What a shenanigans there was last night. I tell you I needed to go and lie down in a very dark room afterwards! But I disgress. Let me back track to 11.50pm. Everywhere was quiet. The house had been on lock down since early evening against any invasions of the Elf type.
The Doc had his checklist and we were going through it for the umpteenth time.
Side garden gate bolted and padlocked. Key in The Docs pocket. ✔
Front door locked and dead bolt on.✔
Back door locked. Key on peg away from window. ✔
Cat flap securely shut and locked.✔
Windows securely bolted.✔
Wire cage firmly attached to chimneystack.✔
Drinks poured and ready to sit down and relax✔
Then The Doc piped up with " I think the cat needs to go out"
Me "Well tell her to use her toilet tray. I'm not opening the door up now !!"
Having sorted the cat out, just sat down again with said drink in hand when I heard a rustling noise.
"Did you hear that ?" I asked The Doc.
" Relax" he said, "I think it was the letterbox . Probably just one of the neighbours posting us an early christmas card".
"At this time of night?" I said..
Then a rather familiar voice called out
Cooeeeeee. Anyone around?
Me ."What do you mean We?!!!!!!"
What's in that sack Elf Boss ?
Eek!! " Who are you?"
" I'm L'th.
I've come with Elf Boss. He is going to teach me the ropes".
By this time I had a distinct headache coming on and before anyone says 'Oh isn't he cute' NO he isn't'. Just wait till I tell you what he got up to this morning.!!!
I need to cancel christmas forthwith.
Stay tuned during the month till the 24th Dec for daily shenanigans from the dynamic duo
This Months challenge is to create something with Christmas in mind and to use stamping somewhere on your project. You know me,I love to delve into the waste paper basket and see what I can retrieve and repurpose. I found these empty spools one from sellotape and the other from ds tape. I get through mountains of the stuff and it seems a shame not to incorporate them into a new life.
Here is what I made with them. Firstly I covered both of the reels inside and out with sparkly washi tape one silver, one blue. I neated up round the edges using silver sparkly thread and blue/white bakers twine. Then came the fun bit creating a little scene to go inside each one.
On the first one I masked off the moon and then used duster brushes and ink pads to create a night time theme. The stamp is by Inkylicious called 'Winter Cabin'. The stars are small silver stickers and Iv'e decorated the tree, house, snow and moon with silver stickles. I used a white gelly roll pen to accent the snow . I fussy cut round the image to fit the back of the roll and attached using glue which dries clear. Then I cut acetate (well you didn't think I'd forget to use it did you!) to fit the front and trimmed with some more of the silver thread. Made a bow and a hanging thread so it can hang on the tree. Finally added a sentiment using a Britannia die cut form sparkly cardstock.
I created a snowy scene for the inside of the second roll, again using ink duster and blue ink pad plus a torn sheet of paer to create the snow dunes. The penguins are by Card-io and I inked them up first and then masked off before doing the background. Applied some silver stars (not sure if you see stars at the pole, you certainly do in Iceland and that's near enough!) I finished it off the same as the first one using the blue/white bakers twine and blue sparkly cardstock for the sentiment.
Entering into the following challenges only with this penguin scene.:
The butterflies are all now in the chrysalis stage but will be back in the New Year ready to spread their wings.
Until then here are some cards to help inspire you to play along.
First up is a Shaker card using a Lavinia stamp called 'Dancing till Dawn. I created the background using sponge daubers to apply different coloured inks. The shaker element is stamped around the edge with a combination of small stamps from Heyda 'Roses and Leaves, Heyda 'Twines' and Cardio Majestic 'Summer Wreath' using the same ink pads that I used on the background. I made the sentiment in word and printed out onto white card. The shaker is Stampendous 'Doodle Loots' Crystal mini stars which though they do look really good IRL have made the card difficult to photograph well.
