Tuesday 27 November 2012

Teddy With Robin

Hi there ... hope everyone is keeping warm and dry - the weather has turned so absolutely shocking here in the UK! I do so hope if you're reading this you haven't been affected by the floods .... I think we will all be needing galoshes if the weather doesn't turn soon!

Anyhoo, here is the last of the cards I managed to knock together on Saturday.

I really enjoy making Chrimbo cards, and indeed I haven't even inked up all my Christmas stamps yet; but I'm also itching to get onto some other cards as I have today received my order of some of the new release LotV stamps - ooh they look lovely!! Very little chance of me getting to play with them in the immediate future though, as I am wayyy behind on my Christmas makes (as usual!!)

For some reason I always have problems getting a true-colour photo of the colour red ..my poinsetta card and ribbon are  both a dark red but they look so much lighter in these pictures!

Stamps: LotV "Teddy With Robin"; "Christmas grungy messages";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers + Stickles on the snow;
Papers: LotV "Krafty Christmas";
Supplies: brown and champagne gems by Papermania, red gems and spacer from The Hobby House; button and twine from The Ribbon Girl; ribbon from my stash;
Tools: classic large squares and large scalloped squares nestabilities; Marianne Design "Poinsetta" die (LR0122); Cheery Lynn "Holly Flourish" die.

Penny Black & More At Allsorts (November) - Any Die Will Do (3rd Entry)
Sweet Stampin' - Flowers
Party Time Tuesdays #96 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting - take care.

Monday 26 November 2012

Lavender and Lace Christmas

Good morning everyone - I'm back today with another of my weekend makes. Today's card has been primarily inspired by the Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge of shades of lavender - ooh I do love lavender, lilac and purple, and I managed to find some really pretty Chrimbo paper in my stash to suit :-).  I also managed to incorporate my gorgeous new Whimsy Snowflake die - I've been looking for a new snowflake die for ages and this one is just sooo pretty!

Stamps: LotV "Shine A Light" and "Grungy Christmas messages":
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers, LOTS of glamour dust :-) ;
Papers: Crafter's Companion "The Snowman";
Supplies: pure silk ribbons from The Ribbon Box; pearls, gems and large pearl brad from The Hobby House; charm from Bunny Zoe's Crafts; sparkly lace from my stash;
Tools: Whiumsy Snowflake die; Martha Stewart snowflake punch.


Crafter's Companion (November) - Favourite Colour Combination
Sparkles #38 - Christmas Is Coming
Dream Valley #46 - Non-Traditional Christmas
Stamp With Fun #189 - Winter
CSAYL #37 - To Die For
Crafty Ribbons #33 - Use At Least Two Ribbons
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons & Pearls
Try It On Tuesday - Christmas Sparkle
Crafty Pad #198 - Add Some Glitter
Corrosive #163 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sunday 25 November 2012

Watch the birdie!

Happy Sunday everyone - hope you are enjoying your weekend. For me it's the end of another frantic working week so no crafting until I managed to get a sesh in yesterday, so at least now I have three cards to show you over the coming days :-)

No surprise I'm now focussing pretty much exclusively on Christmas cards, and here's one of the ones I made yesterday.

Stamps: LotV "Teddy and Robin"; Christmas Grungy Messages";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: LotV "Krafty Christmas";
Supplies: Papermania browna nd champagne coloured gems; red gems from The Hobby house; chipboard snowflake from Hobbycraft; ribbons and lace from my stash;
Tools: Cuttlebug "Snowflakes" embossing folder.

Crafty Creations #197 - Christmas Is Coming
Bearly Mine #62 - Snowflakes
Allsorts #182 - Bring on The Bling!
Stampin' For The Weekend #22 - Use Some Texture
Divas By Design #62 - Two or More Patterned Papers
Party Time Tuesdays #95 - Chocolate Brown, Red & Kraft
Totally Papercrafts #144 - All Stitched Up
My Mum's #85 - Inspiration For A Song (Red, Red Robin)
Creative Card Crew #24 - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers #29 - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Dawny's Sketch

That's all for today - back tomorrow with another Christmas card :-) Enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you're doing.

Monday 19 November 2012

Giving thanks


Hi there - hope you're all having an enjoyable week. I'm the wrong side of the pond to be making a Thanksgiving card, but everyone can make a giving thanks card, hmmm??  This is for a very good friend of mine :-)

Stamps: free Whimsy Wee stamp by Sylvia Zet (in craft magazine); Whimsy "friendship ticket"; "thankyou" sentiment from Penny Black transparent set "Salutations";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: LotV "Nitwits" collection "Promises";
Supplies: flowers form Wild Orchid Crafts (some via The Ribbon Girl); pealrs from The Hobby House and Wild Orchid Crafts;
Tools: large classic oval and scalloped oval nestabilities; Magnolia doohickey "Lovely Fence" die; Memory Box "Marshmallow Cloud"; Cheery Lynn "Fanciful Flourish"; X-Cut small butterfly punch.


