Monday 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas From Santa Paws

Good morning, happy Monday, and Merry Christmas! Well Christmas is very nearly here, and although I'm not quite ready I'm not doing too badly. Here's my final Christmas card of the year, made with a set from Hobby Art.

I'm entering my happy cat family into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Stitch It Up challenge. 
This is my final post of the year as it's now family time,  so I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you bright and early in 2019!

Monday 3 December 2018

It's Gonna Be A Blue Christmas...

Good morning and happy Monday. Well we've spent the last 2 days getting the Christmas decorations down from the loft, and turning our house into Santa's grotto. It's not that we're slow (though I am) but that every year there's something new to put out. Last year we bought Christmas bedding for everyone - changing 3 beds in 1 day is not my idea of fun! 
Anyhow, here's my second piece for the County View Crafts Christmas challenge. Speaking of CVC, you must check out their legendary Advent sale, there are fabulous bargains to be had everyday until Christmas.

 Don't look Mum and Dad, 'cos this is your Christmas card!

 I started with a Gelli plate background then added lots of Tim Holtz stamps.
 I love this Tim Holtz Thinlit's die - this is how I would write if I hadn't been bitten by a spider as a child!

 Ok these bigz dies may be old, but I love them. The Bigz and Edge dies cut through anything, and just 'cos it's old stash doesn't mean that it shouldn't be used, so there! The deer and trees have been cut on chipboard and patterned papers so they really stand out.  I had to give my deer some tinsel scarves, cos as Noddy would say It's Chriiiiiiiistmassssss. Right, now I've planted that song in your head I'm going to step away...

I have to say, I really like this card, and now that I've done one and I know where everything fits it would be easy to stamp and cut a few - maybe next year...
I'm entering my card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Anything Goes.
I hope you like my card, and join in with our fun challenge. Have a very happy December, and thanks very much for looking x

Saturday 1 December 2018

Noel for Country View Crafts

Good morning and happy Saturday - welcome to December. I know that I say it all the time, but where did this year go! So what could the December challenge at Country View Crafts be??? Yep, you got it!

There are many stamp companies that I love, but I have to say that no one does Christmas quite like Tim Holtz, and I find myself coming back to old favourites year after year (and buying new favourites of course)

 I started by making two gelli prints, one in pink, and one in blue. The pink one looks red in the top picture, and you'll be seeing the blue one in a few days.
 I stamped Tim Holtz trees from an old Christmas set using Distress Oxides. I also added some script. I liked this but it looked a bit in your face.
 So I toned it down a little by adding some white gesso spatters, it really makes all the difference.
The Noel stamp is also from an old Tim set. I added a black layer and stitched it onto my base card.
I did say that I was using my old favourite, I've had these Bigz dies for many years. I've cut them out on chipboard and added patterned papers.
And here we are, all done. Neil always says that I should make a few of each card, but I never know how a card is going to turn out until it's done. Now I've made the first one though I know that I could make a few more, but where's the fun in that lol.
I hope you have a very happy December, and thanks very much for looking x