Alphabet Challenge ‘R’ is for Red

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. We have reached the letter ‘R’ and Debbie has chosen the theme of ‘RED’.

Here is my card:

I chose a mini slimline card, and used a background previously created using a Tim Holtz stencil and Deco Foil Duo Gel – running through my die-cut machine. These poinsettias are just gorgeous in the silver and this is one of the most successful duo foil backgrounds I made – there was some frustration initially – but this came out almost perfect.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp – silver heat embossed onto white.

Quite simple but I feel very effective.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘Red’ creations – I look forward to seeing your projects. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Happy Holidays/Christmas

Water Cooler Challenge – occasions

Createalicious Challenge atg with option of Christmas

Fab n Funky Challenge Christmas

Crafters Café Challenge anything goes

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Cardz 4 Galz ‘Snow time’

Cardz 4 Galz has started a new challenge, and the theme chosen by Caz is ‘It’s Snow Time’. Here is my card:

I went completely outside my comfort zone to have a go at this technique. I have been seeing it for years – tried it a couple of times – but this time I wanted to try and get it done correctly. I am pleased with the result – but it did take a lot of planning, and masking, and decisions!

I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, then placed the Card-io Bauble stencil onto it. I stamped the little scene at the top with Distress Oxide ‘Weathered Wood‘, then placed the fence and animals where I thought they could sit.

I then tore some paper and ink blended the same Distress Ink to create some hills underneath the animals. I added some of the same DI around the edge of the bauble – then also decided to add some Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter – well – why wouldn’t you?

Most of the cards like this are created using a black ink, but I wanted a more muted silhouette – and I think it works.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

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MMM Challengecute Christmas

Avenue 613 Challenge atg

Clean and Simple on Friday CAS Winter

Creative Fingersatg

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ABC Christmas Challenge – Y and Z

Hello. ABC Christmas Challenge has started their last challenge for this year. Having reached the letters ‘Y‘ and ‘Z‘ we want to see your Christmas creations using the theme of ‘Yummy’ and ‘Zigzags’. Here is my card:

I chose to go with the zigzag theme – as you can probably tell – and used the Altenew ‘Pattern Play: Hexagon’ stamp set to create my zigzags. I stamped in black the clear heat embossed the lines onto watercolour card stock, then used a couple of Distress Inks to water colour the zigzags.

I went with a couple of less traditional colours, but I like the effect this created.

I then used a Simon Says Stamp/CZ Design set for the sentiments – heat embossing in gold the outline for the ‘jingle‘ words in a bronze colour. I then used some glue to fill-in the larger words, and added Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter.

I felt the background was a little too bold for the words, so I added a small piece of vellum and stamped the smaller sentiment towards the bottom of that piece.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – please follow the themes to be in with a chance of winning the prize offered up by Samantha, who is hosting this challenge. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – atg Christmas option of non-traditional colours

Dragonfly DreamsChristmas/Winter

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends atg

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ABC Challenge – W and X

Hello there. It’s my turn to host the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. Having reached the letters ‘W’ and ‘X’ – the Christmas themes we want to see are ‘W for Whimsical‘ – think playful, quaint, amusing – and ‘X’ for Xerox – multiple stamping, multiple images – whatever you think fits with the theme.

Here are my cards:

Whimsical

Xerox

On the first card, I used a Clearly besotted stencil – Trimmed Trees – and inked each different tree with s different colour – masking off the one next to it on the stencil – but also overlapping each tree to create the row of what I think are quite whimsical trees.

I then used a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, then used a Zig glue pen over all the colours and added some glitter.

For the second card, I stamped one image from the Pretty Pink Posh stamp set multiple times on a Kraft card base with ‘wheat’ ink from Concord & 9th, to create a tone-on-tone look. I then used another of the the images from the same stamp set, coloured them with Copics, die cut them out, and placed them as you see. I also added some glossy accents to the leaves and berries.

The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set, which I stamped, used a stitched rectangle to cut it out, then distressed the edges with the same ‘wheat’ ink to enable it to stand out a little more.

