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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Willow with Cookies

Hi everyone

Goodness me, I'm doing well - two posts in one week!

I'm still camped out in the living room although things are better than they were. The kitchen is not done owing to the painter not finishing. I'm still waiting for him and the carpet fitter to lay the floor covering and then the washing machine and fridge can go back in and we can get the rest of the cupboards filled up. Can't possibly expect them to work on a Saturday morning to complete it, can we? I have to say, I don't know where I'm going to put everything. There is definitely less cupboard space although I was assured it was the same size as the old one. Never mind, it will be lovely when it's finished so I'll just have to down-size and stop complaining.

I'm still working with some of my older stamps. This time it's a WOJ one; Willow with Cookies.

My card recipe:
Image: Willow with Cookie - Whiff of Joy
Coloured with Distress Inks
DP's: I can't find it now but I think it's called Christmas Hearts - Paper Adventures
Cardstock - Coredinations
Gingerbread men and flowers from stash
Platinum and Lace Stickles
Tools: Cuttlebug and Season's Greetings embossing folder
Sentiment: Cuddly Buddly

I can enter the following challenges:
The sketch is from Papertake Weekly
Whiff of Joy is Distressing
Totally Gorjuss is Sparkle
Fussy and Fancy is Winter Wonderland

I hope you like this card. I didn't quite know where I was going with it but here it is, warts and all.

Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Just Swinging By

Good morning everyone

I'm off work this week so I thought I would get a card posted at long last. We've got the men in fitting a new kitchen so I'm sharing the living room with a cooker, washing machine and over-sized fridge/freezer and my bedroom with boxes of kitchen utensils so I thought I'd escape and make a card. Mind you, from the noise they're making you'd think they were building a new house never mind a new kitchen. I feel like we're camping at the moment; I hope it's worth it when they're finished.

This is another of my older Sugar Nellie stamps which I dug out a few weeks ago. A few of their lines are coming to an end. I'm so glad I've got my Maggies and Hamishes, I wouldn't want to have missed them. Maybe they'll become collector's items!

My card recipe:
Image: Rope Swing - Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Distress Inks
Papers: MME - Wild Asparagus (my last bits, sob sob)
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers: Handmade
Brads: Papermania
Tools: Cuttlebug; Petit Ovals Small; Beaded Ovals
Sentiment: a stamp from my stash

I can enter this card for these challenges:
The Sketch is from the Sugar Bowl (what a lot of layers - it took me ages!)
ABC is Flowers this week
Totally Gorjuss is Pink (or predominantly pink)

That's it - thanks for looking.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Princess Tilda

Good afternoon everyone

It's not often I manage to get to the computer in the afternoon but I've managed to grab half an hour before I go back to work this afternoon. I bought this Tilda a while back and haven't had a chance to use her yet. Isn't she lovely?

My card recipe:
Image: Princess Tilda - Magnolia
Coloured with Distress Inks
Papers: from my scrap box
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers, lace, rub on and bits of embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts and from stash
Tools: Sewing machine; Leone Em branch punch; Martha Stewart border punch
Silver, Lace and Green Stickles

I can enter these challenges:
Just Magnolia: Dawny P's fabby sketch.
Totally Tilda: Glitter and Sparkle
CRAFT: Fancy Floral
Crazy 4 Challenges: Bling

I'm trying to use all my bits and pieces up that's why all these bits of paper are from my scraps. If you saw the area I work from you wouldn't believe it - I'm such a slob, honestly. My theory is that if I haven't got as much stuff to leave lying around, I can't make as much mess so I'm trying to use the bits and bobs up. Once I've done that I can go out and buy some more stash!

See you next time.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sitting Pretty

Hello everyone

It's been a mad dash to get to the computer first today. Suzanne has moved house and has no internet connection so because she has her D.T. stuff to do, she has first call on my p.c. I say "my" pc, but really everyone in the house uses it and I come a poor 5th or 6th after all the facebooking and everything has been done. I have got a few cards done though so once I get a bit of time on the computer I should get them posted.

This is another of my older Sugar Nellie stamps that I dug out the other week. I love my Nellies and I think it's a real shame when they only get used once or twice and then stuck away. I don't know if Karen will ever beat these little stamps for appeal. Anyway, here is "Baubles" in all her glory.

My card recipe:

Image: Baubles - Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
Papers: from my scrap box so I'm sorry I can't tell you what it is
Cardstock: Coredinations
Ribbon, Gems and little gold flower embellishments - from stash
Flowers: handmade
Tools: Cuttlebug and Season's Greetings Embossing Folder
Red and Gold Stickles
Tim Holtz Ticket
Sentiment: I think it's a Hero Arts one

These are the challenges I can enter this card for:
Christmas Stampin All Year Long: Photo Inspiration (I took inspiration from the baubles on the tree and the colours)
Charisma Cardz: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss: Christmas
Wild Orchid Crafts: Ribbons and Bows
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad: Embossing

This was a very easy card to make and I did it all with bits that I had in my boxes so it cost me nothing at all. I hope you like it.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dress-Up Maggie

Hello everyone

I thought I'd dig some of my older stamps out this week. I haven't used Dress Up Maggie for ages. I love this image - she looks like she's all dressed up ready to paint the town all different colours. I should have called this post "Painting the town pink, green, blue and yellow!" I always use green and pink for Maggie; she suits these colours so well. I've given her a bit of bling but I don't think she really needs it. I don't know where my stamping was going on the Happy Birthday. It's like the Burma Road, up and down! Never mind, here she is - all ready to go.

My card recipe:
Image: Dress Up Maggie - Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Promarkers
Designer Papers: Bella Press
Cardstock: Coredinations
Ribbon, buttons and gems from stash
Lavendar Stickles
Tools: Cuttlebug; Nestabilities Labels One; Big Scalloped Circles and Daisies Embossing Folder
Sentiment: Kanban

I can enter these challenges;
The Sugar Bowl: This is the sketch and the optional extra of using buttons
One Stop Craft Challenge: Fashion Through The Years
Fab n Funky: Photo Inspiration. This is a beautiful cake dress which made me think about dressing up.

That's all for now then. The Sugar Bowl have a DT call if you are interested. Hop on over and take a wee look. See you later.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Willow with Champagne

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all having a nice Sunday - those of you that don't have to work, that is. The weekend goes by far too quickly, doesn't it? You've no sooner got past Saturday evening and you have to start thinking about work again.

I haven't posted much recently but I've been very busy so I have plenty of cards just waiting to be photographed. Suzanne is going to be involved in a charity Sale of Work in October so there's a lot to do.

This is a card which will probably make it's way onto the "For Sale" table. I bought this image ages ago but I don't think I've inked her up before.

My card recipe:

Image: Willow with Champagne - WOJ
Coloured with Water Colour Pencils
The Designer Papaers are by Imaginisce
Cardstock: Coredinations
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Flowers: A mix from Wild Orchid and from stash
Pin and ribbon: from stash
Pearls: Kanban
Silver Stickles
Glitter Glue

I can enter this card into these challenges:
Sketch and Stash: This is where I got the lovely sketch and I used Willow who was quite neglected
Whiff of Joy: Use layers (at least 2)
Wild Orchid: Pearls and Pins
Die Cut Dreams: Pearls and Pins
Cutie Stamper: Glitter

That's it for just now, then. Thanks for looking.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jack

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a nice Sunday.

This card is for our Jack. It's his birthday today, he's 11. He couldn't wait because he's wanted a PS3 for ages so he's been "saving up" for one! Every time he's managed to get a bit of money together he spent it on a new football or an X Box game but he should get off to a flying start today with birthday money. We'll see...

I had to make this card in green, white and gold of course because they're Celtic colours. Another Lili of the Valley stamp for this card - I can't resist them. I'm going to have a look tonight and maybe treat myself to another couple. This wee man reminds me of Jack, he might not be the fastest but he's got a lethal right foot. I can just see that ball going right in the top corner!

My card recipe:
Image: LOTV - Football Crazy, coloured with Promarkers
DP: Bo Bunny - Kiwi Double Dot
Cardstock: WH Smith Gold Metallic Card
Football, Boots and Ribbon from stash
Sentiment: computer generated
Tools: Cuttlebug and Nestabilities Circles

I can enter these challenges:
LOTV: Go Dotty For Circles
CRAFT: Milestones/Birthdays
Totally Papercrafts: Keep it Plain and Simple
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - The Sketch

I'm off to see Jack now. It's birthday cake time. Yummy! Then that's the birthdays for a wee while so it's time for some more Christmas cards. Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All Wrapped Up

Hello eveyone

I'm making a good start on my Christmas cards. I'll get them all done and then a new batch of stamps will come out and I'll want them as well - just when I'm forging ahead! It's another blue one I'm afraid. I've promised myself I'm going to make a green and red one next time. No imagination, that's my problem.

Image: All Wrapped Up by Lili of the Valley coloured with Distress Inks.
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley
Papers: Nitwits
Cardstock: Coredinations.
Embellishments: White Flower Soft, Star Dust Stickles, Kanban Pearls, Smirk Ribbon and Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Cuttlebug, Labels 2, Round and Scalloped Circles and Spellbinders Floral Accents

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Lili of the Valley: The Sketch
Stamp with Fun: Card for a Girl
Creative Card Crew: Sparkle and Shine
ABC: B is for Blue
Stampavie: Christmas in Summer
Stampin for the Weekend: Anything Goes

We had a wee family challenge for this card. Suzanne says her mojo had gone walkabout and Kim hasn't made a card in long enough so I thought I'd jump start them. We each had the same image and the Lili of the Valley sketch to work to. You can find Suzanne's card here and Kim's here if you would like to have a wee look.

That's all for now. Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My new Doo Hickey

Evening all

I hope you are all well and enjoying the bit of sunshine we've been having. I got myself a new Doo Hickey this week. I wondered what on earth it was when I first saw the name. I swithered about buying it for ages because I wasn't quite sure what to do with it and then I bit the bullet and ordered it from the Glitter Pot. I could just go mad in that shop, but I have to say I was very disciplined. A Doo Hickey I was looking for and a Doo Hickey I ordered. It's a die cutting thingy by Magnolia and you can use it in your Cuttlebug (or Wizard or whatever), just in case you didn't already know. It end effect is like a punch isn't it, but I like it because it's much easier to use. I've got rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and I find punches quite hard to use sometimes so this little thingie was ideal. I just ran it through the Bug and Bob's your uncle as they say. Anyway, here's the result. The design is supposed to match some of Tilda's dresses so that's an added bonus.

I've given you a few views of the card so you can see what I've been up to.

My card recipe:

Image: Dancing Tilda by Magnolia
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
DP's: Somebunny Loves You by Magnolia - Vintage Yellow Quilt and Daffodil
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace, Pins, Leaves and Gems from stash
Gold and Star Dust Stickles
Silver Glitter Glue
Tools: Cuttlebug, Labels Nine and Doo Hickey
Nellie Snellen Floral Punch
Sewing Machine

I can enter this card for the following challenges:
Just Magnolia: The Sketch this week is by Dawny P
Totally Tilda - Use Stitching on your project
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - What Are Little Girls Made Of
Stamp Something - Fairy Tales (what a lot of Tildas!)
Charisma Cardz - Make an Easel Card
The Crafty Pad - Glitz and Glitter

I think that's everything. I thought this card was never going to be finished but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Isn't she lovely?

Evening everyone

I can't believe it's a week since I posted that last card. My life flashes before my eyes...

This is a card I've made with the beautiful Woodland Fairy from Sugar Nellie stamps. I was lucky enough to win her a couple of weeks ago through one of Karen's blog candies. I think she's absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't wait to make something with her.

My card recipe:
Image: Woodland Fairy by Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Promarkers
DPs: Green At Heart - Basic Grey
Cardstock: Coredinations
Prima Flowers coloured with Promarkers
Pin and Brads from the Hobby House
Adage Ticket by Tim Holtz
Branch Punch and Sewing Machine
Cuttlebug and Labels Nine
Ribbon from stash

I can enter this card for the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl: Do It Yourself - you can choose from a variety of sketches and any theme you like. I chose sketch number 20 and my theme was obviously Woodland.
Cute Card Thursday: Whateva!
Wild Orchid Crafts: One for the girls
One Stop Craft: Summer Fun
Sir Stampalot: Bring on the Bling

That's it then. Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Little Shepherd Boy

Hello everyone

I've just gone back to work today after a fortnight off. We didn't go away this time but we've done plenty of castles and beaches and things. The weather wasn't brilliant sunshine but very little rain and it was very warm so we've had picnics every day. Going back to work was a bit of a shock - I'm blooming exhaused!

A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to some of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps. I love these little images. They're just the right size, not muckle great big things and they always stamp perfectly. Look at this little chap looking at the teddy as if to say "there's something not quite right here." And check out those socks! These little images all tell a story - I love them. They remind me so much of when Erin, Kimberley and Jack were in the Nativity plays. It will be Wee Steven's turn soon.

My card recipe:
Image: Little Shepherd Boy - Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiments
Coloured with Distress Inks
DP: DCWV (from an old Christmas stack)
Cardstock: from stash
Lace: from stash
Poinsettias: Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools: Cuttlebug; Labels One; Stars 5;
EK Success Snowflake Punch
Stickles; Stardust and Gold

I'm going to enter this card for these challenges:
Lili of the Valley - The sketch
Simon Says Stamp - We are all going dotty
Cupcake - Distressing
Charisma Cardz - Something with a tail
Stamp Something - Christmas in July
Wild Orchid Challenges - Lovely Lace

That's all for now. I'm not going to post a blue card for a while. For someone who's favourite colour is green, there have been a lot of blue cards recently. The next one will be completely different colours!

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Christmas Angel

Hi everyone

I can't believe how long it is since I posted a card. I've been a very bad blogger but here we are with the first Christmas card of the year. We've had some very mixed weather up here and it was quite cold at one point. Some people were even saying they had had their central heating on. It made me think summer doesn't last long and winter will soon be here - better make a start on the Christmas cards. Like I need an excuse! I always enjoy making Christmas cards more than any other type of cards.

For want of a better name, I've called this card Christmas Angel. I know it's a stamp by Nellie Snellen for Kars but once I'd used it I couldn't find it again to check the name. You wouldn't believe the state of the area I work in. No one would believe Suzanne and I are mother and daughter - I drives her nuts. I've never seen a tidier crafter; it's not really normal, whereas I could never enter "What's on your workdesk Wednesday". Folk would think I'd messed things up for a laugh!

I can't believe what a carry on I'm having with Mr Blooming Blogger tonight. I started this post at the back of 6 and I was still trying to upload the first photo at quarter to 11. It's a good job I'm a patient person- not!

Here's the card:

A side view:

My card recipe:
Image: It's by Nellie Snellen for Kars (sorry, the name eludes me)
Coloured with Promarkers, lots of Glammer Dust and some Stickles
DP: The Paper Company - Snowflake Swirl
Cardstock: Stash
Tools: Cuttlebug; Snowflake Diecuts; Plain and Petit Scalloped Ovals; Plain and Scalloped Rounds
EK Success Snowflake Border Punch; Woodware Corner Punch (what a lot of tools!)
Charm, Jumprings, ribbon and selection of brads from stash
Sentiment: Justrite - A Merry Little Christmas Set

I can enter this card for these challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge- Easel Cards
Sketch and Stash - I used the sketch of course and the stamp and paper were unused although I got them last year. I also used my new Snowflake Border Punch. I've bought all these from Craft at Home
Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie

That's it, then. Thanks for dropping by. I've got a few birthdays coming up so no doubt I'll be back soon providing Mr Blooming Painful Blogger behaves himself.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cappuccino Girl

Hello everyone

I hope you've been enjoying the nice weather. we've had some sunshine but it's raining again here in Edinburgh. We've had everything this week: howling gales, lashing rain and beautiful blue skies. Can't beat it for variety.

I'm looking forward to the football tonight so nothing will drag me away from the tele!

This card is for my mum for her birthday. She likes girly things and she loves all these little flowers so I hope she's pleased with it.

My recipe:
Image: Cappuccino Girl - Wild Rose Studio
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers: Bella Press
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers: An assortment from Wild Orchid Crafts and from stash
Lace from stash
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Silver Glitter Glue
Lavender Stickles
Pin: Hobby House
Sentiment: Imaginisce

I can enter this card for the following challenges
Charisma Cardz - Metal Mickey (my pin is metal)
Crafty Catz - Distressed
Stampavie - Sparkling
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Nice and Girly
Totally Gorjuss - I used the lovely sketch
Magical Crafts - Flowers

That's all just now. I think I'll join the Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge this week. It's in aid of Michelle Oatman who's had a very nasty accident so hop on over to the Spoon Full challenge blog to have a look.

Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Wish You Were Here

Hi Everyone

No I'm not on holiday, as the title might suggest but I couldn't think of a better title for the card. I have been to Scarborough, sunny Scarborough on this occasion but no further afield than that. I have been watching lots of fabulous football though, hence the lack of a card.

I bought this stamp at a recent stamp fair. Whatever happened to unmounted stamps being cheaper? This stamp cost me £8.00. Can you believe that? However, because I absolutely love anything to do with the seaside I had to have it as soon as I saw it. Look at this pair, they look as happy as a couple of little of sandpipers. And another blue and yellow card as well!

I wanted to make this look like they were among the sea and sand but I didn't have a bit of sandpaper for the beach and I think I've overdone the glitz a bit. Never mind, I like it.

My card recipe:
Image: Beach Huts Friends by Stamposaurus (there are two - this is the large image)
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers: Nitwits Collections - Sandcastles
Cardstock: Coredinations
Embellishments: All from stash except the shells which are from the seashore
Gold Glammour Dust
Sentiment: Computer generated

I didn't use any tools or anything on this card but I did layer the image 3 times to give it a bit of depth. I wanted it to look as if they were inside their wee beach hut.

I can enter this card for these challenges:
PaperPlay: It's Sunny Here and you must have a Sun or Sunglasses on your card
Cute Card Thursday: Recyle or reuse something. I've recycled my seashells
Sew Many Cards: Anything Goes
ABC - Xtra Dimension: I've given the hut a lot of 3d. and the embellishments are 3d.

That's it for just now. I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Red and Black Anya

Hello everyone

It seems like such a long time since I posted a card. I just don't know where the time goes.

This is a card I've made using an image that was given to Suzanne a long time ago by a lovely lady called Helen. Suzanne shared the images with me and I've used them very sparingly. I really like Anyas but I don't have any of my own so I'm careful what I do with them.

I've made this one to fit quite a few challenges. I wasn't sure how the red and black was going to turn out but I quite like it now it's done.

A wee view of the flowers - black roses?!

My recipe:
Image: Anya -The Greeting Farm (sorry, I don't know which Anya it is)
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers: Bo Bunny
Cardstock: Coredinations
Flowers and lace: From stash
Gems and Pearls: Kanban
Martha Stewart Punch
Cuttlebug; Petite Scalloped Ovals Small; Petite Ovals Small
Glitter Glue
Sentiment: Dovecraft

I can enter this card for these challenges:

Crafty Catz - Red and Black
Charisma Cardz - Flowers
Cupcake Crafts - Dazzle Us
Anyone For Anya - Hot Hot Hot
PaperPlay Challenges - Flowers and Sparkle

I hope you like it. Have a good week.