S for Stencil, T for Two

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘S’ and ‘T’. Our prompts for these letters are S for Stencil, and T for Two. As long as they are Christmas creations and follow our theme, then you’re good. Here are my cards:

The first card is using several stencils actually. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s how it went. The central poinsettia image and the background image are stencils from Uniko. It involved a lot of masking – a lot! I also used a Hero Arts alignment stencil for part of the masking process too.

I first used the alignment tool to make the square on the card base, then added the poinsettia stencil. then masked around it, then used Distress Oxide to create the purple flower in the centre.

Some change of the masking, I then did the green – but when I finished the card I didn’t like the green – which is why there is a frame around the flower…..

All sorts of masking, using itty bitty pieces of post-it notes as these gave me the angles and the movement I needed. In the end I also stenciled the background, using the little square mask from the Hero Arts stencil set – and even more post-it notes for the bottom edge.

As I didn’t like the green, I created a frame using some stitched square dies, then ink blended the same pink oxide so it matched.

The second card has an ink blended background, splattered with water, then when it was dry I stamped the Hero Arts ‘Winter Swirls’ background stamp with white pigment ink.

The snowmen are from Hero Arts also – coloured with Copics, some white detail for the scarves, and placed as if they were in a blizzard……..

I hope you can come and join us for our Christmas themes this time round – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Snowman card:

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock photo inspiration

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Poinsettia card:

52 CCT Christmas and stencils

Christmas Craft Creations Christmas and non-traditional colours

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Color Throwdown – Winter Scene

Hi guys. I am lucky enough to have been randomly chosen featured stamper for a recent Color Throwdown Challenge, and so once again I am Guest Star Stamper for the new challenge.

Here are the colours for this week:

blue, grey, light blue, white

And here is my interpretation of those colours:

I started by ink blending two shades of blue Distress Oxides onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. This card is a new purchase for me, and I can certainly see why this is a favourite for ink blending – I am sure I will use this again and again.

Once blended, I die cut the Forest Backdrop in Concord & 9th ‘Dove’ card stock, as well as die cutting all the other elements in that same colour – with some white for the house roof, the underneath of the trees and the moon.

I stuck down the backdrop, then added all the elements, with either foam squares or directly with glue, and then added some glitter oen to all the white areas.

I also added some of the stars in grey and white for the sky – adding the glitter pen to them all.

The moon is actually two die cuts placed together to create a shadow effect. I did contemplate shading the die cuts with a Copic marker, but I struggle with that – unlike Nichol Spohr – but I will keep practising – just not with this card….

I enjoyed the challenge of using these colours to create a card, and I hope you can join the team this time round. xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

Time Out Challengecoloured card base

Jingle Belles Rock photo Inspiration

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Butterflies

Hi there. I have a couple of cards to share today using the same Simon Say Stamp ‘Beautiful Butterflies‘ stamp and die set.

The card on the left is my version of the slim line card. I stamped the butterfly in Distress Oxide ‘Peacock Feathers’ for a solid impression. I was going to colour the white parts in – but decided it looked good as it was.

The layers are using Mama Elephant slim line dies with the white water-colour piece splattered with the same blue Distress Oxide and I think Fossilized Amber – wanting a teal and yellow splattering going on – and a Lawn fawn grey card as a contrast layer.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, which I chose to give someone some encouragement with a recent promotion.

The second card:

I stamped the images with Lawn Fawn inks – Carrot and Fake Tan – which give fabulous coverage, by the way – then cut them out with the matching die set.

The circle is a piece of a stenciled background I made a week or so ago with Lawn Fawn ‘Starry Sky‘ stencil and white paste, die cut with a stitched circle die.

The sentiment is from a magazine freebie, and stamped onto a spare piece of water-colour card which I splattered the same two Lawn Fawn inks onto, cut into a strip, then that strip cut with the same circle die so it was the correct length, and had some stitching to it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Both cards:

Twofer Card Challenge Butterflies

Card one:

Cut It Up Challenge create your own background and use a die cut

Just Us Girls Challenge teal, mustard, light grey

Crafters Castleanything goes

Card two:

CAS Colours and Sketches – sketch

Give A Crafter A Cookie – photo inspiration (using oranges and yellow)

Crafty Creations Challengeanything goes

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Hello once again. I have been playing with different products, recently received in the mail – so I thought I’d get away from the CAS this time – and went all in – for a card, anyway.

Here is the card:

I began by stamping the Indigo Blu ‘Big Butterfly‘ onto some patterned paper from Craft Box. I used Ultra Thick embossing powder as I wanted a shabby looking butterfly – a little uneven in the embossing. I used the same embossing powder for the Funky Fossil MDF word ‘Imagine’.

I used Distress Oxides ‘Vintage Photo’ and ‘Old Paper‘ to add some shading to the outer edges for the top sheet of paper, and also added some shading to the the roll in the upper corner. Another little piece of patterned paper under the corner, then some brown card-stock as the layer on top of the base card.

I used an Altenew ink to lightly brush across the butterfly to bring more attention to it, then added some flowers from the same Craft Box kit, as well as another butterfly near the flowers.

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I shall be entering the following challenges:

Arty Stamperthings with wings

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – anything goes

All Fun Challenges anything goes

Dragonfly Dreamsadd a flowers/flowers

Crafty Calendar Challengeadd a butterfly

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge – atg with patterned paper

Stamplorations Theme and photo prompt stamps and flight +/- photo board

Simply ElliBelle Challenge bugs +/- blossoms +/- butterflies

Vrooming by to say….

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The ABC Christmas Challenge. This time the letters are ‘U’ for up-cycle, and ‘V’ for Velocity.

Here is my card for Velocity:

This stamp set was bought at the ‘pop-up-shop’ whilst attending my first Copic Colouring lesson last Saturday with Faye Wynn-Jones. I knew the letters for this challenge and so I thought this image fit perfectly.

I started by stamping then colouring the image, and using my Scan’n’cut to cut around the outline.

The background is Distress Oxide blending with a Heffy Doodle stencil, and not being too ‘blendy’ with the blues to make quite a stormy sky, adding white gouache and sparkle splatters. I also used the blue colours to just darken the edge of the silver glitter ‘road’ a little.

The puffs of snow and the Christmas hat is from MFT ‘Ready, Set, Snow’ stamp set – the little Christmas hat just about fitting onto the cycle helmet – I didn’t want to leave the helmet off and mask around it to add the hat – it’s dangerous riding a bike without a helmet!

The larger part of the sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner stamp set, and the smaller part is a freebie from Heffy Doodle with one of their orders.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and create a Christmas card with the challenge theme. The Design Team has some wonderful inspiration too – I hope ou can pop along and have a look – and then join us.I

I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

xx

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Always Fun Challenges anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengelet’s get ready for Christmas

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Indigo Blu Snowman

Hello everyone. I hope you managed to enjoy the festive period in whichever way you chose, and hopefully looking forward to the New Year.

I haven’t had much time to put a card together, though did manage a little crafting, just not to make anything in particular. I have been spending some time thinking about up-coming challenges for the ABC Christmas Challenge – as I will be on the Design Team for the next 6 months!! Yay!! My first Design Team position – and it means making Christmas cards every month – a win-win situation for me. Hopefully, you will be able to join us.

The card below was one I put together whilst having a sort-out of some of my Christmas crafting boxes:

It incorporates some distress oxide blending, masking, a little stamping – and generally getting a little messy! That always happens when I ink blend, and especially when using a mask. If the ink isn’t all over my hands, then it’s where I don’t want it to be, or all over my glass mat – and therefore transfers to everything!

I found this Indigo Blu snowman stamp in a box of Christmas stamps I had ‘filed’ away. Goodness knows how long I’ve had it – and it’s never been used!

I stamped the image, then stamped again on some masking paper, then went ahead with the masking and ink blending. I used a darker blue for the upper part – trying to make it look like the sky, and a lighter blue for the ‘snow’ on the ground.

I then splattered some water on it, then splattered some Gansai Tambi ‘white gold’ – and just kept splattering. More mess!

I wasn’t truly happy with how this turned out – but then I added the MFT sentiment, and it seemed to tie the whole thing together.

I left the snowman white – a little shading around the edge, and also left the little birdie white – a very monochrome card. And it’s also a one-layer card. I took on the challenge – no idea why – but I am pleased with how it all came together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Library Craft ChallengeThe Snowman

Watercooler challengesanything goes

The Male RoomMasculine and the colour blue

Santa’s Sleigh

Hello again. I have had some time to craft – and hopefully more time throughout the weekend. I am still doing Christmas cards, and still loving the stamping, colouring and mini-scene cards. (Stayed away from the reveal wheel this time!!)

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I have just received a lot of stamps from the new Uniko release – so I will be playing with those later today – some great stamps and stencils to play to my hearts content.

This card is using the Mama Elephant ‘Santa’s Sleigh‘ stamp and matching die set, coloured with Crafters Companion Illustrator pens. I’m getting to grips with them. (Still liking them.)

I have been playing with different colours of my Distress Oxides to get some different backgrounds. I have tended to go with blues in the past, but wondered what it would be like with these colours here – and I’m liking the effect.

I splashed the distressed card with a glitter pen instead of water, then die cut once it was dry.

I turned the two die-cut rectangles upside down in their little slots for even more interest. The outside main die is raised on foam strips, and the two panels set inside flat to the base card.

The main images arranged as you see here.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Die cutting Divasanything goes with a die cut

Watercooler challengesanything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

4 Crafty ChicksChristmas

 

Christmas Dreams…..

Hello again. As I finally managed to get my head around the Lawn Fawn ‘Reveal Wheel’ – I can’t get enough of it. It’s a good job I need a few more cards for the charity sale of Friday………..here is one using the Lawn Fawn ‘Christmas Dreams’ stamp and die set:

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I used two shades of blue Distress Oxide for the background this time, making it a little darker at the top, and backed the reveal wheel portion with some Stampin Up DSP I found in my stash. I don’t used patterned paper very often, but have a bunch of it – I might need to look to YouTube for ideas how to use it more.

I stamped the images and coloured them as you see – laying them down for a cute scene inspired by the current challenge at Just Us Girls – a photo challenge – and went with the reds and the fireplace.

Again – colouring not my pleasure, but these images were so cute I made another card, with a slightly different background and lay-out:

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You may notice that some of the layers are slightly out of order – the tree should be in front of the mantle swag, the cat should be on top of the presents – but hey………..a girl has gotta go with what she has. I was so into the colouring and the layering that things got away from me……………

The first card will be entered into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

oooohhh – just realised I didn’t complete the sentiment on the first card…………….pretend the same one is there!!! It will be – before Friday!! 🙂 🙂

Floral and space

Hello there. No – it isn’t a flower in space. I have two cards – one floral and one galaxy/space – to share with you today. Two completely different cards. I have been missing my florals, even though I have been having messy and Distress Oxide fun.

This first card:

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is quite a simple card – I think I might be getting there with this style – though it still scares me!

Having seen quite a few butterflies around the garden whilst I’ve off work the past few days, I took the Honey Doo ‘Butterfly Border‘ stamp and heat embossed into a piece of card using white embossing powder, then blended my Distress Oxides over it. The embossing resisted the colour. I used a couple of the orange and yellow oxides, to create a summer feel.

I then took the matching die and cut that out of a 6×6 inch piece of card, first working out where I wanted it to be, and ensuring I could match it up (!!) then adhered the stamped and inked piece behind it.

I was going to go with a coloured border around this piece, but I like just a slightly bigger white base instead, as I think more colour would detract from the main element.

The sentiment is from the Concord and 9th ‘Painted Rose’ die set. I love this font, and that the words are separate to place where ever you like. I die cut this twice in white card, then the third time was from another piece of card I used the same distress Oxides on, and layered them all together.

This card will be entered into the current challenge at The Paper Players – to use negative space on a clean and simple card, and the current challenge at Addicted to CAS – with the theme of Summertime.

This second card is completely different to enter the current challenge at Lil Red Wagon:

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The current theme is to use anything to do with space, aliens planets etc. I did a few galaxy backgrounds – getting inky and messy again – then looked for my alien stamps. I started stamping and colouring these little creatures, before my sister reminded me they were monsters and not aliens, from Hero Arts ‘Monster Greetings‘ stamp and die set.

To me they are aliens, so I used my artistic license and carried on using them. I went for strong and vibrant colours with my Zigs, so they would stand out from the background, and then stamped and embossed the greeting in white, from another stamp set – I can’t remember what the name or make of this is.

 

 

Ocean Pals – keep swimming

Hello once again. I have been playing with the MFT ‘Ocean Pals‘ stamp and die cutting set this weekend – in between going to the Doncaster Race Course ‘Crafting Live’ event.

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I smooshed and ink blended a few backgrounds with several blue Distress Oxides, adding several layers, air drying between layers. I then cut out a circle – cut the bottom off to match the current CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge – then die cut that circle with the MFT Horizontal Snow Drifts.

I placed those pieces back into a circle shape using 3D foam pads, but wanted some white to show between the layers, so I off-set them. The blue circle alone was too – well – blue!

I stamped the little fishies onto water-colour card, then coloured them with my Zigs. I used 2 or 3 of each colour to get some dimension in the fishies. After adding them, I took a sentiment from Hero Arts Colour Layering Gold fish, which I stamped, layered with another piece of blue, and splattered with some to stop it being so white.

As the sun is shining again, I took a photo to show the dimension I added when putting the card together.

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I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Just Us GirlsWater-colour background