Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snowed in!

Hi everyone! How are you all coping with the crazy weather?! We have had so much snow here in Essex!!! The good news is that we picked up Mum from the hospital in Basingstoke on Monday, the day before all the snow arrived else she'd probably still be there!!!! Thanks for your sweet messages re my Mum, she is doing remarkably well. They took out about a third of her liver in the end so I hope they got all the bl**dy stuff out!!! She is now back at mine, running me ragged! Lol. Not really, she's a model patient but I am pretty tired of running up and down the stairs every five minutes!! I'd make a rubbish nurse I'm sure!

Well I really should be panicking re how many Christmas cards I've still got to make but life has a way of putting things in perspective, eh? So I'm not worrying too much, they'll get done when they get done!

So onto some cards I've made in the last couple of days...

The first card is a non-Christmasy one for my sis's partner. He's a great cook and loves cooking and baking so I thought this Riley stamp would be perfect. I've used 2 of my fantastic Die-namics on this card- the notebook border (don't you love the perforated edge?!) and the star border (so great for male cards). I copied a recipe for chocolate muffins off the internet and printed out on card and then used the Die-namic to make it look like it was out of a notebook. Image is coloured with copics. Sentiment stamp was freebie with Craft Stamper magazine.

I'd like to enter this into:
Crazy 4 Challenges- used script paper

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Riley & freebie); Copics; Papers (DCWV); Assorted cardstock; Die-namics; Nesties; Computer generated recipe

Second up is a new stamp I got whilst on hols when visiting the Art Institute. I think this is such a great image, it's so unusual. It's quite hard to colour with copics so I've used a mixture of brush markers and copics. I added Glamour Dust to the tree. Papers are by Lily of the Valley. Sentiment is computer generated and, yes, I've used another of my new Die-namics for the open scalloped border.

Here is a little close-up. Don't you just love his beard?!

I'd like to enter this for:
Technostamper- sketch
Cutie Sunday- Santa Claus

Crafty stash used: Stamp (Art Institute); Brush markers; Copics; Glamour Dust; Paper (LOTV); Assorted cardstock; Die-namics die; Computer generated sentiment; Pearls (Wild Orchid Crafts)

Third up are my Elzybells' carollers. They are coloured with copics with some serious paper piecing going on. I also added Faux Snow on ground and Glamour Dust on the carollers. Papers are by My Mind's Eye and sentiment is also Elzybells.

I'd like to enter this into:
ABC Challenge- ice and snow
ABC Christmas Challenge- use holly & berries or candles or red & green
One Stop- Christmas cuties
Crafty Pad- Snowflakes

Another close-up. I'm really digging her stripy coat and glittery scarf!

Crafty stash used: Stamps (Elzybells); Copics; Papers (My Mind's Eye); Assorted cardstock; Faux snow (Art Institute); Glamour Dust; Snowflake (recycled)

Last up is a simple card using a Sizzix word die. Papers are My Mind's Eye again.

Crafty stash used: Papers (My Mind's Eye); Assorted cardstock; Sizzix die; Gems (Lakeland); Snowflakes; The Works

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it. I know I've been a bad blogger!!! It's my birthday on Sunday, I really wanted to have my new look craft room finished but what with one thing and another, that's not happening! Maybe it'll be done by Christmas with any luck! Happy crafting! x


Nicki (LittleTed) said...

Lovely batch of cards Steph, they're all gorgeous. Glad to hear your Mum is now home with you, hope she's doing well.

Happy Birthday for Sunday, have a great day.

Hugs, Nicki, xx

Sue C said...

Wow Steph you have been busy ! They're all stunning cards ! Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge. Sue C x

The Stamper's Touch said...

What a very busy lady you are! First, keeping Mum busy (or is it the other way around!!!) and getting all these cards created!! They are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!


Jules said...

Hi Steph

So pleased your Mum is back home with you (and running you ragged .. .. admit it you wouldn't have it any other way!! LOL!!).

Gorgeous Christmas cards. I love that funky Santa very much.

Love Jules xx

melody said...

wow ~ you've been gettin scrappy happy ~ that's is your cards ~ love your take on ssw challenge..and that image with the touch of yummy!

MJ said...

You have been crazy busy! Great cards each one is better than the one before. I love them all. Thanks so much for playing along with my sketch challenge this week. Glad you mom is home with you!

Arlana said...

Your cards are so sweet. I love the card you made for sweet sketch wednesday. Thanks for playing along @SSW!!!

mulberry station said...

What darling cards. They are all so cute. I love your take on the sketch for SSW. Love the added glitter. Thanks for joining us!
Nancy SSW

LeAnne said...

Love them all, but the Santa is my FAVORITE!

Sharon Basel said...

I'm just crazy about the card you did with the SSW sketch Steph. Bright and fun colors and terrific combo of pattern papers. The image is colored so well and the details you've added just make this the perfect card. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!
All the best,

Kathie said...

Hi Steph, great card you made for SSW, it's stunning,lovely colours and design papers.
Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck see you soon.
Kathie SSW-Design Team

debby4000 said...

Wonderful cards Steph.

email: said...

Ooh la la! The coloring is stunning on these!! I love the images and papers too!

Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


Lorraine A said...

gorgeous cards :-) the images are all adorable and the papers and colours are fab :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

Nadine said...


wow, ein Traum.
Da stimmt einfach alles.
Vielen Lieben Dank fürs Mitmachen bei Cutie Sunday.

Liebe Grüße Nadine

Marushy said...

wow a wonderfull card and Santa Claus is so cute.

Thank you for joining us at Cutie Sunday


sweetbloominscraps said...

Wow, you have been busy! All four cards are wonderful. I love the Santa card! But I also love the carolers! Love the colors and all the added embellishments! Thanks fo much for joining us at SSW!

Debbie said...

Wow you have been busy and all gorgeous creations. :)
Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Pad Challenge this week. :)

Pop back on Sunday to check out our big 100th celebration - lots of prizes and fun. :)

Debbie The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs

Anne said...

What fantastic creations. Thanks for sharing them with us at The Crafty Pad this week. Hugs, Anne TCP DT

Dot said...

Beautoful cards all of them. Thanks for joining in the Y for Yuletide challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this time and good luck in the prize draw.
hugs Dorte

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

gorgeous card, sweetie and I love the image you have used…..
Thanks for joining Cutie Sunday this week.....


Faye said...

Gorgeous, thank you for sharing at Cupcake. x

Jacki Randolph said...

Fabulous cards, all of them!! Such fun images and beautiful colors.Thanks for playing along with us this week with our sketch.
Hugs Jackie

Jeannie said...

Well I love them all, but your take on the SSW sketch is absolutely the best! The coloring, the paper piecing, the papers and all of the glitter make for the perfect creation! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

What a fab batch of cards - all lovely in their own way. What a busy girl - you need to put your feet up and have a nice hot coco! Thanks so much for playing at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Deanne :)