Hello. As the weather here is grey and rainy, I have spent some time in my craft room. Here is the card:
This card used stamp sets from several companies, some masking, and generally some forward planning on my part. It’s a good job I had nothing better to do.
Some other views:
I decided to do another slimline card – well, DL for us – I ordered some DL card bases so started with that. The upper row of trees is from Mama Elephant, and as this row is only wide enough for a smaller card, I stamped once on one end, then again on the other end – then masked some trees off and stamped to cover the middle………I filled in a tiny little gap with an artliner.
Then – the next row of trees using a Lawn Fawn stamp set – one side, then the other – but these were a little longer, so I only stamped twice – and filled in the gap with the artliner, knowing my Santa would be there at the end.
The images from MFT – stamped, coloured and die cut out. Once placed down, there were some gaps, so I stamped, coloured, and cut some more little trees from the Lawn Fawn set – all stuck down as you see.
Some Copic BG00 for some snowy hillsides. Then I remembered that the colours for the Color Throwdown Challenge needed some silver….hmmm… do I go with some glitter, a silver sentiment – but where to put it as I liked the scene as it was and didn’t want to cover much of it up…..
How about a banner that Santa would hold? No – would cover the trees…
How about a signpost? Now then – I went with that one – searched through the Color My Life app – there we are…..but the signpost when stamped has snow on it and a sentiment wouldn’t fit……
So – I coloured a piece of card in brown – a neutral allowed colour – stamped the sign post alongside it – die cut the sign post – coloured the post itself, then cut out the stamped and silver heat embossed sentiment – stuck it on top of the signpost…….hey presto!
Then I decided to add some white gel pen highlights to some images – but stayed away from adding glitter or glimmer – I just didn’t want to make any mistakes now the card was together. This time – I knew when to stop!
Hello. I have two cards to share today – both CAS – in appearance if not in making:
The first card is using the gorgeous Altenew ‘Bountiful Branch’ layering stamp set – thank goodness for my Misti! This is an old but loved stamp set, I have used a couple of times before – but maybe not this year, actually – I’ll have to have a look back…….
I was inspired to make a one layer card, stamping the branch slightly off the edge, and making the sentiment up from several in the Altenew ‘Peaceful Wreath’ stamp set.
The second card was a little more of a challenge – I tend to smudge cards when I try and do some ink vlending on them – but this worked quite well.
I took the card base, masked off most of it to leave the top part out and ready to ink blend using my Distress Ink ‘Speckled Egg’ – I chose this colour for a cool bluey kinda greeny background behind my glittery snowflake die cuts.
These snowflakes are from Uniko – maybe a couple of years old – and die cut out of some low shed glitter card stock. I decided the leave in the middle star, and arranged them as you see.
I did toy with different shaped and sized snowflakes, but in the end went with the same – and don’t the perfectly fit the edge of the card? Who knows – maybe Bev from Uniko planned it that way – I wouldn’t be surprised……
The sentiment is stamped in Distress Oxide ‘Speckled Egg‘ – the Distress ink was a little too ‘distressed’ looking for me. Yes – I bought the whole release of that colour – full set syndrome……
Hello. It’s been a few days since my last post, but work and loss of upstairs heating – where my craft room is – has interfered a little. The heating was fixed yesterday, so I was able to go and craft to create this little Panda snow scene:
I can tell Royal Mail is struggling with deliveries again, as I usually receive items from Seven Hills Crafts within 2 days of ordering – but it has taken almost a week……….now I have them, the heating was fixed – so off I went.
I stamped the Panda images with Gina K Amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics to match the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenges.
The background hillsides are from Lawn Fawn – stamped, coloured, then die cut to create a couple of snowy hillsides.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, and the cream card for the top area is a textured cream card, so I didn’t feel the need to add anything to that area.
I added some glitter to the hills and trees, and some stickles to the pom-poms on the hats. You can blame Jenn Shurkus for that! I did the virtual craft retreat last weekend – two full days of craftiness. So even though my kit hadn’t arrived to participate – I still watched all weekend and did some other crafty stuff – but the take-away message from that weekend?
Use glitter – everywhere (and it certainly gets everywhere) so until I manage to watch the replay and go through the kit now it’s arrived – I’m glittering, and using glittery stuff……..
Hi there. Another challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz and it’s my time to host. I chose the theme of ‘Cute Christmas’. Here is my card:
I chose a couple of stamp sets from Clearly Besotted and a little masking of the dog to get him curled up in front of the fire. The mantlepiece snow-globe and snowman were also added from the scene stamp set.
Once stamped, coloured with Copics, and using a stitched rectangle to cut the panel out.
I think the two background papers are also from Clearly Besotted, usually as part of their release bundle – and they matched the colours I used to colour – not planned at all!
There are some really cute Christmas cards from the Design Team, and I hope you will check them out – and come and join us. I look forward to seeing what your Cute Christmas creations will be. xx
I received this stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp, and had a little play this morning:
To say this card looks very CAS – it took me ages – again!
The first hurdle was when I stamped the beard – I managed to get ink in the middle of the beard from using a large ink pad on the large stamp – so I stamped again with an ink cube – much better. Otherwise, I would probably have gone and cut out the middle of this stamp – which I hate doing.
Then I coloured the beard in aqua Copics – didn’t look right – though I have saved it just in case……..so I stamped the beard again – the third time now – and decided it looked good with no colouring.
The hat was stamped and coloured with Copics – two red tones only – it’s quite a large area to cover, and I decided just two shades would work alright.
I then stamped and heat embossed the glasses in silver – again – it didn’t look right. So I stamped and heat embossed with black – blinking heck it still didn’t look right.
Finally – stamped in black – that’s it – plain black ink. Now I liked it…….
I tried the aqua background – Concord & 9th Oceanside card stock – actually liked the look of that. I toyed with stencilling some stars, dry embossing it – but decided it looked just fine as it was……one thing went right straight away, anyway!
The word ‘Ho’ stamped three times at an angle to inject more frivolity – and heat embossed with silver. Then I went hunting for some silver sequins, and also found some aqua sequins – so I added both colours as you see.
As this card base is 5 x 7 inches – one of my favourites when not doing slimline cards – I spread out my Santa a little to cover……now he looks like an egg-head……..but I’m calling the whole card fun. I might even make some more………….now I know what I like!
So – trials and tribulations of a morning crafting. I shall be entering the following challenges:
Hello once again. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and as I’ve got quite a Christmas card stash going on from creating all year, I turned my thoughts to tags. As the challenge is anything goes Christmas – I created these penguin tags:
I was inspired to make these penguin tags after watching a YouTube video from Jamie Magrich and seeing what she did with the Stampin Up ‘Menagerie Mix-up‘ stamp and die set. I had a lot of fun making these little penguins.
I wanted to create a little scene behind them, so I stamped and die cut the Lawn Fawn ‘Over The Mountain’ scene – not colouring them in as I wanted the penguins to stand out.
I don’t make many tags, and struggle with such tiny projects – but I am having a go this year – seeing as how we can’t go out and do anything – I have more crafty time to experiment.
I added a variety of shabby ribbons from my stash – I have a lot of different colours of these shabby ribbons – loving the creases and colours in them, and some patterned paper from Clearly Besotted to mimic snow……I know it’s red – but artistic license at play here!
I hope you can come and join us with your ‘anything goes Christmas’ makes. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery.
Hello. I have been playing with my new stamps from Clearly Besotted – their November release. I just don’t know how they come up with such cute images/stamps time and time again. I can never resist…..here is my card:
Once I had stamped the images I wanted to use, and as Clearly Besotted don’t have matching dies for their stamps, I used my Scan’n’cut. I don’t use this machine often enough, and to cut out images I have already coloured is something I am scared of……..
I watched quite a few YouTube videos to get some hints and tips, and the most informative and helpful was from ‘Papered Chef’ – she has loads and loads of videos which certainly helped me sort out how to do this, add a little outline to each image – and a pencil to ‘close-in’ the images, and draw around some of the tiny pieces – like the balloon strings.
I am so pleased it all worked out – but I did cut them first and colour them afterwards- just in case…………..which ended up being quite fiddly – but I coped! 🙂
I even cut the two matted layers with it too – getting the sizes one slightly smaller than the other to make the size I wanted – and even rounded corners!
This has certainly given me the confidence to use this machine more for images without matching dies – and may even save me a small fortune!
I was going to doodle in the balloon string to attach all the little animals, but I embossed the top piece of card first so I searched for the red glittery twine I knew I had somewhere – and trailed it around each of the animals as you see.
Some glitter pen to the balloons, some white gel pen to the images – then stamped the ‘Ho Ho Ho’.