Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Are you ready????


For the Christmas Countdown?? 24 projects in 24 days - hopefully!!! This will be my fifth year (unbelievably!) I have enjoyed these very much over the years, but it is always a challenge to get them done and blogged daily! I will do my best!! I am not as far ahead as I would like to be at this point!!! Some are making, some are baking, some are papercrafts and some are sewing, hopefully a mixture of interesting ideas. Check out the previous year's projects in slideshows in the side bar. 
My blog is all designed with a brand new header, so we are good to go for the festive season! Let's get crafting! See you tomorrow! TFLx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Trick or treat goodies

Last minute goodies for Halloween trick or treaters if we get any tomorrow night. Couldn't resist a little craftiness!! TFLx

Friday, 26 October 2012

Card Making Queen!


I have turned into a Card maker and not a scrap booker! I have become hooked on making cards and have got a couple of weeks behind with Project Life! Fortunately I have half term this week, so might be able to get some crafting done! 
I am signed up for the "Cut it Out" class that starts over on Studio Calico on November 1st and my class kit came yesterday. I had very few American Crafts POW glitter papers and managed to find a pack on QVC on last clicks! I now have a few more colours in stock including the greens on this four leaf clover card and the purple on a 40th card (which I forgot to photograph!!)

I have revamped the blog a bit in readiness for the Christmas countdown starting on November 1st. This will be my fifth year believe it or not. I have put the slideshows of the previous years projects up on the side bar in case you are new to this blog this year. Basically I try to make 24 projects in 24 days that are ideas for gifts, wrapping, cards, food and decorations, so you can make a start on the festive season and maybe make this year a handmade Christmas. Better get on with my planning! TFLx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Wedding card using my Cameo

I made an individual wedding card for a friends daughter who is getting married in a windmill! I took a silhouette photograph of the windmill and designed a cut file on my Cameo, including their names and interlocking hearts.
Some of the design is dotted lines too. The wedding colour scheme is duck egg so this paper was great and I made a 6x6 card using woodgrain card stock. 
A special card needs a special envelop, so I made one and decorated the outside with a small layered embellishment. TFLx

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Cardmaking again - Halloween!

 I have been playing with Mister Huey Inky black, making a few Halloween cards. We have been making some at card club at school, using the ghosts and I was inspired to make a few at home and have a go with the black mist. 
 I also decided to have a rummage in my stash for anything else vaguely 'halloweenish', I decided on Jenni Bowlin's house edging punch, some AC remarks chalkboard stickers and some Jenni Bowlin crepe paper trim I have had for ages! I printed the greetings on Orange card with my printer and just added a few orange gems here and there.
 Think this one is my favourite....
or maybe this one! 
I used up some dark brown card stock for the card blanks and wrote on chalkboard stickers with a white uniball pen. TFLx


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Project Life catch up











Three weeks worth of project life to post here! Still on track! Had to be creative with my pictures of Paris, as I had four collage photo's to include. Made a photo-stack that fed through a slot cut in the page protector. TFLx

Saturday, 13 October 2012

BOO banner!

As promised yesterday, here is my version of a banner I saw over on the Silhouette blog here. I used my Cameo to cut some pennants from some SC "English" paper I have been hanging on to for a while and then cut two doileys out of it too. I made some more rosettes the reverse side of October Afternoon's Girl Friday paper that is a toned down pumpkin colour. The ghost shape was one I used in my birdcage, just made a bit smaller, The spider was a larger version of the one from my birdcage. The vellum web was the same. I sketched the haunted house myself then did a trace and cut from my drawing. I bought the witch from the Silhouette store.

I added some vintage green glass glitter to the Spooky alphabet font that I downloaded for free from Da Font - (called Burning Wrath, in the horror section!) The black pennants I used as a background are designed by me and cut on the Cameo. this adds weight to the banner and also the scallops enable you to thread the ribbon through. I stapled each pennant in place with my tiny attacher, so they did not move on the ribbon. Unfortunately the dresser seems to be in a dark part of our house so even when its sunny the flash is reflecting! That POW paper does sparkle! TFLx
Haunted House file is available here over at UKs if you're a member.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Spooky lantern!

This project was inspired by the post over on the Silhouette blog, by team member Patricia Zapata, check it out. I loved her little halloween bird cage and decided to make one of my own, with a few variations. 
I bought the Silhouette cut file for the cage from the online store for $0.99 and then enlarged it to the size I wanted. I also bought the rosette file. I already had the cut files for 1 ghost and 2 ghost ( from UKS forum, thanks, Diana and Julie) and Spiders web is this one from Janine on UKs! Spider is this one from kztmiz on UKs. 
I added some digital elements that I printed off from Echo Park Paper Co over at Jessica Sprague.


The corner scroll was another Silhouette file purchase, but I already had the spiders web, which I cut from vellum. The ghosts are cut from AC POW glitter paper. I wanted to get some green in with the orange.  I have also started on a banner, which I will share with you tomorrow, which was also inspired by the Silhouette blog. 
Even without young children in the house, I love the American idea of decorating for autumn. I am continuing to make my kitchen dresser a feature for this season, for my own benefit. TFLx

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Au Revoir Paris!

You may have noticed I have been missing for a few days, we popped over to Paris on Eurostar (courtesy of some cheap tickets I found on Vouchercodes) to attend the Paris motor show, My present to hubby for his impending 50th birthday!! He has always been car mad and I could not think what to get him for his birthday in December. When I saw this advertised (and very reasonable at 13 Euros a ticket) I thought that coupled with the cheap rail and a hotel courtesy of lastminute.com, could be a great solution, and it was. Of course we did the sights too.....

but let's just not mention the blisters I got!!!!
Think this picture for my Project Life sums it up pretty well! Lets just say they were horrendous! TFLx

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Other card sentiments

Here I have made some other sentiment cards, "so happy to have you," "Thinking of you," and Happy together.
Happy World Card making day! Hope all my cards, posted this week, inspired you to  have a go! TFLx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Hello!!

Sometimes you just need a card to say "Hello" I love this new stamp by Amy Tangerine on the left here, I used it a lot.





This one on the left here, which I mixed with Happy Birthday and this one at the back that just says "hi" with happy birthday.
Make some Hello cards or use up some old alphas by saying hi! TFLx

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you cards are always useful! If you don't have  time to write a letter, but just want to say thanks, these are the perfect answer!
This one using a Dear Lizzy Thanks a bunch stamp set.
This one with a mini glassine envelope full of punched confetti (all the rage at the moment!) and a banner of chipboard embellishments and buttons threaded on twine.
 This on on the left with a rose brad, maybe best to hand deliver that one!
This with a tag and a couple of negative punch outs. Just a few to get you started! TFLx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The dreaded 'man' cards and some pennants to download!!



I have a few "male" birthday cards here for today's post. Keeping the theme to transport cameras or a mixture of type and lettering. Modern and simple.
A couple of map cards on this photo too, as well as a couple of blue themed ladies cards! Equality!
Love this one 

that was inspired by this one here in the Studio Calico gallery - thanks Leah, simple and gorgeous!
Head over to the Studio Calico gallery if you want to be inspired!
I then branched out into another banner on here, using printable 'mini flags' from scrap 365 magazine downloads here. (check out the bingo cards and speech bubbles whilst you are there! Handy to have!) 
I printed them out on presentation paper which is 120gsm or 160 gsm. I used half of them on this card, with the words added in my own handwriting at the bottom - "put the flags out!" I literally folded the individual flags over some twine and glued them with a glue stick and cut the v shape in the bottom afterwards. Anchor your twine by tying around brads or by punching two holes in the front of the card with a small eyelet punch and then tying on the inside. You could make a banner of football colours for a male card, with mini team numbers on! Hope these have inspired you to get cracking, no excuses!

Getting carried away now - Christmas pennants, new baby pennants, good luck pennants!!!