Snow and Trees Scene

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge. We have reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’, and the themes are ‘S is for Snow’ and ‘T is for Trees’. I decided to combine the two themes in my card:

Onto a white panel, I used the Hero Arts ‘Winter Woods‘ colour layering stamp set. After seeing the inspiration photo from one of the challenges – I thought it was time to give it a go.

I used Distress Oxides to stamp the layering images, following the guidelines on the package, then stamped and die cut the additional trees and the deer.

Before adding those extra elements, I splattered the panel with Liquitex shimmery acrylic gold to add some shine – but couldn’t pick it up on the photos – but it is very shiny.

I cut that panel down with Gina K Designs ‘Master Layouts 01’, then added a black panel, before sticking down to a white card base.

The sentiment is from my stash – a hot foiling session from a few weeks ago.

I’m looking forward to seeing your snow and trees Christmas creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakersin the forest

Peace On Earth Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Inspiration Station Challengephoto inspiration

We Love Stamping Challenge stamping

Winter Wonderland ChallengeChristmas and animals

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Shiny Purple Blooms

Hi there. Some play time in my craft room, using new products from the recent Maker Mania #6, and other products I haven’t used as yet:

Whilst working with the Elizabeth Craft Designs blooms from the post yesterday, I also played with this set of dies to create these blooms.

I used some gilding polish on a white card, and die cut the flower layers. Once I had glued them together, I attached the stems from a previously created ink smooshed background.

The flower pot is a set of dies I used a dark Kraft card stock, then slightly inked the long edges to create some dimension.

The border at the bottom looked like the edge of a shelf or garden, is from a Sizzix die – also part of the Maker Mania #6 kit.

I used some 49 and Market card stock on a white 5 x 7 inch card base, and added the elements as you see – and also added some greeny tinged sequins from my stash.

the sheen on the lustre polish

I like to try different ways of creating cards – even though some of them I may not do again – at least I have a go. I think that is the point of the Maker Mania events – a lot of scrapbooking and layouts, as well as mixed media, card making, and more techniques to try. Very varied, and packed with ideas – it’ll take me a while to go through them all, I am sure.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes – option not taken

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Avenue 613 anything goes – option leaves

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes option smooshing not taken

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Geometric Birthday

Hi there. In between listening to the Maker Mania event happening this weekend, I have been creating a card inspired by a colour theme. Here is my card:

Onto a white card base, I adhered the most open Sizzix geo lattice die – die cut twice and layered – and then die cut that again with Concord & 9th ‘Sprout’ card stock. before removing it all from the die, I placed some ‘press’n’seal’ onto the back of it to keep all the little pieces where they should, then paper-pieced them into the white layers.

I’m glad I was in the right frame of mind to do this finicky job, and even more so when I saw it was coming together nicely.

I then replaced the centre shape – raised on 3D foam – and created my flowers.

These flowers are from Elizabeth Craft designs, and each flower has 6 or 7 layers to them. I die cut each one with a dark blue/navy card stock from my stash, and once they were glued together, I decided to run a dark blue Copic marker along the bottom edge of each piece, to create a little dimension within the flowers themselves.

I played around with their position, added stems from another floral set, and used 3D foam behind each one.

The white centre panel looked a little bare, and without adding gem stones (my current fad) I found some dots from a Concord & 9th virtual event in my stash and added them as you see, as well as stamping and adding the sentiment.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday anything goes birthday – option navy and lime green

Colour Hues Challenge birthday in navy and lime green

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Dragonfly Dreamsbirthday

Sending Warm Hugs

Hello. I’m popping to show you a card made using the colours at the current Color Throwdown challenge:

I wanted to use the Honey Bee Stamps sunflower again – love that die set – and a new Sizzix die received as part of the current Maker Mania #6 that is happening this weekend.

This is my fourth Maker Mania event, and it includes, scrapbooking and layouts – not my thing – but it certainly has many card making hints and tips and techniques – some of which I’ll be exploring. Of course – the event products are fabulous – and this Sizzix die was one of them.

back to the card – I used some Cosmic Shimmer red lustre polish on a white card panel, and after it was dry – very, very quickly – I die cut just one layer of the Sizzix lattice.

I ink smooshed some yellow water-colour inks onto a couple of pieces of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, and on another I used one of my previously created green ink smooshed panels.

The red lattice was carefully glued to the card base, the flower put together and placed as you see. As the sentiment is in black – I also placed some faceted black gems strategically around the lattice frame. As you know – once I start with gems I have to restrain myself!

The shimmer of the Lustre Polish and gems

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, yellow, green

TTCRD anything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

Avenue 613 Create anything goes – option leaves


The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. The theme this time round has been chosen by Debbie, and as we have reached the letter ‘L’, she has chosen ‘Leaves‘. Here is my card:

So – a little different to my recent cards – but fun none-the-less.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn leaf panel out of a piece of ink smooshed card stock. I then die cut some additional leaves in greens and teals (more ink smooshed panels) and inserted them round and about the frame.

The lion image is from Heffy Doodle, and instead of colouring him, I stamped then die cut him out of another yellow ink-smooshed background. I added the crown because – well – he is King of the Jungle right?

I also decided he was going to hold an ice cream sundae……..sometimes my mind works in ways even I can’t comprehend!

