Sparkling Stag

Hello there everyone. It’s time for another challenge to begin at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme – as always – is anything goes as long as it is Christmas related. There are some fabulous projects from my Design Team colleagues, and here is my project:

You may be thinking – I am sure she had a blue card last time – and you would be correct. And then there is silver again……….but for some reason I think blue and silver for Christmas cards is quite classic. I promise to move away from that colour scheme…..probably…..maybe 🙂 🙂

This card has no stamping on it – it is all die cuts……….Crafters Companion stag, sentiment, blue frame, poinsettia……all die cuts.

I tried something different here too – I die cut the stag four times in black card stock, stuck them together, then used the Tonic Studios embossing pad (my current favourite) to the top die cut, added Wow! embossing powder…..and there we have a glittery stag. I did use three layers of embossing to get a nice deep and full glittery coverage.

Then I decided to do the same with the frame – a cut-down version of the Reverse Confetti ‘Stitched Note and Frame die‘ – standing there in white on my desk – I think it worked quite well on white card……………

The silver background is using a Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder.

The poinsettia is a very old stamp and matching die set from Heartfelt Creations. I can’t find it currently on their web site so it must be very, very old….and no longer available – but I only used the die not the stamps, on silver card, and putting only a couple of the flower layers together, curling the leaves slightly for dimension. There are two larger leaves to this set, and also the middle stamens – but I put the brad there instead.

So – there we are – a new challenge for you to join us, being creative, and building your stash of Christmas cards ready for the end of the year.

I look forward to seeing your creations. 🙂 🙂 XX

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge atg with option candy canes

XOXO Balloons

Hi again. I said I was back from holiday, and here is another card I was able to put together:

I began by stamping the balloons from Clearly Besotted ‘Magical Plushies‘ and colouring them with Copics. I actually stamped the image several times, as I wanted to play around with colours, and this is the one I liked the best.

I didn’t have any shading on the balloons, but decided – for the first time – to use a white gel pen for some highlights. I watched a YouTube video by ‘DrawingWiffWaffles‘ where she reviewed quite a few white gel pens, and then bought the one which came out the best from Amazon. Isn’t it amazing how these white lines change images? I’m definitely going to use this technique again.

I then stamped a cloud image and after playing around with the design, coloured the edges with three different Copics – going from darker to lighter blue. Without this, the cloud kinda got lost in the base card.

The frames is one of the layers from the Reverse Confetti ‘Stitched Note and Frames’ die set, and all three items added to a card base as you see. I wanted it to look like the balloons were floating away with the cloud……

I shall be entered into the following challenges:

CASology – Colour

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeStitches (frame and cloud)

AAA Cards up to one third with optional twist of bright colours

Angelique Motifs

Hi there. I don’t know where time goes, but since I reduced my hours to three days a week, I seem to run out of time…………I have no clue what I spend my time doing, but it certainly isn’t crafting. Hopefully, this Easter weekend I can make some cards to share with you.

Here is a card based on the colours from the current challenge at Color Throwdown:

I took the Altenew ‘Angelique Motifs’ and stamped the leaves in blue inks onto some Crafters Companion Neenah card. The gaps I filled-in with the leaves also from that stamp set.

I took some orange inks for the flowers, and instead of stamping the centres, I coloured them with yellow Copics. I tried doing the flowers completely stamping, but always seemed to get the centre parts off-set – so out came the Copics.

The frame is from Reverse Confetti and raised with foam, and the flowers stuck both inside and outside of the frame just for added interest.

The sentiment is from the new stamps from Thirsty Brush and Co – stamped the word, and die cut with the matching dies. Now that sentiment die has an inner and an outer – thinking about belly buttons anyone? – but I kept the two layers together so the word stands out a little more.

I am certainly going to spend some time with this stamp collection, so I am afraid there will be some floral cards coming your way – it may be water-colouring, it may be Copic colouring – or even ink smooshing……maybe all of them!

I hope you have a great Easter weekend, and I hope to see you again soon. 🙂

Holiday Cheer

Hi again. I hope you are doing well. I have a Christmas card for you today for the new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. This challenge is always ‘anything goes’, and I hope you join us to have that stash ready for later in the year.

Here is my card:

I used a stamp set from Gerda Steiner designs I received when Justin Hovey was doing her de-stash sale. After stamping with Gina K amalgam ink, I coloured with Copics – very simple colouring, no shading, as this card stock isn’t suitable for blending, and I didn’t want white – but a cream/off white card for this.

I added the two little birdies and kept them in the same colours as already used. I think they look a little upset about being sat on the reindeer’s antlers….don’t you?

The frames are from Reverse Confetti. I did think about raising one of the frames, but kept it quite simple in the end, letting the images speak for themselves.

The Design Team have some amazing projects for you to help inspire you, and I hope you are able to join us for the next couple of weeks. I look forward to seeing your creations.

🙂 🙂