Saturday, December 31, 2011

Time to Celebrate

Good morning, I have had a nice little blogging break over Christmas while I celebrated the holiday with family and friends. Today is New Year's Eve and that means that it is time to Celebrate. What will you be doing?

I have had a chance to play a bit in my craft room with all of my new Tim Holtz Christmas goodies and I have created a card suitable for the New Year's celebrations to share with you today.

Thanks for stopping by today, I want to wish you all a Happy, Safe and Health New Year.
See you in 2012!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We Wish You a Zingy Christmas!

Oh my goodness it has been a while since I last posted anything to my blog. Thank you all for coming by for a visit, it is great to have you here.  Somehow I started out so far ahead back in October with most of my shopping already done but somehow I have fallen behind and now there are only 4 days to go.

We have a new challenge for you this week on the ABC Christmas Challenge and this week our theme is
Z for Zingy Colours

We are sponsored this week by


The good folks at Bugaboo were kind enough to provide us with some great images for the challenge this week and I have coloured this super cute Snowman Polka Scarf up in some very traditional Fuschia Pink and Lime Green. How is that for zing?

I have paired it with these great papers from MME and some Coordinations cardstock in that great lime green which I have embossed and sanded to reveal the core colour. To finish off the front of my card I dug around in my stash and came up with some sparkly ribbon and buttons that matched the colour scheme perfectly.

I hope that you will join us for our challenge. I look forward to seeing your zingy creations. Don't forget to stop by the ABC Christmas Challenge blog and see the other fun, bright creations from the rest of the DT.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Countdown to Christmas

I want to share with you the new Barry's Countdown to Christmas collection.  He'sis my favorite Barry collection yet, all decked out for the Holidays and so darn cute.  And remember, everything in the StampFairy Shop is 50% off for the month of December, including these new images.  While you are there, don't forget to grab todays freebie which is the gorgeous ornaments.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yippee, It's Almost Christmas

Good Morning, I have a quick post for this week's ABC Christmas Challenge to share with you this week. We have reached the letter Y, just a few more weeks to go.
Yippee, It's Almost Christmas
That is our theme this week which means that you can do anything you want as long as it is a new Christmas project.

We have three great sponsors this week.
The Fabulous Dustin Pike

who is offering
3 Dustin Pike digi images
The lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky entrant
A $15 voucher to spend in her store

has a fantastic selection of designs, Digital and Rubber stamps
Our winner will receive 3 digis from Karen's doodles of their choice

I have been watching the 12 Tags of Christmas over on the Tim Holtz Blog and have decided to have a go at creating a tag of my own.

As I don't yet have any of the Distress Stains I have pulled out my Distress Inks and aged this tag in various shades of blue and then flicked the whole thing with a bit of water.  I have then stamped on all of my images and heat embossed the angel image using a blue metallic embossing powder which has a really pretty shimmer IRL.

I inked some ribbon to match and added a charm with some tinsel wire. The silver snowflakes are peel off stickers and the acrylic snowflake has been accented with flower soft to give it the look of real snow.

I hope that you will join us. I look forward to seeing your Christmas Creations. Be sure to pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog and see the rest of the wonderful DT creations.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stamp Fairy Sketch and Birthday Peeker Fairy

Oh my goodness, I just realized that this did not post yesterday. 

This is week 2 of the current StampFairy Sketch Challenge and these week all of the DT have used the gorgeous Peeker Fairy that you can all win just by completeing the Blog Hop.

I have kept it simple this week using co-ordinating papers from a couple of Basic Grey collections.
I have coloured my Peeker Fairy to match the lovely reds and aquas in the papers and then matted her on a Doily that has been tinted using distress inks.

For the inside I have used the matching paper and the same punch to accent my little Birthday sentiment.

Don't forget that you still have until sunday to join us. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

StampFairy Birthday Hop

We have a special post to delight you today. Stampfairy is celebrating its first birthday, so Gerda and the Stampfairies are hosting a blog hop, with a difference - EVERYONE who completes the hop will win a prize.

Gerda has released two very special collections showcasing two of her delightful characters.  These collections showcase the characters in 12 monthly themes throughout the year and the Stampfairies have each created a Calendar using some or all of the images.  Some of us are teasing you with only a month or two of our calendar, but other teamies will share the whole calendar if you're lucky!

Ensure you leave a comment on each teamie's blog and collect a letter from each teamie along the trip.  The letters are randomly placed but will spell a short phrase.  Once you have completed the hop, left your comments and collected your letters, work out the phrase and email it to Gerda (  This will get you a Freebie image. Yes that is right, a Freebie image for everyone who completes the hop and emails the correct phrase.  And let me tell you a secret: the image you will receive is ADORABLE !!

So, lets get on with the hop.  

If you've arrived here from Martina's blog, then you're in the right place.  Otherwise, please pop back to the Stampfairy Blog to start at the beginning and ensure you don't miss anyone.

My calendar showcases Barry and I'm sharing my page for the month of December. This is actually the Barry that was intended for January but I thought that he looked like he might be at the North Pole and I've coloured him in Christmas Colours to use for December. I have chosen to make a simple wallmount calandar that I can pin to the bulletin board in my craft room by mounting the pages to a larger piece of cardstock for stability using brads. I have adde a ribbon bow for a simple decorative touch.

The next stop along the hop is Celine, but before you disappear, note down this letter 
  Now hop on over to the next teamie,
and don't forget to leave me a comment to ensure you qualify for your freebie.

Thanks for stopping by. The blog hop ends on Dec 31 so get hopping before the deadline.  If you get lost along the way, hop back to the main blog where there is a list of the full hop links.

Stamp Fairy Birthday Releases

Gerda has been busy making some wonderful new collections to celebrate the first Birthday of StampFairy. Be sure to stop by the store and see all the great new images and pick up the freebie. The best part is that all images are on sale, 50% off for the month of December.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Umbrella Girl

Wow this month has flown by fast! I can't believe that this is already my last GDT post at Papertake Weekly. Before I tell you all about this weeks challenge I just want to say thanks for having me ladies,
I have had so much fun with these challenges.

For this weeks challenge we have a great sketch from Dawny P.

This adorable image called Rainy Day is from Saturated Canary and she is such a doll to colour.  I have matched the colouring to these great papers from the MME Quite Contrary line that I picked up about a month back, so glad that I did as that raindrop paper was just perfect for this image.

Once she was all coloured up this cutie just called for flowers and I have gone all out raiding my stash of Wild Orchid pretties to embellish this card.  I have tucked in a little Umbrella charm as a final finishing touch.

I hope to see you all out to play this week, I do look forward to seeing your beautiful creations.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Finish the Inside

Our new them this week over on the StampFairy Challenge is
Finish the Inside
but there is a twist as you must also follow use the new sketch that Gerda Has designed.

This great sketch allowed me to use up a number of papers that were left over from cards that I have made earlier this year. I have coloured Barry Winter to match the colours in the papers.

To finish the inside of my card I have used distress inks and a delicate Hero Arts swirl stamp to create the background on top of which i have stamped my sentiment. I then used some of the same paper and embellishments that were used on the outside to finish it off.

I hope that you will join us for the challenge. I look forward to seeing your creations.

I will be back later to link it up.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Molly Winter at StampFairy

Today I am show you a new Molly collection from Stamp Fairy.
You will find this adorable gal all ready for winter in the store this morning.

Don't forget to stop by for a look around and while you're there pick up the freebie which is the lovely snowflake in today's new set.

You can find some wonderful inspiration from the design team featuring  Molly Winter over on Stamp Fairy's blog.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ABC Christmas - X is for Xerox

If you have been playing along with us you have probably amassed a nice little collection of cards by now. If not, do not worry because this week is a great chance for you to catch up. Our challenge this week is

X of Xerox

Xerox one of our team's cards... In other words CASE
CASE a card by an ABC Christmas challenge Design team member from one of our Challenges from this Challenge or a challenge in 2011.

Take inspiration from their layout...or use the same technique...or colours...or papers...or the same image if you want too!...

We have some great sponsors this week too.

Digital Delights has offered one lucky participant 3 digital stamps of their choice.

Bugaboo stamps has offered another lucky winner 7 digital stamps of their choice.

I have chosen to case this great card by Lols from the B is for Black and White challenge.
and here is my take on it.

This great image is Snowman Winterbird which was kindly provided by Bugaboo for this challenge. All of my papers are from MME and I have tried to keep them as similar as possible. In addition I have kept all of the original elements of the layout of her card.

I hope that you will join us for this challenge, it really is a lot of fun. Be sure to stop by the ABC Challenge blog and see the rest of the team's Xeroxed creations.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Christmas Story

Once Upon a Time in a land far away... who didn't love a great Christmas story as a child.

This week our Papertake Weekly challenge is Christmas Crackers, that is (use a Christmas image that you are crackers about).

When I stumbled across this wonderful printed book box in Winners I immediately thought Lil Victorian Christmas Lolita Lylah , a wonderful image from Tickled Pink Stamps. Before I knew it this box was coming home with me and this challenge has been the perfect opportunity to bring the vision to life.

After colouring the image with Copics and cutting her out, I have mounted the image on the box and set to work embellishing.

To add the perfect Victorian touches I have used lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts layered over a piece of greenery from a Christmas pick and accented with lots of my favorite red pearls.

I hope you will join us for the challenge, I love stopping by your blogs for a visit and I am looking forward to seeing all of your favorite Christmas images.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to stop by the Papertake Weekly blog for more inspiration.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Glitter it Up

Good Morning, just a quickie post today to remind you that you all still have one week to enter the StampFairy challenge where the theme is glitter.

For my card this week I have used George CandyCanes. He has been given a huge dose of shimmer as a result of all of the stickles and liquid pearls that I applied.
George is a perfect match to this wonderful snowman paper from MME so he was coloured to match. I have based the layout on an old sketch that I had lying around and the embellishments were kept simple as everything else is already so busy.

I hope that you will join us for the challenge. Before you do, be sure to pop by the store, Gerda has added some wonderful images lately. Here is Friday's release just for a sample of what you will find.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Once Upon A Christmas....

Good morning! Today marks the start of another challenge on the Papertake Weekly challenge and this was a fun one for me. The theme this week is to make a card that doubles as more than a card and I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to have a go at making a book card.
You can find the tutorial that I used here.

The image is Silent Night Tilda which is a favorite of mine but an image that I have not yet used this year and she has been coloured up to match this beautiful background paper from the Basic Grey Nordic collection.

The blue mat was again created using the emboss resist technique and the same swirl stamp that was used on my card yesterday. To embellish, I have layered on a lace doily, a piece of silver twig from a Christmas pick and some sparkly snowflakes for a winter wonderland effect.

Inside is the perfect spot to tuck a little gift and I think that I have the perfect gift in mind. It has been finished off with two sentiments and another snowflake leaving plenty of room to add a handwritten message for the recipient.

I hope that you will join us for the challenge. Be sure to stop by the Papertake Weekly blog and see all of the wonderful DT creations.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Winter Warm Up

Good morning, I hope that you have all had another wonderful weekend. It is the start of another new StampFairy Challenge and this week we want to see your glittery creations.  
I was having some inky fun yesterday morning and I had a play with this great background stamp from Impression Obsession which I had picked up a few weeks back at Stampfest because I thought that it was perfect for a wintery card.  

I have paired it up with Cocoa George for my card this week. George is an oldie but a goodie and he is super quick to colour. I accented the snow with some liquid applique and sprinkled on some glitter while it was still wet. It is hard to see in the photo but it is very shimmery.

I have kept the card simple as I wanted some of the back ground to show and I have added a large glittery snowflake ornament as the only accent which I find adds to the wintery feel that was already set by the background.

I hope that you will join us with your glittery creations. Remember that you must use a StampFairy image to be eligible for a prize.

Be sure to stop by the store for a visit, here is a peek of the latest release from Friday.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Snow Much Fun!

Good morning, I hope that you are ready to play? Over on the ABC Christmas Blog we have a new challenge for you and it is going to be lots of fun.  Our challenge theme this time is

W for Winter Sports.

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge;
Simon Says Stamp are offering $15 voucher to one lucky participant
Stamp Fairy are offering 3 digital images of the winner's choice to another lucky participant.


I have chosen to use a favorite StampFairy character George for my card this week and this cutie is all set for some winter fun on the slopes.

As this wonderful image of George reminded me of a scene in a snow globe I decided that it was the perfect excuse to make a shaker card. I have used white tinsel glitter to fill the shaker as it has a shimmer that reminds me of fresh fallen snow. The layout of the card has been kept simple to allow the shaker to stand out and I have added only a few simple snowflakes as embellishment to pick up on the theme.

I hope that you will join with some winter fun of your own. Be sure to stop by the ABC Christmas Challenge blog to see the rest of the gorgeous DT creations.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Shopper

Good morning and welcome, I have my second Papertake Weekly card to share with you today.
This week our theme is
The First Chrismas (Card of the Papertake Weekly year)

I know it is not the first Chrismas card that you have seen from me and it won't be the last but it is the first time that I am using this image this year. This is the sweet Jenny Bear from LOTV and she is out doing all of her holiday shopping (getting it out of the way nice and early, smart girl).I have chosen to colour her up in nice rich colours to pair her up with my 12 Days of Christmas Papers from MME and she has been accented with a generous dose of stickles and glitter for sparkle.

To take things one step further I have also made this into an easel card, adding a pocket to tuck a gift card behind the sentiment. I already have the perfect Christmas Gifts that I will be able to tuck inside. Now I just need to make one more like this.

I want to thank you for stopping by. Be sure to pop over to the Papertake Weekly blog and see the gorgeous creations  from the rest of the team. I hope that you will join us and I look forward to seeing your gorgeous Christmas creations.

This card will be entered into the following challenges :

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wish Upon A Star

Good morning, we have reached the mid way point of our StampFairy sketch challenge and I am back to share another inspiration card with you.

For this week's card I have used one of the images from Friday's release, Barry Angel. This darling set of images has so many possible uses but this time around I have opted to go with a sweet and girls baby card. Once again I have pretty much stayed true to the sketch using a punched border with a fancy ribbon for the band and a die cut star instead of the circle mat. The end result is a card that is sweet and girly, perfect for a new little angel.

Remember that you still have one week to join us for the challenge and you must use a  StampFairy image. If you have not been by the store for a while, what are you waiting for? Here is Friday's full release as a little sneak peek of what is waiting for you there.

This card will be entered into the following challenges :