Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Tweets

Here's the christmas card I have made for my daughter and son-in-law this year...

I've used an image from the Christmas Tweets set by DigiStamp Boutique.
The snowflake border is from a Poppystamps Die (Frozen Flakes), and the paper is by Dovecraft (Merry Magic). The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm entering this card into the December customer competition at DigiStamp Boutique

I want to thank you for visiting me throughout 2014, and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and that 2015 is a happy and healthy year for you all. 
Have fun, relax and enjoy! Cheers! :)

Jo xx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

How are you today? My husband gave me an early pressie... his cold!  so I am feeling a little poorly at the moment, but it should pass in a few days (hopefully), the persistant cough is the most irritating part.
So, are you all ready for the big day?
Or are you like me and still have cards to make?
Well, if you do, then From The Heart Stamps may be able to help you out there, because today is Mid-Month reminder day, and we have a FANTASTIC image for December's Stamp Of The Month.

If you joined the SOTM challenge in November, you will have received Christmas Spirit Birdbrain via email. 
If you join in this month, you'll get next month's digi for free too.
If you don't have this month's SOTM, you can still play along by buying the image on it's own, or you can still get it for free if you spend $10 in the store and use the code HO-HO-HO

Christmas Spirit Birdbrain

Told you it was fantastic didn't I?
Here's my card...

I've coloured my image using promarkers, and then stamped around the edges with a Bo Bunny holly leaf stamp from their 'Father Christmas' clearly stamp set.
The snowflakes are a Poppystamps Die (Frozen Flakes)
The sentiment is one of FOUR you get for FREE with this great image :)
So, a quick card, letting the image be the star of the show.

I'm entering this card at:
Incy Wincy Designs challenge - anything goes
Simon Monday Challenge - anything goes
Christmas Card Challenges - clean & simple
Sister Act card challenge - anything goes
That's Crafty - anything goes

There's still time for you to play, there's 2 more weeks to get your entry in, and remember if you do, you'll get January's SOTM emailed to you for free! ;)
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Inspiration Wednesday

It's time for a little mid-week inspiration by From The Heart Stamps.

This lovely image is Hamlet and Harriet Pigwit Christmas Mistletoe, coloured, as is usual for me, with Promarkers.
I've used papers by Dovecraft, Back to Basics, Christmas (vintage), and have used this week's sketch as a starting point.
The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm entering this card at:
Allsorts - Animal Magic
That Craft Place - Christmas
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes
Stamp & Create - Anything goes - Christmas

You can find more inspiration, and enter the I {heart} sketches challenge by clicking HERE.
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We'd also love it if you'd join our Facebook Group too, this group makes it easier for you to share pics of your FTH makes, we'd love to see them!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Gift Horse

Isn't this horse adorable? What a great image. It's from Whimsy Stamps (a Crissy's digi).
It's reduced at the moment because Whimsy have announced that they can't continue with digi stamps from 1st Jan 2015 because of the new VAT tax laws in the EU. So if you planned on buying any digi's from Whimsy, grab them now while you still can.

Here's the card recipe...

Image: Whimsy Stamps 'Christmas Gift Horse'. Coloured with promarkers.
Sentiment: DigiStamp Boutique 'Christmas Greetings set 3'
Paper: Jennifer Ellory 'Berry Merry'.
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements 'Elegant Ovals', Marianne Creatables 'Mistletoe', & Dienamics 'By The Letter'.

I'm entering this card at:
Allsorts - Animal Magic
That Craft Place - Christmas
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes
A Random Fan - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes

Friday, 5 December 2014

FTH December Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on this month's From the Heart Stamps blog hop.

Our theme this time is "Christmas or Winter"

As you hop along, please remember to leave a comment on each blog.
One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTH store.
And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!

If you have arrived here from Jessica, you are in the right place. If you haven't, why don’t you start at the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything. The full hop list is there too.

Here is my card...

 I've used No Snow Birdbrain for my image today, and I've coloured it using promarkers.
The sentiment is one that you get for free with this image, and i've used a spellbinders die, the smallest from their Decorative Elements 'Elegant Ovals' set behind it.
I haven't used any designer paper, instead, opting to have a white embossed snowflake design using a cuttlebug folder.
I wrapped a couple of pieces of blue stitched-edge grosgrain ribbon at one corner to balance with the large snowflake embellishment (snowflake trio dies by CBS) at the other corner.

