Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Deck The Halls

It's almost time to deck the halls - and these three, little hedgies are getting an early start :o)


I was short on time in my craftroom this week, so I kept  my card very simple, and dug out these cute, little hedgies that I have had forever.
They still stamp beautifully though and need only minimal colouring.


Color Hues Color Challenge


penny black - christmas critters, coloured with copics
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle
my favourite things - snowglobe sentiments
stickled gold glitter

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Sprinkled With Joy

Hello.
Who is thinking about Christmas Baking?
I am already trawling through Pinterest in search of easy recipes, that look amazing, that I will probably never find time to make!
I did find time to make this 'baking' card though...


I adapted the stitched die for this card. It is really 3 even parts, but I cut off one 'bar' and put it back in a horizontal position, so it fitted my theme better.
The cute, little elements were stamped and die cut, and coloured with copics.


Challenge

Inspired By

I was inspired by the baking theme, and the red and blue colour combo



lawn fawn - sprinkled with joy
mft stamps - tri frame cover up die
copics



Thursday, 10 November 2022

Dancin' St Nick

Hello.
Argh! I made a card for last week's Freshly Made Sketches and then missed the deadline :-(
So, today I'm getting my entry in early.
Here is a Dancing St Nick...

This Santa is a bit fiddly to put together, but very cute and fun. (If you want to see him dancing check out my Instagram.)
He's popped up with foam tape, as are the trees, and placed on a die cut 'snowy' background.

Ooops! I've just noticed I forgot to add some glitter to the fur on his hat.


 Challenge

Freshly Made Sketches

I've replaced the shapes with my trees, Santa and sentiment.

spellbinders - dancin' st nick / holiday haul
lawn fawn stitched border
avery elle - falling snow die
mft stamps - snowglobe messages

Sunday, 6 November 2022

Let Us Sew, Let Us Sew, Let Us Sew

Hello.
My first foray into card making - back when dinosaurs roamed the earth - was with cross stitching.
So it was really nice to get back into some stitching, using this gorgeous die from Spellbinders.


I went for a cool, blue theme with some added gems for a bit of sparkle.
This is a great little project to do whilst watching TV.


Challenge

Moving Along With The Times


spellbinders - stitch fanfare
sentiment - concord and 9th - tiny trees
wow white embossing powder 

Friday, 4 November 2022

Waiting For Santa

Argh!
It's 12C in here today, but I am determined NOT to put the heating on.
I am wrapped up in thermals and a pom pom hat :o)   Who else is holding out?

I need to step up my Christmas card making, so here's another one for the pile.


I do love this cute pup and his little mouse pal, waiting for Father Christmas, but it's tricky for me to colour. Those curtains - don't look too closely - absolute nightmare!


Challenge


This is their final challenge of 2022.
Hope you all enjoy your well earned break. Thanks for a fab blog and for all
the amazing inspiration throughout the year.



colorado craft company - on the lookout
copic markers
pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle die


Saturday, 29 October 2022

It's Spooky Season

Hello.
The last few months have been really tough, but helping us through, are our 2 gorgeous grandsons, one of whom is celebrating his first Boo this season  :o)
Here are the cards I made for them.

These were simple cards to put together - just a little distress ink blending for the backgrounds and then adding the die cuts. These cute ghosts definitely look like they're ready to party!


Challenge


I was inspired by the Halloween theme, and the purple, black and white colour scheme.


mft - ghostly greetings / stitch alpha dies
distress inks - wilted violet / seedless preserves
lawn fawn - violet's abc
memory box - twiggy tree

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Have A Roar-Some Birthday

Hello.
This month the AAA Birthday Challenge would like to see your favourite technique.
My favourite is die-cutting. Simple, I know, but I would be lost without my trusty Big Shot machine.

Here's a card I made for a special birthday girl.


  • distress ink a background panel and splatter with black and white paint
  • add die-cut 'Happy Birthday' in gold glitter paper
  • add die-cut car  - I snipped off the roof to make it a convertible, piled it up with presents and swapped out the animals for a driving dinosaur :o)

Challenge

AAA Birthday

  • my favorite things - special delivery / cute caravan / babysaurus / 
  • my favorite things - happy birthday script die
  • pinkfresh studio - diagonal stitch rectangle
  • distress ink - salvaged patina
  • copic markers


Thursday, 20 October 2022

A Truckload Of Happiness

Hello.
I've always loved die-cutting, but finally being able to get my hands on some of these fabulous spellbinders sets has taken me to a whole other level. 
Here's a truckload of happiness, for the Christmas card pile.


These are so much fun to work with, and I'm even starting to get to grips with using such tiny pieces.
To create my little scene I've also used a falling snow, and a scalloped edge die.




  • spellbinders - holiday haul / sending you
  • avery elle - falling snow
  • mft - stitched scallop border

Friday, 30 September 2022

Have A Cozy Birthday

 Hello.

How do you go back to crafting when your heart is broken?
My brother died suddenly a couple of weeks ago, and I'm finding it hard to focus on anything.
Here is a card that was on my desk ready for posting.


This little, cozy room was created just from die cuts




Anything Goes Birthday with a CAS Topping

  • mft couch potato / potted plants / fundamental furnishings
  • take a seat / decor & more

Friday, 9 September 2022

Sending A Truck Load Of Happiness

Hello.
Today I'm joining a special challenge collaboration. Color Hues are celebrating their 2nd Birthday with a navy/lime combo and are being joined by their sister challenge, Seize the Birthday.


I've used this cute spellbinders set, with the truck and gift box. It's a bit fiddly sticking some of those tiny pieces together, but definitely worth it. The truck was then popped up with foam tape and the sentiment added. Simple!




Challenges

Color Hues

Navy & Lime




spellbinders die set - holiday haul / sending you
mft stax rectangle dies

Saturday, 3 September 2022

The Cutest Reindeer Of All

Hello.
Today I'm sharing some Reindeer with you.
I watched THIS cool video from Jennifer McGuire and Lila, about making cards with small die cuts, and just had to give it a go. I don't have any silhouette dies, so I struggled to find something that might work, eventually coming across this reindeer. It's a bit big, but I think I got away with it.


  • die cut lots of reindeer from snippets of design paper and white card
  • layer the reindeer with the design paper on top (I used 2 layers of card and 1 of dp)
  • stick the reindeer onto a card panel, leaving space for your sentiment (because my reindeer were so big, I ended up adding the sentiment with foam tape)
  • trim off the reindeer pieces around the edge of the panel.
  • attach panel to card base, add sentiment
I recommend watching Jennifer's video. This was just a simple version of her technique, she also shows how you can die-cut in plain colours and stamp a design on top. Plus other variations.


Challenges


  • hero arts - reindeer set
  • mini snowflake from wplus9, stamped in distress ink salvaged patina
  • various snippets of christmas dp