Monday 28 November 2011

Winter Picnic

Cindy is out host in The Shabby Tearoom this week and has picked out this beautiful Wintery inspiration photo and asks we create a card or project using white or cream, silver and glitter. Fun, fun, fun!

Our fabulous sponsors this week are JustRite Stamps, who are giving away this wonderful Prize Package which includes JustRite Custom Charm Dies,Charming Christmas Cling Stamps,Elegant Charms Cling Stamps and Be Charmed Cling Stamps (with a value of $84.80!) to our Winner!

I have made my card with the Lace Borders and the greeting is from the Christmas Charms set. The detail is these stamps is amazing, they are fab to work with. I also loved this colour pallet of whites and creams together with a hint of sparkly silver. layering up die cuts, I used kraft card for the plain card but decided it needed toning down with my ink dabber (my fave product at the moment). For the Snowflake, I've painted a chipboard flake in white Crackle Paint and sprinkled with glass glitter, the layered an October Afternoon die cut flake and wrapped some mini Vintage Tinsel around a button. Lace, cream seam binding, pearls, dots and resin star add softness. The greeting has been wrapped around a mini cotton spool and threaded onto this Maya Road star pin.

I've also used the Christmas Charms stamps to decorate some baubles!

These were plain glass ones which I filled with strips of paper - sheet music and Festive greetings, then stamped and embossed the tag charms, added hints of glitter and finished with a gorgeous satin bow with bells. The below ornament is finished with silky crush ribbon, chain and some diamante sparkles!


Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers
The Ribbon Girl  - Jingle All The Way
Craft Your Days Away  - Buttons / Bows

Please pop along to the Shabby Girls blogs to see their take on this week's challenge :)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

The Ribbon Reel #16

Hi all! Keilly has set the new challenge over at The Ribbon Reel and has chosen an  ANYTHING GOES theme. So have fun using anything you wish!

I've deviated from my Christmas card making with this little number, making a wreath from wire and ribbons. I started by twisted some thick wire into a circle and then covered with seam binding, then wound the White Leaf trim around and finally tied Burlap cord on and frayed for a fuller look.

I've decorated with a wooden birdie, lovely lace and ribbons and a mulberry rose that I highlighted with paint and popped a pin through.

Purple Button Twine, Lilac Gingham, White Twill, May Arts White Leaf trim, May Arts Twisted Burlap cord, Lilac Scallop lace all from The Ribbon Reel

Sunday 27 November 2011

Card Patterns Guest Slot

Hello and hope you are having a good weekend! This week I have a guest design slot with Card Patterns 
after I was lucky enough to be chosen as Winner of Sketch 140. Thanks ladies! Here's my take on Sketch 143:

I've used this fab Websters Pages 'Waiting For Santa- The Delivery' paper and I just love the vintage Old World look of these this.

I've layered up embossed Coredinations, green card and the paper, cutting the Santa balloon from a 12x12 sheet. And with it being double sided it coordinates fantastically :) For the embellishments I've added bells tied with seam binding and twine, painted flowers and Bo Bunny peppermint candy border sticker.

Friday 25 November 2011

Santa, Baby

It's Samm turn as Dare-Host this week at Daring Cardmakers and she'd like us to show some 
Moustaches, Tashes, Mustaches and Furry Facial Hair
on your cards this week!

I've gone down the (obvious!) route this week with Santa, and my favourite Festive colours - Aqua, Red and Kraft card.

My card is base on the Mojo Monday sketch, with lots of cool tags and labels. I've used corrugated card as a base layer and run a paint dabber over to highlight (Jenni Bowlin 'Malted Milk') then layered with gingham paper and ruffed the edges up. I've used a strip of hessian sack and added strips of this fab October Afternoon paper decorated with ribbon and seam binding. The corrugated stars have been embellished with buttons, hessian twine with little beads tied onto the ends.

Thanks for reading :)

Papertake Weekly  - Christmas Crackers
Simon Says Stamps - Tag You're It
Mojo Monday - Sketch 216

Monday 21 November 2011

Colours of Nature

Greetings everyone! It's new challenge day in The Shabby Tearoom and Sheri is our host this week. She has chosen the theme 'Colours of Nature' and this very lovely and Autumnal wreath.

Yes it's another Christmas project from me as I am fully in the swing of festive crafting (better get used to it dear readers!)

This week the prize for our winner is 5 sheets of digital stamps from Whoopsi Daisy

I've made this little tube bag by rolling a piece of card into a tube and sticking down the longer ends then folding the short ends down at opposite angles and securing with eyelets along the bottom. I've used  pretty seam binding as the bow fastener,then decorated the 'bag' with coco fibre, twine, berry sprigs, gorgeous Prima leaves and a pinecone. The little tag is an image from Whoopsi Daisy (sheet #199) which I've coloured with Pro Markers and die cut out with Nestibilities.

