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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Forever Friends for The Holly & Ivy Challenge #17

Good morning,

I hope this post goes out successfully on time, fingers crossed we haven't been too badly hit by storm Ophelia, we seem to be in the direct path of it :(  as I schedule this post (3.45pm Monday) the sky was the strangest, darkest, eeriest I've ever seen for this time of day!

Anyway, on a brighter note we have a fab new challenge starting at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge as always it's just for fun and anything Christmas goes!

For my DT offering this fortnight I've been making use of some magazine freebies that have been in my stash for a while.  I'm trying very hard not to buy anything new until I go to the Crafts For Christmas Show at the SECC Glasgow next week!  This will be my first time at the show but I've been wanting to go for several years but always had something else on so I'm super excited!  I'm going down with a few more ladies from our craft club so it should be a fun day out!



Materials used:
Forever Friends stamp - magazine freebie
Promarkers
Holly Hobbie papers - magazine freebie
Sentiment stamp - LOTV
Cardstock, buttons & twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hugs,
Shona xx


Monday, 9 October 2017

Think Pink with the Cutie Pies

Good morning,

Another scheduled post from me as I'm at work but just four working days until some time off work to spend some time with Iona during her school holidays!

So today we start a fab new challenge over with the Cutie Pies.  This month we're inviting you to Think Pink! and share your cutest, pinkest (is that even a word?!) cards with us and we are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who have an amazing prize for our lucky winner!



http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/

For my DT card I've used a magazine freebie stamp I've had in my stash for a long time by Sylvia Zet.  The layout is based on an idea I saw on Pinterest.


Materials Used:
Stamp - Summer Fairy by Sylvia Zet (Magazine Freebie)
Sentiment - Magazine Freebie
Promarkers
Crafter's Companion Butterfly Dies
X-cut Circle, Scalloped Circle and Tag Dies
Docrafts Parkstone Pink Capsule Collection 12x12 Papers
Cardstock, ribbon, twine, Stickles and pearls from stash

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Hugs, Shona xx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #16

Good morning!

A scheduled post from me today to share my DT card for the latest Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always our challenge is Christmas themed but apart from that it really is anything oges and we would love you to join in the fun.  It's not long now to Christmas so if you haven't already started making your festive cards this is the perfect excuse!

I've chosen another of the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas Dies for this challenge.  I'm loving this range at the moment.


Materials used:
LOTV Classic Christmas Papers
Crafter's Companion Scandinavian Christmas Die - Merry Christmas
X-cut circle & scalloped circle dies
Cardstock, ribbon and pearls from stash

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

DT Post - Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #15

Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today.  Yesterday I had an extra day off as our schools are currently off on a mid term but break today it's my husband's turn and I'm back to work!

Today I'm sharing my DT creation for the new Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  It's very simple but I'm loving this new range of dies.


Materials used:
Crafter's Companion Signature Collection Scandinavian Christmas Die - Partridge in a Pear Tree
Docrafts - Home For Christmas 12x12 paper pack
Wooden sentiment, cardstock, button and twine from stash.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Monday, 11 September 2017

My Favourite Cutie Image

Good morning,

AArgh Monday again already I swear these weekends get shorter every week!  At least we have a fab new challenge over at the Cutie Pies to cheer us up!  Our theme this month is 'My Favourite Cutie Image' and it's also our 6th Birthday so we'd love you to play along with us.  We have not one but FOUR fantastic sponsors who have some brilliant prizes up for grabs for our lucky winners!




http://www.bugaboostamps.com/

Image result for paper nest dolls


I've used a super cute image from Paper Nest Dolls to make a birthday card for My Favourite Cutie - our daughter who was 12 last week!


Materials used:
Digi image - Paper Nest Dolls Fairy Emma With Unicorn
Promarkers
Stardust Stickles glitter glue
Papers - various from Trimcraft & MME
LOTV sentiment
First Edition Number dies
Crafters Companion Butterfly dies
X-cut circle and Scalloped circle dies
Cardstock, ribbon and gems from stash

Thank you for stopping by today, it's very much appreciated.

Hugs,

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #14

Wow, another busy week in the Hamill household means I'm a little late with my DT make for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  After our daugther's birthday last week it was my turn on Thursday then our anniversary on Friday as well as a full working week and the usual mum and taxi duties!

