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


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

Delicate Cluster colour challenge

Hello there. I have been able to take some time to craft today. The past few days I seem to have been out and about a lot.

I decided to take on the colour challenge at Color Throwdown to create this card:

You may be asking why I put these two photos together – will I’m playing with taking photos and the first is using some additional changes using my phone – contrast etc, and the second is the original……..hmmm – I think I prefer the original for this one – what do you think?

Anyhoo – I used the Altenew ‘Delicate Clusters‘ stamp and die set, remembering that the dies cut the clusters together – the flowers and the stem. Previously I had stamped the images, and then the stem wouldn’t be the same shape as the die…..

This time I die cut both clusters, to leave a template in the piece of card, then when I had die cut each cluster again for the elements to make the card, I only had to inlay the die-cuts and only had to line-up the stamp once each time for each layer. I think Jennifer McGuire and Amy R have done videos about this technique – but I couldn’t find them! Typical!

I used Altenew inks for the clusters in shades of grey, and Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ for the stems – only one layer for the stems and leaves.

The fuschia and purple from the colour challenge were on the sentiment strip – I coloured a couple of strips with Copics, and stuck to the back of the sentiment.

I knew I wanted a fairly CAS card, but it took me ages to actually plan the stamping and the layout……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdowngrey, lime green, purple, fuschia

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeadd a sentiment

Krafty Chicks Challenge CAS

Tulip Birthday

Hello there. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. The letter has gone all the way down to the letter ‘W’, and Meg is hosting and has chosen ‘Anything you WISH‘.

I decided to go a new Altnew Build-a-flower stamp and die set I haven’t used yet:

It is my sister-in-law’s birthday soon, and I thought I’d get prepared.

I began by stamping the flowers from this set in a selection of colours, initially planning on making several cards.

When I started putting down the pink flowers and the green leaves and foliage – I thought the card looked a little empty, and initially thought of an ink blending or stencil and paste – but decided to go with the Altenew ‘Dotted Swirls’ debossing die – just a little more detail added to the back of the flowers.

I added the additional purple and blue flower as you see, for even more colour. The pink flowers are stuck down using 3D gel so I could move them around if I needed, and could tuck the foliage and leaves underneath.

The sentiment is also from Altenew, and I think there’s a little fault in the ‘y’ of happy – but I decided it was fine to go with it, and then die cut with the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease‘.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – make anything you wish. It couldn’t be simpler, could it? I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

Challenges I shall be entering:

The Paper Girlsbirthday

Addicted to Stamps and More atg

Arty Divasatg

The Flower Challenge flower and add leaves

Fusion Regal Beauty

Hello once again. I have a card to share today which I made over the weekend – a craftathon weekend for me:

The colours and layout are based on the current challenge at the Fusion Card Challenge:

The colours in the photo were greys and a touch of brown, so I used those colours to stamp the flowers from Altenew ‘Regal Beauty‘ and a combination of their grey and browns inks.

I used the sketch layout to arrange the flower and leaves to mimic the semi-circle, using a lot of the leaves and only one flower, once I had cut them out using the matching die set.

The sentiment is from Thirsty Brush and Co, heat embossed on white onto a grey piece of card, and the ends of the sentiment piece cut using the Heffy Doodle ‘More Strips of Ease‘ die set to create the banner look. I always seem to go wonky when I cut those banners free-hand, so this die set and those small triangles are just great for this.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challenge – sketch and photo

Trimmies Craft Challenge atg

Arty Divas Challengeatg

A Perfect Time To Craftatg

Dies R Us Challengebirthday including dies

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

Let it snow, deer…..

Hello again. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge and the theme is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas….

Here is my design Team card:

And another variation:

I was fortunate enough to win this brilliant die from Poppy Stamps over on Instagram – and just had this idea in my head from the get-go.

I die cut the image from a gorgeous white glittery card – possibly Stampin’ Up but not sure – then die cut it again out of white. This is the die that broke my Gemini Junior…..well, this is the die which made me realise the Junior wasn’t working properly – but it worked and cut beautifully in the original Gemini………I’m just missing my smaller machine.

The deer on second card is stamped from Stampin’ Up ‘Merry Patterns‘ then cut out using my Scan’n’cut and a little white border. Then, using the same outline, I cut it again out of Kraft card stock, but this one cut to size, and another cut out of white to enable a little border.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, heat embossed twice using Creative Expressions gold embossing powder. I like embossing twice as it gives a smooth and shiny result – thank goodness for a Misti to enable correct positioning…..

I hope you can come and join us in this new challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations.

xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakers – natural, gold, white

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – atg Christmas

Always Fun Challenges atg