Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Hello again, my friends! In a few hours we'll be leaving behind 2013 - the good and the bad. It has been quite a year for us; mostly sad but just enough good to keep on chugging along. In 7 months three of our pets have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. On the remaining two, we've had surgeries to remove tumours, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, spondylosis, accupuncture and a stroke! We've also been blessed with Peanut - a mischievous, energetic little bundle of fur-joy.

We've celebrated an engagement, 3 weddings and 5 christenings. We've witnessed the break-up of 2 marriages and lost a couple of good friends to cancer. So yeah, it has been quite a year! And here we are... leaving all that behind and looking forward to a brand new year.  I am a little apprehensive, but excited. Let's hope it's a good one... with a little less excitement than 2013!

Back to why I set up this blog in the first place.... here's my New Year card. I'm feeling a little oriental.

I made a square card with images and greeting from WMS Asian Gardens Additions set.  I used the raindrops stamp and Memento Dessert Sand for the background. The pink patterned paper panel by Papermaia.

I used Versacolor Orange and Memento Tuxedo Black for the lantern. Teeny tiny embellies: 2 pale pink bling and that thin sheer ribbon given to me by my friend Sandie of London Days
I'll be partying along with these good folks:

Mojo Monday #326 - sketch
Make It Monday #172: AG
The Squirrel and The Fox #60: AG
Waltzing Mouse Fanatics #8: Colours
CAS-ual Friday #124: Happy New Year
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #16: Happy New Year
Tuesday Morning Sketches #130: AG
Keep It Simple #30: AG
Card Mania Challenge #37: Happy New Year
Speedy Fox Challenge #192: Happy New Year
Scrapbook PhD #5: AG

And with that, my friends, I leave you with my sincere wishes that you and your loved ones will have the best ever year with much blessing of good health, good fortune and good friends.



Tuesday, 24 December 2013


Christmas is but a few hours away, friends, and there is just enough time to stop by and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. The weather isn't brilliant today: cold, windy, wintery showers. We are at home warm, dry and huddled in front of the fire. And I hope you are enjoying this Christmas with family and loved ones.

I didn't go to my craft room today but here are a few tags I made recently. Probably my last Christmas show and tell for the year.

You'll find these tags over at:
Make It Monday #171: AG
Challenges 4 Everybody #36: AG
Sentimental Sunday #186: Anything Christmas

And one last thing....allow me to introduce the newest member of our family. Friends, meet


She is a boisterous, energetic, playful little minx. Just look at those doe-eyes! Hard to believe that this little shortcake rearranged our tree almost everyday. We adopted her from the animal shelter. She's a 2 year old Teckel-Portuguese Podengo cross breed. Never a quiet moment with this little rascal. She's always up to something, when she's not up our Christmas tree... and we love her to bits.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. And on that happy note, we wish all of you a truly Blessed Christmas. There's a miracle out there just waiting to happen!


Monday, 23 December 2013

Mojo Inspired Sparkle

It's the Eve of Christmas Eve and things are heating up here at Casa Martins. It's icy cold outside but we've got the fire going inside. We spent the last hour or so rearranging our tree....again. Yep the little minx is turning out to be quite the tree climbing ball-basher. (Get that image out of your head! LOL) I have half a dozen broken baubles to try and put together, bits of tree to throw into the fire and somehow reclaim our a dining table which has all but disappeared under wrapping papers, ribbons and unwrapped presents.... I have never been this disorganised. So what do I do?  I make a card, of course!

Here it is:

This really is a super simple card. I'm using pale blue CS to make this 4-1/2"  square card.  The greeting and image is from Clearly Bessotted's Merry Little Christmas set. I stamped the greeting with Memento Blue Danube. The snowflakes are die cut using SB's Create a Flake 5, lightly inked with TH's Broken China for a hint of colour. I coloured the snowman with Promarkers and cut him out with CB's coordinating die collection

Using Versamark ink, I stamped some snowflakes on the background and added a blue bling on the biggest flake. And for texture I cut out some sparkly white fun-foam to make a snowy scene. I really didn't have the time nor the emotional strength to fuss about with buttons and ribbons etc, so this will have to do.  It's my interpretation of this week's Mojo sketch.

I hope you'll join me and my snowman at these challenges:

Mojo Monday #325 - sketch
Make It Monday #171: AG
CHNC #156: Last Minute Card
Hobbycutz #30: AG
The Squirrel & The Fox: Christmas / Hanukkah - Christmas
Cutie Pie Challenge #60: Only Snowmen Allowed
Get Inky #20: Winter Snow
Parade Your Craft #11: Christmas / WInter

That's all from me today. I have a ton of things still to do. Hope you are all warm and cozy and enjoying these last few hours at home and not stuck in traffic or in a queue at the mall! Thank you so much for stopping by and have a  very Merry Christmas. I'll be back tomorrow to reveal the naughty little addition to our family. Got to go...I hear the baubles tinkling... again!


Friday, 20 December 2013

PolkaDoodles #51: Christmas Birthday

It's the last Friday before Christmas! And the only weekend left to do all your last minute shopping. If, like me, you plan to stay away from the shops then a spot of online shopping will help. There's a rumour that Ms Nikky of PolkaDoodles has gone completely bonkers and is literally giving away stuff. Check this out:

There's free shipping worldwide on all orders over £10. 
Hurry! This insanity will not last long.

Before you rush off to shop, let me just show you the card I made for this week's PolkaDoodles  "Christmas Birthday" Challenge. You are free to follow this theme or "Anything Goes". It doesn't get easier than that, I tell ya! I made this card for my friend. She'll be celebrating her 35th birthday (again) on the 27th.

I'm using papers from the PickNix Collection 2 CD: Gingerbread Twist. Gorgeous papers, so there's really no need to fancy embellies. Some bling, Stickles,  pale blue sheer ribbon and it's done!

The image is from the Angelberry CD, where you will find the cutest sweetest Christmas angels. I added some Stickles on her wings...I had to. I realise this is Birthday Card but she is, after all, a Christmas angel. :-)

A little peek inside. The sentiment is from the PickNix Collection 1 CD, which is jam-packed with lovely papers, images and tons of embellishments, greetings and sentiments.  

If you are looking for a great 2-for-1 combo, then why not consider the PickNix Collection. Having both the CDs in your crafting arsenal will see you through all kinds of projects for the entire year. And you can mix and match everything from all of PolkaDoodles CDs...so compatible, so versatile.

PickNix CD 1
PickNix CD 2

I'm taking my birthday card to the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday: AG Birthday
Sister Act Card #39: AG card only
Make It Monday #171: AG
Crafty Creations #253: AG
Cute Card Thursday #300: Celebrations
Delightful Sketches: Celebrate
ABC Challenge: B for Blue, Bow & Bling
Digi Galore: AG Digi
Oozak #28: AG Something Old, Something New - Old: papers from 2012 CD. New: image from 2014 CD

Now it's your turn. You can make a Christmas Birthday project or stick to the ever popular Anything Goes. The important thing is to have FUN!!! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your lovely creations.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Upright Christmas Trees

Almost the end of the week... almost Christmas. Is your tree up yet? Ours has gone up and down more times I care to count. Why? It seems we have adopted an arborist whose singular mission in life is to conduct a careful study of our Christmas tree. I made this card a couple of weeks ago for the doggie fund-raiser, at a time when I was convinced trees stood upright!

Still cruising CAS Blvd, this is as simple as it gets for me. The greeting is a die cut by
Britannia and for the background I did some embossing with the Swiss Dots folder. 
Embellies: red bling, gold star, lashings of Stickles for the tree in the middle and some
Doodlebug Christmas twine.

The trees are from Clearly Besotted's Signature Christmas and Signature Christmas Additions,
stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa and Cottage Ivy.

Taking this card to the following challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketches #229 - sketch
Make It Monday #171: AG
Cute Card Thursday #300: Celebrations
Milk Coffee Challenge: Any Christmas Creation
Charisma Cardz #49: AG
The Paper Shelter: Christmas AG
CCEE #1359: Oh Christmas Tree
Aud Sentiments #96: Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday: Bling It On

That's all from me today. It's very cold, windy and generally very unpleasant to be outside. Wrap up well, stay indoors and craft on. Me? It's very likely that, later this evening, I'll be picking up baubles and bits of tree from our living room floor. The little minx will be named soon. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 16 December 2013

Thank you

A late post from me, folks. I've had a nightmare of a day and thought some gentle crafting might help. It did. I really didn't feel like making another Christmas card so I decided to get started on my festive Thank You cards. Before I crash into bed, here is my Monday offering:

The patterned papers are from MME  Snowed In 6x6 pad. For embellishments I have bling, twine and ribbon. 
The pressies are from Clearly Besotted's Make A Wish set, stamped with Versacolor Baby Blue, Turquoise and Cardinal. The greeting is also by Clearly Besotted, stamped with Versacolor Charcoal. 

Taking my card to the following challenges:

Mojo Monday #324 - sketch
Make It Monday #171: AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Stamp Out
One Stitch At A Time #194: Anything Goes
Pumpkin Spice #50: Ribbons and Bows
Sister Act Cards #37: AG
Scrapbooker PhD #4: Christmas Thank You

I hope you're having a wonderful Monday. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be seeing you soon!


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Season's Greetings

Hello my friends! Hope you're well and staying warm. I haven't been paying much attention to my blog or friends. Life is a little crazy over here...I don't know if I'm coming or going. One thing's for sure, I don't know how to say no. Which is how I ended up making another batch of cards. At least it's for a good cause!

Not terribly imaginative but they'll do when you need to knock up a few in a hurry. Incredibly, I made 5!

This card came together very quickly. The greeting and poinsettia are from Clearly Besotted's Pretty Poinsettia stamps. The greenery is from the Leafy Accents set. I used TH Barn Door to stamp the poinsettia and Peeled Paint for the leaves, which I also used to sponge the SB Deckled Rectangle before stamping the greeting with Memento Tuxedo Black.

With CBS's Coordinating Die I cut the flower and adhered it with thin foam tape...same deal with the greeting. Some stitching, bling, twine and little dots of Stardust Stickles to seal the deal. Can't leave out the sparkle on a Christmas card!

Taking this card to these challenges:

Make It Monday #170: Anything Goes
Happy Camper #25: Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #299: Christmas Catch-up
Delightful Sketches: Red & Green
The Sisterhood Of Crafters: All That Glitters
Inkspirational #45: Photo Inspiration - red, green, white, leaves
Creative Card Crew #51: Holly Or Poinsettia
Paper Minutes #299: Typical Christmas Symbols

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Christmas preps are going according to plan. Don't ask about mine... sigh!


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tuesday Throwdown #176: What Christmas Means To You

Here we are, my friends! It's the last Tuesday Throwdown challenge for the year and .... I want to say something profound meaningful but all I can manage right now is "Aaaaargh! Where has the year gone?!!!"

What's it like in your home? Peace and  Joy? Or, as it is in our home: Panic and Mayhem. If it's the latter, a little creative interlude may help. Why not play along with us. Our theme is: "What Christmas Means To You".  Our sponsor is MelJens, the purveyor of the cutest festive images. You have to check out their on-line store: MelJen's Designs. For my project, I'm using this adorable image called Christmas Star Snowman, the greeting is called Let It Snow and the sentiment inside is called Looks Like Christmas.

I'm using scrap papers from Papermania's Animal Frolic. This 8x8 pad has been in my stash for 3 years or more. It's probably out of print now!  SB Circle and Scalloped Circle to cut out the image and SB Label 4 for the greeting. 

I coloured the snowman with Promarlers and applied lashings of Icicle Stickes... what else?!

Sticking with all things trad on the inside too.

I'm taking Frosty to these challenges:

Make It Monday #170: AG
Fashionista #4: Winter
Paper Playtime #25: Winter Fun
Make My Monday: A Frosty Theme
C...is for Challenge #12: Traditional Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs: Let It Snow
Lexi's Creations #105: Snow
52 Christmas Throwdown: Pick Past Challenge - August Theme: Carol / Hymn
Use It Tuesday #69: Finale - Winter Holidays - hoarded patterned paper.

That's all from me today. Why don't you head on over to the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog and take a spin around the rest of the DT for ideas and inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us. There's plenty of time because you can link up your entries until 3:00pm (PST) on 31 December 2013.

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you some up with. Stay warm everybody!


Friday, 6 December 2013

PolkaDoodles #49: A Gift For Christmas

Polka Doodle Friday!!! Are you looking for some home-made gifts? Then, this is the challenge that will inspire you. Our brief this week is to "Make A Gift For Christmas" but if you can't think of something then "Anything Christmas" will do.

I made a cute little purse to house 3 Mon Chéri chocolates. These make lovely little stocking fillers or favours at Christmas parties. I'll be distributing these to my choir buddies... just what the ladies need after an evening of carolling.  

With twenty to make, I'm keeping this simple. The paper and image are from PolkaDoodle's "Home For Christmas". I printed it on thick paper - 180 GSM. This makes the purse sturdy enough to house the chocolates and to hold its shape.

For embellishments - again, simple things: some red bling, Liquid Pearls and bakers twine tied in a bow to close the purse. I used thin ribbon to make the handles.

It's the perfect size for three little nuggets.

Using thick paper really helps the sides hold its shape so that the goodies don't fall out.

Here's a mini tut on how I made. I'll give you the bare-bone and go wild with how you choose to embellish this purse. This time I'm using a paper from the Angelberry CD - another great Christmas CD by PolkaDoodles. (Click on each picture for a better view of details.)

2. Crease well on all score lines.

1. Start with a 6" x 6" piece of paper and
score as shown above.  

3. With the patterned side down 
fold in the 2 side.
4. Pinch and squash down as shown above.

5. Make sure the sides meet as shown. 
Press down. Do this on all 4 sides.
6. Squash down well. The base of the 
purse is ready. Dress it up as you wish.
Keep the bottom of your purse
crease-free for a neat finish. 

I hope you give this a go. It really is super simple to do and makes a fun little gift. I'm grabbing my purse and heading off to these challenges:

Craft My Life: Anything But A Card
Crafty Ribbons #73: Spots or Stripes - large spots with stripes inside
Delightful Challenges: You're A Gem - red gems
Paper Crafting Journey: It's Christmas Time
Bastel-Traum: Christmas
Crafts & Me #143: AG
Feeling Crafty #23: Christmas
Kreativeinkauf #9: Weihnachtsmann und Helfer
Make It Monday #170 - AG

That's all from me. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing all your project over at the PolkaDoodles challenge blog. Have a creative Friday everyone!


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas Tweet

A super quick card to show you. I made 5 of this last week for my doggie shelter pile and apparently they were sold out "within seconds". Wonderful news! So happy that this year's fund-raiser went well.

The bird is from Clearly Besotted's Merry Little Christmas set. I coloured him with Graph It markers. The background is embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.

The bird is sitting on a branch from Clearly Besotted's Leafy Accents set, stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves and cut with coordinating die.

The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Seasons of Love stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and cut with Spellbinder Label 4.

Sending this festive birdie to these challenges:

That's all from me today. Over the next few days I'll show you the rest the cards I made for the shelter. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday.


Monday, 2 December 2013

Let It Snow!

Hello my friends! It's really cold today and all I want to do is put on my granny PJs, grab my hot water bottle and crawl under the covers. But before I do that, here's my wintery snowy Mojo card. Can you feel the chill?!

No patterned papers. For the background I stamped snowflakes with Versacolor Silver ink and little dots of Liquid Pearls.

The die cut snowflake in by SB Snowflake 5, with lashings of Stardust Stickles and some clear I also dry embossed some light grey CS with the D'Vine Swirls folder. The greeting is from WMS Compliments of the Season, stamped with Versacolor Silver and heat set with Holographic Silver EP.  

I've also added some sheer white ribbon to the light grey panel. Finally, all the panels are tied down with some silver ribbon.

On the inside: sentiment by WMS and the innies from the snowflake die-cut. 

You'll find this snowflake at these challenges:

Mojo Monday #322 - sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: With a Flourish
House of Cards: Photo Inspiration
Glitter n Sparkle #61: Add Some Sparkle
Make It Monday #169: AG
Opus Gluei #171: Brrrrring It On
Allsorts Challenge #235: Inspired by A Song / Carol - Let It Snow!
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Pick A Previous Challenge - Theme Challenge #4 Snowflakes

I'm ready for bed, but before that I'll be doing some long-overdue visitations! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Monday.


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