Xmas 2015


I hope you enjoy reading this blog and find inspiration and ideas from what you have seen here but I would ask you to please respect my copyright and not use my pictures for publishing as your own work, or for entry into challenges.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 54 - Colours (Pink Brown and Cream)

My, how time flies!  It's time for the next challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, set today by Vix, and this time we were asked to work with colours - pink, brown and cream to be precise!

This challenge is sponsored by ONE STOP CARD CRAFTS who are offering a £10 voucher for their store as a prize.

So come on, why not have a go?

My card is one for those who have their birthdays around Christmas, so it has some of the festive imagery too (check out the cute robin!)

The card base is a 6 x 6 inch in cream, and I used a coffee coloured backing paper for my base layer.  I cut two corner decorations from some of the scrap cream card and used a holly corner punch to decorate them.  The image is a sarah kay stamp, coloured with promarkers, and that was diecut using a nestie.  The shape was then mounted onto another nestie diecut shape in pink (label one, I believe). 

Before sticking this onto the card using foam tape, I put another panel of scrap cream card across the lower half of the card to make a contrast. 

Finally, I used some pink gems to act as holly "berries" at the top, and three larger pink gems to act as an accent around the bottom right corner.

The sentiment was stamped onto the last of my scrap cream card and distressed slightly around the edges with tattered velvet distress ink (although that doesn't show particularly well in the photo).  The very last touch was a double two colour bow, taken from the ribbons that came in the Polkadoodles Christmas kit.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Blog candy opportunity

Sue Wilson at Particraft has a blog candy opportunity going  on... she will be drawing at random from her followers when she reaches 1900 - and she is up to 1873 already! 

There are five sets of A5Stamp sets for you.  A set of Tim Holtz Grunge board pieces, a fun mask to play with, a rub it scrub it pad, a large acrylic block, black archival ink pad, a couple of jars of Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder, color spray wash,  a perfect medium pad, Cosmic Shimmer spray mist, a pack of natural wood buttons, a Tim Holtz Distress Ink, decorative stick pins and an Adirondack ink pad. 

So what are you waiting for?  Get yourself over there and follow Sue's blog!  

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Autumnal birthday card

This card is a birthday card I made for a friend who was turning 50.  She is a keen gardener so I thought she'd like this picture, and chose a neat sentiment.

Having seen it, another friend said it was a bit tactless - like now she was fifty she was in the autumn of her life.  Hopefully she didn't see it that way - it wasn't intended!

The image was stamped onto plain card (the stamp is one of flower softs) and was then coloured with promarkers.  It was simply mat and layered onto a card which already had foiling around the edge.

The sentiment was printed out and mat and layered on gold card.

I would like to enter this card into the challenge at
Oldie but Goodie this week - Forever Autumn
Deep Ocean Challenge blog - Fall colours

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


The relentless production of Christmas Cards goes steadily on.

I am not very good at producing masses of the same card, so I try to ring the changes.  That's why I love stamping so much - you can change things dramatically with just a touch of colour.

This card is a monochrome one - White base, white mat (embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder, which I think is perfect for snowy winter cards) and layered onto silver grey card.

I coloured the snowmen in with grey promarkers and added some diecut snowflakes that I covered with quickie glue pen ink and then gilded with gilding flakes.

The sentiment was stamped onto the same silver grey card as the base layer.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stampendous impressions - clean and simple
Secret Crafter Saturday challenge - white plus one colour
Ooh la la creations - let it snow

Monday, 17 October 2011

Daylight lamp.

Jak Heath has some blog candy on her blog - a daylight lamp.  These are absolutely an essential  for colouring in if you want to get the shading right.  The lamp that Jak has on offer looks especially useful as it is battery operated, so you can use it where you don't have access to mains power!

A get well wish

A friend of mine has had some very bad health issues over the last couple of years, and has just had to have a very major operation.  I have made her a get well card, the design inspired by a sample I saw on the Joanna Sheen show on Create and Craft yesterday.

I have used card from my stash, and as she is a dog lover, chose a stamp that  I believe was from a freebie set given away with a magazine. (I am going to try to label my stamps so I can be more accurate, but I already have so many unknown!)

The decorative shapes are both nestabilities ( the base one is Label one, but the other oval shape I'm not sure of the name).

The swirls are a cuttlebug die, and the butterfly was stamped on acetate and highlighted with glitter.  The small bow came from the ribbons supplied with Nikky Hall's Christmas polkadoodles kit (available from Hobbycraft, and WH Smiths, as well as from the Polkadoodles website).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Polkadoodles week 41 challenge - ribbons and bows.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 54 Cute With A Dark Twist

Today's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers - Cute with a Dark twist. This one is sponsored by the wonderful Joanna Sheen and she is offering a £10 voucher, so why not head over and join in?  You never know, you may win and can indulge in some shopping at Joanna's great site - p and p is free!

I'm not usually keen on Halloween, but I have a friend whose birthday is on 31st October, so I usually send her a "witchy" card each year.   This year's card was made on black base cardstock and is using a background from Serif craft artist (it was one of their kits) which I overlaid with a paper lace strip.

The small girl dressing up was a clear stamp (origin not known, but it may have been a freebie with a magazine) and I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens.  I'm not totally happy with the outcome - I think after all that I do prefer my promarkers!!

The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped with versamark and embossed with silver, and the three small black gems came from my stash. 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Christmas bear

Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come, and I have lots more Christmas cards to make this year still.  As a result, I thought I would copy one I did last year.  Previously, this was an easel card, but this version is a straightforward 6 x 6 plain card.

I used distress inks to colour the hills, using my cut and dry foam to apply the ink.  I've forgotten which company made the bear stamp (I really need to make sure things are labelled and stored correctly) but it was coloured using the distress ink to provide shadow and promarkers for the blue bands, then topped with glossy accent.  The icy touches (and snow) were done with a quickie glue pen and some clear glamour dust.

I would like to enter this card into the Bear challenge (week 124) at Allsorts challenge

Saturday, 8 October 2011

New baby card

This is a card I recently did for a colleague whose daughter in law just presented her with a new grandson.

The card was a gatefold square card, with a raised centre flap.  I kept the colours plain and simple, using blue and white as the main theme.  The butterflies were punched (X cut punch, I believe), as was the dotted edge to the card gatefolds (EK Success edger punch).
 The inside flap was decorated with a topper made from layered nesties, and with a very old stamp (manufacturer forgotten, I'm afraid) that was languishing in my stamp drawers.  The image was coloured with promarkers.

Underneath the flap was the normal congratulatory sentiment, and a single "congratulations" was placed under the image.  Side panels were made from the same blue card as the topper and front panel butterflies.

I used peel off lettering for the baby's name.
This is a close up of the coloured image.

I am entering this card into challenges at
ABC-Challenge - anything goes 
Paper crafting Journey - punches or diecuts
Penny's paper-crafty challenge - anything goes

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 53 - Anything goes

The challenge this week from Crafty Cardmakers is "Anything Goes".  Well, what an opportunity!!!  No thinking needed ...  so I thought I would share this one.

I just got a new crackle stamp and tried it out with a walnut stain distress ink.  The pictures came from my stash and were simply mat and layered with gold mirri board.

The paper flowers were made with punches,  the lace strip was a self adhesive paper lace on a roll that was from Kars.  I really like this - it comes in a creamy colour, but if you distress it a bit with the same inkpad as the background it tones really well.

The sentiment was a piece of scrap card cut with a nestie.

Monday, 3 October 2011

How exciting!!!

 Well, I have been lucky enough to have been picked to be on the Crafty Cardmakers DT!

 I am both excited and nervous about this new responsibility, but I am looking forward to it and will definitely be doing my best.   Watch this space!!

Totally Gorjuss Challenge 100 - a sketch

Totally Gorjuss have just issued their 100th challenge, which was a sketch and I thought I would have a go at it.

Now, Sketches sometimes bamboozle me a bit, because I get obsessed about matching it exactly, but this time it seemed to go ok. The colours are a bit brighter than I usually favour - I'm so not a pink girl! - and I used paper and images given free in Making Cards magazine, along with a couple of extras from my stash.  The paper flower and gems are also from my stash.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Crafty Cardmarkers Design Team Call

Crafty Cardmakers are having a change of Design Team, and I have been pondering whether to apply.  The deadline is 2nd October, so I am really leaving it up to the last minute to enter!.  Having said that, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

It will be interesting to take on new challenges and perhaps develop my crafting if I am lucky enough to be picked.

We were asked to highlight three projects that showed off our style.  My style actually varies with my mood, but rarely (unless we are talking butterflies or flowers) includes lots of embellishments.  I'm currently into stamping and colouring, and using images from the various CDs I have bought.

I like to personalise my cards so they fit the person they are being sent to, and I do like to make cards that double up as something else.   Ideally, they also work as a gift.  So, without further ado, here are my three choices that showcase what I like to do.

My first choice is an easel card that has a box for recipe cards.  As this one was a Christmas Card, I included four specific recipes - Christmas mulled wine, Orange pastry, Traditional Mincemeat, and Mince Pies.

The Art Deco image was from a Debbie Moore CD and the recipes were from a Josceline Dimbleby book I've owned (and loved) for many years.
 My second choice is a really versatile card - you can use it for all occasions. Inspiration for it came from a very talented crafter called Marianne.

I have made one for a new baby, where the gift inside was a pair of baby socks, I have also made one for a wedding, and in that case the gift inside was a horseshoe with confetti.

This photograph is one that was a more general birthday card, and contains tealights.

The front decoration was created using some background paper from my stash.  The butterflies were stamped and embossed onto the same paper and then cut out and sprayed  with crafters companion spray and sparkle.  I made the roses using promarkered paper and punches - I love making my own flowers - and they were then glazed.

 My third choice is to show a more straightforward style of card, and is a birthday card.  The main topper was in fact the sentiment and the interest really came from the patterned background paper and the paper flowers.  There were very few fiddly bits on this card - simple matting and layering, only.  I often make cards where the sentiment you would normally expect to find inside appears on the front as a focal point.  I love my nesties for their versatility in doing this.

 Finally, the last item was a challenge - a card with the theme "New Beginnings".  I have some new baby cards I could use, but as I have just made a card for someone who has just left their job, I thought that was very appropriate too.

Nothing like changing jobs to make you feel life is starting over... so yes, New Beginnings.

I've never been part of a design team before, and honestly, have no expectations for this application - there are so many very talented crafters out there and I have no delusions about my own abilities!  But as stated before, nothing ventured - nothing gained, and you never know, I may just be picked!!  And if I am, I will do my very best.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

New Beginnings - a Leaving card

It's always hard to find a suitable subject for a mans card.  It's just so much easier for the ladies!!!

This card was an A5 landscape card, with some grey stripey paper from my stash, layered onto a gunmetal silver card. The inverted corner punch gives a great effect with the backing paper - my new favourite thing!

The base layer for the image was stamped with a fish (not sure which set this came from *blushes*) and then the image itself, which was a digital image from Just-Inklined called Man at work. The image was coloured in using Promarkers.

The card was finished off with a greeting printed off on the computer, and a "Good Luck" peeloff.