Wintery Christmas Village

A post today to share a card I created over the past few days…..yep – past few days! This took some drying time for some elements, decisions about colours – and whether to use Copics, or coloured card stock. Here is my card:

It may not look like it, but this was a labour of love – I kept going, knowing it would get there eventually…….!

The background blue panel was using some Spellbinders ‘Silks‘ recently obtained as part of a virtual crafting kit. I’ll need to play with them more as they have a really clear shine – but I think I watered it down too much. Whilst this was drying I turned to the snowbanks.

I played with snowbank layers and levels to create the three hills. These were all stuck down onto the base card – the uppermost layer with 3D foam, and some Hero Arts ‘sparkle clear lacquer pen‘ used for the snowy tops – again something else to set aside and dry…..

I then took a Concord & 9th die set and die cut all the pieces from white Neenah, then eventually decided to colour all the houses with warn grey or cool grey Copic markers – varying shades – to come up with how they look here.

The pop of red and green for the door wreaths were also coloured with Copics, as were the three lamp-posts.

All windows and the light of the lamps were the bits that fall out of the die – stuck back in when coloured with yellow. There were a lot of very small, teeny-tiny pieces of sticky tape on the back of each to keep them in place.

Then I decided to add some of the sparkle glitter to each of those houses and windows -and something else to let dry……..

Patience is not my strong suit, so I left them overnight to dry – because I’m also a little clumsy and I feared there would be smudges etc if I worked with them too soon.

Once I had stuck everything down – I remembered the sentiment. Typical of me….last thing to stamp on a layered card……really? I used my Misti – minus the mat – and gingerly stamped and heat embossed the sentiment…….heart in mouth……I could always cover it with a banner……but it worked out thank goodness.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round Christmas with cottage/cabin – option of pink not taken

Peace On Earth Challenge Christmas and Inspiration Board – (scene, snow)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option to use green – a very little on the wreaths

Allsorts Challenge – hand coloured or paper piecing (hand coloured house/cottage layers, paper-pieced cut-outs back in place)

For Someone Special

Hello there. Another time to play in my craft room whilst watching the Maker Mania 5 presentations – so many ideas and techniques to try later. Here is what I created whilst I was watching – multi-tasking in effect:

Onto a patterned paper background panel, I glued the row of rabbits, and used a little stamp from Lawn Fawn ‘All The Clouds‘ for the facial features. I did try drawing some on myself, but it looked like a hot mess – so I searched the CML app for face – and these popped up – just right for the bunnies.

The flowers are from The Greetery and die cut from Heffy Doodle and Concord & 9th card stock – a lot of die-cutting – a lot! And then layered and stuck down to create a positively cornucopia of flowers.

I have found that I shy away from small die-cutting and layering images like these small flowers, but actually I have had a lot of fun with this over the past few days. The hardest thing is which colour to go with which colour – but I manage……

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

Just Add Ink – choose two from three elements – texture/patterned paper/layers (patterned paper and layers)

Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Hey there

Hello once again. I have created a card using the current colours for Color Throwdown:

I used Concord & 9th card stock to die cut the blossoms branch – light green, dark green, and Honeysuckle – the nearest to a plum I have.

Before sticking this down – snipped at certain places to create the look you see – I took some white card stock and splattered some pink.

This panel was adhered to the card base, then the altered blossom branch, and then I added some light pink sticky dots to the centre of the flowers, and some green dots to the bottom. The sentiment is a die from Time For Tea Designs.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – celery green, sage green, pale pink, plum

Crafty Catz – anything goes – option to add flowers

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Papercraft Challenge – anything goes

‘X’ for Xanthic

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Veronica is hosting this time round. I must say I had no clue what ‘Xanthic‘ meant initially – but it means ‘relating to yellow’. So – here is my card:

Here I played with ink smooshed card stock in yellow and green – inking, smooshing, splattering – all to have some fun and play.

Once those pieces had dried, I used the Honey Bee Stamps ‘Lovely Layers: Sunflower’ die set to cut out the leaves – layering several of the sunflower petals together – even cutting into the leaves a little for more movement and dimension.

The background is a stitched diagonal cover plater from Reverse Confetti, and the sentiment is from Altenew.

Some sequins added for something extra.

The Design team have a very varied take on the ‘Xanthic’ theme – it would be great if you were to check them out – and hopefully we’ll see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge – anything goes

Die Cut Divas – angle it (stitched lines angled)

Lil Red Wagon make it stitched (background panel stitched)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Cupcake Inspirationanything goes

Arty Divas – anything goes

Cardz 4 Galz – Things With Wings

Hello there I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. I have chosen the theme ‘Things With Wings’. I chose this theme as I know there are lots and lots of choices here – from birds, to dragons, to fairies – it can be real of fantasy – the choice is yours as long as there are wings.

Here is my card:

I wanted to use this cute duck stamp set from Time For Tea Designs, as I thought they were quirky and fun to use for the valentine’s day card for hubby.

Once the duck images were stamped, coloured, then die cut, I worked on the scene. The additional lily pads and pond grass are from a Sunny Studio stamp set.

The grass was cut from green card stock, and the edges blended with a green Distress Ink, the brown is supposed to represent the ground – die cut using a cloud die – and the edges of the brown card stock slightly inked with another Distress Ink.

