Sunday, 30 November 2014

Candy


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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tangled tinsel


This is my second post today. I recently made a series of 5 cards for Cardmaking and Papercraft and this is the first one to appear online and on their Facebook page. I loved using the HOTP sentiments and Dovecraft Vintage Noel papers. The gorgeous vintage holly ribbon from Crafty Ribbons matched my distressed vintage design perfectly. You can see my project and read the full product list and instructions on the magazine blog here.

Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers Distress it 
Delicious Doodles Traditional Christmas 
Winter Wonderland Let's get sentimental 
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes

Have you entered my candy yet?

Simply a robin


I do love cas cards and they are not that easy to achieve, though they look simple. Getting the design right is key. I love this stamp from Sheena Douglass and used it several times last year but not so much this year. I think I have had so many new stamps to use and still have some Christmas stamps waiting to be inked. Oh well there is always next year!
Image - Sheena Douglass
Medium - Copics
Papers - oddments
Punch - MS holly border

Challenges
Without Words Preparing for Christmas 
Stamping Sensations Christmas 
Crafty Catz Winter 
Crafting when we can Clean and simple

Still a few days left to enter my candy x

Monday, 24 November 2014

My first decorated MDF Box


I bought 2 MDF boxes at the NEC show from the MDF Man and now I wish I had bought more as I loved decorating them and they look so pretty. This is the first one I am sharing with you today and it will be on my stall at the hospital shop. Hubby undercoated it in white and then sprayed a mottled pattern in purple on top. I attached guipure lace and pearl trim from The Ribbon Girl around the sides.


The top and inside of the lid were covered with paper and I then added pearl sprays and flowers. The middles have been Stickled (is that a word?)

Challenges
Papertake Soooo girlie 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes 
That Craft Place Anything goes

Early start today as we have to be at the hospital around 7.30 and won't be home until about 5 so I will link up and bloghop this evening. Enjoy your day x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Another picture


Yes another picture today ready for my stall tomorrow at the hospital shop. I bought the wooden plaque in America and it has been painted with cream paint. I love this quotation stamped with an Inkylicious stamp onto kraft. I added some vintage ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, lace, lots of flowers and Prima butterflies. Hubby screwed a nice brass fixing to the back so all ready to hang.

Challenges
Vintage Stamping Anything but a card 
Creative Inspirations Brown and white or vintage (I managed both) 
Deep Ocean Shabby chic 
Papertake Sooooo girlie 
Country View Bugs, bees and butterflies 
Crafty little fairies Not a square
Allsorts No design papers

Still time to enter my candy.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Chilly


Time for another challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and this fortnight our challenge is kraft plus one other colour. I love kraft as you may have noticed and it goes so well with red for Christmas. I have used one of the lovely new snowman images, Chilly with snowflake. Yes another snowman! Somebody asked on my blog recently how many snowman images I have. Well I couldn't possibly say, but it is a lot.

Image - Pink Gem Chilly with Snowflake
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Krafty Christmas
Dies - Tim Holtz on the edge snowflakes, Doohickey fence
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - pearl pen, Stickles

Challenges
Dies R Us Christmas 
Send a smile 4 kids Anything goes 4 kids 
Bunny Zoe Snow 
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Snow people
Divas by Design Let it snow
The Paper Shelter Card for a child

I am selling at a craft fair this afternoon. Let's hope it is as good as last Saturday's.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Snowflake


A simple card today using some of my new dies I bought at the NEC. I absolutely love the Tim Holtz snowflake die and matching embossing folder. I used DI weathered wood on the embossed snowflake. The sentiment dies are also Tim Holtz and used with the Stick It were so easy to stick down. In the photo the second n in wonderland is sticking up slightly I noticed but it just needed pressing down harder. 

Challenges
Dies R us Christmas 
Bunny Zoe Snow 
ALBC CAS 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes
Divas by Design Let it snow
Aud Sentiments Sentiment for a December holiday

Still time to enter my candy.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Gorjuss Girl Pictures



These are a first for me and I am really pleased with the way they turned out. I bought the wooden frames in America in January and finally got round to making them into pictures. The frames were painted with cream paint and I then added the Gorjuss Girl decoupage. I sprayed the decoupage with spray and shine to give it a longer lasting finish as there isn't any glass in the frames.  I used Marianne branch and parasol dies with kraft card and DI Vintage photo, added some wooden embellishments, flowers, pearls and Stickles.

Challenges
TTCD Anything goes 
Crafting with dragonflies Anything goes 
Brown Sugar Anything goes 
Allsorts Anything but a card 
Paper Creators Anything goes 
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes 
Papertake Sooooo girlie

I am off to the hairdressers today, meeting a friend for lunch and then a bit of Christmas shopping before Lynsey pops in after work for a coffee. Enjoy your day.

Still time to enter my candy.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Footie fan


This has to be one of my most used images which is ironic as I don't like football. Maurice is such a great character and so good for male cards. I thought I would make him a bit trendy by giving him bleached jeans using my blender on top of the Copics.
Image - Pollycraft
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Ahoy There
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Button - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - X cut corner rounder

Challenges
Sketch Saturday Great sketch
Little Miss Muffet Anything goes 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes 
Fan-tastic Tuesday Masculine

I have been very busy making more stock ready for the next craft fairs. Tomorrow I will be showing you something completely different and very girly.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Birthdays


I seem to have sold a lot of cards for older men recently so I thought I had better make some more and this Woodware stamp is perfect for male cards. I sprayed it with spray and shine which of course meant the flash shone on it but these dull days the pictures look awful without a little flash and my daylight lamp.

The papers are really old Dovecraft ones which it seems many of us bought and I am down to the last few odd sheets now.I am really trying to use old papers as I hate having little bits of pads left.

Challenges
Sketch n Stash Great sketch (very old papers) 
Sister Act Anything goes 
ALBC CAS

Monday, 17 November 2014

Polar bears and Santa


Yesterday's craft fair was a great success. I sold out of some things like calendars and sold far more cards than I managed to make last week with being away for a couple of days. I am going to have a busy week restocking. 

Another image with the awwwww factor featuring one of the new Moonbeam Meadow stamps, so so cute.
Image - Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadows
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen
Papers - MME Merry and some old Papermania
Dies - Impression Obsessions
Other - Stickles, Viva pearl pen

Challenges
Simon Says We're seeing stars 
Let's Craft and Create Animal antics 
The Cutie Pie Festive furry friends 
Sweet Stampin' To Die For 
We Do Doobadoo Christmas 
Dies R Us Christmas
The Ribbon Girl Red

Thought you might like to see a pic of my stall yesterday.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Decorations


So this year I decided to try making some Christmas decorations to sell at craft fairs. I bought a small silver and gold tree from The Range to display them on my table.


These are some I made using MDF baubles and stars, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, papers and various embellishments.


When we were in Florida in January I bought some of these decorations from the sale bin at Jo-anns. I cut off the wire, threw away the tatty ribbon and hubby painted them with cream paint.


This is how a couple of them finished up. All the ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons. I used baker's twine to hang the little decorations and added various embellishments. Here is one of the stars I made too. I am at a fair from 10-2 today so hoping I sell some more of them today. 

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Christmas decorations 
Simon Says Monday Ornaments 
Divas by Design Photo inspiration 
Simon Says We're seeing stars 
Allsorts Anything but a card 
Crafting Musketeers Anything but a card 
Vintage stamping Anything but a card

I will be back this afternoon to link my post and catch up with you.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?


We went away to Birmingham again this week. As you know I went to Hobbycraft last week. Well this week we stayed overnight again and went to the Classic Car Show, which was great, unlike the journey home. The traffic was awful, there was an accident on the A14 so we shot off at Huntigdon and found our way home from there. It took us over 5 hours to get home so I am all behind with visiting blogs and commenting. Anyway on to today's card. I wanted to buy this Tim Holtz stamp and die set last year at the NEC but never got it. You can never afford everything you want and so I didn't buy it. It therefore became top of my list this year and I found just one set on a stand and about £6 cheaper than last year. Patience is a virtue they say. I am delighted with it, so much fun to use. I stamped the snowman 3 times and decoupaged him and then his hat and scarf. The label and sentiment and matching die are also included. There are dies for each piece which makes it all so much easier and quicker than cutting out. Vital at this busy time of year. 

He has been coloured with Copics. Edged all distressed with worn lipstick distress ink and Tim Holtz tool. The paper is a new Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas pad. I also used a Woodware holly punch, red liquid pearls and a new Britannia pine cone and branch die. I bought some Stick It at the show after reading about it on Kath's blog. It is brilliant for using on intricate dies like the pine branch.

Challenges
A Creative Romance Winter Warmer 
Scribble and scrap anything goes 
Paper creator anything goes

Friday, 14 November 2014

December Making Cards




If you have the December edition of Making Cards magazine you will find these two cards in there. I have used Craftwork Cards Christmas Post products teamed with Magic of Christmas tags. I have given them a vintage look with DI Vintage Photo. Other products used are Tim Holtz deer, Curiosity Corner doily, Woodware holly punch, pearls and ribbon.

Challenges
Bearly Mine Christmas cards 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas gifts


It's the very cute James again for my card today. One of my lovely blogging friends Annette mentioned that she had this duplicated and I said I would love to buy it to add to my collection. She very generously sent it to me and wouldn't take any money for it. Wasn't that kind of her.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft 12 days of Christmas (another new purchase)
Die - Joanna Sheen stocking garland
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Tag - bought in USA

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili- Christmas card 
The Cutie Pie Furry festive friends 
Stamping Sensations Christmas 
LOTV Merry Christmas 
Let's Craft and Create animal antics
Sketchy colours Great sketch
Fantastic Tuesday Add ribbon

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Twins


I picked up an order at a recent craft fair for an 8x8 card for a man who is soon to be the proud father of twins. The lady who ordered it had been looking for a suitable card but all the cards she could find were for the woman having the babies, saying she was leaving to have a baby. Solution - a handmade card. She popped into the craft fair again last Saturday and said how much everyone at her work liked it and wanted to know where she got it from. Always nice to please customers.

Images - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Paper - LOTV Antebellum
Sentiment - computer generated die cut with a Spellbinder tag die
Pink burlap - The Works
Chipboard hearts - Simon Says
Other - buttons, lace, pearl pen

Challenges
Creative Moments Celebration
Creative Knockouts Buttons
Scribble and scrap anything goes
Crafty sentiments anything goes
Crafty Catz Ribbon or lace

We are out with some friends this morning to try a new coffee shop.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

New LOTV stamp from the NEC


One of the first stands we visited at the NEC was the LOTV stand as I wanted some paper pads. I wasn't going to buy any more stamps but there were a few new stamps ahead of the official release date. One look at this little elephant and I knew he had to come home with me, so cute. I also bought a new Wedding stamp and an older stamp too. I have been so busy since I got back last Thursday that I have had hardly any time to play with my new stash, Hopefully I should have more time today after doing some chores.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME on the sunny side
Die - Marianne heart balloon (new purchase)
Sentiment - Kraftyhands
Punch - MS zigzag border

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Let's craft and Create animal antics 
Di's Digis Colours of Autumn 
Paper Creator anything goes 
Scribble and scrap anything goes

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Engineer


I have always thought this Mo Manning image was fantastic and when a friend recently joined the North Norfolk Railway as a volunteer I knew this would be the perfect image to use for him. He took a while to colour with Copics, as always, but I really love this card. I teamed it with First Edition paper, some baker's twine and a new Cheery Lynn choo choo die.

Challenges
Southern girls Let's hear it for my boy 
The Paper Shelter For the man in your life

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Another snowman


A simple snowman card today using the cute Sweet Snowman stamp by Penny Black, coloured with Copics and teamed with those Carta Bella Bundled Up papers. I really do love the bright colours of these papers. The sentiment is from Little Claire. I kept this card simple by just adding some faux stitching and glitter. The red paper was cut with a MS cherish border punch.

Challenges
Penny Black All wrapped up 
Without Words Preparing for Christmas 
ALBC CAS 
Stamping Sensations Christmas
Winter Wonderland Frosty the snowman
A Creative Romance Winter warmers
Completely Christmas let's see some blue

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Have a hoot this Christmas


This month at Little Claire we want to see your shaped cards. As always we have a fabulous Little Claire prize on offer.


A great prize, those penguins are so cute.

So back to my card, I have no idea what this fold is called but here is a side view.

Images - Snowflake owl and dinkie snowflake owl
Medium - Copics
Papers and sentiment - LOTV
Tag - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Memory Box snowflake bauble, Tattered lace ivy
Other - pearls, baker's twine

Here is the main owl in detail.


Challenges
Papertake anything goes
Delightful Patterns 
Crafty little fairies Not a square
Fab n Funky 3 different embellishments (ribbon, diecuts, pearls)

I am off to a craft fair this afternoon, the first of  6 this month!

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Friday, 7 November 2014

New stash and candy


I had a lovely time at Hobbycrafts at the NEC on Thursday. Here is my lovely new stash and below in more detail.


Goodies from the MDF Man, card blanks, card stock and Stick It which I want to try.


Papers and embellishments.


My favourite items, stamps and dies. I was so pleased to find some brand new LOTV stamps so had to buy 2 of those. I have wanted the snowman blueprint doe and stamp for ages. I almost bought them last year at the NEc and didn't so when I found just one set on a stand snapped them and cheaper than last year too.

CANDY

And this is a candy for one of you. I really appreciate al the visits and lovely comments. Some of you comment almost every day and I am so grateful otherwise I am just rambling on to myself on here each day. To enter please visit my candy page.

You are lovely


Yes another of the new stamps from Little Claire.  I love this stamp and can see me using it a lot. I embossed the background with an Embossalicious folder and sanded Core'dinations. Can you guess what the white material is? It is actually an offcut from a new voile roller blind in our lounge! A great piece of recycling, just what I wanted for added texture to my card.

The image has been coloured as always with Copics and I used a Sakura pen to highlight the butterfly. Lots of distressing, some lace from The Works and a Prima butterfly.

Challenges
Papertake anything goes

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Penguin choir


Here I am back as promised with a very very cute card. Pink Gem are sponsoring the CRAFT challenge and the DT were invited to be guest designers for the Winter challenge.
Medium - Copics
Papers - Carta Bella Bundled Up
Die - Doohickey love lamp post
Punch - MS snowflake
Ribbon - Just chilling like a penguin from Crafty Ribbons
Other - stickles, white glitter card

Challenges
Bearly Mine Christmas cards 
Live and Love Crafts Favourite Christmas colour combo (I have several but I love red, white and blue and am loving these papers so much)
The Ribbon Girl Christmas card
Papertake anything goes inc option sparkle

We travelled to Birmingham yesterday afternoon with my good friend Lynsey and stayed overnight. Today Lynsey and I will be at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC whilst hubby gets the bus into Birmingham for a look round the shops and maybe a bit of Christmas shopping. He will be driving us home this evening so I will catch up with you tomorrow.

Merry Christmas


I have 2 cards to post today and this is the first which is my DT make for Crafty Ribbons where we want to see something Christmas with ribbon. I am sure you are all busy making things for Christmas so hope to see lots of entries this fortnight.

I have used a MB sentiment die along with 2 Joy snowflake dies, Carta Bella Bundled Up paper and Mice Christmas Ribbon dots from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Christmas card

I sold both this card and the one I will be sharing with you shortly at the first craft fair I took them to.  Do hop back shortly for a very very cute card.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Pink Christmas


I love the cute little All Dressed up girls and have used one of the Christmas girls to make a non traditional card.
Image - All Dressed Up Little Christmas Girl 3
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Merry
Dies - Doohickey slender firs, Spellbinders heart circle
Other - Stickles, wooden tree, other tree from Hobbycraft
Sentiment - from show

Challenges
Papertake anything goes inc option of sparkle 
All Dressed Up anything goes 
Creative Card Crew Christmas Joy 
Cute Card Thursday Razzle dazzle
  TTCD anything goes
Sweet Stampin' Shaped card

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

What if you fly


Back with a second post today and it is another of the new stamps released from Little Claire. I love this image and what a fabulous sentiment. I thought this would make a great good luck card to encourage somebody to go for it, whatever it may be.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire 
Medium - Copics
Paper - First Edition It's a Boy
Die - Marianne birds on a wire
Other - doily, seam binding

Challenges
Scribble and scrap anything goes
Papertake anything goes

Poppies


Another of the new stamps from Little Claire. This is one of the cute dinkies and I wasn't sure how this card was going to turn out. As soon as I decided to use the 2 Marianne frame dies and a shaped card it all came together. The paper is an old Papermania one, Persimmon and I just added a red organza bow.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' shaped card
Simon Says anything goes

Monday, 3 November 2014

Awwwwwwwwww


I am so pleased to showcase one of the November club stamps for Little Claire. Isn't this an awwwww image with a cute sentiment. I coloured the image with Copics, Papers are First Edition gilded Winter (not just for Christmas). I also used Spellbinders heart circle and MB banner dies, ribbon, Viva pearl pen and a white feather.

There are a few new stamps out today so go and check them out at Little Claire. If they are not in there yet then check back later as they have been away at a show at the weekend.

Challenges
Shabby Tea room just neutrals 
Divas by Design anything goes
Sister Act anything goes

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Two for the price of one


Do you remember Squirrel's penguin challenge, well now she is challenging us with Snow-vember. You all know by now I am sure how much I love snowmen stamps so I couldn't wait to play along and this is one of the latest snowmen stamps from LOTV. So adorable. I have coloured them with Copics. I often use aqua fr the snowmen but tried pale greys for a change and I think I prefer them. I used C1 and C2 and a blender pen. The papers are my current favourites Carta Bella Bundled Up and I simply added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a cute snowman charm.

Challenges
Papertake WeeklyFabulous sketch (#95) 
Delicious DoodlesBaby it's cold out there 
The Paper Shelter Is it too early for Christmas? 
MAWTT Winter 
Crafty Catz anything goes 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Playing with bricks


Isn't this a fabulous boy's image from Pink Gem. I have used the pre-coloured image as I have a lot of things to make but of course you get the digi to colour yourself too, which I am sure I will be using.
I teamed Andy with bricks with MME papers and a Craftwork Cards sentiment. I made some bricks using scrap card and card candi. very pleased with how that idea turned out.

Challenges
Brown Sugar anything goes 
Divas by Design anything goes 
Scribble and scrap anything goes
Allsorts Masculine
Simon Says anything goes
I have been suffering with a cold for the last couple of days but I am feeling much better today which is hood as we are off to a quiz and supper night tonight with 4 friends. Enjoy your weekend.