Alphabet Challenge – Vegetables

Hello there. I am pleased to be hosting the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge – and I chose the theme of ‘Vegetables’. I know, I know – quirky huh?

The Design Team has come up with some amazing inspiration – I do hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see your take on this theme.

Here is my card:

I used a stamp set from Heffy Doodle, stamped with Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics – which I haven’t done for a while.

Then I turned to the layout, and utilised a sketch challenge. To adhere to the sketch, I decided to use the ‘Welcome Wreath’ from W Plus 9 to create the six circles. First layer with a dark green ink, then thought the wreath needed more, so added a browny ink layer, and finally a lighter green layer.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I copic coloured the orange strips underneath the white strip, just to make it stand out more, and cut it to a jaunty angle – just like the carrots..

I hope you pop along to see what the Design Team have created – there are lovely inspiration cards over there – some quirky, some funny, and some just plain sweet. Here’s hoping to see your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – all loved up

The Paper Players sketch

Watercooler Challengesoccasions (Valentine)

Time Out Challenges affectionate

Simon Monday Challenge Blog Logo

Using Kraft Card

Hi there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and the theme this time is ‘use Kraft paper/card‘. Here is my card:

I used a newly purchased stencil from Funky Fossil called Leafy Tree, so I juts had to use some green Tonic Glacier Paste to showcase this delightful design.

It was stenciled straight onto the Kraft card – no warping – and left to dry overnight.

The sentiment is from Altenew, and also using one of their alphabet stamps for the ‘You‘ as I wanted this a little bigger. Embossed outline in white, then using the fill-in stamps in the alphabet set with a white ink pad.

I simple design, but it took a little planning with the paste, and leaving it to dry overnight, and that tree is quite large – the card base is 5 x 7 inches….

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and MoreCAS

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

The Sisterhood of Crafters newly acquired stash (stencil)

Lemon Shortbreadatg

Shiny Red Christmas

Hi there. There is another challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – as always – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

A few more photos from different angles:

I enjoyed re-visiting my past style of cards with the Wonderfully White card last week, I decided to do another die-cut card for this challenge.

The base layers are from a new purchase for me from Card Making Magic – ‘A5 Ornate Rectangles’ die set, using quite a few of the the larger layers in white and a shiny red card.

The sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs, and the poinsettia and leaves are from Sue Wilson.

The smallest rectangle is embossed using a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder, for some added interest.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Crafty Friends Challengeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas with option no sentiment

Heart Caught in Crystal

Hello once again. I have a card to share utilising a technique I haven;t tried for ages – years in fact. It is the ‘caught in crystal’ technique I first saw from Sue Wilson.

The current challenge at CASology made me think of that technique again – so I went hunting through my stash for products I could use. Here is one of the results:

I started with a piece of acetate and added some glue, smoothed it out a little, then added alcohol inks, mica powders, ink sprays – well, I added a whole load of stuff to the background, but tried to keep it a deep red/purple look, as I knew I wanted to use this Simon Says Stamp ‘Streaming heart’ die – a recent purchase.

I then added some pink tissue paper – I didn’t have any white, so used the pink. Once dry it looked like this on the tissue paper side:

And on the shiny acetate side it looked like this:

It’s very difficult to picture the shine and metallic look to this – but I promise there is some in there somewhere………..I chose which area of the acetate piece I wanted showing through the die-cut heart, cut out a square piece, and glued it down beneath the white heart piece.

The sentiment is from an Altenew set called ‘Wishing You’ – I wanted a short but sweet sentiment.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASologyCrystal

As You Like It Challengeanything goes

Mowing Along With The Timesall things new (heart die)

Crafters Cafe Blog ChallengeCAS

Stamplorations CAS January ChallengeCAS option metallic

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Fusion Regal Beauty

Hello once again. I have a card to share today which I made over the weekend – a craftathon weekend for me:

The colours and layout are based on the current challenge at the Fusion Card Challenge:

The colours in the photo were greys and a touch of brown, so I used those colours to stamp the flowers from Altenew ‘Regal Beauty‘ and a combination of their grey and browns inks.

I used the sketch layout to arrange the flower and leaves to mimic the semi-circle, using a lot of the leaves and only one flower, once I had cut them out using the matching die set.

The sentiment is from Thirsty Brush and Co, heat embossed on white onto a grey piece of card, and the ends of the sentiment piece cut using the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease‘ die set to create the banner look. I always seem to go wonky when I cut those banners free-hand, so this die set and those small triangles are just great for this.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge – sketch and photo

Trimmies Craft Challenge atg

Arty Divas Challengeatg

A Perfect Time To Craftatg

Dies R Us Challengebirthday including dies

Wonderfully White

Hello there. I have been die-cutting and die-cutting yesterday and today, whilst an alcohol ink creation was drying for a future project.

This card is paying homage to the first kind of cards I liked to make – and realise I still do! I used to take a lot of the Sue Wilson die sets and just cut them out, then add them to a card base – lots of layers and dimension.

There are some die sets here that are new to me – I used a Christmas gift token to buy some older Sue Wilson die sets – so – new to me, though older sets.

Here is my humongous card:

It has become clear to me that taking a good photograph of a project which is white is near-on impossible. I tried outside in the daylight, I tried using my mobile camera with and without the flash, I even tried some photograph ‘fixing’…………I’m not 100% happy with any of the photographs, but I have provided quite a few so you get the idea.

I used the same white card on all of these die-cuts – even though the picture sometimes gives the impression of different types or make of card, and even some of the photos means the card looks cream or ivory – all the same card, and all the card is white………………

I used a card base from a pre-scored pack – does anyone else have lots of card bases is shapes and sizes? – as I wanted a really large card base to add all my elements.

The dies sets and embossing folders are listed, but the process began with die-cutting the poinsettias, then embossing the flowers with the ‘Ice Crystals‘ embossing folder to add some interest to the flower leaves.

I stuck the flowers onto the card base with 3D glue, as this allows some moving around and slotting in of other elements. The added leaves and branches placed as you see.

The sentiment is die cut three times and stacked for dimension, and adding the outline die-cut too, to bring the sentiment more into focus.

The white accents to the centre of the flowers came about because I was looking for some white glittery Nuvo Drops – but found these instead

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow Card ChallengeWonderfully White

Water Cooler ChallengeOccasions

Cut It Up Challengedie cuts and snow – (white and frosty with snowflake and icicle embossing folder)

My Time To Craft use new stash

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Happy Little Stampers atg with dies Challengeatg with dies

Christmas 24 Challengeatg Christmas

Use Washi Tape

Hello – This is the theme of the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge – to use some washi tape.

I actually don;t have very much Washi tape at all. It isn’t something I use – at all. I must have bought some at some point, because I used the only washi tape I could find in my stash – and I have been looking for ages:

That’s the tape – right there at the bottom of the card – those two strips of tape. That’s it – my supply of washi tape……..

I decided to use it as a border – as you see – by sticking to the bottom of some patterned paper that came with a recent Tonic Craft Kit which is still sitting on my craft table.

Also sat on my table were these red snowflakes. I had cut them out of some red shiny and textured paper – also from Tonic – but hadnlt got around to using them them. I had a plan for another card, but that plan changed drastically, so these were sitting there all forlorn – I just had to put them to use.

The snowflakes are from Uniko, and I think they look stunning in this red paper, and I tried to capture the shine:

The word is also die cut from that same red paper, but for some reason the Gemini Go squishes the pattern – the Gemini Junior didn’t. The word is also layered with white card for added sturdiness.

I hope you can come and join us, as I certainly want to see your creations with washi tape – I need inspiration!

I shall also be entering the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – atg Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeatg Patterned Papers

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Happy Little Stampers atg with dies Challengeatg with dies

Here is a place to start – atg