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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Unstampabelles December challenge

Sorry I'm a wee bit late with this post but I have just returned home after a fab weekend celebrating Christmas early at a Turkey and Tinsel event!!! Great fun, great food and even better company. So I am really in the festive spirit and what better way to tell you about our final challenge of the year at Unstampabelles.

We are asking you this month to think of candles and create Flickering Lights. The twist is to have a candle in the item made.

As usual there is a fab prize. This time Susan is donating a..........

 $20 (Australian) Gift Voucher for a shop of your choice!!
My inspiration fro you is a Christmas table centre.
I began with bamboo sticks joined together to form a star shape. I sprayed the sticks with gold but on reflection think I should have used silver as the gold on the wood didn't really show up.
 I then used two different  tea light/mini candle holders as containers.....six in total. In each one a put a small 'oasis' and added real pine sprigs and mini pine cones, from my garden and red and gold plastic berries,  which I got from flower accessories department in a bargain store. I also added gold and red mini baubles from my Christmas decorations stash. These were then placed around the bamboo star. A church pillar candle was then put in the centre which I had covered in red gem stone mesh ribbon.

Finally I added a string of tiny lights around the whole structure. I thought that I had bought white ones but when I switched them on they were BLUE!!!  (Note to self  'Always read the label with your glasses on!!)
I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I have. Pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) to see more inspiring 'flickering lights'.
Have fun!!!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Unstampabelles final week

This post is late going up sorry....thought I'd scheduled it but obviously I didn't.....more senior moments coming thick and fast!!

The challenge at Unstampabelles is to use a resist for your creation. This is my inspiration for you.

I used an embossing folder for the poinsettia and holly border on white card. I cheated really but as Susan says  'I resisted adding ink to my folder!!' this counts!!! I then inked the embossed corners and border. The sentiment is a die cut from red card stock and added to the centre.

There haven't been many entries this time so if you enter you'll be in with a good chance of winning this yummy prize. (link to Unstampabelles challenge in sidebar)


Have fun and I hope you can find time to join us.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas'

Where do the days go I thought I had another week before this posting......hence the reason it's late going up!!!

Before I tell you about our next challenge at CD Sunday I have some news.

'We are pleased to announce that Sharon Duncan has kindly offered an extra prize to our  followers by offering a 25% discount until Christmas using the code MERRY16.  This is very generous of Sharon who has always been a great supporter of CD Sunday. ' Click here sharonduncan for her site.

Meg has chosen her Top Three and the results are on the blog (link in sidebar) I will be browsing through your contributions to my 'Sparkle and Shine' challenge and the Top Three will be announced in two weeks.

Now on to this fortnights' challenge chosen by Margaret, 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas'. So if you are still crafting away merrily with Christmas cards here is your chance to combine our challenge with your Christmas card making.

My inspiration for you is a lovely scene from Joanne Sheen's 'Victorian Christmas Cards' This is one of my newer CDs which I'm using for the first time this Christmas.

The background paper, image and other elements are all on the CD. I am loving reindeers on Christmas cards this year and of course the blue tones are also a favourite. I hope I've inspired you. For more ideas pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) and take a peep at what the rest of the team have created. Don't forget to visit them too and give them some love!!

Have a fun week and any comments you leave are read and appreciated. Thank you!!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

'Whatever the Weather!!'

Time for a new card challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies.The last challenge was 'White on White' and you created  some fabulous cards. The Top Three will be up next weekend  (link to Dragonflies in side bar)

This time Susan has chosen the theme 'Whatever the Weather'. Brits always talk about the weather don't they? Here in Cyprus the Cypriots do too......well to us at least....think they know us so well!! We are experiencing unusual weather for this time of the year. It has usually stated cooling down by now but it's still warm and sunny. Climate change no doubt!! It is forecast to change by mid week and we can expect rain, which is needed here as the dams are so low!! But I don't do cold so I'm happy with how it is at the moment.

These photos were taken mid week from the balcony of the hotel we were staying in for my birthday in Paphos. As you can see there are still people enjoying the sunshine by the pool and at the small sandy beach. Look at that clear blue sky!!! Perfect!!!

This is my inspiration for you this time.

The card is a square card covered with 6 x 6 paper from a pad. I thought the 'cats and dogs with umbrellas and rain' were so cute. The rest of the card is made up with images from an Ooh La La CD 'Say it with Words'. There are some great sayings on this CD.....all very inspirational.This one says

 'Without the rain there would never be Rainbows'
Thought provoking but so true!!
I hope I've got you thinking of your take on the theme. There are more inspiring cards for you to browse on the challenge blog. Just click on the DT's names to take you too their blogs and give them some love.
Thank you for popping by today and any comments are always appreciated by lovely followers.
Have fun!!!

Monday, 21 November 2016

'Birthday Celebrations' at Ooh La La

Where has this year gone? Doesn't time fly......did the time fly when we were younger I wonder? So long ago I can't remember!! It's time for our next challenge at Ooh La La. We had some fabulous creations for the 'Vintage' challenge last time. The winners are on the blog now (link in sidebar)

It's my turn to choose the theme and, as it's my birthday tomorrow, I have chosen 'Birthday Celebrations, as it seemed appropriate.

Here is my inspiration for you.

As you can see this is a different fold. Not unusual for me as I love trying out new folds. I really loved the finished result and it was so easy to make. I started with two pieces of white card stock. The inner portion was folded with a valley, mountain, valley fold to create the box effect.

The designer paper to cover it was from 'Fleur d' Imagination', by Ooh La La of course.

The image is also from the same CD.. The edging is silver card using a die I borrowed from a friend ( sorry can't remember the name)

The Greeting and butterfly on front are also Ooh La La images.

I hope you've been inspired to join in. An easy make this time and it will give you a well earned break from Christmas cards. I'm sure like me you're 'snowed under' with Christmas (no pun intended). It's the same every year for crafters . Thank goodness it's only once a year!! Just like birthday celebrations!!

Have a fun week and I look forward to visiting your blogs soon. Don't forget there's always a prize on offer from   .ooh-la-la-creations . It's always worth a visit to the shop as they have freebies on there too!!

See you soon.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

'Sparkle and Shine'

It's time to 'Sparkle and Shine' at CD Sunday. It's my turn to choose the challenge theme at CD Sunday. I decided the title was appropriate for this time of the year as you , no doubt like me, are covered in sparkle with all those Christmas makes. The glitter gets everywhere doesn't it!!

We had some great jolly Santa creations last time and deciding on a winner will be difficult. What has been decided though are the two winners of our sponsored Sharon Duncan challenge. So to see if the lucky person is you, off you pop to take a peak at the challenge blog (link in sidebar)

Now back to my inspiration for you.

No matter how we try photographing shiny cards never seems to work do they.....I know I'm not alone. But 'Sparkle and Shine' this card does I can assure you!!!
The CD used is from Krafty Hands,  'Holly and Snowflake'.

I began with a square blank card then matted gold shiny mirri card with red card stock on top. The two tags are made using the images of Holly and Snowflake from the CD. Adding stickles Crystal glitter to each image to make them sparkle. I joined them together with some sparkling gold gem string. The 'prickly' holly spray is from my flower arranging box.....comes in handy at Christmas!! Finally I added gold shiny snowflakes from my peel offs stash to finish.

I hope you are inspired to join in. There are more yummy examples on the challenge blog from the design team. I look forward to visiting you soon to see how much 'Sparkle and Shine' you can get on your card and least of all on yourself!!!

Have a great crafty week and keep on crafting those Christmas makes....they've got to be done!!
Have fun!!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

'White on white'

It's time for our next challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. This time it is a lovely theme 'White on white' We had some pretty cards last with our 'Spots and Stripes challenge and the winners will be on the challenge blog next weekend.

This is my inspiration for you.

This can was created using a new embossing folder that a crafty friend here in Paphos brought along one afternoon to my home to 'play' with. I ran two pieces of card through the machine and then decided instead of making two cards I'd make one larger card by placing them one under the other. The join was hidden with some narrow white ribbon. So this was my base, which I  then added to some folded A4 white card. She had also brought along some holly leaf dies and after 'playing' around with them I created a ' faux flower' which I placed in the centre of the card with a spray of leaves . The 'Happy Christmas' sentiment was also die cut from white card. Finally I added a gem to the centre of the ' faux flower'.

So a great afternoon 'playing and creating' with some new dies which resulted in a 'White on white' card for our challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies.

I hope I've inspired you and you'll be tempted to pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar). There are more lovely cards there from my teamies and also further details of the challenge. This is a card only challenge.

Have a lovely weekend and I hope the weather is being as kind to you as it is to us here in Cyprus.