CAS Christmas Cheer

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today utilising some new goodies. Here is my card:

Using the colours for the current challenge at Color Throwdown, I first stamped the Stampin Up trees using Concord & 9th inks cubes, then die cut them with the matching stitched triangle dies – also from Stampin Up.

As these trees had a pattern, I die-cut the Tim Holtz deer – a new die set just released – out of dotty paper from Clearly Besotted. I die cut all the deer, but these are the two I chose for this card. The rest I put back into the packet of dies for future uese.

I placed them on the card, then decided I wanted to created a hillside, so as this card measures 7 x 5 inches – my go-to card size – I find the slimline dies more than adequately cut the length. I used the Lawn Fawn die set, decided which part of the hillside I wanted, then stuck down as you see here.

I didn’t stick the deer down fully, as well as the feet and legs being quite thin and narrow – I like to leave them and the antlers unstuck. I think it creates some movement on the card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpurple, green, khaki

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Allsorts Challengewinter scene or snow

Stamplorations CAS October ChallengeCAS – option of grey and orange not taken

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Retro’

Hello once again. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme – chosen by Dawn – is ‘RETRO’.

The main aim of our challenge to create cards or other paper-craft items for the girls in our lives. Some of the entries to our more recent challenges have not fulfilled this requirement – unfortunately – and we have not been able to comment on those entries. Please be sure to read the rules before entering.

Here is my card:

I should let you know – I had to contact the rest of the Design Team about this challenge – I have no idea what ‘retro’ means, especially when it comes to card making.

Here are the explanations I was given:

Retro is old but not old enough to be called vintage or antique. Think back to fashions, toys or sweets from your childhood. Or design styles and icons from the 60’s 70’s 80’s etc. Kind of a modern vintage…………

I have given it a go with this card.

The background is a Uniko stamp set called ‘Mid Century Modern 2‘ and I feel has a vibe to match in with the explanantion I was given above.

I stamped twice – side-by-side – in Concord & 9th pink ink, then clear heat embossed. I’m not sure why the embossing was uneven – maybe the powder is off or I didn;t get full coverage – but I quite like the effect actually. I little more interest.

I then used the Uniko ‘Big and Bold Happy’, stamped in grey ink, then used the matching die to cut it out, and using the saem ink of the ‘everything’ word from the same stamp set.

I like the mix of grey and pink, and think the whole card is ‘girlie’ but bold with it – maybe a little like me! 🙂

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafty Friends Challengeuse more than one die

Inkspirationalangle it

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

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Poinsettia Christmas Tree

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

I decided gto go CAS with this card as I think the poinsettia tree can stand on it’s own.

This is a stamp set from Stampin Up, two layers – one for the leaves, and one for the flowers – such a cute image when stamped, I think……there is also a little tree trunk to add to the bottom of it.

CAS and one layer card – well – maybe I’m getting the hang of these now! Finally!

I used the Concord & 9th ink cubes – very vibrant colours in this set – I’m glad I managed to get them when they first arrived here in the UK – I seem to be using them a lot!

I can’t remember where the sentiment came from – I’ve tidied my desk since then 🙂

I hope you can come and join us. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

12 Months Of Christmas Challenge Christmas and a sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crimbo Crackersanything goes Christmas

AAA CardsCAS one layer card option of coffee – not taken

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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.

Christmas Cardinals

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – the theme is – as always – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas or festive related. Here is my card:

I decided to use a pre-coloured image from Jan’s Digis. I don’t think I’ve used a pre-coloured image before, and it took a lot of research to enable me to manipulate the images, background and sentiment – layering them, bringing some to the front, some to the back, then getting mixed up in what the heck I was doing!

It must have took me longer to do all that than if I’d coloured the image myself – but I like what I managed to achieve here.

The sentiment is also from Jan’s digis, and I decided to add a blue background – again using ‘Word’ manipulation – but leaving the bottom open – just like snow.

It definitely took me more than 2 hours, but once I had printed and die-cut the rectangle – I was away.

I added some coloured layers as you see – and I also added some glitter pen to the snow, and created some glittery snow drifts on the bottom.

I hope doing things like this gets easier…………

I was going to leave the card at that, but I felt it needed a little more, so I used Stampin Up ‘Poinsettia Petals‘ to add a poinsettia and some leaves, then some clear Stickles to the centre. The ink must not have been dry, so the stickles took on the red colour – quite liking that effect.

Anyhoo – I hope you can come and join us. I’m looking forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Trimmies Craft Challenge – Christmas

12 Months of Christmas ChallengeChristmas and a sentiment

Jan’s Digi’s Challenge anything goes

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Make My Monday Challenge – Christmas

Winter Wonderland

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’ – and we want to see your SNOWY and/or TINSEL creations.

I chose ‘SNOWY’:

Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree
Concord & 9th mini ink cubes
Wow! white embossing powder
Sue Wilson Stitched circle dies

I used Hero Arts ‘Color Layering Snowy tree’, stamped three times, with the third layer being white embossing powder to represent the snow.

Once I had positioned the trees where I wanted them, I used a couple of stitched circle dies to create the two layers.

It looked quite bear at this point, so I searched through the CML app for a deer image – which had a matching die set, as too fiddly to cut small images out I find – and the Stampin Up ‘Carols of Christmas‘ appeared.

The deer was stamped twice and die cut, then placed as you see.

The sentiment is also from the same Hero Arts stamp set, and stamped in one of the green inks I had used for the trees.

I hope you can come and join us and share your snowy or tinsel creations. The Design Team has some amazing inspiration for you. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

My Time To Craft CAS

Allsorts Challengeuse at least one circle

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Time Out Challenges season

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and Animals

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Rainbow Butterflies

Hello there. I hope you are all doing well. I have created a card which I would like to share with you:

I seem to be in a bright and rainbow mood at the moment – how strange is that? I know – rainbows not usually my style – but since obtaining the Concord & 9th mini cube set – I can’t seem to get enough! I just look through the swatch of the colours and stamp away……

Another encouragement card, clean and simple, the large butterfly is the only layer to it – the rest stamped onto the base card.

The card itself is A4 folded in half. Why such a large card I hear you say? Well, I knew I wanted a row of butterflies, and to make this work – the card had to be larger than usual, especially if I was also adding the larger butterfly die-cut too.

To stamp the row of butterflies straight, I used my Memory Misti – as that is huge – 12 inches square stamping area – it’s easy to move things around to stamp. I must remember to use that more often……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls Butterflies

AAA cards CAS sketch – option at the movies – Papillon – one of my all time favourites – though can be harrowingand with one of my all time favourite actors……..

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 Really Are The Sweetest…

Hello there. I have a ‘berry’ sweet card to share today – pun intended:

See what I mean?

I used the Clearly Besotted ‘Pick a Plushie‘ stamp set and – obviously- the strawberry. Once stamped with Gina K amalgam ink and coloured with Copics – I then had to fussy-cut them out……I know – not usually my thing, but these were quite easy.

I then used some white gel pen for details and turned to the sketch layout, using three die cut squares which were left over when I die-cut the Heffy Doodle ‘Stitched Slimline Trio die’ a few cards ago – I always keep these little squares or circles for future uses – but sometimes I forget I have them! These were still on my craft desk and just begging to be used.

The inner small squares were cut using a Stampin Up ‘Stitched Squares’ die set – a staple in my craft drawer and used frequently.

The sentiment is from the same Clearly Besotted stamp set and stamped directly onto the card base.

I am continuing to make cards for non-specific reasons and just sending them to friends as a little encouragement and contact.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fusion Card Challengesketch and/or photo – photo inspiration of the berries

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Inkspirationalword prompt ‘Face‘ – my strawberries have faces 🙂

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