Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Snowflake Tag

I needed to make a tag for the Everybody Art Challenge, I rarely make tags unless forced so I decided to make one to match the Christmas paper I've brought.

My wrapping is silver foil with white snowflakes so that was my inspiration and it doesn't look much but I did make ten of them.

I found the largest die of a snowflake I owe which is the Simon Says Stamp Funky Snowflake which is three inches wide. I then used a stitched circle die which in my case was Simon says Stamp and cut two for each Snowflake and sandwiched the Snowflake in between.

I then gathered all my snowflake dies together, yes it quite obvious I really don't need anymore! Out of them all I found one that fitted into my circle, another Simon Says Stamp Snowflake called Maryanne. A sticky back gem and a bit of silver thread to finish. Although making a hole into one the snowflake branch was a bit tricky so I made a slit with a sharp craft knife, my ten snowflakes turned into nine.

Here'e the reverse to show there is plenty of room to write on.

Finally my two very busy weekends have ended with a visit to BIL with my two adult children in tow. Feeling a bit fatigue and fragile but still have some Christmas card to make and few other things to sort out.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Skating Hedgies

Scary but this is the last challenge on Penny Black Saturday Challenge, well this year anyway.  Our last challenge of the year is Winter/Christmas.

I've used my skating Hedgies, they fairly new so haven't been used enough but do feel if you made a school report about my cards it would say Could do Better. Luckily my Hedgies are cute and so is the Doodblebug paper.

I added a fence before layering my Hedgies, does make it tricky to match with my base image since most of it is hidden but got there in the end.

Snowflakes are Simon Says Stamps Stitched Snowflakes and the sentiment is a very old one its a clear one whose packaging as long since disappeared. The punches are Stampin Up ones still going strong.

Can you believe I haven't made a card at all this week, crashed and burned after my busy long weekend which was expected hope to get in there next week at some point once I get over this weekend another busy one.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

For Jake

There's a new Anything Goes Challenge on DP2 Challenge rather than go for a Christmas image I needed a card for my Great Nephew and Mo has some great boy images. This time I used Simon since my nephew is growing up so fast.

But boys/men cards are notoriously awkward to make, add not having much time meant once again down the CAS path. So I had some scraps that I made into fishtail banners ( my stitched fishtail banners from Simon Says Stamp hadn't arrive at this point) and added some faux stitching.

The sentiment is an old Stampin Up one and since I had added the faux stitching to the banners I continued round the card.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clean and Simple


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Christmas To Die For Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

This week we are showcasing Concord & 9th Products.  You don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

When choosing products for our DT card I always try to get something that I know I would use again. This Mistletoe die from Concord and 9th I knew would be a good addition to my craft room.

 Initially my first thought was to colour the die cut which would be very unusual for me to do. Time was against me and I went for the striking red and white that also looked elegant too.

I actually cut twice and cut some 3D Foam to fit the slim and wasn't that brilliant matching up but it did look more natural. My mistletoe berries I used Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls since there was quite a few berries.

Although there is bow on the main die you get a separate bow which you could cut out in a different colour but since only red would suit my card and it would disappeared into the red backing card I made it in white.

All that was left was a fabulous sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Toys and it had to be stamped in Versamark and WOW White embossing powder. I did use a dust buddy first before stamping it helps the white powder not sticking where it shouldn't.

So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting 

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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

I in the middle of two busy weekends, last weekend started on Friday to the Historic Docks Victorian Christmas Fair, Saturday I had a crop, Sunday I took it easy and on Monday I went to the Making of Harry Potter in the Snow. I'm having a week of card making and taking it easy ready for the another busy weekend and then life turns to normal till Christmas I hope.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


The new challenge on Everybody Art Challenge is for packaging wasn't quite sure what that meant but I hunted down for my Sizzix Matchbox die and made three boxes.

Found some gold ribbon to hold them together. Rather than a gold bow I found my Creative Expression Ivy die to cut out Ivy so it could drape over the sides. In a different green I used a Holly die, I think possibly my holly could be Paper Smooches, its not Memory Box because the ones I have, have faux stitching.
To finish I some red berries pearls.

I was really pleased how it turned but its tiny and rather than put a present in the boxes it would be ideal to hang on the tree.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


My daughter wanted to send her friend an RSVP for her wedding even though the bride already had a yes on her answer list. DD wanted bunnies on the card they were even on the wedding invitation.

To start with I tried to think of a rabbit stamp without Easter eggs, when I realised I had the long stamp with five bunnies in flower pot and two of the bunnies were looking at each other and the idea for my card came to me.

Yes that is a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and the grass is MFT with some brought flowers from Hobbycraft but did speed things up a bit. I cut the bunnies and once I had cut the letters from a Memory Box Alphabet die I worked out where they would be placed. Really pleased how it turned out.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

He Still Got It

I need a couple cards one for man and one for a boy, both had to be made specially since I had use all my male cards in bag. Add the fact I've been busy and will continue to busy for a couple of weeks means CAS card.

I used the brilliant He's Still Got It from Mo Manning, I like the fact my card can be pants but Mo's images always saves my card.

The papers are Doodlebug and my fishtail banners are made using a square punch. The little dots are made with 1/4 inch punch and embossed to give a rounded look. The sentiment was stamped using a Paper Smooches stamp, love the fun font they use.

I must try and remember to schedule my PB post, I'm going to a Victorian Christmas Market at the Historic Dockyards at Postmouth on Friday. Have an all day crop on Saturday but possibly won't be all day for me. Monday sees me going up the M25 to Harry Potter World. The rest of the week will be simple that resting because next weekend I'm going up North to see my BiL.