Monday 31 December 2012

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

I made this card using the wordbook section of Funky Hand Craft the Year Away CD, but I didn't want to make it as a book. Instead I stuck it to a card blank and used 3d foam to raise up the numbers. (As usual, it doesn't show so well in the photo) . I typed the sentiment and added pink adhesive gems.

I'd like to enter this for

CD Sunday Think of a number
Polka Doodles Happy New Year

Why not join in the giveaway at Inkspirational Challenges?

Sunday 30 December 2012

A Purposeless Card

It seems ages since I made something just for fun, with no specific purpose. Its been all Christmas cards, gifts, specific birthday cards… Tonight I looked at some of my favourite challenge blogs for inspiration and came up with this.  

The stamp is by Paper Artsy/Inkadinkado (it says both on it) and it’s the first time I’ve used it. I used a brush to stipple ‘Salty Ocean’ Distress Ink onto a manila tag and then stamped the image, slightly off centre , in ‘Chipped Sapphire’. Actually the off-centre bit was a happy accident!! I stamped again onto white card and paper pieced fragments of the image. I edged the tag in silver pen and added eyelets. The alcohol ink background was a leftover and I added a ribbon border.

I’d like to enter this for
Out of a Hat Creations – Birthstone colours (Sapphire)
Artful Times  – recipe (I hope it’s okay that the female in the recipe is part of a mixed group)
Fashionable Stamping Challenges – Surprise Us

Why not join in the giveaway at Inkspirational Challenges?


Photo Calendar 2013

At last, I’ve finished the calendar for my son’s grandmother- and she’s arriving tomorrow!

I do one every year and have to keep coming up with a new twist. This year I used black card as the background, a calendar template from here and my Bind-it-all.

I’d like to enter this for:

CRAFT Challenge- Not a card
Use It Tuesday -  2013 (Using up lots of old papers etc!)

While I’ve got you, don’t forget to come over to the new Inkspirational Challenge Blog, sign up for a prize in our giveaway and get ready for our first challenge on Jan 2nd.

Monday 24 December 2012

A Panda, Prizes and a Christmas Wish

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of games consoles danced in their heads.

 It’s Christmas Eve and my little boy has gone off to sleep with less messing about than usual! Just time to wish all visitors to my blog (and especially those who are kind enough to follow me) a very happy Christmas.


While I was finishing up my Christmas –card-making my daughter requested (with 2 days notice) a birthday card for her friend who loves pandas.  This is what I came up with.

 The photo is a public domain image and although the design is simple, I was quite pleased to be able to meet the brief at such short notice.

 I’d like to enter this for:

The Pink Elephant – Anything goes
Creative Card Crew – Chinese New Year ( I hope this is okay as in the post it says anything Asian themed is okay)

 Finally, don’t forget that the fantastic giveaway on the new Inkspirational Challenge Blog starts on Christmas Day. Please pop over there and get involved.

 Happy Christmas!

Friday 21 December 2012

January Sales Shopper

My brother’s wife’s birthday is January 2nd . She’s a stylish woman who loves to shop, so when I saw A Day for Daisies new release I knew I’d found the perfect image for her birthday card.

 The papers are all from Christmas packs but I hope it’s a nod to the the season without looking like a Christmas card. I added the text  SALE – to the bag. The embellishments are Papermania and I used a sketch from Corrosive Challenges.

A Day for Daisies are a sponsor of the new Inkspirational Challenges blog , of which I’m excited to be a Design Team member. We will be having a launch giveaway with lots of great prizes, so do come over and follow us.

I’d like to enter this card for:

A Day for Daisies – Mad for Plaid

Bearly Mine Challenges – Winter Birthday

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Stamped gift tags

I've kept my gift tags really simple because I'm going to have to make LOTS of them.

I covered the tags with distress inks and stamped with a snowflake stamp (a Craft Stamper freebie). Then I stamped the 'Do not open..' stamp in black. This stamp is by East of India, who I think are more of a gift company than a craft one, but they do a small range of rubber stamp sentiments which stamp beautifully. The two biggest tags are a slightly different shade to the others- that's because they were manilla luggage tags and the others were die cut from white card.

I'd like to enter these for:
Crafty Creations Challenges Seasonal Tags
Out of a Hat Creations Winter
Little Red Wagon Christmas Tag

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Mmmmm...Not Sure I'm Good at This

I was busy procrasting with making the annually expected calendar for my son's grandmother when Mynette ( On a Stampage and the new Inkspirational Challenge Blog)  left me a message drawing my attention to the challenge on Technique Tuesday  - Faux Tile.

I used a Kanban stamp with a repeatable pattern and Vintage Photo Distress Ink on cream card. I added 3 Stampin Up brads.  There's a big gap at the top as I intend to bind it with the Bind-it-all.

I did find this technique quite tricky as I always stick things a bit wonky. But it was fun trying!

New Year Bears

Hooray! No more work till 2nd Jan!

One of my colleagues didn't make it to the end of term celebrations because she had an emergency operation a few days before. We sent her a 'get well' card, but I didn't post her Christmas card as it was quite bulky, so instead, I thought I'd make her a New Year card for when we go back.

This weeks challenge at CD Sunday is 'Teddy Bears'. This image is a decoupage sheet from Docrafts Digital Designer/ Forever Friends Celebrations CD . I decoupaged for 3 layers and added glitter to the fireworks and bubbly.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Definitely NOT a Christmas Card

This is nothing like a Christmas card is it? Which is just what I wanted - a little break from Christmas before I go back to make my gift tags etc.

Browsing the challenge blogs, I noticed that both Opus Gluei and Daring Cardmakers had a 'monkey' theme. Daring Cardmakers also have a prize from the Ribbon Reel.

For this card I used a (previously uninked) frame stamp from Papermania and a Hero Arts monkey stamp. The 'have fun' sentiment is from a set of acrylic stamps (I think by Woodware but I always lose the packaging!)

Friday 14 December 2012

Christmas Owls

Aside from a few quick and easys, this is pretty much my last Christmas card! Hooray! I'm looking forward to doing something different. Although as I write this I'm realising I still have gift tags etc to do!

This is another one of the cards for my colleagues. Just as I was making the cards, my colleague commented that she was 'into owls at the moment'. I'm not sure what she meant by that but it was enough to inspire me to make this card for her!

The owls are an A Day for Daisies digi and the background and santa sleigh are from a My Craft Studio CD. I used Hunkydory Snowfall Acetate to make a domed front.

I'd like to enter this for :
Charisma Cardz Christmas Makes
Tando Creative Seasonal Wishes
Papercrafting Journey Christmas Projects

Wednesday 12 December 2012

All that glitters.....

All that glitters very hard to stick things to! I used white glitter paper for the background here and then struggles to get the embellishments to stick.

The images here are from Debbi Moore Christmas Bookazine CD. I cut out a second image and stuck it over the first with 3d foam, so it looks like the sledge is coming out the picture.

I'd like to enter this for:
CD Sunday Frosty Days
Papertake Weekly SnowWhite

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Red Postbox

This is another card for one of my team at work - all different but all the same size xard blank and with a snowfall acetate dome front.

The backgound and Santa sleigh silhouette are printed from a My Craft Studio CD and the postbox is a Molly Bloom stamp, iced with Liquid Pearl.

I'd like to enter this for:
Kaboodle Doodles Red
Tuesday Alchemy Anything goes  

Snowy weather

We had our first snow of the winter last week. I put on my wellies and battled my way off to work, only to feel a little strangely dressed when I got off the train to find there was no sign of snow in London!

I'm making cards for my team at work. They're all different but I've kept to the same size card blank for all of them and also covered each card with a dome of snowfall acetate.

This image is from A Day for Daisies. I used a Marianne die for the circle (shame you can't see the glitter on the paper) and lots of Liquid Pearl.

I'd like to enter this for:
A Day for Daisies   Shades of Blue

Monday 10 December 2012

Doing the hokey pokey

You can get such fabulous effects with these intricate dies but - oh- you do have to do a lot of poking bits out!

You can't see it, but these shapes were cut out of white glitter paper . The filigree dies are both Memory Box. The deer is my old faithful Non-Sequitur stamp, embossed in silver.

I'd like to enter this for:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges To die for
Christmas Card Challenges Die cuts

Sunday 9 December 2012

Still cute?

