Wednesday 25 November 2015

Sugar Skull

Hello all, hope you are well today.
I've had to have a day off work today as I seem to have done something to my back and am having real trouble in doing anything. As I have quite a physical job there was no way I was going to be able to spend a day running round. I'm hoping that a full day resting it will make things much better tomorrow.
I'm sharing a card today that I made last week for my niece's birthday. She's a no frills kind of girl and she loves all sorts of crazy and odd things. When we were on holiday last year she bought one of these skulls as an ornament so I thought I'd incorporate one on her card. Her favourite colour is green so hopefully she'll like this.
I used an image that I found on the internet and die cut a fancy corner, adding a computer generated sentiment at the bottom and that's it-nice and simple.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Inspiration Destination #61-anything goes
Craft Your Passion -anything goes
Create & Inspire #34-anything goes
Crafting from the Heart #87 -anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #47 -anything goes

Well, thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Until next time.
Andree x

Sunday 22 November 2015

The North Pole Take 2

A very good afternoon to all my blogging friends and followers today-I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. We were promised a little snow yesterday and that's exactly what we got!! It was a case of blink and you miss it!!
I am back today to share my second card made with this cute Pink Gem image but this time it's the one I coloured up and not hubbys.
This time I used some more papers from my stash -I think the stripey paper is from a Dovecraft pack and the spotty red paper is from a Wild Rose pack. I die cut a poinsetta with my Marianne die and also cut a pretty nordic heart with a magazine freebie. The little wooden heart sentiment is from Hobbycraft and I added a few red pearls and some glitter to finish off:

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge #158 -christmas song or carol (I believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake)
Creative Craft Cottage #52-christmas
My Time to Craft #309-snow
Spellbinding challenge-include a digi element (digi stamp)
4 Crafty Chicks #273-christmas song (I believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake)
As you like it -favourite season (christmas-snow, presents and family time)
I Love Promarkers #295 -traditional christmas
Creative Inspirations #336-festive fun
Inspiration Destination #60-anything goes

Well that's all from me for now, thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Have a wonderful week and until next time.
Andree x

Wednesday 18 November 2015

The North Pole

Hello to all this dark rainy afternoon, I hope you are all well.
I am trying to get back to normal after two weeks jury service which I just loved. I really didn't want to go back to work at all. It's a game of catch up now though both at home and at work, I'm only three days into the week and I'm exhausted!
I have treated myself to a couple of evenings of crafting though this week as I had a couple of images I wanted to make into cards-well, the same image but twice actually. At the weekend I really wanted to colour this lovely image when hubby said he liked it and wanted to colour it up for me. I really loved this image and wanted to colour it too so I decided we could both do it and I'd use them both for two different cards.
This is the first one-I've been wanting to have a go at a shaker card for some time but never really got round to it. As soon as I saw this image in my folder I knew it'd make a perfect one.
This image was a freebie from Pink Gem some while ago and it is coloured with Promarkers.
I embossed the front panel with a magazine folder and cut out the hexagon shapes with an X cut die set. The little snowflakes in the corners are done with a little Xcut punch. I had an awful job trying to photograph this today as it was soooo dark outside so ended up holding my daylight lamp up in front of it-not ideal but it kind of worked!! I'll be back in a few days to show you the card I made with my image!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly -let it snow
I love Promarkers #295 -traditional christmas
Crafty Sentiments -anything goes
Robyns Fetish #290-embossing
Glitter n Sparkle - #163-dies/punches
CRAFT #337-christmas
Pennys Paper Crafty challenge #254-anything goes
Inspiration Destination #60-anything goes
Creative Inspirations #336-festive fun

Well, thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave. Time for dinner now I think-just why do the evenings fly by so quickly??
Enjoy the rest of your week and until next time.
Andree x

Saturday 14 November 2015

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge 22

Hello friends and followers, I hope you are all well today.
This post is to let you all know that a brand new challenge begins today over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. The theme as always is Anything Goes and we would love for you to come on over and join in the fun with us.
Our thanks go to our fab sponsors who for this challenge are:

Prize ~ 3 Images

Prize ~ 7 Images

Prize ~ 1 image

For my card I chose this gorgeous image from Bugaboo Stamps called Ornaments Bear and coloured him with my Promarkers and a little gold gel pen. I used my new Nitwit Christmas papers and cut him out with my oval die, adding a couple of extra oval shapes to go round the image. I punched a large snowflake and added a couple of my new christmas flowers:

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges;

CRAFT #337-christmas
Inky Impressions #277 -furry friends
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge#255-red & green
A Gem of a Challenge #157-xmas critters
Cut it Up-book/movie/song (song-I wish it could be Christmas every day)
Inspiration Destination #59-anything goes
Crafting for all seasons #114-anything goes
Craft Your Passion #287-anything goes
Lemon Shortbread #2-anything goes

Don't forget to pop on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and take a peek at the gorgeous inspiration cards that the rest of the DT have been busy making.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and until next time-

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Christmas Carolling

Evening all, I hope this post finds you all well.
I am struggling with trying to juggle everything at the minute and so desperately want to spend some time crafting-I have my eye on the whole weekend coming up so fingers crossed nothing changes and I get a little 'me' time that I so desperately want!
I managed to make this card just recently with a freebie stamp set that came with a magazine last year and I never got round to using it as most of my Christmas cards last year were very last
This year I was determined to do better and I have been making them since the summer holidays.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and the papers are a new set I bought from Nitwit as I was so very short on Christmas style papers. I thought if I treated myself to some lovely new papers it would inspire me to get some more Christmas cards made.
 I fussy cut the image and layered him on an oval shape cut with a Nellie Snellen die, embossed with a freebie snowflake folder.
I added a tag bought from Poundland and some flowers bought from there too-I'm so glad I got them when I did as I've never seen them in any other store I've been in since. The little wooden snowflake was found in a shop on a weekend away in the summer. I added some glitter to his lantern and also on his hat and the sentiment is a clear stamp also from a magazine. I have been using so many digital elements just lately I really wanted to get back to using some physical stamps:

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Inky Impressions #277-furry friends
Melonheadz-tic tac toe-(sentiment, die, bright colours)
That's Crafty-tag it
Gems of Inspiration #157-christmas critters
Crafty Catz #300-winter
Simply Papercraft #17-anything goes
Crafting with Friends #10-anything goes
Digi Choosday #45 -Christmas sparkles
Papertake Weekly -christmas critters

Well thank you so much for your visit today and for any comments you may wish to leave me, I do so love to read them.
Hope you have a good end to your week and until next time.
Andree x

Sunday 8 November 2015

Lacy Sunshine GDT Tic Tac Toe challenge

Hello today to all my friends and followers I hope you are all keeping well.
A little while back I applied to be on the GDT for the Lacy Sunshine challenge blog-I just adore these gorgeous images and use them quite often. Well, I was thrilled to be picked, and the new challenge begins today right here.
The theme is tic tac toe and there are some fab elements to choose from-for my card I decided to go with the 'use a digi, hand coloured image and die cut' line but to be honest I threw in some of the other elements as well as I couldn't decide between them as they were all so fab.

I asked to use this gorgeous image called Sparkletini from the Happy Hour collection which can be found here and coloured her in with my Promarkers. I recently bought a great new paper pad from The Range and wanted to use it for my card so matched the colours for my image. I cut the image with my Nellie Snellen oval die and die cut a swirl flourish for behind the image. I punched a large snowflake and a couple of little ones and added some little blue gems. The sentiment is from Netty's cards and I added lots of glitter to the glass to finish (not sure that shows up too well as it was such a dark day I had trouble with photo):

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar -sparkle, bling & embellish
Digi designs -tic tac toe (die cut, digi, hand coloured image)
Creative Corner Challenge-Christmas no red or green
Craft Rocket #3 -pearls or gems
Whoopsi Daisy-lots of layers
Creative Inspirations#334-sparkle
Fab n Funky #280-dies & punches
Inspiration Destination#58-anything goes
Come and get it #94-lots of sparkle

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave, don't forget to pop by the Lacy Sunshine challenge too and take a look at the gorgeous cards that the DT have been busy making. I also want to say a very big Thank You to Audrey and the team for allowing me to be a part of the DT for this challenge, I had huge fun taking part.
Have a fab week and until next time.
Andree x

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Teddy with Flowers

Hello to all today, I hope you are having a lovely week up to now.
I've started my jury service now and am really enjoying it-beats crazy days at work any day, although I am struggling with getting home later than normal.
So what with that and the big party on Saturday which went really well,  I haven't really had too much time to get any crafting done at all and I'm really missing it. I've recently bought some new papers and some new bits and pieces from Hobbycraft which I'm itching to use too!!
I made this card last week and this is the first opportunity I've had to get it posted.
I used an image from Morgan's Artworld that I recently won in a challenge, coloured up with Promarkers and layered with papers from Nitwit called In the Meadow Too. I die cut a heart shape with a tonic die and added a sentiment from Netty's cards cut out with a circle punch, a paper flower and a couple of blue gems:

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Creative Ladybirds #9-anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #161-anything goes
Craft Rocket -anything goes November challenge
Not just Cards#26-anything goes
Craft your Passion #286-anything goes
Crafting from the Heart#84-anything goes
Where the HeArt is #3-anything goes
Papertake Weekly-anything goes

Well thank you so much for stopping by today and for any comments you may wish to leave.
Have a fab week and until next time.
Andree x