Christmas Shaker Gift Tag

Today I have a Christmas shaker gift tag to share that was inspired by the amazing Jennifer McGuire's blog post HERE.
She made here into ornaments but I thought I would make mine into a gift tag.  I know my effort in no way matches Jennifer's but I had fun making it and my husbean commented how much he liked it when he made a rare visit to my craft room.
Christmas Shaker Gift Tag made using MFT Stitched Scallop Circle Frames
I die cut several circles using MFT Stitched Scallop Circle Frames and glued them together along with some acetate to create the shaker part.  I used some distress inks to colour a background and added some Little Things sequins by Lucy's Cards.
The bear is from WPlus9 Friends For All Seasons and the sentiment is from a retired stamp set by Clearly Besotted which I heat embossed. 
A Shaker Gift Tag for Christmas using WPLus9 Friend For All Seasons
I die cut the banner from using my Silhouette Cameo and a piece of watercoloured card that I had left over from another project.
Have you noticed I am polka dotting everything in my projects just lately?!! 
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Slugs & Snails.....

The challenge over at Simply Less is More this week is
I have to say that the thought of making another spider card was worrying me - what with my phobia - and after my husband waking me up in the early hours of Sunday morning because I was screaming during one of my regular spider nightmares (sad but yes it's true!) I decided I wasn't going to make a spider I have gone with a snail instead.  Ok...I know a snail is not strictly an insect as it's in the class Gastropoda (I had to look that up) but I look on them as insecty pests as they eat my summer bedding  - the flowers that is - not my duvet!
Snail New Home Card using Penny Black 'Critter Party' stamp
I have used an old stamp by Penny Black called Critter Party and I coloured it with Copics.  The sentiment is by Little Clare Designs 'At Home'.
Penny Black Critter Party stamp used to make a new home card
Again this is one of those cards where I kept wanting to put more on it but in the end I left it as is apart from adding some Wink of Stella to the snail's body to give him some slime.
Toodles for now noodles.....
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MFT - Merry Everything

I wasn't going to buy any stamps this month (I always say that) but when I saw the reindeers in the new release by My Favorite Things called Merry Everything I had to buy it.  It's their faces that make me smile :-)
Merry Everything by My Favorite Things
I wanted to use my distress inks on the background and rather than go for the usual blues, I went with a pink and purple hue by using Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac and I used the Falling Snow die by Avery Elle at the top.
I coloured the reindeer in with Copic markers and then die cut out some mountains using a die set which also just happened to fall in my online shopping basket which is 'Snow Capped Mountains' again by MFT.  I added some Wink of Stella to the mountain tops.
The snow is cut out using a Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die.
Merry Everything and Snow Capped Mountains by MFT
I love how this turned out and will be using that colour combination a lot from now on.
It's been a mixed weekend here in the Peak District.  Sunny yesterday and a wet, rainy day today (Sunday as I type this blog post).  Husbean has been busy sorting out his man cave again this weekend so it's meant more time spent in my daft (craft) room - bliss!

I shall be entering this card into Seven Hills Craft Challenge for October.

And some great news I was a showcase winner on the Less is More Challenge for the Lilac and Turquoise card I made HERE
and the same card also made it as an Honourable mention over on the CASology Challenge - Cute
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I only have eyes for you!

I've been a bit behind this week because I was decorating my husbean's Man Cave.  I finished doing all the walls and woodwork last weekend so I had no time to make any cards.  Anyhoo, I have managed to sneak in a quick one for this week's CASology Challenge which is ......
 I'd already made a spooky card last week but posted it before this challenge was released :-(
So, here is my latest card...
Spooky Halloween Card
I have got lots of eyes - not on my face but in my crafty stash!  I love using them on cute critters but this time they are dark and spooky monstaaahhhs!!!!!!!!
I cut some black card and then used a stencil to heat emboss the black spots before cutting it apart to form a crack where all the monstaaahhs hide.  I layered this onto a cardbase using foam pads.
I cut out the speech bubble and 'BOO' using my Cameo and then stuck all the googly eyes into the crack.
CASology Challenge Week 219:  Spooky
I shall hopefully get some time this weekend to make some more cards as my husbean will be busy sorting out his man cave.  He had the carpet fitters in on Tuesday and I noticed he had bought a very nice and not cheap bit of Berber....hmmm....nothing like that went in my craft room.  
A new comfy chair and wall clock are being installed as I type this but I have yet to see any beer fridge! 
Perhaps I should put this card in his man cave to keep an eye on what is going on in there!!
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One Layer Card - Garden Variety

Why are one layer cards so hard to do?  I really struggle with them and for some reason just keep wanting to add more to them despite me liking CAS designs.  Anyway this week's challenge over at Simply Less is More is exactly that - a one layer card with the theme DREAMS.
I  racked my brains (didn't take long) trying to think if I had any stamps I could use.  Well I finally found this stamp set by Papertrey Ink which I bought a few years ago and have never used.  Shame on you Wendy!!  It's called 'Garden Variety' and it is such a pretty stamp I shall use it more often.

Papertrey Ink Garden Variety stamps used in the Less is More Dreams one layer card challenge
The sentiment has the word 'dream' in it so that is what I went with although when I first saw the challenge I had other ideas in my head on how to interpret it.

I added some dots to the watering can with a white gel pen.
One thing I will say for one layer cards is that they can be pretty quick to make although I had to stamp this twice as I smudged some ink on the first one.
Less is More Challenge DREAM using Papertrey Ink Garden Variety stamps
So head on over to the challenge as they have an amazing design team who come up with some fantastic cards every week.  They are very inspirational. 
Less is More Challenge Week 297

Toodles for now.... 

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