Wednesday, 31 December 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Hi Crafters,
Well the last day of the year has arrived way too quickly, I have never known time to go by so fast as it has this year. I must have been very busy :)
I would like to share a  couple of versions of a New Year's card with you today but first I would like to thank all who have visited and commented on my blog this year and for the encouragement you have given me along the way. I really appreciate your friendship and loyalty and wish you all
A Happy and Healthy 2015.

As you can see I have been playing with my Silhouette Cameo again.
Challenges
Cute Card Thursday - #353 ATG
Brown Sugar - #126 Happy New Year
TTCRD - ATG
 
Lorraine
 
 
 


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Five Favourite Creations of 2014

Hi Crafters,
I thought I would join in with Debby's challenge at A Scrapjourney .
Join me on the 30th December
Click the links under each photo to go to the original post.
So in no particular order my favourite 5 ahem,  7 non-Christmas creations of 2014 are...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sorry Debby I couldn't choose just five, they all have a special memory for me this year....and looking at some of the other entrants I'm not the only one having trouble sticking to just 5, lol.
 A challenge I would like to enter:
Deep Ocean Challege - Favourite 2014 Card  (Jules Saturated Canary)
 
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with me today,
 
See you tomorrow for a couple of 'New Year' makes.
 
Lorraine



Sunday, 28 December 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #104 - Anything Goes

Hi Crafters,
I'm here today to share my DT project for 613 Avenue Create .
Using Money Tree from QKR Stampede I have made a pillow box gift/money holder.

Recipe
Money Tree - QKR Stampede
Promarkers
Go Kreate Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Dies
Silhouette Cameo Pillow Box File
Wood grain embossing folder
American Crafts Spotty Ribbon
 
Our sponsors for this challenge are:
 
 
 
 
 
...and as always it's 'Anything Goes'. A nice and easy challenge for you again this time so please join in with us and let's see what you come up with. If you need some more inspiration head on over to the other DT members blogs and take a look at their great projects.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Not Just Cards - #9 ATG
Papertake Weekly - Pick A Fave - (ATG)
I Love Promarkers - #250 ATG
 
Bye for now,
 
Lorraine

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Hi Crafters,
I'm back a little later than I expected today - lots of visitors today and lots of preparations to get done for tomorrow's family dinner - all done now though so I just have enough time to wish you all ...

A Merry Christmas
and a
Happy and Healthy New Year
 
... and share my last Christmas card of the year with you.
 

Snow Pals - Mo Manning
Promarkers
Silhouette Cameo - Snowflake frame, 'Winter' and 'Joy' words
Joy Dies - Snowflakes
Papers - Country Companions - Winter Wishes
MME pad
Glitter embossing powder
Gems
 
It is quite glittery in real life, hope you can see it here -

 
 
...and a close up of the cute Snow Pals...
 

 
Challenges:
Creative Moments - #58 ATG / Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Winter Wonderland - Fussy and Fancy
Brown Sugar - #125 Christmas
One Crazy Stamper - December ATG
Noor Design Challenge - Merry Christmas
Addicted To Stamps - #94 ATG at Christmas
Scribble & Scrap - #34 ATG
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Eureka Stamps - #120 Use some glitter
Crafty Card Makers and More - #129 Christmas
TTCRD - ATG
Papertake Weekly - Pick a Fave Theme (Last Christmas Card of the Year)
Passion For Promarkers - #277 Bingo Board (Die-cut - Free - Glitter)
Deep Ocean Challenge - #93 Christmas is All Around
I Love Promarkers - #250 ATG
Bronte & Bella's Challenge - Your Fave Mo 'Make' of 2014
 
Right, I'm off to bed now before I catch Santa leaving my presents under the tree :)
 
I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow.
 
Lorraine

Vintage Car

Hi Crafters,
Today I am sharing my Vintage Car card with you. It is for a friend's birthday today. Yes Christmas Eve, I wouldn't like to have to wait all year for my birthday and Christmas to come around would you? I have used my Spellbinders' Creative Cogs M-Bossabilities embossing folder for the background and applied gold gilding wax to highlight the embossing. The image is from an old CD-Rom I have and the sentiment comes from the 'Good Greetings' Stampin' Up stamp set that I won in a blog candy from Zoe Tant recently.

Challenges:
Scribble & Scrap - #34 ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Papertake Weekly - Pick A Fave - For The Boys (10th June Challenge)
 
I will be back later to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
See you then,
 
Lorraine

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Make Your Own

Hi Crafters,
I'm here today with my DT creation for the theme over on the Top Tip Tuesday blog using this fabulous image from Bugaboo Stamps .
I have made my own 'Secret Gift Box' using a tutorial HERE .

Here it is open...showing the three interlocking trays...

... and here it is closed.
I have 3d paper pieced the Balloon Girl image on the top after colouring her with my Promarkers.
The lovely, floral papers are from the Lili of the Valley/Nitwit Paper pad - Bonnets and Bowties.
But I couldn't leave it at that so I made a matching greetings card as well...

Recipe
Bugaboo Image - Frame It Balloon Girl
Promarkers
Embossalicious EF - Knit One Pearl One
MFT Blueprints 14 Die - Flower and button
LOTV Stamp Set - Sentiment Tags

 
 
We are sponsored this time by
 
..and they are offering 7 digital images for their prize so come on, get your crafting things out and create a box, bag, ornament, mini album, crochet or knitted item or just an element on your card.  As long as you have made it yourself and explain in your post what you have made you will be in with a chance of winning this fab prize. 
 
Challenges I'd like to enter:
 I Love Promarkers - #250 ATG
Little Miss Muffet - #100 ATG
Creative Fingers - #61 ATG
A Little Bit Crafty - ATG But NOT Christmas
Scribble & Scrap - #34 ATG
Not Just Cards - #9 ATG
 
Thanks for joining me today as I know how busy everyone is at this time and with tomorrow being Christmas Eve there are still a lot of things left to do, so I am grateful for your company and any comments are read and appreciated, thanks.
I will be back tomorrow for one last card share before the festivities begin, so see you then...
 
Lorraine


Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Trinket Box

Hi Crafters,
Are you all ready for the big Day?
I'm almost there, just a little bit of food shopping to do tomorrow and that's it, phew!
There's such a lot of work to do to prepare for a couple of days isn't there?
We will get to see family and friends that live away and it's a great time for catching up though.
Now for today's post I would like to share a little Christmas Trinket Box I made recently.

It started life as an ordinary brown cardboard box and I painted it cream and then added a strip of embossed speciality paper around the circumference of the base. Then added this gorgeous tassel trim at the bottom and around the lip on the lid. I used a small doily inked with Antique Linen distress ink and embossed the edges with gold embossing powder to cover the top of the lid. In the centre of this is another circle of the embossed paper also edged with gold EP. The fun part was adding the flowers, glass beads and ribbon to decorate the top. I had this on my stall on Friday and it sold within the first five minutes, I was so pleased.
Challenges
Not Just Cards - #9 ATG
Creative Fingers - #61 ATG
Bearly Mine challenge - Christmas Decoration - anything BUT a card
 
 
See you soon,
 
Lorraine

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Gift Bags

Hi Crafters,
I have been busy making some more gift bags for my stall tomorrow at the last market before Christmas.

They all have matching tags too.
Challenges:
Crafty Catz #259 Last Minute Christmas
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #59 Snowflakes ( they all have snowflakes on them)
Fussy and Fancy - #129 Snowflakes and ribbon
CHNC Christmas Challenge - #207 Urgently Needed for Christmas
Not Just Cards - #8 ATG
TTCRD - ATG
Deep Ocean Challenge - #93 Christmas is All Around
 
This is a flying visit today I'm afraid, but will try and catch up with you all during the day.
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Lorraine

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Happy Retirement

Hi Crafters,
I was asked to make a retirement card for my husbands' work colleague and although he doesn't have a specific hobby right now I am sure that when he retires he will soon find some interest to fill the days ahead. So I went for a generic theme on his card and here it is...


I got out my 'All Occasions Dies' by Robert Addams and cut out the tools twice - once in silver mirri and once in a blue cardstock and layered them together to look like real tools. I found a picture of a peg board on the internet and printed this out to 'hang' my tools on. The wood paper is from My Minds Eye (forget which pad) and the sentiment was cut on my Silhouette Cameo in blue cardstock and layered on silver mirri cut to form a shadow. The pegs are tiny black gems that I found in my stash.
Challenges:
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #60 Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - #237 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
 
Hope you enjoy your day, whatever you get up too.
 
See you soon,
Lorraine

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fizzy Moon Wedding Card

Hi Crafters,
Although Christmas is on the horizon a lot of couples choose this time of year to get married and so I have been making a few Wedding cards for my stall - here is one of them...


This was created from the Fizzy Moon 'Mr & Mrs' Decoupage and Paper Pad. I used some grey pearlescent cardstock for matting and organza ribbon.
Don't they look a cute couple?
Challenges:
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #87 Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes But NOT Christmas
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - December Challenge
 
Thanks for dropping in today, I will be round later for commenting.
Bye for now,
 
Lorraine


Monday, 15 December 2014

Carrying on with the Christmas Theme

Hi Crafters,
A short and sweet post today - lots to do but I thought I would share these cute little Santa gift boxes I have made to package some small gifts in for family at the Christmas table.


I've been using my Silhouette Cameo again and made eight of these for my Christmas table favours this year, - now to find suitable presents that fit inside. I read on Annette's blog that she had the same problem, maybe I should have done it the other way around, presents, then box -  ah well, they're cute anyway.
On a completely different subject, I've had to change my comments to embedded for the moment because of Blogger's silliness. Everyone has had this issue over the past few days with word verification being automatically switched on with the pop-up box comments and although you can still leave a comment without adding the numbers, a lot of people will not comment because they think they have to fill in the box. Also, although it has disappeared from some blogs that had it previously, it is still present on mine and is a bit irritating so therefore I have changed to embedded commenting for now. Hope this doesn't affect too many people as I do love reading your comments.
So glad you could join me today,
See you again soon,

Lorraine

Sunday, 14 December 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #102 ATG / Gift Bag or Box

Hi Crafter,
Hello again, today it is Team B's turn at 613 Avenue Create to inspire you for the challenge this time of Anything Goes/Gift Bag or Box. A list of sponsors and their links are further down the post but here is my Gift Bag and Card this time.


Here's a closer look...

...and here is the matching 6 x 6 card.
Recipe
Image - Reindeer by Oak Pond
Promarkers
SB Classic Ovals Die
SB Floral Ovals
MFT Die-namics Fancy Flourish Die
Stampin' Up Border Punch
Papers - Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas 8x8 pad
Stampendous Frantage - Shabby White Embossing Enamel
Seam binding
Glitter card and pearls
 
We are sponsored this time by
 

   Oak Pond
 

 
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Not Just Cards - #8 Anything Goes (Gift Bag)
Crafty Card Makers and More - #129 Christmas
Passion For Promarkers - #277 Bingo Board ( Die-cut, Free, Glitter)
I Love Promarkers - #249 Pearls and Swirls
Creative Moments - #57 Anything Goes/Winter
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #259 Last Minute Christmas
Sister Act - #87 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #60 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - #129 Snowflakes and Ribbon
Noor Design - Merry Christmas
 

It's not long now until the Big Day, I hope you are all ready and organised.
See you soon,
 
Lorraine

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge # 26 - Non traditional Colours

Hi Crafters,
This is the last CCC this year and our theme this time is 'Non Traditional Colours' chosen by Margaret .
I have used a Crafts U Print decoupage sheet for my card this time.

 
This was a very quick and easy card, just a bit of fussy cutting and layering and a few silver peel-offs which I am trying to use up. A rather fun little card though.
 
Challenges
Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Buttons
Scribble & Scrap - #33 Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Crafty Card Makers and More - # 129 Christmas
TTCRD - Anything Goes
 
Pop over (tomorrow) and take a look at the other cards that the ladies have made, (list in the CCC tab) there is some fabulous inspiration to be had from them.
Well that's it from me today I will see you all again I hope for my 613 Avenue Create DT post tomorrow.

See you soon,
Lorraine
 
 
Lorraine

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Day to Catch My Breath

Hi Crafters,
I've been such a bad Blogger lately, only popping on here to comment periodically. I know everyone is busy this time of year but for some reason, - maybe lack of organisation, or just trying to cram too much in to the time I have - I have been chasing around like a mad thing and not getting anywhere fast. I have been making lots of cards but some I am unable to share with you for various reasons but today I have two quick little card makes inspired by that fabulous place full of ideas - Pinterest.


I made 40 of these which were sent out to family and friends and some for my stall. They feature the Mosaic punch from Stampin' Up along with the matching stamp set and some other stamps from my collection. I also mixed and matched the colours on some alternating the red and the green baubles etc. just to keep my own sanity whilst batch making, lol.
Challenges:
Brown Sugar - #124 Red, White and Green
Sister Act - #87 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #60 Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Crafty Card Makers and More - #129 Christmas
TTCRD - Anything Goes
 
Thanks for joining me here today and I will see you tomorrow for my early Christmas Card Club post.
 
Lorraine

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Inspiration from Something in your Home

Hi Crafters,
It's time for another challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday. Today we would like you to take inspiration for your project from an item in your home.
I love Fairies and have a little collection of Fairy Doors on my craft room windowsill so I have used one of these as my inspiration for a wall hanging today.
 
 ...and here is the wall hanging which I am going to hang in my craft room also.
 
 Recipe
Embossalicious Vintage D├ęcor embossing folder
Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
Crafty Notions Gilding Wax in Verde Gris, Peacock and Gold
Spellbinders Splendid Circles Die
Gold Embossing Powder
Wood grain embossing folder
Cottage Cutz Leafy Foliage Die
Magnolia Events Flags Die
Beadazzles fine beads
glittered gems
Silhouette Cameo for the words and fairies.
 
 
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #59 Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes
Scribble & Scrap - #33 Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - #236 Embossing (Wet / Dry)

 
We are sponsored by Fred She Said and they are giving away a $20 Voucher for their store.
Photobuckethttp://fred-she-said-store.blogspot.com/

Check out my fellow DT members' creations at Top Tip Tuesday and then come and join in the fun!
 
See you soon,
 
Lorraine

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

LOTV Art Pads

Hi Crafters
Just popping in to share a couple of quick cards that I have been making for my stall. I have two Craft Fairs coming up and I haven't seen daylight trying to make enough stock. Still it hasn't really been daylight these past few days, it's so dismal here at the moment. These cards should cheer you up though -



The idea for these came from Mrs B's Blog where I saw some gorgeous Thank You cards that Lorraine had made using the LOTV Art Pads, you can find her post HERE.
I added a little bit of glitter here and there, some Britannia die-cut words, ribbon and bling.
I'd like to enter in to these challenges:
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #122 Anything Goes
Sister Act - #85 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #58 Anything Goes
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #57 ATG / Keep It Simple
Sketch Saturday - #338 Using Sketch #278
A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes but NOT Christmas
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - December Challenge
 
Thank you for visiting me today, I really appreciate the time taken to visit and comment here by so many of you. I try and visit each in return but please be assured that although I don't always have time to comment I do look at your lovely work.
See you soon,
 
Lorraine