Saturday, 5 September 2015

CASE-ing Christmas September

Hello, friends! Welcome back to a another month of  CASE-ing Christmas Challenge! As you are aware, we are now a MONTHLY challenge and our challenge will run from the 5th of each month at 6:00am CST until the last day of the month at 11:55pm CST.

Each month, we will be celebrating CHRISTMAS on the 25th by doing a random giveaway to one lucky participant! We will have a variety of prizes to give out, but you MUST be linked up by the 23rd of each month in order to be entered into the drawing! :)

As before, we'll give you a card to CASE and you CASE it! If you've never CASEd a card, here's what you need to do:
  • Look at the CASE card photo.
  • Be inspired by some element of the card. This could be colours, layout, image, etc.
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at the CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by 11:55pm CST 30 September 2015.
Let's kick off our challenge by showing you the card to CASE for the month of September.  This beautiful card was created by Mynn and I can't wait to see your take on it.

I was inspired by the snowman and the snowy landscape to make this card using Clearly Besotted stamps and dies. The cute snowman is from the Merry Little Christmas set, which sadly is now discontinued. For the snowy landscape I used the Tree Landscape Die, also by Clearly Besotted. Lots of layering for dimension. Each snow dune is a die-cut layer, with the trees snipped off.  And to finish minimal embellies for this card: some silver string, Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  

I stamped the little guy with Memento Paris Dusk and coloured him with Graph'It markers. The greeting is also stamped Memento Paris Dusk.

And here's a closer look at the landscape. I created the sky by blending Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac. The snowflakes are embossed with WOW Bright White EP.

Allsorts #327: Lots of Layers
Creative Artistes #6: AG
Jingle Belles: Tic Tac Toe - Stamping, Die Cuts, Glitter
Winter Wonderland: Add A Sentiment
CHNC #245: Twas the Night Before Christmas
Christmas Stampin All Year Long #55: AG
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas: Use A Die


Link up your project by 23 September 2015 and you will be entered into the Christmas in September random prize draw.  We are giving away this festive patterned paper pack called Christmas Past by MHK Designs. This bundle offers 14 gorgeous papers with a vintage vibe to remind you of Christmases past. So pretty, so versatile.

Head on over to the CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog for links to all the cards made by the DT for this challenge. There's no shortage of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy CASE-ing!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Eclectic Ellapu September: Anything Goes

A thousand apologies to my teamies at Eclectic Ellapu. This was supposed to go live at midnight 1 September ... and it clearly didn't! I left it as "draft". Oooops! My bad ... no excuse! Sorreeeee.


Hello September! It's time for another month-long challenge over at  Eclectic Ellapu.  Thank you so much for playing along with us last month. So many gorgeous entries! I hope you'll join us again this month.

As always the 2 teams - Pinks and Purples - are playing together, but in their respective sandpits. The Pinkies are taking it easy with "Anything Goes" and the Purplies are encouraging you to dig deep into your crafty stash and use something "Use Something Old".

Here's offering - a bright and happy card to remind us of the summer we left behind. Truth be told, it wasn't much of a summer this year. It used to be infernally hot, with some days reaching 40ºC. This year the best we've had is 34ºC ... for about 10 days.

The image and sentiment are from Clearly Besotted's Sunshine & Smiles stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia. Keeping the design clean and simple with a strip of patterned paper from Papermania's Capsule Collection Sunshine and a few pearls.

A closer look at the image. I coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils and fussy cut a little on the left so that it overlaps on to the patterned paper.

I sent this card to LaVonn in Illinois as part of the August Card Chain Challenge. I got a card and a load of goodies from LesLee in California. 43girls made and exchanged cards across the globe! You can see the full reveal over at Deborah Nolan's blog: August 2015 Card Chain Challenge Reveal.

If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge gig, check out the CCC FAQs over at Debi's Society of Stampaholics. Basically we send out card a card a month and receive one in return from anywhere in the world. It's fun getting something other than bills in the mail. You should try it!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Make It Colourful
Wonderful Wednesday: AG
Crafting Musketeers #29: Autumnal Colours
Crafting By Designs September: AG
Word Art Wednesday #199: AG Family Friendly
Creative Moments #/&: AG / Add A Sentiment


Now it's your turn to create and link up your labour of love over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. Remember, we have 2 concurrent challenges: "Anything Goes" for the Pink Team and "Use Something Old" for the Purple Team. You can enter one or both challenges as many times as you wish, but make sure you link up your projects by 11:59pm UK on 30th September 2015.

Thank you for stopping by today. Here's to a fabulous month!


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #260: Treats

Good morning, friends! Welcome to September and to another Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Our theme this week is "Treats" and we sponsored by Robyn's Fetish. That means we get to play with their gorgeous digis. If you don't have anything by Robyn's Fetish, you can still play along, as long as you follow our challenge theme.

My project features this delish Cupcake with Leaf. I've kept it simple with scraps of paper from my stash, brown gingham ribbon and Doodlebug Bon Bon brown sequins. This card is all about the cupcake.

I coloured the image with Graph'it alcohol markers and dropped a dollop of Ranger Glossy Accents in the middle of the flower. Super simple ... and yummy!

Hiding In My Craft Room #214: AG
Crafting From The Heart #75: AG
Craft Your Passion #275: AG


Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Treats". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK Monday, September 6th.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

It's three years today that our gentle ginger kitty crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She's up there with Snoopy, Rosie and André ... chilling and waiting. Thanks for stopping by today. Here's to a the start of a splendid September.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Polka Doodles #35: Things With Wings

Oh my word!!! Can you believe it's time for a brand new show and tell over at Polka Doodles! The theme for the next fortnight is "Things With Wings". And that's my cue to go bird-crazy!

I'm using the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter CD to make another Christmas card.  The patterned papers is so delightfully retro - LOVE it! With a few sequins and sheer green ribbon from my stash my card is done.

I've coloured the cute little bird from the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter CD with my Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils and inked the edges with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink. This bird is a joy to colour.

Crafting By Design: Things With Wings
Wonderful Wednesday: AG
Word Art Wednesday #198: AG Family Friendly
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Crafty Ribbon #125: Butterfly &/ Or Birds + Ribbon


Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 11 September 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate for downloads at the Polkadoodles Store.

What better excuse to head straight to your craft room! Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see your projects. Have a warm and sunny crafty weekend, friends.


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #14: Candles

We are on Week 2 of  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge.  We have some super lush colours for you. These elegant colours will work for any occasion. Here's reminder of the swatch:

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

Surprise ... surprise ... I made a Christmas card. These colours are so rich and regal which reminded me of a stained glass window in our parish Church. And before long I was taking a trip down Christmas avenue... again! For the background, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Dusty Concord, Seedless PreservesMilled Lavender and a touch of Picked Raspberry to brighten the mix. Then I heat embossed the stars from the new Sparkling Trees A5 sheet using WOW Silver EP. Next, satin purple ribbon tied in a bow and tiny pale purple bling to finish.

Now for the focal image - the stained glass window. And guess what? Chocolate Baroque has the perfect stamp! It's from the Stained Glass Christmas A5 sheet. I stamped the image with VersaFine Smokey Grey and coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils. Then I layered and mounted that piece onto some foam tape. Finally, a glob of Ranger Glossy Accents on each candle flame to complete the picture.

Happy Little Stampers August Christmas: Sparkle
Get Creative #22: No Patterned Paper
Word Art Wednesday #198: AG Family Friendly
Craft Dee Bowz August: AG + Hand-tied Bow
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Wonderful Wednesday: AG


The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 15th September 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 23th September 2015. Thanks for stopping by today. If you got the mid-week blues (as I do!) ... cheer up, the weekend is almost here! Have a beautiful day, friends :)


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Christmas Joy

Hello again, friends. It's still Christmas in my little crafty corner and I bring you a couple of projects featuring this month's festive stamp release by Chocolate Baroque.

My first card showcases one of the new individual cling mounted stamps called Rejoice!. I prepared the background by blending several colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and masking off sections to create the mountains. For the sky I used: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and a touch of Aged Mahogany around the edges. The mountain in the foreground: Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans. The moon: Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade.

Here's a closer look at her the rising angel. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured her  with Graph'It alcohol markers.  The wings are heat embossed on vellum using WOW Bright White EP. I fussy cut and adhered both onto the inked background, leaving most of the wings free so she looks like she's flying.

Through The Craft Room Door 25 Aug: AG
Retarte #59: AG
Christmas Card Challenges #38: AG Christmas
Alphabet Challenge: N - No Patterned Paper

My second card is an easy number. I started by making the background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Shaded Lilac for the sky. Then I stamped the deer, trees and snowflakes from the Sparkling Trees A5 sheet and created a scene. The sentiment is from the Snowy Penguins clear set, stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue.

I stamped the deer with VersaFine Vintage Sepia; the trees: VersaFine Deep Lagoon; and the snowflakes:VersaMagic Sea Breeze. Next I coloured the images with Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft water colour pencils and finished the project with Stardust Stickles and Silver Liquid Pearls.
Admittedly, the dimensions are a little off on this card but hey, after a glass mug tanker or two of mulled wine, you'd hardly notice!

Holly Jolly Christmas: Snowflakes and Sparkle
Get Creative #22: No Patterned Paper
Crafty Cardmakers #146: No Patterned Paper
Craft Your Passion #276: AG
Crafting From The Heart #74: AG

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you're having fun with these stamps and getting ahead with your Christmas makes. Just in case you aren't getting enough festive inspiration, I have TWO more in store for you this week! (Is that a groan I hear?!)


Monday, 24 August 2015

Polka Doodles Launch: Frosted Winter #3

Polka Doodles has just launch a new Christmas collection. Remember sweet Octavia Moonfly? She's back in this brand new festive special release called Octavia Frosted Winter. Today, I bring you my fourth sample made with images, papers and embellishments form this set.

The Octavia Frosted Winter collection is bursting with all that is magical and wintery. And to show you how complete and versatile it is, I've mixed hand-coloured digi with pre-coloured embellishment with a few extra bits from my stash to create this frosty number and Stickles.... of course!

Here's a closer look at the image. It's called Frosty Penguin and is available as a separate download image. I coloured it with Graph'It markers. I popped up the greeting on some foam tape. Some silver thread and pale blue bling complete the project.

Christmas Card Challenges #38: AG
Craft Your Passion #276: AG
A Snowflakes Promise #3: Winter Theme
Hiding In My Craft Room #213: Any Holiday
Crafting from the Heart #74: AG

You can find more inspiration from the rest of the design team over at these Polka Doodles social media hot-spots:

Also, check out more festive inspiration over at these Face Book groups:
Over the next few days you'll see more dazzling makes by the Design Team from the Octavia Frosted Winter. Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Polka Doodles Launch: Frosted Winter 2

Polka Doodles has just launch a new Christmas collection. Remember sweet Octavia Moonfly? She's back in this brand new festive special release called Octavia Frosted Winter. Today, I bring you my third sample made with images, papers and embellishments form this set.

Here's the perfect card for the Gingerbread Lover. In the Octavia Frosted Winter collection you will find tons... I mean TONS, of beautiful digital embellishments. Of course you can use them as such or re size these images to make them the focus point of your creation. I did just that with the jar of gingerbread folk and the individual gingerbread man and gingerbread lady.

The patterned paper, sentiment, pressies, poinsettias and folliage are also from this collection. I just added some the sheer Stickles and bling to complete my card.

Crafting By Design: Get Ready For Christmas

You can find more inspiration from the rest of the design team over at these Polka Doodles social media hot-spots:

Also, check out more festive inspiration over at these Face Book groups:
Over the next few days you'll see more dazzling makes by the Design Team from the Octavia Frosted Winter. Thank you so much for stopping by today.

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