This is definitely my last Christmas card of the year - not that I've actually made all that many this year - I only gave cards to close family members. But the theme on the PTW challenge was for the last one, and so here it is! I used this weeks sketch fromSweetstop Sketchesand the paper is a free pack that came with the Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. The image is another one of the LOTV die cut squares and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards. I have tried using a different camera today, to see if I can make it look any better! I think it is a bit sharper and the colours look better, but now I need to work out how to get rid of the date on the bottom corner!
A quick scheduled post today as by the time you are reading this (hopefully - if my technology works!) I should be away to Mum's. This card was made very quickly using one of the LOTV die cut squares, paper from Bo Bunny Sweet Tooth Collection, my first Magnolia Doo Hickey die (must say it cuts really well using my big old red Sizzix machine) and a Marianne die for the rose (- it also works in this machine). The sentiment was computer generated and mounted on a Nestibilities die cut circle. For some reason or other, I can't seem to get a clear photo when I use this larger (8 x 8) size of card - it must be too big for the close up setting and too small for the far away setting!! Will have to get back to my old digital camera I think - this one is a mini camcorder, so probably isn't really designed for snaps - its just handy as it links up so easily to my laptop!
Just a quick post as I'm rushing off to Kilkeel for a few days. Here are some little gifts I made - I tried to use Edna's birdhouse idea for little gift boxes here - but I didn't have the bird punch, so mine aren't as nice as hers!! The papers are BoBunny Snowflake and the card and ribbon is from SU. The snowflakes are x-cut punches. Think I will enter them for the Allsorts Challenge which is the theme of 'Blue and Brown' - probably could enter half my cards for this one - blue and brown are one of my favourite colour schemes - if you haven't already noticed!!
Another Christmas card today - this one will be entered into the Stampavie challenge - 'Red' and alsoPapertake Weekly - I'm dreaming of a (red and teal) Christmas. The image is another LOTV die cut square and the paper is from the BoBunny 'Snowfall' paper pad. The flowers are die cut using Marianne dies and the ribbon and red card are from SU - 'cherry cobbler.' The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards - as is the large shaped card, and the oval punch is from SU. The glittery snowflake is from a pack of 10 decorations from ASDA.
I thought I would make a birthday card using this new pack of BoBunny paper and a little free stamp set that came with the Quick Cards magazine a while back. I found a sketch that would suit really well, but when I had it nearly finished, I realized the sketch was from thePenny Black Saturday challenge, not Sketch Saturday as I had thought! - so I can't enter it for the challenge as it doesn't have a Penny Black stamp on it. I think I might enter it in thePFP challenge as it was coloured using Promarkers - I love the way they all co-ordinate so exactly with the colours in the papers. This pad has a really lovely mix of colours - turquoise, brown, beige and pink - its called The Sweet Tooth Collection.
Well I finished off my term at school today - its great to have a couple of weeks off, although I intend to go down for a few days to my Mums again soon - the week before Christmas is always very busy - my brother has 75 turkeys to prepare! I think I'll cater for all the helpers, rather than pluck the turkeys! Needless to say our Christmas dinner will be roast beef - you couldn't face turkey after all that!
I had my last craft class for this year on Thursday night, and as we usually have supper, I tried out something new in my most recent Lakeland purchase - the mini sandwitch tins (you can find them here). Up until now I have just made little sponges, but tried out these individual Strawberry Delights (a bit like cheesecake without the cheese and even more calories!!) and was really pleased with how well they turned out - almost too nice to eat!
I have just booked my flights to the March Hobbycrafts fair in the NEC - BMI Baby have a special offer on for this weekend - the flights have been reduced to £14.99 - so if anyone else out there needs to book flights to get there - now's a good time to do it. I haven't been to the spring one before, and as I like to knit and stitch as well as make cards, I'm really looking forward to seeing all that part as well.
Another quick and easy card using my LOTV die cut squares. The paper is from a First Edition pad called 'Bird Song.' The ribbon and pink card are both from SU - 'Melon Mambo.' I am entering it into the Papertake Weekly challenge - 'Anything goes' with the added option of something dangly. The little heart is from a pack I got at the NEC last year - I just added a couple of chain links to it and attached it to the back of the bow. I can also enter theCCT challenge this week as it is 'Anything goes,' as well. I have added lots of Stickles to the flowers, dress and heart, so it is really sparkly - but it doesn't show up well in the photo.
I've been a bit busy of late and haven't had much time to make cards. I had this LOTV image coloured since last week and so I have used the Friday Sketch Challenge to make todays card. I didn't make a note of the Promarkers used for colouring, but I think the teal colours were marine, turquoise and duck egg, marsh green for the grass and tan, cinnamon and burnt sienna for the hair. For the plane I think I used caramel, sandstone and satin. The paper is from the BoBunny Snowflake pad and the brown and teal cardstock is from SU. I can enter the PFP challenge as well as it is 'Celebrations' - so a birthday card will be OK for that.
Just a quick birthday card as we need to stock up on basic cards for our stand in school. The quickest way to make cards these days seems to be by using the LOTV die cut squares. This one is from the "Fluffy Bunnies" sheet and I matched it up with some First Edition paper - from the "Dreamcatcher" 6 x 6 pad. The postmark type stamp is one of the new LOTV clear sets - it has 33 different sentiments, so covers virtually every occasion! The ribbon is from SU and I've had the buttons, unopened, in a wee packet for so long that I don't remember where they came from - this paper just co-ordinates with them perfectly, so maybe I'll get to use some more of them! The tiny flower in the centre of the "Happy Birthday" was a puch that came free with one of the magazines ages ago. I used this weeks sketch at Sweetstop Sketches and I can also enter this weeks LOTV challenge as its 'Anything but a Christmas card!'
The Penny Black Saturday challenge this week, is 'red, christmas and embossing,' - so this is my entry. The stamp is actually from a clear birthday set, but my Christmas stamps were all too big to fit this sketch. The sketch is from Sketch and Stash - my new stash is the red patterned paper - it came from a free pad that came with the last Quick Cards magazine, and also the Happy Christmas sentiment - I bought it from the Craftwork Cards stand at the NEC. The stamp is really old and the embossing folder is a couple of years old as well. The corner die is a Marianne one and the felt snowflake strand is from the Christmas wrapping section in Marks and Spencer! I have added stickles to the embossed snowflakes and corner, but it doesn't really show up in the photo.
I'm a part time teacher, married for over 23 years and Mum to Hannah and Nathan. I dabble in most crafts and have been making cards for about 15 years now. I'm a big fan of Stampin Up, Lili of the Valley and Magnolia products. I also make wedding stationery and sell my cards in a local craft shop to help school funds.