Saturday, 24 February 2018

52CCT Watercolour

Hello lovely crafters...

Welcome to another week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. I was pleased I managed to make a flowery spring card this week but now it's back to Christmas. I'm short on birthdays at this time of year.  
For our final February challenge Myrna has chosen Watercolours. A lovely theme with so much scope. 

This background is made using a more successful attempt at the Cling film technique (than my last card here). This time I used smooth, coated cardstock so the colour sits on the surface rather than soaking in. 
I used purple Brushos, a touch of yellow and possibly black. There are plenty of videos on You Tube for anyone who hasn't tried it. It is one of those ideas which looks a real mess when wet and then you never know what wonders might appear as it dries. Sometimes it is still a mess.
I used a Die-namics frame die I won in the Playground a little while ago and an unknown snowflake die. After it was finished I wished I'd stamped the sentiment but resisted pulling it off and ruining what I'd one. 

We hope you will join in with this fun challenge.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x

I'm hopping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used snippets and my playground prize. Thanks Di. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Pieced pink, purple and peach patterned paper with pearls...

and a butterfly of course. 
I've thrown in a bee and a tongue twister for good measure.

Mrs A has issued a new Butterfly Challenge to us. Spin the Butterfly wheel  and it's the letter P this week.

The challenge is to use a theme or a colour or as many themes and colours as you like. Well, I couldn't resist and used them all. Not forgetting the butterfly, of course. I think the themes fitted together well  so here it is:

The flowers are all papers and the butterfly is tissue. I wanted something sparkly for the butterfly but couldn't find the right thing so added a little Wink.
I didn't leave myself any room for a greeting but that can go on the inside when I know where I'm sending it. 
What do I think? It's not my best effort but it is cheerful and hints at seasons to come. 

If you feel inspired you still have a week to join in the fun. 
I'm also linking this to The Flower Challenge. The theme this time is Paper piecing. There are some very inspiring entries which put mine in the shade. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your Day. x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Bear in a Christmas jumper

Good morning lovely crafters.

For our 52CCT challenge this week Myrna has chosen Polar Bears as the theme. 

I've used this Hunkydory stamp.

You might think this is the Northern Lights in the background or you might think it's a piece of water colouring saved in my stash.
It's was a trial for the cling film technique where you add colour to paper then scrunch cling film over it and let it dry. I used watercolour paper here which did not give the definite lines which a smoother paper would have. Anyway, I kept it of course, and it came in useful. 
See if you have a bear in your stash and join in the challenge. 

What do I think? It's not my usual style but I do like the inky background and the starry knitted jumper. 

All stamps are Hunkydory except the holly which is Inky Doodles. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy your day. x

I'm linking with 
Jingle Belles - A colouring we will go.  I've used Brushos and pro-markers
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Callenge  - Anything goes or use some green. 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Frosty blues

Hello Lovely Crafters. I hope you found time for  yourself this week. 

We have a lovely colour challenge for you at 52CCT this week. Myrna has chosen Shades of Blue. Perfect for frosty, wintry scenes or woolly hats and mittens. 

I masked off, embossed some snowflakes and inked the border using Danube blue ink. In the end I only used one pad but managed to vary the shades. Then I stamped over using my favourite crackle stamp and more snowflakes. 
I used a strip of paper for definition and a die cut snowflake which I also inked to match and finished with a touch of Stickles and gem for said sparkle. 
We've had plenty of frost this week for inspiration and even a touch of snow. It was just a sprinkling here, though. 

What do I think?  I think I was rather heavy handed with the darkest blue ink but I love the crackle and the layout. 

I don't have the name of the snowflake stamp or the die but the Crackle is Kaisercraft and the Sentiment Creative Stamping #49.

Do visit the rest of the DT for inspiration and we hope you find time to join in this week and get ahead on those cards. 
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day. x

I'm linking this to ABC Christmas - C for Clean and 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge - anything goes. 

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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Happy snowman

Hello Lovely Crafters
Whoosh, there was another week and now we have a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 

This week Myrna is hosting and we have a sketch challenge to test your creativity. 

I wasted a lot of time fiddling about with this and not making anything I liked so one evening I set myself the challenge of making a card in half an hour. I know other people do this but I never have. I'm more of an 'ink a bit, cut a bit, go away and think and then stamp some more' kind of girl. 

I abandoned everything I had tried and used this Brushoed background which I already had. It wouldn't have taken long to do but obviously the drying would have been more than half an hour. 

I stamped all over it and then cut a white, snowy hill from a scrap of plain white. Stamped the snowman on a scrap and cut him out. 
Once the hill was glued I stamped the snowman in place so I didn't have to cut out his arms! Then I could stick on the cut out. 
Sentiment and die cut stars and it was done. Oh yes, and I added some Stickles along the brow of the hills. 
It is mounted on plain white with the edge coloured with Pro-marker as I couldn't find anything to suit. 

So that is my happy snowman, I'm not sure what he is looking at...

I've used:
Snowman - Leane Creatief
Snowflakes - Cut and make from The Range
Snowflake and sentiment stamps - Creative Stamping #49

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Penguin party

Hello Lovely Crafters
Our new challenge for the week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is Paper piecing

I decided to use these penguin stamps from Hunkydory, I love their little boots. 

It reminded me of those paper dolls people of a certain age will remember. You cut out the paper doll and then dressed her using paper clothes held on with fold over tabs. I seem to remember they never stayed on and were very frustrating. That was what passed for entertainment then!
I've used a mixture of papers from an ancient pack bought at WH Smith called The Paper Stack and freestyled the tree and present stack. The hats and scarf are coloured. 

What do I think?  - I think it looks as though a child has made it. 

I'm sure you can do better. You have a week to join in our challenge. 

I'm linking this to:
ScrappyMo's Rudolf Days challenge - January 2018
Pixie's Snippets Playground - snippets challenge
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 
Merry Monday - add snow

Thanks for visiting - Enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Birthday blooms

Hello lovely crafters, 
I found myself in sudden need of a 90th birthday card. If I'd been paying more attention I wouldn't have had to make this in a hurry. It turns out I don't like making cards under pressure but it was done in time and turned out OK.
I found myself cutting out all these flowers as well, instead of choosing something more simple. I wanted it to be special though. 90 is pretty special. 

It does not show well here but I stamped all the flowers and painted them with purple and emerald Brushos then cut them all out. The are slightly raised on glue gel so there is a little dimension. The butterfly also has some Perfect Pearls for shimmer.
I stamped the end flowers on to the card base and glued the cut out ones on top to get the stamens as it really wasn't possible to cut them out! I added a tiny amount of black Stickles to the flowers. 
The flowers are Ultimate Crafts, butterfly JustRite and sentiment unknown. 

I'm linking this to:
Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - #93 Butterflies + X is for Xtra Fold and/or the colour Peacock Blue/Green. No fancy folds here but the butterfly is a peacock green with shimmer too!

CAS Watercolour Challenge - Birthday

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy Your Day. x