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Friday, 30 November 2012

Make no bones about it ....... Christmas is coming!!!!!

Well I have used traditional Christmas colours but certainly a non-traditional image!!!  I think this card would be perfect for a teenager.  I told my eldest son it looked like him in the mornings but he said it was his brother!!!

This image is by the ever so talented Teri from Delicious Doodles and this image is available from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps and is called "Skully Santa".  I have coloured the image with Promarkers and highlighted areas with a white gel pen.  The backing papers were all given to me last year.  The card has been finished off with a metal skull charm, twine and sentiment generated on the computer. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Dream Valley - Non-traditional Christmas
Paper make-up - Christmas/holiday
Lexi's Creations - Christmas
Incy Wincy - Magical/mystical
Hooked on Craft - Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy - Use a digi
Paper Pretties - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodle - Stripes and/or polka dots
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of layers
Top Tip Tuesday - Kids and teens
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Sparkle and Glitter the Rick St Dennis Challenge - Twisted holidaze
Delicious Doodles - Goth vs pretty
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Jingle Belles - Anything goes Christmas
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Winter wishes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas chaos
Forever Night - Anything goes

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bearly Mine Challenge - 27 November 2012


Today sees the start of another challenge over at the Bearly Mine Challenge Blog.  The topic this week is "blues and silver".
This week we are being sponsored by Marianne Design and this is the wonderful prize that is on offer:
Make sure you pop on over to the Bearly Mine Challenge Blog to have a look at the wonderful creations by Team A.

Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge - 25 November 2012

Over at the Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge this week the topic is "traditional Christmas colours".  For my card I have used a Kenny K image of dancing reindeers called "reindeer".  The backing papers I was given last year so I don't know the make.  The image I have coloured in with my Promarkers and highlighted areas with my Sakura Stardust clear pen and added pearls for buttons and red noses for the reindeers.  I have finished the card with handmade die-cut flowers made from the same backing paper, edged with Promarkers, scrunched and brad added to the centre; gingham ribbon bow; Card Candi and Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Whimsy Stamps - Use traditional Christmas colours
I Love Promarkers - Singing and/or dancing
Moving Along with the Times - Let's get dotty
Winter Wonderland - Food glorious food
Wags n Whiskers - Christmas
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew - Traditional Christmas colours
One Stitch at a Time - Fabric, lace or ribbon (ribbon)
Paper Make-up - Christmas/holiday
Lexi's Creations - Christmas
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Holiday edibles
Hooked on Craft - Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - Red, white and green
Scrap-Creations - Merry Christmas
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes

Another Thank You Card

This is a thank you card made with a Ching Chou-Kuik's Sweet Pea Stamps image called "Winter Watcher" and if you are impatient it's now available as a digital image from Sweet Pea Stamps.  I have used various backing papers I was given last year so I don't know their origin.  I have stamped the image on watercolour paper with Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire distress ink pad and then bled out the colour.  I've also highlighted areas with Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans distress ink pad and then tore around the edge and used ink again to highlight the tear.  The embellishments I have used are some butter muslin (which I have frayed the edges of which took some time), flowers with star brads for their centres, buttons, gems, Card Candi, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and gingham ribbon bow.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

One Sweet Challenge - Thankful
Sweet Pea Stamps - Show us your blog
Crafts and Me - Circles
Penny's Paper Challenge - Give thanks
Fresh Brewed - So thankful
Inky Impressions - Make it girly
Cute Card Thursday - Girls only
Milk Coffee Challenge - Thanksgiving, thankful or thank you
Stampin' for the Week-end - Use some texture
Daring Cardmakers - Twinkle, twinkle little star
Card Making Mamas - Thanksgiving/thank you
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Anything goes excluding Christmas
Pile it On - Anything but a Christmas card
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - Fabric, lace or ribbon
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - We are thankful
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Magical/mystical
Paper Pretties - Anything goes

Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of layers
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
Celebrate the Occasion - Thanksgiving, give thanks or thanks

Thank You Card

This is a thank you card made with the Cupcake Crafting Paws for Thought CD-Rom.  I used the image of an Old English Sheepdog.  Isn't she pretty with her bow?  I have decoupaged the image and added embellishments from the CD and a Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Challenge - Give thanks
Fresh Brewed - So thankful
Milk Coffee Challenge - Thanksgiving, thankful or thank you
Card making Mamas - Thanksgiving/thank you
My Time to Craft - Domestic pets
Crazy 4 Challenge - Put a bow on it
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Anything goes excluding Christmas
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - We are thankful
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of layers
Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes

Monday, 26 November 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - 25 November 2012

This is a large 8x8 Christmas card with the Best of La Pashe 2012 CD.  The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Festive Fun.
I have kept the card quite flat by using double-sided tape on the layers and only adding foam pads to the holly and ivy borders and sentiment.  I have added my Sakura Stardust clear pen to areas to add some sparkle, added Glossy Accents to the berries and finished off with some Papermania Glitterations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

2 Sisters - Winter Wonderland
CD Sunday - Inspired by Nature
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Gingerloft - Leaves

Moving Along with the Times Challenge - 22 November 2012

This is another card made from the Best of La Pashe 2012 CD and is again the Pickles and Podge Christmas design.  This time I have gone for the colour scheme of red and white.  I have done some matting and layering, added the decoupage, added some Sakura Stardust clear pen for some sparkle and some Papermania Glitterations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Ruby's Rainbow - Shaped cards
Moving Along with the Times - Let's get dotty
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes

Dream Valley Challenge - 25 November 2012

This is a card I have made using the Pickles and Podge image from the Best of La Pashe 2012 CD.  I decided to use a non-traditional Christmas colour of purple - well it is my favourite colour so I might keep it for myself!!  The sheet comes with a piece of backing paper. image, decoupage elements and sentiment so I have just done some simple matting and layering and added some Papermania Glitterations for some Christmas sparkle.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean - Pastel colours
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Create - Non-traditional Christmas colours
Lexi's Creations - Christmas
Paper Pretties - Anything goes

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Thank You Card

This is a card I have made with papers I was given by a blogging friend last year.  I have used a Dilly Bean Stamps image called "Pinky's Skull Bow" and coloured in with Promarkers.  The feathery paper was white, purple and silver but I used my black Pan Pastel to change the background to black to match the colour scheme better.  I have mounted the image on a Toni die-cut circle which I have coloured to match with Promarkers and stamped with a See D's dotty stamp in black.  The card has been finished off with some raffia ribbon, satin ribbon, skull charm, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and Papermania Glitterations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps - Thank you
Penny's Paper Challenge - So thankful - give thanks
Milk Coffee Challenge - Thanksgiving, thankful or thank you
Polka Doodles - Any die will do
Dilly Beans Challenge - Anything goes
Stampin' for the Week-end - Use some texture
Di's Digi Designs - Give thanks

One Stop Craft Challenge

This is a vintage Christmas card I have made using the Best of La Pashe 2012 CD and Bearly Mine Designs Festive Fun Digital Papers.
The card has been finished off with Stickles glitter glue and Papermania Glitterations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crazy Amigo - Colours of winter
It's all about the vintage - Glittering
Lisa Somerville - Countdown to Christmas
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Vintage Christmas
Challenge up Your Life - 1st snow
2 Sisters - Winter wonderland
Scrap-creations - Winter
Emergency Crafters - Anything goes

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Delicious Doodles Challenge

Over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge this week the topic is "something that flies".  I have used a Delicious Doodles image called "Holly Fairy" and coloured in with Promarkers, highlighted areas with my Sakura Stardust clear pen and added a cloud background with Pan Pastels and a piece of card torn with a wavy tearing ruler.  The backing papers I was given so I am ensure as to where they have come from.  The card has been finished off with some holly acetate I was given (I am not sure if this is by Dawn Bibby), poinsettias, ribbon, gold ribbon bow, brads, red pearls and a sentiment which was a freebie in a magazine last year.  My apologies for the poor photo - it took over 20 to get this one due to the acetate!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles - Something that flies
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and pearls
Whimsy Stamps - Use traditional Christmas colours
Inky Impressions - Make it girly
Delightful Sketches - Red and green
Christmas Card Throwdown - Pearls
Crazy 4 Challenge - Put a bow on it
Top Tip Tuesday - Kids and teens - I am entering this for a TOP TIP as well.  We all like to use torn paper and use either with distress inks, chalks, Pan Pastels etc to make clouds/hills but if you are like me sometimes it won't tear just where you want it to and the clouds/hills look a mess.  I tried using a tearing ruler I've had for some years with small waves and large waves.  The small waves are perfect for smaller images needing clouds/hills where the large wave is perfect for larger images needing clouds/hills.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Bearly Mine Designs Black Friday Sale

Over at the Bearly Mine Designs Shop, Donna has a Black Friday Sale on where customers will save 30% off all digi sets.  
Please pop on over to the Bearly Mine Designs Shop to pick up some bargains.

Crafty Ann's Challenge - 23 November 2012 - Birds or animals (but NO people)

Today is the start of another challenge over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.  The topic for this fortnight is "birds or animals" but NO people are allowed this time.
For my card I have used Crafty Ann's bird on a blossom branch digital image which I have coloured in with Promarkers, die-cut and used a chalk ink pad around the edges.  The backing papers I have used are Crafty Ann's brown polished stone and Crafty Ann's yellow abstract 2 backing papers.
    
I have done lots of different layers and different shapes and punches out a decorative edge with a Martha Stewart lattice border punch.  I have inked some die-cut flowers (Tim Holtz die) with yellow, orange and brown distress ink and put together with a brad for some dimension.  I have finished the card off with Papermania Glitterations, die-cut sentiment and ribbon.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Mark's Finest Papers - Make it pop
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything goes
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Whoopsi Daisy - Die-cuts and punches
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Ribbon or pearls or both
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes

Make sure you pop on over to the Crafty Ann's Digi Shop as there is now a FREEBIES Section where you can grab something for free.  Whilst you are there make sure you check the rest of the shop as some kits have been reduced in price.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Aud Sentiments Challenge - 22 November 2012 - BINGO Board

It is time for another challenge over at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.  This time we have been challenged to use the BINGO board below.  You have to pick a column, row or diagonal and use the three items in that row on your card/creation.  If for example you use the diagonal "ribbon-bling-snow" you must also use a sentiment as we are a sentiments challenge.

  
This fortnight we are being sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the lucky winner will win a $20 gift certificate to spend in their store.
For my card I have used a backing paper and pre-coloured image of Santa and his reindeer.  The backing paper I printed off three time so I could decoupage the corner pictures.  I've edged the paper with a green pan Pastel - certainly easier than ink blending.  I have fussy cut around the Santa and reindeer.  I have finished the card off with some pearls, Stickles glitter glue, Craftwork Cards sentiment, peel-off corners, gems, raffia ribbon and a little wooden star embellishment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Use something more than six months old (well I think my peel-off corners I've had for maybe 4-5 years fit!!)
The Crafty Pad - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
One Stitch at a Time - Use a digi
Pan Pastel - Red and green
Sparkles Monthly - Christmas is coming
Papertake Weekly - Ribbon or pearls or both
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Christmas is coming
Delightful Sketches - Red and green
Nadia's Challenge - Christmas with traditional  red and green

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards


Here are two cards that I have made using the Sweet Pea Stamps image by Nikki Burnette called "Neva".  I have coloured the image with Promarkers, highlighted areas with Stickles glitter glue, tore the edges and distressed with a chalk ink pad.  The papers I have used for both cards were given to me a few years ago.  The cards have been finished with a Crafty Ann's poinsettia, sentiment off a House Mouse decoupage sheet (first card), pearls (first card) and a die-cut sentiment (second card).

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Sweet Pea Stamps Blog - Show us your blog
Craft Punked - Anything goes
Lisa Somerville - Birds of a feather
Incy Wincy - Hip to be square
Party Time Tuesday - Red, chocolate brown and kraft (first card)
The Kraft Journal - Holiday cards (first card)
Paper Pretties - CAS
Nadia's Challenge - Christmas with traditional red and green

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Christmas Cards

These are two cards that I have made using patterned papers from Debbi Moore magazines from earlier in the year.  The images I have used are both from Kenny K.  The first image is called "Xmas Hottie" and the second image is called "Mrs Claus".  Both images have been coloured in with Promarkers, die-cut and the edges distressed with a chalk ink pad.  
The first card has been embellished with a Marianne Designs corner and hearts, lace, sentiment from a Debbi Moore magazine, pearls and Craftwork Cards sentiment.
 
The second card has been embellished with a Marianne Designs Anya corner, ribbon, buttons, pearls, Craftwork Cards sentiment and some Crafty Ann's poinsettias.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Craft Punked - Anything goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew - Sassy Christmas
Cards for Men - Merry Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles - Buttons and bows (2nd card)
Crafty Creations - Christmas is coming
Crafts and Me - Circles (buttons, pearls and die-cut sentiment)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Bearly Mine Designs - 20 November 2012 - Snowflakes

Another fortnight has whizzed by and it is time for another challenge over at Bearly Mine Designs.  This week the topic is "snowflakes".
The sponsor that we have this fortnight is I am Roses and they are giving the winner a $35 gift certificate to spend in their store.
I decided to make an easel card.  The backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs Christmas Light.
The image I have used is from a CD which I got free with a magazine last year.  The gorgeous image by Margaret Sherry.  I have printed the image out three time to decoupage up a bit and added some Stickles for some sparkle and shine.  I took some scraps of brown card and embossed one with a dotty embossing folder and the other with a Sheena Douglas ivy embossing folder which came with the Crafter's Companion first Inspiration Magazine.  I have finished the card off with some lace, brown ribbon bow (yes it is a dark brown and not a black as per photo but this is the best photo I could get with the flash reacting with the glittery Stickles!!!), sparkly snowflake peel-offs, sentiment off the computer, snowflake charm and gems.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Paper Shelter - Christmas Easel Card
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter wonderland
Creatalicious - Winter
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Feeling blue
Stampin' with the Dragon - So cute
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Ribbon and lace
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
Little Claire's Challenge - Christmas
The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Double embossing (dots embossing and ivy embossing)
CD Sunday - Layer it up (using a Margaret Sherry CD that came free with a magazine last year)
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Winter
Moving Along with the Times - Seeing stars
Cute Card Thursday - Starry starry night
Sparkles Monthly - Christmas is coming
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Ribbon or pearls or both
Scrap Creations - Winter

Monday, 19 November 2012

House Mouse Christmas Card

This is a House Mouse card I made for my aunt and uncle.  I had 20+ years when they were not in my lives and now I only have to go a couple of days before we speak.  I have used various House Mouse images that have been decoupaged.
On the first page and third page I designed a backing paper myself using various See D's stamps.  I love these and would love to have as I find them so useful.  The other papers are from my stash.  The image on the front page and the sentiment on the third page has been mounted onto a 6x6 embossed frame.  I have used a holly die to make the holly embellishments.  The front page has been finished off with some ribbon, pearls, large poinsettia flowers, sentiment off the computer, metal sentiment and some gingham bows.
On the second page the page has been adorned with some 3D baubles and a Christmas tree.  The third page has been finished off with some Marianne Designs Creatables corners, Hunkydory sentiment which I got for Christmas last year, holly, pearls and a little metal gingerbread man.
The final page of this 8x8 card has been finished off with a Marianne Designs Creatables corner die, holly, pearls and sentiment off the House Mouse decoupage sheet.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Joanna Sheen Challenge - Cold and frosty
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Winter
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Craft Room Challenge - Punches and die-cuts
Let's Craft and Create - Getting ready for Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter wonderland
My Mum's Craft Shop - Winter wonderland
Creatalicious - Winter
Winter Wonderland - Oh baubles
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Hip to be square
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Let's have sparkle
Sparkles Monthly - Christmas is coming

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Birthday Card

 This is a card I made using Debbi Moore's New York CD.
 I made a box using the Crafter's Companion boxer board.

 I have used many different images off the CD, some toppers and some decoupage.

 The card has been finished off with die-cute sentiments,lots of different gems and peel-offs.



I am entering this card and box into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes

Pastel Christmas Card

This is a card I made using a Whoopsi Daisy image coloured in with Promarkers and kept to the colour scheme of baby pink and baby blue.  The backing papers are Bearly Mine Designs Pastel Christmas.
The card has been finished off with various die-cut elements, flower made from a book and coloured with Promarkers and a brad centre, twine sewn around the image, sentiment off the computer, Stickles glitter glue and gem stars.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts - Cute and girly
Stampin' with the Dragon - Christmas but no red or green
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - Pastel Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge - Snowmen
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Joanna Sheen - Cold and frosty
Forever Friends - Use ribbon/twine
Whoopsi Daisy - Pastel colours
The Pink Elephant - Punches/dies
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Craft Room - Punches and die-cuts
My Mum's Craft Shop - Winter wonderland
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Stampin for the Week-end - All stitched up
Anything Goes - Stitching - real or faux
Moving Along with the Times - Seeing stars
Cute Card Thursday - Starry starry night
In the Pink - Punches and/or die-cuts
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter wonderland
Creatalicious - Winter

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Christmas Card

This card is made with some Hunkydory card that I got for my birthday last year from a friend and came with the gorgeous pattern on it.  The image I have coloured in with my Promarkers and Sakura Stardust clear pen.  The image is called "Mistletoe" from Kenny K Downloads.  I have finished the card off with glitter snowflakes, Papermania Glitterations, lace, decorative pin, buttons, organza ribbon, large gem and a Hunkydory sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Kenny K's Krafty Krew - Sparkly snowflakes
Pile it On - Make it sparkle
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas cards
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything goes Christmas
Whimsy Stamps - Traditional Christmas colouring
Crafts and Me - Reds
I Brake for Challenges - I brake for holidays
Delightful Sketches - Let it delightfully snow
Paperplay - Snowflakes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
Cards for men - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - For a man or boy
A Gem of a Challenge - Ribbon and lace
Sweet Stampin' - Anything goes