Saturday, 31 December 2011

Cards for the Kids

Sorting through my stash I came across a set of papers and chipboards from the Party Animal Range from Kaisercraft. 

They are so bright and zingy that I just felt I had to make some more cards with then. 

I don't have any spare birthday cards suitable for young children, so put some together for the younger members of the family. I can just add the appropriate number for their age.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Are you playing with your crafty Christmas presents...

Because I have been! I couldn't resist it any longer, I had to get out my stash which had ALL been tidied away for Christmas, and now it is spread all over the lounge table again!

I wanted to use my new Papermania Urban bird stamps because of their lovely vintage, distressed look with my new Brilliance Copper ink

Friday, 23 December 2011

Back to the ATC's

Now that my Christmas Stash is packed away, I'm going back to making some ATC's and with these two, I've used some of the great free stamps with this month Simply Homemade Magazine in a collage. 

I'm hoping to join in a lot more ATC swaps this year as often the challenges are challenging - forcing me to try different techniques, themes or styles that are a bit out of my comfort zone!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Very Last Christmas Card??

I have written out and posted all my cards and still have a few left over - so why did I decide to make this card this morning??

Well,  you can blame the latest challenge at Inspirational Card Sketches. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lottery Scratch card Holders

We are having a big family get together at my house of Boxing Day - expecting 17, so it will be a houseful!

As a small Christmas Tree present, all the adults are getting a lottery scratch card, so I spent a fun evening making little envelope holders to put them in.

I set myself the task of trying to use up some of the scraps of Christmas papers accumulated over the years, but really they didn't make much of a dent in the pile!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Deco Lady Christmas Cards

The end is in sight, Christmas is only 2 weeks away, so why am I still making cards? Those for all my family and friends have been written and posted, plus I have a few spares just in case, but I still can't stop making cards!

Perhaps it is because I still have so many lovely papers and stamps left??

These beautiful ladies are from the Debbi Moore Magazine with just a sprinkling of extra glitter and silver ribbon added!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

An early Christmas present

I treated my self to an early Christmas present - the Marianne Creatables lamp post die that I have been lusting over since I saw it advertised in a magazine over a month ago.

Despite heavy hints, it looked like no-one was going to buy it for me, so I ordered it myself!

As it arrived today and I'm off on strike, I could not resist trying it out straight away and this is my first attempt with a glittery rudolph!

I'm entering this into Mariannes 'It's Christmas' Challenge

Friday, 25 November 2011

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

I love this cute reindeer from Lili of the Valley - this evening I went with the family down to Stowmarket to watch the Christmas lights switch on. They had 2 real live Reindeer there as well as Santa, a snow machine and loads of live music. Fabulous!!!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

More Polar Bears!

Following on from my last post with those little felt polar bears, I checked my stash and found these cute polar bear stamps. The cub is from Dimension Fourth and the oval free from a magazine. Plus I unearthed a sweet polar bear topper from Lili of the Valley.

I don't know about you, but I tend to go in phases of colours, layouts and themes when making cards - feeling icy, blue and bears at the moment!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Little Felt Polar Bears

I bought these cute little felt polar bears in a sale in January, I wish I could remember where from and I wish I had bought more of them!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A Cute Little Christmas

These cute little characters are from Craftwork Cards, and as a change from the traditional colour schemes, I've made these with purples and golds because I got this beautiful gold & purple ribbon which I was desperate to use!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

21st cards for Twins!

I was commissioned to make 21st birthday cards for a pair of twin girls, the only guidance I had was for BIG cards - one for the girly twin, the other who is more of a tomboy but loves to party!

So these are A4 sized using Papermania birthday papers and their 2 and 1 stamps and I added their names cut by my Cuttlebug and made them similar but different. My friend likes them - hope the twins do too!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Yummy Christmas Ribbon

I treated myself to some scrumptious Christmas ribbon from Halfpenny Home today and couldn't wait to to use it on a card!

I've teamed it up with a snowman from Craftwork cards and freebie papers from Quick Cards Magazine

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Cosy Christmas Collection

Spent this afternoon making a few more Christmas cards - this time using the Cosy christmas collection papers that came free with Quick Cards Magazine and Hot picks toppers with red gingham ribbon

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Yet Another Great Stamp from Craft Stamper Mag!

I went away for a weeks holiday to Wales and when I came back the latest edition of Crafter Stamper Magazine was waiting on the door mat.

I'm just loving this months free stamp of the reindeer and had to ink him up straight away and make this card and 2 ATC's!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Inspirational Holly Berries

I'm entering this card into the latest Inspirational Card Sketches challenge - I've teamed up the Milton & Co Holly Berries papers with a painted wooden Christmas Tree layered onto the diamond shape from their sketch. I'm really into the Christmas mood now that the weather has turned chilly!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Snappy Birthday Libby

For some reason one of my daughters favourite toys has been a set of plastic crocodiles! She also has a silver charm bracelet that I add a charm to every year on her birthday and her favourite charm is the crocodile one, so I thought I had better make her a croc card this year.

Her birthday is in half term week and we will be on holiday in Wales so I am getting everything prepared early. Eldest son is staying at home to look after the 3 cats - I feel a bit sorry for the cats, which will have to put up with late nights, lots of Pizza and constant Xbox gaming!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Milton & Co Christmas Cards

These 2 cute cards were made with the Milton & Co paper stack that is free in this months Papercraft Essentials Magazine.

I was chuffed to see one of my cards featured in their Readers Gallery, I had sent it in back in June!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

It will be a Blue, Blue Christmas this year....

because I'm trying to use up an old pad of blue Dovecraft Winter Wonderland papers from my stash!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Suffolk Random Act of Kindness Day - 10th Oct

I've pledged to join in with the Suffolk Random Act of Kindness day next Monday, ATC's are no strangers to Random Act of Kindness or RAK's, as we often enclose extra ATC's as RAKs for swap hosts and send off CRAKs at Christmas and BRAK's at birthday time. I'm going to take in some cakes to the office as a RAK on Monday, I'll try and think of something else that I can do as well!

Further details are here. And I also recommend reading Danny Wallace book Random Acts Of Kindness: 365 Ways to Make the World a Nicer Place if you get the chance, both funny and inspiring at the same time.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Sweetheart Hankerchiefs

I know that is is nothing to do with my card making hobby but I just have to show you all these fabulous silk sweetheart hankerchiefs.

My 96 year old grandmother has just had to go into a care home and my mother and I were clearing out her bungalow when we came across these beautiful silk embroidered hankies with lace trim. They were sent to my grandmother from my grandad in WWII whilst he was stationed away from home

There was also another embroidered with 1918 which must have come from my Great Grandfather! This one is very delicate and so pretty.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

A Touch of the Orient

In my on-going and never ending quest to use up some of my stash I put together this card - so that's 1 piece of paper, 1 piece of black card, 1 peel-off and 1 craftwork cards topper & sentiment less!

Not much of a dent, I know.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Nutcrafters Challenge

Would you like to win this fabulous prize?

Just by using this free cute digi image of a girl sitting on a pumpkin?

Well then, just pop over to the Nutcrafters challenge and enter a card - you don't have to use this one, you could use any of their of fabulous digi images, but you have to be quick because entries close at 5pm on Tuesday!

This is my entry, I used up some scraps to punch out the leaves and coloured her with my promarkers, and guess what -the pumpkins were coloured using the orange shade called Pumpkin!!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

I've done a bit of Scrappin'

Here's something you don't see from me very often -new pages for my family scrapbook.

I don't often feel in the mood for scrapping, cards are so much quicker and easier to make!

But today I have put together a few pages, they are still works in progress - that's the fun of scrapping, you can always come back and add a few more embellishments!

Another Scottie dog Card!

This is such a cute stamp (free from Quick Cards Magazine), that I'm going to make several similar Christmas cards for my dog loving friends this year.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Old with the New !

I just love these cute stamps that were free with Quick Cards and Papercraft Essential Magazines this month - and I've teamed them up with old Xmas papers and sentiments from my stash.

They might be last years or even the year befores!