Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Still Snowing in Snowman Land

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, me again.  Actually I have a little stash of snowmen and this was one I had already stamped.  I decided to make a variation on my previous tag which was inspired by Jeanne's lovely tag.  So here we go, snowman tag 2......



Penny Black snowman, stamped and coloured with Promarkers.  I used distress inks on the background and the star swirl is a lovely little stamp from Rubber Dance Winter Wonderland set.  I used Taylored Expressions Tag die.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Have you seen the Crafty Individuals GiveawayI'm off to make a hot chocolate.  Where did I leave my marshmallows?  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything But a Card 
25 Days of Christmas Tags  Jeanne's tag day 24
I Love Promarkers Challenge 323 - Snowman
Allsorts Challenge Week 391 - Anything Christmas 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Home Again

Hello.  Welcome.  I'm back!!  Back home.  Back with the stash, plus a little bit of nbus LOL.  Back crafting.  Hurrah.  And I need to be cos I still need some cards and tags for the big day.  So here we go, inspired by Jeanne's fun snowman tag



My happy snowman is from Rubber Dance Frosty Friends set coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.  The background is Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and then I stamped some of the snowflakes from the Frosty Friend set in Blueprint Sketch distress ink.  I added the snowman, then cut the snowy hills using Stamplorations Stitched Hills dies.  I went a bit mad with the dark blue snowflakes.  It was a bit top heavy, so I added a strip of vellum with the God Jul (Merry Christmas in Norwegian) and snowflakes embossed with white powder.   Fixed.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
November Rudolph Days 
25 Days of Christmas Tags  Jeanne's tag day 24
I Love Promarkers Challenge 323 - Snowman
Mod Squad Challenge - Holiday Dimension 
Allsorts Challenge Week 391 - Anything Christmas   
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 November 2016

I is for Indigenous

Hello.  Welcome.  Here I am, still on my holibobs and doing a little desert island crafting. 


Kadoodle's Indian Dan paper pieced and standing on a rug from Waffle Flowers Tribal Bear stamp set.  Looks like he got his jammies on!!  I used some of the pattern stamps to jazz up the background a bit.  Defnition from OED.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - I 
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Utfordring 150 - Alt er Lov 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Reindeer in a Wooly Hat

Hello.  Welcome.  Another christmas tag and another cute reindeer.


I stamped Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes and embossed with silver powder.  Then I die cut with Sizzix Primitive Star.  I was inspired by Samantha's tag.  


I used Stamplorations Stitched Hill dies.  The deer is from the Reindeer Games set and a piece of pearl grey ribbon to finish.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

25 Days of Christmas Tags Samantha Day 15
Mod Squad Challenge - Ribbon Ribbon
Mod Squad Challenge - Christmas and Ribbon Challenge
Country View Challenge November 2016 - Stars
Stamplorations - Holiday Tagplorations
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge


Saturday, 19 November 2016

STag

Hello.  Welcome.  I am on my yearly excursion to the UK so a little desert island crafting in store the next week or so.  Not that I don't have craft supplies!  It's always fun to look through the packages that have been ordered and sent to my family.  Always a few, ooh, forgot I ordered that moments.  Even a few ??? moments!  I think that sometimes I order things cos I am having an inspired, or maybe just crazy, moment.  By the time I am reunited with my purchases I don't remember why I ordered it!!  Ah well.....   So, I have plenty dies, but no die cutter.  Plenty embossing powders, but no heat gun.  Plenty stamps, but little ink, and no acrylic blocks!  Good job I half finished a couple of things before I flew........



I was inspired by Karin's tag, which featured a snowman.  I've used this crazy deer from Stamplorations Reindeer Games, but kept the clean white tag and blue aperture.  I added a piece of silver ribbon. 



I embossed the deer with black powder and the fun sentiment is also from the Reindeer Games set.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
25 Days of Christmas Tags Karin Day 15
Mod Squad Challenge - Ribbon Ribbon
Mod Squad Challenge - Christmas and Ribbon Challenge
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Utfordring 150 - Alt er Lov 
Stamplorations - Holiday Tagplorations
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Gotta Love the Sound Of Googly Eyes

Hello.  Welcome.  I am starring over on the Rubber Dance blog today.  Have you seen our cool challenge colours?  Have you seen it's Bibi's birthday (almost)?  Have you seen that there are two prizes up for grabs this month?  Have you seen that Rubber Dance is having a design team call?   Have you seen this?


Hop on over and check it out.  Hugz

Monday, 14 November 2016

GIU Winners

Hello.  Welcome.  Last week I was Growing in Unity.  Everyone who left a comment on my posts had the chance to win one of two 25 stamp grab bags from Unity Stamp Co.  Big hugz and thanks to Unity for letting me showcase their fab stamps and for their generosity, and thank you for visiting my posts and leaving such lovely and encouraging comments.  

The two lucky winners are


and


Congrats ladies.  
Please email your name and address to me 
craftynomad at gmail dot com 
Prizes must be claimed by 27th November.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Saturday, 12 November 2016

U is for Uniform

Hello.  Welcome.  Oooh look, yellow again



Love this very cool VLVS stamp.  I covered my giant playing card with white paper and stamped and black embossed Boy in a Cape.  I masked him and gold embossed VLVS Blowing Dandelion.  Then I used various yellow/orange distress inks and Stamplorations stencils, Dots and Dashes, Shutters and Swirly Blooms, to make the background.  Definition from the OED.

Thanks for dropping by.  I was Growing in Unity this week.  Comment on my GIU posts for chances to win one of two grab bags from Unity Stamps.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
VLVS November Challenge
The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - U 
Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge




Friday, 11 November 2016

GIU Day 5

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing in Unity.  Leave a comment on this and my other GIU posts for a chance to win a Unity Stamp Co. grab bag of 25 stamps.  

Today is Remembrance Day.  This seemed appropriate.  



I've used First Love, First Hero and part of the sentiment Remember This.  The poppies I watercoloured with distress ink and a black sharpie pen for the centers.  The black and white background was made using a stencil for the circle pattern and then the edge of some scrap card with black and white acrylic paint.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some Unity Stamps.  I will draw 2 winners Monday.  Hugz

Joining the following challenges
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Monochrome with Poppy
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Red for Remembrance
Emerald Creek - Heartfelt Freedom and Festivities

The Crocodile Says.....

Hello.  Welcome.  I am super excited to be the first Fan Feature guest over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Hop on over and check out my cartoon style card.  Here's a peek......


Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Thursday, 10 November 2016

GIU Day 4

Click here for the October CCC Reveal

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, day 4 already.  Doesn't time fly.......  In case you just happened to drop in, this week I am Growing in Unity.  I am showcasing Unity Stamp Co. stamps each day this week.  On Monday I will be picking two lucky people who leave comments to win a Unity grab bag of 25 stamps.

Today I went yellow, a rare colour choice for me, and I have used my most favourite and loved Beach Girl.



Love this stamp.  She is so evocative.  Today needed a little sunshine and positive thoughts so I used this lovely sentiment is from the kit She......


'She coloured her thoughts with only the brightest hues'

The die cut is Simon Says Stamp Bubble Parade cut from gold holographic card. I coloured beach girl with distress inks.

If you haven't checked out my other GIU posts they are here Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Leave a comment on each post for an extra chance to win a Unity grab bag. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with my final project.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday October 2016
HLS November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Cards and Scrap Challenge November - Clean and Simple 
Crop Stop Linky Party 22 - Anything Goes 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

GIU Day 3

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am Growing in Unity.  I am having fun showcasing projects with Unity stamps each day this week.  Leave a comment on all of my GIU posts this week for a chance to win a Unity Grab bag.   Today I have altered a journal card using Unity's You're My Bestie and the sentiment from Bravely Change



I bought these journaling cards (Pebbles - Spring) a while ago and they have just been hanging around.  So I was flicking through them and thought this little Bestie fitted perfectly amid the poppies and the kite.  I stamped with Versamark, embossed with black powder, fussy cut and coloured her with distress inks, Mermaid Lagoon and Stormy Skies.  Then I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Bravely Change, snipped the ends and coloured with blueprint sketch distress.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of two Unity grab bags this week.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Red for Remembrance 
Just Keep on Creating -AG
Great Impressions Stamps November Challenge - AG

Good Advice And Beyond

Hello.  Welcome. 



Bwahahahaha.  Stamplorations Crazy Running Stitch die.  Cheery Lynn cat from Witches Brew.  DRS stamp Beware of Zombies stamped in brown archival on kraft (recycled packing).  Listen to the cat.  Listen to the cat.  Listen to the caaaatttttt.......

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Addicted to CAS Challenge 100 - Monster
CAS-ual Fridays 160 - Color Challenge Orange, Brown, Kraft
Stamplorations CAS Challenge November
Dream in Darkness November Challenge 
DRS Designs Challenge 251 - Trash to Treasure


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Boyz

Hello.  Welcome.  Sometimes things get used cos they are out.  So here's that boy again



I've stamped, fussy cut and coloured Unity Stamp Co. And There Was A Boy with orange promarkers and gold pilot marker.  I made the background by cutting the broom stick from Cheery Lynn's Witches Brew many times from gold card.  I added some metal diamond shapes from Korthobby.no.  The thank you is a DRS stamp embossed with gold.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Repeat Impressions WIW Color Challenge - Gold, Orange & Brown/Black
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 241 - Thank You 
Korthobby Utfordringen - Maskulint 
Cards Und More Challenge #5 - AG
AAA Cards Game 77 - Thanks/Thanksgiving 
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 30 - Thankful/Give Thanks 

GIU Day 2

Hello.  Welcome.  I am so happy to be Growing In Unity this week.  I am sharing a project every day showcasing Unity Stamps.  If you leave a comment you have a chance to win a Unity grab bag of 25 stamps.  Today I have made a card using the Joseph's Coat Technique.  



I started with a piece of red card.  I stamped the hexagons from Bee Happy Hexagons and the cycle from Love Life with Versamark ink and clear embossed.  Then I covered it all with black ink.  I wiped the embossed areas with a tissue but then decided to iron off the embossing to make the details really sharp and the colours brighter.  



I stamped And Then There Was a Boy and the dog from The Boo Crew and fussy cut them.  I attached the panel to a red base card, added the boy and his dog and added the sentiment 'thinking of you'.



Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  I'll be back tomorrow with another project.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Red for Remembrance 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of You 
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 42 - Rødt 
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge November 

Monday, 7 November 2016

GIU Day 1

Hello.  Welcome.  This is my first post as this week's Growing In Unity girl!!  Each day this week I will be sharing a project made with stamps from the Unity Stamp Co.  Then next week I will pick 2 names from all the comments left on these posts and those 2 lucky people will each win an amazing grab bag of 25 Unity stamps!  For a chance to win all you need to do is leave a comment below.  

For this card I have used Jessica Girl and the sentiment from Lil Bunny Peeps



I stamped Jessica Girl on a piece of white card and masked her.  I added some solid blocks of colour using various green distress inks.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Lil' Bunny Peeps many times using Evergreen Bough distress ink.  The sentiment reads


'Thank you for being a friend'

I cut the panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and mounted it on a dark green base card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment and come back tomorrow for my next project and another chance to win.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Thinking of You 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday October 2016
Cards Und More Challenge #5 - AG 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Once Round The Big Cheese and I'll Be Home for Christmas

Hello.  Welcome.  A tag inspired by Maria.  My moon is yellow and my reindeer is still a reindeer and my galaxy covers the whole tag, but other than that......



I used Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet distress and black archival (cos I sadly am lacking Black Soot).  I added white acrylic and gold and silver pilot marker splats.  I stamped some stars from Stamplorations Christmas Reindeer and embossed with gold powder.   Then I stamped and die cut the leaping deer and added a red rhinestone nose.  I made the moon from yellow paper and black ink and the sentiment was typed on a typewriter.  No, really, a real old fashioned typewriter.  My mother in law was clearing some stuff out and this cute little travel typewriter was one of those things.  I thought it might be more fun than using a printer.  May need to get me a new ribbon.  The words are a little pale.  It says I'll be home for christmas.  Well, it seemed like something rudolf would say.......

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase
Stamplorations Tagplorations Linky Party
Stampotique Designers Challenge 260 - Outer Space 
Stamplorations Cutplorations November Challenge
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge






Friday, 4 November 2016

Tick Tack Tag

Click here for the November CCC Sign Up
Click here for the October CCC Reveal

Hello.  Welcome.  It seems like tag fever is hitting blogland.  And Christmas.  So Christmas tag it is.......



I was inspired by Jennifer's tag (day 3).  I used some corrugated packaging for my tag base.  I cut with Sizzix Tags 2 die and dry brushed some white gesso.  The joy is a sizzix die cut from pink card and covered with irridescent glitter glue.  The tree is a Hero Arts stamp (Sizzix/Hero Arts Snowman 1), stamped on green card and die cut with the matching die.  I added some pink enamel dots.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
25 Days of Christmas Tags 
Stamplorations - Holiday Tagplorations Linky Party 
Always Use Rubber Challenge 2 - Winter and/or Spring
A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Holiday Themed 
Dies R Us Challenge 60 - Thankful for Nature 


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

CCC October Reveal

Hello.  Welcome.  This is the October reveal for the Card Chain Challenge.  There were 24 ladies who exchanged cards around the world this month using at least one of the following 4 options

Color Palette:
2016-10
  
These colors are your guideline - exact matching is not necessary.

OR


Sketch:

2016-10

OR

One of the following themes:  Thanksgiving / Gems / Friendship 

OR
 
One of the following products:  Enamel Dots / Wood Veneers

So here we go...........

Helen G. in Ohio sent Joyce in Pennsylvania




Joyce in Pennsylvania sent Linda in Michigan

Photo coming soon

Linda in Michigan sent Mrs. A in England

Photo coming soon

Mrs. A in England sent Lorraine in England



Lorraine in England sent Dawn in New Zealand



Dawn in New Zealand sent Marga in Spain



Marga in Spain sent Greta in Oregon



Greta in Oregon sent Robyn in Australia



Robyn in Australia sent Jane in Great Britain



Jane in Great Britain sent Gail in Norway



Gail in Norway sent Anita in Norway



Anita in Norway sent Arlene in California



Arlene in California sent Stacy in Nevada

Photo coming soon

Stacy in Nevada sent Sara in Missouri


Sara in Missouri sent Sabrina in California



Sabrina in California sent Denise in California



Denise in California sent Deborah in Indiana



Gail in Norway sent Jo in England


Jo in England sent Nat in Canada



Nat in Canada sent Agata in Switzerland


Agata in Switzerland sent LaVon in Illinois



LaVon in Illinois sent Janet in Mauritius


Janet in Mauritius sent Jerrie in Wisconsin

Photo coming soon

Jerrie in Wisconsin sent Helen G. in Ohio




And that brings us full circle.

A big cheer for all the lovely ladies for sharing their artistic talents and also doing a little bit towards improving global good will. 

And if you got this far........  A little candy for one of the lovely ladies who sent cards that were received by the last day of the month.  Mr Random chose one lucky lady for September and October.  

For September.........  Marga in Spain.  I will be sending you this stamp set from Papermania


For October..........  Mrs. A in England I will be sending you this stamp/die set from Sizzix



Congratulations ladies.  Please send me your snail mail addresses by the 14th November to claim your candy


Our Next Challenge

There is still time to sign up for the November exchange until November 6th.  If you are having problems seeing the linky try taking the 's' off of the end of 'http' in the address field and refresh.  If you are still having problems email me craftynomad at gmail dot com. 

This is the final sign up of the year.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


W H O' S   B E E N   P L A Y I N G
(If you're reading this and have never participated, please consider doing so. And if you see that your country or state has never been represented, you are honor-bound to sign up and show that y'all are friendly and interested in building global peace - and your stamp collection - one card at a time!)
As of June, 2016, we've exchanged over 2,065 cards in this little jaunt - most of which were made by regular participants. And where do they come from? Read on....
Past participants have hailed from: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain (aka: England), Greece, Holland (aka: The Netherlands), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya,  Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa. (We only need to get some countries that begin with L, O, Q, R, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z to keep up with our alphabet list! We have 161 countries to go before we have total global participation!!!
As for the USA, past participants include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. We're still missing: Connecticut, South Dakota, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge ("CCC") this is an event where everybody wins. Basically, you make a card for the person above you on the chain and you receive a card from the person below you on the chain. It's a personalized swap, sort of, and it's a ton of fun! Go here for past Chains.
Read the Revised Guidelines & FAQ's (revised August 30, 2015).