Saturday, 31 August 2013

Sarn's Rudolph day


I knew I shouldn't have left it - I should have made something for Sarn's August Rudolph Day earlier than this - in fact, I'm going to have to link my cards and then finish the blogpost afterwards otherwise I might be too late!

I made five simple cards all the same using coloured images from the Lili of the valley set 14 festive foliage - I'm in love with these already and I only received the package this morning. I know it's cheating, but sometimes I need to cheat with the amount of cards I make. I mounted the images on to red mirror card before putting on to white card blanks. The sentiment circles are from Craftwork Cards.




This is also for:

A creative romance: CAS style cards
ABC Christmas: Q for quick
Bizzy Becs August: clean and simple
Created with love 55: anything goes
Charisma cardz 34: one  one of everything - for each card: one card blank, one image, one piece of red mirror card, one sentiment circle

Exciting news!!


It's always exciting to see a new challenge blog get started, but I'm doubly excited about this one.

Suzy is starting her Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog soon - if you click on the link you can read all about it.


And I'm doubly excited because Suzy has invited me to join her on the Design Team. If you would like to apply to be with us on the team, then please visit the blog and see the details and get in touch with Suzy.


CHNC challenge 140: let's get inky and/or painty


Can you believe that it will be September tomorrow. If you haven't yet started your Christmas cards, perhaps you should seriously consider joining in a few Christmas challenges this week. My CHNC challenge 140 today is to get inky and/or painty.

This week there are four sponsors, so there's more opportunity to win a prize - please go over to the challenge and see what's on offer and also to see the card that my guest from Limited Runs Digital Stamps has shared.

I used a digital image kindly supplied by Limited Runs Digital Stamps - Because this week has been busy and quite difficult at times, I had limited crafting time so I cheated really because it's a pre-coloured one - 'Santa this way cupcake', but I've made up for it by using acrylic paint and distress ink on my background papers.

I distressed all papers, including the image card, with fired brick distress inks (one of my favourites that I seem to use a lot). The piece of paper with the diamonds on it was produced by using acrylic paints with my gelli plate. It's a shame that the photo doesn't show the gold pattern that was created with a stencil prior to using the red acylic for the lattice work. The paper is actually a piece of My Mind's Eye Andrea Victoria which has a grid pattern on it. The die cut label shape has been upcycled from a Christmas cracker from a couple of years ago (I think this is about the last piece now). All pieces of paper were from offcuts, so this is also for Pixie's crafty snippets week 87.

I based the card on the sketch given for Christmas challenges with sketches 88, keeping the same size of card as the sketch. To see the sketch, please click on the link.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Fashionista 19: Christmas
Hobby cutz 13: create your own background (the piece made with the gelli plate print)
Stamp with fun 221: checkered
DRS 85: mad about plaid
Eureka 54: be sentimental
Aud sentiments 88: any sentiment
Flourishes 235: in distress
Just us girls 204: use distressing on your creation
Delightful: make the cut (die cut)
Cuttlebug mania: anything goes - die cuts (nestie run through my cuttlebug)
Creative inspirations paint: anything goes
Hiding in my craftroom 113: freestyle
Little scrap pieces fun Friday linky party: any card
PumpkinSpice 35: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 135: anything goes
613 avenue create 34: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Inky linky 28
Make it Monday 155
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

Friday, 30 August 2013

The sweet pea stampers: fantasy challenge


Today sees the start of a new challenge on The Sweet Pea Stampers and it's all about fantasy ... mermaids, fairies etc. Please click on the link and see the wonderful crafting of the rest of the team and, hopefully, join in with your own fantasy creations - we'd love to see you there.

For my design team card I used Elaine Cox's Little Jasmine mermaid digi, colouring with spectrum noirs I tore the edges and brushed with brushed concord distress ink. The background paper is from Basic Grey urban prairie, stamped randomly with a Dawn Bibby Personal Impressions swirls stamp inked with vibrant violet stazon. I used the same ink and stamp for the lilac panel, this paper taken from the Basic Grey Lilykate pad., tearing and brushing with peacock feathers distress ink. Ribbons are from stash, sentiment is from Craftwork cards and the flowers are Prima.

Colours were inspired by Oozak 20: anything goes/sea colours photo inspiration, concentrating on purple and aqua:




This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Order of the opus gluei 164: dive deep
Crafty bloggers network August:  favourite things - flowers, ribbons, paper tearing, colour with alcohol pens
Artistic inspirations 56: swirls/anything goes
Kort o mania 91: flowers
Delicious doodles 51: anything floral
Card mania 28: ribbon
Hobby cutz 13: create your own background
Eureka 54: be sentimental
Aud sentiments 88: any sentiment
Flourishes 235: in distress
Party time Tuesday 135: anything goes
Tammy scraping corner 77: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 31: anything goes
613 avenue create 34: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 22: anything goes
Seize the birthday: anything goes
Inky linky 28
Make it Monday 155
Inspire me Fridays 118
52 card pickup 2.35

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Birthday cake and balloons


This card is for Crafting muskateers challenge 4, which is also a DT call. Crafting muskateers are asking applicants to enter this challenge and also tell a little about themselves.

'For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in crafting of some sort or another, hence the name Craftyhazelnut! As a child I was often ill and off school, so my time was often taken up with some form of crafting – embroidery, knitting, sketching and anything that involved cutting and sticking.

As an adult, for a few years, with work commitments, etc., crafty things fell into the background a bit, but until fairly recently I always had some knitting, crocheting or cross stitching on the go.

Cross stitching is how I got into cardmaking, then I started to produce cards on the computer and then papercrafting itself about twelve years ago, mainly cardmaking, but I also do some scrapbooking, altering etc.

About 18 years ago, I early retired from teaching because of ill-health. Crafting is such a good way of relaxing and trying to forget about the aches and pains! I find that entering challenges keeps me up to date with trying new things that perhaps I wouldn't otherwise try. I sell cards to raise money for charities – this includes Christmas cards, so I need to make a lot throughout the year, which is why I started my own Christmas challenge blog.


http://craftyhazelnut.blogspot.com
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/'

I had the privilege of joining Crafting musketeers as a Guest Designer for challenge 3 and would love to have the opportunity of joining their team on a more permanent basis.

The Crafting muskateers challenge is being sponsored by Delicious Doodles, so I thought I'd use one of their digital images, which I digitally coloured in Paint.

This sketch was given to be used for the challenge:


The background sentiment card was from Create and Craft and so was the lattice, which was originally white, here painted with red acrylic paint. All papers, including the mirror card backing the image are from my offcuts boxes. The striped washi tape was from Paperchase and the red gems from Pounland, sentiment from Craftime. I used a little bit of Art Institute glitter with a quickie glue pen to add a little bit of sparkle to the balloons.


I'm also entering this into the following challenges:

Creative inspirations paint: anything goes
Sweet stamps 132: birthday
Chocolate, coffee & cards 46: sweet treats
Sparkles 47: up, up and away - balloons
One stop craft 240: spots and dots
Eureka 54: be sentimental
Card crafters circle 89: bright colours
ABC 42: no flowers
One stitch at a time 178: anything goes with a twist - only use titchy Bear digis - I used the DD 'slice of cake' available here from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet

Monday, 26 August 2013

Shades of red


It's the second week for The cheerful stamp pad 'your choice' challenge - please click on the link and see what the rest of the design team have created and join in the fun.

