Thursday 23 December 2010

My Last Christmas Card.

I thought last week I'd made my last Christmas card of the year but yesterday my eldest daughter,Jodie,asked if I would make a card for her boyfriend. Week #36 over at City Crafter Challenge Blog is 'Vintage Christmas' so I made this one for her to give him and enter it in this week's challenge.

This is my favourite Tim Holtz patterned paper from the Holiday paper pad.I just added some glitter to his hat and a few embellishments.

When Paige,my youngest daughter saw it she asked if I'd make the same one for her boyfriend so that is definitely it now for this year.

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and a Happy,Healthy New Year.


Wednesday 22 December 2010

Die Cut Swap & Holiday Gift

Last month I took part in the die cut & holiday gift swap over at City Crafter Party Blog and my partner this time was the kind and generous June Lanum. When I received my parcel through the post I couldn't believe my eyes. She sent me so many diecuts plus lots of other goodies too,Paige was amazed at how much there was and spent ages looking through everything with me. Look at all this !!!

This is my gift,a beautiful bookmark,I read a lot so this was the perfect gift for me.

I am now using it in the latest book I'm reading.

 Thank you so much June,it was a pleasure having you has my partner and now friend ,I'm sure we will keep in touch.


Tuesday 21 December 2010

Cupcake Creation Colour Challenge CR84FN8 & Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #28

I quite often pop over to Mona Pendleton's blog Cupcake's Creations as she is a great inspiration and I love her style. Every week Mona does a colour challenge and I always think I must give it go,so today I got to make my first card for this great colour challenge.
Here is this weeks inspiration photo,CR84FN8:

I also used sketch #28 from Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge .

 I've seen a lot of tent cards lately,so I thought I'd have a go at making one. There's a great tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers on how to make a tent card.Here's my first go at one but I'm sure it won't be the last as I really enjoyed creating it. The papers are October Afternoon and Little Yellow Bicycle,I used Nesties to cut out the circle and scalloped frame.I stamped the Waltzingmouse stamp in SU Melon Mambo and the flower is made using Melon Mambo card stock.

Here's a side view:

Thanks for stopping by,I'm of to the local pub now for Carols Around The Piano,we always have a great time singing all those popular carols with other familys and a drop of mulled wine.


Monday 20 December 2010

Pixie Dust Paperie December Challenge

It's been ages since I've done a layout or a challenge so I had a spare couple of hours this afternoon and decided to get some some scrapbooking done then I saw Pixie Dust Paperie had just put their December challenge up which was this sketch,perfect !!!

 Here's my layout using the Crate Paper Restoration range,the photo is of my baby niece,Olivia.

I'd like to thank Ros for my beautiful sparkly Christmas card that I received last week,I love it !!!

Thanks for taking the time and stopping by,I appreciate all your lovely comments.
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Monday 13 December 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas-part 1

Hope everybody had a great weekend,I had a fab time. Every year at Christmas my Mom and Dad take us all out to see Santa.This year we went to the Black Country Living Museum on a Santa Hunt. It is a lovely place to visit with everything set in the early 1900's,we had a tour guide and had to find clues to find Mr and Mrs Santa Claus,it was such good fun even for my girls who are the eldest grandchildren.

Writing a letter to Santa

Santa's Toy Workshop

Stirrng the Christmas pudding
Jodie and Paige with Santa
 Typical High Street from the 1900's
Eating chips from the 1920's Fish & Chip Shop

This year I decided to do the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas,I love his products and ideas and have had real fun getting inky.I will use the tags for embellishments in a mini album with my Christmas photo's.
I didn't have the Rickety House die so I made my own with grunge paper and I embossed the lines using a score board.

Day 3

Back soon with some more tags.Thanks for taking the time to look and for all the kind comments you leave me,I really appreciate it.


Thursday 9 December 2010

Another Quick Christmas Card !

A quick post today,when you have to make so many cards at Christmas I do batches of quick and simple ones,so I get a little production line going. Here's another of my quick makes.

I diecut the Nestie label and stamped it with En Francais stamp in Crumb Cake Ink and inked the edge. I stamped part of the swirl from Baroque Motifs in Garden Green ink and then inked the bauble from Contempo Christmas in Real Red and punched out using the coordinating bauble punch.I hung the bauble from the swirl using 3d foam and added a bow,lastly I stamped Merry Christmas in Real Red. Everything I used for this card is from Stampin'Up except the Nestie.
Enjoy the rest of your week!


Tuesday 7 December 2010

Baby,It's Cold Outside!!!

Can you see where I'm going with my blog title's,they're all Christmas song's,don't know how long I can carry it on for ! It really is cold in the the moment,it looks so pretty though. This is the view from my bedroom window,it looks like a scene from Narnia.

It was our Christmas crop on Saturday and we all had a great time,we all had a cracker and prezzie on our table.We had turkey rolls for lunch,I supplied the Christmas tunes and Libby did a 12 Days of Christmas Just for Fun Challenge. There was a lot of laughter and Christmas cheer in the room!!! In the afternoon I did a festive class where I did a Christmas card and a tree decoration.

On a Fridays,Sue does something called Fridays Picks and she lists her favourite blogs,challenges etc. that she's seen through the week. Last week there was a link for an Oragami Christmas Tree which gave me the idea for this card. I didn't follow it exactly,I sort of made my own by using 5 different sized scalloped square Nesties and I didn't do all the folds but I'm quite pleased how it turned out.I added a bit of Christmas sparkle with glitter around the bottom of each segment and then a star to the top.

You could use the next project as a Christmas tree decoration,a tag or attach it to a card (which I will do for my nieces and nephews cards). I just used the largest square scalloped Nestie punched out the heart shape with the SU extra large heart punch and filled a heart shape Treat Cup with sweets,adhere another scalloped square to the back,covering up the Treat Cup. Everything I used for these two projects are Stampin'Up except the dotty embossing folder which is Cuttlebug.

I had a little production line going at the crop and got 20 of these little cards done.I stamped the base card with a SU Merry Christmas sentiment,cut out the shaped Nestie label,punched out the holly shape with a Martha Stewart punch and then attached gold glitter paper behind the holly shape using 3d foam,glued that to the base card and attached a bow,and there you have a quick and simple card for when you have to make so many.
I'd like to thank Sue and Lisa for kindly awarding me this lovely blog award,I'm a bit short on time at the moment but will try and answer questions and pass it on when I have a bit more time.Thanks again,ladies!!!

Have a good day,everyone.
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Friday 3 December 2010

' Blue Christmas'

The challenge this week over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog was choosen by Linda and is 'Blue Christmas',I love Elvis and I can't stop singing the song now,in fact I need to find Elvis Christmas album out for our Xmas crop on Saturday!!!
Here's my 'Blue Christmas' card.

I covered the front of the card with some Basic Grey blue paper and then cut out the centre of the card with the largest circle Nestie.I got some white copier paper and cut an insert to size and embossed it with a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder adding stardust Stickles,attach to the inside of the card.I cut out the snowflakes with Nesties and layed them up with 3d foam and added a rhinestone,then positioned it on the card so half of the snowflake overlaps the circle. Lastly I stamped the Waltzingmouse frame and sentiment in TH Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Ink,cut out with Nestie Labels #14 and attached to the insert using 3d foam.
Have a good weekend,I'm at our Xmas crop on Saturday and The Clothes Show on Sunday,so I've got a funpacked couple of days.


Thursday 2 December 2010

Scrapbookers Anonymous December Challenge

Can you believe we're into December already and it's time for a new challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month's challenge is to use rub-ons and plain cardstock,no patterned papers allowed !!! There is another fab prize up for grabs,lot's of lovely rub-ons and some gorgeous My Minds Eye Christmas papers so why not have a go.
Here's my LO for this month's challenge.

This is a photo of my baby niece who was born in September,she is so adorable.I used Stampin'Up rub-ons on plain pink and white mulberry flowers and added pearls to the centres. I added a Basic Grey border rub-on to the ribbon,also the corner,title and quote are also Basic Grey.
Congratulations to Tiffany who was Novembers Addict of the Month,it could be you this month if you dig out those rub-ons and give it a go !!! Don't forget you can enter cards as well as layouts !!!


Wednesday 1 December 2010

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year !

I'm sorry I haven't been about much,I just haven't had time for any crafting so have had nothing to show you.It's such a busy time of the year but I love it,I'm sat writing this in my warm,cosy house,drinking coffee and watching the snow flutter down,to me this is bliss!
We put our Christmas Tree up on Sunday and even though my girls have grown up they still get just as excited and can't wait for the last weekend of November,when all the decorations go up.

This little bird decoration is my most treasured,my Gran bought it for me one Christmas when we took her out for the day.She's no longer with us but every year it comes out and I think of all the wonderful times we shared.
Today is the 1st December so we've all opened our advent calenders this morning and eaten a yummy Thorntons chocolate before breakfast.

I really need to get cracking and make some Christmas cards today,will be back soon.



Wednesday 24 November 2010

Waltzingmouse Challenge #24

As I said the other day I seem to have lost my mojo so I decided to use this week's sketch over at Waltzingmouse Stamps Challenge Blog to help with making a 50th Birthday card.

Here's my card:

The label is stamped using Waltzingmouse Stamps Holiday Labels 14 and cut out with the matching Nestie shape and the papers are Prima.
I'm off to the N.E.C. in Birmingham tomorrow for the Good Food Show,it's a great day out with plenty of food and drink to sample and then I'm off to my friends birthday party so I've got a busy but enjoyable day ahead.

I'd like to wish all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving,I hope you all have a wonderful time !!!


Tuesday 23 November 2010

Back From Spain !

I am back from Benidorm and I had a fabulous time but  I seem to have lost my mojo since I got back and haven't done a lot of crafting. It was Bromsgrove Crop on Thursday evening and I intended to get some Christmas cards done, I didn't even get one card finished,that's how bad it is !!!
We went to Benidorm to celebrate my friends 50th Birthday but her actual birthday is this Thursday so I wanted to get a mini book done with the Benidorm photo's for her birthday. I have actually managed to get it done today,it is very simple with not many embellishments as I wanted her to focus on the photo's and journaling.
Here are a few of the pages.

The chipboard album is My Minds Eye Lush and all the papers are October Afternoon Cherry Hill,the holiday meant so much to my friend and will treasure this album with her favourite photo's from the trip.
Don't forget you still have time to enter this month's challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous,you have to use holiday papers (Xmas,Halloween etc) on a non holiday card or LO. There's a great prize up for grabs so why not give it a go,it's a fab way to use up those papers you only use once a year.


Monday 15 November 2010

November Crop.

Last Saturday was Bromsgrove crop,it was a quiet one this month but we still had a great time with plenty of laughs,they really are a great bunch of girls. I managed to get two LO's done,I think I do more talking than scrapping !!! The first one I did I've already posted which was for the Kraft It Up challenge,here's the second one.

I used my October Scrapagogo kit for this LO,I love this photo of my Mum and Dad,they are still so close after 44 years of marriage.
I also did a card class and as Christmas is getting closer I did a Christmas card.

The patterned paper and stamp is from Stampin'Up,the sheet music is from an old violin grade book. I made the flower with organza and shriveled the edges using a candle,I saw these flowers on Clare's blog,you can find the tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by

Saturday 13 November 2010

Melt Art Workshop.

Rach and I drove down to Milton Keynes last Friday to LB Crafts to do a Melt Art workshop with Lin Brown,this is one craft I have never tried before. We got there for 9.30 which gave us a chance to look around the shop and spend a bit more money before the class started,keeping in mind the shop was at the ArtsyCraft workshop the weekend before. I just can't help myself !!!
We started off with a 7Gypsies Printers Tray

and this was the end result.

I am so pleased with the end result,every one of the embellishments were made from scratch,we got to use a Melt Pot using bees wax and UTTE . It was a great workshop and would love to do another class,Lin is a very talented Altered Art artist,check out her blog here.

Have a great weekend !!!

Thursday 11 November 2010

Week #35- Lavender & Lace

This weeks host at The Shabby Tea Room is the very talented Clare Buswell who has choosen this gorgeous inspiration photo to work with.

Clare asks we do a project using the colors from the picture, the floral and/or lace theme ... OR BOTH! This is the card I did for this week's challenge.

The papers are Cosmo Cricket 'Mitten Weather' and Anna Griffin,the music paper is from an old violin grade book. The doily is one Kirsty sent me from the Lace & Doily Swap,I made the flower with scrunched up circles and circles of lace.

I'm off to Spain in the morning for a bit of sunshine but I will be leaving scheduled posts while I'm away,that's if they work,I've never tried it before,LOL.

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