Sunday 26 January 2014

Festive 48 - Week 3

It's time for me to come up with another Christmas card and get smug for Christmas 2014!

Just to recap, I have challenged myself to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I have also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

I must say, this card looks more Christmassy in real life as it's sprayed with irridiscent glitter which doesn't show up in the photo. I used Carta Bella Winter Fun digi kit - I composed the background digitally and then print and cut the children and the bunting. 

Thank you to everyone who joined me last week. Great cards everyone and one reminded me of a the very effective 'spotlight' technique. Great work, Kathleen. 

Kathleen's Card

If you want to catch up and do the full 48 cards, the links are still open here and here. 

Feel free to link up one Christmas card below. 

I'd like to enter my card into:
Shopping Our Stash -  Winter Blues
Crafty Creations  Any Season
Inspired By Photo
QKR Stampede Winter Fun 

Saturday 25 January 2014

Festive 48 - Week 2

Last week  I announced to the world my intention to make a Christmas card every week , and post it here (to make sure I do it!) . If I do this, by the beginning of December I will have 48 Christmas cards. I also issued an invitation to anyone who would like to join me.

Now I've finished it, my card this week seems a bit of a cross between a Christmas and Valentine's card! I guess that's the joy of making Christmas cards 'out of season' - the influence of what is going on at the time. The image is by A Day for Daisies and the sentiment is Stampin Up.

Chrissie joined me last week with this lovely card:

If you would like to join me, please link one card up at the bottom of this post. If you want to do the whole 48, feel free to link up to last week's post. This is Just For Fun . 

I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations Something to drink 
Inspired by  Photo
Totally Papercrafts Paper piecing 

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Tower of Dogs

It was fun making this 3rd birthday card - I did fiddle around with embellishments for a while and decided it looked better without. The stamp is by Penny Black - there were five dogs but I cut off the bottom one and replaced it with a die cut 3. I coloured the dogs with Promarkers. I stamped the sentiment - maker unknown as I've lost the packet, yet again.

I'd like to enter:
That Craft Place  Colour Palette
Carisma Cardz It's a boy thing
Alphabet Challenge  Y for young
Gem of a Challenge For the Boys

Pinspirational Challenge 91- Black, white and blue

It's time for another Pinspirational Challenge  and here's this week's picture:

For my DT card, I took colour inspiration from the penguins on the stripy sofa. Using a digi provided by our sponsor, Scribbles Designs  I doodled black and white stripes on the birdhouse. Then I coloured the image in pale blue and grey and stamped the sentiment underneath.

There is so much inspiration in this picture - penguins, snow, books.....why don't you come over to Pinspirational Challenges and join in?

I'd like to enter:
Kaboodle Doodles - Blue
Created with Love Winged things

Sunday 19 January 2014

Cat and Cake

I missed entering the CD Sunday challenge last week, so this week I'm joining in on day one. The theme is 'Here kitty kitty'.

I made the image in Docrafts Digital Designer.  The main images are from Tulip and Friends CD (the cat is from the Hot Diggity Dog section and the cake from Tulip) and  the spotty paper and frame are from Happy Birthday To You CD. I cut out another copy of the cat and stuck it on with 3d foam.

As well as CD Sunday, I'd like to enter:
Come and Get it Challenges - Food Glorious Food
Crafty Calendar Challenge  Let's Celebrate

Saturday 18 January 2014

Inkspirational Challenge 48 - The Firebird

We have a picture challenge at Inkspirational  today and here's the picture, a fairytale illustration by Dulac.

I used a stamp by Basic Grey. I created the background by using inks and stamps on pearlescent card. There's a scrap of the gold patterned paper that I also used in my last Inkspirational DT card - I love it so I'm eking it out! 

Check out the Inkspirational DT posts. They all picked out different things from the picture, such as the trees or the bird.  Come over to Inkspirational and show us how this picture inspires you. 

I'd like to enter:
Our Creative Corner- shopping sins. (I'm always buying stamps. I've had the bird stamp for years but it's the first time I've used it!) 
Brown Sugar Anything Goes 

Festive 48 - Week 1 - Get Smug for Christmas 2014

My  New Year’s resolution is to do better and get my Christmas cards done in advance this year.

As nothing motivates me better than a deadline I will commit to posting a new Christmas card here every Sunday morning .I should end up with 48 cards by the time I need to send them out.

Will you join me?  I have an Inklinz sub so I might as well use it!

For the first of my 48 cards, I made a fat robin out of circle punches. I had the usual photography problems – the glitter doesn’t sparkle and I’m reflected in the snowfall acetate!

Feel free to link up a Christmas card (just one a week) and we can both feel smug by December.

 I’d like to enter these challenges:
City Crafter snowbirds
Cute Card Thursday  Cold and frosty 
QKR Stampede Snowflakes and sparkle 
ABC Christmas Challenge Anything Christmas 
Red Carpet Studio Snow buddies 

Thursday 16 January 2014

Using a Mood Board

This is a layout I made using a kit I put together using the January mood board at Two Peas in a Bucket. 
 I've never used a mood board before and I'd had a quick look at it and moved on. Later on I was looking through my photos and this one reminded me of the picture in the bottom left of the board. I then decided to enter into Glitter Girl's challenge to put together a kit. Here it is:
In the end, I didn't use the browns and woodgrain - maybe I'll use them on another project.

I'd like to enter:
Kaboodle Doodles  Winter Wonderland (hope my back garden qualifies as a wonderland!)
Cuttin and Stampin Challeges AG with winter
Delightful Sketches  Brrr

Sunday 12 January 2014


I wasn't able to go to my scrapbooking group yesterday, so I did some scrapping at home this evening.

The paper is by Tim Holtz (I actually won it at my Scrapbook group). The strip of washi tape is My Mind's Eye. The 'make a wish' is unknown - think very old Crate Paper. I cut the word 'glow' and the arrows on the Silhouette and , with the chipboard 6, heat embossed them in a mix of copper and gold powders. Date stamp is by company unknown.

Actually I'm struggling to remember brand names today because I want to enter the challenge at Twisted Tuesday , more than 3 manufacturers and an arrow. I wish I would stop throwing the packaging away. All I can promise is that nothing on my LO was made to go together (except by me!) .
As well as Twisted Tuesday, I'd like to enter:
The Paper Girls  Wishful thinking
Sparkles Anything but a card

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Pink Makes the Boys Wink

My sister, who loves to enter competitions, won a small prize recently but was unable to use it because of a skin condition. How delighted was I to receive in the post yesterday, two jars of Elemis face creams?! I get the fabulous skin (hopefully);she gets this card.

The image is from an old CD, Kirsty Wiseman Burst of Colour and I turned it into a 'print and cut' and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo. This just gives it a bit of dimension. I used paper from a freebie paper pack, die-cut labels, a ribbon threader punch and black organza ribbon and an X-cut border punch. The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp.

I'd like to enter:
CD Sunday - Pretty in Pink
Craft your Passion  Fancy boders/edges
Brown Sugar Use ribbon or twine
Crafty Catz Thank you
Natalie and Amy  Girly
Pink Elephant Thank you

Pinspirational Challenge 89 - Hot Drink

"How organised she is!", I hear you cry, when you see I have made a Christmas card already. But no, we get the themes for Pinspirational Challenges  well in advance, so this card was actually for the Christmas just gone, not the next one.

Here's this week's Pinspirational picture:

Our sponsor , Sami Stamps , provided digis for the Design Team, but in fact, I already had this perfect one of hers in my collection. I used Promarkers, paper-piecing and liquid pearl. 

How does this picture inspire you? Please join us at Pinspirational Challenges! 

I'd also like to enter:
Love to Scrap Anything Goes 
Crafty Boots anything goes
Sami Stamps Anything Goes

Sunday 5 January 2014

Real Gentlemen

I had a really productive day yesterday, as my partner took our son for most of the day.

This is the first time I've used this Paper Artsy stamp that I bought, at 'sale' price , just before Christmas.

I made the background using a mix of blue inks and spraying with water. The number border is by Hampton Art. I added some twine - I agonised for a while over whether I should grunge it up but decided I wanted to keep a 'clean' look to the card. After all, even vintage things were clean when they were new!

I'd like to enter:
Artful Times Blue
Less is More Winter blues
Pink Gem  Something new (stamp)
Come and Get it  Something new (stamp)
Open Minded Crafting  New toys or technique ( new stamp) 

Saturday 4 January 2014

Valentine, Already

It may seem early but my daughter asked me if she could have some cards to sell for charity at a fundraising event at her uni . I feel very nervous about this as I have no idea what might sell but as it will be nearer to Valentine's Day, I thought I would try a contemporary style Valentine's card.

I digitally welded the 'toilet sign' people together, cut them out on the Silhouette Cameo and inked them with Raspberry Distress Ink. I cut the heart and stamped it with a Hero Arts woodgrain stamp and the sentiment is by Stampin Up.

I'd like to enter:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges   raspberry chocolate and cream
Curtain Call Smitten
Allsorts   Free and Easy 
Addicted to CAS  Die cuts 

Inkspirational Challenge 47 - Brown and Yellow

Inkspirational is back for a new year of challenges, and this time it's a colour challenge:

For my card , I created a background using yellow, mustard and brown inks with stamps by Kaiesercraft and Prima, and a brick pattern stencil.  I stamped an image by A Day for Daisies (this was with one of their acrylic stamps)  and coloured it with Promarkers. I used ink and a Kanban stamp to create the dress' that I paper pieced onto the image.

Take a look at the DT projects to see how different shades and proportions of the colours can create very different projects.

Please join us at Inkspirational and share your brown and yellow project.

I'd also like to enter:
Stamplorations  Stamps and feathers
A Day for Daisies Anything Goes
Crafty Catz  Thank You
Moving Along with the Times  Thank You

Friday 3 January 2014

Road to Happiness

This card was requested by my daughter , at short notice as usual, for a wedding she's going to tomorrow.  I used papers from October Afternoon Travel Girl, stamps by Stampin Up, a border punch and a flag die.

I'd like to enter:
Little Red Wagon New Beginnings
Totally Papercrafts New Beginnings
Jellypark Challenges  New Beginnings
Crafty Hands  Anything Goes

Wednesday 1 January 2014

2014 - The Time is Now

Happy New Year to you all - followers, visitors, fellow DT members.

The idea of this card was to try to show time moving (or dancing!) forward, mixing vintage papers with the more modern look of the badge.  The papers are by Prima and I cut the clock, numbers and dancer on my Silhouettte Cameo. The badge is by Stash Panache and is one of two sets I bought just before Christmas - one was used for a Secret Santa and the other was a gift to myself!

I used this sketch from 365 Cards
I'd also like to enter:
Red Carpet Studio New Year's Eve ( new item is the badge)
Craft your Passion Something New
Twisted Tuesday  New Beginnings