Saturday, 20 December 2014

Saturday Slot

Well I'm definitely thinking this will be my last post until after Christmas, so can I just say a big big thank you to everyone who has visited my blog this last year and another thank you to those of you who were kind enough to leave comments.

My card for today is for CAS Colours and Sketches and is a free choice of any of their previous double challenges as long as it's given a Christmas twist. Great news to announce - just heard I've been accepted onto their DT for 2015, great excitement!!!!

Now this was not as easy as it I thought it was going to be. I was immediately drawn to this sketch and colours, but then realised Christmas colours they weren't.

But I stuck with my instincts and made this card which I actually rather like.

I had a small piece of rich razzleberry card left in my box - love this colour so much it soon got used - and some spotty pieces of card that looked a good match for the other two colours. So a circle and three snowflakes were die cut and adhered.

All three snowflakes were treated to a liberal application of Wink of Stella, which really makes them sparkle and wink at you in real life.

Stamps:Uniko Studio, Simply Said Christmas
Ink: SU, rich razzleberry
Dies: Spellbinders, standard circle small; Die'sire, snowflakes
Punch: Carla Craft, snowflake
Embellishment: Wink of Stella, clear

Two more pages complete in my December Daily album, linking at Let's December Daily as usual. Here's the journal card for the 15th. It's all about wrapping presents - so not what I love doing.

And a glimpse of some of them under my tree.

On 16th I went mad and used two quotes and missed off the embellishment - purely accidental. I scattered a handful of sequins down the left hand side and just stuck them down wherever they landed.

And the photo shows a few of the decorations in the Waterside Centre in Lincoln and that mellowing glass of wine. Could have had something to do with why I forgot to take more photos and spent twice as much as I intended!

More excitement!!! Check this out - The Memory Nest - so I get to be on a scrapbook DT in 2015 too!! Really feeling blessed!!!

All that's left for me now is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I'll hopefully see you back here on 28th December for the next AAA Cards challenge.

Sending you Christmas sparkle too!

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Don't know about you, but I'm getting to that stage when everything is starting to look a bit overwhelming and I'm crossing things off my to do list as a maybe next year if I get organised earlier. Determined to just 'let it go', stay calm and enjoy the season!

So a card to share today which may just be the last for this year before I finally give in and stop blogging for a while.

I made this card with two challenges in mind - Less is More and CASology - both have the same theme of snow and it's also one layer week at Less is More.

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I've not used this snowman stamp for several years and is a very old member of my stamp collection, but he is very jolly and I love his sketchy look.

I updated him a bit by using the very current newly released snow stamps from Uniko Studio on the top half of the card and the big sentiment on the bottom half. All of the larger snowflakes and the snowman have been glittered up with Wink of Stella - looks very frosty in real life.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Big & Bold Snow; Funstamps, Scribble Snowman
Inks: SU, soft sky; Memento, London fog
Flexmarker: pebble blue
Promarker: cool grey 3
Die: Paper Smooches, stitched
Embellishment: Wink of Stella, clear

A couple more of my December Daily pages to share today - to save time I'm only including the journal and photo and missing out the album photo - it's so difficult to catch the window of good light at the moment.

Here's my journal card for the 13th:

And the photo. These little sacks were inspired by the AAA Cards challenge card here.

Then the next day I just had to address the sending cards issue - no pun intended. At the top of my journal card I used a trimmed off stamp and postmark from a card I received - that's what really reminded me I was gettting close to the deadline for posting being a bit of a cheapskate and wanting to use 2nd class postage.

And the photo shows some of this year's cards I've handmade.

As usual I'll be linking up with Let's December Daily.             Let's December Daily Badge

So that's me done for today. I'm hoping to be back on Saturday with one final card and post before my Isle of Man family arrive and my days become even more stuffed with activities - not to mention it's hard to get into my craft room anyway as it becomes the dumping ground for everything we usually spread among the other bedrooms and have to move to make room for them all.

Thanks for visiting at this busy time and I'm sending you all some Christmas sparkle.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday Moments

A couple of scrapbook pages to share today, featuring my new grandson of course. The first page uses the current challenge over at The Memory Nest. 

A perfect sketch for showcasing my favourite hospital photo. I did my usual bit of tweaking with the sizes and proportions of the various elements and came up with this:

Substituting hearts for the circles seemed wholely appropriate for this very tender moment. And the journalling just hints at how exceptionally proud I am of my son for how he's calmly stepped up to the mark and taken such care of both Victoria and Edward.

Paper: Craft Creations, grey tartan; Bazzill Basics, plain cardstock
Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge; Uniko Studio, Always & Forever; Clearly Besotted, Design A Tree
Inks: SU, crushed curry; Memento, London fog
Alphas: lilybeedesign, pinwheel; jillybean soup, neopolitan bean bisque
Punch: Martha Stewart, heart

My next page also uses a sketch from The Memory Nest, but this one is not current so I can no longer link it up. I'd saved this sketch from November as I knew I wanted it for an hello to the world page and we were all expecting him to be born well before the end of November.

And here's my page:

I'm really loving this little cluster on the left.

Paper: Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls, light denim; Karen Neuburger, hip hip hooray mini dots; Craft Creations, grey weave
Alphas: ep, Winter Park; Simple Stories, I {Heart} Summer
Die: Clearly Besotted, hello

Just got time to share my December Daily for the 12th when I went all soft and dreamy about candle light.

Here's the page overview:

And the journal card:

 And the photo:

Thanks for your time today, hope you liked what you saw. Sending you Christmas sparkle.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

AAA Cards Game 30

The last of AAA Card's Christmas challenges begins today and we want you to get creative with plaid.

I love all the images Victoria comes up with, and this is one of my all time favourites. Loving those tartan mugs!

 For my card I did a bit of paper piecing by stamping the Santa image once onto card and once onto tartan paper. Then I cut out the Santa and mounted him onto pads for dimension.

I stamped a greeting onto a square of white card and then matted it onto the same tartan paper.

Finally I added a bit of stickles glitter to his cuffs, coat border, hat border and pompom. This close up shows my paper piece cutting quite clearly - maybe a bit too clearly!

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Jolly Christmas
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Paper: Paper Cellar
Embellishments: Stickles

I'm just finishing off today by sharing my December Daily for the 11th. As always I'm linking it at Let's December Daily.

Here's the album overview. As I was so pleased with how the sequin pocket peeped through several pages - here - I've added a strip of coloured transparency to today's page which will do the same. I may even go back and insert a few more like this if I get time.

Here's a closer look at the journal card:

And the photo:

So pleased you had time to drop by today, thanks for your visit. Hope to see your entry at AAA Cards and I'm sending a little Christmas sparkle your way.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Saturday Slot

 A big thank you to CAS Colours & Sketches for picking this card as one of the winners for Challenge 102

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches it's a Christmas theme again, but this time choosing any of the past sketches. 

So I chose Sketch 42


And that circle was just begging for a diecut snowflake! I started by making a glitter line using double sided tape - thanks to Bev for reminding me about this technique - and then randomly stamped tiny snowflakes over the top part of the card. And a sentiment just below the glitter line.

I messed up one of the tiny snowflakes so moved the die cut snowflake over to the other side to cover it up

Finally I added a trio of pearls to outline the sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Big & Bold Snow
Ink: SU, soft sky
Die: Die'Sire, snowflakes
Embellishments: DecoArt, crystal glamour dust; Hobby House, the blues pearls

Now for my December Daily pages. Once again I'm linking up with Let's December Daily.

This is my first showing of my new grandson, Edward. Happily after a bit of a difficult time for Mum & worry for Dad, all three are now safely home. 

And the journal card:

This is my favourite photo taken in the hospital - my oldest son connecting with his first baby. My daughter-in-law will make her debut when she's able to hold him and feeling a lot lot stronger.

Well thanks for looking today, your visit is much appreciated. Sending you some Christmas sparkle.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Time to share the next three pages of my December Daily album. Follow this link if you're looking for more inspiration.

Let's December Daily Badge

Here's December 7th:

And a closer look at the journal card. I was trying to decorate this tree while cooking lunch and keep my mind off what was going on in the hospital - so not the relaxing experience of my first tree!

But I persevered and finally it was done.

December 8th pages:

We braved the cold biting wind and put up the new outside decorations. It was just too cold to stay out and climb the ladder to do the under the garage lights - another day perhaps.

I've been so looking forward to seeing how they looked and am really pleased.

December 9th pages:

The journal card. This was THE DAY, possibly the longest in my life!

I was thankful for Murray to stroke and walk and feed and occupy my time.

Well that's me all caught up and the big reveal of my new treasure next time I post.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, I do appreciate your time and kind encouraging comments.

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