Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Sketch Saturday..free for all!


A quick post for today ...lots of jobs to do today! I like to have my house clean and tidy to welcome the New Year! Bit sad eh?? We also have friends coming round for a roast tomorrow so have to get that all sorted!
Is there anyone else like me, that once Christmas is past likes to just put all the decorations away? Well, the tree is going away this afternoon along with all the other bits and bobs cluttering up the room. I've bought some lovely cut flowers to make the place feel fresh again!
Anyway onto the card! This week at Sketch Saturday you could pick any of the past years sketches. I chose week 21.
I have been a bit scared of my Sarah Kays..silly I know, but I have found it really tricky getting a good stamping impression. Well I bit the bullet and coloured her with prismacolor pencils. I used my sewing machine again (I LURVE it!) and it is much improved from my last attempt, so no distressing needed to hide my mistakes!!!
The papers, cardstock, and flowers are all from this months card kit from Sarah's Cards. The crystal brads and charm are from my stash as is the rub-on sentiment.
Well, time to go and wishing you all a very Happy Hogmanay. Me, I shall be in bed before the bells :( Little ones do not sleep late because you brought in the New Year in style!! Anyway I like to feel good on the 1st Jan!
Pop back tomorrow for the launch of the 'Sugar Bowl'!!
Love Judy x

Saturday, 27 December 2008


Hello, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful family time and are feeling rested??? Maybe not??
We have had a quiet time this year with just ourselves as our family are living abroad or working and unable to visit. It has been great to relax and spend time with the boys and get totally gubbed by them on the Wii!

I have managed to put this card together over about 3 days! A bit at a time!
Well under the tree waiting for me this year was a mini-sewing machine. I am no expert..in fact I have not a clue when it comes to using it! So this was my first attempt at using it on my cards. I thought I would go for the distressed look as it might disguise my primary school sewing. I quite like the rustic look!! Hubbie is expecting all all our clothes to be fixed beautifully! Little does he know..I just want my cards to look beautiful!! LOL!
Anyway I have seen so many beautiful cards finished on the inside and out that I thought I would do that too on this one. Don't expect it on all my cards maybe just the odd one! Again the distressed look!
Must run and rescue kids...I can hear them flooding the bathroom! Can't turn my back for a minute!!
Love Judy xx
Stamp: Magnolia, love letter background, love post ( Valentine's collection 2008)
Colouring: prismacolor pencils, sansador, white ink pen distress inks for edges
Embellishments: flowers, brads, spacers from stash, ric rac, Tim Holtz ticket
Tools: sewing machine!!

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Forever Love

Well, I did say I wouldn't be back until the New Year but I'm impatient and couldn't wait to ink, colour and show you some of the new Leanne Ellis designs from Sugar Nellie. Hee hee! I decided to use this weeks sketch fom Sketch Saturday and hooray it was so much fun to make a non-Christmas card!

Stamp: Leanne Ellis design by Sugar Nellie


Colouring: prismacolor pencils, white ink pen, glossy accents


Papers: BG 'Scarlets letter', HOTP


Embellishments: Ribbon from Rasperry Ribbons, quickutz heart dies, rub-on sentiment from October Afternoon, brad dots from Doodlebug


I also have to thank my lovely friend Anki for giving me this award. Thank you my dear friend!


So, the rules are I have to tell you my 5 addictions! I am quite an ordinary girl with no hidden vices!! So I will tell you my addictions but don't get too excited! You might fall asleep! I will assume that my dear husband and 3 children are already my addiction as well as crafting and shopping for all stash and I'm also assuming blogging is an addiction most of us have!!
So, in no particular order!
1. coffee..has to be 'real' (no instant please!)
2. chatting with friends and family.
3. walks in the fresh air
4. sweet puddings..anything will do but no sultanas!
5. port..my nightcap of preference.


So the 6 girls I nominate for this award are my new fellow 'sweeties' so we can get to know them all a bit better. Am I allowed to nominate 6 as there are 7 of us in total?
So here goes:
6. Lia
If you have already received this award please don't worry about posting it again!
So, I will definetely say see you all later and have a wonderful Christmas day if I don't see you before!
Judy xx

Thursday, 18 December 2008

A sneaky peek!

Just to let you all know that you can have a sneaky peek at the new Sugar Bowl today! It will be launched on the 1st Jan where you can all join in our very first challenge. Hope you like it! Gayle has been doing a lot of hard work to put it all together these last few weeks!
I might not be doing a lot of posting between now and the 1st of Jan. I am going to take a wee break from card making and concentrate some time with my boys (big and small!).
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a very blessed New Year!
See you all on the 1st Jan 2009!
Love and best wishes
Judy xx

Monday, 15 December 2008

A day to celebrate..


Wow! I've managed to make a card! Feels like a long, long time since I've had a chance to create! I've had the dreaded lurgy and only just emerging out the other side.
So how are you Christmas preparations going??? Do you feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel??
Well todays card is a request from a friend for a birthday card for a little boy. I used an image kindly sent to me by Tammi. I think this is one of my favourite H and S images! I coloured with prismacolour pencils and highlighted with white ink pen. The DP is from Basic Grey and is 'Colour me Silly'. The 'Happy Birthday ' is a rub on and the ticket is a stamp from 'Autumn Leaves'.
Hope you all have a great day!
Judy x

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A Little Birdie told me.....

I have some exciting news to share! My blogging dreams have come true! Many of you will already know that Sugar Nellie is setting up a new blog in the New Year called 'The Sugar Bowl'.

They recently had a call for some new 'sweeties' to join Marlene and Tiets and Gayle. I am thrilled and honoured to tell you that I have been chosen as one of their DT along with Kathy ,Lia and Lilian.
This is what I entered into their DT contest. I decided to make a gift folder for my sister who lives in the Phillipines. She was the one who first introduced me to cardmaking and now she cannot get hold as easily all the lovely stamps that we have here. So I am going to fill this folder with stamped images for her to use and maybe some other treats!!




So I hope you are all excited about the new 'Sugar Bowl' and will join us all on the 1st Jan to celebrate its launch! Have a look over at Funky Kits where you can order the new range of stamps. The new Leanne Ellis designs are fabulous. I can't wait to get colouring!
Go have a look at the rest of the teams blogs if you are not already familiar with them!

Stamp:Daisy from Sugar Nellie

Colouring:Distress inks, pearlescent chalk (sky), white ink pen

DP: SU, K & Co, vintage paper from an old book!

Cardstock: American Crafts

Embellishments: SU twine, buttons, half pearls from Hero Arts,hessian from stash,

Tools: Around the Block Tape Writer, paper piercer, distressing tool, Fiskars threading water punch
Have a great day everyone!
Judy x

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Another one ticked off...


Another one ticked off the list! Now onto the hard graft of writing all my Christmas cards!!

I had Pip here who had never been inked and thought I'd better get a skate on or he would be put in the box until next year. He is a perfect size..not too big and not too little! I am going to enter this card into the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge as the theme this week is embossing.


I hope you have all had a productive weekend. It is hard not to let things overwhelm you with the amount you have to do..but I like to work with a list and tick one off at a time and slowly but surely you get it all done!


Stamp: Pip from Sugar Nellie, Date stamp from Tim Holtz

Colouring: prismacolour pencils, Sansador, stickles, white ink pen, brown chalk

Paper: coredinations. American crafts cardstock

Embellishments: felt snowflakes from Hero Arts, bling from stash, metal sentiment from Mrs. Wonka, ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, sandpaper, distressing tool

Thanks for taking the ime to look!
Judy x

Friday, 5 December 2008

High Hopes

I have admired the High Hopes stamps from afar and the time has come that I had to use one for myself! Well, I was impressed! I have seen this image on other blogs and loved it. I so enjoyed colouring it while my little one napped and I watched Loose Women! Ssshhh! Don't tell hubby!

Anyway, Santa and his tree were coloured with prismacolour pencils and highlighted with stickles. The background is done with twinkling H2O's.

