Tag – You’re It!

Day 3 at Bugaboo’s Holiday Chaos and the theme is a gift tag with red and white stripes.

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Materials used:
Bugaboo Stamps – Sign It Santa
X-Press It card
Copic Pens
red card
white card
silver eyelet
red ribbon
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad

Santa is printed on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics then fussy cut.

The tag is cut from white card and strips of red card glued on (I did not have any red and white stripey paper in my stash so had to make it!)

A silver eyelet is set in the top of the tag and a snippet of red ribbon threaded through.

Finally Santa has been added using foam pads for extra dimension.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Pippa

I  would like to enter my tag into:
Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 3 – Gift Tag  using red and white stripes

 

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Holiday Chaos Day 2

Day two and the theme at Bugaboo’s Holiday Chaos week is a sketch.

Here is my take on it.

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Materials used: 
Bugaboo Stamps – Christmas SB Ornament
X-Press It card
Copic pens
silver pen
embossing pen
clear embossing powder
silver mirri card
purple card
A5 white card blank
border die (x-cut I think)
acrylic greetings stamp
black archival ink pad

I reversed the image so that the little girl was facing into the card, printed her out at the size I wanted and coloured her in with Copics and a silver pen on the bauble. To give the bauble a bit of shine I went over it with an embossing pen and used clear embossing powder.

I cut the mat and the border strip from silver mirri card and used some purple card for the centre mat.

Finally I added the greeting at the bottom of the card.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter the following challenge:
Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 2 – Get Sketchy

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Christmas is coming

One sure sign of the approach of Christmas is the glitter on the carpet. This week Bugaboo Stamps have started their week of Holiday Chaos. Day 1’s theme is  ‘All that sparkles’ so I went to town!

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Materials used:  
Bugaboo Stamps – Ornament
white card
various glitters
silver pen
acrylic sentiment stamp
15cm square card blank
patterned silver mirri card
Copic pens
Wink of Stella Shimmer Clear

I made up a collection of ornaments altering the orientation and the size to get a variety. I then ‘coloured’ them with glitter and used a silver pen for the hangers. I used grey Copics just to add a bit of shadowing and used matching colour Copics to colour in the highlights on the baubles before adding a Wink of Stella over the top.

Finally the image was trimmed to size and matted on Silver mirri card then attached to the card base.

Now all I need to do is clear up the glitter that is everywhere!

Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

I would like to enter this card into:
Catch the Bug Christmas Chaos Challenge Day 1 – All That Sparkles

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Counting the Blessings

It is the start of another challenge over at Path of Positivity and this month the theme is Blessings. Around this time of year it is easy to be so engrossed in all the preparations of Christmas (if you celebrate it), so much so that I forget just how lucky I am and how blessed I am. I have a lovely house, warm and cosy, clothes to wear and cupboards loaded with plenty of food.

All over the world there are countries being torn apart by war, famine and natural disasters. Even a walk in the streets of our cities and towns reveals just how many people are homeless and struggling just to get through a day at a time.

Charles Dickens summed it up in his book ‘A Christmas Carol’ with the words of the charitable gentlemen when they visited Scrooge: a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth.  We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.’

During this season of giving it is good to stop and count our blessings and to remember those who are a lot less fortunate than we are, whose concerns and needs put our niggles into perspective.

For my contribution this time I have chosen to make a Christmas decoration with an angel as the focus, after all an angel announced the coming of Jesus to Mary, the greatest blessing the world has ever had and will ever have until he returns to reign in glory.

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Materials used:
Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles – Holiday Hoopla
square die set
circle die set
printer paper
blue small bead chain
snippet of white card

I printed out the papers and central image I wanted to use from the set. The papers are cut into squares using a die then glued to form cones. The cones are arranged on a circle of scrap card slightly bigger than the angel image.

Once the cones are stuck down and the glue dry I put the angel image on the top and added a small piece of the bead chain as a hanger.

This is a really easy decoration to make and something even children would enjoy. To make it easier for children just make bigger cones which also means you get a bigger wreath. I have kept mine plain but there is no reason why it cannot be ‘blinged’ up more with sparkles and glitters.

We would really appreciate it if you joined us at Path of Positivity, the challenge is open until January 1st so there is plenty of time. You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on appreciation for your entry. There are plenty of prizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • EITHER the Holiday Hoopla Digital Scrapbooking Kit OR five different mini kits (of six papers each) from the Christmas and/or Winter section from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $10.00 gift certificate from Imagine That! Digistamp, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:

  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Please do join us on the Path of Positivity, we would love some company!  Thank you for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

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December at Dragons Lair Designs

The first Friday of the month sees the start of a new challenge at Dragons Lair Designs and the theme this month is Christmas Wishes.

If you are anything like me you will still be knee deep in making Christmas cards so why not have a go at our challenge. If you need inspiration visit the blog and the Facebook Page and you will discover plenty to get you started.

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Materials used:  
Dragons Lair Designs – Christmas Waves Quote Border
Dragons Lair Designs – Oh Christmas Tree Digi Stamp
Dragons Lair Designs – Holly Days Papers
X-Press It card
Copic pens
glitter glue – various colours
silver pen
A5 card blank

I printed out the Christmas Waves Quote Border and the backing paper on white paper. I have cut out the elements I wanted to use from the border and rearranged them which is why the words are at the top of the card.

The tree is printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copics and glitter glue. The stars have been coloured with a silver pen.

I have used 3d foam pads to attach the word magic and the tree onto the card. The green edge is done by running a Copic pen around the card before attaching the middle paper.

 

The Dragons Lair challenge runs until the end of the  month so you have plenty of time to get an entry in, so why not head on over and join in the fun. You will find inspiration from my team mates over there as well and I am sure they would appreciate a visit to their personal blogs. There’s a prize of a voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs store for a winner who’ll be chosen by a random number generator.

You do not have to use a Dragons Lair Design to enter but it would be lovely if you did. There are lots of goodies to discover at the store to get you going. Here are some useful links for you.

We’d love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thank you for visiting. Take care.

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A Work in Progress

Happy Advent to you all. I’ll let you into a secret, I love Advent, the anticipation, the preparation, the secrets wrapped in colourful paper. But I am saddened that Advent is no longer allowed to be that preparation time. Already shops and houses are decorated, lights and trees up everywhere and then on the 26th of December most of them disappear like morning mist in the rays of the sun. Our tree remains firmly in the roof ready to make a grand entrance between 16th and 20th of December, depending on when the end of term is, and remains in glorious splendour until the 6th of January, sometimes beyond, this time dependant on when term starts. In my humble opinion the commercialisation of Christmas has robbed it of its magic as well as any meaningful religious remembrance.

I also love winter, at least the crisp, frosty and, even better, snowy ones. I don’t like warm wet winters, somehow they leave me feeling cheated! This year we are having a bit of a frost end to November and it has been very chilly, at least by Somerset standards. One of the first things we had done in our new house was a little log burner put in the lounge. We only have a small house and our log basket is too big now so I decided to crochet one! I tried to pick out the colours in the brickwork along with some contrasting ones.

This is a work in progress as I had to order the lining material and interfacing. I will try to remember to post an update when it is completely finished though I warn you that may not be for a while yet!

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This is my DT sample for December’s Love to Craft Challenge.

I do hope you will come and join us, we welcome all kinds of handmade projects – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting and jewelry! We want to see whatever you’re working on!

You may enter up to five different projects and combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you’d like! Winners and Top Picks are chosen by our design team and announced on the 10th of the month following the close of the challenge!

We can’t wait to see what you create! Hope to see you there.

Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

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School’s out forever!

At the end of this term the class teacher I work with is leaving to become carer to her husband. We have worked together for over a decade so it will be a hard parting. I made a large card for all the children in the class to sign.

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Materials used:
Imagine That! digi stamps – School Boy
Imagine That! digi stamps – School Girl
Activity Village – School Books Scrapbook Paper
X-Press It! paper
Copic pens
black card
A4 card blank
white gel pen

I arranged the images on my page before printing them out on X-Press It card and colouring with Copics.

I was going to go with one of the greetings that came with the images but in the end decided to add my own using a white pen.

Before attaching the paper to the card base I went around the edges of the card with a black pen. The coloured image has been matted on black card.

