Twofer Trees

Hi there. I’ve been trying some new techniques in my craft room, but have also had time to create a couple of CAS cards for the current challenge at Twofer Card Challenge. These are my cards:

The aim of the game at Twofer is to create two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps/dies and/or stencils. The current challenge prompt is ‘TREES’.

I used one of the trees from Altenew ‘Moments In Time‘ stamp set. The first is stamping with tree to create and edge or border, and adding a stamped and die cut ‘awesome‘ from Altenew ‘Super Script‘ in the same colour card stock.

The second card is using the same tree with a sentiment added – clean and simple and one layer.

The tree images on both cards were stamped using Concord & 9th ink, and the banner for the turquoise card is also Concord & 9th card stock.

Even though these now look quite simple – it took me ages to actually plan what colours to use, and where to stamp the images – absolutely ages. It takes me longer for these kinds of cards than ones with more images and layers……………..

So – these two cards for the current challenge at Twofer.

Christmas Cardinals

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – the theme is – as always – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas or festive related. Here is my card:

I decided to use a pre-coloured image from Jan’s Digis. I don’t think I’ve used a pre-coloured image before, and it took a lot of research to enable me to manipulate the images, background and sentiment – layering them, bringing some to the front, some to the back, then getting mixed up in what the heck I was doing!

It must have took me longer to do all that than if I’d coloured the image myself – but I like what I managed to achieve here.

The sentiment is also from Jan’s digis, and I decided to add a blue background – again using ‘Word’ manipulation – but leaving the bottom open – just like snow.

It definitely took me more than 2 hours, but once I had printed and die-cut the rectangle – I was away.

I added some coloured layers as you see – and I also added some glitter pen to the snow, and created some glittery snow drifts on the bottom.

I hope doing things like this gets easier…………

I was going to leave the card at that, but I felt it needed a little more, so I used Stampin Up ‘Poinsettia Petals‘ to add a poinsettia and some leaves, then some clear Stickles to the centre. The ink must not have been dry, so the stickles took on the red colour – quite liking that effect.

Anyhoo – I hope you can come and join us. I’m looking forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Trimmies Craft Challenge – Christmas

12 Months of Christmas ChallengeChristmas and a sentiment

Jan’s Digi’s Challenge anything goes

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Make My Monday Challenge – Christmas

Alphabet Challenge ‘L’ for Ladybird

Hello there. It’s my time to host The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘L’ and I chose ‘Ladybird’Ladybugs‘ for the theme. Here is my card:

I may have been late to the ‘slimline’ party – but I’m certainly having a good time now I’ve arrived!

When I chose the theme for this letter, I knew I wanted to use my Stampin Up ‘Little Ladybug’ stamp and die set again, and the slimline card is the perfect way to showcase ALL the ladybugs in this set – as well as the little flowers, grass and leaves – so much space to use.

After stamping with Gina K amalgam ink, colouring with Copics, then die-cutting I turned to sorting out what shapes I would use on the slimline card. This die from Pink Fresh Studio I chose because of the scalloping around each circle – three little scenes I could create.

I used Concord & 9th card stock to die cut the flowers, leaves, stems and grass, then treated each little circle as it’s own scene – as you see here.

I also added some gems to the flowers and around the sentiment, just an excuse to add a little bling.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘Ladybird/Ladybug’ theme. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Double D Challengelots of colour

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Moving Along With The Timescreate a scene

Simply Ellibelle Challengethings with wings

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May your Day Be As bright As You

Hello there. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz – and this time we want to see your buttons and/or bows. Here is my card:

I seem to have gone a little bit ‘girly’ here – but I’m liking the colour combination, if I do say so myself!

I first die-cut the pink spotty bow from Clearly Besotted pattenred paper, using the Spellbindwers die set, but keeping the bow solid and not using the lattice layer. I put the layers together with a pink and glittery brad from my stash.

The teal paper is cut from Stampin Up paper, and the stripe using the same Clearly Besotted paper.

The shape behind the bow is from a Sue Wilson collection, using only two of the 7 dies from that set – not too intricate behind the bow, and layered with 3D foam pads to the card base.

The sentiment is from Craft Box UK (I think) a page of strip sentiments, cut to fit.

I hope you can come and join us and show us your buttons and/or bow creations. The Design Team has some great makes to share – and quite a varied collection. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned papers

Arty Divasanything goes

Yellow and Green

Hi there. I have a card to share which took a lot of die-cutting – a lot!

What can I say – when you’re in the die-cutting mood – you just go for it, don’t you? The colour scheme is from a new challenge called ‘Color Hues’, and to use tones of green and yellow.

I used quite a few Sizzix Thinlits die sets, and the Concord & 9th card-stock, as well as other card from my stash.

I think there are three greens………and two yellows…….but I may be wrong – I just kept cutting!

The flowers are also Concord & 9th, the circle frame is from MFT, and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp – talk about a mish-mash of companies!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Hues – The Color Challenge – ones of green ad yellow

Crafters Cafe – anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog
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Winter Wonderland

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’ – and we want to see your SNOWY and/or TINSEL creations.

I chose ‘SNOWY’:

Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree
Concord & 9th mini ink cubes
Wow! white embossing powder
Sue Wilson Stitched circle dies

I used Hero Arts ‘Color Layering Snowy tree’, stamped three times, with the third layer being white embossing powder to represent the snow.

Once I had positioned the trees where I wanted them, I used a couple of stitched circle dies to create the two layers.

It looked quite bear at this point, so I searched through the CML app for a deer image – which had a matching die set, as too fiddly to cut small images out I find – and the Stampin Up ‘Carols of Christmas‘ appeared.

The deer was stamped twice and die cut, then placed as you see.

The sentiment is also from the same Hero Arts stamp set, and stamped in one of the green inks I had used for the trees.

I hope you can come and join us and share your snowy or tinsel creations. The Design Team has some amazing inspiration for you. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craft CAS

Allsorts Challengeuse at least one circle

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Time Out Challenges season

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and Animals

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Holly and a Deer

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As the theme is ‘anything goes as long as it’s Christmas related’, there is always a lot of scope for creating.

Here is my card:

I have recently received an order from Stampin Up from their new Christmas catalogue – I really had to restrain myself – but not too much!

The holly background is a two layer stamp which I stamped repeatedly around a piece of card stock. I used Concord & 9th mini ink cubes – these are very juicy inks so a little light tapping is required but that also means they stamp well (if you line it up correctly!!!) on new stamp sets from the beginning – you don’t have to prep your stamps.

I decided to fill in the gaps with a green and red dot using my Copic markers – varying the size of the dot by the pressure on the pen. The clump of dots is from another stamp set.

Once that was done, I stamped the deer in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics – warm grey for the deer, and a couple of greens for the bow/ribbon around his neck, cool greys for his feet, and a couple of browns for the antlers.

The three tags were cut using Concord & 9th card stock and MFT ‘Trad Tags Stax‘ dies, so they matched the inks I had used for the background.

The ribbon is a new purchase – some shabby ribbons – I think to be used mainly for mixed media, but when I saw them I ordered quite a few colours as I think they would be perfect for traditional card making and also as ribbons for presents etc……there are lots of colour variations – from bright to shabby chic – here’s a link to the shop:

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I fanned the tags as you see and stuck the bottom of them down with glue, but the tops down with a little 3D foam pad.

I enjoyed making these tags so much that I can see some more being made ready for the present giving season.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, I love to look through the gallery and always end up bejng inspired by the makes – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursdayinky

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackers anything goes Christmas

INTAAS include and animal

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Rainbow Butterflies

Hello there. I hope you are all doing well. I have created a card which I would like to share with you:

I seem to be in a bright and rainbow mood at the moment – how strange is that? I know – rainbows not usually my style – but since obtaining the Concord & 9th mini cube set – I can’t seem to get enough! I just look through the swatch of the colours and stamp away……

Another encouragement card, clean and simple, the large butterfly is the only layer to it – the rest stamped onto the base card.

The card itself is A4 folded in half. Why such a large card I hear you say? Well, I knew I wanted a row of butterflies, and to make this work – the card had to be larger than usual, especially if I was also adding the larger butterfly die-cut too.

To stamp the row of butterflies straight, I used my Memory Misti – as that is huge – 12 inches square stamping area – it’s easy to move things around to stamp. I must remember to use that more often……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls Butterflies

AAA cards CAS sketch – option at the movies – Papillon – one of my all time favourites – though can be harrowingand with one of my all time favourite actors……..

Daisy Birthday

Hello. I have a couple of cards to share today:

I began by die-cutting the Altenew ‘Craft-a-Flower: Daisy’ out of Altenew gradient card stock and then gluing the layers together.

I looked for a background technique behind the flowers and was going to splatter, then ink through a stencil, but decided to gold emboss some splatters through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I find splatters sometimes disappear into certain card bases, and I wanted the gold to really shine. I managed to capture the shine on a couple of the photos.

The reason there are two cards? I die-cut four flowers and after adding three flowers and leaves to one card, I had some left over – so made another card.

The rectangle was added behind the one flower because that was just sitting there after ‘failing’ to make several cards yesterday – I like the effect it gives here.

The sentiment is from Indigo Blu and from a stamp set from their first magazine, and on one strip I laid down some sticky tape, added the same embossing powder, heat embossed and die cut it with a sentiment strip die from Heffy Doodle.

The left over gold strip was then glued to the second sentiment strip.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments designsanything goes

Krafty Chicks occasions

Daring Cardmakers in the garden (I have a bunch of tall daises growing in my garden – picture in the post HERE) and below

Seize The Birthdaybirthday with option to add gold

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Beautiful Botanicals

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Alphabet Challenge – Use Kraft

Hello once again. I hope everyone is well. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘K’ and we want to see your creations using Kraft. Here is my card:

I have itching to use this stamp set from Heffy Doodle ever since I bought it – and it was probably last year! As soon as this letter came up, I swapped between a beach scene with the Kraft as sand, or using Kraft as soil – obviously the soil won!

Once I had stamped the images in Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics, I then used the matching dies to cut them out.

I used Lawn Fawn’s ‘Stitched Hillside’ die for cutting the Kraft, and sticking it down on the edges, but left the two hilly layers unstuck – just in case I wanted to slot an image in there.

I had to cut the scene out again in white so I could ink blend the blue sky – using a couple of blue Distress Oxides – this time not splattering as I liked the look of the smooth blue. I thought about adding some clouds – but decided against it as I wanted the stamped images to be the stars of the show.

In my mind, the man has just returned home in his wooden vehicle, the woman is playing catch with the dinosaur and the bone – and even the mammoth has arrived to welcome him home…..well – I did say it was in my mind! 🙂 🙂

I did ink the hill layers with brown distress Oxide for a little dimension, but not too much.

I hope you can come and join us and share your ‘Kraft’ makes with us. The Design Team has some amazing creations as inspiration – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Craft Creations Challengeanything goes

Creative Moments Challengeanything goes

Jan’s Digi Stampsanything goes

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