31 December 2020

Happy New Year Reindeer

 Happy New Year Everyone

Let's pray it's a better one.

I have a New Year card for you today that I thought quite relevant for 2020. I think we are all glad to see the back of it. Here's to 2021, with hopes of everything getting back to normal! I hope you all have had a good Christmas. Thankfully we did and relaxation too. Maybe even a bit too much TV and food. However that's what the new year is for isn't it, to get back into shape?

 Keep safe everyone.

On to why you're here - I love this little reindeer. The sentiment is one hubby has used over the years for different things, so thought it quite apt LOL. I found some long lost gems and added one to his nose, with wobbly eyes. I wanted him as flat as possible for the post. He was coloured and printed off from Photoshop. I added shadows with markers to him and the toilet rolls and a "base" for him too, then added a gold glitter pen to the year and the bells. Not the best of colouring, but he is cute LOL.

dies - Sue Wilson Noble square dies
wobbly eyes - stash
glitter pen - Uniball
markers - Spectrum Noir
papers - Pixel Scrapper
gem - Hobbycraft




23 December 2020

Christmas Wishes and a Quiz




 Here's your Christmas poem quiz.

It has been decreed that we should not play board games at Christmas for fear of transmitting Covid via the pieces.  Quizzes, however, are allowed.  Here is a poetic quiz for you.  How many references to Christmassy things can you find?  There are at least 20.  Some are very obvious, others are hiding.  Good luck.
 
Christmas Quiz
 
Stella McFadden (from the Isle of Tiree), invited her friends to a seasonal tea.
Amassed on the table were savouries and vino, elegant pies and garlic porcino.
Nodding and winking she took from the shelf a large Christmas cake, cooked by herself.
There was a strange ‘tinsel thing’ that dangled above
And it flashed silver lights when given a shove.
Carol was pleased when given a box, full of her favourite pink, fluffy socks.
Laughing and drinking they got rather merry, Stella decided to open the sherry.
All through the evening they stayed rather jolly, then Laura yelled – she had sat on some holly.
Under the tree a plum pudding was found, the brandy came out and was then passed around.
Snow started falling – such a nice sight.  Coats were put on for a great snowball fight.
 
Gill Reed 2020



20 December 2020

More Christmas cards

 Hi Everyone, as the title says more Christmas cards. They have gone off in the post to the recipients and I left them 'til last, on the off chance they visited here, they probably don't, but I didn't want to take chances. 

These were quick (yeah! as if!). I designed them in PS.

#1 ready coloured digital stamp - Hetty Claire
 sentiment - Font Bundles
glitter - Cosmic Shimmer & The Art Institute
marker horse and snow shadow added - Spectrum Noir marker
added to blue card


#2 images - Creative Fabrica 
glitter - Cosmic Shimmer
The Gnomes, cone and poinsettia were cut with the Cameo
all designed in Photoshop


#3 images and background elements - Creative Fabrica, Paw Studio
glitter - Cosmic Shimmer
flower fussy cut and 3D'd
all designed in Photoshop


 If you are here and won't be visiting again before Christmas.

Wishing you all a Happy Happy Christmas 

I hope you are able to make the best of it, with tougher restrictions in place.

 

17 December 2020

Penguin fun

 Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well. A quickie post just to show you my penguin makes. I love, love these fun little gifts, so easy to make and fun to receive, I know, as one of my brothers and his wife have had a couple of already.

They are quick and easy to make with my Silhouette and I love doing something like this for Christmas and even as little gifts in the year too, OK! not as penguins, but you know what I mean. You could even fussy cut these, with perhaps a die for the hole. There is a pdf file included template for them. Anyhow, here they are.

penguin - My Scrap Chick
Cameo 2
card - Lidl
ribbons - stash

We need something to cheer us up, as we are into tier 4 lockdown on the 28th. Our main hospital is at crisis point. Wales as a whole isn't doing good with this virus. We are being so careful, only going out for food supplies and they last as long as possible, usually at least 2 weeks. Thank goodness for my Mum who had learned, in bad times, how to make something out of nothing and taught me.



