Sunday, December 11, 2016

Scrapbooking


I finally got round to photo the latest layouts I have done these two are about Mason's first Birthday. The papers are a mixture of Echo Park's boys collection packs over the last few years. Yes I keep all the scraps ideal for making stars.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

A couple of Hedgies


My poor blog is suffering, a sad reflection that I'm struggling with Card Making. Tiredness and missing mojo is having an effect.

But I did manage a couple of really quick Penny Black Christmas Cards. This Hedgie stamp doesn't have many parts to layer. So I used a Simon Say Stamp Stiched die and a Nestabilities to make the red mat round it.

Stitched Rectangle die for the Doodlebug Christmas paper from last year or maybe the year before. Foam Snowflakes which I think I used the the Lawn Fawn ones simply because they were on hand.

Favourite sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and the stitched fishtail banner from Simon too just fits the sentiment.



This time I used a Stitched Square die with the odd strips to make my patterned squares but used a cutter for the mats, the square dies all seemed far too big.

I've now given up making Christmas cards, there's one on my craft desk to finish and thats it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Ice Inspiration

  

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Ice Inspiration

and the lovely Jenn Shurkus has made us this gorgeous mood board to give us some inspiration!  
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This week we are showcasing My Favorite Things 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
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If you need inspiration for Christmas cards look no farther than the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Inspiration Board. I saw Ice and My Favourite Things and decided it was time to use Snow Capped Mountains die and their Mountain Range die.

I also used Simon Says Stamp Hills and Slopes and yes that is the Simon Says Stamps Christmas Toys sentiment.

Then I used my favourite technique that works so well with My Favourite Thing Pure Innocence, Paper Pieceing. I've used the Ice Skater apologies that its out of stock but this technique works well with most Pure Innocence stamps. The papers are Doodlebug Polar Pals, do love the nontraditional colours.

Back to my craftroom I'm short of Christmas cards, luckily these will be hand delivered so they can be as lumpy as I want.



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

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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
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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 

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.



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.