Wednesday, 5 May 2021

PTI Bold Borders: Flurries, and PTI Snow globe and MFT Sweet Holiday Penguins Christmas cards


Hello friends and welcome to another challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges. We had some great entries last month and if you want to see if you were a winner, hop over to the blog.

Our host this month is the talented Dorte and she has a prize for the lucky winner

Our themes this time are 

J - Jewels
K - Kids

This is my J for jewels card

I pulled my Brushos out to create the background on watercolour paper, and added the Papertrey Ink Bold Borders Flurries frame which I stacked a couple of times. To finish off, I added the sentiment which is from Simon Says Stamp, and is also stacked, and then added blue jewels to the snowflake centres.

Here is my K is for Kids card

I had great fun with this shaker card using the Papertrey Ink Snow Globe dies, My Favorite Things Sweet Holiday Penguins, and a Clearly Besotted tree. I inked the tree, the cloudy sky, and used Copics and glitter on the penguins. The snow is from a glitter shaker pot that I picked up at Hobbycraft, but I wish I had chosen something else because it was full of static, even though I used an anti-static bag on the acetate.

As always, my talented teamies have great things to show you over on the blog, and I hope you will join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along at

CRAFT challenge #596 - Christmas

Christmas Craft Creations April - no stamping

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #93 - anything Christmas goes

12 months of Christmas #77 - anything goes - no option

Christmas 24 Challenge #33 - use glitter

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Papertrey Ink and Pinkfresh Studio MistletoeChristmas card


Hello everyone and I hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend. Welcome to the May Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers

where we have an optional theme of mistletoe.

I used an old Papertrey Ink stamp called Merry Kiss-mas which I stamped and die cut a couple of times before adding white Nuvo Drops for the berries. I arranged the boughs on a Pinkfresh Studio Braided Tag die and put some red paper behind. The red sentiment was embossed and the green part just stamped.

There are lots of inspiring samples over on the HLS blog and it would be great to see your card in the gallery if you decide to join with us.

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Carol x

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Penny Black Wildwood and PTI Birds and Blooms Father's Day card

Hello everyone and I hope you are keeping well. We have just had some glorious weather here in the UK and as we are allowed to meet in gardens now, it has been great to reconnect with family and friends. I had my second vaccine on Saturday and I'm looking forward to getting out a bit more once the next restrictions are lifted. 

Anyway, welcome to another challenge over at ATSM.

You can knock your socks off this time because you can make a card for any occasion to share with us.

I continued my little foray into the masculine and went for a Father's Day card.

I took a piece of white card and blended oxide inks on it before splattering with water and die-cutting a stitched rectangle from it. I white embossed the sentiment on and raised it onto a kraft base card.

 I used the Penny Black Wildwood dies and cut 2 squares from kraft and brown card to create the rustic frame. I created the nest by snipping into another couple of frames and built them into a nest shape. The eggs and birds were created with the Papertrey Ink Birds and Blooms stamps and die.

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Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Mama Elephant Big Happy Birthday unisex birthday card

Hello friends and welcome back to another challenge over at ATSM where we have our birthday challenge. I don't know about you but I find masculine cards really hard to make and you can usually find me in the shops looking for a funny ready-made card for the men in my life. Lockdown meant that shop browsing wasn't available so I had to buckle down and make a card for my son's birthday. I had 2 goes at a card for him using the same paper, card and sentiment die. 

This one couldn't be simpler when you need a card fast. The paper is from a new to me Tonic Craft Perfect mixed card pack called Siver Service. I really like the mix of the silver and kraft stripes and the shine is gorgeous. Included in the pack is a holographic silver card that I used for cutting the Mama Elephant birthday sentiment which I stacked three times. It looks a bit dull and bland in the photo but it reflects the light with some beautiful colours irl.

For the second card, I die cut a banner shape from the paper and added an embossed mat in the background. A few die cut stars finished it off.

This photo shows how the card reflects the light!

Over on the ATSM blog you will find lots of fantastic inspiration from my talented Teamies.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Penny Black Bountiful Berries Christmas card and Clearly Besotted Joy to the World Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the April challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges.

Our host this time is the lovely Lynda from Loopyloo cards
and she has a great prize for the next winner of the challenge.

Our themes this time are 

H for Houses
I for Icicles

and for my house card, I went with a birdhouse

I can't seem to get enough of this great Bountiful Berries die from Penny Black and for this card, I coloured the branch and berries then added some snowy sparkle to the branch with glitter and glazed the berries with glossy accents. The birdhouse and birds are from My Favourite Things and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

The next card actually stumped me for a while. I went through all my supplies and couldn't find a single icicle on anything. I almost decided to go with snowflakes when I had an idea of how to make some icicles.

I laid out a line of Nuvo Crystal Glaze onto a non-stick sheet, lifted the sheet until the glaze ran down a little, and then covered the glaze with glitter and left it to dry overnight. Not perfect but good enough for a first try.

For the rest of the card, I stencilled falling snow onto some white card with versamark ink and embossed it with white powder. Then I inked the sky before adding a sparkle snow mound that I made with double-sided adhesive and glitter. The cute little tree is from Clearly Besotted and I embossed it with some green sparkle E/P.
I die cut a square from the centre of the image, backed it with a blue mat and raised it on fun foam before adding it back. 

The team have some lovely creations to inspire you over on the blog and if decide to join us, you can link up your entry over there too.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x



Sunday, 4 April 2021

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box die and Clearly Besotted Red Robin Christmas card

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying a very Happy Easter and that the Easter Bunny brought you some chocolate today. We celebrated my youngest son's birthday in the garden yesterday and we were blessed with lovely sunshine for our reunion after several months of not seeing each other. I hope that wherever you are, the rules mean you can now have some contact with the people you love. We are here to welcome the start of a new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

Our optional theme this time is Under the Tree but I decided to go with Anything Goes this time and came up with a folding box card.

I used the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card dies and made the box taller when I was cutting it out. The tree, robins, candy canes and presents are all from Clearly Besotted sets and the little birds and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn.

I coloured all the images with Copics and I added some coordinating paper from my stash.

You will find lots of inspiration from the team over on the HLS blog and if you want to join in with us, you can link up your entry over there too.

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Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Penny Black and Crafter's Companion Christmas Peace card

Hello everyone and welcome back to the ATSM Challenge #402
I'm so happy today that we are starting to lift some of the lockdown restrictions and I was able to go for a walk with a friend and take a picnic lunch on the most beautiful sunny day. We can now have visitors in the garden and we are going to celebrate a family birthday together in the garden over the weekend. It seems sooo long since we could do this!!! I hope you get to see more of your family and friends soon too.

We are looking for Christmas cards this time and I came up with this one.

I had great fun creating this background. I started with white card and blended several blue distress oxide inks on it using blending brushes. Once it was dry, I used a snowflake embossing folder and then blended some white pigment ink over part of the snowflakes, and added some white paint splatter drops over the whole card.

I die cut the Penny Black Bountiful Berries die and added some stickles to the berries. The PB Peace sentiment was cut three times and stacked. 


I still felt something was missing so I randomly rubbed on some stickles with my fingers over the top and right-hand side of the card and although hard to see in the photograph this adds a lovely sparkly finish IRL.

As always, my talented DTeamies have some great inspiration for you over on the blog and I'm delighted to say that we have the lovely Ashwini joining us as Guest Designer.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good Easter.



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