15 December 2020

Christmas Trees QKR

  Hi Everyone here I am with my DT post for today and it's for the new challenge at QKR. Our challenge is 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

image - Snowy Cabin QKR
inks - Distress Inks
tree - Loni Harris Silhouette Design Store
(I added a few shapes of snow, I cut on the Cameo for the tree)
frame die cut - Sheena Douglas
sparkle - Stickles glitter glue


A different colour frame, I had coloured 2 images in case I made a mess of one!


Here are the 2 side by side


Here is one I made earlier so to speak - 
This is the first one I did, it was evening and my light over my work wasn't working properly, it was only when I went to photograph it in the morning I noticed all the things wrong with it! grr Thought I would share it anyway, the idea was OK- ish! The tree additions are a free magazine die. The bauble shape I cut out on my Cameo. Stamps are magazine freebies



13 December 2020

Angel Get well

 Hi Everyone, I have a card today that I made after an old work colleague rang me  from her hospital bed, to let me know she had fallen down her stairs and had sustained a broken hip, femur and pelvis! She had been in hospital for a few weeks already, she then went on to tell me there had been a patient diagnosed with Covid and there was a big clean on. I just hope she keeps getting better! 

She always requests an angel on a card I send her, I don't like to repeat them, so I went looking for an angel and this one popped up AND it's a freebie too. I hope it will be good for her. I made it with bright colours to make it cheerier.

I printed the image out and added embossing powder as it left the printer, I heated it from the back and I was pleased it didn't buckle the vellum. (Although it may look like it in the photo, as the vellum is loose and doing it's own thing.) I added a touch of red tape in the middle to hold it flatter after the photo! 

image - Asian Angel 
Get well stamp, dove stamps - magazine freebies
peel offs - stash
inks - Spectrum Noir markers
Vellum - Crafters Companion printable vellum
embossing powder - Altenew Antique Silver


11 December 2020

Poinsettia box card

 Hi Everyone, I hope your all ready for the Christmas festivities? Me? just a couple of stocking fillers for hubby! and food of course. At least it won't be a huge amount as there are only the three of us and with Covid quite high around here, no visitors this year. Thankfully we are fit and well, I hope it stays that way, we are being very careful. I don't know how far down the list we are for the vaccine.

Anyhow, I saw this box card and had to try it, I'm thrilled to bits how it turned out. I'm so glad to have this hobby where I can flit from one way of making things to another. Can't get bored then LOL. Here it is.
card box - My Scrap Chick
cut with Silhouette Cameo
red card - pearl Centura card, Crafters COmpanion
green & orange card- Lidl
kraft card - The Works
Distress inks for edging details
stamp - magazine freebie
patterned paper - First Edition
gold peel offs top and bottom of the box edges
(I knew I would use them again!)

This is it sideways on, the greeting goes onto the back layer

this is it folded flat for postage




07 December 2020

Elf poem

Hi Everyone, my offering today was influenced by another poem by Gill Reed about an elf! He was tired of snow, I wonder how many of you are?

image - Tired Elf by Elizabeth Dulemba 
papers and beer - Pixel Scrapper
tree - Kit Cart Designs
sentiment - Gingers House
Distress ink
markers - Spectrum Noir

Ooops I forgot to add the photo!

ELF

Santa’s Little Helper was tired of the snow

And being elf sufficient, he found a place to go.

To leave the Pole he thought would be a barr-elf-ul of laughs,

If only he could find himself on someone else’s staff.

 

In his dreams he saw himself an elf-made millionaire,

The welfiest elf you’ve ever met, with skills beyond compare.

A career in hospitality was his big idea

An empire built on cocktails, spirits, wine and beer.

 

He found a bar in Benidorm and named the place El Fin,

He put a sign beside the door, “We are open, now, come in.

Rest your feet, have a drink and be our special guest,

I personally guarantee, elf service of the best.”

 

But elves make toys, they don’t mix drinks, elf discipline went to pot

Santa’s little helper, very soon lost the plot.

Elf and safety laws were never on his mind

And very soon his guests took sick – the salmonella kind.

 

The police arrived, arrested him, for causing an offense

In court the judge declared, “There is no elf defence.

I say it every time,” she said, “punishment must fit the crime.

A life behind bars is what you’ll get, your pour decisions you will regret.”

