Snowflakes and Poinsettia

Hello everyone. I’m back after a few weeks sunning myself in glorious Mauritius – what a fabulous island that is. Relaxing at a great resort and from 29 degrees and day-long sunshine – to snow and minus degrees – what a shock to the system. And I didn’t mind the 16 hour flight……..

I’ve been in my craft room for a couple of days, catching up with my Design Team duties – but also managing to play to create for some current challenges. Here is my ‘play’ card:

I used a Concord & 9th Poinsettia die from their recent ‘Jolly Holly‘ workshop – which I’ve yet to do – and die cut several layers for the poinsettia. The glittery snowflake – another die from the same workshop as a base for the flower – and Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Snowflake Backdrop‘ – which I can’t seem to stop using – for the base layer.

This came together quite quickly once I had decided what to put where – which angle for the snowflake etc…..so many choices!

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ABC Challenge – W and X

Hello there. It’s my turn to host the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. Having reached the letters ‘W’ and ‘X’ – the Christmas themes we want to see are ‘W for Whimsical‘ – think playful, quaint, amusing – and ‘X’ for Xerox – multiple stamping, multiple images – whatever you think fits with the theme.

Here are my cards:

Whimsical

Xerox

On the first card, I used a Clearly besotted stencil – Trimmed Trees – and inked each different tree with s different colour – masking off the one next to it on the stencil – but also overlapping each tree to create the row of what I think are quite whimsical trees.

I then used a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, then used a Zig glue pen over all the colours and added some glitter.

For the second card, I stamped one image from the Pretty Pink Posh stamp set multiple times on a Kraft card base with ‘wheat’ ink from Concord & 9th, to create a tone-on-tone look. I then used another of the the images from the same stamp set, coloured them with Copics, die cut them out, and placed them as you see. I also added some glossy accents to the leaves and berries.

The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set, which I stamped, used a stitched rectangle to cut it out, then distressed the edges with the same ‘wheat’ ink to enable it to stand out a little more.

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

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Cards Galore Challengeatg

Merry Little Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

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Just Us Girls Challenge Leaves

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Let It Snow Deer…….

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

I seem to be masking a lot recently – I blame Gina K! She showed us how easy it was when she taught on the Crop and Create at the beginning of October. I even went so far as to buy some mylar and create my own masks for shapes I will use again and again – like this oval shape……and therefore I also have the oval itself as well to use as a mask if I so wish.

I used a piece of Strathmore card stock, cut it bigger than I need – I’m always smudging stuff so I thought I’d try it that way – and placed down the piece which had the oval cut out of it.

I then decided where I wanted this gorgeous border stamp from Uniko, stamped that onto a piece of masking paper, cut out the wavy bottom bit, and stuck that down on the top of the mylar – then ink blended.

I didn’t want the ink blending below the border and this worked perfectly well – and no smudges!

Whilst the homemade stencil was still in place, I added some white ink through a dotty/snowy stencil. That didn’t work very well – the white ink was a little too juicy – so I added some white ink splatters and some additional water splashes. I think it turned out lovely:

I let this panel dry before I stamped the deer and tree border in black – having the stamp three times using my Misti (thank goodness for this tool) to get a darker and more solid image.

The sentiment is also from Uniko – some masking here too. The sentiment was too long for this card, and so I centered to have two ‘Let It Snow’ visible, and then covered the part of the stamp I didn’t want – inked it – then remembered to remove that from the stamp before stamping it on the card. Now that would have been traumatising if I had forgotten!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Allsorts Challenge anything goes – option vintage – not taken

Cards Galore Encore anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge – Christmas Creatures

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Christmas Shaker

Hello. I have a quick post today to share a shaker card using Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn dies:

I used Mama Elephant ‘Arch Snow Globe‘ dies, stacked to create the shaker, instead of using 3D foam. The top layer is from a piece of card I blended ‘Peacock Feathers’ onto.

The Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Snowflake Frame’ was used for the ink smooshed Peacock Feathers background piece to the snow globe, and I also used it on the Kitsch Flamingo spray stain background panel.

The trees are ink blended pieces using Kitsch Flamingo and also Milled Lavender distress Inks, sat on a white glitter hill side.

I have no clue where the sequins came from – other thna found in my stash – but they matched the colours perfectly.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown Pink, Lavender, Aqua

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Love To Craft – anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

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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

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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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