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Friday, February 26, 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge 158 - Shabby Fun Bingo!

Happy Friday
Fussy and Fancy followers!

Our challenge for the next
fortnight is hosted by our
very sweet and talented

The challenge Judy has chosen is:
Shabby Fun Bingo!
This, for me,  stems back to many years ago when I Googled the Definition of Shabby Chic.  I remember reading the most wonderful article on this.  Can I find it now?  NO!  I have searched and searched without success.  I remember it referring to opening a chest in Grandma's attic and finding all this lacey items, worn edges (distress?), things dreamy, floaty, delicate and bordering on romantic.  I do wish I could have found it.  So, this is the nearest article I could find when Googling it recently:
A brief explanation of Shabby-Chic / Cottage-Style;
The term "shabby-chic" was first used in the late eighties by fashion designer Rachel Ashwell. The term encompasses the decor you might expect to find in a tastefully decorated country- cabin, or maybe even your own Grandmothers house.
Many shabby-chic/cottage style themes centre around the use of shades of white. This is invariably combined with soft dreamy floral-patterns, wonderful pastel blues, greens, creamy peach, and delicate pinks. The concept uses many different types of vintage items such as old furniture ( white " distressed" finish is popular) , wrought iron curtain rods with flimsy sheer curtains (perhaps dyed with tea), luxuriant pillows abound, and of course, plenty of fresh cut flowers. Shabby Chic/ Cottage Style is not rigidly defined, but is achieved through an elegant balance of the old and worn, shiny silver accessories, soft snugly furniture and plenty of pillows, vintage glass pieces certainly add to the overall effect.
One could also expect to find rough, old lace and comfortable throw rugs, just think of how Grandmother decorated her home. If your Grandmother was anything like mine, she did not buy new furniture or household items. Back then many things were made by hand, or passed down. After all, Grandmother lived through the Great Depression, and two world wars. Durability and practicality were foremost; frivolous items were 'nay to be seen. Yet simple luxury and charm could be seen in abundance.
The requirements are simple.
1.  Go for either one full line (that is using items selected vertical, horizontal or diagonally) or better still go for full house.  The chart is made it so that full house will be quite easy and enjoyable to do.

Those entrants who go for full house are asked to leave a comment on the post on my Blog at telling me they have gone for full house.  I will then pop the names from the full house comments on my Blog into a hat and the lucky winner will win a little bit of something which I will donate.

2.  Each entrant is asked to tell us what line they have gone for, and what they have used to qualify please.
3.  Most of all, just have fun and let your creativity run away with you.

Or CAS with a twist





(Glitter etc)






(eg: Dreamy delicate colours)


(Embossing, Structure paste, Cheesecloth etc)

(hearts, anniversary etc)

(two of something)






(add something of your choice)

Here is the gorgeous card that
Judy has created for her
Shabby Fun Bingo challenge
Using Sponsor's image,papers and embellishments

 Judy, Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS!
Just look at all of those beautiful Shabby embellishments!
I love the distressing and the pair of hearts with texture.
What a lovely image surrounded by lace, pearls and flowers!
You used the Full house from your Bingo Board and then some!!
I just love to see your lovely work!
I promise that all of you are in for a real treat
when you visit Judy's lovely blog! 
Her work is always beautiful and full of

Judy will be choosing the
 top 5 winners
for this challenge!

We are excited to announce
is our sponsor for
 this challenge!

 is a craft store in the UK where all of us

want to sit with a cup of tea or coffee and

spend hours drooling, I mean, looking on the

 at all of the gorgeous crafting supplies that

we could dream about!

The owner, Sandy, is especially passionate about

the Vintage and Shabby Chic style!

Sandy, has managed to bring the best

Vintage craft products from Scandinavia

and worldwide suppliers alike, into her store!

She is continuously adding a huge
range of products and brands!

She is especially passionate about
excellent customer service!

I happen to know from personal experience,
that Sandy will contact you the very same
day or less than an hour later.
 She answers any questions you might have
and she is so very nice!

The very sweet, generous and lovely owner,
of Live and Love Crafts,
Sandy Mathis,
is offering one very lucky winner
this store voucher!!

And now, with lots of lovely
 ideas to inspire you,
I'm so very proud to introduce
the very talented and creative

Fussy and Fancy Girls!

Using Scalloped Venice Lace 'Rose' and Hemp Cord from Live and Love Crafts
(2nd row: something old, something new, lace, pearls)


Using Top Row from the Bingo Board

(Full House)


(Full House)

Bingo - Cute, bow, shaped, anything goes

Bingo using 2nd row : something old - something new - lace - pearls

(Full House)

(Glitter,pearls,make it a pair,anything goes)


Gorgeous work ladies!
I hope you can pop by the girls blogs
to read about their lovely creations.
They would love a visit from you!


You can also enter our challenges via email

We have an email entry blog set up where
your cards are placed, entered into the
challenge via the linking tool and 
commented on by our design team.


You have until midnight on
10th March (GMT) to enter

We look forward to seeing what

you create using Judy's
Shabby Fun Bingo!

**Happy Crafting**

Friday, February 19, 2016

Featured Guest Designer for Challenge #157- "Recipe"

Hello once again!
 The Fussy and Fancy girls
are back to introduce
our very talented
Guest Designer
Here is a little bit about Kim...
My name is Kim and I live in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
I have been married for 31 years to an amazing man
 and have two grown daughters,
one of whom is married and is past due
with my first grandchild! Should be any day now.
I started scrapbooking when my oldest daughter
was getting ready to graduate high school
 almost 11 years ago (wow).
That soon led to card making which is now
my favorite thing to do.
I recently had to take a break from card making and blogging
but I am now back and enjoying every minute of it.
It is a great creative outlet where you get to connect with
many fun, talented, creative people all over the world. 

And this is the ADORABLE card that Kim
has created for us using Jo's "Recipe"!! 

Absolutely fabulous Kim!!
What a wonderful take on our "Recipe" theme...
so beautifully coloured and that paper and your embellishments
couldn't be any more perfect for this
darling image!!!
Thank you Kim for joining us as our Featured Guest Designer at
Fussy and Fancy!!
I'm sure that many of you have already been inspired by Kim's creativity...
for those who haven't yet...please pay Kim a visit...
her work is SO very inspiring!!
xx Happy crafting xx

Fussy and Fancy Winners Challenge #156-"Monochrome"

Hello and
Happy Friday
Fussy and Fancy followers!
Thank you to everyone
that entered our
  Monochrome Challenge
Hosted by our very talented


We have lots of


to announce!


But first we would like to thank our wonderful sponsor...

The Paper Shelter

Pedro and Veronica
have a very special prize waiting for one lucky winner!!

Thank you both for your generosity!!


And the winner is...
Congratulations Karen !
Please contact Sheryl
for your prize details

And now for our next Featured Guest Designer...

And the winner is...
Congratulations Jules!
Please contact Sheryl
to sort out the details
for becoming
 Fussy and Fancy's
Featured Guest Designer!!
Now here are
Top 5 picks
in order of entry...

#18 Carol Gill
 Congratulations to you all...
please make sure you grab our
Top 5 badge from the side bar!
Our current challenge is
and is being hosted by our talented Jo Rice!
 It will run until midnight on February 25th (GMT)
We hope that you can join us!!
xx Happy Crafting xx



Friday, February 12, 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #157 "Recipe"

Happy Friday
Fussy and Fancy followers!

Our challenge for the next
fortnight is hosted by our
super talented Jo Rice!

Hi, I am Jo, I am originally from Kendal in Cumbria and
 now live in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, UK.
I have enjoyed crafting for many years with my main passion
being for card designing and pyrography.   
I am very proud to be a member of the Claritystamp team.
I run regular workshops in Cheshire, Cumbria, Glasgow and Anglesey.
I love learning new techniques and then passing them on to fellow crafters....
my crafty companions are two loyal Labradors Tess and Eric.
I have been a Fussy and Fancy lady for many years now
and I do love the way that new themes give us all new Challenges.
It is great to go out of our comfort zone every once in a while.
So it's time for something a bit different ...
A recipe.....
Create a design and have some fun,
Use this recipe and your work will be done,
Just use black and white to make a start,
But then add some red , a flower/s and a little love heart......X

Here is what I have made,
just start with the recipe and see where it takes you...
and have fun...
I am really looking forward to visiting your wonderful blogs....hugs...Jo. xxx
Using Sweet Lilac Flowers.
Well Jo...
What a fabulous challenge theme
inspiration for us all!!!
As our FABULOUS sponsor for this Challenge we have...
The very sweet and generous
Sue is offering 
 a special prize
for one lucky winner!
Sweet Lilac paper flowers is a family run business, established in 2011. They have experience in both the public and trade sectors and their main aim is to provide an unrivalled quality of both product and service, at a great price. The Sweet Lilac Collection is their own brand of handmade paper flowers and embellishments which are imported from around the world.  They keep stocks of their entire range at all times and pride themselves on reliable service and great prices.

And now...
with our creations to inspire you for our
Recipe Challenge
here are
the very talented and creative

Fussy and Fancy Girls!










hope you can pop by the girls blogs

to read about their lovely creations.

They would love a visit from you!


You can also enter our challenges via email

We have an email entry blog set up where
your cards are placed, entered into the
challenge via the linking tool and 
commented on by our design team.

You have until midnight on
25th February (GMT) to enter

We look forward to seeing your
"Recipe" creations!

**Happy Crafting**

A special note to our wonderful followers:
Due to lack of internet access Sheryl is unable to access the InLinkz connection...
we are hoping that this will be rectified by Saturday!!
check back with us tomorrow!!
We are looking forward to seeing your