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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Challenge # 39 at Completely Christmas Challenges

Are you starting to get into the Christmas Spirit or are you in panic mode because there is still so much to do? I'm somewhere in between I think, lol. I want to make a few special cards for close friends, but I think I have plenty in my stash that I won't have to panic about cards. It's more the house that I'm worried about. I still have my dining room full of crafty stuff that needs sorting and we will need to try and move our son and DIL's belongings out of the hallway into a spare room to make that look tidy too. We are babysitting the 3 eldest grandies overnight and have to travel up into the hills to pick them up from their auntie's wedding (our DIL's sister).  All 3 are going to be involved in the ceremony and then the photos, so there will be a bit of hanging around before travelling back home. It's a 5 p.m. outdoor wedding and I think rain is forecast!!!
Well, onto my DT card for Completely Christmas Challenges this week. We had lots of lovely entries this past week and it's great popping in and visiting some of your blogs to leave a comment and get a better look at your creativity. Our theme is to use some embossing on your creation.
Our sponsor this week is Sparkle N Sprinkle and I bought this fab snowman image to use on my card. It does have a sentiment that goes with it but I chose to use a single word sentiment on mine.
Here's the card........
I printed the image twice and then just the hat and have layered the snowman up to give it some depth.

Recipe:
White card from stash
SU Pacific Point cardstock for mattes
DP is from Francheville - 12x12 paper pad ~ Christmas Basics
Image is from Sparkle N Sprinkle ~ Digi 100 Snowman with Heart
Sentiment is from SU
Punches - Snowflake ~ Martha Stewart
             - SU Circle punches
Bling from stash
Copic Markers
Sizzix embossing folder ~ Divine Swirls
Black Memento inkpad
Wink of Stella pen - I used this on the snowflake and it looks lovely, but it doesn't show well in the photo
(My first pen!!!)
Foam Dots
D/S tape roller


I don't think I missed anything but I'll be back if I did, lol.
We would love to see you stopping by the challenge blog this week and sharing your creativity with us.
Hope to see you there.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Challenge 120 at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog

Yeah it's Thursday and there is a new challenge at Aud Sentiments. The theme this fortnight is to make a card with a sentiment for a December Holiday. I'm situated in Australia so mine is a Christmas themed card. We would love to have you join in the fun and hey, you get to add to your growing Christmas stash or other holiday themed cards too.
Our sponsors are Delicious Doodles and Stamp Art Designs by Kathryne. I got to play with a fun little image from Kathryne

Here is my card.......

Recipe:
SU Real Red cardstock for basecard and scalloped oval punch piece
White card from stash
DP from Francheville - Christmas Basics
Sentiment is from a magazine freebie set of stamps
Nestie Die - Rounded Squares
Marianne Christmas tree die
Punches - large oval and scalloped oval
Copic Markers
Memento Black inkpad
Bling from stash

We have our little grandson staying overnight tonight and we've just come back from the local hotel with dinner with friends. I was supposed to go to choir practice but am very tired. I think I am still catching up from doing that workshop on Saturday. I have had lots of pain in my right hand side lower back and hadn't even registered it was from standing up all afternoon and bending over the table to help people with making their boxes. I had PT training today and she structured it around my back problem so I wouldn't aggravate it any more. So..... that's it from me, I might be back later to fill in some challenges.
Do pop in and leave your wonderful creations on the challenge blog. We really do enjoy seeing them and stopping by to leave a comment.
My teamies and I love to hear from you to, so if you have the time get those fingers tapping and leave a comment or two.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stocking Surprise - Challenge #98 at 613 Avenue Create

We've come to the end of the weekend and I'm gearing up for another week of babysitting and craft, lol.
I've recovered from yesterday's workshop and after church this morning am ready to get right back into everything. The minister talked about how we stay connected to God. It was a good sermon with lots to think about and much that I agreed with. Our friend who has been staying with us since Wednesday is going to move on tomorrow, still staying in town but with some other friends of his. It's been good having him here. An easy going person, not hard to talk to or entertain.
There is a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create today and as the time shortens leading up to Christmas I chose to make yet another Christmas Card. The theme is to use the word "Hello" in your sentiment to celebrate World Hello Day. You can make the word "Hello" in any language.  I combined two sentiments so I could make it Christmas themed as well and the lovely image also goes well with the theme too. Our sponsors this week are Flat Friends BoutiqueDi's Digi Stamps  and Oddball Art Stamp Co, so pop into their shops and check them out.
Here is my card......



Recipe:
SU Real Red cardstock 
White cardstock from stash
DP from Kaisercraft 12x12 pad - North Pole
Sentiments are from SU - Good Greetings
Holly images are from freebie stamp set
Nestie Die -  Stately Circles
Martha Stewart border punch
Copic Markers
D/S tape rollers
Foam Dots

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can - Challenge 82 ~ Use Your Markers
My Perfect Life - Festive 48 - week 45 ~A Christmas weekly link-up
Stampin Sensations - November Challenge - Simply Christmas
That Craft Place - Anything Goes

We are looking forward to seeing all the fabulous entries this week. The rest of the DT team and I would love to see you pop in and leave a comment on our personal blogs.
Nearly time to start thinking about meals for tonight so thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Three Shepherds Nativity - Challenge #38 at Completely Christmas

I have had a busy day teaching at a craft workshop. It's taken me over a week to get organised for it as it was an afternoon where people just rocked up (no cardmaking kit or anything) and could make 8 different crafts or as many as they could fit in. I think I had 28 people go through on my table with about 4 of them trying to make things in the dying minutes of the afternoon!!! I was the last to pack up and by that time, I was ready for home and some time to myself. I taught them how to make a gable box and did basically everything except cutting out parts of the scored card I made for them and sticking on the papers, diecuts, image and ribbon. I chose three images to colour with copics and then copy and pasted them multiple times and printed out sheets for them to use as there wasn't enough time to do colouring of their own images. I think people were happy with their take home efforts.
Anyway, I had better get on and share my DT card for the new challenge starting at Completely Christmas Challenge today. It is our mid- monthly sketch challenge this week so hop over to the blog and check out the sketch layout and play along. We would love to see what you come up with.
Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps and I had purchased this sweet nativity stamp a while ago and chose to use it this week.
Here is my card......

Recipe:
SU Crumbcake cardstock for the basecard
SU Real Red cardstock for the matte
White card from stash for the diecut 
DP are both from Kaisercraft 12x12 paper pad - Mix & Match
Image is from Stitchy Bear Stamps - The Nativity
Sentiment is a freebie stamp with magazine purchase
Diecut - Ovals
Punch - Star
Memento black inkpad
D/S tape roller
Foam Dots

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. challenges - Challenge 285 ~ Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies - November challenge - Not a Square
Delightful Challenges - Happy Holiday
DLART Thankful Thursday Challenge - Challenge #144 - Anything Christmas

I'm pretty washed out from today and we have a friend staying with us for a few days as well so I am going to say goodnight.
The rest of the DT and I are looking forward to seeing your entries this week. Scary that Christmas is now just a matter of weeks away.
Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest Christmas card.
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Challenge #37 over at Completely Christmas Challenge Blog

Wow, after 39C yesterday it's only 16C at the moment. Both my DIL and I decided to wash. I got most of my load dry as it's pretty windy but my queen size flannelette sheets, socks and hubbies jeans were still out there along with most of her clothes. The sheets only went out about 15 minutes ago. So here I am getting ready to write up my post and I hear a noise, it's raining - pelting down huge drops of water. I rushed out followed by DIL to grab off the rest of her clothes and mine. Shirts that only had the collar to dry off are now drenched!!! So out come the clothes airers and we now have wet clothes draped about, lol.
Back to typing up the post.
Hubby went off into town and met up with our 3 oldest grandies and our son and DIL to watch the Christmas Pageant. They had a good time and it was well over before the rain came which is good because there were about 3,000 people lining the streets watching the different floats.
There is a new challenge starting at Completely Christmas challenge blog today and as usual it's anything Christmas themed but there is a twist of using the colour Blue.
Our sponsor is Di's Digital Downloads.
Here is what I made to share.......

Recipe:
SU Night of Navy cardstock for basecard and matte.
White cardstock from stash
Image is a coloured freebie I found on the net
Drum image is from a freebie set of stamps with magazine purchase ( I borrowed it from a friend)
Copic Markers
Memento black inkpad
D/S tape roller
Foam Dots

We would love to see what you create this week so why not pop in to the challenge blog and enter your creation.
I'm off to get some fried rice my DIL has cooked up for lunch and then going to a friends place to she can help me to get prepared for a workshop I am involved in next week.
Thanks for stopping by
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We Three Kings - Challenge 119 at Aud Sentiments

Thursday is here and it means off to personal training this morning and then out this afternoon for our weekly craft together with a few friends. It also means that there is a new challenge starting at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog. This week we are asking that you put your sentiment on a tag! Our sponsor is the fabulous Rick St. dennis. I chose this wonderful traditional Three Kings image and had fun choosing colours to use for their wonderful gowns, turbans and crowns etc.
Check out all the fab DT inspiration on the challenge blog and we would love to see you joining in too.
Here is my card........

