Thursday, 29 December 2011

The Alley Way Stamps

There is a brand new stamp site having a grand opening that i hope you will join me in supporting, i would display the badge on the side bart but cant remmeber how to do it!!!!

So please follow the below

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

'Thank you' cards

Well the presents have been opened and its time to think about saying thank-you to everyone for the lovely gifts that my family and i received.

For these thank-you cards i used white card and die cut the shape out of the face of the card, placing the card onto a spare peice of scrap i used a distress ink pad and attempted to distress the card going outwards from the die cut space.

For the inside of the cards i used a stamp which i stamped using brown momento ink.  I used brown momento ink to stamp the adorable little mouse from some stamps that i recieved free on a craft magazine that i subscribe to.

I coloured the mouse using pro-markers, and placed him on the card using pads, and finished the card off by glueing 2 small material flowers with silicone glue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 22 December 2011

My last christmas card! (I hope!)

I have finally made my very last christmas card, it is going to go to my very best friend Paula.  I used my new present that i bought for myself - my distresser!  I think it will take me a bit of getting used too, but i gave it a good attempt i feel.

I also used a sketch for the layout which i do not often do, i am quite pleased as to how it worked out.  With this card i am entering the following challenges:

Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas gifts for Neighbours and Work collegues

Well i have had a busy weekend with my girls childminders christmas party on Saturday, and i borrowed my dear friend Paula's Ultimate pro! I spent my Sunday making cards for my neighbours and for the girls that I work with in the office.  I decided to take inspiration from the docrafts web site tip for quick cards although they were not very quick in my opinion!

I worked out that I needed to make 5 cards for work and 4 for my neighbours (or was it 5?).   I decided to make these from some of the really thick card stock in a deep red (perfect for Christmas cards etc) that I seemed to have an abundance of left over from Christmas crafting.  I then needed to do some envelopes but as the card stock that I had used for the cards was so thick, I decided to make the envelopes with approx 5mm depth.  You can just see the envoloboxes in the background. 

To go with the cards that I made, for my work mates I made some not so seasonal tiffin (crushed rich teas mixed with melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup, topped with a layer of chocolate) the reason this was not so seasonal is that I forgot to add a handful of cranberries! For my neighbours I always feel like making the effort at Christmas time,  so for the last 2 years I have trussed my kids in their winter woolies and taken them with me to knock on the neighbours doors to give them a seasonal treat.  This year I made some shortbread biscuits and mixed some cranberries in for the seasonal effect (I didn’t forget this time!), and used a star shaped cutter.  As I am more experienced in my crafting this year I strayed from the polythene bag and made cartons. 

At this point I did not realize quite how long this was going to take me!  I have to say by the end of the day my 7 year old daughter was a dab hand at making boxes, and even used a bit of my thick red card to make herself a box for herself! (for her jewelry apparently but it is still on my dining table covered in all of the other cartons she made from my scrap card!).
I made these boxes from pearlised card, once all the cards and envelopes had been done, I cut the Tiffin, bagged it up with the biscuits and put them into boxes finished off with a co-ordinated silver ribbon.

I am going to look for some challenges that I can enter my card into, and go delivering the neighbours parcels tonight. And then i will be tackling the huge pile of ironing that built up while i was completing my gifts!
The days end result:

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Husbands christmas card

I am down to my very last few christmas cards now and i am making a mental note that i should make my personal cards for close friends and family members first and not leave them to the end!  Sometimes i prefer the cards that i have made in haste when under pressure of a deadline as it prevents me from being indecisive! 

I made this card with my husband constantly wandering past me as i sat on my front room carpet surrounded by my usual spread of essential craft products.  Luckily for me he never looks at what i am doing when i am crafting!

I used a pro-marker tutorial to shade my Kenny K image skin and hair (i will add the link here later for the tutorial as it is on my laptop favourites - found it:-  I was unsure of the initial line of colour and i think i will miss this off in future, plus the ink from my printer smudges when i use my pro-markers on it! Grrrr!!!!!

To my image:

I love Kenny K images, as i love colouring them in!  My new years resolution is to complete my collection of pro-marker and learn to use them better.  There are so many great tutorials out there!

I used glossy accents on her boots and took a picture because i wanted to point out that the colour changed when i added the glossy accents and made the boots more of an orange colour than a red colour.

It also doesn't seem to show up on the picture above but i added some tiny gems to the tim holtz die cut that i used.  I was thinking of putting pearls to give the mistletoe look but felt that this may not look quite right as it is not mistletoe dies that i used!

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 12 December 2011

Saturday, 10 December 2011

New Job card

A work collegue left work this week and I made a quick card with a simple design that i have not used before but one that i found looked quite effective.

This photo was taken on my newly laid carpet, before the kids ruin it!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Sassy Christmas Challenge #9 - Photo Inspiration

For my latest card i decided to enter the Sassy Studio Designs latest monthly challenge, the challenge required a Sassy Studio image, with a photo for inspiration:


I used some black and white and silver paper that i bought home from my trip to Florida, with some red ribbon. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
  • Sassy Studio monthly challenge: 
  • Week 129–Mega Christmas challenge: