Sunday 28 November 2010

Goodness a second post

Unusual for me but I've got another project to share today and this one is for a guest design spot at Gingerloft - I was a top three choice on one of their challenges a few weeks ago and as well as winning a lovely image which I've used on my card I was invited to be a GDT for their new challenge today which is Bows. The lovely ribbon I have used for my bow actually came from Tesco again. The felt snowflakes were a gift from my daughter Lynsey last year (running out Lyns hint, hint!).

Entering this for challenges at:
Allsorts - Monochrome
Craft Your Days Away - Texture
Just Us Girls - 3d holiday embellishments
Our Daily Bread Designs - Snowflakes
Mark's Finest Paper - Add a bow
Alphabet - E is for embossing
Fairy Tale - White

It's a gift

At Creative Inspirations our new challenge for the fortnight is Christmas Gifts and we'd love to see all your ideas and creations, the team have done some lovely work for your inspiration so go and check out the blog and enter your own gift.

I followed a tutorial for my gift box but I bookmarked it on my other computer which is still away for repair so I don't have the details at the moment - will add the link as soon as I find it! The great thing about this box is that you just need 1 A4 piece of cardstock to make it - I think I might be making a few more of these before the big day!

I used papers from Stampin Up and a Pollycraft Elf image, some ribbon from Tesco (!) and Stampin Up punches to punch out the sentiment.

Entering this for challenges at:
Mami Doodles - Gift item
Wags n' Whiskers - Wrap it up
MAWTT - More than one fold
Creative Card Crew - Treat boxes and goodie bags
Die Cut Dreams - Anything but a card
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas present

Friday 26 November 2010

Traditional Christmas Colours

Friday again, can't believe how fast this week has gone, and another Christmas Craft Fair tomorrow. So before I run off to finish off some stained glass snowflakes and make sure I'm all packed up and ready for the morning, I wanted to share another Christmas card - I've been selling them almost as fast as I can make them so I hope I'm going to have time to make some for my own friends and family!

This one is using a Sugar Nellie stamp designed by Mary Hall and was coloured with promarkers, the backing paper is DCWV. The border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Wishing all visitors to my blog a great weekend!

Entering this into these challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop - Red & green
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Stampin' B's - Holiday card
ABC Christmas - X is for Xmas
Freshly Brewed - Winter or Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Traditional Christmas colours
Stamps R Us - Sparkle & scallops

Thursday 25 November 2010

Big Birthday

Yesterday was my son Owen's eighteenth birthday - a day he has been waiting for since he was about 12! He didn't want a fuss - no party, no paricular presents - all he wanted was to be 18. We have had him counting down the months, the weeks, the days and even the hours and at last the day finally arrived - what a happy young man he was yesterday :o)

So here is the card that I made for him

I'd like to enter it into the challenges at:
Papertake Weekly - Cut it out
Party Time Tuesday - 1image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments (Glittered frame, chipboard arrow, brad)
Inktegrity - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Going with the flow

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Crafty Creations does Christmas


Yes today's new challenge at Crafty Creations is Christmas and we would be delighted to see all your Christmas cards and projects! Our sponsor this week is Blackleaf Studios who generously supplied the team with some of their Traditional Christmas Stamps to use on our creations, our winner will get a $10 gift certificate for the store.

I chose the Bauble design and because it was so pretty I decided to keep my card very simple so that the image really stands out. I coloured it with Promarkers and added some crystal Stickles for a bit of sparkle. I then inked the edge of  the white cardstock to add some definition and mounted it on some gorgeous patterned, glittered paper from Kars. I added a piece of ruffled ribbon and then made the sentiment tag (sentiment from Stampin Up) adding a couple of flat backed pearls to finish it off.

Entering this for the challenges at:
Incy Wincy - Blue & white
Pollycraft - Feeling blue
Scrap Creations - Blue & white or silver
Fairy Tale Designs - White
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Christmas

Monday 22 November 2010

Red & Green Christmas

The good news today is that my ring saw is now operational and I have managed to make 4 holly suncatchers this morning and am in the middle of cutting out 3 poinsettias, we will have glass for the craft fairs after all hooray!!
Anyway just taking a short break to post a card for today, this one is suitable for the challenges at:
Crafty Pad - Red & green
OSAAT - Season or event (Christmas)
Scrappy Frogs - Christmas
Whoopsie Daisy - Holiday cards
Daring Cardmakers - 3 of something (flowers)
Lollipop Crafts - Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Christmas colours
Alota Rubber Stamps - Let's celebrate Christmas

Sunday 21 November 2010

Just a quicky this morning as I really must get on with some crafts to sell, still frustrated at not being able to cut glass when I have orders to fulfill, but with two craft fairs this week I really should be getting something done! First though I wanted to share another Christmas card I've made this week. The image is a Messy Rabbit one from Joanna Sheen and has been coloured with Promarkers.

I'm entering it for these challenges:
Ellephantastic - Christmas &/or Butterfly
Totally Gorgeous - Not so traditional 
Little Paper Shop -  All about the Die Cuts
Die Cut Dreams Christmas - Anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers - Add a circle
Pals Paper Arts - Ribbon or fabric

Friday 19 November 2010

Thank crunchie it's Friday

Really, it's not been a good week here - firstly our computer has given up the ghost and we are going to have to replace it somehow :o( -  then my glass cutting ringsaw broke and after replacing the belt and diamond blade it still is making a worrying noise and I'm frightened to use it in case the new blade snaps ( they cost £65 + postage) - various minor houshold items have fallen apart and to add insult to injury I lost a filling - now left wondering what on earth is next??
I have, while waiting for the replacement parts for the ringsaw, been able to fit in some cardmaking so have one to share tonight. The papers and snowflake stamp are from Stampin Up, the image is Whiff of Joy and was coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment is from Bizzy Becs.

I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Stitching & distressing
Paperplay - Let it snow
Stampin for the weekend - Winter
Stampin B - Snowflakes
Totally Papercrafts - Snow, snowflakes
Delightful - Winter weather
Sweet stampin - Snowflakes
Really Reasonable Ribbons - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Another Christmas card

Hello everyone, it's got so late and I really meant to post this much earlier today but having to share one laptop is seriously curtailing my blogging time - on the plus side I have got quite a few new cards made in the past couple of days :o)
Here is the one I'd like to share tonight, the image I'm sure I got from In Style Stamps last Christmas (although I have had a quick look at the site & can't find this image now). The image was coloured with Promarkers to work with the lovely pink backing paper from Dovecraft, the little trees are a Cuttlebug die cut, the snowflakes are punched and the sentiment is a freebie from Scrapdictive

I'm entering this one for the challenges at:
Crafty Ann's - Christmas in non-traditional colours
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Inspired by Christmas
Shelly's Images - Anything with Christmas
Sweet Stampin - Snowflakes
No Time to Stamp - Non traditional colours

Monday 15 November 2010

Crafty Cardmakers challenge

The new challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers is to create a card and gift and I chose to make a notebook and card set which were very quickly snapped up at the craft fair I did on Saturday - note to self: make more!!

I made my little notebook as the gift, first cutting plain chipboard for covers and then cartridge paper for the inside pages, I then covered the chipboard with a neutral patterned paper and, using distress inks, sponged around the edges. I then coloured a piece of white cardstock with distress ink and stamped the script as a background then distressed the edges with my scissors. The bird, flourish and word stamps are all from PaperArtsy Hot Pick 1005 and they were stamped also with distress inks. I then bound it together with my Bind it All.
For the card I used the same patterned paper, again inked around the edges and used a Stampin up punch to give it the notebook style edge, this time I used a PaperArtsy die to cut the bird shape and then stamped the image. The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Our design team and this week's guest designer Hope Jacare  (Claire) have made some lovely cards & gifts - pop over to Crafty Cardmakers for some inspiration!

I'm entering these in the following challenges:
Gingerloft - Great outdoors
Fairy Tale - Everything goes
AiFactory - Die cuts or punches
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Digi Doodle Shop - Cards for men
Pixie Dust - Cards for men or boys
Sassy Studio - Anything goes

Sunday 14 November 2010

Let it snow man!

......   and it did here today although not so much that it was lying,  it turned to sleet and then to rain thankfully. Today's card is my DT project for Creative Inspirations where this week's theme is Anything Christmassy/Wintry - nothing more wintry than snowmen - the image comes from the Crafty Pad, one of our two sponsors this week - the other being Softpencil.

I'm entering this for the challenges at:
Crafty Calendar - Winter with optional snowflakes
Crafty Pad - Christmas sparkle
I Did It Creations - Traditional Christmas colours
2 Sisters - Christmas
Secret Crafter - Sparkle & shine
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas colours

Friday 12 November 2010

Another Christmas card from me this morning - I'm on a roll now!
This time I have used a cute image from Meljens, coloured with Promarkers and a Sakura sparkly pen and have used Nestability dies to cut & mat the image and added Stickles for a glittery border.
The snowflake is a Cuttlebug Die cut and I also added Stickles to the brad in the centre. The sentiment is from Elzybells.

