Thursday, 8 December 2016

Deep in the woods...

Hi Crafters,

I'm sharing another fairy card today, I made quite a few while I had the ink and stamps out.
Lots of perfect pearls shimmer spray and glitter to create the magical atmosphere.

Various Stamps - Lavinia and Sheena Douglas
Distress Inks
Perfect Pearls Shimmer Spray

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Butterfly Challenge - #68 Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and Pixies
Unicorn Challenge - #16 Add Some Glitter

I'm so glad you could join me today, this is such a busy time of year for us all.
Take care,


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - Y for Yikes! and Z for Zoom

Hi Crafters,

It is the last challenge of the year at ABC Christmas and it is also my last challenge with them too.
If you saw my post on Sunday for 613 Avenue Create you will already know that I had to make the difficult decision to step down from several of my Design Team positions. This decision was not taken lightly I can tell you as I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of each and every one of them. However, things change and priorities have to change too but I will still be blogging as often as I can and hope to enter some challenges too so I will still keep in touch with my DT buddies.

Now on to today's inspiration.

As it is also the start of a new format for the challenge, we would like to see a Christmas project using either the letter 'Y' for Yikes! or 'Z' for Zoom! 
A full explanation of the details can be found over on the blog here.

I usually give some handmade presents to family members for Christmas so this year I have created these lovely decorated glass candle holders. There are only two pictured here but I made quite a few so I am following the 'Yikes!' theme as these were rather hurriedly made when I realised time was getting away from me.
I used some lovely satin ribbon and flowers and embellishments from Wild Orchid Crafts, The Ribbon Girl and Anna Marie Designs.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Creative Inspirations - #263 Christmas Creations
Craft-Dee-Bowz - Dec ATG + Bow
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - #171 Anything BUT a Card
Come & Get It - #197 Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - #178 Anything BUT a Card

Our sponsor for the last challenge in 2016 is
and their prize is 3 digital image.

Come along and join in with us, it is a great chance to get the remainder of your Christmas cards and projects finished and be in with a chance of winning a fab prize too.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Passion For Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge #375 - Use Dies and or Punches

Hi Crafters,

It's our Mega Christmas Challenge at Passion For Promarkers and both design teams are joining in with this month long challenge of...

Use Dies and or Punches

I'm still busying away in my craft room creating Christmas cards and so here is my card for today's challenge using this sweet Whipper Snapper Stamp for the first time.
Isn't he so cute?

'Waiting For Santa' Stamp - Whipper Snapper Designs
Medium - Promarkers
Go Kreate Large Frames Frilly #10 Die
Joy Crafts - Winter Wishes Circle Stars
Britannia Die - Christmas Flight
Paper - Dovecraft Twelve Days of Christmas Pad
Silver Mirri Card
Snowman Charm

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Deep Ocean Challenge - #143 Santa is Coming To Town
Holly Jolly Christmas - #86 Two Part Challenge
I Love Promarkers - #323 Snowman
Moving Along with the Times - #34 ATG / Christmas
Crafty Friends - #46 Christmas
Country View Challenge - Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round - ATG  Christmas / Holidays
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Christmas Time
Christmas with the Cuties - #1 Anything Cute and Christmassy
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - ATG Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas - #24 Welcome to the North Pole
Sweet Stampers - #1 Christmas
Addicted To Stamps - #137 Christmas
The Ribbon Girl - Card Challenge
Come & Get It - #197 Christmas
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #217 Traditional Christmas Colour
Dies R Us - #62 Christmas

We have multiple sponsors with fabulous prizes, they include.....

Winsor & Newton Promarker Student setDigiStamp Boutique logobugaboo badge

Dies to Die For logoDi's Digital

2 cute ink logoclearly besotted stamps

 ... for a full list of prizes please visit the challenge blog HERE.
As the challenge lasts for a full month we are asking that you limit your entries to just three please.
I'm looking forward to seeing your makes using your
Dies and or Punches.

I hope you're having a wonderful December and that the weather isn't too cold wherever you are.

See you soon,


Monday, 5 December 2016

Fairy Dust

Hi Crafters,

Just popping in for a quick share with you of one of a series of cards I've been making.
Using some Lavinia, Inkylicious and Sheena Douglas stamps, which work together beautifully, I have been creating a number of fairy themed cards.

Lavinia Stamps - Fairies, Toadstools and Seed Heads
Sheena Douglas Stamps - Grass and flowers
Magazine Freebie - Sentiment
Distress Inks
Perfect Pearls Spray

These are so much fun to make and I have so many different coloured backgrounds in the making too. The combinations of Distress Inks are never ending.
After I stamped the seed heads I dabbed them with water and took off some of the colour to make them paler and more defined against the background.
Also it was a pleasant change from the plethora of Christmas cards I have made of late :o)

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Butterfly Challenge - #68 Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and Pixies
Crafting From The Heart - #139 ATG
Brown Sugar - #227 ATG
Creative Fingers - #121 ATG
Allsorts Challenge - #392 CAS
Noor Designs - #25 Sparkle
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #47 ATG

Thank you for joining me today and see you soon,


Sunday, 4 December 2016

613 Avenue Create Challenge - Holiday Happiness

Hi Crafters,

It is a sad post today as this is my last inspirational project for 613 Avenue Create.
I have been a part of this fabulous design team for almost three years now so this was a very difficult decision to make as I have enjoyed every minute of my time there. Everyone has been so friendly and kind and although I shall miss being part of this fabulous team I shall still be in contact with them in Blogland.
I had spread myself too thin, trying to keep all the plates spinning at once and finding it a struggle so some things had to change.
Over the next couple of weeks you will see my posts where I will be stepping down from three teams.

Now for this months challenge at 613 Avenue Create we are wanting to see your cards and projects depicting
'Holiday Happiness'

Image - Christmas Trio Blocks - Bugaboo Stamps
Medium - Promarkers
Cottage Cutz Stitched Rectangle Dies
Apple Blossom Letter Dies
Britannia Merry Christmas Die
Kanban Ho Ho Ho Paper

I printed the images twice, coloured and cut them out to layer them up from the frame.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Dies R Us - #62 Christmas
Deep Ocean - #143 Santa is Coming to Town
Try It on Tuesday - Layer It Up
Holly Jolly Christmas - #86 Two Part Challenge
I Love Promarkers - #323 Snowman
Fab n Funky - #329 Christmas
Aud Sentiments - #169 ATG + Sentiment
Winter Wonderland - Frame It
Brown Sugar - #227 ATG
Christmas Cards All Year Round - ATG Christmas/Holiday
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Christmas Time
Christmas with the Cuties - #1 Anything Cute and Christmassy
CHNC Every Saturday - #310 ATG Christmas
CHNC Extra - December Challenge

Phew! There's a lot of Christmas challenges about and many more besides these too.
Hope you can join in with us.

For a full list of all the sponsors please head over to the challenge blog here.

Thanks for joining me today.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

As You Like It Challenge #94 Favourite Gold/Silver and WHY

Hi Crafters,

It's the first of December!
Not long to go now until the Big Day so I'm continuing to get my Christmas cards made and this one is for the new challenge at As You Like It.

We'd like to see your favourite choice of Gold or Silver in a project.

I love both but when creating frosty Christmas card scenes I like to use silver, it certainly adds to the Wintry feel of a project or card.
It is notoriously difficult to photograph though and always seems to turn out looking black...I can assure you though in real life it is both shiny and silvery :o)

Decoupage Image - Craft Creations Sheet
Silver Mirri Card
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Memory Box Grand Christmas Sentiment Die
Memory Box Tall Birch Die
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Winter Wonderland - Poinsettia/Snow is Falling
Allsorts - #391 Anything Christmas
Crafting From the Heart - #138 ATG
Holly Jolly Christmas - #86 Two Part Challenge
Fab 'n' Funky - #329 Christmas
Creative Moments - #107 ATG
Crafty Creations - #329 Christmas
Creative Inspirations - #263 Christmas Creations
Moving Along with the Times - #34 ATG/Christmas

Our sponsor is Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
..who are offering a $10 voucher to the winner.

Thank you for joining me today.
I'm sorry that I haven't been to visit you all very much recently but life has taken a rather hectic turn but I will hopefully get a grip on it soon.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge X for Criss-Cross

Hi Crafters,

A fun challenge this week at ABC Christmas Challenge where it is up to you to interpret the meaning of 'X' is for Criss-Cross. 
It could be a cross-over card like I have created here or criss-cross papers such as the check pattern below or even criss crossing strips of papers in a woven pattern, it's up to you.

This is the first time that I have created a cross-over card. I have always admired them on others blogs so this was the perfect challenge to have a go at one.
Mine has a gusset to allow for the insert to slip in and out more easily.

...and here's a pic of the insert.
There's room to write your message on the back of the insert.

Papers - First Edition Christmas Wishes
Wood Grain Paper
Nellie Snellen Christmas Star Pattern Frame Die
Sentiment Stamp - Magazine Freebie
Poinsettias & Lace - Wild Orchid Crafts
Tag - My Minds Eye
Stampin' Up Tab Punch

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Try It On Tuesday - Layer It Up
Holly Jolly Christmas - #85 Ribbons & lace
Creative Inspirations - #262 Frosted Florals
Winter Wonderland - Poinsettias/Snow is Falling
Crafty Catz - #347 ATG + Use Red
Fussy & Fancy - #177 Different Folds and Shaped Cards
Noor Design - #24 Winter
Craft-Dee BowZ - November Challenge
CHNC Extra - November Challenge

Our sponsor this time is
Who are offering a $10 Gift Certificate to the winner.

We'd love to see how you interpret the 'X' is for Criss-Cross theme. Take a peek at the marvelous makes from the rest of the Design Team HERE.