Friday 30 December 2011

a Hanukkah card

I don't usually make Hanukkah cards but one of the clients I work with has a jewish friend and he was taking her out for a meal and I agreed to make a card without really thinking about what I needed as I've never made one before so did a little research online and decided to go with the candles that they light during Hanukkah, I also added a traditional greeting inside.  Although it is quite a C&S card I think it is effective and I hope she liked it.  I used the Straight From The Nest Cricut cartridge for hte candles and then just peelof lettering.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
SCSC #166 ~ Anything Goes
One Stop Craft Challenge #163 ~ Winter Wishes
Paper Sundaes #100 ~ Celebrate
Creative Card Crew ~ Christmas Lights (I hope Hanukkah lights count)

Thursday 29 December 2011

TGF Heart Journal ~ week 23 ~ Letter to Myself ~ Final week

Well here we are its the last page of TGF heArt Journal can't believe it all started just 23 weeks ago and what a journey I have had and it has been great especially when Ria has been able to join me.  This weeks theme is 'Letter to Myself' so I decided to look at what had happend thru 2011 and then look at my plans and goals for 2012, I used some little envelopes which I unstuck and wrote inside then I did them up with some ribbon, all the lettering was done with my Cricut and the background paper is Bo Bunny.  I might challenge myself to do another journal which documents each week of the coming year using pics and any new crafting techniques I pick up along the way!

Thank you for joining me on my journey I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss #111 ~ For Someone Special
Allsorts #134 ~ Blue & Brown
Creative Inspirations #143 ~ Anything Goes

Thursday 22 December 2011

Still making Christimas cards! lol

Yep here is another Christmas card, this time I have used freebie papers from Scrapbook Magazine from quite some time ago!  The image is from Charmed Cards and Crafts Charming Christmas digi collection and finished off with some epoxy resin corners and snowflakes.  Quick, fun and bright I think.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #113 ~ Santas Hat
2 Sisters #70 ~ Kids Christmas
Sunday Sketch & Stamp #86 ~ I remembered to stamp this time!lol 

TGF Heart Journal ~ week 22 ~ Music of the heart

Gosh can you believe there is only one more week to go with the TGF heART Journal, what a journey it has been, one I have enjoyed and at times struggled with but now that it is nearing the end I think I will actually miss it!  Anyway this weeks theme was 'music of the heart' well I listen to a very wide range of music and it really depends on how I am feeling at any given time as to what I will listen to so I wanted a way of adding all the different artists and bands on and this is what I came up with.  

I was making a christmas card and needed some music paper, remembered a very old magazine (1934) that I picked up in a charity shop for 20p after making the card I decided to use some of the paper as my background then I noticed the book title was 'Popular Music' so just had to use that and it was edited by someone called Jack Payne so I cut out the edited by JAC part! Made the popular music title into a pocket and added 2 tags that I have used to write the names of the artists/bands that I mainly listen to at the moment. I just knew that old magazine would come in handy one day! lol
As always thanks for stopping by on this incredible journey, only one more week to go :(

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Still making Christimas cards!

Yep still making Christmas cards only a few more left now I think! lol This card uses an image from the Joanna Sheen Victorian Christmas CD which I have mounted onto some shiny red cs, the tartan paper is a digi from Raspberry Road Designs andthe music paper is from an old book (which inspired me for my heART journal page this week which isnt quite finished!) added some peel off corners a peeloff sentiment and a felt poinsettia.  I actually used the sketch over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp then realised it doesnt qualify as its not stamped! doh!lol might try and do another card using the sketch if I get time.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge #98 ~ Christmas
Creative Inspirations #143 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #66 ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Crafty Sentiments ~ Bookmarks

Ooops it seems I am somewhat late with my post today, I thought I'd sheduled but it seems to have gone amiss somewhere out there in the ether!  Never mind better late than never!lol  This week over at Crafty Sentiments we would love to see your bookmarks.  For my bookmark I have used the image of Primrose 'A Good Book' which is available at the Crafty Sentiments Design Store, I have coloured her using copics and she is mounted on some cs printed with digi paper from Raspberry Road Designs and I have used an oval nestie to get the top shape, using the out of the box technique.  Ria has already claimed the bookmark! lol mind you she is an avid reader.
Now don't forget to check out the fabulous work by the other DT members and as it is now so close to Christmas we will be taking a short break but will be back with another new challenge and new images on Tuesday 3 January so you get 2 weeks to join in with this challenge.

Oh and almost forgot, there is still a sale on at Crafty Sentiments Designs until 24 December so go and make the most of it.

I would like to enter this bookmark into the following challenges:
OSAAT #93 ~ Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday ~ Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by. xx

Saturday 17 December 2011

Christmas Sparkle

I really enjoyed making this card but did get covered in glitter in the process! lol  Just plenty of white cs some of which is embossed with swiss dots, borders punched with Tonic Studios punches, then the punch outs glittered with glamour dust, corners cut with Cricut and the  image is from Charming Christmas available at Charmed Cards & Crafts to which I have added only a tiny amount of colour and then added the glamour dust finished off with some white organza ribbon and a snowflake brad.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sundays #142 ~ Christmas glitz
PaperTake Weekly # ~ I'm dreaming of  a white Christmas
Crafty Creations #148 ~ Embossing & Glitter
Creative Inspirations #142 ~ Whitewashed
Fussy and Fancy #52 ~ Monochromatic & Sparkle
One Stop Craft Challenge #162 ~ Christmas Sparkle
Sweet Stampin' ~ Sparkle & bling

Friday 16 December 2011

Holly Pixie

Just a quick and simple card for today.  I used a pre coloured Holly pixie from the Pixies 1 collection available at Charmed Cards & Crafts to which I added some skaura stardust and glamour dust.  The upturned flower pot that she is sitting on it cut from a Cricut cartridge and then I inked it to give it a bit of a used look.  The pixie is mounted on foam pads for extra depth and the background paper is Bo Bunny.  Like I said a simple card but I really like how it turned out.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' ~ Something with wings
Crafts and Me #65 ~ Christmas

Crafty Sentiments is sponsoring Chocolates, Coffee and Cards Challenges

Did you know there is a new challenge blog on the block?  Well there is and its called 'Chocolates, Coffee and Cards Challenges'  They run fortnightly challenges and this week see Challenge No 2 ~ Tags.  Crafty Sentiments Designs is very proud to sponsor 'Chocolates, Coffee and Cards Challenges'  for this challenge and the DT were asked to join in the fun and provide you with some inspiration which of course we were very pleased to do.  So without further ado here is my card for their Tag challenge.  I have used the cute image tht was a freebie over on the challenge blog a couple of weeks ago and after colouring with copics I added a golden tag brad.  Paper is a digi from Raspberry Road Designs and I stayed with the traditional colours for christmas throughout

Well I hope you will join in the fun over at 'Chocolates, Coffee and Cards Challenges' .

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:
SCSC #164 ~ All creatures great and small
One Stop Craft Challenges #161 ~ Traditional colours of Christmas
2 Sisters #69  ~ Christmas
Paper Sundaes #99 ~ Anything Christmas
OSAAT #92 ~Use a digi

Thursday 15 December 2011

TGF Heart Journal ~ week 21 ~ I 'heart'

So this weeks prompt for the TGF journal was I 'heart' and  I decided not to go with how much I love my family etc as for me that is a given so instead I took a snap shot of some of the things I 'heart' at this moment in time and that is how my page was born this week.  I used a sentiments from Sentimental Sundays which I gave a glow in PSE5, then I cut several hearts using my Cricut out of some scraps of cs which I then wrote on and finally filled up the gaps with various peeloffs! Simple but fun to do and it will be interesting in years to come to see how my passions may have changed! lol

Thanks for joining us on our Journal journey, sadly it's nearly over :(

Wednesday 14 December 2011

The last of Ria's presents made!

Ok this is the last of Ria's makes, she should now be able to post anything she makes onto her blog in future as she makes things instead of hijacking mine! lol  This time she used the blank covers from a Papermania chipboard album and covered it with some blue digi paper that I had stored on my pc from a long time ago! Then she went a bit mad with the Cricut! This is an album for her friend who has rather a cute bunny and Ria knows she has plenty of pics of him so thought this would be the perfect place for them, I suspect Lydia will agree! lol  A simple little book but effective.

Ria would like to enter this into the following challenges:
SCSC #164 ~ All creatures great and small
Allsorts #133 ~ It takes 2 (2 colours)
Crafty Cardmakers #58 ~ Use it 3 times

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Crafty Sentiments - Purple & Green

Now before I get onto this weeks challenge for Crafty Sentiments, I must remind you about the SALE that is going on right now over at CRAFTY SENTIMENTS DESIGNS, dont miss out!

Right this week the challenge at Crafty Sentiments has been set by the lovely Jan and she would like us all to use PURPLE & GREEN I love this colour combo!  For my card I have used some old Papermania papers and coloured cs.  My image is the cute Let It Snow digi stamp which is available at Crafty Sentiments Designs, I used my copics and then went mad with my pots of glitter!  The sentiment has been stamped using purple ink and cut out using a Crafty Cutters Vintage Die Lable also available at Crafty Sentiments Designs and the ribbon came free with a magazine this month.

Dont for get to check out the rest of the wonderful creations made by the amazing DT and then why not come and join us for this fun colour challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me #64 ~ Winter (snow/snowflakes)
Creative Inspirations #141 ~ Snow much fun
Stampin' for the weekend #22 ~ Christmas
Totally Gorjuss #110 ~ Let It Snow

Monday 12 December 2011

Some more of Ria's makes

Ria has been making bookmarks for some more of her friends (she also made a matching bag charm to go with the blue flower bookmark but wrapped it before I had chance to take a pic! lol)  These are really pretty irl and not sure that the pics do them justice the are not easy to get good pics of.

It takes her a little while to plan her presents because she likes to think about what each friend likes but her final pieces are always beautiful (and yes I know I'm biased but they really are! lol)

We would like to enter these into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #112 ~ Anything Goes
Cupcake Crafts #172 ~ Dont look at the light!

Saturday 10 December 2011

More of Ria's projects

Ria has been busy recently with revising and exams but has squeezed in some gift making too.  Here I am showcasing 2 wall plaques one is quite steampunkish and the other is a cute girly one but they are a variation on a theme.  The images are Tickled Pink and TGF, papers are DCWV Natural stack (steampunk one) to which she has added some stamped images too, First Edition Papers Hideaway for the cute girly one.

We would like to enter these into the following challenges:
Crazy challenge #96 ~ Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts #96  ~ Anything But Christmas
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday 8 December 2011

Heavy Work ...

... thats the name of this cute image from the Santa's Little Helpers collection from Charmed Cards and Crafts.  I have used a precoloured digi stamp as I just loved the colours and had just the right papers to match it (from Raspberry Road Designs).  I love it when a card comes together that well!  It doesnt happen to me very often! lol  Just added some pearls and ribbon from my stash and job done!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
OSAAT #91 ~ Be Square
Creative Card Crew ~ Tis the season

TGF Heart Journal ~ week 20 ~ I have a dream

Another page I struggled with this week, I really could not get anything to come together until I remembered some printed vellum I bought ages ago just because I liked it!  Didnt know what I was going to do with it but there you go! lol  Anyway I thought it might just work for me this week.  I cut various sentiments using the Cricut and then fixed them to the reverse side of the vellum for a more muted look, then attached my 'dream Big' to the front and got carried away with my wc pencils and colouring in the flowers on the vellum!  I must say that I am pleased with the end result.  Only 3 more weeks of the Journal to go now too.

The sentiments for this are Live well, Laugh often and Love but it was really hard to get decent pics.  As always thanks for joining us on our Journal Journey. xx

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Another one done!

Yes another Christmas card for the pile.  This time I have used some Bo Bunny papers  I won last year, I love the vintage feel to these.  The sentiment is cut with the Cricut from some gold card the same as the card base.  It is quite sparkly irl but doesnt show in the picture! ribbon is from my stash.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
2 Sisters #68 ~ Punches/dies ~ holly is a quickcutz die
Our Creative Corner ~ Haul out the Holly & Decorate (Sketch)
Paper Sundaes # 98 ~Sundae Bar ~ I used red & die cuts
MTTC #168 ~ Vintage Christmas
Tuesday Throwdown #77 ~ Celebrate the Season
Crafty Creations #147 ~ Card with a sentiment

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Non Christmas!

Ok in the flurry of card making I have managed to find a little time to make a revision book for Ria, I made some a while ago but she has now decided she would like one more (for the moment anyway!)  So here it is.  Cute TGF image, coloured with copics, paper is Raspberry Road Designs Butterfly Dreams and the sign, flowers and leaves are Cricut.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge #96 ~ Anything Goes
PaperTake Weekly ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments ~ Snowflakes

This week over at Crafty Sentiments Shell is our host with a fab theme of 'snowflakes' so lets see all your snowflakes.  My card this week is very sparkly and was very hard to get a decent pic off but I tried!  I have used the wonderful stamp 'Gone Sledging' available at Crafty Sentiments Designs and I have coloured the image usng my copics and added a tiny bit of glamour dust to the coat and boots.  My background is a piece of black holographic card, then I have used some silver holographic card for the icicles (Marianne Creatables die) and for the snowflakes (Cricut Doodlecharms)I have cut the plain black card using a Crafty Cutters die (Crafty Sentiments Designs Vintage Lable) and then I found some fibres that you iron to melt them together I think they are called Angel Hair but I'm not sure.  So this card really does sparkle in the light!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the amazing DT have done this week and we also have a new GDT member too.  We hope you will find the time to join us for our challenge as we love coming to visit you to see your wonderful creations.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge #160 ~ Let It Snow
Stamp Scrap & Doodle ~ Holiday Card

Monday 5 December 2011

3 for 1

Well I was thinking about away of speeding up my christmas card making and thought I always try and make each card different but as I still need to do quite a few I thought I ought to make some duplicates so that is how these cards came about.  I bought the tall card blanks quite a while ago and really dont seem to use them very often so I decided that Toy Soldier George from the Bumper Digital Christmas Collection from Charmed Cards and Crafts would be the ideal image and what was even quicker was that these images come pre coloured (bonus! lol)  the papers are by Raspberry Road Designs and I have had them for ages and love them for Christmas cards then it was just a case of adding some presents and labels (cut with Cricut) and hey presto.  Now I shall be going through all my images and seeing about some more quick cards!  Sorry about the poor quality of the pic couldnt quite get the lighting right today.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown #76 ~ Masculine Holiday card
Totally Gorjuss #109  ~ Sketch
Crazy Challenge #96 ~ Anything Goes

Sunday 4 December 2011

Another one done!

Yep another Christmas card made and yes I used the Cricut (the JOY banner), papers are all MME (glittered) and a little piece of embossed cs.  The image is a digi stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs and I added some little red gems to his holly and used clear stardust on his scarf and hat band which doesn't really show in the pic then finished off with some flat backed pearls.  I'm a little undecided with this one, one glance I like it the next I dont and then back again! (theres no pleasing some people!lol) 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch N Stash  #75 ~ All old stash but new Cricut! lol
Totally Papercrafts #95 ~ Let It Snow
Crazy 4 Challenges #116 ~ Christmas Movie ~ The Snowman

Saturday 3 December 2011

Christmas is coming ....

.... and I need to get more cards made! lol  Todays card believe it or not uses the Cricut! lol I have used it for the phrase, the holly leaves and the slotted diamonds which I have then threaded onto some gold ribbon.  Papers are all MME and then added some gems for berries.  Seems strange not having a stamped image!  I have used the sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp and just realised that I haven't stamped! doh! lol  Still I like the sketch!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy #51 ~ Photo inspiration
Crafty Catz #111 ~ Colours of Christmas and sparkle

One of Ria's projects

Ria is making her gifts for friends at school this year but she can't put them on her blog incase the friends happen to stop by!  So she is sharing my blog for the time being to showcase her staff! lol  She has used a Papermania Bare Basics board book cover to make an album for a friend who is in to her photography.  Papermania paper for the background, a TGF digi image Audrey who she has coloured with copics and done a little paperpiecing too.  Peeloffs for the letters and then she has been using the Cricut for the Smile sentiment and hearts and finished off with a wooden button that has been glazed.

And we found a challenge for her to enter too:
Fab 'n' Funky #101 ~ Anything Goes

Do you remember the other day I also posted the little handbag she made from a pair of jeans?  Well she was very lucky and made the Top 5 over at Crafty Cardmakers, she was really pleased with that and I was so proud of her.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday 2 December 2011

Gone Cricut Crazy! lol

Oh yes I have been having fun playing with my new toy! lol  This is such an awesome piece of kit and I kinda went a bit crazy with this card!  I have used an image which is actually as a freebie available for this week only over at Crafty SentimentsDesigns isn't he cute?  I've coloured him with my copics and then matted him onto gold embossed card, the tree paper is a piece of MME and the snowflake paper is from my stash.  Then I set the Cricut to work.  The snowflake border is from  Doodlecharms, the individual snowflakes are from Christmas Cheer and the For You is from Walk In My Garden, see told you I went a bit crazy! lol

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sundays #140 ~ Anything Christmas
Crazy Challenge #95 ~ Stars and/or Snowflakes