Sunday, 27 December 2015


The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES - with the option LET IT SNOW

Our sponsor for this challenge is

For this challenge it had to be one last Christmas card. I love Christmas and all the wintry scenes that go with it. All white and the lovely red of the Poinsettias and the green of the Holly.

So this is what I decided to do for my DT inspiration post.
A typical Christmas card with all the above named elemnents.

This is a cutting file for my Silhouette Cameo that I purchased some time ago from  
 It is a design by a lady called LYNN SIMMS. She makes some beautiful card files at very reasonable prices. I love her files.

So I started off and cut out the base card in red cardstock. I folded this along the score line making a DL card and turned it on its side.
Then I cut a layer in a red marble effect cardstock and finally the top white fancy layer.
I matted and layered the white card to the marble effect red card then adhered the mat to the red base card.
I have some very pretty papers from MAJA DESIGN which I purchased from LIVE AND LOVE CRAFTS another place I love to shop for my stash.
I wrapped some gold ribbon around a long thin piece of card across the top of the white mat then I arranged holly leaves, fern and little rolled acorns all cut out on my Cameo. These came as part of the card file. I placed a piece of the gold ribbon in the centre of the leaves and fern and added a deep red burlap and paper Poinsettia on top of the gold ribbon.
I cut out a SEASONS GREETINGS sentiment in the marble red card, some Holly in the bottom right corner and a snowy scene small picture tilted at an angle to the bottom left corner.

I think this card has a very pretty effect.
I hope you like what I did and will gain some inspiration from it.
Please consider joining in with our challenge. Wew ould love to see you!

Thank you for visiting me today and come back very soon.

Have a lovely day!


Thursday, 24 December 2015


The theme for this challenge is
And our lovely sponsors are

Christmas is fast approaching and there is still lots to do!
I chose to create a very simple card for this challenge.
(The boxes in the front are just for the photograph)
I coloured the image 'WINTER WALK' using Spectrum Noir markers.
I cut roughly around the outside leaving a background...I dotted some light grey spots around, added some glue and sprinkle some glitter over it.
I used a basic card in white and covered the front with a nordic style paper.
I added the image to the bottom half of the card and put a couple of heart embellishments to each side.
At the top I added a sentiment which I added at an angle. On the other side I put a tag embellishment.
You can decorate your cards very effectively with embellishments of all shapes and sizes.

I hope you like what I did and will gain a little inspiration from it.
Id like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and my very best wishes for 2016.

I hope you will take a moment or two to visit our other DT blogs. They have some amazing projects to share.
Thank you for stopping by today and we hope you will join us in the challenge.
We look forward to seeing your lovely creations!

Happy crafting!

DT member

Monday, 21 December 2015


The Theme for this Challenge is....

And our sponsor is LACY SUNSHINE 
Huge thanks to Lacy Sunshine!

Prize for this challenge is..
3 DIGI IMAGES of the winners choice!

So my DT inspiration this time around.
I decided on something simple.

So I made a birthday card...Christmas cards are always pretty but there comes a time when we have to move away from the Season.

So for my card I used a dark blue base card.
I matted and layered 2 pieces of card from a pretty paper pad in my stash. I tied a piece of contrast blue ribbon around the mats before adhering it to the main card.
The image turned out quite good I thought (I am a colouring novice Im afraid so not perfect).
I put this on to the card with foam pads to give it some depth.
In the top left corner I put a tini pennant banner across the corner and in the top right I added a blue sparkly gem.
I made a small bow (getting quite good at this even if I do say so myself) in the same blue ribbon as the piece I put round the mats.
Above that I placed a Birthday sentiment tag and below it I placed another blue sparkly gem.

I think it made a pretty Birthday card!
But then Im biased :)

Please consider paying a visit to our other DT members blogs for more inspiration.

We hope very much you will join us for this challenge and we look forward to once seeing some lovely creations.

Have a lovely day and my very best wishes to you for Christmas and the New year!
Happy crafting!

Mary x

Thursday, 10 December 2015


Well here I am again with another DT inspirational post!
This time for the reopening challenge at 2 CRAFTY GIRLS
A lovely lady Jade Morrison has reopened this blog and restarted the challenges. So a huge thank you to Jade for this and all her hard work getting this off the ground.

The theme is ANYTHING GOES and our lovely sponsor this time around is

So my first DT inspirational post for this lovely team.

I started off with a dark blue blank base.
I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers, cut around it and coloured the background a blue/grey colour. White was too much.
I added a square piece of patterened background paper to the centre of the card as a mat, leaving a piece of the base card showing at either side.
I added a sentiment topper to the left side of my card and the coloured image to the right side.
At the top left of the coloured image I added 2 stars and at the bottom right corner I added a sparly gem. Above the sentiment topper I added a triple loop bow in black & white gingham.
Everything to make this card came from my stash.

I hope you like my little bit of inspiration to you and it will give the encouragement to come and join in the fun with us. We would love to see your creations!
Please also take a look at our other DT members and see what they have created too.

Thank you for stopping by today!
Happy crafting!

Mary xx

Wednesday, 9 December 2015




Our sponsors for this challenge are


 The prizes for this challenge are.....

Prizes well worth winning!!

 So this challenge is CHRISTMAS with ANYTHING BUT A CARD.
Wow so much you can make!
So I chose to make this.....

 A cute Christmas Decoration.
I purchased the cutting file from the Silhouette Design Store.
Its 3 small 'petal' shaped gift boxes on a tray with tiny Christmas decorations attached with twine.
I made the boxes in red, green and white and alternated the same colours for the decoration tags and the small letter toppers on the front.
I used red, green and white jute to tie the decorations.
The small tray I made with some Christmas paper stock from my stash. 
I cut out the base tray twice and stuck them together using double-sided tape.

I coloured the HOLLY SPRITE image from AURORA WINGS using Spectrum Noir markers.
I fixed her to the tray behind the centre box using small 3D sticky pads so she would 'stand up'.
I think she turned out kinda cute! 

I hope you like what I did and will gain some inspiration from it.
It is up to you now. So come and join us and maybe win yourself some prizes.

And you can also visit the rest of the team and see what inspiration they have done for you.
We have a very talented team of crafters!

Have a lovely day and thank you for visiting my blog today.

Mary xx

Monday, 7 December 2015


Good morning!
Here we are with another challenge at CREATIVE CRAFT COTTAGE.
We have two lovely sponsors yet again and I would like to thank to them for allowing the DT to use their images for this challenge. I hope we did them justice.

Our theme this challenge is ANYTHING GOES
Our sponsors for this challenge are

The prize for this challenge is...

I decided to make a box for my DT inspiration for this challenge.
I used ITS MY BIRTHDAY and coloured it using Spectrum Noir Markers.

I made the base box in white and covered the top in a pretty paper.
I placed the coloured image on the right side with foam pads for a 3D effect.
In the top left corner I added a pretty flower from SCRAP & CRAFT one of my favourite places for purchasing my craft stash.
Underneath the flower I added a sentiment again placed with foam pads.
In the centre of the box I placed a self-adhesive sparkly flourish from my stash.

I hope you like what I did and get some inspiration from it.
Happy crafting! and hope you will join us for this challenge.


Please visit some of our other DT members for more inspiration. 
They are a fantastic team of crafters!
 Now, it's your turn. Why not make something for the Christmas holiday.
There are fabulous prizes to win!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, 5 December 2015


The theme is CHRISTMAS!

For my DT inspiration this challenge I chose to make a card that was a little whimsical maybe....
I used some cute images I printed out from a CRAFTERS COMPANION INSPIRATION cd I have..
it has some lovely Nordic style images and papers on it.

I made a 5x7 blank from white cardstock.
I covered the front with  green patterned paper I printed from the cd also.
Inside I covered with a piece of blue card from my stash.
I printed a sheet of toppers from the cd and cut out a Santa & reindeer one.
I added this to the front of the card with sticky pads.
In the bottom right corner I added a bow I made using 'Merry Christmas' ribbon from my stash.
I didnt think it needed anything else adding.

I hope you will get some inspiration and ideas from my card.
Happy crafting! and we hope you will join us for this challenge.
Please visit our other DT members for more inspiration.

Mary DT member x