Wednesday 15 November 2023

Spellbinders Stitched Joy Christmas Card

 Hello friends and welcome to another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More

This time we have our Christmas challenge which is great as we are all trying to get as many cards into our stash as we can prior to the hectic start of December.

I came up with this card

This one uses the Stitched Joy dies from Spellbinders and I cut several of them to take away on holiday with me and enjoyed some time stitching them as I relaxed. They are very easy to do and they came together quite quickly.

Once I got home, all I had to do was die-cut the centre letters and emboss the background. I used a navy pearl card which has a lovely sheen to it and the embossing folder is from the Crafters Companion Scandinavian Christmas collection. 

My talented Design Teamies have lots of inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog and I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery if you decide to join us.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Lisa Horton Poinsettia Wreath card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges.

It's hard to believe that we only have 2 challenges left before Christmas, so do jump on board if you have lots of cards to make.

This time, we have 2 themes for you

W for Wreath


X for XOXOXO - hugs and kisses

I came up with this card

W for Wreath

I used my NBUS Lisa Horton set which consists of layering stencils, a die and a 3D embossing folder.

I used Papertrey Ink colours, Red Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Bright Buttercup and Canyon Clay to create the poinsettias and although the photograph doesn't show the dimension very clearly, it is really good IRL. The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp one and the little heart was from my leftovers box.

You'll find lots of inspiration from my talented Teamies over on the blog and I hope you will join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies - November

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - anything goes #10

My time to craft Christmas #73 - poinsettias

Unicorn Challenge #93 - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by,


Carol x


Thursday 12 October 2023

Papertrey Ink and Spellbinders Christmas cards


Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges.

Things are starting to hot up on the Christmas card-making front with lots of Christmas fayres coming up for those who make to sell, and if you've been joining in with us throughout the year, you'll be well on the way to ensuring you have a good supply. I was sad last Christmas to find a few notes with Christmas cards saying that some friends would not send real cards in the future but would send e-cards because of the cost. Of course, I really understand the difficulty of stretching our incomes with ever-increasing costs, but I enjoy sending and receiving some handmade or shop-bought kindness in the post and I'm sorry that inflation is going to kill this off for some people. On another track, am I the only one who misses getting a phone call in favour of a text or email? When I mentioned this to my youngest son, he told me that the younger generation finds actual phone calls a bit alarming and intrusive because they have to drop what they are doing to take the call rather than respond to a text in their own time. He reckons that younger people will still call their parents because it is what they prefer, but will rarely call their friends any more. My big birthday is making me feel old and a bit maudlin lol!!

Anyway, the ABC Challenge this month is looking for 

U for Use it up


V for vertical

This is my U for Use It Up

For this card, I had a panel in my snippets box that was stamped with the Christmas lights but I had made a mess of stamping the sentiment on it. The word 'Christmas' had not been stamped well and looked blurred. I decided that it could be rescued by colouring in the gaps with a green fine-liner pen, and although it wasn't perfect, it looked usable afterwards. 

I added the die-cut sparkle word, cut from holographic card, stacked it and put glossy accents on the lightbulbs which makes a difference IRL. 

V for Vertical.

For this card, I took a panel of white card and inked it with some oxide inks. I cut lots of snowflakes of different sizes from snippets of leftover white card and glued them to the panel. I then die-cut a smaller panel from the centre, backed it with white card and raised this before adding it back in.

The sentiment was die cut from silver card, offset on some of the leftover inked card and I added some silver snowflakes around it. I finished off by adding some pearls to the snowflakes.

My talented DT friends have some great inspiration for you over on the blog and you can enter your creations over there if you'd like to join us this time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Monday 9 October 2023

Penny Black Hedgie birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at ATSM.

The world is your oyster this time because you can make anything you like as long as you have made your mark with a colouring medium of your choice.

I used this cute hedgie image from Penny Black and coloured it with Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens which I fussy cut once it was dry. I cut a stitched rectangle and die-cut the arch from it before embossing it with a texture plate. The background was inked and the sentiment and little bird was inked in black.

As always, you'll find lots of inspiration from the design team over on the ATSM Blog and we'd love you to join us this time.

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Tuesday 26 September 2023

My Favorite Things Outside the Box, Lawn Fawn Halloween and Lizzie Annie Designs Halloween pop up card


Hello friends, and welcome. Well, my big birthday has come and gone and my husband's is happening this week so things have been a bit hectic in my neck of the woods. People have been so kind and I have been very spoilt and fussed over. Thank you for the lovely cards and good wishes - I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. They say that one of the compensations for getting older is that you get wiser, but I'm still waiting for that one to kick in lol!

We're here for another ATSM challenge

and I went for die cuts to make a Halloween card for my Granddaughter.

I used the My Favorite Things Outside the Box die for the base and added some Papertrey Ink paper to brighten the black card.

Most of the images were made with an older stamp set - Hallow's Eve that was gifted to me by a Bloggie Friend, and I had fun stamping, colouring and fussy cutting the images. I filled out the layers with die cuts from the Lawn Fawn Halloween add-ons to the Scalloped Treat Box which I have used here before, and I raised some of the bats on card sticks so they could fly around.

I love how flat this box card folds so it can go into an envelope. You'll find lots of inspiration from the team over on the ATSM blog, and you can enter your own creation there too.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 13 September 2023

Crafters Companion Build a Snowman Christmas card and Papertrey Ink and Altenew Jingle Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome to the September Challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges.

This time we have reached S and T in the alphabet so we would like to see your 

S for'Snowmen'


T for 'Three of a Kind'

I have a Crafters Companion Snowman stamp and die set that is really sweet and I pulled it out to make my card. While I was looking at the head of the snowman, I decided to experiment with my Altenew Stampwheel and make a kind of wreath with the head. I was just playing and wasn't sure how it would turn out 

but I was really happy with the result. I went round the wheel again with the snowman's hat and then coloured the hats and noses with pencils. I added glitter to the hat brims and bobbles after die cutting with a square die and then inked the edges and stamped a sentiment in the centre.

Three of a kind

For this card, I die-cut a white panel with a Pinkfresh Studio die and backed the three apertures with some patterned paper. I then made a couple of jingle bells with some Altenew stamps and dies that came free with a magazine and added them to the top and bottom holes. For the centre, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and laid it on some gold card to match the little stars I had dotted around.

I thought the design was a bit lacking so I stamped and die-cut the three boughs from a Papertrey Ink set, shaped them a bit and finished off by adding them and three bows to the card.

This challenge runs until 7th October and we'd be delighted if you decide to join in.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Echinacea birthday card


Hello everyone and welcome to summer here in the UK which is forecast to last for a whole week after weeks of very disappointing grey and wet weather. My daughter is a teacher and she has spent much of her holiday transforming my craft room as a big present for me for a big birthday I have coming up. The weather has been really poor for her whole holiday and she returned to school yesterday amid blazing sunshine! Such a shame for her and all the children and teaching staff.

Well, another fortnight has whizzed by and I'm back with a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time you can choose any occasion you like, but I went for a birthday card because my supply is very low.

I started by cutting a panel with the Papertrey Ink Love to Layer: Aztec die and lightly inked it with some Cracked Pistachio distress ink. I then cut several layers of the echinacea die (a favourite late summer flower and an old die from Joanna Sheen) and coloured it with my Ziggies before stacking them together to give some dimension. The sentiment is from the Altenew Sakura Blossom stamp set and I first stamped it in the Cracked Pistachio but it got lost on the background so I went over it with Wilted Violet. I'm not really happy with how that turned out but at least you can see it better. I made a layer for the panel by inking around the edge with the CP ink and placed the whole thing onto a landscape A2 card base.

I'd like to play along at

As always, the DT has some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog and you can link up your entry over there too.

If you're in the UK - enjoy the sunshine while we have it!

Carol x


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