Monday, 22 December 2014

Feed the birds at Christmas



I made this card for my Mum's husband to give to her. I bought this stamp a while ago and it has been waiting to be coloured, along with a few others which will now get used next year.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Winter Wishes
Dies - Doohickey love lamp, Joy snowflakes
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - Crispy lace and pins from Live and Love Crafts, Martha Stewart snow, pearl pen, glitter and pearls

This is my card for today's 12 day of Christmas event at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog where our lovely sponsor today is Kenny K. Hop over and enter for the chance to win.

Challenges
Sparkles Christmas It's a blue, blue Christmas 
Stamping Sensations Winter Wonderland 
Papertake Last Christmas card of the year 
Noor Design UK Merry Christmas 
Dies R Us Anything goes
Winter Wonderland Fussy and fancy

Third meal out in 3 days tonight. There are 8 of us going to Giraffe for a meal before going to the pantomime. Oh yes, we are. I am not a fan of panto but it is Peter Pan, which is a story I love and our friend's youngest daughter is in it.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas wreath from Balsam Hill



I had a lovely surprise email from Balsam Hill  asking if I would like to receive a 24" Norway Spruce Christmas Wreath in exchange for a review on my blog. I was delighted and of course said yes. This is the wreath once we had decorated it with a large gold bow, small orange baubles and gold parcels. We tied them on using green garden wire so that the fixings don't show.


This is the wreath before we decorated it. As you can see it is beautiful quality and much thicker than any others I have seen for sale. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use too. The lights are battery powered and the power block is easily hidden underneath the wreath whilst still being easily accessible. It comes with 6 spare bulbs and a tool for changing them so it should last for many years.  


Here it is in our dining room in place of one of the pictures that usually hangs there. We don't use the main light when we eat, just a lamp so having the wreath lit too is really lovely and festive.

Once lit it stays on for 6 hours and then goes off for 18 hours unless you manually switch it off. I absolutely love it and am very lucky to have it. They have a sale on at the moment so hop over to their website and check out all the other lovely goodies for sale especially the Christmas trees, which I would love to have.

Looking forward to visiting my good friend Lynsey and her family today and going out for lunch.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Hubby's Christmas card


So this is the card I made for my hubby. I bought this stamp a little while ago and knew he would like it. I love red, white and blue cards and when he chose those colours for a friend's Christmas card I knew he would like them on his.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Frosty Christmas and Echo Park Bundled Up
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - MB sentiment, Doohickey slender firs, Dees' tree, Spellbinders fleur de lys square
I used some lovely sparkly glitter film from Little Claire on the trees and added Stickles and pearl dots to the image.

This is also my inspiration card for today's 12 days of Christmas event at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog where our lovely sponsor today is Bugaboo offering 7 images.

Challenges
Papertake Last Christmas card of the year 
Dream Valley Christmas 
Simon Says Monday Anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili anything goes 
Crafting Musketeers Use bling 
Natalie and Amy Cute and cuddly Christmas 
Dies R Us Anything goes
Winter Wonderland Fussy and fancy

Well, last weekend before Christmas. We have a meal out with friends tonight but nothing special planned for today so mainly crafting and computer work for me I think. Enjoy your weekend x

Friday, 19 December 2014

One for the postie


I love this traditional scene from Delicious Doodles and I wanted to make a card for our postie as he is very good, even leaving parcels with our friends across the road for us if we are out. I love just colouring the postbox and the front door with Copics. The papers are Papermania Home for Christmas and I added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a postbox topper from Hobbycraft.

This is my inspiration card for today's 12 days of Christmas post at Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog. Today's prize is a massive £15 voucher to spend at Crafty Ribbons so hop over, check out the DT inspiration and enter your name, as simple as that.

Challenges
Allsorts White Christmas 
Craftyhazelnut Urgently needed Christmas creations 
We Do Doobadoo Festive 
Scribble and Scrap Anything Goes 
Simon Says Monday Anything goes 
Inky Chicks Winter Wonderland 
Stamping Sensations Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Winter inspiration photos

Must say the food shopping this week has been very easy surprisingly. We were going to M&S this morning but we have a new M&S food shop opened on the ringroad so we went there on the way home yesterday which means a morning free for crafting yippee and we have friends round for coffee and cake this afternoon.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

on the 6th day of Christmas


Yes we are up to the 6th day of Christmas at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog 12 days of Christmas. I remembered I had this image in one of the LOTV art pads and as there are 6 geese in the picture it was just what I needed for my card. The papers are Echo Park Keepin' Cozy and the ribbon is Crafty Ribbons Vintage Christmas Past Holly Basket. I added some holly made with green spotted card and a Woodware punch with pearls for berries.

Challenges
Sketch n Stash Great sketch (new art pad)
Sister Act anything goes
The Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili anything goes
Country View Nostalgic Christmas
Sparkles Christmas It's a blue, blue Christmas
Papertake Last Christmas(card of the year)

No crafting today, housework this morning, then off out to visit my Mum and her husband to deliver cards and presents.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Santa's Been


 This card is for my Mum to give the 2 children who live next door to her. She told me the little boy loves trains so when I was lucky enough to win the Little Miss Muffet challenge and I saw this little boy image I had to get him along with the little girl as they go so well together.
Images - Little Miss Muffet Christmas Morning and Snuggly
Medium - Copics
Paper - MME Merry
Die - Impression Obsessions Santa and sleigh
Sentiments - computer generated
Other - Stickles

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet Anything goes 
Dream Valley Christmas 
Incy Wincy Christmas 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Anything goes 
Dies R Us Anything goes 
Simon Says Bling it on 
Graph'it Festive wishes 
Winter Wonderland Christmas presents 
Send a smile 4 kids Winter fun 4 kids

Lots to do today, chores at home and food shopping so don't think I shall have much time for crafting today or indeed for the next 3 days as we have a lot of other things to get done. Hopefully I can fit in a little though, just one more Christmas card to make for people we are seeing on Monday so I have a few days left yet to make it.

I know how busy everyone is so I really really appreciate you taking the time to visit and especially thank those of you who leave me comments x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

On the 4th Day of Christmas


Just 3 Christmas cards left to make now, hoping to get those made today. My Mum suddenly asked me to make three so that is why I still have some to make.

So are you playing along with the 12 days of Christmas at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog? Today is the 4th day and Crafty Ribbons are giving away a massive £15 voucher to spend in their online store. All you have to do is head over there, check out the DT inspiration and enter your name. 

I have made a simple card to represent 4 calling birds. The background paper is an old mag freebie and the image is a freebie from a challenge blog. The gorgeous ribbon is a Crafty Ribbons exclusive from the Vintage Christmas past collection. I added some Woodware punched holly leaves, card candi and glitter.

Challenges
Craftyhazelnut Urgently needed Christmas creations

Looking forward to a meal out with friends tonight, the second of our Christmas meals out and tonight I just might go for the Christmas turkey meal for a change.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Calendars for Making Cards Magazine


Do you have your copy of the January edition of Making Cards magazine yet? If you do then you will have spotted these two calendars of mine in there. These have been very popular on my craft stall and I particularly love these two as I love the quotes.


Stamps - Inkylicious
Papers - Dovecraft Curiosity Corner
Die - Doohickey lace border
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Paper bows - Hobbycraft
Other - lace, calendar tabs

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes 
Bearly Mine Anything but a card 
ALBC Anything goes not Christmas 
Whimsy Anything goes

Sunday, 14 December 2014

On the 2nd day of Christmas


Are you playing along with the 12 days of Christmas at Crafty Ribbons? Today is the 2nd day and I know these aren't turtle doves but it is artistic licence. Our sponsor today is Inky Impressions who are offering a $10 gift voucher. I used papers and topper from Craftwork Cards Christmas Post, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and Joy snowflakes with DCWV gauze paper and pearls.

Challenges
Noor Design UK Merry Christmas 
Country View Nostalgic Christmas 
Papertake Paper Play
Fussy and Fancy Snowflakes and ribbon
We do Doobadoo Festive
Craftyhazelnut Urgently needed Christmas creations

So I will be off about 9.30 this morning to set up for my final craft fair from 11-2.30, which is in aid of the Air Ambulance. Wouldn't it be lovely if Prince William  and Kate dropped in as he works for them now. Enjoy your Sunday and I will catch up later.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Special card


New challenge time at Little Claire and we are looking for a special Christmas card. I had an order for 2 cards and had limited time to make them so using one of the precoloured toppers from Little Claire was ideal and I really love how the card turned out. The papers are First Edition Vintage Noel and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.I used my corner rounder punch for a change, should use that more often as I love the effect. I added some scrabble letters and a wooden tree from Hobbycraft. Here is the fabulous prize on offer which includes one of my favourite stamps from the latets Christmas release.


Challenges
Not just cards anything goes 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
That Craft Place Christmas 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
A Creative Romance anything goes
Divas by Design Seeing red

Nothing special planned today so looking forward to a restful day at home, probably with lots of crafting and getting ready for my last craft fair of the year tomorrow.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Ready for the weather


Today is my turn to post a project on the Little Claire blog and I chose to use the dinkie wellies stamp to show that you can use the dinkie stamps on a 6x6 card. They have been coloured with Copics and I added some faux stitching with a fineliner pen. The paper pieced umbrellas were die cut with a Memory Box die.  Don't forget Little Claire have a massive 25% sale on everything until 14th December so you could buy this stamp for just £1.50!

Some more exciting news is that on 15th December Little Claire will be looking for DT members for a new Digi DT so if you would like to join this lovely friendly business then check the blog on Monday for details. This will be a separate team to the current rubber stamp team.

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes 
Papertake Paper Play 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
ALBC Anything goes (not Christmas)
Whimsy anything goes

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let it Snow


Brr we are certainly having a cold week but no snow yet thank goodness. I bought this cute snowman stamp at the NEC and have only just managed to use him. I can see me using him a lot next year though. He would look good paper pieced too.
Image - Woodware
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park Winter Wishes
Dies - Joy snowflake on snowflake embossed card, IO fir trees
Other - rub on sentiment, pearls

Challenges
Sketchy Colours Great sketch
Crafty Cardmakers Christmas 
Crafty Sentiments Christmas 
Papertake Paper Play 
Aud Sentiments Holiday bingo (diecut, rubber stamp, bling) 
Crafty Catz Snowmen 
Delicious Doodles Non traditional Christmas 
Dies R Us Winter Wonderland 
The Ribbon Girl Anything Goes 
Sparkles Christmas It's a blue blue Christmas
Noor Design UK Merry Christmas

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Penguins


I made 5 Christmas cards yesterday which I was very pleased with so I don't have many more to make for this year. I seem to have images though that I haven't used yet or like this little fella, have only been used once so here is being used for a second time.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Doivecraft 12 days of Christmas
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - Wodware holly
Other - red liquid pearls, Viva pearl pen, Stickles, sentiment from stash, TH distress tool

Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers Christmas 
Papertake Paper play 
Crafty Little Fairies Holly and/or ivy 
Natalie and Amy Cute and cuddly Christmas 
Stamping Sensations Winter Wonderland 
Winter Wonderland North or South Pole 
Allsorts Animal Magic (I hope a bird counts) 
Sweet Stampin' Things with wings

Off out early today for a lovely facial and massage. We will either have breakfast or lunch out too which is a  nice treat so I will link up later and catch up on some blogging. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A sale, 12 days of Christmas and blogger!

An extra post from me again today, please scroll down for my card.

So firstly I want to tell you about a fabulous sale at Little Claire
25% off
What a fabulous offer, and that is off everything in store.
Just quote DD2514 at checkout.

Secondly over at Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog we will be inviting you to play along with the 12 days of Christmas. We have some wonderful sponsors lined up as well as prizes from Crafty Ribbons of course. The fun starts on Saturday 13th December and there will be inspiration from the DT every day and a chance for you to win every day too.

So grab the badge (there is a sidebar sized one in my sidebar) and link it to the inspiration blog.

Lastly an update on commenting. I have reverted back to a pop up box as you can comment without filling in the numbers on the word verification box which Blogger has decided to add to everyone's blog despite it being turned off. I am assuming this will be corrected at some stage. I much prefer pop up boxes for commenting and it appears many of you do too.

Winter White


We had the first of our Christmas meals out with friends last night so apologies that I wasn't home to comment. Photographing white cards is never easy and with the awful light at this time of the year it becomes even more of a challenge but I am impressed with how much the sparkle shows up though it does look gold and white but the card is actually all white. This was an ordered card after my friend saw a previous white on white card I made. I used some snowflake embossed card, pearl spray from Wild Orchid, Marianne poinsettia dies and Woodware holly leaves. I also embossed some of the holly leaves, thanks Coops for that idea. The sentiment was made with the new Sizzix Tim Holtz dies and thank goodness for Stick It making it so easy to stick them down.

Challenges
Dies R Us Winter Wonderland 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Divas by Design feeling festive 
Simon Says Christmas/holiday 
DelightfulTwinkle twinkle 
Crafty Calendar White on white 
Crafty Little Fairies Holly or ivy 
ABC Y is for Yuletide

Monday, 8 December 2014

Commenting

Please scroll down for today's card. Apparently Blogger is playing up again and although word verification is switched off, if like me, you have a pop up box for comments, it has switched it on word verification. It seems the way around it is to change the setting for comments to embedded. I much prefer a pop up box but I don't want word verification on my blog as nobody has the time for that and it is such a nuisance.

Hopefully it will sort itself out at some point and I can change back to a pop up box.

Winter Wedding


I made this card for an order and used the Inkylicious sentiment again but this time with a new Spellbinders die I bought at the NEC. I printed the sentiment and cut that with one of the smaller dies. Do you find you use the larger dies far more than the small ones? The edges were distressed with DI tattered Rose.  The paper is Santoro and I added some gauze, vintage lace from Crafty Ribbons, Charm from The Ribbon Girl and cherry blossom and roses.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
A Creative Romance anything goes 
Sister Act anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Happy Hanukkah


A first for me, a Happy Hanukkah card which I made for Cardmaking and Papercraft online magazine. I don't know much about Hanukkah other than it is called The Festival of Light and they light a menorah so I set about finding a suitable image. This is Max with Menorah from Mo Manning. He has been coloured with Copics and I used First Edition Gilded Winter papers as I though the gold appropriate. The die is Memory Box and I added some gold pearls.

Challenges
The Paper Shelter Special celebrations 
Cute Card Thursday Little angels 
Papertake Anything goes 
ALBC Anything goes not Christmas 
Whimsy Anything goes

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Yet another snowman!


Great craft fair yesterday. It started slowly but by lunchtime sales were picking up and my last customer made my day buying 9 cards and one of my decorated boxes. I was so pleased to sell both boxes and a picture as well as lots of cards, noteholders, money wallets etc. I have some orders to complete this weekend and plan to get my cards written tomorrow. So time for our last challenge of the year at A Gem of a Challenge and it is a nice easy one which will last for a month, anything Christmas. All of the DT have been playing along for this one as it is our last challenge. We hope to see a lot of entries this month but just to let you know the DT won't be commenting on this one.

Medium - Copics
Paper - MME Merry
Sentiment - LOTV
Wooden trees - Hobbycraft
Other - Stickles, Viva pearl pen

Challenges
Simon Says Monday Holiday cards 
Papertake Anything goes 
Fussy and Fancy Happy Holidays 
We Do Doobadoo Get festive 
CCAYR No squares or rectangles
Simon Says Christmas/holiday 

As well as a lot of snowman stamps I have a lot of snowmen Christmas decorations. Day off today so we are popping into a couple of craft fairs today and I should be picking up a new hand painted snowman from one of my fellow crafters. This evening we are going to Cafe Rouge for a meal and to the theatre to see The Full Monty which should be fun.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Modern colours for a traditional scene


I really love this stamp from Stamposaurus and decided to go for a clean and simple look with modern colours. The image has been coloured with Copics with added sparkle from Sakura pens. The sentiment comes with the stamp. I simply added some faux stitching with a fineliner pen to keep the emphasis on the gorgeous image.

Challenges
Without Words Christmas (modern look) 
Sister Act Anything goes 
Paper Creator's All about Christmas 
Simon Says Monday Holiday cards 
Papertake Anything goes 
Country View Nostalgic Christmas 
Vintage Stamping A Christmas song (O little town of Bethlehem)

Today I have had a very early start as I am at the quarterly craft fair at the hospital which is usually a good one. It was going to be my last fair this year but I was asked to do another one next Sunday 14th in aid of Air Ambulance so I though well why not. I will be back to link up this evening.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Making Cards Magazine needs readers cards

This is my second post today. Please scroll down for today's card but I just wanted to let you know about an opportunity to feature on the reader's page of  Making Cards Magazine.

Sally at Making Cards Magazine has a shortage of cards for the ‘Your Cards’ page for the February onwards editions of Making Cards magazine so she is  looking for cards to feature.  You need to send the cards in to be photographed  at the address below and you will be in with a chance of being chosen as star card and getting yourself a crafty prize.

Your Cards, Making Cards, Warners Group Publications, West Street, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 9PH


So what are you waiting for, get making.

Mono Christmas


We had a lovely day yesterday. I bought a retro 60's style coat which was half price, we had lunch at Bella Italia, 2 for £10 and finished the Christmas shopping. I did sneak in some crafting when I got home too and finished off with a brilliant episode of The Apprentice. So onto my card today. A new challenge today at Crafty Ribbons and our theme is Mono Christmas. I really love the new black and white range of ribbons so I decided to go for a white on white card mounted on black card. I used some embossed snowflake card I bought at the NEC with various dies. The snowflakes are Joy, birch trees and cardinals IO and the deer are MB.

Challenges
Noor Design UK Merry Christmas 
Simon Says Monday Holiday cards 
Papertake Anything goes 
Fussy and Fancy Happy Holidays

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Money wallets


Have you seen these cute money wallets available at Pink Gem. I decided to print some off and make them up to sell at craft fairs and have been really pleased with how well they have sold. I added lots of glitter and some wooden embellies.


This is the back of the envelopes, so cute.

Challenges
Papertake Anything goes option decoration or gift 
TTCD Anything goes 
Paper Creators All about Christmas 
Bearly Mine Anything but a card

Like most of you at this time of year I am very busy. Hubby is painting the bedroom and I have been busy with some card orders and making stock for Friday's craft fair. Day off today as we are going to into Norwich for the day, which means coffees, lunch out and some shopping. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Snowballs


I love the Pollycraft children as they are so cute and this one is no exception. They are also so lovely to colour and I have gone for a clean and simple style today. I am really enjoying challenging myself to do some cas cards and was thrilled to get a top 3 at Without Words for my cas robin cardin the last challenge.
Image - Pollycraft Swings n Slides Snowballs, now available from Little Miss Muffet
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft 'Tis the Season
Other - wooden snowflake, Sakura goldtsar pen, Stickles

Challenges
Sketch n Stash Sketch 152 
Little Miss Muffet Clean and simple 
Di's Digis For kids 
Graph'It 2 colours Fussy and Fancy Happy Holidays 
Creative Knockouts All that glitters
  Delightful It's a kid's world 
Bunny Zoe Snow
Sweet Stampin' Let it snow
Without Words Christmas (Modern look)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Candy winner

Please scroll down for today's card.

Thanks to everyone who entered my candy and hello to my new followers, I hope you continue to follow me and enjoy my blog.

So the lucky winner is......

That's you, Lorraine aka Rainey's Craft Room. Please email me so I can get your prize to you.

You're bloomin' marvellous


The first of the month means a new club stamp set for Little Claire and this set is called Men of My Dreams. There is a knight, handyman and gardener. Each one comes with an appropriate sentiment too. These will be great for Birthdays, Valentines, Father's Day and Anniversaries so I can see a lot of uses for this set.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire
Medium - Copics
Papers - from my scrap pile
Dies - Doohickey fence, Memory Box birds, Spelbinders circle
Other - pearls, flower from I am Roses

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Candy


This post will stay at the top until 30th November. If you would like to enter my candy please click on my candy page. 
You must enter via the Inlinkz on that page.

Christmas Dinner


This is such a fun sentiment and I am sure we can all relate to the last line. It's yet another of my Cardmaking and Papercraft samples, The yummy ribbon from crafty Ribbons was perfect for this sentiment. I also used the gorgeous curved Spellbinder dies along with the wonky square dies. I added some pins and berries and used the Marianne poinsettia die.

Challenges
Papertake Take your pick (Ribbon)
The Paper Shelter Metal (pins)
Fussy and Fancy Happy Holidays 
Paper Creators All about Christmas 
We Do Doobadoo Get Festive

Yesterday's craft fair was reasonably good. I am at another craft fair today so will be back later.
Last day to enter my candy.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Define Good



This is probably my favourite of the 5 samples I made for Cardmaking and Papercraft using the HOTP sentiments and Dovecraft Vintage Noel papers. I stamped the image with brown ink on kraft and used DI Vintage Photo, I love th different textures with the burlap and baker's twine and the cute wooden reindeer. I also used my corner rounder punch for a change.

Challenges
Simon Says Anything Goes
ABC Christmas A for Xmas Music (paper) 
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes
MAWTT Inspired by a song (Santa Claus is coming to town - the line he's checking his list, he's checking it twice, he's gonna find out who's naughty or nice)

I am selling at a craft fair this morning so an early start for me. I will be back later to link up and catch up. Have a good weekend and don't forget my candy ends tomorrow x

Friday, 28 November 2014

A second box


This is the second of the MDF boxes I decorated. This one has been painted cream. The gorgeous ribbon around the sides is from The Ribbon Girl. I then attached lace around the middle.


The top has been covered with fabric paper from the First Edition Rose Garden pad. I then used DIs on a wooden birdcage and bird and added a large rose, cabuchons and pearls.

Challenges
Simon Says Anything goes 
Papertake Take your pick (ribbon and lace)