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

Balloon Dog Birthday

Hello there. I have a card to share using a new die set from Spellbinders:

For the background, I ink blended some yellow and aqua distress inks, then used an embossing folder – also from Spellbinders.

I then took a brayer, and some Distress Ink ‘Picket Fence’ and rolled it over the background, to give more dimension and interest to the embossing, without diminishing the colours.

I then ink blended some Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral onto two separate pieces of card and die cut the balloon dog elements. Once I had glued the layers together I added some white gel pen marks, and a little further Abandoned Coral to some of the edges.

The layered sentiment is also from Spellbinders – and my goodness those letters are fiddly – I was going to layer them but they are too thin – and the letters are separate from each other – the ‘sticky specks’ came in handy here and worked very well.

Before I added the background to the panel, I splatted some gold Liquitex metallic acrylic ink and then some white metallic ink onto it, and when dry added to the base card with 3F foam strips.

I adhered everything as you see, and added some purple sequins from Catherine Pooler.

I can see that I will be making this balloon dog in different colours moving forward – such a great die set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

MMM Challenge splatters

Shopping Our Stashuse ink blending

Color Throwdown aqua, yellow, purple, coral

Seize The Birthdaybirthday – option metallic

CYHTPembossing folder – option of summer

Friends Like You…

Hello. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and I have chosen the theme of ‘die cuts and/or punches‘. Here is my card:

I recently ‘attended’ a virtual craft weekend with Pinkfresh Studio. This floral bouquet is from that weekend, and I didn’t use it on a card at that stage, but knew I could use it for when made a card for this challenge.

The image was stamped, and then the matching stencils used to colour it in, and then die cut.

The grey background panel was dry embossed with a Stampin Up folder, and then the Hero Arts wood frame attached.

The flower bouquet was added, and the sentiment – also from Pinkfresh Studio – attached as you see.

I added some gem droplets for more inteest.

I hope you can come and join us -I’m looking forward to seeing your creations – I know you are going to make it difficult for me to choose the winners. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – frame it

TTCRD – anything goes

Crafty Gals Corner – anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge add a sentiment

Paper Dragonfly Challenge in the garden

Snow Globe Scene

Hi there. A new challenge is beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘S’ – and we want to see your ‘snow scenes’. Here is my card:

I decided to choose a small snow scene from a Mama Elephant stamp set, and then stamped a snow globe around it.

Coloured with Copics, I then added some clear shimmer the the sky and snow – leaving the house free to see.

I die cut the globe, then added some glossy accents to the banner to give the impression of a metal plaque – hopefully…….

Two layers dry embossed with an embossing folder – I think is Sue Wilson but I’m not exactly sure – then added some extra bling with some sequins.

I hope you can come and join us for our ‘Snow Scene’ theme – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts ChallengeChristmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

InkspirationalSNOW

Christmas Blog Challengeanything goes Christmas

TTCRD Challengeanything goes

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Rainbow hello and colours

Hi everyone. It’s been a few days since I last made a card – never mind posted anything to my blog or Instagram. It has been busy at work, and we have had painters in doing my downstairs rooms – still ongoing – but they have stored many things upstairs. Even in my craft room!! Well – that had to change quickly……

I made a couple of cards yesterday, which I had been thinking about for a few days. The first is for the current challenge at AAA Cards – rainbow theme, and Inkspirational – make a card in less than 10 minutes.

Here is the card:

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My sister came over from Canada with my Altenew markers earlier this week – I picked her up from London and arrived home at 3.30 am!! – but I made the colours of this sentiment with the markers. In my head I was singing…..wait for it…..red and yellow and pink and green and orange and purple and blue…..so that’s the order I did the colours.

I put them down on a piece of card, backed the card with double sided sticky tape, die cut the sentiment  and adhered it to the card base. The added small sentiment stamped straight onto the card base.

All-in-all, this card took me 7 minutes and 40 seconds to make, so quite a quick card. All the thinking about what to do was made beforehand and I made sure I had everything ready and nearby.

I’m going to try and colour properly with these markers over the weekend – I’ll let you know how it goes. I am a complete novice when it comes to using alcohol markers, so I am excited to be able to play with them.

The second card is made using the colours from Color Throwdownblack, white, copper – and also using die cutting as the theme for the current challenge at Die Cutting Divas:

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I used black card and die cut the Reverse Confetti ‘Striped Circles die‘, but tried to leave a few of the bits in. I put double sided sticky tape over the back of the areas left inside the die cut, then stuck that down to a white card base.

I then took some white card, put down some double-sided sticky tape, added copper embossing powder, and heat set it. I die cut some of the new Catherine Pooler leaf dies from this, and once those were die cut, I put them through a little floral embossing folder to give them some pattern and dimension.

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I then took the capital ‘H’ from the Altenew ‘Mega alphabet dies‘, and the ‘I’ from another alphabet die set, cut it from another piece of copper heat embossed card, and stuck down as you see.

As I have been out of the loop for a few days, I’m looking forward to crafting more. My sister is also a card maker, and whilst she is here in the UK, I think she wants to try my Catherine Pooler inks……and I’ve recently acquired even more colours……I can’t wait to try them. I am thinking at least a colour swatch…..that’ll be fun too.

🙂