Saturday, 31 December 2011

Simply Stampin' Week 40

Good morning!!!

It's almost time to welcome in the New Year, but before we all have a few too many drinks and head towards a stranger with lips puckered, it's time for the Simply Stampin' challenge, which this week is a sketch.
I absolutely adore bunting on cards, it's so pretty! My friend Steph and her hubby Mark, had a little baby boy late Tuesday night, who they have decided to call Matthew. So I just had to make a congratulations card for both of them, and I thought the bunting would be perfect for a baby card!

I have used two of the patterned papers from the aptly named Nursery Nest DSP pack, and then got to work with the little lion from the Fox and Friends set and my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamping one lion in Marina Mist and all the rest in Lucky Limeade. I have cheated slightly and placed my greeting below the ribbon, I did try putting it on the ribbon but it didn't look right.

I do hope you'll join in the fun with this challenge, I can't wait to visit you and see what you come up with. xx

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Gifts for Friends

Good morning,

As you may have already read previously on my blog, each year I like to make at least one batch of Christmas presents, (scroll down to see my festive fudge bags) but I did want to make one special present for a dear friend of mine who I met through her fabulous blog, she also happens to be one of my fellow DT members at Simply Stampin' too. Her name is Ruth and you can check out her amazing blog by clicking here, I have received so many wonderful gifts throughout the year, that I wanted to make her something that no one else would have. So I decided to cover a notebook for her.

Every crafter needs to make notes and jot down websites they have seen something inspiring on, so I thought it would make a useful gift! The colours are much brighter IRL, this photo was taken at night before I rushed off to the post office to make sure she got it well before the big day, I'm sure that I'm safe posting it now.

Why not decorate one for yourself? xx

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Simply Stampin' Colour Challenge

Good morning,

Its so cold outside today so I hope that you are snuggled up warm inside with some crafty project to fill the time. I have finished my Christmas cards now - phew! But I do still have a few presents to wrap. I like to make a few presents each Christmas, last year I made Chili Jam, and this year I've made sweet treats for a few friends, delicious Chocolate and pistachio fudge. So I decided I would use this weeks colours to make cute little gift bags for my fudge.

I thought these colours would be perfect to make little traditional Christmas pudding bags.

They just need to be filled with the yummy fudge, I hope my friends will like the bags and enjoy the sweet treats inside!

To make your own bag simply cut two circles from Chocolate chip CS and run then through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder. Next cut two scallop circles from Vanilla CS using the Scallop circle die, glue these to the top of the Choc Chip circle and cut away the excess. I don't have a small circle punch so I used the centre circle from the medium Daisies die in Cherry Cobbler CS, you will need six of these. Lastly for the holly I cut four ovals in Wild Wasabi CS with my Oval punch, scored them in half and cut semi circles to give them a holly shape, glue these to the top of your scallop circle icing and you should have two puds!

If you'd like to give the Simply Stampin' challenge colours ago, click on the link and join us!

See you soon, xx

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Simply Stampin' Sketch Week

Hello there,

Is it Saturday already?! I have been suffering with a cough/cold this week so all the days seem to have merged into one, I am feeling a bit more human today though, so that's a good sign!

Anyway enough of my moaning, lets get on with this weeks challenge, and its back to a sketch.

Once I get all my on-mass cards finished I like to concentrate on larger cards for family, so I have stretched this sketch to use it for an A5 card.

I have used the large stamp from the Beautiful Season set, which I have coloured with my markers, and teamed it with a couple of papers from the Holly Bouquet DSP. The swirl in the background is from Everything Eleanor, and I have doubled up on the punched edge at the bottom of the image, I always think it makes more of an impact when you layer the punched edges together.

I do hope that you'll join me and the rest of the Design Team over at the Simply Stampin' Challenge blog this week.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Simply Stampin' Snowflake Sparkle

Good morning crafters.

Saturday has come around very quickly this week, and it's time for a brand new challenge over at Simply Stampin', it's theme week again, and this one is bound to get you looking forward to Christmas (if you aren't already) its Snowflake Sparkle!

I have two cards for you today, well one card two variations.

and here is the other

I know what you're thinking, they are the same, but if you look carefully, they are very slightly different.

To make these cards I stamped the large Snowflake image at one end, followed by random stamping of the other snowflakes stamps from the Serene Snowflake set, I re-stamped the large snowflake onto Melon Mambo CS, glittered and cut out leaving the centre un-glittered so I could add a glimmer brad (loving these!), I added lots of rhinestones to the plain snowflakes for extra glammer.

Right I'm off the check out what the rest of the DT have come up with. I hope you'll join us this week so I can visit you too!