>> Tuesday, 30 December 2008

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We had a lovely time and our living room now bears a close resemblence to a toy store! I love this week between Christmas and New Year. It's a time to get all those little jobs done that you keep putting off all year because you're too busy! One of those jobs is to tidy my craft room - quite a daunting task but I'm determined to do it!

I've used the sketch on Katherina's blog for this card. I need to make a few thank-you cards for Thomas' Christmas presents and I think this cute elephant is perfect for this kind of card. I've coloured him with watercolour pencils and H2O's. The paper is BG Euphoria and I got the idea to use the mesh from Aiga's blog.

One of my new years resolutions is to decorate the inside of my cards but I didn't have enough paper left over this time. I will definitely start doing this in the new year though!


An award!

>> Thursday, 18 December 2008

I've received this lovely award from Michele - thanks so much!! The rules are to give it to five others, who shall give it to five others.. You shall link the one you got it from, and also the ones you give it to:) And let them know. You also have to write down five things you are addicted to so here are my 5:

Crafting (obviously)
Chocolate (almost every kind except orange for coffee)
Good American TV dramas (Prison Break, Lost, Heros)
Shopping (for anything, I even enjoy the weekly food shop!)

And here are the lovely ladies I am passing this award on to: Tara, Jacqui, Caro, Dawn and Debby. Some of these ladies might have already received it but I really enjoy their blogs and visit regularly.

Today I started and finished my Christmas shopping! I also managed to buy myself some lovely smooth watercolour paper and some Bo Bunny papers jumped into my basket too!

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.


Last Christmas card - promise!

>> Monday, 15 December 2008

This is it! My last Christmas card for 2008. It's taken me days to put it together as I'm so busy right now so I've done 10 mins here, 10 mins there etc etc. I've used the sketch from last weeks Ismaki Challenge and I used scraps of Imaginisce and Scribble Scrabble paper. I embossed the green card with the dotty cuttlebug folder and red circle with the snowflake folder. Mimi has been coloured with Prisma pencils, with some glitter on her fur trim. I used some worn lipstick distress ink on the green circles.

I'm going to try and do a bit of crafting at the weekend but I'm living in a bit of 'social whirl' right now so I might need the weekend to catch up with sleep/housework etc.


Friday Sketchers/Cute Card Thursday

>> Friday, 12 December 2008

Here's..................................another Christmas card! I love this weeks Friday Sketchers sketch from Heidi; I think I work better with the more symetrical sketches. I've used double-sided Scribble Scrabble paper, punched snowflakes and a Penny Black sentiment stamp. Luckily this card was quick to make as I'm super tired after a work of commuting to London and I need an early night!


Something a bit different!

>> Wednesday, 10 December 2008

I really wanted to make a non-Christmas card today so I've used this weeks card sketch from Split Coast Stampers. The strawberry stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine some months ago. I coloured the image with water colour pencils and then embossed them to give them some shine and sprinkled on a bit of glitter. The embossing curled the strawberries slightly but I think it gives them a nice 3D quality. I've used my new Basic Grey papers which are Urban Prairie and added the little charm so it qualifies for this weeks BG challenge too! All the paper edges have been inked with worn lipstick distress ink.


Yet another Christmas card!

>> Tuesday, 9 December 2008

I'm starting to get a bit bored of Christmas cards!! I've cut and stuck enough snowflakes to last me at least another 12 months so I'll make just one more for my in-laws and then that's it!! This card has been made following a fab sketch at Our Creative Corner. I coloured Mimi with Prisma pencils and used my favourite Angel Dust glitter for the fur trim on her jacket. I embossed the pink square behind Mimi with the Cuttlebug snowflake folder and also added a Cuttlebug fancy corner diecut which is my favourite thing at the moment. The other 'ingredients are: Paper - DCWV, snowflakes - sissix and X-cut, Papermania ribbon.

And I thought I would add a picture of Thomas. He was reaching into his toy box for his drumstick just before bedtime yesterday when he fell in. I happened to have my camera handy so took a quick snap. Once he got over the surprise he was quite pleased with himself!


Sketch Saturday

>> Sunday, 7 December 2008

The Christmas rush is definitely on in this house! I've only bought a couple of things for Thomas so I really need to get myself organised. But I'm working all week this week so the shopping is going to have to wait a bit longer - Bluewater the week before Christmas isn't pretty!

I did get a family Christmas card made last night. I thought the sketch would work well with this shape card (I'm sure there is a proper name for it but I don't know what it is!). I bought this lovely double sided Imaginisce paper and the Papermania tinsel trim at the Craft Barn last week. The funky snowgirl from Spiral Whisper is coloured with Prisma pencils, the sentiment is a Penny Black stamp and the snowflakes are a Sissix die.


All rolled into one

>> Friday, 5 December 2008

I had a lovely time at the Craft Barn last week. I was fairly restrained but still came away with some lovely bits - mainly card and paper. And then before I could play with my new stash I came down with a sickness bug! I was in bed all day Sunday and have just had my first proper meal this evening. So I've managed to squeeze three challenges into this one card.

The sketch is by Claudia at Friday Sketchers, there are some hearts for Cute Card Thursday and I made it a thank-you card for A Spoon Full of Sugar! I've used my new favourite papers which are Bo Bunny and are simply delicious. Tilda is coloured with distress inks, the flowers are Making Memories and Prima and the lovely swirly corner is my new favourite Cuttlebug die.


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