Thursday, 31 December 2020

12 Cards of 2020

 Beccy's Place has a post where Beccy has picked her favourite card for each month of 2020.  As I am currently bored out of my mind (we go back home tomorrow so I'll be back to my usual routine and my crafting things).  I'd like to go for a walk but my son and daughter are up on a hill and even their place isn't flat so with my knee issues that is definitely out.  So, here goes:

January - Of the Marianne Designs cards I have created in 2020, I think this the only one that uses an MD image as well as MD dies.  I like that what I planned for this one actually worked in reality.


February - This month is a card created for The Butterfly Challenge:


March - This month I have chosen one of the cards for our NZ Card Makers Swap Group.  


April - This month belongs to Gecko Galz as they started a daily challenge during lockdown.  This was such a mental saving grace for me.  There were so many cards that I was pleased with this month but I chose one that I had a lot of fun (and mess) with inking the gears.

May - I was really happy with how this card turned out using a free Mandala image from Mia (Craftartista).  I had a heap of fun creating this background.


June - The image is from The Paper Shelter.  I really liked how this turned out - and how many butterflies that I managed to include


July - This one using an image from Bugaboo Stamps doesn't have any fancy folds or techniques.  I was really pleased with how this all came together.


August - Being a kitty lover, I had to include at least one kitty themed card.  This one uses an image from Ike's Art:


September - This month is one from Limited Runs.  I had fun creating this one and was really pleased with how it turned out:


October - I chose another masculine card this month using an image from Fred She Said.  This is the first time that I have embossed metallic card and I was pleased with the end result.


November - of course this month had to belong to Beccy's Place as a reasonable number of the posts were for Month of Holiday Cards.   I had a hard time trying to decide between about three cards but I eventually settled on one that was a card fold that I hadn't tried before, was tricky to execute but I succeeded.  The sense of accomplishment with this one merits it's inclusion:



December - Of course this month I had to include a card with a picture of the elf!  The image is a die from Memory Box which I die-cut then used as a mask.


I have linked each month name to the original post for the card of that month.

Tis The Season

 My first card for 2021 - 7 hours into the day, so I want to take this chance to wish Happy New Year to everyone.

This is yet another Christmas card that I haven't blogged.


I would like to enter:

The Outlawz Saturday Challenge - Christmas
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/saturday-paper-a-la-mode/forum/topics/saturday-paper-a-la-mode-challenge-december-5-2020

Christmas Kickstart - Anything Christmas Goes
https://christmaskickstartchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/christmas-kickstart-challenge-45-if-its.html

Crafty Gals Corner - Tis The Season
http://craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-214-tis-season.html

I have used a digital paper from my Awaiting Crafting box (not sure of the source of this one).  The image is from We Are 3 Digital Shop and the sentiment is from Beccy's Place.  Colouring is with copic markers and Wink of Stella.

Monday, 28 December 2020

Happy Christmas To You

 This is my final card following the same sketch (the other two were blogged yesterday)


I would like to enter:

All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
https://alldressedupchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-challenge-112.html

Cheerful Sketches - Sketch
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-december.html


I have used an embossing folder for the background which I lightly inked with Gilding Polish.  I added two scrap pieces of patterned paper (source unknown). The image and sentiment are from All Dressed Up.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I added some stars of differing sizes.

I followed the sketch from Cheerful Sketches:



Sunday, 27 December 2020

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

I have a few Christmas cards that I created before Christmas but hadn't blogged.  This is one of them.  It is also the second card that I have created using the same sketch.


I would like to enter:

Cheerful Sketches - Sketch
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-december.html

The Crafters' Cafe - Holidays
https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/257-holidays.html

Colour Crazy - Hand Colouring
https://colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/week-50-anything-goes-colouring.html

I have used an embossing folder to create the embossed background.  I used some scrap pieces of digital papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles (music) and Dee Dee's Digis (polka dot).  The image is from Dr Digi's House of Stamps and the sentiment is from Folded Paper and Printed Pixels.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  I added some puff star stickers.

I followed the sketch at Cheerful Sketches:



Jingle Bells

I have created three cards using the same sketch.  This is the first of them:


I would like to enter:

Cheerful Sketches - Sketch
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-december.html

The Corrosive Challenge _ Anything Goes
http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-12-2020-anything-goes-winners.html

Le'Ann's World - Anything Goes
http://challengeleannsworld101.blogspot.com/2020/12/leanns-world-101-challenge-33.html

Penny's Paper Crafty - Year End Mega Challenge - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/pennys-paper-crafty-challenge-486-year.html

I have used two digital papers - the snowflake one is from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles but I'm not certain of the source of the plaid one.  The image is from Le'Ann's World and the sentiment is from Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  I also added some glitter stars.

This is the sketch from Cheerful Sketches that I followed:



With Sympathy

Unfortunately I seem to have used a few With Sympathy cards over the past year so every once in a while I create one or two to put aside for when I haven't got the time to craft.  This is going in my "just in case" box:


I would like to enter:
Jan's Digis - Anything Goes
https://jansdigistampschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge.html

Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/december-2020-challenge-82-crafts.html

Let's Squash It - Embossing Folder & Fussy Cutting
https://letssquashit.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-3-use-any-embossing-folder.html

I have used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called "Simple Flowers" to create the background.   The image and sentiment are from Jan's Digis.  I also added some grosgrain ribbon.

Saturday, 26 December 2020

New Home

After creating a lot of Christmas cards recently, I have a bit of a change this time with a "New Home" card:


I would like to enter:

Creations in Pink - Mainly Pink
https://creationsinpink.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-29-anything-goes-in-mainly.html

Try Stampin' on Tuesdays - Sketch plus sparkle
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2020/11/challenge-486.html

I have used two digital papers from Lozzy.  The image is from Hetty Clare Art and the sentiment is from Netty's Cards.

I followed the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesdays:



25

 This week at CHNC, our optional twist is "Any Christmas or New Year's Card".


I have used a digital paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image/sentiment is from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers.

I have followed one of the sketches at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2:


I changed the shape of the sketch from a square to a rectangle but otherwise followed it.

I would like to enter:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2020/12/last-one-of-year-with-bugaboo.html

Always Fun Challenges - Christmas
http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-194.html

Friday, 25 December 2020

Once Upon A Christmas

We had lovely weather for Christmas Day but today the rain is back again.  I've never known such a wet Christmas!  It is supposed to be the middle of summer here but it seems more like autumn weather.


I would like to enter:

Gecko Galz - December Challenge - Once Upon A Christmas
http://geckogalzscrapbooking.blogspot.com/2020/12/gecko-galz-december-challenge.html

Craftlandia Challenge - Winter
https://craftartista.blogspot.com/2020/12/craftlandia-challenge-5.html

I have used a digital paper from Gecko Galz for the background.   The image is also from Gecko Galz.  I added some Wink of Stella to the picture.  I double matted the image (red then white) and then raised it up using Mount Tape.  I added three pearls to the right side of the card and two smaller ones to the left.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Christmas Flowers

Ron was investigating where we are staying for Christmas and found what he was calling "Christmas Flowers"


Not really Ron.  They are red but nothing to do with Christmas!  He also wants to wish all the other elves a Merry Christmas.

He is sharing his "Christmas Flowers" at 

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

I'm going to share a picture of the "New Zealand Christmas Flower".  This is from a pohutukawa tree which flowers around December - hence the nickname.


Where we lived in the 1990's, we had three different varieties of Pohutukawa on the property that had different shades of green foliage and also flowered at different times.

The trees above are photographed from the window of where we are staying for Christmas.


Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Dinner Time

 We arrived at our destination and Ron exclaimed "Time For Dinner"


Um, Ron.  That is not a healthy dinner.

He is showing off his dinner at:

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Jumping Pillow

 On our travels, Ron found a jumping pillow and had fun jumping and sliding on it:


Not long until Christmas now so not too many days to see what the elves are doing at:

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

Two small cards

This time at Marianne Designs Challenge, the Design Team challenged us to make two 10cm x 10cm cards with a flower.


I changed up the colours and embossing for the second card but kept the design the same and the flower the same.  Both my daughter and myself like the one on the left better.

I have used:

DF 3410 - Embossing Folder (Diamonds)

DF 3402 - Embossing Folder (Dutch Dots)

LR0309 - Frame

LR0111 - Flower and Flower Centre

I would like to enter:

Marianne Design - 2 small cards
http://mariannedesign.blogspot.com/2020/08/challenge-261.html


Car Ride

We finally left our overnight stay after Ron had to clean up his mess.  If he hadn't been riding around on the vacuum cleaner we might have got away alot earlier. 


He is waving to everyone from his special seat in the car.

Or saying hello to the other elves at:

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

Monday, 21 December 2020

ConGRADulations!

 This time at Incy Wincy Designs, our theme is "People" plus you also need to use one of the two options - Colour of The Year (Classic Blue) or use the sketch.  We are sponsored by Colour Of Love and Oddball Art Company.



For my first card, I have used an image from Oddball Art Company called Hudson.  I also followed the sketch and included some of the Pantene Colour of The Year.


I have also used a digital paper from Create with TLC.  The top sentiment is from Desert Diva and the lower sentiment is from DeeDee's Digis.


For my second card, I have used an image from Colour of Love called Eleanor Blue Ribbon Pie.


