Thanks For Being You….

Cardz 4 Galz has a new challenge starting, and for the theme of ‘Mother’s Day USA or for a Special Person/Day’ I explored my mixed media side – here is my card:

I stuck down some patterned paper to the 5 x 7 inch card base, then used a dotted stencil, some embossing ink, clear embossing powder and even added some Tim Holtz embossing glaze to it. I then blended some Tea Dye Distress Ink to create more of a shadow over the dots:

Turning to the flower and leaves – I used a piece of Yupo I had already created in the purple/yellow tones with some gold highlights, and die cut the base flower. The layers were die cut out of the same piece of Yupo, some black card stock, and a base black flower to create some shadow and making the flower stand out just that little bit more.

The leaves were created by spraying a piece of water-colour card with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain, smooshing with the same colour ink pad adding just a touch of Twisted Citron, drying, then adding some Rustic Wilderness Embossing glaze over the top – whilst heat embossing, I threw in some gold embossing powder too – you can’t have enough gold!

The sentiment is from an older Stampin Up stamp set – Avant Garden – and just fit perfectly (in my mind) for the person I am giving this card to……..she loves purple, she is quite dramatic, but she has been my rock over the past year – my absolute rock! By ‘just being’ her – she has enabled me to remain as sane as I usually am – I’m not completely sane – but neither is she – and she has made the past year tolerable and bearable – she has been a major boon to my mental health.

So – she is the special person I am giving this card to……..

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I’d love to see what you create – and perhaps give us a little story about how this person is special to you – I’ll make sure I have enough tissues handy! xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed/multi media

Always Fun Challenges anything goes

TTCRD Challenge anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option no stamps

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Floral Spray Birthday

Hello there. Once again I am privileged to be Guest Designer on the Seize the Birthday challenge again.

This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

For these flowers I stamped and heat embossed with white, and water-coloured using my Zigs. I went for soft colours, one colour of each, and just a little blending with water. I am really quite pleased with how these turned out as I haven’t water-coloured like this for ages.

I then used the matching dies – something Clearly Besotted have stopped doing now, but I’m glad I had them for this set of stamps.

As these were soft flowers, I went for a dramatic background – a grey cardstock using a Crafters Companion wood grain embossing folder on Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock. . The sentiment is from Stampin Up – stamped in mushroom ink – again from Concord & 9th, then die cut with a stitched oval.

Some little clear drop thingies – no idea what they’re called – and the card is done.

I hope you can come and join us – It would be great to see your there with your birthday spring floral creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

The Flower Challengeflowers and pretty pastels

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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You Are Magical…..

Hello. I have a fun card to share today using some new products:

I recently received this Tim Holtz colorize die set of ‘Rupert’ – I decided to use the colours from the current Color Throwdown challenge to make ‘Rupert’ into ‘Rupert-Tina’!

I started with some card stock from Concord & 9th, Heffy Doodle, and Altenew and played with the layers and colours. The background stamp is from a new set from Heffy Doodle, stamped in brown Gina K amalgam ink – I wasn’t sure if I was going to colour any of it – and the flower that Rupert-Tina is holding is made of a leaf sprig and left-over white flower from a previous make – coloured with Copics.

I did have to watch the YouTube video to see which layer goes where – but it was quite easy. The hardest part was ensuring all those little pieces didn’t have glue squishing out from the side of them – but it all went quite well.

The eyes are Nuvo drops – those little black die-cuts were just a little too fiddly for me.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – layer it

Color Throwdown – Kraft, green, yellow, pink

Aud Sentiments Challenge – anything goes with a sentiment

Crafters Castle – anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge – anything goes

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The Alphabet Challenge – ‘Anniversary’

Hello. A new start to the alphabet for the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. Billie A has chosen the theme of ‘Anniversary’. Here is my card:

I decided to use some Clearly Besotted stamp sets to create this scene as most of them are sat on my desk having been delivered from their March 2021 release.

The background mountain and hillside was stamped directly onto the card base, and the other images stamped onto Make It colour blending card. No dies come with Clearly Besotted stamp sets – a money saver to be sure – so after I had coloured these with Copics – I used my Scan-n-cut to cut them all out with a little border.

I played with the layout, and only after doing that did I decide not to colour the background scene, I think it would have looked too busy, and I was going for a more clean and simple look.

The sentiment is from an Altenew stamp set, and the finishing details were white gel pen for some highlights, and glossy accents onto the hearts.

I’d love it if you could come and join us for this challenge with your ‘Anniversary’ creations – see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 13 – anything goes colouring

AAA Cards – CAS two quarters – option of rainbow not taken

Stamplorations CAS ChallengeCAS anything goes – option pink and navy blue not taken

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Hello Beautiful….

Well hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz and this time we want to see your girlie slimline creations – or DL card if you live here in the UK. Here is my card:

This card has no stamping on it at all – just die cuts – and it took quite a while to figure out what I was doing here, let me tell you…..

I first die-cut the foliage frame in white card, then coloured it with a couple of green Copics. I added it to a white slimline card base using 3D foam to raise it a little, and create dimension and some shadow.

The flowers were die cut from Altenew card stock, as were the two words., with some extra foliage added.

It seems quite simple now I’ve written this post – but it did take me a while…..

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper Playersspringtime flowers

Crafters Cafe Challenge anything goes

Colour Hues Challenge pink and green

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Layer It

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‘H’ for Houses/Homes, and/or ‘I’ for Icicles

Hello once again. It is my turn to host the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘H’ and ‘I’, and we want to see your Christmas and festive creations with the themes of Houses/homes and/or Icicles. Here is my card:

I’m trying to use my patterned papers – I have loads, and sometimes struggle knowing what to do with them. This background paper came as part of a Simon Says Stamp card kit, and is from Whimsy Stamps – I had no problem with using this and the rest of the papers won’t last long, especially when creating festive, winter or Christmas creations.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following one or both of our two themes. The Design Team has created some fabulous inspiration – and very different makes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craft Christmas Christmas and make a scene

Just Us Girls stripes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – anything goes with patterned paper

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Lot’s Of Birthday Wishes

Hello there. I am very pleased and excited to announce I am going to be a Surprise Party Guest and Design Team member at Seize The Birthday for the next couple of months.

Here is my party guest invitation and challenge theme for the next two weeks, followed by my card:

The invitation to join this challenge came just a day or two after I had received this ‘Lift Flap Grid‘ die from Mama Elephant – it’s almost fated…..

I started with a piece of Distress white heavy card stock and ink blended three Distress Inks, then cut that with the lift flap grid. I initially placed a piece of white card behind the back, but I thought this was going to be a little stark, so I used some ‘Dove‘ card stock from Concord & 9th.

The white grid I had die cut – I do this just to see how things cut and how they look – I placed on the grey card, drew a little pencil line around each opening – so I knew where I wanted to put each of the tiny little sentiments.

I hunted through my stash – using the CML app – and found a multitude of tiny sentiments – I was stuck deciding on which to use – but just went with it.

I then stamped a few of the images from ‘Little Cat Agenda’ – well I stamped them all actually and picked which I wanted to use -then coloured as you see – quite muted colours, but I think they stand out well on this flap background.

The theme of this challenge is always birthday, with an optional topping each challenge. I am looking forward to be a part of this challenge, and I look forward to seeing you in the gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Lil red Wagon ChallengeHappy Birthday

Die Cut Divas window or aperture card

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Happy Christmas Deer

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I started with ink blending the background using Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. Just the two colours – and where they met, a light coverage, as I knew I wanted to stamp the hillside there.

Once the panel was dry, and the hillside stamped, I die-cut the rectangle with a stitched die to add some interest, then stamped the sentiment.

The three deer were stamped in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, adding some blush to their cheeks, and some white gel pen for highlights.

I thought the two prancing deer were looking down at a very drunken deer – but maybe that’s the way my mind is working currently……..

I hope you can come and join us and add some festive creations to your stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasion

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Watercooler Challenge – Occasions

Aud Sentiments Challengeanimals and a sentiment

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Monster hugs and love….

Hello. I have a monster slimline card to share using the colours from the Color Throwdown Challenge:

This stamp and die set from Concord and 9th was one of the freebies when I attended the Virtual Crop On The Cape last weekend, hosted by Jenn Shurkus. I mean – how generous was this? Concord and 9th also included the matching die set too…………There was a session with Becky Roberts showcasing this stamp and die set, and I couldn’t wait to play with it using these colours.

The papers I stamped the images on are from Lawn Fawn, and those dots shine – as you can certainly see from the uppermost heart.

The monster has a stamp for it’s belly – even though mostly covered up – and those fingers? A separate stamp and die for those.

The background circles/bubbles die – I did toy with the idea of a colour behind it, then toyed with the idea of paper piecing all those circles in – some of them coloured……..well, that didn’t happen.

All the circles fell out when I die cut it – and even though I tried to match some up – I was getting a little frustrated…….so I left them all out. I like the tone on tone white I must say – the monster and hearts are the centre of attention!

I managed to find some purple polka dot ribbon – perfect for the balloon ribbon. I decided to attach arms to the hearts too – it made me giggle…….monster hearts……

I enjoyed creating this card and shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, yellow, purple, aqua

Die Cut DivasSlimline card

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Z is for Zoology

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the end of the alphabet, and for the letter ‘Z’, Caz has chosen ‘Zoology‘ (Study of Animals). Here is my card:

I actually struggled with this theme. I have lots of animal stamps and dies, but I didn’t know which direction to go in. In the end I went with a rainbow selection of animal from Clearly Besotted. A simple layout and design, with simple colouring.

I toyed with adding die-cut letters, but when I was sorting the layout, it didn’t look right – sometimes you got to go with your gut!

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Zoology’ inspired creations. The design Team has some amazing creations – we all seemed to go a different way……. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Shopping Our Stashrainbow or rainbow colours

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 11