Thursday 22 November 2018

cookies, cocoa, carols and cheer

Hello. Over a week since I blogged, don't know what happened there! Anyway, I'm back with a super quick and easy card using a new stamp set - Cookies & Cocoa by Wplus9. No colouring involved, just simply stamped using coloured ink pads!

I am entering the challenge over at 'If You Give A Crafter A Cookie...cookie challenge #107

Tuesday 13 November 2018

alpaca kisses

Hello. I recently discovered Sticker Kitten. An online shop that has some gorgeous, modern and quirky stamps and crafty bits and bobs. I bought the Alpaca Wishes complete collection. Two stamp sets, paper pad, die-cuts, sequins and wooden alpacas! You can buy all the things separately but, in for a penny and all that!!

And here is my first card. I water coloured the stamped images, carefully cut them out and popped them up on foam pads. You get lots of little stamps in the set so I added a scarf to one and a pile of presents to the other.

I am entering the following challenges...
Cute Card Thursday....snowflakes
Cutie Pie Challenge....winter layers

And if you tick 'reduce my packaging' at checkout they let you know what's been saved. I saved one plastic packet and two card headers. How cool is that?

Sunday 11 November 2018

Christmas Planning!

Hello. I'm always pretty organised in the lead up to Christmas. I keep lists of things to do and things that need to be bought. Over the years this has been done on random bits of paper, post it notes or sometimes, if I've been super organised, a notebook. But since I discovered planners and travellers notebook covers my plans are not only super organised but totally gorgeous!

For this years plans I am using a black and white travellers notebook by Websters Pages. There are four elastics inside and your notebooks just slide in and are securely held in place. I have added a red snowflake and silver heart shaped bell (they came in this month's Sweet Treat Box) to the elastic that holds the notebook closed.

I have added a snowflake acetate 'dashboard' just as a bit of frippery as my first page. I simply folder the acetate in half and slid it through the first elastic. Some stickers and my reindeer paperclip (also in this months box) add to the prettiness.

On the inside of the acetate is 'Merry' a Julie Nutting stamp. I stamped her on watercolour paper, coloured and carefully cut her out. I stuck her on the acetate and added dots to her dress with a white gel pen.

I covered the notebook using papers and stickers from the Merry and Bright collection by Simple Stories. I added a little seam binding down the edge. The notebook has been divided up into sections and I made tabs for each one - calendar, cleaning, shopping etc. I have also added some washi tape to the edges of some of the pages.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my Christmas plans! If you fancy having a go yourself the Paper, Pen and Plan facebook group is running 'Penelope Plans December'. We are sharing ideas and planning our Christmas step by step. I'd love to see you there!

The Merry and Bright collection I used is available here and the 'Merry' stamp is here. Quote LIZ10 for 10% off!

winner - magazine giveaway

Hello. The draw has been done and the lucky name out the hat is - 

Please email me your address (
and I will get your magazine off to you.
There will be another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

Magazine Giveaway

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I have a brand new copy of the latest Hunkydory Box Set to give away to one lucky blog follower.  This is hot off the press and is packed full of inspiration, including my article!

Here are the free gifts you get in the box -  
18 Stamps
Embossing Folder
6 dies
2 Exclusive Designer Card Collections

Simply leave a comment here and I will randomly pick the winner on 
Sunday 11th November 2018.
Good luck - and spread the word!

Saturday 10 November 2018

warm wishes

Hello. I'm back as promised to share my other Penny Black card. This one features 'arctic friends'. And again I coloured using my distress markers and a little water.

Have you entered my magazine box set giveaway yet? The draw is tomorrow! The blog post is here.

Friday 9 November 2018

nose to nose

Hello. I think by now everyone knows I love my Penny Black stamps. Well, I couldn't resist adding to my collection. I bought two new of the new Christmas T for Transparent stamps. This one, which is 'nose to nose' and 'arctic friends', I'll share that card tomorrow!

I used my distress markers with a little bit of water to colour the image and the diecut background. The main background is very sparkly, I think it shows up a little bit!

I am entering the Penny Black and More Challenge...make someone smile.

Thursday 8 November 2018

November Sweet Treat Box

Hello. It's that time of the month again! It's Sweet Treat time!! 

This month's box is packed full of festive fun. Reindeers, snowflakes and Santas. And, oh my, look at that gorgeous paper! And I love the red clip, but I think I love the reindeer jumbo paper clip even more! If you would like to see all the goodies in their full festive glory pop over to my You Tube channel and watch my three minute unboxing.

As well as the box subscribers get a free digital bundle.The designs vary from month to month but can include journal cards, planner pages, papers and loads more! The subsciptions have now opened for the December box 'Frosty Fun' you can subscribe, or buy a one off box. 

Get all the info' you need over at the Paper, Pen and Plan shop here.