Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Avery Elle/Papertrey Ink Christmas Peace card

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to another challenge over at Holly Jolly Christmas blog. Today the challenge is to use ribbon or lace on a card and we are sponsored by

QKR Stampede

Lacy Sunshine

I came up with this card using ribbon for the bow on the fawn's neck:-

I took a panel of blue card and white embossed the snowflakes from PTI Snowfall stamp set, and then cut a curved hill with the Simon Says Stamps Curve die. The fawn is from the Avery Elle Storybook stamp set and I die cut and coloured him with Copics. I wanted him to be looking up at something in wonder so I found a Nativity Star in the Silhouette store and cut it from silver mirror card. The beautiful sentiment is from PTI Snowflake Serenade stamp set. A little glitter on the hillside finished it off. 

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Carol x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Congratulations card

Hello everyone,

We have been having beautiful weather in my neck of the woods which makes for lots of cheerful people even though we are coming to the end of summer. My husband is away for for 5 days so I have been taking a holiday from cooking and just eating what I like, when I like, which is bliss. I am continuing with my whole house declutter, and I think my car could make its own way to the refuse tip by now. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. It might only be a pinprick but it is there!!

All these things have been keeping me out of my craft room, but I had to come back to make a congratulations card for a lovely young woman who has had remarkable exam results after having a lot of ill health this year. In spite of having lots of time off school, she was determined not to fall behind and worked extra hard when it would have been easy to let her health problems win. Her determination really paid off and she can now start her A Level Courses with her head held high.

I decided to mix up a lot of sentiments from My Favorite Things, Paper Smooches and PTI to create a focal panel and came up with this:-

I was so pleased to get a run of sentiments that said what I wanted to say, and that I could mix up the colours to make a bright card that I hope will appeal to her. I used a superstar theme and used the PTI Confetti Die along the side and cut her name out on my Silhouette Cameo. The large stars were were stamped and cut with the Star Prints set and I scattered lots of tiny stars across the panel which were cut with a Simon Says Stamps die. It's a bit hard to see but I stamped and  clear embossed a background star stamp from Impression Obsession on the base card.

 Darnell is celebrating her 600th follower by having a challenge to use Never Before Used Stuff and I as I inked up my PTI Wet Pant sorry Paint stamps for the first time for this card, I'm off to play along. Congratulations on yet another milestone my friend!

I'd also like to enter this into the current Path of Positivity Challenge  which is 'Determination'

and the Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge which is to mix things up for the Stamptember blog hop.

I have been so busy that I haven't had chance to visit for a while, and I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms, but I'm hoping to get round to see what you've been up to tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Christmas Card for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge. I can't believe we are into September already and I don't want to frighten you, but do you realise we only have 16 weeks to go to Christmas? Most years that would have scared me, but this year, the HJCC has helped me get ahead and I have lots of cards in my stash ready for the pre-Christmas rush. If you haven't started yet why not join in with the challenge this week, and to get you in the mood, pop over to the blog and see what inspiration my Teamies have come up with.

This time the challenge is RED! That is use something beginning with each of these letters.

Our sponsors this time are

Digi Stamps4 Joy


I chose to use 

R - red Copic colouring, red ink and a strip of red card

E - a heat embossed sentiment

D - a diecut bow

along with an image called PJL Kissing her Presents from The Stamping Boutique. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Stationery card and envelope


Hello everyone,

I decided I need a chill out day today and wandered into my craft room, thinking I would have a potter, when I saw the date and realised that it is the Papertrey Blog Hop day! I didn't get time to look at the Stamp a Faire videos so I didn't want to miss the hop too. I was so pleased when I looked up the challenge to find that it was to make a simple stationery card with a pop of colour and decorate the envelope too. Just up my street. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the base card and mat out of white and Hawaiian Shores card, and stamped it with a flourish and oak leaf from the Mat Stack 1 Collection

I decorated the back of the envelope with the same flourish and added an envelope liner which was stamped all over with the oak leaf and acorn.

For the front of the envelope I added a bow string from the Simon Says Stamps Envelope Sentiments set.

This is such a clean and simple notecard that can be used for sending a note just to say hello or for a formal thank you, and I'm sure I'll be pleased to find it in my stash. Come to think of it a bunch of them would make a lovely gift with a 'Thank you' sentiment stamped on.

I'd like to enter this into

Addicted to Stamps and more - CAS


Ladybugs Crafts - CAS

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop.

Carol x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Clearly Besotted Thank you card

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another weekend and in England it is our last Bank Holiday Weekend until Christmas:(  We have plans for a busy one, going out tonight, to friends for dinner tomorrow and family round for dinner on Sunday, so I hope Bank Holiday Monday will give us some down time and I'll get chance to play.

Sadly the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 class has finished but I am still playing catch up and this is a card I made for Day 6 of class where the wonderful Laura Bassen showed us how to use outline stamps off the edge so they are cropped on the design. I came up with this card which was a thank you card for the wedding we recently attended.

I cut a Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1 out of aqua mist card and stamped the orchid from the Clearly Besotted Thinking of You stamp set in Versamark ink, which I then embossed with white embossing powder. I stamped off the mat and tried to get the flower to frame it. I coloured the flowers with Copic markers and stamped and embossed the sentiment on the same panel. I placed the panel onto the larger white mat and then onto a rectangle cut from the Lil'Inker Stitched rectangle dies. The word 'thanks' from Clearly Besotted was die cut several times and stacked together to make a bigger impact on the card. A few pearls on the flowers finished it off.

What I learned:-

Cropping the images gives a very different look to stamps and means that you can use them on smaller projects.

Stacking die cut words gives a really bold effect but is a very sticky business!

Not to be afraid of cutting up sentiments so they will work for a particular card. The 'so much' on the mat was part of a long 'thanks so much' stamp that I cut apart, but I can always stamp them together again next time if I want.

I must put stamps back on the carrier sheet as soon as I have used them or I may have to spend an hour looking for them and then find them stuck to my elbow after I have given it up for lost!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Simply Create Too - monochrome madness

Addicted to Stamping and More - CAS

Sister Act Challenge - anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Christmas Card for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone, and a very warm welcome to Desire Flourie from South Africa who joined us as a new follower this week. Desire is a gifted cardmaker who creates for many different Design Teams, and she also finds time for photography, gardening, hiking and scrapbooking as well as going to work!  She must get her energy from the sunshine and all the chocolate she likes to eat!  Thank you for joining us Desire.

Today is time for another challenge over at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge where we are asked to make a card that has 3 of something, 2 of something and 1 image.

We are kindly sponsored this time by
Oak Pond Creations
finally the stamps you've been looking for rubber stamp company Rubber Stamps, Gold Leaf, Foil, and Glass Beads for Stampin, Scrapbooks, Card Making, and Paper Crafts
Eureka Stamps
I came up with this card that has 3 papers, 2 sentiments and 1 image

I have been taking part in the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 class, and Day 3 was all about using alphabet stamps. I pulled out this Monogram Alphabet from My Favorite things and stamped the Be Merry in red down the side of the panel. I then stamped the Christmas Fairy from Woodware Fairy Delight by Francoise Read and coloured her with Copic Markers, adding some polka dots to her dress. I embossed the panel with my favourite Canvas Impression Plate from Papertrey Ink and then covered her wings with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I added the strips of paper at the side, then mounted the panel onto the base card with foam tape, but it looked a bit stark, so I went in and covered the panel with a tiny snowflake stamp and some glitter to finish it off.

What I learned

I found it hard to get a good impression with the new alphabet stamps and my beloved PTI Red Poppy Ink. I tried stamping lots of times to get the stamps to take up more ink and I also tried using Versamark as a base but I still wasn't terribly happy with the results. I normally get great impressions with this ink so I don't think the ink was the problem. Perhaps the stamps just need a bit more 'seasoning'.

I need to look beyond the big images on my stamp sets. The tiny stamps that come with lots of stamps sets can be very useful, and this little snowflake stamp made a really big  difference to the end result.

I originally just had the red stripey paper on the edge of the panel but adding the strip of green somehow made the tree and crown pop.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - favourite things. Mine were red poppy ink, canvas impression plate and Wink of Stella Glitter.

Sparkles Christmas Challenge - snowflakes

Sweet Stampin - Christmas in August.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Carol x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Papertrey Ink Thank You card

Hello everyone,

I hope you are looking forward to pleasant things this weekend. This morning I am off to see the house that my son and his girlfriend are hoping to buy  - such an exciting thing to buy your first house!

I'm still following along with the Online Card Class when I can, and today I have a card to share from Day 9. Jennifer demonstrated a card using muti-coloured stamping of flower stamps, so I delved into my stash to see what I had. I found a pretty stamp set called The Sweet Life from PTI and came up with this card.

I also used some stamps from WPlus9 Fresh Florals and PTI Harvest Berries. The background stamp is from Obsession Impression - whoops that should be Impression Obsession, and the sentiment is from PTI Wet Paint. I finished it off with one of the PTI Clip Tips dies that I cut down to fit, and stamped and embossed with a stamp from Tiny Tags.

What I learned

Using a background stamp like this is very new to me, but I like the result and will be trying it again. I do think it needs a paler ink though and I did not have one in my stash. I would usually just use 2nd generation ink but this wasn't easy with a large stamp.

You can take scissors and modify die cuts such as the Clip Tip one, and the Craft Police don't jump out to arrest you!

I didn't have enough pink card left to make a mat so I cut a square,from it, cut the square on the diagonal, and tucked it under the left hand corners - a little like photo corners and I like the effect.

Mixing stamp sets and manufacturers is great fun.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Pals Paper Arts - use pink, green and black

Milk Coffee Challenge - use stripes.

In the Pink Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x


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