Hi, no cards from me yet, but just a little post to say Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Thank you so much for visiting me in the last couple of months and posting lovely comments. Hopefully I will be back up and crafting soon when we are back in Sydney.
We came over to Northumberland last week and are now in Somerset at my parent's house for Christmas. Then, it's back up north and to Sydney.
Hi, just a quick one to say I'm sorry I haven't been around for a while, but life has been getting in the way a bit. We're off to England next Wednesday to visit friends and family for Christmas and there's a lot to do here first. Hopefully I will be able to join in some more challenges when things calm down a bit as I have missed doing them.
Over on the Crafty Catz challenge blog, they are asking for angels or fairies. To be in for a chance of being part of the DT, you need to enter last week's and this week's challenge. So, here is my card. The image is a sweet one I got free with a magazine a while ago and I decided to use my favourite colour, purple. I glittered the wings and used some fab sparkly purple card. The paper is from Stamp-it which I bought because it's lovely but I didn't want to cut it up and use it. I've got many papers like this, just waiting for a good idea.
Well, here's my crazy moment! Over on Crafty Catz they are looking for a new DT member and here is my entry into this week's challenge and my entry for the DT call. I went pink and girly for this one. The theme is 'celebrate', so I've made a girl's birthday card. The image is a digi stamp from Charmed cards and crafts and the sentiment uses a free font I downloaded.
Hi, sorry I've not been around for a while. Hopefully that will change soon when life becomes a bit less manic. I made this quick card yesterday for a family member who is 7 in a few days and as it has to be sent to England, I had to get it sent. I used a great decoupage from craftsuprint and kept the rest simple.
I bought this fab clown digi stamp from Incy Wincy designs and couldn't wait to use it. Over on the allsorts challenge blog, the project has to be made for a child. I have used the sketch from Crafty Catz and put one of the balloons onto a foam pad for a bit of depth. I have a few children's birthdays coming up, so this will come in very handy.
Well, here's my fourth Christmas card of the year. I'm entering it into the challenge at Dottie's world, which is asking for the colour scheme red, black and white. I used their fab Christmas pixie digi stamp and tried to make it look like the image is on a bauble. I used some great glittery black card, which I love, but it is difficult to stick anything onto it.
Just a quick one as we've just got back from a weekend away in Port Stephens. Gorgeous weather and lovely beaches - fab! Anyway, I've got loads to do - unpacking and washing, etc, but I just had to post that I was the lucky winner on Craftycatz this week. Yippee! I love random number generators! I'm having a good week.
I know it's not a Christmas card, and I should be making them, but I found a good distraction I made this card for Crafty Catz, whose challenge this week is Going Dottie and for Incy Wincy Designs, who are asking for a thank you card.
I'm trying to use some of the papers I have had for a while and I love this Tilda stamp. I always think flowers are a good way to say thanks, so felt it was ideal.
Well, I can never resist a chance to get out some sparkles, so when I saw the allsorts challenge this week, I knew I had to enter! The theme is Bring out your bling. As I haven't made many of my Christmas card yet, I am using every opportunity to do one. I used a stamp from the Daisy and Dandelion range, gorgeous doodlebug design flocked and glittered card and of course some bling!
Well, my addiction to blog challenges is growing and I have made a card which I'm entering into three of them this week. Over on Crafty Catz, there's a fab sketch to use. Then, cook up a card asks for 3 flowers, two gems and a butterfly and crafty cardmakers wants you to Stamp Something. I used a Tilda image and coloured it with my whispers pens. The butterfly is stamped and attached using foam pads. The paper is from the DCWV garden party stack (yes, I do have other paper, I just love this so much).
Daisy is at kindy all day today, so my plan was to spend part of the day tidying and sorting all my craft stash that has been in boxes since it arrived a couple of weeks ago. Well, that hasn't happened yet as I found my jewellery stuff and decided to have a play. I bought some gorgeous beads from the craft fair we went to yesterday and just had to use them. I've kept the rest of the necklaces plain so the focal bead will stand out. I've also made a chain maille bracelet. I've been going on about wanting to make one for ages and my sister sent me a kit. It was a bit fiddly to start with but I soon got the hang of it and love it.
I hope you have all had lovely weekends. We went to the beach on Saturday as it was glorious weather and we're trying out all the local beaches to see which Daisy prefers! Then yesterday we went to a craft fair that had loads of stalls selling gorgeous stuff. It was lovely to talk to some fellow crafters.
Anyway, after that I made these two cards for friends birthdays. The first uses a stamp from a local shop over here and the next uses a digi stamp from Charmed cards and crafts.
Use the colours pink and brown as the main colour scheme.
Use a stamped image.
Incorporate a piece of ribbon.
Use some type of glitter.
Here's my card. I loved making it as it's not my usual colour scheme. I had some great pink patterned acetate, so used that to go over brown paper from the DCWV garden party stack (yes, that one again!). I coloured this lovely Sarah Kay image and made a ribbon flower as well as using ribbon at the top. I used pink glitter in the centre of the flowers.
As my little whirlwind was in kindy all day today, I decided to use some time to craft. Unfortunately after grocery shopping, etc, I only had time to make this one card. Over on the allsorts challenge blog, the theme is to include a 'furry friend' on your project. I chose this cute stamp of Daisy and decided to make another Christmas card (I NEED to get a move on with these). I punched Daisy onto a circle, to match the baubles on some card I bought a few years ago but haven't used and then glitter the edge and Daisy's collar. I do love a bit of bling.
Hi, sorry I haven't been around for a couple of days, but I've been a bit busy. It was lovely weather on Saturday, so we went to the beach for the first time since we've been here (it's only taken us two and a half months!) Daisy loved splashing in the water and building sandcastles. It's a good job we went when we did, as it's now bucketing down. Boo!
I haven't been completely idle, as one of the lovely ladies over on the Crafts Beautiful forum is raising money for her daughter's nursery as they had a burst pipe which damaged a lot of equipment and resources. As a teacher, I know how hard it is if you don't have the necessary equipment to hand. Anyway, she is having a stall at the nursery's Christmas fair selling Christmas cards, so I thought I would make a few to send her. They are quick and simple ones, but they need to be sent off soon. I used some fab Patchwork Kingdom decoupage and also a great santa digi stamp from Charmed cards and crafts. I'm hoping to do some more, but maybe I should start on the ones I need to make for us first!
Yes, this blog lark is very addictive and so are blog challenges! This is a card I made for the Penny black Saturday challenge. This week, there was a sketch to work from and I really enjoyed doing it, although it took a lot of thinking about. I have used orange bazzil textured card and two papers from my DCWV Garden Party stack. I've used this cute penny black hedgehog stamp, which I have had for some time. I really should use more bright colours in my work and not just stick to the same colour schemes.
Just had to say I'm so chuffed I managed to include the link for the allsorts blog in my last post AND link my card on the challenge page. Not bad.
Next great thing - our sea freight arrived today - yippee, hurrah, etc, cue mad jumping around the room. I now have my stash so will be playing with it for the next few days when my daughter lets me. Luckily, she was so pleased her toys arrived that she will be busy with them.
Well, this is my very first entry into a blog challenge, so I'm very nervous showing my humble effort. Over on the allsorts challenge blog, the theme is monochrome Christmas and there is also a sketch to follow. I chose green (in case you can't tell!) and used a fab stamp from the Daisy and Dandelion collection - I think it's onion. I also used some great flocked card, which I can't stop stroking.
I used paper from the DCWV garden party stack again to make this. I decoupaged one of the flowers and used my new glimmer mists to colour the chipboard butterfly. I then stamped two small butterflies in versamark ink and coloured them with chalk. I really like the effect and will use it again.
An ex-colleague of mine had a little baby girl a couple of weeks ago so I made this card to send her. I hope she likes it and doesn't mind it being a bit late. I used bazzil pink card and some pink patterned paper from the DCWV garden party stack, which I think is fab. The nappy and babygro are made from parts of a sock left over from Joseph the pig.
Here are my new best friends, Olav and Violet. I was wanting to do something creative until my stash arrives and found a fab book in the local library on sock monsters. So, I bought these bargain socks and created Olav. Violet appeared quickly after. They are each made from one and a half knee length socks. My daughter insisted Olav had to have a nose and chose it for him. I'm quickly getting addicted to making these as they each seem to have their own character.
This is my first post on my shiny new blog. I've loved crafting ever since I was little, but rediscovered it when my daughter was born in 2007. I now make cards and dabble in other crafts like jewellery making and sewing. Anything, really, that grabs me. I've recently moved to Australia with my family and have had to cope without my craft stash for months as it is coming via sea freight. It's been difficult, believe me!
I live in rural Northumberland with my long suffering husband and two wonderful daughters. I have been crafting ever since I was young, but only really got addicted to card making when I made thank you cards after my first daughter was born 6 years ago.