Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A Happy Wish

A happy wish to you & yours, for a wonderful festive season, & my apologies to those of you who have left me some lovely comments, I will visit you eventually...but for now, thank you for popping in :)
I thought I had finished all my Christmas cards for the year, but I forgot I had signed up for SANDIE`s challenge over at her blog (sorry SANDIE, better late than never LOL) So here`s my last bit of crafting for the year... The top
card was a very easy one to make, it`s just a circle punch (Whale of a Punch) some DCWV pp, & metallic cs, Fiskars edge punch, ribbon, & a cuttlebug embossing folder.
For the second card, I used the stamp I won last month over at INKURABLE STAMPERS (thanks SARAH, & STAMP & SCRAPBOOK MADNESS), stamped the image using Versafine Ink, coloured it in using wc pencils, & added some KG, ribbon & the sentiment is from a DARKROOM DOOR word strip.

& here`s another card using one of my favourite Christmas set of stamps ( by DRD) Both the reindeer image & the word are from THIS SET. The pps are from DCWV, the green cs was in my scraps box, & I used 2 different edge punches (Martha Stewart`s for the green cs, & Fiskars for the blue DCWVpp) & a bit of ribbon to finish it off.

For this next one I used the circle punch again, & 2 different cb embossing folders, some ribbon & foam tape, & the words (from the DRD Christmas set) were stamped onto kraft card, distressed around the edges & mounted onto scraps of DCWV pp. The finished card was edged using Brilliance ink.
For this card, I raided my scraps box again, the green b`ground pp is Basic Grey, the strip of red cs was a left-over piece from the first card in this post (I just can`t throw ANYTHING away LOL) The beautiful images are from a Montage sheet (DRD), with some tiny Kaiser pearls in between, & the sentiment is from DRD Christmas set mounted onto a scrap of DCWV red pp.

Now we come to the very last card, made using BB cs (jade) DCWV metallic cs (copper) edged with a Fiskars punch & sanded back slightly to show the white core, DCWV pp (the dots are silver), reindeer image & word (from DRD set) stamped onto white cs using Versafine ink (Sepia) & some beads strung onto metallic embroidery floss. Again, card was edged with Brilliance ink. So these are the first 6 Christmas cards for NEXT year all taken care of LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
& if you read THIS post, you would know I was picked as one of the winners in the DRD FLICKR challenge, & my prize pack was delivered to me on Christmas eve (Thank you so much Rachel) I still haven`t had a chance to play with it, but that`s the first thing I plan to do next year...which is just around the corner!!!!!!!!! I don`t know about you, but this year has just flown by! & on that note I`d like to wish you & yours, a very happy & safe new year, may you only make resolutions you can actually stick to, I know I will :) Thanks for visiting, & see you next year : *

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Party Favour Cones

Well, today DD will celebrate her 12th b`day, & she`s having a few friends over...I wanted to make her something special for the lollie bag, but it needed to be quick, & easy, so I thought what could be easier than a cone shape filled with lollies! The cs is pink pearlescent Christina Re, & I`ve used a scalloped nestie shape, an EK circle punch, a Collections cb heart, & the stamps are SeeDs (xoxo) Non Sequitur (butterflies) & Cherry Pie( bricks ) & I`ve used Vivid ink (pink) Versafine (bricks) StaZon black (b`flies) & Adirondack ( to colour the heart) & my crop-a-dile to punch the holes. The ribbon is actually torn satin fabric. So after making this one, I showed DD & she loved it, but asked if I could make the others in pp, so I got her to choose from some DCWV pps & she also had a look through my ribbon stash & in no time at all I had them all done : )

I won a great prize (a beautiful stamp) for my entry to last month`s twinchie challenge, over at INKURABLE STAMPERS, & I think this is the last bit of crafting I`ll get a chance to do this month, so I thought I would enter my pink, brown & cream cone into this month`s competition...I have joined in every single challenge there since it started, & I didn`t want to break my attendance record LOL. I know it`s only days to Christmas, but if you get some spare time, why not join in the fun, there`s some gorgeous prizes up for grabs, & like I always say, you`ve got to be in it to win it...I better go & get things organized, thhis is the calm before the storm : ) Thanks for popping in & enjoy your day.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Christmas Is Coming...

& here are the rest of my Christmas cards, as promised.

Can you see what they all have in common? I`ve used the beautiful images from the Darkroom Door Yuletide Montage sheet, & they are just the best thing for when you are running short on time. I kept their designs fairly simple, just adding ribbon, brads, string, or fibres, but I`m very happy with how they turned out. & I have to say, I`m getting a lot of use out of the word strips as well.
If you`re looking for some Christmas cards inspiration, make sure you visit the Darkroom Door blog, & if you want to win yourself some DRD goodies, just upload YOUR Christmas projects to the DRD Flickr group HERE, you never know your luck until you try. I`m living proof that you`ve got to be in it to win it, just found out this morning that I was picked as one of the winners of this Flickr challenge, WOOHOO! Thank you Rachel :)

Now, I better go & write some Christmas cards!
Don`t forget to visit Inkurable Stampers & have a go at the new challenge for this month, it`s a colour challenge, & a yummy one at that, & Sarah has made some beautiful Christmas cards as her samples for this month`s theme.
Thank you for your visit, & if you`ve taken the time to leave me a comment, I thank you even more : )

Monday, 7 December 2009

Cards, Babies & Ballet Shoes...

December is normally a very busy month for our family, but this year has been even more so. DD has taken up ballet & has had end-of-year-concert rehearsals, so both DH & I have shared taxi duties, plus we`ve had a couple of babies born, which has also meant visits to hospitals, & our own DD has just turned 12 years old!!! My, how time flies when you`re sleep deprived LOL
Anyway, here are a couple of cards I`ve created. Firstly are the 2 baby cards, top one is for a little baby girl, & the second one is for our new nephew.

I used this very cute hippo image & kept the designs fairly simple, as I only had a few minutes to make the cards, take a photo & go to the hospital to visit!!! I had the images ready, each hippo was stamped 3 times using black Versafine ink, coloured using wc pencils, & cut & layered for the 3-D effect, so all I had to do was "assemble"the cards

& this card went to my brother for his b`day, another quick card, as I already had the painted b`ground (painted with MM glaze on an old book page) So again, all I had to do was to stamp both the quote & truck image from THIS DRD set onto the paper, tear around the edges & create the trim n the middle (done using a hand punch)

& this is the card I created for my little angel, it`s the first time I`ve inked this stamp (from Stamp-it) but it wont be the last LOL. DH bought it for me a few weeks ago, but as so often happens, I just hadn`t had a chance to play with it yet... I have stamped the image twice (once onto white card & a secnd time onto scraps) using black Versafine ink, cutting each image out, & colouring them in using wc pencils. I then stuck some foam tape & layered the images to their corresponding mannequins. I`ve used some K&Co pp for the b`ground, some tiny rhinestones & the words are from a DRD word strip.

I hope all your Christmas shopping is done, & your Christmas cards have all been sent (mine are still waiting to be written up!) I`ll be back later on to share some more Christmas cards : ) Have a creative day, & thank you for visiting my humble "palace"