Snowman Time

Hi once again. A new challenge has begun at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is ‘It’s Snowman Time‘……

For this challenge I made some tags – out of my comfort zone but thought I’d give it another go:

I stamped and coloured the snowman from the Avery Elle stamp set, and used the two circle dies to cut them out, and added a red shiny card stock behind. I also decided to add another circle to make them bigger, so used a stitched circle from Sue Wilson.

The tag tops were die cut, and an eyelet inserted using my Crop-a-dile from We R Memory Keepers. Does anyone find that these eyelets sometimes get a little too squished? And you have to start again?

Anyhoo – I decided to stick this tag eyelet thingy behind the tag, so I die cut another white circle to put on the back to cover the ‘mess’ using a snowflake stamp to create the snowy background.

So – not a fan of making tags, but I think I’ll have to persevere and keep having a go…….

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘snowman’ themed makes – I hope to see you in our gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stashsnow

Christmas Craft CreationsChristmas and anything but a card

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Grab Our Badge!

Santa Snowy Scene

Hello. As the weather here is grey and rainy, I have spent some time in my craft room. Here is the card:

This card used stamp sets from several companies, some masking, and generally some forward planning on my part. It’s a good job I had nothing better to do.

Some other views:

sorry for the blurry sign 🙂

I decided to do another slimline card – well, DL for us – I ordered some DL card bases so started with that. The upper row of trees is from Mama Elephant, and as this row is only wide enough for a smaller card, I stamped once on one end, then again on the other end – then masked some trees off and stamped to cover the middle………I filled in a tiny little gap with an artliner.

Then – the next row of trees using a Lawn Fawn stamp set – one side, then the other – but these were a little longer, so I only stamped twice – and filled in the gap with the artliner, knowing my Santa would be there at the end.

The images from MFT – stamped, coloured and die cut out. Once placed down, there were some gaps, so I stamped, coloured, and cut some more little trees from the Lawn Fawn set – all stuck down as you see.

Some Copic BG00 for some snowy hillsides. Then I remembered that the colours for the Color Throwdown Challenge needed some silver….hmmm… do I go with some glitter, a silver sentiment – but where to put it as I liked the scene as it was and didn’t want to cover much of it up…..

How about a banner that Santa would hold? No – would cover the trees…

How about a signpost? Now then – I went with that one – searched through the Color My Life app – there we are…..but the signpost when stamped has snow on it and a sentiment wouldn’t fit……

So – I coloured a piece of card in brown – a neutral allowed colour – stamped the sign post alongside it – die cut the sign post – coloured the post itself, then cut out the stamped and silver heat embossed sentiment – stuck it on top of the signpost…….hey presto!

Phew…….!

Then I decided to add some white gel pen highlights to some images – but stayed away from adding glitter or glimmer – I just didn’t want to make any mistakes now the card was together. This time – I knew when to stop!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownred, green, aqua, silver

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Just Add Inksomething beginning with ‘S’ – Santa, snow,

Krafty ChicksOccasions

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas – option things with wings (not taken)

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Life’s a beach…..

Hello there. I have a CAS card to share today which stretched my Copic colouring knowledge – research was undertaken! – to create a beach scene:

I used Make It colour blending card and stamped the Clearly Besotted scene onto the bottom of it in Gina K amalgam ink.

Once stamped, I then turned to the tinterweb and searched for ideas on colours and ‘how to‘ colour a beach scene and the sea. Most of the colours and methods came from watching Mindy Baxter do her magic – very inspiring. I added some more colours – and actually used a couple of different ‘blues’ for the sea as I didn’t want it too dark or even too light – but kudos to her for her easy to follow instructions.

Here is a picture of the colours I used:

I think I missed the dark brown Copics somehow!

I find taking a picture of the colours helps me to look back and see what I was happy with, and what combination of colours I may use again. I do write these down in a note book – very OCD at the moment – and write where I have used them on what card and what post so I can easily look back and see if I was happy with the colours or not.

The card was then die cut using some stitched rectangle frames, then adhered to a white card base. The Make It card isn’t thick enough to be used as a one layer card, so if I want to do one of those, I tend to colour on Neenah Classic Crest – but I find that doesn’t blend as well, so I have to choose my colours carefully – or colour using another medium.

I hope you are all well and managing to stay sane……!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

AAA CardsCAS along the edge with option of ‘beach’

Lemon Shortbread anything goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeweek 30 – anything goes colouring

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Seas The Day

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time the theme is ‘Sea Shells’. I decided to go down the digital image route as I don’t have sea shell stamps, and here is my card:

I used a digital image from Power Poppy called ‘Gifts From The Sea‘, printed onto Make It Colour Blending Card, and coloured with Copics.

As you can see, I went quite neutral with the colouring, and used a combination of colours I have used in previous Kit and Clowder colouring classes – and also some techniques I learnt from those classes along the way.

For this image, there was also an option for ‘no line’ printing – but I do like black lines around my objects – and it’s a little more forgiving with my colouring skills, too!

I hope you can come and join us, I’d love to see your interpretation of our ‘Sea Shell’ theme. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Board

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Digi Choosdayanything goes

Inkspirational Challengepainting or colouring

We Are All Like a Snowflake

Hello there. A new challenge is beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, with the theme of ‘Anything goes Christmas’ – here is my card:

I began by printing out the ‘Iced Berry’ digital stamp from JMC Designs, onto Make-It Colour Blending card, adjusting the dimensions to suit my card size, and also printed out the sentiment from the same company, which says – ‘we are all like a snowflake, all different in our own beautiful way’..

Once printed, I used Copics to colour her, then added some white gel pen dots to the green berries – kinda like ice – then added some gold gel pen dots to the poinsettia.

I also die-cut a large tag, inked around the edges a little with some purple ink to stop the edge being quite so stark, then added her with dimensionals.

I used the oval to die-cut the sentiment, inking around the edge again.

The olive looking base card – no idea where from – was die-cut, then I added a really, really, dimensional paper from one of the Tonic Craft kits last year – maybe even the year before – as this gave an embossed an pearlised-looking layer.

I didn’t want to cover that green paper too much, which is why I used a tag for the lady image.

I hope you can come and join us, and please check-out the inspiration from the Design Team.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option candy canes (not taken)

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge atg Christmas – option ornaments

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge week 20atg

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Flower-Butterfly-Vase

Hello again. I am delighted and honoured to be the Guest Designer for the new challenge beginning at All Fun Challenges.

For this challenge – the theme is always ‘anything goes’ and we were given a choice of images from Bugaboo. I chose this gorgeous ‘Flower Butterfly Vase’ digital image.

Here is my card:

I began by printing out the image onto ‘Make It Colour Blending card’, then picked colours of Copics………several greens, several blues, some pinks, and a couple of reds – not forgetting the grey for the shadow.

The blue patterned paper underneath the panel is a cut-down piece from Craft Box UK – and I even added a blue then grey Copic edge to it to try to match to the colours I had already used on the image.

The little sentiment tag is from a package of tags – I have no clue where they came from, and no clue how long I’ve had them – I found them during my Covid-19 lock-down ‘tidying’.

Well – I say tidying – but I then find things I haven’t seen for ages, or even forgot I had – and then of course you have to create something then and there – don’t you? Or is it just me……………..?

I’d love to see your creations for this challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Paper Minutes Butterflies

Lil’ Red Wagon flowers

Digi Doodle Studios – flower power – must include a hand coloured image

Crafts Galore anything goes

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Sending Sunshine and Smiles…

Hi there. I have a card to share to day using some of the new release stamp sets from Clearly Besotted:

I stamped the floral scene twice along the bottom of a piece of Make It Colour Blending Card, and stamped the cute little plushie with the flower onto another piece.

I coloured the images using Copics – very simple, very little shading, then added some gold gel dots to some of the flowers – I tried to catch that in the bottom photo – and some darker dots on the other flowers.

The plushie image die–cut with two nesting circle dies as you see, and the sentiment from the same plushie stamp set attached.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownAqua, Teal/Turquoise, grey, metallic gold

Crafty Sentiments Designs – anything goes

Fusion Card Challengesketch +/- photo inspiration

Krafty Chicksuse a stamp

Fab’n’Funky Challenge cute critters

Festive Wreath

Hello there – I have a Christmas card to share as there is a new challenge beginning at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme – as always – is anything goes Christmas or festive related:

I used a digital stamp from Graciellie Design, printed onto Make-It Colour blending card, and coloured with Copics. I went for a sketchy Copic colouring, as I find this image lends itself perfectly to this.

I die cut the image with a Sue Wilson stitched circle die set, matted a darker green layer, then sued Sue Wilson stitched squares for two more layers of matting.

The corner dies are from Tattered Lace – I have had these sets for years and years – and found them again during another ‘tidying’ session…….

The die-cut sentiment is also from Tattered Lace – part of my ‘find’ and stuck down after die-cutting with a backing of double-sided tape.

I hope you can come and join us, and get your Christmas stash well and truly started. xx

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Crimbo-Crackers Christmas and use old stash

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 16)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

‘B’ for Boy

Hello yet again. There is a new challenge starting at The Alphabet Challenge. We are at the letter ‘B’ – and we want to see your cards that are made for a Boy………..

Here is my card:

This is another challenge which was a challenge to me too. I don’t generally make cards for children, and struggle to know what to put together – but it;s all about being challenged, isn’t it? To maybe go outside your comfort zone?

I had a search through the Bugaboo website, as I have previously used their ‘Clyde Birthday’ digital image here – and found this very cute elephant digital stamp – so straight into my basket he went………

Once I had played with the size of the image, I printed him onto Make-It colour blending card – as per usual – then went at him with my Copics.

I obviously think of a blue card when I think of a young boy – rightly or wrongly – hence the blue balloons, but with some red to brighten the overall look of him.

I matted and layered as you see, and added a block birthday sentiment from my favourite sentiment set from MFT.

I hope you can come and join – I’d love to see what you create – and hopefully gain some inspiration for when I have make more cards for the youngest generation. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challenge occasions

Addicted to Stamps and More anything goes

Aud Sentimentsa Birthday Sentiment

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 15)

Krafty Chicks Challenge anything goes

Hang In there….

Hello everyone. I hope you are keeping well. I have a CAS card to share today from a new stamp set from Tracy Hey/Alpaca Pals:

This is such a cute stamp set, and I would never have found this company if it wasn’t for seeing a card made by Jenny aka Ginger Ninja Crafts

I went to the web site, spent a little bit of money on several stamps – and as I ordered at about 12 midday – they arrived the following day! How about that for rapid service! There are so many cute images on so many different stamp sets – and the sentiments are truly fabulous – I hope you check them out.

Anyhoo – back to my card – I used Make-It Colour Blending Card cut to 7×5 inches, stamped the images as you see with Gina K Amalgam ink, then coloured with Copics.

The colour scheme is from the current challenge at Color Throwdown.

At the moment, I seem to be playing with my Copics quite a bit – I think I’m getting the hang of them – but in any event – I’m getting to like the little bit of colouring I’m doing. Maybe because I’m getting the results I want, maybe because I have more time to play, so I don’t feel ‘pressured’ to HAVE to colour……………..I never thought I’d say I like colouring…..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, black, grey, white

QKR Stampede anything goes

Always Fun Challenges CAS

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – ‘E’ is for……..Elephant

Crafty Sentimentsanything goes

Pink Gem Challengeanything goes