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Friday, 27 November 2015

Mr Frosty

Well this has been one really busy week, not helped at all by the fact that I've had such a runny nose and sore eyes and sneezes.... definitely slowed things down and caused a few problems in the crafting department!

So here is another finished christmas card. I used a Wee stamp called 'Mr Frosty' coloured with Promarkers and touched up with Stickles and a Sakura glitter pen. The papers are LOTV layered up with white card and silver mirricard and the dies are a Spellbinders ornament and Memory Box ribbon Poinsettia (with extra leaves added). To finish I added some silver peel-offs, pearls and ribbon from my stash.




Such poor light today and I can't get a good photo showing the glitter... but it is there


I shall enter this in the following challenges

Rudolph Days November challenge 'anything goes christmas'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets' card snippets for the die-cuts
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'christmas is coming'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'take your pick' I went for product theme 'bauble shaped'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'use any image'
Through The Craft Room Door challenge 'anything goes'
Memory Box challenge 'glitter'
Penny Black and More challenge 'anything christmas' 3rd entry
Stamping Sensations challenge 'festive flowers and foliage' 2nd entry

I'm also taking this over to Whimsy Stamps challenge where the theme is 'anything goes - holidays'

I'm on to my last few christmas cards now and hopefully will get them done by next week... then I plan on having a play with some of my new goodies. Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great weekend

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Robin

Hello everyone and thanks for popping by to visit on this chilly afternoon. We woke up to a very light sprinkling of the white stuff but it soon disappeared to leave a lovely sunny day and I've even got the washing blowing nicely on the line outside.

I've managed to get another of my christmas cards finished and this is for my Dad. I used a Just Inklined digi 'gatepost robin' which I coloured with Promarkers, added Stickles on the snow and a clear Sakura glaze pen on the berries. Rather than die-cut the image and matt it I decided to die-cut an oval from a piece of linen effect card, and after running a gold calligrapher pen around the edges stuck it on top to make a frame. I found it was easier to line up and stick the image to the linen card first and then attach that to the card base. The sentiment was done on the computer and the poinsettia, holly and mistletoe dies are all Tattered Lace. A tip to get a nice shiny poinsettia - I die-cut the pieces from glossy photographic card, coloured them with Promarkers and then used a tiny brad to put them all together.




and a closer look to show the sparkly snow 



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'at least 3 die-cuts'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'things with wings'
I love Promarkers challenge 'traditional christmas'
Graph'It Colour challenge 'christmas'

Right that's it from me for now. It's my birthday today so I'm going to ignore all the housework and just put my feet up with a nice warm glass of mulled wine. Hope you have a fun weekend whatever you get up to.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Winter Wonderland

Good afternoon to all you blogging friends and thanks for popping by on this wet, windy and cold day. My card today has been made using a decoupage image from the Joanna Sheen 'Christmas in Holly Pond Hill' cd. I love this winter scene with the lamplight and all the lights twinkling in the windows and these little creatures walking in the snow. I kept to a very simple design with just a snippet of LOTV paper, a hammered effect base card and a sentiment from my stash... oh and not forgetting the Stickles to add sparkle to the snow.



and this shows the layers and sparkle a little better


I shall enter this in the following challenges

Papertake Weekly challenge 'let it snow'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'festive fun'
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'winter scenes'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'light it up'
CD Sunday challenge 'sprinkle of snowflakes'
Country View challenge 'the colour blue'


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Tagging Along

There are quite a few tag challenges around at the moment which has spurred me on to get a few made up ready for when I finally get around to doing some Santa shopping.

I made the tag base from a leftover piece of card using corner and hole punches and used a Die'sire folder 'petite dots' to emboss the bottom. The deer is from the Clearly Besotted 'In print' stamp set with googly eyes added. The sentiment is also Clearly Besotted and the raffia, twine and bells are from my stash.




I shall enter this in the following challenges

That's Crafty challenge 'tag you're it'
25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge  - I was inspired by day 13 Mandy Gill's tag
12 Tags of Christmas challenge 'mixed media christmas tag'
Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge 'tag'
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge 'tag'
Penny Black and More challenge 'anything christmas'
Creative Inspiration challenge 'festive fun'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'christmas'


Monday, 16 November 2015

Zig-zagging with a Butterfly

I was in the mood to make a tag today and after realising that Mrs A's butterfly challenge ends soon I decided to combine it with a few other challenges.

A snippet of white card was cut and punched to make the tag and I stamped the dots with memento inks. The stamp is thick red rubber, cling mounted and circular in shape but I have no idea of the make. I cut some squares from another snippet of card and after running a gold pen around the edges of those and the tag I attached them in a zig-zag shape. The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn die and the flowers, gems and ribbon are from my stash.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Butterfly challenge 'butterfly and Z for zig-zag'
Cheerly Lynn Designs challenge 'tag, you're it'
In The Pink challenge 'fancy folds or shaped card'
Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
That's Crafty challenge 'tag, you're it'
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge 'tag'
Crafting Musketeers challenge 'anything but square'


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Festive Foliage and a Tag

I can't believe the weekend is over and I haven't done even half of what I planned but I did manage a bit of crafty time.... christmas themed of course.

I used linen effect card for the base with a snippet of green paper and a silver peel-off sentiment. The image is from Penny Black 'in a pear tree' collection, stamped with Memento inks, cut with an Xcut die and with red Stickles, Sakura glitter pen and pearls added.



and this one shows the glitter pen a little better

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'
Penny Black Saturday challenge 'dies and/or punches'
Penny Black and More challenge 'anything christmas'
Stamping Sensations challenge 'festive flowers and  foliage'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'red and green must be seen'

and I nearly forgot to link up to
CAS-ual Fridays challenge 'precious metals' 


While mooching around in Blogland I've been seeing quite a few tags and thought I should be getting some made so hunted around for a bit of inspiration and decided that the same Penny Black stamp would be ideal for what I wanted. When inking the stamp I was careful to clean off the partridge and also the bauble from the centre and stamped it twice - slightly offset - using 2 different shades of green. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and this time I added Liquid Pearls and silver gems to the image. I shaped the top, punched a hole and added the ribbon... all I need to do now is start buying some christmas presents to tie it to (but that will probably end up being a last minute job!)






I shall enter this in the following challenges

25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge  - my tag was inspired by Tracey McNelly's Day 1 tag
12 Tags of Christmas 2015 challenge 'mixed media christmas tag'
Allsorts challenge 'anything but a card'
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'anything but a card'
That's Crafty challenge 'tag you're it'
Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge 'tag'
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge 'tag'

So that's it from me for today. Thanks for taking the time to pop by and for all your lovely comments.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Two more for christmas

Apologies for my absence but I got attacked by those dreaded germs that lie in wait just to catch you unawares and then hijack you off to that world where your body feels like it wants to crawl up and hibernate and you realise that the banging noise is not fireworks but is actually in your head. Still at least my head and body have started communicating a bit better and I've been able to get back to some crafting.

I've got a couple of very quick CAS cards using more of those now retired LOTV toppers die-cut and matted onto gold mirri-card and some christmas sentiment ribbon.

Edited to answer Di's questions - The gold frame is the next up in the set of nesting dies and the ribbon is wrapped all around the card with the ends secured under the topper

and to Mrs A - these were the toppers that came 6 to a sheet and got replaced by the Artpads. I think I got rather carried away when buying them and am trying madly to get them used up!



I shall enter this in

The Ribbon Girl Card challenge 'anything goes'
Sparkles Christmas challenge 'christmas decorations'



I shall enter this in

Winter Wonderland challenge 'angels'

Seeing as I used snippets of mirri-card and the very last piece of ribbon I shall also head over to the Pixie's Snippets Playground (but I promise not to sneeze on anyone)


Thanks for popping by and I'll be over to visit you all soon.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Crazy Bird-Day

Hello everyone and thanks for popping by on this very chilly November day. I treated myself to a set of the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps a couple of weeks ago and decided that one of these quirky little characters would be ideal for my Son's birthday card. Instead of heading straight for the Promarkers I thought I'd try something a bit different so out came the Flexmarkers Edited (just got my brain into gear and what I meant to write was Aquamarkers) , paintbrush and a cup of water. This was my first go at watercolouring and I must admit to being rather pleased with myself. I added some googly eyes, printed out a sentiment and used snippets of Core'dinations cardstock to matt and layer onto a hammered effect base card.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Creative Inspirations challenge 'photo inspiration' I was inspired by the bird

Papertake Weekly challenge 'anything goes'

ABC challenge 'U is for unlimited'

Without Words challenge 'winter birthday'