Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Christina Griffiths Dashing Through the Snow and PTI Peace, Love and Joy Christmas card

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased that we have reached the Holiday week over at Addicted to Stamps and More because I'm on my final push to get my Christmas cards finished.

I wish I could say that I'm almost there but the truth is that I haven't been as productive as I'd hoped. Last year I made 2 or 3 versions of every Christmas card I made throughout the year and was well ahead by the end of November. Why didn't I do that this year? Don't ask me, I'm obviously a nitwit! 

Anyway, this is the card I made 

I used a new Christina Griffiths Card Making Magic die called Dashing Through the Snow and cut some lovely blue mirror card with it. I tried cutting some Crafter's Companion glitter card first but I think the die must be too intricate for it because I didn't have much success, even when using a metal shim. I was pleased with the mirror card though so all was okay.

I also cut a square mat from the card and embossed it with a falling snow embossing folder. The sentiment was from Papertrey Ink and is appropriately called Peace Love & Joy! I stamped the words on strips, matted them and arranged them in the centre of the snowflake wreath, before finishing off with a few little glitter snowball gems.

If you are in the middle of making your holiday cards, why not join in with us this week? As always, my talented teammates have some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog.

I'd like to join in with

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Christmas

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #60 - anything Christmas goes

Try it on Tuesday Challenge - cold, cold cold

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Memory Box Poinsettia and Pinkfresh Studio Christmas card

Hello again and welcome! The time has come for the November ABC Christmas Challenge and this time our themes are  

W - Wreath
X - fauX

Lindsey is our lovely host this month and she has this lovely prize to give to our winner

I went for W for Wreath and came up with this card.

I used an Imagination Crafts stencil for the background called Multi Snow Dots and just inked through it with shades of pink and red.

Next, I stamped and die cut my new Pinkfresh Studio Hanging Florals wreath but cut away the flowers that are on it to make way for Christmassy poinsettias and stretch my stash.

I die cut the Memory Box Poinsettia Stem dies and some mixed holly and poinsettia leaves from white card and blended on some ink to give more authentic variations in colour, and arranged them on the bottom of the wreath.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set, and I finished off with a tiny tag from Papertrey Ink.

Our talented Design Team have some great inspiration for you over on the blog and it would be great to have you join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Monday, 4 November 2019

Papertrey Ink and Penny Black new baby card

Hello everyone and welcome to our ever-popular anything goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge,

I needed a quick new baby card and came up with this one to welcome baby Hazel.

I ignored my ever-increasing NBUS pile and did a deep dive into my stash. I came up with an old set from Papertrey Ink that has been in my stash since 2008! It isn't a new baby set but is all about birds and is called Birds of a Feather. I used the nest, eggs and just hatched sentiment from this set and added a couple of Penny Black die-cut birds that I cut in white and coloured with ink.

The swirly welcome baby sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders set, and the embossed circle is from Sara's Signature Little Angel collection.

You will find lots of inspiration from my talented teammates over on the blog and as anything goes this week, why not join us with whatever tickles your fancy. 

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Bugaboo Stella Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the November challenge at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Our optional twist this month is Bah Humbug and I had to put my thinking cap on for this one! I went through all my supplies looking for ideas without finding anything, but before giving up on the twist for the first time this year, I had a browse through a box of images that I had leftover from previous projects and came across this image of Bugaboo's Stella looking suitably grumpy!

I quickly coloured the image with Copic markers, stamped a rug and added the sentiment which was embossed in white. I glazed Stella's glasses and the baubles on the tree with a glaze pen and they look quite nice in person, but don't show up in the photos,

I really needed a quick card this time because I've not been feeling very creative. The return of my cough added to a sore throat leads me to think I must be run down as I'm picking things up so easily. I'll have to look for a pick me up remedy! What's your recommendation for one?

I hope you are all keeping well and fighting off the bugs. Only one more HLS challenge to go before the big day. Yikes - that is scary!!!

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Uniko Valentine or anniversary card

Hello everyone and welcome to CAS week at Addicted to Stamping and more.

I'm still feeling pooped after we had our 20month old Granddaughter to stay last weekend while her parents had their first few days away since her birth. We've had her overnight a few times and we also look after her for one day every week, so she is very used to us, but I was a bit worried that she might not cope so well over a longer period. Well, I needn't have bothered because she had a ball and really settled well. She was still bouncing around when her parents arrived to collect her but we collapsed in a heap lol! How did I cope with three under fours??

I bought a little Uniko Stamp set called You Are, Yes You at the recent Happy Stampers Festival at Port Sunlight and pulled it out for this card:

I simply stamped the flower, added a leaf sprig and coloured them with Copics.

The sentiment is from the same set and I finished it off with a tiny heart stamp. I have my wedding anniversary next month and I might stamp Happy Anniversary inside and use it for that, otherwise, I think it will make a nice Valentine card with the appropriate sentiment inside. Now I look at it, I think it could also be used as a thank you card too. I like a generic card that can cover lots of occasions.

As always, you'll find lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog, and I hope you will join in with us this week.

I'd like to play along at

Dream Valley Challenges #212 - add a sentiment

The Flower Challenge #37 - CAS

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol x

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

My Favorite Things Home Sweet Home new home card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More

This week we have the make your mark challenge so we want to see colouring in all its different guises. I needed to make a new home card for some friends, so I came up with this card.

I created a scene using the My Favorite Things Home Sweet Home die set, and cut everything from snippets of white card from my leftovers box and then coloured the pieces using Distress Oxide inks.

The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple: Home stamp set.

The ATSM blog has lots to inspire you from my talented teammates, and you can link up your entry over there.

I'd like to play along at

Krafty Chicks Challenge #475 - create a scene

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #362 - must use snippets

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Halloween card for Simply Create Too

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at Simply Create Too
Simply Create Too Challenge Blog

This time we are looking for Spooky or Scary cards in honour of Halloween coming up this month.  I came up with this card.

I used a very old rubber stamp set that was given to me a kind blogger who didn't make Halloween cards and I don't think the company exists any more - it is called Hallow's Eve by Lizzie Anne Designs.

I die cut an orange stitched square and stamped Simon Says Stamp Balloon Strings background stamp on it before embossing it with a circle embossing folder. I inked a stitched circle with Distress Oxide inks and arranged the coloured (with Copics) pumpkins on top.

I know we don't go in for Halloween in the way the US does, but I enjoyed making this card.

I'd like to play along at

Crafty Calendar October Challenge - autumn/Halloween

Alphabet Challenge - N for naughty

Aud Sentiments Challenge #237 - Halloween + a sentiment

Little Red Wagon #517 - Pumpkin Party

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


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