Recipe:
SU Garden Green Cardstock for the cardbase and embossed piece
SU Perfect Plum for the matte
DP is from Bo Bunny - Silver & Gold Collection (some for the tag too!)
Image is from Rick St. dennis - We Three Kings
Sentiment is from a magazine freebie set by Molly Bloom
Holly spray is from the same freebie set
Tag Die was also a magazine freebie from Australian Papercraft Essentials
Nestie Die - Labels Three
Couture Creations embossing folder - 5x7 Christmas Vineyard
Hole Punch (used on tag)
Ribbon from stash
Bling from stash
D/S tape roller
Foam Dots
Copic Markers

Well that's it from me today - we've just come back from a pub meal with friends and I'm off to try an knit a few more rows on my daughter's baby shawl. She won't need it as the weather is pretty warm at the moment. It's supposed to be 39C tomorrow and I was going to be babysitting but hubby is home and he will be able to do it while I go out to craft for a while in the afternoon. It's only while my daughter is having a medical appointment so he should be okay for maybe an hour, lol.
I do hope you come and play over at the challenge blog, we would love to see you. My teamies and I would appreciate you dropping in on our personal blogs too and leaving a comment.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Little Santa Challenge # 96 at 613 Avenue Create Challenge

The last day of the weekend and it's been a full one for us. We had a wedding to go to yesterday. It was held on the balcony of the Sea Rescue Squadron venue down at West Beach at 5p.m. It was pretty chilly and we were looking towards the sea with the sun in our eyes. It was a fairly quick ceremony as it was done with a marriage celebrant and after watching them sign the registry we all dashed inside for the reception. I had only about 4 hours sleep the night before so I was bushed by 9:30 so we said our goodbyes and headed home. The younger ones had got into the loud music and dancing so you couldn't hear any conversation anyway. This afternoon we had hubby's brother, sister-in-law and one of his nieces over. They came down to see our latest granddaughter. So they all came for lunch which was very late!!! Then they wanted to see our other granddaughter as well, so we rang them up and they popped over as well. It's now 6:45 and the last ones have just left. So this is the first bit of free time I've had all day to pop in and write up my post.
A new challenge has started today at 613 Avenue Create and as usual it is Anything Goes, but......we always like to give you an optional twist and we love it when you take up the challenge. The twist is Holiday Thanks....Create a Thankyou card or Host?Hostess Gift. I chose to make a box to put some goodies in and I love the cute little image from Aurora Wings.............Check it out.
Our sponsors are Aurora Wings and Delicious Doodles.
Here is my make for the challenge....... A friend sent me a picture of a box similar to this and asked if I knew how to make it - I said No but I think it wouldn't be too hard to figure out and voila.... here it is.


Recipe:
DP from Papermania 12x12 paper pad ~ Home for Christmas
Image is Aurora Wings ~ Little Santa
Nestie Die - Standard Circles - small
Punches - Martha Stewart - border punch and snowflake punch
              - EK Success Scalloped Square punch
Sentiment is from SU
SU Real Red inkpad
Copic Markers
Little Wooden tree was part of a wooden tree ornament
Ribbon from stash
Bling from stash
D/S tape
D/S tape roller
Tools ~ ScorePal and Envelope Punch Board

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #1 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calender Challenge - November ~  It's All About Christmas
Brown Sugar Challenge - Challenge # 118 ~ Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Pick & Mix ~ Use 3 different embellishments from the list - I used gems, ribbon & snowflakes
4 Crafty Chicks -  Crazy Egg (Anything Goes)
Crafty Little Fairies -  October - Use only 1 DP
ABC Christmas Challenge -  V is for Very Merry Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  - October Challenge ~ Snowflakes (paper and punched snowflake)



Please stop by the challenge blog and check out all of the DT projects and we would love to have you pop in to our blogs and leave a comment. We are looking forward to seeing all the fabulous creations. Christmas is drawing closer each day and this is a good opportunity to make those cards or little gifts to take to parties etc.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Hugs,
Sandy


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