Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy 96th Birthday Pop!

This friday will be my Grandfather's 96th birthday; happy birthday Pop! I have made a card for him using my Cricut (my pink Cricut of course!). My numbers were cut out using 'Hello Kitty font' cartridge and my background shape was made using 'elegant edges' cartridge. My circle shapes were all cut out with Spellbinders dies and the light blue circle shape was embossed with my Cuttlebug. My birthday sentiment is a free sentiment from Bizzy Becs Store Blog.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps. Challenge #47; celebrate
- Tip Top Challenge. Challenge #66; anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge Blog. Challenge #57; the color blue and one other color

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Gingerbread Houses!


I can't believe it is Christmas day! I hope you are having a wonderful day where you are!

Every year I make gingerbread houses and I would like to share some pictures with you.

Gingerbread ingredients; lots of butter and sugar!:

Mixing together to form the gingerbread dough:

My gingerbread house pieces cut out and baked, then coated in chocolate on one side to make the house stronger:

House stuck together with more chocolate, all ready to decorate!:

Decorating the house (the fun bit!):

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

Much love to everyone xxx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Telescoping Cards!

Here is some Christmas cards I made using a 'telescoping' card design which is a fun expanding card (I followed a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers for this design). I used a whole heap of gorgoeus Christmas themed stamps from Pink Cat Studio for my cards which are cute and fun to colour too! For my Christmas cards that I give away I like to make the one design and then just change the stamps and colours to save time. I made 14 of these cards!

Hope you like my telescoping cards!

I am entering my cards into the following competitions:
- Charisma Cardz Challenges Week 50; anything goes
- Creative Inspirations. Challenge #143; anything goes
My Time To Craft. Challenge #169; winter pals

Here is a couple of pictures of all of my telescopic cards together:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa Scroll Tags!

I just love Christmas, it is such a great time to get creative and I love giving friends hand made gifts! Here I have made some Christmas tags to go with some Christmas cookies. I used my Cricut (love my pink Cricut!) and cut out cute Santa and his scroll using my 'Christmas cheer' cartridge and added some glitter to his hat and beard and put a little bling on the end of his hat. I inked the edges of the scrolls with distress ink and stamped individual initials onto the scrolls (I used the first letter of people's names who I am giving the tags too). Then I used my 'winter frolic' cartridge to cut out the tag itself. I stuck my tags to little containers filled with home-made cookies to give away as gifts to friends.

Hope you like my tags!

I am entering my tags into the following challenges:
- Cricut Cardz. Challenge #98; Christmas-tag your it!
- Fantabulous Cricut. Challenge #91; Trimming with a tag
Anything Goes. Challenge #56; Anything but a card (optional tags for Christmas)
- Top Tip Tuesday. Challenge #65; Anything Christmas. I have a top tip!; at Christmas time it is hard to come up with multiple designs for Christmas cards to send to friends, so I just make one design and repeat it for all the cards I need to make. I usually vary the stamps and colours that I use but the design layout is the same for all my Christmas cards making the process of hand making all your Christmas cards a lot easier and much less stressful!

My home-made cookie filled containers with the tags on them:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jingle Bell Ride!

Last month I was thrilled to win a challenge at Try It On Tuesday and i was even more thrilled when they asked me to be a guest designer! Our challenge this time is 'anything goes'! Being the Christmas season I made an easel-style Christmas card featuring one of the gorgeous horses designed by Crissy Armstrong called Jingle Bell Ride. I coloured my stamp with copics and added some glitter for added sparkle. I embossed my tag (on the bottom half of my card) and my background green core-dinations paper with my cuttlebug then I sanded the embossing back to reveal the core of the paper and added bling to the holly leaves. My red background paper was created with a Martha Stewart punch-around-the-page (love Martha Stewart punches they are the best!). My pointsettia flowers are from Hooked On Craft.

Please join us at Try It On Tuesday for our 'anything goes' challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!

I am entering my card into the following competitions:
- Sundays With Crissy. Anything goes
- Stampalot Challenge. Bingo; I have used punch, tags, ribbon
- Bling It On. Christmas

My easel card:

Close up of the top of my card:

Close up of the bottom of my card:

Side view:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunny Australian Christmas!

Here is a couple of Christmas cards I made for some friends featuring two very cute stamps from La La Land Crafts; 'sunny Christmas Marci' and 'sunny Christmas Luka'. Here in Australia it is usually hot on Christmas day so when I saw these two 'sunny' looking Christmas stamps I knew I had to get them! I have coloured my stamps in with copics and added some glitter for sparkle (I seem to be using glitter a lot lately; I love glitter!). My circular sentiments are free from Bizzy Becs Store Blog. The design of my two cards is called a 'telescoping card'  which is an expanding layered card and I followed a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. Telescoping cards are so much fun; I made a lot of them this Christmas!

I am entering my cards into the following challenges:
- La La Land Crafts. December customer gallery
- Paper Sundaes. Challenge #100; celebrate!
- Drunken Stampers. Challenge #80; glittery holiday
- Totally Gorjuss. Challenge #111; for someone special
- Card Making Mamas. Challenge #35; Christmas
- Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge. Challenge #52; monochromatic and sparkle

 My cards closed:
Middle section expanded.You can write a message in this section of the card:

 Close up of the bottom section of my cards with the cute stamps:

My two cards fully expanded:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Baking!

Christmas is now just one week away! Today I had some baking mo-jo and thought I would make some edible yummy gifts. I thought I would share a couple of pics of what I made.

 Here is some cute little Christmas 'plum puddings' (these are actually biscuits with melted white chocolate on them). They are very easy to make and look very cute:

Next I made some delicious gingerbread cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing:

I got the recipe for my cupcakes from a fantastic cupcake recipe book called "The Crabapple Bakery Cupcake Cookbook" by Jennifer Graham which has heaps of great recipes. 

Hope you like my pictures!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Time!

We are now onto challenge #14 at Hooked On Craft Challenges and our challenge this fortnight is "Christmas" so you can enter with any papercraft involving Christmas. I hope everyone is working on all their Chrismas cards! For my card I used a gorgeous Christmas bear stamp from Hooked On Craft and I coloured him with copics and added some glitter to his star. My flowers, holly leaves and bling are also from Hooked On Craft.

Please join us at Hooked On Craft Challenges for our Christmas challenge!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Winter Fairy!

Well December is here and that means the start of another fun challenge at Bizzy Bec's Challenges! Our challenge this month is 'Christmas'. For my design team card I have used a gorgeous new stamp designed by Sylvia Zett called Winter Fairy and I have coloured her with copics and added some glitter for added sparkle. My holly branch was cut out on my Cricut using my 'winter wonderland' cartridge and my bird and bird's nest are from Prima. My snowflake was cut out using Spellbinders 'create a flake 3'.

Please join us at Bizzy Bec's Challenges for our 'Christmas' challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
- Simon Says Stamp Challenges. Anything goes
- Come And Get It Challenges. Anything Christmas
Bling It On. Christmas
- Southern Girls Challenge. Challenge #33; ribbon madness
- Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog. Winter