Saturday, 1 March 2014

Third card for CCAYR March challenge


This is my third design card for CCAYR March challenge, which is to make a Christmas themed step card. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team. The challenge is being sponsored by Le Crystelle. It would be lovely if you could join in with your Christmas step cards.

Once again, I've used a ready scored step card from Kanban adding card and elements from Hunkydory kits, including the decoupaged picture of The Little Gift Shop.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 218: flip or fold it
QKR stampede 77: anything but a square
Dream valley 76: vintage
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Second step card for CCAYR March challenge


This is my second design card for CCAYR March challenge, which is to make a Christmas themed step card. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team. The challenge is being sponsored by Le Crystelle. It would be lovely if you could join in with your Christmas step cards.

This was made with a 'ready to decorate' step card from Red Hot Bed. Other supplies are Kanban and Hunkydory with circle sentiments from Craftwork cards.

In real life it's easier to see the picture at the back than it is on these photos.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 218: flip or fold it
QKR stampede 77: anything but a square
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180

Christmas cards all year round March challenge: step cards


This is my first design card for CCAYR March challenge: step cards. I cheated a bit because I was running short on time, so I used a ready made Kanban step card on to which I matted some offcuts of Graphic 45 Christmas past collection 'carol of the bells' - I'm sad that these were the last pieces of this (except for a tiny bit that probably won't get used now). The picture of Santa relaxing with his tipple and mince pie is an old Kanban one and the strip across the bottom and the sentiment are Hunkydory.

Please click on the link here to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and to join in the challenge with your Christmas themed step cards. The challenge is being sponsored by Le Crystelle.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Dare to be sassy Thursdays 218: flip or fold it
QKR stampede 77: anything but a square
Card mania 41: use a sentiment
613 avenue create 60: anything goes
Card and scrap 70: hip hip hooray - everything can be celebrated
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180

Completely Christmas challenge 1: anything goes

Yay! The day has arrived -  the start of the new Completely Christmas challenge blog with challenge 1: anything goes. I was delighted with Suzy invited me to be part of the design team - I don't have to tell regular visitors to my blog how much I like Christmas crafting.

So today sees the start of Completely Christmas challenge 1: anything goes - please click on the link and see the wonderful creations of the rest of the team and visit their blogs to give them some encouragement. The challenge is being sponsored by Lacy Sunshine.

For my card I used the 'Christmas boo' image kindly supplied by Lacy Sunshine, digitally colouring the image in Microsoft Paint.The background paper is DCWV and I used some Bazzill 'perfectly pleated' stitched strip down the side. I raise the cut out image with 3D foam and added crystal ice stickles to her hat. The buttons were from Hobbycraft and the sentiment was from Craftwork cards (in real life it is silver with red script, but the photo doesn't show this to advantage).


This is also for:

Crafts galore March: using a stamp or digi stamp anywhere on your project
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Craftin desert divas 25: glitter
The stamping boutique 6: use glitter
Digi sketch: glitter it
My Sheri 128: bling it on
Pattie's 86: spots or dots
Top tip Tuesday: stitching
Crazy challenge 165: red and white
DRS 111: button up
Fun with shapes and more 155: buttons (I cut round the image by hand)
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 18: make it masculine


This is my design card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 18: make it masculine, which is being sponsored by Sparkle n Sprinkle who kindly supplied the 'only fish saying' that I've used for my design card. Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and it would be lovely if you could join in with the challenge.

I printed out the digi and filled in the fish with stickles to match the Creative Expressions 3D glittered fish stickers that I added to the card. The background was created with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder ran through the eBosser and brushed with peacock feathers distress ink, as were the edges of the image card. I used a piece of stitched ribbon to join two pieces of embossed card together, mounting everything on to a bright blue card blank.


This is also for:

Cuttlebug mania: let's feel it - dimension
Let's craft and create 89: embossing
MilkCoffee emboss it
Ruby's rainbow 73: texture
Crafts4eternity R165: texture
Kaboodle 212: use ribbon
Everybody art 267ribbon or lace
Corrosive 193: in stitches
Top tip Tuesday: stitching
Take a word: blue
Craftin desert divas 25: glitter
The stamping boutique 6: use glitter
Flat friends 18: cards 4 men
Cuttin and stampin 14-8: all boy
The sisterhood of crafters: one for the boys
Sentimental Sundays 195: make your own background paper
Crafts galore March: using a stamp or digi stamp anywhere on your project
Crafting for all seasons 71: sentiment as focus
Fan-tastic Tuesday 25: anything goes
Card and scrap 70: hip hip hooray - everything can be celebrated
Crafty catz 220: anything goes
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180

CHNC challenge 166: ribbon, twine, fibre etc


This is my card for today's CHNC challenge 166: ribbon, twine, fibre etc. I hope you will click on the link and see the lovely card that my guest has made and please dig out that ribbon, twine etc and join in. Can you believe it's already March now ... two months of the year gone!

For my card I followed the sketch given for Sketch n stash 133 - I certainly used up some old stash, particularly the fibres which I have had for years - I have two boxes of them and they hardly ever get used nowadays.


I used 8715 Merry Christmas that was kindly supplied by one of the sponsors of my challenge, QKR Stampede, colouring with spectrum noir pens, tearing round the edges and colouring with one of the pens.
The white background was embssed using an Embossalicious folder with my eBosser. on to which I matted a piece of Hunkydory card with white spots and gold foiling. I added a few punched snowflakes using snippets of gold mirror card and, of course, added the three strands of fibres around the edge.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Divas by design: make it sparkle
My Sheri 128: bling it on
Totally papercrafts 208: make it shine
Crimbo crackers 59: blue and white
Dgistamps4Joy 86: use dies or punches
Sparkles Christmas 38: more than 3 embellishments - three strands of fibres and more than 3 punched snowflakes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 25: anything goes
DL.ART March
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Inky linky 46
Make it Monday 180

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March challenge


This is my first card for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper March challenge, using some of the paper similar to that given as a prize for the January challenge, with the addition of some DCWV stitched ribbon, a 3D sticker from Poundland and a Craftwork cards sentiment die cut.

If you haven't come across my Patterned Paper challenge yet, please click on the link and have a look and join in - I'm sure that most of you, like me, have stacks of patterned paper just waiting to be used (some of mine has been waiting years to be used).

And there will be a prize of 2 paper pads for the randomly chosen winner - so please go and have a look.


This is also for:

Totally gorjuss 225: happy birthday
Incy wincy: birthdays
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Sunflowerfield designs March: birthdays and/or flowers
Kaboodle 212: use ribbon
Everybody art 267: ribbon or lace
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Make it Monday 180

CHNC challenge extra for March


Today is 1 March and that means that two months of this year have gone already. There are lots of 'crafty' crafters who are getting ahead with their Christmas cards to ease the panic that tends to happen towards the end of the year. There were lots of entries for last month's challenge and I hope that many will join in with CHNC challenge extra for March, where 'anything goes' as long as it's Christmas. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous crafting of the rest of the team, including my guest for the month. If you've never joined in before, don't be shy ... please come and join us and have the reward of starting to build up a stock of Christmas cards ahead of time.

The challenges on CHNC challenge extra blog are always sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps - the randomly chosen prize winner gets to choose $21 worth of digital images. Bugaboo kindly supplied images for the team to use and for my card I've used 'AKV Nativity Mary Joseph' which I coloured digitally using Microsoft Paint. I mounted the image on to a piece of gold mirror card and then on to some Christmas script paper that I've had for ages that originally came with a magazine. This was then mounted on to gold mirror before matting on to the dark brown card blank. The card was finished off with the glitter ribbon and the sentiment square.

I based the card on the sketch given for Digi sketch 'glitter it' challenge:



This is also for:

Catch the bug March: anything goes (with this wonderful Bugaboo stamp)
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Christmas card challenges 13: anything goes
Fab n funky 205: Christmas
Craftin desert divas 25: glitter
The stamping boutique 6: use glitter
Eclectic ellapu: sparkle
Divas by design: make it sparkle
The squirrel and the fox 64: something spooled
Kaboodle 212: use ribbon
Everybody art 267: ribbon or lace
Card mania 41: use a sentiment
Crafts galore March: using a stamp or digi stamp anywhere on your project
613 avenue create 60: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 25: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 161: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 184: anything goes
Card and scrap 70: hip hip hooray - everything can be celebrated
Crafty catz 220: anything goes
Sister Act 46: anything goes
Inky linky 46
Make it Monday 180