Fa La La Penguins

Hello. Once again there is a new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. We are at ‘C’ and ‘D’ and we want to see your Christmas creations with ‘Christmas Carols‘ and/or ‘Diamonds’ (diamond, diamante, diamond glitter etc). Here is my card – ‘C’ for Carols:

I decided to go with a scene this time, using a lot of penguins. Once stamped, coloured and die cut, the little penguins were put to one side whilst I thought about the scene. I also used a Christmas tree from another stamp set, and that little ribbon with the bow? It’s supposed to be over a mantle, but I decided to use it for the two penguins to carry between them, heading for the Christmas tree.

Don’t you love how a person’s mind can work sometimes?

Using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside Backdrop’ I kept it all white, and added to a grey card base, then attached each element as you see.

The sentiment is layered three times – not stamped, just the die-cut.

I had fun putting this caroling scene together, sometimes the mojo just happens.

I hope you can come and join us, we’d like to see your Christmas projects following our two themes – or both themes if you wish – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option of gnomes not taken

Crafty Sentiments Designsanything goes

Crafty Gals Corner Snow Much Fun

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with an animal

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

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Wishing You Warm Winter Fuzzies

Hello once again. I have had the opportunity to use one of the Brusho and Sparkle pen backgrounds I created last week to create this CAS card:

The main card is die cut with a Lawn Fawn backdrop die, and stuck down onto the glittery, splattery and inky background.

The Snowman is from Mama Elephant, and I used a technique taught by Jenn Shurkus in a recent virtual craft session – outline a white object with C1 Copic marker. When we did her class it was polar bears, but I see now that it also works for snowmen, and therefore not complicated, and actually adds some dimension without being too fussy……

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

No adding of extras, keeping the card quite simple and showcasing the blue background – though it was difficult trying to get a picture of the glitteryness – and the snowman.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASologyCAS Snowman

CAS on SundayCAS Best Wishes

CAS Mix UpCAS splatters and stamping and one other from the list (die-cutting)

We Love To Create Challengeatg mixed media (see guidelines for mixed media usage – very helpful!)

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Alphabet Challenge – Use Kraft

Hello once again. I hope everyone is well. There is anew challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘K’ and we want to see your creations using Kraft. Here is my card:

I have itching to use this stamp set from Heffy Doodle ever since I bought it – and it was probably last year! As soon as this letter came up, I swapped between a beach scene with the Kraft as sand, or using Kraft as soil – obviously the soil won!

Once I had stamped the images in Gina K amalgam ink, and coloured with Copics, I then used the matching dies to cut them out.

I used Lawn Fawn’s ‘Stitched Hillside’ die for cutting the Kraft, and sticking it down on the edges, but left the two hilly layers unstuck – just in case I wanted to slot an image in there.

I had to cut the scene out again in white so I could ink blend the blue sky – using a couple of blue Distress Oxides – this time not splattering as I liked the look of the smooth blue. I thought about adding some clouds – but decided against it as I wanted the stamped images to be the stars of the show.

In my mind, the man has just returned home in his wooden vehicle, the woman is playing catch with the dinosaur and the bone – and even the mammoth has arrived to welcome him home…..well – I did say it was in my mind! 🙂 🙂

I did ink the hill layers with brown distress Oxide for a little dimension, but not too much.

I hope you can come and join us and share your ‘Kraft’ makes with us. The Design Team has some amazing creations as inspiration – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeanything goes

Craft Creations Challengeanything goes

Creative Moments Challengeanything goes

Jan’s Digi Stampsanything goes

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Snowy Seasons Greeting

Hello there. I have a card to share with you today as there is a new challenge starting at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas.

I took the opportunity to use my Copics again – kinda getting into the colouring, but I still don’t see it as relaxing – just a way of getting more from my stamps, and allowing me to use digital images…..I’m going to be doing a Copic Colouring course in September with Faye Wynn-Jones – the first of four such classes, but in the meantime I’m Googling and You-tubing and basically using all kinds of resources out there – and there are loads!!

This card is using the stamped images from Honey Bee ‘Snow Birds’, the base and tree and house images from Lawn Fawn, with a Distress Crayon sky background……..The sentiment is die cut four times and stacked for dimension.

I have a couple of packs of these crayons – but never used them – I don’t how to!

Anyhoo – I saw a Create and Craft programme which spent an hour using them, so I had a go. I used water-colour card-stock, drew the two blue colours down, them after moistening my finger in a damp baby wipe – smooshed it through the colours……….it looked easy on the programme.

My colours didn’t really move that much – but I could see they were trying. So – I took the moist baby wipe and blended them with that! Hey presto – ink smooshed baby-wiped background……..

I kept the base card bigger than the frame, because I think it looks like a frame too – and I do like to flout the rules – having a wider edge on the sides than at the top! I could have cut it down – but I like it this way………

As I mentioned, it is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, but I am also entering this card into the following:

Christmas At Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas with option of non-traditional colours

Aud Sentiments Challenge – anything goes with a sentiment

Daring Cardmakersanything that flies

Christmas Duo

I have two cards to share today, as I had time to craft yesterday. This morning I put in the final touches. The first card is using the colours from Color Throwdown:

As you can see, I took some craft card and stamped my newly arrived, new release ‘Snowflake Serenade‘ stamp set from Uniko. This stamp is quite large and winds around, so I stamped it a couple of times off the page, and added some extra snowflakes – all stamped and heat embossed with Wow! white embossing powder. 

I coloured the holly leaves using a green Copic marker and arranged as you see. The sentiment is also from that same stamp set.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred,green, Kraft, white

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

This is the second card:

I think I’m getting the hang of scene cards now – with the elements at least – and really enjoy colouring little images and playing with their placement on the card base.

I don’t play too much with the actual background, but also seem to be addicted to the Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside Backdrop‘ dies…..they are really, really useful in this kind of card……….I may have to put them away shortly – but I am enjoying using them too much! I still like the look that embossing the blank cut-out piece to add some background dimension gives, too. This time I used a little folder which gave some distressed lines.

The penguins and snowman are from Heffy Doodle ‘Wanna build a snowman‘ stamp and die set – yet another I am loving using this year. I am using this stamp and die set to create a bunch of cards for my work friends and colleagues. 

This card will be entered into the following challenges: 

Watercooler Challenges occasions

Addicted to stamps and Moremake your mark

Lil red Wagon black and white and one colour

Alphabet challenge‘S’ for Season’s Greetings

2 Christmas Cards

I haven’t had much time to craft the past couple of days but as I had another delivery from Seven Hills Crafts today – I just had to make time!

This first card is made from the newly arrived MFT ‘Santa and Friends‘, and Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Hillside Backdrop‘, with the piece that fell out of the die-cut embossed and placed back into the frame.

I shall be entering the following challenges with this card:

Color ThrowdownKraft, Brown, Green, Cream

Addicted To Stamps and More CAS

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’anything goes Christmas

This second card took me a little longer – I do struggle with shaker cards – but I keep having a go at them:

I used the stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn ‘Ready, Set, Snow‘ adding Distress Glitter and glass beads in the snow globe itself, layering Kraft card which I coloured with some brown markers for some dimension, and sticking the trees inside the dome, but the snowmen outside the dome.

This was stuck down onto and piece of card I embossed with a Tattered Lace embossing folder.

This card will be entered into the following challenges:

52 Christmas Card Throwdownsnow globes

Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeLet it Snow

Crafty Sentiments Designs Snowman

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas