Sunday 29 December 2013

Happy New Year

Good evening everyone.
We're in that strange post Christmas period, not holiday but not normal working. I've been prowling around my craftroom trying to settle to some crafting but couldn't think what to do until I came across the 
Very appropriately it's Happy New Year. So I have been crafting this afternoon with a purpose. 
Here is the result.

The champagne bottle is an Ellison thin cut that I've had since I first started crafting yonks ago. The bottle is made from green glitter card, the neck and foil label from gold card. The label and shoulders are in plain white card. The cork is craft card edged with Vintage Photo. The bubbles are punched out of the top layer then over layed on a sheet of silver glitter paper. The greeting is from LOTV.

I shall enter it in the following challenges:-
CAS on Sunday - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
"Less is more" - Past challenges-Wk99-100 Drink
CASology - Party

So if I don't get to blog again


and thanks for calling around,

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Twas the night before Christmas

Good afternoon blog surfers.
Just pinched a few minutes to write while Grandson is watching Toy Story 2 and before number one son arrives from Leeds on the train,

All parcels have been wrapped and we await Santa. We usually have a sack each under the tree,so this year I made special tags for everyone.

Hopefully there will be lots of crafting goodies under the tree for me and no disappointments for anyone.

I will enter them in the following challenges:-
Crafty Little Fairies:- Anything goes
Heck of a Challenge :- Colourful Christmas

Well have a good one everyone.
Merry Christmas

Sunday 22 December 2013

Marianne Challenge 2

Good afternoon everyone.
It's feels good to be back at the computer. Had a few days away with my son and I haven't been able to craft. I did have some good news while I was there though. The observant of you will have noticed the logo to the left of this post. Yep I was awarded Top Addict by those lovely girls at ATSM. Thank-you. I did like the card I submitted but self praise is no recommendation, as my Mum used to say. On the down side I did have an entry deleted ( feels a bit harsh saying that) for not complying with the brief. I thought I had but its a salutary warning. It would appear that Marianne Designs have strict rules. It was my first attempt at this challenge so not being disheartened I am entering their new challenge, CAS. Here is my card.

The skater is a Don and Daisy stamp I have used before and the Scandinavian snowflake strip was a freebie from a magazine. The string is Cardmakers rope from Marianne. The skater was coloured using Copics and is mounted on pads. The 'ice rink' is an off cut of some silver mirror card.

Thanks for popping by and if I don't get time to blog again before Christmas,

Season's Greetings to all.

Sunday 15 December 2013

Josh's 21st Birthday and Marianne Design Divas Guest Designer

Good morning fellow crafters. Its been a bit wild and woolly down here over the last day. Still the white fluffy stuff  is keeping away so far. I don't mind it when I have nowhere to go but with family descending from all points north for Christmas it would be better if it stayed away for the moment.

Now for some really good news. I have been asked to be a guest designer for this months Marianne Design Divas! A call went out in October and I sent my name in not thinking I would get the opportunity but hey if you don't ask you don't get. Now the hard bit of coming up with a design using 3 Marianne products. The theme of Anything goes made it slightly easier, but after the initial high of being asked its a different story to come up with a design that would not disgrace the team. So without further ado here it is:-

As it was an 'Anything goes' challenge I decided to make a card for my neighbour's son's 21st. 

I used the following Marianne Design products:-
Collectables COL1315  (checked and stamped)
Craftables CR1254 frame to cut striped LOTV paper edged in Faded Jeans and reinforcement dies in same paper as background.
Cardmakers rope blue/white JU0836

Josh is a keen Huddersfield Town supporter so this image from LOTV was just perfect. The stamp was coloured in 'Town' colours with Copics. and mounted on a starburst circle (Sizzix inverted scalloped circle) cut from the same backing paper. The trophy die cut in silver card is cut from an old Ellison die, with Tim Holtz 'Carnivale' numbers in white. Happy Birthday background stamp is Heroarts and assorted papers from the stash. The letters for the name is a Sizzix alphabet set- First Steps. The bunting I cut free hand from off cuts of the striped paper and edged in Faded Jeans distressed ink and glued onto cardmakers rope. 
I think the little reinforcements give a masculine option instead of the buttons, I usually like to use on men's cards.

I shall enter it in the following challenges:-

Stamping Sensations:- Free and easy
Here comes the boys :- Anything goes

Well that's it folks, thanks for popping around and for Blankina and the team for asking for my input.

Saturday 14 December 2013

Marianne Challenge

Afternoon everyone.
While browsing blogs the other week, I came across the Marianne Design Challenge blog. As I said before I like a challenge and as you can only use Marianne items in this, that was a real challenge. I don't have that many Marianne items so the offer of winning some extra 'Candy' was enticing. So here goes.
'Santa please leave me some extra special treats under the tree this year.'

While I was over there I also saw their latest challenge- one colour, so I thought I would enter this little offering.

The image is from their downloads page, a great idea if you don't have the Marianne images or stamps to use. It was cut out using the small circle from Craftable die CR1239 and I edged it in Vintage Photo, as were all the other elements.
The base card is a Creatable die LR0112 as is the snowflake on the ribbon and the swirls. The image is mounted on the out cut of the frame Craftable die CR1239. The frame is mounted on pads to create a shadow interest.
I will  enter it in these challenges:-
Allsorts Challenge - Snowflakes
Well that's about it folks, see you again sometime. 

Friday 13 December 2013

Ski into Christmas

Morning all.
Looks like both my hubby and I have the dreaded winter cold and sore throat. Hope it gets better before Christmas. There seems to be a lot of it around even over in Italy as my friend Chris cancelled on Wednesday as she had come back from looking after the Grand kids with a shocker.
So it's been a while since I did any crafting or sat at the computer typing and it has been noticed! So for my friend Di's benefit here is a card for today.

The little skier is a LOTV stamp minus the little dog, which I didn't want on this image. I used Copics to colour him and the trees which were cut from a Marinne Christmas tree die LR0136. None of the trees are the actual die, the 3 behind the skier have only 3 branches and a reduced tip and the foreground trees have had the bottom branches cut away. These are the colours I used:-

Hat gloves and scarf - B99,97, 95,93  C5,3,0, blender
Skis - C10,7,5
Ski suit - R39,37,35,32
Trees - YG67,63,61, G29,28,21, YG17, E59,57,55

The snow was made using Stampendous chalky white embossing enamel. I always get this all over and very little on the project where I want it, so I hi lighted some areas with an embossing pen first.
The background to the central image was a piece of card embossed using a Cuttlebug folder. The hills I cut freehand and the frame was also cut freehand, then the middle cut out using a Sizzix Ornate labels 2 die. This is mounted on pads and the trees and skier mounted on top. 
The inner was layered with some swiss dot embossed card and a LOTV sentiment stamped onto a small label cut out on pads. Snowflake from a Woodware punch.

I shall enter it for the following challenges:-
ABC Christmas Challenge   Y - You make (own embellishments)
Crafty Little Fairies  Let it Snow
Creative Inspirations -Traditional Christmas Colours
Addicted to stamps and more - Photo inspiration
Penny Black and More :- Traditional Christmas colours

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by.

Sunday 8 December 2013

Molly with a lantern

Evening all, thanks for popping by.
Just looked out of the window and there is the most glorious sunset tonight. It's been a pretty good day here today, hopefully the really bad weather has passed for a while. Hubby has been cutting down an old hawthorn in our top hedge today. The hedge is very old and forms the parish boundary so the trees are somewhat veteran in status and quite brittle. The hellish winds of last week took their toll and one crashed onto the fence so it had to come out. Hopefully it will regrow from the base if the pesky rabbits leave it alone.

Now for today's card. I haven't been crafting much these last couple of days as I have made and written most of my Christmas cards but I'm off to visit an old friend for a chat and needed one for her. Chris is really into red so that was the hook as well as the Sketch and Stash sketch for this fortnight.

The image is from Molly Bloom and I coloured it using Copics, reds and beiges. The papers I have used before but I like the feel of them with the reds and neutral theme. The base card was from a 12" sheet of Bazzil craft card. The snowflake edge punch is from Martha Stewart, as is the small snowflake. The large one is from Cuttlebug. The greeting is from LOTV and is mounted on a Spellbinders Lacey Circle. The card candy is from Craftwork cards and the doily die from Magnolia. Lace from the stash.

I shall enter it in the following challenges:-

ABC  - Almost Christmas 

Thanks for popping by and do leave a comment I love to read them all.

Monday 2 December 2013

Frosty the Snowman

Morning all, thanks for dropping by.
Trouble with our internet connection yesterday evening so no post, so here I am this morning.
Typing is a little tricky as Max the pooch has decided to fall asleep on my lap while I browsed the web earlier. He's very little but a good hot water bottle!
Had a serious session on Saturday writing cards which I had better post! I am still a few short in the not too fat to post category. Today's card is hopefully one of those.

The stamp is by Molly Bloom and I coloured him using Copics. The scarf is in my favourite footy team colours, Sheffield Utd, not doing too well this season but they appear to be getting better! The design also allowed me to use up some of those scraps of paper you always have left over and don't want to throw away.

I shall enter it in the following challenges:-
Crafty Little Fairies - Classic Christmas , red green and gold (32)
Allsorts - Inspired by a Christmas song --Frosty the Snowman (52)

Well thanks for dropping 'round, bye.