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:

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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…….. 🙂 🙂

Santa and Candy Cane

Hello there. Having some time to craft today, despite being full of cold – and boy did that kick in this afternoon! I am glad I managed to complete this card before my eyes went……

I have tried a new thing today, well , several actually, but the main thing was colouring a digi stamp. With Copics…..! I am a total beginner with Copics, a complete novice with digi stamps, and so my morning was challenging – but in a good way. This stamp is from QKR Stampede, and I fell in love with the image as soon as I saw it……….

I am really pleased how this turned out, and even I can see the dimension on the candy cane! I have been working through some colouring classes from Kit and Clowder. The videos are very informative, and just the encouragement to give a go is enough for me to – well – give it a go.

One of the most basic for me – sometimes my Copic just belches out colour…..messes your colouring completely. The answer – take the lid off the other end of the pen! That way it gets rid of the vacuum, and no more colour belching!! Wow! Who’d’a thunk!

It’s a game changer for me – yet another tool in my box. One I will keep trying, and even try some other digi stamps – but, yes, colouring still not the most enjoyable time for me……..only for short periods, before I get stamping and die cutting withdrawal!

The sentiment is from a Honey Doo set in Rockin’ Red from Catherine Pooler.

A little closer look: (in my brand new, bigger photo box! I think I’ll make some backgrounds which are more interesting)

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Watercooler Challengesoccasions

Addicted to stamps Holiday

QKR Stampedeanything goes

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Christmas at Sweet StampingChristmas

Just a reminder – there is still plenty of time to play at ABC Christmas Challenge – you know it’s my first ever Design Team position – with the them of ‘A’ for anything goes, and/or ‘B’ for berries – I hope to see you there. 🙂

Christmas Dreams…..

Hello again. As I finally managed to get my head around the Lawn Fawn ‘Reveal Wheel’ – I can’t get enough of it. It’s a good job I need a few more cards for the charity sale of Friday………..here is one using the Lawn Fawn ‘Christmas Dreams’ stamp and die set:

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I used two shades of blue Distress Oxide for the background this time, making it a little darker at the top, and backed the reveal wheel portion with some Stampin Up DSP I found in my stash. I don’t used patterned paper very often, but have a bunch of it – I might need to look to YouTube for ideas how to use it more.

I stamped the images and coloured them as you see – laying them down for a cute scene inspired by the current challenge at Just Us Girls – a photo challenge – and went with the reds and the fireplace.

Again – colouring not my pleasure, but these images were so cute I made another card, with a slightly different background and lay-out:

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You may notice that some of the layers are slightly out of order – the tree should be in front of the mantle swag, the cat should be on top of the presents – but hey………..a girl has gotta go with what she has. I was so into the colouring and the layering that things got away from me……………

The first card will be entered into the following challenges:

Just Us Girlsphoto inspiration

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas

oooohhh – just realised I didn’t complete the sentiment on the first card…………….pretend the same one is there!!! It will be – before Friday!! 🙂 🙂

Floral and Sweet

Hi there. I managed to create a couple of cards over the past couple of days, completing them last night. The first is for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges with the theme of food and drink with the option of one layer:

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I went for one layer, and used the Altenew ‘Hand Made Tags’ stamp set to stamp images in a Catherine Pooler ink. As I created a background card using tropical leaves last time and loads of different colours, this time I stuck to one colour for the multitude of images, and then Altenew inks for the three layer stamping chocolate cookie thingy…..I’m not sure what these are called, but ‘chocolate thingies‘ works for me!

The sentiment is from Altenew ‘Way Too Sweet‘, highlighting the one chocolate thingy that is made to stand out.

I usually get a lot of smudging when I try to make a one layer card, but I am pleased to say I didn’t on this card – yay!

The second card is completely different, well – cards really:

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I used the inspiration and layout from the current challenge at Fusion Card Challenge. The flowers are Altenew ‘Floral Fantasy‘, stamped using Altenew inks, then die cut. The leaves on the first card are from the same stamp set using a variety of green inks, and the leaves from the second a card are from another stamp set I messy water-coloured as a contrast with the bright flowers.

The wood grain is from a piece of Stampin Up DSP I have had for absolutely ages, and found again recently, and the striped card is stamped from Concord and 9th ‘Sketched Stripes Background’.

I decided to go with a small and unobtrusive sentiment, as the card itself has bold colours and large bright images.

I made two cards, as I stamp more than I need so I can play with layouts side-by-side, and usually vary them slightly.

Have a good day, and I’ll speak again soon. 🙂

 

 

 

Furry Friends

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Hello everyone. I did some more tidying and sorting in my craft room yesterday, and came across a whole stack of Stampin Up designer Series paper – goodness knows how long I’ve had this!

I decided to use some of it as background for this card, which was inspired by the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments. This is quite a large card – an A4 folded into two, just so I could get four of my little animals in there.

I used the Concord and 9th ‘Furry Friends’, and actually stamped and die cut them all out, in all their various forms, and decided to go with the ‘friends’ I have here.

The circle die is also from Stampin Up, with the sentiment being from MFT – my usual ‘go to’ sentiment set.

I shall be crafting again later, but I am going to see my mum and dad – he is 80 years of age today. I’ve got to go ans give him the card I made and posted on my blog yesterday. They only live 20-30 minutes away, so a mere jaunt in the grand scheme of things.

I shall be entering the following challenges with this card:

Hand Stamped Sentimentssketch

Just Us Girls anything goes