Saturday, 30 November 2013

Tis the Season Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to our

We are on Day 1!

There are only a few stops on this hop each day, and you are going to love the projects you see.

I am the seventh stop.

Here is the entire list of stops for day 1:

Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying the hop.  You should have come from Millie at Crafting with Creative M, if not, and you would like to hop along then start off at Nana at My Crafting Channel.

I have been wanting to make one of these trees for ages.  For those of you who are CTMH consultants, I got my inspiration from the new Holiday Idea book.  However, as I don't have the cartridge that cuts these, I had to work out the measurements etc.  So 21 rosettes later and all of varying sizes ranging from 6" across, right down to the very top of 1" across :-)

After working out how long and wide each piece of paper needed to be to make each rosette, I went from making one of each layer to two, in order to get the height I wanted.

The silver snowflakes are little holographic ones that I have had in my stash for years.  The satin cream snow flakes were cut on my Silhouette Cameo and are from Designs on Cloud 9 and called Snowflakes Galore.  I also ran these snowflakes through my Cuttlebug and using the Swiss Dots folder.

The papers I used are from a DCWV cardstock stack called Christmas Made.  It's a wonderful stack of fabulous colours and foils.  I inked all the outer edges of each rosette with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, before forming the rosettes.

For the very top of the tree, and had this pre-made die cut in my stash.  I used a cocktail stick on the back and then sandwiched this with some red paper to finish off the back.  Added a bit of ribbon and some holographic snowflakes, to finish of the sign.

For the bottom, I had bought this lovely sparkly burlap and had a little red container that was the perfect size for my base.  I wrapped the container in the burlap and then added more ribbon and a holographic snowflake to finish it off.

So there you have it, a decoration for my buffet and I might even put it on the table on Christmas day :-)

Now hop on over to Kathy at 3 Spoiled Dogs and a Cricut and continue the hop to see what the others have for your enjoyment.

Some of the blogs are offering candy as well. 
Be sure to read their requirements to be eligible as they may be different.

Thank you for hopping with us!!!!

I am entering my tree in the following challenges.

Just Inspirational Challenges - Rosettes (closes 2 Dec)

Decorate to Celebrate! - Challenge #65: Christmas Trees (closes 10 Dec)

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #170: Christmas (closes 3 Dec)

3 Girl Jam Challenge - Challenge #30: 'Tis the Season w/Ribbon (closes 12 Dec)

Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenges #195: Ho Ho Holidays (closes 6 Dec)

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #1: Anything Goes (closes 8 Dec)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #34: Anything Goes (closes 6 Dec)

Hiding in My Craft Room - Challenge #126: Freestyle - Anything Goes (closes 7 Dec)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A quick hello!

Hi everyone.  I wanted to stop in today to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow and I hope you all have a most wonderful time with family and friends.

I also wanted to apologise for my dire neglect of my blog.  I have been crafting :-)  I will have a few things to share with you this weekend, with a blog hop on Saturday and a GD on Sunday.  Also have to get some other bits done and will share those with you in the next week or so.

I have also been working on some other things, that I can not share with you until after Christmas - wink wink :-)  Prying eyes etc etc!

I have to get some Christmas cards made that can't be too bulky as they are for posting around the world, I have the designs picked and ready to go, it's just getting it all together.

I have several birthdays that I need to get cards done for - one for this Friday, my daughter Shannon turns 15 so I have to make one for her, oh and of course will have to make one for Emily to give her too :-)

So, although I am not here on my blog, I am around blog land visiting you all and also enjoying some crafting time.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 22 November 2013

"O Tannenbaum" or OK Another Christmas Tree :-)

Hi everyone.  Hope you have had a fabulous week. I know, I know, you would rather I didn't remind you how little time there is left before Christmas.  But what is a girl to do?!  Some of you might want to know.

So for those that don't want to know - look away now!

THERE ARE ONLY 32 DAYS till Christmas!!!!

OK! You can look again now - LOL!  Sooorrrrryy :-)

Anyhow, back to the post!  Here we are another week gone and another start of a new challenge over at Polka Doodles.  We are in week 47 - phew!  Our theme this week is Inspired by a Christmas Carol. but you can also enter Anything Goes with a Christmas Theme :-)

Our DT brief was to use 2 Polka Doodles CD's on one creation.  I decided to take a closer look at the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD and low and behold, I found some cut files.  There are these fabulous snowflakes on there and I used one of them as the background under the tree.  I had to use the trace feature in Silhouette Design studio and it cut it perfectly.  The papers are also from this CD.

The second CD I used was the new release A Home for Christmas CD.  The tree is a pre-coloured image, that I have glittered up and added a holographic snowflake to the top.  The sentiment is also from the CD, in black and white, I coloured the holly with some pencils.  The main snowflake and the tree have been raised up on some pop dots for some added depth.

For the inside, I used the same paper as the front (and yes the paper is two toned - I think one of my inks maybe clogged or need replacing).  The centre piece is actually an offset image from the front snowflake, that I then made smaller and inked the edges, adding those little stamped snowflakes to finish off.

So, it's your turn now to get creating.  Did you guess what my inspiration carol was?  Hint - it's in the post title LOL!

There is still an offer on over at Polka Doodles, of £5 off every CD and don't forget there is free shipping world wide on any purchase of £10 or more.

Have fun and hope yo see you taking part this week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Quick Gift Card!

Hi everyone, its me!  LOL!  How are you all?  It is my turn to share a little something over at She's A Sassy Lady and of course, here with you all.

I was catching up on some blog reading the other day and the Scrapbook Blessings Club challenge this time was to make a gift card following their tutorial.

Now, my mojo has been missing in action for a while now, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make something and share with you all.

This was so easy to put together and their video tutorial, to make this great gift card holder, is fab.

The papers are a new Recollections card stock pack called Christmas and contains, three satin finished patterned papers and 2 matt papers. They are beautiful.

The snowflakes were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and a file from Designs On Cloud 9, called Snowflakes Galore.  I cut them out of some cream satin finish papers.  

To add some depth to the papers, I added some of the snowflakes flat.  Some were cut in half and a couple were popped up, along with the sentiment to add dimension.

For the inside I did the same papers and there you can see where the gift card is.  I did add a little bit of sticky to the inside fold (to the left of the gift card) just to secure the fold.

I wish you could see the lovely sheen of those papers - they really are beautiful.

I am so sorry I have not been about much.  I am trying to catch up on some blog visiting and hope to have a few more post to share with you.  

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Scrapbook Blessings Club - Challenge #6: Twisted Gift Card Holder  (closes 29 Nov)

Clear it Out Challenge Blog - Challenge Anything Goes: Put a snowflake on your card (closes 2 Dec)

Creative Corner Challenges - Challenge Let it Snow  (closes 21 Nov)

Silhouette Challenges - Challenge #7: Anything Holiday (closes 30 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

A new photo box!

Hi everyone.  Thursday already!  The girls have a day off school tomorrow, PD day, so I expect we will be off to the cinema or maybe just have a chilling or crafting/game day.

Anyhow, I decided that it was time to remake a new photo box.  This is a picture of my old one and as you can see, it is looking a little sorry for itself.  So yesterday I made up a new one :-)

I bought 5 sheets of foam board from the local dollar store and after securing the base and back, I then proceeded to make three window sides and then attach those.  Some tissue paper to cover the windows and some white Bristol board for the inner and there you go a brand new, larger and sturdier photo box.

My new box is 30" wide by 20" deep and 20" high.  I am so pleased with the result and it really is quite solid.  I did have to go to my local art store to get the inner Bristol board as I needed a piece that was 30" by 40".  I could only get 22" by 28" everywhere else, and you don't want any joins in the backing piece, you need it to be seamless.  It was $12, but I figured that the overall cost is still only $16 and photo boxes to buy can be anywhere from $50 up.  So, a bargain in my eyes :-)

Here it is with my lights.  (I think I would like to see if there is some way I can light up the top - I might see if attaching a ring of white LED lights around the top will work, as they won't be too heavy for the top of the box.)

Now all I need to do is get creating, so I can use it :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Miss You!

Hi everyone.  Hope your week is going well.

We had a wonderful family weekend, with Andy being home.  It was great to get some cuddle time and family time.  We had a movie night on Saturday night and watched the film "Man of Steel".  It was quite a good film, although I don't think that anyone could really ever replace Christopher Reeve as Superman.

I have a quick card to share with you today.  Andy went back to Winnipeg yesterday and I made this card to hide in his suitcase.  It's a little silly, but hey I like it :-)

The image is a digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps called Hogs and Kisses.  I did my own sentiment though, just writing it out on a banner, which I have inked and added a brad to.

The image was coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers and they are listed below.

Spectrum Noir markers used were
Pig     PP1, PP2
Pigs trotters     FS8
Heart     D3  

Isn't she cute :-)

The piggy image is cut out using a Spellbinders Labels 8 die and I inked around the edges of all the layers with CTMH Chocolate ink.

For the inside I used the Spellbinders labels 8 die again, as well as the same papers from the front. The little heart is from an InkaDinkaDo set.

And there you have it - a quick card for hubby to discover in his suitcase.  By the way, he liked it when he found it last night :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas Countdown :-)

Hi everyone.  How has your week been?  We are going to have a lovely weekend, as Andy comes home tonight.  So a time to catch up with some cuddles and family time.

Just as a little reminder - I know you would all like to know - there are only 46 days left to Christmas!!!

Start of a new challenge week at Polka Doodles this week and the theme is Use a Tag.  Now, the brief for the DT this week was to use three or more tags in our creations. Do you think I went a bit overboard with 25?  LOL  :-)

My advent calender is on a 12" by 16" canvas, all the papers and embellishments are from the new A Home for Christmas CD.  The Calender numbers are from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut all the embellishments.  The are all popped up on foam dots to add dimension.  I printed all my papers double sided first, then cut out the tags.  Then I added all the embellishments and dates.  I added some holly and candy canes to the dates.

I inked all the edges of all the tags, front and back; added some Sakura Gelly Roll stardust to each of the little embellishments.

Also showing the bottom half and as you can see the last one to be turned over will show little old Santa :-)

When I started this project - I had something pictured in my mind.  Not sure if I like the finished result completely, I feel it looks a little tacky, oh well take the good with the bad eh!  I seem to be in a creative slump at the moment - think I am missing Andy more than I realise lately and finding it hard to craft.  I need something to focus on and ideas, so if you have any please let me know :-)  Maybe throw me a challenge :-)

So, I expect you are all busy creating and crafting for Christmas, so why not go along and enter this weeks Use a Tag challenge.

Also there is a special offer on at Polka Doodles at the moment.  And don't forget, any orders over £10 (approx $17) is free shipping worldwide!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Another Christmas Tree :-)

Hi everyone.  I am sharing with you all here today and also over at The Bug Bytes, for my monthly visit.  Thanks so much for putting up with me, Pam :-)

I decided to have a play around with the Silhouette Design Studio.  So after a couple of hours - yep a couple of hours or so LOL and messing around with triangles and different measurements I came up with this layered tree.

The tree is made up of four layers.  All I did was layer them together, but only secured down the centres. Then, just turn up the sides a bit to give the tree a little dimension.

I do have cut file available (my first ever), but I have no idea how to add it to the post.  If you are at all interested in receiving it, you can email me (click on my profile on my blog) and I would be more than happy to send it to you.

The backing paper was from my stash, and I'm sure it is probably from a Recollections stack but I couldn't find the top - sorry!  The rest of the papers are from a Recollections 12" by 12" stack called Bright Christmas.  I inked all the edges of all the papers.

I added some extra stamped snowflakes to the background and also the Merry Christmas stamp.  Then I added some holographic snowflakes and star on the top of the tree, with pop dots.

For the inside, I used the same papers as the front, stamping four small snowflakes in the corners of the centre panel.

Don't forget if you would like to have the Design Studio cut file that I made, please feel free to email me and I will gladly send it on.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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