Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Hi everyone

I hope you are all warm and cosy wherever you are. We got up this morning to a blizzard and by lunch-time we have been treated to another half foot of snow. We've just got rid of the last lot (most of which is now ice) so it looks like the last of the Christmas shopping is on hold. Don't know what we're going to do about the rest of the presents now.

I made this card a while ago but didn't get a chance to enter it into any challenges. Isn't this Santa dead cool?

My recipe:
Image: Santa (another Anita's, I think)
Coloured with Promarkers and loads of Silver Stickles
MME Papers
Coredinations Cardstock
Tools: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch
Sentiment: Cuddly Buddly
Everythign else from stash

I can enter these challenges:
Fab n Funky - Quick n Easy Does It
Stampin for the Weekend - Christmas
Allsorts - Free and Easy - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Your Choice (pick from any of their challenges) Mine is Christmas - number 60. I think this will be a popular choice!

Suzanne has taken wee Steven to a birthday party so I think Jack and I will watch A Nightmare Before Christmas - if I can drag him away from the X Box!

Thanks for dropping by.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

White Christmas

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well. I've had computer problems this week so Suzanne has been working on reinstalling everything for me. She's very good at stuff like this. It's had a virus, poor thing, but I think it's better now. We'll see how it behaves over the rest of the week.

I called this card "White Christmas" for want of a better name. I used one of my Sarah Kay stamps which I've just dusted off for this Christmas. I've put a little bit of green on it to break the white up a bit. I didn't have any white flowers so they're a kind of creamy colour. I suppose in the end it didn't end up very white.

My recipe:
Image: Sarah Kay - Noel Charity coloured with Distress Inks
Cardstock: Bazill and Coredinations
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon, lace, pin and brads from stash
Martha Stewart snowflake punch and glitter card
Leone Em fern punch
Silver Stickles
Sentiment from stash

I would like to enter these challenges:
ABC: J is for Jewels and Gems
Totally Gorjuss: Snow
Creative Inspirations: Anything Goes Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy: Lace and Pins
A Spoonful of Sugar: Christmas Card

That's it. I hope you are all ready for the big man coming. We're all behind because of not being able to get out and our post code is one of the ones the mail order companies won't take orders for any more because they can't guarantee delivery. I'm off after next Monday so I suppose I'll have to do some serious Christmas shopping!

See you soon.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Evening all

I feel a bit like poor old Rudolph tonight with his bright red nose. You would not believe how cold it is here. Our council is now considering calling in the army to help clear the snow and ice, we've got so much of it. A white Christmas is nice, as long as it snows on Christmas Eve and then disappears. There are 10 inch icicles on our rabbit hutch - we've just managed to catch him so we can bring him inside.

This is a card I've made with a stamp I've had for a couple of years now. I wasn't sure the card was going to work but I think it looks ok. I've used diamond glaze on Rudolph's nose and bells but you can't see it so well in the photo. It looks dead cool in real life.

My recipe:
Image - I'm sorry I can't tell you who produced this stamp, I've had it for a while. I think it might be Anitas or something.
I used Promarkers to colour it with some Diamond Glaze on his nose and bells
The papers are DCWV and the cardstock is, as usual, Coredinations
The little reindeers are from Hobbycraft
Pin, bells, ribbon and jumprings from stash
Tools: Cuttlebug and round and scalloped Nesties
Sentiment - Cuddly Buddly
Gold Glitter

I can enter the following challenges if I don't freeze to death first:
Fab n Funky - Christmas is for the children
By the Cute and Girly - Children
A Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas Cards
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Christmas
Allsorts - Light up the night (I hope Rudolph's nose counts)

Thanks for looking. Hope you're not too cold where you are.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Big Present

Hello everyone

Oh my, I am a bad blogger. It's been almost 2 weeks since I posted a card - mainly due to the fact that it's so cold in our dining room I can't bear to sit at the p.c. I have made a couple of cards though. This is a birthday card for my nephew, Ryan, who is going to have a birthday in a couple of days. I'm going to enter this card in the Fab n Funky Blog Hop this week. The folk who organise these challenges work so hard and I don't have time to enter many but I'm going to do this one. All you have to do is make a birthday card, follow the blogs to collect the letters, leave a comment and you might get picked for one of the great prizes. Easy peasy, Lionel squezy as they say on the advert (how could he demean himself? It's not like he needs the money!)

Here's the card, then.

And here's my recipe:

Image: Big Present - Lili of the Valley
Coloured with Pro Markers
I used Bazzil and Coredinations Cardstock (blimey, not a bit of designer paper in sight!)
Ribbon, buttons, corner from stash
Ticket: Tim Holtz

I can enter these challenges:
Fab n Funky Blog Hop - Make a Birthday Card. Happy 1st Birthday to you, Fab n Funky
Lili of the Valley - My Favourite Things. I've used one of my favourite stamps (obviously), my Promarkers, a border punch, embellies and nice cardstock. The stamp has a little boy with a present on it. Some my favourite things which I found a bit more challenging on a boy's card
Papertake Weekly: The sketch. A lovely Dawny P one. Thank you.

Shock, gasp, horror!!! This card looks filthy in the corner. Honestly, it's not. I can only imagine it's my manky computer screen I'm looking at or the bit of card in the background where it was being photographed. What a pigging mess, as Dawny P would say!! It's clean in real life, cross my heart! Why oh why don't I check these things before I put them on?

I had hoped to have a wee picture of the snow in our garden to show you but it isn't uploaded yet. I bet you are all sick and tired of snow but since we have been absolutely snowed in here I have to show you our bird box. I'm surprised it's still on the fence it has so much white stuff on top of it. I'll put it on next time. I hope you are all coping with this weather. Our cat has had to revert to a litter tray in the house and the poor dog doesn't know if she's coming or going. I don't think I've ever seen our next door neighbour walking up the street but he can't get the car up so he's on foot! Never mind, it can't last forever. Or can it....

I've picked up a couple of awards (took me ages to pick them up, sorry). Both from Suzanne. I haven't had these before - thank you. I have to think who I can pass them onto now. May take me some time.

Sorry it's such a long post. Must have been in the mood for a bit of a waffle. See you soon.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Silent Night

Hello everyone

It's not long until Christmas now, is it? I thought I was cracking on well with my Christmas cards until Kimberley got rid of most of them at her charity thingumy bob which has left me with a grand total of 6 cards including this one. I can see me having to go out to buy some!

I love this little image. I got it last year and I couldn't possibly not use it again. It's a Penny Black stamp and since the sketch on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge was such a nice one this week I thought I would enter. I've called this card Silent Night but maybe I should have called it Starry Night? Reminds me of the old Don McLean song...

The image is Sweet Nativity by Penny Black which I coloured with Distress Inks
I used Magnolia papers and Coredinations cardstock
The flowers are by Magnolia and from my stash
Lace from stash
Loads of Stickles
Tools: Leone Em branch punch; Fiskars Star Border Punch; Sewing Machine
Sentiment: from stash

I would like to enter these challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - the lovely sketch
Totally Gorjuss - Not So Traditional Christmas
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle
ABC Christmas Challenge Blog - X is for Xmas (with the option of using flowers)

Suzanne has another little Candy on her blog if you would like to enter. It's a lovely Lili of the Valley Christmas stamp to which she will add some stamped images and other little bits and pieces when she draws a winner next week. This is the link if you would like to enter. Well worth a wee look. Good luck!

See you all soon. Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Carol Singing

Hello everyone

Goodness me, two cards in one week. I am doing well! Feeling a bit better now but still not managing to produce very much. Anyway, this is a card I've made with another of my new Lili of the Valley stamps.

My card recipe:
Image: Carol Singers - Lili of the Valley
Coloured with Pro Markers
Designer Papers: MME
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers and brad: from the Hobby House and Wild Orchid Crafts
Martha Stewart Snowflake Embossing Border Punch
Gems: Papermania
Sentiment stamps from stash
Tools: Cuttlebug and Nesties
White Flower Soft
Silver, Lace, Gold and Red Stickles

I can enter these challenges:
Allsorts - the sketch
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine
Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
ABC - H is for Holidays

My daughter has a little stamp giveaway on her blog if you are interested in leaving her a comment. You can find it here but it finishes on Friday so be quick. It's a lovely Santa Claus.

That's it then. Thanks for looking and for the lovely comments you leave. I love reading them.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

At Last

...I have managed a card. Things have been very hectic round here recently and even this is going to be a very quick post because I don't feel too great and am off to bed early. This is one of my new stamps from the SECC the other week.

I can enter this into the following challenges:

Lily of the Valley - One for the Girls
A Spoonful of Sugar - Snow/Snowflakes
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Winter Wonderland
ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays
Crafts and Me - Glitter
Sketch Saturday - Fantastic Sketch by Leonie.

Now, I am off to bed and hopefully will feel better in the morning

Thanks for looking