Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Just wanted to wish all my friends in blogland a very Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year,
Enjoy the festive season!!
Love Jacky xx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Warm penguin

Eeek, not that long to go now... don't panic anyone!!

Over at CRAFT our new challenge this week is


which immediately made me think of a wallet for those last minute gift cards:

The cute image is 'Warm Penguin' from our sponsor this week Bows & Berries

Bows and Berries Digital Stamps

We also have another prize from My Creative Classroom too

My Creative Classroom

Here's a few more pictures:

Thanks for looking today and remember KEEP CALM - aaarrgghh.....

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Rock & Roll!!

Morning Folks!

Now, if like me, the very mention of the seasonal C word is beginning to make your heart sink and brain go into overdrive about things to do, why not head over to Here Come the Boys. Our new challenge starts today and we are going to


Perfect if you need a break from men in red suits!!

Here's my card for this one:

The image is Ethan Rock Star from Pollycraft which I coloured with promarkers to match the paper (antique from stash).

Here's a closer look:

Love this charm from Ewe2cancraft

Hope you can join us over at Here come the boys, we have a great prize on offer and this challenge is staying open until January 6th to give you plenty of time to enter!!

While you're over there don't forget to sign up for the Christmas candy (Linky on the sidebar) and also the Cricut prize draw which will be drawn on Christmas Eve if we get 500 followers!! Nice pressie!!

Whatever you have planned today, I hope it goes well!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Hot Shot craft Spot - use promarkers
Squiggle Stamps - Celebrate
Totally papercrafts - Anything but Christmas
Crafty Catz - Anything goes

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Party Hats

Morning Folks!

Hope you're all keeping warm and cosy! A really quick post from me today to show you my quick card for the new sketch challenge that starts over at C.R.A.F.T. today. Here's the sketch:

The party hat image is from Glitterbabe who is one of our sponsors for this week - hope you can find time to join us!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Here comes Santa Claus.....

Evening Folks!
Crickey , what a nightmare I had trying to get a decent picture of this card this afternoon!
Still not sure I've managed it but anyhow...
I made this yesterday for my husband for Crimbo. The stamp is a clear one from a pack by Habico which I fell in love with 2 years ago in rubber when they were going for silly money on ebay. I'm not sure but I don't think Habico done the original (???) . By the time I managed to find this set at a more realistic price, it was too late to use it and then last year I forgot about it (Shame on me) so this is it's first outing into the big wide world!! This card is very loosely based on the tag on the front of last months Craft Stamper magazine, I decided it would be good for me to do something challenging...Halfway through I began to think I was mad but after another cup of tea I got there and I'm pleased with how it turned out:

Hope you can see this!!

Craft Stamper Magazine - December 2011 - with free clear cover stamp designed by Jill Tuck

The image was heat embossed with silver embossing powder and then inked over with distress ink. The kraft coloured corrugated card is from some packaging. It was dry brushed with white acrylic paint and then the edges were inked and torn. The pale blue paper was dry embossed through the cuttlebug using a papermania folder and then dry brushed with paint, followed by tearing and inking the edges. Then added a couple of lines of stitching to add interest.

Mounted onto a piece of very precious Basic Grey Blitzen paper which I have been hoarding and added a ribbon knot and charm to the bottom. The tag at the top says Believe and has been inked over with a promarker because it was a bit too shiny!!

Just hope my husband likes it now!!!

As usual I can't resist a challenge:

The ribbon Girl - jingle all the way to Xmas
Crafty Cardmakers - Heat Embossing
Hooked on Crafts - Winter Wonderland
Oldie but a goodie - Xmas - No red or green
Everybody Art - Santa Claus
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - masculine Holiday card
Scrap Creations - Xmas cards
Fab N funky - Anything goes
Divas By Design _ Anything goes
Cooking it up with Katie - Anything goes
For Fun challenges - Christmas cards
Basic Grey Challenges - lost & Found (recycled corrugated packaging and Blitzen paper)
Aud Sentiments - Christmas & Sentiment ( I hope Believe is OK)
Rainbow Lady - Christmas Carols
( Here comes Santa or In the Bleak mid winter because of the colours & Snowflakes)
The ABC challenge - E for Embossing ( wet & dry!!)
Delightful Sketches - let it snow
Stamp & Create - Vintage
Crafty Calendar - Cold & Frosty
By the cute & Girly - Let it snow
Just for fun - Winter
The Craft Garden - Recipe ( I used snowflakes, kraft, ribbon, charm & paint)
Raise the Bar - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Totally papercrafts - Let it snow
Sweet Stampin - Snow Something
Stamptacular Sunday - Colour challenge
Sparkles Forum - One you love at Xmas
Addicted to stamps - Christmas
The Crazy Challenge - Anything goes

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Santa spotting

Morning Everyone!
Oh golly gosh, time to get the first door open on the old advent calendar and attack the chocolate!!
It's also time for another challenge at CRAFT, I swear they are coming around faster and faster!!

This week we'd are challenging you to show us your


& we are sponsored by Crimson Cloud & Laurettas Digital Stamps.

I've made a decorated candle:

Image is Penny Black - Santa Spotting

I'm also loving this new red and green Christmas Baker's Twine which I got from ebay!! I have tried to be good this year and use up old Christmas stash but this just screamed BUY ME!!

Thanks for visiting today and don't forget to look at the rest of the DT's great projects at CRAFT !

