Saturday, 20 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Theme Challenge

Well well, it's the third week of September, folks. We're getting ever closer to Christmas. Over at the 52 {C}CT grotto we're celebrating a Nordic Christmas. That's our theme for this week.

Admittedly, after I picked the theme there was a brief moment of excitement and then ... cold sweat and a resounding "What were you thinking?!" I found myself flipping through Ikea's 2013 Christmas catalogue for inspiration.

To spare you the humiliation (of being outed as a flatpack junkie and a hoarder), nip over to  the 52 {C}CT blog where I've included some tips on how to achieve the Nordic or Scandinavian look for your Christmas creations.

Here's my offering for this week's challenge using Chocolate Baroque stamps:  


The patterned paper is from Papermania's "Home For Christmas" 6x6 pad.
I did some stitching. The greeting is from CB Warm Christmas Greetings, heat
embossed in white. Embellishments: 1 red bling and some red & white twine.

Here's a close-up of the tree from CB Holly Bells.
 I heat embossed it in white on kraft CS and fussy cut it.
I added some Stickles for some subtle glitter and finished
it off with some red & white and one red bling in the star
at the top of the tree.
A few challenges for this card:

CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Addicted To Stamps #113: Holidays

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Theme challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 26th September. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * Louise * Patricia * Ruth
Thank you stopping by today and have a lovely weekend, friends!

Beijinhos


Friday, 19 September 2014

Polkadoodles #38: Sketch

It's Polkadoodles Day, friends! Are you ready for another challenge. The challenge for the next two weeks will be based on a sketch. You can flip it, rotate it or use it as it is as long as the basic sketch is recognisable you're good to go.

This week I'm playing with the Work & Play 5 Festive Hollybobs Collection. You can purchase it as a CD or instant Download. Nikky alos has loads of clear stamps from the Hollybobs Collection.

Here's my card:


Everything you see on this card in from the Hollybobs Collection, except for the
bits of ribbon, glitter and bling.

On the inside I used one of the elements from the Sentiments sheet, also from the
Hollybobs Collection.


Just a few challenges for this card:

Addicted To Stamps #113: Holiday
Dream It Up: Christmas & Holidays
Crafty Little Fairies: Sparkle & Bling
Crafty Girls #27: AG
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project based on the Sketch and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) September 19th. The winner will receive 4 Digi Downloads from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, October 3rd, along with the DT's Top 3 entries.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Beijinhos

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #213: Bows And Butterflies

Good morning, friends! As promised yesterday, I bring you a non-Christmas card... finally! This is my offering for this week's Tuesday Throwdown - the theme: Bows an Butterflies. Our sponsor for this challenge is the über talented Deedee Anderson of Deedee's Digis. Her online store is jam packed with the most  adorable digis.


I picked the "Loads of Love" sheet for my project. This image reminds me of those times when we need to put on our big girl panties and deal with it!


The floral paper is from the Spring Feast 8x8 pad by First Edition. I tied some twine and let
loose a few butterflies by Clearly Besotted. The sentiment is from Deedee's Loads Of Love sheet.
 

I just had to stamp those butterflies on the inside too.

The bloomers are getting an airing at these challenges:


Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Bows and Butterflies". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm PST / 11pm GMT by Monday, September 22nd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish y'all a beautiful Tuesday.

Beijinhos!



Monday, 15 September 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Actually, I should say "Baby, it's WET outside!" Urgh.... It's raining ... And so ends Summer.

Hello friends! Here's a card I meant to share with you last week... but that never happened! So here it is, albeit a few days late. I've been playing with Chocolate Baroque's Snowy Penguins clear stamp set ... those pingus are seriously adorable!

Here's an easy card to make. You can prepare the various components in advance and put them all together. Perfect for mass production. It's not bulky which makes it great for mailing. Leave out the bling and it's flat as a pancake - ready to fly across oceans.





Start by heat embossing the snowflakes from the Snowy Penguins set with Stampendous Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder.

Ink the background in shades of blue with TH Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass.

Stamp the sentiment in the sky with VersaFine Majestic Blue.

Next, stamp the penguins and Mr Snowman on bleed-proof white card stock, colour and fussy cut the images. I coloured with Graph'It markers: Antartic, Cool Grey 0, Fresh Mint, Neutral Grey 0, Neutral Grey 1, Coral, Lipstick, Ruby

Take another piece of white card, run it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and cut humped pieces that look like snow dunes. Lightly ink the edges in pale blue VersaMagic Aspen Mist and Sea Breeze.

To assemble the card: adhere the snow dunes on the inked background, followed by the penguins and snowman. I used foam tape for dimension. You can kick it up a notch by adding some sparkle and glitter.



How about we take these guys to a few challenges:

CHNC September Extra: AG Christmas
Completely Christmas #29: AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #42: Colour Challenge
Festive 48: AG Christmas
CHNC #194: Silent Night
Stamping Sensation September: Things with Wings - penguins
Robyn's Fetish #229: Use Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Crafting When We Can #78: Christmas Come Early

Also, there's a colour Challenge on at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and the colours are suspiciously similar to the ones I've used today. Hope you'll be inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see ya tomorrow with a non-Christmas creation (I heard that sigh of relief! LOL).

Beijinhos!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Colour Challenge

Welcome to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Colour Challenge. It's my second week playing hostess and I get to choose the colours. Here's the colour prompt - nothing complicated.

 Red OR Blue + Black AND White + Silver OR Gold.

Deedee Designs will be sponsoring the challenges for September. Head on over to Deedee's on-line store to take a peek (and be tempted!) by her beautiful artwork.

Here's my card for this week - an icy easel card:

The image and greeting are from Chocolate Baroque's Snowy Penguin clear stamp set.
I heat embossed the snowflakes and inked the background with Distress Inks: Broken China,
Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. I added silver bling and tied silver crochet thread for
some festive sparkle.

I coloured the image with Graph'It and Promarkers.
Snowman: GI Antarctic, Fresh Mint, Blender
Hat & Scarf: PM Royal Blue, True Blue & Azure.
Black bling for his eyes and blue for his buttons complete the snowman.

Some challenges for this card:

Sweet Stampin' Christmas September: Christmas Critters
Christmas Card Challnges #41: Tall & Skinny / AG Christmas
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Shopping Our Stash #168: Chicken / Any Other Bird - Penguin
Fussy & Fancy #122: More Than One Fold - easel card
Completely Christmas #29: AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Colour challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 19th September. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * Louise * Patricia * Ruth

Rosie's Update:
Rosie is doing well. Her appetite is back, the fever is gone, she's starting to gain weight, her blood-work is encouraging and she's playing ball!. The not so good news is her tumour is hasn't reduced much. On the other hand, we should be thankful that it hasn't grown. We're seeing the oncologist again at the end of the month to discuss "what next". Until then, we're enjoying having Rosie back.     
That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a fun weekend!

Beijinhos,

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