Sunday, 3 May 2015

Clearly Besotted and Papertrey Ink Poinsettia Christmas card

Hello everyone, and a special welcome to Suchi of Suchi's CardStock who has joined us as a new follower this week.Suchi is a talented artist who has an art blog as well as her craft blog and she loves making anything card related. She has some tips and tutorials on her blog too, so do have a rummage round when you pop over to say hello.

Over at Christmas Card Challenges this week we have a colour challenge with a holiday palette. You can use all the colours or choose a few to create a card and link it up on our challenge blog. We had some fabulous entries last week so thank you for sharing them with us, and you can see if you were a winner over on the blog.

I chose to use the gold, soft grey and claret colours for my card and I came up with this:-

I used some textured gold card for my background and cut 2 smaller grey panels to go on top, leaving a gap so the gold card could show through. I then die cut and stamped a poinsettia flower from the Clearly Besotted Peaceful Poinsettias stamp set in scarlet jewel ink from Papertrey Ink, and layered it over a leaf die cut. For the centre of the flower, I took some tiny pearls and coloured them with a gold pen and placed them in a circle. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #8 and some sequins from Simon Says Stamps finished it off.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see some inspiration from our Design Team members, then get a bit inky and join us this week.

I'd like to play along with

Fab n Funky - Christmas

Loves Rubber Stamps challenge - use at least 2 die cuts

Big Quick Quotes challenge - add a flower

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Man and wife die engagement card

Simply Create Too

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too. We had so many great entries for the last challenge and it gets harder for the team to select the winners, so thank you for taking the time to join us. The theme for this challenge is 'Pretty Woman', (I can't get the Roy Orbison song out of my head now!), and I came up with this quick engagement card:-

I went with a CAS design using Papertrey Ink Man and Wife dies, and I embossed the sentiment from PTI Just a Kiss stamps with white embossing powder. I cut the figure from a pale grey card and the dress from white card and stamped it randomly with a tiny flower motif to remind me of my own wedding dress that had little pink flowers on it (Gosh - that takes me back!). I popped my lady up on foam tape and I love the shadow this creates around her 'cos it gives some dimension to what is a very simple card.The stitched panel is from My Favorite Things.

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog to see some inspiration from the team and join us this month. You have until the 8th May to link your card, and we would love to see what you come up with.

I'd like to enter this into

Snarky Stampers- Q is for quick

That's Crafty challenge - keep it simple

Cute Card Thursday - CAS

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -CAS

CAS on Sunday white and one other colour
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.

Carol x

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Papertrey Ink Merry Kissmas card

Hello everyone, and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenge where we have the ever popular 'anything goes' theme.

For my card I used Papertrey Ink You've been Framed Hexagon die for the background and the Merry Kissmas mistletoe stamps and die.

I embossed the base layer with a snow stamp and added pearls for the berries.

A sentiment from WPlus 9 Pretty Patches Tree, and some Wink of Stella glitter on the bow and mistletoe finished it off.

Do pop along to Christmas Card Challenge to see what inspiration my talented team mates have for you this week, and join with us to make your Christmas preparations easier come November and December.

I'd like to play along with

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Papertrey Ink and Sue Wilson birthday card


Hello everyone, and a specially warm welcome to Shirley of Card Art etc blog who is joining us as a new follower this week. Shirley is a wonderful card artist who can do amazing things with die cuts, and the inside of her cards, and the envelopes look just as beautiful as the cards fronts (something that I need to pay more attention to!) Do pop over to say hello and get some inspiration from her work.

Well today is the day for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and this time Nichole has challenged us to create a navy and pink card, giving us this lovely inspiration photo

Blog hop inspiration

I came up with this card

I used Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Squares for the shaped blue panels, and I really like the elegant shape. To give the pink panel a bit more interest, I stamped it tone on tone with the Tin Types background stamp to echo the diamond shape of the central panel:-

The flower is from Bitty Bouquets which I fussy cut and shaped a little before adding it to the card, and the bow is from Lovely Laurels. To finish it off, I added a Tiny Tag and snipped off the corners of the base card, before adding some WOS glitter brush to the flower.

I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with this month.

I'd like to play along with

Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes

Die Cutting Divas - something from the garden

The Shabby Tea Room - welcome spring.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop

Carol x

Friday, 24 April 2015

My Favorite Things tulip birthday card

Fairy tale challengeblog

Hello everyone,

I hope you are looking forward to the weekend, and have something good planned if you have some down time. A fortnight has whizzed by and it's time for another challenge over at the Fairytale Challenge blog, where I am continuing to contribute as a guest designer, and this time we are asking you to use a stamp you have not used very often. I decided to use one that I haven't even inked up yet and came us with this CAS card

The stamp set I used is My Favorite Things Spring Tulips and I simply die cut and coloured the tulips with alcohol markers, and also coloured the little hearts with the same pens. It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but I coated them both with some WOS glitter to add some subtle sparkle. I absolutely love tulips and I always have some in the house in the spring, and this card is destined to wing it's way to one of my friends who loves them just as much as I do. Why not pop over to the blog to see the inspiration that the Design Team have for you and join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

Die Cuttin Divas
Die Cuttin Divas - something from the garden

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS

The Shabby Tea Room

The Shabby Tea Room - welcome spring with tulip inspiration photo.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back tomorrow to play with the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

Carol x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Inkydoodles gingerbread Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges where today we have a photo of Christmas cookies to inspire you.

I used stamps from Inkydoodles called the Best Gift and came up with this card:-

I stamped everything in Versamark ink and embossed with extra fine white embossing powder on kraft cardstock. The circles were cut with Lil'Inker Stitched Circle dies, and I curved the 'eat drink, be merry' sentiment to fit the circle shape. This sentiment was from the Clearly Besotted 'Most Wonderful' stamp set, and it certainly is proving to be a 'most useful' stamp set for Christmas cards.

I finished it off by adding a red heart to the gingerbread house with a red glaze pen.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what inspiration the team have for you this week

Remember that you can join us with any kind of Christmas card and it is not necessary to follow the theme if you don't want to.

I'd like to play along with the following challenges

Thanks for stopping by


Carol x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Papertrey Ink masculine 30th birthday card using 'Noted'

Hello everyone and a particularly warm welcome to a couple of new friends who are joining us as followers this week. Nancy of the summers on 49thstreet blog is a talented artist who has two cute dogs and she makes lovely bright cards using a variety of materials, often creating really cute scenes.
Gloria has also joined us but I'm afraid I couldn't find a link to a blog Gloria, so if you have one, do please let me know so we can come to say hello.

I don't know where this week has gone to! Actually, yes I do. I made the mistake of deciding to sort through a lot of the things I kept from my children's schooldays. You know what I mean - pictures from playschool and beyond, stories, school reports and achievement certificates. I thought I would cull the rubbish and pass little packages on to the children who are now adults with their own households, but of course I had to read everything I picked up, and it took hours and hours. My husband joined me and so we reminisced about past  events and holidays etc, and, needless to say, hardly anything got thrown out!

I'd like to share a CAS, monochrome, masculine card that I made for my son's 30th birthday

I used the Noted stamps from Papertrey Ink to create the chevrons, and cut the 30 out of the pale grey card so you could see through to the bottom layer. The happy sentiment was cut with a die several times and stacked together to add some dimension. I still struggle and am out of my comfort zone with masculine cards but Nick seemed to like it, so that is what matters!

I'd like to play along with:-

Crafting for all Seasons - milestone celebrations

Fab n Funky - masculine card

The Male Room - letters and numbers

Stamplorations - stamps and numbers

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


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