Wednesday, 24 December 2008

The last Christmas card - for my Son

Hope you're all ready for Christmas and for those of you on the European continent that celebrate today- Happy Christmas to you. Well here's my last Christmas card, it's for my Son Alex and for him I chose a Fable 2 character for the main image. For those of you who are not familiar, Fable 2 is a video game and is one of my Son's favorite Xbox 360 games...

From the base up...
1. Chocolate brown Stardream pearlescent card
2. Backing paper was a freebie I got from a magazine, it was green originally but as usual I scanned it and changed the colour to brown through my graphics program. I then stamped round the edges with an Inkadinkado Snowflake flourish stamp, first with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink pad then stamped over again with Brilliance Coffee Bean ink pad. The corner frames where made with three different width gold peel offs layered on top of each other.
3. The main image was first layered onto gold hessian paper, then onto gold silk Mirri card.
4. The snowflakes are from Heidi Swapp (Ghost Shapes) which were covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Champagne glitter and some gold rhinestones.
Well I'm off now to finish wrapping my Son's Christmas presents, then I'm going to kick back, relax and wait for Santa :) Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Christmas.
Take care, keep smiling and don't eat too much :P

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Happy Christmas to my Dad :)

Hello and I apologise for not replying to all the lovely comments left for my HM card, but as you know it's that time of year and I've been a little bit busy. I made all those cards for my Dad to send out and I hadn't made any for myself !!! What a dope, so as you can imagine I've been frantically making cards for friends, and no I'm not going to show you them as they are what I am going to make for my Dad to send out next Christmas, so you'll see them then. Any way here's the card I made to give to my Dad...

From the base up...
1. Stardream copper pearlescent card
2. K&Co Amelia Blocks Flat paper, with basic grey flourish stamp stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.
3. Raspberry Ribbons Gold organza ribbon from their new December kit.
4. Silent night rubber stamp from Magnolia, stamped onto K& Co Antiquity Tan Parchment flat paper and the edges were distressed with my very own finger nail :)
5. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD Rom that was mounted onto gold silk mirri card. The label is one I bought, which was just cream to begin with but I printed the merry Christmas back ground onto it from Joanna Sheen's CD Rom again and sponged the edges with Versafine vintage sepia ink. The Cherub/Angel is from Dress It Up.
6. The swirl/flourish is a Tim Holtz grunge board element that I heat embossed with gold EP. I don't think Grunge board is really made for heat embossing (it feels like it has rubber in it), but I though I'd give it a go. All I can say is you're OK doing it as long as you keep the heat gun at quite a distance away. It takes longer for the EP to melt, but if you hold the heat gun to close the Grunge board starts to curl (I think it might melt if left on to long) but I liked the end result so it was worth the extra time.
7. Dress It Up snowflakes.
Inside the card I printed onto K&Co Antiquity Tan Parchment flat paper, the following poem
Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.
Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice,but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there.
~ Walter de la Mere ~

I like the poem, and my Dad likes ghost stories, so I thought it apt. I like the way this card turned out, and as you can see I'm getting a bit more adventurous with the embellishments.

Got to go now, got to make a card for my Son.
Take care & keep smiling

Friday, 12 December 2008

House Mouse Challenge 17 - Choir Practice

Finally. I've finished all my Dad's cards and he's posted them all off, so now I'm free to do what ever I choose - WOO HOO. So I decided to enter in to the House Mouse Challenge which is called "Let it snow". To be honest I'm a bit fed up with snowflakes having die cut so many for my Dad's cards, so I decided to use Woodwares "Fluffy Stuff" for the snow on this card ...

From the base up -
1. Stardream Mars red pearlescent card
2. Base DP is from the new K & Co "Christmas Cheer" 12x12 pad
3. Top DP is also from the K & Co pad but mounted on to gold silk Mirri card
4. The stamp is called "Choir Practice" and is coloured in with Derwents Coloursoft pencils and sansodor. The berries where gone over with Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze real red pen. Then mounted on to Gold silk Mirri card. And of course Fluffy Stuff for the snow.
5. Old gold eyelets from Making Memories and gold organza ribbon threaded through and bowed.
Not overly happy with the colouring on this one as I'm a bit out of practice, but I'll get better once I get back into the swing of stamping again.
Thanks for looking
T C & K S

PS. Used the sketch from the HM challenge on Paper Craft Planet from a couple of weeks ago.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

O come let us adore Him

Well I've done no end of Santa's so it was about time I did a card depicting the reason why we celebrate Christmas...

1. Copper Stardream pearlescent card
2. DP is a small square picture I found on the web. Tiled it together in my graphics program to make a bigger picture then printed onto plain white card.
3. I didn't have any fancy copper corner peel offs so I made my own up by layering two different widths of border peel offs, mitred the ends and the corners and then cut some Cuttlebug decorative corners using copper Mirri card but only used the waste parts (scroll and teardrop) to add a bit more interest.
4. The main picture I've had for a while was mounted first on to silk copper Mirri card then onto ordinary copper Mirri card, which was then double edged with thin copper border peel offs.
5. The sentiment is computer generated, mounted onto the same Mirri card and again edged with peel offs.
I wanted to get a Victorian Gothic look, but without it being to over ornate.
Thanks for looking

Gathering Holly

1. White pearlescent white card

2. DP from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD (colour changed to suit)

3. Main image mounted on to white pearlescent card that was double edged with thin silver border peel offs.

4. Corners made with Cuttlebug die from white glitter paper and rhinestones added.

5. Blue organza ribbon with a Dress It Up crystal snowflake.

6.The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Kodomo Inc, stamped using Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink pad.

Kept it simple as the picture is so delicate I didn't want to overwhelm it. Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.


PS. I've got another card scheduled for later (17:00 GMT)

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Green Santa ???

While I'm waiting for the glue to dry on my next card I thought I'd show you a card I made on Tuesday. Yes I know, it's that Santa again and it's that Raspberry Ribbons sketch again, but I really am struggling to come up with anything new and I'm dying to get my HM and Magnolia stamps out again, but until I finish my Dads cards I can't, so you'll just have to bear with my repeats...

Santa looks blue in the picture but he's actually green. Oh well, from the base up, here goes...
1. Stardream Pearlescent green card
2. DP is from DaisyD, it's called Antique Blue Wild Flowers, but trust me it's not blue, it's green. I was most miffed when it came and it was green, but it's a nice paper, so I'll forgive them for being colour blind!
3. Main image is mounted onto dark green linen paper and then silver silk Mirri card.
4. Dark green silk ribbon threaded down each side and some silver snowflake border peel offs and some thin silver border peel offs.
5. Prima flowers, the larger has a pearl brad and the smaller flowers silver brads. The leaves are from syntego.
6. The seal stamp is from Magnolia, stamped onto white pearlescent card with Brilliance pearlescent ivy ink pad.
The card I'm working on at the moment is an image I've not used before and it's lovely. Other than that I'm saying nothing else, other than you'll have to wait :)
Take care & keep smiling

Friday, 5 December 2008

Triple Snowflake

Hello again,
Here's another card I made while I was ill. I got the inspiraton for this card from a lady named Unni, to see the original card click here. Isn't it lovely, well I just had to do a version of it. so here it is...

1. Base card is Stardream white pearlescent card
2. Dp with text is a freebie I found on the web sometime last year, originally it is red and gold but of course I changed it to blue. The snowflake DP is from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD rom again changed to suit.
3. The silver strip down the middle is a wide silver border peel off that is normally just flat, but here we go again, I changed it by putting it in my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder to give it a bit more interest.
4. The snowflakes were made with a Wizard snowflake shapeabilies die and the middle snowflake is made with a QuicKutz singleKutz die. they have been coloured in with Sakura clear Stardust gelly roll pen. Then the first is secured with a pearl brad, the second with a plastic flower and star brad and lastly a silver star gem.
5. The sentiment is computer generated, mounted onto silver silk mirri card and the whole lot edged with thin silver border peel offs.

I think if I did this again I might put some of the snowflake layers through an embossing folder or maybe stamp with a background stamp and heat emboss. But I must confess I'm not that impressed with either die. The Wizard one because I had so much trouble trying to get the pieces out I bent the die, not to bad that I cant use it, but I shouldn't have had that problem. And the QuicKutz, well all you get is two arms of the snowflake and you have to build it up,
so you end up with a middle thats about 3mm thick! I cut the middles of mine and diguised them with the flower. Had the dies been more user friendly this would have been a quick card, but hey ho it's done now. Oooo I just thought I could have done a gate fold card. See, typical I get all these ideas now it's finished DOH!
Toodle pip, take care & keep smiling

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Cupcake Challenge 16 - Chocolate Christmas

Hello people,
that cold I thought I was coming down with on Sunday hit with a vengeance Monday. I've ached in places I didn't know you could ache, I've been hot, I've been so tired it was untrue and now I've got a sore throat and am losing my voice, but apart from that I feel great! When I haven't been asleep I have made some cards the first of which I decided to enter into the Cupcake Challenge, which calls for a vintage card. You will notice that the main image, the DP and the sentiment stamp are ones I've used recently on other cards, my excuse is my brain has been too tired to come up with anything original, plus I like them...

OK from the base up...
1. Stardream bronze pearlescent card
2. DP is from Artylicous Seasons Greetings CD Rom, again I change the colour and coloured the berries in with Sakura gold stardust gelly roll pen, then sponged the edges with Versafine Vintage Sepia and Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink pads.
3. The label/tag was just plain but I found a picture of some Christmas sheet music and printed it on to the tag, again went round the edges the same as I did with the DP and added a gold organza bow and loop.
4. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD Rom, mounted onto a gold silk Mirri card die cut Nestabilites.
5. Prima flowers that were sponged with Brilliance gold galaxy ink pad. The red stamens came from my Blooms to Go set, they were yellow, but I rolled them around a Brilliance Rocket Red ink pad (as you do) and then added the sentiment to the largest flower. The sentiment seal is from Magnolia Rubber Stamps. Last but not least some little leaves that I actually left alone.
Not sure about the flowers, I could do with some holly leaves, but I haven't found any I like...yet.
Thank you for popping by and I'll be seeing you again real soon.
Take care & keep smiling

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Raspberry Ribbons 10 - Vintage Christmas Santa

How do? It's a COLD grey morning here, and I think I'm coming down with a cold :'( Over at Raspberry Ribbons kits and sketches blog they have a new challenge that has just started and there's also a nice prize to go with it
The challenge lasts for two weeks so there's plenty of time to get your entries in. They also sell ribbon kits of which there is a new one every month, their shop can be found at I have all six of their kits and they are gorgeous, trouble is I've only used a few of the ribbons because they are too lovely and they come so prettily packaged, I always feel it's a shame to open them! So you know what to do, make your card submit it to the website (not the shop) ,post it on your blog along with a link to the challenge and you could be on your way to possessing some GORGEOUS ribbons and some embellishments. So here's my entry...

I turned the sketch round for my entry, just to be different and from the base up here's what I used:
1. Stardream bronze pearlescent card
2. Base DP (not that you can see much of it) is from Artylicous Seasons Greetings CDRom, which as usual I changed the colour of to suit my needs.
3. Top DP is one I made myself with some snowflake pictures "borrowed" from Google and added some dots to fill in the gaps and printed both DP's on pearlescent white paper.
4. The main image you may recognise, it's"Santa Collage" from Rubber Stampede. You probably think it doesn't look like a stamped image and you'd be right. I did stamp the image but decided it was way to small for what I wanted, so I scanned the back of the stamp, blew it up and softened the colour. And here's the stamp just to prove I didn't "borrow" the image.

This was then mounted on to gold Mirri card and mounted onto the DP with foam pads.
5. The snowflakes were made with a BossKut die, then placed in a Cuttlebug embossing folder as I thought they looked a bit flat. These were mounted onto some plastic goldy flowers I found in my stash, and then some gold star gems on top.
6. The sentiment is computer generated and stuck on with foam pads. And of course some gold organza ribbon.
Nice simple card to do. The longest part was getting the colouring right on the computer for the DP's, but once that was sorted the rest came together nicely.
Hope you like the card and thank you for taking the time to have a look.
Take care, keep smiling and get your winter woolies out! brrrr

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Little Victorian Snowball Fun

Howdy doody y'all,
Sorry about that appalling American accent, but today when I went into work one of the girls there showed me a "review" of a show I went to see last week at our theatre. It was an amatuer production of "The littlest whorehouse in Texas". IT WAS FABULOUS, it was funny, the singing was superb and the acting was excellent, well it was that good I went to see it twice. But this so called critic did nothing but moan about the scantily clad women and the excess use of swear words when children could have been in the audience!!! Excuse me, but what parent would take their child to see a show with a title like that, and anyway on both the nights I went the youngest people there were probably at least 16-17 and they probably swear a whole lot worse. And as for scantily clad, you see more flesh on the TV. Hmmmph, I think that "critic" should stick to reviewing children's programmes. So all day now I've been singing songs from the show, with the Texan accent, not out loud though, everyone thinks I'm mad enough without proving them right :) But now I've had my moan I'll show you my card...

So here's the list of ingredients from the base up:
1 Mars red Stardream pearlescent card
2 Hessian textured gold paper
3 DP from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD Rom. This is the first one I printed off for my red Christmas card yesterday, but it wasn't red enough so I saved it and used it for this card. It was printed onto hessian card. I went round the edges with a Krylon Red Shimmer leafing pen, and the berries where coloured in with my Sakura Gellyroll Stardust clear pen
4 The Christmas wishes paper was a free paper I found on the web last year, but this is the first time I've used it. This was mounted onto the same gold hessian paper.
5 The little girl image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD Rom. Cut with my nestabilities and mounted onto, yes you guessed it gold hessian paper again cut with my petite oval nestabilities.
6 Then to finish off I used - Prima flowers, some leaves I found in my stash (YEAH LEAVES), gold rhinestones, red ribbon and finally the corners where cut from a Cuttlebug die from the same gold hessian paper.
I wasn't quite sure about the little girl image when I first printed it out, I think because of the white background, but now it's all put together it looks quite nice. Right I'm off to go blog hopping.
Take care & keep smiling

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Two more for Christmas :)

Three posts in one day, well I've had the last two days off so I'm making the most of it. So here's two more for my Dads collection, hopefully I'll get to have a go at the new HM challenge, don't know if I'll get to post it in time, but I'll try...

The blue card was made (from the base up) with Stardream white pearlescent card, silver Silk Mirri card and the DP is from Doodlebug. I cut a circle out the middle of the DP so the silver card would show through and also I cut the DP a mm smaller so as to get a border. I used a Cuttlebug die to cut the snowflake and added some rhinestones. The outer and inner of the circle has had silver peel offs added ( I had to cut it by hand as the paper was to wide to go through the Cuttlebug, DOH) to hide any flaws. Then using a snow stamp I got from eBay I stamped round the edges of the DP with Encore metallic Silver ink pad, added some blue flat back pearls and some ribbon.

The red card was made using Mars red Stardream pearlescent card. The DP is from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD ROM, that I altered on my computer as I wanted it to be more red. I coloured the berries on the DP with Sakura Gellyroll Stardust clear pen. The bookplate was made with a spellbinder die and the sentiment is computer generated and the metallic red brads are from Dovecraft.

The poinsettia is actually from a Christmas garland I found in a shop, the poinsettias were strung together with red wool, so they were easy to pull apart. I added some Stardust pen to the poinsettia as well. Then last but not least some 3mm red ribbon. Nice easy cards to make, but tomorrow I'll show you a Victorian Christmas card I made today and I actually used some embellishments (swoon), nothing on the scale of Emilie's masterpieces, but I did take the bull by the horns and went for it. I've even put some little leaves on ! See I'm getting braver LOL. Any way no more posts today (unless I find something REALLY interesting)So until tomorrow..

Take care & keep smiling

PS. Why does my signature keep disappearing? Very strange.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Poinsettia Gift

Hello and welcome to a cold but bright Sunday, it did try to snow last night but we've had some rain so it's all gone now. Any hoo here's the next installment of the Dad Christmas cards...
Oh and two photo's again 'cos I couldn't decide whether I liked it with the flash or not!...

This was a nice easy card to make especially as I "borrowed" an idea from a card I saw on Paper Craft Planet. All I used was (starting from the base card) Mars red Stardream Pearlescent card, gold Satin Mirri card, Creative Imaginations DP, Poinsettia flower I made up from Blooms To Go Christmas kit, Rhinestones, green ribbon and a sentiment rubber stamp (unknown brand) cut out with Petite oval Nestabilities. I like this design so much I'm going to use it again on another card, this time with snowflakes. So until then,
Take care & keep smiling

Friday, 21 November 2008

Little Holly - Raspberry Ribbon Challenge 9

Hello and welcome to another of my Dad's cards...

I LIKE this card, it turned out better than I expected. I made it for the Raspberry Ribbons Challenge. I've been following this challenge since it first started, but never got round to entering for one reason and another, but I finally got round to it and I'm very happy.
The little girl image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD ROM, which was mounted onto gold Mirri card and then edged with gold border peel offs. The DP is from Creative Imaginations, and the Christmas seal is from Magnolia's new Christmas stamps. The flowers are Prima that I highlighted with Sakura Gelly roll Stardust pens, as I thought they looked a little dull and secured with copper brads in the smaller flowers and a gem brad in the larger. Finished off with some Hunter Green organza ribbon and gold border peel offs and all mounted onto Stardream pearlescent card. Well I'd better go add it to the challenge. Thank you for looking.
Take care & keep smiling

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

How I Got My Name - Eviledna

Hello to all my international visitors,
I've been watching my Feedjit with great interest, it looks like most of my international visitors are hitting my blog thinking I'm into the spells, magic and potions stuff, ooops, WRONG.
Well just to set the record straight many years ago when I was in my early teens there was a children's program on called Willow the Wisp (click here to find out more), and in it was a witch called Evil Edna and my friend started calling me that name. So when I started using the Internet and needed an alias, that's the name I chose. And my email name badjelly is also a witch, taken from the children's book called Badjelly the Witch by the late great Spike Milligan. And the name of my blog is a play on words, witch and which, as one day I may make something other than cards.
My nickname at school, which I was called constantly (in fact for four years I was never called by my real name) was Smurf, remember them, the little blue elfy looking things. NO, I'm not blue, just a little vertically challenged, 5 foot/1.5mtrs to be exact. So, there's the reason behind my names, nothing sinister, (though witches weren't evil just the originators of today's alternative medicines) just a little fun, some people like fairies, I like witches, I think they're cool.
Take care, keep smiling and bonne nuit

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Winter Wishes

Hallo, hier ist meine Karte für heute - German for Hello here is my card for today.

I used a sketch from Magnolia vs Stampavie, it's a nice easy sketch to follow. The background paper was made by me on the computer with some snowflake pictures I found on the web, and the half circle is white glitter card. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing With Shadows CD ROM, which had some glitter added to it, and some silver border peel offs. To finish off I used two white poinsettias, Bosscut snowflake dies, white organza ribbon,some rhinestones and two Dress It Up snowflake buttons. The sentiment was a freebie rubber stamp I got from Whiff Of Joy that was stamped onto vellum/parchment with Brilliance Graphite Black. And all mounted onto Stardream white pearlesent card. I'm quite pleased with this card, mainly because I managed to finish it in one day LOL. I AM the worlds slowest card maker. There another one done for my Dad, and on to the next one...
Take care & keep smiling

Monday, 17 November 2008

Jolly Santa

Hello again,
what a miserable day (well it was here), rain, rain ,rain, rain and a bit more rain. I feel like a duck. Well yesterday saw me starting on my Dads cards (the ones he'll be sending out). He doesn't do cute, so no Tildas or house mouses....

Well the Santa image is from Joanna Sheens Victorian Christmas CD ROM ans I was going to mount it on a Nestabilities die cut oval but decided to use the waste bit instead. I layered the DP die cut waste onto some gold Silk Mirri card (sorry before doing that I put the ribbon round the DP) and then put the image into the oval. I cut the Mirri card a mm wider than the DP so as there would be a border running down the sides. That was then layered onto some more DP and then some gold snowflake border peel offs down the sides. The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets vintage die cuts "Christmas Time". You can't see it but I did triple emboss it, not with the ultra thick stuff, just normal clear embossing powder. I never seem to get a nice smooth finish with the thick stuff, I mainly use that if I'm going to stamp into it. Anyway that's the finished card, I'm now going to attempt a silhouette Christmas card. I saw a scrapbook page on Emilies blog that was just black and white, and it reminded me of a monochrome card I'd done a while back and how difficult it was, well not difficult but black and white can be a bit boring if you don't do it right.
So take care, keep smiling and stay dry and if you can't stay dry, waddle :)

DP's used - Creative Imaginations and Prima

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Cuttlebug Christmas

long time no see, been rather busy but here I am again with another Christmas card...

I bought this Cuttlebug folder back in March and thought it about time I used it. Once I embossed, I then went over the raised pattern with Art Glitter Glue (designer) and sprinkled with Sparkle N Sprinkle “Sparkling Snow” glitter. The sentiment is by Kodomo Inc, and was stamped with Brilliance Rocket Red ink pad. Both were then mounted onto red Silk Mirri card. The base card has two embossed lines on either side that was done using my Scor-Pal. All the white card is Stardream pearlescent white. Oh and lets not forget the mistake...the red ribbon. It's a mistake because I wanted the tails to run down the card,but I forgot and stuck the the Christmas tree on before I did the ribbon. Oh well never mind. My Dad liked the card and asked if I could do it with green glitter, so I'll be doing it again in green and maybe I'll remember to do the ribbon before I start sticking anything else down.
Anyway I'll be posting quite a few Christmas cards over the next few days as I'm going into mass production for my Dad. So until the next time...
Take care and keep smiling

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Magnolia vs Stampavie Challenge 1

This is my entry for the new Magnolia vs Stampavie Blog Challenge. I like this card, well I like all the snowy bits on it...

Card Ingredients
Background Stamp – alota rubber stamps
Edwin – Magnolia
Sentiment – Third Coast Stamps
DP – Doodlebug
White glitter card
Snowflake Die cuts – Bosscut
Crystal Snowflakes – Dress It Up
Woodware – Fluffy Stuff – (snowflakes)
Sparkle N Sprinkle “Sparkling Snow” glitter – (Edwins’ hat)
Stardream Pearlescent card – base card
Derwent Coloursoft pencils
Foam pads (both stamped images)
White ribbon
Thank you for looking.
Take care & keep smiling