Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch 98

Hi Lovelies,

How are you all today?  Did Santa visit you?  He's been & gone here.  My girls made out like little bandits (expect some photos later).  Let's just say they are spoilt rotten at the moment.  I'm sad that the big day is over but am glad that the "madness" is finished with for another year.

Today I am back with the new sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I really enjoy doing sketch based challenges & I particularly love this sketch.

So much so that I just had to make another card based on this.  I am trying hard to step out of my comfort zone at the moment.  I tried a few different things on this card that I haven't done before.  Instead of going for a scallop circle die or using a doily (both are perfectly good & acceptable) I decided to cut up a flourish die & use all the pieces around the edge of the circle.  I used two & a half flourishes.  I used glue dots under the leaves & on the back to secure the flourishes.  On the front I tucked some of the flourishes under the bakers twine & used glue (on a pin) to secure the finer parts down.  Looking at the flourish around the image it reminded me of Cinderella's pumpkin coach.

I used Orange, not a colour I normally go to & then I added dots as shading so she didn't look like she was sitting in mid air.  If you want to see an expert do a better job of using the dot technique go here, it's a good video & a bit funny too.  I made this card larger as well it's 6 x 6.  I used Copics to colour the image & was trying for a softer look.  Every time I use this image I think Red/Aqua. So even though she  has aqua in her outfit I definitely stepped out & did something different.  Now all I have to do is work on getting my sentiments straight! ;)

Here is my second card using this sketch.  This is another larger card measuring 6 x 6 inches.  I had so much fun colouring in Snow White from Saturated Canary.  I also wanted to use my Scallops & a doily on this card just because (see told ya they are both perfectly good & acceptable).  I had to Google Snow White to see what her "colours" where lol.  How sad is that!  I needed a colour palette to get me started. I knew I wanted Red in the card but wasn't sure on the other colours.  I used two different paper pads on this card, both by My Mind's Eye.  I coloured Snow in with Copics.  This time I've left the sentiment off, so I don't have to worry about trying to keep that straight ;)

Thanks for stopping by today, I do hope that you can join in the fun at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I'd love to see what you create & as always thanks so much for your wonderful comments.  Happy crafting my friends.

Happy Birthday Card
Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 pad Darling Dear
Copic Paper
Distress Inks - Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen
Versa-fine ink - Vintage Sepia
Momento ink  - Tuxedo Black
Hero Arts - CL181
The Greeting Farm - Miss Anya Love
Bakers Twine
Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful Flourish Die 117
Nestibilities - Large Circle 
Skin - E0000, E50, E21
Hair - E50, E31, E35, E 25
Dress, hair bows & shoes - B00, B01, BG000, BG10, BG23, BG49
Shadow - E41, E31, E35, E50, 

Snow White Card
Pattern Paper - Darling Deer 6 x 6 pad, All Spice 6 x 6 pad by My Mind's Eye
Bakers Twine,
Copic Paper,
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Large Scallop Circles, Large Circles
Skin - E0000, E50, E21
Lips - RV29
Basket - E31, E33, E35
Eyes/Leaves - G02, G05, G07
Hair - B24, C-5, C-7, C-9
Apples - RV14, RV29, R46, RV69
Dress - B32, B24, B18, B29, Y000, Y11, Y02, Y35, Y38

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wishing you a Happy & Safe Christmas :)

Hi Lovelies,

Blogaholic Designs”= 

This is a non crafty blog post today.  I thought I would pop in because it seems like ages since I've posted anything (that wasn't scheduled).

I just want to thank you all for your support over this last year.  I know that I have been "Hit & miss" with my postings.  I've had a lot going on in my life & now am thinking the worst is behind me.  I am humbled by  all your support in sticking by me.  I also really appreciate those of you that take the time to comment on each of my posts.  Your comments have meant the world to me & I try my hardest to return the love.  There is nothing like a comment to make you feel really good about yourself & what you are creating.  I may not have a huge following, but I am grateful to each & every one of you.  Especially since you treated my absences like they didn't exist.  It's wonderful to know that you are out there.