As always our challenge theme is anything Christmas goes so this week as time was limited I've made one of my new dies the focal point of my card.  I love this new range from Crafter's Companion 💖


Materials used:
Dovecraft Back to Basics Vintage Christmas 12x12 papers
LOTV sentiment stamp
X-cut scallop ovals, ovals & label dies
Crafter's Companion stag die
Magazine freebie wooden snowflake
Cardstock, button and twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit and comments.

Hugs,
Shona xx



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Holly & Ivy Challenge #13

Good morning,

I'm back this morning with a scheduled post to share my DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge. Check me all organised and scheduled lol!  As always it's a just for fun anything goes challenge - as long as it is Christmas themed, and we'd love you to join us.

For this challenge I've used another of the 3 stamps I picked up secondhand off a local Facebook buy, swap, sell site.  This one's from LOTV and is rather cute, it appears to be brand new!


Materials used:
LOTV Penguin and sentiment stamps
Promarkers
My Minds Eye Be Merry Designer Papers
Cardstock, pearls, ribbon and snowflake trim from stash
Scalloped circle and rectangle dies
X-cut rounded corner punch

Thanks for stopping by, hope you will join in with our challenge!

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:









Boys Will Be Boys with the Cutie Pies

Hi there,

At last I'm back to share my DT card for the Cutie Pies Boys Will be Boys challenge.  It's been a bit of a mad week since I went back to work after my holidays and our daughter started secondary school.  All her clubs have started up again so I'm back to chasing my tail and trying to keep up with everything!

So back to the challenge and we are sponsored this time round by Pink Gem Designs

who gave us some fab digi designs to work with.  Here's my take on the challenge:


Materials used:
Digi stamp - Pink Gem Designs
Promarkers
Paper - Forever Friends A Christmas Tale
Tim Holtz On The Edge Die - Townscape
Cardstock, button & twine from stash

Hope you will come and join in with our challenge!

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

DT Card for Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #12

Good morning,

I'm still enjoying my summer holidays although now I'm well into my second full week they will soon be coming to an end (boo).  On the plus side it won't be too long now until the October break and I'm hoping I'll be able to take a few days off then too, fingers crossed!  One good thing about being on holiday (and not being away) is that there's more time to craft - yay!  and I don't feel so guilty about staying up late to colour or more likely for me spending valuable potential crafting time mooching around Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration lol!

So today I'm sharing my DT card for our latest Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge, as usual it's a just for fun anything goes challenge - as long as it is Christmas themed.  Why not join us and get ahead for Christmas?  I actually spent a couple of hours the other day putting inserts into and bagging up my recent cards and I was amazed at how many I've accumulated already!

Anyway, back to my card...  My card for the challenge features a new Magnolia stamp, well new to me but secondhand, I bought it recently off a local buy, swap, sell Facebook page!  I got this one and two LOTV stamps for a bargain price and I don't think any of them were ever inked up!  I on the other hand couldn't wait to get stamping and colouring with them!


The papers are old magazine freebies and I've used my new X-cut border punch for the first time so I've used both old and new supplies!

Materials used:
The Day Before Christmas - Noel Tilda rubber stamp
LOTV Sentiment Stamp
Promarkers
Holly Hobbie papers (magazine freebie)
X-cut Oval, Scalloped Oval & Label dies
X-cut Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Kraft cardstock, buttons, twine and pearls from
stash

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hugs, Shona xx



Monday, 7 August 2017

Some Word Art...

Hi there,

A bit of a late night post from me tonight but it's allowed as I'm on holiday and don't have any reason to get up early (although I most probably will anyway as hubby will be up for work).  It's been quite a leisurely Sunday.  My daughter was away at dancing for a few hours and I had hoped to get on with a few chores but I went through to the office/crafting bat cave to look for something and I kinda caused an avalanche of cards I've made.  So there was nothing else for it I decided there was no time like the present and spent a couple of hours putting inserts in them and bagging them in cello bags and putting them in their correct storage space.  Not at all what I'd planned but it needed done all the same.  Every time I spend ages doing this I vow that I will do it as I go but I never do!  Is anyone else guilty of this or is it just me?  I know I'm a serial procraftinator so it's maybe just me!

Anyway I've just hopped on to share some Word Art cards I've made recently. I sometimes find the occasion or person I need to make a card for doesn't suit my style of crafting and that's where Word Art can come into it's own.  I use a website called WordArt.com and with a bit of trial and error can usually come up with something I can use as a backing paper.  Here are some recent examples:




I quite like how they've turned out and I think it's great how you can personalise them as much or as little as you like.

Additional materials used:
Trimcraft number dies
X-cut Doorplate dies
Creative Expressions Pierced Flags Dies
Scalloped Circle Die
Coloured cardstock, buttons, ribbon & twine from stash

So that's it from me tonight.  Now do I, A. do the sensible thing and go to bed, B. do a bit more crafting or C. stay up way too late after getting distracted by Pinterest?  Answers on a postcard!

Hugs,
Shona xx




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #11

Hello again,

This evening I'm sharing my DT card for the latest Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's an anything goes challenge (as long as it's Christmas!)

Apologies for the briefness of my post I'm having a bit of a busy week but the good news is when I finish work on Friday I'm off on holiday for a fortnight.  We're not going away but we have plenty to keep us busy at home!

The image I've used for this fortnight's card is a digi from All Dressed Up which was a freebie ages ago.  I misplaced it on my pc for long enough and luckily found it again recently!


Materials used:
Digi - All Dressed Up
Promarkers
Stardust Stickles glitter glue
Trimcraft Dear Santa papers
Indigo Blu sentiment stamp
Marianne Creatables Heart Die
X-cut scalloped circle dies
Cardstock, ribbon and gems from stash

Thanks for stopping by and also for any comments you leave for me, they are much appreciated.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:






Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Retirement Card for a Forestry Worker

Hi there,

Tonight I'm sharing a card a work colleague asked me to make to mark her husband's retirement from his job with the Forestry Commission.  She wanted something that reflected his work so I had to get my thinking cap on.  I had rediscovered these Craft Asylum papers not long before and made them my starting point, I then remembered about these die cut trees a friend had given me ages ago that I knew would come in useful at some point then all I needed to think about was the personalisation and as it was a male card just a wee bit of embellishment but nothing over the top.

I've been wanting to make a chalkboard effect card for some time.  Well I have made some before but using black card and rubber stamps with versamark ink and matte white embossing powder but this time I had to go for a different tactic as it had to be personalised.  I searched good old Google for ideas and eventually found a good tutorial which you can find here.  It did take a fair amount of time but I think once you have a better idea what you're doing you could speed things up a bit.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out but I think with a bit more time I could have prabably improved on it.  By the way I also downloaded a couple of new fonts from Dafont to use for the chalkboard.


Materials used:
Papers - Craft Asylum, Into The Woods
Xcut Square Parenthesis nesting dies
Tree die - from stash unknown brand
Button & twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by.  That's about all from me tonight, bed is calling!

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Holly & Ivy Challenge #10

Good morning,

My blog posts are a bit like waiting for a bus... nothing for ages then two come at once lol!  Today I'm sharing my DT card for our new challenge starting over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's a just for fun anything goes Christmas themed challenge and we'd love you to join in and get a head start on your Christmas crafting!

My card for the challenge features a cute wee digi image of a mouse which I've coloured with Promarkers.  I won the image as part of a challenge prize but I'm not 100% sure where it's from I suspect it's from Robyn's Fetish.  I'm back using some more of my very ancient Papermania Noel papers, I think I'm down to just 2 whole sheets and just some scraps left now.  I will reduce my paper stash one day (if I don't keep buying) sigh...

   

Materials used:
Digi image - Robyn's Fetish?
Promarkers
Sentiment stamp- Indigo Blu
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - Papermania Noel
X-cut scalloped circle dies
Creative Expressions Pierced Flags Dies
Pearls from stash

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you have a fantastic day.

Hugs,


Monday, 10 July 2017

Here Come The Girls with the Cutie Pies

Good morning,

I'm afraid blog posts have been a bit of a hit and a miss with me recently and will probably remain that way for the next few weeks until I'm on holiday from work.  This is our busiest time of the year with deadlines looming at the end of this month but then at least I get a well earned fortnight off.  We don't have any plans but it will be nice just not to have to set the alarm and potter about doing whatever we want to - hopefully some crafting and blogging!

In my last post I mentioned we were heading off to Liverpool for a cheerleading competition well my daughter's team won their age and ability category and became Jamfest Europe champions!  We are all delighted and extremely proud of their success.  We absolutely loved Liverpool too what a fantastic friendly city and we also happened to be there when there were lots of events taking place to commemorate forces day which made it even more busy and vibrant.  We can't wait to go back again next year but we're going to get saving as the shops are amazing too!!

Ok back to my card.  Today we have a fantastic new challenge starting over at the Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this month is 'Here Come The Girls' and we'd love you to join in.

We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who have some of their fab digis up for grabs for our lucky winner.

 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/

I've used one of their images for my DT card and coloured it with Promarkers.


The layout for the background is from a sketch I found on Pinterest and I've added some faux stitching to the papers to tie it all together.

Materials used:
Image - Crafty Sentiments
Promarkers
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - My Minds Eye - Happy Day
Sentiment Stamp - Personal Impressions
Button & Twine from stash

Thank you for stopping by, have a great week whatever you have planned.

Hugs,

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #8

Hi there,

Well it's the end of another busy working week and I'm a bit late posting my DT card again (sorry Marlene 😳)  Things are really hectic just now, work is busy and there's lots going on at school because up here in Scotland we just have 2 more weeks until the summer holidays.  More so this year as it's my daughter's last year in primary school so there's been leaving events to organise as well as transition days to her new high school.  On top of that we are preparing to go off to Liverpool next week for a National cheerleading competition.  I'm not sure which of us is more excited lol!  We will be away for 4 days/3 nights as it's quite a long train journey from the North of Scotland!  Poor hubby is working so he'll be staying at home and looking after Auntie, mind you I'm sure 2 days of cheer and dance would bore him rigid!

Ok, back to my card.  It's new challenge time over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge as always it's an anything goes Christmas themed challenge and it's just for fun.  It's also a great way to get a head start on your Christmas crafting!

My card this week uses some very untraditional Christmas colours lilac and kraft!  I've made a patchwork background using swatch dies and added some faux stitching too.


Materials used:
LOTV Paper Pad - Snow Princess
Kraft Cardstock
Sizzix Noel Die
Spellbinders Square Swatches Nestabilities
X-cut Snowflake die
Ribbon, button and pearls from stash

That's all from me.  Hope you can join in with our challenge.

Hugs,
Shona xx



Monday, 12 June 2017

All Creatures Great & Small With The Cutie Pies

Good morning!

A scheduled and unusually on time post from me today to show you my card for the latest Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this time is 'All Creatures Great and Small' so why not join us and show us your super cute animal cards and crafts!  We have two fantastic sponsors for this challenge - Di's Digis and Bugaboo!

http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.bugaboostamps.com/

I've used a super cute digi from Bugaboo for my DT card and coloured it with Promarkers to match my papers.  Funnily enough I only remembered I had these papers the other day when I found them in a bag in one of the bedrooms, but as soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to use them.  That darned craft stash gets everywhere doesn't it!  I thought the digi image lent itself to a get well theme so that's what I've gone for.  I've used a layout I found on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with, I think all the layers really show off the different papers and the black matting and layering also makes everything 'pop'.


Materials used:
Digi Stamp - Bugaboo - Mouse Big Flower
Promarkers
Crafters Companion Neenah Solar White Card
Colour Vision Black Card
Papers - My Minds Eye - Happy Day
Sentiment Stamp - Personal Impressions
Trimcraft Belle & Boo Enamel Dots
Button & Twine from stash

Thanks for stopping by, I've got a busy few days ahead, hope you have a good week whatever you are up to!

Hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:




Saturday, 10 June 2017

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #7


Hi there,

Just popping on to share my overdue DT post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's an anything goes challenge with of course a Christmas theme!  There's still time to get ahead with your Christmas crafting and join in.

I've made 2 cards this time both mainly made from Docrafts/Papermania products I've had in my stash almost as long as I've been papercrafting!  I'm trying to use up some stash to make some space.  Although probably only space for more stash mwahahaha!!!




Materials used:
Noel papers and toppers
Xcut label and scalloped rectangle nesting dies
Spellbinders square swatches nesting dies
Buttons, ribbon, twine, pearls, etc all from stash

Life has been getting in the way of crafting and blogging recently, hence the late post, but I managed to have a couple of crafting sessions this week - one at craft club and one at home and I really enjoyed them.  I have a commissioned card to make next so hopefully I'll find the time for that in the next couple of days and keep up the momentum!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to.

Hugs,
Shona xx





Tuesday, 16 May 2017

DT Post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #6

Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today to share my DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge, can you believe we are on the 6th challenge already!  Where are the weeks going???

As always it's a just for fun anything goes Christmas challenge and we'd love you to join us.

This time I've made a very merry and bright card that's focussed around the spotty papers.  The idea for the layout came from Pinterest.


Materials used:
Docrafts Capsule Collection papers
LOTV sentiment stamp
X-cut label die
X-cut star nesing dies
Ribbon, twine & button all from stash

That's about it from me.  Hope you have a fantastic day whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Shona xx


Monday, 8 May 2017

Ribbon & Rubber with the Cutie Pies!


