Just as a change from the production line Christmas cards I have been making some envelopes for money or gift cards, its too difficult to buy for grownup grandchildren so they get to buy their own gifts .We still shop for the little great grandchildren at the moment, but some of them are getting into the teens now and I think they will be going on the money list soon, its getting incredibly expensive and we keep saying we will have to draw the line somewhere but then Christmas rolls round again and we say, well maybe just this year .......
Here's my card for Tuesday Taggers where I was picked as guest designer for this week. This is one of those stamps that I have to use every year, I love it. The papers are all Graphic 45. I am so pleased to see that Carole and Yvonne have joined Tuesday Taggers as designers !
here is my atc for Theme Thursday challenge which asks for an atc with flowers. The background is a wax paper one I did a while ago, flowers stamped with stazon and bleached a little, I've forgotten how to do the wax paper stuff, will have to look it up again, the old memory is getting a bit worn out !
Louise at Kardkrazy 's challenge is for a Christmas tag with the colours, navy, turquoise and red ..... Hmmm
not colours I would usually put together, I kept the turquoise to a minimum as its not one of my favourite colours,cuttlebug embossing, bit of sanding, punched snowflakes and my fabourite Kanban bauble
A quick post tonight , I've had a busy week and not much time for crafting. Babs has been over again today and we have made the usual mess which still has to be put away! Think its just really clocked with me that November is almost over and I,ve got little stacks of unfinished cards evrywhere so I,m trying to really get down to finishing them off. This card is not for any challenge, just one of a batch I have been making today. Carole just told me that Craftsandme challenge is snowflakes so I am posting in on there.
Daring Card Makers challenge is for We three - of anything, so I thought this card would fit the challenge.three mice and three card candies. Not the best of scans, the green is not as bright as this and it does have stamping on it which doesn't show on here, sometimes things scan really well and other times they don't , who knows why ? The cute little mice are Penny Black.
Made this atc for Theme Thursday challenge which is "Faces" I love this stamp from Hampton Arts which I have had for a very long time, I love the face and also the sentiment, wish someone could fly round the world and bring peace everywhere ! I stamped it onto a piece of card which had been coloured with spray inks and glimmer mists, it is actually a bit greener than it looks on here so I did do her face with bleach so she didn't look quite so seasick ! coloured her headband and punched a couple of flowers.
Finally got round to making my atcs for the Stampman atc swap. This months challenge is Take A Letter. The little boy and the wording are from SeeDs, the ink splatters are Paperartsy. The background paper is some old basic grey and the piece of ledger paper is from an old pad I found while I was sorting out my desk. I always think this little boy is writing out "Lines" , the older bloggers among us will no doubt remember it being a punishment for being naughty at school ! (As if !!! )
No cards to post tonight, been busy with other things but I just wanted to say Thank You to the lovely people who leave such wonderful and kind comments for me and who cheer me up no end and the ones who sign up as followers.
Just been looking at everyones blogs and now I'm almost ashamed to post my boring little card ! It does look a bit better in real life as the gems are iridescent red and green and quite sparkly. I can't quite get my head round Christmas cards this year for some reason and I usually love making them. I haven't done any Christmas shopping or anything as yet so maybe if I got cracking on that it might put me more in the mood.I did make another couple of more elaborate cards also today but I can't remember where the challenges were and can't be bothered to look tonight. My friend has been over today and you should see the mess she left me to clear up (only kidding Babs ,its twice as bad now as when you left ! ) Its a good job in a way I don't have a proper craft room as I do have to put most of the stuff away before I go to bed so we can at least have a corner of the table to have breakfast on. Posting this on Tuesday Taggers challenge which is Joy/Peace/Love
Tag Tuesday this week is for Backgrounds and not to cover them up with embellishments ! My background is just sprayed inks and glimmer mists, swirl & flowers white embossed, the circle at the bottom is punched from another bit of the same paper. It looks a bit plain to me but it is very "glimmery" in real life. I do like making backgrounds and we are so inclined to end up not seeing much of them.
I don't know what I have been doing all day ! I had intended making a load of Christmas cards, everything is stamped and cut out, just need assembling but have I done them ? have I heck, just messed about looking at blogs and craft sites, watched Country File, Strictly and Antique Road show and just generally wasted time.
Finally made this card for Winter Wonderland challenge which is Winter Sports, I,m not too happy with it but at least its something I,ve done. I downloaded the picture from the net, I think its from Ahomeandheart.blogspot but will have to go back and check that. (now I,ve just gone and posted it on the wrong challenge and I don't know how to take it off, think its time I went to bed !)
Although I love steampunk I find it very hard to actually do anything with the images. Finally found this background on the internet(clockwork atomics), the lightbulb image is G45 and the figure is Lost Coast(I think) she looks a bit as though she stuck her finger in the light socket and I like her odd stockings !Cog from alterations die. Now I,m off to do something simple like Christmas cards.Nearly forgot to say this is for Theme Thursday Steampunk challenge.
Had a busy day trying to sort out the spare room which has ended up as a dumping ground for everything that doesn't have a home , filled three bags with surplus craft bits and pieces which will go to one of the childrens groups in the village, either the school, Brownies, Beavers or Youth Club, I just take it all to the local Post Office and our lovely Post Office Owner passes it on to who ever wants it, however much I try to get rid of it just never seems to get any less, I have enough paper and cardstock to start my own shop and as for stamps, well the less said the better ! Anyhow tonight I have only managed to make this tag, very simple using just a couple of Crafty Individuals Stamps. Tuesday Taggers challenge is for Silver/Gold and Purple and Tag You're It Is Simple Stamping so I manage to fit it to two challenges. Tag You're It is a proper swap so I have to make another two tags the same so I can send them off for the swap, I got three more lovely tags from their last swap, I do like getting these little works of art in the post !
Louise at Kardkrazy has a challenge for Bingo this week. I messed about for ages with a small bingo stamp and was getting nowhere fast but while I was looking for some paper to cover the tag well, BINGO! found this paper . The two ladies are a stamp that my sister sent me for my birthday and I hadn't got round to using it yet, they look so sad I guess they didn't win tonight !
I am finally managing to bring myself to actually use some of my G45 papers, I have spent so long stroking and admiring them its a wonder they aren't worn out. I know they are so "last year " but I haven't seen anything else to beat them as yet. I haven't even managed to start on the Steampunk ones yet and I will have to wait until next year now to cut into Alice in Halloween ! Gingersnap have a challenge for Haute Couture and I love anything to do with fashion ( on paper only !) I also see this weeks is Sewing Notions which is also a favourite thing for me, will have to get going on that one, make a change from Christmas cards.
I,m into simple cards at the moment and they don't come a lot simpler than this one. Background is gold embossed Impression-obsession stamp, the kings and the wording are Butterfly Kisses. I,m entering this on Winter Wonderland which is Sing a Christmas carol and also for the Stampman which is anything goes Christmas , not often I manage to do one card for two challenges, now my friend Carol has told me off for putting myself down so I am not going to apologise for wonky lines etc ! lol .........
Spent most of this afternoon making this front and back tag . I'm quite happy with the front of the tag but the back got a bit of a mess. After I stamped the wording on the back I thought it was too " in your face " so I tried to lighten it up with a white pen and then some glitter, it didn't work out how I wanted and then when I stamped and embossed the white snow flakes the embossing powder stuck everywhere I didn't want it, it was fun making it and quite a challenge from Kard Krazy Louise ! I wanted these to appear on the blog side by side but can't work ot how to do it.
Tuesday Taggers challenge this week is A Taste Of The Orient, I don't have much in way of oriental stamps(although somewhere is a whole packet of oriental papers that I can't find ! ) but this triple embossed stamped panel has been in my bits and pieces pile for ever ! I don't even know who's stamp I used, its certainly not mine, its on mountboard so was always too heavy to put on a card. I had a lightbulb moment and decided to put in on the front of a notebook, just a plain white notepad ,covered with red card and some bits of decorative paper and ribbon, the metal thingy was in another box of odds and ends. It might have been better it I had stuck it together a bit straighter but it can sit at the side of the computer for me to write all the stuff down that is usually on scraps of paper which immediately get lost . Going off to watch Pillars Of The Earth after I post this.
Had a busy afternoon making Christmas cards, I am not posting the ones I made as I have done something I don't usually do and cased a Stampin Up make and take card someone gave me. I didn't have the Stampin Up stamps so used some similar ones I had but other than that it was a straight copy of someone elses card that I really liked. Anyhow tonight I made this for Creative Sketches, Stampin Up dasher stamp again ( think he is going to be used a lot this year !) and Cosmo Cricket papers.
Love this little reindeer stamp from Stampin Up, I need to put some stickles on his antlers but did not want to get stickles all over the scanner bed,last time I did that had to get some thinners as it had set solid along with some glossy accents and took some getting off. Card is for Creative Sketches which is a sketch and a holiday theme.I have flipped the sketch a bit but think I got the basics of it.
My name is Joan.I am retired person who spends far too much time playing with rubber stamps and anything crafty, not particularly gifted but like to have a go at anything. I am married with one grown up daughter and live in a village in North Yorkshire