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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Family Calendar

Still working on Christmas Presents at the moment. And the I Did It Creations Challenge this week is "surprise me". C.R.A.F.T. are making Christmas Presents too (the DT have made some splendid ones if you are looking for special ideas). This 8x10 Calendar is to send to my God Parents. I used the Day by Day 2011 Calendar Quickpage by Toucan Scraps (it comes in 4 languages and I've used the English version for this calendar).
I'm also entering the Get Your Craft on Blog Giveaway.

Challenge News

Toucan Scraps is sponsoring the Scrap It with a Song Challenge again this week, and the song is Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. The winner will get a choice of one of my digi paper packs.

And this week's sponsor for the Use a Freebie Challenge at the I Did It Forum is also Toucan Scraps. This week the freebie is a piece of wordart that goes wonderfully with my Doggy and Thank You themed paper packs on sale at Stitchy Bear Stamps.

Here's some example projects from the challenge DT.

and coming soon ....
1st Dec - I'll be sponsoring the Scrap From the Heart Challenge at RAKScraps.
2nd Dec - I'll be sponsoring the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge again and the team there have been working with some of my Mix n match papers - looking forward to seeing what they have created.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Gift Tag Challenge

Toucan Scraps is hosting this week's Designer Challenge at Faith Sisters. The challenge is to make a 3D gift tag. (Details here).

I made my tag using the Orange Spice kit by Toucan Scraps.

Trying out my New Markers and a Thank You.

I've had a play with my new Tria Markers and they are wonderful. I've not had blendable markers before, only blendable pencil crayons and normal markers. They were nice and easy to colour with and I think I did a reasonable job with the blending. I practised on a Thank You digi stamp from Pollycraft that I printed sometime ago.
I used this week's Sketch and Stash sketch. My new items were the markers of course. And my old neglected stash? Those gold leaves are from the remnants of a box of shaped sequins I was given in my early teens.

I recently discovered a new challenge blog (actually they've got 3) the current Karber Weekly Challenge is to use 2 designer papers and a digi stamp. The designer papers are from my Weathered Digi Papers pack. (I miss our new camera, the old one isn't picking up the pattern on the green paper - I hope it gets fixed soon). This card will be put in my pile of thank you cards ready to send out to family after we've finished opening all those Christmas Presents (Daniel comes from a very large family). Looks like I still need quiet a few more.

And anything goes at For Fun Challenges this week in celebration of Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and readers

And, a very big thank you to Molly for this wonderful parcel that arrived to bless me this morning.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

De-stress Silhouette

I needed some de-stress time this evening and remembered some imagery I put together last year for a printable box. I've played with it for a while and the result is this silhouette.
Naming it was tricky though. We call it a postbox, Americans call it a mailbox. We call the bird a cockerel, Americans call it a rooster. As it's American in style, I called it mailbox. It's available exclusively in my store at Stitchy Bear Stamps.

Notepad Cover

TJ wanted to make another Christmas Present after school today. She was inspired by the colour scheme at the current E.A.D. Designs Challenge. She chose some double sided card stock from the DCWV Spring Glitter Stack (I've still got quiet a bit of that left). Christmas Gifts is this week's Saturday Challenge. She used the card stock to create a cover for a memo pad.
The heart & flower puffy stickers are from the packets that Daniel found for the kids in the clearance shop.

Post on Wednesday

The postman arrived with a parcel for me today, all the way from America. So this is what's just been opened and is sitting on my desk this morning for WOYWW.
I won a set of Tria Markers in a blog giveaway at E.A.D. Designs. They included 2 of their sticker sheets in with it, thank you very much! One of them is, appropriately, the London set. I was born there. When they're older we'll take the kids on the train to visit the city sites.
TJ is back at school this week.

And Daniel, bless him, rescheduled the weekend so we can visit Twiglet & Wipso at their craft fair on Saturday. Unfortunately Tisha's got chickenpox, so unless the spots dry out real quick we won't be able to go - how long does that take? And we don't know if Roo's a carrier yet, but very likely as he's not had real contact with it before.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

DT call for OSAAT

The OSAAT challenge blog is looking for paper crafters who love working with digital stamps and digital papers. Each DT member works on rotation with different designers selling at the Stitchy Bear Store (including Toucan Scraps). Check here for information on how to apply.

Monday, 22 November 2010


Little Tisha has gotten spotty. I think it's chickenpox.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Pre-Birthday Treat

My little Roo will be 5 in couple of weeks. He didn't want to have a party, instead he asked to go to the Build A Bear Workshop with his sisters to make a special teddy. His class in school were all given 20% off vouchers by the shop so we went to use it yesterday before it expired.

The kids had so much fun helping to make Fronkee (Roo), Fluffy (TJ) and Rabbit (Tisha). I really enjoyed being there with them too.

Shell's card

Shell, one of the DT at OSAAT used my wishing well stamp for one of her DT cards.
Isn't it lovely?
Thank you Shell.

And Shell is my first guest tutorial writer at Toucan Scraps Tutorials. You can read her lovely tutorial on how to make a step card here.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Altered Box

I altered a box this evening whilst the kids had a bath. It used to have salad cheese in. The lid is so practical, that I thought it would be nice to use it for putting Daniel's home made sweets in as a Christmas Present.
Over at the I Did It Forum today they are having a non-digi day. One of the challenges is to use a minimum of 2 different rubber/clear stamps. The flower on the box sides is one of several Daniel found in a clearance bin a few months ago. It's the first time I've used this one and it printed wonderfully.

This week's Oh Alice challenge is butterflies or caterpillars. The butterfly on the top of this box was made using the first stamp Daniel ever bought me - a swallow tail butterfly - his favourite.

The three flowers in a row are covering up the use by date stamp that wouldn't wash off.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Pocket Book Part 2

I've done 3 more pockets today.
It's glitter at Pollycraft, and these 2 digi images are from her store. I've used a blue glitter gel pen (the glitter not showing up on the photo sorry) for the patterns on the bear's clothes and for a doddle border on the white insert for that pocket. More glitter gel pen on the hearts between the penguins and a glittery silver ribbon - sparkle and shine at the Saturday Challenge.
The ribbon behind the penguins is for the Christmas Theme challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbons this week. I followed their no-tie bow tutorial.

And for this one I've used digi stamp from Spyder.

Dreidels, Shofars and Gelt

The postman arrived with 3 parcels this morning. One for Daniel, one for me and one for TJ. She got some samples of a new cannula the nurse wants us to try. Don't know what's in Daniels. Mine?
Some dreidels that I purchased online for teaching the kids about Chanukkah. Not just my kids, but the local school and nursery and kids club at church. My kids took a fancy to some brightly coloured toy shofars at the time of ordering, so I picked some up for them. The shofars will go away for Christmas Presents.

The dreidel's are spinning toys for playing an old gambling game. The Hebrews during Ancient Greek Rule used them as a legal way of discussing scripture (the Torah). Reading the Torah was illegal. The game is played with gelt (Jewish for money).

Jewish children play the game as part of the Chanukkah celebrations. Today the gelt is often chocolate coins or other candy. I'm going to attack some double sided glittery card-stock with a circle punch to make some gelt for playing with my kids. I'll suggest to the school teachers that they use their counting bricks or threading beads etc.

The dreidel has 4 Hebrew letters on it. For Chanukkah, each letter represents a word in the phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham - A Great Miracle Happened There. The children and I will be discussing different miracles that God has performed each time we play the game, not just the Chanukkah miracle (you can read about that in my previous posts if you haven't done so already). To find out how to play the game (and get a template to make a dreidel out of card-stock) pop along here.

I have a little freebie to share with those of you who have been kind enough to still be reading my blog post. It's a printable gelt envelope made using items from my new Chanukkah Miracle Scrapbooking Kit.
Sorry, this download link has now expired.

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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Pocket Book Part 1

I'm working on Christmas Presents and had an idea to make some tag pocket books using up some of my older stash. I've assembled my pages and chose the blue and white colour scheme from Sew Many Challenges. (I've taken step by step photos and will compile a tutorial after I've finished the project.) TJ really can't understand why it isn't pink, and has decided to start working on a pink version.

Now to start decorating the pockets. The tags will remain fairly plain so the recipient can add journaling or photos etc. It's snow flakes at Die Cut Dreams, so I dug out my one and only winter stamp (it's a snowflake) and stamped it in white ink, then heat embossed it with holographic embossing powder. Didn't photograph too well with this camera, I miss our new camera ......
My lack of winter themed embellishments, dies, punches and rubber/clear stamps is shocking.
Now to go on another blog land search for some more inspiration for the next pocket...

Christmas Tree Shaped Card

TJ's been a bit more adventurous in her card making this week - a shaped card!
She is entering this card into the following challenges:
Kona Kid's Crafters - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - X is for Xmas

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

I won the markers!

I won the Tria Markers giveaway at E.A.D Designs !!!

Wet on Wednesday

It's incredibly wet outside today, and our camera is broken - it went to be repaired on Monday. So I've found the old one (the kids have appropriated it) and recharged the battery for today's WOYWW photos. Initially the photos had a strange black shape across the front, something in the lens... I guess I should've checked that first hey? Photography has become Roo's latest passion and he runs the battery out on an almost daily basis and fills up the memory card every 2-3 days. So what's on the camera today?
Looks like he's taken as many movies as photos.

And my desk?
Yes, TJ is at home yet again. She caught a cold at the beginning of the week and her blood sugars are trying to get to the moon. She is doing a maths workbook at the moment and Tisha has a sticker book with sparkly stickers. I bet there won't be any stickers left when I've finished typing this.

And before you comment on how tidy my desk is, this is the stuff I moved off it in order to make space for the girlies. I guess I should've made the bed first though.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Tutorial Writers Call (Full-time & Guests)

I host a tutorials blog for digi scrapbooking, digi stamping, hybrid and traditional paper crafting.

I am looking for 2 full time tutorial writers (minimum commitment of 1 tutorial a month) and also have numerous opportunities for guest tutorial writers. I'm looking for variety in the tutorials which is why I want to expand my team, and would be willing to provide digital/printable products for use in creating those tutorials.

* If you have tutorial writing experience and want to join my main team, then please write to me and send me a link to a tutorial you have already written.

* If you are new to this, but want to have a go then write to me for a trial spot with a view to staying on.

* If you want to be a guest writer (with or without prior experience) then please write to me and tell me about the tip/tutorial you would like to share.

also please provide links to your blog if you have one and one of your galleries if you post to any.

It would be nice to have some photography tutorials/tips too .....

Recolouring a Digi Stamp in DSA

Digi Stamps generally come in Black. It is possible to recolour these digi stamps before printing. This tutorial shows how to easily recolour a digi stamp or silhouette in Digital Scrapbook Artist (DSA) and it's successor Craft Artist.
Recolouring a Digi Stamp (DSA 2 or DSA compact), also Craft Artist (CAP) and Craft Artist Compact.
For this tutorial I've used a digi stamp by Stitchy Stamps called Sookie.
* place the digi stamp on the DSA page
* select it and click on a colour you want to use
* this added the colour
adding colour to black makes black.
* change the colour mode by clicking on the "Colour using HSL" button
* the digi stamp is now recoloured.

Mottled Recolouring of a Silhouette (DSA 2 and CAP)
For this tutorial I've used a silhouette by Toucan Scraps called Christmas Tree.
* place the silhouette in the DSA page
* recolour it following the instructions given above for digi stamps (I coloured mine green)
* copy the recoloured image
* paste on top
* select the top image and give it a different colour (I coloured mine yellow)
* select the top image and click the drinking glass icon - this is the transparency tool
* select plasma from the drop down list
* click on the handles to adjust the plasma pattern until you like it.

Black n Whatever Gift Boxes

I've been asked to add some printable gift boxes to my Black and White printer friendly range - the Black n Whatever Collection. The whole collection is exclusively available at my Stitchy Bear Stamps Store.
Here are 2 boxes I have created.
And also a new digi paper pack. BnW Celebrations is suitable for birthdays, Christmas and parties etc.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Tisha in the top 3

Tisha got in the top 3 at Kona Kids Krafters with her cat ATC.
you can see her ATC here.
And as the only entry, she won the ATC challenge at the I Did It forum with it.

Chanukkah Miracle Scrapbooking Kit

As part of my preparations for Chanukkah (Hannukah) I made this scrapbooking kit focusing on the Miracle of Chanukkah as my theme (see my previous post to findout more about the miracle).
This kit would be great for any miracle you want to celebrate whether big or small.

Store Links
@ Stitchy Bear Stamps

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Are you making cards for Chanukkah?

I have just put a set of 2 Chanukkah themed digi stamps in my store at Stitchy Bear Stamps.
And also a set of digi papers called Miracle. They are inspired by the miracle celebrated each year for Chanukka (Hanukka). The miracle was a miracle of oil & light. The festival remembers the time when Israel was part of the ancient Greek Empire. The Greeks desecrated the temple and made the oil etc unclean. They made it illegal to study God's law and worship Him. After a small band winning a battle against the might of the Greek Armies they rededicated the Temple. They found a small amount of pure oil to burn in the Menorah in the Temple. It was enough for 1 night and it took 8 days to prepare fresh oil. God performed a miracle - the oil burned for the 8 nights needed. This is why Chanukka is an eight day festival.
These digi papers would be suitable, not only for the upcoming festival, but also for any miracle you want to celebrate whether big or small.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Kalender 2011

I made this calendar for my brother-in-law and his wife, she is German. Printed copies are being sent to her German family for Christmas. I used the German Version of the Worn Well Calendar Quickpage by Toucan Scraps. It comes in English, French, German and Spanish.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Benthall Hall Layouts

I've been busy this morning - 3 layouts. Well I cheated a little, the second 2 are the same layout with a few simple changes. One of the things I love about digital scrapbooking is I can create one layout for a family event and personalise it for each child's album.

Inspiration for the layout came from the Dec GDT challenge sketch at Sketchy Thursdays. I really like the way the photos are cropped. I combined this with the Oct/Nov Stretch your Sketch at Christian Paper Crafts.
I added a photo of our carpark pass for this week's Oh Alice challenge - tickets. I used my Day By Day kit. Clicking on the image will take you to the larger version in my RAKScraps Gallery.
Can you spot the 6 differences? - if so join in the spot the difference game at RAKabration 6 to win a prize.
And for TJ's layout only 2 changes - one is to replace some of the floral foliage with some glitter - she loves sparkle.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

It's Party Time

RAKScraps is 6 years old this month, and we have a huge party to celebrate, lots of challenges, lots of games and lots of prizes.
Toucan Scraps is hosting one of the challenges with a specially made participation prize for everyone.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

New 8x8 Digi Papers

The SB&IDICCB has a shorter name! The shop's new name is Stitchy Bear Stamps.
I have added 3 new digi paper packs to my store there.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Autumn Thank You Card

I need to make a few thank you cards these next few weeks. Here's my first one. The following challenge helped me with some inspiration:
Cup Cake Crafts Challenge - Thank you card with Autumn Colours.
And I used a sketch by Gloria from Christian Paper Crafts.
For Fun Challenge - Use Metal (brads)
I've used my Amy Kicking Leaves digi-stamp and the matching Kicking Leaves Digi Papers.