Hello there…..

I had some time to play in my craft room today to create this card with some dies from Honey Bee Stamps:

I decided to use the dragonfly from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Lovely Layers: bugs‘ for the first time. The wings were created by using a pink and a mustard alcohol ink and dropped them onto a piece of vellum – let them move around a little – and die cut the wings from the reverse side – catching some pink and some of the yellow/mustard.

The body of the dragonfly is die cut from a previously created ink smooshed green panel, and the wings layered on top…….I had to check whether to glue them to the top of the bottom of the body first……for some reason my mind went blank.

I dry embossed a diagonal border onto a white panel – using the reverse of the embossing for the smaller lines – cut this panel down slightly, and adhered to the card base.

The greetings banner was created by die cutting the main banner three times, setting the sentiment part into the top one, and colouring the second layer with a pink Copic to get some pink to shine through the words.

The arch frame was die cut, then the middle of the arch is a piece of vellum which had been passed through the Xyron to enable it to stick to the base panel without having to worry about where to put dots of glue.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown mustard, pink, green

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Everybody Art Challenge new

CYHTP embossing folder – option of borders taken

Sparkles Forumfriendship

Mix It Upanything goes – option of now stamping taken

From Me To You

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. We have reached the letter ‘V’, and Debbie has chosen the theme of ‘Vellum’. Here is my card:

I first took some vellum and applied alcohol inks, I think two or three shades of green, moved it around – generally played really – and set that aside to dry. Once dry, I die cut the leaves – snipping one and adding to the larger image – and adhered with wet glue.

The card base is created with some linen textured card, and an arch die cut added.

I added the foiled sentiment strip, and I felt the card was done. No embellishments – just a very CAS card.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘vellum’; creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Here Is A Place To Start anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Sparkles Forum friendship

Love To Craftanything goes

Mix It Up anything goes – option no stamping – option taken

Column Card

Claudia has chosen the next theme at Cardz 4 Galz, and she wants to see your shaped cards. Here is my card:

I created the base column card using instructions from a previous online crafty event – Maker Mania – and it was quite simple to put together.

I chose a white base card, and then used some Graphic 45 papers and ephemera to embellish. I don’t use my patterned papers enough, and I certainly don’t use ephemera very much, but I am trying different things, exploring different avenues – anything to do with paper crafting I’ll give it a go.

This also folds down to be mailed easy:

I struggle with layering and ephemera, what colours to use and where to place the items, but I’ve decided that what works for me is to lay things out and just go for it……..as long at the ‘stuff’ co-ordinates it seems to work. I can see I’ll be playing around a little more in the future.

I hope you can come and join us with your shaped cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Craft Rocket not square

Crafts Galore anything goes

Creative Craftersanything goes

Papercraft Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft anything goes

White and Gold Christmas

A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas’. Here is my card:

The three circle dies are from a kit through Scrapbook and Cards. I found out about these kits from another online card making course. The kits ship every two months, and combines a stamp set, die set, and a class with different people/companies. I believe the next one is with Gina K – but I haven’t received that yet – it takes a little more time to get to me here in the UK.

This die set was from LDRS Creative and I decided to make baubles.

I first created the dotty background with a Spellbinders stencil and gold paste. I left that to dry for 24 hours – just in case – and prepared the ‘baubles’.

I die cut the base circle from Spellbinders gold card stock, die cut the main decorative circle from white card stock, then layered. I used another die set for the bauble topper – adding with 3D foam.

Onto the slimline card base I added a gold base layer – I ‘gutted’ this layer to preserve some of that fabulous card stock – layered with the gold dotty panel, then added the baubles.

The sentiment was die cut from the same gold with a white shadow layer.

I decided to add some matt gold gems – kinda hard to stop when you get started.

I hope you can come and join us with your festive/Christmas makes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Cut It Upanything goes with a die cut

Creative Fingers anything goes

Most Magical Time Of The Year anything goes Christmas or Halloween

Creative Knockoutscelebrations

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

CAS Birthday Bear

Hello. I have a CAS card to share using a Clearly Besotted stamp:

I stamped the image onto panel and coloured with Copics. I then stamped the sentiment in the same brown Gina K amalgam ink, cut the panel down to be slightly smaller than the card base, and adhered with 3D foam.

I decided the bear needed some grounding, so I added a little cool grey Copic shadowing.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS – bears

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 4 legged animals

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with critter as main focus

Crafty Animals anything goes with an animal

AAA Birthdayanything goes birthday

Sparkles Forumfriendship

Snowy Scene

A little more crafty time created this card:

This card took a little planning, some drying time – and patience…..

I started by ink blending a piece of card with Distress Inks – Prize Ribbon and Hickory Smoke. Once dry, I stamped the trees in Versafine Black Onyx – and waited for it to dry again. Then splattered with white acrylic paint – and waited yet again.

Whilst waiting for all the drying to happen, I die cut the houses from The Greetery from ‘Ice White’ card stock from Pink frog Crafts here in the UK, pieced all the layers together – not a major issue – then stuck some black card stock on the back of the houses to fill in the windows.

I then die cut a circle from the front of the card base, die cut a larger circle from the ink blended panel – deciding which part I wanted to show through the aperture, glued that to the back of the card front – adding a white panel on the back to cover the mess. Sorry – the creative process……

I then placed the houses as you see – the smallest one with glue, and the other two with 3D foam squares, added a foiled sentiment – and done….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsortsanything goes option winter blues

Color Throwdown grey, navy, white

Paper Fundayanything goes, option starry night

Peace On Earth anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Ally’s Angels anything goes

Get Well Soon…..

The Alphabet Challenge has started their first challenge of the year. We are at the letter ‘U‘, and we want to see your ‘Under The Weather/Get well‘ creations. Here is my card:

I stamped and coloured the image from Brutus Monroe then die cut using a wonky stitched rectangle die, and matted that with a blue piece of card. I added a couple more panels to the cards base, and added the sentiment as you see.

I decided to make the boy look quite sick and poorly, colouring his skin green – which was quite fun to do actually.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘under the weather/get well/ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

Ellibelle’s Corner anything goes

Crafts Galoreanything goes

Avenue 613 Create – anything goes – option of winter not taken

You’re How Old……?

Hello there. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. Caz has chosen the theme of ‘Clean and Simple’. Here is my card:

I chose a Heffy Doodle image, stamped then coloured with Copics, and die cut with the matching die set.

I then die cut a circle into white panel, added a piece of previously created ink smooshed card behind the aperture, and then added the image so he was poking his head out of it.

The sentiment was stamped and cut into a strip, adding as you see.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar add a sentiment

AAA Birthdayanything goes birthday

Here Is A Place To Start anything goes

Love To Craftanything goes

ABC Christmas Challenge – A and B

Hello once again. The ABC Christmas Challenge is at the beginning of the alphabet again. Helen is hosting this time round, and we want to see your ‘A for Anything goes’ and ‘B for Bears’ Christmas creations. Here are my cards:

A is for Anything Goes
B is for Bear

As you can see – two very different styles of cards.

The first CAS card is using s Clearly Besotted image, stamping, colouring with Copics, then using an oval to die cut, layering that white oval with black, then adding a foiled sentiment.

The second definitely not CAS card took a little more preparation.

I sprayed some Tim Holtz mica spray onto some Distress Heavystock card, splattered with white acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

I then totally channeled Tim Holtz from one of his YouTube videos, and die cut the bear from white and grey wood grain card stock, layered together, then added a pink scarf using a previously created ink smooshed panel.

The trees were die cut from a panel of card onto which I had glued some tissue paper, added water, added Brushos, then when dry added some gold wax. The die cutting of the trees flattened the ridges on the trees – but if you add the wax prior to die cutting then the detail is still there.

I snipped and placed the trees, added the bear, added some white glitter drops for the snow on the ground, then added the sentiment – die cutting the ‘board’ from the same white and grey card stock, and adding the letters in a haphazard fashion – I struggle with straight when I do a sentiment like this, so I went overboard with the higgledy-piggledy.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS card:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Creative Knockouts anything goes

Crafting Happiness celebrations

Ellibelle’s Corner anything goes

Bear card:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with critter as main focus

The Four seasons Challenge anything goes winter

Challenge Up Your Life ice, ice, baby

Most Magical Time Of The Yearanything goes Christmas or Halloween

Comfort and Joy

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

I dry embossed and white piece of card then splattered it with a bronze metallic acrylic paint. Whilst that was drying, I die cut and assembled the poinsettia and the added foliage, splattering the poinsettia with the same bronze paint.

I then die cut a square into a panel that was slightly smaller than my card base, added the splattered embossed piece behind the opening, then arranged the flower and foliage as you see.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip.

I am hoping you can join us and start to create your Christmas card stash ready for the end of the year. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On earth Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Christmas Crafts All year Round Christmas and one of something or a tree – (one poinsettia)

Mix It Up Challengeanything goes – option no stamping – option taken

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas