My Last Design Team Card for 2012!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Hi all!

I'm a little late in posting this as something came up last night and I didn't get to scheduling it so it has had to wait til I came home from work.

Here it is, my last design team post of the year and then I can relax!  Well, I'm hoping to get caught up on all the cards I've made throughout the year and never actually got around to blogging.  Hopefully I'll get them done before the end of the year.

So it's time for a new challenge at The Creative Card Crew and for the next 3 weeks we are being sponsored by a fab new sponsor!  The fabulous Scrapping Center (they're from the US so I have to spell it like that! lol)

And they're offering one lucky winner a fantastic $15 to spend in their store!

So the challenge  - remember it's for 3 weeks this time is...

- Chinese New Year - 
- Red & Gold -
- Year of the Snake!

And it's easier than it sounds!  You can do an asian theme, a red and gold colour scheme (so for birthdays or Christmas or whatever) or you can add a snake to your project or whatever way you think the challenge can be interpretted!

 So here's what I did

I went with red & gold and an Asian theme.  The image is Fantastic Sophia by Paper Pretties and I've had it printed out and floating around my craft room for ages so I thought it was perfect for this challenge!  I've coloured her with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Dress;R29,27,24,E39,37,35. Fan;E33,31,30. Hair;110,C9,7,5. Plus I used some gold calligraphy ink on the flowers on her dress and on the fan - it's not showing up very well though but it's nice and shimmery!

The papers are DCWV Fire Blossom from the Far East Print set.  I used a calendar that we got out of our local Chinese restaurant (cos we're such good customers!) and painted over the back of it with the gold ink.  I adhered it to a house-shaped frame that I made out of skewers and raffia (I love it when you need a saw to make a card!) and trimmed to fit.  I cut out the image and attached with foam pads.  I then decided that I would stamp a sentiment onto the bambooey background and hoped for the best that it would turn out ok!  The Chinese coin is one of a set I've had for ages and have only just used!  A little bit of bronze Viva Pearl Pen finished it off.

The inside has the same papers and I cut a circle out of white paper with a spellbinders die and then cut it into a fan shape.  I stamped the Wild Rose Studio sentiment and blossoms before I gently folded it to give it a bit of shape and attached to the card with a little bit of adhesive so that it sits out a bit.

So go and have a look at the fantastic inspiration the rest of the DT have provided at the Creative Card Crew and go get creative yourself!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Challenge; Celebration
Cute Card Thursday; So charming
Ladybug Crafts Ink; Anything goes
Stamp 'n' Doodle; Something unusual

Thanks for looking!


Jolly Holly!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Good afternoon!

Are you all getting excited??  Are you all organised??  I was trying to get all my Christmas pressies wrapped yesterday but the old back was having none of it!  I got most of them done but still have a few to do.

I'm all excited cos I'm heading out soon to see my wee nephew Ryan in his school P1 nativity play!  He's playing a shepherd  (or a Chefferd as he was calling it! - He knew what he meant but his wee sister Holly wasn't so sure and at one point told my cousin that he was going to be a cooker!  After some puzzled looks all round I asked them what a chefferd did, Ryan said "he looks after sheep" and Holly said "he makes my dinner"!!  Like a chef!! lol!  I then explained that he was actually going to be a shepherd and what he did!) and he has a line to say.  My hands will be sore from clapping after it as you have to clap after each child says their line - it's tradition!

Anyway, time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu and it's a special week this week as the Pink and Purple teams have joined forces for a special 3 week challenge over the festive holidays.  Elaine decided that it would be good to have a theme of...

Anything goes!

So here's what I did

I made this card for my gorgeous wee niece Holly using the same fold of card as I did for Ryan (always best to give them the same things or a row will break out!)

The image is Tilda With Two Little Gifts by Magnolia, coloured with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,000,R20. Clothes;R39,37,27,YG07,05,03. Hair;E49,39,35,31.  Plus I helped some of the shading with some Prisma pencils.