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

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Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

Cards Galore Challengeatg

Merry Little Christmas Challenge atg Christmas

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Just Us Girls Challenge Leaves

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsatg

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challengeany holiday occasion

Love To Craft Challengeatg

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Let It Snow Deer…….

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

I seem to be masking a lot recently – I blame Gina K! She showed us how easy it was when she taught on the Crop and Create at the beginning of October. I even went so far as to buy some mylar and create my own masks for shapes I will use again and again – like this oval shape……and therefore I also have the oval itself as well to use as a mask if I so wish.

I used a piece of Strathmore card stock, cut it bigger than I need – I’m always smudging stuff so I thought I’d try it that way – and placed down the piece which had the oval cut out of it.

I then decided where I wanted this gorgeous border stamp from Uniko, stamped that onto a piece of masking paper, cut out the wavy bottom bit, and stuck that down on the top of the mylar – then ink blended.

I didn’t want the ink blending below the border and this worked perfectly well – and no smudges!

Whilst the homemade stencil was still in place, I added some white ink through a dotty/snowy stencil. That didn’t work very well – the white ink was a little too juicy – so I added some white ink splatters and some additional water splashes. I think it turned out lovely:

I let this panel dry before I stamped the deer and tree border in black – having the stamp three times using my Misti (thank goodness for this tool) to get a darker and more solid image.

The sentiment is also from Uniko – some masking here too. The sentiment was too long for this card, and so I centered to have two ‘Let It Snow’ visible, and then covered the part of the stamp I didn’t want – inked it – then remembered to remove that from the stamp before stamping it on the card. Now that would have been traumatising if I had forgotten!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Allsorts Challenge anything goes – option vintage – not taken

Cards Galore Encore anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge – Christmas Creatures

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Dinosaur Birthday

Hello there. The Alphabet Challenge has reached the letter ‘O’ , and the theme chosen by Helen is ‘Outdoors’. Here is my take on ‘outdoors’:

I decided to create a scene using Clearly Besotted stamps.

I stamped the background scene first, then stamped it again on some masking paper, masked it off, and ink blended the blue sky. I did consider some splatters and some stars – but decided to leave the blue clear clear.

As this was drying, I stamped and coloured the dinosaurs, and let my Scan-n-cut do it’s work – I’m not a fussy cutter when it comes to images like this, and the scan-n-cut does a great job – if I set it up right and stick down the card properly (my mat is a little less tacky than I would like)!

I then die cut the background panel with a Catherine Pooler die, stuck it down to a card base, stamped the sentiment, and then added my two little creatures.

I hope you are able to join us, it would be great to see what your interpretation of the theme ‘Outdoors’ is….. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Sisterhood Of Crafters – Happy Birthday

Addicted To Stamps and More – make your mark

Seize The BirthdayBirthdayoption to use stencils (option not taken)

Avenue 613 – anything goes

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Remember – You Are A Princess

Hello once again. It’s my turn to host the challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I have chosen the theme of ‘Princess’. It is Carrie Fishers birthday today, and as someone who has played my personal princess heroine most of my life – I chose that theme as homage to her. Not Star wars – just Princess. Any Princess. Here is my card:

This image is from Polkadoodles, and after I had downloaded it and played with the size, I printed it onto Neenah 80lbs card stock and coloured with Copics.

I added several layers of card behind to match the colours I had used, and even added some bling with gems – ‘cos a Princess needs gems – always! Never enough gems for a Princess.

I even added some clear sparkle tp her fairy wings.

I’d love to see your Princesses – whether they are with a frog or a Prince – or even just on their lonesome – I look forward to seeing them all. xx

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Polkadoodles Challenge anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 41 – anything goes with colouring

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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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Creative Creases Challenge 16 anything goes with a fun fold

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Die-Cut Divas – anything goes with die cuts

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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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The Sisterhood Of Craftersstencils

Addicted to Stamps and Moredie cuts and/or stencils

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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.

xx

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Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes with colouring

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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