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Sunday, 21 December 2014

End the year with a bit of Glitz & Glamour

Happy Sunday before Christmas!

It's the shortest day of the year too ...... winter has officially arrived!

The 21st of the month also means that there's a brand new challenge over at IndigoBlu.  It's the final one of 2014 and we're seeing out the year with a bit of ......

As always there's a fab prize for the winner ......... your choice of IndigoBlu stamps, and the chance to be a Guest Designer spot on a future challenge (oooohhh!),  and there's a Top 3 (chosen by the DT) who also get the chance to have their work on a future challenge inspiration post.  Fancy giving it a go ..... well you have until 8pm on January 20th to get your entries in ....... who knows,  you could be our next winner!

You'll find fabulous inspiration pieces from more of the DT, over on the Challenge Blog.  Here's a little something from me to get you started......

Gold and Silver ...... on black ...... always glamorous!

Some of you may have seen this before ...... so I won't go into too much detail on how I made it.  If you haven't ........ then you can find all the details here.

Those beautiful baubles are from the IndigoBlu 2014 Christmas release ........ 'Connor's Crown Jewels' and have simply been stamped using Flitter Glu and then Sheffield Steel (silver) and Chariot of Fire (gold) Flake added over the top ...... simple!
The snowflake border was done in exactly the same way, and I added a touch of bling to finish off.

Now it's your turn ......... have fun and Good Luck!

Thank you to everyone that's entered the IndigoBlu challenges over the last year ..... I hope you've had as much fun as the rest of the Design Team and I have had.

Have a lovely Christmas and Happy IndigoBlu New Year!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Cheerio until next time


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

One week to go ........

Happy Wednesday!

This time next week we'll all be preparing for the arrival of the man in red ...... yes,  mince pies will be at the ready along with whatever tipple you choose to leave for the big guy!

I decided to brave the shops again this morning (not the best idea I've had this week - busy or what!!) At least I got a few more bits and pieces crossed off the list, and finally my Christmas cards have been posted ..... yeah!!!

One that didn't actually make it into the hands of the Royal Mail is this little guy .......

It's this week's entry for the challenge over at Less is More.

We've got a One Layer Week again (they soon come around!)  and the theme is .....


Now, I would love a white Christmas, but somehow I don't think that's what we'll get.  We've had a little bit fall on the mountains but it hasn't lasted very long ........ I'll keep dreaming though!

On to the card ....... I stamped my little mouse (Penny Black's Xmouse Ornament!) onto a white cardblank ..... I used a grey ink instead of black as I wanted a softer look to the image.

I then made a mask for the mouse and covered the little guy up.  I cut a deckle edge rectangle, using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, from a piece of copier paper and used the outside part as a mask.

With both masks in place, I coloured the panel using various shades of blue Distress inks ..... Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and a touch of Chipped Sapphire.
I then spritzed over the top with some clean water, let it sit for a few seconds and them mopped up the excess leaving the mottled background .....

Once the ink was dry, and with the masks still in place, I stamped some snowflakes onto the background, using Versamark ink and then embossed with a white powder.

I removed my masks, and coloured the little guy using Spectrum Noir pencils ......

You can see I've added a touch of glitter to his snowflake, and I finished off by adding a greeting to the bottom (Tim Holtz's Mini Handwritten Holidays)

For the inside ........ more snowflakes and more Distress inks

Well that's one for the box for next year I suppose ..... unless there's someone I've forgotten!

Thanks for popping by ...... my next job is one of my favourites ...... start wrapping the Christmas presents.  I need to get stuff put away before certain people get home from work!

Enjoy the rest of your day!  
Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Two for Tuesday ...... and it's the last Merry Monday of the year

Happy Tuesday folks!

WOW! what a busy weekend that was!!
We had hubby's office party here last Thursday night .....  I spent all day in the kitchen, with help from Lauren (it is good having a chef in the family!) There was a roast ham, turkey and all the trimmings, a side of salmon. There were salads and dips, and quiche.  Pasta, continental meats, a cheese board, prawn cocktails and freshly made sushi ..... yum ...... and I made desserts!!!

It was worth it though, everyone enjoyed the food ..... well it all went anyway!  The champagne cocktails flowed as did the mulled wine, so you can imagine my head on Friday morning!!!  

Friday evening we had the little one's Nativity ...... he was an angel bless him .....

I think his halo's slipped a little there ..... takes after his Grandma!!

Saturday was spent Christmas shopping with lunch out (again), and then I finished the weekend with a Christmas/birthday lunch on Sunday with some special friends.
Things are a little quieter this week ..... so far..... which means I have chance to actually spend some time in the old craft room .... whoo hoo!!

I can't believe we've got to the last Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge of 2014 ........ and I'm proud to say I've done every one (I think!)  Some may have been a little late (like last weeks!!) but they've all been done eventually.  All those lovely, festive cards made, and each one different.  The only problem I have now is to decide who gets what!!!

After this week, the Merry Monday team are taking a well earned rest ...... but they'll be back on January 5th 2015 to do it all over again ..... can't wait!  Why not join in the fun and get your Christmas cards done early!

So ...... the final challenge of the year is all about Winter themed Christmas cards ..... a Winter Wonderland!

Oh no!  Not those Clarity trees again .........
I did think about them but, in the end I went for snowflakes instead (phew!)  Only because the background was on my desk, left over from another project .......

All I did was mat and layer with some white cardstock .....

Stamped my greeting onto a piece of vellum, using Versamark and then heat embossed with a white powder ......

I tore the edges and attached the vellum across the centre of the snowflake background (IndigoBlu's Snowflake Lace by the way, stamped and embossed in white, then coloured using Distress inks)

To finish off I added a few tiny gemstones here and there and a pretty metal embellishment from my stash

Inside I used those pretty snowflakes again,embossed in white then inked over the top with Distress inks ..... simple!

Now who am I going to send this one too ......... ?????

I'm also entering this into the Christmas Card Challenge hosted by the lovely Kylie (from Kylie is Addicted to Stamps)
This is a blog I've recently found thanks to one of my lovely blog buddies ..... Loll Thompson.  Check it out, there's lots of good stuff on there and ....... Kylie has just started up her own business designing personalised watermarks, signatures and blog headers.

The prize for the winner of the challenge is their very own watermark and signature for their blog (worth $40) ...... oooohhh!!
The challenge is open until December 21st so there's still time to give it a go!

I missed the deadline for last week's Merry Monday challenge ..... too much going on!  I still made the card though.
The challenge was to use Gold, Silver, White and another colour of our choice.  I went for a CAS design, with a touch of festive red!

Not sure the silver and gold come across well, trust me though they're both on there.

The white part is my card (obviously), the gold and silver make up the Christmas lights (Penny Black's Sparkle String die cut from mirri card)

And the red ...... my 4th colour ...... is the sentiment on the front

The colours also follow through onto the inside .....

Better late than never eh!  I also made a batch for the little man to give to his nursery buddies using the same die ..... how cute are these!

Well, that should be it for Christmas cards I think, most of mine are written now, I just need to take out that small second mortgage to cover the postage!!

It's the Christmas party over at Ballaugh this afternoon (another one!) ...... followed by the last workshop of the year.  More festive food and drink ...... the non-alcoholic stuff this time though, well, some people are driving!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow ......

Happy Friday to you,

There's a good chance that I'm nursing a bit of a hangover this morning, so this is actually a scheduled post!  We had a bit of a do at ours last night ......... Stephen and his office chums decided to hold their Christmas party at ours!!  I was in charge of the food (with a little help from our daughter Lauren) and hubby the drinks.  I'm assuming all went well  ....... I'll let you know later!

By the way ....... I don't mean it ...... honest, the Let it Snow and all that.  Not yet anyway, I've still got shopping to do!  After last Friday's post though ...... 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas' ....... we did have our first lot of snow on the island!!!  It was only up on the mountains mind but ...... I'm not sure I'm ready for the white stuff just yet! Maybe I should think about changing the title of this one ... with the weather we've been having this week anything is possible!!!

Anyhow ....... another week has gone by, it's Friday again, and it's time to remind you all that the last Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge of 2014 is well under way.

This month it's all about .......

You can use ink, paint, gesso, or even emboss using a white powder, just so long as there is white stamping somewhere on your design.  It doesn't all have to be white, you can stamp using other colours too.
As it's December your design can be winter or Christmas themed but, it doesn't have to be, you can do anything you like ..... we just need to see some white stamping on there.

As always there's a fab prize up for grabs .......

from this months sponsor  ......

And don't forget ........ the winner also gets their work published in an issue of Craft Stamper magazine and, they will also be invited to do a Guest Spot on a future challenge.  Wouldn't that be a great start to 2015?!

I've done my white stamping onto acetate this time ...... using White Stazon ink

My finished card size is 7x5 inches, but this design would look good on any size of card.

I cut out a section from the panel of white card, and cut a piece of clear acetate to fill in the gap.
I then stamped over the acetate using the gorgeous Snowflake Lace stamp by IndigoBlu (one of my favourites this year).

You need to take a little more care when stamping onto acetate as it's a slippery surface and your stamp can move quite easily, causing your image to blur.  I find that dusting the acetate with an anti-static bag before stamping, reduces the risk of this happening. The ink has something to 'grip' to and you get a nice clear image. 
Also, the ink takes a little longer to dry on this surface so put your stamped image out of the way somewhere, so you don't smudge it ....... 

Once everything was dry, I attached the acetate panel to the back of the two pieces of white card to bring it back to the original size. 

I stamped a Christmas greeting, attached a festive red ribbon around the bottom and finished off with a matching bow.

I then mounted the panel, using foam pads, onto a piece of black cardstock to really show off the white snowflakes.

