Saturday, November 24, 2012

Inspired by Winter....

.......is a series of posts over at SJ Crafts. Sarah the lovely owner would like you  to know a little more about her design team. 

Today it's my turn, so if you fancy finding out a smidgin more about me then you'll need to visit SJ Crafts design team blog. While you're over there you'll be able to see what i've been up to this week.

papers from the Carte Bella Merry & Bright range.
























It was lovely to be invited to take part in Jennifer Jumbles blog hop last weekend. It was even lovelier that so many of you took the time to stop by and leave wonderful comments. They are all very much appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Frosty Festivities Blog Hop


   Jennifer is hosting a fun filled weekend of creativeness.
Her weekend started two hours ago and now it's time for the Frosty Festivities blog hop.
You may well have arrived here from the lovely Lizzie, if not and you stopped by on the off chance you may wish to pop across to Jennifer's and start the hop from the beginning.

However you got here, a very warm welcome to you all.
It's good to see you. Enjoy the hop.

 If you comment on all the blogs along the hop Jennifer is offering this super giveaway. Be sure to let Jennifer know you've been all the way around though.
Giveaway Prize - All entries must be received by Monday the 19th of November at 10.59pm GMT.


I especially love this time of year, the cosiness of the nights drawn in, the build up to Christmas. Somehow I don't feel guilty about staying in.....cutting and sticking..... when the weather is dark and dreary outside.

For my contribution towards the blog hop I'd like to share with you some, no.... no,  lots and lots of snowflakes. After making this wreath I feel in love with these snowflakes and made some more Christmas cards.
Here they are all misted and sprayed for a beautiful Christmas shimmer and sparkle.
After making these cards I didn't think I'd make many more this year. You just never know do you!



 Layered up these snowflakes look pretty cool eh?
A different center can change the look a little.



A whole batch with a dab of stickles glitter glue here and there to add more sparkle.
A change of background sets the snowflake off lovely too.

If you managed to scroll all the way down here I do hope you haven't completely flaked out
 (pardon the pun! :)).
There are a few more blogs you need to visit before you arrive back at Jennifer's. Your next stop is the lovely Mel at I Speak Melsh, who really made me smile yesterday with her hampster antics.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.

P.S. In case you manage to get lost along the way (always happens to me!) here's the full blog hop list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

SJ Crafts Challenge....

...and this month its Christmas.
Isn't Christmas a special time of year. A time for giving and sharing and for creating. If you're making something Christmassey this month make sure you enter SJ Crafts Challenge.

For the challenge I was inspired by this wreath on Pinterest.  Only as us crafters do....I thought... 
...I could make those snowflakes instead of buying them!

I took photos of my creative process in case you fancy having a go. I started off with a sheet of cardboard packaging and two sheets of white bazzill

Using a large circle cutter (or a large and smaller plate) cut three circles,
then sandwiched the cardboard between the white bazzill to make the wreath circle. 

 The cardboard helps to make it a little more sturdy for hanging.
Alternatively you could buy a foam wreath....
 While the wreath was drying I used a bigshot and a large snowflake sizzix die to cut out loads of 3D snowflakes. A little glimmer and mist was added for some sheen and sparkle.
Wrap some string (or ribbon) around the top for hanging.
and then all that's left is to stick on all those snowflakes. After building them all up that is. 
Ensure you have plenty of 3D foam tape. There's nothing more frustrating than running out of something half way through a project is there?
When the snowflakes were built I placed a few around the edge of the wreath and stuck them down flat.
 Using 3D foam pads I built the base up high on the remaining snowflakes so that when they were placed on the wreath they stood proud of the others.
excuse the paint splattered and glued fingers
 Voila.....
.....the finished wreath. 
It looks great hung up on my glass door.
It wasn't good though trying to photograph it on the glass so instead I took these photos on a dark background.
 Thank you for stopping by, tomorrow  I take part in Jennifers Frosty Festivities
 blog hop if you'd like to pop by again. Enjoy your Thursday evening.

Now don't forget, anything Christmas for SJ Crafts Challenge

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Florida

Finally, there is order in the house.
 I'm not sure if its jet lag and/or holiday blues which has made me feel out of sorts this week, everything has taken much longer to do than usual.

With another week approaching far too fast I am back to work tomorrow *sad smile* and will have to start thinking and looking forward to Christmas. Christmas lists have been written this week, the boys didn't waste any time compiling them did they!!

As I have nothing crafty to share, I've popped back to show you some photos of our holiday. 
 It was lovely to see permanent smiles on faces.
 Magic Kingdom.
Island of Adventure
 A kind person offered to take a family photo for us. Then I took some for them.
 Harry Potter world was fantastic.
 yum yum Butter Beer
 We got lots of photos of the boys with Super Hero's. Even H played along!
 Buzz and Woody.
 Oh my! Tower of Terror!
 I screamed and...... screamed even louder when my bum lifted of the seat! The boys have told everyone we've spoken too that I screamed on pretty much every ride......
......and unfortunately I can't deny it either!
 another family photograph. 
Taken by one of the park photographers using my camera. She changed my camera setting....why?....so this photo turned out very dark.  I had to try to lighten it.
then there's a few photos like this one. 
I managed to stand and shoot many strangers before finding H and dad, this side front row! 

Have you been to Florida and did you scrap it?
 This was our first trip there and already i'm looking forward to going back. 
First though I want to scrap the whole holiday (might need to consider this an ongoing project :)
 I kept a book and collected all-sorts. At the end of each day or the next morning we all wrote something down about what we'd done.
 If you have scrapped your trip I would love to see. Maybe you could leave me a link.

Wishing you all a lovely week.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Studio Calico Yearbook

Hello Blogging Land

It's not good to be home, back to piles of washing, ironing and freezing cold weather.

We've been away for a couple of weeks having family fun time in an amazing place....they'll be more about that once i've straightened myself and the house out.

I wanted to stop by briefly to let you know that SJ Crafts has posted two of my layouts using the super Studio Calico Yearbook paper kits 
 
Please pop across and have a look - thank you.

 Products used  Studio Calico Yearbook

Products used  Studio Calico Yearbook

I'm looking forward to catching up with you all and seeing what you have all been up to.
 It may take me a while!
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