Sunday, 23 November 2014

First Christmas Cards

I was asked to make a couple of Christmas cards for some little people's first Christmas!
This one uses a Day for Daisies image which I think is an absolute cutie.  It's coloured with Mirage Pens and gently twinkled with Glamour Dust. The background is embossed with a Sheena Douglass folder and the mistletoe is from a Sizzlet die.
Time out Challenge - Embossing with the optional twist of sparkle
For this one I used a Lili  of the Valley image which I altered slightly to change the beanie hat into a Santa hat. I masked off part of the stamp before inking and after stamping drew the tail and bobble on the hat with a black fine pen. It's coloured  with Mirage pens. The embossing on this one is from a Sizzix folder.
CAS on Sunday - Children's card
I hope both little ones have a wonderful first Christmas!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Jingle all the way

I really hope that this year I will have made enough Christmas cards to send to our friends without a mad making session at the last moment. 
At Less is More we have had a few challenges which had a Christmas slant to them to allow everyone the chance to make Christmas versions should they wish to. This week however is a little more difficult to get away from Christmas as the challenge is entitled Jingle all the way. 
For the first two cards, I simply Googled 'Santa's sleigh' and found a downloadable, printable image. As this one was reasonably long I decided to make two cards from the one image.
The bells are from Memory Box and the sentiment cut with a Sizzix die, using white card which I coloured to match the image using a Spectrum Noir pen. 
The  frame was cut with a  Sizzix Framelit square.

Here are the other reindeer!This time the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
A little Docrafts Rudolph, embossed in gold and coloured with Mirage PEns.The embossing is also from a little Docrafts border folder.
The sentiment is from Sizzix again.

This is the last example for this week, which I popped on the Less is More Blog. Details are there!

I shall be singing in a performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins this evening in Portsmouth. It's to be synchronised with a film specially produced for the purpose, with footage from many conflicts over the years beginning with World War I. I think it should be very moving!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

CASe this Sketch!

Here is this week's sketch from CASe this Sketch!
 I have a little card to add to my pile of Christmas cards. The image was stamped, masked and stamped twice more before being coloured with Mirage pens. I ran 'the sea' through a Cuttlebug folder to add a few waves.
The sentiment was computer generated.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


There are a few crafters whose work never fails to inspire me. One such of these is Heather Telford. Not only is she inspirational but she is always more than willing to share her expertise with others.
The other day I saw one of her cards which just made me itch to have a try at something similar!
Gold Snowflakes Heather Telford
Mine is not a direct copy but I tried a similar technique, using similar stamps and colours. Long may your inspiration continue Heather... and thank you!