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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tis the Season... of Mince Pies

Hello to you all and a big thank you for taking the time to drop by at this busy time.

Today I have a very quick christmas card make. I was sorting through some papers and sentiments which came free with magazines last year and found this Forever Friends paper and I think what may be a Nitwits sentiment. Now to me mince pies are a big part of christmas and I can remember my Mom busy in the kitchen baking them every year on christmas eve, so when I was looking through my Docrafts Forever Friends cd and came across this decoupage I just had to make this card. The only other thing I added were a couple of silver peel-off stars on the sentiment.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Winter Wonderland challenge 'Food, Glorious Food'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Don't Be Square'
That Craft Place challenge 'No Squares Allowed'
Willow Sketchie challenge 'Square and/or theme Merry Christmas' (I went with the theme)
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Christmas is Coming' (my 2nd entry)
Forever Friend Monthly challenge 'Anything Goes'

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Birthday at Christmastime and my Guest Designer spot

A couple of weeks ago I was honoured to be picked as 1st place choice over at Delightful Challenges and so was given the opportunity to be a Guest Designer on their main blog Digital Delights by Louby Loo. 

I was given the choice of a digi stamp to work with and picked this one called 'Tiered Cake' as I could see that it would work in so many ways.... birthday, anniversary, wedding, christmas and just because we love cake. I decided to go for 'Birthday at Christmastime' just to be a bit different and hopefully give a bit of inspiration for those times you want to send one card to fit two occasions.
The papers are Kaisercraft and Raspberry Road Designs and although they are both from christmas collections the designs will suit any occasion. I used Promarkers to colour the image and followed through with traditional christmas red, white and green for the 'icing' on the cake. There is some Sakura clear glaze on the red and glitter pen on the swirls but it doesn't show up in the photo. The flower is made by paper pleating a scrap of the spotty paper and using Marianne dies LR0129 & LR0156 for the base and leaves. Finally I added a sentiment which I made on the computer.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp challenge 'Dawny's Sketch'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Sketchie Free For All' (I chose no 47)
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Anything Goes'
Ooh La La challenge 'Seeing Spots and Dots'
Tuesday Throwdown challenge 'Lots of Layers'
Moving Along With The Times challenge 'Let's Go Dotty'

Thanks for dropping by today

Monday, 26 November 2012

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Firstly let me say sorry for not having been to visit so much recently. It's that time of the year when I realise I've left everything until last minute and so I've been a bit busy of late.

Here's yet another christmas card - are we getting fed up of making them yet?

I followed a sketch for this one and kept it a flat design for posting. The image is LOTV coloured with Promarkers and the background papers are from Kaisercraft and Raspberry Road Designs. I added sparkle with a Sakura glitter pen and Stickles but unfortunately the photos don't show just how much it really does sparkle. The lace, silver gems and sentiment are all from my stash.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Singing and/or Dancing'
Lili's Little Fairies challenge 'Anything Goes'
The Crafty Pad challenge 'Add Some Glitter'
Everybody Art Challenge 'Angels / Engel'
Sketch Saturday challenge 'Sketch'
Delightful challenge 'Red and Green'
By the Cute and Girly challenge 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' (my 2nd entry)
Creative Card Crew challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 3rd entry)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Krafty Christmas

Hello to you all and hope all is well in your corner of the world. Well the christmas cards are getting made but I still haven't started buying any pressies yet, but no panic as we are still in November!!!

Looking through the challenges I found a couple that would get me trying something new... the first was to colour on kraft and as I am a relative newbie using Promarkers I thought okay give it a go and see what happens... the second was paper pleating which I have never done before. So this is the resulting crimbo card. I used a stamp from Little Claire Designs called Birdhouse Garland from the Garden Collection as I thought it best to keep things pretty simple for a first attempt. I had tried the colours out on white card first but when I used them on the kraft they looked duller so I added some red stickles to liven it up. The sentiment is a LOTV stamp and the background papers are from Kaisercraft and Berry Merry by Jennifer Ellory which I also used for paper pleating a small flower. I used a brad, ribbon. pearls and a gold peel-off corner from my stash to finish it off.

