Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Clean and Simple

Hi again!
Forgot to post this picture earlier and it's such a lovely card I thought I'd give it its' own post now instead of adding it to the last one!
I made this using an Altenew Stamp - Christmas Rose, and kept it clean and simple.
I guess it doesn't have to be a Christmas card really. The image is just floral so could be used for any occasion and the sentiment isn't occasion specific either so it'll be sent at some point in 2017 for some reason to somebody!!!
I also used a sparkle pen to make the rose shine - hope you can see it.

L xxx

Flowers in bloom!

Good morning all!
Today, I have a lovely card to share with you which I made using the Flower Cart stamp by The Dreamees.
I fussy cut the whole image out and, using foam pads, I've layered it onto a brick wall background  which I made using a brick wall stencil as I don't have a suitable embossing folder!
The whole thing was then adhered to floral paper from my Docrafts paper stash.
The sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted and I've added sequins and some Nuvo drops for added interest.

I've entered this into the Flower Power Challenge at Quick Cards Made Easy!

Hope you all like it as much as I do!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Happy. Boxing Day!

Hi all!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I've managed to hide away in my craft-room for some much needed alone time so I thought I'd post a quick card which I made earlier! Well, when you've more than 20 minutes to spare, why not make a card and pop it into the stash for next years birthdays/events!!!
So, this is a shaker card which I've made using the free gift stamp set with my magazine, Quick Cards Made Easy, issue 161.

I hope it looks as simple as I wanted it to - I didn't want to over-fuss it but, as it's a smallish card, it may seem cluttered. What do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Have a great Boxing Day.
L xxx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas is upon us----again!!

Hi all!
Well, if you haven't been shopping, prezzie buying or generally panicking, then it isn't Christmas in your neck of the woods but it is here!
For the first time in my living memory, I have actually done all my present buying and wrapping and I'm actually ready for the big day in advance and I'm looking forward to jetting off to Spain for a week 3 days later!!!
Go me!
He who works is home already (we have a funeral to go to today, sadly) but no more work for him until the 8th January! I give him 5 days and he'll be bored and wanting to go and do some! Lol!
As far as crafting goes- I'm pooped!
I have been making all my Christmas cards and Advent calendars and allsorts of bits and bobs and I've had no time to blog at all so, I'm going to post a few piccies for you to look at and hopefully you'll like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

This first one is a card I made last night and I'm entering it into the Tuesday Colour challenge over at  Outlawz Challenges.

White on white with a Christmas Rose in soft blue.

This is the selection I mentioned earlier : First -  Christmas Cards

Second - A fun bedroom door plaque for a friend

Third - Christmas decs

Fourth - A gift box

Finally - Advent Calendars

Hope you all have a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas and I'll see you all back here in 2017 (hopefully I'll have some Spanish sun with me!)

L xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Happy Tuesday :)

Hi all!
Tuesday is here again only this time I had to go to the dentist and have a crown fitted - and now it feels like there is a huge marble stuck in place of a tooth! It feels so strange i just hope it settles down soon or the dentist will have to start again!
I've been busy doing "stuff" for the past week or so and I don't yet have any photos of my lovely creations to post so they'll have to be on an I.O.U!
Yesterday I was suffering from Mojolessitis!!! I had no inspiration in me at all, so, I looked on one of my fave blogs, craftipotential, and found a couple of shaker cards to make without having to "think" about it for once!
The lady who runs the blog, Christine Smith, is brill! I love how she makes lovely cards from such simple ideas. I'm very jealous!
I'm currently tucked up in my nice, warm, cosy bed watching a craft channel and hoping my mojo will settle in again for tomorrow! I could do with a spurt of enthusiasm right now.....and some toast and jam..........:)

L xxx

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

LOTV challenge

Hi all!
Well, today is absolutely frickin freezing!!! I know it's nowhere near as cold as say...Canada, the Arctic or Mars but....seriously! I was so cold this morning I haven't warmed up yet! Had to sit by the radiator all day and still I'm chilly!
Anyhoo, enough of this frivolous whingeing!
Today, I'm entering this card into the challenge at Lili of The Valley Facebook event.

I purchased the digi image "The Workbench" directly from the Lili of The Valley shop and used the challenge colour palette with Aqua and Spectrum Noir markers.
The contrasting DSP is "timbergrove" by Fancy Pants Designs (which I've had in my stash for ages!).

Hope you like it!

L xxx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

November again!

Hi all!
Well, I did promise I'd return with some piccies and updates so here I am!
How is everyone this beautiful,sunny, autumnal morning?

I have won a cardmaking challenge on the Cardmaking and Papercraft blog this month, which is lovely! It was the hallowe'en card challenge and here it is :

I also won the same blogs' baking themed challenge in September too :

So, onto more mundane stuff!
I've been very busy with the lawn mower today - on account of having 17 million----yes, 17 million!---leaves on my lawn! I have the most HUGE oak tree in my back garden and, this year, it has dropped  zillions of acorns and the usual  17 million leaves (honest, I've counted them!!!) all over the grass and as leaves are good for the soil if left to mulch down, they're not too helpful to the lawn so...UP they came!
Trouble is, once you go to all that effort to "hoover" them up, the darned tree just does it again! And, don't get me started on the tree in the front garden!
Anyhoo, hopefully the sun will stay shining brightly and I'll be able to do it again in a few days when the grass has again disappeared under uber amounts of foliage!
By the way, the oak tree does have squirrels living in it (occasionally) but, the little darlings (!) don't seem to want to eat or store ALL of the acorns. There are so many you'd think they'd have them stashed safely for the spring by now - picky little devils!
I have some flowers which are hanging on to summer by any means possible too! Alot of them are looking quite sorry for themselves but there are a few hardy blooms which just WON'T give up and snuggle down for the winter yet! Good for them I say!
Oh yes, and this morning, after the mowing, Mr.Robin came flying down to feast on any worms, bugs etc, which the vibrations of the mower on the grass had brought to the surface! He had a very good feast but didn't leave a tip - how rude!
Here are a few photos of my day so far :

Isn't Mr.Robin just sooo cute? I did have some other pics of him but they're not as clear as this one!

So, back to the crafty stuff.

Here are a couple of cards I've been making this past few days - dabbling really!

I've entered this monochrome card into the challenge at Cardmaking and Papercraft - their "First past the Post" article!
I used black and white cardstock and the free stamps which came with the latest issue of the mag.
I stamped the background with black Stazon using the poinsettia stamp, stamped the Merry Christmas stamp onto some white satin ribbon and used black sparkle embossing powder on the stamped flourish panel - also on the sentiment in the middle!
In fact, there's alot of faffing about with this but I think it came together really well.

This wreath was created with the free gifts with the latest issue of Papercrafts Inspiration magazine - but I didn't like it! 
To be honest, I didn't enjoy making it and it shows!
The 3d stars are made using a Tim Holtz die and the greeting is also from a Tim Holtz die set.
Still, maybe I can use this as a "trial and error" item! (Error being the operative word!!!)

That's it for now folks.
I've spent so long on this post I've actually forgotten what I'm going to craft today,so, I'm going to make a coffee and have a think!!!

L xxxx