Christmas Pine Cones

We have a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas or festive. Here is my card:

Using one of my pre-made ink smooshed cards, I die cut the pine cones and branch. The base is a 3D embossing folder – leaving it white to be able to see the texture, but also to highlight the pine cones and branches.

I also used some enamel dots I had laying around – no idea where they came from. I think they were part of a kit or an online order as a freebie – but I thought the colours matched the card perfeclty.

Quite simple in it’s design, but lots of texture.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas makes. xx

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Krafty Chicks Christmas

Creative Knockouts anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

DL Art Challenge fall colours

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Birthday Balloons

Hello once again. I’ve been playing some more in my craft room, and using some of the backgrounds I created a while ago – this time using an alcohol ink piece of Yupo to create this CAS card:

I used this die from MFT which cuts the balloons and the frame, and with the additional balloons provided I die cut them from the piece of Yupo paper.

The frame I stuck down with some foam strips – they were very, very sticky so I’m glad I stuck it down straight! The balloons were stuck down using wet glue…….and then I wondered what I was going to do for the sentiment – I had forgotten to stamp it before I put all the layers together. I didn’t think the Misti would help, due to the dimension, so I actually stamped using an acrylic block! Shocker! I rarely do that because I always get it wrong…..

This time, I prepped my stamp, I used a Catherine Pooler ink, and chose an outline sentiment…….and it worked! It’s always good when a plan comes together – but I was nervous of spoiling the card…….I’m glad I didn’t! It is only a few pieces of card, but still……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday anything goes birthday with option pastel colours (not taken)

Clean and Simple on Sunday CAS Balloons

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Aud Sentiments Challenge birthday sentiment

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Shimmery leaves and a dove

Hi. I have been inspired to create this card using the elements from the current challenge at Festive Friday. They proved an inspiration list, and you have to use at least three elements from that list. I must admit I think I used more than three elements – I enjoyed playing and constructing my card. Here it is:

I started by using one of the new Tim Holtz mica sprays, and sprayed two pieces of card, as I knew I wanted at least a 6 inch square panel, and I also wanted to die cut the leaves from it.

Whilst that was drying, I die cut the dove from Simon Says Stamp – putting some tape on the back to hold all the pieces together – minus the legs. I couldn’t figure out a way to keep the legs on the dove – so it’s juts sitting there instead!

I then took another piece of black card and dry embossed the basket weave from We R Memory Keepers, by which time the sprayed panels were dry – and so, so shimmery!

I layered the square of green onto the black card base, added the embossed panel, then played the layout of the leaves, and ended up with them as you see. I didn’t stick the entire leaf down each time, leaving some just kinda flapping and giving movement, then added the dove with some foam squares.

So let’s have a look at the inspiration list:

It appears I used a dove, white, leaves, non-rectangular card base, die-cuts, and spritzing………

I shall also be entering this card into the current challenge at Beyond The Blue – with the theme of ‘let it shimmer’ – those mica sprays are really, really shimmery – whether I’ve managed to catch the shimmer in the photos or not – it’s certainly there. xx

‘L’ is for Leaves

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘L’ and Deborah has chosen the theme of ‘LEAVES’. Here is my card:

I’m doing some messy playing at the moment – I do like creating background panels and adding them to my stock – sometimes I think I enjoy this more than actually creating cards with them…….!

I used a Tim Holtz mica stain on a piece of Distress Heavy stock, and when that was dry I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder, then wiped some Sizzix lustre wax over the top for even more shine and interest.

The etched laurel leaves were die cut from another piece of card stock which had yet another Tim Holtz mica spray on it.

The frame is from Tum Holtz too, and so is the sentiment strip.

I hope you can come and join – I look forward to seeing your creations involving leaves. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Inkspirationalautumn leaves

We Love 2 Create anything goes mixed media

Creative Artiste Mixed Media anything goes mixed media

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

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Use stencils – Cardz 4 Galz

Hi there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and Debbie has chose the theme of ‘Stencils’. Here is my card:

managed to catch the shine

The background stencil is one from my stash – no idea where it came from – but it was big enough to create two card bases:

I mixed Salvaged Patina Distress Paint with some Altenew embossing paste and set that aside to dry once scraping it through the stencil.

The words are die cut from a piece of Distress Heavy-stock, sprayed with the new Halloween colour from Tim Holtz – and I certainly made use of that little piece of card:

The die cuts are from Concord & 9th, I even managed to cut the little hearts out of that same piece of card stock – utilising every available space on that piece….

So much shimmer and shine in those Halloween spray colours – even though I don’t ‘do’ Halloween – I love the way these colours look…….so vibrant…..

I hope you are able to come and join us with your girlie makes using stencils – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft – anything goes

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Use Your Stuff anything goes

Crafters Café anything goes

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Creative Fingers anything goes

We Love 2 CreateAnything goes mixed media

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Happy Bird-Day

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge for the month of September. The theme is ‘Winged Things’ – in a CAS style. I had to make a birthday card, as it’s my birthday this month – so here is my card:

For the circle I used the Concord & 9th turnabout we received as part of the their Summer Camp, using their ink cubes, and then used a stitched circle die.

The bird die is also from Concord & 9th – Birdie Talk – and using their card stock too……so it’s turned out to be a Concord & 9th card really…….

It would be great to see your CAS style cards with this current theme – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

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Allsorts Challenge CAS

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Addicted to CAS CAS NATURE

INTAAS birthday

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S for Stencil, T for Two

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’. Our prompts for these letters are S for Stencil, and T for Two. As long as they are Christmas creations and follow our theme, then you’re good. Here are my cards:

The first card is using several stencils actually. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s how it went. The central poinsettia image and the background image are stencils from Uniko. It involved a lot of masking – a lot! I also used a Hero Arts alignment stencil for part of the masking process too.

I first used the alignment tool to make the square on the card base, then added the poinsettia stencil. then masked around it, then used Distress Oxide to create the purple flower in the centre.

Some change of the masking, I then did the green – but when I finished the card I didn’t like the green – which is why there is a frame around the flower…..

All sorts of masking, using itty bitty pieces of post-it notes as these gave me the angles and the movement I needed. In the end I also stenciled the background, using the little square mask from the Hero Arts stencil set – and even more post-it notes for the bottom edge.

As I didn’t like the green, I created a frame using some stitched square dies, then ink blended the same pink oxide so it matched.

The second card has an ink blended background, splattered with water, then when it was dry I stamped the Hero Arts ‘Winter Swirls’ background stamp with white pigment ink.

The snowmen are from Hero Arts also – coloured with Copics, some white detail for the scarves, and placed as if they were in a blizzard……..

I hope you can come and join us for our Christmas themes this time round – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Snowman card:

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock photo inspiration

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Poinsettia card:

52 CCT Christmas and stencils

Christmas Craft Creations Christmas and non-traditional colours

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Color Throwdown – Winter Scene

Hi guys. I am lucky enough to have been randomly chosen featured stamper for a recent Color Throwdown Challenge, and so once again I am Guest Star Stamper for the new challenge.

Here are the colours for this week:

blue, grey, light blue, white

And here is my interpretation of those colours:

I started by ink blending two shades of blue Distress Oxides onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. This card is a new purchase for me, and I can certainly see why this is a favourite for ink blending – I am sure I will use this again and again.

Once blended, I die cut the Forest Backdrop in Concord & 9th ‘Dove’ card stock, as well as die cutting all the other elements in that same colour – with some white for the house roof, the underneath of the trees and the moon.

I stuck down the backdrop, then added all the elements, with either foam squares or directly with glue, and then added some glitter oen to all the white areas.

I also added some of the stars in grey and white for the sky – adding the glitter pen to them all.

The moon is actually two die cuts placed together to create a shadow effect. I did contemplate shading the die cuts with a Copic marker, but I struggle with that – unlike Nichol Spohr – but I will keep practising – just not with this card….

I enjoyed the challenge of using these colours to create a card, and I hope you can join the team this time round. xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

Time Out Challengecoloured card base

Jingle Belles Rock photo Inspiration

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Spread Kindness Around Like Confetti..

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. This time, with the letter being ‘K’, Billie has chosen the theme – we want to see your creations using the word ‘kindness‘. This word has to be used – but you can create anything, for any reason – as long as the word ‘kindness’ is used.

Here is my card:

I needed the word ‘kindness’ so I searched through the CML app – and found quite a few. This sentiment shouted out at me – such a great sentiment – so I built the card around that.

After stamping and white heat embossing the sentiment, I used the confetti stamp – from the same set – to stamp with a white ink pad, with the dots radiating outwards and upwards.

Thinking of keeping the card quite open, and quite simple, I used the Antique Engravings cover die – layered several times – removed the frames from the die cuts, and placed down as you see.

I hope you can join us and share your ‘kindness’ creations with us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – atg

Get Creative Challenge – atg

Creative Moments Challenge atg

Time Out Challenge use a coloured card base

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Show us a cute dog

Hi there. I am hosting the current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and a chose the theme of ‘cute dog/s” as it is national dog day today. I personally have two cats, and would to have dogs, but this isn’t feasible at the moment. So come and share with us your ‘cute dog’ creations – girlie them of course – and try to persuade me otherwise…..

Here is my card:

For some strange reason, I ordered this Simon Says Stamp die a while back – don’t ask me why – definitely on a whim. I do love SSS animal and critter dies

I die cut the little doggy, but I did create a background for me to add all the little bits onto, then fussy cut it.

The pink ink smooshed background is from my stash – loving the Kitsch Flamingo – and die cut, with an extra white die cut rectangle for added interest.

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle.

I hope you can come and join us with your girlie and doggy creations. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS CAS

Happy Little Stampers atg with dies

Cute Card Thursday atg cute

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