Monday 30 November 2009

Just a Note

A group of girlfriends and I get together to have a meal a few times a year and we always meet up just before Christmas for a meal and to exchange cards and small gifts.  This year I decided to make all the gifts I am giving to the girls.  I created a box for each of them made from two sheets of 12x12 double sided paper and inside I have put one of these 'post-it' holders.  The mini magnolia stamps I bought at the NEC in November are just the perfect size to fit these little note holders and I decided to use the sitting tilda and coloured her with ProMarkers.  I then cut the image out using a scalloped oval nestabilities die used in my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment was stamped using part of the 'just a note to say...' stamp from a Hobby Art sheet of clear stamps.  The ribbon on the holders was from my stash and to finish the front off I punched out some large flowers from yellow card and small flowers in pink and layered them up.  Finally, I added a small clear gem in the centre of each flower. I hope the girls will like them and find them useful to store their 'post-it' notes in.

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Sunday 29 November 2009

Faerie Merry Christmas

This card is my entry for the Faerie Song Art Stamps challenge #21 over on Paper Craft Planet. Whilst the challenge doesn't actually call for a christmas project, the sketch with it's large snowflake element really does suggest this is likely to fit a christmas theme.  For the image, I used a small part of a much larger Faerie Song Art stamp, which isn't actually a christmas image, but I think she fits in well with the colours I used on her hair and the leaves and berries in her hair.  Coloured with ProMarkers and touches of Spica glitter pen, I cut the image out with an inverted scallop nestabilities die and layered this on to a circle of silver card cut with a petite scallop round nestie.  The aqua horizontal layer was created with a Martha Stewart border punch and the snowflakes were cut with a die from a spellbinders frame die set.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from a set by Papermania.  The large snowflake under the main image was in the blog Candy I won recently from NG Cards.
I hope you enjoyed viewing my creation, please stop by again, I love sharing my work with you and I get great pleasure from reading your comments.


Saturday 28 November 2009

Mini Tilda Christmas

Although this mini magnolia tilda stamp isn't specifically a christmas image, I thought that with her sweet red and green dress she looks quite at home sitting on this holly swirl from Serendipity Stamps.  This is a small 4"x4" card which is just the right proportions for this tiny beauty.  The snowflake in the background is a stamp from the 2009 Whiff of Joy Winter Kit, stamped using red Brilliance ink direct to the base card.  I added touches of red Spica glitter pen to the snowflake on the sentiment and the holly 'berries' on the swirl and a black added to the swirl. 

Just a short post today as I am working hard to complete enough christmas cards in time to get them posted out! 

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Thursday 26 November 2009

Candy Time

Jacque is offering truly fabulous Magnolia Candy on her blog in celebration of her joining the Just Magnolia Challenge Blog DT  you'll have to hurry though as it closes on 3 December.
Lillemore has lovely Christmas Candy to give away to a lucky winner to be drawn on 11 December, so drop by her blog to enter and view her inspirational creations!

Jayne has yummy Candy on offer over on her blog Serendipity you have until 27 December to enter and the winner will be drawn on 31 December.

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Looks like Reindeer!

This adorable little chap is taking really great care of his Reindeer pal, it's so handy that he has a parcel to stand on so he can hold the bag of oats up high enough! This image is one of the Belles 'n' Whistles new Christmas stamps by the artist Elisabeth Bell. For the layout I used a sketch from the Let's Get Stamping weekly challenge over on Craftbubble from a few weeks ago. I coloured the image with ProMarkers, adding Spica glitter pen to the bells on the Reindeer's harness and on the holly berries. Glossy Accents dusted with Glamour dust give the trim and bobble of his hat and the bow on the present added sparkle. The background paper is from my stash, the flowers were punched out using a Quickkutz Squeeze and the poinsettia die which my crafting pal Annie let me have a play with recently. The fronds were cut using a Martha Stewart punch and I added some gold Card Candy to the centre of each flower to finish them off, and three more in green at the bottom right. I cut the image out using a nestabilities labels 1 die and mounted this on some red mirror card cut with a slightly larger size of the same die.


Tuesday 24 November 2009

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is Coming to Town

I had forgotten just how much I love this Sugar Nellie Santa stamp, he was lurking at the bottom of my christmas stamp box since last year.  I dug him out and created this card to add to my (slowly increasing) stock of Christmas cards I need to make.  I coloured him with ProMarkers and added a little Spica glitter pen to his lantern so that it looks as though it is lit.   I used Glossy Accents dusted with Glamour Dust on the trim of his hat, coat and beard to give maximum shimmer.  The background paper is from the Papermania Deck the Halls pad and I love the little green spiral lines on some of the stripes.  The red layers were embossed with a snowflake embossing folder and my trusty Cuttlebug.  The sentiment is by Magnolia and the little bow is made from some of the silky cord ribbon I bought at hobbycraft last week (wish I'd bought more as it is really nice to work with!)  I added some green Card Candy as a finishing touch on the top and bottom panels.

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Tatsu & Cho

Queen Kat Designs have a fabulous blog hop running today, why not pop over and take part in the fun and be inspired by all the creations of the DT.  The hops normally run on Wednesdays, but as this Wednesday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, the hop is running a day earlier. 

Although I am not yet completely up and running well enough to be a part of the hop, I have been busy creating with these totally awesome stamps from QKD.  I decided to make something a little different with this image called Tatsu & Cho.  I created a shadow box card to showcase this little beauty, although it is difficult to photograph it in a way that shows the three-dimensional properties of the card.  I've added two pictures taken from different angles to try and show this a little more clearly. 

Her background is made from a piece of shimmering irridescent paper, which I embossed with the snowstorm Cuttlebug embossing folder as I think it looks like bubbles in water.  I coloured her with ProMarkers and added some Spica glitter pen on her eyes, pendant and hair clip.  The aperture in the front of the card was cut with a scalloped oval nestabilities die and I then used the same size die and one slightly larger, to create a frame for the front of the apperture.  I used the Martha Stewart frond punch to create some 'seaweed' from green card and stuck this just behind the apperture to frame the image inside.  I also punched some fronds from the green irridescent paper and then some shell shapes and flowers from a different colour paper.  Small pearls in blue and cream on the flowers and shells and clear gems on her pendant, hair slide and navel just added the finishing touch to the front of this shadow box card. 

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my creation today, why not hop on over to the QKD blog to see what other members of the DT have created for you. You can also find the stamps I have used in my project in the QKD store if you'd like to get your hands on these delightful mermaids.   There are so many gorgeous stamps to choose from, you may be like me and want them all!  There are free stamps on offer until the end of november so even more reason to hurry over to the store.
Buy 2 stamp sets get 1 separates stamp free
Buy 3 separates stamps and get 1 free ($3.99 value or less)
For every 2 stamp sets you order you get 1 separate stamp for free! The more you order the more free stamps you'll receive.

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Monday 23 November 2009

Christmas Choccies

This adorable mini snowman stamp by Magnolia, which I bought at the NEC recently, is just the perfect size to add to the tags on top of these little bags of choccies I've made for the Christmas table.  I put the glassine bags through my Cuttlebug with a snowflake embossing folder.  I cut out scalloped ovals from blue and red card using a nestabilities die and, again, embossed these with the same snowflake embossing folder used for the bags.  This size bag holds three of the minty or orange chocolates perfectly and makes a great party favour.


Sunday 22 November 2009

Oriental Pair

I'm having another break from posting up Christmas cards and showing you these two oriental creations today.  I made the ATC first, using the stamp which came free with the Craft Stamper magazine the month before last. I love anything oriental and I was so happy to see this stamp on the mag. I stamped it first on white card, then again on shrink paper using Stazon Ink. I then used distress inks to colour the backgrounds, keeping the centre of the image lighter. I matted the image stamped on card onto a piece of gold card and used a heat gun to shrink the other image. I ran a Krylon gold pen around the edges of the shrunken image to finish it off. Using some thin gold ribbon from my stash, I wrapped it around the ATC three times, securing the shrunken image with a bow. The paper came from an oriental themed kit I bought quite a long time ago, it is very rich red, which unfortunately doesn't show too well on the photo.  Three pearl gems added to the bottom, finished off the whole thing. For the card, I followed the same procedure, but stamped the image onto a square of Stampboard which I mounted onto a piece of the background paper, then onto gold card, the shrunken image is finished exactly the same as on the ATC.

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Saturday 21 November 2009

Snowball Fight !

Whilst searching through my stamps looking for images to use on my Christmas cards, I came across this lovely Magnolia Tilda which I have had for some time.  She is one of the older Magnolia stamps and I love the very simple lines and minimal fuss of the image.  I've paired her up with the 'Fir in Snow' Magnolia stamp I recently bought from Crafts u Love and I think the two stamps work well together.  Tilda has her pile of snowballs ready for a fight, I wonder who she is getting ready to throw them at!

I coloured the images with ProMarkers, adding lots of stickles for sparkle and snowy effects.  Rather than an easel card with a solid front panel, I decided to attach the two images to give a more interesting profile.  The background papers were printed on to white pearlised paper, using one of the patterns from the Season's Greetings CD from Artilicious.  I used a silver snowflake brad as the 'stop' for the easel and added the Merry Christmas greeting from the Hobby Art Christmas sentiment set to finish off the inside. 

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Thursday 19 November 2009

Getting a little Distressed!

Now that my lovely pal Kathy has made her challenge ATC from the kit I gave her, I can reveal my original here ;o) I started with an ATC sized stretched canvas which I coated roughly with Gesso. I used various distress inks and gold ink pads to add colour. I then added bits of gauze in shades of orange and brown and piece of gloriously shimmery mesh in shades of blues and greens, all secured with glittery Mod Podge. I covered a slide mount with some lovely paper in browns and creams and behind this I attached a vintage photo on acetate. I again brushed the frame with the Mod Podge and finally sprayed a coat of Crafters' Companion Spray and Sparkle in Gold on to it. I attached the lock and key with lengths of silver coloured chain and jump rings and added 3 of these lovely bronze coloured leaves that I found in my stash while sorting it out. These give the piece a nice 'dangly' element. I dragged walnut stain distress ink and then gold ink over the buttons to distress them a little, then I was just about done!

This is the ATC I made from the previous challenge kit that Kathy sent to me.  Once again, I used distress inks to both stamp the brown swirl on the background and to distress the background and frame.  I cut out the frame on my Cuttlebug using a nestabilities frame die, distressed it with walnut stain ink, added some gold ink round the edges and finally sprayed it with CC's Spray and Sparkle in gold.  The corner embelishment is the only extra that I added to the kit and I found it in the bottom of my button box.  There is a small horizonal strip of craft card which I embossed with a border embossing folder from Cuttlebug, which I then dragged the walnut stain ink pad over to highlight the embossing.  Sadly it isn't really visible under the ribbon loops, but at least I know it's there!

Queen Kat Designs New Stamps Release

I am such a happy girl today, my Queen Kat Designs stamps arrived yesterday, the package was waiting for me when I got home last night after having a crafting day with my pal Kathy in Bristol.  I really feel now that I am a fully fledged member of the WIS Sorority design team at QKD. This little beauty was one of the stamps I received which is called Wizard of Oz and one of the new stamps being released today 19 November by QKD.  There is so much fun over on the QKD blog, with lots of goodies up for grabs as they are celebrating their 3rd Birthday.  There is a DT blog hop to showcase the new stamps, challenges and inspiration with lots of ways to get your hands on free goodies!  For my creation, I coloured the image with ProMarkers, adding a little red Spica Glitter Pen on Dorothy's Ruby Slippers.  I am sure these little cuties will be friends always as they seem so happy dancing along.  The papers were free from a magazine, the flower is by Prima and the orange ribbon was from my stash.  I used some Card Candy on the base to act as the 'stop' for the easel and cut out a tag to make room for a written greeting, adding a flower shaped brad at each end of the tag.

Why not hop over to the QKD Blog and join in the fun, there's lots of inspiration from all the DT and the blog hop links are listed there for you to click on, so what are you waiting for, let's get started......!

