Friday, 31 August 2012

Love is what Christmas dreams are made of

Great. After having trouble typing posts in the new Blogger interface a few weeks ago, I discovered that using the old interface worked. However, this morning that had the same problem (can only type in when the HTML button is highighted) too, so back to square one!

Apologies if this post is particularly poorly laid out!

For Hazel's latest Christmas challenge the theme is a 'Card for a Couple'.

I raided my stack of Hunkydory topper sheets and found this very cute reindeer image. A sentiment from the same sheet, and two pieces of backing paper from my Xmas scrap bag completed the card.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Cute Christmas

I haven't joined in at CD Sunday for a while and missed playing with my CD-Roms.  Their theme this week is Cute Christmas, so I got out Nigel May's A-Mazing Christmas CDs and chose this cute penguin twisted square topper plus coordinating backing paper.  Everything else is from stash.

I also enter this into -

Challenge Up Your Life - #76, Christmas in Summer

Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes (their final challenge)

ATCs & Cards with Attitude - #21, Anything Goes

Crafty Anns Challenge Blog - #72, Christmas in August

Winter Wonderland - Christmas Challenge - Red and Green

Just Keep on Creating - Christmas is Just Around the Corner

Friday, 24 August 2012

CHNC #86 - Include a Building

Hazel's Christmas Challenge (CHNC) this week is to include a building or part of (ie door, window etc).  I received a lovely door stamp free with a magazine this week, so it didn't take me long to work out my card design.

I made the mistake of using my new Dove Grey Staz-On inkpad for the main image.  This proved too neutral for colouring, but we all learn by our mistakes!  I used Copics and a glitter pen in colours to suit the backing papers (all scraps from stash).  The Copics are - YG00, G14, R46, B02, BG05.  A red button and red/white twine added a cute detail.

I also enter this into -

Just Keep on Creating - Christmas Around the Corner Challenge

Ali x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

WOYWW 168 & Early Morning Colouring

Happy WOYWW to everyone - especially those I do not get to visit.  My mum is staying until Friday, so not sure how much computer time I will get (up early as usual, so sneeked downstairs to my craft room for some sneeky crafting\blogging).

WOYWW or What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is a fab idea started by Julia on her fab blog, Stamping Ground.  Click on the link to discover a whole world of crafty spaces and inspiration.

On  my workdesk this still dark Wednesday (how depressing that I have to turn the lights on when I get up now) is far too much non-crafty stuff.  Due to the agricultural show last week, dentist visit (my first operation is on 10th September), and now my mum being in residence (should I raise a flag?!), I haven't really got to sit down in my craft room.  Post has been opened and piled up, magazines briefly read, competitions entered online, free gifts stroked and now it is all a bit of a mess.

My first photo shows a card I made for my hubby's elderly uncle, who is sadly not too well.  It is difficult to make a card in that situation, and even more difficult to choose a verse/sentiment for the insert.  However, this cute teddy and subtedly cheery wording seems to be suitable.

The second photo should show a brief snapshop of one of my desks this morning, if I have managed to take a photo on my new phone and then email it to myself (it doesn't seem to connect via Bluetooth).  I am making a Xmas card using the stamps and papers that came with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine, and tried stamping with my new Staz-On Dove Grey inkpad.  This was a little too neutral, so had to add some detailing with a fineliner pen after colouring with my Copics.  Colouring at such an early hour whilst my hands are stiff and sore, and my eyes were struggling to focus, proved to be a challenge.  Later today I will probably take one look and scream - but, for now, it will do!

Apologies for the photo quality.  My new phone isn't as good in the camera dept as the old one, and the light is not great.

Ali x

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

WOYWW 167 & Giveaway

Firstly, I have a ticket for the Great British Craft Festival at Donington Park this weekend.  I am not able to get there, so if anyone would like it, send me an email ( and I will pop it in the post tomorrow.

Secondly, apologies again for not having a current photo of my workspace.  I will sort out my photography issues this week and get something for next week.

Thirdly, before I forget, WOYWW stands for What is on your Workdesk Wednesday and was started by Julia in her wonderful blog, Stamping Ground.  There will be a long list of blogs to look at - add your own and enjoy!

I haven't done a huge amount of crafting this week.  Life seems to get in the way - and during the summer (even when the weather is rubbish) I always end up being outside more.  We were at our local 3-day Agricultural Show yesterday (in the hot sunshine!) - busy buying tractors, water troughs and fertiliser - and will be back there tomorrow for me to do some more fun shopping (riding boots needed) and see some ponies (as well as meet up with friends).  I have to leave early as I have a dentist appointment.  Because of my health conditions, I have to have dental treatment done under general anaesthetic and meeting up with my dentist and anaesthetist to discuss the next lot of sessions (8 fillings needed over 2 sessions!). 

On Friday we are going to view a neighbouring farm that is for sale.  We are considering buying it for the extra land, but it also comes with a nice house/old buildings - and we may move into the house ourselves (it is down a private lane and no neighbours, which would suit us more than our current farmhouse). 

Inbetween all this, I have a birthday card to make, as well as my usual monthly ATCs, Twinchies and a Postcard.

