ABC Christmas Challenge – W and X

ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘W’ and ‘X‘. The themes for the Christmas creations should be ‘White’ and/or ‘Xtra Special‘. Here are my cards:

As you can see – I had a ‘white’ moment for both cards. I think white on white gives a touch of elegance,especially with a pop of gold.

For the trees card, I dry embossed a dotty pattern onto a white panel – I think it should be rain drops – but also looks like snow to me……

The trees from Elizabeth Craft Designs were die cut out of white glitter card stock, and the sentiment is from a previous foiling session.

For the more involved snowflake card, I created a panel of white linen card smaller than the base, then used my bone folder and scoreboard to create a frame around the edge, and a few lines at the top of the ornament- almost a hanging thread or string.

The snowflake was die cut from white card stock and white glitter card – a new card for me from Pink Frog Crafts here in the UK – and adhered to the bottom of the dry embossed lines.

The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp – the outline in Spellbinders gold cardstock and the inner parts of the words from the same glitter card stock. I didn’t use the shadow layer.

As I had used gold for the outline of the words, I had the ‘bright’ idea of inlaying some gold back into the snowflake. I say ‘bright’ ‘cos that was fiddly as fiddly as could be – but I’m glad I didn’t give up as I like the result.

I hope you can come and jpoin with your Christmas/Festive creations following our theme – I look forward to seeing a White and Xtra Special gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tree card:

Allsorts Challenge sparkle and shine

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Crafty Friends Challenge Christmas

Unicorn Challenge Christmas is coming

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Snowflake card:

AAA Cards CAS anything goes

Craft Rocket Challenge Christmas/Winter

Crafts Galoreanything goes

Die Cut Divasdie cuts anything goes

Dragonfly Dreams Christmas

From Me To You….

Hello there. I have a card to share which I put the finishing touches to today:

This floral set is from The Greetery and includes, stamps, stencils, and dies.

I first stenciled all the layers and images then used the die to cut it out. Once I had that cut, I then worked on my background.

I layered a piece of black card stock. as I wanted to use a black and foiled sentiment, and onto that I layered a white piece, dry embossed using a ‘dotty’ embossing folder, and then splattered with black and gold Liquitex acrylic paints – the shimmery set.

I used a 5×7 inch card base, then realised the floral arrangement was just a little too short for this size, so I cut it in half………I know, I know – all that stencilling and I cut it – but I had a plan…..

The gold foiled sentiment strip was adhered with 3D foam across the middle, then the two halves of the floral arrangement – also on 3D foam – was kinda tucked into the strip. That made it slightly longer and just seemed to fit the size of card better.

I then added some gold faceted gems……and then…….realised the sentiment was in silver foil not gold……oh well – that just meant I had to stick some silver faceted gems down too – which I did onto some flowers! What a numpty!

Anyhoo – I hope you like it.

I shall be entering the following challeneges:

Color Throwdownpink, coral, dark purple, green,

Allsorts Challenge anything goes (option of school days not taken)

TTCRD anything goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Poinsettia Wreath

Hello. I have had time to play in my craft room today, and created this card:

Taking the colour scheme from the current Color Throwdown Challenge, I started with a black 7 inch square card base. Onto that I layered a slightly smaller dove grey card from Concord & 9th which I had dry embossed with a wood grain embossing folder, and slightly ink blended with Distress Ink.

The wreath was die cut twice, and I cut one of them to add more layers to the part that was showing.

The poinsettias were die cut from a cream textured card stock I had and the edges were inked with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink – but then I added some Weathered Wood as I didn’t think it was grey enough. The extra darker leaves were die cut from the same cream card stock, but ink blended before I die cut with the same grey Distress Inks.

I stuck the wreath down with glue – leaving some of the twiggy bits unstuck for dimension and movement, and the poinsettias and leaves were stuck down with 3D glue – I like to use that for the more dimensional elements when I’m adding more – like the extra leaves – so I have some time to play around with the layout.

I then added some stickles to the centre of the flowers.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownblack, grey, cream, kraft

Addicted to stamps and Moreany occasion

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option to use the word ‘Joy’ (option not taken)

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Daffodils For Mum

Hello there. I hope you are doing well. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and the theme this time has been chosen by our esteemed leader – Caz – as ‘Mother’s Day (UK) or a card for a special lady‘. Here is my card:

Mother’s Day in the UK is 14th March this year, which is why I chose this theme. Mum’s birthday is also in March – but that card is already made.

Mum has always liked daffodils, they are her favourite flower – that yellow sunshine in the spring.

I used Altenew ‘Build-a-flower Daffodil’, Altenew inks, and layered them onto a wood grain effect piece of embossed card, once cut using the matching dies.

