Monday, 5 December 2016

Lovely lanterns


Well we didn' get nearly as much done at the weekend as we had planned. The decorations are all done and it looks very festive now. I need to get the cards sorted and written today and maybe make some more tags. I would like to get the presents wrapped this week then we are all sorted. I have hubby's card to make this week too, his is usually the last one I make.

I do love lampposts and lanterns and the Card-io set will be useful for more than just Christmas cards. I used 2 from the branch set and hung my lanterns. I used a Copic for the inside of the lantern and a yellow stamp pad for added glow outside them. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Simon Says anything goes 
Allsorts CAS 
Winter Wonderland frame it or night scene 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts black, white plus one

We are off out for a meal tonight with some friends we haven't sen for ages. Trying somewhere new so hope we all like it.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Butterflies, hearts, owls and penguins


I am really enjoying my felt sewing and decided to make some hearts with butterflies. I used Memory Box dies and chain stitch for the butterfly bodies. I bought the Crafts Too sewing owl dies at Peterborough. I sold several of the Christmas owls I made and I thought as owls are so popular it would be good to have a die to make them all year round.


I would love a sewing penguin die as I loved making these. They were made from a kit I bought in Hobbycraft and I was selling them as soon as I made them.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Two cards, four snowmen


I had my best day's sales this year yesterday. Looking forward to getting the Christmas decs up today and writing the Christmas cards. Might get the pressies wrapped this weekend too. Just have to go and collect a parcel and do some food shopping today and I am sure a coffee shop will figure in that trip too. These new Card-io stamps certainly helped me complete my Christmas cards this year. I could go on and on using them and will be making several of these to sell next year. I love experimenting with the different combinations. For this one I tried a blue/purple sky but I do prefer the sunset colours. I love the way repeat stamping gives a feeling of depth to the forest.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.


I stamped the foliage in greens and brown for this one and used green for the trees too. I like it but I prefer the black and white, what do you think?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Wee Snowman


I still have lots of the gorgeous pre coloured Hobby House toppers to use, well there is always next Christmas. I love this cute Wee Snowman and robins. I used some lovely ribbon and gorgeous sparkly new lace from Crafty Ribbons. The fence was made with a Doohickey die and white Wink of Stella pen. The sentiment toppers are Kaisercraft. I added my fave fun flock to his hat and Stickles for snow.

Challenges
Paper Creators Christmas 
Simon Says anything goes 
Paper Shelter a Christmas card
Noor! Design UK Sparkle

I am selling at the hospital today, my last one in the shop unit this year but I am back for my last craft fair of the year at their Christmas craft fair next Thursday.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Post it holder and bag


These are the last of the items I made with the free Docrafts papers for Papercrafter magazine. I was asked to make 2 papercrafted items. The first is a post it holder. I make a lot of these for my craft stall. I added a couple of punched holly leaves and a flower from Hobbycraft.


Secondly I made a gift bag. Everything is from the paper pack except the robin ribbon which is from Crafty Ribbons and I used my new favourite edging die from MFT.


A very busy day today. I am at the local council staff Christmas Fair  at lunchtime, set up is from 10am. Then will be popping home before going to meet Lynsey for a meal about 4.30 before her college course. We will then be heading of to set up the hospital shop unit for trading tomorrow. Then it will be home, hot chocolate and The Apprentice before bedtime ready for an early start tomorrow.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Last day of November


This is another of the cards I have published in the current issue of Papercrafter using the free Docrafts papers. The sentiment is part of one of the papers. I added some burlap from he Range and used a Marianne die to diecut a poinsettia from another of the papers. The holly branch is a Memory Box die. I used my favourite Go Kreate Frilly squares 10 die to create the shaped card.

So this morning the plumber is coming to service the heating. Once he has gone we need a quick clean round the house. Tonight we are out again with friends, this time for a carvery and then to see That'll be the day Christmas show. They are a fantastic troupe who perform songs mainly from the 50's, 60's and 70's with a bit of 80's thrown in too. Lots of fun, some comedy sketches and great musical performances. The Commitments show on Monday was excellent, great music and very funny.

Challenges
Allsorts anything Christmas

Can you believe tomorrow is December and oh boy I have a lot to pack in tomorrow, read my post tomorrow to find out what I have planned.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Crafts Beautiful card


If you have the latest Crafts Beautiful magazine you will have seen this card published.  It's a cute Wee pre coloured topper from The Hobby House teamed with Dovecraft Winter blooms papers, Crafty Ribbons sentiment ribbon, Memory Box die cut holly, Woodware punched holly and some red pearls. 

Challenges
Simon Says Christmas to die for
Little Miss Muffet anything goes
Allsorts anything Christmas

Today I am out for a facial and back massage, just the thing with all I have going on this week.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Solitary skater


I have so much on the calendar this week I may meet myself coming the other way. It all starts tonight with a meal at Pizza Express with friends and then a visit to the theatre to see The Commitments. I loved the film so hope the stage show is going to be good. We are rarely disappointed with the shows there.

So I have been experimenting with my Card-io stamps again. I really love creating these wreaths. I wanted a real Wintry feel with the forest with a touch of colour using small ink pads. I stamped the skater and then created the reflection as we shown at the demo by stamping on acetate. I added a few lines of glitter too.

Challenges
Allsorts anything Christmas

Sunday, 27 November 2016

All Aboard!


I made this card for a friend's Birthday recently. As he and his wife enjoy cruising I went with that theme. The paper and some of the items are Papermania, others are Tim Holtz. It made a nice change from making Christmas cards, much as I love making them, just to play around with tickets and ephemera to come up with this layout. I added some string and an anchor charm.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas present


As this publishes I shall be setting up my stall at Reepham craft fair. Let's hope I do a least as well as I did last year, which was my first time there.

My card today is for our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I couldn't have chosen better myself - Snowmen! I went for a distressed look with my card today.

Image - Pink Gem Chilly with gift
Medium - Copics, Sakura bluestar pen
Papers - Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter
Burlap - The Range
Die - Memory Box snowflake
Sentiment - Hobbycraft
Other - fun flock, pearl pen

Challenges
Paper Creators anything goes 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Simon Says Christmas to die for

Friday, 25 November 2016

Another snowman


One of the gorgeous Hobby House pre coloured toppers for my card today. I really love these images and they are so beautifully coloured.
Papers - Studio Light Scandinavian
Dies - Whimsy fence, Frantic Stamper tree
Sentiment - LOTV
Punch - X cut corner rounder
Other - white Wink of Stella, Stickles, Sakura red sparkle pen

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Allsorts O Christmas tree 
Scrap and Craft Christmas time 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Simon Says Christmas to die for

Thursday, 24 November 2016

More Jingles


I had a good day at the hospital craft fair yesterday and afterwards we went for a carvery with friends. Didn't get home until 8 and was very tired. Had a quick look at my blog and have to say I am not impressed with the changes. Why do they keep changing things? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

So onto today's card. We have a new challenge today at Crafty Ribbons and it is such an easy one, Christmas with ribbon. This is actually the last of my four cards made for making Cards magazine using Jingles the reindeer from Pink Gem. Paper is Craftwork Cards Chambray and Lace. I added some of the lovely sentiment ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, some MS punched snowflakes and Frantic Stamper diecut trees. Lots of glitter on this one today.

Challenges 
  Noor! Design UK Winter 
Allsorts O Christmas tree 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says Christmas to die for

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas plaque


I made a few more plaques for my craft stall and I decided to make a Christmas one. I bought the wooden letter shapes in The Works and after playing around with fitting them on decided to have the Merry across the top and the Christmas going around the edge. I added a couple of snowflakes from Creative Embellishments, cute robin ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Berries and cones from Live and Love Crafts and flowers from Wild Orchid.

I will have this for sale on my stall at the hospital craft fair today.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Card-io tags


This is my second post today using Card-io stamps. I finished off an order today and thought I would have another play with these stamps and make some tags. I used a Spellbinders tag die, such a useful die and I really like the shape. The sentiment is LC Designs, the dinkie sentiments are perfect for tags. I used small ink pads for some colour and various sets of Card-io stamps.

Challengs
Allsorts O Christmas Tree 
Dies R Us Tags 

Baubles and stockings


A very different Card-io card today with a lot more colour.  I started by stamping the baubles and stockings using small ink pads, then drawing the lines and stamping the cute pegs. I used peacock feathers distress ink around the edges and added some washi tape and small bows.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Docrafts for Papercrafter Magazine


If you have the latest edition of Papercrafter magazine you will see the lovely free papers from Docrafts along with some useful nesting dies. I was asked to make 3 cards and 2 papercrafted items from the free papers.  Today I am sharing 2 of the cards with you. For this one I decoupaged the robin, added a doily, some punched holly leaves with card candi and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons


Most of the elements on this Z fold card are from the free papers. I added some punched holly leaves coloured with white Wink of Stella, a Marianne die cut poinsettia and used a MFT scalloped border edge die.

Challenges 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says Christmas critters 

I am off to the hairdressers this morning and lunch out with hubby.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Ski slope


Another of the cards I amde for Making Cards using toppers from Pink Gem. The papers are Craftwork Cards Chambray and Lace and the button is from Crafty Ribons. I kept it simple by just adding some MS punched snowflakes.

Challenges
ABC Christmas W for wishes 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Paper Creators anything goes 
Simon Says Christmas critters

Saturday, 19 November 2016

More butterflies


Another butterfly plaque today using one of my fave Inkylicious stamps. The paper is Craftwork Cards. I embossed a laser cut butterfly with gold embossing powder, aded some ribbon, roses from Wild Orchid, lace from Crafty Ribbons and a Gorjuss Girl lace bow.

It is supposed to be cold but sunny today so we are off out for a late cooked breakfast and a walk.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Snowy family again


I couldn't resist using this sweet new stamp again, in a different colourway this time. Coloured with Copicds of course and diecut my a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die. The papers are Echo Park, sentiment Lawn Fawn and I used a Britannia starry border die. Of course I had to use fun flock on the hats and add glitter for the snow.

Challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' anything Christmas goes 
Stamping Sensations Christmas greeting 
Scrap and Craft Christmas time
ABC Challenge T is for three (3 snowmen)

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Let's make a scene


As promised I have another card made with Cardio stamps to share with you. I love the wreath made with two stamps. I made a template for the circle as I am making several with different wreaths. I love the way there are 2 sizes of stamps like the seat and bike so that you can make sure things look in perspective. I added a tiny bit of colour with a yellow Copic on the lamppost, grey for the hill and used a red Sakura pen on a few berries on the wreath.

Challenges
Live and Love Crafts White Christmas 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Paper Shelter more than one of anything (7 stamps)

Mum is coming over today so we will be going out for lunch. Hubby is going out this evening so I will have a crafting evening.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Brooches


This is my second post today just sharing some brooches I have been sewing. No I didn't make the hat, just the brooch. After I made the flowers for my hearts, see a previous post, I had the idea of making some brooches with them. I bought some brooch pins on eBay and will be adding these to my next craft fair stall.

Winter wishes


Another Hobby House topper today, this one featuring the gorgeous Wee snowman. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die for layering. The papers are really old Papermania ones. I used a MS double loop border punch and Woodware holly punch. The sentiment die was cut in red, backed onto glitter card and then coloured with a white Wink of Stella pen which I also used on the holly leaves.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Winter 
ABC Christmas W for Wishes 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

My first Cardio card


It is good to try something completely different at times and these Cardio stamps are very different to the type of stamps I normally use. This is my first, well ok second attempt with them. The first attempt went in the bin but I am really pleased with the way this one turned out. It was very strange to step away from papers and embellishments to create a different style of card. We watched a demo at Peterborough and I used small ink pads the way we were shown to add colour. I added just a couple of diecut IO trees. The sentiment is from a set I bought at Peterborough. I really like the way the snow turned out too and the glitter actually shows on the photo. I am having such fun with these stamps and I will be sharing some more with you soon.

Challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' anything Christmas goes 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Stamping Sensations Christmas greeting 
Allsorts feature a creature

Monday, 14 November 2016

Merry Christmas


Two of my favourites on this card, penguins and a snowman.I coloured them with Copics and had my first attempt at colouring a snowy sky. The papers are some of my faves, Bo Bunny Altitude. I love this colour combo. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I used Wow glitter embossing powder on the wooden snowflakes and Stickles on the hats.

Challenges
Noor Design UK Winter 
Scrap and Craft Christmas time 
Allsorts feature a creatue
Di's Digis hand coloured image

Sunday, 13 November 2016

New stash and my thoughts on the show


Sharing some photos of my lovely new goodies I bought yesterday. Starting with a couple of paper pads and some of the stamps. Usually I buy more dies but this time I bought lots of stamps. Yes there is yet another snowman stamp! Keep reading for more.


Stocking up on basics at great prices.


Just a few dies this time. The owl one I bought for cutting felt as I am really enjoying sewing again.


Some trees to decorate and embellishments.


And these are the things I am most excited about. Very different for me. We were so impressed by the samples and demos and I really want to give them a try. It was so hard to choose and as you can see I bought quite a selection. Some of them will be useful all year round and of course I had to buy the snowmen stamps. I am hoping to have a go this afternoon with them.

It was the first time Crafting Live have had a show at Peterborough and it was very much as we expected. Not as big a show as Doncaster. Lovely venue, free car parking and only £1 donation to the British Legion to get in, though I did win some tickets from a blogging buddy. It was 50p donation to charity to the cloakroom. We managed to see all the stalls with comfort. There were quite a few stalls with rummage bins, always good fun. A nice amount of visitors, not so busy you couldn't see the demos, like some shows. Many familiar stalls were there and we managed to spend out. I heard several people were disappointed with the NEC last week, visitor numbers were way down and a friend who goes regularly said she wouldn't go again, too expensive and too many companies no longer doing it. One stallholder I talked to said it was now too expensive for her and she won't be doing it again. Maybe smaller shows are the way to go. We certainly had a lovely day out and it only took 2 hours to get home.

Baubles


I had a lovely time at the craft show yesterday and bought lots of lovely new stash. I bought some very different stamps as I want to try something different and can't wait to play with these. These are 2 bauble cards I made for Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine using a new Dovecraft Decoupage pack. I had to design a bauble template and then make 2 cards from the pack. The first one using some cute decoupage and I used Memory Box stitched snowflakes and added a button and bow from Dovecraft.


The second one uses various strips from the pack, lace from Crafty Ribbons and pearls.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Santa Selfie


We have a new challenge today at A Gem of a Challenge and our theme is ribbon and bling. There are so many new Christmas images at Pink Gem that I struggled to decide which to use but Santa Selfie really made me smile so I used the pre coloured version and teamed it with Dovecraft vintage noel papers. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and I added a wooden reindeer from Hobbycraft, some pearls and gave Santa a bling bobble on his hat.

We stayed at a Premier Inn last night so this morning I shall be enjoying a cooked breakfast before heading off to Crafting Live at Peterborough to meet my good friend Lynsey. Whilst we are shopping and enjoying a couple of make and takes hubby is off for a ride on the Nene Valley Railway.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Snowy family


Another new Ebay purchase today. I have tried a couple of times to get this Penny Black stamp but the bids have gone higher than I wanted to pay so I was delighted when I won this one for £3.20 plus £2.80 postage. I bought some different stamping card to try, Make it Colour, and it is the best card for using with Copics that I have ever tried. It blends so smoothly, no bleeding even when you lay down a lot of colour. This is the first stamp I have used it with and I am really pleased with the shading results.

It's the first time I have used this Memory Box sentiment die this year. I love it but is large so clean and simple looks best I think. I used a Memory Box landscape die, fussy cut the image and added fun flock to their bobble hats.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' red for remembrance 
The Paper Shelter Christmas is coming 
Noor! Design UK Winter 
Stamping Sensations Christmas greetings

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Another Anniversary card


Our challenge this week at Crafty Ribbons is flowers and pearls with ribbon.  I am still using some of the older LOTV diecuts and teamed this one with First Edition Mulberry Kisses papers. The ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons of course, sentiment from LOTV, flower punch by Fiskars, heart border punch is Martha Stewart.

So I have given entering challenges a lot more thought as I know how much work goes into these challenges. So I have decided to reduce the number of challenges I enter, particularly the weekly ones and concentrate on a few. After all if everyone gave up entering them they wouldn't exist which would be a shame. So I would like to enter this into The Ribbon Girl card challenge.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hobby House Horses


Another of my new Hobby House Toppers today. They are coloured so beautifully aren't they. I used some oddments of papers, MD flower border punch, corner rounder punch, ric rac and a MS cosmos punch with a sentiment from LOTV.

I have just completed 3 magazine commissions so now I am getting on with making more Christmas cards, soon be time to write them.