Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card Throwdown

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Who's the boss

Hi There, Here is a card I made today, please excuse the shadow beside the card, my camera is playing up and I took this photo with my phone, I used white cardstock for the background, and used an mpress embossing folder "Jackies Flower"  and coloured it with a mauve water colour pencil and the stems with a green one, I used stencils Memory Box, "Texture Diamond", Dylusions "Chequered Dots", and Tim Holtz "Hearts" for the background using Memento Inks "Rich Chocolate" and "Grape Jelly" also Tim Holtz Mini Ink pads, "Spun Sugar" and "Barn Door". I used flowers made from Mini Royal roses Die-namics cutting die and a Chipboard Flower from one of the kits, cannot remember which one, and a little pink rose that I also had in my stash and the little doll coloured with Spun Sugar,  and the blue shaped strip at the bottom was a left over from a piece of lace that I cut out a long time ago and liked the shape so kept it, I don't remember which cutting die was used.  I am entering this card in Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge No 12, "who's the boss"  embossing either Dry or Heat embossing,   

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Hi there, here is a layout that I made this morning of a photo taken in 1947 of my late husband, he was about 12 months old,  the inspiration for this layout is from Emma at That's Life,, thanks Emma, I used an 8" x 8" background scrapbooking paper from SEI from Logan, Qld,, they make lovely papers, and I used a 6" x 6" paper from Fairy Belle Collection by Jodie Lee Designs, this was a free pack with Australian Simply Cards Magazine, the lace around the edges was cut from another paper from this collection by Joy Crafts, I have had this in my stash for quite a few years, I used a couple of brass pieces, the small rose on the right hand side and a swallow in the top left hand side, I made the mini royal roses with die-namics die, and the rose leaves with Spellbinders "Make a Rose" both from scraps of Graphic 45 paper from Birdsong, I love these papers so much I like to use all the offcuts and not waste anything, I used a Graphic 45 tag that I received with another free pack from Australian Simply Cards, I used a little bootee and a jewelled brad and adhered the tag with dimensional tape. I had two copies of this photo and gave one each to my kids after Dennis died but kept a photo for myself which I have finally scrapped.   I am entering this into Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge # 11, Tag,

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, Here is a card I made today to enter into the Christmas Inspirations,  The challenge is to Make a Christmas card and "Make it Simple",  I used white cardstock for the base and a light blue for the topper, Quill paper, I shaded around both the base and the topper with Tim Holtz distress ink "Vintage Photo"  I stamped both the holly and the music with an old Kaisercraft stamp, the holly in Tim Holtz distress ink "Evergreen Bough"  and the music in Memento "Tuxedo Black" I shaded the red holly with a staedler pen and cut silver stars with a generic punch, and I rounded the corners of the topper with a generic corner punch.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

mixed media

Hi there, here is a card I made yesterday afternoon to enter into the Off the Rails Scrapbooking Challenge July Challenge,, The challenge is to use a mixed media with the colours Red, Light  blue, medium blue, turquoise, grey and dark grey. I used card stock white for the background and used a white texture paste with the Tim Holtz stencil "Latticeworks" and when it was dry I sprayed a mixture of red, blue , grey and some green on the card, when it was dry I cut out a dark blue lattice works (Tim Holtz again) and set it onto the card, I used a dark grey Graphic 45 flag from "Birdsong"  flowers were cut from Die-namics Royal mini roses in a mixture of red, and greens, and turquoise, the smaller ones have a clear rhinestone stuck on in the centre, and I took a sentiment from a free set received with Australian Simply cards, issue 68.

Thursday, 10 July 2014


Hi!  Here is the last card for the July Challenge at Christmas (card) Throwdown, "Stickers", I used white cardstock on cream for this card and used Tim Holtz Embossing Folder "Bingo" and highlighted with Memento Ink "Lady Bug" the "Bingo" and the date "25" and used stickers for the gifts and candy canes, I also shaded the edge of the card with "Lady Bug"  This was a very quick card to make, and I think I quite like this one too!

Colour Challenge

Hi Everyone, here is another entry for the July Challenge - Colour Challenge for 52 Christmas (card) throwdown Challenge, this one is to use at least three of nominated colours, pale pink, medium pink, dark pink, red, dark green and light green, and I think I have actually used all of these colours out of my Christmas scrap drawer I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake die number 17, and spellbinder flag/banner die, I don't know the name of this one as I bought it at a garage sale and it was not in original packaging, and other scraps plus I used pink and white bakers twine from Cre8tiv, which is a KMart brand. I got the inspiration from Lisa at Ink Impressions, Thank you Lisa!!!!

