Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Papertrey Ink Tulip Time and Sue Wilson Easter Basket flower basket birthday card


Hello friends and welcome to another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we are looking forward to seeing you pull out your dies and or stencils to create something for our gallery.

I have an old friend with a spring birthday and I made this card for her, but it could just as easily be an Easter or Mother's Day card with a different sentiment.

I used an old Sue Wilson die for the frame. As well as die-cutting the shape, this die (Classic Adorned Squares) debosses the pattern into the card. The basket is also from Sue Wilson and is called Easter Basket from her Kinetic collection. I used the die to create a flat basket for this project but you can make a full basket with it too.

The tulips are from Papertrey Ink's Tulip time stamps and dies, and I added several foliage sprigs from My Favorite Things as I arranged everything in the basket. A few clear Nuvo Drops finished it off.

My talented Teammates have lots of inspiration over on the ATSM blog and you can link up your entry there too. The lovely Julie is making a welcome return as our Guest Designer this month too.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 7 May 2021

Altenew Stacked Diamonds and Papertrey Ink Hugs Sparkle card

Hello everyone and I hope you are well and happy. We're here to mark the start of a new weekend and new challenge over at Simply Create Too

and this time our challenge is to get all sparkly and 'Use glitter'!

 I began with the Altenew Stacked Diamonds Cover Plate die cut from white card.

I took a piece of card the same size and added double-sided sticky paper to it. I removed the backing paper and stuck it to the back of the die-cut leaving the adhesive exposed in all the gaps. Pale green glitter was then poured over the card and rubbed into all the gaps to burnish it down.

I die-cut three of the Joanna Sheen Echinacea flower dies and stacked them before adding some clear glitter to the veins, and then stuck them to the background.

 For the sentiment, I used the Papertrey Ink Hugs die, stacked it, and snipped off the S letter. I then added glitter pen to it and coated it with glossy accents, which you can see better in the top photo.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x 

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.

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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




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