Winter Wishes

Friday, 26 November 2010
Evening all! I don't know what it's like where you are, but it's freezing here!!  We've luckily not had any snow, but when I got to work this morning, my pc was saying that it was -7 outside! Brrr!

I wanted to make a card this week, well more than 1 but I only managed it this evening.  I wanted to enter the Wild Rose Studio Blog hop as I love the Milton Bear stamps and wanted to use one of the new stamps I purchased at the NEC.  Dawny P has supplied one of her amazing sketches for the blog hop that was crying out to be used.

I've used Milton in Hat and coloured him with Copics and glittered with glamour dust before cutting and mounting onto SU Real Red CS.  The base is made up of the CS and DP from Forever Friends and then a smaller mat of CS and an embossed layer using the snowflakes CB embossing folder.  I've finished off with a CWC sentiment oval and some gems.

 I apologise for the photos, I will try and take again tomorrow morning when there is daylight!  I've attached a close up of little Milton.
As mentioned before, this card is for the Wild Rose Studio blog hop.  Closing date for entries is 1pm tomorrow so you need to be quick!

I am also entering this into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Blast from the Past - I've gone for Challenge 86 Glitter Me Silly
Christmas Stampin - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - E for Embossing
ABC Christmas Challenge - X For Xmas (I didn't do the optional extra of flowers)
Craft Creations - Christmas is Coming
Simon Says Stamp - Let it Snow
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.  I hope you have a lovely weekend, I'm attempting to make my Christmas cake tomorrow so wish me luck!!

xx :0)

Belated NEC Piccies

Monday, 22 November 2010
Morning everyone, don't you think Monday's come round really quickly?!  No sooner are you starting to enjoy your weekend then you find yourself back at your desk.

Because of reasons mentioned earlier, it's taken me until now to post piccies of the goodies I picked up at the NEC.  I think my best bargains were my Martha Stewart Punches which were at amazing prices.

 I was really happy to get my hands on the cute Snowy PB stamp as I've been after it for so long!  There's also some adorable Milton Stamps and LOTV rubbah!
 After seeing the gorgeous creations  of Ali, Annie & Sonia using Toby Tumbles, I couldn't pass by the Cuddly Buddly Stand and not add them to my HUGE stamp collection!  I also picked up some of the great LOTV card packs which will be perfect for those quick cards we all have to make.  I got a few aimed at the boys in our lives as I do struggle with those cards.

I did also pick up some yummy snow pearl CS, quick card kits and a great deal on the extra strong DST we
all need and love!

Hopefully you'll see some cards from using these goodies in the not too distant future!

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they 're greatly appreciated.


Just Cute Bears #40 - Winter Birthday

Sunday, 21 November 2010
Good morning, I hope you're having a lovely weekend so far.  I would like to start off by offering an apology to everyone for not having visited your creations for the last challenge, or anyone's blogs for the past few weeks.  I don't want to go into detail, but I've been having a tough time emotionally and personally just recently and have been struggling.  I'm doing my best to turn it round and hope to have more creations to show really soon and be back in blogland.

This weeks challenge at Just Cute Bears and Friends is to create something for a wintery birthday. 

I have used some of my gorgeous Forever Friends decoupage that in theory is for Christmas but is perfect for birthday's and have jazzed it up a bit with some Silver Spray & Sparkle.  The CS is Cherry Cobbler from SU! which I got from the lovely Jules.  The papers are part of the decoupage set and the punched element is from a Martha Stewart PATP set.  I finished off with some card candy in opposing corners and a CWC oval sentiment.

Don't you just think that is beautiful bunch of flowers?!  I've added close up so you can see a bit of the sparkle.
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch
Stampin for the Weekend - Winter

Please check out all the girls amazing creations.  I hope that you will join us for this challenge as I do love seeing everyone's interpretations and creations.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave as they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

Just Cute Bears & Friends #39 - Black, White and One Other

Sunday, 7 November 2010
Good morning all, sorry I'm late posting my card this morning!  I have to admit I was making after an amazing trip to the NEC and was so tired that I feel asleep on the sofa before writing up my post!  I got to meet the amazing, Sonia, Jacqui and Bev but was sorry to miss meeting my lovely teamie Cathy.  It was so busy there, it's the first time I've been on a Saturday or to the November shows.  I think I will definitely choose a different day next time!

Anyway, enough chit chat, that's not why you've stopped by!  It was great to see so many of you take part in the last challenge, you all loved Helen's sketch as much as we did.  This weeks Just Cute Bears &  Friends challenge is Black, White and one other colour of your choice.  My first thought was red and I think a number of the girlies had the same idea!

I did have to change direction with my card as I was going to use a DP from my pc but my poor cat had a little accident on my printer, so I've had to go with an embossed background instead. although it doesn't seem to show up so well in the photo as I was using pearlescent cardstock.

I decided against colouring my bear in partly because to me Forever Friends bears are only one colour but the other reason was I thought it made the rose stand out more and give a striking effect.  The rose has been coloured in with a spica pen over the copics.  I used my new (purchased yesterday!) MS deep edge punch!  Great effect, pain to stick down!  The roses have also been spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist which I also purchased yesterday.  I finished off with some red gems on the punched centres and at the bottom of the card.

Please check out the rest of the girls cards, they are just stunning this week.  I hope you'll take part.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)