Friday, 17 March 2017

For A Child - Winter Wonderland Challenge for the 17th of March, 2017

For the next two weeks at Winter Wonderland, we are hosted by ME!
I have chosen the theme of "For A Child"
So we want to see anything that a child will love for Christmas.

Please remember that it is Christmas projects only.
We are sponsored this week by "Sasayaki Glitter" who are offering 1 digi stamp to the winner.


Sasayaki Glitter are actually based here in Melbourne, Australia! You can find them on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com.au/shop/SasayakiGlitter and they have a challenge blog and Facebook group.
They have many different images for you to colour and add to your projects: cute elephants, Australian animals, Easter chicks and kitties just to name a few!
We had two images to play with for this challenge:
Winter Kiddles - a cute koala sitting in the snow
or the one I chose
Christmas Bunny Decorating - a cute bear with some Christmas lights

So here is my card:

I digitally stamped Christmas Bunny Decorating on to X-Press It card and then had my Silhouette Cameo fussy cut around the image.

I have used the following Copics pens to colour the bunny:
  • bunny's fur - E41, E43, E44, E47, RV63 (ears)
  • hat and boots - R32, R35, R37
  • christmas lights from left to right - BG53 & BG57, RV02 & RV66, B60 & B69, V01 & V28, YR02 & YR09, YG13 & YG17
  • sparkle on hat and lights - Wink of Stella
  • background - B000, B02
I have then followed the sketch from this month's Christmas Card Throwdown:


I have adhered Christmas Bunny Decorating on to a white card from Envelope Solutions and then attached 3 different Washi tape as the stripes of colour from Manzawa. The sentiment "merry christmas" is from Toboggan Together by Lawn Fawn and is stamped in Cottage Ivy Memento ink.

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for March - anything goes as long as it's Christmas
Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #8 - anything goes as long as it's Christmas*

*this challenge has an optional challenge that I may make another card and enter into these challenges again.

There is inspiration from the Snowflakes DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

We all hope that you are able to join us for this challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous creations. Please be sure to post a link back to the Winter Wonderland blog in your blog post in order to be eligible for a prize!
Have fun and remember that you can enter each challenge up to 3 times. This challenge will end on Thursday the 30th of March and our next challenge will start the following day.
Please remember to check back on Monday at the Winter Wonderland blog to find out the winners of the Ribbon or Lace Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Be of Good Cheer with Glittering Glass Santa

Here is another Christmas creation, this time for a challenge that I found called Creative Knockouts. They had a recipe of using 3 patterned papers, two embellishments and 1 image.
So here is my card:


I have used three patterned papers from a paper stack called Twig & Berry by KaiserCraft, one of them was a scalloped die cut from the back. The green background paper and velvety banner paper have been outlined with brushed corduroy Distress Ink, I even "smooshed" some ink on to the edges of the green paper to make it looked distressed.
The papers were adhered to a Kraft card from Envelope Solutions.

The image that I have used is from Power Poppy - Glittering Glass Santa - he is one of my favourites.  He was digitally printed on to X-Press It paper and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. I have coloured him with the following Copics markers:
  • face - E000, R20
  • jacket - R32, R35, R37
  • gloves - 100
  • greenery/tree - G12, G14, G17
  • berries - R46, R59
  • top of ornament - Y28
  • background - BG000, BG01
  • sparkle - Wink of Stella
Here is a close up of the image:


I also coloured the sentiment piece (again digitally printed on to X-Press It paper and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo), using the following Copics markers:
  • berries - R46, R59, clear Wink of Stella
  • branch - E09, brown Wink of Stella
  • background - E81, E84, E87
For my two embellishments, I have added some brown and white Baker's twine to the banner paper and then coloured three Rhinestones from KaiserCraft with R59.


I have also used the sketch from Mojo Mondays:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnuts Christmas Challenge #321 - anything Christmas and something green

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Anything Christmas Goes - Tribute Challenge for Winter Wonderland's Eileen for 17th of February 2017



For the next two weeks at Winter Wonderland, we are hosted by Helen.

As regular followers of our challenge blog will know, our blog owner and coordinator Eileen sadly passed away recently. This challenge is our tribute to her and all the hard work and time she put into running the challenge blog. As it's a special challenge, both teams are joining in.

 And so the theme for this challenge is simply:

Anything Christmas Goes 

....so we want to see all your Christmas projects!

For this challenge, we are sponsored by Little Claire Designs, who are giving 3 digi stamps to the winner
 

Little Claire Designs is based on the Wirral in the north west of England and is owned and run by Steve and Gill. They sell a range of great stamps, digis, outline stickers, ready to use images, papers and other goodies.
You may well have seen Steve at craft shows up and down the country and most recently you will have seen him on Hochanda for Little Claire's debut show. Steve is back on the TV again on Monday 20th of March for two shows! 

 They also host regular craft classes (run by Helen!!) on the Wirral - take a look at the website if you fancy a fun day out with good company and lots of card making.


So on to my card. As I have always wanted to have a drink with Eileen and the February theme at Christmas Card Throwdown is "Drinks", I thought I would use a stamp of a polar bear with a mug of something warm from The Greeting Farm from Let It Snow. So I stamped him using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on to X-Press It paper. 

I coloured the background of the square card from Envelope Solutions using Copics:
BG02, B16, B29 and B69.
The snow is texture paste using the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp.
The original idea for this background came from Kathy at the Daily Marker during one of her colouring challenges. I know I have used this background before, but I just love it and it is quick and easy! But this time I have used gloss texture paste - Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss.
So hopefully we will see a bit of gloss!

I have coloured the polar bear with the following Copics:
C00, C3 and RV10 for the cheeks and ears.
For the mug, I started with B14, but then it caused a huge blob of ink on the bear's left paw.....so I finished with B16 and B18, then I went over with B12 to lighten it up a little.
The hot chocolate is E23.
The plaid scarf is B41 for the base, then I drew lines of R29 and YG17. I went back over with R29 for more definition.
I have also used black Wink of Stella on his nose and eyes, then clear Wink of Stella on the red of the plaid and middle of the mug. I used green Wink of Stella on the plaid and blue Wink of Stella on the outside of the mug and handle.
I have then fussy cut the polar bear and outlined him with my Memento Dual Marker - unfortunately, I slipped as I was going around the inside of his legs and now he has a scar! :?

For the sentiment, I stamped Let's be Merry from the Let It Snow stamp set with Cottage Ivy Memento ink on to some scrap X-Press It paper, which I then die cut using a decorative die from KaiserCraft. I outlined the sentiment piece with BG02.

I then adhered both the polar bear and sentiment piece with foam squares to add some more dimension.

So here is my finished card - I was able to take the photo outside, as it is during the day!

 
 Unfortunately, you can't see any sparkle from the Wink of Stella, also the glossy texture paste isn't as distinctive as the regular stuff - I will use the regular stuff for snow next time!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations #268 - anything goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - C for creature and D for dimension
Crafty Cardmakers #182 - add some texture
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #2 - winter time
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra Feb 2017 - anything goes as long as it is Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #321 - anything goes as long as it is Christmas

There is inspiration from both the Snowflakes and Icicles DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

We all hope you are able to join us in our special challenge. We look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your gorgeous creations. Please be sure to post a link back to the Winter Wonderland blog in your blog post in order to be eligible for a prize!

Have fun and remember you can enter each challenge up to 3 times. This challenge will end on Thursday the 2nd of March and our next challenge will start the following day.

Please remember to check back at the Winter Wonderland blog to find out the winners of the Spring Fever Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

It's Your Birthday Genie Marci Card

Well I have been busy with job interviews, cleaning our house and organising a birthday party for someone special. 
I can't believe that 10 years ago, I went to the hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a "check up" after not feeling very well the whole day and was told that I was 10 cms dilated and 2 hours later I had a baby girl in my arms! :) 
Time has definitely flown and on Sunday we had an archery party with 7 of Aby's friends - huge thank yous to my mum Julie who did a lot of the prep work at the party place. 
I baked a couple of cakes which looked awesome and layered them together with black butter cream before placing an edible image that I created of a bulls eye with an arrow and "Happy 10th Birthday Abigayle". I also made stickers to place on the party bags and all over the table cloth.





Yesterday I mashed up the leftover birthday cake with the tops of the cake that I kept and made cake pops. Aby took them to school today to enjoy with her class mates. I meant to use the leftover party stickers to place on the sticks, but at 1 am this morning, my head was not screwed on properly! The cake pops were a hit with Aby's classmates and teachers! :)


So enough about the cake and party! I made a card for Aby's birthday using the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch:


I also wanted to use Genie Marci, a La-La Land Craft Club image that I have not used before. I coloured Genie Marci using inspiration from Sandie at The Paper Cove. I used the Copics pens as listed in this picture (hopefully you can all read my writing!):


I had to fussy cut the image and as you can see I have had a bit of an accident with other ink! I was a bit clumsy today!

For the rest of the card, I used washi tape to mark off my rectangle of paper on my card, stamped the sentiment "It's your birthday" from the January 2017 Club La-La Land kit using Vivid! Ultramarine ink. I also used the cupcake from the same kit and stamped it using Vivid! Purple ink and Vivid! Raspberry ink:



So then here is my completed card, after I have adhered Genie Marci using foam squares:




Hopefully you can see all the glittery bits I added to her hair and outfit!

Thanks for looking!








Friday, 20 January 2017

Spring Fever - Flowers, Sunshine, Romance - Winter Wonderland Challenge for the 20th of January 2017

Sorry we have been a little delayed in posting our next challenge at Winter Wonderland. Unfortunately our fearless leader Eileen has taken ill and so the lovely Helen is filling in for her while she gets back on her feet.
Marlene is our host for the latest challenge and she has chosen the theme Spring Fever. This means that you can make a card with flowers, sunshine and romance and it doesn't have to be Christmas themed!
We do not have a sponsor for this challenge, however, one lucky person will be chosen by Mr Random to receive a surprise prize from the lovely Kath.

So on to my card.....as it is school holidays here in Australia, I have been very busy keeping my two beautiful children entertained and not actually had much time to create a card, which is not too good as one of my goals this year is to create at least one card a week, so I am already behind! 
I found some previously coloured geraniums from Power Poppy in my completed box.
Here is a close up of them - not sure what Copics I have used! I will have to work it out and try and update this post.

The digital stamps were printed on X-Press It paper and then my Silhouette Cameo cut them out. 
I have decided to keep this card simple and followed the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #204. Unfortunately their challenge closes on a Thursday so I could not enter my card, but I'll mention them anyway as they have some great sketches if you are into clean and simple!

So here is the finished card:


I have added the sentiment "you make me smile" on the front with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink using my new MISTI that I received for Christmas from my husband! :)
I also stamped a quote from Mark Twain on the inside - "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up" That is something that I want to do this year - work on adding more to the inside of the card!
Both of these sentiments are from Prairie Cheer from Power Poppy. This is a clear stamp set from August 2016.
Here is a photo of my MISTI stamping the quote:


I adhered the geraniums on the front using pop dots to give it a bit of dimension, then used double sided tape for the small geranium on the inside:


There is inspiration from both the Snowflakes and Icicles DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you ideas to increase your stash of cards.

Enjoy the challenge and remember that you have until Thursday the 16th of February 5:00 pm GMT to leave your entry with the blue frog so that we can come and find your beautiful cards and blogs. You an also enter the challenge up to three times, so you could make a card a week, like me! :)

Thanks for looking!



Friday, 16 December 2016

For Someone Special/Happy New Year - Winter Wonderland Challenge for the 16th of December

For the next three weeks at Winter Wonderland we are hosted by Eileen. She has chosen the theme: For Someone Special,
or Happy New Year.

As this challenge runs through into January you can use any image that you want, that is it does not have to be a Christmas image or project. This will actually continue until the end of March and then we will go back to Christmas projects only. It is a good way to have a break from all the Christmas projects and increase your non-Christmas card stash!

For this challenge, we are sponsored by:

Sami at A Day For Daisies, who is giving a voucher for $12 to spend in their store


and Crafter's Companion, who are giving a 10 pound voucher to spend in their store.


So on to my card! Well actually it is a tag.....I have been so busy making chocolate fudge and chocolate truffles to give away for Christmas to teachers and friends, that this is a quick one!


I used an image from A Day for Daisies called Penguin Snowman.
I have printed him out on X-Press It Blending Card, then cut it into a tag shape using my Silhouette Cameo.
I have coloured the image using the following Copics pens:
  • snow - BV000, C0
  • scarf - G02, G05, G17
  • hat - R32, R35, R37
  • penguin feet and snowman nose - YR04
  • snowman buttons and eyes - black Wink of Stella
  • background (from the top) - B99, B69, V17, V04, RV55, RV02, Y02, YG06, YG67

I added Frosted Lace stickles to the snowflakes in the image, then I have stamped the sentiment "Let It Snow" from Let it Snow from The Greeting Farm in glue then sprinkled Diamond Glitter (hope that you can see the sparkle), then I attached a ribbon that I coloured with Copics pen B69.

The idea for the background is from the Kit and Clowder Northern Lights Workshop which was part of Create and Learn, but is available as part of a mini Technique Bundle. Alyce always has some great ideas! :)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Tag You're It #62 - I may enter some other tags into this challenge!
Merry Monday #226 - Winter Fun - the snowman and penguins are having fun!


There is inspiration from both the Snowflakes and Icicles DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :) You can also find out what other challenges are out there, which could give you some ideas for your card stash.

Enjoy the challenge and remember that you have three weeks to enter and you can enter up to 3 times - so why not make a card a week! :)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Poinsettias or Snow is Falling - Winter Wonderland Challenge for the 18th of November

The next two weeks on Winter Wonderland, we are hosted by me! :)
I have chosen the themes: Poinsettias or Snow is Falling.
So this means that you create a Christmas Project with the beautiful Christmas flowers Poinsettias, or you create a project where we can see that snow is falling, or snow has fallen. Or you can try and include both themes!

For this challenge, we have the wonderful sponsor:
Crafty Sentiments Designs, who are offering the lucky winner a choice of 3 digi stamps from their website


Please remember that to be in with a chance of winning a prize that it is Christmas Projects only.

So on to my card.

I have been waiting for the right moment to use this beautiful poinsettias stamp from the Poinsettia Stamp Set by Power Poppy.
Here is a close up of the colouring:


I stamped the poinsettia on to X-Press It card using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then coloured it with the following Copics Pens:
poinsettia - RV02, RV13, RV14, RV17, RV66, YG00, YG11, G21, pink Wink of Stella pen, yellow Wink of Stella pen
leaves of poinsettia - YG11, G21, G82, G94, G17, G99, green Wink of Stella pen
greenery - BG96, G29, green Wink of Stella pen
pomegranates - R83, R85, R89, pink Wink of Stella pen, yellow Wink of Stella pen
leaves of pomegranates - YG11, G82, G85, G99, green Wink of Stella pen
background - BV00, BV02

I have cut out the poinsettia with some of the background, so no real fussy cutting this week!

Then I have followed Sketch #438 from Sketch Saturday.

I have cut a piece of pink glitter cardstock from Core'dinations for the triangle and adhered it to a white card from Envelope Solutions. Then adhered the poinsettia on top. I have stamped the sentiment "Merry Christmas Wishes" from a new stamp set by Power Poppy - Simple Joys using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink in the bottom right corner. Then I have coloured some Rhinestones from KaiserCraft using my RV66 Copic pen and attached them to the card in the top right corner.

I suppose I had better show you the final card!
Here it is:


I hope that you can see the glittery sparkle on the colouring.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - glitter



Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy - Think Pink



There is inspiration from the Snowflakes DT over on the Winter Wonderland blog, so please pop over to everyone's blog by clicking on their name. We always appreciate a comment or two! :)
You can also find out if they have combined their challenge with any others, which could give you some ideas for your Christmas Card stash!

Enjoy the challenge and remember that you now have two weeks to enter and you can enter up to 3 times - so why not make three cards! :)

Thanks for looking!