Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Let's December Daily

I have my next installment of my December album up at Let's December Daily tonight - here - and my previous one - here.

Sneak peek:

I'm also sharing my next completed Christmas pages from my MAMBI planner.

I'm thinking this may well be my last post before Christmas, so I'm sending warm wishes to everyone who looks at my blog and hoping you enjoy everything about your Christmas with peace and love in abundance.

Sending Christmas sparkle!

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Let's December Daily


Time for my next post at Let's December Daily and I'm sharing my album pages for Days 8, 9, & 10 today.

Here's a few peeks to whet your appetite:

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

 As you know I like to be organised and plan ahead, so when I discovered the MAMBI planner back in August I was immediately hooked. I love the combination of planning and recording after the event, all combined with photographs and decorating like a mini scrapbook. So I've decided to be brave and share my December pages!

And for someone who professes to be a CAS crafter I've surprised myself by having no trouble cramming something into every inch of my planner. A sort of total opposite to clean white space!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, really appreciate it!

Sending Christmas sparkle!

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

A busy day for Uniko today! As well as our own revisted bloghop going on - here - Uniko is also sponsoring another fun bloghop and challenge at Coffee Loving Cardmakers.


So of course the obvious stamp to use was the recently released Uniko I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set.

I stamped and then masked off the label part of the coffee cup before adding a Christmassy pattern using this month's revisted Uniko Background Builders Christmas stamp set.

I then taped off part of the sentiment from I Love Coffee and added in the Christmas from Essentially Christmas. A bit tricky, but I think I got away with it!

Stamps: Uniko, I Love Coffee, Background Builders Christmas, Essentially Christmas, heart from Flower Power #3
Inks: SU, chocolate chip, marina mist, cherry cobbler
Die: Lil'inker, Anytime Tags
Embellishments: twine from my stash

Thanks for your time today, I really appreciate it especially at this oh so busy time of the year.

Sending Christmas sparkle!

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Uniko - Background Builders Christmas Revisited

This month Uniko is revisiting Background Builders Christmas - very topical theme wouldn't you say?

This is such a versatile stamp set and can be used in so many different ways. Whether it's taking centre stage or a supporting role - must have pantos on my mind - it's a winner.

For my first card I created a swag by bending the holly strip on an acrylic block before stamping.

I then hung some trees from the November release Essentially Christmas and decorated them with bows and stars.

Stamps: Uniko, Background builders Christmas, Essentially Christmas
Inks: SU, crushed curry, real red, garden green 

My next card features three strung baubles stamped in a favourite Christmas colour combo.

I added a strip of very sparkly - in real life - card along the bottom and popped the baubles up on foam pads.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Christmas, Balloon Bash, Labeled Christmas
Inks: SU, real red, marina mist, crumb cake
Die: Spellbinders standard circles small
Card: sparkle from my stash

My first two cards were definitely Christmas themed but my next card shows a different way that this stamp set can be used.

I repeated a pattern with the stamp set and added a silver foiled strip to frame the sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Christmas, Classic Numbers, All Occasion Sentiments #6
Inks: Memento, grape jelly, bahama blue, summer sky
Ranger Foil Tape Sheet

I know by now you're going to be putting this stamp set into your shopping basket, but just in case you need a little more convincing, follow the Uniko DT bloghop and be inspired.

Jane (that's me)

AND don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win the featured set or an eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them.

My next two pages of my December album went live this morning - Australian time - at Let's December Daily. Hoping you might have time to pop over and take a peek!


Thanks for visiting today.  Sending you Christmas sparkle!

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #154

The last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge for 2015 starts today. We'd like you to pick a favourite sketch from a previous 2015 challenge and use it to create a Christmas card.


My choice is from Challenge #145, a fairly recent sketch which I really loved working with.

As with my orignal card I hand drew the circles using a circular die and gel pen. I decided to repeat the circles by making my tags circular too.

I added a die cut snowfalkes into the mix and covered the top tag with a generous amount of wink of stella and glossy accents. It's all very blingy and sparkly in real life.

I'm loving how the glossy accents makes little bubbles as well as adding so much shine.

Stamps: Uniko, Labeled Christmas, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise, coastal cabanna
Died: Die'sire, snowfalkes; Spellbinders, standard circles small
Embellishments: Sakura gelly roll turquoise; Wink of Stella,; Glossy Accents; sparkle paper & twine from my stash

It's been great popping over to all your blogs and watching your cards appear in the CAS Colours & Sketches gallery over the year. Hope to see you all back in the New Year for another fabulous year of colours and sketches.

Thanks for your time today, I appreciate your visit and hope I may have inspired you a little.

Sending you Christmas sparkle.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Male Room #25

Today sees the last challenge for 2015 at The Male Room and it seems somehow appropriate that its number is 25.  And because things are probably getting hectic round about now there is a little more time to play and link up. This challenge will run until Tuesday 29th December.


I loved playing with the little elf in this Clearly Besotted stamp set, just the perfect amount of cuteness without being yuck!

And would you believe it the spots on the paper fitted perfectly round the die cut square!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Little Elf
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: cool grey 1 & 5, crimson
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Embellishment: Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.; paper scrap from my stash

Well it just needs me to wish all you Male Room followers the very best holiday ever and I'll see you in The New Year.

Thanks for visiting today, I'm sure you must be getting busy now so I really appreciate your time. And keep crafting!

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Monday, 7 December 2015

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday #50

Are you ready for the last Make It Monday challenge for 2015? And this sketch has endless possibiliteis to use up multiple photos or stash supplies.


I started my page by stencilling soft patterns all over the main sketch area. The I placed the four photos and decided to mat them onto white to help them pop a little more.

I found a couple of square frames in my stash and that gave me the idea to die cut frames for the rectangular elements from the sketch. I chose a patterned paper for them to pick up on the colours from the photos but also to blend them into the background a bit more so that they didn't distract from the photos.

All the embellishments came from the same MME cut & paste collection and I lucked out with the chipboard alphas that were such a close colour match.

And a little explanation here of why Murray was banished to the garden - he'd just cocked his leg up my table leg and weed all over the carpet. Suppose it's easy to mistake a table leg for a tree or lamp post when you're a dog with little brain! That extra piece of journalling has been added to the back of the page in case I should ever forget.

Paper: AC, kraft cardstock; MME, cut & paste
Alphas: Studio Calico, chipboard
Stencil: TCW, Rebekah Meier mini harlequin circles
Ink: SU, crumb cake
Stickers & Chipboard: MME, cut & paste
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Well this is the last time in 2015 I'll say over to you now and get scrapping for the Memory Nest challenge. So enjoy and have fun using this sketch.

Thanks for your time and lovely comments about my pages over the year. And if you're wanting more scrapbooking for December there's always the Let's December Daily blog you can follow and link up with. I'd love to see you there!

Sending you Christmas sparkle!

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Let's December Daily - days 3, 4, & 5


My next three pages are up on Let's December Daily this evening - which is actually Monday morning over in Australia where the blog is based. So weird to think they're all just getting up to begin their Monday when we're only just relaxing into early Sunday evening here.

Here's a few sneak peeks of what you can see:

Day 3 - decorating my fireplace

Day 4 - buying the real tree

Day 5 - decorating that tree

You can join in too!
 We've added the 
'Completed Pages' link .....
Hope to see your 2015 pages!
 And you can link your pre-planning or stash photos up

And if you have your Covers done....
upload them  HERE
And you can even share your  previous December Daily's
We'd love to see them!

Thanks for looking today and hoping you'll pop over and take a little peep at what I've been up to.
Sending Christmas sparkle!

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AAA Cards Challenge #54 Galaxy Stars of Silent Night

The final AAA Cards challenge for 2015 begins today. And we're looking for a CAS Christmas card. What else would you expect at this time of the year!


My card hasn't got any night time stars on it, but it is about the night before Christmas when we all need to be very quiet and peaceful so that Santa comes calling.

So have you been naughty or nice, because that elf has made a list and he's checking it twice...... You know how the song goes!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Little Elves; Uniko, Simply Said Christmas
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, cottage ivy
Promarkers: pine, poppy, dusky pink, oatmeal, satin, cool grey 5, mustard
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables; Die-namics, celebrate 

Have you seen all the cards made by the rest of the DT? Fabulous, aren't they? Check them out again - here - and then get Christmas creating!

Thanks for looking today, your time is really appreciated.

Sending you Christmas sparkle!

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #153

The first December challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches begins today. And we'd like you to pick a previous 2015 colour challenge and make a Christmas card.


As you can see I chose Challenge #107 because I thought it would be easy to use for a Christmas card.


I had some cherry cobbler cardstock and basic black card in my stash and then matched the red and beige colours to my promarkers. My cute little mouse image is from Digi Stamp Boutique and I love how she looks - has to be a she because of the bow, right? Oh yes, and she's called Milly.

While I was placing the die cut circles I had this idea to have them off the edge of the card - a sort of more contemporary take to balance the traditional colours.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique, Christmas Milly; Uniko, Simply Said Christmas
Promarkers: crimson, sandstone, caramel
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched circle stackables; Spellbinders, standard circles small; Clearly Besotted, Tag Along
Card: SU, cherry cobbler

I'm wondering which colour challenge you'll plump for, so much choice there has to be one that speaks to you! Looking forward to seeing your creations at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Thanks for dropping by today, it's been wonderful to have you visit.

Sending you Christmas sparkle!

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