Wednesday 19 December 2007

Wee Hamish in kilt

Finally got to make a card this week! My new Sugar Nellies arrived yesterday so I stayed up late stamping and managed to finish this earlier today. I adore this wee lad, the adorable Hamish in kilt. I think this one will be well used in the New Year! I paper pieced his clothes and boots.

Christmas is almost upon us so I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, hope you get lots of stash in your stockings! Best Wishes for the New Year and look forward to catching up with everyone after the festivities! Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving me such lovely comments!
Supplies: Cream and green cardstock, sugar Nellie stamp 'Hamish in kilt', Patterned paper Sizzix Little Sizzles, Dovecraft brads, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Sunday 16 December 2007

My Christmas Wreath

Look what I made today! There hasn't been much creating done around here this past week but I did find some time to make my door wreath. I love it! This is the first time I made my own so I am very proud of it!

Wednesday 12 December 2007

A bird in the hand

The Arty Girlz challenge this week was to use handcutting. I used paper piecing on this stamped image which is my handcutting.

Supplies: White and dark green cardstock, Magnolia stamp, Basic Grey Dasher and Figgy Pudding, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

Sugar Nellie Pirate

Another of my new Sugar Nellies - Pirate! He is fab, a year or so ago it was nearly impossible to get a decent pirate stamp, now there are a few to choose from but I love this one! I used one of my Karen Foster charms too from her pirate range. I have bought a few more Sugar Nellies so watch this space!

Supplies: White and navy cardstock, sugar Nellie Pirate stamp, Karen Foster charm, Greeting printed on PC, dovecraft brads, household twine, gingham ribbon from stash. Patterned Paper K & CO.

Monday 10 December 2007

My Elf name

Your Elf Name Is...
Happy Fruit Cake

this is so funny! I made a mistake at first I was floppy slave o santa but I like this one better, suits me, loving fruit cake!

Candy Stripes

A very quick and simple card for the DCM challenge this week which was :

This week is my turn (Saffa) to set the dare!I love the stripey candy sticks that are around at this time of year so inspired by this I challenge you all to create a card featuring stripes of some kind, the occasion is up to you but you must use some form of stripes on your card. Maybe stamps, or paper, or ribbon...

I have just bought this gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp and have been desperate to make something with her. The candy stripe challenge was ideal!

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, Sugar Nellie with spring flowers stamp, Maya Road ribbon slide, Basic Grey 'Stella Ruby' paper, velvet ribbon from Papermania. Image coloured using watercolour paints.

Sunday 9 December 2007

Prize Goodies!

My prize from the Papertake Weekly Challenge came this weekend! Look at these fabby goodies, don't you just love this kind of mail! Thanks so much Steph, I love them and especially for the gorgeous card!

Saturday 8 December 2007

Cards for the Fair!

I made these 3 very quick cards for the Christmas Fair we held in the village today. I never do decoupage but these came free in a magazine and I thought they would do well at the Fair. They did, they all sold! I still have some more from the mag so I will keep hold of them for next year's fair! I think we did quite well, we had a great turn out, it was a cold day but stayed dry so that always helps. It has been a busy day, tonight we had another fundraiser, a quiz night which is great fun as it is a family night. We were lucky we had our little ones as we were the only ones who knew who the garage owner's name in Noddy!

Supplies: white and navy cardstock, Margaret Sherry decoupage sheets, I don't know what make the stamps are as I lost the packaging.

Friday 7 December 2007

Christmas with a twist

Saturday Stampers has an interesting challenge this week, Christmas with a twist! You can't use obvious christmas pics like Santa or use the word Christmas. Here is mine:

Supplies: Cream cardstock, Basic Grey stamps 'winterland', PP Sandylion, Prima flowers, rikrak Papermania and ribbon from Ribbon Oasis. Brads by Dovecraft.

Off to make some mince pies for tomorrows christmas fair!
1 1/2 hours later : they are delicious you must try this pastry recipe!
Enough for 12 mince pies
7oz plain flour
1oz ground almonds
3 1/2 oz butter
2oz icing sugar
1 large egg yolk
3 tbsp milk
plus 1 x 411g sweet mincemeat.
use beaten egg to glaze and icing sugar to dust.
Mmm, just had to try a second one, just to be sure they are good you understand, it might just have been because I was hungry, playdoh would taste good if you were hungry. Yes, they are yummy! Can't wait to try them with brandy cream, just as well I don't have any in or they might not make it to the fair!
I don't know where this recipe came from I had scribbled it down in a notebook but the pastry is deliciously sweet and light. I wizzed all the ingredients up in my blender, such an easy way to make pastry then put it in the fridge for 1 hour before rolling out.
to my American friends, if any of you need help with the conversions let me know as I have an English friend living in Canada who helps me out when I need a recipe converted!

Thursday 6 December 2007

Buttons and Bows

This is for the DCM Santa's Little Extra helper no 7 Buttons and Bows. I made a tag rather than a card as I needed one to match this paper. The wrapping paper is from Phoenix Trading and is so gorgeous and luxuriously thick. I buy my wrapping paper from them all the time and normally get the tags but this year they were sold out of the matching tags for this paper.
I dug out some old letraset rub-ons for the word, it worked a treat!

Supplies: Blue cardstock, Sizzix tag die, Phoenix Trading wrapping paper, red raffia, gingham ribbon, rik rak and buttons from stash,

Wednesday 5 December 2007

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers

After seeing this around on a few blogs recently I decided to take a look at the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers last night. It looks like fun and a great way of finding more blogging buddies! If you are interested pop on over, there is still space in group 4 but they seem to fill up fast!

A bit about me for the group : I am married with 4 children aged between 7 and 14 and although I don't go out to work there still never seems to be enough hours in the day. I love cardmaking and do a bit of scrapbooking when I can fit it in. I have been making cards now for about 3 years although if you count cross- stitched cards it is probably more like 13 years! I have only been playing with bits of paper and stamping for about 3 though.

White Christmas

Managed to photograph my card finally although the weather is so grim I am not sure it is much lighter than last night! Very dark and wet here today!
The Papertake Weekly Challenge was to make a card predominantly white, although an accent colour or 2 were okay.

Supplies: White and black cardstock, Angel stamp by Panduro, flourish stamp by Basic Grey 'winterland' set, ribbon was a freebie from a magazine, mulberry flower from stash, pin from haberdashery, beads from a child's jewellery making set, tiny half pearl things from my daughter's old Fashion Polly set.

Tuesday 4 December 2007

I won!

Yey, I won the Papertake Weekly Challenge for my 3 Reindeers card, I am ecstatic! This is the first time one of my cards has won a competition, I had even forgotten it was a competition when I loaded up my card so it was a lovely surprise! Thanks to those of you who have already congratulated me, I think you knew before I did! Also, special thanks go to the Papertake Weekly design team who chose my card!
I have just finished my card for this weeks challenge which is White Christmas, to make a christmas card with lots of white. It is so dark here already that I don't want to photograph it yet so will post it tomorrow morning!

Monday 3 December 2007


I have been tagged by the very talented paperbabe Kim, pop over and look at her blog, not only does she make fabulous cards but you should see her drawing!
I have done this before so I shall keep it short and sweet!

the rules:
-Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
-Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
-Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
-Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I make every greeting card I send, I haven't bought a card for at least 2 years!
2. I love mountains, just as well living amongst them.
3. My first crafting was making tiny clothes for my dolls with scraps of material and lace.
4. My fave christmas song is The Pogues and Kirsty McColl's Fairytale in New York.
5. I love Christmas and my tree is already up.
6. My fave way to relax at night is to curl up infront of a log fire.
7. I love silence and often sit and craft in complete silence.

I will bend the rules as I have already tagged people for this one but please let me know if you haven't done this one yet and I will tag you!

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The DCM dare this week was:

This week its Rhi here to Dare you... and the theme is to do with our feathered friends!(Are you remembering to feed them now it's chilly out)Robins, love birds, cartoon birds, stamped birds, paper pieced birds, dingbat birds. Its up to you. I dare you to make a card with a bird or birds on, it doesn't have to be a real species, the more weird and wonderful the better!

My bird is tiny but I wanted another excuse to use this stamp which is one of my favourites this year!
Supplies:white and burgundy cardstock, Basic Grey clear stamps Winterland', Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper, Versacolor inkpads in green, pinecone and burgundy, organza ribbon from stash.

Sunday 2 December 2007

Gingerbread people

It was my friend's birthday yesterday so I made this card for her. She bakes the most delicious cakes and her gingerbread people are the best I have ever tried so this paper from Love Elsie Noel range was so perfect for her card!
We have had a great but very busy weekend, had a retirement party on friday to go to for our wee one's teacher and we were all out last night til late too so the kids are all having a lie in, it is so lovely and peaceful here this morning!

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, People handdrawn and cut from Bazzill, Love Elsie Noel patterned papers- measuring cup and quilted, Doodlebug tiny bloom, Dovecraft brads, freebie rub-on, ribbon from stash.