Many Snowflakes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

I started by dry embossing using a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder – I knew I wanted a lot of snowflakes on this card and this folder fitted the bill perfectly.

I then die cut the Hero Arts snowflake die out of a larger circle of white card and adhered it to a previously created background. If I remember correctly, the background card was sprayed and splattered, and then a shiny coat added – but I can’t remember what the shine is from as I did this soooo long ago – just waiting to be used!

I then stuck some varying sizes of gems into the centre of each snowflake and stuck the whole circle down onto the embossed panel.

The sentiment was stamped in black and clear heat embossed – to give this a shiny look too – then fussy cut around the general shape – not too fussy and fancy – just the overall shape of the sentiment.

I hope you can come and join us this time round. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Mixed Media Loversanything goes mixed media

Peace On Earth Christmas ChallengeChristmas mood board

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Addicted To Stamps and More anything goes

CYHTP embossing folder – option things with wings not taken

ABC Christmas Challenge – J and K

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters J and K. Wei is hosting, and this time we want to see your Christmas themed creations with ‘J for Joke and/or K for Kraft‘. I was inspired to make a card for each theme:

J for Joke
K for Kraft

For the first card I used the Tim Holtz die ‘Arthur’ and created him with a cream textured card stock with some brown ink blending around the edges. The hat is from a Simon Says Stamp die set – with some glitter applied to the white parts. The background is an ink smooshed background from my stash. The joke sentiment stamped onto some patterned paper and placed using 3D foam squares.

For the second card I created a shaker card using an ink smooshed background which I embossed using a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder, then applied Sizzix lustre wax. I placed this into a shaker creator from Tonic Studios, added glass beads and some thicker glitter and sealed it.

I die cut a Hero Arts Christmas cover panel out of Kraft, and stuck that down onto the front.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations – following one or both of our two themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

First card:

Peace On Earth Christmas challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

12 Months of Christmas – anything goes Christmas – option not taken

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Second card:

Dies R Us challengeanything goes with a brand they sell

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Die Cut Divasanything goes with die cuts or embossing folder (both)

Love To Craft Challenge anything goes

Shiny Holly Wreath

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started another ‘anything goes Christmas/Festive’ challenge. Here is my card:

This holly wreath and berries is another die bought from the Charlie and Paulchen company based in Germany. I die cut the wreath in white, then again in green, and the berries in shiny red card stock.

The panel on the card base is embossed using a 3D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp, with the white wreath adhered, then the green wreath on top and off-set.

Once I had added the red berries, I added glossy accents to the green holly leaves for extra shine.

I hope you can come and join us with your festive/Christmas makes – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks Christmas

CYHTP anything goes with an embossing folder (twist of Easter not taken)

Cards Galoreanything goes

12 Months Of Christmasanything goes Christmas (gift box option not taken)

Christmas Crafts All Year Round Christmas with red and green and circles and/or ribbon (wreath circle)

3 Birds and a wreath

Hello. Some playtime again and creating with a new die set:

The wreath die comes with a bird die, and to create the colours I ink blended some Distress Oxide colours onto Bristol smooth card stock – Milled Lavender, Kitsch Flamingo, Bundled Sage, Faded Jeans.

Out of these pieces I die cut the wreath from the Bundled Sage, and the the birds from the other colours.

I embossed a piece of card with a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder, trimmed the edges with the Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer, and adhered with a piece of craft foam.

I glued the wreath down, but as it is quite a fine wreath, I only placed the glue on strategic points, there is some movement and dimension, and then added the three birds which I had layered and glued together.

I did play with placing them down individually, arranged around the wreath, but it looked a little off, so I decided on this way.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownpink, sage green, lavender, blue

Lil Red Wagonthree of something

CYHTP embossing folder – optional twist of Easter not taken

The Card Concept – inspiration photo (inspired by the bird and florals (embossing folder)

Snowflake Panel

The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenges has started a new ‘anything goes Christmas’ challenge. Here is my card:

As I’ve been playing with alcohol inks, I used a previously prepared piece for the background to this Simon Says Stamp snowflake die.

I then layered that with some white glitter card.

I cut another panel out of that same glitter card, snipped out the snowflakes, and added them just slightly offset to their respective place on the panel.

This was stuck down using 3D foam onto an embossed panel – again from Simon Says Stamp – and then onto a card base.

The sentiment wad die cut out of three pieces of white card stock, then the white glitter card – four layers for added dimension – and adhered as you see – at a little jaunty angle.

I hope you can come and join us with your Christmas creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge anything goes – option add sentiment

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Cards Galore Challenge anything goes

Creatalicious Challenge anything goes – option make your own background

Creative Fingers Challenge – anything goes

You Are The Best

I have managed to play in my craft room today – trying to ignore all the battering winds and rain.

I’m currently loving using Pinkfresh Studios sets – the stamp, stencils, and die sets are so much fun to use. I decided to use a new set to me to create this card:

I started by stamping the image, then used the layering stencils to colour. Even though there are three layers for the flowers, I only used two Distress Oxide colours – but the lightest one I used for two of the layers so it appears darker on the second layer, then a dark blue for the third layer.

I decided I wanted the leaves brown, so I used Vintage Photo (I think!) again for both the layers, so the second layer gives a darker tone.

I then die cut the branch and turned to the card base.

The embossed layer is using a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder, and cut down to smaller than the card base, and adhered using 3D foam.

I then stuck down the branch with some smaller pieces of 3D foam, stamped the sentiment and did the same.

For the colours at Color Throwdown I had to use a darker green, so after thinking about more leaves, stamping the sentiment in green (I really didn’t like that idea) or Nuvo drops, I actually found these green gems in my stash, and placed them as you see – 3 larger and 3 smaller.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown light blue, dark blue, forest green, brown

Can You Handle The Pressureembossing folder – option to use pink (not taken)

Allsorts Challenge – I love……? (layering stencils currently!)

Creative Fingers Challenge anything goes

‘C’ for Clean and Simple – ABC Christmas Challenge

Hello again. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘C’ and ‘D’ – the Christmas themes this month are ‘C’ for Clean and Simple, and ‘D’ for Distressing. Here is my card:

I dry embossed a piece of white card stock with a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder – but used the deboss side instead of the embossed side.

The bells are from Altenew, stamped using their inks, and the bow and sentiment were die cut from red glitter card stock.

I hope you can come and join us in our ‘CAS’ and/or ‘Distressed’ themed Christmas challenge – I look forward to seeing you there. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge anything goes with option of red flowers (option not taken)

Watercooler Challenge occasions

My Time To Craft Christmas Christmas and CAS

Arty Divas Challengeanything goes

Craft Rocket Challenge sparkle and bling

Crafting Happiness Challenge anything goes

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Santa Merry Christmas

Hello. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge has started a new challenge. The theme is always ‘anything goes Christmas‘. Here is my card:

On a white card base I added some patterned paper – still going to try and use more patterned paper in my makes – and then topped that with a white piece which had been embossed with a Simon Says Stamp 3D embossing folder.

I looked at my Christmas ephemera – another stash of craft items I want to use more of – and found this cute and layered Santa, which I added as you see.

The sentiment is also a layered ephemera piece, but it had been layered wonky – so I removed that piece of foam and glued the layers directly together, and added to the bottom of the card.

I hope you can come and join us – I look forward to seeing your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafting Happiness challenge anything goes

Watercooler Challengeoccasions

My Time To Craft Christmas – Christmas and something beginning with ‘S’

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Heat Embossing with a folder

Hi once again. I was inspired by the current challenge at Just Us Girls to try a technique – heat embossing with embossing folders. I have tried this before – with very poor results – but this time their link to the Jennifer McGuire video helped me a lot:

I played with numerous different colours of card stock, and different colours of embossing powder – but this the one which inspired me the most. A dark blue card with silver embossing powder.

I used the Lawn Fawn snowflake dies to create a matt silver and glittery large snowflake and smaller snowflake, and layered them as you see.

Here are some of my other ‘trials’:

The tip which helped me the most was using a brayer to add the embossing ink – that seemed to create a better overall coverage.

The other thing I noticed – the purple and silver piece is an A4 piece of card. I used an A4 folder, and my 12 inch Big Shot Pro – it seems I don’t get an even pressure across the whole piece – I will have to use a little shim in the future – but I actually like the effect of almost outlining the images instead of fully heat embossing the background.

On the blue floral piece, I used a thicker embossing powder, with larger embossing bits – not exactly a powder……maybe granules would be a better word? Anyhoo – I heated from the back, and created an uneven almost distressed and vintage look to that piece, which I’m liking too:

So – the outcome is that I enjoyed playing an experimenting, and also have some pieces which can be used as backgrounds, or even for die cutting in the future.

I shall be entering the card into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsheat embossed embossing folders

Peace On Earth At Christmas Christmas Inspiration Board (snowflakes and snow)

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends – anything goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – anything goes Christmas

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