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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

early retirement!

This week I had to make a tough decision. I have had to resign from all my design teams. I shall miss all of them. Time is just so tight now with Zac being 7 months and Austin 3. They just take up so much more of my time that I just feel stressed all the time thinking about when I'm going to fit blogging in. I also have lots of big occasions this year including 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 80th birthdays. Also a 40th wedding anniversary. these all need cards and gifts making.

So now I will just be blogging to enter challenges and for fun! I will not be leaving my card making just not doing as much (for now!!!)

Irene xx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday Throwdown design team post-Anything Goes

Hi all!!
Anything Goes! what a challenge!! You can make anything and enter it HERE!!
I am really looking forward to seeing all your projects! Hopefully I can give you some inspiration with my own project!
It is made using an image from Oak Pond Creations



The acetate banner is from a sheet of sentiments in my stash. the star dies are memory box and the number is from create and craft. Papers are DCWV.

Thank you for any comments you may make and enjoy making yours!
Irene xx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

CRAFT design post-clean and simple

Hi all!
I am soo busy at the minute-the baby is now 7 months old and is getting more demanding on my time in the day! I remember my eldest sleeping a lot at this age-in fact so much that I finished my degree when he was a baby! However this one isn't fussed on sleeping much in the day!! but the 2 of them are just the cutest and I love spending time with them every day. will be sad when my maternity leave ends and I have to go back to work. anyway onwards with the post!
Back with another challenge post anyway! For CRAFT challenge blog this time. And it's clean and simple-I love a bit of clean and simple!

My card is made using an image from The stamping boutique



The prizes are from:

$5 to spend


2 images

Fab prizes I think! well worth entering!!
and you can enter here

Thank you for looking and for any comments you may make.
Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Creative Card Crew design team post-birthday!

Hi all!
Here at Creative Card Crew we have one of the most popular challenges-birthday!
So make anything to do with birthdays or with a birthday image on!

The image I have used is from Fitztown.
They are also offering the fab prize of 3 digi images!
You can enter HERE!


monochrome card-not a black and white photo!! x


thank you for any comments you may make!
Irene xx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tuesday Throwdown design team post-Love Is In The Air

Yes love is in the air!! 
Almost Valentines Day and love is all around us! (feel a song coming on!!)

I am here with a card made using an image from Sami Stamps. Such lovely images-this one is called 'warm love'.




I have made a box card. I lined it with acetate as I wanted to add the chocolates but not ruin the image!
Please come and enter our challenge HERE!

Irene xx

Thursday, 5 February 2015

CRAFT design team post-Decoupage

Hi all!

Another card for CRAFT challenge blog! and the theme is Decoupage.
a fab theme as decoupage is making a come back (or so they say-whoever 'they' are!!)

The prizes are from:
Fitztown-3 digi images 

Sunflower field- 4 digi images

My card is made using an image from the fabulous Fitztown
It's called floral 3.



I have coloured it with promarkers and the papers are from hot off the press. the ribbon is from my stash and the frame die cut is tattered lace. I have finished with liquid pearls.
Hope you like it!

Look forward to seeing your entries here!
Irene DT xx

I would like to enter this is the following:
penny paper crafty challenge-favourite technique-mine is die cutting and colouring


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Creative Card Crew Glitter challenge Design Team post

Hi all!!
Back with another design team post! This time it's Creative Card Crew.
And the theme is glitter!! I love glitter!! which is why my card has got LOADS of it!

The image I have used is from Sparkle and Sprinkle who are also offering our prize of $15 in digi stamps! well worth entering HERE!







My white die cut is a tattered lace one-gorgeous! Cut by my friend so don't know which one it is!
I have covered the image with glitter and also coloured with promarkers.

We have also got a Design Team call!! check out the details here

Thank you for any comments you may make!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tuesday Throwdown design team post-Facets of Crafting

Hi all!!

I am here with a gem of a challenge-literally!!
At Tuesday Throwdown we want to see your projects with gems, beads, sequins etc-anything with facets!

I have an image from A Day For Daisies and have used some Martha Stewart glitter stars on top. The cupcake die is tattered lace (bought for me by my lovely mum)! The flower papers were freebie ones from ages ago and the tea party ones are Dovecraft. I have printed the cupcake twce and cut out the daisy on top and have glued it on top of the glitter to make it look 3 dimensional. I have coloured my image with promarkers.




Pop on over HERE to join in and win! Looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this!

Thank you for any comments you may make!
Irene xx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

CRAFT challenge blog-Recycling card

Hi all!!
Today at CRAFT challenge blog the theme is recycling! So you can reuse something you already have or like I have done create a recycling card! 
I have recycled the image having already made a card with it before. I have used some papers that were in my stash and also an old stamp. The stamp is a Jayne Nestorenko one (hope I have spelt her name correctly!). It is a fab set-has a great tractor on it!
The bin and recycling box are from a set from Little Claire that was part of their members set one month last year. I just cut out the Imagine That flower image and put it on top of the bin. It is a pre coloured image but as part of this set there are blank images to colour yourself.


The prizes are as follows:

$12 to spend in the shop


$10 to spend in the shop

Thank you for any comments you may make and hopefully you can join us at CRAFT challenge blog.
Irene XX


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Creative Card Crew design team post-shabby chic

Hi all!
Hope this finds you well! the post christmas blues will be setting in well by now! I hope this one lifts the spirits a bit!

We need to see your shabby chic projects! you can enter your makes here!

The prizes are:
a surprise from Mariannes Designs

and 


My image is from A Day for Daisies and is 'babies smile'.
A gorgeous one for a new baby card!


I've used some old papers from my stash and distressed the edges with the scissor edge and some vintage photo. The butterfly is Kanban. The flowers are a tonic ounch coloured iwth promarkers, like the image. and the sentiment is a freebie from a mag ages ago! Pearls are Dreamees.

Hope you like it and thank you for any comments you may make!
Irene xx

I would like to enter this in the following:
loves rubberstamps-beginning with B- baby, butterfly



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tuesday Throwdown design team post-A Sketch

Hi all!!
Today I have a challenge for Tuesday Throwdown! You can enter it here.
There is a sketch to follow so create anything as long as it follows the sketch!!


My image is from The Cutting Cafe. I've coloured using pro markers and distressed with spun sugar. The purple card is co'redinations. The label die is from Sue Wilson and the buttons are do crafts. My bow is made from ribbon in my stash-but best of all made perfectly with the embellishment attic bow maker! OMG I wish I had invented that thing!



Hope you like it and join us at the challenge where there are some prizes to be won!!
Thank you for any comments you may make!
Irene xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
my something new is the image and my bow maker to make the bow. the mini distress inks and the ribbon- something old is the embossed background (my mum sent me it ages ago!) and the buttons

Thursday, 8 January 2015

C.R.A.F.T challenge 293-Anything but a card!

Hi all!

Well now Christmas is well and truly over! And it's nice to make something other than a Christmas card!!
At CRAFT challenge blog we have a great challenge-make anything but a card!You can enter your makes here!
There are some fab prizes for this challenge:
Dr Digi  has 2 images for 1st prize


Spyders Other Corner has 5 images for 2nd prize


and a surprise from Dianes Daydreams Designs


My bag is from Spyders Other Corner and it's a fab image to colour!



Thank you for any comments you may make.
Irene  xx

I would like to enter this in the following:
Cute card Thursday-what's new  what's new is my bag-never made one before. new image, used my new bow maker to do my bow and the pearls are new!!







Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Creative Card Crew Design team post

Hi all!!

I'm back with a design team card for Creative Card Crew!! And it's with a card that I am happy to make to add to my stash!! It fulfills my crafting new year resolution-to make more kids card! My oldest is 3 now and gets invited to far more parties than I do and he needs cards-lots of them!

The challenge is:
For A Child

So make something for a child or a baby! Could be a gift, a card, a present tag or something to decorate a gift. Enter your projects here

The prizes for the winners are:
$10 from the The Ribbon Girl
 and 
3 digi images from Imagine That

My card is made from the amazing Imagine That
It is the train driver
Papers are from DCWV and the tickets are a stamp from Whimsey stamps
Hope you like it!



Thank you for any comments you may make.
Irene xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Open Minded Crafting-new years resolutions-not sure if mine qualifies but my new years resolution in crafting is to make more kids cards!


Thursday, 25 December 2014

C.R.A.F.T design team challenge! Anything Goes

Hi everyone!
It's here!! Merry Christmas everyone!! As I have 2 small kids I am writing this in advance! Hopefully i shall be too busy opening my crafty presents to be blogging today!!I hope you all got what you wanted and that santa has made you happy!

The challenge at C.R.A.F.T. challenge is to create anything at all! 
The first prize is 3 images from:

2nd prize is 7 (yes 7!) images from :

3rd prize is 5 images from:

4th prize is 4 images from:
And finally for Top 3 a CD from



fabulous prizes!well worth a go I think!

My image is from QKR stampede




Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday Throwdown Design Team post!

Oh my goodness Christmas is nearly here!! This is my last post this year for Tuesday Throwdown .
And it's a fab challenge-especiallly if you get some Christmas goodies and want to give them a go!!
Anything Goes!!
So just make anything! 

My image is christmas stocking from crafty girl-you can find the image here on Stitchy bear stamps!

I have paper pieced the stocking! If you're not sure how to do this then just print the image onto white and then onto your coloured paper of choice. Cut out the pieces you want to be patterned and then stick them over your white image. Colour in the white parts that are left and that's it!! really simple but effective.


I have added a blinged up piece of holly die cut from mirri card, and stamped Nana across the top!
hope you like it!
Thank for any comments you may make.
Irene xx

Creative Card Crew DT Anything Goes challenge post

Hi everyone!!
Almost the magical day! I am soooo excited! My oldest is 3 so just getting into the christmas thing! My little 5 month old isn't quite there yet and he will just love the paper I'm sure!
At Creative Card Crew we have an Anything Goes challenge so it's really easy! Just create anything!!there will be no commenting for about 3 weeks but I think I would still be commenting as I love seeing everyones cards!

My card is a christmas one and the image is from our fab sponsor A Day For Daisies who will be giving away $12 worth of digi images as a prize!
The other prize will be from Dies R Us who are offering a voucher for $10!
well worth entering!!
Now onto my card. 
I have used some freebie backing papers which I love! the image is Elves At Work which I coloured with promarkers and mounted onto 2 spellbinders die cuts. The sentiment is from Tattered Lace and the silver dots from Docrafts.


Thank you for looking and for any comments you make!
Looking forward to seeing your makes!
Love Irene xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

My first C.R.A.F.T. challenge post! It's a sketch

Hi all! 
Exciting-my first post with the CRAFT team!
We have a sketch for you which is fab!


I have used an image from Pickled pot pourri called Nature's Greetings Deer-he is just majestic! I love him!
I have improvised on the sketch a bit but you can follow it as closely as you like as long as we can see it's the sketch!


I thought he was ideal for a man card. When I cut the memory box snowflake I was going to use the flake but I liked the piece that was left over instead! I have added some candi and stamped a sentiment and embossed it in gold. I have used distress ink in a mix of walnut stain and vintage photo to colour in Mr deer! Ribbon from my stash and distressed with vintage photo.

The prizes for the challenge are from flonzcraftPickled pot pourriyours or mine papercraft and for top 3 Karens doodles. So there are loads of chances of an amazing prize!!
Pop on over now to C.R.A.F.T challenge

Thank you for looking and nay comments you may make.
Irene xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

exciting news!!

Hi everyone!
hope you are all well!!
I have been really busy with christmas things but think I am nearly sorted now!

So on to my exciting news!!!.........
I am on the C.R.A.F.T challenge design team!!! EEeeek! exciting !

I will be starting to post every other week from next week and will be commenting more if possible! Can't wait to see what makes you have for the challenges! there's some great ones to come!!

Love Irene xx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Creative Card Crew Birthday with Sentiment

Hi everyone!
Another design team post for me today!
This one is from Creative Card Crew! The challenge is Birthday with sentiment-so show us your birthday cards!

The sponsor is delicious doodles who are giving away 4 digi images to one lucky winner! The other winner will receive a surprise from Mariannes designs.


I have used Kraft card and added some gingham card on top. The doily is a die from Tattered Lace-the card is from Kanban, as are the flowers which came out of the center of the die! I have covered the strawberries with some Anitas 3D gloss but it's hard to catch it on a picture!

Thank you for looking and any comments you may make!
Looking forward to your makes!!

Bling It On Tuesday Throwdown DT post

Hi everyone! 
Welcome to Tuesday Throwdown Bling It On challenge!! It's a brilliant one with Christmas so close! A Christmas card really suits some bling!
My image is  Robyns Fetish Gingerbread House. It just called out for glittery snow-sadly cameras are not good at picking up said glittery snow!! I have also added some Anitas 3D gloss to the hearts!
I have made a box cracker with some Kanban card and added some red organza ribbon. these are great to make and can be used year after year. Just stuff the ends with tissue paper and the gift will stay inside!




Looking forward to seeing all your creations. Thank you for looking and any comments you make!
Irene xx

I would like to enter this in the following: