Thursday, 26 December 2013

Hobby House Box

Good afternoon to you all and I hope you had a wonderful christmas day. Ours was quiet but really lovely with Dad, Son and Daughter all round to join us for the day and of course we all ate far too much!!

I was also able to show Dad my last post with his snowman and it really made his day when he read the lovely messages you'd left, so a very big thank you from him to those of you who'd left a comment.

Now on to my post for today which is a box I've made especially for the Hobby House 'special christmas event' challenge. It has a hinged lid and I used my QuicKutz nesting frame dies to cut the lid and base. The papers, flowers and pretty Sylvia Zet topper are from the Hobby House, and from my stash I added lace, a string of pearls and some Memory Box die cut foliage.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
The Hobby House challenge 'Must use a Hobby House topper'
The Crafty Bloggers Network challenge 'Girly'
Charisma Cardz challenge 'Anything goes'
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Anything goes'
Divas By Design challenge 'Anything goes'

Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays

Monday, 23 December 2013

Just had to show you this

Hello everyone and thank you for popping by at this very busy time. 

First of all I'd like to wish you all a very

Merry Christmas

and I would love to show you this snowman that my 93 year old Dad made.

Dad is one of these people who cannot bear to be idle so has to have things to do and one of his latest hobbies is making knitted toys. He's made about 13 snowmen as well as santas and angels to give as little christmas gifts this year. 

Little does he know but I've put a Decopatch kit in his stocking so maybe another new hobby for him.

I'd like to enter this in a couple of challenges on his behalf ~

I'd really love it if you could take the time to leave a comment so that I can read them all to him as I know it would make his day.

Sunday, 22 December 2013


Just a quick post from me tonight with something I made back at the start of September when the weather was still quite nice and warm and the trees were full of leaves. Then the leaves turned from green to all the beautiful shades of reds, orange and browns before they finally fell off to be swept up and placed on the compost heap. Now we're snuggling up in front of the fire and christmas is only a few days away - time certainly has flown by.

This is my favourite Mo Manning make of 2013 as it was something I made just for fun and the scarecrow looks so jolly. You can find my original post here

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Mo's Digital challenge 'Favourite Mo card in 2013'
Craft-Room challenge 'Time for favourites'

Off now to wrap the pressies and have a glass of mulled wine. Thanks for popping by this evening.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Santas' Sack of Surprises

Well we are definitely counting down to the big day now and even hubby is getting in the festive mood singing along to Jingle Bells.

I know I said I had called a halt on christmas cards but I had this gorgous Giordano decoupage image already made up and it was just so right for OH's nieces who are dog and cat mad. I kept to a CAS design and just layered up onto a background which I embossed using a Die'sire Embossalicious holly folder and the sentiment is a LOTV christmas grungy message stamp.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Totally Gorjuss challenge ''Special christmas'
Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Last minute christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 'Whatever is urgent to make'
Dream Valley challenge 'Christmas'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Last christmas... card of the year' (my 2nd entry)
My Craft Creations challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)

Thanks for taking the time to pop by and for all the lovely comments you leave - they are really appreciated.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Wall Hanger

Only a week to go and it will be THAT day again and I hope you're more organised than me. I've been feeling poorly the last few days and spent most of my time curled up in a blanket on the settee so not a lot has got done. This year the mince pies will be from M & S (much to hubbys relief) and probably the yule log too, so just the shortbread for me to make.

I am trying to make at least one snippet creation each week and this is a wall hanging made using leftover bits of card. I cut a circle of white card and then made it into a wreath using Marianne Craftable CR1216 garland die. I roughly cut some card for the snowy ground and used Marianne Creatable LR0136 for the trees. The image is a LOTV topper which I cut out (discontinued - but now available in the art pads) and I attached them all with sticky pads to give some depth. I used blue chalk for the sky and added Stickles to make the snow glisten. Finally I finished off with holly and ponsettia made with Tattered Lace and Memory Box dies and a bit of ribbon.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Lili of the Valley challenge 'Anything but a card'
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 103 snippets'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Last christmas'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'Anything goes'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Anything goes'
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Anything but a card'
Ladybug Crafts challenge 'Christmas / winter'
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge 'Let itt snow'
My Craft Creations challenge 'Anything goes'
Crafty Calender challenge 'Cold and frosty'

That's it from me today so thanks for dropping by and I shall be round to catch up with you all later.

Friday, 13 December 2013

How Old ??!!

Hello and thanks for popping by. Since christmas is nearly upon us I thought it was time to start a bit of present shopping so yesterday I bought a couple of selection boxes and a tin of biscuits - well it's a start, and I did put up the tree and decorations as well !!

My Dad had his 93rd birthday this week and this is the card I made him. I used a Die'sire Embossalicious folder 'Petite Dots' to emboss a piece of blue card and wrapped some bakers' twine around it before attaching to a card blank. The numbers were cut by hand from some paper scraps and I made the sentiment on the computer.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Crafters Companion challenge 'Ribbon, thread or twine' (I used an Embossalicious folderr)
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 102 snippets'
Crafty Catz challenge 'Anything goes'

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

You're Not Having This Chimney

Good Morning to you all, hope you're keeping well and sane.

I woke up this morning and decided enough is enough and I'm not making any more christmas cards so this is one I finished yesterday. I made it very CAS just with this fun decoupage image from Ooh La La Creations straight onto a hammered card base.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Anything goes with Santa'
Country View challenge 'Bah humbug' (my 2nd entry)
Lexi's Creations challenge 'Snow' (my 2nd entry)
Craftyhands challenge 'Seasons greetings / winter' (my 3rd entry)

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas By Candlelight

Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to pop by at this busy time of the year.

This is a very CAS christmas card that happened totally by chance when I was just moving stuff around on the table. I used a pearlescent card base with the Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die cut from red metallic card and the topper is LOTV which I attached with sticky pads. I love it when a card comes together like this without even having to think about it.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Eternal Flame'
Songbird challenge 'Merry christmas everybody'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Keep it cleand and simple'
My Craft Creations challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Craftyhands challenge 'Seasons greetings / winter' (my 2nd entry)
A Creative Romance challenge 'Sparkle at christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Lothian Crafts Online challenge 'Christmas using your dies' (my 2nd entry)
CAS on Sunday challenge 'Christmas'

Monday, 9 December 2013

Cold and Frosty Christmas

Good evening to you all and thanks for popping by.

Thankfully I've nearly finished my christmas cards - all of the important ones at any rate - and this is the one I've made for my daughter. I've used this sweet Nellie Snellen stamp called 'Giving Away' which I coloured with Promarkers and added touches of Stickles to the snow. The papers are a LOTV pad called 'Frosty Christmas and the dies are Marianne Creatables LR0161 lace edge and Memory Box Lindeman Snowflake. The ribbon and gem are from my stash and I made the sentiment on the computer.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Sketch N Stash challenge 'Sketch'
Vintage Stamping challenge 'Cold and frosty colours'
A Creative Romance challenge 'Sparkle at christmas'
Craftyhands challenge 'Seasons greetings / Winter'
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge 'For someone special'
Lexi's Creations challenge 'Snow'
Creative Inspirations challenge 'Contemporary christmas colours'
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'Ho ho go christmas' (my 3rd entry)
Stamping Sensations challenge 'Free and easy' (my 2nd entry)
Stamp and Create challenge 'Anything goes'

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Star

Another weekend upon us and I keep forgetting what day it is. I blame my daughter for that as she is arriving from Australia this weekend and she kept saying she would be here on Sunday but of course she'd forgotten that she gains time and she actually arrives tomorrow !! It will be her first christmas in England since 2008

Anyway my post today is to show you another 'snippet' make - this star was made using only a 6 inch by 3 inch piece of paper and some glue. This is the first time I've made one of these stars and it was very easy once I'd worked out which way to line up the strips and where to glue them. I shall make a few more from other paper scraps and hang them together on a string.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 101 snippets' (my 2nd entry)
Dream Valley challenge 'Anything but a card (my 2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes' (my 5th and final entry)
Divas By Design challenge 'Feeling festive' (my 2nd entry)
Through The Purple Haze challenge 'Christmas makes'

Just to remind you we are having a DT call until 3 January over at Paper Crafting Journey so if you'd like to be a part of our team then check out the details here.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Well here we are with another challenge over at the Paper Crafting Journey and also we are having a DT call.

The DT call will end the 3rd January so if you fancy the chance to join us you can check out the details on the PCJ blog here.

Instead of lasting 2 weeks, this challenge will continue over christmas and new year until 15th January and for this challenge only you can enter as many times as you like as long as you follow the other rules and theme. So what is the theme you ask - well 'Its Christmas Time' and the sponsor is The Paper Shelter who are giving the lucky winner a $20 gift certificate to their store.

I've used one of their fabulous images called 'Christmas Carols' which I love because it reminds me of the old christmas traditions and I've used Promarkers to colour. I've kept the design CAS using a pearlescent card base and cutting out the image and also some 'music' paper with QuicKutz nesting frame dies. I added a bit of ribbon, a couple of pearls and a sentiment to finish.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Allsorts challenge 'Inspired by christmas song or carol' (my 2nd entry - 'Here we go a-wassailing')
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'Christmas' (my 2nd entry)
Sketchy Colors challenge 'Red and green' (my 2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes' (my 4th entry)
CRAFT challenge 'Christmas'
As You Like It challenge 'Favourite digi'
Oldie But A Goodie challenge 'Ribbon and/or lace' (QuicKutz nesting dies - such a fabulous shape)
Without Words challenge 'Nearest and dearest'

Thanks for popping by today and remember if you're interested in joining the PCJ design team then pop over to the challenge blog and join in.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Snippets and boxes

Back again to show you some little boxes I made. I think we must all get so many 6x6 paper pads free with magazines and we definitely get lots of small scraps of card, leftover ribbons, gems etc so I decided that instead of hoarding, or worse throwing them away I should start making things to be sold for charity and these are some little gift boxes that went to raise money for Macmillan nurses. Not much I know, but the person who had the stall was grateful and I used up some of my bits.

I must say thank you to Di at Pixie's Crafty Workshop for giving me the incentive as she has a weekly challenge in which you must use up your 'snippets' in order to take part. So if you've got lots of snippets hanging around then why not pop over to her blog and join in.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'Week 101 - use snippets'
Dream Valley challenge 'Anything but a card'
Craft My Life All Craft challenge 'Anything goes but NO cards'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes' (my 3rd entry)

Thanks for popping by and I hope you can come back tomorrow when I shall have my DT card for the new challenge at Paper Crafting Journey.

The First Noel....

..... the little meeces did say

Isn't this the cutest of images? It's a decoupage sheet from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse 'Deck the Halls' collection and I love the way it layers up as the mice really do look like they're balancing on a string of lights.

As usual I've kept this totally CAS as it's all about those fabulous little creatures.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
House Mouse and Friends challenge 'Anything christmas'
Winter Wonderland challenge 'A christmas mouse'
Allsorts challenge 'Inspired by a carol or christmas song' (The first noel)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge 'Light it up'
Divas By Design challenge 'Feeling festive'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes' (my 2nd entry)
Bearly Mine challenge 'Christmas sentiment' (my 2nd entry)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Almost Santa Time

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week and getting yourselves prepared for Santa's visit. I'm not at all organised - but then I haven't been organised for the past umpteen christmasses and the world hasn't come to an end so I don't worry about it nowadays.

In my last post I told you I had been very lucky to win 2 prizes, one of which was on the ABC challenge blog. My prize was a LOTV voucher and as they sent me the code yesterday (how quick was that) I was able to go shopping and of course I had to add a few extra bits so that I could take advantage of their 24 hour sale - so I'd like to say a big thank you to all at the ABC challenge and also the lovely people at LOTV for the prize.

So on to my card which I made for my Dad to give his sister. I used one of the fabulous decoupage sheets from Joanna Sheen's Giordano Christmas collection and the papers were from my pile of loose sheets so not sure who from. The sentiment was made on the computer and cut out with Marianne Creatable LR0180 die. I used Tattered Lace Christmas Florals to make the Poinsettias and the foliage is from the Memory Box Fabulous Phlox. I finished by adding a few pearls from my stash.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Joanna Sheen challenge 'Make it sparkle christmas challenge'
Country View challenge 'Bah humbug'
Crafting Musketeers challenge 'Layer it up'
The ABC challenge 'A for Almost christmas'
My Craft Creations challenge 'Anything goes'
Bearly Mine challenge 'Christmas sentiment'
Crafty Catz challenge 'Santa Claus is coming to town'
Crafty Little Fairies challenge 'Classic christmas - red, green & gold'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Anything goes'
Sketchy Colors challenge 'Red and green'

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Hedgehogs

Good evening to you all and thanks for popping by.

I can't believe it's December 1st already and I still haven't finished making all my christmas cards. Still I had a great start to the day when I found I had not only one but two challenge wins and a top 3 pick. After all my whooping for joy hubby realised I was in a very good mood so suggested I might like to do a bit of housework for a change - I couldn't really refuse him now could I, so hence the lateness of my post.

This is a Penny Black stamp called 'Here Comes Christmas' which I stamped twice to decoupage the little hedgies. I used Promarkers to colour and some liquid pearls for the snow on the plantpot. The papers are LOTV 'Frosty Christmas' and the snowflake die is Memory Box 'Crystal Snowflake'. I made the sentiment on the computer and added a couple of gems from my stash.

I shall enter this in the following challenges
Penny Black Saturday challenge 'Sparklers'
Papertake Weekly challenge 'Sketchie time' (I used sketch no 43 - rotated)
The Ribbon Girl challenge 'Ho ho ho christmas'
Totally Gorjuss challenge 'Snows the way to go'
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge 'Blue + white colour combo'
Stampin' For The Weekend challenge 'Feeling festive'
A Little Bit Crafty challenge 'Christmas Cheer'
Natalie and Amy's challenge 'Cute & cuddly christmas' (ok, maybe a bit prickly but they are cute !)
Stamping Sensations challenge 'Free and easy'
My Mum's Craft Shop challenge 'Winter / christmas'
Lothian Crafts challenge 'Christmas - using your dies'
I Love Promarkers challenge 'Anything goes'
Passion For Promarkers challenge 'In the family'
Cards and Scrap challenge 'Winter' (my 3rd entry)
Sparkles Monthly challenge 'Animals' (my 2nd entry)