Christmas Round up...




I'm having trouble moving on from Christmas mode, but I promise this will be my last Christmas project until next year!  An easy peasy vintage tree decoration.  I saw something similar in Selfridges selling for about £10!  - I could make that for £1 - and here it is, so simple.

Take a vintage Chrsitmas image and adhere to a piece of cardstock.  Trim and adhere a piece of acetate to front.  Edge with aged lace using 3mm high tack DS tape and add a ribbon hanger to finish.

I had a long list of projects I wanted to make for this Christmas, I even bought the supplies - various styrofoam shapes, spray paints and wooden letters to name but a few! But, time ran away with me and they're all still sitting in the cupboard.  There's always next year...

Vintage image - Beatriz Jennings

White Cluny Lace coloured with Distress ink - Antique Linen
5mm Red and white Gingham ribbon
3mm sticky Tape
all from The Ribbon Girl

Don't forget you've still got time to enter this challenge...




My Favourite Shirt....


Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas, and thanks so much for all your lovely comments and festive wishes.  

Just stopped by to share a 'Man' Birthday card I had to rustle up before Christmas.  A super easy one, I created a shirt using some Core'dinations distress cardstock. Machine stitched around the collar and the edge, created a tie with patterned paper and added a rubon sentiment.

Now I'm off to eat chocolates and play with my favourite present - Martha Stewart Scoring Board :)

Core'dinations Distress in Faded Jeans
Patterned paper from Pink Petticoat - Big Fella Collection
Melissa Frances Rubon


A Kraft-y Christmas...


Well the big day is almost here, and here's my last Christmas card for the year.  The inspiration came from THIS santa card, but I've put my own spin on it using bookprint paper and kraft cardstock. 
The sentiment is from the new release from Pink Petticoat - Heartfelt Christmas Sentiments, I've printed it on Letraset Safmat.

I'm entering it in the current challenge over on The Shabby Tea Room - to use kraft, red, newsprint, silver and a star!

Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock  - Stampin Up
Bookprint paper - Basic Grey Out of Print
Fiskars Star Punch - Large
Silver Button - MME

Happy Holidays!





Anything Goes...



Anything Goes is the theme over on Let's Craft and Create, so no excuses for not joining in this time is there?

This is my penultimate Christmas card, a whimsical one for my nearest and dearest.  I love Liz's new Heartfelt Christmas Sentiments and I think they're just perfect for whimsical cards.  I can't take credit for the rosette snowman, I copied the idea from a card over on Moxie Fab.

Pink Petticoat: Lots of Really Big Dots and Heartfelt Christmas Sentiments
Bakers Twine from The Ribbon Girl

Vintage Inspired Tree Decoration...



A bit late for making tree decorations now I know but you could put it on the list for next Christmas! 

This is the project I posted over on the Bubbly Scrumptious last week.  I used a Maya Road chipboard Coaster for the base, patterned paper, some embossing and lots of glitter - I'm still hoovering it up! 
There's a full tutorial over on the Bubbly Scrumptious Blog.

White Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl




It's Christmas...



well nearly... with a whole week left to go I'm sure you can still find time to enter the Ribbon Girl Challenge which starts today.


The colours for this month were chosen by me, and as usual Mary and Andrea have been very generous with the prizes.  There's an extra special prize, as it's Christmas.  Check out the blog for all the details and lots of fabulous, and I mean FAB-U-LOUS inspiration from the Ribbon Girls.

For my card, I was a bit tired of the CAS cards I've been making lately, so I've gone for a vintage theme for this one.  The image is part of a set from Beatriz Jennings, check out her Etsy store HERE.  Apart from the digital image and some vintage music paper I had in my stash, everything else on the card is from The Ribbon Girl shop.

Black and Ivory Striped Grosgrain
Seam Binding in Cream
Red Berries
Cluny Lace
Pearl Buttons
Bakers  Divine Twine

Thanks for stopping by today.

Lavender Hearts...



Here are my lavender bags as promised, another job crossed off the Christmas to-do list.  There's a lovely smell of lavender around the house now, much to the annoyance of the men of the house who keep complaining of stinging eyes and feeling sick - what are they like?

Must go and finish decorating the tree now, I'm a bit behind, had to pop out for a replacement set of lights (there's a surprise).  Luckily Homebase had a few sets left!:)x

Fabric - Tanya Whelan Darla Collection
Velvet ribbon
Vintage Pearl Buttons

How to make a paper Christmas Tree...


Simple to make and simple supplies, all you need are a lot of scallop circles, a wooden skewer and quite a bit of wet glue.


I've used Sizzix Famelits scallop circle die set, there are 8 dies in the set and I've cut 5 of each size.
Then stacked them on a wooden skewer applying a blob of PVA glue between each one to create some space between each layer.
Add a star to the top, trim off the excess skewer and it's done!

For more ideas for Christmas crafting check out The Rug Blog by Modern Rugs  post
Ten Easy Christmas Craft Ideas to Make this Festive Season



Words to decorate...




Over on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog, it's Product Focus week and this week we're focusing on wooden words.  Each designer has a different word to decorate.  I've gone for a 'Shabby Chic' look and created a photo display - just need to find some photos now...

There's a how-to make it over on the blog and lots more inspiration from the daily designers.  Thank so much for visiting.  :)

I'm back...




With some Christmas cards - what else?  Nearly made the 50 mark but not by the end of November as planned, but I'm almost there.  The Pink Petticoat designs are great for the last minute makes, the images do all the talking and you only need some simple supplies  - paper, cardstock and a few gems and glamour dust glitter - to make some really classy on-trend cards.  With this set there's even inserts to just print and go.

Well I must go, I've got one more job on today's crafty to-do list and then I'll be round to catch up with all your blogs.

Pink Petticoat Christmas Diva Doodles, Soild Colour Gold from the Colour Collection
Black Grosgrain Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl

Customised Crackers...




Last week over on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog I was customising 'Make your own cracker' kits.  You can find all the details HERE.

Now I'm looking at these again - I'm not sure I like them, funny how that happens sometimes...Anyway, thanks for stopping by.  After my busy week, things seem to be back to normality so I should be back with  some cards later this week.  She says hopefully!

O Christmas Trees...





Busy, busy busy!  I just realised I didn't post my Bubbly Scrumptious make on Saturday, so here it is. 

Magazine Christmas Trees - I stumbled across a tutorial on You Tube, there's several on there with different ideas for decorating,.  I think it was originally a Martha Stewart project.  All you need are some old magazines and some glitter to make them..   I guarantee you'll be hooked, I've made 4 already, great to do in front of the TV watching 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'  I'm not a reality TV fan but I do love this one...

What else have I been up to, making more CAS Christmas cards...




are you bored with this design yet?!! 

I'm sure you are, so I'll be back at the weekend with some Diva Doodles cards

Pink Petticoat Pointy Poinsettias, Sprinkles With Twinkles and Handwritten Christmas Greetings

More Christmas Wrapping...

It's time for another colour challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and this month it's Pink and white.

I've been creating some more Christmas wrapping..


A pizza box decorated with Pale Pink Silky Crush ribbon and Heart Pins

and a pyramid box decorated with a Sparkly Button, Pink Bakers Divine Twine
Check out the blog for details on how to enter and lots more inspiration from the Design Team.

Papers, Images, Sentiments and Pyramid Box Template from Pink Petticoat

Christmas Wrapping...



I've been playing with some Christmas wrapping ideas, the latest challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room sparked the idea for this one.  The theme is 'Shabby Pastel Christmas' and there's a gorgeous photo and lots of lovely inspiration from the Design Team, pop on over and see for yourselves!

I've used the Pink Petticoat Pillow Box template and Vintage Stars and Tiny Trees
Thanks for visiting today  :)

Pink Crush Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl
Sparkly Button - The Ribbon Girl
White Lace & Gem Trim - Selfridges


Christmas Lists!...



This time of year I'm forever making lists.  Present Lists, card lists, food lists, the list goes on...see what I did there?! ;)   So for this week's Bubbly Scrumptious project I've made a  'Book of Lists'.  All the details are HERE, But, basically I took a bunch of index cards, made a front and back cover from cardstock, decorated the front and bound them all together with a couple of book rings.  I've even made a pocket inside for receipts...


How organised am I?  It won't last...



Less is More...



Today is crafting day for me so I've had another go at  the Less Is More challenge, this week it's a colour theme - Red and Orange.

I've stamped directly onto card using a Hero Arts stamp and Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.  Have you seen the Winter Seasonal Distress inks?  Gorgeous or what, might just have to have them ;)
Lot's of lovely inspiration from the LIM-ettes, I'm off now to have a proper look and then it's back to the Christmas cards...

Digi Printing Tip...




Here I am with design number 2 in my Christmas Card Challenge.  I've had a few questions about printing digital sentiments on patterned paper so I hope this little tip helps.

1. Print off one A4 sheet of patterned paper and trim a square/rectangle that is slightly larger that the size you need to fit your card blank. 
2. Print your sentiment sheet on to copier paper.
3.Then with repositionable adhesive, adhere the patterned paper square over the top of the sentiment you'd like to print, keeping it as level as you can.  I find that holding it up at the window helps here! :)


4. Print the sentiment sheet again on this sheet of copirer paper, by feeding it back through the printer.  There you will have the sentiment printed on the patterned paper, all you need to do now is trim to fit your card front.

I made 6 cards from one sheet of A4 using this method!  I do enjoy making my supplies go further :)

Pink Petticoat Lots of Really Big Dots and Handwritten Sentiments
Cuttlebug die for the Snowballs

Christmas Card Challenge...



Remember yesterday I said I'd set myself a bit of a challenge.  To make 50 Christmas cards before the month is out.  Well, I've got a plan, they're all going to be 10 x 10 cm, with a CAS design  - easy on the postage cost ;)  and if I make 10 of each design I'll only need 5 different designs!  Simple!
So here goes with the first one.

For those of you who are new to crafting with digital designs, I'll be back tomorrow with a tip on how to get the most from one A4 sheet.

Pink Petticoat Sprinkled With Twinkles, Berries and Handwritten Sentiments
Card Blanks - Craftwork Cards
Woodware Super Punch - Holly

Bloom...



Here's my make for the Bubbly Scrumptious blog. This week I've used Echo Park - Victoria Gradens  papers and made a bloom with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  There's a tutorial to make the flowers HERE. and If you'd like to know how I made the scallop circle card base, you can find out right HERE.
Now I must get back to my Christmas cards, I'm on a mission to create 50 cards by the end of the month.  I'm hoping to share the first batch tomorrow.

Stars, a Scarf and Chocolate Brownies...



Yay! I've made a card! It's for the 'Less is More' challenge 'Stars'. Can't believe I've only just come across this challenge blog - I'm definitely a less is more kind of girl!  I'm experimenting with using non-traditional Christmas colours this year and I love this Bubblegum pink.  What do you think?

I've had a few requests to share my knitting and baking so here goes.


While I was at the Knitting and Stitching Show last month.  I bought this fantastic loopy yarn from the lovely girls at Crafty Yarn.  All you need is one ball of yarn, the pattern is on the ball band, and in no time you've got a pretty lacy scarf.
 
Chocolate brownies, it's a Nigella recipe from her last TV series.  I've tried various brownie recipes and find this one is the easiest, quickest and tastiest!

It's going to be a Pink Petticoat Christmas for me this year, and the production line is in full swing, I'll be back to share some more Christmas designs very soon.  Enjoy your Monday :)

Pink Petticoat Downloads:  Handwritten Sentiments and Sprinkle of Twinkles
Fiskars Squeeze Punch - Star
Berisfords Satin Ribbon in Shocking Pink from The Ribbon Girl

Last Minute Halloween...



My make over on the Bubbly Scrumptious blog this week is a Halloween card with a bit of a difference, To make it you don't need any Halloween stash, just some patterned paper, any patterned paper, it just needs to be pumpkin coloured!  There's a how to- make it over on the blog.



This is the only card I've managed to create this week, don't know why I just can't get inspired with the paper and glue.  So I've been knitting and baking instead.  I hope to be back soon.