Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Drinking footballer



   The last post for 2014! My nephew celebrates his his birthday at the start of the New Year. He is a keen follower of football and will reach the age when he can legally order a pint so I thought this image would just suit the bill. It is one of the Flippin' stamps from La Pashe and I coloured it using Promarkers. It was cut out using a Spellbinders long classic rectangle die and whilst still in the die I coloured the edges using distress ink. I then matted it onto mirri card cut out using a Spellbinders long classic scalloped rectangle die. The background of the card is core'dinations cardstock matted onto white card.
   The strip at the bottom of the card is from the same set of stamps and again coloured using Promarkers. I matted it onto core'dinations cardstock before attaching to the card. The sentiment was cut from core'dinations cardstock using Tattered Lace dies.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   Glitter n Sparkle - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Scribble & Scrap - anything goes
   Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Elf snowman



   This began by merging and editing two images from Make It Crafty. The two images were 'family adventure and snowelf'. I coloured it using Promarkers, a silver gel pen and a little bit of glitter. I also added glossy accents to the buttons. I framed it with centura pearl card cut out using the Tattered Lace die krystal, gluing the reverse so that the die cuts did not fall out. I then matted and layered it onto some paper embossed with a silver design, silver mirri and white card.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - Christmas (modern look)
   Send A Smile 4 Kids - winter fun 4 kids
   Passion For Promarkers - bingo (die cut, free, glitter)
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - anything goes
   QKR Stampede - Santa or snowman
   Inky Impressions - winter wonderland
   Cupcake Inspirations - winter wonderland
   Imagination Crafts - anything goes
   Love To Create - icy winter days
   Crafty Creations - who wants to build a snowman

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Best of friends



   I could not resist putting these cuties onto a birthday card. The stamp is Giordano studio's 'My special friend' from Joanna Sheen. I coloured it using Promarkers and added a few highlights to the animals using Derwent pencils. I then matted and layered it onto pink and green core'dinations cardstock and white card. Finally I added a sentiment using peel offs.

   I would liked to enter this into the following challenges:
   Penny Black and More - special occasions
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Animal Friends - anything goes with an animal
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Alphabet - W for whiskers

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas elf?



   I hope everyone has had a peaceful and fruitful Christmas. Now I'm getting ready for Christmas next year!! It seems ages since I wrote anything on the blog and I'm beginning to suffer withdrawal symptoms.
   Although it doesn't show in the photo graph, the image from Dragons Lair Designs is actually decoupaged. Before attaching it to the card I matted and layered red textured card onto green core'dinations cardstock and white card. I die cut the Christmas rose design using a Tattered Lace die, cutting into it and colouring it using Promarkers.
 
   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - Christmas
   Creative Inspirations - Christmas/New Year
   Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
   The Glory of Christmas - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - anything goes
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Blessings


 
   I was asked to make a set of a dozen Christmas cards so I chose the stamp 'Nativity Play' from Wild Rose Studio and a clean and simple design as time was at a premium. I coloured the images using Promarkers and matted six of them onto red card and the remainder onto green card.
   The sentiment is cut from mirri card (green for those backed onto green card and red for the others) using dies from Tatted Lace.

   I wish to enter these into the following challenges:
   Without Words - Christmas (a Modern look)
   Penny Black and More - special occasions
   Dream Valley - Christmas
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Creative Inspirations - Christmas/New Year
   I Love Promarkers - anything goes
   Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas anything goes
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Brown Sugar - Christmas
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   The Paper Shelter - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Pile It On - anything goes Christmas/holidays
   As You Like It - favourite Christmas image (Nativity Play) and why (shows what Christmas is all about)
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Make My Monday - nativity
   Tuesday Throwdown - Christmas
   Clear It Out - anything goes

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Three wise men



   I have just bought the Tattered Lace die 'Three wise men' so I could not resist a play. So here is my first Christmas card for 2015 or for the person I may have forgotten!
   I cut the figures out of black card and glued gold paper behind the figures of the kings. I then cut the shapes from grey core'dinations card and matted the black shapes slightly off-centre in order to create some definition when I fixed them to the background.
   I sprayed navy core'dinations cardstock with iridescent spray and sparkle from Crafter's Companion and fixed this to white card. I then tore three pieces of cream core'dinations cardstock and attached these strips to the lower half of the card at the same time as adding two of the kings so that the camels feet appeared behind the sand ridges. I then added the third figure. I used a Promarker pen and distress ink to create shadow in the sand. Finally I added a gold peel off sentiment.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - Christmas
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Creative Inspirations - Christmas
   Incy Wincy Designs - Christmas
   Crafty Catz - last minute Christmas
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - Christmas
   Papertake Weekly - anything festive
   Christmas Cards All The Year Round - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Glitter n Sparkle - glittery, sparkly Christmas
   Pile It On - anything goes/Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   A Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas
   Creative Moments - anything goes/non traditional Christmas colours

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A trio of flowers



   I began this card by rubbing distress ink over white spotted core'dinations cardstock. I then wrapped three rows of narrow ribbon round the centre of the cardstock before matting and layering it onto coloured core'dinations cardstock and white card.
   I stamp the same design from Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) Fresh Florals set of stamps and coloured them using Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils. After colouring the edges of each using distress ink I matted each onto the coloured core'dinations cardstock. I attached each to the card using foam pads, raising the middle image higher than the outer two. I finished with a bow made using the two colours of ribbon.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Chocolate Baroque - colour challenge
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
   Imagination Crafts - anything goes
   A Little Bit Crafty - anything other than Christmas
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything other than Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Monday, 15 December 2014

Presents



   Well most of the Christmas cards are on their way now and it's back to making birthday cards for family and friends. This is a birthday card for a niece.
   This image called 'I wonder what is this' is from The Paper Shelter and I coloured it using Promarkers. I then cut it out using a Spellbinders square die and while it was still in the die coloured the edges using distress ink. I then matted it onto orange core'dinations cardstock which had been cut out using the Tattered Lace die Chatsworth scalloped square.
   I cut a square of yellow centura pearl card and onto this attached four pieces of paler orange core'dinations cardstock which had been cut out using the Tattered Lace die Chatsworth corner. I then wrapped a quarter inch ribbon round the middle of this card and then a second narrower ribbon on top of this. The prepared image was then threaded through the longer edge of the four corner pieces and fixed in place. The whole was then matted onto white card.
   I cut two tags using one of the Spellbinders holiday tag dies from two shades of yellow core'dination cardstock and attached peel off sentiments to them. I threaded a piece of the narrow ribbon through the horizontal ribbon on the card and attached a tag to each end. Finally I atteched a bow to the top of each tag.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Little Claire's Designs - a special card
   Imagination  Crafts - anything goes
   The Paper Shelter - special celebration
   A Little Bit Crafty - anything goes as long as it's not Christmas
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything other than Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Crafty Creations - something to die for
 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Quick Christmas cards


 
   I needed to make some quick last minute Christmas cards.
   Here is a set of four cards made using images from Lili of the Valley bumper art pads and various design papers.

   I wish to enter these into the following challenges:
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - urgently needed Christmas creations
   The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
   Crafty Catz - last minute Christmas
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - Christmas
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Dragon's Lair Designs - Christmas time
   Love To Create - non traditional holiday colours
   Pile It On -anything Christmas/holidays

Thursday, 11 December 2014

We three kings



   This card was made using a digi from Digi Stamps 4 Joy called 'We 3 kings (1)'. I printed it in three different sizes, coloured each using Promarkers and metallic pen and cut them out. I shaped each slightly and decoupaged them onto paper printed from Crafter's Companion 'The Snowman and the Snowdog' CD ROM which had been matted onto silver card. I then added a white peel off border.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Christmas monthly
   Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
   Tuesday Throwdown - family Christmas
   Pink Gem - anything Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Pile It On - anything goes  Christmas/holidays
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes with the option Christmas
   Nutcrafters - something to do with gifts
   CD Sunday - song titles (We three kings of Orient are)
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Digi Designs - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - bright colours
   The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - Christmas
   Without Words - Christmas (modern look)
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Penguin trio



   My son loves penguins, so I hope he appreciates these. I coloured the stamped Penny Black image called 'Carolling penguins' using Promarkers and added Stickles to the snow. I die cut centurar pearl card using the  twinkle Tattered Lace die and used it to frame the image which I then matted and layered onto paper from Papermania and white card. I finished the card by attaching six Tattered Lace die cut snowflakes to the inner frame.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - Christmas
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   Passion For Promarkers - bingo (die cut/free/glitter)
   Eureka Stamps - let it snow
   Allsorts - animal magic
   Penny Black Saturday - snowflakes
   The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
   Incy Wincy Designs - snowy days
   Winter Wonderland - North or South Pole
   Addicted to Stamps - snowflakes
   Brown Sugar - winter
   Scribble Designs - penguin paradise
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Digi Designs - Christmas
   Love Rubber Stamps - winter/Christmas
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Pile It On - anything goes with Christmas/holidays
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes with the option Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Stampavie and More - snowflakes
   A Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas
   Tuesday Throwdown - family Christmas
   Crafty Creations - something to die for

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas robbins



   One more card with a ready coloured image this time.
   I mattered and layered Christmas papers from Kaiser Craft and Papermania and then wrapped two rows of narrow satin ribbon round these layers before matting the whole onto white card.
   The image is from Lili of the Valley's bumper art pad number 30 (Winter Wildlife). I matted this onto paper from Papermania and added glitter to part of it before fixing it to the card.
   The Tattered Lace holly cut from mirri card was matted onto card which I then coloured using Promarkers. I used Liquid Pearls for the berries and also added some glitter to the leaves. The sentiment was matted onto Papermania paper and a bow attached to it. Finally I added some metallic snowflakes to which I also added glitter.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Fab 'n' Funky - pre-coloured images only
   The Crazy Challenge - Christmas
   Incy Wincy Designs - snowy days
   Crafty Cardmarkers and More - Christmas
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Brown Sugar - winter
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Ribbon Girl - anything goes
   Pile It On - Christmas/holidays
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Pink Gem - Christmas
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with the twist add some holly
   Creative Moments - anything goes/winter

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Hugs



   This stamped image called 'Snowy hugs' from Crafter's Companion was coloured using Promarkers. I then die cut centura pearl card using the Kyrstal Tattered Lace die. This I mattered onto green core'dinations cardstock having cut out the central circle. I then trimmed the edges of the cardstock  and mounted the image behind it, again trimming the edges. Using a glue gel pen I applied glitter to the snow and red glitter to the berries in the die cut. I then matted the whole onto green card and finally added a sentiment.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Lisa B. Designs - Christmas sparkle
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
   Eureka Stamps - celebrations
   Inky Impressions - snow
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Digi Designs - for a kid
   Glitter n Sparkle - use some snow
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes
   Pile It On - sprinkle it
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes with the option of glitter
   Animal Friends - anything goes with an animal
   Sparkle N Sprinkle - anything goes
   Fantasy Stampers - cute Christmas
   Sweet Stampin' - let it snow
   Tuesday Throwdown - bling it on
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with the twist something beginning with s
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - snow
   Creative Moments - anything goes with winter
   Digi Sketch - use die cuts/punches
   Suzy Bee's Bloomin' - keep it simple

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Scruffy balancing on a bauble



   I began by attaching two lengths of ribbon to paper printed using Joanna Sheen's triple House Mouse CD ROM. these were to form the ribbon from which the baubles were to hang. I then matted and layered this onto green mirri and white card.
   I die cut  two waste pieces of centura pearl using a Marianne Creatables die and matted each onto a circle of red mirri card and glued them so that they hung at the end of the ribbon lengths.
   At the top of one bauble I attached waste foliage,a Tattered Lace die cut cone and a bow. Above the other I glue gelled a jester so that he appeared to balance on the bauble. This was from a digi stamp from Make It Crafty and coloured using Promarkers in less than 15 minuites! Make It Colourful's November challenge is speedy colouring.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
   Digi Sketch - dies/punches
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - use die cuts
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Fab 'n' Funky - anything with die cuts
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Word art Wednesday - anything goes
   Through The Purple Haze - anything goes

Snowman and snowdog



   I don't often make a card which does not have a stamped image on it, but this is one of them. The papers were printed using Crafter's Companion 'The Snowman and Snowdog' CD ROM. For both portions I matted and layered design paper, silver mirri and white card. Down the centre of each I added a strip of the other design matted onto silver mirri.
   The sentiment, easel stop and pyramid decoupage are all from Crafter's Companion card collection. The snowflakes are from centura pearl card and cut using various Tattered Lace dies (including waste from die cuts) and are layered in decreasing sixes. I glued a pearl in the centre of each.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Crafter's Companion - Christmas/winter
   Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything for kids
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Creative Inspirations - season's greetings
   Paper Pretties - snow much fun
   Squirrel's World - it's snowvember
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   V's Sweet Ideas - anything goes
   Imagination Crafts - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - snow
   Clear It Out - winter wishes/snowflakes
 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Carolling snowmen



   For this card I matted falling snow paper printed from Crafter's Companion 'The Snowman and the Snowdog' CD ROM onto black and then white card.
   The image of the snowmen is from Beccy's Place and I coloured this using Promarkers.I cut it out using a Spellbinders die and while it was still in the die rub distress inkaround the upper edges. I then matted it onto black card which had been cut out using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die. I then added black Stickles to the 'coal' buttons and diamond Stickles to one edge of each snowman.
   The tags are digi stamps from Digi Stamps 4 Joy. The undernearth one was coloured using Promarkers and after I had applied distress ink to the edges I matted it onto black card. I applied Stickles to the snowflakes on the top tag and allowed this to dry before rubbing distress ink over the whole of the tag and then matting it onto black card. I added the silver sentiment to the top tag and then a bow after I had attached them to the card using varying thicknesses of foam pads.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:-
   Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything 4 kids
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   I Love Promarkers - frosty the snowman
   Paper Pretties - snow much fun
   Squirrel's World - it's snow-vember
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
   Digi Sketch - use die cuts
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - use die cuts
   Glitter n Sparkle - tag it
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes with the option of glitter
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - snow people
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Delicious Doodles - traditional Christmas
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - snow
   ABC Christmas - x is for Xmas music
   Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Christmas
   Digi Stamps 4 Joy - monthly Christmas

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Open window



   This card was created mainly with the use of die cuts. I began by die cutting the window using Spellbinders windows 2 die from snow white with a hint of silver centura pearl card. I backed the top part of it onto a scrap piece of centura pearl card and stuck thin acetate behind the window panes. I added Stickles on the back of this to represent snow.  I cut an aperture in the fawn centura pearl and then glued the window round this aperture.
    Starry paper was matted onto white card and onto this I positioned the centura pearl reindeer which had been cut using a tattered lace snowglobe reindeer die so that it would show through the window when the fawn card was placed on top. This fawn card was attached using foam tape.
   From centura pearl card I cut two Christmas hellebore and some ivy using tattered lace dies. I coloured the cut pieces using Promarkers. One of the hellebore I matted onto uncoloured centura pearl and cut out. I cut the centre piece from the second and attached it to the first. Using glue gel I arranged and stuck the cut pices onto the lower part of the card.
   Finally I added the sentiment to the card.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - anything goes
   Crafty Calendar - it's all about Christmas
   V's Sweet Ideas - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Ooh La La Creations - Christmas
   Crafty Little Fairies - not a square
   Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes
   Allsorts - no designer paper
   Digi Sketch - use die cuts
   Christmas Cards All The Year Round - no patterned paper
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - use die cuts
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Creative Finger's - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes

Friday, 21 November 2014

Man's best friend




   This week the Creative Corner challenge is asking you to use your favourite layout. I don't often make cards with a lot of embellishments because they have to be posted and I try to keep that cost down, so instead I use layers and different papers.
   Here I used paper printed using the Paws For Thought CD ROM from Cupcakecrafting and matted and layered it onto blue mirri and white card. I created the spotty paper using the My Craft Studio program and matted this onto blue mirri before attaching it to the card.
   The image called Man's best friend is from a Lili of the Valley stamp and I coloured it using Promarkers. It was then cut out using a Spellbinders die and matted onto blue mirri card cut out using a Spellbinders scalloped circle die. The peel off sentiment was placed on a circle of black mirri card which was matted onto a scalloped circle of blue mirri card. Both were cut out using Spellbinders dies.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Penny Black and More - anything goes
   Dream Valley - anything goes
   The Crazy Challenge - favourite techniques (using markers)
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - 2 or more paper designs
   The Paper Shelter - a card for a child
   Fab 'n' Funky - happy birthday
   Addicted to Stamps and More - make your mark
   Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes with the twist masculine
   Scribble & Scrap - anything goes
   Sweet Stampin' - to die for

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Poinsettia



   I have boxes of narrow ribbon so I took the opportunity to use some of it on this card. I wrapped two lengths of green and one length of red ribbon round white card. This I then matted and layered onto green mirri and then white card. I stamped the image from Chocolate Baroque twice. The first image I coloured with distress ink and matted onto red mirri card. The second image I coloured using Promarkers. I cut out the poinsettia, shaped it slightly and decoupaged onto the first. After attaching to the card I added glitter to the centre of the flower and a greeting.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Dream Valley - anything goes
   Cute Card Thursday - red and green
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   Crafty Catz - Christmas is coming
   Christmas Cards All The Year Round - no patterned paper
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Crafthazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Fantasy Stampers - red alert
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Creative Moments - anything goes
   Clear It Out - anything goes

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sleepy mice



   Who could resist these little sleepy mice? Have they fallen asleep whilst waiting for Santa or are they tired out by all the Christmas preparations?
   The image is from one of Joanna Sheen's Christmas set of House Mouse stamps and I have coloured them using Promarkers. I added some Stickles around the candle flame. The sentiment was stamp using one of the stamps from Crafter's Companion sentimentals sets. I matted and layered  the finished square onto red mirri and then white card.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - preparing for Christmas
   Send a Smile 4 Kids - anything goes 4 kids
   Crafty Catz  - Christmas is coming
   Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Glitter n Sparkle - cute
   A Little Bit Crafty - clean and simple
   Gruffies & Guests - anything goes with the option of Christmas
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   House Mouse and Friends - add a little sparkle

Sunday, 16 November 2014

musical mice



   I chose a musical theme for this Christmas card. Both design papers are taken from La Pashe's Christmas wrinkles CD ROM and were matted onto black card before attaching to the card.
   The image is from Joanna Sheen's Christmas House Mouse set of stamps and I coloured it using Promarkers. It also was matted onto black card before attaching to the card.
   The sentiment is a peel off attached to black card and matted onto white. The greenery are die cut using a Tattered Lace foliage die and covered in glitter, although the glitter does not show up that well in the photograph. They are tied together with ribbon and fixed to the card using glue gel.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Crafty Little Fairies - not a square
   Eureka Stamps - four legged friends
   Crafty Catz - Christmas is coming
   Papertake Weekly - two or four legs
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Love To Create - anything goes
   The Cutie Pie - festive furry friends
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Gruffies & Guests - anything goes with the option of Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - use black cardstock
   Sweet Stamps - lovely layers
   Crafty Creations - at least 3 layers, 2DP, 1 image
   Completely Christmas - sketch
   Beccy's Place - a holiday card

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas prayer



   We are getting there - another Christmas card done. Using a stamp from Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) Christmas foliage set I stamp the ivy trail onto a square white card and then stamped it a second time on a strip of card. I coloured both using Promarkers. I cut a larger square and coloured the edges with one of the Promaker pens I had used to colour the leaves. I then matted and layered the white stamped square onto this then onto another square of white card. I cut out the leaves from the second coloured image and decoupaged them onto the square card. I added a few dots of white Liquid Pearls to form ivy berries.
   Using the same Promarker pen I coloured a strip of white ribbon and added this as a bow to the base of the ivy trail.
   The prayer is from the same set of stamps and I matted this onto card, again coloured using the Promarker pen and attached it using glue gel. Finally I cut a ivy motif using a Marianne creatables die, coloured it using the Promaker pen and attached it to the top corner of the card.

   I wish to enter this into the following challenges:
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - keep it flat
   The Crazy Challenge - your favourite technique (stamping/colouring)
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   Craft Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Love to Create - anything goes
   Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
   Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes with the twist add some ribbon
   Beccy's Place - holiday card
   Make My Monday - berries and foliage
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Keeping warm



   I thought this image from Joanna Sheen's winter collection of house Mouse stamps had a more masculine feel about it than cute snowmen.
   I stamped the image onto a square piece of white card, masked off the edges so that a white border would be formed and dusted the card with distress ink. I used Promarkers to colour the image using a lot of the blender pen to achieve the lighter pink and applied Fluffy Stuff and Sparkles to the snow on the branches.
   I cut out a larger square of white card and coloured the edges using the pink Promarker and matted and Layered the image onto this, black card and then grey card.
   I finished the card off with a happy Christmas banner.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Creative Inspirations - anything goes
   I Love Promarkers - a male Christmas
   Whoopsi Daisy - lots of layers
   House Mouse and Friends - brrrr, it's cold outside (HMFMC182)
   Eureka Stamps - 4 legged friends (the mouse)
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - keep it flat
   QKR Stampede - let's talk Christmas
   The Crazy Challenge - your favourite technique (colouring)
   Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs (both!)
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   A Little Bit Crafty - clean and simple
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Gruffies and Guests - anything goes with the option of Christmas
   Suzy Bee's Blooming - anything goes with the twist make it male
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday card
   The Pink Elephant - clean and simple
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with the twist add some blue (the background)
   Open Minded Crafting - fowl of all kinds
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - snow
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - use black cardstock somewhere

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Nativity wreath



   Here is another Christmas card. I began by using Clarity Stamp's nativity stamp in the centre of a square of white card. I then matted and layered this onto black and the green card.
   I die cut a circular ring of card and attached Tattered Lace die cut holly, foliage and pine cones to it. Varying colours of Stickles was applied to the foliage, pine cones and star. Red Liquid Pearls was used to form the berries. Finally I added a red bow and peel off sentiment.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - preparing for Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - keep it flat
   QKR Stampede - let's talk Christmas
   Crafty Calendar - it's all about Christmas
   Addicted to Stamps - bling, bling
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes with the twist add ribbon
   Make My Monday - berries and foliage
   Through the Purple Haze - use a punch or die
   Creative Moments - anything goes/celebration
   Alphabet - t is for traditional Christmas
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards

Poppies



   Today we remember the dead of the two world wars as well as those who have given their lives in other wars, so I was mindful of making this card which uses the poppy which reminds us of these events.
   I began by stamping randomly over a piece of green square card using a small stamp from Elusive Images (now Chocolate baroque) summer poppies set. I then dusted distress ink over the card, wrapped a red ribbon round it and matted and layered it onto black and then white card.
   The vertical panel is also using a stamp from the same set. I coloured it using Promarkers, dusted distress over it and matted it onto black card
   The main image is from the flora and fauna set of stamps. I coloured this using Promarkers and went over the poppies using pencils. I cut the image out leaving a narrow margin around the edge and then matted it onto black card, cutting this out and again leaving a edging. I attached it to the card using glue gel. Finally I added a bow.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Allsorts - poppies/remembrance
   Crafty Catz - ribbons and/or lace
   Imagination Crafts - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Delicious Doodles -  remembrance
   Crafting When We Can - use your markers
   Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes with the twist add some ribbon
   Fantasy Stampers - red alert
   Sweet Stampin' - poppies or red for remembrance

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Penguin Pals



   I coloured this image, Penguin Pals from Lili of the Valley, using Promarkers and added a little glitter to the snow. I matted it onto red card and then made an inside border from green peel offs. Finally I added some snow flakes die cut using Tattered Lace dies.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Lili of the Valley - merry Christmas
   Send a Smile 4 Kids - happy holiday 4 kids
   I Love Promarkers - a cute Christmas
   Squirrels World - it's snow-vember
   QKR Stampede - let's talk Christmas
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   Winter Wonderland - frosty the snowman
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes with the option of glitter
   Christmas cards All The Year Round - no patterned paper
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - animals
   Alphabet - t is for traditional Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Crafthazelnut's Christmas - keep it flat
   Ribbon Girl - Christmas card using LOTV image
   Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Cold penguins


   My elder brother's birthday is next week and as the weather is a little chilly at the moment especially coming after a warm October I thought this image from Pollyanna Pickering's snow and ice collection was appropriate.
   I attached triangles of textured paper to the corners of a piece of square white card to form a central square. In this square I glued a mixture of polar white flower soft and glitter. I added peel off to the outside edges of each triangle and card candi together with a peel off sentiment to the body of these shapes. I matted the topper onto black card cut out using a Spellbinders scalloped oval die and attached this to the flower soft centre using glue gel.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - animals
   Suzy Bee's Blooming - anything goes with the twist make it male
   Creative Moments - anything goes/celebration
   Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - creative corners
   Pile It On - feeling cool
   Animal Friends - it's cold
   The Paper Shelter - for the man in your life

Friday, 7 November 2014

A study in brown



   The challenge this week at Creative Corner is to make a Christmas card. So come and join us and get one step nearer to completing your cards.
   As this Lili of the Valley image is of a vintage looking character I thought I would just use browns on my card. I printed the background paper using the La Pashe CD ROM 'Christmas with the Wrinkles' and the added vintage photo distress ink to it. This was then matted and layered onto brown mirri card and white card.
   I coloured image called 'Festive Lantern' using Spectrum Noir pens, added distress inks to the edges and glittered it. I then matted it onto brown mirri card fixing it at a slight angle.
   The words for the sentiment were cut from brown mirri card using Tattered Lace dies and glued to gold mirri card which had been cut using a Spellbinders label 4 die. I then added glitter to the top of the letters to simulate snow before attaching it to the card.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - preparing for Christmas
   Lili of the Valley - merry Christmas
   Dream Valley - getting ready for Christmas
   Allsorts - masculine
   Stamping Sensations - Christmas
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Crafty Sentiments Designs - make it sparkle
   Ribbon Girl - Christmas card
   Bearly Mine - Christmas card
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Sparkle N Sprinkle - anything goes
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Make My Monday - vintage
   ABC Christmas - v is for very merry Christmas
   Catch the Bug - anything goes

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Happy Anniversary



   It is my step-daughter's wedding anniversary next week and I just had to use this stamp from Lili of the Valley when I found it was called 'Meant to be'.
   I matted and layered paper from Kaisercraft and core'dinations cardstock onto white card. I cut four corners from the same cardstock using a Tattered Lace victorian corner die and glue one in each corner and then glued a tiny gem in each. The sentiment was also cut using Tattered Lace dies.
   I coloured the image using Promarkers and mattted and layered it onto core'dinations cardstock and gold mirri. I then edged the design with gold peel off. After fixing it to the card I glued a card candi into each of the four corners of this mount.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Whoopsi Daisy - add a sentiment
   Inky Impressions - creative corners
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - cut it out
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes
   Suzy Bee's Bloomin' - anything goes with the twist layers
   Lacy Sunshine - include a hat
   Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
   Creative Moments - anything goes/celebration
   Penny's Paper-Crafty - creative corners

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Collecting the tree



   Another Christmas card completed! I made use of left over scraps of Papermania designer paper for this one. I matted them onto mauve mirri card and where the two papers met I wrapped ribbon round:- 1cm wide oganza ribbon and narrow satin ribbon on top. This was then matted onto white card.
   The stamped image, collecting the tree from Lili of the Valley, was coloured using Promarkers and I added glitter to the upper side of the tree. I then matted this onto mauve mirri card cut out using a Spellbinders classic scalloped circle dieand attached it to the card using thin foam pads.
   I cut varies snow flakes out of centura pearl card using Tattered lace dies. Three of them I covered in pale blue glitter and layered together. After attaching to the bottom right hand corner of the card I glued a pale blue gem stone in the centre. The other snowflakes I covered with purple glitter, layered and attached to the blue designer paper. A purple gem was glued to the centre of this.
    Finally I cut a piece of blue mirri card using a Spellbinders lacy oval die, attached a peel off sentiment to it and fixed it to the card using thicker foam pads.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Without Words - preparing for Christmas
   Lili of the Valley - merry Christmas
   Dream Valley - getting ready for Christmas
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - cut it out
   Winter Wonderland - pick and mix (snowflakes, gems, ribbon)
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Ribbon Girl - Christmas card
   Animal Friends - it's cold
   Beccy's Place - holiday cards
   Crafty Catz - anything goes

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Bird on rose



   It is a long time since I have used mulberry paper, so I thought I would dig it out again. I roughly tore the larger sheet and randomly stamped dog roses over it using one of the stamps from Chocolate Baroques 'Pretty birdcage' set. After lightly colouring the rose petals using Spectrum Noir pencils I matted it onto white card, attaching it with invisible glue dots.
   The main image is stamped from another stamp in the set  and I coloured this using Promarkers. I then cut it out and matted it onto the darker mulberry paper before fixing it to the card.
   I cut anoyher piece of white card in the shape of a tag, stamped it, coloured using Promarkers, threaded a ribbon through a hole I made and attached it to the card using foam pads. I then attached copper peel offs for the sentiment.

   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
   Penny Black and More - anything goes
   Whoopsi Daisy - add a sentiment
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   Papertake Weekly - anything goes
   Crafty Ribbons - tags and ribbon
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Glitter n Sparkle - anything but square
   Chocolate Baroque - colour palette
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
   Simon Says Stamp Monday - good ol days
   Penny's Paper-Crafty  - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Feeding the birds



   This is another Lili of the Valley image. This stamp is called 'Seeds and greetings' and again I coloured it using Promarkers and added glitter to the snowman. However, this time I added polar white Flower Soft to the falling snow. I then matted it onto metallic green card and added the mirri card wishes cut using Tattered Lace sentiment dies.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Passion For Promarkers - add some sparkle
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - sparkle
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Addicted to Stamps and More - clean and simple
   Sparkle N Sprinkle - anything goes
   Becky's Place - holiday cards
   Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with twist add a robin
   A Little Bit Crafty - clean and simple

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Snowman and friend



   Back to making Christmas cards.This image from a Lili of the Valley stamp called 'My snowman friend' was coloured using Promarkers. I then added glitter to the snowman. I used Tattered Lace Christmas sentiment dies to cut the greeting from mirri card and then applied Fluffy Stuff to the words and background to form snow. I then matted the design onto grey card.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Little Claire's Designs - Christmas
   Passion For Promarkers -  add some sparkle
   Crafty Catz - anything goes
   Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
   Addicted to Stamps and More - clean and simple
   Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
   Lacy Sunshine - include a hat
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - sparkle
   Allsorts - masculine
   Crafty Calendar - it's all about Christmas
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - cut it out
   Christmas Cards All the Year Round - no patterned paper
   ABC Christmas - V is for very merry Christmas

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Dream dancer



   I thought I'd have a little break from making Christmas cards, although I've still got a lot of those to make. The background paper was created using My Craft Studios 'A Very Important Date' CD ROM and a silhouette dancer from Dragons Lair Designs. I matted it onto white card and trimmed it with narrow peel off. The dancing figure was printed a second time, cut out and decoupaged onto the card.
   The flowers are from Wild Orchid. The butterflies are cut from iridescent paper backed onto card using a flying beauties Spellbinders die. A floral oval Spellbinders die was used to cut the base on which the peel off sentiment was attached.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Crafty Cardmakers and More - cut it out
   CD Sunday - silhouettes
   Imagination Crafts - anything goes
   Penny's Paper Crafty - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes
   Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
   Creative Moments - anything goes
   Clear It Out - use orange and orangey things

Robins


 
   Another Christmas card completed! I wrapped two rows of narrow ribbon round paper from Wild Rose Studio's A Robin's Christmas paper pack and matted it onto white card. The stamped image 'Little festive robins' from Lili of the Valley was coloured using Promarkers and the edges inked with distress ink. It was then matted onto red mirri card.
   I cut two branches from green card using a Tattered Lace lavish winter foliage die and fixed this to the top left hand corner of the card together with a bow made from the narrow ribbon. In the bottom right hand corner I attached a flower created by using Tattered Lace lavish poinsettia dies and a card candi. I sprayed it with glitter before attaching it.
   The sentiment is made from waste peel off stuck to red mirri card.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Lili of the Valley - anything goes
   Crafty Little Fairies - only 1 DP
   Passion For Promarkers - add some sparkle
   Allsorts - Christmas
   The Paper Shelter - is it too early for Christmas?
   Creative Fingers - anything goes
   Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes
   Penny's Paper Crafting - anything goes
   Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
   Scribble & Scrap - anything goes
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with the twist add a sentiment
   Creative Moments - anything goes
   Bunny Zoe's Crafts - animals
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Snowelf



   This digi image called 'Snowelf' from Make It Crafty makes me think of what my grandsons could get up to. I can just imagine one of the older boys turning one of his younger siblings into a snowball or at least attempting to! I coloured it using Staedtler biros and applied some glitter to the snowman before matting it onto gold card.
   The sentiment was stamped using a Penny Black stamp. I then embellished the card with centura pearl card snowflakes which had been cut using Tattered Lace dies. I stuck pearls in the centre of largest flakes and mini gem stones in the centre of the smallest flakes.

   I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
   Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
   The Paper Shelter - is it too early for Christmas?
   Completely Christmas - anything goes with the twist add a sentiment
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - if you want to get ahead get a hat!
   Allsorts - Christmas
   Crafty Calendar - bingo (pearls, sentiment, die cuts)
   Crafty Cardmakers - cut it out
   Brown Sugar - anything goes
   Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Extra - anything goes
   Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - snowflakes
   Lacy Sunshine - include a hat
   The Pink Elephant - anything goes