Friday, 31 December 2010

Friday Release at StampFairy

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas break; I did with time spent eating, drinking & playing games Christmas day & Boxing day & then visiting my son & his family for a couple of days.  It was horrible going back to work yesterday especially as we are so short staffed & I have to work from 7.45 am - 5.30 pm today & I'm cooking for friends this evening :(  

Though my StampFairy DT duties don't officially start til next week I found a little time to make a card with one of todays new releases which is called George Cocoa, bless him he looks a like he's going to be a little messy to me lol.  I coloured him with ProMarkers & added Glamour Dust to the snow.  The papers are digi & I finished off with ribbon, metal clips, flowers, punched snowflake, pearls & a greeting.  There is still 50% off all images at StampFairy at the moment but you've gotta be quick cos it ends today.

I'm entering this card into these challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Cut it Out
Meljens - Cold & Snowy
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Free & Easy, Anything Goes
Paperminutes - Sketch

Wishing you all a Very Happy & Healthy New Year!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Inspired by a Song at Sentimental Sundays

I'm a bit late with my post this week as I went to visit my son & his family in Kent yesterday & got snowed in so had to stay overnight (it was lovely to spend some extra time with them but now I am so behind with things).  This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Inspired by a Song" - my song is "Sweets for my Sweet" by the Searchers.  This is actually the card I made for my Daughter-in-Law Zoe.  I used a digi image from Digi Stamp Boutique (& appropriately enough it is called Zoe with Chocolate lol) which I coloured with ProMarkers, I used 2 stamped sentiments: the someone special one is from a See Ds set & the other one is from Inkadinkado "Kid's Quotes" (I love these & don't know why I don't use them more).  The papers are Basic Grey & I finished off with a flower made by dissecting a cheap bunch of artificial flowers & a brad.  The DT have come up trumps again this week so why not check their blogs out for loads more inspiration.

The challenges:
Fun With Shapes - Scalloped
Aly's - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - For Someone Special
Sweet Stampin - Celebrations
Meljens - Sweet as Candy (or Cookies)
I Did It - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Anything Goes
DigiStamp Boutique - Use Their Images

Hope you've all had a great weekend :)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Christmas!

OMG Christmas is almost here & I'm not ready yet (if only I could postpone just for a few days lol) - I'm sure I'll get there though :)  Next year I've decided I'm starting my preparations in January (hopefully making some pressies too!).  At least Stampin' for the Weekend's challenge helped me make another Christmas card as the challenge is "Christmas".  Our sponsor this time is Crafts and Me with an extra special prize of a 6 month DT spot!  For my card I used a fabulous image by Diane Carubia called Penguin Christmas Kiss which I coloured with ProMarkers.  The papers are digi & I finished off with glitter, gems, rickrack, greeting & various punched & die cut snowflakes. 

The challenges:
Let's Craft and Create - It's Christmas
Dutch Dare - Winter
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Pear Tree Designs - Christmas!
Glitterbabe - Snow and/or Snowflakes

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Traditional Christmas at For Fun

This week's challenge at For Fun is "Traditional Christmas" & this is my last one as a DT member, it's been a pleasure being on Helen's Team & working the rest of the girls.  As I said in recent posts I've got some new things that I would like to do in the new year & also I've got some more fab news - I've been chosen for the Paper Pretties Digi Design Team, they have some fun & quirky designs & I'm looking forward to working with them.  On to the card: the papers are from Hot off the Press, the gorgeous sentiment & image is by Raindrop Echo Designs & coloured with ProMarkers.  I added some ribbon & the flower is handmade with micro beads & glitter for the centre.  I finished off with some holly leaves & punched foliage.  I still have some more Christmas cards to make so I don't think this will be the last lol.  I hope you can join us & have Fun!

I'm entering this card for these Challenges:
Tuesday Taggers - The Stockings Were Hung...
Kaboodle Doodles - Clean & Simple Christmas
Creative Belli - Christmas Embellishments / Papers
Stamp Something - December Digi Day
Pear Tree - Christmas
OCC - Sketch
Digital Tuesday - Sparkling Christmas
Allsorts - Last Minute Christmas Projects 

Sorry the photos are so dark (silly winter lack of daylight)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Just a Quick One...Some Exciting News!

I recently found the StampFairy blog & their gorgeous images & saw they had a DT call on so thought I'd try my luck (you'll never know if you don't give it a go lol) & I am so happy to say that I've been picked for the Team - how cool is that!  The first challenge starts today & is "Glam it up using Glitter or Stickles"  the official start date for the Team is 3rd January but some of the team have started already (not me though I've way too much to do before Christmas lol).  I hope you will find the time to join in our first challenge & there are lots of chances to will gorgeous images :)


Last DT Card for Lexi's Creations

It was a difficult decision to leave Lexi's as I have been on her DT since the beginning, over a year ago &  have loved every minute, but it is time for a change.  I have lots of new things I want to do in the new year (& I have some exciting news coming up very soon).  The challenge this fortnight is Glitter & Pearls & for this challenge I used Gingerbread Snow Globe.  I made the Snow Globe bigger & used it for the base of my card, the image is coloured with ProMarkers & chalks.  I finished off with a stamped greeting, sticky pearls, gems & some Rainbow Stripe glitter from Kanban.  Have a great week everyone :)

The challenges:
Alphabet - G for Glitter
Stamptacular - Winter Wishes
Paper Sundaes - Anything but a Square or Rectangle - 
Digi's With Attitude! - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Snow Much Fun
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Sentimental Sundays Challenge - Let It Snow!

I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend, I can't believe how close Christmas is (& how unorganised I am lol, though I am getting there).  I felt extra Christmassy yesterday as I went to the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford (a Christmas variety show) which was fab :)  

Anyway... on to the challenge at Sentimental Sundays this week which is "Let It Snow!", so a good opportunity  to get on with those last minute Christmas cards (of which I have lots!).  My card is made with a Snowman stamp I've had for years (sorry can't remember make/name) & the image coloured with Twinkling H2os.  The papers are digi & the sentiment is from Raindrop Echo's New Christmas Sentiments  available from Whimsy Stamps; there are some fabulous designs in this set & perfect for last minute cards. I added a sticky ribbon, flowers, brad, staples & gems.  There are gorgeous cards from the rest of the DT team & don't forget the free sentiments every week too!

The challenges:
City Crafter - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
ABC  - J is for Jewels (& Gems)
Pixie Dust - Let It Snow!
Frosted Designs - Ribbon
Digital Tuesday - Baby It's Cold Outside
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Card

On the subject of Snow - here are my 2 Grandchildren Ryan & Abigail having fun in the snow :)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Sketch Time at For Fun!

This is my penultimate challenge on the For Fun DT, I feel it's time for a change & I have some other projects I would like to have a go at in the New Year.  It's been great fun (as the title suggests lol) & they are looking for new DT members if you're interested.  This week we have a fab sketch by DT member Carol to use & it's nice & simple - so is my card lol - I'm having to make some quick Christmas cards as I am still behind.  The papers & decoupage image were free with a magazine & I glitter the edges of the papers & finished off with some die cut corners & a peel off greeting.

The challenges:
ABC Christmas - Y is for Yuletide
Stamping Vacation: Embellish It - Corner Adornment
Penny's - Merry Christmas
Card Makin Mamas - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - A Beary Project
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

Monday, 6 December 2010

Last DT Card for Squigglefly

Wow, these 6 months have really flown by & I have loved being on the Squigglefly Design Team & working with their fabulous images.  The challenge this time is "Let It Snow!" which is nice & easy & gave me a chance to make another Christmas card (I'm still sooo behind).  This image is from Cheryl Alger (I loooove her images) called "Catching Snow" & coloured with ProMarkers.  I used lots of Glamour Dust (on every edge), the blue paper is from Pink Petticoat but I can't remember the other one.  The snow bingo card is from Designer Digitals & I finished off with 1 punched & 2 die cut snowflakes (& some gems).  If you get the chance to be on the Squigglefly DT I would say jump at it, they are so lovely to work with - Special thanks to Team Leader Maria & Holly who is super organised & holds it all together!

My challenges for this card:
Digi Doodle - Let It Snow
Stamps R Us - Holiday Cards
The Stamp Man - 3 Colours, Christmas theme  (Blue, Green & Pink - pls ignore his boots!)
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas &/or Advent
TotallyPaperCrafts - Christmas Punches
Secret Crafter - Christmas
CCEE - Snowman
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Anniversary Challenge at Sentimental Sundays

This week at Sentimental Sundays the challenge is "Happy Anniversary" (+ a sentiment).  For my card I used Rainbow Echo Designs Framed Circle Corner Borders, I thought this gorgeous sentiment was perfect for any wedding anniversary.  The papers I used are from Designs by Krista, I did lots of random machine stitching, the butterfly is a stamp by Anna Griffin, the flower was made with crepe paper & the instructions are here (though her's are much prettier than mine), I finished off with some Glamour Dust, lace & a pearl.  Why not check out the rest of the DT's creations for more inspiration & don't forget there are free sentiments to download every week!

Stamping Vacation: Very Vintage - Rose, Moss &/or Cream
Polka Doodles - All About the Sentiment
Pixie Dust - Lets Get Married (Wedding/Anniversary Theme)
Oh, Alice! - The Flowers Are Talking (Make Your Own Flowers)
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes 
Woodware USA - Anything Goes 
There's Magic In The Air - Anything Goes

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Last Guest DT Post for Crafty Purple Frog

This is my last post as guest DT for the Crafty Purple Frog & I have really enjoyed being part of the team & using their gorgeous decoupage sheets.  The challenge this time is to make an Easel card.  I haven't made one for a while & it was great fun :)  The decoupage I used is called "Golden Promises".  The papers are PaperMania & Basic Grey which I inked the edges with a Brilliance Ink pad (Pearlescent Coral), I added lace, brads, corner detail, flowers & finished off with a big  die cut butterfly & gem. There are lots of prizes to be won from sponsor Crafts and Me & Amy is also giving away 3 prizes of CPF downloads too!  (You don't have to use Crafty Purple Frog products but if you do you will be entered twice & you can enter as many times as you like).  Ooh & you really should check out the DT's creations cos I'm sure you'll get LOTS of inspiration :)

The challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Travel the World (Asia)
Paper Sundaes - Adorn Those Corners
Flutter By - Anything Goes (with Butterfly, Fairy or Angel)
A Crafty Little Place - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Gingerbread Man at For Fun

This week's For Fun challenge is to make a non-traditional shaped card & we are lucky to be sponsored by StampFairy & I chose this gorgeous Gingerbabies Candy Canes  & made him the shape of the card.  I cut his body from Kraft card & coloured the candy cane in with Promarkers & added Glossy Accents, I used pearlescent glue for the icing & made a sign with a chipboard greeting & lolly stick.  I finished him off with a gem nose, a ribbon & a star brad.  Helen is also looking for new DT members so why not get in touch :)

The challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Shape Up!
Scrappy Frogs - Merry Christmas
Let's Craft & Create - Anything Goes
I Did It - Surprise Me
Everybody-Art - Gingerbread Time
Die Cut Dreams - Sweets & Candy