31 Dec 2010

Happy New Year and Fav 5!

Good Evening

The lovely Debby is asking us to join her and show our Favourite Five of 2010 and is offering some candy, which includes two Penny Black Slapstick stamps, for one lucky winner to be drawn at random on 7th January.  So here are my favourite 5 cards made in 2010.  I actually chose 6 because 2 have the same SWALK image :-)




This is my favourite SWALK stamp and I love the colour combo



Such a sweet PB image and some of my favourite BG papers 'Wisteria'



Again my favourite SWALK stamp and I love the papers



Sweet Pink Gem image and gorgeous Henbury Lane papers



I love the autumn colour combo and gorgeous Prima flower



Another sweet Pink Gem image and I love the magazine freebie papers


I can hardly believe it's the last day of 2010 ... this last year has flown by! To be honest I am not keen on going out celebrating on New Year's Eve so we are staying in with the children and having a Chinese takeaway later.  I will probably also have a few glasses of wine :-)  Hope you have a lovely evening whatever your plans and I would like to wish all of you my very best wishes for 2011.
 

23 Dec 2010

My Favourite Five Christmas Cards from 2010!

Good evening

Hope you are all looking forward to Christmas .... 2 more sleeps to go :-) 


Today I am showing you my Favourite Five Christmas cards for Debby's challenge.  If you would also like to join in the fun pop across to Debby's blog for the details.  Debby will randomly pick a winner for some Candy which includes two LOTV James the bear stamps.  You have until 29th December to enter and  a winner will be drawn on 30th December.

For some reason I always find it really hard to pick my favs but after a little search on my blog these are the 5 I have chosen.  I am not surprised that 3 of my faves have LOTV bear images because I love these cute bears :-) 




I really love the colours and adorable LOTV image



I love the blue & red colour combo, sweet Beatrix Potter image and Cat's Life Press sentiment



Again I love the Cat's Life Press sentiment stamp and James the Bear is so cute :-)



This is my favourite Tilda image and I love the non-traditional colours



Again I love this cute LOTV bear and gorgeous Papermania papers

Hope you find time to join in the fun!
22 Dec 2010

Last 2 Christmas cards

Good evening

Here are my last 2 Christmas cards for 2010 and they are for my children.  Hope they like them!



Image ~ Pollycraft 'Jerry Kisses - Snowman'
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You

Challenges

Pollycraft ~ Winter Wonderland
Crafts and Me ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers ~ Anything Goes
Creative Craft ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
Everybody Art ~ First Snow
Fussy and Fancy ~ Show Us Some Snow


Papers ~ WRS 'Milton Christmas'
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flowers ~ Ebay
Ribbon ~ Stash
Challenges

Magical Monday ~ Fairytale Christmas
ABC Christmas ~ X is for Xmas
The Crafty Pad ~ Anything Goes
CES ~ Anything Goes

I can hardly believe it's only 3 days until Christmas.  I still have loads of presents to wrap but am getting there now. I am at work tomorrow but only until 1 o'clock because we are all going out for lunch and then i'm off until the 30th so I am looking forward to spending time with my family :o)

I will be back on Christmas Eve to join in with Debby's Favourite Five Christmas Cards of 2010.


20 Dec 2010

You're my Christmas Cracker!

Good Evening

Hope you are all managing to keep warm in this cold weather.  I braved the weather and went into town with Chloe this afternoon and managed to finish off my Christmas shopping.  Just need to wrap it all now!  I have a few more cards to write and still need to make Jamie's card.  Hope all your Christmas preparations are going well. 

Today's card is for Chris (my OH).  The sentiment on the inside reads 'You're my Christmas Cracker' and I thought it was perfect for this cute LOTV image.



Image ~ LOTV ' James the Bear - Christmas Cracker'
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
Sentiment ~ LOTV

Challenges

Allsorts ~ Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss ~ Someone Special
Crafty Catz ~ Your choice (Challenge 60 - Christmas)
2 Sisters ~ Christmas
SFTW ~ Christmas

Now off to link up the challenges and then make a start on the wrapping!
14 Dec 2010

CAS Christmas Cards

Good morning

Just a quick post today because I really need to wrap some presents.  I have just about finished my Christmas shopping but haven't wrapped any presents or written my cards.  Next year I am really going to try and be more organised (I say that every year lol).

Here are some CAS cards I made for my friend's mum.  She wanted them to give to her friends so didn't want them to be too OTT.  They are A6 size and I just used paper from my scrap box and the images are printed from a My Craft Studio CD (A Classic Christmas). 


Images ~ My Craft Studio CD (A Classic Christmas)
Papers ~ HOTP and Basic Grey
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Ribbon  & Gems ~ Stash

Challenges

Allsorts ~ Last Minute Christmas
CD Sunday ~ 3 of a Kind
Pear Tree Designs ~ Christmas
C.R.A.F.T ~ Colour Palette Festivia

We are going out tonight for a meal with some of Chris' work colleagues and then tomorrow I am meeting up for lunch with my lovely crafting friends Lynsey and Marianne.  The diet will start on Thursday in the hope I might lose a few pounds in time for Christmas lol!

13 Dec 2010

Beary Christmas

Good afternoon

Hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend.  I had a great time at the Christmas party on Saturday night.  We didn't get to sleep until after 4 am because we were chatting in our room so I was very tired yesterday. 

My mum is coming over tomorrow with my nan to watch Jamie's school nativity so I have just finished her Christmas card.  I was going to make her an 8 x 8 card but I find this size a little too big so decided to make a 7 x 7 instead so it looked a little bit more special than my normal 6 x 6.



Image ~ Stampavie 'Merry Bear'
Papers ~ Basic Grey 'Jovial' and Reminisce 'Apple Orchard Gingham'
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flower and Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Berries ~ Crafty Feeling kit

Challenges

Pear Tree Designs ~ Christmas
Crafty Creations ~ A Beary Project

Now going to have a quick tidy up and then sort out the Christmas decorations because i'm hoping to get the tree up tonight :-) 

11 Dec 2010

Traditional Christmas

Good morning

At last the snow has disappeared here in Norfolk :-)  It's my work Christmas Party tonight and a few of us are staying over.  I am sharing a room with two of my friends, Jo and Sarah, so it should be good fun!  Jamie is much better now but unfortunately Chris and Chloe have now caught it so I feel guilty about staying out overnight but Chris assures me they will be okay.

Today's card is another one I made for my friend.  This one is for her parents and she told me that they don't do cute so it proved a little tricky at first because I love cute.  Anyway I had a good look through my stash and found a sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos with this beautiful bird image and teamed it up with some Memory Box papers. 


Image ~ Penny Black Stickeroo 'Together in Christmas'
Papers ~ Memory Box 'Mistletoe' and 'Spiceberry'
Sentiment ~ LOTV
Flower ~ Prima 'Holiday Poinsettia'
Swirls ~ Marianne die cuts
Brad ~ Dovecraft
Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges

PBSC ~ The Holly and the Ivy
Penny Black at Allsorts ~ Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
ABC ~ J is for Jewels and Gems
Cute Card Thursday ~ Floral Frenzy
CYDA ~ Punch It Out (punches and/or die cutters)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

7 Dec 2010

All Shopped Out!

Good morning

I have now finished the cards my friend ordered so now only have to make cards for Chris, Chloe, Jamie, Mum and MIL.  Hope to get them finished this week and then I can tidy my craft area so i'm ready to start up again in the new year.

Today's card is one my friend ordered for her daughter.  She is 15 and I know she loves shopping so thought she might like this cute image.



Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Christmas Fancy'
Snowflakes ~ Marianne die cuts
Pearls ~ Stash
Ribbon ~ Crafty Feeling kit


Challenges

LOTV ~ My Favourite Things (mine are bears, pearls, pink, turquoise and shopping!)
Passion for Promarkers ~ Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy ~ Ribbon and Bows
Papertake ~ Christmas (no red and green)
Teddy Stampers ~ Christmas Teddies
ASFOS ~ Christmas
2 Sisters ~ Sparkly Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers ~ Snowflakes

Jamie is off school today because he's not feeling well.  He is playing happily in the lounge with his toys at the moment but is much quieter than usual (that's how I know he isn't well lol!).  I am going to colour some images later and I expect he will want to get out his colouring books and pens.

Now off to catch up with some housework!

4 Dec 2010

Crafty Calendar Challenge ~ Sketch

Good morning

Hope you are all well and keeping warm in this icy cold weather. 

It's the first Saturday of the month so a new challenge has been set at Crafty Calendar Challenge.  Our challenge this month is a sketch provided by Fern with the optional extra of 'Christmas'.

The DT were very lucky to be able to choose a digi stamp from our sponsor/teamie Ruth at A Passion for Stamps.  As soon as I saw this beautiful robin image I knew I wanted to use it for my Nan's Christmas card because she loves traditional style cards.



Papers ~ BG Jovial and HOTP
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts and Mulberry Crafts
Berries ~ Crafty Feeling kit
Leaves ~ Magnolia DooHickey 'Leaf' die
Ribbon/Pearls ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ Cat's Life Press

Challenges

Basic Grey ~ A Recipe
Wild Orchid ~ Old Fashioned Christmas
M.A.W.T.T ~ Someone Special (My Nan)
ABC Christmas ~ Y is for Yuletide (Holly & Berries)
Stamp Something ~ Christmas Colour Combo
Secret Crafter ~ Christmas

Chloe is going to her friend's today and sleeping over tonight and Jamie is going to spend the day with Chris' mum so we are going Christmas shopping later.  My friends Lynsey and Marianne are doing a craft fair today so I am also hoping to pop along to see them.

Hope you have a great weekend.

1 Dec 2010

A Winter's Tale

Good evening

Brrrr it's chilly here today!  We haven't had anymore snow but it's just so cold and very icy :-(  Anyway it's the 1st of the month so a new challenge has been set at the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge.  This month there is a fab sketch by Leann with the added option of Christmas.  You can either use the sketch or the theme or combine both.  Sara has kindly dontated a £50 Gift Voucher to spend on the Crafter's Companion website as a special Christmas prize this month :o)

I decided to use this sweet image from the Beatrix Potter 'A Winter's Tale' stamp plate.  When I was trying to find some suitable papers for this image I came across my box of Magnolia papers.  Well I have a rather large selection of Magnolia papers but have never used any of them (hangs head in shame).  The thought of cutting into them was just too much to bear lol!  The problem I had was these papers were perfect for this sweet image so I plucked up the courage and cut them!  The sentiment is Cat's Life Press available from Crafty Emma's Store.



Challenges

Bah! Humbug! ~ Feeling the Blues
The Crafty Pad ~ Snowflakes
DCD Christmas Club ~ Use a die cut (I have used 4)
Crafty Catz ~ Christmas
2 Sisters ~ Non traditional Christmas colours
Stampavie and More ~ Snow/Snowflakes
Christmas Stampin' ~ Anything Goes

Hope you are well and keeping warm in this cold weather.