Wednesday 23 December 2009

Another Five Challenges

 Hi everyone, I hope you're prepared for the big day as there's not too much time left now. I've got to the stage where if there's anything I've forgotten,  I just don't care!
December's always a busy month for us, it's my darling hubby's birthday today and our wedding anniversary was on the 16th (what can I say...I'm a glutton for punishment!)
Today's card is (probably) my final one for this year and it's for five challenges again.
By the Cute and Girly's monthly challenge where the theme is 'Let's Go To The Movies' I enjoy any film that stars the delicious Hugh Grant, so this card is representing 'About A Boy'.
Sketch Saturday challenge, a gorgeous sketch that looked much more difficult than it actually was and I'm sure I'll be using it again soon.
Cupcake Craft where the theme is 'A Time For Celebration'
Creative Card Crew's theme is 'Anything Goes'
and finally Magical Crafts which asks for a 'Special Birthday Card' and this one is for a very special person

As you can see I'm showcasing yet another of my new Mo Manning images (and there's plenty more new ones for you to see yet lol!)

Card Details:
* Image - Mo Manning 'Paul texting'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus'
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Embossed Zig-Zag'
* Sentiment - PC generated
* Everything else from my stash

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends, followers and visitors a very peaceful Christmas and a joyous New Year.
I can't begin to tell you how much being part of this wonderful blogging community has meant to me over this year, so thank you all for your friendship.

Tuesday 22 December 2009

Bah Humbug Challenge & ABC Christmas Challenge Blog Hop

Hi everyone, I've just popped in to let you all know about a new fortnightly Challenge Blog called ABC Christmas Challenge which is starting on 30th December.
Yes, I know, there are already hundreds of challenge blogs, but this one is going to help make sure that we're not all chasing our tails trying to get Christmas cards made at the last minute.
If you're a regular visitor to my blog you'll know I HATE MAKING CHRISTMAS CARDS!! so this may be the answer to my prayers, just make one every fortnight and take the pressure off a bit.
They are having a blog hop on Christmas Eve so if you think this may be for you, why not pop over and find out more!

Hang on, I'm back again! I'd just posted this when I found another new blog called Bah Humbug doing the same thing and this one starts on 8th January. It also happens to be the brainchild of some very sweet crafting buddies, so how can I possibly not join in with this one. Oh Joy!! at this rate I may not be tearing my hair out and cursing about cards next year (although it looks like I'm going to be very busily entering Christmas Challenges from now on lol!)

Monday 21 December 2009

Still Catching Up

Hi everyone, well I'm still trying to make up for lost time with some more challenges, I've been having withdrawal pains from not being able to enter anything for so long!
Today's card is for four 'Christmas' challenges which are:
Simon Says 'Merry Christmas'
DU2DS 'Last Minute Christmas Cards'
Our Creative Corner 'Let It Snow'
Stamp Something 'Holiday Somethings'

I couldn't resist using another of Mo Manning's fabulous images for this, it makes such a fun and happy card, especially when teamed up with these gorgeous, vibrant papers.

Card Details:
* Image - Mo Manning 'Skating'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Papermania 'Naughty and Nice'
* Sentiment - Dovecraft 'Christmas Wishes'
* Nestabilities - 'Scalloped Ovals' & 'Labels 4'
* Everything else from my stash

I think entering all of these challenges over the last few days has given me the 'fix' I needed and I can now settle down to normal life again, not that there's going to be much 'normal life' for the next week lol!

Sunday 20 December 2009

One Card, Five Challenges!

 Hi everyone, I'm sorry that I haven't been about very much recently but hopefully I'll be blogging again more regularly from now on.
Apart from making my Christmas cards and all the normal festive chores, I've also been busy making cards for a couple of local shops that I supply. I've known I had to do this for some time, but I've been putting it off (big mistake!) Still, hopefully I'm up to date now and can get back to making cards for fun again.
Following my recent visit to Digital Pencil Too I decided I just had to use one of Mo's adorable 'Terrible Two' images.
This also enabled me to enter the following challenges that I've missed over the last couple of weeks:
Mo's Challenge Blog - Just White
Charisma Cardz - Anything but Christmas
Quixotic Challenges - Lace
Papertake Weekly - Sketch #30
Digital Tuesday   - Happy Birthday

Card Details:
* Image - Mo Manning 'Tasha'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Papermania 'Exquisite'
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Valentine Hearts'
* Everything else from my stash

This is the first card for ages that I hadn't already scheduled about 3 weeks ago (now you can see how long I've really been MIA!) All those recent posts that you thought I'd made were really Mr Blogger.
Huge thanks to those of you who've continued to leave me encouraging comments, you've lifted my spirits more than you can know.

Friday 18 December 2009

CACB DT Card - Challenge 4

Hi everyone, this is my DT card for challenge 4 at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and the theme this time is 'Any colour except Red and Green' We thought that this would make a change from all the Christmas colours that are about at the moment.
I decided to make an even bigger change and produce a summer scene for my card, just to make sure I could remember what summer looked like lol!
Again, I've created this using all of Ann's downloads except for the embellishments.

Card Details:
* Image - Crafty Ann's Digi Stamps 'Tropical Beach' and 'Rectangular Bow Frame'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Crafty Ann's Papers Woodgrain Effects 'Sky Blue' and 'Light Brown'
* Punch - EK Success 'Photo Corners'
* Everything else from my stash.

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing your lovely creations for the last challenge and hope you'll be able to make time to join in again. As always, there are two weeks until the next challenge and you can use whatever you wish for your project.
Do pop over and take a look at the other DT cards, they're fabulous, and I'm sure will fill you with inspiration.

Monday 7 December 2009

Sketch & Stash DT card - #25

Hi everyone, it's time for the Sketch & Stash challenge again, and this time you've got four weeks to join in, as our next challenge won't be until the 4th January next year (how strange that sounds)
Yet another fabulous sketch from Becky and I've already used this for a couple of other projects too, so it's obviously going to be another one that I'll keep using.

Card Details:
* Image - Whiff of Joy 'Uru and Bird'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus'
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Doily Lace'
* Nestability - Labels 4
* Everything else from my stash

I was lucky enough to win this adorable little stamp recently and it was a joy to colour. I decided to use a pastel colour scheme for this one, plus I thought it suited this little character quite well.
I've actually managed to finish all my Christmas cards now, so I was quite pleased to be able to make a card that had nothing to do with Christmas, for a change!

I do hope that you'll manage to join us at Sketch & Stash at some point over the holidays as we so enjoy seeing all your wonderful creations. Please don't forget to check out the other DT cards, they're sure to provide you with huge amounts of inspiration.

Friday 4 December 2009

CACB DT Card - Challenge 3

Hi everyone, this is my DT card for challenge 3 at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and the theme this time is 'Touchy Feely' so we're looking for some texture on your cards.
All the paper elements in my card are actually digital downloads from Ann, the gorgeous image is 'Daffodil 1' and the backing papers are from the 'Polished Stone' collection and consist of 'Light Olive' from the Earth Tones set and 'Golden Yellow' from the Autumn Tones.

Card Details:
* Image - Crafty Ann's Digi Stamps 'Daffodil 1'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Crafty Ann's Backing Papers 'Polished Stone'
* Punches - Martha Stewart 'Punch around the page - Fan' border and corners
* Everything else from my stash

I've been a bit fed up with all this dark and dreary weather we've been having lately, so I decided to try to make my card really vibrant and it's also been sprayed very liberally with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, so it has a lovely subtle shimmer all over. Aaaahhh, that's better, you can't beat some shimmer and sparkle for cheering a girl up lol!
I finished off with some little felt flowers, tiny pearls, a foiled sentiment and a Nestability mat for some different textures.

The DT had such fun visiting all your blogs to see what you came up with for the last challenge, and you certainly made some wonderful creations so I'm hoping that you'll all manage to join in the fun again.
If you need some inspiration, just take a look at what the DT have produced this time and don't forget you have two weeks until the challenge ends and the only limit is your imagination.

Thursday 3 December 2009

Holly Fairy

Hi everyone, I'm so sorry I haven't been about for a few days, I feel I've been taking one step forward and two steps back all this week!

Today's card is for four challenges, the first is Digital Tuesday's theme of 'Christmas Sparkle', the second is the Simon Says challenge of 'So Charming', the theme at Quixotic Challenges theme is 'Be Charming' and finally, this week's DP2 challenge is 'Someone Special'
I just had to use my beautiful 'Holly Fairy' from Mo Manning again, I can't resist her. I've added a little star charm to the pretty ribbon and lots of Stickles sparkles to Holly's dress and wings.

Card Details:
* Image - Mo Manning 'Holly Fairy'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Dovecraft 'Winter Wonderland'
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Valentine Hearts'
* Everything else from my stash.

I'm forcing myself to avoid paying a visit to Mo's shop Digital Pencil at the moment. The problem is, I'm in love with all of the images so I need to win the lottery before I can go on a shopping spree.
I'll just have to wait until I feel brave enough to do a list and then get one or two at a time, although how I'll manage to choose I really don't know.
Ah well, as we all know these are just some of the trials and tribulations of a craftaholic. Problem is, I think I enjoy buying craft stuff even more than using it lol!

Lorraine's Candy

Lorraine's weekly candy (see my sidebar) is doing things a little differently this week. You will still need to enter the Simon Says Stamp challenge but the candy will not be drawn for two weeks, as it's something special.

I'm sorry that I haven't managed to get anything posted for a few days, but I'm hoping to be back later today or tomorrow with a card (it's been another one of 'those' weeks!)