ABC Christmas Challenge – E, F, G

Hello. The new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge. Whilst this is a Christmas creation challenge – we do have themes for the letters. This time the challenge is hosted by Carol, and the themes are:

E is for Elves, F is for Food, G is for Gold

Here is my card for the ‘E is for Elves’ prompt:

The image is from Simon Says Stamp, which I stamped, coloured with Copics to match the patterned paper I was going to use, then die cut with the matching die. I added some white gel pen for interest. The sentiment was stamped and white heat embossed on black card.

The background patterned paper, which had some glitter detail, was adhered to the card base with just a little border, I added a red and white layered oval, then attached the elf image, then added the two sentiments – all with 3D foam.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following our themes – I look forward to seeing your creations.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Arty Divas anything goes

Avenue 613 Create anything goes = option CAS – option not taken

Ellibelle’s Corner anything goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Joy And Wonder

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Having reached the letter ‘S‘, we want to see you ‘Snow’ themed creations. Here is my card:

I used a background panel from Pinkfresh Studio to create a white on white detailed layer on the card base. I cut a thin gold glitter strip for one edge.

The snowflakes are from Pinkfresh Studio also – cut from a red mirror card and a red glitter card and layered.

The sentiment is gold heat embossed onto vellum, and die cut using the matching die, with three gold gems added for accents.

I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘snow’ themed creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ice cold

Lil Red Wagonuse transparency or vellum

Cupcake Inspirations happy holidays

Inkspirational prompt word – gold

Craft Friendstraditional Christmas colours

As You Like Itanything goes Christmas

Use Your Stuffanything goes Christmas


A Tweet Hello

Hi there. I have a card to share whilst escaping the heat here in the UK. My craft room has aircon – so I’ll be playing quite a bit this next couple of days.

This cute little bird is from Spellbinders, and die cut using a few pieces of coloured card. I am not sure what a chickadee colour really is – but I am sure you’ll allow me some artistic license here as it’s so cute….

The circle background is a stamp from Hero Arts, white heat embossed, then some of the images water-coloured with Distress Inks.

The panel I did this on, I managed to get two circles, and one strip out of it – so I’ll be using those for a couple more cards soon.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up CAS – things with wings – watercolour

The Flower Challengeflowers and CAS

Pearly Sparkles CAS

2 Crafty Critter Crazies anything goes with a critter

Simple Heat Embossed Vase

Hello. A very quick and ‘escapism’ playtime yesterday created this card:

I tried to capture the thickness of the embossing here – heat embossing with a Wow! powder which has a lot of depth to it – sometimes you just need something more……

Using a couple of images from the Altenew stamp set, then heat embossing, then die cutting, created the two main elements – the vase and the flower/leaf stem.

The background is a cream card stock – textured on the actual card base, then smooth side for the added layer, die cut with a stitched rectangle.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and stamped using a red Distress Oxide.

I’m going to be needing some ‘thank you’ cards soon and thought I’d get to creating when I can…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred, cream, gold

Cut It Up Challengeanything goes with a die cut

Perfectly Clean and Simple flowers, using one third or less

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HLS CAS anything goes

Hello there and a Happy New Year. I have a card to share today as Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge has started a new challenge. We are starting off with an easy theme – anything goes CAS. Here is my card:

I used a stamp and matching die set which came with the kit for the Crop and Create delivered card making weekend back in October of 2021. I took quite a few virtual classes from people and companies I admired and yet never hoped to think I would attend one of their classes. This is one such class – and amazing few days, fabulous teachers – and great products as part of your kit. It is called ‘Change The World‘ and has the globe with flowers sitting on top, some additional flowers and leaves, and sentiments to match

This is a variation of one of the cards taught by Cathy Zielske – I white heat embossed the stamp set, then ink blended a green and a blue Distress Ink – to create an emboss resist.

I did the same with the two individual flowers – stamped, ink blended, die cut – then attached them to this card. The sentiment is stamped using the same colour as the ink blending – but Distress Oxide as it stamps better than the Distress inks.

I am starting to think I’m going to need quite a few birthday cards over the coming weeks, so this will be a great addition to my stash.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘CAS anything goes‘ theme – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

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I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

QKR Stampede anything goes

A Perfect Time To Craft – anything goes

Die Cut Divas – flowers – include a die cut

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Yeti Or Not……

Hello once again. I created a card using an older stamp set and a new background panel from Lawn Fawn:

I chose a red card base using Heffy Doodle card stock, and then added the Lawn Fawn stitched snowflake backdrop – once I had cut it down slightly to leave a thin red edge.

The grey circle is die cut, then run through my machine with the same backdrop die, to add some stitched snowflakes as interest.

The yeti, hat and present were stamped, coloured with Copics, then die cut. The two sentiments were stamped and heat embossed – grey on white, and then white on grey.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

CAS Christmas Card ChallengeCAS Christmas with grey and red

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Bastel-Traum Christmas

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Heat Embossing with a folder

Hi once again. I was inspired by the current challenge at Just Us Girls to try a technique – heat embossing with embossing folders. I have tried this before – with very poor results – but this time their link to the Jennifer McGuire video helped me a lot:

I played with numerous different colours of card stock, and different colours of embossing powder – but this the one which inspired me the most. A dark blue card with silver embossing powder.

I used the Lawn Fawn snowflake dies to create a matt silver and glittery large snowflake and smaller snowflake, and layered them as you see.

Here are some of my other ‘trials’:

The tip which helped me the most was using a brayer to add the embossing ink – that seemed to create a better overall coverage.

The other thing I noticed – the purple and silver piece is an A4 piece of card. I used an A4 folder, and my 12 inch Big Shot Pro – it seems I don’t get an even pressure across the whole piece – I will have to use a little shim in the future – but I actually like the effect of almost outlining the images instead of fully heat embossing the background.

On the blue floral piece, I used a thicker embossing powder, with larger embossing bits – not exactly a powder……maybe granules would be a better word? Anyhoo – I heated from the back, and created an uneven almost distressed and vintage look to that piece, which I’m liking too:

So – the outcome is that I enjoyed playing an experimenting, and also have some pieces which can be used as backgrounds, or even for die cutting in the future.

I shall be entering the card into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsheat embossed embossing folders

Peace On Earth At Christmas Christmas Inspiration Board (snowflakes and snow)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends – anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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Embossing white on Kraft

Hello. Having enjoyed some playing in my craft room, trying out new techniques, revisiting old techniques, I have a couple of cards to share today. Both are a CAS design, but the white embossing on the Kraft card really makes the images pop, I think so anyway. Here are my cards:

I took the images from Altenew ‘Wild Flora‘ stamp set, and stamped then white heat embossed. I die cut the panel down with Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles, then added to a card base.

The sentiments were also heat embossed but this time onto grey card stock, and added as you see.

I added some clear drops for some added interest, but also these don’t detract from the simplicity of the design – I don’t think.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownKraft, grey, white

Crafting Happiness – anything goes

Krafty Chicksstamp act

Craft Rocket Challenge – CAS

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Thinking of you….

The Alphabet Challenge has started a new challenge. Having reached the letter ‘I’, Dawn has chosen the theme of Insects on your creations. Here is my card:

Having been successful with using ink on an embossing folder for the first time, I decided to have another go using a couple of colours:

The embossing folder is from Simon Says Stamp, and I used Distress Inks on the inside, before running it through my die cutting machine. I haven’t had much success with this technique in the past – but for some reason it worked this time – no idea why……

The butterfly is from Tim Holtz, a Bigz die, which also comes with an embossing folder for the two butterflies. I added a simple sentiment and stuck down onto the card base. I didn’t stick the butterfly down completely, I like the wings to be a little raised, some movement.

I hope you can come and join us and show us what you can create using insects in your projects. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

The House That Stamps Built – anything goes

Krafty Chicks anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challengeanything goes with a sentiment

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Floral Spray Birthday

Hello there. Once again I am privileged to be Guest Designer on the Seize the Birthday challenge again.

This time the theme is ‘Birthday and Spring Flowers’. Here is my card:

For these flowers I stamped and heat embossed with white, and water-coloured using my Zigs. I went for soft colours, one colour of each, and just a little blending with water. I am really quite pleased with how these turned out as I haven’t water-coloured like this for ages.

I then used the matching dies – something Clearly Besotted have stopped doing now, but I’m glad I had them for this set of stamps.

As these were soft flowers, I went for a dramatic background – a grey cardstock using a Crafters Companion wood grain embossing folder on Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock. . The sentiment is from Stampin Up – stamped in mushroom ink – again from Concord & 9th, then die cut with a stitched oval.

Some little clear drop thingies – no idea what they’re called – and the card is done.

I hope you can come and join us – It would be great to see your there with your birthday spring floral creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

The Flower Challengeflowers and pretty pastels

A Perfect Time To Craft anything goes

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

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