The challenge over at Woodware this last week has been to make Thank You cards.
I actually got mine made at the beginning of the week for once, but sadly never got around to posting it.
It seems to me though that it is a very appropriate way to end the year, and to say thank you to all of the lovely people that have visited me during it.
My Thank You to you all has been made using one of the background papers from the GCD paper pack Rocket Red Glare.
I have punched the panel down the right hand side with my Crafty Edger punch and mounted it onto a square white card. Of course I had to add a few tiny pearls.
The greeting is taken from the clear stamp set FRCL200 All Occasions Bloom and has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of Dotted Swiss Bazzil card stock.
The floral panel has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of handmade background paper from my stash and the flowers were coloured with Promarkers.
See Anna I am embracing the new lol.
I added a few extra dots with a white gelly roll glaze pen, and some stitched borders with a fine black pen.
Once again I would like to say a huge thank you to you all for visiting, and for all the lovely comments that you have left. They really are very much appreciated.
Only just over an hour to go, so I will leave you with a wish for a very Healthy and Happy New Year to you all.
I hope that 2012 is a wonderful year for everyone.
Happy Crafting and hugs
The floral stamp is one of my favourite Stampendous images Agapanthus Cluster which I have coloured using several different blue pigment inks, before stamping it out and embossing with clear powder. I have then restamped the image several times without adding any more ink which gives this slightly faded effect.
The technique is known as Embossed Resist and works particularly well with floral images.
The greeting is from Hobby Art Sentiments clear set.
The background papers are from my stash, and I added some card candy and a stitched border to the floral panel.
In amongst all of the Christmas cards that I have made just lately there was also a card for a new baby girl.
I made it using the sketch over at Sketch Saturday, and then I didn't get it posted in time, or so I thought.
In fact there was a bit of a mix up on the blog, I think we are all entitled to a blond moment now and then, and the challenge has run for another week so I will get to enter it after all even if it is by the skin of my teeth lol.
I have used another of the lovely Lili of the Valley pre-coloured images mounted over background papers from my stash. The greeting is also from Lili of the Valley.
I added some stitched lines, ribbon, peel-off lines and faux card candy made from some of the background paper.
The image itself has been mounted over a panel cut using a Marianne Creatable Designer Doily.
I have more cards to share tomorrow, and more cards to make for Barbara's next TV show so I had better get back to work.
Have a good evening.
In all the hive of activity involved in the preparations for Christmas and the New Year a very special young man's birthday always seems to get missed out of my blog posts.
On the 16th December my Grandson Reece was 9.
The card I made for him used another of my favourite Lily of the Valley die cuts. They really are so useful when time is of the essence :)
I cut him out and mounted him over some background papers from my stash.
The clock has been cut using the Tim Holtz die that I bought when I was at Sir Stampalot in November. I can see that it will get plenty of use in the future.
I ran the blue background paper through the cuttlebug using an embosssing folder.
The greeting is from a clear stamp set, sorry can't remember which one, and the brads are from my stash.
Reece's Dad certainly didn't allow his birthday to go by unnoticed. Jason worked really hard to create another of his fabulous cakes, this time in the shape of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars complete with flashing lights and sound effects.
It was very hard to get any decent pictures of it, so these really don't do it justice, but I will get shot if I don't share it with you all.
It even sat on a pedestal which sparkled with edible glitter.
And he cut the base board to fit exactly.
A couple of Lego figures where borrowed to sit on the top.
Reece was thrilled to bits with it as you can well imagine.
Father Christmas brought Jason the food mixer that he asked for so he is already planning his next creation. So much for the diet lol.
I hope that you have all had a wonderful day and haven't eaten too much. I wish that I could say that I hadn't but I can see some serious diet and exercise in my future lol.
As wonderful as this time of year is, it is unfortunately especially hard for some when they loose a loved one.
My next door neighbour lost her Mum the week before Christmas and so I made this to let her know that we are thinking of her and her family.
I have stamped and embossed Stampendous Wildflower Sprigs onto a piece of background card coloured with Alcohol inks and then cut out several assorted circles using a Nestie.
The circles have then been layered onto a panel cut with another nestie and coloured with distress ink while the nestie is still in place.
The background papers are from my stash and the card has been put together using the lovely sketch over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.
I have added stitched borders with a fine black pen and some small white dots to the finished card.
Of course my favourite Swirl Flourish from Magnolia has managed to find its way onto the background papers.
Off to bed now, I'm sure that we will be just as busy at work tomorrow as we were today, I can't believe how much shopping people can do. You would think that shops were never going to open again :)
Happy Christmas Everyone
We have managed to peel our way through the mountain of vegetables. There can't possible be any more sprouts left in England, they are all in my kitchen lol.
The turkey is still cooking, but I'm not sure the kids will have any room with all the sweets and other assorted goodies that they have been munching on despite the grown ups protests.
We all sound like my Grandma used to 'You won't have enough room for your dinner if you eat that!!' How some things never change he he.
This card was made to say thank you to Jenny and Chris at Hobby Art for my lovely Christmas gift.
Once again I used the lovely sketch over at Seems a Little Sketchy.
They are a very new challenge but I can see that I will be heading there again when I need a new sketch to work with.
The main image is a lovely Hobby Art stamp Dandelion Vase that I have had for quite a while.
I have stamped and embossed it and then added colour using a watercolour technique that I am quite partial to.
The background papers are from my stash and this time I used the lovely DooHickey Christmas Poinsettia.
The ribbon is from Woodware as is the Card Candy. I added some glossy accents to the vase, and a little glitter glue to the flowers.
Oh, looks like dinner is ready now and then we have presents to open. At some point I have to find room to put the ironing board up as I need my uniform for work tomorrow. I shall be thinking of all you lucky people having a lie in when I am at work at 6am tomorrow.
I hope that you have all had a lovely day, and have not over indulged too much.
I hope that you enjoy the rest of the Christmas break.
Happy Christmas Everyone
I hope that you are all having a wonderful day.
We have been following Santa's progress on line, how very 21st century. I'm not sure who has had most fun watching him as he travels round the world, me or the Grandchildren lol.
I have had some wonderful Christmas gifts and this is a card that I made for Barbara and All at Clarity just to say thanks for one of them.
I have made it using the sketch over at Seems a Little Sketchy.
The main image has been stamped and embossed on to a piece of handmade background paper from my stash using a Clarity stamp that I have owned for years, Asian Bamboo.
The other papers are also from my stash, I am determined to make a dent in them from now on, and the flower and swirls have been cut using the wonderful Vintage Daisies and Heart Swirl Branch DooHickeys.
Better get back to the kitchen, I can see a mountain of vegetables that need peeling to go with what looks like a small ostrich that is already in the oven.
This week the challenge over at Woodware has been Richness of Red, and of course I had to enter it even if it has meant making one last Christmas card.
Still now at least I can say I have started my cards for next year. Eat your heart out Mrs Till lol.
I have used a Woodware Single Festive Background JGS260, which I have stamped using a Crimson Red versafine inkpad and embossed with clear embossing powder. Some of the greetings have been painted using a red Sakura Stardust pen, a technique that I have picked up from Francoise
I then stamped and embossed the image onto red card stock using black versafine and painted Peace with thin bleach. The oval has been punched using a giant Woodware punch. I then tapped the red inkpad around the edge of the oval and embossed it with clear powder to make it stand out.
Placing the oval directly over the same image is a technique called 'Spotlighting' and is a great way of covering up a mistake or a bit of bad stamping. That actually wasn't the problem here, honest :)
I have added a fine stitched border to the main panel, a few gems, and a little Ruby red metallic rub-on to the edges.
The border has been created using the Woodware Antique Floral Crafty Edger. I added some of the Ruby Red metallic rub-on to this to make it stand out from the main card.
The house is very empty at the moment as the family are all out for the evening so I am going to make the most of the peace and quiet and craft with the TV turned up very loud.
Have a wonderful day.
With love and hugs
Well I have finally finished all of my Christmas cards, and they are in the post!
That is some sort of miracle, even my friend at work remarked that it was early for me.
Cheeky, but how right she is :)
All I can say is Thank God for Lili of the Valley pre-coloured images when you suddenly find that you need another 10 cards lol.
I made all of these using a combination of images cut out using my nesties,
some background papers from my stash,
a bit of card candy,
some wonderful Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel,
a cuttlebug Christmas embossing folder, stamped swirls,
and some crystals and pearls.
I thought you might like to see them, unless you are completely fed up with Christmas cards that is.
Off to bed now, I need to lie down after all this activity.
I have been trying all week to get my entry made for this challenge over at Woodware, but work and Christmas cards seem to have got in the way. But here we are at last, I hope that you feel it was worth the wait lol.
I have used the Heart shaped Tin which of course immediately made me feel that it should be full of little pictures of the Grandchildren. To be honest this has been one of the major hold ups with getting this made, finding pictures that I could put on each page.
I printed them all out with a sepia tone and then reduced them on the photocopier so they are not perhaps as good as they should be.
The Scrapbook pages that come inside the tin have been covered in Distress inks Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire using a blending tool.
I then sprayed them with glimmer mist and dried them using a heat tool. You can always make your own Mica spray by adding a little Pearlex powder to a spray bottle with some water in it. A couple of drops of re-inker can be added too if you like.
I love this photo of the family with my Mum.
I will have to change it before I give this tin away however as it has been made for Jason's Mum for Christmas. Unfortunately I didn't have a suitable picture of his Mum to hand and as everyone is out in London at the Natural History Museum I didn't have time to wait. She will never know once I have made the switch :) Sorry Ma will have to get another tin for you xx
Once the pages have been covered in ink and glimmer mist I have stamped them all using the lovely floral images from Stampendous SSC072 Wildflower Sprigs.
They have been stamped using the same distress inks Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire. I have also added a couple of greetings and some butterflies. These are also on the stamp set.
Each of the sepia images have been edged using a Pinecone Versa Color cube and clear embossing powder. The ovals have been cut out using a nestie.
The outside of the tin has been coloured using Alcohol inks and then an oval stamped panel has been added to the lid.
Better get back to the craft table. I may have finished my Christmas cards but there are still birthdays, a couple of anniversaries and a new baby.................the list seems to go on for ever and that's just for December.
Total for 2012 - 141 cards Total for 2013 - 131 cards Total for 2014 - 154 cards Cards carried into 2015 - 51 cards Cards carried into 2016 - 122 Carried forward into 2017 - 80 cards 6 cards loaned to CE Carried forward into 2018 - 127 cards Carried forward into 2019 - 172 cards Jan - 47 cards Feb - 0 cards Mar - 0 cards Apr - 1 card May - 11 cards Total - 59 cards
I am a self confessed 'Stampaholic' living with my family in Surrey.
I am known as the 'Granny in the Attic' and have six Grandchildren
Megan(17), Reece(15), the twins Saskia and Ciaran(10), Emma (2) and Chloe born October 2017.
I work full time in a BP Simply Foods petrol station and then craft in
my spare time.
I have written two books. The first on Teabag Folding and the second on
Rubber Stamping, both for Search Press.
I have written numerous articles in the past for magazines including Craft Stamper, Quick Cards Made Easy and Cardmaking and Papercraft.
I teach classes in Purley and have
demonstrated at many of the major Stamp Shows.
I am on the Design Team for Woodware and Hobby Art, and have also designed for Imagination Stamps, Stamp Addicts and Clarity. Several of my cards have featured on each of their TV shows.
I am lucky enough to make samples Jane Gill who still designs stamps for Woodware who are now part of Creative Expressions.
I love to try and join in with the challenge blogs and have been part of the DT at
Crafty Cardmakers for several years.