Glitter and Gems

Hi everyone. A new challenge has begun at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘G’ – and we want to see your glitter and gems.

I think I have just a little bit of both here:

And when I said ‘just a little bit’ of both……..

I think I covered the brief!

This is completely out of my comfort zone – but I like to be challenged! I first decided to use this glitter panel which came from goodness knows where, and backed the heart cut-out with some matt gold card.

Into this heart I placed some Wow! jewels, then filled in the spaces with some pearls of varying sizes.

Mats and layers as you see, and the ‘shine’ sentiment is actually a die from Stampin Up which says ‘sunshine’ – but I cut the ‘sun’ part of it off……

So – do you think there’s enough glitter and gems here for you? 🙂

I hope you can come and join us for this theme – it promises to be an amazing site to see all that shine and glitter etc in our gallery – I hope to see you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafters Cafe Challenge anything goes

Crafty Creations Challenge – anything goes

Gnome For The Holidays

Hello. There is a new challenge beginning at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O‘. We want to see your Christmas creations with ‘No Fuss‘ and/or ‘Over The Top‘. I chose the ‘No Fuss’ theme. here is my card:

I first stamped the images from Simon SDays Stamp ;Gnome For the Holidays’ in Gin K amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

Once cut out with the matching die set, I arranged them as you see – though I did play around with the layout quite a bit. I’ve said before how I find arranging CAS layouts quite challenging.

We have some great makes from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I ‘d love to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option snowflakes (not taken)

Colour Crazy Challenge week 24atg colouring

Crafty Sentiments Challengeatg

Winter Bouquets

Hello there. A new challenge has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is ‘anything goes’ as long as it is Christmas. Here is my card:

I used the Honey Bee Stamps ‘Winter Bouquet‘ Honey Cuts and took lots of inspiration from watching YouTube and Nicole Spohr when she was making cards with this set.

The main thing for me was to use Copics on the die-cut elements to create some dimension – a game changer for me. I never thought of doing that to die cuts when using a coloured card.

I die cut the elements out of coloured card, used some matching Copics, then assembled as you see. The centre of the poinsettias are actually a very bright yellow glitter card – no idea where it came from – and then I just used a brown Copic to tone it down.

The sentiment is white heat embossed, and is from a Stampin Up set and white heat embossed onto a die cut panel.

I stuck most of the element down with 3D glue gel, only the tiny sprigs where stuck with glue.

The background is a piece of water-colour card and spritzed with Lumi spray – I wanted a bright shimmer to the background. then came the Nuvo drops – I’ve not used them for a few weeks so here we go – making up for the loss!

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option snowflake (not taken)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Crafting Happiness Challengeatg

Alphabet Challenge – Flora or Fauna

Hello once again. I hope you are doing OK. There is a new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘F’ – and we want to see your Flora or Fauna. I decided to go with Flora:

I began by stamping then heat embossing in white the Honey Bee Stamps ‘In Full Bloom’ stamp, then water-colouring with my Altenew water-colour pan set. I only used one navy blue for the water-colouring, but did three layers at least, to try and create some dimension to the flowers.

I also coloured the leaves from that same water-colour set, but these are so small, I just did a simple wet and drop in the colour kinda thing.

Strangely enough, I tried to find a navy blue in my full Arteza water-colour pens – but despite my having the complete brush pen set – I couldn’t find a blue that was navy enough! Hence the use of the Altenew set.

I die-cut the outside with the matching die set and pondered on die-cutting the centre. As you see, I did cut out the centre, as the water-colour card is from Arteza and has a cream tinge to it – not white.

Then I thought this was too plain on the card base, so I took a piece of navy card-stock and dry embossed using a Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder. The first attempt – I didn’t get the plates right in my Junior, so it reversed it back out to me. Then when I did get the plates right – the depth of the folder created such dimension – the card split!

So – another piece of card, sprayed some water on it to dampen a little – hey presto! It worked. I think I’ll write down the combination ready for the future.

The sentiment is from a Simon says Stamp die and added with foam pads slightly higher than the floral frame.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenges dry or wet embossing (both on this card)

The Flower Challengeflowers and navy plus one other colour (navy and green)

Arty Divas Challenge – anything goes

Seize The Birthday anything goes birthday with option water-colour

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘steampunk’

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme – chosen by Deborah – is Steampunk.

Now – this is not something I’m familiar with, but a Kit and Clowder class featured this gorgeous PowerPoppy digital stamp – which I thought suited the theme perfectly. (I see it’s also on sale at the moment too!)

Here is my card:

This is my first go at colouring this stamp using the directions from Alyce at Kit and Clowder – and I like how this turned out.

Coloured with Copics – the whole thing took me about 5 or 6 hours – following her directions and advice as close as I could. I also have some process pictures:

the butterflies first
then the clock
then the cogs and flowers

I still have some work to do on my fine-line colouring – but I suppose that is the point of taking these classes.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I’d love to see your take on the ‘steampunk’ girlie theme………… xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Polkadoodles craft challengeanything goes colouring

Colour Crazy Challenge challenge 23 – anything goes colouring

Crafty Creations anything goes

Jan’s Digi Stamps anything goes colouring

Elephant Birthday

Hi there. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. This time I am the host and have chosen the theme for the letter ‘E’ as being ‘Earthbound Animals’. Here is my card:

I use the ‘Color Layering Elephant’ stamp set from Hero Arts to produce this quite CAS card – the splash of rainbow colour as a layer making it quite playful I think.

The sentiments are both from the same stamp set, and I like the scripty look to these.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – there is some fabulous inspiration makes from the Design Team and you have until the 18th June to share your creations.

I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS CAS rainbow

AAA Cards CAS Birthday

CAS on Sunday CAS animals

Cardz4Galz – more than one fold

Hello there. I have a bright card to share today for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz. This time we want to see your girlie cards with more than one score/fold. Here is my card:

After creating the card base I looked to use a large image for the rectangle on the front. I used the Tracey Hey Designs ‘catitude’ stamp set, and coloured the lion image with Copics – some minor shading, but not too much.

I then looked through my paper stash to fins some colours to match, and found a selection of purple and oranges which seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

These were measured and cut using my Cutterpillar, then stuck down.

When I closed the card it looked a little bare to me, so I also added some scalloped purple borders using a die set from Lawn Fawn – which I think kinda matched the shape of the mane.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge and I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Always Fun Challengeslayers

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Christmas Love and Movies

Hi there. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. The letters this time are ‘L’ and ‘M’ – and we want to see Love and Movies with your Christmas creations. Here are my cards:

‘L’ for Love

‘M’ for Movies:

The first card was quite simple and easy to make, using an MFT Stamps Die-namics and two pieces of patterned paper.

The second card took a little more time, mainly the colouring part of it. I didn’t know what to make for the ‘M’ for Movies part of it, and spent some time searching the tinterweb for Christmas movies…..when I saw the ‘Elf’ movie – though I haven’t seen it – I remembered this stamp set from MFT.

The image was stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics, then die-cut with MFT ‘Wonky Squares‘.

I have no idea where the patterned paper came from but I felt the colours and theme matched the little elfies, and the sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I hope you can join us and I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Card 1:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned papers

Just Us Girls 2 or more patterned papers

Card 2:

Colour Crazy Challenge week 20 – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes with option of at least 2 layers

Lil Patch of Crafty friends anything goes

Crafters Cafe anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Stuffed Stockings

Hello there. There is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas related. Here is my card:

I used the Concord & 9th ‘Stocking Stuffers’ stamp and die set. The stockings and ‘stuffing’ bits were stamped with Gina K Amalgam ink and coloured with Copics. After die-cutting with the matching die set, I added a glittery silver cuff to the top of each sock – but didn’t add the heel and toe pieces as I didn’t want to take away from the colours and colouring.

As I used a piece of patterned paper for the background which had some dots – I added some to my images of the stockings, and some ‘Stickles’ glitter to parts of it too.

There were a few stamps and dies in the set which I had no clue what to do with – nor what they were. So I went and consulted the You Tube oracle – and found that there was a die to add the little ‘pull me‘ tag – and that you could also add a sentiment to pull which goes behind a stocking………….well – I had to have a go, didn’t I?

Here is the result:

I am loving this stamp and die set – I can see me using this for more cards. The most time-consuming was the colouring – but I’m getting into that now. I keep trying, I keep playing – and even though colouring is a means to an end – I’m liking it a little more…….!

I do hope you can come and join us for this challenge – get your stash ready for the end of the year. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team – I encourage you to go and check them out. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Fab’n’Funky Challenge Christmas

Krafty Chicks Occasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas – option of a bear not taken

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge something that moves

Colour Crazy Challenge week 21anything goes colouring

Weirdo Birthday

Hello once again. I have a CAS birthday card to share as there is a new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – the theme this time is ‘Birthday’:

This little cutie is from Tracey Hey Designs, stamped in Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics. I also added some white gel pen dots for added interest.

The ‘weird’ sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the birthday sentiment from somewhere else – I forget where! 🙂

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘Birthday’ theme, and I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – anything goes critters

Crafty Animals – anything goes animals

Stamplorations May CAS Challenge – anything goes CAS with option baby pink (option not taken)