Wednesday 29 October 2014

Is it too early for Christmas?!?!

That's the theme of our challenge over at The Paper Shelter this week, personally, I think it is never too early for Christmas LOL!

You don't have to use a Paper Shelter image to join in with our challenge, but if you do and are the randomly chosen winner then you get a fabulous $30 gift certificate to spend in store, if you use any other image you will win 3 digi images of your choice.

For my card I have used the very cute Are You Ready My Friend? digi stamp

Image - Are You Ready My Friend? - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Tis the Season - Just So Scrappy
Reindeer charm - Stash
Snowflake - Joy Crafts Ice Crystal 6002/2018 and 6002/2019
Grosgrain ribbon - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the merry and bright inspiration from my teamies, and don't forget to play along with our challenge to be in with a chance of winning a fab prize.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Teddy Bo Tuesday Challenge

It's time for a new challenge over at Teddy Bo today and this time around our theme is -
You need to use a Teddy Bo image to play along and could be in with the chance of winning a fabulous ten images of your choice from the Teddy Bo and Co store.

The image I've used was drawn specially for me, as it is my Grandson Charlie's 3rd birthday on 6th November and he loves Mini's - they have to be red, because that's his favourite colour.
I have used a bit of artistic license to colour in some of the details so that the image matches the
ride-in Mini Cooper he is getting for his birthday.

Image - TeddyBo_257
Papers - Boy Thing and Speed Racer - Crazy 4 Monograms
Sizzix nesting star dies
Ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower

A big thank you to Gayle for the fabulous image, it's just perfect.

Here's a pic of the young man himself, I was looking after him one day a couple of weeks ago, he was on his laptop and I was working on the computer, when I suddenly thought to myself, he's very quiet, what on earth is he up to now, I turned around and saw this - he was fast asleep, standing up!!!
He has a leopard print fleecy blankie, that goes everywhere with him and when it's in the wash he uses his mum's dressing gown, which is what he is snuggled up to here.

Take a look at all the new releases HERE

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for popping in,

Colette xx

Sunday 26 October 2014

Tis the Season pop up box

Today I have one of the pop up boxes from The Paper Creator Mega Christmas pop up box bundle to show you, still half price at the moment, 10 pop up box kits for only £5!
I love making up these boxes, they are soooo easy and yet look so impressive, and the kit contains everything you need including a matching envelope. I added a couple of punched holly leaves, snowflakes, pearls, glitter and a small die-cut poinsettia and it was done.

Tis the Season Pop up box kit - Christmas pop up box Mega kit - The Paper Creator
X-cut snow crystal punches large and medium
X-cut holly sprig punch
Marianne Creatables small poinsettia die
Pearls - Meiflower

Somehow or other I managed to print the topper sheet twice, so I decided to make up a couple of cards, just using scrap card and paper I had in my scrap box, I think they show just how versatile these kits are. I will share them with you next weekend.

Hope you are having a great weekend,
take care,
Colette xx

Friday 24 October 2014

Engagement Card

I've been missing in action for most of this week, lots of stuff going on, including yet another theatre visit, a trip to the cinema and out for a couple of meals, my social life such as it is, is either all or nothing LOL!

We went to see Gone Girl on Wednesday, I had read the book ages ago and really enjoyed it, although I had figured out the twist almost immediately, it was nice to see it all come to life on the big screen. I thought they had done a good job too, because it was very similar to the book, a couple of characters missed out, but no-one too important, and all done very well.
Thursday it was off to the Empire Theatre again, this time to see The Full Monty, not a musical for a change, but a proper play, it was really well done, full of humour and sadness, much like the film, a great cast and brilliant ending.
Once again I went with my daughter Stacy and my friend and her daughter Alison. Alison has recently got engaged and I wanted to make her a card, but with everything going on I just haven't had the time, so yesterday I quickly coloured up my favourite image for engagement cards and made a quick CAS card, with a Gift Card holder inside.

Image - Jack and Diane - Bugaboo
Centura pearl double sided card - Craft Creations
Joy Crafts Lattice heart
Diamante heart topper - Meiflower

Well that's all from me today, I'll be back over the weekend with a Paper Creator Christmas Pop-up box,

Thanks for visiting,
take care,
Colette xx

Saturday 18 October 2014

Pink or Blue with Buttons

How are you today? I'm off to The Liverpool Empire theatre to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat with my daughter Meg this afternoon, this will be the 14th time I have seen it, the 13th being only a couple of days ago on Thursday LOL!
Now I do love it, obviously, or I wouldn't have seen it so many times, but I don't usually see it twice in one week. When we originally decided to book Meg didn't want to come, then a few days later she decided she did, because we need a wheelchair space for Meg we couldn't add her on to our Thursday booking, hence my second show today, not that I'm complaining hehe!

It's time for a new challenge over at Paper Creator today and this time around the theme is
You don't have to use Paper Creator products to take part, but if you do, you get a second entry into the random draw to win a £10 gift certificate to spend in store.

Here's what I came up with

Image - Polly's Piece of Cake Illustration - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
JustRite Custom Dies - Vintage Labels 3
Dotted Circle die - Little B
Papers - Romance and Roses - Nitwit Collections
Heart button - stash
Ribbon and polka dot buttons - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from my teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,

have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Another Chalkboard

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and this week our theme is

this includes Fairies, Witches, Dragons, Ogres, anything magical or mystical.

You don't have to use a Paper Shelter image to play along, but if you do, and you are the randomly picked winner you will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, if you win using any other image you get to choose three digital stamps.

Here's my card for the challenge
Digital Stamp - Witching Hour - The Paper Shelter
Chalk it up Kit - The Clipart Fairy
Memory Box - Creepy Web
Memory Box - Dangling Spider
Memory Box - Scary Spiders
Memory Box - Swooping Bats
La La Land - Spiderweb Corner 8055
(Big thanks to my friend Karen for the loan of the dies)
Ribbon and tiny red gems - Meiflower

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Little Red Wagon - #259 Spooky
Penny's Paper-Crafty  - #199 Anything Goes
Scrappers' Delights - #33 anything goes/Monochrome
A Step in the Dark  -dark theme req. - #12 Anything goes
Wonderful Wednesdays  - Always Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays  - #185 Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party  - #22 Anything Halloween

Pop over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out the magical inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Sunday 12 October 2014

Not my usual sort of card

A few weeks ago I saw and fell in love with the gorgeous Flower Maiden images from A Day for Daisies, I purchased them all and set about making a card, somehow or other I went off on a completely different tangent from my normal card-making style, and this is what I ended up with.
I wasn't sure about it, but it has received lots of lovely compliments from visitors who had spotted it sitting on my mantelpiece among the other cards I've made recently, so I thought I would finally get it blogged.
I layered up papers, and wording from the digital kit I used, before printing and adding to the card front, I coloured up the flower maiden and then fussy cut her, shaped her a little and fixed to card with foam pads, then I punched stars from black glitter card, and that was it - all done.

Digital Stamp - Flower Maiden 1 - A Day for Daisies
Papers and wording - Journal your art out - CAH_NRJ Designs (retired)

Thanks for popping in and taking a look,
Colette xx

Friday 10 October 2014

Chalkboard Christmas

The sun is cracking the flags as I am typing this, but the weather man has forecast rain and possible thunderstorms for later today, hey-ho, you've gotta love the British weather.
I'm off to the theatre tonight to see Wicked, I read the book years ago, so it will be good to see it all come to life, well what I can remember of it anyway LOL!

I've got a Christmas Chalkboard card to show you today, the easel comes from a Clipart Fairy kit, the wording was found on Google and it's been simply decorated, with lots of punched foliage. The reverse of the card looks like a cork board and has a little piece of notepaper pinned to it for writing your message (forgot to take photo)

Chalkboard Easel - Chalk it up kit - The Clipart Fairy
Wording - Google search
Foliage - Martha Stewart branch punch, X-cut Holly sprig punch and Carl punch Forest Fern
Ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower

Hope you have a lovely weekend,
thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday 8 October 2014

A card for a baby girl

Firstly I'd like to wish my youngest daughter Meg a very happy birthday, I know she often comes on and checks out my blog when she is trawling the internet, so Happy Birthday Sweetie!, she will be 24 today, which makes me feel ancient as she is my baby LOL!

Here's a card I made a few weeks ago, I fell in love with the digi stamp after seeing it used on THIS card on Christine's blog, so off I went to the store where it fell into my basket along with some other cuties!

Image- Night night LIttle One - All Dressed Up
Papers - Grin and Bear it - Nitwit Collections
Billie's circle die - Joy Crafts
Shoes - Marianne Creatables LR0303
Memory Box - Library alphabet tags
Ribbon and pearls - Meiflower
Button and Twine - Stash

I mentioned in my last post that hubby and I had been out for Afternoon tea to a posh and very high (34th floor) restaurant on the Liverpool waterfront as part of our Silver wedding anniversary present from my daughter Stacy, well here are a few pics of the view from our table.

along the waterfront from the Liver buildings and through the Albert Dock

Looking inland, with the Catholic cathedral to the far left, the Anglican cathedral to the far right and St John's beacon standing tall.

The ferry cross the Mersey, coming into the Pier head
(bet it looks a bit different from your days Christine)

this was presented to us by our waitress, what a lovely gesture!

Well that's the lot folks,
off to celebrate Meg's birthday with cake and wine, mmm yummy!

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Sunday 5 October 2014

Santa Claus Easel Gift Box

I had a lovely afternoon out with my hubby yesterday, at the Panoramic 34 restaurant, down near the Liverpool waterfront. Stacy had booked us afternoon tea there as part of our Silver wedding anniversary present, but as we were away for our anniversary, so she had booked it for this weekend.
She dropped us off and picked us up, so all we had to do was make the most of a couple of hours of free time. 
The restaurant is on the 34th floor of a 38 floor apartment block, so the views were spectacular, we took loads of photo's and I will share some of the with you in my next post. The afternoon tea was delicious and we had a relaxing couple of hours.

Today I have an Easel card gift box to show you, made from The Paper Creator Christmas Easel Gift Boxes Mega Kit. There are 10 different designs in the mega kit, and at the moment it is on sale for only £5.
Each kit comes with a matching box, which holds the gift box, the top of the gift box is an easel card, and when you open the box, you pull out a little drawer that will hold a small gift.

I decided to make up the Santa Claus box.

I added a punched border to both the easel card and drawer front, as well as some pearls and a cord bow, I also used the cord to make a small handle for the drawer and another bow for the gift tag, which also comes in the kit.

Thanks for dropping in and taking a look
Colette xx

Wednesday 1 October 2014

The Paper Shelter Pearls Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at The Paper Shelter and this time around our theme is...

couldn't be simpler could it? We would love for you to play along with us, you don't have to use a Paper Shelter image, but if you do and you're the randomly chosen winner you get a $30 gift certificate to spend in store. If you win using any other image you can choose yourself 3 of the gorgeous digi's from the store, so it's win, win all around.

This week I've used the fabulous In the 20's digi-stamp and matching paper pack.

Digital stamp - In the 20's - The Paper Shelter
Papers - In The 20's Paper Pack - The Paper Shelter
Centura Old Gold pearl card - Crafters Companion
Sweet Dixie Die - Intricate Oval Frame
Lace - Stash
Flatback Pearl String - Wild Orchid Crafts
Stick on pearls and ribbons - Meiflower

Make sure you pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies, and don't forget to enter our Pearls challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx