A Cracker of a Card

Handmade Xmas Cards



There are many challenges out there, unsurprisingly focussed on Christmas!

Amongst them, CASology wants "Merry".

MyTimeToCraft has last minute makes.

ColorThrowdown has Christmas Creations.




I'm skipping over to Di's Playground since the above mentioned card was made from snippets of below featured Xmas cracker.

I am a magpie, hoarding all manner of shiny remnants, should they come in handy ... Fellow crafters will concur I am sure!!



One more sleep ....


Hello Baby

Stampin' Up's Project Life cards are great for rustling up a quick colour coordinated card.

No stamping whatsoever on this card!
Which is fortuitous as I haven't tidied up my crafting desk for ages ...
You can't see my crafting mat and I haven't got an acrylic block spare to stamp with. I do have a toppling pile of blocks with Xmas stamps on them which need cleaning however ...

Thanks for popping by!

Xmas Treat Bags

Stampin Up Mini Treat Bag Die

Allsorts want clean & simple.
Sparkles wants diecuts for Xmas

Just to need to fill my Treat Bags with chocolate, joke and lottery ticket
and they are ready for the Christmas Dinner table!

Sleigh Bells Ring ...


It's the last RudolphDay day of 2015!!

SUonly want to see our fave Christmas card colours; it has to be Stampin Up's Real Red

and UnikoStudio have a 'Christmas' theme as do CASonSunday



Had better get cracking with my Christmas card production line ...





New Home

Stampin Up New Home Card


Using the colour combo from In{k}spireMe




Card and matching gift for a friend moving home today.

Really not the best day for it - the rain has been torrential all afternoon! Oh dear



Snow Way!

Stampin Up Snow Place


It's snowed!

OK so it was only a wee flurry and its all melted now, but still, snow is snow!

So i thought this little project was rather apt.


Allsorts want to see at least 3 different die cuts.

PapertakeWeekly have 'Let it Snow'.

DaringCardmakers want 'anything but a card' and

TGIFchallenges have a 'White Christmas' theme.





Happy weekend folks




Christmas Star

Stampin Up Christmas Star Decoration




Allsorts want anything but a card.

FridayMashUp have a wintry theme and

Sparkles wants Christmas decorations.



Be prepared for an onslaught of Christmas projects here on in ... !

Starting to feel festive after my Extra Special Xmas Crafting Bash at the weekend!


25 December

Stampin Up Tags Till Christmas

It's celebration time over at CasColours&Sketches - it's their 150th sketch!

And yes folks, 25 December really is not all that far away!

It's been a little quiet here in my blog front.

I've been planning, designing and prepping for my annual Xmas Crafting Bash this weekend.

A whole afternoon with loads of fun ...

Big goodie bags ... Ribbons, designer papers, sequins and lots of glitter

Tables overflowing with stamp sets, ink pads, embossing folders, dies ... Endless possibilities for crafty fun!

Mulled wine ... home baked brownies and cookies.

Wish you could come along?!

Hope you have a fun-packed weekend planned too



Pink Elephant

Stampin Up Zoo Babies



Using the FabFridaySketch.

AddictedToStamps wants CAS.




I love the animals in the Zoo Babies set

- can be cute or funky depending on which direction you take your card.


And it's Friday again.

Time's flying.

Must be having fun!

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend planned




Glitter-tastic Snowflakes

Stampin Up Festive Flurry


Using the sketch from In{k}spireMe.

TimeOut want Christmas with pink/purple.

ChristmasCardChallenges have 'anything goes' and

It's RudolphDay over at Scrappymo's.



Opened up a new super sparkly tub of glitter for this card.

Gorgeous it is.

Just the thing to for festive cards.

My desk is now also looking very festive.

Glitter, stars and mini hexagons, holographic & silver ... Everywhere ...



Birthday Candles

Uniko Studio


I'm on a roll now

Second card for UnikoStudio's geometric challenge.

Circles this time - I do like to ring the changes ;)

And another for LessIsMore's masculine challenge

Happy Friday everyone ...


Geometric Masculine Birthday

Stampin Up Amazing Birthday, masculine cards, CAS cards



LessIsMore wants masculine cards.

UnikoStudio wants geometric designs with the added twist of circles/squares/triangles.



Half term is just around the corner ...

and sons are coming down with streaming colds and bad throats.

Timing heh?!




Watercolour Thoughts

Stampin Up, Happy Watercolor

Using the SketchSaturday sketch.


The sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set; I do like the sweeping font paired with the simple font.

I dug out my pastel crayons (sadly now retired) for some meditative colouring in with my aqua brush.


Hope your day is going well.



Sparkling Merry Christmas

Stampin Up Snow Place, Christmas cards


WinterWonderland want to see Christmas with ribbon.

AddictedToCas want sparkle.





Christmas definitely equals sparkle for me!

I've dusted off all my Christmas stash & oohed and aahed at all the things I'd forgotten I'd had.

Like this DSP from last year, now liberally dotted with Dazzling Details glitter and adorned with Silver Glimmer paper.

Roll on half term. One day and counting ...



Washi Butterfly

Stampin Up Butterfly Thinlits



The ButterflyChallenge wants embossing.

Allsorts don't want to see any designer papers.

CreativeInspirations want CAS and

CASonSunday want washi tape.

If you look (very carefully!) you should be able to make out the very subtly embossed background. I love this effect - just enough to give a little interest.

Off to walk the dog - with warm anorak firmly zipped up!

I don't like the cold. At all!




Sending Wishes your Way

Stampin Up Framelits



LessIsMore want jewel colours and

AAAcards want the focus to be on the words.




And in the wink of an eye it seems, that's the end of another working week!





Let It Snow

Stampin Up Snow Place, One Layer Cards



OneLayerSimplicity have a "weather" cue;

OneLayerChristmas want silver and

AddictedToStamps want CAS.





Hope your weekend was good!