Hello Friend

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, the letter is ‘F’ and the theme is ‘Friendship’. Deborah is hosting this time round. Here is my card:

I went with a two colour combination for this card for some reason. I didn’t plan it that way, but it certainly came out that way.

I layered some patterned paper with a matching colour of card, and added some MFT stitched flowers with clear gems in the centre of each. I did toy with the idea of some leaves but decided against it.

The words are from Concord & 9th, die cut and layered 4 times to create some dimension.

I hope you can join us with your creations following our theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Cards Galore Challengeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Crafty Gals Corner anything goes

Friends Like You…

Hello. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I have chosen the theme of ‘die cuts and/or punches‘. Here is my card:

I recently ‘attended’ a virtual craft weekend with Pinkfresh Studio. This floral bouquet is from that weekend, and I didn’t use it on a card at that stage, but knew I could use it for when made a card for this challenge.

The image was stamped, and then the matching stencils used to colour it in, and then die cut.

The grey background panel was dry embossed with a Stampin Up folder, and then the Hero Arts wood frame attached.

The flower bouquet was added, and the sentiment – also from Pinkfresh Studio – attached as you see.

I added some gem droplets for more inteest.

I hope you can come and join us -I’m looking forward to seeing your creations – I know you are going to make it difficult for me to choose the winners. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – frame it

TTCRD – anything goes

Crafty Gals Corner – anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge add a sentiment

Paper Dragonfly Challenge in the garden

Experimenting with Ephemera

Hello. I have a card to share today completely out of my own comfort zone. I have lots of patterned paper, and lots of ephemera which I really struggle to use. I decided to gird my loins and give it a go:

I started by finding a 6 inch paper pad and then looked for the ephemera and other die cuts which would match the colours of the pad. My first decision was how to use 6 inch paper on a 5 x 7 inch card – so I looked through some sketch ideas on Pinterest and went with what you see – top and bottom strips with a middle coordinating strip of paper.

I saw the main image, cut that out of the corner of the paper, added a pinkish harlequin layer behind and adhered with 3D foam.

Then onto the flowers and leaves, playing around a little – not covering the main image too much – and stuck down with foam or glue, depending on the layering.

Something was missing from the top corner, so I had a another look through my stash and found this bird – perfick! (Love this little word from Darling Buds of May – back in the day!)

So there we are – experimenting and layering – the outcome………

I think the best tip for me is having the elements share the same colours and tones – but when I get more practice, I am sure you can change things to match using inks etc – for me a more advanced experiment!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beyond The Blue flowers

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes – option cute animals

Arty Divas anything goes

TTCRDanything goes

Cards Galoreanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Sparkly Yeti Christmas

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

I chose a previously created background from an online class with Jenn Shurkus, and the images were coloured during that class – but – again – not used……so I decided to piece them all together for this card.

Ink smooshed and sprayed background, a star stencil using some purple ink.

I die cut the words from Concord & 9th is silver glitter card – layered a couple of times – and that was fiddly, let me tell you!

A hillside cut in the same glitter card, the igloo and yet attached with 3D foam pads, and some iridescent little water droplets for added interest.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas makes and increase your Christmas stash. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Peace On Earth Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

TTCRDanything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

12 Months Of Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option not taken

Sparkles Forum Christmas Challengecute Christmas Critters

Leaping Bunny

Hello. I’m just popping in to share a card created for several challenges:

The card base and the smaller panel are from a cream card stock, with the panel being a textured piece of card.

I die cut the leaping bunny out of white and coloured the bunny using a couple of brown Copic markers, then die cut the bunny die again in green card – cutting off the bunny and layering the green on top of the white.

The wreath was die cut using a lighter green card, cutting off the bottom of the wreath so it frames the top and not the bottom of the semi-circle piece.

I thought about a sentiment, but I couldn’t find one that I liked – despite have many, many sentiment stamps and even dies – but I like this clean and simple and I also liked the ability to be able to send this as a ‘just because’ card……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown green, cream, Kraft

Dragonfly Dreamsoutdoors

Crafty Gals Corner anything goes

Caroling Critters

Hello once again. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘L’ and ‘M’, Wei is hosting, and the themes this time round is Little and/or Music – Christmas themed of course. Here is my card:

The background is from my stash – ink blended base panel, onto which I adhered the snowflake panel.

The critters were stamped, coloured with Copics, then die cut. I decided where I wanted to place them and stamped the sentiment, and attached them with 3D foam squares. I stamped some extra musical notes around them.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Colour Crazy Challenge atg colouring – week 22

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Christmas With The Cutiescute Christmas

Crafting Happiness Challengeanything goes

12 Months Of Christmas anything goes Christmas

Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge Cute Christmas Critters

Moments Like This …….

Hello. I have a card to share made for a very special couple who have recently become engaged:

I recently received the new Spellbinders ‘Birthday Celebrations’ bundle and used the balloon dies and the ‘Party Spots’ embossing folder to create this card.

I used some glitter card – I think from Stampin Up – for the balloons, tails, and strings, and once these were stuck together – glitter just does not want to stick down does it? – I placed them on the bubbled/spotted background panel as you see.

The Pinkfresh Studio foiled sentiment was perfect for this I thought, and covered the strings of the balloons.

Lots and lots of glitter and shine…..

I hope to give this card to the happy couple this coming week, but as neither of them follow my blog (!!) I thought I would be OK to post here.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Paper Minutes Challenge bubbles

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes

Papercraft Challenge add glitter

Creatalicious Challenge anything goes – option lots of bling/glitter

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Breathe……

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘E’ and Billie A has chosen the theme of embossing – wet or dry. Here is my card:

I chose another of my ink smooshed backgrounds in pinks and oranges as a background to the butterfly stamp.

I heat embossed the image in gold embossing powder, and also embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set. I also added some little sequins for some additional interest.

I hope you can come and join us with your embossing creations – wet or dry embossing – so many options. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams butterflies and/or flowers

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – It’s up in the air

Arty Divasanything goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Sending You High Koality Hugs

Hello once again. Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has started a new CAS themed challenge. This time we want to see ‘HUGS’. Here is my card:

This cute hugging pair of koala’s is a stamp from Heffy Doodle. I coloured them with Copics – first having a little internet search for the colouring of koala’s – grey’s and brown’s – so I coloured each differently – warm grey and cool grey, with some white gel pen for interest.

The sentiment if from the same stamp set.

The background circle is a Concord & 9th stamp and using a lighter green, then a stitched circle die.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS ‘HUGS’ themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Promarker Challenge markers and three or more layers

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring – week 21

Crafty Animals anything goes with an animal

Paper-pieced Leaves

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. Billie A has chosen the theme of ‘two or more patterned papers‘. Here is my card:

I began by die cutting the Simon Says Stamp ‘Vine Background‘ three times in white, and then once with four different patterned papers.

I laid the first white die cut down, then placed a different piece from the patterned paper die cuts in the leaves, and then added the next two white layers on top – just in case I had some glue where I didn’t want it on the edges.

I then chose a pre-made sentiment – I think from Pinkfresh Studies but not exactly sure – and then dotted around some gems in the more open spaces.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Addicted To Stamps and More die cuts and/or stencils

Creative Fingers anything goes

Love To Craft anything goes