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Artic Blue Mermaid - QKD Wednesday Blog Hop

It's wednesday again, so that must mean it's time for the Queen Kat Designs weekly wednesday WIS Blog Hop!  This gorgeous Artic Blue Mermaid image was such a joy to colour and I love that her pets are sitting on that small iceberg with her!  I used my ProMarkers to colour the image, added Spica glitter pen to create highlights.  I used Glossy Accents dusted with Glamour Dust on the trim of her hood and sleeves to give them maximum shimmer.  The frame was created using my Spellbinders Nestabilities frame die and it was cut from some pearly pale turquoise card with a 'Best Wishes' message in silver embossed on the card.  This beautiful shaped card was in a bargain pack I bought at my local Art shop recently and the spotty paper was cut using a nestabilities labels die.  The large icicle is dusted with glitter and I added a number of clear 'glass' baubles to tie in with the icy water theme.  Thanks for stopping by to view my latest Queen Kat Designs creation, I'd love to read any comments you care to leave.

Do join in on this hop for some great inspiration.

There are some fabulous new stamps being released in the QKD store on 19 November, and as this is also coincides with the 3rd Birthday of QKD, there is lots of fun to be had on the blog this week.


Monday 16 November 2009

Frosty The Snowman

This week's challenge over on the Let's Get Stamping group on Craftbubble has a sketch to follow with the added twist to create an easel card.  This fits right in with my current favourite card making as I have got really hooked on this type of card - think I might be suffering from 'easelcarditis' !!!  I'm still working away adding to my stock of Christmas cards, and this cute Magnolia snowman was stamped for me by my crafting pal Jayne.  I think is one of the cutest snowmen I've seen for a while and the sentiment from the new Whiff of Joy Winter Kit fitted perfectly with this little chap holding his lovely snowflake.  I coloured the image with ProMarkers and added glamour dust to the bobble and trims on his hat and also his snowflake to give them some twinkle.  The dark blue layers were created by stamping some random snowflakes in white ink on to plain dark blue card, these were then layered on to white card.  The DP is from my stash and has a pearly finish, although this doesn't show up too well on the photograph.  The easel 'stop' was created from a round tag Christmas stamp, again from Magnolia, stamped in blue ink, sprayed with Crafters' Companion Spray and Sparkle in silver, then affixed on foam pads to raise it up.  The three sparkly snowflake brads were part of my recent Candy win from NG Cards.

Friday 13 November 2009

What a Cutie !

Is this little guy not the sweetest thing you ever saw?  I think he is totally adorable and makes you want to just scoop him up and plant a big kiss on his chubby cheek !  The image is 'Pip with Presents' by Sugar Nellie.  I coloured him with ProMarkers and added touches of Spica glitter pens and on his hat trim and bobble I added Glossy Accents dusted with Glamour Dust before it dried.  The sentiments are from the Hobby Art set of stamps and the papers were free in a magazine (last Christmas) and the red organza ribbon was from my stash.  One more card to add to my stock of Christmas cards for this year, it's growing but not fast enough so I'd better get cracking and make a few more!

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Thursday 12 November 2009

Christmas Candle

I just had to use this adorable stamp as soon as I saw her when my Whiff of Joy Winter Kit arrived.  She has such a lovely face and I love the way her dress (habit?) flows around her as if she is hurrying along to a Christmas celebration.  Those cute little bells attached to her belt and the holly sprigs in her hair just add the perfect final touches.  I coloured her with ProMarkers, adding touches of Spica glitter pens and Glossy Accents to the candle to give it some dimension.  The background image on the right is an Elusive Images stamp from their 'Winter Tree and Torn Holly Script' plate.  The Christmas corners and snowflakes stamps are by Ladybug and Friends available from Quixotic Paperie, all stamped with Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink. 

