Snowflakes 2 ways

Hello again. I am off to a Crafters Companion weekend tomorrow, and away until Tuesday evening. Can you imagine? 3 full days of crafting? Now worries about work, no cleaning, no cooking……..Oh yes!

So before I go, I wanted to post a couple of cards I made with a snow flake theme – but different styles and different colours. The first card is for the current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and Color Throwdown following the sketch and the colours:

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The white die-cut is from Christina Griffiths, raised on foam pads to give that added dimension behind it. The blue strip I added to the back of this so it highlighted some of the detail in the die.

The candles are from Altenew, as were the inks used for the layering. The hardest part of the layering was the blinking flames……….as they were a lighter colour, it was very difficult to line them up – but I managed!

This second card is for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge:

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As you can see – I went big and bold with these colours! The die-cut snowflakes are from Uniko. I first ink blended water-colour card with ‘Broken China‘ Distress Oxide then stamped and heat embossed some snowflakes in Wow! embossing powder, then die cut the snowflakes.

The panel is Altenew ‘Layered Plaid‘ cover plate die, using only one of the two layers and embossing into the card  instead of die cutting.

I am so looking forward to meeting the Crafters Companion team in the ‘Craftaganza’, even though my bestie has had to pull out at the last minute.

Are any of you going?

🙂 🙂

A winter Wonderland

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Hello everyone. An early posting as I am excited to be the visiting librarian for the new Library Challenge beginning today.

Marina asked for some book suggestions from people who played in this challenge previously, and this was one of my suggestions. I was supremely excited when she asked if I wanted to be the ‘visiting librarian’ and create a card for this challenge, and I very gladly accepted – then spent the next couple of weeks grappling with it! You’d think it would be easy, wouldn’t you?

Here is the book cover:

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I toyed with a door in the middle of tress, but then found my Heffy Doodle ‘Ad-roar-able lions‘ stamp set and used one of those lions:

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The base is glimmer card, with an extra piece I used to colour blue using Distress Oxides – who knew that would work!! – and die cut the middle with an MFT tag die to represent the doorway.

The lion is welcoming you through the doorway into the winter wonderland, where I placed a Christmas tree. Again, my thoughts turned to more trees, a variety of trees, but – you know – I kinda like the simplicity of this card. It looks like fun to me. It was certainly fun creating it. 🙂

I hope you join Marina and I for the challenge, and I look forward to seeing what you create with this marvelous theme.

Best wishes to you all. 🙂

 

Scenic Christmas

Hello there. I have been doing some practicing with scenic cards – totally inspired by Nichol Spohr and the Lawn Fawn videos. I have a way to go to get anywhere near their skills – but I’ll keep trying, listening to the hints and tips – and practice, practice, practice.

Here is a very simple scenic card inspired by the current challenge at AAA Cards:

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The theme is moonlight…..I started with a die cut circle and blended Distress Oxides using the circle as a mask. I then added some glitter pen to the white moon and it actually smudged some of the circle – but I liked the look. It gives the moon a whispy look – so I carried on and smudged it more to get the effect you see here.

The owls are from Clearly Besotted, and it is me trying again to use Crafters Companion Illustrator alcohol pens to achieve a dimensional colouring look. I think I succeeded – and liked the way they turned out.

The glitter card is a couple of die cuts using stitched border dies – I think I’m at least getting the hang of doing them.

I tried a couple of sentiments, but I didn’t like how they looked – so I left them off. I am sure the recipient will know it’s a Christmas card……!

I’m now off to try my new purchase of the reveal wheel set of dies – wish me luck!

 

 

Get Well Soon

Hello everyone. I have been crafting some cards as an escape from doing my mum’s Ebay stuff.

I was inspired by the current challenge at Twofer Card Challenge, and also using the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges for one of the cards:

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The ‘feel better soon’ card is another one layer card, with no smudges again – maybe I’m getting the hang of it? We shall see………

I took the Altenew ‘Get Well Soon’ stamp set and stamped the main image onto a card base. I then stamped again onto a post-it note and masked it off, stamping the honeycomb images over and around it, lining up the hexagons  as it was several different hexagon shaped stamps I used.

The main image I coloured with Altenew Artist Markers.:

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I have no idea what is supposed to be in the bottle behind the mug and honey, but I just coloured it a matching colour…..maybe maple syrup…..who knows!

The second floral card is using the same honeycomb stamp, but this time I stamped and heat embossed it in a random pattern, and used my Distress Oxides over the top for an emboss-resist. It’s quite dull here in the UK at the moment, but the honeycomb is white and shiny:

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I used Altenew inks to stamp the main flower and the leaves, but coloured the two little sprigs of flowers with the Altenew Artist Markers, then using the matching dies to cut them all out.

The die cut frame is from Sue Wilson – Noble dies – for the main background, die-cutting the middle and inserting the ink-resist panel into it. I knew the flowers and leaves would adding dimension, so I stuck this flat to the base card.

I arranged as you see for another vibrant card – but a totally different feel.

The sentiment is a cobbling together of three stamps from Concord and 9th ‘Wonderful Floral‘ stamp set – lined up using my Misti corner set…………..invaluable when there are different stamps you want lined up to ink and stamp together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challenge geometric (honeycomb stamps)

Crazy 4 Challengessketch

QKR Stampede anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

Have a good day, and I’ll hopefully see you next time. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Here Comes The Sun

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Hello there. I have a card here for the current challenge at CASology. The theme word/cue card is ‘sunbeam’. I was struggling a little initially, but then had delivery of my Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval box last week – see previous flamingo card for other products – and right there in the middle of the biggest stamp set is this little sun, and alongside it was the sentiment.

I set to stamping the sun using Distress Oxides – no blending, just stamping – and used a yellow, then an orange on top, then the yellow again. I didn’t want such vivid and isolated colours, which is why a mixed it up a little. This way, there is a little of both colours in each of the stamped areas.

I then took a previously ink smooshed piece of water-colour paper and die cut it to create a border. I fussed with this a little – do I do it straight, just one side, both sides…..so I went with this quirky layout.

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Just as I went to take a photograph – the sun went in! Typical! A sunny card, nevertheless, but no sun shining on it.

My sister is coming over later so there may be more crafting……… 🙂

Tropical Friendship

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Hi again. I have been playing with my newest Catherine Pooler ‘Stamp of Approval’ box. I took the opportunity to use the Altenew Artist Markers, too, as I have recently received them. I used three colours for the flamingos, after first stamping the outline with black ink.

The trees and grass are also from that same Catherine Pooler box, and stamped using the same greens as I used to  blend the background, with the brown trunk on the trees a Catherine Pooler ink.

I did find stamping the tree tops, then die-cutting, then stamping the trunks made it easier to ensure correct placement and angle as the tree and trunk comes in one die. It could be possible to stamp at the wrong angle, but I found this way easy.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Give a Crafter a Cookie –  photo inspiration

Crafty Gals CornerTropical Colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inkspirational Guest Designer – ‘Trend’

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Hello everyone. This is my card as Guest Designer for the new Inkspirational challenge. I was contacted a few weeks ago as my ‘Wave’ card in September won Top Pick. I was sent the cue word of ‘Trend’. Now, this took more thinking about than little, I’ll tell you. There are so many options out there, I even ‘Googled’ trend, had a look through images, and dictionaries, but just couldn’t get my head around it.

So – the other way for me to get inspired is to look through my stash. I ignore what I have on my craft table – as I kinda know what’s there already – and searched through the drawers and the shelves. I wanted some arrows to stamp, to show an upward or downward trend, but I actually don’t have many arrow stamps. I wanted a distress background, and reached for my Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, then suddenly wondered about my stencils.

I thought I remembered an arrow stencil – I was right – but the arrows were all in different directions……..you know where I’m going with this, right? I am ‘bucking’ the trend.

I started with the Tim Holtz stencil, and the Distress Oxides, and just set to it. I haven’t got a clue what colours I used, or how many layers I did. I wanted orange arrows, then decided I wanted them all different, added colours, didn’t like it, added yet more colours, reverted back to mainly orange……

I did the background after the arrows, then went back in to do the arrows afterwards. So this is how it turned out, after I drew round each arrow and it’s detail with a black gel pen, for added dimension, and – of course – splashed some water on it.

The sentiment from Visible Image is stamped onto another piece of card I used the Oxides with, and splashed, and both die cut from the stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you can play along, and I would love to see what you come up with. 🙂