Twofer Trees

Hi there. I’ve been trying some new techniques in my craft room, but have also had time to create a couple of CAS cards for the current challenge at Twofer Card Challenge. These are my cards:

The aim of the game at Twofer is to create two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps/dies and/or stencils. The current challenge prompt is ‘TREES’.

I used one of the trees from Altenew ‘Moments In Time‘ stamp set. The first is stamping with tree to create and edge or border, and adding a stamped and die cut ‘awesome‘ from Altenew ‘Super Script‘ in the same colour card stock.

The second card is using the same tree with a sentiment added – clean and simple and one layer.

The tree images on both cards were stamped using Concord & 9th ink, and the banner for the turquoise card is also Concord & 9th card stock.

Even though these now look quite simple – it took me ages to actually plan what colours to use, and where to stamp the images – absolutely ages. It takes me longer for these kinds of cards than ones with more images and layers……………..

So – these two cards for the current challenge at Twofer.

Alphabet Challenge ‘L’ for Ladybird

Hello there. It’s my time to host The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘L’ and I chose ‘Ladybird’Ladybugs‘ for the theme. Here is my card:

I may have been late to the ‘slimline’ party – but I’m certainly having a good time now I’ve arrived!

When I chose the theme for this letter, I knew I wanted to use my Stampin Up ‘Little Ladybug’ stamp and die set again, and the slimline card is the perfect way to showcase ALL the ladybugs in this set – as well as the little flowers, grass and leaves – so much space to use.

After stamping with Gina K amalgam ink, colouring with Copics, then die-cutting I turned to sorting out what shapes I would use on the slimline card. This die from Pink Fresh Studio I chose because of the scalloping around each circle – three little scenes I could create.

I used Concord & 9th card stock to die cut the flowers, leaves, stems and grass, then treated each little circle as it’s own scene – as you see here.

I also added some gems to the flowers and around the sentiment, just an excuse to add a little bling.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘Ladybird/Ladybug’ theme. I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Double D Challengelots of colour

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Moving Along With The Timescreate a scene

Simply Ellibelle Challengethings with wings

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Yellow and Green

Hi there. I have a card to share which took a lot of die-cutting – a lot!

What can I say – when you’re in the die-cutting mood – you just go for it, don’t you? The colour scheme is from a new challenge called ‘Color Hues’, and to use tones of green and yellow.

I used quite a few Sizzix Thinlits die sets, and the Concord & 9th card-stock, as well as other card from my stash.

I think there are three greens………and two yellows…….but I may be wrong – I just kept cutting!

The flowers are also Concord & 9th, the circle frame is from MFT, and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp – talk about a mish-mash of companies!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Hues – The Color Challenge – ones of green ad yellow

Crafters Cafe – anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

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Holly and a Deer

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As the theme is ‘anything goes as long as it’s Christmas related’, there is always a lot of scope for creating.

Here is my card:

I have recently received an order from Stampin Up from their new Christmas catalogue – I really had to restrain myself – but not too much!

The holly background is a two layer stamp which I stamped repeatedly around a piece of card stock. I used Concord & 9th mini ink cubes – these are very juicy inks so a little light tapping is required but that also means they stamp well (if you line it up correctly!!!) on new stamp sets from the beginning – you don’t have to prep your stamps.

I decided to fill in the gaps with a green and red dot using my Copic markers – varying the size of the dot by the pressure on the pen. The clump of dots is from another stamp set.

Once that was done, I stamped the deer in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics – warm grey for the deer, and a couple of greens for the bow/ribbon around his neck, cool greys for his feet, and a couple of browns for the antlers.

The three tags were cut using Concord & 9th card stock and MFT ‘Trad Tags Stax‘ dies, so they matched the inks I had used for the background.

The ribbon is a new purchase – some shabby ribbons – I think to be used mainly for mixed media, but when I saw them I ordered quite a few colours as I think they would be perfect for traditional card making and also as ribbons for presents etc……there are lots of colour variations – from bright to shabby chic – here’s a link to the shop:

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I fanned the tags as you see and stuck the bottom of them down with glue, but the tops down with a little 3D foam pad.

I enjoyed making these tags so much that I can see some more being made ready for the present giving season.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, I love to look through the gallery and always end up bejng inspired by the makes – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursdayinky

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackers anything goes Christmas

INTAAS include and animal

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Rainbow Hello

Hello once again. I hope you are keeping well. I have a card to share today, made after emailing a friend to say my mojo had run away – scarpered – bolted – hightailed it – and then I went and made this:

I had been racking my brain for an idea for the colours at the current Color Throwdown Challenge, and the ‘Rainbow or Rain’ theme at the current Inkspirational challenge – so I took to the Color My Life app and just browsed……and found this die from Heffy Doodle just sitting there waiting for these two challenges………… 🙂

I used four colours from Concord & 9th card stock, die cut the rainbow four times – I’ll use the rest of the cuts and stars on another few makes – and then searched for a cloud die and a suitable sentiment.

Again – browsing the CML app – I came across the cloud from Stampin Up ‘Rainbow Builder Framelits’ and added it as you see.

The ‘hello‘ word is also from Heffy Doodle – die cut four times and layered together, but without the shadow die, and kinda hanging off the cloud.

I’m quite pleased with the colourful simplicity of this card, especially to say I’d been struggling to put something together initially.

I did contemplate putting the stars back into the rainbow – just maybe moving the colours one stripe down – but left it as I like the white shining through each star shape.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – orange, pink yellow, peach

Inkspirational – rain or rainbows

Saying Hello…..

Hello there -yes – that’s the theme for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – feature the word ‘hello‘ on your project.

Here is my card:

Do you think I have enough ‘hello’s‘ on there? 🙂

I didn’t know what to do at first with this theme, but I had a little search through the Color My Life app – and found this little gem from Concord and 9th – a turn-about stamp.

I have never had much luck with these stamps, despite having the turn-about jig – but I decided to give it another shot.

Using four of the the Concord & 9th inks and the jig – I set to it. Well – it happened so easily I haven’t a clue what I was doing wrong in the past – no clue!

I then used a ‘hello’ die from Time For Tea Designs – layered four times and then stuck down as you see, after sticking to a rectangle cut with MFT wonky stitched rectangle die set set.

I think this is a fun and vibrant ‘just because’ card – I seem to be making quite a few of them recently.

I hope you can come and join us and see what the Design Team have come up with – such a varied selection I must say.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams anything goes

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

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You’re The Cat’s Meow

Hello and welcome once again. I have a card to share today which turned out to be made largely from Mama Elephant products. This wasn’t planned at all – it was just the way my mind went when designing the card:

The theme started off from the current challenge at CASology – the prompt word being ‘BALL’. I put that into the Color My Life app and it came up with lots of balloons in my stash – and a few stamp sets which had cats/kittens with balls of wool.

Of those three, I chose the Mama Elephant stamp set ‘My Pet Kitties‘, stamped a couple of the images in Gina K Amalgam ink onto a scrap piece of Concord & 9th white card (from a previous make).

I coloured the kitties in Copics – the warm greys (and this card stock loves Copics – very easy) with a touch of peach to the ears, an aqua Copic for the wool balls – following the current colours at Color Throwdown – and then used the matching dies to cut them out.

I was going to go with a ‘normal’ card layout, but I have several of the slimline die sets so I went with that. I first looked on the Mama Elephant web site to get the dimensions for a slimline card, especially as I was using their dies to create one.

The base card is Neenah card, the Kraft layer is cut using Mama Elephant ‘Slim Card Basics‘, as is the white layer and the three windows.

Instead of ink blending the windows, I used another Mama Elephant die set – ‘Slim Window Dressing‘ – which had grass and cloud dies so I used an aqua and Kraft card for those two layers in each window.

The sentiment is from C.C. Designs ‘Cutie Cats‘ – one of the other stamp sets I was going to use – and then all put together with foam pads and glue as you see.

I added a couple of little butterflies – just because I could………

Even though this has a few layers to it, I still think it’s CAS enough for the CASology Challenge – but I am sure the DT there will let me know if it’s a problem – I still had fun thinking about a card for their current theme – it has taken me days and days…….

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology word prompt ‘BALL’

Color Throwdownpeach aqua, Kraft

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge midsummer blues – use blue, or the blues music, or sad

A White Daisy

Hi there. I hope you are all well. I was lucky to obtain the new ink cubes and card stock from Concord & 9th when it was first released over here in the UK.

This card features just the card stock – all die cutting – mixing the three Concord & 9th ‘Fresh Cut Florals‘ die sets for several challenges:

A close friend of mine has a birthday on 11th August, so this card was made withe her in mind. I knew I could go a little more dimensional as I could take it to her so I wasn’t worried about giving the daisy a little bit of dimension and life – whilst still keeping the look CAS.

She has been shielding since March, so I haven’t seen her – though we have kept in contact. Her family has been doing the shopping etc. It’s only recently that people who have been shielding have been ‘let out’ of the house. I’ll be picking up some real flowers and maybe a little treat as well.

After die-cutting the three sets a dies a few times in the blue, white, marmalade and red pieces of card, I then played with the colours of each element. I knew the white daisy was going to take centre stage, but the other elements were moved and changed around until I had the layout you see above.

I have some huge white daisy in our garden which were also an inspiration:

I didn’t ink the leaves of the daisy – just clean lines and colours. I looked for a sentiment – and I have a lot of them – but in the end I decided to put the sentiment on the inside to keep the outside kinda ‘pure’.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – red, coral, blue, white

Watercooler Challengeatg with feminine twist

Simply Less Is More CAS Summer Flowers

Give a Crafter a Cookiephoto Inspiration (white flowers)

Clean and Simple On SundayCAS Nature

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