It used to be so simple: cute baby + Santa hat = cute photo. Now , after 5 years, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get a good photo of my son. Out-takes included funny hand signals, strange grimaces and sticking his finger up his nose to annoy me.

Eventually I managed to get a decent shot. I cut the background out (TV in the background didn't look too festive) and mounted it onto gold.

This card will be going out to just a few close family members.

Swing on a star

I seem to have injured my back (maybe when I slid down an icy hill the other day!) but the show (aka Christmas card-making) must go on!

Here I used a Molly Bloom stamp with a Sizzix die cut star and a fancy die cut circle (Marianne I think). I coloured the boy with Promarkers and paper-pieced his hat and scarf.

I’d like to enter this for:
Raise the Bar Challenge – Blues and White
Jellypark Challenges – Stars are shining brightly

Christmas Bus

I’ve just checked back and seen that I made my first Christmas card back in July…and yet still I’m having a last minute panic!

My partner is a classic bus enthusiast (oh yes) and so I always make a couple of bus themed cards for his friends.

Here I made a Penny Black bus stamp look Christmassy (I hope) by paper piecing with Christmas paper and adding red and gold.

 I’d like to enter this for:

Fab n Funky Challenges – Non Traditional Christmas
Totally Papercrafts – For the boys

Thursday 6 December 2012

Another Wreath

Here's another card using the Penny Black wreath stamp. This time I stamped it in Versamark clear ink and brushed over with gold Pearl-ex . Then I stamped again in Ivy Brilliance ink and used the same ink with a little Blade Rubber holly stamp, which I stamped randomly-ish around the wreath. Finally I coloured the berries red.

I'd like to enter this for these challenges:
Charisma Cardz Christmas
Moving along with the times Clean and Simple
Craft Challenge Christmas

Monday 3 December 2012

Sentimental Scene

This week's CD Sunday challenge is Oh Christmas Tree and I searched all my craft CDs for Christmas trees but none inspired me. I decided instead to make an old-fashined scene , featuring a Christmas tree. This room scene is from My Craft Studio Setting the Scene Christmas CD. The mother and child are an A Day for Daisies digistamp that I coloured in , cut out and stuck into the room.

I used the sketch at Christmas Card Challenges. The Christmas tree backing paper is from the same CD and I stamped the sentiment onto the same paper. Finally, I added red glitter glue  to the baubles and the sentiment.

Sunday 2 December 2012


I've been playing around with this stamp , Berry Wreath, from Penny Black. I stamped it three times in Distress Ink - Forest Moss, Bundled Sage and Barn Door. The sentiment is from a Papermania (I think) acrylic set.Finally,  I added pearls .

I'd like to enter this for:
Penny Black at Allsorts It's your choice.
Papercraft Star Holiday Greenery
Less is More  Red and green

Ski Sunday

This little ski-er (LOTV)  is making an appearance on my Christmas cards for the second year. I like rediscovering my Christmas stamps , don't you?

I coloured him with Promarkers and paper pieced his clothing. All the papers and the brad are Bo Bunny Powder Mountain and the tree is a Sizzix die.

I'd like to enter this for:
Oldie but Goodie Challenge Let it snow
Raise the Bar  Bundled up

Saturday 1 December 2012


I was a bit stuck for ideas for the CD Sunday challenge Inspired by Nature, until I was inspired by one of the participants, Sue T .

Sue had used a robin image from La Pashe and had really made the reds stand out by using a blue background. Well, I didn't want to totally copy her in the same challenge(!) but I wanted to think of another way to make the reds the focus of the card.

First I found the image on La Pashe Just Inklined and,using the colour boost tool in My Craft Studio, changed the black lines to a sepia colour. I coloured the image in with Promarkers keeping everything to neutral (from the skin-tone set!) except the red.  The music paper was also from the La Pashe Cd.

Mirror, Mirror

This mirror card is so mirror-ish that it was hard to get a photo. In the end I used the self-timer on my camera and just had to accept that my house would be reflected in it!

I used a Magenta stamp, stamped in Damson Distress Ink and cut out three times. The sentiment comes from a acrylic stamp set - think it might be Woodware.

I'd like to enter this for:
Artful Times - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Christmas- no green, gold or red