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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Zentangle Christmas

It's a new month and time for a new challenge at Unstampabelles, This time Susan would like to see some Zentangle on your Christmas cards using non traditional colours.

Here is my inspiration for you.

Using an outline of a Christmas pudding I then used my own Zentangle designs to fill in the 'pudding' area. Orange. blue and pink was my chosen colour palette. A strange combo I know!! I went on to Zentangle the holly leaves using the same colour palettes. The berries were Zentangled in pink. The heart on the 'icing' is from Hunky Dory. Finally I added a diecut Holly bough in blue. The Merry Christmas greeting along the bottom is also from Hunky Dory.

I hope you've been inspired to join us. There's a great prize on offer as usual.

                                           Wow! Who wouldn't want to win these goodies?

Have fun!!

Christmas Present

Good Morning crafters. Well I hope you're all keeping warm and getting plenty of crafting done where it's warm, indoors!! The weather has changed here too. The sun is still shining but it's bitterly cold.

 Enough about the weather let's get on with our next challenge at CD Sunday. The theme has been chosen by Pamela...'Christmas Present'. So we want to see more of your lovely Christmas makes. It doesn't have to be a card as long as you have used something from a CD anywhere on your entry and tell us which CD you have used. We have a Facebook page now where you can add your entry. So non bloggers you have no excuse now for not entering our challenge. There's always a yummy prize on offer too.

We had some fabulous entries last time for Jane's challenge 'Christmas things with wings' including Facebook entries . Well done to the newbies we hope to see lots more entries from you in the future. The Top Three for Carol's challenge 'Take a stamp' are up on the blog now. So don't forget to pop over to see if you're a winner.(link in sidebar|)

Here is my 'Christmas Present' inspiration for you this time.

I used a lovely CD from Joanne Sheen ....'Victorian Christmas Cards'. There are so many wonderful traditional images on this CD that it was hard to choose. I began with A4 white card stock folded in two. Then printed off the background paper and image from the CD and added it to the card. There were lots of small additional toppers on the one sheet so I use those too. I added the circular one to highlight the child gazing in wonder at her Christmas Present and another to create a gift tag. Finally adding the greeting which is also from the CD.

I hope you enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing all your yummy entries.

Have a great week and wrap up warm if you're brave enough to venture out in the snow!!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas cards with the Dragonflies!

Good Morning everyone. I hope you have lots of lovely plans for your weekend. If you're from the Northern Hemisphere I hope you are keeping warm and aren't snowed in. But then you can always craft to keep those fingers busy!!

We have a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. This time Hilde would like you to show us your Glammed Up Christmas cards. Here is my inspiration for you.

I recently purchased some lovely toppers from Hunky Dory. How about this for a glamorous Christmas stocking! I used white card stock for the main card and added a pink matt. Then the Hunky Dory image was added plus a circular topper for the greeting.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget it's card only and a fun challenge.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

'Christmas Things with Wings' at CD Sunday

Good morning to you from a lovely sunny Cyprus. We can't believe the weather for November.....beautiful. It's cold at night tho so still have to have a fire on in the evening and a few more covers on the bed. But the days are lovely!

Thank you for joining our challenge last time 'Add a stamp'. Carol will choose her Top Three and let you know in two weeks. Meanwhile Jocelyn has chosen her Top Three for 'Autumn Leaves' and it's up on the blog now.

This time at CD Sunday we are asking you to think of no surprise there!! Jane wants you to add something with wings to your Christmas creation. It doesn't have to be a card. It could be a wall hanging, tree decoration ....anything really just as long as it says Christmas and you use a CD.
Don't forget there's always a super prize on offer donated by our design team.

Other exciting news too!! We are trying to go into the world of Facebook, as this seems the way to go in the future for our challenge blog. It hasn't been easy and Jane and Pamela have been tearing their hair out trying to get to grips with it all. Well done to them as I wouldn't know where to start! They may have managed it but you'll have to pop over to the main challenge blog to find out more details!!

Here is my inspiration for you.

I couldn't resist using a robin for my card this time.  I love seeing robins at Christmas time. They don't seem to appear here any other time so it's extra special when they do visit.
I started with A4 card folded and added a black matt to the front. I printed off the tartan background paper and topper from a Joanne Sheen CD ' Victorian Christmas Cards'. This was a decoupage sheet but I decided not to decoupage, thus keeping it flat for posting. The extra pieces from the sheet I used to make a leaf spray to add to the corner. The greeting strip is also from the CD.
A simple but pleasing card to make. I hope you've been inspired to join us. For more inspiration and news about Facebook please pop over to the main challenge blog (link in sidebar)
Have a great week and keep warm OR cool depending where in the world you are!!
Thank you for visiting and  thank you for any comments you leave too. Have fun!!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Christmas....using non traditional colours

Time for our next fun challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. As we know you'll be in full throws of Christmas card making Hilde thought it appropriate to ask you to make a Christmas card. The card must use non traditional colours a bit of a challenge .

This is my inspiration for you. My non traditional colour is ....guess what...PINK!! My favourite colour...... so no surprises there!

I am showing another card using acetate and a Hunky Dory image.  The main card is a piece of A4 acetate folded.
 TIP: You must use a heavier weight acetate or it won't stand.

I placed the image on the inside and matched up the framing on the front to create a window effect. I added strips of silver washi tape and pink and silver ribbons down the right hand side on the front
The sentiment/ verse  topper is on the back can just see it peeping through the ribbon strips.
 TIP: Ensure you leave space on this topper to enable the sender to write their name. As they obviously can't write on the acetate unless they use an indelible marker pen.

Finally I added a die cut greeting and a snowflake from a Lidl's pack of snowflake toppers.

I hope you join us for this challenge. Remember it's cards only for fun.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

'It's all about the CAKE!!!'

Wow!! Where is this year going. It's November already and time for our next challenge at Unstampabelles.
This time Susan wants you to add CAKE to your creations. The twist is to use mainly Primary Colours i.e  Red, Yellow and Blue. Again a great prize on offer of a lovely embossing folder kindly donated by Susan.

Now my inspiration for you includes the cake and some primary colours added,  this is fine for the challenge but not for the twist!! Which is to use mainly Primary colours NOT add Primary colours.....but still acceptable for the main challenge......confused!!! If so then for more clarification pop over to in sidebar.....where Susan has made it much clearer than me.

Here is my 'CAKE' card!

I used an Ode to Cake image and found some KEEP CALM toppers in my stash which I added. Then I remembered the Primary Colours bit!!! and made the 'flags' and added cup cakes from a book of toppers I had purchased from my Lidls store.
Well the challenge is all about the Cake so that's fine but the twist was not used as I'd added red, yellow and blue not created the card using red, yellow and blue!! Smacked hands....No!! I had fun and don't those cakes look yummy!!
Hope you all enjoy this challenge. It runs for the whole month of November and the Christmas will be round the corner. Now there's an idea .....use a Christmas cake on your creation!!
Have fun and I look forward to visiting you soon to see all those yummy cakes!

'Take a Stamp'

It's time for our next challenge at CD Sunday. This time the challenge is to use a stamp in your creation but still using CDs as well.

 Now stamping is not one of my favourite techniques but I bit the bullet and made a Christmas card. Here it is......
I went for the simple route re adding the stamp bit!!

 I used white card stock for the main card and added the background paper from the 'House Mouse at Christmas' CD from Joanne Sheen. I printed off some blank tags from Ooh La La's 'Christmas Presence' CD. I added red ribbon to these and then randomly stamped Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to them in red. Et Voila!!!

So I complied with the challenge by making a CAS card but still using a CD and adding some stamping!! So it can be done. Just dust off those CDs and get out your stamps and combine the two. I'm sure you'll all make an awesome job of it. I know my fellow teamies have created some fabulous cards but me...... I went CAS!!

Thank you for popping by and any comments left are always read and appreciated. Have a crafty week!!

Pop over to the main challenge blog (link in sidebar) and be inspired!!