Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Everyone's Favourite... Anything Goes

This week's challenge at The Paper Shelter is "Anything Goes" (perhaps a chance to catch up on those Christmas cards if you're unorganised like me lol).  I love this cute Father Christmas image & as I've got so much on at the moment I opted for the coloured version for quickness :D (I love the fact that you get black & white outline or already coloured images from TPS).  The papers are digi & distressed & I finished the card off with ribbons, beads, doily, flower, sentiment & lots of gold Glamour Dust.

If you use an image from The Paper Shelter you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate & even if you don't & you are picked you can chose 3 images of your choice from the shop :D

The challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut - Vintage &/or Distressed
Sparkle Creations - Christmas (optional Vellum)
City Crafter - Santa Claus is Coming...
Totally PaperCrafts - Christmas 
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Everybody Art - Santa Claus
Digi Doodle - Animals
Daring Cardmakers - Moustaches, Tashes, Mustaches & Furry Facial Hair
Critter - Digi Day
The Cheerful Stamper - Who's Wearing Santa's Hat
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Paper Creations Ink - Christmas
2 Sisters - Holiday
Simply Create Too - All About Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Santa
Craft Your Passion - Tis the Season
PanPastel - Animals

Oopsie I forgot to put beaded charm straight
I hope you're all having a fabulous week, I'm hoping to catch up with my card making & blog visiting this week as the last few weeks have been manic getting ready for the craft fayre which I did on Sunday (it was my first so it was a bit of a learning curve).  It was quite small (only about 10 stalls) but  I really enjoyed it & made a bit of cash too :o) - I want to do more now (it's just finding them that's the problem).

Not a great photo but you get the idea :)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wanna Join Sentimental Sundays DT?

Sentimental Sundays Design Team Call:

We'd like to invite a few of you talented crafters out there to join the Sentimental Sundays team.
Here are the guidelines:
-Create a new project (card, scrapbook, digital layout, alter item, anything) using any sentiment an incorporating the challenge theme at least TWICE A MONTH. You do not have to create weekly, though we (the team and those who visit the blog) love to see your creations!
-Comment on participant entries (we divvy it up to decrease the load) - this is very important! Everyone loves comments.
-Join the Sentimental Sundays Yahoo group for DT communication and to chit-chat and share your creations:
Interested? Then email with the following information:
***Your name and blog address (yes you must have a blog in order to be considered).
**Why would you like to be chosen to be on the Sentimental Sundays Design Team.
*3-4 blog post links showing with work with sentiments. (ONLY blog links, NOT actual pictures)

We are looking forward to seeing you DT applications.
Deadline for submission is December 18th, 2011.

Thank You & Good Luck :-)

Sentimental Sundays is taking a break for a month while we get reorganized and  hold the design team call. We will be back with our challenges on January 1st, 2012, so be sure to check back and see what (and who) is new!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fairies & Friends

The Stampin' For The Weekend challenge this week is "Friends" & I used this stamp which I have had for absolutely ages (in fact I think it was one of the very first ones I bought) & I it is still one of my favourites, I got it from Willow Designs & I doubt they stock it any more.  I coloured the image with chalks for a change & I like the soft feel they give so I think I will be using them more.  I used glitter on the fairies wings, on the leaves & around the edge of the image.  The papers are "Pocket Full of Posies" from DCWV (not digi!) & finished off with some stitching, a flower, punched heart & butterfly, ribbon, lace & gems.  I hope you will join us if you have time in between your Christmas crafting & this time we have 2 fabulous sponsors: LOTV & In2Stamps so that's double the incentive to enter ;)

The challenges:
Stamps R Us - Bling It On
Dutch Dare - Recipe
Creative Craft - Free For All
Bearly Mine - All My Favourite Things (Fairies, Friends, Sparkle, Butterflies)
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Things With Wings
Flutter By - Open (with an Angel, Fairy or Butterfly)
Papercraft Star - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Boots - Fantasy
Stamps & Fun - Stitching

I hope you've all had a great week, luckily we have been on holiday this week & have been doing a bit of Christmas shopping & we went to the theatre to see "It's a Wonderful Life" which was lovely.  In between all this fun I have been manically trying to get ready for my first craft fayre on Sunday that I'm doing with my friend Duang :)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A Present For You!

The new challenge starting today at Di's Digi Downloads is to use "Fall (Autumn) Colours".  This cute image that I used is called "Found It" & I coloured it with ProMarkers.  The papers are from Hot off the Press & I finished off with a bunched border, ticket sentiment, crocheted & felt flowers & a leaf bead.We are sponsored by Joanna Sheen so you can win a voucher to spend on lots of crafty goodies...tempted?  I hope so cos we would love to see you & don't forget you can use any images you like (of course it's always nice to see Di's gorgeous images).

The challenges:
Paperminutes - Childrens Birthday
City Crafter - Four Legged Friend
Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes
Hooked on Craft - Something Punched
Sparkles Forum - Autumn
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Fairy Fun Fridays -Anything Fall
I Brake for challenges - Four Seasons

 Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Give Thanks at Jellypark Friends

This time the challenge at Jellypark Friends is to make a "Thank You, Thankful or Thanksgiving" project.  There are 2 of Claire's fab new releases today & I used "Girl in Winter Coat".  I did some paper piecing (again) & the rest is coloured with ProMarkers.  I added some puffy stuff (don't know what it's called & there's no label on the bottle which I've had for ages) for snow & snowballs, the papers are Mistletoe Kisses from Papermania (a bargain form the NEC) & I finished off with sparkly twine, pompoms, gems & a charm.  The team have come up trumps as always & I hope you can join in the fun (you can use any images)  :)

The challenges:
Fab 'n Funky - Baby It's Cold Outside
Freshly Brewed - I Am Thankful
Tiffany Doodles - Glitter & Sparkle
The Paper Variety - Being Thankful
Papercraft Star - Thank You
Inky Impressions - Give Thanks

Thanks for looking & if you get chance to join in the challenge Good Luck!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Frosty the Snowman

The Paper Shelter challenge this week is "Snowflakes" & I used this cute Snowman image from them (I used the coloured image which is fabulous when time is short - you get a black & white image too for when you have more time).  The papers are digital again from the Sweet Shoppe & I finished off with some sparkly twine, die cut snowflakes, a gem, bell & stamped greeting ooh & not forgetting lots of Glamour Dust :) 

If you use an image from The Paper Shelter you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate & even if you don't & you are picked you can chose 3 images of your choice from the shop.  Looking for more inspiration? then look no further than the other DT members gorgeous creations.  

The challenges:
Crimbo Crackers - Make It Sparkle
Crafty Hazelnut - Whatever Lights Your Candle
Sparkle Creations - (optional) Holly or Wreathes
Ellephantastic - Weather Related
Creatalicious - For Christmas & Make Sure It Sparkles
Stamps R Us - Bling It On
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas Traditions
Shabby Tea Room - Shabby Pastel Christmas
Glitter Fairies - No Red, Green or Gold
Digital Tuesday - Christmas Time
Craft Your Passion - Let It Snow
Delightful - Snowflakes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas Themed

I hope you're all having a lovely week I'm spending every spare moment (in between work & housework) trying to get things ready for the up & coming Craft Fayre.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Thanksgiving or Thank You at Sentimental Sundays

As the title suggests the challenge this week at Sentimental Sundays is "Thanksgiving or Thank You" & as in the UK we don't celebrate thanksgiving I've made a Thank You card.  Our sponsor this week is Pink Cat Studio & I used their cute "Lily Baked a Pie" digital image which I coloured with ProMarkers, the papers have been in my stash for ages & are from Hot of the Press. I finished off with some pearls, flowers, stamped greeting & punched border.  I hope you can join us & if you need more inspiration why not check out the other DT members gorgeous creations.

The challenges:
City Crafter - Thanks*Giving
Secret Crafter - Spots & Stripes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Sugar & Spice
Creative Card Crew - Thankful
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy 
C.R.A.F.T. - Cute
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Thank You
My Sheri - Thanks
The Corrosive Challenge - Give Thanks
Paper Sundaes - Digital Images

I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  I've been trying to catch up with my cards & get some jewellery made for the upcoming craft fair (but it is hard when you have to fit all the fun stuff around work lol).  Today we're out for Sunday lunch with some friends so no cooking for me!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cute Christmas Angel

I hope you're all having a great week, I've just about recovered from busy weekend at the Hobby Crafts show at the NEC, it was absolutely fab & I managed to get some crafty goodies & do some Make & Takes too.

Today Jellypark is sponsoring the Crimbo Crackers challenge which is "Sparkle" & who doesn't love a bit of sparkle (well maybe my hubby when it is covering most of the house including him! lol).  I used this gorgeous image by Claire at Jellypark called "Angel Girl Nativity".  I coloured her with ProMarkers, paper pieced her dress & added lots of glitter to her wings.  I finished off with a sequin border, tinsel halo, gem star, flower, button, bow, brad & greeting. If you're anything like me you're way behind with your Christmas cards so joining this challenge will get another one done!  

The challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut - Bright Colours &/or Sparkle
Sparkle Creations - Christmas Card (optional sketch)
Winter Wonderland - Make Your Card Sparkle
Little Claire - Christmas
Creative Craft - Minimalistic
The Crazy Challenge - Something With Wings
The Crafty Pad - Paper Piecing
Papertake - First Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop - Sugar & Spice
Digi Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Young at Heart
Fetch A Sketch - Sketch!
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Christmas
Wacky Wednesday - Buttons, Bling or Brads
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo (Brads, Flowers Buttons)

I would also just like to mention in case anyone is interested Jellypark have a little group on the Crafter's Cafe & it is a great place to meet new friends, have a chat, get inspiration & pick a freebie or two along the way (there is a fabulous free Christmas fairy image available at the moment).

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ribbons & Bows at Di's

Another excuse to made a Christmas card as this week Di's Digi Challenge is "Ribbons & Bows".  I love this cute image called "Fairy Wand" which I coloured with ProMarkers & added some crystal & gold Glamour Dust.  The papers are digi & I finished off with a bauble greeting, some flowers (also covered in Glamour Dust) & of course some pink ribbon & a big bow.  There is so much scope with this challenge obviously not just Christmas but as some of you know I am really behind with my Christmas cards it's handy to get another one made :D  This week our wonderful sponsor is Crafts 4 You

Hopefully you can see this post as I'm scheduling it as I'm at the NEC Hobby Crafts show for the weekend so I can't check it lol (That's also why I've not entered it in any challenges).  Have a fabulous weekend whatever you're doing & if you're at the NEC I hope you have fun & get lots of crafty goodies!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Stampin' for the Weekend Sketch

The challenge this time at SFTW is a sketch, I love sketches & find they are always a good starting point for a card :)  The image is from Heather Ellis & coloured with ProMarkers, with some Polar White Flower soft & pearls added. I used a Christmas tree embossing folder fro the back ground & finished off with some gems, Glamour Dust, die cut flower & swirl & a greeting.  Yes, hooray another Christmas card!  I hope you'll find time to join us & as a little incentive we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp & you can win a $20 voucher.

Thanks for looking :D

Jellypark Friends Challenge

This time the challenge at Jellypark Friends is "Non Traditional Christmas Colours".  I used one of this week's fab new releases called "Boy in Reindeer Costume".  I paper pieced his costume & added some gems, the edges were inked & Glamour Dust added.  I finished off with a punched border with glitter foam, stamped greeting & some Card Candy. There are some gorgeous designs from the rest of the DT for more inspiration :)

The challenges:
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Masculine Theme
Delightful - A VERY Sparkly Christmas
Creative Craft - Fancy Edges
Pixie Dust - Paper Piecing
Crafting for all Seasons - Texture

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Another Christmas Card (at last)

I am so behind with my Christmas cards (I don't know how I started making them in January lol) so I am really glad that this week's challenge at The Paper Shelter is "Christmas Fun".  The image I used is called Christmas Gifts & I coloured it with ProMarkers.  The papers are digi & I finished off with a die cut Poinsettia, pearls, pompom, ribbon & a lil bag. If you use an image from The Paper Shelter you have the chance to win a $20 gift certificate & even if you don't & you are picked you can chose 3 images of your choice from the shop. The other DT members have made some wonderful creations so why not check them out & get lots more inspiration :)

The challenges:
Sparkle Creations  - Christmas Card (optional liquid applique)
Winter Wonderland - Clean & Simple Christmas Card
By The Cute & Girly - Christmas Girls
Gem of a Challenge - Cold & Frosty
Sew Many Challenges - 2 Different Backing Papers
Papertake - Anything Goes (optional bling)
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes (Good Luck Ruth!)
Bah Humbug - Die Cuts
Kaboodle Doodles - Sassy Girls
Crafter's Companion - Let It Snow
The Ribbon Girl - Christmas
Cupcake Craftroom - Sweet Christmas
Pixie Cottage - Christmas Card

I hope you're all having a good week.  Are any of you going to the Hobby Crafts show at the NEC at the weekend?  I'm going Saturday & Sunday with my DIL Zoe (my son & hubby are in charge of the children) & as we're all staying in a hotel for a couple of nights no cooking or cleaning for me either (& yummy cooked breakfast) - can't wait.