Monday 28 December 2009


The Stamp Man is giving an Award (see my side-bar) when you share your Best Project of 2009.  This is perhaps not my "best" project of the year, but it is my favourite!  I love this Elusive Images stamp, and had great fun with the shrink plastic!! The original post, with details of how it was created, can be found here  .
Hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas, and here's wishing you a Happy New Year.  Love and Hugs, Sylvia xxxxx  

Tuesday 22 December 2009


Hi peeps - hope the snow isn't keeping you indoors (on second thoughts, that may be a good thing 'cos we can do more crafting)!  Just popping by with my last card before Christmas - an easel card, made with the Papermania Chatsworth papers and stamps. (The greeting is a very old favourite from Hobby Art). I am entering this into the Creative Card Crew Challenge, as this week it's "Anything Goes".
Have a fabulous Christmas everyone - Hugs, Sylvia xxxxxxxxx

Sunday 13 December 2009


Wow - my 6 weeks as Guest Designer for the Crafty Pad have just flown by and I can hardly believe it's almost Christmas!  It has been a pleasure to work with you Debbie - thank you so much.
The Challenge this week is quite an easy one as it requires "A Christmas Card" - any design you like!  Simples!!  Full Challenge details can be found here.  The winner will be a GD for one week, and will receive a free digi stamp.
My card has been created using Nestie scallop circle dies and the CB swirls embossing folder.  The circular greeting and tiny snowflakes are from the lovely Christmas Ted Baubles stamp set, available from The Crafty Pad. The large central snowflake is coloured with a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen with a pink gem added. There is some Glamour Dust here and there, but it doesn't show on the photo!  I snipped one of the tiny snowflakes from the stamp set so I could stamp it randomly - (I felt quite guilty separating it from it's little friends, but sometimes you just have to do these things)!!
Have a great week - hugs, Sylvia xxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday 8 December 2009


Hi peeps! Hope you're all having a good day!  Just popping by to share a couple of festive cards with you.  Both cards use very different techniques, but are fun to make.
On the top card I've used a piece of cheap glossy photopaper (ideal for this job) for the image, firstly applying drops of Alcohol Blending Solution here and there, then adding drops of two different shades of Alcohol Inks - one colour over the sky area, another for the houses (leaving some white showing through for a  "snowy" effect).  I added more drops of  Blending Solution and moved the card around, so the inks dribbled and swirled! (Oooh I do love playing with Alcohol inks)!!  The stamp is from the Elusive Images "Snow is Falling" set - this was stamped onto the inked paper with black Memento. The image was then trimmed and layered onto silver mirri card. I picked out some of the snow on the roof-tops with white gel pen. The greeting has been done on the computer, punched out with the SU oval scallop punch and the edges inked.  Finished off with a tree charm.
The second card was very quick and easy to make,  using the CB Holly embossing folder on cream card, and embossing a couple of lines beneath the image using a Score Board. I've applied pale blue chalk on the Holly leaves to tone in with the Bazzill base card, and added Glamour Dust here and there (which does not show up on the photo). Finished off with a Papermania greeting stamp and cream ribbon.
Thanks for looking - Hugs, Sylvia xxxxxxx

Sunday 6 December 2009


     Hi everyone - hope your weekend is going well.  This is my 5th week as Guest Designer for the lovely Debbie at The Crafty Pad - how time flies! For this week's Challenge we are asking you to work with a sketch - full details, and insipration from the DT,  can be found by clicking on the link above.  The prize is a one-week GDT spot and a free digi stamp.  Closing date is Saturday 12th December. For my GDT card his week I have used one of  Debbie's Christmas Ted stamps and have paper-pieced Ted's scarf, and both hats.  Lots of Stickles and Glamour Dust has been added, and red stitching (a bit wonky, and that was before I had the wine)!!  The base card is Bazzill, the Xmas BP is Papermania Joyeux Noel, and the red and cream dotty is a freebie download from Shabby Princess. The double-edged border has been punched with a Fiskars border punch - goodness knows how the two edges matched up first time - miracles do happen !  The greeting stamp is from HOTP, punched out with the SU scallop oval punch. Six red Papermania Shimmer Dots added, but they don't show up too well on the photo. PS: almost forgot - Ted is coloured with Copics!
Look forward to seeing your creations for this week's Crafty Pad Challenge - lotsa hugs, Sylvia xxxxxxx

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