From our house to yours….

Hello again everyone. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – the theme is ‘anything goes Christmas’ as always. You can make cards, scrapbook pages, bookmarks, boxes – as long as it’s Christmas related.

Here is my card:

I wanted to create a wreath on my card, with the sentiment in the middle taking centre stage, so I turned to my new Memory Misti – a present from my mum and sister for Christmas………..which I forgot I had! I know, I know – it was put to one side very tidily, and it wasn’t until I was re-arranging my room a little to make some space for mixed media ‘stuff’ that I found it again……

I started with a 6 inch square piece of card, and arranged some boughs from a freebie stamp set, and some fill-in smaller boughs from Uniko to create the design around the wreath.

I used a Stampin Up ink for the boughs, and even stamped the little poinsettia flowers in green – I didn’t want to introduce black anywhere on this card……………

I coloured two of the three leaf layers on the stamp in Copics – it seemed a little plain without the red in them – and yes – I added some Nuvo drops to the centre of the flowers. I think I was quite restrained with them, actaully!

The sentiment is from the same freebie stamp set, and the two circle dies are from a Sue Wilson set.

I like the overall simplicity of this card, with the most difficult part for me was deciding which images to use………..

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fan’n’Funky ChallengesChristmas

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Hippo Birthday

Hi. I have a fun card to share today – and not a Nuvo drop to be seen:

I used the Big Picture Book Hippo from Simon says Stamp – die cut out of white, and some grey added in places for some shading.

The leaves from the Altenew stamp set were stamped using all three layers, then I had a play with the layout.

I felt that the hippo could be peering through some leaves and greenery to wish someone a happy birthday – that was the way my mind was going, anyway…….

I added some green sequins – instead of Nuvo drops – for some added bling and dimension.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown multi tonal greens and black and white

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeuse some green

Seize The Birthday Birthday with option of a touch of green

Time Out Challenges Birthday with option of die cutting or fussy cutting


‘Y’ for Youngster

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ‘The Alphabet Challenge’ and this time the letter is ‘Y’ – so we want to see your projects for ‘Youngsters‘. Here is my card:

I used a Boogaboo digital image called ‘Clyde Birthday‘, resizing and then printing out onto Make-it Colour Blending card.

I looked through my range of Copics for some colourful and varied colours and came up with what you see, using three of each colour family. Once coloured, I let him dry for a while, then added some glossy accents to the balloon…….

Yes – I know there is glossy accents all over the image – one of my cats came to ‘help’ at just the right/wrong time – and the glossy accents smeared over the dragon head – so instead of reprinting and re-colouring – I smothered the glossy accents over the whole image of Clyde…………….! And I like it!

A photo where I captured more of the glossy-ness:

As this was a colourful card for a youngster, I added some DSP behind in layers – I think they are Stampin Up – and actually the colours matched quite nicely.

Of course – as no-one has staged an intervention to stop me using Tonic Nuvo drops – I added some in the top corner, as I felt it looked a little bare.

The sentiment is from MFT, a clean and block sentiment – a style which I felt suited the card.

Before the ‘accident’ with the glossy accents, I was going to add some white gel pen lines to the image – but that obviously couldn’t happen now…..maybe next time. I found colouring this image quite a joy – and I usually find colouring a chore on larger images……

this kind of card isn’t my usual style – I don’t make cards for the children/youngsters, but I really, really enjoyed putting this card together – maybe another string to my bow?

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Catch the Bug Challenge anything goes

Allsorts Challengeanything with wings

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Inkspirational – animals – real or magical

Digi Choosday anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Spring Flowers – Daisy

Hi there. A new challenge is beginning at Cardz 4 Galz and this time the theme is ‘Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

I used the Altenew ‘Spring Daisy‘ stamp set and stamped the flowers in two shades of grey, and the leaves in a grey outline, and green inside layer.

I didn’t add a central colour to the flowers, as I liked the two colour combination here.

Once I had used the matching dies to cut them out, I played with the layout a little, adding and taking away several times, then adhered the flowers with 3D gel, the leaves with glue, and some of the buds with dimensionals.

I took a sentiment from a Stampin Up stamp set for the top right corner….. then went to my stash of Tonic Nuvo Crystals Drops – I think I need an intervention here – I just can’t stop using them………………..

And if they weren’t enough – I went and added some bling with some sequins:

Well – who doesn’t like a little bling? The sequins are actually greener than they appear in the pictures, and the drops a little less green than they appear in the pictures……….

I hope you can come and join us and show us your ‘spring flowers’ – I look forward to seeing what you create, and will hopefully see there in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafters Cafeanything goes

Crafty Sentiments add flowers

Craft Rocket Challenge Flowers

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Happy Holidays

Hello there. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes Christmas.

Here is my card:

I didn’t have much time to prepare this card, so I am pleased it came together quite quickly.

I began by stamping the branch image from a freebie stamp set several times onto a piece of Make It Colour Blending Card, and coloured the small leaves with three green Copics. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I was going to add it to the card base as it was, but decided it looked a little too plain, so I added the red strip down the side, and then went ahead and added some Tonic Nuvo drops – and added more of them, then more of them. I really, really, really, need to know when to stop adding those……….but I do like the little bit of added dimension and colour they give.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicksmust have stamping

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas with option of vintage

Crafty Creations anything goes

Cactus Hugs

Hello again. I have been crafting quite a bit this week – no work, and hubby has been away, but returning shortly. I shan’t get much done and posted for the next few days, as I’m also going to an Indigo Blu crafting retreat – 3 whole days! At Indigo Blu!

Hopefully I’ll get to try some new techniques. We’ve been asked to take a pasta machine and things to roll clay with – I’ve never worked with clay before, and I don’t have a pasta machine – hopefully someone will share………..!

So, this may be my last post for a few days. Here is the card:

I used one of the new stamps from Clearly Besotted – ordered Sunday on their release day, and arrived yesterday.

I took a piece of Make-It colour blending card and planned my layout. The first things I stamped were the three cactus, using Gina K Amalgam ink, then stamped again onto masking paper, masked them off, and stamped the shelves. Well – I say shelves – but they are actually tag stamps from another Clearly Besotted stamp set……………and the top shelf didn’t stamp well, but I didn’t notice until I had removed the stamp – thank goodness for s steady hand and a black art-liner pen!

I then used a range of Copics to colour them – three shades of green for each cactus – changing the tones on each one – so a total of 9 shades of green.

The sentiment is from the cactus stamp set, stamped into a little tag, fussy-cut, and stuck down onto the little ribbon already stamped.

Quite a bit of planning went into this, even though I was following a sketch layout, and is a CAS card. I struggle sometimes with the layers – which to stamp first, which can be masked – but I think I’m getting the hang of it – front first, then work your way back…………..I think….!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challenges shades of green

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes with option of green

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

The Card Conceptphoto Inspiration – using shelves, and green and white, and a CAS style

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option light blue (option not taken)

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Embossing, Freebie, and Gold

Hello – a new challenge is beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge, and this time the letters are – can you guess? – E for Embossing, F for Freebie, G for Gold. The Freebie might be a little confusing, but we want to see anything you received as a free gift – that could be a free digital image, a free stamp from a magazine, a free embossing folder – anything you received that was a free gift. Here is my take on the themes:

I stamped the image in Gina K Amalgam ink, then did some simple Copic colouring, colouring only part of the small images. The hanging heart is added from the same collection of free stamps and actually comes joined to another stamp – but I did some stamp surgery and cut them apart.

I liked how the image looked, I made another card which incorporated all three themes at once:

And this time I changed the hanging heart to the hanging star – just because I could!

I hope you can come and join us in this challenge. The Design Team has come up with some amazing inspiration – I hope you can go and check them out.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakersembossing

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

AAA Cards – CAS, max white space – option metallic

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas