Christmas With A Bang…

Hello once again. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – as always the theme is anything goes Christmas/festive. here is my card:

I seem to be addicted to interactive cards…….

For this card I stamped the cat images, coloured them with Copics, then used my scan-n-cut to cut them out. Yep – I’m getting the hang of doing that, if I do say so myself!

I wanted the middle of the card to be opened and the little mouse and sweets/confetti be hidden there, so I did a little partial die-cutting with one of the shapes in the Mama Elephant die set to create the flap.

The purple layer was raised using 3D foam, then I realised the flap kinda dipped down and was difficult to open, so I had to get further creative and make a flap thingy…….

I then added some hats to the two cats, stamped the sentiment – before sticking that layer down this time! I must keep remembering to do that – one mistake I seem to make very often.

I hope you can come and join us in our Christmas Challenge – anything goes remember……. x

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challenge – anything goes with an animal

Crafts Galore Encore – anything goes

Moving Along With The Times – animals/birds

Merry Little Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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The Alphabet Challenge – ‘Anniversary’

Hello. A new start to the alphabet for the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. Billie A has chosen the theme of ‘Anniversary’. Here is my card:

I decided to use some Clearly Besotted stamp sets to create this scene as most of them are sat on my desk having been delivered from their March 2021 release.

The background mountain and hillside was stamped directly onto the card base, and the other images stamped onto Make It colour blending card. No dies come with Clearly Besotted stamp sets – a money saver to be sure – so after I had coloured these with Copics – I used my Scan-n-cut to cut them all out with a little border.

I played with the layout, and only after doing that did I decide not to colour the background scene, I think it would have looked too busy, and I was going for a more clean and simple look.

The sentiment is from an Altenew stamp set, and the finishing details were white gel pen for some highlights, and glossy accents onto the hearts.

I’d love it if you could come and join us for this challenge with your ‘Anniversary’ creations – see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 13 – anything goes colouring

AAA Cards – CAS two quarters – option of rainbow not taken

Stamplorations CAS ChallengeCAS anything goes – option pink and navy blue not taken

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Hello Beautiful….

Well hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz and this time we want to see your girlie slimline creations – or DL card if you live here in the UK. Here is my card:

This card has no stamping on it at all – just die cuts – and it took quite a while to figure out what I was doing here, let me tell you…..

I first die-cut the foliage frame in white card, then coloured it with a couple of green Copics. I added it to a white slimline card base using 3D foam to raise it a little, and create dimension and some shadow.

The flowers were die cut from Altenew card stock, as were the two words., with some extra foliage added.

It seems quite simple now I’ve written this post – but it did take me a while…..

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Paper Playersspringtime flowers

Crafters Cafe Challenge anything goes

Colour Hues Challenge pink and green

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Layer It

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Happy Christmas Deer

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I started with ink blending the background using Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. Just the two colours – and where they met, a light coverage, as I knew I wanted to stamp the hillside there.

Once the panel was dry, and the hillside stamped, I die-cut the rectangle with a stitched die to add some interest, then stamped the sentiment.

The three deer were stamped in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, adding some blush to their cheeks, and some white gel pen for highlights.

I thought the two prancing deer were looking down at a very drunken deer – but maybe that’s the way my mind is working currently……..

I hope you can come and join us and add some festive creations to your stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasion

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Watercooler Challenge – Occasions

Aud Sentiments Challengeanimals and a sentiment

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Z is for Zoology

Hello. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the end of the alphabet, and for the letter ‘Z’, Caz has chosen ‘Zoology‘ (Study of Animals). Here is my card:

I actually struggled with this theme. I have lots of animal stamps and dies, but I didn’t know which direction to go in. In the end I went with a rainbow selection of animal from Clearly Besotted. A simple layout and design, with simple colouring.

I toyed with adding die-cut letters, but when I was sorting the layout, it didn’t look right – sometimes you got to go with your gut!

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Zoology’ inspired creations. The design Team has some amazing creations – we all seemed to go a different way……. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Shopping Our Stashrainbow or rainbow colours

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring – week 11

Tea and/or Coffee at Cardz 4 Galz

Hello there. I am the host for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz , and I have chosen the theme of ‘Tea and/or coffee’. Here is my card:

As of next week in the UK, we can start to meet with people in our gardens – these current restrictions are easing slowly, but hopefully the weather will improve so we can as least sit and have a coffeee/tea and a natter…….

I decided to play with a Clearly Besotted stamp set – and my scan-n-cut before my blade became too blunt – and used a bunch of animals meeting up for coffee…………..coffee for me, anyway.

One coloured and die cut, I used a Mama Elephant slimline die for the light grey frame, and the fence, and stuck each animal down as you see.

The owl is holding two drinks as he is waiting for me, holding my drink, as I am taking the photo……in my world – anything is possible!

