Thursday, 14 December 2017

In The Cat House

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday was National Cocoa Day so I decided to make a card and small hot chocolatey gift in one.  


I made a card with a pocket for a hot chocolate sachet.  The stamp is from Impression Obsession


I wanted it a bit rustic so I added a panel of card to my card base that I had covered with some hessian.  I glued the panel along each side and the bottom, leaving the top open.


I stamped Impression Obsession G145 using blue ink on kraft card and cut with an oval stitched die.  I added some Wow! white puff powder and a piece of twine which I tied in a bow.  Hmmmm, hot chocolate by post.  Nam nam.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Impression Obsession Challenge - Last Minute Holiday Cards/Gifts
2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stitch It
Allsorts Challenge Week 445 - Snowflakes


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Dear Santa, A White Christmas Would be Nice, But if You Don't Have Any White, Red Will Do

Hello.  Welcome.  I am seeing all these cute bottle hanger tags all over the place so I thought I'd have a go.   


OK for a first attempt.  I used Sizzix Party Bag dies to get my fancy tag shape and Sizzix circle dies for the hole.


I used a piece of thick yellow card for my base and a piece of card that I had embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflake folder and added white ink and some blue Nuvo glimmer paste.  The santa is a Kreativ Hender stamp that I embossed with white glitter powder on the same blue card and fussy cut.  Maybe blue on white would have been better......so I used a white gel pen around the edge of the fussy cut.  A bit of christmas ribbon (which actually says don't open before 25th December but I tried to hide the negative vibes LOL).  The fancy metal ring and the jingle bell are from Korthobby.  It really jingles!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

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Korthobby Utfordring - Jul
Power and Spark 12 Days of Christmas inspired by Day 11
Deep Ocean Challenge 170 - Jingle Bells
Scrappelyst Utfordring for Desember - Gave
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Winter Time
Stamplorations Tagplorations December

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nosferatu Move Over

Hello.  Welcome.  Sometimes I am a little slow.  I am just realising that it's only two weeks til the jolly red man comes and I have yet to post my cards.  OK, I haven't exactly written them yet.  Or, may it be said, actually made all I need.  Yep, last minute midnight crafting on the agenda again.  But you know what, I have found that Mr Mojo tends to be very active after midnight.  Me feels he may be a vampire, mayhaps feeding on the inspiration of the crafty community.  Thank goodness he is into giving infusions in our darkest moments.  Here's another infusion that is handy for after midnight crafting..... coffee.  


I embossed my dark blue card base with Cuttlebug Snowflake folder and used white pigment ink on the raised texture.  The girl is from Unity's Warmth of Winter set, stamped and coloured with Promarkers.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Christmas/Winter
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Christmas/Winter
Passion for Promarker Week 424 - Mega Christmas Challenge
Scrappelyst Grublis for Desember - Votter

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pyromaniac Convention

Hello.  Welcome.  So over at PaperArtsy the current topic is Torn Ripped and Burnt.  Burnt??  Hmmm,........

My Man:  What you doing?

Me:  Burning my art

My Man:  Oh.  OK.  (back to reading his book)


This one was inspired by Wanda.  I took a piece of Basic Grey paper that I love, but I have just realised how prominent the word Christmas appears, so maybe I should change the sentiment.  Anyway, I ripped a hole in the middle and folded it back and then set fire to the edges (see conversation above).  Wow, too much fun!!!!   I splatted some Fired Brick distress stain on some yellow vellum, ripped it into strips and stuck it behind the aperture.  I used some of the soot from the burning on my white base card.  The little doggy is from Unity, stamped, embossed and fussy cut.  Sentiment unknown, possibly also Unity.  Great sentiment, maybe doesn't gel so well with the background paper, but the dog is loving it.  But then again.... maybe Christmas is the perfect time to take a chance and change your life.  Seasons Greetings everyone. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
PaperArtsy Topic 18 - Torn, Ripped and Burnt
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #312/#313 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snowflake Coffee

Hello.  Welcome.  In case you have missed it the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop has started.  It's hot and it's hoppin'

I used stamps from Impression Obsession Smell The Coffee set and dark blue pigment ink.  I used a mask and stamped with a small Rubber Dance snowflake stamp on each cup.  The panel was cut with Stamplorations Crazy Double Stitch rectangle and I used pale blue Bazzill dots card for my base card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 188 - Winter Blues
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Christmas/Winter
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #312/#313 - Anything Goes


Friday, 8 December 2017

Butter Humbugs

Hello.  Welcome.  Addicted to CAS have the cue word Sweets and I had an idea to use the Winnie and Walter Peppermint Zone mini stamp and make some mints. 


I cut some circles of cream paper using a Sizzix die and stamped with the Peppermint Zone stamp and something Espresso distress ink.  Then I had a little think about how to present my sweets.  I rattled through the embossing folders and found this one from Sizzix called Medallion.  I die cut a pale blue card circle, embossed it and used Aegean Sea and Midnight something chalk inks to highlight the texture.  I cut off the top and the bottom of the circle, edged it all with the dark blue chalk and returned the bottom piece upside down to act as a foot for my sweet bowl.  I used a silver card base, stamped and embossed the Lawn Fawn sentiment and added my sweet bowl, slightly off the edge so as not to crowd my sentiment. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Addicted to CAS Challenge 125 - Sweets
Winnie & Walter November Color Combo
Stamplorations CAS Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #312/#313 - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge 79






Deer, Oh Deer

Hello.  Welcome.  I am very honored to have been asked to guest design at the Crop Stop blog today after I won their October challenge.  If you don't know, the Crop Stop sells masses of lovely crafty goodies and all you need to do to enter their challenges is use something from one of their suppliers.  There are so many, I bet you have something in your stash that suits. 

I decided that since Christmas is fast approaching I would share a quick seasonal card that is very easy, but quite fun. 


If you want the details you need to hop over to the Crop Stop blog and check out my post.  As an extra incentive it's a twofer!!

 Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget you can link up your glittery stamped makes at the Rubber Dance challenge and your Christmas/Winter stamped makes at Lost Coast.  There be prizes!!  Hugz

As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Animal and Why I love all animals, but I decided since it's winter I'm going to go with deer, in all their wonderful variety.  I love their elegance and strength and the majestic stags, and there are so many cool stamps and dies, cute and serious.  This card features a deer of the stag variety.


Time Out Moodboard

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Blessings From Blogland

Hello.  Welcome.  Todays card is courtesy of Winnie and Walter and Hobbygarasjen.  I have been a very lucky lady and won a gift card at both these places in October.  Today Mr Postman brought much happy mail.  I am blessed.  I used my giftcard at Hobbygarasjen to get a couple of distress oxides, which I have been wanting for ages.  Now I have Salty Ocean and Fossilized Amber distress ox, and, of course, after 20 seconds, I realised I need them all!!!!!  Santa, oh Santa, where are you..........


I used W&W The Peppermint Zone mini stamp and Salty Ocean distress ox on pale blue card and cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  Then I layered the W&W Thanks die lots!!!  If you know me, you will know I am a simple type of gal, but tonight I had a bit of a layers fest.  I cut the thanks from brown glitter card, twice from cream card to give a highlight and then three times from dark blue to give a shadow.  It does give it masses of dimension in the real.  Then I added a blue glitter layer, a dark blue layer, a pale grey layer and used a dark blue card base, as an opportunity to try the distress ox on dark card and wow!  Love!!  I used W&W mini Marbleize stamp with the Salty Ocean distress ox and I love it.  It does go all around the card base but the light has faded it out in my photo so you will have to extrapolate....

Thanks for dropping by and thanks again to Winnie & Walter and Hobbygarasjen.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Winnie & Walter November Color Combo
Allsorts Challenge Week 444 - Thank You
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #312/#313 - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions DCC126 - Glitter
Crop Stop Challenge Link Party 34



Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Fast Santa Tags

Hello.  Welcome.  Power Poppy is doing a 12 Days Of Christmas challenge, with lots of fun inspiration, so I thought I'd join the fun by making some chalkboard style tags inspired by Katie's day 1 tags.


I cut Bazzill Blackberry card using Sizzix Scalloped Pennant die, cos I thought it looked sorta christmas tree-y shaped.   Then I used Power Poppy's stamps from the Action Santa set.  I stamped them with white pigment ink and embossed with white powder.  Then I smeared the white ink around to give the chalkboard look.   Gotta love quick and easy in December LOL.

I decided to also stamp one of the small snowflakes with the white ink around the tag to fill some of the gaps.  I think because of the colour scheme, as well as the subject matter, these will be great for the men's gifts. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Power and Spark Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge
Papirlosjen - Jul/Vinter
Scrappelyst Grublis for November - Vinteraktivitet
De-Egel Challenge 47 - Geen Vierkant Of Rechthoekig
Stamplorations Tagplorations Challenge  All About Christmas
Dies R Us Challenge 86 - Christmas Carols Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Hearty Thanks

Hello.  Welcome.  A simple thank you card using a colour scheme I so borrowed from Darnell.  Thanks Darnell.  Hugz


I used Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster cardstock and stamped and embossed the heart from Dare 2 B Artzy Turtle Couple set.  I used masking to make my line of hearts.  The thanks is a Hero Arts stamp, also embossed with white powder.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at

Woodland Friends

Hello.  Welcome.  November was the last exchange month for the Card Chain Challenge in 2017 and I was sending my card to Dee in Kenya.   I had set an extra little challenge to get the ladies to use at least three of the options this month, so I decided I'd better try and take my own challenge LOL.  I used the colours, deer and friendship.  I was also following the sketch, but it maybe got a bit modified beyond recognition.  


Couldn't resist using this cute little Frantic Stamper Moose die.  I cut it three times, once from kraft, which I coloured with distress inks, and twice from black card, which I used to add a shadow and dimension. The background is a piece of patterned paper and the trees were cut using Die-namites Deer Birch Background.  I fussy cut off the bits I didn't want.  I also used part of this diecut for the branch for my vellum bird.  The sentiment is from Rubber Dance, stamped with black archival ink on a panel I cut with a sizzix die and coloured with distress inks.  

If you would like to see all the cards exchanged this month the reveal is HERE
The sign ups for January will be open later this month at the
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Animal and Why as Brenda says this is an impossible challenge cos I love all animals, but I decided since it's winter I'm going to go with deer, in all their wonderful variety.  I love their elegance and strength and the majestic stags, and there are so many cool stamps and dies, cute and serious.  This card features a deer of the moose variety.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Penguin Bling

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh.  December.  How did that happen!!  So, the time of the Jolly Red Man draws near and I am so not ready.  Well, why spoil a good thing....   Here's a not Christmas card with penguins.  And bling.  No really,  BLING!!!!   The new challenge at Rubber Dance is colours and/or glitter.  So I went glitter.  Big time.  It's a veritable blizz of bling.  Ready for this?? .........

Playful Penguin made a Snowcat.  How cute is that!!  OK, so this was a little experiment.  I got these glitter papers from Do Craft, including that dark one at the top that reminded me of a Northern Light's sky.  So I decided to gather some different glitter papers and build a scene.  Then I decided I would stamp and emboss my images on glitter paper as well, just to see if it was possible.


I wasn't sure if this would work, but it did!  I used Versamark ink and black embossing powder and then fussy cut them.  I wanted to add some colour, and I know alcohol inks colour glitter, so I decided to try Promarkers.  Wow, that worked really well.  I coloured by dotting the colour onto the glitter.  I am sure if you try and colour normally it would ruin the pens, but dotting the colour on worked perfectly and the pens survived. 

Embossing on glitter card has it's challenges.  You may be able to see a certain green smudginess to my 'stary sky'.  Incidentally that's Zing opaque leaf embossing powder.  It rocks!!  The stars are one of the small stamps from Rubber Dance Textured Flowers.  As I was saying, the texture of the glitter can make a nice clean emboss a challenge, so keep a fine brush to hand and be willing to end up with a bit of glitter in your powder.   The top two papers are from Do-crafts.  They are backed with 'handmade paper'.  You know, the stuff that dissolves when faced with water or too much glue, and it also has a tendency to shed glitter.  In it's favour it cut easily and the colours are lush.  The silver one is one of the new plasticy types, harder to cut, no shed, and if you warm it too much when embossing it will melt.  How do I know this???? 😆 So quicky quicky with the heat gun to give a really beautiful embossed sentiment.  My final tip for the day is...... when sticking all those die cut layers together, make sure the glue is dry before you run it through the die cut machine to cut that pretty stitched edge.  Especially if you are cutting a pretty stitched edge!! cos that wet glue may very well ooze through all that lovely stitch detail and glue your project to the cutting plate, and you know some of those pretty papers just dissolve in the face of too much glue, causing inadvertent project death.  Luckily I had lots of glitter papers........  

Thanks for dropping by.  All stamps are from Rubber Dance and if you need to get you a Playful Penguin or Snowcat you can get free worldwide shipping using the code GTFreeShip when you spend over €15. Now, your reward for reading this long post, other than my splendidly glittery project LOL...


Yep, that's right, Rubber Dance is giving a €50 prize for the December challenge.  You can use the colours above and/or glitter on your project, and stamping of course.  There is also a second prize of €25!!  So hop over and check out the challenge and the inspiration from the team and link up your stamped make.  Tell your friends as well.  Hugz

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De Egel Challenge 46 - Bingo I used snowman, snow, star