Snowy Season’s Greetings

We are starting a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive’. Here is my card:

This stamp is from Pink Ink – and is quite large……so the card ended up being a substantial size – but fun to make.

I stamped then heat embossed the image, then stamped another to make a mask for the top portion – the tree and top of the card.

I then ink blended the background with Distress Inks, before water-colouring my image. Some of the smaller details I coloured with Copics. Once it had all dried, I splattered some Copic Opaque White all over – I mean all over – to get a blizzard effect – the snowman is still taking this tree home despite the weather!

I decided it needed a frame, so I used die-cut a frame using some stithced rectangle dies, then ink blended with Distress Inks to match the background.

I quite enjoyed using the variety of medium to create this card and will definitely have a play again.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes mixed media

Christmas Craft Creations anything goes Christmas

Avenue 613 anything goes with optional twist of water-colour

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Thinking of you makes me smile….

I have a card to share to day made with a new set of dies from Hero Arts:

I had to watch a couple of videos on their web site to get the hang of making this card, and it took a while to put it together – mainly because I wanted to add the frame around the outside and I had to fiddle with a knife and a couple of square dies because they just weren’t the right size. My Misti cut-align tool came in very handy for that…

The layers were all die cut out of white card, then coloured with Copics to match the current challenge colours at Color Throwdown.

The background is a water-colour piece of card I used Distress Inks on:

I have a couple of other ‘looking glass’ dies from Hero Arts, and now I think I’ve figured it out – I’ll go and have a play with them.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown navy, turquoise, green, magenta

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

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Daisy Chain Challengeuse dies and/or stencils

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Happy Everything

Hello once again. There is anew challenge started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘H’ and Debbie has chosen the theme of ‘use the word Happy in your sentiment‘. Here is my card:

Do you think the word is bold enough?

The background is ink smooshing onto Distress Heavy card stock – part of a bunch of these backgrounds I made whilst restricted a few weeks ago. Because this background is so vibrant, I decided the sentiment ought to be big and bold and black…….

The sentiments – the big word and the embossed word – are from Uniko, as is the little gold party hat added to the first letter……

I hope you can come and join us. I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘happy’ creations. xx

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Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle anything goes

Crafty Creationsanything goes

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Rockin’ Holidays

Hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is ‘Christmas In July’. Here is my card:

The background with gold foil stars was created using Thermoweb Duo Gel, a star stencil, and then running through my die-cutting machine with Decofoil.

I used the Lawn Fawn backdrop for the white, and then die-cut the blue foiled star panel to get the evening sky. The hills were glittered using Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter.

The trees and gnome are from Spellbinders, a little Copic shading on the tree stumps, and the trees themselves cut out of Lawn Fawn paper with little dots on – just to mimic some snow…….maybe…..and the edges of the tree layers die cut out of some white glitter card.

The gnome – now his legs move – rocking from side-to-side:

It was quite fun creating this little scene – I did have to watch a couple of videos on how to piece the gnome together – so many little pieces. I usually don’t like little fiddly die-cutting and assembling – but this was fun.

I hope you can come and join us with your creations matching our current them – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Moments Challenge – anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Craft CottageChristmas in July

Daisy Chain Challenge use dies and/or stencils

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Enjoying a turnabout

Hello. I have managed to play with another stamp and die set which was part of the Concord & 9th Summer Camp. This stamp set is a turnabout – with two turnabout stamps, and a matching die set.

Here is my card:

I was inspired to use the colours at the current Color Throwdown Challenge – and just started ‘turning’. I must say, the turnabout jig – also with the Summer Camp kit – is a brilliant tool to use – once Cathy Zielske showed us how to do it. I first stamped the flowers in Gina K amalgam ink as I knew I wanted to use a Copic to colour them. I did all four turns and then I stamped the leaves part of the turnabout.

Now – Cathy gave us a great tip…….when you have a two stamp turnabout – without taking your card off the jig – just flip the jig over, so you align the second turnabout stamp on the reverse side – close the door of your Misti, pick the stamp up, then flip the jig and the attached card over to the correct side. I mean – how ingenious is that?

I stamped the leaves in Concord & 9th ‘Dove‘ grey ink – I don’t think it’s Copic friendly but I wasn’t doing a great deal of colouring on the leaves, so it worked a treat.

The large sentiment die and the smaller sentiment on the strip is from the Gina K designs ‘Time To Coast‘ kit. The large sentiment comes with a shadow die, and I used vellum for that – a subtle addition which doesn’t cover the background, yet enables the sentiment to stand proud!

I had put the card together and figured I was finished – but then I decided to add the additional small flowers and leaves – same turnabout set – to the right of the sentiment strip.

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Color Throwdown yellow, grey, black, white

Watercooler Challenge feminine

Mountains and Sea Scene

hello. I have a card to share which is completely different to what I usually create. I recently attended – virtually – the Concord & 9th Summer Camp, and part of the brilliant kit was a set of dies which I used to create a scene. here is my card:

Apparently, this is called a pop-up card – for obvious reasons. The stamps and dies as part of the Summer Camp kit are exclusive to the attendees, and having some spare time today I had a little play, combining the pop-up card dies with some stamps from Heffy Doodle.

I first die cut the base card out of a light blue card stock, then used a stencil for some clouds – little did I know that the base card would be almost completely covered as I added so many layers!

I used different shades of Concord & 9th blue card stock to represent the sea. The other layers were added as bases for the lighthouse, and the beach hut.

The other items were stamped and coloured with Copics and placed where I thought they would fit.

Once I had got the hang of the layers and how to stick them down – double-sided tape being better than wet glue – I managed to create something I like the look of. It’s fun and quirky – maybe a little out of dimension with each other – but there we go…….

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Inkspirational ChallengeMaritime

Fab’n’funky Challenge anything goes

Passion for Markers Challengeanimals and use markers

Cut It Up Challenge – water themed – at least one die cut

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Snowman and Santa

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ and the themes for each letter are:

N’ for North Pole, ‘O’ for Off To One Side

Here are my cards:

‘N’ for North Pole

‘O’ for Off To The Side

The North Pole card is using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions, a little masking, and then coloured with Copics. I used some small snowflake stamps for the sky and Concord & 9th ink, adding some little spots of glitter, and then Lawn fawn Prisma Glitter.

The second card is using a stamp set from Newtons Nook, stamped, coloured with Arteza watercolour brushes, then die cut. The sky is using a stencil from MFT which was not slimline, but I made it work, and ink blending.

The snow bank is using Lawn Fawn slimline dies – and more glitter!

I was inspired to make cards for both the themes this time round – that’s what happens when you have not been able to craft for a few weeks – overflow of ideas…..

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following our two specific themes. xx

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North Pole card:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas with N or M (North Pole)

Here Is A Place To Start Favourite Holiday/Celebration (Christmas)

Sparkles Forum Challenge Christmas and snowflakes

Snowman card:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Country View Challengeuse a stencil

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Thank you for your kindness

Hello once again. I am managing to make some cards – I can start to sit normally with my foot down for short periods – I don’t have to keep it elevated all the time. I am being careful and not doing too much of that, but as I am able to get into my craft room I am so much happier…..

Here is a card I created as a thank you to all the people who sent me ‘get well’ wishes, and flowers, and just keeping in touch with me over the past few weeks:

I made a few of these – the same colours and layout – as I liked how it turned out so much.

I used a dark blue slimline base card, and the die cut elements from the Concord & 9th ‘Eclectic Garden’ stamp and die set. The banner is also from Concord & 9th, as is the sentiment.

I decided to keep the birds single white layer to stand out on the background. I did some that were layered with colour, but I thought this idea was better for these colours.

I used some Tonic Nuvo drops in the centre of the flowers and the end of the shorter banner words.

I’m probably going to play a little more with these birds – different colours etc – but they look so elegant in white, don’t they?

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Inspiration Station Challenge – photo inspiration

Color Throwdown – purple, green, blue

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Cupcake Inspirations – Oh Birdie

2 Crafty Critters Crazies – anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

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Squeeze The Day

Hello once again. I have a card for the new challenge beginning at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge. The theme this time is ‘Citrus and Zing‘. Here is my card:

I actually don’t have that many stamps – even digi stamps – which I felt would fit this theme, and still remain CAS. I had a very detailed look through my Color My Life app – and for some reason this stamp set from Newtons Nook didn’t come up on the search……….I hadn’t actually put it into the database! What a numpty!

Thank goodness I remembered I had it – but I had forgotten who made it……..searching began and lasted a good few minutes…..

Anyhoo – I stamped the image on water-colour card stock, masked it, then stamped it again at a jaunty angle.

I used my Zigs to water-colour it – very simple, no shading, no messing – just coloured really.

I then used a Catherine Pooler die with the postage stamp edge, and decided a yellow/lemon card base would keep this fresh.

I hope you can come and join us…..I look forward to seeing you there. xx

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Creative Moments Challenge – anything goes

Crafty Creations Challenge – anything goes

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Green or Gold…..

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. Meg has chosen the theme of ‘Green or Gold’. Here is my card:

So – did I go for gold or what???!!!

Using the same embossing folder used previously, I embossed with some gold mirror card – and that shine and detail is stunning in real life…….

I didn’t want to hide too much of the design, so I just added the ‘Sweet Tulip’ die from Simon says Stamp – layered three times, and another sentiment strip.

The Design Team has some very varied makes as inspiration – so I hope you can come and join us with this challenge. xx

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