‘C’ for Coffee or Chocolate

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, beginning with the letter ‘C’ – and Rachelle has chosen the theme of ‘coffee and/or chocolate’.

Here is my card:

I was going to go with a one layer card – but I couldn’t figure out how to mask the back of each cup to allow them to look like they were nesting inside each other.

So, I stamped them each separately, die cut them, then added a little cut into the top rim and nestled the next cup into that cut.

I chose to leave the flowers on the coffee pot un-coloured, and kept the card itself CAS.

I hope you can come and join us with your coffee and/or chocolate creations. xx

Welcome To The Neighbourhood

Hello there. Cardz 4 Galz is starting a new challenge with a new theme. This time, we want to see your ‘New Beginnings’ creations. Think new home, baby, marriage – anything which would fit our theme and kinda girlie….

Here is my card:

I went with girlie colours and a neighbourhood (no apologies for the UK spelling) welcome banner.

Another slimline card so I could get everything on there I wanted!

The MFT airplane was constructed using yellow and a deep red/pink – which took me a little while. Lots of pieces, but once I figured out where each went – easy – just be careful of any glue squishing out!

The houses border is from Simon Says Stamp, outline in brown amalgam ink as I wasn’t sure if I was going to Copic colour them……I decided not to and let the colourful plane be the centre of attention.

The sentiment is stamped, cut to shape a banner, then two dark pieces of thread to act as the attachment to the plane.

The clouds were just sitting there from die-cutting the plane – so added for some additional interest and fun.

I hope you can come and join us – and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafters Cafe Challengeanything goes

Creatalicious Challengeanything goes with option of things with wings (plane)

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Love To Craftanything goes

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Snowflake Joy

Hello there. A new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge, and this time we want to see your creations with the following themes:

‘J’ for Jewels, and/or ‘K’ for Kids

don’t forget it has to be Christmas or festive related too

I decided to go ‘J’ for Jewels:

On the grey card base I placed snowflake patterned card from my stash – I like the muted snowflake pattern here.

The snowflakes are from Simon Says Stamp, as is the word ‘Joy’ and die cut out of some very, very glitters blue and silver card stock. The hardest part about this was the placement of the snowflakes – but once I got my head around having them slightly off the card – it came together quite well.

I have some glittery jewels, which I stuck down on the snowflakes and the middle of the word ‘Joy’ – something I have it my stash and don’t really think about using – so many sticky jewels…..so many!

I hope you can come and join us with your creations following our themes – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and Moreany occasion

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas no stamping

Christmas 24 Challenge Christmas and add some glitter

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas – option of bells not taken

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Bouncy Fun and Games

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started for the month of May. The them this time is ‘Fun and Games’. Here is my card:

I went with another interactive card – someone will have to stop me soon! Even though there are some layers to this, I still feel it is CAS. It took me a while to figure this out, but I love the outcome – very much fun and playful.

The pull tab mechanism is from Heffy Doodle, using the card stock from Concord & 9th. The MFT images were stamped, cut using the matching dies, then coloured with Copics.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS fun and games creations – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

TTCRDanything goes

Krafty Chicksanything goes

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Eeek! It’s Your Birthday

Hello everyone. Once again it is the beginning of a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, where I am surprise party guest for a couple of months. This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Furry Friends’ – here is my card:

I started by stamping, colouring, and then die-cutting the images from the MFT stamp set.

The scalloped circles die was used as the background, and to add some colourful interest behind each circle I die cut three ink-smooshed backgrounds with three circles and placed them behind.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set from MFT.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Furry Friends Birthday’ creations – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beyond The Blue Challengewater-colour background

Die Cut Divas window or aperture card

Aud Sentiments Challengeuse a birthday sentiment

Colour Crazy Challenge 16 anything goes colouring

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Penguin Cozy Christmas

Hello once again. There is a new challenge started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

The card base layers representing the ground and floor I kept quite muted, to enable the images to stand out more. I found some chintzy paper which made me smile – so I put that on for the walls.

The window is from Mama Elephant, with patterned paper behind the glass to suggest a snowy blizzard outside, and the penguins even have some Christmas curtains hanging for the season…..

The images are from Time For Tea Designs – using a couple of stamp sets, and cut out using my scan-n-cut, coloured with Copics, and arranged as you see. I love the slippers on the right penguin on the right side – and it appears he/she is running to give an extra candy cane to the penguin who seems to be enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Their big fur baby is just sat there, watching, bemused – who put this hat on me?

I even put a Christmas hat on the top of the clock on the mantel piece – in my story here, it is after the meal, they are trying to relax in front of the fire, and those darned Christmas hats from the crackers just get taken off and put anywhere, don’t they? 🙂

I hope you can come and join us – I love to see what other people create ready for the Christmas Season. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

12 Months Of Christmas Link UpChristmas with option of red and gold (not taken)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option for a child

Di’s Digi Designs animals acting like humans

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So many books, so little time…

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge, We have reached the letter ‘B’, and the theme chosen by Melanie is ‘Birds’. Here is my card:

I wasn’t quite sure which way I was going with this theme – but when I searched through the Color My Life app – I realised I had lots and lots of stamps which had birds – some in sets, some alone – but this particular set from Clearly besotted caught my eye.

I stamped the owl images and the books with Gina K amalgam ink – a brown ink – then coloured with Copics. I used the warm greys for the owls, and played with some vibrant colours for the books. The owls had the matching die set, but the books I cut with the Brother Scan’n’cut – all good…..

I played around with placing, and decided they needed a little grounding, so I used the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease’ dies and cut some shelves using some wood grain paper.

The sentiment is also from Clearly Besotted, and I placed it so it looked like one of the owls was pointing to it……or maybe that’s just how my mind worked!

Forgive the light rays – I had the window shutters open a little and didn’t realise – but I think it adds something…..again – maybe it’s the way my mind works!

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘B for Bird’ theme – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS Challenge Winged Creatures

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes with colouring

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Dragonfly Dreams Challengefeature a creature


Thanks For Being You….

Cardz 4 Galz has a new challenge starting, and for the theme of ‘Mother’s Day USA or for a Special Person/Day’ I explored my mixed media side – here is my card:

I stuck down some patterned paper to the 5 x 7 inch card base, then used a dotted stencil, some embossing ink, clear embossing powder and even added some Tim Holtz embossing glaze to it. I then blended some Tea Dye Distress Ink to create more of a shadow over the dots:

Turning to the flower and leaves – I used a piece of Yupo I had already created in the purple/yellow tones with some gold highlights, and die cut the base flower. The layers were die cut out of the same piece of Yupo, some black card stock, and a base black flower to create some shadow and making the flower stand out just that little bit more.

The leaves were created by spraying a piece of water-colour card with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain, smooshing with the same colour ink pad adding just a touch of Twisted Citron, drying, then adding some Rustic Wilderness Embossing glaze over the top – whilst heat embossing, I threw in some gold embossing powder too – you can’t have enough gold!

The sentiment is from an older Stampin Up stamp set – Avant Garden – and just fit perfectly (in my mind) for the person I am giving this card to……..she loves purple, she is quite dramatic, but she has been my rock over the past year – my absolute rock! By ‘just being’ her – she has enabled me to remain as sane as I usually am – I’m not completely sane – but neither is she – and she has made the past year tolerable and bearable – she has been a major boon to my mental health.

So – she is the special person I am giving this card to……..

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I’d love to see what you create – and perhaps give us a little story about how this person is special to you – I’ll make sure I have enough tissues handy! xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed/multi media

Always Fun Challenges anything goes

TTCRD Challenge anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option no stamps

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Floral Spray Birthday

Hello there. Once again I am privileged to be Guest Designer on the Seize the Birthday challenge again.

This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

For these flowers I stamped and heat embossed with white, and water-coloured using my Zigs. I went for soft colours, one colour of each, and just a little blending with water. I am really quite pleased with how these turned out as I haven’t water-coloured like this for ages.

I then used the matching dies – something Clearly Besotted have stopped doing now, but I’m glad I had them for this set of stamps.

As these were soft flowers, I went for a dramatic background – a grey cardstock using a Crafters Companion wood grain embossing folder on Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock. . The sentiment is from Stampin Up – stamped in mushroom ink – again from Concord & 9th, then die cut with a stitched oval.

Some little clear drop thingies – no idea what they’re called – and the card is done.

I hope you can come and join us – It would be great to see your there with your birthday spring floral creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

The Flower Challengeflowers and pretty pastels

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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Christmas With A Bang…

Hello once again. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – as always the theme is anything goes Christmas/festive. here is my card:

I seem to be addicted to interactive cards…….

For this card I stamped the cat images, coloured them with Copics, then used my scan-n-cut to cut them out. Yep – I’m getting the hang of doing that, if I do say so myself!

I wanted the middle of the card to be opened and the little mouse and sweets/confetti be hidden there, so I did a little partial die-cutting with one of the shapes in the Mama Elephant die set to create the flap.

The purple layer was raised using 3D foam, then I realised the flap kinda dipped down and was difficult to open, so I had to get further creative and make a flap thingy…….

I then added some hats to the two cats, stamped the sentiment – before sticking that layer down this time! I must keep remembering to do that – one mistake I seem to make very often.

I hope you can come and join us in our Christmas Challenge – anything goes remember……. x

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challenge – anything goes with an animal

Crafts Galore Encore – anything goes

Moving Along With The Times – animals/birds

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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