Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Woodware Ribbon Tree Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to the holiday week challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. Judging by the drop in temperature around here today, it will be Christmas before we know it, so I'm pleased to be adding to my pile. 

This time we are sponsored by

SLSlines is the work of Sal Scheibe, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw and create fun illustrations. Sal works as the Art Director of ArtTrader Magazine. Prior to freelance illustrating, she worked as a Creative Designer for a music firm working with TV and advertising clients. 

Sal spends her nights drawing geeky things like RPG characters, zombies, fairies, awkward people, pretty girls and odd animals. She offers a broad range of fun digital stamps in many themes from geeky to cute and whimsical to realistic. Her digital stamps start life as sketchy little doodles which are then cleaned up digitally in Photoshop and made presentable and perfect for you.

Sal's favorite tools are Wacom pen and tablet as well as Copic markers, lots of fineliners and many types of erasers (which are used often). Her favorite artists include John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, JC Leyendecker, Joe Sorren and Phil Hale. And Steve Epting too.

If you'd like a custom digital stamp made or have some suggestions, feel free to write to Sal with themes you'd like to see in the Etsy store.

Prize: 2 digital images

For this challenge I pulled out an old stamp set from Woodware - Christmas Ribbon, and I used the Ribbon Tree. I stamped and embossed the tree and pot using black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder. I then coloured using Copics, and added the embossed sentiment before using one of the Paper Trey Ink Tipped Top dies to cut out a quirky panel.

I used Clarity stencil brushes to lightly ink around the tree, then fussy cut and shaped the pot before sticking it to the tree with foam tape, and adding a glaze.

To finish off, I made mats with the other dies in the set and layered everything up before adding a little white gel pen and some red pearls to the tree.

Why not visit the ATSM blog to see what the Team has to show you and I'm sure you'll be inspired to join us and add another card to your Christmas stash.

I'd like to play along with 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - use embossing powder

Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

That's Crafty Challenge - Christmas in September

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Papertrey Ink Merry Kiss-mas mistletoe Christmas card

Hello everyone, and I hope you are enjoying a good weekend. The 25th of the month always means the Papertrey Ink blog hop


and this time we were given this inspiration photo

Blog Hop

I came up with this Christmas card, taking inspiration from the black and white colours, the twine and the green sprigs.

I began by cutting and stamping 2 sprigs of mistletoe using the Merry Kiss-mas stamp and die set. I gently shaped the leaves and used Nuvo drops on the berries. Then I layered up some black and white card and stamped and embossed one of the sentiments from the Bells and Boughs stamp set.

I tied some twine around the panel before adhering it to the base card, and then arranged the mistletoe down the centre of the card. I thought I was done but the right top corner needed something to balance everything, so I selectively inked and stamped the airmail envelope stamp from SSS Envelope Sentiments.

I always enjoy seeing how other people interpret the inspiration photo, so I'm going to settle down later and hop to my hearts content!

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sue Wilson Thank you Friend card

Hello everyone and I hope you are looking forward to a fun weekend. To start it off, we have a new challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

It is a colour challenge this time and we are asking you to use pink and brown on a card. I was chuffed to bits when I saw this one because I think these two colours go beautifully together and I couldn't wait to get started.

I started by cutting a square from brown textured card and then used one of the Sue Wilson Noble Classic Adorned Squares dies to cut out the centre. I then placed a square of  pink card behind, so it shows through the flowers, before cutting one of the larger dies in pink card and placing that on top.

For the stamping, I used a Happy Little Stampers 'Thanks' stamp from the Doodled Flowers set,  and heat embossed it in white. I had fun arranging the words along the bottom of the card, and I very nearly got the line straight after about 10 attempts lol! They are from the Avery Elle Simply Said: Amazing set. This set is quite fancy so I thought it demanded a bit of bling, so a few glitter dors finished it off.

As I said, I love pink and brown and herehere and here, are a few links to other cards I have made with this combo.

The rest of the team also have some goodies to show you so why not pop over to the Simply Create Blog and be inspired to join us this time.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My Favorite Things Birthday card using Hog Heaven

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we have our Anything Goes challenge.

and we are sponsored this time by

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!" 

Prize: 2 digital images

I broke out some new cute MFT supplies and came up with this card

My husband has a birthday coming up and he loves piglets, so I began by stamping a couple of the cute pigs from MFT Hog Heaven and coloured them with Copic pens before fussy cutting them and highlighting a few spots with a white gel pen. I then used the MFT Blueprints 27 dies to cut the frame from brown card and the scalloped rectangle from some gingham paper.

I stamped the sentiments on the background before adding the frame which I raised with some foam tape, and then arranged the little pigs. To finish off, I scattered some stars and added some white faux stitching.

We always have a wonderful turn out for the Anything Goes challenge, so why not pop over to the ATSM blog to see inspiration from my fellow Teamies, and then join in with us this time. I can't wait to see what you have to show us.

I'd like to play along with 

Stamping Sensations Challenge - one for the boys

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Clearly Besotted Anniversary Card

 Hello and welcome to the new Mixed Media challenge over at Happy Little Stampers

where the theme this time is 'distress' which leaves lots of room for interpretation.

I started by punching a circle from masking paper and placing it near the top of some glossy card. I have a very old texture stamp, that I removed from a wooden block several years ago and it has lost it's label, but I began by stamping it on the piece of glossy card with Ranger Archival Shadow Gray ink, which I heat set. I also left this overnight because it was glossy card. 

The next day I blended 3 distress inks over the panel and then stamped the branch from Clearly Besotted Love Blossoms stamp set using Stazon ink. The two birds were die cut and placed on the branch and the panel was mounted onto a black mat, 

To finish off, I stamped the sentiment on the base card, stencilled a couple of hearts with red ink, and raised the panel on fun foam before removing the moon mask.

We are lucky enough to have Autumn of Sew Paper Paint join us this time as Guest Designer and you can see her lovely card and inspiration from the rest of the team over on the HLS blog and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

I'd like to play along with

House of Cards Challenge - add a bird and or colours - I used just the bird

Creatalicious Challenge - anything goes/anniversary

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - weddings/anniversary/love
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Papertrey Ink and Creative Die Christmas card

Hello and welcome to another Happy Little Stampers Christmas card challenge and this time our theme is song!

How are your Christmas cards coming along? I have to confess that I have been very lax this year and don't have many piled up for the festive season, so I was pleased to come up with this card to add to my stash:-

To start off I used my distress inks and the smooshing technique to come up with the sky. Then I used my NBUS Festive Scene Die from Creative Dies and cut it 4 times in black, yellow and white card, and finally from my smooshed sky. To layer it all up, I cut a scalloped Papertrey Ink die called Scene it: Basic Backer and glued the black outline to it. It was then easy (if a little fiddly) to inlay the sky, the snow, and all the tiny windows and doors to make up the scene.

I took a card base and added the PTI You've Been Framed: Hexagon frame to it, and then stamped my song lyric stamp from Clearly Besotted's Most Wonderful stamp set. The scene was quite thick with all those layers so I used some very thin foam tape to raise it on the card.

I'm going to have that song going through my head for the rest of the day now - but I don't mind because it reminds me of my Mum who loved to watch the Andy Williams Show when I was a child and she was very fond of his version of the song. What song comes to mind for you? Why not hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team, and join in with us this time.

I would like to play along with

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

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Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Papertrey Ink and My Favorite Things birthday card

Hello and welcome to the Happy Little Stampers Case the Designer Challenge

and this time our muse is the lovely Asa who gave us this gorgeous card to CASE

I took inspiration from the circle shape and the large black 'happy' to come up with this CAS card.

I tried a new to me masking technique for this card and die cut a circle from some masking paper. I placed the negative piece on the MFT Garden Flourish Background stamp leaving the circle exposed. I then inked up the circle with two colours of green ink, removed the mask, spritzed lightly with water and then stamped the impression onto some white card. I cut this panel down, leaving the image off to one side, and added a greeting cut from one of the PTI One Liner Happy Dies, before stamping the rest of the greeting underneath.

I mounted the panel onto some black card and then onto the bottom right of the base card using some fun foam to give some dimension. To finish off, I added a few orange flower sequins and used some Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on the image.

I hope you will pop over to the HLS blog to see more of Asa's card and all the inspiration from the rest of the team.

Shopping Our Stash - learn something new

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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