Friday, 24 July 2015

Santa Claus

It's a lovely sunny morning here and I've been up since 5 as I heard ice-cream boy get ready for work!  I did try getting back to sleep, but that just wasn't going to happen, so instead, I disappeared upstairs and popped Santa onto a card!

He was the Friday Freebie over at Bugaboo a few weeks back, and I'd already coloured him, so all I needed was to paper piece the bauble and assemble my card.

Catch The Bug - Bingo - Button/Paper-piece/Bugaboo
Creative Knockouts - Paper piecing - the bauble
Crimbo Crackers - Something cute
Crafters Cafe - Christmas in July
Crafting for All Seasons - Christmas in July
I Love Promarkers - CAS

Monday, 20 July 2015

Christmas in July

Now that I'm on something of a Christmas roll, I would like to switch from Bugaboo to my other crafty favourite, Ooh La La.

This time the challenge is

Christmas in July

so this is what I made using files from the CD, Festive Funnies, available here!

Hiding in My Craft Room - Lots of Layers
My Time To Craft - Christmas in July
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Pile it On - Christmas in July
The Glory of Christmas - Feature a creature - birds and reindeer.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July - Collection

For no other reason than the love of Bugaboo, I'm now posting a final picture of this weeks Bugaboo makes. The fun began last Saturday with the Jingle Bells theme, on Sunday it was a Stella sketch, then throughout the week we had a bingo board, picture inspiration, a colour challenge, a recipe then finally pick a present.

All in all it was a really fun week which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The DT did a superb job of show casing many of the great Bugaboo Christmas stamps now available and Tammy did a great job as always pulling things together. Thanks guys, you are all Bugaboo stars!

Finally, Hazel, what can I say, that hasn't been said all week?  We've had a ball haven't we! Jx

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 7

Last day today of the Bugaboo Christmas in July event, and what a busy fun week it has been!  Seven cards in seven days - a challenge for sure, but luckily I was home based this week and could join in each day.

Today's closing challenge was to use the Friday Freebie and to pick a present from the penguin parade below!

Greedy me, I chose 2 presents - Animal/Fabric/Image and Ribbon/Image/ Stitching
- I am a bit of a rascal when it comes to presents!

Friday Challenge - Friday Freebie & a Penguin Present - Day 7
 - and this is what I created...

So for my makes I used The Rudolph image, coloured him with Promarkers then stuck a little version onto my jar of marmalade and tied it up with gold ribbon.  The marmalade lid was covered in checked fabric as was the base of the card - it's not paper, it's material with a sewed edge and a frayed border!  The card is kept simple and just finished with a fish tail tag buttons and a sentiment.

Catch The Bug - Day 7
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - CAS
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Daring Card Makers - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - Traditional Christmas Colours( red & green )
CRAFT - Christmas
Cutie Pies - Cute as a button
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin - Oh Deer
ABC Christmas  - N - Not a card - I did do a card, but I also did a jar of marmalade with fabric hat and matching tag.  (Marmalade homemade this week, yum!)

The marmalade was home made this week from a tin of mamade (- I so love homemade marmalade it's so much nicer than shop bought!) It is a little gift to accompany my card, so as well as receiving gifts, I also enjoy giving, Jx

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 6

Afternoon all, day 6 of the Bugaboo Christmas event and my penultimate card for the challenge! Today we are working from a photo for inspiration, so for me, cards couls have gone in one of two ways, beach or snowmen.

So guess what went on my card?


Today's design is a simple stepper using a Bugaboo image and Ooh La La papers again - I do like these snowflake sheets from the Shawn Jenkins Collection and if you hadn't already guessed, I love my stepper card die too!

Thursday Challenge - Photo Challenge - Day 6

Catch The Bug - Day 6
Come And Get It - Christmas
Papertake - Don't Be Square
Holly Jolly - Winter Wonderland Jx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 5

Another rainy day here today - there's been a lot of them this summer and not much sun, not so good for topping up the tan but ideal for crafting in!

So today it's Day 5 of the Bugaboo Christmas in July Challenge and we are working from the bingo board below.

My card follows the diagonal line running left to right using a Bugaboo image, Players Choice - Kraft and Snowflake.  And the humor?  Well have you ever seen a real bird wearing a hat & scarf?

Wednesday Challenge - Humor Me Wednesday + Bingo - Day 5

Catch The Bug - Day 5
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Dots & Stripes
CHCCE - Christmas
Crafty Time - Punches & Dies - Snowflake punch & circle & fishtail dies
Live & Love Crafts - Christmas in July
One Sweet Challenge - Christmas in July Jx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 4

How are all my fellow crafters doing today?  Any more of you joining in with the Bugaboo Christmas in July week long challenge?

That's us just over half way now and with a different theme each day, by the end of the week we should all have a nice varied selection of cards all ready for Christmas.

Today we are working with a recipe challenge which is to include, 3 embellishments, 2 design papers and 1 piece of either ribbon or twine.

So, bearing all this in mind, I went with, an old favourite of mine a Bugaboo Reindeer with Candy Cane. LOTV papers and tags and card candi embellishments.

Tuesay Challenge - Recipe - Day 4

Catch The Bug - Day 4 - Recipe
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Oh Deer!
Passion For Promarkers - Candy Crush - Christmas candy cane
SSW2 - Sketch Jx

Monday, 13 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 3

Day 3 already and I have now doubled my Christmas card total for the year - Thanks Bugaboo for getting me going on these!

Also, the party's growing! Buddies Sarah and Wendy have shown interest now and will hopefully jump on to the Bugaboo band wagon! Love it when all my friends join in - it's like DT friends re-united!  I wonder who else I can get involved!

Back now to the challenge and today it's colours - not really your traditional Christmas ones, but hey it's a challenge so we weren't really expecting reds and greens were we!  Instead we got,

Monday Challenge - Colour Challenge - Day 3

So, that got me stumped for a bit... but then I found an elf and a stack of presents and I got to action with my Promarkers.  And this is what I came up with;

So, for this little beauty, I went CAS.  Just brightly coloured and cut out my elf and popped him on top of a Merry Christmas die cut sentiment.  Obviously glossy accents and glamour dust were again involved...well it is for Christmas!

Catch The Bug - Day 3 - Colours
Sweet Stampin - Christmas
Digi Choosday - Christmas in July

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 2

Next, today and the Stella Say's Sketch Challenge, so here is the sketch;

And here is my card...

Another super Bugaboo selected, and great papers off my Shawn Jenkin's CD by Ooh LaLa.  To finish I added glossy accents - again! Gems and twine and then added flock to my snowflakes to make them fluffy!

Sunday Challenge - SSS - Day 2

Catch The Bug - Day 2 - SSS
CD Sunday - Add a stamp - A Bugaboo Digi & papers from OohLaLa The Shawn Jenkins Collection Jx

The Bugaboo 5th Christmas in July Challenge - Day 1

Well here we are again, the annual Bugaboo Christmas in July Event - & I love it!

I can't believe it's been a year since last time, but as always, I am up for the challenge and so have been busy Christmas crafting!

So, the fun began yesterday with the challenge set as "Jingle Bells."  So I dug out a circular sentiment stamp and then, as they say in McDonalds... "I went large!"  Kept my card simple, mostly white with lots of layers, stitching and embossing with the only colour popped on the image.  Finally, my favourite glossy accents decorated my holly leaves and berries and that was it! So...

Saturday Challenge - Jingle All The Way - Day 1

Catch The Bug - Day 1 - Jingle All The Way
4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas in July
Jingle Belles - Bells

As quite a few of you know, I'm a huge Bugaboo fan and so urge all of my crafty buddies to join in the fun this week.  So far I've got Hazel on board, but it would be great if more of my buddies joined us, so come on you lot - Join the Party!!!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Thank You

This is odd!!!

Every other Thursday is normally a card day for me as it see's a new challenge begin at MAWTT.  But we are on extended challenges over there to give the DT a summer rest so no card was required this week.  But I have been busy none the less!

Guess what?  I have another stepper card to show you - 3 actually, variations on a theme, all using a great new Bugaboo image and lovely Ooh La La papers off a variety of CD's.

The results, below;

Really pleased with these! Love the image, added my favourite glossy accents  and even did a bit of paper piecing!

Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Paper piecing - the flowers
Fussy & Fancy - Fancy folds
Wags & Whiskers - More than one fold
Creative Card Crew - Die cuts - Stepper card die
Papertake - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Inspired by a song - Thank you Very much by The Scaffold - knew the song, not the artists!Jx

Monday, 6 July 2015

All That Glitters

Welcome everyone to the latest Challenge over at Ooh La La, and it's a first time for hosting by the lovely Deborah.  She has gone with the lovely theme of

All That Glitters

So this one is wide open for both birthday and Christmas makes - in fact any sort of makes as long as they are glittery!

For me, I decided to make a start on Christmas cards - shamefully this is my first Christmas card of the year! I used a fantastic image form the CD Festive Funnies, layered it up them sprinkled with glamour dust.  The result...

and a close up,

Trust me, there was a lot of glitter on this one - perhaps more on me now, but it was added!

Crafty Calender - Christmas in July
CHCC - Include a sentiment
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland - All That Glitters
4 Crafty Chicks - No stamping
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes Jx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Today's card was made for one of the doctors at my husbands work who retires today.  He is a keen cyclist and I'm sure will be cycling all the more once his stethoscope gets hung up for good.

Best wishes David for a long and happy retirement!

So for my card, I contacted Wendi at Ooh La La for help - I wanted a cyclist, but not a cartoon character one and so she sent me files from the Carnival of Colour CD - available here to work with.  Thank you so much Wendi, I love them - the image and papers are just perfect - and look, I even did a card insert!

Cardz 4 Guyz - B for bicycle
Crafty Cardmakers - Sentiment - Continued on the inside so it's kinda a feature!
Robyn's Fetish - Add lace Jx