Christmas Dragon Cuddles

Hello yet again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge for the next two weeks has started. The theme is always anything goes Christmas or festive. Here is my card:

The image is a digital stamp from Lee Holland – I’m afraid I bought quite a few of these dragons – Christmas and otherwise. I have yet to colour any of them apart from this cute couple. What a lovely image, isn’t it?

I printed it onto some Copic friendly card then coloured with a range of Copics. For the penguin body I did take inspiration from the image being coloured by someone else – I think on Facebook – trying to achieve a fluffy/furry kinda look, and I’m quite pleased how it turned out.

I didn’t find a sentiment which seemed to fit, so I left it without, but I’ll definitely add one to the inside.

I also couldn’t find matching card-stock in my huge collection for the layers underneath the image, so I just coloured each of the green and pink borders with one of the Copics I had used – that way it’s sure to match and co-ordinate.

I hop you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – there’s some amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team – I hope have time to check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafters Cafeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 9 – anything goes colouring

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes

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Elves, For Tree and Garland

A new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters E, F and G – and we want to see your Christmas creations with the following themes:

E for Elves, F for Fir Tree, and G for Garland.

Here are my makes:

E for Elves
F for Fir Tree
G for Garland

The MFT ‘Christmas sElfies’ was stamped, coloured with Copics, and the square die-cut with a stitched square from Sue Wilson. Patterned paper adhered to a card base, and the sentiment strip raised with 3D foam – trying to keep the squares and lines etc in alignment – I think I did a pretty good job at that.

The second card using the Hero Arts stamp – an old one I don’t think I’ve actually used yet – stamped using Altenew Obsidian black ink direct onto the card base. I did use my Misti, and it took about three stampings to get a solid image. I liked the effect so much I stamped it again using a couple of Concord & 9th inks too. The sentiment is from my stash – no idea where it came from – and I even added a plain white Tim Holtz deer – just because I could, really…….

The third card is using a stamp and die set from Uniko. The leaves of the garland are stamped directly onto the card base, with the holly leaves, pine cones, and berries also glued down. Not too much dimension. I struggled with an appropriate sentiment on this card, and in the end left it without one – I’ll probably stamp one inside when the time comes.

It appears these three Christmas themes inspired me to create for all three letters – I must have had a mojo lightning strike that day!

I hope you can come and join us – please remember the letters have themes that we have chosen, and we would appreciate your Christmas creations adhering to those themes. I hope to see you in the gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Elf card:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas option elves/gnomes/fairies

Christmas Cards All Year RoundChristmas and something beginning with E or F (elves)

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paperanything goes with patterned paper

Fir Tree and Deer card:

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Sweet Stampers ChallengeCAS

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Sparkles Forum Christmas ChallengeCAS Christmas

Garland card:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas


You’re Sweet…..

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has started a new CAS theme. This time we want to see:

Here is my card:

I ended up creating a one layer card, using Simon Says Stamp ‘Sweet Truffles’ which just arrived here and is part of the February 2021 card kit. This kit usually gets to me middle of the month – and usually after I have paid – or opted out of – the next months kit.

I started by stamping the middle chocolate, then masked it and stamped the other two. I used a brown Gina K amalgam ink this time – not so harsh, and perfect for using the chocolatey colours, I think.

I used Copics to colour the images, and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, and also stamped in the same brown ink.

There some amazing inspiration from the Design, and all sorts of different takes on the theme – I hope you can come and join us with your creations – don’t forget to follow our theme and keep it CAS. I hope to see you there. xx

Your Time To Make A Splash

Hello – just nipping in to share a CAS card for a couple of challenges. I have been thinking about both of these for quite a few days – and whilst browsing through the CML app came across a couple of Clearly Besotted stamp sets I thought would work perfectly:

I wanted it to look like the dolphin wash diving into a pool of water, so as this needed just a tiny bit of masking, I stamped the dolphin first, masked the little nose off, then stamped the puddle.

The sentiment and little splashes were added, and all coloured with Copics to match the colour challenge.

A CAS card for someone who has recently had promotion, and a little encouragement for them.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS On SundayCAS – turquoise/teal, orange, white

Perfectly CAS – CAS – one third or less – prompt word ‘SPLASH’

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Long Distance Fox Hugs

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today using masking, water-colouring, ink blending, stamping:

It took me a while, and a lot of thinking, on how to create this card. I knew I wanted to use this stamp set, knew I wanted some ink blending, knew I would need to do some masking – but once I had decided what needed to be stamped and ink blended in which order – off I went.

I’ve tried a ‘gallery’ setting to demonstrate the process – does it work ok?

I first stamped the fox and light images onto Distress Water-color card stock – smooth side – using Gina K Amalgam ink, stamped again and created a mask for the images, Then a circle stencil added from Honey Bee Stamps, lots of masking tape so I didn’t go outside the circle, ink blended Spun Sugar then Picked Raspberry, and removed the masks to reveal the images again. I always love that part – especially when it works!

I dried that with the Ranger Heat Tool – I was ‘Jennabled’ by Jenn Shurkus after doing a few of her online classes. The use of Distress Inks again for colouring, and the use of the heat tool – well worth it. I can’t seem to stop using them. I then used the other two colours of Distress Ink to water-colour the images.

After drying the water-colouring again, I stamped the sentiment which comes in the same stamp set.

I currently like to send ‘just because’ cards, as we haven’t been able to meet our friends for quite a while. I have found that making these kinds of cards helps me to have a reason to create, and also sends just a little bit of love and best wishes.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown Turquoise, rust, pink, megenta

CASology FOX

Jan’s Digi Stamps challengeanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring (week 7)

As You Like It Challengefavourite reason to send a card and why

Diorama Shaker

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge with a new theme. We have reached the letter ‘X’, and Debbie has chosen the theme as ‘Xtra Folds’. Here is my card:

This card took quite a lot of work to put together, but I am pleased with the outcome.

I used a diorama card base, and from the front panel I die cut a floral heart. This die set is from Crafters Companion I have had for absolutely ages, and ‘found’ it when I was once again sorting through some of my stash.

The leaves and flowers are from MFT, some die cut from the same pink floral dotty background card, and some from a light pink card stock from Concord & 9th.

I added some acetate to the back of the floral heart so they would be supported, and at this point I decided to make it into a shaker card – me, making a shaker card…………wonders never cease!

I used another of the layering heart dies form the same set, cut another piece of acetate, used Heffy Doodle foam tape, some pink and clear sparkly thingies, and there we have it – a diorama shaker card.

For the sentiment, I think I’ll add something to the back of the card – or maybe write something special for mum-in-law for Mother’s Day next month.

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘Xtra Folds’ challenge – I look forward to seeing what Xtra folds you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes with option of fancy fold

Crafty Creations Challenge anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

The House That Stamps Builtanything goes

Creative Moments Challenge anything goes

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Daffodils For Mum

Hello there. I hope you are doing well. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and the theme this time has been chosen by our esteemed leader – Caz – as ‘Mother’s Day (UK) or a card for a special lady‘. Here is my card:

Mother’s Day in the UK is 14th March this year, which is why I chose this theme. Mum’s birthday is also in March – but that card is already made.

Mum has always liked daffodils, they are her favourite flower – that yellow sunshine in the spring.

I used Altenew ‘Build-a-flower Daffodil’, Altenew inks, and layered them onto a wood grain effect piece of embossed card, once cut using the matching dies.

I went with the traditional daffodil colours – yellow with darker orange centres, and added a stamped and fussy-cut basket from Card-io stamps to ground them in. The sentiment is from a Catherine Pooler stamp set.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Unicorn Challengeuse flowers

Addicted To Stampsany occasion

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

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Wish You Were Here….

Hello there. I have another slimline card to share today, using a selection of Clearly Besotted stamps, a stencil, and some masking:

This card took a little planning and a little measuring before I even began adding the images. I picked the size of my card base, then measured the size of the window stamp to try and place this evenly across the bottom, marking with a pencil the outline of each window. I then stamped each of the jungle animals, created a mask for each of them, then stamped each window.

Before colouring, just in case I messed this part up, then masked each window off, and used a brick stencil to create a little wall scene.

I tried to keep the colours quite simple – varying between the flowers, the animal, and the curtains, to try and create some cohesiveness – the flowers being the same colour but slightly darker than the curtains, adding a strip sentiment once all was done.

I’m missing company, missing nipping round to someone’s house for a coffee and natter – and having them nip round to mine. Hopefully, we can start to do those things again in a few weeks – it’s the simple things like this which get to me more than actually going out and about…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls – slimline card

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge anything goes with a sentiment

Pink Gem Challengeanything goes

Santa’s Little Village

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – here is my card:

For this card, everything except the dark teal card base – and the colouring – is from Heffy Doodle. The images from ‘Santa’s Village‘. Even though I stamped most of the images in the set, these four were the one’s I chose for the card. Once coloured with Copics, and die-cut with the matching dies, I set them to one side to create the base card and layers.

Very simply, the scalloped layer is from Heffy Doodle ‘slimline pull tab’ die set, and the white layer is Heffy Doodle ‘stitched slimline trio’. The base card is pre-cut and scored, from Papermill Direct, and having the scalloped layer being at that exact size length-wise meant there was no border at the sides, but a good border top and bottom.

I quite like the look, which is why I chose a darker more obvious base-card – instead of trying to hide it – we have to use our stash, don’t we?

I decided to keep the square die-cuts inside each window – not even raising them up or even raising the frame – liking the clean look it gives with just that pattern around each square. No ink-blending, no splatters – just a clean almost monochromatic look.

I went searching for a suitable sentiment – the correct size etc – but decided not to put one on the front, and left it as you see.

I hope you can come and join us – anything goes Christmas/festive – and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Just Us Girls ChallengeSlimline Card

Winter Wonderland Challenge anything goes Christmas

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Looking At The Same Moon

Hello once again. A new challenge is starting at The Alphabet Challenge. Meg is the host and she has chosen the theme of ‘Woodland Flora or Fauna‘ as we have reached the letter ‘W’. Here is my card:

It appears I’ve been in an inky and messy playing mood…..

The image of the hare from Indigo Blu was my first thought for the challenge theme, and I feel lends itself to a more fluid and colourful background as opposed to a clean and simple card.

I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Peacock Feathers in the Distress Ink line – and just went for it! Once the ink was on the glass mat, I added some water, smooshing that card down in there. Sometimes I added water to the card, and sometimes I used a piece of packaging and added to the card that way, so I could control – just a little – where the colour went.

I tried to create some lines within each colour, but tried not to mix the three colours together too much – going for a grass and sky background – if you squint a little I think it works! 🙂

Anyhoo, once I was happy with the background, and it had dried completely, I then stamped the hare image – using my Misti as I had used the textured side of the water-colour card – and stamped it probably about 3 or 4 times to get a crisp and complete image.

I managed to find some green/teal card with some shine for one of the layers, and stuck them all together as you see.

The sentiment – love this sentiment – is from the same stamp set, stamped onto another piece of water-colour ink smooshing card I didn’t like the look of originally – and added with some foam squares.

I hope you can come and join us, following our theme of course, and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with animals

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