For my card I used one of the images of the Indian Warrior digital set kindly supplied by Bombshell. I coloured this with spectrum noirs, keeping mainly to lots of different shades of red. I tore round the image using a perspex oval template and brushed with fired brick distress ink. The background paper is Basic Grey Indian summer. The beaded ribbon is a left over piece from some I bought some time ago. Everything was then mounted on to a stardream sparkly red card blank.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Graph it markers 9: red hair
Rhedd and rosies 13: use red
Sunday stamps 57: we're seeing red
Pile it on 34: designer paper
Lacy sunshine 15: girls, girls, girls
Going grey with Scrap-creations: girls just want to have fun
Paper pretties 272: girly girl
Left of center 13: girly
Simon says Monday challenge: dotty
One stop craft 240: spots and dots
Card mania 28: ribbon
Crafty ribbons 58: anything goes with ribbon
Crafter's cafe 25: bling and sparkling things (the beads on the ribbon really do sparkle)
Tammy scraping corner 77: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 31: anything goes
Pattie's creations 74: anything goes
613 avenue create 34: anything goes
Papercreators 13: anything goes
A random Thursday 11: anything goes
QKR stampede 53: anything goes
Digistamps4Joy 74: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Handmade harbour midweek papercraft party 1: anything goes
Sister act 21: anything goes
Inky linky 27
Make it Monday 155
Inspire me Fridays 117
52 card pickup 2.34

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Rocking festive visitor


The theme for our fortnightly CCC challenge tomorrow (blogging a bit early because time could be limited tomorrow) is 'anything goes', so this was an opportunity to make up a rockin' snowglobe from a Hunkydory kit, this one being called 'festive visitor'.

As there is an acetate globe covering the decoupaged scene, it's one of those creations that is awkward to get a photo particular in the evening with a flash. Might try again in daylight in the morning.

There's not any actual crafting involved, but it was fun to make and will be something a bit different to try and sell when I have my 'at home' to raise money for Tearfund. There are eight in the kit, so another seven to be made up.


Photo taken outside - not sure this is any better:


This is also for:

Allsorts 221: use acetate
Jellypark friends: things that fly
The paper nest dolls 11: shaped cards
Deep ocean 58: odd shapes
Love to create 79: fancy folds - there are folds within the base to make it rock
ABC 41: lots of layers
Little red wagon 199: layers
Creative inspirations 228: Christmas in August
Crafty boots: Christmas in August

Alice in Wonderland


I created this digital collage in response to Lunagirl Moonbeams 'Alice in Wonderland' challenge.

The background is one from Dezinaworld. I used the Art Freebies Art2clock image in the left hand corner, fading the edges to blend in with the background.

I used a round image of Alice with the Cheshire cat, distorting it digitally. I then added the text for the quote.


This is also for:

Digitally sweet 50: summertime colours - created 100% digital
Craft your passion 176: summer flowers
Animal friends 5: summer
AnMaCreatief 23: summer
Challenges and candies (izazovi) 15: summer
Papercreators 13: anything goes
A random Thursday 11: anything goes
QKR stampede 53: anything goes
Digistamps4Joy 74: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Handmade harbour midweek papercraft party 1: anything goes
Sister act 21: anything goes
Inky linky 27
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 117
52 card pickup 2.34

Caroling bunnies


This is for my CHNC challenge 139: cute. Please click on the link to see details of the challenge and, hopefully, join in - I'd love to see you there.

I've used the lovely cute 'caroling bunnies' digital image kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, Eureka Stamps, colouring with promarkers and flexmarkers.

This is an 8 x 8 card. Background papers are from my Christmas offcuts box, stitched ribbons from Hobbycraft. It was only after I'd stuck them down that I realised that I could have used up some pieces rather than use two lengths of 8" - nevermind! The image is mounted on to a lilac mirror card before being mounted on to the label die cut. The sentiment panels were with some free magazine papers. I brushed the edges of the label shape and the image picture with dusty concord distress ink.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Pixie's crafty snippets week 86
Tuesday throwdow 161: use your scraps
Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Fashionista 19: Christmas
Perfect sentiments 88: Christmas without red or green
Stampin with the dragon: Christmas in August
Passion for promarkers 212: theme: use your favourite colour combo: purple/lilac with anything!
Nightshift stamping: favourite colours - purple/lilac with anything!
Collage obsession: colour challenge: purple
613 avenue create 33: anything goes with option: stitching
All kinds of cards 87: stitching
Crafty catz 195: stitching
Hiding in my craft room 111: thread/stitching
Bunny Zoe August: bingo - I chose die cuts, sparkle, stitching (also used ribbon)
Penny's 141: die cuts and/or punches
Southern girls 76: the warm fuzzies
Crazy 4 challenges 200: animals
Crazy challenge 152: animals
There she goes 221: fur friends
Let's craft and create 77: animal antics
Pink gem 94: anything with a B - bunnies
Happy campers 21: use a stamp (can be digi)
Creative Belli 176: glitter
Stamp and create August: glitter
Crafter's cafe 25: bling and sparkling things
Squigglefly 3313: use ribbon, twine or floss
Crafty ribbons 58: anything goes with ribbon
Nutcrafters 50: spots and/or stripes
Little red wagon 199: layers
Crafty sentiments: colourful
2 sisters 158: square cards
Great impressions August: square card
Papercreators 13: anything goes
Little scrap pieces fun Friday: anything goes
A random Thursday 11: anything goes
QKR stampede 53: anything goes
Digistamps4Joy 74: anything goes
Paper-crafting journey: anything goes
Pattie's creations 74: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Handmade harbour midweek papercraft party 1: anything goes
Sister act 21: anything goes
Inky linky 27
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 117
52 card pickup 2.34

Friday, 23 August 2013

The glory of Christmas challenge: gifts


This is my card for the challenge starting today on The glory of Christmas: gifts. Please click on the link and see what the rest of the team have created and join in with the challenge - we'd love to see you there.

I've used the 'penguin with presents' digital image from Delicious Doodles.

 I copied this into Paint and coloured it digitally. The background paper is an offcut. The striped piece across the bottom is washi tape.



This is also for:

Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Stampin with the dragon: Christmas in August
Crazy challenge 152: animals
Let's craft and create 77: animal antics

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Male birthday card


A CAS male birthday card for Less is more 133: round and round - any image that implies movement. The map paper is from an old K & Co Pad.and the stamp is a Papermania one inked with memento tuxedo black. Lines rules with a sharpie pen. I used an ivory card blank.


This is also for:

Catered crop: maps
Artistic inspirations 55: CAS
Bizzy Becs August: clean and simple
Fashionable stamping 54: clean & simple

Monday, 19 August 2013

Butterfly birthday


This card is for the sketch for Flutter by Wednesday 248:


Papers are some old Papermania ones (all offcuts of pieces previously used). The butterfly is an Anna Griffin stamp inked with versamark and heat embossed with silver detail embossing powder. I then cut into a frame that came with the Papermania papers and inserted the butterfly. The banner piece down the middle is a scrap left over from a silver mirror embossed piece made with a folder with my eBosser.



This is also for:

Pixie's crafty snippets week 86
Get inky 11: bugs
Everybody art 242: butterfly
QKR stampede 52: don't bug me
Stampin' for the weekend: butterflies
Come and get it: things with wings
Inky impressions 121: anything with wings
The house that stamps built DCC814: things with wings
Vintage stamping (Flonz craft) 11: wings & things
Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): birthdays
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Joanna Sheen: embossing
Creative Belli 176: glitter
Stamp and create August: glitter
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Quick Christmas card


This is a quick simple card made with an upcycled image mounted on to a piece of orange/red mirror card and then on to a sparkly stardream black card blank. I've added a few different colours of gems to the tree.


This is for:

Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Ooh-la-la: inspired by a song: O Christmas tree
Artistic inspirations 55: CAS
Scribbles designs 8: clean and simple
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Silent night, holy night


Another card using some of the lovely bling bought from That Craft Place, this time just using a piece above and below the upcycled picture with some vellum on the left side of the ivory card blank.


This is for:

Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Ooh-la-la: inspired by a song: Silent Night
Kaboodle 185: a song or a quote
Lexi 97: sparkle and shine
Ruby's rainbow 60: vintage
Christmas at sweet stampin' 9: winter animals
C is for challenge 4: animals
Crazy challenge 152: animals
Word art Wednesday 93: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 27: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
The cutie pie 51: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Vintage gold


A golden Christmas card with a vintage picture. The picture is another I found in my stash - no idea where it came from. The panel on the left is vellum, run through my xyron - the script is embossed although you can't see that here. The strips of golden gems were from That Craft Place and the panel on the right is a piece of flocked Anna Griffin paper left over from a kit from a couple of years ago.


This is for:

Crafty boots: Christmas in August
Fashionista 19: Christmas
Lexi 97: sparkle and shine
Ruby's rainbow 60: vintage
Great impressions August: square card
Moxie fab world: all that glitters is gold
Word art Wednesday 93: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 27: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 30: anything goes
The cutie pie 51: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge 67 Your choice


Exciting news - I was asked by Vicki Romaine to join The Cheerful Stamp Pad Design Team! This is my first challenge with the team.

Challenge 67 is 'your choice' and it's sponsored by Bombshell.

Please click on the challenge link and see what the rest of the Design Team have made and, hopefully, join in with the challenge - I'd love to see you there.

I based my card on the sketch given for our sponsor's August Bombshell challenge, so I will enter it there:

For my card I used some of the Indian Warrior digital set kindly supplied by Bombshell. I coloured the images with spectrum noirs. The paper behind the warrior is My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup Girl 'sweet song' and the striped paper is from a pack by Acid drops & whatnots. The sentiment was generated on my dymo letratag.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
One stop craft 239: add stripes
Challenges 4 everybody 27: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 13: anything goes
De creatieve zebra 30: anything goes
The cutie pie 51: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 154
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Have a wheelie good birthday


For this card I've following the sketch for Atlantic hearts sketch 16:


I used three Color Box small inkpads - silver (although it doesn't look like silver here), pearlised white (which doesn't really show up here on the white card, but does IRL) and gold.

I masked off areas as I used the ink direct to paper and then stamped the Papermania bicycle. The sentiment was computer generated and printed, so the card is one layer.

Sorry it's such a poor photo (might try to get a better one in the morning):


This is also for:

Sentiment Sunday 167: one layer
Fashionable stamping 54: clean & simple
Scribbles designs 8: clean and simple
A creative romance: masking
Sweet stamps: masking
The artistic stamper creative team August: travel
Oldie but a goodie: boy/male cards (the bicycle stamp is very old)
Creatalicious 54: for the boys
Cards in envy: rev it up - transport - this card is A6 size and one layer
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
One crazy stamper August: birthdays
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

CAS wedding card


This is a clean and simple one layer card, using a white card blank on to which I stamped with an old Anita favourite wedding image inked with versamark and heat embossed with mirror gold powder.

As usual, very difficult to get a photo of a white card and the gold embossing doesn't show up, so I'm including a little close up as well. I coloured the faces and the groom's suit with pale spectrum noirs (hardly visible here because I was concentrating on trying to show the white as best I could).



This is for:

Sentiment Sunday 167: one layer
Joanna Sheen: embossing
Pattie's 73: embossing
Fashionable stamping 54: clean & simple
Bizzy Becs August: clean and simple
Scribbles designs 8: clean and simple

Cherry blossom


I apologise if you saw this post with just the first link and the card, but the linky for Sketchy Norway 173 was showing 1 minute to go!! So I linked before putting any description.

So this is for Sketchy Norway 173: green, white and pink, where this gorgeous picture inspiration was shared:


I used a pearlised card blank on to which I put the fancy edged oval (left over from a Kanban kit), which was stamped with Lindsay Mason's cherry blossom, which was coloured with spectrum noir. A few Papermania adhesive stones were added on the cherry blossom and the corners. I added the big green flower because it seemed to go with the green colouring, but I'm not sure it is a good addition.


This is also for:

Eureka 52: blooms and blossoms
Melonheadz friends: flowers everywhere
Let's craft and create 76: say it with flowers
It's all about the vintage and beauty 50: summer flowers
Bloggers challenge: flower power
Kort o mania 91: flowers
Sweet stamps 130: bling
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Playing with inks


Not feeling too great this afternoon, but wanted to do something crafty, but found it hard to concentrate and decide what to do.

I found some stamps that were free with a magazine - I never inked any of them - and stamped with versafine black onyx and heat embossed with detail black powder. I then torn around a perspex oval template and then stamped on to that with an oval background stamp inked with peacock feathers distress ink. I then splattered with water and brushed the torn edges with the distress ink.

But I wasn't too happy with this, so I decided to have another try, this time I stamped the oval peacock feathers before I tore round the perspex template. I thought I would achieve a better result that way, but in the end I prefer the original one which is on the left as you look at the picture.


These are for:

By Lori designs 53: aqua and red
Daring cardmakers: colours of the sea
Oozak 19: anything goes/sea colour
Going grey with Scrap-creations: girls just want to have fun
Crafty creations 235: make two
ABC 40: stamps, ink, paper
Use it Tuesday 61: un-inked stamps
Alphabet: N for newest stamp
Sweet stampin: bold & beautiful
Ooh-la-la: a step back in time

How silly do I look with these wings?


I was prompted to make this for CD Sunday: quick and cute, using elements from My Craft Studio Tinkering with steampunk - it certainly was quick (once I remembered how to change colours) and hope it is cute enough! This was totally created digitally.

Oh dear! When I started this there was a linky for CD Sunday, but it's disappeared now, so it seems I was too late to actually enter the challenge - nevermind, I enjoyed creating this.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
One stop craft 239: add stripes
Take a word: wild animals
Card crafters circle 88: winged things
Wags n whiskers 110: fairytale/fantasy
The cupboard trilogy 14: monochrome
Creative inspirations 227: monochrome
Little scrap pieces fun Friday: anything goes

Still no sentiment


This is another card for my CHNC challenge 138: no sentiment, using the sketch for Sunday stamps 56:


I used a ready edged tag shaped card, on to which I put some clear organza ribbon. I didn't want to completely stick this down as I didn't want adhesive to show through, so I stuck in places that I knew would be covered, wrapping around the inside and back too.

The circular embossed pictures have been in my Christmas stash for some time, but I've got no idea where they came from.I thought it was about time they were used and thought they went with the colour of the edging of the corner.


I've used a glittered vintage picture to cover over the ribbon joins:


And another one on the back:


This is also for:

Divas by design: Christmas in August
The cheerful stamp pad 66: vintage children
Ooh-la-la: a step back in time
Ruby's rainbow 60: vintage
Sugar creek hollow 67: a child's life
Wordplay Saturday August: childhood
Deep ocean 58: odd shapes
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, glitter
Crafty ribbons 57: use 3 of something - 3 circular images, 3 golden star gems
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

CHNC challenge 138: no sentiment


Today's CHNC challenge 138 is 'no sentiment' - create any Christmas card this week without a sentiment on the front.

If anyone's been following my blog this week you'll know that I've been using up some glittered pyramage pictures that I got some years ago in a Kanban kit. Here is another one, mounted on to a piece of Anna Griffin flocked paper. The background papers are offcuts from some that came with a magazine, decorated with some gold foil strips and a couple of gold gems.

I following the sketch given for House of cards month two clean and simple sketch:



This is also for:

Divas by design: Christmas in August
Crimbo crackers 48: it's snow business
Christmas at sweet stampin 9: winter animals
Festive Friday 15: children's theme
Hobby cutz 12: card for a child
Simply create too 44: for a child
Make my Monday: add some dimension
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, glitter
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Friday, 16 August 2013

Here comes Santa ...


This is for the sketch for Sweet Sunday sketch challenge 190:


I've used an offcut of Papermania paper for the background, a scrap of striped paper, an upcycled picture that has some lovely glittered snow on it, a Craftwork cards sentiment and a few brads.


This is also for:

Christmas card challenge 2013 week 37: evergreen trees
ABC Christmas: P is for ... presents, papers
Sparkles Christmas 31: charmed I'm sure - charms and/or brads
Left of center 12: use something metal
My heart pieces: use a piece of meal
Jingle belles let's play Christmas tic-tac-toe - I chose clitter or bling, red or green, Santa
Crimbo crackers 48: it's snow business
Festive Friday 15: children's theme
Hobby cutz 12: card for a child
Simply create too 44: for a child
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, gliter
Creative Belli 176: glitter
Divas by design: Christmas in August

When is a challenge not a challenge?


