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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Retirement Card for a Forestry Worker

Hi there,

Tonight I'm sharing a card a work colleague asked me to make to mark her husband's retirement from his job with the Forestry Commission.  She wanted something that reflected his work so I had to get my thinking cap on.  I had rediscovered these Craft Asylum papers not long before and made them my starting point, I then remembered about these die cut trees a friend had given me ages ago that I knew would come in useful at some point then all I needed to think about was the personalisation and as it was a male card just a wee bit of embellishment but nothing over the top.

I've been wanting to make a chalkboard effect card for some time.  Well I have made some before but using black card and rubber stamps with versamark ink and matte white embossing powder but this time I had to go for a different tactic as it had to be personalised.  I searched good old Google for ideas and eventually found a good tutorial which you can find here.  It did take a fair amount of time but I think once you have a better idea what you're doing you could speed things up a bit.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out but I think with a bit more time I could have prabably improved on it.  By the way I also downloaded a couple of new fonts from Dafont to use for the chalkboard.


Materials used:
Papers - Craft Asylum, Into The Woods
Xcut Square Parenthesis nesting dies
Tree die - from stash unknown brand
Button & twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by.  That's about all from me tonight, bed is calling!

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Holly & Ivy Challenge #10

Good morning,

My blog posts are a bit like waiting for a bus... nothing for ages then two come at once lol!  Today I'm sharing my DT card for our new challenge starting over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's a just for fun anything goes Christmas themed challenge and we'd love you to join in and get a head start on your Christmas crafting!

My card for the challenge features a cute wee digi image of a mouse which I've coloured with Promarkers.  I won the image as part of a challenge prize but I'm not 100% sure where it's from I suspect it's from Robyn's Fetish.  I'm back using some more of my very ancient Papermania Noel papers, I think I'm down to just 2 whole sheets and just some scraps left now.  I will reduce my paper stash one day (if I don't keep buying) sigh...

   

Materials used:
Digi image - Robyn's Fetish?
Promarkers
Sentiment stamp- Indigo Blu
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - Papermania Noel
X-cut scalloped circle dies
Creative Expressions Pierced Flags Dies
Pearls from stash

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you have a fantastic day.

Hugs,


Monday, 10 July 2017

Here Come The Girls with the Cutie Pies

Good morning,

I'm afraid blog posts have been a bit of a hit and a miss with me recently and will probably remain that way for the next few weeks until I'm on holiday from work.  This is our busiest time of the year with deadlines looming at the end of this month but then at least I get a well earned fortnight off.  We don't have any plans but it will be nice just not to have to set the alarm and potter about doing whatever we want to - hopefully some crafting and blogging!

In my last post I mentioned we were heading off to Liverpool for a cheerleading competition well my daughter's team won their age and ability category and became Jamfest Europe champions!  We are all delighted and extremely proud of their success.  We absolutely loved Liverpool too what a fantastic friendly city and we also happened to be there when there were lots of events taking place to commemorate forces day which made it even more busy and vibrant.  We can't wait to go back again next year but we're going to get saving as the shops are amazing too!!

Ok back to my card.  Today we have a fantastic new challenge starting over at the Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this month is 'Here Come The Girls' and we'd love you to join in.

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who have some of their fab digis up for grabs for our lucky winner.

 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/

I've used one of their images for my DT card and coloured it with Promarkers.


The layout for the background is from a sketch I found on Pinterest and I've added some faux stitching to the papers to tie it all together.

Materials used:
Image - Crafty Sentiments
Promarkers
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - My Minds Eye - Happy Day
Sentiment Stamp - Personal Impressions
Button & Twine from stash

Thank you for stopping by, have a great week whatever you have planned.

Hugs,

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #8

Hi there,

Well it's the end of another busy working week and I'm a bit late posting my DT card again (sorry Marlene 😳)  Things are really hectic just now, work is busy and there's lots going on at school because up here in Scotland we just have 2 more weeks until the summer holidays.  More so this year as it's my daughter's last year in primary school so there's been leaving events to organise as well as transition days to her new high school.  On top of that we are preparing to go off to Liverpool next week for a National cheerleading competition.  I'm not sure which of us is more excited lol!  We will be away for 4 days/3 nights as it's quite a long train journey from the North of Scotland!  Poor hubby is working so he'll be staying at home and looking after Auntie, mind you I'm sure 2 days of cheer and dance would bore him rigid!

