Sunday, 30 September 2012

Going Dutch

Can you believe it? I'm sticking with my European Christmas series. My third festive offering is for a our Dutch friends. A lovely couple and I love them even more at Christmas time because they insist on showering us (namely moi) with Banketstaaf - the most delectable, delightful and decadent traditional Dutch pastry ... oh I'm salivating just writing about it. It's yummy warm, cold or a day old...its just divine. (Excuse me while I wipe my chin!).

While I dream of my Banketstaaf, I leave you with this card which reminds me of a gingerbread house... oh yum...again! And in case it isn't immediately obvious, I'm attempting a CAS card. My friend Sandie and I decided to challenge ourselves: she "unCASes" me while I "CAS" her... or is it the other way around: she "CASes" me while I "unCAS" her? Oh bother...  And in that nebulous fog, I offer thee my CAS effort.

CAS point 1: no patterned papers.  CAS point 2: no fancy die-cutting and layering. So far so good, Sandie?
And here's where it all goes to pot: I used an image that needed elaborate colouring because I was driven by visions of a gingerbread house. I must have used a gazillion SN and Promarker pens to get the biscuit (brickwork) right. And true to form I applied Crystal Stickes on the snow to give it an icy glow. Not so obvious in the photo. Oh woe my photography skills! 
And CAS continues its downward spiral: Embossing: hot for the sentiment and dry for the snowflake background. Some silver mirri stars for festive pizzaz!
CAS hits rock bottom: stitching. I'm addicted. Nothing looks right without it!
The shame continues inside: more embossing, lashings of Crystal Stickles, layering and stitching.
Sorry Sandie, I tried.
Stamp: WMS "A Cottage Christmas"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampendous Fine White EP
Colours: Spectrum Noir and Promarker alcohol markers. (details to follow)

I'm using the sketch from Waltzing Mouse Challenge #117, which I turned on its head, with a fair bit of artistic licence. Colours and thoughts of festive sweet came from Christmas Stampin' All Year Long#30: "Photo Inspiration" and for sugar frosting - Jingle Bell: "Dashing Through the Snow". As always, you'l find my card over at MIM #109.

Thanks for visiting. I'll update the long list of alcohol markers later, but now we've off to church.  Have a blessed Sunday y'all and we'll catch up soon. And Sandie.... can't wait to see what you come up with!


Thursday, 27 September 2012

God Jul - tag

Hello fellow crafters! Just popping in for a quick show and tell. I made a tag last night while watching old episodes of Petticoat Junction....Yes, I even remember it in black and white! Who doesn't? (Please don't answer that!)

Anyways, on to the 2nd project in my so-called series of European Christmas. Here's  simple vintage inspired gift tag with a Swedish / Norwegian greeting. This one's for Holly Jolly's "Oh Christmas Tag" challenge, Fashionista's "Anything Goes Christmas" challenge and Crazy Amigos' "Not a Card" challenge.

The tag measures 4-3/4" x 2-1/2".  No patterned papers.
The greeting and image are by WMS coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens.  
I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the image and inked it with Vintage Photo. Then I layered it on green CS which I embossed with the swiss dots  folder.  
Ad the back: there he is again this time stamped in Rhubarb Stalk.
Stamp: WMS Nutcracker Sweet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
SN pens: Face & Hands - FS2, FS3, TN2, PP1; Suit - JG3, JG5, C8, C10, GB5; Boots - IG10, IG8 

You can easily churn out several of these vintage tags while watching The Waltons or Green Acres. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another project.


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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Purple St. Nick

It's still raining...but all's not lost. Some crafting goodies arrived in the mail and I've been busy playing with my new toys.

For today's card I used stamps from WMS Nutcracker Sweet set. It not only has some cute images but also Christmas greetings in German, Dutch, Swedish and French. And since I live in mainland Europe, Christmas felicitations between friends and family are mostly in anything but English...except for the cards, of course! So this year, I plan to surprise a few people with vernacular versions to grace their mantle pieces.

My first card in the "series" (which suggests I have a plan... hahah!) is this rather unconventional card for an unconventional friend. I'm using the sketch from Christmas Challenges #43. Since my friend's fave colour is purple I'm also linking my card to 365 Cards day 209: "Colour Me Purple"Crafty Bloggers Network #3: "Purple" and Creative Card Crew #20: "Purple". The sparkle and bling were inspired by Sparkles Christmas Challenge #20.

Here's my card:'s purple, very very purple. But its what she likes! Just a small bit of patterned paper from  (... you won't believe this!) Fancy Pants Oct 31st 6x6 pad. Yes, I am aware it's a Halloween paper pad. I feeling rebellious! 3 blings and lashing of Diamond Stickles complete the festive feel.

St Nick and the sentiment in German are by WMS. (I really need to sort out my lighting. The colours are more vibrant than seen in the photos). 
I coloured St Nick with SN alcohol markers and popped him up on a die cut from Spellbinders Resplendent  Rectangles.  On his  gold  trim I squeezed some Diamond Stickles. I used Cuttlebug's D'Vine folder to emboss the swirly background, inspired by his curly swirly hair!
On the inside, I stamped swags and added some bling.
Paper: Fancy Pants 31st Oct 6x6 pad
Stamp: WMS Nutcracker Sweet
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
SN Pens: Robe - PL2, PL4, PL5, LV1, LV2, LV3 (from the Purples set), PP2, PP1; Gold Trim - GB5 & Sakura glitter pen; Face - FS2, FS3, PP1; Hair & Beard - IG1, IG2, IG4; Tree - DG3, DG4, JG4, JG6
Spellbinder die: Majestic Elements Resplendent Rectangles S5-147

That's all from me today. Thanks for dropping in for a peek. I'm off to sort out dinner. Have a great day and we'll catch up soon!


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Monday, 24 September 2012

Lost in Translation

Hello there, dear friends! It's Monday... again. I'm here to share with you my Mojo offering and to let you in on a secret. It's not actually my secret, but I do have permission to blab.

A couple of weeks ago, "Jack" (not his real name) asked me to make a card for Jill (that is her real name!). He's wants to propose to her by the end of this month. They've been dating for ten and a half years and he feels the time is right to make it official. He asked if I could make him a feminine card to profess his undying love. The sentiment: "How are you". A very peculiar request, I thought. Apparently it's their own code for "I love you".  Not really knowing how to tackle the idiosyncrasies of youthful lovebirds, I did what I do best - procrastinate.  But alas, today I was cornered at the coffee machine with no card and no credible excuse. Worse still, I told him I'd give him the card tomorrow.

So, I phoned my husband for ideas (I was desperate!). He listened and out of the blue he said: "What's for dinner, dear?" For about 2 seconds I was speechless and then: "It's 10am and you're thinking of dinner? Seriously?!" And he said: "No... yes...It's my secret code. It means I can't wait to come home and be with you at the end of the day". Oh so romantic, I thought...until he said "And don't forget to get some beer".  Yes, folks, I don't call him Conan the Barbarian for nothing. A diamond in the rough.

As soon as I got home, I set about making the card. My tools: Mojo Monday Sketch #260, The Shabby Room #133 "White", Platypus Creek #16 "Pearls & Lace" and Shelly's Image "Shaped Card"

Here's my card for "Jack". I hope it fits the bill.

I went with the round option. The papers are from Papermania's Capsule Collection "Linen".
Plenty of bridal action: lace, pearls, hearts and flowers. I think its screaming L-O-V-E.
My WMS stamp says "Hey, How are you?" I hope the extra word won't be an issue!
The sentiment is on pop-dots.  I tied a bow with the lace, placed it on 2 felt flowers and fastened the lot down with a  cream brad.
I used Hearts , Circles and Fleur de Lis dies to cut out the layers. 
I stuck to my brief and there's no mention of "Love", even on the inside.
"Just Saying Hello, Will You Marry Me" 

Thanks for looking at my no-love romantic card. I'm off to get dinner started. No beer but we'll have some wine...if he behaves! LOL. Have a romantic evening y'all!


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Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Vintage Christmas to You

Sunday evening, my friends, and it's been a cloudy, muggy day. Hardly any sun. I suspect autumn is making its grand entrance. The first half of the day was pretty much normal: church followed by lunch with the in-laws. Then we rushed home to end the day in slothful splendour on the couch facing the telly. And just so you know we take this very seriously, dinner was left-over pizza. If you're going to be lazy, you might as well do it properly!

I did have a small industrial interlude, just enough to produce another Christmas card for my stash. Ideas and inspiration came from the following challenges: Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge  #116, Crimbo Crackers #24: Vintage, 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Sept Embellishment: Eyelets and  ABC Christmas Challenge: S for Santa.

Here's my card:

The vintage Santa and plaid are by Raspberry Road. And there are 7 eyelets ... can you see them?!
For the focal image I used WMS Vintage Ornament stamp and Spellbinder die.
The sentiment is from the Compliments of the Season by WMS, which I cut with Spellbinders Oval die.
Some cream vintage lace and 3 blings complete the sketch elements. 

The sentiment is from WMS Seasons of Love. A couple more eyelets for the inside and I'm calling it a day.

Papers: Raspberry Road "Christmas Remembered"
Stamps: WMS "Vintage Ornaments", "Compliments of the Season" and "Seasons of Love"
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk; Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
Spellbinder Dies: 2010 Heirloom Ornaments S4-283; Classic Ovals LG  S4-110 

So there you have it: my lazy Sunday card. Tomorrow is the start of the last week of September. Where has the month gone, eh? I'm going to crawl into bed and ruminate on that very point, but first I want to thank you for being a sweetie and stopping by my blog. See you again (I hope!) real soon.


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Thursday, 20 September 2012

You're HOW Old?!

That, my friends, is a question I've come to dread. It seems everyone around me is getting older. Most of my friends are in their 40s and 50s, yet I've managed to remain a sprightly 25. Yes, ma'am! Yesterday I had coffee with a good friend and we discussed mood swings and sweltering nights. Later that day, I met up with my sister-in-law and like a couple of normal 25-year olds, we talked about hot flushes and disrupted sleep.

Today I'm inexplicably shocked to find myself making a birthday card for a 45-year old. My contemporary who, over the years, has become softer, rounder, cuddlier and a little worn and thread"bear" in places... and yet he still rocks! And then, quite unexpectedly, I am caught asking the very question I dread: You're how old?!

For my card, I used the sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches #164 and paired it with colours from Colour Throwdown #210. I'm also linking this card up with these challenges: Perfect Sentiments Challenge #50: "Masculine Birthdays", Celebrate the Occasion #80 : "Twine & Button", Dude Time Doodles "September Inspiration"365Cards #203. What's On the Inside" and Teddy Bo Tuesday Challenge #41: "Anything Goes".

Here's the card I made to celebrate his milestone birthday.

I decided to make a tent card for a change. The papers are by Stampin' Up! 
And here's the cuddly rock-star teddy bear. He's called Teddy Bo, stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Spectrum Noirs. For a textured look I dotted and flicked the colours while blending.
For embellies I used some twine and a button - yeah, for once I'm keeping it simple! I heat embossed the WMS sentiment. For the age I used  peel-offs by Papermania.  
If you hadn't noticed by now, Teddy Bo is resting on pop dots.
And what's on the inside? A birthday greeting and a pair of warm slippers befitting a 45-year old!
Image Stamp: Teddy Bo & Co 
Greeting Stamp: Waltzing Mouse "Compact Sentiments Two"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
SN Pens: Teddy Bo - GB10, GB9, BG8, EB2, EB1;  Sweater & Hat - DG4, DG2, CG2
Die: Spellbinders Classic Ovals LG  S4-110

That's my card for today. Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you again soon. I'm off to pluck out a few grey hairs which seem to have sprung out of nowhere in the course of writing this post. Oh the bane of being 25!


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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Joyeux Noël

Good evening, fellow bloggers. Late evening here and it's nice and cool outside - finally! I have a quick and easy card to share with you, sort of a last minute inspiration. It looks nothing like the one I planned in my head, but not entirely a disaster either.... I think.

The sketch for my card is from RetroSketches #29 and for inspiration I turned to Cute Card Thursday #234: "Christmas in September", Christmas Stamping All Year Long: "Snowy", Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: "Christmas Presents" and 52 Christmas Card Throwdown: "Gifts of the Season".    

Here's what I've fashioned from all of the above:

The textured patterned papers are from KARS X-mas Collection 6x6 pad.
The white panel: I cut a series of circles, embossed with Crafts-Too "Daisies" folder and heat embossed with some 

Snowflake EP.
I know it doesn't look like it, but my plan was to have a stylised Christmas tree with windows. Looks more Snowman-ish, perhaps. Anyways, I've got a window for the sentiment and another for the tree-topper.

Here are the close-ups: I fussy-cut the tags from the paper collection to dress the windows.

Greeting from WMS Say It Loud Winter and Memento Rhubarb Stalk. You can just about see the pressies! I used Spellbinders Circle dies to cut out the frame.
More elements from the paper collection: another pile of pressies and bells right on top. As before, I cut out the frames with Spellbinder dies.

Open the card and you see gaping big holes on one side. I believe it's what happens when you make windows! 
At the bottom is the sentiment and my truck sleigh load of pressies and ...
... through the top window you see bells, bringing the gift of music!
In case you got distracted, here is the card...again!

Paper: KARS X-mas Collection 6x6 pad
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles LG  S4-114; Standard Circles SM  S4-116; Eyelet Circles S4-304
Stamp: WaltzingMouse Winter Say It Loud
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk; Versamark

I think I've got enough embossing action on the card to link it with Going Grey Scrap Creations "Embossing" challenge and Shopping Our Stash #69: "Emboss It". Also check out MIM #110 for more gorgeous stuff.

The pix are kinda blurry, not sure why. Could it be my (lack of) editing skills? Naaaa! Could it be I need a new camera for Christmas? Yesssss!

I'll think about doing a re-shoot tomorrow. In the meantime, feel free to strain your eyes and wrench your neck all for the sake of art! And for your effort you have my heartfelt gratitude. :-) See you soon!


p.s I've updated some of the photos. Any better?

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