Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ho Ho Ho , shh Santa's coming and a half way reminder

I don't have too many Christmas cards left to make now and so far I've been lucky enough to be able to combine each challenge with quite a few challenges, which is always a bonus.

This card I decided to try something different,I was lucky enough to win some die cuts from Susie Sugar a while ago and so far hadn't used them so I thought I should rectify that. I thought the easy way out would be just putting it on a card but that's a bit too easy so as I've often seen Susie do on her blog I thought I'd use it like a plate card. I bought a plate holder in the summer with the plan of using it to hold my cards to take photos of them, though I do keep forgetting to do this , but I drew around it to make a holder for my card. I hope my sister in law will show my nephew how to stand the card up, didn't think about that, hey ho I'm sure she will.

I had this image of Santa by Sarah Kay sent to me in a swap a while ago and thought with the tree I won last year in a candy would be perfect together. I coloured the santa with Sakura glaze pens for shine and promarkers as the tree too. The paper was a freebie yet again. The stars are also a magazine freebie from last year( chipboard) and the sentiments were a candy win. I think that's about it, oops nearly forgot the stickles for fairy lights on the tree.

Quick reminder- over at creative craft challenges we have a tag it challenge running till next tuesday, so come on have a go.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

totally gorjuss-trees
Paper sundaes-adorn the corners
Sunday sketch and stamp-layout
The pink elephant-red,green and blue
Shabby tearoom-no square cards
There she goes-card for a young person
Pollycraft mondays-use chipboard
Simply Create Alford-festive card and sparkle
the little paper shop-funky or punched edge
Auds sentiments-use HO HO HO on your card

Away in a manger

Ah what a cutie, love this LOTV stamp so sweet, so decided to try and keep my card the same.

I embossed a white card with snowflakes again and just used white and gold for the rest of the card. I stamped stars onto vellum and embosed with heat it up enchanted gold powder which I also used around the edge of my image to soften the lines. The image was coloured with promarkers and sakura glaze pens. I added embossed gold card and ribbon. I finshed off with another LOTV stamp which I embossed in gold razzle powder.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

Craft your days away-texture
If the shoe fits-white with a splash of colour
One stop craft challenge-christmas cuties
alphabet challenge-E for embossing
LOTV-fab layout from Bev
going grey with scrap creations-anything goes
The crafty pad-snowflakes

Monday, 29 November 2010

Almost monochromatic

I do love this stamp and will certainly be getting the others in the set when pennies allow. I saw a card ,sorry can't remember who but thanks for the inspiration as they coloured another of these fab LOTV images in very few colours other than neutrals so I thought I'd have a go. I do like the simplicity of the look. I didn't want alot of embellishments and layers on this card as it will be going across the pond as they say to friends in Colarado so I wanted to keep it simple so no damage from squashing will occur. The ribbon was white but I coloured it with my promarker that I used in the image so it fully co-ordinated, and another LOTV sentiment, what a fab set they are.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges;-

the playdate cafe-colour challenge, silver, grey and brown, I used beige hope that still counts
Waltzing mouse challenges-Sketch layout
There's magic in the air-anything goes
OLLCB-a christmas song, not sure which fits best away in a manger or while shepherds watch

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Triangular card, sadly not chocolates

This image was sent to me as a rak and as there was nothing written on the back I can't tell you who 's it is, never the less it's a fun image and thought it would be ideal for my sons godparents daughter, who is a very fun loving younglady. I hope she likes it.

 I have had these triangle cards for ages and am never sure quite how to decorate them but decided I'd have a play as there is a multi fold challenge on at moving along with the times. I used one last week to make a tree card but decided to try something different  this time.

I think the image is called jungle rock or something like that and I'm sure all you clever crafters will tell me the correct name. I stamped stars on the outer two sides and embossed with razzle red embossing powder, though am quite disappointed with the lack of sparkle, the gold and silver always look so vibrant, this just seems to lack zing.

