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Christmas cards 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Pennys Paper crafty challenge - Polka dots and pearls

Hello again

Here I am with card number two for today - this time for 

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 

Our theme this week is 

Polka dots and pearls

I had chosen this very pretty image from

Sassy Studio Designs

she is called Rapunzel Sasy - available here

Coloured her up with copics  in a  spellbinders die cut frame - then pretty much couldn't decide what to do with her!  I had some lovely linen effect cards left over from some invitations I had made  and as she is such a pretty little girl I decided that she didn't need much at all.  She has pearls in her hair and my polka dots are on the little organza ribbon, the sentiment is from the lovely new set of Anna Griffin birthday sentiments that I got from QVC last week  - so that's it -done!!

Hope you'll pop over to Penny's this week - there are some lovely cards and we have some lovely new teamies too

Judith xx

We're celebrating Halloween at the paper shelter this week

Good morning all

Whoops just checked and my scheduled post didin't!! - here it is : )

I'm here for another one of my Wednesday 3 card tricks lol.  This is my first DT post of the day and its for 

The Paper Shelter

We are being very seasonable and celebrating that spooky time of year!

our theme is simply


I used a lovely new digi that was just released at TPS last week called 

The Cutest Wizard available here
Together with those fab Spooktacular signs papers - so useful for all things Halloween and they're available here

I made another of my gift/trick or treat bags - like the one I made  a couple of weeks ago and really liked how it turned out. 
  My daughter Alison is going to come round trick or treating with her friend Rachel - well they are bringing their two little boys with them lol -my grandson Jacob and Rachel's little boy Leo -  both almost three years old.  So I decided I'd make them a bag each and find some goodies to fill it with for them - not sure if they'll have a clue what's going on but I'm sure they'll enjoy it.  They're only calling at our house and Leo's grandmas house - probably enough for a first Halloween outing I think.  Funnily enough I remember Alison and Rachel going out with the rest of their friends when they were teenagers - they were supposed to be based on the film "The Craft" - all short skirts and too much make up as I recall - happy days - how time flies!!

Anyway I digress - back to my card and this weeks challenge.

As always we have a fab prize for our winner at TPS

Challenge prize badge

I hope you'll play along with us

This is what I did,,,

Image - Thcutest wizard from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolor encils
Paper - from the Spooktacular signs paper set at TPS
Glitter glues from Martha Stewart
Kraft bag - from Michaels
Stars - cut with a Nallie Snellen die

That talented bunch of DT girls over at TPS have mad some gorgeous projects this week - pop over and have a look at what they have made with the fabulous Halloween images and papers that we have at TPS


Judith xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

We're having a white out!

Good morning all

Hoping you are all bright and breezy this morning and that the weather is being kind to you in your little corner of the world.  As for my post title - no we're not having snow here in the frozen north of England  but we do want to see your white cards at Moving Along With The Times this week, so a little snow is definitely a good thing - well on your card at least!

The theme this week is 

White Only

I decided to have a play with my dies to make this card and it turned out pretty much as I had in mind - which if you knew how I mess on with this type of card is an achievement in itself!!
It's another one of those big 8x8 inch cards - I'm on a real roll with these big Christmas cards just now.  My main problem was getting a good photograph. I got a couple of really weird ones where the words and embossing sort of reversed - strangely enough it looked ok upside down as I was manipulating it in my photo editor to try to do something with it - but I thought you might like to see it the right way up, so after much repositioning and changing of lights I finally got it!!

I have been having a little retail therapy this past week to cheer myself up and part of my shop was some new Christmas dies and together with some old favourites they were perfect for this card.  I also had a good old shop when Anna Griffin visited QVC this week, I just love her range  - I got the lovely bow dies, the Christmas card kit for quick and easy lovely cards (I'd rather buy this kit than buy cards - I just can't bear to buy Christmas cards!!) I also got some stamps and a big hole in my bank balance!! - the card kit came today and if you like vintage style its well worth it - as everything is in there down to the inserts and envelopes -and there'll be lots of embellies left over for some inspired creations!

This is what I did,,,,,,

8x8 inch card 
White card
Sparkle embellies from creative expressions
Noel die - Sue Wilson at Creative expressions
Snowflake corner die (I used 4 to make a frame) - Wild Rose Studios
Layered poinsettia dies - Spellbinders - my favourite poinsettia die by far
Leafy spruce looking thing!! -Mariannes creatables (I think its called mistletoe?)  - coated with 
Cosmic shimmer jewels - iced snow

I hope I've inspired you to make a WOW (white on white card)  I think they make very elegant special Christmas cards which are really quite easy to make once you get all the dies cut and embossed, I think I'll make a couple more while I'm on a roll! 

There are some really beautiful cards over at MAWTT - if you need some more persuasion to have a go click here!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges

Hello again

I'm back with my second post of the day - this time for 

Pennys Paper Crafty Challenges

and the theme is an easy peasy 

Anything Goes

and yes - another Christmas card from me!!

It's another 8 x 8 inch card - I've been enjoying these lately - I really like that they're so big when they're finished!!
I had to photograph this in poor light ( I was a bit last minute finishing my card) so the colours are a bit subdued - it looks a bit brownish - but its really green!!

This is the cute Sammi Boo Carolling from Lacy Sunshine available here

we are sponsored this week by 

Who are giving a fab prize of 3 digis to this weeks winner.

This is what I did....

Image - Sammi Boo Caroling from Lacy Sunshine 
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - LOTV
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage
Sparkly embellie - Creative Expressions
Joy Die - by Sue Wilson  from Creative Expressions
Large die (with image) - Spellbinders
Glitter - glamour dust
pearls from my stash

I hope we see you over at Penny's this week - after all anything goes!!

Judith xx

Sorry I haven't been around much .....and It's Christmas! Fab'n'Funky Challenges

Good Morning all

I'm so sorry that I haven't been around too much these past couple of weeks 
We've had such a bad time, 

My lovely daughter Alison was 3 months pregnant and a scan showed that the baby had died so they have had a really awful week with everything that that has meant, and I have been looking after my grandson for much of the time while they have been dealing with it all.

To add to that we had two funerals to go to one on Friday and the other Monday, each the parent of very good, very old friends, people we have known much of our lives.  So all in all a very sad time for us all.

I've been doing a bit of crafting when I've had the time - it has helped just to be quietly doing something, but blogging has been non existent.  I feel as if I haven't visited properly for weeks.  it seems to have been one thing after another happening lately - I'm sure things can only get better!

Anyway I'm hoping to get back to crafting and blogging and visiting you all again over the next few days and I'm making a start today with my DT card for 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

The theme this week is

(with an optional twist of tags bags and boxes)

I decided to make a big 8 x 8 inch card with this lovely image called The Nativity available here  from 

Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps

I distressed it slightly with white distress paint from TH and I quite like how it turned out.  

This is what I did...

Image - The Nativity from lil diva stamps at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Coloured with Copics and Prismacolour pencils
Papers - LOTV - Father knows best
Sentiments - MFT
Wood dove embellies ( distressed with white paint - Kars
Dies used - stitched square - frrom MFT elements 16, holly and berries - Sizzix, Memorybox frostville wreath
Glitter - Glamourdust

Head on over to Fab'n'Funky to see what my teamies have made this week - you're sure to be impressed, and call in to me later today - I have my DT card for Penny's Paper Crafty challenges to share with you 

Judith x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Anything with ribbon at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week

Hello again!

I'm here for my third and final post of the day 
this time for our challenge at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

We have a lovely "pretty" challenge for you this week 
and the theme is 

Anything with ribbon

This is a card I made our cousins daughter who got married in June- but was never blogged  - anyone who visits regularly may remember my lovely flowery  wedding shoes!!

Our lovely sponsor and prize this week

I'm sorry but I've forgotten much of what went into this card now and I also forgot to photograph the inside - not much information really I know! It was a lovely 8x8 large card and looked really lovely in the matching box is the best I can say.

But as far as I remember  this is what I did...
Dies are spellbinders 
Lettering TH vintage market 
Embossing folder is from Crafters Companion Vintage collection
Ribbon  and Pearls - from my stash

Hope we'll see your lovely ribbons this week over at Fab'n'Funky

Judith x

We've got spots at Pennys Paper crafty challenge this week!

Hi all

Well here I am again for my last post of the day!  - with my spotty dotty card for 

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge

Why don't you join in with us 
spots are catching lol

What we need to see are 

Polka Dots
I got this cute image to use this week
called Lets Play from Crafty Sentiments 

We have two fab sponsors this week

who are offering a prize of 3 digis from their store


who are offering a prize of  5 digis from their store

This is what I did .....

Image - from Crafty Sentiments
Coloured with Copics
Papers and sentiment - LOTV 
Ribbon - Crafty ribbons
Dies - MFT blueprints 16

Hope we see you playing along this week 

Judith xx