The water is a patterned paper from my stash, and cut free-hand.

I used a small off-cut of the pond/water paper to put behind the sentiment to make it stand out a little more.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Things With Wings’ themed creations – I look forward to seeing what you come up with. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge – anything goes with an animal

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with an animal as the focus

Moving Along With The Times love/anniversary/wedding

Crafts Galore anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge use a love sentiment

Snowflake Panel

The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenges has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

As I’ve been playing with alcohol inks, I used a previously prepared piece for the background to this Simon Says Stamp snowflake die.

I then layered that with some white glitter card.

I cut another panel out of that same glitter card, snipped out the snowflakes, and added them just slightly offset to their respective place on the panel.

This was stuck down using 3D foam onto an embossed panel – again from Simon Says Stamp – and then onto a card base.

The sentiment wad die cut out of three pieces of white card stock, then the white glitter card – four layers for added dimension – and adhered as you see – at a little jaunty angle.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes – option add sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Creatalicious Challenge anything goes – option make your own background

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

You Are The Best

I have managed to play in my craft room today – trying to ignore all the battering winds and rain.

I’m currently loving using Pinkfresh Studios sets – the stamp, stencils, and die sets are so much fun to use. I decided to use a new set to me to create this card:

I started by stamping the image, then used the layering stencils to colour. Even though there are three layers for the flowers, I only used two Distress Oxide colours – but the lightest one I used for two of the layers so it appears darker on the second layer, then a dark blue for the third layer.

I decided I wanted the leaves brown, so I used Vintage Photo (I think!) again for both the layers, so the second layer gives a darker tone.

I then die cut the branch and turned to the card base.

The embossed layer is using a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder, and cut down to smaller than the card base, and adhered using 3D foam.

I then stuck down the branch with some smaller pieces of 3D foam, stamped the sentiment and did the same.

For the colours at Color Throwdown I had to use a darker green, so after thinking about more leaves, stamping the sentiment in green (I really didn’t like that idea) or Nuvo drops, I actually found these green gems in my stash, and placed them as you see – 3 larger and 3 smaller.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown light blue, dark blue, forest green, brown

Can You Handle The Pressureembossing folder – option to use pink (not taken)

Allsorts Challenge – I love……? (layering stencils currently!)

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Heartfelt Thanks

Hello. A CAS card to share today – which actually took a little longer to create than I initially thought it would:

I used a ragged looking heart die from the Concord & 9th ‘Geode’ die set – I have a few other heart dies but this jut spoke – me……..slightly uneven, and slightly ragged-looking.

Once the position on the rectangular panel was determined and then die-cut, I placed an alcohol ink background panel behind the opening, and then stamped the sentiment.

This was then layered onto a white card base using 3D foam.

Seems quite simple – but the position of the heart, the size of the alcohol ink panel – that took a few decisions and changes of decisions – goodness knows why – but it did…….maybe the hardest decisions on a CAS card is placement – it is for me, anyway.

A simple heartfelt thanks is what the message is with this card – another one for noteworthy friends for helping me the past few weeks…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS CAS ‘Hearts’

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Love is in the air

CASology – Affection

Allsorts Challenge CAS

Splattered Coneflower

Hello. I have a card to share today using a die set I’ve been wanting to use for ages, and some gold splattering.

I die cut a honeycomb layer from a Honey Bee Stamps layering die set, only using two of the layers. Once adhered to the white card base, I splattered with Liquitex acrylic ink – the metallic set.

The Coneflower was die cut from varying tones of blue card with some Distress Inks also blended onto each layer to create a variety of blue within each petal. The same with the green leaves – die cut from green card stock, then green Distress Ink blended onto them.

Before gluing them together, I also splattered them with the same gold acrylic ink.

The centre of the coneflower is die cut from a piece of water-colour card stock onto which I had painted the gold acrylic ink – roughly to create some dimension.

The sentiment is a light blue and dark blue layer, slightly off-set.

I added some glass cabochons for further interest.

I shall be entering this into the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday birthday with sparkle and shine

Color Throwdownblue, green, gold

Craft Rocket Challenge sparkle and bling

The Flower Challenge flowers and occasions

AAA Birthday birthday and pattern

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Smile Of Winter

The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘W’ and Melanie has chosen the theme of ‘Winter’. Here is my creation:

Something new to me – creating on a grey board panel. Lots of elements applied.

I painted white gesso on the board. After it was dry I used crackle paste and just splodged it down randomly. I used an iridescent spray for some shine after the paste was dry, so it went into the cracks.

I played around with some ephemera and flowers until I arrived at the design I liked – actually adding more flowers once I started.

I used a Tim Holtz hard-board frame and added paper ephemera with holly and fir images, Craft Box UK flowers, sparkly bead thingies – I think they are meant for flower bunches – and some thick wintry leaves. Most of the elements were glued with Distress Collage Medium.

I also found this sentiment which I distressed a little with the same iridescent spray to take away some of the whiteness.

I chose not to add glitter to the flowers – I think they are vivid and bright and I didn’t want to diminish that look.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

We Love 2 Create anything goes mixed media

Creative Artiste Mixed Media anything goes mixed media

Crafting Happinessanything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Mixed Media Lovers anything goes

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