Sunday, 29 November 2009

another christmas card!

yup, I'm back again and we're back to the christmas cards. This is another WoJ image I coloured over the weekend and I have just quickly put it together now. Oh and I forgot to mention that there's a whopping 20% off all winter/xmas stamps at the moment, so go grab yourself a bargain.

My internet's connection been playing up tonight so I best post this before it goes again! (Don't need a stash list as it's pretty much using same papers and colouring mediums as my last WoJ card, 2 posts down). It's all super sparkly IRL and I've stamped some text in the background just for a bit of interest (an old See D stamp set) with distress ink 'old paper' which has been stamped off once onto scrap before stamping onto here so you get a faded text look to it and then sponged around edges in 'tattered rose'

That's all for today and probably tomorrow too. Thanks for dropping by.

Kimmie Sunday: 'beary special friend'

It's release day over at Kraftin Kimmie's and as well as the funky images by Annie which I adore (you have to see Josephine with her lotion potion no.9 - it's hilarious and my favourite) there are 2 super sweet images by new artist Jean Grant. All available here. I've used 'Daddy's little girl' for my card today.
They remind me of the picture illustrations in old children's books I used to read as a kid (anyone remember Mrs Pepperpot LOL, Milly Molly Mandy, secret seven, Enid Blyton . . . etc I loved my books!). So I've gone for a more vintagey feel and watercoloured with distress inks for a softer look (plus they were still sitting on my desk from my last card :)).

Stash:
  • Stamps:'Daddy's little girl' Kraftin Kimmie stamp from here
  • Colouring: watercoloured with distress inks and bit of twinkling H2Os
  • Paper: MME 'wild Asparagus'
  • Tools: lots of punches!; MS around the page set 'deco shells' (think this is 1 of my faves), MS leaf and branch, SU word window, EK flourish, Nellie's choice floral punches (love the scalloped edges & embossing to these),
  • Others: paper roses, half backed pearls

    Should have another WoJ card to show you later tonight, just need to decide on layout and try and get a decent photo - it's soooo dark and cold today - definitely day to veg in and craft. bye for now.

  • Saturday, 28 November 2009

    WoJ for the weekend

    Bit behind on the christmas cards so coloured a few WoJ images up at the same time (which I don't usually do) and gave my distress inks & twinkling H2O's an airing for a change. This is the first of them.

    Thought this Willow would look cute teamed with the armchair so stamped and masked her and added the chair. As I've watercoloured with combination of distress inks and H2O's it is lovely and shimmery IRL not sure if you can just about pick up a bit of it in the photo below.


    Not much else to say about this really as I kept the rest of the card very simple to leave the focus on the sweet image.

    Stash:
  • Stamps: all WoJ
  • Colouring: stamped in versafine ink onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with distress inkpads and twinkling H2)s
  • Paper: Basic Grey, not sure which one it was a loose 12x12 sheet
  • Tools: MS doily deep edger punch, holly punch, labels nestie
  • Others: flat backed pearls in cream and red


    Should have another card or 2 to show tomorrow too (one should be a new Kraftin Kimmie release if I can finish it in time!). So hopefully see you then.



  • Have a lovely Saturday. I'm starting to feel a bit more christmassy now that we've gone and bought a new tree (took the plunge and got a non-green one for first time ever ! . . it's a lovely champagne colour). Just need to sort out the presents and everything else now!

    Thursday, 26 November 2009

    CCT ~ 'snips, snails, . . . little boys': 'No Peeking'

    CCT theme this week is to make card for a younger boy. As always, CCT have fab sponsored prizes (this week it's some cute, new, 'Pink cat' stamps from Silly Monkey) so be sure go have a look and check out the other fab DT cards once you've finished here. So, I thought I could use one of my cute CC Designs stamps I've been itching to use but not got round to, for this one. Isn't he adorable. I love his patterned sweater and the candy cane accessories are fab. I got him as part of their winter kit about a month ago ( and then they don't release them individually until a bit later, bit like Magnolia kits. Think these are due for Dec release if you're looking for them and your usual CC Designs stockists should have them). Can't tell from the photo but he is cut out and stuck ontop of the present stack with foam pads as are the candy canes. Then it's just a piece of Basic Grey DP and contrasting border strip running across and job done! didn't need anything else as the paper's so busy anyway.

    Stash:
  • Stamps: Reindeer Trevor, presents, candy canes and sentiment all CC Designs stamps
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: Basic Grey - can't remember the name one of the xmas ranges from last year or before.
  • Tools: MS border punch, circle nestie dies
  • Others: stickles on the candy cane

    Thanks for looking and all the comments are always appreciated.



  • Wednesday, 25 November 2009

    couple of challenges with 'Xmas Anya'

    Wanted to try out a white inkpad I got from Elzybells today and loved the whiteness of it (have others which just don't stamp out that crisp on dark cardstock)! So anyway, that's how this card started as I didn't want to waste my test piece so it ended up being used as my background paper (I added holographic embossing powder to it for extra glitter) to this cute Anya stamp from Silly Monkeys.
    Looked around for inspiration and have taken the sketch over on Fri sketchers and seeing as it's Anya thought I'd play along to 'Anyone for Anya' which this weeks wants to see 'fakes'. On mine, I've got fake stitching, fake brads (little circles cut out with regular hole punch which was then shaped with embossing tool and glued on) and fake fur trim on her outfit using 'fluffy stuff' which has added glamour dust added before blasting with heatgun to make it extra puffy. All the snowflakes down the left are raised on foampads but it comes across flat in photo!

    Stash:

  • Stamps: Anya from 'Xmas sweeties' set, snowflakes used on background paper and sentiment circle from a Papermania stamp duo set.
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: tiny bit MME - just the stripe piece used for the big snowflake and the punched out border behind her, red & brown cardstock plus some white glitter paper
  • Tools: MS doily lace trim deep edger punch, large snowflake and medium snowflake punches, couple of circle punches and a good old office hole punch for the fake brads
  • Others: woodware 'white fluffy stuff', glamour dust, white gel pen for faux stitching

    Thanks for stopping by & have a good night/day depending where you are. Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow, to all my US readers :)

  • Tuesday, 24 November 2009

    WoJ: 'Merry & bright'

    Just a simple card from me today. Need some non cute cards for neighbours etc and this gorgeous WoJ Candle is just perfect.



    Also great chance for me to play with some of my new Martha stewart punches (yes, I'm addicted and also running out of rail space to hang them. Hmm trip to Ikea soon me thinks). Hardly any decent light today and I suck at trying to take pictures that show dimension/shadows AND the true colours of the card, so here's another shot of it showing the true white that it actually is.

    Hope you like it.



    Stash:

  • Stamps: Candle - Whiff of Joy, sentiment from CC Designs' Winter kit (think they will be released seperately soon). I've overstamped it 2nd time to give it a shadow effect (but it was really to hide the fact the first impression wasn't straight LOL - worked a treat I think & no doubt if I try to replicate it, I'll fail!)
  • Colouring: Copics, lots of Sakura glaze pens to give it a glossy sheen which can only be seen IRL
  • Paper: none! just strip of red cardstock run through cuttlebug holly embossing folder and the card base with the snowflakes folder
  • Tools: Embossing folders, Martha Stewart holly punch & central image was using the new around the page 'topiary set'
  • Others: stickles on the flame and red flat backed pearls for the holly berries. foam pads to stick the central image on


  • Sunday, 22 November 2009

    WoJ: card & a candy winner

    Hello, sorry for the lack of posts this weekend - this card just seemed to take forever to come together & I don't like to start a new card until I've finished the one I'm working on! So what with that, me working weekends and then an hour long powercut in the early hours yesterday/today (even though most people would have been asleep that's when I craft/tinker on the pc being the night owl that I am) I've only just finished it.

    so anyway, here it is. Wanted to try a collagy/distressed look with handsome little Oakley from the Winter kit.
    I've stamped a WoJ xmas tree to one side and him to the front then masked him and added music sheet behind him (an Magnolia 'silent night' stamp from last year). Then it's all been sponged with distress inks and all the edges have been set upon with my distresser. It's been spritzed with glimmer mist but it doesn't show at all in the photo and the little bauble has diamond glaze and glamour dust over it. After all that, I'm not quite sure I like it but it's done now!

  • Stamps: Oakley & tree - WoJ. Music & the merry christmas seal- Magnolia
  • Colouring: Images coloured with Copics, background sponged with distress inks
  • Paper: MME 'signiture Christmas'
  • Tools:Heidi swapp distresser, mini holly punch
  • Others: ribbon, red half backed pearls, white bellas baubles, white gel pen for faux stitching


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  • Right, now for the real reason you popped over. . .

    The winner of my mini WoJ candy - sorry for the delay!

    Random.org isn't working tonight so I've had to randomly pick a winner (very technical - I closed my eyes and scrolled up & down then clicked on a name :D)

    So without further ado, the winner of this little lot is . . . Chrissie

    Congrats! Please email me your snail mail and it's yours!

    That's all for now. Have a lovely evening.

    Mini WoJ Candy time

    NOW CLOSED.

    As promised here's another little candy from me, which includes the cute 'Uru with bird' WoJ rubber stamp, courtesy of Katharina and some MME papers and paper flowers from me. To enter please post a link of this on your blog (or just spread the word if you don't have a blog) and enter via Mister Linky (NOT via comments)




    Will announce winner (using random.org) on 22nd Nov. Good luck!
    (see post above this)



    Thursday, 19 November 2009

    CCT-teen terrors: 'Christmas fun'

    CCT this week wants to see cards for teenagers. I'm afraid mine's a bit uninspired this week as I suddenly didn't feel too well last night and needed an early night. (suddenly got sniffles & sneezes and very tired thought I was coming down with cold but seems to have gone today :)) AOL kept playing up too so had to leave it till now to post.

    So anyway, teen cards means bright funky colours & simple clean layouts to me and thought it was great opportunity for me to dig out some Kerry Jo stamps I got last year but never got round to using them all. Think they are perfect teen images, just a shame I couldn't come up with something better layout wise, but this was quick and simple.

    It's a kick stand card, so here's another shot of it, folded flat and also should be able to see all the glitter better;

    Stash:
  • Stamps: 'Kerry Jo Christmas' set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper:scrap from Cosmo Cricket 'Jolly by Golly' and kraft card base
  • Tools: MS loopy around the page border set, MS snowflake punch (not sure about the large one, it was a freebie diecut in 1 of my orders from Dies to Die for)
  • Others: faux stitching and lots of stickles


  • Wednesday, 18 November 2009

    PTW: Bernadette 'warm wishes'

    O.K I'm back with a card that is slightly sweeter than my last post :/
    Not played along to PTW for a while but this week's was a nice simple sketch which I couldn't resist. I've used this cute snow bunny I got from Silly Monkey's but have only just got around to using (just like all my other stamps). She does come with a cute sentiment (you're snow sweet) but I've not used it here as the background was busy enough. Can't tell from photo but the bunny is on 3D foam so pops off the card more than it looks.

    Stash:

  • Stamps: 'Bernadette' Kraftin Kimmie from Silly Monkey
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper:BG 'Eskimo kisses'
  • Tools: Cuttlebug die for the corner flourishes, 'labels 3' nesties dies, MS snowflake punches
  • Others: brads, stickles

    That's all for tonight, thanks for popping by. Off to make another poo . . . of the crochet kind LOL (see post below)! and maybe another card or two as it's definitely crafting weather again tonight (the wind's howling away outside as I type).

  • Cr*ppy xmas presents!

    O.K I said I'd show you what I've been crocheting for xmas presents for my nephews.

    So here is my first trial run. . . Now it's real toilet humour so be warned :D. . . . Yup, the Ulitimate in cr*p/s**t/poo (whatever word you want to use!) presents! (well, it beats getting knitted socks from your Auntie doesn't it?!) . .
    I knew I had to crochet this Amigurumi poop as soon as I saw it and I thought they would make hilarious side gifts for my 4 nephews who range in ages 10 to 23. Well it made me chuckle and hubby agreed (he's as nuts as me). Just to make sure they'd know what it was I designed a paper toilet to put them in :D - was quite proud of myself for coming up with one (good old oval nesties to the rescue :D) The one in the photo is a prototype and I need to adjust it slightly (as it's not quite straight!) Oh and I have since bought some different shades of wool so they'd all get slightly different ones LOL check out the colours and texture to some of them (I know, I'm sick) oh and I didn't realise until I went to pay that one ball was 100% wool rather than acrylic so that's gonna be some expensive s**t!
    I'll probably stick a candy cane sweet in with it or something like that just to make it a bit more festive! If anyone's wondering, the crochet pattern was another one I found over on the Ravelry website.
    Hope none of you are eating as you are reading this, sorry if you are! I will be back later with a card (got the evening off this week, so more play time for me :)), just need to photo it first and get my CCT card done for tomorrow.




    Tuesday, 17 November 2009

    Fri Sketchers with a crochet snowflake


    Mojo on the wane again, so had to kick start it with the sketch over on Friday sketchers - lovely simple one, just what I needed! Great way to use up some scraps of this gorgeous Bo Bunny paper with another cute Christmas Gnome stamp from WoJ (as are the swirls and snowflakes around it). I took the opportunity to try making a crochet snowflake for the first time (free pattern downloaded from Ravelry). Didn't take long to make at all (especially as I didn't bother pinning it out to stiffen it etc but I think it's fine for what I need it for).
    Sorry for the lack of posts/visits recently but been trying to fit in some crochet items I want to get finished for little christmas stocking fillers and been working on making a box to put it in (will post that soon) so my postings may be a bit erratic for the time being and I think I'll skip with the stash lists (will just mention main items used as I go and if you need to know anything just leave comment). I will be back bit later with another WoJ mini candy give away (it's one of the christmas gnomes).

    Saturday, 14 November 2009

    birthday card & bit more crochet


    Have had this LOTV image coloured up for a while now but finally made it into a birthday card as it needs to get to Hong Kong by Thursday ('last minute' is my middle name I think :D). I just adore these images and have just ordered some of the new ones that have just come out even though I've not used most of the first batch yet! Well, they won't go off will they? . . and at £3.50 how could I resist?!

    Stash:
  • Stamps: 'little girls story time' - LOTV, sentiments are from a Woodware and Papermania set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: BG 'nook & pantry'
  • Tools: oval nesties, MS around the page border punch, SU word window punch
  • Others: pink adhesive pearls

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    After my last crochet attempt with my moose which took a while I wanted to go back to doing something quick & simple. Now, I love the little Japanese Momiji dolls (I have a few) and my neice found me this free crochet pattern which reminded me of them, so I had to try!

    I adapted it a bit as I wanted a more accentuated head/body and managed to make the body all in one piece (the patteren has it as 2 seperate bits) which I am well chuffed with as I am complete novice :). Made use of some of my beading things for her hair accesory. It's about the same size as the dolls (3.5" tall) and I think they will look cute when I make a couple more and put them together. I'm going to adjust the hair pattern next time too as it's a bit too big for my liking. What do you think?


    Well, that's all from me until Monday I think. Have a lovely weekend and hope the forecasted UK storms aren't too bad your way.

    Thursday, 12 November 2009

    CCT ~ 'glitter me silly' . . .

    . . . is the theme for this week's CCT and I think I did - it's everywhere! Unfortunately it's hard to see where any of the glittery stuff is on the photo but it is there, honest (holographic embossing powder, pearlescent white ink, glittered white paper, stardust pen - it's all there)! I've done another easel card as it's a very simple layout so I wanted to give it a bit more 'oomph' but wanted something quick & simple to do, which the easel cards are. Have used stamps from the WoJ winter kit which are now available separately plus some others (listed in stash list if you need to know).
    Stash:
  • Stamps: 'Festive winter Willow', snowflakes, snowflake sentiment all WoJ stamps. The trees and Merry xmas are a Papermania set, the greeting on the inside is from an Inkadinkado set. The corner white grungy bits is a Ladybug & friends stamp
  • Colouring: Copics, stardust pen for glitter highlights
  • Paper: none, just red & brown cardstock and white glitter paper
  • Tools: MS snowflake around the page border punch, MS snowflake punch
  • Others: Ribbon, holographic embossing powder, white pearlescent ink for the background stamping

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

  • Tuesday, 10 November 2009

    Moose with identity crisis!

    Here's my finished little crochet moose. It's the most challenging one I've tried yet and I'm really pleased with it, especially as I managed to get it to stand even with his mismatched legs :D. Should have taken a photo of all the body parts before I sewed them all together, it was really funny!

    Anyway, I got the pattern off etsy (here if you're interested) and when I saw it I thought it would make a great reindeer too. However, I didn't want to make it permanent so mine is . . .

    Moose by day


    Reindeer by night, with his strap on nose haha
    (I used black wool but will change it to black elastic once I get some :D)

    Hubby loved it so he's adopted it. Not sure if he's named it yet :)

    Got list of other things I want to do next, just need to decide!


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