A Robin Christmas

Hello there. A little playing in my craft room yesterday created this card:

I searched through the Color My Life app for a die set I knew I had which contained Robins – but couldn’t remember the make and where I had stored it. I found it was a Creative Expressions die set from Lisa Horton – and an old one as the date on the back was 2017 – but at least I had remembered I had it somewhere.

I first die cut the robins using brown, Kraft and red card stock. I added their little hats – red and a white glittery card stock, then set aside.

The leaves and holly were die cut from a previous created mica sprayed piece of card, which I had also splattered with white Liquitex acrylic paint. The white glittery oval is die cut from a Gina K master Layout’s die set.

I then turned to the card base, added a brown layer, and a white dry embossed panel – a Spellbinders embossing folder – and then played with the layout of all my elements until I was happy, adding a previously foiled sentiment.

Here is a look at all the glitter and shine:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sparkles Forum Christmas festive things with wings

Daisy Chain Challenge Christmas is coming

Winter WonderlandChristmas and Robin Red Breast

Allsorts Challenge wings and/or tails

Make My Monday Challenge things with wings

CYHTPembossing folder – twist of thanks not taken

Merry Kittimas

Hello. A chance for me today to do a little more Copic colouring – in-between binge watching ‘Warrior Nun’ first season. Here is my card:

This cute little kitty and the presents are from a new stamp set from a new company to me, bought a few weeks ago at a Craft Show. I stamped the images, coloured with Copics, then cut out using my Scan-n-cut. I added some white gel pen to the presents just for a little more interest.

The patterned paper was adhered to the card base, the white stitched rectangle adhered using 3D foam, but before adding the kitty and presents with 3D foam, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set.

It’s interesting to me that I coloured the cat, when none of my current 4 cats have that colouring! How bizarre is that? I have two black and white cats, a tabby, and a tortoiseshell………weird the way my brain works sometimes…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crazy For Cats Challengeanything goes with a cat

Fab’N’Funky ChallengeChristmas Animals

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Stamping Sensations Christmas Celebrations

Dragonfly Dreams Christmas

Cutie Pie Challengecute four legged friends

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Happy Christmas From All Of Us

Hello. I decided I wanted to do some Copic colouring yesterday and part of that playtime was creating this card:

I stamped the image from Lili Of The Valley and coloured with a range of Copics, then used my Scan-n-cut to cut it out. This took several scan passes before it picked up the outline, but it finally did it.

The background is a piece of Heffy Doodle card stock, and a Lawn Fawn stitched snowflake die.

I added a black strip along the edge to represent the ‘wall’ the characters were all peeping round.

The sentiment is form the same stamp set, and once added I decided some bling was called for – so I added some reflective little stars to the middle of some of the snowflakes, and also added some white gel pen here and there.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craft Christmas with Elves or gnomes

52 CCTSanta and at least one of his friends

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

We Love StampingChristmas

Peace On Earth Challenge Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

A Classy Bird…..

Hello. I was in the mood for some messy crafting yesterday – some stencils and pasts and watercolouring – it’s always messy when I create some backgrounds for my stash. Here is what I created for a few challenges:

The background panel was created using Altenew embossing paste and adding green ink to colour it, then applying through a stencil.

Whilst that was drying, I stamped the image onto Distress watercolor card, then coloured using the Distress Watercolor pencils – playing around with colours and techniques. I stamped the image several times, as I wanted to play with the pencils, and see which technique worked for me. I found the best way for me to use these, was to use my watercolour brush – slightly wet – direct to the tip of the pencil, and then colour the image.

I added a base wash of colour, then touched the tip again for a more vibrant colour to create some shadow.

That was put aside to dry, and I then stamped the extra images and sentiment, and used the pencils to colour those – putting aside to dry.

Once I thought they were all dry – a couple of hours maybe – I used my Scan-n-cut for the owl, and fussy-cut the smaller images. I have no idea why I didn’t use the Scan-n-cut for those smaller images and sentiment, as I absolutely do not like fussy-cutting – but maybe my brain took a little holiday at that point…..!

I thought it would be fun for her to be holding the handbag, so I cut through that one part of the wing, cut a hole in the appropriate handbag area, and slotted it in.

The base panel and all the images were adhered with 3D foam, even the handbag.

Now – the shoes – she is wearing the high heeled shoes in the image, but I cut those off, and put the boots there instead, adding the shoes to the pile of shoe boxes…….I don’t know – cutting her wing, and then cutting her feet off……sounds kinda barbaric……!

I added some white gel pen to some areas mas highlights, and for her ‘dotty’ areas.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz weekly challenge anything goes – option of Christmas not taken

We Love 2 Createanything goes mixed media

Cupcake InspirationsOwls

Dream Valley Challenge anything goes

Create Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed media

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes


I have a CAS card to share which incorporates several of my favourite techniques – ink smooshing, die-cutting, and using embossing folders:

I dry embossed a white panel and stuck to the card base with 3D foam.

The Tim Holtz flower (Holiday Brushstrokes) was die cut from a previously created orange ink smooshed panel – the different small layers had some extra ink blending on the edges to make them a little darker – and glued together. The yellow centre is from another panel using mica sprays.

I also die cut the leaves in that die set from a brown card stock, then adhered these with a mixture of 3D foam and wet glue.

The sentiment if from Lawn Fawn, die cut three times in white, then a brown die cut on top.

I added some red enamel dots as extra accents.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

TTCRDanything goes

Krafty ChicksCAS

Creative Knockoutsanything goes

Color Throwdown red, orange, brown, yellow

Mix It Upanything goes – option to use a technique

Hello Friend….

A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. Having reached the letter ‘Q’, Melanie has chosen the theme of ‘Quilt‘. Here is my card:

I used Concord & 9th dies to create this very colourful card. A lot of die cutting and then gluing the triangles together – then deciding which colours to put where, in which pattern – goodness knows how quilt makers manage.

I used some dotty patterned paper for the triangles, adhered to the base panel, a black layer, then stuck onto a white card base.

The bigger orange sentiment has a slightly off-set black layer – and the shadow layer to make it stand out a little more – the smaller sentiment in black.

Just one itty bitty black gem for the tittle on the letter ‘i’ of friend – really because lost the die cut one and didn’t want to risk a black Nuvo drop…..

The Design Team has come up with some original shapes and colours – I hope you can come and join us. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

TTCRDanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

Avenue 613 Create anything goes – option of fancy folds not taken)

Ally’s Angels – anything goes

Love To Craft anything goes

Thankful For Your Friendship

Hello once again. It’s my turn to host the new challenge starting at Cardz 4 Galz. I have chosen the theme of ‘stencils’. Here is my card:

This card is – obviously – a slimline card – but slightly longer than the usual. I started with the card base, and die cut the Pinkfresh Studio deco frame twice – it wasn’t as long as I needed it – but I knew I could cover the join with my other elements.

I dry embossed a panel to go inside the frame and adhered the frame with 3D foam – I wanted to add the elemenst with 3D foam, and to tuck them under the frame in certain places.

The birds and branches are from a stamp, die and stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio. I stenciled this several times with different colours of birds and flowers, then used the matching die, which created lots of separate pieces, and set about arranging them in my frame.

I knew I wanted to cover the join in the frame, so I started there, then looked for a sentiment and arranged everything else around that. Some of the leaves and flowers I trimmed down to fit, and added gold gems to match the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us with your creations which include a stencil – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts ChallengeAnything goes (option to add number/s not taken)

MMM Challenge thank you

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsanything goes

CYHTPembossing folder (wreath option not taken)

Crafts Galoreanything goes

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Here Is A Place To Startanything goes – option words of thanks

Avenue 613 Createanything goes (option fancy folds not taken)

Stencil Funstencils (option fall colours not taken)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge stencil it

Rainbow Christmas Lights

Hello. I’m quickly popping along to share a card created an older die set from Lawn Fawn:

I used the ‘mini string of lights’ and die cut out of silver glitter card stock, then die cut each light out of the rainbow card stock I had – a mixture of Heffydoodle card stock and an unknown brand from my stash.

The coloured pieces were glued onto the silver string and attached to the edge of the card.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip from my stash.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Friday CAS Sparkle

AAA CardsCAS – along the edge and rainbows

Glittery Red Christmas

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

Onto a white card base I matted a shiny red card. The white layer is matted, after using a layering stencil from Pinkfresh Studio and there recent online class – simple blending for me.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and die cut using new-to-me red glitter foam from Spellbinders. Once glued down, and matted onto the red layer, I added some iridescent sequins – you can’t have too much glitter and sparkle on a Christmas card in my opinion.

I hope you can come and join us – add you Christmas Creations to our gallery – it would be great to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

INTAAS – Christmas Card

TTCRD – anything goes

Unicorn ChallengeChristmas Is Coming

Love To Craft anything goes

Stencil Fun – stencils – (option of fall colours not taken)

Gold and Green Christmas

Hello. After playing in my craft room I created this card. So very different to my recent posts – but the kind of many layers card I used to create back in the day. I had forgotten how much card stock this takes – and I must admit I ‘gutted’ a few of the layers. The dies used are from Sue Wilson – stitched squares, holly octagon – and are many years old:

I created a white card base to be slightly over the size of the first layer – and two layers of green, two layers of a brushed gold were matted – with one gold layer dry embossed – also a Sue Wilson embossing folder. The two smaller gold and green layers were die cut from the two larger layers – no waste, and you can’t see that I did that – don’t tell anyone!

Aligning the snowflakes on the gold layer took a minute or two – straight lines all over the place on that background.

The holly berry octagon was die cut in the green, and the other additional holly layers either green or gold – depending on how it all fit together.

I decided not to add a sentiment, but I’ll certainly add something to the inside instead of the front.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty ChicksChristmas

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Daring Cardmakers Holly

Crafty Friends ChallengeChristmas

Ally’s Angelsanything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challengesanything goes Christmas