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Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. This time, Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘Baby Girl’. Here is my card:

I rarely – can actually never remember the last time – I made a card with this theme. It certainly challenged me to sit down and create it.

I used a Clearly Besotted stamp set and stamped the baby, then masked the baby and stamped the balloon, then masked the balloon as well as the baby, put a mask down – that strange shape – then used stencil to create the layers of clouds using a Distress Ink.

I liked the look of that irregular shape through which you would be able to see the clouds, baby and balloon – something different.

I then coloured the baby and the balloon, stamped the banner and the sentiment, and die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle, to add to the card base.

I would love to see you join us with your ‘baby girl’ themed creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge stamp it

Lil Red Wagon cute

TTCRD anything goes

Inkspirational repetition (cloud stencilling)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

A Robin Merry Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge, a little later than usual, and only lasting for one week. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas’. Here is my card:

The images from Poppy Stamps were coloured with Copics and die cut with their matching dies. I added some Lawn Fawn chunky glitter to the hats and the stocking, and whilst that was drying I made the background panel.

I dry embossed a previously ink smooshed and splattered background, and splattered with Lawn Fawn ‘Liquid Stardust’ for some shimmer and shine. That dries quite quickly so I put together the card as you see. I also added some silver gems – more than was warranted – but why not?

The sentiment was stamped, cut apart, and added haphazardly for some added fun.

I hope you can come and join us, we have some new members of the Design Team and it would be great if you could pop along and visit their creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Time Out Challengeinspired by the word ‘Festive’

We Love To Createanything goes mixed media

Happy Winter Birthday

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. The theme is ‘check it out’ chosen by Helen. We want to see your creations which include gingham or plaid. Here is my card:

Onto a white card base I adhered some MFT plaid patterned paper in brighter colours.

The image is from Time For Tea Designs, stamped with a brown Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics, trying to match the colours in the plaid background.

I used the matching die, which cut out the centre of the wreath, but I placed that back inside once I had stamped the sentiment – from the same stamp set.

I’m looking forward to seeing your girly creations using plaid/gingham. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS happiness

Love To Craft anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge week 31 – anything goes with colouring

Craft Rocket flowers

AAA Birthday birthday atg

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Let’s Have A Brew

I’d like to share a card using some new products from Time For Tea Designs here in the UK:

I die cut the scalloped slimline using Mama Elephant dies, and used the white inner to create a cloudy background and grassy base using a Simon Says Stamp stencil. The stencil comes with a flower part too – but I just ink blended the grassy part. I ink blended the clouds darker at the top, and lighter towards the grass.

I then stamped the images, coloured with Copics, and used the matching dies to cut them out – some white gel pen to add interest to the cup.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set,. but I cut it out using a speech bubble die – I think that’s Mama Elephant too but not sure.

The scallop and cloudy piece were stuck down with glue, the panda, the sugar cubes, and the speech bubble were raised with 3D foam.

I found some little sticky hearts in my stash which matched the green and blue, and also attached some small silver gems with them.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown yellow, green, aqua, Kraft

Cut It Up Challenge summer themed – include a die cut

Crafty Animals anything goes with an animal

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 28 – anything goes with colouring

Here Is A Place To Start anything goes – option of balloons and flowers not take

TTCRD anything goes

A Penguin Merry Christmas

We are starting a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. Veronika is hosting this challenge and has chosen ‘Holidays‘ for the letter ‘H’.

Here is my card:

I used some Lawn Fawn images, coloured with Copic, and die cut with the matching dies.

The background is another ink smooshed panel – I think I’m addicted to making those panels.

I die cut the sentiment, layering it with white – slightly offset to make it stand out – and added some clear glitter pen.

I also added the glitter pen to the hat, and a slope of glitter card stock for the penguin and the babies to stand on.

I hope you can come and join us with your Holiday makes – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – any holiday celebration. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 27 – anything goes with colouring

Moving Along With The Times inky background

Paper Dragonfly Challenge Christmas in July

Unicorn Challenge Christmas in July

12 Months of Christmasanything goes Christmas

ABC – N for New and/or O for Old

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. The themes for the new challenge should be Christmas creations, and ‘N’ for New, ‘O’ for Old. Here is my card:

I chose a slimline base card with a black layer. My ‘New’ is a new embossing folder I purchased at a recent craft show. The folder creates such a deep embossing of the poinsettia, and also comes with a die to cut out one of the flowers.

I therefore created the embossed base, then embossed another, die cut the flower, and placed on top, I even fussy-cut more leaves from the second embossed panel, coloured them with green Copics, and added underneath for even more dimension.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – following our themes – and one lucky random winner will receive these two stamp sets from two UK companies:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Challenge – anything goes Christmas

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

CYHTP – anything goes with an embossing folder – option of summer not taken

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

I Thank My Lucky…..

Hello. A short but sweet post to share a card for the the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations:

I had stamped the star image yesterday, and this morning took some Copics and coloured them as you see. The sentiment was heat embossed and all layers die cut with MFT stitched rectangles.

I was going for a dramatic look with all the black and white – with pops of colour on the stars themselves.

More crafty play today, then off for a meal out with hubby tonight to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary – 34 years! Where has all the time gone? I obviously got married very young! 🙂

Sending You High Koality Hugs

Hello once again. Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has started a new CAS themed challenge. This time we want to see ‘HUGS’. Here is my card:

This cute hugging pair of koala’s is a stamp from Heffy Doodle. I coloured them with Copics – first having a little internet search for the colouring of koala’s – grey’s and brown’s – so I coloured each differently – warm grey and cool grey, with some white gel pen for interest.

The sentiment if from the same stamp set.

The background circle is a Concord & 9th stamp and using a lighter green, then a stitched circle die.

I hope you can come and join us with your CAS ‘HUGS’ themed cards. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Promarker Challenge markers and three or more layers

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring – week 21

Crafty Animals anything goes with an animal

Yeti and Penguin Christmas

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

All of these elements were created during an online event with Jenn Shurkus – I just didn’t put the cards together during the class – or since. I have an envelope full of the coloured images, so I decided to use some of them to create this card.

The background panel is stamped with snowflakes and onto that I adhered some vellum. I felt this would enable the images to stand out a little more.

As the images were already coloured and die cut, I played with the layout and used either glue or 3D foam to stick them down.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Addicted To Stamps any occasion

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and three colours (purple, teal, orange)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

See You Soon….

The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘C’, and Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘CARS’. Here is my card:

I stamped the images first, coloured with Copics, then used the matching die sets to cut them out.

These were stuck down onto a white panel with 3D foam, this panel layered with a Lawn Fawn panel, then adhered to a white card base.

The sentiment is from the same car critter stamp set.

I look forward to seeing your ‘car’ creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Papercraft Challenges animals (on the farm)

Creatalicious Challengeanything goes

Arty Divas Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes