Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Five Faves of Christmas

Debby over on A Scrapjourney is sharing her favourite five Christmas Cards and is offering some LOTV stamps as a prize if you share too - isn't that great?  ;-)


Here are mine


I love how the same image can take on a different feel when coloured differently ;-)

this reindeer is just sooo cute ;-)

a new way to use stickers

a simple elegant card using the Cuttlebug and some stickers




Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No Internet! What will I do?

This is what greeted me on Sunday morning


Red light means no internet!
Oh no!  what shall I do?

I don't know what was sadder ........... me having no internet, or the need to take a photo and blog about it  later when I was back up and running ;-)

It was only down for an hour - scheduled maintenance.


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Halfway mark - UnstampaBelles Challenge #6 - Christmas


It is the halfway point for Challenge #6 UnstampaBelles.


The Theme this month is Christmas and the Bonus Technique is Stickers, if you include this technique, you will get a bonus entry.



This challenge closes Friday, 30th December 2011 and Winners announced Monday, 2nd January 2012 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.


Here is a quick recap of the rules:


No Stamps! This means no rubber stamps, no digital stamps, clipart or line art which includes pre-coloured versions. Inclusive of sentiment stamps.


You may think this will be difficult, but here are some suggestions on what you CAN use:
3D papertole, decoupage, quilling, iris folding, stitching, beading, origami, fancy folds, cutting machines (e.g. craftrobo/silhouette, cricut), paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons, parchment, etc.......




Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.




A technique challenge will be included as a bonus.  This will not be a requirement for an entry but if you do use the nominated technique in your project, it will count as two entries for you.




Our sponsor for December is Sticker Store.


Prize pack plus 10 sheets of DL sized Acetate which don't show in the above photo.





Now for my cards to help provide some inspiration - although going by some of the entries already received, no further inspiration is required LOL  ;-).


These cards were made at a workshop that Beth held a few years ago.  I enjoyed the day very much, but also enjoyed learning a new way to use stickers and glitter paper.  Whilst it may be difficult to get these particular stickers now, the principle could be applied using other shapes. 

Imagine how it could be incorporated with some Christmas Bauble stickers, or even a wedding card ........... the mind boggles ;-)

These cards were made using some clear christmas tree stickers, glitter paper and white cardstock.  Stickers were layered onto glitter paper, cut out and mounted using foam dots.  Sentiment was a gold sticker, but coloured over using a black texta/marker.  Overall, a very simple process that produces a really sparkly card!

Cardstock and glitter paper and sentiment stickers were from Blue Edge Crafts

And, be sure to pop on over and say farewell to three of our fabulous Design Team Members - Mandy, Kerry and Kaye - who are all heading off in a variety of directions in the New Year.




Thank you for visiting my blog today - have a good day.  Remember, any day spent doing something that you love makes it a good day ;-) 

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

CraftMad sewing swap

The lovely Merry has advised that my Notebook cover for the CraftMad Sewing swap for November has arrived safely.

This is what I made



A little something extra was a gift card/loyalty card/business card holder.


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, December 5, 2011

UnstampaBelles Challenge #6 - December - Christmas


Challenge #6 for UnstampaBelles is up and running.

The Theme this month is Christmas and the Bonus Technique is Stickers, if you include this technique, you will get a bonus entry.



This challenge closes Friday, 30th December 2011 and Winners announced Monday, 2nd January 2012 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

Here is a quick recap of the rules:


No Stamps! This means no rubber stamps, no digital stamps, clipart or line art which includes pre-coloured versions. Inclusive of sentiment stamps.


You may think this will be difficult, but here are some suggestions on what you CAN use:
3D papertole, decoupage, quilling, iris folding, stitching, beading, origami, fancy folds, cutting machines (e.g. craftrobo/silhouette, cricut), paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons, parchment, etc.......




Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.




A technique challenge will be included as a bonus.  This will not be a requirement for an entry but if you do use the nominated technique in your project, it will count as two entries for you.




Our sponsor for December is Sticker Store.

Prize pack plus 10 sheets of DL sized Acetate which don't show in the above photo.



Now for my DT entry.




I used some gorgeous blue holographic stickers, silver sentiment stickers on a shaped card from Blue Edge Crafts.  Added thick acetate/binder cover to front, printed some digital background paper to cover up the tape that attaches the acetate. 

I am so glad there are lots of challenge blogs about to encourage me to make Christmas Cards ;-)

I would like to submit the above card to the following challenges

Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes

Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and see who won November's challenge.
The DT had a really hard time picking a favourite this month!

And, be sure to pop on over and say farewell to three of our fabulous Design Team Members - Mandy, Kerry and Kaye - who are all heading off in a variety of directions in the New Year.


Thank you for visiting my blog today - have a good day.  Remember, any day spent doing something that you love makes it a good day ;-) 

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

More Christmas Cards

Well, here is another batch of cards - using the same images from Digistamp Boutique, but placed on standard size cards.

I really like the simplicity of these images and I love seeing more background embossing ;-)






Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Merry Christmas

I spent the afternoon making a batch of Christmas cards yesterday.


I am really enjoying colouring in these images from Digistamp Boutique.  I have used copics and kindy glitz, with a touch of gel pen to highlight the buckle.

I would like to submit these cards for the following challenge:
MadforMarkers - Christmas



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary & Merry Christmas

We had a family celebration yesterday for my SIL and BIL birthdays and wedding anniversary.


We also had our first opportunity to catch up with the Bride and Groom - they have returned from their honeymoon and they are now back in the 'real world' ;-)

I gave RosaLia some money, but placed it in a gift card holder (that I made of course ;-))


 Here is the card I made for RosaLia


Penny Black image coloured with water pencils and highlighted with Kindy Glitz, layered onto cardstock, embellished with flowers and gems.
I have been reusing old supplies in an endeavour to lessen my stash - I have so much paper it is just not funny any more ;-) 

Here is the card for Greg





I used an image I came across paper squirrel and an SVG from The Creative Pointe - it came together beautifully - I can easily see me using this concept again ;-)  This one has been coloured with Copics, layered using foam dots and mounted onto square black cardstock.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Clean and Simple - inspired by  sketch 168
Here come the boys - men in your life




It was also Greg and RosaLia's 21st wedding anniversary.



I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Less is More - a bit of bling
Quirky Cards - clean and simple


Lauren and Brett will be spending Christmas with mum, Sharon, overseas, so we gave them Christmas presents and cards early. 



I made these cute little Christmas cards using images from Digistamp Boutique - hurry they are still on special until the end of the month.  Images printed onto cardstock, cut out using spellbinders on the cuttlebug, hand coloured with copics and highlighted with kindy glitz - stay turned, there will be more cards using these delightful images ;-)

I would like to enter these Christmas cards for the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday - Christmas Fun
Stamptacular Sunday 140 - anything Christmas
Forever Friends - christmas is coming - OOPS ....... Too late ;-)






Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cardmadfairy November Challenge - Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone **waves**


I hope you are having a good day ;-)


I have had the most wonderful honour of being a Guest Designer for Cardmadfairy for the month of November and here is my second card.


We hope you will play along with us this week but please remember that you must use a digi stamp although it's not necessary to use a Cardmadfairy one but it would be fantastic to see how you would use our images. Please remember though to only enter the challenge once unless you are using Cardmadfairy images, we will have to delete any extra entries which don't comply with our rules


This fortnight, the theme is Winter Wonderland - as soon as I saw the theme, I knew exactly what DP/vellum I was going to use ;-)




I used the Buttons Snowman image and printed on white dimple textured cardstock and coloured with watercolour pencils, heat embossed the nose, and added kindy glitz to the hat.  Image was then matted onto purple cardstock. Side panel is pearl cardstock embossed using the Snowflakes folder in the Cuttlebug, then mounted onto 'Winter Wonderland' vellum, all layered onto soft purple square card.  Card highlighted with gems and snowflake cut using the CraftROBO.

Check out Cardmadfairy - they have some wonderfully cute digital images.


Cardstock and vellum from BlueEdge Crafts


I would like to submit this card for the following challenges:

Creatalicious Challenges - make it sparkle
ABC Challenge - D for Dazzle
Digital Tuesday - sparkle and shine

Inspire me fridays - anything goes




Thank you for visiting my blog today, and have a good day - remember, any day spent doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Memories Scrapbook Software - Giveaway Winner!

I have had a wonderful opportunity to have a play with some new digital scrapbooking software – well new to me ;-) and I have been having fun ;-)



I have also had the opportunity to host a giveway, which has also been a lot of fun.

So, finally, after a bit of a delay with a job application and another sale of one of my gift card holders from ETSY ;-) .................

winner was drawn the old fashioned way by drawing a name out of a bowl.

 



The winner is ............................ Kathy



If you missed out on this giveaway and would like to have your own copy of My Memories 2.0, a very special coupon code is also available!

