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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Thought for the day! Even if you start now how many cards could you make by Christmas!

Good morning all

Sorry I don't know what happened to my yesterday's post (well I do it was still in draft!!) 
- here it is!!

Today is a new challenge day over at


and the theme is 

Christmas

So  I I ask the question in a different way!

Have you got time to make all your Christmas cards this year - how many have you made already!!
If you're anything like me 
you will have started off with good intentions in January 
and on that strategy I now have maybe a 15 or 20 cards 
- but none of my special cards have been made and I certainly don't have enough.  
In reality there's a lot of work to be done between now and Christmas card D - day, 
- thats maybe 8 or 9 weeks time?-
 so with that in mind how many do you need to make each week?

Have I scared you enough to go and make a card and enter it in our challenge this week 
- I hope so lol

Here's mine made with a fab little precoloured image called

Christmas stocking - available here



We also have the incentive of  great prize this week 
provided by our sponsor 


I love this vintage style of card, some darker toned papers and distress ink - based on kraft card and you have the basics of a card.  This one was quite quick to make as the image is one of the precoloured ones - great for all those cards you're going to have to make, 

another tip.... 
- never make a card once always duplicate it as the hardest part is the design, you don't even have to use the same image just repeat the design and you have two cards in super quick time 
- I really should take my own advice!!

Here's what I did....

Image - Christmas Stocking from TPS
Papers - 6 x6 from Sara's Signature Traditional Christmas from Crafters Companion
Kraft Card - Crafters Companion
Distress ink - TH Gathered twigs and Tea dye
Die cuts - words -Christmas words from Sizzix by TH 
Holly sprig die from Wild Rose crafts
Label dies - MFT
Poinsettia die - Memory box
Sparkler from the Hobby house
Bells were I think papermania embellies
Wooden stars, gems, ribbon and twine from my stash

Hope to see a flood of Christmas cardsthis week at Fab'n'Funky Challenges from you my crafty friends - and I'm going to keep plugging away from now til Christmas!

Challengesi'm entering

Rudolph days - Christmas anything goes

hugs
Judith xx



Friday, 16 September 2016

Use at least two dies or show us some sparkle at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

It's time for anew challenge at 

Winter Wonderland

we want to see
Two or more dies 
or alternatively 
Lots of sparkle

I have both on this card!


Unlike yesterdays offering, this card is a favourite of mine,
 I really enjoyed making it and loved it when it was finished

Here's what i did

Images- Snowman and bunting and sentiment from Nordic Christmas collection at Crafters Companion
coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens
Embossing Folder - Christmas Jumper from nordic Christmas collection at CC
Kraft card and black card - Crafters Companion
Pine cone and branch dies from sheena douglas perfect prtners christmas dies
Snowflake die - crafters companion essentials christmas dies
other embellies from my stash
Distress inks - TH gatheed twigs and tea dye

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week 

hugs 
Judith x



Use at least two dies or show us some sparkle at Winter Wonderland

Good morning all

It's time for anew challenge at 

Winter Wonderland

we want to see
Two or more dies 
or alternatively 
Lots of sparkle

I have both on this card!


Unlike yesterdays offering, this card is a favourite of mine,
 I really enjoyed making it and loved it when it was finished

Here's what i did

Images- Snowman and bunting and sentiment from Nordic Christmas collection at Crafters Companion
coloured with Spectrum noir sparkle pens
Embossing Folder - Christmas Jumper from nordic Christmas collection at CC
Kraft card and black card - Crafters Companion
Pine cone and branch dies from sheena douglas perfect prtners christmas dies
Snowflake die - crafters companion essentials christmas dies
other embellies from my stash
Distress inks - TH gatheed twigs and tea dye

Hope you'll come and play along with us this week 

hugs 
Judith x



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Inspired by nature at fab'n'Funky challenges

Good morning all

There's a new challenge kicking off at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week
and our lovely Buffy has chosen a great heme for us

She has used photographs from her summer travels to provide inspiration and has set the theme 

Come outside 
(Inspired by nature)


You could take inspiration in any way you choose - a photograph - the colours - anything that these photographs make you feel

My card reflects on the beauty of nature


This is an 8 x 8 card using stamps and sentiment from Sheena Douglass


This is what I did....
Butterfly and sentiment stamps- A little bit sketchy - the butterfly effect
Grasses Stamp  - A little bit scenic - silhouette grasses
Coloured with Spectrum aquablend pens to give a vey pale pretty effect
Butterfly dies - crafters companion

Hope you can join in with us this week

Hugs
Judith x


Monday, 12 September 2016

Baby, Baby,Baby

Good morning all

I thought I'd just call in and share a couple of my baby projects from the past few weeks

My Grand daughter Eva was Christened last weekend and I designed and made the invitations

I used the lovely entwined dies from Leonie Pujol
- when I saw them I just knew they were perfect fo rthe purpose !

by the time Id finished making 25 I wasn't sure that they were quite the best choice! 
they were a lot of work- but I loved them anyway : )



As you'll notice they're not identical - but I decided to ring the changes a bit by varying the details - I like to do that with invitations - as I always say - they're not shoes - they don't have to match!!


My second make was bunting to decorate our conservatory - I made this with an assortment of papers and dies and I really loved making this, there was about 30 feet of it in total - no small task and I developed a system after I made the first 6 ft length far to complicated!

It was a totally girly - butterflies and flowers theme
- I haven't taken them down yet they just look so pretty
but they're going to be put up in her bedroom so all is not lost




I'm going to do a tutorial on how I made these - it was incredibly easy and very satisfying to see all the little finished pennants - and not 2 alike!  I cut the bunting at 6 inches and added a label to each then used a Tim Holtz alphabet die for the lettering and the butterflies and flowers were all Sara Davies English Country Garden signature collection dies, the hearts were the freebies from Crafter's Inspiration magazine.

They look so summery up around my conservatory - a real touch of summer
- I may need to make some autumn ones to replace them when I take them down
watch this space!!

hugs
Judith x








Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Hello - I'm back!

I bet you thought I'd disappeared off the face of the earth!!

I've been away on holiday for over 3 weeks and forgot to photograph the cards I'd made to blog while I ws away - so I decided gave myself the month off lol.... since I got home I've had a busy time preparing for my grand daughter's christening (I'll share some of my makes when I get myself organised - I love baby crafting) - its taken me until now to catch up with myself!!

But I'm here today because its challenge day at 


and our theme this week is

Embossing 
(any kind wet or dry)

I used the lovely Rowena for this card
a steam punk inspired creation with a floral twist!
(The flowers and hearts are dry embossed
the tag at the bottom is wet embossed)


As always we have a fab prize for you at 
The Paper Shelter

http://www.thepapershelter.com/


Here's what I did

Image - Rowena from TPS
Coloured on Neenah desert storm card
using Spectrum noir blendable pencils
skin -rose peach,cream, vanilla
clothes walnut, bark,pebble,coconut,cider, yellow ochre
hair ginger, redcurrant,bark
edged with eggshell
Papers and vellum - Madam Payraud from Papermania
Stamped in black DI around the edges with an Anna Griffin swirl stamp 
(sorry don't know what its called)Sentiment label also Anna Griffin
Hearts are black card and vellum embossed with just a corner of Sheena Douglass' Twisted Vine Embossing folder and highlighted with Pebeo gilding wax - bronze
Flowers are from Sara Davies Country garden dies also embossed and gilded
Flower stalk is Sheena Douglass' Sweet William die embossed and gilded
All other embellies are from my stash

Hope to see you playing along with us this week - I'll be back to visiting you all too!

Hugs
Judith x