Penguin Cozy Christmas

Hello once again. There is a new challenge started at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is always – anything goes Christmas. Here is my card:

The card base layers representing the ground and floor I kept quite muted, to enable the images to stand out more. I found some chintzy paper which made me smile – so I put that on for the walls.

The window is from Mama Elephant, with patterned paper behind the glass to suggest a snowy blizzard outside, and the penguins even have some Christmas curtains hanging for the season…..

The images are from Time For Tea Designs – using a couple of stamp sets, and cut out using my scan-n-cut, coloured with Copics, and arranged as you see. I love the slippers on the right penguin on the right side – and it appears he/she is running to give an extra candy cane to the penguin who seems to be enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Their big fur baby is just sat there, watching, bemused – who put this hat on me?

I even put a Christmas hat on the top of the clock on the mantel piece – in my story here, it is after the meal, they are trying to relax in front of the fire, and those darned Christmas hats from the crackers just get taken off and put anywhere, don’t they? 🙂

I hope you can come and join us – I love to see what other people create ready for the Christmas Season. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challengeanything goes with patterned paper

12 Months Of Christmas Link UpChristmas with option of red and gold (not taken)

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas – option for a child

Di’s Digi Designs animals acting like humans

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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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Elves, For Tree and Garland

A new challenge has started at ABC Christmas Challenge. We have reached the letters E, F and G – and we want to see your Christmas creations with the following themes:

E for Elves, F for Fir Tree, and G for Garland.

Here are my makes:

E for Elves
F for Fir Tree
G for Garland

The MFT ‘Christmas sElfies’ was stamped, coloured with Copics, and the square die-cut with a stitched square from Sue Wilson. Patterned paper adhered to a card base, and the sentiment strip raised with 3D foam – trying to keep the squares and lines etc in alignment – I think I did a pretty good job at that.

The second card using the Hero Arts stamp – an old one I don’t think I’ve actually used yet – stamped using Altenew Obsidian black ink direct onto the card base. I did use my Misti, and it took about three stampings to get a solid image. I liked the effect so much I stamped it again using a couple of Concord & 9th inks too. The sentiment is from my stash – no idea where it came from – and I even added a plain white Tim Holtz deer – just because I could, really…….

The third card is using a stamp and die set from Uniko. The leaves of the garland are stamped directly onto the card base, with the holly leaves, pine cones, and berries also glued down. Not too much dimension. I struggled with an appropriate sentiment on this card, and in the end left it without one – I’ll probably stamp one inside when the time comes.

It appears these three Christmas themes inspired me to create for all three letters – I must have had a mojo lightning strike that day!

I hope you can come and join us – please remember the letters have themes that we have chosen, and we would appreciate your Christmas creations adhering to those themes. I hope to see you in the gallery. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Elf card:

Colour Crazy Challengeanything goes colouring

Christmas with the CutiesCute Christmas option elves/gnomes/fairies

Christmas Cards All Year RoundChristmas and something beginning with E or F (elves)

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paperanything goes with patterned paper

Fir Tree and Deer card:

Krafty Chicks Challengeoccasions

Sweet Stampers ChallengeCAS

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Sparkles Forum Christmas ChallengeCAS Christmas

Garland card:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Cardz 4 Galz – Pink and Brown

Hello there. A new challenge has started at Cardz 4 Galz, and the theme this time is to use Pink and Brown in your girlie creations. Here is my card:

As you can see – I have gone full-on girlie and also used a lot of die-cuts and embellishments:

On a white card base I added a brown card stock which has some shimmer to it – some may call it bronze…..which is a brown isn’t it?

I then layered a couple of pink patterned papers, and added a brown and pink spotted ribbon across the join – with some additional pieces for banner end thingies.

The flowers are from my stash – had them for ages – and the swirl die cuts are from using a Sue Wilson die – an oldie but one of my favourites.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp – fast becoming a favourite of mine – and I’m liking the bold font against a very feminine card.

I hope you can come and join us with your girlie pink and brown creations. We have a new Design Team member called Shell – known to us as Shell B – hopefully you will be able to check her creation out – and have a look at what the rest of our team have created. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Unicorn Challengeuse flowers

Mix It Up Challenge anything goes – option fancy folds not taken

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge anything goes with patterned paper

Crafty Creations Challenge anything goes

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Curious Cats

Hello everyone. It’s time for another challenge at Cardz 4 Galz, and this time it’s a recipe challenge.

We would like to see one focal image, one sentiment, 2 patterned papers, and three embellishments. Here is my card:

and a little close-up:

If you have seen my blog frequently, you will know I don’t use many patterned papers – I just don’t know what to do with them! I am so pleased I joined the Design Team at Cardz 4 Galz, as it makes me experiment, and try doing other things with my card making.

For the focal image, I used a new stamp set to me from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Oh My Whiskers’. You will also surely know by now that I have cats, love cats, and anything to put cats on my cards is always a great idea to me.

I stamped this image and coloured with Copics, trying to get three different coloured cats, then used the matching die to cut it out. I then thought about the sentiment and background papers….

I have no idea where these papers came from – the darker green, and the muted stripey bluey paper – but I liked how they looked together. They are both 12×12 inches, so I could play around adding them to this 7 inch square card base.

As the cats in the bucket looked a little curious, I used a stamp from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Purrrfect Sentiments’ , and then looked to my stash for anything cat related to add as embellishments. I think I bought these metal trinket things at a craft show, they may be for jewelry, and placed the butterfly and bee as though the cats in the bucket were looking at them, and added a separate cat trinket just above the sentiment.

The Design Team has come up some fabulous inspiration – very varied – and I hope you will be able to join us. I look forward to seeing what you create with this recipe.