Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Christmas blues

This is for the sketch for Totally Gorjuss 100 - they are celebrating a centenary of challenges this week - yay!:

The oval decoupage was part of a QVC kit two or three years ago. All papers, including the text vellum that is stuck on to blue mirror card (not as bright as this irl) are from my Christmas offcuts box.

This is also for:

Paper sundaes 89: lots of layers
Crafty purple frog: lots of layers
City crafter 77: we are going 3D
Christmas stampin all year long: resist the temptation - no stamps at all
Bah! humbug 39: nativity

Friendship

Some time ago I made a small square card using a favourite paperbag studio stamp and I've never used the card so I decided to mount the front on to a card with a piece of Dream Street simply stated - straight talk paper.

This is for:

Kelley kid 10: black and white
Little Claire 13: black & white theme
Inky impressions 27: monochromatic
Dream valley 17: monochrome
Try it on Tuesday: make it minimal
Sew many challenges: anything goes
Penny's 63: anything goes
Creatalicious 26: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes

OOh la la

This week's Daring cardmakers challenge is to make a card featuring a foreign language.

Earlier this year I made three mini cards (you can see the original post here) using 7 gypsies baja 'amour' paper (the script has definitons such as dream, kiss, happiness, love etc) and Crafty Individuals pictures, together with silver embossed hearts and diamente gems.

I cut the fronts off these little cards (I came across them today when I was getting my cards ready for Saturday, so I thought I would use them), distressed them with brushed corduroy DI and mounted them on to papers from g.c.d Paris Nights collection (I do love these papers), distressing the edges and adding a different ribbon on each card.



These are also for:

Inky impressions 27: monochromatic
Dream valley 17: monochrome
The cat's pajamas 179: hype the type - type is the focal point
Crafty Ann 50: around the world
Our creative corner: card that takes its inspiration from a country other than your own
Fun with shapes and more 93: shabby/vintage (shapes: die cut hearts)
Paper-crafting journey 20: die cuts and/or punches (the hearts)
Craft your passion 78: anything goes + ribbon
Ribbon carousel 23: anything goes
Sew many challenges: anything goes
Penny's 63: anything goes
Creatalicious 26: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Crazy4challenges 107: World Cardmaking Day - anything goes - donate to charity (these will be among others sold at my sale on Saturday to raise money for Tearfund)
Lothian crafts 19: anything goes

WOYWW 122

It's a while since I've taken part in WOYWW (if you don't know what I'm talking about then click the link and go over to Julia's blog and have a nosey at everyone's workspace ... and perhaps let us have a look at yours.

Regular visitors to my blog recently will be aware that I'm having a sale on Saturday to raise money for Tearfund.

As usual, despite my good intentions, I had piles of cards that had been made, but I needed to put inserts in and bag and label them ... so boring! Well, I've persevered and I've done them all (you'll just see a little pile on the right that are not bagged because they will be stood up to show the various shapes and pop-ups.

I've also been able to get together 20 cards for St Luke's - I've been playing in their challenges and have been meaning to send them some cards, so that's another job done.



Since taking the photos a little while ago I've moved the boxes into the other room ready for Saturday and will later need to make them more presentable and label with prices etc. - that's something I can do while the TV is on in the background.

Now I have a clear space to work in and have got some sticky notes and some notebooks to cover, a commission to make and a few more cards ... and it's only Wednesday, so there's plenty of time still - lol! However, we have someone coming tomorrow to make alterations to our kitchen - installing two ovens and altering the housing where the present ones are (must be mad to have workmen in this week - one came back to finish off bits in the bathroom yesterday and mend a leaking pipe under the kitchen sink ... oh for a normal day!)

Big apologies to all WOYWWers - with the pressure of time mounting up this week there's no way that I'm going to be able to get round the blogs, even with the best will in the world. Please forgive me.

Christmas flowers

I'm supposed to be getting on with inserts/bagging cards (not many to do now, thank goodness), but I'm just having a breather while I wait for Mr Ocado to bring my groceries, so I've just got time to show two of the cards I made when we were in Eastbourne last week. I bought the Anna Griffin Christmas kit box from QVC in July thinking that I would be able to make some quick cards ready for my Tearfund sale. The quality of Anna's stuff is usually excellent, but, sadly, it's not the case with this kit - stickers wouldn't stick, the linings of the envies are put in wrongly (having to ditch those), most of the decoupaged pieces were out of alignment, so I had to take them apart and back together again ... so the hope of making quick cards didn't really happen. Nevermind, I did manage to make some and here are two of them for Scrapbook sisters challenge 55: Christmas flowers:


These are also for:

Christmas stampin all year long: resist the temptation - no stamps at all
Christmas inspirations 34: birds or flowers
Sew many challenges: anything goes
Penny's 63: anything goes
Creatalicious 26: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
Woodware USA 46: anything goes
ABC: A for anything goes
Crazy4challenges 107: World Cardmaking Day - anything goes - donate to charity (these will be among others sold at my sale on Saturday to raise money for Tearfund)
Lothian crafts 19: anything goes

In the middle of doing this, Ocado has been and I've packed away, so I must get on with more pressing matters! (but I'm going to have a coffee first - get my priorities right - lol!)