I went with the traditional daffodil colours – yellow with darker orange centres, and added a stamped and fussy-cut basket from Card-io stamps to ground them in. The sentiment is from a Catherine Pooler stamp set.

I hope you can join us with our chosen theme this time round – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Unicorn Challengeuse flowers

Addicted To Stampsany occasion

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Grab Our Badge!

Gold and Cream Thank You

Hello there. I hope everyone is keeping well. I had a crafty Zoom meeting yesterday with my Stampin Up Demonstrator – just chatting and crafting – and I’ve yet to complete a card from that.

I have, however, made a another card I would like to share with you today:

Using the colour scheme from Colour Hues Challenge, I made the layer on the white card base just slightly smaller, and embossed it with a Crafters Companion embossing folder.

On another strip of cream card, I stamped and heat embossed some leafy images from Altenew ‘Freeform Greenery‘ using Altenew gold embossing powder.

The strips either side of the sentiment are also embossed using that same gold powder, this time on a strip of double-sided sticky tape. I heat embossed these strips twice to get a smoother appearance.

The sentiment is from a new Stampin Up stamp set – just kinda sitting there on my desk – stamped, heat embossed, then used a tag punch for the end of it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

Just Add Ink thank you

Color Hues Color Challenge gold and cream

Black and Pink

hello once again. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time we want to see your ‘black and pink’ creations. The creation can be anything paper-craft related, as long as it follows our theme – and you can enter up to three times.

Here is my card:

I stamped the tulips in a set of Altenew pink inks, then die-cut with the matching die set. I arranged onto a black and white background – I think the paper is from Stampin Up – then added a white panel I had embossed with a Crafters Companion embossing folder.

I hope you can come and join us this time round, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – add a flower/flowers

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Crafters Cafe Challenge – Flowers

Altenew April Inspiration Challenge Photo Inspiration

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeFlower Power

Faux stained glass hearts

Hello again. The weather here in the UK – especially for a Bank Holiday weekend – is absolutely phenomenal. Temperatures greater than 20 degrees centigrade, lovely blue skies, a little breeze – lovely. I have been hung some washing our to dry for the first time this year!

I was going out cycling again, a new hobby for me, but I think I over-did it the other day. I just kept going and going, then realised I actually had to get back when I passed the 4 mile marker………hmmm…..a tad saddle sore for the next couple of days, as I then had to cycle back to where I came from!

There are some amazing cycle trails around Chesterfield UK – and I plan on exploring a lot of them – but I think I’ll stick to the circular routes….

Anyhoo, I have a card to share for a couple of challenges, and went with the faux stained glass look again. I actually found this sooooo much easier than the first card – basically because I knew what I was doing this time.

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Say What? Gift Tags‘ and die cut the base layer, then several more layers out of white card stock. I then die cut the little hearts and placed them inside – on some sticky tape, using my jewel picker ‘cos those hearts are TINY – then added the Glossy Accents.

After letting that dry – I know, I don’t usually ‘do’ patient – I die cut the top layer out of the shiny red Crafters Companion card stock and added that to the top.

The embossed piece is using Crafters Companion folder…after realising I don’t actually have that many heart folders, I found this one…..and adhered as you see.

The sentiment is from the Neat and Tangled ‘Jump for Joy‘ stamp set, stamped in Altenew red ink, then embossed again with clear embossing powder.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology – Leap

Freshly Made Sketches – sketch

Stitched Flowers

Hi everyone, I have some days off now, and so will be able to spend some time in my craft room. It’s been busy at work, and – to be honest – I haven’t felt much like crafting when I got in.

However, having just received a Stampin Up order and the newest Catherine Pooler collection – on the same day!!!!! – well, those creative juices started to flow.

Even though this card isn’t using those new products, the die cuts were sitting on my craft table waiting for me to put this card together for this coming Sunday – Mother’s Day here in the UK:

I used some yellow Brusho’s and green Brusho’s on damp water-colour card, let it dry, then die cut these gorgeous Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Flowers‘ dies.

I wanted a bright and colourful card, but not a solid yellow for the images. I did think about using my Copics for the yellow and green – but went with a more ‘uneven’ look.

The background is an embossing folder from Crafters Companion – a leaf image – and I think adds some detail to an otherwise too plain background. I didn’t try to match the folder on both layers, though I could have done, but again didn’t want such a structured look and taking away from the actual flower die cuts.

The card is actually 8 inches square, so I felt it needed something behind the flowers.

And I did it again with the sentiment – I stamped it after I had embossed the background, and after I had put the card together – thank goodness for the stamping platforms – that’s all I can say!!

I shall be entering this into the following challenges:

The Rainbow Card Challengeyellow

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Cut It Up Challenge – flowers and die cuts

Now I’m off to play with my new stuff…………. 🙂