A cute metal snowflake charm from my stash, and a few sparkly gems add the final touches to the front.
Inside you'll find another acetate panel stamped again with the Snowflake Lace,

and you can see I've added a piece of white card over the top giving me somewhere to put a greeting write my message

Now it's your turn.  As we're getting into the festive season, the challenge will run a little longer than usual so you have loads of time to get your entries in ..... the closing date is not until January!!  Have fun, and Happy Stamping!

Thanks for popping by  ...... enjoy your Friday, and have a fabulous weekend.

Cheerio until next time ..... stay warm!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Before the chaos starts ........

Good morning,

Just a quick post before I get stuck in to all the party prep for this evening.
I've already been to the butchers to collect my delicious Christmas spiced ham and the turkey breast is sat in the oven basting nicely! Just got the salads to do, pasta, potatoes, dress a side of salmon, sort out the nibbles and dips, Lauren's on with the Sushi and I've got desserts to make!!!  Eat your heart out Delia!!

Anyway .... I just wanted to let you know you can find me on the IndigoBlu DT Blog today ..... it's been a while!
I've been taking some time off from the DT but I wanted to do my last Step by Steps for the year on our regular Technique Day post ...... gives me a chance to wish all you IndigoBlu fans a Merry Christmas.  Pop over to the blog and see what I've been up to .......

Right ...... I'm off to the kitchen now ...... I may be some time!  The champagne may just get opened early .... I think I'm going to need it ..... Cheers!!

Thanks for popping by ...... have a fun Thursday!

Cheerio until next time


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A Colour challenge .......

Happy Wednesday!

It's the middle of another week, only 2 more to go and it'll be Christmas Eve ...... oooooh!!  Are you ready for it .... I know I'm not!

I've actually got a card to share with you today ...... for this weeks Less is More Challenge.
Speaking of which, I'm proud to say I was ShowCASed again last week with my Jingle All the Way card (another happy little dance around the craft room!)  Each week there's so many fabulous entries for these challenges, so it's always nice to be chosen for the ShowCASe .... thank you so much ladies!

This week it's a colour challenge .......... how gorgeous is this

I've gone for a nice CAS snowflake design  (still making last minute Christmas cards!!) ......

Sorry about the picture quality but the light was terrible yesterday when I was taking these photos.

I masked off the top section of a piece of white card, adding a curved edge to my paper to give a bit more interest.
I then stamped my snowflakes across the top section, using Versamark ink and then embossed with a white powder.
With the mask still in place I added colour over the snowflakes using different shades of Blue Distress inks ........ and then splashed a little clean water over the ink, let it sit for a few seconds and removed the excess with kitchen roll.  This technique gives a nice mottled effect to the background ..... a bit like falling snow I think.

The embossing acts as a resist to the ink, so once you've reached the depth of colour your happy with, use a piece of kitchen roll to buff over the snowflakes and remove any excess ink.  Obviously the darker the colour of the background, the more the snowflakes will stand out.

After removing the mask, I added some fine crystal glitter to the snowflakes and along the edge of the inked section .....

A pretty gemstone and a some festive words finish everything off nicely.

Inside I stamped and embossed more snowflakes .......

and added a touch of colour over the top.

I'm going AWOL this afternoon ...... to a craft workshop.  I'm having a well earned afternoon of 'me time' before I have to dust off my Delia hat tomorrow, and work wonders in the kitchen, preparing a buffet for 20+ people ...... and it's not just anyone, it's all Stephen's office colleagues, and partners, and HIS BOSS!!!  No pressure then ....... !!!!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Baby it's cold outside ......

Happy Tuesday folks,

What a day!!!!  The wind is whistling, the rain is pouring ...... and it's freezing!!!  And by the sound of the weather forecast it ain't getting any better ..... not this week anyway!  All the ferries have been cancelled for the rest of the week ..... good job my cupboards are well stocked!
The answer is stay at home, stay toasty and warm and watch it all through the window.  The only problem is I do have to go out this evening.  We're hosting a party on Thursday and I need to get the food ..... no ferries mean no deliveries so hopefully I can get what I need!

Speaking of parties ..... Saturday night was a winter wonderland at the Poker Stars Christmas Party

The marquee was stunning!  Lots of twinkling lights and crystal chandeliers ......

The food was amazing, the champagne was flowing all evening so as you can imagine, my Sunday was a little late in starting ...... a bit of a bad head!  But we had a great night ..... Poker Stars certainly know how to party!  And like I've said, we'll be doing it all again on Thursday!!

The old craft room hasn't been open much lately,  I haven't had any time to play.  I was in there last night though, with my 'Santa's Little Helper' hat on ....... did you know that I'm friendly with the man in red?  Oh yes ..... I have the very important job of updating his LIST each year, you know the one I mean, the Naughty or Nice list.

Well it's all been done ...... ready for his visit at the weekend, to the Poker Stars Kids Party ....... what a busy man he is!

This was the little man with him last year ...... see he's got the List!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day, and stay warm!

Cheerio until next time ......


PS  I've just realised that this is my 500th Blog Post ...... WOW! how did I miss that!!  
A BIG thank you to all my followers for reading each and every one one ...... I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoy blogging!  Here's to the next 500!! xx
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