I also used a digital paper (brand unknown).  I added some washi tape strips.  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the image.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Cleaning Up

 We stayed overnight at motel.  Ron made a bit of a mess so had to clean it up:


It looks like he is having fun with Henry and not getting any cleaning done.  At least, he put his mask on!  I think you are supposed to clean with the cleaner Ron - not ride on it!

He is sharing his antics with the other elves over at:

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

Christmas - A Time To Make Magic

For the final Anything Goes Challenge of 2020 at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, we are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread.  This challenge takes us through to early January 2021.



I have used an image from Lemon Shortbread called Kitty Cat Gift.


I also used 2 digital papers from Lozzy.  I also paper pieced the gift using digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs.The image is from Lemon Shortbread and the sentiment is from ?.    Colouring is with copic markers.  I diecut five mini kitties using a die set from Memory Box.

I would like to enter:

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-130.html

A Bit More Time To Craft Extra - December Challenge
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.com/2020/12/abmttc-extra-challenge-december.html

Happy Holidays

I am a bit last minute with this post.  I had internet issues while I was travelling and was fairly exhausted when we arrived here last night.  Today is going to be a catch-up day mixed with some relaxing time.


I would like to enter:

The Outlawz Monday Challenge - Red, Green and Silver
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/monday-greetings-07-to-20-december-use-red-green-and-silver

I have used a die-set from Memory Box to diecut the tags. I added a paper to the lower tag.  The image is from Paper Next Dolls and the sentiment is from Samantha.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I added some glitter gems and some bakers' twine.

Spring Wishes

I couldn't get a link direct to the post at Tuesday Morning Sketches so have had to link to the blog.  At the moment it is the top post anyway so hopefully that will remain the case.


I would like to enter:

Sheepski Designs - Feature A Creature
https://sheepski-designs-challenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-45-feature-creature.html

Tuesday Morning Sketches - Sketch
http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/12/pennys-paper-crafty-challenge-486-year.html

Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.com/2020/12/381-anything-goes-sheepski-designs.html

I have used two digital papers from PixelScrapper (ladybug and green) and two papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Sheepski Designs and the sentiment is from Desert Diva.

I have followed the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches:



Trying out the bed

 We arrived at our overnight stay and the first thing that Ron did was jump up on to the bed.



He is going to be kicked off that bed very soon!

He is showing off his "bed for the night" (think again Ron!) at

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Merry Christmas

 This week at CHNC, our theme is "Use The Word Christmas".  I'm a little late getting my post published as I had no internet for the past day.


I have used 2 digital papers from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image/sentiment is from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.


I followed the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday:


I would like to enter:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2020/12/last-one-of-year-with-bugaboo.html

Friday, 18 December 2020

Swings

 We are heading to our son and daughter for Christmas (we are fortunate to have had no community transmission for a number of weeks) and Ron snuck in the car.  I think Jassin and Eldrin were still fast asleep when we left so at least a break from those two.  Might explain why I couldn't find Ron yesterday - was probably hiding in the car so he didn't get left behind.

Ron spotted some swings and wanted to have a bit of a swing.  I told him he needs to wear his mask while we are travelling just in case.   I think he thought I wouldn't let him get out of the car if he didn't put it on.

We are sharing at:
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2020/11/dlart-8th-annual-elf-antics-linky.html


Wishing You A Merry Xmas

I thought it would be easy to find a sentiment with Christmas being written as Xmas - but after much searching of my files, I only appear to have the one that I have used on this card:


I would like to enter:

Ike's World - X is for Xmas
https://ikesworldchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/12/ikesworld-challenges-139-x-for.html

Creative Sketchy Girls - Sketch
http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.com/2020/10/challenge-66-schets-20-november.html

CRAFT Challenge - The Last Stretch
https://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-581-christmas-last-stretch.html


I have used several digital papers from Trimgym (most are smaller offcut pieces).  The image is from Ike's Art and the sentiment is from Dawn C.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.

I followed the sketch at Creative Sketchy Girls:



Reindeer Games - Day 7

This is the final card for the week of Reindeer Games at Catch The Bug.  We were limited to one card per day but some days I could have easily submitted two or three cards.  


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - Reindeer Games - Day 7
https://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2020/12/holiday-chaos-day-7-color-challenge.html

Stella Says Sketch - Sketch
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2020/11/stella-says-sketch-challenge-820.html


I have used an embossing folder for the background.  I added a piece of digital paper (source unknown) and some ric-rac braid.  The image and sentiment are from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers  I also added some enamel dots.  

I followed the sketch at Stella Says Sketch:


I changed the dimensions to create a portrait card rather than a landscape card as per the sketch.