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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Fussy and Fancy with Snippets

Hi everyone and a big hello to my new followers. Hope you all had a great christmas. Ours was quiet and over very quickly... and it's New Years eve already.

I'm still having a job to motivate myself to do things but I have managed to make a card using a Sylvia Zet topper from the Hobby House and some snippets of paper. The tiny flowers are made with a Dovecraft daisy punch (and more snippets) and I think the die-cut is Memory Box (it was a freebie die-cut I got with some goodies I ordered ages ago). Finally from my stash I added the gems, ribbon and peel-off sentiment.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Pixie' Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets' (my 2nd entry)
Winter Wonderland challenge 'fussy and fancy'  (my 3rd entry)

So that's it from me tonight - think I'll put my feet up and watch a film and hopefully manage to stay awake to see in the new year. I'd like to take this chance to thank you all for your support and encouragement and to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Cheer

Just popping by with a quick post to show you that I'm really getting into the christmas 'spirit'. A bottle of wine is an ideal gift for most people I know and with the addition of a few homemade mulling spice bags gives it that personal touch. I decorated up a kraft box with some of my loose papers and a length of ribbon to hold 4 or 5 spice bags. What can be more traditional than a warm aromatic glass (or two) of mulled wine to warm you up on a cold winters day.

This is what I used for each spice bag ~
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
a small piece of nutmeg
a good sized piece of crystallized ginger

I use a couple of bags for a bottle of wine and add caster sugar and slices of orange. Slowly heat to simmering point without boiling, then allow to infuse. If you like you can add some freshly squeezed orange juice (I usually let people add their own). Another tip is to try it with honey instead of the sugar - hubby really enjoyed that.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Allsorts challenge 'last minute gifts'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'christmas / new year' my 3rd entry
Country View challenge 'nostalgic christmas' my 3rd entry
That's Crafty challenge 'anything goes' my 3rd entry

Well seeing as I made quite a few spice bags and it is rather chilly here I think I should break out a bottle of wine (just to check I got the ingredients right of course!)

Sunday, 21 December 2014

The 'Nice' List

Gosh I certainly hope my name is on that list, don't you?

The decoupage image is another of those fabulous sheets from Joanna Sheens' Giordano christmas collection and those little puppies are so adorable, aren't they? The card is 8x8 inch and the paper was a magazine freebie. I printed the sentiment on the computer and used snippets of card and Tattered Lace dies to make the poinsettias and mistletoe. The ribbon. pearls (in the flower centres) and charm are all from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets' challenge lasts 2 weeks over christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'whatever is still urgently needed for christmas'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'last christmas... card of the year' my 2nd entry
Winter Wonderland challenge 'fussy and fancy' my 2nd entry
Creative Inspirations challenge 'christmas / new year' my 2nd entry 
That's Crafty challenge 'anything goes' my 2nd entry

Thanks so much for popping by at this very busy time. I'm just off to do a spot of cleaning and then I'll be around to visit. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Special Birthday

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good and not too hectic weekend. I'm running rather late so just a quick post from me today.

This is a 60th birthday card I made using a LOTV stamp that I coloured with Promarkers. I've used a mixture of dies from Marianne, Poppy Stamps (Memory Box) and X-cut along with butterfly and small daisy punches. The sentiment was made using gold peel-offs and the gems, flowers and ribbon are from my stash.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Penny Black and More challenge 'special occasions'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'anything goes with LOTV'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'fussy and fancy'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'anything goes' my 2nd entry
Passion for Promarkers challenge 'bingo' (ribbon, gems, punches + ribbon, free, blooms) my 2nd entry
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'anything goes but NOT christmas' my 3rd entry

So that's it from me - I'm off now to try and get my Dads christmas card made then I've only got the pressie shopping to finish!!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Only another week to go and the over-indulgence day will be upon us. Hope you're all prepared, but if not my motto is you can always try again next year.

Before I get on with my card I see that another shop is closing due to the new EU VAT rules -  this time it is Sylvia Zet and the Wee digi-stamps - but hopefully only temporarily. You can read about it on her blog here and also she is giving a 10% discount in case you want to add some more digis to your collection (which of course I did).

So onto my card - I decided to do something a bit different for me and have a play with stencilling. This is 'garden birch landscape' from Memory Box which I cut to a square and matted onto some blue card. I ripped a strip of card for the snow and the cute little bambi which I coloured with Promarkers is from Wild Rose Studio. A large amount of Stickles was addded to the tree branches and snowy ground and after adding the Tattered Lace snowflake with a gem centre I attached the 'winter scene' to a hammered card base.


There is a lot more glitter than shows in the photo and also the 'snow' is a lot whiter.

I shall enter this in the following challenges -
Stamping Sensations challenge 'winter wonderland'
Magnolia-licious challenge 'anything goes with a magnolia, Wee or Wild Rose Studio image'
Creative Card Crew challenge 'anything goes'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'christmas / new year'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'anything goes'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'last christmas card of the year'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'bingo' (die-cut / free / glitter)
Dream Valley challenge 'christmas'
Loves Rubber Stamps challenge 'anything goes'
Simon Says Monday challenge 'anything goes'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'winter inspiration' (inspired by the trees, snowflakes, frost, deer and bird)
Through the Craft Room Door challenge 'anything goes'
Divas By Design challenge 'anything goes'
Noor Design challenge 'merry christmas' ~ this is their first challenge
Deep Ocean challenge 'christmas is all around'

Wow that's quite a few challenges - I'm pretty certain there are no restrictions on the number of challenge combinations but if I'm wrong please let me know and I'll sort it. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas With Love

I'm here today with a christmas card that I made for my Dad to give his sister. I really love making cards for her not only because my she is such a wonderful person but also because my Dad is 94 and my Auntie is 92 and I must admit I get a bit of a kick out of the fact that I'm still getting the opportunity to make this card.

I wanted to make something a bit more special so I headed off to my Joanna Sheen Giordano christmas collection cd which is full of the sweetest images and picked out one of the decoupage images to print off. I used an 8x8 inch card blank and the paper is a loose sheet which was a magazine freebie (so not sure who by). The sentiment was computer printed and cut with a Spellbinders Heirloom ornament die and for the poinsettia and mistletoe I used Tattered Lace dies and the snowflake sprig is from Memory Box. Finally from my stash I added some silver gems on the flowers and sprig and a bow to the ornament.


and here's a closer look at the decoupage layers


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Live & Love Crafts challenge 'with love'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'bling it on'
Dies R Us challenge 'anything goes'
Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use snippets' (all the dies were cut from snippets and the bow is a snippet)
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'bells and/or bows'
That's Crafty challenge 'anything goes'
Crafting Musketeers challenge 'use bling'

Well that's it from me for now so thanks for taking the time to pop by at this busy time

Saturday, 13 December 2014

More Christmas Nostalgia

Well the days are certainly passing by quickly and christmas day will be here before we know it.
I've been busy making up some decoupage images from the Joanna Sheen Giordano christmas collection and the one I've used on this card reminds so much of the fabulous Santas' Grotto my mom used to take me to when I was a child. It was at the Co-op store and there was always a very long queue of children waiting to see a very 'real' Santa who was taking a bit of time off from his very busy work at the North Pole to check that the boys and girls had been good.
The journey through his Grotto was wonderful. It was a windy path and on each side were several of the most amazing scenes of elves working hard away at making toys and winter scenes with the reindeer. The figures were all mechanical and there were lights in the windows and music and sounds - it really was magical and you just wanted to stay there...

...but back to my card, the paper is from my pile of loose sheets and I just added a gold peel-off poinsettia and a sentiment.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Country View challenge 'nostalgic christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Winter Wonderland challenge 'christmas presents'
Divas By Design challenge 'seeing red'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

You're the Best

Just popping by with a quick post to show the card I made for Dads birthday. He really isn't a fussy card person so I used this fun Kenny K image with an added second resized and rotated giraffe and a sentiment before printing and colouring with Promarkers. Then all I did was add a piece of ribbon and attach to the card base.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Allsorts challenge 'animal magic'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'anything goes card'
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'anything goes but NOT christmas' (my 2nd entry)


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nostalgic Christmas

It's my Dads birthday today and he's a great 94 years young so I count myself a very lucky daughter to have him around and in such good shape too. He's still making all his knitted toys and scarves and as well as getting pleasure from his hobby he gives away what he makes to friends and family and also for fundraising so giving pleasure to others.

 Anyway we were sitting this afternoon chatting about christmasses past and how things have changed. We never had long lists of things we wanted Santa to bring us - in fact if we went to visit him in his Grotto there would be no mention of expensive toys and we just promised to be good in the hope of waking up on christmas morning to the sight of brightly wrapped presents and the all important stocking containing apple, orange, nuts and chocolates etc. The kids of today would have such a shock and probably be quite disgusted if they were suddenly transported back in time and saw what was at the bottom of my bed each christmas, but I was so happy. I can remember so many of those christmas days as if it was only yesterday and the joy I felt the year I received a new doll with rooted hair and another year when I got a scooter and even when I was older (after Santa) and I had my first Timex wristwatch and a 'What Katy Did' book.

But onto my card which reminds me of my favourite christmas film 'Miracle on 34th Street' and no matter which version you watch sums up christmas and Santa and all the magic. The decoupage image is from the Joanna Sheen Giordano christmas collection and is a more 'original' style Father Christmas with his jolly face and the toys he is delivering. I kept to a CAS design and just added a peel-off sentiment.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Country View challenge 'nostalgic christmas'
As You Like It challenge 'favourite film or song and why'
That's Crafty challenge 'all about face'
Crafty Cardmakers and More challenge 'christmas'
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'the big guy (Santa)' my 2nd entry

I know it's a busy time of the year so I appreciate you popping by to visit and all your lovely comments.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Bearly Mine Cracker

And here I am back with my second post of the day, this time with a christmas cracker.
Again I used a Bearly Mine Designs paper which I wrapped around some toilet roll card inners then I decorated with Tattered Lace Poinsettia, Holly and Mistletoe dies. A very quick make christmas decoration.




I shall enter this in the following challenges
Bearly Mine Designs final challenge 'christmas decoration' (my 2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly challenge 'anything goes + option christmas gift or decoration' (my 4th entry)
A Creative Romance final challenge 'anything goes'


So that's it from me for now, I'm off to watch a bit of TV then an early nights sleep. Thanks for popping by and for all your lovely comments.

Bearly Mine Snippets

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good weekend. I put up the christmas tree yesterday and found one of those battery tealight candles in the box of decorations so thought I'd do a bit of snippeting.

I used a little plastic pot which had contained one of those delicious M&S deserts and a leftover strip of Bearly Mine Designs paper which I cut into triangles and arranged around the bottom. I stuck a piece of that cobwebby stuff around the inside of the pot and Stickled the rim, then I attached the plastic pot to a snowflake decoration.

If any of you haven't already heard Donna is having a 50% off sale before closing down the Bearly Mine Designs shop on 31st December so a chance to grab some beautiful papers at a bargain price.


I shall enter this in the following challenges

Bearly Mine Designs final challenge 'christmas decoration'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'anything goes + option christmas gift or decoration' (my 3rd entry)

I'll be back later with another decoration.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

40th Birthday

Just popping by this evening with a quick post to show you the card I made for my Sons 40th birthday. I must give credit to Pauline (aka Cotnob) who makes the most wonderful cards for men as I had a good look through her cards for inspiration before I came up with the design for this.

I embossed some tan/orange cardstock with an Embossalicious 'happy birthday' folder before matting onto some brown card and then onto an 8x8 inch card blank. The cute little owl stamps are from Clearly Besotted which I cut with the matching die. I die-cut the stars and added the peel off numbers and printed the sentiment on the computer.


I shall enter this in the following challenges
Allsorts challenge 'milestone birthdays'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'anything goes but NOT christmas'
Creative Card Crew challenge 'birthday with sentiment'

I'm just trying to get the last few christmas cards made and then I shall be round to catch up with you all. Thanks for taking the time to visit and for all your lovely comments.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Snow Friends

Well it's that time again - each year I intend getting more organised for christmas ... and each year I end up in a tizz trying to get everything done before the big day! 

I've kept this card quite a CAS design. The paper and image (coloured with Promarkers) are both LOTV and the snowflakes are made with a Tattered Lace die and a tiny punch for the silver centres.


I shall enter this in the following challenges

Winter Wonderland challenge 'dies and punches'
Pixie' Snippets Playground 'use snippets'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'anything goes'
CAS on Sunday challenge 'children's card'
The ABC challenge 'Y for yuletide'
Sparkles Christmas challenge 'it's a blue, blue christmas'
Without Words challenge 'christmas (modern look)'
Whimsy Stamps challenge 'anything goes'
Divas By Design challenge 'feeling festive'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'christmas / holidays'