Sunday, 10 December 2017

A special card ...

Good afternoon from a very snowy Oxfordshire ... I hope you are all tucked up somewhere dry and warm!!  I've been trying to get the house straight all ready for Christmas ... something that I really shouldn't leave until December!!!  

I'm just taking a lunch break and wanted to share this card with you ... a very special card for a very exciting and positive event.  You see my daughter has just got engaged!!! I make lots of cards but this one is more special than ...



I ink blended a panel of card for the hearts and stick frames.  I created some washi tape using a mixture of stamps, tissue, distress inks and double sided tape.  I also die cut congrats four times and adhered them together to create a solid sentiment.

I used:
Sizzix Heart dies
Poppy Stamps Stick Frames die
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean. Mermaid Lagoon, 
STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Elements, Mixed Media Grunge
CUTplorations - Congrats die
Wink of Stella
Tissue

I'm entering into the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up - December Challenge - die cutting, ink blending, stamping, splatter, tissue


STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge

Enjoy!

AAA Cards Sparkle ...

It is hard to believe that this will be the last challenge of 2017 at AAA Cards ... doesn't time just fly by so quickly!!  I do hope that you can find time to join in with the challenge ... what's the theme ...

... not only is it the last challenge of the year but we are also giving you extra time to join in.  As you can see this challenge will be open for four weeks instead of the usual two ... so even more time to get out the supplies and get creating!!



It is difficult to see the sparkle but the snowflake is covered in gold gilding flakes and does shimmer and sparkle especially when spinning on the card.

A simple design using:

UNIKO - Designer dies Snowflake Trio,  Festive Sentiments Clear Stamps

I do hope that you will join in with the challenge and I look forward to visiting your blogs and checking out your designs.

Enjoy!

Monday, 4 December 2017

CUTplorations December Challenge ...

Have you completed all your Christmas cards? Me neither!!  Hopefully I will be able to inspire you to get out your dies and card making supplies.  It is time for the new STAMPlorations Cutplorations challenge has a decorated Christmas tree as the theme! So no excuses ... get creating!!


I decided to hit the challenge head on and went for the classic baubles!!



I die cut three bases and three top layers of the baubles.  I covered the bases in double sided tape, added the intricate patterned top layer and then added gold gilding flakes to exposed tape.  Before adding the baubles to the card I stamped some "leaves" ...  I actually used a feather stamp as I thought the looked like pine fronds!

I used:
                              - Feathery
Gilding Flakes - from my Mum's stash!!

If you need further inspiration pop across to STAMPlorations and check out the design team's brilliant designs.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Lots of words ...

Good evening ... I'm still on the hunt for the elusive ideal Christmas card ... this is today's contribution:



I like a card that is all about the words!!  I first stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder the red 'Happy Christmas' then stamped the rest of the words with distress inks.  I trimmed the panel, added a fishtail and then adhered it to the card base with foam tape for added dimension.  This might just be the design I use for the balance of my cards as it is relatively simple to create.

I used:
UNIKO - Festive Sentiments, Pure Florals: Poinsettia
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Pine Needles and Peeled Paint

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #357


Penny Black and More - December CAS



Enjoy!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Foiled snowflakes ...

Good evening ... just popping in to share a card ... I'm still on the hunt for a design that is effective but easy to replicate ... I quite like this one but it takes too much time to make multiples of but I might be able to adapt the design using a different technique!



This is full of very shiny snowflakes but, as always, impossible to show in a photograph - you will just have to trust me.  I die cut all of the snowflakes from a sheet of double sided tape and adhered them to a piece of card.  I removed the tape backing and then applied a selection of different coloured foils to the images.  I added the die cut sentiment and adhered the panel to the card base with foam tape for dimension and interest.  I think the design might work with stamped snowflakes and heat embossing which would be quicker than foiling the images.

I'm going to enter the following challenges:

"Less is More" #356


Uniko Challenge #44


STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge


Enjoy!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

ATSM Photo inspiration ...

Time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More this week we have a photograph to spark your interest:


For my card I've taken the words and gone for a simple uncluttered design:



I ink blended a piece of card before die cutting the letters once from this card and then three more times from plain card before adhering them on top of each other.  I then played with the layout for hours ... well it seemed like hours!! I then 'Wink of Stellar-ed' to add just a touch of sparkle!

I used:
Dienamics High Rise Alphabet dies
Distress inks - tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire.

I hope you are inspired to get out your crafty stuff and join in with the challenge - I'm looking forward to checking out what creations you make.

Enjoy!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

AAA Cards Christmas ...

As we hurtle towards Christmas I'm delighted to say the new challenge at AAA Cards is all about Christmas ... so you have no excuse not to create another Christmas card!  I don't know about you but I'm still short of Christmas cards and even considered buying a box the other day!!!

... so get the supplies out and get creating ... remember you can enter the challenge more than once.  So let's get down to business, this is my card:



I masked, stamped and heat embossed the snowmen before colouring them with markers.  I then die cut the panel and a larger panel before adhering them together with fun foam to add dimension.  I then added the sentiment,

I used:
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
PaperArtsy JOFY 17 Three Wise Snowmen
UNIKO Simply Said II
STAMPlorations Crazy Running Stitch Rectangles

I do hope you will join in with the challenge ... I look forward to seeing your designs.  The challenge is being sponsored by UNIKO so you could be in with the chance of winning a new stamp set and who doesn't need a new stamp set!!

Enjoy!