Thursday, 22 December 2011

How many days until Christmas ?

I can finally admit that I am getting excited now that Christmas is only 3 days away. Have been a good girl and everything is wrapped and hidden and I am starting to tidy up the house ready for the weekend. I even managed to persuade eldest son to do a spot of ironing for me . . . being a penniless Uni student definitely helped!

Fab'n'Funky Challenges are having another Candy Giveaway this week in lieu of there being no challenge, so why don't you pop over and add your name to Mr Linky because you never know, you might just win it!!!

I have had several minutes between chores and to stop myself going into a "nag fest" with the family about their inactivity, I decide to make a few cards using a fab selection of postcards I obtained from Crafts U Print (link HERE) and this is what I came up with:

Papers: Prima
Postcard: Jason Jones (via Crafts U Print)
Butterfly stamp: 
Sentiment stamp:
Ribbon, pins, button, gem & metal charm from my stash
Papers: Prima
Postcard: Jason Jones (via Crafts U Print)
Border: Scalloped edgabilities
Ribbon & fibres from various packaging!
Butterfly: Marianne Creatable die
Stamps: free with a magazine
Button & gems from my stash

I made them both using the fab sketch from ICS (Inspirational Card Sketches) and have also been a fan of Dawn's sketch and projects but unfortunately haven't played along much this year . . . but this will change in 2012 as I AM making more time for me and things that I want to do as 2011 was taken up heavily by my family for different reasons. I uset to be on the ICS DT a year or so ago but my stint ended . . as is the way . . but would love to have another "crack at the whip" as it were!

In the 1st card, I have flipped the sketch but followed it (ish) in the 2nd card and both cards have been further distressed with inks. They were quick and simple cards to make . . . something I should do more often!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) - sketch plus a DT call
Flutterby Wednesdays - butterflies on both cards!
Carisma Cards - anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - BINGO - I have used the bottom line on both cards

Well now I really have to tidy away my crafting stash as I will need the table for Christmas . . . or I suppose we could eat on our laps . . . ! Will be back tomorrow to share some of my Christmas cards with you,


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Fab'n'Funky Challenges . .

. . . do not have a challenge this week as the DT are starting their holidays early it an attempt to get organised . . . uuuummmmm not sure that is working for me though! Instead there is some candy on offer and there will be 5 lucky winners, so why not pop over to the Fab'n'Funky Challenge blog and join in. You never know you might be the lucky winner of an early Christmas present.

Before the challenge went on holiday, the theme was "Anything Goes" and I never blogged my card as I never got the time to do it and when I did Mr Blogger was playing silly whats-its with me! Anyhow, better late than never . . .

I have used a Sarah Kay image coloured with distress inks, some MME papers and my favourite embellishment at the moment . . . bunting! The huge flower was from Wild Orchard and the sentiment is a rub n from a K&Co pack. The little hearts are left over from a sheet of rub-ons and I don't know the companies name as I had cut these out as they were the only ones left!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Creations by Gill M - colour combo of green and red
Totally Papercrafts - anything but Christmas

Right off to put on my very thick woolly socks as my feet are like ice cubes and I can't go to bed with cold feet . . that will keep me up for hours!

WOW time flies by . .

when you have loads to do and no time to do it in! Unfortunately lots happening at Chez Lou and this has left me with little or no crafting time and as a result my blog has been sorely neglected, so apologies to everyone and many thanks for keep popping by.

I have had the chance this week to make a few crafty things as I need to get organised with my cards and presents. Here are some decorations I have been making for the girls at work to say "thank you" for all their support . . . now I hope they like them otherwise I'm scuppered as my idea pool is very dry this year . .

I have overdone the glitter on my chipboard snowflakes and it is shedding everywhere in my house and not being a glitter person, it's driving me insane! I then cut out some flourishes and layered up with scalloped and circle punches with the centre being decorated with a large button and some scrummy bias ribbon. Apologies for the poor photos and will try to take some more tomorrow, hopefully in better light.

I made some simple packaging to put my decorations in as am conscious that I my be running out of time and they need to be given out on Monday!!! (Whoops . . . photos of packaging was even worse than my decorations . . . need to take some more  . . .)Well better get going as I have made 5 sets but need to make another 3 . . .

I am entering my decorations to the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - anything goes
Fairy Tale Challenge - gift plus packaging (photo of packaging to follow)
Fussy and Fancy - photo inspirations and my inspiration was to make a Christmas tree decoration
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - buttons and ribbons
Crafts and Me challenges - snow/snowflakes

OK better get back to it as these won't make themselves,


What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration