Sunday, 23 January 2011

Sundays with Santa

Pops has set up a just for fun group on Facebook - Sundays with Santa, so we can get one step ahead of the game with our Christmas cards.
Every Sunday there is a new theme so we should have at least 52 cards by the big day this year.... thats the plan anyway!!

I missed the first 2 weeks, so this is my first card for the group. The snowman stamp is one I've had for ages but he is still a favourite of mine, this one has had 3 different hats and scarves on, thank goodness for copics, at least you can colour on top of a colour if you don't like the original one IYKWIM... I used gunmetal gems for the eyes and buttons then covered the snowman with glamour dust.
The papers are from a My Minds Eye, Wonderful Winter stack, really lovely papers.
DCWV cardstock run through a CB snowflake embossing folder and sanded, bit of raffia ribbon - job done!!

Hope you've had a good weekend, the next one will be here before we know it!!
That's it from me today, off to do a bit of sewing now.

In the pink wedding card

I thought it was about time I inked up another one of the LOTV stamps I ordered recently, but which one??

I had the patterned paper on my desk as I was going to make a valentines card but decided to make a wedding card using my new wedding stamp. The Lili of the Valley challenge this week is a wonderful sketch by Dawny P, one I will use again, and the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge is 'It's a Couple thing'

Sentiment is from SU! as are the punches, apart from the Martha Stewart heart punch, pearls and gold heart from stash which I am gradually working my way through!!

I've finally managed to work out some of the settings on my camera, only had it since last summer!! My pictures should be a bit brighter now....

I've just realised the Cupcake craft challenge this week is 'Weddings' so I'm entering it there also.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Just for you

Thought I would get my entry for Just Magnolia & Hanglar & Stangler in early this week, as more often than not I miss the deadline!! Had a lovely time colouring the image then thought I would use my cricut to cut an oval shape to mount it onto.... only thing is it wouldn't work! The power supply/adapter was broken so had to find an alternative, thank goodness for my EK Success circle cutter!

Love this cute Magnolia image, coloured with copics, the papers are from a magazine a year or so ago, must rummage through the pile of mags and see what other lovely papers I can unearth! All the embellishments are from my stock pile of stash, had the crochet flowers for ages, I really must learn to crochet, then I can make my own. The little hearts are from Paper Cellar, I filled them with Glossy Accents as I didn't know how else to stick them to the card, then added a bit of glitter to bling it up.
I ran a glue pen round the edge of the circle the main image is on and sprinkled a bit of glitter on there. I've tried to do this with stickles but haven't managed to get a nice fine line, more practice required!!

I am going to enter this into 3 challenges
Just Magnolia & Hanglar & Stangler - a fabby sketch from Donalda, lovely to work with
Stamp Something - Something Cute, can't get much cuter than this image
Cute Card Thursday - 1,2,3, 1 pearl brad, 2 patterned papers and 3 blooms.

I am off to decorate the card on the inside with layers similar to the front and think I may list it on Ebay. I need to find out where to get my hands on some boxes to post cards, just in case anyone buys any of my cards!! If anyone knows of a good supplier can you let me know please.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

May all your wishes come true...

This Hanglar & Stangler image was one I received from a blogging buddy when I first started blogging. My wish, that H & S stamps were more readily available in the UK, not just on Ebay where they go for silly money!!

I coloured it ages ago, before I had my copics and can't remember what I used to colour it with! I rediscovered it in a pile of projects to complete, which I am working my way through in a bid to clear some worktop in my craft room!
The papers are from an MME Magnolia stack, there are some gorgeous papers in there, look out for some on cards over the next few days, they are all autumnal colours, my favourite colourway. I found a bottle of Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Rich Gold which I'm not sure has ever been used so thought I would give that a go. Flowers, ribbons and pearls from stash. Sentiment is Craftwork Cards.

I am entering this card into 2 challenges
Just Magnolia & Hanglar & Stangler - My favourite things, well I love using ribbon & pearls on my cards, not that you can see much of the ribbon, my Martha Stewart border punch and I reckon the shimmer mist may become a favourite!
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls

That's it from me tonight, am off to catch up on Wanted Down Under.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Thank you card

Thought I was going to be late with this one.....

I've had a few thank you cards to make for the kids to send, wanted to make something clean and simple. I dug out some of my SU! stash, Sweet Always papers, one of my favourites, still got a pack unopened! The card blank and envelope from stash, sentiment from Paula Pascal set, Martha Stewart border punch, think this is the first time I've used this after I just had to have it back in the summer! All other items are SU!

I am entering this card into A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge this week which is Thank You.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Quietly crafting....

I've had a quiet morning crafting - the rest of the house were sleeping or out!!

The image, one of the new LOTV stamps, has been on my desk for the last few days, I just couldn't get the hair colouring right - anyone got any hints for copic colours for blonde hair, I would very much appreciate them. I'm thinking I need to buy some more shades :)

I am going to start using up more of my stash this year rather than keep stroking it and putting it away for best.... have managed to use a fair amount on this card.
Papers are DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl, LOTV image, I used nail gems on the skirt. Sentiments are from SU! and Whimsy Stamps and my favourite punches from SU!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Creative Card Crew - a card with more than 1 fold
Flutterby Wednesday - sketch
Lili of the Valley - things with wings
Stamp Something - LOTV stamp

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Give us a b...... bright birthday card

After my pastel shades yesterday, thought I would make a bright birthday card today!

I liked the look of the sketch at The Sugar Bowl challenge this week, so had a flick through my Sugar Nellie stamps..... haven't used this one in a while, pulled out an old DCWV Glitter stack and used Martha Stewart and SU! punches, Cuttlebug embossing folder, card candy and sentiment from Craftwork Cards. The optional extra at The Sugar Bowl is Ribbons and Bows - here's hoping one is enough!
The Winter Wonderland challenge is to go dotty, hope the embossed dots and card candy will count and finally Charisma Cardz are celebrating their 2nd birthday so a birthday card is the order of the day. Add a 2 to the card and you get a 2nd entry into the draw.

My dear friend Lili...

Up late tonight, I had to order my new Lili of the Valley stamps before I went to bed to make sure I got the ones I want! I am trying to order while writing this post, the site is really slow so I'm guessing lots of crafters have the same idea :)

Here's a card I made this evening to while away the time...

Love this cute LOTV image, reminds me of my daughter when she used to clomp around in my shoes.... oh how long ago was that, too scary to think about! Coloured with copics, I dug out one of my old papers pads, another DCWV, spring stack and an old corner punch which has been tucked away in a draw for some time.
I couldn't decide what sentiment to use when I discovered this in a pile of new rubber that hadn't been inked up. Time I used some of my flowers, instead of stock piling them and these ones matched the papers quite well I thought.

I am entering this card for 4 challenges
Lili of the Valley - sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Out with the old - papers and punches
Stampin' for the Weekend - New and blue - new sentiment stamp
Cupcake Craft - Something new - new sentiment stamp.

Am still struggling with the LOTV site, let's hope I can get this order processed soon otherwise I shall be falling asleep at my desk tomorrow!!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Bloom & Grow Tilda

What a busy day... but I can relax now, the house has been de-Christmassed and cleaned through, washing up to date so that leaves me free to craft all weekend :D

I made this card for a very special friend who celebrates her birthday today. I was hoping to enter it into 4 challenges but as I am late posting, I've missed the Magnolia deadline :(

Not sure what this image is called but it was from the Autumn Magnolia kit in 2009. I used MME Bloom & Grow papers, I bought loads of these as I love the colours, so still working my way through them!
The 3 challenges I am entering this card into are
Totally Gorgeous - Someone Special
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes - lace option, hope my raffia ribbon counts!
Create 4 Fun - sketch.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Catch up Christmas card challenge - one that I forgot....

I'm playing catch up with a challenges at the moment, trying to get back into the habit of cardmaking and blogging on a more regular basis than I ended up doing last year...

This next card is one I made for my Mum for Christmas this year, now I am fairly organised with sending out general cards but then I guess that because its easy to open a pack of shop bought cards and write and send them. I don't make all my cards, just wouldn't have the time so I only send handmade cards to family and close friends.

Yes another LOTV stamp, just love love love this image, that bear is so darn cute! Copics and DCWV (a christmas stack this time) are the order of the day again, I really should treat myself to some other papers but am trying to use up existing stash before stocking up with more. I end up with so many DVWV pads because every time I go to The Range they just keep jumping in my basket :) Nearly forgot about the wonderful snowflake die from Whimsy Stamps, the detail is just wonderful.
I saw the idea on the EK Success website, so put in circle cutter into action! I have used it quite a bit since then, I had managed to bury it under papers and other crafty loveliness.

I am entering this card into Stamping for the Weekend and A Spoonful of Sugar challenges as they both have Christmas as the theme.

Made another birthday card this evening but forgot to photograph it in my haste to send it... just one more to make for this week.

Am so looking forward to my day off tomorrow, need to finish de-Christmassing the house - why does it take so long to pack all the decs away? May just chuck it all in the boxes and get on with some crafting - quilting, cardmaking or beading???

See you soon

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Thanks a bunch!!

Well as first days back go, that wasn't too bad.... Only tomorrow to go then its my day off, can't decide whether to do housework or crafting??
Anyway on to my card,

I suddenly realised I had a thank you card to make today, well a few actually but one pdq.... yep, you guessed it, my LOTV stamps came out along with my copics and another old DCWV paper stack, the glitter stack. The sentiment is from a Personal Impressions set I bought back in the summer which has only just seen ink, great everyday sentiments in several different fonts. Dusted down my SU! scalloped square punch, rooted around until I found the box of card candy et voila.....

I am entering this into 3 challenges,
Cute Card Thursday and Winter Wonderland whose theme is 'Thank You' and I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday for the layout.

Still got 2 more birthday cards to make so hope to be back tomorrow.

Monday, 3 January 2011


Happy New Year to one and all... hope you had a fab festive season and that 2011 brings you all you wish for :)

I had hoped to have made a card before now but had a busy couple of days. I was determined to make a card though before I return to work, its another one of those busy birthday weeks on my calender, 3 birthdays to celebrate so will be busy!!

Here's the first one,

This is another of my stamps that has not been inked up yet, another cutie from Lili of the Valley, not long now until the launch of the new stamps!!
Reckon I need to find a tut on colouring with red copics, not a favourite colour of mine, but sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone, and the colour combo at Colour Create this fortnight is Red, Pink and White. The papers are from a DCWV stack I've had for ages but can't remember the name of, Sweet Collection or something like that. I really liked the clean lines of the sketch at Friday Sketchers so thought I would combine the 2 challenges.

Anyhow guess I should have an early night as I'm back at work tomorrow, should be a challenge in itself after 2 weeks of lie ins!!

Just noticed I seem to have lost my name, will work out what I've done tomorrow...

Sam x