Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fa La La La


I'm far behind on my Christmas cards which is why my chose of Mo Image is a Christmas one lately. This chap is sooo cute and has to be used at least once, he's called Fa La La La.

Also because I'm behind my cards are pretty simple like this one. I made a frame using Simon says Stamp Stitched Frames, last years Christmas papers I'm guessing Echo Park. To finish Martha Stewart Holly Punch and Simon says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas.

Really short post mainly because I suffering from the lurgy, much to my hubby's glee I've lost my voice till about 11am so he gets some peace first thing in the morning.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanks

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us last week and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is Thanksgiving/Thanks
We are showcasing Hero Arts this week, which just so happens to be Simon says Stamp Brand of the Month. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the challenge Blog. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


This is my second card for this challenge I didn't like what I made and now I've made the card monochrome I like it much better.

I used the Hero Arts From the Vault Bugs as you see there are some pretty butterflies in the set. I decided to use the Simon says Stamp Quilted Hearts Background stamp because I find it not too busy it would hide the butterflies.

I often forget I've got the SSS Dot Scallop Border die does make a simple card look more interesting, I've covered the dots since it worked better when trimming the pattern paper to fit ontop. To finish I used the Bold Thanks from Simon says Stamp


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25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi all and welcome to the start of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event hosted by the fabulous Tracey McNeeley aka In My Creative Opinion ! This is the 9th year that Tracey has hosted this event and Simon Says Stamp is thrilled to be joining in with Day 11!


Each day up to November 28th there will be a different company sponsoring with fabulous crafty give aways and prizes to be won PLUS the company design teams will be joining in with lots of gorgeous Christmas Tags for our inspiration!


By joining in with the event YOU could win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp! How awesome is that! ;-) 




I'm a firm believer that tags should be quick and easy and I decided to go for a white tag with a pop of red.

It also gave me another reason to use the Simon says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings, I used the same sentiment for both of them but there are other suitable for a tag.

I used the bow from Simon says Stamp Candy Cane die but you need to position the sentiment so the bow tails fit all you will have to do what I had to and snip them off.

My Christmas floral spray was using SSS Poinsettia Parade and Christmas Foliage with some red gems.

Nearly forgot the actual tag is Stitched Dressed Tag.

 CLICK HERE  to visit Tracey's blog where there is more information about how you can win the fabulous prizes on offer!

If you upload your creations onto instagram please use the hashtag  #25DaysofTags2019






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There are lots of ways to win prizes and it is a little long winded so I am referring everyone to Tracey's blog for more info.

This is the info I received by email 


There are many ways that you can get a chance to win a prize. Prizes will be drawn from any or all of these things:
  1. Comment on the posts here each day on what you saw that inspires you.
  2. Follow the blog hop and comment along the way.
  3. Participate by creating your own tags. The rules for participating are simple, you MUST create a Christmas tag inspired by a tag you see during the event and you MUST state in your post the day and whose tag you were inspired by in order to be eligible for a prize. Enter as many tags as you like. 
  4. Don't have a blog but use Instagram? Create your project using these guidelines on your Instagram account:
  • You need to be a follower of my Instagram account INSTAGRAM
  • To win a prize you MUST create a Christmas tag inspired by a tag you see during the event and you MUST state in your post the day and the tag you were inspired by
  • So that I can find your work include the following hashtag #25daysoftags2019
  • Link up your IG tag here 

To keep  is fair for everyone, only one comment per post please. You may however create as many tags as you would like as long as you follow the rules. The more you hop along and comment and the more you participate the more chances you have of winning! The link up is only on this post (at the bottom of the page). I will keep the link up open until one week after the event is over to give you time to finish up. The contest and linky will close December ?, 2019 at 12:00 am (EST)! Prizes will be announced on December ? here on my blog.


Guidelines copied from the FB group 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS TAGS 2019 GUIDELINES 
1. Please create a Christmas Tag using products from the company that you are representing--Anything goes! 

2. At least two days prior to the date that you are guesting make sure there is a photo of your tag in the FB album that is designated for the company you are representing. Please add your name and your permalink to the comments for your photo. I will collect them there. PHOTO SIZE—Photos must be at least 800 px wide and please make sure that you leave some room for cropping. 

3. On the day you are guesting please post your tag and blog about the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event on your personal blog at 6:00 am (EST) with: • a link to the company you are representing • a link to my blog http://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.ca • display the logo found in the album Event Logo here in the Facebook Group

 Thank you so much for joining me for the 9th Annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags 


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gnome


Another new addition to my craft room Simon says Stamp Gnome die and I had to make a quick and simple card to see how well he works (be prepared I love him so much there's bound to be more).

For quicknest I used the Simon says Stamp Holiday Knit Background die, if I remember right it came quite late for last year Christmas Cards but it so quick to make a background.

All thats left it the sentiment made up from a couple from Tiny Words Christmas then cut out using the Simon says Stamp Stitched Banners.

Have you seen Debby Hughes Gnome she as used patterned paper scraps for hers and it looks brilliant.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Wisley Glow


Not my favourite scrapbook page but it does record the event and we have our tickets for this year.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Quick CAS Christmas card


I think it was last week or it could be the week before but the CAS(e) this Sketch inspired me to search out an old Hero Arts stamp with all the Christmas words. The Stags Head is a die from Newton's Nook but this one was left over from last Christmas.

To finally finish off a few Martha Stewart Holly Leaves from their punch and I have a large selection of pearls for berries.

The card below is exactly the same but with this time I use a poinsettia I made using Simon says Stamp Poinsettia Parade.


Friday, November 08, 2019

New Snowflakes


I'm pretty much a sucker for snowflakes or butterfly dies, show me a new one and I have to have it. Exactly why the Simon says Stamp Marie and Lea snowflakes dies found their way to me. And you simply have to use them. I did also use their Maryanne Snowflake for the kraft centres.

The background paper is Echo Park My Favourite Fall, most wouldn't work for Christmas but this one worked  perfect for the  back drop.

I cut the sentiment circle with Simon says Stamp Stitched Circle and used their Tiny Words Christmas and the dodgy swirls were made by me freehand.

A fairly quick card no I need a few more of the same.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Carrying Wood


I made my white paint a bit watery so my snow doesn't show as well has it should and I was dragged out to do some carpet shopping.

I refuse to go anywhere till I made my card. The image is of course a Mo Manning one called Carrying Wood and I had to have some trees on my card and the ones I used is an old Memory Box one.

I cut the image with a white border so it would help him stand out a bit but I left the white below the scarf and leg so I could use that for snow and to stamp a sentiment which is a Simon says Stamp one.

The snowflakes are cut from Glitter card using Mini Lawn Fawn Snowflake dies.

Mo's illustrated image looks like its paper pieced, I think I will definitely give that a go soon.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Thinking of You

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us last week and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is Thinking of You
We are showcasing Simon says Stamp this week, which just so happens to be Simon says Stamp Brand of the Month. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the challenge Blog. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


I decided to use another image from Simon says Stamp Fall Frenchies, I love this set I think I've covered nearly every season.

Now the sketch was CAS(e) this sketch 345 but I used the Simon says Stamp Stitched Squares with Echo Park My Favourite Fall and because they are double sided I only messed up two pages rather than four.

I used the Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain, which I coloured with some colour blending and the sentiement is from the Message for Everday stamp set.

I felt it was a bit plain so I used the Simon says Stamp Luminary Circles die set, they great for flower or Snowflake centres.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Left over from a Square


Remember last Friday's card well here's the strip that was left over when I made the card. Just as a reminder the stamp was Simon says Stamp Leaves and Berries background stamp.

I used the Falling Snow Stencil to emboss the white part of the card and once again I've used Tiny Words Christmas for my sentiment and Poinsettia Parade. Since I only need a scallop strip I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border die.
This time I added some pearls out of my stash, I found some in the Simon says Stamp Store from Honey Bee called Raw Honey.




Saturday, November 02, 2019

Lets Give Thanks


Time for a new challenge on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge, there's a Thank You Theme, gave me a chance to have a break from Christmas cards.


I've used the very apt image called Thanks but isn't she cute ( you can easily make the image a boy).

My papers are Echo Park Spring Fling and the border is a Lawn Fawn Die but can't find the name.

My Flowers are made to look like the ones the little cutie is holding and thats with an old MFT Upsy Daisy dies folded in half with the centre folded over the middle to hold it all together. The leaves are Simon says Stamp Eucalyptus die, I chose it because it's new and therefore must used at all times!




Friday, November 01, 2019

Freshly Leaves


This was the card that I ended up ripping the sentiment off well I was a bit more careful than that. I had made it with gold embossing powder but decided white would work better. The card was inspired with the Freshly Made Sketch 408. I think it could be last weeks.

I stamped the background using the Simon say Stamps Leaves and Berries Background stamp and watercoloured the leaves obviously i need practice or next time will use a watercoloured pencil I find I have better luck with them.

I had the Sunny Studios Frilly Frames Polka Dot was out on my desk so I used the scallop part and cut my background to fit hiding the dots in the scallops.  The sentiment is Tiny Words Christmas embossing with WOW white embossing powder.


This one I coloured the stripy leaves glad I didn't bother on the other cards I made looks much better when you don't. There is also a nasty mark under my Poinsettia Parade blooms and I added the mistletoe leaves from Simon says Stamp Christmas Foliage, I must get round to making a Christmas spray with them all. I used the Nuvo Simply White drops for my berries and Auburn Pearl for the poinsettia centres although I need more practicing making tiny dots. I think I will fiddle with them and change them to pearls and I'll replace the photo later when its daylight.


Here's the picture I promise with gold pearls to replace the messy gold dots. I've come to the conclusion that more practice is need to dinky dots!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Feed the Birds


I've used this chap for an everyday card but as you can see he is easily made into a Christmas one, also I noticed that you could easily colour the coat etc in pink if you wanted a more girly image.

Talking about the image its another one of Mo's called Feed the Birds and I have coloured the little bird in robin colours, well its that time a year again.

The papers are either Echo Park or Carta Bella but they old ones and I only have a few bits left. The sentiment is an old Craftwork card one that I found when I had to take some things out of a broken drawer for Hubby to fix and found them hiding there!

I cut the mini Lawn Fawn Snowflakes in foam to say me from layering.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Anything Goes

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us last week and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is Anything Goes
We are showcasing Sunny Studios this week, which just so happens to be Simon says Stamp Brand of the Month. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the challenge Blog. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


I've used the fabulous Sunny Studio Frilly Frames Polka Dots and once I added the sweet Fall Frenchie from Simon says Stamp  my card didn't really need much more not with all those dots.

I did decide that this little chap would work for Christmas so I added a sentiment that was from the stamp set called Inside Christmas Greeting personally I think they worth being on the front of the card and not just for the inside.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Christmas Trees


I'm having a bit of confidence moment, I've unpicked some crocheting because it got the better of me and my cards always seem to have something wrong or something I would change. Thats after I continue to drop things and make a mess. I'm hoping by writing it down I would realise how silly I am.

Even this card was fiddled with because I was unhappy how when I photo the sentiment doesn't look straight, its actually crooked and as soon as I took the picture I made it straight again!

The trees are a Memory Box die called Alpine Trees and I stamped the sentiment using Simon says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings.

I splattered some dark blue card with white paint, I do have the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush which I would use if I could remember where I put it!

I cut the Simon says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes with some glitter card.




Thursday, October 24, 2019

For Easton


A little boy turned two last Sunday and he had a Toy Story theme party, it helps if Mum and Dad are huge fans.

Now I can't draw so an actual Woody wasn't going to happen so I chose Mo's Sherriff for my main image. The papers are Echo Park Hello Baby its a Boy, my zigzag is a MFT die. The stars are a mixture of Simon says Stamp Holiday Shapes and MFT. Pretty much it after all he is a boy and we know how tricky those cards are.