I'd like to enter this card at:
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Fantastic Tuesday - anything goes (twist: embossing)
Crafty Creations - embossing
Sweet Stampin - let it snow
Totally Gorjuss - christmas animal
Stamp & Create - anything goes christmas

Now, please head over to Kathy's blog to see her fantastic card for this hop.

Thanks for hopping with us today.
The hop will end on Monday December 8th at 6am, EST (11am UK time).
Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday December 10th
Good luck, and happy hopping! xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

FTH sketch #89

A new week means a new I {heart}sketches challenge with From The Heart Stamps :)

Here's the sketch, and an optional inspirational photo too, should you wish to use it as well as the sketch and/or twist, which, this time, is to use a tag...

Join in the challenge, and EVERYONE who plays will receive a $1 discount code for the store, and if you are the challenge winner, you will receive a $5 discount code to the store! :)
Remember though, you must use an image by From The Heart Stamps to be eligible, and please include a pic of the sketch in your blog post too.

Here's my card...

Now, I did start off with the sketch in front of me, but for some reason I went off at a tangent and the background isn't like the one on the sketch. No matter, I have use the twist, which is to use a tag.

The image is Seven Christmas Birds. However, I trimmed away 5 of them as these 2 drew my eye with their ear muffs and scarf. Plus they fit nicely onto a tag ;)
I coloured using my promarkers and added some 'snow' with a white gel pen.
The tag itself is hand cut from paper (SU 'ski slope', it's retired now though) and red cardstock, then I set a gold eyelet at the top using my cropadile. The bow at the top is a scrap piece of ribbon.
I also used a different paper from that ski slope dsp as my background, and teamed it with some gold mirri card and a spotty piece which was found in my scraps tub.
I used the same gold mirri card to punch out my stars and to cut out 'merry' using a memory box die.
'XMAS' has also been die cut using By The Letter dies by Dienamics.

You can find more inspiration, and enter the I {heart} sketches challenge by clicking HERE.
Please join us on Facebook and “Like” our page to read about the latest FTH news.
We'd also love it if you'd join our Facebook Group too, this group makes it easier for you to share pics of your FTH makes, we'd love to see them!

Oh, and remember to join us on Friday for this month's blog hop!

I'd like to enter this card at:
Sister Act - anything goes
Pennys Paper Crafty - anything goes
Creative Inspirations - seasons greetings
Simon Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - christmas animal
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes

Thank you for visiting today, hope you have a great week :) xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Rather Be Skiing

Good morning,
The weeks just fly by don't they?
Today is my final week as guest designer for the I♥ProMarkers challenge.
I'd like to thank Ruth for asking me to be their guest, I've enjoyed making some christmas cards this past month, and it has motivated me to make more.
To Ruth & the DT, thanks for having me! xx

Well, it is almost December. In fact, not only is it my son's 16th birthday tomorrow, but 27th November means it's exactly 4 weeks until the the big man in red has left gifts for all the good girls and boys!
If you haven't started already, best get your christmas craft on peeps! ;)

How about joining in with this weeks challenge, which is 'Frosty The Snowman'
yep, you guessed it, show us your snowpeople please.

This week we are sponsored by Marianne Design and by Milk Coffee.

Here's my card...

The image is Rather Be Skiing Snowman by From The Heart Stamps.
Oooo, by the way, there's a Thanksgiving Sale on there at the moment ;)

Promarker colours used:
Snowman - pastel blue & lots of blender (slight shading of the snowman), spice & orange (nose), black & ice grey 5 (coal 'buttons').
Hat, scarf & gloves - rose pink, cocktail pink & lipstick red; grass & leaf green; powder blue & sky blue.
Skis - powder blue & sky blue; ice grey 5 & cool grey 3.

I used a clear glaze pen on the eyes, buttons & carrot nose. Then used a clear glitter pen around the edge of the image and again on the bottom of the skis and on the snow on the ground.
I added some polar white Flowersoft to the hat.
Papers are both from the same pad; Dovecraft, Merry Magic.
I finished the card with a snowflake, cut with a die from Clearly Besotted Stamps.

I'd like to enter this card at:
The Pink Elephant - anything goes
Shopping our Stash - free is good (flowersoft was a gift from a friend)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - snowpeople

Thank you for stopping by today.
Please remember to go visit the blog for the challenge, where you can link up your entry, and see more fabulous inspiration from the design team :)