Thursday, 1 December 2011

Holiday Cheer!

Hi everyone. I've just completed a marathon 24 Christmas cards in the last 2 nights! I used Sizzix Hero Arts stamp and die cut set (657780) ' Holiday Cheer'  which was an early Christmas present from my gorgeous friend Linda. How kind is she? and so thoughtful, so thanks Linda, xxx. This set made it very easy to complete a batch of cards quickly -though I took forever as I kept gazing at my lovely papers! Anyway I've posted a picture of the completed cards here. I've also posted a seperate picture of one that I'll enter for a few challenges -so wish me luck! I used the picture that comes with the set for inspiration.

Products used:

  • Sizzix Hero Arts stamp and die cut set -Holiday cheer
  • Various papers from stash, main image is Do Crafts ,Daisy and Dandelion A5 Paper Pack
  • Images stamped in Distress Inks - Pine Needles, Broken China and Fired Brick
  • Ribbons and Bells from stash
  • Red card blank
  • Papermania shimmer dots
  • Nestabilities petite scalloped circles
  • Promarkers


Christmas cards all year round -December challenge
The Crazy Challenge
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
Sweet Stamping challenge Blog
Charisma Cardz Challenges
One stitch at a time Challenge blog
Fairytale challenge blog
Simon Says stamp challenge

Monday, 21 November 2011

Card for a child

Good evening everyone. I made this card today using the free digi download from Nutcrafters. I am entering it into their challenge -a card for a child. With that in mind I've gone all girly. The main colour is pink with lots of bling. I love getting all girly and sparkly -difficult in my house with all the boys and testosterone around! They'll all be finding bits of glitter and gems in their hair and clothes tomorrow- lol!!! Hope you like it....

Products used:

  • Dovecraft Christmas fancy paper
  • Dovecraft Rose tinted Christmas self adhesive ribbon
  • Prima flowers, coloured with promarkers
  • Nutcrafters Christmas Angel image coloured with promarkers
  • Lily of the valley - Christmas sentiments stamp
  • Ribbon fron
  • Cousin -Crystazzi crystal gems
  • Stickles in Icicle, purple and golden rod
  • Glamour dust (on wings)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Nutcrafters -A Christmas card or project for a child
Sparkles Christmas Challenge -Angels
ABC challenge -D for Dazzle
Crimbo Crackers Challenge -Make it sparkle
Creatilicious challenge -make it sparkle
Sundays with Chrissy -non traditional colours

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Embossed Penguin Card

Evening all! Its late but just had to catch up with strictly, x factor and I'm a celebrity! Hope you like this card. I made it originally for the crafty pads 'white on white' challenge but missed the deadline! whoops! I also wanted to use pink gems sketch. I found white on white quite difficult as I kept wanting to add some colour! I tried to keep it to a minimum and have mainly used embossing for texture. I've entered this as usual in to a few challenges, below.

Products used:

  • Pink Gem Stamp - Penguin
  • Papermania embossing folder - A silent night
  • Marianne design die cutting stencil -LR0126
  • Promarkers
  • Glossy accents
  • Papermania shimmer dots
  • Crystal stickles
  • Papercellar gems
  • Card, paper and peel offs from stash
Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christmas Easel Card

Continuing on the Christmas theme...I really need to get my Christmas cards done, I send so many each year and can't believe that Christmas is now only weeks off. I have created this card using the following:

  • White card blank 14.5cm x 14.5 cm
  • Red, green and pink card to matt and layer image
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy papers
  • Images stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Personal Impressions Christmas Bears, by Lindsay Mason
  • Great Impressions G350 stamp       
  • Coloured with promarkers in: Pine, Warm Grey 2, Powder blue, Apple, Cocktail Pink, Tulip yellow, Sandstone and Henna.
  • Embellishments: Dovecraft Fancy Snow self adhesive ribbons, Woodware Fluffy Stuff, Flower soft -Polar white, Glossy accents,  Cristal Glamour dust, Card designer -Laser cut snowflakes and punched snowflake using x-cut snowflake punch, Papermania shimmer dots.

I constructed the easel card and used the backing papers as a background. I stamped the Teddy Bear stamp then masked it to stamp over the village scene. Next I matted and layered the stamped and coloured images onto pink then red and green card. I used  ribbon wrapped around the matted and layered base and attached to the card. I also attached a piece of ribbon as show to the base and stamped a sentiment onto a rectangle of white card and attached this with sticky fixers to give some dimension and also so that the card will stand up as shown in the picture. I used glossy accents on to the sledge to give it some shine and paper pieced the bears hat and scarf with co-ordinating paper. I gave the impression of fur on his hat by using flower soft. I used fluffy stuff on the house roofs and the trees to look like snow, I glittered the laser cut snowflakes with glamour dust and punched a silver snowflake out of paper with my punch. All of the snowflakes have been embellished with shimmer dots. The whole card is quite glittery although it may be difficult to see in the picture! I love the colours of this card although I wasn't sure at first as they are not the usual Christmas colours. I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Saturday, 29 October 2011

LOTV challenge 118

Hi there. Have had a busy day today, Played golf this morning and still managed to find the time to  make this card. I'm going to enter it into LOTV challenge 118 and 'anything goes' at sweet stamping challenge blog. I think the image is just so cute. I bought this recently when I visited Happy Stampers north west craft fair in Port Sunlight. Hope you like it.

Products used:

  • White, red and dark green card
  • Patterned paper from stash -sorry can't remember the make!
  • Marianne design creatables LR0126
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities petite scalloped circles small
  • LOTV stamps 'Under the Mistleote and Christmas sentiments, stamped with Memento tuxedo black
  • Ribbon from
  • Mulberry paper flowers from Nutcrafters
  • Image coloured with promarkers: poppy, lipstick red, pine, grass, umber, henna, caramel, tan, tulip yellow. buttercup, primrose, pastel blue and ice grey 1. Copics: E000, E21.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Well here goes..... My first attempt.... I have entered this card into the Winter Wonderland challenge  'Clean and Simple' Christmas card. I need to get started on all those Christmas cards and haven't left myself much time. I was looking for a card to make that was quick and simple to produce. I have also entered it into the following challenges:

Little Claire monthly challenge 'Christmas'

Products used:

  • White and dark green card
  • My Minds Eye 'Snowed in' Winter papers
  • Spellbinders nestabilities - petite scalloped circles small
  • Red Gingham Designs -Cold, Crisp Kisses - tree stamp (in association with
  • Lili of the valley - Christmas sentiments -stamp set
  • Memento ink pad -tuxedo black
  • Green and sparkly ribbon from
  • Crystal Glamour Dust
  • Promarkers in soft green, tea green and pine.
I made a 14.5cm square card blank and matted and layered with dark green card and the patterned paper. Ribbons were wrapped around the card as shown in the picture and secured with double sided tape. Next I stamped the Christmas tree stamp onto white card and using my sizzix big shot and spellbinders die templates cut it out and embossed it. I then matted this onto a larger scalloped circle in dark green. I coloured the tree with promarkers and highlighted the mistletoe with glamour dust. Finally I stamped a sentiment onto white card, cut out using a small scalloped circle spellbinders template and affixed to the card. Hope you like it. x

Thursday, 27 October 2011

How exciting! My first post!!! I am hoping over the next few weeks to be able to share some of my card making designs with you and perhaps enter a challenge or two... Watch this space.....