Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas Old or New at CD Sundays

It's Jocelyn's turn to choose the challenge at CD Sundays and she has picked Christmas Old or New.

It's given me a chance to use the lovely Joanna Sheen CD, Vintage Christmas Cards, with this old-fashioned decoupage scene. Oh doesn't that say a lot about social history, with cook, in her servant's clothes, supervising while the children of the wealthy household stir the Christmas pudding for luck?

The backing paper is a magazine freebie and to continue the "old" theme, I've used some very old gold-embossed mulberry paper that I've had since the days when mulberry paper was fashionable!

 I am sharing this with
 Allsorts Challenge - Season's Greetings
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes/ use some gems or pearls

Saturday, 8 December 2018

RECIPE: two simple sides for a winter barbecue

It's becoming fashionable to barbecue all year round, in fact I've heard of people barbecueing their Christmas dinner!

Now I'm far too much of a wimp to brave the cold and wind, eating outdoors is for the warmest days of summer for me, but I love the flavours of a barbecue all year round so I often cook barbecue style food in my kitchen.

My local farm shop makes their own sausages and has won awards for their delicious Smokey Joe sausages - a traditional sausage rather than a frankfurter, with all the flavour of a barbecue crammed into their plump, juicy skins. Served with a jacket potato and some suitable sides, it's easy to pretend you are sitting in the garden on a warm summer's evening even when you are safely indoors with wind howling around the trees and rain lashing the windows!

On the left we have Sweetcorn and Red Onion Salad - for this simply finely chop a small red onion, squeeze the juice of a lime and ¼ teaspoon of salt into a bowl, mix then stir in the onion and leave to "cook" for half an hour. Just before serving, mix in a small tin of sweetcorn and a handful of roughly chopped flatleaf parsley.

On the right is Chipotle Celeriac Slaw. Put 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise into a large bowl and mix in a scant teaspoon of Chipotle Paste and the juice of half a lemon. Coarsely grate half a celeriac (you could add a grated carrot for extra colour if you like) and mix into the dressing. Can be served immediately but is better after standing for an hour.

Friday, 7 December 2018

A pack of dogs

This is a card I was asked to make for a dog lover. I don't have many doggy stamps, and no doggy background paper, so I used my trusty old Little Claire "We 6 dogs" stamp and created my own background paper using a couple of magazine freebie stamps.

I used a sketch I saw on Pinterest and added ribbon from my stash.

I am sharing this with

Shopping our Stash - Happy Birthday Dude (I don't know why I always think of dogs as for men and cats for women - my husband loves cats and isn't keen on dogs)
Little Red Wagon - House pets

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Otterly sweet!

I made this card for a friend and now I know she has received it, I can share it with you all.

I've used stamps and dies from the Lawn Fawn "Year Five" set that I won in the Snippets Playground (goodness knows why they are called Year Five! Otterly crazy). The otter and parcel are stamped on a snippet of white card and I've used other snippets and dies to create the little scene. I coloured the sea otter with Promarkers and doing so made me very happy as it reminded me of a fun family tour of California we did when the girls were in their teens, when we took a trip around Monterey harbour to see the sea otters for which it is famous.

Naturally I am sharing this with the Snippets Playground  since without Di's lovely and generous challenges this card would never have been made!
I am also sharing at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where, as always, the theme is anything goes if it includes a creature.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Bee Fairy

I've used papers, stamps and dies from the Heartfelt Creations "Sweet as Honey" collection, colouring the Bee Maiden, house and honey pot with pencils.

I am sharing this with
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
Butterfly Challenge - Fairies, gnomes and elves  (fairies)
Allsorts - Fairies, fantasy and magical

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Snowmen at Cardz 4 Guyz

For our latest challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz we would like to see one or more snowmen on your work.

I've used one of my favourite snowman images, Santa Selfie from Dr Digis.

I've coloured it with Promarkers and added a fun sentiment stamped with a stamp from the Mama Makes Christmas Hug set.

I am sharing this with
Sweet Stampin - Snowmen and snowladies
Christmas crafts all year round - anything goes

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sparkly Bauble

OK, how much washi tape have you got? I have about two dozen tolls of the stuff and yet I seldom use it. In fact most of it gets used as masking tape or for holding dies in place.

And indeed I used some for holding the dies in place to cut the topper for this card. But that was boring washi tape - I'm never going to use this sparkly stuff anywhere the sparkle isn't going to be fully appreciated.

I have sparkly washi tape in plain purple and purple/silver spots, and in the same combo but with green instead of purple, and in pink hearts. I was tempted to throw all the colours at this card, because of Christmas not being a time when I'm famous for exercising good taste, but in the interest of keeping it CAS I decided to exercise some restraint.

Just in case you can't see how sparkly it is, here's a close up.

I taped a circle die inside a stitched rectangle to cut the topper, then drew through it to mark where the circle would come on the base card. I covered the base area with rows of washi tape, making sure the circle was completely filled.
Then I stamped the sentiment in white on a scrap of purple card and heat-embossed it. I used a purple glitter pen to draw in the cord and bow, trimmed the sentiment and glued it down the side of the topper, then attached the topper over the washi bauble using 1mm foam pads.

I am sharing this with
Shopping our stash - Washi Washi Washi
CAS on Friday - make a Christmas Card