Saturday, 21 October 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - October Stash



The weeks are rushing by and we have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown:

I've had moments of brilliance and moments of sheer stupidity today. The brilliance was making the star.
I die cut the shape (remembering to cut first then emboss - having learnt the hard way).  Then I inked the embossing folder before placing the star inside to give the two tone wood effect. I used Versafine which I think gives a better inky finish. The folder doesn't seem to have a name on it. 



After that moment of brilliance I wasn't sure what to do with it. 
I finally fixed on the idea of cutting out a star from the card and hanging in in the centre. 
Top tip - I started with a top fold card, thinking it would look good hanging from that. In reality it hangs down inside the card as the star hangs straight but the front of the card is angled forward. So a side fold is better, I hope you understand what I mean. 

Having finished it and photographed it I realised firstly that you can't write inside the card as it would show and secondly that the front was a bit flimsy as most of it is cut away. So I set about it again to improve. I decided to face the inside with DP. I chose a double sided paper with a subtle grey flower pattern. 

I cleverly cut the star first meaning to trim the paper to fit as that would be easier than getting the hole exactly in the right place. The stupidity was placing the die on the wrong side so the pattern I chose had to be glued down for the cut star on the DP to fit with the front of the card.
But hey, pink and brown look great together and Christmas feathers are a thing aren't 
they?





Here is the back. I added a panel to write on. These stamps are Inky Doodles. 

I hope that you have a moment of brilliance and create something to join in. The challenge runs for two weeks. 

I'd like to link to:
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #39 Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #356

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Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x



Saturday, 14 October 2017

CCT - October Theme


We still have a week left of our current challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 
The challenge is Winter Sports. 


I'm not sure if sledging is really as sport but it's certainly a winter activity. I've used one tiny stamp from Issue #36 of Creative Stamping. 
I used a piece of brushoed background and chose an area with darker blue for the sky though it does look rather like Northern Lights. I stamped a couple of trees then added a line between to make a hill and ground the trees. 
The I framed it with some pretty paper and bits and pieces found lying around. The ribbon was snipped off my newest top after it was pointed out that they were not hidden away as they should have been.  
I hesitate with this sentiment as I don't really want it to snow but I'm sure plenty of people do. I don't like driving or walking on ice but if I can stay inside an look at it, that's fine. 


See if you have any wintery stamps and join in with our challenge. 

I'm skipping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used snippets. In fact as I was cutting out the square of brushoed background I found it is on the back of an old calendar. I saved it as is was nice smooth cream coloured card. Mad, I know. Recycling snippets!

ABC Christmas Challenge has V for Vibrant or U for unlimited. I think this sky is vibrant so I hope you agree. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown = October Theme = Winter sports

Welcome to our new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This is the time of year when we pretend Christmas is not coming but we know it will so lets get ahead with our cards and save the last minute panic. 
This time our challenge is:
I made an inky background by stamping the snowflakes and clear embossing then inking over. Then I added the skates and greenery. 


The first time I went ice skating I imagined myself sailing round in beautiful skates like these. ( Noel Steatfield was somewhat to blame - 'White Boots' ). Not only was I given ugly brown skates but they gave me horrendous blisters. I never took to ice skating. 
Maybe you have a better experience. We look forward to seeing your winter sport cards over the next two weeks.
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy Your Day.
x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

NBUS butterfly and old stash too.

For this card I've used new stuff, old stuff and scraps of stuff so I'm very pleased with my efficiency. 
I wanted to make a special card for someone who shall remain nameless, but is going to be 50 soon. She grew up in close proximity to me but is in denial about how old she is. I chose not to proclaim the number on the card, which was kind of me, but she might as well get used to the idea.

The flowers were made of scraps of something which is probably interfacing. Ok I'll confess....MrC had some new work shirts recently which have logos embroidered on them. One of them had not been trimmed properly on the inside and had large pieces of interfacing still attached. I cut them off but instead of throwing them away like a normal person, I stashed them. There is no hope. 
I cut out the flowers then coloured them with ink and water on a craft mat. The colour wasn't great so I tried again with Brushos and they gave a better colour. I like the way the colour pools to give darker areas. They take a little time to dry.  
The background is ink dusted and stamped in various colours. 
I layered them up and sewed a button in the middle of each. Luckily I had the right colour. 
The butterfly is a new die which I bought early in the summer when I decided I needed a butterfly die, then to my shame, have not used it. It is coloured with Eggplant ink and water but needed a couple of dippings to give the dark colour. 
Then the problem of how to attach the butterfly. Glue was going the show through and I ruined one by trying spray adhesive.  I glued it to the paper I had it on, perhaps I was rather heavy handed. 
In the end I used some tiny pieces of 3mm tape in the corners and the middle and that worked and doesn't show. 
I'm fluttering into the Butterfly garden before the end of Mrs A's current challenge:
S for silhouette and/or the colour indigo
Grab the Badge


A run around the Playground is also allowed as I've used snippets. Save me a swing. Do I need sunglasses or wellies today?

Also Darnell is running a new challenge:


She is generously offering lots of lovely prizes and has lots of inspiration. Thanks for encouraging us to use our stash. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy Your Day. 
x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - September colours



We are back with a new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a colour challenge:

These are lovely colours, I hope you agree. I've discovered a new way of stamping wreaths, which is my favourite kind of stamping but could lead to all my cards being similar. I'm not sure if I've done a wreath this year yet. I think this would be a great non-Christmas card too. I'll try that soon. 
I've used mainly Card-io stamps with one Stamplorations leaf stamp. 
I used an oval mask very lightly glued in the middle then stamped over and around it then added black Stickles in the centre of the  flowers. The pink is very faint but it is there. 

 I hope you like it, thanks for visiting.
x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Bloomtangled birthday



Stamplorations are launching a new colouring book for crafters. There is a blog hop and linky party and a sampler page to download. 
I found time to print the page so I was keen to see what I could do with it. A wet afternoon gave me the perfect excuse for some colouring. 
Which colours to choose? Less is More had the answer:

A delicious combination. 

 I coloured using promarkers. I have a few but they are an underused area of my stash. I tried to add some shading but with my limited colouring skills I'm not sure it has made much difference. The black lines are nice and thick to there is little chance of running over and it was very pleasing to colour. 
I cut a square and then a strip for the edge. To finish I die cut Happy Birthday from an off-cut. 

I had a lime green gem so I added that and then a brush of Wink of Stella over a few places. 
I hope you like it, I love the colours and I have a bit left for another card. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy the Day. x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - September sketch


Another month, another challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a sketch and I think it is very Christmassy and could be used in many ways. 



I had a fixed idea in my head of what I was going to do but couldn't make it work, so once I'd removed that plan I had came up with lots of ideas. 
I turned the sketch round so I could hang my stars from the lines. I've used a Leane Creatif set for the lines and the stars and the bow is Inky Doodles. I just coloured them and added a Wink of Stella, of course.
I hope you like it an want to join in. The challenge runs for 2 weeks. We look forward to seeing your cards. 
xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

CCT - August technique

Here is another card for our challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. 


The challenge is embossed impressions and you still have one week to play:

I used the same die and technique as my last card but I used a piece of vellum for the embossing. This was just an experiment to see how it would turn out. 
It looked good but needed a dark background to show it off properly. I used a scrap of black. 
I wish I'd tried to iron out the crease in the vellum. This is something which I find happens sometimes with embossing a die. I'm not sure why so if anyone knows, I'd be interested. I also wish I'd placed the ribbon better. I know I'm being picky but it's my card so it's my prerogative. You can see the paper is slightly ripped too. 



As unusual it wasn't easy to photograph but I hope you get the idea. The silver embossing looks really good with the vellum and I added a touch of pink which does brighten it up.


I've used snippets so I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground - use snippets
It's also August Rudolf Days at Scrappy Mo's - make a Christmas card. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Long lost flowers

Here is a card made using  a Paula Pascual stamps set. I loved this and used it again and again but then, as is the way, it was passed over for newer sets and lay unloved. 
I found this flower button on my desk when I was looking for a finishing touch. It's cut from a drinks can, months ago.


I added some Wink of Stella for some sparkle, it makes the flowers look very special. 
I made this for a couple of challenges:
CAS colours and sketches  where my resolution to enter more often is failing. I didn't quite have the right colours but this is the nearest I do have. However many colours you have you always want just one more. 

CASE this sketch. 

I promise you I followed the sketch and then stuck it down the wrong way round! Can you believe it? So lets pretend I flipped it. 

I'm so glad I got it out again. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - August technique



Here is my card for our latest challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. It's a technique this time:



One way of doing this is to use a die for embossing rather than cutting. I used my Big Shot and, by trial and error, I've found these are the layers you need:
Tab 1
Cutting plate
Embossing mat
Card
Die - cutting side down
Cutting plate.  I find this gives quite a deep emboss so I sometimes use card instead of the second cutting plate. I have two pieces which together are thinner than the cutting plate. I think I used the cutting plate here though. 


Jennifer McGuire is the queen of this (and everything) and has a video here. 
Before embossing I tapped the die with Versamark so I could add silver embossing powder and heat emboss in the grooves of the snowflake. 
I hope you'll have time to join in with this lovely technique, it's not too late to get ahead with your Christmas Card. 
Thanks for visiting and have a crafty day. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunshine on a card

Hello lovely crafters. 
I've broken out a set of stamps I've had for a few years and not used enough. 


I used two different flower heads and three kinds of leaves and then coloured them with Promarkers. 
I think it'll be good for a late summer birthday. Or perhaps a February birthday when all is gloomy. 

I confess the oval is covering a square hole in the card. I cut it for a previous project but it was squint. I chose it to start stamping the sunflower on, not really thinking how I would finish it off. Anyway, no-one will know if you don't tell. 

So I can skip over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as my card is all made from scraps. The base card was abandoned from a previous project too. It has 'Merry Christmas' stamped badly on it. 
At Sunny Day Crafting the challenge is F for Flowers. My favourite theme.


The Sisterhood of Crafters are looking for Harvest Hoe Down. I don't really want to think about the end of summer but I have the best sunflowers I've ever grown this year. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Also The Flower Challenge is asking us to focus on Background Stamping. I love stamping backgrounds and when I first started I made plenty but didn't know how to finish them off. I found a couple the other day still not finished.
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. 

 I used
 Papermania Sunflower  and leaf stamps
Paper smooches sentiment
JustRite oval die and dots stamp. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - August theme




Here we are with a new month and a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. It's a fun one this time:

This wasn't very easy for me as I don't have any of the right kind of stamps or dies so I went looking on the internet. 
I found this site freedeariedollsdigistamps. Well, of course, free is my favourite price but do go over and have a look there are such a lot of fun designs for all occasions and especially lots of Christmas images. 
What a fun idea to have Santa and Mrs Santa on holiday. Slightly risqué too! I hope you are not shocked. 
What a palaver just to make a card though. I had trouble with bleeding ink, glue coming through from the back and then the layout of my card. In the end I cut an aperture with a JutstRite die and decorated with a Cardio leaf stamp and some Leane Creatief holly. 
Do join in and if you don't have the right stamp have a go with this one. You have two 
weeks to play along. 

I'm also linking this to Shopping our Stash - Countdown to Christmas. I've been following this challenge for a while but I don't think I've actually managed to enter. It's such a good idea to use what we already have. (I'm currently wrestling with myself about buying a new stamp set). I've used a stamp I've had for years and rarely used, dies I've had since last Christmas and hardly used. Plus pens paper etc which I've been hoarding.    
                                                                 Grab Our Badge!
And ABC Christmas where the new challenge is P,Q and R for People, Quick or Red. I've used P for People. It definitely wasn't quick!


Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day! x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy 18th

This is unashamed caseing of a card I saw at Less is More. When you see a good idea AND it would work for a teenage boy you just have to copy. This was the original and this is mine.

I mis-remembered where the circle was on the original but I like the offset one on my card. 
It was fairly easy to make but just remember to Cut First Then Emboss. I'm sure you would and would not have to ditch the first attempt as the embossing was flattened. 

The top panel is raised up on foam so the 18 is on the base card. The photo is giving a bit of an optical illusion. 


I used some grey board numbers I'd got in a goody bag from a show. I dabbed Brilliance Moonlight White onto them thinking that I'd colour over but actually they had a silvery look which I liked so I  kept them like that. 
It was somewhat fiddly to put together as far as lining everything up went  but quite quick and easy really. 
I'm skipping over to The Playground as I've used snippets for all of it. I'm actually going to remember to link up his time. Raincoats and wellies are the order of the day. Puddle jumping anyone?
Also I'm linking to a few new to me challenges:


The Sisterhood of Crafters - Boys to Men. 

Please Grab Our Badge!

Sunny Day Crafting ( I wish! maybe tomorrow) - E is for Emboss



Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day whatever the weather. x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Birthday brushos

I started out with a plan for this card but it has morphed several times.
Firstly I embossed circles on the card with dies. The added water and brushos hoping the colour would pool in the circles. 
What actually happened was that the wetness reduced the depth of the embossing and the ink ran everywhere. 
I gave it several more goes of wetting and re-inking, even brushing some colour into the grooves until I was happy with it. 
What I finished with was a mellow inky panel with some circle definition. 


I die cut the happy birthday. Cut it twice more from white scraps and glued them together with the coloured ones on top. I saved the tiny coloured cut outs and poked them back into the spaces but not raised up. It was touch and go but I did find them all. You can't believe how small they are. 

It's quite a vibrant turquoise colour. I think I used Emerald, ultra marine and turquoise brushos.



I'm linking this to Less is More where the new challenge is:


Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x