Big Gnome Hugs

Hello there. I have a card to share with colouring, and die-cutting – and even stamping:

I used two gnomes from Simon Says Stamp ‘Spring Gnomes‘, stamped in Gina K amalgam ink, coloured with Copics, then used the matching die set to cut them out. White gel pen dots were added for extra interest.

As one of the gnomes is holding a bird, I then stamped two little birds from Altenew ‘Under The Cherry Blossom‘ stamp set in green, adding some shading with a green Copic.

The white cover panel is from Catherine Pooler – three layers of white, then black on top for extra dimension.

All items placed as you see, with the extra little green birds dotted around.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, green, black, white

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge bright and cheerful

Colour Crazy Challenge week 25 – anything goes with some colouring

Country View Challengesdo what makes you happy – card making, entering challenges

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Gnome For The Holidays

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O‘. We want to see your Christmas creations with ‘No Fuss‘ and/or ‘Over The Top‘. I chose the ‘No Fuss’ theme. here is my card:

I first stamped the images from Simon SDays Stamp ;Gnome For the Holidays’ in Gin K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

Once cut out with the matching die set, I arranged them as you see – though I did play around with the layout quite a bit. I’ve said before how I find arranging CAS layouts quite challenging.

We have some great makes from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I ‘d love to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

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

Colour Crazy Challenge week 24atg colouring

Crafty Sentiments Challengeatg

Cardz 4 Galz ‘steampunk’

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme – chosen by Deborah – is Steampunk.

Now – this is not something I’m familiar with, but a Kit and Clowder class featured this gorgeous PowerPoppy digital stamp – which I thought suited the theme perfectly. (I see it’s also on sale at the moment too!)

Here is my card:

This is my first go at colouring this stamp using the directions from Alyce at Kit and Clowder – and I like how this turned out.

Coloured with Copics – the whole thing took me about 5 or 6 hours – following her directions and advice as close as I could. I also have some process pictures:

the butterflies first
then the clock
then the cogs and flowers

I still have some work to do on my fine-line colouring – but I suppose that is the point of taking these classes.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I’d love to see your take on the ‘steampunk’ girlie theme………… xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Polkadoodles craft challengeanything goes colouring

Colour Crazy Challenge challenge 23 – anything goes colouring

Crafty Creations anything goes

Jan’s Digi Stamps anything goes colouring

Cardz4Galz – more than one fold

Hello there. I have a bright card to share today for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. This time we want to see your girlie cards with more than one score/fold. Here is my card:

After creating the card base I looked to use a large image for the rectangle on the front. I used the Tracey Hey Designs ‘catitude’ stamp set, and coloured the lion image with Copics – some minor shading, but not too much.

I then looked through my paper stash to fins some colours to match, and found a selection of purple and oranges which seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

These were measured and cut using my Cutterpillar, then stuck down.

When I closed the card it looked a little bare to me, so I also added some scalloped purple borders using a die set from Lawn Fawn – which I think kinda matched the shape of the mane.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challengeslayers

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Christmas Love and Movies

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters this time are ‘L’ and ‘M’ – and we want to see Love and Movies with your Christmas creations. Here are my cards:

‘L’ for Love

‘M’ for Movies:

The first card was quite simple and easy to make, using an MFT Stamps Die-namics and two pieces of patterned paper.

The second card took a little more time, mainly the colouring part of it. I didn’t know what to make for the ‘M’ for Movies part of it, and spent some time searching the tinterweb for Christmas movies…..when I saw the ‘Elf’ movie – though I haven’t seen it – I remembered this stamp set from MFT.

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics, then die-cut with MFT ‘Wonky Squares‘.

I have no idea where the patterned paper came from but I felt the colours and theme matched the little elfies, and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Card 1:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned papers

Just Us Girls 2 or more patterned papers

Card 2:

Colour Crazy Challenge week 20 – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes with option of at least 2 layers

Lil Patch of Crafty friends anything goes

Crafters Cafe anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stuffed Stockings

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

I used the Concord & 9th ‘Stocking Stuffers’ stamp and die set. The stockings and ‘stuffing’ bits were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics. After die-cutting with the matching die set, I added a glittery silver cuff to the top of each sock – but didn’t add the heel and toe pieces as I didn’t want to take away from the colours and colouring.

As I used a piece of patterned paper for the background which had some dots – I added some to my images of the stockings, and some ‘Stickles’ glitter to parts of it too.

There were a few stamps and dies in the set which I had no clue what to do with – nor what they were. So I went and consulted the You Tube oracle – and found that there was a die to add the little ‘pull me‘ tag – and that you could also add a sentiment to pull which goes behind a stocking………….well – I had to have a go, didn’t I?

Here is the result:

I am loving this stamp and die set – I can see me using this for more cards. The most time-consuming was the colouring – but I’m getting into that now. I keep trying, I keep playing – and even though colouring is a means to an end – I’m liking it a little more…….!

I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge – get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team – I encourage you to go and check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’n’Funky Challenge Christmas

Krafty Chicks Occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option of a bear not taken

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge something that moves

Colour Crazy Challenge week 21anything goes colouring

We Are All Like a Snowflake

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, with the theme of ‘Anything goes Christmas’ – here is my card:

I began by printing out the ‘Iced Berry’ digital stamp from JMC Designs, onto Make-It Colour Blending card, adjusting the dimensions to suit my card size, and also printed out the sentiment from the same company, which says – ‘we are all like a snowflake, all different in our own beautiful way’..

Once printed, I used Copics to colour her, then added some white gel pen dots to the green berries – kinda like ice – then added some gold gel pen dots to the poinsettia.

I also die-cut a large tag, inked around the edges a little with some purple ink to stop the edge being quite so stark, then added her with dimensionals.

I used the oval to die-cut the sentiment, inking around the edge again.

The olive looking base card – no idea where from – was die-cut, then I added a really, really, dimensional paper from one of the Tonic Craft kits last year – maybe even the year before – as this gave an embossed an pearlised-looking layer.

I didn’t want to cover that green paper too much, which is why I used a tag for the lady image.

I hope you can come and join us, and please check-out the inspiration from the Design Team.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option candy canes (not taken)

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option ornaments

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge week 20atg

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Flower-Butterfly-Vase

Hello again. I am delighted and honoured to be the Guest Designer for the new challenge beginning at All Fun Challenges.

For this challenge – the theme is always ‘anything goes’ and we were given a choice of images from Bugaboo. I chose this gorgeous ‘Flower Butterfly Vase’ digital image.

Here is my card:

I began by printing out the image onto ‘Make It Colour Blending card’, then picked colours of Copics………several greens, several blues, some pinks, and a couple of reds – not forgetting the grey for the shadow.

The blue patterned paper underneath the panel is a cut-down piece from Craft Box UK – and I even added a blue then grey Copic edge to it to try to match to the colours I had already used on the image.

The little sentiment tag is from a package of tags – I have no clue where they came from, and no clue how long I’ve had them – I found them during my Covid-19 lock-down ‘tidying’.

Well – I say tidying – but I then find things I haven’t seen for ages, or even forgot I had – and then of course you have to create something then and there – don’t you? Or is it just me……………..?

I’d love to see your creations for this challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Paper Minutes Butterflies

Lil’ Red Wagon flowers

Digi Doodle Studios – flower power – must include a hand coloured image

Crafts Galore anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Sending Sunshine and Smiles…

Hi there. I have a card to share to day using some of the new release stamp sets from Clearly Besotted:

I stamped the floral scene twice along the bottom of a piece of Make It Colour Blending Card, and stamped the cute little plushie with the flower onto another piece.

I coloured the images using Copics – very simple, very little shading, then added some gold gel dots to some of the flowers – I tried to catch that in the bottom photo – and some darker dots on the other flowers.

The plushie image die–cut with two nesting circle dies as you see, and the sentiment from the same plushie stamp set attached.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownAqua, Teal/Turquoise, grey, metallic gold

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

Fusion Card Challengesketch +/- photo inspiration

Krafty Chicksuse a stamp

Fab’n’Funky Challenge cute critters

Weirdo Birthday

Hello once again. I have a CAS birthday card to share as there is a new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – the theme this time is ‘Birthday’:

This little cutie is from Tracey Hey Designs, stamped in Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. I also added some white gel pen dots for added interest.

The ‘weird’ sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the birthday sentiment from somewhere else – I forget where! 🙂

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes critters

Crafty Animals – anything goes animals

Stamplorations May CAS Challenge – anything goes CAS with option baby pink (option not taken)