Saturday, 30 August 2014

Early Christmas Makes...

It's time for a new challenge at Allsorts today and our theme is 'Early Christmas Makes' hosted by the lovely Mervi. Our wonderful sponsor is Flonzcraft.

 Flonz $20 store gift voucher Also 12% discount offered on purchases to those entering the challenge

I decided to make a festive decoration. I found a bare wood Christmas tree shape by Papermania for 89p and coloured it in with Promarkers. The colour took really well, I wasn't sure if it would. I decorated the tree simply with a couple of crackers (cut with a die) and buttons and threaded some bells through my hanging ribbon and twine...

Decoration - Christmas Tree by Papermania (got mine from Hobbycraft) coloured with Promarkers (Pine, Cocoa & Cinnamon)
Cracker die - Joanna Sheen (a snip at £1.99 and cuts beautifully)
Buttons - Dovecraft
Ribbon, twine & bells - stash

Please do come and join us over at Allsorts this week for our challenge x

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Hope you have a lovely weekend and I hope you can join in with our festive challenge:-)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ho Ho Ho...

This was a super quick card to make, literally took 5 minutes! Even though it was quick to make I do really like it as it uses some of my fave Xmas paper from last year...

Paper - 25th & Pine by Basic Grey
Die cut sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon, twine & charm - stash

Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

From Our House To Yours...

Good morning, it's rather mad in our house this morning as we are off to the seaside for a few days. The weather forecast isn't looking the best so I have researched indoor activities in case it's too wet to be outside. We are staying in a hotel in Ramsgate right on the seafront and I for one can't wait to smell the sea, raining or not!

This was a very quick and easy card to make using a few supplies from my newly found Craftwork Cards Christmas goody box. I've used a card blank, a strip of paper and 3 die cuts from the box and only added a red dew drop in the centre of the flower and a bit of ink round edges...

Paper, card blank & die cuts - Christmas Post by Craftwork Cards
Dew drop - stash
Other - brown inkpad

Thanks for looking x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Questions, questions...

Morning peeps, this is an unusual post for me as I have been nominated by Tracy to participate in a hop of sorts to share a bit about our creative process.  I am privileged to be a craft buddy with Tracy on the Allsorts DT. 

Thanks for nominating me.
I have four questions to answer:

1. What am I working on?
As I am on school holidays (yay!) I have been trying to get ahead with my Allsorts DT work. I've done pretty well having made all my September projects already and I am just about to start on October. I love cross stitching but haven't completed any projects for such a long time. I have recently started stitching a design which I hope to complete and give as a Christmas present - not sure how I will finish it yet, my head is a mix of ideas...

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my work is influenced by the work of others and I love spending time seeing what others have been up to. I think my cards tend to follow a certain style, it's a style I like and feel comfortable with. I have tried hard more recently to buck this trend and make things that don't 'look the same'. But, I have to say I love - gorgeous paper, flowers and buttons and these do show up on most of my cards ;-)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started papercrafting as a hobby but I continue it after all these years because it keeps me sane. I do sometimes feel my life runs along at 100 miles an hour and crafting gives me a way of almost stopping the world and spending time doing something just for me. I am a firm believer that we all need our own space and crafting is what I do when I am in my space.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 
Unlike lots of crafters I don't have a craft room or even a craft table. I store my craft stash in the cupboard under the stairs. I colour sitting on the sofa (prefer this to at the table) and use my guillotine and die-cutting machine while sitting on the floor. For my cards I tend to colour an image first then choose papers and embellishments. I naturally lean to blues, greens, browns and pinks.
Hope that's been interesting ;-)

I am nominating Tammy to carry on this hop from me so please pop and see her next Monday. Tammy and I have known each other for err lots of years ;-) We 'met' via an online craft forum and have been friends ever since. Tammy has a fab eye for colour and design and makes the best Minecraft inspired card ever!!!

Take care,

Saturday, 23 August 2014

It's a bright, bright, sunshiny day...

Good morning, I'm off to the opticians first thing then back home for a bit then out to see the inlaws.

It's time for a new challenge at Allsorts today and our theme is 'Warm Sunshiny Colours' (yellow, orange, red) hosted by the lovely Brenda. Our wonderful sponsors are Marianne Designs and QKR Stampede.

This was a slightly tricky challenge for me as warm colours are not what I naturally gravitate to. I like blues, greens, browns and pinks. As I enjoyed the stenciling challenge so much last week I decided to have another go. This time I have used 2 stencils...
 A close up of the curved sentiment...
Image - Rose Can by Bugaboo coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Button & twine - stash
Other - That Special Touch Polka Dot Mask, That Special Touch Large Polka Dot Mask, Tim Holtz Mini Distress Pad Kit 1, Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Please do come and join us over at Allsorts this week for our challenge x

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Hope you have a lovely weekend and I hope you can join in with our challenge:-)