Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Dog Gone Christmas

Hello everyone,
I am trying to make some cards with a bit of difference for my Christmas Cards.  I am actually starting on the 2018 batch of cards now.  I finally got enough made for this years bunch so I decided to get a head start on next year.  Because I have been reminded this year that what you plan doesn’t always work out – especially long term plans.

Any who onto the card which I’m sure is your main reason for stopping by my little blog today.
Dog Gone Christmas.jpg
Isn’t this such a cute image – well actually we are looking at the merging of 2 images from 2 different companies.  We have Cute Dog which is a freebie from All Dressed Up Images and you can get this image here.  And the presents stamps came from CC Designs but is now retired.

This card was influenced by 3 different challenges and they are

My most favourite way to start a card – with a sketch. And I love those from the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches.
then I found

Cute Card Thursday has Festive Colors as their #508 Challenge
and then
Our newest challenge (click pic below)
All Dressed Up #76 Anything Goes BUT you must use a ADU image.

So I first combined the images plus the sentiment together and printed them off and coloured it up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I fussy cut around the image and matted the whole image onto a square of black paper.  I decided to go a more masculine route with this card but it could be sent to a family as well.  Using up more of my Christmas papers – these papers I am going to miss when I finish using up the pack.  And that was it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  Please consider liking my post and leaving a comment.  But before you leave as always I would like to leave you with this following thought:
As I reflect on what 2017 has bought into my life.
A lot of good has come of it: going to my craft group more often, restarting this blog, surviving my cancer journey and my Son settling into his new school.
Some bad has come as well: the passing of my Mum, my cancer surgery, other health problems
So now I am looking into 2018 and what it may bring my way.

My Name

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Christmas Time · Distress Ink · Greeting Cards

Peace, Love and Joy

Hello Everyone,
Another Christmas card finished but this time around a very simple understated card.  There are some people on my card list that don’t like a lot of fuss or anything.  So I tried to go simple and under stated and this is what I came up with.

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I am actually quite please with how this turned out and I definitely will not have to pay any access postage on this card.

As with most of my cards this one started out with my searching for a sketch that I would like to use and this sketch from CASe this Sketch

was just the ticket.  I could have fun with it and I can see this becoming a favourite of mine.  To make this card I used an old Sizzix Christmas Tree Large die to make a stencil and stuck it down to the paper using some painters tape.  Then I got out my Peeled Paint Distress Ink and a sponge dauber and using the cut out from making the stencil I sponged the Ink up the tree to give it a little dimension.

Once I had completed this I used a pink sparkle pen to make the tinsel and I found some iridescent circle stickers of various sizes in my stash which I used to represent the baubles.  I then used my Cuttlebug to cut from gold paper the words using the Kasiercraft Christmas Word Dies.  Once this was adhered and before I put it on the card front I sponged around the edge of the card base using the same Distress Ink I used on the tree and that completed my very simple card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:
Unfortunately this is me at the moment.
I have so much to accomplish but I have no desire to do what I have too so I am doing what I want to do instead!  Anybody else do this?

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day
My Name

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards · Watercolour

Ice Cream Christmas

Hello Everyone,
This time around I bring you a Christmas card with a bit of a difference.  You see for people like myself who live in the southern hemisphere – our Christmas is definitely not full of Snow, roaring fireplaces and Cold.  We are preparing for Sunny Weather, maybe some Rain and being able to Swim and eat Ice Cream on Christmas Day.  So I decided to create a card that reflects my Southern Christmas.

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This card was created using an image I had in my stash which I stamped on watercolour paper this time around and got out my little used watercolour pencils.  After this was complete I used my Cuttlebug to cut out a circle of white paper to make the tree background and a layer of burgundy red paper using my scalloped die.  The reindeer paper is another from my stash of Christmas papers which is thankfully shrinking 🙂

Sometimes I like to make cards like this that reflect what our Christmas will involve. With picnics, swimming and going to the beach being planned for our holidays and of course seeing our family.  But of course we will not forget the real reason for this wonderful season – the Birth of our Saviour Jesus.

This card was made for the following challenges

Christmas Cards All Year Round – December = Holiday Cards

and

Shopping Our Stash Challenge – I like to Move it

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:
A Christmas Blessing
Have a Happy Crafty Fun Filled Kind of Day
My Name

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils · Weaving

Cracker Cat

Hello Everyone,
Well hasn’t December crept up on us suddenly!! If anybody can tell me where the rest of 2017 disappeared too I would love to know.  I haven’t uploaded anything in a little while … sorry about that.  Been busy with end of school year events and now our Church and our other groups are starting to have their break-ups as well.

Of course the crafting hasn’t ceased but has decreased in the past couple of weeks.  I have been doing a bit more weaving, which I’ll share my latest a little bit later, and my ever present crochet. I am still working on my latest project even though its a simple pattern its taking me longer cause I am trying to finish so many other things.

But anywho … onto why most of you stopped by … my card creation
Cat Christmas.jpgI love this image but I am unsure where it comes from I have had it for so long and my record keeping wasn’t as crash hot back then! 😉 There are several cat lovers on my Christmas card list and I think any of them would get a kick out of this one.  This time around it is coloured very simply but playfully. I matted the image once complete onto some cookie image paper from my stash and made a border top and bottom using some brown paper and some wavy scissors.

This card is going into these challenges

Christmas Cards All Year Round – December Holiday Cards

and

Shopping our Stash Challenge – I like to move it!

and now My Weaving!
Yes I finished a project a woven scarf to be used as a Secret Santa Present – I hope who ever gets it likes my efforts
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I made this on my little Sample-It Loom by Ashford using my new Vari-Dent Heddle.  This allowed me to combine both a fat yarn on the outside edge of the scarf and a thinner yarn in the middle. I am really happy with the results.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my 2 different creations.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:

Have a Happy Crafty Fun Kind of Day
My Name

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Gingerbread Dance

Hello Everyone
Can you believe that there is less than a month until Christmas? I know I certainly can’t. I am so behind with my Christmas card making. It has been quite interrupted with my health and other family stuff but I am making some inroads. And here is another one to add to my pile 😀

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One of the main reasons that I really like this card is because it is making use of my Christmas stash.  It is quite large … sales are a stash maker I tell you 😉

I have used the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge to start this card which was to use a Gingerbread image – I had this paper in my stash which I really couldn’t find the right card to use it on.  Then I went looking for a sketch to use and I found this one

I really don’t know what I would do without sketch. I find them a great starting place for making a card. I hope you like my take on it.  By combing these two challenges together I think I have come up with a simple but sweet creation. (puns intended!)

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. I would love to leave you with this thought before you leave:


When I am not sitting and crafting a lot of the time you can find me with my nose stuck in a book.  I love being transported to another place and time … even if its only for a small amount of time.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun Kind of Day
My Name

Challenge Entries
Case this Sketch # 248
Christmas Cards All Year Round – Gingerbread

Greeting Cards · Thank You · Thinking of You

Falling Leaves

Hello Everyone,
Another card inspired by two card challenges again, this is the 2nd card  I have to go into both of these challenges. I just loved the challenge idea so much and it helps me to build up my made card stash.

So the challenges are

and alsof27dc-2523102

And this is the outcome for the combination of these 2 challenges
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The leaf stamp set is an older one from Bo Bunny but it’s one of my favorite ones. So I used some painters tape and scrap paper to mask off an area.

I chose to use 3 Distress Inks to achieve the Teal strip. Leaving the painters tape in place I stamped the leaves using both a Green and Red ink on each of the leaves. I was really pleased with how this turned out I think I may make a couple more using this combination.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:

I am definitely not the same I was at the beginning of this year, month, week or even day. It’s just learning to leave with each of the changes that is hard.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun kind of (changing) Day
My Name

Challenge Links
Color Throwdown #467
AAA Card – CAS Game #102 – Ink Blending

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Christmas Tile

Hello Everyone,
Today I am bringing you a card that was inspired by two different challenges.

I loved the sketch over at Sketch Saturday but I put my own spin on it which you’ll see in a minute,

and I also loved the colour combination used by the Color Throwdown Challenge

I thought I haven’t really used teal with red and green for a Christmas card so this is what set this card creation in motion.

And this is the end result of everything above being put together
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As you can see with the sketch I extended the bottom part because I didn’t have any square cardstock in my possession. (I hope that changing the sketch like this was OK, if not I understand my card being removed from the challenge) The reason I don’t have any spare cardboard for bases is because I have cut up my A4 cardstock into pre-prepared card bases to help with my crafting time – but I am going to buy a pack of square card bases so that I can have some on hand for these challenges.

But I was lucky to have some teal patterned Christmas paper in my stash. It’s actually been sitting in there for about 3 Christmases now so I’m glad to be using it.  I bought it because I loved the pattern on the paper but when I got it home I realized it didn’t suit anything else that I already owned.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
José-N.-Harris closer than yesterday
This has several meanings for me at the moment. I can see the steps that I have been taking are bringing me closer to my goal. I also realize that I have a long journey in front of me still but I am progressing.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day
My Name

Challenge Links
Sketch Saturday #487 by Alex
Color Throwdown #467 Red, Teal and Green

Greeting Cards · Stencils · Sympathy

Sympathy Not Easy

Hello Everyone, the card I am bringing you today is a type of card that I do not like making but then again who does? This is a type of card that we don’t like making but unfortunately this event does happen in our lives or that of our friends.

When I was thinking about making this card I wanted to make something that had some happy colours. The reason behind this is that so many of the funerals that I have attended have been a celebration of the persons life. And many of these people lived a colourful and full life – like my beautiful Mum who passed away earlier this year.

Anywho onto the card creation:
Sympathy Swirls.jpgI am really happy with how it turned out. It’s colourful but also simple. For this card I used my Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick to colour over the Tim Holtz Scribbles Stencil. The With Sympathy sentiment comes from a collection by the Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine from the UK.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:

Corrie-Ten-Boom
Thanks Mum and Dad, I miss you both quite often.
My Name
Challenges to Enter
Time Out Challenge #95 Theme with Optional Twist – Sympathy Card with Distressing

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Christmas Hearts

Hello Everyone, here I am to share a 2nd card. As I said in my previous post we have been experiencing storms around our area lately so I am trying to upload what I made very late last night after the storms in our area had passed.

And as I love to play along with sketches and this sketch even though its claimed as retro I personally hadn’t come across it before so I had to play along.  And this is the creation that I made following the sketch

Christmas Hearts.jpgAs you can see I flipped the sketch on its side.  But it is so nice to be completing another Christmas Card and to also be getting through my stash of Christmas supplies. Some of which has been hanging around since I first started with scrapbooking in the early 2000’s.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
My-home-is-in-Heaven.Have a Happy Crafty Fun Filled Day
My Name

Challenge I am entering
Case this Sketch – Retro#88 Challenge #245

Birthday · Greeting Cards · Stencils

Colour Play

Hello Everyone, I am so late getting this card up but here in the southern hemisphere we are in Spring and this season is looking to be a stormy one. The kinds of storms we get here are ones with lightning and lots of rain. So when these threaten we have to shut down all non-essential electrical appliances – unfortunately that includes my computer.  So I have only had this opportunity before another storm is predicted to come our way.

But any-who: onto the main reason for this post, my card creation.
Birthday Slant.jpgThis card was totally inspired by the Color Throwdown #466 of Plum, Olive and Rust. Unfortunately I don’t have those exact colours but I tried to stay within the colour families. I decided to get out my fish scale stencil and have a play with two of the colours and then used the 3rd colour to make the sentiment layer. I hope that this is acceptable for the challenge.

It was so good to drag out 1 of my many stencils and have a play around. I made another card also using these colours but I wasn’t 100% happy with the results. But I still had fun with my stencils.  I forgot how much fun this can be; I’m going to have to visit some of the old techniques and some new ones for using with stencils. This playing with colours can result in some interesting backgrounds that can be turned into or used partly on cards.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
storm-quotes-lightning
Have a Happy Crafty Fun Day
My Name

Challenge I’m entering
Color Throwdown Challenge #466