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Monday, 20 March 2017

Midway at Unstampabelles.

I can hardly believe that we are nearing the end of March and halfway through our challenge at Unstampabelles. This time we've been asking you to think about 'Punctuation' and using it somewhere on your creation. Sometimes punctuation can be amusing if used incorrectly and very annoying to the punctuation purists!  This is my inspiration for you.

I've used the exclamation mark but didn't go for the amusing twist. Unlike some of my teamies who have. If you pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) you'll see some very funny examples.

I am showing you a shaker card this time using a hot air balloon die that one of my crafters got as a freebie in a craft magazine (not sure which one sorry) I die cut the balloon twice and paper pieced one. The shaker is filled with tiny seed beads and sequins. The sentiment is computer generated using Word which I mounted on silver mirri card stock. Finally the three tiny 'balloons' floating high are actually  raindrop candy that I had been given as a RAK from my friend Wendy but to me they looked like mini balloons!!

I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget no stamps please either digi or otherwise. And of course there's a yummy prize as usual. Here it is.....

         A brand new 'Die-cutting Essentials' magazine with freebie die, stamps and embossing folder.
A yummy prize I think you'll agree. I look forward to visiting you soon and enjoy your crafty week!

Monday, 13 March 2017

#224 'Spring is in the air'

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La. Last time we had some fabulous embossing projects. Pop over and see if you were a winner!! (link in sidebar)

This time it's naturally all about Spring, 'Spring is in the air'. It certainly is here with the almond blossom in abundance and the fields full of yellow rape making a golden carpet. With this in mind here is the inspiration I have created for you this time.

The image and background papers are taken from the 'Paula Oakley' CD. This can be found in the Ooh La La store  (link.....ooh-la-la-) It reminded me of how the fields here in Cyprus look at the moment.

I started with a square card and chose the matching background paper from the CD. I cut it into two triangular shapes and then die cut the image to create a circle. I then die cut a frame to place around it. I then decided it needed to be softened so I added the light weight ribbon and made two tiny bows. Then I found some wooden yellow butterflies in my stash and placed them randomly along the ribbon. Finally I die cut the greeting in the same yellow background paper and placed it in the top right hand corner. Et Voila!!

I hope I've inspired you to join us at Ooh La La and if you pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) you will find more inspiration from our wonderful design tam.

Take care and have a crafty week.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

'Enjoy....tea or coffee'......

........that's our challenge next time at CD Sunday. What a great theme which has been chosen by Margaret.

There were lots of yummy entries for my 'Punch it out' challenge last time and I'm having fun trying to decide who has made the top three and who will be receiving a gift from me! Watch this space!!

The winner of ' Friendship, Love and Romance' chosen by Meg is now up on the challenge blog (link in sidebar)

Here is some inspiration for you this time. It's a photograph of a wall mural that Margaret took in her favourite coffee/tea shop whilst on holiday.

And here is my inspiration for you.

The image is from a Joanne Sheen CD, artwork by Janet Kruskamp. I began with a piece of A4 card folded landscape. Then added the image and embossed some strips of matching card to place on the outside edges. The sentiment is from the same CD.

You can use either tea or coffee in your creation or both!!.....whatever you ENJOY!! Only one other rule to use a CD in your creation and give credit to the designer of the CD. 

I hope you'll agree that this is a real fun challenge this time and I hope to see lots of yummy entries!!

Have a great week!!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

#76 'Unde the sea'

It's time for our next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. Hilde asked us to create a card using the under sea world for our inspiration. This is a card I made for my Christmas collection and I think it fits the bill perfectly.

The image is from an Ooh La La CD artwork by Shawn Jenkins. It's sea treasures in the form of a wreath!!

 Each image was layered on to three die cut frames which I embossed and attached them to each other with a silver band. Then three more frames were made and 'sandwiched ' together (I hope you can see by the piccie what I mean!) I strengthened the band with embossed card in the same colour as main frame.

                I also put images on the back of the card and placed a verse in the central one.

For more inspiration please pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what my teamies have created. You won't be disappointed.

Have a crafty week and if you are having a well deserved holiday, like our lovely leader Hilde, I hope you are relaxing doing nothing!!

Sunday, 5 March 2017


This is your new challenge at Unstampabelles this Month. Susan would like you to add punctuation signs to your work. The TWIST....this lends itself to being quite amusing if you can take it there. I didn't this time but watch this space!! There's always a yummy prize on offer too kindly donated by our lovely leader Susan.

It's a brand new die cutting magazine with embossing folder and dies.

                                                         Here is my inspiration for you.

I found this image on an OLL CD 'Everyday Occasions' and there was text written around the image with some elipses ......... Now I am fond of using these myself when sending out quick emails to friends. There is some more text on the card with a ' (a punctuation sign that is used instead of a letter). So I think I have the challenge covered this time.

For more inspiration please pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) My teamies have been awesome with their creative makes for you!

Don't forget the main rule for this challenge is NOT to use STAMPS either digi or other wise. We had a lot of yummy entries last time and  the team are busy choosing their favourite....not an easy task! (ooopppsss there goes those elipses again! The winner will be posted in a week's time.

I hope you have a very crafty week and ENJOY!!

Monday, 27 February 2017

'Anything Goes' at Unstampabelles

Ooooppppsss a wee bit late with my post but here goes!!

It's the final week at Unstampabelles and we've had lots and lots of lovely entries so far. Thank you everyone I am really enjoying visiting your blogs and viewing all the different creations!!

The challenge is 'Anything Goes' with the optional twist to use something new. The main rule of this challenge is to use NO stamps digi or otherwise as it's UNstampabelles challenge blog!! There is always a yummy prize on offer and this time it's a brand new magazine with dies, stamps and embossing folder included.
Prize donated by Susan.

Here is my inspiration for you.
It's a CAS Valentine card. The main card is red card stock. The white base card was embossed with a new folder. I used a new wooden filigree heart mounted on red.  A red ribbon and bead are used as the hanger, so it could be removed from the card and kept as a memory.  Two red die cuts hearts were added and the greetings are computer generated.  Finally red lace ribbon was added down the edge of the card. 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us for our final week. Don't forget to pop over to the Unstampabelles challenge blog ( link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have created.
Have a crafty week!!

'Embossing' with Ooh La La

It's time for our next challenge at Ooh La La chosen by Julie. She would like to see some embossing on your creation. We had lots of entries last for Jennifer's challenge, 'Die Cuts'. She has decide on her Top Three to don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) and see if you're a winner. The prize is two digis of your choice from the Ooh La La shop  link

This is my inspiration for you.

I started with white card stock and cut out the handbag shape using a template that one of my lady crafters had designed....thank you Christine. I embossed it with a new folder from Spellbinders.

Then using an edging die I cut out the two top layers. The pink floral one uses background paper from an Ooh La La  CD ' Fleur d' Imagination'. There are so many pretty papers on this CD that I was spoilt for choice.

 The scalloped handle was cut with the same edging die and from the same background paper .  I die cut some flowers again using the same background paper and white card stock and paper pieced the flowers.....tricky if you lose a tiny piece so take care when using this technique.

Finally I added gems and seed pearls to finish. Et Voila!!

I hope I've inspired you to take part in this challenge and don't forget there's always a prize on offer from Ooh La La (link to shop higher up the post)

Have fun and I look forward to visiting you soon.