Wednesday 28 November 2012

Cute snowman

Made this card a while ago after I fell for these Lyndsay Mason stamps at Port Sunlight show, I love this little snowman sitting on the log with the robin. I've never been very good at "making scene" stamps but these are very easy to use. I'm not entering this on any challenges, just wanted to post something to make sure my blog was working ok after I finally gave in and paid for more space, it was too much of a hassle resizing the pictures for the sake of less than £2 a month.

Sunday 25 November 2012

snowy postcard

I think just about everyone has got this stamp and I'm not surprised, last year I made a lot of cards with Stampendous Christmas Santa postcard and I've made a load with this one this year, they have had some fabulous Christmas stamps this year and I've gone a bit overboard with them ,have used most of them and they'll always come in for next year ! It's such a lovely stamp I don't think it needs much else with it so I've just embossed the top and bottom with a sizzix border folder and added a bit of distress ink and the bow on top. Entering on these challenges
Sugar Creek Hollow - vintage Christmas
The Craftypad - add some glitter            
Drunken Stampers - not too shabby      

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Sparkle ?

Well you learn new stuff everyday when you get so frustrated with things !  I do have a very good photo editing programme but have no idea how to use it!  After advice from Netty to reduce my picture size I went on T'internet and found some instructions,back to photo editing and after some swearing and such finally found out how to reduce the pixels, now to all you clever people out there it is probably just dead simple but I feel quite pleased with myself!  Anyhow after all that here is my card for a couple of challenges

Fashionable Stamping - Home sweet home
Try It On Tuesday -  Christmas Sparkle

Found this stamp while looking for something else,stamped onto a spellbinders circle with spellbinders holly motif behind it. BG stamped with free snowflake stamped with versamark and coloured with pan pastels AND I finally used my shabby white frantage embossing powder, now it will be appearing on everything !

Help ?

I can't post any pictures on my blog, told my storage is full, I have deleted 12 months of posts and made no difference, told I can purchase more storage but I'm a bit iffy about setting up a payment plan with google ! has anyone else done this and does it work ok ? would appreciate any help

Sunday 18 November 2012

Oh Baubles !!!!!

Being of a stubborn and contrary disposition I do not like to be defeated by a rubber stamp but these baubles seem to defy me at every turn !  I got this stamp a few years ago after seeing someone demonstrating it at a show using black card and pearl ex paints, stunning cards!  when I got it home and played with I realised I did not want to make Christmas cards with black backgrounds and it seems whatever I do with this stamp it never really works for me. This time I stamped and embossed the baubles in gold,masked them off and stamped the Christmas text over them and then coloured them in with copics and lots of glitter and stickles.Background panel stamped with versamark and coloured with pan pastels.The twirly swag at the top is also embossed and copic coloured. I really don't understand why the baubles look pink on here as they are coloured with Ruby copic pen which is certainly not pink,. Embossed at the bottom with a sizzex border folder and the bits of holly are from a memory box die.  Anyhow after all that I'm entering in a few challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Oh Baubles
Christmas card challenges - double embossing
Pan Pastels - Red and Green 


Saturday 17 November 2012

Santa's sleigh

Been playing with the Memory box dies again, just love them and I want more !  On this card I've used winter village and frostyville border,the little stars are the bits out of the border stamp.Santa and sleigh are from Inkylicious and the moon and sky are coloured with pan pastels.  I thought I could enter this on a new challenge blog  - addicted to c.a.s , now this might not be c.a.s to some but it is for me ! I was going to matt and layer it but instead decided just to ink round the edges of the panel, I was itching to add something else but thought I would get it posted on here before I got carried away.
Just watched Simply Come Dancing, it gets better and better,  I don't want anyone to leave !

Addicted To CAS - Snow

CAS ual Fridays - Winter blues

Moving along with the times - seeing stars

Thursday 15 November 2012

Thomas Kinkade

While I love the Thomas Kinkade stamps, I find them really hard to work with, no problem stamping the image but then what to do with it?  I almost gave up on this one but finally decided on a bit of lacy stuff to lighten it up a bit, I do love the frostyville border but what a faff to glue it on ( I just realised it would probably go through my mini xyron !)  The stamp is Cornish Heritage Stonehearth Hutch and I'm entering it on their challenge

Cornish Heritage - Thomas Kinkade Stamps

Tuesday 13 November 2012


This is the die cut that broke my cuttlebug! Romantic rectangle (thats it's proper name,not what I called it at the time !)  Its obviously a faulty die as it wouldn't cut in my friends bug and it still won't cut in my new one , this is one of the few I managed to force through with extra shims until I bust the bug.  I really wanted to get a Bigshot but I just don't have anywhere to put one, I don't have a proper craftroom and everything has to be put away each night.  The ornament die is another nestabilities stamped with Justrite bauble stamps.The main stamp is Lily Of The Valley. Entering it on these challenges

