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

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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)

Peeking Daisy

Hello again. I am amazed at how much I am able to craft when the builders aren’t here. I am sure it will be worth it when they have finished, which should be another 2-3 weeks, and I’ll have two brand spanking-new bathrooms – and I’m going to use them both!

This card is using a new purchase from Simon Says Stamp. My sister was coming from Canada, so I took the opportunity to get some stuff delivered to her for her to bring over to me. The postage was less – even though I had to wait longer……….

This my card using the Simon Says Stamp ‘Peeking Daisy‘:

A picture from a different angle:

You may be thinking it looks quite simple, but let me tell you – there was loads of measuring – to make sure the circles were equal from each other, equal from the edges, and that the daisy images were all the correct way up and looked the same.

This die is a solid circle, but there are two teeny tiny holes on the back of the die, which I lined up with pencil lines I drew across the middle of the piece of card, just managing to see through those holes – which ensured the flowers were lined up and the right way round.

Instead of rubbing the pencil lines off the little daisy images – I think they may be too fragile – I ran the card through my die-cutting machine to flatten the edges – and this side is the ‘wrong’ side of the die cut.

Then I used a challenge colours – I don’t have the specific challenge colours, but substituted Catherine Pooler inks – again drew pencil circles using the die itself as a template, and ink-blended as you see.

The sentiment is from MFT, and is one whole sentiment, but instead of cutting the sentiment apart – not have the nerve for that yet – I masked each part off prior to stamping.

I must say I like the end result, even though that ruler and pencil certainly had some use out of them for such a CAS card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesBermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Night of Navy

Freshly Made Sketches – sketch

Simply Less Is Moreuse small images less than 2 inches

Addicted to CASCAS Daisy

Are you having a Giraffe….?

Hello there. I’m managing to craft a little, but when you have builders in it’s a little challenging to maintain the concentration, I find. However, I had chance to play with a stamp set I bought from the Doncaster Crafting Live show at the weekend:

I bought several of the stamp sets from Pink Ink designs, and this one caught me eye first.

I used the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, and stamped the giraffe in Catherine Pooler ‘Be Mine‘ pink ink, used a little masking around the ears of the giraffe for the leaves and flowers, silver embossed the sentiment then ink smooshed the same pink ink so the sentiment card piece matched the giraffe – an emboss resist effect.

The glasses I embossed with silver, fussy-cut, then applied glossy accents for some dimension and sheen.

Overall, I think the card is quite feminine, and I know some of my girl friends would love the sentiment and image………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, grey, white, silver

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – animal magic

2 sisters on the blogmake a card for a lady

CAS Holly

Hello there. Well – after a few days of the inability to sort my crafting ideas out – I seem to have recovered. I have a CAS card to share today, using a Uniko stamp set, and Catherine Pooler inks:

I’m not sure which photo is the best to see the different greens I have used, or the berry Nuvo drops, so I have both on here. It’s quite a dull day – though very warm….

I did stamp the darker green leaves first, then decided to go in and stamp the third and lighter green, and masked the other two off first to make it seem the lighter one is in the background.

The berry’s are Tonic Nuvo crystals drops, and this time I let them dry before attempting the photo!

I’m off to a weekend of craft shopping at Doncaster Racecourse…..wish my credit card some luck, please……….!

Challenges I shall be entering:

Addicted To Stamps CAS

AAA CardsCAS maxi white space with twist of Christmas in July