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

Balloon Dog Birthday

Hello there. I have a card to share using a new die set from Spellbinders:

For the background, I ink blended some yellow and aqua distress inks, then used an embossing folder – also from Spellbinders.

I then took a brayer, and some Distress Ink ‘Picket Fence’ and rolled it over the background, to give more dimension and interest to the embossing, without diminishing the colours.

I then ink blended some Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral onto two separate pieces of card and die cut the balloon dog elements. Once I had glued the layers together I added some white gel pen marks, and a little further Abandoned Coral to some of the edges.

The layered sentiment is also from Spellbinders – and my goodness those letters are fiddly – I was going to layer them but they are too thin – and the letters are separate from each other – the ‘sticky specks’ came in handy here and worked very well.

Before I added the background to the panel, I splatted some gold Liquitex metallic acrylic ink and then some white metallic ink onto it, and when dry added to the base card with 3F foam strips.

I adhered everything as you see, and added some purple sequins from Catherine Pooler.

I can see that I will be making this balloon dog in different colours moving forward – such a great die set.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

MMM Challenge splatters

Shopping Our Stashuse ink blending

Color Throwdown aqua, yellow, purple, coral

Seize The Birthdaybirthday – option metallic

CYHTPembossing folder – option of summer

Die Cutting Twofer

Hello there. It’s my time to host at The Alphabet Challenge. Having reached the letter ‘D’, I chose the theme of ‘die cuts‘. Any occasion, any creation -as long as there are die cuts involved – then you’re good to go.

I die cut sooooo many of these little layering dies from Spellbinders – I had so many left over that I created two cards:

This die set from Spellbinders ‘Color Block Mini Petals‘ only has two dies to it – a very small set. However, I think it certainly packs a punch. There is a background petal shaped die, then the other die cuts out the layers. I decided to go with a fairly simple colour scheme – but as you can see I placed each of the four colours in different order on each petal.

It’s time consuming, it’s fiddly – but I actually quite enjoyed it. I sometimes get my ‘fiddly’ head on – though rarely! – and I knew I had to just be patient, go with it, and see what happened.

I used Concord & 9th card stock – three greens and a yellow – and I knew the card stock would die cut perfectly so it was just a case of using my little Heffy Doodle mini die cutting machine over and over and over again…….

Putting the layout together also took a bit of time – which petal and which colour-way to go where. Again, time consuming….

I chose a matching green for the sentiments and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder, and even found some Concord & 9th gems in the same colours to ‘sprinkle’ down. I can’t remember ordering them – but ‘found’ them so used them.

I hope you can come and join us with your ‘die cuts’ creations – I look forward to seeing all your creations. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Pearly Sparkles layer it up

Dies R Us anything goes with a brand they sell – include a die

Crafting Happinessanything goes

Die Cut Divas anything goes with die cuts or embossing folder

Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengelayer it up

ABC Challenge ‘N’ and ‘O’

Hello there. It’s time for another challenge at the ABC Christmas Challenge. The themes for this challenge are ‘N’ for No Peeking’ or ‘O’ for Ornament.

Samantha is hosting and she has 8 prizes up for grabs as she is celebrating a ‘noughtie’ birthday………..you’ll have to check the challenge blog out to see which one (!!)

My card is ‘O’ for Ornament:

I used a digital stamp from Stamp On It and coloured with Copics. There was also some use of a white gel pen for highlights.

The image die cut with a Sue Wilson die set and the background card die cut with a Spellbinders die I have had for absolutely ages.

The card for the background was a lucky find in my stash – I was looking for a piece of card to emboss and perhaps add some details, but when I saw the colours of this card, and that it seemed to match the colours I used on my image – well – there we are. Bingo.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and I look forward to seeing your Christmas creations with ‘No Peeking’ and ‘Ornament’…….. šŸ™‚

The Design Team have some amazing creations, so please go and visit them. šŸ™‚

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge anything goes with colouring

Moo-mania animals

Addicted to stampsholiday

Cute’n’crafty Christmascute and Christmas

Colours, Sketch, Feminine

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Hello again, everyone. I have made a card with more die-cutting than stamping today. The colours were inspired by Color Throwdown and Watercooler Wednesday, andĀ the layout by Freshly Made Sketches.

I have a fad for orange at the moment. It seems to have been in my crafting for a few months now, and I really have to try to move away from it – but then Color Throwdown used orange as part of the colour scheme this week. Yay!

I used a spellbinders die for the large circle, and the ‘beautiful’ word die from Stamps By Me, as was the ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp. This part of it was actually quite easy. Now for the more complicated part…..

I wanted to use a rose die from Stamps By Me, which comes with the intricate rose,Ā plus a larger border die. I didn’t want the bits to fall out of the rose, so turned to some GladĀ Press ‘N’ seal which my sister gave from when I went to Canada.

20171005_215529 v2Once I had cut the rose out of Kraft card, I managed to release the die cut without many pieces falling out, used theĀ press ‘n’ seal on the frontĀ of the rose, glued the back of it all, then picked it up with the press ‘n’ seal, and placed it on the larger rose outline die, gently removing the press ‘n’ seal, leaving the rose stuck down onto the outline. I didn’t fancy piecing all those bits back in, so I am glad not many of them fell out!

I then added some Spectrum Sparkle around the rose outline, and stuck it to the circle with 3D foam pads.

Challenges I am entering with this card:

Color ThrowdownOrange, Kraft, White

Freshly Made SketchesSketch

Watercooler Wednesdayanything goes feminine

 

 

Inkspirational challenge

Good morning everyone. So – this is it – my first card as a guest designer. For the Inkspirational challenge. I am honoured to have been asked to do this, and hope very much you can play along.

Here is the challenge picture:

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I decided that the settee/sofa looked very much like a window box to me, and the flowers were growing out of it. I started with a 6 inch square white card base which I splatted/sprayed some blue ink onto. I didn’t go down the Brusho route, though I did think of it, and restrained myself with just some ink splats.

I embossed the Spellbinders ‘Lene Lok’ die, not cutting it out, just embossing, making that look like cushions and buttons on upholstery, using the same blue card as the flowers as an extra layer to make the window box stand out,Ā and raised that with foam pads only to the bottom and sides.

I die cut the flowers using Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson ‘Scribble Flowers’ and also stamped and die cut the Altenew ‘Amazing You’ flower stems to which some flower heads were added, inserting them behind the ‘sofa/window box’.

The sentiment is from The same Altenew stamp set, again with some inks splats.

Thank you for having a look, and enjoy the challenge. šŸ™‚

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stampemboss

Dara and Diane challengesblue and white

Monochrome Magicanything goes monochrome

 

 

 

 

Love is all around

I’ve gone all ‘lovey dovey’ with this card, haven’t I? The inspirations for this card was from Just Us Girls challenge, and CardzĀ 4 Galz. I tried to emulate the hearts design, and whilst I was looking at that I was singingĀ (in my head, don’t worry about it raining all day tomorrow!) ‘Love is all around’ by Wet, Wet, Wet. Even now, I know all the words. I have just done a quick Google – and it was released in 1995! 1995! Good grief. 22 years ago. Doesn’t time fly?

For this card, I used Centura Pearl card stock for all the die-cutting, as well as the base card. The embossed layer is a Spellbinders M-Bossability folder ‘Hearts’ I have had for many years, and is a go-to folder for the more romantic cards make – weddings etc. On one side you can emboss the smaller hearts background, and the other side is the dotty hearts background. A very versatile and useful folder.

The hearts are from a Sue Wilson fillables collection, a range of three heart dies and inners – ‘Jewelled,’ ‘Laced’, and ‘Fluttering’. I have mixed and matched all three of them to create each of the hearts.

I attached the three hearts with some Pinflair glue Gel, as I like to move it around when I have it on the card, andĀ attached the single heart with some foam pads, as I knew exactly where I wanted that to be.

I will be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

Cardz 4 Galzinspired by a song

Die Cuttin Divasanything goes

Watercooler Wednesday challenges anything goes