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Hello once again. Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. This time, Dawn has chosen the theme of ‘Baby Girl’. Here is my card:

I rarely – can actually never remember the last time – I made a card with this theme. It certainly challenged me to sit down and create it.

I used a Clearly Besotted stamp set and stamped the baby, then masked the baby and stamped the balloon, then masked the balloon as well as the baby, put a mask down – that strange shape – then used stencil to create the layers of clouds using a Distress Ink.

I liked the look of that irregular shape through which you would be able to see the clouds, baby and balloon – something different.

I then coloured the baby and the balloon, stamped the banner and the sentiment, and die cut that panel with a stitched rectangle, to add to the card base.

I would love to see you join us with your ‘baby girl’ themed creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge stamp it

Lil Red Wagon cute

TTCRD anything goes

Inkspirational repetition (cloud stencilling)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafts Galore anything goes

Emboss Resist Ink Blending

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers ‘anything goes birthday‘ challenge has started for the month of September. Here is my card:

I used the floral stamp from Concord & 9th Summer Camp 2021, and white heat embossed on white Distress Heavyweight card stock.

I then chose some lighter Distress Inks and blended over the top of the image for a fresh look and feel. I then splattered with water, and also added some Liquitex metallic acrylic ink splatters.

I then took a white card panel and die cut an oval, placing the floral image behind where I thought there was more interest an colour, then adhered to a card base.

The sentiment is from as ephemera pack I have as I wanted to keep the front panel quite flat.

I hope you can come and join us with your birthday makes – I look forward to seeing your birthday creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafting Happiness Challengecard theme – flowers

Paper Minutes Challenge in the garden

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Creative Fingers Challengesanything goes

INTAASbirthdays

A Robin Merry Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge, a little later than usual, and only lasting for one week. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas’. Here is my card:

The images from Poppy Stamps were coloured with Copics and die cut with their matching dies. I added some Lawn Fawn chunky glitter to the hats and the stocking, and whilst that was drying I made the background panel.

I dry embossed a previously ink smooshed and splattered background, and splattered with Lawn Fawn ‘Liquid Stardust’ for some shimmer and shine. That dries quite quickly so I put together the card as you see. I also added some silver gems – more than was warranted – but why not?

The sentiment was stamped, cut apart, and added haphazardly for some added fun.

I hope you can come and join us, we have some new members of the Design Team and it would be great if you could pop along and visit their creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Time Out Challengeinspired by the word ‘Festive’

We Love To Createanything goes mixed media

Hi, Hello, and Hugs

The new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz asks for ‘3 of something‘. Claudia is the host this time round. Here is my card:

Onto a white card base I adhered an ink smooshed and splattered panel. The splattering was with white acrylic and Lawn Fawn ‘Liquid Stardust‘.

The three circles, and three sentiments were layered as you see, and some black faceted gems and small silver gems added for even more shine and bling.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘3 of something; creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge mixed media

Beyond The Bluemixed up sentiments

Avenue 613 anything goes

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Ally’s Angels anything goes

Compliments Of The Season

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my creation:

To create the box, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs ‘Shadow Box Frames’/ I watched her video to create the box, and once I got my head around the pieces, the folding, and the gluing I was pleased with the result.

I used some brown marbled card to create the box, as I wanted a darker frame, and once the box was created, I used some patterned paper as the base, and built everything from there.

I searched through all my Tim Holtz Christmas ephemera – of which I have a lot – and haven’t used very much. I’m currently going through my patterned papers and ephemera collection to try and use them as I bought them after being inspired by his and his creators posts – the style isn’t my usual – but I’m enjoying creating – just going with the flow!

I adhered poinsettias – from his ‘worn wallpaper’ around the outside of the frame, as well as bells and candy canes. The inside were some of his pocket cards – cut down a little – and other ticket ephemera, with a little button on the bottom corner.

I wanted to use the deer, and put some natural raffia – coloured with Distress re-inkers – behind to support the die cut, and lend a ‘woodland’ feel.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Paper Dragonfly Challenge – Christmas in July

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned papers

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes with mixed media

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and patterned paper

Love To Craft – anything goes

A Tweet Hello

Hi there. I have a card to share whilst escaping the heat here in the UK. My craft room has aircon – so I’ll be playing quite a bit this next couple of days.

This cute little bird is from Spellbinders, and die cut using a few pieces of coloured card. I am not sure what a chickadee colour really is – but I am sure you’ll allow me some artistic license here as it’s so cute….

The circle background is a stamp from Hero Arts, white heat embossed, then some of the images water-coloured with Distress Inks.

The panel I did this on, I managed to get two circles, and one strip out of it – so I’ll be using those for a couple more cards soon.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up CAS – things with wings – watercolour

The Flower Challengeflowers and CAS

Pearly Sparkles CAS

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Balloon Dog Birthday

Hello there. I have a card to share using a new die set from Spellbinders:

For the background, I ink blended some yellow and aqua distress inks, then used an embossing folder – also from Spellbinders.

I then took a brayer, and some Distress Ink ‘Picket Fence’ and rolled it over the background, to give more dimension and interest to the embossing, without diminishing the colours.

I then ink blended some Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral onto two separate pieces of card and die cut the balloon dog elements. Once I had glued the layers together I added some white gel pen marks, and a little further Abandoned Coral to some of the edges.

The layered sentiment is also from Spellbinders – and my goodness those letters are fiddly – I was going to layer them but they are too thin – and the letters are separate from each other – the ‘sticky specks’ came in handy here and worked very well.

Before I added the background to the panel, I splatted some gold Liquitex metallic acrylic ink and then some white metallic ink onto it, and when dry added to the base card with 3F foam strips.

I adhered everything as you see, and added some purple sequins from Catherine Pooler.

I can see that I will be making this balloon dog in different colours moving forward – such a great die set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

MMM Challenge splatters

Shopping Our Stashuse ink blending

Color Throwdown aqua, yellow, purple, coral

Seize The Birthdaybirthday – option metallic

CYHTPembossing folder – option of summer

A Penguin Merry Christmas

We are starting a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. Veronika is hosting this challenge and has chosen ‘Holidays‘ for the letter ‘H’.

Here is my card:

I used some Lawn Fawn images, coloured with Copic, and die cut with the matching dies.

The background is another ink smooshed panel – I think I’m addicted to making those panels.

I die cut the sentiment, layering it with white – slightly offset to make it stand out – and added some clear glitter pen.

I also added the glitter pen to the hat, and a slope of glitter card stock for the penguin and the babies to stand on.

I hope you can come and join us with your Holiday makes – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – any holiday celebration. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 27 – anything goes with colouring

Moving Along With The Times inky background

Paper Dragonfly Challenge Christmas in July

Unicorn Challenge Christmas in July

12 Months of Christmasanything goes Christmas

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Hello. I have a card to share in which a water-coloured the main floral image – something I haven’t done for absolutely ages:

The flower is from a collaboration stamp set with Altenew and Hero Arts. I stamped the flower and the two leaves onto a piece of white water-colour card, then heat embossed in white.

I then sprayed water onto the images and used Distress Inks to colour – well – I dabbed the colour onto my glass mat, picked it up with my wet brush and kinda just let it go and flow……I ‘helped’ the flow a little to reach the ends of the petals and leaves, but generally let the water and the inks do their thing…..my idea of water-colouring!

Once dry, I fussy-cut – my least favourite crafty job – and I think the white heat embossing helped cover a few little flaws with the scissors – but it also helped to guide the scissors somewhat.

I found some matching lilac/purple card stock, and then layered the WPlus9 trellis onto the top. I did have to cut the trellis twice and layer it to make it longer, trimming off the bottom of one and the top of the other – the flower and leaves cover the join quite nicely.

I placed the flower and leaves as you see, and then the sentiment, all added to the card with 3D foam.

I added some clear cabochons, and as I had stamped the sentiment in black I also added some black gems too.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz anything goes – option to say it with flowers

Allsortsflora or fauna or anything goes

The Paper Playersgreen thumbs – plants/flowers/foliage

Colour Crazyweek 26 – anything goes with colouring (any medium)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsanything goes

Triangles – Cardz 4 Galz

Dawn S has chosen the theme for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. She wants to see ‘Triangles’. Here is my card:

I die cut the white panel using a Catherine Pooler background panel I’ve had for absolutely ages, and then attached this to a previously created purple ink smooshed panel from my stash.

I have quite a few of these panels – I love to create a whole bunch of them ready for using – either die cutting or for backgrounds like this one.

I then die cut the ‘hi’ out of black card stock – layered 4 times for dimension – and added some clear gems as you see.

I seem to be using my little gems and accents quite a lot lately – I can’t seem to stop. At least I’m not hoarding them – though I do have a lot more to use!

I’m looking forward to seeing your creations incorporating our theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Creative Fingers anything goes

The Sisterhood Of Craftersadd layers