Friday, December 15, 2017

Santa


Look whats been hiding in my drafts its Santa although the layout is based on this card I made a couple of years ago.

I've used the Picture Book Santa from Simon Says Stamp, its the first time using him and I need to work out the beard and hat. Now looking at it I think it work better if I cut the hat brim away from his beard.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and their Wavy Scallop border dies and some Doodlebug Milk and Cookies paper. Both the sentiments came from SSS's Christmas Message Strips and finally some fun foam Stitched Snowflakes.

Last week, travelling upset my neck and shoulder and this week I've gone down with a heavy cold and sore throat just what I need. Worse still I haven't been able to crochet, any loose fibres make my throat worse so after a day annoying hubby all day I found something to do.


My daughter remembers me finishing the hand quilting part of this stocking when she was 10 she is now in her thirties. You are suppose to put the matching one to the back but my Sister who showed me what to do said to do them separately and put a plain backing that way you have two.

 Well this stocking has been waiting to be backed for 23years. Mainly because I had hoped my sister would do it for me but she wouldn't since she know I am quite capable which has you can see I am. So now I'm hand quilting the other one and luckily it doesn't make my throat worse and Hubby can sigh with relief.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Merry Christmouse


There was a bit more white snow at the bottom of this card but my sentiment went wrong so I chopped it off.

I've misplace my Simon Says Stamps slopes and hills so I've used MFT ones instead. I do think Mo Manning's Merry Christmouse is so cute. My mixture of flowersoft and funflock came out to finish off his hat.

The Memory box stars were cut using some glitter card and the holly is a Simon Says Stamp with some red pearls for berries.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Oxides Trees

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Gift It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Stitch It

real or faux, you can even use stitched dies
We are showcasing  We R Memory Keepers  Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.
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Ok this looked so much better in my head, still love my Oxides Trees I used the Simon says Stamp Christmas Trees dies and various green Oxides. I'm pretty lazy so I stamped the inkpad on a craft sheet and misted and splatter my paper in the colours. When I was happy I left them to dry and any white places I blended some more oxides on the patches.

I also used the Evergreen Circle  and the Stitched Squares from Simon Says Stamp but I also cute the Everegreen Circle on a piece of oxide out of the oxide paper I had made and carefully trimmed off the trees.

I finally used We R Memory Keepers Fuseable paper if I had know my camera would make the white even more creamy I perhaps would have used a cream card instead of white but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

I place some double sided tape on some card and cut the Holy Stars from Simon Says Stamp die making sure the tape is the right side up. Once cut I added some glitter.

Sentiment is using the Christmas Strip Messages from Simon Says Stamp at least I did a good job of matching the colour of the background paper just wish I could remember what inkpad I used!



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Monday, December 11, 2017

Take Three


Sorry for being such a rubbish blogger but feeling a bit normal now and hopefully have more time to blog etc. More assembly line cards this time I've use one piece of 6inch patterned paper.

I cut out the Simon Says Stamp Alexis Snowflake die and the MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle both at the same time. You don't have to use these exactly but a decent size snowflake die and if you don't mind not having the faux stitching a corner punch.

Rather than waste the Snowflake I used the Mod Rectangle die and then used an old cuttlebug snow falling folder, here's a couple that are available today. A piece of silver twine to make a bit of interest.



There was enough pattern paper to make my Memory Box Mittens other makes are available. I also used the embossing folder and the My Favourite Things scallop border die with some glitter card.  I have to confess to make really quick sentiments I used some very old peel offs they are Woodware Francoise Read tiny ones.

No snowy pictures here just windy and wet.

Friday, December 08, 2017

My Way


You are probably cheesed of my assembly line Christmas cards but I'm pretty much made my cards now just need to find the time to write up a post for them.

When I received my Evergreen Circle from Simon Says Stamp, I noticed the trees were very close to the Memory Box Alpine Trees  so I had to use them. The stars are Memory Box Star of Wonder they are a bit smaller than the Simon Says Stamps Holy Stars.

The centre mat is made using MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle and the sentiment was one sitting on my desk I think it could be LOTV.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Got the Wreath


I finally got round to photo the card that I've used one of Mo's new images this one is called Got the Wreath. At the time of colouring I had packed my Christmas paper ready for the crop so I had to use non Christmassy paper but I don't think it turned out too bad.

The decorative circles are Spellbinders and you can just make out the teeny scallop border down one side which I think is a MFT die.

My Martha Stewart Holly punch is still holding on but its now hating certain types of papers. The tiny gems is from a chap on e bay that I buy in bulk but this was a bit of try out because they are 2mm which you can see are really tiny but work a treat on the wreath.

