Tuesday, 29 November 2011

B is for ......................

Afternoon from a very wet and windy Warrington here in the UK.  I do so hate the rain but I am so glad I am in my craft room playing with all my lovely crafty goodies.  Well by the end of this week I will have finally finished everything I have needed to do for family and friends Christmas presents and cards.  Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.  I have enjoyed being in the Christmas mode but I think after this I will definitely be playing with other crafting goodies and leave Christmas for another year!

Today's offering is something different from a card and I hope you like what I have created!

I have taken a paper mache box in the shape of a butterfly and painted it in black metallic acrylic paint.  On the top of the box I have double embossed with thick embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer.  In the left hand corner I have embossed a couple of swirls and embossed these using WOW embossing powders in red.  The sentiment is stamped onto some burgandy pearlescent card and embossed using Cosmic Shimmer Black embossing powder.  I do so love this sentiment which is from Creative Expressions Heartfelt Sentiments rubber stamps.  The butterflies which are Spellbinder dies were cut out in black glitter card and then white vellum.  To highlight the embossed features of the butterflies I have distressed using Dew Drops Brilliance Rocket Red.  I have added 2 hat pins for the antenna on the bottom right hand side butterfly.  The body of the butterflies I have added pearl gems and the feathers and flowers are from my stash.

This is another photograph showing the sides of the box  I have embossed all around the lid of the box with holographic embossing powder.  The base of the box has been stamped with butterflies and swirls and heat embossed in the same embossing powder.

This is a close up of the orchid, flowers and feather and you can see the swirl on the base of the lid.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Linda xxx

Monday, 28 November 2011

S is for Snowman & Snowflakes

Evening all

Just a quick post tonight as I am still crafting away with my family Christmas presents.  My offering is a card featuring this beautiful snowman from a Kanban kit.  This is in pastel colours and is a bit different to the traditional red and green.  Unfortunately photograph doesn't do the card justice because I took it when it was dark.  Note to self take photographs in daylight!

The base card is from Kanban and has snowflakes in holographic foil it is one of those touchy feely cards.  The topper is matted onto white base with a silver border and the topper is in 3 panels I have raised the centre panel.  I have just added a sentiment and a small topper.

Thank you for stopping by
Linda xxx

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tres Chic

Here is my second posting of the day.  I have made this for an aunt of mine whose birthday is at the beginning of nex year.  It was a nice change to do something a bit different than making Christmas cards.  Gosh I can't believe we are nearing the end of November!  This year has passed so quick it is scary that Christmas is nearly upon us.

The backing papers for the base of this card came from my K & Co  Best of K & Co papers which has over 360 sheets and is one of my favourites as there are just so many gorgeous papers to choose from.  Two of the papers I have cut into right angled triangles and placed at the top and bottom and the third piece I have cut a strip and layered down the centre to hide the joining paper.  I have added a feather (I do so love feathers on cards!) in a pale brown and layered the topper over this.  This topper is from the Glitter Girls Keepsake collection of Dreamkeepers.  On the lower right hand side I have added 3 buttons and on the left a tag which says "Someone Special".  I have threaded some cordlike ribbon through in a tonal blue which is from my ribbon stash.  On the upper right hand corner I have added 2 bows in brown and turquoise and using Pinflair added 5 roses.

Thank you for stopping by today
Linda xxx

P stands for Penguins

Good Afternoon

I hope all is well with my bloglad friends.  Today here in Warrington it is very windy and the sun is out with blue skies but it is very cold.

My offering today is a 4 x 4 inches page which I will be entering into the Fat Pages with Attitude Challenge.  This is a new challenge blog and I do hope you check it out and play along.

I have taken a piece of Silver pearlescent card and cut it down to measure 4 x 4 inches.  The base layer started out as white which I have cut down to 3½ x 3½ inches.  I took a snowflake stamp made by Woodware which was part of my blog candy win from Creations by Gill M and using Versamark stamped over the square.  I used holographic embossing powder to the snowflakes.  I then distressed this with Adirondak Cloudy Blue.  Using my SWALK stamp Warm Heart I stamped the images and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noirs.  I cut them all out and placed them on the card.  I glittered the igloo and using Woodware Fluffy Stuff added this to the base of the igloo and around the hat and down the coat of the little girl.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Linda xxxx

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Creations by Gill M Challenge - Recycle

Hi All

Today over at Creations by Gill M it is time for our second challenge this month.  Gill asked her design team to use any items and recycle into something useful.

Below is a couple of photographs of my before project.

I have used an empty box of choclates and some matt emulsion and used some shredded paper for the inisde of the box one it has been decorated.  I have glittered the paper using Crafter's Companions Spray and Sparkle Gold.

I have painted the outside of the box first with red matt emulsion then once this was dry painted over it with PVA glue,  I dried this and then painted a top coat of cream matt emulsion.  I used my heat gun to dry the paint which gives it this lovely crackled effect.  Using my daisy stamps from Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion range I have first stamped the leaves and the flowers then painted them using Pebeo acrylic paints.  I have added fronds of greenery and some lavender too.  Once this was dry I distressed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar and then using Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine sprayed the lid.  I have added the ribbon from my stash around the sides of the box and fastened a beautiful bow.

On the side of the box I have embossed the edges with pink embossing pen and enchanted gold embossing powder.  Added the shredded paper and added some smellies.  The inside of the lid I have sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle Gold.

Now it is over to you to show us what you can do in the recycle challenge.  I look forward to seeing some of your creations.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Linda xxxx

Friday, 25 November 2011

A Santa's Tale

Good Friday Afternoon,

Well 4 weeks now until Christmas!!  Doesn't time fly when you are having fun?  I am nearing the end of all my orders and presents now and am so excited because I can then start to put away my Christmas crafting away and get onto other kinds of crafting.  I don't know about you my friends but there comes a time when we have just had enough of Christmas crafting and get onto doing some other designs etc.

Well today my card has a little story attached to it!  Father Christmas has been having a few problems with the elves and has had to go Christmas toy shopping for all the boys and girls, (that includes me!!!) So he has brought with him 2 of his best behaved reindeers with him Blitzen and Prancer.  He has a big grin and a sack full of toys to take back with him.  So if you see Santa shopping don't forget to say hello as you never know you might get a little extra in your stocking.

I have used an 8 x 8 pearlescent white card for the base.  The background card is from Kanban which I have had forever (you know what it is like you buy stuff and put it away then find it when looking for something else).  It is a scenic picture of a shop with house next door and lots of snow!  I have highlighted the snow with products from (My Craft Studio) called snow and ice.  I have added the snow to the windows and in the sky.  Then with my Sakura quickie glue pen highlighted all the snow using the ice.  Santa and the reindeers are from Kanban again which I have decoupaged onto the card.  I have punched out several snowflakes and glittered them up and placed on the card.  The sentiment is attached to some acetate to give dimension.

Here is a close up of the house and you can see the snowflakes in the windows along with the ice I have used on parts of the snow. 

Thank you for stopping by today
Linda xxxx

Thursday, 24 November 2011

An Angel for Christmas

Aftenoon my friends

Here is another Christmas card using one of my favourite Lili of the Valley Stamps.  I used the Sketch from Graphicat Sketchs Challenge for November.

I have taken a base white card and matted and layered gold mirr card.  Onto the mirri card I have added 2 pre-cut chaped in red and green and added red, gold and green ribbon down the left hand side.  The image is from LOTV which I have coloured in using my watercolour pencils and sakura glitter pens.  The creases on her dress and wings have been glittered with glitter.  The swirl and sentiment are from my stash.  I have used my Martha Stewart snoflake punch and punched our 3 snowflakes and added red gems to the centres.

Thank you for stopping by today
Linda xxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Another Christmas Card

Good Evening

Today I have been busy making Christmas presents for the family, I have half of them done and need to get the other half prepared and finish off.

Tonight I decided to have a break and make a couple of Christmas Cards!  This is just one of them that I have completed.  I have used the sketch below from The Crafty Bloggers Network weekly challenge.

My base card is white square measuring 16 x 16 cm, I have matted and layered Silver Mirri card onto the base.  I took some white cardstock and embossed using my Cuttlebug snowflake folder and cut them down to 8 x 8 cm squares which I then distressed using Dew Drops Brilliance Sky Blue ink.  I matted these onto the silver.  Using my Martha Stewart snowflake dies I cut out a snowflake border and some small snowflakes.  The border I placed along the middle of the card and the small snowflakes I placed on the four corners adding a pearl to each snowflake.  From my crafty stash I took 2 swirls and distressed using Dew Drops Brilliance ink Starlite Silver.  I placed these over the right side of the card and using some white lace made a bow and added some hat pins which I coloured using my spectrum Noirs Brilliant Blue.  The Sentiment and reindeer are from Hunkydory.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Linda xxx

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas for a Special Friend

My post this morning is a card I have made for a very special friend of mine.  She has always been there for me as I have been for her.  We have laughed and cried together and helped each other through lifes ups and downs.

The base card is red pearlescent which I have layered onto this a sheet of green and grey card, this has ivy going through the design.  I stamped my Lily of the Valley stamp onto white base card which I have coloured in using watercolour pencils and Sakura glitter pens.  I have highlighted the fur on her coat and the top of her boots with Cosmic Shimmer Cosmic Twinkles.  The ground I have added Glossy Accents.  I used Dew Drops Brilliance Rocket Red around the edges of the card after I had cut this out using one of my Spellbinder Dies.  Underneath the ribbon is a smaller die cut card which I embossed with my cuttlebug snowflake folder embossed using Holographic embossing powder and placed this at an angle.  I punched 2 holes into the image topper and threaded gold ribbon through and attached the the green card.  The ribbon has holly running through this with gold edging and is wired.  I cut out a scalloped circle and stamped the sentiment.  The sentiment under the image is embossed with the sentiment Let it Snow which I have distressed over using Dew Drop Brilliance Galaxy Gold.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Linda xxxx

Saturday, 19 November 2011

My Favourite Things Blog Hop Hosted by Creations by Gill M

Today Gill of Creations by Gill M is hosting My Favourite Things Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Linda then you are certainly on the right track.

As most of you are aware I am a massive Sheena Douglass fan and I love paint fusion.  Paint Fusion is a simpler version of Folk Art, with the use of stamps you can create some amazing results and this is what I have chosen as my theme for my favourite things.

As you can see this is a clock which I have fusioned using the Poppy stamp and Pebeo acrylic paints.  I have distressed the base of the clock using red matt emulsion and then once this was dry I have coated it with PVA glue, once this was dry I have painted using matt emulsion in cream.  As it dries it give the crackled effect to which I have then stamped and painted my poppies.

All 3 of the above are pine wood mirrors which have had the paint fusion treatment.  I just love the effects this gives on them.  I have used sweet peas, pansies and sunflowers.

This is my last offering today for the blog hop and I have taken a terracotta plant pot and given it the paint fusion treatment using leave and berries, which I have stamped all around the pot and then painted.

I hope you like my interpretation of "My Favourite Things".  Now it is time to hop on over to Becks to see what she has created for this fabulous blog hop.

Thank you for stopping by today and I would love to read your comments.
Linda xxx

Friday, 18 November 2011

My 2nd Foray into Scrapbooking

Today I would like to show you 2 pages I have created for my first ever scrapbook.  I have called my scrapbook A journey through my life and I hope you like my pages.

I am in Scrappin Creations by Gill M "All about Me" club and this month were were given the sketch above to follow for our next page.  I decided to do 2 pages as there were 2 photographs that I wanted to share.  I have done a Christmas theme as these photographs were taken by my Dad on my 2nd Christmas, the first one that I became aware of Father Christmas.

I have taken a piece of Tim Holtz 12 x 12 distress collection card and using Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Ivy stamp stamped up the side and embossed using gold WOW powder.  I then took a strip of gold paper from my stash and layered this down.  Using Spellbinder dies Grand Labels 23 I cut out 3 layers the first layer is printed off from MCS Papercraft Library Bunny Snuffles Christmas, Red holographic card and some gold pearlescent card.  Using my rectangle dies I cut out 2 layers one in red holographic card and another in gold pearlescent card.  I have hand written my journalling and added my buttons as shown on the Sketch. 

This photograph is of my mum, Ruby our neighbour and me.  I am so excited as this is my first pram and dolly!  I was such a happy little bunny that day as I had my own baby and pram as my mum had given birth in the September to my sister.

I have taken a piece of Tim Holtz 12 x 12 distress collection card in Green and using Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Fir Tree Branch stamped at the top and embossed using gold WOW powder. I then took a strip of gold paper from my stash and layered this down. Using Spellbinder dies Grand scalloped cut out 3 layers the first layer is printed off from MCS Papercraft Library Bunny Snuffles Christmas, green holographic card and some gold linen card. Using my rectangle dies I cut out 2 layers one in green holographic card and another in gold linen card. I have hand written my journalling and added my buttons as shown on the Sketch but I have flipped the design.

In this photograph I am sat with my mum and my favourite cuddly toy my panda.  I got this for my first Christmas off my Uncle Vic and I adored him.  He went every where with me.  We had a twin tub washing machine and my mum would often find him in with my nappies.  I would sit and watch him on the washing line waiting patiently for him to dry so he could come and play with me!

Well I hope you enjoyed me reminiscing and I look forward to next months page for my "All about Me" scrapbook.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Linda xxxx 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

That Winter Feeling!

Morning All

I have finally finished making my Christmas cards for family and friends.  I have made over 100 which took me 5 days.  They have all got inserts too and embellishmets.  So glad that it is all done for this year.  I have a few orders to do now and then I am done for this year! 

I keep promising myself that I will make a few Christmas cards each month, but I never do, time just keeps marching on!

Here is just one of my Christmas Cards!

White base card which I have rounded the cornes using my corner punch.  Navy blue embossed card from Hunkydory which I have cut out using my Spellbinder die Grand scalloped rectangle.  The decoupage is Popcorn and Friends at Christmastime made by Reddy which I bought from Crafter's Companion.  I have edged the first layer with gold peel offs and added a few gold snowflakes  where they join.  I have added glossy accents to the pond to give the illusion of ice and added Cosmic Shimmer Cosmic Twinkles to the tress, horizon and the base of the trees.  I have added the sentiment which reads "Have yourself a Magical Christmas" and to finish off added gems to the 4 corners of the card.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Linda xxx

Monday, 14 November 2011

Couple of Samples

Afternoon all my Crafty Friends

As some of you are aware I am on the Design Team for Hougie Crafts.  I would like to show you a couple of samples I have made using the Hougie Board.  I have used an assortment of card and embellishments from my crafty stash and some of the Citrus Fruit and Knickerbocker Glory Card which you can purchase from Hougie Crafts. 

Above is a picture of the Hougie board.  The board is double sided with inches on one side and cms on the other.  It is fabulous as you can use this as a measuring tool and to create some fantastic folds and different effects to your cards.

The first sample is the "Art Deco" card this is certainly one of my favourite, but if you are anything like me you will have lots of favourites.

My second sample is the diamond card but I have made 2 and joined them together.  This card really makes a statement too.

Thank you for stopping by today and I would love to read your comments.

Linda xxxx

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Creations by Gill M Challenge - Masculine Monochrome

Good morning Crafters

Today over at Creations by Gill M it is the first of November's challenges.  The lady herself set the Design Team the challenge of producing a masculine themed card in monochrome. 

Here is what I came up with.

I have used black base card and made a stepper card.  The domino toppers are from Kanban and I have had them quite a while so it seemed very appropriate to use them for this challenge.  I have added white buttons from my stash and peel off Happy Birthday.

You don't see many people playing Domino's nowadays and I just love the image of the gentlemen playing this game.

Below is a little bit of history about Dominoes that is very interesting.

The game appeared first in China in in the 14th Century but the first recorded reference in Europe is from Italy where they were played in the courts of Venice and Naples. The tiles were originally constructed by gluing and pinning two sheets of ebony on either side of the bone tile. This prevented cheating by being able to see the pip value from the back of the tile in certain lights. It also served to produce nice contrasting white pips on black background by allowing the bone to show through holes in the ebony. The pin through the middle of the tile became known as the "spinner", for obvious reasons. Although tiles have not been constructed in this way for centuries, tradition has maintained the spinner which can still be found on many modern sets. Many players feel that it is still of benefit since it makes the tiles more easy to shuffle and protects their faces.

Although domino tiles are clearly of Chinese inheritance, there is debate over whether the game played by Europeans was brought by the Chinese to Europe in the eighteenth century or, in fact, was invented independently. European dominoes are shorter than Chinese ones and there is a single tile for each permutation of the throw of two dice or a blank making a total of twenty-eight tiles. This is the standard or "double-six" set and, as in China, various games can be played with it. Double-twelve sets (91 tiles) are popular in America and Double-nine sets (55 tiles) also exist.

I hope you enjoyed reading this little bit of history about Dominoes and we look forward to seeing what you make for this challenge.

Happy Crafting
Linda xxxx

Friday, 11 November 2011

We will remember them!

"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condem, at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them".

In honour of all who have fought and lost their lives in WW1, WW2, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Linda xxx

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Autumn/Fall card

Here is my second posting for today!  I love Autumn/Fall because of the various colours nature brings to us with the changes in the leaves and long walks on cold frosty mornings, hearing the leaves crunch under your feet.  Then afterwards coming home to a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.  Yummy!

The card base is made up of 2 pearlised card in copper which I have cut down to 24 x 21 cm.  I scored at 5 cm and before joining together added some glitter ribbon.  The first layer is some linen card is pale orange and the top layer I have stamped some autumn leaves with versamark and used WOWembossing powders in Burgandy Red and Copper.  I then distressed the whole of the page with Tim Holtz vintage photo.  Using one of my new Spellbinder dies Fleur De Lis squares I have cut out on white card and stamped the verse "Autumn is a Second Spring when Every Leaf is a Flower" using versamark and then used Burgandy Red WOW embosing powders.  I have distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Wild Honey.  The corner embellishments consist of 2 bronze leaves from my stash.  The other leaves I have stamped onto parchment and embossed using WOW embossing powder in Bark embossed.  I brayered the back of the parchment using Big and Juicy inkpad Spice.  On the back of the leaves once I had cut them out I using an embossing tool embossed the veins.  I attached them using Pinflair glue gel and added a piece of bark on top.  The stamps I have used for this project are Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Sketchy range Autumn Leaves

Thank you for stopping by today
Linda xxxx

October Rak Card

Hi All

This is the first of a couple of posts I plan for today.  I received my October RAK card from Debbie Trevern and thought I would show it to you all.

Thank you Debbie it is fab :)

Thank you for stopping by today

Linda xxx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christmas is for Kids Banner Blog Hop

Hello to all my Blogland Friends

If you have arrived here from Debbie you are on the right track.

Today is the second day of our Christmas is for Kids Banner blog hop.  If you remember we did one similar to this in September for Halloween and all participants in the blog hop sent their banners & cards to Ellen "Cardmonkey" Jarvis to take into Paediatric Speciality Care Unit where she works in the USA.  These banners were hung over each of the children's beds.  They also received a card each too.

We have some fantastic blog candy on offer too from 3 fabulous companies who are sponsoring this blog hop.  They are

MelJen's Designs are offer 4 free digi downloads

Happy Scrapper are offering one lucky winner $20 to spend on their website by giving the winner a code to use.

MeiFlower are also offering $32 voucher to use on their website.

So without further ado, here is my Banner and Cards.

As you can see my banner is bauble shaped with cute little bunnies on them.  I have taken these images from My Craft Studio Papercraft Library Volume 9 Christmas with Bunnie Snuffles & Friends.  In total there are 6 baubles which I have sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle Iridescent.  I have decoupaged the bunnies and added a bell with florist ribbon to each bauble and then threaded them together with red and gold ribbon.

In total I made 6 cards and each card replicates each of the baubles on the banners.  I have taken A6 cards and added glitter card which I have first embossed using my snowflake embossing folder with the Cuttlebug.  Attached the topper which has also been sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle Iridescent.  I have attached a greeting and a bow with a little bell attached too.

Now it is time to continue on with the hop to Rachelle and see what she has created for this fantastic blog hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment on everyones blog to be in with a chance to win one of the amazing blog candy on offer.

Thank you so much for hopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed your stay, please leave a comment as I love to read them.
Linda xxxx

Saturday, 5 November 2011

I'm Quakers about You Blog Hop Hosted by Creations by Gill M

Happy Saturday to all my blogging Friends.

Today my good friend Gill is hosting I'm Quackers about You!! Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Gill then you are going in the right direction.  If you would like to start at the beginning then start at Gill's and enjoy the hop.

I have made 2 cards for this hop using my own interpretation of the title.

My first card I have used two cute little ducks celebrating their Engagement or Wedding Anniversary  with a beautiful picnic basket.  The base card is a Hunkydory product which I have distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks stormy sky.  The decoupage is from Crafters Companion called "Cream Quackers".  I have threaded red and blue ribbon and then layered the decoupage over this.  The sentiment, gems and heart button are from my stash.

My second card I have used Popcorn the bear decoupage kit which I purchased from Crafters Companion.  Popcorn is cuddling Souffle and is just sooooo cute.  I have distressed the base card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink stormy sky.  Layered Popcorn onto pale pink mirri card.  The sentiment, gems and button are from my crafty stash.

I hope you have enjoyed stopping by today.  To continue with this blog hop you need to hop on over to see what Lisa has created.  If you get lost please return to Gill's blog to guide you back to the hop.

Thank you for stopping by today