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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thursday's post is another sketchy Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well – we’re nearly there again!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I've another Christmas card created with a sketch again to share today and here it is …

A 125mm square card! 
No foam pads used here! 
The stamped bit! 

 
I wanted to add more embellishments this time!
A final look

Once again I used the sketch at Feeling Sketchy but this time I added extra embellishments and I’m not sure I can enter the challenge.  If it is a problem I would appreciate the DT letting me know as I will delete my entry.
I am attempting to shrink my snippets pile, Christmas papers, and ribbon stash.  I can’t quite remember where the snowflake stamp came from.  It is a clear one and I have no packaging for it which probably means it was a freebie – yay for freebies!!!  I am rushing head first into trying to get the family cards created and posted in plenty of time as well as making more tags, decorate more boxes and create several pretty trinkets for some family and friends lol!  We haven’t started our Christmas shopping yet either and I am still trying to clear and clean my work room lol.  Have you seen a headless chicken anywhere locally recently? Lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x






Challenges
Papertake Weekly Challenge Take Your Pick: I chose to use only blue and I added ribbon
Scrappy Land Challenge #7 Add Texture: the different card and paper layers, metal embellishment, ribbon and glitter add a lot of texture to this card  


Tools:
Cuttlebug Die Cutting machine
Stampin Up Label Punch; Whimsy Snowflake Die set
Clear unknown snowflake stamp #; Claritystamp Ltd Happy Christmas stamp

Stash:
Card/Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Snow White Gold to make base card and to stamp onto the reverse; My Minds Eye 6x6” paper stack; snippet blue card for matting
Colours: Adirondack IPs: stonewashed; denim
Distress IPs: salty ocean
Embellishments: ribbon #; glitter #; metal embellishments #
Glues: Collall All Purpose glue; double sided tape

# VOS: very old stash at least five years old

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday's post is two Christmas cards ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I’ve noticed that I have a new follower!  Welcome Hand Made Ina!  I hope you enjoy looking at my creations and if you ever have any questions just let me know and I will try to get back to you.  I have tried to see if you have a blog but I’ve not been able to find one – so apologies for that!

I’ve been seriously forgetful all this week!  I’ve planned and promptly forgotten to do crafty and home stuff – I think I am having a ‘blonde’ week lol!  Today I've two Christmas cards to share with you and I used two different sketches from two different challenges and here is the first one …

A 125mm square card 
No foam pads used this time! 
The papers and the stamped bit! 
 
I love this stamp and another peel off used! 

A final look

I used a sketch #88 from Papertake Weekly, see here if you want to see this one.  And as I used one of their sketches I assume that means that I can enter this weeks challenge – if that is not allowed please let me know and I will delete my link.

And this is four these challenges:
Pixie’s Playground Challenge #152 Snippets
Sarn’s Rudolph Day Challenge I wanted to enter as this is Sarn’s Final Rudolph Day Challenge  and I’ve not been able to enter as much as I would have liked this year but I wanted to make sure this last one was a good one

1st card tools:
Woodware Poinsettia Stamp
Paintbrush; pot of water
1st card stash:
Card/Paper: My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland 6x6” paper; snippet white card for stamping; snippet blue glitter card underneath the image; Crafters Companion Snow White Gold A4 card to create the base
ColoursAdirondack IP: Denim; Sakura Sparkle pen
Embellishments: peel off #; The Works gem
Glues: Collall all purpose glue

# VOS + 5 years old

And here is the second card I want to share today …
Another little square one! 
Nice and flat too! 
 
I love how Sheena stamp looks like ice and it is cracking and another peel off used - yay!
A final look

And this card is for these challenges:


2nd card tools:
La Blanche snowflake stamp
Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy Ageing Beautifully stamp set
 2nd card stash:
Card/Paper: Unknown DP #; Crafters Companion Snow White Gold A4 card to create the base and to stamp onto
Colours: Distress IP: Salty Ocean
Embellishments: peel off #; silver metal pin
Glues: Collall all purpose glue
# VOS + 5 years old



Both stamped panels are images I found after switching rooms – I’m determined to use them all up as quickly as possible so that I can play with Christmas stamps I won earlier this year which I’ve not used yet – shame on me lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tuesday's post is a Christmas card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week is going well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have a Christmas card to show you today and here it is …

A little 9cm square diamond fold card! 
Side view - all nice and flat for posting! 
Such a cute image and I am happy with how I coloured him with my pencils 
  

I have to add some embellishments or else it looks too flat! 
A final look

I recently found this stamped and coloured Christmas image during the recent re-organisation and I decided to use it up!  I have a few more to use too.  Another Christmas card put into the Christmas box!  That makes our life a little less stressful as they are ready to be written and posted.  Also using up more of my paper stash and snippets makes me feel good too!
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing I hope you have a lovely day and a fabulous week!  I hope to be back soon.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x









Challenges


Tools:
Marianne Design Ice Skating stamp set
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box Star & Bow and Mini Bow dies; Whimsy snowflake die
Score board and bone folder; paper stumps for blending

Stash:
Card/Paper: My Minds Eye Winter Wonderland 6x6 paper pad #; 210g white card for folding; snippet white card for die cutting and stamping onto
Colours: Memento London Fog IP; colouring pencils
Embellishments: The Works gem; unknown silver metal embellishment
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: blending solution

# a lucky win from Let’s Craft & Create Challenge last year

Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday's post is all about the winter ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend was good and your week started well!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I had time to start playing with inks and sprays this weekend so that I could figure out how I created the background I used on these Tags.  I used some white snippets left over from creating the origami fold Christmas cards and got very ink stained fingers.  I haven’t figured out exactly what I did yet but it was fun getting this far lol!  Anyways here is what I want to share with you today …

A DL man's birthday card 
Nice and flat so fab for posting! 
I love the colours and the texture! The shimmer is gorgeous too! 
Hungry like a wolf - ooh heck I am giving away my age there lol! 
No fussy or girly embellishments!
A final look - I do hope you all like this as much as I do!

Oh my goodness not only did I really enjoy this process I love the end result that I achieved on this one and it is a background I will, hopefully, create again and again with different colour inks and sprays.  It astounds me that this started out as a snippet of white card – it is very dark but gorgeous, well to me it is lol!  I used two of the stamps I purchased from Crafters Companion back in August when they had birthday celebrations and special offers.  These are from Sheena Douglass and I love them and can’t wait to play more with these Viking/Winter inspired stamps and African images.  I am hoping to be able to use these stamps again this week and to create some Christmas cards – I love them!
Once I have figured out how I created the Northern Nights sky I will share that and I will share how I created the scene above too.  I need to figure out some kinks in the way I used the tutorial to create the backgrounds on the tags and the background on this card.  I really do hope you like it too and that it is as pretty as I think!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x







Challenges


Tools:
Crafters Companion Sheena Douglass A6 A Little Bit Sketchy stamp sets: The Sky & Earth and The Dawn Will Break
Splodgeaway Mat; Heat Gun; Score Board
Cuttlebug die cutting machine; Memory Box Star & Bow die
Ranger ink blending tool & foam

Stash:
Card/Paper:  Crafters Companion black matt A4 card; snippets white card; snippets patterned paper #
Colours: Adirondack IPs: bottle; stream; wild plum; eggplant; cranberry; butterscotch
WOW Embossing Powder: WL05 verdigris; WS01 black twinkle
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder: Weathered Wood #; wax #
Embellishments: ribbon *
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue
Other: Versamark IP


# VOS + five years minimum

* the ribbon was given to me from my mum: it came with some new bedding lol!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Saturday's post is another box ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your weekend has started well
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I am making the special Christmas cards, Christmas presents and Christmas boxes and that is probably all I’ll have to share on and off over the next four to five weeks lol! Because of that I have a second box to share with you today and here it is …

 
Easy to open too!  
Without the ribbon 
Thankfully I remembered to stamp on the lid before gluing the box together 
Each side is stamped! 
And I stamped the base!
A final look

The box blank is another pack of boxes that I purchased to decorate and then forgot about them!  The beauty of this one is that it’s about twice the size of the one I shared on Thursday night and I can and will easily copy this one again as the base is created from an origami fold and the lid from a square or snippet of white card and I have plenty of those waiting to be used up and, yep, I am on a bit of an origami kick right now lol!
In some ways I am very glad that we moved my work room around as I have re-found these box blanks which are going to come in handy for the little presents I am creating – so it’s good that I am using them up and good because there is one thing less in my box of ‘use it up’ schtuff or NBUS as our lovely Darnell calls it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this weekend
ttfn Karen x









Challenges
Visible Image Stamp Challenge Use Your Favourite VI stamp/s: these are my favourite snowflake stamps

Tools:
Visible Image Snowflake stamp set

Stash:
Card/Paper: Craftwork Cards boxes #
Colours: Adirondack IP: Denim
Embellishments: organza ribbon #
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue

# VOS + 5 years old

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday's is a Diamond Fold card ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors
I hope your week went well and you have lovely plans for the weekend
Another week has whooshed by!
Thank you for the lovely comments on my recent creations
You are all very kind and I really do appreciate you

I have photographed and typed the step by step directions of how to create a Diamond Fold card and once DH has proof read it for me I will be adding a page above.  So today I’ve two diamond fold cards to share with you.  
Whilst creating the tutorial I decided to use a not Christmas image stamp to create a Christmas image and here is the first one 

  
This one is a 105mm square card and it does flatten for posting. 
I love the dimension I get from the fold and the decoupaged pieces. 
The diamond tree 
Some of that decoupage!
A final look at #1.

And here is the second card ...
 
This is the smaller card, 9cm square and again it completely flattens! 
I love the dimension! 
Another diamond tree. 
More decoupage slightly off centre this time. 
More dimensional decoupage!
A final look at #2!
A final look at both - you can see the size difference

I used the Diamond stamp set from Inspired by Stamping to create this Christmas tree.  I used a script stamp on the base of the card and stamped the dotty diamond stamp across and decoupaged some of those images.  I did not intend it but I ended up with a monotone Christmas card and I now have more than one idea that I want to try out with these stamps lol!  So I will, hopefully, be back again soon to share the tutorial and some other creations I managed to stamp over the last day or two.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment
I really do appreciate it Thank You
I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week
ttfn Karen x







Challenges


Tools:
Inspired by Stamping Diamonds stamp set; unknown script stamp
Woodware Bubble Tree stamp set: the pot and the star stamp
Paintbrushes; pot of water; scoring tool/bone folder

Stash:
Card/Paper:  210g white card for scoring into diamond shape and snippet for stamping onto and creating a decoupage layer
Colours: Adirondack IP’s: Lettuce; Meadow
Ranger Distress Stickles Peeled Paint
Glues: Cosmic Shimmer glue; foam pads