Christmas Tree

Hi All, Here is a card I made this morning for 52 Christmas (card) Throwdown, July Challenge, This challenge is for a Christmas Tree, with three stars and a sentiment, and I used green designer paper from Graphic 45 "Birdsong" and used Tim Holtz Christmas Tree Blueprint Stamp from Stampers Anonymous, and the three glitter  stars are cut with a generic punch that I have had for years and years, the sentiment is from a sheet of Christmas Sentiments, the tree is cut from Glitter Paper and I cut it in three pieces and attached it with dimensional tape and the trunk is cut from some corrugated packing.   I tend to hoard all these little bits!   I put some faux stitching around the edges with Tim Holtz distress marker, "Picket Fence" I was originally going to have the white background, but put the finished topper on upside down!   oops!    and then got out some green cardstock and added it all to that and I used Tim's Distress Tool on the edges of the white cardstock, so after that boo boo I am quite happy with this card.  Thanks for looking!

Vintage Santa

Hi Everyone, here is a card I made for 52 Christmas (card) throwdown,  Number three in this weeks challenge, "Recipe Challenge, square card + vintage + 2 buttons.
I made a 5-3/4 x 5-3/4 card on white cardstock with a light green basic paper for the topper and adhered two lacy doilies, I found a vintage santa I an old Decoupage magazine that I found a long time ago in an op shop, I also used Cheery Lynn Steampunk corners because I felt that they fitted this card, I cut out Pointsettias with the Marianne's Creatables cutting die and coloured them with Memento Cottage Ivy ink pad and Tim Holtz mini ink pad Spun Sugar and put a tiny pale pink rhinestone flower for the centres, and I used 2 red buttons and shaded the edges with the cottage ivy ink pad.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Hi there<   I made this tag last night to enter in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #11 - Tag, You're It!  I cut out the tag from card stock and stained it with Distress Stain, Chipped Sapphire and used a page from an old book and stained it with Tim's mini ink pad "Scattered Straw"  I also cut out a Tim's frameworks and dyed it with Memento Danube Blue ink pad, I used my Xyron to put the glue on the back of the frameworks, I dyed the gauze bandage which was bought from a shop Selling out stock before closing, it 1/2" and sucks up the dye very quickly, the flowers were cut with Spellbinders "Rose Creations" from the same book page and I used a diamonte brad to old them together.  The Butterfly is cut from a Cheery Lynn Steampunk butterfly and attached with dimensional tape, along the body and the two top wings!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

gift bag

Hi there, This is a gift bag that I made yesterday to enter into the Scor-pal challenge "More than one score"  colours in your Country/Patriotic.   I live in Australia and our colours are Green and Gold, hence the green bag and gold flower.   I used a tutorial from   This lady has many gift bag patterns on her blog.  Thank you for your tutorials!!!  I used green cardstock with a music paper for the front and the back, also the closure which I used sticky Velcro to attach, and used a spellbinder flower with a little flower brad for the centre.    This gift box is a good size, holding 6 cards with envelopes, to give as a gift.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

album cover

 Here is the album cover I made yesterday, I used ordinary corrugated packing cardboard, and painted it with white gesso, I then used a tim Holtz stencil "rays" for the sun and a tiddlywinks stencil "cage wire" with white textured paste, I used a white doily stained with yellow paint, I also painted the rays with the same yellow and on the doily I used Cheery Lynn grasses die cuts on the doily, I used a Tim Holtz movers and shapers mini birdcage and bird, I used a Cheery Lynn Fence cutting die, I used a mixture of Spellbinders rose die and Marianne's creatable die "English Rose" to make the flowers from Graphic 45 paper, scraps that '
I had left over from other projects,
I stamped several balloons from
Hampton and Heidi Grace stamps,and an scrap "eye glasses" from "The old Curiosity Shoppe" this is the album front cover.
The back cover Is also covered with white gesso and I used a couple of Tim Holtz "frameworks" die cuts, a Tim stencil "measured" with walnut stain distress stain, I stamped the top hat from Hampton stamps and used a Dyan Reaveley stencil to paint the green leaves I also used another Tim Stencil "Doily" with texture paste. I used a variety of ribbons to tie on the rings on the spine.  I am going to add more with some little charms and beads. the butterflies are cut from Graphic 45 "the old curiosity shoppe"