Simon Says - Thank You / Thanksgiving
Everybody-Art #213 - Oval Shape
Charisma #45 - Keep Your Cool (cool colour spectrum)
Stamp With Stampavie #181 - Swirls & Pearls
Penny Black & More at Allsorts (November) - Any Die Will Do (2nd entry)
Divas By Design #61 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty #102 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting today.

Sunday 18 November 2012


This week's Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge is to stamp without using a traditional ink pad ... so this motivated me to get out my Marvey brushstroke markers which haven't seen the light of day in quite a while, and a Penny Black brushstroke stamp "Solitaire". Here's the result.

Stamps: Penny Black "Solitaire"; LotV "Christmas grungy messages";
Media: watercolouring with Marvey brushstroke pens; edges of image distressed with TH "Antique linen" distress ink;
Papers: Basic Grey "Figgy Pudding";
Supplies: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; gold mesh ribbon and pearlised berries from The Ribbon Girl.

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Stamp Without Ink
Wild Orchid Crafts #63 - A Traditional Christmas
Whimsy #53 - Traditional Christmas Colouring

That's all for today - off out to do a bit of Christmas shopping.

Saturday 17 November 2012

Big birthday wishes

Good morning crafters. I haven't managed to post anything all week as we have been having some 'pooter problems ... so this is my first experimental attempt to see if I can get back into it !! :-)

One of my friends who I don't see very often had her 50th birthday yesterday ... I always knew her birthday was coming up and had a card at the ready, but for some reason I thought her 50th was still a year away. As luck would have it I ran into another friend on Tuesday who put me straight, so Tuesday night I thought I'd better sit down and make a specific card for the occasion.

Unfortunately on demand I couldn't get any inspiration to come straight away... then I remembered another card Imade that I was very pleased with (previously posted here); so I thought I would CASE myself lol! So I made another very similar card to the previous one - here's the result.

The card is actually very sparkly as I used various shades of pink and green glitter card, though it is difficult to see in the dull lighting conditions - here's a closeup.

Stamps: Penny Black "To You..." (2908F);
Papers: pearlised white embossed card from my stash;
Supplies: pearls from The Hobby House; ribbon from Hobbycraft; lace from John Lewis;
Tools: Memory Box "Prim Poppy" die; Cuttlebug "Hippie Chick" number dies; Leone Em "Ash Family" leaf punch; X-Cut small butterfly punch.

J&C Creations (November) - Floral Delights
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
Ooh La La #118 - Someone Special
In The Pink #8 - Punches and/or Dies
Crafty Cardmakers #79 - More Than One Punches &/or Die Cuts
The Pink Elephant #174 - Punches / Dies
Penny Black & More at Allsorts (November) - Any Die Will Do
ABC - B is for Butterfly
Gem Of A Challenge #59 - Ribbon and Lace
Crafty Catz #159 - Let's Have Sparkle
Oldie But A Goodie - Anything But Christmas
(sentiment stamp is fairly old)
Dream Valley #45 - Anything Goes

The weather's not looking great today, so I'm hoping to get some crafting done. If this post works ok I'll hope to be back soon with the results of my efforts :-)

Have a great weekend.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Birthday Bear

Good morning everyone - hope you are enjoying the weekend. It's a sunny day here today so I think I may venture out shopping this afternoon. I really need to get down to some Chrimbo shopping but I'm not feeling inspired right now ... people are so difficult to buy for lol!!

Anyhoo here is a quick post of  card I made for my work team-mate's birthday yesterday. 

I kept this card very simple as I think men prefer it that way. The colours are shades of bright blue for a reason ... my teamie Simon is  a big Everton fan, which clearly indicates he's the right sort! :-)  

I have recently been experimenting with a new combo of pens for colouring teddies' fur - James is coloured using Tan, March Hare, Putty and Almond Promarkers plus Light Fawn and Antique White Flexmarkers. He actually looks a bit darker than the pictures suggest, but I think I like this colour combo. 

Stamps: LotV "Cheers Bear"; Penny Black sentiment from "Salutations" set;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Supplies: twine and button from The Ribbon Girl.

Oldie But A Goodie - Spots & Stripes
(stamp is at least a year old!)
Charisma #44 - Feeling Blue
Cupcake #217 - Get Krafty (2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
OSCC - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #158 - Anything Goes
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Kaboodle #144 - Anything Goes

That's all for today :-)

Thursday 8 November 2012

Lili's Little Fairies Challenge - All Things Bright & Beautiful

.....All Creatures Great & Small ... tra la la :-)

Yes I feel like singing today as it is time for another Lili's Little Fairies Challenge - and it is Team B's turn which means it's time for me to join in ! Hope it's also time for you to join in too, as we have a fabulous theme  for you this week:

All Things Bright & Beautiful

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Ribbon Girl

with a yummy mini ribbon kit.

Don't forget to be eligible for the prize you need to use a LotV image on your creation - and no backlinking please!

Oo-er! Bright colours - now that got me in a bit of a sweat as I'm a pastels girl in my heart, but I thought I'd better give it a go. Hope you will get your shades on and go check out the rest of the DT's stunning zingy creations - here's mine.

I do think personally that a lot of the LotV stamps are particularly pretty when coloured in soft and sweet shades ... but this little bear is so versatile I think he looks adorable in any colour scheme, so I thought I would bring him out to play.

I needed to make a get well card for a lady in work who has just had her tonsils out after endless trouble with them, and I had the idea of making a little flower of sentiment tags. It seemed like a brainwave at the time though I'm a bit less sure now I've done it .. would love to know what you think.

Stamps: LotV "Patchwork Daisy" and "Sentiment Tags";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Papers: LotV "Nitwits" collection "Bonnets and Bowties";
Supplies: blossom from Wild Orchid Crafts; lace from The Ribbon Box; gems by Papermania; large pearl brad from the Hobby House; sparkly ribbon from my stash.

Bunny Zoe's (October) - Pink, Pearls and Lace
Sketch & Stash #100 - Sketch 11

Can't wait to see your bright and beautiful creations!

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Krafting for Christmas

Hello everyone, hope all is well with you all.  I'm currently happily working my way though my Chrimbo paper packs and new Christmas stamps ... I've never really liked kraft card and paper in the past but this year I have really got into them ... and they co-ordinate so well with teddies colour-wise :-)  I'm really enjoying experimenting with different accent colours to go with kraft and white ... here's one with aqua shades.

Stamps: LotV "Teddy With Penguin" and "Christmas Grungy Sentiments";
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; glamour dust on snow and penguin's hat;
Papers: LotV "Krafty Christmas";
Supplies: button and gems from The Hobby House; twine from The Ribbon Girl;
Tools: small, large and scalloped circle nestabilities; Martha Stewart "Large Arctic Snowflake" punch; Cuttlebug "Snowflakes" embossing folder.

Sketch Saturday #232 - Sketch (rotated 90 degrees to the right)

Crafty Calendar (November) - Wrap Up Warm For Christmas
(optional string, fibre or twine)
Cupcake #217 - Get Krafty
Divas By Design #60 - Let's get Cute!
Fab 'n'Funky #146 - Bingo!
(twine / embossing / kraft card)
Everybody-Art #212 - Embossing
The Stamp Man (November) - Embossing
Crafty Catz #157 - Add Texture
Paper Pretties Monday #64 - Two or More Circles
Ribbon Girl (November) - Add Sparkle
Crafty Creations #195 - No Flowers
Totally Gorjuss #156 - Anything Goes - With A Button
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
(optional - Christmas card)
Bearly Mine #60 - Anything Goes

That's all for today - I'll be back tomorrow with the latest Lili's Little Fairies challenge :-)


Sunday 4 November 2012

May the Magic of Christmas Fill Your Heart

Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying your weekend. The weather has really turned freezing cold ... I'm sure it means we should stay indoors crafting!! I'm really trying to get into gear now with making my Christmas cards, so here's another I made on my day off last Friday.

Stamps: LotV "Teddy With Robin" and "Chrismas Grungy messages";
Media: Promarkers and Flemarkers, decorated with glamour dust;
Papers: LotV "Krafty Christmas";
Supplies: gems from The Hobby House; ribbon from my stash.

Tthis card is actually really sparkly what with with glamour dust on the image's snow, matting using white glittter card, and red gems - the day was so dull the photos don't capture it very well. Here's a close up which is a poor attempt to show the sparkle!


Ooh La La #117 - C...Christmas
Quirky Crafts #23 - Layer It Up and Let It Snow!
Pile It On #45 - Sparkle
Sweet Stampin' - All That Glitters
Crafty Pad #195 - Anything Goes
Raise The Bar #118 - Anything Goes
Forever Friends (November) - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your weekend.