When you think you are going to enter it and then realise that the card isn't right for it. I made this card based on Anne-Marie's sketch given for Sunday sketch and stamp 169, completely forgetting that I needed to stamp to qualify for the challenge ... you'd have thought I'd have realised that the clue is in the name of the challenge blog! Anyway, I still acknowledge that I used the sketch even though I'm not entering the challenge:

The background is a piece of embossed vellum, the striped paper is an offcut and the circular embossed image is upcycled from an old card. Across the bottom is a piece of washi tape and a Craftwork cards sentiment.


This is for:

Polka doodles 33: have a heart
Divas by design: Christmas in August
Emma's 19: floral

Tear it to pieces


It's time for a new challenge on The Sweet Pea Stampers and today it's 'tear it to pieces' paper tearing. Please click on the link here and see the gorgeous crafting of the rest of the team and, hopefully, join us in the challenge.

I've used the Sweet Pea Stamps 'hang in there, Kitty' digi by Karen Middleton and papers from Basic Grey Max & whiskers pad. The image was coloured with copics and the edges torn with a perspex oval template, using a slightly larger one as a mat for this. Everything was mounted on to a kraft card blank.


This is also for:

One sweet challenge August: favourite technique - I have many favourites, including distressing by tearing and colouring with alcohol pens
Art impressions 116: for the dogs (& cats)
LEJ 66: furry friends
PanPastel UK 32: cute and cuddly
Jellypar friends: cuddly wuddly
Paper-crafting journey: distressed/vintage
Can you digi it 42: lift me up - encouragement
Word art Wednesday 93: anything goes
Sweet stampin: going krafty
Use your stuff 97: four patterns - 4 different pattern papers
Southern girls 75: things beginning with F - feline
Crafter's corner 11: anything goes
Stamps + fun = creativity 164: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 20: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 116
52 card pickup 2.33

Another card for CCAYR August challenge


This is another card for the mid-month inspiration here on Christmas cards all year round for the August challenge.

Once again I've used die cuts pieces from a My Paper Stash Library kit, adding some Hobbycraft bling and some sparkly ribbon.


This is also for:

Divas by design: Christmas in August
Creative inspirations 227: monochrome
Deep ocean 58: odd shapes
Fun with shapes and more 141: nothing square
Penny's 140: lace and/or ribbon
The paper shelter 124: use that ribbon
Fussy & fancy 95: bingo - I chose: blue, ribbon, die cut
Craft-dee bowZ August: anything goes and include a handmade bow
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, glitter
Crafter's corner 11: anything goes

Thursday, 15 August 2013

CCAYR mid-month post


This is one of my cards that has been posted today here for the mid-month inspiration for the Christmas cards all year round August challenge: fussy and fancy. If you haven't yet had a chance to join in, please click on the link and do so. And please have a look at the wonderful inspiration given by the crafting of the rest of the team.

I used a card blank with a ready cut fancy edge which I brushed with bundled sage distress ink, linking the inside of the card with coordinating paper. All papers are from a Hunkydory kit. Gems are from Hobbycraft and Poundland. The centre piece background with the bell is very glittered, which, unfortunately, doesn't show up too well here.



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Divas by design: Christmas in August
Stamp-n-doodle: the colour green
Creative inspirations 227: monochrome
Simon says Wednesday challenge: monochromatic
DRS 83: cards with 1 decorative edge
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, glitter
Crafter's corner 11: anything goes
Creative Belli 176: glitter

Season's greetings


This is for Shell's sketch for the Come and get it challenge this week:


I've used another of those old glittered pyramage pictures by Kanban, some offcuts of papers, a star and sentiment, and some bling from Poundland.


This is also for:

Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday for August: oh scrap!
Make my Monday: add some dimension - 3D elements
Aud sentiments 87: anything but a birthday card
The paper girls 37: glitter, glitter, glitter
CRAFT 220: Christmas
Hobby house 3: Christmas
Crimbo crackers 48: it's snow business
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Craftin' boutique: anything goes
Card and scrap 59: anything goes
DL.ART August: anything goes
Sister act 19: anything goes
Make it Monday 153
Inspire me Fridays 115
52 card pickup 2.32