04 December 2020

Do animals have Christmas?

Hi Everyone, I have been delighted to be asked to make a card to accompany Gill Reeds poem's, so today I am using one artist and one of Gill's poems. I'm happy to show them off, they are written for her and her family's enjoyment. As usual the card is first. I have a LOT of Elizabeth Dulemba images, they always seem to relevant for what I want to do and I should use more of them. very difficult when I'm a digi collector! And now venturing into stamps! 

Anyhow, I used images that I felt were associated with the poem, I hope you think so too and Gill of course LOL. I could have used more, but refrained, hahaha

I printed the images onto the card, with the girl printed separately. I then painted them with Distress inks, added glitter and white Posca pen to add a few highlights.  I used a stencil to add stars and used clear glitter embossing powder for them. 

I had decided to have the girl as a separate image and I added her with a little piece of card scored and cut to size, for her to sit against. This will go to my GG Niece. (I have photos of her sitting like this.)

images. Girl Writing, Tree Decorating, Xmas Balloon - Elizabeth Dulemba
colouring - Distress inks
glitter - asstd makes
sentiment - mag freebie
ink - Whisper inks (Years old) 
stencil - Julie Hickey
embossing ink - Dovecraft
embossing powder - WOW clear sparkle
Posca pen

showing the box I created for her to stand out

showing the glitter

Now for Gill Reed poem, I think it could be made into a children's book and illustrated, it's such a wonderful story. 

 Do Animals Have Christmas?

“Do animals have Christmas?” Jemima asked one day,

Her Mum and Dad and Grandma, really couldn’t say.

“They need to have a Christmas, with lots of special treats,

I’m going to write to Santa,” – she used up several sheets.

When Santa got the letter, he Ho-ho-hoed like mad,

To fulfil a child’s request, he’d never been so glad.

“The birds must have a Christmas tree,” Jemima’s letter said,

“It must be trimmed with tasty bites, like bacon, seeds and bread.

Duck’s pond is frozen very hard, he looks quite frail and old,

A beak and feather warmer would cheer him up tenfold.

The Fox’s tail is knotted, dull and never clean,

A brush or comb would help, to bring back its lovely sheen.

The squirrel has a problem, she can never find her nuts,

She needs a map to guide her, or perhaps some storage huts.

Woolly socks for Hedgehog, to keep him warm at night

And peanut cake for badger - big enough for lots of bites.

There are lots of little creatures who live outside my door,

All of them may need my help and I hate to ask for more,

But if I could have an insect house, bat box and feeder too,

I stand a chance of making, all their dreams come true.”

On Christmas day Jemima woke, as day had turned from night.

She rushed downstairs and out the door and much to her delight,

Fox and Duck and Squirrel were waiting by her door,

Badger ambled over and lifted up his paw.

Hand and paw together they went to find the tree,

It was the very best of things the friends would ever see.

All the boughs were covered in the finest bird food spread

And underneath the tree were gifts, and tracks of Santa’s sled.

Hedgehog woke up specially, and was first to find his gift,

“This is a glorious morning and should never have been missed.”

Countless birds then drifted in and breakfasted in style,

And all the time Jemima’s face, had the biggest smile.

The animals had fun that day, Jemima had the best,

How much they liked their gifts from her, she never would have guessed.

With bat and insect boxes, feeders bright and new

Jemima knew that Santa, had made their dreams come true.

But just before she had to leave, she saw beneath the tree

Another gift addressed to her, with note, “Please open me.”

There in soft and downy bed a golden acorn lay,

Inscribed for her, “With all our love, and thanks for Christmas Day.”

02 December 2020

TMR #145 Tartan & Plaid.

Hi everyone our challenge today is for 

Doesn't it conjure up all manner of beautiful things, especially for Christmas?

My card today is made up of dies and foiling. I hope you like it. I started foiling the sentiment with the WRMK foil pens, with the Cameo, then finding some matching plaid paper and plain card. I couldn't believe my luck when I chose this paper to find the exact same shade of plain card, which was only just big enough for the car die. I must have made something and just placed the piece in the pad, as you do? I thought that was a lucky find LOL. Anyhow, a sheet of mirror card, some die cutting and it was finished, sounds easy? How come easy takes so long from starting getting things together to finishing?
plaid paper - First Edition "Merry Little Christmas"
sentiment - WRMK foil pens
plain card snippet - ?
tree was a snippet also, from the same pad as the plaid.
mirror card - The Range
car and tree die, star on tree die - Simply Cards & Papercraft # 181 mag freebie
snowflake die - Amazon
circle die - Tonic
horizontal die - Tonic rectangle
reindeer die - I think it's Simply Creative 

I'm not entering for the prize, I'm really trying to reduce my stash.

01 December 2020

In the Manger

 Hi Everyone here I am with my 2 DT posts today for today this is my second and it's for the new challenge at QKR. Our challenge is now on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I saw this image at QKR and just had to have it, I think it's so lovely, I wanted to frame it and went looking in my files for a suitable one, I came across this and thought it simple enough to show off the image, I hope so anyway.

I printed the image and the frame and also 2 more layers of the frame and another layer of the image using my Cameo to cut them out. I coloured the image with Distress inks and slight colouring for shadow around the image, also spreading the glow onto the background. I wrote the sentiment using the Cameo and a metallic pen. Attached them to the card and added 3d glaze to the berries and clear sparkle pen to the bow, which had also been layered. I used red pearlised paper to layer the whole top layers onto the card.

image - QKR Digital stamp In the Manger
Distress inks - Tattered Rose, Tea dye, Aged Mahogany, Tumbled Glass
Fossilised Amber, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs.
frame - Botanica Watercolour at Font Bundles

2CCC Pucker up!

