Oh Deer, Christmas

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As you can see, this Christmas card is a combination of gold, green, and red. It has many elements on the card, many layers, and quite a bit of embossing.

The base card is 8” x 8”, with a slightly smaller layer, which I embossed with Creative Expressions ‘Swirling Holly’ embossing folder. Another layer of a brushed gold card, and further layer of the same embossing folder. The central oval tag is from Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson ‘Lattice Snowflake’, using the oval itself, then a further oval in green of the main element from that die set. The snowflake used from another Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson set Festive snowflakes.

The added elements were the ‘x-cut’ poinsettia die, cut out several times, layered up, with the top layer having Glossy accents for the shine. The central dazzler added for a little glitter.The holly die cuts were again from Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson ‘Holly Sprays’, adding red glitter glue to the berries.

The ‘Deer family’ from Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson were cut out of red card, embossed to make their detail stand out more, and I also rubbed gold gilding wax over the top, to bring their colour in-line more with the rest of the card.

Over-all, quite a few layers, but I think the gold, green, and red are definitely a colourful Christmas.

I will be putting this card into the following challenge blogs:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Crafty hazelnuts Christmas challenge extra

Creative Expression/Sue Wilson: ‘Swirling Holly’ embossing folder EF-023; ‘Deer Family’ die set CED3042; ‘Holly Sprays’ CED3013; ‘Lattice Snowflake’ CED3021;

X-Cut Poinsettia die set





‘C’ is for Cat


I have been thinking of making a card with the ‘Tiger Tiger’ stamp from Sheena Douglass, for a while, and had the opportunity today, and also the opportunity to enter it into a challenge – the Alphabet Challenge Blog.

The card is also not what I would usually make, as it involves making a background, and water-colouring, and using lots of colours, but I wanted to give it a go and see what I ended up with.

The first thing I did was to stamp the tiger onto water colour paper, and colour him with Spectrum Aqua pens. I used two colours, then water-brushed, then dried, then applied more colour from a different pen.

For the background, I used an acetate sheet, and scribbled three different colours onto it, sprayed liberally with water, and just ‘plonked’ my card onto it. I made sure the card stayed for a few seconds, to pick up all the colour, before I lifted it up, and dried it with my heat tool.

I stamped the tiger again on the background, for positioning purposes (I was cutting him out of the previous sheet and sticking him on when I had completed the background), and stamped the leaves from the same ‘Tiger Tiger’ stamp set. The leaves were stamped using the Spectrum Aqua pens, to give a more distressed look. I wanted to create a sort of camouflage area for him, a canopy almost. I also distressed the edge of the main background card.

After I cut the stamped tiger out, I stuck him to the main background with Crafters Companion ‘stick and stay’, and drew around him with a black Spectrum Aqua pen for more definition. The sentiment is from the same stamp set – they all work very well together.

I then chose a couple of backing coloured card which reflected some of the tones in the main background and tiger himself. I rounded the corners of the layers for effect, and to create and interest in the backing cards which doesn’t detract from the tiger himself.

I am quite pleased with the end result, it is quite rich and colourful, and it makes me think I should probably keep playing with colours……….!

Sheena Douglass stamps – A taste of India – ‘Tiger Tiger’

Crafters Companion – Spectrum Aqua pens  – Topaz, Fawn, Gold, Yellow, Crimson, and Black for the Tiger; Leaf Green for the leaves; Sepia, Chocolate, Teal, Aquamarine, Moss for the background; ‘Stick and Stay’;

Tonic textured card for the background card

Be Creative double-sided sticky tape

Black Archival ink for the sentiment

We R Memory Keepers – Envelope punch board




Green Christmas Card


I have mentioned on a previous post that I like to get ideas to make cards, and I do tend to concentrate on that topic. I have another card here which I will be adding to another challenge – Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge – with the theme being ‘green’.

I made this card by matting a green layer onto an 8” x 8” card base. The next layer is a sheet of acetate, covered with a double sided sticky sheet, and applied gilding flakes. I then turned this upside down, the smooth side of the acetate to the top, as I liked the way the gilding flakes glittered through the acetate. I adhered that to the green matt with double sided tape.

The focus is the Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced design die, taking out the inner part as I wanted as much of the gilding flakes to show through as possible. The middle oval I stamped and embossed a Christmas greeting in silver, which I thought would tie-in with the gilding flakes.

I added a poinsettia from the X-Cut die set, cut out of red card, three layers to the flower, and added Glossy Accents to the leaves for extra shine. I shaped each of the leaves of the flower for added dimension. The middle of the poinsettia is a shiny dazzler.

I then die cut several of the Creative Expressions/ Sue Wilson festive Holly Sprays, and added a red Stickles dot to where I thought the red berries would be, and inserted the die cuts beneath the oval, only sticking them down underneath the oval, so there would be some movement of the holly sprays. I added some die cut holly, again adding red to the berries.

I also made the two stick pins with colours to match the card, as a bit more sparkle.

I enjoyed making this card, and it did take longer than I usually spend, as it involves quite a few different techniques, but I’m happy with the result. I may have to make more using similar techniques as I enjoyed it so much.

I have recently also entered this card into CHNC challenge extra for April, as per recent comment from the challenge organiser.


White and Gold Christmas card

As I tend to make cards for personal use only, I have found a good way to get ideas, and a reason to make cards, is by using ideas and themes from card challenge blogs. This card was inspired by the 52 Card Christmas Throwdown – and what a good idea to make Christmas cards throughout the year, ensuring there are plenty for giving away when the time comes.

This entry into the challenge is an 8” x 8” white base card. I then used a smaller layer, and edged it in ‘Be Creative’ double sided sticky tape, added Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder ‘Bright Gold’ to the tape – and heat set it. The sticky tape is amazing, and doesn’t burn when using a heat tool, so it is easy to add embossing to the edges of cards. I like to heat emboss from above, as I like the uneven look of it. I edged a couple of layers in this way, to give the focus elements a bit of a lift.

The main white of the card was embossed with Creative Expressions ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ embossing folder. I also used the image from Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Stamps to Die For ‘Christmas Night Bauble’, stamped in Perfect Medium, and heat embossed it with the same Cosmic Shimmer  embossing powder, and die cut it with the matching set of dies ‘Festive Collection – Sentimental Bauble’. I added that to another matt and layer, raising both elements with foam pads.

The sentiment I used was from Sentimentally Yours by Phill Martin, a set a bought last year, also stamped and embossed, and layered with another edge of the bright gold embossing powder.

The poinsettias are from an X-Cut die set, and I used the second size down, two layers on each, slightly curved the leaves with my pricking tool, and cut from the card I also embossed with the ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ embossing folder for a little more interest. The finishing touch is a couple of white flat back pearls to the centre.


Purple Wine




close-up of the sparkle

This card was inspired by the Allsorts Challenge blog for week 38 – Purple Passion. I love anything purple, and love wine – so thought I would combine the two!

The base card is a substantial cream card, with a purple card layered on top. I then had another piece of cream card, over which I placed a double sided sticky sheet. I placed some purple netting, usually used as gift wrap, over the top. The hardest part was actually trying to ensure the netting was straight on my card – I think I achieved it! The spaces in between the netting is Creative Expressions glitter jewels, which stuck to the double sided sticky sheet, and gave a little bling to my card – another passion….a blingy card.

The main top piece was layered with foam pads. The stamps I used were from a selection from Honey Doo Crafts – A Bottle of Vine, and Just The One – stamped simply with black archival ink, but edged with purple ink to give some tone and colour to the otherwise simple top part.

For me this was a fairly simple card, with only a couple of layers – but I think the stamps speak for themselves – with an added bit of bling.

I hope you all like it.

Sparkly congratulations


I was given the idea for a card by a work colleague. She has a 60th wedding anniversary to go to in a few months, and as this is the diamond anniversary, I began to think about doing a shiny and sparkly card.

I used an 8” square white card base, and cut a square just under 7.5 inches for the first layer. The black layer is a baroque embossed card from my stash, and was stuck flat to the base card. I covered a piece of coconut white card with a double sided sticky sheet, added Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels for the sparkly effect, then cut a square to layer out of that sheet leaving a fairly wide black border underneath it. I added dimension by using foam tape.

The lattice effect is by using Spellbinders ‘Labels One Card Front’ on a piece of Creative Expressions black card. I stuck the edges and centre down, but not the lattice pieces, as I like the shadow effect this gives. The centre sparkly tag is from Spellbinders ‘Labels 47 Decorative Elements’ which has been raised with foam tape.

The sentiment is by Sue Wilson and Creative expressions, cut from black foam. I tried to cut and layer the sentiment several times from card – I wanted a dimensional sentiment – but I couldn’t quite get the layers to line up right. I remembered I had bought some colours of foam – and it cut beautifully with the sentiment and my electronic Big Shot – no problem at all.

The embellishments are Spellbinders ‘Tiered Multiloop Bows’ cut out of another piece of card I had stuck the Glitter Jewels to. I wanted a solid bow, as it was sparkly, and put the layers together with a Hobby House rhinestone brad.

The two stick pins/hat pins are hand made by me to add further sparkle.


Creative Expressions black card

Creative Expressions coconut white card

Creative Expressions double sided sticky sheet

Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson Noble Dies – Double Pierced Squares – CED5509

Creative expressions/Sue Wilson – Expressions – Congratulations – CED5418

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels

Spellbinders Labels One Card Front – S6-023

Spellbinders ‘Labels 47 Decorative Elements’

Spellbinders Tiered Multiloop Bows – S6-048

Hobby House – Rhinestone Brads







Simple but effective

I had inspiration for the following couple of cards from a YouTube channel by Sarah Elliott. Sarah has a series of videos called ‘Use it or lose it’ and involves going through her crafty stash and creating cards, utilising items she hasn’t used, or not used for a while.

Episode 10 involves going through her embossing folders, so I utilised her idea and created a bunch of cards using Kraft card 6” x 6” pre-scored card, Centura Pearl card cut to fit on the front, and embossed with my range of embossing folders – some of which I have never even used.

My  embossing folders consisted of tattered Lace 8×8 inches squares, corners, and borders, as well as Crafters Companion textures embossing folders. I added embellishments from Tim Holtz/Sizzix butterfly duo die and matching embossing folder, Tim Holtz/Sizzix feathers die and matching embossing folder. The sentiments I used were from Tonic. Some of the elements are flat to the card, and I have raised some with foam pads.

These cards were easy to make and put together, but I feel quite effective.

They are going to be donated to the charity which supports the ward I work on – Neurocare.