Sunday, 21 December 2014

Penguin Christmas card for Christmas Card Challenge

Hello everyone,

Only 4 sleeps until the big day and I'm chasing my tail to get everything done. Our choir has just finished the last few performances before Christmas so I should have more time to spend at home and start wrapping! We sang at a Hospice Service the other day and it was so moving. They have a service to light their outdoor Christmas Tree and invite everyone who has had a bereavement to come along. Each person is given a candle, and as the tree is turned on, a candle flame is passed from person to person and they are invited to remember their loved one, and give thanks for the time they shared with them. Although the service is very moving, it isn't at all maudlin and I am so thankful for Hospice Services that help so many people.

It is time for week 3 over at Christmas Card Challenges .where this time the theme is penguins and we were given this sweet picture to inspire us

I came up with this card using a very cute penguin but I'm afraid he is one of the stamps that I removed from a wooden block, and the name of the stamp has been lost in my chaos.

I kept it simple and used a Papertrey Ink snow stamp to create the background, then added a Penny Black tree just off the left hand side. I cut the snowbank and embossed the greeting in Wow embossing powder. The penguin was stamped and coloured, then I fussy cut him so he could skate down the bank on a frosty path that I added with some snow glitter.

If you are making last minute cards, why not pop over to my talented Design Team friends to get some great inspiration. Our challenge is for any kind of Christmas card and the theme is just for inspiration, so if you don't have penguin image, you can still join us.

                Alanna     Donna     Gail    Heather     Jessica     JoAnn     Lisa  
                                     Margo     Marsha     Monica     Shirley Anne     Tenia

I can't resist entering this into the

 Casology Challenge which is - snow

A Creative Need - playing with snow

Christmas at Sweet Stampin - winter sports

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Clearly Besotted CAS Christmas card

Hello everyone,

Only eleven sleeps to Christmas Day and I'm sure that, like me, you are busy with all the preparations so I'll keep this short and sweet. We are on to week to over at Christmas Card Challenge 


and this time we are asking you to make a Clean and Simple card. I came up with this one

I used my new Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style stamps and dies and the sentiment is from their Most Wonderful set. I chose non traditional colours for this and I quite like how they go together.

Why not join us this week and if you click on the DT names below you will find lots of wonderful inspiration.

                             Alanna     Donna     Gail    Heather     Jessica     JoAnn     Lisa
                                     Margo     Marsha     Monica     Shirley Anne     Tenia

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas table setting

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to Kristen of a Simply Enchanted Life, who is a new recent follower. Kristen is a stay at home Mum to 6 girls and her blog includes recipe ideas and book reviews. This busy lady also makes jewelry and handmade bath and body items to sell in her online shops.

Well today it is time for the final challenge of the year over at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

and this time it is a month long challenge with 2 themes, firstly - an anything goes Christmas card, and secondly - anything but a card. This week I am sharing my anything but a card. I chose to use a pretty Christmas candle image from Fitztown called Winter 2 and made my Christmas table place settings.

I reduced the size of the image to make my placecards and cut them out with a Papertrey Ink placecard die and stamped the matching border image on it. I finished them off by stamping the names on the cards with the AveryElle Lovely Letters alphabet stamp set, and a little holly stamp.

For the napkin holders, I simply coloured the candle images, cut them with a circle punch, and added a backing layer with a scallop punch. I made a tube of thin card to push the napkin through and adhered the focal image.

And finally, I cut out a gable favour box on my Silhouette Cameo, and added another circle focal image with a couple of background layers on the front.

I know we are all really busy at this time of year but I really enjoyed playing with these simple ideas that are easy to make multiples of, and I hope they will look good on my Christmas table.

Thanks for stopping by, and while you are here, why not pop over to the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge and see what my talented Team mates have for your inspiration.

Carol x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Papertrey Ink Christmas Card for Christmas Card Challenges

Hello everyone,

I'm delighted to say that I have been asked to join the Sparkle's Sunday Christmas Card Challenge Blog Design Team, and I'd like to thank Alanna for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people. Week one is a colour challenge and Alanna gave us this lovely photo for inspiration

I came up with this card

using Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade 9 die and stamps, and Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border die. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, stamped with dark grey ink. Although I have popped the central panel on foam pads to give a bit of dimension, it still is flat enough to mail at normal postal rates which is always a bonus.

Why not join us over at Christmas Card Challenges and you can access each of the Design Team@s creation by clicking on the links below.

  Shirley Anne

I'd like to enter this into he challenge over at

Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Kraft Papertrey Ink Christmas Card


Hello everyone and a specially warm welcome to Tenia of Jazzy Paper Designs who is recent new follower. Tenia is a talented Jazz pianist who papercrafts in her spare time and has a place on a squillion Design Teams so her blog is always full of great inspiration. Welcome too to Shirley-Anne of Stamping for Joy. Shirley-Anne has been crafting for more that 12 years and is also on a number of Design Teams. I spotted this on one of her recent blog posts and it certainly spoke to me.

I think I need to put this on my fridge door! And last but definitely not least, welcome to Gail  of Crafty Creations, who has been blogging for a little more than a year now and has lots of cute cards to inspire you and has just started on her first Design Team.

Well we're now back from our travels and the scheduled posts seemed to work okay.Thank you for all your good wishes on our 40th Anniversary, and we had a great time celebrating over quite a long period!!! Its back to earth with a bang now and I can't believe how close to Christmas it is with hardly a present bought yet. The Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is going to help my Christmas card stash because this time Nichole says 

The theme for this month is snow!  Dig out your favorite snow stamps and snowflake dies.  Create the illusion of snow with glitter or mica flakes.  Make some snow filled shaker elements with beads or sequins.  Whatever you decide, get creative and create your own winter wonderland with your paper crafting supplies! 

I came up with this card

I took a kraft card panel and stamped it with an Impression Obsession striped background stamp. When the ink had dried I cut it with a stitched rectangle die, and then stamped lots of snowflakes from PTI Snowfall and Snowflake Serenade, and embossed them with white embossing powder. I die cut the Merry in pure poppy card and stamped the Christmas sentiment underneath. A few red pearls finished it off and I then mounted it onto a Kraft card base.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

I'd like to play along with the following challenges

A Gem of a Challenge - kraft plus another colour

Crafting when we can - clean and simple

Scrapers delights challenge - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Silhouette Cameo and Bugaboo gift box

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge. This time we are sponsored by

and the challenge is Elf.

I decided to make a gift pillow box on my Silhouette Cameo and stamped and embossed the greeting on the bottom left hand corner. The image I used was the Bugaboo Deacon Elf, and I imported this into my Silhouette Studio software and cut it out before I coloured it with Copic markers.

 I added glitter to the hat, bobbles and dots on the present, put some ribbon round the belly of the box,
stuck the elf over the top and called it done!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Crafting When We Can - clean and simple

A Little Bit Crafty - clean and simple

Crafting Musketeers - anything but a card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 21 November 2014

White on White Silhouette Cameo Christmas card

            Simply Create Too

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last challenge before Christmas over at Simply Create Too. This time Diane has asked us to think Snow, Snow, Snow/Use White, and I came up with this card

I used My Silhouette Cameo to cut the frame, stars and sentiment, and then cut it again so I could snip out some additional  stars and the sentiment with my scissors. I cut a panel and stamped an old Halloween tree on it with Versamark Ink then added some snowy acetate over it before placing the frame on top so the acetate was sandwiched between the two. I then added glitter to the extra shapes and decoupaged them onto the frame to give it a little more dimension. I used a corner rounder on the panel and then added it to the base card with some foam squares to finish it off. I had thought of making it into a shaker card but the frame was quite narrow, so I thought I would leave it plain.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog and join in with us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for all white

City Crafter - one word sentiment.

Cute Card Thursday - stars

Divas by Design challenge - snow

Carol x


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