Floral Framed Birthday

Hello yet again. Happy Little Stampers anything goes birthday has started a new challenge – and we’ll be taking a break for a couple of months after this. Here is my card:

The background was created using a Spellbinders stencil, paste, and then sprinkling glitter over the paste and let it dry.

I added A Pinkfresh Studio deco frame, and layered the flowers and twigs around the edge.

I added some gold gems to the flowers, the corners of the frame, and each end of the foiled sentiment.

I’ve forgotten which die and stamp set I used for the floral and leaves elements, and with the Color My Life app having some issues at the moment I couldn’t search it – and didn’t fancy trawling through my stash – when the app works again I’ll edit the post to let you know.

I hope you can come and join us for our last challenge of the year – it would be great to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Dream Valley Challenge lots of layers

Crafters Café use dies/punches

Mix It Up Challengeanything goes – option to use a technique – stencil, paste, glitter

A Robin Christmas

Hello there. A little playing in my craft room yesterday created this card:

I searched through the Color My Life app for a die set I knew I had which contained Robins – but couldn’t remember the make and where I had stored it. I found it was a Creative Expressions die set from Lisa Horton – and an old one as the date on the back was 2017 – but at least I had remembered I had it somewhere.

I first die cut the robins using brown, Kraft and red card stock. I added their little hats – red and a white glittery card stock, then set aside.

The leaves and holly were die cut from a previous created mica sprayed piece of card, which I had also splattered with white Liquitex acrylic paint. The white glittery oval is die cut from a Gina K master Layout’s die set.

I then turned to the card base, added a brown layer, and a white dry embossed panel – a Spellbinders embossing folder – and then played with the layout of all my elements until I was happy, adding a previously foiled sentiment.

Here is a look at all the glitter and shine:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Sparkles Forum Christmas festive things with wings

Daisy Chain Challenge Christmas is coming

Winter WonderlandChristmas and Robin Red Breast

Allsorts Challenge wings and/or tails

Make My Monday Challenge things with wings

CYHTPembossing folder – twist of thanks not taken

Rainbow Christmas Lights

Hello. I’m quickly popping along to share a card created an older die set from Lawn Fawn:

I used the ‘mini string of lights’ and die cut out of silver glitter card stock, then die cut each light out of the rainbow card stock I had – a mixture of Heffydoodle card stock and an unknown brand from my stash.

The coloured pieces were glued onto the silver string and attached to the edge of the card.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip from my stash.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Clean and Simple on Friday CAS Sparkle

AAA CardsCAS – along the edge and rainbows

ABC Christmas Challenge – W and X

ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘W’ and ‘X‘. The themes for the Christmas creations should be ‘White’ and/or ‘Xtra Special‘. Here are my cards:

As you can see – I had a ‘white’ moment for both cards. I think white on white gives a touch of elegance,especially with a pop of gold.

For the trees card, I dry embossed a dotty pattern onto a white panel – I think it should be rain drops – but also looks like snow to me……

The trees from Elizabeth Craft Designs were die cut out of white glitter card stock, and the sentiment is from a previous foiling session.

For the more involved snowflake card, I created a panel of white linen card smaller than the base, then used my bone folder and scoreboard to create a frame around the edge, and a few lines at the top of the ornament- almost a hanging thread or string.

The snowflake was die cut from white card stock and white glitter card – a new card for me from Pink Frog Crafts here in the UK – and adhered to the bottom of the dry embossed lines.

The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp – the outline in Spellbinders gold cardstock and the inner parts of the words from the same glitter card stock. I didn’t use the shadow layer.

As I had used gold for the outline of the words, I had the ‘bright’ idea of inlaying some gold back into the snowflake. I say ‘bright’ ‘cos that was fiddly as fiddly as could be – but I’m glad I didn’t give up as I like the result.

I hope you can come and jpoin with your Christmas/Festive creations following our theme – I look forward to seeing a White and Xtra Special gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Tree card:

Allsorts Challenge sparkle and shine

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Crafty Friends Challenge Christmas

Unicorn Challenge Christmas is coming

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Snowflake card:

AAA Cards CAS anything goes

Craft Rocket Challenge Christmas/Winter

Crafts Galoreanything goes

Die Cut Divasdie cuts anything goes

Dragonfly Dreams Christmas

Birdie Christmas Greetings

Hello. I have a card to share inspired by the current colours at Color Throwdown:

I decided to make a Christmas card with those colours, and used a few Spellbinders die sets I have.

The background is embossed using an older embossing folder from Sizzix – not a Christmas design by any means, but I liked that it add some interest.

The central die is from Gina K designs and one of her Master Layouts, raised and adhered with foam.

The birds were put together using all the layers in each die set, but for the bird which is supposed to be a cardinal, I changed his/her tail feathers to the smaller ones from the other bird.

The floral elements and ferns are also from Spellbinders.

I played with the layout a little, stuck the elements down when I was happy with a mixture of 3D foam and glue, then added some sequins – I restrained myself to only adding three – and found that the sequins actually shine a little pink – so matches the colours perfectly.

I added the previously foiled sentiment for a total contrast so there is no mistake that this is a Christmas card……! Despit the colours…..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown mustard, pink, green

CYHTP embossing folder – option pumpkins not taken

Christmas With The Cuties anything goes Christmas – option food/drinks not taken

Sparkles Forumfestive and things with wings

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Believe In The Magic

Hello there. I have a card to share created using some new products, and some older card stock and gems, using traditional Christmas colours:

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in my craft room these past few days – I had a ‘little’ accident when cycling – hit some mud and boom – was suddenly on the floor! My goodness that hurt – but also thank goodness for my cycle helmet – I banged my head – it could have been worse. A grazed and bloody knee, a bruised elbow, and a lot of pain around right side of chest – maybe cracked rib – painkillers helping to some extent – but it means I can’t do very much else except craft – a rainbow behind the cloud!

Anyhoo – this card was also quite fiddly with all the elements, but as soon as I saw the Spellbinders Christmas collection, and what Yana Smakula in particular did with it – straight into me basket and delivered very quickly.

I mixed a few die sets to create this – lots of die cutting, lots of arranging, and re-arranging until I was happy with the result. Another bonus is my electronic die cutting machine, as even cranking the handle on a manual one hurt….

The post box was created using two different shades of red, with a gold handle. I used gold for the skates and gold gems in the middle of the poinsettias and added to the bottom left.

The flowers, holly, mistletoe and ferns using plain white with red accents – lots of die cutting and fiddly assembling – I really do seem to have my fiddly and fussy head on at the moment.

The card base had some black splatters for added interest.

The foiled sentiment is from a batch previously created and it didn’t foil absolutely perfectly – but it still shines and it is still readable.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Flower Challenge flowers and use a sentiment

Use Your Stuff die cuts

Crafty Friends Challengeuse more than one die

Most Magical Time Of The Year anything Christmas or Halloween

Sparkles ForumChristmas with Holly and/or Ivy

Christmas Crafts All year Round Christmas with winter sports/recreation (skating)

Fab ‘n’ Funkyseason’s greetings

Black and White and Gold Christmas

I have a CAS Christmas card to share today:

Onto a white card base I attached a scalloped oval from one of the Gina K Designs Master Layouts.

The sentiment – a previously created foiled sentiment – was attached and used as a ‘grounding’ for the trees.

The trees and little snowman are from a die set from Charlie and Paulchen, and little gold stars added – gold to match the foiling on the sentiment.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks CAS

Clean and Simple on FridayCAS – black, white, and one colour

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Friends Challenges use more than one die

Merry Wishes To You And Yours

Hello there. I have been playing with a new-to-me die set from Tim Holtz:

I first created some panels of green shimmery card using Tim Holtz mica sprays in varying shades of green and one panel of orange. I let them dry overnight, as I had used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, which would need a couple of passes through my machine – that card stock is indeed ‘heavy’.

I then die cut the wreath layers and stuck them together. Now – that sounds simple – but it took some figuring out – it’s a good job I was in a fiddly and fussy kinda mood! I then die cut the berries and used only two layers – my fiddly and fussy mood didn’t extend to the small, very small, outer berry circles!

I also used the remainder of the orange mica card to die cut the bow.

Once the wreath layers and berries were glued down, I turned to the background, and die cut this snowflake panel – again – for a white-on-white background. I thought this added interest without taking away from the wreath.

I then searched through my previously foiled Christmas sentiment stash and used the one you see.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown orange, green, white

Crafty Catz Challengeanything goes – option ribbon or twine not taken

Use Your Stuff use some die cuts

Sparkles Forum Christmas with Holly and/or Ivy

Fab’N’Funky Season’s Greetings

Peace On earth Christmas anything goes Christmas

ABC Christmas Challenge – U and V

The new themes for ABC Christmas Challenge are ‘U for Unusual Colours‘ and ‘V for Velvet‘. I chose to go with unusual colours. Here is my card:

The two Hero Arts holly branches were created from a playtime I had in my craft room. I have done this technique before, and love how it turns out every time.

Onto piece of white card, apply PVA glue all over, add tissue paper – wrinkle it as laying it down. Then spray with water and add colour with powder – Brushos for instance. More water to let the colour soread – then leave to dry.

You end up with a very crispy and colour piece of card. I then add gilding wax to pick up all the wrinkles – then put to one side for future use.

As you can see, the top branch is using purples and browns with gold gilding wax, and the second is using different greens with gold gilding wax. You are best adding the gilding wax before die cutting as you may squash some of the texture putting it through your machine.

For the card, I dry embossed a very old Sue Wilson embossing folder, cut a panel for the card base, adhered the branches, and added a foiled sentiment – from another play session with my foiling machine.

I was going for a cleaner look this time – so ne gems – shocker!

I hope you can come and join with your Christmas/festive creations using our themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

QKR Stampedeanything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

CYHTPembossing folder – option orange and black not taken

Arty Divas anything goes

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge anything goes Mixed Media

Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge Christmas with Holly and/or Ivy

Grateful For All You Do…..

It is my turn to host the new challenge at The Alphabet Challenge. As we have reached the letter ‘N‘, I chose the theme of ‘Nature’. Here is my card:

Onto w white card panel I splattered gold and black Liquitex acrylic. Whilst that was drying, I stamped, coloured, then die cut the leaf images.

Once I had decided where to put each leaf – and cut/trim accordingly – I attached with 3D foam, then added the foiled sentiment.

The white panel layered with a black panel, some gold facetted gems added – and the card is ready to go to a dear friend.

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

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash leaf/leaves

TTCRDanything goes

Mix It Upanything goes – option smooshing

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friendsanything goes

Creatalicious anything goes – option for a friend

Crafts Galore anything goes