Wednesday 15 December 2021

A Christmas Card for Someone Special

Just popping by to share a card I made for our son and his lovely girlfriend. I've made a few using this design over the years, it makes a nice change to the standard 5inch square base. 

To begin, I cut out 2 large scalloped circles from white card and part of one from some matching scrap.
From some more white card, I cut a circle and a slightly larger one from black.
My cute couple are from LOTV, which after printing out, I coloured with Copics before fussy cutting out.
Taking the white plain circle, I inked with Tumbled Glass DI and stamped a snowflake pattern with an ancient red rubber stamp from I don't know where, in the same ink and layered it over the black one. This was then centered on one of the large scalloped circles and a line of crystal Stickles added around the edge of the inked circle and left to dry. Well you've got to have a little bit of sparkle on a Christmas card, it's about the only embellishment I add!
OK, now to making the cardbase. I made sure that 2 of the scallops were square to my scoreboard edge, then scored the scalloped circle without the layers about 2cm from the top parallel to the table, to make a hinge which I secured to the front with liquid glue and left to dry, matching the scallops. 
To assemble the front, the part circle was added, after cutting a snowdrift shape into it and from another bit of leftover white cut another drift and glued it behind the scalloped edged one, matching the scallops.
My sentiment from Uniko was stamped in black and then the whole snowbank was added to the scalloped card base. Finally my couple were added to complete the design.
I might have time to share a few more Christmas makes before the big day so watch this space!

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Meet me under the Mistletoe


Favourite Christmas embellishment
You've got to have a bit of sparkle at Christmas and being a CAS girl at heart, Stickles are the nearest I get to embellishments!

Tuesday 14 December 2021

A LOTV Snowman

Good evening folks.
It's the middle of the month and just time for a final challenge of the year from Perfectly CAS.
Here's my take on the new theme.


I chose SKY and went with a snowy one for this quick Christmas make.
My sky is a strip of leftover DP from NitWits that has been trimmed to be just less than 1/3rd of the card front before being added to the left hand side. I used one of the cute snowmen from LOTV that I found printed out in my bits box. He didn't take too much time to colour with Copics before fussy cutting him out and added to the base of the DP panel. To keep my card CAS, I added the sentiment from a Woodware set under the snowman, he doesn't need anything else. All my design is in just 1/3rd of the card front with no embellishments, Perfectly CAS!

So where will the cue words take you? Hopefully you'll have lots of time over the Christmas holidays to have a play and join in. Maybe you'll get to use some new goodies that Santa brought too!!
So for more CAS inspiration check out the rest of the team here and have a happy holiday season!

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Anything Goes, option of CAS


No option for me this time

Jolly Santa

Good morning folks, thanks for dropping by at this busy time of year. Today sees the beginning of the final challenge of 2021 at Cardz4Guyz. Our theme for you this time is:-


Here's my take.

I think that the easiest way to make a contemporary Christmas design is to keep it CAS, well I would, wouldn't I! This card was made for my eldest Grandson, who is getting far too street wise for the cute and cuddly Christmas of his younger days, so this fun MFT Santa was just the ticket.
I was influenced by this card on Pinterest, I love the way the cheeky Santa is peering around the edge of the card. For mine I took the masked circle idea and added the Santa character, together with 3 HOs from the same set on a die cut Lawn Fawn speech bubble. The stamp comes with a small 3 which I didn't need, so using a black watercolour marker pen I inked just the HO and stamped, the punctuation was added by hand. The trimmed down panel was added to a white A6 note card and a little bit of Stickle glitter was added to his hat.
Hope you can join us for this final challenge, there's always one person you forgot to add to your Christmas card list!
For more contemporary, masculine, Christmas ideas, check out the rest of the team here and then why not join in?

Friday 10 December 2021

Festive Friday @ Uniko

Morning all. Just popping by to share one of a couple of cards I made for my Festive Friday BA Inspiration over at Uniko and to link up to a couple of challenges.

Pop over to the Uniko blog to find out more about how this and the other card was made.
Don't forget there's still time to join in the latest Uniko challenge.