 

This had to go into the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

06 December 2020

History

Hi Everyone, something different from me today. Recollections of my card making history. Look out for a lot of piccies and reading, I've included links with the piccies! 


My card of 2016 is just a sample of a digital elements that I bought from Pixel Scrapper. I started using Pixel Scrapper many years ago, when I was making my cards digitally. I have loved the products for a long time. I made many before this date, but didn't know about tags then! LOL I was pleased to be asked as a long time user to review the products and site. 

I had started my card making in the late 1980's with a program CD I bought, all I had to do at first was print out ready designed cards. I then went on to use the elements and papers in it to design my own. I loved the designing and then printing and putting them together. 

After my computer became too old and I had to replace it, the program, sadly became obsolete. I can't remember how or when I found Pixel Scrapper and Marisa Lerin, (although I do have files dated 2012,) she was offering free papers and elements in a digital kit. I had found the solution to my obsolete program. I found that I could get the digital supplies that I couldn't find anywhere else, we didn't have craft shops locally and very limited crafting online shopping, even if I could find them, I couldn't afford to buy them at the time, it was a perfect solution to enable me to carry on making my cards.

This is one of the earlier cards in 2015 there could be earlier, but I didn't know about "tags" then LOL


After a few years, things progressed with Pixel Scrapper and many more designers joined. Marisa's husband joined her and the other designers and as a computer "dude" he has taken the site into many realms it is now more than just supplies, it has a wonderful gallery to show off your work it has a forum area to chat, ask questions etc, it also has a wonderful tutorial area. You don't even have to load your computer up with the kits, just go to the site and search for what you want and download it, when you've used it just delete it and you can repeat that process with as many kits you use as you want. I decided as I was getting so many kits I started to subscribe, I don't feel guilty now, getting so much LOL and everything on there is mine to collect and use as much as I want. However you can also register for a  free account with access to many many kits and beautiful designs.

Here is a Digital layout I did with with items from Pixel Scrapper



I love papers, but haven't the space to keep as much as I would like, so I go to Pixel Scrapper, choose something I really want and I know I have the matching papers and elements all ready for me to match and make. With no storage problems in my craft room. You may say, but "what about the ink that's expensive?" All I can say is, with my old printer, I buy the yellow cartridge, which is the most used colour on any printer, every 4 to 5 months, not bad I don't think considering the printing I do. Also with compatible inks the price has come down immeasurably. I can even find SVG (cutting files) for my Cameo.

If you are a scrapbooker, it has templates, ready made quick pages where you just add your photo. You can just download one thing or hundreds, up to you. I love the blog hops each month where all the designers add a kit with colours decided on (mostly) with members votes, free to anyone, which means that a vast amount of papers and elements match in different designer's interpretation. There is a "room" from the community where if you want, you can even add your own design, even if it's just one item. Then you can see others use your designs.

This is one of the quick pages I downloaded, ashamedly I haven't used it yet!


There is an area where people have added what program they use i.e. Photoshop, Elements, Creative Memories, Print Shop Pro and coral amongst others. They are there to help with them too.

 I was quite happy to carry on doing digital, as with a large family and friends to send cards to each year, it became a real hobby for me and no boredom involved, as I could do different every time I made something. I went to work in an office and the subject of my card making came up, from that I was asked to make cards for other people, with digital supplies at hand it was no problem.
Here is a card my Niece asked me to make for her Daughter's bridesmaid


I had bought stamps and other things to be "crafty", but I still love my digital and many of my cards now involve digital and stamping. They can be coordinated and, digital is no less "crafty" that doing it manually. I still design and make something that hopefully is pleasing to the eye and is appreciated. I'm a very slow learner with stamps etc, but digital was my first love and showed me a way to a hobby that as I said earlier does not involve boredom. I was even coordinator on a Digital Challenge.   Which sadly we closed.

Although a slow learner in other forms of crafts I am enjoying a hobby that gives me hours of enjoyment.

As I said in the beginning I was asked to do a review, which I was all too happy to do, I also have been given a month free subscription for this. Although I would have said exactly the same if that hadn't happened.


I saw this on 613 Avenue Create and thought I would include it here. Thank you Chana

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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.