Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!!

I'd like to wish you all a very happy New Year! I am so grateful to all my followers and commenters. I really appreciate you taking the time to drop a line now and then and I want to thank you,too for all the inspiration you've given me over the last year.

I had intended to make a lovely card for this post but things have not gone smoothly, to say the least, this week .
I'll not bore you with all the details but the latest trip to A&E today was with my husband who ,we now know, has a broken bone in his foot.  Unfortunately he has not been able to put his foot to the ground for 4 days.  We thought it was a bad sprain and didn't got to hospital until today so now we know the reason for all the pain

Rest has been ordered and is definitely needed so we'll not be up to see the New Year in - hopefully we'll be fast asleep by then.

I have a card to share with you tomorrow for the Stampalot Challenge...thankfully I made it a couple of weeks ago!!

Happy New Year , one and all!!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

A very Happy Christmas to all my readers!!

I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas! I hope you enjoy a lovely time with friends and family.

Many things have happened to us all over the past year but let's not forget what Christmas is all about and remember to thank God for the wonderful gift of His Son. As I wrote on some of my cards...

"Unto you is born this day...a Saviour which is Christ the Lord"

and the reason He was sent;

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"

Love and best wishes , Ruth x

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Last few Christmas cards

 This is the last of my Christmas cards...I can't wait to move on now!! Anyhow, I thought I'd like to try a bright image on a black and white background, so I chose DCWV paper, Marianne Creatables die cut ,Sunray embossing folder, "icicle" scissors and black glitter paper. The image is,of course,Holly,
 from A Passion for Stamps

This card was one of the quickest I've made. I used my Papermania  Christmas Stocking embossing folder and cut out two extra stockings. Some glitter , a little matting behind the image and c'est fini!

Everybody Art ..anything goes

Saturday, 10 December 2011

It Takes Two...

Good morning! What a week....anyhow, I didn't see the time passing and almost forgot to add the card I'd made. This was a commissioned card for "a 21 year old fashion student called "Jodi" so this is what I came up with. It's also my Guest DT card for Allsorts this week where the theme is "It takes two" and that means you've to use just two colours along with a white base if you like.
I'm also sponsoring Allsorts this week so come on over and join in - you could win 4 of my digis from A Passion for Stamps !!

I've used my Mannequin digi image which you can find HERE at A Passion for Stamps and I've edged the image with my Tonic Studios  Daisy Border punch  and I think it looks like black lace. There are tiny dots of Stickles around the image and it is a lovely effect in real life.

Back to the week I've had... my brother, who had major surgery last year had a further operation last week and had a massive bleed the following day and was rushed back to theatre again. He has been very ill but thankfully is on the mend now but is very weak and tired.
Our younger son has had a terrible cold and was only able to get out of bed to go for exams.
Snow meant that we had to hurriedly change our work plans and then I got the awful cold myself. I had a day in bed (unheard of!!) and still feel terrible. It's only a bad cold but it has made me feel rotten.

Anyhow, it's Saturday again so I had a lie in and ,as usual, my lovely husband brought me poached egg and toast to bed for breakfast....I love Saturday mornings!!!

Oh, two more little things!
I was featured in last month's Cardmaking and Papercraft mag and got my super prize and a copy of the mag this week..

I won a lovely prize from Docrafts this week too and was really pleased with it....where am I going to put all the stuff??

Friday, 9 December 2011

Tonic Studios Multi Detail Snowflake Punch uses

I've made a couple of cards etc showing the different ways I use the Tonic Studios Multi Detail Snowflake punch as I mentioned yesterday.

In the card above you can see that I've used the outside part just snipped from the paper to form a lovely frame around the circle.
The Robin and Holly digi image is one of my drawings avaliable from A Passion for Stamps and I've overlapped the snowflakes behind the circles.
I've then used the snowflakes as flowers and leaves and, if you look closely, you'll see I have snipped them again and used them as corners.

For this card I have used the inner snowflake as a frame around the centre of the card. The image on this one is Christmas Rose also from A Passion for Stamps with a little of the greenery removed to suit the card.

Last, but not least....I have used the punch again along with the Tonic Studios Flower Head punch to make some pretty little flowers which can be used at any time of the year and (like a dog!) not just for Christmas!! I've embossed the centre flowers too and added a flat backed pearl but the possibilities are endless.......

In case you missed any of the other flowers I made with these punches in earlier posts , here they are again..

Hope you like....if you come up with any more please let me know!

I may as well join in a couple of challenges while I'm at it!

Alphabet Challenge ..  White Christmas (snowflake and Christmas rose card)
Crafty Catz. .. Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday ...anything goes
Colour Create Red, white and Green

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Stocking

Another Christmas card made, but I've so many still to do!
Each year I promise myself I'll be organised but it hasn't happened. Here I am again making cards and writing them as the glue dries!
This one was fairly quickly put together using Christmas Stocking digi image from A Passion for Stamps, coloured with Promarkers (as usual!) a gold gel pen,Stickles and Glossy Accents.
The stocking is matted on a Marianne Creatables die cut and I've added Christmas ribbon to the top of the stocking .
The border punch is one of my "new favourites" -  Tonic Studios Stars border and the Snowflakes are 2 layers of a Tonic Studios Multi Detail Snowflake punch. I've got great use from this punch and hope to add a separate post showing all the different ways I use it (if I get time!). I love the way it has 2 parts and can be used in so many different ways to make flowers and not just Christmas ideas.

Moving along with the times ... ...last minute Christmas
Creative Card Crew ...Tis the Season
For Fun Challenges ...Christmas Sparkle

Monday, 5 December 2011

Mountain Ash - Berries and Snowflakes

I've been meaning to use this image ( Mountain Ash) for ages and had it all coloured up. I added lots of glitter to the berries and then wanted it to really "shine" so I added Glossy Accents on top of the glitter but only on alternate berries and left it to dry. Then I added it to the rest of the berries, and that way the Glossy Accents stayed looking like berries and didn't run into one big "pool".

The snowflakes are from a Tonic Studio Multi Detail Punch and I've used 2 layers and added Stickles all round the edges. In the centre I drew a little berry and gave it the same "treatment" as the berries in the image.

You can see the effect in more detail in the close up below.

Addicted to Stamps ...... Christmas Card
Craft Your Passion ....anything goes + glitter     

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas Lantern

Hello....would you believe it - it's time for another challenge at Sir Stampalot!!
Thanks to all who joined in last month's challenge, it was great to have the excuse to check out all your lovely cards.
This month the theme is pick any 3 items in a row and use them on your card -

and just look at the fabulous prize which is up for grabs this month!!!!  Someone will be very happy to win this lot!!

The three elements I've chosen are Flowers, Punches and Pearls.....right up my street!
I have made another Christmas card ( knocking them off my list )and have used my new Christmas Lantern digi image from my collection at A Passion for Stamps.
I have coloured it with Promarkers and added lots of Stickles on the glass and love the effect in real life.
I freely admit to getting carried away with my Tonic Studios punches - I've used 5 different ones on this card!

Because the lantern has a Poinsettia on the top I thought I'd make some punched flowers to match (I quite liked this when I made the Christmas roses to match the image on THIS card).

The Poinsettias were made using 2 layers of the Flower Head punch pinched in the middle of the petals and I drew little veins on. I then glued these to part of the Multi Detail Snowflake punch and added a pearl to the centre.
The outside corners of the embossed red card were punched with a Royal Fleur  2 - in- 1 corner punch ; the white card of the image has little leaves from the Flora and Fauna Birdy punch and I've added a couple of
Furled Leaf punches to the sides.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Lantern and Christmas Stocking digi images

Good morning!
Just showing you 2 new digi images which I added to the Christmas collection at A Passion for Stamps if you'd like to nip over and have a look..

Christmas Lantern; £1.70

Christmas Stocking; £1.50