Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Happy Christmas

Hi everyone,

Just a quick one from me today to wish all my lovely bloggy buddies a very Happy Christmas and a crafty New Year.

Here's a Christmas card just for you featuring my cat playing the part of the fairy on top of the tree.....actually to be fair she has been good with the tree but at 10 years of age I expect a little more ladylike behaviour now!!









Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

That's Crafty - Cracked


Hi everyone,

The last Saturday for this year that I'll be asking you all nicely to please pop on over to That's Crafty  team blog to see how I've made my card for this week, I also think it can double up quite nicely as a Christmas card too ;)








I am entering this into the following challenges:


Simon says Mon, Just a pinch (I've used just a pinch of Brushos for this card.....they are that strong)!

Take it, Make it, December 2015, take a technique, sharing the season





Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 18 December 2015

That's Crafty - Anything Goes




Hi Everyone,

Time for another challenge over at That's Crafty and the theme this time is: Anything Goes and runs for the next 3 weeks. So a nice, easy one for you all and plenty of time to enter.

If you play along you could be in with a chance of winning this





So as it's an Anything Goes theme I thought I'd create a girl in the Jane Davenport style and use some cosmic shimmer flakes for her hair .......warning......they are as messy as hell!!





Windsor and Newton canvas, Decoart Paints, Gelatos, Cosmic Shimmer flakes, Unity stamp (sentiment).


I'm entering this for the following challenge:

Our Creative Corner, Wish upon a star


Hope you like it
Donna x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

MMW - Colour Palette




Hi everyone,

Time for another challenge over at MMW and this month the theme is a colour one for you of blue,grey,white and burnt umber, chosen by my lovely teamie Debs. Please pop on over and see what the rest of my fab teamies have made for you.






The sponsor for this challenge is


So we'd love to see your mixed media creations based on this colour scheme, this lends itself to something nice and Wintery and that's what I've gone for.
It's surprisingly an easy colour palette to work with and it's good that it manages to drag me away from the overuse of all things green!







That's Crafty white/greyboard 7x7, Paperartsy paints, Distress inks, Distress sprays, Gelatos, Crafters Workshop stencils, Paperartsy stencils, stencil waste, Prima stamp, Tim Holtz sentiment.




I am entering this into the following challenge:

Take it, Make it, December ( I've gone for the Wintery theme)




Hope you like it
Donna x


Saturday, 12 December 2015

That's Crafty - Straight to the Heart of it

Hi everyone,

I'm over at That's Crafty team blog today with a non Christmas card for you all......... please pop on over to see how it was made ;)






Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

That's Crafty - Believe


Hi everyone,


I'm over at That's Crafty team blog today with an alternative Christmas card for you. Please pop on over to see how it was made ;)













Hope you like it
Donna x




Friday, 4 December 2015

Thank you

Hi everyone,

A big thanks to all you wonderful ladies out there who took the time and trouble to leave me such lovely comments after my last post.

I'm still adjusting to it all and of course it's going to be a struggle, always will be I suppose, good and bad days.

I've had to give myself a big kick to get back into blogging, if I left it much longer I thought I'd never return, especially as I have various DT commitments that need fulfilling.

Speaking of which, there's a new challenge over at That's Crafty and this fortnights theme is: Seasons Greetings. If you enter you could win a lovely £20 voucher just in time for some Christmas treats for yourself of course.

Here's my tag for this challenge using  Katzelkraft stamps.




Hope you like it

Donna x

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Taking a little break

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all okay out there.

I don't really share anything personal on this blog and that's primarily because I use it just to show off arty stuff. I've been so grateful for having this blog as I've met so many lovely friends through it and been on some amazing design teams and long may it continue.

The reason I'm taking a little break is that my beloved Mum passed away Sunday morning after battling years of ill health. This is on top of losing my wonderful Dad and much loved Mother-in Law less then 3 years ago. My brother, who now lives in Australia, is also battling a rare form of Lymphoma so as you can see, it's been a testing few years.

I just thought I'd stick this on my blog as some of you may be wondering why I'm not posting at the moment or leaving my usual comments on your blogs. I'll still be on my usual spot at Thats Crafty! as luckily I'd managed to get ahead on a few makes so thought it made sense to still show them.

I'll leave you with a tag I made a couple of weeks ago. I was inspired by these words used by a lovely DT teamie of mine, lets hope I do find an invincible Summer somewhere.
For those of you who still have both parents or a parent still with you, if you've not contacted them for a while, please do it, you really never know how long you'll have left to appreciate them.







Donna x

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Thats Crafty! - We are Family

Hi everyone,


Time for another Quirky Saturday over at Thats Crafty! team blog where I've made a card featuring more new Katzelkraft stamps.

Please pop on over for a little nose on how it was made ;)











Hope you like it
Donna x

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Trick or Treat

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all okay out there.

Quick one from me today featuring a Halloween themed tag. I find that for some reason I hardly ever make tags now which is kind of a shame :/










I am entering this into the following challenges:


Addicted to Stamps, Make your Mark

Frilly and Funkie, Something Wicked

Simon says Mon, Throwback ( I've used the Monster Mash theme from a couple of weeks ago)

That Craft Place, Anything Goes/Mixed Media

Shopping our Stash, Go Paperless

FanTastic Tuesday, Anything Goes with a Twist-Halloween

Inspirational, Cute Halloween or Pumpkin/Owl

House of Cards, Add Texture and/or Colour Inspiration (I've chosen some of the colours)















Decoart paints, Thats Crafty! bats Dinky, Inkadinkadoo and Prima stamps, Tim Holtz sentiment.



Hope you like it

Donna x



Saturday, 24 October 2015

Thats Crafty! - Be Awesome at Christmas

Hi everyone,


Time for me once again to ask you all very nicely to please pop on over to Thats Crafty! team blog to see how I've made this card ....it's using the new Katzelkraft stamps ;)













Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 23 October 2015

Thats Crafty! Challenge - Haunted Halloween.

Hi everyone,

Time for another challenge over at Thats Crafty! and this fortnight's theme is: Haunted Halloween. 

So we'd love to see all your spooky creations, it can be cute scary or down right scary scary! If you enter you could be in with a chance of winning the random prize of this:



There are some wonderful new stamps from Katzelkraft that have just landed on the shop shelves so  you could get them with your winnings ;)

I made a creation for the challenge using a Thats Crafty! MDF tag which takes everything you throw
at it!





Thats Crafty! MDF tag, Thats Crafty! Dinky stencils, Decoart Paints, Tim Holtz sentiment.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Thats Crafty! - Steamy Heart

Hi everyone,

I'm over at Thats Crafty! team blog today so I'd love you all to pop on over and see how I've made this card with one of the new Carabelle stamps ;)













Hope you like it
Donna x

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Spookiness Abounds

Hi everyone,

Quick one from me today sharing a creation I've made on Strathmore Mixed media paper.









I am entering this into the following challenges:


That Craft Place, Halloween

Simon says Mon, Wonderful Watercolour

Try it on Tuesday, It's Frightening/Halloween

The Mirror Crack'd, Wall Hanging/Tic,Tac,Toe (I've used the top line)















Neocolors II, Distress Inks, Thats Crafty! Dinky stencils, Tim Holtz sentiment.



Hope you like it
Donna x

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Mixed Media World challenge - Anything goes on Wood




Hi everyone,

Time for another challenge over at Mixed Media World and the theme for this one has been chosen by my lovely teamie Mo and its: Anything Goes On Wood. 

I know what you're all thinking...I bet Donna picked that theme herself but I really didn't although I'd be lying to say I wasn't happy about it!

So we'd love to see anything as long as its been created on wood or features wood somewhere and of course it has to have a mixed media feel to it too ;)

Our very generous sponsors for this challenge are:



and they are offering a whopping £20 voucher to the winner to spend in their online shop...what are you waiting for, get creating!



For my DT piece I used this wood plaque I got from Hobbycraft at a £1..bargain! Its all sanded for you plus it's a great size to work with too. Just apply some Gesso and you're good to go.









I am entering this into the following challenges:


Country view Challenges, Add some Texture

House of Cards, Add Texture and/or Colour Inspiration ( I've used texture)














Take it, Make it, Take a Technique (ink, stitch, paint, collage, print, paper)



Decoart paints, Decoart Modelling paste, Gelatos, Dina Wakley stencil, Crafters Workshop stencil, Perfect pearls, FC Pitt pens, the wings are a Carabelle stamp which has been stamped on vellum in white Memento ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Thats Crafty! - Dinky Delights

Hi everyone,

One of the many pleasures of being on a shop DT is you get to try out the fab new stuff they've just created and what could be better then new Dinkys'!

Please pop on over to Thats Crafty! team blog to see how I've made these very different creations........just for you ;)












Hope you like them
Donna x

Friday, 9 October 2015

Thats Crafty! Challenge - Boys will be Boys


Hi everyone,

Welcome to a new fortnightly challenge over at Thats Crafty! and the theme is: Boys will be Boys. So we'd love to see anything featuring something male or a masculine theme....we all have something in our stash we can use.

If you enter you could be in with a chance of winning this

lucky you ;)



I made a card for this challenge featuring a Brett Weldele stamp, he really does some fab images.






Thats Crafty! Dinky stencil, Cosmic Shimmer ink, Stamps are: Paperartsy, Brett Weldele, Crafters Companion.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Pumpkin Power

Hi everyone,

I'm glad you all liked my grumpy cat yesterday.....I think it expressed how we all feel sometimes, that's my face usually when I have to wait longer than I expected for crafty supplies!

Today I'm in spooky mode and on this card I've featured 3 of the new Halloween themed Dinky stencils from Thats Crafty!, more on them this upcoming Saturday on my usual slot ;)










I am entering this into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations, Colours of Autumn

Simon says Mon, Autumn is in the Air

Mixed Media Card, Black and Orange


Decoart Neon orange paint on the pumpkin, Decoart Liquid Glass on the pumpkin, Distress ink and spray stains, Thats Crafty! Dinky stencils, Inkadinkadoo stamps.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Grump Go Away!

Hi everyone,

I'm afraid as soon as I saw these new cat themed stamps from Katzelkraft I just had to get them...they were made for me! So I apologise in advance as you will probably see a few makes featuring these
stamps ;)









I am entering this into the following challenges:


Take it, Make it, Take a Technique (ink,stitch,paint,collage,print,paper)

Inspiration Destination, Anything Goes

613 Avenue Create, Anything Goes

House of Cards, Add Texture and/or Colour Inspiration (I've used the orange and green colours)
















Decoart paints, stamps are: Katzelkraft, Carabelle, Prima, Tim Holtz.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Thats Crafty! - Fly Away

Hello everyone,

Yes it's Saturday once again...where do the weeks' keep going?! I'd love for you all to pop over to Thats Crafty! team blog to see how I've made this  ;)









Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Rip it Up

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all okay out there and looking forward to the weekend.

Before I show you what I've made for today, I must congratulate the lovely Stella on her comment re my creation yesterday: 'A fab skull is never dull'.....now how funny is that?! Shall remember that and work that into one of my future blog posts!

For this creation I used a bit of my paper stash for collaging her hair....a VERY sticky business but fun too.






I am entering this into the following challenges:


That Craft Place, Mixed Media Anything Goes

Simon says Weds, Anything Goes

Countryview Challenges, Add some Texture

Take it, Make it, Take a Technique-Ink,Stitch,Paint,Collage,Print,Paper



Thats Crafty! White/Greyboard,  Decoart paints for background and face,  Black Fude pen, Stamps (in her hair) are Finnabair,  Carabelle and  Hobbycraft,  Tim Holtz sentiment.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Are you Scared?!

Hi everyone,

Time for something spooky today as it's the time of the year for all that sort of stuff of course. I bought this rather fab skull stencil off Ebay and I am a little bit in love with it ;)











I am entering this into the following challenges:


Simon says Weds, Anything Goes

Our Creative Corner, Halloween Horror

That Craft Place, Mixed Media Anything Goes

Mixed Media Monthly, Word Search (I've chosen the word skull)















Thats Crafty! White/Greyboard, Decoart paints and media misters, Paperartsy stamp, Crafters workshop stencil and stencil off Ebay, White Posca pen, Tim Holtz embellishments.



Hope you like it
Donna x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Leafy Loveliness

Hello everyone,

I have a drawing for you today with a leafy, Autumnal feel to it. To be fair, here down in the south of the UK the weather is lovely, really sunny which is highly surprising!!

I'm trying to draw my faces in a variety of styles but all of you out there who draw, you know what a struggle it can be to deviate from your 'style'. Many a time I think I've done something different then a nagging thought persists that it looks familiar and yes there's one just like it done months ago....very annoying!





Close up of Decoart Liquid Glass on the leaves.



I am entering this into the following challenges:


That Craft Place, Mixed Media Anything Goes


Inspirational, Picture Inspiration ( I've used the colours and leaves)










Daler Rowney Media Paper, FC Polychromos pencils, Distress Inks for the background effect, the leaves are an Inkadinkadoo stamp stamped on a Gelli print using Decoart paints, Decoart Liquid Glass for the beads on the leaves, Tim Holtz sentiment.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Crafty friends are the Best

Hello everyone,

Quick one from me today, I just had to show you the Banksy balloon girl stencil that my lovely friend  Amanda kindly sent me. I have the little stamp but this is a whole different world that's now been opened up!








I am entering this into the following challenges:

Our Creative Corner, Shades of Autumn

FanTastic Tuesday, Anything Goes with a Twist- Colour me Autumn

Simon says Weds, No Designer Paper




Background is a Gelli print using Decoart paints and a real leaf, The Stencil Studio stencil, Inkadinkadoo and Tim Holtz stamps.



Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Thats Crafty! - The Future is Bright

Hello everyone,

Time to ask you all nicely to pop on over to Thats Crafty! team blog to see how I've made this and yes I know it's bright!












Hope you like it
Donna x


Friday, 25 September 2015

Thats Crafty! Challenge - Girls will be Girls

Hello everyone,

Time for another challenge over at Thats Crafty! and this fortnights theme is: Girls will be Girls. 

So we'd love to see anything girly or with a feminine twist. Come along and play and you could be in with a chance of winning a whopping £20 voucher and I can tell you that there has been a load of new goodies added to the website too.

For this challenge I used my favourite go to lady for all things girl powdered...the lovely Dina of course ;)








Size 8 manila tag, Decoart paints, Stamps are: Dina Wakley, Carabelle, Lost Coast Designs, Crafters Workshop numbers stencil.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Just Dreaming

Hello everyone,

Quick one from me today using the lovely new stamps from Inkylicious, aren't they just yummy?









I am entering this into the following challenges:



Tando Creative, Anything Goes

Simon says Weds, No designer paper

613 Avenue Create, Anything Goes


Cosmic Shimmer Cloud ink, Tim Holtz scribbles stencil, Inkylicious stamps.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Autumnal Vibes

Hello everyone,

Well yes Autumn is well and truly here in the UK. I always think of Autumn as a really lovely time of year with the Harvest Food festival at school in October when I was little.....many years ago of course!

I saw a little fox image while browsing on Pinterest and used that as my inspiration for my drawing. I usually just rely on drawing straight from my head but sometimes it's good to seek inspiration elsewhere ;)










I am entering this into the following challenges:


Our Creative Corner, Shades of Autumn

Fan-Tastic Tuesday, Anything Goes with a twist- Colour me Autumn

City Crafter, Fall has arrived ( take inspiration from the below picture)











Neocolors II, Andy Skinner stencil (for the word imagine), Tim Holtz hashtag stamp.




Hope you like it
Donna x

Monday, 21 September 2015

Tim Holtz September 2015 Tag

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well out there.

You'll all be happy to know that first thing Saturday morning a brand new, shiny kettle was installed in my kitchen and copious amounts of lovely tea have been made since with it. Do you know that you can even get a 'wi fi kettle' that allows you to turn it on via your mobile and has a 'welcome home' mode?! Wow, who thought boiling water could be so sophisticated now!

Anyway, today I have my version of the Master of Grunge's September tag featuring Tim's big and small butterflies. I pretty much stuck to the original methods but used Wendy Vecchi's 'clearly for art' as my perspex.








I am entering this into the following challenge:


Tim Holtz Sept 2015 tag



All stamps Tim Holtz, Alcohol inks, Distress Spray stains, Tim Holtz Flourish stencil, Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art.


Hope you like it
Donna x

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Thats Crafty! - Quirky.....Who me?!

Hello everyone,


I'm back in my Saturday 'home' over at Thats Crafty! team blog where I've made a quirky card.....yes I know.....so unlike my usual style!


Please pop on over to see how it was made  ;)









I am entering this into the following challenges:


Take it, Make it, Take a Stamp (Anything goes but use a stamp)

Inspiration Destination, Anything Goes




Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Serendipity is a Cat

Hello everyone,

Well I had a major crisis this morning.....went to switch the kettle on for my much needed first cuppa of the day.....nothing happened!! Back to boiling the water on the cooker top like the good old days...not impressed!

I have a drawing for you today of a rather naughty looking cat, this one is not based on my little ray of sunshine but she's been totally awful since we got back from holiday, I'll say no more!








I am entering this into the following challenges:


Frilly and Funkie, Stamps be Gone ( don't use any stamps)

Love to Create, Anything Mixed Media/ Creative Goes

Inspiration Destination, Anything Goes

Tando Creative, Anything Goes


Daler Rowney Mixed Media paper, Neocolors II, Andy Skinner word stencil, Faber Castell black pitt pen, Black Sigma pen.


Hope you like it and have a great weekend
Donna x

Monday, 14 September 2015

Create Art

Hello everyone,

I'm back in the land of live blogging...did you all miss me?! Can I just say a really heartfelt, big thank you to all you lovely ladies who took the time to still leave wonderful comments on my scheduled posts...you lot really are stars ;)

I've just returned from a little break in France,  I took a few crafting supplies but sadly only managed to carve a few stamps...the rest of my efforts were binned! Don't you just hate it when your arty mojo goes and you feel like you've never made anything before in your life......hmmm.....

Anyway, I have made a card as a welcome back featuring the little face stamp I carved on holiday.






I am entering this into the following challenges:


Take it, Make it, Take a Stamp, Anything Goes ( as long as you use a stamp)

Inspiration Destination, Anything Goes



Distress sprays, Colorbox and Andy Skinner stencils, my stamp carved from Speedycarve.



Hope you like it and I'll try and catch up with you all today hopefully
Donna x