Monday 30 December 2013

Natalie & Amy's 'One For The Girls' Challenge

Good morning how are we all? Full of turkey, all the trimmings plus lots of sweet treats too and now waiting for the new year to wash it all down with a drink or two before starting the major diet the very next day lol.

This month at Natalie & Amy's we are challenged to 'For The Girls' so that means it can be any occasion as long as it is for a girl. 

I have made a Christmas card which was for one of my granddaughter's. It is a large 8" x 8" card and I used both sides of a 12" x 12" sheet of backing paper from S.E.I called Holiday Cheer, I love this paper and wish I had brought more. My image is a Wee Stamp called 'Winter Fairy' that was a joy to colour. Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, then I added some Woodware Fluffy Stuff to her cuffs and coat band, some Diamond Stickles to her wings, Glossy Accents to the berries and White Opal Liquid Pearls for snowdrops. The vellum is a piece of Papermania Polka Dot Glitter Vellum. Most of the items used are available in the store and I will link them in the supplies list below the photo.

8" Square Card Blank - Natalie & Amy's
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Let's Create
Sentiment - Computer generated
Die Cuts - Snowflake Frame #23460 by Sophie Gallo Designs, Holly #5900 Rivka Wilkins & Snowflake #51000 by Sweet Elsie.

Promarkers & Flexmarkers Used:-
Skin - Oatmeal & Blush
Hair - Saddle Brown, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan & March Hare
Coat - Cyan, Sky Blue & Glacier Blue
Ear Muffs - Lime Green, Lime Zest & Aniseed
Holly & Berries - Pine, Lush Green, Berry Red & Lipstick Red
Robin - Cinnamon, Tan, Berry Red & Lipstick Red

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-
To be edited.

Well that is all from me for this year, looking forward to meal out with some of the children on New Year's Eve as that is my hubbies birthday. It was supposed to be all the children & grandchildren but unfortunately my youngest son collapsed on the 23rd December whilst at work and has been in hospital with a chest infection, then on Christmas Day my new granddaughter ended up in hospital with RSV which means Respiratory Syncytial Virus and has been really poorly but is much better now. Hence neither of those families will be travelling.  

Here is hoping that 2014 is a much happier, healthier new year for everyone. So whatever you are doing have lots of fun & laughter but stay safe. 
Happy New Year to you all and see you in 2014.

Saturday 21 December 2013

My Time To Craft 'White On White Christmas Card' Challenge

Good morning all, wow it is windy here at the moment but no rain so that is a plus point lol. I hope the weather is better where you are although I know some of you have snow appearing so keep safe. 

This week at My Time To Craft we are challenging you to a 'White On White Christmas Card', you can colour your image but the main parts of it must be white and as it is Christmas we are giving you two weeks to make your card!! 

For my card I used a cutting file from the Silhouette Store by Elizabeth Mayne, then embossed some of the different layers and inked some others to give some definition to it. I then added some glamour dust to various parts for some sparkle. When I made this card I wasn't sure I liked it but the more I look at it I do lol.

Card Stock - Lidl
Embossing - Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' & 'Tiny Bubbles'
Inks - Ranger Distress Inks 'Evergreen Bough' & 'Broken China'
Sparkle - Decoart 'Glamour Dust'

This will be my last post before Christmas so I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a fabulous time.

Saturday 14 December 2013

My Time To Craft 'Christmas Birds' Challenge

Good afternoon sorry this post should of been up this morning but schedule didn't work.

This is a quick post from me today with the new challenge at My Time To Craft where we want to see 'Christmas Birds'

For my card I made a 5"x7" card for a change using a cutting file from the Silhouette Store by Snapdragon Snippets. I brought this file awhile a go and loved it immediately but this is the first time I have cut it. I used card stock that I brought from Lidl's some time ago as it cuts beautifully in the cameo.

Card Stock - Lidl
Die Cuts - Noel Cardinal Birdhouse 5x7 Card #51934 by Snapdragon Snippets
Gloss on berry - Ranger Glossy Accents
Gem for eye - Anita's Gem Wheel.

