Monday, 31 December 2012

Last Card of the Year

This card is for the last birthday of 2012, tomorrow I will be back with the first birthday card of 2013 but for today I think this card rounds the year of nicely.

I have made this for my good friend and docraft buddy Kay, I hope she is having a wonderful birthday.

Image: "Geeky Mae" Some Odd Girl
Papers: "Sweet Owl" First Edition
Sentiment: MFT

Saturday, 29 December 2012

2013 is the year of the babies

Well after waiting years for babies in the family next year we will have two, my cousin is expecting her first in March and now her brother and his girlfriend are expecting their first in July. My godson is super excited and told everyone on Christmas eve, even though it is early he couldn't wait. I have used my go to image and card style for this congratulations card and have made quite a few recently, in fact I think I ought to make a stock pile lol.

Image: Elzybells
Papers: "Keita" Sassy Designs Inc
Cardstock: "Chocolate Brownie" Elzybells
Dies: "Flagstack" and "Postage Border" MFT Stamps
Nailheads: Chocolate brown from Josy Rose
Sentiment: See-D

Friday, 28 December 2012

Ok so on with the birthday cards

I feel like I have been making Christmas cards forever as I started quite early in the year but this year I am determined to start them in January so I don't feel as rushed next year. So well best kept plans and all that.

I am still working my way though my December birthday list and not even started on January which is actually my busiest birthday month...aarrgh help.

Anyway onto the card, this first one is for a very dear friend who I am sure doesn't read my blog but just in case I am only posting this on her birthday.

I have so loved using these papers and this is the last of a few of the patterns, I have never used so much of one pad before and am not used to papers running out so had a bit of a panic when I realised lol.

Image: "60's Mae" SomeOdd Girl
Papers: MME "Blush"
Candy: Papermania Glitter Dots
Sentiment: MFT

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Favourite Five Christmas Cards Challenge

The lovely Debbie has a challenge on her blog to show your five favourite Christmas cards, now I have never taken part before but thought as I have made so many cards this year I would give it a whirl. She has some fab candy on offer too so why not take part.

So onto the no particular order

Blog post here

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And finally, I have chosen one of these cards but I did in fact make 17 all different.

Blog post here

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

Just a quick post to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, I have made some lovely friends through this blogging malarky and wanted to let them know how much I appreciate their comments, fun and laughter.

Hugs to all


Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy 1st Christmas

I made this card for my friend's little boy who will be celebrating his first christmas this year. I have used a gorgeous image from Digistamp Boutique which I believe was a freebie a few months ago. I love these images and the fact that Sally-Ann offers freebies each month is fab.

Quite a simple card but I hope his mum likes it.

Image: Digistamp Boutique
Papers: "All I want for Christmas" Echo Park at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: "Pacific Blue" Stampin Up
Brad: Stash

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Mistletoe and Wine

Ok who is now singing a la Cliff, I know I am. I used this image quite a bit last year and was looking for a cute couple image when I found a ready printed one in my draw. A quick copic colour and the card practically made itself. I have used left over papers from my christmas card making marathon and I am so loving this colour combo.

Image: Digistamp Boutique
Papers: "Winter Wonderland" Zoe Pearn
Embossing Folder: "Snow" Cuttlebug
Dies: "Loop de Loop" Papertrey Ink, "Sentiment Strip" MFT
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R
Brad: Stash

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Saturday, 22 December 2012

A Wedding Day

Today sees the wedding of my good friend Sioned to Rob, I will be there to cheer them on and see the gorgeous classy dress she is bound to have chosen. I am so pleased that they are getting married and I can't wish them enough happiness.

So onto the card, Cadbury's purple was the colour scheme so of course I had to follow that with my card. I have used a Lili of the Valley image and coloured to match their hair etc although in the photo it does look a little washed out against all that deep purple.

I bought the card stock especially and used "Royal Velvet" from Papertrey Ink, the ribbon didn't seem to match as I wanted so I used some I bought from Craftwork Cards about four years ago instead lol. Papers are from Pink Petticoat and Winter Pansy matched perfectly. I have used a cream shimmer card to print onto and the same card for the printed sentiment, gives a lovely shimmery effect in real life.

This is a large card for me at 190mm or 7 inch square but I enjoyed making it and hope they like it too.

No snippets on this one unless you count the die that I cut from the left over shimmer paper and has the PP papers on the back. If you are wondering this was the card I was going to start back in August but I dodn't and I only made it yesterday, talk about disorganised.

Image: Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Computer generated 
Dies: Papertrey ink
Cardstock: "Royal Velvet" Papertrey ink
Papers: "Washed Damask" in Winter Pansy by Pink Petticoat
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: Craftwork cards

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Merry Christmas Mum

I have delivered this card now so it is safe to show on here. I made this card for my mum and used the paper piecing/tolling technique again and I think this version is a bit better as I used the template on Mariska's blog to show me which bits to cut. Mariska has recently started showing the bits all coloured ready to assemble and she takes the hard work out of trying to guess which bits go where. I haven't followed exactly but close enough. This looks very time consuming but actually it is very therapeautic not something I will be doing on every card but I will be practising again.

Image: "Holly" Wee Stamps
Papers: "Winter Fun" Carta Bella at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: Recollections Kraft
Mat; Cut on cricut with "Lacy Labels"
Brads: Stash
Sentiment: "Gingerbread Lane" Papertrey Ink
Dies: "Sentiment Strips" & "Open Bracket border" MFT

Edited to add Mariska's blog link

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Miss the Milk being Delivered

and this is why, I know I am showing my age when I can not only remember the milk being delivered and being able to get the top of the milk or the cream for my cornflakes in the morning if I was first up and dressed. Used to hate the mornings that anyone else got there before me and I think it is the reason I am a morning person now too.

I used this image from the Just Inklined the Next Big Thing Cd for this card and went with a more traditional colour scheme and style. I used the snippets of red card left from the various cards I have been making recently and some left over paper too.

Image: "feeding the birds" Just Inklined
Papers: "yuletide" Raspberry Road Designs
Cardstock: "Real Red" Stampin up (no full sheets left ahhh)
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R
Dies: "Sentiment Strips" MFT

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Monday, 17 December 2012

Reindeers in Training

This stamp is too cute, I have made this for my cousin and thought it was very apt as she has three children. Realise now of course that I should have made the hair colour match each one oh well never mind. I used a different shape card for me, have found myself in a square card phase for a while now and thought i really should use some of the cards I bought when I first started crafting. This was from QVC and I bought 200 different shapes, only these ones and the tiny A7 left. If any one has any ideas on how to use up the A7 size other than place cards please let me know.

I have used all snippets on this card apart from the image. I was busy making a Secret Santa box for my crafty friends and used the papers and kraft card to decorate it. As they were already on my desk they didn't even make it to the snippet draw lol. Only problem was that the sentiment strip wasn't long enough so I cut it and stuck it behind the image so if I hadn't told you you would never have known...

Image: "Reindeers in Training" Stamposaurus
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R
Papers: "Cookin Cookies" by Nit Wit free with last years Simply Homemade Magazine
Cardstock: Recollections Kraft
Dies: "Flagstak" MFT

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Joy

Another fab image from Birdie Brown I love this ladies drawing style. Not much to say about this one except the hexagon plate had another outing, I can see me buying more of these as they are so easy to use.

Image: "Joy" Birdie Brown
Papers: "Sugar Cookie" Nit Wit
Cardstock: Recollections Kraft, red from snippets
Dies: Papertrey Ink "Hexagon Plate"
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Thursday, 13 December 2012

And so it is Christmas

and the bulk card making begins, lets hope it's a good one...ok so I don't know anymore of the words lol. This year I decided to try and take the last minute panic and stress out of making cards for my play day buddies. I have used the same image and set of papers for each card and just changed the colour of the outfit and hair so that no two are the same. I really enjoyed trying new hair combos, I haven't gone wild and done pink or anything but I have tried to mix it up a bit. There are grey, black, brown, blond, red and even a strawberry blond lol.

I have used my much loved hexagon plate for the card base and used different papers from the set to create the background. An embossed sentiment and they are good to go. The image is one I bought ages ago from Tickled Pink stamps who have since closed their doors, however they are now being stocked by All that Scraps.

I haven't taken pictures of them all but enough to give you the general idea, just hope they like them too.

Strawberry Blonde - Y11, Y32, YR02, E33 & E50

Ash Blonde - E40, 41, 42

Ash Brown - E71, 74, 77

Brown - E23, 25, 27

Auburn - E08, 09, 19

Grey/Black - N5, 7, 9

Red - YR12, 15, 18

Yellow Blonde - YR20, 21, 24

Dark Brown - E43, 44, 47, 49

Very Dark Brown - E44, 47, 49

Image: "Lights Cherrie" Tickled Pink Stamps (no longer trading sorry)
Papers: "Naughty Christmas" Gennifer Burnett at Design House Digital (looks like the paper pack is gone - sorry again)
Cardstock: "White" Anna Marie, "Red" Papermill
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Cute Penguins

These images are from digistampboutique and are part of October's special offer. I printed the penguins several times and really enjoyed colouring them in. I have been making lots of Christmas cards and really enjoyed it although I wish I had started earlier.

The paper is left over from some other cards I have been making and these should be appearing on my blog soon.

Image:"Simply for Christmas" Digistamp Boutique
Paper: "All I want for Christmas" Echo Park
Cardstock: Red Snippets
Sentiment: "Big Christmas Wishes' Amy R
Dies: MFT stamps

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Happy Birthday Mum

Well yesterday it was my Mum's birthday and I hope she had a very happy birthday. I always try to use a Mo's image for her cards as they remind me of myself as a little girl, the one I used last year on this card was probably the closest to me lol. But I always used to dress up our cat and push her around in my pram, in fact my mum had to get me a new pram as Kitty scratched the inside of my first one to pieces lol.

My mums favourite colour is blue so I am always on the hunt for new blue papers, imagine my surprise when I found this kit on my birthday with mum's favourite colour and my favourite flower. I have used a shaped card front and I quite like the effect. This is a large card for me as I tend to stick to small square but I enjoyed the change. I have also tried paper tolling or paper piecing as inspired by Mariska, mine looks nothing like hers but I am pleased for a first attempt and will definitely be doing this again.

Image: "Dannielle with Muffin" Digital Pencil Too
Papers: "Petal Fresh" Nit Wit
Cardstock: "Bashful Blue" Stampin up
Dies: Papertrey Ink

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Happy Hoppy Christmas

I have loved these cute Santa's from Birdie Brown since they were released but only bought them last week and before the sale doh!!

I have coloured with my copics and used my MFT flag stack to cut the sentiment. The background was created using my hexagon die again and papers from the snippet draw. This die is a perfect way to use up scraps.

Image: "Happy Santa" Birdie Brown
Papers: "Sugar Cookies" Nit Wit
Cardstock: "Real Red" Stampin Up Snippets, 'Green" Core'dinations

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Coffee anyone

I have used another of the gorgeous MFT a la modes for this card and a whole host of coffee paraphernalia. I do seem to be addicted to these papers from Sassy designs too, they are my go to papers at the moment and I can't see that changing anytime soon lol.

I have used this stamp before and can't believe I have managed to use her again so soon, I stamped her onto a snippet of card, coloured and cut her out then stamped her again onto a piece of brown wrapping paper that I had used to wrap a parcel for posting and there was a small scrap left so I used it on the coffee cups. The background looked a little plain so I used my houndstooth embossing folder to match the pattern on the small coffee cup. I cant believe this is the first time I have used this folder, naughty Amanda.

The small cup is from papertrey ink and matches with the look so well and finally the sentiment is from a set that came free with my last MFT purchases.

Image and sentiment: MFT 
Coffee cup: Papertrey Ink
Papers: Sassy designs
Cardstock: "Island Indigo" Stampin up

Challenges: Snippet Playground

thanks for looking

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Cheers to You....

Another of the December birthday cards all made, only another 5 to go lol. So this one is for my cousins 18th, I still picture her as this tiny baby with a loud cry and a lot of wriggling. She is still very active and can rarely keep still. She has blossomed into a lovely young woman and I wish her health, happiness and a very happy birthday.

Image: "Cheers to you" A la Mode at MFT Stamps
Papers: "Christy" Sassy Designs Inc
Cardstock: Snippets of Stampin up "Cherry Cobbler"
Brads: Papermania

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Monday, 3 December 2012

Gorjuss girls

I bought this stamp when they first came out and am embarrassed to say this is her first inking. I have the print of this on my wall in my craft room along with two others so I had to buy her, why then I wonder why has it taken me over a year to ink her up. I don't think I will ever understand myself lol.

I have decided to try a technique that I saw on Amy R's blog, she doesn't mat with cardstock but instead uses an ink pad to provide a break between the papers. I kinda like it but I think I should have picked more varied papers, oh well there is always next time.

I used a sketch Saturday sketch and this is the second time I have used this one, I can't link it though as it was last weeks lol. I actually made the card on the day the sketch went live but as I didn't want the recipient to see it before their birthday I am posting it today. So happy birthday Tanmo.

Image and Sentiment : "Hang me out to dry" Gorguss girl stamp by Santoro
Papers : "Dolled Up" by MME
Die : "Chevron" MFT Stamps
Nailheads : Josy Rose

Sunday, 2 December 2012

I won some blog candy

I arrived home Friday from shopping in Birmingham to discover an envelope from Edna with my blog candy stamps and the most gorgeous card too. I have taken a picture but I don't think it does this beautiful card justice.

I just wanted to say thank you to Edna and I can't wait to play with my new stamp.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

A Pause from the Christmas Makes

Every year I tell myself to be more organised and every year I ignore myself lol, I have lots of BIG birthdays in December this year and even though I decided on the images and even the papers I was going to use I still haven't made all of the cards I need. I really need to get a wriggle on as it is my Mum's birthday soon and all the cards need to be made before then so I can deliver them.

So onto the first card, this one is for my godson's girlfriend, she is such a lovely person and she makes him so happy too. I loved this image when I saw it on Mary's blog so when I was in the shop I just had to get it.

Image and Senriment : "Picture Perfect" A la Mode at MFT Stamps
Papers: "Blush" MME
Cardstock: Black-Snippet folder, Papertrey ink-Lavender Moon
Dies: "Squiggle" and "Mini tab" MFT Stamps

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

More Christmas Baubles

The most difficult part of making these cards has been deciding on the colour combo, I have suddenly realised that I don't have many coloured ink pad and may have to buy some more.....I really don't have a red except the scarlet jewel which is more of a burgundy so I think that should be my first buy.

So here follows a few unusual colour combos:

Ink: Memento: London Fog & Paris Dusk

Inks: Memento: Toffee Crunch & Papertrey Ink : Scarlett Jewel

Inks: Memento: Gray Flannel & Studio G : Purple

I have loved making these cards and nearly have enough for my neighbours so need to get started on work ones, oh and friends, and of course family.....there are not enough days left, why do I leave it so late.....

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Oh Christmas Tree...Oh Christmas Tree

I love Christmas and I am hoping this year I will be a little more organised and not have to resort to buying my cards...I know shock horror disbelief...I have been known to buy cards as I have left it too late to make any.

I have so enjoyed making these one layer cards I find myself reaching for the stamp set as soon as I sit in my craft room even when I have birthday cards to anyway onto the cards again a variation on a theme all using the same tree stamp and sentiments from AmyR. Tried different colours not sure all of them worked but hey ho they are still going to get sent out.

Image: Papermania "Home for Christmas"
Sentiment: Amy R from All that
Inks: Memento - Teal Zeal, Toffee Crunch
Papertrey Ink - Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse

Challenges: Rudolph Day

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A Candy Cane Christmas

I stamped and coloured both of these images whilst in Florida, they were coloured with my prisma pencils and I really enjoyed spending a bit of time colouring them. I forget the other colouring stuff I have and just reach for my copics but as I didn't have them with me there was no other choice.

Last week Jessica Sprague had the Santa Sleigh full collection for a $1 so I had to get it and both of these papers are from that collection, it is so versatile and I can see me using lots of it.

I made the same card but with different colours for two of my friends, one loves pink and anything girly and the other is more traditional so their cards and colours reflected this.

Image: "Candy Cane A la Mode" Mft Stamps
Cardstock: "real red" Stampin up
Brad: Studio G
Sentiment: " Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R 

Image: "Candy Cane A la Mode" Mft Stamps
Paper: "Santa Sleigh" Carina Gardiner at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: "pool party" Stampin up
Brad: Stash
Sentiment: " Big Christmas Wishes" Amy R

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Digistamp Boutique always seem to be able to produce really cute images and never fail to impress with both their style and ease of colouring. I bought this stamp when it was on special offer and I knew exactly who I was going to use it for. My friends little boy will be nearly 2 at Christmas and I wanted to make a card that reminded me of him. I hope he likes it.

Image: "Dan Xmas Frame" Digistamp Boutique
Papers: "All I want for Christmas" Echo Park at Jessica Sprague (snippets)
Cardstock: "real red" Stampin up (snippets)
Snow: Polar White Flowersoft
Embossing: "Snow" Cuttlebug folder
Die: "Notched Border" MFT Stamps
Brad: Stash

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Friday, 16 November 2012

Gingerbread Lane

Just wanted to say hello to my new followers and also to let everyone know I am still alive, this Christmas malarky is seriously eating into my commenting time lol.

This stamp set from Papertrey Ink is perfect for all lovers of anything gingerbread. I have long since been addicted to gingerbread men and have quite a collection, the non edible ones of course the edible ones were lucky to make it into the house lol.

I bought some gorgeous scented candles in Bath and Body works in Florida and wanted a way to box them as gifts for my friends when I realised that the gingerbread house would be perfect. I measured and scored both boxes from one sheet of card and used left over scraps from the last lot of cards for the houses, sometimes not putting everything away has its advantages lol.

Image: "Gingerbread Lane" Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Recollections Kraft card, left over from some christmas cards
Candles: "Frosted Cupcake and Salted Caramel" Bath and Bodyworks

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Art Deco anyone

Do crafts had another fab freebie on the new magazine and she stamps like a dream, I do think she is a tad big for my normal card size though. I have also used the sentiment from the same set.

When I cut the gold cardstock with the retro squares die I thought the left over cardstock would make perfect embellishments. I have used last weeks "sketch Saturday" sketch as it is so easy and effective.

Image & Sentiment: Do crafts "art deco" freebie
Papers: "Antique" Sassy Designs Inc
Cardstock: Snippet draw, gold is DCWV(also in the snippet draw)
Candy: Off cuts from "retro squares" die
Dies: "Retro Squares" MFT & "Elegant Edges" Cricut

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Friday, 9 November 2012

Polished to Perfection

Some cards just seem to make themselves and this is certainly true of this card. I wanted to use the Sketch Saturday sketch as it is clean and simple just like me, I normally struggle with sketches but this one is so easy to use and I can see it being a regular from now on.

I coloured the image with my copics and am quite pleased with how it worked, wish I could have gotten more definition with the hair.  The colours were determined by the snippets I had on my desk and I must admit I do like this colour combo, I was originally going to use "fine linen" from papertrey but I couldn't bear to cut into a new sheet so I used the left over kraft instead.

Image: "Polished to Perfection" A La Mode from MFT
Papers: "heirloom" & "christy" Sassy Designs Inc
Cardstock: Recollections Kraft
Dies: "Sentiment Strip" & "Squiggle" MFT
Nailhead: Joanns $1 bin

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Silver Wedding Anniversary

So this is a total step in another direction for me, no coloured image in fact no colouring or stamping of any kind. I love the white on white cards but I haven't quite created one, it did start in my head as a white on white with a silver border but it looked too plain so I added the patterned paper and I like it a whole lot more.

Once I started adding the silver nail heads I couldn't stop, this embossing folder is really brought to life by adding them too. I loved the tied together folder but by the time I decided I wanted it they were out of my price range so when I saw this one in Joanns in May I thought it was perfect....and this is the second time it has been out of the packet....not sure if anyone else does this but I sure do and a lot too lol.

Hearts & Letters: George & Basic cricut cart
Embossing: "Geometric Circles" & "Script" Cuttlebug embossing folders
Paper: "Forever in our Heart" Raspberry Road
Cardstock: "Metallic Stack" DCWV
Nail Heads: Josy Rose