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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Mulberry Wood Christmas

Good Morning to you all and a special welcome to my new followers.

A quick post from me today to show you some card and box sets I made with a magazine freebie which was a Crafters Companion 'Christmas in Mulberry Wood' decoupage cardmaking kit. I used the papers to make some small origami boxes which I decorated with flowers and tags made from paper scraps and some gold peel-offs. Then I made matching CAS cards using 5 x 5 pearlescent card bases with the paper and the decoupaged images and added happy christmas sentiments from my stash. A very quick and easy make.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Crafters Companion challenge 'Christmas / winter' (my 2nd entry)
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 100 snippets' (my 3rd entry)
Through the Purple Haze challenge 'Use your craft stash' (my 2nd entry)
Cards and Scrap challenge 'Winter' (my 2nd entry)
The Corrosive challenge 'Happy Holidays'
Simon Says Wedesday challenge 'Anything goes'
Charisma Cardz challenge 'Christmas'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Anything Goes'
Delightful challenge 'Favourite things' (decoupage)
Crafty Sentiments challenge 'Anything goes'

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas With the Snow Family

Back again with another card I managed to get finished this morning.

I bought this stamp called 'Snow Family' from Sugar Nellie and I've inked it up, coloured it and started making a card with it several times and never been happy with the result but this time I think I've finally cracked it.
I decided to try a tall CAS card, coloured the image with Promarkers and I used the Memory Box 'grand merry christmas' die to cut the 'christmas' letters from some scraps of red holographic card. Finally I cut a Marianne Creatable LR0189 mistletoe sprig from another card scrap with pearls for berries and I added a sprinkling of snow to the image with Stickles.

I must apologise for the quality of the photgraph but I really am struggling with the lighting this time of year and this really does sparkle when the light catches it.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Country View challenge 'Letters'
The Sugar Bowl challenge 'Sparkle and shine w/a Sugar Nellie image'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Cause for celebration' (my 2nd entry)
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 100 snippets' (my 2nd entry)
Rudolph Day challenge 'Something festive'
Cards & Scrap challenge 'Winter'


Raspberry Fun

Hello to you all and a very big welcome to my new followers.
Gosh, I can't believe we're almost into December and in four weeks it will be christmas day. Where has this year gone?!

Over at the House Mouse challenge they want to see cards featuring your favourite things - so of course for me that would be any of the cute little meeces but I especially love them decoupaged. This sheet is from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse 'Fruit and Nut' collection and it is one of my favourites not least because they are picking raspberries. I must admit to being partial to the odd chocolate or two but given the choice I would rather have a nice (big) bowl of raspberries and cream.
As is my way with these little meeces I kept it very CAS, just adding a butterfly from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
House Mouse & Friends challenge 'My favourite things'
Joanna Sheen challenge 'Celebrate'
Crafty Cardmakers challenge 'Clean and simple'
Crafting For All Seasons challenge 'Birthdays'
Through The Purple Haze challenge 'Use your craft stash'

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Happy Birthday Star

Good afternoon to you all and I hope you're enjoying a nice relaxing weekend.

I still have a few christmas cards to make but decided to have a bit of a break and have a play with a new stamp which was in my package from Dorte. So I had a rummage in my scraps box and made this small card with a top fold. The stamp is Penny Johnson 'Star Ballerina' which I coloured with Promarkers and cut into a circle. I layered this onto another circle and the paper is from Pink Petticoat. I just added a snippet of lace, some pearls and a silver peel-off sentiment to finsh.






I shall enter this in the following challenges
Divas By Design challenge 'Make it pretty' (my 2nd entry)
Crafty Little Fairies challenge 'Lace n pearls'
Sketch Saturday challenge 'Sketch'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Cause for celebration'
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'week 100 use snippets'
That Craft Place challenge 'Stars'
Wags 'n Whiskers challenge 'Cards for kids'
Paper Creator's Crafts challenge 'Birthdays'

Thanks for your visit today and a huge thank you to those of you who take the time to leave a comment. I love reading them and they are always most appreciated.

Friday, 22 November 2013

My Hobby House Card

Earlier this month I was very lucky to be the winner of the Birthday blog hop at Ready-Teady-Go (a VERY big thank you girls) and my prize was this fabulous cardmaking kit from The Hobby House.


This is the Wee cardmaking kit featuring Spring Bringer and Love Me Do and you can find it here.
I've not played with one of these card kits before and I must admit I was very impressed with the quality of the contents.
I've made this card and the only thing added that was not in the pack was a bit of foliage from the Memory Box Fabulous Phlox die. I probably went a bit OTT with the pearls and the pearl flourish does show up more IRL than the photo shows.The Wee toppers are all gorgous but I think this little girl with her cat is just so cute and the roses are the most fabulous colours.



maybe you can see the pearl flourish a bit better here


I shall enter this in thee following challenges
The Hobby House challenge 'Pearls' (my 2nd entry)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Shabby chic / vintage' (my 2nd entry)
Sketch N Stash challenge 'Sketch' (all my stash is new)
Divas By Design challenge 'Make it pretty'
The ABC challenge 'Z for zebra - black & white and/or stripes'
Craftyhands challenge 'Sparkle and bling'
A Creative Romance challenge 'Vintage style'
Crafting Musketeers challenge 'Pretty pastels'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bling That Snowman

Good morning to you all and as promised here is my DT card for the new challenge over at the Paper Crafting Journey. The theme this fortnight is 'Bling It Up' and we are sponsored by Digistamps4Joy so we want to see all your paper creations with BLING

I've used a Digistamps4Joy image called 'Mr Snowman' and coloured him with Promarkers. I kept to a CAS style and matted the image onto silver mirri-card and used Memory Box 'Frostyville Border' die to cut the snowflakes edge. Then I added Silver gems, a peel-off sentiment and a toch of Stickles to the 'snow'


I shall enter this in the following challenges
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'Sparkle and shine' (my 3rd entry)
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Crafty Sentiments challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
The Paper Shelter challenge 'Christmas is coming'
Without Words challenge 'Getting ready for christmas' (my 3rd entry)
Dream Valley challenge 'Clean and simple' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for popping by and I do hope you will bling it up and come to join in with us.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christmas Angel

Last year I bought quite a few LOTV sheets of die-cut images (mostly christmas) and as you got 6 on each sheet multiplied by at least 15 sheets that adds up to a lot of cards to be made. I guess I'll still be using them christmas 2014 and I daren't buy any of the new art pads until I've used these up first.

So here is one of those sweet angel images which I cut into a circle and layered onto a Marianne Creatables LR0129 die. I embossed a piece of white card with a Die'sire Embossalicious Grande Dots folder and die cut the bottom edge with Marianne Creatables LR0201 die. The snowflake tucked behind the image is Marianne Creatables LR0185. Finaly I added some Hobby House Pearls and snowflake charm and the ribbon is from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'White'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'Fairies or angels'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'So angelic'
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge 'Anything goes'
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' challenge 'White on white' (my 2nd entry)
Marianne Design Divas challenge 'Charm +/or Ribbon'
Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge 'Christmas'
A Creative Romance challenge 'Winter blues'

I hope you can pop back tomorrow when I shall my DT card for the PCJ challenge to show you

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

IndigoBlu Chocolate Orange

I'm back again with another card and another new style for me.  I decided to have a play with an IndigoBlu stamp called Ella Bella. My first attempt was to stamp using an orange Aquamarker pen but although the colour was fabulous it didn't stamp too well, so without cleaning the stamp off I inked it up with black Memento ink and stamped onto designer paper from a Websters Pages pad. It is a much softer finish and IRL you can see hints of orange which don't seem to show up in the photo. I used a kraft base card and the flowers and pearls are from my stash.

It was lovely to take a break from making christmas cards but I will definitely have to add some coloured stamp pads on my list for santa !!


I shall enter this in the following challenges
IndigoBlu challenge 'Chocolate orange'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Use kraft cardstock'
My Mum's Craft Shop challenge 'Autumn colours' (my 2nd entry)


Shhh, Santa's Here

Well he will be soon with lots of goodies (I hope).

Talking of goodies, this fabulous stamp I've used was in the surprise package I received from the lovely Dorte (along with lots of other wonderful things). It is the Stampavie Sarah Kay Santa and I think he is just super with his sack of toys, especially the little panda peeping out.

I decided to try something totally different with this card and used some scraps of paper on white card to make a checkerboard background with a Marianne Creatables LR0161 lacy edge. After colouring the santa with Promarkers I cut him out leaving a little white card round the edge so he would stand out and attached him with sticky pads. The sentiment was saved from a decoupage sheet and also attached with sticky pads.

I'm pleased with the result, especially as it's a great way to use up all of those old scraps of paper and card but I really would love to know what you think of it too.






I shall enter this in the following challenges
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Red and green'
Sketch Saturday challenge 'Sketch'
Simon Says Monday challenge 'It's a mystery' (what else is in santa's sack?)
Bearly Mine challenge 'Christmas traditional colours, red and green, using die-cuts'
Dream Valley challenge 'Clean and simple'
Oldie But A Goodie challenge 'CAS christmas' (scraps of paper and die are over 6 months old)
Penny Black and More challenge 'Anything goes' (my 3rd entry)
Stamping Sensations challenge 'Christmas' (my 3rd entry)
Without Words challenge 'Getting ready for christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Pixies Snippets Playground 'challenge 99 Snippets'
Crafty Calendar challenge 'All things christmas'
Vintage Stamping challenge 'Traditional christmas time' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for your visit today and I hope you'll come back again.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Winter Gathering

Well I'm beginning to get back into the swing of things and here's another christmas card.

I've used one of the many beautiful images from the Joanna Sheen Giordano Christmas Creations cd and printed it off several times so that I could decoupage it. The lovely soft background paper is a freebie from Donna at Bearly Mine Designs (thank you Donna) and I embossed the white card with the Die'sire Embossalicious 'I believe' folder. The sentiment envelope is made using Marianne Designs Craftables CR1211 with gold peel-offs and the holly (coloured with Promarkers) is from the Tattered Lace 'Christmas Florals' dies. The other dies are both Memory Box, 'Lindeman Snowflake' and 'Snowflake Sprig' and the pearls are from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Shabby chic / vintage'
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Animals'
Live & Love Crafts challenge 'Christmas inspiration collage'
ABC Christmas challenge 'W for winter wishes'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Christmas in pink'
Divas By Design challenge 'Something snowy' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for dropping by and if I haven't already caught up with you, then I should be around in the next day or two. Hope you had a good weekend and are ready for a good start to the week.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Santa Claus WOW

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by and I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

I was hoping to get all my christmas cards made by the end of November but I'm not sure that is going to happen, even though I did start straight after last christmas !! This year has gone really quick don't you think.

For this card I used the fabulous LOTV 'Santa' stamp which I coloured with Promarkers and added Stickles on the snow for sparkle. The sentiment is one of the LOTV Christmas grungy messages inked with Promarker metallic silver to give a softer finish. I die-cut the image with a QuicKutz nesting die and used Memory Box 'Frostyville Border' and Marianne Creatables LR0136 tree dies cut from white card and stuck straight onto the base card. Then I added a couple of bits of card candi to finish.

 

I shall enter this in the following challenges

The Ribbon Girl challenge 'Lovely Lili add sparkle'
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' challenge 'White on white'
Divas By Design challenge 'Something snowy'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Snow and ice'
Vintage Stamping challenge 'Traditional christmas time'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Penny Black and More challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge 'Winter wonderland' (my 3rd entry)

Thanks for popping by and I hope you can take the time to leave a comment as I love reading them all

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Sweet Sugar Mice

Good afternoon to you all and a big hello to my followers, new and old. Thank you for your visits.

I've not been in the blogging or crafting mood the last few days - probably an overdose of christmas card making has addled my brain, along with laptop problems. My followers and followers on everyone elses blogs plus other bits of blogger were disappearing, I was getting a message saying my Windows wasn't genuine and the antivirus software kept disappearing from my laptop completely. I've finally worked out that is the new version of Avast antivirus that has been causing all the problems and I've gone back to Microsoft antivirus and up to now things seem to be going okay (says she with fingers and toes crossed).

So this is a card I made and which I haven't got around to blogging. It's a CAS design as is my usual with the fabulous House Mouse decoupages. This sheet is from the 'Food and Drink 2' collection along with the sentiment and the paper is Pink Petticoat.





I shall enter this in the following challenges
Joanna Sheen challenge 'Food for thought'
That Craft Place challenge 'Sentiment'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Animal magic' (my 2nd entry)
The Corrosive challenge 'Fur and feathers' (my 2nd entry)
Cards Galore challenge 'Animals' (my 2nd entry)
Dream Valley challenge 'Humour' (my 2nd entry)
Craft Room challenge 'Afternoon tea / photo inspiration'

 Thanks again for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Mousey Chocolate Wrapper

Good evening and thanks for popping by. I hope you've all had a lovely (and maybe crafty) weekend.

The challenge over at House Mouse is to make something other than a card. I didn't want to make a box or bag and then I thought about chocolate bars (very easy to think about, I know) and giving them rather than eating them. A nice bar of chocolate is a lovely small gift or stocking filler and so I decided to make a wrapper to go around it. You need a good thick paper the length of the chocolate bar and wrapped tightly enough so the chocolate doesn't slip out. Then stick down with double sided tape and decorate as you please.

Here's what I started with

and here's the finished wrapper



I shall enter this in the following challenges
House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge 'Anything but a card'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Animal Magic'
Dream Valley challenge 'Humour'
The Corrosive challenge 'Fur and feathers'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes + option christmas card / creation' (my 4th entry)
Craft My Life challenge 'Anything goes - Non cards'

Saturday, 9 November 2013

White Christmas

Hello all and a big special hello to my lovely followers.

I had a super start to the day when the postie bought me this fabulous surprise from Dorte. It contains lots of wonderful goodies which I shall love using and isn't that tag so adorable. Thank you so much Dorte you really made my day.


I'm not so keen on making cards for men at the best of times and even though my Dad says he's not bothered about cards I think secretly he is but there aren't that many that he really likes. So I decided on CAS and white and put this card together. It rather reminds me of his garden when it snows with his bird table up against the fence and he loves to watch the birds feeding.

I used a kraft card base with white card embossed using a Die'sire Embossalicious Grande Dots folder. The stamp is Wild Rose Studio 'Birdhouse' coloured with Promarkers and the dies are Marianne Creatables LR0136 tree and Die-namics Picket Fence. I made the sentiment using a gold peel-off and gold gel pen for the handwritten 'Dad'.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Magnolia-licious challenge 'Anything goes'
Penny Black and More challenge 'Anything goes'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'Christmas'
Without Words challenge 'Getting ready for christmas'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'Keep it clean and simple'
Allsorts challenge 'White christmas'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Christmas is coming'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'Outdoors'
Scrapping4fun challenge 'Anything goes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes + option christmas' (my 3rd entry)
Whimsy Stamps challenge 'Anything goes' (my 3rd entry)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Cards for the men' (my 2nd entry)


Thanks for your visit today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Toasting Marshmallows

Hello all, I'm running a bit late today as I've been out at my Dad's. My aunt and cousin came for a visit and we had a lovely time especially when my dad and aunt were recounting tales of their childhood in the 1920's (they are both in their 90's)

Anyway, onto my DT card for the challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey. This fortnight we are sponsored by 'The Paper Shelter' who are offering the lucky winner a $20 gift certificate so just think of all the goodies you can buy with that. The theme for this challenge is 'Case A Card' and I know that may put some of you off, but when you think about it most of us gain inspiration from all those fantastic cards out there. Just remember to include a link to the card you have cased.

I picked a card made by Merkkari one of the DT at The Paper Shelter.  She has lots of wonderful cards to see, so why not drop by her blog Korttimmari to take a look. You can see the card I cased here and this is my take on it.


This is what I used ~
Image -  The Paper Shelter 'Marshmallow for a christmas elf'
Papers -  Milton & Co christmas (a magazine freebie)
Dies -  QuicKutz nesting frame 14
       Die-namics Picket fence
                                               Marianne Creatables LR0136 tree,  LR0111 swirl
From my stash - Pearls and snowflake charm (all from the Hobby House) and ribbon


I shall enter this in the following challenges
The Hobby House challenge 'Pearls'
Lothian Crafts challenge 'Must use Marianne Design dies'
The Crafty Bloggers Network challenge 'Christmas'
The Paper Shelter challenge 'Winter fun'
Crafty Little Fairies challenge 'Christmas in November'
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge 'Lots of layers'
Divas By Design challenge 'Use a digi'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Anything goes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes + option christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Allsorts challenge 'Christmas cheer' (my 3rd entry)
Whimsy Stamps challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'Sparkle and shine' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for dropping by and I do hope you will join in the fun with us at the Paper Craftting Journey,

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Santas' Visit

Good morning to you and thanks for popping by again, your visits are most welcome.

I think this is turning into a christmas card blog as that is all I seem to be making at the moment - I'm just glad I started earlier this year.

I've used one of the Joanna Sheen Giordano 'Father Christmas and Friends' decoupage sheets  which I was lucky to buy when they were on offer at half price and an absolute bargain. I know decoupage can be a bit time consuming and fiddly but it is worth it as the image really comes to life with all the layers (just a pity you can't see it in this photo).

I wanted to keep this snowy and wintery looking so no designer papers. Instead I used one of the fabulous Die'sire Embossalicious embossing folders. I am starting to build up a collection of these folders in different sizes and this one is the 8"x8" Grande Dots.

The sentiment is one of the LOTV christmas grungy messages and I used Tattered Lace 'christmas florals' die for the holly (coloured with Promarkers) and poinsettia and Memory box 'fabulous phlox' for the foliage (cut from gold mirri-card). The small flowers, ribbon and pearls are all from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Creative Inspirations challenge 'Bingo' (I went for pearls / white / flowers)
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes + option christmas'
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'Sparkle and shine'
The Corrosive challenge 'Tic-Tac-Toe' (I went for flowers / sentiment / layers)
Scrapping4fun challenge 'Holiday or Christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'Bling it up'
Allsorts challenge 'Christmas cheer' (my 2nd entry)
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Anything goes with snow' (my 2nd entry)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge 'Ribbon' (my 3rd entry)
Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge 'Winter snow / snowflakes' (my 2nd entry)
Crafters Companion challenge 'Christmas / winter'

Sunday, 3 November 2013

CAS Christmas

I know christmas isn't usually clean and simple but my card certainly is. I used a card blank, a LOTV die cut image, a piece of white card and a sentiment I'd saved from some decoupage. All I did was cut a circle from the card which I then embossed with a Die'sire 'Holiday Holly' embossing folder and stuck it all together - using sticky pads to get an upraised finish to the embossed card. So simple but it looks effective and great when you have to make a lot of cards in a short time.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Ready Teddy Go challenge 'Use embossing'
Christmas Cards All Year Round 'Winter snow / snowflakes'
Cards Galore challenge 'Animals'
The Squirrel and the Fox challenge 'Animal antics'
Polkadoodles challenge 'Christmas anything goes'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Anything goes with snow'
Allsorts challenge 'Christmas cheer'
Moving Along With the Times challenge 'No papers'
CAS on Sunday challenge 'It's a sketch'

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you've all had a great weekend. 



Birthday Boy

Hello to you all. Sorry I've not been around much just lately but I've been suffering and shivering with those dreaded bugs and germs. I'm trying to play catch up which isn't too easy when my head and body aren't functioning properly but I have a few cards that have to be finished (and started) in the next couple of days.

Here's the card I've made for my son's birthday this month. I chose this image from the LOTV 'Vintage Boys' sketch pad as it looks just like him when he was very young and would go to help my Dad in the garden. He actually had a striped shirt, trousers with braces, wellies and my dads' flat cap as well as a smiling round face and blonde hair. Now he is a grown man and still helps his grandad with his garden. I used Promarkers to colour the image, blue chalk to colour the sky and the papers are Prima Doodle Deux Collection and Raspberry Road Designs.






I shall enter this in the following challenges
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Sketchie free for all' (I used sketch 31)
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Anything goes'
CRAFT challenge 'For the boys'
Whimsy Stamps challenge 'Anything goes'
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'For the boys'
CraftyHands challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Catch the Bug challenge 'Anything goes'
My Mums' Craft Shop challenge 'Autumn colours'
Wags 'n' Whiskers challenge 'Fall colours'


Thanks for popping by and I'll be round to see you asap.