Merry Poinsettia Christmas

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

I first adhered some patterned paper onto a 5 x 7 card base.

The wreath, poinsettia dies, branch dies are from last years Concord & 9th ‘Holly Jolly’ virtual event, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I used Concord & 9th card stock for the poinsettia leaves and the additional branches – as well as the shadow layer behind the sentiment.

The words are die cut out of glitter card stock – layered a couple of times with white card stock.

Some gold glitter drops applied to the centre of the poinsettia, the leaves curled slightly for dimension.

I hope you can come and join us with your festive creations.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes – option to add sparkle/glitter

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Addicted To Stamps dies cuts and/or stencils

Daisy Chain Challenge use dies

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Snowflake Panel

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

As I’ve been playing with alcohol inks, I used a previously prepared piece for the background to this Simon Says Stamp snowflake die.

I then layered that with some white glitter card.

I cut another panel out of that same glitter card, snipped out the snowflakes, and added them just slightly offset to their respective place on the panel.

This was stuck down using 3D foam onto an embossed panel – again from Simon Says Stamp – and then onto a card base.

The sentiment wad die cut out of three pieces of white card stock, then the white glitter card – four layers for added dimension – and adhered as you see – at a little jaunty angle.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes – option add sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Creatalicious Challenge anything goes – option make your own background

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

Happy Penguin Holidays

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

The cute penguin image is from Gerda Steiner, coloured with Copics, with the sentiment from the same stamp set.

The background is ink blended Distress inks with a little gitterly splatter. Hills created using Lawn Fawn dies, and Lawn Fawn glitter applied to the top of each hill and their hats.

I also decided to add some glittery clouds on the top with a little – just a little – ink blending.

I hope you can come and join us and increae your crafty stash ready forr the end of the year – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

Ephemera Christmas

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my card:

This card is completely outside of my comfort zone….I have been so loving the kits and packets of die-cut Christmas ephemera from Craft Box UK and 14 Craft Bar – that I bought them without knowing what the heck I was going to do with them!

I don’t use ephemera like this, I don’t know what to layer with what – but I had a good time making this card. I just dumped the three packets in front of me and played. I actually made three cards – but this one I particularly like with the deer and her baby.

The wood effect behind the deer is actually part of the packaging for one set – I liked the neutral distressed look to highlight the two deer – and then the sentiment and branches and mistletoe and pine cones – I just had fun placing them.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I can’t see to see what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges

Krafty Chicks Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackers anything goes Christmas

Moving Along With The Times – animals and/or birds

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Winter Bouquets

Hello there. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is ‘anything goes’ as long as it is Christmas. Here is my card:

I used the Honey Bee Stamps ‘Winter Bouquet‘ Honey Cuts and took lots of inspiration from watching YouTube and Nicole Spohr when she was making cards with this set.

The main thing for me was to use Copics on the die-cut elements to create some dimension – a game changer for me. I never thought of doing that to die cuts when using a coloured card.

I die cut the elements out of coloured card, used some matching Copics, then assembled as you see. The centre of the poinsettias are actually a very bright yellow glitter card – no idea where it came from – and then I just used a brown Copic to tone it down.

The sentiment is white heat embossed, and is from a Stampin Up set and white heat embossed onto a die cut panel.

I stuck most of the element down with 3D glue gel, only the tiny sprigs where stuck with glue.

The background is a piece of water-colour card and spritzed with Lumi spray – I wanted a bright shimmer to the background. then came the Nuvo drops – I’ve not used them for a few weeks so here we go – making up for the loss!

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option snowflake (not taken)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Crafting Happiness Challengeatg

Christmas Blessings

Hello there. I have some exciting news – I have been accepted as part of the Design Team for The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, beginning today. This is my first posting for that challenge, and each challenge will be for two weeks, with an ‘anything goes’ Christmas theme.

Here is my card:

And two other views to get the shimmer, shine, and glitz on the green and brown:

I wanted to create a card using some of my older stash so – obviously for me – I turned to my Sue Wilson die collection. I have accrued many of her dies over the years, and always seem to use the same sets – in completely different ways to previously.

I used a stash of Tonic card for each element, coming from one of the Tonic Craft Kits, which also included the sequins you see, as if there isn’t enough glitz going on!

I hope you will be able to join us, and I look forward to seeing what you create. And for something extra, I wanted to talk a little about die-cutting machines…………

I always struggled a little getting my machines to cut out the very intricate dies, having to go through several times – back and forth, back and forth – I am sure you know what I mean.

This time I used the Gemini Junior die cutting machine…..and…..just once. They went through once and die cut the intricate floral spray and sentiment. Just. The. Once. One time! Really? I hear you say – yes – really!!

Now, I have been a fan if my Sizzix Big Shot Express for years. It always did most of what I wanted, but now? The Gemini Junior is definitely the one to go to for anything intricate. Sorry…….but it just means I do have both of them out now. Oh well – a hardship indeed.

Of course, for my larger projects, I still have my Big Shot Pro, the larger circles and rectangle frames, this is definitely the machine for me, but the smaller projects will be a mixture of my Gemini Junior and Big Shot Express now…………..

What machines do you use? It would be so interesting to compare, don’t you think?

Christmas in February??

20180221_212446 Last evening had been one for die-cutting, as you can see. The previous card gave me the inspiration to try something more adventurous and I thought a Christmas card would be an ideal way to go a little over-the-top, a little more dramatic.

I started with a base card from Sue Wilson, embossed with a Heart Lattice embossing folder, with a layer of black behind it. The poinsettias were stamped with the Heartfelt Creations stamp, and heat embossed with black embossing powder. After these were die cut, I layered a couple of the together, and shaped the leaves a little. I like rounded shapes on leaves as I feel you can get some reflection of the embossing powder and the card better from any angle.

The sprigs of holly etc were die cut from the same gold card, and from some black card, all arranged on the base layers with 3D glue – to give me some time for moving things around. I also like to leave some of the finishing touches free – I don’t stick everything down completely, as I like the movement of them when the card is opened.

I thought about a Christmas sentiment, and where to put it, but I didn’t want to cover any of the elements up at this point, so I will ensure I put a relevant Christmas verse on the inside.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Christmas with option green (option not used)

Winter Wonderland Challengeanything goes Christmas

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas






Christmas Tree


Hi everyone. A quick post today as I am just off to the Doncaster Racecourse for another craft show. This is one I go to every year, and I usually grab quite a few bargains. I have my list of ‘wants’ with me.

Today’s card is using Altenew ‘Sketched Evergreen’ layering Christmas Tree stamp. I used my Sheena Douglass stamping card, and layered the tree using my Altenew inks. The most difficult part was placing the sentiment – and which sentiment and words to use.

I didn’t stamp the Christmas tree base, as I liked the look of it without.

I took inspiration from Casology, the current theme being ‘wish‘, and used the words from two stamp sets to come up with the above. I used my Misti for stamping the words, just so I could get a clean and crisp sentiment.

So – off to the show………..





Hi everyone. Today’s card is a mixture of colours and sketch and Christmas. I have been waiting to use my Altenew ‘Poinsettia and Pine’ stamp and die set, but couldn’t get my head around a layout – until I saw the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I then had something to work with.

I used that sketch as a layout, and the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches – Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Island Indigo. I have just had a Stampin Up delivery, so I had my first two colours, but I didn’t have Island Indigo. I turned to my paper stash, and found a sample of what I think is Island Indigo, and used a strip of designer series paper to complete the sketch and colours theme. I used this side of the paper as I think it looks icy and wintery.

The poinsettia is stamped and heat embossed, then coloured with Berry Burst using my water colour brush, straight from the lid of the ink pad, the same with the two leaves using Lemon Lime Twist. I die cut them with the matching die set, and then thought about the layout – where to put the leaves and twigs.

Once decided, I stuck the flower down with 3D glue, then ‘shoved’ the leaves and twigs underneath after putting some Cosmic Shimmer glue on the tips. I did add some Crafters Companion glittery pen to the flower, but I couldn’t photograph that to show you – you’ll have to pretend you can see the glimmer.

The three stars are from Stampin Up ‘Birthday Blast’ in Berry Burst and Catherine Pooler ‘Aquatini’ – which I think is a pretty good match.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

CAS Colours and Sketches three colours

Christmas Card Challengesanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas


Shiny Christmas

It’s a cooler day here in Chesterfield UK, so I’ve decided to do a Christmas card. I have no idea where the logic came from in that sentence. It just seemed to fit. There are a few challenges out there with the theme of Christmas, so I’ve been playing with some of my crafty goodies.

I have also tried another way of taking a photo. What do you think? My sister sent me a link to a blog by Yana Smakula – I think she is bored with my previous background!! – and I’ve had a play with out house wall and a stool outside…….do you think it works better?

It actually took me a good couple of hours to conceptualise (what a word!) and come up with this. I wanted to do snowflakes, and I wanted them laying over the edge of the main piece of card, but other than that I just played.

I started by die cutting all five of the snowflakes from Sizzix/Tim Holtz ‘Paper Snowflakes’ – randomly – from a piece of white card.  After die-cutting the snowflakes, I then stuck a piece of double-sided sticky sheet on the back, which meant I could add some gilding flakes to the apertures left by the die cuts. (I’ll be using those on another project)

I applied IndigoBlu ‘Yorkshire Dales’ gilding flakes as I liked the multi-coloured effect these created. After adding the flakes, I smooshed them down and then embossed the sheet with a Sue Wilson 8 inch square embossing folder called ‘Snowflake Mosaic’. Then I decided what size I wanted the actual card to be – 8.25 inches by 6 inches. (Pre-bought card bases)

To follow the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I then cut some circles from the MFT ‘Stitched Circle Frames’ out of the same ‘greeny’ card I used on my jungle themed challenge. I just love this colour – kinda shimmery, olive/greeny/browny.

I attached the circles to the bottom left of the card, leaving one of the smaller circles out for added interest so the circles weren’t so boring, and die cut one of the snowflakes out of Stampin Up glimmer paper, sticking that down with one of their dimensionals.

I cut the circles and snowflake to match the edge of the card, then peeled off the other side of the double-sided sticky sheet (already on my white card if you remember – and stuck that down to yet another layer of the greeny card, then onto white base card.

The sentiment is an X-Cut die, which I cut out three times from card with double-sided sticky sheet on each layer to make it easier to stick one on top of the other, then added to the card.

From the front, the sentiment isn’t quite that obvious – which I wanted – and doesn’t detract from the snowflakes, but turn it to the side and get the shine from the gilding flakes – I think it works well.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Altantic Hearts Sketch Challengesketch

Watercooler Wednesday challengeChristmas

Addicted to Stamps challenge Holiday

Mix it up challenge anything goes option embossing

Christmas Cards all year roundprecipitation (snowflakes)