Saturday 30 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' - bringing in the new

Hello!  Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas :o)  Apart from having the family round for Christmas dinner, ours has been pretty lazy really... I've done lots of knitting in front of the tv lol... ooh, and my mum got me a set of crochet hooks for Christmas, so I really do have to learn now!

Our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'anything new'... so new baby, house, job, or just new crafty stash is fine too.

Any tips for taking photos of white cards?  The light is obviously not great for photos at the moment, so I tend to get the light box out, which really doesn't seem to work so well for white cards... I tried two different backgrounds to see which one would work best...

And I'm still not sure, so thought I'd add them both!

I used a giraffe die from Crafter's Companion, adding Spun Sugar distress ink while it was still in the die.  The other dies are all from the MFT die-namics Blueprints 3 set, cut from Papermill white linen card and lightly inked with Spun Sugar.  The sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Stamp, stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and I added a little Doodlebug enamel dot to finish.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
CRAFT - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes

I probably won't be back for a few days, so Happy New Year to you all... hope it's a good one :o)

Friday 22 December 2017

Penguin baubles!

Hello :o)

I did say I might show some knitted projects occasionally, so here goes... these little penguin baubles are this year's teachers' gifts.

They're definitely not perfect, but they were fun to knit... not so much fun to sew up!  I'd forgotten just how much I hate stitching knitted things together!  The pattern was in Let's Knit magazine, and the only thing I did differently was adding ribbon loops instead of crochet chains... I'm yet to try crochet, but hopefully I'll have a go at that soon.

I've been wrapping presents all day, something else I'm not too keen on... ugh, it just seems never ending!  Next year I MUST be more organised!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Sweet Robin - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

Here's another Christmas card, using the recent Sweet Robin image from DigiStamp Boutique.

I coloured it with copics, adding some Glamour Dust sparkle.  The papers are Doodlebug, sentiment is Clearly Besotted and snowflake border is part of a Memory Box die.  Finished off with some large black pearls from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - seasons greetings
Incy Wincy - red & green
Crafty Calendar - it's Christmas

If you fancy treating yourself to a cute image or two, there's a 50% off sale at DigiStamp Boutique at the moment.

Thanks for popping in :o)

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Papercraft Challenges DT - birthday

Good Morning :o)

A while ago I was asked to join the DT at a new challenge called Papercraft Challenges, which has been started by the DT at Cards und More... if you pop over to the blog it's all explained there!

Our first challenge is 'birthday', and there are 3 goody bag prizes to be won.

I've used a cute image from the Maddie - Happy Days set from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics, with a bit of Stickles on the bubbles.  The papers are from a pad I bought from The Works, which I now can't find or remember the name of, too much Christmas stuff piled all over my desk... The bow is an MFT die-namics die, pearls and resin flower from my stash and the sentiment is CC Designs.

Hope you're more organised for Christmas than I am, starting to panic slightly lol... can't believe it's less than a week away!

**Oh, and before I go, there's a sale on at DigiStamp Boutique now, with 50% off everything**

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday 16 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' - last minute Christmas/ CAS

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is 'last minute or CAS Christmas'... great for getting a few much needed extras made!

Now, I know it's a bit unusual, but I really love yellow for Christmas cards... well I like yellow in general really.  I think these papers are Trimcraft baby ones, and the dies are Tonic.  The cardstock is all Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl and the sparkly snowflake centre is from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
CAS on Friday - Christmas
Crafty Addicts - non-traditional Christmas colours
Pile it On - non-traditional holiday colours

Thanks for popping in :o)

Friday 15 December 2017

Yet another reindeer...

Hello... yep, I made another one!

Another sweet reindeer from LOTV's Reindeer Collection, coloured with copics, with a sprinkle of Glamour Dust sparkle.  The papers are Doodlebug, the bow die is Memory Box, sentiment is Crafter's Companion and I added some little black buttons from my stash... oh, and a Doodlebug enamel dot too.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - festive colours
CRAFT - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas/ winter critters

I can't promise this is the last of the reindeer invasion, as there are still some sat on my desk waiting to be coloured, along with some other images, as I just don't have enough cards made... eeek!!!

Thanks for popping in :o)

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Another reindeer...

Hello :o)

I'm back again with another of those sweet LOTV reindeer images...

I coloured him with copics and added my usual Glamour Dust for sparkly 'snow'.  The papers are Doodlebug, sentiment is Clearly Besotted, the stars are a cut up Memory Box die and the corner die is Whimsy.  Finished off with a couple of enamel dots.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cutie Pie - stars and/ or snowflakes
Little Red Wagon - Christmas critters
Pause Dream Enjoy - reindeer

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Guest DT - Deep Ocean Challenge

Hello :o)

I was asked to be Guest DT for this week at Deep Ocean Challenge, where the theme is Jingle Bells (anything Christmas)... I was happy to join in and get another Christmas card made.

The fab image is from the Cute Santa Collection from DigiStamp Boutique - I really love this set, and it makes at least one appearance every year.  I coloured it with copics and added Glamour Dust to Santa's hat.  The papers are those lovely Northern Whimsy ones again, fishtail banners and snowflakes are MFT Die-namics dies, sentiment is Clearly Besotted and I added an enamel dot from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Christmas with the Cuties - Santa Claus is coming to town
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Come and Get It - Christmas
Dragonfly Journeys - here comes Santa Claus

I counted my finished Christmas cards today, and am now trying not to panic... knew it was a mistake, I felt quite organised until I had actual numbers lol.  I foresee some speedy cardmaking in my near future...

Thanks for popping in :o)

Monday 11 December 2017

Reindeer Collection

Hello :o)

Unusually for me, I've made my mum's Christmas card already... I'm not sure why, but family cards always seem to get left until the very last minute, so I'm trying to be a bit more organised this year!  Although I'm not sure if I have enough for posting yet, so I should probably make a few more of those too...

I've used a cute image from LOTV's Reindeer Collection, coloured with copics and a bit of Glamour Dust sparkle.  The papers are old ones that I found when I was moving things around recently... the fishtail and snowflakes are MFT die-namics dies, and I added red pearls from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
MAWTT - T'was the challenge before Christmas (not sure if you can tell as I've covered some of it up, but the paper behind the image is actually printed with the poem)
Allsorts - snowflakes
Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
LOTV on FB - December challenge, anything goes

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Friday 8 December 2017

Polkadoodles Challenge DT

Good Morning :o)

Time for a new challenge at Polkadoodles... as always it's 'anything goes' for participants, although the DT have all made 'anything but a card' this week.

How I wish I was better at taking photos!  This is quite pretty and sparkly in real life, but I'm not sure you can really tell.  I've used flowers and leaves from Winnie White Christmas, cut them all out, shaped them with an embossing tool, inked the edges and dabbed Stickles all over them with a brush... original plan was to spray them all with Spray & Sparkle, but the can just wouldn't spray... I cleaned the nozzle, poked things into it, swapped for a new spray top, swore a lot and then gave up and got the Stickles out!  I used Collall 3d glue to attach all the flowers to a plain polystyrene bauble... oh, and a pin to attach the ribbon before that.  The flower centres are silver pearls.

I'm entering my card bauble for the following challenges
Paper Minutes - Christmas ornaments
The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes
Dream Valley - Christmas
Pile It On - non-traditional holiday colours

Ooh the more I look at this, the more I dislike the photo lol... might see if I can retake it later!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Harry & Beer - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

My hubby asked me for a card for his colleague, who's leaving to start a new job tomorrow... he and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby any day now too, so I thought 'good luck' would sort of cover all bases...

I used the fabulous Harry & Beer from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics.  It made a nice change to colour something non-Christmas!  The papers are Echo Park, sentiment tag stamp is LOTV, corner dies are Whimsy and I added a Doodlebug enamel dot to finish.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Crazy 4 Challenges - colour your day
Simon Says - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - food or beverages

Off to get some breakfast now, as I haven't quite managed that yet - school run done, dog walked, blog post written.... now I can fill my tum lol.  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Saturday 2 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' - sketch

Happy Saturday :o)

This week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' is a sketch... not overly happy with my card though, I've overdone it on the patterns I think, so it's a bit on the fussy side!

I've used a very pretty image from All Dressed Up, called Mirror Mirror, coloured with copics.  The papers are the ones that helped me find Northern Whimsy papers, as I was searching for something makeup themed - you can find this set HERE.  The sentiment stamp is from DigiStamp Boutique HERE.  The little tabs and flowers are MFT die-namics dies from different Blueprints sets, the fancy circle die is Spellbinders and the sparkly enamel dots are Doodlebug.

And here's the sketch
I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says - anything goes
Everybody Art - anything goes
All Dressed Up - anything goes (with an ADU image)

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely weekend :o)