I get hardly any spare time to craft these days but do make sure I keep up with this fortnightly challenge on The Craft Barn. This time our letter to work with is J and we have to incorporate a dragonfly on our work too. I cheated slightly with this one as time is of the essence! I found some pretty Crafty Individuals bp that has dragonflies printed on it and chose to use the word Jovial as I remembered I had this cute little girl stamp who does indeed look very jovial in my opinion! Plus it gave me a chance to use it again! I embellished with a few pretty dragonflies as I am desperately trying to use up old stash and not buy any new!
Our new letter for the next two weeks on The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is S with the added extra of Shell. I was going to use Seaside as my chosen word for my collage page but that wasn't in my dictionary! So I went with Summer instead plus several other 'S' words too! I had fun with this one as I have quite a few 'seasidey' themed stamps and embellishments from my scrapbooking stash!
I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests Challenge which is Tag It. We have to either make a tag or have one on our work somewhere. For my DT work I made a card using an ATC I had previously made with one of my cute House Mouse stamps and added a tag with the greeting on. There is a lovely prize of a hand made mini book which our team mate Vicky has provided as she chose the theme this time, so pop on over and take part for a chance to win it!
I am running late again and it is almost the end of the current Alpha/Dictionary challenge on The Craft Barn which this time was the letter D plus to use Pink. I used some pink BP so that covered that part of the challenge and I decided to go for the word Dainty so that I could use an old favourite Crafty Individuals stamp which is one of my original ones as it is a wood mounted one!
Where have the last 2 weeks gone! I've only just got round to making the current letter for The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge which is G. I went for Gentleman for my chosen word as I had a couple of stamps I don't often get to use and also found several word stickers beginning with G that I could use and even a little symbol of golf clubs if you look carefully at the top! As usual I enjoyed using up bits and pieces that I have had in my stash for ages and won't ever replace as I buy very little these days.
I have just posted the halfway reminder on Gruffies & Guests and this time it was my turn to pick the theme, so as Spring is just about upon us I chose Flowers.
There is a prize of a cute stamp and some butterfly embellishments, so pop on over to the blog and take part for a chance to win them. I used an image from one of the House Mouse CD's to make my flowery card!
Our letter this time round on The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is R. I remembered that I have a Robin stamp in my stash, designed by a good friend Linda Dore, and so went for a slightly wintery theme and some sparkle so I could use him!
The new two weekly challenge on The Craft Barn just caught my eye as it is Clean and Simple andthat it has to include a sentiment and a flower. I have just made this card for a friend and as my crafting time is very limited these days I didn't have time to add lots of embellishments and bits and bobs, so hopefully this will fit the criteria!
Our letter for the next two weeks on The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is L. I looked through my stamps and found this cute Lady one by Crafty Individuals that I haven't had an opportunity to use for a while so went with this. I then added Ladybirds, Leaves and Love for good measure, again using up oddments of stash that has been stashed away for quite some years now! It turned out a bit more colourful than I intended but I don't have a great deal of crafting time these days so it will have to do!
I have just posted the halfway reminder post for Gruffies & Guests' 26th challenge - A Splash of Orange for Henry. This has been set by our team mate Genny in memory of her son Henry who sadly passed away two years ago. Genny is kindly offering a fab prize of a £10 Joanna Sheen voucher so pop on over to the blog and take part.
For my DT work I used some old DCWV papers that have been in my stash for many a year and some cute House Mouse stickers!
Our new letter this fortnight on The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is F plus we must add a heart somewhere too. I decided to go for the word Friend as I knew that I had a stamp I wanted to use! Again I looked through my extensive collection of old stash and found some embellishments that would go with the theme.
Our new letter for the next challenge on The Craft Barn's Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is Q. I went for Q for Queen, probably an obvious choice but I do have a lovely stamp that is just right for this one! Again I have used up as many bits of old stash as I could.
A quick birthday card I made for my daughter who loves anything Alice, with some lovely stickers I bought. I am entering this card in The Craft Barn's Hats challenge as the image on the top right has got a hat on if you look closely! The BP I have had for many years and is by K & Co.
For our third challenge on Journal52, we had two choices, either a song or lyrics from a favourite David Bowie song, or song or lyrics from anyone else. I chose to do the second option as I have always loved the song A Winter's tale by Queen, so tried to create a scene appropriate for this.
I combined the 2 prompts we were given for Journal52's second challenge - What are you saying Yes to and/or What are you saying no to - and made this page which I wish I could say I will be able to follow in my life but I very much doubt I will! I enjoyed making the page though!
I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests' 25th challenge - Bingo. All you have to do is pick a row in any direction and use the items within it. This month Kym, who set the theme, is providing a lovely Surprise prize, so pop on over to the blog and take part.
For my DT work, as my crafting time is very minimal at the moment, I made a quick tag which I can then use as a topper on a card when I need one! I used the middle row down.
The new challenge on The Craft Barn for this year is an Alpha/Dictionary one. I enjoyed this the last time we did it and I made ATC's last time. This time I have decided to push on with my quest to use up old stash, so am using a 6" x 6" loose leaf book, BP papers, an alphabet and stickers etc for this one, plus of course parts of a dictionary! No beer mats this year! I chose to go with B for Butterflies this time.
I have decided to try and take part in J52again this year, even though I haven't quite finished last year's themes, but I do intend to get them done eventually! Our theme for this week is to choose a word for the year, and the word I have chosen is Relax because I don't do enough of it and I need to!
We have come to the final challenge of the year on The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge, and I am pleased to say I have kept up with it every month, unlike a couple of other challenges although one, J52, I will complete when I can. Our two words this month were Gold and/or Silver and Christmas Trees. To alter my beer mats I covered them with BP and was going to use my Gold Krylon pen to edge them - but it has been such a while since I used it that it has dried up and the nib got stuck inside! So I have resorted to using peel offs - which I have to say I have no problem using them from time to time although I know some people hate them at all costs!
I have really enjoyed this challenge, so thank you Craft Barn and I am looking forward to the new one for 2016!
I am married with 3 grown up children, 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs! I have always done crafting of some sort, originally knitting, cross stitching and tapestry, then I began paper crafting some years ago and haven't looked back!
I like to take photos of my garden for scrapbooking and the one on here is a sunflower that the birds kindly planted for me!
P.S. - Now I have gone back to doing a lot of knitting, crocheting and sewing too!