The image I coloured with promarkers and sakura glitter pen and faithful stickles for bling. The sentiment is from a Kanban set I think but not 100% sure. Sorry if I'm wrong.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Moving along with the times-more than one fold
Winter wonderland-no square or rectangle cards
Charisma-one for the girls

The second triangle card I made used a freebie image from Baby bud designs that I never quite got around to entering in their challenge at the time. It's quite cute being a snowdrop and I stuck to that colour scheme. This time I added stamped buttons in silver razzle embossing powder and doodled on 'tinsel lines', and finished with a few bows. Of the two cards I'm not sure which I prefer, one thing I am sure of is that when I've used the remainder of the pack of triangular cards I will not be buying any more unless some one can suggest a great way to use them as I am so not convinced they are a good idea.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

Meljen-buttons and bows
Speedy the cats friends-Bow on your card
Just us girls- 3D embellishment
Sweet stampin-buttons and bows

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Joy to the world

Last of the requested cards by my son, well almost there's still one for another of his friends but he hasn't decided on the image as yet, so I can get on with some of mine now, teenagers always seem to be in a rush don't they.

This card is another simple one made with more magazine freebies I seem to have acumulated . I just added to some white leather embossed card and gold mirri card and put on a white base card. Have to say I do like this perhaps it's just all that glitter. Hubby was complaining this morning he keeps seeing shiny glittery bits on him , skin and clothes and can't work out why, I think it must just be floating around the house, well,thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I told him not to worry as it will soon be full swing christmas season, he didn't look too impressed.

Back to my card. I would like to enter it into the following challenges:-

Crafty catz-christmas
Delicious doodles-celebrations
Sew many challenges-red and green
Digi doodles-red and green
YNS- case it -I cased Simonne's from Semsee's card see below the original.
Crafty sentiments-christmas
Creative inspirations-red, green and gold

My card I cased the style of Semsee's from the YNS design team here:-

and here's mine.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Happy, happy snowman..ha,ha ha

Another fab freebie today, this time from those on offer from Inger Harding.I seem to have a thing for snowmen of late. This one I again coloured with promarkers and added some glitz with sakura glitter pen. The papers are a mix of freebies and a crafters companion from a cd I think as it is ages since I printed it off.
The sentiment is a craftworks bauble with the top cut off and the corner triangle is cut from the top of the die cut sheet.

Instead of adding a fancy edge as in the sketch I used I thought I would add some flower soft snow for my snowman to sit on, I do hope the interpretation is allowed by the fab ladies at The Pixie cottage, as it's their layout design.

The challenges I would like to enter this card into are:-

Colour create-robin egg blue, seafoam green and cream plus winter theme

The Pixie cottage -let it snow and layout

Fresh brewed coffee-winter or christmas

Scrapbook sisters-let it snow

Totally papercrafts-untraditional christmas

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Caring snowman

I love this image and it was a freebie too from sliekjestamps   , she really has some fab free images and is so generous too.I decided to use it for another of my son's requested cards as not only did I love the image but I thought it would be fairly quick to make into a card, as there wasn't much colouring. Have to say I am quite happy now it's done but it wasn't that fast making the card as it took me ages deciding on a layout and choosing papers, but I love it now.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges, there seem to be quite a few around with a snow, snowflake or ice theme, quite appropriate as our weather men keep promising us some snow locally. Much as I think snow is pretty I prefer it to fall wen we don't have to go out in it, so for now would be happy for it to be seen only on my cards.Might haver to split all these challenges in two as I have another cute snowman to colour and I wouldn't want him to feel left out.

The challenges:-

Crafts for eternity-colour challenge and sketch layout-blue and silver

Passion for promarkers-use old and new (new digi and old papers and as my promarkers are nearly a year old probably promarkers too)

Simon says -let it snow

Crafts and me-snowflakes

The ABC challenge-I is for ice and snow

A few trees for son's teachers.

