Thursday, 23 December 2010

Fav Christmas Cards of 2010

Debby is holding a fun candy draw for anyone who posts their 5 favourite Christmas cards from 2010.
It's lovely to see everyone's little group of cards, reflecting their style of card making using different designs and stamps. 
Here are my 5 favourites...

This Meljen image makes me smile and was perfect for my 'Bah Humbug' brother.

I love the way the 'candle wax' turned out on this Cuddly Buddly image.

I went for non-traditional colours when I used this Sassy Studio girl.

It doesn't often occur to me to layer up different stamps, so I was happy with the way this card turned out - and the glitter is just gorgeous IRL.  ( Pollycraft digis )

And.. last but not least, this cute Penny Black Hedgie. This turned out to be a great design to make quite quickly and I made about a dozen cards like this in red and green.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Totally Papercrafts #47 'Time to Party'

'Tis the season to PARTY
so head on over to Totally Papercrafts and enter our last challenge of the year, where the theme is 'Time to Party' ,
chosen by the fabulous Ria.

Our sponsor this week is the Secret Crafter and one lucky winner will
get to choose 3 of their wonderful Digi Images.
(entries must be in by 8pm Jan 6th)
Please don't forget to check out the amazing cards from my teamies.

As soon as I saw the 'party' theme I knew I wanted to use this tequila girl from Bugaboo and, because a girl can't go to a christmas party without a bit of glitz, I added some fine pink glitter to her dress.

Digi Stamp - Bugaboo, JJTequila and Shoes, coloured with Copics.
Design Paper - Kaiser Craft - La Di Da.     Fine Glitter is making Memories Shimmer.     'Party' was die cut with Sizzix, Bug in a Rug Alphabet.    Streamers were cut on my Slice, 'Parties' design card.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Can you tell the odd one out??

Just a quick post today, as things are getting busy here. So far I have 5 'to do' lists and, as long as I don't LOSE a list, I will be fine.  :-)

I just wanted to share my good news with you - I am so excited -  I have been asked by Janet at PINK GEM to be a guest designer. From January 8th the Pink Gem challenges will be fortnightly.
Congrats to my other GD'ers   Sandra at Cherry Pickin's and Katie at Both Sides of the Paper.


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

All I Want For Christmas

Ta da.... drum roll please....    
this is my last Christmas card this year.... fingers crossed ;-)

I used some of the fab, digi images from Pollycraft, to create a little fireside scene - coloured with Copics and a sprinkling of extra fine glitter. I found this Art Institute glitter at the bottom of my Christmas box and can't believe I haven't used it before - it looks really beautiful IRL.
I made the sentiment on my comp and added a punched snowflake, covered with Diamond Dust. Finishing off with some little white gems. Simples!

Challenges - 
Stamp with Fun - Christmas
Bunny Zoe's  Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Digital Tuesday - Sparkling Christmas and Digi
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Card

Digi Images -  Pollycraft - Fireplace, Marley's Bauble, Mimi's Gift
DP - Memory Box, Spiceberry

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Christmas Crackers

Well, one day we were knee deep in snow and the next, it was completely gone!! Like magic :-)) Don't worry if you're missing it though - we could have it all over again at the end of the week!!!
Here's a couple of Christmas Crackers to show you - I made them using Karita's tutorial in the Christmas Magnolia Ink magazine. I have put an envelope with money inside mine, but they are a really good size for a small present - (very) roughly the main body is 7" x 2.5".

Try as I might, I can't get the ends of my top cracker to stay pushed out, but it still looks ok!

Stamp Something - Digi Day.     I have used Cuddly Buddly Digi Images.
Cuddly Buddly Crafts - The Icing's on the Card.    I added Star Dust Stickles glitter to both images and the edges of the leaves, punched the flowers from glitter card and sprinkled Diamond Dust on the snowflake.
CES Challenges - Anything BUT a Christmas Card - I know it 'Christmassy' but it's Not a card!!   ;-))
Allsorts - Last Minute Christmas
Just Cute Bears & Friends - Anything BUT a Card

Digital Images - Cuddly Buddly - these were freebies available here  but check out their shop for some more adorable images and tons of crafting goodies.      DP - My Mind's Eye, Signature Christmas.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Totally Papercrafts #46 Paper Piecing

Hello everyone... hope you are all well, and, if it's cold where you are, I hope you are keeping wrapped up warm at home. It's time for the new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts. HUGE thanks to everyone who joined in last week.
This week the challenge is being hosted by the wonderful Sarah and the theme is
Paper Piecing

Our sponsor this week is Sew Many Cards and one lucky winner will get to choose 5 digi images, so I hope you will play along. Head on over to the blog to see the fabulous work of my teamies.

Stamp - LOTV Deck the Halls, coloured with Copics, paper pieced and with some added stickles glitter.   DP - Dovecraft, Fancy Christmas. Papermania white gems.   Snowflakes punched and covered with Diamond Dust. Sentiment from Craftwork Cards. Ribbon and charm from my stash.


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Deck the Halls

Well, I thought taking pics of glittery cards was difficult - it's easy compared to trees and fairy**
No cards today folks... just a few pics of my decorations - much prettier IRL.. honest injun!!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Christmas Cash !

For some people in my family ( mainly the teenagers! ) cash is the best option at Christmas. But, if that's what they are getting, I at least want it to be in a pretty walllet. Here's my very quick and easy cash wallet....

 I used a piece of card approx 160mm x 235mm - scored along the long edge at 55mm and 95mm and with one end punched.  Fold up along the 55mm score line and stitch the sides,  a few mm's from the edge. This will make your wallet big enough for a £20 note. Then fold the top piece down and decorate.
For the band, which keeps the wallet closed, I used a piece of card 335mm x 22mm. (I had to join pieces, but the middle stamp covers this up).

Fussy & Fancy - Anything But A Card
Secret Crafter - Christmas

Design Paper - Memory Box   Fa La La Stamp - Catslife Press.   Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch. Ribbon from my stash.


Saturday, 4 December 2010

I'll just hang around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed!!

Woohoo!!! I am soooo excited!   It's time to get the Christmas decorations up. I am waiting for the tree to drop a little before I start trimming it, but I have the fibre optic tree going, my christmas presents boxes on and strings of lights all over the floor that need checking. I better put a call into the National Grid, for when I flip the switch tonight!!!  :-))

Here's a card I made for my daughter and her b/f.   I just love these cute, kissing bears.

 I found the 'charms' in the jewellery section of my local craft store - these three came together on a piece of card, complete with the ribbon. They are made by Cousin and called 'Trinkettes' and they have some for sale on the Docrafts site.

 Challenges - 
Stamp Something - Christmas Colour Combo.  I went for the traditional red and green, but also tried to give the card a more modern feel.
Secret Crafter - Christmas

Image from Digi Stamp Boutique - Eddie and Jemima Xmas Kiss, coloured with Copics. Polar White flower soft on their hats and boots and some little white gems for their buttons.
DP is Dovecraft, Fancy Christmas.


Friday, 3 December 2010

Totally Papercrafts #45 Christmas Punch !

Hello everyone... hope you are all well, and, if you have snow, I hope you are keeping wrapped up warm at home. It's time for the new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts. HUGE thanks to everyone who joined in last week.
This week the challenge is being hosted by the wonderful Heidi and the theme is

Christmas Punches

So dig out those punches and get crafting... we can't wait to see what you come up with.   Here's my project  -  a Christmas Countdown.   It was 36 days till Christmas when I made this, but now we are down to 

22 sleeps till Santa

This is a really easy card to make and you could use it for a countdown to anything... wedding day, special holiday, retirement day!! lol**
I die cut the squares and added numbers cut on my Slice machine. Then I punched holes in them, and the card and attached them with some blue cord.
The weight of the numbers makes the card want to splay out, so to stop this, I cut a strip of card, scored and folded at each end, and attached it to the insde of the card. If you also score across the centre of this strip you can fold the card flat for storage, or posting.

DP -Dovecraft, Christmas Fancy.   Martha Stewart, Lace Border Punch.    Numbers were cut on my Slice Machine.   Snowflakes are a XCut punch, covered with Diamond Dust.    Text made on my comp.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow Day

 Hello everyone... I do have a quick card to show you, but first the 'Snow Bulletin' - are you having fun in the snow yet?? I won't be venturing out anywhere today - the roads are pretty much blocked and it's starting to come down again. I feel a film day coming on!

Here's a photo taken from my back door this morning - since then we have had another few inches of snow - 
and Suzie is beginning to get lost in it.

Here's my CAS card - another quick make to add to the pile.  I would like to enter it for the following challenges..
Papertake - Sketch. (I did rotate the centre elements, so that my image would fit).
Allsorts - Monochrome
Digital Tuesday - Animals at Christmas Time.
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Digital Image - freebie from Ladybug and Friends        DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy
Pearls and ribbon from my stash.    Snowflake covered with Diamond Dust.