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Monday, 27 April 2015

Not your average Christmas Colours

Hello again...

Today I am sharing a card which I made for a couple of the current Christmas Challenge blogs, this week over at Case-ing Christmas Cohenna has made a fabulous card featuring a cute little fairy which you can see here. If you would like to join in the challenge you can find it here 

The digi stamp I used was won over at Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas challenge earlier this year, QKRstampede Peace angel digi and 
 I finally got around to colouring a couple of the images!!! I coloured the digi using a mix of Faber-Castell and Derwent pencils, why did I choose a gorgeous peach colour for her dress? Well, I had just got some new paper which I had planned on using, but, you know, best laid plans and all I decided on some scrap papers donated to my stash by my favourite newsagent instead.

What I used:
White Card blank 10.5cm x 15cm
Pink card
Steel Rule and Stanley Knife
MFT Pierced Circle Die
Core-dinations Gemstone 'Tigers Eye'
My Minds Eye Papers
Pink border strip from stash
Bella! Droplets
Sentiment stamp Happy Christmas (Spellbinders Christmas Creations cover gift)
Black Memento ink pad

I would like to enter this card in:

Case-ing Christmas #17(inspiration from Cohenna's card- image and placement of bling)
12 Months of Christmas link-up colour challenge (three colours orange, pink & green with touches of yellow)
Sparkle Creation Christmas-  #21 Anything Goes
Glory of Christmas-Use a digi (second entry)
Rudolph Day-Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra- April
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned paper challenge
ABC Christmas Challenge- H is for Happy Christmas or Happy Holidays

Well thank you for looking in...
Have a good one...

P.S. Thank you so very much for the lovely comments you have been leaving I appreciate them all!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose

Hello again,

Today I am sharing my latest Christmas card design which I have challenged myself to make suitable for multiple challenge blogs so here goes. 
Thank you to all the challenge blogs for their Design teams inspiration and being able to participate with so many like-minded people.

This week at Case-ing Christmas Donna made this fabulous card to inspire us all (you can see Donna’s card here) I took my inspiration from the colours of Donna’s card.
I have used the sketch from Completely Christmas which you can see here

Here’s my card:

What I used
White card blank 10.5cmx15cm
Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop)
Textured cardstock in black, red, white
Kraft paper packing from online order (recycle)
Bugaboo image
Stitched ribbon from stash
Red button & thread
MFT Pierced oval die
Happy Birthday die from Elizabeth Crafts
Christmas die from Marianne Creatables
Red illusions glitzee glitter glue
Fairy Krystal glitter paint
Double sided tape, foam tape and tacky craft glue

Sorry about the photo, it is a bit over lit. as it is raining cats and dogs here today.

I would like to enter this card in:
Merry Monday- Cat or Dog
ABC Christmas- Happy Christmas Sentiment
Completely Christmas- Use the sketch
Christmas Stamping all year long- #44 any shaped card
Jingle Belles- Earth Day, recycle, reuse, upcycle (kraft paper from packaging)
Bugaboo Bingo Challenge- April –Scallop, Texture, Bling (Scalloped border, ribbon and scrunched paper add texture & I hope glitter glue counts as bling!)
Eureka Stamps- Buttons and Bows
CRAFT challenge- Anything goes Christmas
Glory of Christmas- use a Digi
Winter Wonderland- Real or Faux Stitching (stitched ribbon & I sewed button on)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas- Something beginning with “F” Fairy Krystal paint & festive card

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Extra- It is always Christmas anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stamping- Candles or bells- bells on collar

Thank you for looking in…
Have a good one

PS I appreciate all the comments you have been leaving me ;-) 

Sunday, 12 April 2015


Hello again...

Well I had two surprises in two days, my card for the last challenge for Jingle belles was lucky enough to be selected as one of the top three. I must say I was extremely happy as Stef, Lauren and the Jingle Belles crew was the first card blog I visited frequently, playing along at home not game enough to enter my cards for close to four years. Thank you ladies you truly made my day!

Okay bragging over...;-)

On to this weeks challenge over at Case-ing Christmas, this week I took my inspiration purely from Ellen's sentiment, you can see her beautiful creation here. I was going to use silver and white and handcut noel from mirror board but this weeks time constraints won't allow, I will save that for another card. 

I previously posted a gift box with a cute little penguin image from one of my favourite designers, whom has passed away, I have used a second digi image from Shirley Toogood, which was from the Papercraft inspirations website, changes to their site no longer provides access to the digi I used, but Shirley's blog is still up and has a few digi images available.

I coloured my image with Derwent pencils and fussy cut it out

What I used:
DL card blank
Pink polka dot paper
White glitter card
Pink Card
Pink linen paper
Noel Digi from Papercraft Inspirations
Peace Digi from ?? (if you own the Peace on earth digi- let me know)
Fiskars Circle Punch
Mpress Scalloped circle die
Derwent Pencils

I would like to enter this card in
Case-ing Christmas #15
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra- Always Christmas April
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge April
Crafty Calendar Challenge Add a Sentiment 
The Pink Elephant Use pastel colours
ABC Challenge G is for Go digital 

Thank you for stopping by...
have a good one

p.s. Thank you so very much for all the lovely comments you have been leaving me!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Santa is Near...

Hello again…

Well I had a very Happy surprise when I turned on my PC today, discovering that I was chosen as Santa Supreme from Case-ing Christmas’s 13th Challenge. Thank you ladies for being so very kind.

Okay its not very often that you hear non-card makers talk about Christmas at this time of the year, but this morning when heading out I caught the bus to do some shopping and when boarding the driver had to write the date on the other passengers ticket, he commented “Look it’s nearly Christmas again” I had to smile, as I had left my card at home drying…

This week at Case-ing Christmas Rocky made this gorgeous card with an embossed ornament front and centre, as you can see her colour scheme is red and white, and this is what I took my inspiration from.

Here’s my take on Rocky’s card

What I used:
14cm Square Card blank
Lily Bee Designs paper
Memory box die Beloved snowflakes (but it broke! I just rescued the tiny snowflakes)
MFT Pierced Circle dies
Tiddly inks digi  Christmas Cutie Emma
gold card from my scrap supplies
Red glitter card
Faber-Castell and Derwent pencils

Fairy Krystal Glitter paint- on hat and fur trim
Lawn Fawn Stitched label die

I would like to enter this card in:
Winter Wonderland- Let it Snow (only a little snow)
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper- Anything goes covered in patterned paper- April 
12 Months of Christmas- Challenge #4 -not following colour challenge this time ;-)

Thank you for looking in...
Have a good one...

ps Thank you for all the lovely comments you have all been leaving me :-)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Baa, ram, ewe

Hello again,

Happy Easter to one and all

I have made another Christmas card in between making two wedding cards, which I will post after the big event, this week I have combined a couple of challenges, Jingle Belles are in the mood for some Christmas Songs, Holly Jolly Christmas Crew would like us to ‘Feature a Creature’, Crafty Hazelnut Christmas would like to see some cute and cuddly,  and as always I am up for using up my piles of scraps.

I have used a Spellbinders embossing folder to create the musical background for my card, using white cored card pack from DCWV and distressing the embossing with sand paper, the design paper is from my scrap bags, some mulberry paper flowers, I coloured the digi stamp with Derwent pencils and the digi was from Tiddly Inks last year. 
By the way you should hear this sung by 3-6 year olds!

I would like to enter this card in:
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra- April
Tiddly Inks Challenge 154 Anything goes with Tiddly
Creative corner Challenge-Animal Fun
Polkadoodles Challenge- use a die MFT pierced nesting circles and pierced fishtail flags

Thank you for looking in…
Have a good one

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Case-ing Christmas #13

Hello again...

Well this week Judy made the most glorious Christmas Card to case over at Case-ing Christmas, which you can see here:

I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw Judy's card... 

I made my own background paper using violet, aqua and ultra deep blue acrylic paint, first wetting down the paper then adding dots of paint randomly over the surface before dragging a wide brush through the paint to blend them together. When the paint dried I sprayed some white pearlescent ink over the surface, later I added some stars in two sizes in Metallic silver ink, before trimming to size.

Wow is Mirror board hard to photograph! I kept getting my camera showing up in the reflection. I hope that you can see the star is silver and not blackish which is what I can see in the photo's.

What I used:
White 15cmx10.5cm card blank
Metallic purple paper (gift wrap)
Silver Mirror board Star (from Educational Supplier)
MFT small Fancy flourish
Mpress rectangle die
Sentiment from Pink Petticoat's Tiny Christmas Sentiment
Silver gel ink pen- doodling around the edge
Metallic Silver ink
Star stamps 
Violet, Aqua & Ultra Deep Blue Acrylic paints
Extra white card
Scrap silver papers 
Sticky foam pads & double sided tape

I am entering this card in
Case-ing Christmas #13 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas- Stick it anyway you like
Sparkle Creations Christmas- Anything goes

Thank you for looking in...
have a good one

PS Thank you for taking the time to leave comments on my cards, I appreciate them all.