I received this adorable Pop N cuts in the post yesterday, unfortunately this tree die didn't hit the UK stores in time for Christmas and although I thought it destined for the Christmas drawer for another year Karen Burniston (the designer of the Pop n cuts) said to me she could see it being used with hearts for valentines. So armed with my new die and my Downton DVDS (oh wow fab series) I snuggled into my shed last night and made this. I was thrilled with how it turned out, even though it looks like it's been hit by the "pink fairy".
I love to use things a bit differently if it means you can make a seasonal crafting item something you can
use all the time. Wondering what I can do with this next ;)
As people in the States are gearing up for CHA the big trade show in the USA I can't wait to see
what is on its way to the UK in a few months, its an exciting time of the year for crafters :)
Can't believe another year is nearly out. 2012 hasn't been a bad year really, not a great one, not a bad one as years go. Thankful for so much my kids, my hubby, my family, my friends, my pets, my health (of sorts) and my job. My kids continue to get older even though I distinctly remember telling Harvey at 7 years to stop growing now but he defies me and will be 10 in March! Caiden is my cheeky 6 year old who makes me laugh and shout daily! They both do really :) Darren my long suffering hubby doesn't mind when I disappear in the evenings to play in my palace (some would say he's flippin lucky!) either play or watch some sort of dvd (Twilight, Vampire Diaries or my newest love Downton)
So what will 2013 bring? who knows.... more of the same I suspect. I am not one for making resolutions, I think they are utter tosh, if you want to change you change whenever not on a certain date. You have to be totally ready for that change and not forced as the calender says so. I am hoping that it will bring happy and heathly kids and everyone (including me) I hope that I have a great year at work and look forward to the year ahead with Crafts U Love.. of course a lottery win wouldn't go amiss! LOL We've got a trip to Butlins to look foward to in May and I really hope a trip to Spain later in the year but that might be pushing it. I hope to continue my one woman crafting mission to see if I can explode my shed through the sheer weight of "stuff" LOL!! Not really, but I certainly can't wait to see what Penny Black, Sizzix and many others bring out for 2013. Sometimes I do wonder what I would be doing if I hadn't found crafting?!
So waffle aside here are my final makes for 2012... Using the lovely Penny Black stamps from Crafts U Love and lots of dies and papers I made these Penny Black creations.
This cute little guy is zooming off to show his love!
This hedgie has love to share and fits perfectly onto the label
Karen Burniston over on her blog posted some fantastic cards using this clever technique to create a double base for the pop and cuts and I decided right away I wanted to try. I just grabbed the first papers next to me and got making this card.
Now you have seen mind you can go and see Karen's instructions HERE, her lovely cards
and if you make one let me see yours :)
As you may have noticed I have a bit of a sizzix addiction right now!
Not taking away anything from my Penny Black addiction which will be fed
very soon with their new releases that will be at Crafts U Love soon.
There are some adorable "lovey" designs needing re-homing to my palace.
Sorry its been like a ghost town here. What can I say, its been busy!
Tonight I made a card for a work colleague who's birthday it is tomorrow. I used the Karen Burniston Pop N Cuts Poinsettia insert to make this floral and butterfly card. The butterflies are from the fantastic Paula Pascual Sizzix Stamps. You can get the stamps and dies from Crafts U Love.
Right my feet are freezing in my palace tonight so I had better go before my feet get so cold they never warm up or I might need to go to bed with my boots on :)
A few of the new Pop N Cuts have hit the shelves at Crafts U Love and of course I was first in the queue.
This one is the star and some of this release are ones that stand right up when you open the card. I have also used the companion set with this which includes the word PARTY (that matches a different pop up) the STAR (that nestles with this pop up) and the STREAMER (which just decorates it fabulously).
I have recently discovered the Marianne BV Facebook page and on there they mentioned the Marianne Challenge blog so I thought I would join in with their challenge this week. They are on challenge 67 and it is to make a elongated Christmas card. Whilst this card is not overly Christmas its more cozy wintery with this cute little knitting girl so I hope it fits the theme.
I also used the Scandinavian Heart and Mistletoe set and the paper all from Marianne.