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


Friday 15 November 2019

STAMPlorations November Challenge Reminder ...

Have you joined in with the November challenge? ... do you need some more inspiration?  Just to remind you this month's Theme and Photo challenge is:
No photo description available.

My previous post for the challenge was a CAS card, this time I have a tag to share:

I began by using watercolour paints to create a colour wash down the side of the tag and then using a circle stencil and inktense pencils I added a selection of different sized circles. To add more interest to the background I stamped some text to add a little more depth.  Finally I added a couple of strips of sparkly gauze before adding the sentiment with foam tape.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Bubbles Stencil
                           - Succulently Stamp Set
                              - Mixed Media Elements
CUTplorations    - ATC Tag Builder
Inktense Pencils


Tuesday 12 November 2019

More Christmas ...

I can't believe it ... another post so soon after the last one ... and once again it is all about Christmas ... it didn't begin that way though!  I made a birthday card yesterday which I cannot share for a while but I was fairly happy with the design so thought I would see if it would work as a Christmas card ... I leave it to you to decide!

This is not my usual approach as it involves designer papers ... something I buy, admire but never use!

Having created one I thought it would be worth trying another using different colour combinations and this is it:

This one seems to have more of a vintage feel ... I might be making more of these as they fit my need to use up some of my designer papers!

I'm going to enter the first in ...

TIME OUT Challenges #148

... and the second in ...

CAS Christmas Card Challenge November 2019


Sunday 10 November 2019

Christmas again ...

Still searching for that elusive design ... today's efforts.

First up, a simple design with a die cut bird and a little stamping

I used:
STAMPlorations - words from the following stamp sets - Joyful and Christmas Bell Medley
CUTplorations die - For The Birds Coordinating Dies
Distress Inks - Festive Berries and Rusty Hinge
Versafine Onyx Black

I'm going to enter the following challenges:
TIME OUT Challenges #148

STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes

My second design, also involved a bird:

Two cards for the price of one!

I used:
Tim Holtz Background Stamp - Holiday from the Stripes and Holiday set
Versafine Onyx Black
CUTplorations -  For The Birds Coordinating Dies
Distress Ink - Festive Berries

I'm entering the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More #366

Penny Black and More November Challenge - Christmas


Saturday 9 November 2019

Wet and dreary ...

... at least the weather is!!!

Wet weather at least provides me with a good excuse to stay inside and play ... I did do the housework before I began ..

I've been trying to create some Christmas cards but progress has been very slow as have yet to find a design that I like enough to make more than one of!  This is a possibility:

I used:
M&C Boutique Cutting Die - Stags head
Vintage Photo Distress INk
Funky Fossil Designs Antler's Stencil.

I'm entering the new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More #366

I'm delighted to say that I received an Addicted to Stamps and More 'Honorable Addict' award for this card:


Friday 1 November 2019

STAMPlorations November Challenge ...

Well, that's another month done and dusted ... where has the year gone too!!  It's time for the start of a month of new challenges at STAMPlorations ... this month for the Theme and Photo Challenge we are using this prompt:

No photo description available.

I'd like to share my project with you and hope that it will encourage you to join in.

I took the theme of stamps and circles and a couple of the colours and shapes from the photo.  I die cut circles from the top layer and then stamped the leaves.  The sentiments were stamped and heat embossed onto the card base before the top layer was added.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Positive Vibes
                              - Leaves of Thanks
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Salty Ocean Distress Ink and Distress Oxide
Pine Needles Distress Oxide Ink

Pop along to see the beautiful designs from all of the design team ... then get crafting and join in with the fun!!