Thursday, 16 November 2017

Recycled Wreath

I was having a dig around in my Christmas decorations and came across this sad, squashed wreath that I made years ago. Usually I keep using the same decorations year after year, so I thought it was about time to update something.  I completely stripped it and started again to create a whole new wreath.  I've used 'Christmas Lights Sprite' from Aurora Wings as the "centrepiece".
Products used:
  • Wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Wired holly tinsel
  • Burlap braided 'ribbon'
  • ProMarkers - Soft Lime, Leaf Green, Apple, Meadow Green, Cool Grey 1-3, Shale, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Pumpkin, Gold, Tulip, Sunflower, Canary, Black, Cool Grey 5, Lush Green, Holly, Mint Green & Lemon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White
BEFORE - Original wreath

AFTER - Newly decorated wreath


I am entering my wreath into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings - #60 Recycled
  2. Stamps by Aurora Wings (FB) - Anything Goes
  3. Not Just Cards - November Anything Goes
  4. Morgan's ArtWorld - #22 Anything Goes
  5. Let's Craft & Create - #131 Anything Goes
  6. Incy Wincy Designs - Nov 6-19 Not a Card
  7. Double D - Here Comes Santa Claus


Toadstools & Daisies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello there, it's time for some more inspiration over at Ching-Chou Kuik.  This week the team were challenged to use orange and/or yellow, but don't forget the main challenge theme is CHRISTMAS/WINTER and you can enter your chilly makes here.

I have used 'Toadstool Head' for my card as I thought this image would be perfect for the DT theme.  Products used:

  • Cream card blank
  • Yellow & Orange cardstock
  • Orange ribbon
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • Embossalicious embossing folder 'Floral Frenzy'
  • Whispers Ink
  • X-Cut Oval nesting dies
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Sunflower, Cardinal, Berry, Holly, Lush Green, Tulip, Buttercup, Tea Green, Blue Pearl, Soft Lime, Tan & Sandstone


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creatalicious - #127 Anything Goes
  2. Deep Ocean - #168 Things with Wings
  3. A Gem of A Challenge - #207 Buttons and/or Ribbon
  4. A Perfect Time To Craft - #11 Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts - WK441 Colours of Autumn
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #28 Anything Goes
  7. Cupcake Inspirations - #431 Autumn Leaf Cupcakes


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coffee's on Me!

It's that time of year again when I make a lot of gift tags.  Usually they are just Christmas ones, but I have this gorgeous 'Coffee Sprite' from Aurora Wings and an idea popped into my head.... a gift tag with a pocket for a gift card. 

Products used:

  • Kraft card
  • Tag dies
  • X-Cut nesting die - Square Parenthesis
  • Twine
  • Stampendous Fran-táge - Aged Ivory
  • Fiskars clear stamps - Latte Love
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Beige, Cinnamon, Tan, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna Magenta, Carmine, Cerise, Cool Grey 1 & 2, China Blue, Cobalt & Blue Pearl

First I stamped all over with the coffee bean stamp and embossed with the Fran-táge






I am entering my tag into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings (FB) - November Anything Goes
  2. Deep Ocean - #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (Blur, 'Coffee & TV')
  3. Digi Choosday - WK45 Anything Goes
  4. Dream Valley - #167 Add a Sentiment
  5. Incy Wincy Designs - Nov 6-19 Not a Card
  6. Let's Craft and Create - #131 Anything Goes




Thursday, 9 November 2017

Christmas/Winter at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's time for a new challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik and as it's getting closer to Christmas our theme this time is Christmas/Winter.  We'd love to see your chilly or festive makes over on the blog


I've gone the chilly route and made a monochrome card using 'Snowflake Imprint' and the following products:
  • Cream card blank
  • DoCrafts designer papers
  • Blue cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Snowflake charm
  • ProMarkers - Midnight, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Aegean, Cyan, French Navy, Indigo, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Cool Grey 1 & 2
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Wednesday - Snow White
  2. Classic Design Team Open - #19 AG
  3. Come and Get It - Winter Girls
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #358 AG
  5. The Ribbon Girl - November Card Challenge
  6. Petal Lu Creations (FB) - November 1st Anything Goes
  7. Beccy's Challenges - November Month of Holiday Cards


