Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Papertake Weekly ,,,,,, Dawny's Sketch

We had loads of fabulous entries to our Cut It Out challenge last week, thanks to everyone who joined in.

This week we have one of Dawny's fab sketches to work with :-)





We are sponsored by the lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp, so a fab $25 spree on offer :-)


I decided to make a gate fold card this week :-)



I recently bought this fab Gruffie with Box of Ornaments and thought he needed an inking :-) here he is bringing a box of baubles to the Footloose and Fancy Free mice to decorate the tree,, but those naughty mice have other ideas of what to do with them !!! :-) I coloured the images with my trusty copics and added star dust stickles here and there. The papers are gorgeous Basic Grey Jovial Collection, I do like to buy the 12X12 pads, I find them better value for money. I used a lovely Prima Poinsettia flower and a couple of Robins Nest Dew Drops the sentiment is from a LOTV set.


This is the inside view



Challenges :

Cards for Men ,,,, Masculine and
One Stop Crafts ,,, Christmas Cuties
MAWTT ,,,, Multifolds

Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some gorgeous cards for your inspiration , so hop on over to the PTW Challenge to see what everyone has been up to :-)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Altered Matchboxes :-)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on the other side of the pond :-) Hope you all have a lovely day with your family and friends :-)

Tammy our teamie on the Totally Papercrafts Challenge challenged us to decorate a matchbox and fill it with crafty goodies for another teamie :-) I was paired up with Joey and this is the box I made for her.



I used my new Hero Arts Down the Chimney stamp and attempted to make it look like Santa was descending into the box delivering pressies ,,, that was my theme anyway !! lol :-)The papers are from a Basic Grey Jovial pad and I used a Martha Stewart Icicle punch and Himalayan snowflake punch. The sentiment is also from a Hero Arts sentiment set and a Digi one made by Tammy. I used black glitter on his boots and crystal glitter everywhere else and a few Robins Nest Dew Drops too. The drawer handle is a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener

The next box was made for Joey's Daughter, Syd,,, who is also very crafty :-) For this one I used My Minds Eye papers and the image and snowflakes are the die cuts that came with the 12X12 pad. I added glitter to her coat trims for sparkle :-) I added a few Dew Drops and the drawer handle is a pearl brad.



Challenges :
Charisma Cardz ,,,, One for the Girls
Crafty Creations ,,,,,
Christmas
Creative Card Crew ,,,,, Treat Boxes/bags
Bunny Zoe Crafts ,,,,,, Christmas but NO cards
Die Cut Dreams ,,, Anything BUT a card
Lets Ink It Up ,,,,, Recycle It ( matchboxes)
Stamptacular Sunday ,,,,A Time for Giving ,,, no cards
Our Creative Corner,,,,,,Holiday 3D Project
Secret Crafter ,,,,, Handmade Christmas Gifts
The Stamp Man ,,,, Christmas + Tim Holtz (hitch fastener)
Moving Along with the Times ,,,, More than one fold, (thanks Hazel x)

Thanks for looking :-) I appreciate your comments so please leave me one :-)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Totally Papercrafts ,,,,,, Non Traditional Christmas .

Good Morning all :-) Hope you're all looking forward to a relaxing weekend ,, tho I suspect with Christmas fast approaching preparations will be well underway !!! :-/

To help you along you can get on with some Christmas cards and join in with a few challenges ,,, lots of scope to combine at the moment !!

The challenge for the next week on the Totallly Papercrafts Challenge is ,,,

UNTRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS ,,,,No Reds or Greens ,, nice and easy :-)

We are sponsored by the lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp so a fab $10 spree on offer for one lucky entrant and she will pay shipping costs too :-)



I recently bought this lovely Hero Arts Snowy Night cling stamp ,, thinking it would be good for quick and easy cards ,,, which it COULD be am sure ,,, this one took me AGES though !! lol :-) I made the paper for the background and the image by brayering a Big and Juicy ink pad, not sure which one but it goes from dark blue to light pink and applied the ink to plain white card, for the background I then stamped a PB script stamp in black ink. The snowy night was stamped using the same black ink . I sprayed it with Silver Glimmer Mist and added Star Dust Stickles for extra sparkle, it does look lovely and shimmery IRL. I added some spotty organza ribbon and some glittered punched stars to finish. the sentiment is from a Hero Arts sentiment set.



Challenges :

Bah Humbug ,,,,, Feeling the Blues ,,, I did tree's in honour of Ann seeing as it is the last challenge of the year :-)

Crafty Sentiments ,,,,,,,, Christmas (+ a sentiment)
PaperPlay ,,,,,,,,Stars
Stamp Insanity ,,,,,, Challenge Yourself ,, something new ,,, brayering
Creative Cottage ,,,, Untraditional Christmas
Creative Belli ,,,,,, R embellishments ,,,, Ribbon
Scrap Creations ,,,,, Blue and White/Silver
Cards for Men ,,,,,, Masculine + Christmas
Incy Wincy ,,,,,, Blue and White
Pollycraft ,,,,, Blue
Craft Your Days Away ,,,,, Christmas Trees
Wild Orchid Crafts ,,,,,,, Blue Christmas

The DT have made some gorgeous cards for your inspiration, so please pop over to the TPC Challenge blog to see them :-)

Simon Says ,,,, LET IT SNOW !!

Oh wow !!! I LOVE glitter and sparkle and I am in good company !! YOU all do too !! YAY !! we had 466 entries last week and I am on a mission to reach 500 this week ,,, will you help ??? IF we reach 500 I will be asking Heidi to add a Christmas pressie as a little extra into the winners parcel !!! ( I haven't asked yet so I hope she says yes now I have said it !!!) ooohh I am sure she will !! yeah !!! :-)

We have a fab easy challenge again this week ,, I know you are all in Christmas card mode


LET IT SNOW !!


Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a $25 trolley dash around her fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store AND she will pay the postage costs too :-)



For my cafd I used this lovely Snow Much Fun House Mouse image. I was lucky enough to win this stamp on Curt's blog a little while ago :-) Thanks Curt xx



I coloured the image with Copics and added loads of Star Dust Stickles for sparkle ,,, wish they sold this in large bottles !! I inked around the edge with Stormy Sky Distress ink and used this for the snowflake too.The papers are Echo Park Merry Christmas ones ,, I love these :-) I used a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch and Himalayan snowflake punch . I also used a Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder die too. the sentiment is also a HM Christmas wishes one



easel cards are notoriously diffy to take a decent piccy of so here's another view and a close up :-)



Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some fantastic creations for you to see, one has made a fully functional skating rink !!!! you have to go to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge to see who made that !!!

Challenges :

A Spoonful of Sugar ,,,,, Anything Goes
One Stop Crafts ,,,, Snowpeople,,, does a Snowmouse count ?? :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Papertake Weekly ,,,,, CUT IT OUT !!!! :-)

Mornin' all :-) Hope all is well with you all on this lovely sunny morning !,, well it is here !!! though I did spot a dark grey cloud looming in the distance !! :-)

Anyway ,, time for a new theme over on the Papertake Weekly Challenge

CUT IT OUT !!!!

so any die cuts, decoupage ,, anything really ,,, just get your cutting machines and scissors out and use em !! :-)

We are sponsored by Digital Delights so a fab prize of Wendy's Digi images on offer to one lucky entrant :-)





I used another of my lovely new SWALK stamps, this one is called 'After the Rain', isn't she cute ! :-) I coloured her with Copics and decoupaged her brolly. I inked around the edge with a turquoise pigment in and then added my fave Star Dust Stickles to the edges, rain and puddle. I used a little Glossy Accents to her buttons too. The papers are Basic Grey Olivia and i used a Martha Stewart Border punch and leaf punch, a few Robins Nest Dew drops, some Prima flowers and a rose from Wild Orchid Crafts. the sentiment came with the stamp and I used my scissors to cut around it ,, so don't look too closely :-)



Challenges :
Stamps R Us ,,,, Sparkles and Scallops
Crazy 4 Challenges ,,,,, Circles

The DT have made soma gorgeous creations and we are joined by 2 fab Guest designers too !! Fabulous work !! pop over to the Papertake Weekly Challenge to see them ,, you're in for a treat :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge ,,, Envelope Art

Thanks for all your lovely entries to our Friends challenge on the HM&F Monday Challenge :-)

This time it was Sue K's turn to choose the theme and what a FUN it is !!

ENVELOPE ART !! decorate an envelope !!! easy !! :-)

We are sponsored this week by RK Stamps who will be giving one lucky entrant a choice of HM stamp !! :-)



I decorated mine very simply compared to some of my teamies !! I just went with the thought that this will be going in the post and not handed to the recipient, and it will definitely be going air mail !! I used this gorgeous Butterfly Express image that was in a set by Joanna Sheen. I coloured it with copics and added a little star dust stickles. I won the postage stamp on a challenge a long time ago and can't remember who made it ,,, so if anyone knows can you tell me :-) I used an air mail stamp that I bought in a stationers and is well used ,,, the address was added in picasa and is not actually written on the envelope :-)



I used the small butterlfy from the HM set on the envelope flap and the sentiment was in the same challenge win :-)

Challenges :

Die Cut dreams ,,,,, Anything BUT a Card

The DT have made some AMAZING beautifully decorated envelopes and you have to go to the HM&F Monday Challenge to see them :-)

Sketch and Stash Challenge :-)

My goodness ,, the time is just flying by ,,, not many weeks left to Christmas and I have done NOTHING in preparation ,,, thank goodness I have been making Christmas cards all year, at least I have a few of those. On saying that, I am going to try to sell as many of them as I can to raise funds for the Gozo SPCA and if I sell them ,,I will buy the SPCA Charity cards for family and friends :-) After all it is all for a good cause eh and every little helps !! :-)

Anyway ,,, time for another fab sketch designed by the lovely Sue and don't forget to tell us what your new or unused stash is :-)

We are sponsored for this challenge by the lovely Katarina at Whiff of Joy so a gorgeous stamp on offer for one lucky entrant :-)



For my card I used this lovely LOTV Collecting the Tree stamp, coloured with Copics and inked the edges with Stormy Sky Distress ink . I then used Star Dust Stickles and Diamond Dust for sparkle. The papers are very old and neglected Papermania ones ,, these are from a blue set ,, not sure what they were called, I also embossed some white card with a cuttlebug folder and inked with Stormy Sky Distress ink I used a Martha Stewart border punch and snowflake punch and a small Woodware snowflake punch too. I added some ribbon from my drawer and a few glimmer dots to finish :-)



Challenges:

LOTV Glitter and Glitz
Craft Your Days Away ,,,, Christmas Trees
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle ,,,,, no Flowers
Stampin for the Weekend,,, Winter
The Stamp Man ,,, Christmas and TH product ,, distress ink
PaperPlay ,,, Let it Snow ( 2nd entry)
Anything Goes ,,,, Let it Snow




Thank for looking :-) The DT have mde some gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the Sketch and Stash Challenge blog to see them :-)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Juat Cute Bears and Friends ,,,,, Winter Birthday

Good Morning all ,,, hope you had a nice lie in and cup of tea in bed today :-)
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The Just Cute Bears and Friends Challenge have a brand new theme starting today ...

WINTER BIRTHDAYS


I have several birthdays to make cards for in the days around Christmas so this was a perfect theme for me :-) Don't forget you need to have a bear of furry friend as the main image on your card :-)



For my card I used this very cute Santa's Puppy Helper stamp from Whimsey Stamps I LOVE this stamp designed by Meljen ,, cute eh !! :-) I coloured the image with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, then inked around the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. the papers are from the Basic Grey Jovial pad. I used a Martha Stewart Happy Birthday punch and a Fiskars border punch too. I added some Robins Nest Dew Drops, some ribbon from my drawer and a Basic Grey button to finish.
edited ,,, oops sorry ,,, the papers aren't BG they're Echo Park merry Christmas kit,,, apologies :-)




challenges :

Stampin for the Weekend ,,, Winter
Cards for Men ,,,,, Animals
Stamp With Fun ,,, Square ,,, ( square card,image mat and pressie :-))

The DT have made some gorgeous creations for you to see ,, so hop on over to the Just Cute Bears and Friends Challenge to see them :-) Don't forget to check out the candy at the top of my blog too :-) Thanks for looking :-) Hope you are all having a fab weekend :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wild Rose Studio FIRST EVER Blog Hop :-)




Welcome to THE first ever Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop. During the hop you will have a chance to see many of the lovely Christmas stamps that are available and be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous stamps along the way :-)

If you arrived here from the super talented Sally Ann's blog you are going in the right direction. if not you may witsh to start at the begining on Dulcie's Blog

The word you need to collect on my blog is ALL

For my card I used this gorgeous Phoebe with Dove image. I coloured her with Copics and inked around the edges with chalk ink. The papers are from the Wild Rose Studio Christmas CD I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and border punch and the sentiment is from WOJ.




Dulcie is letting me give this lovely Phoebe with Dove stamp as a candy on my blog !! :-)




To be in with a chance of winning my candy add a link to the Linky and you also need to make a card/creation using Dawny P's sketch and enter it into the challenge on Dulcie's Blog

Don't forget to collect all the words from the blogs along the way :-)

From here you need to go to the lovely Katina's blog she has a GORGEOUSS card to show you ( I know cos I saw it !! :-))

Happy Hopping :-)

winner of the House Mouse/Gruffies or Happy Hopper stamp ,,,,

Good Morning :-) Hope all is well with everyone :-) I am just about to press the buttton to see who the lucky winner is this week ,,,,,,

Here are your random numbers:

79

Timestamp: 2010-11-24 09:33:06 UTC


Chrissy :-) Congratulations :-) Please email me with your choice of stamp and your address :-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winner of my blog candy on the Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop

Thanks to all of you who joined in with the hop :-) We really appreciate it :-)

I am just pressing the butto on the Random Gen ,,,,

Here are your random numbers:

7

Timestamp: 2010-11-27 14:04:42 UTC

The winner of the lovely phobe with Dove stamp is Dorte :-) Congratulations !! Please email me with your address and Dulcie will pop the stamp in the post to you :-)

Stamp Something ,,,,,, and Give Thanks

This week the Stamp Something Challenge will run for 2 weeks ,,, so plenty of time to join in !! :-)

It is Thanksgiving in the US next Thursday and our theme celebrates the holiday

GIVE THANKS !!

For those of us who don't celebrate Thanksgiving we will still need plenty of Thank You cards in the coming weeks !! so what better time to make a start on them !!

We are sponsored by the lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp so a fab spree to the store for one lucky entrant !!




For my card I used a super cute House Mouse Stamp,, again,( don't yawn !!! lol )This one is in a Joanna Sheen unmounted set and I am not sure what it is called. I coloured the image with Copics and added Rock Candy distress stickles to the berries. The papers are Basic Grey , I used my new Martha Sewart Mouse Mice border punch ( LOVE this ) and some hemp twine that was a gift from America. The sentiment is a House Mouse thanks berry much one. I used some silk ribbon and a few Robins Nest Dew Drops too.



Challenges:
Paper Pretties,,,, Thank You
Creative Card Crew ,,, Give Thanks
Crazy Challenge ,,,, Thank You/ Thanksgiving

Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some gorgeous cards for you to see so hop on over to the Stamp Something Challenge to see them :-)

Totally Papercrafts,, Snow and Snowflakes Challenge

Almost the weekend and time to relax and hide in your cubby holes and maybe join in a challenge or 2 :-) This week it is Caroline's turn to choose the theme and she chose

SNOW AND SNOWFLAKES

I am sure most of you are well into making Christmas cards now so this is a nice easy one :-)

This week we have the fabulous Squigglefly sponsoring us and the winner will be able to choose five digi images.




For my card I used my lovely cute new Nellie Snellen stamp ,,, isn't this CUTE !! such an adorable calf talking to a little Squirrel and a little mouse bearing gifts,, awww :-) this one is called Koetie with Squirrel. I coloured the image with Copics and inked around the edges with Broken China Distress ink. I added Diamond Dust ( perfect icy snow), ultrafine crystal glitter and star dust stickles for LOADS of sparkle, i also used a little glossy accents on the bell :-) The papers are Stamping Up, these are called Ski Slope and the darker card is Not Quite Navy. The card was all glued and glittered with the crystal glitter ,, very sparkly :-) These are avaiable to order from Mandi aka Enchanted Occasions who sponsored our last challenge :-) I used a Martha Stewart Punch around the page snowflake set and a Himalayan snowflake punch. The sentiment is from LOTV.



Challenges:
PaperPlay ,,,,, Let it Snow
Paper Romance ,,,, Your favourite Things ,,,, GLITTER !! :-)
Creative Inspirations ,,, Winter Woodland ( Squirrel on tree )
Pollycraft ,,,,,, Glittery Christmas
Wild Orchid Crafts ,,,,, Blue Christmas
Crafty Pad ,,,,,Christmas Sparkle
2 Sisters ,,,,,, Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges ,,,,, Christmas
Secret Crafter ,,,,, Sparkle and Shine
Sweet Stampin ,,,,, Snowflakes


the DT have made some gorgeous snowy scenes this week so hop on over to the TPC to have a look and join in !!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Preview of new C C Designs images :-)

My lovely friend Ria asked me if I would be her GD for the launch of these fab new C C Design Digi images that will be released tomorrow ,, and of course I said yes !! I was going to be one of the first to see them !!

This first image is called Scarf Honey and I thought she looked like a bit of a Hippy Chic so I went for a dramatic hot pink and black look :-)



I coloured the image with Copics and inked the edges with pink chalk ink and then stickled with Star Dust. The papers are Doodlebug and were a gift from my lovely buddy Martine :-) The flowers are from Prima and I used a silver pearl brad in the center. The ribbon was a gift from Debby and I used a heart ribbon slider and some Robins Nest Silver Dew drops for extra bling.

Next up is Honey and Teddy ,,, how cute is this !! :-)




I coloured her with a mix od Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The papers are Basic Grey Green at Heart collection and I added a little teddy brad from my charm drawer :-) the ribbon was in my stash and I added a star button and a few Robins Nest dew Drops here too ,,, I love Dew Drops ,, can ya tell ?? :-)

last but not least is this gorgeous Cool Honey ,,, she is such a trendy gal eh !



I coloured her with Copics and the papers are from the first set of Basic Grey papers that I ever bought ,, and the front fell off so I have no idea what they're called :-) Here is another piece of ribbon from the lovley Debby and the flowers are Prima and the center flower I think is from Wild Orchid Crafts but that was a gift too so not 100% sure :-) More Robins Nest Dew Drops on here too , The charm was from another blog buddy America .

All these digi stamps will be available to buy from the All That Scraps Store TOMORROW but they are currently being previewed on the All That Scraps Blog if you would like to pop over there to see them ,, and you may win one too !!!:-)

Challenges :
Crafty Emma Store ,, Think Pink , (1st one)
Secret Crafter ,,,, Sparkle and shine ,,, all of them :-)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Simon Says ,,,,,,, Sparkle

Thanks for all your 'Charming' cards last week :-) We know male cards are difficult so a big thank you to all who entered :-)

This week we have a nice easy one for you ,,,,

SPARKLE !! ,,, so get out your glitter and bling and slap it on :-)

The DT are showcasing WOJ stamps this week and Steph ( Heidi's right hand girl) thought she would challenge us to get our heat guns out and do some embossing too ,,, so we did !! We would love to see you use your WOJ stamps and embossing powders too this week but it is optional :-)

Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a fab spree to her store and she will pay the postal costs too :-)



Have you seen the All New Just In section ??? There is a new House Mouse Santa stamp !!!! GOT to have it ,,, sooo cute !!




For my card I followed the fab sketch on the Friday Sketchers Challenge. I used a gorgeous Wee with Reindeer, which is out of stock at the moment will be back in store soon. I love these gnomes ,, my fave WOJ stamps :-) I coloured the image with Copics and decoupaged the reindeer's front and head ,, so 3 layers and popped then on pop dots, I inked the edges with Stormy Sky Distress ink. The papers are Basic Grey from the Wassail paper pad. I inked all the edges of the papers with a white pigment ink pad and sprinkled with Hero Arts White embossing powder. and heated with a heat gun . I used a Martha Stewart round the page punch, a Tim Holts ticket die and a stamp from the Odds and Ends set. The flower is from a Prima Poinsettia pack and I added a few extra holly leaves from a Martha Stewart punch .I used loads of Star Dust Stickles here and there for extra sparkle. I used some mesh and some red organza ribbon from my stash.



Challenges:

Friday Sketchers,,,,,,, Sketch
Bah Humbug ,,,, Reindeer
Spoonful of Sugar ,,,,, Distressing
Ohh La la ,,,,, Rudolph
Crafty Pad ,,,,,Christmas Sparkle

thanks for looking :-) the DT have made some gorgeous cards for you to see and Dawny P is joining us again this week so pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge to see them all and don't forget to check out the candy at the top of my blog :-)

ABC Christmas ,,,,, X is for X Mas !!

Wow !! I think most of you joined in with our last challenge ,, at least once !! We had hundreds of entries so thank you all for playing :-)

For the next fortnight Lacey chose the theme and she chose

X for X MAS with the optional extra of flowers

We are sponsored by Wild Orchid Crafts who are giving one lucky entrant a fabulous prize of beautiful flowers :-)




For my card I used a lovely
Popcorn Bear image. I coloured him with Copics and Primapencils The papers are My Minds Eye and the flowers are Prima and the rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts. I used a Martha Stewart Holly Punch and I made the little hanger using an oval die cut, I wrote santa ( ugh handwriting) and used a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener :-) I used loads of ultrafine crystal glitter and Star Dust Stickles and some Glossy Accents on his nose and eye :-) the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.



Challenges :
Pollycraft ,,,,, Glittery Christmas
Totally Gorjuss ,,,, Traditional Christmas Colours



The DT have made some gorgeous cards for you to see so hop on over to the ABC Christmas Challenge to see them :-)