Tuesday, 24 December 2013

TIME TO CELEBRATE

Hello BLOG pals ... Sorry no card today :-(

I was hoping to have some crafty time to post a card wishing you all a fun and happy festive time but time has run away with me and still lots to do.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my first 8 months of blogging and can't thank you all enough for your amazing comments, magnificent talent and inspiration. I couldn't have done it without you.

So time to celebrate and enjoy with friends and family wherever you are.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Best wishes

Sarah


Monday, 16 December 2013

IT'S A LILI OF THE VALLEY FAMILY CHRISTMAS


I'm just dashing in again with a very quick multi post to enter a few more challenges. Then I'm going to certainly be hanging up my scissors and card before my cheeky niece lands here!

All my Christmas stash was safely away for next year when I realised I'd not made cards for Mr Dazzle and the mini dazzles! How could I forget them!

Anyway it's pre-coloured Lili Of the Valley Art pads all round; unbelievably I bought these as soon as they were released in the Summer and forgot all about them, so here goes:

First up for our Daughter and this one is to enter the Sketch Saturday Challenge where it's a pick your own sketch from the fabulous catalogue of sketches. I've used 237. My card is heading over to Pixies Snippet Playground too as I think I'll be missing out next week.

The papers are from Pink Petticoat and I've used sparkly glitter paper, gems and twine from my stash plus a good old dousing of glamour dust ... I mean it is Christmas so added sparkle is essential!







Next up for our Son, this time to enter the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and I've added Fluffy Stuff covered with glamour dust. I was hoping my 'banner' type elements would look like skis covered in snow but not sure it's worked. Hopefully he'll like it with our little dog running along beside him.


                           




AND last but not least for Mr Dazzle ... this reminds me of our Christmas decorating session at the weekend so the image seemed quite appropriate. Seize the Sketch Challenge is where this one is heading and I've used die-cut sparkly hearts for my 'bunting' rather than flags.





So enjoy the rest of your evening. Hopefully I'll get a minute to check out your blogs in the next few days but if not please accept my apologies in advance - nieces are such hard work!!!

Sarah

Sunday, 15 December 2013

DASHING THROUGH THE ... RAIN!

Happy Sunday evening all and sorry I've been missing again ... I'm afraid it's just that time of year and it gets mega hectic.  I've 3 more days in work this week then by beautiful little 2 year old niece is coming to stay for 5 days with her Mum and Dad. They are Actors so I'm being Auntie Sazzle for a few days while it's Pantotime!

I imagine this will be one of my last posts before Christmas as I'm pretty confident my little niece won't want to sit quietly while I create!!!!

Anyway onto my card for today which is a combined challenge entry for Color Throwdown and CAS(E) This Sketch.



AND what a change - no Christmas colours or sentiment! That's all been put away for next year and I need a birthday card for straight after Christmas so here it is. YIKES just remembered another one I need - my daughter is 16 on New Years Day so will have to get my thinking cap out for that one!!!

I've used my Memory Box Piestra Tile die with Beautiful Blooms stamps from Uniko Studio. I'm trying out some new chalk inks from Versamagic and loving them. The card blank is smoky grey but not really showing up in the picture too well. I've added a couple of gems and nail heads plus bakers twine from my stash.

Right that's all for me today - Off to watch Homeland.

Catch you soon.

Sarah

  

Sunday, 8 December 2013

MORE SNOWFLAKES!

Back again and this time it's to enter a card into the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

Again I've used the Uniko Studio Snowflake Stamp set; certainly getting my money's worth out of this one today! The 'Joyeux Noel' sentiment is also Uniko Studio but this time from the Peace on Earth Set.

I've used my new spots and dots embossing folder for the bottom half of my panel, twine, gems and strips of card from my stash. There's all sorts of odds and ends used in making this card so I'm heading over to Pixies Playground Snippet Challenge too.




Right that's all for me today; can't promise when I'll be able to post a card this week but will keep trying to fit in visiting your blogs.

Take care and enjoy your evening.



Sarah


OVERBOARD ON SNOWFLAKES TODAY!

First of all apologies for not visiting blogs, posting blogs or generally crafting this week!

The reason XMAS! Yep it's catching up with me and I'm NOT ready for it. So in between working I've been doing crazy shopping, writing cards ... until I ran out!!!! Grrrr! Wrapping up, tag making, more tag making and obviously now need just a few more Christmas cards!

So that's what I've been doing today. It's now that I realise no matter how prettily embellished my cards may be when it comes down to the good old postage rates drastic action is needed and it's really not my style but one must adapt!!!

First up is my entry to Less is More where the theme this week is Metallic and a Colour. Delving in my 'ancient' stash I found a metal snowflake, wire and brad so my colour ended up being silver. Not really sure about my wire but just wanted to have a go with it!

'Snowflakes' is the the codeword at Addicted to CAS this week so I'm going to enter my card there too.



Card Recipe:

Snowflake stamps and sentiment from Uniko Studio
Gems, Brad, Wire and Snowflake from my stash




Next up I've made two cards for the Colour Q Challenge. Although they aren't traditionally Christmas Colours I loved the combo so had to play along - just can't decide between the two cards so popping both in the 'hat'.



So for this one I've used the same snowflake stamp set from Uniko Studio, this time with a different sentiment. I've embossed the top half of the card with a new EF I couldn't resist from Cuttlebug, called spots and dots.

And for this card I've used the Signature Christmas Set from Clearly Besotted with a sentiment from the Pretty Poinsettia set. The 'swag' along the top is from Uniko Studio, Peace on Earth set.  I've raised the front panel on 3d strips for added dimension and to add a bit of sparkle some fluffy stuff covered in glamour dust to create a 'snowy' effect. Gems are from my stash and the brads are from Stampin Up.



The theme at CAS on Sunday is 'Christmas' this week and I'm going to drop this one in there too.


Ok I've got one more to sneak in before the shutters come down so I'll be back in a minute!

Sarah

Saturday, 7 December 2013

IT'S GINGERBREAD TIME!

Honoured and excited this morning to be posting my second GDT for A Gem of A Challenge where this week it's an 'Anything Goes' week so get those crafty mits working to come along and play. If you need added inspiration check out what the rest of the DT team have created HERE.

Being this close to ... dare I mention it??? Well lets just say the 'celebration' in a couple of weeks time it had to be another Crimbo card. This time I've used another pre-coloured image from Pink Gem Designs, called 'Ginger with Garland' and I've chosen her because she's simply too cute and cheerful for words.





Card Recipe:

Image: Ginger with Garland by Pink Gem Designs
Papers: Pink Petticoat
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Twine & Pearls from my stash
Plus I've added a little touch of glamour dust and some glossy accents to highlight parts of the image
Almost forgot the embossing folder is by Cuttlebug and the little banner from MFT Die-namics

Sarah


Monday, 2 December 2013

MIDNIGHT BLUE AND SILVER SADNESS


Sadly I need another sympathy card this week. A family friend has passed away having suffered with illness for the last 8 years. He was a pillar of the community where I grew up; a fabulous GP and family man who will be missed terribly.

When I saw the colour scheme at Dynamic Duos this week I decided it would be ideal to combine with silver for my card.



Card Recipe:

Paper & Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Bakers Twine and silver pearls from my stash
I've added a touch of glamour dust and used the MFT Die-namics party banners dies for the sentiment



Sarah

Sunday, 1 December 2013

SPARKLE CHRISTMAS FUN 2


As promised here's my second card, which this time I've combined with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge as well as Less is More, Color Throwdown and Pixies Snippets Playground (once the gates are unlocked).





Items Used:

Papers: Clearly I Stamp (Dinosaur Digi Set) & Papermania glitter card
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted - Signature Christmas stamps heat embossed with silver WOW Ep.
Snowflake Dies: Marianne Creatables
Sizzix Dotty Embossing Folder
Some silver pearls and kraft coloured candy dots from my stash

That's all for me for today so hope you enjoy your Sunday and the Advent countdown begins!

Sarah


DID SOMEONE SAY 'SPARKLE'?

Hello All, sorry I've been absent for a couple of days and had no time for crafting.

We've been celebrating No1 Teen's 18th birthday since Thursday and trying to get into some sort of organisation for Christmas shopping too. Yesterday I did get some crafting time but Mr Dazzle was AWOL so no piccys until today.

So without further Ado ... here's my first make which is for the Color Throwdown, Pixies Crafty Snippet Playground (when the gates open) and Less is More Challenge. The colour palate for the Color Throwdown challenge is my favourite Christmas colours and how I try to decorate my own house so I simply had to have a go. Then yesterday morning Jen & Chrissie at Less is More, with the help of one of my very talented blog buddies Gillian (Made with Sparkle) set the challenge to make a 'sparkling' card. Well you know me I can't resist a bit of glamour and sparkle so here it is:



During the week I was in our local M&S and saw this gorgeous silver tape for gift wrapping BUT when I got home I realised it was washi tape!!! Wow - couldn't wait to use it on a card and I'm not entirely sure whether it'll get to any presents! I've made the background of my panel using snippety strips of the tape. The snowflakes are cut using Marianne Creatable Dies with sparkling silver card from papermania then I've added sparkly green brads to the centres also from papermania and some metallic cord from my stash.

I was enjoying the sparkly effect so much that I made another card too so back in a moment with that one!


    


Sarah


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

CHRISTMAS BREAK!

Whoopie ... I've taken a day off making a Christmas card.

It's a treble challenge trio for me and I think both the sketch and colours would have made a fun Christmas card but when a birthday card is needed ... a birthday card IS needed!

So here's my card to enter the challenges at CAS(E) This Sketch, Dynamic Duos and CAS-ual Fridays where '8' is the theme so I've stamped 8, multi-coloured rows, using Uniko Studio Background Builders - Circles and 8 sparkling gems from my stash. The flowers and sentiment are another Uniko Studio set; Flower Power 2.



I hope to be back with another post tomorrow in between birthday celebrations for my biggest baby who will be 18 tomorrow! I don't know where the years have gone since he was a tiny bundle of cuteness and definitely feeling my age now!!!





Sarah


Monday, 25 November 2013

STARS AND STRIPES

Hey it's cold today and I'm not one for feeling the cold - especially at work but the old fan heater had to come out of its box today! I guess it's just a a sign of December approaching.

Anyway I've a quick double challenge post for today then I'm off to make tea.

I'm entering my card into the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge along with Uniko Studio's monthly challenge of 'Winter Holidays'. I've used a brand new stamp set, for me, (Background Builders - Christmas) from Uniko Studio which I won on a recent blog hop and I'm thrilled to bits with it. I've used Sizzix Star Framelits with gems from my stash to complete the look.

Oh almost forgot - I couldn't resist posting this over at Pixies Snippet Playground especially as there's such a superb prize this week and next week and I did delve in the snippets box to make those stars!



                                                                  

That's all for me today so enjoy your evening and catch you soon.


Sarah




Sunday, 24 November 2013

CHRISTMAS BIRDIES - TAKE 2


As promised here's my second card for the Less is More, Christmas Bird challenge.

I've used a pre-coloured digi stamp from Pink Gem Designs, the same snowflake border from Uniko Studio as in my previous card with a sentiment from the Stunning Snowflakes Stamp set also from Uniko.

Just for a little added dimension I've used some fluffy stuff and glamour dust to the sign post and bob hats plus some pink twine from my stash. Not exactly traditional Christmas colours but I'm actually getting a bit bored of all the red and green so nice to have a change.



May catch you later if I manage to get anything else finished in time but if not enjoy the rest of your day and have a good week.


Sarah


CHRISTMAS BIRDIES

Happy Sunday

Hope you are all keeping warm and well. This month seems to be slipping away all too quickly and I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have for crafting / blogging in the next couple of weeks so apologies in advance if I don't get to commenting on your wonderful creations. I'll do my best.

So I've made 2 cards today, both with the Less is More Challenge in mind, with the theme being 'Christmas Cards - with a bird.' Here's the first one which I'm also going to combine with this weeks ColourQ Challenge.

I've raided the snippets box for this card so you know what that means! Yep I'm heading over to Pixies Snippet Playground with my card too. If you don't visit the Playground Challenge already then it's a must this week; not only is the prize made up of some wonderful Christmas dies but they are celebrating 100 weeks with some special goodies on offer over the next 2 weeks.

Finally, last but by no means least I've used the beautiful stamp set 'Peace on Earth' from Uniko Studio plus the snowflake border stamp from Christmas Background Builders so a fourth challenge with one card (don't you just love it when that happens) to enter the Winter Holidays challenge over at Uniko Studio.



The images and sentiment are both from Uniko and I couldn't resist adding some glamour dust to my beautiful doves. Then I've added pearls, gems and twine from my stash in the hope that I comply with the colour combo.

I'll be back in a minute with my second card for Less is More.


Grab button for Uniko Studio Challenge  



Sarah


Saturday, 23 November 2013

TOY SOLDIERS

Hello all, back again with a mega quick post as I'm off for tea in a minute and to catch up on Strictly ...

This week I treated myself to the brand new Christmas papers from Pink Petticoat and couldn't wait to put them into use. I lurvvvve this Toy Soldier paper and the other designs too but this one was first up for a play and I've used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.



Card Recipe:

Image: Christmas Wreath & Bow from Signature Christmas Stamp & Dies set from Clearly Besotted
Papers & Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
Twine and gems from my stash



Enjoy your evening and catch you all tomorrow.


Sarah