Friday, 21 November 2014

Crafty Catz #286 ~ Winter Theme

Good morning it's time for a brand new fabulous challenge from the awesome team that is Crafty Catz and this week our wonderful Dianne is the host and she chose 'Winter Theme' so you have lots of scope there and we are sponsored by

Sami Stamps will provide a 12$ gift card to the shop at www.samistamp.blogspot.com (that's equal to 3 images of  choice) to the winner. 

Wonderful prize and the DT were very lucky as they were able to choose an image from Sami Stamps to play with so be sure to check out what the other Catz got up to this week. The image I have used is 'Winter Cocoa' I have coloured her using spectrums and added glamour dust, paper is from First Editions New Bloom and I teamed it up with some coredinations cs for the die cut sentiment and the embossed panels, nice and simple and I love the colours.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Love to Create #142 ~ Make it for Christmas #3
Crazy Challenge #184 ~ Favourite Technique #3
Lets Craft & Create #99 ~ Christmas
Papertake Weekly ~ Soooooo Girly
Emerald Faeries #61 ~ Christmas ~ Non Traditional Colours #3
Little Red Wagon #264 ~ Layer it up
Ruby's Rainbow #92 ~ Non Traditional Christmas

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Crafty Sentiments - November's New Release - Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the “Crafty Sentiments Designs’ blog hop”!
We are so excited to have you join us today!
At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the design Team from “Crafty Sentiments Designs”. You are sure to find many wonderful projects that will be at the top of your crafting lists! If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational blog to start at the beginning of the hop.
Here is the project I created for this hop using the fabulous Rose are Red:
From this

Now how about some blog hop prizes??
3 of the new rubber stamps release will go to 3 different hoppers In order to win you will need to leave a comment each day on all the blogs.
What do you need to do to be eligible for these amazing prizes?
1. Become a follower of each blog in the hop, if you aren't already for the 4 days “Blog Hop New Releases”.
2. Leave some comment love at each stop for the 4 days “Blog Hop New Releases”.
3. If you do both of the above, check back here at the “Crafty Sentiments’ blog” for the winners on 28th November !

Now for the blog hop lineup:
Jac  (you are here)
I hope you enjoy the first day of our wonderful hop! Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more inspiration, comment and become a follower to be eligible for the prizes!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Black & White

Starting to think about small handmade gifts and calendars are quite handy for that so thought I'd make one today.  I used a cover for a book that I never got round to making up for the main piece and for the lower piece I used a freebie Red Cross coaster. (have several of these now and always knew they would come in handy!)  Covered both pieces with digi paper from Raspberry Road Designs printed at different sizes.  Coloured the fantastic Kenny K image with spectrums and added black glitter to her boots (its sparkle in the pics not bits of white fluff! lol)  Mounted her onto black cs with an edge of cogs which is a TH sizzix die, added a starburst die cut and a clock die cut then a few gems, the calendar piece is decorated with a cog die cut and label die cut which is from Crafty Sentiments Designs and onto that I stamped Celebrate Today which is a PTI stamp, finished off with black and white stripey ribbon, if I don't find a suitable recipient it will just have to stay hanging in my craft room, oh what a shame that would be! lol  Hope you like it.

I would like to enter this calendar into the following challenges:
Creative Fingers #56 ~ Anything Goes #3
Allsorts #285 ~ Anything but a card #2
Kenny K's Krafty Krew #184 Black & White
Not Just Cards #6 ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon #264 ~ Layer It Up

Let it Snow with the Divas

It's certainly turned cold here in the UK and damp, but no sign of the white stuff yet (thankfully) but over at Divas by Design we'd love to see your 'snow related' cards.  This weeks sponsor is

For my card I have used a fabulous Bugaboo image coloured with spectrums. Kraft cs and papers from Bearly Mine Designs, I've added copious amounts of glitter, some snowflake eyelets and a little metal snowman.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss #262 ~ Show us a snowman
Sister Act Card Challenge #83 ~ Anything Goes
Art By Miran #19 ~ Anything Goes
Love to Create #142 ~ Make it for Christmas #2


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

2 or more Designer Papers at Crafty Sentiments

Good morning it's time for a brand new challenge over at Crafty Sentiments and this week we'd like to see you use 2 or more designer papers on your project, nice and easy for you.  The fabulous prize this week is

For my project this week I have made another recipe tag (yay that's 2 I have now!) I have used the cute stamp 'Let's Bake Kitty' and coloured using copics and spectrums, my papers are all from Bearly Mine Designs (I used 3), the little gingerbread folks are a quikcutz die that I've had for a few years now, I bought it when I was part of a recipe swap and I always manage to bring it out at least once each Christmas! the gems, tartan ribbon and heart and bead string are all from my stash.

