Thursday, 31 October 2013

Christmas Fun

Still running around trying to catch my tail, but wanted to show you this card, which I had made as a sample for Crafty Devils. It's a stepper card with an acetate cover. The die cut decoupage image was made up and then attached to one of the "steps", which had been covered with strips of patterned paper and the snowflakes are actually dangling down inside the card on strips of acetate.

Everything used on the card is available from Crafty Devils

Forever Friends A4 Decoupage - Christmas fun
Country Companions A5 paper pack - Winter Wishes.
My Paper Stash Winter Sparkles Greetings AC306
Tonic Geared border punch - Diamond Swing
X-cut palm punch - Snow Crystal
Snowfall Acetate - Hunkydory
Ribbon, diamante slider and gems.

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look
Colette xx

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Advent Calendar

It's the start of another Paper Creator challenge today and this time around our theme is
Pink or Blue
so all you need to do to play along and be in with the chance of winning £10 to spend in store is show us a pink or blue creation. You don't even have to use Paper Creator products to play along, but if you do you will be entered into the draw twice.

For my creation this week I used one of the Advent Calendar kits from the Advent Calendar Mega Bundle, which contains 10 advent calendar kits and is on sale for only £5 at the moment. Each kit also contains a presentation box and step by step instructions.

Advent Calendar Kit - Paper Creator
X-cut palm punch - Snow Crystal large and medium
Bows and Gems - Meiflower

I printed most of the sheets out onto 255gsm white linen card from Papermill Direct, but used 180gsm Matt photo paper for the numbers, I also printed out a couple of extra sheets of the box sides on the Matt paper, then cut around the images and attached to the calendar using foam pads.

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday, 25 October 2013

Teddy Bo Friday!

I missed Teddy Bo Tuesday this week as I have been really busy, mainly having murder with the local hospital, over a pair of shoes for Meg.
12 months ago she had casts made of her feet to send off to a company in Germany to make her some new shoes (we can't buy shoes for her as her feet are tiny (she's 23 and her feet are smaller than my 8 year old grandsons), and really oddly shaped). Although she doesn't need the shoes for walking or standing, she suffers from really bad circulation and her feet are always freezing, last winter she had to wear fleecy bed socks over her socks whenever we went out, just for an extra layer of warmth, she also has severe osteoporosis in her feet and legs as she has never walked or put weight through them, so the shoes are protection against knocks which could result in broken bones - anyway, here we are 12 months and a number of phone calls to the hospital later - heading into another winter - and Meg still doesn't have any shoes to wear.
It turns out that the company in Germany are saying they have never received an order, and the hospital are saying they have sent the order twice (which seems odd as Meg has only had casts made once), so we now have an appointment for Monday for Meg to be re-assessed, which probably means she will be going through another Winter wearing bed socks!

Sorry about the rant, here's my card.

IMAGE - Oli_008 - coloured in Photoshop
PAPERS - Big Top - Just So Scrappy
Lifestyle circle dies
Grosgrain ribbon, waxed cord, spotty button and stick on pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Monday, 21 October 2013

My Besties challenge

Once again it is my teams turn to host the My Besties challenge and this time around the theme is
Use a Background stamp
Anything Goes (using a Bestie Image)
You must use a My Besties image on your challenge card.
There is a grand prize of 5 My Besties digital images for the winner who follows the theme, and runner up prizes too.

IMAGE- My Besties Winter Wonderland Reindeer Angel of Joy - coloured in Photoshop
Christmas tree background digi stamp from Tis the Season to be Pretty Set - Amber Ink
PAPERS - Brrrr digital scrap kit - Just So Scrappy
DIE - Winter Wishes Ice Crystal 2 - Joy Crafts
Ribbon, Jingle bells and gems - Meiflower

If you are lucky enough to live in the US then you can find the first of the My Besties "Bee Attitudes" Doll Collection HERE

Pop over to the Besties challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my Teamies.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cascade cards

Here's a couple of  cards I have put together using the new Paper Creator Cascade card kits. They are soooo easy to put together but give you something a bit different from the usual card shapes, each kit comes with layers for decoupage and a matching envelope.

For the Halloween card I added the word Boo! - in die-cut letters - to the front of the cascade section and attached a bat to a strip of acetate so that it looks like it's flying out of the card.

Bat - Halloween Hooligans - Nitwits
Die cut Letters - Lifestyle Splendid Alphabet
Charm - stash
Ribbon - Meiflower

With the cupcake concertina, I added a punched border to the back and front of the card, lots of glitter to the cupcake icing, a flower from a Nitwits kit, and ribbon and a cupcake charm from Meiflower.

There are more cascade designs available over at Paper Creator, you can find them all HERE

Thanks for popping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Friday, 18 October 2013

Oli the Ephelump

You may remember Oli the ephelump from the Teddy Bo family, well he has had a bit of a make-over and is back again, after losing a little weight, and going to the gym to get a more streamlined physique LOL!
He has also managed to get himself a friend, of the female variety, called Molly who you can find HERE on Tuesday's post.

IMAGE - Oli_002 - coloured in photoshop
PAPERS and WORDART - Doodle Doo Digital Scrap Kit - Just So Scrappy
BUTTON and CORD - Meiflower

I also have a Teddy Bea card I made using one of the trio of tabs from last weeks release.

IMAGE - Trio
PAPERS and ALPHABET - Sisters digital scrap kit - Just so scrappy
Flower soft for pompom
Lifestyle Edge it dies for top and bottom border
Gems, bow and satin rose trio - Meiflower

Pop over to the Teddy Bo blog and take a look at the wonderful inspiration from some of the other DT members.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Teddy Bo Tuesday

We have some more new releases at Teddy Bo and Co today, the bears are there as usual, but we have a new set of characters for you to take a look at too.

Welcome to Oli and Molly the ephelumps, they are available in both digi stamp and pre-coloured versions.

I used Molly for my card today, Oli will be along on Friday.

IMAGE - MOLLY_002 - Coloured in Photoshop
PAPERS - Fruitytoot Digital Scrap kit - Crazy 4 monograms
BORDER DIE -Impression Obsessions - Border Duo 1
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Gayle also drew this beautiful Angel/Fairy which I just had to colour up and as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I decided to make a card in commemoration of all the friends and family I know who have fought and won their battles and also those that didn't make it.

Image - Fairy - Teddy Bo and Co. - coloured in Photoshop
Couture Creations die - Tatted Lace Doily
Lifestyle die - Nesting square Doily
Stick on pearls, ribbon and charm - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fa la la la la!

Where is the time going? I swear it was only April yesterday and now it's October! (starting to feel like it here now too, cool, windy and dark). It won't be long before the clocks will be going back and we will be in the Winter.
Of course, Winter means Christmas, and today I have a quick Christmas card to show you. The  design was printed onto one sheet of paper, cut out, ribbon fixed into place, attached to a blank card base and decorated, only took about 20 mins to make.

Image - Fa la la la la Snowman illustration- Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital Papers and stitching - Winter Whimsy - Crazy Scrap Chicks
Circle frame - CR1248 Circle, flower and leaf stitch - Marianne Craftables
plus lifestyle nesting circles (to cut out the centre)
Sentiment - computer generated
Ribbon, gems, and ribbon slider - Meiflower

I'm off to the Sincerely Yours Craft show at Leigh today, need to stock up on my smooth printer card 250gsm, from Anna Marie designs, it's about £11 a pack on the website, but you get two packs for £12 at the show and there is no postage to pay, I'm sure I will probably buy lots of other stuff too, but the card is the main thing I want.

Enjoy your weekend.
Colette xx

Friday, 11 October 2013

Furry Friday

Hi, I'm back with another Teddy Bo card today, I managed to get two cards made with the new images this week, so after posting one on Tuesday I thought I would pop the other one on today.

IMAGE - Teddy Trio (this is one of three images in the set) - Coloured in Photoshop
PAPERS, STARS - Brothers Digital Scrap kit - Just so Scrappy

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Christmas Wreath

My card for today once again uses Crystal blossom sequins from Meiflower, this time around I have used them in groups of three to represent berries on a Christmas wreath.

Martha Stewart Punch – Branch
Crafts Too embossing folder – 5x5 dots - Maddy Lisa Crafts
Wording – Whimsy Shapeology Die – Holiday sentimentables
Gingham ribbon, diamante ribbon slider, crystal blossom sequins
and stick on gems – Meiflower

Thanks for taking a look,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Teddy Bo Tuesday Woohoo! He's back!

