Warm Winter Wishes and cutting machine heartbreak!

Hello there. I have managed to get some time in my craft room – working less seems to be completely the opposite to what I thought would happen……..I find other things to do except crafting – but at least I’m keeping busy in some way!

Here is a card for a few challenges:

My photography and lighting skills seem to have taken a holiday – I just can’t get it right at the moment. I’ve tried to capture the shine on the snowflakes using the Crafters Companion Midas Platinum ink pad – and it’s very, very shiny in real life – and also tried to capture the shine on the word ‘warm:

I began by using Narwhal card stock from Lawn Fawn, and stamped the little snowflakes from Concord and 9th ‘Warm Wishes Turnabout‘ stamp set, using the Platinum ink pad.

I then found an orange piece of water-colour card I had done, and die-cut the ‘warm‘ word from that, thinking the colour orange would be so applicable, then I tried to cut the word another few times to add some dimension…….but…………

…… my Gemini Junior packed in! Gave up the ghost! No pressure to cut! Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch – even though I added ALL of the plates – including the cutting plate, plastic shim, magnetic shim, metal shim – and even the rubber mat. It would go through the machine but no pressure…………. 😦

I’m sooooo glad I have another 6 machines!!!!! 🙂 🙂

I went to my local Crafters Companion store in Chesterfield – they couldn’t suggest anything except contacting the main Customer Service, but the machine is probably out of warranty………..hmmm……..didn’t expect the machine to pack in after one year……we’ll see what they say…….

So – back to my trusted Sizzix Big Shot……………..I’m sure it’s been missing me……………..

After cutting three more words, I stacked them then added to the snowflake background, and even added some glossy accents for some additional shine.

The remainder of the sentiment and curved banner is from the same stamp and die set.

I’ll let you know the outcome from Crafters Companion, but for this card, here are the challenges I shall be entering:

Tuesday Taggerscold, cold, cold

Color ThrowdownTurquoise, orange, grey/silver

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

Craft Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option of something beginning with ‘R’ not followed

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Tone on Tone Snowflake

Hello again. I have been creating a card for a few challenges today:

A clean and simple card utilising a cue word, and some die cutting.

I used Lawn Fawn ‘Fog‘ card stock, and die cut the Concord and 9th snow flakes – with double-sided backing paper on the back – and stuck to a die-cut panel.
The smaller snowflake I added on top of the larger snowflake, and some of the little tear-drop excess pieces I stuck onto the larger snowflake as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed on white, just to tie-in with the background white card,

Here is where I played a little with the brightness on the photo:

……but I think is a little too bright – but I’m playing!

Challenges I shall be entering:

CASologycue word ‘FOG’ (fog card-stock)

Inspire.Create Challenge – die-cutting

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

Floral selection

Hello again. I have a few cards to share today. I decide to move away from the die-cutting, and fancied a lot of stamping. Of course, there was some die-cutting too – but not too much. This first card is for the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches:20190407_161840The challenge was to use the colours Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape. I don’t have those Stampin Up colours, so I used some Altenew inks.

The background is the Lawn Fawn ‘Fancy Lattice Backdrop’, and the stamp set is Altenew ‘Bloom and Bud’. I went with a grey base card, to showcase and highlight the colours a little more.

Now, I liked this flower and bud with a backdrop so much, – I did more cards. I just couldn’t stop myself. I took several backdrop dies –  Lawn Fawn, Altenew, Catherine Pooler, and die cut them. Then I turned to my little stash box of coloured/stamped images to find some flowers and leaves, and created a variety of cards.

Here is the little stash I played with whilst thinking of more cards:

Of course – I didn’t use my Santa’s on these cards!

And my little ‘helpers’………!

One thing I have done recently – I haven’t put a sentiment on some cards I make. I take my cards into work for my colleagues, and sometimes they like the card, but want a different sentiment – so I can always add one, or they juts have the card and put their own sentiment etc on the inside.

If I think a card is really crying out for a particular sentiment, then I will add one – or if a challenge I am entering states a sentiment – but sometimes I leave it off. Does anyone have any comment to make about that? I would be interested in your views……….. 🙂

Watercolour Rose

Hello there. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend. I have had more time to craft this past few days – but again not really getting down to making the actual cards – just the elements to go on them!

I had some fabulously fantastic news this week – I have been chosen to be part of the Design Team for the ABC Christmas Challenge for the next 6 months! My first design team position! Hugely excited. It means I can make Christmas cards all year long now – with no guilt!

I hope some of you find time to play with us……..

Now on to my card:

As you can see – I went big and bold with these colours, the current colours for Color Throwdown. Instead of colouring with alcohol markers, I went with water-colouring this time.

The Altenew ‘Leaf Frame Cover Die‘ was cut out of some coral card and some grey card and stuck together. The Altenew ‘Inked Rose‘ stamp was stamped and heat embossed with grey, then water-coloured using the Altenew water-colour pan set – red and green.

I tried to go for the messy water-colour look, as the stamp set has quite a few lines on the actual images, which themselves give some shading, I think.

This rose is very big. I almost went with a bigger card base, but I like the way the rose is the centre of attention and just grabs you from the get-go.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdowncoral, red, green, grey

Watercooler challengesanything feminine goes

Addicted to stamps and moreanything goes

3 colours and 3D Rose Flurries

20180305_083013Hello everyone. After all the snow we had last week, (which I know is not a lot compared to some people, but we aren’t used to it), I managed to venture out on Friday to visit family. As I live in a wood and down a dirt track, I knew the post man wasn’t coming to make deliveries, so I called into the local Royal Mail centre to see if there was anything waiting to be delivered to us. (I was expecting some crafty goodness!)

And here we are………..the Altenew 3D Rose Flurries I’ve been trying to get my hands on for months. I’ve been playing with them all weekend – in between visiting family – and cutting them out in a multitude of colours – all monochrome at present. I’ll be daring to put them together with other colours soon, but I made this card to go into the current Color Throwdown Challenge – to use grey, Kraft, and pink.

The base grey card is Lawn Fawn ‘Narwhal’ (love it) and I stamped a flower with a pink Catherine Pooler ink for a background. I am amazed that this idea worked – stamping pink onto a dark grey card? It just shows how good these inks are.

I then die-cut the 3D roses and leaves, sticking them together with Crafters Companion spray glue (not sure about this glue, flowers seem to come apart the following day!!), and placing them onto the base card using 3D gel glue and foam pads.

Now for the mistake:

20180305_083117I stuck the roses on the wrong end! I wanted them to be at the bottom right – but I didn’t check the opening of the base card first!

Well, now we have a cascade of roses flowing from the top of the card! 🙂 🙂

Or I may have to cut this out as a panel for the front of another base card…….

 

 

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Some more monochrome flowers…..It seemed to take me forever to match the dies up the first time, but once done it’s easy.

 

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownKraft, Pink, Grey

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – anything goes

Alphabet Challenge‘Y’ for your choice

Lilac Roses

Hello everyone. It’s been a week since I last posted, as I have been busy with family and hospital issues. I had a couple of hours this morning before going out again, so I gave myself permission to have a little crafty time.

This colours of this card were inspired by the current challenge from Color Throwdown, and I turned to a more clean and simple look.

The base card is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn, the white piece is cut with a Catherine Pooler die, and again embossed with a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder to give a really good 3D impression. The flowers are from Clearly Besotted and I used Altenew inks for each of the two layers for the roses, with a green Altenew ink for the leaves.

I die cut them, and arranged onto the white card, sticking them down with foam squares. As previously, I have not put a sentiment on it, but I may do in the future, though I quite like the look of the card as it is.

I will be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownlilac, green, grey, white

Addicted to Stamps and MoreCAS

Simon Says Stamp add a die cut

Clean and Simple on SundayCAS with dies

 

Butterflies

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I apologise now – I’ve been using a splattered piece of card again. This is the off-cut from a piece of water-colour card I used yesterday with the splattering. I saw this off-cut, which is quite a decent size, and decided to make a card for the current CASology challenge – Butterfly.

I had a hunt through my stash, and went for these two butterfly stamps from Catherine Pooler, along with a swirl which is also from Catherine Pooler.

I used my Misti to position the swirl, and stamped it a couple of times with a green Altenew ink, then stamped the butterflies with Altenew grey ink. The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler again, stamped using darker green Altenew ink.

The water-colour card is die cut using Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles, and the base card is Narwhal from Lawn Fawn – just to tie-in the colour of the butterflies.

I’ll try to steer away from splattering for a couple of days – but I can’t promise! 🙂