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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Purple and Gold Rich Colours for Christmas



Hello blogland, followers old and new, I love purple and gold for Christmas cards and my DT makes for the Papermill's newsletter this week all use a fabulous 117gm purple cord paper which is on offer at £5.00 for 20 sheets.  You can find it Here in the Special Offers Section of the shop.  

Here are a few of the ways in which I used this beautiful ribbed paper
 


The first card, made using white linen card, was embossed  with an embossing folder which was free with a magazine.  I cut the bauble from an oblong of white linen card using a Memory Box die, attached some coloured string and a matching ribbon, this was layered onto a piece of the purple ribbed paper and attached to the card.

The second card was made using a card blank which I made from gold mirri card. Using the purple ribbed paper the design was cut using the Silhouette Cameo, folded and attached to the gold card using double sided tape on the fold.

This is a beautiful paper and I didn't want to waste any bits so made a cracker and place setting for the Christmas table.  The cracker was a free download for the Silhouette found using Google.  The cracker was cut out and coloured with distress inks in evergreen bough and  seedless preserves, stamped with Hero Arts flourish stamp and embossed with gold.  The cracker was made up and tied  at each end with gold ribbon, a strip of the purple paper was edged, stamped and embossed in gold and attached to the cracker.  The name tag was printed, coloured with the distress inks and a little of the embossed purple paper added.


This is a fabulous paper, to see more ideas and the DT samples follow the link for the Papermill Newsletter,

Papermill have a great mini giveaway over on their Facebook Page - To enter like their page and leave a comment on the giveaway post (the one with the image to the left!) and you could win one of our small boxes of card - filled with as many colours as you like!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Letter to Santa - Inspiration Monday Post



Good afternoon all, another Inspiration Monday over at the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge.  This month we are in a festive mood with a theme for the challenge of "Christmas".  Pop over to the blog and check out the other DT inspirations and put your Christmas craftings into the challenge.


Our sponsor this month is Just Some Lines who are offering a fabulous $12 Gift Certificate for the winner of the challenge.


Here is my DT card using one of the Just Some Lines image "Writing Santa".



Using white linen card from the Papermill I made a 15cm square card blank, added Docraft Christmas paper, red card embossed with a Tim Holtz Christmas embossing folder, my image coloured with Promarkers, die cut snowflakes (Memory Box) and lastly a digi image greeting.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Glamour and Glitz over at The Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge


Good morning blogland and welcome to Erin who joined my followers yesterday.  

We are half way through the month already, how time is flying Christmas will be upon us before we know where we are.  This month the  Challenge over at Show Us Your Twinchie blog is anything goes but we are asking you to Show Us Your Bling too, so come on get out the glitz and make some glittery twinchies.

For those of you who are wondering what a twinchie is, it is a 2 inch square piece of artwork.  An ideal way to use off cuts of card, die cuts, stamps, anything you want as long as it is a 2 inch square. 

Here are Just a few glamourous, glitzy twinchies to encourage you to have a go.




 Die cuts, acrylic pint, treasure gold, embossing and gems on these three.





Buterflies, glitter, gems, stamping and embossing on these three.

Come on ladies join in the fun and get out your glitz and glamour, there are still two weeks left to enter the November  Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Preparing for Christmas - Santa Please Call Here



Christmas is around the corner and the Children are getting excited, now is the time to make the countdown calendars and door hangers, just so Santa doesn't forget to call!

each year I make a calender, Advent or Count Down, for the Grandchildren and also a door hanger for their bedroom doors, just so Santa knows where they are.


The door hanger was cut from pale blue card from Papermill Direct using a template from Serif Craft Artist, I added a digital backing paper from Pink Petticoat to the hanger before printing it out.  Once cut out the edges were coloured with a little distress ink then the embellishments were added.  The stamps used were from last years Molly Bloom Christmas Magazine, they were stamped, coloured with Promarkers, fussy cut and some glossy accents added to the sweets.  Snowflakes were cut using a Sizzix die and the printed name and words were cut out with Spellbinders dies and the edges coloured with distress ink.  A bow was made with gingham ribbon, some hessian string and a button, two sleigh bells were attached to the button.  A few sequins were added for a little bit of sparkle.

I have also made a start on my Christmas cards, I managed to purchase this bauble Memory Box die for half price so had to use it in my cards, here is what I made.


Cream hammer cardstock and kraft cardstock from The Papermill Direct were used, the embossing was done with a free folder from a magazine and the baubles were finished with some red ribbon from my ribbon box.

Lots more Christmas cards on the drawing board, I will be posting more shortly.

Thank you all for your great comments on my posts, I have been very busy lately with family visiting, so will try and catch up with my commenting on your lovely blogs over the weekend and next week xx

Wow - Check out the Offers over at Papermill Direct


Not one, not two but three offers over at Papermill Direct.  First a light grey pearlised 300gm A4 card at £7.50 for a box of 70-75 sheets.  Secondly A3 white felt embossed card £8.00 for a box of 70-75 sheets, and lastly the same white felt embossed card A4 Mega Box 550-600 sheets for £29.00.

These are a few things made with the grey pearlised card on offer,  an exploding gift box and a card made using the bits of card which were left after cutting out the box.  This 300gm card is wonderful to use on your Christmas projects, ideal for stamping onto and cuts really well on the Silhouette.


 

The exploding box, bubbly snowflakes and the main folded snowflake decoration were cut using the Silhouette Cameo as was the ornament and word SNOW for the Christmas card.  The snowflakes were cut using a Memory Box die.  A free music stamp was stamped on the outside and embossed with white powder.   I used the grey pearlised card and some white pearlised card for the box and decorations.  Blue crystals were added to the snowflakes to finish.




A DL card blank was made from white linen card and the sentiment printed at the top left hand side of the card, the sentiment is a digital download from Pink Petticoat.   Using a stamp from a set which came free with a magazine last year I stamped the reindeer in brown Archival ink and clear embossed it.  The snow was stamped with fields of sky, a stamp by A Stamp In The Hand Company, using Versamark and embossed with white powder.  Broken china distress ink was applied around the reindeer.   The letters were cut using the Silhouette, coloured slightly with distress ink and the letter W stamped over with the snow. 

Check out the Papermill blog and their facebook page to see the fabulous Christmas creations by the other DT members.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Going Quckers




Good morning all you lovely ladies out in blogland, the weather here today is bright and sunny but cold.   I have made an early start on my altered dictionary page for the Craft Barn alpha challenge this fortnight, the letter is "Q" and my word is quack.


I had the Crafty Individuals Alice Palace Favourite Ducks  stamp out on my desk and this prompted me to pick the word quack, the stethoscope was downloaded from the web to depict the second half of the definition "an untrained person who pretends to have medical knowledge, a charlatan".

The ducks were stamped directly onto the page and the word quack printed a few times, fussy cut and stuck to the page, the stethoscope was also fussy cut and stuck to the page with the words Quack Medicine printed on the bottle.  My letter Q was stamped with the ducks then coloured with squeezed lemonade distress ink and edged with a little black soot.  The whole page was coloured with a mix of squeezed lemonade and dried marigold distress ink.

A nice quick page, no last minute dash this fortnight.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Just in time for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge Letter N


Good morning all, a quick post today before my family arrive for the weekend.

I am behind with my Craft Barn alpha challenge again, missed the deadline for L (with a window) but am on time for letter N (just).  My chosen word is nib.  A bit rushed and for some reason my brain would not get into gear for this one, here is my effort.  The stamps used were from Stampers Anonymous, Sheena Douglas and Indigo Blu, was going to add the two ducks from Alice Palace for the nib being a beak but  could't think where to put them.  Maybe I will get some inspiration next week when I get my crafty goodies out again.







I had more luck with  letter L (with a window), the word I chose was  lattice with my window placed round the definition.  The lattice was cut using the Silhouette Cameo, lemon and lime colouring for the background, and some lavinder flowers.  I placed a piece of stamped vellum in the bottom half of the window for a net curtain and finished with the letter L with a doodled lattice.   














Not many letters to go now, I may have missed a few deadlines for posting due to holidays but I am pleased I have managed to complete all the letters given so far.  Off now to do the dreaded housework and ironing before the hoards descend lol.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Waiting for Santa



Hello blogland, friends, followers and family.  We are into November and once we have Bonfire Night out of the way Christmas will be racing towards us.  The theme for the Crafty Bloggers Challenge this month is of course "Christmas".  So come on lets see all your seasonal makes and get in the festive spirit.  The design team have been working hard so pop over to the blog and see their amazing seasonal projects.

Our sponsor this month is Just Some Lines who are offering a fabulous $12 Gift Certificate for the winner of the challenge.




Here is my DT card using the Just Some Lines image Penguine 3, such a cute imageI thought he was looking out for Santa on a snowy Christmas night.



I cut a card blank from white linen card from the Papermill Direct and printed the greeting using a sentiment from Pink Petticoat.  The digi image was printed onto white linen card, coloured with Promarkers, cut out with a Spellbinders die and the edges coloured with distress inks.  The image was attached to the card and stamped round with Fields of Sky (A Stamp In The Hand Company) and embossed with white embossing powder.  The area around the die cut was coloured randomly with distress inks to show up the snow. 

I am certainly getting in the mood for Christmas, hope you are too and you let us see your Christmassy entries to the challenge.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Anything Goes but Show Us Your Bling time Over At The Twinchie Challenge



This month's challenge over at the Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge is Anything Goes but they would like to see some bling and glitz.  Here are a few twinchies using some of those glitzy freebies from magazines and lots of Glamour Dust.



I  seem to have a vast amount of stick on crystals and sequins which have been gathered over the years, usually freebies from magazines.  The above twinchies have at least used up a few.



These CAS twinchies use glamour Dust, a plain and simple stamped image highlighted with the glitzy glitter.


And finally putting on the glitz,  a few feathers, glitter card and sparkly miri card.

Pop over and try your hand at twinchies, anything goes and they are ideal for using up all those sparkly bits and bobs you have left from your Christmas crafting.  All my twinchies have been made using scraps of card (from the Papermill of course) left over from crafting, I hate to waste anything.