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Monday, 30 March 2015

Surf, Sand & Summer

Hello again...

Well in my recent wanderings around blogland I discovered another Christmas card blog named ‘tis the season’ and this week they had a photo inspiration of a beach with some ornaments. 

I decided to participate in this challenge as Christmas falls in our summer time.

I think I have a warped sense of humour too, seeing that I chose a beach Christmas and snowflake design paper ;-) 

Here is my card:

What I used:
Kate Hadfield digi set “Sunny Santa” two images
Derwent & Faber Castell pencils
Memory Box Dies- Holiday Hats
MFT- Dienamics- Party Banner
M-press Die Squares
Steel ruler and Stanley Knife
Scrap red and white card
Home for Christmas Paper Pad (Pebbles)
Doodlebug Design North pole
Card Blank 10.5cm x 15cm

I created my own digi sentiment- Christmas Day the Aussie way (a line from Aussie Jingle Bells)

I would like to enter this card in:
Tis the Season-Photo inspiration
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Extra- Always Christmas
12 months of Christmas link-up- Let it snow (snowflakes on Design paper)

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bird Brain Christmas II

Hello again…
Well as I am trying to keep on top of Christmas card making for this year I am back playing along with the lovely ladies over at Case-ingChristmas where each week a member of their design team create a card for us to case. This week the lovely Pat made this gorgeous little penguin card to case, for the second week running I have decided to take my inspiration from the layout of Pat’s card.
Here is Pat’s card:

Now on to my version…

What I used:
White card blank (10.5cmx15cm)
Red card stock
Red/White stripe paper Bo Bunny ‘Elf Magic’
Poinsettia Paper- Pebbles ‘Home for Christmas’
Red glitter card
White card stock
Fiskars Apron lace border Punch
MFT- Pierced Circles Die
Lifestyle crafts Lace circle Die
Faber-Castell Pencils
Ribbon from $2 shop
Fairy Krystal glitter paint- on roof 

Small update, I took a second pic this afternoon and made it a close up so you can see the fairy paint 'snow' on the roof

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Joy to the world...

Hello again...

Today I have created a card for the current challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge, "Christmas Singing" over the last few nights I have been colouring some Tiddly Inks digi stamps while watching TV. I just happened to have the perfect image, ready to go.

I have used Wryn goes Carolling which I coloured with Derwent pencils. I have used a layout I had saved from somewhere on the web, origin unknown. Flowers and leaves die cut from scrap papers.

What I used:
White 5x7" card blank
La Carta paper and craft- Bubble texture Kraft
Bo Bunny Silver and Gold Collection (magazine cover gift)
Gold Glitter Card
Musical note punch
MFT Pierced Oval dies
Memory Box Fancy Blossoms
MFT Royal Leaves
Gold glitter
adhesives- PVA glue & Double sided tape

I am entering this card into:

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Tiddly Ink

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Here's a not so little card I have made for two of the current Christmas Challenge blogs, Crimbo Crackers requests no patterned paper and over at Christmas Card Challenges this week is Anything goes.

My card  is a 5x7" white card blank which I picked up at craft online as a set of 50, kraft paper, printed sentiment from Pink Petticoat, a strip of washi tape and a Tiddly inks digi stamp 'Christmas Pixie' I also have this as a clear stamp from a magazine but alas it has never seen ink as I never seem to get a complete image, but I am getting better.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Scrap therapy????

Well this afternoon I decided that my ever growing pile of off cuts could use some re-arranging again. I have divided them into colour groups and placed them into clear plastic bags. I still have one container to sort through, but as usual I eventually ended up side tracked and decided to use up some orange card scraps to make a Christmas gift tag. Why orange??? Well I coloured a Make it crafty image called Zippy purple and aqua. I then decided that the best colour to finish off his scarf was you guessed it orange.

 So here is my latest Christmas tag.

What I used:
White card
Digi image 'Zippy' 
Orange card
Scrap of MME-Happy days
Kaisercraft Chirstmas Stamp-Twig & Berry-Postmarks
Black ink
Coloured Pencils (Faber-Castell and Derwent)
Black fine-line pen
Orange ribbon
MFT Ornament dies

I am entering this tag in

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – Use some Black- on his shoes, doodled border, stamped sentiment

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Hello again…

I am joining in with some of the the current Christmas Challenges that are about the place, and over at Case-ing Christmas, Anita made us this fabulous card to case. Take a look at Anita’s Card Below. There are so many different ideas that come to mind for this gorgeous card.

I took my inspiration from the layout of Anita’s card and have used a digital stamp from DigiStamp Boutique called Mistletoe Jasper…here is my take on Anita's card, I am also using 52CCT March Colour Challenge, and although Jasper's Scarf looks pink and purple I promise I used only pink and blue :-)

What I used:
Square Card blank-  which arrived just in time! As I had recently run out
Merci 6”x 6” Watercolour paper pack (Big W- for those in Australia)
Three tiny purple brads- and Fiskars Eyelet setter to make tiny holes.
Peace Die from Elizabeth Craft
Pierced Circle Die set from Die-namics MFT
Silver glitter card
Black fine-line pen
Digi Stamp- Mistletoe Jasper
Darice Twine
Tacky glue
Double sided tape

Fiskars Scallop border Punch
Faber-Castell Classic Colour Pencils 

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Second gift box...

Hello again...

Well I decided to play along with the lovely ladies over at Christmas Stampin' all year long and this week the challenge was 'Anything but a card' and I have combined this challenge with Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge 'Make it Green'.

I love these little boxes and a few years ago created a set which were gifts for my colleagues and contained a few chocolates and a hand beaded Christmas Spider. I printed and rolled up the legend of the Christmas Spider to go with it. 

I downloaded a box template from fun stuff to do and printed it out directly on to A4 card. The digital stamp was a part of a Papercraft Inspirations set. The stamps were from Shirley Toogood who has since passed away. She was my favourite contributor to the magazine. If anyone is interested there are still some of the penguin digi's available on her blog found here but not the one I have used here. 

For the photo I have closed the box with a mini bull-dog clip but will use a coordinating ribbon when the time comes to package a present up.

What I used:
A4 Green cardboard
Doodlebug Design paper
Large scalloped oval punch
Scalloped circle die (for sides)
Embossing folder-Spellbinders m-bossabilities Trendy Folder 
Gold scrap paper from stash
Green Checked Washi
Mini Star punch
Scoring board
Green Ink
Black fine-line pen
Marrianne Creatable 'Merry Christmas'

I am entering this in

Christmas Stampin' All year long- Anything but a Card
Sparkles Christmas Challenges- Make it Green
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra- Always Christmas
Melonheadz Friends- Green 
Craftin Desert Divas- Use lots of Green
Ruby's Rainbow- Anything but a Card
Crafting by Design- Get ready for Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 302 March 12th- Christmas

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Dear Santa...

Hello again...

I'm back again with another Christmas Card, two cards in one day... I have made a card similar to this before for a neighbours son, who thought it was funny as the sentiment inside said 'I can explain'

What I used:-
Sizzix Die aptly named 'Dear Santa'
Snowflake die- Marrianne Creatables
Red and White card stock
Kaiser  craft stamp set entitled 'Twig and Berry-Postmarks'
Red polka dot washi tape
Blue rhinestones
Blue and Black ink pads
BoBunny Elf Magic Design paper 
Santa face stamp is from a Lily-B-Designs paper pack
Silver Glitter card

I would like to enter this card in
Completely Christmas- For a Male
Christmas Card Challenges- Sentiment only
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas extra- Always Christmas
12 Months of Christmas link-up- #3 Let it Snow
Sister Act Card Challenge #96- Anything goes
The Stamping Boutique- More than one layer

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Hello again… 

Today I am sharing another card made for the Case-ing Christmas challenge and were up to number #10. Mynn made this week’s beautiful case card and here it is: 

I have taken my inspiration from the bauble and traditional colour scheme Mynn has featured. Mynn has included her embellishments in threes -3 different washi tapes and three sequins.

here is my card:

What I used:
5x7” card blank
Kraft paper
Echo Park Design paper (from their recollections set)
Raided my red card scraps
Gold glitter card
Memory Box- Classic Ornament
Poppy stamps- Clarissa Ornament and outline
Impression Obsession- Holly Leaf cluster
Three pre made red bows
Metallic Red ribbon
Stamp- Cover kit freebie from Magazine
Black cats eye ink pad

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

A Very Vibrant Christmas...

Hello again...

Two cards in one day! I am again joining in with the current Jingle Belles challenge and this fortnight they have given us a photo for inspiration which is below

I  had a moment when I first saw the image, but then I remembered that I had a DCWV stack of brightly coloured paper!

I was inspired by the colours that are shown in the photo and also the swirly design on the place-mats. 

I have been wanting to use my first background die to create a Christmas Card although imagined slightly differently

 Here is my take on the photo...

Unfortunately, my photo doesn't show up the teal all that well. 

I mounted the MFT Sun-Ray die on to a purple card blank before inlaying pieces from a second set, the tree is a Marrianne Craftables-Christmas Tree and the star topper is from a second Marrianne Craftables set (angel with star) cut out on glitter paper as was the Memory Box- Medium flourish, I have again used a sentiment from Pink Petticoat cut out with MFT- Sentiment strips how I wished they had made them transparent so you could see where you are placing the text. Before finishing of with some sequins and adhesive rhinestones.

I am entering this card in 

Jingle Belles-Photo Inspiration
any thing goes Christmas March Link-up 
Holly Jolly Christmas- Punches and Dies

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Bird Brain Christmas

Hello again...

This week I have another new Christmas card to share with you.

I have taken my inspiration from the layout of DaenY's wonderful card below 

I have altered the central shape on my card and dry embossed the oval with a snowflake folder which I raised up on foam pads, I stuck to safe Christmas colours of green and red washi tape which I stuck first on my cutting mat and used a Stanley knife to make the curved edges. I have coloured the digi image with pencils and fussy cut it, coloured the three flat backed embellishments with Sharpie's  (the red one looks better than the green ones), I finished off with the sentiment which came with the image.

What I used: White card-stock and card blank, oval dies-Poppy-crafts, Darice snowflake embossing folder, Flat backed 'plastic domes for craft' (according to the packet), Sharpies, washi tape, Cuttlebug, Digi image Birdbrain the Chick-Christmas Spirit From the Heart Stamps

Challenges I am entering this card to:
Crimbo Crackers- Make me laugh
Merry Monday- Use Red and Green

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