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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Good morning all.

Yesterday I was gobsmacked to find the get well card I'd made for my cousin had been ShowCASed at Less is More to say I was thrilled is an understatement!!  I finally got some decorations put up too, I must admit to not going the whole hog this year...I just couldn't be bothered with the hassle!! 

Off to the hairdresser's this morning, then I may need an afternoon snooze before we head off down the road for the party!

Today's share is an MDF reindeer - I'm not too happy with how it turned out but it will have to do this year and I may redo it for next Christmas.

The blank MDF came from Anna Marie Designs. After painting with gesso I used various acrylics, crackle glaze and distressed inks....at this point it didn't look too bad then I decided to use a satin finish to protect it which made all the DI run so the crackle all disappeared. You live and learn!
For the base I used texture paste and covered it with diamond dust whilst it was still wet. The snow people are Christmas cake decorations and the sign was broken off a Christmas ornament.
Now guess who has inky fingers just when I don't need them!!

Challenges entered:
2 Creative chicks - make an ornament
Decorate to Celebrate - anything 3D goes
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card

Friday, 19 December 2014


Good morning all.

Today I'm sharing the wedding place names, table numbers and table plan I have made for my sister for tomorrow. She hasn't seen them yet so I hope she likes them.

The owners of the hotel she manages are hosting the meal and were told she didn't want any fuss...we decided she deserved a little bit of fuss! The colours were chosen to match the napkins. All dies are from Spellbinders and the black and old gold card is pearlised. The font is Subway Novella. I need to try and find some balloons to match today.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Winter's Jewels

Good morning all.

We gave my Uncle a good send off yesterday, the church was full and luckily the weather was kind too. I came home with a huge boxful of ribbons and suchlike which my brother's ex wife had put together for me when clearing her Mum's house...I was like a pig in a poke when I got home!

A second gift card holder to share today.

After masking the base card to create a panel I stamped the Personal Impression stamp three times with versamark and heat embossed with white detail EP. The panel was then inked with DI and a sentiment from the same stamp set stamped below. A few gems were added to finish off.
Inside I used another waste off cut from my stitched landscape dies to create the pocket.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - one layer snow
Just Inspirational - blue and white
Simon Says Stamp - winter inspiration
Get Creative - blue and white/silver
Fashionable Stamping - turn up the heat

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Snow Gift Card

Good morning all.

I'm off to my Uncle's funeral this morning. The service is to be held in the church where my parents were married and although I've been in the churchyard many, many times I don't think I've ever been inside the church! I managed to finish off the wedding bits so they're ready to be delivered and I've also got the last of the family Christmas cards to hand out and a few Christmas presents to deliver.

Having finished all my Christmas cards for this year I realised I needed some gift card/money holders for a couple of nephews.

I've done some acrylic block stamping for the first time to create the background using DI. I then over stamped with two different snowflake stamps and a sentiment (all from Anita's stamps) using memento inks. Finished with a few gems et voila!
Inside I used a piece of waste card leftover from my stitched landscape dies to form the pocket and added a further sentiment.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - one layer snow
CASology - snow
Addicted to Stamps - snowflakes
Fantasy Stampers - CAS Christmas

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Good morning all.

I made some headway with the Christmas cleaning yesterday and hubby is shampooing the sitting room carpet today so we might get the decorations up in time for the big day! On the wedding front I only need to cut and stick two tables worth of place names and put the table plan together...I managed to get the rest done last night.

The wedding takes place today, they've been together for 18 years. They've gone to York to do the deed with my niece and her husband acting as witnesses. They're hosting a party for the rest of us on Saturday after they get home.

Here is the card I have made her.

Decoupaged image is from Cuddly Buddly. Backing paper is from Prima. Dies are from Spellbinders. Punch from Martha Stewart. Sentiment from LOTV. Ribbon, charm and pearls from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a hand tied bow
Jellypark Friends - ribbons or bows
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
That's Crafty - anything goes
Paper Shelter - special celebration
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything but Christmas

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sneak Peek "Altered Coasters"

Good morning all.

This is my second post this morning for Imagination Crafts, if you'd like to see my midway reminder project please see my post here.

It's my turn to do the tutorial on the Imagination Crafts Inspiration blog this morning. 

This is my first ever tutorial so if you would be so kind as to pop over and check it out, then leave a comment and let me know what you thought :)

Here's a sneak peek just to whet your appetite.

Imagination Crafts "December Mid Way Inspiration"

Good morning all.

We had  a lovely night on Saturday...lots of alcohol was consumed but not by me so apart from being tired yesterday I was perfectly well! I've now got to make 41 place name tags and a table plan for Wednesday...I did volunteer for my sins!

Eek half way through December already and only 9 chocolates left to eat...where are the days  going to! Here is my second inspiration post for Imagination Crafts.
Our theme is always anything goes and the winner will receive a £40 voucher to spend in the Imagination Crafts Shop.

I've used another of the Decoupage Stamp Sets - Snowman.

Image is stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver EP, then I've washed the background with silver aquatint, die cut and layered onto a teal mat. Image is coloured with promarkers and I've used stickles on his hat, Background is a Die'Sire Create a Card die from Crafter's Companion which I've embossed then inked with Peacock Feathers DI. Sentiment is from the stamp set. Card is finished with a few gemstones from my stash.

Challenges entered:
A Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas
Fairytale - colour combo light blue white + ? (I've added teal)
Patties Creations - Christmas cards
Wags n Whiskers - Merry Christmas
Dream it Up - quick and/or cute
Fashionable Stamping - heat it up

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Card Club " Non Traditional Colours"

Good morning all.
 I'm hoping it's good for me too after the hen party last night...but I'll probably still be in bed when this goes live!!

It's our final challenge at our little Christmas Card club and Margaret has set us the theme of "Non Traditional Colours".

Made in the same vein as my two winter wonderland cards earlier in the week, this is my final  special card for this year....and if something could go wrong, smudge or go askew it did!!
Sleigh scene is half a Crafty Impressions stamp, heat embossed with white detail EP. Card is then inked with various distress inks. Purple trees are a Penny black magazine freebie stamped in dusty concord DI. House and trees die is from Memory Box and I've cut it up to fit the Lawn Fawn stitched border die. Sentiment from Clearly Besotted, snowman from Crafty Impressions and snowflake was another magazine freebie. Gem from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Stamping Sensations - winter wonderland
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Art Impressions Stamps - feeling frosty
Artist Trading Post - let's celebrate
Milk Coffee - Christmas non traditional colours
ABC Christmas - for a family member (for my sister)
Craft a Scene - winter scene