Warm Winter Hugs

Hello there. A little bit of crafting today. Some stamping, some die-cutting, some fussy-cutting, some dry embossing – here is the card:

I used the Gina K Designs card kit, and stamped the poinsettias in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ ink, then stamped some leaves from the same kit in ‘Lime Rickey‘.

The other leaves are actually the Christmas tree from that same kit – but cut apart and used as leaves, and then inserted as you see.

HERE is my post where you can see what the tree looks like as it is meant to be.

The background is a Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder, just to add some extra interest, and the sentiment is from that same Gina K kit.

Looking at these pictures – I think I may need some re-inkers for my ink pads………..I think I have them somewhere……….now to go hunting!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownLime Green, Hot Pink, White

Water-Cooler Challenges Occasions

Day Of The Month Card Club – Poinsettia

Aud SentimentsChristmas/Winter and sentiment

Unser Logo zum Mitnehmen! / Our logo to take away!

Simply Merry Christmas

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and – as always – the theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my DT card:

I used some Catherine Pooler stamps and inks to create the background snowflake effect, along with a Catherine Pooler ‘Merry Christmas‘ die cut sentiment.

I added some Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in red and gold – wherever I could…..I just couldn’t stop myself.

I find I enjoy creating my own backgrounds with stamping smaller images, and this set – from at least a year ago – has some lovely images in it. It may even be a couple of years ago – but I still like to explore my older stash, and give them some love.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge traditional Christmas

Allsorts Challenge snowmen and/or snowflakes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Always Fun Challengessnowflakes

Wishing you the best birthday ever

I have a card I made during what seemed like a crafting marathon yesterday:

I used the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches, and the stamp set from Concord and 9th called ‘Kindness Blooms‘. This stamp set is two turnabouts in one, which is actually quite easy to get your head around.

The first smaller flowers were stamped and turned twice, then I took the acetate with the flowers to see where they would go – and then stamped them and then the leaves. If it sounds a little confusing – here is a link to the YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUn2FXEEL-I , and another https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ5WbLyvkfY

I also added some extra small flowers to fill the gaps, and even took the second leaf layer – the sprig looking thingy – and stamped that in some spaces too.

The sentiment is from Gina K , as is the circular stamp stamped using Rich Razzleberry – which fit just absolutely perfectly within a Stampin’ Up stitched circle die.

I stamped some extra leaf clusters, and shoved them under the circle. Well – I placed them gently, actually, but I like the word ‘shove’ today!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesRich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride

Pink Gem Challenge atg

Addicted To stampsatg

QKR Stampedeatg

Meowy Christmas

Hello there. A new challenge is starting at ABC Christmas Challenge, the letters this month are ‘W’ for Wreath, and ‘X’ for fauX.

Here is my card for ‘W’ and Wreath:

I played around with the images I wanted to use first, then began by stamping the wreath, using Catherine Pooler inks, and the Uniko bough from the ‘winter foliage‘ stamp set.

I then used a red ink to stamp the dots around the wreath, but can’t remember which stamp set it’s from – as I’d tidied it away afterwards – very unlike me! I think it was Altenew – but not sure………

After placing the Simon Says Stamp ‘Christmas Cats‘ image in the centre, I masked it’s ears, then stamped the antlers, then coloured with Copics.

The holly and berries are from the same Uniko stamp set, and the sentiment is from the same Simon Says Stamp set.

I’m trying to use some of my designer papers, and found this brown one from Stampin Up which seemed to match the brown of the wreath, so I used that as a matting layer.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and add another card to your Christmas stash……..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Color Crazy Challengeatg colouring

2 Crafty Critter Craziesatg with a critter

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Fractile Leaf Thank you

Hi everyone. I’ve been itching to play with the Simon Says Stamp ‘Fractile Leaves’ stamp set, and saw the opportunity for several challenges:

I used quite a few of the leaf stamps in the set and stamped them onto Arteza water-colour card in a variable pattern, to try and cover a lot of it – but leaving quite a few spaces.

I used Catherine Pooler ‘Green Tea‘ ink as the olive colour for the colour challenge, then heat embossed in a clear embossing powder – twice – to give a raised edges for all the little lines in each leaf.

I then took the Arteza Teal brush marker – and just played – putting the ink down,, and using quite a bit of water – as I wanted some pooling of the ink in each little area on the leaves.

Whist that was drying I took the MFT ‘Thank You’ die and cut it out of a rust coloured card stock, then a navy card stock – but when I put those colours together – even off-set – they didn’t look right. So – I die cut the word again in plain white, put that in the middle of the two colours – and I think the three layers work well together, with the white showing the other two colours nicely.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownteal, olive, navy blue, rust

Just Us Girls Challengethanks

Time Out Challenges inspired by words (grateful)

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

Looking for latest Challenge Here Click Badge Below

Welcome to the Neighbourhood

Hello there. I know I’ve been absent for a little while. I lost my dad towards the end of August, and I have also had a week away on holiday in Turkey. I managed to schedule my Design team posts, but very little else.

I’m also what they call flexibly retired – which means I am only working two days a week now…….hopefully more time for crafting – as well as other things.

I have a Copic colouring class this coming Saturday with Faye-Wynn Jones – soooo looking forward to that. I have the three day Craftaganza in November with Crafters Companion, and a three day weekend with ‘the girls‘ in a holiday park in November too.

The builders have finished the bathroom, the decorator has finished the painting and decorating……….it has been full-on, I’ll tell you…..

This morning I created a card for the current challenge at Color Throwdown:

This is a fairly new stamp company based in the UK, Picture This – Creative Endeavours – and I have several set of their stamps, but haven’t found time to play with them until today, I thought I should, especially as I bought more when I went to the crafting Live show in Coventry last Sunday – courtesy of Thirsty Brush and Co and winning a couple of tickets on Instagram – bought more goodies……I am sure you will see them – gradually!

I saw the colours for this challenge, and thought of this set of houses…..

I stamped the image first, then again alongside – can you see where I did that? I don’t think I did too badly! The outlines are heat embossed in black, then I took the three other colours from the challenge and played with water-colouring the houses with my Zigs. The aqua is actually the Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini‘, but the grey and cobalt blue are Zigs.

I did quite a rough water-colour technique, as I didn’t want the houses too perfect, or too neat and tidy, as I feel the stamp is quite sketchy. A little bit of a deeper colour to some areas, but generally played around.

The sentiment is from Concord and 9th ‘City Scapes‘ – the ‘welcome‘ die cut three times and layered, and the rest stamped onto the card itself.

Challengesd I shall be entering:

Color Throwdown – cobalt blue, aqua, grey, black

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)