18 January 2017

My happy Christmas mail

Just sharing today the hand created cards I received for Christmas 2016. I'm not sure where you all live but in New Zealand NZ Post has reduced our mail deliveries to every 2nd day. We all get too much mail delivered to our computers in this modern age. I still love receiving mail & especially if it's hand-made so a BIG thank you to my friends who sent me a card but a BIGGER thank you to those who MADE me a card for Christmas.

I'm just going to post these in the order I snapped them. If they have a blog their name will be bolded & hyper-linked.

From my friend Debbie Lamb, lots of gold embossing, foil & a fab Santa bringing me gifts & he did as he also had a few wee catalogues as a surprise with the card, which made me real happy to see.

From my friend & work colleague Frances Murray who brightens the end of my working day as she arrives at 5am at the start of her working day. It's always nice to have a natter & a drink with a fellow crafter. I'm pretty sure this is my Memory Box Grand Madison window box which she borrowed, teamed with Stampin' Up!'s falling snow EF & sleigh ride edgelits & matching words. I know she wanted to create a snow-scene looking out the window.

From my friend Donna Griffiths, who printed off this image & then coloured it all up with pencils beautifully, what a lot of work but so adorable:

From my friend Rachael Knight a stunning card using a stamp set I din't even like when I saw it in the last mini catalogue from SU! called Frosted Medallion I really like their new in-colour sugarplum something (you can tell I'm no longer a demo). I also really like that the panel is not square it really adds something to the card.

From my friend Sally Williams, Stampin' Up!'s cookie cutter punch & deer.

Each of these cards bought a smile to my face so thank you all for taking the time to make & send me a card.
✿ Karen ✿

16 January 2017

Last Christmas Elf

LOL that title sounds a bit like the last bugle post call but nothing so complicated. This is the  card I created for my Pete for Christmas and I used the 3rd elf in the MFT Santa's Elves set. I had always wanted to use one of the sentiments that come in the set for his card & had all the elements coloured up & hidden somewhere in my craft room, knowing he'd never find it. As it turned out I ended up making the card on Christmas Eve when I had a few minutes to spare & I wasn't at all happy with my stenciled star background, as the stars were bigger than I wanted but I didn't have more time to do it again.

The colours I coloured in this wee elf are really the same colour combos I used in my original Christmas elf post. The hat is the dark blue colour combo.

I've used my white Signo gel pen to make the jacket spotted. And the fab stitched dotted circle is an old MFT one that is now retired but I found one for sale on e-bay & snaffled it up awhile ago. I really like it as it makes a nice change from the usual stitched look that is very prevalent. I made the banner myself using my square punch again, one day I will buy myself some banner dies (or not).

The base card stock is Pacific Point from Stampin' Up!

Stamp: BB Santa's Elves (MFT)
Ink: Memento Black, various Copics, Tumbled Glass distress ink
Paper: XpressIt blending card, Pacific Point(SU!)
Other: Stitchable Dot Circle STAX (MFT), Wink of Stella glitter pen, Signo white gel pens, Lots of Stars stencil (Create A Smile), Clarity stencil brush, dimensionals

I'll blog the fab homemade cards I received in the next day or 2. I'm going to try & make a few Christmas cards every month this year to ease the pressure at the silly season & also use some of those other stamp sets that I bought to make Christmas cards last year & didn't use. This certainly will not be the "last post" for the Santa's Elves from MFT as they are so adorable.

Thanks for popping by.
✿ Karen ✿

13 January 2017

More Christmas Elves

This was my card design this year & I just loved colouring up the My Favorite Things BB Santa's Elves, (apparently BB = Birdie Brown).

I tried to colour up every elf in a different colour combo so every recipient got their own unique elf from me but then it was OMG when I went to die cut them out, being an older set the die was a solid image & even though I thought I had lined the image up properly I'd lose a bit of his ear or bell :(

I was just about in tears as I had spent days colouring them up. I wish I had asked on the MFT page in Facebook before cutting them all out as the answer was so easy. With the older style solid dies you actually cut out on a spare piece of thick card stock the shape, then you place that over your coloured up image then put the die in & run all through the die cutting machine. It wasn't hard when you knew how but a few of the elves that were too wonky ended up on Christmas tags. Catherine Pooler has done a YouTube video if you want to see what I'm talking about.

