Friday, November 29

Christmas Preparations on-going - Gift boxes and place setting in one!!!

Hello My dears,  As promised here is another stage of my Christmas preparations. 

I had loads of pretty Christmas paper left from last year so thought I'd use it up and make a batch of these sweet half pint gift milk cartons.  These are going to be sitting on my Daughter Dinner Table for the guest wee gift surprises

The little Doohickey Christmas tag die will have their names added when filled but more to the point they will also be used as 
the Table place settings.  Saving me a lot more work!!!

I also have a sweet crafty friend who is having a Christmas Fete on December 14th to raise money for Charity so I'm making her half a dozen of the boxes to sell. 

The picture above are the boxes for the Ladies/Girls gifts 

and the picture below are for the Men/Boys

Here they are in all their Glory 
In order to make it easy to get at the gifts I painted the black metal paper clips white and then added snowtex gluing them to the flaps. 

 I've used Magnolia Mini images from the Winter Wonderland 2013 Collection and coloured them with Flex-markers and Derwent soft pencils for shading.

You will find a list of my images and dies used with links at the bottom of my post.

That's all for me for now my dears, I hope you all have a wonderful day and an even craftier Weekend.


Challenges Entered:

Magnolia Mania Challenge:  Would like to see a Milkbox/Box
Hanna And Friends Challenge:  Little Presents 
Bearly Mine Challenge:  Anything Goes  
Crafty Sentiments Challenge:  Anything Goes + Blog Hop  


Images and Doohickey die all available at Magnolia-licous Stamps  

Papers  from Papermania Classic Christmas 6x6 pack
Large Daisy Flowers: I am Roses - I removed the yellow centre and added a pearl. 
Ribbons/lace - Really Reasonable Ribbons
Pearls and Gems:  Stash 

Thursday, November 28

Prima 12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 Flowers

Happy Thanks Giving to all my sweet friends across the pond, I hope your day is fabulous and shared with friends and family. 

 I'm here to share my last creation for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge over at Prima Marketing Flowers.  This is for Day 12 - Flowers - which of course Prima is so famous for - their lush blooms and sprays of deliciousness. I decided to make a Christmas Tag this time.

Anyway I've used a piece of a cardboard box and just taken the top layer off to leave the ridges which have then been painted with Gee-Sso and some snowtex added.  The paper is from the Prima Sweet Fairy Collection "wind chimes" I've used leaves and beautiful blooms which I cannot remember the names of as I've had them a while now. Even the sweet Crystals are Prima.  

I must say a huge thank you once again for 12 fantastic days of motivation and beautiful creations from the Design Team. You were mega fabulous.


Challenges Entered:

Ribbon Carousel:  Holidays and Celebrations. 

Without Words Challenge:  Christmas is coming.

Prima Products Used:
Paper:  Sweet Fairy Collection "Wind Chimes) 843021
Prima Say it with Crystals 525125
Floral Vine Spray: Swaney Collection
Flowers:  Prima "Gillian" Coffee
Prima Songbird 555573
Prima Cabaletta "Fall"
Sugar Blooms "Moulin Rouge" 549039
Belle Fleur - Yellow

Wednesday, November 27

Prima - 12 days of Christmas Challenge

Hello my dears,  Well I've done it again!! created a Christmas card without an image!!!  I have quite a few friends who don't appreciate the cute images I so love,  Just for them I create what I call out my out of the box cards.  Not my normal style but I do love them when they are finished.  I love to make them with my Prima Products. So so lush!!!

This card is made using only beautiful Prima Papers, journaling cards and flowers the only non Prima element is the sheer ribbon which came from my stash.

This is for the Prima 12 Days of Christmas Challenge which I'm loving, the DT's inspiration and ideas.  If you would like to join in then pop over to The Prima Blog HERE  and take a peek at the gorgeous creations.  I've made this card based on Day 10 and the Everyday Vintage Flora Kit.   My little tiled letters have come from Romance Novel and Tea Thyme Alphabet sticker sheets.  The flowers I've had for a while.  All my Prima Products come from the very sweet Angela over at  

Thank you so much for popping in to visit I hope you all have a wonderful day.


Products Used:

Life Time 6x6 papers 845667
Every Day Vintage 12 x 12 Flora Kit 813314
Alphabet stickers "Tea-Thyme" 559021
Alphabet stickers "Romance Novel" 558987
Flowers : Champagne Rose "Gracie" 546786
Ribbon: Stash

Midweek Magnolias DT #78 Midway Reminder

Good morning my dears,  I'm here to remind you that you still have time to join us over at 

for our Anything but a Card challenge, which runs until next Tuesday.  

I love making gifts just as little extras for my friends and family and this is for someone special, I will be adding some lovely miniature toiletry's as this particular friend is forever jetting away on holiday!!!  It's okay, she doesn't have a blog and wouldn't know how to search anything on the Net!!! bless her!!! 

As you can see I've altered a Pringle's empty stacker which was full of yummy crisps (no I didn't eat them!!) they belonged to my Grandson's !!!  

Just a wee tip here, these crisps are very strong flavoured and the inside of the box can be quite overwhelming so I always wipe inside with a damp paper towel and then I add a few drops of vanilla essence to a paper towel and leave overnight with the lid on.  The inside smells lovely when removed. 

That's about it from me for now my dears but do come and join in our fun challenge, there is a wonderful surprise package up for grabs from Magnolia Sweden  


Challenges Entered:

Images:  Magnolia mini Jingle Bell Rudolph - A Joyful Piglet Mini
from the Winter Wonderland Collection 2013
Sentiment: Magnolia's A joyful Christmas 
Doohickey Dies : vintage tag & wave tag  
All Magnolia items available at Magnolia-licous Stamps 
Papers: Papermania 
Medium:  Copics and Derwent soft pencils 
pearls and lace:  Stash. 

Tuesday, November 26

Christmas Preparations Continue!!!!

Hello my dears,  I said I'd be back when I finished each of my Christmas Table Decorations yesterday I made some napkin holders and today I've finished off the table centre piece and I managed to do some recycling of the main pieces.

As some of you will already know, my Daughter got married late September and between us we made 35 of these sweetie trees for the guests tables at the evening reception. I ended up with one of them with only a few toffees left on it.  I knew it would come in handy for something.  lol  

There was a LOT of die cutting/distressing of these gorgeous Magnolia Doohickey Peonies Dies. 20 x 6 = zillions. lol  but
I think it matches my napkin rings perfectly and I love the original mini Fairy Tilda

So my loves that's another one out of the way, just the place cards and the wee gift boxes to make now.  I'll need to get my thinking cap on for them but first I need to tidy up my craft space. Yikes!! how can one little creation cause such chaos!!!

I'll catch you all tomorrow with another titbit.


Challenges Entered:

Magnolia Down Under Challenge:  White on White is Karen's choice this week. 
Fashionista Challenge:  Christmas Bling 
The Ribbon Girls Challenge:  November Magnolia only challenge Winter/Christmas 


Image:  Magnolia original Mini flying tilda. (not sure if this is still available) but the slightly larger one is and can be found HERE at Magnolia-licious Store
Medium:  Copics and Derwent soft pencils
Magnolia Doohickey Peonies Die from the love collection 2013
Berries/white berry spray/ from That Craft Place  over on Facebook
Roses: Prima 

Monday, November 25

Let The Preparations Begin !!!!!

Sorry about the above photo I must have clicked at least 30 but just couldn't get a clear one at this angle. 

These ones below are much clearer. 

Hi my dear friends,   Well it's started!!! my preparations for Christmas has begun!! but none of them are for me!! oh no! these will grace my Daughters dinner table for Christmas lunch.

Please forgive the paper towels - these are not the napkins we will be using,  the nice napkins are at my Daughters.  lol 

I got some of my much loved Magnolia ink magazines out for inspiration and came across the lovely tutorial from Monique with the Peonies die.  It was in this years Issue 4 - page 32

I've started with the Napkin holders for this year, there will be 10 of us for Lunch 3 adult males - they will have the Christmas tree holders 2 Adult Females - they will have the Peonies flower
3 children - 2 boys and 1 girl the boys will have the sweet reindeer and the girl will have pretty Tilda in pink.

After finishing these I will work on the centre piece for the table, the place setting cards and the small gift boxes we open after finishing our lunch.  I will blog them as I finish them.

Anyway that's it from me for now, I have popped a list of ingredients used for my napkin holders at the bottom of my post.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.


Challenges Entered:

Magnolia Down Under Challenge:  White on White is the choice from Karen this week. 

The Ribbon Girl Magnolia only Challenge:  Winter or Christmas 

Stampin' for the Weekend:  Feeling Festive

 Dutch Magnolia Lovers Challenge: Have a lovely picture to motivate chosen by Christa 


White pearl card 
Images:  Magnolia Mini Jingle Bell Rudolph and Mini Cosy Christmas Tilda  from the Winter Wonderland 2013 Collection 
You will find these stamps and many of the Doohickey Dies 
Medium:  ShinArt brush pens and Derwent Soft pencils
Dies Used:  Doohickey 15 Snowy Forest  3 Tilda Lace Die 75 Peonies 40 Christmas Tags 
Sentiments:  A joyful Christmas and Happy Christmas from the Winter Wonderland 2013 collection
Tim Holtz Distress ink:  brushed corduroy - Glamour Dust - 

Sunday, November 24

Totally Tilda DT # 85 Buttons and Bows Midway Reminder

Hello my lovelies,  I hope you've all had a wonderful week and are enjoying your weekend.

I wanted to remind you that there is still time to join us over at 
Totally Tilda in our Tilda + Buttons and Bows themed Challenge. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is the lovely Nikki form 

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and the prize is

I've used sweet Afternoon Tea Tilda from the Little London Collection and masked her with the gorgeous Noor postcard stamp. 

Tilda has been coloured with Flex Markers and the highlights are from my Derwent Soft pencils.

I've used lots of frantage on these adorable butterfly's.  As always you will find a list of products used with links where possible at the bottom of my post.  In the meantime I wish you all a wonderful day.


Challenges Entered:

Time for Magnolia Challenge:  Embossing heat or dry - I've heat.
Craft Room Challenge:  Afternoon Tea
Deep Ocean Challenge:  Favourite Colours  - I love pale pinks/blues/creams. 
Totally Papercrafts Challenge:  Add a Bow 
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge:  Shabby Chic or Vintage 
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge:  Anything Goes with the option of heat/dry embossing I've embossed my butterfly die.
A Creative Romance:  Vintage Style 
CCEE Stampers Challenge:  Dry or Wet Embossing and Glitter

Thursday, November 21

Prima - 12 Days of Christmas

I wanted to share a very different kind of card from me with you all.   I know most of you will already have cottoned on that I love prima products,  there fab accent stamps, flowers, papers etc etc.  

Prima Marketing are having a 12 day of Christmas extravaganza with amazingly stunning creations from the Design Team and they are hosting a challenge for all Prima lovers, all you need to do is choose a day and elect which elements have inspired you. Make your card or Tag and hey presto go enter and you could be one of the lucky winner chosen at the end of the challenge.

This is my card for the challenge based on a couple of days but primarily Day 4  - the colours, textures and design are beautiful.

If you want to join in HERE is the link

Thank you for popping in to visit.


Items Used:

I've used lots of Prima Items some old and some a little bit newer.
I will try to remember them for you

North Country Mulberry 6x6 papers 553838
North Country 12x12 papers
Flowers were made using the mulberry papers
Splendour maple leaves
Burgandy gathered Tulle
The black gems across the Tulle are 550301 say it with crystals
Resin Corner accent
Tag was made using Prima Stamps 
Finnabair 960865 chequered square
Prima Go Green concepts 850661 tassles/fringing  2 pieces
Engraver Stamp 563042
Banner Die Whimsy
 25 from Tim Holtz big Z die. 

Tilda is catching Stars

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all keeping warm and cosy!!! It's bitterly cold here in Scotland -4 at the moment!  Brrrrr....  I think winter is no longer on its way -  It's HERE. 

I am still in Christmas card mode, only about a dozen or so left to make but I need to get them finished as a lot of them are going overseas to some very special friends. 

I used this sweet Tilda Catching Stars on my altered Advent calendar and just fell in love with her so I've used her again!!! colouring her with Copics and highlighting her with Derwent soft pencils I've also added a little glamour dust around her silhouette. A little frantage finishes the image off nicely.  You will find a list of ingredients used with links where possible at the bottom of my post.

Thank you so much for popping in to visit with me, I really do appreciate all your lovely comments and treasure all my followers (friends)  you keep me sane!!! Well Semi!!! lol 

Have a great day everyone!


Challenges Entered:

Time for Magnolia Challenge:  Christmas in Non Traditional Colours

Stampavie & More Challenge:  Christmas

Designed to Colour Challenge:  Christmas/Winter

One Crazy Stamper Challenge:  Christmas

Tok Bobok Challenge:  Christmas 

WOW! Embossing powder Challenge:  Christmas/Winter

The Paper Shelter Challenge:  Christmas