Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas is here... at Card Mania

I'm continuing with my Guest DT offerings for the Card Mania Challenges Blog today, the theme is "Christmas"... which was really fortunate for me as I have about four cards made despite my best intentions, here's another one for the pile at least!
The camera really didn't like this card, it looks so FLAT! I may have been fiddling around with the White Balance settings... really should leave well enough alone!  It is much better IRL, really :-)  
The oh so sweet image is from Wiff of Joy; one of the sponsors (along with Hobbissimo) this time around.  I coloured with Copics, adding extra shading with Prismacolor pencils.  I added "holly" to the wrapping paper on the bottom gift with Copics, it matches the holly on the background paper (from Kaisercraft's Mint Twist pad) so much better than it looks in the pic, again I don't know why it's "grabbing" some colours and not others.
I used a sketch from Papertake Weekly... it's not a sketch theme this week but I do like to give credit for a nice sketch wherever possible, here's what I was working with
The red paper with stars and the polka dot paper are from my stash; I have an idea that they're both Kaisercraft, but they've been kicking around for years so I have no clue what the names are.
I added lashings of Star Dust Stickles to the squirrels hat trim and the snow, not that it shows!  the stars are cut from gold foil card using MFT Dienamics Stacking Star dies.  I made the sentiment using the computer (the baubles are from a free font Noel Dingbats) and cut it out using the smallest of my Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Oval dies. The red matting is from my stash.  I used a stamped sentiment mounted on some more of the red matting for the inside, forgot to take a pic... but as all my cards are ending up with the same simple finish inside I'll post a pic of the next one... seen one, seen 'em all, lol.  That's it.   I would like to join in with the following challenges with my card: 

Seeing Red
Bingo (Die cuts or punches/Digi image/ Bling
Gifts (image of gifts, or gift item)
Christmas Presents
Bling It On
Paper Play (Stars die cut from gold foil card)
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland
Holly and/or Ivy (Holly on paper)
Family Christmas
Christmas Present  (Modern Look)
Anything  Christmas
Anything Goes Christmas
Anything Goes/Christmas
Anything Goes with Glitter
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

I hope you get a chance to join in with the challenge, nice easy... and appropriate... theme and great prizes, so there's plenty of incentive. Check outt the rest of the team's work on the blog, should give you an extra push to get those last minute (or if you're like me, your necessary) Christmas cards done.  I only have one more challenge as Guest Designer, that's on Christmas Eve... I'll DEFINITELY be back before then, so until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Yay!! It's Christmas... at D's Digis too!!

aaargghh!! Just found this in my Drafts, so it's a day late... sorry!!
Well folks, it's THAT time of the year again (uh huh, already!) it's CHRISTMAS!!!!  I love Christmas, which is a good thing as it comes around whether you like it or not, lol.  It being "that" time means it's time for "that" challenge at Di's Digis challenge blog.  I made a card, which is just as well as I've got so few ready every one helps.

This is a "different" sized card for me at 21cm x15cm, I bought a pack of C5 envelopes the other day (I needed one for something else) and I thought to myself... I could make some cards that are big enough to "take" the bigger images I've printed (or more precisely some of the images I've printed out big... after all, the thing about digis is you can print them any size you like!)
The image is called Holly Pudding and you can find it here.  I love Di's meecies :-) there's a few Christmas mice images to choose from, all just as cute as this. The Allsorts Challenges blog has Animal Magic for their theme so I'm entering there.
I coloured with Copics, adding highlights and shadows with Prismacolor pencils.  I added Glossy Accents to the cherries, and a layer of Viva Pearl pen (painted on with a brush) to the plate - impossible to capture in photos!! 
The papers are from Kaisercraft, the green is from the December 25th pad and the horizontal strip is from a 12x12 sheet (I think it's the St Nichloas collection)  Crafty Little Fairies has Holly and/or Ivy for their challenge, I have Holly on the paper and the image, so I'm entering! 
The cardstock for the red and gold mats is from my stash. Hiding in my Craft Room has Holiday Colours... I'm in! The ribbon and the gold flatback "pearls" are also from my stash... and I finally got to use the white pom pom trim I bought from the Ribbon Girls a couple of years ago!  Top Tip Tuesday has Buttons or Bows, I have a bow so I'm entering there.

The sentiment, cut from gold foiled card,  is a Memory Box die - another reason to make "big" cards... it's a pretty big die!  I've bought some Sizzix dies this week that has a smaller version - so I'll keep the MB die for the big guns, lol.
I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch, great little sketch - very flexible.  I used the same sketch for the inside of the card... nothing new there!
Without Words has a "Christmas, Modern Look" challenge; this card has traditional colours but a "cute" image and "modern" layout so I think it's "modern" enough... I hope it's not over embellished for the Without Words challenge, though there really isn't a lot of "embellishment" on it, so I think I should be right!
 Divas by DesignSimon Says ChallengeCorrosive Challenge, Paper Creator CraftsWhimsy Inspirations ChallengeGem of a ChallengeJingle BellesThrough the Craftroom DoorLittle Miss MuffetThat Craft Place, Pile It OnArt by Miran and Papertake Weekly all have Christmas related or Anything Goes challenges running, so I'm entering them too.
Well that's it for today's card, check out the rest of the team's inspiration, well worth the look, as always :-)  With such a "time relevant" theme, hope to see you participate in the challenge too... there's a great prize on offer from The Cutting CafĂ© and if you use one of Di's images you go into an extra draw with a prize of 2 more of those fab digis - giving you the chance at TWO great prizes, woohoo!!
i still hope to sometime soon get something out of my drafts!!  Until then, or the next time I post SOMETHING, Happy Crafting, Donna

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Card Mania Challenge: Your Favourite Colour Combo

There's a new challenge starting today over at the Card Mania Challenge, the theme is "Your Favourite Colour Combo".  Now, I will be totally honest and tell you I got a little mixed up with challenge themes, and wouldn't consider the red and green I've used on my card as my all time Favourite Colour Combo, BUT.... I LOVE Christmas, I've made a Christmas card and my Favourite Colour Combo for Christmas cards is.... this traditional blend, so I sorta, kinda, got it :-)
The image is from Crafts and Me, she is called Poinsettia and I think she's gorgeous - very classy indeed!!  I coloured her with Copics, adding some detail shading and highlights with Prismacolor pencils.  I then added a lot of gold Stickles to the wings, her ribbon and the centre of the poinsettia.
The papers are from Kaisercraft, the card base is actually white, I covered it with more of the paper from the Kaisercraft pad as the subtle pattern on it looked better than plain cardstock.  The flourish is Memory Box Snowflake Corner cut from glittered cardstock, the pearls on the front are mounted on some gold glittery flat backs that I sanded down a bit with an emery board!  On the inside I just cut some very small circles (using the smallest of my Quickutz Circle dies) and stuck the pearls on them... much easier, lol.  The metal flatbacks on the corners of each panel are from my stash.... I bought a thousand of them on the internet and can actually see my supply dropping; I must use them a lot!
I finished the inside of the card to match the outside, it's how I roll, lol. The sentiment is from Tickled Pink Stamps.
Pop on over to Card Mania and check out the rest of the team's work, very inspiring indeed.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, there's a great prize on offer from Digital Delights - I'm actually colouring one of their cute images for a Christmas card I'm working on, with any luck I'll have it posted on here soon - I have just about given up on the idea of getting anything out of my drafts, lol.
As with most people at this time of the year I am very busy... adding in trips to Orthopedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists for my hip is not making my Christmas Shopping any easier, I can tell ya!  I see the Physio again on Friday, and the OS in two weeks; hopefully that will be the end of the intense recovery phase... I'm not even going to discuss my other hip (which apparently needs doing, but isn't bothering me and doesnt' seem to have the Necrosis that all the fuss was about with this one) until next year at least!!
I am entering my card in the following challenges

Metal Somewhere (flatbacks )
Fave Xmas Style (Traditional Colours) and Why (They just say "Christmas" to me!)
Inspired by a Song (Joy to the World)
Lots of Layers
Use Patterned Paper
Digi Sketch Challenge
Theme; Die cuts/punch
Dies and Punches
Anything with Die Cuts
Anything Goes (Christmas Twist)
All About Christmas
It's All About Christmas
Simply Christmas
Happy Everything (pick a holiday)  Christmas!!
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

I will be back in a few days, I absolutely WILLLLLL, Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, November 24, 2014

For the Kids

I am so late with this post, I swear my time management skills are getting worse... or maybe I just have more and more to do?!  Either way, this should have been posted yesterday when the new challenge started over at Di's Digis with the theme "For the Kids", where we'd like to see a card with an image of a child or children, or a card or project for a child or children.
I have been spending a lot of time making a cake for MY child... it is Chris's 30th birthday tomorrow... and he's my BABY!... he had a party yesterday with a circus/carnival theme so I've been caking it up for days!!
Here's my card for the challenge
I've used one of Di's newer images, she's been drawing up some real cuties recently... you can get this one, "A Little Something" from here.  I coloured with Copics, adding some detail with Prismacolor pencils and some Ice Blue Stickles to the ribbon.
I followed the sketch from Digi Sketch challenge, though my image does take up a bit more of the space than on the sketch!  The papers are Kaisercraft and from my stash.  I added sparkly blue star brads, some blue gel pen "faux" stitching and a metal self adhesive "wish" sentiment I've had in my stash forever!  That's it!
I used the same sketch for the inside of the card, of course, it's what i do, lol
I'd like to enter the following challenges: 
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Theme & Stash: Anything Goes
Happy Birthday
Furry Friends
You're a Gem (Add Bling)
Digi Sketch Challenge
Sketch or Food
Use Patterned Paper
Anything Goes Birthday

I hope you get a chance to check out the rest of the Design Team Inspiration, and have a go at the challenge.  There's an awesome prize as always, and an extra draw if you use one of Di's cuties
I have to make Chris's birthday card tomorrow, nothing like last minute!  I'll post a picture of his cake when I put up his card
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, November 17, 2014

When is a Challenge Not a Challenge?

For me using digi images is no challenge at all, so calling this week's theme over at the Card Mania blog a "challenge" felt a bit like cheating!  I thought I'd add to my Christmas card pile, this is what I came up with
I embossed some white card with my new Snowflakes Embossalicious embossing folder; it's 6x6 so no pesky lining up to do.  The Paper Shelter wants snowflakes so I'm entering there.  The digi I've used is called Santa Mouse; this little cutie is one of the StampArt Design by Kathryne designs available here at Whimsy Stamps  Cutie Pie Challenge has Festive Furry Friends as their challenge, so I'm entering there, Papertake Weekly have 2 or 4 legs, so in there too and Sparkles Monthly Challenge theme is "the Big Guy (Santa)" so I'm entering there, hopefully my mouse sized Big Guy is big enough!  Crafty Creations has a recipe: 3 Layers, 2 Papers and 1 sweet Image... I'm in
I coloured with Copics, adding some of the deeper shadows with Prismacolor pencils.  I also added pastel white shimmering EP... but of course the glitter doesn't show in the pic, grrr.
I fussy cut Santa Mouse out very carefully (okay, I bailed when I got down to the curly bit of the tail, but I got most of it!) then mounted the image on an Action Wobbler... I've just about run out of these, but I've found a few tutorials on YouTube (here's one) on how to make your own... I'll let you know how I go :-)  
Here's a few pics attempting to show how he moves around - but I've got to say it's a challenge getting the thing to wobble and then getting back far enough quickly enough to get a focused photograph with it still moving!!
I thought I'd go the whole digi hog and used digital paper too... these are all from Nitwits Merry Christmouse 2 collection. Top Tip Tuesday wants us to use 3+ papers, I'm in! I tried to trim the red panel so that the "merry Christmouse" printed on the paper could be seen, the lazy way of adding a sentiment (well the quick way, for some reason time is still hurtling by)  The glittery gold matting card is from my stash, the stuff on the front in particular is a nice "soft" gold, I'm really going to have to try and get some more of it.
I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday , I even rounded the corners where appropriate... using my newly obtained 1" EK Success Corner Rounder.  I bought a couple of new corner rounders when I bought a slot punch recently... the reason I bought the slot punch is I was going to make some more tabs to hang my ribbons on; I have loads from Ribbon Ring and they're fabulous... but no longer ship to Australia, so I'm trying to come up with alternatives, at this point I've just got some nice corner rounders out of it, lol
I followed the sketch for the inside of the card too, mixing it up a bit so you can see more of the "Merry Christmouse" paper, I turned the jotting panel so that the rounded corners didn't match the mat, I liked it better that way.
Divas by Design had this gorgeous picture inspiration, I've taken it simply as a picture of Christmas so I'm entering there.   Delightful Challenges,  Without WordsCrafty CalendarBearly Mine Challenges and Stamping Sensations all have Christmas Challenges running so I'm entering them, and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge has a Colour Choice Challenge, I've chosen Red, White and Green.
Christmas Stampin' All Year LongThrough the Craftroom DoorPaper Creator CraftsLittle Miss Muffet and That Craft Place all have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them too.
Well that's it for today's card, pop over to the Card Mania Blog and check out the rest of the team's fab work.  Why not enter the challenge, after all, all you have to do is use a digi - no challenge at all really is it?  Great prize on offer too.
I thought I'd add a couple of pics of my "bionic hip" The machine to burn them to disc was not working on the day I had them taken, so these pics were taken with the Xtrays propped up against my lightbox in the craftroom... at least they're backlit!
The surgeon was very happy with me on Friday, I'm allowed to drive now, but alas all the other restrictions are still in place for another six weeks.  I am cheating a bit, I slept (with a pillow between my knees, so not ALL bad) for an hour this morning and yesterday... and I'm going to do it again tomorrow; I just don't get good sleep on my back!  I'm up to all my usual duties in the house, walking without aids and running the business etc, but BOY do I get tired! 
It's my son Chris's 30th birthday next Monday, I'm making him a cake... he's having a party in the park with a carnival theme this weekend (like a kid's party, the BIG 3 little 0 sort of thing)  I've got as far as baking four of the cakes, 3 more tomorrow should be enough... then I've got to start moulding some characters - there could be a very floppy ringmaster on show on the weekend, and I'll know EXACTLY how he feels, rofl
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Falling for Autumn at Di's Digi Challenge

Autumn is my absolutely favourite time of the year, so it's somewhat ironic that I live in Western Australia where we have a short and not very spectacular autumn, and are in fact in Spring right now!  However at Di's Digis Challenge Blog there's a new challenge starting today with autumn as the theme, so I'm getting my fill of autumn (or fall) lushness.  
As I said I don't have a great deal of autumnal splendour to base my ideas on, but I did plant a couple of Japanese Maple trees a few years ago (when I lost the battle with hubby over the HUGE Liquidamber that used to reside in our front lawn... I got to replace one rather muddy deciduous tree with two (very much smaller) spectacularly rich coloured ones, they are predominantly red, hence my card is. 
I've used one of Di's newer image, this is Fairies Storytime and you can get it here... cute isn't it?  I've coloured with Copics and there's lashings of Crystal Stickles on the wings (which of course you can't see), the white dots on the toadstools are Viva Decor Pear Pen.  I made a mistake and started trying to add coloured pupils to the fairies' eyes, so they look too dark; next time I'll just leave them as they are drawn.  I used my Lifestyle Crafts nesting circle dies to cut out all the panels and mats.
 I added a jewel ladybird to the bottom right hand corner adding Viva Pearl Pen eyes then swirls cut with a Memory Box Trailing Vines die that I was lucky enough to win in the fabulous Crafting Vicky's Candy recently (thanks Vicky)... I smothered it in Stickles too and it looks pretty good IRL, and of course doesn't show in the photos at all!  The little metal "Thanks" tag is from my stash - if need be I can change it out for another sentiment - they're handy like that.
The papers are Basic Grey's Indian Summer (not sure they do it any more), the deep red matting is from my stash.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches,
I followed the same sketch for the inside of the card, used more of the paper from the Indian Summer pad, and used some of the pattern used for the diagonal strip to cut the swirl - it shows up better than the paper I used on the front but as I only remembered to make this card late yesterday afternoon I ran out of time to change the one on the front, I will when I get time.
 Well that's about it for my very simple card, I hope you get time to join in the challenge, there's a great prize on offer from Marker Pop, and as always if you use one  of Di's lovely images you go into an extra draw with its very own prize.
I would like to enter the following challenges with this card: 
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Fall colours
Fall or Autumn Colours
Thankful Thoughts
Warm Colours
Bonfire Colours
Use Patterned Paper
Patterned Paper

On a Personal Note: I feel I have "turned a corner" with my recovery; Surgery was 5 weeks ago yesterday.  I had a consult with a Physio on Thursday and she told me (well confirmed really, I knew it already just didn't want to accept it) that I was doing too much and not medicating enough; she gave me better stretches and she also gave me acupuncture in the painful IT Band, Quadriceps, and my pectineus muscle (I think that's right, basically the one that joins your leg to your pelvis! it's been sore since day one which is very common in Hip Replacement Surgery).  I wasn't going to get acupuncture done as I considered it so much snake oil, but I was in so much discomfort in just about everywhere but my hip! and have been progressing so well in every other way I was pretty desperate... she used only nine needles on the Quads, and when the third one went in I felt a slight "popping" sensation (not painful, but like being flicked with an elastic band) and the relief was immediate!  Another four went in the Pectineus and I finally lost the dragging feeling, yay!!   I've slowed down a bit, medicated regularly (still only need Paracetemol, so not "heavy" medication) and I feel heaps better - back to the land of the living, doing all my chores :-( I'm walking around the house without any assistance, but do use a cane if I'm going for a long walk or to the shops as it gives me a bit of security.  One more week and I get to see an Xray of my bionic hip, and hopefully get cleared to drive.  What would be really nice is if my Surgeon thought I had healed so well he could lift the rest of my restrictions and I could sleep on something other than my back - not having to do that for the extra six weeks would be like winning the lottery I reckon :-))  I know he hasn't given me the extra restrictions to "punish" me, but 12 weeks IS a long time... still if needs be, sigh
Anyway until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

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