Thursday, 8 December 2016

Snowflakes are winter's butterflies

Evening all.
Just popping by to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.
As usual it's -


Here is my card which apart from the stamped sentiment is all made from die cuts.

I started off by sing a Sizzix die cut plate, Confetti, mounting the resulting panel on a black base card,  stamping and embossing the sentiment with white EP. The snowflake die set I used is from IO and here I used 4 of them, plus a large freebie die to cut out a variety of snowflakes in white, silver glitter and crystal glitter card. The really small ones I cut with an assortment of punches.  I arranged the snowflakes across the panel, some in the recesses and some on the circle die cuts which I popped up on pads, it gave dimension and interest without too much detail to detract from the snowflakes.
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Girls just wanna have fun.

Morning all.
Christmas is fast approaching and the Christmas party season is upon us. So as it is time for a new challenge at Cardz4Galz we thought that this theme would be very appropriate.


Here is my interpretation.

I knew exactly which stamp I was going to use but what about the layout. In the end I came across the sketch at Fusion and used that as my springboard. the girls dresses, I kept festively red and green and added a skyline on the inked panel. The name of the stamp is 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' from Stamping Bella and has that as the sentiment but I decided to use the sentiment from my MFT Toasty Greetings set as I thought it went well with the theme of Christmas parties. It could just as easily have been a birthday card or even a New Year card with a change of sentiment.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Believe in the magic

Hi, I'm back again just before bedtime to announce the start of our latest challenge over at ATSM.
This week is is appropriately -


Here is my caed

I needed some OL cards that would go through the post easily so decided on this design of masked panel and heat embossed snowflakes. The sentiment is from Crafters Companion and the snowflakes Personal Impressions along with inking with Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean DI. The extra snowflakes were added in the same colours, the larger ones heat embossed with Silver Pearl EP.

This week we are sponsored by

QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps was purchased by Stamp On It in 2013 from the state of Colorado and moved to its new home in Michigan! We(Stamp On It) had its humble beginnings over 25 years ago and is now a mobile(on-the-road) family owned and operated business. We travel coast to coast and attend as a vendor over 25 retail stamping and scrapping shows each year. 
Prize: 3 digital images 


Founded in June 2013, California-based STAMPlorations™ is owned and managed by husband-and-wife team, David & Shery Russ. From just a handful of stamps, we now have 100+ stamp designs, 4 stamp designers, our exclusive line of stencils, and 20 amazing crafters spread across 3 teams who constantly produce gorgeous projects featuring our products. Our clear stamps are perfect for creating CAS, one layer, and mixed media cards, and they can be combined to create a variety of paper crafts. All of our stamps are proudly made in the USA. Our clear stamps are made from the finest, non-yellowing photopolymer resin. Through our stamp line, we hope to encourage crafters of all ages and
experience levels to "Stamp with all your ART!" 
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So no excuses for you not to join us with your last minute Christmas makes.

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"Less is More"
Use one or more primary colours

Masking and heat embossing

As You Like It Challenge
Gold or Silver

I chose silver pearl here because it gives the snowflakes a soft sparkle and works really well with the blue background to give the frosty feel I was looking for.

Christmas Present

Morning all.
Back this time to announce the latest challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This week we would love to see your cards with 


Here is my card

A very quick CAS card as we were baby sitting our lovely Grandson over the weekend so craft time was limited!
For my Christmas animal I used LOTV's Present Trio stamp, but decided to only use one of the bears. I stamped the bear then coloured and fussy cut him then stamped him again on Christmas DP so I could paper piece the present. It was Christmasified it a little more by adding a gold bow and tag. Behind the aperture I stuck some NitWits holly paper to the base card and popped the top panel up on pads over  it, after stamping the greeting also from LOTV. The bear was then replaced in the center of the die cut space using foam pads.
Told you it was quick! 

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Warmest Winter Wishes

Good morning folks.
It's that time of the month when I'm here to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at Cards und More. This week we are sponsored by Kenny K for our theme of 


Here is my card using Ski Bunny Winter Sports

I kept the layout simple and decoupaged the girl after colouring with Copics, to give her depth and scribbled a frame around the edge of the top panel with a black fine liner. The sentiment was from a set that came free with a magazine I believe a few years ago.
For more chilly inspiration, why not check out the rest of the girls here and join us.

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My card was influenced by the dimensional scene and the aperture although I turned it 90'!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Peace Love and Joy

Morning all.
Hope I find you well and not too frazzled with your Christmas prep.
We have our last challenge of the year over at Fantasy Stampers -


So, we'd love to see your stamped clean and simple Christmas cards, it's as easy as that!
Here is my take on the challenge

For my card I kept it to one layer and simply stamped the candle group from STAMPlorations' Holiday Sketches. I embossed it with gold EP then washed in some DI. The sentiment is from a Uniko set which was also embossed with gold EP.
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Thanks for the reminder Loll!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Warm Winter Wishes

Welcome to a post to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at STAMPlorations.
As usual we have a theme and a sketch for you to be inspired by. Here is my inspiration for you.

I used the sketch, turned on it's head, for this but you could use either or both if you wish!

Quite a simple card, a panel stamped with the snowflakes from  Vignette Christmas Block embossed with white EP then sponged with a mix of Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry DI. The top panel was cut with a snowdrift die then the  CUTplorations Warm Winter Wishes was cut from a scrap of the same white card and glued flat. By the way I recently went to buy some more of my white card but was told they hadn't got any and were struggling to get some at a reasonable price the cheapest being over twice the previous price!
That's it freally, told you it was simple!
For more fab inspiration check out the rest of the DT and GDs, you also find all the Ts and Cs there also.
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Recipe - Embossed Resist Technique

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Christmas -Option of glitter/shimmer

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U is for Unconventional 
make a Christmas card with unconventional colours

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Teddy with Robin

Morning all.
Have you made all your Christmas cards yet? I think I'm on the home stretch but if you aren't, perhaps we can give you some inspiration with the new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This week we would like to see your projects that contain -


Trees, sprang immediately to mind but I'd made one of those a couple of weeks back so this time I dug out my LOTV stamp, Teddy with Robin. Here is my card.

Isn't he just the cutest, and he begins with a T!
The background DP is from NitWits edged in Festive Berries DI and some strips of ribbon from Lidl. You can get some interesting crafty items there if you have a rummage in the baskets and the price is always good.
I used the layout at Sketch Saturday and hand wrote the sentiment, because I've lost the tiny sentiment stamp from my Woodware set :( . That's the problem when you don't have stamps out for a goodly period, you don't realise until it's too late, probably sucked up the hoover!
Anyway, Teddy was coloured with Copics and the snow was added with some white Cosmic Shimmer glue and Sprinkled Sugar Stickles. I made a background for the sentiment disc by using a snowflake from my stash and another coloured green and cut up to look like evergreen foliage!

So for more 'T' inspiration pop along to the Cardz4Guyz blog and have a go!

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Anything Goes Cute and Christmasy

Saturday, 26 November 2016

25 Days of Tags, plus one!

Good morning all.
As many of you know the fabulous Tracey McNeely has been hosting her 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year. Now I know that 25 days are up but due to a mix up in communication STAMPlorations was missed off the sponsor's list so Tracey added on an extra day for us!

To start, I die cut my tag from a set of Sizzix thinlets tag dies and the tiny reinforcer from my Marianne tag die set. I didn't want to use the tag from there as it has a distressed edge to it.
After stamping the small snowflakes on my tag  and embossing them in white EP, I inked it with a mixture of Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean DI, creating a halo effect around the candles. These I stamped and embossed with gold EP, then washed in some DI in Pine Needles, Festive Berries and Old Paper, with just a touch of Mustard Seed for the flames and flowers. I fussy cut the candles and mounted then at the bottom of the tag. The sentiment from Christmas Candles was stamped and embossed in gold and a butcher's twine string attached to complete/
There are prizes! You can win at 25 Days: Here are the details, from Tracey:
Prizes will be drawn from the comments on the posts each day, the posts of any or all of my guests and through participation in this link up! The rules for participating are simple, you MUST create a Christmas tag inspired by a tag you see during the event and you MUST state in your post the day and the tag you were inspired by.  

To keep it fair for everyone, only one comment per post please. You may however create as many tags as you would like as long as you follow the rules. The more you hop along and comment and the more you participate the more chances you have of winning! This year I will keep the link up open until one week after the event is over to give you time to finish up. The linky will close December 2, 2016 at 12:00 am (EST)! Prizes will be announced on December 9th here on my blog.

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I took inspiration from the dark blue tag and contrasting snowflakes and the rustic string cord.

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