Thursday, 26 April 2012


I made this card for the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown called Snowflakes.  There's snowflakes everywhere on this card.  I'd also like to enter it into Lots of Layers over on Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge .

The papers I've used are some of my oldest and I've very vague memories of this being a pack from Papermania (perhaps) from maybe 7 years ago.  If anyone has a better memory than me, please let me know, it would be nice to have some info as I've loads left and I'll use it again.  It's sad when the memory goes, old age doesn't come alone. LOL.  The Spellbinders I've used are Ironworks Motifs, which I've inked while still in the die, and the Christmas tree from Fanciful Holiday.  I've used some of the leftovers from punching out Martha Stewart's Aspen Snowflake, stuck them on and popped on some tiny little jewels in the middle of each one.  The Merry Christmas came preformed, as did the snowflake in the middle of the largest Ironworks Motif, I picked them up at the NEC show in the autumn, this is a link to their website    Crystals and Gems UK  .  The tree is decorated with sticky gems from Papermania.  A fairly quick and easy card to make, the paper pack makes it sooo much quicker to choose matching papers.

I'm off to do some food shopping this morning and start to pack up our caravan ready for our wee break away next week.  Hugz, Janice

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Twinkling Star

Just a quick post today, with yet another Christmas card, it's definitely turning into a Christmas blog.  I would like to enter this card for Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge  #69 Lots of Layers.

A 6x6 inch base in cream pearlescent card, matted and layered with various shades of cream and red.

Twinkling Star is the name of the stamp from Lili of the Valley and she was coloured in with Copic markers and chalked around the edges in the die (Spellbinders Labels Five) to give a white layered effect.   Not a big Copic list for this one.  Clothes R22,24,27,29. YG91,95,97.  Skin E00,000,11.  R20.  Hair E25,31,50.  Stars Y23,26,28.  Snow C0,1,2.  The fur trim of her clothes has been glued and covered in Glamour Dust, it shows up well in the photo.

The sentiment is from LOTV Christmas Circular Sentiments Set 5, stamped and cut out using Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small.  The embellishments are Card Candi from Craftwork Cards.

I'm off to start the day and to give some thought to my son's birthday card, his birthday is on 8th May. I'm on holiday next week in the caravan and I'm not planning on taking any crafting stuff with me, so I need to get cracking and get his card done before I go away.    Hugz, Janice.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Christmas Poinsettia

I made this card for a challenge on Winter Wonderland, this is the first challenge card I've made in over a year.  The challenge is called Pretty In Pink, the card must, of course, be a Christmas card and the main colour must be pink.  So here goes..............

The base for this card was made with Spellbinders Grand Big Scalloped Circles and Grand Circles using the Grand Calibre.  The pink background paper is from Daisy Bucket Designs called Wrapped Wishes - Mistletoe Kisses, I've chalked the outer edges of the scallops with pink to soften the stark white.  The sentiment is a stamp from Lili of the Valley, set 5, Christmas Circular Sentiments.

The other dies used in the card are Big Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large and Small, Ironworks Motifs, Layered Poinsettia, Cheery Lynn die Holly Flourish and Pine Branches.  The holly leaves are a MS punch and I've filled in the centre of the poinsettia with pink pearls. 

All in all, a very pink card.  I hope you like it, I do and the rest of the ladies at the craft club certainly liked it.  Have a good weekend when it comes, I'm off to do some of that dreaded H-------K, has to be done sometime and I'm having visitors on Sunday.  Hugz, Janice

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Christmas Snooze

This is beginning to look like a Christmas blog,  Here is a card I made for my husband last Christmas.  Sorry I don't have all the details, it was made last November and I've renovated my craft room since. 

 It's an easel card, 8X8 from Craftwork Cards, I've distress inked the base with green.  The papers are quite a few years old and from my stash.  I've used the XXL Go Kreate Square Frames Frillys #8 and #10.  The 'All I want for Christmas is you' was computer generated and chalked, I used Spellbinders Labels Ten to mat & layer.  The image was stamped onto Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large. 

The stamp is Christmas Snooze from Lili of the Valley, and was coloured with Copics, sorry I don't have the Copics list.

I thought if I gave him this card he might take the hint and take it easy over the festive period.  Did it work?  A wee bit.  I hope you like this card, it's still one of my favourites.  Have a good what's left of the weekend.  Hugz, Janice

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Snowman Get Together

First, I'll apologise for the photography, we couldn't get the true soft colours of the card to come true, no matter what we tried.  I bought this stamp a couple of years ago and haven't used it much but with the Copics it's a delight to colour.

The base for this card is from Craftwork Cards and is 8X8 inches, this is a big stamp.  I've matted and layered using a pink background and the decorative card is from Nitwits - Joyful Hearts - Swirls Blue, I've had this for ages and haven't found anything worth using it for.  The stamp is from Stamps Happen, Inc. and is called Snowman Collection, the stamp itself is about 5 inches square and such a lot to colour but easy to do.  I've stamped on to a Grand Scalloped Square in white and layered with another in turquoise blue satin mirri card from Kanban, I've also used the satin mirri card to cut out two Memory Box Frosty Borders.  The sentiment is a silver peel off mounted onto Standard Circles, large and small, and then onto an Ironworks Motif.  The embellishment on the top is another Ironworks Motif with a jewel for some bling and to balance up the card design.  I cut out a Die-namics Fancy Flourish and cut it to pieces and used them to stick behind the motif rather than just leaving it plain, again to balance out the design of the Frosty Borders.

And now for the Copics list E15,31,35,37,40,41,43,50,51,53,79.  YR00,04,07.  Y21,23,26.  W0,1,2.  C0,1,2,3,5,7.  G00,20,21,24,27,29.  B91,93,95,97.  R20,22,24,27,29,37,39.  YG93,95,97.

I hope you like this one, I love it.  It's sitting on the shelf in my craftroom, so I can look at it and get inspiration to do more of them, maybe in a different colourway, although I do like the beautiful soft colours of this one, I'm sorry it didn't photograph well.  Maybe I'll try again in the daylight this weekend and see if I can get it more true to life.

Have a great and crafty weekend.  We are bringing the caravan out of storage on Saturday for it's spring clean, so I guess I'll be too busy to get much crafting done and my daughter and my grandson are coming to visit on Sunday.  If it's dry down the Ayrshire coast that's where we'll be, possibly a picnic lunch, probably in the car and then a walk on the beach and an ice cream somewhere in our day.  Hugz, Janice

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Shine A Light

Another Lili of the Valley stamp bought last autumn and just getting it's first outing.  I bought so many between the SECC, Glasgow and the NEC, Birmingham shows and then didn't have time to use them for last years Christmas cards.

The base for the card was made using Go Creat XXL Frilly Square dies #10, the background decorative paper is by Craft Creations and is called silver border on snowy clouds, quite a mouthful that one.  I stamped onto Spellbinders Petite Ovals Large and mounted it onto Labels 10.

She's a wee cutie holding her Christmas lantern.  I coloured her in with Copics: Clothes B91,93,95.97,99.  Skin E000,00,21.  R20.  Holly G21,24,28,29.  R29.  Crook and lantern C0,1,2,3,5.  YR20,21,23. 

I've used Fancy Tags for the silver peel off sentiment, Memory Box, Frosty Border in silver Mirri card to add a little bling and then more bling with clear jewels.  All in all a very pretty Christmas card.

Have a nice evening.  Hugz, Janice

Sunday, 8 April 2012

All Purpose Card

This card is one of the quickest and easiest cards I've made.  I didn't put a sentiment on the front because I don't know what I'll use it for just yet, it would do any female occasion.

The base is 6 inches square, matted and layered with red and dull gold.  I used Spellbinders Lace Doily Motifs and cut out the centre with Classic Squares and again cut out the centre of that one with Classic Squares and cut out a square by hand and mounted it behind. 

The foliage flourishes are from Spellbinders Floral Flourishes.  The Flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts, I believe it's a deep red Gardenia, they are sooo spectacular.  I've added some pearls to give a bit of bling to the floral flourishes.  Hope you like this one, I think it's quite an elegant card.
Hugz, Janice

Friday, 6 April 2012

Christmas Dance

Hello again!   I'm amazed at the amount of views that the craft room post racked up, as a group we are all curious about everyone elses craft room/space.  Here in blogland it racked up over 700 views over two days and on Splitcoast Stampers the photos were viewed by about 1200 people.  Amazing!!!!

On to todays post, this is a VERY pretty Christmas card done in non traditional colours.  When I'd finished this one I thought it was the cutiest card I'd ever made, What do you think?

Is this cute or what?  She is a Lili of the Valley stamp called Christmas Dance and I couldn't resist her.  The base for the card was cut out using the Grand Calibre and Grand Big Scalloped Circles and Grand Circles, these dies have been a godsend for making fanastic card bases.  The decorative paper, I think, came from Papermania, one of their Christmas packs from maybe six or seven years ago.  If you recognise it, maybe you can confirm whose it is and does it have a name, let me know.  The image has been matted and layered using Spellbinders Classic Circles Large and Big Scalloped Circles Large. 

Not a big Copic list this time.  Clothes V13,15,17.  C0,1,2,3.  Skin E00,000,11.  R20.  Hair C1,3,5,7.  The fur trim has been glued and then I used Glamour Dust to give it some texture and sparkle, although it doesn't show up in the photo.