I will be doing a lot more of the paper pleating but not sure if I will attempt the colouring on kraft again!!


This is the sketch I followed


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Passion for Promarkers challenge 'Colouring on Kraft'
The Sketchy challenge 'Heidy's Sketch'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Ribbons & Pearls'
Divas By Design challenge 'Use 2 or More Patterned Papers'
Cupcake Craft challenge 'Paper Pleating'
Little Claire Monthly challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
The Crafty Bloggers Network challenge 'Christmas Anything Goes' (my 3rd entry)
Paper Creator's Crafts challenge 'All About Christmas' (my 3rd entry)
Creative Card Crew challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a good weekend

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Letters to Santa - my DT card over at PCJ challenge

Good Morning to you all and I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey and the theme this time is 'Case one of the DT cards'. We are sponsored by the wonderful Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection and the prize is two fabulous digis. So why don't you pop over and have a look at all the fabulous cards my team mates have made.

For my card I've used the EB Letters to Santa digi coloured with Promarkers and dotted with my new Sparkles. I know you can't see it in the photo but they really do sparkle in the light. I layered the image onto silver mirri card and the background paper is Kate Knight Christmas Collection. I used Memory Box Frostyville Border and Swirly tree dies cut in white card and Marianne Creatable LR0129 in silver with a silver gem in the centre. The sentiment is from LOTV and stamped in green ink and the ribbon is from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Elisabeth Bell's World challenge 'Glimmer, Shimmer and Shine'
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Winter'
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Christmas is Coming'
Little Claire's Monthly challenge 'Christmas'
Sketchy Colours challenge 'White, Green and Turquoise'
Creative Card Crew challenge 'Anything Goes'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Snowflakes'
Creatalicious challenge 'Winter'
Crimbo Crackers challenge 'Anything Goes'
Ladybug Crafts challenge 'Monochrome / Tonal' (my 2nd entry)
Dream Valley challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 3rd entry)
Paper Creator Crafts challenge 'All About Christmas' (my 2nd entry)

Sorry I haven't been by to see you over the last few days but I've been a bit busy and as it was my birthday yesterday I had a complete day of doing nothing and it was fabulous!!. I'll be round to see you soon though xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Xmas Pudding

Guess what my card is today...... that's right another christmas one. I'm not sure about you but I'm beginning to run out of inspiration. Thank goodness there are all these wonderful challenges to give us ideas and sketches.

This was another quick make using up some paper scraps which I had with a magazine and a LOTV die-cut. Then I added a pudding and letters which I found in my stash. Told you it was quick and easy didn't I?






I shall enter this in the following challenges
Lili's Little Fairries challenge 'Food Glorious Food'
Sketch Saturday challenge 'Sketch'
Paper Creator's Crafts challenge 'All About Christmas'
The Crafty Pad challenge 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas'
Divas By Design challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 2nd entry)
The Crafty Bloggers Network challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Dream Valley challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 2nd entry)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Christmas Polar Bears

Hello to you all and a special hello to my new follower. Thanks for taking the time to look at my creations.

Today it's another christmas card and this one is a CAS design. The image is one from a very old cd which I can't bear to part with called Decadry Express Christmas and it's the first card making cd I ever bought (designed to work with Windows 98 up to XP!!) I printed a couple of images so that I could make a simple decoupage and then I layered this onto some holographic blue card before sticking onto the base card. Then all that was needed were some silver peel-off corners and a sentiment.


I shall enter this in the fllowing challenges
Charisma Cardz challenge 'Keep Your Cool'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Plain and Simple'
My Mum's Craft Shop challenge 'Winter Wonderland'
Creative Card Crew challenge 'Silver and Blue'
The Squirrel and the Fox challenge 'Anything Goes'

Friday, 16 November 2012

Wrapping the Christmas Pressies

Well yesterday I had a very good day.... I visited a Hobbycraft store and came back with another 24 Promarkers and 3 small bottles of Stickles. I've never tried Stickles before as glitter is banned in our home, so fingers crossed it isn't too messy.

I've got another decoupaged christmas card to show you today. This is from the House Mouse 'Deck the Halls' set and this is one of my favourite images. The great thing about these cute little meeces is that they work for all ages. I printed a matching background paper from the House Mouse Inserts cd and just stuck it all together. Another quick christmas card for the pile!


I shall enter this in the following challenges
House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'Getting Ready for Christmas'
Let's Craft and Create challenge 'Getting Ready for Christmas'
ABC Christmas challenge 'W for Wrapping'
Divas By Design challenge 'Anything Goes'
Penny's Paper-Crafty challenge 'Anything Goes'


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cold and Frosty the Snowman

Well it certainly is a bit nippy in the air today but at least it's not raining. So here's my cold and frosty card.
The decoupage is from the Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas Creations cd and I printed it off at half size to make a smaller card. This really is an amazing cd and is also being offered as candy this week at the Joanna Sheen blog here. The little robin was in my bit box so I'm not sure where he came from and I used a calligrapher pen to give a gold edge to the card but it doesn't show up too well in the photo. I've kept it CAS as the decoupage is so effective and also because it's for a boy.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Joanna Sheen challenge 'Cold and Frosty'
Cards For Men challenge 'Anything Goes'
Crimbo Crackers challenge 'Snowmen'
Dream Valley challenges 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge 'Christmas'
Elke Kaart  Een Feestje challenge 'Winter Wonderland'

Thanks for taking the time to pop by. I really appreciate your visits and comments.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Saturated Canary Gift Tag

Over at Little Darlings Design Team Inspiration blog they have a competition running. You have to make a gift tag with a Saturated Canary image as the main focus and the prize is 4 rubber stamps from the next release. So for any of you SC fans that haven't noticed this competition, you'd better get a move on as there are still a couple of days to enter.

I finally got around to making my tag and in the end I kept it simple as all the embellies I tried just didn't work. I used Promarkers to colour the image and the paper is scraps I had left over from other projects. Then I just added a Marianne Creatable LR0189 piece of mistletoe with some gems for the berries. So here's my finished tag.


Thanks for dropping by to have a look

Saturday, 10 November 2012

A Winter Fairy

Thanks for dropping by to visit and I hope you're all having a good weekend.

Well christmas will soon be upon us so here's another card I've made for the dreaded festive season!
I've used a really sweet Wee Stamps image called Winter Fairy and coloured her with Promarkers and went for a non traditional scheme. The background papers are Dovecraft Back to Basics III and Milton & Co Christmas and I used Marianne Creatables LR0185 to cut the snowflake from silver card. I finished it with a sentiment from LOTV and decided not to add any embellishments so that it will be flatter for posting.







This is the sketch I followed
 

I shall enter this in the following challenges
The Sketchy challenge 'Jane's Sketch'
Passion for Promarkers challenge 'In the Garden'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Pretty in Pink'
Live & Love Crafts challenge 'Christmas'
The Crafty Bloggers Network challenge 'Christmas Anything Goes'
Sparkles Christmas challenge 'Contemporary Colour Combo'
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge 'Anything Goes'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Anything Goes'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Pastel Christmas'



Thursday, 8 November 2012

Holly Fairy

Today sees a new challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey. The sponsor is Pink Cat Studio and the theme is 'Anything Goes' so a nice easy one and you have until 21st November to join in.There are some gorgous creations from my team mates to give you inspiration.

Here is the card I've made using a Pink Cat Studio image called 'Sugar Plum Fairy' although I've coloured her with Promarkers to be more of a Holly Fairy. The background papers were both free with magazines and I resisted the urge to add any embellies to keep it very plain and simple with just a sentiment as I think it works better that way.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Forever Friends Fortnightly challenge 'Sketch'
ABC Christmas challenge 'Vibrant Colours'
The Paper Shelter challenge 'Fairies and Elves'


Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my blog today

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Christmas Cutie

Well I had a great trip to the dentist yesterday as he uttered those wonderful words "All's okay, see you in 6 months" and as there is a craft shop nearby I just had to pop in and buy a few necessities!!

Today I've made another christmas card using a Lili of the Valley die-cut and this one is from the sheet called 'angelic christmas'. I used Marianne Craftables CR1214 die to make a frame for the image and Spellbinders Impressabilities Snowflake to emboss a piece of card to mount it on. The background papers were both free with magazines and the sentiment is one of the LOTV grunge set. To finish it off I added a ribbon bow, rhinestones and charm all from my stash.








I shall enter this in the following challenges
Delightful challenge 'Sketch'
Sketchy Colours challenge 'Green & White'
Stempelgarten challenge 'Bingo' (I used dies/rhinestones/charms)
Everybody Art challenge 'Embossing'
Divas By Design challenge 'Let's Get Cute'
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge 'Die Cuts/Punches, Ribbon and Charms'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything Goes with the option Christmas'
Bearly Mine challenges 'Anything Goes'

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

In the Pink

Just a quick post today as I'm off to the dentist in half an hour and yes I can see half of you cringing and the other half sighing with relief that it's not you!!

My card today is very pink and girly to fit in with a few challenges. I've used a gorgous Mo Manning image coloured with Promarkers and touched up with a Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen. The papers are all Dovecraft Back to Baics III which came in a bag of candy from Caz (thanks again Caz). I distressed the edges of all the papers and added pearls, ribbon and star from my stash. The flower is made from a strip of lace gathered up and an old pearl button sewn to the centre.


The sparkle doesn't show up so well so here's a close up at an angle so that you can see it a bit better



Here's the sketch I followed

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Pink, Pearls and Lace'
The Sketchy challenge 'Kathrin's Sketch'
The Cutie Pie challenge 'Distress Your Cards'
By the Cute and Girly challenge 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
Mo Manning challenge 'Anything Goes'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'All That Glitters'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Anything Goes... With a Button'

Sunday, 4 November 2012

A Happy House Mouse Birthday

Just a quick post today as want to get this card entered in a challenge over at Cards for Men. I don't make many male cards but this one is for my sons birthday later this month. I know this is his favourite House Mouse as he happened to catch sight of the decoupage sheet some time ago. Mind you the thought of a jar of chocolate chips probably had something to do with it!!

I had the papers free with a magazine - I think one is from Raspberry Road Designs - but being spots they've sat in the bottom of a box and I only found them yesterday when I was doing a bit of sorting. I don't seem to be able to work with spots or stripes very well, but I am really pleased with the way this card has turned out. I finished it off with a sentiment which I made on the computer.




I shall enter this in the following challenges
Cards For Men challenge 'A Sketch For You'
Ladybug Crafts challenge ''Monochrome / Tonal'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'Let's Celebrate'
Allsorts challenge 'For Men Only'
The Crafty Pad challenge 'Anything Goes'

Thursday, 1 November 2012

My First DT card

Good Morning to you and I hope your day has started well.

Here is my first card as a member of the DT of Paper Crafting Journey. The current challenge is 'Ribbon or Twine' and is sponsored by The Paper Shelter. If you want to join in or just take a look at the fabulous creations from my teamies click here.

I've used a super image from the Paper Shelter called 'A little bit grumpy' and she was a dream to colour in with my Promarkers. My home is surrounded by trees and at this time of year the colours are amazing so I went for an autumnal colour scheme and the backgroound papers are Prima Botanical Collection. The die I used is Memory Box Macarena Corner. The lovely red flower and pearls are from my stash and the ribbons I used were saved from an easter egg and box of chocolates.





This is the sketch I followed and the colour inspiration photo



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Sketch N Stash challenge 'Sketch' (old items are the ribbons)
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'October colour - Autumn inspiration photo'
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'Colour me happy - use your favourite colours'
Songbird challenge 'It Could Be Magic'
The Paper Shelter challenge 'Anything Goes'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Fairies & Angels'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Things With Wings'

Thanks for dropping by and for those of you who leave a comment a big thank you. They are very much appreciated.