Happy Winter Birthday

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge. The theme is ‘check it out’ chosen by Helen. We want to see your creations which include gingham or plaid. Here is my card:

Onto a white card base I adhered some MFT plaid patterned paper in brighter colours.

The image is from Time For Tea Designs, stamped with a brown Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics, trying to match the colours in the plaid background.

I used the matching die, which cut out the centre of the wreath, but I placed that back inside once I had stamped the sentiment – from the same stamp set.

I’m looking forward to seeing your girly creations using plaid/gingham. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

INTAAS happiness

Love To Craft anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge week 31 – anything goes with colouring

Craft Rocket flowers

AAA Birthday birthday atg

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

ABC Christmas Challenge – P, Q, R

Hello again. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached P, Q, and R – the themes for those letters are P – for Pink, Q for Quarters, R for Reindeer. This time round I created a card for all three letters:

Q for Quarters

Using some ephemera and patterned paper from Tim Holtz, some matting and layering, some Distress Ink blending around the edges.

R for Reindeer

More Tim Holtz ephemera and patterned paper, some Distress Ink around the edges of the frame.

P for Pink

Not Tim Holtz for this card! Hero Arts sentiment die cut from an ink smooshed background, layered with white. A patterned paper background, some pink ink blending, and then some pink sequins.

I hope you can come join our themed Christmas challenge this time round – I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

P if for Pink:

Love To Craft – anything goes

Sparkles Forum Christmas ChallengeChristmas and sentiment as main focus

Q is for Quarters:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Mix It Up Challengeanything goesoption CAS not taken

Moving Along With The Timesanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Christmas Kickstart Christmas and never in a nativity

R is for Reindeer:

TTCRD anything goes

Cards Galore anything goes

Winter Wonderland ChallengeChristmas and reindeer

Merry Cardinal Christmas

Hello. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

This cute little bird is from the new Spellbinders release, of which I must admit I bought quite a lot of the products. There will be more cards coming with those products in the near future.

Onto white card base I layered a red panel, then the white dry embossed panel.

I die cut the scallop oval, matted with a plain white piece, and then set-to putting the little birdie together.

I decided on what colours I wanted to go where on the birdie – and stuck down a piece of white on the back behind the eye and neck, placed him onto the oval and stuck down the 3D foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment onto white, and layered that small panel with the matching red card to enable it to standout a little more from the background.

I hope you can come and join us – thereby creating your stash for later in the year. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeemboss it

Christmas With The Cutiescute Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Addicted To Stamps and More die cuts and/or stencils

Happy Little Stampers – atg Birthday

Hello there. Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has now changed to an ‘anything goes birthday’ challenge – and it doesn’t have to be CAS at all. I hope you are able to come and join us with your birthday themed creations, and fill our gallery with your birthday makes.

Here is my card:

The stamp used is a turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th, received as part of their recent virtual event. I used different coloured inks for each ‘turn’ to create the background.

This panel was matted onto black card stock – I knew I wanted to stamp the sentiment in black – and adhered to a white card base.

The sentiment strip was die cut and I then ‘bent’ the sentiment to match the line of the die cut, which actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I then added some pink sequins – three tones of pink – for some added glitz.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations stamping and summer flowers

Creative Knockouts anything goes

Krafty Chicks occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Happy Birthday

AAA Birthdayanything goes birthday

Crafting Makes Everything Better

Hi there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘I’, and Helen has chosen the theme of ‘Interests/Hobbies’. Here is my card:

I created a background using different crafty images from a Gina K stamp set – one I received as part of a kit last year – I think!

The images of scissors, card and envelope, paint palette, glue gun, ink pad – all stamped haphazardly onto a white panel.

I then took a Uniko stamp ‘Splatter’ and three colours of ink and just stamped once for each colour.

The sentiment was stamped, and the background panel and the sentiment were matted with black card stock and adhered to a white card base.

I just had to – had to – add some facetted gems – it would be rude not to!