If you use the coupon code STMMMS33699 at My Memories, upon checkout, you’ll receive a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software AND a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store – a $20 value!

There are some great videos on youtube showing the ins and outs ;-)  http://www.youtube.com/user/MyMemoriesSuite .

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Inspiration for UnstampaBelles Challenge & Design Team Call

Now for some more inspiration on cards not using stamps:






Cuttlebug used to cut and emboss trees, embellished with gems, layered onto cardstock and highlighted with stickers.

UNSTAMPABELLES DESIGN TEAM CALL


Yes, we are in search of three new members for our Design Team to start January 2012 for a six month stint.

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Mandy, Kerry and Kaye at the end of our December challenge. They already know that 2012 is going to keep them plenty busy in real life but I am sure they will still find time to visit in the future. We will miss their wonderful inspiration.


On a positive note though....this now gives you the chance to part of our fun and friendly team.


We will require a creation from you each month to showcase at the start of each challenge.


If you have the time possibly a second card during the month to keep the inspiration flowing.


What to do to be considered:

Please just add a link to the DT CALL post of a project that you have posted (current or older) on your blog that will fit our challenge criteria.


Remember, all types of papercrafts and any technique....but NO STAMPS.

Our call will stay open until 12th December.





Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cardmadfairy - November Challenge - Textures

Hi everyone **waves**


I hope you are having a good day ;-)


I have the most wonderful honour of being a Guest Designer for Cardmadfairy for the month of November.


We hope you will play along with us this week but please remember that you must use a digi stamp although it's not necessary to use a Cardmadfairy one but it would be fantastic to see how you would use our images. Please remember though to only enter the challenge once unless you are using Cardmadfairy images, we will have to delete any extra entries which don't comply with our rules


This fortnight, the theme is textures and here is my card incorporating several different textures - dimpled cardstock, 'fur', gloss and fabric.









I used the Buttons Snowman image and printed on white dimple textured cardstock and water coloured with SU Markers.  Scarfe, hat and shovel were heat embossed and 'fur' added using Polymark dimensional fabric and craft paint.  Front panel cut out with Spellbinders deckle edge using Cuttlebug and mounted onto DP.  A ribbon and acrylic snowflake added, then all layered on silver square card.

You have until Friday, 25th November to get your entries in.


Check out Cardmadfairy - they have some wonderfully cute digital images.


Cardstock, sticker and DP from BlueEdge Crafts








Thank you for visiting my blog today, and have a good day - remember, any day spent doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

My Memories Scrapbooking Software - FREEBIES

I have had a wonderful opportunity to have a play with some new digital scrapbooking software – well new to me ;-) and I have been having fun ;-)






This software is easy to use, comes with numerous templates, but you can ‘do your own thing’ too. You also have the ability to bring in elements from other sources that you may already have – making it very useful in my book ;-)

Here are some pics of some of the current freebies





and here is what I made using some of the elements from one of the packs mixed with other elements that came with the My Memories Software




Now, here is the good bit ………… I am able to give you the opportunity to get your very own copy of My Memories Suite 2.0 ($40 value) ABSOLUTELY FREE.


What do you have to do? Well, I don’t want you to jump through too many hoops, but there are a few ;-)
  1. You must be a follower to ANY of my blogs – Cathy’s Creative Corner, Cathy’s Sewing Room, Cathy's Kitchen or Through My Eyes
  2. Visit My Memories website. Once you are there, check out the different digital paper packs on offer and let me know which one you like best by leaving a comment on the GIVEAWAY post.
  3. I must have a way of contacting you by email - no contact, no entry!
  4. This giveaway will end on NOON, Monday, 21st November 2011 (Aussie Time) and winner will be drawn the old fashioned way ………… names in a bowl ;-).
Good luck to you all!


If you miss out on this giveaway, or just can’t wait to have your own copy of My Memories 2.0, a very special coupon code is also available!
If you use the coupon code STMMMS33699 at My Memories, upon checkout, you’ll receive a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software AND a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store – a $20 value!


There are some great videos on youtube showing the ins and outs ;-)  http://www.youtube.com/user/MyMemoriesSuite .


If you have any questions, please email me at:
 crafteecc-creativecorner@yahoo.com.au


I am happy to say that the company has been a pleasure to deal with, no ‘nasties’ came with the software, and they haven’t hounded me with emails since downloading the software ;-)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day. 
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-) 
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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