Ephemera Christmas

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my card:

This card is completely outside of my comfort zone….I have been so loving the kits and packets of die-cut Christmas ephemera from Craft Box UK and 14 Craft Bar – that I bought them without knowing what the heck I was going to do with them!

I don’t use ephemera like this, I don’t know what to layer with what – but I had a good time making this card. I just dumped the three packets in front of me and played. I actually made three cards – but this one I particularly like with the deer and her baby.

The wood effect behind the deer is actually part of the packaging for one set – I liked the neutral distressed look to highlight the two deer – and then the sentiment and branches and mistletoe and pine cones – I just had fun placing them.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I can’t see to see what you create. xx

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Krafty Chicks Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackers anything goes Christmas

Moving Along With The Times – animals and/or birds

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CAS Christmas Cheer

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today utilising some new goodies. Here is my card:

Using the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, I first stamped the Stampin Up trees using Concord & 9th inks cubes, then die cut them with the matching stitched triangle dies – also from Stampin Up.

As these trees had a pattern, I die-cut the Tim Holtz deer – a new die set just released – out of dotty paper from Clearly Besotted. I die cut all the deer, but these are the two I chose for this card. The rest I put back into the packet of dies for future uese.

I placed them on the card, then decided I wanted to created a hillside, so as this card measures 7 x 5 inches – my go-to card size – I find the slimline dies more than adequately cut the length. I used the Lawn Fawn die set, decided which part of the hillside I wanted, then stuck down as you see here.

I didn’t stick the deer down fully, as well as the feet and legs being quite thin and narrow – I like to leave them and the antlers unstuck. I think it creates some movement on the card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpurple, green, khaki

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Allsorts Challengewinter scene or snow

Stamplorations CAS October ChallengeCAS – option of grey and orange not taken

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Alphabet Challenge – Navy Blue

Hello there. The new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge is ‘N’ for Navy Blue – the creation must have navy blue as the dominant colour. Debbie is the host this time round. Here is my card:

I decided to play with my alcohol inks for this card and create the background panel. I don’t have much luck when I combine colours, so I thought just using the one colour – Denim – would be perfect for my limited skills.

I think I did about 4 or 5 layers to this – waiting for the drying in-between – it took me a while because I had to watch a Tim Holtz video again on the difference between using alcohol itself and blending solution – and even now I couldn’t tell you the difference – it may sink in at some point -no pun intended.

Once I ad created the background panel and it was drying, I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Crocus flowers three times for each one – then stuck them together for dimension. Three layers to each flower – which actually came together quite easily, despite the numerous gaps and holes in the die cut.

On the off-cut from the panel, I die cut the sentiment, then backed it with a white layer.

I wanted a frame around the panel, so I cut a piece of card slightly smaller than the card base, and die-cut a rectangle for the window, and assembling all as you see.

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘Navy Blue’ challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’N’Funky Challengebirthday

Through The Craft Room Dooranything goes

Crafty Friends Challenge use more than one die

Lil Patch of Crafty Friendsanything goes

Crafters Castle Challengeanything goes

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Retro’

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme – chosen by Dawn – is ‘RETRO’.

The main aim of our challenge to create cards or other paper-craft items for the girls in our lives. Some of the entries to our more recent challenges have not fulfilled this requirement – unfortunately – and we have not been able to comment on those entries. Please be sure to read the rules before entering.

Here is my card:

I should let you know – I had to contact the rest of the Design Team about this challenge – I have no idea what ‘retro’ means, especially when it comes to card making.

Here are the explanations I was given:

Retro is old but not old enough to be called vintage or antique. Think back to fashions, toys or sweets from your childhood. Or design styles and icons from the 60’s 70’s 80’s etc. Kind of a modern vintage…………

I have given it a go with this card.

The background is a Uniko stamp set called ‘Mid Century Modern 2‘ and I feel has a vibe to match in with the explanantion I was given above.

I stamped twice – side-by-side – in Concord & 9th pink ink, then clear heat embossed. I’m not sure why the embossing was uneven – maybe the powder is off or I didn;t get full coverage – but I quite like the effect actually. I little more interest.

I then used the Uniko ‘Big and Bold Happy’, stamped in grey ink, then used the matching die to cut it out, and using the saem ink of the ‘everything’ word from the same stamp set.

I like the mix of grey and pink, and think the whole card is ‘girlie’ but bold with it – maybe a little like me! 🙂

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafty Friends Challengeuse more than one die

Inkspirationalangle it

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

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A Cat and a Frog……

Hi there. A second posting today with a couple of CAS one layer cards. When I was typing the title – it seemed like it was the beginning of a joke – ‘A cat and a frog walked into a bar……….

Anyhoo, here are my CAS cards:

For the first card I stamped a couple of cocktail glasses onto Lawn Fawn ‘Vanilla Malt’ card stock, added the frog, speech bubble and sentiment as you see, colouring the frog in three different light green Copics – dotting instead of actual colouring, to maintain a CAS style.

For the cat card, I stamped the stack of cups from Clearly Besotted, masked the top cup, then stamped the kitten in the cup. So – the masking of the top cup – I forgot to mask off the back of the top cup – so I created stripes on that solid cup to cover the mistake……….

Coloured with Copics, just the two colours for the mugs/sups, a couple of greys for the cat, then added the Honey Bee stamps sentiment underneath.

I shall be entering the frog card into the following challenges:

Simply Less Is More one layer card with theme ‘cheers’

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes critters

I shall be entering the cat card into the following challenges:

Festive Friday Challenge3 from the inspo list (cat, pet sentiment, CAS)

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with animals

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A B C Christmas Challenge ‘U’ and ‘V’….

Hello everyone. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. Julie is the host for this month’s letters – ‘U’ for Up In The Air, and ‘V’ for Vixen. Julie has also provided a prize for the winner – so please head on over and join us.

These are my cards:

‘U’ for Up In The Air
‘V’ for Vixen – other reindeer welcome

The Penguin swinging in the air on a string of lights is a digital image from Whimsy Stamps, printed, then coloured with Copics.

I had a play with using the ‘N’ greys in Copics, and had even more playtime with the lights. I had a go at trying to create a glow around the lights – following (kinda) instructions from a Kit and Clowder class last year.

I used three colours of red and three yellows – then went around the outside of the colours with the colour-less blender to give an impression of a glow:

The sentiment is from Avery Elle ‘Bring On The Joy’, the striped frame is using a Hero Arts die set, and I think the striped paper is from Stampin Up – though I may be wrong.

For the second card – the reindeer card – I used a digital stamp from Bugaboo, printed then coloured with Copics, adding glossy accents to the eyes.

Using the same striped paper, I also cut a green layer from Altenew gradient card-stock. I thought it looked a little plain, so I searched through the Color My Life app for ‘holly’ and came across a stamp set from Clearly Besotted which had this holly stamp and die.

I stamped four times, coloured with Copics, die-cut, then stuck down in the top corners as you see, also adding Spectrum Noir clear sparkle to the berries.

Two cards made using digital images – I am finding these quite easy to use, and at a fraction of the cost of polymer or rubber stamps – I tend to look for these now when a theme comes up for my DT cards and when I can’t find anything in my stash to match, or which inspires me.

I hope you can come and join us, getting your Christmas stash well on the way, maybe winning the prize from Julie – but I would also love to see your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Reindeer card:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with critters

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Penguin card:

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with animals

Christmas Blog Challenge Christmas and Penguins

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Floral Circles

Hi there. I have a CAS card to share today, which actually took quite a bit of sorting out – where to place the circles, do I layer them on top of anything? How on earth do I stick down the little pieces themselves?

I came up with this:

And then I came up with this with the negative pieces:

I’m not sure I like the strip of embossed card under the circles, but I had already stuck it down – which is why I went with fiddling with the negative pieces to create the second card – thank goodness I had saved them to one side and not binned them straight away!

I used a couple of images from the Pink fresh Studio die set, and cut them out after I had coloured an area for each circle with a red, orange, and purple Copic.

The first card is sticking those main die-cuts onto a circle stitched piece of card before putting together as you see. I toyed with the idea of putting the circles on the left side, then the right side, and decided the middle was the best way to show-case these die cuts.

The second card was a little more taxing……

I cut the images again out of white card, then stuck that onto the circles, then inlaid all the coloured piece from the first card.

But – can you see the little itty bitty piece on the red leaf? Well – that went walk-about. That little bitty piece flew away – goodness knows where to…. I was tempted to colour that little hole with the red marker – but I would have totally messed it up! So I left it as it was – did you notice before I told you? Hmmmm….

For a sentiment – I decided not to put one on the front of the card. I am making cards currently for ‘just because’ reasons, just to send out, for no particular occasion – just so I can write a little note to pop inside – that’s when I’m not creating cards for DT challenges anyway…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown orange, red, purple

Cut It Up Challengemake a card and include die cuts

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Gold and Cream Thank You

Hello there. I hope everyone is keeping well. I had a crafty Zoom meeting yesterday with my Stampin Up Demonstrator – just chatting and crafting – and I’ve yet to complete a card from that.

I have, however, made a another card I would like to share with you today:

Using the colour scheme from Colour Hues Challenge, I made the layer on the white card base just slightly smaller, and embossed it with a Crafters Companion embossing folder.

On another strip of cream card, I stamped and heat embossed some leafy images from Altenew ‘Freeform Greenery‘ using Altenew gold embossing powder.

The strips either side of the sentiment are also embossed using that same gold powder, this time on a strip of double-sided sticky tape. I heat embossed these strips twice to get a smoother appearance.

The sentiment is from a new Stampin Up stamp set – just kinda sitting there on my desk – stamped, heat embossed, then used a tag punch for the end of it.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

Just Add Ink thank you

Color Hues Color Challenge gold and cream

Poinsettia Christmas Tree

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas‘, Here is my card:

I decided gto go CAS with this card as I think the poinsettia tree can stand on it’s own.

This is a stamp set from Stampin Up, two layers – one for the leaves, and one for the flowers – such a cute image when stamped, I think……there is also a little tree trunk to add to the bottom of it.

CAS and one layer card – well – maybe I’m getting the hang of these now! Finally!

I used the Concord & 9th ink cubes – very vibrant colours in this set – I’m glad I managed to get them when they first arrived here in the UK – I seem to be using them a lot!

I can’t remember where the sentiment came from – I’ve tidied my desk since then 🙂

I hope you can come and join us. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

12 Months Of Christmas Challenge Christmas and a sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackersanything goes Christmas

AAA CardsCAS one layer card option of coffee – not taken

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Let’s Hang Out…..

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘M’ and Meg has chosen the theme of anything beginning with the letter ‘M’ – here is my card:

I think my ‘M’ is quite obvious – using these Clearly Besotted Monkeys on my slimline card.

The monkeys themselves were stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. I knew I wanted a three window slimline card – so I could get as many og these little monkeys in at once, and then turned to thinking about the background of those circles.

I thought about ink blending, then remembered this scene stamp – also from Clearly Besotted, so I stamped it twice, then coloured with Copics, then die-cutting with a stitched circle in a different area of each scene I had stamped for some variety behind each monkey.

The third circle is using a branch from the same stamp set so I could have the monkey swinging from it, again coloured with Copics.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set – using some stamp surgery to cut it apart – something I actually don’t have a problem with – though the first few times I did that I was a little nervous – not any more!

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘M’ themed creations, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle Challenge anything goes

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring