Saturday, 15 December 2018

Thinking of Spring!!!!




The weather here is so dismal that I needed to create some colour and needed some Spring flowers!  I have just got this set from Simon Says Stamp its called "Even more Spring Flowers" and I couldn't wait to ink it up!!  I have heat embossed in gold coloured with Zig Markers and then fussy cut all the flowers.




I then layered up on this gold embossed Lattice Die from Memory Box. Love this stamp and I am sure its going to get lots of use!!

I am adding this to the current SSS Flickr Challenge#112.

Hope the weather is better where you are.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 14 December 2018

Merry Christmas!!



I tried something a little different with this card, not sure if I really like it,  The card base is a gorgeous plum colour but looks really dark in this photo!  I used the Simon Says Holiday Frame die and created this little scene with a Memory Box Die, I coloured with Zig markers and added some Nuvo drops to create the snowy effect.

I shall add this to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Christmas" and the SSS Flickr group challenge "Die Cuts".

We are still decorating so the house is a mess and I really want to finish so I can put our tree up.  Fingers crossed we will finish tomorrow.

Have a great weekend

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

More Pillow Boxes!






I needed a couple more boxes for some smaller gifts so cut some more pillow boxes with my Silhouette machine.


Cut the first one in Kraft card and added the white band, which I die cut using an older Memory Box die, I thought they looked a bit like snowflakes.  Added some pearls and the red gingham ribbon before adding the tag with added snowflakes.



For this second box I have used some stiff patterned paper for the base and have added a peach band and some layered up glittery snowflakes.

That's  most of my presents bought and wrapped now and my cards are all but finished.  I really need to decorate the house now but we are busy painting the hall so it will have to wait for a few more days.

I am adding these boxes to the current challenge at Simon Says Wednesday blog.

Hugs
Sally 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sorry the Snowflakes are back!!!!


I have definitely had a theme running through my cards this year SNOWFLAKES lol!!! Here are a couple more cards this time in a non traditional colour scheme.  Love this pink glitter paper and have cut lots of snowflakes in it.  This first CAS card uses Simon Says dies, Stitched Squares, Holiday Frames and Rina snowflake. 



For this second card (a revamp of  this card)  I stamped and embossed in white the SSS Kaleidoscope background onto water colour paper. Then coloured with Zig Brush markers in pastel colours. I then added my sparkly layered snowflake and the SSS Holiday Frame die cut in a shimmery cream card.  Then just added the sequins.  Loved making these in the pinks gives such a great look!

I shall add both these cards to the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge "Die Cuts". 

Have a great Sunday.

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Matching card and Tag!


 I have decided this year to wrap all my Christmas presents in brown paper with string as it is recyclable and most shop bought paper isn't.  This is my first parcel wrapped and stamped in white with a few snowflakes. I then wanted to make a matching tag and card to brighten up the gift.  I stamped and embossed in white some older snowflake stamps from Hero Arts, then inked up with distress inks.  then added a few spots of sparkly stickles and some sparkly Simon Says Snowflakes.  The sentiment is computer generated.





A close up , its very sparkly in real life!!


I actually made two tags on the second I added the die cut of the winter village, (not sure who makes this)


The card is just a larger version of the tag, and its very sparkly!

I shall add these to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and the Simon Says Flickr Challenge.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 7 December 2018

Gift Boxes!


Now my Christmas cards are all but finished I needed to make some little gift boxes, the pillow box is such an easy make and you can jazz it up in so many ways.  The box was cut using my Silhouette machine and some Kraft card.  I then used the older Hero Arts stamp "Winter Town to create the stamped panel, also adding the village die cut.  Also stamped the tag and added a Simon Says snowflake and some bells and string to finish.



I shall add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Wrap it up".  Had fun with this so am off to make a few more.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 3 December 2018

Its a Blue Christmas !!


Yesterday I made a couple more Christmas cards and they don't have snowflakes on them lol!  Got a bit of a blue theme going on though!  For this first card I used the Simon Says "Kaleidoscope Background" stamp embossed in white on water colour paper.  This certainly is a versatile stamp and can be used all year round.  I lightly water coloured with Zig markers leaving the bottom corner.  I then added some Poinsettias that I have stamped and embossed onto vellum and fussy cut before layering up.  This stamp is from the  Simon Says "Winter Flowers" set.




My second card is very simple, The dies and stamps are all by Simon Says, just embossed the tree in gold and added some pearls.

Adding these cards to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 1 December 2018

And even more Snowflakes!!!

And yet more snowflake cards, these dies from Simon Says just keep giving and I love the effects you can get by layering them up. Snowflakes are definitely my theme for this Christmas lol!
This card was really simple, I just used a piece of gold foiled patterned paper for the background and added this gold and white layered snowflake.  The sentiment is computer generated.


I was really pleased with this card so decided to rejig it a little and came up with this design. Wrapped some gold ribbon on the base Navy card and added the snowflake and then added the Simon Says Holiday Frame die cut over the top.  This is quite a thick card so definitely one to hand deliver rather than post !



I shall be adding both these cards to the Simon Says Flickr group challenge and the Wednesday Challenge.

Its a wet and windy day in Dorset so I am hoping to spend lots of time crafting.  Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sally

Monday, 26 November 2018

Lots of Snowflakes!!


As predicted my DD visited this weekend and raided my Christmas card box so I need to make lots more LOL!!

 I did lots of die cutting last week, mainly snowflakes so have made these two cards. This first one uses and older Hero Arts Background stamp called "Merry Background"  I stamped this in white on Kraft card for the vintage looking strip then added the sentiment cut from the SSS "Holiday Frames" die.  I then added the layered snowflakes.



For my second card I wanted a bit more bling so stamped and embossed in silver the "Kaleidoscope Background" from Simon Says Stamp, then die cut with the "Stitched Square Die" adding the Glittery Snowflakes layered onto a square of white card.



I am adding these cards to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Baby its cold outside" and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Christmas cards".

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 23 November 2018

Winter Town



I dug out an old favourite stamp from Hero Arts to make these two cards, love this "Winter Town" stamp.  For my first card I have made a Shaker using the "Holiday Frames" die from Simon Says, then just added a couple of snowflakes.  Always love to make a shaker , particularly at Christmas.


For the second card I added some Nuvo paste with my SSS "Falling Snow" stencil and have also layered the image up on  card embossed with more snow. 



Two Christmassy scenes for the "Baby its Cold Outside " Wednesday challenge at Simon Says.

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American followers!

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 19 November 2018

Festive Trees!


Another Christmas card for my box, I am gradually getting there, although my DD is visiting this weekend so I am sure my stash will be depleted lol!
I used the festive trees stamps from Simon Says for this CAS card, gold embossed the tree and then coloured with Zig Markers then I fussy cut it and used pop dots to give the card dimension. For the background base I used the falling snow stencil also from Simon Says and some Nuvo glimmer paste. Adhered the tree then added lots of sparkly gems!



I shall add this card to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "All that glitters is gold" and the SSS Flickr Group Challenge "Lets Colour"

Have a great week
Hugs
Sally

Friday, 16 November 2018

A Sprinkle of Gold!



Just a quick post today with another Christmas card for my box, this time just made using Die cuts.  Both the Snowflakes and Sentiment are by Simon Says Stamp. A very simple white card with a touch of glittery gold.
I decided to highlight the sentiment by adding to the edge of the card.


I shall add this card to the current Simon Says Wednesday challenge "All that glitters is gold".

Its a misty murky day here in Dorset, time to snuggle by the fire with a book I think!!

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Noel!

 Had time to make another Christmas card today and decided to ink up the beautiful "Winters Flowers" from Simon Says.  Inked and coloured with Zig Markers.


I then couldn't decide how to add the sentiment and after looking through my box of cards found this card and thought I could use my Altenew Alphabet dies and cut out "Noel" as a hidden sentiment.


Just added some white Nuvo drops to finish. I am really pleased with the design and will try it again with a different stamp.

I am adding this card to the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group challenge "Lets Colour".

Have a great weekend

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Christmas Sparkle!!


We had a lovely week away last week house sitting for my cousin and feeding his menagerie of animals and birds. Here is one of his rescued owls a beautiful Tawny. He has 7 owls in total 3 Tawnys, 2 Barn Owls and 2 Little Owls.



Away for only a week but I missed my craft room and couldn't wait to get back to making my Christmas cards.  This first one is using Simon Says stamps and dies, love this Poinsettia image from the Winter Flowers set.  I have stamped and embossed in gold on both vellum and card, then fussy cut.  I coloured the leaves and flower with Copic Markers, adding some gold gems for lots of sparkle.



For my second card I stamped and embossed in gold three of the trees from the Simon Says Festive Trees set, I then coloured with Zig Brush Pens and added lots of pearls and gems to the circle tree. The sentiment is computer generated.


I shall add these cards to both the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "All that Glitters is Gold" and also the SSS Flickr Group Challenge #110 Lets Colour.

Happy Wednesday !!
Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Poinsettia!



I love Poinsettia's and have a number of poinsettia stamps but this is my new favourite, the SSS "Winter Flower" set. I have stamped and embossed in white before colouring with Copics and fussy cutting.  The leaves have been stamped onto vellum and coloured with Zig Brush markers.  The background strip is the SSS Kaleidoscope background stamped and embossed in gold and the sentiment is computer generated. I have slightly lifted the flower petals for some dimension to the card.

I will add this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes " and also the LOVE handmade cards Flickr Group challenge also "Anything Goes" 

We are away for a week next week house sitting for my cousin, he is a wildlife photographer and is off to Peru so we are looking after his menagerie of animals and birds.  He rescues owls and other wildlife and at present he has 7 owls for us to look after.

Hope you have a good week.

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Foxes and Snowflakes!!


Made this Birthday card for my cousins grandson, wanted a fox theme as his name Todd can mean Fox in old English.  Found this cute image on the Silhouette site, just added the sentiment and balloon.  I shall add this card to the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says "Anything Goes"



Also had time to make another card for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group challenge "Let your stencils shine" I made a stencil with my SSS snowflake dies then dabbed "Salty Ocean" ink onto the stencil then embossed with a glittery embossing powder,  Layered this up on some pool card added the die cut Merry and snowflake also from Simon Says.  Another simple card and another added to my box Yeah!!

Haver a great weekend
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Winter Flowers

I decided to have another play with watercolours and my new SSS Winter Flowers, really enjoyed making this card but went for a lighter background this time. The sentiment is computer generated, this is a nice flat card so easy for mailing out!!

I shall add this to the SSS Wednesday Challenge which this week is "Anything Goes".

Just a quick post today as the weather is cold but sunny and I want to get into the garden to do some tidying.

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

More Snowflakes!!


After making my last card the glitter card I used for cutting my snowflakes made a fabulous stencil to use for the background on this card. I dabbed the stencil shapes with "Salty Ocean" Distress Oxide then embossed with a glittery embossing powder. I then added some snowflakes and gems and mounted onto a blue base card.


I shall add this card to the current SSS Flickr Challenge "Let your stencils shine".  Another Christmas card for my box Yeah!!

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Snowflakes!!

 I have just got some new Snowflake dies from Simon Says Stamp and couldn't wait to use them on a card.  I cut them in glitter card stock then layered up.  On my background I used the "Falling Snow" stencil and some Nuvo Glimmer Paste (another new purchase for me and I love the effect, so pretty!!)
I then layered it all up and added the "Holiday Frames" also from Simon Says.


Really pleased with the finished card, so sparkly and pretty!!  I am adding this to the current Simon Says Flickr challenge "Let your stencils shine"

Have a great Sunday.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 19 October 2018

Card for Joni !



My son asked me to make a Birthday card for his friends little girl who is 4 next week.  I made her big sister a shaker card back in September and it proved a huge success so I decided to make Joni one too.  I won this older set of stamps "Surf and Turf"from Paper Smooches a while back and thought it would fit the bill perfectly.  I cut the 4 using my Silhouette machine then coloured the card with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean splashing with water to create the sea effect.  Then I coloured and fussy cut the fish to add to the card, the sentiment is computer generated.

I am adding this card to this weeks challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Animal Antics"



I also found time to play with my new Winter Flowers stamp set from Simon Says, I stamped and embossed in white onto watercolour paper then randomly painted with my Zig Brush markers and lots of water. I then die cut the letters using Altenew's Bold Alphabet dies. Just added some sequins for sparkle! I shall add this card to the current Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Anything Goes"

Hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 15 October 2018

New Stamp and Die!!



I have just got the Simon Says Stamp "Winter Flowers" stamp set and the Holiday Frames die so just had to have a play! After inking and embossing the Poinsettia in white I smooshed on some Festive Berries ink to create the background, I then added the frame die cut, next I stamped and embossed the Poinsettia again this time in gold onto white card and vellum. After fussy cutting the flowers I layered up with a pop dot and attached it to the frame.  Last of all I added some sparkle with Gems and sequins.

I am adding this to two Flickr challenges, the Simon Says Flickr Group and the Love Handmade Cards Group, both of these challenges are "Anything Goes".

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 14 October 2018

A Christmas Gift Box.



Decided to make another gift box for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything but a card"

I used an old template that I have (not sure where it originally came from but there are loads on Pinterest ) Then after cutting out I masked up the front panel and stamped with some older snowflake stamps from Hero Arts and then embossed in white.  I then rubbed over Salty Ocean Distress Oxide. Next I added some torn white embossed card for the snow. The tree is also an older Hero Arts stamp, just added the bells and bow.

Hope you are having a great weekend, its blowing a gale here so I am tucked up in my craft room playing with some new stamps and dies :0)

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Place Setting Gift Boxes!



Just had a fantastic fun  weekend with three of my friends visiting from Surrey, we did lots of crafting and lots of sightseeing too.  Love catching up with them.  I decided I wanted to make a little table setting gift for them and made these gift boxes to hold a small hand cream tube.  Now they have visited I can share them with you.


I used a pattern I found on Pinterest for the box bases, then I stamped and embossed in gold the "Beautiful Day" set from Altenew. For each box I cut two flowers , layering up the centre piece to create lots of dimension. I then added the lattice die cut with the flowers and lots of pearls.

  
As you can see the hand cream fits in a treat.


I have made these before with a Christmas theme, they are also perfect fit for a Nail Varnish, see here and here.

I am adding these to the current Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp "Anything but a card"

Looking forward to the weekend now and my son is visiting, he has just been to the Los Angeles  to be a Groomsman at a friends wedding and while he was there he managed to get me some stamping goodies. So excited!!

Hugs
Sally