Ok, back to my card.  It's new challenge time over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge as always it's an anything goes Christmas themed challenge and it's just for fun.  It's also a great way to get a head start on your Christmas crafting!

My card this week uses some very untraditional Christmas colours lilac and kraft!  I've made a patchwork background using swatch dies and added some faux stitching too.


Materials used:
LOTV Paper Pad - Snow Princess
Kraft Cardstock
Sizzix Noel Die
Spellbinders Square Swatches Nestabilities
X-cut Snowflake die
Ribbon, button and pearls from stash

That's all from me.  Hope you can join in with our challenge.

Hugs,
Shona xx



Monday, 12 June 2017

All Creatures Great & Small With The Cutie Pies

Good morning!

A scheduled and unusually on time post from me today to show you my card for the latest Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this time is 'All Creatures Great and Small' so why not join us and show us your super cute animal cards and crafts!  We have two fantastic sponsors for this challenge - Di's Digis and Bugaboo!

http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.bugaboostamps.com/

I've used a super cute digi from Bugaboo for my DT card and coloured it with Promarkers to match my papers.  Funnily enough I only remembered I had these papers the other day when I found them in a bag in one of the bedrooms, but as soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to use them.  That darned craft stash gets everywhere doesn't it!  I thought the digi image lent itself to a get well theme so that's what I've gone for.  I've used a layout I found on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with, I think all the layers really show off the different papers and the black matting and layering also makes everything 'pop'.


Materials used:
Digi Stamp - Bugaboo - Mouse Big Flower
Promarkers
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - My Minds Eye - Happy Day
Sentiment Stamp - Personal Impressions
Trimcraft Belle & Boo Enamel Dots
Button & Twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by, I've got a busy few days ahead, hope you have a good week whatever you are up to!

Hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Saturday, 10 June 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #7


Hi there,

Just popping on to share my overdue DT post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's an anything goes challenge with of course a Christmas theme!  There's still time to get ahead with your Christmas crafting and join in.

I've made 2 cards this time both mainly made from Docrafts/Papermania products I've had in my stash almost as long as I've been papercrafting!  I'm trying to use up some stash to make some space.  Although probably only space for more stash mwahahaha!!!




Materials used:
Noel papers and toppers
Xcut label and scalloped rectangle nesting dies
Spellbinders square swatches nesting dies
Buttons, ribbon, twine, pearls, etc all from stash

Life has been getting in the way of crafting and blogging recently, hence the late post, but I managed to have a couple of crafting sessions this week - one at craft club and one at home and I really enjoyed them.  I have a commissioned card to make next so hopefully I'll find the time for that in the next couple of days and keep up the momentum!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to.

Hugs,
Shona xx





Tuesday, 16 May 2017

DT Post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #6

Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today to share my DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge, can you believe we are on the 6th challenge already!  Where are the weeks going???

As always it's a just for fun anything goes Christmas challenge and we'd love you to join us.

This time I've made a very merry and bright card that's focussed around the spotty papers.  The idea for the layout came from Pinterest.


Materials used:
Docrafts Capsule Collection papers
LOTV sentiment stamp
X-cut label die
X-cut star nesing dies
Ribbon, twine & button all from stash

That's about it from me.  Hope you have a fantastic day whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Shona xx


Monday, 8 May 2017

Ribbon & Rubber with the Cutie Pies!


Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today to show you my DT card for this months Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this time is Ribbon & Rubber and we are sponsored by the fantastic Crafty Ribbons.  So why not get out your favourite rubber stamp and ribbon and play along with us.  Remember you must also include a cute character on your card to be in with a chance of winning a prize or our top 3 spots.




I've used an LOTV stamp to make this cute birthday card.  I've had it a while but this is it's first outing!  I had to borrow the sentiment dies at craft club the other night as I came away without the sentiment stamp I had chosen!  As usual I've coloured my image with Promarkers.



Materials Used:
LOTV Stamped image
Papers - Dovecraft Back To Basics IV
Sentiment Die - borrowed!
Ribbon, buttons, cardstock & pearls from stash


Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

CHN Patterned Paper Challenge - May




Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tilda for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Good morning,

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.  I've had a lovely time catching up with family and had a 4 day weekend instead of the usual 2 so it's been bliss.  Back to work today but I will be off again on Thursday as the schools are closed due to voting for the local council elections.

So it's time to start another challenge over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge as always it's an anything goes just for fun Christmas Challenge!

This time I've used one of my favourite Magnolia stamps and coloured her with Promarkers to match my MME papers


I've kept the layout quite simple as the image takes up quite a large area of the card and just used a glitter ribbon bow as the main focal point.

Materials used:
Magnolia Sweet Christmas Ice Tilda Rubber Stamp
Promarkers
My Minds Eye Be Merry Designer Papers
White Neenah and coloured cardstock
Circle and scalloped circle dies
Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
Ribbon, pearls and die cut sentiment from stash

Thanks for stopping by, hope you will join us in the challenge.

Hugs, 
Shona x


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

From Our Home To Yours - DT Post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Hello!

A late night post from me tonight but I'm on holiday this week so it's allowed!  I'm sharing my latest DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's a just for fun Anything Goes Christmas Challenge and we'd love you to share your Christmas creations with us.  I'm really enjoying getting ahead with my Christmas crafting this year!

This time I've made an easel card and used a die that I've had for quite a while and never got around to using.  Although the die is quite intricate it was a joy to cut.  I've kept the card quite simple as there's so much detail in the die.  I've embossed the panel behind the main image with a snowflake embossing folder but there's not much of it left to see!


I've just added some spotty organza ribbon and a button topped die-cut snowflake to finish my card.

Materials used:
Sizzix Thinlits Die - From Our Home
X-cut Scalloped Circle Nesting Die Set & Snowflake Die
X-cut Snowflake embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Card - Snow White - Hint of Silver & Turquoise
Ribbon & Button from stash

Thanks for stopping by, any comments left are kindly appreciated.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bunnies & Chicks with the Cutie Pies

Hello,

A late post from me.  It's been a busy couple of days and I'm finally sharing my DT card for the Cutie Pie Challenge our theme this time is Bunnies and Chicks so why not dust off your favourite Easter Stamps or grab yourself a digi (you'll find lots of suitable ones from our sponsor Pink Gem Designs) and play along!


I've chosen one of their fab designs called Bunny Chloe for my DT card and coloured her with Promarkers to match my papers.  


I found a sketch for the layout on Pinterest and added a die cut flower and a ready made sentiment to finish my design.

Materials used:
Pink Gems Designs Digi - Bunny Chloe
Promarkers
Black Cardstock
Forever Friends Spring Time papers and sentiment
Magazine freebie flower die
X-cut circle die
Unknown scallop circle die (bought secondhand)
Ribbon, button and gems from stash

Thanks for stopping by today, hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

DT Post for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #3

Good morning,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look at my scheduled post today.  As ever I really appreciate all the comments that you leave for me as I know that it can be time consuming.

Todays blog post is to share my 3rd DT card for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  For those that haven't joined in before it's always a just for fun anything goes challenge (as long as it's Christmassy!)

This time I'm sharing a Christmas card with one of my favourite techniques - patchwork made using a swatches die complete with faux stitching.


Materials used:
Craft UK Kraft Cardstock
Magazine freebie papers and sentiment die
Spellbinders nestabilities square swatches and heart circles dies
Button & twine from stash

That's all from me for the moment.

Hugs,

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge DT #2

Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today so I can share my DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge we had a great response for our first challenge but if you've not checked us out yet pop over and join in our new challenge, the theme is always anything goes as long as it's Christmas and we would love you to play along!

As we're not tied to sponsors the DT can pick whatever kind of image they wish.  I've gone for a LOTV stamped image and coloured it with Promarkers to match my papers.


Materials used:
LOTV stamped image - James With Cracker
Promarkers
Papers - Docrafts/Papermania Home For Christmas
Craft UK Kraft cardstock
Magazine freebie sentiment stamp
X-cut snowflake die
Button, twine, pearls, ribbon all from stash

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs,
Shona xx



Monday, 13 March 2017

Dies & Digis with the Cutie Pies

Good evening,

Hope you had a good weekend.  I had a busy one away at a Cheer and Dance Competition with my daughter and I'm really pleased to share that not only did her youth cheer team come first but they were also grand champions!  Her other teams did well and she also got second place for her hip hop duet so a successful weekend indeed!

Ok, back to my DT duties!  Today we have a new challenge starting over at the Cutie Pies, our theme this time is 'Dies & Digis' and of course as always your creation must feature a cute character!

We are sponsored this challenge by Little Miss Muffet who kindly gave the design time some super cute images to play with.


I went with this gorgeous kitten image, as it had some daffodils and looked quite Spring like I decided to make an Easter card.


I used lots of different dies to fit the theme of the challenge.

Materials used:
Digi image - Little Miss Muffet
Promarkers
Craft UK kraft card
Docrafts Capsule Collection papers
LOTV sentiment
X-cut circle and scalloped circle nesting dies
Flower die - magazine freebie
Flower pot die - First Edition
Lacey Circle nesting die - Spellbinders
Border die - Sizzix/Craft Asylum
Ribbon, buttons, pearls and twine from stash

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Birthday card with a winter sports theme!

Hello,

Just popping on to share this commissioned card I made recently.  The brief was a 60th birthday card with a Ski-ing theme!  When I agreed to make it I didn't realise it would be so difficult to come up with something that wasn't too Christmassy.  The task was made even more challenging as it couldn't be cute or girly!  I'm always up for a challenge though and thankfully managed to find this image on Etsy.


As the image was quite large I kept the layout simple and picked out some non girly colours and matched the papers to them.

Materials used:
Precoloured image - part of a downloadable set from Etsy
Number Dies - First Edition
Papers - Docrafts Hot Diggity Dog
Cardstock, button, twine and gems all from stash

Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend whatever you're up to!

Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My first DT card for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge

Hello!

I'm really excited to share my first DT card for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge which launches it's first fortnightly challenge today!  We are a just for fun challenge where the theme is always anything goes for Christmas!  We'd love you to play along with us!


As we don't work with sponsors the DT members had a free rein on their creations so I chose to make a card using a Sugar Nellie rubber stamp.  


I love this cute wee stamp - it's one I keep coming back to!  As I've not used any cardstock for matting and layering I've added some faux stitching to the papers for extra definition.

Materials used:
Stamp - Sugar Nellie, Furry Friends
Sentiment - LOTV
Promarkers
Papers - Boofle Christmas
Snowflake die - X-cut
Buttons, pearls and twine from stash

That's all for now, see you again soon.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Share An Oldie For Friday - Talent Spot @ Creativity Magazine

Hi there,

It's been a while since I joined in with 'Share an Oldie' started by Erika at Snappycrafts.  I know she is currently taking a break from blogging and I'm not sure if anyone else is still taking part but I thought I'd put this one on anyway as I found it while having a camera clear out!

This is a card I made back in early 2015 for the 'Talent Spot' in Creativity Magazine after they spotted a card of mine in the Docrafts online gallery (which I wan't even keen on!) and asked me to make a card for the magazine.  Sadly I no longer have time to post on there as well as on my blog but it was lovely to be asked at the time.

Docrafts provided most of the materials so it was really just a case of coming up with a layout.  The decoupage, papers, buttons, lace, ribbon, etc are all from Docrafts Simply Floral collection.


And here's the article in print


I'm really happy with how it turned out and it was fantastic seeing it in print - the only downside was that I didn't get the card back after it was photographed for the magazine.

Anyway, that's all for my Friday Oldie, have a fantastic weekend whatever you have planned.

Hugs,
Shona xx


Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Quick & Easy Gorjuss Card

Hi there,

Wow, I can't believe we're almost at the end of February where is the time going?  It's the perfect time to make a start on those Christmas Cards!  Why not take a look at our new challenge The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge for some inspiration and play along with our fortnightly anything goes challenges,  the first one kicks off on Tuesday 7th March.  Follow us now to keep up to date with all our posts once we 'go live'.


In the meantime, here's my offering for today a very unChristmassy Gorjuss Card!



I've used a really quick and easy decoupage card making kit and added a sentiment and a few bits from my stash.  I really love the colours in this card - especially her hair!

Materials used:
Gorjuss mini decoupage kit by Papermania/Docrafts
LOTV Sentiment Stamp - Grungy Relatives
X-cut Oval and Scalloped Circle Nesting Dies
Cardstock, Buttons, Twine, Floral Trim & Gems all from stash.

That's all from me today, hope you're having a great weekend.

Hugs,
Shona xx




Monday, 13 February 2017

Simply Love at The Cutie Pie Challenge

Good morning!

I'm back with a scheduled post today to share my DT card for the Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this week is 'Simply Love' so we'd love you to share your Valentine's (or any other suitable lovey dovey occasions) cards with us - just remember to include a cute character too!

This month we are being sponsored by the fantastic Sasayaki Glitter who have provided us with some fab digis to work with.


The gorgeous digi I chose is called You Got My Heart and I have coloured it with Promarkers.


I kind of made up my mind I was going to use this new embossing folder (a recent magazine freebie) on my card but I rather foolishly didn't have a layout in my head.  I started off by masking a heart shape that would remain un-embossed (is that even a thing?) but there wasn't enough contrast colourwise to look good so I decided to cut a gingham scalloped heart.  I also thought the embossing would look better if it was fussy cut to create a scalloped effect.  The rest just kind of evolved which is unusual for me - I usually have it all pre-planned in my head!  Sometimes it's nice to just go with the flow...

Materials Used:
Digi - Sasayaki Glitter - You Got My Heart
Promarkers
Embossing folder and sentiment - magazine freebies
Paper - Docrafts Papermania Christmas In The Country 12x12
Ribbon, twine, buttons & pearls from stash

That's all from me for now, hope your week gets off to a great start whatever you're up to!

Hugs,
Shona xx



Sunday, 12 February 2017

A New Challenge and a DT Call!

Hi there,

Just a quick post to let you know about a fab new Christmas Challenge that I'm going to be involved with The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge!  We will be posting up our very first challenge soon so watch this space!

In the meantime we are running a DT call (see the link above) and the good news is there's still a couple of days to enter!  Even if you don't fancy entering the DT call please pop along and follow us for news of our challenges.

I'm really excited to be involved with this new challenge especially since it's a Christmas one and my mission this year is to do more Christmas crafting all year round!

Hugs, Shona xx


The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Patchwork Noel

Hello,

A late post from me tonight to share another Christmas card.  I hardly made a Christmas card all year last year so this year I'm on a mission to make loads.  So far so good!  I made this one last week at craft club.  I actually would have got a lot more done if I didn't spend ages pondering over what I was going to buy from the Stampin' Up catalogue lol!  Tomorrow I'm going to take a few stamped images to colour and some knitting as a back up.

I feel I also have to apologise that it's yet another patchwork card but I just love making them and they're great for using up scraps.  This one actually uses some of the leftover scraps from the last Christmas card I posted.  I've raised the Noel die cut up with 3D foam tape to make it stand out a bit more.


Materials used:
Craft UK kraft cardstock
LOTV Classic Christmas papers
Spellbinders Square Swatches nesting dies
Sizzix Bigz Noel die
Woodware 3D foam tape
Button and twine from stash

That's it from me tonight, hope you're having a great week.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:



Saturday, 21 January 2017

New Home Card

Good morning,

Hope you're having a great weekend!  Today I'm sharing a commissioned card I made before Christmas but didn't get a chance to blog with all the festive madness!  The brief was for a new home card with tartan and stags as the theme.  I remembered about these Docrafts Christmas papers and thought they would work well with my new First Edition dies.  I doodled some faux stitching around the 'patches' with a black pen.


Materials used:
Docrafts Papermania Christmas in the Country 12 x 12 papers & ribbon
Red and kraft cardstock
First Edition New Home Dies
Spellbinders Square Swatches Nesting Dies
X-cut Scalloped Heart Nesting Dies
Lettraset Fine Line pen
Button & twine from stash

That's all from me just now, I have a few things to do before I pick up my daughter from her performing arts class so must dash.

Thanks for stopping by, hugs,

Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:





Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Winter Warmers Inspiration Post for the Cutie Pies

Hello,

Just popping on quickly after my weekly craft club outing to share my card for the Cutie Pies Inspiration Post.  Our theme this month is Winter Warmers and the good news is there's still plenty time to enter the challenge!  We have 2 fantastic sponsors Crafty Sentiments and Bugaboo!

 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/

Image result for bugaboo stamps

I have used a gorgeous digi from Crafty Sentiments for my card coloured with Promarkers to match my LOTV papers


Materials:
Crafters Companion Neenah Cardstock in Solar White
Craft UK Kraft Cardstock
Promarkers
LOTV Sentiment
LOTV Classic Christmas Papers
Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
X-cut Circle and Star Dies
Button, pearls, ribbon & twine from stash

I'm trying hard to be more on top of Christmas crafting right from the word go this year as I'm keen to get a Christmas Craft Fair or two under my belt this year.  I made another at club tonight.We'll see how long that lasts lol!

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges: