ABC Bingo Board

Hi there. Happy New Year to everyone.

It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m sure it’s been the same for most people. This is the beginning of a new year, and a new challenge has started at The ABC Christmas Challenge. The first two themes are ‘A’ for anything Christmas goes, and/or ‘B’ for Bingo Board.

Here is my card for the Bingo Board:

I used my newly arrived – Christmas Eve actually – Simon Says Stamp ‘Gnome for the Holidays card kit‘ to create this card.

I started by die-cutting the gnomes using some patterned paper from that same kit, but also using some red glittery card scraps for underneath their tunics.

I used the little red pompoms from a previous card kit for their hats, and put things together as you see.

The hillside was using MFT ‘Snowy Scene Builder’, and also using the little trees from that set to add some onto the hillsides.

The embossed sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp set – leaving the letters open and not coloured-in, to leave the interest with the gnomes.

Here is the Bingo Board by Helen, who is hosting this challenge:

and who is also providing a couple of prizes for 2 winners:

I hope you can come and join us in the new challenge for the New Year – and definitely get a head start in your Christmas card stash.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengesanything goes

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeatg using patterned papers

Warm Winter Hugs

Hello there. A little bit of crafting today. Some stamping, some die-cutting, some fussy-cutting, some dry embossing – here is the card:

I used the Gina K Designs card kit, and stamped the poinsettias in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ ink, then stamped some leaves from the same kit in ‘Lime Rickey‘.

The other leaves are actually the Christmas tree from that same kit – but cut apart and used as leaves, and then inserted as you see.

HERE is my post where you can see what the tree looks like as it is meant to be.

The background is a Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder, just to add some extra interest, and the sentiment is from that same Gina K kit.

Looking at these pictures – I think I may need some re-inkers for my ink pads………..I think I have them somewhere……….now to go hunting!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownLime Green, Hot Pink, White

Water-Cooler Challenges Occasions

Day Of The Month Card Club – Poinsettia

Aud SentimentsChristmas/Winter and sentiment

Unser Logo zum Mitnehmen! / Our logo to take away!

Simply Merry Christmas

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and – as always – the theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my DT card:

I used some Catherine Pooler stamps and inks to create the background snowflake effect, along with a Catherine Pooler ‘Merry Christmas‘ die cut sentiment.

I added some Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in red and gold – wherever I could…..I just couldn’t stop myself.

I find I enjoy creating my own backgrounds with stamping smaller images, and this set – from at least a year ago – has some lovely images in it. It may even be a couple of years ago – but I still like to explore my older stash, and give them some love.

I hope you can come along and join us in this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge traditional Christmas

Allsorts Challenge snowmen and/or snowflakes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Always Fun Challengessnowflakes

You are amazing – remember that…..

Hello there. I have another card to share, using the Altenew ‘Rosy Outlook’ stamp and die set:

I stamped the flowers using Altenew inks, but for the fourth layer of the large rose I heat embossed in gold. The leaves I stamped the first two layers in green, then heat embossed the third layer in gold too.

The sentiment is from a Stampin Up stamp set, again heat embossed in gold, then doing a little juggling and partial die-cutting, I managed to cut the length to size, adding a little ‘flag’ ending to it.

I used Altenew ‘Dotted Swirls Debossing cover die’ for the background, layered with some black card stock – and there we have it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownaqua, green, gold, white

Watercooler Challengesatg feminine

CAS(E) This Sketch – sketch

The Flower Challenge flowers and use a die

Bright Red Poinsettia

Hi there. I hope you are doing well. I have managed to craft some more and created a CAS simple card for some challenges.

I used the Uniko ‘Season of Beauty’ poinsettia stamp, only using some of the layers. I fuirst stamped the flower itself in Rockin’ Red by catherine Pooler – realising after the first stamp I needed ti re-ink the pad. So this is actaully the second stamping…….

I then took the outline layer and one of the inner layers and heat embossed in gold. I used a green for the little dots in the centre of the flower, and stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set in Altenew Obsidian ink.

I took a little while to decide on the base card, and my eye turned to black, to tie-in the sentiment. My thoughts then turned to a strip of gold card, but I knew that Bev from Uniko designed a lot of the strip stamps to build backgrounds – of which I have a few 🙂 – and found this stripy strip stamp so I heat embossed that in gold along the bottom – then went for the top too.

I’m trying to get my head around indoor photographs with my cards – lighting, angle etc. I may even try some kind of decoration around the cards at some point – only time will tell!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketches cherry cobbler, metallic gold, shaded spruce

Daring Cardmakers3 elements from photo inspiration – stripes, red, joy

Time Out Challenges merry and cheerful

Uniko December ChallengeChristmas with option of trees

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challengeatg Christmas with option of candy cane

Snowy Bountiful Branch

Hello again. I have a card here which is made for the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge . The theme this time is ‘Snow’. I have gone for a muted, almost romantic look:

I first took a piece of mixed media paper, and ink blended some Distress Oxides with my blending brushes – I wanted an uneven edge to the blending, almost a blurring effect, and wanted to use colours which the red and greens of the branch would work with.

Once blended – and made sure it was dry – I then stamped the Altenew ‘Bountiful Branch‘ in all it’s glory. I had forgotten how beautiful this stamp set was – I may make more cards from this!

I then took some white gouache and splattered it all over to create the illusion of snow – I never know when to stop, and I never know which brush to use, how much water etc…….but just go with it.

The sentiment is from Gin K Designs.

I decided to off-set the main image as you see it laid out here – I just fancied it. No other particular reason…………

I hope you can come and join us in creating something for this challenge and theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakersno patterned papers

Crafty Sentimentsatg

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

The Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Ho Ho Ho Rudolph

Hello there everyone. There is a new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is – Cute Christmas. We would love to see your creations following this theme, and I see the Design Team had some fabulous inspiration.
Here is my cute Christmas card featuring the red nosed reindeer:

I bought the Simon Says Stamp November card kit of the month, and within that kit was this fabulous circle die from CZ design – I have been wanting to create something with this little charmer, and the theme for this challenge set me off to play.

I like the look of Kraft card for a clean and simple look, so used this for the deer – as you see. I then wanted a little bling – who doesn’t – so I used Pink Frog Crafts non-shed glitter card – now this card is a dream to die cut, and being non-shed – a win-win situation.

The sentiment is from Uniko, and because I heat embossed it twice, it lost a little bit of the detail in the letters, but you can certainly still see what it says – and being me it was the last thing I did on the card!

The eyes are Nuvo crystal drops, and the nose is a little red pom-pom which came with the card kit.

I hope you can come along and play with us for this challenge – I look forward to seeing what you create.

xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS made in minutes

Give a Crafter a Cookie – photo inspiration (browns and Christmas)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas