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.


Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Simon Says Stamp So Beautiful general card


Hello and welcome to the new ATSM Make Your Mark Challenge.

For my contribution this time I used my NBUS Simon Says Stamp So Beautiful stamp.

I stamped the image and then lightly blended some blue ink all over the card, going a bit heavier at the top. I coloured the blooms with Copic markers and added some shading with Polychromo pencils.

I cut the image out with a stitched rectangle die and matted it onto black card. The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts stamp set and I heat embossed that in white. The card was for my daughter's birthday and the birthday sentiment went inside. Everything was mounted onto a fancy-shaped 6 x 6 card and I'm really sad that I only have a few of them left. I picked them up from the Craftwork Cards stand at the Harrogate stamp show several years ago and I haven't seen them on sale anywhere since. If you know where I could get some more, do please let me know. 

My talented Design Teamies have some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM Blog and you can play along with us over there too.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 5 March 2021

Craft Concept Butterfly Kisses embossed get well card

Hi there and welcome to the new Simply Create Too Challenge.

Our challenge for this month is to use wet and/or dry embossing and I used both on this card.

I used a very old embossing folder from Craft Concepts called Butterfly Kisses and I inked up one side with a couple of blue inks using a brayer, before adding some white card and passing it through the machine. This isn't a 3D embossing folder so you don't get such a deep emboss, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

I cut a couple of thin strips of navy card to frame the image and added a half banner from an MFT Blueprints set, on which I stamped and embossed the sentiment in white. 

If you're like me, I bet you have several embossing folders tucked away that are calling to be pulled out and used, so why not join in with us this time?

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x 

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Lily of the Valley and MFT Angel Christmas card

Hello and welcome to our new Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

I went with the optional Angel theme and came up with this card.

I stamped the cute Lily of the Valley Nativity Play stamp onto one of the MFT Stitched Arch Stax dies and coloured it very simply before adding some silver glitter to the angel's wings and halo.

The image was then placed onto an inked circle die cut and I stamped the sentiment underneath before adding it to the background layer.

Over on the Happy Little Stampers blog, you will find inspiration from my talented Teamies, and you can link up your entry over there too if you decide to play along with us. 

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Christmas with the Cuties # 46 option not taken.

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x


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