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Beautiful Lily

Hi there!! There’s a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. – and it’s one of my favorites: A Sketch Challenge :)

This sketch is created by our very own Aunty Sue, and it’s FABULOUS!!  Of course, we have a generous sponsor, and this time it’s

I hope you can join us for some sketchy fun this week!


I was given the gorgeous Circle Lily to use for my project.  I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils to match one of the lilies that my neighbor has in her incredible lily patch…..I thought the colors were so unique, that I had to give it a shot.  I die/fussy cut the image out and then set to laying the rest of the card out.  I used a border embossing folder to create the vertical element, edging it with some ribbon that miraculously matched the lily!! A strip of lace and a LDRS stamped sentiment made up the other elements.  Since I edged the circle and the sentiment piece with some sparkly gel pen (which, of course doesn’t show in the pic), I added some sparkle balls to balance everything out :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Dream Valley – #159 Bling, Lace and Ribbon

As You Like It - Favorite Way to Add Ribbon….strips to border other elements WHY?  It’s easy for a sucky bow tier such as myself :)

Crafty Catz – #378 ATG with a twist of add some lace

Crafty Gals Corner – #130 ATG

Crafty Creations – #345 ATG

Blast Off

Blast Off to a Birthday :)

Blast Off

OMG!! I totally had this card scheduled wrong :(

Hello, it’s time for a new challenge at CRAFT, where our theme is Add Ribbon and Sparkle :)  Our sponsors this time are 


for Star of the Month:

Digital Delights

I’ve been given the adorable Birthday Alien Andy by Digital Delights to work with.  I colored him with my SN markers, then fussy cut him out and popped him on a sparkly die cut background that I wrapped a ribbon around and tied a stamped tag to.  Before placing it on the card blank, I used a couple small star outline stamps to cover the background, then filled them in silver glitter.

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges:

Whimsie Doodles - Masculine Makes

Aud Sentiments - #183 For a Child + a Sentiment

Send a Smile 4 Kids - Birthday Fun 4 Kids

Create and Inspire - #63 ATG with option of Tag, You’re It

Sketchy Challenges - #123 Bingo – I did the centre vertical line

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Blissful Bunny

Butterfly Bunny

Good morning!! It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for a brand new challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  We have a super fun theme this week: Animals.  Time to get all those fuzzy butts onto cards, and enter :)  We are lucky to have 2 sponsors this time:


Just click on the logo to be taken to their shops :)

Blissful Bunny

I was given the adorable Butterfly Bunny, from All Dressed Up, to use for my card.  I colored the image with my SN markers, and am so happy that I managed to achieve the fuzzy look the way I did :)  I used the sketch at  The Sketchy Challenge 

I have so many pretty scraps of printed paper, that this was the perfect sketch to utilize some of them!! The layout and patterns of the paper really made embellishments unnecessary,  as I think it could have easily got to be “too much”.  I added a sticker (!!!!) sentiment, and called this done :)

I’d also like to enter this into the following:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Weeks 285 and 286, ATG with snippets

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #23 ATG

Movie Night

Movie Night

Movie NightI made this card as a DT project at C.R.A.F.T. and forgot to blog it!!  The cute image, Rory’s Movie Snacks, is from Lacy Sunshine,

our generous sponsor :) Since our theme is “Inspired By a Film”, this is a perfect image, as it’s inspired by ALL films!  I colored the image up, using a spotlight technique, then cut it out, fussy cutting the parts that didn’t “fit” in the main shape. For the background, I dove into my neglected/forgotten stash of papers that I’ve got as a freebie from various magazines…this particular piece has got to be 8 or 9 years old!! I added a die cut if a film strip, and a few ticket stubs, then looked high, low, and sideways for the little popcorn embellishment, that I KNEW I HAD somewhere!!!! I felt that the card still needed a little something, so I dove into more forgotten corners, and found film strip Rub Ons!!!!! Then, miracle of miracles, they actually rubbed on!!!! I figured that I better quit while I was ahead, and call this project done !!

I’d like to enter this into:

Not Just Cards – #45 ATG

A SnowFlakes Promise – #41 ATG

New Friends

New Friends?

Hi there, I hope this finds everyone visiting well!! It’s time for a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  this week, and we have a fun recipe challenge this time:

We have the one and only Rick St. Dennis as our ever generous sponsor

New Friends

The DT was supplied with their choice of images to work with for inspiration, and I chose Make a New Friend.  This pair gave me a chuckle when I first saw it, and I thought it would be a fun one to have a play with :)  I tried to give the cat a tabby look when coloring with my SN markers, don’t know if it’s really tabby, but I like it anyway!!  I had this paper for quite some time, and this seemed to be the perfect card to use it up on!!  It all coordinates, but I don’t know where it’s from, as it was floating around in one of my baskets!  I had the paw print ribbon, but was at a loss for what to do for the second ribbon required for the recipe.  I found the thin green and quite happy with the funky effect I got by just tying pieces around the paw print strip.  I added a button in the middle, then remembered these speech brads that I’ve had since the Stone Age….I think the words expressed by both cat and mouse are perfect!! I hope you can join us at  C.R.A.F.T.  this week to show us how you made out with our recipe :)

