Wednesday, 19 January 2022

My Favorite Things Picture Perfect Party Animals Unisex birthday card

Hello everyone and welcome to the first challenge of the year at Addicted to Stamps and More! We have all had a good break and are raring to go with our first theme, which is to make your mark with any medium you choose.

I came up with this DL birthday card which is suitable for any age and is also suitable for a guy:-

I used the My Favorite Things Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set and coloured the images with Copics. 

I cut around the images with a paper trimmer and did some simple matting before layering them onto the die-cut panels on the base card, along with a sentiment from the same set. Some little white gel pen additions finished it off.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Gift box from The Greetery and John Next Door Penny's Baubles card

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and if you were lucky enough to receive some new crafty goods, I hope you are having fun playing with them.

I know that we have only just finished with Christmas, but we at ABC Christmas Challenges love to make Christmas cards all through the year knowing that we won't have a last-minute panic come December. It would be great if you want to join us this year - we work our way through the alphabet over the year and each month we have some fun challenges to get your juices flowing. And did I mention that we also have a prize each month??? What's not to like as they say lol!

Our first challenge themes are

A - Anything Christmas Goes
B - Baubles

Helen is our lovely host this month and she has a great prize for the winner.

My contributions are

A for Anything Christmas Goes

This is a gift box I made with a die from The Greetery called Stationery Box. I used yellow and grey card for the box and decorated it with stamps from the Winter Birds set from My Favorite Things. I used coloured pencils for the colouring and want to practice more with them this year so any tips will be welcome.

The candy-stripe circle sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I added little magnets to the box to keep it closed, and it contained a necklace I had bought as a gift for my daughter. I love making a gift box like this because it is very versatile and doesn't need to be wrapped. I hope to use the box dies again to make some notelet gift sets.


B for Baubles

I want to make more 5 by 7 inch cards this year and as I received the Waffle Flower Lacy Layers A7 die set for Christmas, I put them to use on this card. The bauble is from John Next Door Penny's Baubles and I inlaid the silver glitter card before adding the silver mirror elements over the top. The sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful stamp set. The top layer of white card was embossed with an old texture plate from Papertrey Ink.

Having seen some of the gorgeous photo work of cards on many blogs, I tried a fancy-schmancy lie flat photo here -  haha  I think the best that can be said about it is 'needs more work' lol!!

The Design Team have lots of cards to inspire you over on the blog and it would be great to have you join us this time.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 24 December 2021

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year. Thanks for all the gorgeous handmade cards I have been so fortunate to receive and that are taking pride of place on my mantlepiece. I'm sorry not to have been around very much lately but I hope things will settle down again in the New Year. I hope you are on the nice list and Santa brings you some new crafty goodies tonight. I'm having some crafty withdrawal symptoms and can't wait to get some playtime again lol!!

Love and hugs

Carol xxx

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Driving home for Christmas card and Gingerbread house Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome to the final challenge of the year over at ABC Christmas Challenges. I can't believe we have reached December already and I hope that, if you have joined with us throughout the year, your pile of Christmas cards brings you lots of pleasure as you sit to write your greetings in them. But just in case you need a couple more, we have reached Y and Z for our challenge so you can have a little fun producing them. You kept us very busy last month with 256 amazing entries and you can check if you are a winner over on the blog!

I'm really sad to say that this is the last challenge for a couple of our DT members. The brilliant Samantha who started the challenge 12 years ago has decided to step back, and I would like to thank her for getting me started on this team and for her encouragement. Our lovely Lindsey is also stepping down. I have really enjoyed working with her and seeing her fabulous inspiration each month, but I wish her lots of luck and send hugs and best wishes for the future.

Helen is our lovely host this time and she has a great prize for the winner

Our themes this time are 

Y for Yummy


Z for Zigzag

I came up with these cards

Y for Yummy

Who doesn't love a gingerbread man at Christmas! I made some with my just turned 4-year-old Granddaughter when she came to stay last week, and she loved decorating them almost as much as she liked eating them before they were finished lol! I pulled out a stamp set called The Best Gift from Inky Doodles and used the gingerbread house, gingerbread men and sentiment from the set all embossed with white E/P and coloured with Copics. Sorry the sentiment looks a bit blurred in the photo - it was very poor light on this dismal, grey day and my photo editing skills need brushing up.

Z for Zigzag

I found this stamped image in my bits box and can't remember where it came from, but I inked the background, coloured the image with Copics, and then used a white gel pen to add the snow, and some glitter for the hat. I added some glaze pen to the windows and lights to finish it off. I created the zigzag background with an embossing folder from Embossalicious.

You will find a ton of inspiration over on the ABC blog, and I know my talented Teamies would appreciate a visit from you. Thanks so much for joining us throughout the year.

Take care
Carol x

PS  We have a DT call happening at the moment and if you'd like to join us, you will find all the information on the blog.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Colorado Craft Big & Bold Slimline Poinsettia Christmas card

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

This time you can choose a card for any occasion, and as I still need a few more Christmas cards, that is what I went for.

I made a slimline card and used a Pinkfresh Studio stitch die for the white layer on the navy card base.  I took a piece of mid-blue card and stamped and embossed the beautiful poinsettia image from Colorado Craft Company Big and Bold Poinsettia stamp set, with white embossing powder.  It looked pretty as it was but I thought it was a bit bland, so I used some masking paper to mask off the inner edges of the flowers and blended on some navy ink to add some contrast and give the flower a bit more depth. I added a couple of sentiments from the same set, embossed these in white, and finished off by adding a trio of tiny resin stars.

 I hope you are nearly there with your stash of holiday cards and can enjoy December with less of a rush.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

You Make a Difference and Hello Bluebird birthday card

 Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This time we want to see your birthday projects.

I came up with this card

I stamped the main floral frame image from my NBUS collaborative stamp set from Hero Arts and Pinkfresh Studio called You Make a Difference. I coloured the flowers and foliage with Copic markers, and although it doesn't show up well in the photos, I also added some dots of stickles on some of the flowers, and this glistens very nicely in real life. The sentiment is from Happy Wishes by Hello Bluebird and I embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder.

I wanted to mat the image but didn't have any gold card/paper that matched the sentiment so I used the old trick of adding Versamark around the edges of a panel of white card and embossed it with the same embossing powder. To finish off I added a few sparkly pink pearls.

As always, you'll find lots of great inspiration over on the ATSM blog and it would be great if you joined us in the gallery.

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Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

MFT Sweet Holiday Penguins slimline Christmas card


Hello friends and welcome to the penultimate challenge of the year over at ABC Christmas Challenges. 

We are nearing the end of the alphabet so our themes for this month are 

W for Whimsical


X for Xerox (Multiples of the same image or card)

Our host this month is the lovely Lynda from Loopyloo Cards and she has a great prize for the winner.

I only had time for one card this time and went for 

W for Whimsical

I made a landscape slimline card using the Pinkfresh Studio slimline card dies and for the top layer, I used the Stitched Scalloped Circle die which I layered over some snippets of white spotty blue paper from my use-up drawer. 

The cute penguins are from the My Favorite Things Sweet Holiday Penguins set and I stamped, coloured and fussy cut them out. As the centre penguin is balancing those gifts on his head, I decided to add an action wobbler behind him so he could wobble about and be in danger of dropping them. Well, it pleases my sense of humour lol!

I finished off with a sentiment from the same set, a couple of beribboned presents from my use-up drawer, and a few resin stars.

You will, of course, find lots of inspiration from my talented teamies over on the ABC blog and I hope you will join in with us this time. We're also having a DT call, so if you might be interested in joining us for next year, do take a look!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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