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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

DT Post - Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #15

Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today.  Yesterday I had an extra day off as our schools are currently off on a mid term but break today it's my husband's turn and I'm back to work!

Today I'm sharing my DT creation for the new Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  It's very simple but I'm loving this new range of dies.

Materials used:
Crafter's Companion Signature Collection Scandinavian Christmas Die - Partridge in a Pear Tree
Docrafts - Home For Christmas 12x12 paper pack
Wooden sentiment, cardstock, button and twine from stash.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Monday, 11 September 2017

My Favourite Cutie Image

Good morning,

AArgh Monday again already I swear these weekends get shorter every week!  At least we have a fab new challenge over at the Cutie Pies to cheer us up!  Our theme this month is 'My Favourite Cutie Image' and it's also our 6th Birthday so we'd love you to play along with us.  We have not one but FOUR fantastic sponsors who have some brilliant prizes up for grabs for our lucky winners!

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I've used a super cute image from Paper Nest Dolls to make a birthday card for My Favourite Cutie - our daughter who was 12 last week!

Materials used:
Digi image - Paper Nest Dolls Fairy Emma With Unicorn
Stardust Stickles glitter glue
Papers - various from Trimcraft & MME
LOTV sentiment
First Edition Number dies
Crafters Companion Butterfly dies
X-cut circle and Scalloped circle dies
Cardstock, ribbon and gems from stash

Thank you for stopping by today, it's very much appreciated.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #14

Wow, another busy week in the Hamill household means I'm a little late with my DT make for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  After our daugther's birthday last week it was my turn on Thursday then our anniversary on Friday as well as a full working week and the usual mum and taxi duties!

As always our challenge theme is anything Christmas goes so this week as time was limited I've made one of my new dies the focal point of my card.  I love this new range from Crafter's Companion 💖

Materials used:
Dovecraft Back to Basics Vintage Christmas 12x12 papers
LOTV sentiment stamp
X-cut scallop ovals, ovals & label dies
Crafter's Companion stag die
Magazine freebie wooden snowflake
Cardstock, button and twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit and comments.

Shona xx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Holly & Ivy Challenge #13

Good morning,

I'm back this morning with a scheduled post to share my DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge. Check me all organised and scheduled lol!  As always it's a just for fun anything goes challenge - as long as it is Christmas themed, and we'd love you to join us.

For this challenge I've used another of the 3 stamps I picked up secondhand off a local Facebook buy, swap, sell site.  This one's from LOTV and is rather cute, it appears to be brand new!

Materials used:
LOTV Penguin and sentiment stamps
My Minds Eye Be Merry Designer Papers
Cardstock, pearls, ribbon and snowflake trim from stash
Scalloped circle and rectangle dies
X-cut rounded corner punch

Thanks for stopping by, hope you will join in with our challenge!

Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Boys Will Be Boys with the Cutie Pies

Hi there,

At last I'm back to share my DT card for the Cutie Pies Boys Will be Boys challenge.  It's been a bit of a mad week since I went back to work after my holidays and our daughter started secondary school.  All her clubs have started up again so I'm back to chasing my tail and trying to keep up with everything!

So back to the challenge and we are sponsored this time round by Pink Gem Designs

who gave us some fab digi designs to work with.  Here's my take on the challenge:

Materials used:
Digi stamp - Pink Gem Designs
Paper - Forever Friends A Christmas Tale
Tim Holtz On The Edge Die - Townscape
Cardstock, button & twine from stash

Hope you will come and join in with our challenge!

Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

DT Card for Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #12

Good morning,

I'm still enjoying my summer holidays although now I'm well into my second full week they will soon be coming to an end (boo).  On the plus side it won't be too long now until the October break and I'm hoping I'll be able to take a few days off then too, fingers crossed!  One good thing about being on holiday (and not being away) is that there's more time to craft - yay!  and I don't feel so guilty about staying up late to colour or more likely for me spending valuable potential crafting time mooching around Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration lol!

So today I'm sharing my DT card for our latest Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge, as usual it's a just for fun anything goes challenge - as long as it is Christmas themed.  Why not join us and get ahead for Christmas?  I actually spent a couple of hours the other day putting inserts into and bagging up my recent cards and I was amazed at how many I've accumulated already!

Anyway, back to my card...  My card for the challenge features a new Magnolia stamp, well new to me but secondhand, I bought it recently off a local buy, swap, sell Facebook page!  I got this one and two LOTV stamps for a bargain price and I don't think any of them were ever inked up!  I on the other hand couldn't wait to get stamping and colouring with them!

The papers are old magazine freebies and I've used my new X-cut border punch for the first time so I've used both old and new supplies!

Materials used:
The Day Before Christmas - Noel Tilda rubber stamp
LOTV Sentiment Stamp
Holly Hobbie papers (magazine freebie)
X-cut Oval, Scalloped Oval & Label dies
X-cut Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Kraft cardstock, buttons, twine and pearls from

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Shona xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Some Word Art...

Hi there,

A bit of a late night post from me tonight but it's allowed as I'm on holiday and don't have any reason to get up early (although I most probably will anyway as hubby will be up for work).  It's been quite a leisurely Sunday.  My daughter was away at dancing for a few hours and I had hoped to get on with a few chores but I went through to the office/crafting bat cave to look for something and I kinda caused an avalanche of cards I've made.  So there was nothing else for it I decided there was no time like the present and spent a couple of hours putting inserts in them and bagging them in cello bags and putting them in their correct storage space.  Not at all what I'd planned but it needed done all the same.  Every time I spend ages doing this I vow that I will do it as I go but I never do!  Is anyone else guilty of this or is it just me?  I know I'm a serial procraftinator so it's maybe just me!

Anyway I've just hopped on to share some Word Art cards I've made recently. I sometimes find the occasion or person I need to make a card for doesn't suit my style of crafting and that's where Word Art can come into it's own.  I use a website called and with a bit of trial and error can usually come up with something I can use as a backing paper.  Here are some recent examples:

I quite like how they've turned out and I think it's great how you can personalise them as much or as little as you like.

Additional materials used:
Trimcraft number dies
X-cut Doorplate dies
Creative Expressions Pierced Flags Dies
Scalloped Circle Die
Coloured cardstock, buttons, ribbon & twine from stash

So that's it from me tonight.  Now do I, A. do the sensible thing and go to bed, B. do a bit more crafting or C. stay up way too late after getting distracted by Pinterest?  Answers on a postcard!

Shona xx