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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

THE MERRY CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE #26 - PATTERNED PAPER

THE MERRY CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE!
I love making Xmas cards.
The theme for this challenge is PATTERNED PAPER.
My DT project for this week.
I used a printed image from THE PAPER SHELTER to make this 6.5x6.5 card.
Hope you like what I did!
Thanks for stopping by today and see you next week!!

Hugs,
Mary x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE #3

Please feel free to take our blog logo and display on your own blog.
***THESE ARE OUR CHALLENGE RULES**
The challenges at MIX IT UP will run for a whole month,
with a midway post on 15th with more inspiration from our DT.
You can enter up to 5 projects in our challenges and combine them with as many 
other challenges as you wish.***
All our challenges will be 'ANYTHING GOES' with an optional twist. 
Your projectscan be anything, cards, ATC, Mixed Media, 3D Projects, Altered Art, papercrafts
and/or scrapbook layouts. We want to 'mix it up'!
The challenge will close at 6pm EST (11PM GMT (UK time)
on the last day of the month.
We hope you will join us for all our challenges.
This challenge -   
ANYTHING GOES
with optional twist DISTRESSING - INK/TOOL
This is my inspiration project for you.
 
 I started with a 6x4 kraft base card with fold at top.
I layered with two different papers, distressing the edges of both layers with a distressing tool.
I took several die-cut toppers, distressing those too,
placing them at various places on the top layer.
I stamped a sentiment on to kraft card and die-cut it with a stitched tag die.
I tied a piece of twine in a bow and placed it over the hole on the tag.
I used 3D glue gel on all the toppers.
Hope this will give you some of inspiration.
Please take a moment or two to meet my other teamies....

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

THE MERRY XMAS CHALLENGE - #25 RIBBON

I was very honoured to be asked to join the DT for
THE MERRY CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE!
I love making Xmas cards so of course I said 'Yes'!
So my thanks to Janis the challenge owner.
And here for you is my first DT post!
The theme for this challenge is RIBBON
I love the Scandinavian Christmas themes so that is what I chose to do.
I started with a 5.5x5.5 kraft card base with fold at the top.
I used elements from a paper pad in my stash filled with toppers and embellishments...
with a Scandinavian theme. Perfect!!
I finished off with a small red bow on the tag sentiment.
I hope you like what I did.
Thanks for stopping by today and see you next week!!

Hugs,
Mary x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

JUST FOR FUN...

Hello lovely people!
I wanted to get some practise in on my colouring skills.
I have been purchasing classes over at KIT & CLOWDER for over two years!
I have not completed one single class!
I am not lazy just bothered really my work will not be 'good enough'..
How many times Alyce has said never to think that way lol.
So its time to get down to it!
This card is 'just for fun' and not part of any class.
The image is from LACY SUNSHINE - its RORYS CATTAILS
I used Copics to colour her.
I think she turned out pretty well and I am happy with it.
Happy crafting!!
Mary x

I will enter it into the following challenges.........

Friday, 7 July 2017

MAKING MEMORIES CRAFTING CHALLENGE #7 - ANYTHING GOES/ANYTHING BUT SQUARE

Hello!
Welcome to my first posting for..
MAKING MEMORIES CRAFTING CHALLENGE
The Theme for this challenge is...
ANYTHING BUT SQUARE
A huge 'thank you' goes to our fabulous sponsors....

SPONSOR #1
THE CUTTING CAFE
SPONSOR #2
CUTE AS A BUTTON


My project for this challenge is....
I used 'FRED THE GIRAFFE' for my project.
He is available HERE....

I hope you will join in with our challenge.
We look forward to seeing your lovely creations.
Thank you for visiting today.

Mary x


EMERALD CITY CRAFTS CHALLENGE #1

Hello!
I am very excited to show my very first post for my new DT position at
This is a brand new challenge blog so its a little bit exciting.
You can see the challenge rules right here...
http://emeraldcitycraftschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/challenge-rules.html
The challenges will be monthly on the first Friday of each month.
They will run for 3 weeks and the theme will always be
'Anything Goes'
 So here is my first bit of inspiration for you....
The gorgeous Ephermera cards can be found in the Emerald City Crafts Etsy shop...
along with lots of beautiful papers and other sets too.
I hope you like my inspiration for you and you will join us for our challenges.We do hope you will join us for some fun.
Happy crafting!

Mary x


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

LET'S CRAFT & CREATE CHALLENGE #127

Hello lovely people!
We have a new challenge starting today over at
The theme for this challenge is....
'JUST BEACHY&/OR RED, WHITE & BLUE'
Remember to visit us again for our half-way post from Team 2 on 19th of the month. 
This is my DT inspiration for you this time around.
A simple card this time around.
I used background papers from Tracy Wray's 'At The Beach' paper collection
available at Whimsy Stamps
The stamp I used is a digi stamp from Little Claire Designs
The sentiment is from From The Heart
Hope you like it and I hope you will join our challenge.
Happy crafting!
Hugs
Mary x

Hope you will also take a minute to visit our other Team 1 DT members blogs for their inspiration.

Cheryl
Ursula
Hazel
Katarzyna
Monika
Sherry
Lis
Janis
Agnieszka  





 

Monday, 3 July 2017

GET CREATIVE CHALLENGE #60 - CAS

Hello!
Welcome to challenge #60 at..
GET CREATIVE CHALLENGES!
The Theme for this challenge is...
CAS
Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support of our challenges....

SPONSOR #1
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngiesStamps?ref=shop_home_edit
 SPONSOR #2
https://www.etsy.com/shop/DrawnbyKrista
SPONSOR #3
https://www.etsy.com/shop/alldressedupstamps
My project for this challenge is....
I used an image from ALL DRESSED UP STAMPS...
LITTLE FLOWER GIRL
I love these stamps!
I made a CAS card, colouring the image with Copics.
I layered the front of the card in a pretty paper with pink flowers.
I die-cut the image and adhered it to the front of the card.
I put a 'frame' around the image, this was part of the die cut. And I used foam pads
to put in place, giving it a 3D look.
I put a pink pearl in each of the 4 corners and stamped a sentiment and placed that
at the bottom right corner.
Hope you like my inspiration.
I hope you will join in with our challenge.
We look forward to seeing your lovely creations.
Do also visit my teamies to see their projects to inspire you.
Thank you for visiting today.

Mary x


Saturday, 1 July 2017

SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGE #4 - SQUARE CARDS

Well here we are with yet another challenge for.....
SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGES
The theme for this challenge is....
SQUARE CARDS.
You can read the rules....
HERE
 So here is my DT inspiration for you!
I started off with this card.....
Then realised it was the wrong shape lol...
So did this!
I hope you like what I did with the image and it will give you some inspiration.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will visit our other DT members to see their inspiration too.

Happy crafting!!
Mary x


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

FREEBIE FROM SHEEPSKI DESIGNS

Just a short post this evening.
Its been so hot these past few days, even too hot to craft! lol.
But I managed today to colour this little cutie!
Its a freebie from SheepSki Designs...to celebrate Andreas 100th image!
Congratulations to Andrea and a huge thank you for the cute freebie.
you can grab this freebie on the SheepSki Designs Challenge blog here...

So here is what I did with the cute Snowmen....
Dont forget to stop by the challenge blog and grab your freebie.
Colour it up and show us what you did with it in the Facebook group here...
Have a lovely evening!

Hugs
Mary xx
 






Saturday, 17 June 2017

GD AT CRAFTY FRIENDS CHALLENGE BLOG - SHEEPSKI DESIGNS - JUNE17TH


Hello there lovely people!
Today I have the pleasure of being GD at
 The theme of the challenge is 'FRIENDSHIP'
The sponsor for the challenge is
SHEEPSKI DESIGNS
This is my project...
I used the image 'ANNABELLE'
You can find her
HERE
I hope you like my little bit of inspiration and it will help 
you in deciding to join in with the challenge.
Happy crafting!!

Mary x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE #2 -STAMPING

Please feel free to take our blog logo and display on your own blog.
This is challenge #2 -   
ANYTHING GOES with optional twist STAMPING
(nothing digital, this MUST be stamped by hand)
 This is my inspiration project for you.
I started with a white base card with the fold at the top to make a tent card.
I stamped the images onto a piece of white card slightly smaller than the front of the card.
The stamp was part of a free gift on a magazine I bought.
I stamped the stems of the flowers first then the jar.
The bouquet and bow I stamped separately, coloured with Copics, fussy cut it out
and put it just above the top of the jar using 3D glue gel.
I layered this to the front of the card.
I stamped a sentiment and die cut it with a small tag. Tied twine in a bow
and placed it in the top right corner using 3D glue gel.
Hope this will give you lots of inspiration.
Take a moment or two to meet my other teamies....
Cindy
Ina
Irena
Niki
Sherry

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges.....

THE FLOWER CHALLENGE #9 - ANYTHING GOES




Monday, 5 June 2017

LET'S CRAFT & CREATE CHALLENGE #126

Hello lovely people!
We have a new challenge starting today over at
The theme for this challenge is....
'GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS'
Remember to visit us again for our half-way post from Team 2 on 18th of the month. 
This is my DT inspiration for you this time around.
A simple card this time around.
SHORT STEP BY STEP
1. 6x6 white base card.
2. Matted & layered with purple & patterned cardstock.
3. Images distressed edges. Main image curled corners.
4. sentiment in top right corner.
5. Inside matted & layered in same purple & patterned papers.
6. Sentimentplaced at bottom right on inside of card.
Hope you like it and I hope you will join our challenge.
Happy crafting!
Hugs
Mary x

Hope you will also take a minute to visit our other Team 1
DT members blogs for their inspiration.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.....

Digistamps4Joy #137 - Anything Goes optional twist Butterflies







 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGE #3 - ANYTHING GOES

Well here we are with yet another challenge for.....
SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGES
The theme for this challenge is as always....
ANYTHING GOES.
You can read the rules....
HERE
 So here is my DT inspiration for you!
SHORT STEP BY STEP
1. Cut 6x6 base card using white centura pearl cardstock.
2. Matted & layered patterned paper & die cutsmaller mat..
3. Die cut mat in contrasting patterned paper and placed at bottom right at an angle.
4. Printed image onto white cardstock and coloured with Copics then die cut around it.
5. Placed image at top left at slight angle.
6. Placed embellishments on main & image mats.
7. Stamped & die cut two sentiments.

I hope you like what I did with this and hope it will give you some inspiration.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will visit our other DT members
to see their inspiration too.
And here they are in case you get lost lol.


Happy crafting!!
Mary x


SUNNY DAY CRAFTING CHALLENGES - JUNE

Hello once again.
A new challenge at SUNNY DAY CRAFTING begins today for....
the month of JUNE
Very sad that June will be our last challenge for a while at
Sunny Day Crafting. Understandably Janis wants to spend time with family
over the Summer. I wish her a wonderful Summer and hope to see her back in the Fall.
So the theme this month is...
TIC TAC TOE
and here is my DT inspiration for you....
(SENTIMENT, RIBBON, CHIPBOARD)
I hope you like it and you will join in with our challenge.
Good luck!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy crafting!!

Mary..
DT member for Sunny Day Crafting.

Please do visit our other DT members blogs for more inspiration.
Agnieszka
Amy
Deb
Janis
 Sherry
Janice
Carolyn
Suzanne
Jenny


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

DT ANNOUNCEMENT - MAKING MEMORIES CRAFTING


Hello hello!!
I hope everyone is bathing in sunshine wherever you are.
Today I can officially announce that I have been selected to join the Design Team for
MAKING MEMORIES CRAFTING
I am so happy and excited to be joining this team!
And looking forward very much to working with Sonia and my teamies.
And I hope you will join us for some, if not all, of our challenges!
Huge thanks to Sonia for having me as part of her wonderful team.
My first inspiration post will be Friday 2nd June.
Our challenges go live the first Friday of every month at 9am GMT
Hope to see you there!
Have a lovely day!
Mary
xx

SHEEPSKI DESIGNS PASSIONATE PAPER CREATIONS WEEK EVENT - MAY 29TH


Hello there lovely people!!
The lovely Andrea of SHEEPSKI DESIGNS is sponsoring an event in the 
Facebook group of 
As part of the DT for SheepSki Designs this is my project for inspiration

This is such a lovely scene of a thatched cottage.
You can find the image HERE
We hope you will pop over to the FB group and join in with the fun at
Passionate Paper Creations & Friends.
See you there!
Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!
Mary x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

EMERALD CITY CRAFTS - NEW DT POST

Good evening!
I do hope everyone is bathed in sunshine. Nice to see the sun instead of rain!
So, I have a small announcement to make.
I am very excited to announce my new DT position at
This is a brand new challenge blog so its a little bit exciting.
The DT consists of a wonderful group of ladies, all very talented.
And of course is owned by the lovely Linda Simpson.
Our first challenge is due to go live on
7th JULY at 8am
We do hope you will join us for some fun.
Happy crafting!

Mary x

Monday, 15 May 2017

MIX IT UP CHALLENGE #1

Please feel free to take our blog logo and display on your own blog.
***THESE ARE OUR CHALLENGE RULES**
The challenges at MIX IT UP will run for a whole month,
with a midway post on 15th with more inspiration from our DT.
You can enter up to 5 projects in our challenges and combine them with as many 
other challenges as you wish.***
All our challenges will be 'ANYTHING GOES' with an optional twist and your projects
can be anything, cards, ATC, Mixed Media, 3D Projects, Altered Art, papercrafts and/or scrapbook layouts. We want to 'mix it up'!
The challenge will close at 6pm EST (11PM GMT (UK time)
on the last day of the month.
We hope you will join us for all our challenges.
 This is my inspiration project for you.
For this challenge I made a 3D project of a gift box and tag.
I cut out the box using my Silhouette Cameo then embossed the pieces before
putting it together. I also embossed the white flower decoration on the front.
I slotted a piece of co-ordinating ribbon through the holes at the front and tied it in a bow.
I cut out the tag and cupcake embellishment using a Tonic Studios gift box die and
added a green pearl flower at the top.
Hope this will give you lots of inspiration.Take a moment or two to meet my other teamies....

Friday, 5 May 2017

LET'S CRAFT & CREATE CHALLENGE #125

Hello lovely people!
We have a new challenge starting today over at
The theme for this challenge is....
'MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND'
Remember to visit us again for our half-way post from Team 2 on 19th of the month. 
This is my DT inspiration for you this time around.
A simple card this time around.
A 6x6 white base card embossed on the front with 'trellis' embossing folder.
Some die cut ivy and small flowers. I placed 'prills' in the centre of the flowers.
I used a pink bow and a 'Friendship' sentiment.
Hope you like it and I hope you will join our challenge.
This is the prize for the winner of this challenge....
Happy crafting!
Hugs
Mary x

Hope you will also take a minute to visit our other Team 1 DT members blogs for their inspiration.

Cheryl
Ursula
Hazel
Katarzyna
Monika
Sherry
Lis
Janis
Agnieszka
 

Monday, 1 May 2017

SHEEPSKI DESIGNS BLOG CHALLENGE #2 - ANYTHING GOES

Well here we are!
Our second blog challenge!
I decided to switch to the blog as that is what I am used to.
A brand new blog and challenge.
SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGES
The theme for this challenge is....
ANYTHING GOES.
You can read the rules....
HERE
 So here is my DT inspiration for you!
I used the image POSH PUPPY which you can find HERE
SHORT STEP BY STEP
1. 6x6 white base card
2. Matted & layered dark blue.
3. Printed image onto white cardstock and coloured with Copics.
4. Die cut around image with pierced rectangle.
5. Matted onto dark blue card.
6. Die cut lacy border & adhered to right of image.
7. Stamped sentiment & die cut with pirced banner.
 
I hope you like what I did with the image and it will give you some inspiration.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will visit our other DT members to see their inspiration too.
And here they are in case you get lost lol.

Rijacki (Kate)

Happy crafting!!
Mary x


GET CREATIVE CHALLENGE #58 BUTTONS N BOWS

Hello!
A happy May Day to all.
I have some news...I have been accepted on to this fabulous DT!
I am really looking forward to working with this fabulous owner and team of super ladies.
So my first project.
The Theme this time is...
BUTTON N BOWS! This challenge is sponsored by....
I chose one of Nikki Burnette's images to work with....
Here is my project...hope it inspires you a little.
I used the image CADENCE and coloured her with Copics.
You can find her HERE
I hope you will join in with our challenge.
We look forward to seeing your lovely creations.
Do also visit my teamies to see their projects to inspire you.
Thank you for visiting today.

Mary x

MY TEAMIES!