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A Winters' Tale

And now for something completely different!!  After working with so many cute images lately, my mojo rebelled and I decided to try something completely different for a change.  Whilst sorting out my stash in my new craftroom, I came across quite a lot of watercolour paper, so I decided to use up some of it.  I stamped this lovely winter cottage scene from Elusive Images, using Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink, on to watercolour paper.  Before the ink dried, I used a water brush to spread a little of the ink and blur the sharp edges of the stamped image to create a watercolour effect.  I then added some Diamond Stickles on certain parts of the image and before this dried I sprinkled on Glamour Dust to create even more twinkle.  I am really loving these easel cards and it looks like lots of my Christmas cards this year will be in this style!  The backing papers are from the Artilicious Season's Greetings DVD from Graphicus.  On the inside I added a piece of white card, cut using a scalloped oval nestabilities die to give room for a handwritten message.  On top of this I added a seasonal sentiment from my set by Hobby Art Stamps, which I layered up on foam pads to act as the 'stop' for the easel front of the card.  The vertical sentiment on the front is also from the set by Hobby Art, layered on to a scrap of aqua card and foam pads.  Finally, I added some punched snowflakes and set tiny aqua gems in the middle of each.  I may make more of these as I am quite pleased with the final result.

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Wednesday 11 November 2009

Sweet Whiff of Joy

I really love the stamps in the new Whiff of Joy Winter Kit and this is my second card using one of them.  I think this image is just adorable and very nostalgic, reminding me a lot of Christmases gone by.  I coloured the image with my ProMarkers and added touches of Spica Glitter Pens in red, green and clear.  On the trim of her coat and hat and on the stocking, I used Glossy Accents and covered this with some Glamour Dust to give it a little dimension.  Unfortunately the sparkle doesn't show up too well in the picture.  Yet again I decided to make an easel card, I love these and think I might be a tad addicted LOL  The image was cut with an oval nestabilities die then added to a layer of red card cut with a slightly larger scalloped oval nestie. The ribbon was from my stash and the tag greeting is the free stamp from Craft Stamper last month.  The 'stop' and inside greeting is from a set by Hobby Art Stamps.  Background papers are from my stash left over from last year.  I apologise for the double watermark, I'm just learning how to use the watermark software and didn't quite get it right this time LOL

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Queen Kat Designs Wednesday WIS Blog Hop

I am so excited to share with you my very first Queen Kat Designs Whimsical Ink Sorority creation for the WIS Wednesday Blog Hop

I used this month's sketch for my layout, turning it and slightly changing it a little, but keeping to the basic elements.  These images are just so adorable and a real pleasure to colour.  May I introduce you to Holly Christmas Mermaid, isn't she a cutie?  I felt she just cried out for shades of purple and I'd love to know what she is holding in her pretty box!  I used ProMarkers to colour her, adding touches of Spica Glitter pen in purple and clear.  I also added a little Diamond Stickles to the trim on her hat and top.  The backing papers were free in a magazine and I punched out the snowflakes from purple metallic and white card.  The ribbon was from my stash.  The QKD store has special offers running at the moment, you can grab yourself some free stamps when placing an order (see store for terms and conditions) what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Teeny Tiny Tildas

I had a ball at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC last saturday, think my dad and niece enjoyed themselves too!  Although we practically walked our legs off, we picked up some great new stash.  I managed to get a couple of the nestabilities dies I wanted and a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders.  I also picked up a little 'bling' and some pretty ribbons.  Best of all, Magnolia had a stand there and were selling the mini magnolia stamps.  They are adorable and just so tiny and sweet.  As this weeks challenge on the Lets Get Stamping group over on Craftbubble is to make tags, these little sweeties were just perfect!  I photographed them in small batches as I thought it might be difficult to see the images if I put all of them into the picture, so here is the first set.  I coloured the images with ProMarkers (very carefully!) added some stickles and touches of Spica glitter pens.  All the base cards were cut out using various shapes of nestabilities dies and I used another of my NEC buys, the snowstorm Cuttlebug embossing folder.  It is difficult to gauge the size on this close-up piccie, with hindsight I think I should have place a 20p piece in the picture for perspective - next time I'll remember this.  Don't know if any of these fit the bill for Annie's K.I.S.S. Monday challenge, but I'll link them and Annie can decide if they do or not!  None of them have any 'shop bought' embelishments, although one has a small piece of ribbon on it.  I will post up the next batch of tags later.
Here's a picture of me and my dad with Jayne Hayward who is a pal of mine on Paper Craft Planet, we are standing in front of the Magnolia stand.  It was unfortunate (or fortunate!) that Magnolia would only accept cash as payment, so I had to put a few things back (gasp!) and could only get what I could for the cash I had on me.  Still, what I did get I am very happy with.


Monday 9 November 2009

Happy Birthday Dear Nephew

There are quite a few family birthdays in my family at this time of year and for my Nephew's birthday tomorrow, I made this card using one of my 'precious' hAnglar and stAnglar stamped images that I am lucky enough to have had sent to me by crafting friends.  Although a very cute image, I don't think it's too cutesy for a young man's card!  The BP is part of a sheet of 12 x 12 denim effect paper I picked up from my local Art Shop's 10p bargain bucket, and is perfect for a male card.  I coloured the image with my ProMarkers and added a subtle amount of sky blue chalk around the image to take away the stark whiteness of the card.  The layout is one I use frequently, as it works for me.  The two fancy edges were cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and an EK success border punch.  I used a little more of my new Card Candy and the sentiment was one of my £1.50 bargain stamps from the Sincerely Yours Paper Extravaganza at Taunton.

Sunday 8 November 2009

Happy Birthday Dear Niece

It's my Niece's birthday tomorrow and I decided to use this funky image for her card.  I downloaded it from an internet site quite a long time ago and I am afraid I don't know which site it was from.  I coloured the image with my ProMarkers and added some Card Candy dots, layered the image up on to some pink metallic card and tied a length of 'eyelash' ribbon around the pink layer.  I added a 'hello kitty' charm to the ribbon, but unfortunately it isn't very visible on the picture.  The background paper was free with a magazine some time ago and I thought it fitted well with the colour scheme and image.  The happy birthday sentiment was one of my bargain £1.50 stamps bought at the Sincerely Yours Paper Extravaganza in Taunton.  I used a very simple layout for this as the BP is very 'busy' and the image quite large and subtley coloured, so I didn't want to detract from this with too many layers.

Saturday 7 November 2009

November Candy

Hurry over to to Jacque's Joie de Vivre blog for a chance to enter to win some amazing Candy.  While you're there check out the wonderful creations she has posted on her site. 

Thursday 5 November 2009

Spoil Yourself Silly

I can share this card with you now, as it is the birthday card I made for my Dad.  It is his birthday tomorrow and I couldn't post it earlier as I didn't want him to see it before the day!  I was sent this image by a crafting friend and I think it is just adorable.  I believe it is a Penny Black stamp, but I'd be happy to be corrected if I have it wrong!  The BP's are freebies from a magazine, which I found whilst sorting out my stash to put away in my newly refurbished craft room.  I thought the two papers work really well together and set the colour scheme for the whole card.  The flowers were punched from scraps of brown and gold card with small amber gems added in the centres and the leaf fronds punched from cream card with a Martha Stewart punch.  I coloured the image with my ProMarkers and added touches of clear Spica glitter pen.  The image was cut out with an oval nestabilities die and layered up on to some bronze metallic card cut from a slightly larger scalloped oval nestabilities die.  I've pre-programmed this post so will probably be en route to Dad's on the M5/M6 when it goes live on my blog.  There's a party planned for Dad's 83rd birthday tomorrow, with all the family getting together for a lovely meal and an evening of fun!

Elaine at Quixotic Paperie has just started up a weekly challenge and you can find details on the blog here for this 1st Challenge.  The theme is to make a birthday card - so this card is also eligible to enter for the first challenge.  It is well worth a visit to Quixotic Paperie any time, but at the moment there is also 10% off every item in the store to celebrate Elaine's birthday, so don't miss out on the bargains in the store.


Wednesday 4 November 2009

Winter Whiff of Joy

The new Whiff of Joy Winter Kit droped through my letterbox last thursday and this lovely stamp was amongst the latest goodies.  The sledge is also one of the stamps in the kit and is just perfect for this elegant winter lady to sit on.  For the background I used one of my Graphicus Guild papers and layered this on to a piece of plain dark red paper from my stash.  I coloured the images with my ProMarkers and I think the holly green and burgundy red are a very elegant combination for a Christmas card.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Greetings set by Hobby Art Clear stamps.  The red organza ribbon, flower, gem in the centre of the flower and metal snowflake charm are from my stash.  I cut the layer with the sledge using a circle nestabilities die and layered this on to a piece of red card cut out with a petite scalloped circle nestabilities die.  I stamped a small snowflake from a CD's set of Christmas stamps randomly on the sledge layer, using evergreen chalk ink.  Finally, I added a little Polar White Flowersoft to simulate snow under the sledge.  One more Christmas card to add to my stock, which is good as I have so many to make!

