ABC Christmas Challenge – ‘W’ and ‘X’

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge for the letters ‘W’ and ‘X’. The theme chosen for these letters are ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Xtra Special’.

I have a prize on offer for the winner – chosen by a random generator – so every entry has a chance to win:

Thirsty Brush and Co – stamp and die set – Home For Christmas

You can enter as many times as you like – as long as you follow the winter/Christmas holidays or festivals – and you have followed the theme for the current letters.

Here are my cards:

Winter Wonderland
Xtra Special

Both of these cards are a combination of ink-blending, die-cutting and adding glittery stuff, with the second card also including some Copic colouring.

The Winter Wonderland card is utilising the new die set from Tim Holtz – Colorize Holiday Village – but changing the colour of my village to two shades of red instead of brown – I wanted a brighter look to the card. I did have to watch YouTube to figure out what to glue where – and in what order!

I added some mountains behind the village and an ink blended sky – which actually came about quite by mistake……. I did the ink blending, then used a Lawn Fawn stencil and some glitter paste to try and create some stars – but when I took the stencil up it moved and scraped along the sky. I tried to take the glitter paste up with a spatula – but it just swept the glitter across the sky………my idea of a happy accident. A very glittery sky now, with the distress inks showing some of the stars anyway. Oh yeah!

The Xtra Special card was also ink blending, but with Distress Oxides – two red colours and Wilted Violet along the edges to darken them. I liked the look of the violet so much, I used that as the main colour for my characters. Purple penguin and bird anyone!

I decided to add some white acrylic splatter to the background, and then also added some white gel pen into the areas which I thought looked a little open.

There is some glitter and sparkle on this card too – once I have the stuff out then I’m gonna use ’em! Nuvo drops on all the itsy bitsy tiny tree lights, sparkle pen on the other baubles and the snow on the lodge – oh, and the pompoms on the hats too.

I hope you can come and join us – it’s getting closer to the time when we have to think about what Christmas cards we have and also think about sending them cards out…….I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Winter wonderland card:

Aud Sentiments anything goes with a sentiment

Christmas 24 ChallengeChristmas Landscape

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Xtra Special Card:

Jingle Belles RockChristmas and Creatures

Color Crazy Challenge week 43 – anything goes colouring

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with critters

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with animals

Christmas Cards All Year Roundfor or with family or friends

Love Your Inner Monster

Hello once again. I have a CAS card to share today, which includes some fancy masking – for me it was fancy, anyway:

I mentioned previously finding the Tracy Hey Designs web site and the super-dooper cute stamp sets she has. This was another of my purchases, and fits right in with a few challenges I have been trying to create for.

I cut the base layer with some stitched rectangle dies, then stamped my dragon image with Gina K Amalgam ink. I stamped the image again on some masking paper, and set to fussy-cutting……..I don’t like fussy cutting, but when I knew I wanted to do some masking – you have to do what is required, don’t you?

So – this image – triangle spine thingies, star horn thingies………………not the most straight-forward I have cut out….but I must admit it was worth it….

Once masked – before I coloured just in case I messed it up – I found a circle stencil, and inked Distress Oxide through the stencil – And I just love when you reveal…….looks messy until you peel everything back, doesn’t it?

As I was happy with the masking and blending, I took some Copics and coloured as per the colours for one of the challenges – just a couple of the greens, and one yellow – simple. Then I took my colour-less blender and dotted it around the dragon – to try to give an impression of scaly skin. Do you think it worked?

So – the sentiment – on the same stamp set! I know – how fabulous is this sentiment? Love it – and there are more on that set I can’t wait to get working with.

Why a dragon I hear you ask……well, I was born in the year of the Dragon – so that could be 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 – or even 2012 – but I’m not telling!!!!

In fact – when I post to my Instagram – I’ll have a cheeky little quiz and pressie for a few people…..maybe you want to go and check it out…….

Apparently, the dragon is the only imaginary animal in the Chinese zodiac too……..and something about being hot-headed…..hmmm…..maybe!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology Zodiac

CAS Colours and SketchesCall Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Blueberry Bushel (Hopefully the Copic colours are a good enough match)

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Perfectly CAS CAS masking – one third or less

CAS with bleaching

Hi again. A lot of crafting done today…………….

I had some bad news from a dear friend of mine today. Her son has died from the dreaded Covid-19! Her son! How on earth do you cope with that? I don’t have children, so I couldn’t possibly imagine how that must feel. He must have been around 40 years of age, and was working as a bus driver after the lock-down………………..As nurses we are expected to continue to work, and as a bus driver, he who would be in more contact with the general public, was trying to get the rest of us to work during this pandemic. I can’t comprehend how she must be feeling right now.

I have a card planned in my mind, as I can’t go and give her a hug. I can’t go anywhere near her, with the lock-down in place, and especially as she is in the vulnerable age group, but at least I can send a card with some pretend hugs……………………at least she will know I am thinking about her!

I took to my craft room and tried a new technique to try and ease my own mind.

I tried some bleaching on my image. Here is the card before I tell you any more about my technique:

I ink blended the Distress Oxide ‘Barn Door’ as I wanted a very vibrant red colour, which would stand out from the bleaching. I dried it with my heat tool, then stamped and embossed the Uniko ‘Peony’ in Altenew Gold embossing powder then went hunting for some bleach……

Erm – as we have a septic tank – I didn’t have any pure bleach – we’re not supposed to use too much bleach – so I improvised. I took some ‘Domestos‘ – which is bleach technically – but it is ultra-thick…….and just tried it.

I noticed it took the colour away VERY quickly, but I also noticed I could determine how much colour was taken off depending on how long I left it there – so I tried a little ‘blending’. Removing some very quickly from the inner petals to try and create some darker petals, and removing a second or too later for the lighter and outer petals.

I then cut thisa piece into a square, and added a wonky stitched rectangle frame.

The sentiment is from a new Tracy Hey stamp set – full of encouraging words and phrases – I can see I’m going to be using those a lot in the next few weeks.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix-UpCAS – bleaching + stamping + your choice (embossing and die-cutting)

Craft Friends Challenge atg

Crafty Creations Challenge atg

Crafters Castle Challenge atg

You’re cute as a bug….

Hello – I have another ladybird card for you today as I had some images left over from yesterday’s card – and I thought they were too cute not to use straight away:

I was looking for a way to use all the images I had left, so I took the Avery Elle ‘Circle Frames Elle-ments’ die and cut the four circles into a piece of white card stock.

Then I took a light blue piece of card, slightly larger, and where the circles showed the blue through then, I ink blended a light blue Distress Oxide for a little shading, even though it doesn’t show that much on the photo.

One of the circles which came out of the die was – just – the perfect size for the sentiment…………just!

Once the ladybirds were stuck in place, I then decided to add some bling. Nope – not Nuvo drops this time, but some blue sequins, placed within the circles……..and one on the sentiment – cos I had a little smudge there!

And – now I’m looking at the card in close-up……………can you see what I missed? Yep – I forgot to colour one of the ladybirds faces…………! Pretend it’s the same as the others – just pretend! I’ll probably go back and colour it. Thank goodness I took a photo of the colours I used. I knew that would come in handy one day:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Sisters on the blogdots and/or stripes (ladybird dots)

Stamplorations Theme and photo promptstamps and nature

Just Add Ink – something beginning with ‘E’ – embellishment – sequins

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes colouring

Cute Little Duckies

Hello again. I have a card to share as there is anew challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. The theme this time is………..’Cute Animals’.…….

Here is my card:

I wanted to use this stamp set, and I wanted to create a scene. A scene is not something I generally have much luck with, but I’m happy with this one – it’s quite simple, a few layers, and a little ink blending and water splattering.

After stamping the images in Gina K Amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics, before using the matching dies to cut them out. here are the Copics I used:

I have found it helpful when people post a list of colours, so I thought I’d do it too.

I first ink blended a panel using two Distress Oxides for the sky, then used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloudy Backdrop, as I like the stitched clouds effect. I used some green card, used Lawn Fawn grass dies, added a little green Distress Oxides to the grassy edges, and stuck them down as you see.

I wasn’t going to put a sentiment on the card, but a little simple ‘Hello‘ from an Altenew stamp set in the top corner still meant this card could be for any reason – or for no reason at all.

I hope you can come and join us – I’d love to see you in our gallery with your ‘Cute Animals’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Arty Stamper Challenge lots of layers

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

Crafts Galore Challenge anything goes

All Fun Challengeanything goes

You Make My Heart Happy

Hello everyone. I have a card to share today which again took a lot of thinking about, and changing my mind and generally trying lots of different layouts:

I used the Altenew ‘Birds of a Feather’ die set for the birds, the branches, and the heart. I initially tried stamping these birds in black, but I couldn’t actually line up the images, and when I did I didn’t get a good enough stamped image – despite using the Misti – so I decided to just use the outline dies for all the images.

The background is again an Altenew stamp set – Wood Pallet Background – and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

The heart I die cut out of red glimmer card and I drew in the string with a black art liner pen.

It looks quite simple – but it took a few times of me counting to 10 – believe me!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pinspirational Challengesphoto inspiration

Always Fun Challenges animals

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Crafty Animalsanything goes animals

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Be a Unicorn

Hello there. I have a cute card to share today using a new die from Waffle Flower:

I knew I wanted to play with this die as soon as it arrived, and took the opportunity to use the current colours at Color Throwdown.

I die cut the unicorn, then added some Spectrum Noir purple sparkle as you see. Whilst that purple was drying, I turned to the background.

I used Distress Oxide ‘Mowed Lawn‘ and blended using my blending brushes, adding some Gansai Tambi green sparkle splatters – it’s all about the sparkle on this card.

I created a frame in grey card stock by using some rectangle dies and adhered this to the green layer. The sentiment is stamped using grey ink, placed as you see, and the unicorn sat on top of the sentiment strip.

I did take some warm grey Copics and tried to add some shading to the edge of the unicorn – not sure I like it, might have been better left alone – but there we are.

I glued the unicorn to the green layer, making sure the arms and the wings were free, and added some Tonic Nuvo drops in ‘mercury‘ for the eyes and nostrils, slotting the purple glittery present in the hands.

I think I’ll be playing with this die some more, using perhaps rainbow colours – of course the glittery rainbow colours, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing that here.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownviolet/purple, green, grey

Time Out Challenges inspired by words (Birthday and sparkle like confetti)

Crafty Calendar Challenge use die cuts/punches

AAA Birthday birthday and cute

Caroling Cats

Hello there. I have been having fun with my Copics the past few days, and have created a card for the new challenge which has just begun at ABC Christmas Challenge.

The letters this time are ‘C’ and ‘D’, and Wilma is hosting and chose the theme Cats and/or Dogs. Here is my card:

I began by using the Clearly Besotted ‘Sing It’s Christmas’ stamp set and stamping onto a piece of card. I then stamped the image again onto some masking paper and cut that out with scissors – no matching dies with this set – aren’t I brave?

Once I had masked the image of the cats and lamp-post, I created a circle mask, and used three blue toned Distress Oxides to blend a background.

I let that dry for a couple of hours, then coloured my images with Copics, and stamped the musical notes.

I realised that the Distress Oxides blurred the images a little at the end – probably I didn’t mask good enough – so I went in with a black artliner and expanded the lines a little, and made some of the others a little darker…now I look at it, you can;t really tell I did that – should I have kept that to myself? 🙂

I then decided to do some white gouache splattering……..uh huh…..at this stage I hear you ask…..

I masked the coloured images again, then splattered – and almost went too far with the larger drops, so I stopped, and took a white gel pen and added smaller ‘snow’ flecks instead. I was too nervous to continue with the larger splattering after all the colouring I had done…..

You can see the larger splatters, and then the smaller gel pen spots I added. I even went over the cats themselves to pretend they were in a blizzard – yet still singing……..

I’m really pleased how this turned out – no smudging on the white card – and I even found a piece of blue card as a base which matched pretty well.

I hope you can come and join us – I am soooo looking forward to seeing your Christmas creations which include cats and/or dogs. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Christmas Blog ChallengeChristmas and Little Friends

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option quick and easy

Catch The Bug anything goes

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Stitched Blooms

Hello once again. I have been making a card today, to enter a few challenges – I love how challenges give me inspiration, and an actual reason to make cards. I like to have a plan – either the colours, or the layout, or the theme.

Here is my card:

I used the colours from the current Color Throwdown Challenge and die cut several flowers, leaves, and foliage from the MFT ‘Stitched Blooms’ die set, using Simon Says Stamp card stock received in a recent kit, and layering the flowers as you see.

The background is an Altenew stencil – really trying to use stencils more – called ‘Sunburst’, and I used a light grey – Pumice Stone – Distress Oxide to blend through onto the background piece of card.

I then took the flowers and layered them onto the card, placed the leaves and foliage as you see and added a grey and red strip to the far edge of the card.

I then turned to the extra circles which had been die-cut – the little circles which are meant to be the centre of the flowers – well I just used them as accents and placed them haphazardly around the flowers.

Oh – and then I took a Tonic Nuvo crystal drops in ‘Liquid Mercury‘ and added some of them too. The thing about these drops – I just can’t stop putting them on the card once I start…………!

I added them to the flower centres, to the extra circles, to the card itself. I had to restrain myself from adding even more…….

Now – I didn’t use a sentiment. Not yet anyway…. I sometimes leave cards without a sentiment, so I can add one at a later date. Occasionally I like to make cards just for the sake of it, after being inspired by challenges, and therefore I don’t always have a person or occasion in mind.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred, dark grey, light grey, white

Tuesday Throwdownlayered die cuts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Daring Cardmakerslayer it up

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Snowy Bountiful Branch

Hello again. I have a card here which is made for the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge . The theme this time is ‘Snow’. I have gone for a muted, almost romantic look:

I first took a piece of mixed media paper, and ink blended some Distress Oxides with my blending brushes – I wanted an uneven edge to the blending, almost a blurring effect, and wanted to use colours which the red and greens of the branch would work with.

Once blended – and made sure it was dry – I then stamped the Altenew ‘Bountiful Branch‘ in all it’s glory. I had forgotten how beautiful this stamp set was – I may make more cards from this!

I then took some white gouache and splattered it all over to create the illusion of snow – I never know when to stop, and I never know which brush to use, how much water etc…….but just go with it.

The sentiment is from Gin K Designs.

I decided to off-set the main image as you see it laid out here – I just fancied it. No other particular reason…………

I hope you can come and join us in creating something for this challenge and theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakersno patterned papers

Crafty Sentimentsatg

A Bit More Time To Craft atg

The Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas