Thursday 24 December 2015

CCT Anything Goes!

With the festivities upon us, the next challenge for Cute Card Thursday is 'anything goes'.  Our sponsor is all Dressed Up - please stop by the CCT blog to read about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have created.

Here's another Wee Stamps image I've managed to print out, this one came out quite big, but as I've just got a pack of 7" square cards I think I can cope with them turning out bigger than I'd normally like.

I've had this Mr Frosty image for a while, since Sylvia Zett had to temporarily suspend the digital side of her designs, thankfully they are available again so I will go shopping in the new year.  I've coloured the image with my Copics then added Stickles to the snow on the ground and pearl pen for the falling flakes.  I also received a beautiful card from Sylvia so have created this card for her .. .. fingers crossed it's arrived safely.

Here's the card:

I've used a piece of old Papermania snowflake paper matted with light grey card, and used sparkle card to add die cut details.  Taking inspiration from the card Sylvia sent me with pretty corner edgings created with vintage embossing powder .. .. I thought I'd try a version with Viva Decor 3d snow and a fine vintage style glitter.  I think it's worked out ok and as I have a lot of glitter in my stash, I'll be using the idea again, I'm sure.

The Addicted to Stamps blog challenge theme is Winter, so I can enter my snowman card with them.

Well, it's Christmas Eve, a quite one for me this year just sharing with Izzy so we will have an early night.  Tomorrow the grandsons arrive to share some Festive Joy, so I wish you all a Merry Christmas too and hope you are having a peaceful and joyful time.

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Wee Holly Berry

At last! I've managed to get some of my digital Wee Stamps images to print out on my newish printer.  It's been trial and error and with a lot of swearing .. .. and I still haven't figured out how to resize the images as I'm missing some of the software I had before.  But, I managed to get my favourite 300gsm card through and print each one on a quarter A4 page.

This is Holly Berry, one of my favourites from a while back.  I've coloured her with my Copics then added clear glaze pen over the berries and pearl pen for falling snowflakes.

Here's the card:

It's a simple design as I'm trying to get the craft stash put away for Christmas.  The papers are old magazine freebies and I've simply added my faux embossed stitching around the edges then inked with a dark red chalk ink.  I had a scrap of red lacy stuff to put behind the image and created a floral embellishment from left over die cut and punched pieces.  Finishing off with a little red bow, some bling and a text in my bit box  from a Buddly Crafts digi set.  The flowers are cut from mulberry paper with Marianne Design COL1323, one of my favourite die sets that I use a lot.

I have a box of Christmas cards I've made throughout the year, but not sent.  Mum usually takes quite a few from me but she's not been able to send many this year .. .. I think I will have to make several simple anytime of year cards for her to send later in 2016 when she is back home. Next time I'm at a craft shop I'll get a packet of cello bags and sort through the Christmas cards that are flat enough to post, this being one, then donate them to charity .. .. someone might like them for next year!

At the Holly Jolly Christmas challenge blog it's anything Christmas, so I can enter my card with them.

Monday 21 December 2015

Christmas Crochet

I've finished the Christmas blanket I've been working on to keep my hands busy the past few weeks.  And, today got the good news that Mum has been moved to the Stroke Rehab Unit at a hospital closer to home, it means the family will be able to visit more often and perhaps some of her friends will too.

As you can see in the picture, Izzy has claimed the blanket as his!  It's really just a giant granny square with the bands of red and green - I only had one ball of each of those colours so couldn't do much. Perhaps next year I will branch out and try something more adventurous, I have found it quite relaxing and felt less guilty for watching old movies in the evenings when I can't settle to crafting.

Thank you all for your support this past year, and I hope you will have a Very Happy Christmas.

Thursday 17 December 2015

CCT Stars

Time for another challenge at Cute Card Thursday, this time we would like to see stars on your creation.  Our sponsor for this challenge is  Whimsy Stamps, check out the CCT blog for details and inspiration from the DT.

My card is a bit of an experiment, and honestly I'm not sure it worked.  I stamped the cute Don and Daisy stamp and coloured with my Copics adding a silver pen to the stars in the picture and for falling snow, then lots of Stardust Stickles on the ground.

Here's the card:

The experimental part is the silver Viva Decor Inca Gold wax I've used to rub around the edges over my embossed faux stitching, I think I went a bit heavy with my finger in places .. .. The patterned paper is from Marianne Design Cosy Christmas pad.

More stars with a couple of Marianne Design stary die cuts in silver card, and clear star gems added.  I've also added a floral corner with poinsettia flowers and fronds cut/punched from sparkly card,  and little leaves cut with pale green card.
These are the MD dies I used:
LR0142 mini poinsettias

The Stampavie and More blog challenge is for Christmas creations, so I can enter with them.  I've not had time to go back and check for other challenges, and my craft stash is now packed away as I'm not sure what is happening over the Holidays.  Mum wasn't so good yesterday, but still in line for a bed at Bodmin Hospital on the Stroke Rehabilitation ward so she can get the therapy to enable her to come home .. .. fingers crossed it happens this week so I can go visit her.  Thank you for stopping by my blog, especially as I'm not around much at the moment and haven't been able to blog hop much to leave comments.  Love and Hugs x

Tuesday 15 December 2015


It's time for the last Marianne Design Divas challenge of 2015, so wishing you all a Merry Christmas.  Our challenge is an easy one, anything goes but to use at least 3 different MD products, and our sponsor this time is Bunny Zoe's crafts as well as Marianne Design.  Stop by the MD Divas blog to read all about it.

As my regular followers will know, I've not been crafting much lately.  Mum is improving slowly after the stroke, but now has been diagnosed with an early duodenal cancer, but only time will tell .. ..

I have managed to add some sparkle and festivity to the mdf NOEL I've had since last year and you may have seen as work in progress a couple of posts back with my altered jars.  Here it is finished with lots of different Marianne Design die cuts to embellish the painted and sparkled mdf.

Marianne Design die cuts I've used
LR0392 snowy icicles
LR0286 pine cones and twigs
LR0255 maple leaves
LR0128 fantasy flower and skeleton leaves
LR0122 poinsettia straight
LR0111 stamens
I also used MD clear diamond gems for the centres of the flowers.

And here's a couple of close ups of the floral die cut embellishments

On this side there's a poinsettia and a fantasy flower, both die cut from vellum then the veins embossed.  I've sparkled the edges of the poinsettia and the stamens on the fantasy flower with Stardust Stickles.  You can also see the skeleton leaves I've cut from a thick green vellum scrap I had so they stand out on their own.

The main embellishment in the middle of the NOEL is more of the same flowers.  The icicles, pine cones and maple leaves I've cut from sparkly card, the twigs from thick blue pearl card in my stash. I had a short length of shimmery organza ribbon in my stash so tied a bow and stuck that in the middle of the embellishment.

It's a very sparkly project and looks fabulous with candle T-lights sat across the bottom, but they were distracting from the picture and the camera wasn't focusing properly with them, so please use your imagination.

The Die Cuttin' Divas blog challenge is anything Christmas goes, so I can enter my NOEL display with them.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm not ignoring anyone, I just need a little time out.

Friday 11 December 2015

CCT adding some sparkle

For this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge we want to see some sparkle!  Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, please stop by the CCT blog to read about the prize and see what the rest of the DT have made.

For my card I used the adorable Don stamp by Marianne Design masked and trees added to the background from the Winter Don and Daisy scenery set.  I've coloured with Copics, added lots of sparkle with Stickles, and glaze pen to his snow goggles.  Here's the card:

Paper, lace, die cuts and bling are all by Marianne Design, please excuse me again for not listing the details.

The challenge at Crafty Catz is for sparkle and shine, so I can enter my card with them.

Mum is still in the hospital having more tests and waiting for a bed at the Bodmin hospital rehab unit .. .. goodness knows how long it will be, but she needs to be there so she can get the physio and speech therapy on a daily basis. I am coping, just about, but stressed out and not crafting much - I do find crochet helps whilst watching old episodes of Greys Anatomy, I am up to series 9 now!

Thank you for stopping by, and I will be back.

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Festive Colours

Apologies for my late post with my DT card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge that went live last Thursday.

Things have been difficult here, my Mum has had a stroke and is in Trelisk Hospital which is in Truro.  I've been unable to visit as driving has messed up my neck and I've been in pain, even as a passenger, plus the tooth extraction on top of it and past memories surfacing - well basically I've been a mess.  The good news is that Mum is on the mend, and pending a few more tests should be moved to Bodmin hospital as soon as a bed becomes available.  It's much closer so I will be able to drive over myself, hopefully.  The plan is to get her mobile and able to do what she was doing before, and perhaps even more .. .. she has got to move those legs more!

So, better late than never, here's my card.  It's one of the Don and Daisy Christmas cards I mentioned making a while back ready for the challenge.  The image is coloured with my Copics to match the Marianne Design Scandinavian papers - here's the card:

Trying my hand at the distressed look again and keeping it simple to post so just a few flowers die cut out of mulberry paper, a die cut snowflake and punched fronds.  Dies and papers are all Marianne Design as are the bling stones in the flower centres.

The Don and Daisy blog challenge is for Christmas creations so I can enter my card with them.

Sorry no further details .. .. I'm just about keeping it together.