Wednesday, 23 December 2009


This has to be the absolutely final Christmas card for 2009.....and a rubbish pic of it to boot :-/

Nothing exciting here, except the lovely Holly Fairy from
Mo's Digital Pencil.
This is such a delightful image I'll sure be using 'her' again next year.
The green starry BP is one of the sheets from the mini candy I was lucky enough to win from Carol...Crescent Stampin
Such lovely papers and double sided too. It was a shame to 'lose' the reverse side.

Just a little gold embossing on the edges...

Happy Christmas everyone and here's wishing you and yours a
Happy and Healthy New Year

Thank you for all the encouragement and support during 2009 and all your lovely comments which always give me great pleasure.
Next year I hope I improve enough to get to do a DT guest spot........
Ya never know... :-)


Friday, 18 December 2009

Cowboy Hats and Birthday Cake...

...I meet with a friend every other Wednesday at her local WMC where they have a bit of C&W jammin' with Robbo and friends.

Anyone who would like to get up on stage to play/sing is welcome to strut their stuff....if anyone is wondering, the answer is NO...I'd clear the place, rofl.

Robbo is celebrating his birthday tonight so will be treated to sandwiches and sausages on sticks, whoop whoop :-)

This is the last of the three I made last is usually enough!

I can't remember what last years card was like so I hope this one is different enough.

Googled image and guitar which has an extra layer
Name was cut on CB

There are no challenges that want a man's card so only you and me will see this..hahaha

Thanks for stopping by...hope to see you again soon :-)


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

For a friend

Oh, how I wish I owned this such luck....but a friend has kindly given me a few stamped images.

After planning this card in my head for days, I am disappointed with what I have done.
I wanted to use this big ribbon from the QD shop, but know think it looks too big for this card and doesn't 'go' with the image.
Once again it is a case of 'never mind' and it is all part of the learning process.
I don't like to waste anything so my friend will be receiving this tonight when I see her.

The Friday Sketchers challenge 81 was the starting point but I guess I have veered off a bit :-(

Our Creative Corner - Holiday theme - Christmas or Hannukha

The Pink Elephant - Christmas and/or winter

Silent Night Tilda coloured with copics
Silver holographic card mat cut around with fancy scissors
The 'love' plaque at the bottom was made with Metal magic from Debbi Moore

I made a little 'bag' from silver h/graphic card as it is rather bulky for an envelope

Thanks for stopping by :-)


Card for Teacher

A quickie card for youngest granson's teacher.

I used the current sketch 81 at Sketch Saturday
and the colourway is this weeks challenge at
Charisma Cards - Red, Green and Silver or White

Papers and image from Making Cards mag
Computer generated greeting
Silver holographic card
Punched snowflakes
Ribbon from stash

Thank you for all the lovely messages left recently...I do appreciate them so much :-)


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

The Holly & the Ivy?

Take 2

I hope I've got this right this time.

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 81 is to use a Christmas Carol as the theme and also use a black card base.
Lorraine says it also fits in with
Digital Tuesday's challenge - a Christmas Song...thanks Lorraine :-)
Crafty Catz is a colour challenge - red, green and silver
My Time to Craft is Christmas Foliage
The Pink Elephant - favourite Christmas colour combo

There is plenty of holly on this and I found the score and lyrics for carol but the ivy is very well hidden :-)

The image and BP is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD.
The lovely wide ribbon is from our new QD store, 70p for 'quite a lot'.
I made an oval frame for the image and cut around it with deckle scissors.
I then made a mat slightly larger in silver mirri card, and fixed it with foam tape and some tiny silver peel-offs around edge the BP
The greeting is from one of Jak's freebies, also fixed with foam tape.


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Art Deco Christmas

Oh no!!
Another senior moment!!

I made this card specially for Rainbow Lady's Challenge 81...
use a black card base...check...done that.
The only trouble is the instructions also say to use a Christmas Carol as the topic..duh!
Can you think of a carol about an art deco lady? No, neither can I, lol.

Can you see the sparkle :-)

The image and BP is from Debbi Moore's Glitter & Glitz Art Deco CD.
At first I thought the BP was too dark but now I've put it together it looks quite nice.
I don't use border peel-offs very often these days but they have added a nice finish to this. Also added some gems for a bit of added glitz.

Shame about the challenge. I am going to have a little think and will be back later.

Than you for stopping by and all the lovely comments left.


Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas Belle

I really do need nice simple sketches this time of year and this one over at Sketch Saturday fits the bill just perfick

I have for the first time used this adorable digi image, Belle, a most generous freebie from Wendy's Digital Doodling.
Wendy's 2nd challenge is to feature either, the newest of her freebies, Mrs Claus, or glitter or a current sketch.
If I have read the challenge properly Mrs Claus is not compulsory tho she is lovely. I had decided on using the lovely Belle for this card so I think I can enter.
There is a great prize at stake, and you never of these

Close-up to show the sparkle...once again CP glitter glue.
Belle is coloured with red copics and I coloured 2 prima flowers with the same red. The snowflakes are also glittered with a gem in the centre.

Must get on...hope you'll visit again :-)


Holly Fairy

At last - I've used this beautiful Holly Fairy digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil.
I think this image is absolutely adorable and I am planning on making one or two more cards with it...I have actually got 2 more already coloured.

Friday Sketchers
is sponsored by Mo's Digi Pencil this week and there is a lovely sketch by Beatrix to follow

As usual, I couldn't make up my mind what papers to use...maybe I've got too many digi papers to choose from...ignore that...what a silly thing to can never have too much of anything crafty :-)
My Copic blender pen has dried up so I did struggle with the colouring but am reasonably satisfied with the result.
I've added a bit of glitter glue to her holly wings and shoes.


I haven't got any christmassy flowers and didn't feel inclined to make any but think these match quite well.

Thanks for your visit, and hope to see you again soon


Sunday, 6 December 2009


One of these years, hopefully before I am too old :-) I will design a card for my daughter to send to her customers that I am happy with.
I began to plan this years card way back in September, in so far as I bought some packs of 5" cards blanks.
As I have about 100 to make I need to keep it as simple as possible and the priority this year was to avoid using my printer ink where possible in order to keep the cost down

I had the brilliant idea that I would stamp the main image and bought this wreath stamp.

That was when the problems started. I confess it was a cheap mounted stamp and it was faulty so I had to peel it off the wood and clean off the spongy back stuff.
When I eventually got a start making the cards (Friday), the only inkpad that would produce a reasonably clean image was my new TH vintage photo distress pad.
In an effort to brighten it up a bit, I gave the image a bit of colour here and there with water colour pencils and my Koi brush, then added a little bit of sparkle to the star and flower centres with Craft Planet glitter glue.
The intention was for it to look sort of wishy washy....well!!! I suceeded a bit too well there :-/

Last night I made 30....and crappy though they are, they've got to do.
Now you know why I am not fond of making Christmas cards

I'll have a rest from these and get a shufty on with the other cards I have to make...just for a nice change (manic laughter)

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Golden Anniversary


I went to youngest Grandson's Christingle service this morning which is held at the school church.
It is always so lovely to see all their bright little faces so serious when their candles are lit while they sang one chorus of 'Shine Little Light of Mine'.
The occasion certainly lit up a very dreary morning.

This card is for an anniversary this weekend.
It is very much like the 30th anniversary card I made recently but with different layout and BP

Challenges ;
Our Creative Corner SASSC43 - a lovely sketch which I have rotated

Crazy for Challenges - use punches

Simon Says - So charming!

The little padlock charm

Thanks for stopping by. I've had so many lovely comments left recently, thank you so much :-)


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

My poor neighbour...

...came round last night around 11.30 in a right state.
Her leg was bleeding and it wouldn't stop.
When I first answered the door I thought she had had a stroke....she was white as a sheet, incoherant and shaky.
Got her sat down and then saw that the bedsock and the teatowel she had wrapped around her leg and her slipper were completely saturated with blood.
I wrapped a dressing gown around her...she was 'freezing' cold...held another teatowel around the bleed, did a 999 and a paramedic arrived in 10 mins.
She had passed out for a time...don't know for how long tho.
Her temperature was about 30 and blood pressure hardly registering but by the time they were ready to get her in the ambulance, about 12.30am she did look a bit better but very confused.
The paramedic had a look in her bathrroom, hall and stairs...and reckoned she'd lost about a litre of blood.
She has been given a couple of units of blood at the hospital and was sent home around lunchtime today.
I've just been round and she is OK and functioning normally...thank goodness!
It sounds dramatic but there was so much blood it looked like a murder scene.
Five hrs cleaning today knackered I'll try to get more the blood out of the carpets tomorrow.
I don't know how she managed to get to was raining but she had been able to put on a coat. She is 78 by the way and very private and independant.... so is pleased to be back home.

So.....I am posting this card made for the partner of my DD's friend last weeek.
It wasn't for a challenge...just thought I'd put it here to cheer up this post

Two CB embossing folders, a handcut no:40 in silver mirri card, a bit of fibre and a scruched flower

Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging comments...see you again soon :-)


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Baby Boy

135mm square

Magical Crafts gives us a lovely sketch for this fortnight's challenge and
La-La Land's challenge is buttons

I made this baby card mainly because I already had the image printed and lazy is that!!
I've also used a pearlised card for a change from my usual plain white card. Because the base card is so nice, I have resisted covering it with a BP and only used two small pieces from a Papercraft 4 You pack.

Thanks for your visit...see you again soon...I hope :-)