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Friday, 29 October 2010

Winter Wonderland - a Mousey Christmas

What do you suppose it is about mice and Christmas? Is it just influence from Clement St Moores poem Twas the night before Christmas or is there some other reason we love them at this time of year? Over at Winter Wonderland our teamie Lynsey has chosen this theme and the Dt have got some really cute cards which prove we love Christmas Mice! These 2 are among my current favs and I have made quite a few cards with them. Coloured with promarkers the papers are papermania and sentiment by Graphicus. The ribbon and flower are from my stash.

This week we are sponsored by our lovely friends at Whimsy who are giving the lucky winner $15 to spend in store - thats a real treat!

Check out the Winter Wonderland blog for more mousey cuteness!
Have a Fab weekend xx


Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Sunday Post

Is over here for a change! Usually my Sunday offerings appear on the main blog but as I am all Christmassy I thought I would add it here for a change!

Over at Tag You're it the theme is to make a tag with scallops. Well here are 3 I have made for a project I am hosting at my craft group Christmas day on 6th November. We are making a Christmas planner using envelopes - I am all for making something amazing out of nothing LOL. I will share the finished project nearer the time.
Over at Keep it Simple out theme is to take a bow. Another excuse to use some big ribbon and my gorgeous graphicus bauble. This was so simple to make I just embossed the bauble in gold on some red card, cut it out, added torn paper down the side of the green card, matted onto a card blank then added the bow - seriously simples!

I am also sponsoring this weeks challenge with some Christmas goodies. The winner will receive:-
Messy Rabbit - Noel stamp plate
Sarah Kay - Santa and sack polymer stamp
Gold vellums pack
selection of die cuts in a tin to include stockings, poinsettas and trees (craftwork cards) and some snowflakes in different shapes to add to finished projects.
Hope they like it!
Do stop by Keep it Simple where my team mates have not followed my Christmassy theme at all but have the most stunning bow projects to share!

Friday, 22 October 2010

cooking up a recipe

Over at Winter Wonderland our team mate Kate decided we should have a recipe for this weeks challenge - so using 2 papers, 1 ribbon, 1 charm and a snowflake here is my offering.

Papers are by Bo Bunny - I think they are called Noel. The card blank is by craft work cards and is a lovely shape. The image is of course by the lovely Mo Manning but is a polymer stamp and the Magical Christmas is a forever friends stamp. A dust of peeled paint ink, a few dots and we are done.
I made this card at the local craft shop last Tuesday where we have a playday once a month. This week was extra special as we had 5 new people and a visitor! We had lots of chatter and many laughs - crafters are usually such lovely folks.
Wednesday saw my pal Emma doing a Stampin up workshop at my house. The first one I have hosted at home - we had lots of fun including singing some childhood songs - poor Em I bet she doesnt have many groups as mad as ours LOL
Anyhow do stop by Winter Wonderland to see what the team has cooked up - I promise they are all delish!
I am also entering this in the elegance challenge over on Bah Humbug this week
Have a great Friday x

Friday, 15 October 2010

Winter Wonderland - Give it a vintage look!

My turn to choose the challenge again over at Winter Wonderland so I went for a look I love to see :0) I have seen this stamp many times and have resisted for so long because I actually have 4 other versions in different sizes from different companies - however in a moment of weakness I succoumbed and I am not sorry at all - I love it!
I have stamped the image in coffee archival ink and used some old music papers and some Christmas paper by Penny black behind the image - coloured the lace with brushed corderoy distress ink and added some gold organza lace.

We are sponsored this week by the lovely Teri her shop is full to the brim with the most gorgeous images so one random winner will be very lucky indeed!
So do stop by the Winter Wonderland blog for more inspiration my team mates have made the most gorgeous vintage creations x

Monday, 11 October 2010

Bah Humbug goes cute!

Over on Bah Humbug this week they want to see some cute - perfect for this creation I began at a class with the lovely Katy
Katy has helped me get much better with my promarker colouring - the class was soooo useful and whats more I think she is repeating it in November so do check with her if you can get to Skipton to do it!
So back to the crad - cant remember who makes the papers or stamped image though it is sooo cute! The snowflakes were die cuts from a spellbinders die and I just added those jewelled snowflakes on top. The sentiment is by Butterfly kisses and card blank by craft work cards - just love that shape :0) I went for colours that were out of my comfort zone (see last post too) being a red and green gal for Christmas pinks and blues are very different for me.
Do stop by Bah Humbug as the DT have some gorgeous designs to inspire you too x
Thanks for looking x Janet

Friday, 8 October 2010

Winter Wonderland

This weeks theme has been chosen by my fab Teamie Danielle and is "Jesus is the reason for the season"
Now this may be somewhat controversial for some folks but it is true the whole celebration is around the birth of a baby 2,000 years ago who has changed the lives of many people and continues to do so today. When I was growing up going to church was a big part of the Christmas celebrations and I still get a thrill going to the midnight service and hearing extracts from the Nativity story. I have been known to well up with tears (mum says my bladder is too close to my eyes) whilst reading the Nativity to my own children in the past and now my nephew, Matthew and niece, Rebecca. In fact Rebecca loves the Dick Bruna book I have so much I tried to buy her a copy - do you know its out of print? and when I looked the only copy on ebay already had bids of over £40! Still I digress from the challenge so better get back to my post Lol
Last Sunday I did a wonderful promarkers course at my local shop and this was one of the cards I made. Image I think is Stampendous - papers I'm really not sure so maybe someone will enlighten me. I MADE myself move away from red and green for this one just to do something that bit different and I do like it. Katy was so helpful with hints and tips on using promarkers I really feel my colouring has improved quite a bit.
Now the WW challenge is sponsored by Robyn's fetish stamps who have lots of varied digital images on offer so go on join in - You could be the winner!
Do stop by Winter Wonderland where the team have made some stunning cards with Nativity scenes. I look forward to seeing your entries on my visiting travels x Janet

Friday, 1 October 2010

A card for a chap!

Over at Winter Wonderland this week the lovely Lynsey has challenged us to make a Christmas card for a male - well most of the chaps I know are very Bah Humbug over Christmas so I have gone for a clean and simple look. I cannot take all credit for this card as one of the ladies - Judith - who comes to my club sessions made one similar for her cards last year - Judith definately hides her light under a bushal as she has been winning trophys at country shows all year with her wonderous creations - so I have scraplifted her idea!
The stamp is by paperartsy and I have paper pieced it using some bits from the left over box - by basic grey. The sentiment is by papermania and the faux stitching detail was my daughters suggestion so hey this card was practically made by everyone else I just added the glue LOL. Digi doodle shop are our sponsors this week offering a $10 prize to the randomly picked winner - Brilliant stuff!
Check out my team mates over at Winter Wonderland - these chaps are in for such a treat this Christmas we will drive the Bah Humbugs away :0)
Have a great Friday x Janet