Well I finally got my laptop up and running though it's still a long way from "fully loaded"!! but as this is my last challenge post for the year at least I have some downtime to work my way through and try to get it back in business!
But now onto my card for today
As the challenge is
how could I pass up the opportunity to make just one more Christmas card!
I thought this was a perfect image to make a Christmas card for my grandson Jacob
he even looks a bit like the little boy on the digi!
I think this image would also make a lovely birthday card for a little boy
- whatever the special day it means presents!!
As always we have a fab prize for our winner
I will also be announcing the winner of the prize for the blog hop comment on my blog later - so pop back and see if you were the lucky winner of a digi from TPS
Here's what I did.....
Image - I wonder what is this from TPS
Coloured with copics
Papers and little labels - Vintage Christmas from first edition
Dies - Merry Christmas and star from Memory box
- Stacker Christmas tree from Dee's Distinctively
Ribbon, twine and charm - from my stash
Hope you'll join us for our last challenge of the year - it will run for 3 weeks so lots of time for you to enter
I was determined to get here with this post today after the week I've had!!
I've been back from my Florida holiday for a week now and it's been more than bit of a topsy turvey one (again!). At the risk of becoming a blogging moaning Minnie I've had one heck of a week - all due to jet lag and a cup of tea!! - I warn you this is very long winded - but I need to offload and you really need to learn from my mistakes!!
This time of year is just so busy - we all have so many things to do, shopping, buying and wrapping gifts, decking the halls and Christmas trees - then there's real life. I came back after 3 weeks away with all my Christmas shopping done, my on line food shop done ready for Christmas delivery by Tesco's (!) , mostly all my cards made before I went away and I had even been up to date with my blogging posts - but I was a bit jet lagged and had 3 weeks of mail to wade through and my Christmas tree and decorations to put up!
That was when disaster struck - I sat down to post my DT post for Craft Little Fairies - then it was off to bed for me. Only thing was I just drifted asleep with my laptop on my lap and cup of tea in hand - and totally drowned.my laptop - I woke up very quickly - laptop, me the sofa and the dog were soaked, I tipped up the laptop and the tea just ran through it and I quickly plugged in my external hard drive to back it up while it was still alive - that worked but through that night sadly my laptop died of drowning!!!
I'm sure you'll all sympathise - in these technological days - not to mention my blogging, photos and half my life on this laptop, I keep other records- spreadsheets from 2 small businesses - it really was the end of the world lol. My DH was surprisingly understanding and sympathetic and after some blaming and why did you's he did go out and buy me a new one (lovely man!) but it wasn't a happy ever after!!
Setting up a new computer is no small task and I really didn't have the time but decided to do it in small stages over a couple of days. That's when the second disaster struck. I was working my way through which was even more complicated by it having windows 8 that I couldn't make head nor tail of - but I plodded on. It had a pre installed trial antivirus program and I needed to remove that and install my own program from the online site - so far so good. I went online to do that and while my lovely new laptop was antivirus programless it was attacked by 2 Trojan viruses that totally disabled the system, if you heard some shouting and pulling of hair accompanied by steam from ears - that was me, I just couldn't believe what had happened and couldn't remove it no matter how I tried. The only solution was to take it to a local geek shop for them to sort it out for me - so off I went next morning with my new laptop of 2 days to have it wiped to start again - and that's where I'm at - now the cost of a new laptop + £35 to sort out the viruses, it's been an expensive week. But it is now partly set up - complete with the antivirus program and so many things missing - I think it will take me weeks to get back to normal.
But here I am - it was it a bit of a tauma posting this post - couldn't find the photo's I uploaded, had to install my art programme, can't find my watermark to use so did some silly typing on the photo just to be sure - the moral of this story - don't drink and blog and don't catch any viruses
Sooo after much trouble here's my DT card for this weeks challenge at
Moving along with the Times
The theme is
December Birthday Cards
Not a great photo - but I always find easel cards hard to photograph. This is a card I made for my grandson Jacob - he will be 3 years old on Saturday. He has two obsessions, ten pin bowling and grabber machines!! - to you and me that's one of those arcade machine where you try to pick up a prize in a claw. Believe it or not he's going to get a toy one for Christmas and it's absolutely the only thing he want's - and Santa definitely knows!!
As far as bowling goes - he had a set of plastic skittles and bowls - though he loves to go to the bowling alley too - he puts his two hands on either side of your face looks deep into your eves and says - it's bowlin' time Man- ma (his word for Grandma) - just so funny and off we go to set up the skittles to bowl ha ha
Anyway if you're still with me - very well done and
Well here I am back home back from my lovely nearly three weeks in Florida and I almost got all my blogging right and scheduled - well except this one! I actually came back yesterday and should have scheduled this one too - but for some reason I forgot!! - I just realised that I hadn't done my post tonight so here it is!!
I'm very sad to be doing this post as its the very last one for
Crafty Little Fairies
not just for me but for the whole challenge
December 2014 challenge is our last challenge : (
and our theme is
Holly and /or Ivy
I'm sure almost everyone will think - Christmas
but nope - not me - I thought - 90th Birthday card!!
My friend asked me to make a card for an aunt who was 90 last month
and as she likes to have a glass of wine - that should be the theme
Whenever I get asked to make a particular theme of card I always have a look at Justinklined stamps for inspiration and I have to say they haven't ever let me down. I thought this digi was just perfect and as it was 'a shelf' I decided that it would work well as an easel card. The pub blackboard looked a bit bare at the top so I decided to trim it with ivy - and there you have my not Christmas card that fits the theme! I don't know if you can see from the picture but the image is decoupaged with several layers at the shelf - and that's where I think it's not quite right once it was all finished I realised that I should have shaded the glasses to reflect the blackboard behind but hadn't spotted it until it was all layered up because the glasses were coloured separately and layered on. I gave them a good coat of glossy accents so they look very 'glass' - but hey ho I can't meet my own perfection all the time! - I would have redone the glasses but I hadn't saved the size and I knew I'd never get the glasses the right size to be able to substitute them.
There's also a little pocket underneath with a verse on a label with a little pull out ribbon (you can just see it peeking out of the side) - and a lovely box -but neither saw the camera I'm afraid!! - I think I was in total holiday mode at this point and completely forgot!!
This is what I did...
Image -All the Best Chalkboard from Justinklined available here
Colored with copics and prismacolor pencils
Age is just a number sentiment - created in word
Die cuts - Circle and mount for sentiment - spellbinders
Ivy - Marianne dies
I hope you'll join in with us for our very last challenge to help us to bow out with a bang!!
Well another year has gone by and The Paper Shelter Blog will be celebrating their 4th Birthday on December 8th. We are having a blog hop this week and it will also be a two week Challenge and both Design Teams are taking part.
The theme is
"A Special Celebration"
Which I think could be almost anything !!
If you have landed here from Anna'sthen you're heading in the right direction - if not then the best thig to do is to go back toThe Paper Shelter Challenge Blogto start again
, - after all you don't want to miss anthing!
Our Design Team have worked very hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available at The Paper ShelterWebsite and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice as well as the main prize, details of which are on
As well as all of the fabulous digis available to colour at The Paper Shelter, we also have pre-coloured images and matching papers and that is what I used here. It makes a really quick and easy card but you can add your own embellies to make it that little bit different. I needed to make a really quick card as I was trying to fit all of my cards in before I went on holiday so that I could get my post scheduled. I'll actually be travelling back home today after 2 lovely weeks in the sunshine in Florida, so this is the last of them!
All I used to make this easy peasy card was the precoloured image and paper, some gold satin ribbon and two different dies from whimsy stamps - oh and a preprinted sentiment from Craftwork Cards. The lovely gold card is old gold centura pearl from Crafters Companion, its a very different gold to the shiny mirricard - very pearly and elegant - perfect for a special celebration!! I rather liked how it turned out - and Ihope it gives you some inspiration to use some of our lovely precoloured images for quick and easy (last minute!!) Christmas cards.
Well I think you've been here long enough! - you really need to be getting on with this hop. The next blog you need to visit is Mariannes the link is here! - but don't forget to leave me a comment to be in with the chance of winning the prize for this blog.
I have to say my creativity was going into overdrive trying to get all my DT projects done before I came away on holiday - I was determined to get them all done - but struggling
My daughter Alison inherited the creative gene but never has enough time to do very much. But she got it in her head that she would make glittered champagne glasses for her Christmas table. She was supposed to be having her in-laws at their house for Christmas dinner this year - a first time Christmas dinner for Steven and Alison to prepare. Somewhere along the line this changed into everyone coming to our house instead - so we have 11 for Christmas dinner this year- just as well we have a big table!! I have to say we are all looking forward to it - I'm sure it will be fun. We get on well with Stevens family - we've all been on holiday together to Florida a couple of times and had a great time
Anyway this has had the effect of sending Alison into Christmas overdrive!! So we decided to do a joint project - a bit like the Christmas dinner, I got roped in- and this was the result
So my inspiration song is
Champagne Supanova -by Oasis
Alison went off and got a set of champagne glasses from Tesco
and some Champagne from Aldi - just to have a go!
I got the crafty stuff together and....
This is what we did ....
Glasses and bottle were coated with dishwasher safe Mod Podge
The base of the glasses and bottle label/top was masked off with masking tape
Coated with fine gold glitter
then coated again with two layers of Mod Podge -being sure to seal right over the edges
They were then left to air dry - and are top shelf dishwasher safe in 28 days - in plenty of time for Christmas. We really enjoyed making these - very glitter messy as you can imagine - even the dog got glittered and there's not a room in the house that doesn't contain glitter - probably for the next 12 months.
They'll make fab gifts - I've also been "persuaded" to make boxes for them with my Crafters Companion large scoreboard (see yesterdays post re boxes!!) - so that's my job when I get home - goodness only knows how many sets there'll be by then - I'm led to believe that we now have a full set for our Christmas table and gifts galore in an assortment of glitter colours - i think she's gone totally mad lol.
So go on get going with Christmas madness glitter and glue and your champagne supernovas!!
At time of writing it is absolutely tipping down with rain - so not so sunny after all lol - but at least it's warm rain and it's not all fun either - we do work here as well!! - my DH is cleaning the carpets and I'm supposed to be checking out the cupboards to see if anything needs replacing - but I got bored with that and decided to blog instead!
So on to the real reason for my post today -
It's time for another new challenge over at
and because we're really nice over there we've made it very easy for you!
our challenge this week is
Use your Dies
(your project must include at least one die cut)
I decided to go with a card made with no stamped images at all
- though I did stamp the sentiment - just for good measure!
My mother asked me to make a card for a friend at church who was 90 - it had to be a card big enough for all of her friends at church to sign. I thought it would be a good idea to make a lovely elegant white on white die cut card - seemed to me to be very suitable for a lady of 90. My mother had other ideas! To her a WOW card was a bit boring - it needed to have colour on it - but she liked the idea of all the die cuts - well there's no accounting for taste!! To me this card would have been far nicer all white - but you've got to keep the customer satisfied - and apparently the lady concerned and the church congregation loved it! It had a fold out panel inside for all of her church friends to sign - I think the design worked rather well - it meant that everyone could sign it and then it was stuck in afterwards - I didn't think it was a good idea for all these people to be signing into the card - the ribbon and button would probably have got squashed!!
Anyway....it also had a matching box which I made with my Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro, This is my tip for Toptip Tuesday challenge .... I use my Ultimate Pro all the time for making boxes, scoring card, embossing designs - and trying bows. I also used it for for the bow on this card -It is probably one of my most used pieces of crafting kit and the one I've had longest (well with the exception of my guillotine/cutter - which I couldn't live without!!) So my tip is - the right tools make the job so much easier and quicker too - invest wisely in your tools and they will serve you well.
The box was tied at the corners with ribbon when it was all finished - at least the box looked very elegant lol.
I didn't photograph the inside but it was completed to match the front.
This is what I did...
Card - 8x8 white blank
Coloured card - Bazzill basics
Papers LOTV - Shabby Shack
Dies - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions from the Austrian collection
Sparkly button - Creative expressions white sparklers
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage organza ribbon
Sentiment - Anna Griffin - stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder
Pins - from my stash
Box - made with Crafters Companion Centura pearl card using the Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro
Hope you'll play along with us this week at Fab'n'Funky
Here I am with today's second scheduled post
this time it's for our 5th birthday celebrations over at
If you joined in with us last week I hope you've checked over at the blog to see if you were a lucky winner - if you didn't play along -well now's your second chance!
Our challenge theme for the second week is again
As we have lots of family birthdays at this time of year I've delighted to be able to have a birthday card catch up (and it makes a change from Christmas cards!)
This fab image is from Dr Digi's House of Stamps
he's called Dunderton Academicals!
( there's also a precoloured version of this digi - for those last minute cards!)
I just love the fun images from Dr Digi's House of Stamps - especially the men - I think male cards can be so hard to make and most men just don't want a cutesy image as hard as we try to persuade them otherwise!! - so for me these fun image fit the bill perfectly and they're an absolute gift to colour, Call in at the shop at Dr Digi's House of Stamps - I'm sure they'll have something for the man in your life!
I made this card for my nephew's 18th birthday which is while we are away - he's the youngest of my nephews and nieces - so I suppose it means they're all grown up now. He's also a huge football (Newcastle United ) fan so I think this card will raise a smile
This is what I did...
Image - Dunderton Academicals from Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Cooured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers from LOTV Father knows best
Corner die - Whimsy stamps
"18" - cut with Sizzix easy peasy alphabet die
I hope you'll join in with our birthday celebrations over at Fab'n'Funky this week
I've scheduled all my posts while I'm away as I can't always keep an eye on things and we're going up to Orlando for the night to see James Taylor at the Amway Arena (really looking forward to it) so I won't be around at all to check it out - so hopefully you're reading this!!
- even better prizes if you use an image from TPS!
I have to say I was very undecided about how to tackle this and started off with just the image coloured on the white background - but I knew I had to go for it and colour it dark blue for the night sky - I have to say it was pretty scary! -I used 3 shades of blue B95, B93 and B91 and I actually quite like (and was relieved) how it turned out. It's such a lovely image for a card for a baby - quite simple really but with gorgeous details. It "felt" better as a baby boy card - just because the sky background is blue but I think it would work equally well for a baby girl with the right papers. The colours look darker in this photograph - the curse of the winter months! - the card looks a lot more yellow than it is - its actually a dark cream and rather pretty : )
This is what I did...
Image - sweet dreams from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Card - Bazzill Basics
Papers - LOTV
Sentiment - produced in word
Flowers - WOC
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Circle dies - Spellbinders
leaf punch - Martha Stewart
The DT girls over at TPS have made some really fab creations this week - hope you'll pop over there for some inspiration and join in the fun
It came in very handy having a birthday challenge as it's my lovely god-daughter Sophie's birthday this week - Sophie is a very sassy lady! - so this image is perfect for her card- I can definitely see a lot of Sophie in this sassy lady, she is also tall slim and gorgeous - and 24 years old - what a lovely age to be.
We have two sponsors joining us for our celebrations this week
I used a cute LOTV image called love balloon to make this card which was made for friends of my daughter who just got engaged...well this was the second card I made after the first one was ..... square : /
I gave this cute couple lovely black hair because the happy couple are both from Chinese families - when my hubby saw it he said - why didn't you use a Chinese couple! - men are very strange (well you probably already know that lol) - what is it about this image that says they're not Chinese -that's what I want to know!!
We have lots of lovely sponsors this month again - check it all out on the challenge blog here
This is what I did......
Love Balloon Image and handwritten sentiment - From Lili of the Valley
Coloured with copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - Mirabelle from Santoro (love these gorgeous textured papers)
Ribbon - vintage seam binding from Crafty Ribbons
Pearls - assorted sizes from my stash
Pearl swirl - Creative expressions
Butterfly die - Tim Holtz on the edge from Sizzix
We're looking forward to seeing those lovely shaped projects this month - check out what the other fairies have made for your inspiration over at the challenge blog.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all you British people who know what I'm talking about - to the rest of the world today we celebrate when Guy Fawkes didn't blow up our houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605!
Strange one I know but it gets better!! - We celebrate by making an effigy of this man (a bit like a scarecrow), burn him on a bonfire and set fireworks off just because we can
- are we British a bit odd..... hmm sometimes I wonder.
Anyway after that short history lesson lets get on with today's challenge at
The Paper Shelter
our theme today is
For the Man in your life
I used this really cute image called Trattoria Chef available here
As always we have a fab prize for the winner
This is what I did....
Image - Trattoria Chef - from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers- Kitchy Kitchen from Melissa Frances
Kraft card - Crafters companion
Jute ribbon - Papermania
Sentiment produced in word
Dies - spellbinders circles and corner from Whimsystamps
Hop on over to the challenge and check out my teamies fabulous creations - see you there! - and pop back here later this morning when I have my DT card for Fab:n:Funky Challenges - its a cutie!!
(Winter themed or fantasy based Game of thrones theme)
I got the idea for the name from Game of Thrones - I watched the TV series and decided to read the books - a real epic task! - I'm really enjoying them - just about at the end of book 2 so I've got pleanty more to keep me busy
Anyway - I was all full of an idea that I would make a fabulous dragon card - and I know there are some fabulous dragon images around - only I didn't find one!!
So I stuck with the easy option and made a winter themed card instead
(I'm so disappointed with myself lol)
I used a fab image from Stampart design by Kathryne at Whimsystamps
You may recognise the papers if you visited me yesterday - yes the same one! - I think I must be on a tartan thing just now lol - But after checking out my Christmas papers I just liked this one best so here it is again!! -not to mention more Wild Rose studios dies that I really do think I'm in love with.
This is what I did....
Image and Sentiment - Owl-ways Winter from Stampart Design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics
Papers - Dovecraft 12 days of Christmas
Card - Papermania - Krafty Christmas pack
Ribbon -Crafty ribbons
Holly berry - papermania
Berries on holly dies - viva decor red pen
Inking on dies -TH bundled sage DI
Glamour dust for added sparkle!
Dies - spellbinders circle and Scalloped circle
- Wild Rose Studios Holly flourish and Small frame from Snowflake frame set
Jingle belles - Christmas card with a creature (6/11) Polka doodles - Christmas fun (31/10) Aud sentiments - 2 or 3 word sentiment (5/11) As you like it - Cute or Elegant - for me its cute (most of the time!) - cute is usually easier and cuter!! -thats a good enough reason for me (5/11)
and it is also my last week as part of the lovely DT. I've got such a lot going on just now that I've decided to stand down from the team. I've so enjoyed my time with Penny's and I'd like to thank Julie for having me on the team and also for being such a great boss lady over there!!
But onto the job in hand
Today's challenge is one of those easy peasy ones
We all got to work with one of the sponsor images for this week
and I chose a real little cutie to make a card for a new baby,
Well its Wednesday again and another week has been marked off in the countdown to Christmas
I'm so pleased that we started the monthly Christmas challenges at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this year and as its the last week of the month today is the day for Octobers Christmas Challenge
I have myself a nice little stash of Christmas cards now- well over 20 - so much better than I've done other years and I'm thinking that I might not have such a panic over cards this year - phew!!
So as usual for our Christmas challenge it's an easy one
Mycard is made with one of the really cute bears from Stampart Design by Kathryne
This is one of the bears in Little Bears Winter Fun set
and the sentiment comes with it too
Available here from Stampart Design by Kathryne at Whimsy Stamps
We are proudly sponsored at Fab'n'Funky this week
there are great prizes up for grabs - call over to the challenge blog here to see details of the challenge and the fab designs that the DT girls made this week
I love colouring Kathy's cute bear images and this one was no exception, I always use the same colours to colour my bears Copics E40, E41 and E43 - but shock horror - I found my E43 totally dried out!! - I've sent for a new refill but it forced me to use a new colour combo - and I rather liked it. For this one I used E35, E34 and E31 and a touch of E33 too. I rather like the colour its sort of traditional golden teddy bear, after that he's simply shaded with a grey prismacolor pencil and there he is a golden coloured teddy bear!!
I'm loving these dies I bought from Wild Rose studios - it's the first of their dies I've bought - and it definitely won't be the last - they cut beautifully first time (no poking out the pieces and turning on the diecutting platform to get it to cut ) - I was well impressed. The corner die has been cut several times and cut and pieced to make the border and the snowflake on the ribbon. It really is very versatile.
This is what I did...
Image and sentiment - Little bear winter fun from Stampart design by Kathryne
Coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils
Papers - 12 days of Christmas from Dovecraft
Vintage seam binding ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Snowflake corner and Snow Frame from Wild Rose studios
Sentiment cut with Sue Wilson Saltzberg from the Austrian collection
Glamour dust added to snowflakes for a little bit of sparkle
I hope to see your Christmas cards at Fab'n'Funky this week - you know you really need to!!
It's from our fabulously fun sponsor for this week
I chose this image because it's perfect for my son Matthews birthday
- even though it's not until next April!!
Matthew has just recently left home and is living up in Edinburgh. All grown up he is with a job, a car and a room in a flat share in central Edinburgh. it's not the first time he's been away from home, he spent 3 years in Norwich when he was at University there - and that's sort of where this card fits in. He's still in touch with his old house mates from uni but they're scattered all over the country so don't meet up to often. But they have an annual reunion each year - and next year it's to be in Berlin - one of them decided that as the Berlin half marathon is on while they are there that he was going to enter - and Matthew decided he would do it too - all well and good but the most he's ever run in recent years was to catch a bus!!! - So he's in training and he's got loads of time - but we still all think its more than a bit funny that Matthew is running - hence this card!!
Here's what I did...
Image - Run Derek Run - from Dr Digi's house of stamps
Coloured with spectrum noir pens and pencils
Papers - LOTV - father knows best
Sentiment - Anna Griffin Birthday sentiments set from QVC
Tiny brads- Papermania
"Run" - punched with a very old letter punch set I got from QVC when I first started making cards
I decided to just post this late as a midway reminder -We'd love to see your fun cards - or perhaps your elegant stitched ones - either way we'd love to see you at Fab'n'Funky - and youve still got loads of time to enter
Coloured her up with copics in a spellbinders die cut frame - then pretty much couldn't decide what to do with her! I had some lovely linen effect cards left over from some invitations I had made and as she is such a pretty little girl I decided that she didn't need much at all. She has pearls in her hair and my polka dots are on the little organza ribbon, the sentiment is from the lovely new set of Anna Griffin birthday sentiments that I got from QVC last week - so that's it -done!!
Hope you'll pop over to Penny's this week - there are some lovely cards and we have some lovely new teamies too