Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Card Club #22: Christmas Reindeer

Gosh! Has it been 2 weeks since our last CCC meet-up? The days are zooming by at such breakneck speed I fear Christmas might pass me by. Last year I told myself I'd get all my cards in the mail by the third week of November... and then I go and promise a (dear) friend a dozen festive cards as a gift. I think she's expecting them sometime before Christmas too. Have I lost my mind?!

The theme this fortnight is Christmas Reindeer - chosen by our very own Miss Rita. I whipped up this card in no time at all - and in my world that means in under 2 hours. This is not a 10 minute dash, nor 20 nor 40. The stopwatch read 1 hour 52mins and 47 seconds as I placed my final Liquid Pearl. Most of that time was spent mulling, worrying, panicking and looking for stuff (found my new Versafine Satin Red pad MIA since February ... woohoo!) Time to clean the "studio". (I'm hoping the pretentious name with motivate me to pick up the broom ... if I can find the darn thing!)

And one more thing - not even one stitch on this card. There simply wasn't enough time. I'm still not over the anguish and trauma. This will take a while to heal.
No patterned paper. I stamped the fireworks burst in Versacolor Silver and added
Liquid Pearls for stars ... and in my haste a couple of them turned out to be meteors!
To finish, some silver thread.

I die cut the snow globe and placed it over with foam tape. Santa and his reindeers
are stamped with Versafine Black Onyx, the city scape with Versafine Majestic Blue, the
moon with Memento Cantaloupe, the snowflakes with Versacolor Silver and for the
sentiment I used Versafine Satin Red.

More fireworks on the inside.

Clearly Besotted products used above:

Set the Scene and coordinating snow globe die
Signature Christmas"Peace Love Joy" and "&Happy New Year"
Christmas Cheer"From Our Home To Yours"

A few challenges? Well why not?

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #33: AG - Use Your Imagination
Sister Act Cards #79: AG Cards Only
Christmas Card Challenges #47: Inspiration Photo
CHNC #199: Something Forgotten or Never Used - my VersaFine Satin Red stamp pad purchased in February, never opened, went missing and was found yesterday! What luck! LOL
Clearly Besotted #14: Christmas

Here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. These ladies are organised, very talented and unlike me, they know what they're doing. I highly recommend you pop by for a dose of inspiration.

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm off to look for a broom... perhaps, buy one :)


Friday, 17 October 2014

Polkadoodles #42: Christmas Fun

Hello friends! Happy Friday ... and why not? The weekend begins in a few hours. What a week it has been. Let's celebrate with a new challenge begins over at Polka Doodles and it's called "Christmas Fun" ... what better excuse to make another festive card.

Here's my card. I'm using a dolly from the Dolly Daydream Girl Talk Bonus CD. She's a glamorous gal, all dressed up like a Christmas tree! You can also get her as a single digi -  Dolly Daydream Glitz Digi. She's a joy to colour, I tell ya

The bg papers for my card are from the Angelberry Christmas Mini Collection CD. I decided to go for on non- trad colours of pink and blue because Dolly here insisted on wearing her sexy red dress with green trim. She's a right attention seeker, that one! To finish, I tied a turquoise bow over the greeting ... to match the bg papers. I made sure I had the final word ... hah!

Here is a close-up of the young lady. I coloured her with Graph'It markers and fussy cut her and she took her place centre stage.  I threw in  a few bling to help her sparkle.

The sentiment inside is also from the Angelberry CD. It's full of fabulous stuff for Christmas.

A few challenges... because Dolly is such a show-off:

Sister Act Cards #79: AG Cards Only
Creative Moments #53: AG
Scrapping4Fun #28: AG
ABC Challenge: V is for Vibrant
Addicted To Stamps #117: Make Your Mark - Graph'It Markers
Crafty Girl #29: AG (final challenge... please play along and show support)

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a Christmas project and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) October 31st. The winner will receive the fabulous Winston CD from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, November 7th, along with the DT's Top 3 entries.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you'll have fun with this challenge .... I sure did! Have an awesome Friday, friends!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #4

Ooooh! I'm bad!

Completely forgot to publish this scheduled post.... it should have gone out yesterday. Maybe it's this awful weather we're having ... or maybe I'm consumed by guilt for having polished the last slice of cheese cake and for shamelessly licking the plate. Whatever the reason, I plain forgot to get this card out and to entice you into playing along with Chocolate Baroque's brand new Colour Challenge #4.

I hope it's not too late! The colours are gorgeous and the DT makes nothing short of spectacular! Here's my humble offering:

For the background I stamped the floral stamp form the Texture Fragments A4 sheet with TH Black Soot and heat set it with Stampendous Clear EP. Then I inked the background with TH Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany. On the 4 corners I attached 4 pink brads. To finish, a sheer bow in dark red. (Can't go wrong with a big fat bow!)   

The focal image is from the Butterfly Dreams A4 sheet, stamped with Versafine Black Onyx onto watercolour paper. I coloured the image with TH Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey using a Sakura Koi WaterBrush #2. With a white gel pen I went over the stalks for an added pop of white.

On the inside, I stamped a stalk from from the Wild Meadow A4 sheet with TH Wild Honey and Bundled Sage.

A few challenges for this card:

Crafty Girls Challenge #29: Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps #117: Make Your Mark - water colouring with distress inks
Word Art Wednesday #154: Anything Goes Inspirational
Inspiration Destination #3: Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie: Autumn Colours
Stamplorations October: Stamps & Embossing

The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. (UK) on Tuesday 18th November 2014, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th November 2014. I hope you'll play along and run the risk of winning £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. Are you game?

Thank you so much for stopping buy. I'll try an get myself more organised but with just one more day left in the week, I had better get my skates on! See ya in blogland, friends!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #217: Awareness

Hello, friends! Are you ready for another Tuesday Throwdown? Let's get straight to it!

This week it's all about "Awareness". It can be about anything: from Breast Cancer to Autism. Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo and I'm using their Breast Cancer image called: Pink Ribbon Gals - Vivian.

The patterned papers is from a very old MME pack... Quite
Contrary, I think.

Meet Vivian. She's a strong gal. I coloured her with
Graph'It and Promarkers

A little good luck wish on the inside.

How about we spread the word by entering these challenges:

Crafting From The Heart #40: AG
Pinky Dolls #4: AG or Fall Colours
Sweet Stampin': For A Friend
The Crafting Café October: Think Pink
Sisterhood of Crafters: Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Awareness". 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 by Monday, October 20th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish y'all a beautiful Tuesday.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn Peppers

Good morning, friends. How's the weather over at your end? Here's it's wet, cold and windy... perfect weather to be at home ... crafting. Oh well...., maybe one day, eh? For now I want to show you a step card featuring the stalk of peppers from Chocolate Baroque's new October release stamps called Autumn Poppy A4 stamp sheet.

I created the background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks in blue and yellow. The colours are: Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Bundled Sage and Squeezed Lemonade. On the side panels I used one of the leafy stamps from the Autumn Poppy set and TH's DI Peacock Feathers to frame and create a background. On the central panel I used a stamp from the Texture Fragments A4 stamp sheet and Mowed Lawn.  

The sentiment is from the Loving Sentiments A5 stamp sheet and I stamped it on vellum with Brilliance Graphite Black. It's fast drying, slightly pearlescent and perfect for stamping on vellum. For layering I used red CS - the contrast really makes the blues and greens pop. More fussy cut leaves in the bottom panel. 

I stamped the peppers with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured the image with these Graph'It markers:
Leaves: Amazon, Tuscany, Pistachio, Anise
Peppers: Halloween, Carrot, Curry, Mango, Honey
Flower: Mimosa, Sun, Lemon
Stalk: Mocha, Bronze
A little fussy cutting, quick dry glue and voila!

A few challenges for this card:

That's all from me today. Must dash.... plenty to do. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all tomorrow!


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