Monday, 21 October 2013

It's a Dalmatian sitting down!

Hi there. I hope this post finds you all healthy and happy. My eldest son and his girlfriend have had fresher's flu. I'd not heard of this, having not been to university, but seemingly the new intake of students brings out lovely new bugs which are happily shared between all the students causing misery for a few weeks. In the son's and his girlfriend's case I know this is true but I'm sure the extra drink discounts in the pubs and clubs during fresher weeks may also be a contributing factor to some of the students taking time off from their studies.
Anyway back to the strange heading. I want to enter the Live and Love Crafts October Challenge in which you have to think pink. Well I haven't got time to stop making Christmas cards, not that I've made many, so I thought why not make a pink one. Obviously it still needs to look like a Christmas card so it's taken a while to get the balance right. I decided to use a charm I've had for many years but it was too bright a gold so I put Shabby white Fran-tage on it ( tip to silly people like me, when you've just heated a metal object with a heat gun don't try to pick it up with your fingers straight away!) I showed it to hubby saying doesn't it look a bit like an angel, it's actually a bell if you can't tell, and he replied that it looks like a Dalmatian sitting down. Well I looked at it but I just don't see it so please tell me what you think it looks like.

The poinsettia

and the bell/angel/sitting down Dalmatian?

What do you see? Polite answers please!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges-

Live and Love Crafts October Challenge Use Pink

LOTV October Challenge Anything Goes

Crafty Little Fairies Challenge Christmas in October

Card Recipe

White card and card blank- Craftwork Cards
Ink pads- Memento Toffee Crunch for image and the music, Distress Ink Old Paper for inking the edges to make card look more cream than white and Colorbox Rosebud on the tag at top of card
Card- Core'dinations Sugar and spice for mat and die, sanded.
Stamps- Lotv Holy Light and set 46 Background Bits-Notes for the music . Stamps by Chloe Starburst Background. Hunkydory Snowy Swirls for tag.
Pens- Copic Ciao
Dies- Spellbinders Labels 8 for image, Decorative Labels 8 for image mat. Dies by Chloe Medium and small Poinsettia builder dies
Vellum- Docrafts 12x12 Glitter Vellum Polka Dot for poinsettias
Punch- Xcut Leafy Lace
Embossing powder- Wow Pink Sherbert Embossing Glitter for Starburst Background and Sparkling Snow for the Snowy Swirls on tag
Other bits and bobs- DecoArt Glamour Dust on the image, lace, ribbon and charm from stash, small and large flatback pearls from Andy's crafts, string for charm came from the tag, tag from Blade Rubber stamps.

Well another long post so I better get back to my crafting.
Sending you all a big hug,
Debra x

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Finally I've made a Christmas card!!!!

Hello there. I keep looking at different blogs at the lovely Christmas cards everyone has made and I've started to panic as I haven't made any. Things have been conspiring against me (my excuse and I'm sticking with it!) and I just haven't got around to it. Anyway, at last, I've got one made to show you. Just the one, mind you, but it's a start.  

This is just a close-up to show the glitter on the card. Glamour dust is used on the image, the Tattered lace corner is cut out of glitter card, even the ribbon has glitter snowflakes printed on it.

The sentiment is stamped with a Versamark watermark stamp pad and then embossed with silver embossing powder on a tag stamped with snowflakes and swirls. The charm is tied on with a lovely fluffy thread and then Fran-tage encrusted jewels are sprinkled and then embossed to add a little bit more sparkle just in case there isn't enough!

Card Recipe

Card blank & stamping card- Craftwork cards
Stamp pads- Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark watermark, Colorbox robin's egg.
Pens- Copic Ciao
Stamps- Lotv Festive post and set 35 Christmas handwritten phrases. Hunkydory Snowy swirls.
Paper- Lotv Beach bliss, Maja It's Christmas time, Kraft card, glitter card.
Ribbon- both from stash
Fluffy thread- Ek success adornments- had this a long time so don't know if still available
Tag- Blade rubber stamps
Charm- Hobby house
Die- Tattered lace corner die
Other bits & bobs- Stampendous Fran-tags encrusted jewel white kit. DecoArt Glamour dust.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges-
 The Ribbon Girls October Challenge Make It Sparkly

LOTV October Challenge Anything Goes

I had a fabulous time last Saturday at the GNPE at Harrogate. I bought lots of crafty goodies but the best bit was meeting up with Carole, who I started following on her blog as her cards are lovely and has some great ideas for them. We had a good natter as we kept meeting on various stands and I felt like I'd known her for ages! I think we both bought more than we intended but you can never have too much craft stuff as I keep telling my hubby, lol. I have to say a big thank you to my son who was a big help reaching over peoples heads to get me things as the stands were busy and to him and his girlfriend, Lexi, for their company at the show. Thanks!
Well that was a long post today so I should really go and start a making a card.

Thank you for your visit, I hope you like today's card.
Sending you a big hug,
Debra x