Sunday, 21 September 2014

Winter wonderland


Christine chose 'winter wonderland' for this fortnight's theme for the Christmas Card Club. I had hoped to have a card ready for this for the beginning of the day, but it didn't happen. For a start, I was poorly for a couple of days (which is why there was no blogging between Wednesday and yesterday) and then when I was, thankfully, feeling better yesterday I had a rare day out and went to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Ally Pally.

I'm glad that I waited because in the end I decided to experiment a bit more with my new Scan n Cut. I found a snowflake easel card file on Bird's Cards the other day and saved it to a USB stick thinking that I might have a go at making it some time. When I was thinking of 'winter wonderland' I remembered the snowflake template and thought now was a good time to give it a try.

I admit that a first attempt went into the bin, partly because I didn't have the blade setting high enough to cut through the card cleanly enough (scared of having the blade setting too high and cutting through the mat) and partly because I glued the wrong bit together.

In the end I succeeded in cutting the template on a piece of DCWV textured blue card and also on a patterned brown card with glittered snowflakes. This meant that I had supplies to make two cards. I found up two brown sentiment ovals, one of which I backed with some of the blue card and raised these with foam pads to make stoppers.




Many thanks to Bird's Cards for sharing this template (and lots of others) so freely.

These are also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 37
ABC Christmas: S for something festive
Incy wincy: shaped cards
Little red wagon 255: shaped card
Nutcrafters 77: anything but square
Sentimental Sundays 225: easel cards
Robyn's fetish 230: use a die cut or a punch
613 avenue create 90: anything goes
Ruby's rainbow 88: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 75
Crafting by design September: anything goes
DL.ART September: anything goes

Saturday, 20 September 2014

CHNC challenge 195: 20 minutes or less


The idea of today's CHNC challenge 195 is to make a Christmas card or other Christmas creation in 20 minutes or less, having got all supplies together first.

For this card I've used a deer image that came as part of a kit with a magazine, using the embossing folder that came with it to emboss around the image, swiping this with stazon teal blue. I also used the stazon to ink a sentiment oval to match. This took me less than 15 minutes - perfect for the challenge and for making a quick card.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 36
ABC Christmas: S for something festive
Robyn's fetish 229: use an embossing folder
The pink elephant 268: embossing
Penny's 195: embossing
Hobbybook: embossing
Wags n whiskers 138: with our furry friends
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes
Inky chicks 38: anything goes
Crafty girls 27: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Ruby's rainbow 88: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 75
Crafting by design September: anything goes
DL.ART September: anything goes

Completely Christmas challenge 30: sketch


This is my design card for Completely Christmas challenge 30, where this week it is a sketch challenge - please click the link and see how others in the team have interpreted the sketch and we would love you to join us with your entries.


I produced this card digitally, using Bugaboo Stamps red frosty papers and AKV Christmas - girl tree, adding a few other digital bits and pieces.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
ABC Christmas: S for something festive
Fussy & fancy 123: main colour red
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes
Crafty girls 27: anything goes
Ruby's rainbow 88: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 75
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 47


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 47: anything goes with spots or dots. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in our challenge.

I used Bugaboo Stamps 'frame it - one day at a time' (Bugaboo are sponsoring the challenge and kindly supplied the image), colouring digitally and matting on to a piece of decorated card (probably Hunkydory).

This is an A5 card.


This is also for:

Catered crop: good medicine - get well
Digi sketch challenge: get well soon
Addicted to stamps 87: for a man or boy
Aud sentiments 115: for the men in our life
Creative craft cottage digi creations 9: digi/man in your life
We do doobadoo 15: something masculine
PumpkinSpice 82: coffee or coffee colour
Clear it out: crazy for polka dots
Crafty girls 27: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Ruby's rainbow 88: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 75
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW 276


I'm becoming addicted all over again - having had a break from WOYWW, I went back again a couple of weeks ago ... and, of course, I'm hooked again! Thank you, everyone, who visited me and left comments last week.

If you don't know what I'm talking about (is there anyone left in crafting blogland that doesn't know?) then click on the link for WOYWW 276 and find out what it's all about ... on one condition, that you show us your workspace too!

So, here we go - to the left of where I sit - a few piles that are waiting to be sorted/used, some cards that were made and blogged yesterday (in posts under this if you wish to have a peep, but I warn you that for two of them you need your sunglasses on - lol!). By the side of the blue box there's a pile of unmounted stamps waiting to be stored and behind the half mug of coffee (drinking as I type)  is a pack of CD sleeves that have arrived this morning - just right for that size of stamp - I've already stored most, but needed additional sleeves - might show the finished job ... whenever that will be!


To the right of where I see there's my Scan n Cut and I have to confess that it hasn't been used since last Wednesday's WOYWW - and the lattice cuts are still waiting to be used - I've found some possible papers ... but still waiting for inspiration. You can see a pile of A6 cards - for ages now I've been making mainly square cards, but I have some charity sales coming up in October and some people like to buy the A6 cards because they're a bit cheaper, so I need to get on and use some of those. Do you like my pull out shelf with my box of goodies all to hand? This used to be my pen storage placed upright before I replaced it with the present storage that you can see in the photo above.


And in front of me - what the postman brought me this morning - three different packages - just like Christmas! The pack of CD sleeves to house my unmounted stamps, a metal adapter plate to use with my eBosser and some tattered lace dies and poinsetties from Hobbycraft (had a 15% off code, so it would have been rude not to have used it). Stephanie Weightman said on Create & Craft that she gives permission for her dies to be used to cut and scan with the Scan n Cut, so that's what I'm planning to do ... and then sell the dies, so watch out for some bargains once I've done that.


That's my coffee all gone, so now it's time to hit the Publish button and start to visit other blogs to see what's won the workdesk today. Hope you will join us.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Just blue


The card blank was already decorated (same on the back as well). I added some silver glitter strip, corrugated strip (Poundland) the the image stamped on to an offcut of striped paper, then matted on to pearlescent and then mirror card. The image is Penny Black 'letters and flowers'.


This is for:

Moving along with the times: it's texture time
A creative need September: textures and/or patterns
613 avenue create 89: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 27: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 36: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

More neon brightness


Warning: just like the previous card, you need sunglasses for this!

This is another one using a bright orange card blank with lots of strips of neon coloured washi tapes, with a bright pink sentiment panel.


This is for:

Cardz 4 guyz 36: no patterned paper (don't see why a male shouldn't have bright colours! - after all, they wore neon socks of these colours in the late 50s!)
Ooh-la-la 165: birthday boy
Left of center 45: No DP
My Sheri 142: birthday celebrations
Love to create 133: add some lines
That craft place: sentimental
Crafty boots: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes
DL.ART September: anything goes

Playing with washi tapes


I think there should be a warning on this one to put your sunglasses on! I recently bought quite a few reels of bright neon coloured washi tape and decided I would put some on a bright orange card blank with a snippet piece of bright pink pearlescent card from corner to corner and use a bright pick sentiment panel - I think it works quite well.


This is for:

Pixie's snippets week 142 (the pink pearlescent card from corner to corner)
Hiding in my craft room 165: super scraps Saturday
City crafter 229: diagonals
Cardz 4 guyz 36: no patterned paper (don't see why a male shouldn't have bright colours!)
Ooh-la-la 165: birthday boy
Left of center 45: No DP
My Sheri 142: birthday celebrations
Love to create 133: add some lines
That craft place: sentimental
Creative inspirations 280: anything goes

Get well


This card was made with more of the paper from the same pack as the last card (still can't think what it actually is) The middle paper was cut with my mini 8 celtic punch. The flowers are Crafty impressions and the sentiment 3D sticker is one I've had for ages that tones with these.

The card opens tent style:



This is for:

Catered crop: good medicine - get well
Digi sketch: get well soon
Papertake: punch it out
Glitter n sparkle 102: use a punch
My mums craft shop 21: dies or punches
Pile it on 37: flowers and/or feathers
Creatalicious 67: flower power
Crafting by designs: pretty in pink
613 avenue create 89: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 27: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 36: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Let's celebrate


This is a card that could be suitable for a variety of occasions - perhaps for engagement, anniversary, wedding or even birthday.

I can't remember what the papers are, but they all coordinate from the same pack and the striped paper was cut at the edge with a Martha Steward punch. The felts padded hearts etc is an Express Yourself DIY 3D sticker.


This is for:

Papertake: punch it out
Glitter n sparkle 102: use a punch
My mums craft shop 21: dies or punches
Brown sugar 111: celebrations
Eclectic ellapu: hearts
Artistic inspirations 106: anything goes/add some bling
Just inspirational: bows
In the pink 52: buttons and bows
613 avenue create 89: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 27: anything goes
Crafting from the heart 36: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Cherry pie for Crafting Musketeers September challenge


It's team B's turn to add some designs for inspiration for the Crafting Musketeers September challenge. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of other team members and join in the challenge here - just make sure you add buttons to your creation. There is a super prize to be won so make sure you have a look and get making your card with buttons.

The design team were given some delightful digital images by Helz Cuppleditch to use for our cards and I chose to use this lovely image with the mouse with the cherry pie. I coloured with spectrum noir pens and cut out with a scalloped circle nestie (using my cuttlebug), brushing very lightly with fired brick distress ink before removing the die. This was then matted on to the doily. The background paper is Kanban 'cherry on top' (so glad I remembered I had this) and the green checked is Kanban 'picnic gingham', lined by some spotted ribbon - the gingham card and spotted ribbon are much darker in real life and are a better much for the green button than they look on here. Buttons were from Tiger (I do love that store - they have different things every time I go in ... lots of temptation!).


This is also for:

Daring cardmakers: food glorious food
Allsorts 276: sugar and spice
Hanna and friends 205: from the kitchen
Seize the birthday: sweet treats
Fab n funky 228: cute as a button
Sarah Hurley 96: buttons
Addicted to stamps and more 112: make your mark
The sailing pineapple 17: use a die cut
Cuttlebug mania: anything die cut

Shades of blue for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 53


The theme for today's Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 53 is anything goes with shades of blue - please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and we would love to see your entries.

This is my design card using Bugaboo 'block sentiments - if friends were flowers' (Bugaboo Stamps are the sponsors of the challenge). I coloured with copics (I seem to have neglected these recently, so it made a change!). I matted this on to a snippet of unknown spotted blue paper that was cut with a Spellbinders marvellous squares die. This was then matted on to a ready decorated card blank - the same pattern is on the back.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 142
Hiding in my craft room 165: super scraps Saturday
My mums craft shop 21: dies or punches
One stitch at a time 219: anything goes with a die
Cut it up 53: International day of peace - use colours of a country you have visited or would like to - blue and white for Greece
Fairytale 100: country inspiration - flag colours of Greece
Digi choosday 36: monochromatic
Pile it on 37: flowers and/or feathers
Creatalicious 67: flower power
Fitztown 52: anything goes
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 95: a birthday card


It's time for Cheerful stamp pad challenge 95: a birthday card. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and please join in our challenge.

For my design card I used the Stitchy Bear 'four iron' image kindly supplied by the sponsor, colouring with spectrum noir pens, cutting around and mounting on to a piece of golf paper. All papers used were from my offcuts box, the larger argyll pattern was from Guy's Life. The silver embossed strip is a snippet of some originally created with an embossing folder run through the eBosser.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 142
Hiding in my craft room 165: super scraps Saturday
Red carpet studio 78: any given Sunday - sport
Paperminutes 338: sport
Ooh-la-la 165: birthday boy
Addicted to stamps 87: for a man or boy
Aud sentiments 115: for the men in our life
Creative craft cottage digi creations 9: digi/man in your life
My Sheri 142: birthday celebrations
Robyn's fetish 229: use an embossing folder
The paper shelter 173: embossing of any kind
The pink elephant 268: embossing
Moving along with the times: it's texture time
Crafty boots: anything goes
Fitztown 52: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Second card for mid-month inspiration for CCAYR keep it krafty


This is my first design card for mid-month inspiration for Christmas cards all year round September challenge: keep it krafty. Please click on the link to see the lovely krafty designs of the rest of the team ... and we hope you will join in our challenge with your krafty Christmas creations here.

The background paper is from Bazzill Basics 'timeless' collection. I stamped trees on to kraft paper using stamps from Clearly Besotted 'modern Christmas' collection. The sentiment is also from that collection, stamped on to a snippet of 'timeless' paper. The burlap flowers were from Poundland with gem centres added.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
One crazy stamper September: halloween or Christmas
CCEE 1437: odd day - odd number of trees/flowers/gems
Sugar creek hollow 95: word play - include a sentiment
Deep ocean 86: vintage
Chocolate, coffee & cards 73: vintage
Pile it on 37: flowers and/or feathers
Creatalicious 67: flower power
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes
DL.ART September: anything goes

Mid-month inspiration for CCAYR keep it krafty


This is my first design card for mid-month inspiration for Christmas cards all year round September challenge: keep it krafty. Please click on the link to see the lovely krafty designs of the rest of the team ... and we hope you will join in our challenge with your krafty Christmas creations here.

The lovely Anna Griffin stamp simply direct to kraft card, some cream lace wrapped around before matting on to black card and then a kraft card blank.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 276: Christmas
One crazy stamper September: halloween or Christmas
Crafty calendar September: leaves and lace
Bunny Zoe September: lace
Sugar creek hollow 95: word play - include a sentiment
Left of center 45: no DP
Deep ocean 86: vintage
The vintage challenge 87: at least 3 layers
Crafty boots: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes
Vintage stamping (Flonz craft) 24: anything goes

CHNC challenge extra for September mid-month inspiration


It seems unbelievable that we are already sharing some mid-month CHNC extra for September inspiration - how quickly the days and months go by. Please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team - and, of course, there is still plenty of time to join in this month's challenge here - anything goes as long as it's Christmas.

This is my card, using Bugaboo Stamps green frosty paperChristmas words - Noel and little penguin winter bench - a simple card designed digitally.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas at sweet stampin September: Christmas critters
Allways something creative 83: children (suitable for a child)
Crafty boots: anything goes
Fitztown 52: anything goes
My crafty creations: anything goes
Card and scrap 82: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Glory of Christmas challenge 42: under the mistletoe


It's time for challenge 42 on the Glory of Christmas and the theme for this fortnight is 'under the mistletoe'. Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team and we would love to see your entries for the challenge.

For my CAS one layer label shaped card I've used CAS-ual Fridays stamps from their Merrykiss-mas set, inking the stamps with Adirondack earthtones meadow dye ink. I bent the sentiment and added some red gems for the holly berries. The card still looked a bit too bare so I decided to add some quick stitch doodling around the edge - quite slapdash because I can't do it neatly!

Oh by gosh by golly it's time for mistletoe and holly

(As ever, difficult to get a photo of a white card)


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 36
CRAFT 276: Christmas
The sisterhood of crafters: single layer cards
Ooh-la-la 164: clean & simple
Cardz 4 guyz 35: clean and simple (think this would be OK for a man)
Delightful: simple times
Penny's 194: stitching
Oldie but a goodie: stitching (stamps are more than six months old)
Left of center 45: no DP
Frosted designs: graffiti-paint/doodling and/or handwriting
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes
Vintage stamping (Flonz craft) 24: anything goes
DL.ART September: anything goes

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 46: anything goes with blooms


For my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 46 I used a cat image from Sparkle n Sprinkle 'feline humor'. Sparkle n Sprinkle are sponsoring the challenge which is 'anything goes with blooms'. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team - and we would love you to join in.

I've used a free background garden image that I found on the internet, adding the cut out image of the cat and then adding some silk flowers from Create and Craft. I've had a few of these in lots of different colours, but haven't felt inclined to use the green ones, but they seem to be OK here.


This is also for:

Left of center 45: no DP - all created digitally
Glitter n sparkle 101: use a digi
Try it on Tuesday (Tuesday taggers): how does your garden grow?
Pattie's 99: dog or cat
Crazy challenge 179: three of a kind (the blooms)
CCEE 1437: odd day - odd number of blooms
Whoopsi Daisy: throw on the flowers
Fitztown 52: anything goes
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Completely Christmas 29


This is my design card for Completely Christmas 29 - please click on the link to see the lovely festive designs of the rest of the team and please join in our challenge.

The background to my digital make is from Free Christmas Wallpapers and the image I've used is Lacy Sunshine 'naughty/nice list' (Lacy Sunshine is sponsoring the challenge).


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Catch the bug September anything goes
CRAFT 276: Christmas
Quirky crafts 18: red red wine
Open-minded 19: roll out the red
Left of center 45: no DP - all created digitally
Digi choosday 36: monochromatic
Whimsy 75: monochromatic
Meljen's 226: laugh out loud
Glitter n sparkle 101: use a digi
Robyn's fetish 228: anything goes
Fitztown 52: anything goes
A creative romance: anything goes
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

CHNC challenge 194: silent night


Having had 'Do you hear what I hear?' for the theme for last week's Craftyhazelnut Christmas challenge, I thought we would have the opposite this week and depict 'silent night' for CHNC challenge 194 - please click on the link to read about it and join in with your entries - if you haven't yet started your Christmas cards, there's no better time than NOW!

For this card I've used a background that I found on the internet on to a piece of blue mirror card on to which I matted an old Kanban frame and toppers - a peaceful 'silent night' picture. The middle topper is slightly raised with foam pads.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Papercreators 29: early Christmas
CRAFT 276: Christmas
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes

Silent night on Christmas Eve


This week's CHNC challenge 194 is 'silent night' - depict this in any way you wish. For this card I thought I would depict a silent night on Christmas Eve.

I've used the Bugaboo Stamps snow globe - reindeer silhouette, kindly supplied by them as they are one of the challenge's sponsors. I digitally placed this on to their frosty digi papers and printed out, just colouring the base of the snow globe with a spectrum noir. This was then matted on to a white card blank with the addition of three different sized poinsettias from Hobbycraft.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 35
Papercreators 29: early Christmas
Catch the bug September anything goes
ABC Christmas: R for red poinsettias
CRAFT 276: Christmas
Left of center 45: no DP - all created digitally
Aloha Friday 32: in the sky
Crazy challenge 179: three of a kind (the poinsettias)
CCEE 1437: odd day - odd number of poinsettias
Whoopsi Daisy: throw on the flowers
Quirky crafts 18: red red wine
Open-minded 19: roll out the red
Digi choosday 36: monochromatic
Whimsy 75: monochromatic
Glitter n sparkle 101: use a digi
Artistic inspirations 108: anything goes or make it go round and round
Robyn's fetish 228: anything goes
Fitztown 52: anything goes
A creative romance: anything goes
Creative fingers 48: anything goes (with flowers)
Treasured times 24: anything goes
Card and scrap 81: everything is allowed
Let's craft and create 96: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 39: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister act 74
Crafting by design September: anything goes