Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Christmas Again!

Happy Wednesday folks!
Well, half way through the week again, which means it'll soon be the weekend!! I've just about finished making Christmas cards for this year, and here are two more to show you. The first features stocking prints from papertrey ink and the lovely Christmas Coca DSP in a joy fold. The second uses the wreath from 'Welcome Christmas' in an easel card with real red and old olive, the gorgeous red flocked paper on the base is again from Christmas Cocoa DSP - which is still available to buy in the 'Bundle up for Christmas' promotion until December 29th.

Lots of boxes keep appearing with backorder items for me to get inky with over the Christmas break, when I'll be busy designing classes for January, February and March next year. The next class dates are January 22nd, February 19th and March 19th - details and sneak peeks to follow soon. It'll be nice to make something other than Christmas stuff for a change. However, I've still got a couple more Christmas designs to share, so I'll be back later in the week with those. I'm hoping the weather holds in the meantime so that my cards and pressies will get to their destinations quickly - I'm thinking that there's little chance of that though!!

Well, see you later in the week

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Christmas Preparations....

Morning all
it's been a busy weekend as I had my last class for the year, where we were making a calendar for the new year and two matching cards. Here is the set we were making, the instructions and class kits are now available to purchase here.
Then on Sunday I braved the shops to take my Dad Christmas shopping, the good news is that I'm now finished, I just have to wrap it all and write my cards!! Speaking of cards, I managed to get a couple of pictures in semi-daylight this morning, so here are two of the cards that I'll be sending this year, both using the Serene Snowflakes stamp set and a neutrals colour scheme.
The first is an easel card with the large snowflake embossed using white powder on chocolate chip, layered on soft suede and then onto crumb cake. the paper is from the Christmas Cocoa speciality DSP which is still available in the Christmas Bundle offer until 29th December.

The second is a standard C6 card with a whisper white panel stamped in crumb cake, chocolate chip, sahara sand and soft suede, layered onto chocolate chip and then onto a soft suede base card. the greeting from curly cute is again heat embossed using white powder. the card is finished with a white satin knot and a few of the very sparkly rhinestones. 
Well, that's all for today - I've got a some more Christmas cards to photograph and upload later this week, and I guess I should get on with wrapping some pressies!!

Have a good week

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Ornate Flowers - Sneak Peek

Afternoon all, can someone please tell me how did we get to Thursday already??

I had a fab day on Monday as I had a day off work making Christmas cards - I've a few more left to finish and then I'll begin the mammoth task of writing all of them and wrapping gifts! I'm ready now for a change to something non-Christmassy. Speaking of which, I have a class this Saturday where we're making a calendar and a couple of cards using the Ornate Flowers stamp set and Greenhouse Gala DSP, which is really summery and bright. Here's a little sneak peek
Instructions and class kits will be available to purchase on my blog after the class on Saturday. And hopefully I'll get a chance to take some piccies of my Christmas cards in daylight before I write and send them all!
Until then I hope you're all keeping warm.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

ILWS Design Team Challenges

Morning All,
I'm back again, this time with my design team entries for November on ILWS, I'd completely forgotten to post them last month, despite having completed them on time and uploaded them!
The first challenge was to create some gift packaging. I used the Lauren Meader 'catch all' template to make a gift box for my convention room-mate's pillow gift, which was a pamper kit of some yummy molton brown toiletries, a fluffy flannel, face packs and nail file. I used another of her templates to make a door hanger for some choccies for Val's birthday.
I combined the packaging challenge with the colour challenge to make a matching gift set in red, orange and yellow. I embossed the roses from growing green using white powder on coloured cardstock and cut them out to embellish the box, and I used some of the in colour ribbon in peach parfait to complete the ensemble. the sentiment is taken from the hostess set 'afterthoughts'.
My final colour challenge entry doubled as a birthday card for my friend's son - I'm loving playing with the make a monster set from the new catalogue, its a really fun one to use and I loved the bright colours.
I've got another couple to share when I manage to locate the photos and upload them!!

see you soon

Friday, 3 December 2010

Challenges part 2

Hey folks,
as promised, I'm back to show you my final three submissions for the design team challenges over on ILWS this month. the third challenge was 'ornaments' I'd been playing with 'Contempo Christmas' and 'Delightful Decorations' quite a lot recently, so decided to try something a bit different. I got my craftROBO doing some of the work for me, making hanging tealight holders. Here are the two designs I came up with - both featuring a stamp from serene snowflakes and containing battery tealights. The templates are available to purchase from the silhouette website.

the final challenge for this month was a sketch, and this is what we were given:
And here's my take on it, featuring the 'make a monster' set which I'm loving using (and thank you to the wonderful Darren for sketching the shadow for me as I can stamp but cant draw for toffee!!)

Well, that's all of this months entries, and I've just realised that I didn't blog any of last month's, so I'll try and post those tomorrow! In the meantime I'd better go and get on with making some more projects.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

December Design Team Challenges

Morning all
just popping by to share a couple of my entries for this month's design team over on ILWS. The first for this month was the colour combo challenge of real red, tempting turquoise & old olive, my colleague's daughter turns 18 later this month, so I combined the two to make this stand-up card, using my craftROBO, the playdate papers and the funky four stamp set.
The next challenge which I attempted was the technique challenge, which this month was to create an entry with no layers, although some embellishments were allowed. I have to admit struggling with this one as I'm a matting and layering kind of girl and adore using papers, but back to basics I went, creating these two cards with little more than 4 rubber stamps, versamark ink and embossing powder - it just goes to show that we dont NEED lots of stash - we just want it!!

Well, that's all I've got time for today I'm afraid, but if you fancy playing along, then why not hop on over to ILWS and then leave me a comment here sharing your entries! I'll be back tomorrow with my last three submissions.


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Ornate Flowers Class - Saturday 11th December

Evening all
just popping on with a quick reminder that my next class is a week on Saturday (11th December) and we'll be focussing on the new year, making a calendar and a few cards using the 'Ornate Flowers' stamp set and greenhouse gala papers. I'll be back later in the week with a sneak peek of the projects.

There are still a few spaces left if you'd like to come along then please email me to reserve your place. The cost is £21 for the stamp set and class or £10 for the class only.

I'll hopefully see you there!

Contempo Christmas Creations

Morning All!
Gosh, I hadn't realised how long it had been since I last posted - mainly because I've been waiting for some daylight to try and take some decent photos for my posts! It's been a busy few weeks, what with the frantic preparations of swaps for convention, then class preparations and of course starting to get ready for Christmas! There's been lots of crafting going on behind the scenes, so I'll have to try and share some of it over the next week or so, to make up for the recent drought!

Last Saturday I held my last Christmas themed class of the year, and we were creating cards and tags with the Contempo Christmas stamp set.this is the set we made
And here are the cards in more detail
and finally a divided matchbox-style gift tag box.
The instructions will be available to buy here.
until later