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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Finally... the Last Christmas Card

Well here it is just 3 days to go and I've finished my christmas cards - breathing a big sigh of relief!!

For this I've used the Little Claire 'birdhouse garden' stamp coloured up with Promarkers and touches of white Sakura pen for the 'snow'. I edged the image with gold caligrapher pen and used sticky pads to stick it to the card. The background paper is Raspberry Road Designs 'christmas collection' and I used Mariiane Creatables LR0137 to cut the bird on the branch. Then just a gold peel-off sentiment to finish.

I'm afraid the photo is a bit poor as the light is not so good here today.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Penny Black and More challenge 'It's Your Choice'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Easy Does It'
The Paper Shelter challenge 'Anything Goes'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'Include the word Happy in your sentiment' (my 2nd entry)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 2nd entry)
Songbird challenge 'Merry Christmas Everybody' (my 2nd entry)
Elke Kaart Een Feestje challenge 'Anything Goes' (my 2nd entry)
Simon Says Stamp challenge 'Merry Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'Winter Wishes' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you all xx

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Cocoa & Cookies Santa and a new challenge at Paper Crafting Journey

Today sees the start of another challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey which will last 3 weeks and has everyones favourite theme of 'Anything Goes'. We also have a new sponsor in the form of Rick St Dennis who is offering 2 lucky winner 3 digis. If you haven't already seen his work you don't know what you're missing.

I was given the choice of a digi to use for this challenge and I really was spoilt for choice but eventually I settled for 'cocoa and cookies Santa' as it was just the image I needed for the christmas card I was making for my daughter & her boyfriend. I used Promarkers to colour it up and added Stickes to the 'fur' on Santa's suit. I know it doesn't really show up in the photo but I used Sakura pens to add glaze to the holly sprig in Santa's hat and glitter to the top of the frothy drink. The background papers are Forever Friends Retro Collection and Jennifer Ellory Berry Merry and I layered the image onto gold card.The dies I used are Marianne Creatables LR0137 bird, LR0136 tree, LR0189 mistletoe and Memory Box Frostyville Border. The sentiment is a LOTV grunge stamp and the pearls and gems are from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Anything Goes'
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Celebration'
Stamp and Create challenge 'Sparkly Christmas'
Stempelgarten challenge 'Weihnachtszeit ~ Christmastime'
Songbird challenge 'Merry Christmas Everybody'
Simon Says Stamp challenge 'Merry Christmas'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Anything Goes at Christmas'


I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all you lovely people who have dropped by during the year and have taken the time to leave me such lovely comments. I wish you all a very 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Deck the Halls

Hello to those of you who have taken the time to drop by at this very busy time of year.

As the title of this post suggests I decided to make some christmas decorations for a change. I made these from red holographic, green and white card using die-cuts and a tiny snowflake punch. The dies I used are all from Marianne Designs ~ CR1231 - circle the largest circle, LR0152 - circlet the largest circlet (which was layered onto a circle of white card), LR0136 - tree, LR0178 - sleigh, LR0137 - bird on branch, LR0189 - mistletoe, LR0182 - bell and bauble, the swirl from LR0111 and finally the little star was from the CR1234 angel.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Marianne Design challenge 'Red, White and Green'
ABC challenge 'D for Deck the Halls'
Marianne Design Divas challenge 'It's Christmas'
Elke Kaart Een Feestje challenge 'Anything Goes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Pick of the Year' (I chose Anything Goes)
Divas By Design challenge 'Anything Goes'



Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Is it me or have they missed out a few days this December?  I can't believe that this time next week I'll be sat here not wanting to see another mince pie or sausage roll.

My post today is another christmas card and I must admit I will be glad when they're all done. I've used another of my decoupage sheets from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse 'Wishes For Christmas' set. The paper is another freebie sheet from last years magazines and I added a strip of ribbon with a couple of  'sleigh bells' sewn to it so that you get a nice jingle when you open the card.






I shall enter this in the following challenges
Joanna Sheen challenge 'With Love at Christmas'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'Oh Christmas Tree'
Allsorts challenge 'Oh Christmas Tree'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you'll come back again

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Just Resting My Eyes

Well here's my second card of the day and this time it's a birthday card I made for my dad on his 92nd birthday last week. He doesn't really appreciate cards so they only manage a couple of hours on the shelf (if they even get there) and then they are straight in the bin! Anyways this is the card I made using  a stamp from Ladybug Crafts Ink called 'I'm Not Asleep Wrinkley' which was so apt, because for as long as I can remember Dad has never 'been asleep' but 'only resting his eyes' insisting he heard every word we said about him!!
I coloured the image with Promarkers and then layered it onto a piece of brown card and then straight onto a hammered effect base card. The sentiment was made on the computer. So a very quick make card and yes it did end up in the bin the next day!!


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'Include the Word Happy in the Sentiment'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'One For The Boys,
Willow Sketchie challenge 'Quick makes or Sketch' (I chose the quick make)

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you liked my creations xx

Frosty Christmas

Hello to you all on yet another cold and frosty day. Hope all your christmas preparations are going to plan and you're getting in the festive mood.

My card today is following the frosty theme. I've used a Mo Manning snowman which I've coloured with Promarkers. The background paper is another of those freebies that came with a magazine last year and the sentiment is a LOTV grunge stamp. I used Memory Box Frostyville Border and Marianne Creatables LR0136 christmas tree dies and a small snowflake punch and then I added some stickles to the snowman and snowflakes.





I shall enter this in the following challenges
Dies To Die For challenge 'Christmas'
By The Cute And Girly challenge 'Red, White and Blue'
Mo Manning DP2 challenge 'D is for..' (die-cuts.... or it could be damn cold weather!!)
Simon Says Stamp challenge 'What's your Favourite?' (it just has to be the Memory Box die)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Santa Mouse

Here's my second card for today.

I've used another of the fabulous Joanna Sheen House Mouse decoupage sheets from the 'Wishes for Christmas' collection. Again the background paper is old and I don't remember any details other than it was free with a magazine last year.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
House Mouse & Friends challenge 'Let It Snow'
Tuesday Throwdown challenge 'Wrapped and Ready'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Red and Green'
Divas By Design challenge 'Use Some Red'
Lexi's Creations challenge 'Snow' (my 2nd entry)
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Oh No Snow' (my 2nd entry)
Cupcake Craft challenge 'Merry Christmas' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you've all got your christmas preparations under control. I've still got a couple more cards to make, presents to buy and decorations to put up... so not at all organised !!

A forever Friends Christmas

Hello to you all. I 'd planned on getting lots done today, but you know those days wheen you wake up and you just know that all your good intentions aren't going to happen... well today is one of those for me. I'm blaming this freezing cold weather for my lack of movement and the old joints locking up !!

Still, on with my first card. This was a very quick make using freebies from last years magazines. The paper is Forever Friends and the sentiment I think is Nitwits but I'm not positive about that.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Forever Friends Fortnightly challenge 'Christmas Cards'
Lexi's Creations challenge 'Snow'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Anything Goes'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Oh No Snow'
Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge 'Snowflakes'
Cupcake Craft challenge 'Merry Christmas'
Everybody Art challenge 'Anything Goes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Snow White'

Friday, 7 December 2012

Let it Snowman

Hello to you all on this very very chilly, but dry winters day.

I never managed to get back with my second card yesterday, so here it is now. The snowmen image I've used is in the shaped cards section of Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas Creations cd. I've used it as a decoupage and made an easel style card by folding an A4 aheet of white card. The trim and sentiment I used on the base came free with a magazine and is possibly Nitwits - but don't quote me on that - and finally I added some silver peel-offs.






I shall enter this in the following challenges
Scraphouse challenge 'White Christmas'
Challenge Up Your Life challenge '1st Snow'
Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge 'Snowmen or Ladies'
Divas By Design challenge 'let It Snow'
Charisma Cardz challenge 'Christmas'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Sparkliscious'
Creatalicious challenge 'Winter' (my 2nd entry)
Everybody-Art challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Christmas Is Coming' (my 3rd entry)
Ladybug Crafts challenge 'Christmas and/or Winter' (my 2nd entry)

Now I have to decide what I shall do for the rest of the day as I have 3 choices. Firstly do all the housework that's piling up, second go shopping, or third get crafting. Now how guilty am I feeling about that layer of dust covering everything and those chrimbo pressies still to be bought?

Anyways, thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comments you leave me. I really do appreciate them xx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Don and Daisy Gift Tags and new challenge at Paper Crafting Journey

It's Thursday so a new challenge has started over at Paper Crafting Journey. The sponsor is Digital Delights who are offering the winner a gift certificate and the theme is 'Christmas Projects' so any christmas paper project will fit. My team mates have made some fabulous creations so why don't you pop on over to have a look.

I've made a couple of gift tags for this challenge using leftover bits of white and pearlescent card and short lengths of ribbon. The papers are from Marianne Designs Scandinavian Christmas pack and the stamps are Marianne Designs Don and Daisy which I coloured witth Promarkers. All the dies I used are Marianne Creatables LR0157, LR0111, LR0156, LR0129 and LR0185. The flowers are made from rolled up circles of paper and I finished the tags off with silver peel-offs and Stickles glitter.



I shall enter this in the ffollowing challenges
Don and Daisy challenge 'Make a Christmas Gift or Gift Tag'
Live and Love Crafts challenge 'Anything But a Card'
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'Winter Wishes'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Anything Goes'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Anything Goes With Glitter'
Simon Says Stamp challenge 'Snowflakes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything Goes with an option of make a gift for Christmas'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Ribbons and Snowflakes'
Delightful challenge 'All About Christmas'
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Winter' (my 2nd entry)

I'll be back later with another card I've made, so have a good day and I'll see you later

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Mice

Hello to you all and thanks for dropping in today. I hope all is well in your corner of the world wherever that may be and that you're looking forward to christmas.

I've got yet another House Mouse christmas card to show you today. This is a decoupage sheet from the 'Wishes for Christmas' collection. I know decoupage can be a bit fiddly but these little mice certainly are worth the trouble they can cause. I used red card for the base and some patterned paper from my scraps box so I'm not sure where it's from and then I added a red bow to finish it off.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Sketchy Colors challenge 'White, Red, Green'
Sparkles Christmas challenge 'Button or Bow'
Ladybug Crafts challenge 'Christmas and/or Winter'
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge 'It's Christmas'
Cards Galore challenge 'Christmas'
Love to Create challenge 'Holiday Cheer'
Everybody Art challenge ' Christmas'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'Ho Ho Ho'

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Not a Christmas Card !

Well it's the 1st December, I've got the advent calendar out and now I can officially begin to panic. I've really got to get a move on and make a card for my daughter as well as buy her present ready to post on the 5th December (last posting date to Australia). I hope you are all a lot more organised than I am.

My card today is another Joanna Sheen House Mouse decoupage and is from the Food and Drink 2 collection. The background paper is from a pile I've got so I'm not sure where it's from, the die-cut swirls are marianne Creatables LR0111 and the butterfly is from my stash.



I shall enter this in the following challenges
Joanna Sheen challenge 'Anything Goes Excluding Christmas'
Deep Ocean challenge 'Pastel Colours'

I'm off now to have a nice glass of mulled wine and start a christmas to do list. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a great weekend.