Saturday, December 22, 2012

Nearly there

Yes, it is nearly Christmas and I am still making Christmas cards!  I left this one quite late as I knew I would be seeing my Mother-in-Law and she wouldn't mind a bit of a late one.  This is the card I have made for her, using a Lili of the Valley image she gave me (thanks Ilse!).  Funnily enough, it is the same image she used for my card.

I am entering this card in the following Challenges:

The Sweet Stop - Layout
ABC Christmas Challenge - Your favourite die
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - To die 4
Anything Goes Challenge - Traditional Christmas Colours
Card Making Mamas - Happy Holidays
Die Cutting Divas - More Holiday Spirit
Hanna and Friends - Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Button or Bow

Saturday, December 15, 2012

DCC Christmas Challenge Half-way

The Christmas challenge over at DCC & Friends is now half way!  By now most of your Christmas cards should be done so you will no doubt have heaps to choose from to enter into this great challenge.  Visible Images have sponsored this month with a whopping £35 bundle of goodies on offer for the lucky winner.

I'm sure you have something stashed away that you can use to enter. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and best of luck!

Bingo with PCJ

Well another fortnight has passed and it is time for another challenge at Papercraft Junkies.  This fortnight we are playing bingo!  For those of you who have never played before, pick any three from the grid below.  However, just like bingo, you must choose three in a row; across, down or diagonal.  If you are feeling really game, you can go for the full house!  One of everything!

For this challenge I have used the image "Frames Floral - 4 Bugs".  My row is across the middle; Flowers (in the image), Die cuts and Glitter (it is there, but a little difficult to see.  There is some on each bug).

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with and best of luck!

Pink & Turquoise Christmas

I can't believe that Christmas is nearly here.  Where did the year go?  Looking forward to the break from playing Mum's taxi and some go slow time in the sun and warmth (fingers crossed with the weather, Melbourne can be very temperamental!).

This month at Creatalicious Challenges we are looking to see all your Christmas creations.  However, there is a twist!  Throw away all your red, green, gold and silver bits and pieces, we want to see your pink and turquoise creations.  I must say this threw me a little as I completely forgot about the twist when I selected my image from this months sponsor - Cedar Chest Designs.

 Despite that, I think it has come up quite nicely.  I have used two images: "Christmas Welcome" and "Holiday Lampost".  I have actually only used the top half of the lamp post to create some wall lights.

Now it's your turn to create something and we look forward to seeing what you come up with.  Merry Christmas to you all!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Time at DCC & Friends

Hello again everyone!  I hope everyone is well and truly on their way to finishing all those Christmas cards that need making, so there should be lots of wonderful entries in this months challenge at DCC & Friends Challenges.  If you are anything like me, you still have a long way to go!

As you can probably guess, this months theme is Christmas.  This is my creation:

I have used the Make it Craft image of "Lizzy with a gift". The sentiment, baubles, ribbon and designer paper are from Stampin Up! and the snowflake punch is one of the Martha Stewart ones.

The sponsor this month is Visible Images and as an extra Christmas prezzie for the winner they have kindly donated £35 worth of stamps!  If that isn't an incentive to join this challenge, I don't know what is.  The stamps included are:

Live Well
Calligraphy Corner
Blow Out the Candles
Happy Birthday
However you spend it
Bronte Border
Good Luck Cat Set
Live Your Dreams
Large Butterfly

Good luck and have fun!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Jingle Belles- Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges -Christmas
Emergency Crafters - Anything Goes
Digi Galore - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations  Anything Goes
Oozak - Anything Goes & Red
Sparkles Christmas - Button or Bow
Sweet Stampin - Snowflake and Bow
Digital Tuesday - Girly
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Snowflakes

Embellish it!

Welcome back to another challenge at Papercraft Junkies.  This fortnight we are "Embellishing it".  This means we want to see your wonderful creations that incorporate hand made embellishments.  So put away all your flowers, rhinestones and buttons and come up with something original.  Remember, there are free images for the winner and a bonus one if you use a Papercraft Junkie image!

My creation was definitely a bit of an undertaking.  I didn't like the first card I made, it just didn't turn out the way I had envisioned it.  I used one half of the Papercraft Junkie image "Snowman Frames" and always wanted it placed centrally.  So, what to do around the edges?  I ended up drawing the flourishes as I don't have any flourish stamps.  I scanned it into the computer and printed it on the red paper.  I didn't really want black, but when you only have a black printer......  I tried using a light box and tracking it, but the card was too thick and I couldn't see through it.

The pearls are also handmade.  I discovered on the internet (sorry can't remember the source) that using puffy fabric paint on acetate, you can lift the image when it dries.  Loving the concept I jumped in the car and went to my local Spotlight store.  I had a bit of a play and figured it would be just easier to blob the paint directly onto the image.  Takes a bit of an effort to keep consistent sized blobs, but the overall affect is quite good.

This is my finished card:

This is the card I made first off.  It uses the other half of the "Snowman Frames" and I made the background using the negative image of some snowflake dies and sponges.  It's a bit bizzy for my liking, but it will serve as another Christmas card.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing what you come up with this time.

I am entering this card into the folowin challenges:

Oozak - Anything goes & red
Artistic Inspiration - Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Snowman
Digi Galore - Anything goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Non-traditional
Emergency Crafters - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge- Christmas
Jingle Belles - Anything Goes