Sunday, 1 September 2013

4 x 4 cards


In one of those moments when I thought I would use lots of them, I bought some small cards (envies included) thinking that I would use them to make up packs of 5 Christmas cards, but I confess that up until now I've had no enthusiasm for using them, preferring to work with a bigger surface.

However, I saw the sketch for Fat-tastic Tuesday 9: should have gnome and I thought I should use some of those cards. This is the sketch:


When I first saw the sketch I thought that I would never get all of that on to such a small surface, but, with a bit of tweaking that I hope is allowed, I managed to make five cards.

The pictures of the cats are decoupaged - I bough these years ago (another of those moments!) and thought it was about time they were used. I used scraps of silver mirror card to mount them. The bling gems were from Poundland, silver glitter border from Paper Cellar and the red and white snowflakes from Hobbycraft (no, I've never seen any red and white snowflakes either ... but I think anything is allowed when being creative!).

There are two of one cat and three of the other (didn't have five all the same):


A closer look at one of each:


Some of the silver looks a bit gold because of the flash, but the backing of the images are definitely all silver mirror.

These are also for:

Pixie's crafty snippets week 88
Let's craft and create 77: animal antics
Totally papercrafts 182: decoupage
One stitch at a time 179: make one for Christmas
ABC Christmas: Q for quick
Christmas stampin all year long 31: mini cards
Country view 7: layers
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 35: anyhing goes
Red carpet studio 52: anything else
Challenges 4 everybody 28: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 48: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

Christmas fairy with sparkle


This is my third card for today's CCAYR September challenge: Christmas fairies with a little sparkle.

I've used another internet freebie fairy picture on to which I added some polar white flower soft and some Art Institute blue angel glitter. I mounted the image on to a piece of mirror card and added the Anna Griffin sentiment. I chose the shaped card blank to pick up the colour tones of the deer. The sparkly net is a couple of snippet pieces and sparkly rhinestones from Poundland.


This is also for:

Let's craft and create 77: animal antics
Craft-Dee BowZ September: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Creative craft 17: not a square
Flutter by Wednesday 250: shaped card + fairy
Cute card Thursday 284: things with wings
Red carpet studio 52: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 35: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 48: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

Golden fairy


This is my second card for CCAYR September: Christmas fairies with a little sparkle.

I've used another internet freebie that I came across, using a quickie pen to add some Art Institute Florida orange glitter (looks more like gold than orange). I used an offcut of Graphic 45 'we wish you a merry Christmas' paper on to which I mounted a piece of gold pearlised card that had been run through my eBosser with a Embossalicious folder. The piece of sparkly holly ribbon is an offcut (only got a small piece of this left now - shame). The sentiment circle is actually gold with red lettering: with love. Everything has been mounted on to a kraft card blank.


This is also for:

Pixie's crafty snippets week 88
Let's craft and create 77: animal antics
Cute card Thursday 284: things with wings
Paper makeup 103: embossing
Natalie and Amy 12: embossing
Moxie fab world: all that glitters is gold
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 35: anyhing goes
Glitter n sparkle 48: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

First card for CCAYR 'Christmas fairy' challenge


As it's 1 September, it's time for a new challenge on Christmas Cards All Year Round and this month's challenge is 'Christmas fairies with a little sparkle'.

I've based my card on the sketch given for Fetch a sketch 57:


I used a ready shaped dotted card blank on to which I stuck a gorgeous fairy image that I found online, mounted on to a piece of lilac mirror card. I highlighted some of the snow using polar white flower soft and used stickles lavender for the fairy's wings.The gingham ribbon was from Hobbycraft and the silver metal charm and the sentiment were from stash.



This is also for:

Facebook Sunday's with Santa week 33: ribbon and charms (I'm late with this one)
Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Ooh--la-la: inspired by a song: Walking in a winter wonderland
Card mania 28: ribbon
Creative craft 17: not a square
Flutter by Wednesday 250: shaped card + fairy
Cute card Thursday 284: things with wings
Winter wonderland: how charming
It's all about the vintage and beauty 51: use metal embellishments
Daring cardmakers: heavy metal - use metal in some way
PanPastel UK 35: spots and dots
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 35: anyhing goes
Red carpet studio 52: anything else
Challenges 4 everybody 28: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 48: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

The Glory of Christmas: anything goes


It's time for a new challenge on The Glory of Christmas: anything goes. Please visit and see what the rest of the team have created and, hopefully, join in - please make sure you acquaint yourself with the rules first - there is a rule change: you can now combine with more than 4 other challenges.

I based my card on the sketch for Always playing with paper Merry Monday 72:


I created the background by inking Papermania Urban stamp 'home for Christmas (homespun)' with memento cottage ivy. This is such a large stamp (larger than the card blank, that I laid the card on to the stamp and brayered it. The flowers are from assorted packs of Holiday Elements by Little Birdie, layered on to a die cuts. Sentiment and ribbon from stash.


This is also for:

Facebook Sunday's with Santa week 34: flowers
Happy campers 21: use a stamp
Nadia 63: stamp
Card mania 28: ribbon
One stitch at a time 179: make one for Christmas
One crazy stamper September: Christmas
De creatieve zebra 1: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 35: anything goes
Red carpet studio 52: anything else
Addicted to stamps 63: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 28: anything goes
Glitter n sparkle 48: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

CHNC challenge extra for September


Can you believe that it's now September? Where is the year going to? I'm glad that I've been making Christmas cards throughout the year, but I'm very conscious that time is becoming even more precious and ticking by fast. As many of you know, I sell cards to raise money for Tearfund and will be having an 'at home' day at the beginning of October ... and that's not far away now!

I usually make some packs of cards that I sell quite cheaply - five simple cards in a pack. So I thought I would make five using the lovely 'raggedy angel - lay on star' kindly supplied by Bugaboo Stamps, the sponsor of CHNC challenge extra for September. Please click on the challenge link and join in - it's always 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas' - I'd love to see your Christmas creations there.

The card blanks are some landscape opening ones that are kraft card with a bit of a golden sheen to them. The gold foiled card with star patterns is some that I've had for longer than I can remember. The lovely sentiment was an internet freebie (I changed the colour digitally).



These are also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Fashionista 19: Christmas
Holly jolly Christmas: monochromatic
Festive Friday 16: trigger: peace
ABC Christmas: Q for quick
Cute card Thursday 284: things with wings
A creative romance: CAS style cards
Aud sentiments 88: any sentiment