A Clean & Simple Christmas card

>> Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting today and I hope you are keeping warm in your part of the world. We woke up to snow this morning, just a sprinkling so I headed off to work as normal - big mistake! The roads got worse and worse the closer to London I got and it took me 3 hours to do a 50 min journey. I had to park my car and walk the last part of my journey as I couldn't drive up the very small hill to the office! So I think it will be a day at home tomorrow, desperately thinking of things to keep Thomas entertained.

I had all sorts of plans for my card tonight but instead found myself on the phone for over 2 hours so my crafting time was shortened somewhat. So instead of colouring an image I made a simple card with some gorgeous DCWV Linen Closet papers and a Papertrey Ink sentiment.

I'm going to enter my card into these challenges:

Clean & Simple - Sketch
Colour Create - Robin egg blue, Sea foam green & cream
Totally Papercrafts - Untraditional Christmas
Stampin for the Weekend - Winter

Have a great week.


Pink Gem DT / Friday Sketchers

>> Friday, 26 November 2010

Happy Friday everyone! It's been another busy week in our house. I handed in my notice at work and couldn't believe how nervous I was! It's been 15 years since I resigned from a job so I'm a bit out of practice but its done now so there's no going back (gulp). The whole household has had colds so we are coughing and spluttering but hopefully over the worst of it now. And the weather is soooo cold! They have forecast snow for the weekend which I'm really not looking forward to. We're hoping to go to the switching on of the Christmas lights in our local town on Sunday and see the firework display and it will be a real effort to leave the house if there is snow on the ground - I'm such a wimp!!

It was nice to have a bit of time to sit down and make a card this evening (in between watching bits of I'm a Celebrity).

The sweet image is Chloe & Penguin from Pink Gem Designs. She is coloured with distress inks and I used the same colour (Dusty Concord) to stamp the snowflake around the edges. The sentiment is also from Pink Gem Designs and the papers are by Wild Rose Studio. The layout is from this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge.

I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are and you have a lovely weekend.


Truly Scrumptious - Think Pink

>> Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog today. Blogging has has to take a bit of a back seat over the last few weeks as I've been extremely busy with work and getting ready for when I go self employed in January. I still get the occassional 'wobble' day when I wonder if I'm doing the right think, but deep down I know I am and I will be much happier (and will earn more!).

We have our penultimate 2010 challenge for you over on the Truly Scrumptious blog and this time as well as the sketch the optional challenge is 'Think Pink'.

I made my card last week for my cousin who had a baby girl.

This is one of my favourite Whiff of Joy images and I've coloured it using distress inks. The papers I've had a while and I cut of the info strip so I can't remember what they are. Just a few Wild Orchid flowers and a Wild Rose Studio sentiment and thats it.

I hope you will join in our challenge - the other DT ladies have made some gorgeous cards so please pop over to the blog and take a look.


Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop

>> Saturday, 20 November 2010

Hello and welcome to THE first ever Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop. During the hop you will have a chance to see many of the lovely Christmas stamps that are available and be in with a chance of winning some gorgeous stamps along the way :-)

If you arrived here from Katina's blog you are going in the right direction. If not you may wish to start at the beginning on Dulcie's Blog

The word you need to collect on my blog is (WILD)

For our hop the lovely Dawny P designed a gorgeous sketch for the Design Team to use and here is my card

I used the adorable Christmas Milton for my card. He is coloured with distress inks and I used plenty of diamond stickles on his Santa suit. The paper is from the Wild Rose Studio Milton Christmas Papers pack. My layered snowflake is made with two Sizzix dies & an X Cut punch.

How would you like the chance to win this gorgeous stamp?

To be in with a chance of winning Christmas Milton, please add your name to the Linky tool at the bottom of this post (or leave a comment if the Linky tool doesn't work!) and then make a card/creation using Dawny P's sketch and enter it into the challenge on Dulcie's Blog. You have until 12.00 GMT on Saturday 27th November to enter.

Don't forget to collect all the words from the DT's blogs along the way!

Now I'm going to send you on your way to Ria's blog to continue the hop. Have a great weekend, enjoy the rest of the DT's creations and good luck with the prize draw.


Wild Rose Studio DT

>> Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Hello, I hope you had a lovely weekend and are having a good week so far. We had Thomas' birthday party on Saturday. We hired a local church hall and booked an entertainer who was fantastic. She came dressed as Thomas the Tank Engine's driver and had the children enthralled from start to finish. Thomas was slightly overwhelmed at times but really enjoyed himself.

I've got lots of thank-you cards to write but tonight I decided to finish two cards I started last week. One is a DT card for next weeks Truly Scrumptious challenge and this is the other one

This is the gorgeous Kira with her kitten from Wild Rose Studio. I've coloured her with a mixture of aqua promarkers and distress inks. The papers were a freebie from a magazine, flowers and buttons are from my stash. The sentiment is from Wild Rose Studio too. I'm going to enter this into two challenges:

Sketch & Stash - Sketch and my new stash is the Kira stamp
Creative Card Crew - Give thanks

We're having a Wild Rose Studio blog hop this weekend with lots of fantastic prizes to be won so please visit again then!


Truly Scrumptious DT - Happy Birthday Thomas

>> Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Hello, thanks for visiting today and I hope your week is going well so far. We have a new challenge for you today over on the Truly Scrumptious blog. This is the sketch we would like you to follow;

And the optional extra challenge is to make a birthday card. I chose the challenge as it is Thomas' third birthday today. I've taken the day of work so we're going to take a birthday cake to playgroup this morning and then its a pizza lunch out with his grandparents.

This is the card I made for him

The image is from Pink Gem Designs and it reminds me of Thomas and our dog Benji. The papers are DCWV Linen Closet and the stars and balloon are Quickutz dies. I decided to put the sentiment next to my image and place the balloon where the sentiment should be.

Pink Gem Designs are sponsoring us this week and the winner will receive this gorgeous Santa Kaya Christmas stamp so I hope you will be able to make a card for our challenge.


A Gem of a Challenge

>> Monday, 8 November 2010

Good morning and thanks for visiting my blog. We have a new challenge for you over at A Gem of a Challenge and this month my teamie Christine has designed a fab sketch

And the optional extra challenge is to make a Christmas card using non traditional colours.

For my card I used the adorable Penguin Friends image. I know penguins are meant to be black and white but I stuggle with the Black Soot distress ink as it always looks very grey so I used my aqua promarkers instead and made them brown penguins!

The papers are a mixture of Wild Rose Studio and Papermania and the lovely sentiment is also from Pink Gem Designs.

I hope you will be able to visit the blog and see the rest of the DT's gorgeous work and then join in our challenge.


Something for the Christmas Tree

>> Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I always mean to try to make more crafty projects other than cards but my mojo always seems to escape me. I got the idea for this decoration from the front cover of this months Craft Stamper magazine. One of the designers made a gorgeous Christmas wreath made with dozen of stamped and punched flowers. The article gave me the idea to use some of my paper flowers to make a smaller version that I can hang on our Christmas tree.

I used two Nestability dies to cut a ring from stiff card and then covered it with paper. I started to attach the flowers by wrapping the wire stems around the ring but it looked too messy so I cut all the stems off and glued the flowers instead. Then I repeated the process on the other side and spritzed the whole thing with glimmer mist. Apart from having to wait for the glue to dry it was actually very quick to make and I'm really pleased with the result. I'm going to make a few more and try added some other elements like ribbons and maybe some leaves.


Wild Rose Studio DT

>> Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Hello, thanks for visiting today and I hope you week is going well so far. We had a quiet weekend, dodging the rain on Saturday and then a lazy day on Sunday. We didn't have any trick or treaters knock at our door which mean we were left with a large bag full of treat sized bags of maltesers. Needless to say they didn't last very long!

Last week I received some gorgeous new stamps from Dulcie at Wild Rose Studio. I couldn't wait to ink them up and this adorable fairy is Lily.

She has been coloured with distress inks and I added a thin covering of diamond stickles to her wings. The papers are a mixture of Fancy Pants and Bo Bunny and the sentiment is also from Wild Rose Studio.

I know I'm thinking ahead but wouldn't she be perfect for Valentines day with the little heart seal on her letter?

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Sketchy Colors - Sketch
Spoon Full of Sugar - Relish to Embellish
Secret Crafter - Anything that Flies

Thanks for looking. I hope to post a picture tomorrow of a Christmas tree decoration I've been making - just waiting for the glue to dry and I'm the most impatient person in the world!


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