Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas wishes to you all

I haven't made anything, I just wanted to wish everyone in blogland a Happy Christmas, may your day be filled with love and awesomeness.
There will be a few Christmas themed posts to come before the new year, but then on to new things for the new year. May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the past months and I look forward to this community growing together in 2014.
Thank you, all the very best to each of you and your loved ones this festive season and beyond.
Happy crafting and Happy Christmas

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Greetings to one and all!
I hope everyone is well, apologies for my silence just recently-it's been a busy time with some pain flare ups thrown in so my time has just not been my own!  is everyone ready for the festive season?
I was going to make Christmas presents this year but I just have not had time so I have utilised other artisan types and sourced presents from them-I only had 2 to get as my family is small ;)

A Christmas card today that was great fun to make.
Last week, I was lucky enough to have a few hours of crafty fun with the wonderful Cheremane and she introduced me to Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium. I really enjoyed playing with it!

So the centre piece of today's card is Stamps Away Wreath stencil produced on Imagination Crafts black glossy card using Berries Sparkle Medium (it's a red/green combination that to me just screams 'Christmas'!).
Once it was dry, I cut around it and attached it to a die cut black circle then glittered around the edge with ultra fine black glitter and layered this onto a bigger die cut red circle using foam tape to make the image stand out from the card. (die set used: Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles)

I distressed the edges of an 8x8 card blank with Festive Berries ink.
Green silky crush ribbon was attached in two directions to a piece of black card (7.5x7.5) and a bow tied and stuck where the ribbons crossed. The wreath centre piece was then stuck onto this using foam tape, some small paper flowers from my stash were added (a few were dragged across some distress ink first to add some colour to match the wreath) and gems were placed in the corner of the card as well as dotted around the wreath.
I am quite pleased with the result-let me know what you think!

I shall shortly be packing up my gear to go and be with my family for Christmas, I wish each and every one of you all the best for the season. Happy Christmas, and Happy Crafting!

Challenges entered:
Imagination Crafts- Merry Christmas
Craft-Dee bowZ- Anything goes with a handmade bow
Sparkle N SprinkleAnything Goes: use glitter, embossing powder, and/or flocking
Through The Purple Haze- Here comes Christmas 
Use Your Stuff- Ribbons

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Magical Christmas card :)

Greetings to you all,
I hope you are well on this chilly December day (shush you people in Australia).
When it is so cold outside, the best thing to do is stay in and craft!

Christmas cards have me feeling festive so I thought I would share that feeling with you all today-just before I go and start baking my first batch of Christmas cookies for this year ;)

Beginning with an 8x8 card blank, I distressed a piece of card (slightly smaller than the base card) with Dusty Concord ink and did the same to a piece of card 6x6.
Stamped the fairy christmas tree image (Lavinia Stamps) in Versafine Onyx Black, the 'Wishing you a Magical Christmas' sentiment (Stamps by Chloe) in Versafine Deep Lagoon and the using the spiral of stars and stars 2 stamps (Lavinia Stamps) along with Versafine Imperial Purple and Deep Lagoon, Adirondack Wild Plum and Memento Cottage Ivy-brought some colour and Christmas cheer to the card.
This was then layered on mirror card, some plain silky white ribbon was attached down the left side of the larger piece of card and some pearlescent effect stars ribbon was attached along the bottom of it before it was stuck in the centre of the card blank. The mirror card was layered in the centre(ish) of this and 3 gems put in the top corner to finish off.

I also have done this design in teal and in green:

I may do one in red and one in blue-just to see what they look like!
That's it from me for today, I am going to bake now
So, until next time: Happy crafting :)

Friday, 6 December 2013

A Raffle

I am using today to take stock of things, and get back into the swing of working after a few days of being lazy.
The event I will next be at (Christmas Craft Weekend Fayre14th and 15th at Rhyl Town Hall) will probably be the last one I get to do before Christmas, so I have to make enough money to pay all my bills and ensure I have a place to come back to after spending a few days with my family! With this in mind, I have decided to hold a raffle that weekend-I figure I am not the only one who is broke right now, so, for a pound, people will have the opportunity to become the owner of this unique art deco inspired, hand painted lantern, featuring a wonderful black cherry scented candle.


Anyone unable to attend the event who would like the chance to partake in this raffle can do so via Paypal-just £1 will get you a strip of tickets-that is 5 chances to win!! If you live outside of the North Wales/Cheshire area, delivery will be covered by me so don't let location put you off having a go!  Email address to use for Paypal payments is:
I wish everyone the best of luck :)

Flood waters retreating

Greetings one and all,
Just a brief post to let everyone know that I am safe and dry! I managed to escape the flooding, just. The road outside has now just been reopened so I am no longer trapped inside the caravan park.  I took some pictures yesterday of the golf course across the road-it was disguised as a lake!

Golf course somewhere beneath all this water!

I was standing in the caravan park when I took this! I am so glad that the night time high tide did not see the sea wall breached again, or I'd have been swimming at midnight in my living room!

As the clean up continues, I wanted to say thank you and let you know how grateful I am to have people who care-you know who you are, I appreciate you contacting me last night to let me know I am not alone, you rock.