Entering this card only into the following challenges:
My second card using a cute digi by Bugaboo called Mistletoe Fairy. I have coloured her using my promarkers, a gold gel pen and platinum stickles. The sentiment is a die cut by Xcut. Cuts beautifully and easy to remove from the die. The plaid paper is a freebie from Making Cards Christmas Edition 2015. The holly is a ribbon from my stash . The packet says it is from The Ribbon Girl.
Finally my last card features a digi called Sleepy Holiday Fred Gnome by Lacy Sunshine. I know I'm really chancing it letting a gnome near my blog but hopefully that naughty/delightful/pesky Elf will stay away this year!!
Again I have coloured using my promarkers, silver gel pen and glossy accents on his nose and the gold baubles. Sentiment is another Xcut die cut . Design paper is from a bumper pack I got from the NEC for £1 (would have been rude not to have bought it) and the snowflake embossed card is from Jellybean crafts. The embellishment is a really old one from my stash along with the silver bell which I attached to his hat.
Entering this Gnome card only into the following challenges:
Time again for the girls in the Christmas Card Club to show our latest cards. Mary H chose the theme of Mixed Media with Trees.
A quick search of my used christmas card box turned up this card front.
I raided my packets of gems and found suitable ones to cover the baubles and a large wooden sparkly star for the top of the tree. Then I just went to town on adding bits and bobs for the rest of the texture element. I found christmas tree ribbon, spotty ribbon, wooden sparkly presents, red netting and patterned acetate and this is the end result. Sentiment is a Britannia die cut.
I have spent all day trying to get decent photos and finally came back upstairs and took the photo below which show the true colours.
I used dark green card stock and made the card up with three layers this time including the acetate front sheet.
To make my second card I raided my christmas box and found this Inky Delicious 'Winter Cabin' stamp. I created a background using several ink pads , a torn piece of card for the hills and Inky Delicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff dimensional. I covered several cardboard tree shapes with washi tape and created a collage of 4 different sizes. The white oblong border was left over from making a shaker card the other day and was still on my desk.
Sentiment was from a packet of premade ones that I adhered to a slightly larger piece of the base card. I have used green christmas tree ribbon here. Photo below shows the dimension of the washi tape trees that I adhered to the front of the card with double 3d pads to gain the height as the Puffy fluffy stuff wasn't quite dry when I assembled it. Not showing up very clearly but the trees and snow have liberal helpings of Stickles 'Disco Ball' applied.
Entering this card only into the following challenges:
First card is a Side Stepper Card. Sorry photo is not very good but the lighting has been terrible and which ever room I use the results are the same. Card base is a pre shaped one that a blogging friend had sent me a couple of to use a while back and this is the last one. Design paper is a freebie from Making Cards February 20106 magazine called 'February Floral'. I've used up snippets of plain navy pearlised paper and the small butterfly were cut out with an SU punch from a scrap of silver foil paper.Sentiment is a sticker from my stash which says Have a Great Day ! and Surprise! The large butterfly is a Starform sticker which I peeled off the backing sheet and attached to some of the navy cardstock and then fussy cut round it.
My second card uses another card shape that I found a packet of lurking in a box in the back of a cupboard. I used my Xcut Square Parenthis dies in several sizes, some I drew round the edge of and fussy cut to get the next size up. The design papers are again freebies from Making cards March 2016
magazine called 'Pastel Petals'. The butterflies are Memory Box Pippi/Isabella cut in pink and navy
My last card takes me out of my comfort zone colour wise but I found this scrap of paper which again had been a frreebie from a magazine and was begging me to be used. Card Shape is a Dutch Fold Card shape which is very easy to cut out and put together. There are several tutorials on Youtube to follow. I have used bright yellow card stock to make the base shape. The butrterfly dies are Tonics
'Layering Butterflies' I used some of the fall out pieces from the large butterfly on the first card above to add a bit of sparkle to their wings and body.
Sentiment is a silver sticker from my stash and I have edged the card with silver edging strips.