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Thursday, 27 November 2014

It's a Champagne supanova from me!

Good morning all

Shall I say it again - from sunny Florida
 - that's slightly more sunny than yesterday!
and as I'm in USA - Happy Thanksgiving

Its time for another challenge over at 

Moving Along with the Times

This time its the lovely Hazel who is hosting 
and she chose the theme 

Inspired by a song

I have to say my creativity was going into overdrive trying to get all my DT projects done before I came away on holiday - I was determined to get them all done - but struggling

My daughter Alison  inherited the creative gene but never has enough time to do very much.  But she got it in her head that she would make glittered champagne glasses for her Christmas table.  She was supposed to be having her in-laws at their house for Christmas dinner this year - a first time Christmas dinner for Steven and Alison to prepare.  Somewhere along the line this changed into everyone coming to our house instead - so we have 11 for Christmas dinner this year- just as well we have a big table!!   I have to say we are all looking forward to it - I'm sure it will be fun.  We get on well with Stevens family - we've all been on holiday together to Florida a couple of times and had a great time

Anyway this has had the effect of sending Alison into Christmas overdrive!! So we decided to do a joint project - a bit like the Christmas dinner, I got roped in- and this was the result

So my inspiration song is 

Champagne Supanova -by Oasis


Alison went off and got a set of champagne glasses from Tesco
 and some Champagne from Aldi - just to have a go!
I got the crafty stuff together and....

This is what we did ....

Glasses and bottle were coated with dishwasher safe Mod Podge
The base of the glasses and bottle label/top was masked off with masking tape
Coated with fine gold glitter
then coated again with two layers of Mod Podge -being sure to seal right over the edges

They were then left to air dry - and are top shelf dishwasher safe in 28 days - in plenty of time for Christmas.  We really enjoyed making these - very glitter messy as you can imagine - even the dog got glittered and there's not a room in the house that doesn't contain glitter - probably for the next 12 months.  

They'll make fab gifts - I've also been "persuaded" to make boxes for them with my Crafters Companion large scoreboard (see yesterdays post re boxes!!) - so that's my job when I get home - goodness only knows how many sets there'll be by then - I'm led to believe that we now have a full set for our Christmas table  and gifts galore in an assortment of glitter colours - i think she's gone totally mad lol.

So go on get going with Christmas madness glitter and glue and your champagne supernovas!!

Hugs 
Judith xx



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Use your dies - you know you want to

Greetings from sunny Florida- again!

At time of writing it is absolutely tipping down with rain - so not so sunny after all lol - but at least it's warm rain and it's not all fun either - we do work here as well!! - my DH is cleaning the carpets and I'm supposed to be checking out the cupboards to see if anything needs replacing - but I got bored with that and decided to blog instead! 

So on to the real reason for my post today -
It's time for another new challenge over at 

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

and because we're really nice over there we've made it very easy for you!

our challenge this week is 

Use your Dies
(your project must include at least one die cut)

I decided to go with a card made with no stamped images at all 
- though I did stamp the sentiment - just for good measure!


My mother asked me to make a card for a friend at church who was 90 - it had to be a card big enough for all of her friends at church to sign.  I thought it would be a good idea to make a lovely elegant white on white die cut card - seemed to me to be very suitable for a lady of 90.  My mother had other ideas!  To her a WOW card was a bit boring - it needed to have colour on it - but she liked the idea of all the die cuts - well there's no accounting for taste!!  To me this card would have been far nicer all white - but you've got to keep the customer satisfied - and apparently the lady concerned and the church congregation loved it!  It had a fold out panel inside for all of her church friends to sign - I think the design worked rather well - it meant that everyone could sign it and then it was stuck in afterwards - I didn't think it was a good idea for all these people to be signing into the card - the ribbon and button would probably have got squashed!!

Anyway....it also had a matching box which I made with my Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro, This is my tip for Toptip Tuesday challenge .... I use my Ultimate Pro all the time for making boxes, scoring card, embossing designs - and trying bows. I also used it for for the bow on this card -It is probably one of my most used pieces of crafting kit and the one I've had longest (well with the exception of my guillotine/cutter - which I couldn't live without!!) So my tip is - the right tools make the job so much easier and quicker too - invest wisely in your tools and they will serve you well.
  