SUNNY DAY CRAFTING CHALLENGES - MAY

Hello once again.
A new challenge at SUNNY DAY CRAFTING begins today.....
for the month of MAY
**The challenges are now monthly at SDC instead of weekly.**
The theme this month is...
OUR PHOTO INSPIRATION
So here is my DT inspiration for you....
I cut a 6x6 kraft card base card and layered the front with blue mirri card then another
layer with a blue and white stripey paper. I printed a pre-coloured digi image of a GRADUATION OWL from Polkadoodles and cut it out using a pierced circle die. I stamped a sentiment and cut it out as a flag. Lastly I placed a blue self-adhesive pearl in each corner.
 I hope you like it and you will join in with our challenge.
Good luck!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy crafting!!

Mary..
DT member for Sunny Day Crafting.

Please do visit our other DT members blogs for more inspiration.
Agnieszka
Amy
Deb
Janis
 Sherry
Janice
Carolyn
Suzanne
Jenny



Sunday, 30 April 2017

A PERFECT TIME TO CRAFT CHALLENGE #5 - SheepSki Designs

Hello and welcome to Challenge #5 here at
A PERFECT TIME TO CRAFT
We are having such a huge response to our challenges!
Lots of beautiful entries! So thank you! from us all here!
We are sponsored this time around by...
You can visit the shop HERE
and see ???? lovely work!There is a FACEBOOK group too!
You can join HERE and see all the new releases and special offers!!
So here is my DT inspiration project...
 I used...
ANGELICA
Which you can purchase HERE
Such a cute image!
Thank you for visiting today.
Happy crafting!

Here is the rest of our Design Team.....
 Please do visit these lovely ladies blogs for more inspiration....

Mary DT x

  

Saturday, 8 April 2017

MIX IT UP CHALLENGES - JUST FOR FUN

There will be new challenges coming to blog world very soon!
You will not want to miss this one!
The first challenge will go live at 6am EST (11am UK time) on MAY 01st
The name...??
And I will be a member of Team 2 posting on 15th of every month.
There will be a lot of fun to be had here!
But first, we have a JUST FOR FUN challenge to wet your appetite 
and get you into the spirit of things to come.
So why not pop along and join in our Just For Fun challenge...
The challenge will close at 6pm EST on April 30th..
Which if I have my time differences correct will be 
1PM GMT (UK time

Take a moment or two to meet my other teamies....
Cindy
Ina
Irena
Mary
Niki
Sherry

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LET'S CRAFT & CREATE CHALLENGE #124

Hello lovely people!
We have a new challenge starting today over at
The theme for this challenge is....
'EASTER/APRIL SHOWERS/SPRING'
Remember to visit us again for our half-way post from Team 2 on 19th of the month. 
This is my DT inspiration for you this time around.
Im afraid I must apologise about the picture quality.
I can never get a good picture with a white card.
A simple card this time around.
A 5x7 white base card embossed on the front with a frame embossing folder.
A single rose in vase in the centre of the frame.
I also used a bow and a 'Spring' sentiment.
Hope you like it and I hope you will join our challenge.
Happy crafting!
Hugs
Mary x

Hope you will also take a minute to visit our Team 1 DT members blogs for their inspiration.

Mary, Owner
Cheryl
Ursula
Hazel
Katarzyna
Monika
Sherry
Lis
Janis
Agnieszka


 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGE #1 - ANYTHING GOES

Well here we are!
The very first blog challenge for SheepSki Designs!
Before I move on to my DT inspiration I just wanted to mention that Andrea has one of her famous games going on. Read all about it on the challenge blog by clicking the link below.
SHEEPSKI DESIGNS CHALLENGES
This first challenge is...
ANYTHING GOES.
You can read the rules....
HERE
 So here is my first DT inspiration post and I am very excited about this!
My DT inspiration card for you!
I used the image FREESIA VASE which you can find on the Etsy shop.
I coloured the image with Copic markers.
I cut a 5x7 base card and layered it up with papers in a pale yellow.
I used glue gel on the image topper to add dimension.
I hope you like what I did with the image and it will give you some inspiration.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will visit our other DT members to see their inspiration too.
And here they are in case you get lost lol.

Please pay my teamies a visit and see their projects also.

Cara
Claudia
Jean
Michelle
Miran
Nana Connie
Patti
Rijacki
Sherry


I would like to enter my card into these challenges.....