Sunday, 8 December 2019

Holiday Leaves Take 2 ...

Another two clean and simple cards to add to the Christmas stash - once again created using the Tim Holtz Holiday greens die set.

The top holly one was die cut from a scrap of yupo paper coloured with alcohol ink and some foil.  The red one was from some gel plate printed card.

Simple designs but so easy to create.


Along the edge ...

More progress today on the Christmas card front ... another six cards made, all different although all created using dies and printed card stock created on my gel plate.  The new challenge at AAA Cards gave me the inspiration for this design:

Mostly die cutting with just the sentiment stamped ... I quite enjoy monochrome cards.

I'm entering the following challenge:

AAA Cards #155


Thursday, 5 December 2019

Holiday Greens ...

I'm still concentrating on creating Christmas cards ... today's contribution to the pile have all been made using one die set, a couple of prints created using my gel plate and some sentiment stamps.  Result ... a mixed selection of CAS cards:

The first uses the inlaid die technique:-

The second uses the negative of the die on the front of the card and the positive on the inside.

This design is difficult to show in a photograph ...
... this photo shows how the die cut is placed on the inside immediately under the aperture

The final design uses the die cuts in a more straightforward way:

I'm going to enter the following challenges:


Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Paper Robin ...

Another day and another Christmas card to share ... it's quite a while since I did any paper piecing but this Woodware stamp lends itself to this technique.  The paper was created sometime ago using a gel plate and acrylic paints.

Although I love this technique it does take quite a bit of time to stamp and fussy cut the pieces - so not a technique for speedy production when you are short of time!!

I'm entering into the following challenge:


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

One idea, two cards ...

I'm busy playing catch up with Christmas card making ... yet again I seem to have left it very late to get enough cards created for friends and family.  At least I've finished working and now have time to create whenever the mood (or the need!) is right ... so yesterday and today I've been creating!!  These cards were created using leftovers:-

I like monochromatic cards ... not sure whether black and white is too harsh for Christmas!

I'm entering the following challenges:
Uniko Challenge  #56

Penny Black and More December Challenge

Stamping Sensations December Challenge


Sunday, 1 December 2019

STAMPlorations December Challenge ...

We've made it to the last month of 2019 and it's time for the final Theme and Photo STAMPlorations challenge ... if you are short of cards for the upcoming holiday then this is the challenge for you:

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Today I have two cards to inspire you with:

I used:
STAMPlorations - Dee's Artsy Impressions Yuletide Deer
CUTplorations - Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Festive Berries Distress Ink

I used:
STAMPlorations - Christmas Baubles Stamp set
CUTplorations - Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies
Wow Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Distress Inks Festive Berries and Pine Needles

Both cards are created with the theme and with a nod to the coffee pots in the photo.  Clean and Simple in style and ideal if you're a bit behind with Christmas card making!!

It would be great to see you entering the challenge, as always, there are prizes to be won.


Sunday, 17 November 2019

A special card ...

If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen this card but I wanted to share it on my blog as well as it is possibly the most important card I have created this year:

My beautiful daughter married the love of her life at the beginning of November - this card was for her and her husband.

Most of my crafting this year has revolved around this amazing happy event.

From the invitations, there is a blog post here:

... to making over 600 3D diamonds and pyramids to decorate the venue ...

They are approximately two and two and a half inches long - they were strung on white cotton and hung down the sides of the marquee ...

They will feature in most of the group photographs ... unfortunately as it rained all day we had to have the 'official' photographs inside.

... to making table numbers ...

... and diamonds for the place names ...

... I also turned to the kitchen and made chutney, actually 47 small jars and 3 large jars, for the cheese course and wedding favours ...

... and I knitted four lace stoles for the adult bridesmaids and altered one flower girl's dress.

Then the day arrived and we had an amazing day celebrating!!  I'll finish this lengthy post with one photograph from that day ... me and my beautiful daughter