Scruffy Cat Christmas

Hello there. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge for the next couple of weeks. The theme is always anything goes Christmas/festive. Here is my card:

I bought this digital image from Whimsy Stamps quite a while ago, but as with most of the digital images I buy – I forget I have them. I was sorting out my files and folders – cos what else am I going to do to keep busy at the moment – and ‘found’ lots of images I had completely forgotten about…….there will be more of these in the future, I’m afraid. 🙂

Once printed , and coloured with Copics, I die-cut with MFT wonky rectangles for a little more interest, and then used some patterned card-stock – I forget where from, and found a sentiment stamp from a previous Simon Says Stamp card kit which matched perfectly the colours and the gingham effect.

So this Christmas Scruffy cat turned out to be quite dramatic in the end.

I hope you can come and join us and increase your Christmas stash – I look forward to seeing what you create. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Challenge Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Cup Cake Inspirations Cats

Colour Crazy Challenge atg colouring

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Saying Hello…..

Hello there -yes – that’s the theme for the new challenge beginning at Cardz 4 Galz – feature the word ‘hello‘ on your project.

Here is my card:

Do you think I have enough ‘hello’s‘ on there? 🙂

I didn’t know what to do at first with this theme, but I had a little search through the Color My Life app – and found this little gem from Concord and 9th – a turn-about stamp.

I have never had much luck with these stamps, despite having the turn-about jig – but I decided to give it another shot.

Using four of the the Concord & 9th inks and the jig – I set to it. Well – it happened so easily I haven’t a clue what I was doing wrong in the past – no clue!

I then used a ‘hello’ die from Time For Tea Designs – layered four times and then stuck down as you see, after sticking to a rectangle cut with MFT wonky stitched rectangle die set set.

I think this is a fun and vibrant ‘just because’ card – I seem to be making quite a few of them recently.

I hope you can come and join us and see what the Design Team have come up with – such a varied selection I must say.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams anything goes

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Aud Sentimentsanything goes with a sentiment

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Exquisite Ocean

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Hello again. I have a card to share with you today after having a delivery from Bumbleberry Paper craft store. It was waiting for me when I got home, so I couldn’t resist playing with it. The stamp and die set is from MFT, and called Exquisite Ocean.

I took inspiration from several challenges – the colours of pink, red, and mint from Color Throwdown, a trio of something (fishes) from the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, and anything feminine from Watercooler Challenges.

The background ‘Waves’ stamp is from Hero Arts, and I used the Merman ink from Lawn Fawn. I die cut that with the wonky rectangles from MFT, as I think the wonkyness (a new word!) adds to the ocean effect.

Once I had stamped and layered the little fishes, I used the matching dies and then set to arranging them on the background. I stuck them down using 3D glue, as it gives some dimension, and also gives some wiggle time if I didn’t like how I placed them.

One thing I generally do now – I create two backgrounds. On one of them I arrange the die-cuts until I like it, then remove them one at a time, and stick them down on the second background. That way the position tends to remain the same. I have tried taking a photo for the placement, but I find this way so much easier.

These are such cute little fishies, and I stamped quite a few of them so I could make several cards, and will vary the sentiment on each of them.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and I die cut the ‘hello‘ from black card with a double sided sticky sheet on the back of it to make sticking it down so much easier, and then stamped the word ‘beautiful‘ directly onto the card. I know – stamped with my heart in my mouth as I did it the last of all – very brave of me! I didn’t even use my Misti as I didn’t want the fishes and weedy things to squash down!