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!)