Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Anything Goes - Last challenge of 2010!

Here we are at the last Anything Goes Challenge for 2010. It's been such fun this year and I hope you have had as much as I have in trying to meet the challenges!
This week the theme is The Letter C. Now, I wonder what I can do for that letter C this week? LOL.

C is for Christmas of course! I have used the lovely gorguss girls decoupage and some lovely Making Memories papers. I am so loving my Marrianne Design dies at the moment, they are on everything! I have used the poinsettia #2, the snowflakes #1 and the star frame and garland frond on this card. I will very sad to put them away for next Christmas, sniff. Everything from Craft Den.

I have also just completed a few scrapbook pages this week, Emma in the recent snow, and visiting Father Christmas and decorating the tree. It's the third year that Emma has been able to help us with the tree and she choose another bauble this year, it's a lovely glass snowman.

I have used Basic Grey and a Bo Bunny die cut paper on the first ones and used my MD dies to decorate with trees and snowflakes, topped off with acrylic poinsettias edged with white stazon.

I dont often do a two page spread, but I wanted to use all my photos. I had to settle for using just four.

For these two I have used some old Basic Grey Dasher papers and Bo Bunny chipboard pieces from Craft Den. The letters for the titles are my trusty grungeboard Tim Holtz, inked in red and glossied or stickled.

That's probably it for me this year. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and here's to plenty more crafting in 2011!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Some final Chrissie cards

As if you haven't seen enough Christmas cards already by now!

I have been a bit AWOL this week, trying to get my final family and friends cards made and in the post and last minute shopping, so I am sorry for not really doing any blog hopping lately. Normal service will resume in January.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge # 28 All the Colours of the Rainbow and some Chrissy cards

This week on Anything Goes we have the theme 'All the Colours of the Rainbow' with the challange to use at least two.

ROYGBIV - I was not entirely sure what indigo looks like so I have used two shade of purple, I hope that counts!

Here is Emma about 18 months ago chasing bubbles with her groovy sunnies and hat on. I carried the bubble theme through using different punches to use all the colours and to make it look as though the circles are floating along the page. The white embossed paper is Bazzill and the pattered paper is Prima. The coloured paper is a mixture of Bazzill and Bo Bunny. Everything from Craft Den.

I have also been making some Christmas cards for family this week. For the first one I used a Basic Grey Jovial 6 x 6 pad, using the lovely distressed edge style which is very popular this year and which I love, it adds such texture to projects. I have copied the ATC which I made for the November Craft Den ATC Challenge as a topper, using a Crafty Individuals stamp. I tied up some buttons with embroidery thread, added some lace under one side of the topper and used various punches for the holly leaves and the snowflakes. Glossy accents and stickles complete the look. Everything except the big poinsettia from Craft Den.

The second one is more cute. I have coloured a stamp which I bought from Harrogate last year with copics and I have used Bo Bunny Winter Joy papers and labels four nesties. stickles and card candy finish it off again. Papers, stickles, copics, nesties, sentiment and card candy from Craft Den.

Monday, December 6, 2010

finally took some photos!

Here are the last two projects I did at Craft Den over the past few weeks, which I have forgotten to photograph every day. Having to take pictures is the hardest thing about blogging, lol.

This little gift box we made a few weeks back and I have made more since to put little gifts into for my family this year. I just loved the colours that Lynne chose for us and as I had lots of the Bo Bunny Winter Joy papers left, I have made more of the same colour scheme.

Also last week, just before the big freeze, we had a lovely class with Jill teaching us how to make a Christmas wreath. It was not at all how I expected and sooo much fun. I have never done anything like this before and really enjoyed it. Fortunately in a way only two of us made it and so we finished quite quickly as the snow was coming down in earnest. Luckily we all got home in one piece, although I learned that Jill had to walk home to Worrall. Maybe we are a bit mad coming to craft class with a blizzard due!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas banner

I have made a christmas banner for the dining room this year as this room never gets decorated. I cut the purple card with a scalloped oval nestie and Bo Bunny Winter Joy papers with a smaller plain oval nestie. I have then spelt out Happy Christmas with Tim Holtz grungeboard letters, which I have inked and covered in glossy accents, and decorated with some lovely Nitwits toppers, Petaloo gem flowers and lots of stickles. I then sandwiched purple ribbon between the purple scalloped ovals to make a hanging. Sorry about all the photos, I tried to photograph it whole but it is too big to fit in the photo!

Visit Craft Den for the goodies!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How funny..

