Saturday, 30 November 2013

Can you guess what it is yet?????

Hello everyone - I've just got back from a Christmas Fair which was pretty successful - yippee!!!  Now, be warned, you'll probably need a cuppa for this post as it's WAY photo-heavy!

So, firstly as I've mentioned before I was very busy leading up to this fair making things - hence the question "can you guess what it is yet?"  Here's a clue:

Have you guessed?  Here it is in all it's glory.............

A fabric Christmas tree...........
and the surprise?????

full of yummy choccies!!!
These are quite large at about 12" high so you can get lots of Ferrrero Rocher in it!!!!  lol

And all the following photos show the goodies I've been making for the Christmas merry-go-round:

A fabric box similar to the Christmas Tree but with a shaped base

A fabric casket (which was filled with Ferrero Rocher today)

Another fabric wine box

Some decorated candles

A fabric After Eight Box - full, of course!!!

Tea light holders and boxes of After 8's

And lastly a couple of photos of my table today - I really, really needed two tables as I couldn't fit all my stuff on one 6 foot table but they were expensive (£25 each) and you need to know you will cover the cost of the table and then make some money for yourself.  Still, I'm doing another one in a couple of weeks time and I've got two tables for that which will be good.

It was lovely seeing Jill and her Mum, Heather, today - they were having a day out and we were the second craft fair they had been to and were heading off for Stourhead..........the best weather to see it in all its glory - hope you both had a great time.

Right better go and see to some dinner preparation.  Hope I haven't bored you silly...............have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing - just think in four weeks time it will be all over!!!!!

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Birthday Anne...........

Hi Everyone

Just a very quick post.  It's my friend Anne's birthday today and I'd like to wish her a very Happy Birthday.  I know she's being taken out tonight to a secret location so can't wait to hear about it!!!

Here's the card I made for her.

I've used the paper pad and stamp from the new Papermania Art Deco collection, Memory Box border and corner dies and Spellbinders Fancy Labels die; coloured with Promarkers with added ribbon and "bling".

Pop on over to Anne's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday - I'm sure she'll love it.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Addicted to CAS Challenge #26

Hello everyone - happy weekend to you all.  Well it's time for our next challenge at Addicted to CAS........where do the weeks go?  There is only one more challenge left for this year and that's going to be hosted by yours truly.  Anyway onto our new challenge.  Your hostess is the super talented Vicki of All I do is Stamp and this is the code word she's chosen for you:

Our Sponsor this week is:
Digi Darla Designs
and the prize will be 5 images of the winners' choice
Here is my DT card for the challenge and I'm afraid I went for the "aahhhhh" option!!!  lol  
This is a digistamp but I'm afraid I have no idea where I got it from, but it's too cute for words eh?  I printed it out and coloured with Promarkers and added Diamond Glaze to the eyes and nose.  I die cut a piece of card with a window using Spellbinders square nesties and popped it up over the image.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut using Spellbinders Fancy Tags 1.  I added some Liquid Pearls as a finishing touch.  Here's a close up:

Now, pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see all the wonderful cards the DT have made for your inspiration.  I'm looking forward to seeing your lovely cards over the next two weeks.
Have a great weekend.  Happy crafting.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Catching up..............

Hello all - no I've not disappeared but have been slaving away over a hot craft desk making "stuff" for a big Christmas Fair on the 30th and my list seems to be getting longer and the time shorter!!!  lol

Just thought I'd share with you some paperweights I've made to sell at the fair.  I actually got the paperweight blanks last week and thought they would make nice Christmas presents.  Luckily I had some nice sticky backed velvet to seal the underneath and the right size boxes to fit them into.

Here they are:

Oh, there are also some brooches and a pair of earrings that I made as well.  Hope it's going to be a busy fair otherwise I'm going to have to find a home for all this stuff!!!  lol  I also found a greyboard cupcake stand that I covered and assembled as I thought it would show off these paperweights nicely.

Don't forget to pop back on Saturday for our new challenge over at Addicted to CAS.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Christmas Shoe Box challenge

Hello everyone - a very quick post from me today as I've been out all day at a workshop.  On Wednesday we had our normal Crafty Bunch club night and we gave the girls a Christmas Shoe Box - which isn't a box but a pack of various Christmas items.  The girls had to use every element we gave them but could add to it with their own stash.  It never fails to amaze us how you can get so many different cards from the same ingredients.  Here are a couple of photos to show you the results.


Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #26 and Anniversary Celebrations!

Happy Saturday everyone - we're back round to a new challenge at Addicted to CAS and I can hardly believe it but this challenge marks our 1st Anniversary!  So we are celebrating in a big way!!!  It's been such fun being on the DT over the year and we've had some amazing entries for our challenges, so hope you've had fun as well.  Thanks must go to our esteemed leader Kylie for all her hard work.

Today's challenge is being hosted by the inimitable and hugely talented Marie.  Here is what she's chosen for you:

Our Sponsor is:

Deedee will offer 3 digi sets for our winners.

We have added a Guest Designer Feature for ATCAS!  We are so excited to announce that Bonnie Klass (Stamping with Klass) will be our first Guest Designer for the month of November.  Welcome Bonnie!!

Bonnie is an amazing card artist and we know you will enjoy her lovely creations as much as we do.  Here's a little about Bonnie:

"Wow, I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer at Addicted to CAS.  CAS is my favorite style of cards to make and I’m happiest and sanest when I’m making cards!
My husband and I have been married over 40 years and we have 3 beautiful grown daughters who have brought 3 special sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren into our lives.  We take care of 2 of our grandsons during the week.  They keep us hopping!   I snatch any free moments I can to get inky!
I discovered card making about 6 years ago and that has become my passion. (Some would say obsession.)  I started blogging about 4 years ago and I have learned so much and made many wonderful friends through the blogging community.  There’s so much inspiration and camaraderie on these creative blogs.  Stampers are the best people!"

For this challenge we are giving away a bumper prize pack to our CAS Perfectionist!!
Marie, Loll, Kylie and myself have offered prizes on top of our sponsor's prize.
Here are the prizes -
Marie's prize is:
Siligum silicone modeling paste which is a really easy and fun way to make your own moulds which can be used to make embellishments from clay or UTEE etc.
Loll's prizes are:
two packs of Loll's card candy!!!
$20 voucher at Nicecrane Designs

Kylie's prize is:

$10 gift voucher to Inspired by Stamping 
Karen's prizes are:
A sheet of Joanna Sheen's stamps "Rudolph & Santa Christmas Collection" and 
a Stampendous cling stamp "Birdie Kiddo"

So, after all that excitement it's onto my card.  I've actually used a digi stamp set from Deedee's Digis called Now and Forever and I've played with three elements and a sentiment using my CraftArtist programme.  As soon as I saw the entwined wedding rings it reminded me of when people used to pull hand knitted baby shawl's through a wedding ring to determine how fine it you remember that?  Anyway that's what gave me the idea of the rings being the main focal point and that you can see behind the wedding cake and church.

I die cut a square piece of card using my Tonic Ribbon Wreath die set so I had an aperture to view the image through.  I added Diamond Glaze to the rings and the smaller die cut from the same Tonic set.

Please pop over to Addicted to CAS to see the fabulous cards the DT have made to inspire you.

Whatever you're doing have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing your great creations and we can't wait to give away all these amazing prizes to our CAS Perfectionist.  Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Hubby's birthday card

Hello all - just thought I'd share this card I've just made for my DH's birthday on Saturday.

I've used my Stampin Up Wetlands set which is NBUS (never before used schtuff!!!) that I bought at our SU Extravaganza a couple of weeks ago.  I've stamped the main image on some white card and then masked the bird whilst I sponged on the sky, water and ground.  I've added some reeds and used one of the smaller stamps of birds wading.  I die cut the image using my Spellbinders Majestic Elements dies, then die cut the same out of contrasting card which was then put through my eBosser with a wicker e/f.  I matted this onto the blue card and then added the main image (popped up for dimension) so you can see the blue through the swirly edges of the image.  The greeting is from the same set stamped onto die cuts from the Majestic Elements set.  I've added a ribbon and some Liquid Pearls to complete the card.

Thanks for dropping by.  It's a very dismal day here but very fact we had the last of the runner beans out of our garden last night - how mad is that for November!!! lol

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Less is More Week 144 Fireworks

Hello everyone

I haven't joined in the Less is More challenge for a couple of weeks due to lack of time but when I saw what it was this morning it was a bit like deja vu.  Here are the details:

We have a slightly different colour challenge for you.  We want to see how our photo inspires you and see cards that have ...
Dark background with a splash of colour(s)

I thought I'd use my black ribbed card again and made up a 5x7 card blank.  I stamped my Woodware Poinsettia Box in Versamark and embossed with gold e/p.  I used my Vintage Pearly Pallet from Imagination Crafts to colour the poinsettias and added some Liquid Pearls for the centres.

Very strange weather at the moment - we've had really warm sunshine earlier but then it got very windy and lashings of it's changed back again!

Have a good weekend and happy crafting.