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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowflakes And Pixies Snippets Playground

My card today covers a couple of challenges firstly the Allsorts Challenge where they are asking for Snowflakes on your cards. Then Pixies Snippets Playground where you must include scraps or snippets on your card  (I stamped and embossed Christmas onto a scrap piece of card) and then finally Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge which is anything goes with the option of sparkle. I used an embossing folder from Sheena Douglas to make this card, coloured the background with blue distress inks and then used silver gilding wax lightly over the top. Mounted it onto some silver mirri card and then a white card blank.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

With all of the cutting of papers for my last post, needless to say there was a lot of bits and pieces that have found their way into the scrap box. So it was only natural that I would would reach for them to make something for Pixies Snippets Playground this time around. Everything except the card base has come from leftover Graphic 45 papers from the seasons collection. The sentiment stamp was from a set by Crafters Companion.


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Sue

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Results Of The Graphic 45 Workshop

You may remember me saying recently that I attended a Graphic 45 Workshop held by Clare Charvill (My Creative Spirit) in Kenilworth a couple of weekends ago. Well last weekend I finished the project that I started. We had a choice of projects that we had to pick from before the weekend and I chose to make the Seasons project. When we arrived and were given our projects, they came in a bag and looked like a jigsaw puzzle, it took all of Saturday to put the storage box and albums together. At this stage the storage box had papers on it but the Albums didn't.



Sunday arrived and we started to add the pages to the Album and to decorate them. I concentrated on getting one Album decorated rather than trying to rush and get them all done. Even so I still only got the front and middle pages finished and part of the back page.The rest were finished at home.








So far I've not added any photos to the Albums but I do plan to (maybe over Christmas).

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Sue

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Winter Trees Or Flowers At Stamping Sensations

I was so lucky in October and my card was pick as the winner over on the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog, I won a lovey prize of  a £25.00 Voucher to spend at Stamp Addicts and also asked to be Guest Designer this month. The challenge is Winter Trees or Flowers and my card was made using stamps from Card-io. I stamped everything in black either with first or second generation stamping and then covered with a double sided sticky sheet and then sprinkled with iridescent glitter. I mounted onto some silver mirri card and an 8x8 white card blank. The design team over on the challenge blog have made some amazing cards for your inspiration this month do please pop over and take a look. The prize this month is a lovely bundle of goodies from Stix-2.



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Sue

Monday, 27 November 2017

Craftaganza Makes

Well I have finally manage to find five minutes to take photos of my makes from the Crafters Companion's Craftaganza retreat. My crafting Buddy and I had 3 wonderful days at the Redworth Hall up in Newton Aycliffe in Co Durham a couple of weeks ago. The hotel was wonderful and catered for 170 excited women all there to craft. As well as the crafting we were entertained on the first night (Sunday) by Charlie Hawkins from Hochanda who as well as telling how he started in shopping channels as a presenter, he also played host to a game of Crafty Fortunes, between the attendees and the Crafters Companion team. This was very funny as it was played along the lines of Family Fortunes and it was soon clear that Charlie had never seen the program before. All to soon the 3 days came to an end, but as you can see from the picture below that we all had a great time and came away with some great makes. There is one other card that I can't show you yet as the stamps for this have not yet been released.







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Sue

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Last Rudolph Days For 2017

First let me say sorry for being absent for the last couple of weeks, what can I say except I've been off enjoying myself. First at Craftaganza, held by Crafters Companion, which was up in Durham. Then the following weekend I attended a weekend workshop held by Clare Chervill from My Creative Spirit, this was making a beautiful Graphic 45 project. I'll show you photos later. Now onto today and its time for the final Rudolph Days Challenge for this year. I managed to take part every month except May when I was out of the country. This has meant that I have managed to make quite a stash of cards already to pop into the post next month. I would like to thank Maureen for holding this fun challenge every month, it certainly helped me build my stash up. This year I have enjoyed playing with my embossing folders and distress inks to make some of my Christmas cards. Some of the folders have been new and some I've had hidden away for a while, they are great for batch making. Here are four that I had fun with.






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Sue

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Off On Retreat

Well my bags are packed and waiting by the front door for my crafty pal Elaine to come and pick me up, we're off to Crafters Companion Craftaganza. This is a three day retreat in a wonderful looking hotel in Durham, so quite a drive from here in the North of Hampshire. Before I go though I thought I would stop by and show you this card and enter it into Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge this week. Recently I attended a workshop held by Martine Smith from Oyster Stamps where she showed us some wonderful techniques including shaping these wonderful Heartfelt poinsettias. As I have this set of stamps and dies when I returned home I set to making a collection of the cards ready for friends and family for Christmas. I made 9 altogether and changed the colour and the layout on all of the. Well that's enough rambling for now as I need to get this posted in the next few minutes.



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Sue

Friday, 10 November 2017

One Layer Christmas Card

I was thrilled when I clicked on the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog at the end of last week and found out that I had won the October Challenge. For this months challenge they are asking for One Layer Christmas Cards.This is a challenge for me as in all of my years card making, I don't think I have ever made a one layer card. Until now that is. I've used a 6x6 white card blank, a piece of masking tape across the middle, Tim Holtz snowflake stamps and Distress oxides. I used a technique that Tim showed us a his recent workshop at Art From The Heart, which was to stamp with the Oxides and then quickly blend with a blending tool. The sentiment was from a set by Sheena Douglas.



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Sue

Monday, 6 November 2017

Buttermilk/Zodiac and Pixies Snippets Playground

My card today is for two challenges, Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge and Pixies Snippets Playground. The butterfly challenge asks that you use Buttermilk colour and or something from the Zodiac. Pixies Snippets asks that you use snippets/scraps. While rummaging through my scraps box I found some buttermilk colour card and some brown that went with it. I cut the card to size and then stamped a script stamp from Inkylicious onto the buttermilk card using Distress Ink in Tea Dye colour. Then I inked around the edges with the Tea Dye ink, I found a doily that had been cut sometime ago from scraps, I inked this around the edges too and stamped a Lily of the Valley sentiment stamp. There was a little brown card left over and there was enough to cut out two butterflies to add to the card, making it a Gemini card. I popped it all onto a 6x6 white card base.



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Sue

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Christmas Creatures

This is a Christmas card that I've made for my Mum to give to Niece for Christmas and it fits right in with the theme over on the Allsorts Challenge blog this week as they are asking for Christmas Creatures. It was an image that I found on the Internet which I downloaded and turned into a topper. I can't remember where the backing paper came from as I have quite a lot printed off ready to use. The sentiment was made on the PC. I used silver mirri card for the matting and embellishments. This also fits in with Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge which is Anything Goes with the optional theme of Something With Wings. Which is covered by the wonderful snowy owl in the picture.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue