Tuesday, 27 November 2012

WOWEEEEEE!!!!! Do I have news for you .........

Hi Lovely Visitors,

No crafting makes to show today but .............. I have two fabulous things I wanted to share so I'm giving them their own post.

First of all, a couple of weeks ago I was the lucky winner of some fabulous blog candy which was very generously given by a lovely lady over in the US as part of her Thanksgiving celebrations.  How much of a coincidence was it that the biiiiiiig parcel arrived safely on Thanksgiving Day.  Look at all these beautiful goodies.

I've already incorporated one of the lovely embossing powders onto my next project for Snazzys which I'll be posting next Monday.  There are some beautiful stamps including one gorgeous 'Cover a Page' stamp which I've had my eye on and the Alterations embossing folders which I've been hankering after for a while and many lovely surprises.  And the generous lady who sent me all this gorgeous stuff is ..............Stamping Suzz.  If you don't know her blog already you are missing a treat as Sue is extremely talented and her blog is full of wonderful inspiration so do click on the link and give her a visit.  Take a cuppa with you though because you're sure to be there a while, lol!  THANK YOU FROM ME SUE!

AND NOW ............................

I HAVE SOME MORE FANTABULOUS NEWS .......... but this time it's from my lovely bosses and the equally smashing Gillian, DT co-ordinator extraordinaire, at SNAZZYS!


None other than the unique and extremely talented ANNA DABROWSKA, aka FINNABAIR!
HERE is a direct link to the relevant post on the Snazzy DT Blog and THIS is a link to Anna's wonderful blog.  Her work is absolutely amazing so go check them out and don't delay getting your name on the list for when the full details are available in the New Year.  Places are bound to sell out fast! 

I'm off to drool over Anna's blog again.  I'll be back in the wee small hours of Monday morning with my first project using the latest Snazzys DT packHope you can drop by then.

Lesley  Xx 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Finally........A Couple of Quick Christmas Cards

Morning All,

Finally I have made some Christmas cards and about time too!  Actually, I wanted to get these done last week to post on the Snazzys DT Blog but didn't make it in time so I decided to get them done and show them here whilst we are still promoting this lovely Country Cottage Collection papers, stamps and embellishments.  I really like this collection mainly because the colours are the gorgeous traditional reds and greens which are my favourites for Christmas.  The papers are also really good quality and take inks beautifully.  These cards were quite quick to make and used up some of the leftovers from making my Christmas Organiser.

This first one uses a square of the Red Snowflakes design and I overstamped with a snowflake from the stamp collection using Wow Vanilla White EP with some Clear Rock Candy glitter mixed in.  I really like this effect as it adds a subtle sparkle (unfortunately couldn't capture it on here) and also gives the EP a rough texture similar to Distress EPs.  I then softly inked round the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink, wrapped with satin ribbon and mounted onto a square of ivory pearlescent card which had been dry embossed with a snowflake embossing folder before mounting onto the 6" x 6" base card.

I then cut two of the mini Rosette Snowflakes with my new Tim Holtz/Sizzix die from the Sentiments design paper, inked them slightly with Aged Mahogany DI before swiping with a bit of Flitterglu and sprinkling them with Clear Rock Candy glittter and finally adding the brads from the embellishment pack. I do wish I could have caught the pretty sparkle on this card. This one really does look so pretty in artificial light!

This second card uses the reverse of Red Snowflakes on the top half and the reverse of Sentiments at the  bottom separated by a die cut border in ivory pearlescent card and shiny green ribbon. 

 I cut the poinsettia with another new acquisition, ;D, the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia (think I need the little one now, lol), using more of the ivory pearlescent card and some co-ordinating green card, inking round all the edges with Black Soot DI and adding a brad from the embellishment pack to hold it together.  Finally I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas from the stamp set using the Wow Vanilla White EP.

Do pop over to the Snazzy DT blog if you have time where the inspiration from the rest of my DT buddies continues unabated for a couple more weeks yet.  There's bound to be some beautiful projects to get you in the mood for Christmas .......... can't wait to see what they come up with myself too!

We had a rather expensive day yesterday :0(.  Firstly my OH needed a new pair of glasses unexpectedly as he'd only had his other since February!!!! We followed that up with a visit to our local Comet store to find a new phone.  We've been struggling with our other one for yonks but I kept putting off getting a new one ............ toooo lazy to go look, lol!  Of course, while we were there and I was concentrating on the phone comparisons Hubby drifted over to the TVs as men tend to do.  Result?  We came out with a 40" TV (plenty big enough for our cosy lounge) as well a the phone package!  Still, that saves me thinking up an Anniversary present ;-) .................... it is our 40th Wedding Anniversary on the 18th November and boy is it scary how fast those 40 years have gone.

Right I'm off to run some errands.  Wish I could stay home and craft but needs must.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend with plenty of R&R.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Christmas Project #2 for the Snazzys DT Blog.

Hi Everyone,

I'm back again with a sneaky peek of my 2nd project for this week over on the Snazzys DT Blog.  This month we have been asked to showcase some gorgeous papers in my favourite traditional reds and greens together with a matching set of stamps and lovely brads and die cut elements.......The Christmas Cottage Collection by Theresa Collins.  The more I've used this collection the more I love it!

Here's my sneaky peek

Please pop over to the DT blog and have a look at the whole project and I'd love you to leave a comment.

I'll be back again fairly soon ....... if I get a bit of playtime, lol!  Mind you with less than 8 weeks until Christmas I really ought to be making Christmas cards!!!!!  Okay then, who's already got theirs done ;D

Lesley  Xx