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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

New Beginnings

Well folks, it's all over barr the shouting! Just kidding, it's been lovely spending time with our extended family, especially for the children, who love the company of their cousins...there are 12 of them and they range from 5yr to 18yr. it's great, as they all get on fantastically, including 2 who have autism and another 2 with special needs...we are truely blessed.

This week at FOR FUN CHALLENGES we have the fab Bugaboo sponsoring us, for our TWO WEEK challenge where we want to see your creations with the theme of...

** NEW **

That can be anything from new babies, to the new year, or a new home to a new pet! One lucky winner will receive 7 images of choice from Jodie at Bugaboo, so get creating, that's a prize I wouldn't want to miss out on the chance of winning!

I made a set of notecards in a folder, with a New Beginnings theme.
The folder template is from my very talented friend Debbie Lauder at CRAFTYSTASH. I used the beautiful butterfly image from Bugaboo and altered the colour in my graphics program to create the set of A6 sized notecards.

The folder was made by printing the butterfly DP onto one side of the card, and the folder template outline  onto the other. After it had been cut out, scored and assembled, the notecards were placed inside.

Finally, I secured it closed using a wire-edged organza ribbon.

Don't forget to go and see what the rest of the DT have'll be glad you did, the array of creations is spectacular!
Many thanks for everyone for joining us at FOR FUN during 2011, we hope to see you plenty more in the coming year.

I'll end my post by wishing you all a wonderful NEW YEAR with all good things to come your way in 2012.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

All Christmassed Out...?!?!?!

I am sure some of us have had more than our fill of making Christmas cards, and as this is our last challenge for 2011, we at THE CRAFTY PAD have decided to be kind to you, and our theme is


TCP DT have all used their own choice of Crafty Pad image, please take a moment to visit them and take a look. I have used Molly Cat & Birdhouse to make my it is:

Isn't she cute! I coloured the image with Promarkers and teamed it up with some digital papers, a lilac ribbon, computer-generated sentiment and some punched B&W flowers.

Our sponsor this time is the lovely Joanna Sheen with a £10 voucher for her shop.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and peaceful christmas with your loved ones, and to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog...I really appreciate it.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Anything Goes At Christmas!

Happy Wednesday and welcome to our next challenge over at FOR FUN. With Christmas just around the corner, we are having an


challenge, which will run for 2 WEEKS.

The wonderful MelJen's are very generously sponsoring us once again, with a prize of  4 images of choice for one lucky winner!

We at FOR FUN would like to respectfully remind you that we DO have a few challenge rules, and to make it fair for everyone who joins in with us, you MUST adhere to them or your entry will not be eligible for the prize. Full details of our rules can be found on our CHALLENGE SITE.

Here's my offering this week:

It's a gift pouch filled with choccies!  I made the pouch using a heavyweight Dovecraft DP and coloured the adorable MelJen's image with Promarkers. I then highlighted with Glamour Dust and edged with Dark Green ink.

Here's a closer look at the empty pouch...

 As this is our last post before Christmas, may I take this opportunity to wish all FOR FUN followers a very Happy Holiday, and say a big thank you for your support this year. We will be back on Dec 28th with our final challenge for 2011.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Send Someone a Smile with The Crafty Pad

Good Evening everyone,
it's Sunday, and it's time to


with The Crafty Pad! So, NO Christmas or Birthday cards, but something made 'just because' make someone smile. Here's my card:
 I used the adorable Roshell Duck with Brolly, which is, as always, available from The Crafty Pad Designs. she is coloured with Promarkers and has a little gold Stickles here and there. It is cut and layered onto mats created with my labels nesties using Dovecraft DPs and a gorgeous dark brown pearlescent cardstock.
I added a MS border and a wide chocolate satin ribbon, along with a cute sentiment 'Showers of Warm Wishes.'  I finished off with a few card candy dots.
I do hope you will be able to join us, we all need to take 5 and do a little something for ourselves during the hectic build-up to Christmas.

Whoops! I forgot to tell you who we have sponsoring us this week! It's the wonderful Creative Craft World with £5 to spend in-store.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas Sparkle at For Fun

Happy Hump-Day everyone, and welcome to another challenge at FOR FUN. We have the wonderful Di's Digis as our sponsor this week, with a slightly different prize to usual; one lucky winner will receive a $10 voucher.

Our theme this week is:


I have used one of Di's adorable images, he's called Christmas Party Penguin. Here's my card:

I used some Dovecraft DPs I've had for years, some red sparkly ric rac and some red tiny-tinsel to add thge sparkle. I coloured the image with Promarkers and added a little Stickles to the feet and beak, and some Glamour Dust to the pom-pom and fur-trim on his hat.

I do hope you will join us this week...thanks for popping in.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Punch it Out at THE CRAFTY PAD !!

Good Evening everyone,
welcome to my blog, and another great challenge at THE CRAFTY PAD. This week we want to see you use


The DT have all worked with the same image from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS, Rodney Reindeer & Robin, available as a digi stamp and in a pre-coloured version too. I have used the pre-coloured version for my card this week.

I made this fun little rocker card! The trees are my punched shapes, the holly leaves are handcut using decorative scissors, and the little holly berries are tiny red bells! I added some Glamour Dust to give it sparkle, and set the image inside a lacey circle nestie die cut. The red organza ribbon completes my card.

Our fabby sponsor this week is CRAFTY EMMA'S STORE with £10.00 to spend in the store.
 I was amazed by the diversity of the DT creations, all the same image, all so different! Please take the time to go and see them, and show them some love!

I will enter my card into the following challenges:
  • Allsorts #132 - Going Round in Circles.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Crafty Stash Gettin' 'Sketchy!'

Good friends are the best, they forgive you whatever and are always there for you...I am very honoured to have made some such friends via my cardmaking, one of whom has her own website where she sells her wonderful designs. Debbie Lauder owner of CRAFTY STASH is her name, and today I am here to share the card I have made for the competition she has going on, which is a SKETCH challenge at Crafty Stash. Here's the sketch...

...and here's my card!

I made it for someone I know who's going through a difficult time...we all know how that feels right? I hope it helps to lift her spirits, its an adorable image, I couldn't resist using it! My papers are digi freebies, and I've added some punched flowers, an organza ribbon and some hand-drawn 'stitching' in red. I also added the 'Thinking of You' sentiment to the heart teddy is holding on the computer. The colour combo came when I found a paper to match the little 'patch' on the heart...the paper I used on the 'base' is really similar to the patch, and the stripy one was part of the same's not something I would usually put together, but I think it really works!

Don't forget to pop over to CRAFTY STASH and see what treasures you can find, there are loads of freebies hidden amongst them too...and none of us can resist a freebie, especially when they are as great as the ones Debbie creates!