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 scene and zig zags

Hi again. There is a new challenge starting at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters are ‘Y’ for Yuletide, and ‘Z’ for Zig Zags. We would like to see your Christmas related creations using one or both of these themes. Here is my take on the zig zag theme:

This isn’t the card I started out making, but I am pleased with the result, and the simplicity.

I used MFT ‘Snowy Scene Builder‘ for – well – the scene! This die set includes the two hills, the house, trees, and even the clouds. The cloud die I cut in half and used a piece either end of the card.

The house die I placed all the windows and the door back in – paper piecing I suppose – and die cut extra trees for a full treeline.

The zig zag paper background works quite well, I think, quite muted, but certainly adding interest to the card – which is why I kept the rest of the scene white.

The sentiment is from Uniko – quite a bold but open sentiment – and I tried to match one of the brown colours of the background paper with an Altenew ink.

I also took the Spectrum Noir glitter pen and added some to the roof of the house, the hills, and even the clouds – but that may be difficult to see.

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

xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsanything goes

Aud SentimentsChristmas or Winter sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeatg with patterned paper

Getting Ready For Christmas

Hi there. After quite a few days without posting, I have a couple of cards for you today. There is a new challenge starting at Cardz 4 Galz and this time the theme is ‘Get Ready For Christmas’. I am sure a lot of you are making lots of Christmas cards at the moment, and it would be great if you were to join us in our challenge.

Here is my card:

After I had stamped and die cut the Christmas tree, I stamped and die cut the poinsettias and leaves and arranged them all as you see. I wanted to add some ‘girlie’ pearls to the tree, and found some pink and green gems in my stash – goodness knows where they came from, or who made them, but I added quite a few. They are so tiny I thought I could get away with it……

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I think the font is simple enough against the trees and flowers on the bottom of the card.

As I stamped and cut two trees, I went ahead and made another card with a completely different layout:

This time just the tree, but with a larger sentiment – same stamp set – stamped and heat embossed using a green Wow! sparkly embossing powder.

The two cards together:

I hope to see you in our gallery, and I look forward to seeing what you create.

xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA Cards CAS one image, with option of shimmer

Twofer Card ChallengeChristmas Greenery – can both be Christmas this time

Addicted to Stamps anything goes stamping

Christmas at Sweet Stampin‘ – Christmas and Trees

CAS Christmas Borders

Hello once again. I have a CAS card to share today made for a few challenges. I find CAS quite difficult, and always want to add more to them – I have to restrain myself!

Here is my card:

I used a 5×7 inch card base, and stamped two of the borders from a Uniko stamp set, using Barn Door Distress Oxide.

That’s it- all done…………

However, trying to decide which borders to use, which one on top, whether to stick to two of the borders and not add more – now that was difficult.

The stamps are also a little longer than the card base – arranging the images to be as central as possible – again – not easy!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Water Cooler Challengeanything goes

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer card with winter flora

AAA CardsCAS maxi white space with option of geometric

What’s up chicken butt?

Hi there. I have a clean and simple card to share today – though it did take me a little while to colour – trying to use what I learnt on my Copic class the other week – but not over-thinking.

I actually bought this stamp at the pop-up shop during the break in colouring, and have been waiting for an opportunity to ‘crack it open‘ – as they say……….and then the CASology challenge came up with the code word of ‘feather’ ………

After stamping in Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics. I actually used some of the colour ideas given for the Copic class. I even ‘grounded’ my image – can you see? That is something I hadn’t done before the class…………..maybe the grey is too light – I’ll keep trying……

Challenges I shall be entering:

CASologyfeather

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Pink Gem ChallengeAnything goes

Stamplorations CAS Challengeatg CAS with option of orange

Simply a Beautiful day

Hello yet again. The painter has finished, the builders left a couple of weeks ago – I have my house back. Now trying to sort things out, including looking through my crafty stash – possibly to sell on – yet to be decided.

Here is a card I created yesterday – quite a clean and simple card, yet I feel quite effective:

I stamped the tree from Honey Bee Stamps – Birds and the Bees – and added some extra leaves in some places, then stamped the bee hive and several of the bees.

All these coloured with Copics – simple colouring, just a couple of shades of each colour.

The sentiment if from Altenew – Birch Land – and this stamp set has quite a few lovely sentiments which I must use more…………

A quick update about dad – still waiting to plan his funeral as he died in Germany – the international death certificate etc – but he is in UK now, so is mum, and my sister has come over from Canada to stay with her for a while…..definitely until after the funeral – which may not be for another 2-3 weeks. We just carry on, don’t we………….?

This is probably the reason why my sentiments over the past couple of weeks have been more generic, more of wishing people well….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketches – Garden Green, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie – trying to Copic match.

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

water-cooler Challenges – feminine

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes

Meadow Motifs

Hi everyone. A very short post for this card for a few of challenges. Therapy crafting today:

and one with a cat in the background – because I could:

The stamped images coloured with Copics, then die-cut and arranged as you see.
Challenges I shall be entering:

Color Throwdownpurple, blue, turquoise, yellow

Happy Little Stampers CAS challengeuse only one third

AAA CardsCAS along the edge

Craft Rocket Challengesatg