A few challenges -
Pixie Cottage - Xmas Decorations
Crafts 4 Eternity - Xmas Decorations

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Baaaag -a - lope

Afternoon Folks!
Hope you're all OK and keeping warm and dry!

Just wanted to share another Christmas project I have managed to complete this week, it's an idea from Split Coast stampers to make a gift bag from an envelope, you can follow the tutorial here. I made one of these at Easter and it was really quick and easy, so I decided to make a Christmas version! I'm intending to give it to my sister who loves sheep, so I've used this very appropriate Penny Black stamp!!

Here's a closer look, hope you can see the bling gems in the corner, the light is rubbish for taking pics with today ;-(

For the main part of the bag I've followed the sketch over at Midnight madness

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - tis the season
Pollycraft Mondays - Christmas Fun
Lollipop Crafts - B is for ... Baa, bag-o-lope...
The Ribbon Girl - Jingle all the way to Christmas
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Xmas
Penny Black Saturday - Xmas, red & Embossing
CYDA - Buttons or bows
Simply Create too - All about xmas
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Anything but a card
MAWTT - Ribbons & Bows
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Fab N Funky - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Cooking it up with Katie - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - peppermint twist (red & white colours)

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Maggie with Dottie Scarf

Afternoon Folks!

Hope everyone is OK and keeping warm and cosy - it certainly seems a bit nippy here!
I managed to get this card finished yesterday but the camera batteries were dead when I came to photograph it :-(

I've made this card for my cousin who has a birthday near Christmas. I followed the sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and used a Sugar Nellie stamp that has only been inked up once before - slapped wrists!! It's called Maggie with Dottie Scarf . Have to say it made a nice change not to be doing a Christmas card!

Here's a closer look, doesn't she look warm and cosy:

As usual I can't resist a few challenges:

Fab N Funky - Birthday cards
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday card
Crafting when we can - Use a sketch (from The sugar bowl)
Dutch Dare Challenges - Recipe (patterned paper, image, gems)
Kaboodle Doodles - Bundle up for Winter

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Rudolph Skating

Morning Folks!
Hope everyone is OK and enjoying the weekend?

It's time for another challenge over at Here Come the Boys and this time it's very simple, we'd like to see something for


I found these plain red gift bags in Tesco last week and decided they were a bit of a bargain - I think they were 40p each and on a 3 for 2 offer - and they just shouted out to be altered!!

So I have given one a bit of a makeover and I am planning to use it for Lewis' main present at Christmas! I was good and used up the leftovers that were on my desk from making my Santa Bunny card so he will be getting the matching card and bag set!!

The super cute image is a freebie from Digi Stamp Boutique, it's called Rudi and it makes me smile - that would be me on ice skates for sure - sat on my bum in a helpless state - LOL!!

I've coloured him with promarkers and added some glittery ric rac which I think was an old magazine freebie and mounted him on double scalloped circle nesties. Simples but I'm pleased with how it came out!!

I hope you can join us over at HCTB this time, check out the main blog for the prize details and some great inspiration from the rest of the girls!!

As usual I can resist entering a few challenges:
Digi Stamp Boutique - November Customer Competition
Papertake Weekly - Xmas crackers
I love promarkers Anything goes
Digi Doodle Shop - Animals

Polka Doodles - Italian xmas
Stampin with the Dragon _ Anything goes xmas
Totally papercrafts - Christmas

Edited to add:


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Snowball anyone ??

Morning Folks!
How are your preparations for Christmas going??
I'm getting there with the shopping but not the wrapping etc!! If you have time we'd love you to join us at C.R.A.F.T. this week for our new challenge:


Now I have to admit to being a bit stumped by this challenge at first but after a bit of blog hopping for inspiration I came across the idea of sweetie bags, so here's my attempt:

Mint Imperial anyone??

The Snowman sign is from The Stamping Boutique one of our sponsors this week and is coloured with promarkers.

The Stamping Boutique

We are also being sponsored by Craft Obsessions (one of my favourite online suppliers) so you could get your hands on a little shopping spree!!

Craft Obsessions
Hope you can join us!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Bah Humbug - Christmas bag / box (hope this is suitable?)
Winter Wonderland - Awwww cute
Squiggle Saturday - Anything but a card
OSAAT - Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts - Winter blues
I love promarkers - Anything goes

Monday, 21 November 2011

Santa Bunny

Afternoon Folks!

I'm not quite sure what has happened to my original post - I think Mr Blogger has eaten it!!

Anyway today I want to share my card which is the midway reminder for the


I've inked up a sadly neglected Messy rabbit stamp, coloured him with promarkers and added a touch of liquid pearls and glamour dust to his fur trimmed coat.

As it's a masculine card I didn't really want to add flowers so I've added a few sprigs of holly instead:

My favourite ribbon this year has to be this tartan and I've gathered it together with a charm from Ewe2cancraft - love the antique gold colour!

The Christmas Wishes sentiment is from LOTV.

Thanks for looking today and don't forget to rush over to HCTB to be in with a chance of winning this lovely prize:

As usual I'd like to enter a few challenges too:

Forever Friends - Christmas is coming
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes
JUGS - Red, green and white
2 sisters -let it sparkle
The Crafty Pad - Festive cheer
Crimbo Crackers - Make it sparkle
Samuel Taylors _ Christmas crads
Penny Black & More - All creatures great & Small