Wonderful Wycinanki

Hello there. I have had a wonderful crafting day today. The weather outside is very blowy and rainy – the perfect day to craft. The builders aren’t here at the weekend – so a quiet and peaceful time. Hopefully they’ll be finished by Monday……..the bathrooms looking fabulous – if I do say so myself!

Anyhoo – the card I am posting today is for a few challenges I was inspired by, especially as a very, very fast delivery of some of the new Altenew stamp sets from Seven Hills Crafts:

The weather meant I had to take photos indoors, and even though I have a light box and a light tripod – it still doesn’t seem good enough for the photos – so please bear with me.

I used four Catherine Pooler inks as these stamps are quite solid, and I knew I would get a good stamp with those inks.

I played around with the layout until you see what I ended up with – and it’s even a one layer card……..a complete change for me!

There are so many little images in this stamp set, I am sure there are hundreds of ways to make a card with them, but I like how this came out, and even that the sentiment just straddles the image.

I shall be entering the following challenges:


Color Throwdowngreen, yellow, lavender, pink

Watercooler Challengefeminine

Crafty Sentimentsanything goes

Altenew August Inspirationphoto inspiration (pink flower)

Penguins, Quarters, reindeer

Hello there everyone. There is another challenge starting at ABC Christmas Challenge, and this time the letters are ‘P’ for Penguins, ‘Q’ for quarters, and ‘R’ for Reindeer.

Here are my cards for this challenge:

P for Penguins, Q for Quarters
R for Reindeer

I was so inspired by this challenge, that I did cards which covered all three letters. I hunted through my MFT stash to come up with the images, and I even enjoyed colouring them! I know – I don’t usually…..

For the first card I used some Distress Oxides and ink blended a background, cutting out four squares as a backdrop for the penguins. The embossing folder is from Sue Wilson. The die-cut sentiment is from Altenew, and stacked with three layers for dimension to match the height of the squares.

For the second card I used the same embossing folder, ink blended – just a little – some of the blue Distress Oxides, but used the de-bossed side, instead of the embossed side.

I hope you can come along and join us this time, I am sure you have something suitable in your stash for at least one of the letters – if not all of them. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas ChallengeChristmas with the option of reindeer

Dis Digi designs – things with wings or a tail

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

My Time To CraftChristmas in July

Black and White with pop of red……..

Hello there. Peace and quiet here again today, so I’m making the most of it. I have been swatching some of my inks and have done my Distress Oxides and my Catherine Pooler inks, moving to my Altenew inks – but run out of the little stamp pockets.

They are due to be delivered from Amazon again today – but an email to say they couldn’t access my house – ridiculous. No-one has come near me this afternoon – and I have CCTV to prove it!!!!! This has happened a few times before – I think it’s a Sunday driver who can’t be bothered. I’ve called Amazon – but what can they do about it? Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Sometimes I wonder why I pay for Amazon Prime……….

Now – rant over – over to the card I have made:

I first stamped the Uniko ‘Large Background Tropical Paradise‘ stamp using Altenew ‘Obsidian’ ink – a gorgeous clean and crisp image from this ink. Love it.

Then I die cut the Hero Arts ‘Wood Frame Infinity die‘ out of black card stock to frame to stamp.

Moving on to the flowers, I used Altenew ‘Hibiscus Garden 3D’ die set, cut out of white card with double-sided sticky sheet on the back, then each layer coloured with three tones of reds with my Copics.

Three leaf clusters from that same die set cut of black card, and all put together as you see. with the leaf clusters hanging over the edge of the frame. I do like that look, and have used it before – and bound to do it again, I’m sure.

Challenges I shall be entering:

Paper Minutesblack and white with a touch of red

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Craft Rocket Challengeanything goes

Die Cuttin’ Divasanything goes with die cuts

Happy Panda Birthday….

Hello yet again. I thought I would have time to craft yesterday, but the builders – still working on my bathrooms – were noisy, and my parents came over, so I didn’t have much time. However – today hubby went to golf early, the house was quiet………and here we have what I created in the nice and quiet and peacefulness:

This order of ‘Party Like a Panda‘ from Simon Says Stamp takes less than a week to me – and no added postage or customs…………a lot quicker than my sister in Canada even! I fell in love with this collection from day one and have been waiting for a chance to play with it.

I stamped all the images you see, masking the individual presents, stamping again and again, to create a pile or presents. I used a few favourite Copic combinations to match the colours from a challenge. I like when other people show what colours they have used, so I am trying it here. Is it helpful?

I stacked three rolls of double-sided sticky tape together to use as a container – I think that’s ingenious………….if I do say so myself!

Now for the cutting………….I don’t have the matching die sets. One new purchase is the Brother Scan’n’Cut CM900 at the Doncaster craft show the other week. I was thinking of the newer version with auto-blade, but as a card-maker, I think this machine will be more than suitable – I hope so! My time is spent on YouTube figuring it out – but it’s actually quite simple once you get your head around it…………maybe!!

I was nervous cutting this lot of images out, as I had spent a couple of hours colouring them – but – perfect! I added a little border around each image for some definition, as I knew the Panda would be standing in front of the presents, and I wanted him to stand out a little and not blend into the background.

The only thing I need to do in the future is think about the balloon strings, I must adjust the settings or something because it cut one of them off – so I drew it in.

I also forgot to put the white highlighter marks in initially, but the first photo above is including them – here are some without – and what a difference:

Challenges I shall be entering:

Color Throwdownred, black, green, Kraft

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeBright and Cheerful

Die Cuttin’ Divas – anything goes with a die-cut (does the Scan’n’cut count?)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Just Add Inkanything beginning with ‘C’ (Copics, Cake, candles)

Summer Fun…..

Hell again. There is a new challenge starting st Cardz4Galz, and the theme this time is – Summer Fun…….. I am sure that inspires lots of thoughts and ideas, and there are some great ideas from the Design Team.

I went with a calm and peaceful day, tree swing, chilling atmosphere:

I had forgotten how beautiful the Card-io range of stamps are, until I went to the Doncaster craft show the other weekend and saw their stall. They always have some fabulous samples – of which I have failed to emulate – but came up with this idea for this current challenge. I have linked to one of their pages here – for the uninitiated……….. 🙂

I first stamped the tree branch, swing, birds, and cat in black, then took another vine stamp and used three of the Altenew inks, using second and third generation stamping too, to create a frame.

There were also some grass stamps there – so I stamped them too…..

I was toying with the idea of ink-blending some colour in the background, or putting a scene in the background – but I like how CAS this is……I may have play with their stamps some more………..

I hope you can join us and show us your ‘Summer Fun’ creations, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery………. 🙂 🙂

You can’t keep an efilump in your pocket…..

Hi everyone. I have a fun card to share today, inspired by several challenges, and all to fit in with the sentiment I just HAD to buy a few weeks ago:

I started by die-cutting the Simon says Stamp Picture Book Elephant out of a piece of galaxy card I had previously made, and tried to capture the shimmer here:

and here:

The sentiment fitted perfect, in my mind, to give the card a fun and playful feel to it. A card made ‘just because’, really………I think I’m going to do this little elephant in the traditional colours soon – but I do like to change things a little…..

Did you notice what I had omitted in the first couple of photos? Shall I tell you? The eyes – I forgot to give the elephant some eyes!!!! Fixed in the third photo……… 🙂

There’s not much more to add, other than to say which challenges I shall be entering:

CASE This Sketchsketch

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

Water Cooler Challengesanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Sparkling Polar Bears

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge . The theme this time is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I hope you can come and play along with us, and get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design team, and here is my card:

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I started by die cutting the polar bear the baby using Creative Expressions ‘Paper Cuts 3D collection – Polar Bear‘. I didn’t use the 3D elements to stand the baby in front of the parent, but instead used some glittery silver twine – as though the baby is being pulled along on the sled.

I added white glitter card behind the animal die-cuts, and also added the red glittery scarf and hat.

This card is large – I wanted a narrow and long card, so this a A4 sheet creased length-wise.

I masked the middle section of the card and ink-blended the two blue panels with Distress Oxides, then splashed some water for added interest.

The black eyes are Nuvo drops……and I added them when the card was completed and put together – gosh my heart was in my mouth that the container didn’t do a Nuvo-drop burp on me!!!!! 🙂 🙂

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Lynda XX

Challenges I shall be entering:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge: anything goes Christmas

Happy Little StampersChristmas and Sparkle

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Dream Valley ChallengesChristmas in July