The sentiment was stamped onto the same yellow ink-smooshed panel, and cut out haphazardly, attached haphazardly – and all just for the fun of it.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you create with our theme. xx

Shopping Our Stash animals acting as human

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge stamp it – no digi

Tuesday Taggers – animals – real or imaginary

Crafty Animals Challenge atg with an animal

Mix It Up Challenge atg with option ink smooshing

Special Delivery

Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. This time, Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘Baby Girl’. Here is my card:

I rarely – can actually never remember the last time – I made a card with this theme. It certainly challenged me to sit down and create it.

I used a Clearly Besotted stamp set and stamped the baby, then masked the baby and stamped the balloon, then masked the balloon as well as the baby, put a mask down – that strange shape – then used stencil to create the layers of clouds using a Distress Ink.

I liked the look of that irregular shape through which you would be able to see the clouds, baby and balloon – something different.

I then coloured the baby and the balloon, stamped the banner and the sentiment, and die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle, to add to the card base.

I would love to see you join us with your ‘baby girl’ themed creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge stamp it

Lil Red Wagon cute

TTCRD anything goes

Inkspirational repetition (cloud stencilling)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

Poinsettia Corner

Hello – a little crafty playing and I’ll like to show you the resulting card:

I had this panel which was a result of playing. Tissue paper, glued and scrunched onto card, Brushos and water, and I experimented with different colours to create what you see.

I rubbed gold over the creased side to catch the light and shine – shown better on the ‘veins’ in the second photo – and was just waiting for an idea in which to use it.

I then ‘found’ this die set in my stash when looking for something else (isn’t that what we all do?) and thought this would be fun to use.

I thought the corner die was best suited to a 5×7 inch card, so I cut a panel slightly smaller, and then used the die.

Onto the back of that panel I adhered the piece of tissue paper and colourful card and then adhered them both to a white card base with w3D foam tape.

The sentiment – and I played around with placement for ages – was also adhered with a little strip of 3D foam. This is a foiled sentiment from another playtime and foiling session a few weeks ago.

No gems, no sequins – just the colour behind the panel to showcase the effect of the technique.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge CAS Christmas – sparkle and/or shine

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed media

MAWTT trees and/or leaves

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

12 Months Of Christmas Link-up – anything goes Christmas – option not taken

Mistletoe Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge. As always, the theme is ‘anything goes Christmas’. Here is my card:

I really enjoyed creating this card, as there is a lot of different media and techniques which I am getting to like.

The background is a layer of Kraft card which has been embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, then gold rubbed gently over the texture to create some shine.

The mistletoe leaves where die cut from a previous messy play time – tissue paper glued down onto some card, scrunching it as you glue it, then sprinkled with powder pigments – I think I used Brushos), water spritzed over the powder to encourage movement – then left to dry.

Once dry, I rubbed some over the top to catch the ridges created by the tissue paper, then die cut the leaves.

I added a foiled sentiment and a three facetted gold gems.

I hope you can come and join us. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CYHTP – embossing folder – option not taken

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Peace On Earth Challenge anything goes Christmas

Moving Along With The Times trees and/or leaves

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

From Me To You….

Hello there. I have a card to share which I put the finishing touches to today:

This floral set is from The Greetery and includes, stamps, stencils, and dies.

I first stenciled all the layers and images then used the die to cut it out. Once I had that cut, I then worked on my background.

I layered a piece of black card stock. as I wanted to use a black and foiled sentiment, and onto that I layered a white piece, dry embossed using a ‘dotty’ embossing folder, and then splattered with black and gold Liquitex acrylic paints – the shimmery set.

I used a 5×7 inch card base, then realised the floral arrangement was just a little too short for this size, so I cut it in half………I know, I know – all that stencilling and I cut it – but I had a plan…..

The gold foiled sentiment strip was adhered with 3D foam across the middle, then the two halves of the floral arrangement – also on 3D foam – was kinda tucked into the strip. That made it slightly longer and just seemed to fit the size of card better.

I then added some gold faceted gems……and then…….realised the sentiment was in silver foil not gold……oh well – that just meant I had to stick some silver faceted gems down too – which I did onto some flowers! What a numpty!

Anyhoo – I hope you like it.

I shall be entering the following challeneges:

Color Throwdownpink, coral, dark purple, green,

Allsorts Challenge anything goes (option of school days not taken)

TTCRD anything goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Emboss Resist Ink Blending

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers ‘anything goes birthday‘ challenge has started for the month of September. Here is my card:

I used the floral stamp from Concord & 9th Summer Camp 2021, and white heat embossed on white Distress Heavyweight card stock.

I then chose some lighter Distress Inks and blended over the top of the image for a fresh look and feel. I then splattered with water, and also added some Liquitex metallic acrylic ink splatters.

I then took a white card panel and die cut an oval, placing the floral image behind where I thought there was more interest an colour, then adhered to a card base.

The sentiment is from as ephemera pack I have as I wanted to keep the front panel quite flat.

I hope you can come and join us with your birthday makes – I look forward to seeing your birthday creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafting Happiness Challengecard theme – flowers

Paper Minutes Challenge in the garden

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Creative Fingers Challengesanything goes