Friday, 22 July 2016

Papertrey Ink and WPlus 9 Thank you card

Hello everyone, and welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

and this time we want to see lots of sparkle. For this challenge you can release your inner bling lover and really go to town with some of the glitter and other sparkly materials lying unloved in your stash. I thought that if I was going all blingy, I should make a fancy card, so I pulled out the Papertrey Ink Coverplate: Scroll Frame and cut it from white and pink card.

I took the central oval and embossed the thank you stamp from WPlus 9 Hand Lettered Thanks with white embossing powder, and then stamped the foliage and tiny flower from the PTI You've Been Framed Oval stamp set

To add the sparkle, I sprayed the whole frame with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle with the Iridescent finish, and added a few tiny pink glitter dots before I mounted the frame onto the base card. The outer frame was raised on foam tape to add a bit of dimension. I find it so hard to capture sparkle in a photograph but is does look very sparkly in real life!

If you would like some more inspiration, why not hop over to the Simply Create Too blog and see what the team has to show you. You have until 5th August to join in with us and we love to see your entries.

I'd like to play along with

Make My Monday Challenge - Sentimental

Use Your Stuff - die cuts or punches

Die Cut Divas - make it glitterl

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, where we have a Holiday theme this time.

I recently got some Clarity Stencil Brushes and wanted to try them so I pulled out a stencil from the Papertrey Ink Sunshine and Rainbows kit, and brushed Bright Buttercup ink through it onto some white card. The brushes give a lovely light coating of ink but I kept adding more ink towards the centre to build up the colour. This stencil has the rays radiating out from a heart but that is covered by my image. Once I was happy with the inking, I cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die and matted it onto a black base card.

I took the Holy Family stamp from the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas Stamp set, stamped it with Memento Black ink and coloured it with Copic markers. I die cut the image, glued it to some black card and then fussy cut around it.

To finish off, I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black Wonder Collection and added a die cut star from my stash.

This time the challenge is sponsored 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

You'll find lots of inspiration on the ATSM blog, and you don't have to make a Christmas card - any kind of holiday card is welcome.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Recycled plant pot for Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

Hello and welcome to the July Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge. This time we want you to look round your home/garden, or anywhere really, and find something to recycle.

I decided to recycle a terracotta plant pot that had seen better days, but I liked the shape of it,  so thought it was worth spending some time on. I started by washing the pot, and then added a coat of gesso before painting it with several thin coats of acrylic paint. I decided not to paint the inside of the pot because it would come into contact with water when I water the plant and I wasn't sure how the paint would stand up to that.

Next, I used a Martha Steward leaf stencil and added a border of stenciled fern leaves around the top of the pot using more paint and a foam pouncer brush.

Once everything was dry, I stamped the stems and leaves from the Papertrey Ink Reasons to Smile stamp set all around the bottom of the pot, and then went round and stamped a variety of flower heads in pink ink. To finish off, I added gold gilding wax to the rim of the pot and tied a bow with some jute twine.

Here is the finished pot with the plant that was the inspiration for it.

I can't wait to see what projects you come up with, and if you want some more inspiration before you dive in, why not pop over to the Happy Little Stampers Blog to see what my talented Teamies have to show you. We have the wonderful Stephanie Lanzalotto joining us as Guest Designer this month, and we also have some links to tutorials that you might find interesting.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Papertrey Ink Just Deserts birthday card

Hello and welcome! 

I am thrilled and honoured to be joining the talented Design Team over at Addicted to Stamps and More, and to ease me into things I am delighted that we have the ever popular Anything Goes theme.

I decided to make a bold and bright birthday card for my bloggy friend Darnell, who celebrated her birthday a few days ago, and I came up with this one.

I used the Papertrey Ink Just Deserts Stamp and Die Sets (NBUS just for you Darnell) to make the cake. I topped the cake with some delicious fruit and added WOS glitter brush to the frosting before adding some birthday candles. The cake stand was cut on my Silhouette Cameo, and the finished cake was raised on a stitched square panel.

I made the background panels using the MFT Blueprints 23 set, and embossed the sentiment in white. All that was left to do was layer up the panels and add a few berries to finish it off.

The is a prize too and the Sponsor is

Happy Little Stampers was created in 2015 by Kylie (owner of ATSM and ATCAS). Kylie wanted to bring out a line of stamps that were useful for every day crafters. From cute to whimsical images, from everyday to funky sentiments there is something for everyone!

Prize: $15 gift certificate

Why not hop over to the ATSM blog to see some more inspiration. I can't wait to see your entries.

I'd like to play along for the first time at

Paru's cardmaking challenge - Birthday

and also at

House of Cards Challenge - Fruit or drink or colours

If you Give a Crafter a Cookie - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Monday, 4 July 2016

Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the July  Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge where the theme this time is 'gold'

This challenge is sponsored by 

I love the richness of gold when paired with black so I took some ancient textured shiny gold card from my stash and die cut the baubles and bows from Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style dies, and cut some strips of gold card for the hangers. The sentiment was cut from the Paper Smooches Merry Christmas die.

I put the die cuts on a panel of black card and added a couple of die cut stars to the baubles. This panel was matted onto gold card before being raised onto the base card with some fun foam for dimension.

For the inside, I die cut a piece of white paper with a die from MFT Blueprints 1, and stamped a sentiment from PTI Over Under Easy: Holiday Additions stamp set.

I can't believe we are more than halfway through the year already, but my little pile of Christmas cards is growing. How about yours? Why not hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to see some inspiration from the team, and join in with us this month. You will find some talented new members over there, so I hope you will give them a warm welcome.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Clearly Besotted Feeling Sheepish birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to the July Happy Little Stampers Case the Designer Challenge.

This time it is my turn to be CASED and I came up with this card

I started off by watercolouring a sky background on some watercolour paper using blue, purple and pink ink, and while it was drying I made the arched frame by cutting one of the MFT Stitched Arch Stack dies and then taking one of the smaller dies and cutting it from the centre. This is a great way to stretch your dies and you can use any die sets that have graduated sizes. I stuck the grass (MFT Grassy Field die) onto the watercoloured panel and fussy cut a couple of clouds to float in the sky.

The sheep is from the Clearly Besotted Feeling Sheepish set, and after it was stamped, coloured and die cut out, I added it to the frame. Next, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel and stamped the sentiment from the same set before embossing it with the Papertrey Ink Canvas Impression Plate to give it a little texture. To finish it off, I matted the panel onto some pink card before adhering it to the base card, and added a few little hearts.

I'd be thrilled if you will join in with us this month and CASE my card. The challenge runs for a month and the winner will receive a $15 discount at the Happy Little Stampers Store.  

Why not visit the Happy Little Stampers Blog to see how the DT have CASED my card?

I'm taking my card to play at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Papertrey Ink Celebrate Today card

Hello and welcome. I'm still shocked and very saddened by the results of our referendum here in the UK, and trying hard to accept that in a democracy we have to abide by the decisions of the majority, albeit a very small majority! So, in the way we crafters have of dealing with an unpleasant reality, I took my mind off it by disappearing into the craft room to create a card for today's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

This time Nichole gave us this inspiration photo

June blog hop

and I was inspired by the layered flowers and colours to come up with this card:-

I pulled out the Color Pop Florals set and used one of the stencils and ink to make the flower backgrounds before cutting them out with the accompanying dies. I then stamped and embossed the flower centres and arranged them on the card with some leaves cut with MFT dies.

The sentiment was cut three times and I blended inks on the top one before stacking them to add a bit of dimension. A few flower sequins finished it off.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

I'd like to play along with

The Alphabet Challenge - ink it up

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie challenge - I was inspired by the flowers

Stampin Royalty - make a project with dies.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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