The Alphabet Challenge – R for Reduce

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, and as we have reached the letter ‘R’, Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘Reduce – make it clean and simple‘. Here is my card:

I used a frame from my stash – I forget the maker – and stuck a piece of patterned paper onto the back – then trimmed around the frame.

I stuck this down onto the card base with a strong glue.

I think the tree was a pre-cut piece from a kit, to which I added three gold strings, and then placed some gold facetted gems on top of the ‘loops’ of the string, adding a larger gem onto the top of the tree.

I’m looking forward to seeing your CAS cards in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

TTCRDanything goes

Lil Red Wagon glitter, glitz, gleam, glow

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Fab’N’Funky Challenge die cuts or embossing – no stamped image

Love To Craftanything goes

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Hello. The new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive’. Here is my card:

I die cut the Pinkfresh Studio snowflake panel in white and shiny red card stock, and adhered to the base card. I ensured the red was aligned with the white and cut the extra off the side.

I then used a Pinkfresh Studio snowflake die with a red non-shed glitter card, and with the same red shiny card, and layered the snowflakes – some shine and glitter on each of the three snowflakes I used.

The sentiment is gold heat embossed and die cut using the matching die set.

Once all was adhered to the card base, I added some gold gems to the centre of the snowflakes, and then two more sets of three.

I hope you can come and join us – I look forward to seeing you in our challenges. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beyond The Blue – use some gold

Krafty Chicks – occasions

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge – Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – Christmas

Daring Cardmakers – Shine

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – Christmas/winter

A Robin Christmas

Hello there. A little playing in my craft room yesterday created this card:

I searched through the Color My Life app for a die set I knew I had which contained Robins – but couldn’t remember the make and where I had stored it. I found it was a Creative Expressions die set from Lisa Horton – and an old one as the date on the back was 2017 – but at least I had remembered I had it somewhere.

I first die cut the robins using brown, Kraft and red card stock. I added their little hats – red and a white glittery card stock, then set aside.

The leaves and holly were die cut from a previous created mica sprayed piece of card, which I had also splattered with white Liquitex acrylic paint. The white glittery oval is die cut from a Gina K master Layout’s die set.

I then turned to the card base, added a brown layer, and a white dry embossed panel – a Spellbinders embossing folder – and then played with the layout of all my elements until I was happy, adding a previously foiled sentiment.

Here is a look at all the glitter and shine:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sparkles Forum Christmas festive things with wings

Daisy Chain Challenge Christmas is coming

Winter WonderlandChristmas and Robin Red Breast

Allsorts Challenge wings and/or tails

Make My Monday Challenge things with wings

CYHTPembossing folder – twist of thanks not taken

Merry Kittimas

Hello. A chance for me today to do a little more Copic colouring – in-between binge watching ‘Warrior Nun’ first season. Here is my card:

This cute little kitty and the presents are from a new stamp set from a new company to me, bought a few weeks ago at a Craft Show. I stamped the images, coloured with Copics, then cut out using my Scan-n-cut. I added some white gel pen to the presents just for a little more interest.

The patterned paper was adhered to the card base, the white stitched rectangle adhered using 3D foam, but before adding the kitty and presents with 3D foam, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set.

It’s interesting to me that I coloured the cat, when none of my current 4 cats have that colouring! How bizarre is that? I have two black and white cats, a tabby, and a tortoiseshell………weird the way my brain works sometimes…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crazy For Cats Challengeanything goes with a cat

Fab’N’Funky ChallengeChristmas Animals

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Stamping Sensations Christmas Celebrations

Dragonfly Dreams Christmas

Cutie Pie Challengecute four legged friends

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Shimmery Golden Merry Christmas

The next Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge is now live. Here is my card:

The background is an ink smooshed creation – lots of different green Distress Inks – multiple layers – so much fun to create.

Once that had dried, I splattered Liquitex acrylic metallic ink in gold and white and let that dry.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, the shadow in vellum, and the main words in Spellbinders matt gold card stock. If the shimmer on the background wasn’t enough – I also dotted some iridescent sequins around.

This is certainly a very shimmery card and so much fun to create. I feel another ‘messy’ play coming on to create more backgrounds – even though I have plenty – but I just love to play and ink smoosh instead of always feeling I have to create a card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks occasions

Peace On Earth Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Creative Fingersanything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Christmas Greetings

Hello once again. I have a card to share using a Spellbinders die set and embossing folder:

I first die cut the images out of the colours of card stock you see, not really sure what colours for what layers that I wanted to use to create the final card.

I layered and played with the colours, then played with the layout until deciding on what you see.

I used the Spellbinders embossing folder and layered that with 3D foam onto a white card base. The floral arrangement was added using a mixture of 3D foam and wet glue, and I think I changed my mind so many times where all the elements were going…..I have enough left over for a couple more cards too.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip, and some iridescent sequins were added for a bit of bling.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Color Throwdown plum, blush, sage

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Allsorts – any special occasion

CYHTP embossing folder – option pumpkins not taken

Snow Season

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today:

I had some of this blue ‘creation’ card left over and decided to use it for this card.

The blue card was created by putting glue onto a plain white card, placing tissue paper on top – moving it around a little to create some wrinkles – spritzing it with water, and then adding Brushos. More water, some tipping to let the colour move around – and then let it dry.

Once dry, I rubbed some gold wax over the top to create some wrinkles, and then die cut the four letters. Rub the wrinkles before die cutting, as sometimes the wrinkles can be flattened a little.

I then die cut the same letters from white card stock another two times, and layered all three together.

The sentiment is from a previous foiling session.

I’ve tried to capture the shine and colour on the letters, as well as the dimension.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CASCAS – layered

Creative Artiste Mixed Media anything goes mixed media

Winter Wonderland Christmas and let it snow

TTCRDanything goes


Kraft and White Christmas

Hello. A little play in my craft room created this card:

Onto a Kraft card base I stamped and white heat embossed this gorgeous – older – poinsettia stamp from Uniko. I then used a couple of colours of pencils to darken the leaves. I haven’t used my pencils in such a long time and may have to try them out again in the near future.

I also white heat embossed the sentiment, and added some white sequins.

A simple card – took a little planning – but I like the effect of the end results.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty ChicksCAS

The Flower Challenge flowers and use a sentiment

My Time To Craft Christmas Christmas using Kraft and white

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Merry Wishes To You And Yours

Hello there. I have been playing with a new-to-me die set from Tim Holtz:

I first created some panels of green shimmery card using Tim Holtz mica sprays in varying shades of green and one panel of orange. I let them dry overnight, as I had used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, which would need a couple of passes through my machine – that card stock is indeed ‘heavy’.

I then die cut the wreath layers and stuck them together. Now – that sounds simple – but it took some figuring out – it’s a good job I was in a fiddly and fussy kinda mood! I then die cut the berries and used only two layers – my fiddly and fussy mood didn’t extend to the small, very small, outer berry circles!

I also used the remainder of the orange mica card to die cut the bow.

Once the wreath layers and berries were glued down, I turned to the background, and die cut this snowflake panel – again – for a white-on-white background. I thought this added interest without taking away from the wreath.

I then searched through my previously foiled Christmas sentiment stash and used the one you see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown orange, green, white

Crafty Catz Challengeanything goes – option ribbon or twine not taken

Use Your Stuff use some die cuts

Sparkles Forum Christmas with Holly and/or Ivy

Fab’N’Funky Season’s Greetings

Peace On earth Christmas anything goes Christmas

Compliments Of The Season

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my creation:

To create the box, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs ‘Shadow Box Frames’/ I watched her video to create the box, and once I got my head around the pieces, the folding, and the gluing I was pleased with the result.

I used some brown marbled card to create the box, as I wanted a darker frame, and once the box was created, I used some patterned paper as the base, and built everything from there.

I searched through all my Tim Holtz Christmas ephemera – of which I have a lot – and haven’t used very much. I’m currently going through my patterned papers and ephemera collection to try and use them as I bought them after being inspired by his and his creators posts – the style isn’t my usual – but I’m enjoying creating – just going with the flow!

I adhered poinsettias – from his ‘worn wallpaper’ around the outside of the frame, as well as bells and candy canes. The inside were some of his pocket cards – cut down a little – and other ticket ephemera, with a little button on the bottom corner.

I wanted to use the deer, and put some natural raffia – coloured with Distress re-inkers – behind to support the die cut, and lend a ‘woodland’ feel.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Paper Dragonfly Challenge – Christmas in July

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned papers

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes with mixed media

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and patterned paper

Love To Craft – anything goes