Mistletoe Kisses

Hello there. ABC Christmas Challenge has reached the letters ‘J‘ and ‘K‘, and we want to see your Christmas/Festive creations with ‘J’ for Jingle Bells, and/or ‘K’ for Kisses (under the mistletoe)’. Here is my card:

I have some slimline card bases in this gorgeous dark blue and never think to use them – so I grabbed one, and embossed the front half with a Spellbinders embossing folder.

The birds, bird house, and all the floral elements were die cut and assembled, and the hardest part was deciding on where each of the elements were to go. Thank goodness I went for slimline so I could get everything on there.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas/Festive makes following our themes. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Beautiful Blossoms – anything goes flowers/florals

Sparkles Forum emboss it

Fab’n’Funkythings with wings

Creative Fingers anything goes

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Most Magical Time Of The Year anything goes Christmas or Halloween

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

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Especially For You

Hello, some crafty time today created this card:

I chose a 5×7 inch card base so I could get the basket and the floral image in their full glory.

The basket is due cut from a light brown card stock with the Spellbinders die you see, and the edges inked slightly for a little dimension.

The floral image is from The Greetery, a stencil and die set. 6 layers in total, but I kept the floral layers two shades of yellow, with dark green centres and the leaves were all inked with the same mint colour from Pinkfresh Studio.

The main die cut image was inserted into the top of the basket and attached to the card base with 3D foam.

The die set also cuts some flowers, so I also ink blended those small flowers with a yellow ink, them added them to the top of the basket.

I thought some extra leaves were needed, so I searched the Color My Life app and found these leaves – also from Spellbinders – blended the mint green onto w white piece of card and die cut those extra leaves, adding them here and there throughout the back of the central image.

I added some clear gem thingies to the centre of the extra flowers, and also added three around the central image.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip:

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownyellow, dark green, mint green, white

Lil Red Wagonat least 2 layers

Daring Cardmakers bloom and grow – flowers and/or plants

Craft Rocket layer it up

Triple Bbirds and/or butterflies and/or blooms

Ally’s Angels anything goes

Birdie Birthday

Hello. Happy Little Stampers anything goes birthday challenge has returned after a little break, and the first challenge for this year is now live.

Here is my card:

I started by taking a white panel and used the Altenew ‘Scalloped Frame 3D embossing folder’. The folder is the full circle, but I only wanted half of it on my card. It came as part of an online class with them – another class I haven’t fully completed.

I then took some Spellbinders dies and die cut, layered, re-arranged, die cut more, re-arranged again – you know it can get sometimes – until I was happy with the layout.

I used a combination of 3D foam and glue to adhere and layer the elements, and added a debossed sentiment from Spellbinders. I find I am loving these debossed sentiments. Sometimes my die-cutting machine has a little too much pressure and the words actually cut through the piece of card – no worries – either cut another, or layer a piece behind. Sorted…..

A Some of these dies came from the Spellbinders Advent calendar – and I will certainly be signing up for the next one…….

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘anything goes birthday’ creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner – add a heart (gold hearts in semi-circle die cut)

Seize The Birthday – anything goes birthday (option of red and white and one other colour not taken)

CYHTP – embossing folder – option of things with wings taken

Creative Fingers – anything goes

Crafters CafĂ© – cute

Happy Fruity Birthday

Having just been a part of the Pinkfresh Create and Connect event this weekend, and being able to do two classes, I did watched a third class this morning and whilst the instructor was using more realistic colours, I decided to use the colours for one of the challenges I will be entering (sky blue, pink, red):

I gold heat embossed the stamp – a huge slimline stamp – then used the matching die to cut out all the elements. Before choosing which of the elements to use, I die cut the frame – also from Pinkfresh and a previous event – and die cut the inner piece but then dry embossed that inner piece with a Spellbinders embossing folder, and ink blended just a little of the light blue in the bottom corner – to try and ‘connect’ the images and the sentiment.

I inserted that piece then played with which elements to use, where to use them, how to arrange them. I chose a sentiment from this recent event, then adhered all the elements with a mixture of 3D foam and wet glue.

This stamp, die and stencil set also comes with the matching washi tape – another huge roll – and the die cuts out all the elements – playtime for another day…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Krafty Chicks – occasions

Here Is A Place To Startanything goes

Beyond The Blueuse one or more stencils – (at least 6 layering stencils with this stamp set)

Cupcake Inspirations – sky blue, pink, red

CYHTP – embossing folder – (option of things with wings not taken)

Floral Frame Birthday

After a busy week, I was able to create a card over the past couple of days, and completed today:

The base colour is cream from my stash, a Creative Expressions cream coloured card stock. I first took an A2 panel and dry embossed it with a Spellbinders embossing folder. I then attached this to the card base.

I then took another cream panel, and ink blended the floral frame (The Greetery) using the layering stencils. I used a light pink for all the flowers, stamping them twice for the base layer, and then for the added detail layer – using the same light pink – stamped three times to create a darker pink. I then used the outer and inner edge dies to cut the frame out.

I then took another stencil set from The Greetery and ink blended the two yellow flowers, using the die panel to cut those out.

I was going to attach the frame straight onto the embossed panel, but I thought the centre looked too busy with the dry embossing behind it, so I die cut the outer edge of the frame from another piece of cream card stock and attached it to the back using 3D foam tape – to create a more solid centre, and create some dimension and shadow behind the frame.

The yellow flowers were inserted, the sentiment stamped and the sentiment strip adhered with glue on the edges, and 3D foam on the centre.

I added some yellow dots to balance the yellow above the sentiment strip.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdownyellow, light pink, cream, green

CYHTPembossing folder option of hearts not taken)

Inkspirationaluse stencils

AAA Birthday birthday and use stencils

Unicorn Challenge birthday

Stencil Funstencils – option of hearts not taken

Beautiful Blossoms flowers and mood board

Hello there…..

