Yes another picture today ready for my stall tomorrow at the hospital shop. I bought the wooden plaque in America and it has been painted with cream paint. I love this quotation stamped with an Inkylicious stamp onto kraft. I added some vintage ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, lace, lots of flowers and Prima butterflies. Hubby screwed a nice brass fixing to the back so all ready to hang.
Time for another challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and this fortnight our challenge is kraft plus one other colour. I love kraft as you may have noticed and it goes so well with red for Christmas. I have used one of the lovely new snowman images, Chilly with snowflake. Yes another snowman! Somebody asked on my blog recently how many snowman images I have. Well I couldn't possibly say, but it is a lot.
Image - Pink Gem Chilly with Snowflake
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Krafty Christmas
Dies - Tim Holtz on the edge snowflakes, Doohickey fence
A simple card today using some of my new dies I bought at the NEC. I absolutely love the Tim Holtz snowflake die and matching embossing folder. I used DI weathered wood on the embossed snowflake. The sentiment dies are also Tim Holtz and used with the Stick It were so easy to stick down. In the photo the second n in wonderland is sticking up slightly I noticed but it just needed pressing down harder.
These are a first for me and I am really pleased with the way they turned out. I bought the wooden frames in America in January and finally got round to making them into pictures. The frames were painted with cream paint and I then added the Gorjuss Girl decoupage. I sprayed the decoupage with spray and shine to give it a longer lasting finish as there isn't any glass in the frames. I used Marianne branch and parasol dies with kraft card and DI Vintage photo, added some wooden embellishments, flowers, pearls and Stickles.
This has to be one of my most used images which is ironic as I don't like football. Maurice is such a great character and so good for male cards. I thought I would make him a bit trendy by giving him bleached jeans using my blender on top of the Copics.
I seem to have sold a lot of cards for older men recently so I thought I had better make some more and this Woodware stamp is perfect for male cards. I sprayed it with spray and shine which of course meant the flash shone on it but these dull days the pictures look awful without a little flash and my daylight lamp.
The papers are really old Dovecraft ones which it seems many of us bought and I am down to the last few odd sheets now.I am really trying to use old papers as I hate having little bits of pads left.
Yesterday's craft fair was a great success. I sold out of some things like calendars and sold far more cards than I managed to make last week with being away for a couple of days. I am going to have a busy week restocking.
Another image with the awwwww factor featuring one of the new Moonbeam Meadow stamps, so so cute.
So this year I decided to try making some Christmas decorations to sell at craft fairs. I bought a small silver and gold tree from The Range to display them on my table.
These are some I made using MDF baubles and stars, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, papers and various embellishments.
When we were in Florida in January I bought some of these decorations from the sale bin at Jo-anns. I cut off the wire, threw away the tatty ribbon and hubby painted them with cream paint.
This is how a couple of them finished up. All the ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons. I used baker's twine to hang the little decorations and added various embellishments. Here is one of the stars I made too. I am at a fair from 10-2 today so hoping I sell some more of them today.
We went away to Birmingham again this week. As you know I went to Hobbycraft last week. Well this week we stayed overnight again and went to the Classic Car Show, which was great, unlike the journey home. The traffic was awful, there was an accident on the A14 so we shot off at Huntigdon and found our way home from there. It took us over 5 hours to get home so I am all behind with visiting blogs and commenting. Anyway on to today's card. I wanted to buy this Tim Holtz stamp and die set last year at the NEC but never got it. You can never afford everything you want and so I didn't buy it. It therefore became top of my list this year and I found just one set on a stand and about £6 cheaper than last year. Patience is a virtue they say. I am delighted with it, so much fun to use. I stamped the snowman 3 times and decoupaged him and then his hat and scarf. The label and sentiment and matching die are also included. There are dies for each piece which makes it all so much easier and quicker than cutting out. Vital at this busy time of year.
He has been coloured with Copics. Edged all distressed with worn lipstick distress ink and Tim Holtz tool. The paper is a new Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas pad. I also used a Woodware holly punch, red liquid pearls and a new Britannia pine cone and branch die. I bought some Stick It at the show after reading about it on Kath's blog. It is brilliant for using on intricate dies like the pine branch.
If you have the December edition of Making Cards magazine you will find these two cards in there. I have used Craftwork Cards Christmas Post products teamed with Magic of Christmas tags. I have given them a vintage look with DI Vintage Photo. Other products used are Tim Holtz deer, Curiosity Corner doily, Woodware holly punch, pearls and ribbon.
It's the very cute James again for my card today. One of my lovely blogging friends Annette mentioned that she had this duplicated and I said I would love to buy it to add to my collection. She very generously sent it to me and wouldn't take any money for it. Wasn't that kind of her.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft 12 days of Christmas (another new purchase)
I picked up an order at a recent craft fair for an 8x8 card for a man who is soon to be the proud father of twins. The lady who ordered it had been looking for a suitable card but all the cards she could find were for the woman having the babies, saying she was leaving to have a baby. Solution - a handmade card. She popped into the craft fair again last Saturday and said how much everyone at her work liked it and wanted to know where she got it from. Always nice to please customers.
Images - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Paper - LOTV Antebellum
Sentiment - computer generated die cut with a Spellbinder tag die
One of the first stands we visited at the NEC was the LOTV stand as I wanted some paper pads. I wasn't going to buy any more stamps but there were a few new stamps ahead of the official release date. One look at this little elephant and I knew he had to come home with me, so cute. I also bought a new Wedding stamp and an older stamp too. I have been so busy since I got back last Thursday that I have had hardly any time to play with my new stash, Hopefully I should have more time today after doing some chores.
I have always thought this Mo Manning image was fantastic and when a friend recently joined the North Norfolk Railway as a volunteer I knew this would be the perfect image to use for him. He took a while to colour with Copics, as always, but I really love this card. I teamed it with First Edition paper, some baker's twine and a new Cheery Lynn choo choo die.
A simple snowman card today using the cute Sweet Snowman stamp by Penny Black, coloured with Copics and teamed with those Carta Bella Bundled Up papers. I really do love the bright colours of these papers. The sentiment is from Little Claire. I kept this card simple by just adding some faux stitching and glitter. The red paper was cut with a MS cherish border punch.
I had a lovely time at Hobbycrafts at the NEC on Thursday. Here is my lovely new stash and below in more detail.
Goodies from the MDF Man, card blanks, card stock and Stick It which I want to try.
Papers and embellishments.
My favourite items, stamps and dies. I was so pleased to find some brand new LOTV stamps so had to buy 2 of those. I have wanted the snowman blueprint doe and stamp for ages. I almost bought them last year at the NEc and didn't so when I found just one set on a stand snapped them and cheaper than last year too.
And this is a candy for one of you. I really appreciate al the visits and lovely comments. Some of you comment almost every day and I am so grateful otherwise I am just rambling on to myself on here each day. To enter please visit my candy page.
Yes another of the new stamps from Little Claire. I love this stamp and can see me using it a lot. I embossed the background with an Embossalicious folder and sanded Core'dinations. Can you guess what the white material is? It is actually an offcut from a new voile roller blind in our lounge! A great piece of recycling, just what I wanted for added texture to my card.
The image has been coloured as always with Copics and I used a Sakura pen to highlight the butterfly. Lots of distressing, some lace from The Works and a Prima butterfly.
We travelled to Birmingham yesterday afternoon with my good friend Lynsey and stayed overnight. Today Lynsey and I will be at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC whilst hubby gets the bus into Birmingham for a look round the shops and maybe a bit of Christmas shopping. He will be driving us home this evening so I will catch up with you tomorrow.
I have 2 cards to post today and this is the first which is my DT make for Crafty Ribbons where we want to see something Christmas with ribbon. I am sure you are all busy making things for Christmas so hope to see lots of entries this fortnight.
I have used a MB sentiment die along with 2 Joy snowflake dies, Carta Bella Bundled Up paper and Mice Christmas Ribbon dots from Crafty Ribbons.
Back with a second post today and it is another of the new stamps released from Little Claire. I love this image and what a fabulous sentiment. I thought this would make a great good luck card to encourage somebody to go for it, whatever it may be.
Another of the new stamps from Little Claire. This is one of the cute dinkies and I wasn't sure how this card was going to turn out. As soon as I decided to use the 2 Marianne frame dies and a shaped card it all came together. The paper is an old Papermania one, Persimmon and I just added a red organza bow.
I am so pleased to showcase one of the November club stamps for Little Claire. Isn't this an awwwww image with a cute sentiment. I coloured the image with Copics, Papers are First Edition gilded Winter (not just for Christmas). I also used Spellbinders heart circle and MB banner dies, ribbon, Viva pearl pen and a white feather.
There are a few new stamps out today so go and check them out at Little Claire. If they are not in there yet then check back later as they have been away at a show at the weekend.
Do you remember Squirrel's penguin challenge, well now she is challenging us with Snow-vember. You all know by now I am sure how much I love snowmen stamps so I couldn't wait to play along and this is one of the latest snowmen stamps from LOTV. So adorable. I have coloured them with Copics. I often use aqua fr the snowmen but tried pale greys for a change and I think I prefer them. I used C1 and C2 and a blender pen. The papers are my current favourites Carta Bella Bundled Up and I simply added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a cute snowman charm.
Isn't this a fabulous boy's image from Pink Gem. I have used the pre-coloured image as I have a lot of things to make but of course you get the digi to colour yourself too, which I am sure I will be using.
I teamed Andy with bricks with MME papers and a Craftwork Cards sentiment. I made some bricks using scrap card and card candi. very pleased with how that idea turned out.
Scribble and scrap anything goes Allsorts Masculine Simon Says anything goes
I have been suffering with a cold for the last couple of days but I am feeling much better today which is hood as we are off to a quiz and supper night tonight with 4 friends. Enjoy your weekend.
I love the patchwork effect of both the paper and the wording on this card. They just seem to work so well together. The papers and tag are First Edition It's a Boy and the image is from an LOTV art pad. I added an Xcut diecut heart, some lace and seam binding.
Yes a taste of Summer today with my DT card for The Sugar Bowl. It was lovely to see so many of you playing along last month. Let's get even more entries this month as we continue with an anything goes theme. So as long as you use a Sugar Nellie image you can play along.
This is a card I made for a friend's Birthday and I decided to go with a Summery card as a change from all the wintry images I am using at the moment. The beauty of digis is that you can crop them but increase the size so you still have a good size image.
Image - Sugar Nellie I ke to be pretty (cropped) from Funky Kits
Medium - Copics
Paper - First Edition
Dies - Sizzix doily, Cheery Lynn butterfly
Sentiment - Kraftyhands
Other - lace and pearls
As You like it Favourite style, cute or elegant (I would always choose cute, who can resist a face like hers)
We had a lovely evening last night, lovely meal and then we saw Joseph at the theatre. It was fantastic. Have seen it once before but this time was even better. So onto today's card. A bear and a snowman, what a perfect combination and this little snowman is just so cute don't you think?
As you like it Favourite style - cute or elegant (Cute for me over elegant any day)
Delightful 3's not a crowd (use 3 embellies - snowflakes)
Hubby is going to start Christmas shopping for my pressies today as I have shown him a few things I would like. I need to sort out a day to go into the city and start getting his. We don't have many other people to buy for and we have got most of those done. I still need to get lots more cards made though.