Gingerbread Season’s Greetings

Hello everyone. My gosh I’ve had a busy weekend – I attended – virtually – the Maker Mania #3…..and let me tell you it IS manic. A three day event, a new technique from a different store every hour…….so much fun. I have lots of PDF’s to go through so I can use the techniques I saw – but it’s going to take me a long, long time.

All the timings for us in the UK ran from 4pm until 1am the following morning…..I didn’t make all the live showings, and not that late each night – but I will catch up. At some point. Hopefully in the near future…..


Anyhoo – The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has a new challenge. The theme is ‘Anything goes Christmas’. here is my card:

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Build a House’ and the Gingerbread add-on for the house, using Kraft card and some Lawn Fawn ‘Let It Shine’ paper with the gold dots.

Once die-cut. I played with the layers, and the placement and then decided it needed something extra, so I use the gingerbread and tree stamps from another Lawn Fawn set – cutting down to fit – trying not to cut the gingerbread people or the trees in half, then attached as you see.

I hope you can come and join us and get your Christmas stash growing. I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Jingle Belles Rock Christmas and at least 3 layers

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

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You’re So Sweet

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘E’ and we want to see your ‘Easy’ makes – simple, minimal embellishments, minimal layers – easy and simple to make.

Here is my card:

The images were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. All were die-cut with their matching dies, and adhered onto the white card base with a thin white layer using a Catherine Pooler postage stamp die.

The mouse was an after-thought – he was lying on my desk after a previous crafting session I hadn’t used him for – and I thought it would be a fun addition – he is running to use the gumball machine………….

I hope you can come and join us – I look for ward to seeing your creations….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

Dies R Us Challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

2 Crafty Critter Crazies atg with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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With a Splash….

Hell once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge and this times the me has been chosen by Billie a – Summer Fun. So – think beach, shells, water – anything which fits our theme and is along the ‘girlie’ lines is welcome. Here is my card:

Another slimline card – and this time the rhino is happily playing in the little pool, and her friend the ape is running and going to jump in and join her – which is why I think the rhino is looking a little nervous!

I can’t seem to get away from the teal and pink colour combo – but I do like how they look together. Who says you can’t have a pink ape and pink rhino? A little – OK maybe a lot – of creative license – but I am pleased with the result.

Both images were coloured with Copics, and cut out with their matching die. The pool itself is one of the stitched dens from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you can join us with your ‘Summer Fun’ cards – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sweet Stampers Challenge animals/critters/birds

QKR Stampedeanything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

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Crocodile Cheers

Hello, hello, hello……..I new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. The theme for this is ‘Bottoms Up‘……

Here is my card:

The images are from Heffy Doodle, stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, coloured with Copics, then die cut using their matching die.

I tried to add some interest and dimension to parts of the crocodile using a technique recently learned from taking a Jenn Shurkus class – yes – yet another! Using one of the lighter greens to create some dots – the alcohol in the Copic almost bleaches the parts you touch with your nib……..varying sizes depending on how much pressure I exerted.

The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler and this time stamped before I added the dimensional images!

I hope you can join us – I’d love to see your CAS ‘Bottoms Up’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sweet Stampers animals/critters/birds

Clean and Simple On Friday CAS green as main colour

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 21

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

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You Bring Colour To My World…

Hello once again. It’s my final card as Surprise Party Guest at Seize The Birthday. It’s been a fabulous couple of months – I didn’t realise how many birthday cards I actually needed too – most of them went out within a couple of weeks of making them.

Onto the topic for the birthday card this time:

Here is my card:

MY ‘wheel’ is obviously the Colour Wheel – a slightly reduced colour scheme – I thought 6 colours would work for this…and with the pandas being black and white – well – I thought it would work quite nicely.

For images such as these pandas, then Copics are my favourite way of coloring – small images, with a little shading for dimension.

Now let me tell you – can you divide a circle into 6 equal parts without a protractor? It took me forever – hubby came up with the idea of printing out a clock face with just the numbers – then using the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 – as the six partitions……he comes in handy occasionally!

I coloured the six parts, then drew a black dividing line between each, and die cut with a stitched circle.

The pandas are from Clearly Besotted – as is the sentiment. The word ‘colour’ – using the UK spelling to get the six letters – I stamped in a very light brown ink, then coloured each letter with the same Copic colours I had used on the wheel.

The ‘happy birthday’ is part of a longer sentiment, but I masked off the rest of it just to keep these two words.

I hope you can join us in the birthday challenge – whether you use the option or not – it would be great to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

AAA Birthday birthday

As You Like It Challenge favourite colouring medium and why

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Let’s Meet Up Soon…..

Hello everyone. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. We have reached the letter ‘D’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘Dragons and/or Dinosaurs’. Here is my card:

The stamp set is an oldie – but it’s a goodie, and my first thought when I saw what the theme was.

I stamped the images onto Neenah 80lb card – what? I hear you say. You are colouring on a different kind of card? Well – yes…….I recently attended a virtual class with Jenn Shurkus and she always uses Neenah 80lb to Copic colour. So – I thought I’d give it a try – it took a few weeks to be able to acquire some, but let me tell you – I like it.

I tried the 110lb to Copic colour before and didn’t like the results. I think it’s too thick and dried too quick to get a good blend. I feel I’m talking like I’m an expert – but you know what you and you like what you like, don’t you. I am NOT a Copic expert – but I have fun when I colour small images………..not a colourist either. Images that are too big, and colouring pages bore me, doesn’t relax me – so I like the little colouring I do when it comes to cards.

Anyhoo – back to the game in hand……..I kept the colour scheme quite simple. In this world the grass is pink, to match the dragons, and help them camouflage!

The slimline card base is Neenah 110lbs, the second layer is Neenah 80lbs with an MFT cloud stencil and the new Distress Ink ‘Salvaged Patina‘.

The grass is a piece of Creative Expression ‘Blush’ card, die cut to match the scallops, then die cut again with a Mama Elephant grass die, and then some ‘Kitsch Flamingo’ blended into the top edges.

I didn’t put the sentiment on the front of this card – I felt it would spoil the overall effect – and so I will be putting something on the inside. Now the restrictions in the UK have eased a little, and we can meet people indoors, in restaurants etc – I am hoping I can meet up with a friend or two over a meal and a little bevy…….

I miss the nipping out for a coffee with a mate, or meeting someone for a quick evening meal somewhere – I am hoping my diary will rapidly fill with dates like this!

I hope you can come and join us with your dragons and/or your dinosaurs – I;m looking forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafting Happiness Challengeanything goes -option of hello

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 19 – anything goes and include colouring

Stamplorations Stencil Challengeanything goes with a stencil

Happy Little stampers stencil Challengeanything goes with a stencil

Here Is A Place To Start anything goes

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How’s It Going, Friend?

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I chose the theme of ‘Things With Wings’. I chose a very broad subject matter, leaving the choice of what things with wings you wanted to use – as long as it’s towards the girlie genre – you’re good. Here is my card:

The blue background is a water-colour smooshing technique using Distress Inks. It seems to have got a little contaminated with yellow on the edge – but I think it adds a certain interest – and I liked the over-all colour so much I used it anyway.

The square blue butterfly is a die from Simon says stamp, which was cut out of the main panel – I gutted the base blue card, as they say, and the same goes for the blue under the sentiment.

The white card base is one from a previous virtual class, using a Simon Says Stamp red rubber background stamp, where we were heat embossing and then ink smooshing – but this panel was left without anything doing to it, so I used it here as the flowery base for the butterfly.

So – ink smooshed base layer, white heat embossed flower layer, and then the sentiment and butterfly for another layer – and yet it seems so CAS still to me.

I hope you can come and join us with our ‘Things With Wings’ challenge – I look forward to seeing where your creativity takes you. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pearly Sparkles ChallengeCAS

Mix It Up Challengemixed media with 3 or more layers

Die Cut DivasTic Tac Toe – middle vertical line – emboss it, friendship, blue

Stamplorations May CAS Challenge CAS atg – option copper and yellow not taken

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Birthday Bouquet

Hello there. My surprise guest appearance at Seize The Birthday is continuing. The new challenge just starting is to create a bouquet for your birthday project. Here is my card:

The flower and watering can dies are from Honey Bee, using Concord & 9th Card stock. I also added some MFT outline greenery.

I just used the two colours of card for the flowers, mixing and matching the dies until I was happy with the way they came out.

Some of the foliage is stuck down with glue, some with dimensionals, to create a flowing effect.

I hope you can join us, and I look forward to seeing what you create for this birthday bouquet project. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girlslayers

Aud SentimentsFlowers and a sentiment

Moving Along With The Times bouquet of flowers

Crafters Castle anything goes

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Comfy Christmas

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and we have a new Design team member, another Shona – so she has been christened ‘Shona E’.

As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

Both of these images is from a Simon Says Stamp set. I first stamped the comfy chair, masked one side of it, and then stamped the bag of presents – so it was kinda hidden behind the chair.

I coloured the images with Copics, and added some white gel pen for some interest. For some reason I couldn’t stop using the white lines – so there may be more than there should be – but I was having fun!

I love that these three critters are laying together in perfect harmony, and it just makes me smile…..

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

This panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle, then placed on some red shiny Lawn Fawn card, and then adhered to a top folding card base.

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks – stamp act

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

Cards Galore Encores – anything goes

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‘C’ for Coffee or Chocolate

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, beginning with the letter ‘C’ – and Rachelle has chosen the theme of ‘coffee and/or chocolate’.

Here is my card:

I was going to go with a one layer card – but I couldn’t figure out how to mask the back of each cup to allow them to look like they were nesting inside each other.

So, I stamped them each separately, die cut them, then added a little cut into the top rim and nestled the next cup into that cut.

I chose to leave the flowers on the coffee pot un-coloured, and kept the card itself CAS.

I hope you can come and join us with your coffee and/or chocolate creations. xx