Warm snowman hugs

Another inspirational card now that Christmas is drawing nearer. My first this year in the more traditional colours of red and white. I don’t normally keep my cards this white. It was a bit of a challenge to try to keep the white reasonably white for a change as I wanted to have just a small contrast in the shading of the white. In fact, I used far less copics than I usually do! The stamp is by Lili of the Valley and their stuff is now available as digital stamps so I have a feeling I’ll acquire more of theirs pretty soon! The dies are from Noor Design and the lace from Live and Love Crafts, it is definitely my favourite lace.. can you tell? Heh

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Copics used: (snowmen) C1, C3, C5, (reds) R22, R24, R27, R89, (sky) B0000, B000

Card making course with Tracy Payne

On Saturday afternoon I couldn’t shake the thought that there was something going on this weekend that I’d forgotten about. Suddenly it hit me: there is a big scrapping fair in the city, hosted by North Star Stamps, where Tracy Payne of Noor Design UK is visiting and doing courses. I’d forgotten all about it!! Oh no! I was gutted! I went to Tracy’s FB and typed a post along the lines of “Noooo, I forgot about your courses!!”. Then the sweetheart responded she had one spot left for Sunday. It was the class I had wanted the most as well! Did that make my weekend or what!! I am so happy. It is the first card making course I’ve ever attended, and I doubt it will be my last! The card on this post is what she had us making. Isn’t it the best?! I am so pleased I got to meet Tracy, she is such a lovely person!

A lot of the products is of course by Noor Design: the snowflake and mistletoe dies, the red tag, the stencils we used to cut out the window and card shape as well as the bricks, gesso and structure paste for the white elements. The papers we were provided with are by Pion, as is the adorable image. I honestly don’t know where the rest of the goodies are from, but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can get a hold of some of them at Live and Love Crafts!

And of course I made it home with a big grin on my face along with a few new goodies, including the wonderful window stencil and a few Noor Design dies!

One thing is for certain: this card is going up as one of my Christmas decorations!

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Here is a more detailed close up collage of the various elements:

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Baby elephant’s first christmas

Oh! Christmas has been and gone, and so has the new years celebrations as well. I hope you all had a good, peaceful and creative couple of weeks, with of course far too much food and surrounded by family and friends. I guess I should get all my Christmas cards posted here. At this rate it will be summer before I know it.. heh.

This card is made with an adorable prec-coloured topper by Wild Rose Studio, leaves and snowflakes by Martha Stewart, lace, big pearl and flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, some rhinestones, frantage for snow and distress ink.

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Elephant magic

I made a Christmas card this morning and thought I’d, once again, get it added straight away. I have used a pre-coloured topper by Wild Rose Studio this time. I jazzed it up with putting glitter on top of the swirly magic, as well as adding some silver liquid pearls for an added snow effect. The flowers, purple ribbon and bows as well as the big purple pearls are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The dark purple paper is from Kaboks, and the light purple paper used for the dies is by Lili of the Valley. The ribbon and pearly lace strip is from a local shop.  I have used various dies from Noor! design for the snowflake border and two stand alone snowflakes. They are such pretty dies!

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I have decided to enter this is the design team call at Noor! design, so this bit here will be for that purpose. I am Liz and thirty-something living in Norway and I’ve been crafting since summer 2011, mostly making cards. When it comes to crafting, I mostly use my blog, but also I belong to various Facebook crafting groups and use instagram occasionally, though mostly for scenery photos I admit! Although I am on Twitter, I don’t use it very much. I have previous been on the DT team for a challenge blog, and for The Hobby House. Normally I don’t really try to apply for any design teams, but this one just felt right to apply for. One of the reasons is that I have been very pleased with swift and wonderful service provided by Noor! design, and the other is obviously that I love their designs. I mean, who wouldn’t?! I will be using these dies all the time and would love to show my work to fellow Noor! design fans. As I am not on any other DTs I would have the time required to dedicate to this one. I use both pre-coloured images and stamps I colour myself for my cards.

Here is a close up of the  Noor! design dies I used on this card:

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I have used the following Noor! design products: Ice Crystal no.1, Ice Crystal no. 3 and Ice Crystal border.

This card has been entered into the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe Crafts – Snow
Creative Inspirations  – Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz – Ribbon and/or lace
Card and scrap – Lag på lag
Crafty Ribbon – Christmas Creation with Ribbon
Papertake Weekly – 2 or 4 legs
Live and love Crafts – Favourite Christmas Colour Combo
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Thank you so much for the honour of chosing my card for top 3!

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Wintery wedding

Just finished packing for another trip. Flying off to Senegal in a couple of hours so squeezing in a quick update before I go!

A friend of mine asked me to make a wedding card. The wedding was yesterday, so I can now put it up here! As it is a winter wedding, I had to use snowflakes and a wintery green, while still making it look like a wedding card.

The topper and green pearls are from The Hobby House, the flowers, white pearls, thin ribbon and bow are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The thicker ribbon on the box is from The Ribbon Girl. The big snowflakes are made with a Martha Stewart puncher.

All the best to Paul and Lisa! 🙂

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I’ve entered it into the Hobby House’s Special Christmas Event