I had some time to play in my craft room today to create this card with some dies from Honey Bee Stamps:

I decided to use the dragonfly from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Lovely Layers: bugs‘ for the first time. The wings were created by using a pink and a mustard alcohol ink and dropped them onto a piece of vellum – let them move around a little – and die cut the wings from the reverse side – catching some pink and some of the yellow/mustard.

The body of the dragonfly is die cut from a previously created ink smooshed green panel, and the wings layered on top…….I had to check whether to glue them to the top of the bottom of the body first……for some reason my mind went blank.

I dry embossed a diagonal border onto a white panel – using the reverse of the embossing for the smaller lines – cut this panel down slightly, and adhered to the card base.

The greetings banner was created by die cutting the main banner three times, setting the sentiment part into the top one, and colouring the second layer with a pink Copic to get some pink to shine through the words.

The arch frame was die cut, then the middle of the arch is a piece of vellum which had been passed through the Xyron to enable it to stick to the base panel without having to worry about where to put dots of glue.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown mustard, pink, green

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Everybody Art Challenge new

CYHTP embossing folder – option of borders taken

Sparkles Forumfriendship

Mix It Upanything goes – option of now stamping taken

Snow Sweet

Hi, I hope you are doing well. I have a card to share using a technique from a virtual class by Hero Arts and some Spellbinders products:

The background red panel was created during a virtual class run by Hero Arts. Jennifer McGuire dry embossed a foil plate – after inking the plate……..to say I was amazed and astounding is putting it lightly.

I inked the foil plate with red ink, and ran it through by die cutting machine to create this debossed panel with red ink in the grooves – it makes the detail stand out more. She also suggested white ink – I have a couple of those panels to hand for the future.

The vellum has white ‘snow’ on it, and I die cut with a bauble die from Hero Arts – the one that matches the foil plate – and attached it with a small 3D foam square through the bauble ‘hole’ at the top – so it swings just a little.

I put the snowman together by die cutting two circles which had double sided tape on them, placing them behind the snowman body and head, paper-piecing all the little light blue shapes into the belly, and paper-piecing the little black dots for the eyes and mouth. The carrot nose is a separate die which I die cut from a little piece of card I coloured with an orange Copic marker.

The hat has a little cut to insert the snowman head – very well thought out – and then I added the scarf, and actually added an extra scarf piece around the base of the hat.

Once the snowman was adhered to the vellum, I thought some more detail was needed, so I took some white glitter card stock – a new white shimmery card from Pink frog Crafts here in the UK – and used a BG Copic to colour the glitter card – then die cut some snowflakes, adhering them as you see.

The sentiment is from the same snowman die set from Spellbinders – a black banner in the back, the light blue in the front with the words die cut out of it.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

52CCT snowflakes

Fab’n’FunkyChristmas

A Perfect Time To Craftanything goes

Cut It UpChristmas – include die cuts

TTCRDanything goes

Dream ValleyChristmas

Crafty Gals CornerTis The Season

Birdie Christmas Greetings

Hello. I have a card to share inspired by the current colours at Color Throwdown:

I decided to make a Christmas card with those colours, and used a few Spellbinders die sets I have.

The background is embossed using an older embossing folder from Sizzix – not a Christmas design by any means, but I liked that it add some interest.

The central die is from Gina K designs and one of her Master Layouts, raised and adhered with foam.

The birds were put together using all the layers in each die set, but for the bird which is supposed to be a cardinal, I changed his/her tail feathers to the smaller ones from the other bird.

The floral elements and ferns are also from Spellbinders.

I played with the layout a little, stuck the elements down when I was happy with a mixture of 3D foam and glue, then added some sequins – I restrained myself to only adding three – and found that the sequins actually shine a little pink – so matches the colours perfectly.

I added the previously foiled sentiment for a total contrast so there is no mistake that this is a Christmas card……! Despit the colours…..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown mustard, pink, green

CYHTP embossing folder – option pumpkins not taken

Christmas With The Cuties anything goes Christmas – option food/drinks not taken

Sparkles Forumfestive and things with wings

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Christmas Greetings

Hello once again. I have a card to share using a Spellbinders die set and embossing folder:

I first die cut the images out of the colours of card stock you see, not really sure what colours for what layers that I wanted to use to create the final card.

I layered and played with the colours, then played with the layout until deciding on what you see.

I used the Spellbinders embossing folder and layered that with 3D foam onto a white card base. The floral arrangement was added using a mixture of 3D foam and wet glue, and I think I changed my mind so many times where all the elements were going…..I have enough left over for a couple more cards too.

The sentiment is a previously foiled strip, and some iridescent sequins were added for a bit of bling.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge anything goes

Color Throwdown plum, blush, sage

Krafty Chicksoccasions

Allsorts – any special occasion

CYHTP embossing folder – option pumpkins not taken

Merry Cardinal Christmas

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

This cute little bird is from the new Spellbinders release, of which I must admit I bought quite a lot of the products. There will be more cards coming with those products in the near future.

Onto white card base I layered a red panel, then the white dry embossed panel.

I die cut the scallop oval, matted with a plain white piece, and then set-to putting the little birdie together.

I decided on what colours I wanted to go where on the birdie – and stuck down a piece of white on the back behind the eye and neck, placed him onto the oval and stuck down the 3D foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment onto white, and layered that small panel with the matching red card to enable it to standout a little more from the background.

I hope you can come and join us – thereby creating your stash for later in the year. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeemboss it

Christmas With The Cutiescute Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Merry Little Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

Crafty Animals Challengeanything goes with an animal

Addicted To Stamps and More die cuts and/or stencils