Monday, December 24, 2007

That is it - my last 2 Christmas cards for the year

Talk abut last minute but I have just finished my last two cards for Christmas. Both for Grandads. My Dad is a farmer and so I just knew that the Sugar Nellie Hamish with a tractor was ideal for his card from my daughter Zoe. He has a red tractor so I coloured the image in with a red tractor. For speed, I thought I would make Zoe's other Grandad the same card but coloured the tractor in in green. I used a Sizzix die cut of a jigsaw for the background and used various colours of Bazzill card.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I hope Santa brings you everything you wish for!!!

Lots of Love

Minty xxx

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Maggie and Hamish

I have recently bought some of the gorgeous new stamps from Funky Kits following on from the fantastic Sugar Nellies. The new ranges are of Maggie and Hamish and wee Angus the dog. My husband bought me 8 of them for Christmas but I managed to convince him to let me have them early. Http:// Look on the Sugar Nellie blog to see the fabby designs

I have made a Christmas card for my step mum. The backing paper is from DCWV Christmas stack and I have put some stickles on each of the white spots. The stars were a freebie from one of the card making magazines.

The next card I have made for my mother in law using Maggie and Hamish and wee Angus. She has always had Westie doggies so I knew this combo would be ideal for her. The second image is just a close up of the stamped images

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Three posts in one day!!!!

Crikey I don't post all week and then I do three in one day.

Here are some more Christmas cards I have made.

Some more of my Christmas cards

I have been trying to make special cards for my immediate family and have come up the following one. The starburst or snowflake shape was on the SplitCoasters website originally made by using 2 sizes of tag punches. I think KittyPuss made a card using this method and then the very talented YorkieMumFlUSA aka Pam designed a template for the Craft Robo to do the same shape. She did two templates with different number of points. These can be found on the UKS website

So I have used Pam's 11 point template and slightly altered it to make 2 different sizes of starburst. I have cut 2 of the larger shapes using some Self Adhesive glittery card from Hobbycraft on my Craft Robo - one in pink and one in a silvery blue. I have peeled off the backing and stuck the shapes on to some embossed glittery vellum. I have then layered these together using sticky pads. I then cut two of the smaller shapes again one in pink and one in blue and put them onto the same vellum. Again these are layered together and then stuck onto the larger shapes. Not sure that any of this makes sense. Here is a close up of the Starburst - it is quite raised in real life.

The wording on the card is based on another template from the UKS Craft Robo templates which I slightly altered. This is cutting using the same self adhesive card from Hobbycraft, which cuts beautifully on the Craft Robo - even with my blunt blade.

I have posted up two cards as I have layered the starbursts in different colourways - pink and then blue and blue and then pink!!

Thanks to Pam and ShelleysArt for the Craft Robo templates.

Handmade Christmas Card swap

I recently took part in a swap on the UKS website. I made 3 cards and received 3 cards back. The first was from Hollies Mum aka Sandra White. It is a lovely decoupage card with a Santa and Christmas trees on it.
The next card is by Anna M aka Anne which is a beautiful paper pieced Snowman bauble.

The last card is by Mrs 007 Bond aka Lisa which has a sparkly Tilda on it. A totally beautiful card.
I love taking part in these swaps and will definitely do some more in the New Year

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas workload

Well I am slowly working my way through the loads of Christmas cards I have to make. They seem to be taking forever. Here are some more of my quicker efforts.

The first ones are using a free decoupage teddy sheet from a magazine.

The next ones are using some blue glittery peel offs that I have mounted on to acetate and cut round. I have used Craft Creations rub ons that I have then applied glitter to for the greeting and some pretty blue ribbon. Very quick and simple
The next 2 are using the same peel offs but in a white glitter and I have mounted them on to black ribbed card.

The last one was made using the same Craft Creation rub ons and I have used a aperture card so the glittered images are inside the card. I have edged the apertures with some peel offs and glittered a greeting.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Glitzy Christmas Card swap

This week I received the cards back from the UKS Glitzy Christmas Card swap that Monica (Passion Flower) hosted. This is the first swap I have taken part in and now I have signed myself up for another - only 3 cards this time. The cards I got back are fantastic. Now I can post up the cards that I sent out for the swap and the cards I got back. I would love to know who in the swap got my cards and then see what I received back in return. I will put the cards I got first and then my cards I sent out next. If I find out who got which of my cards, I will edit the post and the pictures in that order.

Here goes (I hope my photography does them justice - it is so dark and dingy today)

Firstly Monica's card. This is simply stunning. Acetate stamped with sparkly trees and snowflakes. The card is in 2 shades of brown. Gorgeous - as always!!!!
The next card is from Teresa (Teacake). In black, green and red - the colours go together so well!!! I love the glittery holly and handbag.

The next card is from Heather D. A lovely stamped image of Santa Claus with a dark sumptious blue velvet ribbon and blue gems.

The next card is by Debbie (Dibby) and is a lovely unusual fold (i.e. I don't know what the technical name for the fold is!!!) All the edges are glittered in green with a lovely huge poinsettia bloom on it. I love the paper - I have some of it too!!! May have to case this one!!!!

The next card is by Iana and again is simple but stunning using pink vellum with a beautiful angel stamped on to it and some lovely pink brads.

The next card is my 2 year (almost) daughter's favourite. I think she is just beginning to understand who Father Christmas and her little face lights up every time she sees the card. It is made by Cath and even the enevelope was stamped front and back. The card had a lovely greeting inside too. The photo does not show how glittery Santa's hat is. Fabby!!!!

The next card is by Nicola and is using a Magnolia stamp. I love this stamp and ordered it from Funky Kits yesterday. Not sure what was used to colour it in but it is very shimmery which cannot be seen in the photo.

The next of my beautiful cards is by Trisha. Again another Magnolia. I love the Christmassy colours on this card and the different shapes of paper used. Stunning!!!

And lastly, this card is by Anna Moore. I love this card so much. It is along the same line as the stamp that I used on all my cards. It is just gorgeous and very glitzy!!! It totally sums up the Glitzy criteria of the swap!!!! Unfortunately the photo does not do this card justice! Sorry Anna.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another Nellie

Here is another Sugar Nellie creation. I love the blues and browns. I have used Dovecraft Christmas paper and matching ribbon and Bazzill card. I cut a Tag out using the Big Shot and mounted it onto brown Bazzill and cut around it to make a mat for it. I watercoloured the Sugar Nellie stamp and cut round it and mounted it onto the tag. I punched out some snowflakes down the side of the paper using a punch and then put a gem in the middle of each cut out. On the tag, I have used some blue elastic and strung some beads on it. Added a white poinsettia bloom and a peel off greeting.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Finished Nellies

I have managed to make 2 cards today using my Sugar Nellie stamps. The first one is using Fanciful Green Filigre (their spelling not mine!!!) paper made by Paper Adventures which I got from Hobbycraft. It is lovely paper with embossed glittery swirls. The image is the Winter Sugar Nellie which I have water coloured. I have also used Bazzill Bling card and a Bling flower.

The second card is using DCWV paper from the Spring Stack with pink and blue Bazzill Bling card. I can't remember where the flowers are from. The card I cut on my Craft Robo on pearlised card and it is scalloped with hearts in each scallop. I then used ribbon inside the card behind the hearts.

I just lurve these stamps!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Sprinkling of Sugar Nellies

My Nellies arrived yesterday... ... and I spent the evening, stamping them out. I stamped one of each of the designs on a scalloped oval which I designed in Design Master and cut on the Craft Robo.
I then stamped more images just into my water colour pad so that I cut them out once they have been coloured in.

I am think I am coming down with a bit of a cold (daughter and husband had it - so only a matter of time) and so have spent the afternoon having a therapeutic colouring in session. Just need to find some energy to actually make some cards.
Here are my efforts so far...

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