Good morning,

A scheduled post from me today to show you my DT card for this months Cutie Pie Challenge.  Our theme this time is Ribbon & Rubber and we are sponsored by the fantastic Crafty Ribbons.  So why not get out your favourite rubber stamp and ribbon and play along with us.  Remember you must also include a cute character on your card to be in with a chance of winning a prize or our top 3 spots.




I've used an LOTV stamp to make this cute birthday card.  I've had it a while but this is it's first outing!  I had to borrow the sentiment dies at craft club the other night as I came away without the sentiment stamp I had chosen!  As usual I've coloured my image with Promarkers.



Materials Used:
LOTV Stamped image
Papers - Dovecraft Back To Basics IV
Sentiment Die - borrowed!
Ribbon, buttons, cardstock & pearls from stash


Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

CHN Patterned Paper Challenge - May




Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tilda for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Good morning,

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.  I've had a lovely time catching up with family and had a 4 day weekend instead of the usual 2 so it's been bliss.  Back to work today but I will be off again on Thursday as the schools are closed due to voting for the local council elections.

So it's time to start another challenge over at The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge as always it's an anything goes just for fun Christmas Challenge!

This time I've used one of my favourite Magnolia stamps and coloured her with Promarkers to match my MME papers


I've kept the layout quite simple as the image takes up quite a large area of the card and just used a glitter ribbon bow as the main focal point.

Materials used:
Magnolia Sweet Christmas Ice Tilda Rubber Stamp
Promarkers
My Minds Eye Be Merry Designer Papers
White Neenah and coloured cardstock
Circle and scalloped circle dies
Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch
Ribbon, pearls and die cut sentiment from stash

Thanks for stopping by, hope you will join us in the challenge.

Hugs, 
Shona x


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

From Our Home To Yours - DT Post for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge

Hello!

A late night post from me tonight but I'm on holiday this week so it's allowed!  I'm sharing my latest DT card for the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  As always it's a just for fun Anything Goes Christmas Challenge and we'd love you to share your Christmas creations with us.  I'm really enjoying getting ahead with my Christmas crafting this year!

This time I've made an easel card and used a die that I've had for quite a while and never got around to using.  Although the die is quite intricate it was a joy to cut.  I've kept the card quite simple as there's so much detail in the die.  I've embossed the panel behind the main image with a snowflake embossing folder but there's not much of it left to see!


I've just added some spotty organza ribbon and a button topped die-cut snowflake to finish my card.

Materials used:
Sizzix Thinlits Die - From Our Home
X-cut Scalloped Circle Nesting Die Set & Snowflake Die
X-cut Snowflake embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl Card - Snow White - Hint of Silver & Turquoise
Ribbon & Button from stash

Thanks for stopping by, any comments left are kindly appreciated.

Hugs,
Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bunnies & Chicks with the Cutie Pies

Hello,

A late post from me.  It's been a busy couple of days and I'm finally sharing my DT card for the Cutie Pie Challenge our theme this time is Bunnies and Chicks so why not dust off your favourite Easter Stamps or grab yourself a digi (you'll find lots of suitable ones from our sponsor Pink Gem Designs) and play along!


I've chosen one of their fab designs called Bunny Chloe for my DT card and coloured her with Promarkers to match my papers.  


I found a sketch for the layout on Pinterest and added a die cut flower and a ready made sentiment to finish my design.

Materials used:
Pink Gems Designs Digi - Bunny Chloe
Promarkers
Black Cardstock
Forever Friends Spring Time papers and sentiment
Magazine freebie flower die
X-cut circle die
Unknown scallop circle die (bought secondhand)
Ribbon, button and gems from stash

Thanks for stopping by today, hugs, Shona xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

DT Post for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge #3

Good morning,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look at my scheduled post today.  As ever I really appreciate all the comments that you leave for me as I know that it can be time consuming.

Todays blog post is to share my 3rd DT card for The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge.  For those that haven't joined in before it's always a just for fun anything goes challenge (as long as it's Christmassy!)

This time I'm sharing a Christmas card with one of my favourite techniques - patchwork made using a swatches die complete with faux stitching.


Materials used:
Craft UK Kraft Cardstock
Magazine freebie papers and sentiment die
Spellbinders nestabilities square swatches and heart circles dies
Button & twine from stash

That's all from me for the moment.

Hugs,