Monday, 5 December 2016

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday Challenge #77

Today I'm sharing my DT page for the new challenge that just starting over at The Memory Nest.

And how long ago does Halloween seem now I'm in the midst of Christmas preparations and my Let's December Daily album!

This was my youngest grandson's first real taste of trick or treating and he got really excited about all the children coming to knock at his door.

I'm really pleased that I put my Halloween stamps to good use on this page - using stamps on pages more often is something I intend to address next year.

I chose to put the TREAT part of the title in larger alphas as he melted my heart in this pic and does look an absolute cute treat himself!

Stamps: SU, gorgeous grunge; Clearly Besotted, Halloween Spirit
Inks: Ranger distress, wilted violet
Alphas: Simple Stories, So Rad
Stickers: Simple Stories, So Rad

So how will you use this sketch? I'm guessing we may seem some thanksgiving or even Christmas pages popping up in The Memory Nest's gallery. Looking forward to seeing them.

Thanks for your time today and your visit is especially appreciated at this super busy time of year. So I'm sending you Christmas sparkle!

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge

The Decemebr Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers begins today and this month we'd like to see a wreath on your cards.

I was lucky enough to buy this Clearly Besotted wreath stamp set before they shut up shop - hopefully only temporarily -  so of course it's getting its first airing here today.

I chose two shades of green and that all important Christmas red and made a simple one layer card.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Layered Wreath
Inks: SU, pear pizzazz, old olive, garden green, real red
Embellishments: Wink of Stella, cleat; Doodlebug Sprinkles, ladybug asst.

Well it's your turn now. I'm sure you've all got exciting ideas to share and I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you've created. Do go check out the rest of the HLS DT cards - here - and then get crafting.

Thanks for visiting today, your time is really appreciated.  And I'm sending you Christmas sparkle so keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - #79 Christmas

The new AAA Cards Challenge begins today and of course the theme is Christmas.

Here's my fun card:

I used a circle stencil to make a little bubble of sky and then stamped the whimsical reindeer on top of it. A strip of washi just grounded his hooves and placed my stamped sentiment.

A trio of enamel dots finished my card a treat.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Let's Prance
Inks: SU, soft sky; Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: tan, cinnamon, poppy
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, blue jean asst.; Wink of Stella, clear; washi from my stash 

We're all looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards pop up in the AAA Cards gallery, should be a fantastic collection!

I'm linking this card up with Kylie's Twelve Days of Christmas Cards Challenge:

Thanks for visiting today. And I'm sending you Christmas sparkle to keep you crafting!

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Let's December Daily - Title Pages & Day 1
And so it's all begun - that magical month of December and the start of my daily record!

Today I'm sharing my title pages and the first two days of my album over at Let's December Daily where you'll get the full low down, but here's some pics to whet your appetite:

And I'm also sharing the idea of an Advent photo challenge. I'm intending to take a photo and share it on instagram throughout Advent. Want to join me? I'll be using #janesadventchallenge and here's the photo themes:

Thanks for joining me today, it's been great having your company. And I'm sending you Christmas sparkle to keep you crafting!

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches #202

Oh wow! Here we are on the very first day of the magical month of December. Everything is beginning to tingle!

And CAS Colours & Sketches new colour challenge is here today to get your festivities off with a sparkle! This week we're asking you to choose a favourite 2016 colour combo and make it seasonal.

And I went for this beautiful trio of colours from May 19th:

I kept everything very simple and very CAS and and very flat and very quick! Perfect for this busy time of year.

Unusually I started this card by stamping the images and then placing the washi strips to fit. The greeting was the last finishing touch.

Stamps: Uniko, Jingle Bells, Simply Said II
Inks: SU, blackberry bliss, metallic silver, lost lagoon
Washi from my stash

You can check out all the other DT cards here and also find a link to all the 2016 colours under the tab at the top of the CC&S blog. You're also get a chance to meet some of our new Design Team as they join in and play along this week - and the remaining new DT will be introduced when they join in next week.

I'm also starting my Advent photo challenge today. Here's my list:

I'll be sharing my pics on instagram at #janesadventchallenge. I'd love for you to join in with me and countdown to Christmas together.

I'm really thrilled to have had you drop by my blog today, massive thanks.  And I'm sending you Christmas sparkle!

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Uniko November Release & Blog Hop

Let's hear it for Uniko's November Release Blog Hop Special! Are you ready for this? Well here we go!

My first share today uses that Rustic Wreath stamp set I couldn't shut up about yesterday. And I've tried something a bit different.

I got this idea for a table setting from Card Making and Crafting magazine and a little light bulb went click in my head. I think it's rather cute and a fab way to get my crafting passion into the mix on Christmas Day.

If you've been following my Let's December Daily album preparations - here and here - you'll recognise the colour scheme. And they're going to be my 2016 table colours too.

I started by die cutting a scalloped edge to one side of the card and then stitched round three edges to make a pocket. the wreath was stamped and die cut into a doughnut and attached to the ribbon bow with jute twine - it's so fun to see it swing.

I added my initial to the centre, a sentiment at the bottom and some of the little twiggy stamps too. The whole thing was blinged up with sparkly crystals.

Just need to make the rest of the family place settings now - or I could just have a peaceful time on my own, so NOT going to happen!

Stamps: Uniko, Rustic Wreath & Classic alphabet
Inks: SU, Chocolate chip, tempting turquoise; Memento pear tart
Dies: Spellbinders, labels eight & standard circles small; Die-namics, inside out stitched circle stax
Embellishments: SU ribbon, island indigo; Bling Bling gems; Creative Expressions, jute twine 

I'm keeping my post as short as possible today so you can get on with your hopping, but in fairness I had to feature the other two new release sets didn't I?

So here it is using a very modern colour scheme to match the trendy look of the triangular tree stamps.

I almost added a pop of red with the stars, but changed my mind and went with purple to keep that ultra chic alternative look.

Stamps: Uniko, Christmas Pop & Most Wonderful
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: purple star gems from my stash

And now the bit you've been waiting for - a chance to win the whole November release. Simply comment here and on all the other Uniko DT blogs in the hop to be in with a chance. YAY, so easy!

Jane - that's me

Good luck my friends!
Thanks for your time today, so pleased you dropped by.  And keep crafting!

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Let's December Daily
I'm up on the Let's December Daily blog again today sharing the last of my album preparations before it all starts in earnest. Eeek! Only 3 days to go!

Here's a little peek of what you can see over there:

Hope you'll hop over and join me! Here's the link - Let's December Daily

As part of my December album I'm challenging myself to take a photo each day of Advent. I'll be sharing my pics on instagram using #janesadventchallenge and would love you to join me. it'll be great fun counting down the days to Christmas together. Here's the challenge:

Thanks for your time today. And keep crafting!

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