Here For You Rain Or Shine

Hello. A new challenge has begun at The Alphabet Challenge. With the letter being ‘U’ – we want to see your creations with an ‘Umbrella’. Here is my card:

I recently ‘found’ this stamp set when moving stuff around and trying to organise things – again! I stamped the image in Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, then stuck this down on a Grey card base.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘umbrella’ themed creations – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiment Designsanything goes

Polkadoodles Challengeanything goes

Lil Red WagonFriendship

Creative Moments Challengeanything goes

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

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Latte Catch-up

Hi there. The new challenge just beginning at Cardz 4 Galz has the theme of ‘Cocktails, Wine, or Coffee’.

Here is my card:

This image from MFT is one that was part of a grab-bag from Seven Hills Crafts. I usually wouldn’t have bought an image like this, but in the current situation of not being able to meet anyone – I thought it most appropriate.

Once I had stamped the image, and then coloured with Copics, I used my Scan-n-cut to cut it out – braveness ensued after I had coloured it – then added some white gel pen for highlights.

Turning my thoughts to the background, I used Altenew ‘Cozy Flannel Cover Die‘ and a base colour using some textured olive green card-stock – I think from a Tim Holtz paper pad I’ve had for yonks!

The sentiment is from the same stamp set – loving the font of this…..

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, it would be fabulous to see your creations which match our theme. Please bear in mind our theme…………….there have been quite a few recent entries which don’t fit the bill…………..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Make My Monday Challenge use something new in your stash (stamp)

Addicted to Stamps and More – make your mark (Copics)

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring (Copics)

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

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HLS January CAS Challenge

Hello everyone. I am very pleased to let you all know I am now on the Design Team for the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge! Who would have thought I would be on a CAS DT, never mind for Happy Little Stampers – I am more than stoked…….

My first CAS Challenge as part of the Design Team has the theme of ‘Short and/or Tall’

……….here is my card:

I used the Heffy Doodle ‘Lil Lighthouse‘ stamp and matching die set, also stamping a few of the little rocks from Lawn Fawn ‘Christmas Fishes‘ so it looks like the lighthouse is on an island in the middle of nowhere.

All images coloured with Copics, and using the sentiment from the same lighthouse stamp set, outlining the sentiment strip with one of the colours of yellow I used on the door of the lighthouse – just so it stands out a little more.

The ‘rays’ of the lighthouse is from the matching die set, and I just coloured a piece of card and stuck it beneath the holes.

I hope you can come and join us – there is a lot of varied inspiration from the DT – be sure to keep your projects CAS using the challenge theme. I hope to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge anything goes

QKR Stampede anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS – option pink/red/orange not taken

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Wishing You Warm Winter Fuzzies

Hello once again. I have had the opportunity to use one of the Brusho and Sparkle pen backgrounds I created last week to create this CAS card:

The main card is die cut with a Lawn Fawn backdrop die, and stuck down onto the glittery, splattery and inky background.

The Snowman is from Mama Elephant, and I used a technique taught by Jenn Shurkus in a recent virtual craft session – outline a white object with C1 Copic marker. When we did her class it was polar bears, but I see now that it also works for snowmen, and therefore not complicated, and actually adds some dimension without being too fussy……

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

No adding of extras, keeping the card quite simple and showcasing the blue background – though it was difficult trying to get a picture of the glitteryness – and the snowman.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASologyCAS Snowman

CAS on SundayCAS Best Wishes

CAS Mix UpCAS splatters and stamping and one other from the list (die-cutting)

We Love To Create Challengeatg mixed media (see guidelines for mixed media usage – very helpful!)

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Never Far apart…..

I new challenge is starting at The Alphabet Challenge, Having reached the letter ‘T’, Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘TRAFFIC’. I struggled a little with this theme, but eventually came up with this card:

I knew I wanted a few cars, and I knew I wanted that sentiment, but it took me quite a while to figure out what I was doing. I didn’t have appropriate car stamps or dies, so I used some ingenuity……

I used the ‘Destination Christmas‘ stamp and die set from Newton’s Nook……….I put the images on my Misti, masked the top of the cars where there are Christmas Trees and presents, stamped, then drew in the lines with a fine liner…………I was quite pleased with how they turned out.

Once coloured with Copics, and die cut with the matching dies, I fussy-cut the top to get the cars the way I wanted them.

Now for the background scene – Mama Elephant cloud die from their ‘Slim Card Basics‘ die set, and the Lawn Fawn ‘Road Border‘ cut twice to get the tarmac and then the grass verge. I did think about cutting a proper grassy verge – but the rest of the card is quite ‘clean’, so I kept it as you see.

The blue background is a textured light blue, almost a leathery texture, which I felt quite fit having as a sky.

And this time I remembered to stamp the sentiment before putting the card together!

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tuesday Morning Sketchesanything goes

Krafty Chicks Challengeanything goes

Crafty Creations Challengeanything goes

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Snow Globe Scene

Hi there. A new challenge is beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘S’ – and we want to see your ‘snow scenes’. Here is my card:

I decided to choose a small snow scene from a Mama Elephant stamp set, and then stamped a snow globe around it.

Coloured with Copics, I then added some clear shimmer the the sky and snow – leaving the house free to see.

I die cut the globe, then added some glossy accents to the banner to give the impression of a metal plaque – hopefully…….

Two layers dry embossed with an embossing folder – I think is Sue Wilson but I’m not exactly sure – then added some extra bling with some sequins.

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘Snow Scene’ theme – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts ChallengeChristmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

InkspirationalSNOW

Christmas Blog Challengeanything goes Christmas

TTCRD Challengeanything goes

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Yappy Christmas

Hello. I have been playing with some rainbow Copics:

I used a Whimsy and Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set – ‘Happy Pugmas‘. I don’t have dogs – two cats – but I thought this stamp set was so funny, with cute images and sentiments, so now it was time to play…..

The colours were inspired by the current challenge at ‘The Rainbow Card Challenge’ – this time the theme is ‘Holiday Rainbow’. I don’t think I’ve coloured an actual rainbow card before, so I looked for what the colours of the rainbow are, and followed the ROYGBIV – as you can see from my Christmas Trees.

These trees are from the same stamp set, and involved some masking. I first stamped the pug – masked him, then stamped a tree either side, masked them, then stamped again etc…….

I then looked for some Copics to colour the trees following the ROYGBIV for the rainbow, and it just so happened that the pug ended up having the green for his hat and ruffle.

For the baubles, I added some green Stickles. Now – I’m not a great user of Stickles, I have a few of them, but I find I usually make a mess, forgetting it’s still wet and smudging, or the dots don’t look right. I prefer Nuvo drops – they hold their shape better, but this came out quite nicely I think:

I’ll let you into a secret – I had no idea what the colour indigo was – I thought it was a deep purple – but it appears to be a blue/purple hybrid – I did have to google it. I also googled which Copic colours were the best for colouring indigo – and then hubby showed me a new Indigo Blu stamp set just sitting there on our kitchen counter……….with their logo being – obviously – indigo blue……..doh!

The base card is a dark grey – makes a change to white I think, and frames the main layer.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow Card Challenge Rainbow Holiday

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas Creatures

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 48 – anything goes colouring

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS anything goes with option of red and brown (not taken)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas (option quick and easy)

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hello yet again. Here is my card for the new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – the theme is ‘Anything goes Christmas’:

I used the images from mama Elephant’s ‘Santa Baby‘, stamping, colouring and die cutting. I see I have used teal/aqua again – I must try and move away from those colours – but I do like them for Christmas cards…..

The four rectangles were ink blended – I used Distress Inks instead of Oxides – and used Twisted Citron and a blue…….I know – numpty here forgot that blue and yellow make green…….!!!!!!

Anyhoo – I like how the colours turned out, and when the images were added it made them stand out even more, I think….

The addition of some glitter, and some white acrylic splatters as well as some clear Nuvo glitter pen made the card feel very sparkly.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Cut It Up Challenge Christmas with die cuts

Crafters Café Challengeanything goes

Dies R Us ChallengeChristmas and die cuts

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

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Rainy Day Hippos

Hello. I have a slimline card to share for the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge, and the new theme of ‘R’ for Rainbow:

I enjoyed making this card, though there are a lot of elements to it.

I began by stamping the hippo, duck and puddle images from Clearly Besotted, coloured with Copics, and used the matching die set to cut them out. I know this is an older stamp set, as Clearly Besotted don’t produce matching dies any more….

The base card is using Concord & 9th cardstock to match the colours of the Copics I used, and the white layer is scalloped circles from Pinkfresh Studio.

I thought the area behind each window was a little too plain, so I used a matching ink colour and an umbrella stencil from Clearly Besotted to create a muted background.

All stuck down as you see – and some matching little sequins added – they were just kinda sitting there on my craft desk – I think I have a thing for teal/aqua colours………

The sentiment is from the same stamp set – adding the ‘rainbow’ theme to the card, even though now picture of rainbows – I thought out of the box…!

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge with your ‘rainbow’ themed creations – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Polkadoodles Challenge – week 48 – anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes (colouring)

Aud Sentiments anything goes with a sentiment

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with critters

A perfect Time To Craft anything goes

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ABC Christmas Challenge Y and Z

Hello. A new challenge is beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. There were almost 300 entries for the last challenge, from which I had to choose only a few winners (very, very difficult), and I hope you can return for this new challenge.

This time we want to see your ‘Y’ Christmas as ‘Your Favourite Things‘, and/or your ‘Z‘ Christmas creations with ‘ZZZZZ – A Sleeping Image’. I chose a sleeping image:

I have been wanting to colour this image for ages, and finally got around to doing it.

Once stamped onto Make It Colour Blending card stock in Gina K amalgam ink, I used a range of Copics to colour and shade as you see.

I used a sentiment from a Clearly Besotted stamp set – ‘Drink and be Merry’ – adding as a banner across the lower third. Why did I place it there – I certainly hear you asking – because I went out the line of the tail of the ribbon with my red Copic – no going back from that…….so it had to be covered up………

I hope you can come and join us in this next challenge and I hope to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Digi Choosday Challengeanything goes

Jan’s digi stamps challenge anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge anything goes with a sentiment

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes with colouring