HLS – Love Is In The Air

A new CAS Challenge has begun at Happy Little Stampers. The theme for this month is ‘Love is in the air‘. Here is my card:

Quite a bit of thought went into this card. I wanted to make a slimline card, and knew I wanted to use the ‘Bots of Love’ from Heffy Doodle – I even stamped all three robot images and coloured them, thinking I wanted to add all three. Instead, I made what you see here.

The white base card and hearts were created by using Lawn Fawn ‘Scalloped Slimline with Hearts’, but creating a mask of the the three hearts – I just die-cut the masking paper.

Then, I stamped quite a few of the little cog and bolts images from the stamp set in a couple of Concord & 9th inks, then ink blended the hearts for them to show a little more against the white background.

When I had stamped the sentiment, I was playing around with placement of the robots, but found they covered quite a lot of the hearts, so I used the one you see – adding a spanner and a heart to him.

I hope you can come and join us, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery – the team has made quite a few ‘loving’ themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls Challengemasking

Simply Less Is MoreCAS in a row

Aud Sentiments Challenge sending love and a sentiment

Perfectly CASCAS, one third or less, stencils

Colour Huesred and pink

I Think You Are Blooming Marvellous

Hello once again. I have a couple of cards to share, made for a couple of friends who are blooming marvellous and achieved great things – even at this difficult time:

They have both been working full time and more, on the front-line, and have just both completed their Masters level to become Advance Nurse Practitioners – Whoop Whoop! They joined my team a couple of years ago, and to say they are an absolute breath of fresh air would be an understatement. Fabulous girls, both with such a positive attitude, they are a ray of light and it’s always a pleasure when I manage to see them.

I started with the grey card, and stamped the Pinkfresh Studio ‘Curvy Floral Vine‘ four times – I wasn’t sure how many of them I would need – and arranged three of them in a wreath. The vines themselves are stamped using Concord & 9th ink cubes – a grey for the vines – double stamping the centre of the vine to get a slightly darker grey, and the flowers were stamped with a light pink – double stamped for the flowers, then triple stamped the same colour to get the second layer of the flowers for some dimension.

The sentiment is from Heffy Doodle – big and bold – just so they get the message!

This was the card I was going to enter into the Color Throwdown challenge but I tried the light blue against the grey background with the vine – and it just didn’t seem to work – hence on to the white card base…….

The card with the white card base is using one of the floral vines, and I also added some light blue and light grey foliage from the same Heffy Doodle set which had the sentiment – again I went big and bold with it for dramatic effect.

I love when I have a good and positive reason to make cards for specific people – both the cards came together quite easily – maybe to mojo needs a reason to become active.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, light blue, grey

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Creative Knockouts Challenge die cuts or punches

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

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CAS Thank You

Hello once again. I spent a little time in my craft room yesterday and created this CAS card for a couple of challenges:

I even decorated the inside for a change:

The base card is a slimline navy blue, and the white pieces of card are Neenah Classic Crest.

The top front panel was stamped using Altenew ‘Charming Doodles‘ in Concord & 9th Navy blue ink, then the flowers coloured with a yellow Copic. This panel was then die cut using a Pinkfresh Studio slim edger die, as was the top layer of the card base.

As this merged into the back of the card base, I cut another white panel with the same edger and lined them all up, stamping the inside layer in a lighter blue so it could be written on when needed.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Inspired By Challenge – Photo Inspiration

My Time To Craft Challenge Thank You

Keep Being Amazing

Hello there. A quick post to share a card using the colours for the current Color Throwdown challenge:

Using the Concord & 9th ‘Wildflower Fields‘ stamp set, and Concord & 9th inks, I stamped directly onto the card base – two shades of pink for the flowers, green stems, and blue sentiment, which is from the same stamp set.

One more encouraging card in a very simple design but I think looks quite effective – I have a few people in mind to receive this – I may have to make more of them.

I hope you are all keeping well and managing to have a little crafty play. I did a Jenn Shurkus Facebook class on Saturday – UK time was 3pm – 10 pm – I think it wore me out.

I have still to complete the cards as there were some products I didn’t have, but a couple of them have arrived since – even though I did go through my stash to see what would work…..and I will be finishing them off over the next couple of days.

I will post them at some point so you can see what we made – 5 cards in total – three during the class, and two bonus cards – all very sweet and completely different ideas to what I would usually make.

I am looking forward to doing more of these classes – maybe I will see you online during one of them. xx

Pink Peaceful Wreath

Hello. Here is my card for the new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, starting from the beginning of the alphabet again, and we want to see your Christmas creations ‘A’ for Advent and/or ‘B’ for Bells. Helen is the host this time:

Using Altenew ‘Bells and Bows’ to create the hanging bell, and ‘Peaceful Wreath‘, on the background of the ‘Pallet Background’ stamp. The word ‘peace’ die cut several times and the last layer being some pink glimmer card from Stampin Up, with ‘Infinity Wood Frame‘ dies from Hero Arts.

Once I had the dimensions right, this card came together quite quickly.

I hope you can come and join us and make an early start on your Christmas crafting – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo-Crackers Challenge anything goes Christmas or Festive

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Die–Cut Divas die-cuts and ‘frame it’

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Teal Poinsettia

Hi everyone. I have a card to share using a different colour scheme for a poinsettia:

I recently bought some Lawn Fawn ‘Peacock’ card stock to participate in a Jenn Shurkus virtual class, and think this colour is so vibrant that I decided to use it for this poinsettia.

Using Altenew ‘Poinsettia 3D‘ die set I die cut all the layers and glued them together. The background is a Simon Says Stamp ‘Poinsettia’ cling stamp – a huge rubber stamp – that I’ve been wanting to play with for absolutely ages, and for this card I used a tone-on-tone look.

The mustard looking card is ‘Stardust’ from Concord & 9th, and the stamp was inked using the same ink cube – ‘Stardust‘, hence the tone-on-tone look.

The sentiment is from Simon says Stamp and CZ Designs ‘Good Cheer’, stamped in the same ‘Stardust’ ink on white – to match the white card base – and die cut with the matching dies.

I am pleased with how the colours worked together – I think it looks quite simple yet quite effective.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

Dara And Diane Challenge – Poinsettia

Crafty Creations Challenge – anything goes

Simply ElliBelle Challenge – anything goes

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Snowman Time

Hi once again. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is ‘It’s Snowman Time‘……

For this challenge I made some tags – out of my comfort zone but thought I’d give it another go:

I stamped and coloured the snowman from the Avery Elle stamp set, and used the two circle dies to cut them out, and added a red shiny card stock behind. I also decided to add another circle to make them bigger, so used a stitched circle from Sue Wilson.

The tag tops were die cut, and an eyelet inserted using my Crop-a-dile from We R Memory Keepers. Does anyone find that these eyelets sometimes get a little too squished? And you have to start again?

Anyhoo – I decided to stick this tag eyelet thingy behind the tag, so I die cut another white circle to put on the back to cover the ‘mess’ using a snowflake stamp to create the snowy background.

So – not a fan of making tags, but I think I’ll have to persevere and keep having a go…….

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘snowman’ themed makes – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stashsnow

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and anything but a card

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

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Thinking of You…..

Nipping in quickly to share a CAS card for the current challenge at CASology:

The cue for the current challenge is:

I’ve been thinking about this since the challenge went ‘live’ not really knowing what I wanted to do…..I pondered and thought for a few days, then the muse inspired me.

I used Concord & 9th ‘Wheat‘ card stock, ‘Wheat’ ink, and stamped this gorgeous Uniko lily, with the sentiment from the same stamp set…………

Seems quite simple when I look at the card – but it did take me a while.

That’s it – I told you I was just nipping in……… xx

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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