Friday, 10 December 2010

Hi everyone! Hope you're OK. Thanks for all my birthday wishes, I had a nice day as my sis and her partner came for the weekend plus my sis took over nursing duties so I had a nice break for the day. I got a few bits of crafty stash but I haven't had a chance to post them yet, will do it next time. This week has been a bit hectic as my Mum has felt really ill all week so I've had numerous visits to the doctor but thank god she is feeling better today so all is well. With my Mum being ill, I'm hosting Christmas for the first time and I have to say, I'm not really enjoying the stress of organising everything- now I know what Mum had to do all these years!! I suppose it's not helped with everything that's been going on but I feel highly unprepared and unskilled!

Anyway onto some cards I've managed to make this week:

First up is this little collection of 3 Elzybells' Cracking Mouse stamp. I'm entering this into Die Cut Dreams' Challenge which is "seeing triple" eg make 3 cards on one theme. I've coloured all the images with a mixture of lyra pencils and watercolour pencils and then added Stickles to highlight.

This first card is for the Mojo Monday sketch which I rotated and Lil Red Wagon- use a diecut. Papers are by Cosmo Cricket. Large snowflake is a Sizzix die. Do please click on the image to see the colouring in more detail.

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Elzybells); Lyra pencils; Watercolour pencils; Papers (Cosmo Cricket); Assorted cardstock; Pearls (Ebay); Die (Sizzix); Snowflake embellie (freebie)

This second card is using Bo Bunny papers and I added stitching around the image and on the background layer. Ribbon is recycled. Snowflake embellie as before. I'd like to enter this for Stampin Royalty- Winter Holidays and Secret Crafter- Christmas!

Here is a close up. He is tooo cute!

My final card in the trio is using paper by My Mind's Eye and some scraps of cardstock which I did some doodly stitching around.

My next card is for Sketch Saturday only I'm posting it now on Friday as I haven't had time before!!! My new Art Institute stamp again and using simple Doodlebug papers with stitching added.

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Art Institute); Copics; Brush Markers; Glamour Dust; Papers (Doodlebug); Assorted cardstock; Stitching; Sentiment (Craftwork Cards); Snowflakes (The Works); Nesties

A different look for this card. I've used my Stampington stamp and have stippled around the edges of the image using some blue and silver metallic inks. The swirls are Inkadinkado stamps to which I've added gems, a pearl and dots of Liquid Pearls. A bit dreamy don'tcha think? Sentiment is a See D's one.

I'd like to enter this for ABC Challenge which is jewels and gems and Stamptacular Sunday- blue Christmas.

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Stampington, Inkadinkado & See D's); Inks; Stipple brush; Gems (Lakeland); Pearl (Prima); Liquid Pearls

Finally a different shaped card. I'd like to use these more often as they're small and it challenges you to do something simpler. Image is Penny Black coloured with watercolour pencils and outlined in copics. Paper is Doodlebug I think. I added stitching and a punched snowflake. I'd like to enter this for Crafty Pad- anything goes!

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Penny Black); Paper (Doodlebug); Watercolour pencils; Copics; Assorted cardstock; Punch (Woodware); Pearls (Wild Orchid Crafts)

I hope to really make the cards I make next week my last ones cos otherwise it'll be too late to send 'em!!!! Hoping you all have a fun crafting week, hope to have some crafty stash photies to show you. Hope your snow is clearing!!!! xxx


Jules said...

Hi Steph

Lovely to see you here again and belated birthday wishes to you. I hope you enjoyed your special day.

I love it when you post as you always show such lovely creations .. .. and lots of them LOL!!.

All of these cards are gorgeous.

I have just about finished Christmas. Just a few special ones still to do plus hubby's birthday cards - he has a birthday a week before Christmas!! So inconsiderate if you ask me.

Sorry to hear your Mum hasn't been well but pleased she is now picking up a bit.

Don't stress about Christmas .. .. just grab any help you can get from anyone that is willing to give it .. .. buy as much ready made stuff as you can .. .. and simply enjoy that you are all together as a family - complete with your Mum. If anyone complains then they can host it next year LOL!!

Your Mum will be the best part of your Christmas after all you have been through with her and you need to enjoy that rather than stress yourself out.

If I'm not around here before the best day of the year have a lovely and stress free Christmas Day.

Love Jules xx

Berenice R. said...

Super cute cards! Thanks for sharing :)

Denise said...

Hi Steph! I just noticed your card on the Mojo Monday challenge site and just had to come take a closer look. Adorable!!! All your cards are great, but I especially love your 'crackin' mouse' cards! They immediately brought a smile to my face! So glad I found your blog!! Keep it up!

Debbie said...

Fabulous set of cards Steph - great colouring and layouts. :)
Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad Challenge this week. :)
Don't forget to be eligible for the prize draw you need to display our 100th badge on your blog, leave a comment to guess the amount. Only one entry per person ;)
Pop over to the other DT blogs and join in with their mini challenges too. :)
Debbie The Crafty Pad

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creations, thanks for joining Die Cut Dreams challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

brenda said...

Hi Steph

My you have been busy adn created a fabulous arrany of Chrismtas cards, despit sounding like you have had more than a few things to deal with.

Thank you for sharing with us at Stamptacular Sunday this week and good luck.

B x

Sue C said...

Beautiful cards Steph, thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge. Sue C x

Avril Tanner said...

They are all so cute! Thanks for playing along with LRW!

Pamela said...

Great fun cards Steph, thank you for joining us at DCD this week.

Pam x

Gemma said...

Wow have you been busy, great cards each and every one of them, thnak you for joining us at SSC this week! Gemma

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

A great grouping of cards. Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

Jenn Picard said...

Super cute card! Love the image and the pattern papers, thanks for joinning us this week at Stampin' Royalty

Rosietoes said...

Great selection of cards Steph and fab colouring.

Edna x

Heidi said...

Steph- Gorgeous cards! I especially love the crakin' Christmas cards. Thanks for joining the ABC Jewel Challenge.