Saturday, 29 September 2012

Vintage Christmas

I had seen a challenge on Feline Playful with a Vintage Christmas theme, and already had the main images for such a card waiting to be used (for another challenge which I ended up not entering), so this card was born!

I covered a base card with green paper from the Papermania A Silent Night paper collection, sanded the edges and inked them with a gold inkpad.  A strip of gorgeous festive floral paper from the same paper collection was torn, inked and stuck across the card.  The main bell image was printed from a CD-Rom (sorry, can't remember which one!!) and there are a few decoupage layers.  The edges of this were wetted and then folded/creased to give a vintage look.  Once dry, again I used a gold inkpad to decorate the edges.  The 'sentiment' was printed from the same source, inked with TH 'Old Paper' Distress Ink pad, and then the gold.
I enjoyed making this card and using some techniques I have not used before, or not for a long time.
Ali x
I enter this into -
Card Crafters Circle #42, Vintage
Crafty Mess #18, Distressed/Aged
Perfect Sentiments Challenge #51 (PSC51), Vintage Christmas
PSC will be hosting a 1st Birthday Celebration and Blog Hop starting on 10th October - click on the badge on my side bar (the same as the piccy below) for further details and the chance to win Christmas Digital Stamps.

Friday, 28 September 2012

We Three Kings .....

Everything in my life seems to be last moment at the moment!  All week I have been thinking about making a Xmas card for the latest challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #91, Nativity.  I finally made a card this morning and now found the time to sit down and get this post typed.

I had a big choice of toppers in my Kanban Xmas box (collected over 3 years), and settled for this stunning '3 Kings' design - highlighted with gold and beautiful exotic floral designs.  I made a base card using Craft Artist 2 - a 'fabric' background, 'stamped' and 'metal' embellies and a lovely sentiment.  I have realised that I can make lots of cards using this method - which will be great as we get closer to December and I start to panic!

I also enter this into -

Simply Create - #4, Always Anything Goes (Digital/Papercrafting)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


I am so keen to get back into the swing of things, that I am starting to type this on late Tuesday afternoon.  Cheating perhaps, obsessive perhaps - but it means that I will hopefully get higher on the list of workspaces on Julia's Stamping Ground this week.

WOYWW stands for What is on your Workdesk Wednesday - and is the day of the week when we link a blog post showing our desk/table/room whatever, and then explore the wild world of crafting through the other blog posts.  It is fun!!

My photo this week shows the result of me getting back into my craft room after an absence of 4 days.  We had no heating in the house except for the woodburner in the living room due to running out of oil, so I have been spending all my time keeping warm in the one room (except for occasional trips outside or to the kitchen/bathroom/bedroom).

I have made 2 cards today (both of which were largely done using Serif Craft Artist 2 software) and there is also a postcard I made for a UK Stampers swap (theme was colour).

Hope that everyone is well and happy, and hopefully not flooded (we have had horrible rain all night, but thankfully our immediate area is not prone to flooding).  I plan to get round lots of blogs this week - inbetween catching up with crafting projects, and the usual stuff that fill up my life (slowed down by my annoying body).

Ali x

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Awash with Flowers

I always try to enter the weekly challenge at CD Sunday and combined CD and digital crafting to make this pretty card (which would be suitable for many different occasions or just a notecard - I am thinking of making a selection of similar designs, also bookmarks etc, and making them into gift sets).

I fired up my Serif Craft Artist 2 software (for those who have thought of buying it, then definitely go for it - it is fab!!) and inserted the first CD-Rom from the Picknix Hybrid Digital Papercraft Collection from Studio12/PolkaDoodles.  I used embellies, a backing paper and a sentiment from the Heavenly Garden collection.  The additional flowers and 'Flower' label are from a digikit.  It was fun playing around to get the layout/effects right - and I particularly love the 'stamped' flower at the top.

I also enter this into -
Digi Makeover Challenge - #55, Anything Goes
Love to Create - #34, Anything Goes
Make It Monday - #108, Always Anything Goes
Ali x

Have a Fantastically Spiffing Birthday

It is wonderful to be back in my craft room.  We have not had any heating in the house since Thursday night (except for the woodburner in the living room), so I haven't ventured into my craft room except to grab my laptop and run!  I now have several cards to make, as well as a first attempt at an altered pencil tin lid, so will be here a lot over the next few days.

This bright, breezy and SteamPunky card is for my hubby's son's 22nd birthday (I don't call him stepson, as I don't think they would like to see me as their stepmum!).

He loves Monty Python, so thought a Steam Punk design would suit him.  I created the main 'topper' layers with the My Craft Studio Tinkering with Steampunk CD-Rom via my new Serif Craft Artist 2 software (fab!!) - and then used some scraps of card and paper to complete it.

I am entering this into -

Hooked on Craft Challenges - #24, Cards for Men

Love to Create - #34, Anything Goes

Make It Monday - #108, Always Anything Goes

Poisoned Peas Please - #7, Steampunk

Ali x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


It seems like years since I was last here, but probably only a few weeks!  I promise that I have been crafting, but not as much as I would like, and certainly no time/energy to get on the blog.

I will keep it short - but my health hasn't been great, I had dental treatment under general anaesthetic (local anaesthetic no longer works for me) and we have been busy inbetween touring about looking at farms for sale.

My desk shot taken yesterday shows a couple of finished Xmas cards (almost the same), lots of freebie stamps/papers from magazines on top of the printer and the usual crafty stuff that lives on my desk, so it is always to hand.

I plan to get round as many workspaces as possible in the next few days - but who knows what life will throw at me!!

Whoops - nearly forgot to link to Julia's Stamping Ground, where other crafters from all around the world share their workspaces and their lives.  This happens every Wednesday and makes our mid-week so much more exciting.

Ali x

Monday, 17 September 2012

Festive Fun & Games

After such a good start with creating my Xmas cards, the past few weeks went wrong and I didn't get any finished (although I did start on two!).  I am determined to get back on track - and have made two today (very similar, so just entering one in the challenges).

The theme this week at Hazel's Christmas Challenge is Fun and Games (#90).  I finally used a really cute Scotty Dog stamp that came free with a magazine last year (apologies to canine experts - these should be coloured black, as they are definitely Scotties rather than Westies, but I am not able to colour in black yet!!).  This was coloured with Copics (G07, R46, E11, E31, W-1, C-1, W-5) and a Sakura Gelly-Roll pen for some shimmer.  An Artline Caligraphy Pen was used to make the stitching effect.  The backing paper is from my Xmas scrap folder, as well as the plastic snowflakes embellies.  After mounting this onto a base card, I stamped the sentiment and snowflake (both Kanban) with a black Stazon inkpad.  A quick and simple card - which is definitely my style at the moment.

I also enter this into -

Fashionista Challenge - #7, Christmas (with Blog Hop)

Creative Craft Friends - #60. New Stamps

Ali x

Is it just me???? Should I just give up and move to a desert island??

I am continuing to have real trouble with Blogger.  Have discovered that I can now only type out a new post using the old interface.  They keep threatening to take this away completely, but it hasn't happened yet, so I keep merrily on using it until suddenly an alarm goes off and my screen goes blank!  Just typed out a post for a challenge entry, and now can't attach a photo - so, no good when my crafting is obviously image-led.

Anyone else having issues?  What other alternatives are out there - I was new to blogging in February - seen Wordpress mentioned?  So annoying, until about a month ago I was very happy with Blogger - even with our slow internet.

Ali x

ps The new interface was absolutely ok for me, until a few weeks ago when I noticed that I could only enter a new post with the HTML button clicked, and a lot of the 'buttons' were missing (can only be seen when I hover over them). It was by trial and error that I realised that the old interface still worked ok. Cannot even get into Blogger help now!!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Feline Friend

It has been a long time since I last blogged, but I have been crafting (just haven't had the time or energy to enter any challenges). Monthly swap commitments have been met, cards made for family/friends, and even started to make cards for challenges - but then health (had dental treatment under general anaesthetic last Monday, and also been suffering otherwise) and hunting for a farm to buy has got in the way.

When I saw the latest theme over at CD Sunday, Feline Friends, I knew that I had to get my Jayne Netley-Mayhew CD-Rom out.  I chose a sweet blue Persian (just like Billie - who was tragically run over outside our house in 2005) and the image demanded a simple card.  The backing papers/card are from stash.  No sentiment - as then it can be personalised with an insert.

I also enter this into -

Card crafters Circle #40, Gone Gingham

Craft Punked #37, Pets

Simply Create Too #22, Anything Goes

Ali x