The challenge this week on the High Hope's blog was 'metal madness'. I don't think I went 'mad' with the metal , but I've incuded some metal brads and a metal photo turn on the the sentiment.

The papers are K&Co. Buttons are from my stash.

I think that is it for today...

Off to chill after a busy morning running a Mum's and Tot's group...

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you get time to do some inking up!

Judy x

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Thanks a lot...

Well, I've made a Thank You card and not even finished my Christmas cards! A change is good! So, thank you to A Spoon Full of Sugar for this great challenge. I used a lovely stamp sent to me by Anki in a wee swap we did. What a sweetheart...she knows how difficult it is to get hAnglar and stAnglar stamps so sent me a pile of images and a couple of stamps too! Thank you my dear! It is so appreciated!

She is coloured with prismacolor pencils and highlighted with white ink pen. Don't look too closely, I think I went a bit mad with the highlights! I cut her out and pop her onto my new nestie labels. The DP is from Cherry Arte 'Morocco' collection. The ribbon is from SU and the sentiment is stickers from Doodlebug.
Hope you are all having a warm day and not blasted by these artic winds and blizzards we have been forecast!
love Judy x

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Sketch Saturday



No Christmas cards today. I've had 3 separate requests to make a 40th Birthday cards for friends. So, they are all getting the same design! I used the sketch from Sketch Saturdaywhich was not too complicated this week and I wanted to finish them all in one sitting. So fast and simple was the name of the game!
I used a stamp from Penny Black and coloured her with promarkers. the sentiment is from hero arts. I embossed a piece of coredinations Black magic paper and snaded it down to reveal the core colour. I've been doing this a lot recently! It adds a lot of texture to the card. The flowers are from my card kit from Sarah's Cards..lovely blooms every month!


I've even managed to decorate the insides of the cards! I couldn't fit the whole greeting on the front and I'm really pleased to give them a card with both inside and outside decorated. The cupcake stamp is also from Hero Arts and I used a quickutz die to cut the photocorners.

Right, back on to the Christmas cards today! Anyone else out there got more snow today?? Wow, what a winter we aer having up here..so crisp and cold and snowy! Beautiful!

Judy x

Monday, 1 December 2008

A quickie for Friday Sketchers

A quick card today for Friday Sketchers. Thank you Carole for the nice and easy sketch. The stamp is from Unity and I coloured it with prismacolor pencils and highlighted with white ink pen. The background paper is from K & Co and the cardstock is American Crafts.
For the embellishments I used ribbon from Rasperry Ribbons, holly from Making Memories and brads from Doodlebug! The sentiment is made with my Around the Block tape writer..great fun :)

Hope you have all had a good weekend..we have had no hot water. It will hopefully be fixed today. How much we rely on these things!

Have a great day,

Friday, 28 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Guest Design Team

Well 'Tis the season for Design Team Calls! So, thought why not have a wee go at the Whiff of Joy DT call! I just love their stamps and such beautiful images and a joy to colour. I would be so honoured to get a chance to make cards for their DT. The post is for 2 monthst and if you would like to enter please click here to find out all the information.

I made this card with 'Teenage Lizzie' and have coloured her with prismacolour pencils and blended with mineral spirits. The highlights have been added with a white ink pen. The sentiment is also from Whiff of Joy.

The DP is from MME. The paper is from the Christmas collection, but I used paper that did not just limit it to a Christmas card. I thought Lizzie would make a great teenage girls Birthday card.
The cardstock is from American Crafts. The brads are sparkly ones from my stash and the flowers are from my big box!!

Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend and enjoy the sunshine if you have it today!
Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Basic Grey DT Entry


Wow! Have things been busy round our place or what??? We've had family staying and sick kiddies. Glad to say the kiddies are on the mend and sadly Granny went home today. She is one hot ironer (is that a word?). Get it??
So, onto the card! I decided to make a card for the Basic Grey DT call. This is attempt No.2. No.1 is in the bin..no mojo last night.Today, it felt like it was flowing a bit better!
I have stamped Tilda with the fancy coat (can't spell its name...declaralia??) and then masked her to stamp the winter fence. She is coloured with distress inks and some stickles for the snow and her wings. The ticket sentiment is stamped onto Kraft cardstock in brown ink and then the edges were distressed.
The papers are BG 'Wassail' and I have inked and distressed the edges. I have embossed a piece of coredinations cardstock and then sanded it to highlight the flourishes. The ribbon is from my Rasperry Ribbon kit and the brads are from my stash.

Hope you are all well and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Awards



I would just like to thank ever so much Gill, Tara and Debbie for this wonderful award! It means a lot to me that you would think of passing it on to me.

The award has a lovely sentiment behind it, which is:

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger’s who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. The eight bloggers I'm passing this award on to are:
I know many of you have already received this award and those who I would have chosen have already received it or passed it on to me. So, I am going to cop out of this one and thank each and every one of you who visits me and leaves kind comments. If you have not received this award yet, please feel free to take it for your own blog!




Finally, thank you Anki for this heartwarming award! Truly an honour to be considered your friend! Now for the rules:


Pick 5 bloggers that you consider as your best blogging buddies and deserves this award for their contribution towards the blogging community, no matter what language.State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one’s blogs.Each blogger (upon acceptance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award.Link to DOING LIFE’s blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.Show these rules.

Thisis a hard one to pick and I wish I could pick more than 5! So I have tried to limit it to just 5!
For this award I pick :

Gill, Chris, Gayle, Murmur, Tara G

Thank you ladies for visiting so often and your lovely comments and making me feel I now have friends in so many parts if this country and abroad!

Monday, 24 November 2008

A Spoon Full of A Sugar and Basic Grey!

A good morning to you all!
Hope you all had a fine weekend! Mine has been very snowy and fun but also hectic as my youngest son has been in and out the A & E with croup! We are used to it by now. He gets it every winter without fail and we know the drill of what to do. Nevertheless it has been a weekend of interrupted sleep!

Well, if I am quick I can enter this card into 2 challenges, A Spoon Full of Sugar and Basic Grey. The Challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar was to create a card with blossoms! So, I've used some flowery paper and a flower in the image and some blossoms as embellishments!

For Basic Grey the challenge was to use embossing. I decided to use my swiss dots embossing folder on coredinations paper and sanded it down so the dots really stand out!

The image is from Sugar Nellie and was kindly sent to me by Gayle on an image swap! Check her blog out..so much fun and great cards too! I've coloured her with prismacolour pencils and highlighted with a white ink pen. I'm really enjoying this way of colouring at the moment.
The Dp i have used is from basic Grey and is the 'Blush' collection. The sentiment stamp is from hero arts and the dew drops are from Stamping Bella!

This is a birthday card for one of my friends. Is anyone else like me and has loads and loads of birthdays in November??? And I really need to be getting on with Christmas cards!! Arghhhhhhh!

I have received some lovely awards from some very dear and generous friends. I will be back later to put them up.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Joy and Love from Whiff of Joy




I so look forward to Wednesdays when I can see what WOJ have in store for the week ahead. This time was another great sketch by Heather. As my new Herb stamp had arrived I couldn't wait to ink him up and colour him in.
He has been coloured with prismacolor pencils and highlighted with a white ink pen. some stickles have been added to the ground.
The DP is from from 'Ladybug and Friends' and is from the 'Wonderland' collection. The dark brown card is from Coredinations and has been embossed and then sanded down to show the 'core' colour. Such a great effect! The felt snowflakes are from Hero Arts and I have added a button to the centre along with some linen thread from SU. I've shown you this close up so you can see that I've added lots of sparkle to the snowflakes!


Thank you for looking and hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I might even get the chance to show you a piccie of a real snowman...we have half of one built in our garden. Then it go too dark and cold to finish. Maybe more snow tomorrow!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Magnolia v's Stampavie

Well, this weeks sketch was a challenge..what a struggle I had not to revert back to my familiar square shape. In the end I got there!
So, as you might have guessed this card is for the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. Poor Edwin had been sitting in my box uninked and I thought 'poor boy', always left to last! So, to cheer him up I inked him up in a dapper shade of purple!

Edwin has been coloured with distress inks and has been chalked around the edges with a dark blue and some yellow. The sentiment is from Woodware and the swirl is from an October Afternoon collection.The card stock is all from Sarah's Cards and is American Crafts.

The tag is from 7 gypsies. The ribbon, gems and buttons are from my stash!

Thank you for looking and have a great evening,

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Happy Birthday Sis!



Todays card is for the Ismaki challenge sketch. It is my sister's 21st in a few days so wanted to make a card for her. I'm not sure about the silver 21 on the card. I might remove it and do something else later. Mmmmmmm...
The image is one sent to me by Kim through a PIF. So thank you Kim! I love it. She is from the Sugar Nellie range, can't remember exactly what she is called. I have coloured her with prismacolour pencils and highlighted with white ink pen.. I have chalked the edges and the sky.
The DP is from SU and the half pearls are from Hero Arts.
Hope you all have a great day.
Look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Cute as a button

Todays card is card for a friend's Mum who needed a baby girl card. So I decided to use the sketch over on Sketch Saturday and I also have used the challenge over on Secret Crafter to use a cute image and buttons!

I have tried a technique on this card I have never used before..paper piercing! I like the effect. easy peasy too. I always thought it was quite complicated!
I stamped the Forever Friends image and coloured with promarkers and then paper pireced the blanket he is being carried in to match the DP on the card. The DP is from the Spring matt stack from DCWV. The ribbon is from Rasperry Ribbons and the sentiment is from SU. the buttons and dew drops are from my stash. The charm is from Ebay.

I hope my friend's Mum likes the card! Off to hand deliver it today. Does anyone else have trouble when they ask how much do I owe you? I really have no idea what to charge for a card! Any suggestions most welcome!

Have a great day,

Sunday, 16 November 2008

with love...



Hope you are all having the same beautiful day we are wherever you are! The sun is shining and it is crisp and cold. Once this is posted we are off to catch the fresh air before the sun sets!
Today my card is for the Friday Sketchers challenge. Murmur created a fabulous sketch and it was to fun to play with paper arrangements. Go check out the DT examples!
I chose to colour Tilda with distress inks and she is highlighted with a white ink pen.
The papers are a mixture. The red is wrong side of Wassail papers, i.e. the non patterened side and the purple has been in my stash for ages. I think it is Doodlebug. The brown grosgrain ribbon is from SU. The tab punch is also from SU and the sentiment is Doddlebug rub ons (a pressie from my sis!).
Thanks Murmur, for the inspiration!
Have a restful weekend,

Friday, 14 November 2008

Whiff of Joy..A Boys Christmas Card


First of all....a HUGE thank you to Donna who has transformed by blog. Thank you , thank you thank you!
My card today is for the Whiff of Joy Challenge which was to make a Christmas card for a boy but with no blue. I chose 'Charlie and his Snowman' and coloured him with prismacolour pencils and a touch of sansador to blend. I have used stickles for his hat and the ice around the snowman. The snowflakes are stamped with white ink and then covered with stickles.
The papers are all Basic Grey 'Wassail'. The edges have been inked and distressed.
The sentiment stamp is from Magnolia. The brads and buttons are from my stash.
I realised as I was edging Charlie in BLUE that I was not allowed to use blue! Oooopppps! I'm sure this minor mistake will be forgiven.
Thank you for all your kind Birthday wishes. I am still going to be eating cake today and for many days after, so please pop round for a cuppa and help me out!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar...for a child



This was so fun to make..such a change from all the christmas cards. The challenge this week on A Spoon Full of Sugar was to make a card for a child. I chose to make a birthday card for a girl ( always handy to have in stock!). And this week on Arty Girlz challenge was to take inspiration from someone else's blog. So I was wowed by a card on Camilla's blog. I took inspiration from the pastel shades and from the hanglar image she had used. So, with these things in mind I tried to create the 'feel' of her card. Camilla's work is so amazing. If you have not checked her blog out already you should do so!


So I used a hAnglar and stAnglar stamp and coloured her with distress inks. The DP is from Crate (not sure which range) which is so soft and feminine. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts. The ribbon, flowers and dewdrops are all from my stash.
Today is my birthday and I am having a fun day having coffee and cake with friends...I now have 3 cakes to eat! Each has brought a cake with them. You'll have to roll me out the door soon! So, no cooking tonight, just a yummy take-away. That for me is the biggest treat of all.
My Dad sent me an e-card with the proverb saying that wisdom comes to the aged! Cheeky, but you do hope and pray that as you get older you do become that little bit wiser!
Judy x

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Sketch Saturday-Christmas tree home!

Today's card is for Sketch Saturday. This week it is a sketch challenge and I have turned the sketch on it side.
The stamp is from SU! and it is coloured with distess inks (broken china, frayed burlap, peeled paint). there are some silver highlights but the camera hasn't really picked them up. The DP is from MME. I stuck the sentiments in the side of the image like a wee pocket. The sentiments are die cuts from the MME paper collection. The pom pom ribbon is fom Rasperry Ribbons and the dew drops and brads are from my stash.

Lots to go and do today...much, much housework!
Thanks for taking the time to look and any comments are welcome,
Judy x

Monday, 10 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Challenge 7 - in the Rain


Whiff of Joy week 7 is a sketch challenge by Heather. It is a great sketch.
This weekend I am going out to dinner with 2 of my girlfriends. We all have birthdays in November so are celebrating by leaving the Dads in charge!
This card is for one of the girls...haven't decided which one yet! they don't read my blog so I am safe enough to show it. I love the sentiment that goes with this image and she is so great to colour.
I have coloured her with prismacolour pencils and blended with Sansador. The rain is liquid pearls. The papers are 'Sonoma' from Scenic Route. The Kraft paper is embossed with flourishes. I've added brads to match and a little flower to decorate.
I've found a great way to take pictures in these dark nights. This is taken in the kitchen under the strip light under the wall units. It gives enough light so Idon't have to use my flash. But please excuse a glimpse of my kitchen tiles...need to get some of those lovely grunge edge effects I have seen on other peeoples blogs.
Thanks for taking the time to look,
Judy x

My First Award and a PIF

Just want to say a great big huge thank you to Debbie who has very kindly nominated me for this award. I was very chuffed to receive it! I am thoroughly enjoying my blogging and receiving such encouraging feedback and meeting such generous and kind people.

Here are the rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.

3. Nominate 5 blogs.

4. Put links to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees


I am going to pass the award to:

1. Dawn






Thank you Debbie once again!
A PIF
Well, I have been PIF-ed by Kim. For those of you who have not heard of a PIF, it stands for Pass it Forward. So, the idea is that the first 3 people to comment on this post will receive some stamped images from me. Then they have to do the same on their blog. Easy! So, if you woulld like to play you can leave me a comment on this post and state if their are any images that you would prefer. If not I will just send you a random selection.
Thank you
Judy x

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Magnolia v's Stampavie...keep it simple!

The Challenge this week in Magnolia versus Stampavie is to create something simple..clean lines and with just 3 colours.

So, I've stamped a new Tilda from 2008 collection and coloured her with distress inks (broken china, worn lipstick, walnut stain, frayed burlap, tattered rose) and of course a little stickles on her wings!
It is quite difficult to stick to just 3 colours...mine are pink, blue and brown.
The papers are from My Minds Eye ( which I just think are my favourite ever!) and are edged with brown ink. The sentiment is from SU 'Circle of Friendship' which is such a useful set of setiment stamps. Buttons, flowers, pearls and lace are from my collection.
So, hope you are having a great weekend. After church this morning we are just having a quiet family afternoon....playing games, reading stories as it is really cold outside and it is getting dark very early these days.
Judy x


Thursday, 6 November 2008

Sparkly Snowflakes








Not everyone at Christmas loves 'cute' as one man at my craft fair told me. He said my cards were all too girly! Anyway for all those on my Christmas card list that don't do 'girly' I made these cards last night!

