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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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


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.

Shona xx

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

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bunnies & Chicks with the Cutie Pies


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
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.


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
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.

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
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!


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


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
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.

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.

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
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!

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


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.

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


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!

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

Crafters Companion Neenah Cardstock in Solar White
Craft UK Kraft Cardstock
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!

Shona xx

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