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Halloween ATC Triptych

I joined in with the Faery Ink Halloween ATC Swap this year, so I want to share my ATC's with you today. These were the first ATC's I made for a while (although I previously shared my Power Poppy ones which I made after, I had to wait to share these).
I've used all Faery Ink images, although we didn't need to - 'Ophelia Vamp Juice', 'Fable Zombie Witch' and 'Jack 'O' Lanterns' that were free in the Facebook Group.  I like to keep them CAS, focusing on the image.

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Dried Marigold & Stormy Sky
  • Wink of Stella, Clear
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens - Sterling Silver, Spun Gold & Onyx Black
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White
  • ProMarkers -
    • Ophelia Vamp Juice - Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Black, Crimson, Berry, Cardinal, Hot Pink, Pine & Forest
    • Fable Zombie Witch - Moss, Pear, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Crimson, Ruby, Lavender, Black, Cool Grey 4 & 5, Aubergine, Slate, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Raw Sienna, Ginger, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Caramel, Olive, Sunflower, Canary, Spice, Pumpkin & Amber
    • Jack 'O' Lanterns & Moon - Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Tulip, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Sunflower, Canary & Lemon




I am entering my ATC's into the following challenges:
  1. Halloween All Year Round - November Anything Goes
  2. Morgans' ArtWorld - #22 Anything Goes
  3. Your Scrapbook Place - November Anything Goes
  4. A Perfect Time To Craft - #11 Anything Goes
  5. AAA Cards - #102 Ink Blending 





A Mer-ry Christmas Secret Santa

Well we might only just be into November, but I've already given my first Christmas card. I joined the Make It Crafty Secret Santa swap and was paired up with my friend Susan! We met for coffee the other night to exchange cards as that is far more reliable than the postal system here. 

I wanted to make something different than the expected Christmas card, so I went for a mermaid image (Galene - also because I had to post a sneaky peek and I knew Susan would be looking through the images, bahaha). She's holding a harp, so I thought that was fairly Christmassy at least. 
I haven't made a circle easel card for ages, so I went with that with a little vellum window to add a tealight behind.  I must say, it looks really cool.

Products used:

  • White cardstock
  • Core'dinations GlitterSilk cardstock
  • Papermania designer paper 'Naughty & Nice'
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • Snowflake charm
  • Twine
  • Wink of Stella, clear
  • Ranger Stickles, Green
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, Metallic Gold
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Buttercup, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Canary, Lemon, Primrose, Spice, Apricot & Oatmeal
  • Battery tealight




Actually managed to get a pretty good photo of the Wink of Stella

And a little video to show the tealight



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Petal Lu Creations (FB) - November 1st Anything Goes
  2. Classic Design Team Open - #19 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #358 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November Anything Goes
  5. Cute Card Thursday - #502 Anything Goes
  6. I ♥ ProMarkers - #346 Show Us Some Sparkle
  7. Inspiration Destination - #137 Anything Goes
  8. Beccy's Challenges - November Month of Holiday Cards


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

It's time for our new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore.  This month we are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread and as always our theme is Anything Goes.



The team had a couple of images to use, so I chose 'Christmas Poinsettia Girl' and made a card using these products:

  • Cream card blank
  • My Mind's Eye paper from the 'Sleigh Bells Ring' collection
  • Green cardstock
  • Frame die
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - Gold and White
  • Anita's outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Rose Pink, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, Sunflower, Holly, Lush Green, Mint Green, Apricot, Burgundy, Gold & Mustard

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Your Scrapbook Place - November AG
  2. Lemon Shortbread - #53 Anything Goes
  3. A Bit More Time To Craft - #55 AG
  4. Crafting By Designs - November AG
  5. Inspiration Destination - #137 AG



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