One Word Sentiment

Hello there. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge’ and this time the letter is ‘O’, and we want ‘One Word Sentiments‘. Here is my card:

This a new stamp set to me, and I couldn’t wait to colour it, especially after doing the first class (out of four) of a Copic colouring course.

I usually struggle with doing an image and sentiment on the same layer – usually smudge it, sometimes even colour outside the lines, but basically it is usually the last thing I do on the card which ruins it – or means I have to cover things up somehow.

For this card – it all went according to plan. No smudges, no outside line colouring – it just happened. Yay!

The background behaved too – trying a little blue for the sky, and a little green for the grass – I can see the main monkey is hanging from the tree, but still some green behind him/her…..

I hope you can come and join us – it would be great to see your creations using a one word sentiment. The Design Team have some fabulous cards and ideas………..I hope to see you there.

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Challenges I shall be entering:

Addicted to CASCAS creature

Crafty Card Makersadd a critter

Polkadoodlesanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes

Shades of Brown

Hello again. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz4Galz, and chosen the theme of ‘Shades of Brown‘. I thought this would incite some creative juice production to make a girlie kinda card using this theme. Here is my card:

I started by stamping the Altenew ‘Engraved Flowers’ onto a dark brown card-stock, and heat embossed in white. I stamped out all the images, but only used the two you see above.

I then took that same dark brown card and a lighter brown card and dry embossed with a Sue Wilson embossing folder for some added background detail – but not too much, as I wanted this card to be quite simple.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set, again heat embossed in white.

I hope you can pop along to our challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have made, and take the plunge and join us by entering. I look forward to seeing your ‘shade of brown’ creations in our gallery.

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Chllanges I shall be entering:

A bit more time to craftanything goes

Brown sugar challengeanything goes

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.

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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

Merry ‘tweet’mas

Hi everyone. Today is the start of a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. As always, the theme is Christmas anything goes.

For my card, I took the opportunity to use one if the new stamps I bought at a craft show near Coventry the other week:

I loved this simple stamp when I saw it, and decided all it needed was some Copic colouring. It’s also a tall and skinny card, managing to create it using an A4 sheet of card, without going into my 12×12 inch stash.

I used a selection of brown Copics, wanting the deer to be darker than the birds, which I wanted darker than the antlers – just so they stood out.

Of course – they are all robins, with their little red breasts.

I hope you are able to come along and join us in this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery – and don;t forget – making Christmas cards is almost a ‘must’ at this point in the year…….no pressure!!

Also – I’m struggling with photographing my cards in the darker days – have a light box, have a light stand – but just can’t seem to get the lighting quite right. I seem to have done better with this photo – but I think it’s a work in progress………if you have any suggestions, hints, tips – feel free to either leave a comment on my blog – or send me an email….. xx

Challenges I shall be entering:

Trimmies Craft Challenge animals

Clean and Simple on SundayCAS animals

Crafty Catz Weekly Challengeanything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Pretty Bows

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz, and the theme this time is ‘Pretty Bows’. We would love to see your paper-crafting related projects with this theme.

We are also have a Design Team call – so if you can create a card every two weeks following a set theme, be able to comment on your allocated numbers in the entries – I usually comment more – and host a challenge or two, picking the spotlight winners – then please come along and submit your entry for consideration. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create, and looking forward to greeting a new teamie…… xxxx

Back to the current challenge. Here is my card:

I began with a lilac card layer using Sue Wilson Stitched Squares, cut a smaller square with one of the layers, and then die cut one of the verso layers from the tonic die set. The bows in this verso layer can be lifted for added dimension, as you can see from the close photo.

After cutting a couple more layers from the Tonic set, I created a lattice bow using the Spellbinders tiered Mulitloop Bows die set, using a gem brad to put the layers of the bow together, and added to the card as you see.

I decided not to put a sentiment on this card, and will instead use a verse or poem in the middle instead, as I feel this could be quite a generic card.

I hope you can visit the Cardz 4 Galz challenge and see the creations from the Design Team – and I also hope you can come and join us – I look froward to seeing what you create.

XX

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

Penguins, Quarters, reindeer

Hello there everyone. There is another challenge starting at ABC Christmas Challenge, and this time the letters are ‘P’ for Penguins, ‘Q’ for quarters, and ‘R’ for Reindeer.

Here are my cards for this challenge:

P for Penguins, Q for Quarters
R for Reindeer

I was so inspired by this challenge, that I did cards which covered all three letters. I hunted through my MFT stash to come up with the images, and I even enjoyed colouring them! I know – I don’t usually…..

For the first card I used some Distress Oxides and ink blended a background, cutting out four squares as a backdrop for the penguins. The embossing folder is from Sue Wilson. The die-cut sentiment is from Altenew, and stacked with three layers for dimension to match the height of the squares.

For the second card I used the same embossing folder, ink blended – just a little – some of the blue Distress Oxides, but used the de-bossed side, instead of the embossed side.

I hope you can come along and join us this time, I am sure you have something suitable in your stash for at least one of the letters – if not all of them. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas ChallengeChristmas with the option of reindeer

Dis Digi designs – things with wings or a tail

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

My Time To CraftChristmas in July