Wednesday, 29 June 2011

MMM Mid-week Motivation

This week we have given you a sketch to follow with a FLORAL theme and you know it doesn't have to be a card. Did you see the gorgeous decorated canvas in the DT samples? And what about scrapbook pages -the sketch is perfect for 12" x12" papers - take a look
I've still kept to the floral theme even using a photo. The picture is taken some years ago in our garden and I've added some paper punched flowers down the side.
Don't forget that the challenge theme changes next week and the monthly winner will be announced. This will happen on the Tuesday of next week. Happy crafting folks - Jacqueline.

Monday, 27 June 2011

MMM Challenge 4 - Sketch.

Hello every one and welcome to the fourth Make My Monday challenge. We had some lovely entries last week for our Floral Tags and the top 3 are as follows
10 - Sall
13 - Suzy B
15 - Daniele
Congratulations ladies please feel free to copy and paste the Top 3 Winners badge from the side bar.
This week is the final challenge in our FLORAL theme and we have a sketch for you

You are free to use any materials and products - just make sure you include something FLORAL.
Please link your new entries in the linky tool below and please remember to link you blog post and not your whole blog. Please turn off WV  and remember you MUST link your entries to this blog and you MUST put a link back to this blog in your post - thank you. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can e-mail me with your entries on and I will link them to this blog.
Top 3 winners and the winner of the prize will be announced next TUESDAY - the first challenge of July will be next Monday as usual.
Again the Deezine Team have some stunning samples for you - please take a look. Remember to visit our blogs - click on our names

Don't forget to follow the rules and please link your entries below - good luck.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

E-mail Entry

Louise has e-mailed me with a Floral Tag challenge card again this week - there's no stopping her! Thanks Louise - good luck.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

MMM Mid-week Motivation.

This week's challenge of FLORAL TAGS continues our June theme of FLOWERS. So this week's motivational tutorial shows you how to make a Gift Bag with a matching Tag - all decorated with flowers of course.
Here goes
First take two pieces of paper or thin card - 8" x 8".

Score at 1/2", 1 1/2" and 2 1/2". Turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 1 1/2". Repeat on the second piece of paper and crease the score lines with a bone folder.
Fold and cut both pieces as shown above.

Again as shown above fold in the corners and secure with a glue stick - repeat on second piece of paper.

Apply glue to the side panels and stick together to form the bag shape.

Fold the scored bottom sections in and secure with glue. You may find it helps to add a piece of paper to the inside of the bag to help it hold it's shape.

Carefully add some holes to thread the ribbon.
Your bag is now ready to be decorated and adorned with embellishments of your choice.

Don't forget to add your tag and you are good to go!

Monday, 20 June 2011

MMM Challenge 3 - Tags.

Wow - what a lot of entries we had last week. Thank you to everyone who took part your cards were lovely. Which leads me nicely on to our Top 3
13 - Von
20 - Jenny H
2 - outiirmeli
Congratulations ladies please feel free to copy and paste the Top 3 Winners Badge from the side bar.
OK - now onto this week, our theme is still FLOWERS and we would like to see some
You can make tags on their own or attached to cards the choice is yours.
Please link your new entries in the linky tool below and please remember to link you blog post and not your whole blog. Please turn off WV  and remember you MUST link your entries to this blog and you MUST put a link back to this blog in your post - thank you. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can e-mail me with your entries on and I will link them to this blog.
Top 3 winners will be announced with the next challenge and there will be an overall prize winner at the end of the month.
The MMM Deezine Team have worked very hard this week to make some stunning samples to inspire you - please take a look

Please click on every ones name to visit their blogs.
All that's left now is to remind you to read the rules and then link your entries below. You have until midnight Saturday June 25th to take part - good luck.

Friday, 17 June 2011

E-Mail Entry.

Louise has made an e-mail entry for this week's Die Cut Flowers challenge - here it is
Well done Louise another fine effort - thanks for taking part.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

MMM Mid-week Motivation

This week's challenge is all about DIE CUT FLOWERS. That is flowers cut on a die cutting machine such as a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, hand held paper punches or simply bought from a craft shop - just as long as you don't cut them out yourself!
With that in mind I have a tutorial for you on how to make 3D flowers using some flowers punched from a hand held paper punch. Take a look at the piccies and I will explain all below

First punch out a five petal flower (I have used the Stampin' Up 5 Petal Punch). Cut into the middle and cut off half of the petal to the right of the cut. Add glue to the half petal and then fold the half petal round to meet the petal on the left forming a cone shape. Secure with a small clip 'til completely dry. When dry curl the petals out using a bone folder.

Next take a length of card and scallop the edge - trim to a 1cm width. Curl around thin tweezers a few times - glue and trim off the excess. When dry gently tease outward some of the scallops. Rest your flower cone on a small lid, add a drop of glue inside and place the scallop tube in with the scallops facing up. Leave to dry.

To make the stamens cover the end of a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"piece of card stock with a small piece of paper - you just want a very small piece to just cover the end. Glue in place. Carefully cut from the covered end to nearly to the other end five times - very thin slices and then cut completely off . Roll up tightly, add glue to the bottom and then insert into the flower tube. Leave to dry.

