Thursday, 24 November 2011

Ice and Snow

Hi everyone,
No, my title doesn't refer to the weather forecast, it's the theme for the Sugar Bowl's latest challenge.  I'm entering this card using 'Gayle's Sketch' which is the other part of their challenge and I've used lots of sparkle, glitter card and icy blue coloured gems to give the feeling of ice and snow. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be showing up too well on the scan.

Card Details:
* Image - Sugar Nellie - 'Elise'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers -  Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
* Punch - MS 'Embossed Zig Zag' and Paper Shapers 'Wave Flourish'
* Everything else from my stash

I won this lovely Sugar Nellie stamp ages ago in a challenge but this is the first time she's seen ink as, I'm ashamed to say, I'd forgotten all about her. She's not actually a Christmas stamp, but I thought she worked quite well for this challenge.

I'm sure you'll all be pleased to hear that I think I've now finished making all my xmas cards, so I should be able to stop complaining about how I hate making them and get back to making what I want. The funny thing is, that now I know I don't have to make any more I think I may join in with one or two of the xmas challenges and make a start on next year's cards, how contrary am I?

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sketch N Stash DT Card #75

Hi everyone, it's time for another fabulous sketch at Sketch N Stash and this fortnight the sketch is from Kevin who recently joined our happy DT. I do hope you'll be able to join in with us and show support for his first sketch design for us.

Card Details:
* Image - Meljen 'Topsy Turvy Cake'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - I think they were some freebies from a magazine years ago!
* Everything else from my stash

Our sponsor for this challenge is Meljen Designs and they are generously offering our winner 4 digi images of their choice. So don't hang around, get crafting and enter the challenge!
If you're in need of some inspiration, just take a look at the wonderful creations from the DT and don't forget to check out if you were our last winner or one of our Top 3.

If you've already been over to the challenge blog, you'll see that we have some new teamies joining our happy band. I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome:
Jen, Sarah-Jane, Doreen and Andie
Please do visit them and say 'Hi' if you have the time.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Saucy Steampunk

Hi everyone, daily postings from me seem to be becoming a habit, definitely one I'm enjoying, but almost certainly one that won't last. Posting every day is a bit too much for me, so once I've caught up with my backlog of cards I think my posts will go  back to every few days.
Recently, I was lucky enough to win the Kenny K challenge and this little cutie is one of the digis I chose. Actually, if I'm honest, it was my hubby who chose this one and another similar, I can't imagine what attracted him to them, can you?
I must admit, I don't really 'get' steampunk, but I do love these saucy girls from Kenny K!
I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Kenny K - Challenge  - #68 'Celebration'
Wild Orchid Challenge - #36 'Brown and Blue'

Card Details:
* Image - Kenny K 'Captain Locke'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Everything else from my stash

My youngest son starts a new job next week, working for Mencap. Then on Saturday he turned up, out of the blue, having decided to surprise us with a visit. He thought it may be the last chance he got to see us before Christmas, so he took the train, a 4.5 hour journey! Bless him, he's so thoughtful, this is just typical of him
Luckily, I'd already scheduled my latest posts, but as I'm determined to make the most of our time together before he goes back, I may not be about again for a couple of days.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Alternative Christmas Colours

Hi everyone, today's card uses an unusual colour palette for a Christmas card, but I think I quite like it. Unfortunately, the sparkly gems didn't scan as true colours, they match the papers perfectly in real life.
I've used another of Mo's adorable images. I've had this one a couple of years now, but I still love to use it every Christmas.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy Projects
Crafts & Me - Let the Music Move You
Colour Create - Turquoise, Deep Pink and Ivory

Card Details:
* Image - Digital Pencil Too - Monique
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Papermania 'Blueberry Hill'
* Everything else from my stash

I'm getting into quite a routine with my cardmaking now and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, but it will still be nice when I've finished all the xmas cards and can make what I want again.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sketch N Stash DT Card #74

Hi everyone, time for another fabulous sketch at Sketch N Stash and this fortnight it's the turn of the lovely Vicky to be our sketch designer. It's such a fabulous sketch too, I hope you'll be able to join in with us.

Well, I'm sure you'll be surprised to see that I used the sketch to make a xmas card. Isn't this little fella a cutie pie? Unfortunately, I haven't got a clue where I got him from, I'm afraid. It was part of a xmas digi kit that I purchased a couple of years ago and have never got around to using before, so if anyone knows, please leave a comment so that I can give credit to the artist.

Card Details:
* Papers - Papermania 'Naughty and Nice' & Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
* Everything else from my stash

 Once again we're being sponsored by our generous regular sponsors Simon Says Stamp and they are offering our lucky winner a $15 voucher to spend in their store, so if you join in that lucky person may be you!
Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the other DT cards, they're fabulous, as always. And if you entered our last challenge, please check out whether you were our lucky winner or one of our Top 3.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tom, Dick and Harry



Hi everyone, a few cards today, sort of variations on a theme really.
I wanted to enter this week's Bah Humbug challenge as I've missed so many, and I had a few Snowmen images that I wanted to use, so I scoured about for a CAS sketch and actually found two that I thought would suit these little cuties.
I named them Tom, Dick and Harry for no other reason than that there were three of them. When we moved to this house earlier in the year, we inherited three goldfish in a pond and I named them Tom, Dick and Harry too, talk about a lack of imagination...sheesh!

These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Bah! Humbug! - Snowmen
Deconstructing Jen - Sketch #26 (2nd card)
Hanna and Friends - Sketch #118 (1st and 3rd cards)
Simon Says Stamp - Buttons (faux ones on 2nd card)

Card Details:
* Images - PC Crafter 'Cold Hands Warm Feet'
* Papers - HOTP, Papermania and Dovecraft
* Punch - MS 'Eyelet Lace'
* Everything else from my stash

The good news is... I do believe I'm actually getting there with my cards (at last!) the bad news is...I still have a few more to make, so you haven't seen an end of them yet I'm afraid!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A Whiff of Joy

Hi everyone, I'll bet you're surprised to see me with a Christmas card again today aren't you?......NOT LOL!
Today, my card uses a Whiff of Joy stamp which hasn't seen the light of day for a while, such a shame because I think it's an adorable image. I do tend to forget about some of my older stamps and get too caught up in new things.
I had to use these lovely HOTP papers again as I just loved the richness of the colour but it's mostly all gone now except for some scraps (sob, sob)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Whiff of Joy  - Karina's Sketch
Stampavie and more - Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - C for Crochet Flowers

Card Details:
* Image - Whiff of Joy - 'Uru and Bird'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Hot off the Press & DCWV
* Sentiment - Pink Petticoat 'Girly Curly Sentiments'
* Everything else from my stash

I'm so looking forward to getting these xmas cards finished now so that I can move on to other things again! I WILL join in regularly next year with the Christmas challenge blogs (I seem to be having a sense of Deja Vu here, surely I haven't ever said this before!!??!!)

Friday, 4 November 2011

Festive Sparkle

Hi everyone, another day, another Christmas card, at least that's how it's feeling for me at the moment but if I carry on at this rate I may get them all finished in time (fingers crossed!)
Today's card uses another of the gorgeous xmas images that I recently purchased from Mo's, this one is called 'Boughs for the Wreath' and I love the slightly vintage look of it.
I used absolutely masses of 'Diamond Dust' on this card, both for the snow and also for that snowflake embellishment, but unfortunately, it hasn't shown up very well.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - #126
I love Promarkers - Glitter & Glitz
Creative Inspirations - Lashings of Sparkle
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (plus a bit of bling)

Card Details:
* Image - Digital Pencil Too 'Boughs for the Wreath'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
* Dies - Nestabilities
* Everything else from my stash

It's highly likely that I'll be back with another card tomorrow, I hope you don't get fed up with looking at them as much as I'm getting fed up with making them! See how easily I get bored with doing the same thing, now you know why I dislike xmas cards so much, don't you?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A Vintage Christmas

Hi everyone, today's card is another one for the Xmas box and this time I've used the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold. I have to admit to really liking the richness of this colour palette and I think I may have to use this colour combo again.
This is another 8" x 8" 'biggy' as it's designated for my best friend and her husband.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch # 179
ABC Christmas Challenge - V for Vintage
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #1 Anything Goes

Card Details:
* Image - Digital Pencil Too 'Holly Fairy'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Hot Off The Press
* Punch - MS 'Doily Lace'
* Everything else from my stash

I've used Mo's Holly Fairy again, this is probably my all time favourite image for Christmas cards, I bought her a couple of years ago and use her on some of my cards every year. I just have to try to make sure I don't send her to the same people every year ha ha!
The beautiful gold sparkly ribbon was part of a gift from my dear friend Barb last year. She had bought lots of stunning christmas ribbons and sent me a selection as she knows we don't have access to the same gorgeousness here in the UK.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A Pastel Christmas Card


Hi everyone, well here I am again with another Christmas card, that's another one for the box, thank goodness the numbers are starting to swell a bit now.
This is one of the new Teddy Bo and Bea images I purchased the other day, (I'm sure you'll be seeing the others sometime soon) isn't she so sweet?

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop - Sketch #132
Teddy Bo - Pastels
 Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Anything Goes

Card Details:
* Image - TeddyBea #162
* Colouring medium - Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens
* Sentiment Ticket - Magnolia
* Papers - An assortment from my stash (mostly K & Co)
* Punch - EK Success 'Retro Flower'
* Everything else from my stash

I decided to use an A5 card for this sketch, now it's finished I think that was probably a mistake as I've got too much blank space. It probably would have been much better on a square card......ah well, {sigh!}