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I make over 300 Christmas cards every year for Charities, family and friends so you will find loads of Christmas cards on my blog also the odd present, gift ideas, stocking fillers and table decorations.

I hope you enjoy what you see.


Friday, 27 January 2012

Hearts at Christmas

Over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge this week its Hearts..

I've finally made my entry..

I've used my Craft-robo to cut out the 8 heart doily and attached it to my card with Crafter's companion spray glue I've used the Winter Princess coloured image from paper shelter and added a peel-off.

This card has been entered into:-

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

4 Calling birds.

Its time for 52 Christmas card you remember the theme I have going?

Well this week it was a tough one.
How was I going to get 4 Calling birds into a Christmas flower theme..

well I did it..

The poinsettia's were made on my craft-robo  and the calling birds are again from the bugaboo 12 days of Christmas set.The images were coloured with my pro markers.

Hope you like it..

pop back next week to see if I can manage 5 gold rings...

this card has been entered into:-
The stamping boutique - die cuts

28 Christmas cards made so far  272togo.

ohh la la

I've been busy with my Craft-robo agin this time I made a scalloped circle easel card.the ticket was printed and cut also on the craft -robo.

The sexy image is from Stitchy bear and was coloured with my promarkers the image was again printed onto the card before cutting out with the robo..I added a few black glitter gems to finish this card.

this card has been entered into:-
MybGrafico challenge - ticket anywhere someone special
paper creations ink - love romance
Paper Pretties - valentines project
Sentimental Sundays - die cuts
Winter wonderland - easel card

Sunday, 22 January 2012


Yesterday I dusted off my craft-robo and set about making some die cuts from my old card stock.
A :- to clear some place.
B :- so I had some shapes ready to use.

I cut out scalloped ovals,flowers of various shapes and sizes,butterflies,boxes the list goes on....

Anyway, I wanted to make a card with all my die cuts.

Catch the bug has a sketch this week so I went for this.

All elements were cut on my craft-robo and the image  is a freebie at Bugaboo stamps this week ( you will see I've already him on Friday's post) was print onto the sheet before cutting out with the robo.
On removing the letters I lost the center to the 'O' and 'R's so couldn't put them in.
I added gems to the center of the flowers to finish the card.

This card has been entered into :-
Catch the bug saturday challenge - January sketch
Sentimental Sunday - Die Cuts

Bingo at Dude Time Doodles

It Bingo time over at Dude Time Doodles this week.
I never played craft bingo before so this is something new to me.

Here is the bingo sheet

You have to choose a row and make a card with those 3 elements.easy I here you say, Till I went for the middle row Easel card, step card and shaped card. I do like to make thing hard for myself.

Paul my other half loves horror and zombie film so I went for a tomb stone shaped card and added a step card to use as my easel front I have used a Grim as a stopper to my easel..
I have used the Zane and Grim images and added a few more tomb stones.

This has taken a few days to do as I could only work in it when Paul was not in the craftroom, but at last here it is.

Hope you like it.

This card has been entered into :-
Dude time Doodles - bingo

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Use It Up pledge.

So its been 10 days since I started my pledge.

I've not spend a penny on any crafting items but I have collect a few free digi images and they get stored on my pc so taking up no space in my craft-room.

I have made 10 cards, 2 A5 notebooks for my girls for stocking fillers and covered 2 notepads also for stocking stuffers, and all from my stash.

I think my favourite UIU project has to Morgan's Christmas card all from old stash including the pencils that came from a pack I got for my girls when they were still at school.

I've found some postits I never know I had so they will be made into presents at some point some.

And as for my Wool stash well I've made 6 hats for Bonnie Babies which is the Charity I knit for. The challenge they have set is to make 10,000 hats.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Christmas cards for Children

The challenge at Crimbo Crackers this time is for a Child.

I first saw this idea here and loved it. So here it is as a Christmas card

This is a very easy card to make. Print a digi image I've used Bugaboo Christmas Teddy I matted the image onto silver card and attached to card blank which I covered with Christmas paper. I've added 5 colouring pencils which I've attached with metical thread.

This card is being entered into:-

Crimbo Crackers - for a Child

Card Crafter's Circle - Bear with me

Crafts 4 eternity - office stationary (pencil crayons)

ABC Christmas Challenge - A for anything goes

CHNC - use digi

Sparkles Christmas challenge - stocking

guineapig birthday

Today is the last day of Bugaboo's 2nd birthday mini challenges..

You need to use the friday freebie which can be found here and 3 patterned papers.

I do love this image I think he's about to say sorry I forgot your Birthday.
I have used promarkers to colour him in, and the patterned papers are from papermania - simply elegant range,Brown ribbon and gems to finish.

In keeping with UIU pledge all items except image are from my stash that needs tobe used up.

this card has been entered into:-

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Party clown

Thursday's mini challenge at Bugaboo to celebrate the 2nd birthday was a sketch challenge.

I have used bugaboo stamp clown. I coloured the edges of the backing paper with my promarkers and coulored the circles to match using the colours pink and green.I've added a few gems and a sentiment to finish the card.

This card has been entered into:-

Anything goes challenge - anything goes

shopping our stash - across the border

colour create - pink and green

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Stella Birthday cards

I have to say that I think that the Stella range is my all time favourite from Bugaboo stamps.

I have two birthday cards to share with you both cards are for ladies that I work with.

The first card I have used Stella aged to perfection the pop out card template Is from Craftystash. I coloured Stella with promarkers and added some gems and ribbon to finish.

The second card is Stella hard drive and I have the sketch from Stella says sketch.

coloured with promarkers and added three bows in blue to co-ordinate with the rest of the card.

these cards are being entered into:-

catch the bug wednesday - primary colours and bling (top card)

Stella says sketch - 102 (bottom card)

Get funky - use blue

Passion for Promarkers - humour

My time to craft - favourite embellishment ( gems) (top card)

Another 18th birthday

Another 18th Birthday card as my niece is also 18 this year.

This image is a new release from bugaboo and is bride 3.

I have cut away her veil as it was not needed for this and coloured her with my pro markers in lilac and pink, added bows, gems and peel-off to finish the card.

This card is being entered into:-

catch the bug - 2nd birthday - tuesday new release and bow

Party time Tuesdays - happy birthday

Winter wonderland - birthday wishes

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

3 french hens

It time for 52 Christmas card throwdown challenge.

On there first ever challenge I did A partridge in a pear tree
second challenge was 2 turtle doves
so third challenge has to be 3 French hens..

do you see a theme coming here.

Image is again from Bugaboo 12 day of Christmas and can be found here. coloured with my promarkers.I cut circles in red, black and white in various size with my creative memories cutting system. I cut a circle into my card blank so I could hang the 3 French hens topper, Sentiment stamp is from Lili of valley and I added a red bow to finish.

This card has been entered into:-

52 Christmas card throwdown - colour theme black,white splash of red.

crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - use a digi

ABC Christmas Challenge - A for anything goes

Christmas cards made 26

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Stamping Boutique: Freebie for our Fabulous Followers!!!!

The stamping boutique has a freebie for today.
get it while you can

The Stamping Boutique: Freebie for our Fabulous Followers!!!!

Bugaboo is 2

Bugaboo is 2 and they are having a week long celebration click the link to find out more.

Mondays mini challenge is use 2 of something.

I have used the Christmas brat sitting image twice and turned it into a spot the difference, I've also used 2 flowers.

this card has been enterted into:-

catch the bug birthday mini challenge - monday use 2 of something.

ABC christmas challenge - A for anything ChristmasCrafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - use a digi

Sunday, 15 January 2012

18th Birthday Card

I have my daughters birthday card to share with you today.

I just love this image of JJ.

This is in fact a Christmas image but I cut off the holly and added the 18 sentiment over the berries.I coloured JJ with my promarkers (black,ivory,berry red,ruby,tan,pastel blue,pastel green and blush)cut out and attached to my card.

The sketch I followed is from Sketch Saturday. and I used the colours red,black and blue to co-ordinate with the colours of JJ. I added 3 black gems and a birthday peel off to finish the card.

I'm enetering this card into:-

Sketch Saturday - week 190 14th January

catch the bug - happy birthday

Paper Sundaes - birthday

One stitch at a time - anything goes

teddy 's for Christmas

I have another stocking card for you today,

I have made this card in shades of blue for a special little boy.
The image is from Bugaboo and is stocking bear.

I randomly stamped the card blank with a Christmas stamp and blue ink to keep with the blue theme used my creative memories cutting system to make the ovals matts and added a pale blue ribbon.

I would like to enter this card into:-

ABC Christmas challenge - A for Anything goes

24 cards made 276 to go.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Use it up pledge

I've been keeping to my new pledge of use it up for 2012.

These two notebooks for my daughters have been made out of 100% old stash nothing was been brought new for these projects.

The springs I got when I first got my Bind-it-all 2 years ago and hadn't got round to finishing the box.All the thin card pages are from card I've had for over 3 years maybe longer.Chinse papers were a kit from Crete and craft can't remember how long ago that was. and the Rock hard fairies I got when they were new, and the funky ribbon has been in box for ages...

Friday, 13 January 2012

Victorian Morticia

I won the challenge at Paper Shelter the other week and I got to choose 3 digi's. This is the first one I feel in love with so you will be seeing alot of her over the next few months.
She is Victorian Morticia

When you buy Morticia she comes with a backing paper (and coloured images) which I re-coloured in my graphic programme before printing out. I have used the paper upside down as I like the look it gives this way up,I printed Morticia as a digi and coloured her with my promarkers, (indigo blue,bluebell,pastel blue for the dress, blush and pastel pink for her skin and lips and cinnamon for the hair with ivory hi-lights).I added a clear ribbon and used foam pads to attach Morticia to my card...

I would like to enter her into:-

Charisma cardz challenges - happy birthday

Whimsy stamp challenge - happy birthday

The Crafters Cafe - Happy birthday

I am also entering this card into Paper Shelters DT Call

Count Vladimir.

My card today is for Dude Time Doodles and the free image is Count Vladimir which you can get from here.

Heart shapes cut out with my C/M cutting system and images coloured my trusty promarkers.Backing is made from randomly stamping a small heart with red ink, a few black heart added to finish the card.

I'm entering this card into:-

Dude time doodles - freebie challenge count Vladimir

Pixie dust studio - put yor heart into it

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

snowflake and holly

This is Holly and Snowflake.

They come on a CD from kraftyhands this is from volume 2 and you can get it here. This was one of my Christmas presents as was the lili of the valley stamps

I printed it out in black in white to co-ordinate with my card.

In keeping with my new pledge of UIU the black card has been on card shelf for over a year and the ribbon came of a pack of card blanks that's been in my box for about 6 months.

I have entered this card into:-

Crimbo Crackers - black and white

Christmas cards all year long - non traditional colours

I also have 2 more cards that are entered into Christmas cards all year round.

the top one is warm Christmas from the Cherry Kisses series at pollycraft. Coloured with promarkers to match the card.

And the second card is Candy Cane from the sharing Sherbet range at Pollycraft, I've added a few flowers and a peeloff to finish the card.

The backing card on both cards is from my stash that needs tobe used up.

23 cards made 277 togo


2 cute little covered notepads.

I used this tutorial for the cover of the pad and just added Pollycraft digi images which I coloured with my promarkers.

These are my first 2 stocking fillers for Christmas 2012.

I would like to enter these books into:-

Pollycraft challenge - anything but a card

ABC Christmas - A - for anything goes

anything goes challenge - anything goes

tip top tuesday - anything goes

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

I pledge to use it up in 2012

This one challenge both Paul (hubby) and Kerrie (daughter) say I should do..

I have a craftroom and its walls are bursting with all my stash.
So this year from now till NEC in November, I'm only going to buy essentials.

Wish me luck.

recycle giftwrap

The Christmas cards I have to show you today all have a recycled item on them.

So they are ideal for CraftyHazelnut's and Jingle bells Christmas card challenges.

The first card I made from a Christmas card, cut it out with my creative memories cutting system and mounted onto silver and attached to my circle card blank (never tried this before but will try this again with other shapes) which I also made with the cutting system.

For my next card has recycled wrapping paper and used it as backing paper,the charm and thread where also from a Christmas card.The image is from Kenny K and can be found here.

And my last card also has some of the same wrapping paper wrapped around a square of card to make it look like a present the ribbon is of a present and the merry christmas ribbon strip was the last bit left on the roll.The image is again a Kenny K download and can be found here.

I would like to enter thiese cards into

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge - give it a new lease of life.

Jingle bells - no time like the presents ( bottom 2 cards)

Christmas cards all year round - non traditional colours ( top card)

Cards for men - recycling ( top card)

Crafty Bloggers -#8 anything but a square (top card)

Hooked on crafts - try something new (top card) never made a circle card before

20 made 280 togo

Monday, 9 January 2012

2 turtle doves

This card is for 52 (christmas) card throwdown.

I used a partridge in a pear tree for the first challenge so thought I would use 2 turtle doves for the second.

The image is from Bugaboo 12 days of christmas.

This card has been entered into:-

52 (christmas)card throwdown - sketch#1

Catch the bug - anything goes

17 down.. 283 to go.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Christmas shopper

Today my card is for Winter Wonderland challenge and theme is lets go shopping.

This Kenny K image Xmas shopping is perfect for this challenge.

I coloured her with my promarkers used a Martha Stewart holly punch on the side of the card and added a black diamond matt.

I would like to enter this card into

Winter wonderland challenges - lets go shopping

Gingerloft challenges - anything goes

catch the bug challenge - anything goes

16 cards made 284 togo

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Creative memories easel card.

This easel card has been made using Creative memories cutting system.I used the large star shape and cut it out so it just overlapped the fold of the card blank, I then cut another star and attached to the top to make an easel card.The silver and blue layer was also cut using the same shape but the different colour blades. and the stopper was made using the inside of the the same shape.

The Image I have used is Snow Buds from Pollycraft.

This card has been entered into :-

Hotshot crafts - easel cards

Dilly Beans - winter wonderland

Frosted designs - cardstock

DYSU challenge - let it snow

Christmas crafting - easel cards

15 cards made 285 togo

Friday, 6 January 2012

New - Stella says sketch challenge

A new sketch blog by the people at Bugaboo called Stella says sketch.

This is there first challenge and it runs for two weeks.

Here is my card for the first challenge.

I have used:-Martha Stewart snowflake puch,promarkers,3 of bugaboo stamps turtle, cake, sunbonnet, sentiment made on my pc and card from my stash.

I'm entering this card into:-

Stella says sketch - 1

C.R.A.F.T challenge - thank you

Sarah Hurley - thank you

Clear it out challenge - thank you

Passion for promarkers - thank you

Christmas card challenge - Christmas thank you

Christmas cards all year round.

The theme for January at Christmas cards all year round is...A non-traditional colour challenge, but could also be combined with traditional colours, so think pink, purple, orange etc. bonus challenge embossing.You need to make 5 cards for this challenge.

Here is my first card,

I have followered the sketch from Chocolate, coffee and cards. This is the Crofter winter image from stitchy bear which I recoloured in my graphic programme before printing out and used foil card, card ,gems and a brad from my stash.

I have entered this card into:-

Christmas cards all year round - non-traditional colours

chocolate, coffee and card #3 - sketch

14 made - 286togo

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Zombies are coming.

Here comes the Zombie.

I just love this image and the sentiments that goes with it. He is Zane the Zombie from Dude time Doodles and you can find him here. This quick and easy card was made in my graphics programme and printed out, coloured the image with promarkers and I attached the topper with foam pads.

I would like to enter Zane into:-

Dude time Doodles - anything goes

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Easel cards for Christmas

My first easel card to share with you today is Snow.

This is a digi from Bugaboo and is Snowman-Snowflakes and can be found here. Coloured with Promarkers, Martha Stewart snowflake punch and card and ribbon from Stash.

My second card is Penguins.

Digi image Penguin Love from Pollycraft and can be found here. Coloured with promarkers,ice stickles crystal ice and card from my stash

And my last easel card is devotion
digi stamp again from Pollycraft and is called devotion and can be found here. Colored with promarkers,flowers from hobbycraft and card and ribbon from my stash

I am entering thiese cards into

Christmas Crafting - Easel cards

Creative card crew - snow day (top card)

Creative Belli blog - snowflakes (top card)

The cheerful stamp pad - let it snow (top card)
Try it on Tuesday - all your own work (middle card)

My time to craft - hugs and kisses (bottom card)

Crafty sentiments designs - photo inspiration winter (bottom card)

2 sisters challenges - winter colours (bottom card)

13 cards made 287 togo

Monday, 2 January 2012


I have 3 stocking Christmas cards to share with you today.

These cards have not been made in the usual way as none of the images are rubber stamps or digi images, they are instead colouring pages that I downloaded from the web, resized in my graphic programme and coloured with promarkers cut out and attached to cards.

I would like to enter the cards into:-

Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Christmas Stockings
Winter Wonderland - Red and White (middle card)

10 cards made 290 togo.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Saturday Sketch with Saffron

This card has been made by following the Saturday Sketch and using the image Saffron and she is a limited time freebie at little Miss Muffets challenge

She is coloured in soft pinks and blues to co-ordinated with the backing papers and flowers.

I would to enter this card into

Saturday Sketch - sketch
Little miss Muffet Challenges - anything goes
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - anything goes

7 cards made 293 togo

NEW Christmas Challenge


Today I've got a new Christmas challenge blog to tell you about..

They are a weekly challenge blog and the first Challenged started yesterday and has the theme of 'Anything goes'

My Card for this first challenge is 'A partridge in a pear tree'
The image is from Bugaboo's 12 days of Christmas set and can be found here. Paper and ribbon for my stash.

All that is left for me to do is Wish Mynnette and Jacqueline all the best with the new challenges and I'll try join in every week.

I would like to enter my card into

52 (christmas) card throwdown - 'anything goes'

Cards made 6 - 294 togo.