Buttercup Thank You

Hello. I’ve been getting messy in the craft room and creating some inky backgrounds. I do like to spend a few hours creating them and I always use them, whether for die cutting, or just for the background itself.

Here is my card:

The blue background is using a stencil with Altenew embossing paste coloured with blue – this piece was in my stash from a previous play time.

On several pieces of Distress Heavy White card stock, I played with a yellow Distress Mica Spray, ink smooshing with yellow Distress Inks, and also green Distress inks – I may have used some Distress Oxides too – especially with the green.

Once these were dry – and I tend to wait until the following day – I used the Altenew Buttercup layering die set and die cut lots of layers for the flowers and die cut many leaves.

I put all the flower layers together, with a grey layer as the bottom layer, then arranged them with the leaves as you see.

The sentiment is from the same die set, the words die cut three times, stacked together, and added to the white outline layer.

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Watercooler Challenge feminine

Color Throwdown blue, grey, yellow, green

The Sisterhood of Crafters use blue (heart background)

We Love To Create anything goes mixed media (sprays, smooshing, embossing paste, die cutting, stencilling)

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‘U’ for Unequal – small and big

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Having reached the letter ‘U’, Billie has chosen the theme of ‘Unequal’. Think big and small – animals, flowers, buildings etc. Here is my card:

I used some Lawn Fawn patterned paper, and an Altenew debossing cover plater behind a Hero Arts infinity frame. The stamped images from MFT stamps were coloured with Copics, then die cut with their matching dies.

I placed them in the frame, but tried to make it look like they were almost sitting on the base of the frame.

The sentiment was chosen to express my thanks to a very dear friend……

I hope you can come and join us in our theme this time round – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

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Passion for Markers – markers and dots

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 1 – anything goes colouring

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Cards Galore Encore – anything goes

Cardz 4 Galz – Lace and Pearls

Hello once again. I seem to be having a problem posting my Design Team cards in a timely fashion – one must try harder….

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time we want to see your creations with ‘Lace and Pearls’. Here is my card:

On a white card base, I adhered some Lawn Fawn patterned paper – some subtle water-colour splashes in the background.

I used Altenew ‘Doodled Lace’ cover plate for my take on ‘lace’, and a piece of ink smooshed water colour card to create the colourful background panel. I added some pearls to the centre of some of the flowers.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn – die cut and layered several times. I decided to do this in a bold black colour as a contrast to the colourful background.

I hope you can come and join with your creations following our theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls ink or sprayed backgrounds

TTCRDanything goes

Arty Divas Challenge anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge – anything goes

Here Is A Place To start Challenge anything goes

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Trio of Baubles

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge, and we have started from the beginning of the alphabet again. We would like to see the themes of ‘A for Anything goes Christmas’ and ‘B for Baubles‘. Here is my card:

The background pattern is a die from Catherine Pooler, added to a slimline card base. The baubles are die cut from an Elizabeth Craft Designs die set, and the bauble toppers and snowflakes die cut from – I think – Stampin Up glimmer card. A CAS design, but with some extra glittery feel to it.

I did toy with the idea of adding some twine or string to each bauble, but obviously decided not to.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations using the above two themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Challenge anything goes Christmas – option of mood board

Shopping Our Stash something beginning with ‘S’ (snowflakes)

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Craft Rocket Challenge – anything goes

My Time To Craft Christmas – Christmas and things beginning with ‘S’ (snowflakes)

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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Merry And Bright

Hello. I’m a little late posting for the new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. We have started a new challenge and – as usual – the theme is ‘anything goes Christmas’.

Here is my card:

During the holiday season I took time to sort out some patterned papers and ephemera I have, and decided to try and use them more. Here is my first attempt at that.

I took a 5×7 inch card base, cut down two patching patterned papers. The papers were 6×6 inches, so to keep the sentiment and poinsettia from one piece of paper, I added a strip of another piece to one side. Along the join, I added a strip of gold.

There are three ephemera pieces on here – the poinsettia to the top left, the little heart, and some extra little leaves to the bottom left.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Challengeanything goes – option CAS

Allsorts Challenge – anything goes – option something new

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

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HLS CAS anything goes

Hello there and a Happy New Year. I have a card to share today as Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge. We are starting off with an easy theme – anything goes CAS. Here is my card:

I used a stamp and matching die set which came with the kit for the Crop and Create delivered card making weekend back in October of 2021. I took quite a few virtual classes from people and companies I admired and yet never hoped to think I would attend one of their classes. This is one such class – and amazing few days, fabulous teachers – and great products as part of your kit. It is called ‘Change The World‘ and has the globe with flowers sitting on top, some additional flowers and leaves, and sentiments to match

This is a variation of one of the cards taught by Cathy Zielske – I white heat embossed the stamp set, then ink blended a green and a blue Distress Ink – to create an emboss resist.

I did the same with the two individual flowers – stamped, ink blended, die cut – then attached them to this card. The sentiment is stamped using the same colour as the ink blending – but Distress Oxide as it stamps better than the Distress inks.

I am starting to think I’m going to need quite a few birthday cards over the coming weeks, so this will be a great addition to my stash.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘CAS anything goes‘ theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

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A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

QKR Stampede anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Die Cut Divas – flowers – include a die cut

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The Alphabet Challenge – Trees

Hello. It’s my turn to host the new challenge started at The Alphabet Challenge. Having reached the letter ‘T’, I chose the theme of ‘Trees‘. Here is my card:

I used Lawn Fawn wood grain card stock to layer onto my base card, adding a hillside for the trees to stand on.

The trees themselves are from The Greetery – a new-to-me layering stamp set – then die cut with the matching dies.

I didn’t add a sentiment at this point, and I may not do in the future, as I think this card can be used for a multitude of reasons – or even as a ‘just for you’ card.

I hope you can come and join in with our ‘tree’ theme – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

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A Place To Start anything goes

Watercooler Challengeanything goes

Krafty Chicks anything goes

Time Out Challenges new – year/stash etc

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Cardz 4 Galz New Year or New Stash

Hello there. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. This time the theme chosen by Helen is ‘New Year or New Stash‘. Here is my card:

This card was created using a new stencil from Pinkfresh Studio – a layering stencil – which I’m finding I enjoy using………as long as I keep everything today and don’t get any ink smudges – which happens quite a lot…..

I also used the hint and tip from a few YouTube videos about using the Misti to line the stencil up and keep everything straight – worked very well for me. No longer did I have to tape each layer down – just used the Misti magnets and kept moving them around. I did notice that it worked best when the stamping mat was removed first – some more of the edge to keep the papers and stencils straight.

I used Distress Inks for the stenciling and then die cut that piece to fit the inside of an A2 card base:

I had a plan in mind – but it took me quite a while to figure it out….

The front panel was cut using a hillside border, and that top part embossed using an Altenew debossing panel. I then added some acetate at the back, to hopefully create a window.

The part that was cut from the front panel was cut to size – leaving the ‘window’ in the middle – stamped with an MFT sentiment, and attached to the bottom of the acetate.

The back of this front panel looked a little ragged – sticky showing through the acetate – so I managed to create two backing panels the same as the front to hide all the mess. Some red dots added for some more colour and interest on the front.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

Stamplorations December stencil challenge anything goes with a stencil

Happy Little Stampers stencil challengeanything goes with a stencil

Dragonfly Dreams anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

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Nutcracker Christmas

Hello. A little playtime in my craft room created this last minute Christmas card:

The background on this slimlime card is covered with a light green glitter card, then a darker green glitter card over the top using a Catherine Pooler slimline die.

The images from Gerda Steiner Designs were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, and then die cut.

All arranged as you see, to create a look like the mice are dancing around the little soldier. I love that one of the mice has her back to us – fits in great with what I wanted to achieve.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Jingle Belles Rock Christmas

Classic Design Challenge anything goes

Color Hues Challenge red and green

INTAAS use dies and/or punches

Christmas Blog Challengeanything goes Christmas

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Shiny Silver Snowflake

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘silver’. Here is my card:

For this card, I new I wanted to use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3D embossing and cutting folder again. That was the first thing I did for this card – and that snowflake came out beautifully using some Simon Says Stamp holographic card stock.

I was hunting through my previously created backgrounds- I do like a background creating session, especially if it involves Distress inks or Distress Oxid3es – I can go a little crazy. I have also recently started to use the Distress Spray Stains. This green background was using one of the new Mica spray stains – though the shine doesn’t show in the photo (so difficult to capture this time round) and I thought the green background – looking quite distressed itself – a little white space – would be perfect for allowing the snowflake to stand out.

After I had put the card together, I realised that the concentrated green at the bottom actually looks like a row of trees – do you think so too?

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tuesday Taggers snowflakes

Addicted to Stampsdie cuts and/or stencils

Cards Galoreanything goes

Love To Craft anything goes

12 Months of Christmas anything goes Christmas

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