Monday 29 September 2014

Wee Holly

This is not quite so wee Holly as she came off the printer bigger than I was expecting! I coloured her up with my Copic pens anyway and added touches of sparkle then made a card with some pieces of Nitwit papers and a die cut embellishment.  Another fairly flat card to send through the post or add to my charity box.  Here's the card:

The snowflake and bells, as well as the scallop border are all Marianne dies, please excuse me for not giving you the numbers today, I'm struggling with the internet and a thick head!  I kept myself busy at the weekend with gardening and keep forgetting that I have a bad neck .. .. it never hurts at the time I'm lugging bags of compost in and out of the car, but does for a day or two afterwards!  My car should have been in the garage today but there is a problem with the ramp that goes up and down (can't remember what they called it) so I've had to re-book for Thursday - then I get a little Smart car to drive about for a day or two, that will be fun!

Sorry, no linking up to challenges, perhaps when the internet works a bit faster and my brain cells aren't fogged I can find some .. .. My craft stash is still all packed away and as I'm still slowly decorating the guest bedroom it will probably stay in the cupboard a while longer.  I have my DT card made for CCT on Thursday so will be back then. Thanks for stopping by, and see you later in the day on Thursday.

Although I can't see any preview pictures in my blogger reading list, I did see that Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge is for colourful creations this time around, so I will try and enter my card .. ..

Thursday 25 September 2014

Dies and Punches at CCT

Good morning! It's Thursday so that means a new challenge theme on Cute Card Thursday, this week we want to see what you can create with your dies and/or punches.  Our sponsor is Rick St Dennis, sorry no link as my internet is barely crawling today.  Stop by the CCT blog to read all about it and see what the rest of the DT have created.

I've made a Christmas easel card with some of the new Marianne Design dies I've just added to my collection, plus a few from last year and a while back too.  The snow is glitter over a white Wacco pearl maker pen, thought I'd try that so it looks more like snow than just glitter on a card - what do you think?

 Here's the card looking down on the text and showing the die cut pine cone embellishment:

And here;s the card view on the CCT blog:

The spotty paper is from my stash with the faux embossed stitches around the edge inked with a pale blue Momento, I used the same ink to ink the embossed areas on the die cut rectangle and to create the snowy background and stamp the falling snow in the sky.  Lots of Marianne Design products on this one so here is the list:

fancy rectangle LR0111
tree scape CR1287
village and fence CR1288
tree in foreground, deer and lamppost COL1330
pine cone and branch LR0286
holly leaves, and snowflakes COL1363
text from SF1118 stamped onto small circle die from LR0180
snowflake sky stamp in die set COL1328

I hope you will come join in our challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create, even though I can't leave any comments until the internet connection picks up.  Likewise, I'm not linking up my card to any challenges, but hope you have enjoyed looking at it.

Saturday 20 September 2014

My Snowman Friend

After my busy weekend the last week has been a bit slow going, but I did manage to get some cards made and ignored the garden .. .. will have to do something about it this weekend though!

It was fabulous to see LOTV again at the Kernow craft fair last Saturday, I do hope they keep coming as we don't see many 'big' names down this way.  I treated myself to 4 new Christmas stamps, and this is one of them.  I've coloured the image with my Copic pens then added some flaky stuff for snow (ancient from my stash), and the falling snow I created with my white pearl maker pen.  Here's the card:

A simple little thing with a small scallop base then I just added the embossed snowflake layer with a blue mat.  The mat behind the snowman is cut from a new Nestie set I treated myself to at the fair, my excuse being it goes with the labels 1 already in my stash and used to cut out the snowman. Not sure of any challenges I can enter with this one .. .. still having issues with the internet but surprisingly I have 2 bars of signal at the moment .. .. more would be nice!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, whatever you get up to! I have family coming for Sunday lunch tomorrow so I had better get my craft stash cleared off the dining table and sweep up the bits from the floor! Plus I forgot to get parsnips and frozen Yorkshire puds so will need to pop out - Yorkshires is something that just doesn't work with GF flour!

Thursday 18 September 2014

Awesome Autumn

This week at Cute Card Thursday we are celebrating Autumn with our regular sponsor Whimsy Stamps providing the prize - stop by the blog to read all about it and for more inspiration from the DT.

My internet is playing up again so I'll have to keep this short and sweet and hope that the pictures show up (I'm not seeing them). I've made one of my little 5" square cards with scraps of digi paper by Nitwits and stamped an old Elizabeth Bell sweetie called picking apples.  She's coloured with my Copic pens.  Here's the card:

The die cut embellishments are all by Marianne Design and I've added the stars to the centres of the flowers, they are old sticky things from my stash but I see coming back around again!  I noticed at the show last Saturday that a lot of the 'new' things are versions of stash I have from almost 10 years ago when I first started out, so glad I kept some of the smaller bits and pieces but a bit annoyed I gave a lot away in the house move, ah well!

Here's the list of Marianne dies I used:
scallop edge of middle layer cut with LR0300
green leaves and swirl LRO271
large flowers COL1323
small yellow flowers from CR1210

Can't do any linking up today so no other challenges to mention, but I might try later if the internet comes back to more than 1 bar signal strength. Thanks for stopping by and hope you will come and join in our Awesome Autumn challenge.

Monday 15 September 2014

Marianne Design Divas Monochrome Challenge

Today is a new challenge on the Marianne Design Divas blog, and this time we would like to see your monochrome creations, with at least 3 products from Marianne Design. Two fabulous prizes and new ladies joining the design team to give a truly international flare!

I have made a card for a baby girl, so of course my monochrome colour is pink! I have used the darling Daisy baby stamp, although colouring on a different ivory card to match in with everything else wasn't as successful as my usual smooth white, but I think it has worked with a shabby look.  Here's my card:

I've covered my base with pretty paper from the Hello Sweet Baby! pack PB7041 then inked the edges.  After that there's more layers of pretty paper then lots of die cut embellishements and a pearl heart and pearl sprays snipped from the CA3109 set.  Here's the rest of the list of MD products I used for my card:

Daisy Baby stamp DDS3301
Text from baby girl clear stamp set CS0890
Vintage scallop lace JU0907
Baby word die LR0217
balloon die PP1401
birds LR0298
heart in centre COL1307
flowers from set COL1323
fronds from set LR0107
seed heads from LR0106

Thank you for stopping by, especially as I'm not blogging so much nowadays.  I have enjoyed my weekend with going to a craft fair in Bodmin on Saturday, having my eldest and his girlfriend to stay Fri/Sat and help out in the garden, then meeting up with my youngest and his family at Trago Mills on Sunday to get some odds and ends for DIY and then back to theirs for a cuppa.  Today I've been giving the wooden garden bench a coat of wood preserver - pooie! stinks a bit and looks like it might need another coat after Mat has been and mended it next weekend.  So life is slowly getting good again, my low-fodmap diet is doing wonders for my shape and weight without me having to count calories or go hungry .. .. just shows how much water my body was storing from all the foods that didn't agree with me!  I did get told off though - for having a giant safety pin taking around 4" off the back of my white cut off trousers, well I only just got them before I started the diet and need to get some use out of them before the end of summer!

Thursday 11 September 2014

Welcome to the World!

Hello!  Well, after a few weeks of stresses here I've finally managed to sit and colour in a cute image for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge - too cute!  Our sponsor for this challenge is Whiff of Joy, please stop by the CCT blog to read all about the prize and see the rest of the cute creations.

I've had this adorable Wee digi stamp on my pc for a while and finally got to printing off and creating something - this version in pink for a baby girl. I've coloured with my Copics, a bit of a struggle after neglecting them for so long but hopefully you like the way it turned out - here's the card:
 I've used a scallop base turned to make a tent fold, a scrap of digi paper from my stash (I think from Cuddly Buddly way back), a pretty length of lace and the various Marianne Design die cut bits and bobs to embellish.  The little text is from a MD mini stamp set, the baby girl version.  Here's the list of dies:

flowers from COL1323
skeleton leaves from LR0156
hearts from LR0299

The little domes in the centres of the flowers come clear, I just coloured with a Copic pen to match.

I see that the Divas by Design blog challenge is for anything goes so I will enter my card with them, and over at Moving Along With The Times they are looking for textures so with my lace, glitter and embellishments I hope my card fits their challenge too. I'm not sure of any other challenges as it's been a while since I was able to check things out.  Hopefully things are settling down and I can find some me time to craft again.