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Sunday 30 October 2011

OSAAT #86 Christmas


There's a new challenge today at One Stitch At  A Time and the theme is
CHRISTMAS

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I love Christmas, especially trimming the tree and I adore this image Lite Brite from Stitchy Stamps. I have always loved how elegant and simple it is and I am so glad I had the chance to work with this one. I coloured the pot and stalk of the tree with Promarkers but the rest of it is pure glittery goodness. I always felt this card would be great with multiple colours of glitter for the lights. It was quite time consuming and VERY messy but I am delighted with how this has come out. I used a fine tipped pva glue and just played with lots of colours of glitter, working on one colour at a time. I added a decoupage layer for the star and 2 more layers for the pot and bow. I added lots of gold glitter to the star to make it twinkle even more J

Using the current Tuesday Morning Sketch I layered candy cane papers in red and white and the green striped paper is from the Smirk Christmas pad, I thought the card needed a bit more glitter LOL. The image was matted onto some scrap black card to provide a strong contrast to the papers and tie the black tops of the lights together. I added some gold ribbon from my stash and the digi sentiment was diecut with a Nestabilties label die and embossed
I love this card so much and think I may do some variations of it in different colours. I think a blue and silver one would look good……

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Please pop over to OSAAT to see the fab cards from my colleagues on the DT. I look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge

Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size – A5
Papers – Dovecraft Festive Treats & Smirk Christmas pack
Sentiment – Free Digi from Elegant Word Art by Bethany
Embellishments – ribbon and tonnes of glitter 
Tools – scissors, 3d foam, Fiskars hole punch, Nestabilities die
Techniques – Decoupage, punching,

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-

Thursday 27 October 2011

IDIC Card of The Week


Today I have the honour to be the very 1st person to be showcased on a new feature at I Did It Creations for this is the Card of the Week.... Woohoo :)


I was very fortunate to have won a challenge with this card at Robyn's Nest and was given a guest spot as my prize. Jeanette particularly liked my tent card I had made previously and I was given my pick of the fabulous digi's over at Robyn's Fetish to make my card with.


Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps

I combined 3 separate images to make up this card. The most fun bit for me working with digital stamps is looking at what I can add together to make a scene. I'm not clever enough to do that with traditional rubber stamping but love to play with them on the computer. In this particular case for the middle section I used the Basket of Apples digi and resized it, used Apple Cider and was able to digitally create layers so the whole section is decoupaged.

The image on the outside Apple Harvest was enlarged to fit the card and then I printed a second layer of the basket and raised with 3d foam. All images are coloured with Promarkers/Flexmarkers and I have added glossy accents to make leaves shiny, apples on the tree and the tops of the bottles, I added glitter to the hearts and used a Promarker Fine Nib to draw the detail of the bark on the tree.

I didn't work to a template on the construction of the card but had seen some on other people's blogs and experimented to get the shape as I wanted. In this example I used a sheet of A4 card, scored a line at 2.5cm at one short end, at the other end 2cm and 2.5cm. This provides the folds at the bottom so it can stand up. I then divided the rest of the card in half and this provides the fold at the very top of the card. At this point it is easier to cut your window out. I used a Nestabilities labels die to draw round and cut the window out. I covered the front of the card with a red checked paper from a Dovecraft Christmas stack (love that it looks like a checked table cloth!) Carefully cut around the window on the inside of the card and you have a mat for another project :)

Use strong tape to join at the bottom and the main frame of the card is then done. All the digi images are mounted on foam to add more dimension and then I used some Papermania glitter glue around the edge of the window to finish it off.

Susan has provided some links to instructions on how to make a tent card on this post if mine seem like gobbledy gook!

I really enjoyed making this card, thanks to I Did It Creations, Robyn's Nest and Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps for giving me this opportunity.


Card Size – A5 ish
Paper - Dovecraft
Embellishments - Papermania Glitter glue & glossy Accents 
Tools - 3d foam, scissors, Nestabilities die
Techniques - Decoupage

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Wednesday 26 October 2011

WOYWW #125


It's WOYWW  and time to have a nosey at what is on YOUR desk. Come and have a nosey at all the crafters who have joined us over at Julia's Stamping Ground.

I had to wait in yesterday for a friend's Iphone to arrive and had tidies up and was preparing to do some DT cardmaking so I'd pulled matching papers put for my mushroom and glitters out for my tree only to get a call to say that It wasn't coming and was still in the depot. The poor lad has been really messed about by TNT, they said they had tried to deliver Saturday which was a complete lie as I was in all day and it has just got worse since then. He himself couldn't even pick it up as it was my name on the package so I offered to collect it yesterday so my planned craftiness has had to wait until today.

You will see propped up against my drawers the new issue of Papercraft Inspirations which has 4 sheets of felt Christmas shapes and a book of decoupage and just peeking out behind is a brown envelope which has a blog candy gift from Iris Zhou and she drew the cutest little bunny rabbit on the envelope. If you zoom in you can see it saying hello!

It's a nice sunny day here today but blooming freezing, I did the grocery shopping yesterday so don't have to go out in it today, something for which I'm really quite glad

I want to leave you with some photos I took on a lovely walk around Sutton Park on Sunday. It was a perfect crisp Autumn day with a lovely warming sun and a slight chill in the air. We are lucky that only 20 minutes drive away we have a massive park and woodlands and it was a great place to take a stroll. There is a big lake and a restaurant around it and there are signs saying that wild Exmoor ponies graze in the area and not to feed them. Everyone we know has never seen them but to be fair it is a large area that they are in so they probably hide from people.

Paul and I went off the main track around the lake and into the pine forest. It smelt lovely and you were walking on a bed of pine needles. There was a gentle breeze and the trees swayed and there was a noise as if they were talking to one another, it was so quiet and peaceful.


Then just up ahead from us we saw the most amazing sight, one of the wild ponies rummaging around for the acorns that were littered all over the floor of the forest. I was just overcome with emotion as we were really quiet and it was happy to graze only 3 feet away from us. The colouring on it was really beautiful. We couldn't believe it didn't run away and we were careful not to make any quick movements as we didn't want to scare it.


We continued into the forest and saw interesting little things like this funny knotted branch on the floor amongst the leaves


And gorgeous trees with the leaves changing colour, this was my favourite



All in all we had a lovely 3 hour walk and as we stayed off the main tracks it was just so quite and relaxing and then we saw this........


I cannot believe how lucky we were, there was no one else around us and it felt like they had come out to see us. It is hard to believe that literally EVERYONE we know who has been to this park has not seen these gorgeous animals, it really was a magnificent sight to behold.

I hope you like my piccies and enjoyed your walk with me in such lovely scenery. I'm off to see what some of you have been up to and then get my cards made.

Byeeeeeeeee and thanks for visiting xxx 

Monday 24 October 2011

Spooktacular Smack Down at SBDS


Stitchy is having a fabulous sale at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps across all the digis in the store. It is a Progressive sale so the more you spend, the more you save. This is a fabulous time to take advantage and buy the digis on your wishlist from our great designers. The sale starts at Midnight tonight GMT


If you click either of the posters it will take you straight there.

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Daisy Doodles 45 #3



At Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges we have a new challenge today which in honour of Halloween which is to either use the Halloween theme or traditional colours.

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For my giftbag I have used the Halloween Pack 2. You get a cute little bat and this fab pumpkin shaped candy bucket that I have used for only $2. Head over to the Daisy Doodles Store to check out the images !


I had coloured this pumpkin in as I wasn’t sure which image I was going to use. The Trick or Treat frame came from a Mygraphico freebie from Lindsays Stamp Stuff called Halloween Odds & Ends and I popped the little pumpkin inside and coloured with traditional Halloween colours with my Promarkers.

The gift bag was made using a brilliant tutorial from Shelly’s Images. I used scraps of MME paper and card to make it as per the instructions. I punched holes with my Cropodile and added the star eyelets before threading some sheer black ribbon through and tying with a bow.

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Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Patterned Paper – My Minds Eye Penny Lane
Embellishments – eyelets & ribbon
Tools - Scissors, Promarkers, Fiskars Punch, Nestabilities Die, Cropodile
Techniques – punching, eyelets

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Daisy Doodles 45 #2




At Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges we have a new challenge today which in honour of Halloween which is to either use the Halloween theme or traditional colours.

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For my sweetie bag I have used the Halloween Pack 2. You get a fab pumpkin shaped candy bucket and this cute little bat that I have used for only $2. Head over to the Daisy Doodles Store to check out the images !


I had so much fun making my card. I had already coloured up the extra bat image so decided to make a gift package of Halloween sweets. I used a polythene bag and folded the top down. The paper is My Minds Eye folded over at the top. I added a strip of black card which was punched with a Martha Stewart punch and added some self-adhesive spotty ribbon to cover the join. The image which was coloured with Promarkers was simply stuck to the cardstock with some 3d foam squares.

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I hope you will pop over to the blog to see the lovely creations on there from the rest of the DT and we look forward to seeing your entries in for our ‘Halloween’ challenge.

I'll see you again next week with another lovely Daisy Doodles design.


Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Patterned Paper – My Minds Eye Penny Lane
Embellishments – self adhesive ribbon
Tools - Scissors, 3d Foam pads, Promarkers, Martha Stewart Punch
Techniques – punching

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-



Daisy Doodles #45 Halloween



At Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges we have a new challenge today which in honour of Halloween which is to either use the Halloween theme or traditional colours.

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For my card I have used the Halloween Pack 2. You get a fab pumpkin shaped candy bucket and this cute little bat that I have used for only $2. Head over to the Daisy Doodles Store to check out the images !
Halloween isn’t celebrated very much in the UK so I don’t normally ‘do’ Halloween projects but I thought I would just have fun with this. I wanted to make a card with Batty and thought it would be nice as a fun ‘I love you’ type card for my hubby. I don’t have any Halloween papers so experimented with a limited time free digital pack called Haunted Hideaway I had downloaded from @Jacquie of Yvajama Designz and using my graphics program layered them on top of one another. The bat frame is a clip art that I found with a Google search and is a perfect frame for our main character Batty. I added the little sentiment using a spooky font and then printed the whole lot out as just one layer. This was stuck to a scalloped edge white card blank from Papermania.

I then added some extra decoupage layers for the bat so it would really stand out as pictured below. I gave him shiny eyes with Glossy Accents and he has been coloured in with various greys from Promarkers.


I hope you will pop over to the blog to see the lovely creations on there from the rest of the DT and we look forward to seeing your entries in for our ‘Halloween’ challenge.

I'll see you again next week with another lovely Daisy Doodles design.


Materials Used in this card are as follows:-
Card Size – 6” square
Patterned Paper – Digital paper pack by Yvajama Designz
Embellishments – Glossy Accents
Tools - Scissors, 3d Foam pads, Promarkers
Techniques – decoupage

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-