Thursday 31 December 2009

Colour Create DT

 Firstly I'd like to wish everyone the happiest of New Years and may 2010 be fabulous for you all.

Are you ready to blow away Christmas and winter? Well, we certainly hope so because at Colour Create we have a zingy colour combo for you this challenge. The colours this week are LEMON and LIME.

The optional extra, if you'd like to play along with that is SPRING or SUMMER FLOWERS.

I've used one of my favourite Tilda's (looking so coy) and coloured her with the usual 
Copics and cut her out using the oval nesties. The paper is Basic Grey Lime Rickey, the green is embossed with the Provocraft Textile folder, the leaves are cut with the Sizzix flower and leaf folder, the flowers and ribbon are from my stash and the pearls are Prima.

Tuesday 22 December 2009

Crafty Calendar, Stamp Something & Stampavie & More

Still making Christmas cards although it's too late to send them - I'm now working on the principal I will be well prepared for next year. I managed to fit in three challenges with this card - Crafty Calendar wants sparkle, Stamp Something is Holiday somethings (what with plenty of snow around and holidays, who wouldn't want to build a snowman and Stampavie & More is Snowmen.

The image is the gorgeous snowman from Penny Black that the lovely Sandie sent me (along with the sparkly snowflake brads), coloured with Copics and the snow is Art Glitter Faux snow. I cut the frame for the image with Nestie labels 1 and the corners with the provocraft vintage corners. The whole thing looked a little flat so I braided some thread to place around the frame and tied it in a bow at the top.

Today's picture is the Christmas Tree outside my bedroom window. I did decorate it with fat balls for the birds but i can't see them anymore, hope the birds can, unless they've already eaten them.

Monday 21 December 2009

This week at House Mouse Lori chose Winter Wishes as the theme and as I am STILL making and sending Christmas Cards I chose to do yet another.

I used the image Holiday Smooch and coloured it with Copics, not the best choice of images when one is very short on time. It took ages to colour the leaves - then what did I do - cut it out with the round nesties and chopped half of them off - another lesson learnt - cut out the image first then you don't colour the bits to be chopped off. I cut the base card with the round scalloped nesties and fastened a tab at the top with a snowflake charm and a round brad, added a ribbon bow and a sentiment by Stamps Away and voila - card done.

I'm leaving you with the beautiful view from my kitchen window, the photograph is a little blurred as it was still snowing at the time.  It stopped shortly afterwards and apparently the temperatures here dropped to
-18 degrees at the weekend and all the ducks were sat at the edge of the duck pond looking wistfully at the ice. Time to go into hibernation I think.

Friday 18 December 2009

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland have a Nativity Scene as this week's theme.Luckily I had this image, the only one that even remotely fit a Nativity scene. The little shepherd is coloured in Copics, the paper is Kars, the border around the image is cut with the nesties vintage corners, the star is a die cut and the beautiful  snowflake is one sent to me by the fabulous Sandie and everything else is from my stash.

Now I'm off to post some Christmas cards - yes I know, not a cat's chance in hell of them getting there on time. I'm working on the better late than never pricipal this year. Let's see if I can find some waterproof boots as it has been snowing non-stop all day, it looks beautiful and at least it is not as cold as it was yesterday -  -8 degrees - brrrr...!!

Thursday 17 December 2009

 Time for Colour Create again. This week it's the lovely Dena's choice of  Burgundy. pink and ivory with the added option of roses and the sponsor this week is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp. I have to day there isn't much trace of ivory, although the patterned BG paper has ivory in it and the sentiment is stamped on an ivory papery - it just doesn't show. I was going to do the usual square card but opted to  put the fold part way along so Tilda is actually on the inside of the card, the bottom picture shows this better and the colurs are 'truer' to life, yet once again the ribbon has photographed a different colour grrrr..... Tilda is coloured in Copics, the sentiment is Stamps Away and the feather, flowers and pearls are from my stash.

I'd just like to say thank you to all you lovely people who have continued to visit and leave lovely comments during my lack of crafting and blogging, I can't tell you how much it has kept my morale boosted when I hit an all time low!! The joinery work in the kitchen with all the dust triggered off asthma  (I'm not asthmatic but do occasionally have what my doctor called asthmatic hayfever) This fortunately is now subsiding but my heart goes out to any of you who suffer with asthma - there is nothing worse than not being able to get your breath.

Sunday 13 December 2009

Basic Grey DT

I'm just a trifle late posting this - a plumber, a electrician and a joiner all conspired to keep me from the internet, mainly by switching the electricity on and off and creating so much noise I couldn't think straight and the dust - eek!!!  Still at least I now have hot water and a cooker - which I haven't had all week. A few more odd jobs and a whole pile of boxed up crafting stash to sort out and hopefully that will be it and I can get back to normal - whatever that is. I'm so frustrated at not being able to craft and blog I've reached screaming point.

It's a colour combination (blue, pink and cream) at Basic Grey this week and I used a  sketch I really liked from last week's Friday Sketchers, but didn't have time to do. Tilda is from the new Winter Collection and coloured with Copics. The paper is from BG's Lilykate (at least that's where I found it - but it could have been mixed up in my move so please correct me if I'm wrong). The sentiment is Lily of the Valley, and the rest is from my stash.

That's it for now - hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me this coming week and thanks for all your lovely comments whilst I've been MIA.

Monday 7 December 2009

House Mouse DT - Christmas Card - non traditional colours.

This week at House Mouse it is the choice of the lovely Lisa and she wants us to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colours. I think of red and green as being the traditional colours so I went for blue  - but  most of my cards, most years, end up blue so I suppose this is traditional for me - lol.

I'm not sure what this image is called and it is packed away at my house so I can't even look, but it is coloured in Copics and I've added Polar White flowersoft for the snow and the snowflakes which I've added randomly around the image. The paper is Kars and I've cut a frame with the curved rectangle nesties and mounted on foam dots around the image. The ribbon, die cut snowflakes and pearls are from stash.

Friday 4 December 2009

Sunday Sketch and Stamp does Mo's Digital Challenge

I found this gorgeous image of Mo's whilst packing the rest of my stash. I coloured it a couple of week's ago and found it too large for the sketch intended so whizzed it on one side in disgust. It would have been better slightly smaller on this one,  but at least it fit. The sketch is a fabulous one by Sem over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp and came together a dream and really quickly (for me anyway - the slowest crafter around) It also fits in with Mo's Digital Challenge - "You must use the traditional colors of Christmas (red, green, gold, silver, blue - you get to pick!)".

The image is coloured with Copics, mounted on some silver patterned vellum and then onto aqua bazzil cs and pale aqua card cut with the EK Success scalloped scallop punch. The mistletoe paper is Magnolia and the ribbon and pearls from stash - amazingly one of the quickest cards I've made and I actually like it !!

I have just received a packet from the fabulous Sandie
which I will photograph and post in the morning. Thanks so much hunni - an early Christmas present for me - whoohoo!! - you've made my day, no scrub that - you've made my week!!

Thursday 3 December 2009

Colour Create DT and Simon Says Challenge

Yet another fortnight has flown by and it's time for the next challenge at Colour Create.
The colours this week are LILAC or PURPLE with AQUA, BLACK and WHITE, choice of the talented Deanne. Because it's such a busy time of year, we've been really kind and not set an optional extra this week; so you can make anything you want to.

Half my crafting stash is at my new house, most of the other half packed,  ready to go so my resources were somewhat limited this week. Fortunately I had lilac and aqua papers (though I have to admit the aqua looks a little blue) so I used the Spellbinders Fleur De Lys pendant, cut a couple out, cut them again, and played around until I had a frame for Mo's  delightful image - Michael, which is coloured in the usual Copics.  I used the Nestabilities build a flake and the Fluer de lys pendant for the snowflake, add a charm for the centre and a further charm hanging from it which also fits the Simon's Says challenge of charms this week - (Yippee I managed a challenge). The pearls and ribbon are from my stash.

I'm a little late posting this, I've been out buying, curtains, poles and blinds this morning and all that is needed now is for my to put them all up, the plumber to finish and yippee I can move in at last. It seems to have taken forever, then I'm very impatient lol.
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