Sunday, 29 November 2015

Happy Little Stampers Christmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Christmas Card Challenge. This will be my last post for the challenge as my second term has come to an end and I have decided to step down :-(  Thank you Alanna and all the team for having me and I have really enjoyed my time with you, not to mention the fact that, for the first time, I have all my Christmas cards made before I hit the December busy time!

We had so many fabulous entries again last week and it really does get harder to select winners each time.

The theme this time is Anything Goes and I came up with this card:-

I took a panel of kraft card and used snowflakes from a variety of stamp sets to arrange and emboss in white, tumbling down the card. The merry Christmas sentiment is from the Happy Little Stampers Everyday Sentiments set which I embossed with sparkly Wow Primary Apple Red EP

I finished it off with some stripey ribbon and some gems, which I coloured with an alcohol pen, before fixing the panel to the base card with some foam tape.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenge Blog to see some inspiration from the team and join in this week.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

My Favorite Things Moose Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges where the theme this time is anything goes

I have been itching to use my goodies from the latest My Favorite Things release so I came up with this card:-

I used the delightful and cute Merry Christmas stamp set and stamped, coloured and fussy cut the moose and little stockings. The largest sentiment comes from the same stamp set but the Happy Hot Chocolate.... stamp came from Hug in a Mug.

I used a die cut frame from the wonderfully named Peek-a-boo Wonky Windows dies and sat the Moose on one corner looking longingly at the stockings that are hung above him. I hope Santa fills them with something nice because he assures me that he has been a good Moose all year long

The sentiments were embossed with white embossing powder and a little glitter on the stockings and a few scattered hearts finished it off.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see some awesome inspiration from my talented team mates and join in with us this week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Thursday, 12 November 2015

MFT Scribble Roses and W Plus 9 thank you card

Hello everyone,

It's time for another challenge over at Simply Create Too

Simply Create Too

and this time the theme is Give Thanks. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK so I decided to make a thank you card.

I started off by smooshing a couple of inks together to make a background

and used this to die cut some My Favorite Things Scribble Roses. I coated these with WOS and  also cut and stamped some leaves to go with them. I then stamped a background using the Impression Obsession Thin Stripes stamp to get a distressed look, and die cut it with a stitched square die. 

I stamped the sentiment from W Plus 9 Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set and matted the panel onto some teal card before raising it onto the scalloped base card with some fun foam. I finally arranged the roses in a corner and added some sequins to finish it off.

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too Blog to see inspiration from the Design Team, and join in with us this time.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Papertrey Ink and Clearly Besotted Snowglobe card

 Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges where we have another Anything Goes challenge for you.

I wanted to make a card for a child this time and used the Papertrey Ink Shaker Shape Snowglobe dies to come up with this shaker card,

and I used the Clearly Besotted Merry Little Christmas set to stamp, cut and colour the snowman to go inside the globe. The globe layers were cut with star printed acetate, white card for the base and top, and fun foam to give some dimension, and I added snowflakes, dots and sequins for the shaker elements. The snowy background of the globe gave me lots of blue dots left over, so I added them to the top of the card to resemble snowfall and gave them a coating of Wink of Stella glitter pen. To finish off I cut the globe stand in blue card and added the sentiments from CB Most Wonderful stamp set.

Why not stop by the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see some great inspiration from my talented team mates. You will have a week to link up your entries and increase your pile ready for Christmas.

I'd like to play along with

Challenge up your life - shaker card

Suzy Bees Bloomin' Challenge AG twist of blue and white

Fantasy Stampers - Winter Wonderland

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Mixed Media Tag for HLS

Hello everyone, and welcome to an exciting new challenge. Happy Little Stampers are launching a new Mixed Media Challenge today and the theme is Tag

This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers Shop

and the winner will receive a stamp set from HLS

I am delighted to be part of the new Design Team and I am new to mixed media so I jumped enthusiastically into playing with my materials, and I came up with this tag

I pulled out one of the first rubber stamps I ever bought from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange), if you remember them. This stamp dates from 2001 but I believe the Company was bought out soon afterwards. This stamp has a dreamy, collagy collection of wonderful positive sentiments and I began by stamping it in Versamark ink on my tag. I then used several distress inks to colourr the tag and the words came through in a muted way. Once the ink was dry, I took a stencil from Glitzcraft and used their Emerald Green Glitter Frosting Medium to create the leaves and stem. Once that had dried, I used the Magenta medium to create the flowers. I didn't have the right colour of ribbon so I took some white organza ribbon and coloured it with two colours of distress ink to match the tag. I put two strips of ribbon through the tag and attached the back two to the tag with a tiny staple  To finish off, I stamped and embossed the greeting in white onto a strip of black card and snipped it up before attaching it with foam tape.

Whilst I had everything out, I made another background and die cut it into a circle to go on a second tag

 I cut a slightly larger white circle as a mat and then placed in on a Papertrey Ink tag die cut. I die cut a heart, from the leftover background, covered it with glossy accents and whilst it was still wet, I dropped extra fine iridescent glitter onto it.

A couple of things I learned:-

Mixed Media can be fun! I enjoyed it so much more when I just went with what I created rather than having a fixed idea in my head of what I wanted to end up with.

It is easy to colour ribbon with distress ink but it is a lot harder to dry it. I tried speeding up the process with my heat gun but the delicate ribbon just curled up and fizzled to nothing. I left it for two days but although it appeared dry, my fingers got covered in the colour, so be careful about transferring marks onto your work if you want to try this.

You will find lots of inspiration from the Design Team over at Happy Little Stampers and you can link up your tag creation there to be in with a chance of winning the stamp set. Our DT member Loll is having a 12 days of Christmas series on her blog at the moment and today is Day 3 so you will want to check that out.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tag Christmas Card for Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome to another challenge over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge, where the theme this time is Tag.

I decided to use tags on a card to add to my pile and came up with this card

I started off by die cutting 3 white tags and then stamped fern sprigs and a star on them. I die cut the JOY letters and coated them with WOS glitter pen before gluing them on the tags. Next, I die cut the stitched square and stamped the sentiments at the top and bottom before arranging the tags and fixing them with red brads. The stitched square was then matted onto striped paper before being attached to the scalloped base card on fun foam to give a little dimension. A few gems for berries and dots of red glaze pen finished off the front.

For the inside of the card I used a fern bough which I inked with 2 different green inks, and then stamped and decorated with some red berries made from red glaze pen. The sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments finished it off.

Winner will receive this stamp set

Why not pop over to the Happy Little Stampers Blog to see what my talented team mates have to show you and join in with us this month.

My Photo Bonnie is our Guest Designer this time and she has a really elegant tag to share - so don't miss that one!

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, 31 October 2015

Avery Elle Plus One new baby tag

Hello everyone,

Some friends of ours are off to America to meet their first Grandson next week, and I wanted to give them a present to take with them for the baby. I made this tag to go on it after seeing the inspiration tag made byKara for the Tag You're It challenge this month

I loved the layout of Kara's tag and changed the theme to be a baby tag.

I cut a tag from white card to be about 5 inches by 2.5 inches, and partially die cut a stitched square die in the lower part of the tag. I then scored along the die cut so I could fold the tag over on itself, and stamped and coloured the rattle and greeting from Avery Elle Plus One stamp set.

When you pull back the lower part of the tag, another area is revealed, and I added a further greeting and some little stamped hearts and stars, but these are totally hidden when the tag is closed. The tag was finished by adding some Papertrey Ink blue gingham paper at the top and bottom, and a couple of strips of blue card along with some ribbon.

This is how it looks when it is open and flat. Thanks for the inspiration Kara!

I'd also like to play with

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x


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