Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Review of 2011 in My Favorite Cards

This is something I saw people do last year but didn't feel comfortable enough to do and now I'm seeing it again and thought I'd give it a try :)
These are some of my favorite cards from 2011, one picked from each month.











November (this one was easy as it was my favorite card of the whole year)


So there you have it, 12 of my favorite cards (not saying there weren't others I loved too of course ;)).
I hope you've enjoyed this and here's to 2012 (with two new cards tomorrow I'm off on a roll!)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year! - Celebrate with Tilda with Winter Flowers

I hope you have been enjoying all your Christmas goodies and having fun with all your family and friends.
I recently got a super package from Michelle's Scrapbooking and I couldn't wait to start playing. I don't usually make New Years cards but as this Tilda is called Tilda with Winter Flower I thought I better use her on a Winter card :)

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Everybody Art - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Sketch
Cheery Lynn Designs - Celebrate
Crafty Boots - Celebrations
Just Magnolia - White Plus One Other Color
Anything Goes - Blue and One Other Color
Meljens - Blue
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Photo Inspiration (blue frosted cupcakes)
Victorine Originals - Punches
Pollycraft - Punch It
Whoopsi Daisy - Sparkle and Shine
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Winter
Stamping Scrapping - New Beginnings (and a stamp in their store)
I Copic - New Year Bling
Creative Stamp Friends - New Years Card
Paper Pretties - New Year
Hanna and Friends - New Year
CRAFT - New Year
Cute Card Thursday - New Year
7 Kids College Fund - New Year Dreams
Cutie Pie - Use a Sentiment
Little Red Wagon - Something New (New Year and a new stamp)
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Something Old (the punch), Something New (the stamp)
My Mums Craft Shop - Anything Goes (3 entries only)

Card Recipe:
Image - Tilda with Winter Flower
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper - Blossom Song by DCWV
Dies - Dainty Dutch Deco Square, Arabian Magic Veil Square Frame, Beaded Ovals and Classic Ovals
Border Punch - Martha Stewart Deep Floral Lace
Trim - Wrights
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Pearls - Bridal Dept

Now not only is this a super image to color but the aqua and white color combination is one of my favorites, it's bright and crisp and cheery.
I hope you liked it too and maybe you'll fit some crafty time in soon.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Card Challenges #4 - Sketch

Happy Christmas Day morning everyone!
It's another challenge at Christmas Card Challenges
Remember that the challenge theme is always optional, as long as we see a Christmas/Winter card then we are happy and you are one step closer to your yearly goal :)

Auds Sentiments - Anything Goes
Speedy The Cats Friends - Anything Goes
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - Anything Goes
Raise The Bar - Christmas
Paper Play - Christmas
Truly, Madly, Crafty - Christmas Colors and Images (3 entries only)
Unstampabelles - Christmas and a Sticker (no stamps)
Friendships Garden - Christmas (no stamps)
Freshly Brewed - Christmas (5 entries only)
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration (a red and white cake with poinsettias)
Belli Challenge - Merry Christmas

Card Recipe:
Sentiment Sticker - The Paper Studio
Paper - Cozy Little Christmas by The Paper Studio
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - Michaels

Now it's time for you to go and play with our sketch and then come back and show us what you came up with :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve! - A Little Place for Memories

Happy Christmas Eve!
I hope you have a few moments to yourself today before the joys of tomorrow are upon you.
I'm sharing a last minute extra gift that I have made for my Nana. She is 95 and 4500 miles away from me but still in the forefront of my mind everyday.
This little envelope album is going to be filled with photos of her Great Grandchildren from this Christmas and will be winging its way to her next week as a little extra cheer for the New Year.
Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post to find the winner of my Christmas Candy!

Tuesday Taggers - Anything Goes
Auds Sentiments - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes (2 entries only)
My Mums Craft Shop - Anything Goes (3 entries only)
Anything Goes - Anything But A Card
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Unique Folds
Wags N Whiskers - Fancy Folds
Simply Magnolia - Christmas
Raise The Bar - Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Paper Play - Christmas

Project Recipe:
Image - Tilda with Hellebores
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper - Mrs Claus's Kitchen by DCWV
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Stickers - Martha Stewart and The Paper Studio

Have a wonderful Christmas and for one lucky person it will be a little bit more wonderful as they are the winner of the $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle's Scrapbooking and that is........ Lucky number.....19!!!Lindsay!!!
Please send me an email through the link in my sidebar.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #101 - Someone Special

It's Wednesday so that means another super challenge at The Pixie Cottage
We are back to the usual challenge, a theme and a sketch and you can choose either.
Also if you missed it don't forget to enter my CHRISTMAS CANDY GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate! (entries close on December 23rd)

Tuesday Taggers - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Winter or Christmas
Freshly Brewed - Christmas (5 entries only)
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Christmas
ABC Christmas - Z for Zingy Colors

Card Recipe:
Image - You Give the Best Hugs by Alisa Ramirez
Paper - Holly Jolly by The Paper Studio
Medium - Copic Markers
Sentiment - My Favorite Things
Die Cut - Spellbinders Labels 22
Buttons - The Paper Studio
Twine - The Twinery

This challenge runs for two weeks so that the team can have a little break and I will admit my blog will be a little quiet too as I am going to join in the family festivities and wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza or whatever wonderful Holiday you celebrate with your family and friends :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Card Challenges #3 - Non Traditional Christmas Colors

Happy Sunday morning everyone!
It's another challenge at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we'd like a card with Non Traditional Christmas Colors.
Remember that the challenge theme is always optional, as long as we see a Christmas/Winter card then we are happy and you are one step closer to your yearly goal :)

Cupcake Crafts - Sparkle, Shine and Glitter
Auds Sentiments - Winter Holiday Sentiment
Belli Challenge - Winter or Christmas
Raise The Bar - Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Paper Play - Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Christmas
Bearly Mine - Non Traditional Christmas Colors (2 entries only)
Lexi's Creations - Non Traditional Christmas Colors
Crop Stop - Non Traditional Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Be Different (I used a birthday image on a Christmas card)
Creative Card Crew - Tis the Season
ABC Christmas - Anything Christmas
Freshly Brewed - Christmas (5 entries only)

Card Recipe:
Image - Furgus MacFluff All Mine
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper and Sentiment - Hootin' Holidays by The Paper Studio
Inside Sentiment - My Favorite Things
Ribbon - American Crafts
Rhinestones - Stash
Die Cut - Large Window by Cheery Lynn Designs

So come along, you must still have some Christmas cards left to share come over and enter Christmas Card Challenges

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Scor-Pal/Authentique Blog Hop

Welcome to my project on the Scor-Pal meets Authentique Blog Hop!

You should have hopped over to see me from Brenda's blog, if you didn't then be sure to go back to the Authentique Paper blog for all the fun details of the hop and prizes and hop your way to back through the blogs to me :)

I decided to utilize the lovely family themed papers and accents of the Splendid paper line to make an envelope album for photos and a coordinating aperture card.

For the envelopes you start with a piece of cardstock 8" by 8 1/2".
On the 8" side score at 4", turn and score on the 8 1/2" side at 1" and 7 1/2".

Burnish all score lines and snip on the 4" score line up to the cross score line (1")

Fold one side of flaps in and secure (I would use Scor-Tape but I have run out and need to get some more)

Fold the other side flaps over and secure to make the open ended envelope.

To bind the envelopes together cut a piece of cardstock 6" by 1 1/2" and score at 3/4" on the short end.

Burnish the line.

Use the strip to connect the envelopes together at the closed end.

Decorate the envelopes as you wish.

For the cover cut a piece of patterned paper 6 1/2" by 9". On the long side score at 4" and 5".

Attach the cover with Scor-Tape.

Decorate as wished and I added a Belly Band with a matching rosette to hold the album closed.

This is how it looks closed.

I then created a very simple aperture card with a Spellbinders die used to cut the window in the card.

Decorate the card as desired.

View from the side.

The set together :)

Now this is a very versatile album, it would be a perfect gift for a scrapbooker to store photos in to take to a crop or for a new Mom wanting to carry lots of new baby photos in.
I hope you enjoyed it and be sure to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning and then hop over to Cristine's blog to see her superb project!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Candy Giveaway! - Merry Christmas Vintage Tilda

Happy Friday Everyone!
Are you all busy with wrapping up those last minute gifts? Well maybe it's time for a gift for yourself.
Today I have a festive giveaway that just needs a few clicks!
The randomly drawn winner will get a $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle's Scrapbooking and More!.

Whether you like Copic Markers, Pixie Cottage and Magnolia Stamps, super 6" by 6" paper pads or Prima flowers you are sure to find something to spend your GC on.
Just enjoy my card and then add your details to the InLinkz below.
The link will close at 11.59pm on December 23rd and I will announce the winner here on Christmas Eve December 24th.

Simply Magnolia - Christmas
Magnolia Mania - Oh Christmas Tree
Bunny Zoe's - Fancy Folds
Crazy Challenge - More Than One Fold
Wags N Whiskers - Fancy Folds
Cutie Pie - Use a Sentiment
Whoopsi Daisy - Shimmer and Shine
Cupcake Crafts - Glitter, Shimmer etc
Crafty Creations - Embossing and Glitter
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Paper Play - Christmas
Creative Stamp Friends - Christmas
Hooked On Crafts - Christmas
Dream Valley - Christmas
Lets Ink It Up - Christmas
Gingerloft - Christmas or Winter
Creative Card Crew - Tis The Season
Stamp and Create - Vintage
My Time To Craft - Vintage Christmas
Papertake Weekly - I'm Dreaming of a "Green and Red Vintage" Christmas
I Copic - Holidays
Kaboodle Doodles - Together for the Holidays
Scrapmaster - Color Combo (Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand)
Come and Get It - Red, Green and another color (I chose cream)

Card Recipe:
Image - Tilda with Hellebores
Medium - Copic Markers
Paper - Wonder by Authentique
Poinsettias - K and Co
Sentiment - The Paper Studio
Fence Die - My Favorite Things
Fir Tree Die - Accucut
House Die - Dayco
Embossing Folder - Sizzix
Chipboard Border - Recollections
Pearls - Liquid Pearls in White Opal
Glitter - Glamour Dust

So just add your link below and pass on the word to all your friends!