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Sunday, 31 January 2021

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Hello,

If you could see me on this blog you would see me looking a little bit sheepish, well actually a big bit sheepish!  I feel like I'm in some sort of a confession but forgive me bloggers it's been over 3 months since I last blogged anything!  I'm currently taking a break from 2 of the  design teams I'm on and wondering where I go from here.  As always life is hectic even in lockdown there's no rest for the wicked as I'm still working full time hours albeit at home and as it's my daughter's exam year (although they're not sitting actual exams due to covid) I'm doing everything I can to help with her home schooling as it's possible that every piece of work she hands in will count towards her grades in the absence of formal exams.  I have also been feeling a bit bogged down with my crafting recently and am trying to find time to explore different brands and techniques, especially moving into art journalling more.  At the moment I am still on the DT for JMC Designs which is a real labour of love and one blog challenge DT for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge, I love my other 2 DTs too but at the moment I'm struggling to keep up with all my commitments and continue to grow as a crafter.  I know I've said this before but I find it much easier to keep up with Instagram and Facebook than blogging.  It's more instant and easily accessible.  I can't promise when I'll next post on here but I'm going to try to at least get my Holly & Ivy DT work on here, it's only fair to the challenge organiser that I try to keep up with that side of things, so hopefully that will be roughly every fortnight, anything else is a bonus.  That in mind here was my last card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge using a fab pre-coloured image from Polkadoodles.


That's all from me tonight, hope everyone is well.

Stay safe.

Hugs,

Shona xx

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Penguin Tag with the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Good morning,

Hope it's a nice day wherever you are.  Here in the North of Scotland we are having what we call locally a 'dreich' day.  It just means it's grey, damp and showery - not necessarily heavy rain just the kind of day when you'd rather cosy up indoors than venture out.  Luckily I'm on holiday just now so I don't really have to go anywhere unless I want to!

Today I'm sharing a tag I made for the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge which starts today.  As always our theme is anything Christmas goes - why not join us and get organised as Christmas is starting to feel quite close now!

For my tag I used a Crafters Companion penguin die set that I bought in the sales a while back and have never got around to using.  I also have a cute wee reindeer so look out for that one appearing soon too!


Materials used:
Penguin die set - Crafters Companion
Snowflake die - Hobbycraft own brand
Patterned papers - Simply Creative, Jolly Christmas
Label letters - TimHoltz
Tag, button, twine, gems, etc all from stash


Thanks so much for popping by, it's much appreciated.

Hugs,
Shona xx

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



Monday, 12 October 2020

Meet The Craftellas with JMC Designs

Good afternoon,

I've hopped back on my blog to share a card and to let you know that JMC Designs are launching a fantastic new Crafting themed collection on Hochanda this afternoon called the Craftellas and there's loads more besides including some new additions to the Stamplementals range and some gorgeous handmade paper from Dolly Dimples.  I'm so lucky to be part of Julia's design team and get a chance to have a play with all these fabulous products!

This Crafty Diva is Sally Stitch and I've added a patchwork effect background using some of the amazing Craftella papers.  You can see all this and more on Hochanda at 3pm and 7pm UK time and why not join us on the JMC's Crazy Craft Hive Facebook Group for some crafty banter!


All products from JMC Designs except buttons, twine and cardstock.  Image coloured with Promarkers.

Bye for now, hugs,

Shona xx

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



Too Cute To Spook With The Cutie Pies

Good morning, 

Hope everyone is doing well, I've been missing in action again, as usual life gets in the way.  I'm still crafting just not always getting a chance to blog.  I'm posting a lot more on Instagram especially these days, I would love to see you there if you have an account.  Having said that I do enjoy blogging and entering challenges so I must make more of a effort and take the time to do it.

I'm happy to say I'm on holiday this week, I've had a busy spell at work in recent weeks so I'm looking forward to some down time.  Obviously with the current covid situation we've no plans to go anywhere and the weather looks pretty brutal anyway but there's plenty little jobs to be getting on with at home.

So on to my card and it was my turn to host the Cutie Pie Challenge.  The theme I've gone for since we're getting close to Halloween is Too Cute To Spook!  We are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who have a fantastic prize for the lucky winner.  I've used one of their super cute designs for my DT card. 

 

 


Materials used:
Digital Stamp - Batty Bear, Di's Digi Downloads
Promarkers 
Patterned paper - Happy Haunting, Graphic 45
Label letter stickers - Tim Holtz


That's all from me at the moment, I hope I'll pop back a bit later to share some other things I've been working on.

In the meantime, thanks for visiting, crafty hugs,
Shona xx

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




Saturday, 19 September 2020

Happy Birthday with the Cutie Pies

 Hello!

Well I eventually made it back to blogland.  I'm not going to bore you with all my trials and tribulations I will just say that once again LIFE has got in the way as it so often does!  I am trying to make the most of every day though and have started being more sociable, meeting more friends and generally being happier with my lot and more positive, helped in part by starting to practice guided meditation.  So many people have recommended it to me so I eventually gave it a go and although my mind still wanders terribly, every day it seems to get a bit easier.

Today I'm sharing (a few days later than planned) my DT card for the latest Cutie Pie Challenge.  As we are celebrating out 9th Blog Anniversary our theme is Birthday Party.  I've used an image from one of our fab sponsors - Crafty Sentiments and made a birthday card to celebrate my pal's 50th birthday.


Materials used:
Digital stamp - Crafty Sentiments, Stanley Happy Days 2
Promarkers
Patterned papers - First Edition, Paradise Crush
Sentiment stamps - Crafter's Companion, Bebunni
Scalloped rectangle nesting dies - X-cut
Stitched scalloped rectangle die - Stampin' Up
Cardstock, button & twine from stash

That's all from me tonight.

Take care,
Shona xx




Sunday, 16 August 2020

Molly Blooms Christmas Gift Bag

Hello again,

I've just popped back on to share a little Christmas gift bag I made for the Holly & Ivy Challenge but didn't quite get around to blogging!  This is a cute little Molly Blooms stamp that a friend lent to me.  The paper is a very ancient Kanban single sheet that has been in my stash forever!



Materials used:
Patterned Paper - Kanban
Stamp - Molly Blooms
Promarkers
White Posca pen
Snowflake die - Hobbycraft
Bag, sentiment, button & twine all from stash

One of these days I will be all caught up and super organised...

Crafty hugs,
Shona xx

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




Noel at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Good afternoon,

Happy Sunday!  I've just realised I didn't post my card for the last Holly & Ivy Christmas challenge - it was on the challenge blog, just not on my own!  I've been struggling to keep up with blogging recently, I'm not going to make any promises I might not be able to keep but I'm going to try to put a bit more time to keeping on top of things.

For my card I've used the Trimcraft Night Before Christmas papers again, this time using my swatch die to create a patchwork effect and used up some scraps - I'm all about the scraps just now in case you hadn't noticed lol!  I've used my Sizzix Bigz Noel die as a topper and added a die cut snowflake and button.

  

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Trimcraft, The Night Before Christmas
Noel Die - Sizzix
Snowflake die - Hobbycraft
Cardstock, button & twine from stash

Think that's me caught up for the time being.

Hugs,
Shona xx

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