Friday, 28 September 2012

Your Cards for September - Unconventional Christmas

Here we are with the gallery for September's Unconventional Christmas Cards:

First in this month is
using summery coloured inks

Hand carved stamps and Dylusion ink 

Birdcage stamp, newspaper flower


cotton buds

Will you be next?

Check back to the original post for details of the challenge and prize.

Looking forward to see what you create.
updated 13.57 15/10/12

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

October Sneak Peek

Here is a peek of what we have been doing for the October challenge.

Come back on 1st October to find out more about this exciting challenge.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Winner of the August Card Challenge

The winner of the August Card challenge for her double trouble card is:


Well done Jackie!

Please contact us so we can arrange your prize.

our email address in side bar.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Winner of the August Scraplift Challenge

The winner for August has now been chosen, and so for including netting and using our sketch, the prize goes to :


Well done Sarah!

Let us know your details and we will get your prize off to you. 

How I made my H for Hexagon page - Linda

This month we are featuring Katherine Sutton (Sutty) and our kit is MME,
Follow your Heart - Be Amazing
This is my page.

I masked a piece of 12x12 Kraft using the width of the tape as a border, then dry brushed with Vanilla Bean Acrylic paint.

The painted a piece of bubble wrap with Lettuce Adirondak paint and pressed onto the paper.

My photo (6x4") is mounted onto another piece of Kraft. I cut random hexagons from the 12x12 sheet and placed them around the top left of the photo. Elements were cut from a few 6x6 sheets from a pad from the same range which were also placed around the edges.

The bunting is made from strips (from the 6x6 pad) of 2x1" which I snipped into.
The top edge was folded over two pieces of bakers twine and glued into place, the ends I have coiled and stapled.

Some of the Hexagons are on 3d foam for detail.

In my selection of smaller papers I had the above shape of hexagons so I cut it out to include the bird and swirl. I also ran a line of black fine-liner around the painted edge.

This is the 12x12 paper in the kit along with 2 sheets of Kraft.

There are also 4 random sheets from the pack below.

The kit is completed with some Vanilla Bean Acrylic paint and 2m of Bakers Twine.
A limited amount are available for sale, please contact us if you would like more details.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 15 September 2012

September Card Challenge - An Unconventional Christmas

This month's challenge has been set by the lovely Natalie O'Shea from Stampin' Up. Natalie has also offered a prize for the challenge (see below).

Natalie says :
  My name is Natalie O'Shea and I've been papercrafting for 20 years.  I have been very fortunate to have been the Editor of several high street card making magazines in my time, but now, most of my crafting time is spent being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, which I LOVE!  I have made so many friendships, earnt myself some money and even won all inclusive paid 5* trips too - just for doing what I love, even part-time.  My "proper" job is a Practice Manager of a Solicitors firm, so they are very different!  If you're interested in finding out a little more about me, then you can find me at my website which is or my blog which is    

Natalie challenges us to create a card featuring a product / tool not normally associated with Xmas used for a Christmas card ....
... So here are the Design Team card for inspiration.

(I used white cardstock, a dotted embossing folder, Blue fabric flowers, white paper flower, wooden flowers, Prima Crystals, garden twine, white lace and Diamond Stickles. The title was cut from the backing sheet of a stamp set instead of trying to stamp onto the textured background.) 

(used a white bath/shower scrunchie, a pennant punch for trees and nail polish for glitter)

(used flower and frond punches, flat-backed pearls, liquid pearls, SU Ribbon)

(Using Cricut Happy Haunting Cartridge, lace, ribbon, bell, MS floral border punch)

(Using packaging from one of my stamp sets as the background, a doily , the tag is from a botanical kit , and the banner was bought for the summers celebrations.)

(I used square card blanks, red patterned paper (unknown brand), 'Star Fairy' digital stamp from Pollycraft, Queen and Co. Felt Fusion, Martha Stewart eyelet lace & branch leaf punches, paper flowers by Impex & Wild Orchid Crafts, Stickles, Hobby Craft self adhesive greeting and Hobby House self adhesive pearls.)

(Using Patterned Paper and die cuts - Crate Paper Mia - "Sparkle", Quickutz snowflake (cut from Crate Paper Mia die-cut flowers), Bundled Sage distress ink, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Stardust Stickles , Pinflair dimensional glue)

(I scraped Artists Spackle on black card and stamped the boot stamp, then sprinkled on the magic - whoops - I meant glitter! Very sparkly IRL).

(studio calico chevron mask for the tree and on the tag itself, scrabble letters and newsprint)

Natalie has offered this fabulous Stampin' Up Stamp set as a prize for this month's challenge.

The challenge will run until the 15th October and we look forward to seeing your entries.

If you don't see your image here straight away, please bear with us. We will try to edit this post at least once a day.

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NB Unfortunately the prize is available to UK residents only but please feel free to take part anyway, it's always lovely to see your cards.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

How I made my September Layout

For the September Scraplift challenge this month I used paint and paper with Hexagons to make this page. Just to remind you our technique this month is 'H is for Hexagons'

Here is Andrew on the front doorstep at 'Toadhall' (home) age 2 in 1994. My friend Margaret had made all three children these beautiful Aran jackets - they were so useful. He looks a bit like a little gnome here!

We are scraplifting this layout by Sutty (Katherine Sutton)

Which she in turn created using this sketch by Valerie Mangan

I used a sheet of Kraft Bazzill as my base and stuck it to my cutting mat with making tape to make a 1/2" border all the way around the page. It is a good idea to de-stick thetape a little before use to avoid damaging the card. Then with Vanilla Bean (Docraft) and Cornflower (Making Memories) Acrylic Paint I did some dry brushing and printing with bubble wrap. After the paint was dry and the tape carefully removed, I highlighted the border with brown zig-zag machine stitching.

The Hexagons were cut from more Kraft Bazzill on the Cricut using the Accent Essentials cartridge. Then they were dry embossed with a variety of different patterned embossing folders and the Cuttlebug.
These were dry brushed and inked to emphasise the patterns and the edges.
I added the hexagons to the page with 3D foam pad for extra dimension.

Using a 6" x 6" designer pad of My Mind's Eye Be Amazing papers and a sheet of 12" x 12" from the same line called 'Honey Blue' I cut my title using the Cricut and Freshly Picked cartridge for 'Garden' and George and Basic Shapes cartridge for 'Gnome'.

The bunting and flags were cut from the same papers free hand and inked. The bunting is attached to the layout hanging from Baker's twine, attached at either end with a brad. A little 3D foam pad under each flag helps keep it in place on the page. The three little flags in the bottom right were each attached to a match stick. There were also attached with 3D foam pads and used for journalling.

The photo was then added with more 3D foam pads.

Thank you for looking, please pop back to the post called 'H is for Hexagons' to see the details for the competition, which runs until 5th October.
Please see my blog for more details of this and many other projects.

Your pages for September

Hi everyone,

Here we go with our first entry for the 'H is for HEXAGONS' challenge:

                                                ANN C (digital)

Well done Ann, so who is next?


followed by:









last updated 23.43 04/10/12

To enter the challenge, comment below or in the 'H is for Hexagons' post - with a link to the post on your blog where your layout is featured. If you don't have a blog please email us with an image - address in sidebar.

Please create a new layout for this challenge - no back links will be accepted.

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Challenge closes at midnight on 5th October 2012

Prize available to UK residents only.

Looking forward to seeing what you all make - good luck.