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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store: 
  This image is called a "Winter Fox".  In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00.

Hurry as this offer ends on 5 January 2019.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Special Christmas Card for my Wonderful Husband

Here is the Christmas card for my husband. I have used backing papers, decoupage and sentiments from Debbi Moore Designs Inspiration Magazines and the Journey to Wonderland CD.

I have finished the card off with the sentiments, ribbon, fibres and buttons.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Incy Wincy - Celebrate
The Male Room - The colour blue
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of Christmas
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
As You Like It - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes with the option of bears
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option of Christmas with snowflakes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes

Monday, 24 December 2018

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Here are two cards that I made, one for a friend and one for my aunt and uncle.

Before my birthday I was lucky enough to visit the Crafter's Companion Evesham Store and managed to get this Sheena Douglas stamp and matching die that I had wanted from the previous year.  Needless to say I thought it would be perfect for a Christmas card.
 I watercoloured the houses, lamps and trees in pots with my Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens.  I haven't done watercolouring for some time but although I didn't feel well I managed to get these images coloured.
I added some glitter and white Flowersoft to the roof of the house, roof of the porch and then added highlights to the fence, trees in pots and the ground.

I have used various The Works backing papers for the cards.

I have finished the cards off with some die-cut greenery, poinsettia flowers from Hobbycraft and a stamped sentiment. I
 I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Winter sparkle
Incy Wincy - Celebrate
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
As You Like It - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes with the option of bears
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Selection of Christmas Cards

Here are a selection of Christmas cards I have made.  I like to colour in images for cards but I also loveeeeeeeeee doing decoupage.
 This first card is using an image from a La Pashe CD and is for someone who loves riding on trains and trainspotting.
 These are two A5 cards using decoupage sheets from a La Pashe CD.
 A lot of people like nativity cards so here are three that I have made from a La Pashe CD.
 Isn't this Santa nice and jolly?  I love the robin card as well.  Both of these image are from a La Pashe CD.
 More cards made from a La Pashe CD.
 A few years back now I got a paper pad from Katy Sue Designs and these are some of the cards I have made with the images.
 I kept these cards quite clean-and-simple (CAS) as they needed to be posted.
Well these are nearly all the cards I made for Christmas.  Just a few more to show and then it's the start of making cards throughout the year ready for Christmas 2019.  Making some Christmas cards each month makes life a lot easier.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - T is for trees (the last 3 lots of cards above fit this challenge)
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 Well I have finished work now until Friday.

I would just like to wish all the followers of my blog a Merry Christmas 
 and a Happy New Year.

I hope 2019 is a happy, healthy and certainly a VERY crafty year for us all.

I will be back with posts on my blog in the new year.

Take care everyone.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 21 December 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "BUTTERFLIES/INSECTS".

This week for the last inspiration post for 2018 the Design Team were challenged to "ANYTHING BUT A CARD" by Design Team Member Aurora.

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
 For my decorated photo frame that my son and his partner brought me back from Malta I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Autumn Sea" (this is available in a set called "Beautiful Tails Mermaids" and comes with Intense Red, Jewellery Keeper, Flowing Crimson and Sunset Jasmine".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, cut the image to fit inside the frame and then used various stencils and inks to create some depth around the image.  I then used a die-cut to create some seaweed.

The frame came with some shells on it but I have stuck on more along with a die-cut seahorse and a calendar tab so this frame can sit on my craft desk next year.  

The Promarkers that I have used are: 
Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Coral, Dusky Pink, Sandstone and Caramel 
Mermaid's top/tail - Mint Green, Soft Green and Pastel Green
Sky - Blue Pearl
Sand/coral/sun - Buttercup, Saffron, Primrose, Coral, Cinnamon.

I am entering this decorate frame into the following challenges: 

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Celebrate
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the option of Christmas
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - Anything but a card
As You Like It - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes with the option of bears
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Friday, 14 December 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store: 
  This image is called a "Winter Cuddle".  In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00. 
 There is also a Winter Sale on in the Etsy Store.

If you use the code "WINTER2018" you will get 25% of all digital items in the store after a spend of $5 or more.

Hurry as this offer ends on 25 December 2018.

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 14 December 2018

 Good morning.  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".


PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation and you MUST specify the colouring medium you have used.
  We are lucky to have "Oddball Art" as our sponsor this week.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Oddball Art digital stamp called "Fox Image No 271".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and edged around the image with a A6 script stamp which I held in my hand to get a patchy effect around the image.

The backing papers I have used are all from my scraps box of printed out papers from last year.  I have used various texture stamps on them to give the look of more dimension.

Due to the cost of posting I have kept the embellishments to a minimum by simply adding some die-cut baubles and a digital stamp sentiment.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 

Fox - Putty, Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta and Burnt Sienna
Hat - Ivory, Putty, Apple and Bright Green
Baubles - Bright Green and Poppy Red.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Oddball Art Stamps December Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Season's Greetings ie Christmas/winter project
Crafty Calendar - It's Chrismas time
Crafty Friends - Christmas
2 Crafty Crazy Critters - Anything goes with critters
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Hip to be square
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Christmas goes
Creative Inspirations - Feeling festive
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/theme of Christmas
Creative Moments - Anything goes/creepmas
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Holiday anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Tis the season
Moving Along with the Times - Anything Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - Season's Greetings
Winter Wonderland - End of year anything Christmas goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Photo inspiration
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option of gems or pearls
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Simon Says - Warm winter wishes
Crafty Sentiments - Celebrate
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Christmas
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Simon Says - Christmas
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of just do what you like best
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 14 December 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog.

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "BUTTERFLIES/INSECTS".

This week the Design Team were challenged to "USE SOME RIBBON".

Here is my inspiration post with that theme.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik digital stamp called "Aurora Woods".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, chalked the background and highlighted areas with my white gel pen to resemble snow.

The backing papers I was given by a friend.

I have finished the card off with some Christmas tree ribbon, some spotty organza ribbon, a sentiment from my Polkadoodles Here Comes Christmas CD and two little MDF deer that I got from Hobbycraft which I coloured with a Cinnamon Promarker.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Blush, Khaki and Pastel Beige
Hat - Cinnamon, Caramel and Cocoa
Trees - Leaf Green, Bright Green and Burnt Sienna.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Scrap - Season's Greetings ie Christmas/winter project
Crafty Friends - Christmas
We Love 2 Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Christmas
Passion for Promarkers - Hip to be square
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Christmas goes
Creative Inspirations - Feeling festive
Crafting by Designs - Holiday anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Tis the season
Moving Along with the Times - Anything Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - Season's Greetings
Winter Wonderland - End of year anything Christmas goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Photo inspiration
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes Christmas with the option of gems or pearls
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Simon Says - Warm winter wishes
Crafty Sentiments - Celebrate
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Ally's Angels - Christmas
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Simon Says - Christmas
Little Miss Muffet - Anything goes
CRAFT - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of just do what you like best
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Happy Birthday

 We have a birthday club at work.  Today is my colleague's birthday and it is up to me to buy a card/make a card for her.  Well I haven't bought a card for about 6-7 years so I had to put my thinking cap on what card to make.
In the end I decided to make a 4 xA5 concertina card and use my Debbi Moore "My Fair Lady CD" and used lots of different topper sheets, backing papers and decoupage sheets.

I did decorate the other side of the card fully but I forgot to take a photo before getting my colleagues to sign it.  I also forgot to take a photo of the box I made.  The box turned into a bit of a drama.  I used my boxer board from Crafter's Companion.  I bought the Ultimate in a bargain some years ago from a shopping channel.  Weeks later the Ultimate Pro came out but as my cardmaking budget is limited I could not justify buying another system.  This means when I score the card for boxes I have to hold the card to the edge of the board with my dodgy hands.  It works most of the time but sometimes it's not as accurate and I ended up with a top and bottom that didn't fit!!  Had a second go and it worked out OK and I decorate it with backing paper and toppers from the CD.

I finished the card off quite simply with sentiments off the CD, pearls, ribbon and some beautiful lace I was given some time ago.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/theme of Christmas
Creative Moments - Anything goes/creepmas
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
CRAFT - Anything goes

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Happy 12th Birthday to a Very Special Niece

It was my niece's 12th birthday on Thursday and I made her this card using my Debbi Moore "Journey to Wonderland" CD.

For the front and the inside of the card I have used various design sheets, backing papers and an insert.

As the card had to be posted I had to keep quite flat so I have finished the card off with a die-cut "12", die-cut hearts and sentiments from the CD.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper December Challenge - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Creative Fingers - Anything goes

Friday, 7 December 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge Blog - Friday 7 December 2018

  Good morning.  It is time for another challenge over at the Colour Crazy Challenge Blog.

The topic this week is "anything goes".


PLEASE NOTE:  We are a colouring challenge and therefore to take part in the challenge you MUST have coloured something on your card/creation and you MUST specify the colouring medium you have used.
 We are lucky to have "Polkadoodles" as our sponsor this week.
 For my Christmas card I have used the Polkadoodles image called "Snowman - Winnie Angel".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and added some Stickles glitter glue to her hat, the pom-pom for the snowman's hat and for the snow.

The backing papers are from my Polkadoodles Here Comes Christmas CD.

I have finished the card off with some MDF holly/berries that I got from Hobby craft (which I have coloured green and red with my Promarkers), a sentiment from the CD and some ribbon.

The Promarkers that I have used are:

Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
Hair - Khaki, Pastel Beige and Caramel
Wings - Blush and Putty
Coat/flowers/hat/bow/snowman's hat/scarf - Lipstick Red, Red, Poppy Red, Leaf Green and Bright Green
Snowman - Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Blender pen, Umber and Canary.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Scrap - Season's Greetings ie Christmas/winter project
We Love 2 Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
Crafty Calendar - It's Chrismas time
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option to use a stencil
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option to use some washi tape
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Christmas goes
Creative Inspirations - Feeling festive
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/theme of Christmas
Creative Moments - Anything goes/creepmas
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Holiday anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Through the Purple Haze - Tis the season
Moving Along with the Times - Anything Christmas
CRAFT - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Ribbons/bows
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - Season's Greetings
Winter Wonderland - End of year anything Christmas goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Photo inspiration
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of glitter and shine
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 7 December 2018

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "BUTTERFLIES/INSECTS".

He
re is my inspiration post with this theme.
 For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Fresh Blue" and coloured it in with my Promarkers.  I have added Stickles glitter glue to her wings and flowers.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished the cards off with some yellow organza ribbon, silver striped organza ribbon, various die-cut butterflies with Stickles added, die-cut sentiment and Stickles added to the centres of the flowers on the backing paper.

The Promarkers that I have used are: 
Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal 
Hair - Cinnamon, Caramel and Cocoa
Dress/flowers - Lemon, Yellow, Canary and Bright Green
Wings - Vanilla and Pastel Yellow
Background - Powder Blue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything goes
Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper December Challenge - Anything goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the option to use some washi tape
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything goes with the option of Christmas
Simon Says - Something starting with "B" (birthday and butterflies)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Hip to be square
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Holiday anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
4 Crafty Chicks - Ribbons/bows
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the option of glitter and shine
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New release

  Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store: 
  This is an image called "A Gift for You".  In this set you will get a black-and-white image and a partially coloured image by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

It is available in the Etsy Store for an introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.00. 
 Hurry as this offer ends on 9 December 2018.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Special Wishes - Happy birthday

Here is a birthday card that I have made.  I have used a decoupage image and backing papers from various Debbi Moore Designs Inspiration Magazines.

The image I have mounted on top of a Marianne Designs square frame.  I barely used it after I got it as I could never get it to cut well in either my Cuttlebug or my Grand Calibur die-cutting machines.  My family bought me for Christmas last year a full size Gemini machine and no matter what die I have put through it has cut perfectly - including this one - and a lot of times it cuts as well as embosses so you don't have to put it through again to specifically emboss it.

I have finished the card off with a sentiment from one of the design sheets and have cut out flowers from a piece of backing paper.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Craft - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes with the option to use a stencil
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper December Challenge - Anything goes