Thinking of you….

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Having reached the letter ‘I’, Dawn has chosen the theme of Insects on your creations. Here is my card:

Having been successful with using ink on an embossing folder for the first time, I decided to have another go using a couple of colours:

The embossing folder is from Simon Says Stamp, and I used Distress Inks on the inside, before running it through my die cutting machine. I haven’t had much success with this technique in the past – but for some reason it worked this time – no idea why……

The butterfly is from Tim Holtz, a Bigz die, which also comes with an embossing folder for the two butterflies. I added a simple sentiment and stuck down onto the card base. I didn’t stick the butterfly down completely, I like the wings to be a little raised, some movement.

I hope you can come and join us and show us what you can create using insects in your projects. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

The House That Stamps Built – anything goes

Krafty Chicks anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

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I can’t wait to see how far you fly…

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and this time the theme has been chosen by Helen, who wants to see you use dies or punches in your girlie creations. Here is my card:

Having received a few new orders with Altenew products, I decided to use some of them for this card. I stenciled the card base using Altenew ‘Terrazzo Tile’ stencil – these are layering stencils, and you don’t have to be particularly precise with this one – just place them as you want them.

The bird is die cut out some ink smooshing with Distress Inks – Wilted Violet I think – and I gave some dimension to the feathers, some movement, as it were.

The thin grey frame was attached, and the sentiment heat embossed in white.

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create following our theme. xx

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Always Fun Challengesuse stencils

Tuesday Taggers feathered friends

The House That Stamps Built stenciling

Addicted to Stamps and More die cuts or stencils

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Snowy Season’s Greetings

We are starting a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive’. Here is my card:

This stamp is from Pink Ink – and is quite large……so the card ended up being a substantial size – but fun to make.

I stamped then heat embossed the image, then stamped another to make a mask for the top portion – the tree and top of the card.

I then ink blended the background with Distress Inks, before water-colouring my image. Some of the smaller details I coloured with Copics. Once it had all dried, I splattered some Copic Opaque White all over – I mean all over – to get a blizzard effect – the snowman is still taking this tree home despite the weather!

I decided it needed a frame, so I used die-cut a frame using some stithced rectangle dies, then ink blended with Distress Inks to match the background.

I quite enjoyed using the variety of medium to create this card and will definitely have a play again.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes mixed media

Christmas Craft Creations anything goes Christmas

Avenue 613 anything goes with optional twist of water-colour

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Happy Everything

Hello once again. There is anew challenge started at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘H’ and Debbie has chosen the theme of ‘use the word Happy in your sentiment‘. Here is my card:

Do you think the word is bold enough?

The background is ink smooshing onto Distress Heavy card stock – part of a bunch of these backgrounds I made whilst restricted a few weeks ago. Because this background is so vibrant, I decided the sentiment ought to be big and bold and black…….

The sentiments – the big word and the embossed word – are from Uniko, as is the little gold party hat added to the first letter……

I hope you can come and join us. I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘happy’ creations. xx

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Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle anything goes

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Rockin’ Holidays

Hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is ‘Christmas In July’. Here is my card:

The background with gold foil stars was created using Thermoweb Duo Gel, a star stencil, and then running through my die-cutting machine with Decofoil.

I used the Lawn Fawn backdrop for the white, and then die-cut the blue foiled star panel to get the evening sky. The hills were glittered using Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter.

The trees and gnome are from Spellbinders, a little Copic shading on the tree stumps, and the trees themselves cut out of Lawn Fawn paper with little dots on – just to mimic some snow…….maybe…..and the edges of the tree layers die cut out of some white glitter card.

The gnome – now his legs move – rocking from side-to-side:

It was quite fun creating this little scene – I did have to watch a couple of videos on how to piece the gnome together – so many little pieces. I usually don’t like little fiddly die-cutting and assembling – but this was fun.

I hope you can come and join us with your creations matching our current them – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

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Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Moments Challenge – anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Craft CottageChristmas in July

Daisy Chain Challenge use dies and/or stencils

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Snowman and Santa

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ and the themes for each letter are:

N’ for North Pole, ‘O’ for Off To One Side

Here are my cards:

‘N’ for North Pole

‘O’ for Off To The Side

The North Pole card is using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions, a little masking, and then coloured with Copics. I used some small snowflake stamps for the sky and Concord & 9th ink, adding some little spots of glitter, and then Lawn fawn Prisma Glitter.

The second card is using a stamp set from Newtons Nook, stamped, coloured with Arteza watercolour brushes, then die cut. The sky is using a stencil from MFT which was not slimline, but I made it work, and ink blending.

The snow bank is using Lawn Fawn slimline dies – and more glitter!

I was inspired to make cards for both the themes this time round – that’s what happens when you have not been able to craft for a few weeks – overflow of ideas…..

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following our two specific themes. xx

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North Pole card:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas with N or M (North Pole)

Here Is A Place To Start Favourite Holiday/Celebration (Christmas)

Sparkles Forum Challenge Christmas and snowflakes

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Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Country View Challengeuse a stencil

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Green or Gold…..

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Alphabet Challenge. Meg has chosen the theme of ‘Green or Gold’. Here is my card:

So – did I go for gold or what???!!!

Using the same embossing folder used previously, I embossed with some gold mirror card – and that shine and detail is stunning in real life…….

I didn’t want to hide too much of the design, so I just added the ‘Sweet Tulip’ die from Simon says Stamp – layered three times, and another sentiment strip.

The Design Team has some very varied makes as inspiration – so I hope you can come and join us with this challenge. xx

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Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Thank you, Friend

Hello. I am managing to spend a little time sitting ‘normally’ now so have been able to so some crafting. My foot is recovering nicely, but I still have to be careful how I walk – it’s a very funny sight, I can tell you. Think penguin crossed with a crab……….

One of the cards I was able to make before my surgery was this card for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz:

The theme chosen by Shell is to ‘get inky’, so I played with my Distress inks and oxides, created some ink smooshing backgrounds, then die cut these leaves and flowers from a Sizzix die set.

The background is a 3D embossing folder – just on white card stock – to add some subtle interest.

The sentiment is a label sticker from Tim Holtz. In hindsight – I maybe should have put it onto a piece of card instead of sticking it directly down onto the textured background – but there we are………

I hope you can come and join us. This is the first ever challenge hosted by Shell (Bower) – so lets give her lots of choices for the top picks…….!

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Happy Penguin Holidays

Hello. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive‘. Here is my card:

The cute penguin image is from Gerda Steiner, coloured with Copics, with the sentiment from the same stamp set.

The background is ink blended Distress inks with a little gitterly splatter. Hills created using Lawn Fawn dies, and Lawn Fawn glitter applied to the top of each hill and their hats.

I also decided to add some glittery clouds on the top with a little – just a little – ink blending.

I hope you can come and join us and increae your crafty stash ready forr the end of the year – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

Panda Happy Birthday

Hello there. This is another post I’m putting together whilst unable to sit at my computer – so please bear with the briefness – is that a word?

Annyway, I am hosting the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge, we have reached the letter ‘F’, and I chose the theme of ‘Furry Friends’.

Here is my card:

I chose to use an oldie but favourite stamp set from Simon Says Stamp ‘Party Like a Panda‘, and coloured with Copics.

The sparkly birthday is using a die from Mama Elephant with a shadow layer in black to make it stand out more.

The background is using a Sue Wilson embossing folder and just a little hint of wax for some shine.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I’m looking forward to seeing your creations following our theme. xx