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.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Creative Scrappers Celebrations

This week Creative Scrappers are celebrating their 125th sketch with plenty of prizes and readers layouts revealed. This was the sketch;

and here is my layout;

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The paper is American Crafts, the alpha stickers are Papermania, the little acetate hearts are Heidi Swapp and the little love badge is from Paperchase. The cherry embellishments are cut from the patterned paper, stuck to a 2” white cardstock circle and then highlighted with Glossy Accents.

The photo is of Holly when she was about 18mths old. We were on holiday in Norfolk and because her older brother was having a ride on these coin operated go-carts she wanted a go too but she was too young to control the go-cart so we just sat her on it and that seemed to be enough to keep her happy!

Don’t forget to check out the card challenge at Scrapbook Sisters – the theme this week is Flower Power.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Flower Power

The theme for this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters is Flower Power – now you would think that would be an easy theme but I really struggled making my card this week! – but here it is;


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After initially struggling with this card I am now quite ploeased with it – I made the centre part of it and then left it overnight to think about it and finished it off in the morning.

The flowers and leaves are all punched and then shaped with my new tool the Papermania Petal Elegance Shaping Tools - the centre of the yellow flower is actually a little starfish punch but seemed to do the job! The card is made entirely from cardstock - the greeting is a Cuttlebug diecut and the filigree corners are a Sizzlet diecut.

I first learnt to make paper flowers at one of the first Scrapbook Sisters scrapbooking classes when Karen make a lovely double page layout covered with punched flowers and it’s a useful technique that I often use.

Lastly, thanks to Sue who let me know that my post about owls fitted the Little Red Wagon challenge, so late yesterday evening I entered the challenge and added a note to my blog post. This morning when I checked my computed I realised that I have been featured on the Little Red Wagon blog!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Colours of Autumn

Here is my card for this months challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts and the theme is Colours of Autumn.007

This is one of my favourite stamps and I have used it many times  but for this card I have kept the colours quite subdued and coloured the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink, the leaves are punched with a Woodware punch and emboss punch and I have added a few beads around the leaves.

There is only a couple of hours left to enter this weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters and don’t forget there is the chance to win some new digital stamps which will be appearing on The Scrapbook Sisters website very soon!

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

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts

The Stampman Challenge

Charisma Cardz

Monday, 11 October 2010

Owls everywhere!

I’ve had another request from DD to make a card for a friend who likes owls……..well I got a bit carried away and the time I had finished I had made a little collection of owl things!


The card has a felt owl which is removable and has a badge back sewn on to it.


And then I made a notebook;


And finally I made a necklace;


I hope she likes them!

**Edited to add - The lovely Sue has pointed out to me that my owl creations fit very nicely in to this weeks challenge at Little Red Wagon.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

An old favourite

When I need to make a Birthday card and I don’t know what to do I often come back to letter cards taught by Gayle Bond at Scrapbook Sisters a couple of years ago.

My daughter asked me to make a card for her boyfriends sister who I haven’t met and I always find it harder to make cards for people that I don’t know so I decided to keep it simple!


The papers are from a 6x6 paper pack by The English Paper Company which I believe are no longer in business and the little girl I think is by Pink Gem and was stamped for me by the lovely Julie.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Creative Scrappers – Sketch #124

It’s been a while since I participated in the Creative Scrappers challenges so I thought I would have a break from the cardmaking and get back to the Scrapbooking. Here is this weeks sketch;

And here is my layout;


I used Basic Grey Sultry from my vast BG collection (see I can use it!), Prima and Bazzill flowers, some of which I stamped in pink with a script stamp and a piece of pink vellum because I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background paper.

I wanted it to be pink to reflect the beautiful Bougainvillea flowers behind us but I’m not sure now if it looks a little too pink – hmmm just thinking now that perhaps it needs something else???

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Full Moon

The theme of this weeks challenge at the Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge is Full Moon. I couldn’t decide what to do for this challenge so I thought the best thing to do was to get out the stamps and inks and start playing.

I started with a piece of smooth white cardstock and then using a round post-it note as a mask I started inking the sky with Broken China Distress Ink. I used a piece of torn paper as a mask for the horizon and then removed it and inked with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. I used Cut and Dry foam to apply the ink with.  I stamped the deer and trees with Black Stazon using Woodware Winter Wonderland stamps which were in the shop last Christmas. The patterned paper is from a GSD paper pad called Red Rocket Flare which I also bought in the shop last Christmas but I have used it several times though out the year for Birthday cards as the backgrounds work well for all occasions.

Don’t forget to have a look at the Scrapbook  Sisters card challenge as there is a change to win some beautiful digital stamps.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Christmas Cards

Last week I made a few cards for Scrapbook Sisters to show some of the new Christmas paper packs that we have in stock. Here they are;

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These cards are now in the shop so if you would like a closer look just pop into the shop and you’ll find the card and the papers that I made them with.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

The last pages and a prize

I can’t believe that September has passed so quickly this year! – I don’t know whether doing Learn Something New Every Day has focused on the days passing quickly or the fact that we have had such a busy month with a new school, changes at home and a few extra days at work.

It has made me look at each day and focus on the positive events of each day (I don’t like to reflect on the negative sided of life!) and celebrate the small stuff!

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I also found out this week that I have won a prize at Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge Blog with this card and my prize is a Penny Black stamp!