Cardz 4 Galz – Wedding

Hello once again. There is a new challenge starting at Cardz 4 Galz and it is a special one for me for two reasons.

The first is that I am hosting and have chosen the theme of ‘Wedding’, and the second reason is that it is my 32nd Wedding Anniversary today – just as the challenge begins. The 2nd of July 1988 is – if you do the maths – when hubby and I got married.

We met in 1982 when I was still at school, I started my nurse training in 1983, but we still stayed together even though I was staying away from home – only 30 mins or so though! Gosh – we have been together for a total of 38 years! 38 years! Wow! Doesn’t time fly?

So – when Caz gave me this date – I didn’t have to think for very long for a theme.

Here is my wedding themed card:

I used Crafters Companion silver glitter card to create the background, the leaves, and the sentiment.

The rectangles were die cut using a Chritina Griffiths die set – even the scalloped layer towards the inner part of the frame.

The frame is raised – I like to create some added shadows and dimension.

The floral white layer is die cut from an older Stampin Up die set – again ‘found’ whilst putting my Stampin Up stuff into the Color My Life app….

I hope you can come and join us for the ‘Wedding’ challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

Sparkles Forum Challenge wedding

Creatalicious Challenge – atg – option to add texture

Arty Divas atg

‘B’ for Boy

Hello yet again. There is a new challenge starting at The Alphabet Challenge. We are at the letter ‘B’ – and we want to see your cards that are made for a Boy………..

Here is my card:

This is another challenge which was a challenge to me too. I don’t generally make cards for children, and struggle to know what to put together – but it;s all about being challenged, isn’t it? To maybe go outside your comfort zone?

I had a search through the Bugaboo website, as I have previously used their ‘Clyde Birthday’ digital image here – and found this very cute elephant digital stamp – so straight into my basket he went………

Once I had played with the size of the image, I printed him onto Make-It colour blending card – as per usual – then went at him with my Copics.

I obviously think of a blue card when I think of a young boy – rightly or wrongly – hence the blue balloons, but with some red to brighten the overall look of him.

I matted and layered as you see, and added a block birthday sentiment from my favourite sentiment set from MFT.

I hope you can come and join – I’d love to see what you create – and hopefully gain some inspiration for when I have make more cards for the youngest generation. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Addicted to Stamps and More anything goes

Aud Sentimentsa Birthday Sentiment

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 15)

Krafty Chicks Challenge anything goes

Wishing You Brighter Days

Hi everyone. I have created a CAS card today – an idea I had yesterday and going round in my mind. I changed my idea several times, and this card is the one I prefer. Isn’t it strange how such a CAS card can lead to several versions?

I have wanted to use this die set for ages – and have left it out on my desk since I bought it – which is probably a few months, actually! There are 6 small square dies in this set – and I’ll probably make some encouraging cards with the rest of the images.

I die cut the Pink Fresh Studio square from white card stock with double sided sticky tape on the back. This was placed in the centre of a square card whilst I toyed with a couple of ways to add the extremely glittery blue card into the petals.

I first inlaid them on one card, then I made another and this time I inserted the white petals in first, then added the blue petals on top – that way the blue petals stood a little proud of the outline.

It’s very difficult to show the glimmer here – but trust me – it’s very sparkly!

As I am currently making cards with encouraging sentiments – mainly anyway – I used this sentiment from a Clearly Besotted stamp set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls Challenge square card featuring a square shape

All Sorts Challengesomething old, or new, or borrowed, or blue

Daring CardmakersCAS with a dash of sparkle

Pinspirational atg with option of photo inspiration (not taken the option)

Time Out Challenges Inspired by Words (garden/flower)

Simply Merry Christmas

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and – as always – the theme is anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. Here is my DT card:

I used some Catherine Pooler stamps and inks to create the background snowflake effect, along with a Catherine Pooler ‘Merry Christmas‘ die cut sentiment.

I added some Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in red and gold – wherever I could…..I just couldn’t stop myself.

I find I enjoy creating my own backgrounds with stamping smaller images, and this set – from at least a year ago – has some lovely images in it. It may even be a couple of years ago – but I still like to explore my older stash, and give them some love.

I hope you can come along and join us in this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge traditional Christmas

Allsorts Challenge snowmen and/or snowflakes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Always Fun Challengessnowflakes

Christmas Crew Snowman

Hello again. I have managed to get to my craft room, despite still feeling a little jaded – this blinking cold/virus is hanging on in there!

Here is my card:

and a little better view of the glimmer and shine:

Another all-out blingy card here – seems to be a habit at this time of year.

I used the MFT ‘Christmas Crew Snowman‘ die set, and cut my own tag for the based with Crafters Companion glitter card. It’s great that MFT give the dimensions of the base tag/card for the snowman on their web-site, just in case you don’t have the basic tag die set.

I die cut the elements out of black glitter card, and red shiny card, putting them together with the hat on at a jaunty angle instead of straight.

The two blue card colours are from my stash – hopefully matching the colour scheme at CAS Colours and Sketches, as I don’t have the Stampin’ Up colour card they suggested………die cut with MFT stitched rectangles, then again cut with the Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside‘ dies to create a little curve.

The sentiment is from MFT ‘Tis The Season‘ stamp set – and I think I’m going to play further with that set now I’ve ‘found‘ it again!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesPool Party, Real Red, Pacific Point

52 Card Christmas ThrowdownChristmas and Snowmen

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas – option of a flower obviously not taken)

Sparkle and Texture Christmas

Hi there. A new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters this time are ‘S’ for Sparkle, and ‘T’ for Texture. Here is my take:

I die cut the Stamps By Me Bauble outline of of green shiny card, then the actual bauble inside from Crafters Companion glitter card, adhering them together.

The white piece of card is embossed using the We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder called ‘Gemstone’. I liked the ‘fractured’ look of this folder, almost like ice crystals, I think.

The whole card is 5×7 inches, a size and shape I like to work with quite regularly.

The Altenew die-cut sentiment put to keep the card quite clean and simple. I was toying with the idea of putting some red on the berries, but I like this green look for the card, and adding another colour didn’t seem right.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and I look forward to seeing your creations. Feel free to pop along to the challenge and see the other amazing creations from the Design Team. 🙂 🙂

Challenges I shall be entering:

Crafty Hazel nuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas with option of something beginning with ‘S’ (sparkle)

Simply Less Is MoreCAS metallics

2 Sisters on the Blogsomething beginning with ‘S’ (Sparkle)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Sparkling Polar Bears

Hi there everyone. There is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge . The theme this time is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I hope you can come and play along with us, and get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design team, and here is my card:

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I started by die cutting the polar bear the baby using Creative Expressions ‘Paper Cuts 3D collection – Polar Bear‘. I didn’t use the 3D elements to stand the baby in front of the parent, but instead used some glittery silver twine – as though the baby is being pulled along on the sled.

I added white glitter card behind the animal die-cuts, and also added the red glittery scarf and hat.

This card is large – I wanted a narrow and long card, so this a A4 sheet creased length-wise.

I masked the middle section of the card and ink-blended the two blue panels with Distress Oxides, then splashed some water for added interest.

The black eyes are Nuvo drops……and I added them when the card was completed and put together – gosh my heart was in my mouth that the container didn’t do a Nuvo-drop burp on me!!!!! 🙂 🙂

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Lynda XX

Challenges I shall be entering:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge: anything goes Christmas

Happy Little StampersChristmas and Sparkle

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Dream Valley ChallengesChristmas in July

Father’s Day Truck

Hello there. I’ve been creating a card for Father’s Day, and even though I struggle with masculine cards, I think this came together quite nicely – if I do say so myself!! 🙂

I took the opportunity to use the Spellbinders ‘Truckin’ Through The Seasons‘ die set I obtained when Justine Hovey was having a de-stash sale earlier this year:

I had to watch a few videos from YouTube on how to put this together, but once you know what every little die from the set is for – it’s quite easy. Well – there are so many little pieces, that gluing them onto the truck itself can be a challenge – but I managed.

Once the truck was put together, I turned to the background. I was initially going to ink blend a background, but decided to play with some Tonic Embellishment Mousse and a stencil. I tried to capture the glimmer on this mousse:

Once that piece had dried, I die cut the shape using the Altenew ‘Pocket Banner‘ die set for some interest, then mounted the truck onto that with some 3D foam pieces.

I don’t have a specific Father’s Day sentiment, but I shall write on the inside.

My Dad has always been into cars – he trained to be a mechanic in the Army, ran a taxi company in the 1990’s, and has even just bought a car from me when I recently changed cars. A very prideful man – is that a word? – and he wouldn’t pay anything less than full price of what I was going to receive from the ‘stealership‘………..hmmmm…….!

I’ll now have to think what kind of card to make him for his 81st birthday on 30th June…….maybe floral, as he likes his gardening too!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Die Cuttin’ Divasmasculine/Father’s day

Just Us Girls texture paste

Cardz 4 Guyz Father’s Day

Uniko ChallengeATG with twist of masculine

Wedding Congratulations

Hi there. It’s been a few days since my last posting – now I’ve reduced my work hours, I seem to be planning more socialising events……..just what I need to do.

I managed to get away for a night with my bestie – we went to County Durham for the Uniko stamping retreat yesterday. Of course, we had to go the night before and have a few drinks and a nice meal. Bev from Uniko actually joined us for the meal – though she didn’t imbibe like we did – and we had a great meal and natter.

And then the next day crafting with Uniko products – some not yet released – and I am happy to say I will be using some of those ‘not yet released’ products over the next few days. Of course – I asked permission to do that.

This card has been made with some of my older dies. Not one iota of stamping on this card. I went back to my roots and created the kind of card I started creating many years ago – die-cutting, layering, sticking – using a lot of my Sue Wilson products. I turn to these every time I want a ‘full monty‘ card, and a lot of these dies have been out for years………..

This wedding card is for a patient I have known for at least 12 years. I saw him last week in clinic, and he announced he was getting married very soon – so I just had to prepare something special for him and his future wife.

The colour of the bride and groom was a happy mistake. I had obviously cut this couple out of black card stock the last time, and when I did the glitter card this time – some of the black came off…………I actually really like this effect. It makes the happy couple stand out a little more, I think.

I used Sue Wilson stitched rectangles for the layers, the sentiment is die cut several times and layered together for dimension, and the flower layer is the new ‘Intricate Lace‘ die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix. Again – one pass through the Gemini Junior………………

The glitter card is Crafters Companion, though with the sun hiding away today it was difficult to photograph it to show the glitter……I tried!

The bow is a Spellbinders die set, again from glitter card.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengesoccasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeno designer paper

Joy Of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge(wedding, glitter, die cut)

Sparkly deer

Hi there. I have a quick posting for a card today, to enter the current challenge at CAS Christmas Cards:

I took this very intricate deer from X-cut, and cut it out of glitter card from Crafters Companion, after sticking some double-sided sticky sheet on the back of it. I knew the deer was intricate, and didn’t want to glue it, as I generally get some glue leaking around the edges.

I used the Crafters Companion Gemini Junior to cut it – and that took several passes through the machine – which is very unusual. I even used the metal plate too…….

The blue/green rectangle is Distress Oxides, which I blended through an aperture I masked off. The sentiment is from a Concord and 9th stamp set. I thought the sentiment was suitable for a peaceful looking deer.

So – a quick posting, as I was at the computer buying the newest Catherine Pooler release…………which will take 2-3 weeks to get to me!! I am sure you will know when I have it, as there will definitely be some cards made very soon after receiving it…….. 🙂