Meowy Christmas

Hello there. A new challenge is starting at ABC Christmas Challenge, the letters this month are ‘W’ for Wreath, and ‘X’ for fauX.

Here is my card for ‘W’ and Wreath:

I played around with the images I wanted to use first, then began by stamping the wreath, using Catherine Pooler inks, and the Uniko bough from the ‘winter foliage‘ stamp set.

I then used a red ink to stamp the dots around the wreath, but can’t remember which stamp set it’s from – as I’d tidied it away afterwards – very unlike me! I think it was Altenew – but not sure………

After placing the Simon Says Stamp ‘Christmas Cats‘ image in the centre, I masked it’s ears, then stamped the antlers, then coloured with Copics.

The holly and berries are from the same Uniko stamp set, and the sentiment is from the same Simon Says Stamp set.

I’m trying to use some of my designer papers, and found this brown one from Stampin Up which seemed to match the brown of the wreath, so I used that as a matting layer.

I hope you can come and join us this month, and add another card to your Christmas stash……..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Color Crazy Challengeatg colouring

2 Crafty Critter Craziesatg with a critter

Merry Little Christmas Challengeatg Christmas

Wishing you Christmas Joy

Hello there. It’s a very, very wet day here today, so plenty of opportunity to get to my craft room – after I’d done some tidying and sorting out, anyway.

I decided to use the colours and sketch from the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches, and create this Christmas card:

I began by stamping one of the Christmas tree images from Simon Says Stamp Festive Trees and all three of the challenge colours, and filled-in some of the triangles for added impact.

Once I had die cut them, I added them to a small square of white card which I had embossed in a rain embossing folder – but used the de-bossed side. I did toy with the idea of ink blending – but I wanted this card to be quite clean – so kept it white.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, piecing together three of the separate stamps, and that gorgeous little snowflake is from a Uniko stamp set – and I actually fussy-cut the snowflake out! I know! Me? Fussy-cutting? Well – I was desperate to use this snowflake on the end of the tag – so a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do, right?

The blue layer on the square is a piece of Stampin Up DSP – which I’m trying to use a lot more of, and I think is in the correct colour……

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketch sketch and colours

Die Cutting Divasatg with die cutting

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeatg

Fab’n’funky challenge atg Christmas

OUR BLINKIE

Cow Birthday

Hi there. I have a card to share to day using a stamp set from a company I hadn’t heard of – until the craft show in Doncaster a few weeks ago.:

The stamp company is ‘Time For Tea Designs‘ and they seem to have quite a few quirky stamp sets, and matching quirky sentiments – just up my street.

This stamp set is called – appropriately – ‘Moovellous‘, and I am loving that cow stamp. This set comes with the cow, the birds, the flowers, the fence, the trees, the grass stamps – in fact the only thing not from the stamp set is the background light blue paper, (I did say I was going to try and use paper from my stash) and the grass edge die set.

Once I had stamped all the images, I coloured with a selection of Copics, and then die cut them with my Scan’n’cut – with baited breath as I had already coloured everything…………..

I managed to take the photo during daylight hours outside – and caught one of my cats in the background – that black and white blob thingy………!!

Another close-up of the card and colouring:

Once I had die-cut the grass, I thought it looked a little plain, so I stamped some of the grass images from the stamp set in a green which shows only slightly – I think an Altenew green – but it does give a little more interest.

Challenges I shall be entering:

Aud Sentimentsanimals and a sentiment

Freshly Made Sketches sketch

Color Throwdowngreen, yellow, light blue, Kraft

Cut It Updie cuts and a sentiment

Welcome Baby Boy…

Hello there. I have a simple card to share today, using an old Altenew stamp set:

I have had this for ages, and maybe used it a couple of times, and it was only when I saw the colours for one of the challenges that I thought this would be perfect to use the set again.

I used a light blue Altenew ink, along with a grey for the animals. The background yellow piece is a piece of Stampin Up card I received from my local Stampin Up demonstrator (thanks Shell) when I placed an order last week. She also sent me a few packets of the teeny tiny dimensionals – will definitely use them, and I thought this yellow background was perfect for some added interest.

I don’t usually use background papers and card, but I have so much of it – I’m going to have to start and use it more often. That way it will create more space in my craft room – which I can fill again! 🙂

Challenges I shall be entering:

Dara and Diane – Double D challengejungle

Inspire, create, challenge basic grey, mango melody, pool party (substitute colours used)

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch

Watercooler Challengesoccasions

Glitter Christmas trees

Hello again. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge. The theme is – as always – anything goes for Christmas.

Here is my card using my new purchase of the Stampin Up ‘Winter woods‘ stamp and die set:

It seemed really strange taking this picture in the bright sunshine, but at least you get to see the glitter card I used:

I used a Stampin Up DSP I have had for ages as the background, then die cut some Crafters Companion glitter card for the snow bank. Both sets of trees are also die cut from the same glitter card. The sentiment from that same stamp set, heat embossed with white embossing powder, then again heat embossed with some sparkly white embossing powder. I find this double embossing gives a better result.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and there is some fabulous inspiration from the design Team. I look forward to seeing you there.

Lynda XX

Vintage Cut Rose

Hello there, everyone. I have a couple of cards to share with you today, with the only difference between the two is the colour of the embossing, and the colour of the flower itself:

A little close-up of the gold embossing:

I used a new stamp set to me, the Thirsty Brush and Co ‘Vintage Cut Rose‘. I didn’t know it was a rose when I did it, but looked at the web site for the name of the stamp set when putting this post together.

I wanted to play with my water-colours so I stamped and embossed the image – one gold and one black – then took my Altenew water-colour pan set and played.

I didn’t want the flower colours to be one colour, so I did the blue and purple for one flower, and red, orange and yellow for the other. The leaves are a combination of three greens – I think – but I was just playing.

Previously I have been scared about mixing colours to not get brown (!!) Still playing and practising…………..

The panel is die-cut with one of my favourite Catherine Pooler die sets, and the background paper on each is from my stash of Stampin Up DSP.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge spring mood board

Seize the Birthdayanything goes birthday

Krafty Chicks Challenge – flowers

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Santa Kitty and Candy Canes

Hello again everyone. Welcome to this posting and the second challenge for my Design Team position at ABC Christmas Challenge. This month, the alphabet runs to ‘C’ for Candy, and/or ‘D’ for Decorations.

Here is my card:

and another view:

I took the opportunity over Christmas and New Year to order from Simon Says Stamp, when they were having quite a sale on their products, as I have liked the look of these Picture Book dies for ages…….

This cat is black and white because my cats are black and white. I thought this would stand out from the coloured background too, and show the Candy Canes in his hands. I decided to put the head on the body with a little tilt – looks like a cheeky chap to me.

Those candy canes are from a Tim Holtz set – never used before.

The background green and red striped DSP from Stampin Up, and the glitter on the hat is from Crafters Companion.

I enjoyed the die cutting, but I must admit to checking out some You Tube videos for hints and tips – those little pieces do get away from you, let me tell that now!

It’s a good job I have plenty of scraps of card, as these little scraps were ideal for all the die cut pieces. Placing them and gluing them were a challenge – but I like how this turned out.

The body is a die cut from the same group of dies, and I like how the arms have a cut part to them so you can put things in them, as though the cat was holding them – hence the candy canes.

If you enter this challenge, you are in with a chance to win some stamps, dies and washi tape from this months host Wilma, and the rest of the Design team have some amazing projects to share with you – A-maz-ing! We all seem to have different styles of cards to share, but all great inspiration, so I hope you can join us…….. 🙂 🙂