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

SUYP –  #18 Furry-thing goes with optional Birthday

The Ribbon Girls – May  Use Any Image

Addicted to Stamps – #149 Animals

CraftyHazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – June ATG with Patterned Paper

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 283 and 284

Knight in shining armor

Knight In Shining Armor

Knight in shining armorHello!! I’m so dreadfully behind with my blogging!! I guess it’s the next thing in my life I have to get organized…been doing pretty good with everything else I’ve got into a schedule of sorts :)

I made this for the current challenge over at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this time is Father’s Day/Male Cards. We have the fabulous  Dr. Digi House of Stamps

 as the challenge sponsor, and will be choosing our Star of the Month, sponsored by Star Stampz :)

I was given The Dragon and the Knight, from Star Stampz to use on my card.  I colored the image with my SN markers, then dig around and found some bright papers to complete the layout, inspired by this sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

 2 ribbon scraps and a sentiment that I tinted on the computer with the image finish the card off. The inside says “you’re my knight in shining armor”.  I hope you can join us this time at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge with your male makes!

I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Cards and More – #185 Father’s Dad

Card Mania – #92 Life is Colorful

Creative Inspirations – #275 ATG

Birthday Brights

C.R.A.F.T. Birthday Bloghop!

Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!
Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 8 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.
We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with several Guest Designers who join us for a month or a week at a time.
We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.
So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?
Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?
We all feature sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.
The sponsor on my blog is Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
And you can win 3 digital stamps of choice from Lacy Sunshine Stamps  by adding your name to the Inlinkz at the end of this post.
How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?
That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop, Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 17th of May 2017.
And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
The rules this year are very simple:
1.      Make a project for this challenge and your entry will be put in the random draw for the prize by Sweet n Sassy.
2.      Visit the blogs of our DT and enter into their Inlinkz to be put in the random draw for the prize on their blog.
3.      The Top3 will again be chosen as every week as well.
4.      No sentences hunting this year I’m afraid.
You should have come here fromSheryl’s blog and as you can see your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are atCRAFT Challenge Blog.
And here is my project for this week, hope you like it.
Birthday Brights
And now for our Blog Hop route:
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
Susan (you are here now)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)

Your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. We hope you have enjoyed our hop, you are very nearly at the end of it! Don’t forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog  



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Muddy Dad

#1 Dad

Muddy DadHi there!! Another week has flown by, and it’s time for another challenge at C.R.A.F.T.   This time, we’re having fun with 3D Decoupage.  Our fabulous sponsor is KennyK Stamps, so we got to rock it with these cool images.  I was given Cool Trucker to work with. After coloring (and coloring) with my SN markers, I fussy cut all the layers I needed. I positioned the image so it was driving out of a window cut into the background…embossed with a Spellbinders folder and inked with Distress Inks.  I cut the mud splat with a Tim Holtz die, added a few more random spots, then coated it with Glossy Accents. Dad and the road sign were cut with my Cricut.  Loving how this turned out….reminds me of quadding with the guys in my younger years :)

Imagination Is the Key

Mermaid Sunset

Imagination Is the KeyHey there! Today I have a card that I made for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this time is Create Your Own Embellishment, and we are sponsored by the ever popular, Nikki Burnett.

The team made some wonderful embellishments to go on their amazing creations, so be sure to check their blogs out for some inspiration :)

I was given the gorgeous image Giselle to work with. I colored her with my SN markers, adding some touches of sparkle gel pens, and Wink of Stella on her tail. I used Distress Inks to make the sunset background.  I was so busy inking and coloring, that I almost forgot our theme!! I got a bit ambitious, and hand made the net, tying ALL THOSE KNOTS!!!  I cut the shells, with a Marianne Creatives punch die, out of a scrap of shiny wrapping paper. The sentiment is from a LDRS sentiment stamp set.

Sneaky Birthday

Sneaky Wishes

Hello there :)  I seriously don’t know where the time is going, it’s looking like spring outside, and March is almost gone!! We also have a new challenge at C.R.A.F.T. for you this week, and the theme is Add a Charm.  I find that I often forget about my stash of charms, so this is a great time to dig some up :)  We have the wonderful Sami Stamps

sponsoring us for the last time.  We wish you all the best, as you devote your time to family and your personal life :)

Sneaky Birthday

I used the adorable image Sneaky Whiskers, from our sponsor.  This stamp is so versatile, that I was hard pressed to decide on which idea to use for my project!!  I colored the kitties up and then fussy cut them out to use  later.  I cut the sentiment with my Cricut, using my oldest cartridge, Don Juan.  I found some funky coordinating papers in stripes and dots, and arranged them, using some plain card stock in colors from the print.  I then carefully positioned the cats so they were peeking out from some letters, and taking center stage at the bottom of the sentiment.  I found a mouse charm, which was perfect to hang from one of the impish kitties mouths. It needed a bit “more”, so I added some stitching around the block letters and some silver studs.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cards and More – #180 Kids/Children

A Gem of a Challenge – #190 Boy’s Birthday

Send a Smile For Kids – Animal Cards for Kids

Die Cut Divas – For the Love of Animals/Pets

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie – #65 inspiration picture (I took the bright colors, pets and whimsical feel as inspiration)

Cut It Up – #118, You’ve Got Me In Stitches