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Sunday 30 November 2008

Glitter Snowflake

I got absolutely covered in glitter making this card and loved it!

The base card was lilac and I covered the lower half with DCWV glitter cardstock from my QVC kit. The ribbon is also from the same set. The sentiment is a glittered rub on from Dovecraft.

The main focal is the gorgeous glittered snowflake which is a Christmas decoration from ASDA, 10 for £1.97 ! Bloody bargain I say.

This card is proper blinged up and girly and has lots of Christmas twinkle :)

Tis the season (to sparkle)

This card is entirely made from DCWV items from the QVC drawers.

The main backing paper is a glittered cardstock that glistens gently. The pink and black strip is cut from a paper that had several different designs in it. The central panel is a glitteredccardstock sticker which has been adhered onto textured cardstock which I have used the corner rounder on.

This is a really lush glittery card which is just gorgeous in the flesh.

The case of the Armless snowman

Another craft day make, this card was made using Dovecraft backing paper and tag and I stuck the snowman on from the DCWV drawer set, but his twick arms looked silly sticking out so I chopped them off !! I hope I don't get done for cruelty snowmen!

The ribbon and the sentiment are from the Brenda Pinnick kit

Bundle Up

Another card made yesterday.

The backing paper is Dovecraft, the image is a freebie digital image which was matted onto cardstock from DCWV. The sentiment is from the same DCWV QVC drawer set and was also matted onto the icy blue and mounted on 3D foam squares.

The snowflakes are vellum stickers which I have embellished with Paperchase gems.

It is so cold at the moment I think this is appropriate BRRRR

Christmas Stockings

This is one of the cards I made at our crafty day. The central image is what started it all off and this is a freebie digital scrapbooking printable on photo paper. The backing papers are DCWV.

Not your traditional Christmas colours but they don't always have to be do they?

Christmas Bears

This card was made using a pre embossed blank, I have no idea who makes it or where I got it!

The central embossed panel dictated the size of the panel so I chose a recycled image to fit inside and matted it on gold and red cards to add definition. The scanner as usual hasn't picked the gold up well though :(

The sentiment is again from an old card. The flowers and gem are from the Brenda Pinnick QVC kit I had recently. The ribbon along the bottom is from Dovecraft.

I did consider chalking the embossing to bring out the design but was worried that I would ruin it so decided against it !

It's Christmas

This card started from the sentiment panel which was recylcled from an old Christmas card. It is metallic red but the scanner hasn't picked the colour up at all well. The sentiment dictated the choice of the DCWV paper and the 3D stocking was added to lift the card a bit.

Quite a quick card that pulled itself together easily once I'd chosen the paper.

Card Sketch A Day # 54

This card was made using sketch #54 from Card Sketch a Day

The backing papers are DCWV, the stripy one having been punched with my ever faithful Martha Stewart doily punch. The sentiment panel is a freebie scrapbook printable image on photo paper edged with white brilliant ink, the brad is Dovecraft and I have used some more of my new bobble trim that I love so much, even in the green colour!!!!

This is one of the cards I made on the forum day yesterday, proving you can craft, eat and gossip at the same time!

Sketches by Tamara # 58

This card was made using Sketch 58 from Tamara.

The snowflake backing paper is DCWV from the QVC 3 drawer sets, the perforated paper is from Inspire Me and the bobble trim was from the NEC. The snowflakes are Quickutz die cuts fastened with Papermania brads. The sentiment is a DCWV cardstock sticker on 3D foam and the snowflake brad is from DCWV.

I made this card at the crafty forum day and it was one of 7 that I was able to finish.

CPS Sketch #91

I made a few cards last weekend but haven't had time during the week to scan them or blog them.

This first card was based on CPS Sketch #91. I had a look through my circular images recycled from old Christmas cards and have a couple of circular ones so will probably make a few more cards using this sketch.

The sentiment paper is DCWV and the ribbon strips are from the large Brenda Pinnick kit off QVC

Crafty Forum Meet Up

Had an absolutely fantastic day yesterday as I had arranged to visit some of my forum buddies. One of the girls Clare's Mum and Dad are members of a bowling club and we were able to hire their clubhouse for the day for a very reasonable fee. There were 6 of us that went in the end and came from all over the country.

From left to right there is Me, Kerrie, Clare, Helen, Lisa and Becky. All are very talented crafters and lovely people.

Helen made us all a little project bag each which had all the materials needed to make a fab
little tag book/card. Looks really effective and is so easy to put together.

Our mission now is to decorate the inside, not sure whether to put a Christmas message, or photos, or maybe a mixture of both?

Kerrie made us all a little giftbag which has sweeties inside

I drove just over 100 miles there and back again. It is the first time I have driven anywhere long distance on my own and I really enjoyed it. It was foggy all day and I kept driving in and out of it going down and the same back again. My confidence is so much better now on the motorway and I really felt a big sense of freedom on this trip. I even went on the M25 which was a real biggie for me, Lisa said the same thing. Lisa and Helen stopped in a hotel for the night rather than make the trip back again. I have to admit I was so tired that I probably should have done the same. At least I have had today to recuperate :)

All in all, I made 7 cards, spent some quality time with some lovely people and really hope we are able to meet up again. The time flew and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

Sunday 23 November 2008

2 Sketches 4 You - Kristin's Bonus Sketch

This card was made using the bonus sketch from Kristin who is one of the new DT members over at 2 Sketches 4 You.

The backing paper is DCWV, the embossed panels are from a Cuttlebug folder which has had silver inkpad run over to highlight the embossing. The sentiment and central snowflake are from a QVC Brenda Pinnick kit. I think the snowflake is missing something so I might add a bit of bling to it. Christmas isn't chrismas without a bit of sparkle is it ?

2 Sketches 4 You - Laura & Kazan 13

I have been suffering with an awful cold for over a week and haven't made any cards at all! I didn't even manage to do my beloved 2 Sketches 4 You sketch last week so I have done it this week with Laura's.

The blue card is for Laura's 13th sketch.

The patterned papers are from DCWV, the top one I have used my Martha Stewart border punch on. This is trimmed with a bobble trim I got from the NEC last weekend which I absolutely love. I have red and green too and I have a feeling you will see it on a lot of cards this Crimble.

The sentiment is from the QVC Brenda Pinnick kit and is a clear sticker mounted onto white DCWV card.

The snowflake is a Christmas decoration and is very dimensional so it sparkles really nicely. This is mounted onto a piece of a fantastic paper that Inspire Me make which is perforated with holes. I managed to pick up 2 sheets of irridecent blue and silver last weekend. This is then mounted onto a square panel from Brenda Pinnick and then a scrap of Irridescent blue paper which has also had the border punch treatment. I really love how this card turned out and ADORE the bobble trim.

The pink card was made with Kazan's sketch last week. The base card has a mat of a vibrant pink glossy card. The textured card is a Cuttlebug folder which has had 2 inkpads gently rubbed over the surface.

The sentiment strip is a magazine freebie from Crafts Beautiful, the sentiment panel is from Let's Make Cards and the snowflake is a Sizzix emboss and cut folder.

Saturday 15 November 2008

Been to Hobbycrafts at the NEC

I am suffering quite badly with a cold donated by my husband and wasn't sure if I would be able to make it to the NEC today but I was a brave soldier and faced my enemy (traffic jam on M42 queuing to get to the car park at NEC is always bad, but especially today as they had a car show on as well!)

I had a great time and was QUITE good with my purchases, but I couldn't wait to get home as my throat was really sore, and I kept sneezing a lot and was starting to lose my voice.

My legs were really shakey by the time I got home and I haven't even unpacked my bags. Keep feeling sick and as if my head is being squeezed in a vice.

Not got any appetite so going to goto bed and hope I feel better in the morning. I've got new crafty stuff to sort out dontcha know!

Wednesday 12 November 2008

CSAD Designer Card #73

The current sketch at Card Sketch a Day features one of my cards in the Guest Designer slot.

I used this design to make a thankyou card for a very special friend Sandra. By the time this post is published she will have received this card, I hope you liked it sweetie!

The patterned paper is from HOTP Ultimate Floral pad, the frame is from a K & Company die cut sheet. The sentiment is from a huge Brenda Pinnick QVC kit, double mounted onto card scraps. The brads are from a Docrafts TSV.

Saturday 8 November 2008

Di Hickman Sketch October #5

Both these cards were made using the last October sketch on Di Hickman's blog.

The stamped images were from a forum swap that we did last year. I had coloured most of them using H20's but Christmas was a bit of a non event last year and I didn't end up making many cards.

I decided I was going to make the 2 cards at the same time using the same sort of things but in different colours.

The holly pattern papers are magazine freebies, the stripy paper is almost the last of the afore mentioned HOTP paper ( I only have a small sliver left!)

The sentiment strips have been cut from a sheet of freebie patterned paper and the sentiment panels are from the latest Lets Make Cards pack.

That's another 2 more Chrismas cards done! YIPPEE!!!!!

2 Sketches 4 You - Laura # 12

This card is based on Laura's latest sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You.

I have combined patterned papers from Dovecraft and DCWV, with some sparkle paper for the Martha Stewart punched edge. I cut a strip off the card fron and sandwiched the edge between the card and the patterned paper. Thank you to Kerrie for that little tip!

The ribbon is a sparkly one from Dovecraft, the snowflakes are a Quickutz die assembled with Papermania brads. The sentiments is a DCWV cardstock sticker from the 3 drawer set I had from QVC. I used a silver Papermania peeloff to cover the join in the scalloped border but this has scanned in black!

Sunday 2 November 2008

CPS Sketch #38

Are you ready for a golden oldie ? Oldie in the respect that for this card I have used Sketch 38 which was from last Christmas over at CPS.

I am finding that sketches in general have been a major influence in me getting my Christmas card groove on this year and have been using some of the older sketches for inspiration, then pick my materials and run with it. In my defence, this time last year I only knew about sketches via Di Hickman's blog and Becky Flecks Pagemap site, since then I have become aware of so many more sources of fantabulous designs and I can definitely see it has had a good influence on my cards and made me experiment more with placement of elements and the whole less is more principle.

The main image on this card is a stamped image from a forum swap we did last year. I think it is a Whippersnapper design. It is coloured in with H20's and matted onto a scrap of gold card.

The central paper is some more of the HOTP paper I mentioned in an earlier card. I've still got a bit left and it will be used up soon, I promise.

The flowers are some 3D stickers that came free with a Docrafts Creativity magazine a few issues ago. They have a glue dot in the middle of the plastic flower and the petals are left free so you can fold them and manipulate them so they stand away from the card. They have been squashed down in the scanner but look quite good in real life.

2 Sketches 4 You - Joke Bonus Sketch x 2

I have made these 2 cards using Joke's Bonus Sketch on 2 Sketches 4 You.

As I was cutting the patterned papers up I figured I may as well make a second card at the same time.

The text based paper is from the Dove craft Winter Wonderland pack, the tiny snowflake one is from LMC.

For the 1st card I used a glittered chipboard shape from the DCWV dwawer set from QVC. I layered a metal snowflake charm on it from Papermania and a large gem in the centre from Paperchase.

The second card was made using a Papermania flower, a Prima flower, a blue snowflake charm, a white snowflake brad and a small gem all from Papermania.

I edged the cards with a small Versamark ink pad to define the edges.

Saturday 1 November 2008

Kazan Sketch #12

I have used Kazan's Sketch #12 over at 2 Sketches 4 You to make this Christmas card.

The base card is from a DCWV 3 part drawer set I have had from QVC and was pre-printed with the main design on textured card. The glittered tag is from a DCWV chipboard pack to match one of the paper stacks. The brad is from the same range. The tree is from a 3 part glittered chipboard pack from a magazine freebie and the organza ribbon is a scrap from my stash.

The design team at 2 Sketches is changing from next week and the girls have thanked each departing member individually. I think it is really lovely and the personal touch is one of the main reasons why I think their blog is so popular.