Pink Peaceful Wreath

Hello. Here is my card for the new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, starting from the beginning of the alphabet again, and we want to see your Christmas creations ‘A’ for Advent and/or ‘B’ for Bells. Helen is the host this time:

Using Altenew ‘Bells and Bows’ to create the hanging bell, and ‘Peaceful Wreath‘, on the background of the ‘Pallet Background’ stamp. The word ‘peace’ die cut several times and the last layer being some pink glimmer card from Stampin Up, with ‘Infinity Wood Frame‘ dies from Hero Arts.

Once I had the dimensions right, this card came together quite quickly.

I hope you can come and join us and make an early start on your Christmas crafting – I look forward to seeing you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crimbo-Crackers Challenge anything goes Christmas or Festive

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Die–Cut Divas die-cuts and ‘frame it’

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A B C Christmas Challenge ‘U’ and ‘V’….

Hello everyone. A new challenge has begun at ABC Christmas Challenge. Julie is the host for this month’s letters – ‘U’ for Up In The Air, and ‘V’ for Vixen. Julie has also provided a prize for the winner – so please head on over and join us.

These are my cards:

‘U’ for Up In The Air
‘V’ for Vixen – other reindeer welcome

The Penguin swinging in the air on a string of lights is a digital image from Whimsy Stamps, printed, then coloured with Copics.

I had a play with using the ‘N’ greys in Copics, and had even more playtime with the lights. I had a go at trying to create a glow around the lights – following (kinda) instructions from a Kit and Clowder class last year.

I used three colours of red and three yellows – then went around the outside of the colours with the colour-less blender to give an impression of a glow:

The sentiment is from Avery Elle ‘Bring On The Joy’, the striped frame is using a Hero Arts die set, and I think the striped paper is from Stampin Up – though I may be wrong.

For the second card – the reindeer card – I used a digital stamp from Bugaboo, printed then coloured with Copics, adding glossy accents to the eyes.

Using the same striped paper, I also cut a green layer from Altenew gradient card-stock. I thought it looked a little plain, so I searched through the Color My Life app for ‘holly’ and came across a stamp set from Clearly Besotted which had this holly stamp and die.

I stamped four times, coloured with Copics, die-cut, then stuck down in the top corners as you see, also adding Spectrum Noir clear sparkle to the berries.

Two cards made using digital images – I am finding these quite easy to use, and at a fraction of the cost of polymer or rubber stamps – I tend to look for these now when a theme comes up for my DT cards and when I can’t find anything in my stash to match, or which inspires me.

I hope you can come and join us, getting your Christmas stash well on the way, maybe winning the prize from Julie – but I would also love to see your creations in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Reindeer card:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with critters

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Penguin card:

Creative Fingers Challengeanything goes

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with animals

Christmas Blog Challenge Christmas and Penguins

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Daisy Birthday

Hello. I have a couple of cards to share today:

I began by die-cutting the Altenew ‘Craft-a-Flower: Daisy’ out of Altenew gradient card stock and then gluing the layers together.

I looked for a background technique behind the flowers and was going to splatter, then ink through a stencil, but decided to gold emboss some splatters through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I find splatters sometimes disappear into certain card bases, and I wanted the gold to really shine. I managed to capture the shine on a couple of the photos.

The reason there are two cards? I die-cut four flowers and after adding three flowers and leaves to one card, I had some left over – so made another card.

The rectangle was added behind the one flower because that was just sitting there after ‘failing’ to make several cards yesterday – I like the effect it gives here.

The sentiment is from Indigo Blu and from a stamp set from their first magazine, and on one strip I laid down some sticky tape, added the same embossing powder, heat embossed and die cut it with a sentiment strip die from Heffy Doodle.

The left over gold strip was then glued to the second sentiment strip.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments designsanything goes

Krafty Chicks occasions

Daring Cardmakers in the garden (I have a bunch of tall daises growing in my garden – picture in the post HERE) and below

Seize The Birthdaybirthday with option to add gold

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Beautiful Botanicals

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Blue Bouquet

Hi there. I’ve been doing some water-colouring with the Arteza Real Brush Pens – one of those products I thought I’d try………..and loving the colours:

I first stamped the Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder 5 and embossed with gold, then took 4 or 5 of the blue Arteza pens and played around……. I also tried with black embossing, and white embossing – just so I could try the pens out and play around – but I liked the gold embossing the best.

I used the Waffle Flower micro grid as a background again, but this time left all the little squares inside – I only lost one of them (which is behind the flower), and then framed this with the Hero Arts Infinity Wood frame largest rectangle.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant and stuck to the bottom of the card base.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafting Happiness Challengesblue

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

A Bit More Time To Craftanything goes

The Flower Challengeanything goes with flowers

Funky Floral Hello

Hello. I’ve been doing some more crafting – and yes – despite all the die cutting from the other day – I did more for this card:

I used the colours from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches to colour the white die-cuts from using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Floral 3 die set. This time, I forgot to use double sided sticky tape on the back, so the flowers are constructed with glue – not my favourite way of sticking little bits together – but I was patient…..kinda!

I used the Hero Arts ‘Wood Grain Infinity dies‘ again to create the frames so I could mimic the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches

A little close-up of the flowers and frames:

The sentiment is from Altenew, and I also used the teeny tiny dimensionals I received recently behind the frames – a little dimension. The flowers aren’t completely stuck down – I do like to create some movement when using flowers like these, and so I tend to tuck them inside a frame like this, or just stick the stalks into some 3D glue behind other images.

I even took a photo – slightly dark I’m afraid – against some flowers which almost seemed to match the colours:

As well as the flower colour, and the photos with my garden in the background – there is a lot of green around at the moment. We have had quite a bit of rain, and I am looking forward to the promised sunshine and warmer temperatures for this Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.

The challenges I shall be entering are:

CAS Colours and SketchesGorgeous Grape, Crushed Curry, Highland Heather (attempted matching with Copics)

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeCAS

Try It On TuesdayIn my garden is…….

Also – I’m trying to link photos from challenges to their challenge site – and not just write down the challenge and theme etc …..can you let me know if it does or doesn’t work? I’m playing a little here………. 🙂 🙂

CAS Colours & Sketches

Freshly Made Sketches

Try It On Tuesday

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Black and White with pop of red……..

Hello there. Peace and quiet here again today, so I’m making the most of it. I have been swatching some of my inks and have done my Distress Oxides and my Catherine Pooler inks, moving to my Altenew inks – but run out of the little stamp pockets.

They are due to be delivered from Amazon again today – but an email to say they couldn’t access my house – ridiculous. No-one has come near me this afternoon – and I have CCTV to prove it!!!!! This has happened a few times before – I think it’s a Sunday driver who can’t be bothered. I’ve called Amazon – but what can they do about it? Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Sometimes I wonder why I pay for Amazon Prime……….

Now – rant over – over to the card I have made:

I first stamped the Uniko ‘Large Background Tropical Paradise‘ stamp using Altenew ‘Obsidian’ ink – a gorgeous clean and crisp image from this ink. Love it.

Then I die cut the Hero Arts ‘Wood Frame Infinity die‘ out of black card stock to frame to stamp.

Moving on to the flowers, I used Altenew ‘Hibiscus Garden 3D’ die set, cut out of white card with double-sided sticky sheet on the back, then each layer coloured with three tones of reds with my Copics.

Three leaf clusters from that same die set cut of black card, and all put together as you see. with the leaf clusters hanging over the edge of the frame. I do like that look, and have used it before – and bound to do it again, I’m sure.

Challenges I shall be entering:

Paper Minutesblack and white with a touch of red

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Craft Rocket Challengeanything goes

Die Cuttin’ Divasanything goes with die cuts

Simply …Hello….

Hi there everyone. I am so excited to be the Featured Stamper this week at Color Throwdown. The colours are white, black, gold, and pink:

Here is my card based on the above colours:

I started by stamping the Altenew flower with a range of pinks, then heat embossed the second layer of the leaves onto white card stock. Once these were die cut, I played around with the layout so much – different black parts, different gold parts, plain white, black and gold…..until I saw these die sets when hunting through my stash.

The black die-cut is from Avery Elle, and the white wood frames are from an infinity die set from Hero Arts.

The sentiment is from the same Avery Elle set – cut out of white card, double sided sticky tape on both sides, Altenew gold embossing powder added – and then stuck down.

I hope you can come and join us this week using these colours – I think they are so versatile………..I look forward to seeing what you create. 🙂