The papers are "Special Delivery" by Helz Cuppleditch.  The sentiment is Merry Christmas by Papermania and the Holly is also a stamp from some Christmas set but I can't remember which (it might have been an Elusive Images set) stamped with versamark and embossed with white Stampin' Up! EP.  I used copious amounts of snowtex on almost everything!  The loopy ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl and the jingle bells and felt trees are table decorations from my stash.

So pop over to Eclectic Ellapu to see the fab inspirations from both teams and join in with the fun!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog: Traditional colours
Charisma Cardz Challenges; Christmas makes
Crafty Boots Challenge Blog: Christmas
Cupcake Crafts Challenges: Merry Christmas
Divas By Design; Use some red
Dream Valley Challenges; Christmas
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; With love at Christmas
Party Time Tuesday; Kids Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday; Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: Button or Bow

Thanks for looking and a big hello to my new followers!

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

Friday, 14 December 2012

Good afternoon lovely people!

Kinda dull and dreary today and cold!
I went to see The Hobbit last night and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed.  The high frame rate in 3D looked great but the story is a bit rubbish - the bits that came straight out of the book were great but the made-up bits were not!  And you could even see some of the prosthetics likes obviously fake noses and bald heads!  Also, it is just under 3 hours long and I was very uncomfortable as I was at the physio yesterday and she worked hard on me!
I was surprised to see Aidan Turner ie: Mitchell from Being Human (pic on left side-bar in the Eye Candy section!) and Dean O'Gorman ie: Anders from the Almighty Johnstons!  I was also trying to figure out whose voice it was coming from one of the CG characters and had to wait til the credits and it was an "of course" moment when I saw that it was Barry Humphries ie: Dame Edna Everage!

Anyway, it's time for another challenge!  This time The Alphabet Challenge  Blog challenge will run for 3 weeks to fit in Christmas and the New Year and during those 3 weeks we would like to see creations using the theme, chosen by Lesley, of...

W for Winter White!

So all white work for this challenge, not even any colour on an image (which I was very naughty and did for my first attempt but I managed to do another piece suitable for the DT entry!).

So here's what I did for my DT entry:

I made a tag!

I made it to match my card:

Which, as you can see, is an easel card

The image is the oh-so-cute Winter Fairy Talva from Mo's Digital Pencil which I coloured with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair;E35,33,31. Clothes;B01,00,0000 and Black, Dark Brown and Light Cerulean Blue Prisma pencil.
I did the out-of-the-box technique using a Spellbinders Labels 14 die to cut the image out before I used a glue pen and glamour dust to go over the fluffy parts like her hairband thingy and her leg warmers and also on her wings.  I used glossy accents on the icy part of her wings and snowtex for her huge snowball and for the ground under her feet.  I stuck some little gems onto her skirt with a glue pen.

The fab snowy tree dies are by Dee's Distinctively and the big snowflake is from the Ironwork Motifs set by Spellbinders.  I used loads of glamour dust on the trees and white and pearl acrylic paint on the snowflake.  The sentiment is from Papermania stamped with Bahama Blue memento ink.  I put some white netting behind the snowflake which you can just make out in the photo.

I used matt white card which I ran through a ribbler and then edged it with Snowtex.  I matted it onto a pearl white card (which is showing up silvery!).  The sentiment on the base is computer generated and cut out using Spellbinder Fancy Framed Tags 1.  I got the gorgeous diamantes at the NEC.

