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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Be Still..........

This is another entry into my inspirational journal.  Now that I've finished my Christmas cards I'm trying to catch up with my journal and scrapbooking.  This will be during the 'wee small hours' when I won't be making enough noise to wake hubby in the next room.  Daytime crafting time is being spent at my sewing machine hoping to get my Christmas gifts  finishedin time!  I'm entering this page into the following challenges

Creative Card Crew #75  stripes

61 Avenue Create #99  anything goes

The Pink Elephant #278  anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs  use die cuts

Word Art Wednesday #160  anything goes


I took this photo with the journal standing up on my table as I have it during my crafting time.  The papers are from a Trimcraft paper pad, Wild Flowers, which has some gorgeous glittered papers, like the floral one which I have used.  The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly printed on Safmat by Letraset.  I used Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 to cut the sentiment and also a white one.  I cut the centre from the white one and then coloured it using a putty coloured ProMarker to blend with the papers. I placed it over the sentiment panel matching the decorative edges.  The floral paper was trimmed using Spellbinders Classic Triple Scallop dies. I also used a coral ProMarker to colour the Papermania flower, the centre of which is a circle from scrap card covered with Glitz glitter glue.  I put pieces of very strong dsst (red liner) along the joins of the paper and added Glamour Dust.  To finish I added some fine lines of Quickie glue pen and Glamour dust to the edges and creases of the flower


This photo is showing the page laying flat as it was when I was working on it.  The label frame hadn't been added at this point.  So much easier to work with the spiral bound journal.  Also the colour shows better than on the previous photo


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

In The Beginning.......

I saw a card on Facebook with a scripture verse on it and thought that it beautiful so I looked on the site Cuddly Buddly and the digi stamp that I had seen was one of a set of 15 quotations.  The one I had seen was the cross shaped one, Proverbs 3:5-6 but felt led to the John 1:1 verse.  I am entering this page of my Word Art Journal volume 2 into the challenge at

Word Art Wednesday #158 anything goes

Allsorts #285 anything but a card

613 Avenue Create #98  anything goes, option Hello

The Pink Elephant #277  anything but a card

The Creative Card Crew #75  stripes



I much prefer to work in volume 2 rather than one as with it being spiral bound, using my Bind-it-All, It is easier to use when I can turn the pages so that I am working on one layer and not worry about embellishments on other pages.  I also like the way it will stand upright on my table and I can choose whichever page I want as my inspiration, spiritual or creative.  The striped paper was a magazine freebie and the other papers are scraps from my scrap box.  I used Nestabilities to cut the papers to size and used a white gel pen to draw the lines on the top and bottom on-point squares.  I had printed the verse onto Safmat from Letraset, a clear film which you can hardly see when it is burnished down.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A Skinny Rudolph!

I just love this picture, especially the the long skinny legs, which I have made for my hubby as he's got long skinny legs lol  I'm entering it into the challenges at

Papertake Weekly  2 or 4 legs

Crafty Sentiment Designs  anything goes

Top Tip Tuesday  3 or more papers

The Kraft Journal #197  tall and skinny

Sister Act #82  anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #158  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes


I used kraft card for the base card and decorated it with three papers from the Ella's Designs 12 Cards of Christmas cd..  I tore the tops of the papers for a rough finish and added Glamour Dust after I had used a Quickie glue pen.  I decoupaged the reindeer using 3D foam pads and added glitter glue to the pompom on his hat.  I created the sentiment on the pc and used Spellbinder's Labels 8 to die cut the white and red mats.  I can't make my mind up as to whether or not I should add Glossy Accents or use a line of a white gel pen to highlight the nose.  What do you think?

Trust in the Lord

It's been a while since I created a page in my journal but I must get back into the routine of doing something.  I'm entering it into the challenges at

Addicted to Stamps #121  anything goes

Word Art Wednesday #158  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes

Crafty Sentiment Designs  anything goes


This is a lucky dip of everything!  I got my file of bits and pieces of papers and, with my eyes closed, I opened it at random.  The poly wallet contained these lilac papers from Papermania.  I don't think that I'll ever use this stack up, I'm sure it must photocopy itself when I'm in bed lol  After I had attached the papers to the page I used a Tanda Stamp of a double running stitch over the joins using Memento ink.  next I routed around in my box of clear stamps, again with my eyes shut, and retrieved this set of Hero Arts stamps which I stamped with a brown Memento pad for a softer look.  I then coloured it with my ProMarkers and then cut it out leaving a small white border.  Using Letratac dry adhesive I attached the flower and stem on an angle on the page.  My next stage was to repeat the feel and choose method as before with my sentiments stamps.  I thought that the sentiment was perfect for the layout that I had created without sight for the choice of papers and elements.  I had trusted in the Lord for this one and he guided my hand perfectly.  The stamp is an Ippity stamp by Unity and, again, I used a brown ink pad. After cutting the sentiment to size I used a Fiskars 3 in 1 punch, Heritage, to trim the corners.  I created the journal with my Bind-it-All

Penguin Fun

Why is it that I always want to spell penguin with a Q and not a G??  This card is for our daughter and son-in-law who are crazy for penguins!

I'm entering it into the challenges at

Sister Act #82  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes

Squigglefly #45  Christmas

Top Tip Tuesday   3 or more papers

Papertake Weekly  2 or 4 legs


I'm not a lover of tent fold cards, they fall down too much lol, but I do like landscape cards.  I cut my base card in half and on one of them I make a crease 1" in from the left hand side. I tore a piece of card to fit the front panel and roughed the edges with the blades of my scissors. I decorated this using Nitwits Great White North collection.  I printed off 3 background papers and tore across them to create the background.  I used a Quickie Glue Pen along the torn edges and then added Glamour dust.  I also used them on the top paper highlighting the snowflakes.  Next I used glitter glue all around the panel.  I did the small panel on the left in the same way before tying ribbon around it and adhering it to the back piece of card.  the crease then creates the hinge for opening the card.  I had trimmed the penguins to two individual figures, decoupaged them and then threaded silver cord through the card to create the reins which showed across the front of the first penguin.  I then added glitter glue to the second penguin's hat and attached the sentiment that I had done on my pc

Little mittens

Two for the price of one on this post! I'm entering these into the challenges at

Crafty Sentiment Designs  anything goes

Papertake Weekly  2 or 4 legs (so glad it's not 8, had enough of those on the halloween cards lol)

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes

Sister Act #82  anything goes

Creative Card Crew #74 Christmas Joy




I used the Nitwits Little Mittens collection for both of these cards.  For the added elements I used Quickie Glue Pen, Glamour Dust, glitter glue, silver braid, Memento, 3D foam pads, Glossy Accents and my pc and printer




Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Our Little Princess

Once I've added the remaining Christmas cards to my blog I'll not be around as much as I will be making a start on sewing some Christmas gifts.  Hopefully it won't be too long and they'll be finished too then I can carry on with my knitting lol.  I feel as though I've been knitting this jacket for myself, forever :)

This card is for our 3 year old granddaughter who is absolutely dotty about all of the Disney princesses especially the ones from Frozen at the moment. Whenever she's allowed to choose her clothes 99% of the time it will be one of her princess dresses.  When we went to see her last month she was allowed to choose her clothes on the Sunday and we went for a walk.  She looked ever so funny with her Snow White dress, pink jacket and mittens (we had given her the mittens with a hat and scarf) and floral wellington boots!

Anyway here's the card and I think I can safely say that she'll love it.  I'm entering it into the challenges at

Top Tip Tuesday  use 3 or more papers

Squigglefly #45  a Christmas card

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes

Sister Act #82  anything goes

Creative Card Crew #74  Christmas Joy


To make this card I used the Nitwits Snow Princess digi kit.  I printed everything out 4 times so that I could decoupage them using 3D foam pads.The two green papers were painted very thinly using Craft Planet glitter glue.  The blue papers and all of the elements were dotted with a Quickie Glue Pen and then coated with Glamour Dust.  The princess has gems on her tiara, wand and cloak and the polar bear has some on the floral garland.  I used my pc and printer for the sentiment panel

Christmas Post

Once I've added the remaining Christmas cards to my blog I'll not be around as much as I will be making a start on sewing some Christmas gifts.  Hopefully it won't be too long and they'll be finished too then I can carry on with my knitting lol.  I feel as though I've been knitting this jacket for myself, forever :)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

613 Avenue Create #97  anything goes

Sister Act #82  anything goes

Creative Card Crew #74  Christmas Joy


I used Ella's Designs 12 Cards of Christmas cd for this card.  I love Ella's cd's, even though essentially there are only 12 cards there are a lot of options for creating a card from just printing off a one layer card to digi stamps that you can colour yourself.  On the one layer card the front envelope has a general Christmas greeting on it but there is a blank envelope you can print off and personalise.  I used a Quickie Glue Pen on the snowy parts of the card and on the leaves and flower centres and then added Glamour Dust.  I used 3D foam to layer up the elements



Saturday, 1 November 2014

Dotty about reindeer

Only five more Christmas cards left to make this year, might get an early start on next year's hehehehe!

I'm  entering this card into the challenges at

Sister Act #81  anything goes

ABC Christmas  V for very merry Christmas

Paper Pretties  polka dots

Christmas Card Challenge #48  anything goes

613 Avenue Create #95  anything goes option tags, boxes,bags etc


I love this patchwork reindeer from Woodware Stamps.  It looks really good when coloured with my ProMarkers but I love doing paper piecing with it.  A fabulous way to use up scraps of paper.  I stamped it twice onto card with Memento ink and on the one that was to be my base panel I coloured the hooves, bell, nose, antlers and went around the outside with a very pale grey, for the shadow.  I then stamped it on bits of papers that were in my scraps box which had dots on for the challenge at Paper Pretties.  I cut them all out very carefully so that they would sit together neatly using Letratac dry adhesive (sadly no longer in production) on the image that was not the base card.  After I had done this I coloured the heart and the holly with ProMarkers. I cut the reindeer out minus his hooves, bell, nose and antlers and used a wet glue to stick it on top of the base image.  I feels as though I've used a chipboard shape and gives a lovely effect.  I trimmed the base layer and used my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper on two opposite corners.  It was only as I came to put the sentiment on that I realised I had done the wrong corners lol  I layered it onto kraft card and corner cut those corners too.  The sentiment was computer generated and mounted onto kraft card.  As I said I then realised that I would have to cover up one of the curved corners.  The background paper is from the sampler cd in the Crafter's Inspiration Christmas pack