Sunday, January 29, 2012

Spotty Owls

Isn't this a jolly owl image? It's a digital giftie from Laura and I have coloured it with pencils. The papers are from Anice at Funky Hand, from the Paper Blossom set. Embossing is with Cuttlebug swirls.

I would like to enter this for the following:

SS&DS Challenge - Anything Goes with a digital image
Opus Gluei #123 - Tweet, chirp, trill
Sentimental Sundays #87 - Dry embossing

Saturday, January 28, 2012


for my poinsettia teabag card...thank you Mynnette and Jacqueline!

Christmas Challenge Card

Hazel has asked us to make a square Christmas card, and Mynnette wants at least three rhinestones...
Base card and matting are Lidl card, DP is Pink Petticoat and I have coloured the Penny Black Snow Couple with coloured pencils

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cupcake Craft Challenges - All you need is love
Cute Card  Thursday - You're a Gem

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Old Poinsettias

I was having a little sort out of the cardboard drawers where I keep decoupage sheets and odds and ends of printed images when I found a page protector with some Christmas teabag sheets and backers that I designed in 2004! Some had poinsettias on, and I thought they might be just the thing for the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown that stipulates Christmas flowers...I haven't done teabag folding for years, but at one time I designed and printed  teabag papers and coordinating backing papers and demonstrated folding around the Costa Blanca Craft Clubs and Fairs ... hence my nickname!

I dithered about how to add a sentiment, as my stamping is not of the best when I can't cover up my bodges and splodges with a bit of judicious painting, but then I realised that if I used a peel-off, it would also qualify as an Unstampabelles entry....problem solved!

So...backing papers and teabags by me, punched centre added to the folded rosette that is mounted on a Nestie  4 label, blue lace strip cut with Cuttlebug Ironworks set, and a peel-off on another Nestie label.

Unstampabelle's Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - A for Anything Goes

Saturday, January 21, 2012


It seems to be my lucky week; I received an Honourable Mention on the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Blog for the card that I entered for their first colour challenge of the year; Black, White and a Splash of Red. Thank you Mynnette and Jacqueline.
This week's theme is Christmas flowers, so why not come and play and build up your stock of Christmas cards?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Won!

My name came out of the Big Teapot over at Funky Hands and I won these lovely papers in the Get Funky Challenge Blog Hop! Thank you to Anice and the lovely Design Team ladies!

 Funky Kraft Stash downloadSteam Funk download

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Baby Love

Very simple ingredients today; cream card for the base and a lacy strip cut with the Cuttlebug Ironworks die. Blue pearl paper, silver peel-off sentiment and a favourite image printed from a Joanna Sheen Baby CD. The check paper is from coverless pad given to me by a friend, so I don't know the make. Now I have uploaded the photograph I can see I need to re-glue the end of the ironwork strip!

I have used this sketch from Mojo Monday
I would also like to enter it for Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - mainly blue
Crafty Cardmakers - No floral embellishments

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's all downhill from here...

I thought I'd finish off the sheet of grey card I used for the ColourQ challenge. The sketch is from Freshly Made and I have used a digital image from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD; this fulfils City Crafter's request. I have mounted it onto black card. The lovely green, spotty petersham ribbon covers both requirements for the Saturday One Stop challenge and it's a birthday card so it also fits in with Winter Wonderland this week and the Joanna Sheen Monthly challenge.

Freshly Made Sketches #17
City Crafter challenge Blog Week #91 - Back to Black
One Stop Craft challenge #165 - On the spot and ribbon
Winter Wonderland - Birthday wishes
Joanna Sheen Monthly challenge - Celebration

Black, White and a Splash of Red

 Black card, with black and white paper and digital image from Pink Petticoat. I coloured the candy cane with my Derwent pencils and added a touch of colour to one "happy christmas".

I used Nesties to cut and mount the image, an edge die from Nellie with a little red ribbon and three red jewels. 

The jewels were only 60 eurocents a sheet from the tat shop; I found them amongst the nail art stripes and squiggles!

I would like to enter this in the flowing challenges:

52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown #1... Black, white and a splash of red.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #55...use a digital image and/or digital paper.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another challenge card

I love this book reading mouse; he is called Cheddar and he is from Sugar Nellie. I coloured him with Derwent pencils.  I can't tell you who made the papers as they came in a cover-less partly used pad from a friend who was having a clear out...

I would like to enter this in The Sugar Bowl's sketch challenge #75.

CAS Card

I am showing a clean and simple card today. The scallop edge was made with a Nellie die, the butterfly cut with one from Sissix.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges;
CAS-ual Fridays  scallops
Jingle Belles  sketch
Let's Craft and Create    butterflies

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Challenge Christmas Card

Apart from the base card and the peel-off border, everything on this card is recycled; the red paper for the circle and the flowers is from a used envelope, the holly leaves were punched from the green metallic foil of a cat biscuit bag, and even the yellow in the centre of the flowers came from a used post-it note. The image oval and the sentiment are from an old Christmas card... am I thrifty, or am I in line for a "World's Meanest Hoarder Award"?

The circle was cut with a compass style circle cutter as I don't have circle Nesties and the only large circle punch I possess was not the right size. I embossed it with a Fiskars plate. I made the oval by outlining it using a gold pen and an old technical drawing stencil, then cutting it out by hand.

I am entering this in:
Hazel's CHNC 54...recycle something.
One Stop Craft line of 3 from 9 choices; I went with flowers, punches & embossing.
Papertake Weekly Challenge...anything goes with the option of the theme "New" year, new card, new challenge?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Blog Candy

Visiting some of the people playing along with the 365+1 photo challenge, I came across Hazel, and she just happens to have a card challenge blog as well! Why not pop over and have a peep? I might just have time to make a card in the morning and post it before the deadline tomorrow night.

I'm not too sure how many people will be reading this as I haven't been posting this past year and I expect my readers will have passed on to
pastures blogging pastures that is, not the fields of heaven!

Edit: a card left over from this year's batch...Pink Petticoat papers and Edwin coloured to match using Derwent watercolour pencils. I often cut of his wings, but as it was Christmas I left them and added some sparkle

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Spectacle case

More felt, made with much the same ingredients as the heart, but to give it more substance, lined and interlined with more felt.

I cut the outside layer to the size and shape I wanted, then folded the two inner layers around a broom handle to 'take up the slack' with the black layer on the outside. I then tacked the layers together around the edge before stab stitching and lastly cutting the inner layers level with the outside edge.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Heartfelt flowers

Inspired by things I have seen on Pinterest I've been having fun with felt; I made the heart as a Christmas gift for a friend, the same one as appreciated the crazy patch heart I made in 2008. That link shows a photo taken before it was finished off, but you will get the idea. The large flower shapes on this year's heart were cut using the Cuttlebug and a Sissix die, the smaller ones by hand after I tried without success to punch them with an ordinary paper punch. The leaves were made by cutting a Cuttlebug flower into sections. The beauty of working with felt is that the flowers can be attached with simple large stitches, and there is no need to worry about fraying edges. I used scraps of floss that hadn't made it into my filing system for one reason or another, but enjoyed the wild and tangled lifestyle of the plastic container of odds and sods on my cluttered work table. A little subtle bling of pearls and bronze beads, a few flower sequins and a black ribbon with a picot edge softened the bright colours, and I was happy with it.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Resurrection Day

I've decided to at least again post photos of what I make; lots of little things have been made over the past year and have gone out into the wide, wide world without me keeping any record of them.

Blogger is asking me to try the updated interface...well maybe I shall, but not today, and not on this blog, I'll practice on The Test Bed!
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