Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Taylored Expressions Layered in Quads Mistletoe Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome back to Addicted to Stamps and More! We've had a long break and come back refreshed for the next series of challenges. We're starting off with Challenge #442 - Christmas:-

and I came up with this card

I used my new Taylored Expressions Layered in Quads Mistletoe stencils and inked up with a couple of shades of green and red ink. I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink in the centre and embossed it with clear ink before cutting the panel out with a die from Waffle Flower. I matted it onto some white card that had been inked around the edges with the same red ink, and then onto the base card.

To finish off, I added some glossy accents to some of the berries to add some shine.

If you head over to the ATSM blog, you'll find lots of inspiration from my talented Teamies and it would be great if you decide to join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

The Greetery Christmas Pudding, MFT Santa's Elves and Spellbinders Merry Christmas cards



Hello crafty friends,

Well, March has come and I'm looking forward to spring even though we are having a very cold snap hereabouts. Welcome to the March 2023 ABC Christmas Challenge.

The challenge begins today and continues until the 8th April so you have lots of time to create and enter your projects into the gallery.

Our themes this time are

E for Elves

F for Food


G for Gold,

and I have a little prize for the randomly chosen winner

I managed to make a card for each of the themes this time 

E for Elves

I used the MFT Santa's Elves set for this, coloured with Copics and layered it onto the Altenew Diamond Frame die cut. The sentiment strip is from Simon Says Stamp.

F for Food

I used the Greetery Christmas Pudding dies for this one and shaded the pudding base with distress oxide ink and added currants with a brown Copic. The circle frame was cut with a die from Studio Katya and after I put it all together, I felt it lacked something. As I was clearing up, I found all the little red dots that had fallen from the frame die and spent a happy few minutes gluing each one around the frame. It doesn't take much lol....

 G is for Gold


 I used a green satin finish card for this one and foiled the Spellbinders Merry Christmas foil plate with gold foil. I added some flowers and holly, foiled with the same set, to add a pop of colour and finished off with the Christmas sentiment.


I know it seems strange to be making Christmas cards in March but I already feel good at seeing the little pile of cards I've already amassed!

I'd like to play along at

Merry Little Christmas Challenge #49 - anything Christmas goes

My Favorite Things - Ready set, Christmas!

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas Goes 

Christmas with the Cuties - something with a sentiment

Peace on Earth Challenge anything Christmas goes

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Penny Black Stocking Stuffers and Spellbinders Sugarplum Tweets Christmas cards

Hello crafty friends and welcome back to another challenge over at ABC Christmas Challenges.

We had a tremendous response to our January Challenge with 158 entries! You submitted some fantastic designs so please go to the blog to see if you were a winner if you joined us. 

Our host this time is the very talented Lynda from Loopylou

and she has this fabulous prize for the winner

Our themes this time are

C is for Checks
 D is for Die Cuts

I came up with these designs.

C for Checks


For this card, I stamped and white embossed the All Lined Up Background stamp from My Favorite Things onto a piece of kraft card. I then cut a white panel using the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die. The bird is from the Spellbinders Sugarplum Tweets die set and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

D for Die-Cuts

For this card, I cut the panel from some cream card, and before I removed it from the die, I inked around the edges with some brown ink to give a vintage look. I then stamped some sprigs and swirls around the card and stamped the sentiment from an old WPlus 9 stamp set called Pretty Patches.

I took some watercolour paper and painted on some red ink so I had a textured base and then cut the stockings and heart from it. The foliage and stockings are from the Penny Black Socking Stuffers die set and the heart is from my stash.

I'd like to play along at

We've had some wonderful weather over the past week - cold but sunny and the best part is that it isn't dark at 3.30pm any more. I smell spring in the air!

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


Wednesday, 11 January 2023

The Greetery Christmas Pudding favour boxes and Mama Elephant polar bear Christmas card


Hello crafty friends. I hope you had a good Christmas and I wish you health, happiness and all the good things you hope 2023 will bring you. Last year was a bit of a shocker for the world and my hope is that this year peace breaks out and spreads around the planet as fast as Covid did.

I'd like to welcome you to the first challenge of the year at ABC Christmas Challenges!

 I hope that you will join us this year in our bid to be prepared for next Christmas! Perhaps you were lucky enough to receive some new Christmas craft gifts in your stocking...or snapped up some bargains in the post-Christmas sales...perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions is to have your Christmas cards ready in plenty of time this year...or maybe you just haven't tidied away your Christmas stash away after making last year's cards yet! Whatever the reason, I'd love to have you play along with us.

Helen is our lovely host for the first challenge and she has this great gift for the winner.

Our themes this month are 

'Anything Christmas Goes'



My anything goes is a Christmas Pudding favour box

I used my new dies from The Greetery to create these and popped a Cadbury's Pud in each one

They were fun to make and easy to mass produce when I put on some Christmas music and went on a die cut frenzy! I cut the bows from red card but the other pieces were cut from white card and inked with a blending brush.

This is my Bear card

I began by stamping the Mama Elephant bears on a panel of card and then masked them off along with a snowbank stencil and the moon. I then inked the card with distress oxide inks - love doing this -  and splattered on some diluted white gouache to create the snowflakes. When everything was dry, I removed the masks and added some shade to the bears and snow with grey Copics, before stamping Santa from Inkyliscious in the sky with black ink. To finish off I added the sentiment along the bottom, cut out a little speech bubble and wrote ho ho ho on it.The scalloped frame is from My Favorite Things.

Our challenge will end on 4th February and if you pop over to the ABC Challenges blog, you will find lots of great inspiration from my DT buddies. They would love to hear from you.

I'd like to play along at

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything goes

Christmas Kickstart #70 - stencils and masks

Creative Crafting Uncles #36 - Christmas/New Year

Papercraft Challenge #89 -  Deck the Halls

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #31 - anything Christmas goes

My Time to Craft Christmas #51 - Use your favourite technique (ink blending)

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Spellbinders Gnome Tree and Lawn Fawn Christmas Cards

Hello everyone and I hope you are well at this very busy time of year. We've reached the end of the alphabet for our last challenge of the year over at ABC Christmas Challenges and we have a good one for you!

Our themes are:

Y - Youngsters (For or featuring a child)

Z - Zoom (Mode of transport)

Our host is the lovely Wendy and she has a great gift for the winner

I made a gnome tree card for my Y for Youngsters

using dies from Spellbinders and My Favorite Things, along with an

embossing folder from Crafter's Companion for the background.

This is my Z for Zoom card

using stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn on an oxide inked background.

You'll find some amazing card ideas over on the ABC Christmas Challenges Blog and I'd like thank the team for the wonderful inspiration they have given us over the last 12 months. A very big thanks too to Helen who runs everything behind the scenes and does a great job of keeping the challenge going.

I'd like to play along at

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

The Greetery Twinkle Background and Pinkfresh Studios Hanging Florals Christmas cards

Hello everyone and welcome to the penultimate challenge of the year over at

Our host this time is the talented Marie

and she has a prize for the lucky winner.

Our themes this time are 

W for White


X for Xtra Special

and I came up with this 

W for White

I used the beautiful new Twinkle background die from The Greetery and put some glitter card behind it for some sparkle. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I backed it with a glimpse of blue to help it stand out before winking it with some Wink of Stella. You can see the sparkle a bit better in the next photo.

 X for Xtra Special

For this card I cut 3 circles of white card and one of red. I used a cut-in Card Making Magic die on the top circle and glued the red behind it. I folded another white circle to create an easel shape and glued it between the 2 circles to create an easel card. For the embellishments, I stamped and die-cut the Pinkfresh Studio Hanging Florals image and coloured it with Copics. I stacked several of the die cuts to give some dimension and glued them to the card after stamping the sentiment from Clearly Besotted. Even though I coloured the image in reds and greens, it didn't look very Christmassy so I die cut some poinsettias from the Spellbinders Etched Holiday Blooms and placed them over the other flowers.

I stamped a simple sentiment from Papertrey Ink to create the stepper, added some glitter drops and a sprig of holly then called it done. There is room for my personal message on the base circle or on the back of the red card.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the ABC Christmas Challenges blog and you can enter your cards over there too if you decide to join us this time.

I'd like to play along at

Try it on Tuesday - Sparkle and Shine

Unicorn Challenge #83 - Christmas is Coming

The Flower Challenge #74 - add embellishments

Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas Goes

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #27 - anything Christmas Goes

International Art and Soul #146 - Christmas card

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Anita Jeram Stay Curious and Mama Elephant general multi use card


Hello everyone, and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. This will be the last challenge of the year but it will be back after Christmas. I hope you are all well and if you are in the UK, I hope you are coping with the VERY strange political times we are in!

This time we have our Make Your Mark Challenge so we'd like to see you use your inks, paints, markers, pencils etc.

I came up with this card

I began by stamping the NBUS image called, Stay Curious from Colarado Craft Company, colouring it with Copics and fussy cutting it out.I then lightly inked the background with Distress Oxide inks. I die cut some white card with the Papertrey Ink Aztec die and then die cut the aperture with one of the My Favourite Things Stitched Arch Stax dies.

The sentiment comes from the Mama Elephant Up and Away stamp set and I decided to use this so the card could be adapted for many occasions depending on what I decide to stamp inside. I like to keep a few cards like this in my stash so I can quickly come up with a card in an emergency. I used one of the green Copic pens to provide a layer that matched and then mounted everything up using some foam tape for dimension.

As always, my talented teamies have some fabulous inspiration over on the ATSM Blog, and you can link your card up over there if you decide to join us.

I'd like to play along at

NBUS Challenge #43 - image is NBUS

Cardz4Guys challenge #307 - autumnal colours

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge # 400 autumn colours

Use Your Stuff #469 - die-cuts

4 Season Challenge #61 - Pets

Thanks for stopping by.


Carol x


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