Thursday, 30 December 2010

An early Christmas card

I was a bit bored today and wanted to make another card. I had printed off a lot of Christmas digi images before Christmas and so thought I would make a start on next years cards by using up the images I have. This image was a freebie from Pollycraft and is called 'Penguin love'. I have coloured it with PMs and glitter, added some distressed Hugs and Honey Christmas backing paper and a bow. (In really life the colours on the card are not so pale, but for some reason they seem very insipid in the photo :(.) The sketch is from this weeks Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I willl also enter the card into the Passion for Promarkers Mega challenge and Pollycraft Monday challenge (white Christmas- snow-y scene take on the challenge, rather than white-on-white).

Trevor's 60th card

2011 is going to be a year of many special cards. Me and my friends are 30 this year and my parents and their friends are 60. This is the second 60th card I have made recently (the other for Dad is not being posted here in case he sees it) and it is for my uncle. His birthday is not until February, but I thought I would make head start on this year's cards.I have used a Stampfairy image (meant for New Year, but I thought would also suit a special birthday) and will enter the card into this weeks Stampfairy challenge (celebrations) and the Passion for Promarkers Mega challenge. Of course my new toy (Cuttlebug) got another outing for the embossed squares.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Thankyou cards

Having another play with my new toy (a Cuttlebug) I thought I would make some simple thankyou cards for my Christmas presents. I have embossed the base card and added a stamped greeting, some raffia and inked round the edge. On 4 cards I have sprayed with gold 'Spray and Sparkle' over the top of everything. (I would have done the other 4 cards but for the smell and I don't want to be breathing it in all night!)

Friday, 24 December 2010

From Dad to Mum

Why is it that Dad waits until Christmas Eve each year to ask for a card for Mum? I know it is going to happen I guess and so can prepare in advance. This time though I wanted to make a card anyway today using my new Cuttlebug, so it was a good excuse. I have attempted a 'white on white' theme which I have done in the past for challenges and found very hard because I didn't have a diecutter to do lots of fancy embossing- so now I have one I want to make the most of it!!!! After embossing I sprayed the paper in Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle silver which I won from having my cards published in the letters pages of Cardmaking and Papercraft a few issues ago. I had never used it before (or anything similar) and am impressed by the results. It puts a fine glittery mist on the paper in a vanish so it can't come off. I sprayed into a box with the paper in the base so that I wouldn't go everywhere on the carpet. However, I would warn anyone who has not used it that it really, really smells! I think it should be done in a ventilated room as it smells like car paint and made me cough and so I had to open the window for a while a get chilly to be able to breathe! (Maybe somthing to use more in the summer when it is OK to have the window open.)
I will enter the card into the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday- white Christmas (image is from Pollycraft and isn't it great?)
I love Promarkers- anything goes (image coloured with PMs)
Passion for Promarkers- anything goes (image coloured with PMs)
Stampfairy Challenge- anything goes

Box of cards #3

A third (and final) box of cards (this one is for my Grandparents):

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Box of cards #2

Another box of cards:I will enter this into the following anything goes challenges (image coloured with Promarkers):

Box of cards #1

I thought that I would make some boxes and put cards which I have made during the year in them as gifts for a few people this Christmas. Here's my first one amde with a Pollycraft image on top. The embossed '4U' present stamp is one of the first things I have done with my new Cuttlebug!!! The image is coloured with PMs (of course).I will enter this into the followign 'anything goes' challenges:

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Festive Thanks

I got back to my parents home tody and there was a large pile of mail waiting for me containing some amazing cards from my crafty friends. I just want to thank everyone who has sent me a card. Here are the ones I opened today (22nd Dec):And here are a few more that I got this morning (23rd Dec.):
And one more card today (24th Dec):

Saturday, 18 December 2010

E is for Elf

Another card for the 'Z is for zero time left' ABC Christmas challenge. This time I have decided to enter one of the letters I didn't manage to do earlier in the year: 'E is for Elf'. I didn't have any elf images but thought I would check out Stampfairy after seeing what wodnerful cards the DT had made with their images.I will also enter the card into the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers- anything goes
Stampfairy challenge- glitter or stickles

D is for decorations

As part of the 'Z is for zero time left' ABC Christmas challenge you can replay one of the previous challenges or do a challenge which you missed. This is my second entry and I have choosen to replay 'D is for Decorations' since I had this really fun image and wanted to use it. I have used the sketch from this weeks Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge and have decided to try a simple and modern look to the card- alot more white space than I usually do. Have I pulled it off, or does it just look as if it is missing something, I wonder...
I will also enter the card into the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers- anything goes
Pear Tree designs- anything goes Christmas
CES- anything goes


This weeks sketchie on CMLI was set by Karen and the theme was 'Keep it Simple'. I have used minimal layering on this card and only a few star brads and a ribbon for embellishments, to go with the theme. The image is 'Santa 2' from Pollycraft (a recent purchase of mine). I will enter the card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas- 'Z is for zero time'... a replay of 'S is for Santa'
Pollycraft Monday- White Christmas
Pear Tree Designs- Anything goes Christmas
Passion for Promarkers- anything goes
CES- anything goes

Sunday, 12 December 2010

A second sketchie

I have made a second sketchie for this weeks CMLI challenge! This time I have used another of my new Pollycraft images (Cuthbert skiing), along with blue papers. I will also enter the card into the Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas challenge.

Pink, Blue and Brown

This weeks Pollycraft Challenge is to make a card using the colours pink, blue and brown. I have made this card with the latest Pollycraft freebie image- decorations. The sketch is this weeks Sweet Sketch Wednesday. I will also enter the card into the Passion for Promarkers Mega challenge.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Christmas Carols

This weeks sketchie for CMLI was set by Lauren and the theme was open to allow people to make Christmas cards if they wanted or something else, if not. I got this image last week in the half price Pollycraft promotion and couldn't wait to use it- I have been admiring it on other people's cards for ages. This is my first attempt.
The sketch is from CMLI, but I will enter the card into a number of challenges this week:
PTD - winter wonderland
Passion for Promarkers - anything goes mega Christmas challenge
I love Promarkers- Christmas Carols/Songs
ABC Christmas - Y is for Yuletide (red and green or holly and berries or candles).
DCD Christmas challenge- Christmas carol
A special thanks to the Passion for Promarkers team for the candy I won in their last challenge and blog hop.