Friday, 30 October 2009

Ol' Nick

Oh dear, October is going fast. The leaves are falling quickly now. The forecast for Sunday is stormy winds and pouring rain, so that will be the last of the fall colors. Sigh...
I 've been making 2 similar cards this week. Christmas cards again. I think they have come out really nice.
A lot of effort went into them. 5 layers of card on Ol' Nick. I 've outdone myself.

Supplies: 2 different white card sizes, plain card from craft supply and Papermania, patterned card from My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas bought at The Range, Cricut Christmas Cartridge for Santa, Doodlebug Sugar Coating and Velvet Flock, Copics, Sakura glitter gel pens, Tim Holz Distress ink Tattered Rose and Tea Dye, Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, ribbon from Joy! Crafts, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Liquid Applique from Marvy Uchida.
So chuffed when I found the Apllique in the Market Gallery, they only had 2 bottles. I had seen its usage on Linda's Works of Heart blog and I so wanted to buy it, but couldn't find it in the UK.

Be sure to check out those 2 shops if your after a bargain or something special if you live in the UK. You might not always be lucky, but sometimes it's a deal.
A closer look:

And some detail:

Shimmery shine, I wish you all a merry weekend.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Glittered Baubles

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. I just finished another Christmas card. A lot of stamping and cutting came into this one. I was almost going to give up on those fiddly hooks...

Supplies: Basic Grey Wassail paper and stamp set, ink by Tsukineko Brilliance and Versamagic, Copics, Making Memories brad, Glitz It glitter, Cricut Expression and Christmas cart for the sentiment cut in 1", FaLaLa ribbon from Making Memories, olive vine Glimmer Mist, Cuttlebug bubble folder, cream card and snowflake sequin from stash.

Just a close up view of all the glitter. Yum!
Thanks for looking and I wish you all a good week. Last one of October and almost Halloween...

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Tea for u - teabag holders

I like to share my next project with you. I 'm making some gift bags to put little teabags in.
The gift bag is cut with the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Supplies: Papermania cardstock, K&Co Cut N'Paste paper, JustRite Monogram stampset, Versamagic embossing pad, Artemio gold embossing powder, Paperchase organza ribbon, vintage blue button, 99p store button covered in embossing powder, twine from craft supply, paper distresser.

A close up on the embossed detail. The circles have also been cut with the Cricut, as my punches come in half an inch increments, what would have been to big for the little tag.

6 Reindeer cards

I managed to finish these last 3 cards last night, although it was after midnight. I was almost going to give up, because I was too tired. I 'm glad I didn't. Today I 've started somrthing else. I 'm using the Basic Grey bauble stamps from Wassail...

I used Doodlebug Kaleidoscope paper and ribbon from Hobbycraft. All other supplies are the same as before.

On the final card I decided to tie the ribbon. I 'm quite pleased with myself. More Christmas cards for my stash. They'll be going to friends and colleagues. I want to give our patients something too, but I'm not sure if I can have 77 cards ready by Christmas...

Friday, 23 October 2009

Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen


I found some time to finish some Christmas cards I started last night.
Thanks to Regina from BBTB, I picked up the Christmas cart from Cricut again. I got it last Christmas togheter with the Expression, but obviously too late to make seasonal cards.
So it is the first time I 'm cutting these cute reindeers.
I also used the A Merry Little Christmas set from JustRite. I found the set in Belgium when I went to pick up my mom. They sell them in Pipoos, but only do the round 1 5/8 " wooden stamper.
Shame, but at least they have them. Can't find them in the UK.

Supplies: DCWV the Christmas Glitter Matstack and Text Prints the Paper Stack, Christmas cartridge from Cricut, stamps from Just Rite, ink from Tsukineko, brads from Making Memories, Woodware punches, leaf and berry sequins from Guttermann, snow sequin and red ribbon from craft supply, white gel pen from Sakura.

These cards are easy to make, it just requires a bit of patience for punching and layering.
I 've got 3 more reindeers and sentiments ready, but I 've run out of the text paper. So I might be using some Wassail paper or something from K&Co.

Or I might keep the reindeers and use them for a Christmas layout. We'll see..
Thanks for looking, got to go, working tonight...

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Forest fruits

Hi there,

I finally got to uploading some of my scrapbook layouts. This is the very last one I did. We had spent a Saturday in August out in the New Forest. We were at the Rufus Stone and it was a very hot day. Part of our walk took us through open heath land rather than the shady forest. At least we had a better summer this year as the last 2 haven't been great at all.

I am over the moon. My DH came home during his lunchbreak with a gift for me. They had asked him to re-arrange and tidy up the reception and he could take another Bisley 15-drawers  cupboard for me. I don't care it's a bit ruffled and grey, suits me just fine for all my craft stuff. I've got now 2 standing next to each other and I've stacked Ikea wooden boxes on them that hold my stamps. Finally a space for everything. Yipee!

I used Boxer paper from Basic Grey and ledger paper from Making Memories. Some rub-ons from Boxer and ribbon from FaLaLa. The creme cardstock is from DCWV.

The stickers are also from Boxer and just a few bling stars, heart and dots from my craft supply. I use the Canon Selphy to print my photos and this gives me the option to create journaling spots.
Hope you like it, thanks for looking.

The Creepy Inn

I'm playing along with the Bitten By the Bug challenge. I must say that this was a hard one for me. How do you fit the sign in? 
I made mine into a Halloween card. It actually gave me an excuse to use the new Eerie paper from Basic Grey.

Supplies: Orange paper fro DCWV Spring glitter stack, Eerie from BG, cardstock from craft supply, Doodlebug bonbon mini rub-ons, swirl stamp from G Studio, purple glitter from Doodlebug Sugar Coating, black Distress embossing powder from Ranger used over 3D Gloss and heated to make it bubble, Olive Vine Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, Glitz It Sparkles for the eyes, Tsukineko ink black and jumbo java, paperdistresser, Cricut Christmas and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges.
A close-up look where you can see Mr. Spider creeping in through the window and he's dressed up like a real fella in his glam jacket.
Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Birthday Girl

It's been awfully long, I know. I 've been so busy at work, getting ready for the health and safety audit... But congrats to us, our clinic passed with the highest score of the region; 96.8%. Well done all you nurses! Full steam ahead for next year! Told you we would come on top, Terry!
Quickly posting a birthday card I made for my sister, she'll be 38 tomorrow. Hope you don't mind me telling, Caj. Lots of love and many more to come, dear sister of mine.
Supplies: Doodlebug Birthday Girl Ring Toss, Orange card from DCWV Spring stack, Copics, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Cricut Doodlecharms and Storybook cartridges, Hobbycraft ribbon, black Identi-pen, flower brad from Making Memories.

Inside of the card: the little present will hold a gift card.

Thanks for looking. Will be uploading some scrapbook pages I 've made and I'm in the middle of making a mini book for the DH about his music and guitars. So more to come, hopefully soon.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Wing it!

Here 's another little card (5x5") I made
with some of the leftover goodies from the scrapbook.
I really like these Wild Saffron papers and they are very good for autumn.
I again used the turkey from the Stretch Your Imagination cart,
but this time in its normal look and now he 's running for his life...

I 'm still trying to find out where I bought the leaf punch.
 I 've had it for many years and it doesn't even have a brand name on it.
I won't give any further explanation on the supplies, because most of them I used in the mini scrapbook.The exception is that this time I used some bits and pieces of the chipboard to pop-up the design, rather than foam or dimensionals.
Just trying not to waste...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Mini Holiday scrapbook

Hello again.
I know it's been a while since I 've posted, but I 've had a nice holiday with my mum and the DH (and he's been a real sweetie...) Yesterday we drove mum all the way back to Belgium and returned the same day -had to miss one nights' sleep-, but a least she's safe.
I promised to share some of the scrapbooking I am doing. Although I've been scrapping 12x12 for a while, I feel only now I'm really getting into it. This year I 've made 4 mini books and this is the one I did for mum to take home as a memory of her holiday with us.

Supplies: 6x6" chipboard, K&Co Wild Saffron designer paper, tag pad, fabric brads, embossed stickers, self adhesive paper ribbon and chipboard alphabet. DecoArt metallics festive green paint, flowers from Prima, Petaloo Flora Doodles and American Crafts, lace from John Lewis, leaf punch and Martha Stewart border punches, acetate page, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook and Storybook cartridges, twine, distress ink and VersaMagic ink by Ranger, Sakura marker, Copic Ciao, Basic Grey files assortment, rub-ons from Three bugs in a rug and Royal & Langnickel, Cropadile and eyelets from We R Memory Keepers, bookrings, vinyl stickers by Papermania.

2nd - 3rd page

3rd - 4th page

Both pages have tags with additional pictures to pull out.

Page 5 - 6:
Page 5 with a journaling tag and page 6 acetate overlay cut with the Cricut. Just added a calendar from the Selphy photo printer.

A picture of my mum in Bath on the other side of the overlay and an accent tag for the robbin on the other page.

7th - 8th page:
A journaling tag about the little robbin and some mini photos with a popped-up picture of robin.

Page 8 and 9 are the final pages with a pocket to hold extra pictures and a journaling tag with a message to my mum.

A close-up of how I hold the extra pictures together. I also added some mini tags with some reminders of the places and dates we 've been.
My mum loves her little book and I enjoyed making it. Hope you like it too, thanks for looking.