It was an easy design once you knew how to die-cut out your elves, I just used up corresponding bits of left over DSP for the background circle. I made banners using again scraps of card stock. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle stamp Retro Ornaments.

I'll list the Copic Combos starting at the top LHS for the elves' hats & jackets.
Yellow: Y11, Y15, Y19
Orange: YR21, YR15, YR68
Teal Blue: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG49
Blue: B00, B04, B06
Violet: V12, V15, V17
Green: YG03, YG17, YG67
Red: R24, R46, R39
Darker blue: B32, B24, B28

I used my gold Wink of Stella for the wee bell and a clear one for the hat fur.

It's making me feel all Christmasy-again looking at my wee elves they are just so adorable. I'll share another design I created with the set in the next day or two.

Thanks for popping in.

✿ Karen ✿

11 January 2017

Surprise Christmas Elf

Hi everyone & happy 2017 - where does the time go pre-Christmas, as I can see it's been a while since I last blogged. I'm sure you all know the answer to that question! I hope you all had a very happy festive season. I was able to share Christmas day with members of my family, Pete's family & even friends who would have been alone on the day, so I felt truly blessed to be surrounded by those I love.

Santa AKA me was very kind & shouted myself a new laptop, so I'm getting to grips with it & transferring and loading stuff I use & I hate to say the older I get the less confidence I have with technology but think we're all up & running now for 2017.

So over the next few days I'll share the cards I made plus received for Christmas 2016. Now as I want to ease myself back into blogging I'll take it easy today & share this really cute Christmas elf I found in a friend's stash which I loved colouring up. I've now added her to my ever growing wishlist as I think a few more friends deserve to get in her in their letterboxes next year.

Stamp: Little Elf  (Penny Black)
Ink: Memento Black, various Copics
Paper: XpressIt blending card, Real Red (SU!)
Other: Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT), Wink of Stella glitter pen

Copics Used:
Red: R24, R46, R39
Green: YG21, YG25, YG17
Fur: C00, C1, C2
Skin: E000, E53, BV00
Cheeks: R20

Even now she makes me smile just looking at her, she is a real cutie elf.
✿ Karen ✿

15 November 2016

Teddy bears, balloons & presents

Guess that means someone must be having a birthday!! I have a dear friend who always hand draws big bunches of balloons on her cards, so I knew what stamp I wanted to use for her birthday card this year plus I wanted to do some more colouring for the 30 day coloring challenge.

My first challenge was how do you actually colour a teddy bear with Copics, lots of people post really cute cards but they don't say what colours they used. So I looked at the E markers I had & worked out 3 brown combos I could do, then coloured up the wee teddy.

I thought the red-brown combo (E11, E13, E17) would probably work best on reindeer, the other 2 combos I liked & I thought the yellow brown was the most teddy bear-like. FYI in case you can't read my scribbles yellow-brown combo was E31, E55, E57 and gray-brown combos was E41, E42, E43 & E44.

I made my background by white embossing a wee star stamp. Then blended 2 distress inks  to make the stars pop. I then spritzed with water, then sprayed with shimmer spray.

I stamped my Happy Birthday saying then die cut out the circle using the 2nd biggest stitched circle die.

I think the rest of the card is self-explanatory but leave me a comment if it isn't.

Stamp sets: Beary Special Birthday (MFT), Circle Sayings (SSS), Starring You (SU!)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Intense Black (SSS), Worn Lipstick distress ink, Squeezed Lemonade distress ink
Paper: X-press It blending card stock, Whisper White (SU!), Cotton Candy (SSS)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS), co-ordinating Beary Special die (MFT)
Other: white embossing powder, Ranger mini ink blending tool, sheer Shimmer spritz (Imagine Crafts), clear Wink of Stella pen, dimensionals

Copics used:
Bear: E31, E55, E57
Muzzle & inside ears: E30
Nose: E59
Balloon: Y11, Y15, Y19
Present: R32, R35, YG13, YG17

Does anyone have any fav colour combos they would like to share for teddy bears for Copics, please comment below if you do!!

Well the 30 day coloring challenge is ongoing for the whole of November & Mindy Baxter AKA My Creative Scoop has also started a Monday challenge to post any hand coloured images for a chance to win a free class from her.

✿ Karen ✿