Sunday, 19 December 2010

And now for something a little different…….

A couple of months ago I saw this lovely idea Ronda_Christmas_Wreath

It was on the Fancy Pants website with instructions here

So I decided to make my own……now when I started it I hadn’t anticipated that making the Poinsettia flowers would be quite so time consuming but finally it is finished. Here is my version


I also added a set of battery operated fairy lights (from the 99p shop)

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

A quick post from me today as it is nearly my bedtime! Here is my card for this weeks challenge – the theme is non-traditional Christmas Colours. I chose light blue and brown as I chose to use the free papers with the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine. The papers are by Nitwits and are good quality and certainly good enough to use on scrapbook pages or cards – I think that there are still a couple of copies left in the shop.


Wednesday, 8 December 2010



Here is my card for this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters where the theme is snowflakes.

I have used an acetate base  hence the difficulty in photographing it and the rubbish results – then added a piece of  snowflake paper to the back of the card. I used my favourite Penny Black stamp of the mouse and the snowflake coloured with Copics. I then added three snowflake diecuts decorated with gems and stamped the wording with peg stamps.

Have a look at Scrapbook Sisters Blog to see this card challenge and look out for some exciting new developments in the New Year.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Another one finished…….

I spent most ( actually all) of yesterday finishing this In Miniature Project from our monthly classes with Karen at Scrapbook Sisters. I have quite a few projects that need finishing and  it is my mission to get as many as possible completed on the run up to Christmas and over the Christmas period to start the new year afresh.

Warning lots of photos coming up and sorry about my fingers in the photos it was difficult to get a good photo.

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The papers are from Doodlebug, the flowers and buttons are from the Papermania Capsule Collection – the rest is A4 cardstock.

One project down…..lots more to go!!!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Dear Blog……….

Dear Blog, I’m sorry that I have been neglecting you but I have been very busy making Christmas cards – I’m sure you understand! Now I have made 60 cards I will have more time for you!

Anyway here is my card for this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters

014 I used a Woodware chippies frame as a template and used various off cuts of Christmas papers to make the patchwork. The holly sprig was cut on the Cricut and the holly berries are cut from the red pom pom  trim. Each of the squares has faux stitching around the edges.

Now I have finished my Christmas cards I can catch up with a few unfinished projects.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Let It Snow

This week at Scrapbook Sisters the card challenge theme is “Let It Snow”


I’ve used some lovely cream and green Cosmo Cricket paper which is in the shop but I can’t remember the name! I coloured Gayle’s beautiful digi-stamp reindeer with the palest shades of green Copics and used pale green glitter on the snowflakes. I then punched out snowflakes with the small Woodware snowflake punch on green Bazzil and added green pearls to the centre

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Better late than never

Well I’m a bit late posting my card for the design team this week at Scrapbook Sisters – I’ve had flu and it’s slowed me down!!! – well that’s my excuse anyway!

The theme this week was The Christmas Tree – so here’s my card;


The background is a piece of my beloved Basic Grey from the Blitzen range which has to be my all time favourite paper range ever! The snowman is one of Gayle Bonds digi stamps available here.  I don’t know the maker of the Christmas Tree branch stamp but it has been in my stash for a long time and I quite like the effect of it stamped straight on to patterned paper. I then finished it off with Frosted Lace Stickles.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge 10

The theme this week is Christmas Colours so I have gone with traditional reds and greens.


Instead of colouring the images this time I printed the digital stamp on to three different kinds of patterned paper – all Basic Grey apart from the white paper which has an all over swirl pattern although it is hard to see the detail in the photo. I added gold Glamour Dust to the reindeer and red Liquid Pearls for their noses. The background paper is edged with Bundled Sage and then outlined with a black journaling pen. All materials are from Scrapbook Sisters although not all are currently in stock.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Finishing off………

While having a little tidy up in my craft room recently – I do like it to be organised! – I realised that I had many layouts that needed finishing  so I spent a much needed relaxing day scrapping some unfinished layouts. There are 11 layouts so I will show them over the next couple of days. Here’s the first layouts;

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These layouts were started in class at Scrapbook Sisters and the papers were glittered papers from My Minds Eye.

As soon as I saw the background paper in the first layout I was dying to outline the pattern in white fine liner pen and although it was time-consuming I like the result. The journaling tab is made using a Woodware chippie frame as a template again.

On the second layout the flowers are cut from one of the papers in the kit and I added a birdcage die cut and the butterflies punched from Woodware punches.

More layouts tomorrow.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge Number Nine

I can’t believe that we are on Challenge number nine already! The theme this week is Autumn Colours. I knew straight away that I wanted to use my Kars stamps with the little girl and boy playing in the leaves.

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I used a technique that Karen at Scrapbook Sisters used on the recent Halloween Book class and after I stamped and coloured the images I used strips of cardboard built up with foam pads to create layers to attach the stamped images to. The background paper is by Sandylion and is quite old but I think that we still have a few sheets left in the shop and of course the frame is made using my favourite woodware chippies as a template.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Here is another fantastic digi stamp by Gayle Bond- |I wish I could draw like this! I can colour, I can shade, I can craft but I just can’t draw!


I coloured this lovely sleigh with Copics with lovely bright primary colours only to discover that I had no Christmas papers to match at all as my Christmas papers (and I have one or two!) are much more muted colours or more pastel colours – so after a quick visit to Scrapbook Sisters I found this lovely striped Doodlebug paper which matches the Bazzil red pom-pom trim perfectly. I finished it off with 2 Sizzlet corner die cuts in silver card and a silver peel-off.

Have a look at Scrapbook Sisters for some more lovely digi stamps with some more coming soon.

Here are a few challenges that I would like to enter;

Bee Crafty – Christmas digi stamp                                                       Marks Finest Papers – holiday card

Our Daily Bread – sparkle, dies or texture

Secret Crafter – anything that flies

Digi Doodle Shops Best – anything goes

Simon Says Stamp – punches or die-cuts

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Snowflake Reindeer


I loved this snowflake reindeer as soon as I saw it. I love reindeer images for Christmas cards and this one is really graceful. It was designed by Gayle Bond for Scrapbook Sisters. I outlined it with pale blue Copics and coloured in the hooves and antlers. I cut an aperture in a square card and stamped acetate with white Stazon which I pit in the aperture. I used a blue snowflake paper inside the card.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

 Paper Pretties – Square cards

Stampavie and more _ Christmas

Don’t forget to check out this weeks card challenge at Scrapbook Sisters, the theme is Tick Tock.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Tick Tock

Tick Tock is the theme of the card challenge this week at Scrapbook Sisters.


This week I really wanted to use an image of the white rabbit but I haven’t got a stamp so i had to use some clip art instead with a free download from TLC Creations for the clock image and wording. The backing paper is Graphic 45 and the little gold dots are made with Liquid Pearls. The greeting is printed from the computer with a Woodware  Chippie Frame used as a template and of course coloured with my trusty Copics.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Halloween Card

Here’s a card made with one of Gayle Bond’s new digi stamps – a nice and easy card!


I printed the Tree Cemetery out twice and coloured with just grey Copics and then inked around the edge with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. On the second image I coloured   just the gravestones. The base is made from a folded piece of black cardstock with the main image at the back, the gravestones on the middle fold and  the Arctic Frog alpha stickers on the middle and front folds.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

Dutch Dare Card Challenges

Fab’n’Funky Challenges

The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog

Creative Inspirations challenge Blog

The Sisterhood of Crafters

A Spoonfull of Sugar

Aly’s Sunday Challenge

P.S. don’t forget to check out this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Pets Galore!

This weeks theme for the card challenge at Scrapbook Sisters is “Pets Galore” – which gave me the chance to use my new Kanban stamp with the cute little scottie dog.


The image is as usual stamped and coloured with Copics – I then went through the very technical process (not) of finding the right cup/dish/plate to act as the template for the circle. The scalloped edge is made by punching circles which I cut in half and stuck just under the edge of the circle. While I was at work in the shop yesterday I decided that the card needed a nice piece of ribbon and after buying 5 different 1m lengths of ribbon I decided to add a few of them!  I made then in to little ribbon flowers by sewing a running stitch down one edge and drawing it together. the pale green flower is made from velvet rick-rac and makes a nice shaped flower. I finished them with little silver flower beads in the middle.

Don’t forget you have until next Tuesday to add your card to the challenge.

Monday, 18 October 2010

In Miniature – Number 24

Yes, the In Miniature classes at Scrapbook Sisters are 2 years old – Karen has devised a miniature (or at least smallish) project every month for 2 years. I think I joined the classes at about class number 5 or thereabouts and i have taught a couple of them as well when Karen has been busy!

Now, although I always finish making the project itself I do have a little collection of them that need photographs and finishing off. This was not the case this week – I had intended to either do the ironing or some more decorating but when I got home everyone else was out so I just thought I would do a little more work to it and then 5 1/2 hours later it was finished!

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The whole project was made with just 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock and 4 sheets of A4 cardstock plus patterned paper to decorate. You can see in one of the photos that there are lots of tags in the little pockets too.

Well, I still haven’t done the ironing or the decorating so I had better get on with it.