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #276 ~ Recipe #2
Crafty Little Fairies ~ November ~ Not a square
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #78 ~ Favourite Holiday ~ Christmas #2
Art by Miran #19 ~ Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' ~ To die for #2
Allsorts #285 ~ Anything but a card
Love to Create #142 ~ Make it for Christmas
Not Just Cards #6 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge #81 ~ Festive Furry Friends

(Pssst, just before I go, a quick heads up that Crafty Sentiments will be having a 4 day blog hop, starting 20 November to celebrate our last release of new stamps for this year and they are gorgeous and cute just what you have come to expect from a great company. See you there!)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Ok I'm back today with another Christmas card and it is using more old stuff.  The fabulous image is Dottie & George 50's from Charmed Cards and Crafts and although not strictly a Christmas image again I thought it would work as one!  I started off by colouring them with copics and spectrums in very traditional red & green, at this point all I knew was that I wanted to make an easel card and I wanted a Christmas tree.  So once I'd finished colouring I needed to find the rest of the components for my card! Hmm really should have thought this one out better! lol, so I'm sat here this afternoon going through ALL my paper pads to see what would work when jokingly I put the tree die against the bottle top paper and I loved it, really quirky but some of the sayings on the bottle tops are just so perfect such as 'daddy cool', 'lady luck', 'cool cat' and 'with love'.  I know not very Christmassy but they fit with the image.  I printed the sentiment direct to my cs and then remembered some very old bottle tops that I had added little Christmas tree stickers to a very long time ago but just thought they finished the whole thing off.  So yes it is a bit quirky but I love how it turned out, I hope you like it too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge #184 ~ Favourite technique ~ Easel cards
Love to Create #141 ~ Anything Goes #3
Papertake Weekly ~ 2 or 4 legs
Ruby's Rainbow #92 ~ Non traditional Christmas
Brown Sugar #120 ~ Anything Goes #2
Creative Fingers #56 ~ Anything Goes #2
Sister Act Card Challenge #83 ~ Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy #127 ~ Pairs or 2 of a kind
Sweet Stampin' ~ To Die For

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Jingle Bells

Thought I'd better crack on with my Christmas cards!  Remembered this fab digi image from Charmed Cards and Crafts which I have had for several years, it is originally some song birds but I thought with a bit of red they would become perfect little winter robins!  Papers are (old) MME (scraps!) with some red cs.  I embossed the side panel and finished off with some little bells, red snowflake, red gems and a stamped sentiment. Off to see what other old bits I can find!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crazy Challenge #184 ~ Favourite technique, I have several and embossing either dry or wet is definitely up there
Love to Create #141 ~ Anything Goes #2
Papertake Weekly ~ 2 or 4 legs #2
Let's Craft and Create #98 ~ Animal Antics
Brown Sugar #120 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #56 ~ Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #78 ~ Favourite Holiday ~ Christmas (especially this year as I'm not working! lol)
Open-minded Crafting #23 ~ Fowl of all kinds

Friday, 14 November 2014

Crafty Catz #285 ~ Christmas is coming

Oh yes Christmas is coming and I am so not ready! lol  Still, nothing new there, then! lol  Ok so wonderful Nina has chosen the theme of 'Christmas is Coming' for the challenge this week over at Crafty Catz and we have 2 fabulous sponsors

surprise gift

The DT were given some wonderful images from Rick St Dennis to play with and they have created a wonderful array of festive jollies for your inspiration so don't forget to check them out.  For my card this week I have used 'North Pole sign', coloured with a mix of copics and spectrums and I've added plenty of glamour dust.  Papers are Bearly Mine Designs teamed up with Kraft cs, the tree is a die cut which has been embossed and inked and the sign is cut on the Cricut and I coloured the white cs to echo the sign in the image, the seasons greetings is a little wooden stamp from a collection I purchased years ago when I first started card making, never really used them much as they are really small but it was perfect for this card!  Oh and I used a wavy ruler to rip the paper another item rarely used! lol

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
OSAAT #223 ~ Anything goes with distressing
Love to Create #141 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly ~ 2 or 4 legs
Bearly Mine Challenges ~ November ~ Christmas Card (#3)
Creative Card Crew #74 ~ Christmas Joy
Crafty Creations #276 ~ Recipe