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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 24

Well folks, this is it!
The final day of our Christmas Advent Event.
I do hope you have enjoyed all the festive fun.
So this is it folks, the final day of our Christmas Advent Event.
I hope that you have had as much fun seeing all the gorgeous creations over the past 24 days.
I have really enjoyed making all 24 of my creations and I can't wait to get started on next year's challenges.
So let's get on with it shall we?
Today is Christmas Eve and we are joined by:

Rick St. Dennis MFA 
Designer of over 100 theatrical productions, Rick St Dennis (Donald McAfee) is also the author of 4 books on decorative painting and contributor to at least a dozen national magazines on crafts and art. He has taught design at the college level as well as seminars and classes across the USA and Canada. He is one of a handful of designers to have designed TWO productions of AIDA, Verdi's massive Egyptian opera spectacle. Currently living in the quiet beach communuity of Seal Beach, California he writes restaurant reviews and theatre reviews between assignments for web designs, logos and creating art for local shows. Rick has appeared on such TV shows as Home Matters with Susan Powell, Aileen's Crafts and others. He was Crafts editor for Country Folk Art Magazine and sells his artwork nationally through galleries and shows. Among numerous awards he won a presidential commendation in 1976 for his contributions to the bicentennial year including the design of the west coast premier of William Grant Still's opera BAYOU LEGEND. His drawings and paintings are in the collections of Diana Ross, Sandy Duncan, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jacqueline Onnasis amongst others.

PRIZE - 3 Digi Images of the winner's choice
Here is my card for today:
I chose to use Razzmatazz for my card:
I have coloured her with Copics and I am really pleased with how it came out.
I have used a stencil brush to brush the edge of the card, really loving this effect.
I added glamour dust to the "diamante" bits of her dress and arm pieces.
The backing paper is from a DCWV pad called Linen Closet.  The three little gems are from my stash.
Please stop by the Inspiration blog and add your name to the Linky to be in with a chance of winning today's fabby prize.
Leave me a comment here too to be in with a chance of winning my Christmas Day candy!!
So there you go folks.
That's it!
Finnito!
I wish you all the very happiest Christmas and a happy, healthy and joyous New Year.
Tara!!!!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 23

Well, the penultimate day of our Christmas Advent Event folks.
Today we are joined by:


Which Craft? UK pride ourselves on creating new and unique Quality Card Blanks
'For Your Inspiration'
( If you are going to spend time creating a special card then we
believe you need a high quality blank canvas as your starting point)
We are known in the Card making industry for using Only the Highest quality Card gauge -
throughout the complete 'For Your Inspiration' Collection - where many of our colleagues
use our designs to show case there own beautiful stamps and card making products
Our Designs can be seen on Create & Craft used by many of our Craft colleagues
to also show case there own beautiful stamps and card making products..

PRIZE -  £15 voucher

Here is today's project using the Christmas Cracker from Whichcraft
These are made with pre-cut Crackers from Whichcraft.  These are just one of several products I have used from Whichcraft and I think the quality is fabulous.
The blue one I have actually blogged before but as I can't bear to part with it I thought I would showcase it here alongside the one I did for the Advent Event.
All I have done for this latest one is covered the base with Magnolia Christmas paper.....
 
.......added two pieces of Christmas Wishes ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, used a stencil brush to brush the scalloped edges with Adirondack Cranberry ink and added some flowers from my stash which I bought from Wild Orchid crafts some time ago.
Tada!!!
So, why not pop along and have a look at the website -I'm sure you will find something to your tastes there.
Remember to stop by the Crafty Ribbons inspiration blog and add your name to the linky there to be in with a chance of winning today's fabby prize.
Plus, if you leave me a comment here you could be in with a chance of winning my Christmas Day Candy.
See you tomorrow for the final day of our Advent Event.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 22

Hi all,
Well, now on Day 22 of the Christmas Advent Event.
Today we are showcasing:



We are a small company bringing you a selection of Clear Polymer Stamps, Digital Images, Digital Papers and exclusive Rubber Stamps with a few essential supplies. 


PRIZE - 3 Digi images of the winner's choice
Here is today's card:
This image is called Harriet - Fancy Dress.
I have coloured her with my Polychromo pencils and used a brush to do the edges around the image.
The gorgeous lollipop ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the letters are some K&Co letters I've had for a while. 
Remember to stop by the Inspiration blog and add your name to the linky to be in with a chance of winning today's prize.
If you leave me a comment too, you could be in with a chance of winning my Christmas Day Candy too.
See you tomorrow.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 21

Hi all.
Well, not long now before Santa calls eh??
Today in our Christmas Advent Event we are showcasing
CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS
Crafty Individuals is an exciting web based venture into the creative world of craft and altered art products for long term friends and business partners, Jean Hardy and Malcolm Noble. Jean is a practising artist, avid crafter, and teacher, and Malcolm is a professional photographer, and we live and work in the North East of England. Both of us are fully involved in the design and manufacture of the Crafty Individuals unique brand of popular and top quality art rubber stamps, cutting dies, masks/stencils, and paper craft products.

In the beginning we concentrated on creating a beautiful, top quality, range of unique art rubber stamps, inspired by all things vintage but still with a contemporary feel, and with something to appeal to everyone. Our classic Individual range of stamps features fine and detailed collage style focal designs, and the newer Elements sets of rubber stamps feature themed sets of images to enable you to build your own background designs and collaged art and craft projects. Since then we have added lovely, professionally printed, books of craft papers, image sheets, and printed tags to the range, more recently followed by adorable masks/stencils, and top quality thin metal cutting dies. We also have a carefully chosen range of other essential ‘Must Have’ products on our website to complement your crafting experience.

Here is my project for today:
These are two of three stamps I have recently purchased from Crafty Individuals.
I have gone with a variation on a theme here.
These cards are for a commission order and were extremely well received.
This is one of the stamps and.......
this is the other.   I have used a stencil brush to brush the background of both stamps and used Nitwits at Lili of the Valley on the Kraft one and SU paper on the other.
I'm really pleased with these and I hope you like them too.
Remember to stop by the Inspiration blog and add your name to the Linky.
Plus, leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning my Christmas Day candy.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 20

Well, we are in the final few days of our advent event now folks.
Have you enjoyed seeing the wonderful creations the DT have designed for you??
I do hope so.
Well today we are showcasing products sold at:

Pink Tulip Creations Ltd is set in rural Warwickshire on the site of Spernal Ash Nurseries....
Our unit was the first to open on the developing site and has been here for some 7 Years and opened originally as Paperworks Card Craft.
In November 2009 I took over the business and have spent the last  few years learning just how exciting, huge and fast moving the cardmaking and scrapbooking world is.
With only very basic knowledge in crafting it was the very social and friendly aspect of the business and a wish to create a place which is comfortable and relaxing in which people are happy to spend their very precious leisure time which drew me to the business in the first place and continues to drive me to provide Pink Tulip Creations Ltd- Your Fun Fab Friendly Craft Store.

At our friendly retail store we have thousands of products for all your card making and scrapbooking needs with top named brands and new and exciting ranges arriving weekly.
Here at Pink Tulip we stock - IndigoBlu, MemoryBox, Sarah Kay, Clarity, Martha Stewart, Bazzill Basics, Ranger, K&Co., Basic Grey, DCWV, Bo Bunny, Prima, Kaiser, 7Gypsies, Sugar Tree, Black Market, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Pro-Markers, Tim Holtz, Craftwork Cards, Crafty Individuals,Want2Scrap, Art Parts,
Crafters Companion, Cuttlebug, Cricut- to name just a few!
Along with tools, adhesives, scrapbooks, cardblanks, gems, flowers, embellishments, inks, and much more we aim to cater for all your needs and if you have any special requirements we will do our best to order/obtain items for you.

Call in for a warm welcome at Pink Tulip Creations Ltd.
Sheila Taylor

Please checkout the website Pink Tulip Creations

Today I have chosen to showcase my Clarity Stamps as these are one of the many products you can find at Pink Tulip.
So here you go then:
I have been watching Barbara Gray on Create and Craft and was inspired by her to make this card.
The sentiment means Happy Christmas in Spanish.
This was one of two Commission cards I had been asked to make and fitted the Advent Event perfectly.
You will see that I have used the remountable shape stamps to pop the letters in.
I have used only one ink pad on this card too and that was the Cranberry Adirondack.
I used my polychromo pencils for the deer but just added some accent colour and then used my blending pencil to spread it out a bit.
I am really pleased with how this turned out.
I was supposed to be going on a Clarity Workshop on 7 December but wasn't very well so missed out.  I was so gutted but am determined to go to the next one Maria Simms!!
Remember to stop by the Inspiration blog and sign up on the Linky to be in with a chance of winning today's prize.
Remember to leave me a comment for my Christmas Day candy too!!
I am going to enter this into the Clarity Challenge which is Scene Building

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 19

Welcome to Day 19 of the Christmas Advent Event.
Today, once again, we are joined by the lovely Ali and Tony from:


“Welcome to all ribbon lovers...."

Crafty Ribbons is a ribbon emporium, we are passionate about ribbons and want to share our fantastic ribbons with others. Our range of Christmas ribbons is second to none.
Remember when we only used ribbons to add a bow to our hair, or tie up a birthday parcel? Ribbons are now a "must-have" for all types of craft. Whether your project requires satin, sheer, silk, grosgrain, gingham or polka dot ribbon we have them all! Lots and lots of different colours in a range of widths.
Need a little bit of ribbon inspiration - then have a look at our projects, Go on, have a try... It's worth it !
Tony & Ali



Here is my project for today:
So I bought a Clipboard a while ago, and it has sat in my cupboard...... until today.
I decided to use one of my gorgeous Magnolia papers to cover the board with.
Then I added one of the fabulous Paws print ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and also added one of the saddle stitch grosgrain on the left hand side.
This serves to hold my images in and means I can take my colouring with me wherever I go.

Remember to stop by the Inspiration Blog and add your name to the Linky to be in with a chance of today's prize.
Please leave me a comment to and you could win my Christmas Day candy!
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 18

Welcome to Day 18 of the Christmas Advent Event folks.
Today we are joined by:

joannasheen


Joanna has been involved in the craft world since 1979. She has written over 30 books on cookery, herbs, stencilling, crafts and flowers during the past 20 years and is now best known for her work on TV with her craft CDs, card making and pressed flower craft programmes. She lives in Devon with her husband Richard and youngest daughter Emily - never forgetting their bossy little cocker spaniel called Wellington - Welly for short!
Joanna started building her pressed flower company back in 1979 and soon had a thriving international concern, making sales around the world. She has sold pictures to many of the major stores in London, New York and Tokyo, Australia and other countries in Europe. This thrived until 2006 when Card making finally won and took over all the production and warehouse space at the company, but Joanna's first love will always be flowers in some form or another!
Teaching comes naturally to Joanna, she began her craft school here in the UK some 17 years ago and there is also the Joanna Sheen Flower School based in Osaka and with teachers spread around Japan. Joanna's craft courses are now very limited with other commitments taking so much of her time but, old and welcomed visitors return every year for Joanna's new and innovative teaching.
PRIZE
A selection of craft goodies to include a Joanna Sheen Cd and project book.
Here is my card for today:
I just love Joanna's House-Mouse designs.  I have had these for a while now and just not got round to inking them up.  It is so therapeutic colouring in these images. 
So the image is coloured with my Promarkers because I have used the fine nibs on them to colour all the fiddly bits on the leaves and flowers.
A close up of the main image. 
And one of the cute little sentiments that comes with the set, which is called Birthdays, Poppy. 
That gorgeous Sheer Puff dots ribbon, which is one of my most favourite ribbons, is available of course, at Crafty Ribbons.
So remember to stop by the Inspiration blog and add your name to the Linky to be in with a chance of today's fabulous prize from Joanna Sheen.
Remember to leave me a comment.
Because apart from the fact that I really do appreciate them, you could also win my Christmas Day Candy!
See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 17

Rolling on to Day 17 of the Christmas Advent Event.
Today we are joined by:



I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Prize - $12 Voucher
Here is my card for today.
I was given this cute digi called Angel Anya to work with.
This is just too cute don't ya think??
So I coloured the image with my copics.
I added some glamour dust for a bit of sparkle.
The backing paper is from a Nitwits at Lili of the Valley pad called Frosty Christmas.
The gorgeous spotty ribbon is a Sheer Puff Dots ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and the sentiment is from a Stampfairy Designs set of sentiments from Marianne Designs.
So nip on over to the Inspiration blog and add your name to the linky there to be in with a chance of winning today's fabby prize.
Remember to leave me a comment too to be in with a chance of my Christmas Day Candy.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas Advent - Day 16

Day 16 of the Christmas Advent Event.
We are lucky, once again to be joined by:
Letraset


Originally founded in London in 1959, Letraset has been manufacturing and supplying innovative media to the design industry for over 50 years.

When our Dry Transfer Lettering system was first launched in 1961, designers called the process ‘a revolution in the studio’ and Letraset went on to become a household name in the field of commercial design.

Today Letraset supplies a broad range of creative media for commercial designers, students, Manga artists, illustrators and crafters.

Our motto is Creative Opportunities and that simply means, whatever your design interest or skill level, we aim to provide all the tools you need to maximise productivity and enhance your creative expression.

PRIZE -

ProMarker / Metallic 6 Set - Contemporary Xmas

Here is my card for today.
I have used another Saturated Canary image called Thank You and coloured her in with my Promarkers/Flexmarkers available through Letraset.  There is a link at the top of my sidebar if you fancy having a peak.
Here's a close up for you.
Those gorgeous papers are once again from Nitwits at Lili of the Valley and are from the Always and Forever Pad.
Lastly that gorgeous Happy Birthday ribbon is available at - of course - Crafty Ribbons
So there you go folks, my card for today.
Please stop by the Inspiration blog and leave your name with Mr Linky to be in with a chance of winning today's fabulous prize.
Leave me a comment too to be in with a shot at my Christmas Day Candy.
Thanks for stopping by today, see you tomorrow.
xxxxxx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Anything goes - with an option!

Hello all.
Well it's Sunday again and that means it is time for the new challenge over at Totally Tilda.
Please remember to hop on over to the Totally Tilda challenge blog and have a look to see if you were one of our lucky winners/Top 3.
Remember our winners and top three are chosen by Susie and the Design Team.
No random.org here! So if you won it's because we loved your creation.
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Right on to the new challenge.
The theme for this fortnight's challenge is:
ANYTHING GOES 
WITH AN OPTION TO USE A RECYCLED ITEM
(If you do decide to go for the optional recycling could you please just let us know what it is you've recycled - just saves us guessing that's all! Lol)
This time we are lucky to be sponsored by:
And the prize is:
But wait up folks, what's this my boss lady is telling me????
We have two more sponsors for this challenge??
Quick, pop on over to the Totally Tilda challenge blog and have a look what else you could win  this time around.
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So here is my creation for this challenge:
I decided I didn't want to do a Christmas card as such and when I found my item I was going to recycle I just knew which image I wanted to use.
Tilda is coloured with my copics and the foreground is done lightly in Pan Pastels, green and pale brown. They don't really show up on the pic but they are there honestly.
The trees in the background are a Clarity Stamp which is one of my favourites
These dangly bits are from a necklace I bought ages ago.  I loved it as soon as I saw it.  Every time I wore it though all the dangly bits got tangled up and turned themselves upside down.  Drove me mad so I threw it into my jewellery box and there it has stayed until today!! Lol
So there you go folks my creation for our last challenge of the year.

Please remember that the Design Team will be having a little break from commenting on this challenge.  Just to give us all time to recharge our batteries over the Christmas period.
Your entries will still be looked at over the holidays though so keep em coming.
I'd like to thank all the Tilda lovers out there for supporting Totally Tilda and I hope you have enjoyed the challenges and that they have made you think outside the box a bit.
Have a fabulous Christmas all and a Happy Healthy New Year.