Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Winter owl



   I hope all had a happy Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.Card making went by the board for a few days but my family has quite a few birthdays in January so I need to start making some now.
   I used distress inks and masking to create the background and wrapped a ribbon round it before matting onto navy mirri card and off white card.
   The trees were cut out from glitter silk cardstock using Spellbinders holiday tree dies (I cut off the base of each) and mini gems were used to represent stars.
   The owl image is stamped from Chocolate Baroques Crhistmas creature set. I coloured it using Promarkers and distress inks, cut it out and then applied Stickles to the branches and liquid Pearl to the mistletoe berries. I shaped the owl slightly before attaching it to the card with glue gel.
   Pearls and a bow embellished the sentiment which was attached with foam pads.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Ooh La La - winter wonderland
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
   Crafty Little Fairies - anything goes
   Passion For Promarkers - include a sentiment
   Digi Sketch - ribbon and pearls
   Brown Sugar - winter
   The Squirrel and The Fox - anything goes
   Crafting From The Heart -anything goes
   Vintage Stamping - cold and frosty colours
   The Paper Shelter - anything goes
   Allsorts -brown with blue
   Kaboodle Doodles - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Nutcrafters - snow, snow everywhere
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - bling it on

Sunday, 29 December 2013

All grown up!



   This card is  for a girl who loves pink!
   I wrapped pink ribbon round paper printed from Joanna Sheen's Holly Pond Hill CD ROM and then matted and layered it onto red mirri card and pink card.
   The image Phoebe is from the Angelica and friends collection of stamps from Crafter's Companion. I coloured it using Promarkers and inked the edges with distress ink before matting it onto red mirri card which had been cut out with a Spellbinders floral over die. I then added pearls coloured using a Promaker pen to the border formed. The stamped sentiment was also matted onto red mirri card before attaching it to the card with foam pads. Finally a bow was added.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   Crafter's Companion - ribbon, thread or twine
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - birthdays
   Winter Wonderland - fashion
   Digi Sketch - ribbons and pearls
   Crafting From The Heart - anything goes
   LEJ Designs - anything goes
   Pile It On - P is for ... pink, pearls, Promarkers
   Creative Fingers -anything goes
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Birthday hound



   I hope everyone had a happy Christmas yesterday and was not affected by the floods. We just suffered the loss of fencing but many local areas and  towns were badly affected. I wish them a speedy clean up.



   The decoupage and printed paper for this card were taken from the CD ROM 'Paws for thought' by Cupcakecrafting.
   I wrapped ribbon around the printed paper before matting it onto brown core'dinations cardstock and white card and then added a bow. The decoupage panel was also matted onto brown core'dination cardstock before fixing it to the card.. The greeting was die cut from brown mirri card using tattered lace dies.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Allsorts - brown with blue
   CD Sunday - 3Ds  ( DL, die cut, decoupage)
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - birthdays
   Creative Inspiration - anything goes
   Crafting From The Heart - anything goes
   Animal Friends - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Saturday, 21 December 2013

O Christmas Tree



   My last Christmas card for 2013!
   I matted and layered white card and red mirri card onto another piece of white card. I then cut a doily into different size pieces and coloured them with distress inks. I glued these pieces in layers to form a Christmas tree and then applied Stickles to the shape to make the tree decorations. A peel off star was added to the top.
   I then stamped a Sentiment using a Kaisercraft stamp and coloured it using Promarkers.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Inky Impressions - merry Christmas
   Kaboodle Doodles - Christmas colours
   Papertake Weekly - anything Christmas
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Joanna Sheen - make it sparkle
   Dream Valley - Christmas
   Ooh La La - different use of a doily
   Crafty Little Fairies - anything goes
   Passion For Promarkers - include a sentiment
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything Christmas
   Eureka Stamps - it's starting to look like Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut'e Christmas - last minute Christmas cards
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything as long as it's Christmas
   Stampin With The Dragon - last minute Christmas
   Digi Design - Christmas
   Imagination Crafts - merry Christmas
   SweetPea Stampers - Christmas
   Stampin For The Weekend - anything goes
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   A Little Bit Crafty - Christmas Cheer
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Songbird - merry Christmas everybody
   The Squirrel and the Fox - Christmas
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional Christmas
   LEJ Designs - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - use a stamp
   Without Words - nearest and dearest

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Tool boxes



   I made my grand daughters Christmas crackers in which we would put some money for them to spend after Christmas, however I thought that my grand sons would prefer something a little more manly. I have made them little tool boxes which could be hung on the tree. They are printed using a My Craft Studio Papercraft Library CD ROM. I then used tattered lace dies to cut out the letters for the names.
   I used a Spellbinders holiday tree die to cut the core'dinations trees for the tags. These were matted onto white card which had been inked with distress ink. The Father Christmas stamp was from a Creative Stamping magazine and I coloured them using Promarkers and added glitter to the fur on the hats and coats. These were shaped slightlly before attaching them to the tag with glue gel. Two silver snowflakes were then added to each. The tags were attached to the tool boxes by tinsel.

   I would like to enter these into the following challenges:
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes as long as it's Christmas
   Stampin With the Dragon - gifts and decorations
   Glitter n Sparkle - traditional Christmas colours
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   Love To Create - anything goes
   The Paper Shelter - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional Christmas
   LEJ Designs - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - use a stamp
   Crafting From The Heart - any thing goes
   Inky Impressions - merry Christmas
   Stamping Sensations - free and easy
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   Here Come The Boys - anything goes for the boys
   Kaboodlle Doodles - Christmas colours
   Papertake -any Christmas project
   Penny Black and More - traditional Christmas colours
   Little Claire's Designs - make a gift
   Dream Valley - Christmas
   Crafting With Dragonflies - Christmas tags
   Whoopsi Daisy -anything Christmas
   Crafty Little Fairies - anything goes
   Eureka Stamps - it's starting to look like Christmas
   Cute Card Thursday - celebrations
   I Love Promarkers - more than one fold

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Puppy love



   This card is for a dog lover. I have tried to give it a Christmas feel, whether I have succeeded or not I leave for you to judge.
   I wrapped green ribbon round white card and matted and layered it onto green mirri card and the base white card.
   The image is from a Joanna Sheen Giordano stamp called 'It's only me' and I have coloured it using Promarkers. Distress inks were used around the edges and glitter was applied to the flowers. I matted it onto green mirri card before fixing it to the card.
   A bow, card candi and a sentiment were then added.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
   Kaboodle Doodles - Christmas colours
   Stamping Sensations - free and easy
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - use a stamp
   LEJ Designs -anything goes
   Pile It On - P is for...  puppy, Promarkers
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   The Cutie Pie - cute card for a special friend
   Love To Create - anything goes
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   Glitter n Sparkle - traditional Christmas colours

Monday, 16 December 2013

The old boot



   This is my last contribution as a guest designer for the House Mouse and Friends challenge for which the theme this week is ' use silver and/or gold' . I have enjoyed taking part.
    This House Mouse image, 'Finders Keepers', was one of the first stamps that I bought. I was attracted to it because there is such a lot going on. In this particular instance I have decided to use golden acorns. Those mice will get such a shock when they try to eat them! I have coloured the image with a mixture of Promarkers, distress ink and gold and silver gel pens.
   I matted paper printed from one of Joanna Sheen's CD ROMS and gold mirri card onto white card having first wrapped brown ribbon round one end of the paper. I then glued gold and silver card candi onto the ribbon.
   The  image once coloured was matted and layered onto brown core'dinations cardstock and gold mirri card. The sentiment was die cut from gold mirri card using tattered lace dies and glued onto a frame printed from the above CD ROM and then matted onto brown core'dinations cardstock.

   I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Creative Fingers - anything goes + optional something old (stamp)
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   QKR Stampede - 3 favourite embellishments (dies for sentiment, ribbon, card candi)
   Passion For Promarkers - include a sentiment
   Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
   Crafting From The Heart - anything goes
   Love To Create - anything goes

Saturday, 14 December 2013

A tune for you



   A short break from Christmas cards as several birthdays are looming.
   I printed the background paper from the My Craft Studio Papercraft Library 'Men-y' Happy Returns CD ROM and matted and layered it onto black card, core'dianations glitter silk cardstock and white card. I then matted a strip of paper printed from a La Pashe CD ROM onto glitter silk cardstock and fixed it to the bottom of the card. A glitter button threaded with twine was stuck to the left hand side of this.
   The digi image is Techno Guy from KennyK and I coloured it using Promarkers. I shaped it slightly before fixing it to the card with glue gel.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Kenny'sKraftyKrew - buttons, boots and bling
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes
   Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
   The Crazy Challenge - photo inspiration (reds/blues)
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   Crafting Musketeers - layer it up

Friday, 13 December 2013

Dr. Who?



   My family is a big fan of Dr. Who, so when I saw this digi of the police box at Sribbles Designs I could not resist it. It also fitted in with the theme that we have for the Creative Corner challenge this week - your favourite colour combo - as my favourite colour is blue.
   The background paper was matted onto blue mirri card and then layered onto white card. The 'stars' had turquoise Stickles applied to them and when these were dry other colours were applied on top.
   The police box was coloured using Promarkers. H2O paints were then used on the windows, the light and the roof of the box before attaching it to the card with foam pads.
   Finally a phrase used by David Tennant's doctor was added.

   I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Lisa B. Designs - all that glitters
   Allsorts - anything but Christmas
   Here Come The Boys - anything goes for the boys
   Glitter n Sparkle - show us some blue

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Penguins fun



   I cannot help but smile when I look at this image from Di's Digis, The penguins are having so much fun getting the tree ready!
   I have coloured the image using Promarkers and then applied glossy accents to the baubles and Stickles to the snow. This was then matted onto red mirri card and the white base card.
   I die cut the Christmas tree form core'dination cardstock, added a peel off to it and then shaped it slightly before attaching to the card.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Incy Wincy Designs - let it snow
   Papertake Weekly - Christmas creatures
  Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
   Digi Sketch - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything  christmassy
   SweetPea Seampers - it's cold outside
   Stampin For The Weekend - use some red
   Pile It On - P is for... penguins, Promarkers
   Crafty Little Fairies - let it snow
   Songbird - merry Christmas everybody

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A Christmas Carol



   Well, getting near the finishing post for this year's Christmas cards. I have made several of these in varying colours. The image is taken from the LOTV  'A Christmas carol' stamp. I have coloured it using Promarkers and added Stickles to the falling snow and also to that lying on the ground. I then dusted varying lilac and blue distress ink around the edges before matting it onto lilac card. I also coloured card candi using Promarkers before attaching them and then finished the card with a simple peel off.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Incy Wincy - let it snow
   Kaboodle Doodles - non traditional Christmas colours
   Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas using non traditional colours
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything Christmas
   Digi Designs -Christmas in non traditional colours
   Glitter n Sparkle - show some blue
   SweetPea Stampers - it's cold outside

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Happy Christmas



   This image is from a stamp by Chocolate Baroque. I have made several of them, but have used different colour of mirri card on which to mount the image. This one uses red, (although the photograph makes it look black), and is perhaps my favourite choice of colour. The image itself is coloured using Promarkers and distress inks with the addition of a little glitter.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Penny Black and More - traditional Christmas colours
   Paper Pretties Weekly - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
   Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas using traditional colours
   QKR Stampede - white with a splash of red or green
   LEJ Designs - Christmas is coming
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - with a florish
   Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
   Digi Sketch - Christmas

Saturday, 7 December 2013

For you



  I coloured this image called 'feeding robins' from Lili of the Valley with Promarkers and then added frosted lace Stickles to the falling snow and snow on the window ledge. It was then matted onto deep red core'dinations cardstock.
   I used the die cut words 'especially for you' because I thought it could also describe the image. Finally gems of varying sizes were added to mirror the falling snow.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Inky Impressions - winter or snow
   Here Come the Boys - anything goes for the boys
   Crafty Cardmakers - clean and simple
   Flutterby Wednesday - any winged creature
   Kaboodle Doodles - start of winter
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes + optional CAS
   Fab'n'Funky - a touch of frost
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional use of glitter
   Addicted to Stamps and More! - clean and simple

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

It's warmer in there



   Here's another card featuring the House Mice. (Again the stamp is from one of Joanna Sheen's sets).
   I matted designer paper from Papermania onto blue card and outlined it with silver peel offs. Two further papers were used to create 'flags'.
   I coloured the image using Promarkers and added Stickles to the snow and dots in the sky to portray falling snow. It was then matted onto dark blue mirri card and attached to the card with foam pads.
   I then added a bow and three gems to finish the card.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Lisa B Designs - all that glitters
   Joanna Sheen - make it sparkle
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - light it up
   The Crazy Challenge - snowy winter
   Glitter n Sparkle - add some glitter and sparkle
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional glitter
   Catch the Bug - recipe (1 ribbon, 2 layers, 3 papers)
   Creative Craft 2 - non traditional Christmas colours
   Fab'n;Funky - a touch of frost
   Creative Inspiration - contemporary Christmas colours

Caroling mice



   Well I must make a big effort this week and complete making my Christmas cards. The image on this card is from the Penny Black stamp 'caroling trio'. I coloured it using Promarkers and then cut part of it out and matted it onto a starry night designer paper from Wild Rose Studio. I then matted it onto purple mirri card. Lots of glitter was added around the lantern and also on the snow and stars, although I think I might have overdone the light around the lantern.
   I wrapped ribbon round some contemporary Christmas paper from Papermania which in turn was wrapped round a DL size card. The stamped topper was then attached to the card. Finally a bow and a glittered stamped sentiment were added.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Penny Black Saturday - sparklers
   The Cutie Pie - cute scenes and backgrounds (the topper)
   Creative Craft 2 - non traditional Christmas colours
   Winter Wonderland - a Christmas mouse
   Lisa B Designs - all that glitters
   ABC - A is for almost Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - light it up
   Glitter n Sparkle - add some glitter and sparkle
   The Squirrel and the Fox - summer or winter
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional use of glitter

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas warmth



   I do love the house mice. Here is another one of the images from Joanna Sheen's Christmas House Mouse Designs. I have coloured it using Promarkers and matted it on to red mirri card and then added glitter to the Christmas light and its surroundings.
   I wrapped ribbon round the Christmas tree designer paper from Wild Rose Studio's Xmas Bella paper pack and this together with more red mirri card was matted and layered onto green card.A bow was added to the left hand side.
   The little Christmas trees were cut from green mirri card using a Spellbinders die and a peel off letter was added to each before fixing them to the card with glue gel. The stamped topper was then attached to the card using foam pads.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Digi Sketch - Christmas
   Whoopse Daisy - Christmas using traditional colours
   Joanna Sheen - make it sparkle
   Stamping Sensations - free and easy
   Winter Wonderland - a Christmas mouse
   Christmas Cards All The Year Round - Christmas stockings
   Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
   Penny Black and More - traditional Christmas colours
   Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - light it up
   Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Imagination Crafts - merry Christmas
   Creative Fingers -anything goes
   Creatalious - Christmas time
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
   Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas stockings

Christmas Tree






    This is my third challenge for which I have been lucky  enough to be a guest designer at House Mouse and Friends. The theme for this latest challenge is Christmas.
   I have eight grandchildren and I thought this card would be slightly different to the ones that they normally receive - a Christmas tree pop up card.

   For this card I made use of the little stamps that you get with Joanna Sheen's House Mouse designs stamp sets. All were coloured using Promarkers and then cut out (the fiddly bit). The lights on the trees used one of the stamps several  times and were cut and pasted onto the tree. Peel off stars were added and the little 'fairy' mouse had glitter added to the wings.
   Two other little mice were added to the folds either side of the tree.
   Finally designer paper and 'happy Christmas' peel offs were added to the base.



    I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything goes for kids
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - light it up
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything as long as it's Christmas
   Imagination Crafts - merry Christmas
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Winter Wonderland - a Christmas mouse
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday, 30 November 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas



   I cut gold centura pearl paper using the Spellbinder Persian accents die and attached a narrow strip of red ribbon behind the top border. I then attached this to the bottom of a square of white card which, together with red mirri card, I matted and layered onto another piece of white card.
   The stamped image is Christmas flowers from Joanna Sheen's favourite flowers collection and I coloured it using Promarkers. I then cut it out using a Spellbinders label one die and then cut off a narrow border before matting it onto red mirri card cut out with a decorative labels one die.This was then attached to the card with foam pads. Stickles was applied to the flower centres.
   A poinsettia created by using Spellbinders die and mini gems was added to the corner and a bow to the bottom of the image.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   Crafty Little Fairies - classic Christmas
   QKR Stampede - it's starting to look a lot like Christmas
   Crafty Ribbons -anything goes with ribbon
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Creative Creations - make your own flowers
   Crafting from The Heart - anything goes
   Songbird - die another day

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Robin



   I recently bought some Aquamarkers, so I thought I would use them on this image from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew collection. Having coloured it I added glitter to the leaves and rose hips. A stamped Merry Christmas and silver peel off around the edge finished it.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Less is More - use a bird
   Crafty Card Makers - clean and simple
   Whoopsi Daisy - things with wings
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes + optional white card, only image coloured

Sitting on the wall



   I have another birthday in the family, so I have taken a little break from making Christmas cards.
   I matted brick design paper onto floral paper and then along the top of the brick paper I attached a thin strip of ribbon. I then matted and layered this combination and green core'dination cardstock onto white card.
   I coloured the KennyK digi stamp, 'Queen's Cutie', using Promarkers, cut it out, shaped it and attached it to the card with glue gel. To add some interest to the design I stamped, coloured and attached three ducks to the base of the wall.
   Finally the sentiment was added.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Ooh La La Creations - birthday
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   KennyK's Krafty Krew - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Skating Santa



   I have made this card for a child.
   I matted and layered paper printed from Joanna Sheen's House Mouse inserts CD ROM and pale blue (not according to the photo!) mirri card onto white card.Using Spellbinders dies I cut trees from whitewash core'dinations cardstock and then sanded and glittered them before fixing them to the card with glue gel. I added flowersoft to the snow.
   The image is from the Giordano Studio stamp 'Love this Christmas' from Joanna Sheen and was coloured using Promarkers. I then sewed seed beads onto all the falling snow marks before matting it onto pale blue mirri card cut out using a Spellbinders lacy oval die. This was then attached to the card.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything as long as it's Christmas
   Glitter n Sparkle - show some snow
   SweetPea Stampers - lots of texture
   Songbird - die another day
   Creatalicious - Christmas time
   LEJ Designs - buttons, bows or beads
   Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything goes for kids
   Eureka Stamps - Santa is on his way
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - for a child
   The Crazy Challenge - snowy winter
   Winter Wonderland - photo inpiration
   Crafty sentiments Designs - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   Joanna Sheen - celebrate (Christmas)
   Nutcrafters - show Santa in your creations

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas robin



  The image for this card is from Chocolate baroque's Christmas creatures stamp plate. I coloured it using Promarkers and cut it out with a Spellbinders grand scalloped circle die. I then applied glitter to everything apart from the robin, even to the edge, oh and to my surroundings!  I then matted it onto silver mirri before fixing it to the white card base. Silver card candi were added to three of the corners and a peel off sentiment to the remaining corner.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Little Claire's designs - Christmas theme
   Dream Valley - clean and simple
   Christmas Cards All The Year Round - winter wonderland
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything as long as it's Christmas
   V's Sweet Ideas - colour theme
   Glitter'n;Sparkle - show some snow
   Stampin' For The Weekend - feeling festive
   Creative Fingers -anything goes
   Creatalicious - Christmas time
   Fab'n'Funky - anything goes
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes, optional white card only image coloured
   Less is More - use a bird
   Whoopsi Daisy - things with wings
   Allsorts - bring on the bling
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   The Crazy Challenge - snowy winter
   Crafty Cardmakers - clean and simple
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Imagination Crafts - glitter and sparkles
   A Little Bit Crafty - sparkle and shine

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The choir boy



   For this card I used stamps from Jayne Nesorenko's Adorables set from Crafter's Companion called 'Praising' and the masking technique. It was coloured using Promarkers and once I had matted it onto red mirri card I added glitter to the tree and corner decoration.
   For the background of the card I embossed white card using the Darice snowflake background folder. Having wrapped ribbon round the lower half  I  also matted and layered this onto red mirri card and white card. A stamp phrase matted onto another piece of red mirri card finished it.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes with optional dry embossing
   Fab'n'Funky - anything goes
   Creatalicious - Christmas time
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas extra - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   Dream Valley - CAS
   Little Claire's Designs - Christmas theme
   Crafter's Companion - Christmas/winter
   Without Words - getting ready for Christmas


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Thank you



   The image I used for this card is the Bebunni 'Thank you' stamp from Crafter's Companion. I coloured it using spectrum noir pens, cut it out with a Spellbinders curved rectangle die and then dusted the edges with distress ink. I then matted and layered it onto red mirri card, cut out with another curved rectangle die, spotty paper and another piece of red mirri card.
   I then wrapped ribbon round the top left hand corner and attached a bow to it before fixing it all to the base white card.
   I stamped two greetings, dusted them with distress ink, mounted them onto red mirri card and attached them to the card with foam pads, each phrase being at a different level.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Digi Designs - thanks
   QKR Stampede - give thanks/thankful
   Pile It On - with thanks
   Fab'n'Funky - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Eureka Stamps - thanksgiving
   Whoopsi Daisy - give thanks
   Creative Inspirations - thank you
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Papertake Weekly - giving thanks
   Kaboodle Doodles - thanksgiving

Crafty Ribbons event


  Crafty Ribbons are going to be having another one of their fabulous Christmas Advent events which will from 1st December through to the 24th December....
Each day they will be highlighting a different Craft Company or Shop,the Design Team will be posting cards/projects on  the Inspiration blog and on their blogs each day there will also be a prize from the highlighted Company up for grabs that's 24 prizes  in total and you can enter each day, only one entry per person per day to make it fair.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Are you there?



   The challenge at Creative Corner this week is ‘heavy metal’. We want you to add something metal to your project.
   I began by cutting one piece of card 123mm by 180mm to form the base of an easel card and another piece of card 123mm by 210mm. This latter piece I scored at 180mm (to form the ‘hinge’ to which to attach the base) and 90mm (to form the fold of the easel) from one end.
   Paper printed using the My Craft Studio CD ROM Alfie was matted onto dark blue core’dinations cardstock and then onto the base of the easel card.
   Another paper printed using the same CD ROM and dark blue core’dinations cardstock were matted and layered onto white card to form the upright of the easel. A belt made from dark blue mirri card and a buckle was used to form the easel stop.
   The digi image ‘lets go out’ from Crafty Sentiments Designs was coloured using spectrum noir pens and cut out using a Spellbinders resplendent rectangle die. The edges were then distressed with faded jeans distress ink and a card candi was added to each of the four corners. This was then matted onto dark blue mirri card which had been cut out using another Spellbinders resplendent rectangle die before fixing to the card front.
   Finally a tag with a die cut greeting was added.


   I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Glitter and Sparkle – tag it
   Nutcrafters – recipe:
                        1 image
                        2 papers
                        3 different embellishments (tag, card candi, belt/buckle)
   Fab’n’Funky – anything goes
   Incy Wincy Designs – easel card
   Addicted to Stamps – punches and dies
   Brown Sugar - anything goes

Monday, 18 November 2013

A helping hand



   The challenge for the next two weeks at House Mouse and Friends is ‘use your favourite things’. I have chosen Promarkers, an embossing folder, distress ink and card candi as my favourite things.
   I embossed white card using the Darice folder ‘Dots’, putting it through the machine twice in order to emboss the whole area. I then wrapped ribbon round the centre of this before layering onto pale blue mirri card and attaching to a white card blank.
   The image is from the Happy Hoppers set of House Mouse rubber stamps from Joanna Sheen and I coloured it using Promarkers. After inking the edges with distress ink and mounting it onto pale blue mirri card I added glitter to the foam bubbles and water and card candi to the four corners.
   I also matted the stamped sentiment onto pale blue mirri card and added glitter to the capital letters.

   I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Crafting Musketeers – pretty pastels
   Crafty Catz – anything not square
   Creative Fingers – anything goes
   Crafty Ribbons – anything goes with ribbon
   Imagination Crafts – glitter and sparkle
   Creative Creation – sparkle and shine
   ALittle Bit Crafty - sparkle and shine
   Fab’n’Funky – anything goes
   ScrapbookStamp Society –anything goes plus optional dry embossing
   Dream Valley - clean and simple

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Tea For Two



   I just think this image is so cute. What little girl hasn't had a pretend tea party?
   For this card I wrapped pink ribbon round a square of printed paper and then together with pink mirri card matted and layered it onto the base white card. Die cut words were glued to the ribbon and two die cut butterflies were layered and fixed to the top left hand corner of the card.
   The Lili of the Valley image, 'Little Girls - Tea Time', was coloured using Promarkers and cut out using a Spellbinders die. I then used a Sakura souffle pen to create faux  stitching round the edge. I then mounted this onto pink mirri card, using another Spellbinder die to cut it out, and attached it to the card. Finally I added some quilled roses and leaves as embellishments.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Songbird - your favourite song (Tea for two)
   Penny Black and More - anything goes
   Ooh La La - stitching, real or faux
   Cute Card Thursday - so angelic
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes
   Fab'n'Funky - anything goes
   The Cutie Pie - little cutie
   Digi Designs - girly creations
   Whoopsi Daisy - flowers galore
   Send a Smile 4 Kids - anything goes 4 kids
   Crafty Little Fairies - top of the pops (Tea for two)
   Crafting Musketeers - pretty pastels
   Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
   Addicted to Stamps - punches and dies
   Flutterby Wednesday - open
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Craft- Room - afternoon tea

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Keep fit!



   I made this little rocker card for one of my grandsons. In the past I have depicted a footballer but I thought  I would make a little change this time. I hope he is not disappointed, after all footballers must keep fit!
   I cut a piece of white card using a Spellbinders grand scalloped circle die, scored across the middle and folded to form the base of the rocker card. I also cut a piece of striped paper with the same die and trimmed the edges before attaching it to the base card.
   The image from Joanna Sheen's Allsorts House Mouse Designs rubber stamps was coloured using Promarkers and cut out using a Spellbinders grand scalloped oval die. I then used distress ink round the edges and mounted it onto red mirri card before fixing it to the card base.
   The sentiment is made from two layers of mirri card ( green and red) cut using Spellbinder dies and white peel offs.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - humour
   I Love Promarkers - red and green
   QKR Stampede - anything goes
   Inky Impressions - red and green
   Here Come the Boys - rocker cards
   Addicted to Stamps - punches and dies
   The Paper Shelter - for someone special
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Thank you



   Here is a little thank you card. I mattered and layered paper printed from Crafter's Companion Flower Fairies of the Garden CD ROM and orange gold mirri card onto cream card. A border strip printed from the same CD ROM was attached to the lower half of the card and glitter applied to the flowers.
   The image 'Teddy Bouquet' from Lili of the valley was coloured using Promarkers. After cutting it out with  a Spellbinders floral oval die gold gel pen was used on the stamens of the yellow flowers. Glitter was also added to them. A silver gel pen was used to colour the dots on the paper wrapping the flowers. I then used the same Spellbinders die to cut a piece of orange gold mirri card. I removed the centre of this and stuck it to the coloured image to form a frame.
   I made a bouquet of roses, using flowers I had been lucky enough to win, punched mirri card leaves and ribbon, and together with a thank you sentiment fixed it to the bottom left hand corner of the card.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Penny Black and More - anything goes
   Whoopsi Daisy - flowers galore
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Imagination Crafts - glitter and sparkle
   The Ribbon Girl - add sparkle
   Creative Creations - sparkle and shine
   Love to Create - thanksgiving/thanks
   A Little Bit Crafty - sparkle and shine
   Addicted to Stamps - punches and dies
   Paper Pretties - give thanks
   Cute Card Thursday - animal magic
   QKR Stampede - anything goes / harvest
   Scribbles Designs - shades of orange
   Creative Fingers - anything goes

Monday, 11 November 2013

Silent night



   I haven't done much decoupage for a while now, but I do love the House Mouse Designs. This one is taken from Joanna Sheen's Christmas eve set of sheets. I mounted it onto deep red core'dinations cardstock and wrapped ribbon around one side of it, adding a bow where the ribbons crossed. I also added polar white flower soft to the falling snow and liquid pearls to some of the berries.
   The background paper, printed from one of Joanna Sheen's CD ROMs was also mounted onto the deep red core'dinations, as was the sentiment.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - humour
   Cute Card Thursday - animal magic
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - outdoors
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - white wonderland

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Happy Birthday



   This is a simple birthday card for a child. I began by matting pink plaid paper onto dark pink mirri card and then wrapped ribbon around the bottom before matting onto white card. I added a 'Just For You' sentiment flanked by two handmade flowers to the middle of the ribbon. The flowers were made from a combination of punched flowers and quilling.
   The image called 'Balloon Bunny', from Lili of the Valley, was coloured using Promarkers, edged with spun sugar distress ink and mounted onto dark pink die cut mirri card.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Digi Sketch - all for the animals
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Lili of the Valley - pink and white
   Ooh La La - food and/or drink
   Crafting with Dragonflies - make your own flower embellishments
   Cute Card Thursday - animal magic
   Whoopsi Daisy - monochromatic
   Ribbon Girl - stripes

Friday, 8 November 2013

Down and out



   This week’s theme at Creative Corner is ’Sing, sing a song’. I have chosen the alley cat from Scribbles Designs as my image as it reminds me of the James Brown song ‘Down and Out in New York City’. Having coloured it using thirteen different shades of Promarker greys I applied black soot distress ink to the edges.
   I matted and layered the squared pattern paper and black mirri card onto white card. A grey denim strip was also matted onto black mirri card before being fixed vertically onto the card. I matted and layered the image onto black mirri card and silver mirri card and then stuck it to the card with foam pads.
   I then fixed a sentiment made from peel offs and die cut silver and black mirri card in the top left hand corner, a cascade of bows in the bottom right hand corner  and some card candi onto the central panel.


   I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Incy Wincy Designs – ribbons, twine, fibres
   Digi Sketch – all for the animals
   Papertake Weekly – anything goes
   Whoopsi Daisy – monochromatic
   Cute Card Thursday – animal magic
   Crafty Ribbons – black and white (I hope grey as a mix of black and white counts)


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Apples galore



   I printed the backing paper I used here some time ago so cannot remember which CD ROM I used, although I think it may have been one from Joanna Sheen. I did think it formed a suitable background to this image.
   I began by wrapping dark green ribbon round the base of the backing paper and then matting and layering it onto green core'dinations cardstock and white card. I then attached the 'Happy Birthday' peel off strip to the ribbon.
   The main image is a digi print from Joanna Sheen's House Mouse triple CD ROM. This I coloured using Promarkers and then matted and layered onto two shades of green core'dinations cardstock. The mouse standing on the apple is from the Autumn set of  House Mouse rubber stamps from Joanna Sheen. This I again coloured using Promarkers, cut out and shaped before using glue gel to attach it to the card.

   I wish to enter this card into the following  challenges:
   Joanna Sheen - food for thought
   Ooh La La Creations - food and/or drink
   Digi Sketch - all for the animals
   Glitter n Sparkle - leaves
   V's Sweet Ideas - colour theme (red, brown, sage green, yellow)
   Cute Card Thursday - animal magic

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Waiting for Santa



   For this Christmas card I began by matting and layering red snowflake paper and yellow core'dinations cardstock onto white card. I then matted a strip of red and green paper also onto yellow core'dinations cardstock and tied a ribbon round the bottom of it before attaching it to the card.
   The image, from Joanna Sheen's House Mouse Designs Christmas stamps, was coloured using Promarkers and distress inks. It was then matted and layered onto two shades of yellow core'dinations cardstock before attaching at an angle to the card. I then glittered the flame.
   Finally a sentiment and die cut ivy leaves were used to frame the image.


   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes plus make a Christmas card
   Digi Sketch -all for the animals
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   Allsorts - Christmas cheer
   Ooh La La Creations - food and/or drink
   Penny Black and More - anything goes
   Joanna Sheen - food for thought
   Without Words - getting ready for Christmas
 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Crackers



   I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a guest designer for the House Mouse and Friends challenges during November and December. The challenge this fortnight is ‘Anything but a card’.
   I have three grand-daughters to whom we give a little money at Christmas because they enjoy being able to buy something for themselves. Rather than just putting it in an envelope with a card I thought it would be nice to put it with a little something in a cracker which they could then keep and use again.
   I took one of the backing papers from Joanna Sheen’s House Mouse Designs triple CD ROM and ‘played around with it’ in the My Craft Studio graphic program to create the design for the cracker itself.
   The images used to decorate the crackers were taken from the same CD ROM and resized and reshaped in the graphic program. I mounted them onto pale blue mirri card cut with a floral oval Spellbinders die. Little labels were also attached to the crackers and the ends were tied with ribbon.


   I would also like to enter these into the following challenges:
   CDSunday- stripey
   Allsorts – Christmas cheer
   Crafty Ribbons – anything goes with ribbon
   Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes
   Lisa B. Designs – contemporary Christmas
   Crafting Musketeers – pretty pastels
   Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Extra – anything goes
   Incy Wincy Designs - ribbon, twine or fibres

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Purr'fect Christmas



 I made this card for a cat lover.
 I matted and layered paper from Wild Rose Studio's Xmas Bella paper pack and red mirri card onto white card. I then took a strip of a different design from the same paper pack and also matted that onto red mirri card before attaching it centrally to the main card.
   The image is stamped from Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood set and is coloured using Promarkers. I distressed the edges of the sky with stormy sky and milled lavender distress inks and then matted it onto red mirri card before fixing it to the card with foam pads.. I then added glitter to the falling snow and the stamped sentiment.
   Finally I added a bow and a die cut snowflake to each corner of the card.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Allsorts - Christmas cheer
   Imagination Crafts - glitter and sparkle
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - bling it up
   I love Promarkers - anything goes
   Cute Card Thursday - sparkles
   Creative Inspirations - bingo (snowflakes, glitter, distress)
   Lisa B. Designs - contemporary Christmas
   Crafter's Companion - Christmas/winter
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tree of butterflies



   One of my niece's has her 21st birthday next month, so I have made this card for her.
   The image is from the 'Essence of Nature' set by Elusive Images, now Chocolate Baroque. I coloured it using Promakers and distress inks and then cut it out using  a Spellbinders grand scalloped circle die. I used another one of these dies to cut out matt gold mirri card onto which I mounted the image.
   I then layered some pink textured paper onto cream card and then fixed the stamped image to this. I re-stamped the image and coloured and cut out the butterflies and having sprayed them with iridescent spray and sparkle from Crafter's Companion I decoupaged them onto the main image and added a bow to the bottom of the tree.
   Finally I placed some gold peel offs in the corners.

   I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Allsorts - treemendous
   The Crazy Challenge - b is for .... butterflies, bow, birthday peel offs
   Addicted to Stamps - colour palette
   Flutter By Wednesday - any winged creature
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes