Let It Snow Deer…….

Hello yet again. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge – anything goes Christmas/Festive. Here is my card:

I seem to be masking a lot recently – I blame Gina K! She showed us how easy it was when she taught on the Crop and Create at the beginning of October. I even went so far as to buy some mylar and create my own masks for shapes I will use again and again – like this oval shape……and therefore I also have the oval itself as well to use as a mask if I so wish.

I used a piece of Strathmore card stock, cut it bigger than I need – I’m always smudging stuff so I thought I’d try it that way – and placed down the piece which had the oval cut out of it.

I then decided where I wanted this gorgeous border stamp from Uniko, stamped that onto a piece of masking paper, cut out the wavy bottom bit, and stuck that down on the top of the mylar – then ink blended.

I didn’t want the ink blending below the border and this worked perfectly well – and no smudges!

Whilst the homemade stencil was still in place, I added some white ink through a dotty/snowy stencil. That didn’t work very well – the white ink was a little too juicy – so I added some white ink splatters and some additional water splashes. I think it turned out lovely:

I let this panel dry before I stamped the deer and tree border in black – having the stamp three times using my Misti (thank goodness for this tool) to get a darker and more solid image.

The sentiment is also from Uniko – some masking here too. The sentiment was too long for this card, and so I centered to have two ‘Let It Snow’ visible, and then covered the part of the stamp I didn’t want – inked it – then remembered to remove that from the stamp before stamping it on the card. Now that would have been traumatising if I had forgotten!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Animals Challenge anything goes with an animal

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

Allsorts Challenge anything goes – option vintage – not taken

Cards Galore Encore anything goes

Jingle Belles Rock Challenge – Christmas Creatures

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Snowy Scene

Hello, After a couple of days away. I have come home to finish this card:

I used a couple of Purple Onion Designs stamps. When I first saw that these stamps aren’t mounted – and being completely spoiled by mounted red rubber stamps – I hesitated getting some. However – I’m glad I did get them. All I did was add some low tack tape-runner to the back of the stamps so they stuck to my Misti – worked a treat.

I first stamped the snowman and critters, then fussy-cut a mask for them, then stamped the cabin. I also cut a mask for the cabin, and ink blended – Salvaged Patina Distress Ink – for the sky. Before removing the masks, I add some water splatters.

I chose Distress Ink on the Neenah 80lb card stock, as I didn’t want the full-on solid ink blending you get with Distress Oxides.

I coloured the images with Copics, adding a cool grey to the outline of the snowman, and created some snowy looking lines pn the rest of the white area.

I purposely didn’t colour the trees – I thought there was already enough turquoise, and I wanted to stick with the colours for the current Color Throwdown Challenge – which doesn’t include green!

I was going to cover them with some glitter……..but decided not to, because I would have had to add glitter virtually all over – and I wasn’t in a glitter mood! This way, I think the colouring and masking is effective enough…

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown – Turquoise, Brown, Kraft, White

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring (week 40)

Pink Gem Challenge anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything geos Christmas

Addicted To Stamps and More Make Your Mark

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Snowy Season’s Greetings

We are starting a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas/festive’. Here is my card:

This stamp is from Pink Ink – and is quite large……so the card ended up being a substantial size – but fun to make.

I stamped then heat embossed the image, then stamped another to make a mask for the top portion – the tree and top of the card.

I then ink blended the background with Distress Inks, before water-colouring my image. Some of the smaller details I coloured with Copics. Once it had all dried, I splattered some Copic Opaque White all over – I mean all over – to get a blizzard effect – the snowman is still taking this tree home despite the weather!

I decided it needed a frame, so I used die-cut a frame using some stithced rectangle dies, then ink blended with Distress Inks to match the background.

I quite enjoyed using the variety of medium to create this card and will definitely have a play again.

I hope you can come and join us in our challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes colouring

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes mixed media

Christmas Craft Creations anything goes Christmas

Avenue 613 anything goes with optional twist of water-colour

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge
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Snowman and Santa

Hello. The ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ and the themes for each letter are:

N’ for North Pole, ‘O’ for Off To One Side

Here are my cards:

‘N’ for North Pole

‘O’ for Off To The Side

The North Pole card is using a stamp set from Taylored Expressions, a little masking, and then coloured with Copics. I used some small snowflake stamps for the sky and Concord & 9th ink, adding some little spots of glitter, and then Lawn fawn Prisma Glitter.

The second card is using a stamp set from Newtons Nook, stamped, coloured with Arteza watercolour brushes, then die cut. The sky is using a stencil from MFT which was not slimline, but I made it work, and ink blending.

The snow bank is using Lawn Fawn slimline dies – and more glitter!

I was inspired to make cards for both the themes this time round – that’s what happens when you have not been able to craft for a few weeks – overflow of ideas…..

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas/Festive makes following our two specific themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

North Pole card:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Christmas Crafts All Year RoundChristmas with N or M (North Pole)

Here Is A Place To Start Favourite Holiday/Celebration (Christmas)

Sparkles Forum Challenge Christmas and snowflakes

Snowman card:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Country View Challengeuse a stencil

Crafty Calendar Challenge anything goes

Comfy Christmas

Hello there. A new challenge has started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, and we have a new Design team member, another Shona – so she has been christened ‘Shona E’.

As always, the theme is anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

Both of these images is from a Simon Says Stamp set. I first stamped the comfy chair, masked one side of it, and then stamped the bag of presents – so it was kinda hidden behind the chair.

I coloured the images with Copics, and added some white gel pen for some interest. For some reason I couldn’t stop using the white lines – so there may be more than there should be – but I was having fun!

I love that these three critters are laying together in perfect harmony, and it just makes me smile…..

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

This panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle, then placed on some red shiny Lawn Fawn card, and then adhered to a top folding card base.

I hope you can come and join us this time round – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks – stamp act

Colour Crazy Challenge – anything goes with colouring

Crafty Animals – anything goes with an animal

Cards Galore Encores – anything goes

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You’re Sweet…..

Hi there. Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has started a new CAS theme. This time we want to see:

Here is my card:

I ended up creating a one layer card, using Simon Says Stamp ‘Sweet Truffles’ which just arrived here and is part of the February 2021 card kit. This kit usually gets to me middle of the month – and usually after I have paid – or opted out of – the next months kit.

I started by stamping the middle chocolate, then masked it and stamped the other two. I used a brown Gina K amalgam ink this time – not so harsh, and perfect for using the chocolatey colours, I think.

I used Copics to colour the images, and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, and also stamped in the same brown ink.

There some amazing inspiration from the Design, and all sorts of different takes on the theme – I hope you can come and join us with your creations – don’t forget to follow our theme and keep it CAS. I hope to see you there. xx

Wish You Were Here….

Hello there. I have another slimline card to share today, using a selection of Clearly Besotted stamps, a stencil, and some masking:

This card took a little planning and a little measuring before I even began adding the images. I picked the size of my card base, then measured the size of the window stamp to try and place this evenly across the bottom, marking with a pencil the outline of each window. I then stamped each of the jungle animals, created a mask for each of them, then stamped each window.

Before colouring, just in case I messed this part up, then masked each window off, and used a brick stencil to create a little wall scene.

I tried to keep the colours quite simple – varying between the flowers, the animal, and the curtains, to try and create some cohesiveness – the flowers being the same colour but slightly darker than the curtains, adding a strip sentiment once all was done.

I’m missing company, missing nipping round to someone’s house for a coffee and natter – and having them nip round to mine. Hopefully, we can start to do those things again in a few weeks – it’s the simple things like this which get to me more than actually going out and about…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Just Us Girls – slimline card

Crafty Sentiments Designs anything goes

Aud Sentiments Challenge anything goes with a sentiment

Pink Gem Challengeanything goes

Always Remember – You Are Precious

Hello there. I have a couple of cards to share to day – one of which has the above encouraging sentiment, and one for a birthday:

On the first card:

I chose the stamp and use all the layers from Altenew ‘Remember This‘ stamp set. Once the flower was stamped, I masked it off and stamped the stem and a couple of the buds from the same stamp set. The sentiment is from a couple of stamp sets – ‘you are precious‘ is from the Altenew set, and ‘always remember’ is from the Stampin Up stamp set. A one layer card including some masking – very CAS.

The second card:

This took a little planning and a lot of masking. The flowers were stamped first – the outline, then I only used the middle of the three layers – quite effective I feel.

Each flower was masked – using the same mask just moving it around – and I stamped some of the leaves from the same stamp set around and about to fill some gaps, and only using the lightest shade of ink from the set of four – again from Altenew:

I tried a couple of different ways for the sentiment using the same stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn. the first one I tried was by stamping the words in black on white card-stock, but I felt the words didn’t stand out enough – it wasn’t bold enough – so I just die cut the two words out of black card and layered three together.

I like the boldness of the sentiment against the very feminine background.

Both cards will be entered together in the Twofer Card Challenge.

The single purple flower card will be entered into the following challenges:

CASology cue card – MEMORIES

Tuesday Taggers Challengepositive or uplifting quote

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge layer it up

Aud Sentiments Challenge anything goes with a sentiment

The birthday card will be entered into the following challenges:

Seize The Birthday – birthday – topping option not taken

Inkspirational Challenge – word prompt – MASK

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Yappy Christmas

Hello. I have been playing with some rainbow Copics:

I used a Whimsy and Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set – ‘Happy Pugmas‘. I don’t have dogs – two cats – but I thought this stamp set was so funny, with cute images and sentiments, so now it was time to play…..

The colours were inspired by the current challenge at ‘The Rainbow Card Challenge’ – this time the theme is ‘Holiday Rainbow’. I don’t think I’ve coloured an actual rainbow card before, so I looked for what the colours of the rainbow are, and followed the ROYGBIV – as you can see from my Christmas Trees.

These trees are from the same stamp set, and involved some masking. I first stamped the pug – masked him, then stamped a tree either side, masked them, then stamped again etc…….

I then looked for some Copics to colour the trees following the ROYGBIV for the rainbow, and it just so happened that the pug ended up having the green for his hat and ruffle.

For the baubles, I added some green Stickles. Now – I’m not a great user of Stickles, I have a few of them, but I find I usually make a mess, forgetting it’s still wet and smudging, or the dots don’t look right. I prefer Nuvo drops – they hold their shape better, but this came out quite nicely I think:

I’ll let you into a secret – I had no idea what the colour indigo was – I thought it was a deep purple – but it appears to be a blue/purple hybrid – I did have to google it. I also googled which Copic colours were the best for colouring indigo – and then hubby showed me a new Indigo Blu stamp set just sitting there on our kitchen counter……….with their logo being – obviously – indigo blue……..doh!

The base card is a dark grey – makes a change to white I think, and frames the main layer.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Rainbow Card Challenge Rainbow Holiday

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas Creatures

Colour Crazy Challenge – week 48 – anything goes colouring

Stamplorations CAS Challenge CAS anything goes with option of red and brown (not taken)

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas (option quick and easy)

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Sending You Sunshine

Hi there. I have a card to share completely different to the card from yesterday – CAS AND one layer……..:

The theme from CASology, and the one layer and dots from Simply Less Is More. I used the colours from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, though I don’t have the actual colours, I have obviously tried to match as best I can………..

The stamp set I used is from Clearly Besotted – and a little bit of masking and creative license with the colours…………

I first stamped the sunflower in a yellow which I hope matches enough for Crushed Curry, and stamped the second layer with the red. After masking, I stamped the second layer of the leaves – I didn’t want full leave shapes – then masked these leaves fully and stamped some dots in grey. The dots are from Concord & 9th ‘Stuck On You‘ stamp set.

Again, I am using encouraging sentiments as much as I can, to try and spread some smiles…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CASology PLANT

CAS Colours and Sketches Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Simply Less Is MoreCAS one layer, going dotty