Sunday, 29 September 2013

Christmas is on The Way !

good evening and yes its another Christmas I've went for bling rather than the more traditional cards I've shown in the last few posts. I did plan to post this this morning but didn't get it finished,ironing and chores got in the way!

Christmas is on the way

I have went to town with my die cuts and gold mirror card this time as you can see!...again I've used the lovely silent night papers; the snowflakes are glazed but the camera hasn't picked this up. (well more likely my poor photography skills haven't!) I kept the backdrop quite plain (other than the glitter!) so Tilda would stand out in all the bling surrounding her.The snowflake embossing was a magazine freebie; it's the first time I have used it and I'm pleased with the result (not that you can see much of it!) 

Close up Tilda

I've now on my 8th Christmas card and I was also working on a thank you card... that I finished today(two in extra for a spare!) I've been really very lucky this week with the amount of spare time I've had; and had at hour this afternoon if not a bit more and I  may get an hour later tonight after dinner...hopefully!

Die Cuts and Stamp

Unfortunately it won't last though; it will slow down after today as the next few weeks work will be busy and I'm working the next 3 weekend's too; so I don't expect I will achieve as much as I have been doing so I just won't have the time, I should still be on track for making all my Christmas cards, so I'm not to worried ...yet! Well I hope you got your crafty fix over the weekend or enjoyed yourself whatever you've been doing to make the dinner,then hopefuly some more card making. Thank you for taking the time to visit, Off on a little hop myself whilst making dinner!...I do hope you have good week ahead...hugs...Andrea X

Products I used- 
white linen textured 6x6 base card 
gold mirror card -die cuts and layering
gold glitter card
mounted on die cut glitter cardstock  oval 
sentiment- gold embossed  and coloured copics-onto die cut circle 
                layered onto scalloped circle 
dies used- vintage florets -top flower layer sprayed with gold spray and sparkle  
gold mirror card embossed panel
From Stash-
gold pearls
gold gems
cream organza ribbon

I would like to take part in the following- 

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Believe In The Magic

Morning and I have yet another Christmas card to share today. I'm determined to make all my cards this year and as such have started early; which I know for some it is too much to bare as summer has just gone! its not been difficult for me as I have some fab new stamps and papers; that I have loved using as well as old stash from last year that I forgot I had !...and Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. I love the silent night papers used, some of which are glazed others glittered and they are all beautiful patterns it was hard to choose what to use first! Its also the first time I've used vellum for flowers and I'm pleased with the result. Sadly my photographic skills aren't great and does not pick up the fabulous sparkle and glitter. I think this is probably the nicest card I've ever made and I'm really pleased with it... the hard part will be choosing who to give it too!

Believe in the Magic 

 Close up top section

I used the following products
white linen 6X6 square base card
heartfelt creation stampsets used -Love at christmas  Bright christmas  sweet memories 
die cut into circles
coloured with Promarkers and Copics, glittered and inked edges 
Silent Night paper pack
silver mirror card  for layering and the die cut scalloped circles
white pearlescent card- holly berry dies set 
from stash
silver ribbon bow
white with silver edged organza ribbon  

vellum poinsettias 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Merry Christmas

I'm still well into christmas card making mode and have several to post now. I've chosen a cute one I finished using a fab Mo Manning digital stamp Noelle Bearing Gifts ,she was great to colour and I went to town a bit with embellishments; the beaded snowflake was from Christmas crackers a few years ago which I just knew would come to good use!...the border I found in my stash but no idea where its from!... but the colours worked well and worked with the stamp too... I'm happy with the overall result and hope you like it too? ...I've used  a lot of last years christmas stash with a few new additions such as the die cut tree and stamp which are some of my most recent purchases. 

Christmas Gifts 

 Close up 'Noelle' and recycled snowflake

Glitter Roses

Products I Used-
6x6 white linen base card
Mo Manning Stamp- coloured Promarkers and Copics 
Die cut Rectangle frame 
blue snowflake papers - magazine freebies (last year)
blue red white card stock layering and die cuts
Die cut-roses scalloped rolled flower small flower christmas ornamental die
christmas tree
sentiment-Inkadinkado set

From Stash -
grossgrain ribbon
white glitter
various punched snowflakes
felt christmas trees

I hope you like my card I will post another hopefully before the weekend.Happy crafting and thanks for visiting... hugs Andrea X


Morning and happy WOYWW which means its that time again for this weeks WOYWW... Julia's wonderful weekly blog hop. Much to the horror of some Christmas is still in full production and I'm loving it. I'm now at card 6. I've not had much free time so when I've got  spare 5- 10 mins I make the most of it and it is working out nicely.I did spend a whole 2 hours on Sunday card making which was bliss and finished 2 complete cards... a record for me ... My idea of heaven would be a full day of card making with no demands on me to do anything else can dream! So far I have only posted one card and I plan to post another later today..I'm sure I said that last week too! Go check out Julia at the Stamping Ground and see what the world of crafty bloggers are up'll get hooked if you've not done so already!.

 The "Arty Shot "different angle from usual

Photos where taken quickly this morning; sorry about the poor quality!.as you can see in the planning stages of card 7! I'm planning to us the fab HOTP papers you can see that I got free with magazine last year this. Have a wonderful week ahead and thanks for visiting hugs ...Andrea X

Christmas bits 'n' bobs 

Long View 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Morning and its a quick short post( by my standards) that I prepared  last night as off to work early this morning and did not want to miss out on the best blog hop around.Check out Julia at the Stamping Ground for this great addictive weekly get together you won't want to miss it. Christmas is still in full swing as you can see...I'm now on card number 5. Iv'e change style and and now doing some cute and pretty cards as I've some fab christmas stamps I can't wait to colour The plan is to stamp on mass colour a few images at a time then make the cards before starting on the next far so good . 
latest colouring 

Long view desk

So my desk is awash with christmas again this week...its amazing how you forget what stash you have until you need to get it. I thought I had very little christmas stash and was surprised  how much I actually own; not that that means I don't need to add to this as I'm down to my last sheet of silver mirror card...a little shopping trip online is required...will I be able to resist temptations. So that it  I know its to early for some...I  hope you are  having a great week and have a fab week ahead. Off for a quick look around to see what there crafty WOYWWers are up to and I will be back for a longer visit tonight...thanks for visiting it is very much appreciated and I will return the compliment... hugs Andrea X

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Christmas Cards -The most Wonderful Time of the Year

Morning I'm doing well this week,work has been ok, I've had the weekend off and this is my second post this week...lets hope I get to keep it up.Today its my first christmas card.I love christmas it's my favourite time of  the year by far, and I start my countdown from about the end of August much to my family and friends horror; if I had my way I'd start earlier! I now have 3 completed cards and another almost finished...the plan is too make at least 2 per week and I  should have enough by christmas for everyone...that the plan anyway! It worked last year although I did start earlier and didn't give everyone a handmade was my first year of card making and I wasn't confident about family and friends reactions to a handmade card...but I got some lovely comments from followers and friends online and now its I put a lot of  time, love and effort into each and every card I make and if the recipient doesn't appreciate that then I'm stumped! far no one has made a negative comment..not to my face anyway!


I bought quite a few new christmas goodies over the last few weeks that I just couldn't resist,today I've used Spellbinder and Heartfelt Creations christmas stamps and die sets; there are some gorgeous stamps in the set and I can see me using it to make many of my cards this year, For this card I used bird from the christmas song set stamp and embossed one of the greetings from the bright christmas set  as well as the holly berry which is from the ornamental add on die set and some die cut roses.I went to town with the glitter to add some christmas sparkle;unfortunately the photos haven't picked this up too well.It's not my usual style of card; but I can see me making many more cards from these stamp sets...I hope you like them too? 

Close up Bird and Holly Berry 

Christmas Sparkle 

I hope to get some card making done today after I finish the usual chores.Lastly a wonderful warm hello to my new followers this week; welcome and thank you for joining me. Have a good week ahead and thanks for visiting... Hugs Andrea X

I used the following-
White 6x6 square base card
Light grey, red and white card for layering and dies cuts 
Blue snowflake backing paper -Humphrey's Corner paper kit (magazine freebie last year)
Die cut circle and scalloped circle
Bird song stamp -coloured Copics and Promarkers -glittered 
Stamped and die cut holly berry-coloured and glittered
Die cut and glittered roses
silver ribbon and rose brad
round christmas sentiment (sorry not sure where from- last year magazine freebie ?)

Challenges I would like to take part in-

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Happy WOYWW... I missed taking part last week but it feels like it has been so much longer !...I've made it this week... just! to work very soon...will catch up with other woywwers  later today.My busy desk photos where taken last night...not a lot of action over the past few weeks due to work, but when I get the time I do another little bit...I'm working on two cards simultaneously, the other one is at the back of the desk left hand side...neither is quite finished...still planning !
I received lots of new goodies in the post last week,which I couldn't resist, online shopping is too easy !... I've had a little play with some of the dies and cant wait to start using the rest, I had told myself last month no more purchases for the rest of the year !... hmm that didn't last long; although its bits I do need for christmas cards so necessary purchases !

Christmas in Progress 
 Long view christmas production line and new purchases 

The new paper pack I bought  is ace it has some glittered and foiled papers...I'm not sure if I will be able to bring myself to use them they are so pretty.That's all for me today, go check out Julia's fabulous weekly blog hop at the Stamping Ground to find out what's happening on other crafty desks around the world. I hope you have a fab day and week ahead.Thanks for visiting...take care and big hugs Andrea X

Fab New Paper Pack

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Daisy Chains ...Best Friends and Ticket Give-Away

Sorry I know its been a while...I'm having withdrawals...I've missed my blogging and visiting favourite sites,work has meant no time for anything including card making. Today's card was finished some time ago; like many I've completed over recent weeks I've and had no time to post it. I'm still working on christmas cards completed two and working on numbers 3 and 4 so all is not lost; by christmas I should have enough! Hopefully things will get back to 'normal' soon and I will get my regular posts back on track and some card making too...although I'm sure that's what I posted last time too!
I have had some good news; I won two tickets to The Big Stamp show at Alexandra Palace on the 21st and 22nd September; unfortunately I cant go...I would love too, maybe next time! So I'm happy to give them away to the first person who requests them,just leave me a comment with email address so that I can contact you for your address details and I will post them on.

Tickets Give- Away 
Today's card is using a cute free stamp set from country companions.I love this cute stamp (magazine freebie)and went to town with it a little. I remember making daisy chains...which I haven't done since I was a child...the stamp reminds me of many summers gone by.The die cut leaves are actually christmas holly leaves,I just snipped off the berries! The cut out flowers are also a magazine freebie stamp set. Apologies for the poor quality of the photographs; I should have taken them in the daytime!

Best Friends 

 close up die cuts and sentiments
I used the following-
5x7 white scalloped base card
lilac and green card stock layering and die cuts
stamp-magazine freebie(Country Companions) coloured Copics and Promarkers
papers- Back to Basics III and Forever Friends Summertime(magazine freebie)
sentiment stamp -creative expressions 
celebrations mini tickets and die 
stamped flowers(magazine freebie) - using same paper as base card ,
die cuts used- 
labels 28 for stamp and small sentiment 
heart die 
lacy border die-
mini ticket die 
from stash
Small flower brad
small flower buttons
white organza ribbon
lilac satin ribbon
small floral embellishment on bow.
faux stitching

Challenges I would like to take part in-
Addicted To Stamps Challenge #63 Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody Challenge#28-Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge#65  Purple and Green
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge#49  Add a Bow
Sister Act Challenge#23 Anything Goes 
Craft DeeZ Bowz September Challenge -Anything Goes with Handmade Bow 
Crafty Boots Challenge -Last Days of Summer
Make it Monday Challenge #157 Anything Goes
Paper Playtime Challenge#18 Use 3 Different Papers 
The Crazy Challenge# 153 Bingo I used -Stitching (faux /real )Image and Buttons