Tuesday, 25 December 2012

My Favourite Christmas Cards Of 2012


I would just like to wish all my followers a very Happy Christmas and thank you for all your wonderful support and fabby comments this year too.

The lovely Debby is holding her annual favourite Christmas Cards and i thought it was going to be easy this year, but i could easily have picked another 3 or 4 !!!

I love this image, it was one that i won, a while ago in a candyand i also got Top 5 in an Allsorts Challenge for it too.
The photo doesn't do the card justice, as the papers are embossed with glitter too and i gave this card to H's best friends family.
I love the fabby papers i've used 'Doodlebug' and i love it when 2 images can tell a story too. This card also brings back fabby memories, as i won my first ever Penny Black Saturday Challenge prize with it, thanks ladies.
This card is using an image that i don't own and is on my wishlist for the New Year ! - i am such a Muppet, as i didn't realised that i have it already !!!, it also uses another of my favourite companies 'Basic Grey'
And finally another image i don't have, but had lots of fun with and is also on my wish list for the New Year - although looking back now i wish i had glamour dusted the image as well, i also won the Oldie But A Goodie Challenge.
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Friday, 21 December 2012

Nose - Kiss


Well H has finally finished school today - yipee, as by the end he was absolutely hanging, tomorrow we are going to see 'The Snow Queen', then he is doing arts and crafts with his best friend Chloe, at her church, on Sunday we may go down to Brighton Marina as the Coca Cola truck is making an appearance !!, we are going up to Yorkshire (well Castleford) on Boxing Day.

I don't know about you, but i've had enough of making Christmas Cards so i thought i had better start on the Valentines Day ones (as i have 10 to make for the troops in Afghanistan), i don't normally do CAS, as i always feel it's too empty, but i thought i would give it a whirl as Ready Teddy Go, have set it as their December Challenge and also i was looking for a challenge where i could show off the fabby Ribbon Girls ribbon to it's full potential, the image and sentiment are both PB - the image is 'Nose - Kiss' and the sentiment is taken from a transparent set 'Piece Of My Heart'.

Today's Card And Challenges :

Ready Teddy Go - where Challenge No: 17 is 'Clean And Simple'

Fab n' Funky - where Challenge No: 152 is 'Add Ribbon or Lace'

Stampin For The Weekend - where Challenge No: 24 is 'Anything Goes'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Pick Of The Year' - I chose Anything Goes

Penny Black At Allsorts - where December's Challenge is 'Your Choice'

Image - Penny Black - 'Nose - Kiss'
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Taken from transparent set - A Piece Of My Heart'
Ribbon - The Ribbon Girls
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Let It Snow !


Alan say's thanks for all the get well messages, he's feeling a lot better.  Yesterday we took H to Crawley where there was a Snow Globe, that you could stand in and have your photo taken, he absolutely loved it, then in the afternoon we went to a Garden Pride in Ditchling, where you pay £3 each (and all the money goes to a local hospice) and the first bit is an animated Santa's Grotto, then you walk through to find 6 real Reindeers and they were absolutely adorable, especially the ones that were only 18 months old.

I love this stamp, but don't use it very often as it's rather large and takes over a card, if you are not careful !!, the papers are Bo Bunny - 'Holiday Cheer', Snowflake punched border is MS, the larger Snowflakes are Marianne D and the smaller ones are brads, that i've covered in glamour dust - i'm not sure if the photo will show up all the glitter.

Today's Card And Challenges :

Simon Says Stamp - where the Challenge is 'What's Your Favourite ?' - mine is my nesties

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Snow White'

Cupcake Craft - where Challenge No: 222 is 'Merry Christmas'

ABC Christmas - where they are up to 'Y is for Your Favourite Punch And Or Die' - mine is my nesties and MS punch

Little Red Wagon - where the Challenge is 'We Wish You A Pink Christmas'

Cutie Pie - where Challenge No: 33 is 'Cute Christmas'

Image - Penny Black - 'Let It Snow'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Holiday Cheer'
Punched Edge - MS - 'Snowflake'
Large Snowflake - Marianne D
Pearls and Small Snowflake Brad from stash
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Perfect Snowman


Well Alan has been dying from the head up or is it from the head down since Sunday - it looks like he's got this Norovirus, i think he's got it from travelling up to London every day !!

Today's image is one is sneaked into my basket, when i last did a LOTV order - it reminds me of H and Whisper (and at the moment H is desperate to make a snowman !!), the papers are years old Dovecraft - 'Ho Ho Ho', snowflake border MS - 'Deep Edge Snowflake Punch', snowflakes are Spellbinders - 'Snowflake Wonder', Sentiment, LOTV, snow is made using Aleen's True Snow.

Today's Card And Challenges :

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 146 is 'One For The Boys'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 237

Lili's Little Fairies - where the Challenge is 'Use 3 Punches or Dies' - i've used circle nesties, snowflake nesties and MS Deep Edge Snowflake Punch

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Red And Blue'

One Stop Craft - where Challenge No: 208 is 'Christmas Friends'

Here Comes The Boys - where Challenge No: 42 is 'Anything Goes'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Die And Punches'

Image - LOTV - 'The Perfect Snowman'
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers - Dovecraft - 'Ho Ho Ho'
Snowflakes - Spellbinders - 'Snowflake Wonder'
Snowflake Border - MS - 'Deep Edge Snowflake Punch'
Gems from my stash
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 8 December 2012

White On White


Well i'm so pleased the week is over, as i'm shattered, what with late night shopping on Wednesday - H's headmaster wanted as many children as possible to join in the singing on the high street, but to be honest it turned into a bit of a disaster as although we had the words to the songs, i couldn't hear what they were singing, so we couldn't join in !!!, then last night was H's school fete - where we waited for half an hour to see Father Christmas (even though we had a time slot of 6 - 6.15 !!), H made a hanger to put on his bedroom door and decorated a bauble.

Today's card is so far out of my comfort zone, but i thought i would give it a try - normally when i do WOW cards, the image is allowed to be coloured in, but there are a couple of challenges that want it all to be white - the sentiment (PB - 'So Very Merry') and the snowflakes (all taken from PB Transparent set 'Crystalline') have been versa marked, then covered in WOW embossing powder 'White Pearl' and heated, the frame is covered in Stampin Up - Heat & Stick Powder, then Dazzling Diamonds, the embossed piece is CB - 'Ice Crystals' with glitter brads added, the poinsettas are Marianne D covered in Crystal Stickles.

Today's Card And Challenges :

Cupcake Craft - where the Challenge is 'It'll Be All White On The Night'

Crafty Ann's  - where Challenge No: 80 is 'I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas'

Tuesday Throwdown - where Challenge No: 126 is 'White Christmas'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where December's Challenge is 'Glitter And Sparkle'

Crafty Calendar - where December's Challenge is 'White Christmas With The Option Of Metal' - I've added white glittered brads

Creative Craft Challenges 2 - where the Challenge is 'White On White'

And a 2nd photo to show the sentiment, a bit better
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'So Very Merry'
Snowflakes - Penny Black Transparent Set - 'Crystalline
Both heat embossed with WOW - 'White Pearl'
Embossed Piece - CB - 'Ice Crystals'
Poinsettas - Marianne D
Glittered White Brads - Papermania, i think
Ribbon from stash
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Ho Ho Ho !


I really think H's school is loosing the plot !! - yesterday he came home with a note about making and decorating a cupcake or making a christmas decoration for the school fete on Friday night ??, when last night he was swimming, tonight and thursday he's at after school care and Wednesday it is late night shopping in our village and they want the children to meet up at 6pm and sing - when they think he's supposed to have time to do it, i really don't know - i could do it, but then that's not the idea of it and i hate it, when kids go in with something they have made and it clearly shows they have played no part in creating it at all !!!

Today's image is taken from a PB Transparent Set ' Candy Cane Wishes', i bought from The Glitter Pot last year and although i have a couple of Santa's i rather thought this one would look good with the Echo Park - 'Merry Christmas' papers, the sentiment is 'Cuddly Buddly' and punched edge 'Stampin Up'.

Today's Card And Challenges :

ABC Christmas - where they are up to 'X for X Marks The Spot'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'

Christmas Cards All Year Round - where Decembers Challenge is 'Santa'

One Stop Craft - where Challenge No: 207 is 'Christmas For The Boys'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 236

Bearly Mine - where Challenge No: 64 is 'Santa Is On His Way'

Image - Penny Black - 'Taken from Transparent Set Candy Cane Wishes'
Sentiment - Cuddly Buddly
Papers - Echo Park - 'Merry Christmas
Distressed - Tim Holtz - 'Peeled Paint'
Twine from stash
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Caroling Penguins


I've had a fun week, not !!  - I rung up Outpatients, who informed me the next available appointment to see my Rheumatology Consultant was in March - I don't think so !!, especially after they cancelled on me, as the Consultant was sick and  I was promised they would set up a special clinic for those of us who were cancelled (well guess what they haven't !!!), so after a quick phone call to the Rheumatology nurse - they miraclously found me an appointment for Tuesday 18th December at 2.50pm.

When I saw Cupcake Crafts Challenge was Black, White Plus One, I had a rumage among my stamps and images and found this sweetie and although i don't own it, i may have to go and purchase it, as i had fun playing with it - the snow on the ground and on their hats is Flowersoft - Polar White Fine and Liquid Pearls - Pearl White for the falling snow. The papers are really old, I think about 5 years ??, they are DCWV - Black & White Prints and i have used them lots. The Ribbon is from The Ribbon Girls, Punched Edge MS - Snowflake, Snowflakes are Marianne D and i've covered them in glamour dust.

Cupcake Craft - where the Challenge is 'Black, White Plus One Other' - I chose 'Red'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where December's Challenge is 'Glitter And Sparkle'

Simon Says - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Sketchie Free For All' - I've followed Dawny's Sketch

Oldie But A Goodie - where the Challenge is 'Let It Snow' - my oldie item is the paper and punch

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Snowflakes And Ribbon'

Image - Penny Black - 'Caroling Penguins'
Paper - DCWV - 'Black & White Prints'
Ribbon - The Ribbon Girls
Snowflakes - Marianne D
Punched Edge - MS - Snowflakes
Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x