Wednesday 29 September 2010

The Messy Scale and WOYWW

Good morning to you all 
Happy WOYWW day to you 

Now if you are not sure what I am on about and would like to know more then pop over to see the creator of the WOYWW, who is the wonderful Julia at The Stamping Ground

Now first of all I would like to say thank you to Sue for linking me last week, you are an angel hun  and  apologies about last week and not getting back to some of you, but thank you all for your wishes and just to let you know all is well.

So onto this week, well my desk is pretty tidy, just a few bits of prep for a couple of DT bits in the head but not yet moving on them, and that would be down the extra mess in the downstairs bathroom

Here is the cleanish 0.5/10 on the messy scale work area
followed by the 10/10 in the bathroom.  Hope you can see it but if you can't imagine this.  My son offered to sand down the wood paneling in the bathroom, ready for a spritz of decorating.  Yes the sawdust is every where, so pleased we have an upstairs loo.  Dust gets in every little hole.  It will look fab when done I am sure!
The Messy Scale
So onto last weeks messy scale, where do you think you were in comparison to all of the others who rate themselves on the messy scale.  I was unable to rate myself last week but these are the lovely people who did.  Remember 0/10 is squeaky clean and 10/10 pure creative genius mess

So at number 1/10 is Elizabeth and Bleubeard
followed fractionally by 1.5/10 Sue
Heather crept in at 2/10
whilst Brenda was a comfortable 3/10
at 4/10 Jozarty 
and middle for diddle was Anne with 5/10
6/10 was Carola
and just ahead with 7/10 was Carolynne
just a smidgen in it at 7.5/10 was Sunshine Girl
and our Wipso was at 8/10
Andrea nudged it with a 8.5/10 and 
there was a bit of a tussle between 9/10 Helen
and our own Julia at 10/10

Well that is me for today, and thank you to all those lovely visitors who take the time to leave a comment so I can hop over to see you too.
Just a reminder that very shortly  I will be the very first Spotlight Guest Designer for 

The Dragon's Den.  So do hope you will pop over and see what I have been busy creating for them, I have really enjoyed working with their creations.


the creations will also be on their page at  Crafter's Digital Art Center (CDAC).  Now if you are not a member it is a free sign up, so you will need to sign up first.  This is a great place to get ideas and for those who use digital images places to enter challenges.  It's basically a great source of information.

coming soon will be the store forum so keep watching and I will link these details shortly

I am so so so excited, only a few more days to go

so think that is me for today other than to say have a great day and enjoy your blog hopping to see all
those messy work desks

happy snooping
Kate xx

Saturday 25 September 2010

Hobby House Candy Winner

Morning to you all

it is a sunny one here in the UK at the moment, not sure how long it will last mind.  But the hubby has gone fishing so hope he has a good day.

This morning I needed to rev up the random generator to let him select my Candy Winner
He chose number 2

Congratulations to Marianne, if you would like to mail me here, I will arrange for your voucher to be sent to you

Thank you to all of those who entered and helped me to celebrate

Now before I go play in my Beach Hut today, I would like to thank the lovely ladies on the Design Team at the Saturday Challenge - Secret Crafter for selecting me as a winner for challenge 101
and thank you to LadyJanet56 and Miria for mailing me to let me know I had won too, what lovely mails to wake up too.

thank you to all my lovely visitors who leave me such inspirational comments, I love ready each and every one.

Have a lovely weekend to you all

Kate xx

Friday 24 September 2010

I am Celebrating my 100th Follower with some Candy :)

OMG!!!!! this morning I welcomed my 99th follower and this evening my 100th follower :)

so hello to Kelsa and Ggray who are number 99 and 100 and thank you for making this possible

What a great way to celebrate with some blog candy - whoop whoop

so full of excitement I am pleased to tell you

I have arranged for one lucky person to receive a £10 gift voucher to spend at the Hobby House, as a little thank you and to let you know how much I appreciate you all taking the time to visit me.

To enter the candy all you need to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a link on your side bar and finally link your blog to Mr Linky below.

This draw is open until the 24th of September. The winner will be announced on the 25th of September. 

This post will remain at the top until the candy is drawn, hopefully (thanks Marianne for telling me how to do this)

Please scroll down for more recent posts

thank you all so much

Deck the halls with boughs of holly - Winter Wonderland DT Christmas Card

Hello to all of you out there in blog land
yep today rings in another Friday and this means the new challenge at Winter Wonderland

but before we move onto the new, lets just say how fabulous all the entries were last week for my monochromatic challenge, I really enjoyed visiting and commenting on all of the entries.

In case  you missed my exciting news pop here to see what you missed
and today is the last day of my candy here

So on to this weeks challenge

our sponsor this week is our regular monthly sponsor
who are offering the random winner a gift voucher of $15.00

So our host this week is Janet (aka Clarky J) and she has chosen the theme of 

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

yep the more holly the better, think I went off on an overload but I enjoyed myself.

So this is my creation for this weeks DT card
The base layer is red mirror card topped with on the front the Papermania "Silent Night" paper and on the inner (I have to apologize but I am sure you all know it - this was a remnant in my odds draw).  The image is stamped onto a circle nestie and embossed.  The image was coloured first with copics and then I added the little holly stamp all the way round to frame the image.  I added claret stickles for the berries on these and used pearls on the inside.  The sentiment is a vellum one that I got from Tilly's I believe. (see where I shop on the page link above)

So onto the close ups
The sentiment
The inner return, just look at all those juicy holly berries
and the image coloured with those gorgeous copics
I really enjoyed creating this little number.

So what have I combined this weeks card with as you know us ladies of the WW Challenge love to combo, so here is what I have entered this card into this week

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Die Cut Dreams - Use vellum

Edited: thank you Julie
I am also entering this into the Scrapbook Sisters Challenge - Over the Edge

not too many this week I am afraid :) but I had an idea in my head and had to go with it.

Anyway I would like to say thank you to all of those that visit me and leave such inspirational comments, I love and appreciate them all and welcome to my new followers.

Well hope your have a great weekend and do lots and lots of crafting I know I will be and if you are going to the Ally Pally enjoy your spending :) do us proud ladies.

Hugs Kate xx

Thursday 23 September 2010

Introducing Rupert Clause by Stamping Dragon Designs and some Exciting News

Good afternoon to you all
Today I am introducing a new cute favorite to my digi collection, he is called Rupert Clause and he is like so many of his other little dragon friends, just adorable.  

I was lucky enough to win 4 of these lovely digi's recently and could not wait to play. He is available at Stamping Dragon Designs along with his friends, there are not just dragons here but a good choice of other images and papers too.  Another aspect is the ability to send in a photo to be created into a digi image.  I was cheeky and asked if there would be the possibility of a fishing dragon and within one day, there was not one but two of them.  Oh can't you see where this is going to take me.  OK no more waffling........................... other than to say that I am so excited that I have been asked to be their 
First Spotlight Guest Designer 
and you will be able to see all the lovely creations that I am making them in the following locations

If you aren't a member (there is free sign up) then you will need to sign up first.  This is a great place to get ideas and for those who use digital images places to enter challenges.  It's basically a source of information too.

So here he is
I have followed a colour theme from the Stampin with the Dragon Challenge site of Black, White and one more colour, I chose shades of green, using a base layer of black and a page from the Dovecraft Xmas Stack.  The border is a nestie frame and the punch is a MS one, using lace and some glitter ribbon to follow the theme at Simon Says Stamp challenge which is a sketch by the very talented Jay Jay
Here is a close up of the adorable Rupert with his big bag of presents
oooooooooooh I am in love :) and he is a darling to colour.......... I used my copics.

I am also entering this into the digi challenge at Mad for Markers and Totally Gorjuss Challenge who require us to use a "Wild Thing"

Finally I would like to let you all know that everything went fine yesterday and fit and well for the next year , thank you for all your kind comments.

So running quickly off upstairs to my Beach Hut to create some more gorgeous creations, loving my week off you know.

Would like to say hello to my new followers too, don't forget my candy is running for two more days and it can be found here

Happy Crafting to you all


Wednesday 22 September 2010

WOYWW and The Messy Scale

Hi all
and welcome to the mystery of the WOYWW now if you are not sure what I am on about then pop over to see Julia, the creator of this amazing phenomena at "The Stamping Ground", it is where all the best crafting snoopers gather.

Today's post will be very brief and I will not get this linked till late afternoon, although the very kind Mr Blogger will publish it for me whilst I am having my annual hospital sleep. Then the DH will be playing nurse for the afternoon, keeping me topped up with the food, I have not had for the past two days.....................Gosh I am so hungryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy............... moving on!!!! oh and nothing to worry about btw.

This is a bit of my mess not much as I am quite a tidy person but I have not rated myself this week as due to the anesthetic I may not get to visit many of you till much later, that is if I get myself linked up.
This is me stood in the corner trying to show you the length of the work bench.
These are my HOOKS and I have recently topped up the lace and ribbon.
Wow that photo was very colourful don't you think?  At the end of the work bench is a little pile of mags and some stuff I am working on, the blue bag well I really must return to that bag and create something from what is in there.

Now before I forget there are a couple of more days till my CANDY runs out so pop over here to get your name on the list, I will be drawing it shortly.

Here is the current update on the

Messy Scale

Now for those of you who have not joined in before all you need to do is leave a comment on this post saying where you feel you fit on the messy scale, it is all in the name of fun.  
0/10 is squeaky clean 
10/10 is a happy crafter with all that mess on the desk and everywhere else too.

Now last week Suzanne was off the scale at the low end as she was absolutely spotless

coming in at 0.5/10 was Elizabeth and Bleubeard, (loved the commenting on the other messy scale contenders last week just fab to read and made me giggle) thanks
1/10 was Ciara
2/10 was Phree
squeezing in the middle was 2.5/10 Sarah
followed by 3/10 Sue
4/10 was Joey
and half way with 5/10 was Pam
6/10 is where Carola sits
and I had a gap at 7/10
at 8/10 was Andrea (who reckoned she was a 10 but Elizabeth and Bluebeard said no to that and that she was an 8.5/10, so on looking across the board she came out at an 8)
at 8.5/10 was Crafty Musings
with no takers for the 9/10 spot
10/10 this week was Anne

and on the floor and right in the middle of a good old mess was Donna of Doone sometimes this is a good place to be!

although Claire sort of is also off the scale as she spreads herself around the house

but don't forget usually the messier you are the more creative you are and some may use the brush it to the side technique and others (like me) the sweet it on the floor technique but we all have our ways of continuing to make more mess.

Have a happy WOYWW day


Tuesday 21 September 2010

Lavendar and Lace Mo Manning Christmas Fairy Card

Good morning to you all and the sun is out and shining brightly in the UK where I am
I was up early and playing again this morning after a late night watching movies.

When I checked my blogger dashboard late last night I was thrilled to see one of my cards on the dashboard, and would like to say thank you to the ladies of the "Two Sisters Challenge" for choosing me as a Winner for Challenge 6.
I would also like to welcome to my little section of blog land Lisa from Dreamtime Designs

So what have I got for you on the second day of my week off from work?

I liked the idea of the Lavender and Old Lace theme at A Pocket Full of Posies, I also wanted to use my Mo Manning digi so this is what I came up with.  The lace I got a while ago and I did not realise at the time that it was stretchy so using it was an issue.  So decided to use this old lace to create a bow (not the best thing to do with stretchy lace I can tell you) but finally got there.  I also love my Papermania papers at the moment and these are from the Capsule Collection and it is the Heather I believe.  The bow is also from the same range.  The pearls from the Hobby House (which reminds me if you haven't already my candy for the Hobby House is still running here), I have used liquid pearls around the scallop circle nestie and the image plate is using a circle nestie.

So as I need to run off  back up to my Beach Hut and also nip to the craft shop, the post today will be short and sweet and here is the creation.
A close up of the bows
and a close up of the image coloured in my preferred medium of copics
OK I know that the Holly should be green but it really did not look right, honest trust me! so I went with a sort of autumn feel to the leaves instead lol - well this is the colour of all last years holly leaves under my holly tree (I do not pick them up as they stab me, I think I am doing that mulching thing with them)

I would like to say thank you to all of those lovely talented crafters out there that leave such lovely comments on my posts, they make me smile every day :)

Right I am off before I start waffling on about something else.

Have a great day

Monday 20 September 2010

Exploding Xmas Floral Delight

Good morning everyone
The first day of my week off and last night I finished off another of my first attempt creations, and wow did I enjoy creating this.

I managed to use 4 different Nellie dies  and two different snowflake punches, some more of the Papermania "Silent Night Papers" and lots and lots of flowers, beads, feathers etc.  The charms from the Hobby House, the russet holly leaves and holly berries are prima and other flowers split between local department store, Hobby House, Hobby Craft and Wild Orchid.  The feathers were from Rui Tong in Bridlington.

Warning this is photo heavy as it was really hard to show everything.

So here is the closed box
The top
Oh the diamante gems are from the Hobby House too.

The front
and one side, they alternate in colours and the lace by the way is from a local department store.  It is the type that can be threaded with ribbon.  RWS sells one style, the local department store has every colour trim going and Wild Orchid have some too.
I cut the bottom lace in half and folded over the top lace to get two edges of the gold.

Here is the open exploding box
Three close ups of different angles of the flower pyramid
The flower pyramid is created (from base up) a large frosted snowflake, with a silver cone of card cut to size and then the flowers are added from the base upwards incorporating the pearls and fluffy balls (from RWS last Xmas) The feathers are added last to fill the hole in the cone and to add more soft depth to the sides of the pyramid.
and finally the box all put back together again
Wow did the desk get messy, but I have cleaned up again ready for the next project.  

Thank you to all my lovely followers and visitors for the inspiring comments you leave and I have loved having the time to hop back to you to see your lovely work too.

I did not aim for any challenges with this creation however I am entering it into the following challenges

Aly's Sunday Challenge - the theme is sparkly and glittery
Cowgirl's Sunday Challenge - the theme is anything but a square
The Allsorts Challenge - who want us to use three punches, I hope the Nellie's class as a punch otherwise please ignore me.

Well off to play again
Enjoy your day

Sunday 19 September 2010

Magnolia Christmas Card

Good afternoon to you all out there in the land of blog.
Here in the UK it is wet and miserable so after sending my dear hubby off to his fishing match this morning, I headed up to my "Beach Hut" to create a little something.  Actually I am in the middle of about six projects and the reason for this is - I have a week off from work, whoop whoop!!!

I came home from work the other day to find a little white envelope with my address on it and the word gift on the reverse???  On opening it the lovely Sam had sent me a little gift that she had created a little while back and that I had commented on.  This is what she sent me, isn't it stunning.  The little snowflakes are 3D, such a great idea that I just might have to incorporate it some where within my creations.  So thanks Sam I love it.
So before I show you what I created this morning, I just have to say hello to my new followers 
Katie Louise
and Kirsten
It is lovely to have you sharing this little space with me :)

So this little creation came from a need to try yet again another style of card, I do not do templates very well, so look at something and then sort of create, a doing sort of learning, if you know what I mean.  This is my very first shutter card I believe they call it.  
The base card is mirror card gold and the papers are from a new so far unused stack of Papermania Papers called "Silent Night" and oh my gosh, I cannot believe I have not used them before they are so delish and I think a new firm favorite for me.  I created lots of little squares creating a grid of opposites of two of the papers.  I added a lush ribbon that I purchased yesterday from a local department store, I love their remnants draws for ribbon and lace at 40p for quite a large amount is an absolute bargain.  The nestie is one of the new ones that I bought from the Hobby House that so far yet again I had not used.  I adore this little Tilda and she looks just perfect looking out this intriguing shape.  I have coloured her with my favorite copics and added stickles around the image plate, to her little halo and a tad on her wings.  A white gel pen has been used for extra highlights.  The snowflakes are punched and the pearls are from the Hobby House.  If you want to see where I shop their is a page link right at the top of the posts.

Here is a close up of the image
and here is a close up of the lovely lush bow
I have been practicing my bows, hope you can tell.

Just as I was photographing this creation Mike phoned to ask me to clear the driveway.  Hannah his fiance, has just had her very first motor bump.................... it was unfortunately her fault, the roads are very slippy at the moment and she hit a car that stopped via an emergency stop.  They thank heavens they are both OK and the car will be visiting the Insurance Approved Garage for repair.  These things happen, don't they.

So after helping her sort out the insurance claim and settling her down, I was able to return to you all to write this post.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges

The Corrosive Challenge - the theme here is "Clean up the Dust" which means anything you have either new or old that has gathered dust as you have not used it.  I love this challenge as it is one that asks us to try those things that are out of our comfort zones.
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - the theme is a "Grid Challenge" I hope that the way I have staggered the two papers classes this as a grid, if not please ignore me.
Mad for Markers - Design Team Call pop over and take a look if you are a total marker addict, like me
Magnolia Down Under Challenge - the theme is "Fancy Folds"
Saturday Challenge - the theme "Anything Goes"
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - the theme "Christmas Colours"
Colour Create Challenge - the theme "Red, Gold and White or Cream"

and I think that is about it for me today, there are just so many fabulous challenges out in the land of blog these days, it makes crafting so much more fun :)

If you love candy then I am still celebrating hitting 100 followers (well over now but it was at the time) see here 
and as always I would love to thank all of you who take the time to visit me and leave such wonderfully inspiring comments, they always make my day, and I am then able to return the visit.

Well off to finish another already started project 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Friday 17 September 2010

Winter Wonderland DT - A Monochromatic Christmas Card

Happy Friday morning to you all and as you all know this welcomes the next Winter Wonderland Challenge which this week I am hosting.
Last week there were some amazing entries to Danielle's challenge and we really enjoyed seeing the different interpretations of a Single Layer card

Now this week the teamies and I all chose a colour and created our pieces for the challenge of

A Monochromatic Card

This is a card using one colour and either cream or white.  I chose the green tones, but check out the Challenge site and see the wonderful array of colours the team used.

We are sponsored this week by our ex teamie Terri
who is offering the random winner the choice of three of her amazing digis

So here is my DT card for this week
This is my first attempt at a Step card, an interesting configuration but a change which I enjoyed.  I have used a cream base card.  I have also used a paper I get regularly from the Hobby House is  by Craft Creations Ltd it uses the sentiments to perfection and I normally pair this with its matching paper but not on this occasion and the other is by Dovecraft called Jolly Happy Christmas I have used the greens from this stack but there are some lovely reds too.  The ribbon is also from the Hobby House as are the diamante's and the pearls.  I have used butter cream stazone on the acetate circle and framed this with a scallop nestie centred with a circle nestie.  I added the diamante's in green on each scallop and added pearls to the tips of the pearls on the acetate.  The floral arrangement created differently today taking me back numerous years to when I did my flower arranging course.  The base stem is a triple holly leaf spray from Papermania I have then added and twisted together all the other flowers from several places but now in my general flower stash.  I added a little bow at the bottom but wanted to show that it was a spray creation.

Here is a close up of the spray which I added some extra stickles too
Just look at those delish holly berries in green, just perfect for this colour scheme.  Here is a close up of the Whiff of Joy image an oldie but goodie, you can also see the swirls on the acetate too.
I used copics to colour the image
and added some more of the liquid applique for her fluffy bits.

Well now all I need to do is show you what I managed to combo this creation too, so here goes

A Pocketful of Posies - Floral Fantasy
The Shabby Tea Room - Photo inspiration - I used the cream and green from the photo
Totally Gorjuss - Flower
PaperPlay - A Shaped Card
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Just Inspirational - A Christmas Card
Moving Along with the Times - Christmas

I would like to say hi to June from Dezinaworld who joined me recently and who took me over the 100 followers, check out her site, I do on a regular basis she has some lovely stuff.
and hi to Leigh and Troy also

Now don't forget I am still celebrating with Candy see here

Thank you to all my recent visitors who leave me such wonderfully inspiring comments, I love each and everyone of them they always make me smile.

I will be asking Mr Blogger to publish this post for me and I will link up via mobile at some point, isn't he great.

So all that is left for me to say is have a great crafty weekend

Hugs and Happy Crafting
Kate xx

Wednesday 15 September 2010

WOYWW and The Messy Scale

Hi all

this will be a very quick post this week as extremely busy at work and I apologise now if I do not get back to you all this week but felt I should at least post to answer Julia's comment and to list the Messy Scale

Julia is the founder of the WOYWW and if you don't know what I am going on about then pop over to the Stamping Ground to find out.

Just for you Julia, when everyone was concerned about my two green mats last week, you were not and for those of you who were, I have a glass one and a blue one too (they only come out to play for heat embossing and painting - sad I know)

Julie wanted to know what the little stamp was that was turned upside down at the back of my desk, would this be the stamp hun?
My husband bought me this so that I could personalize all my cards and creations  isn't he just the best I love it to bits and him as well.

Anyway onto the Messy Scale, where some confusion appears to have stepped in 

0/10 is so squeaky clean that the squeak would hurt our ears and 10/10 is that messy that you cannot actually work on your workspace.  I loved the comment last week on the sweep it back technique for clearing space and I actually go for the brush it all on the floor technique, what is your technique??

So last weeks Messy Scale looks like this

Elizabeth along with Bleubeard - well they fell off the end of the 0/10 as she was cleaning as she went, you go girl, just my style of creating.
1/10 -  Becky
1/10 -  Wipso
1.5/10 Me (well I keep trying to be messy honest)
2/10 -  Nikki
3/10 -  Sue
3/10 -  Brenda
3.5/10 -  Andrea
4/10 -  Jozart
5/10 -  Sunshine Girl
6/10 -   Marilyn 
7/10  - no takers
8/10  - no takers
9/10  - our very own Julia
10/10  - no takers

and Donna at Doone says she is well over at around 15/20 so maybe we all need to pop over to see her as you all know that a messy desk means so so so much creativity (lets go see what she is up to - to make all this mess)

Well that is me today other than to say hello to my new follower Troy, and welcome to my little section of blogland and hope I can make you smile along the way :) and thank you to all my lovely visitors who leave such lovely and interesting comments as they pass, thank you I love them all.

Mr Blogger will as always publish this for me whilst I am at work and I will try to mobile link it at some point during the day 

Have a happy WOYWW day

Kate xx

Saturday 11 September 2010

Santa's feeling a little faded

and that would be because he has had a colour change.  
 Good morning all

I was blog hopping the other day and was inspired by a Santa in a different colour, so thought I really must try this.  So with the idea in mind that I really wanted to enter the Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenge I started to create and then changed the image at the last minute and oops now I cannot enter the challenge, oh well.  I love the card anyway, how many times do we all do this I wonder. But the sketch was fab.

So a short post today as I really want to enter the Simon Roadshow Combined Celebration and that may take some time and I really need to see if Mr Blogger will let me start returning comments on those lovely visitors from last weeks WOYWW.

Here it is then
It is an easel card in white, black and pink.  The base card is black with papers from the DCWV "Rose Tinted Christmas" 6 x 6 multi stack.  There are several layers to the card and the image and sentiment are raised with foam pads for depth.  The lace is from a local department store and it is layered with a black ribbon (not sure of where this is from now) and the pink which is a papermania capsule collection co ordinate.  The Pearls I think are RWS but not 100% sure now as I have so many.  The Pink Brads are from the Hobby House.  The snowflakes on the image plate are stamped in glue and black glitter added, I have used the black glitter around the base black card too.

Now if you love shopping at the Hobby House don't forget I am still celebrating with Candy Here so do come and join me.

Here is a close up of the layers on the flower and that delish brad, paper shaper punches have been used the the flower.
and as always here is the close up of the image, showing the copic colouring a little glitter and the liquid applique puffed up for his furry bits.
Oh I can feel a whole selection of different coloured Santa's coming on and as the husband is on a Road Trip (on a bus) with his fishing buds going to a match quite a distance away and then drinking too and the son is in London with his fiance at the Twilight Convention I think, the house is going to be gloriously quiet, perfect for some quality crafting time.  The only thing that will spoil it is the ntl guy needs to visit this morning to fix the TV otherwise watching X Factor will be a bit wierd.  The TV picture keeps going black with sound and the picture and sound.  So annoying.  Oh and I am going for one of those "make me feel a new woman hair sessions at lunch time too" but other than that Beach Hut here I come.

So I am entering this card into the following challenges

Not Tickled Pink Stamps (but thanks for the sketch)
Whiff Of Joy - Layers, lots and lots and lots of them
Simon Says Challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show  - Combined Seasonal Blog hop
ABC Christmas - S for Santa
Creative Inspirations - Lace and Sparkle
Crafty Emma's Challenge - An Easel Xmas Card
Play Date Cafe - A Colour Splash

Thank you to all of you who visit and leave such inspirational comments.

So I am going to do some blog hopping, Mr Blogger willing :)

cya soon

Friday 10 September 2010

Winter Wonderland DT Card - A Single Layer Card for easy Posting

Hi all and happy Winter Wonderland Day

I am so sorry for not getting around to snooping on those lovely desks and not leaving my usual comments on everyone's posts and WW entries, but blogger keeps giving me errors, so I do not even know if I am going to get this actually written.
I hope I managed to leave messages with everyone or twice if it blipped and if not I will keep trying until they are all done.

We had some really great entries for Marianne's recipe challenge and it is lovely to visit you all.

Today is Friday (if  it is not to obvious) and that sounds the crafting bell for the weekend along with the new challenge at Winter Wonderland and our sponsor this week is
 with this amazing prize
 Our very talented Danielle is hosting the challenge this week and she has chosen the theme of

 A One Layer Card 

The main thing to keep in mind is easy postage - so no bows or embellishments that are going to bump your card up into the next postage level

Following on from my first entry into the Keep It Simple Challenge last week, I thought that this might be quite easy.  How wrong was I :(
I decided to review my Barbara Gray DVD and to look at some of her fabulous techniques.  I came across the resist technique, which just looked fabulous and all on one level, just perfect.

So I went up to my little Beach Hut and tried it out as per the DVD instructions...................maybe not.

  All in a flap I contacted my good friend Sam who very kindly put me back on track.  She also gave me the link to the technique zone and its section on Resist Stamping her words of wisdom sent me back to my Beach Hut and with renewed vigor I tried it again, success.  Not convinced it was good enough to use as a DT card to inspire people I sent it to her to show her and she said it was good to go.
So key requirements for this says Sam -  glossy card, the glossier the better and once you have inked up your brayer as you roll it over your clear watermark image, keep going until all the image is showing and the colour has been pushed off the image.

So here is my very first posted Resist Stamped Christmas Card, you could make an awful lot of cards with this technique very quickly if you wanted too.
I have used one of my really old stamps and not sure where it is from now with a papermania sentiment and a Big Juicy pad and high gloss photo paper.  The base card is gold card and I have used some stickles around the edge of the resist stamping piece and to highlight little bits on the image and the dots on the"i's".  With no embellies :( 

Now as you know us ladies of the Design Team do like to combine our cards with other challenges but I really was not sure what I could combo this with... but I managed a few.
Charisma Cardz - Try Something New - well it is new for me
Paper Play - Autumnal Colours
Tuesday Throwdown - Fall - the colours of the leaves in the inks
Saturday Challenge - clean and simple (well it is when you figure it out)

think that is it.

I would like to take the time to thank all of those lovely visitors who take the time to read my sometimes long posts and leave such lovely inspiring comments, thank you xx

Now as always I am at work tomorrow, so Mr Blogger will do that thing that he is so good at and publish this post for me (isn't he fabulous) well he will be if he is back working properly and I will try link on the mobile at some point during the day and if not after the weekly shop.

 Oh and I am still running my celebration candy here if you are interested

So enjoy this weeks challenge and your crafting weekend

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