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Monday, 24 November 2014

It's Christmas!!!

Yes time to get your mojo working and make a start on those Christmas cards that you've been promising yourself you'd start making!! Ooh La La is the place to be as it's a new challenge set by Susan and it's all about Christmas.

For my DT card I have chosen a design from the CD 'Shawn Jenkins Artwork'. This is definitely a must have CD in your collection as there are so many fab images on there.....not just Christmas images. M colleague at my craft group demonstrated how to make this slider card. It was a bit tricky but worth it when I finally completed it.

This is it closed. The image an DP are from the same CD.

This is it opened and reveals the greeting JOY. I added gold peel off strips to lift it and made stand from red glitter card from my stash.

I hope you find time to pop over to Ooh La La Challenges and take a look at more inspiration for your Christmas cards from my won't be disappointed.
Have fun!!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

'P is for......' at CD Sunday

Good morning bloggers. Well we have been having a spell of great weather for November but this weekend has seen some very scary thunder and lightening storms..........fingers crossed it won't last long.

Last week it was Chrisine's turn to choose the theme at CD Sunday and now she has the task of finding a winner from all the stunning entries for coffee, peach and cream...... I don't envy her.......there were some fab entries.

It is my choice of theme this fortnight at CD Sunday and I went for the letter 'P'. At this time of year we are all madly creating Christmas cards......well some of us are anyway!! I hoped this would get your mojo working as I could think of many 'P' words associated with Christmas e.g. Pointsettia, Penguins, Polar Bears, Presents or even Pink etc.

I found a great image . It's on the Shawn Jenkins Artwork CD by Ooh La La. It's a Peppermint Penguin. I love those peppermint candy canes that we seem able only to buy at Christmas. It's a real fun image which I couldn't resist.

The main card is from a pad of card from Lidls'. I mounted the image on white sparkly card, which I thought looked like ice, but sadly on the piccie it looks more like a dirty yellow!!!  The ribbon strips along the bottom and side are also from the same CD and match the sentiment on the topper "Let it snow". The background paper is from Ooh La La 'Festive Funnies'. I added three punched out white snowflakes on one corner to finish.

I hope you find time to pop over to CD Sunday and check out the teams' fab creations. There's a little prize for the winner too, ready for posting from Sunny Cyprus. So remember to think of something beginning with 'P' and use to anything from a CD. It could be an image, a greeting, background paper, ribbon strip etc anything really. Oh and you don't have to make a card. It could be an ATC, scrapbook page, decorated tag anything that takes your fancy!!

I am looking forward to seeing your entries and visiting you in blog land. Happy creating!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

'Farewell' from the Dragonflies.

Well it's a sad day today for us Dragonflies as this will be our last challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this friendly and inspiring team of crafters. It has been an honour and privilege to work with you all especially our dear leader Hilde who is having a bit of a rough time healthwise at the moment. I'm sure with everyone's love and prayers life will get better for you dear Hilde. Take good care.

So on to the final challenge. Appropriately it's Anything Goes with the option of saying Goodbye/ Farewell. We are sponsored by

This generous sponsor provided the team with some lovely images. I decided to play with this cute mail box and make a card just to say ' Sad to see you go' and inside it says.....'please write soon xx'

I coloured the image with copic markers and fussy cut leaving a tiny border. I then adhered it to pale peach card stock from a Lidls' pad. The ribbon strip is from an Ooh La La CD Xmas Presence. The 'sad to see you go' word strip is from my stash. Not sure where it came from but had it for eons. I decided to add hearts down the side and along the bottom.....thinking about tears of sadness. That squirrel looks very sad too.

Well that's it, my final post for the Dragonflies. I hope you'll pop over to visit Crafting with Dragonflies and also give some love to our lovely leader Hilde.....she needs lots. I look forward to visiting your blogs soon to see how you've interpreted this fortnights' challenge.
                                      Goodbye and Farewell from the Dragonflies!!!

Monday, 10 November 2014

#169 Ooh La La ' More than one fold'

Goodmorning. Well can you believe it we are speeding through November and Christmas will soon be upon us.....where do the months go. Over at Ooh La La Julie has challenged us to try a to use more than one fold when creating our inspirations for you. I went with a simple two fold card that fits easily into a normal letter size envelope. So no need to make your own envelopes to fit this one.


You simply need a piece of A4 card stock halved lengthways. Fold diagonally across centre. Then score and fold it to make your card. There is a pocket on the outside and inside for you to pop something inside if you wish.

I decided to make yet another Christmas card. I am getting a bit bored with the Christmas card making so making a new fold spurred me into action. I really need a push to get these Christmas cards made!!

The background paper and main image are both from Ooh La La Xmas Presence. There are some fab images for Christmas on this CD and I was spoilt for choice. I added the image to white card stock and placed it over the front pocket. The greeting 'Joy' is peel offs on a circle cut from the same DP and put on a circle of white card. I then added pearl stars from my stash and a silver star peel off in the top corner. I used the same DP inside and will add a greeting later.

So a very easy fold that got my Christmas mojo going again. I hope you'll find time to pop over to OLL and see what my teamies have created to inspire you. They have come up with some fab folds. I know you won't be disappointed. Link to challenge blog in side bar.

Don' t forget to check out the OLL shop for a peep at their inspiring CD's. Well worth a browse.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing some of you new folds.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

'Box it up' with Unstampabelles

Well another month has whizzed by and it's time for a new challenge at Unstampabelles. This time Susan has asked us to make a box of any description and create a tutorial or link to a tutorial. Our sponsors are the fab .......

Prize: $15 Gift Voucher

This is the perfect time of the year for gift boxes so with this in mind I looked for ideas on
YouTube for box making and found this great tutorial for a Tealight Candle Gift Box. Click on the link for the tutorial.

I made the box using red card stock and covered it with polka dot card from a Lidls pack. The topper is a recycled Christmas card with peel off corners from my stash. The box holds four tealights and is very easy to make. So easy that I'm going to make more for Christmas presents.

I hope you find time to pop over and visit Unstampabelles. My teamies have made some delightful boxes and everyone has a tutorial for you so well worth a look.
I hope you will join us and don't forget only rules is NO's Unstampabelles that's why!!
Have fun!!!

Coffee, Peach and Cream

It's time for another challenge at CD Sunday. Where do the days go. It'll soon be Christmas and we'll be stressed out as the Christmas cards won't be finished. Well mine never are!!

Last fortnight Carol asked you for Silhouettes. It took a while but eventually you were brave enough to take on the challenge with some fab entries. I think Carol will have a difficult time choosing her winner.

Over at CD Sunday Christine has challenged us to use Coffee Peach and Cream for this fortnights theme. This is a lovely colour combo but not one I often use.

I used peach for the main card. The card was from my trusty Lidls pad. The image was matted on cream card stock from the same pad. The image background is coffee coloured. So this was my starting points but what to do with them. I decided to go for a new fold that one of my teamies did at OLL. It's A4 folded with the front of the card scored at the halfway point and folded across the front of card. Then I scored a smaller section on the back layer and folded back with a mountain fold. I added a square matt across the centre.

The main image is from Debbie Moore Shabby Chic Collection. The sentiment and ribbon strip down the side panel are also from the same CD. The background paper was from the craft shop that is closing down here and was in a wallet or assorted papers which weren't named. I added flat backed pearls from my stash and made a spray of peach and cream flowers from my stash. The knot bow was a scrap of ribbon from a box of chocolates.

I hope you find time to pop over to CD Sunday and take a peep at the creations from my teamies. There are some pretty cards made for this challenge and all different as usual. Don't forget you must use something from a CD and it doesn't have to be a card it could be any papercraft item. So check through your stash for Coffee Peach and Cream and get going. Have fun..... I did!!!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Good Morning from Cyprus. It's time for another challenge over at Crafting with Dragonflies. This time Hilde challenged us to make anything but a card and to use, what else, a Dragonfly image.
I decided to alter a notebook as I'd not done this for a while. My stash of notebooks all seem to come in such bright colours. I much prefer softer colours so I'm always changing them and it's a great way to personalise them for a gift. At this time of the year we are always looking for gift ideas. So here's one for you.

I started with a very very bright coloured hard backed notebook.

First of all I removed the spine and then used a base of paper designed by Audrey from the Lilac Garden. It had some beautiful dragonflies and Iris' on it so perfect for the challenge.

The sheet included some decoupage dragonflies too.  The words are also on the image sheet and I used my Word programme and enlarged them and added two to the front on some banner tags.
After replacing the spine......bit tricky this so be aware....I tied some fancy threads  randomly down the side. This came in a ball from a local knitting wool shop. I think you could knit with it using some large needles but I find it is a perfect alternative to ribbon for card making.
This is the  inside before and after.
(Don't know why this is showing this way it's fine n my Pictures but when I've transferred it to my blog it's swivelled around!!)

This is the inside and as you can see I took the photo before I'd finished the back cover. I used the same designer paper on the back as the inside cover and left it free of embellishments
The DP here is from a pack I got free in a card magazine. It's LOTV 'Bonnets and Bowties'. It also has a lovely Happy Birthday stamp with it which will be very useful. I added two more dragonflies from the decoupage sheet and two more word banners with the names of the dragonflies. Here in Cyprus there is a conservation group run by the U3A which identifies and measures etc. dragonflies. They have been very lucky In identifying so many species. One year I was lucky enough to receive a calendar from one of my friends In this group which had been made using photographs of each dragonfly they had found. Some of them were stunning and the variety of colours were amazing. This year I'll be giving her this notebook as a gift. I hope she'll find it useful and appropriate to log her discoveries.
I hope you've been inspired to pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what my other teamies have created. Remember it's anything but a card and you must add a dragonfly somewhere on your design. If you don't have one there's a freebie on the blog.
Have fun!!