December Winter Challenge

Lili of the Valley December Winter Challenge

I cannot believe that we are now in December. Where did the past year go? Christmas cards are being made as we speak, so I thought I would use the opportunity to use one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps, the cute Penguin which is no longer available to buy, to enter the December Challenge on Facebook. I was lucky enough to win back in June, which has encouraged me to challenge my imagination. Hope you like the result and fingers crossed.

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Purple and Silver Christmas Card

On a roll with a second commissioned card made today – another Christmas Card, this time made using Sue Wilson Snowflake dies, silver mirror card and pearl deep purple card from Soho Paper Suppliers. It was just a matter of cutting all the corners to make the snowflakes, cutting out the tag and cutting of the snowflakes to put behind the big tag, all stuck down and there the card is. Hope the Sister In-Laws like it.

Sue Wilson Poinsettia Christmas Card

Sue Wilson Poinsettia Christmas Card

Today has been one of those days when it is day – but it has remained dull the whole time as if someone had forgotten to put on the lights. So what do you do when that happens? Yes, you make cards. I still haven’t made all my Christmas Cards, but not panicking. There are always bought cards if I have not made enough.

This one was made for my Sisters Nanny-in-Law as a special request. I always find it a lot of pressure when you are asked to specifically make a card for someone. So today I got out the Sue Wilson Poinsettia Dies and co-ordinating stamps, cut out and put Tonic glitter in the centre. Frames were cut in mirror gold using Sue Wilson dies again. All glued together and stuck down ready for Nanny.

 

LOTV November Facebook Challenge

LOTV November Facebook Challenge

Having entered the LOTV Facebook Monthly Challenge regularly, this was one that stretched my abilities. Having never made a card with specific colours, the LOTV Facebook November Challenge wanted to bring together colours to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. This time I did not have a card ready and waiting to fit the challenge so had to look through my paper stash to see what was available. I picked three different LOTV stamps as I was still not sure what the theme was going to be. I found Nitwits Polar paper which I though had all the colours I needed, background plain paper, Promarker pens and WOW Glitter. These would be perfect to make a Christmas Card using James the Bear with tinsel.

Hope you like the result.

Out of my comfort zone

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As you may be aware I have entered a number of  monthly challenges – successfully on one occasion. I stumbled across the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which for this month was the colours of autumn. As I have recently bought the Leaping Deer die, I thought this would be a good opportunity to use the die, make a christmas card and enter the challenge all at the same time.

Using different ways of colouring the deer (spreading copper paste and waiting until it dried, spreading Tonic yellow Nuvo drops and also waiting until it dries) before cutting out, and spreading glue on to a plain deer and covering with glitter, then sticking them all on to a faint tree background to give the feeling that they were running through the forest.

I hope that you like my entry for the October Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

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Still cannot quite get in to the groove to make Christmas cards. Made one before, but saw the competition on Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge which this time is Christmas. So I decided to enter (again)

I just love James the Bear – whether it is for a Birthday, Christmas or just a Get Well card. He is so cute. This one was made using Chilli Red ProMarker a tough of glitter and layered on to NitWit Polar Pals paper.

ProMarker Pens Storage Solution

ProMarker Pens Storage Solution

As some of you may notice, I regularly use ProMarker Pens as my choice of colouring. However, I hate having the pens lying around (although my other half will disagree as he see them when work is in progress). I then set him a challenge to come up with something to store all my pens, but still see them easily.

He bought plumber piping from the DIY store, cut to length, built and painted two boxes, slotted the cut pipes into the boxes and glued together with silicone glue – and voila – my nice storage for my ProMarker Pens with space to expand sitting nicely on my desk. promarker-storage

Lili of the Vally – LOTV Rosie with a Cake

LOTV 60th Birthday Card

It has been some time since I added a card to the blog. I knew that I had a card that I wanted to make for someone special and lost my mojo. This card was the one that I eventually made for her 60th birthday for someone. It started out as one design, and then as it was for my friend, it was one of those ideas that I just didn’t feel happy with. Do you ever start of with an idea, then change midway as you do not feel that it is working, or the colour scheme or layout is not right?

Anyway after days of layout designs and recolouring Rosie, I finally settled on the current card, coloured with Promarker pens and layered onto paper background cut with Sue Wilson Shadow Dies. I hope you like

Lili of the Valley LOTV – James and the Daisy

LOTV James and the Daisy

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As you can see Lili of the Valley are one of my favourite stamp companies. Their stamps care so versatile and can be used on many different occasions. James is a friendly bear who just wants to give – and this time it is a daisy.

Coloured with Promarkers, the pink and black theme works quite well. I used some of my card stash, and using my Spellbinder square dies, cut out the layers for the 7 x 7″ Get Well card, for my sisters mother-in-law who fell and broke her hip.

Opal the Optimist

Opal the Optimist

Half Full Stamping Bella

Don’t you just love Stamping Bella Uptown Girls. They are one of my most favourite stamps, fun, just perfect for any occasion easy to stamp with and so easy to colour.

This card was made using stash paper and flowers made using Tonic Dies and coloured to match the background of the card. Pearls and flower centres were so easy to make using the Tonic Pearls All ready to had to the birthday girl who loves “Fizzy Friday”