The other exciting news is that we are planning to buy a hot tub with hydrotherapy jets (good for me and Rich after his cycling), so then our current house will need changing around.  Rich's office will have the hot tub in it (close to the shower room and has a tiled floor), so he will then move into my craft room.  I will move upstairs to one of the spare bedrooms.  At least I may be able to get my proper storage sorted then!!  The room is the same size/shape, so I can have the same layout - and it also has the same big bay window.  Will be a struggle with the stairs though.

These are 3 Twinchies I received as part of the regular monthly swap on UK Stampers.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Gingerbread People

I think I may be the first entry for Hazel's latest challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #85, Festive Food & Drink.

Again, the November 2011 issue of Making Cards magazine supplied the main images (designed by Polkadoodles), and the star backing paper was from the Forever Friends, Christmas Snow paper pad.  A quick and simple card for an early Sunday morning!

I also enter this in -

Simply Create Too #19 Anything Goes

Stamping with Dragon - Christmas in August

Just Keep on Creating Christmas Challenge

Ali x

Friday, 10 August 2012

Olympic Teddy

It is my brother-in-law's 50th birthday on Sunday and I usually make him a rugby-themed card, as he used to play rugby for the army and now coaches. As a change and as his birthday falls on the last day of the Olympics, I decided to go with a more general sporting theme.

Debbi Moore's CD-Rom, Athletic Games, provided all the images/papers/border/sentiment and insert. All I had to do was assemble them onto a base card. Simple!!

I enter this into -

Crafty Cardmakers #71, Olympic Spirit

Papertake Weekly, Anything Goes

Try it On Tuesdays, Anything Goes for July

Green Xmas

The theme over at Hazel's Christmas Challenge this week is 'Favourite Colour', so I chose to mainly use green on my card, as I am having a bit of a 'thing' about that colour at the moment!

For a change, I attempted to do a card with a fold in it - only a simple shortfall fold-back (ooh - technical term!), but makes a change from the usual simple cards I do.

The backing papers and owl sentiment are designed by Nikky Hall for Polkadoodles - and came from Making Cards magazine, November 2011.  I used a Spellbinder die through my Cuttlebug to make the tag to mount the sentiment on, and the holly leaves were cut from green glitter card (part of a super-cheap kit from Tesco - a January bargain when they greatly reduce all the Xmas stock).  Candy was coloured with a red pen to make the holly berries, and some green gems/glitter from stash added highlights to the sentiment.

I love owls, so this card makes me smile and is sitting on my desk.

I also enter this into:
Just Keep On Creating Christmas Challenge
My Mums Craft Shop Challenge #69, Christmas in August

Ali x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

A test post - Roses ATCs

Ah, I have gone back to the old Blogger interface (which is due to be deleted soon, so then I will have to sort out the issues with the new one) and now seem to be able to add a new post fairly easily.

I am working on a Xmas card still, and a few more Olympic-themed birthday cards - which I will be entering into challenges soon.  However, these are the 3 wonderful ATCs I received as part of the monthly ATC Swap with UK Stampers.  The theme for July was Roses.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


(Edited with the old Blogger interface, which seems to work fine - but is due to be deleted soon, so I will be back to the problems with the new one!)
 I am having real Blogger issues - can only get text to appear in the box if I click on the HTML button, so everything crossed that this appears!

I missed WOYWW last week - due to shopping for new kitchen appliances (after 13 years the old fridge/freezer and washing machine were slowly dying), lack of internet and my health (looks like my Hyper-Mobility Syndrome is worsening, and I am getting pain in my shoulder/neck). For those who do not know why Wednesday is an important day for crafters, take a trip to Julia's Stamping Ground and she will explain how to show off your workspace.

I do not have a photo of my workspace taken this week, as my new mobile phone camera is not good enough to show off any pictures taken on it (plus I haven't worked out how to link up without a cable) and I haven't got the strength to get hubby's more complicated camera out and attempt to use it! Will hunt around in my pictures library and see what I can find.  (This is an alternative view of my desk area taken a few weeks ago.)

Crafting-wise. I have been busy with Olympic-themed birthday cards for various family birthdays this month, as well as continuing with my aim to make as many Xmas cards as possible before the autumn. The shoulder/neck pain has slowed me down though. I found a Hobbycraft store in Swansea yesterday - didn't have much money to spend, but still treated myself to 2 Xmas sentiment stamps (a bargain at £1 each), and had a lovely time browsing around. I won another Challenge - and had some money to spend in the Artistic Stamper store (chose 3 fab stamps and some twine).

Ali x

Friday, 3 August 2012

Gingham Christmas

I haven't been in my craft room for a while (busy shopping for new kitchen applicances and watching the Olympics) and it was lovely to actually create a few cards.

My first is a Christmas card for Hazel's Christmas Challenge #83, Tie a Ribbon.  My new pad of die-cut ornaments from Craftwork Cards came in useful again.  I used a red gingham tree (with a gold Candi stuck on top for the 'star'), mounted onto a scrap of embossed mirriboard.  This was in turn mounted onto a piece of gingham paper on a red base card,  The gold ribbon came from stash and the sentiment came from my Xmas scraps folder (cut from a piece of backing paper, which was printed from a Papermania collection, I think).

I also enter this into -

Ribbon Carousel Challenge #64, Christmas in July (RCC64)

Twisted Tuesday Free For All, Anything Goes (2TC17)