galz this morning. We would love to see 'Fruit or Veg' on your projects please.  I had a fun set of free stamps from a magazine recently.  I was totally spoilt for choice but chose a fine looking pineapple - mainly as I found some pineapple backing paper lurking in my stash.


It does seem a little unseasonal in the middle of autumn but hopefully it's a bit of sunshine on a miserable day.  I love the cheeky smile and the cool shades.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Grandad's Garden

 Morning all.  We have a new challenge for you today over at Cardz4guyz.  We would like to see 'Gingham, Checks or Plaid' on your project.  I had a dig through my scrap box and this is what I came up with.


Now, anyone who reads my blog will know that I'm no gardener - but my Grandad was.  When we were growing up we lived on the same street as my Mamma and Grandad and also my Aunty Carol, Uncle Dave and two cousins, Paul and Mark.  Our houses all backed onto the local allotments and Grandad had one.  To be fair, it's a good job he did as it kept most of us fed all week - especially on a Sunday. Me, my two sisters and my cousins would be despatched to fetch the veg for Sunday lunch.  The place was just packed with home grown fruit and veg.  Gusgogs (gooseberries) and blackcurrants when you first went in.  A patch of strawberries covered in Mamma's old net curtains to keep the birds off.  Several apple and pear trees.  Blackberries trailed over a frame and a patch of rhubarb (but we had to take that home to prepare as it needed a twist of sugar in a paper bag). Our favourite wasn't a fruit at all.  It was a framework of peas.  We would eat them straight from the pod.  In all honesty, we probably ate just as much produce as we took home to cook - accept the peas.  We got so greedy with them that we were banned from picking any more pea pods.  The following week grandad went to harvest the peas and, guess what he found?  A frame full of empty pods still on the plant.  We were all lined up for questioning but Mark couldn't keep his face straight.  He'd eaten the lot.  I wish I'd thought of it, lol.

This card reminded me of how lucky we were to have all that fresh fruit and veg.  We never went hungry and we ate everything in it's season.  The smell of home grown tomatoes takes me straight back to the allotment, watching dad and grandad and our Paul working together.  You don't realise until you are older what would be important to you.  Veg just doesn't taste the same from the shop.

OK, before I start sobbing, please pop over and join in the challenge.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 15 November 2021

Teeny Tiny Tags

 Morning all.  We have a small challenge - literally - starting today over at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  We would like you to 'Make it Small'. Think bookmarks, inchies, ATCs, tags etc.  I chose to go with tags. To be fair my little snowmen are even tinier than they should be.  My new Windows 10 computer is printing an A4 sheet as A5 on half the page!  Anyone got any ideas?  Anyway, I'd printed them so I wasn't wasting them.  The images are from The Lovely Studio - their website was down when I tried it so I can't link it. I adore their little Christmas images.  They are perfect for tags as well as cards.




I'm trying to use my light box to photograph my projects but my camera isn't very good either.  Sorry about the quality.  I cut the tags out of some sparkly green paper and also some scraps of backing paper.  The backing paper ones I cut in half with a fancy border die.  I then layered them loosely together with an eyelet and added the images and the ribbon.  I've got a full set of twelve altogether.  

OK, off you go to make teeny tiny projects please.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 8 November 2021

A very shabby vintage

 Morning all.  Today we have a new challenge over at Make My Monday.  We are looking for 'shabby chic or vintage' projects please.  This is not something I'm very comfortable with.  It's not really my style.  However, I found some old papers (which I didn't think I'd ever get around to using) and got to work with my distress tool.




I cut some leaves from the same set of papers and raided my flower box.  The lace is some sticky stuff I'd got a roll of.  I must have has an idea in my head when I bought it but I never got around to it.  I have a room full of stuff that I must have liked when I bought it then couldn't think what to do with it. I'm glad I finally found a project for the lace and papers.  I feel justified in my purchases now. You just never know when you might need something do you.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday, 5 November 2021

Pretty Patterned Paper

 Morning all.  We have a new letter for you over at The Alphabet Challenge this morning. We are at P for 'patterned paper'.  And the good news is that Cazro has recovered enough so we will have the linky tool for this one.  I'm so glad she chose patterned paper as I absolutely loved the sheet I've used.  I just needed an excuse to let is shine.



I totally fell in love with the humming birds.  I fussy cut a couple of them and layered them onto the paper.  I'm really really pleased with this one.  Can you tell I like how it turned out 😀

OK, over to you.  Please pop over and show us your patterned paper.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday, 4 November 2021

It's so simple

 Morning all.  We have a lovely new challenge today over at Cardz4galz.  We would like 'Clean and Simple' projects please.  If you do join us - and I hope that you will - you will need to link your project in the comments section on the blog.  Unfortunately our blog organiser is ill at the moment.  Helen is doing a fabulous job of posting the blog but doesn't have enough access to the Linky tool.  Please bear with us and don't let it put you off joining. 


I love this card.  I got to use some scrap paper and that's always a bonus.  The butterfly is a stamp from Laurel Burch.  I was so pleased with it I made a couple more for my Church and Charity boxes.  Right, I'm off to work.  Please remember Cazro in your prayers.  We need her back on the blogs.

Thanks for reading. 

Love Dawn x


Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Leaf it out!

 Morning all.  I'm happy to report progress on my wrists.  The injections do seem to have worked.  I am still getting pain in my thumbs but the doctor did think that was another issue.  It's so nice to be able to craft after a days work instead of watching videos of other people doing it because your hands are so painful.  Thank you all for your lovely wishes and I particularly hope Sherri can get some relief for her wrists too.

Anyway, on to business.  We have a new challenge over at Cardz4guyz.  We are hanging onto Autumn and would love to see leaves on your projects please.


I cracked out a very old freebie stamp from a magazine and heat embossed the image onto some textured card that I had blended some distress ink onto.  I fussy cut them out and arranged them onto some pearlised card.  I did mat my panel on some metallic card I had in my scrap box before sticking it to my pre-embossed card blank.  I used some metallic dots to finish it off.  My hubby isn't keen on it but it did turn out similar to what I had in my head so I have to be fairly happy myself.

Please pop over to the blog and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 1 November 2021

All Present and Correct - but just a bit late

 Evening all.  I've only just realised that it's the first of November.  Time for a new challenge over at Sparkle's Christmas Challenge. And what's even worse...it's my challenge.  Please can we see 'Presents' on your projects this month.  I used a very old See D's stamp set that I inherited from a friend when she moved house. I keep forgetting I've got it as I keep all the See D's sets in a separate drawer.


Because I've added foam dimension behind some of my presents it's gone a bit out of focus up one end.  I promise it looks so much better in real life.  You can't see it on my picture but my presents also have extra sparkle.  Well, if you can't sparkle at Christmas when can you?

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 25 October 2021

Escape it!

 Morning all.  We have a lovely new challenge for you over at Make My Monday today.  Caz has chosen the theme of 'Escape It'.  Think country retreat, seascapes etc.  Somewhere you can get away from it all.  It might even be a cityscape if that's where you chose to go for a break.  I'm a countryside girl myself.  I do love the see but we are about as far away from any coastline as you are likely to get in Derbyshire.  The Peak District is right on my doorstep so I consider myself to be a very lucky girl.


I embossed this lovely scenic stamp (a magazine freebie) on some pretty water coloured backing paper and just popped it onto some co-ordinating paper panels.  That's just about it.  I did brush over my mountains with a little distress ink that I had left on my brush.  I didn't want to colour the image but I did want a little definition.

Where do you like to escape to.  Please join in and show us your inspiration.

Thanks for reading.  Love Dawn x

Friday, 22 October 2021

The great outdoors (is ok if it's not raining)

 Morning all.  We have a new letter for you at The Alphabet Challenge this morning.  We have reached 'O for Outdoors'.  Now the outdoors is ok for me, as long as the weather is ok.  I'm not a great fan of wet weather.  Yes, I know I won't rust but why take the chance.

I'm also a fan of my garden, as long as I don't have to do any gardening.  Every now and again I will pop out and try and tidy it up but what's the point.  The weeds just wait a week and pop back up.  I like to sit by the pond with a book and a glass of something.  I have used the garden as inspiration for my card as I had this lovely topper in my stash.


In my dreams my garden looks like that. My reality is quite different.





 Anyway, that's my version of outdoors.  I'm sure you have your own ideas so let's see them.

Thanks for reading.  

Love Dawn x









Thursday, 21 October 2021

Pretty as a Princess

 Morning all.  We have a very girly challenge for you over at Cardz4galz this morning.  We also have a DT call for new designers guys.  If you've ever considered having a go at a DT position I can recommend this one.  Cazro's blog challenges are a lovely friendly place to join.  The regular members are a very friendly and helpful lot and can offer help and advice to guide you in gently.  

Anyway, did I mention a new girly challenge?  We would love to see a 'Princess', or several if you feel like it, on your projects this time. Told you it was girly!


I bought this cute set of digital stamps from Drawn by Krista on Etsy. It's got a princess, obviously, and the most adorable frog.  Anyway, this is what I did with it.  I had the added bonus of being able to use some scraps of paper I had in my leftovers pile so I'm really chuffed with this one.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Driving me batty

 Morning all.  I hope you are all ready for a new challenge over at Cardz4guyz.  We are looking for an 'Animal' on your projects please. I have to admit to cheating for this one a little bit.  I've had to use a card I'd got in my stock.  My appointment for a steroid injection into my wrist was a 'good news, bad news' situation.  The good news is he decided to do both wrists at the same time.  The bad news is that I was unable to use both hands for a few days whilst the steroid worked it's way into the effected area.  I am, however, getting through quite a bit of reading and a tonne of You Tube videos.  I'm having to prop up my phone and use my Kindle App but I'm on my third book since Friday. 

I am slowly getting around to doing some commenting on the computer and I have managed to put some papers together to create finished cards when I'm up to speed.  My hands feel fabulous in the morning but I am still getting numbness and pain when I attempt too much.  Anyway, I'd better post this card.



I probably wouldn't have chosen a bat as an animal normally but, as my frustrated hubby pointed out, 'it counts'.  He was helping me go through my cards.  Bless him.  The digi image comes from a cute set on Etsy by Mya Detalles Que Enamoran.  I have found several new to me digi stamp companies recently whilst browsing Etsy - as you do.  Not sure my OH blesses me when I've been 'browsing' (shopping).

OK, over to you before I over do it.

Thanks for reading - and for all your good wishes regarding my wrists.

Love Dawn x

Friday, 15 October 2021

Shaking all over

 Just a quick post from me as my wrists are bad at the moment. I will have had my first injection by the time this goes live. Wish me luck. Over at Sparkles monthly challenge we are  looking for shaker cards this time.


I love this die set but never used it for a shaker before, What do you think?  I like how it turned out.

Please join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 11 October 2021

Outdoor Sports! But it's Cold Outside

 Morning all.  We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday.  'Outdoor Sports' is the theme.  If you've read my blog before you will know that the Outdoor Sport I indulge in is Cricket.  However, as it's autumn and not cricket season in this hemisphere, I have gone for a Rugby theme. 


My son did toy with Rugby for a while as a child.  I well remember why I'm a summer sport girl.  Standing on a windy moor with the sleet coming sideways at you and no shelter anywhere.  The rugby mum with a flask full of 'laced' coffee was very popular that morning if I remember rightly.  No, summer sports are definitely my thing - although I've frozen at a few early spring cricket matches in my time too.  I've had the download of sporting chaps for ages.  It came from Crafts-u-print.  The artist is Gordon Fraser.  He has some really fun sporting designs. It's about time I dusted off some of these old bits and got them used up.

Please pop over and join in the sporting fun.  No freezing needed but you can lace your coffee if you like.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

 

Friday, 8 October 2021

N O spells No (layers)

 Morning all.  We have reached the letter N over at The Alphabet Challenge and we have the dreaded - by me - 'No Layers' card.  I find these so difficult to do.  My single layer cards look so flat - until now!  Yes it's a single layer but look at all that embossing.


I love that the embossing folder gives it so much dimension without adding layers.  I just inked the card before I started and stamped a sentiment in the middle panel.  I think the folder came in a goody bag I'd had and I can't remember ever using it before as it's so large.  I'm so pleased with the result.

Please nip over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x




Thursday, 7 October 2021

Oriental Express

 Over at Cardz4galz this week it's my choice of theme.  I had chosen a different subject originally but it wasn't popular with the DT and I like to give them something they can enjoy so I had to come up with something else pretty quick.  In the end I chose 'Oriental' for my theme.  Firstly, because I love the oriental style and, secondly, my Mother-in-law's birthday was coming up and, as she used to live in Japan, it's a go to theme for me.