Hiya Everyone, my first DT card today is for 

the 45th Challenge at

 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.  

We have no sponsor this month and the DT have chosen their own 
favorite images to use on their inspiration projects.  
Also, because the team deserves some time off to spend 
with their families over the holidays, we won't be commenting
on your entries.  We know you'll understand.  :-D
Despite not having a sponsor, we will have a prize for the winner 
and we'll still be choosing a Top 3 for the month so don't skip our challenge!

I have chosen an image I've had a long time, but haven't used, you know how it is. Each year I look at it and say I must use it and birds are critters right? I had the image as a freebie HERE however I have tried to find it and can't. BUT! there are lots more to find in the link. I think it's by Colette Smith, as I have other images of hers and they look a similar style.

Romantic-robins-template (digital stamp)
 from Papercrafter Magazine #87 (I think it's by Colette Smith)
inks - Distress inks
white pen - Uniball
stitched and holly die - Card Making Magic
red star paper - Inspired Designs dp
mirror card - Dovecraft
glaze - Nuvo Crystal Glaze
ribbon stash

seeing as 613 Avenue Create has critters, I'm off over there.

28 November 2020

Christmas Turkey and more!

 Hi Everyone, my card today is another Christmas card I had to make, yep! to go with another poem by Gill Reed. Her poems are so funny and just as I had this done she went and sent another! She definitely wants to keep me busy LOL.

Anyhow, here is my card, I had this wonderful digital image in my files which I think is absolutely perfect for this poem. How lucky is that? I coloured the image in Photoshop. I printed the papers and cut the image and sentiment with a die, then painted shadows onto the image with markers. I fussy cut the star and added metallic thread, a never before used item! I came across it looking for something else and decided to add it.

papers - Inspired Designs (2012)
thread - Crafting Threads, The Range
markers - Spectrum Noir
die - Tonic
sentiment - my own
poem - Gill Reed

This is the poem that I just had to accompany with my card.

We had a turkey for Christmas
It was resplendent to be sure,
It was placed at the head of the table,
Close to the kitchen door.
We had a turkey for Christmas
It was the thing to do,
Tradition in our household,
Has always seen us through.
We had a turkey for Christmas
Mother was in a state,
Making sure it had rested well
Before she would get out its plate.
We had a turkey for Christmas
It’s trimmings were sublime,
I’ve never seen a turkey look,
So good at Christmas time.
We had a turkey for Christmas,
We shared in its delight,
And decided there and then to have it
Once again on Boxing night.
We had a turkey for Christmas
It’s now back on the farm
Because we’re vegetarians,
We just enjoyed its charms.

Crimbo Crackers Challenge

26 November 2020

Inked background

 Hello Everyone, another no news post, as nothing is going on with us, I think I need to be thankful for that.

I need to say Happy Thanksgiving to my USA friends

 Anyhow I have another Christmas card to show you which ended up not as I saw it originally. I have my lovely blogger pals to thank, for taking it out of the boring card image.

I have follower emails from different sites, that I buy from occasionally who also give freebie images and this is one of them. I could see it as a plain black and white card. So off to my vinyl and Cameo and the image was placed onto the card, I was thrilled with it. So CAS in B&W.

THEN - I had a delivery of four Distress Oxides (Yep! I've succumbed) and I decided to see if I could add a little ink, as I've seen many of you do, behind the trees to make a sunset, the sentiment needed a little "bright".  I do remember seeing a card with a beautiful sunset and I used it as inspiration, but from my memory. I wish I could remember whose it was, if it was you, let me know and I'll give you the credit it deserves, I sure it was a recent card? I usually copy the image of cards I'd like to case or something clever I would like to learn, but can't for the life of me find it, if I have copied it! I've even searched the blogs I thought it was from!

This is the result -  I did this one and then realised I hadn't allowed for the star light. I added posca pen (another new buy, to enable me to do some splatters, I didn't succeed in that either LOL) to show a little brightness, but I didn't succeed with that either!

image and sentiment - SVG Font Market
The card was coloured with 
DI blueprint sketch, wilted violet and faded jeans and black soot.
with sunset being DO mustard seed mixed with DI carved pumpkin

Another card had been made, so I added a little colour with DI antique linen behind the star, before doing the background. This was done with DO speckled egg and DI black soot and the sunset being DO mustard seed mixed with DI carved pumpkin. The ink was easily wiped off the vinyl.

This shows the vinyl sheen

24 November 2020

Rose Sympathy

My card today is for the son of our neighbour who has died after being ill for 2 years with pancreatic cancer, she has been remarkable after major surgery. She was coming on and out walking her dog, when she had a relapse and refused to go back into hospital. He is her only son and is devastated, naturally.

 I made this card which I hope will let him know we are thinking of him. She had gone a week before I was told, so much for lockdown etc during this time, making us so isolated.

It's been so wet and dark, that I had to take a photo underneath my craft light at night, it doesn't make it look as good as I thought it was? Oh! well you get the idea.

rose die - Altenew
different grey card -  Tonic
embossed border - Tattered Lace
sentiment stamp - Clearly Besotted mag freebie
pearls - stash