Wednesday, 23 December 2009

My Last Christmas Card

Well here it is my very last Christmas card for 2009 and it's for my youngest son, I won't tell him he was last though lol.
This card was also made to fit with my Wednesday slot over at Crafty Sentiments, where you can find the new 'Frost' stamp.
AS always I managed a couple of challenges with this one and they are:-
Crafty Creations - No Rules
C.R.A.F.T. - Free For All
Stamp Something - Holiday

A5 Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - DCWV
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Medium - Promarkers
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes'
Punch - Unknown
Gems - Poundland coloured with promarkers
Snow - Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. 

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Card For My Husband & A Challenge Or Two.....

Good evening I'm afraid this is going to be as quick a post as possible as I'm sure like everyone else I have lots to do, another post being one of them. Anyhow here is the Christmas card I created today for my husband it is an 8" easel card with a sealed aperture full of snow and using one of the digital images I purchased from Karen's Doodles. Pop over and have look she has many beautiful images available.

Here are the challenges it fits into:-
Digital Delights - Let It Snow
Tuesday Taggers - Let It Snow
Simon Says - Merry Christmas
Quixotic - Lace
Cute Card Thursday - Aperture Card
Our Creative Corner - Let It Snow

A3 card to create 8" easel card - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Summertime Designs 'Winter Wonderland'
Image - Karen's Doodle's 'Emma & Snow Scene'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'Let It Snow' & Computer Generated
Medium - Promarkers
Lace - Local Hardware Store
Brads - Making Memories
Snowflakes - Baker Ross
Snow - Flowersoft Polar White & Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'

Merry Christmas To You All.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Karen's Doodles, Doodle Divas Blog Candy

Have you seen the amazing doodles over at Karen's Doodles Doodle Diva's blog yet? If you haven't then you don't know what you are missing, these digital images are outstanding and so cheap too. Hop on over and have a look because not only will you want to purchase them all they have 11 of the first images created as blog candy but wait they are not digital they have been made into rubber.
Here they are:-

But you got to hurry as the candy finishes on the 19th December 2009.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Frosty Is Back....

Here is my card for my weekly slot over on the Crafty Sentiments blog. I have used the new 'Frosty' snowman stamp again but this time I used non-traditional colours, I hope making it a little more appealing for a male.
Of course I couldn't not enter it into a couple of challenges.
Pollycraft Monday - Sketch (rotated)
Dutch Dare - Colour Inspiration
Sketchy Colours - Blue & Green
Kaboodle Doodle - Sparkling Winter
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - DCWV 'Pattern Unknown'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Frsoty'
Sentiment - Crafty Senitments 'A Christmas Wish'
Medium - Promarkers
Snow - Flower Soft 'Polar White'
Gems - Poundland (Coloured With Promarkers)
Ribbon - Stash

Santa Is Back In Town

Good evening to you all, just when I thought I was all done I have an order for more cards arghh plus I am playing catch up with my post at the moment.  Here is one of two cards I have made for the grandparents. I have used the great sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and I'm sure I can find a few other challenges to fit this into so will again list them as follows:-
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch & Favourite Colour (now I am one of those people who doesn't really have a favourite because it changes with the seasons, so for now this lovely berry red seems to be it)
Charisma Cardz - Red & Green with White or Silver
Stamp Something - Winter Wonderland
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Card
Die Cut Dreams - Glitter Me Silly
The Cuttlebug Spot - Merry Christmas
The Pink Elephant - Winter/Christmas
Sophisti-Cat - Christmas Theme Anything Goes
Tuesday Tagger - Jolly Old St Nick
Stampavie & More - Red & Green
Creative Craft - Waiting For Santa

A5 Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - DCWV 'Christmas Wishes' Stack
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Santa With Tree'
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Medium - Promarkers
Embossing - Cuttlebug Snowflakes
Ribbon & Charm - QD Stores
Beard - Flower Soft 'Polar White'
Sparkle - Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'

Friday, 11 December 2009

Frosty The Snowman to name but a few

Well, this week has been a very trying week for me, firstly I seem to be infection free yay but with the sudden news and then the funeral of my father, an abdominal mass investigation and then to finish it all off the death of an old school friend's wife who was only 33!! Hence I am really hoping that this is my lot for the bad news and that I am going to get the all clear for the investigation and THEN perhaps my Christmas period can begin. My cards are all made with the exception of the one's for my husband and youngest son and all the present are now brought so just waiting for a bombardment of deliveries now.

 My card for today fits into a few challenges and I will list them below but before that you have to have a look at the cute snowman stamp I used, it is one of the new stamps available from Crafty Sentiments his name is 'Frosty'.

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Cupcake Crafts - Sing A Christmas Song I chose 'Frosty The Snowman'
Papertake Weekly - Red & Green Must Not Be Seen
Simon Says - Let It Snow
Creative Inspirations - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cooking It Up With Katie - Recipe 'Xmas Theme, Add Ribbon & Use Any Current Sketch'.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Summertime Designs 'Winter Wonderland'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Frost'
Medium - Promarkers
Sentiment - oops I missed it off lol
Ribbon - Brown Crafty Ribbons, Marine was an odd piece of white that I Promarkered.
Snowflakes - Baker Ross
Snow - Flower Soft 'Polar White'

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Crafty Sentiments DT Card & It Fits A Few Challenges

Here is a card I have made for which I think could be used as either a winter birthday or as a non traditional Christmas card which is why I have haven't placed a sentiment on it as yet.
I have made this card for my weekly Wednesday design team slot over at the Crafty Sentiments blog however it fits nicely into a few challenges which I shall list below:-
Create 4 Fun - Sketch
Pile It On - Tinsel Town (to use glitter)
Whimsy Stamps - Die Cuts
Crafty Cardmakers - Alternative Christmas
Simon Says - So Charming
Quixotic - So Charming
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas Birthday
Stamp Something - Glitzy Something

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Summertime Designs 'Winter Gifts 1 & 2'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Lulu'
Medium - Promarkers
Die - Nestabilities Labels 7 & Classic Oval
Punch - Woodware Small & Medium 'Daisy'
Gems - Poundland
Charm - Local Craft Shop
Glitter - Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenges DT Card.....

Good morning hope you are all well. Today see's a new challenge over at Crafty Calendar Challenges and this month our challenge is to make a
'Winter themed item with the added option of sparkle and bling'. You must hurry over to the challenge blog because apart from my fellow team pals having made an array of gorgeous cards we have yet another super sponsor this month.
My sparkle is the snow which is all glittery but you cannot see it in the photo and my bling is the snowflakes which are also glittered and made out of foam.
I am so glad that this card was made earlier as otherwise it would not of made it here today but hey ho these things happen. 

A3 cardstock - made into an 6" easel card
Designer papers - DCWV 'Christmas Wishes'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Magazine freebie
Medium - Promarkers
Die - Spellbinders 'Scalloped & Classic Square'
Snowflakes - Baker Ross
Snow - Flower Soft 'Polar White' & Baker Ross 'Snow Shaker'

Thanks for stopping by but you really should be over at Crafty Calendar Challenges.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Missing & A Card To fit Several Challenges

Firstly I would like to say a big sorry for having not blogged or crafted shock horror for nearly week, this is because I have a nasty infection in my spine (so the doctors think!!!) at the moment which is causing all sorts of symptoms problems with doing things.
So I am posting this 8" easel card which I started to make last Wednesday and little by little have been adding to it, it feels like the longest card project in history and yet it really is quite a simple card lol.
Now because I have missed lots of challenges over the week I have therefore lots to fit this card into and so I am going to list them all below:-

The Sugar Bowl - Sketch & Use A Zigzag (I created this with my edge punch)
Charisma Cardz - Anything Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Punch Happy (edge punch below ribbon which I broke in the process)
Rosie-Dee's - Red, Green & Abit Of Bling
Cupcake Crafts - Red & Green
Stamp With Fun - Christmas
Kaboodle Doodle - Snowflakes
The Cuttlebug Spot - Brrr Winter
The Pink Elephant - Colour Me Wonderful (favourite colouring medium)
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Project Tuesday - Easel Card
My Time To Craft - Winter Pals

A3 Cardstock
Designer Papers - DCWV 'Christmas Wishes'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamps - Sugar Nellie 'Winter Wonderland' & 'Santa's Letter'
Medium - Promarkers
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes'
Punch - Fiskars
Ribbon - Anitas
Gems - Poundland coloured with promarkers

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Two Cards Several Challenges

Today I have two cards to show and each fits into different challenges.

The first card is an easel card and here are the challenges that it fits into:-

Pollycraft Monday Challenges - Wonderful Christmas Time
Papertake Weekly Challenges - Christmas Crackers
La La Land Challenges - Receipe (3 patterned papers, 2 colors of cardstock (white counts as a color), and 1 type of embellishment).

5" easel card - A3 cardstock cut at 5"x10" & 5"x5"
Designer Papers - DCWV Multi Stack 'Christmas Wishes'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Magazine 'Freebie'
Medium - Promarkers
Ribbon - QD Stores
Edge Punch - Fiskars
Die - Nestabilities 'Scalloped Square'

The second card is a regular 6" square card and here are the challenges that this fits into:-

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Inspirational Photo Of Postbox
Colour Create Challenge - Green, Red & White
Sketch Saturday Challenge - Sketch (I rotated it)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Winter Wonderland (As I only have a few Penny Black stamps and none of them xmas ones I decided to go with something a little different as in the sentiment 'Dreaming Of A White Christmas'

6" Square Card blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - DCWV Multi Stack 'Christmas Wishes'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Penny Black
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Medium - Promarkers
Ribbon - Blog Candy Win
Buttons - Stash
Snow - Flower Soft 'Polar White'

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Jake's Birthday Card & Broken Arm...

Evening all, I just wanted to do two quick things this evening 1. post this card I made for my youngest son Jake's birthday yesterday and 2. update you all on the broken arm as I have had several emails about it.
For the card I decided that as his only two passions in life are the army and rugby I would make him a rugby related card as he had an army one last year but that was actually harder than I first thought because I was thinking a rugby ball easy it's oval oh no it's not it tapers off at the edges and trying to get that just so was no picnic. Here is the result...

As for the arm well the cast came off last Thursday and yes it really is 'deformed' as the doctor called it. After having the cast removed we waited to see the doctor only for it to be a different doctor and him to have a 2 second glance at it and so OK off you go. Well my husband, myself and Jake were all in shock, Jake was their with his bag packed to stay in and have it redone as the original doctor had agreed and this doctor said oh no we can't correct it now it's too late. After several minutes of raised voices the doctor called for the original doctor who although agreed that that was what he had said was not prepared to operate and told us to bring him back in 3 YEARS once he has stopped growing. Now maybe that would be OK for many people (well I guess only a very few lol) but when you have a child that wants to go away to army college at 16 that is a big problem as they will not accept them if they have ANY underlying medical problems. The doctor has now agreed to operate in 6 months once Jake has built the muscle back up and he can evalute how much or how little use he has of it, at the moment the wrist does not move backwards and only moves slightly forwards which is a big problem when it's your writing hand. I have told Jake that if after a month or so of exercise he still cannot move it I will be calling the hospital and asking for an earlier appointment as I will not have him left as I was until it really was too late to do any good. 

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The Gypsy Spot......

For you Cricut lovers out there would you love to win the new Gypsy, well if the answer is yes and who wouldn't pop over to The Gypsy Spot where they have new blog and all the info you need to win one. The Gypsy has been generously donated by Custom Crops.  However if you want it hurry as this giveaway ends on 1st December 2009. Good luck to all.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Create 4 Fun Challenge

Here is a very quick post to show the card I made for the Create 4 Fun Challenge. I have used a large stamp which I often find difficult to use because of it's size but I think it worked well with the sketch provided.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - DCWV 'Christmas Wish Multi Stack'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Partridge In A Pear Tree'
Medium - Promarkers
Trim, Snowflake & Bow - Creativity  'Freebie'
Charm - QD Store

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Friday Sketchers & Cute Card Thursday Challenges

Today's card has been made using the character Lulu and then using the ticket image which came with my deisgner papers to stamp my sentiment onto, making for another different way of using these lovely sentiment stamps from Crafty Sentiments. The stamp I have used today comes from the stamp set 'A Christmas Wish' and the designer papers are available as a free download from The Craft Table Blog.
For the card I have followed the sketch from Friday Sketchers Challenge, it also fits the theme of 'Glitter Me Silly' over at Cute Card Thursday Challenge.
Sorry about the photo I will change it once I get some daylight.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - The Craft Table Free Download 'Winter Wonderland'
Cardstock - The Range
Stamp - Crafty Sentiments 'Lulu'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments 'A Christmas Wish'
Medium - Promarkers
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Present Embellishment - Creativity Freebie
Glitter - Stickles.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Double Dutch, By The Cute & Girly, Creative Belli & Charisma Cardz Challenges

Please scroll down for the Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop.
Second post today please scroll for previous post.
Here is my card for the Double Dutch Challenge following their very precise sketch. This card also fits into the By The Cute & Girly Challenge where the theme is 'Winter Wonderland', The Creative Belli Challenge whose theme this week is 'Christmas Themed Embellishments' and Charisma Cardz Challenge have the theme of 'Merry & Bright'.
How do you like that little line of tree's on my card, can you beleive that is ribbon!!!

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Papermania 'Winter Wonderland'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Santa's Letter'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Medium - Promarkers
Die - Xcut 'Nostalgic Corner'
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes'
Ribbon - Boyes
Snowflake Brads - Dovecraft
Square Brads - Making Memories
Charm - QD Stores
Glitter - Craftwork Cards. 

The Sugar Bowl Challenge

Please Scroll Down For The Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop.
Here is my entry into fortnights The Sugar Bowl Challenge using a lovely sketch and then adding the please include extra of 'Thankfulness'. It made a pleasant change to make a card other than a Christmas card.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Papermania 'Amethyst Infusion'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Teddy Too'
Sentiment - Unknown
Medium - Promarkers

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Crafty Sentiments Presents......

Today, see's the release of the first three character stamps over at Crafty Sentiments and so it has been decided to have a blog hop so that we can show you just how you can use these stamps together with the sentiment sets that are already available to purchase. Although my creations are Christmas themed Crafty Sentiments also have some really lovely stamp sets for other occasions.

The blog hop starts now and will run until Wednesday 18th November 2009 at 8pm GMT to give everybody a chance to join in the fun and whilst you are visiting all the blogs be sure to leave a comment on each of them you visit as hidden in one of the blogs will be some candy. 

So without further ado here is what I made. I started out making the gift box and it kind of esculated to a Christmas Day themed set. I hope you like what I have made and enjoy the blog hop, I for one can't wait to see what the other design team members have created plus we have a special guest designer joining us.

I masked the characters so that I could use all three on this easel card.

 To make this set I have used the sentiments and snwflakes from three different sets which I will list below
Card - Snowflake 'Let It Snow' & Sentiment 'Christmas Sparkles'
Cracker - Snwflake & Sentiment 'A Christmas Wish'
Treat Favour - Snowflake 'Christmas Sparkles' & Sentiment 'A Christmas Wish'
Gift Box - Snowflake 'Christmas Sparkles' & Sentiment 'Let It Snow' 
The characters used are from left to right as on my card 'Lulu', 'Yasmin' & 'Daisy'.  

Some close up photo's so you can see the sentiments clearly, you can also click on the photo's for a better view.

This is a circular blog hop and there is candy somewhere along the way. You may start on the blog you are on and just continue by clicking on the next name on the blog. The end of the blog hop is when you land back on the blog you started on. You don’t have to hunt for the blog candy! We want you to enjoy the hop so to be eligible for the blog candy you MUST do 2 things.
1) You MUST be a follower of the Crafty Sentiments Blog and
2) You MUST leave a comment on every blog (6 comments total).

The next blog on the hop is: LISA
Now off you go and have fun.

Friday, 13 November 2009

One Card Many Challenges & It's An Easel Card Again.

Well today having finished off all my work for Sunday's Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop I decided to make another Christmas card to add to my collection. I have added stickles to the embossed white circle to give it abit more depth but it hasn't shown in the photo as well as it looks in real life. Yet again I did not make it with any challenges in mind except using the sketch I chose but it fits into quite a few, so I will list them as I think it makes it clearer. In no particular order they are:-
Create 4 Fun - Sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges - Easel Card
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Special Folds
Cupcake Crafts - Snow Much Fun

Card Base 6" x 12" & 6" x 6" cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Designer Papers - Papermania 'Winter Wonderland'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Winter Wonderland'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Verse - Google
Medium - Promarkers
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes'
Die - Nestibilities 'Labels 7'
Lace - local Hardware Store
Snow & Embossed Snowflake's - Stickles 'Diamond Lace'
Charm - Unknown Won In A Candy Draw. 

Don't forget the Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop starts on Sunday 15th November.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Stampavie DT, Sophisti-Cat, Stamp Something, Secret Crafter Saturday, Stamp Scrap & Doodle & Crazy 4 Challenges Challenges.

Today is my first attempt at an easel card, I had seen many of them around blogland and thought how nice they looked so took the plunge and made one. I really like this style of card so beware I think you may see a few more of these. Why is it when I look at a challenge I come up blank as to what I am going to create yet this card fits nicely into many challenges when I only set out to make it for the Stampavie challenge. The challenges it fits into are as follows in no particular order:-
Sophisti-Cat Challenge - Buttons & Ribbons
Stamp Something - Recipe '1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishments ( a total of 3 or 3 different)  
Crazy 4 Challenges - Easel Cards

Front View

Side View

A3 sheet cut at 6"x12" and then 6"x6" to create card blank
Designer Papers - Papermania 'Blueberry Hill'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sarah Kay 'Spring Blossoms'
Medium - Promarkers
Die - Nestabilities 'Classic & Scalloped Ovals' & 'Floral Accents'
Punch - Woodware 'Small & Medium Daisy'
Ribbon - Local Craft Shop
Button, Pearls & Gems - From Stash

Friday, 6 November 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenges DT Card

It is time for a new challenge today over at Crafty Calendar Challenges where the theme for this month is 'Weather' with the extra options of 'Pearls' and we have a great sponsor in the way of Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

For my card I decided to go with a wintery snowy scene, please pop over to the Crafty Calandar Challenges blog and see all the other wonderful creations from the rest of the design team.

6" Square CArd Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Papermania 'Christmas Wishes & Home For Christmas'
Cardstock - Paper Mill Shop
Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Winter Wonderland'
Sentiment - Crafty Sentiments
Snowflake - Papermania 'Freebie'
Buttons, Pearls & Charms - Stash
Lace - Local Hardware Store
Snow - Flower Soft 'Polar White'

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Create 4 Fun, One Stop Crafts & Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential Challenges

Here is a card I made yesterday after seeing a plea on Crafty C's Crafting Library blog, Claire posted this message

'Daniel is 12 on the 7th November and is on the Autistic Spectrum. He doesn't socialize and loves recieving your handmade cards. As most will know, for the last 2 years I have asked if some of you could send a card for him to open and the response has been overwhelming. He recieving nearly 100 last year. I think he enjoys this more than the presents. Love watching his face light up. He started a boarding school for Autistic Children in Sept and although he misses home, is slowly settling in and we do get him back every weekend. So if you could help, I'd truly appreciate it.'

and as before I had my accident I used to teach special needs children how could I not oblige. I used the sketch from the Create 4 Fun Challenge, then One Stop Crafts Challenge have the theme of 'Newspaper/Text/Script/Writing' for which I hope my speach bubble fits and lastly Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential Challenge have the theme this week of 'In So Many Words'.

6" Square Card Blank - Craft Superstore
Designer Papers - Shabby Princess
Cardstock - Sizzix
Stamp & Wording - Unknown came in a cnady win
Medium - Promarkers
Die - Nestabilities 'Classic & Scalloped Ovals' & Cuttlebug 'Slider'
Ribbon - Dovecraft