Please pay a visit to the Shabby Girls blogs this week to see what they have been creating!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Monday 14 November 2011

Shabby Pastel Christmas

Hello and a new challenge greets us over in The Shabby Tearoom! This week it's Melissa's challenge, who has picked out the beautiful image above! She asks we create a card or project with a Holiday theme using the colours from the inspiration photo.

I have used this Card & Gift Box Combo template, from our sponsors this week Creations by AR. Our Winner this week will recieve 2 fabulous templates! 
I've decorated my box with these beautiful colours (light blue and pink, divine!) die cut reindeer, which I added some festive bells around his neck. Glitter, flowers, snowflakes and gorgeous lace add the festive magic!

The City Crafter - Thanks: Thankgiving, Gift or Thank You

Hopee over to the Shabby Girls blogs to see what wonderful projects they have created this week!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Bright Butterflies

The Ribbon Reel's new challenge has been set by Zuzana, who has chosen this lovely image to work with - use the COLOURS from the PHOTO plus BUTTERFLIES. Hop along to the blog to play along and ben in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher to spend in the The Ribbon Reel shop!

For my card I've used kraft and graph paper together as I think it looks great together! The circle frame is amde from corrugated kraft card torn into a circle, which I ran some paint over (Jenni Bowlin paint dabber in Malted Milk) and then die cut a circle inside. I've backed with this pretty yellow paper and pretty butterfly on top, embellished with pins and a rose.

The large rose has been die cut out of felt and rolled, then bunched up with some Tea Roses and crinkled seam binding.

White Twill, Yellow Grosgrain, Tile Blue Seam Binding, Orange Mesh ribbon, Tea Roses all from The Ribbon Reel
Alpha rub ons, Doodlebug
Text paper, October Afternoon
Yellow Lace paper, Crate Paper
Marianne Rose die

Friday 11 November 2011


It's Sharon's turn as challenge - setter  over at Daring Cardmakers and this week she'd set the theme:  cards inspired by Jewellery - you can be inspired by the colour, the stone, or the design. 

I've picked out the colours and pearls/gems from this bracelet from Moxie Fab World :

I've used this gorgeous Basic Grey 'Glacier' paper for the base and punched a border from graph card. The are doilies coloured with Pro Markers and layered a circle cut from another one of my favourite Christmas papers (October Afternoon 'Sugar Cookies').

I made a sort of wreath from paper roses and die cut snowflakes covered in glass glitz glitter, while the large snowflake is chipboard painted in Crackle Paint and sprinkled with the aforementioned glitter.

The 'Joy' greeting is with stitching details on the letters. Finished off with a tea stained seam binding bow and this wonderful diamond like (I wish!) gem that was recycled from an old notebook.

Thanks for looking!

Moxie Fab World  - Beads & Baubles
Card Patterns - Sketch 140
Papertake Weekly - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Recycle

Monday 7 November 2011

A Shabby Thanksgiving

This week it's Char's turn to play host in  The Shabby Tearoom and she has chosen this wonderful inspiration pic for you to work with. Create a card / project using Brown, Yellow, Neturals and Blue.
I've coloured this 'Basket of Apples' digi image with Pro Markers, from Robyns Fetish Digital Stamps who are giving away 5 digital images to the Winner of the Tearoom this week.

The bucket has been printed onto wood effect card and mounted onto an embossed and sanded piece of White Wash Coredinations topped with a little greeting banner. I've layered pretty Pink Paislee papers and finished with seam binding, twine, wood button and some Corn husks which I tied into a bow along with some seam binding.

Simon Says Stamp  - Buttons
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Please hop over to the wonderful Shabby Girls blogs for some great projects!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Deb's Simple Treasures

Charlene Cundy - Expressions Of Me!

Cindy Holshouser - Sweet P Paperie

Melissa Bove - Creating From The Heart

Sheri Holt - My Sheri Cards

Friday 4 November 2011

A November Flower

It's Flower of the Month time on the Daring Cardmakers blog and this month it is the Chrysanthemum. I've used this lovely little resin Chrysanthemum. The embellishment is made with a chipboard scallop filled with glass glitter and chipboardheart and buttons that have been Crackle Painted and inked with a gold (heart) and blue (buttons) ink for a subtle sheen. Pearls, seam binding and Cosmo Cricket greeting (currently loving these!) finish this little baby off.

Cr84fn Colour challenge  - Grey, Steel Blue, Yellow

Card Patterns - Sketch 138
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Buttons