Saturday 31 October 2015

Christmas Card Club # 22 Cardinal or Christmas Bird.

Good morning to you all and hope you are well.  I am just recovering from a cold - my first in about 15 years!!!!  I didn't take kindly to it I have to say!

Sorry I am not managing to get into  blog land much but there is a lot going on here.  Having said that, I will be here with four cards in a row to keep up to date with my DT work!  That's never happened before I can tell you.

Time for another card for our little group, and only three more challenges now believe it or not.  Pretty scary.  Mary is hosting our challenge this week and she asked us to feature a cardinal or other Christmas bird.  Robins are so Christmas-y but we have already had a robin theme so I have gone with the cardinal.

My Card

5" x 7" base card - Kraft card stock
matting & layering - green card from my bit box
image - from Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
sentiment - Dreemies
spruce die cut - Impression Obsessions 
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
embossing folder- Chevron by Darice
pearls from stash

A nice and easy card which is also very flat for posting.  Some glitter on the snow and that was it.

Hope you are all keeping well . The weather here has been pretty rough here the last few days - rain, rain, rain!

Well that's it from me today.

Take care.

Sunday 18 October 2015

OSAAT Anything Goes ... With Halloween Colours

Good afternoon to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  Welcome to OSAAT  Challenge # 248.  I was very pleased that the challenge is to use Halloween Colours rather than make an actual Halloween card.  I have already made two  - and that's two more than I usually make ... lol! I have chosen my favourite purple and added black. I am using the image "Emma" from Beary Dust Stamps which you can find here.

My Card

Showing the back of the stepper card.

Papermania - 6" square Stepper card blank 
Black and purple card - from stash
 Papermania - "Lucy Cromwell" design paper
 Wild Orchid Crafts- paper blooms
Creative Expressions - Noble Dies Pierced Rectangles
Creative Expressions - Maidenhair Fern
Black pearls from stash
Promarkers to colour

I love this card style because you can actually get a lot on it, but I find it very difficult to photograph.  I haven't actually added a sentiment yet but I will do that later when I decide who, or what, the card will be for.

Please wander over to the blog and check out what my teamies have produced.  We would love you to play along wit us and this is the prize you could win.

I hope you are all fit and well.  Take care.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Christmas Card Club # 21 CAS Wreath

Good morning.  I am posting my CCC card a day early since I have another post for tomorrow.  This time Karen asked us to make a CAS card and use a wreath.  Well, my card is definitely CAS.  Unfortunately Karen is not well and unable to participate.

My Card

Linen card stock - Hobbycraft
Catalina wreath die - Memory Box
Pierced Square die - Sue Wilson
Pearls from stash

I  don't think I have ever done anything so CAS but I really like how this has turned out and I think I will be doing this for my batch makes this year. It will be very easy to change the centers into a snowflake or Christmas tree etc just to ring the changes. I computer generated the sentiment before die cutting.  I know this is not actually a Christmas die but I think it works.

My cards are mounting up now which is just as well since I send so many.  I always say I will cut back but I just love making them - and receiving them too!

Hope this finds you well. Take care.

Thursday 15 October 2015

MAWTT Halloween

Good morning crafters!  Well I said last week that I didn't do Halloween and I don't - unless it's for a DT challenge!  So here is my second card.  Probably just as well since I can now send one each to Charlotte and S├ębastien since the first was feminine and I think this seems more boyish.

It's Challenge # 6 for the A Team at MAWTT and our hostess is Amy who chose Halloween as her theme.

My Card

6" card base made from black cardstock
Papers - Bearly Mine (all very old)
Bats - clip art
Mummy - Dearie Dolls image

I worked my magic (well it is Halloween!) and shrank the 8" x 8" papers to fit my requirements.  The spider was not part of the paper; it was another png. clip art which I added before printing. A very thrifty card since all papers and images was freebies - very satisfying!  

It would be great if you could pop across to  the blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with. Have a great day.  Take care.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Loch Lomond

Good morning crafty friends.  I hope everybody is well.  After the glorious weekend we had Tuesday was incredible!  I thought I was going to have to start John off  building an ark!  Wow, we had so much rain!  I can't complain that the wells and water butts are empty now!

Another encouragement card.

My Card

5" x 7" card made from Kraft cardstock
Loch Lomond image - Terri Sherman
Grey leather effect card from stash
Scraps of black card from stash.
Cheery Lynn - Mini Fanciful Flourish
Computer generated quote

A nice easy card to put together.  I bought the digi image a few years ago and never got round to using it till now.  The Fanciful Flourish die is something else I have had for a while and not used.  I feel happier now that I have used up two pieces of NBUS!

The Tolkein quote was found on the internet and I also placed a quote inside which reads " Without fear there cannot be courage " by Christopher Paolini, another internet find. I love searching for quotes but I tend to get carried away and can be there for hours ... lol!

Well, I must be off.  Take care!

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Christmas Card Club # 20 - Robins

Good morning - well it's only just morning.  Usually I am a day early for the Christmas Card Club Challenge but this time I am two days late.  Huge apologies to Sylvie who is our hostess this time and chose the theme of robins.  I know we have them in the garden all year round but I think this  cheeky little bird just shrieks of Christmas cards!

The reason I am late is because my nephew brought his mum and dad down for the weekend.  I haven't seen my sister since early April so we had a wonderful weekend!  The weather was absolutely glorious  and we were able to get out to Bourton on the Water on Saturday.  Sunday was the annual Banbury Canal Day.  The last couple of years has been a real wash out but this year was fabulous weather and we had a great day out.  Jeanie and I never stopped talking the entire weekend but it was so quiet last night after they had gone home to Billingham.  Ah well, soon be Christmas when we shall be together again. I think Darren was pretty tired because he only got home from Australia on the Tuesday then drove here Friday morning, having worked Wednesday and Thursday!!

My Card

6 " card base made from cream card stock from WH Smith
same cream card for matting
tartan paper - a scrap from my box
Spellbinders - Petite Circles and Petite Scalloped Circles
Cheery Lynn - Holly Corner
Gems from stash
Promarkers to colour
Stamps - Magazine "freebie"

The two stamps were from the same set that I used last time which were included in Cardmaking and Papercraft .  That certainly was a good magazine inclusion since it comprised three stamps, two embossing folders and four foiled papers.

Well that's it from me.  Hope you are all well!  Take care!

Monday 5 October 2015

It's Halloween at Get Creative Challenges.

Good morning!   I hope this finds you all well.

Halloween is not  something that I make a fuss of and I think I have only made one other Halloween card prior to this, but it's good to get out of your comfort zone!! This month it's the turn of the Pink team.  Our subject is Halloween and our sponsor is the Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette . But it does  mean I get to use my favourite purple!!

My Card

Image - Aelita from Nikki Burnette
Purple pearlescent card for stash
Bat stamps - ancient stamp I got at the NEC years ago and not used
Black cats - Clip art from Internet
Sentiment - computer generated
Coloured with Promarkers.

The black stepper card I used is from a pack I bought from Essential Crafts.  I printed the black cat twice after flipping the image before printing the second time. I really struggled with this I'm afraid.

Please pop across to "Get Creative " and join in the fun.  The winner will receive three digi images of their choice.

Well that's it from me today.  Take care.

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Thursday 1 October 2015

Crafty Time Challenge: Don't Be Square!

Good morning to you all and I do hope this finds you well.  At Crafty Time  we would like you to  make a shaped card.   You can do anything but square so get your thinking caps on and see what you come up with.  If you pop across to our challenge blog  you can get some inspiration from the DT.

My Card

Shaped card - Craftwork Cards
Go Kreate Square Frame frilly #10
Spellbinders Lacy Circles
Orange card from stash
Spotty paper - First Edition
Promarkers to colour
Gems from stash
Image - "Smart Owl" from Robyn's Fetish.

I found the image of the pile of books on the internet and fussy cut it. The open book was also found on the internet and I computer generated the quote onto the pages.

Our sponsor this month is Robyn's Fetish.  The winner of our October challenge will win three images from our sponsor.

Well that's all from me today.  Take care.