To make the flower stem - roll up a thin strip of green card and secure well with glue. When dry gently pull up from the center of the spiral - take care not to pull too far. Take another very thin strip of green card, add glue to the one end and insert into the pointed end of the spiral. Leave to dry.
The flower can now glued to the stem - again leave to dry.

I then made two more flowers which as you can see are white Fuchsias and made this card - I also added a few leaves to the stems.

Hope this has inspired you to join in with our challenge this week - thanks for looking - Jacqueline xx.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Challenge 2 - Die Cut Flowers.

Good morning every one and welcome to week two of the Make My Monday challenge blog.
Before I announce the challenge (there's a hint in the title!) I would like to announce the Top 3 from last week
3 - Vicky
9 - Suzy B

Congratulations ladies your cards were stunning. Please feel free to copy and paste the Top 3 button from the side bar. And thank you too to all who took part last week - we hope you can join us again this week.

Now on to this week's challenge. Following the Flowers theme this week we would like to see some

These can be in any colour and any size. They can be cut from dies on a Big shot or Cuttlebug etc, punched using paper punches or professional die-cuts from the shop - not cut from pictures or stamped images please.
Please link your new entries in the linky tool below and please remember to link you blog post and not your whole blog. Please turn off WV  and remember you MUST link your entries to this blog and you MUST put a link back to this blog in your post - thank you. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can e-mail me with your entries on and I will link them to this blog.
Top 3 winners will be announced with the next challenge and there will be an overall prize winner at the end of the month.
Now please take a look at what the Deezine Team have made for you this week

Aren't they just fabulous! - please do click on the names and visit every one's blogs.
Now it's up to you. You have until midnight Saturday 18th June - have fun and good luck.

Friday, 10 June 2011

E-mail Challenge Entry.

This gorgeous card was made by Louise. Louise lives in the next village to me and regularly attends my craft workshops. She saw the new challenge blog and decided to have a go by entering this fabulous Ruby Wedding card. She doesn't have a blog so asked me to link it for her - here it is

Thanks Louise - it's a lovely card and thank you for entering
Jacqueline xx.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

MMM - Mid-Week Motivation.

We are only half way through the week so there is still time for you to get your entries in for the 
I thought I would also show you this month's prize - and what you could be doing with it should you be our first monthly winner.
I have a technique to share with you which works best with outline stamps like my poppy stamp above - any outline stamp can be used as you need to be able to colour your image in.

Starting with the first picture - stamp your image a few times using a Memento ink pad - I used Tuxedo Black. Trim to size and mount on to card stock as in the second picture. Take another piece of the image and colour in. I used Promarkers - Lipstick Red, Crimson and Leaf Green  - see picture 3
When colouring in the poppy I started with the lighter red and then added the shading with the darker red. I then blended the two together with the lighter red. I then made it into a circle shape using a punch and then matted it onto a larger circle cut out of the card stock - se picture 4. This was then lined up with the non-coloured piece to create a 'spotlight' effect.
Hope this is useful to you and inspires you to take part - we look forward to your entries. E-mail entries are very welcome to
 Jacqueline xx.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Challenge No.1 - Red Flowers.

Good morning and welcome to the first Make My Monday Challenge.
All through the month of June our theme will be FLOWERS and kicking off the first week is

Create a card or project that follows the theme and upload it using the linky tool below.
The rules are fairly simple: link back to this blog in your post, no back-links and please just link your post not your whole blog. A fuller version of the rules can be found HERE.
You have until Saturday 11th June to take part and the Top 3 will be announced with the next challenge.
The monthly prize will be awarded at the end of June.

OK - so you've met the Deezine Team now see what we have come up for with for you this week.They have all worked so hard to be able to start today so thank you very much ladies it's very much appreciated.
Here are their cards:

Me - Jacqueline

Click on the names to visit the DT's blogs and find out how the cards were made.
And now the rest is up to you .............. good luck.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Rules

Hi folks - the challenge blog will go live tomorrow with the first challenge and the rules will be as follows:
Each month there will be a new theme and all the challenges that month will be based around the theme.
When you have made your card post it on your blog with a link back here to the Make My Monday blog.
Then upload your card to this blog using the linky tool at the end of the post - please link only to your post and not your whole blog. We would also be grateful if you could turn off word verification too.
Each week there will be 3 winners chosen by the Deezine Team and at the end of the month there will be an overall winner and a prize awarded - you do not have to enter every week to be eligible for the monthly prize.
Winners will be announced with the new weekly challenge.
You may combine this challenge with five others besides us however, your card must relate to the current challenge and must not be back-linked to cards made prior to the current challenge.
The Deezine Team reserve the right not to judge cards which they feel have not followed these rules correctly.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Meet the Deezine Team.

Here are the five ladies hoping to inspire you.

Hi; my name is Cath and I have been crafting in one form or other for most of my life. My first memories are of model making with my father and sewing with my mother. I took up card making a few years ago when my husband and I retired early and moved away from the UK. I also dabble in scrap booking and altered art. I am looking forward to contributing to the design team.

My name is Felicity but I'm Fliss to all my friends. I'm married to Andrew, an architect, and have 2 daughters aged 20 and 22.
I think you can probably say I'm stamping mad as I bought a stamp and an ink pad 15 years ago and the rest as they say is history.
I really love making my own background papers and am always trying to think up new ways to decorate them. I think the best of them come about by accident so my middle name must be Serendipity!
I teach classes in stamping too and really love doing this as it's so lovely to see how happy my students are when they finish a card having made all the elements themselves.
Hello – I am so excited to have been asked to join the new “Make my Monday” DT – I cannot wait to see what lies ahead.  I live in Cheshire, the UK with my husband who encourages me to “craft” (I think its because I leave him in peace when I am crafting) along with 3 of our 5 “children” – in speech marks as the youngest one still at home is 17 – so the term is used loosely!  Now they have their own lifes I do have more time on my hands – though I do have a day job as a PA/Secretary for a Chartered Surveyor.  
Due to the nature of this job my arts and crafts are my outlet.  I don’t think I have a particular style but you may tell me differently.  I do tend to flit from shabby chic vintage to grungy with lots of things in the middle.   I like to mess with my paints, inks and stamps and am happiest working to a challenge, I do like to alter the odd thing .... like books, boxes and canvas’.
My other interests are local politics (I hear you groan) and our allotment (where I am just a labourer really – OH is the “grower”), caravanning and reading (usually only when in the caravan as there are simply not enough hours in the day).
Looking forward to being a part of “Make my Monday” – hope you can join us!
My passion is my crafting, my obsession is stamping and playing with inks and generally getting in a mess. I love to experiment, like most addicted crafters I must craft every day, or I quickly develop withdrawal symptoms. I only started my blog in the middle of 2010, I have met so many old and new friends whose craft work I greatly admire, I find inspiration on every blog I visit. I greatly enjoy joining in challenges when I can.

Suzi B
                           My Photo                   
 I have been card making for about four years after I bought a hand made card and thought I can do that.   So it began I didn’t think at the time that it would become an obsession… passion even. So from small beginnings i.e. my stash stored in an old-fashioned picnic basket and work done on the kitchen table… to my spare room being turned into a craft room. This means I no longer have a guest room.

My interest in stamping began about three years ago after watching Glenda Waterworth on Create and Craft. So now I’m an addict! to stamping not C&C lol  About 18months ago I “came across” the Cubby Hole my local craft shop and began to attend workshops and joining in with the monthly challenges. Meeting up with talented like-minded people has been a great source of inspiration.


Hello, friends! My name is Mynnette! I live with my DH, Matthew (love of my life), and my furry puppy baby, Hundie (Hoon-dee). We have been married for 7 years and have had Hundie for about a year and a half. Life is good for us!

I have been avidly crafting for about...oh, my whole life, but specifically paper crafting and stamping for about 7 years. I LOVE anything crafty--and I love learning new things! I am so excited to be able to join the MMM Deezine Team--it is such an honor!!! Ever since I found the Make My Monday blog, I have been incredibly challenged to craft outside my comfort zone. It's been fabulous!!! Because of this, I have been dabbling in many styles, and I'm not quite sure if I really have a specific personal style. I'm always on the look out for something new--if you know of anything, please pass it along!!! :)

I also enjoy reading (a LOT), blogging (of course), decorating my home for the season (which is each month), finding shopping bargains (via thrift stores and garage sales, etc.), going antiquing, and singing/playing music.


I am retired, have been married for 38 years, with two grown up sons, and three cats - a Persian who is now 18 years old, and two naughty boy Chincillas. I live in a small village in Hampshire, southern UK.

I have a fairly eclectic style, working with stamping, digital and multimedia and altered art.  I mostly use Copics and Prisma pencils for colouring, but give me anything Tim Holtzy and I can be in my element.  I was lucky enough to get a place at the workshops he ran in conjunction with a Paper Artsy weekend this year, and had the time of my life!  Although crafting in one form or another has been part of my life since childhood, when I found cardmaking, and particularly rubber stamping, etc, around 10 or so years ago, it was almost life changing for me - I became addicted! This is well evidenced by the amount of stash I have, and very little space left in my craft room. I love colour and working with it and the results are so immediate and mostly satisfying if it has gone as expected.

Other interests - I am a bookworm and like a variety of novels, and have a huge collection of over 100 cookery books, which I do cook from.  I collect Whitefriars Glass and some Swedish and Finnish glass from the 60's/70's, am a life-long Elton John fan, but like blues, rock, some jazz and quite a lot of other stuff as well, and I garden, but now only have a tiny one with raised borders.

Me  - Jacqueline
I am married to Clive and I live in Storridge, Malvern along with our two children aged 18 and 19.
Crafting is my passion and I love to ink and stamp. I am also a trained botanical artist so flowers will always feature heavily in my work.
I run regular workshops from my home and I love to share my work on my blog.
I am so excited to be starting this challenge blog and look forward to working with the lovely ladies above.
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