So pop over to the Alphabet Challenge Blog to see some fantastic creations - it's amazing what you can do with just white!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges (There are so many Christmas challenges at the mo!) :

Bunny Zoe Crafts: Celebration
Crafts 4 Eternity: Bling-tastic
Crafty Boots Challenges: Christmas
Creative Inspirations: Contemporary Christmas colours
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Merry Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges: Christmas
Fashionista Challenge: Winter
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; With Love at Christmas
Lollipop Crafts Challenge: Happy Holidays
My Time To Craft; Non traditional Christmas colours
No Matter Which Challenges: Christmas
One Stitch At A Time: More than 1 fold
Papercraft Junkies Challenge: Embellish it
Stamp & Create: Sparkly Christmas
Stamp With Fun; Ice
Stampin For The Weekend; Let it snow
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog; Dies and punches
Top Tip Tuesday; Christmas
Mos' Challenge Blog: D is for... Die cuts
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges: Die cuts

And I'd like to enter my tag into the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog: Label/Tag
Fussy & Fancy: Tags and banners
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog: Christmas tag
CRAFT Challenge: Winter
Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge Blog: Snowflakes
Delightful Challenges: Very Blingy
Incy Wincy Designs: Christmas with snowflakes
Ladybug Craft Ink: Sparkilicious
Little Claire's: Christmas
Papertake Weekly: Snow White
ABC Christmas Challenge: Y is for your favourite punch/die
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Oh Christmas tree

Thanks for looking!

Christmas Down Under

Sunday, 9 December 2012


Are you starting to feel festive yet?  I put my Christmas tree and decorations up yesterday so I hope it does the trick with me!  I'm hoping to get my cards finished off this week and get my last couple of presents so I can get them wrapped next weekend and then I can enjoy the holidays!  I wonder how well that plan will pan out!  I really feel like Christmas has snuck up on me this year!

But anyway, it's that time of the week again when there's a new challenge at Eclectic Ellapu and I'm so excited cos it's my turn to host!  So that means it's a Pink week!

The theme I have chosen (which will hopefully inspire some of you for those last minute Christmas makes) is...

Jolly & Bright!

Easy peasy!

I wanted to send a Christmas card all the way to the other side of the world to the lovely people who let us stay with them and made us feel so welcome when we were over earlier this year, so when I saw these images I knew they'd be perfect!
Here's my card:

 It's an Oz Claus (or Santa ClOz!)!  The images are "Aussie Santa" and "Aussie Chrissie Tree" by Make It Crafty (also printed onto Make It Crafty card!) and I coloured him with the following copics: Skin: E21,13,00,0000,R20. Vest/tinsel etc;R29,27,24. Shorts etc;YG17,13,11. Beard;C2,1. Hat/Tree;E49,39,37,35,33. Tinnies;BG49,45,18. Sand;Y19,15,11. Sky;B01,00,0000.

The papers are from the Christmas Carnival Collection by Kaiser Craft and the paper just behind the image was, erm, put on upside-down on purpose, erm, cos they are in Oz! lol! (Hopefully they'll not notice!)
The sentiment is by Circa design stamped with memento ink and gone over with Sakura clear stardust pen.  I thought the image looked like a holiday pic so I tried to make it like a polaroid picture.  I also used a Sakura clear glaze pen on Santa's sunglasses and the holly berries and the stardust pen on the tinsel.
The loopy trim is from the Ribbon Girl.

The inside has another Make It Crafty image on it.  I thought it would be a good idea to cut around some of the kangaroo but I'm not too fussed on it - I hadn't time to change it as it was being made on the last posting day for Oz!  The same papers are used as are on the front of the card and I added some faux stitching around the message panel.

I used the following copics to colour "Red Nose Roo": E39,37,35,33,R29,27,24,YG17,13,11.  Some clear stardust pen was used on their noses for a bit of extra sparkle.

So that's my card, I hope you find it both jolly and bright!  You'll find lot's more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the Eclectic Ellapu blog - I'm looking forward to seeing what you create to join us for this week!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenges; Santa is on his way
CRAFT Challenge; Christmas
Dream Valley Challenges; Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenge; Not a traditional Christmas card
Fussy & Fancy; I love Christmas
Jacksons Digital Expressions; Inks & such
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; With love at Christmas
Love To Create Challenge Blog; Holiday cheer
One Stop Craft Challenge; Christmas friends
Paperplay Challenges; Christmas is coming
The Ribbon Girl Challenge; Hohoho
The Squirrel & The Fox; Summer or Winter (I think I've covered both!)
Top Tip Tuesday; Christmas
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges; Anything goes as long as it's festive

Thanks for looking!

You're A Star!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Hi all!

Only 3 weeks til Christmas - are you all ready for it?  I'm not!

Time for a new challenge though at the Creative Card Crew and for this fortnight we are being sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp

They're offering one lucky winner a very generous $20 voucher for their shop!

So the challenge theme this time is....


Here's what I did:

I made this card to match the tag I shared a few weeks ago.  The image is "Sweet little donkey" by Meljen's Designs and I coloured it with the following copics: B95,93,91,YG07,05,03,R08,05,02. Background;YR02,00,E40.

The papers are DCWV "Nana's Kids" and kraft card. I used Spellbinders circle and big scallop circle dies for the image and X-cut stars for the, erm, stars!  The banner die is by Dienamics.  The sentiments are computer generated except for on the banner where I had to hand-write it - it would've taken forever for me to line it up on the computer!  A bit of Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon and a few swarovski crystals finish it off.

The inside uses the same elements as the front.

So pop over to the Creative Card Crew challenge blog to see some fantastic pieces of inspiration by the rest of the design team and join in the fun!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafts & Me Challenges; Ribbon or trim
Crafty Boots Challenge: Anything goes
Jackson's Digital Expression; Inks & such
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; Anything goes excluding Christmas
Kaboodles Doodles; Use circles
One Stitch At A Time; Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge; Anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!

My Schedule Is All Askew!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Hi all,

I'm a bit late posting this cos the post I had scheduled for Friday has disappeared!  So I'll try again and hopefully it'll work this time!

I had scheduled it cos I was away on Thursday and Friday for a couple of days of pampering with my friend in a fabulous hotel called the Galgorm Resort & Spa.  It is the most fantastic and beautiful hotel I've ever stayed in!  We were so relaxed and happy while we were there that we were sad to leave.  It was made all the better because I had won vouchers for the hotel at the Stonecrushers Ball in October so we didn't even have to pay for it!

Anyway, it's time for another challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog and it was the turn of the lovely Pat to choose a theme and she chose...

V for Vintage!

I always love to see other peoples vintage cards and projects because I'm not very good at vintage!

But here's my attempt anyway:

I made a circle easel card for my mum to give to my dad for his 60th birthday, so not only is the card kinda vintage - so is the recipient! lol!  Only joking! lol

The image is Big Guy Golfing by Mo's Digital Pencil which I coloured with the following copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Shirt;Y15,13,11. Jumper;YG97,95,93. Trousers, Shoes & Hat;E59,57,55,53. Club;100,C3,1. Grass;YG05,03,97,95,09,25,G07.
I love this image cos my dad has a habbit of sticking out his tongue when he's doing anything!

I used a large circle die from Go Kreate to make the card base and Spellbinders Std circle lg for the image and petite oval lg for the sentiments.  I used my swiss dots embossing folder back-to-front so the dots were debossed to make it look like a golf ball.

The sentiment was computer generated using the font "Chocolate Box Decoration".
The numbers were die cut from kraft card using Die-Namics "By The Numbers" dies and attached with foam pads and everything was aged with Vintage photo distress ink.

So go and see the rest of the DT's fab inspiration at the Alphabet Challenge Blog and join in with the fun - it's a great theme for Christmas cards too!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Boots Challenges; Anything goes
Here Come The Boys; Birthdays only
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog; Anything goes excluding Christmas
One Stitch At A Time; Anything goes
Partytime Tuesdays Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges; Shaped cards
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Stampin For The Weekend; Use some texture
The Corrosive Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog; Favourite colour combo (I love anything with kraft!)

Thanks for looking and a big hello to my new followers!