Monday, 17 December 2018

STAMPlorations CUTplorations December Reminder ...

I've just popped by to remind you that you still have time to join in with this month's challenge at CUTplorations:

Another simple design using Christmas images 'hanging' with gold thread.

I used:

                           - Bloom Happy Dies

Don't forget to check out the blog for more inspiration.


Sunday, 9 December 2018

AAA Cards ... Three of Something

Good Morning ... it's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... it is the last one for the year so why not get your crafty supplies out and join in!


The sponsor for the challenge is UNIKO and I've used one of the stamp sets to create a simple CAS card ...

I stamped and heat embossed the bells with gold embossing powder.  I also embossed the edge of the focal image and he sentiment.

I used:
UNIKO - Jingle Bells
            - Simply Said
WOW Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink

I hope you will join in with the challenge ... I look forward to seeing all of your creations.


Monday, 3 December 2018

STAMPlorations CUTplorations December Challenge ...

A new month and time for a new CUTplorations challenge at STAMPlorations - this month's inspiration:

It will be no surprise that the image is about Christmas - I hope you have all your cards ready to send, if not then why not take inspiration from the photograph and get making!!!

I've taken the idea of hanging images as decorations:

I die cut three circles from a left over piece of card created with alcohol inks and also from vellum.  I then die cut the circles using a section of a cover plate die to create the pattern and adhered them to the vellum to create Christmas baubles.  Sometimes it pays to look at your dies with a fresh eye and see if you can use them in a way they were not intended to be used. I stamped the sentiment using part of a Christmas Typographia stamp resulting in a card made by selective die cutting and selective stamping!!

I used:
STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled 1 Cover Plate Die
                              - Shaker Balloons #2 Star
                              - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Dies
                              - Peace, Love and Joy Christmas Typographia Stamp

I look forward to seeing all of your creations.


Sunday, 25 November 2018

More Christmas ...

Good afternoon ... more progress this afternoon with the Christmas card production!!

A design I liked enough to make three cards:

I stamped and heat embossed a poinsettia background stamp and the water coloured the flowers using distress inks.  I then cut the panel into three and layered the image with a narrow gold card layer.  Gold heat embossed the sentiment and layered the whole panel with gold card.

I'm entering the following challenge:


Addicted to Stamps and More #319


AAA Cards ... Mostly White

Morning!  We've reached that point in the year when I realise, that in spite of good intentions, I am way behind with my Christmas card making!!!  I keep trying to find one design that I like and, almost more important, is quick to make and I enjoy making it.

So down to business ... it is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... tis time we are looking for CAS cards that are mostly white.

I love the challenge (and frustration) of creating 'white on white' cards and am amazed by the stunning array of cards that you can see using this technique.  My card is not complex or complicated but I do like it.

I die cut three of the star wreaths - 2 from plain white card and one from a shimmery, shiny card, stacked them together and added them to the card base. Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and attached it with some foam squares for dimension.  Simple design, simple layout.

I used:
Creative Expressions: Festive Collection - Star Wreath
UNIKO: Pure Florals: Poinsettia for the sentiment
Wow Silver Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink

I hope that I've inspired you to get out your supplies and join in with the challenge.


Saturday, 24 November 2018

One Layer Christmas ...

Good evening ... another card for the Christmas stash!!

I stamped and gold heat embossed the baubles, holly and sentiment.  I water coloured the leaves and berries just to give a pop of colour.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Sherry Russ Designs Christmas Baubles
WOW Gold Embossing Powder
Distress Inks - Festive Berries and Pine Needles

I'm entering the following challenges:
"Less is More" #385

Stamping Sensations November Challenge
"Get Ready for Christmas"


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Wreath twofer ...

Good evening!! I hope you are well and keeping warm ... it has been bitterly cold in Oxfordshire today a sure sign that winter is on the way.  I've popped by to share a couple of cards that have taken me ages to make - you'll wonder why when you see them!! Unfortunately procrastination seems to be my enemy at the moment!! 

I stamped and heat embossed a panel with a background poinsettia stamp which I then water coloured using zig real brush markers.  The panel looked lovely as it was but I was determined to try and "think outside of the box" to create a design that looked a little different so I took the wreath die and cut up the panel!! The above is the result ... not quite a traditional wreath but it pleases me!

For my second card I used the same wreath die set, a butterfly die and a scrap of gelli printed card.  I think it's clear how it came together to create a minimalist, clean and simple design.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challenge #11 - both cards

UNIKO Challenge #50 - the Christmas card