‘C’ for Clean and Simple – ABC Christmas Challenge

Hello again. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘C’ and ‘D’ – the Christmas themes this month are ‘C’ for Clean and Simple, and ‘D’ for Distressing. Here is my card:

I dry embossed a piece of white card stock with a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder – but used the deboss side instead of the embossed side.

The bells are from Altenew, stamped using their inks, and the bow and sentiment were die cut from red glitter card stock.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘CAS’ and/or ‘Distressed’ themed Christmas challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge anything goes with option of red flowers (option not taken)

Watercooler Challenge occasions

My Time To Craft Christmas Christmas and CAS

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Craft Rocket Challenge sparkle and bling

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

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Butterfly Thanks

Hello, I have a card to share which turned out looking quite simple – but took lots of die-cutting, snipping, and many a change of mind.

I want to make more ‘thank you’ cards for my friends who have been there for me over the past couple of weeks after my mum passed away – and if I can continue to craft to help get through this and create my own little way of saying how much I appreciate them – then all the better.

I used the colours from the Color Throwdown challenge to create this, and I knew I wanted to use this die from Memory Box – the problem was – which colour for which layer…….?

I actually die cut out of all four colours for the challenge – pink, red, cranberry, Kraft – and finally – yes finally – decided on the way you see here.

On a white card base I adhered the Kraft piece, onto which I adhered the die cut using Concord & 9th ‘Ballet Slippers’ for the pink.

The inset ‘cranberry’ butterflies were die cut out of a dark red glitter card from Crafters Companion and paper-pieced into place – to leave the pink outline round them.

The red ‘Poppy’ card stock butterflies were snipped off from the whole piece I had die cut and stuck down onto their respective position, which was on top of the pink card stock already there.

The sentiment is from Time For Tea Designs – the bold ‘thanks’ word stamped with ‘Poppy’ and ‘Cranberry‘ Concord & 9th inks to match the card stock – creating an ombre effect on the word, with the smaller words stamped in black. This sentiment stamp set comes with matching dies – always a bonus.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – red, pink, Kraft, cranberry

Creative Knockouts lots of layers

The Card Concept photo inspiration

TTCRD anything goes

As You Like It Challengetrue love or fabulous friendship

Just Us GirlsFriends

Creative Knockouts

Nutcracker Christmas

Hello. A little playtime in my craft room created this last minute Christmas card:

The background on this slimlime card is covered with a light green glitter card, then a darker green glitter card over the top using a Catherine Pooler slimline die.

The images from Gerda Steiner Designs were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics, and then die cut.

All arranged as you see, to create a look like the mice are dancing around the little soldier. I love that one of the mice has her back to us – fits in great with what I wanted to achieve.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Jingle Belles Rock Christmas

Classic Design Challenge anything goes

Color Hues Challenge red and green

INTAAS use dies and/or punches

Christmas Blog Challengeanything goes Christmas

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Penguin Christmas Cheer

Hello everyone. I have a jolly and fun card to share today:

I wanted to make a card using these three penguins from Simon Says Stamp – and kinda started from there really.

Die cut and put together, I turned to making a scene for them.

Using some Crafters Companion glitter card stock, I die cut two hills from a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside set, then took some light blue card stock and three blue Distress Oxides to create the sky. This was then splattered with some white acrylic paint.

Once the card was put together, I decided to put some winter/Christmas hats on the penguins, so I searched in Color My Life app and came up with these three hats – stamped, Copic coloured, and attached as you see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and Penguins

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Crafters Café Blog Challenge atg

Christmas 24 ChallengeChristmas Landscape

Merry Little Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

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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