If my card has inspired you why not pop along to Imagine That! digi stamps, there are lots of lovely images covering all sorts of occassions. You do not need to be a ‘colourist’ either because they come with pre-coloured versions too.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Did you do it?

Ok so I can hear you thinking “Do what?” so I had better explain! This is my mid-way post for the current challenge at Path of Positivity with the theme Appreciation. You may remember that in my first post I talked about not just using high days and holidays to show appreciation but taking opportunities throughout the year. So have you shown your appreciation of someone during the past two weeks or are you waiting for Christmas?

My card this time is an anniversary card with a lovely image from A Day For Daisies. All the links are below in the write up.

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Materials used:
A Day for Daisies – Mr Right
X-Press It! card
Copic pens
small acrylic greetings stamp
Gorguss designer paper

I decided to go with vintage like colours for this image but gave the parasol a brighter look in contrast to look more summery. I hope that makes sense, sometimes it is difficult to explain the way my brain works. Actually make that not sometimes but most of the time!

The designer paper frame is from a set from Gorguss which has been in my stash for longer than I care to admit. I am trying to continue the relentless downsizing so that my new smaller craft room is not so cluttered so what better way than to use some of the stash mountain. I thought the colour of the frame went well with the lady’s dress. The label at the bottom is printed in the paper so I used it to frame my stamped greeting.

There are still a few days left to get an entry into the challenge, it finishes on 4th December. As I am sure many of you will be beavering away on the Christmas cards why not enter one of your makes, it would certainly fit the theme and you may just end up winning a prize.  On that note here are the prize details to tempt you further!

You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on appreciation for your entry. There are plenty of prizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • A $12.00 gift certificate from A Day For Daisies, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $20.00 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:

  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

 

I hope you will take up the challenge and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Roses are red

Here I am with my second make for the Imagine That! digistamp Facebook page. This time I have chosen a lovely rose image with birthday greeting.

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Materials used:
Imagine That! digistamps – Rose Blessings
Copic pens
X-Press It card
rose designer paper from stash
light and dark pink card
6 inch square card blank
pink silver edged ribbon
gem

I have used three identical copies of the rose image printed out on X-Press It card and coloured with Copic pens. One image has been trimmed as the base and the two other images fussy cut to 3d decoupage the rose.

The  base image is matted and layered onto designer paper  and two shades of pink card then attached to the front of the card blank.

Finally a small narrow ribbon bow has been added and a gem attached to the knot to finish off.

If you like the image I have used why not make a visit to Imagine That! digistamps, I believe they have a sale on at the moment so you may be able to pick up some bargains.

Thank you for dropping bye. Take care.

Pippa

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Path of Positivity Challenge – Appreciation

A new challenge starts today at Path of Positivity and the theme is appreciation. We all like to be appreciated, whether by family or friends or bosses! There is nothing quite so disheartening as going the extra mile or putting your all into something for someone and just be taken for granted. So don’t wait for Valentine’s Day, Mothering Sunday, Father’s Day, Birthdays or Christmas to tell a loved one what they mean to you but show your appreciation every day!

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Materials used:
Kitten Scraps – Spring Cleaning DigiStamps
X-Press It card
Copic Pens
designer paper
green card
A5 card blank

The image has been printed onto X-Press It card and coloured with Copic pens then trimmed to size and matted and layered before being mounted on the card blank.

The sentiment has been printed on white card and matted before being attached to the card front.

We would really appreciate it if you joined us at Path of Positivity, the challenge is open until December 4th so there is plenty of time. You do not have to make a card, anything goes. The only thing we ask is that you make it clear how your project relates to the theme, just a sentence will be enough it does not need to be an essay, unless you want to write an essay on appreciation for your entry. There are plenty of prizes on offer so why not take a look at our sponsors images for inspiration.

SPONSOR & PRIZE INFORMATION:

  • A $12.00 gift certificate from A Day For Daisies, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $20.00 gift certificate from Kitten Scraps, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.

There will also be:

  • A small selection of digital designer papers from Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles for one lucky person who leaves a comment on posts published during the challenge time frame.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

Thank you for visiting. Take care.

Pippa

 

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