I recieved 3 embossed christmas trees over the past few months as raks, and I thank those who sent them graciously. I have embellished the 2 on mirri card with stickles for extra bling factor, then added ribbon and a bow. The one that was on matt grey card I wiped over with versamark and dusted with various moonglow mica powders, then fixed with hairspary and cut out and attached to a shaped card, and topped as with all christmas trees a star. Hope son approves but what was I suppose to make for his male teachers?

Here they are all together, though the bling and sparkle of the stickles and moonglow powder doesn't show very well.

I would klike to enter these cards into the following challenges:-

Drunken stampers-no stamps (hope I can enter twice as can't find anything to say I can't) 
Keep it simple-evergreen 
Paper pretties-clean and simple
For fun challenges-anything goes

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Sugar Nellie angel

I seem to be on a roll with sugar nellie images at the moment, funy how you seem to go through phases, well I certainly seem to, or is it just that they have some fab stamps?

The challenge at the sugar bowl is a sketch and black and white +1 other colour theme.
I'm still making christmas cards and this gorjuss girl guardian angel seemed a good choice. I used various shades of promarker greys with 15 to choose from it makes colouring in black and white easy, though I'm never sure where the white shades end and the black shades begin with grey. I added some sakura glitter pen to the wings of both angel and teddy and red sakura glaze to the heart pendent.

I used some black plaid paper and red mirri card for the backing papers and finished with 3 red rhinestones. I love the clean and simple styling of this and am not sure whether to add a sentiment as yet, will have to see if I can find anything that looks as though it belongs.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;_

Paper Pretties-clean and simple

Fab n funky-anything goes

 The Creative cottage -untraditional christmas, well I don't think of black as traditional, do you

Creative Belli challenge-'R' embellishments-rhinestones

I love promarkers-anything goes with a bit of sparkle

Passion for promarkers-something old and new ( the stamp I've had a while and the papers were the last I bought a couple of months ago, is that new enough?)

Papertake weekly-cut it out

Daring card makers-we 3- rhinestones

The Sugar bowl -sketch and colour theme

All thats gold

Got that saying wrong to start with never mind. It's wednesday and time for another fab challenge from Penny's paper crafting challenge and boy have we got a doozy for you all this time.

There is a fab photo inspiration for you which have to say I found challenging, after I thought it would be a doddle at first. My photos aren't sparkling either as the daylight is rubbish and when the sun shines it's watery enough to cast shadows but spoils photos so appologies folks. I can tell you that I did colour my image with 2 different golds just in case you can't tell from the photo and am actually quite pleased with the finished card.

I used an old medallion stamp that I have had for ages, I think its one of the first graphicus stamps I bought from the first craft show I visited but not 100% sure. I stamped and powder embossed on gold pattered mirri card, though found that the embossing soon fell off if you caught it, took me a while to work out what all the black bits were. I coloured with gold sakura gell pens and crimson promarker. The white bits were also coloured with sakura gel pen. I then simply stuck on a gold pearlised card and added a foil printed card strip sentiment from some kit I got ages ago, I think they are the only bits left out of it. 

Now I am so looking forward to seeing how you interpret the picture so please join us here. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Sarah Hurley-embossing
Creative cowgirls-anything goes
 Peartree designs-colourful
Just us girls-colour challenge
For fun challenges-anything goes
Crafty creations-christmas is coming
Stampavie and more-hearts

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Look! no stamps?

I am so loving using all the fab Christmas stamps I have at the moment and I have some others , the sassy girls and LOTV just waiting to be used, but first have to get my christmas cards out of the way. I decided as my son has now decided there are another 10 he wants so far, mainly for his teachers and I still have a fair few to do for family and friends I'd try to do some simple quick and easy ones.

I found some images I had from last year,  a couple stamped and some freebie toppers, these freebies are coming in useful. I decided to try some more mostly white cards and did some more snowflake embossing with fiskars plate.I really will have to invest in some dies and embossing stuff for my sissix big shot, just not sure what to get for the best as they all seem so expensive. Have to admit I only got the big shot as they were selling off the stock at our local hobbycraft when I bought it and it was something like £50 which did seem a bargin and I wanted something for cutting out letters for my scrap booking so decided to buy it. The rest of their stuff just seems so expensive and I'm not sure what to invest in as I'm not into the character things they do, cute as they are. All advice greatfully recieved as don't want to let hubby say I told you so, as he was skeptical that I wouldn't use it.

Well back to my cards, so far I have done 2 hopefully I'll get time to do a few more later .

The first I added a preprinted vellum sentiment and some red ribbon before topping off with a white pointsettia flower. I love these as they are kind of pearlised and embossed, it looks like it took someone ages to do , probably a machine and not me ,but I do think they look quite elegant. I have 5 male adult cards to make for my son and 5 adult female so I thought these might be ok  for either so he can choose.

I'd like to enter this card into a couple of challenges, seems wrong not to when it fulfills the criteria and I did conciously try to keep them simple.

This one will enter;-
Drunken stampers-no stamps
Sketchy colours--red and white
Paper sundaes-layout, I did loosely follow it
A spoonful of sugar- anything goes

My second simple card uses a stamped image which I stamped and embossed in white powder and then went over with brilliance inks, love that subtle shine. I simply mounted on silver mirri card and added ribbons down the side and a craftworks sentiment bauble attatched with a snowflake brad. All on another base card which I embossed with snowflakes.

This one I'm entering in to :-
OSCC-snow people
Incy wincy- blue and white
Pollycraft mondays-feeling blue
Little paper shop challenge-layout
Going grey with scrap creations-blue, silver and white

Creative craft DT card- tag your it!

Morning all , boy how time passes by and it will soon be full swing for the festive season, and then onto a new year though I'm not totally sure where this one has dissappeared to, time just seems to vanish in fast forward mode, I think father time should definitely stop and smell the roses then we could all breath and enjoy things a bit more instead of living in one big rush.

Enough waffle I hear you shout get on with it woman, ok ok.

Over at creative craft challenges this time we have a fab challenge for you all, Tag it! Now that could be a tag on a card as an embellishment, a tag shaped card or even a gift tag on it's own or on a hand crafted gift, or any other tag interpretation you can think of. Plenty of scope so please come along and join in the fun, you might be our lucky random winner as we have another fab sponsor prize 2 stamps from Little Claires and they are real cuties too, for someone and it could be you!Do you think anyone will notice on the DT if I join in?

My project is a card for Christmas. My step bro and S-i-L  well sil really likes her aires and graces and often I think feels she is better than the rest of us, not that she is as I know where she grew up etc but she is all about appearances and well we all have to be different. I thought I'd try and send them a card thatwould fit with her aloof self status and try an do an elegant card for them. Please don't get me wrong I think she is a lovely person just sometimes forgets that her extended family aren't bothered about the image she wants to portray to the outside world and once in a while she should let herself be herself, especially with family.

I used a green pearlised base card and added some festive flowers , berries and green ribbon loops. I added glitter to the flowers for added sparkle but tried to keep it subtle. The Tag I made from gold mirri card and added a preprinted foil sentiment then more green ribbon. Hopefully less is more.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-
Crafty purple frog- flowers
CRAFT-use vellum
ABC christmas challenge-x for xmas with flowers
The crafty pad-red and green
Sundays with Crissy-red,green and gold

Monday, 22 November 2010

Number 4 in the series...

...of teenage cards.This one is the final planned with mangas from Sugar nellie, son hasn't yet decided what he wants on the 5th. This is another he wanted pink, not all pink this time , I do have my limitations.I still think it is predominantly pink though.

The papers are more freebies, not sure what I'll do when they run out, have an idea I can print more from their website though, so no worries. I did have some pink with snow flakes on but after putting it on one side so I didn't use it for anything else the decision fairies have whisked it away and I had to use something else. doubtless it will now turn up,but hey I'm quite happy with the card. I coloured the image with promarkers and added stickles for sparlke and shine. I added white flower soft for foot snow and snowflake buttons for some extra intrest, don't want these girls getting jealous of each others cards now.The bows as I couldn't decide on which ribbon to use are another chipboard freebie from last year, and the sentiment is a rub on from a candy win.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Cutie Sunday-christmas baking(she is carrying gingerbread men, hope thats ok)
One stitch at a time-choose anevent or season, I choose winter walks and christmas
Pile it on- What does winter mean to you-cold windy wintery weather with occassional snow
Fairyfun fridays-buttons and bows(buttons on her coat and the gingerbreadf men, snowflake buttons and a glttery bow)
Stampin for the weekend-winterTotally papercrafts-snow and snowflakes
Paperplay-let it snow
Wild rose studio-blog hop challenge and layout

Teenage card number 3

3 down and 2 more on the list, so far. This one another Sugar nellie manga stamp from Funky kits Santa this time, hope the glitter on this card is ok by a teenage boy 16 is such a funny age.

I coloured with a mix of promarkers and sakura glaze pens again and used more freebie christmas papers from last year, as I can't get out to the shops I haven't been buying magazines this year so I'll just spend the saved pennies on other stash when I can get out. I'm back at the hospital for check up next week so will find out if I can start driving again. Ny little guide book as to what I can do when says at 6 weeks to 8 weeks I can start shopping again, but no heavy lifting till at least 12 weeks, I've still not worked out what kind of shopping it means as if it's grocery shopping ,it obviously means via the internet as I can't see how you can shop and not lift heavy carrier bags. If it means walk round and tell hubby what to pick , sorry it's far easier writting a list and sending him off on his own, he's actually getting quite good at it.

Sorry waffle and digression again, back to my card. Actually looking at the photo you can't tell theres glitter on santas fur which I added to the liquid applique after it had cooled with stickles. The holly was a candy win a while ago and I thought it just finished off the card balance.

I would like to enter Santa for the following challenges:-
Friday sketches-layout
Crazy for challenges-circles
Speedy's friends-circles
Our creative corner-3D project(does my button and puffed up fur count?)
Cupcake craft challenges-fairytales and panto season (does Santa count as fairytale?)
Whoopsi daisy-holiday
Cards for men-christmas cards

Sunday, 21 November 2010

All pink fairy

Morning all, this morning I'm going to try not to waffle, so here as promised is the second of my manga teenage cards as requested by my son. Pink , I'm so not a pink girl but a pink fairy he wanted so have not heard too many disapproving signals so am presuming it's ok. 

I decided to use darker pinks antique pink and dusky rose promarkers as they were nearest to one of the pink papers I found, a magazine freebie from last year. It did have yellow stars on it but I doodled over them in silver pen so I kept to just pink and silver, so I suppose its sort of a monotone card too. I didn't have any dusky pink confetti stars but I think the fushia colour still worls. I added extra spakle with stickles and the ribbon I think was another clothing holder thingy, hope you know what I mean.

Here's my card.

The image as I said before is a manga from sugar nellie at funky kits, fab for teenagers I think they don't really want to be grown up no matter how they act,but then again who does?

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

The Pixie cottage-layout
Stampavie and more-monochromatic
Fussy n fancy-no red or green christmas
Delicious doodles-anything goes
Alphabet challenge-D is for doodling
Totally gorgeous-non traditional christmas colour

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Sew distressing and improvisation

I decided to try and get ahead and preempt my son and his Christmas card demands. In past years he's decided to tell me he wants umpteen christmas cards with only a couple of days notice , so I have already started asking who he will want cards for, so far he is only sending 5. He did tell me he wants some blank mugs so they can be personalised, not sure where he thinks I can cunjure those from as as yet I'm not allowed to drive (post-op) and that might be a stretch too far for hubby and his weekend grocery shop.

There are 3 boy cards which he wants in traditional colours and 2 girly pink cards, so not my style. The images I have had approval for so far are manga santa and elf, anf fairy and gingerbread girl all from Sugar Nellie and Funky kits so expect to see those over the next few posts. Here is the first. 

I put him on a gold pearlised card , I know probably wasted on a teenage boy but hey can't drop the standards or son won't approve. I coloured with promarkers and added some rub ons for sentiment and stocking. The backing stocking paper was a magazine freebie last year mounted on green mirri card. I did try stitching with my new mini sewing machine but as yet I haven't sorted out the tension, it seems so much harder than my big multi stitch sewing machine, but I'll get there and it put the stitch hole spacings neatly speaced even if I didn't get the line quite straight. The improvisation is the thread, I had to use ordinary cotton as I did intend using some metalic thread that is in my embroidery box, quite a large box containing books , threads fabrics etc and on top of my cupboards so I was unable to lift it down , hence the improvisation so I tried to make up for it by doing chain stitch instead.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

Passion for promarkers-distressing and stitching
Frosted designs-distressing

Friday, 19 November 2010

All sparkly and bright...

... not that the photos show it that well which makes me quite dissappointed especially as I enhanced the lighting on photoshop too.

I won this christmas tree stamp last year in a candy and as it was close to christmas never got around to using it so I decided to rectify that. In my mind I had just how it would look and it's not far off all spakly and glittery, told you they were rubbish photos. I thought as there seems to be an abundance of glittery and shiney challenges around it would be perfect and I added loads of bling in the form of stickles and glitter gel pens and moonglow embossing powders, please believe me it is true.

I embossed with moonglow obsidian emerald powder then coloured with pine and holly promarkers. Have to admit the embossing dulled where I went over it but tghat was rectified with a little stazon cleaner on a paper towel and a wee rub over the embossing, sparkly once again. The baubles and star I coloured withsakura glaze pens, got to love their shine. Then it was holly sticles to add glitter shadow under the baubles and stardust stickles for the lights.

I added a silver razzle embossed sentiment from LOTV and some ribbon to another gold pearlised card, I know its another clean and simple design but with complex and stunning images I don't think you need much more do you?

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The corrosive challenge- sketch layout perfect for this card
Oldie but goodie-glitter hope there's enough it is there honest
Pollycraft-glittery christmas
Simon says-sparkle
Creative inspirations -christmas woodland, is one tree enough?
Treehouse thursday-go glitter
Meljen-sparkle and shine
Scrabbooking sisters-christmas tree
Papercutz-christmas with bling

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Forever friends cake or chocolate...

...how about a cake with chocolate smarties on, the best of both worlds. My youngest step brother has a birthday at theend of the month and I thought this might be just the card for him. When we were growing up forever friends was a new thing and they were everywhere, the cute cards you gave to you first girl or boyfriend along with a wee stuffed ff toy, now a whole new generation still has that pleasure, though my hubby still does buy me these cute stuffed teddies for the occassional christmas or valentine and I'm still happy to recieve them. Wonder if they still give you hapy memories of what your first ff card or gift was?

Anyway, my card I have gone totally ff and used a ff base card and decoupage too. The little dots I couldn't be bothered to cut round so they are smaller than they should be , I used a hole punch but I think they look ok like more smarties. Not too soppy for my baby bro who stands head and shoulders above me as does my brother and other step brothers and son. I never thought I was that small at 5'6" as a young woman and was one of the tallest girls at school and in nursing school too, but when around my family I feel a real shrimp especially as I'm comfiest in flattish shoes, anything above a couple of inches in a heel and I  feel like I'm on a high wire act, but that is another story altogether, maybe later.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-
Forever friends-cake or chocolates
Fab n funky-use old stash(have had these a couple of years,hope thats old enough)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Clean and simple

For this card I decided to experiment a bit, I do love the clean and simple style  and it really is my comfort zone though I do try hard to use flowers and other embellishments though in my eyes not always successfully, but I guess you are always your own worst critic aren't you?

I decided on the image I wanted to use and colouresd with sakura glaze pens and promarkers. I used one of the fab images from the autumn collection from sugar nellie at funky kits. I love it just that little bit more as I had been eyeing it up for ages and then it was reduced(and still is) so I grabbed it at a bargin price, which always make it special.

I used a fiskars embossing plate to emboss the snowflakes on the plain white card base. Following the layout from friday sketches I used ribbon from my stash to complete the layout. I added one of my new sentiment stamps from LOTV which thankfully arrived today , just in time for me to enter a few challenges. I used the 'from our house to yours' as it's a card mum asked for to send to a family. Mum is the only person who commissions cards from me and they are usually for friends and family so it makes it easier knowing who they are for and she rarely asks for something specific and just leaves it up to me.

I decided that though I know she will want to pay for all the cards she has asked me to do this christmas, I've decided that as she has helped me so much coming over daily to help my son get all his equipment, wheelchair, walking frame etc out of the taxi and into home plus helping me clean up when hubby hasn't got around to it and it's driving me nuts(roll on weeks till I can do more post hysterectomy) 12 weeks seems so long till I can start to lift heavy things she will be getting all her cards free this year. A small price to pay even though she insists it's what mums are for and I really want to show her my appreciation in any way I can.

(I've added 2 pics I know they are both the same , well nearly but I couldn't get the lighting right to show the embossing , rubbish daylight and the flash just caused glare but hope from the 2 you get the idea and can see a bit of the embossing.)

Hope she likes what I've made.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges, some I know will be close to deadline but hopefully I've not missed too many of those I had in mind.

LOTV -anything goes
Friday Sketches-layout flipped vertically and horizontally too.
Totally gorjuss-traditional christmas
Creative inspirations challenges-anything wintery or christmas
Paper pretties-embossing, I used dry and heat
Really reasonable ribbons-christmas
Scrappy frogs-christmas card
Ooh la la -rudolf, no red nose though
Scrap creations-song inspired, well he hasn't got a red nose but hope you can tell which song)
Stamping with the dragon-inspired by a holiday song

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Something other than christmas

I always feel a little sorry for anyone who has a birthday in the run up to Christmas or just after as when you try and buy cards in the shops , not that I know if this is still true or not there never use to be a vast choice as the shops are swamped with cards for the holidays.

We have a few birthdays between now and just after new year, my sisters is at the beginning of January and I have 2 brother in law birthdays , one sister in law birthday and my mums at the beginning of December. It will make a change being able to mix making birthday cards in with holiday cards.

This one I have made for my sister in law, she recently qualified as a teacher so I hope she loves this sassy girl from Sugar Nellie sold at Funky Kits as much as I do. She doesn't normally wear glasses , well I've never seen her in them so I hope she doesn't mind them and I really can't see her ever dressing this funky but it would be fun to see.

The papers are from k and co some I have had ages and the image is coloured with promarkers. I added ribbon, and gems from my stash and a little punched vellum for added texture and softness. I tried to match the image colours to that of the paper just for something a little different, as I usually just try and co-ordinate them.

Have just read on the news that we might get an extra holiday day next year for a royal wedding, won't that be great and if it's fun to watch on TV even better.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges:-
Critter card challenge-textures, hope I have enough with vellum, gems and ribbon too
Stamp with fun-square cards
Lollipop-very girly card
Sketchy colours-sketch layout which I reverse flipped and took a little artistic license too hope you don't mind
Just us girls -gate fold card
Wags n whiskers-use vellum ,acetate or tissue
Patties-birthday card

Half way reminder

Twinkle twinkle little star.. where are all your star projects , and if you've made any with a star on why haven't you entered the challenge over at creative craft challenges for the chance to win a fab stamp from the crafty pad? what are you waiting for, just a little star that's all it will take and if you haven't made one yet you still have a week to do so.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

All cosy and warm

Oh to be wrapped up cosy and warm. Another christmas card, and another blue card, seems to be my chosen colours this year, might have to try more traditional colours next time.

This Tilda was another rak, justs makes me add more to my wish list, and for a change I thought I'd make an easel card, luckily I found a few challenges too that my card will fit.

I used papers from my stash most of which are from my scrap bag and I think were freebies from magazines too, even better.The ribbon is from the tags of a jumper so that will nolonger be hung in the wardrobe but folded on a shelf. The snowflake I drew around the hole left by a glitter snowflake from another magazine freebie from last year and cut it out and applied some flower soft, as I did to the pompoms on the image. The text anre from the stampman and sugar nellie embossed in silver powder. Recipe complete.Now for the piccies.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Totally Tilda-blue and silver
I love promarkers-icy colours
Sarah Hurley-easel card
Sew many cards-blue and white
Elephantastic-christmas & or a butterfly
Sweet stampin-snowflakes

Not an easy card to make

I know you will think I'm mad when you see the title of this post and then you see the card, but I don't think sympathy cards are ever easy to make no matter how much you care for the person who has suffered a loss.

From working in hospital for quite a few years in my past I always associate purple with death and for a change wanted to use a different colour for my sympathy card as I like to think that although we are sorry for the family and loved ones of those who have left us we should celebrate their lives and try not to feel sorry for ourselves but cherish all the happy memories we have. I know that this does eventually follow as part of the grieving process but wouldn't it be good if we could just bypass all the painful bits of that grieving process.

Boy what a deep and morbid way to start a weekend, sorry if I've deepressed anyone.

My card is for a couple of challenges:-

Charisma cardz- sympathy card
Paper star-photo inspiration

I used moonglow embossing powder for the sentiment, and stamped onto rigded embossed card, which I put into a hammered card aperture card base. The flowers I wanted some blue hydranger flowers which I didn't have so I made some from mulberry paper scred them and coloured the centres with chalk. I love the simiplicty and clean look, no frills just a heart felt message.

Onward and upward to a fab weekend to you all and have to say at the mo we have sunshine outside so that makes you feel good to be alive even if it is blooming cold,heating on today me thinks. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Rockin recycling christmas

I always like to make my son and hubby a spaecial card at Christmas but as the years have gone by and my son has got older, now 16 I am finding it harder. He no longer appreciates the cute cards, or ones with Santa on, he isn't into Manga type cartoons or games or gaming cards as so many of his friends are, he would rather save his money and but big expensive or small and more expensive electronic gadgets. I found this fab image that I might add is a freebie on Dude time challenges. I knew as soon as I saw it what I was going to do for his christmas card. He loves 80's music and especially, the songs form the Top Gun film which he bought himself on dvd and watches that often could take the part of any of the cast as he knows the script word for word. He also likes which gives my hubby an excuse to indulge heavy rock ACDC in particular, it's wonderful blaring through the house at 6:30 in a morning, all you can hear up stairs is thud, thud ,thud and the 2 of them once my son gets up is singing along , a little off key. Thank heavens we live in a detatched house and have a big gap between houses, is all I can say.

So now you have the explanation, the colours are my sons favourites he loves turquoise, he had a pair of turquoiise trousers a couple of years ago and when he started to look like sport billy as they were half way up his calfs I had to make them into shorts and we had to go hunting for some more fabric to make another pair. Most of his other trousers are navy or black but if these are clean he will wear his turquoise ones, not so much in winter as they are a bit light weight. I just wish he would stop growing then I won't have to look for more when these start to look daft from being too short again.

The papers are from DCWV roskstar stack that the last time son was craft shopping with me he picked as he loved the papers but as yet I hadn't used them as I hadn't found an appropriate image, have now though. I added confetti snowflakes for a more christmassy feel. The image I coloure with promarkers and sakura glaze pens. I added stickles and more smaller confetti snowflakes. I mounted on some ancient turquoise mirri card that I have had so long I have no idea where it came from , wish I did as I love it and am now down to just a couple of sheets. The ribbon is from my stash and the charm I got from the garden centre in the summer.

Oops for got to say the recycling bit, the sentiment 'Rocks' I cut from the front of the paper stack, well it just seem to fit just right.

Think thats everything. I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Bee crafty-christmas using digi image
Simon says-price charming
dude time doodles-use freebie image
The Corrosive challenge-black and blue, hope you don't mind some silver too)
Sketch and stash-layout
Digidoodles shop best challenge-don't forget our men (have just finished posting this when I found your challenge hope I'm not too early)