Saturday 29 October 2011

A busy day and a commissioned card

It was our church's minimarket this morning and these are pictures of my tables (you can get a closer look if you click on the pictures):

It's been a busy day (in fact, a busy few weeks) - we then went over to see mum for a chinese take-away. When I got home I needed to make a commissioned 90th birthday card, so I got out some decoupage and matching paper that I bought some time ago - there's also a matching lined envelope, which is a nice finishing touch - and used this with papers from Basic Grey marjolaine, a stitched ribbon, a craftime sentiment and gold numerals that have been altered with a purple copic.

I've used three different patterned papers, so this is for Critter 88 and also for Basic Grey 56: anything goes.

I used the sketch for CPS 241:

Colours are for Birthday sundaes 32: purple, green, white, black, also for Use it Tuesday 18: one or all: orange, black or purple (the unused items are the decoupage and the matching paper that I've had for ages).

This is also for:

Creative craft world: numbers and/or add a sentiment
Creative Belli 129: 1, 2, 3, 4 - 1 sentiment, 2 numbers, 3 patterned papers, 4 decoupaged flowers
Raise the bar 81: sew what -stitching
Pals paper arts 117: CAS ribbon
Lollipop crafts 54: embellish it
Paper pretties 177: embellish
Cardmakin mamas 32: cut it out - die cuts (the decoupage)

CHNC challenge 44: for someone special

It's time for a new challenge on my CHNC blog, so for Challenge 44 I'm asking for a Christmas card for someone special.

Today has always been special for me - it was my dad's birthday. Sadly, he died nearly eight years ago (actually on mum's birthday on 29 November) - so 29 October is still a special day for me, one to reflect on memories of the past and to think particularly of my mum who still misses dad.

I think a lot of us crafters tend to leave the 'special' people to last when it comes to making cards, so my challenge to you this week is to make a Christmas card for someone special, so that it doesn't get left till the last minute. You might want to try and make more than one (I'm going to try, but not sure whether I'll succeed this week).

On this special day of memories of dad, the card that I'm showing now is, of course, for my mum, so I'm linking this for Totally Gorjuss 104: I remember.

I've made a double twisted easel card (the first time I've made one). I've kept the design simple, letting the paper do most of the work - the main paper I've used is a 12 x 12 winter scene by Best Creation - you can see the whole paper here. It just goes to show that even a 12 x 12 paper with a scene can be cut and used for cardmaking.

The paper was already sparkly and glittery, but I added some stickles crystal ice on the base of the card.

Below is the back view where you can see that I used some g.c.d. snow day paper from their chill out collection - this was also used for the triangle on the front, which has the computer generated sentiment on it.
I'm also entering this for the following challenges:

Allsorts 127: Christmas easel card
Our creative corner: fancy folds
Jingle belles: not a creature was stirring
Meljen's 82: Christmas
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Fab's big Christmas October: something shiny and/or snowflakes
Ooh-la-la 91: let it snow
Crafts and me 58: winter blues
Pink gem 33: cold and frosty
Winter wonderland: CAS Christmas - minimum embellishments
Sew many challenges 72: background paper - use two different background papers
SPCC 123: colour: pool party, very vanilla, wild wasabi
Stamp, scrap & doodle: monochromatic
Party time Tuesday 39: anything goes
The paper shelter 37: anything goes
Simon says: anything goes
Lothian crafts 19: anything goes

I haven't been showing much on my blog in the last few days, partly because we have been in chaos with decorating being done (all finished now, thankfully) and partly because I've been preparing for selling at our church's minimarket today, so I'm not going to be around much either today.

Big apologies to those who so faithfully visit and leave their very welcome comments that I just haven't managed to get around the blogs this week and leave comments. I'll try to do so soon, but I do have a busy weekend coming up.

I very much value the comments that are left on my blog posts, but over the past couple of weeks I've noticed some persistent trolls or spammers or whatever they're called - I can see that it is just innocent advertising, but I could do without it. I doubt it is going to make any difference saying anything here because these people don't even bother to read the blog posts. If the problem goes on I might have to consider using comment moderation. In the meantime, if I don't have a chance to delete them (which I am trying to do as quickly as I can) please just ignore them.