I was browsing through the Hero Arts blog the other day and was inspired to dig out my heat gun, after I brushed off the dust, I had a lot of fun heat embossing the snowflakes in white. I am going to enter this card into the Papertake Weekly Challenge as their theme this week was sparkle and bling. I'ved added a sparkly gem to each snowflake and lots of diamond stickles to the tree.

So, I even managed to pump out 3 of these cards in a couple of hours as they were so simple to make.


Materials:


Stamp: Hero Arts Snowflake Design Block, SU Christmas Tree

Card: Hero Arts Notecards

Embellishments: gems and ribbon from stash

Tools: Heat Gun
Thanks for looking,
Judy x

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar


Hiya all! For todays card I have followed the sketch at A Spoon Full of Sugar. I have had this gorgeous reindeer stamped and coloured for ages, just waiting to be placed on a card! I really enjoyed using this sketch.
This is a Unity Co stamp which I have coloured with distress inks (tea dye, red mahogany and walnut stain) and highlighted with white ink. I have cut him out and pop dotted him onto embossed white card. My red and brown cardstock is all from American Crafts. The sentiment is from SU.
The buttons, ribbons and pearls are all from my collection. oh and if you look closely you will see I've added a little bell charm to his antlers so he jingles as he moves!
Think I will make some more of these as it was such fun to do!
Enjoy your day! I'm being Nurse Mummy today..I have them all at home with sore throats and fevers! Poor things! So, a stay at home day today :(
Judy x

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Friday Sketchers Challenge and Basic Grey


Good morning!
This is my card for this weeks Friday Sketchers and Basic Grey Challenge. I wasn't sure about the big triangle at first but it has grown on me! And, Basic Grey has a nice easy one this week. Their theme is just Christmas,so this card fits in quite nicely. So, here is my effort.
I have coloured Tilda with distress inks (aged mahogany, peeled paint, walnut stain and tattered rose with a wash of tea dye for the background). if you look closely you will see I've added pearl buttons to her coat!
The papers are Basic Grey Wassail collection which has such beautiful rich colours. The holly stickers also come from that collection.
I have stamped the flourishes around Tilda with Basic Grey stamps. I don't know the name of it!
The brads, ribbon,and pearls and letter stickers all come from my stash.
Well, thank you for looking.
Hope you all have a wonderful day.
Judy x

Monday, 3 November 2008

Just a card!

Hi! Hope you all a lovely weekend. I've been very busy selling at a craft fair over Fridayand Saturday. Great fun! Didn't sell masses of cards...but lots of people came and browsed my cards and said they are lovely, then they don't buy and then they tell you they are a card maker too and ask you how you did this , that and the other! However the little gift boxes did sell. They were very popular.

Anyway, so today is just a card..no sketches, no challenges..just one I put together. This new Tilda is from the Christmas 2008 collection. I coloured her with Coloursoft pencils and blended with Sansador. The papers are from MME. The flowers are punched with my retro flower punches and the centre is a silver rose bead. The sentiment is from Woodware.
Hope you all have a lovely Monday!
Judy x

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge


For this card I have followed the sketch on the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. They have had some lovely challenges and this one was no different.
I have coloured Tilda with distress inks and some stickles for her wings and the ice.
The papers are ones I received from Sarah's Cards October Card Kit. I was so impressed with them this month. I have one complaint...you don't get enough! I don't know who they are from ..sorry! I can't even order more!
The Holly is from Making Menories and the sentiment is from Woodware. The red velvet ribbon and lace are from my stash.
Well, thanks for looking and hope you all have a great day,
Judy x

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Sketch Saturday

Just to say thank you to all of you who have left kind comments on my blog. I really appreciate them and the time you take to have a look at my cards.



Well, this is my card for Sketch Saturday.


I have used a stamp from Lizzie Anne Designs and coloured Santa in with promarkers and lots of stickles. He is very sparkly!

I then cut circles with my quickutz dies and added added twine inbetween the layers.


The cardstock I have used is American Crafts Christmas collection. The cardstock is textured and very similar to Bazzil but comes in handy colour families. The DP is 'Dashing' from SU.


I cut that into 4 squares and added faux stiching ( which is a bit ropey on this card!). I also added photo corners, buttons and ribbon. I don't have a handy ribbon punch, so I just slit holes with my craft knife and threaded my sentiment through. The sentiment is also from SU.


I have chalked around most of the edges with brown chalk for an aged feel.



You know how sometimes you make a card and you keep adding bits to it...then whoops, it is a bit too much. I think this is how I feel about this card. But hey ...that is how it is going to stay. I'm on a roll of making Christmas cards for this weekends upcoming craft fair. Lets hope the folk visiting are in a Christmassy mood!




Oh just to show you all what showed up up our way last night.....
It might have looked nicer if I captured the photo before the boys ran all around the garden...but October!!!! What is going on?????

Have a great evening folks,

Judy x

Monday, 27 October 2008

Basic Grey Challenge


This is my submission to this weeks Basic Grey Challenge. The challenge was to use shapes in your card...squares, triangles, circles etc..you get the picture. So, I decided to go for something simple and used rectangles.
I had lots of scraps from the Basic Grey "Figgy Pudding" collection and thought I would like to use them all up. So, all the background papers are from there.
The stamp is "Charlie and his Snowman" from Whiff of Joy. I coloured him with promarkers and added stickles to his hat and the snowman. I've added highlights with a white ink pen.
I've added some ribbon and pearls for embellishment. A very simple card but I am quite lpeased with the results! I don't often feel like that.
Well, 2 out of 3 kids are back to school after 2 weeks, so I am looking forward to organising the house in relative peace. Youngest is watching Peppa Pig so will be happy for a few more minutes!!
Have a great Monday!
Judy x

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Blessing Boxes





After seeing the lovely blessing boxes on Marlene's and Rach's blog I thought I would give it a try as my scor-pal arrived this week. I have a table at a craft fair on Fri and Sat so thought it would be great to sell something other than cards. I decided to keep them really simple as I wanted to make quite a few of them. Inside the boxes are some yummy Swiss milk chocolates :) I've eaten quite a few in the making process...well, who wouldn't??


You can find the tutorial here.


I've used Figgy Pudding papers by Basic Grey, as I have lots that has not been used yet. I've then added a scallop border to the top of the box. I've added a tag with ribbon. I decided to tie the box closed at the top, so I punched a hole with my crop-o-dile and threaded ribbon through. The holly is a stamp from Unity, which has been cut out with a white border and pop dotted onto the tag. Here is a closer look:





Well, here are my troops in from the park, better run...

Have a great weekend,

Judy x

Friday, 24 October 2008

Arty Girlz Blue and Orange Challenge






Just a very quick card today..none of the usual stamping and colouring! It had to be quick as not much time yesterday to stamp!


I saw on the Arty Girlz Challenge Blog that the theme this week was blue and orange. I knew I had some blue and oranges kicking about from this months Scrapagogo greetings kit. So I decided to use my very favourite retro flower punches to make 3 flowers from the papers in the kit. Sorry, I don't know where they are from. The orange gems and leaf ribbon are from the kit also. I punched a scallop border at the bottom.


The sentiment is from Hero Arts , as is the little stamped butterfly.


Hope your all well. My job for today is to organise my craft area..i.e. our dining room table! Sometimes I wish I had a room to store everything in but it is not going to happen anytime soon, so for now I am at the table. I was going to shame myself by showing you a photo of it, but the photo kept appearing beside the card and I didn't want that. I don't know how to get the photo in a different place! So, maybe it is better for you not to see the chaos! Saves my blushes :)


Have a fruitful day!


Judy x




OK OK...here is the photo!!! Now I am blushing! Will show you when it is tidy how it is meant to look so we can occasionally have guests for dinner!!!

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