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I was inspired by the theme and the colours of the picture to make this Mixed Media Card.

Friday 3 December 2021

Uniko Challenge, a reminder

 Just a quick reminder that you still have time to enter the latest Uniko challenge.

Here's my take on the theme.

Using some die cut strips of red and green card stamped with Christmas Sentiments and heat embossed with white EP, I created a tree. I was inspired by one of Therese Calvird's same but different Christmas You Tube videos where she used sentiments to create a tree, of course if you don't want to think it out you could use the ready made elements from the Pattern Building Christmas tree set.
I finished of my tree with a punch star and die cut snowflake in gold mirror card and a free hand cut brown card tub.
So why not have a play, see what you can come up with, we'd love to see your take in the challenge gallery. Check out the rest of the team and our GD for more inspirational makes.

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Thursday 2 December 2021

Penguin Family Christmas

Good evening folks.
Well December is here and I am so not ready for Christmas, in whatever guise it comes in this year! Anyway the overseas cards have been posted and most of the others too, so that's one job ticked off, still the shopping is still to be done!
As it's a new month we have a new challenge at HLS CAS. Here's my take on the new cue card.

Love these cute LOTV penguins and they were prefect for my daughter and SiL's Christmas card as Joe loves penguins and they have two lovely boys.
Once printed off, I coloured with Copics, blue and white for Nich and red for Joe, the other two coloured to match. The sky was also Copic coloured but with a sponge and re-inker. Added to a 5 x 7 white base card, a Uniko sentiment stamped in blue and a few strips of twinkly blue glitter paper later it was complete.
For more Christmas Character inspiration check out the DT here and then why not join in? Please keep your card CAS though!

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Color Hues #31

 Good afternoon, as it's the 1st of the month there's a brand new colour combo from Color Hues which is the last one of the year. 

As it's December and we know you are all going to be busy, so we are leaving the link open until Dec 29th. We have a lovely festive colour duo for you too but you don't need to go down that route, here's my take using the retired Uniko Pure Florals Poinsettia, I must try to persuade Bev to reissue this beauty!! 

I apologise for the picture quality but the light was playing up when I needed to take the photo!
This large image is a dream to colour. For this card, I embossed in gold EP then washed in colour using my Zig watercolour brushes. To get the depth of colour, I used 3 shades of both colours and a brown-grey for the shadows on the leaves. The center of the 'flower', the actual flowers of the poinsettia, were coloured with a gold glitter pen as I wasn't allowed to use yellow, it's not one of our colours or neutrals!!!
The bold greeting is also from Uniko and is embossed using gold EP. My panel was trimmed when the image was complete and added to an A6 side fold note card.
So where will you go with this latest combination? We'd love to see what you make of our colours in the gallery. For more red and green inspiration, check out our GD and the rest of the team here.

Why not link your celebratory red and green creations to the Uniko challenge  as well.

STAMPlorations December Challenge

 Good morning. A new month, so a brand new challenge at STAMPLorations Theme and Photo. Here's my take on the new cue card.

Using the theme, I used the single candle stamp from the Kathryn's Big Wishes stamp set and some paper piecing to create this festive array. All the candles were stamped onto a panel of white card and then repeatedly again onto a piece of striped DP I found at the bottom of my Christmas paper box. It was part of a set from over 10yrs ago so no idea of the make but I also had some coordinating plaid from the set left too which I used to back my base card. I quite like the more subtle colours used in the striped paper, including lots of festive elements, Christmas puddings, not used, candy canes and stockings, snowflakes, ornaments, holly as well as plainer stripes. Before adding the paper piecing, I coloured the candle flames with Copic markers.
I started off trying the camouflage technique with the Season's Greetings Phrase Die but didn't like the effect so added a further plain white Season's Greetings over the top. It would have been so much easier and taken a lot less time if I'd decided to do that straight off!!
So that's my take, what's yours? We'd love to see your ideas on the cue picture and theme in the gallery.
For more inspiration, check out the rest of the DT here.