Here For You Rain Or Shine

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Alphabet Challenge. With the letter being ‘U’ – we want to see your creations with an ‘Umbrella’. Here is my card:

I recently ‘found’ this stamp set when moving stuff around and trying to organise things – again! I stamped the image in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, then stuck this down on a Grey card base.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘umbrella’ themed creations – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiment Designsanything goes

Polkadoodles Challengeanything goes

Lil Red WagonFriendship

Creative Moments Challengeanything goes

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Unicorn ChallengeCAS

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Keep Being Amazing

Hello there. A quick post to share a card using the colours for the current Color Throwdown challenge:

Using the Concord & 9th ‘Wildflower Fields‘ stamp set, and Concord & 9th inks, I stamped directly onto the card base – two shades of pink for the flowers, green stems, and blue sentiment, which is from the same stamp set.

One more encouraging card in a very simple design but I think looks quite effective – I have a few people in mind to receive this – I may have to make more of them.

I hope you are all keeping well and managing to have a little crafty play. I did a Jenn Shurkus Facebook class on Saturday – UK time was 3pm – 10 pm – I think it wore me out.

I have still to complete the cards as there were some products I didn’t have, but a couple of them have arrived since – even though I did go through my stash to see what would work…..and I will be finishing them off over the next couple of days.

I will post them at some point so you can see what we made – 5 cards in total – three during the class, and two bonus cards – all very sweet and completely different ideas to what I would usually make.

I am looking forward to doing more of these classes – maybe I will see you online during one of them. xx

A Tweet Hello

Hello once again. I seem to have hit a crafting mojo over-load……and I’m loving playing in my craft room.

Today I have a card to share inspired by a couple of challenges:

Using the MFT ‘Birdhouse‘ die set to cut – well – the birdhouse – and colouring the central inner circle of the opening with a C3 Copic marker, and put together as you see.

I then die-cut the ‘Turtle Doves‘ from Simon says Stamp out of white card-stock, planning to colour the beaks – but I like them pure white. I didn’t realise the beaks and feet came separate when die-cut – but I left the legs off making the doves look like they are sitting on their front porch……

The dies and bow from the Turtle Doves die set were added as you see, and the sentiment is from MFT ‘A Tweet Hello‘ stamp set.

I feel there will be more encouraging cards, and cards with similar sentiments coming in the near future, to try and help make someone’s day a little more pleasant.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls word prompt ‘Hello’

MFT Stamps Colour ChallengeSweet Tooth, Grout Gray, Berrylicious, Blueberry (alternate card stock used)

HLS January CAS Challenge

Hello everyone. I am very pleased to let you all know I am now on the Design Team for the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge! Who would have thought I would be on a CAS DT, never mind for Happy Little Stampers – I am more than stoked…….

My first CAS Challenge as part of the Design Team has the theme of ‘Short and/or Tall’

……….here is my card:

I used the Heffy Doodle ‘Lil Lighthouse‘ stamp and matching die set, also stamping a few of the little rocks from Lawn Fawn ‘Christmas Fishes‘ so it looks like the lighthouse is on an island in the middle of nowhere.

All images coloured with Copics, and using the sentiment from the same lighthouse stamp set, outlining the sentiment strip with one of the colours of yellow I used on the door of the lighthouse – just so it stands out a little more.

The ‘rays’ of the lighthouse is from the matching die set, and I just coloured a piece of card and stuck it beneath the holes.

I hope you can come and join us – there is a lot of varied inspiration from the DT – be sure to keep your projects CAS using the challenge theme. I hope to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge anything goes

QKR Stampede anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS – option pink/red/orange not taken

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Wishing You Warm Winter Fuzzies

Hello once again. I have had the opportunity to use one of the Brusho and Sparkle pen backgrounds I created last week to create this CAS card:

The main card is die cut with a Lawn Fawn backdrop die, and stuck down onto the glittery, splattery and inky background.

The Snowman is from Mama Elephant, and I used a technique taught by Jenn Shurkus in a recent virtual craft session – outline a white object with C1 Copic marker. When we did her class it was polar bears, but I see now that it also works for snowmen, and therefore not complicated, and actually adds some dimension without being too fussy……

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

No adding of extras, keeping the card quite simple and showcasing the blue background – though it was difficult trying to get a picture of the glitteryness – and the snowman.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASologyCAS Snowman

CAS on SundayCAS Best Wishes

CAS Mix UpCAS splatters and stamping and one other from the list (die-cutting)

We Love To Create Challengeatg mixed media (see guidelines for mixed media usage – very helpful!)

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Yappy Christmas

Hello. I have been playing with some rainbow Copics:

I used a Whimsy and Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set – ‘Happy Pugmas‘. I don’t have dogs – two cats – but I thought this stamp set was so funny, with cute images and sentiments, so now it was time to play…..

The colours were inspired by the current challenge at ‘The Rainbow Card Challenge’ – this time the theme is ‘Holiday Rainbow’. I don’t think I’ve coloured an actual rainbow card before, so I looked for what the colours of the rainbow are, and followed the ROYGBIV – as you can see from my Christmas Trees.

These trees are from the same stamp set, and involved some masking. I first stamped the pug – masked him, then stamped a tree either side, masked them, then stamped again etc…….

I then looked for some Copics to colour the trees following the ROYGBIV for the rainbow, and it just so happened that the pug ended up having the green for his hat and ruffle.

For the baubles, I added some green Stickles. Now – I’m not a great user of Stickles, I have a few of them, but I find I usually make a mess, forgetting it’s still wet and smudging, or the dots don’t look right. I prefer Nuvo drops – they hold their shape better, but this came out quite nicely I think:

I’ll let you into a secret – I had no idea what the colour indigo was – I thought it was a deep purple – but it appears to be a blue/purple hybrid – I did have to google it. I also googled which Copic colours were the best for colouring indigo – and then hubby showed me a new Indigo Blu stamp set just sitting there on our kitchen counter……….with their logo being – obviously – indigo blue……..doh!

The base card is a dark grey – makes a change to white I think, and frames the main layer.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow Card Challenge Rainbow Holiday

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas Creatures

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 48 – anything goes colouring

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS anything goes with option of red and brown (not taken)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas (option quick and easy)

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Thinking of You…..

Nipping in quickly to share a CAS card for the current challenge at CASology:

The cue for the current challenge is:

I’ve been thinking about this since the challenge went ‘live’ not really knowing what I wanted to do…..I pondered and thought for a few days, then the muse inspired me.

I used Concord & 9th ‘Wheat‘ card stock, ‘Wheat’ ink, and stamped this gorgeous Uniko lily, with the sentiment from the same stamp set…………

Seems quite simple when I look at the card – but it did take me a while.

That’s it – I told you I was just nipping in……… xx

2 CAS cards

Hello. I have two cards to share today – both CAS – in appearance if not in making:

The first card is using the gorgeous Altenew ‘Bountiful Branch’ layering stamp set – thank goodness for my Misti! This is an old but loved stamp set, I have used a couple of times before – but maybe not this year, actually – I’ll have to have a look back…….

I was inspired to make a one layer card, stamping the branch slightly off the edge, and making the sentiment up from several in the Altenew ‘Peaceful Wreath’ stamp set.

The second card was a little more of a challenge – I tend to smudge cards when I try and do some ink vlending on them – but this worked quite well.

I took the card base, masked off most of it to leave the top part out and ready to ink blend using my Distress Ink ‘Speckled Egg’ – I chose this colour for a cool bluey kinda greeny background behind my glittery snowflake die cuts.

These snowflakes are from Uniko – maybe a couple of years old – and die cut out of some low shed glitter card stock. I decided the leave in the middle star, and arranged them as you see.

I did toy with different shaped and sized snowflakes, but in the end went with the same – and don’t the perfectly fit the edge of the card? Who knows – maybe Bev from Uniko planned it that way – I wouldn’t be surprised……

The sentiment is stamped in Distress Oxide ‘Speckled Egg‘ – the Distress ink was a little too ‘distressed’ looking for me. Yes – I bought the whole release of that colour – full set syndrome……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Bountiful Branch card:

Simply Less Is More one layer card – festive – CAS

TTCRDanything goes

Snowflake card:

AAA Cards – CAS – along the edge – option snowflakes

Unicorn Challengeanything goes

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CAS Santa

I received this stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp, and had a little play this morning:

To say this card looks very CAS – it took me ages – again!

The first hurdle was when I stamped the beard – I managed to get ink in the middle of the beard from using a large ink pad on the large stamp – so I stamped again with an ink cube – much better. Otherwise, I would probably have gone and cut out the middle of this stamp – which I hate doing.

Then I coloured the beard in aqua Copics – didn’t look right – though I have saved it just in case……..so I stamped the beard again – the third time now – and decided it looked good with no colouring.

The hat was stamped and coloured with Copics – two red tones only – it’s quite a large area to cover, and I decided just two shades would work alright.

I then stamped and heat embossed the glasses in silver – again – it didn’t look right. So I stamped and heat embossed with black – blinking heck it still didn’t look right.

Finally – stamped in black – that’s it – plain black ink. Now I liked it…….

I tried the aqua background – Concord & 9th Oceanside card stock – actually liked the look of that. I toyed with stencilling some stars, dry embossing it – but decided it looked just fine as it was……one thing went right straight away, anyway!

The word ‘Ho’ stamped three times at an angle to inject more frivolity – and heat embossed with silver. Then I went hunting for some silver sequins, and also found some aqua sequins – so I added both colours as you see.

As this card base is 5 x 7 inches – one of my favourites when not doing slimline cards – I spread out my Santa a little to cover……now he looks like an egg-head……..but I’m calling the whole card fun. I might even make some more………….now I know what I like!

So – trials and tribulations of a morning crafting. I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownaqua, red, silver

TTCRD – anything goes

Craft Rocket ChallengeChristmas/Winter

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

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Thinking of You

Hello. I have a CAS card to share today, veering away from the Christmas card making for a short while:

Having received a delivery from Simon Says Stamp, I wanted to use the die sets quite quickly – but time over took me. So today, I had time to play.

The Etched Laurel Leaves were die cut from Concord & 9th card stock – loving the detail on these leaves – using colours which matched the current challenge at Color Hues.

The sentiment is from a Uniko stamp set – heat embossed using a Brutus Monroe white embossing powder – and die cut using MFT stitched rectangle dies.

Even though CAS – it took me a while to decide on placement on each element – as per usual – and gluing only part of the leaves down, not all of them, to create some flow and movement.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color HuesKraft and yellow

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeThinking Of You