Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style Christmas card

Hello again,

I'm back to share the new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More where we have the CAS Challenge for you.

and if you are new to CAS cards

I recently attended a fabulous Happy Little Stampers Retreat led by our lovely challenge owner Kylie and I spent some of the time catching up with Christmas cards. I never manage to take everything I need to a retreat so CAS cards are a good bet because you need less stuff. Here is one of the cards I made.

1) Die cut a postage edge rectangle ( I used a Sizzix one from the Butterfly Cards set which was a lovely gift from Kylie at the previous retreat).

2) Stamp the ornaments from Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style in Versamark ink and emboss with Wow Mint Macaroon embossing powder. 

3) Stamp the bows from the same set using Aqua Mist ink. As the string was too short to reach the edge of the card on the first bow, I turned the stamp around and stamped again, just using the string.

4) Use a glue pen in the centre of the ornaments and add some fine clear glitter. You can see the shine from the embossing and glitter better in this photo

5) Stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink, then raise the panel on the base card with foam tape.

6) Finally, add some red gems to finish it off.

You will find lots of inspiration on the ATSM blog, and if like me, you are on the final push to get your Christmas cards finished, I'd love you to join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends who will be celebrating this week.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays Christmas card

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and managing to get some crafty time yourselves. It's time for another challenge over at ATSM and this time it is Make Your Mark

Here is my card ( I decided to make another Christmas card to add to my stash)

1) Die cut the Papertrey Ink Scene It: Bethlehem dies from some white card and colour it with Spectrum Noir Blue Sparkle Pens.

2) Die cut it again from silver mirror card and just keep the large star. Turn the round die cut upside down and attach it behind the blue one so you can see silver stars peeping through.

3) Die cut it again in white card and cut a rough snow shape to stick to the bottom of the scene. Use a glue pen to add some snow lines and sprinkle them with some white glitter.

4) Stamp and Die cut the car and tree from the Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays stamp and die set, and colour them with pencils. Add some glaze pen to the windows to make them shiny, and add them both to the scene using foam pads.

5) Die cut a stitched rectangle from some white card and stamp the sentiment from PTI 'Tis the Season stamp set in red ink and then stick this to a silver rectangle mat, before adding it to the base card with some fun foam.

6) Finish off by attaching the circle to the card and placing the silver star in its aperture.

The design team has some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog, so why not hop over there and then join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

A Snowflake's Promise #45 - anything goes

The Holly and Ivy Challenge #18 - anything goes

Christmas Card Challenges #25 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Crafter's Companion and Paper Smooches Christmas Penguin tag

Hello and welcome to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. Anything Christmas goes for this challenge but each month we have a fun twist to make it more fun, and this time the twist is 'tag'.

Our winner for the challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

As I sit writing this, I can hear fireworks going off for bonfire celebrations and I can't believe that we only have one more Christmas Challenge left before the big day. Where has this year gone?

I came up with this tag

1) I used a paper trimmer to cut a tag shape from kraft card and used a star stencil and some glitter paste to add stars along 2 of the edges.

2) While the paste was drying, I die cut the Crafter's Companion Cute Christmas Penguin and coloured the parts before assembling him.

3) I die cut the Paper Smooches Merry Christmas die twice and stacked it to give it a little more 

4) I cut another slightly larger tag from red card, placed the kraft tag on top of it and cut a hole through both of them before adding some ribbon to tie them together.

5) To finish off, I added the penguin and greeting to the tag and tied a little white bow around the ribbon.

I love this cute penguin and can see that I'll be pulling him out again soon. You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS Christmas Challenge blog, and I hope you'll join in with us this time. If you are anything like me, you'll be needing lots of tags at this time of year but remember anything Christmas goes!
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Clearly Besotted and Sue Wilson Christmas Rose Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the November Challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenge

 our themes this time are

W- White


X marks the spot

I decided to go with the white theme and came up with this card

1) Die cut an oval from white card and stamp the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set in Veramark ink and then emboss with silver embossing powder.

2) Pass the oval through a machine with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate to give some texture.

3) Christmas Roses are my favourite winter flowers because they seem so brave when you see them peeking out from some snow in the icy depths of winter. Die cut the Christmas Rose flowers and holly sprigs from the Sue Wilson Festive Collection- Christmas Rose die set and then emboss them.

4)  Shape the flowers and arrange them around the oval, tucking the holly sprigs under them to echo the oval shape.

5) Raise the oval on the base card with some fun foam and add some glitter to the centres of the flowers. Finish off by adding some colour to the berries with a red pen.

Our kind Sponsors this time are

One lucky entrant will win this lovely Winter Cottages A5 Clear Stamp Set

and our lovely Carissa is also offering a prize

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There is lots of inspiration from the Design Team over on our blog and you have until 30th November to join in with us. How will you interpret the theme? 
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Penny Black feLINE, and Papertrey Ink cat gift tag

Hi there and welcome to the November Watercolour Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. We are an anything goes as long as it's watercolour challenge, but each month we have an optional twist that you can join in with to make it more fun. The twist this time is 'tag'

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

 I came up with this tag

1) Take a piece of watercolour card and brush on some watercolour paint in blues and greens. I used Gansai Tambi paints.

2) When the card is dry, die cut a tag from it using the Papertrey Ink Tag Sale: Quilted die. Cut the tag again from some silver mirri card.

3) Stamp the sentiment from PTI Summer Sweetness stamp set in the lower right-hand corner of the tag using Onyx Black Versafine ink.

4) Die cut the feLINE die from Penny Black using watercolour card, paint each cat with watercolour paint and when it is dry, snip the cats out of the frame.

5) Cut a thin strip of mirri card and stick it on the tag before arranging the cats above it so their tails drape over it.

6) Cut the silver tag in half and glue each half to the back of the tag so that it gives a little mat all around. This means that there will be a little gap on the back of the tag, but as it is going to be stuck on a gift bag, nobody will see it.

7) Thread some ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag and then tie a twine bow around it.

8) To finish off, attach the tag to a gift bag, draw some eyes on the cats and stick a small red heart next to the sentiment.

Handmade tags are always handy to have around for a special present, and I have a cat loving friend with a special birthday coming up so I know exactly where this tag is heading. Why not head over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see some inspiration from the team and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Make My Monday Challenge #58 - anything but a card

International Art and Soul Challenge #20 - add a charm or tag

Challenge up our LifeChallenge #78 - die cuts

My Time to Craft Challenge #357 - Halloween or cats

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

MFT Chalkboard Greetings encouragement card

Hello there and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This week we have some photo inspiration for you:-

I loved the encouraging sentiment and the colour behind it so I came up with this card

1) Take a piece of masking paper and die cut an oval from it.

2) Stick the mask to some card and sponge some salty ocean distress ink in the aperture. Sponge some seedless preserve distress ink around the edges, but don't blend too much so that you can see some texture from the sponge.

3) Remove the mask and let the ink dry before stamping the sentiment from My Favorite Things Chalkboard Greetings stamp set with Versamark ink and then emboss it with white embossing powder

4) Die cut a stitched scalloped rectangle from MFT Blueprints 27 in purple card and layer everything up on the base card, raising it with some fun foam.

 5) Finish off by scattering a few die cut hearts around the oval.

You can find plenty of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I can't wait to see how you will interpret the photo.

I'd like to play along with

Hand Stamped Sentiments #275 challenge - I was inspired by the bottom right inspiration photo with the oval shape and blue centre.

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #98 - use a sentiment

Crafting from the Heart Challenge #180 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Crafter's Companion, Stampendous and Silhouette Cameo Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this time it is our Holiday theme.

I came up with this card

1) Take a square of white card and emboss it with the Sue Wilson Snowfall embossing folder.

2) Take another piece of card and emboss the Crafter's Companion Icy Igloo embossing folder, cut around the igloo and use a blue alcohol pen to add shade to it.

3) Bend the igloo over a rolling pin to give some shape to it and then raise it on the snowy background with some glue gel in the centre and flat glue at the edges.

4) Stamp the penguins from Stampendous, fussy cut them and colour with a red alcohol pen.

5) I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the North Pole sign and some icicles from red, white and yellow card. Add glitter to the snow,  icicles, sign, and igloo.

6) Assemble all the elements on the snowy background and mat everything onto the base card. I didn't have the right colour card for the mat, so I used the blue alcohol pen to colour around the edge of some white card.

I'd like to play along with

Christmas Card Challenges #23 - anything Christmas goes

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #81 Christmas is for Kids

Christmas with the Cuties - Christmas Animals

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #16 - anything Christmas goes

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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