I hope you can come and join us with your girlie cards following our theme the design team have some amazing inspiration – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

2 Sisters On The Blogcoffee

Die Cut Divas slimline card

Addicted To StampsMake Your Mark

Paper Minutes Challengefood and drink

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Scruffy Cat Christmas

Hello there. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge for the next couple of weeks. The theme is always anything goes Christmas/festive. Here is my card:

I bought this digital image from Whimsy Stamps quite a while ago, but as with most of the digital images I buy – I forget I have them. I was sorting out my files and folders – cos what else am I going to do to keep busy at the moment – and ‘found’ lots of images I had completely forgotten about…….there will be more of these in the future, I’m afraid. 🙂

Once printed , and coloured with Copics, I die-cut with MFT wonky rectangles for a little more interest, and then used some patterned card-stock – I forget where from, and found a sentiment stamp from a previous Simon Says Stamp card kit which matched perfectly the colours and the gingham effect.

So this Christmas Scruffy cat turned out to be quite dramatic in the end.

I hope you can come and join us and increase your Christmas stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Cup Cake Inspirations Cats

Colour Crazy Challenge atg colouring

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Spring Rain at Cardz 4 Galz

Hello. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time Misti has chosen the theme of ‘Spring Rain‘. So – we want to see your girlie cards with umbrellas, rain boots etc. Here is my card:

I used a digital image from Jan’s Digi Stamps, ‘April Showers’, printed then coloured with Copics. As the rain drops on the umbrellas got lost whilst I was colouring – I really did try to go round them but they were too small – I went back in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more.

I also played a little with the size and placement, also adding the sentiment which comes with the same digital set. That’s something I really love about these digital sets – as well as the images, you get a range of matching/suitable sentiments to use too. Jan also supplies some great video teaching on how to layer, and re-size etc – which I find I have to watch every time…………I just can’t remember from one time to the other.

I decided on a dark blue, then googled which colours work best – saw orange was a good suggestion – so here we are. A blue and orange card. The outer layer is white card-stock coloured with a blue Copic to match the image – something I am finding works really well when layering digital images like this. Both the image and blue layer die cut with a stitched rectangle.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challengeanything goes


Christmas Dragon Cuddles

Hello yet again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge for the next two weeks has started. The theme is always anything goes Christmas or festive. Here is my card:

The image is a digital stamp from Lee Holland – I’m afraid I bought quite a few of these dragons – Christmas and otherwise. I have yet to colour any of them apart from this cute couple. What a lovely image, isn’t it?

I printed it onto some Copic friendly card then coloured with a range of Copics. For the penguin body I did take inspiration from the image being coloured by someone else – I think on Facebook – trying to achieve a fluffy/furry kinda look, and I’m quite pleased how it turned out.

I didn’t find a sentiment which seemed to fit, so I left it without, but I’ll definitely add one to the inside.

I also couldn’t find matching card-stock in my huge collection for the layers underneath the image, so I just coloured each of the green and pink borders with one of the Copics I had used – that way it’s sure to match and co-ordinate.

I hop you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – there’s some amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team – I hope have time to check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafters Cafeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 9 – anything goes colouring

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Love To Craft Challengeanything goes

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Elves, For Tree and Garland

A new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters E, F and G – and we want to see your Christmas creations with the following themes:

E for Elves, F for Fir Tree, and G for Garland.

Here are my makes:

E for Elves
F for Fir Tree
G for Garland

The MFT ‘Christmas sElfies’ was stamped, coloured with Copics, and the square die-cut with a stitched square from Sue Wilson. Patterned paper adhered to a card base, and the sentiment strip raised with 3D foam – trying to keep the squares and lines etc in alignment – I think I did a pretty good job at that.

The second card using the Hero Arts stamp – an old one I don’t think I’ve actually used yet – stamped using Altenew Obsidian black ink direct onto the card base. I did use my Misti, and it took about three stampings to get a solid image. I liked the effect so much I stamped it again using a couple of Concord & 9th inks too. The sentiment is from my stash – no idea where it came from – and I even added a plain white Tim Holtz deer – just because I could, really…….

The third card is using a stamp and die set from Uniko. The leaves of the garland are stamped directly onto the card base, with the holly leaves, pine cones, and berries also glued down. Not too much dimension. I struggled with an appropriate sentiment on this card, and in the end left it without one – I’ll probably stamp one inside when the time comes.

It appears these three Christmas themes inspired me to create for all three letters – I must have had a mojo lightning strike that day!

I hope you can come and join us – please remember the letters have themes that we have chosen, and we would appreciate your Christmas creations adhering to those themes. I hope to see you in the gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Elf card:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas option elves/gnomes/fairies

Christmas Cards All Year RoundChristmas and something beginning with E or F (elves)

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paperanything goes with patterned paper

Fir Tree and Deer card:

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Sweet Stampers ChallengeCAS

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Sparkles Forum Christmas ChallengeCAS Christmas

Garland card:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas