Shiny Holly Leaves

After another playtime in my craft room, I have a card to share:

I have no idea why the card doesn’t look white on that photo, and no idea how to correct it, but here are some other photos:

I actually went up to my craft room to get messy – ink smooshing etc – but then I changed my mind as this circular holly image was there drying from the previous day – so I decided to create a card using this first.

The image was stamped, coloured with Copics, die cut – then glossy accents added for some shine. This was then added to a small circle.

I used Heffy Doodle red card stock as the base, and added the white layer after dry embossing with a Sue Wilson embossing folder – one of my favourites and one of my oldest.

The layout of the card was to follow the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. I added plain white strips – something I wouldn’t have considered up until a few weeks ago……yep – another virtual craft session!

Sentiment-wise – I think I’ll put something on the inside, more of a verse sentiment, so the front stays clean.

xx

Hello Friend

I’ve been playing with a layering stencil received as part of the Crop and Create kit a few weeks. I seem to be getting the hang of stencils – whether they are layering or not – and I’m enjoying creating variations using the same product.

The six layers to the flower stencil from Pink Fresh Studio were all still used for this card – but two shades of orange for the sunflowers, and the leaves and other floral images I used two – maybe three – shades of grey – all Distress Inks.

I didn’t mask anything off – just used a little – make that tiny – blending brush for each section. The stencil also comes with a die to cut the inner part out – which I obviously used – and die cut the whole slimline panel using a Mama Elephant slimline die I had.

The Kraft card base has a Kraft panel, embossed with a Sue Wilson pin-point embossing folder for some added interest, and the floral panel raised with 3D foam strips

The two words are also from the Crop and Create kit – one from Gina K and the other from The Stamp Market. This is the second version of the words – the first was by heat embossing with gold – but I didn’t like that, so went back to just layering three each of the words – Kraft – on top of the shadow layer.

But I did add some gold(ish) sequins – just because I could……..!

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Color Throwdown orange, brown, grey

Addicted to Stamps and More dies and/or stencils

Time Out Challenge friendship/encouragement card – option to use pink not taken

Stamplorations Stencil Challengeuse a stencil

Panda Happy Birthday

Hello there. This is another post I’m putting together whilst unable to sit at my computer – so please bear with the briefness – is that a word?

Annyway, I am hosting the new challenge beginning at The Alphabet Challenge, we have reached the letter ‘F’, and I chose the theme of ‘Furry Friends’.

Here is my card:

I chose to use an oldie but favourite stamp set from Simon Says Stamp ‘Party Like a Panda‘, and coloured with Copics.

The sparkly birthday is using a die from Mama Elephant with a shadow layer in black to make it stand out more.

The background is using a Sue Wilson embossing folder and just a little hint of wax for some shine.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge – I’m looking forward to seeing your creations following our theme. xx

Alphabet Challenge – ‘D’ for Dry Embossing

Hi there. A new challenge is beginning at The Alphabet Challenge. We have reached the letter ‘D’ – and we want to see your Dry Embossing. Here is my card:

I had a piece of green luminous and extremely shiny card stock from when I had been playing with my Craft Box Lumi Spray. I knew I wanted to put an open die-cut on top of it, and this die from Simon Says Stamp seemed perfect – especially as it had an outline die to go with the flower die.

I die cut the outline into the white card stock, then dry embossed using an old Sue Wilson embossing folder. I layeered this on top of the green luminous card with foam pads and inserted the due cut flower through the aperture.

The sentiment is from Thirsty Brush and Co – she has some fabulous sentiments on her stamp sets, and I always seem to find what I’m looking for to suit either my mood at the time – or when I want to send a card to someone with a special and personal thought, with no particular occasion in mind.

It’s been a little difficult to capture the true shine of the green spray, and to capture the embossing at the same time – hence three pictures.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge. I see the Design Team have put together some fabulous projects for your inspiration. xx

I shall be entering the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craftchallenge 116, anything goes

Crafters Castle anything goes

Crafty Creations Challengeanything goes

Spring/Easter Bunny

Hello once again. I am thrilled and honoured to be the Guest Designer for the new challenge beginning at C.R.A.F.T Challenge having won the Honour Prize for being the first of the Top 3 for challenge number 540 with this card here.

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The theme/topic for this new challenge is Spring/Easter. The sponsors for this challenge, with digis as prizes, are QKR Stampede and Oddball Art.

Sponsor 1: Oddball Art

The prize is a $10 voucher for Oddball Art.
Sponsor 2: QKR Stampede


Company Bio:
Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We Showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren’t exactly what you are looking for, Don’t miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps,  Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.
The prize is 5 images from QKR Stampede.

I chose the imageSpringtime Bunny digi stamp from QKR Stampede. Here is my card:

I resized and printed off the image onto Make-It Colour Blending Card – then set to colouring.

I used a variety of browns, some warm greys, a little yellow and a little pink – and went for it. I wasn’t initially pleased with the way the bunny looked – but the more I left it and went back to look at it, the more I liked the effect. I think there is certainly a cartoony and fun feel to the card – so in the end…………I do like it.

I then looked for some pastel paper or card stock to be used as a background, and came across an old Phill Martin paper pad – it’s a Christmas paper pad with Christmas designs on one side – and on the other side there are some lovely pastel solid colours……..so a Christmas paper pad used for a Spring/Easter card……

I die cut the layers with Sue Wilson ‘stitched circles‘ die set, and the bottom square layer embossed with a Sue Wilson embossing folder.

I looked for some embellishments to use – including Nuvo drops….but went with three pastel toned sticky dots, and added some white gel pen as highlights. I never know where to add these white marks – no rhyme or reason where I put them – again – I kinda wing it!

There’s some fabulous creations from the Design Team, and I do hope you can come and join us.

I shall also be entering the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Craziesanything goes with a critter

Allsorts Challenge anything in the animal kingdom

Use Your Stuff spring

Ellibelles March ChallengeSpring is in the air

A Bit More Time To Craft anything goes

Google eye, wobble action, Santa

Hello there, I’ve been playing with things I have had for absolutely ages, ready for the new challenge which has begun at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.

There isn’t a particular theme – anything Christmas related is absolutely fine by us, including boxes, tags, cards, scrapbook pages -= as long as it’s Christmas – you’re good to go,

Here is my DT card:

It looks fairly straight-forward doesn’t it? Well – there are hidden gems for this guys……….

I started by die-cutting the elements from MFT ‘Christmas Crew Santa‘ out of shiny red, white glitter, silver glitter, black glitter, and gold card stock, then adhering them to a blush card which I had cut to size – as per MFT web-site.

Once I had stuck most of my elements down – I had a sudden thought about his eyes………..so I went and searched for my google eye stuff, decided which size to go for – and there we are.

Wait – I haven’t finished yet……………I then decided I wanted him to move on the card to make the eyes go all jiggy………..so I added an action wobbler to the back of him:

So I can’t show a video of the movement – I’m sure you all know what the action wobbler does – but I did take a picture with the card rotated 90 degrees – to show some movement:

The hardest part of this wobbler was to decide where to put it on the Santa – so I more towards the top, behind his hat.

I hope you can come and join us for this challenge, and continue to build your Christmas card stash………….there’s some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. I also see there were quite a few entries to apply for joining our DT – good luck to everyone, and I hope to get to know you better.

xx

Challenges I shall be entering:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge – ATG with option of Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge – ATG Christmas

Christmas Crafts All Year Round – Stockings or Christmas Clothing (hat)

Brown Sugar Challenge – ATG

Shades of Brown

Hello again. I am hosting the new challenge at Cardz4Galz, and chosen the theme of ‘Shades of Brown‘. I thought this would incite some creative juice production to make a girlie kinda card using this theme. Here is my card:

I started by stamping the Altenew ‘Engraved Flowers’ onto a dark brown card-stock, and heat embossed in white. I stamped out all the images, but only used the two you see above.

I then took that same dark brown card and a lighter brown card and dry embossed with a Sue Wilson embossing folder for some added background detail – but not too much, as I wanted this card to be quite simple.

The sentiment is also from the same stamp set, again heat embossed in white.

I hope you can pop along to our challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have made, and take the plunge and join us by entering. I look forward to seeing your ‘shade of brown’ creations in our gallery.

XX

Chllanges I shall be entering:

A bit more time to craftanything goes

Brown sugar challengeanything goes

Penguins, Quarters, reindeer

Hello there everyone. There is another challenge starting at ABC Christmas Challenge, and this time the letters are ‘P’ for Penguins, ‘Q’ for quarters, and ‘R’ for Reindeer.

Here are my cards for this challenge:

P for Penguins, Q for Quarters
R for Reindeer

I was so inspired by this challenge, that I did cards which covered all three letters. I hunted through my MFT stash to come up with the images, and I even enjoyed colouring them! I know – I don’t usually…..

For the first card I used some Distress Oxides and ink blended a background, cutting out four squares as a backdrop for the penguins. The embossing folder is from Sue Wilson. The die-cut sentiment is from Altenew, and stacked with three layers for dimension to match the height of the squares.

For the second card I used the same embossing folder, ink blended – just a little – some of the blue Distress Oxides, but used the de-bossed side, instead of the embossed side.

I hope you can come along and join us this time, I am sure you have something suitable in your stash for at least one of the letters – if not all of them. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. 🙂

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas ChallengeChristmas with the option of reindeer

Dis Digi designs – things with wings or a tail

Merry Little Christmas Challengeanything goes Christmas

My Time To CraftChristmas in July

Lots of Bees…..

I decided to make these cards at the last minute today, so I hope you like them:

You’ll have to excuse the lighting, but it’s STILL raining here in the UK. I think it stopped for a couple of minutes two days ago……..

Here they are individually:

(I decided one of the grass pieces was to become a crown……..)

I used a stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted, and a stamp and die set from Heffy Doodle. The images were coloured with Copics – it’s amazing how many colours you use, isn’t it?

I had a visitor to my craft room, who settled in one of my craft drawers – thankfully not one I was using:

The honeycomb stencil is from Imagination Crafts, ink blended onto one of the backgrounds, and the embossing folder of the other card is from Sue Wilson.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challengebees

Time Out ChallengesNature – option of one layer (not followed the option)

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

Seize The Birthdayanything goes Birthday

Blue Holly Wreath

Hello everyone. There is a new challenge at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge beginning today. The theme – anything goes as long as it’s Christmas. This includes cards, boxed, scrapbook pages….

Here is my card:

I took the Altenew ‘Peaceful Wreath‘ and stamped all the images using the Altenew ink set ‘Deep Blue Seas‘, but only stamped the first layer, than embossed with silver detail embossing powder the second layers.

There are, therefore, four colours of the individual holly leaves, each with silver embossing. I arranged the two half-wreaths, and filled in the gaps and added the individual leaves around the outside as you see.

The white embossed panel is from a Sue Wilson embossing folder, layered onto a blue shiny card. I ‘gutted’ the blue piece of card with the ‘peace’ word die, creating a five layered sentiment.

The Design Team have created some fabulous inspiration for this challenge, and I hope you can come and join us.