Monday, 20 November 2017

Deer oh Deer


Now did this card make you smile? These are another new MFT die I couldn't resist. I did resist buying any of the new stamps as I have so many still waiting to be used and so many older stamps I really want to use too. I created a scene using Bo Bunny Altitude papers, various dies, MFT mountains, Lawn Fawn Let it Snow and various trees.  I just added some white dots and tiny red pearls to the deer.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Enjoying the snow


Have you got your copy of the latest Making Cards magazine yet? i am delighted to have three snowman cards in there which I will share with you next month but in the meantime here is a card I made using the free papers and one of the sentiment stamps with this month's edition. These are worth the price of the magazine alone. I love these fun penguin toppers which are part of the free papers. I used a new Elizabeth craft tree die I bought at Peterborough. It is a 5 part die but some of the pieces can also be used as smaller trees as you can see.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Dies R Us Snow
As you like it favourite Christmas colour (this is a hard choice as I do love using a range of Christmas colours but having to choose just one combo I would say red and blue are my favourite. I particularly love this combination for snowmen cards.)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Guest designer


The DT at Pink Gem were asked if we would like to be guest designers a The Crafty Friends challenge where Pink Gem are sponsors. The challenge is add a sentiment. I had this card which I made for Papercrafter magazine sitting in my file waiting to blog. These penguins are so cute. I used one of the digi kits which of course are precoloured. I added some fun flock to the hats. The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas and I used a icicle and Memory Box stitched snowflake dies.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 

Well tonight is the first of three theatre trips over the next 10 days. We are going to a high school production of We Will Rock You. It is at one of the Norwich theatres and a friend's youngest daughter is in it. The three girls are are all very talented, singing dancing and acting so this should be good.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Introducing Greg


As if the alphabet and number bears weren't enough cuteness there are 16 more bears being released by Lili of the Valley on 24th November. They will be rubber, digis and precoloured so something for everyone. So let me introduce you to Greg. This image is called just a note. There are also some new sentiments and I have used one on my card. I really like the font being a mix of capitals and lower case. Coloured with Copics of course. I wanted some cloud paper and remembered I still had some of the old LOTV Nitwits up, up and away papers and they were just what I needed. I fussy cut the image, used Lawn Fawn puffy cloud dies and All Occasions bird dies.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

White and gold


White on white must be the hardest to photograph but hopefully you can see how pretty this card turned out. I was lucky enough to have a voucher for Dies to Die For as part of my Birthday present from Lynsey and I saved it until the new release from MFT, I love snowflake dies and although I have several just had to buy the layered set. They are my current favourite snowflakes so you will be seeing a lot of them. They can be layered in various ways or used alone of course. I used an embossing folder and white and white glitter card with the dies. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz die and I added just a touch of gold with tiny pearls and some star ribbon I found in Tiger. I don't know if you have Tiger where you live but they sell all kinds of things including stationery and what crafter can resist a stationery shop. You never know what you will find. I also bought some wooden heart tags which I made into Christmas decorations.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
ABC Christmas W for white 

We are out for a carvery with friends tonight so looking forward to that. This has been a quiet week for a change which has meant plenty of crafting time. Just as well as the next two weeks are full of craft fairs and theatre visits.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Baby hammock


That was a surprise wasn't it, a non Christmas card on my blog today. I like a little change and do need to keep my stock up of other cards too. This must be one of my most used baby stamps. I kept the colours neutral so it can be used for a boy or girl. Coloured of course with Copics, the papers are from The Works, such pretty colours and a bargain at £2.  I added some flowers from Wild Orchid, lace from Crafty Ribbons and coloured a wooden heart with white Wink of Stella

Challenges

Hubby has an osteopath appointment this morning so I am going into Norwich with him to finish my Christmas shopping for his presents. How is your Christmas shopping going?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Carolsingers


I have been making more Card-io cards. I could play with these all day experimenting with different scenes. I used some of my newest stamps on this one along with some from last year. The branch is an Inkylicious stamp as it is a lot bigger than the Card-io branches I have. I added a little colour behind the houses using small ink pads and a Copic pen on the lamp. I coloured the Christmas tree decorations with glitter pens for more sparkle and used silver acrylic paint on the snow. Last year I used a hill I cut from card but this year I am using the MFT drifts and hills stencil which is great as it has different shaped sides and as it is acrylic the ink can easily be wiped off.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Stamping Sensations one layer Christmas card 
The Ribbon Girl a card
Simon Says snow white

Monday, 13 November 2017

Away in a manger


I made this card for Crafts Beautiful magazine. They wanted a Christmas card for their last Christmas issue of the year so I thought this sweet image from LOTV was most appropriate. I used some lovely Kaisercraft papers. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. Dies are Memory Box star, Lawn Fawn stitched circle, Tim Holtz on the edge star and MFT snow doily.  I added some Viva white pearl dots.

Challenges
As you like it Christmas or non Christmas (Definitely Christmas, such a magical time and I love making Christmas cards the best) 
  The Ribbon Girl a card

Sunday, 12 November 2017

White cottage


Had a great time at Crafting Live, bought lots of MDF to paint and decorate, lots of staples like card blanks and tape and some other lovely things too. Best of all ordered a craft cupboard from Storage 4 Crafts to replace a dresser in my craft room. So excited to have better storage but it will take some time reorganising everything. I have been debating getting one for some time and hubby said I needed it so who am I to argue. I haven't made a white on kraft card for Christmas so far this year so here is the first one I made. I often seem to use Inkylicious and Card-io stamps together and today is another of those times. The Winter Lodge is Inkylicious and the foliage stamps are Card-io. I love using white ink and it is much quicker than heat embossing but gives a similar effect. It would be quite a job to heat emboss the circle as I stamped the foliage a few times. I added some Dovecraft 3D pearl effects in blue and coral.  

Challenges
ABC Christmas W for white
Stamping Sensations one layer Christmas card
Simon Says snow white

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Footballer


A change from Christmas today with my DT card for the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge which is buttons and/or ribbon. I used one of the precoloured digis for a change, fussy cutting him and mounting him onto a MFT wonky stitched oval.  I found the football button in my Crafty Ribbons box and remembered I had the football ribbon which I cut into banners. The football paper is from a Forever Friends pad.

Challenges

We stayed overnight in a Premier Inn at Peterborough as we are going to Crafting Live today and coming home later this afternoon. Looking forward to caching up with some crafting friends and making a few purchases.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Christmas geese


Another Card-io card today this time using the geese from one of the new sets I bought recently. I just love making these cards and they look so effective. I added some red liquid pearl drops for berries on the foliage this time. Not much more to say about this card really.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK Winter
Simon Says snow white

We are off to Springfields in Spalding today. Haven't been there for a long time so looking forward to seeing the Christmas decorations and some retail therapy.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Friend


I have another inspiration for the Facebook LOTV challenge of something beginning with B and it is another sneak peek of the cute alpha bears launching later this month. As well as the bears there will also be a rubber set of part words to use with the bears. I created this little plaque adding some tiny wooden hearts with clear Wink of Stella for sparkle and some tiny pink flowers. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Snowfall


This card is based on an idea I pinned which I think was a Card-io sample card. They used a large tree stamp but as I don't have one of those and I wanted to make the design my own I used a Inkylicious twiggy branch stamp.  I added some Card-io snowflakes and stamped the Card-io deer. The colouring around the deer was done with Copics and I heat embossed white chunky enamel embossing powder. The sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die with aqua glitter card.  I love the way this turned out and may make a few more similar ones.

Challenges
As you like it Christmas or non Christmas (Christmas for me definitely, just love making Christmas cards all year round, so many gorgeous images)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Carolsinging Mice


The new issue of Making Cards is in the shops now so I am sharing one of four cards I made for them last month. I used the Carol Singing Mice ultimate kit from Paper Creator and at just £2 for the kit a real bargain. The papers and tag are all part of the kit. I used a MFT fringed scalloped border die which is one of my latest dies and is going to be used a lot. I also used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
The Paper Shelter digital delight 

Monday, 6 November 2017

LOTV Sneak peek


I am so excited to bring you a sneak peek of the next launch from LOTV, Alpha bears. Yes a whole alphabet of bears and all as cute as these ones. They will be launched later this month, rubber, digi and precoloured. They will be useful for so many occasions. I am well into Christmas card making so I decided to combine four of them to make this card. Coloured with Copics and teamed with some older Dovecraft papers. I added a Memory Box stocking banner and some stars from Hobbycraft.

We also have a new Facebook LOTV challenge, anything beginning with B, so this is my first DT inspiration card.  I would like to enter this into the card challenge at The Ribbon Girl.
As you like it Christmas or non Christmas (I love making Christmas cards more than any other card and make them all year.)

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Crafting Live ticket winner

Karen Brown please email me your address so I can post your tickets to you. I can't find any details for you from the comment you left using Google+ so can't post them until you contact me.

Lots of love


This is another of the cards I made for Papercraft Inspirations and I must admit I was really pleased with the way this turned out. The leaves and dies are Stampin' Up and I decided to heat emboss them with white embossing powder. The papers they sent me are Kaisercraft. As you ca imagine I was delighted to have purple papers to use. I added some flowers from Hobbycraft, purple doily and some lace from Crafty Ribbons and baker's twine.  The sentiment is LOTV.

A trip out today to visit a craft fair. It is a venue I have enquired about for next year as they only do 3 a year and it is in a good location. I want to check it out for myself and also see what other people are making,

Saturday, 4 November 2017

More deer


We had a great day at the hospital yesterday, really pleased with my sales and my new gifts went down well. This is the first of two Winter cards I made for Papercraft Inspirations magazine using Stampin'Up stamps. I created a scene adding a sunset using small ink pads. The papers are Kaisercraft Letters to Santa. Dies are MFT wonky stitched rectangle, MFT stitched dome stax, Lawn Fawn forest border and IO trees.  The wooden leaves are from Hobbycraft.

Challenges

We are off to a quiz and chips night tonight. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Star of David



I am delighted to have four cards featured in this month's Papercraft Inspirations magazine. Two are Winter and two are Hanukkah. This card was one of the most challenging I have ever made. Construction isn't my strongest point but luckily there are tutorials on how to fold the card. The biggest challenge was the fact that it was so thick with papers either side of the card and the measurements and folds have to be absolutely accurate in order for the design to work.


This shows the way the card opens and the sentiment hidden inside. The papers and embellishments are Kaisercraft and I just added some flowers from Hobbycraft and typed the sentiment.

It's my day for the hospital shop today so I am hoping my new gifts will sell well.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Christmas door and a giveaway


I have been thinking of making a Christmas door like the fairy doors and when a friend suggested I should make one I decide to give it a go. Is it an Elf Door or a Santa Door? The sentiment is Scrapinec and the snowflakes are from Creative Embellishments which I coloured with white Wink of Stella. The stockings are a Memory Box die and I added a sparkly wooden tree, wooden sleigh coloured with a Copic sparkle pen and some gold pine cones. I found the pine cones last Christmas amongst the decorations and thought I could use those for my crafting. They have sat there for a year and luckily I remembered them as I wanted something to add to the ends of the decoration.

And now for a giveaway. I have 2 sets of 2 tickets for Crafting Live Peterborough to give away courtesy of Jayne at Stamposaurus. I am looking forward to going on the Saturday. If you would like 2 tickets please let me know in your comment and I will draw for them if more than 2 people want them.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Winter


Sometimes I like making a card centred around a large sentiment stamp especially when the papers are as delicious as these Bo Bunny Altitude ones, so good I bought two pads. The sentiment is a new one I bought at Thetford from Inkylicious. I used two ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and the MFT pierced banner die.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Wheeeeeeeeee!


Today's cards is another made fro Papercrafter magazine using Ella from Pink Gem. The papers are MFT, dies are  MFT stitched mountains and Frantic Stamper tall pine trees.  Coloured with Copics and a LOV sentiment along with some pearl pen dots.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Allsorts Christmas creatures 
ABC Christmas U for unlimited, V for vibrant

Last day of October, can you believe it. Time to really crack on with those Christmas cards.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christmas delivery


This has to be one of my favourite Christmas cards I have made so far this year. I love these cute LOTV reindeer and I have used my fave papers, Bo Bunny Altitude. I used DI Vintage Phot on the edges and got out my much neglected chunky embossing enamel. I love the effect it gives when heated and you may well be seeing a bit more of it. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, sentiment from LOTV. I used an old MS large snowflake punch and added some white Wink of Stella to the kraft card along with a heart button and string.  

Challenges
Allsorts Christmas creatures 
Simon Says anything goes 
ABC Christmas U for unlimited 
As you like it People or animals (I discovered with this challenge that I make far more animal cards than people and I do love these deer.)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

All dressed up


Sometimes I feel an image really needs a clean and simple style to the card.  This All Dressed Up image is from the triple rubber stamp called All Dressed Up! She has been coloured with Copics and I simply added some paper, lace from Crafty Ribbons, Sentiment from LOTV teenage girls and some black enamel dots.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
All Dressed Up anything ADU goes

It has certainly turned a lot cooler this weekend. At least we have been saving on the heating bill recently. Today we are going into Norwich for a while and may even do a bit more Christmas shopping.  Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

What a star


I am hosting this fortnight's challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I have chosen ribbon and pearls as the theme. I have used one of the new Pink Gem images, Barclay with star and coloured him with Copics. The papers are Bo Bunny Altitude, love the colours of these. I used a MFT pierced banner die and added some tiny wooden stars coloured with a violet Wink of Stella pen.

Challenges
As you like it People or animals (I thought it was people as I love colouring the hair and clothes but I have concluded that as I make far more animal cards than people my favourite must be animals. I particularly love colouring the fur on bears.) 
ABC Christmas V for vibrant 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Simon Says anything goes

Friday, 27 October 2017

Is this comfy?


I often look on Ebay for Penny Black stamps and bought this and another golf stamp which will be very useful especially for male cards. The papers are First Edition Blank Canvas. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle and MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies.

We have been to yet another concert, this time in Ipswich. We went with friends and went for a Chinese meal in the restaurant next door to the theatre where we saw a 60's show, stayed overnight in a Premier Inn and will coming home this morning after breakfast.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image

Thursday, 26 October 2017

In the forest


I bought some of the new Card-io Christmas stamps a while ago and they have been sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I often make a few cards at a time and I am sharing two with you in my post today. I really love using these stamps and the cards sell well. I kept the circle delicate for this one adding some red liquid pearls and a a little shading with a grey Copic marker.


This one is much bolder with holly and mistletoe and the sunset sky.  I used a new MDT drifts and hills stencil which gives more variety of hills rather than my homemade piece of card with postits on the back.

Challenges
ABC Christmas U for unlimited, V for vibrant 
The Ribbon Girl any image

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

More gifts


I am always looking for new gift ideas for my stall and thought I would make some of these. I was lucky to find somebody selling 24 wooden blocks in various sizes on Ebay and I won the bid. I painted these ones with Zig Woodcraft pens. The red and purple covered in one coat but the blue and green took a few coats. I was pleased with how well the stamps worked on them.


Here are the Christmas ones. Let it snow was made with white card and a Lawn Fawn die, I used Spray and Sparkle on them all and they look really effective.

I would like to enter these into the U for unlimited, V for vibrant challenge at ABC Christmas.


I made these non Christmas ones and have several more which hubby has painted with Rustoleum chalk paints in cream, pink and lilac for me. They will be for sale on my next outing to the hospital shop on November 3rd.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Ella - pretty in pink


I am delighted to have three cards featuring Pink Gem's Ella in this month's Papercrafter magazine.   This cutie is Winter Ella coloured with Copics. The papers are MFT and the lace is from Crafty Ribbons. Another LOTV Christmas grunge sentiment on here.  I used Go Kreate frilly squares 7 as a change from my favourite 10 and the snowflakes is a Marianne die.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie think pink 
ABC Christmas U for unlimited, V for vibrant 
The Ribbon Girl any image

Monday, 23 October 2017

Christmas decorations


These mice are certainly making the watering can look pretty with the holly and bunting. Well you can't beat bunting can you. 
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Merry Little Christmas
Punch - corner rounder, Woodware holly
Flowers - Hobbycraft
Die - MFT inside and out rounded square
Other - clear Wink of Stella on the snow
Sentiment - Hobbycraft

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Christmas flowers 
ABC Christmas U for unlimited 
The Ribbon Girl any image