Tuesday, 4 August 2015

WPlus 9 and Papertrey Ink Sparkle Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to our second Christmas Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers, where the cue word for this month is 'Sparkle' 

I am determined to make more use of my NBUS, so I have to once again 'fess up that the string of lights is from another unused stamp set that I have had for years and has lost it's label.

I stamped the strings onto a stitched panel that I cut with MFT Blueprints 23, and I coloured each light with Copic markers. The 'sparkle' word (from WPlus 9) was die cut several times and stacked to give some dimension, and the top piece was cut with glitter cardstock. I put the card together with a scalloped strip down the side and finished it off by adding some glossy accents to each bulb.

Why not click over to the Happy Little Stamper's blog to see some great inspiration from my talented Team Mates, and while you are there have a look at the great new stamps that have been released.

Thanks for stopping by/


I'd like to play along with

Stamping Sensations Challenge - anything goes with stamps and dies

Stamping Sensations

Die Cut Divas - Your favourite holiday

The Diva's that cut ....paper!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Papertrey Ink Rustic Wreath Christmas card

Hello everyone,

Thank you if you joined in with the Christmas Card Challenge last week. Our theme was 'anything goes' and we had lots of great entries. Someone told me there are only 17 Saturdays left until Christmas, which is a very scary thought, so why not join in with us this week. You'll be so pleased when you see your card pile grow and you won't be in a panic come the Christmas rush. Our challenge for this week is a colour one and the palette is full of beautiful pastel colours, while the shell inspiration photo has a lovely sheen to it.

This is what I came up with 

I first stamped the background hearts with Papertrey Ink Background Basics Hearts in a pale pink colour. I then cut a square of vellum and heat embossed the PTI Rustic Wreath image in white, before colouring the leaves in a variety of pastel colours. I glued this onto the heart background and then die cut a stitched frame to hide the glue that could be seen through the vellum. This panel was placed onto a shimmery pink mat and then raised onto the shaped card base with foam tape. I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto the base card and die cut the Merry Christmas twice from two colours of card to give a shadow effect.

I finished it off by adding some glaze to the leaves and scattering a few little hearts around the card.
I wasn't at all sure about these colours for a Christmas card but I really like how it turned out.

Why not go over to the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see some more inspiration cards from the Design Team. Remember that the theme is for inspiration only and you can enter any kind of Christmas card into the challenge, if you like.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Papertrey Ink and Perfect Pearls Christmas Tree card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges.

Our theme this time is the ever popular Anything Goes, and I came up with this card.

I used a triangle card base and then cut a triangle of black card just a little smaller than the base card. I stamped the circle tree from Papertrey Ink's Tree Trimming Trio with Versamark Ink and then brushed on some Ranger Perfect Pearls in Kiwi, before fixing it with a little hairspray. I stamped little baubles onto some card with Scarlet Jewel ink and then cut them out with a circle punch to add to the tree before finishing it off with a bow on the top from PTI Merry Kiss-Mass. I love how Perfect Pearl colours look different depending on which way you look at them. This one has a kind of gold tint when looked at from this angle.

Why not click over to the Christmas Card Challenge Blog to see the samples our Design Team came up with and join in with us this week.

Thanks for stoping by.

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Hiding in my Craft Room - any holiday

Creative Corner Challenge - Christmas is July

Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Christmas in July

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Papertrey Ink Thank you card

Hello everyone,

Well the month has whizzed by and it is time for another blog hop over at Papertrey Ink.

This time Nichole gave us this inspiration photo

Blog hop inspiration

I took inspiration from the cream and burgundy colours, the distressed feel and the butterflies to come up with this card

I used the You've Been Framed oval dies and stamps and a distress background stamp, along with some die cut butterflies which I coloured with scarlet jewel ink.The 'thank you die was cut twice and slightly offset to give a shadowed look.

I'm afraid it's short and sweet today because I am out singing with the choir at the Buxton Festival, but I hope to catch up with what everyone has come up with tomorrow.

Enjoy the hop.

Carol x

I'd like to play along with 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Clearly Besotted Thank You card

 Hello everyone,

Just a quick post today to share a CAS thank you card I made for some friends who gave us the most wonderful summer afternoon tea last week with lots of sandwiches, scones, cakes, strawberries and clotted cream. Yummy in the extreme but I had to climb back onto my diet the next day.

I used a gingham stamp from PTI Bitty Backgrounds, stamped in green, and I then used the cupcake and strawberry  from the Clearly Besotted Sweet Treats stamp and die set ( I was staggered to find that this stamp set has been retired before I even inked it up!) I coated the icing with some WOS to give it a frosting look but it has not really shown up on the photo.

For the sentiment I took the 'thank you' from Mama Elephant Bear Hugs and the 'berry much' from PTI Punny Sentiments, and finished the card off with a little red heart.

I'd like to slip this into the Casology Cupcake challenge before it closes today

along with

Craft for the Craic - Summer - it has to be strawberries for me

Craft for the Craic

4 Crafty Chicks - CAS

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Christmas Card Challenge Penguin card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges where we have a penguin photo challenge theme going

I came up with this card

Straight up I have to 'fess up that the stamp set I used has been in my stash for years without being used and that I have lost the packaging for it so I don't even know where it is from! Well I started by making masks for both penguins and for a snowbank. I stamped the baby penguin first and then applied the mask before stamping the Papa penguin about halfway across it. I then applied the Papa penguin mask and the snowbank mask before stamping and clear embossing the MFT Snowfall background stamp. I inked over the background with 3 colours of distress ink and then removed all the masks and let it dry. I was pleased with how the baby was now cuddled into Papa, and I then cut a stitched rectangle from the panel so I could pop it up on foam pads and add it back in a kind of spotlight technique. To finish it off, I restamped the baby penguin and cut out his little hands and sign to give it a little more dimension, and I then added some glitter to Papa's hat and scarf, and along the snowline.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenge Blog to see what inspiration my talented Team Mates have to show you, and why not join in with us this time. Remember that our theme is just for inspiration, and you can actually enter any kind of Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Daring Cardmakers - Christmas in July

Merry Monday Challenge - Penguins

Addicted to Stamps and More - Holidays

Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July

Friday, 17 July 2015

WPlus9 Unforgettable New Grandparent card

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too

where our theme for this time is 'for a precious child'.

Some close friends have just had their first grandchild and I am thrilled to little mint balls for them so I created this card:-

I made the mats with Lil'Inker stitched square dies and stamped little hearts on the pale pink layer with sweet blush ink. The cute elephant and balloon are from the WPlus 9 Unforgettable set and they were coloured with Copic markers and a coat of WOS glitter on the balloon. I finally tried out my Silhouette Cameo sketch pens for the 'to the proud Grandparents' sentiment  and finished it off with a Congratulations die cut from Paper Smooches, but I dotted the i with a little heart instead of the dot. Don't you just love it when you can mix and match all your supplies? I forgot to take a photo, but I decorated the envelope with the SSS Envelope sentiments and you can just see part of it behind the card.

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog to see some more inspiration from the team, and join in with us this time. We have been getting lots of gorgeous entries and we love looking at your entries.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Moving Along with the Times - baby baby

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - anything goes

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