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Saturday, 25 October 2014


Good morning all.

Gary is off to Bulgaria today, all being well he should be on a bus from Edinburgh to Manchester as we speak. They're staying in a little town east of Sofia called Elin Pelin with the orphanage being about 15 minutes drive away from their hotel. I've already got his bed stripped and the washer going!

Sharing the card I made for my sister's engagement today. Guess which wally used her craft knife when working on her heat resistant mat...yes that would be me!!!

Embossed backing is a create a card die from Die'sire. Backing paper and image are from Cuddly Buddly, I've layered the image to give dimension. Flowers from Petal Lu and bow from my stash.


Challenges entered:
The Stamping Boutique - congratulatory
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas - think pink
Dragonfly Dreams - mainly pink

Friday, 24 October 2014

New Home

Good morning all.

Managed to get all my aquatints labelled and  swatches made yesterday and found a home for them, now I need to sort out all the new stamps and stencils...I've got little piles of stuff all over the place at the moment which doesn't have a proper home and keeps getting shifted from pillar to post as I'm working!!

Yesterday was a good news day, my unmarried sister rang to say she was officially engaged and the wedding will hopefully be in the next few weeks. She doesn't want any fuss so they're going away on their own to get married, possibly to York.

I needed a new home card for my nephew and his wife and finally got around to making it on Wednesday.

Stamp was a magazine freebie coloured with promarkers. Sentiment and flowers stamps I think are from Wild Rose Studio. Die from Spellbinders. Apologies for the photo...the background of the card is white, not pink as showing above.

Challenges entered:
CASology - home
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes
My Craft Creations - anything goes

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Joy, Celebrate...

Good morning all.

Another quick Christmas card to share today.

Stamp is from Heartfelt Creations and I've used a Big Juicy ink pad to ink it up. Border punch from Martha Stewart. Ribbon from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Simon says Stamp - use kraft
Crafty Sentiments - use a sentiment
Inky Chicks - Christmas
CHNC - something never used or forgotten (inkpad)
Winter Wonderland - tropical Christmas
ABC Challenge - v for vibrant
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Southern Girls Challenge - get wordy on it
Craft Stamper - multi coloured stamping

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Stamp - Two Ways

Good morning all.

We hit lucky yesterday and seemed to miss the worst of the winds and didn't have any rain. It was certainly very windy further north of us when we went shopping.

A couple of quick Christmas cards to share today...trying to get them all finished so there's no last minute rush.

Stamp from Clearly Besotted, stamped with versamark and embossed with WOW Campari Soda EP with the trunk and star done with Blue Lagoon. Pierced rectangle die from Spellbinders. Sentiment die was a freebie from Tattered Lace at Harrogate. 

Same tree stamp stamped with versamark and heat embossed with white EP. Card was inked with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord DI. Sentiment and snowflakes were magazine freebies and were stamped in Dusty Concord DI. Card is finished with two small gems.

Both toppers were attached with foam tape for dimension and both are finished inside.

Challenges entered:
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Merry Monday - non traditional colours (2nd card)
Simon says Stamp - anything goes
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - stars and snowflakes
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Wow Embossing Powder - same stamp different ways
City Crafter - a piece of sky

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Little Critters

Good morning all.

Hope no one has blown away overnight...good weather to stay home and craft me thinks, although since the cupboards are bare again I suspect a shopping trip may be on the cards.

Another quick Christmas card to share today.

The stamps are from Crafter's Companion and I think they may have been one of their magazine freebies....this is the first time they've been inked. I've coloured with promarkers and cut out with a set of Spellbinders dies before layering onto a red mat. The topper was attached with foam tape to give some dimension.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - little creatures
House of Cards - punch or die
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes
CHNC - some forgotten or never used
Sparkles Christmas - for a child

Monday, 20 October 2014

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

Just realised this is my 1200th post....gosh that's a lot of crafting!

Another simple Christmas card to share today.

Stamps all from Clearly Besotted (another recent purchase) all stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver EP. Finished with some silver cord. I had the bright idea of embossing the star with gold EP.....pity I didn't also think to put the excess silver back in it's tub first lol. Image is matted onto silver mirri card then popped up on foam tape for dimension.
Unfortunately the photos aren't picking up any of the shine on the embossing.

All finished inside and another flat one.
I don't actually know why I'm making loads of flat cards as I have several books of large 2nd class stamps left over from last year to be used up!!

Challenges entered:
Allsorts - embossing
Clearly Besotted - Christmas
Stamplorations - stamps and embossing
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
CAS on Sunday - emboss it
Fairytale Stampers - something new (stamp)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Card Club - "Christmas Reindeer"

Good morning all.

We had a lovely sunny day yesterday albeit a little windy. Hubby took Lora  off to Deep Sea World so I had a day to myself. Managed to get a couple of little cards made but spent several hours looking at plans for a property we're considering purchasing!

It's time once again for our fortnightly Christmas Card Club challenge and this time the theme was set by Rita who gave us "Christmas Reindeers".

I found the stamp I used when looking for something else...I'd completely forgotten I owned it!!

The stamp is called Snowy and Rudolph and is a Penny Johnson from Stampavie. I stamped it a couple of nights ago on a piece of waste card and left it lying on my desk to await colouring...when I glanced at it again later I decided it looked lovely uncoloured so I just coloured Rudolph's nose with promarkers to add a pop of colour and added glossy accents for some sheen. Sentiment was a magazine freebie. Image is adhered to the black card base with foam tape to give a little dimension.
All finished inside and another flat for posting.

Challenges entered:
CHNC - something forgotten or never used
Christmas Stampin All Year Round - use your imagination
Crafty Catz - black + one
Polka Doodles - Christmas fun
Country View Craft Challenges - sparkle and shine
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas/Halloween
Inky Chicks - Christmas
ABC Christmas - uncoloured image