Queen Kat Designs Wednesday Blog Hop

Why not pop over to the Queen Kat Designs blog and join in the Wednesday Blog Hop this week for some inspiration and to see all the great work the DT have come up with.  The hop this week celebrates the release of some new and exciting stamps and watch out for special offers in the QKD webshop.  I hope that I shall soon be part of these Wednesday hops now that I am a member of the Whimiscal Ink Sorority DT for Queen Kat.

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Teddy Christmas

Here's my third entry for the Let's Get Stamping weekly challenge over on Craftbubble using the sketch and including distressing. 
This cute little Christmas teddy image was sent to me by a friend and I coloured him with ProMarkers, adding a touch of Spica glitter pen in black on his eyes and nose.  I added some Diamond Stickles, dusted with Glamour Dust, to the fur on his hat and the star in his hands to give them extra sparkle and dimension.  Sadly, this doesn't show up too well in the picture.  The BP's are from the Dovecraft Victorian Christmas 6x6 paper pad and I have heavily distressed them with inks and a file from my distressing toolkit.  I also stamped some swirly snowflake images from a set of Christmas stamps from Elusive Images with a Fired Brick distress ink pad.  I layered him up on a piece of red mirror card, which I cut out using my deckle edge nestabilities die, the image was also cut out with a slightly smaller die from the same set.  The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly and the flower, ribbon and 'jingle bells' are from my stash.  Another card to add to my (slowly growing) stock of cards for this year!

More Vintage Santa

I'm getting on well with my Christmas card production now. This card is another entry for this week's Let's Get Stamping sketchie challenge over on Craftbubble. Using the sketch and including distressing, I have again chosen this lovely Vintage Santa collage stamp from Crafy Individuals. I used Antique Linen, Fired Brick and Pine Needles distress ink pads to create the distressed look. The BP is from the Dovecraft Victorian Christmas 6x6 paper pad. The Merry Christmas ticket is a stamp from Magnolia which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The gold ribbon is from my stash and the green Card Candy was one of my purchases from the Sincerely Yours Paper Extravagaza which I went to in Taunton last saturday. I decided to make another easel card, they are so easy to make and yet look so impressive. I think quite a few of my cards this year will be made this way! The layers on the inside of the card and the 'stop' for the front panel, were cut with a nestabilities label die, with the top layer up on foam pads to raise it up.

Monday 2 November 2009

Christmas is a'coming

I am really late starting my Christmas cards this year, so have decided that any challenge cards I make will have to be Christmas themed, at least that way I will be playing along and adding to my stock of cards at the same time.
The card I'm sharing with you today is one of my entries for this week's Let's Get Stamping sketchie challenge over on Craftbubble. My card follows the sketch and we also have to include distressing.
This adorable vintage santa collage stamp is from Crafty Individuals and I think it lends itself perfectly for the distressed look.
I stamped the image with distress ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then 'distressed' it with Antique Linen, Fired Brick and Pine Needles distress ink. The BP's are from the Dovecraft Victorian Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad which I somehow managed to buy two of last year! Some of the papers are not obviously christmasey, and I do really like this particular pad of papers. The 'North Pole' sentiment is from Magnolia. I decided to make an easel card for this challenge as they are so easy to make and are very effective. I lined the inside of the card with another sheet from the same paper pad and added the sentiment in the centre, layered up with foam pads, to act as the 'stop' for the front of the card. I used a scrap of red mirror card to cut out a strip to attach to the round North Pole image then cut two slits in the BP so that this could be threaded through. This could be a removable bookmark, if wished, although I have stuck it down on this card. Finally, I added a piece of hessian ribbon across behind the image, to comply with the sketch.