The sentiment is a silver peel off mounted on a Fancy Tags Three tag, chalked before it came out of the die.  The lovely swirly bits are Die-namics Fancy Flourish and Memory Box Frosty Border, since the large snowflake part would have been below the tag, I cut it off and used it to embellie the top of the card.  I've added some Papermania jewels to give a bit of bling.

I'm off to have some breakfast and go get some food for the weekend, and then do some H*******K.  Sorry for the bad language, I do try to keep it under control but some times it just slips out.  I guess, I have to give in and do some H*******K sometime before the house looks like an absolute tip.

Have a good weekend.  Hugz, Janice

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Finished At Last

A very quick update on my craft room.  Five pictures shows all, 'cos it's not a big room.

This is the side of the room that wasn't completed in the last craft room post.  This is now the finished and workable article.

The picture below is what it looked like in the last craft room post - half finished.

I decided to go for wall units instead of the existing open shelves, the shelves were very efficient storage but didn't look good but the wall cupboards sure do look a whole lot better.

And now for the other side.

Same side different view.

I'm really pleased with my new craft room, it's a pleasure to be in it.  Nice, bright and well organised.

Hugz, Janice

Tobaggan For Two

Not a shaped card today, what a change!  I set out to use some of my new toys with this card and I sure did enjoy making it.

The decorative paper is from Craft House, called Plum Pudding-Brandy Sauce.  I've used the Holly Flourish from Cheery Lynn dies, and for the first time Die-namics Fancy Flourish.  The sentiment is also from LOTV, Christmas Circular Sentiments Set 5 and this is the first time I've used it.  It was stamped on to Spellbinders Standard Circles and matted and layered using the same and also, for the first time, Spellbinders Ironwork Motifs.  I've added some red jewels to jazz up the sentiment a bit, I also used the same jewel on the small version of the Ironwork Motifs and cut another Holly Flourish to pieces to surround it, to help balance out the card a bit more.

The image is LOTV Toboggan For Two, very appropriate today considering it's snowing from the heavens at the moment here in East Kilbride.  The image was stamped and coloured with Copics and matted and layered with Spellbinders Classic Squares Small and Large and then mounted onto a Fleur Di Lis Square.  Copics List - Clothes for the girl R32,35,39. E40,41,43.  Clothes for the boy E13,15,17,18,25,27,29.  R22,24.  YR20,21,23.  YG93,95,97.  Hair E31.  Skin E00,000,21.  R20.  Sledge E31,33,35,37,71,77,79.  Snow W0,1,2.  The presents are coloured using the same reds and yellow reds as the clothes. 

That about wraps this post up.  I'm going to go have another wee look at the snow and then it will be almost lunchtime.  Have great day and thanks for looking.  Hugz, Janice

Monday, 2 April 2012

New Baby Girl

This was made in a hurry for my friend Moyra who had a beautiful granddaughter called Ella Maggie.  She let me know in the late afternoon and I was meeting her at the craft club in the early evening, no pressure there then, and no time to colour an stamped image.

I only managed to get one photo of it just before I went out of the door.  This was one of the first shaped cards I made using the Grand Nesties.  The decorative papers are from K & Co, the pad is called Small Wonders and was designed by Brenda Walton.  The image is also from K & Co and that's all the details I have on it, I think I bought the image about eight or nine years ago.  The lovely pink dewdrop jewels are from Papermania and the sentiment is a silver peel off.  All in all, a lovely card, even if it was put together too quickly.

Have a good Monday, the forecast here in Scotland is snow for the next two days.  Oh joy!   Just when you thought it was spring, you discover you're not out of winter yet.  Hugz, Janice

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Grandson's Skiing Christmas

Well, I haven't quite gotten fed up with the shaped cards yet.  I know I'm early, extremely, this is Tom's Christmas card.

The card base and layers are cut using Spellbinders Grand Labels One, the decorative paper is Basic Grey, Wassail, Falling Snow.  The sentiment is a gold peel off , mounted on a tag from the Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.

The gorgeous LOTV stamp is called Ski Jump and is coloured with Copics.  It has been mounted on to Labels One normal sized nesties, the two back layers have been through the Grand Calibre with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The snowy peak has been dusted with Glamour, I've added the left over snowflakes from using MS Aspen Snowflakes punch on to the image to give it some depth, I've added little jewels to the middle of them to give a nice sparkle.  Copics used are:  Clothes E1,15,17.  R35,37,39. YG93,95,97.  Y23,26,28.  Skis E40,41,43.  Boots E43,47,49.  Snow C0,1,2.  Skin E000,00,11.  R20.  Sorry I don't seem to have noted the colours for the dog seperately, I suspect they are a mixture of the other E colours I've used. 

I hope he likes his card, I'm sure he will, Tom thinks unless it's snowing it's not Christmas, he's only six.  Thanks for looking in at my cards, if you have time, leave a comment and then I'll know you've called in to visit.  Have a good week.  Hugz, Janice