Dinosaur Birthday

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘O’ , and the theme chosen by Helen is ‘Outdoors’. Here is my take on ‘outdoors’:

I decided to create a scene using Clearly Besotted stamps.

I stamped the background scene first, then stamped it again on some masking paper, masked it off, and ink blended the blue sky. I did consider some splatters and some stars – but decided to leave the blue clear clear.

As this was drying, I stamped and coloured the dinosaurs, and let my Scan-n-cut do it’s work – I’m not a fussy cutter when it comes to images like this, and the scan-n-cut does a great job – if I set it up right and stick down the card properly (my mat is a little less tacky than I would like)!

I then die cut the background panel with a Catherine Pooler die, stuck it down to a card base, stamped the sentiment, and then added my two little creatures.

I hope you are able to join us, it would be great to see what your interpretation of the theme ‘Outdoors’ is….. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – Happy Birthday

Addicted To Stamps and More – make your mark

Seize The BirthdayBirthdayoption to use stencils (option not taken)

Avenue 613 – anything goes

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Remember – You Are A Princess

Hello once again. It’s my turn to host the challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I have chosen the theme of ‘Princess’. It is Carrie Fishers birthday today, and as someone who has played my personal princess heroine most of my life – I chose that theme as homage to her. Not Star wars – just Princess. Any Princess. Here is my card:

This image is from Polkadoodles, and after I had downloaded it and played with the size, I printed it onto Neenah 80lbs card stock and coloured with Copics.

I added several layers of card behind to match the colours I had used, and even added some bling with gems – ‘cos a Princess needs gems – always! Never enough gems for a Princess.

I even added some clear sparkle tp her fairy wings.

I’d love to see your Princesses – whether they are with a frog or a Prince – or even just on their lonesome – I look forward to seeing them all. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Polkadoodles Challenge anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 41 – anything goes with colouring

Moving Along With The TimesBingo Board (patterned paper, Image, Glitter)

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Yeti Or Not……

Hello once again. I created a card using an older stamp set and a new background panel from Lawn Fawn:

I chose a red card base using Heffy Doodle card stock, and then added the Lawn Fawn stitched snowflake backdrop – once I had cut it down slightly to leave a thin red edge.

The grey circle is die cut, then run through my machine with the same backdrop die, to add some stitched snowflakes as interest.

The yeti, hat and present were stamped, coloured with Copics, then die cut. The two sentiments were stamped and heat embossed – grey on white, and then white on grey.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

CAS Christmas Card ChallengeCAS Christmas with grey and red

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Bastel-Traum Christmas

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Beautiful Inside and Out

Hello. Following on from my craft time yesterday, I created a card for the current challenge at Just Us Girls:

I’s a colour challenge this time round, and I decided to use my new set from The Greetery. One of our online shops in the UK has started to stock The Greetery – I took the opportunity to purchase several sets. This was one of them.

I first used the base stencil to blend the first layer of the flowers in yellow, then used Altenew inks and rest of the stamps to create the full image.

I then used the matching die to cut out the middle of the image to create a window – this would make a great shaker card, something I’ll try in the future – and used the matching stencil to ink blend some Salvaged Patina Distress Ink around the outside.

The sentiment is from Altenew, and stamped with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide – better than the Distress Inks when stamping – and then layered the floral panel onto a white card base with 3D foam.

I searched my stash for some turquoise embellishments, and found these tiny stars, which I added as you see.

Snowy Scene

Hello, After a couple of days away. I have come home to finish this card:

I used a couple of Purple Onion Designs stamps. When I first saw that these stamps aren’t mounted – and being completely spoiled by mounted red rubber stamps – I hesitated getting some. However – I’m glad I did get them. All I did was add some low tack tape-runner to the back of the stamps so they stuck to my Misti – worked a treat.

I first stamped the snowman and critters, then fussy-cut a mask for them, then stamped the cabin. I also cut a mask for the cabin, and ink blended – Salvaged Patina Distress Ink – for the sky. Before removing the masks, I add some water splatters.

I chose Distress Ink on the Neenah 80lb card stock, as I didn’t want the full-on solid ink blending you get with Distress Oxides.

I coloured the images with Copics, adding a cool grey to the outline of the snowman, and created some snowy looking lines pn the rest of the white area.

I purposely didn’t colour the trees – I thought there was already enough turquoise, and I wanted to stick with the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge – which doesn’t include green!

I was going to cover them with some glitter……..but decided not to, because I would have had to add glitter virtually all over – and I wasn’t in a glitter mood! This way, I think the colouring and masking is effective enough…

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – Turquoise, Brown, Kraft, White

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 40)

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything geos Christmas

Addicted To Stamps and More Make Your Mark

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
Gem of A Craft Challenge
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Merry Berry Christmas

Hello once again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge – anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I thought I’d have a go at partial die-cutting with this gorgeous Hero Arts stamp and die set:

I stamped, coloured, the die cut the holly branch first. I then took a red card base, and partially die-cut the holly branch into the front, then used a craft knife to cut away thee top and bottom.

Before sticking the image down, I added a slim silver glitter strip, then some Lawn striped paper and dotty shiny paper.

My card base is 5 x 7 inches, so the 6 inch papers didn’t fit all the way, so I craftily joined them where you wouldn’t be able to see the join – under the sentiment and under the branch – soooo crafty…..!

The sentiment is white heat embossed onto the piece of red card stock I used for the base which I had cut off.

Hopefully you can come and join us in this challenge and get your Christmas card stash to grow by at least one more creation…… xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Creases Challenge 16 anything goes with a fun fold

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Die-Cut Divas – anything goes with die cuts

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Heat Embossing with a folder

Hi once again. I was inspired by the current challenge at Just Us Girls to try a technique – heat embossing with embossing folders. I have tried this before – with very poor results – but this time their link to the Jennifer McGuire video helped me a lot:

I played with numerous different colours of card stock, and different colours of embossing powder – but this the one which inspired me the most. A dark blue card with silver embossing powder.

I used the Lawn Fawn snowflake dies to create a matt silver and glittery large snowflake and smaller snowflake, and layered them as you see.

Here are some of my other ‘trials’:

The tip which helped me the most was using a brayer to add the embossing ink – that seemed to create a better overall coverage.

The other thing I noticed – the purple and silver piece is an A4 piece of card. I used an A4 folder, and my 12 inch Big Shot Pro – it seems I don’t get an even pressure across the whole piece – I will have to use a little shim in the future – but I actually like the effect of almost outlining the images instead of fully heat embossing the background.

On the blue floral piece, I used a thicker embossing powder, with larger embossing bits – not exactly a powder……maybe granules would be a better word? Anyhoo – I heated from the back, and created an uneven almost distressed and vintage look to that piece, which I’m liking too:

So – the outcome is that I enjoyed playing an experimenting, and also have some pieces which can be used as backgrounds, or even for die cutting in the future.

I shall be entering the card into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsheat embossed embossing folders

Peace On Earth At Christmas Christmas Inspiration Board (snowflakes and snow)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends – anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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Shiny Holly Leaves

After another playtime in my craft room, I have a card to share:

I have no idea why the card doesn’t look white on that photo, and no idea how to correct it, but here are some other photos:

I actually went up to my craft room to get messy – ink smooshing etc – but then I changed my mind as this circular holly image was there drying from the previous day – so I decided to create a card using this first.

The image was stamped, coloured with Copics, die cut – then glossy accents added for some shine. This was then added to a small circle.

I used Heffy Doodle red card stock as the base, and added the white layer after dry embossing with a Sue Wilson embossing folder – one of my favourites and one of my oldest.

The layout of the card was to follow the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I added plain white strips – something I wouldn’t have considered up until a few weeks ago……yep – another virtual craft session!

Sentiment-wise – I think I’ll put something on the inside, more of a verse sentiment, so the front stays clean.

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I’ve been playing with a layering stencil received as part of the Crop and Create kit a few weeks. I seem to be getting the hang of stencils – whether they are layering or not – and I’m enjoying creating variations using the same product.

The six layers to the flower stencil from Pink Fresh Studio were all still used for this card – but two shades of orange for the sunflowers, and the leaves and other floral images I used two – maybe three – shades of grey – all Distress Inks.

I didn’t mask anything off – just used a little – make that tiny – blending brush for each section. The stencil also comes with a die to cut the inner part out – which I obviously used – and die cut the whole slimline panel using a Mama Elephant slimline die I had.

The Kraft card base has a Kraft panel, embossed with a Sue Wilson pin-point embossing folder for some added interest, and the floral panel raised with 3D foam strips

The two words are also from the Crop and Create kit – one from Gina K and the other from The Stamp Market. This is the second version of the words – the first was by heat embossing with gold – but I didn’t like that, so went back to just layering three each of the words – Kraft – on top of the shadow layer.

But I did add some gold(ish) sequins – just because I could……..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Color Throwdown orange, brown, grey

Addicted to Stamps and More dies and/or stencils

Time Out Challenge friendship/encouragement card – option to use pink not taken

Stamplorations Stencil Challengeuse a stencil

N for No Layers

At The Alphabet Challenge we have reached the letter ‘N’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘No Layers’. None. Zilch, Zip. Nada………

Here is my card:

I have taken a liking to stencils, particularly layering stencils. I struggle with them – I usually get some black ink on the layers somewhere – whether or not I’ve used black ink. Goodness knows where it comes from. And usually one of the colours I use ends up in the wrong place – handy for sequin placement – but this time I couldn’t use one due to being one layer.

I recently attended another virtual crafting weekend, and one of those classes was using a layering stencil, but also masking parts of that stencil to use different colours…..so I thought I’d try with this one from Simon Says Stamp.

I also decided I like to use Distress inks for smaller openings, and Distress Oxides for larger areas.

This particular stencil involved quite a bit of masking to get the different colours on the leaves and petals -those small sticky note arrow thingies work well for that – and small blender brushes too.

Hopefully you can join us in our new challenge – no layers. I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Craftersstencils

Addicted to Stamps and Moredie cuts and/or stencils

Stamplorations October stencil challenge – anything goes with a stencil

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