The Pink Elephant -  Punches/dies

Penny Black and More - Any die will do

Crafty Cardmakers - more than one punch or die cut

Monday 12 November 2012


I thought I would try and get away from my usual pinks and lilacs that I always seem to go for in doing this kind of card but I'm not too sure I'm happy with the greens and browns. Whenever I pick up this stamp I think about my sisters, I think my younger sister bought me this stamp a long while ago, but this card is really about my older sister who got married and went to live in California when I was 19 years old, I never stopped missing her. In the early years we kept in touch by letter and she was so good at writing to all the family, later when the phone calls became a little less expensive we managed a few calls, then of course we got the internet and could write every day if we wanted to.She did visit home regularly until her husband became ill and the visits were harder to arrange and we did manage a few trips over there.  She is no longer with us and I still miss her every day. Although I covered most of it up one paper has postcards and postage stamps etc on it and the script one is to represent a letter. She was a happy, bubbly person and this is about my happy memories of her.

Try It On Tuesday - Memories

Live Life

I thought I was going to actually do two posts in one day, something I haven't done for ages but looking at the clock its going to be into Monday a.m by the time I get it done. This is just a collage type card,something I do enjoy doing although I usually have some stamping on them somewhere but not on this one. I don't know where the image came from, I am trying to be better at keeping a note of where they are from but don't always remember to do it, the papers are all Graphic 45 and the wording is a Kaisercraft stamp.

Sugarcreek Hollow - One For The  Boys

My Time To Craft - Vintage

Sunday 11 November 2012

Not a Christmas card !

Change from making Chrsitmas cards today. Its been a lovely day here so spent a couple of hours in the garden cutting back the herbaceous plants and cleaning up the soggy leaves from the lawn. Fashionable stamping challenge this time is Music so dug out this Cornish Heritage stamp and the wording from a Stampman set. The music piece is a Just Rite background stamp. The Background paper is done with a Stampin up jumbo wheel, versamark ink and pan pastels so I think that could count as a make your own background paper ? I have just got the music die and I think it will be very useful.

Fashionable Stamping - Music
Our Creative Corner - make your own background

Silly me ! I had not posted my card on to the challenges, not the first time I've forgotten to do it either,must be a senior moment thing.

Friday 9 November 2012

Another Christmas card

I decided to count up the Christmas cards I have been making and stacking in a box and shock,horror found I have made more cards than I have people to send them to .  I was so determined I wasn't going to be a last minute Annie that I have become a bit obsessed with making them, trouble is I still want to keep making them and I have stuff I haven't used yet!   I didn't really need this stamp, I have been looking at it in our local craft shop and thinking it was rather nice, I had already bought the bird one in the same series and made paper pieced cards with it, after resisting for so long (about 2 weeks!) I saw a lovely card made with it on flowersparkles blog, the next time I went in the shop it fell into my basket. These Woodware stamps are amazing value, I think this one was £3.75 or near enough.The strip of Christmas trees is a paperchain strip, don't think I'll ever make paperchains with them but thought they were rather nice.
Crafts and Me Challenge - Reds
Crafty Bloggers - Christmas- anything goes

Monday 5 November 2012

We Three Kings

I "had" to have this stamp set after Christmas last year as I had a beautiful card sent to me using it and it has layed unused since then so thought I had better give it an airing.  The background is pan pastels (love them for easy backgrounds) The star was a craft stamper freebie,cut out and embossed with razzle dazzle ep, as is the edges of the main piece, I had the EP everywhere,seemed to just fly off onto everything, in fact a friend who came today ended up with a glittery face after sitting at my table and I have supposedly cleaned up since I did the card! A few challenges to enter

Winter Wonderland - We three kings
Our Creative Challenge - Silhoutte
Joanna Sheen - Silhoutte
Sir Stampalot - Traditional Christmas

Saturday 3 November 2012

O Tannenbaum

Having one of those days where I don't seem to have done anything but I've been busy all day ! Well thats not quite tru as I spent ages watching Barbara Grey on Create and Craft,  I have never had much success with a brayer although I do like to mess about with one, I just get frustrated when I see how she makes it look so easy ! Just played about with these Justrite stamps, I'm sure there is so much more I could do with them, just need to play about more. The background paper was a free download.I was going to put this on Vintage Stamping but although I've seen a couple of blogs where people mention the challenge I can't find it when I go to the challenge site ? (Found it now!) Anyhow found a few other challenges
Holly Jolly Christmas - O Christmas tree
Ooh La La - Christmas
ABC Christmas challenge - V is for vibrant colours
Vintage Stamping - Red and Green