Today is a special day for more than one reason, as well as being my youngest daughters 23rd birthday (Happy Birthday Meg) we are also back with a new Teddy Bo release.
After quite a long break whilst we relocated from our tower in the depths of cold, wet Scotland to a Minaret (closest thing we could find to a tower) out in the desert of a hot and sunny United Arab Emirates we are back, yaaaayyy!

IMAGE - Teddy Bea #17 - Coloured in Photoshop
PAPERS - Denim and Daisies Digital Scrap kit - Just So Scrappy
DIE - Upsy Daisy - Die-Namics

We have some fabulous new releases for you this week,
check them out HERE

Pop over to the Teddy Bo Challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Monday, 7 October 2013

Cherry Blossom Geisha

It's time for another challenge at My Besties this week, and this time around the theme is...
If you want to play along, just show us any creation containing a My Bestie image, the winner gets to choose five My Besties digital images, we also have a runners up prize and the DT favourite also wins themselves three My Besties images.

This is one of my favourite images, she was such a joy to colour, I love anything oriental, and really enjoyed putting this card together.

Cherry Blossom Geisha - My Besties - Coloured in Photoshop
Digital papers and lanterns - Sakura Garden - Mindy Terasawa (no longer available)
Tree branch - hand cut
Leaves - Cheery Lyn Flourish Leaf strip
Cherry Blossoms - Memory Box die
Tiny blossoms on tree - Crystal sequin blossoms - Meiflower
(I also added tiny stick on gems in the centres)

Pop over to the My Besties challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies, and don't forget it you are going to enter the challenge you must use a My Besties image.

Thanks for looking,
Colette xx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Super Duper Sparkly Christmas tree!

Today I have a sample card made for Meiflower once again using the gorgeous Crystal blossom sequins. This was one of those cards that seemed like a good idea at the start, but after an hour of painstakingly adding each sequin to a triangle of green card, it didn't seem like such a good idea after all LOL!
I have to admit though that I loved the way it turned out and it looks fabulous when the light catches it and the sequins all twinkle. Next time around I may just cover the triangle with tacky glue, throw a load of blossoms at it and then push them all into place hehe!

Digital papers, elf and Christmas bauble - Jolly Holly Days - Just so Scrappy

Thanks for dropping by,
Colette xx

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Simple Gift

How are you all on this Saturday morning, if you are up for a challenge we have a very easy one over at Paper Creator starting today. The theme is
couldn't be simpler could it, most of us these days probably have at least one die cut or punched item on our cards,uou don't even have to use Paper Creator products, although you get two entries into the draw if  you do, and the winners prize is a £10 voucher to spend in store, so what are you waiting for.

My card today uses a Sassy Cheryl illustration called Simple Gift of a flower, it has been so dark and dreary here recently that I was drawn to the bright colours of this image.

Simple gift of a flower - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Digital Papers - Born to Shop - Just So Scrappy
Rocker base and image frame - Lifestyle Nesting Floral doilies die
Daisies - Die-namics - Upsey Daisy die
Sentiment - Computer generated
Ribbon - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from my teamies.

Thanks for calling in,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday, 4 October 2013

Wee Winter Fairy

I've been MIA for the last week as I have had such a lot going on, but I am back now and to make up for neglecting the blog I am going to be posting something every day for the next week. 
There is also some fab news for any Teddy Bo fans out there as he will be back on Tuesday with some new images, so keep a look out for them.
I love this sweet little Winter Fairy digital stamp from Wee Stamps, which has been in my collection for quite a while now. A couple of weeks ago I found some time to colour her up and have finally got around to making up a card with her. I have a lot on at the moment, so have found myself mostly making quick cards - on this one the layout is quite simple, and I spent about 15 minutes adding the crystal blossom sequins around the edge of the circle. It really didn't take too long to put together, and I love the sparkle from the sequin frame as it catches the light.

Wee Stamps Winter Fairy - Coloured in Photoshop
Digital Papers and stitching - Winter Whimsy - Crazy Scrap Chicks
Holly Punch - Woodware
Sentiment - Computer Generated

Thanks for stopping by,
see you tomorrow
Colette xx