I've counted up my Christmas cards and I find only 50% there so I really need to get my act together and do some conveyor belt crafting.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Autumn

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us last week and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is Fall/Autumn
We are showcasing Honey Bee Products this week, which just so happens to be Simon says Stamp Brand of the Month. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the challenge Blog. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


I happily made a card for the challenge and found I made one for two weeks time, no I not giving the heads up what that challenge is. Luckily I had time to make another for this week but when you see my card in two weeks time you know where the inspiration came from for this card.

I die cut my square using Simon says Stamp Stitched Squares using the HoneyBee Great Outdoors 6inch patterned paper pad. It also has a dark blue patterns so perfect for a mans card.

I then stamped my Fall Frenchie from Simon says Stamp and die cut a circle with their Stitched Circles, once in placed a layered him.



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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Snowy Chums


Yay I found a card I haven't posted, Lily of Valley Digi Stamp of Snowy Chums, this time I used a white pen for my snow. Its OK but I think I prefer white paint so I've saved a cardboard box the plan is to use that instead of all over me and the craftroom. It's not like I can do outside, all it seems doing at the moment is rain.

Papers are some old Echo Park Winter ones mainly left over bits. The sentiment is Simon says Stamp Inside Christmas Greetings. Now since my little penguin is holding mistletoe it was only right to put some mistletoe on my card. I've used an old Penny Black which I had to snip where it didn't fit on the card but it meant I could use a bit of the waste for a little bit on top of the sentiment.

I had a quiet day for my Birthday, Fridays is swimming in the morning and while good for my joints it does leave me shattered so a bit of craft spending, well it is my Birthday. I brought them from UK so if the Postman loves me should be here tomorrow or Monday.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Crochet Update


Didn't realise I havent done a crochet update for a while and since I've been recovering from the weekend retreat no cards as been made this week, no I lie I made a DT card for next weeks challenge then discovered it was the wrong challenge. ( In fact its for 3weeks time!)

First off is my Sacred Space Blanket, it turn out much larger than the Lost Garden and was pretty heavy the last rows.


I made cushion with the flower squares which are Crocodile Stitch Afghan square, what I had forgotten about was that the later rows you grabbed the top of the petal so they laid down. I made my square small so they curled up and since the wool was acylic I was prepared to heat blocking. I worked in a wool shop and seen many an item where folks had tumbled dried or ironed their garment and not ready the care instructions.



Lost my way a bit with the Life Inspired Cal that is published in the Crochet Now. I have missed out a whole square mainly because I couldn't get it to straighten. After trying several times I decided lif is too short and since I had made 4 square instead of 3 I could easily forget about it.



I've order some more wool from Wool Warehouse this time in Aran and I plan to make myself a cardigan. Its called Sunday Funday by Iron Lamb and although I made myself a cotton jumper with squares which was too small but now fits me since losing weight. I 'm not very confident in making garments so we will see. 


Meanwhile my Scrappy Blanket Square pile is growing. The pattern is the first four rows of a Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Block Pattern.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Beary Merry Christmas


There are a certain amount of Mo's Christmas Images that have to be used each year, Beary Merry Christmas is one of those.

The papers are old Echo Park winter ones, hopefully their new ones are winging their way across the atlantic from Simon says Stamp. Would really love some untradition colours like Doodle Bug did a few years back.

I printed there sentiment, it comes with the image and I made it the size to fit the old Oval punches from Stampin Up. My frill round my image mat is My Favourite Things Crochet Border, you have to snip between shape and you can join up one ends without it being obvious. There will always been one end that doesn't fit but this can be easily hidden by flower or sentiment.

I was thinking to use some snowflakes but the background is busy enough without me adding to it.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Halloween

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us last week and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is Halloween
We are showcasing My Favourite Things this week, which just so happens to be Simon says Stamp Brand of the Month. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used.
The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the challenge Blog. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


For my little Witch from the My Favourite Things Best Witches I had to make a scene. I masked off  a circle to make a moon. For my grass I used Simon says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills but I use the part that didn't have the faux stitching.

I also got my hands on the My Favourite Things Eerie Tree die and my stars were cut from glitter card with Simon says Stamp Holiday Shapes.

I've been a bit quiet the last few days been away to a Crafting Retreat, I had a great time but does leave me exhausted but I hope to be back in the craftroom today.


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