Just because

Enjoy Today Says This Little Piggy

Friday, December 08, 2017

Who loves fussy cutting?  This little piggy!  And hopefully you as well...!


The stunning Bundle of Love DSP does all the work in the card, I think.  Such a great background for the happy little pig.  I fussy cut it and coloured in with my aqua painter.  I think I'm getting better at the shading thing, don't you?


And as always, my favourite framelits, the stitched shapes framelits finish off my card with just the right touch.  Have you got your set yet?


Happy crafting,
Fiona

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Baby

Baby Teepee

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Have I shared with you that I am no longer violently against washi tape?  I'm dipping my toe in the water with this card.  I'm still a bit reluctant to use it but I love it on this.  What about you?  Are you a washi lover or hater or are you indifferent?


How many other ways can you think of to use these pretty washi tapes?  Here's all that come in the same pack and the wide one I used on this card.


Here's everything you need to make this card yourself.
Just click on any item to be taken straight to it in my store.



Card CASED from Kelly - thank you so much!  Just gorgeous.

Happy crafting, 
Fiona

Christmas

Advent Calendar Envelopes Video Tutorial

Saturday, December 02, 2017

A few days ago I gave you all the details for my Advent Calendar Envelopes.  Here now is my promised video tutorial.  My apologies I didn't get it done for you before the 1st (I had trouble uploading it to YouTube) but hopefully you can get onto it ASAP and still enjoy opening all the envelopes this year.



Happy crafting,
Fiona

Get well

Brighter Days with Tidal Tides

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This would pass for a monocrome card if it wasn't for the umbrella handle.  I love the wash of tones of Tranquil Tide on this card so that the colour is as much a feature as the image and text.


Tranquil Tide is one of this year's In-Colours and although it took me some time to get used to some of them, I really love them all now.  This would be a super card to make a pack of in each of the colours in that set.  

Which one's your favourite?
Here's everything you need to make this card yourself.
Just click on any item to be taken straight to it in my store.

 
Weather Together Photopolymer Bundle
Weather Together Photopolymer Bundle
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Happy crafting,
Fiona 

Christmas

Advent Calendar Envelopes

Monday, November 27, 2017

They say giving is better than receiving and I couldn't agree more.  This advent calendar allows me to enjoy giving because I've made a few up for friends, and it allows them to both receive and give at the same time.  Everyone's a winner!

I am going to follow this post in a few days with a video so if you want to follow along and make this project with me make sure you have signed up to receive my blog notifications and are following me on YouTube (click here).


Inside these bags are 24 envelopes of different shapes and sizes all numbered from 1-24 and tied with a ribbon.


 Inside each envelope is an activity typed up and cut out.  So each day the family or individual who has the calendar bag opens up the envelope for that date in December and completes the activity.  Now here's the fun part, you can make them as fun or onerous as you choose!  But of course, you want them to be able to complete it so make them achievable.



The best thing about this project is that you can make it with whatever papers or decorations you like.

Just use your scraps of DSP (don't make anything less than 3.5" squared or you will end up with envelopes too tiny to do anything with them). 

And finish off with some matching ribbon or twine and something to decorate the front of the bags with.


Your friends and family are going to LOVE these!  I've had so many requests to make them that I had to turn people away because I wouldn't have been able to get them done in time.


For this project you will need (click the links to be taken to the products in my store):
  • Christmas Designer Series Paper of your choice (If you don't have much spare paper to hand get some of the the Warmth & Cheer DSP which is less than half price at the moment in the Clearance Rack.)
  • A punch that is a bit bigger than the above punch (I suggest a 1 1/4" punch)
  • Cardstock of your choice for stamping on and punching as the layered circled
  • Either a pen to write the numbers on or a stamp with little numbers such as the Labeler Alphabet which I used.
  • Adhesive

You will need a list of activities to put inside.  I made two lists, one for families and one for individuals.  To help you out I have included my lists below but there are hundreds of things you can add so get creative!

For families:
Shop for a gift to put under a giving tree.
Visit an elderly friend, relative, or parishioner.
Take a bouquet of flowers to the neonatal unit of your hospital and ask the nursing staff to give it to the parents most in need of some cheer.
Clean out your toy boxes and donate good quality items to an opportunity store.
Raid the pantry for canned goods to donate to a charity.
Take a Christmas card to your doctor’s office, the local library, parish office, and/or dentist office.
Take a garbage bag to clean up rubbish from your neighbourhood.
Enjoy an afternoon of baking.
Make dinner together as a family and invite someone who usually dines alone.
Read the Christmas story in the Bible.
Write a letter to Jesus thanking him for the gifts you have received though the year.
Make Christmas ornaments.
Go for a walk/drive to see some Christmas lights.
Play a card/board game as a family.
Go for a walk as a family.
Visit a church through the week and offer prayers of intercession for people in your life who need them.
Make a silly Christmas video to email to friends (or post on Facebook) on Christmas day.
Let everyone in the family choose a country and then google to see how they celebrate Christmas there.
Make some personal and family New Years goals.
YouTube funny Christmas carolling videos together.
Celebrate Saint Nicolas Day (December 6th) by doing a secret act of kindness.
Have a “fancy dress” code for dinner one night.
Have fish and chips on the beach/in the park.
Sing Christmas carols.

For individuals:
Shop for a gift to put under a giving tree.
Visit an elderly friend, relative, or parishioner.
Take a bouquet of flowers to the neonatal unit of your hospital and ask the nursing staff to give it to the parents most in need of some cheer (or take a bunch of flowers to a nursing home and ask for the flowers to be given to the patient with fewest visitors).
Clean out your cupboards and donate good quality items to an opportunity store.
Raid the pantry for canned goods to donate to a charity.
Take a Christmas card to your doctor’s office, the local library, parish office, and/or dentist office.
Take a garbage bag to clean up rubbish from your neighbourhood.
Enjoy an afternoon of your favourite hobby.
Invite someone to dinner who usually dines alone.
Meditate on the Christmas story in the Bible.
Write a letter to a friend thanking them for the gift they are in your life.  
Make or buy some Christmas baking and drop it off at a neighbour’s house.
Go for a walk/drive to see some Christmas lights.
Play a game of cards with a family member or at work with a colleague.
Go for a walk to get an ice-cream.
Visit a church through the week and offer prayers of intercession for people in your life who need them.
Make a silly Christmas video to email to friends (or post on Facebook) on Christmas day.
Watch your favourite Christmas movie.
Make some New Years goals.
YouTube funny Christmas carolling videos.
Celebrate Saint Nicolas Day (December 6th) by doing a secret act of kindness.
Have a hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Have fish and chips on the beach/in the park.
List to the Kings College Choir sing Christmas carols.



Idea CASEd from Pootles - thanks for another super project Sam!!  

Have fun!  Happy Advent crafting,
Fiona

Blog hop

Ink it! Stamp it! Blog Hop - Christmas theme

Friday, November 24, 2017


After a few months away from crafting I am so delighted to be back with the Ink It! Stamp It! Design Team as we showcase all things Christmas for you.


I wanted the intricate snowflake to be the star on my card so I highlighted it by layering it on Dapper Denim, Silver, and Marina Mist.  To get it to sit up off the page I used a squished up glue dot (a dimensional would have been visible) and finished it off with a little rhinestone.

I punched holes using my piercing tool to make a boarder around the Marina Mist layer (I can't wait for SU to bring out a stitched shape framelit that large enough to use as a top layer!) and stamped the sentiment in Craft White and heat embossed it for extra effect.


This stamp set and framelits are available as a bundle and are so versatile they are a must have for your Christmas collection this year.

Blog hop line up: