Saturday, 24 December 2011

Noel Wreath

We're having an 'Anything Goes' theme this week at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This is my project; every year at our house, we have an advent challenge - some days it's a game or puzzle, some days its a creative challenge, and this is one of them. The challenge was to buy a non christmas decoration from a charity shop, costing no more than £1, and make it into a christmas decoration. I bought the plain wreath for 50p and went to town with some grungeboard, grungepaper, dies and inks.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Blog Hop Winner

The lucky winner, picked by, of the Cards For Men draw for my hop is...........................#18, Rose. Please follow the link from the CFM blog to choose your prize Rose. Congratulations and thanks to all who left such lovely comments.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Show me the money

Our theme for the week at My Mum's Craft Shop is 'Anything Goes', so I thought I'd share a card with a bit of a bonus - cash! I've made this for my nephews birthday; I saw these mini Lynx sprays in Home Bargains and thought I could incorporate them into a card. I folded the card so that it had a spine and made a notch to hold the spray, then I covered the outside of the card to cover the notch.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Craft Up Your Life

This is my final project as GDT member for Craft Up Your Life - I feel really honoured to have had the chance to participate. The challenge this week is a recipe - 5 pearls, 1 button, 1 flower and stitching and here is my take on the challenge.
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Time for Calendars

The theme for Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge for this week is Happy New Year or Celebration. Every year I make calenders for family and try to do something different every year (not least because my Aunt keeps them up year after year) This time I've used nesties to make an easel and kept it simple and elegant.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Warm Wishes Edwin

The theme for us at My Mums Craft Shop this week is 'Cute and Funky' Christmas. I've gone for tracitional colours, keeping it nice and bright. I thought Edwin looked so cute in his santa suit too. Don't forget to visit MMCS and see what the rest of the DT have been creating.
Challenges Entered
Simply Magnolia - Christmas
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Accessory stamp
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

An Oldie But Goodie

I'm sad to say that this is my last project as a GDT member for An Oldie But A Goodie the challenges have been fun and I've thoroughly enjoyed taking part. This time the challenge was 'Christmas Animals'

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Winter Birthday

I was asked to make a card for a customers Grandfather whose birthday is 29th December and it had to be cute - luckily, I had this lovely snowman coloured already, plus the perfect papers, I just hadn't got around to putting it all together.
Challenges entered
Wild Orchid - Easel Card
Just Magnolia - White or snow/snowflakes
Dutch Magnolia Chickies - Punched or Nestabilities edges
Winter Wonderland - Let It Snow
Top Tip Tuesday - Let it snow
Allsorts - It takes two
Penny Black at Allsorts - Happy Birthday
Ladybug Crafts - Snowflakes and Sparkle

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Holly Hedgehog

We're looking at 'All Creatures Great and Small' this week at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - you can even include aliens! I've chosen this lovely Penny Black hedgehog - she looks like she's having a good christmas doesn't she?!
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

It's Santa!

Our challenge this week at My Mums Craft Shop is 'Traditional Christmas'. Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is Amber Ink, so it's well worth entering your creations.
This is my card - I love a proper Santa, and I think this one, from Magnolia, is just perfect. I've kept the card pretty simple and I wanted plenty of the DP showing just because I like it so much.

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Monday, 5 December 2011

Snowy Tilda

It feels like it's taken ages to finish this card - in reality I only started it Friday, so not that long really, I kept doing a bit whenever I could fit it in rather than all in one go. It started with another candle box (which went much more smoothly this time, and in one go) and evolved. Again, I've used papers I've had for a while and wanted to get used. I'd like to be able to say that in using up these papers I'm clearing some of my stash, in truth new stash keeps popping up to replace it - no idea how.....honest!

Challenges Entered
TOMIC - Shaker box
Paper Sundaes - Red & die cuts

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Cards For Men Blog Hop!

Another year is almost at an end and Cards For Men is celebrating two years of challenges with a blog hop. The theme is the number 2, you can interpret this in any way you'd like, and we have lots of inspiration for you on the blog We'll draw a random winner and top 3 as usual. You can get all the details and lots more ideas from the Design Team over at the main site. Here's what I made:

Also, we are having an Anniversary Blog Hop. You can get the full list of blogs over at Cards for Men. If you arrived here from Sandra's then you're on the right track.  If not, hop over to Cards for Men to start at the beginning. At each stop there'll be a word to collect and a candy draw. I've got a fantastic 4 images from Meljen Designs to give away.

Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSY STAMPS STORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!

To be in with a chance of winning this you just need to leave a comment at the end of this post. A random winner will be drawn on 19 December 2011.

Each stop will have a word which you should collect to make a festive phrase. My word is Year. At the end of the blog hop you should have 9 words, work out the phrase and leave it in the comments back at Cards for Men. The blog hop will run until midnight on 18 December 2010 and a winner will be chosen on 19 December 2011.

Your next stop is Alan. If you lose your way you can go back to Cards for Men to get the full list. Good luck everyone.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

We have a photo inspiration challenge this week at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge.

I opted for a triangle card to mimic the tree, and of course it has to be gold and sparkles!

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Christmas Angel

We have a new challenge for you at Lets Ink It Up. We want to see your Christmas creations. As an added incentive and because it's Christmas, we have two prizes up for grabs from this months sponsors -

Simon Says Stamp have kindly donated a store voucher to the value of $20

Paper Pretties have given two lovely stamp sets.

Here is my DT card - simple, but I think really pretty

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Friday, 2 December 2011


This card is the result of a 'see how it goes' play session. I wanted to use some scented candles and I also wanted to use up this cardstock - I like it, but I've had it a while and it needed to go! Although the box was pretty simple, it took 3 attempts - schoolgirl errors with measuring. I'm glad to say, the cardstock is now used up, and I know the recipient, my Great Aunt will love it.

Challenges Entered 
7 Kids Challenge Blog - Christmas non traditional colours
Deep Ocean - C for - Christmas & candles
Craft Your Passion - 'Tis the Season
Dutch Magnolia Lovers - Back In Time
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Christmas Wishes

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