Entering this one for the challenges at:
I love Promarkers - Icy colours
AiFactory - Die cuts or punches 
Freshly Brewed - 2 or more patterned papers
The Shabby Tearoom - Lavender & lace
Paper Sundaes - Let it snow

Tuesday 9 November 2010

Warm Winter Wishes

Well winter has arrived here in Scotland, there is snow on the hills around Penicuik and a real chill in the air, so I know it must be time to really get stuck into the Christmas cards - time is running out!!
Today I have used another Mo Manning image - sorry forgot to mention that the image on my last post also came from Mo's Digital Pencil, I have coloured Bella & Bronte with Promarkers and added a bit of fine glitter to her winter outfit. The snowflakes are punched and the backing paper is from Dovecraft.

Entering this for the following challenges:
Karber Weekly - Digi to include an animal
Crafty Calendar - Winter snowflakes
Paper Sundaes - Let it snow
OSAAT - Winter Wonderland
Bee Crafty - Christmas

Sunday 7 November 2010

Busy, busy

The last few days have been very busy with work and a craft fair yesterday so it's been hard to fit in some cardmaking however I had a couple of orders to fulfil so had to fit in one or two cards. My son turns 18 in a couple of weeks and many of his friends are also having their eighteenths around now - this one is for Rebecca who has been in his class since primary one! Her mum asked me to make a card for her and this is it:

Entering it in the following challenges:
Hodge Podge Shop - Fall (hope only one leaf is ok!)
Crafty Emma - Forever Autumn
Digi Doodle Shop - Fall/Autumn
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
Stamp Insanity - Punches

Thursday 4 November 2010

New Prismacolour markers can be won at Simply Create

How do you fancy winning a set of 48 Prismacolor art markers, (worth £129), the ink is formulated to give the richest color saturation with silky smooooooth coverage. The duality of the thick and skinny tips let you change it up whenever the mood strikes. They are an alcohol, dye-based ink that’s non toxic and blendable, and they'll work in conjunction with your copics or promarkers, and come in a snazzy little carry case! Pop on over to Simply Create now to find out more.

Wednesday 3 November 2010

Fables & Fairy Tales

Today I'm sharing my DT card for this week's Crafty Creations challenge - Fables & Fairy Tales. Our sponsor Meljens kindly provided a few images for us to work with and I chose Little Red Riding Hood for my card.

I combined the digi Red Riding Hood with my own digi Spring Tree available from Cardmadfairy's Creations to create a little scene - I added a naughty wolf by hand & you should be able to spot him hiding behind a tree. The image was coloured with Promarkers and Distress Inks and mounted on white card. The backing paper is Secret Garden by Papermania, sentiment is Stampin Up and the ribbon is from my stash. Hope you can join in with the challenge this week.

I'm entering this for:
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Craft your Passion - Anything goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything goes
Wee Memories - Anything goes

Monday 1 November 2010

Crafty Cardmakers do Stitching

A second post from me today - very unusual! Please scroll down to see my earlier post about my new Christmas digi stamps released today.

Our new challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers is to use stitching on your card - either real or faux stitching is acceptable.  I have gone for faux stitching on my card - getting the sewing machine out requires major disruption and unfortunately I didn't have time for that! I drew a line of zigzag stitch down the left hand side of my card with a fineliner, then on my next layer of Kars patterned paper I used a paper piercing tool to make holes all around the edge then added 'stitching' with a white sakura pen. I repeated the process down both sides of my mounted image and this time used the fineliner again to create the impression of stitches. My image is from Pollycraft and has been coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment is from Stampin Up.

I am entering this card for the following:
The Crafty Pad - Stitching
Stampavie - Christmas
Pollycraft - It's chill time
Fussy & Fancy - Winter Wonderland
Ellephantastic - Blue

Release of my new Christmas Images

Today I am releasing five new Christmas digi stamps over at my sister blog Cardmadfairy's Creations, they cost only 99p each or, as a special offer, all five for £3.50. This is just one of the sample cards I have made but if you pop on over to Cardmadfairy's Creations you will be able to see the fabulous creations made by my brand new design team!

I'm entering this in the challenges at:
Aly's Sunday Challenge - Distressed
One Stitch at a Time  - Christmas
Cowgirl's Sunday - Bling
Paper Players - Anything goes
Mark's Finest Papers - Holiday cards
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Secret Crafter - Anything that flies
Creative Belli - Flocking or flower soft