Wednesday, November 30, 2011

6th batch of Xmas cards

This batch is a WoW, with a tiny bit of red. I had the idea in my head for a while but never got a chance to make it before. I used a Papermania Xmas tree embossing folder and Dimension Fourth stamp. (The picture is not great, sorry, but we are having a fairly dull and grey week). Hope you like them.
Onto some challenges:
Ladybugs Crafts Ink - WoW (white on white)
Creative Card Crew - Monochromatic
Quirky Crafts - Clean and simple
Craft Your Days Away - Buttons or Bows
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Fab'nFunky - Anything goes
Stamptacular Sundays - Anything Xmas

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stuck Santa

And another 2 CAS Xmas cards with another image from Birds Cards ("Stuck Santa"), coloured with Letraset Promakers; Nestabilites frame; Glistening Snow Writer.
Dream Valley - Sparkle
Craft your passion - Tis the Season
Fairy Tale - Xmas
Simply Create Too - About Xmas
Gingerloft - Xmas/winter
Phindy's Place - A sprinkle of snow
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes (with Promarkers)

Winter mittens

A couple of Xmas cards made over the weekend, with a handy image from Birds Cards, coloured with Letraset Promarkers; "Christmas Fun" was stamped with acrylic stamps from different brands; snowflakes embossing folder and cotton twine. Again, pretty CAS style.
Entering these cards onto:
Craft your passion - Tis the Season
Fairy Tale - Xmas
Simply Create Too - About Xmas
Gingerloft - Xmas/winter
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Xmas
Phindy's Place - A sprinkle of snow
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes (with Promarkers)

OLL #94 - Sparkle

Time for another great challenge at Ooh La la - this fortnight show us Lots of Sparkle!
For my card I used one of the beautiful papers from the Carnival of Colours CD - White Magnolia. The flower is handmade with various papers and all the sparkle comes in the shape a big pearl in the centre of the flower and many little Liquid Pearls, around the sentiment and around the card.

I hope you like my Sparkly card. Why don't you show us yours? You have until Sunday 11th December to enter the challenge! And with Xmas coming, surely you must have some sparkle in your crafting! ;-)
Let's see about challenges out there:
Digital Tuesday - Sparkle and shine
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Birthday Sundays - Birthday card
Fresh Brew Designs - Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes

Have a nice week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Recycling and icicles

Have you ever had an idea that works sooo well in your head and once it turns into paper it all just falls apart and ends up awful, like nothing you had imagined? Well, this is the story of this particular card. I bought the icicle die cut in the NEC a few weeks ago, it was in my Must Get things list. It is not that I am disappointed with it, but I was probably expecting more. More what? More...dunno! just more. LOL. It is pretty fiddly to get the paper out... But I can't blame the die for a bad card! I guess the idea just didn't quite work out the way I had imagined. So then trying to finish it off, I decided to put this little penguin recycled from an old Xmas card, in an attempt to save the poor thing. Anyhow, I am not happy with this card but my son loves it!! LOL!
Any suggestions on how to improve it? :-)
Some suitable challenges
Pollycrafts - Xmas fun
Frosted Designs - Die cuts
CES challenge - Snowflakes
Crafters Companion - Let it snow
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes

5th batch of Xmas cards

This batch is a mixture of batch 2 and 3. Since I still have some of these sparkly die cuts left I will most likely make more cards of any of these 3 styles. It is a CAS style I like, and it is so practical when you have 50 Xmas cards to come up with!
Onto some challenges:
Pollycrafts - Xmas fun
Paper Creations ink - Xmas
Frosted Designs - Die cuts
Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings - CAS Xmas and ribbon
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes

Monday, November 21, 2011

4th batch of Xmas card 2011

Another set of Christmas cards, this time using a beautiful digital image from BirdsCards and a lovely sentiment from TLC Creations, and lots and lots of blue sequins.
Hope you like the design
Some challenges:
The Stamping Boutique - Winter/holidays 
Totally Gorjuss - Xmas traditions
Digital Tuesday - Xmas time
Creatalicious - Xmas with sparkle
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
2 Sisters - Let it sparkle
One stitch at a Time - Anything goes

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Another CAS Thank you card

Another CAS Thank you card made with leftover papers.
Catch the Bug - Thanks
Crafts and me - Simples
Cute Card Thursday - Green and grey

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gift for newborn

Our dear neighbours recently had their 5th child - and this time it was a girl!! After 4 boys, you can only imagine how delighted they all are with the arrival of little Holly. My gift to them, apart from the card and the usual baby clothes, is a Memory box.

The card was made a few weeks ago, as soon as Holly was born, but I only got to make the box yesterday. [You probably remember this very same layout being used in previous cards for newborn.]

The box (23x23cm) is red, white and pink; I decided to deviate a bit from the usual newborn/baby colours, I thought this would be a nice colour combination anyway, and together with the baby image, matching the card, it goes fairly well in my view.
Hope you like both the card and the memory box.
Different views of the box:

Some challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Recyle (box)
Incy Wincy Designs - Tic Tac Toe (red, flower, stitch punch)
Paper Sundaes - Digi Image
Thanks for your comments!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A quick Thank you card

We needed a Thank You card today, so I made something very very quick and simple at lunchtime, while the baby was napping, with papers left from other projects.
And here's what a quick CAS Thank you card looks like :-)
Since it is Thanksgiving season there are a lot of Thank You challenges out there :-)
Card Making Mamas - Be Thankful
Phindy's Place - Thankful
Aud Sentiments - Thank You
Penny's Challenges - Give Thanks
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Giving Thanks 
Magical Monday - Use those scraps

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bingo!! OLL#93

This fortnight at Ooh La la we have a great challenge for you! Play Bingo with us!! Whether it is a line or a full house :-) Here is the bingo grid:
I went for a full house (is this how you call it when you have all the lines/elements??!) and included all the items in my card. Hope you like it and it is of some inspiration to you ;-)
Some suitable challenges:
Anything goes - Stitching
Inky Impressions - Glitter
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo (lace, gems, glitter, die cut, ribbon, button, flowers)
Crafts  your days away - Embellishments bingo (lace, pearls, pin)
Dutch Dare- Punches/dies
Dream Valley - Stitching

Don't forget to check the creations of the rest of the OLL DT for more inspiration!
Have a nice week!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Teenage card

This was probably one of the quickest cards ever - you know the situation... "Could you make a birthday card for!?" So I did. It is for a teenager I don't know much about, so kept it very very simple. Not sure the guy is the "Converse type", if you know what I mean, but it should do the trick, given the short notice :-)
The card itself is pretty small, 9x11cm; the Converse trainer is an image from a drawing tutorial (Dragoart), coloured with Letraset Promarkers. Paper leftover and Hero Arts sentiment.
Suitable challenges:
Crafts and me - Birthday
Craft your Passion - Anything goes + brown
Digital Tuesday - Anything goes
2 Sisters - Anything goes

Being fabulous

Just a very quick post to show you a little card I made for a friend a few weeks ago but never got the chance to post about (it's not a great picture, I am afraid). I believe both image and sentiment are from Create with TLC.
Paper, ribbon and card candy from my own stash.
Some challenges:
Crafts and me - Birthday
My partner in Crafting Crime - Use a freebie
Digital Tuesday - Anything goes
Daisy Doodles - Anything with digi
2 Sisters - Anything goes

Friday, November 11, 2011

3rd batch of Xmas cards

Another 6 Christmas cards, following the CAS style used in the 2nd batch; nothing further to add :-)
Onto some challenges:
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Floweret Stamplar - Christmas
Little Claire - Christmas
I did it Creations - Christmas
Top tip Tuesday - Anything Christmas
2 Sisters - Ribbon
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
Totally Stampalicious - Anything goes
Catch the bug - Anything goes

Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2nd batch of Xmas cards 2011

This is a very simple style but in my view a pretty effective one for a Xmas card. Since I have other sparkly Xmas die cuts I will probably use this same layout to make more similar batches. Stay tuned ;-)
Just a note to point out that the snowflakes are very sparkly and glittery in real life and the cardstock, very purple; just not a very good pic, I guess :-)

Some suitable challenges for this set of cards:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings - Christmas with ribbon
Winter Wonderland - make your card Sparkle
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Sweet n Sassy - Christmas/Holidays
Crafters Companion - Let it snow

First batch of Christmas cards 2011

It had to be done. I always feel lazy to start the first batch, but then I keep going and by making 3 or 4 cards every second day, the 50 Xmas cards we need to send to family and friends every year get sorted without too much hassle.
And here's the first batch. Pretty straight forward. The paper is from Xmas PaperCraft Collection 2011; the digital image is from Spyder's Corner, coloured with Letraset Promarkers, and a touch of 3D embossing liquid; the sentiment is TLC Creations.

Let's see about challenges:
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom - Sweet Xmas
Sweet n Sassy - Christmas/Holiday
Pollycrafts - Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything goes
Dream Valley - Anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Xmas goes
Paper Pretties - Use a sentiment

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Heaven and Hell

I imagine religious people would tend to have a very clear idea of what heaven and hell look like. I don't, but I'd say the closest thing to it must be what I lived yesterday. Yesterday, ladies, I went to the crafts fair in the NEC, Birmingham. [Last year, due to my pregnancy, I was able to go in March but not in November (sob, sob). So I cannot even begin to tell you about my excitement!!]
So let's start with hell. Hell must be what it was like in the NEC from 11am to 2pm yesterday. There was SOOOO many people in that hall. The place was absolutely packed. People with bags, handbags, pushing totes or pulling trolleys; people in wheelchairs; people with prams; old, young, male, female. People everywhere, it was bumper to bumper, to the point that the atmosphere was asfixiating!
But then, the place was also heaven. Because for any crafts lover, the idea of a big hall full of crafting goodies and crafty talented and minded people really is heaven. And since in Europe we do not really have the likes of Joannes and Michaels to go shopping every week, or monthly huge crafts exhibitions like the Americans have, for instance, that place yesterday was like being in paradise to me.
And here's what I purchased - budget was limited, unfortunately, but I still managed to get most of the MUST things in my list.
What do you think? I am completely new to Craft Robo, and I am aware this is the simplest version, now being discontinued, but the offer was good and within my skills my view is that I should be able to get quite a lot out of this tool.
So if you are an expert on Craft Robo, have suggestions, recommendations, ideas, links, etc. please do send them my way because it would be great to get a bit of help :-)
And if you are planning to go to the NEC tomorrow (last day), get ready for heaven and hell! ;-)