Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bunny Christmas

I've recently got my hands on the latest Simon Says Stamps Winter Jubilee kit and I needed to make at least one card especially since it has the cutest papers ever. Including this sweet bunny one which cried out to used in the Simon Says Stamps Holiday Frame.
I've used the Simon Says Stamps Lots of Snowflakes stamp set with some hologram embossing powders, I always careful when using hologram powders if you over cook it, it looks pants!
You can see I cut out the frame a couple of times to help the Merry stand out. The snowflake sequins came in the kit but the silver thread is some I found hidden in my ribbon box. I have enough of the bunny scene to make another and I do believe that someone may have brought the paper pad anyway.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
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Now in hindsight I should have got Floral but I got Essential which has the facial colours in so that one really was essential but then I got Nature which was lots of greens. Still as you can see I did manage some pinks and blues out of the sets I had.
Perhaps I should explain that these are pencils and since thats my choice of colouring medium it was interesting to see how they compared. Spectrum Noir also makes the paper stubs which I used but they also  sent me some of their blending solution and I have to confess I forgot to use.
My cute image from Penny Black cling stamp called Flower Girl, she made a nice break from the panic making of Christmas Cards.
The flowers are My Favourite Things Upsy Daisy dies with Memory Box Tender leaves and the white picket fence is again from My Favourite Things. The pinky flowers spray is a Simon Says Stamps die called Meadow Rue  and the fabulous papers are Authentique Radiant pack.
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My niece took this picture while her other half was hunting for his keys this must happen a lot. But she got this fabulous picture of her little mischief maker. This is about a year ago because the last I heard about him was he was helping his Grandma in her garden.
The papers are some leftovers and didn't have whole page of any of the papers. Unusual for me is the black background but it really helps the red pop.
This layout is wk 40 and its wk44 so still a few behind but it having discovered I still have 30 odd Christmas cards to make I think all my creativity will be diverted to that.
Back at 1pm due to the clocks going back here in the UK.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Here's one of the card I made at the weekend for the new Everybody Art Challenge for Stars, that went the CAS way.
First the image is a freebie from a couple of years ago which I love and have to use it for Christmas cards at least once. Before I layered her though I used the Simon Says Stamp Stars and Dots stencil with Dreamweaver glossy white paste. I sprinkled glamour dust before I lifted the stencil but I feel that was wrong and that I should have sprinkled the dust after I lifted but it worked anyway.
Although it doesn't look it I used the Spellbinders Curved border die to make the snow layers but I used some stickles to highlight the drifts and to stop the image looking like it floating. The star is Memory box and with a bit of help from double sided tape I added some glamour dust on that too.
Once layered onto coloured card I couldn't bring myself to decorate the outside.

I'm debating whether to just photo my cards crooked instead of struggle for straight cards which is why I added the card at a jaunty angle but it looks a straight card I photo crooked!
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Monday, October 27, 2014


Maurie Manning recently sent a image for us to try out, its lines were softer but the image looked a bit fuzzy. But when it was coloured the end result look adorable and I was really pleased with the end result.
So much so I made it into a card and was so happy when Mo put him in the shop and you will find him called Hush such a perfect name, it also meant I could show the sweet card I made for him. I'm calling him a him but he would work just as well in pink for a baby girl.
The sketch is Friday Sketch Challenge but I made a small card and was limited for embellishment but thought just the hearts and Baby Boy sentiment would work not forgetting a bit of ribbon.
I've recently had a count up of Christmas Cards and it looks like I still have 30 to go wasn't expecting that many and I like my cards done for when we visit MIL at the beginning of December, so I need to get down and make them asap.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Holiday Frame

I've had the Holiday Frames from Simon Says Stamp for a few and I've been wanting to use it but other things kept getting in the way. But I saw this weeks Freshly Made Sketch I thought this would work.
Since I wanted to make a little scene inside the frame I cut out another Merry with double sided tape on the back so all I had to do was to cut the bottom and attached on top of the existing Merry. You may notice that I added the waste inside the letters R and A thats a bit of me that doesn't like the empty space where is should be.
I'm wondering now if the little houses die that Simon Says Stamps are smaller than the Memory Box one I've used cos I reckon they may work a bit better. My snow is using the curvy die from Spellbinders.
Last of all my snowflake another Simon Says Stamps Abby Snowflake die, again I added double sided tape to the back and layered them together to help it pop.
Had a successful day yesterday and four cards made admittingly a couple have gone down the CAS route but I actually like them!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

White on White with a touch of Red

I've been awake for ages thanks to someone checking their tyres pressure with their very noisy engine running. Then my PC has turned into a man and doesn't want to multi task and then when it does start to work he takes ages to do anything.
Back to my card yes I promise to put the Simon says Stamp poinsettia parade and the Penny Black Holly dies away for a few days anyway. I've also used the large die from Penny Black for the background which is far too busy for my sentiment. I did put tape behind the words to make it a double layer but the lady who was card making at the retreat her words about 3 layering words on white on white to stand out keeps echoing in my head.
The sketch is vaguely Mojo Monday but for some strange reason instead of using the full card I cut it down for the mat across the middle which that meant my panel overlapped. Obviously had a moment, having plenty of those at the moment.

I thought I would photo the sentiment to show how pretty it is but those words are still haunting me. Today I have to make some DT cards, the images are all coloured and waiting to be made. Fingers crossed I get them all done today so I can make whatever I fancy.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Christmas Rose

Yes I know it another CAS card but I'm down to a few drafts having  made only one card all week but I'm hoping that will change today but we will see.
The stamp is from Stampin Up but instead of colouring the petals with white pencil I've cut them out of thin white card.
Sentiment is from LOTV but it was because it was on my desk and handy at the time.
Not much else I can say about my card, off to swimming later must try to remember not to over do it.