I hope you can come and join us and share your hobbies and interest creations with us. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

TTCRDanything goes

We Love Stamping anything stamped – option hot summer colours

Dragonfly Dreams indoor hobbies

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Creative Fingers – anything goes


A Penguin Merry Christmas

We are starting a new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. Veronika is hosting this challenge and has chosen ‘Holidays‘ for the letter ‘H’.

Here is my card:

I used some Lawn Fawn images, coloured with Copic, and die cut with the matching dies.

The background is another ink smooshed panel – I think I’m addicted to making those panels.

I die cut the sentiment, layering it with white – slightly offset to make it stand out – and added some clear glitter pen.

I also added the glitter pen to the hat, and a slope of glitter card stock for the penguin and the babies to stand on.

I hope you can come and join us with your Holiday makes – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – any holiday celebration. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 27 – anything goes with colouring

Moving Along With The Times inky background

Paper Dragonfly Challenge Christmas in July

Unicorn Challenge Christmas in July

12 Months of Christmasanything goes Christmas

ABC – N for New and/or O for Old

Hello there. I am hosting the new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. The themes for the new challenge should be Christmas creations, and ‘N’ for New, ‘O’ for Old. Here is my card:

I chose a slimline base card with a black layer. My ‘New’ is a new embossing folder I purchased at a recent craft show. The folder creates such a deep embossing of the poinsettia, and also comes with a die to cut out one of the flowers.

I therefore created the embossed base, then embossed another, die cut the flower, and placed on top, I even fussy-cut more leaves from the second embossed panel, coloured them with green Copics, and added underneath for even more dimension.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – following our themes – and one lucky random winner will receive these two stamp sets from two UK companies:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Challenge – anything goes Christmas

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

CYHTP – anything goes with an embossing folder – option of summer not taken

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

Triangles – Cardz 4 Galz

Dawn S has chosen the theme for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. She wants to see ‘Triangles’. Here is my card:

I die cut the white panel using a Catherine Pooler background panel I’ve had for absolutely ages, and then attached this to a previously created purple ink smooshed panel from my stash.

I have quite a few of these panels – I love to create a whole bunch of them ready for using – either die cutting or for backgrounds like this one.

I then die cut the ‘hi’ out of black card stock – layered 4 times for dimension – and added some clear gems as you see.

I seem to be using my little gems and accents quite a lot lately – I can’t seem to stop. At least I’m not hoarding them – though I do have a lot more to use!

I’m looking forward to seeing your creations incorporating our theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends anything goes

TTCRD anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Creative Fingers anything goes

The Sisterhood Of Craftersadd layers

Many Snowflakes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

I started by dry embossing using a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder – I knew I wanted a lot of snowflakes on this card and this folder fitted the bill perfectly.

I then die cut the Hero Arts snowflake die out of a larger circle of white card and adhered it to a previously created background. If I remember correctly, the background card was sprayed and splattered, and then a shiny coat added – but I can’t remember what the shine is from as I did this soooo long ago – just waiting to be used!

I then stuck some varying sizes of gems into the centre of each snowflake and stuck the whole circle down onto the embossed panel.

The sentiment was stamped in black and clear heat embossed – to give this a shiny look too – then fussy cut around the general shape – not too fussy and fancy – just the overall shape of the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us this time round. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Mixed Media Loversanything goes mixed media

Peace On Earth Christmas ChallengeChristmas mood board

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Addicted To Stamps and More anything goes

CYHTP embossing folder – option things with wings not taken

Hello Friend

Hello once again. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge, the letter is ‘F’ and the theme is ‘Friendship’. Deborah is hosting this time round. Here is my card:

I went with a two colour combination for this card for some reason. I didn’t plan it that way, but it certainly came out that way.

I layered some patterned paper with a matching colour of card, and added some MFT stitched flowers with clear gems in the centre of each. I did toy with the idea of some leaves but decided against it.

The words are from Concord & 9th, die cut and layered 4 times to create some dimension.

I hope you can join us with your creations following our theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Cards Galore Challengeanything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Crafty Gals Corner anything goes