Monday 25 November 2019

White and Gold Wonder

Morning all.  Are you ready for the new week? No, me neither.  I am ready for the new challenge at Make My Monday.  This time we would like to see your creations with 'Vellum'.  

A few years ago I bought a whole lot of beautiful white and gold printed vellum - I think it was Papermania.  I do have a few sheets left so I went hunting.  I chose one pattern to stretch diagonally across my card then cut a plain vellum poinsettia with some ancient spellbinders dies.  Unfortunately, the plain vellum just got lost so I went back to the original sheets and used a gold paisley patterned sheet which stood out much better.  I cut a few leaves from white glitter card and added a pearl and a sentiment. It was that simple.

I will admit to being super pleased with it.  Once again, the scanned image doesn't do it real justice.  In real life it is fabulous - if I do say so myself.  Modesty is obviously not a strong point with me this week.

Please pop over to the blog and join in the fun.  I have loads of vellum and usually struggle to know what to do with it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday 22 November 2019

R is for Ribbon

Morning all.  Time for a new letter at The Alphabet Challenge.  We are up to the letter R, and R is for 'Ribbon.  I have had an idea in my head for a while for this one.  I was a bit reluctant to try it though as I was afraid it wouldn't translate.  I decided to weave some beautiful cream ribbon to be the focal point of the card.  It would have been easier if I had chosen to weave a square but that's not what I could see in my head.  As it happens I'm really pleased with it.  Yes, it was frustrating to weave around a circle and the gold frame does hide the edges where it became too difficult.  I just added it to an embossed background and popped on some foliage and pine cones.

I apologise for the quality of the scanned image.  It's so much better in real life.  I added a sentiment and a bit of bling but other than that I liked it simple.  I sort of wish that the glitter card I had cut my pine cones from was less of a greeny gold but it's all I had.  I am being super picky really 'cause I am pleased with it. I did use a bit of sparkle pen on the leaves.  After all, it is for Christmas.

Please pop over and have a go.  I have a massive box full of ribbon and I could use some ideas on how to use it up.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 21 November 2019

Elf on a ...Tree!

Morning all.  We have a nice new challenge for you today over at Cardz4galz.  We are giving you the opportunity to 'Get Ready for Christmas'.  I did have a lovely idea for a card involving an elephant and a mouse decorating a tree (watch this space - I may get around to it yet).  However, just for a change, I am running a bit behind so decided to decorate a tree myself with some images I'd already coloured. The elves are a design from LOTV and I printed them in different sizes so I could have a family of them in amongst my branches.

Just in case you are ready to put up your tree just remember IT'S STILL NOVEMBER!

I will allow the making of Christmas cards provided you pop over and join in our fun challenge.  I love to see what you create.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ice, Ice Baby

Morning all. Time for a new challenge at Cardz4guyz and we are looking for your 'Icy Cold' creations.

Now, in my defence, I hadn't intended this to be my card.  I had a sweet little penguin and some frozen fish ready to colour.  However, I saw this image over at Whimsey Stamps and, with the sense of humour of a five year old, the little voice in my head said 'go on, you're probably on the naughty list already anyway'.  So I let the infantile me go for it.

And that is probably going to be the Christmas card that all my family will get this year.  Yes, they are just as childish as I am.

Please pop over and join in the fun.  There are some stunning pieces of inspiration from the much more grown up design team I promise.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday 15 November 2019

It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Actually, it's beginning to look a lot like a bomb site.  I'm starting to panic now as my Christmas Fairs are coming close and I'm no where near ready.  This month's challenge at Sparkles Monthly did at least give me an excuse for another card.  The challenge is the same as my blog title - 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'.  Come on, join in, you know that you need an excuse to do more Christmas cards.  Well, this is it.

My image is from Bugaboo Stamps  and I loved colouring it.  You can't really see it on the photo but I've covered bits in sparkle pen so it shines.  

Why don't you pop over and join in the fun.  The design team have some fabulous inspiration.

Thanks for reading.  

Love Dawn x

Monday 11 November 2019

An Unimpressed Penguin

Morning all.  Monday has come around far too quickly again.  Where are the weeks flying by to?  Time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and this time we want to see creations in Red, Green and White.  I have the oddest feeling that there will be a distinctly festive feel to most entries.

My own creation starts us off on the festive bent with a cute penguin from the Cool Yule Set from The Lovely Studio.  I love her sets of images and they are great value for money.  I have several of the Christmas sets and, when I have finished my blog post, I may go back for some more.

I've kept things very simple with a strip of patterned paper and some red foiled card.  I cut a snowflake from the foiled card and mounted my penguin on top.  Having scanned him into my computer I couldn't help but notice how totally unimpressed he looks.  Don't you think?

I can promise that the design team have some very impressive examples for you so please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 7 November 2019

A flurry in a hurry

Hi guys.  I'm seriously having one of those weeks.  I usually sort my DT cards out over the weekend for the blog posts during the week.  This week I seem to have messed it all up.  I've literally just run in from work and flung a card together for the new challenge at Cardz4galz.  The new theme is - let's here you sing it - Let It Snow!

One of the reasons I am so unorganised this week is because I was preparing for a demonstration and craft session for the local NRAS group (for sufferers of Arthritis).  I have spent ages die cutting bits for them to play with but, luckily, I had some tiny little snowflakes left.  I dragged out an ancient stamp from Hot Off the Press and embossed it in silver.  I then masked a panel and blended some salty ocean distress ink over the top.  I flung a few of the snowflakes on there and added some bling and a sentiment. Voila!

I would love to quote Mr T here and say 'I love it when a plan comes together'.  However, there really was no plan.  Leg it into craft room, find a suitable stamp, fling some bits at it and there you go.  I bet I couldn't do it again if I tried.

Why don't you pop over to the blog and show us your creations.  I may need the inspiration for next week.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Wrap it up

Morning all.  Time for a new challenge at Cardz4guyz.  The theme this week is 'wrap it up'.  This could be anyone wrapped up against the winter weather or parcels ready for the big day in December or both, as I have decided on myself.  

I picked this cute little foxy guy from Lily of the Valley and coloured him up in traditional red and green colours.  I kept the layout simple as I wanted my image to do the work.  What do you think?

I did add a few snowflakes for a bit of interest and altogether I'm pretty pleased with him.  

Wait!  That's two posts in a row where I've been pleased with a card.  I'm on a roll!

Please pop over and join in the fun.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x