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A Bit of Steampunk

I love the steampunk look, but it's not my usual style. I got some new goodies for Christmas - the steampunk heart cog dies and border die from La-La Land Crafts, so had to put them to good use for this card. I also used my new Silhouette Portrait machine, which I bought myself for Christmas to make the clock at the bottom, although you can hardly see it! I'm entering this card in Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #216which is titled New! Well I have a few new things on here so I guess they count! I'm also entering it in La-La Land's Contest Challenge # 22on their Facebook page, which is to use the sketch below.


And here's my Steampunk Marci. I think it's kind of steampunk-y!


Recipe:

Stamps: Top Hat Steampunk Marci digi from La-La Land Crafts, Clockworks from Stampin' Up, Inside & Out: Thank You from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Not Quite Navy (Retired), Soft Suede, Whisper White, Bella Bleu DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks:

Lily Rose says Thanks

Thought I would do something a bit different for the current Marvelous Magnolia's Challenge #58, which is an Anything Goes challenge. Instead using a Tilda stamp, I pulled out this gorgeous Lily Rose the dragon stamp from Magnolia to use as a thank you card for my friend Red, who collects dragons and I know will love it! I'm also entering this card into Papertake Weekly's Challenge Pick of the Year, in which we had to pick a challenge from the last year to (re)do so I picked their Giving Thanks challenge from  November.

And here's my Lily Rose - isn't she just a sweetie?! Went with a bright, funky colour scheme as well as red isn't really a pinky kind of girl, but I know she'll like this one! I kept the embellishments to a minimum as well as I wanted Lily and the banner to take centre-stage as it were.  Love how this one came out!


Recipe:
Stamps: Lily Rose the Dragon, Banner both from Magnolia, Pennant Parade (Retired?), Jack of All Trades (Retired), So Happy…

Happy Birthday Banner

Just a quick card I made yesterday forColourQ's Challenge #220 to use the colours below. I completely messed up and used the wrong yellow card - Crushed Curry rather than Summer Starfruit, but nevermind eh?! At least the patterned paper was the correct colour! Must have been in a world of my own when I made this one!


And here's my quick banner card, using one of my new stamps from a while ago that I had to have but actually never got round to using it!


Recipe:

Stamps: Circus Alphabet from Indigo Blu

Papers: Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Witches Brew DSP, In Colors 2013-15 DSP Stack all from Stampin' Up

Inks: Coastal Cabana

Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug, Twine from Waltzingmouse Stamps (that you can't see behind all the banners!)

And that's all from me for this post folks! Thanks for stopping by!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #290 with Prairie Fairy Designs

I can't believe this is the last Sketch Saturday challenge of this year - 2013 has flown by this time and so much has happened this year. I hope next year is just as good or even better! 
Anyway on to this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge #290and this week we are sponsored by  Prairie Fairy Designs

The prize available this week from Roberta and the gang is a fabulous $10 to spend in the Prairie Fairy shop.
Here is Jen's fabulous sketch for this week.
Sketch #290

And here's my take on it...Isn't he just the cutest little pirate?! And I just love the "tattoo" on the parrot's wing! 

Recipe:

Stamps: Pirate Digi Stamps from A Random Fan, Everyday Classics from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Not Quite Navy (Retired), Soft Suede, Whisper White, Elegant Soiree DSP (Retired), Newsprint DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Not Quite Navy (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Tea Dye Distress Ink from Tim Holtz@Ranger, Copic Markers
Accessori…

Jingle Bells

This fortnight's Challenge on the My Besties UK Challenge is called Jingle Bells, so I pulled out my little pack of jingle bells and added a couple to this card, which uses the ever so cute My Besties Along For The Ride digi stamp from Sherri Baldy. It is a fairly big size so doesn't leave much room on my 5x7" card, but I totally love how it turned out! This card is also for My Besties Challenge to create a glitter Christmas project, My Besties Aussie Challenge #13 to make a Christmas card, Scrapbook Stamp Society's Challenge #31 Anything Goes with the option of Christmas and for Papertake Weekly's Challenge to make a Christmas card too! Phew that's a lot of Christmas Challenges!

And here's my card...


Recipe:

Stamps: My Besties Winter Wonderland Along For The Ride from Sherri Baldy, Holiday Lights from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Real Red, River Rock (Retired), Dashing DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, White Glitter Paper form …

Calendars for 2014

I made some very quick calendars to pop into some of my friends' Christmas cards and I love the simplicity of these. I saw a very similar design on one of the Papertrey Ink's DT a couple of years back and pinned it, so used that as my starting point. I'm entering these into Just Add Ink's Challenge #196 to add your Christmas Project and for Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #215 Quick Christmas - well these were a quick, Christmas gift so I hope that counts!

This is the Real Red version, although I did 10 in the end, 2 of each of the 5 different colours. These were really quick and easy to make - just a few folds to make the bottom stand up and fold down, a bit of stamping, mounted the calendar tabs and voila! All done. I think each one probably took no more than 10 minutes, but I did them production line style!


And here's all of them together.


Recipe:

Stamps: Daydreamer from Papertrey Ink (can't remember which set the sentiment os from so will have a hunt tomorrow …

Snowflake Garland Marci

I have used any of my La-La Land stamps or digis for any Christmas cards this year, so I thought I would break one out for one of my very last few Christmas cards. This card is for Sketchy Challenges #63 to use the sketch below, La-La Land Crafts Challenge Seeing Double to use 2 of something (I used 2 stamps and 2 patterned papers), Crafty Little Fairies Challenge Anything Goes and Charisma Cardz Challenge #49, which is also an Anything Goes Challenge.


And here she is - she's just such a cutie!


Recipe:

Stamps: Snowflake Garland Marci Digi Stamp from La-La Land Crafts, Christmas Circular Sentiments from Lili of the Valley

Papers: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White, Winter Frost Speciality DSP all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Bermuda Bay, Chalk Marker both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Stitched Snowflake Die from Papertrey Ink, Foam Rose from Hobbyc…

Winter Friends

My final card of today is this little cutie for Whimsy Stamps Challenge #66 Party Time (Ok so I'm probably pushing it a bit, but these three look like they are having lots of fun in the snow, having their own little snow party!) and for Crafty Little Fairies Let The Snow Challenge.


Recipe:

Stamps: Winter Friends Digi Stamp from Wee Stamps

Papers: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede both from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, 3rd and 4th of December Vintage Frost Basics Patterned Papers from Maja Design

Inks: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake both from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Seam Binding Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Bisque Liquid Pearls, Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Iced Crystal Glitter Jewels from Cosmic, Frosted Berries from Live & Love Crafts, Paper Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts

Copics Used: 
Skin - E000, E00, E01, R20, R30
Hair - YR31, Y26, Y23
Coat and Boots - V05, V06, V09, R59
Clothes Trims - E55, E57, E59
Top under Dress - R21,…

Blue Christmas

I haven't done a Besties card for a couple of weeks now, just simply due to lack of time, but I made sure to fit one in this week so I could enter the Besties Challenge to be inspired by a song - mine is Blue Christmas by Elvis and for My Besties UK Challenge to use blue, silver and white.

And here's my pretty little girl, with lots of snowflakes around her! I added some Liquid Applique as the fur on her hat and dress - I totally love this stuff and my old tube had completely dried up and it took ages to find some more, but I did and this was my first play with it. Have missed using this for snow and fluffy trims!


Recipe: 

Stamps: My Besties IMG008 from Sherri Baldy, Boutique Borders: Christmas from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Marina Mist, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) both from Stampin' Up, Silvery-blue pearlescent card from local craft store, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Marina Mist from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen

Accessories: Soft Sky Seam Bind…

Not a Christmas Card!

Shock! Horror! I made a card today that isn't a Christmas card! I think I might be almost finished with my Christmas cards. I have posted all the long distance ones and written most of the other hand delivered ones. Just have a couple more to do and then make sure my MIL has all the ones she needs!

This card is for Just Add Ink's Challenge #195 to use this gorgeous soft, subtle colour combo, which I didn't feel would work so well with a Christmas card. I used my new stamping, embossing and die cutting set I bought last week and it's so fabulous with how it all goes so well together! Might be me a couple more of these sets!


Anyway here's my card.


Recipe: 

Stamps: Ornate Frame Stamping, Embossing and Die Cutting Set fro Couture Creations, Daydreamer from Papertrey Ink

Papers: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Soft Sky Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up

Inks: so Saffron, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride

Accessories: See stamp set!

And that's a…

Lots of Snow!

I love looking at snow, especially when it's completely undisturbed - all that pure whiteness covering everything is just simply beautiful, nature as its best. But I don't like driving in it, walking in it, falling down in it and being freezing cold in it. No Thank You! I would much rather watch it fall from the warmth of my house!

Anyway this card is for Charisma Cardz Challenge #48 to use your favourite word - guess what mine is?! LOL This fab little $5 set from Papertrey Ink was just made for this challenge! Love the ombre effect in the text on this one, which I shamelessly CASEd from Dawn McVey!


Recipe:

Stamps: Wonderful Words: Snow from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Bordering Blue (Retired), Midnight Muse, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up

Inks: Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, bashful Blue (Retired), Baja Breeze (Retired), Blue Bayou (Retired), Soft Sky all from Stampin' Up

Accessories: Double Loop Border Die from Papertrey Ink, Star Gems from Papermania

And that's all from m…

Enjoy the Chill of Winter

I can't say I do enjoy the chill, other than when it's chilly I can curl up in my warm fleecy blanket with my Kindle and a mug of hot chocolate and feel all snuggly again! But on to the card...This card is for Lacy Sunshine's Challenge #23 Celebrations using the free challenge digi, Flurry (isn't she just gorgeous!) and what better time of the year to celebrate Christmas and winter! This is also for Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #214 Special Christmas (I think this is a pretty special card!) and forColor Throwdown's Challenge #272 to use this gorgeous wintery feel colour combo!


And here's my card...


Recipe:

Stamps: Flurry from Lacy Sunshine, On Ice from Papertrey Ink, Festive Flurry from Stampin' Up

Papers: Certainly Celery, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Baja Breeze (Retired), Certainly Celery (Retired), Orchid Opulence (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Cl…

Another Pink Christmas Card

I TOTALLY love making pink Christmas cards - actually I TOTALLY love making any pink card, but I think Christmas cards look just so pretty and glittery in pink! Anyway this card is for Saturated Canary's Challenge #58 to use untraditional Christmas colours, In The Pink's Challenge #34 to make a pink Christmas card (and thank you ladies for choosing my card as one of the top five last week!) and for Sketch Challenges #62 to use Cordine's sketch below.

And here's my card...


Recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Angel Digi Stamp from Saturated Canary, Background Basics: Christmas, Holiday Lights both from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Regal Rose (Retired), Pale Plum (Retired), Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Pretty Pastels Patterned Papers from Papertrey Ink, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Pink Glitter card and paper form local craft store

Inks: Regal Rose (Retired), Pale pLum (Retired), Chalk Marker all from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers

Accessories: Whispe…

Santa's Helper

When I saw ColourQ's Challenge #219 and Papertake Weekly's Challenge to use Christmas Creatures, I just knew I had the perfect stamp to combine the two challenges. I keep this card fairly simple as it's one for my MIL to post, so needs to be kept as flat as possible for the postage, which seems to have gone up again!

Anyway here's my card...


Recipe:

Stamps: Santa's Helper from Verve Stamps

Papers: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Tea & Crumpets DSP (Retired), Merry Moments DSP (Retired), Neutrals DSP Stack (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Always Artichoke from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers

Accessories: Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Dazzlin' Details both from Stampin' Up, Gold Stickles, Pennant Trim Die, Charming Oval Dies both from Verve Stamps, Fancy Ovals from Spellbinders

Copics Used: 
Body: E43, E44, E27, E29, R20, R30
Hat: E27, E29, G63, G67
Flower: R47, R35 (I think)

And that…

Sketch Saturday Challenge #289 with Simon Says Stamp

It's Saturday so that must mean another fabulous challenge from the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog and this week we are sponsored by our regular sponsor Simon Says Stamp.


The prize this week is a fantastic $25.00 to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store.

And here's our sketch for Challenge #289.. Wait there is no sketch! The challenge this week is to use any of our sketches after #215. 
You can see the Archive HERE
I used Sketch #224... 

...and came up with this fun card.

Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas Helper from Crafty Sentiments, Holiday Photo Finishers, Make A Wish Additions both from Papertrey Ink
Papers: Real Red, River Rock (Retired), Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card
Inks: Real Red from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories: Snowflake Tree Die from Memory Box, Die-Namics Dainty Lace Border Die from MFT
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E01, R20, R30 Hair - E71…

BIG NEWS!!! And a challenge!

Last week after a very long day at work, I came home to a very exciting email! I had been invited to become part of the Design Team for the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog! I did give a little squeal! It has been so hard not to tell anyone, but with this week's new challenge all the new DT members are also being announced!

My first challenge with this fabulous DT is Challenge #104 Chocolate. This week's challenge is sponsored by Freshly Brewed Designs.


Heather, the super sweet and very talented owner, is offering 3 digi stamps of your choice from her store and this yummy candy!

And here's my card...I wouldn't normally make a Christmas card all in brown, but I totally love how this one came out!


Recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Dress, Postcard both from Crafty Sentiments, Tag-Its #8, On Ice both from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Crumbs Cake, Chocolate Chip Prints DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Chocolate Chip from Stampin' U…

My new Tilda

I have absolutely loads of Tilda stamps so try to limit myself to only buying one or two of the ones I like from every new collection otherwise I wouldn't have anywhere to store them, let alone be able to afford them all! I got these two little cuties last week and just had to ink them up for a couple of challenges this weekend. This card is for Marvelous Magnolia's Challenge #56 Anything Goes, Charisma Cardz Challenge #47 All Distressed and The Ribbon Girl's Christmas Challenge for November.

And here she is...I distressed all the edges and inked them up, but got a bit carried away and you can't really tell what the original colour of the patterned papers were - oh well. I still like it! And a touch of Shabby Blue Frantage for the look of snow!


Recipe:

Stamps: Show the Way Tilda, Show the Way Baby Rudolph both from Magnolia, Boutique Borders: Christmas, Scrolling Script both  from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Bashful Blue (Retired), Crumb Cake both from Stampin' Up, Copic X-…

Merry & Bright

Yet another Christmas card from me! This card is for Totally Gorjuss' Challenge #213 and Just Add Ink's Challenge #194, both of which wanted you to use Santa. I actually don't have many Santa images, but I do think this one is cute though!


Recipe:

Stamps: Tremendous Treats: Christmas from Papertrey Ink

Papers: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Holiday Treasures DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card, Yellow Glitter Card from stash

Inks: Ruby Red (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers

Accessories: Holiday Collection Framelits from Stampin' Up

And that's all from me for this post folks. Thanks for stopping by!

Glittery Candy Canes

Crafty Little Fairies' Challengethis week is to use candy stripes, so I pulled out my Candy Jar Christmas Fillers set from Waltzing Mouse and combined it with the colour combo from ColourQ's Challenge #218 to come up with this fairly quick and simple card, using my new favourite snowflake set again! I did swap Cool Caribbean out for Pool Party as I don't have any Cool Caribbean and I think it's a close enough match.


And here's my card - love these glittery candy canes!


Recipe:

Stamps: Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Christmas Cottage both from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, Festive Flurry from Stampin' Up

Papers: Lucky Limeade (Retired), Bermuda Bay, Whisper White all from Stampin' Up, Copic X-Press It Blending Card

Inks: Lucky Limeade (Retired), Bermuda Bay, Pool Party all from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers

Accessories: Paper Doily from eBay, Diamond Stickles

And that's all from me for this post folks. Thanks for stopping by!