Sunday, 30 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar

Just sharing some new news. Here's a note from Jacqui (Cats Whiskers) posted on papercraft planet a couple of minutes ago......

"Well I cannot believe we are here a few moments away from the 1st of December and the start of the Festive, Fun, Fantastic, Fabulous Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar event. The First Window will open at 00:01 GMT, we have special gifts everyday and hopefully lots of fun for everyone, so please come and join us, a new window will be opened everyday each one a new surprise and it can be found here (Katharinas Fabulous Blog). Looking forward to seeing you all.Hope you all have a peaceful night lots of Hugs Jacqui x "

Well, I'm going to pop along tomorrow....but it won't be at midnight as I'll hopefully be fast asleep in a few minutes. I hope I'm up early enough to log in before work.

Crafty C's amazing candy

What an incredible candy give-away there is at Claire's blog. I couldn't possibly begin to list all the items here - I'd be typing all night! Clare is another inspirational card maker that you really should try to visit as often as possible. Make sure you have a good look around her blog when you go to see her blog candy - and then follow her or add her to your list of favourite places to visit so that you don't miss out seeing all the amazing things she creates. Her candy is open until 14 December.

My Blog Candy

This candy closes at midnight on 30 November 2008.

Well, I've reached 5000 hits on this blog and I thought it was time to offer a little bit of blog candy. I've tried to create a little essentials pack and the items I've put together are:

  • 12 x sheets A4 thick vellum, some pearlised (2 of each colour shown)
  • 10 x sheets of A4 metallic paper (2 of each colour shown)
  • 14 x sheets of A4 Glitter Card (2 of each colour shown)
  • 10 x A4 sheets of patterned paper (2 of each colour shown)
  • 26 x fabric flowers (2 of each shown)
  • 6 x pattered ribbons
  • 1 pack Dovecraft 3mm brads in earth tones
  • 1 pack clear accent stamps
  • 2 rolls of double sided tape
  • I will also add in some die cut swirls, corner accents and some leaves made with my Leone Em Ash Branch punch to take the number of items up to 100 pieces (not counting all the brads).
For a chance to win this blog candy, just leave a comment on this post and link my blog candy to a post on your blog by midnight GMT on 30 November 2008. I will announce the randomly picked winner on 1 December 2008.

Good luck everyone.

Penny Black and Friday Sketchers

This is my little entry for the Penny Black challenge using no patterned paper! Wow, that was a difficult challenge. My hands kept straying to all the delicious patterned papers I had all the time; I found it so difficult not to use them.

For this card I used the layout set by Carole from England over at Friday Sketchers. I turned it by 90 degrees. I'm sure I'll be using this layout again this week.

Hope you like it.

Clearly a Whiff Of Joy

WOJ is THE DT that I would die to be on! I mentioned on Thursday that Whiff of Joy are looking for a guest designer for the next 2 months - well, I would kick myself if I didn't give this one a try. After all, these are some of my absolute favourite stamps in the whole wide world (you'll see I use them rather a lot on my blog). All the details for the DT call can be found here .

Katharina has created a sketch for this DT call.

I have been very true to the sketch this time.....but I may just have another go later this week and really get creative with the sketch (you can submit as many cards as you like). You know what it is like, you really want to stand out from the other entries.......well the only way I could think of making an impact immediately was to use patterned acetate as the basis for my card.

This is the inside

Here is the back

Items used:
Papermania Patterned Acetate
Basic Grey Boxer papers (of course!)
Willow with lantern stamp
WOJ Sentiment on the outside, Papermania sentiment on the inside
Ribbon trim from my stash.
Watercolour pencils, Whispers brush stroke pens and brown Ink it up! pad.

What the WOJ team are looking for in their guest designer is " we are looking for a passionate, talented crafter with great colouration skills". Well, I don't have too many colouring mediums available to me at the moment but I'm hoping that Santa will be really kind to me this year. Still, many of us only have a few water colour pencils, don't we? So it's worth a try and if I don't make it this time around I'll keep practising and try again next time around.

Hope you like it , and good luck to everyone that enters.

Last Chance!

Don't forget that today is the last chance to enter into my blog candy give-away. I'll be closing the candy at midnight tonight. Good luck to all who entered. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Bev's Blog Candy

Here's my third post today.

One of my favourite places to go when I'm blog surfing every day is over to Bev's Blog. She is such an incredibly talented lady and her cards and other items are a constant source of inspiration. If you haven't been over to see her blog you are really missing out.

