Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Favorite Things and Paper Smooches new baby card


Hello everyone,

I've been collecting and using goodies from My Favorite Things for ages but I've never actually joined in with any of their challenges. In order to rectify that, I decided to play along with the current colour challenge, using these colours



I think I mentioned that I'm needing lots of new baby cards at the moment so I thought these soft colours would make a nice one :-





I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle with a die from MFT Blueprints 24 and I stamped it with the Cheesecloth background stamp. I stamped the sentiment before embossing the whole thing with a cute little star E/F from Cuttlebug. Next I die cut the bows in the various colours and also cut a couple of strips of blue paper to anchor the die cut sentiment. I cut the sentiment (from Paper Smooches) twice and stacked it so the bottom colour shows through.

It is a really hot day here today and so I think I will be staying indoors in my cool craft room. That's my excuse anyway!

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x


I'd also like to play along with

Loves Rubber Stamps - celebrations

Try Stamping on Tuesday - theme baby

Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes


Sunday, 28 June 2015

WPlus 9 Woodland Wreath and MFT Christmas card




Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and have time to craft along with us for the new Christmas Card Challenge where the theme this week is 'anything goes'




I have had the WPlus 9 Woodland Wreath stamp set in my stash for some time and had yet to ink it up, so I thought now was the time to break it out, and I came up with this card:-




This is a multi step stamp set and I coloured the base wreath in green, the twiggy part in brown and then the berries in red. I added some glitter along the twigs with a glue pen and then cut the image out with a die from the MFT Blueprints 3 die set before fussy cutting a mat for it. The sentiments are all from the same set and I layered the panels up before placing them on a shaped base card.

Why not jump over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what my Design Team mates have to share with you this week.

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Hiding in my Craftroom - any holiday

Natalie and Amy's challenge - Christmas

Crafting By Designs - Get Ready for Christmas

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Papertrey Ink masculine celebrate or congratulations card




Hello everyone,

Thank you for your good wishes on my HLS Design Team news! Today is Papertrey Ink blog hop time



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and this time Nichole  gave us the sweetest photograph for inspiration



Blog hop inspiration

Aren't they gorgeous? Even though the shoes are beautifully feminine, I thought the colours would be fabulous for a masculine card, so I took inspiration from the grey, white and orange colours and came up with this:-




I used the beautiful star vellum and cut it with the Tipped Top die before cutting a strip from it to accommodate my sentiment, which I embossed in white.I stuck the vellum onto some Hero Arts light grey card and added the die cut Celebrate which I stacked to make it pop. I wanted the stars to shine and sparkle but I didn't have any orange glitter card, so I took a small piece of this sparkly acetate sheet from my stash



and applied it to some orange zest scraps and then die cut the stars which I placed around the card to give a splash of colour.



I think the film is a little bit expensive for just one sheet but it can go a long way if you use it sparingly. It is great to be able to get glittery card in any shade that you want, and as a bonus, the glitter is not going to come off. To finish off the card, I matted the panel onto some white card and added it to a smokey shadow card base with some foam tape. I'm pleased to have this card in my stash because I can adapt it to so many occasions (new job, exam success, driving test etc) by what I put inside the card at the time I need it.

I hope you enjoy the hop and I can't wait to see what everyone came up with.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs
Carol x

I'd like to enter this into

Cards4guys - use a die or a punch

Shopping our stash - for the boys

Get Creative challenges - for the boys


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I'm a Happy Little Stamper!


Hello everyone,

I'm really excited to tell you that I am going to be part of a new monthly Christmas challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. I'd like to thank Loll and Kylie for asking me to be on the Design Team and for making me feel so welcome. They have gathered a a wonderful team together and I'm sure you will want to join in with us each month to get your Christmas card stash underway so you won't have a panic come December. Here is the new team


and I'm really looking forward to working with such a talented bunch of people. Our first challenge will start on 5th July so I hope to see you here then.

Hugs

Carol x

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Inky Doodles and Papertrey Ink Phrase Play Christmas card


Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This time we have an inspiration photo for you. Will you go with the gingerbread men, candy canes, the colours red, white and kraft, or be inspired in another direction? I came up with this card:-



I used the Papertrey Ink Phrase Play 4 die for the focal panel, cut once in kraft and once in red. I then used the Inky Doodles gingerbread border stamp from The Best Gift set and embossed it in white before doing some partial fussy cutting so it would pop against the red card. The white sentiment was also embossed and came from the PTI Candy Cane stamp set. To finish it off, I raised it with foam tape on a backing panel cut with the scallop die from MFT Blueprints 1 set. I thought it would me a good card to accompany a nice box of Christmas biscuits when we visit friends at Christmas.

Why not take a look to see what my talented team mates have to show you this week and join in with us. Remember that the theme is for inspiration only and if you don't want to use it, you can enter any Christmas card.


I'd like to play along with

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - frame it

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x


Friday, 19 June 2015

Waltzing Mouse birthday card



Hello everyone and a particularly warm welcome to some new friends who have joined us as followers. First up is Loll from Stamping with Loll blog. Loll is a truly talented cardmaker who offers lots of tips and tutorials on her informative blog. Loll is also one of the founders of Happy Little Stampers and is on several design teams. Next up is Carol from CM Designs blog. Carol is a very experienced crafter and blogger who has so much of interest on her blog. There are tons of tutorials to see as well as all the inspiration she provides for the numerous Design Teams she is on, and Carol is the Challenge Coordinator at Crafting for all Seasons. Last but not least is Nora from a Creative Touch blog, and she is also a very experienced Blogger. We 'met' on an Online Card Class some time ago and I have been a regular visitor to her blog ever since. Nora has a very eclectic style and makes amazing cards, as well as being very kind and supportive. Why not pop over to visit these talented crafters and leave them some love while you are there! 


Simply Create Too

Today is the start of another challenge over at Simply Create Too, and this time the theme is old, vintage or shabby chic. Right away I have to admit that this challenge took me way out of my comfort zone, and I realised that I must be a CAS girl at heart. I gave it my best shot but made several cards that ended up in the bin before I came up with this card




I started with Rustic White card from Papertrey Ink for the basecard, and the focal panel was embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment. I then took the Spellbinders Labels 4 dies and cut the white label out. I used a stamp from the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Rescue Remedy stamp set and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give an aged look. I've had this stamp set since 2010  and luckily it was designed to be Nestie friendly. Some green paper from my stash was cut out and embossed with a larger die as a mat. I then simply layered up the mats and sandwiched some ribbon between before adding the flower and little heart as finishing touches. I have a sweet toothed friend with a birthday coming up so I thought this card would be fine to give her along with a yummy box of choccies.

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with





Thanks for stopping by.


Hugs
Carol x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas card


Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to this week's Christmas card challenge where the theme is anything goes. 




I used the Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set for my CAS card, and I stamped the village scene in black ink before using distress inks to create the sky. The sentiments are from the same set, and I stamped the stars with versamark ink and silver embossing powder for some sparkle.
I wanted to add some interest to the panel so I played around with one of the Papertrey Ink Half and Half dies to create the layered brackets which framed the image and helped it to pop. You must be bored with seeing it by now but I also used my trusty PTI Canvas and Linen impression plate to give the white panel some texture.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see some great inspiration from our team, and join in with us this week.

I'd like to play along with





Addicted to Stamps and More!


Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs
Carol x

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