Thursday, 31 December 2009

ABC Christmas Card Challenge

Good morning everyone, very dull and drizzly here, so apologies for the photo as it`s pretty dark here.
Today i`m going to enter my first challenge after the christmas period and enter this card for the
This is a great challenge for me personally as I seemed to be rushing around trying to make all my christmas cards as well as my boys and MIL, this christmas.
The beutiful image is from karens doodles and I just added a bit of colour using my promarkers on her dress, wings and hair. I used stickles around the edge and mat and layered onto the papers. I added some flat gems to the centres of the flakes and threaded some tiny beads onto wire and dangled these from the large flake on the top corner of the card.
Papers Dovecraft winter wonderland
Image came from karens doodles.
Snowflakes were sizzlets and woodware 1" punch
Gems, tiny beads and ribbon from my stash.
Hope you have a great night tonight and see you all in the new year. Bye for now, Val xxx

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Good afternoon everyone!

Well what a Christmas we had, lots of fun and games and plenty of visitors over the festive period. Too much food and drink (hic!) as usually, so looks like a detox once the kids go back to school, but we`ve all had such a fantastic time.
I had just a few little pressies, not too much, as we had a couple of electrical things go over the hols, but I had a fabby pressie from my christmas swap partner over at the crafty place. Debbie (padstar)gave me some fabby stamps, which i`m so thrilled about and can`t wait to use. So a big thankyou girl, a thankyou card is in the post.(unfortunatly didn`t take photo of it to show everyone else).
Anyway, hoping to get right in there again with the crafting, once the kids and hubby are all back and I can get back to my old routine, so first blogged card after the festive period is this fun boys card.
I used basic grey papers

image was from doodle palace

sentiment was from some letter stickers that were in my stash.

Any way hope everyone has a fabby evening tomorrow and catch you all in the new year.

Val xxx

Monday, 21 December 2009

Merry Christmas and a happy 2010.

Good morning everyone. Just a quick post today as I think this will proberly be my last post until after christmas. I just want to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a happy crafting 2010!. It`s been so much fun hopping from one blog to the other and there is so much talent out there. I`ve picked up so many tips, I don`t think I would have pick these up if I wasn`t hopping from one blog to the other. So a BIG BIG thank you to everyone. Right i`m off to do some more christmas prep. Hugs Val xxx

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Good morning everyone, well another freezing day and still no real sign of snow. I haven`t ventured out yet, so have decided to complete a card that I had started yesterday, using a lovely freebie digi stamp from karens doodles. She has some really lovely images, why not pop over to her blog and see for yourself. The card and papers were all from my stash I brought last year, so sorry I can`t tell you what they are as I never kept a note. ( note to self for new year, make sure that I record where my papers come from )The sentiment was die cut from quickutz dies(a bit fiddly)The flowers are mulbury paper flowers and the little gems in the centres of the flowers are from kanban. I die cut the swirls using a large sizzix # 655008 corner design. Bigsby the mouse is such a joy to colour, I really enjoyed colouring him in with my promarkers.
Now hubby has taken my two, christmas shopping, so it`s just me and the dog. But will take him for his walk when we go and pick up the scout christmas post, to deliver all the christmas cards. Catch you all later, Val xxx

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Last of the Christmas cards.

Well hoping these will be the last 3 christmas cards for my MIL. For the top one I used peel-offs, which i`m not really keen on now, I used to love using these, but I really don`t like them now, for some reason. On the middle one the sentiment went a bit awol, but hoping it doesn`t look too bad. I`m hoping that I can now put my christmas papers etc away for a bit and make some other cards.
Just to let you know that I have a little candy for the New Year. Just click on the image on the top of the right hand side bar and it will take you to the original post.
Catch you all later, Val xxx

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

More Christmas cards.

Good morning everyone. Just when I thought i`d finished the christmas cards, my MIL phoned me yesterday afternoon to see if I could do 6 more for her, so of course I said yes. So here are the first 3 that I started last night. Hoping to finished the others later today. Catch you all later. xxx

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Sketch and stash challenge 25

Well good morning everyone. It was soooo cold this morning, iced up everywhere, but the boys and dog enjoyed the skating around up to school today.

Anyway what a wonderful change not to have to make anymore christmas cards(famous last words ho,ho,ho!), so I thought I would do a challenge, as i`ve been a bit naughty and haven`t done any for a bit. This one`s for the sketch and stash challenge. i`ve kept to the layout they`ve asked and used some new, old or never loved stash. so my ingredients are:
NEW - `my minds eye bloom & grow` paper
Personal impressions cute characters #1
OLD OR UNUSED - orange ribbon and buttons.

Hope every one else is doing o.k and not letting the cold get them down too much.

Monday, 14 December 2009

A little bit of candy for the New Year.

As a thank you to all you lovely visitors out there, I thought I would offer just a little candy for the New Year. I`ve enjoyed myself so much with the blogging and hopping from one blog to the other, it`s been so much fun and so many talented people out there.
I have included a Laura Ashley 6x6 tradition pad, some scrummy Laura Ashley tradition fabric brads, pack of jewel brads(for extra bling!) and some mulbury paper flowers.
A small bit of candy, but a BIG! BIG! thankyou to every one.
The only rule is, please could you leave a comment and maybe add my candy to your sidebar, for others to see.

The winner will be drawn out of the hat at 8am GMT on Monday 4th January 2010, by one of my lovely little assistants.


Not a card in sight.

Good morning everyone, it`s a fine and sunny morning here, but still chilly. I think i`ve finally finished the last of the christmas cards, including the boys cards for the friends at school, beavers, cubs and football. Think I will try to make a few each month next year, saves me rushing about trying to do these aswell as all the other things that needs doing.
Well not a card today, but thought i`d share the christmas display for the mantlepiece I did and the sweet christmas decoration William(the eldest) did at cubs for the table. I brought some cut-offs from christmas trees that the local garden centre were selling off for charity and some candy canes from the corner sweet shop, so the total came to £4.00.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

The Greeting Farm christmas card.

Good morning everyone, I was up at the crack of dawn, thanks to my youngest. Once i`m awake I can`t always get back to sleep, so I managed to finish my lovely hubbys card, before he woke up. The image is from The Greeting Farm and is so cute, the papers are paper adventure holiday joy ornamets and multi stripes(i`ve had for ages). I layered green then red card before adding the papers and finished off with mulbury paper flowers, brad from my stash and ivy leaves from the paperdoll cricut cartridge, the sentiment I hand wrote.
Hope you all have a great weekend, i`m off to finish yet more cards for the aunts and uncles and to do some christmas decorating. Catch you all later, Val. xxx

Thursday, 10 December 2009

A few more mini cards for kids

Just a few more mini cards that I made this morning for the boys to take to school tomorrow. I don`t mind doing these really, because they are sooo quick to do and use up alot of scrap paper that would otherwise be stored in a draw or box until, who knows when. The only problem is that I don`t have envelopes, so to be very quick, i`m just using a piece of white paper and wrapping around the card to cover it and sealing the edges together. don`t think the kids will mind really as they`ll just rip the envelopes up anyway.
Back to finishing off the last few, I hope!


Good afternoon everyone, just a quick post today. I managed to get hold of a fairy digi stamp as I had my orders from the boys yesterday to make some fairy christmas cards for some of the girls at school. I managed to get a great image from pink cat studio which I think suits the girls ages just right (7-10)and quickly made the 4 cards this morning with some of the mountain of scraps that I have. These are suppose to be in tomorrow at the lastest for the boys post boxes in the school, so really a bit of a rushed job, but think the girls will like them.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Too many kids christmas cards to make.

Good morning everyone!. Hope you`re all fine and dandy and coping with the run up to christmas. I have been given my orders from the boys to make the rest of their christmas cards for school, cubs, beavers and football club ahhhhhh!!.

Bless them, they did make some, but I think they have now given up, with everything that`s going on at the moment, they`ve got other things to do.

So I found a great santa digistamp from digi stamp boutique he was a lot of fun colouring him in and have managed to do 20 of these so far, only another 60 to do. I was told this morning, just before leaving for school that christmas fairys were also needed for some of the girls. So now i`m on the hunt quickly for the fairy.

Anyway, i`m not sure if I will be doing any more challenges until the new year, which is a shame, as I wanted to try the cards for men challenge that they have just started amonst some of the others, but never mind.
Bye Bye for now.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Christmas fun gifts.

Firstly, can I just say sorry for the picture. It`s very dull here and no matter where I take a picture it`s still bad, so hoping you can just make out my christmas fun gifts that I made yesterday instead of cards.
I haven`t made anything today and proberly won`t until next week now, as I am trying to get most of my christmas goodies out of the way.
Anyway, a couple of years ago, I put my foot down and told everyone that I was only buying for the kids in the family,(boo, humbug, I hear u cry!)To be honest it was getting harder every year to please some people and some adults would suggest or would expect expensive gifts when I asked what they wanted, which really is not what christmas is about.
Anyway, this year I have decided to create some fun gifts, that aren`t expensive and you can have a bit of a chuckle. These are not my own ideas, but what i`ve managed to grab hold of from other people. Sorry I can`t remeber exactly where I got some of these ideas from, i`ve been searching all over the web and just can`t rember now.
First the little bear figure is my idea of a dammit doll or `adults frustration toy`, with a poem that reads "When you want to kick the desk or throw the phone and shout, here`s a little dammit doll you can not do without. Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a place to slam it and as you whack the stuffing out yell DAMMIT, DAMMIT, DAMMIT"
I also made some pots of gold, with a gold lottery ticket, crunchie bar, gold choccie coins, you get the idea. This was from the M.S.E site, with the poem "This pot of gold is just for you to wish that all your dreams come true". Finally some snowman kisses, made from tic tacs and poem reading "he`s cold and wet and full of wishes, he wants to give you these snowman kisses."
By the way i`m after a poem for a sock monkey if anybody could help me. I did see one somewhere, but for the life of me I can`t remember where.
Anyway just incase I don`t manage to get on here until monday, have a great weekend. Val xxx

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

3 Challenges in one card.

Well good morning everyone! We seem to miss alot of the really bad weather in this little corner of the country, but I think winter is finally here. It was very, very cold along the seafront this morning, so a quick brisk walk was needed with the fur baby and 2 squirts to school. I love the walk back from school, as there`s no real rush or time keeping and the dog gets his daily dose of sniff and play with the other dogs.

Anyway as the title suggest, I managed to make a card for 3 challenges( I hope). This is my easel card, I love doing these, they are so easy, now I know how to do it.
I used: Red and green cardstock, papers from dovecrafts contempary christmas, the christmas tree I paper pieced(no pattern), stitched around the edges and embellished with silver gems and fabric sticker from lakeland(1 or 2 years ago)

mojo monday - Sketch

cup cake craft challenges -red and greens

lexis creations - Shaped card.

I found another challenge, so that makes 4 challenges.
sas project tuesday -Easel card

Apologies if the picture is bad, my photography is not that great.