I'd recently bought a deep blue and gold coloured oriental paper pad from The Works and, at the same time, I'd seen a pretty girly set too.  I lasted two whole days before I went back for it.  I have absolutely no will power.  I teamed up my cherry blossom paper with some teal card and used a very only digistamp from The Digistamp Boutique (now closed and much missed by me).  I absolutely love it.  In fact I made a spare.  Sometimes I have to make a spare if I really love a card, just so I can still see it once I've used one.  It's a bit like keeping the pretty papers so you can just look at them.

Please join in my challenge - or I won't have anything to comment on.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Autumnal Happy Birthday

 Morning all.  Are you ready for a new Cardz4guyz Challenge.  This time we are looking for 'Birthday Cards in an Autumnal Colour Palette' please.  Well it looks like getting the same autumn paper pad out again.  But wait, hang on, I've found an old Men's paper collection with some green and brown tones in.  Yipee!


I used gold card for matting and for my sentiment and some wooden embellishments I'd got hanging around.  I'm quite pleased with it and I got to use some old stash so it's a win, win card.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 1 October 2021

Flora and Fauna for Christmas

 Well September just flew by in a hurry and I only just realised that today was 1st October and I needed to write my post. For today's Sparkles Christmas Challenge we would like to see 'flora and/or fauna' on your project.  I chose to throw in a bit of both. 


I'd fallen for this pretty set of papers when I saw them in The Works.  They'd only just gone on display and they didn't have many left so I think they are going to be popular.  I teamed the papers with a magazine freebie stamp set from last year.  I love how it turned out.

Now I'd better get off to work.  Please pop over to the blog for inspiration and join in the fun as we love to see your cards.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 27 September 2021

emBOSSING IT!

 I've got some catching up to do.  I've been away for a week but I'm back to work with a vengeance today.  As it's Monday we also start the week with a new challenge over at Make My Monday.  I did this one a couple of weeks ago so I didn't have to rush about.  We want to see 'Embossing' on your project please.  Wet or dry, it's up to you.  I, sort of, went for both.  I used a pretty embossing folder on some watercolour paper then I wet it through.  I dug out my old Twinkling H2Os - they haven't seen the light of day for years.  I just let pools of pink and purple seep through the water from the flower centers.


The edges on the embossed flowers did a good job of keeping the colour where I wanted it and I love the way it shimmers.  It took ages to dry and I just added a floral die cut and a stamped banner.  

OK, lets see your embossing projects please.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 24 September 2021

Don't Stop Being Motivated.

 I'm really looking forward to seeing the entries into The Alphabet Challenge this time.  If all goes well it should provide me with plenty of get up and go!  We want 'M for Motivational Sentiments' on your projects please.  You wouldn't believe how many sentiments I read before choosing this one.



I think it's a sort of 'encourage you in the gym' type sentiment but, as I'm a stranger to such establishments I figure it would do as an everyday motivation.  I did used to use the gym at work (it's still shut due to covid restrictions).  My son always asked me about my lunch date with Jim.  Nowadays I'm more likely to mishear you and go for a gin!  Now there's an idea - don't stop when you are tired, finish the glass, lol.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Thursday, 23 September 2021

Does it seem like forever autumn yet

 Morning all.  I'm here with another Autumn themed card.  This time it's for the Cardz4galz Challenge.  We would like to see 'Autumn/Fall Leaves' please.  Back to my one autumn themed paper pad.  I really am going to have to find some new papers before next year.  


I really love the glittery leaves.  I had a whole pack from The Works for a pound.  I do love a bargain.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Heavy metal - not!

 Morning all.  It's time for a new Cardz4guyz Challenge.  Billie has chosen to 'add some metal' to your projects this week.  Time to reach for all those unused Brads I've had hidden away for years.  I've got several that I've always 'kept for best'.  Silly isn't it?  It's like keeping all the 'pretty paper' because you don't want to cut into it.  My hubby will like this one.  He's a bit of a Mod at heart.  He loves his 60s music and rode a Vespa until he injured his arm which made it too painful.


I only had the one Target brad so I echoed it with the red white and blue cardstock.  The background is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  It's a sort of grungy union flag.  I toyed with the idea of adding some ink but I liked the plain white behind it all.

