Friday, 30 December 2011

Less is More week 47 Just one Word

Well that's Christmas over for another year and just the New Year festivities to survive:-)
The challenge this week from Chrissie and Mandi is JUST ONE WORD. So basically anything goes but the sentiment has to be one word. I was tempted (not difficult) just before Christmas when I saw that Linda Brown of LB Crafts was retiring and selling loads of stock off at mad prices! Linda stocked Darkroom Doors stamps which I love and so I had a browse and found they were less than half price OMG! So I bought 4 lots :-) Sadly the shop is now closed but Linda's blog lives on.
 This card I made using one of the stamps from The Lovely Ladies set. I liked the film strip effect, it is stamped with black Memento ink,  matted onto black card and mounted on foam strips to a white card base.
The sentiment is also matted onto black card and I added black pearls.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I'd like to wish my lovely followers and blogging friends a very happy and healthy 2012.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Lilac and blue sketch challenge

This is our last challenge for 2011  at Creations by Gill McCall and this time it is a sketch using the colours of lilac and blue.
I hope you'll join us and check out the other DT creations on Gill's blog.

I have made a tent card and covered it with a paisley paper by Anna Griffin which I took over the back of the base card. The doily was inked with mauve marvy ink and the circle of BP was punched out. The strip of lilac paper is by Debbi Moore and the topper is courtesy of Jacki Daniels!! She sent me a beautiful birthday card with this image on and I just had to reuse it:) The ribbon is vintage binding that I inked to match.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will join in our challenge this time, good luck!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Less is More Week 46

Afternoon all, running a bit late this week, in fact I nearly forgot to do a card for Chrissie and Mandi! Eeeeek!!
Well it's nice to make a card other than a Christmas one:) It's theme week and it's MUSIC


Well here is what I made and I hope you like it. Actually there's two, can you spot the difference:)
Not sure which I prefer but both will come in handy for birthdays coming up.

I used a pearl base card and scored two lines vertically and stamped with black Memento ink a set of stamps from Stamp Addicts vintage range. I added some black peeloffs along the scored lines and to accentuate the black piano keys, it was less messy than EP! The sentiment is an old CD one.
It is my husband, Jim's, birthday today and I made two cards, one from me and one  for Dominic to give him. They show the different aspects of Jim's character!! He's been doing lots of decorating lately.  Apologies for the poor photo quality but I only thought to film them late this afternoon when they were on the mantlepiece!!! Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends and followers xx

Monday, 19 December 2011

Make My Monday

Morning everyone and welcome to my guest spot on the DT over at Make My Monday. I was delighted to be asked to create a card for this weeks challenge which is continuing the SEASONAL theme but with the addition of a tag.
 I have chosen to create a tag in a box card, which is a design I found on the very creative blog of Marianne. There is a tutorial on her side bar showing how to make it.

1.I have used green card stock covered with Bo Bunny paper and over stamped with soft suede SU ink using the Young Vermillion stamp from SU and a Clarity corner flourish. I punched out a label to use as a background to pop up my little bird and the waste made a frame for the other image.
The sentiment is a metal embellishment that I coloured with alcohol inks to match the card. You can just see the punched edge of the tag poking out of the top of the card.

2. Gently pull the tag sideways and the holder for the tag appears. This is made with Bo Bunny card and is attached to the inside of the box card with a brad to allow it to move. I have added a stamped label, punched out and popped up with foam dots.

3. At last here is the tag!! More Bo Bunny paper, a strip of gold leaf and a stamped label which was a freebie from a magazine waiting to add the the recipient's name. I punched the edge and added a gem to ease it out.

Thanks you for visiting and putting up with such a long posting but I wanted to create something special for my guest spot:)
Do check out the MMM blog for the DT cards which are always inspirational.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

National Cupcake Day blog hop

Today's hop is hosted by Gill McCall and is to celebrate National Cupcake Day! What a great day to celebrate. I thought of making some cupcakes but with Christmas just around the corner and all the excesses I decided to stick to a card!!
If you have arrived from..Becky.. you are on the right track for this hop but if not and you want to start from the beginning go to Creations by Gill McCall.

I created my card and decoupage in Craft Artist and finished it off with some paper pricking around the edge.
To continue with this hop and see what everyone has made the next person on the hop is..Ashley

Check out all the blogs as Gill will be giving away some blog candy to a lucky person who collects all the hidden letters around the hop.

Hope you have enjoyed visiting me and please leave a comment so that I can visit you:)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Make My Monday

This weeks challenge over at MMM, still in festive mood, is to use red ribbon. The DT cards are fabulous and worth checking out.
I have used a pale green pearl card and scored a fold 1" in to create a spine. I stamped with the pine cones from SU pines and poinsettias with soft suede ink and only re inked on the 3rd stamping. I  matted the oval topper onto some embossed BP from my stash and pleated some red organza ribbon around the back. I added a bow as well. I punched 4 holes in the spine and threaded through some more red ribbon. The pine cone on the topper is glittered as are some of the berries around the card.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave a comment so that I can visit you:)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Less is More week 45 one layer

Wow it's very cold and frosty over at LIM Towers with a new challenge of a one layer card and the theme is:

                                             Myspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace Glitter
                                         Myspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace Glitter

Actually I think I like the graphics better than my card:)

The base card is pearlised and I inked up my stamps with SU Bashful Blue and added some tiny pearls and 3 clear gems for the large snowflakes. The alphabet stamps are from Docrafts but the snowflakes were freebies from a magazine. I sponged ink onto the edges of the card and although the top right hand corner looks green I can assure you it's not!! I may have another go later this week.
Just thought I'd show you the word book card that I made for Dominic's ( my eldest son) friend Pat who is the proud father of baby Dylan. I used the cd Funky Daze and some embellishments from Craft Artist.

 Thanks for visiting and coping with a longer post than usual! Please leave a comment so that I can visit you:)


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Red and Green

The theme for the challenge over at Creations by Gill McCall is strangely enough - all about christmas at this time of the year - wow there's a suprise!! We would like you to create a red/green theme christmas project - anything at all in any style.
Well it had to be a card for me as I needed some more!

I used Bo Bunny backing paper and added some peeloffs in the corners. The topper is a stamp from Papermania embossed in silver and coloured with PM's. I punched it out with a scallop punch and distressed the edges with Bundled Sage DI. I added ribbon from my stash.
Good luck with the challenge and remember you need to be a follower of Gill's blog to take part. Check out the rest of the DT projects for inspiration.

I am also entering this card at Try it on Tuesday as their criteria is Father Christmas.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and please leave a comment so that I can visit you:)

Monday, 5 December 2011

Less is More week 44 colour

Well here we are at the start of another week and one  week closer to Christmas, which is a bit scary, as I haven't finished my shopping! It's my sister Karen's turn to be host this year so no Christmas dinner for me to worry about!
 I'd like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes that were left on my blog last Friday,  I had a lovely day culminating in a fabulous French meal with Jim and my best friend and her husband. I also got very excited when I was asked to be a guest on the DT for Make My Monday this month, woo hoo!! Then this morning another email to say I'd won some pearls from the Simplicity blog. I may have to buy a lottery ticket this week:)

Anyway I digress and so onto this weeks challenge that Chrissie and Mandi have set for us over at Less is More. It is a colour week and they have chosen GREEN. Not a colour choice I use very often but better than ORANGE!! So here is what I have come up with.

 I stamped the sentiment (no name, bought in Canada) with Spanish Olive versamagic and mounted onto pearl green card. With a glue pen and chameleon glitter I highlighted the letters and the branches which were from an SU punch. Apologies for the poor photo quality as it's difficult to see the the glitter on the letters and the gems are a very pale green.
I have also entered it into the MMM challenge which is to use glitter on a seasonal card.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and leaving a comment as I love to visit you:)

Saturday, 3 December 2011

MMM week 26

This weeks challenge over at Make My Monday is continuing with the Christmas theme and is to make a
                      DECORATED BOX (IN A CHRISTMAS STYLE)
I don't make many boxes except for the odd exploding box for special occasions eg weddings and christenings but I have made this box design once before with fairies on it and thought I'd try a Christmas one:)
I've used red card for the base of the box and the lid and some card from Bo Bunny for the inside. I stamped over the red card with a stamp from SU Pines and Poinsettias and added white glitter to the pine cones.  

 I punched out a bird and branch from an SU punch twice and stuck the 2 birds together over the branch and used silicone glue to attach it to the base and added a couple of rose buds to cover the glue.
The lid is stamped with the poinsettia design from the same set and I punched out some holly leaves from more Bo bunny card and added berries and attached them to the front. I used a small round punch to create finger holes to allow for ease of opening.

You can just glimpse some stamping under the finger hole and that is a Christmas tree in a pot stamped on all 3 sides but I forgot to photograph it!!

Check out the fabulous inspiration that the design team have created and thank you for visiting me and hopefully leaving a comment so that I can visit you:)


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