Monday, 27 December 2010

Wishing You A Happy New Year


Hoping everyone has had a fantastic Christmas so far? :)  Mine was wonderful!  I got a new 1TB hard-drive, An Idiot Abroad on DVD (Im in love with Karl Pilkington - lol ), some scalloped circular nesties and a big Toblerone!  We dont do Christmas on a massive scale, I think its important to love people all year round, but white christmasses always feel special and it was a lot of fun.  :) 

Anyway, I made this very pink and girly card today using Starlight Tilda, my new scalloped nesties, LOTV sentiment stamp, MME free paper stack and Marianne D dies.  I also used MS punches, stickles and pearls.  Charm and brads from stash. 

As there are still a lot of Anything Goes and extended challenges at this time of year, I am entering this card in the below challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge - Pink, White and Silver
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes - Tilda is coloured with Pro-markers
Magnolia-liscious Highlights - Word play - make a word and use a magnolia stamp.
Crafters Companion - Great sketch, I enjoyed following this.
7Kids Challenge - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - How girly can you get?
Paper Sundaes - Challenge 49 - cut it out.  I cut my magnolia image out.
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Get embellishing - I made all the embellishments myself - die cuts & punches, for flourishes, flowers, leaves and word.
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Anything Goes - NOT Christmas
Cooking it up with Katie - Ribbon and brads
Crafty Catz - Pick a challenge - I chose challenge 51 - Stitching.  I normally hand-stitch on my cards, but this is the first time I have tried faux stitching.
Ooh La La Creations - Toast to 2011
Paper Playtime - New Year
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - New year, new beginnings.  This is my card to wish everyone a Happy New Year

Thanks so much for looking, and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

xxalisonxx



Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Away in a Manger


And a new card to share :)

I recently won this Little Shepherd Boy stamp on the Lili Of The Valley - Ideas to Inspire 12 days of Christmas Candy.  I was thrilled to get this as its been one of my favourite images for a long time.

I followed the sketch by Dena on the Lili of the Valley challenge blog and I flipped it to the side.

I coloured using pro-markers, and used HOTP papers, snowflake brads, glitter, stickles, germs and pearls on the stars..  I made the mat for the image by cutting two panels from a Marianne Die and merged them and trimmed off the excess. I thought it worked quite well :)

I am entering this card in the below competitions: 

Lili Of The Valley - Great sketch by Dena
Simon Says Stamp - Silver, Blue and White
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Sparkle and Shine
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas challenge - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - For Someone Special.  My dad had dibs on the card I made originally for my husband, so I had to make another card today just for him.  He's quite special ;)
Ooh La La Challenges - Nativity Scene
Spoonful of Sugar - Christmas Card
Lexis Creations - Glitter and Pearls
Paper Playtime - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas
Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Inspired by a song - 'Away in a Manger'.
Sundays with Crissy - Christmas is coming

.......and breathe! :) Phew, thats it!

Finally I would just like to wish all my blogging friends and visitors a very wonderful and Merry Christmas and a fantastic and Happy New Year!

Thanks for looking, and good luck to everyone in these challenges.


Monday, 20 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers - Mega Christmas Challenge

Today, I am sharing two cards that I am entering in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge.  The rules are quite simple and for once only, we are allowed to backlink to previous projects and show how far we have come on our card-making journey.

So I am entering the below two cards as;

My Greatest - Original Post Link: Little Princess


Now I enjoyed making this card more than anything! :) I loved colouring this image, loved working with this colour scheme and these papers, and I think I smiled the whole time I was making it. :)  I consider it to be my greatest card, not because it won a prize, it didnt, but it did get picked for the top 5 Passionista on the Passion for Promarkers  and the top 3 in the I love Promarkers challenges.  I was blown away to have been picked by the respective DT's and awarded my badges!

My First:  I could enter an early card for this, but a real landmark for me this year in cardmaking was using watercolours.......... (Original Link: My First... )



I was really nervous attempting this card, as I had NEVER used watercolour pencils before.  Sadly I lost my mum late last year and she had quite a large collection of these pencils, which my dad then passed to me.  Anyway, after staring at them long enough, I thought I really must try and give them a go.  I enjoyed taking my time with them, and even though it took me a lot longer than I would normally spend colouring an image, it gave me time to reflect and I found it quite peaceful and relaxing.
I think she would have been really proud, as she loved painting and drawing, and in later years card-making, and my mums creativity was always an inspiration to me.  

Thanks so much for looking :)



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