I have been decorating a wooden advent calendar for Emma since August this year, and as usual I am right up to the wire and only finished it last night just in time for the first choccy this morning, and... Chanelle has been doing exactly the same thing, same box, same blackberry croco paint and gold paint underneath, same paper for the door numbers and she also started in August LOL, what a coincidence! Great crafters think alike, lol.

Here it is with just gold dabber on it

Mine is somewhat different as I could not find where on this planet I had safely stored the paper for the door numbers until Tuesday night so it was all finished in a bit of a rush and not at all as I had planned. In fact I have not really tidied up the croco paint on the doors yet, but Emma doesn't mind. In fact I am not sure she really has looked at it at all yet, she was more intent on the promise of chocolate for finding door number 1, which is quite right for a 4 year old. She'll have time to be bored by mummy about how many hours it took to do when she's older, lol! I might re-do it in time for next year when I have given myself time to plan it correctly, but you're right, probably I won't!

Check out Chanelle's really lovely version. She has been very careful and only croco'd the doors , which looks lovely, (unlike me, I just lathered it on!) and made some really fabbo shrink plastic Magnolia Tilda's as decoration. Love it.

I have loads to blog, gift boxes we did at Craft Den last week and I have made 7 more, a Christmas banner I have made, a bits and pieces tray I have finished which cost me 50p at a car boot and of course the lovely Christmas wreath made last night. I just need to remember to take photos. I'll also come back with the completed snowmen. We started two today but Emma was eventually more interested in walking around the garden in the deepest snow possible. She has had two changes of clothes today. Snowmen finishing is daddy's job tomorrow!

Just a bit of snow!

Well after walking home from Craft Den last night in the snow, even I won't be attempting that today. Nursery is closed so I have Emma and a day off work and Dan has gone off to work dressed like Scott of the Antarctic! He may be back soon, we're not sure if the trams are running on this side of Sheffield at the moment.

Here is the view from my front window and back door. The cats have had a shock this morning, it's deeper then them. Poppy tried to aquaplane over the top! More photos to come when Emma and I have built the world's biggest snowman (well big for her anyway!)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge # 27 'Congratulations' and a go at a man's card!

Here we are again, week 27 on Anything Goes. Lots of great entries last week for Animals, I have not finished getting round them all yet.

This week the theme is 'Congratulations'. Dan's cousin has just had a baby girl and I was planning a card for her so this theme came in handy!

I have used a Sugar Nellie image and the lovely Prima papers from Craft Den, my old faithful nesties for the frame and some sequin waste underneath. I double tied some coordinating ribbon round the paper and added some blingy bits of course. MS punch for the butterflies. Everything from Craft den except the buttons from stash.

I also made an attempt at a man's card this week for my uncle. I used some graphic 45 paper, a Tim Holtz embossing folder, Paper Artsy bird die and a Maya Road flourish, painted in gold dabber paint, with a Tim adage ticket. I don't normally do grungy, but I am quite pleased with this, I hope my uncle likes it. Everything from Craft Den of course!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #26 - Animals

The theme at Anything Goes Challenge Blog this week is 'Animals'.

I have made a page of my cat George, sitting and looking pathetic by his food bowl. I scraplifted the idea for this layout from a lovely layout posted on Tracey Jackson's Running with Scissors blog recently. She makes some lovely things. I thought the bubble shapes were perfect to put George's thoughts into. It reads: 'Please feed me, I am wasting away!' George weighs around 17lb and is in no danger of wasting away anywhere. He is very greedy, hence the begging by the bowl and he is very lazy and doesn't really move very often, except for when I walk in the direction of the kitchen and then he is up and running to his bowl. In fact this last week, he has had trouble getting through the catflap and I've had to set up a litter tray in the kitchen. I am hoping that if he can't get out, then he's not visting any other catflap resturants for a while and he might shift some weight. Otherwise its a gastric band and liposuction! Or being made into a pair of slippers as Dan threatens! He loves him really.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Craft Den November ATC Challenge

The theme this month for the Craft Den ATC challenge is 'Let it Snow'. I have made a little image with some Basic Grey christmas papers and a lovely craft individuals stamp. I gave her a quick colour wash with copics, I didnt want her to look very precise, and added glossy accents to the poinsettia and her hat and boots.

I am really struggling with taking good photos now as the light is so rubbish so I hope you can see her. There is a strip of lace down the right hand side, which is not very easy to see. The tiny snowflakes I punched with a free punch which came with one of the card making magazines this month, I cant remember which one. I added a dot of viva pearl pen to the centres.

Everyhing at Craft Den. Hope you can join our swop this month!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have I been scrapbooking, or what?...

Well yes I have.. I have been a busy bunny and have completed 5 scrapbook pages this week! I have been on a roll (actually 6 but one is for the next AG challenge this Tuesday!).

I hope you like them, I had serious fun this week making them, AND the house is clean, LOL!!!

This is Emma and one of her famous grumpy faces. I love my dad's face, he is finding it very amusing. I completed this at the lovely crop we had at Craft Den on Thursday night. The papers are Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice. The very big flower is a gigantic punch which Lynne has just got in, in the retro flower range, love it!.

Here is Emma playing with Dan's headphones this summer. The papers are Bo Bunny Olivia. I have used Tim Holtz tattered rose Sizzix die for the flowers, which is fab. and some bling of course!

This is Emma in her 'grandad jumper' as we called it pulling funny faces. She's about a year old here and soo cute. The papers are Bo Bunny Peacock something, can't remember exactly. Can you see a theme here, lol! The butterflies are from a craft fair about 2 years ago so its about time I used some and the colours matched beautifully here.

'A Grumpy, Little Fairy' is the title of this one. Can you also see a theme concerning Emma's facial expressions? Lol, she is a one. These are Basic Grey papers (phew not Bo Bunny this time) Jovial range and they are just devine. The mega punch has come out again for this page!

Last but not least this is Emma at about 18 months playing with my mum's cat in the garden. These are Prima papers and they are soo lovely. Lynne has some new ones in last week. I have used the mega punch again and a sizzix die I got in their sale last year which I love as the huge leaves in this page.

Everything from Craft Den as usual!

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #25 - Let it Snow

Another week in Anything Goes land and this week it is 'Let it Snow'. We had 140 entries for our theme of 'Emboss it' as of 2 minutes ago which is very lovely.

I have done another scrapbook page for my entry this week. What with one thing and another, I have not been to scrapbooking at Craft Den for ages and I have this major urge to fill my house with layouts. It will pass but I'll be busy scrapbooking in the meantime!

Here is the lovely Em, playing in the snow last Jan and the sign I bought for her to go in the garden just to make sure that 'you know who' didn't miss her at Christmas. It was quite easy when she was much smaller, she had no concept of Christmas, never mind Father Christmas. Now we have to make sure he visits and he knows what she wants. She is very worried about how he will come down the chimney. We just tell her that he is magic, which all 4 year olds accept without question. The threat that he is watching and she has to be good is also quite handy!

I have used the new Magnolia papers just in at Craft Den and Bo Bunny Winter Joy paper. I created the edge by simply cutting along the criss cross pattern and punching a hole with my crop-o-dile. The snowflakes are cut from glittercard using a new MD die, again from CD this week. I love it, the snowflakes are just yummy. I finished it with some textured and starry ribbon and some letters from stash covered in stickles. Everything from Craft Den, except the letters.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #24 - Emboss it and a wet pumpkin

Here is week 24 again on Anything Goes Challenge Blog. I am extremely late this week as I had to go away for work, but better late than never.

The theme this week is 'Emboss it!' I visited Lynne this afternoon to get my mojo back and I really enjoyed doing the page so I think it worked!!

I have done a scrapbook layout of you know who. The patterned paper is Magnolia. The big stars are wooden shapes dabbed with silver range dabbers and then embossed with a silver and white glitter embossing powder. The small stars are cut from mirri card with a sizzix die and then embossed (the pink ones) and debossed (the silver ones) with cuttlebug embossing folders and the title is made using Tim Holtz embossed grungeboard letters, bought from Craft Den this very afternoon. (I have three packs now, every time Lynne puts them on offer I buy them. I love them!)

I have put a bit of pearlescent pink/white sequin waste underneath the photos to add a final depth.

The paper, wooden stars, embossing folders, dew drop ink, Tim alphas, mirri card (silver) all from Craft Den, few other bits from stash.

I also did a page last week of Trick or Treat this year. Well, it was a washout wasn't it. Emma was drenched, me and Dan were drenched, but Emma didnt seem to mind, she was getting sweets in her new tin. She did get a new attack of shyness this year and so mummy spent most of the time talking for her, while she launched herself straight at the sweets on offer. The papers are Bo Bunny Boo Crew, which I love and I had a second helping from Craft Den again this year and a Bo Bunny Dot cardstock and a Bazzil swiss dot purple cardstock. I just love these colours. I am not really one for muted tones...

The spiddies, ghosts and boos were a sizzix die I bought in a bargain bin years agao and forgot I had last year. I coated them all with glossy accents to make them shine and the letters are a mixture of some blank chippies, left white and glossied as well. I used an MS punch to create the wrought iron fence look on the strip across the middle and colour my world templates for the shapes.

Everything from Craft Den except the Sizzix sizlit die..

Hope you like, K x