Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Friday, 28 February 2014

summer fun

This photo was in a frame since 1978 and was getting very faded, so I scanned it to save it, and thought I would make a scrapbook page with it so I made an 8" x 8" page and used a sheet of "scenic route" by paper, looks like waves, and I used a paper doily that I got from the supermarket and sprayed it with Dylusions ink spray "cut grass" and I used a Cheery Lynn corner with flourish and butterfly, I cut out "Happy" with a die-namics cutting die, a pretty little bow that has been in the stash forever, and a little brass sandcastle, and a brass butterfly, both these items were bought from China, and the tag was cut with a free die from Australian Simply cards magazine. The little green gems were from one of the cheap shops. The day the photo was taken was an extremely hot and the kids had been playing in their blow up paddle pool.  The banner was cut out with a spellbinders banner die.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Little Boys Overalls

This is a little card made for a friend's daughters Baby Shower,
she is having a baby boy, great excitement.   This pattern
came from Regina at The Cutting Café, thanks Regina,
just love it I used paper from, I think it is Bo Bunny, not sure
but it is Obscure, wanted to have something bright, not the
traditional Blue and White, I made the envelope in Orange,
because I like Bright and Cheerful, hope the young Mum
will like it!!!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Metallic Christmas

I made this card to enter into the 52 {Christmas} card throwdown stash challenge Metallic Papers, I used a cream card stock from Quill it is a Metallic Sculptured Board 220gsm "crazed" that I got from Office Works, I used a free cutting die from Australian Simply Cards, they have a free gift in every issue, the little snowflakes are gold metal that I had in my stash and the Merry Christmas was cut from the same metallic gold as the tree, and I used a Marianne Design Creatables cutting die for that wording.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


Hi!!!  I made this card today to enter it into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge - Blue shades.

I used a white card stock and sprayed it with a Blue spray that I made myself because I don't have any blue sprays at the moment.   The card's blue's  that I used for the flags and matching butterflies were found in my scrap basket, as I don't often use blue.   I found the blue butterfly paper to make the lace at the top with a Nellie Snellon cutting die that I haven't used for ages, forgot it was there until I started searching for forgotten object, I used Perfect Pearls liquid for the dots on the butterflies and in the bottom corners of the card, haven't used that for ages either.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

owl birthday card

Hi there, here is a card for my number 2 grandson, he is having a birthday in May, and I like to get cards ready well before time, I used an embossing folder "Wood Grain" by Darice, and for the colour of the tree trunk I used a Jo Sonja acrylic paint " Brown Earth", The owl was stamped with a stamp from Woodware Craft Collection, and paper pierced with various scraps of cardstock, the tree trunk was stamped with a memento ink pad "rich cocoa"  and the memento "cottage ivy"  for the leaves, I used a variety  of dimensional adhesive tape and PVA glue to attach the owl and used a pair of "googly eyes" from my stash. the tag was cut from a scrap of paper stained with dyan reavely spray inks "Cut Grass" and a little frog from my stash of brads.  I enjoyed making this card and I hope my little grandson will like it!!!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Christmas Landscape

I made this card this morning to enter in the 52 {Christmas} card throwdown challenge - theme challenge - Christmas landscape.   I used an embossing folder I think it is a sizzex but not sure as it was a gift, and used a Mariannes Creatable cutting die - Christmas Village - and coloured the windows with yellow marker, for the snow I used a Snow Marker by Marvy which gives a dimensional finish, the snow around santas sleigh was coloured with a silver gel pen.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Three Wise Men

Hi I made this card today to enter into the Desafio 01/2014 Clean and Simple Christmas Challenge,  I used red cardstock for the background card and white watercolour paper for the topper which I embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder "Three Wise Men"   and I  used stickles "icicles" to accentuate the stars.   This is a simple card to make.

Butterfly Flight

Hi there, I made this card today to enter into the Craft Stampers Challenge "Take it, Make it" in which you need to use a technique called "The Repeat Stamping Technique"   I have used a small butterfly stamp from the "Vintage Chic" set, which was a free gift with Australian Simply Cards, and I used a Memento Ink Pad "Grape" and used a dauber to shade the edges, it was a different technique to the others I have used, but I enjoyed the result.

Monday, 10 February 2014

little bit steampunk

I made this card to enter into the First Project in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, I embossed the card with Tim Holtz embossing folders Gears from the pocket watches and steampunk set, I used texture paste with the Twiddley Bitz stencil to add a little bit of texture and coloured the background with Payne's Grey jo Sonja acrylic paints as I did not have this colour in any other colouring sets, I used cheery lynn dies, Balloon, gears, and hand, these have been in my craft hoard for ages and have not used any of them before.   I used the three men stamp from Tim Holtz "Curious Possibilities" and cut it out with a Couture Creations cutting die "Victorian Rectangles" I did all the shading with Ranger distress ink "Vintage Photo"  

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Another Travelling Watch Man

Here is another card I made with the Tim Holtz stamp
the "Watch man"  I love this stamp and have made many variations, with this card I embossed the background with Tim Holtz embossing folder "airmail and shaded it
with Bahama Blue Memento ink pad, I did all the shading on the card with this ink pad.   The small banners I used old book page and cut them my hand and used blue buttons from my "button tin", there are many buttons in this tin, and I add to it whenever I can.   I used the Tim Holtz diffusers, the oval one, to shape the watch man and I shaded him with blue Faber-Castille water colour pencils and I put a pair of sunnies on him for a change, the jalopy I stamped with Tim's stamp set "Life's Possibilities" and I embossed the watch man with Ranger emb. powder "Faded Jeans". the words were printed on my computer, cut out and inked with the Bahama Blue, I made this for my brother-in law, who has been a seaman for most of his life, hoping he will like it!

Merry Christmas

I made this card to enter the 52 {Christmas} throwdown, February, Colour Challenge.  The requirements are to use at least three of the colours stipulated, plus gold.   I used Red, Green, Blue, Black and gold.   I used a red designer paper with Merry Christmas written on it with a glittery green Christmas tree, which was cut from a cutting die that I got with one of the Australian Simply Cards magazine some time last year, and the snowman and greetings were cut from Marianne's Creatable cutting dies, I coloured the green scarf and the red nose, plus the black eyes and smile with stabilo mini point 88 coloured pens.   I think I have put it together ok.

Friday, 7 February 2014

tote bag

I made this little bag today, I felt like stretching and doing a bit of sewing, so I got out the "fat quarters" that I had in my stash and was able to finish it in one day, am pretty happy with it, but I could have done better, because when I finished it, I found a few mistakes, I will leave them there and then I will remember them and won't make the same mistakes again!

beanies for seamen

No cards today, but I have finished some beanies that I have been making for the Hunter District Post Polio Support Group, they donate these beanies to the seamen who come into Kooragang on the coal freighters, they are usually here from the other side of the world where it is at the moment very cold, and they always are pleased when they can choose a beanie, we have lots of ladies making these for them.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


I made this card this afternoon as I had a few things
to hand that I either had to use, or put away in the
drawers, so I decided to do something with them and this is the result, I used white cardstock for the base, and used Dyan Reaveley's ink "Bubblegum Pink and Perfect Pearls "Sunflower Sparkle" to spray the background, the square doile has been cut from a Nellie Snellon cutting die, and the greenery from MFT cutting die "Leafy flourish" and Love from MFT " LLO accents" and the flowers were made from MFT "Mini Royal Roses" and the larger petals on the flowers from Tim Holtz "Tattered Flowers" I used metal corners and stick on pearls, Kaiser" and an owl trinket that I had in my stash. I think it looks ok for stuff that was on my craft table.


Hi everyone, this card has been made to enter into this weeks challenge on 52 {Christmas} Throwdown,, the challenge is to follow the sketch, which I did with red cardstock for the card base, and white embossed with Sizzex "Snow Flurries" No 2.   I used the red card stock for the banners  and for the elf I used a small Sizzex embossing folder and although you cannot see it the elf's legs are lime green with red boots, I used a Twiddleybitz Template for the embossing of the chimney I stained the bricks with Ranger distress ink "Walnut stain" although they seemed to turn grey on the Texture Paste that I used for the bricks, for the snow I used a Snow Marker by Marvy  I distressed the edges of the white topper with my craft knife as I don't have a distresser.  The Greetings is a cutting die from Marianne Creatables,

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Friends Smile

Hi there, I made this card to enter into "The Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge No 1"  which is to share a project that shows your blog signature style, which for me is quite plain, I do not like a lot of lace and flowers, like to keep things quite plain.   With this card I used a plain white card stock which I embossed with a Maya Road stencil  "Moroccan Style"   and I used Tim Holtz distress paint dabber "Walnut Stain"  and cut out the leaves with the mpress e nesting dies "Leaves" and I used the largest leaf die to cut and emboss the three with a couple of pieces of designer paper and edged them with Tim Holtz Distress Marker "Picket Fence"  and the stamps "Friends" and "Smile" are out of my stash, I have been hoarding these for years.  

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Tea Time

Hi, Here is a card I made this afternoon to go  into a challenge on "The Shabby Tea Room"  It is for a project using white/cream with cups and/or teapot.    This was a hard one for me because of the light colours, I used white card stock with a creamy embossed paper from, I think, Bo Bunny, I used white ribbon tied in a knot and a little pendant with an vintage photo in it, and a white/cream doily, the cups are stamped from a free stamp that I received with "Craft Stamper" magazine several years ago, I embossed the cups with Ranger Embossing Powder "White Bridal"  which seems to be a tinsel like powder.   I quite enjoyed this card, but as I said with the colours it was a bit hard for me.


I made this card as "cheer'm up" and I used an image from "the graphics fairy" they have great images there, and I used Mpress cutting dies "Stars" to cut out all the stars and used orange stabile pens and distress ink to shade the edges, and I hand wrote the sentiment!  Haven't done any drawing for quite a while, so it isn't perfect!!   and I embossed the fence with Tim Holtz embossing folder - "travel signs set"   I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.