I've been away to visit Hubby's brother but the journey seems to have set thing off in neck and shoulders so I've had to rest, haven't even been able to crochet but seem to be on the mend now and managed a few rows.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Teapot Pudding

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Thank you for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
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This week the challenge is

Gift It

Make a gift, gift wrap, gift box, gift bag, gift tag, you get the idea!
We are showcasing  My Favorite Things Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I've been looking for a decent Christmas Pudding Tea Cosy crochet pattern, so Christmas Pudding Tea Pots are very much in my mind which would explain the my tag.

I made the teapot first using My Favourite Thing Tea Party die cutting the teapot first in scrap of brown card. Then I used My Favourite Things Stitched Cloud Edges, well one of the dies with white, once cut I then cut the teapot die again and basically stuck the white on top of the brown.

I was pleased with my teapot and it got my approval to make into a tag for this weeks challenge. So I got out the Simon Says Stamp Large Tag die and cut a tag out of some MFT Merry and Bright plaid pattern paper.

The sentiment was already stamped out and matted on red using Simon Says Stamp Christmas Toys stamp set. The fishtail ends were made using a square punch.

It just so happened that I had the Simon Says Stamp Holly Collage die had landed in my craft room and I used the die to make my holly and berries.




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Monday, December 04, 2017

Waste Diecember


Funny enough I love how this card turned out, I've actually used Simon Says Stamp Evergreen Circle die to make a moon.

To make my background I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles on a bit dark blue card stock.
Then I used the Simon says Stamp Slopes and Hills dies, laid it out and then used the Stitched Rectangle to cut it out and then placed on the dark blue card.

The green patterned paper is some Doodlebug scraps that was left over from another card. The main white mat was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Shapes dies. Finally my Simon Says Stamp Retro Deer which I dotted it with a white pen and when that was dry, dotted it with a black pen.

The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp Winter Snow die and the wishes was from Simon Says Stamp Best Hugs stamp set.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Crochet Update


I'm so bad I still haven't photo a couple of Scrapbook layouts and finish the one that needs journalling. I've had a couple busy weeks and still have one more busy one and then I can chill for a while before Christmas.

So a bit of a crochet update and now have three projects, for someone who likes to do one at time this is working well for me. Another set of Squares done for my Poldark afghan. I did think I still had two styles to do but in fact I have only one. I hoping to make them on the long journey thats planned soon.


Here's another project going slowly, it will be eventually a Beach Hut Draught excluder for my daughter's flat. The problem is I need to make ten at least, they are very simple so don't hold my attention for long. I'm also not keen on my roofs although the second one is better than the first.

The pattern is on Ravelry and is a free pattern.

Meanwhile my Thursday night Lost in Time Shawl is coming along slowly. Every now again if my edge isn't finishing nice I unpick and work it till it is. I have another ball of Scheepjes Whirl but I've decided I may use a different pattern, not because I don't love the pattern but I think I need a break and I may do it again in normal 4ply.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

DieCember


Its DieCember over on Simon Says Stamp and I was over the moon to receive Evergreen Circle die its made assembly line Christmas card so easy.

So to start with a made a shaker card cos I know people love them. First of I cut my mats using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and at the same time cut the Evergreen circle. A little tip using the Evergreen die use the hole at the top of the die when you are cutting the rectangle mat that way you tree's are pointing skyward!

I used Lucy Things Falling Snow but I noticed it's now out of stock but I've linked to page with lots to choose from.

Before I put it all together I stamped my sentiment using Simon Says Stamp Holiday Message Strips.
with a Silver Pigment Inkpad and WOW Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. The card is straight I just a wonky photographer.


This card is the same as above but I've used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes and some Silver Glitter Card.



Friday, December 01, 2017

Navity


Its been Cyber Week at Simon Says Stamp  with some exclusive stamps and deals and I was lucky to be sent Joy to the World stamp set.

I made a sky and sandy background using Oxides along with the trees. I cut the background with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Oval die and the trees I used Simon Says Stamp Christmas Trees.

I stamped, coloured and layer the all the stamp images to make my scene, they are so dinky and cute but I lost the sheep a couple of times.

I was going to use Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars die for another card but changed my mind but decided to use the waste stars for my card and to finish one of the Simon Says Stamp Holy Stars cut out of glitter card.


Today is the release of a batch of new dies just love the new snowflakes and penguins and loads of lush glitter card.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Giggling Snowman


I've worked out why my cards are wonky, well 0.5 wonky but none of my photo editing programs can deal with it so I guess I'm going to have to put up with it and stop moaning about it.

So lets get onto my card using the cute Giggling Snowman from Mo Manning. I've the colouring simple and I dotted the scarf with a white pen saves trying colour round them. I fussy cut a border round him since I knew he was going onto patterned paper and this would make he show up a bit.

I used my favourite Spellbinders Floral Oval along with Simon says Stamp Slops and Hills, the trees are Memory Box and the snow embossing fold is from Taylors Expression.

Snowflakes and sentiment both from Simon Says Stamp and the red paper is Doodlebug.

We are having a FB challenge of Anything Christmas you can find out the details here.

Don't forget to get your 15% off but you haven't got long.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crazy Snow Cat

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Thank you for joining us for the Food and Drink Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Anything Goes


We are showcasing Tim Holtz Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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This didn't quite turn out how I wanted, I did have a santa hat for the cat but it didn't fit the card but as soon as a challenge mentions Tim Holtz my brain goes to mush!

I used Simon Says Stamp Slopes and Hills die along with their Eyelet Arch Border die. The layout is loosely based on a sketch which didn't quite work but do like how my border looks like.

My favourite sentiment from Christmas Toys from Simon Says Stamp stamped and Embossed with WOW white embossing powder.

To give my Crazy Cat from Tim Holtz something to look to I've used Simon Says Stamp Holy Stars but I used the smaller one and I put double sided tape before cutting it so I could add some glitter (which my camera hates and turned it into an off white colour).

My bits of snow are Nuvo Gloss Simply White. Still not sure of my card and wish I hadn't stuck down my cat till after I fixed his hat and it would have looked a touch better.


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Card Assembly



Now again my daughter as the need to go to Hobbycraft and she now rings me to see if I want to go. Lets be honest am I really going to say no. I don't usually buy much mainly glue, fun foam etc but I saw this lonely packet of wooden stag heads and I knew the the Newton Nook word stamp was winging it way from the US.

In the end I couldn't wait and brought it from a UK shop and the other one can go into a prize for later next month if I ever get my act together.

The papers are some leftover from LOTV paper packs, the holly is a Martha Stewart punch that is still just about working. The frame is made with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies. I broke one the stag antlers didn't realise they were so delicate. A bit disappointed that the cards don't fit normal post slot.


Not to worry suddenly remembered I already had the Newton Nook Stag Head die which of course works perfectly through the normal post slot.


I found some wood looking patterned paper to cut the heads out and this time I used MFT Scallop frame die and my favourite sentiment from last year to finish of with a flat bow.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday Layouts



I didn't make too many layouts of our Holiday in 2015 I've made layouts of our favourite holiday place.  Just recorded the stories we made and prove that my two grown up children were with us.


I'm pretty sure they are Echo Park summer collection pack embellished with stickers that came with the collection and dies out of my stash.


Something I do regularly is to use the strip of on the front cover that as all the tiny strips of the paper.

I had a good time at the All Day Crop but I'm never taking card making again, I was so jealous of majority of my friends who were scrapbooking, lesson learnt.

I have with the help of my sister nagging me made about twenty Christmas Cards, they are all quick easy and linear. This means most are made now and I can make Christmas cards that are fun to make and can take as long as I like to make them.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Frost


Now if there was ever a Mo Manning image that should have a matching die it would be this one well at least that was what I was thinking when I was fussy cutting Frost out.

I made the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and the Kaiser snowflake paper back the frame. The ombre paper on the front was with the Kaiser pack which is funny because when I first started card making many years ago you could get paper like this in all colours.

I used glitter card for the Believe and the snowflakes which are Simon says Stamp and Lawn Fawn ones. You could put some acetate between the frame and make a shaker card.

Have you seen the new fabulous images from Mo and you get 15% off till 1st December.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cat Spaghetti

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Thank you for joining us for the Furry Friends Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher
This week the challenge is

Food and/or Drink


We are showcasing Mama Elephant Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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This Mama Elephant Nom Nom Kitties reminds me of Lady and Tramp in cat way! I didn't get the dies which is fine till I decide to cut round the image and wish I had.

I was thinking of stencilling my wall I have done in the past but it just so happened that Doodlebug Milk and Cookies paper pad was on my desk and what was inside this perfect paper.

I cut it into three because in my head I had a sketch from a challenge but thats probably over now. The top bricks are just a strip of card and using a circle punch made the curve ends.

I decided to be early for Hubby's Valentine card and got out my Simon Says Stamp Kristina's Love set and added some hearts from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes. Lets hope I don't have senior moment and forget I made it.



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