Tuesday, 20 December 2011

An angelic Wags n Whiskers and Little Snippets

I haven't made no cards for weeks, but I came across a DT card that I made for Little Snippets and a  Wags n Whiskers challenge that was a few weeks back but I didn't get it posted on my blog for some reason.
The challenge was  to use an angel or fairy image, and here's what I did.

 I used the sweet Bear Hug stamp which you can buy at Stamp and Create if you are in the USA or Canada, and at  Bunny Zoe's if like me you are in the UK. Bunny Zoe's also sells to Europe and the rest of the world, so you can buy Wags n Whiskers stamps wherever you live :)
Oh and you can also buy all the stamps in digital form if you prefer digis.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and used lots of stickles on her wings.
I'm not sure where the yellow paper is from, but the others are by Papermania, some ribbon from my stash, a Wild Orchid Crafts cherry blossom (with some added stickles of course :)) and everything else is from Little Snippets.
The Little Snippets store is now closed for the holidays, so I can't link up the products I have used on this card,  but it will be open again after the holidays and I will add links to this post then.
I took a lot of pics to show off these beautiful embellishments from Little Snippets, but you can't really appreciate how special they look until you see them in real life. They are just perfect for making a plain card special :)

I covered the beautiful embroidered butterfly with stickles to make it sparkle.

and also added stickles to the pretty angel. This one is perfect with Christmas cards but you can use it for all sorts of occasions.

The string of pearls are also from Little Snippets. Ger has also started stocking ribbons, hat pins and some other lovely bits and bobs as well as all her beautiful embroidered embellishments and crotchet flowers and butterflies etc. They are all very reasonably priced and are excellent quality, so remember to stop by Little Snippets in the new year and have a look at the lovely goodies Ger has listed. I promise you won't be disappointed with the quality and great customer service! :)

I should be back tomorrow with a card. That's if I ever get one made today!! I just haven't felt like crafting these last few weeks, but I really want to get back into it and I just received a fab dt package from Little Snippets the other day with some extras too (thank you Ger!) and a lovely lovely lady also sent me a gift of some papers, so I am determined to go use some of them and get at least one card made today!! :)

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

A christmas bauble

I hope you are all staying warm this weekend! It is freezing here!! On Thursday we had 80mph winds and rain, then on Friday we had a little bit of snow, yesterday was just freezing and today...well today I don't know because I haven't even went out the door today! I hate the cold!!

Anyway, I thought I would post a Christmas bauble decoration that I made a while ago, which I was going to blog ages ago but I forgot about it.
Unfortunately the pics are not very good (that's nothing new for me!, but here it is anyway.

 I took a few different pics, and I know I took one where you can see the ribbon it hangs with, but I can't find it on my computer anywhere and it's too dark to take another pic tonight so you will just have to imagine it hanging from a blue satin ribbon that is tied in a bow lol.

I found this "bauble" which was actually supposed to be an Easter egg in a small craft shop in Stonehaven and thought it would be perfect for a Christmas bauble. The pretty trim was from the same shop and I have to admit that it was expensive but I couldn't help myself, it was so pretty that I had to buy some for this project, but I did just buy a meter lol.
The "egg" comes in two halves, so it was easy to add the image and bits inside, but it was a bit tricky to get them to stay where I wanted them too!

 First I stuck on two gold bead sprays which I just twisted together and arranged them how I wanted them, then stuck them on at the bottom with my hot glue gun, then I stamped 2 Inky Impressions images the same, one on my normal stamping paper and one on thick card, coloured the one on the paper in, cut them both out, then I sandwiched them together with some thread in the middle so that she can dangle :) You can't see the image on the back because I had to stick the stamped side facing in the way, otherwise the shape wouldn't of lined up with the other cut out image, so the back is just plain white (might have to think of something to do there). The stamp I used is called Lili's Present and you can find it here in the Inky Impressions store.

This pic you can see the image a bit better in.
I wanted to hide the blob of glue at the bottom where I stuck the wire spray on with. Since you can see right through the bauble, it's difficult to be able to stick things on without seeing the messy glue, so I added some Twinklets (glass glitter) in before I closed it up, which hides the glue perfectly and looks like snow, and you can give it a shake like a snow globe too :)
The image kept twirling round which I didn't want to happen since the back is just plain white, but after jiggling it around for a while to get it back to facing the front, her leg got caught in the wire and it just happens to keep her facing the right way lol.
Then finally once it was closed up, I stuck on the trim (again with the hot glue).

The back is not very pretty just now, but I wanted to take a pic so you can see the gold wire stuff with the pretty beads.
My daughter  had just gave it back to me after shaking it, so you can still see the little bits of glitter stuck to the sides.

I bought two of these (just incase I messed one up lol), so I think I will make another one this week. Not sure what I will put inside it this time though.....any suggestions??

Before I go, I just wanted to remind you that the DT call over at By The Cute and Girly is still running until the 14th, so if you would like to apply, you only have a few more days.
The challenge at By The Cute and Girly this month is "Let It Snow", which my bauble would be perfect for....just a pity I am on the design team and can't enter because there is some fab prizes up for grans again this month!

I am going to enter it into the following challenges though.

Stampin' For The Weekend- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday- Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly- Anything Goes with the option of adding something dangly (my image is dangling)
Allsorts- It takes 2 (use 2 colours)
Pile It On- Bling it up
Raise The Bar- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Bling It On- Christmas
Creatalicious- Christmas with sparkle
Fussy and Fancy- Photo Inspiration (the photo is of a christmas tree with lots of decorations, so I thought my bauble fit the challenge since it's for hanging on a tree)

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

By The Cute and Girly- Let It Snow

It's been ages since I last posted!! Things are hectic here and I just haven't had the time to blog.
The challenge this month at By The Cute and Girly is "Let It Snow". Another easy challenge this month that I'm sure you could all join in with :)
As well as our two regular sponsors- Simon Says Stamp and Joanna Sheen, we have a new sponsor this month- The Paper Shelter, who gave the design team some images to work with for this months challenge. If you haven't checked out The Paper Shelter, where have you been?? Their images are sooo sweet and they also do coloured versions for those times when you need to make a quick card.
For both of my cards this month, I used images from The Paper Shelter. I really wanted to use the other images that the design team got as well, but as usual I ran out of time, but I think I might just have to use them before the challenge ends because they are really cute.

My first card uses Warm In The Winter- this one is so cute :)

The papers I used on this one were just scraps, so I have no idea who makes them.
The snowflakes are cut with a Sizzix die from mountboard and then covered with Fuchsia German chunky glass glitter from Meyer Imports. This glitter is so sparkly! Before I used German glass glitter, I had never seen glitter as sparkly as this, it's really pretty and just perfect for Christmas projects.
Meyer Imports sell loads of different colours of this glass glitter and in 4 grit sizes, ranging from super fine to super chunky.
I used two different ribbons from my stash and just tied them together- just noticed that it looks a bit loose in this pic, I have now fixed that and it no longer droops! lol
 I coloured the image as usual with Promarkers and added some flower soft to the snow and some of the glass glitter on her hat.

My next card uses the Snowman from The Paper Shelter

I think I kinda went a bit overboard with the glitter on this one! lol
The snowman is coloured with Promarkers and covered in stickles. I also used a Sakura gelly roll pen for the band on his hat, it's really sparkly in real life.
The papers are by My Minds Eye, flower from Crafty Emma's Store, which I covered in stickles, the big snowflake which is also covered in stickles was cut with a Marianne designs die, and the smaller one which you can hardly see but it is on top of the big one, is a Woodware punch, and finally I used some white satin ribbon and a little star from my stash.


I hope you will join in with this months challenge, it's lovely to see my followers playing along :)
Also we are having a dt call over at By The Cute and Girly which runs till the 14th of December.
My design team girls are all really friendly and we love  having a chat on the dt blog, so it's a nice team to be a part of. I am not just looking for people with experience of being on design team, anyone is welcome to apply and will have the same chance as people with experience. What I am looking for is people who are enthusiastic, friendly and love to craft :)
the challenge is monthly, so you have the whole month to make 2 projects, and you can do any craft you like, from card making to baking, as long as it's something you made yourself and it follows the challenge theme.
We sometimes get images/products from sponsors which you can use if you like too :)
So if you are interested in joining a friendly fun design team, hop over to the challenge blog and check out the details.

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