Please pop over and join in the challenge.  We love to see your ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Colour it Autumn

 Morning all.  Over at Sparkles Monthly Challenge we have another autumn themed challenge.  We would like to see 'Autumn Colours' on your projects please.  I kept this one really simple.



I'm going way back in my stash for this paper.  It's literally one sheet.  I cut out the circle and the square and matted them on gold.   I added the gems and called it finished. Probably the quickest card I've ever done but I don't think it needs anything else.

OK, I'm running out of autumn ideas now so I need to see your inspiration.  Please pop over and join in the challenge.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x



Monday, 13 September 2021

Falling for you

 Morning all.  Are you ready for a new Make My Monday challenge.  We are looking for 'Autumn/fall' cards.  See, I did warn you there would be plenty of these themes coming up.  I did go to my one autumnal themed paper set but, instead of leaves, I chose to go with acorns.  


And where you get acorns you get squirrels.  This little cutie was from a set of critters at Tiddlyink (sadly now shut). I added a couple of gold leaves on my twine.  One is very shy and hiding behind the other.  A friend of mine has a squirrel in her garden.  She sits on the bench under the trees and shouts at it for digging holes in the ground to bury his nuts in.  Apparently, he takes not a blind bit of notice.
If only she could train it to dig holes where she wants to plant things.  It would save her so much hassel.

Ok, let's see your autumnal projects please.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 10 September 2021

Leaves it

 Morning all.  We have reached the letter 'L' over at The Alphabet Challenge and we want to see 'leaves' on your projects please.  Now, at this time of year autumn and autumn leaves are very popular on the challenge blogs and, although I love the time of year, I'm not a big one for autumn colours.  I searched through my massive paper stack and, unless you want to see a huge variation on one set of papers over the coming weeks, I struggled.  But leaves don't have to be autumnal do they?


Once I'd gotten over the autumn idea the rest just flowed really easily.  The leaf die was a cheap set from The Works and I used a Flora and Fauna stamp set that I'd just popped in my basket because it was small and cheap when I was purchasing some other stuff.  It seems I'm attracted to cheap!

OK, I'm sure you've all got more ideas than me when it comes to Leaves.  Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Thursday, 9 September 2021

Knickers in a Twist - part two

 Would you believe it, I've done it again.  Today's Cardz4galz Challenge would love to see you use 'Stencils' on your projects.  Perfect, I've got a bamboo stencil I wanted to use.  I've also got some suitable backing paper and a topper with a guy practicing martial arts.  It looked fabulous all put together.  Not girly at all however.  I can't believe I've got my guyz and galz totally mixed up this week.  Oh well, that drawing board I keep going back to is getting some real hammer this week.

I had a quick flick through my stencils folder and pulled out a magazine freebie that I can't remember using before.  




I've just stenciled some worn lipstick distress ink on pink pearlised
cardstock and used some dies to finish it off.  I'm getting to be an expert at these last minute makes.  I even made three of this one as I had card stock spare.  

Right, time to see your GALZ projects.  I must remember the difference between my guyz and galz.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Knickers in a twist - part one

 Morning all.  I hope you are all having a good week.  I've been so inspired lately and the cards have been coming thick and fast.  I have a whole list of subjects and themes I've been working through and I've been so pleased with my progress.  All I need to do is add the cards to the correct post when the time comes.  So, today's theme at Cardz4guyz is 'Yellow, blue and grey'.  Off I go to pull out a card that I am particularly pleased with.  I've managed to incorporate a lovely new die that I purchased recently - a floral image in a frame.  Wait...a floral image on a Guy card!  Rats!

Back to the drawing board quick.  


I promise, the background strip and the matted layers are yellow.  I had an awful time getting this to scan and the colours just don't look right.  Sorry.  

That being said, I am really chuffed with the result.  I was searching for suitably coloured backing paper and found a sheet with all those cranes on.  They were spaced out beautifully for die cutting panels.   I've cut a whole sheet of them.  I think they make lovely toppers.

Ok, lets see your yellow, blue and grey GUY cards.  

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

'Stocking' up on Christmas Cards

 As it's the first of the month we have a brand new challenge for you over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  It's time to show us your Christmas Stockings. I have been giving all my old craft stuff a good rummage through and I found some decoupage sheets that a neighbour gave me several years ago.  It's amazing what you find in your stash when you start looking.  



It's not very clear on the photo but the panel behind the stocking has a lovely glittery patterned to it.  It's very Christmasy. I was a bit pushed for time so I did pretty much throw this together but I'm pleased with the result.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 30 August 2021

'Fun' Fold

 Morning all.  Are you ready for a new Make My Monday Challenge.  This time we are looking for 'Fun Fold' cards.  I have to admit to finding fun folds difficult.  I love the stuff that Debbie makes over at Secrets to Stamping.  She's so good at this stuff. I really struggle however.  I have recently discovered Kendra Sands Morgan and I'm a total convert to her new Kendra's Card Challenge.  Whilst watching her You Tube channel I also discovered this Tri fold Shutter Card tutorial. I had some gorgeous oriental papers left over from doing her card challenge and decided to give this a go.


I'm so chuffed with it.  Yes, I've got a couple of false starts on my desk but once I'd got my mountain and valley folds in the right order it came together really well.  I do think I need a new paper trimmer though.  I'm not used to cutting mats for panels (I use a perfect layers tool normally) and it definitely showed up that it's not cutting square.  Oh well, that's another excuse to pop to the craft shop!

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 27 August 2021

In a world where you can be anything, be kind

 Morning all.  Over at The Alphabet Challenge we are up to 'K for Kindness' and we would like you to use the word 'Kindness' on your creations.  As this was the case I needed a quote and, as I've said before, one of my favourite sites for quotes is Baer Design Studios on Etsy.  They didn't disappoint.  I found a beautiful set and chose to keep things very simple and let it shine.




I printed it pretty big and mounted it on a piece of 6 x 6 patterned paper.  Other than the layers and the hearts I left it alone.  I am really pleased with it.  Please be kind and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Cute or what?

 Morning all.  Time for a new challenge at Cardz4galz.  This week is really easy.  We want 'cute dogs' please.


See, told you it would be easy.  OK, borrowing next doors dog is probably cheating. You have to admit though, Bertie is adorable.


Not sure he's as cute as Bertie but this is probably more suitable for the challenge.  Please pop over and join in the fun.  Who doesn't love to see a cute dog.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x




Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Curly Wirly

 I am totally obsessed with pigs at the moment. Totally obsessed! I blame lockdown.  During the first one my hubby and I discovered a brilliant fun page on Facebook.  Check out Alan B Grylls if you want a soap opera with felt animals.  Be aware of the adult humour.  Anyway, we discovered a whole community of like minded idiots and dived down that rabbit hole when I bought my hubby an Alan the Pig for Christmas.


This is Alan Parr and his girlfriend Sakura helping us put the tent up at a recent festival. My other half has built him a narrow boat to live on.  Apart from the space it occupies in my little craft room it's kept him out of mischief all year.

Where can this possibly be leading to, I hear you ask.  Well, today's challenge at Cardz4guyz is 'Things with Tails'.  Sorry, but there was only one animal I could possibly feature.


The image is from Pernilla Nilsson on Facebook and I love it.  The curly tail was a bit fiddly to cut out but I had to do it.  There is a birthday card swap on amongst the other Pig obsessives (the originals are a Christmas ornament, complete with tutu and crown,  from Gisella Graham) so this will go to whomever I'm paired with. They will, no doubt, have their own little Alan the Pig, or possibly a Steve.  Steve is a penguin.  Honestly, he is!

Thanks for reading

Love Dawn x



Monday, 16 August 2021

It's definitely not a card

 Morning all.  As it's the start of another week today must be a new Make My Monday Challenge.  It's slightly different this time as we want 'Anything but a Card'.  Ok, the world's your oyster here.  I chose to put my origami skills to the test and created a gift box.



I have a really lovely pad of oriental papers and this fish one made me smile.  It also gave me an opportunity to use my Hero Arts pond die for the fish and the waterlily.  Our waterlily flowered for the first time this year.  It was so pretty.  The ribbon has been in my stash for ages so it was nice to be able to use it.  It's a bit too big to go on a card.

Please join in as I'd love to see what else you can create.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Sunday, 15 August 2021

Majestic Monochrome

 Morning all.  Time for a new challenge over at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  Tammy has chosen 'Monochrome' as a theme.  I usually go grey and white for this sort of thing but I stuck to simple Black and White for this stunning elephant stamp. It was a magazine freebie and I've been itching to use it.


Have you noticed all those beautiful little black gemstones.  Aren't they lovely.  And yes, they are there because I smudged the the ink on a pristine white panel!  Inky fingers always let me down.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 13 August 2021

Just one word

 Morning.  I absolutely love the recent entries for my Insect challenge  on The Alphabet Challenge Blog.  I was stunned by the variety on display.  However, we have to move on to the letter 'J' and 'J' is for 'just one word'. 

I recently bought an embossing folder that also cuts out part of the image.  I was testing it out for a wedding card I have been asked to create and I loved the panel it created. I chose to use it for this challenge as just adding the word would let the embossing shine.


I think this folder is going to get a lot of use.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Thursday, 12 August 2021

Flock it!

 Morning all.  Today we have a fun new theme for you over at Cardz4galz. We would like to see some 'texture' on your projects please.   I loved this one as it gave me an opportunity to use some stuff that's been hanging around my craft room for ages.  I have a whole box full of die cut circles and some of them have a lovely flock pattern on them.


The background paper has also been stuck in a pile for an age too.  I only had to cut my butterfly and stick it together.  I'm really pleased with the result.

There are tonnes of options for adding texture to your cards so please join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Ageing Disgracefully

 Morning all.  I was so impressed by all the fabulous entries to my 'Shades of Blue' challenge but it's time to move on over at Cardz4guyz. Our new theme is 'Age is just a Number'.  I am fully intent on not acting my age.  I always said I would grow old disgracefully. Despite my body screaming at me that I am the wrong side of 50, Wednesday evenings see me scampering (ok, scampering may be pushing it a bit) about like a kid on the local cricket pitch.  The under 11s think it's hilarious to make me run about.  I try to teach them to do as I say not as I do.  I can't throw for toffee but I can teach them the technique.  I bowl at least one wide every over but I can show them how to do it properly.  As for my batting - well, nowadays I take my glasses off, hand them to the umpire, squint and pray.  They still love it if they can get me out.

Anyway, you don't get many lady cricketing images - and besides it's Cardz4guyz - so I used this fabulous image from Dr Digi's House of Stamps.  


I am no where near 60 yet but I know someone who will get there sooner than me.

Please pop over and join in the challenge.  We love to see your projects.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Monday, 2 August 2021

The only slimline thing around here!

 Morning all.  We would love to see your 'slimline' projects over at Make My Monday today.  I won't be uploading any selfies then!  Lockdown didn't do my waistline any favours.

For my slimline project I have created another Christmas card.  I did go mad and break out a different sheet of backing paper.  Hang the extravagance - give the cat another goldfish!


I used these cute little dachshunds from The Lovely Studio and cut them out after I'd coloured them. I couldn't resist placing them in a line along my card.  I ran out of space so I still have one doggies head and a dogs bum on my desk.  I can't see them making a card but they may be making me smile.

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

 

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Have a very Musical Christmas

 Morning all.  I'm an hour late with my post.  Detention for me then.  I just looked at the date on the computer and panicked. Over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge we want to see 'Christmas Music' on your projects please.  When I saw the subject I instantly thought of the perfect image. 'singing so beautifully' from Mo's Digital Pencil seemed just perfect to me.


I coloured it over a couple of days so it didn't cause me too much pain.  And, yes, I have used those same Christmas papers again (pop in tomorrow when I ring the changes a bit).

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x


Friday, 30 July 2021

I is for Insects

 Morning all.  I had to pick a subject for the letter 'I'over at The Alphabet Challenge and the only thing I could think of at the time was 'insects'.  Well, it'll make for interesting projects to judge.  I just hope we don't get too many spiders - yuk!

My card is a little different from my normal style.  I picked up a couple of stamp sets that I absolutely had to have from Aall and Create. It must have been a fit of madness as their images make beautiful mixed media type work - which I've never mastered. My set had some lovely hexagon shapes which I thought would work well with some bee stamps from a magazine freebie.  


My plan was to use yellow and grey but it just looked mucky so I threw in some purple and I liked it better.  Look!  I even stenciled some texture paste on. That's as near to mixed media as I'm ever going to get.

Please pop over and join in the fun.  I'll even forgive you if you use spiders.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x