Merry Berry Christmas

Hello once again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge – anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I thought I’d have a go at partial die-cutting with this gorgeous Hero Arts stamp and die set:

I stamped, coloured, the die cut the holly branch first. I then took a red card base, and partially die-cut the holly branch into the front, then used a craft knife to cut away thee top and bottom.

Before sticking the image down, I added a slim silver glitter strip, then some Lawn striped paper and dotty shiny paper.

My card base is 5 x 7 inches, so the 6 inch papers didn’t fit all the way, so I craftily joined them where you wouldn’t be able to see the join – under the sentiment and under the branch – soooo crafty…..!

The sentiment is white heat embossed onto the piece of red card stock I used for the base which I had cut off.

Hopefully you can come and join us in this challenge and get your Christmas card stash to grow by at least one more creation…… xx

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N for No Layers

At The Alphabet Challenge we have reached the letter ‘N’, and Veronika has chosen the theme of ‘No Layers’. None. Zilch, Zip. Nada………

Here is my card:

I have taken a liking to stencils, particularly layering stencils. I struggle with them – I usually get some black ink on the layers somewhere – whether or not I’ve used black ink. Goodness knows where it comes from. And usually one of the colours I use ends up in the wrong place – handy for sequin placement – but this time I couldn’t use one due to being one layer.

I recently attended another virtual crafting weekend, and one of those classes was using a layering stencil, but also masking parts of that stencil to use different colours…..so I thought I’d try with this one from Simon Says Stamp.

I also decided I like to use Distress inks for smaller openings, and Distress Oxides for larger areas.

This particular stencil involved quite a bit of masking to get the different colours on the leaves and petals -those small sticky note arrow thingies work well for that – and small blender brushes too.

Hopefully you can join us in our new challenge – no layers. I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Oriental’

Hello. Dawn is hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and she has chosen the theme of ‘Oriental’. Here is my take on the new theme:

This actually a one layer card – I decided to do some masking and then colouring – just to keep challenging myself.

The stamps I used are from Clearly Besotted, first stamping the cute creature, then masking, and then stamping the background.

I also then masked the tree – itty bitty cutting required – and masked above and below as you see and ink blended the blue strip.

Once the masks were removed I used Copics to colour, and then stamped the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Oriental’ makes – I look forward to seeing what you create.

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Cupcake Inspirations anything goes

Critter Crazy Challenge anything goes with a critter

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS option ombre (option not taken)

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One Layer Happy Birthday

Hello. A new challenge has started at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, this time we want to see your CAS cards with no added layers. Just the card base with your images and/or sentiments on it. No layering. No die cuts – one layer.

Here is my card:

Using a top folding A2 card base out of Neenah card stock, I stamped the two layers from the Uniko ‘Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral’ using Catherine Pooler inks.

I chose these two colours virtually straight away, and chose Catherine Poole rinks as they always stamp first time on new stamp sets – a little rubbing over the stamp with the fingers, but then you are good to go. Of course -having the Misti helps – just in case!

There are some little stamps in the set too which I used to stamp extra in the main image – those little dots and a few leaves….

As a little aside – this is the second card I created for this challenge. The first card just didn’t take my fancy. I used some layering flower and leaves sets from Altenew, some masking – but the end result didn;t really do it for me – I kept thinking about t, and finally – whilst tidying my craft room for yet another virtual crafting session – I came across this stamp set just sat there waiting to be added to the CML app.

Bingo – I prefer this card much better – it just kinda sings to me…..

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – there are some amazing one layer cards from the Design Team – and such a difference between each make – such inspiration….. xx

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So Proud OF You……

The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘M’ – and Melanie has chosen the theme of ‘Motivational or encouraging sentiment‘. Here is my card:

I am sure you know someone who would appreciate an encouragement card. There have been quite a few – from my side of things at least – that deserve that little more recognition from me. I always try to express those thoughts in person, but sometimes a little something-something can add and boost their confidence.

I have a team in mind for this card, and will be taking it to them shortly.

I again used the new Tim Holtz Mica sprays for this card – after I had stamped the image from Polkadoodles. I may repeat this card again and this time heat embossing the image, but for this I like the overall effect.

I did go back in with some clean water on some of the flower images to ‘lift’ some of the spray to make them more visible……

The image is so much more visible in real life – and those mica sprays have so much shine – but I just can’t seem to capture them on a photo…….!

As this stamp is so long, I went for the slimline style, but I did cut it down on one edge, and left a border of black instead of centering it in the middle – I like how that seems to make it more dramatic.

I hope you can join us with your encouraging sentiments – I am sure they will be appreciated by the recipient. xx

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Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes mixed media

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Crafters Castle Challenge anything goes

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option monochrome

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Thankful For You

Hi there. Cardz 4 Galz had started a new challenge with a new theme. Caz has chosen the theme of ‘Autumn/Fall Leaves‘. Here is my card:

I wanted to make a card with this kind of sentiment on it for a good friend who has been absolutely invaluable to me over the past few weeks. I’ve needed someone to help with some things – and she has been right there. She has run me around and generally kept in touch when I needed a boost – I am so, so thankful for her. She’s an absolute gem.

I started by stamping the Concord & 9th turnabout onto a Kraft card stock, using four autumnal colours from Gina K. The turnabout jig is a must for me to be able to line things up – thanks to the Concord & 9th Summer Camp I ‘virtually’ attended – the jig was included in the kit, and Cathy Zielske showed us how to use it…..

Once the background was stamped, I used the leaf die to cut the large leaf out of white card stock, but I added some colour by stamping the small splotch stamp so it wasn’t quite so stark. I also decided to add the panel to a white card base to bring it together.

I also decided to add some sequins so I hunted through my stash and found a Catherine Pooler sequin mix, but when I open it some of them just kinda fell onto my card – so I stuck them down where they fell. That’s one way to decided where they go, isn’t it?

I hope you can come and join us with your girlie autumn/fall leaves creations – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

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The Four Seasons Challengeanything goes FALL

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

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Christmas Pine Cones

We have a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always anything goes as long as it’s Christmas or festive. Here is my card:

Using one of my pre-made ink smooshed cards, I die cut the pine cones and branch. The base is a 3D embossing folder – leaving it white to be able to see the texture, but also to highlight the pine cones and branches.

I also used some enamel dots I had laying around – no idea where they came from. I think they were part of a kit or an online order as a freebie – but I thought the colours matched the card perfeclty.

Quite simple in it’s design, but lots of texture.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas makes. xx

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Krafty Chicks Christmas

Creative Knockouts anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

DL Art Challenge fall colours

My Time To Craft Christmas photo inspiration (white background and festive themed, green, brown)

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‘L’ is for Leaves

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘L’ and Deborah has chosen the theme of ‘LEAVES’. Here is my card:

I’m doing some messy playing at the moment – I do like creating background panels and adding them to my stock – sometimes I think I enjoy this more than actually creating cards with them…….!

I used a Tim Holtz mica stain on a piece of Distress Heavy stock, and when that was dry I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder, then wiped some Sizzix lustre wax over the top for even more shine and interest.

The etched laurel leaves were die cut from another piece of card stock which had yet another Tim Holtz mica spray on it.

The frame is from Tum Holtz too, and so is the sentiment strip.

I hope you can come and join – I look forward to seeing your creations involving leaves. xx

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Use stencils – Cardz 4 Galz

Hi there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and Debbie has chose the theme of ‘Stencils’. Here is my card:

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The background stencil is one from my stash – no idea where it came from – but it was big enough to create two card bases:

I mixed Salvaged Patina Distress Paint with some Altenew embossing paste and set that aside to dry once scraping it through the stencil.

The words are die cut from a piece of Distress Heavy-stock, sprayed with the new Halloween colour from Tim Holtz – and I certainly made use of that little piece of card:

The die cuts are from Concord & 9th, I even managed to cut the little hearts out of that same piece of card stock – utilising every available space on that piece….

So much shimmer and shine in those Halloween spray colours – even though I don’t ‘do’ Halloween – I love the way these colours look…….so vibrant…..

I hope you are able to come and join us with your girlie makes using stencils – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

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A Bit More Time To Craft – anything goes

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Use Your Stuff anything goes

Crafters Café anything goes

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Creative Fingers anything goes

We Love 2 CreateAnything goes mixed media

Mixed Media Lovers – anything goes mixed media

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Happy Bird-Day

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge for the month of September. The theme is ‘Winged Things’ – in a CAS style. I had to make a birthday card, as it’s my birthday this month – so here is my card:

For the circle I used the Concord & 9th turnabout we received as part of the their Summer Camp, using their ink cubes, and then used a stitched circle die.

The bird die is also from Concord & 9th – Birdie Talk – and using their card stock too……so it’s turned out to be a Concord & 9th card really…….

It would be great to see your CAS style cards with this current theme – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

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Allsorts Challenge CAS

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Addicted to CAS CAS NATURE

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