Wednesday 23 December 2009

Just Magnolia Week 38

Yay, I finally got a card made!! It took me nearly 3 days of going back and forth to it while I was nursing a burned hand and doing a million other things but I got it finished eventually, lol.

There is a wonderful sketch by Mina over on Just Magnolia this week. I used Edwin from the Winter Magnolia Kit and coloured him with both copic markers and distress inks and then added Frosted Lace stickles to his wings. I cut him out and mounted him on an oval chipboard that I had painted with crackle paint. I rubbed antique linen ink into the oval to make the cracks more visable. I then added some white ribbon and secured it with a snowflake brad. I finished the oval off by adding Picket Fence distress stickles.

My papers are Figgy Pudding, which are one of my all time favourite Christmas paper collections. I distressed them with the Heidi Swapp edge distresser and then edged them with Vintage Photo. I also distressed the white flower with Pine Needles and added a button, which I had theaded with scrappers floss, to the centre of the flower.. then I added 4 self adhesive vellum flowers to complete the sketch.

I am also entering this into Crafty Creations Challenge as their challenge this week has NO RULES. Just create something and share it with them. Great challenge for such a busy time :)

Right now over on Pez-A-Doodle Designs Marti is having an end of year sale with a WHOPPING 40% off everything in store (excluding pre-orders). With a huge range of Tim Holtz products, Flowersoft, German Scrap, Glittered Skittles and Marti's exclusive range of stamps this is a sale not to be missed!! 

You can also pre-order the complete set of NEW Tim Holtz distress inks which are being released at CHA 2010 in January. 

Tuesday 22 December 2009

RAK from Tracie

I have no card to show today.. well I have the one above, but it's not mine, lol. I haven't had 10mins to even sit down to make something. Couple being uber busy with burning my hand and it's not a good recipe for crafting time.

What I did want to share with you was this very generous RAK over on Tracie's blog. Make sure you go check it out!!!! Open until Dec 31st.

Friday 18 December 2009

Stampin' for the Weekend, some challenges & some news :)

Before I get to my cards for today I would like to share some exciting news... The fabulous Denise and Erin from Stamp Something Challenges have asked me to join their DT!! I am delighted to have made the team and look forward to getting started in January with all of the new ladies!!

This week we'd like to see a Calendar for the New Year, It can be a layout of some kind with a 12 page calendar, or if your feeling particularly adventurous you can do 12 separate cards or layouts. This challenge will run for 2 weeks and is being sponsored by Kay from Toodles and Binks.

I used one of the new Magnolias from the Winter/Christmas Kit... not sure what she's called, lol. I've coloured her using Copic markers and added some Inkssentials white gel pen to give her some depth. I covered a coaster with BG Eskimo kisses papers and printed out a 12mth calendar. I then punched holes using my crop-a-dile and theaded some red string through. The '2010' are leather thickers that I edged using pink Copics. I finished it off using the most gorgeous little pearl hearts.

If anyone would like the template to the calendar just msg me with your email addy and I'll send it on to you. It's in MS Excel format :)

Don't forget to pop over to the other SFTW ladies blog's to see what they've created. Our Guest Designers are Tanja and Sharon and we also have 5 new DT members announced on the Stampin' for the Weekend Blog.

I made this card earlier in the week (like last Sunday!!) but haven't had a chance to post it until now. I had planned to enter it into a combo of challenges but I missed the deadline on Friday Sketchers with their fabby sketch and Papertake Weekly with Red & Green should not be seen.

But I am in time for Anyone for Anya's challenge with is Bling it On and Basic Grey's challenge which is to use a colour combo of Cream, Pink and Blue. I used BG's Eskimo Kisses papers with  one of The Greeting Farm's "Rain Snow Shine" Anyas. I've coloured her using Copic markers and added Polar White flowersoft to give her handmuff, coat trim and boots a soft fluffy effect.

The big flowers and tulle are from Tabby Crafts. I added smaller roses in the centre and then stickled them all with Star Dust stickles to add some bling!!

Well that's it from me for today. I have a  very busy day planned... baking, cleaning, etc as my baby girl's 4th birthday party is tomorrow. I do hope to get some blog hopping done over the day though ;) 

And serioulsy, I cannot believe it's only ONE WEEK to Christmas... eeeeeek!!

Have a wonderful Friday and happy crafting!!

Monday 14 December 2009

Crafty Angels meets Just Magnolia

Good morning! Oooh, it's getting very close to Christmas now and my kids are beyond excited. Every day I'm asked how many more days it is until Santa comes to them. I love the excitment on their faces. We have our tree and decorations up but still have some painting to get finished this week. The festive season sure brings a lot of work with it, lol.

Today's card is for Crafty Angels and Just Magnolia. It was my turn to set the challenge on Crafty Angels and this week we'd like to see you TEAR up your papers. That's right, chuck away the paper trimmers, haha!!

Over on Just Magnolia they have asked for projects with a Christmas theme!!

I used the fabulous Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade papers and Unwapped Tilda. I coloured my image with copic markers and I edged my papers with Vintage Photo distress ink.

The big flower, tulle and the gorgeous gem topped pins are from Tabby Crafts and the purple/blue roses are from my stash. I used Star Dust stickles to give the flowers some sparkle.

Well I've got to love you and leave you.. my paintbrush is waiting, lol. Have a terrific Monday and happy crafting!

Friday 11 December 2009

A card for many challenges...

Good afternoon!! Busy, busy, busy and late with my posting as I had to go out of town yesterday and again this morning. I need to wind down a little now..

I am thrilled/honoured to have got Top 5 on Stamp Something again!!  That's really made my day, a big thanks to the lovely DT ladies who picked my card.

Onto my card for today. This card is for my SFTW dt project and I made it with some other challenges in mind... with very little time to craft I'm cramming, lol.

For this weeks challenge on SFTW we'd like to see you use some BLUES and BROWNS on your cards or projects. An added option is to make your project FESTIVE!

For this weeks prize Heidi from Simon Says Stamp is going to give a lucky crafter a $25 spending spree... the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Our Guest Designers this week are Kim Yu and Tanja!

Please do visit them as well as visiting the SFTW teamies blogs too!

The other challenges I am entering this card into are 

Stamp Something - Winter Wonderland  
Whiff of Joy - Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle
Truly Scrumptious - Sketch
Simon Says - Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly - Red & Green must not be seen

Card recipe
Image - Whiff of Joy Henry Mouse
Sentiment - SeeD's
Papers - MME Christmas Glitter Book
Flower soft, stickles, distress inks, - all available from Pez-A-Doodle  
Burst out brads, trim, copic markers.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

A combo of challenges....

Good morning and happy Tuesday. Today I have 2 cards I'd like to share with you all. The first is one I made for my Crafty Angels DT project - a sketch by Laura.

I am also entering into Anyone for Anya challenge whose theme is Anything Goes, and Cute Card Thursday with their challenge, Swirly Girly.

I used one of the sweet Anyas from the Miss Anya Dressy collection by The Greeting Farm. These are just wonderful images to work with.

I coloured my image with copic markers and distressed my papers with distress inks, then I edged them with vintage photo. The papers are from MME Christmas Glitter Stack. The sentiment is SeeD's.

My next card is for both Basic Grey and Just Magnolia challenges. I followed the sketch on BG and worked to Just Magnolia criteria which was to create a card for someone special. My papers are Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses and the image is Tilda with Gift. Again, I used copic markers to colour my image and distress inks on my papers. I applied some Star Dust stickles to the trim on Tilda's hat and coat.. and to the flower on the gift. The sentiment is from a wonderful 'secret' set by Waltzing Mouse. You can see it HERE (password is
 ibelieveinsantaclaus )

I am having my chimney cleaned this morning so I will be spending my afternoon washing down the sitting room.. then we are FINALLY putting up our christmas tree and decorations. I can't wait!! :D

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Sunday 6 December 2009

Whiff of Joy - Stamp Something - Simon Says Stamp

Good afternoon!! I hope you are all having a great Sunday. We actually have some sun although it's pretty cold out :)

My card today is for Whiff of Joy Challenges with Marga's fabby sketch, Stamp Something with their theme Glitzy Somethings and Simon Says Stamp who have asked for Charms.

I made an easel card using MME papers and Wee on Reindeer. I coloured my image with copic markers and shaded the background using distress inks. I used my scissors to distress the papers and then edged them with Vintage Photo.

A close up of the glitzed up flowers and papers.... I used stickles and crystal gems for sparkle

The christmas tree charm from The Hobby House....

Thankfully, we are all starting to feel a lot better and I have been getting a little time to craft. With Christmas less than 3 weeks away.... and my little one's 4th birthday only 2 weeks away.. I am VERY busy with preparations. And I still have some cards to make!! 

Card ingredients
Image - Whiff of Joy
Papers - My Mind's Eye
Tools - Copic markers, distresser, MS Doily Punch, McGill Pine punch
Flowers & Charm - Tabby Crafts & The Hobby House
Buttons, scrappers floss, crystal gems & trim - Stash
Stickles, distress inks, blending tool - Pez-A-Doodle Designs

TFL and happy crafting!!

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Friday Sketchers meets Stamp with Fun and a DT call.

OMGosh, have I had a bad week. On top of everything else I've had the tummy bug doing the rounds of my house since last Friday. All six of us have caught it, one after the other. I thought my little one would escape but she's been up all night :( Surely it can only get better from here on??!! Anyhooooo, you didn't come here to listen to  me

I made my card today for 2 challenges; Friday Sketchers with their wonderful sketch and Stamp with Fun with their theme "x-mas".

I used this uber cute Manga Girl (SN) stamp called Miss Clause and coloured her using copic markers. Then I added liquid appliqe to trim on her boots and dress. A quick blast of the heat gun and it had all puffed up nicely. I punched out some snowflakes with a MS punch and added Icicle stickles. My papers are We R Memory Keepers and I distressed them with an edge distresser and some vintage photo distress ink.

TFL :)

Stampin' for the Weekend DT Call

Stampin' for the Weekend are looking for some new members to join in with the fun! If you have applied previously then please do apply again.. this may be your time :)

What we'd like to see you create is a project that most suits your style. One thing is a MUST - and that is to use STAMPING on your work, be it INKED or DIGITAL!

Good Luck Everyone!!

  • If you are successful you will be notified by e-mail - please have somewhere either in your post, or on your blog a link to your email address to make it easier to get in touch.
  • The DT position is a permanent one.
  • From January Stampin' for the Weekend will be running Bi-Weekly Challenges, so it will be every fortnight.
  • You should be willing to contribute to the running of the challenge blog, coming up with ideas for challenges and posting your finished design to the Team Blog in advance of that fortnights challenge.
  • If you think you can do the above, create a card or project that best fits your style of crafting and add your name and link in Mr Linky on the DT call post!

Monday 30 November 2009

Crafty Angels meets Sketch Saturday & Stamp Something

Good morning. A very quick post today as we are all down with tummy bug and I have zero energy.

First off I just wanted to let you all know that Marti from Pez-A-Doodle Designs has extended her sale and for today only you can avail of 25% off of everything in the store!! That's on top of discounts that already exist!! Just enter the code CYBER25 at the checkout to get your discount. Happy shopping :)

On to my card which is my DT card for Crafty Angels and the challenge was set by Kate. A little late but the theme is 'Give Thanks', since Thanksgiving is over for this year I made a Thank You card.

I am entering this card into Stamp Something's Challenge which is Thank You Somethings and  I followed the fabby sketch over on Sketch Saturday

Well I am off back to bed now to try to sleep this horrible feeling away!!

Have a great day :)

Friday 27 November 2009

Stampin' for the Weekend - Stampavie & More - Simon Says

Good morning!! Over on Stamping for the Weekend this week we have a colour combination of Lilac and Silver with the added option of a Gift Card and Tag!

Our sponsor this week, is the lovely Fiona and she is offering our winner 2 Magnolia Stamps from the new christmas collection.


Our 2 very talented guest designers this week are Lisa and Rosalien. Please do pop by the other DT blogs to see what they have been making. 

I made this card using a great sketch on Stampavie & More. I am also entering it into Simon Says Challenge, who ask for Winter Love. 

Another Henry Mouse, I am just loving these, so cute, and I thought he was just perfect for this card!! The papers are MME Christmas Stack, I'm down to the last of these now, eeeek!! I crackle painted the grungeboard heart and then rubbed distress inks over it. Love this sketch, I will definitely be using it again :)

 Have a great weekend and happy crafting!!

Thursday 26 November 2009

PaperPlay Challenges - Papertake Weekly - Whiff of Joy

Good morning! Well it's PaperPlay Challenges day again and this is my DT card made using my sketch, which is the challenge this week :) I've only ever done a couple of sketches and I really hope you like this one.

I used the wonderfully cute Henry Mouse from Whiff of Joy and I am entering it into Whiff of Joy's challenge which is to make a Christmas card.

I also going to enter this card into Papertake Weekly's challenge with their theme Christmas Crackers.

Card recipe:
Papers - MME Christmas Glitter Stack
Image - Henry with Bauble, Whiff of Joy
Sentiment - Waltzing Mouse 'Secret' stamp set ;)
Poinsettia - The Hobby House
Tools - Nestabilites Labels 5, Cuttlebug, McGill Pine leaf punch
Stickles, Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Ribbon, adhesive gems

Thanks for looking, and have a great day :) I am in the middle of my November 'spring clean' which is taking far too long and interfering with my blog hopping time. It will be worth it when my house is all shiny... right??!! lol

Wednesday 25 November 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar

There is a great challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar this week. The challenge was set by Camilla
and she wants to see a colour combo with a twist... use brown as you basic colour, then you can choose either pink or blue to go with the brown.

I used Blueberry Hill papers which are great for distressing. After distressing (edge distresser and ink) I inked the edges with Vintage Photo. I got the vintage image HERE. The lace was bought from my local fabric store and the ribbon is East of India. The button, prima, brads and scrappers floss are from my stash. 

TFL and have a great Wednesday. It's a day for being inside looking out, so wet and windy!!

Monday 23 November 2009

Weekend makes..

Good afternoon and happy Monday :) Today I have a few cards to show. Another long post filled with pictures so I'll keep the descriptions short :)

Firstly I want to show you two cards that I made with two of the new stamps released today by Pez-A-Doodle Designs. Along with these there are 2 more nestie frames with a Christmas/Winter theme.

This one I made using Christmas Portico. I stamped the image with Aged Mahogany distress ink and shaded the background with Old Paper. I then edged the image with Vintage Photo. I thought this Studio G sentiment stamp was just perfect with the image.

For second card I used Christmas Fireplace. I used the same inks on both cards and again, the sentiment on this one is a Studio G.

The very lovely Cheryl has also been working the new release stamps so do pop over to her blog to see what she's been up to.

This card is my DT project for Crafty Angels which was a fabby sketch by Caz, and also my entry for some challenges....
  • Magnolia Down Under ask for a Christmas Decoration or Card. 
  • Allsorts Challenge  want your project based on a Christmas carol or a song title....! (mine is Deck the Halls ['tis the season to be jolly] )
  • Crafty Creations want to see metal finishes (my metal snowflake)

I used Magnolia's Santas Little Helper Tilda and coloured her with copic markers. I then added Polar White flowersoft to the trim of her hat. My sentiment is, again, a Studio G and the Papers are MME.


Finally, this card is one I made for Friday Sketchers, Cute Card Thursday (Teen Terrors) and Anyone For Anya (Make a Fake)... I added fake stitching around the image.

The image I used is from the My Guy Ian Collection from The Greeting Farm and coloured it using copic markers. The papers are from GCD Studio's Planes & Trains. I used the MS Checkerboard punch on my border and the buttons & twine are from my stash.


Apologies for such a long post.... ;)

Have a great day!

Friday 20 November 2009

Stampin' for the Weekend - Colour Create - PDD Friday

Today I would like to share a card I made for Stampin' for the Weekend. We have a great sketch by Nancy. Nancy is also sponsoring this challenge and she has kindly given this wonderful Motivet Stamp.

Again, we have 2 very talented guest designers, Trish and Rosalien.

I am also entereing my card into the Colour Create Challenge who ask for GREEN, RED & WHITE.

Card recipe:
Papers - K&Co. Bailey
Image - Magnolia's Tilda 
Sentiment - Magnolia
Pine Needles, Aged Mahogany & Black Soot distress inks. Icicle Stickles
Lace trim & Pins - Tabby Crafts. 
Poinsettias - The Hobby House
Oval nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Foam Blending tool

Adhesive pearls - stash

Thursday 19 November 2009

Simon Says Stamp - PaperPlay Challenges

Good afternoon!! Boy is it WET, WET, WET out, driving out there is scary :S

Today I have my DT project for PaperPlay Challenges. I am also entering into Simon Says Stamp Challenge with their theme 'Animal Antics'.

For my card I used 'Angel Wishes' from Sugar Nellie. I coloured my image with copic markers and and added stickles to the wings of the Angel  and the trim on the dog's hat. Christmas cards are such a wonderful excuse to stickle everything :D 

The papers are by Jenni Bowlin - Lace trim, rose & pearl topped pin are from Tabby Crafts. 

Want to see the rose all stickled up and sparkling?? LOVE those pins too!! 

This week our sponsor on PaperPlay is Alison Spelman. Alison has recently set up her own digital image blog and is offering 4 free images to our winner.

Alison also offers a free digi image each Wednesday on her blog so make sure to pay her a visit. Click the image above to go there :)

Well I am off to collect my kiddos from school.. with the way the roads are flooding I may just need to bring a lifeboat instead of the car, haha!! 

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Friday Sketchers meets BG - PDD Tuesday and a Sneak Peek!!

Good morning! The sun is shining here today, wonders will never cease eh?! lol. I have been a busy little beaver for the past few days.. I'm working on my class that I will be giving in Galway this coming Sunday.. more about that further down (sneaky peeks at the wonderful papers too!!)

I made this card using Friday Sketchers sketch #78. It's a great sketch and easy to work with, which is always a bonus!! I am also entering it into Basic Grey's challenge this week, which is themed 'Glitz and Bling".

I used Penny Black's Snow Family and coloured it using copic markers. Then I added stickles to their hats. I made vellum snowflakes using Snowflake Wonder nesties and then I also added stickles to them. I added a Crystal Ice glittered skittle to the centre of the snowflake. The papers are BG Eskimo Kisses and my ribbon is by East of India.

My next project was made for my daughter who just LOVES candy canes. I was being a clever (read sneaky) momma here because I knew she wouldn't open the acetate box to take the candy canes out, she wants to keep it for the christmas tree :)  So they are safe for another while.. as are her teeth!!

We made this.. and yes, I mean WE made this, while she was ill and home from school. I did the cutting, colouring, glueing.. she gave the orders.. you see how it went??!! The cute little reindeer stamp is a Studio G and I coloured him using distress inks. I used circle and scalloped circle nesties and mounted it on the box with 3D dots. I then added Icicle stickles around the image. I finished the box off with some American Crafts ribbon.

Now... back to the sneak peek!! Here is just a *little* taster of what I'm using for the mini-book class I'm giving on Sunday. These papers were a surprise to me until I got my kit and I just fell in love with them when I saw them!! They are STUNNING!! Check out An Siopa Bui's website to get a list of classes for the Extravaganza. I think there may be a few places left for some of the classes.


Well now I am off to work with these deeeelish papers!! Have a great Tuesday :)