I've been meaning to do a post about this for a couple of days now....but time always seems to start running away. So, before I miss out on the chance too, here's a link to the amazing Blog Candy on offer at the moment at Bev's Blog. The candy is open until 4 December.

Isn't it scrummy? There are papers, crystals, gems, her handmade crochet snowflakes, charms, the lovely Herb with baby WOJ stamp and much more! Delish! Pop over and get yourself inspired with her latest cards.

Basic Grey DT Call

As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago, the Basic Grey challenge have a call out for some new DT members - open until 6 December. Well, my philosophy on life is "Nothing ventured; Nothing gained" so I thought I would submit an entry.

This is the sketch to use for the DT call.

I wanted to create a Christmas card using Non-Christmas Basic Grey papers. (I'd tried that a couple of weeks ago and liked the result). I also challenged myself not to use one of my WOJ stamps. I always find that WOJ and Basic Grey complement each other so well that I have to consciously pick a different image to use with the Basic Grey papers, even though they suit so many other images just as well.

I also wanted to do something different with the Santa Stamp. I've seen it so often in black, silver, navy and red so I inked it in a sage green colour for a change and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I went for broke and pleated the ribbon - just to try something new. I love the result but it was fiddly to do.
I tried to be quite subtle with some of the embellishments so you have to look hard to see the stitching and the stick on pearls I used. Here is a close-up.

This is the inside.

Okay, Items used:
Basic Grey Boxer papers (the 3 patterned pieces) and Basic Grey Sultry papers for the 2 plain pieces.
Rubber Stampede Santa Collage Stamp. Papermania sentiment stamp on the inside
Holly Leaves - Prima
Ribbon, Red Gems and Pearl Stick-ons from my stash.
Hand stitched in a linen colour thread (all around the outside)

Okay, it's fingers crossed now - but with my sensible head on I know that most of the other entries will be so stunning it'd be hard to stand out amongst them! Good Luck everyone!

One Stop Craft Challenge

Nikki has put together a fab sketch for this week's challenge at One Stop Card Crafts - the twist is that you need to include a photo.

Well, I'm normally really organised but this week I completely forgot to get the ink for my printer. So, I came to print out my photograph - and Oh dear! nothing happened! Luckily, I had printed a photo pyramage from my Hinny Bop CD a couple of months ago and while desperately searching for something I could use for my DT card I came across it.

This is the card I put together.

Items used:
Papers: DCWV The Wedding Stack

Image from Hinny Bop CD

Swirls - Sizzix Scribbles Swirls

Peel-off sentiment, cream lace, pink flower trimming and stick on pearls from my stash.

Hand stitched with Gutermann thread no 414.
Nesties used for the scalloped circle.

Friday, 28 November 2008

A Quick Post - Joyfold Xmas Card

This is just a quick post to let everyone know that the full instructions and recipe of items used for my Joyfold Xmas card can now be found on the One Stop Card Crafts Blog . The button link is on the right hand side of my blog. Here are the pictures of the card.

This is the inside.

Here it is standing up and opened.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

3 DT Calls for challenge sites

My goodness, I've found 3 challenge sites that are looking for DT members.

Kadoodle is looking for people to commit for 6 months. See all the info at the talented Bev's Blog. This DT call finishes on 1 December.

Basic Grey have put the call out for 3 DT members - and one place has gone already. This one closes on 6 December at the latest - if they don't fill the positions before then. Find all the details here.

Whiff of Joy are looking for a guest designer for the next 2 months. Their call closes on 6 December too. Find all the details at papercraft plant - here.

Best of luck to all those who enter - I may even try a couple of these myself but as there are so many incredibly talented people out there I wouldn't hold out much hope for me. Why not give them a try yourselves? You never know, you could be a lucky one.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Basic Grey and Spoon Full of Sugar

Here is my card for the Basic GreyBasic Grey Challenge 12 - which is all about embossing. I embossed the background with Swiss dots folder and the vellum flower has also been embossed. The swiss dots was easier than I thought it would be, even though I had to run it through my machine 4 times to ensure all the edges had been reached. Lining it up wasn't too bad with these BG papers.

I've used the fab sketch by Michelle O over at the A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge this week for this card. I had to think a bit about which of my stamps would fit into an oval shape, and although I've slightly lost part of Willow's slipper, I think this one fits quite well.

Items used.
Papers: All Basic Grey from the Sultry range.
Stamp: Whiff of Joy, Willow with Cookies. Whiff of Joy sentiment stamp too.
The Paper Company Filigree Accent (added a leaf bead to the bottom)
Dovecraft Velvet Ribbon
Goodware tiny buttons
Gems and vellum flower from my stash
Watercolour pencils, Tea dye distress ink, white acrylic paint.

Although it doesn't show up in the photo, all the swirly bits in the stamp on Willow's jeans and apron have been dusted with glamour dust.

Now I'm off to decorate the inside.

Look what I got today!

......What a wonderful surprise was waiting on my doormat when I got home this evening. I just knew from the envelope shape and its thickness that it had to be something beautiful from one of my crafty friends - and it was. Well, I'm not going to show you on my blog, Oh no! You have to go over to the blog of the lovely lady who sent it to Please click the link to Pauline's blog here and you'll be taken directly to my lovely surprise.

Thank you so much Pauline. You are a real sweeite!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Friday Sketchers 29 Wallet

Here's another wallet card that I've made for a friend. I promised her a few bits well over a month ago now and I'm sure she thinks I've forgotten about it. But I didn't! It is in the post so she'll receive it soon - and I won't name her just in case she stumbles onto my blog.

I used the great sketch by Beatrix over at the Friday Sketchers Challenge this week. I also went a little mad and tried a bit of Oriental for another change (my goodness, I must be getting fed up with Christmas! lol).

Papers are from the One Stop Card Crafts Store (Oh, I've just noticed they have a 20% sale on at the moment).
Gold Ribbon is a Dovecraft one,
Sentiment cut with Sizzix dies.

Tiny image is from Create and Craft

Swirls around the image are a Creative Expressions stamp

Black and red card from my stash

Fan stamp is a Papermania one, I've raised it with 3D pads.
Stitching - all my own! lol.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge 9

Wow! Yet another amazing sketch over at the Whiff of Joy Challenge again this week. This time the sketch has been created by Heather - and with all the layers it was right up my street. I've made this into a wallet card for one of my DT colleagues as I needed to send her a few bits and pieces. I hope she likes it. I also wanted to do a pastel number because it makes a nice change from the strong Autumnal and Christmas colours I've been using for a while.

Papers are a mix of: DCWV Wedding stack, DCWV floral prints, K&Co Brenda Walton designer papers.

The pink check card, blue and yellow card are from my stash.

Whiff of joy Willow stamp and Whiff of Joy sentiment.

The pink flower is a making memories one and the centre of it is from a pink embroidered daisy ribbon found at my local haberdashers. The white flower and cream 'ribbons' were from the same haberdashers.

All other embellishments are from my stash.

Watercolour pencils and Pink and Grey Whispers brush strokes added to the image - along with white acrylic paint for highlights.

I made the little dropper using a bead and some wire (I wanted to use a charm but I don't have any yet, so the crystal bead is a nice alternative).

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Ooooh! An Award

I was delighted to get a note from my friend Pauline saying she had something for me on her blog. I'm even more delighted now that I've seen what it is. To receive it from Pauline meant a lot to me. Thanks hun.

The sentiment behind this award is truly amazing. This is it:

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

What a wonderful sentiment and an elegant award.

Now I have to pass it on to 8 people. So difficult with all the deserving blogs out there. Anyway, this is the 8 I chose:

Kirsten, Heather, Donna, Lorraine, Paula, Tara, Karen, and Nikki

Four in One

Well, I really know winter is heading our way now. Yes, I have caught my first cold of the season. It seems like this first cold coupled with exhaustion after the first week back at work really took it out of me on Friday and yesterday, but I'm feeling much better now.

I did manage to make one card yesterday so I tried to make it really count. Hopefully I can stretch this to cover 4 Challenges. In date order the challenges are:

Papertake Weekly - with a theme of "Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!"

Cute Card Thursday - whose theme is also Snow and Snowflakes.

For both of those challenges I hope the snowman image and the snowflakes I doodled onto it with stickles is enough to qualify.

Sketch Saturday has been used as the layout for the card. I really enjoyed that sketch.

Finally (but certainly not least) Penny Black Friends theme is "Funky Christmas" - Christmas cards with a twist, using no traditional colours. I think pink and blue coupled with the penny black snowman image (Thanks for the gift Pauline) is enough to qualify for that one.

Taking a leaf out of Tara's book, I've simplified the inside decoration on this card. I think I've been getting carried away with the insides recently! Thanks Tara for reminding me that simple is sometimes best.

The papers were a freebie with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine. My ribbons are Papermania ones. My mate Gina gifted me with the stocking, mittens and snowflake die cuts. Ooooh! just look at those sweet and dinky buttons I found! Aren't they just the cutest things? They are made by Goodware and I'm sure to be buying some more of these in different colours. They've been hand sewn onto the card with the zig-zag stitching. The Merry Christmas Sentiment is a Papermania one. The image has been coloured with Stickles (diamond), watercolour pencils and a little white acrylic paint to highlight parts.

Hope you like it.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

One Stop Craft Challenge

Maggie has set a sketch for us to follow at the One Stop Craft Challenge this week.

The prize this week is to be a guest designer for 2 weeks for One Stop Craft Challenge. Pop over to the challenge and get your entry in for the chance to be a featured designer.

This is my card .
My card usesKanban Story of Christmas toppers as the main images and sentiment.
The paper is from the DCWV Pocket Full of Posies Stack
Purple Mirror card

Thursday, 20 November 2008

A quick spoon full

Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhhh! The evenings slip by so incredibly quickly for me now. It seems as though I just have time to get home, make and eat dinner, do a tiny bit of blog hopping and then it's time for bed! Where is the card making time? I was determined to make something this evening, so I have a quickie card for the A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge whose theme is 'Blooming Marvellous'. They want us to use flowers or a floral paper this week. Hmmmm, I hope my stamp with flowers and the flower lace trimming qualifies.

Items used:
Woodware Plum Blossom stamp (I only used the vase and the flowers on the stamp)
Dovecraft Charcoal Prints, Lime green paper and Black card
Sugar Coated brads
Lace floral trim
Sakura Stardust pens.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Friendship Card

I spent last night making a DT card so although I don't have a challenge card to show you today - I've warned my friendship partner not to peek so that I can post some pictures of my November friendship card.

I wanted to create something warm and inviting so I started from the colours of yellow and orange. Then I thought "why not add a little clash with some red?" Finally I wanted an accent colour (green) and a colour to tone it all together (brown). I'm pretty pleased with the result, although it is a bit Autumnal.

The PB image was a joy to colour and I really had fun making my own layout with a few layers and lots and lots of little details.

Of course, the inside is well decorated too.

Items used:
Papers: DCWV Pocket full of Posies and Floral stack. Dovecraft Abstract Prints. Orange Card.
Image: PB gifted to me by Pauline (thanks hun - I must try to get my hands on that stamp!)
Sentiment: Studio G
Hand stitching with a Gutermann linen coloured thread
Ribbon, Candy heart, pearl beads, fabric brads, lace, confetti and flowers from my stash.
Leone Em Ash Branch Punch (can't help myself using it!)
Sizzix Corner Die Architectural Accents
Fabric Flower inside the card gifted to me by a previous swap partner.
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Watercolour pencils
Woodware Punch for the ribbon threading

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Beautiful Candy at Debbie's Blog

Debbie is celebrating an amazing 12,000 hits on her wonderful blog. She has some gorgeous candy on offer so pop over for a visit before 26 November.
Her cards are truly beautiful..... and who can resist a candy offer with Copics, Sarah Kay Stamps, K & Co 12 x 12 Papers and matching embellishments? Not me, that's for sure! Thanks for being so generous Debbie.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Penny Black 23 and Sketch Saturday 25

I've taken this photo in artificial light, so all the sakura stardust pens' glitter is not showing up very well.

This card is for the Penny Black challenge no 23 - Monochromatic. Normally I would do a black and white monochromatic card, but I thought I'd try a shades of blue and white one for a change. Please believe me, all the bits that look black are in fact a navy blue colour.

I've used the sketch layout by Sketch Saturday for their challenge 25. I was tempted to leave the sketch completely along and just cover the basic elements....but I got carried away again. So we have some additional snowflakes, and gems on this one.

Items used:
Papers - Anita's Contemporary Blue Christmas. Blue Card
Stamp - PB Coming Your Way, sentiment Papermania.
Ribbon - Celebrate
Snowflakes - gifted to me by Gina (thanks hun)
Gems from stash
Watercolour pencils and Sakura Stardust pens. Ink It Up! bright blue ink pad.

It is getting late, so I've uploaded the front of this card....but I am currently decorating the inside.

A Wonderful Day!

I can't believe it - I started a brand new job today and I came home to find that I had won Day 7 of the Bootifulstampz giveaway!
How lucky am I?

I urge you all to pop over to the Bootifulstampz blog and get yourself entered into the draw. Set a reminder on your calendar....or an alarm on your mobile to remind you to visit their site every day because they are giving away one stamp each and every day in November.