Christmas Crew Snowman

Hello again. I have managed to get to my craft room, despite still feeling a little jaded – this blinking cold/virus is hanging on in there!

Here is my card:

and a little better view of the glimmer and shine:

Another all-out blingy card here – seems to be a habit at this time of year.

I used the MFT ‘Christmas Crew Snowman‘ die set, and cut my own tag for the based with Crafters Companion glitter card. It’s great that MFT give the dimensions of the base tag/card for the snowman on their web-site, just in case you don’t have the basic tag die set.

I die cut the elements out of black glitter card, and red shiny card, putting them together with the hat on at a jaunty angle instead of straight.

The two blue card colours are from my stash – hopefully matching the colour scheme at CAS Colours and Sketches, as I don’t have the Stampin’ Up colour card they suggested………die cut with MFT stitched rectangles, then again cut with the Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside‘ dies to create a little curve.

The sentiment is from MFT ‘Tis The Season‘ stamp set – and I think I’m going to play further with that set now I’ve ‘found‘ it again!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesPool Party, Real Red, Pacific Point

52 Card Christmas ThrowdownChristmas and Snowmen

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas – option of a flower obviously not taken)

Lavender Poinsettia

Hi there. What a week – not quite recovered from a nasty cold, but able to get to my craft room yesterday to play with my new purchases from Uniko.

Here is my CAS Christmas card:

I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown challenge as the basis of this card.

I used the stencil first, and inked through the bottom corner of the base card with an Altenew grey ink, then used a Versamark ink pad and inked again, and used Wow! embossing powder on those same area and heat embossed.

I wanted a grey based, but white sparkly background – which I think I achieved.

The flower is from the most recent release at Uniko, stamping the outline in black, then only stamping the middle layer of the three layer flower in an Altenew ink which closely resembled lavender.

I then had to fussy-cut the flower – I tried the scan’n’cut, but it cut the individual leaves out, not the whole flower – I’m going to have to look and sort that out for the future, but for this flower a little fussy-cutting wasn’t a major issue.

The boughs where stamped in the same grey as the ink blending through the stencil, and die cut.

Hopefully I can get back into my craft room today and I’m sure I’ll show you if I do manage something.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownGrey, lavender, black

Addicted to Stampsholiday

Crimbo-crackersatg Christmas

The Flower Challenge CAS flower

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello again. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – and theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

There is also a Design Team call, which finishes on 5th November so if you’re interested, and able to commit to making a Christmas themed card every two weeks, and commenting to entries to the challenge – please put your creation into the specific link on the blog main page.

So – back to the current challenge. Here is my card:

I am totally channeling Amy R at Prairie Paper and Ink for this card. I loved the way she embossed, then inked the edges of the bases of the cards.

I started with a dark blue piece of card, then clear heat embossed some Tim Holtz ‘Doily’ stamps, and filled in the gaps with some snow flake stamps from Concord and 9th.

I did the stamping and heat embossing separately for each of the larger images, but did 2 or 3 together on the smaller images – being careful not to heat too much and ruining the images already done.

When that had cooled down completely, I blended some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges.
I must say, this card has shine upon shine upon shine, which I tried to capture in the photographs.

I hope you can come and join us in the challenge, and I hope that you consider joining our Design Team……….I hope to see you there.

xx

Challenges I shall be entering:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeChristmas

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ atg Christmas with option of stars

Always Fun Challengesmonochrome

What’s up chicken butt?

Hi there. I have a clean and simple card to share today – though it did take me a little while to colour – trying to use what I learnt on my Copic class the other week – but not over-thinking.

I actually bought this stamp at the pop-up shop during the break in colouring, and have been waiting for an opportunity to ‘crack it open‘ – as they say……….and then the CASology challenge came up with the code word of ‘feather’ ………

After stamping in Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics. I actually used some of the colour ideas given for the Copic class. I even ‘grounded’ my image – can you see? That is something I hadn’t done before the class…………..maybe the grey is too light – I’ll keep trying……

Challenges I shall be entering:

CASologyfeather

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Pink Gem ChallengeAnything goes

Stamplorations CAS Challengeatg CAS with option of orange

One Word Sentiment

Hello there. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge’ and this time the letter is ‘O’, and we want ‘One Word Sentiments‘. Here is my card:

This a new stamp set to me, and I couldn’t wait to colour it, especially after doing the first class (out of four) of a Copic colouring course.

I usually struggle with doing an image and sentiment on the same layer – usually smudge it, sometimes even colour outside the lines, but basically it is usually the last thing I do on the card which ruins it – or means I have to cover things up somehow.

For this card – it all went according to plan. No smudges, no outside line colouring – it just happened. Yay!

The background behaved too – trying a little blue for the sky, and a little green for the grass – I can see the main monkey is hanging from the tree, but still some green behind him/her…..

I hope you can come and join us – it would be great to see your creations using a one word sentiment. The Design Team have some fabulous cards and ideas………..I hope to see you there.

XX

Challenges I shall be entering:

Addicted to CASCAS creature

Crafty Card Makersadd a critter

Polkadoodlesanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes

Shades of Brown

Hello again. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz4Galz, and chosen the theme of ‘Shades of Brown‘. I thought this would incite some creative juice production to make a girlie kinda card using this theme. Here is my card:

I started by stamping the Altenew ‘Engraved Flowers’ onto a dark brown card-stock, and heat embossed in white. I stamped out all the images, but only used the two you see above.

I then took that same dark brown card and a lighter brown card and dry embossed with a Sue Wilson embossing folder for some added background detail – but not too much, as I wanted this card to be quite simple.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set, again heat embossed in white.

I hope you can pop along to our challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have made, and take the plunge and join us by entering. I look forward to seeing your ‘shade of brown’ creations in our gallery.

XX

Chllanges I shall be entering:

A bit more time to craftanything goes

Brown sugar challengeanything goes

Winter Wonderland

I have a card to share today, made for entering a few challenges. I have been making cards the past few weeks, but mainly to fulfill my Design Team obligations.

I haven’t made many other cards, as losing my dad just over a month ago, and then the funeral happening last week – I’ve struggled to get my head around things a little………

I’ve been spending a little time just going through my stash, cataloging what I have – isn’t it amazing what products we have and never used? The stamp I used for this card was one of my ‘finds’!

Here is my card:

I used Distress Oxides to blend the background – I think it was Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door – then splattered some white gouache for a little snow effect.

Once that had dried, I stamped the image from Woodware’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ in a brown Altenew ink, then clear heat embossed it for some shine, and doing the same with the sentiment which is from the same stamp set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Color Throwdownred, yellow, brown

Crafty Friends Challengeatg Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas