Wednesday, 7 December 2016

It's a Very Big Plaice

Hello.  Welcome.  Cheery Lynn are looking for Sparkle and Shine and CASology want Space.  And despite the fact that prime time Norwegian TV is showing loads of women baking christmas cookies, I just don't seem to be finding the jingle tonight.......

I love the subtle pattern on the background paper and I have cut Cheery Lynn's Koi from gold metal foil and red glitter card.  Little fish, big sea.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 243 - Sparkle and Shine
CASology Week 227 - Space

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Shaker Card Gremlins

Hello.  Welcome. The Marianne Design Challenge is a wintery card.  I decided to keep it bright and use a robin and some winter greenery and make a shaker card.  I like shaker cards.  I always have such a beautiful picture in my head of how it's going to turn out.  In reality, there are always way more challenges that you would possibly imagine.  

Some people seem to just throw shaker cards together.  I am not one of those people.  Today I managed to explode a large tub of glitter,  a really large tub of glitter, in my craft room!  I couldn't get the lid off, and then the sprinkle dingsen jammed, and the lid fell off!!  Then, when I tried to put it back on, the container split, in a dramatic dump all that glitter on the floor sort of way.  I was proud of myself.  I didn't shout or swear.  I did look at it in disbelief that the shaker card gremlins had managed to strike again.  And then I discovered, that while I was on holiday, my dustbuster had lost all it's charge and that large pile of glitter attached itself to my socks and the cats paws and now the house is looking amazingly festive.   Hey ho, ho ho ho..........

So here's my card.  I like it.  I will deal with the escaped glitter later....

I used Marianne dies.  The star wreath die is LR0126 and the pine branch is from the same set cut from two shades of green.  I used dies COL1301 to construct the robin.  

I used wood effect paper and funky foam behind to make the shaker.  I cut the foam with circle dies from CR1331 and added some glitter.  Just noticed it looks like robin is safe and warm in his box and it's snowing outside LOL. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to scoop some glitter....  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Marianne Design Challenge 166 - Een winterse kaart
Marianne Design Divas Challenge 11 - Anything Goes
Scrappegarasjen Desember Lift 1 
Scrappelyst Grublis for November - CAS
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday November 2016 - Dies 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Happy Christmas Marianne

Click here for the CCC November Reveal

Hello.  Welcome.  You may have heard of a company called Marianne Designs.  They have a lovely and extensive range of stamps, dies, papers and much more.   Marianne sponsors many challenges and her DT have challenged us to make a christmas card for Marianne and send it to her in Holland.  So here is my card, using Marianne Design dies of course.

I kept it clean and simple and used the lift from Scrappegarasjen challenge. 

Here's a close up of my bauble.  I used red metallic card and silver glitter card.  I cut the bauble and the star border embellishments using die LR0126.  The top of the bauble is cut using die CR1222.  This is actually a Leaning Tower of Pisa die cut, but I thought the very top of the tower would make a great bauble hanger.  Then I cut some red flowers using die CR1323 and added some rhinestones.  The metal copper snowflake is from Korthobby.  A piece of silver thread and I edged the card with Barn Door distress ink.  Merry Christmas Marianne.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Marianne Design - A Card For Marianne
Marianne Design Divas Challenge 11 - Anything Goes
Scrappegarasjen Desember Lift 1
Korthobby Utfordringen - Jul 
Scrappelyst Grublis for November - CAS
Dies R Us Challenge 62 - Christmas

CCC November Card

Hello.  Welcome.  Just wanted to share the card I sent to Lorraine in England for the November Card Chain Challenge.  The full reveal can be seen below this post.  

I was on holiday when I made this so this is desert island crafting.  I used black and white patterned paper for the background panel and also for the circular scribble shapes which I cut out and added to the card.  The owls are some preprinted vellum cutouts.  Aren't they cute?!  I backed them with white card to make them less transparent.  

This was the lasts CCC for 2016.  Hope to be back with more global exchanges next year.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Card Chain Challenge November Reveal

Hello.  Welcome.  This is the reveal post for the November Card Chain challenge.   This month 23 lovely ladies have exchanged cards around the globe.  This month we were using at least one of the following options, but it's OK to include all of them if you like LOL:

Color Palette:


Themes:  Landscapes / Christmas / Friendship

Products:  Felt / Fabric

Here are the cards that were sent..........

Joyce in Pennsylvania sent Anita in Norway

Anita in Norway sent Sara in Missouri

Sara in Missouri sent Linda in Michigan 

Linda in Michigan sent Marga in Spain 

Photo coming soon

Marga in Spain sent Robyn Oliver in Australia 

Robyn Oliver in Australia sent Jerrie in Wisconsin

Jerrie in Wisconsin sent Greta in Oregon 

Greta in Oregon sent Asha in Portugal 

Asha in Portugal sent Denise in California

Denise in California sent Helen G. in Ohio 

Helen G. in Ohio sent Gail in Norway 

Gail in Norway sent Lorraine in England

Lorraine in England sent Jane in Great Britain 

Jane in Great Britain sent Deborah in Indiana 

Photo coming soon

Jo in England sent Agata in Switzerland 

Agata in Switzerland sent Mrs. A in England 

Photo coming soon

Mrs. A in England sent Lucille in Colorado 

Lucille in Colorado sent Jo in England 

Photo coming soon

Jo in England sent Dawn in New Zealand 

Dawn in New Zealand sent Judy I. in Florida 

Judy I. in Florida sent Sabrina in California 

Sabrina in California sent Nat in Canada 

Nat in Canada sent Joyce in Pennsylvania 

Photo coming soon

And that brings us full circle.
A big cheer for all the lovely ladies for sharing their artistic talents and also doing a little bit towards improving global good will. 
And if you got this far........  A little candy for one of the lovely ladies who sent cards that were received by the last day of the month.  Mr Random chose one lucky lady for November and that was

Here's the surprize

Congrats Jo.  Email me your address and I'll get it in the post ASAP.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

W H O' S   B E E N   P L A Y I N G
(If you're reading this and have never participated, please consider doing so. And if you see that your country or state has never been represented, you are honor-bound to sign up and show that y'all are friendly and interested in building global peace - and your stamp collection - one card at a time!)
As of June, 2016, we've exchanged over 2,065 cards in this little jaunt - most of which were made by regular participants. And where do they come from? Read on....
Past participants have hailed from: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain (aka: England), Greece, Holland (aka: The Netherlands), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya,  Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa. (We only need to get some countries that begin with L, O, Q, R, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z to keep up with our alphabet list! We have 161 countries to go before we have total global participation!!!
As for the USA, past participants include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. We're still missing: Connecticut, South Dakota, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge ("CCC") this is an event where everybody wins. Basically, you make a card for the person above you on the chain and you receive a card from the person below you on the chain. It's a personalized swap, sort of, and it's a ton of fun! Go here for past Chains.
Read the Revised Guidelines & FAQ's (revised August 30, 2015).

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Maybe This One

Hello.  Welcome.  Maybe this one is the one.  My main problem is I really hate to make more than one.  But I quite like this one, and now I have ironed out the design details it will be a pretty quick make.  It has potential......

I used Tim Holtz Mixed Media die and cut a gold stardream and a white card layer and mounted on a red foil base card.  The tree is Memory Box's Frosted Christmas Tree cut from green metal and embossed.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Memory Box Challenge 19 - Marvelous Metallics
Scrappelyst Grublis for November - CAS
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O Christmas Tree
Dies R Us Challenge 62 - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Dies

Friday, 2 December 2016

I Can't Believe It's Almost Christmas

Hello.  Welcome.  How did we get to December already??  I think I am living outside of time and just dip in now and again and wonder where those few days, weeks or months have gone.  Still trying to find my feet after a couple of weeks away and people keep mentioning Christmas and I am so not there.  So here's a non-christmas project.

I was inspired by Stamplorations sketch, Always Use Rubber want things with wings, Scrappelyst want CAS, and I needed a thank you card so........

This is Lost Coast's Whimsical Flora stamped on patterned paper and fussy cut.  I cut a piece of red card using Stamplorations Stitched Hills die and the thanks is a Hero Arts stamp.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
AUR Challenge 4 - Things With Wings
Stamplorations December Challenge - Sketch
Scrappelyst Grublis for November - CAS
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamplorations CAS Challenge December