The box was tied at the corners with ribbon when it was all finished - at least the box looked very elegant lol.
I didn't photograph the inside but it was completed to match the front.



This is what I did...

Card - 8x8 white blank
Coloured card - Bazzill basics
Papers LOTV  - Shabby Shack
Dies - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions from the Austrian collection
Sparkly button - Creative expressions white sparklers
Ribbon - Carnmeal Cottage organza ribbon
Sentiment - Anna Griffin - stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder
Pins - from my stash
Box - made with Crafters Companion Centura pearl card using the Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro

Hope you'll play along with us this week at Fab'n'Funky

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafty Sentiments - use die cuts
Party time Tuesdays - Anything goes
Sweetstamps challenge - bordered sentiments
Toptip Tuesday - buttons or bows
Love to scrap challenge - Sentiment in colour other than black and white (silver and white)
Perfectly rustics - use embossing (wet or dry)



See you there!!

Hugs 

Judith xx 





Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fab'n'Funky Challenges n5th birhday challenge - week 2


Greetings from sunny Florida again!!

Here I am with today's second scheduled post
 this time it's for our 5th birthday celebrations over at

Fab'n'Funky Challenges

If you joined in with us last week I hope you've checked over at the blog to see if you were a lucky winner - if you didn't play along -well now's your second chance!

Our challenge theme for the second week is again

Happy Birthday

As we have lots of family birthdays at this time of year I've delighted to be able to have a birthday card catch up (and it makes a change from Christmas cards!)

This fab image is from Dr Digi's House of Stamps
he's called Dunderton Academicals!
available here
( there's also a precoloured version of this digi - for those last minute cards!)


I just love the fun images from Dr Digi's House of Stamps - especially the men  - I think male cards can be so hard to make and most men just don't want a cutesy image as hard as we try to persuade them otherwise!! - so for me these fun image fit the bill perfectly and they're an absolute gift to colour, Call in at the shop at Dr Digi's House of Stamps - I'm sure they'll have something for the man in your life!






I made this card for my nephew's 18th birthday which is while we are away - he's the youngest of my nephews and nieces - so I suppose it means they're all grown up now.  He's also a huge football (Newcastle United ) fan so I think this card will raise a smile

This is what I did...

Image - Dunderton Academicals from Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Cooured with Copics and prismacolor pencils
Papers from LOTV Father knows best
Corner die - Whimsy stamps
"18" - cut with Sizzix easy peasy alphabet die

I hope you'll join in with our birthday celebrations over at Fab'n'Funky this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Addicted to stamps - Make your mark
crafty creations - recipe challenge
Artby miran - anything goes

Hugs
Judith xx



We want to see a card for a child at The Paper Shelter


Good morning all

Greetings from sunny Florida

I've scheduled all my posts while I'm away as I can't always keep an eye on things and we're going up to Orlando for the night to see James Taylor at the Amway Arena (really looking forward to it)  so I won't be around at all to check it out -  so hopefully you're reading this!!  

Today's card is for the new challenge at 


our challenge this week is 

A Card for a Child

I decided to go with a new baby card - I came across one of the older images in

The Paper Shelter's digi shop


  when I was deciding what to make - I hadn't seen it before and though it was just so cute
Called Sweet Dreams -  it's available here


as always there are great prizes up for grabs
 - even better prizes if you use an image from TPS!

Challenge prize badge


I have to say I was very undecided about how to tackle this and started off with just the image coloured on  the white background - but I knew I had to go for it and colour it dark blue for the night sky - I have to say it was pretty scary! -I used 3 shades of blue B95, B93 and B91 and I actually quite like (and was relieved) how it turned out.  It's such a lovely image for a card for a baby - quite simple really but with gorgeous details.  It "felt" better as a baby boy card - just because the sky  background is blue but I think it would work equally well for a baby girl with the right papers.  The colours look darker in this photograph - the curse of the winter months! - the card looks a lot more yellow than it is - its actually a dark cream and rather pretty : )

This is what I did...

Image - sweet dreams from TPS
Coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils
Card - Bazzill Basics
Papers - LOTV
Sentiment - produced in word
Flowers - WOC
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Circle dies - Spellbinders
leaf punch - Martha Stewart

The DT girls over at TPS have made some really fab creations this week - hope you'll pop over there for some inspiration and join in the fun

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Everybody art - circle on the card
Through the craftroom door - anything goes


hugs
Judith xx






Thursday, 13 November 2014

Just to say.....

good morning blogfriends

Its my challenge day at MAWTT this week and we have a great theme for you 
set by our lovely Hazel 

We would like you to 

Celebrate Kindness

because today is world kindness day
(and a great excuse to start all those Christmas thank you's!)

I chose to make a really simple thank you card
using one of the cute Beebunny images from Crafters Companion
(it says thank you on the inside!)



This is what I did ....

Image and sentiment - Beebunny Birthday Gerbera from Crafters Companion
Coloured with Copics and prismacolour pencils
Peach card  - bazzill basics
Tag- MFT tag die
Ribbon from my scrap box

Pop over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies have been doing - I'm sure you'll be impressed - so impressed you'll join us in celebrating kindness

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafting by design - give thanks
Double click skittles -  thank you
Hambo ho down - thank you (2/12)
Aud Sentiments - put your sentiment on a tag
Milk coffee challenge - hand colour image

hugs
Judith x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Happy 5th birhday to Fab'n'Funky Challenges!

Good morning all

It's certainly a good morning over at 


Where we are celebrating our 5th birthday!

I can't remember where the last year went - 5 years is just waaaay to much to think about lol

Our theme this week is as you would expect

Happy Birthday
(so anything birthday related)


I used the gorgeous

Birhday Cake Sassy available here



It came in very handy having a birthday challenge as it's my lovely god-daughter Sophie's birthday this week - Sophie is a very sassy lady! - so this image is perfect for her card- I can definitely see a lot of Sophie in this sassy lady, she is also tall slim and gorgeous - and 24 years old - what a lovely age to be.

We have two sponsors joining us for our celebrations this week



and 



Pop over to the challenge blog to see what theFab'n'Funky DT girls came up with this week
- there's lots of birthday inspiration going on over there

This is what I did....

Image - birthday cake Sassy from Sassy Design Studios 
Coloured with copics
Papers - LOTV Bonnets and bow ties
Sentiment - LOTV handwritten sentiments
Frame die - Spellbinders rectangle set
Banner die - made from Dienamics fishtale flags
Corner dies- Memory box macarena corner
Ribbon - Carnmeal cottage
Sparkly button - Creative expressions (i just love these - i want to put them on everything!!)
Gems - from my stash 

Challenges I'm entering with this card...

Crafting for all seasons - happy birthday
Crafty creations challenges - recipe - 3 layers/2 dp/1 image
Milk coffee challenge - hand colour image



See you over at Fab'n'Funky Challenges!
Hugs

Judith xx








Thursday, 6 November 2014

I'm no square!


Good morning peeps

It's a new challenge day again over at 


Not another month gone by surely!!

Our challenge theme this month is 

Not a Square

I used a cute LOTV image called love balloon to make this card which was made for  friends of my daughter who just got engaged...well this was the second card I made after the first one was ..... square : /

I gave this cute couple lovely black hair because the happy couple are both from Chinese families - when my hubby saw it he said - why didn't you use a Chinese couple!   - men are very strange (well you probably already know that lol) - what is it about this image that says they're not Chinese -that's what I want to know!!



We have lots of lovely sponsors this month again - check it all out on the challenge blog here

This is what I did......

Love Balloon Image and handwritten sentiment - From Lili of the Valley
Coloured with copics and Prismacolor pencils
Papers - Mirabelle from Santoro (love these gorgeous textured papers)
Ribbon - vintage seam binding from Crafty Ribbons
Pearls - assorted sizes from my stash
Pearl swirl - Creative expressions
Butterfly die - Tim Holtz on the edge from Sizzix

We're looking forward to seeing those lovely shaped projects this month - check out what the other fairies have made for your inspiration over at the challenge blog.

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Milk coffee challenge - hand coloured image 13/11
Creative moments -celebration 16/11
Papertake weekly - anything goes 11/11
Tuesday Throwdown - shaped cards 11/11
Crafty cardmakers - punches and dies11/11
Ppinkydolls - Anything goes or add some bling 16/11



Hugs

Judith xx