I am sorry for this short post but I have had a really bad headache since Wednesday and struggling every time I move my head the pain is awful. I cannot take anything for it due to my other medication. 

Sunday 8 December 2013

Silhouette Challenge '3d' Challenge

It's time for Week 2
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Ch# 8 3D
Begins: Sunday, December 1
Ends: Saturday, December 31

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You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

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Good morning everyone, it's the 8th of the month and my time to post my project. This month as it says above our challenge is '3d', it doesn't have to be Christmas it can be for any occasion. I have made a Santa and Penguin for my little Harley to put on his Christmas place setting. I used card stock from Lidl's Supermarket which is really good for these types of project. The file I used was from the Silhouette Store by Snapdragon Snippets.

 Here are the two together, arn't they cute. 

Santa measures 6" tall

Penguin is 4.5" tall. 
Card Stock - Lidl's Supermarket
Die Cuts - Santa #51040 & Penguin #51039 both by Snapdragon Snippets.

Saturday 7 December 2013

Crafty Calendar 'Cold & Frosty' Challenge

Hello again, if you called by looking for my My Time To Craft post you will find it below this post. 

Right it's the first Saturday of the month and that means it is time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge. This month we are challenged to 'Cold and Frosty' perfect for this moment in time!

When I came to making this card I was really stuck for what image to use as there are so many possibilities but after I spotted this mitten border by Miss Kate Cuttables in the Silhouette Store I went straight for this snowman image by Stitchy Bear called 'Snowman Trio'. I used pattern paper from the Dovercraft 'Ho Ho Ho' collection. Embossed a panel using the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder and then a snowflake die cut from the Tim Holtz Mini Snowflakes die covered in Glamour Dust. 

6" Square Card Blank - Boyes
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Dovercraft 'Ho Ho Ho'

 Promarkers & Flexmarkers Used:-
Snow Family - Celestial Blue, Sky Blue & Arctic Blue, Heatwave, Molten Red, Sunset, Lipstick Red, Vanilla, Buttercup & Eggnog, Olive Green, Marsh Green & Apple Cider, Cocoa, Caramel & Tan.

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-

That is all from me for today, have a good weekend and stay safe.

My Time To Craft 'Cute & Cuddly Christmas Animals' Challenge

Good morning all how are you all? I hope you are all safe and not suffered any severe damage from the amount of water that has rose inland along the East coast of England.

So as today is Saturday it is time for another challenge at My Time To Craft and this week we are challenging you to 'Cute & Cuddly Christmas Animals', there are hundreds of possible images so please join us.

For my card today I have dug out a really old paper pack from Dovecraft called 'Tis The Season' (in fact it is so old I cannot find a link for it lol) and used just one sheet of it, I added an embossed panel using the Cuttlebug snowflakes folder, then the die cut string of lights which I added glossy accents to for some shine and then of course this really adorable image that was a freebie from Whimsy Stamps some time ago. I haven't added a sentiment yet as I am not sure who it will be for. Glamour Dust was added to the hat trim and bobble.

6" Square Card Blank - Boyes
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Dovercraft 'Tis The Season' 
Die Cut - Christmas Lights Banner/Border #35445 by Sarah Hurley

 Promarkers & Flexmarkers Used:-
Hat & Bow - Celestial Blue, Sky Blue & Arctic Blue
Dog - Caramel, Tan, Light Fawn & Baby Pink

Challenges I would like to enter this into:-

I will be back with my Crafty Calendar Challenge Card shortly.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday 1 December 2013

Tis The Season Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to our

We are on Day 2

There are only a few stops on this hop each day, and you are going to love the projects you see.

I am the fifth stop. 

Here is the entire list of stops for day 2:
Lisa @ The Paper Princess
Debbie @ Deb's Paper Palooza
Kim @ Kim's Card Corner
Millie @ Crafting With Creative M
Jessica @ Craftin and Stampin
Karen @ Karen 2005 Craftily Yours
Becky @ Becky's Craft Place
Jennifer @ Creative Cricut Designs & More
Julie @ Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers

In case you missed Day 1, here is the lineup and a direct link to my post HERE.

Today I have something completely different to share with you. I have made a canvas picture for Christmas using vinyl, it is a 10" x 14" canvas. I have used a quote from the Silhouette store by Kolette Hall. This picture will go to my daughter in law who loves all these quotes and vinyled work.

Canvas - Dunelm Mill
Vinyl - Free from a local business
Die Cut Quote - Merry Christmas #52050 by Kolette Hall

Now hop on over to Millie to see what gorgeousness is there for your enjoyment but not before you have left a comment here.

Some of them are offering candy as well. 
Be sure to read their requirements to be eligible as they may all be different.

Thank you for hopping with us!!!!

Saturday 30 November 2013

Tis The Season Blog Hop Day 1

If you came here looking for my My Time To Craft post you will find it HERE.
Welcome to our
We are on Day 1!
There are only a few stops on this hop each day, and you are going to love the projects you see.
I am the fifth stop but just in case you have come here first and want to complete the hop 
Here is the entire list of stops for day 1:
Okay onto my project for today where I made two things. Firstly I needed a gift box for one of the presents I have brought for one of my grandchildren and went with this Santa's Chimney Box. I made it at the size it came in the file and it is a really good size, it measures 4" square and about 3.5" tall.
Here it is closed
 Here it is open without the lid.
Card Stock - Bazzill
Die Cuts - 3d Chimney Box #51814 - Snapdragon Snippets
For my second project I just couldn't resist making this lantern. It can be used as a box or as a lantern as I have it. I am not sure where I will go it yet but as the colours go with my lounge and it might end up there. I added a battery lamp, some gems and liquid pearls to the outside. The acetate does have snowdrops on it but as most were covered by the snowflakes I added some with liquid pearls. I added this bow as an after thought but not sure I like it so may take it off.
This is the front which I tried to take in the dark to show the lamp glowing but my flash keeps going off even when not turned on!
 This is a side view which doesn't show it at it's best lol.
Card Stock - Bazzill
Die Cuts - 3d Decorative Snowflake Lantern Box #51738 Jamie Cripps
Gems - Boyes
Acetate - Let's Create
Liquid Pearls - Natalie & Amy's
Now hop on over to Millie to see what fabulous craftiness is on offer for your enjoyment.
Some of them are offering candy as well. 
Be sure to read their requirements to be eligible as they may all be different.
Thank you for hopping with us!!!!

My Time To Craft 'Sketch' Challenge

Good morning again, it is a busy day here today. If you are looking for the 'Tis The Season Blog Hop' it will follow this post at 1pm.

Okay onto this post which is all about this weeks My Time To Craft challenge where there is a sketch to follow. You can find the sketch HERE on the main challenge blog. For my card I did something completely different for me. I used this large old wooden stamp that I brought for 20p at a car boot sale and have no idea who made it except that it has the original cost of £10.50 on it, I definitely got a bargain. I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then I used Ranger Distress Ink to colour over it as I didn't like the image when I coloured it in with pens. I have used an 8" square card blank and then added papers and elements from the Kaisercraft 'Tis The Season' 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 stacks

8" Square Card Blank - Ebay
Card Stock - Bazzill
Image - Unkown
Ink - Memento Cocoa & Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Card Candy - Gift

That's all from me for now I will be back later with the blog hop post.
Have a lovely weekend all.

Saturday 23 November 2013

My Time To Craft 'Special Christmas' Challenge

Good morning all how are you all today? Boy it has turned cold this afternoon really wintery, I am wondering if this horrible snow they have been talking about is on it's way I sure hope not.

Really sorry my post is late today but I have a good excuse my daughter had her baby on Wednesday 8 days early and so we took off early on Thursday to go se them. Baby Mia Rose Alger weighed a healthy 6lbs 15 and a half ozs and both mum and her are doing really well and here is a photo off her the day she was born in her dad's arms. 

Ok now that I have done the proud nanny bit onto the matter in hand where our challenge at My Time To Craft is 'Special Christmas'. I am sharing a card today that I actually made last Christmas for a customer and have never shared (well not that I can see anyway lol). I used a Kanban topper which I decoupaged up, then placed on some mirri card with a computer generated sentiment. I added this ribbon which I lurrrrve along with a charm on some twine.

8" Card Blank - Natalie & Amy's
Mirri Card - Local Hardware Shop
Ribbon, Twine & Charm - Lets Create
Sentiment - My Computer using customer's words.

That's all from me today, I will be back next Saturday with another project for My Time To Craft, a project for Natalie & Amy's plus a project for the 'Tis The Season' blog hop I am taking part in. Talk about buses all coming along at once it looks like craft projects do to lol. 

Have a lovely week all.

Saturday 16 November 2013

My Time To Craft 'Baubles' Challenge

Good morning everyone, thank you for stopping by. The mornings and evenings are getting colder but the daytime is still not too bad, does that mean we are going to get snow next week as they have forecast? I really don't want snow until after Christmas at least as my daughter is due her baby in two weeks but of course that could be four if she goings over and I really want to be able to go and see them. If it snow's I will have to wait until it has cleared because she lives nearly three hours away!

Anyhow onto the matter in hand and that is a new challenge at My Time To Craft where we are challenging you to use 'Baubles' as your main image. As soon as I saw the challenge I immediately thought to use my Lili of The Valley 'Christmas Baubles' stamp which I love but that would mean colouring and my hands have not been up to that this week. So instead I made a card with my Silhouette Cameo.

I used the Lori Whitlock A2 Swing Card Christmas Ornament #50949 file but I resized it to make an A5 sized card. I also used patterned paper from the store to called Bright Bells Pattern #35645 by Jennifer Wambach. I used white hammered card for my base and for my ornament to give a bit of texture to it. It was quite hard to photograph so have added three photo's to show it in action. All other card stock is Bazzill

 This is it when fully open, I will add a sentiment to the inside but haven't decided on one as yet.

 This is it when swinging, I think one of the grandchildren will like this.
Card Stock - Bazzill & Unknown Hammered White
Sentiment - Unkown Old Wooden Stamp

Wow that has got to be the shortest list of supplies lol.

That is all from me for today, we have the decorator coming tomorrow so have had to completely empty our second bedroom out and boy you don't realise how much is in a room until you empty it!

Have a lovely weekend all. 

Saturday 9 November 2013

My Time To Craft 'Clean & Simple or One Layer' Challenge

Good morning all, how are you all today?

It is time for a new challenge over at My Time To Craft where the challenge is 'Clean & Simple or One Layer', I actually didn't notice the clean and simple part until after I had made my card.

My card is really sparkly and pretty in real life but can I get a photo to show that of course I can't. I used some silver sparkle Centura Pearl card stock to make an A6 size card so that the embossing folder fitted it completely. I then used two blue, two green and a grey pan pastels to add some colour before applying glitter to all the snow parts. Once all dry I added some Crafter's Companion Silver Sparkle Spray. See what I mean all that sparkle and it can't be seen.

I even tried holding it at an angle and you still can't see it.
Glitter - Baker Ross

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget we still have a DT call on at My Time To Craft so just enter the challenge and add DT after your name.

Friday 8 November 2013

Silhouette Challenges 'Anything Holiday' Challenge

It's the eigth of the month again and time 
for the second helping of the Challenge here at

A blog dedicated to the Silhouette Cutting Machines.
You MUST use a Silhouette somehow in your project.

Ch# 7 Anything Holiday

Begins: Friday, November 1
Ends: Saturday, November 30

Sponsors this month are:

Prize: $10.00 GC

Prize: $15.00 Amazon GC

$15..00 GC.

Good morning all, have many of you been to or going to the NEC? I have heard quite a lot of people saying they were disappointed by it but not sure why exactly! 

I am back today to share with you a really quick project I made for this month's Silhouette Challenge. I say quick as I had the wrong date in my head and had to make it in less than half an hour to be on time lol.

This month we are having a 'Anything Holiday' challenge and I made this hot chocolate holder, we four young girls that live in our village and they are always calling around to see if they can do anything for you and if you offer them anything for it they won't take it so I thought I would make them each one of these but with Malteser Hot Chocolate in and fancy it up with some candy canes, marshmallows etc as a thank you.

I used all Bazzill card stock and the hot chocolate holder was a file from the Silhouette Store by Megan Hardy and the tag I added is also from the store and by Echo Park. My ribbon looks wonky in the picture but it really isn't I promise. Not much more I can say about it.

Card Stock - Bazzill
Die Cuts - Hot Chocolate Holder #34320 by Megan Hardy & Tag #48497 by Echo Park.
Ribbon - Anita's I think I've had it years
Twine - Let's Create
Hot Chocolate - My Cupboard!

I finally had the second part of my occupational therapy assessment today and they have agreed that I need a wet room so maybe by the end of 2014 I might have it in place going by the speed they work lol. 

Short and sweet again from me, I will try to get around to see a few more of you this week if my hands allow.

Saturday 2 November 2013

Crafty Calendar 'All Things Christmas' & My Time To Craft 'Quilt It' Challenge.

Good morning all, brrr it has turned really cold and rainy here I hope it is better where you are.

Today see's the start of 2 new challenges and because I am still not up to speed with my crafting I joined them together. At Crafty Calendar Challenge we have the challenge of 'All Things Christmas' and we are sponsored by the wonderful Elisabeth Bell who gave us some beautiful images to play with. Then over at My Time To Craft Challenge we have the challenge of 'Quliting'. 

Before I get onto my card I just wanted to let you know that My Time To Craft are having a DT Call so if you fancy creating with your own images and supplies this could be the team for you plus we are all really really friendly. We are looking for around 5 people, plenty of places to go around so if you fancy it just add DT after your name when you enter the challenge.

For my card I used a quilting block template from the Silhouette store by Snapdragon Snippets although most of it is covered up lol. I cut this out of some -- papers and then stitched them on my machine, can you see the wonky stitching I thought this would be easier than drawing the stitching on but oh so much more stressful. I used the print and cut feature on my silhouette to cut the image out of the frame background, then cut this pretty frame front by Skyber Lowen from card stock which I then triple embossed and added glamour dust to the final coat. It doesn't really show well in the photo but it really is glossy and sparkly. The sentiment was a freebie from Create With TLC and I also added some holly and berries (after putting glossy accents on the berries) by Rivka Wilkins again from the Silhouette Store. 
See below photo for links to supplies.

6" Square Card Blank - Natalie & Amy's
Card Stock - Bazzill
Designer Papers - Dovecraft 'Merry Magic'
Sentiment - Create With TLC
Die Cuts - Abstract Circle Frame #43343 Skyber Lowen, Quilt Blocks Set 2 #9344 Snapdragon Snippets & Holly #5900 Rivka Wilkins
Glitter - Glamour Dust
Glossy Accents - Ranger
Embossing - Ranger

Promarkers & Flexmarkers Used:-
Skin - Apricot, Oatmeal & Blush
Hair - Lemon Chiffon, Primrose, Buttercup & Pastel Yellow
Fern & Tree - Forest Green, Marsh Green, Apple & Bright Green
Ribbon & Baubles - Berry Red, Vermilion & Hot Pink
Babygrow - Mulberry, Frosted Pink, Cerise & Baby Pink
Teddy - Cappuchino, Sandstone & Champagne
Presents - Arctic Blue, Cool Aqua & Soft Aqua
Lights - Sleigh Bell, Arctic Blue, Cool Aqua & Soft Aqua.
That's all from me for today see you all soon.