From my little family to all of yours I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & all the best for the New Year.  May it be the best year yet for each & every one of you.

Take care & have a Safe & Happy Christmas with the ones you love.  I also hope you get some time to do the things you love with the ones you love.  Don't stress as they say "Don't sweat the petty stuff & don't pet the sweaty stuff!"  I've always loved that quote.

Love to you all my blogging buddies :) xoxoxoxoxo

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch #97

Hi Lovelies,

Today I'm back with another DT card to share for Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

As you can see I'm in full on Christmas card mode.  I left everything way to late this year *sigh* lets hope I do better next year.  I used up a lot of scraps on this card.  Which was good.  The red c/s I stamped with Aged Mahogany distress ink & used Twas the Night b/g stamp by Impression Obsession.  I then stamped the tag with the same ink & stamp.  The reindeer is by Paper Xtra, isn't he cute.  I had so much fun colouring him in with Copics & then I went a little crazy with the Diamond Glaze & added it to the lights, his eyes, his nose & to all the bells.  The star didn't get left out either I added Frosted Lace Stickles to it.

I do hope that you can come & play with us over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.  I can guarantee we don't bite ;o).  Happy crafting everyone.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A bit Shabby

Hi Lovelies,

Today I have a card that I made because I love colouring this super cute Digi Molly.  I tried a new colour combo (for me) of pinks/browns.  I was inspired by this challenge.  Although I don't know if this is Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows.  But from looking at the design teams samples I think this will be ok.  If not at least I have another beautiful card to add to my collection.  I didn't use a sketch for this card, so it took me longer to put together than usual.  I cut up a Doily to cover some roses that where on the b/g pp.  I then added some scraps that where left over from another project that I inked up with Distress inks.  I think this is looking a little Shabby Chic as well - Bonus! :)  

Thank you for visiting & I love seeing your comments.  Happy crafting everyone.

Saturated Canary - Molly
Copic paper
Sweetness 6 x 6 pad by Pinkpaisley
Square punch
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Bakers Twine
Spellbinders Nestibilities - Labels Fourteen
Clothes/hat/stockings & shoes - RV10, RV11, RV34, RV29, E31, E33, E35
Hair - E50, E31, E25
Lips - RV29
Skin - E0000, E50, E21
Eyes - E25, E27
List - W0, W1, W5

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cool Yule

Hi Lovelies,

This is my second post for today :)  please scroll down or go here to see my DT card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

Ok today I have a really sweet card to share with you all.  I'm loving the colours in it.  I found a new Christmas Blog called Always Playing with Paper & they have a challenge on at the moment to use any of their past sketches to create a card for the current challenge.  I decided to use this sketch, mainly becasue it fit in with my Digi image that I had previously printed & cut out.

I used Molly from Saturated Canary.  I just love this Digi image, don't you?  I had a great time colouring Molly in with my Copics.  I am still trying to get the hang of black hair with blue high lights. So her hair is probably more blue than black but still I'm pleased with the way it turned out.  I used warm greys on the "white" areas of her clothing & am really pleased with the way they turned out.  This was my first attempt at colouring white.

Well the kidlets have just gotten up so my peaceful morning has come to an end ;)  Thanks for stopping by, your comments mean the world to me.

Happy crafting my friends - Paula

Just Believe 6 x 6 pad by Kaisercraft
Copic Paper
Saturated Canary - Molly (Digi image)
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers
Clothing/hat - W-0, W-1, C-1, BG23, BG13, BG18, BG49, BG72, 
Hair - B24, C-5, C-7, C-9
Good List - E31, E43

Try Stampin' sketch 96.

Hi Lovelies,

I'm back again with the latest Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch.  I'm squeezing in a few last minute Christmas cards still.

This week I used these Cheeky Elves from Make it Crafty. I coloured them in with Copics onto Copic paper.  I then added some of these pearls just because I like a bit of bling ;o).  I stamped the wreath from this stamp set, I also added the date from this stamp set.  The pattern paper is by My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 pad called Darling Dear.  I think these papers lend themselves to make great Christmas cards.  Please stop by the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog & join in on all the fun.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with.
Have a great day.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A little Retro with a dash of Red Carpet

Hi Lovelies,

Today I am sharing a card I made with some scraps & a few things I've had in my stash for like evah! Cute isn't it! But hey I'm biased so I can say that.  I'm having a run on using things that I haven't touched in the longest time.  It's almost like getting something new again, I think.  This cute little deer, the snowflakes, seed beads & sentiment haven't seen the light of day in over a year I'd think.  So toady's the day to go retro I decided.

I used this cool sketch from the Retro Sketches Challenge blog.  I flipped the sketch so my little deer wasn't looking the wrong way.  I sewed the sequin snowflakes down with cotton & a seed bead to stop them from falling off.  I'm hoping the 3 snowflakes count as the speech bubble.  I'm also going to enter this into Red Carpet Studio's challenge Snowflakes or snowmen.  I used up some more pp from Darling Deer.  I am not sure if this is classed as a Christmas card or not - what do you think? I added "Enjoy the little things" sentiment from Hero Arts because it fit perfectly under the image.  Plus aren't snowflakes little?  The closest I get to snow is watching it on the TV.

Have a wonderful week ahead & happy crafting.

Darling Deer 6 x 6 pad by My Mind's Eye
Copic Paper
Blue Bazzil
Sequin snowflakes
White seed beads
Needle & Thread
Hero Arts - CL181 Messages
The Greeting Farm - Forest Friends
Momento ink - Tuxedo Black
Deer - E31, E33, E35, E0000, E50, E21, BG23 (eye)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Vote for me - pretty please xoxoxo

Hi Lovelies,

I am going to keep this link at the top of my blog for this week please feel free to scroll down to see what else I've come up with.  Please note there is a lot of grovelling, massive amounts, truly huge amounts of grovelling in this post.

I have a huge, massive & really big favour to ask of you all.  Could you please vote for me.  Pretty please with sugar on top.

What for you ask?

Well I was one of four people to have their cards selected for the Masculine Challenge over at Red Carpet Studio.  You can go here to check out the cards & if you go to Red Carpet Studio you can vote in the side bar for my card from the 9th December to 15th December.

Here is a copy of the guidelines/rules for voting:
Polls will be added to the right sidebar of the blog and as you take a look at the nominations for each category you can cast your vote. Only one vote may be cast a day for each poll. Any form of cheating or rigging the polls will result in immediate disqualification. The winners will be announced at the end of the week with the start of the new challenge and will receive a trophy badge to place on their blogs. Anyone and everyone is welcome to vote! 

I know there is nothing in it for you guys, but you will have my undying gratitude for doing this.   Happy crafting everyone.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm Jingling to catch up

Hi Lovelies,

Today's card is a catch up card for one of my (many) fav' challenge blogs.  A few weeks back Jingle Belles had a food based sketch on so I printed out this cute Bugaboo Digi image thinking I'd enter a card, as I need a tonne of Christmas cards.  Alas time has a way of slipping past me & I missed the deadline.  So I decided the other day to do some colouring with my Copics & play.  I used different colours to what I usually use & tried different ways to what I normally do.  This is the final result.  Luckily for me Jingle Belles has a new challenge on that this fits so I get to play one last time for the year.  Yay!  I'm hoping to play in every single challenge that they do next year.  I want to be ahead in Christmas cards & not way, way, way behind.

I added Liquid Pearls to Decon's hat & then added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the Liquid Pearls once it had dried.  I quite like the look.  I also added Frosted Lace to the candy cane just to give it some extra oomph.  I really like the way my experiment turned out so I cut it out with a Spellbinders Nesitibilities.  Inked around the edge with Distress ink & layered it onto a card based that I had stamped with Impression Obsession's Twas the night in Distress ink.  

Thanks for stopping by today & I love hearing what you have to say :)  Happy crafting everyone

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's beginning to look like Christmas

Hi Lovelies,

Today I thought I'd share with you some of the Christmas cards that I have been busy making over the last week or so in-between holidays & everyday life.

 This first card is actually a left over piece of paper that I used on another card the other day.  I was stumped with what to do with it as it's not what I would normally use.  But I didn't want to waste it either.  So I decided to keep it simple & just stamp a sentiment onto it.  The pp is from Just Believe 6 x 6 pad by Kaisercraft.  It's not a normal sized card it measures just over 6 inches long.  I really am pleased how this turned out.

This card is a mish mash.  It's simple but I think it's flawed.  I had this piece of spotted paper left over from the 24 scramble.  It had a tag shape cut out of it (under the image) so I decided to stamp a deer in the negative space, but it didn't look any good.  So I put it aside to have a think about it.  Meanwhile I had printed up a heap of digi images & this is one of them.  I coloured it in with my copics & then used distress inks to colour the background.  I stupidly then decided to spritz it with a combination of Pearl Ex & water.  While it looks nice & shimmery the ink from the printer ran slightly (if you look closely at the snowball & buttons on the snowman you will see what I mean).  So this morning I decided to put the two together.  I used a left over scrap from a Manilla tag & my Spellbinder tag dies to cut out the tag.  I added a button brad & hoped for the best.  ;o)

I am really pleased with this card.  I used up some scraps, a leftover stamped wreath, some ribbon that I've been hoarding (for a few months) & some buttons (that I've been hoarding forever).  I also tried something new - I used my brayer with Iced Spruce Distress Ink to add colour to the Swiss Dot embossed c/s. I think it's the first time I used my brayer for it's intended purpose!  Shocking I know ;o).

Well lovelies,  I'm off to google/you tube how to "organise yourself for Christmas books".  Maybe next year I will be sorted!!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Small T Creations Give away!

Hi Lovelies,

I don't know if you all know about this fabulous give away that Tone over at Small T Creations is having at the moment.  

To be in the running Tone has asked that we help her spread the word about her new store WashiTapesNL. As you can guess from the name Tone is selling Washi Tape.  I popped over to her store & had a quick look & all I can say is WOW!  So if you ever need Washi Tape I would suggest you check it out & I bet you don't go away empty handed as they say.

Have a great week & happy crafting.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch 95

Hi Lovelies,

Here is my very first card as a DT member of Try Stampin' On Tuesday & the sketch it's based on.

Here is my card based on this sketch.  I used Distress ink to stamp the tree, before colouring it in with a Prismacolor pencil.  I then used Baby oil to even out the colouring.  Stickles where added to the tree for some sparkle.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine & added Baker's Twine.  The pattern paper is Just Believe by Kaisercraft.   Thank you for stopping by today & I hope I have inspired you to play along with us over at Try Stampin' On Tuesdays this week.

Hero Arts - K4797 Flourish Tree with Stars
Distress Inks - Shabby Shutters & Walnut Stain
Versafine Ink - Vintage Sepia
Stickles - Platinum
Bakers' Twine
White Copic paper'
Just Believe 6 x 6 pad by Kaisercraft
Kaisercraft clear stamp CS926 Christmas

Monday, December 3, 2012

Our mini holiday.

Hi Lovelies,

My lovely little family & I had a mini holiday for the last 31/2 days.  We drove two hours south, to the Gold Coast.  It was a fun-tastic time away.  We stayed at Sea World Nara Resort, which is right next door to Sea World.  We had the best room, it overlooked the resort pool & Emsy loved that.  In fact both my girls had a wonderful time.  Although Lils was starting to crash & burn today.  Thankfully she slept for an hour on the way home. Otherwise my dh may have been a wee bit cransky with the monsta!

We had a lovely time even though it was hot.  The whole time we were away we had temps of mid 30s (degrees) & chances of Thunderstorms.  The storms didn't eventuate but that made for really hot days.

The pool had a light spectacular each night, but we didn't see any until last night.  Which was a shame because Emsy would have loved being involved in it.  We are thinking of going back towards the end of January again.  So maybe she can join in then.

In the main lobby of the resort, there was this cool Dinosaur statue.  The girls loved seeing this guy each day.    They also loved Dinosaur Island at Sea World.  Then at Movie World today, we saw this cool T-Rex & he could move.  I think he scared Lils for a bit, but when we where leaving "he" was chasing Doug & Lils & was going to bite them on the "bums".  According to Lils.  The things my kids say!

At Movie World today, Emsy & Lils had a great time.  There where a heap of rides for the "Littlies" which was fantastic.  There was a junior Roller-coaster.  I went on it with Emsy & decided that that was the first & last time I would do that.  Emsy thought it was cool - so I think it was worth it.  Then we went over to the wild west side of the park.  So Emsy & Doug could ride the "Wild West Flume" ride.  Emsy didn't like it at all.  Poor thing was in tears when they got off.  I think maybe another year or so she will love it.

Then on the way home we stopped in to see Doug's mum & have some afternoon tea with her.  I saw these Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at a service station & thought that they would be a good treat to share.  I know Emsy loved them as did Doug's mum.

 Well tomorrow I have to do Tuckshop in the morning.  So I hope to catch up with all of you later in the day, after I've finished at the school & done some much needed washing, cleaning etc.  Have a great week my friends :o)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gus on Christmas

Hi Lovelies,

How are you all going?  I'm keeping busy.  I have just finished two of my DT cards & can't wait to show you all.  On Wednesday I will be introduced over on the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog.  Please come on by & meet every one.  I am so looking forward to working with these lovely & talented ladies & I hope that some of you will play along as well.

But in the meantime you will just have to settle for a Christmas card.  I'm trying really hard to get a heap of them done.  The other day I printed out a heap of Digi images from Make it Crafty, Saturated Canary & Bugaboo onto Copic paper.  So today in amongst laundry, kid wrangling, school drop off/pick up & sending the dh to watch the girls at the pool I managed to colour a heap of images.  Now all I have to do is put them onto cards.  So here is one card that did get made.  I used up left over pp from Holly Jolly Christmas by Echo Park.

I'm still having issues with my sizing for the Digi images.  But I did learn how to link two images together & am finally getting the sentiments around the right size.  I figure angling the Nestibility makes Gus look like he's reclining more.  I added Frosted Lace Stickles to where all the fur is suppose to be & added Glossy Accents to his glasses. Just to make them more realistic.  I am slowly getting the hang of shadows using my Copics.  

Well I'm off to bed it's nearly midnight yet again & I have to get up early in the morning.  Have a great week.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Dash 'er Red

Hi Lovelies,

This is my second post for today.  I have some wonderful news in the previous post so please scroll down or go here to see it.  Thank you.

Tonight I would like to share a card that I made for two challenges.  I used this sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday & this colour challenge from Red Carpet Studio.  The colour challenge was to use Black & white  (one accent colour may be used).  I decided I needed to make more Christmas cards & thought that a black/white card would be interesting.  I added the Red just for that pop of colour.  I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.

Thank you all for visiting & I hope you have a wonderful week.

Some news & what I've been up to

Hi Lovelies,

Today I have some exciting news to share with you all :o).  I made the design team for Try Stampin' On Tuesdays!  How exciting is that!  Ok not so much of the exciting for all of you, but trust me I'm doing a Happy Dance over here!!!!  I told my dh & he's like meh.  Told one of my non-blogging buddies when I found out & she's like WOOOO HOOO!!!!  Family gotta love 'em ;o).

So what else have I been up to?  Well I went to my first crafty group on Sunday with Helen.  She invited me & I had a wonderful time.  I didn't take cards, instead I took a Mug Rug I needed to finish binding for one of Emsy's teachers.

I machine appliquéd the balloon & machine quilted this Mug Rug.  I'm not much for hand sewing, mainly because I don't have a lot of time for it with a two & a half year old monsta kidlet running around.  I got most of the binding done at the  craft group & managed to finish the rest last night.

I also made some of these super yummy & very easy to make Mini Puddings.  They are so easy to make & if you go here you can make some too ;o).  I've made them for at least the last 3 Christmases & the girls love to "help".  They are fantastic to take along to parties, dinners etc at this time of year.  The only thing I find is, if you live in a hot climate like I do.  It's best to keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them up.

Then when I got home I attempted to make these cute snowmen for Emsy's class today.  Here is our version.  I figure for a first attempt they turned out pretty good.  Next time I think I will try putting the marshmallows into the freezer for a bit first then adding copha to the white chocolate so it's more like Ice Magic.  I had all sorts of troubles getting the marshmallows to stay on the sticks after dipping them into the chocolate. The parents probably hate me for dosing their kids up with sugar, but I got heaps of thank you's from the kids this afternoon & Emsy loved giving them out.

So that's it from me today.  I'm off to start tea in a minute.  Let's hope I don't try to burn my house down again!  Tupperware & stoves don't mix - go figure ;o)

Happy Crafting everyone xoxoxo

Friday, November 23, 2012

Second Chances

Hi Lovelies,

This is my second blog post for today.  Please scroll down or go here to see it :o).

I really hated this card.  I had a wonderful idea in my head but it didn't translate well to paper.  So when I saw this challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, I knew exactly which card I wanted to re-do.  I love this flourish stamp, to me it is very elegant.  So I wanted to do it justice.

I think this is at least 100 times better ;o).  I decided to keep it simple.  So I  stamped the flourish with VersaMark ink & then added Hot set powder & heat set it before adding Golden Sunset Glitter & hitting it with the heat gun again.  I then added some Kaisercraft Gems in a similar colour.  I also added the sentiment (& got it straight!) with the last 2 gems.  I used some pp from Just Believe 6 x 6 pad by Kaisercraft.  I mounted it onto black c/s before adding it to a white card base.  I will also be adding this to the latest Hero Arts challenge as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Summery Christmas

Hi Lovelies,

I have been a little busy since the scramble, just day to day stuff.  But I've also been getting up earlier in the morning.  So this morning I managed to half do a card before Emsy woke up & I had to get her ready for school.   I decided to make an "Aussie" style Christmas card today.  So didn't use the traditional colours as much.

The very lovely & talented Alice sent me a 6 x 6 pad of Darling Bear by My Mind's Eye awhile ago now & I have finally gotten the courage up to use some of it.  I am really pleased with how this card turned out.  I added a Mini Notelet  by Upikit.  I stamped the bird onto the notelet & added a hand drawn branch to it, before colouring it in with Copics.  I made this card using the latest TSOT challenge sketch here.  They are also calling for people to submit for a position on their Design Team, you can find out more about it here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I've been a Scramblin'

Hi Lovelies,

*Ok this is going to be an extremely long post.  I mean it, really, really long.  Go get yourself a cut lunch & a Thermos.  Settle in & hopefully enjoy ;o)

Are you all worn out yet?  I'm still standing (well sitting actually) ;o).  Oh what fun was had over at the Hero Arts Flickr group over the weekend.  The very lovely & talented Hannah organised a 24 hour Scramble, so everyone could take part in.  If you would like to see all the threads, cards & comments just go to this thread & then follow the links.  There is talk of holding another one, which I will definitely try to play along with.

For me the scramble started at a nice time 10.30 am on Saturday.  Which meant I got to play in almost all of the scrambles.  I missed out on 3 of them, but was very tempted to stay up & do them.  I just couldn't do that to my kids & dh.  Maybe if the girls where a lot older I would have.

So here are my cards from the scramble:
Scramble No 1 was hosted by Hannah, who had a theme of "Green or Friendship Card".  As long as your card had green on it or was about friendship & had a least one Hero Arts stamp/digi image it was in the scramble.

I made two cards (for most of the challenges).  The Thank you card is my favourite, I just adore how the background turned out.

Scramble No 2 was hosted by Judy who  challenged us to do Christmas Thank you cards:  I won that challenge :o) which shocked me as I was just happy to be playing along.

I will let you decide which of these two was the winner.  As the draw was for one person per challenge, but we could enter as many times as we wanted to.  Some ladies where so talented they made 3 cards in the 90 minutes (amazing crazy talent I say!).  I kinda love the second card, I think it's all that bling lol.

Scramble No 3 was hosted by Rachelle with the theme of a Get well card with one or all of the following.  Make it for a child, add a button, & or include 3 textures.

I really liked this challenge, because I had to push myself.  As I like to try & do as many of the themes as possible.  I figure the first card would suit a teenager boy?  The second a little girl.

Marcy had Scramble No 4.  Her theme(s) was use a Border punch on the edge only & use a Hero Arts stamp/digi image.  I only managed the one card as it was dinner, bath & bedtime for the girls.  I actually brought some of my crafty stuff upstairs (3 trips) so I could play along whilst supervising the kidlets.

For Scramble No 5 we had the lovely Cecilia & her theme(s) where to make a Christmas card without gold & silver but still have it glitter.  Again I only managed the one card.  As I was still doing the mummy thing ;o).  I used liquid pearls for the custard, red pearls for the berries & Holly Stickles on the leaves of the plum pudding (from Kaisercraft) then I added gems to the flourish. I just wish I could stamp straight *sigh* that sentiment is bugging me!

Scramble No 6 was hosted by the lovely Janet (swanlady21).  Her theme was to include a tag on your card.

I actually made three cards for this challenge, but only uploaded two of them.  I made two of the above card as part of Emsy's teachers gifts.  The other card has a red border & tag.  I really like them for thank you cards for the teachers.  After that I was stuck in Christmas mode & made this card.  I'm slowly going through all my Kaisercraft pearls & gems.  I have tons of half used packets!  This is such a great way to use them up.

Linda hosted Scramble No 7.  Linda used Repeated Stamping as her theme. 

I nearly didn't do this challenge, I was getting tired & honestly didn't know what to do.  I started off by thinking I'd stamp a heap of butterflies, then it was cupcakes.  Finally I settled on the candle card.  Once I had that uploaded I still had time so it was a mad scramble (excuse the pun) to find another stamp  to use.  When I came across this older Hero Arts stamp that I haven't used in ages.  So I stamped it straight onto a card base, trimmed it up & coloured in the centre image.  In hindsight, I should have used Copic paper & layered it onto the base as the colour seeped through.  Not hard to fix, so alls good.

Then it was off to bed for me as it was 12.30 am.  Doug got home just before the challenge ended so I even got to spend a little time with him.  Which was nice.  While I slept, scrambles 8, 9 & 10 happened.  I woke up just after 5.30 am (I'd set my alarm for 5.50 am) so got up, grabbed a coffee, my phone & trusty laptop & headed back down stairs to play once again.  While I waited for scramble 11 to start I tried to catch up on commenting on all the scrambles I'd missed.  I am planning on making at least one card for each of the scrambles I missed out on, hopefully this week.  

Scramble 11 was held by the very talented & gorgeous Barb!  The theme for this was to use three different pp (including b/g stamps) & of course a stamped/digi image.

 I really enjoyed this challenge.  I think I went a little crazy for the first scramble of the morning or maybe it was the caffeine kicking in.  Either way I am happy with my two cards.  I really like these Distress Inks.  I used Festive Berries & Evergreen Bough.  I love my distress inks.  Can you tell?  I also love my new Christmas Bauble die from Memory Box.  I think I will be using it a lot.

Finally scramble No 12 was hosted by Janet (Jintyoo7) & fittingly the theme for this scramble was time.

I really struggled with this theme.  But am happy that I stuck at it.  I got the idea to use these flowers as fireworks from seeing it done somewhere else (I'm thinking from Dawn?).  I added some more gems to the centres for extra sparkle & then found some number stickers in my stash to add to the sentiment.  You can't see it very well, but I also used my favourite b/g stamp Envelope with Tumbled Glass distress ink first.
The next card I kept it very simple.  I stamped the background again with the envelope stamp in Pumice stone distress ink.  Adding the clock ( from The Paperie Girl) & another Hero Arts sentiment.  I used scraps from Twilight florals for the border & behind the clock.  I coloured the clock in with Copics.

They are all my cards.  I am sorry for the extra long post tonight.  Thanks for sticking with me & I hope I have inspired you to join in the next one.  Have a great week