Sunday, 30 August 2015

Clearly Besotted and Lawn Fawn Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at Christmas Card Challenges where the theme for this week is 'Anything Goes'

I made a CAS card from my Clearly Besotted NBUS  'Merry Little Christmas' stamp set

I stamped the cute robin and coloured him with Copics and added the greeting from a mix of stamps from Lawn Fawn and Papertrey Ink. I stamped and embossed some little stars in silver before adding a strip of patterned paper and mounting it onto the base card with some foam tape.

Why not take a look at the Christmas Card Challenge blog to get some inspiration from the team and find out how to link up your card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Non traditional coloured Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to our challenge over at Christmas card Challenge. The theme this week is anything goes so why not join in and have some fun

We had a challenge a few weeks ago that used a pastel colour palette and I so enjoyed playing with non traditional colours that I decided to try it again this week.

I used another unused tree stamp without a label that has been in my stash for years and stamped it twice using the Brilliance Twilight multicoloued pigment ink pad before embossing it with clear poweder. Sadly, this will be the only time I get to use this stamp because it had become brittle over time and tore as I was lifting it from my block. I hope this has taught me a lesson about not leaving stamps for years without using them :-(

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from PTI Think Big Favorites #8 using the same ink pad and then used gel glaze pens to add dots of colour to the trees and give them some texture. I cut the lilac panels from lilac shimmer card with the Simon Says Stamp Frames Craft Dies and layered the card up on the base card.

You can find lots of inspiration from my talented DT mates over on the Christmas Card Challenges blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Papertrey Ink and Clearly Besotted snowflake Christmas card

Hello everyone and I hope you are having a good weekend. I won't be around for a while now because I am off on holiday to the US with my daughter. I'm quite excited about it but my husband is not coming with us this time and it will be the longest we have been apart in more than 40 years so it will seem a bit strange! I have lots of posts scheduled, but I probably won't be able to visit until I return.We are going to New York and down the Hudson Valley, so if you know of any good crafty stores or places to visit in that area, do let me know.

It's time for  a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges  where we have a lovely inspiration photo to inspire you with this week

I love the white on white look with the cookie peeping from underneath so my card for this week features white on white with a little kraft paper thrown in.

I started with a square panel that I stamped with a crackle background stamp in Versamark ink and then embossed with clear powder to add a little texture and shine to the background. I cut 6 snowflakes with the Clearly Besotted die and stacked them before coating them with some glitter and mounting them to some punched circles.

The circles were placed on a strip of kraft card and added to the background panel. The sentiment was cut with the PTI Wet Paint Holiday Die and I cut them twice from white and once from kraft card and stacked them so the kraft gave a shadow effect.

Why not look at the Christmas Card Challenge blog to see some great inspiration from our team, and then join in with us. If this theme doesn't float your boat, remember that you can enter any kind of Christmas card!

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Moving Along with the Times - snow in the summertime

Crafty Gals Corner - any holiday

Friday, 14 August 2015

Penny Black and Clearly Besotted Christmas card

Hello everyone and welcome to the challenge reminder over at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. We are halfway though our 'Sparkle' challenge, but you still have a couple of weeks to play along.

I'd like to share this card

I started by die cutting a stitched circle from the red panel and stamped and embossed the sentiment from Clearly Besotted 'Most Wonderful' stamp set. I then stamped and embossed the dangling ornaments and sentiment in a red sparkle embossing powder. The ornaments are from Penny Black 'A wish for peace' transparent set but the sentiment is from my selection of unlabeled stamps, so if anyone recognizes it, I'd love to know what it is! I finished the white circle off by adding faux stitches with a red glitter gel pen, and added a couple of green hearts that have been coated with WOS clear pen. Does anyone else have trouble capturing sparkle in photographs?

We'd love you to play along this month and if you pop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog you will be able to catch some more inspiration and also find out about the fabulous retreat that Kylie is planning to hold in the UK next year.

Thanks for stopping by


Avery Elle Tweet Tweet birthday card

Simply Create Too

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too. The challenge is an easy one this time with 'anything goes', so why not join in with us this week. 

I have a friend who is crazy about parrots and when I saw the fabulous Tweet Tweet stamp set from Avery Elle, I knew it would make a perfect card for him.

I started off by cutting a piece of watercolour paper and painting a sky and sand background on it. Whilst it was drying, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the umbrella and birds, and added some glaze to the beaks to give some authentic sheen. When the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment, some music notes, and some flying birds in the top left corner, before gluing down the umbrella and arranging the birds on the perches.

I decided that the birds still looked a bit flat, so I finished off with  another coat of glaze on the beaks and a few spots of white pen to add some highlights.

Why not jump over to the Simply Create Too blog to see what my talented Team Mates have to show you this time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - Make your mark

Crafter's Cafe Challenge - the great outdoors

The Male Room Challenge - on the beach

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Papertrey Ink and Paper Smooches Christmas card

Hi there,

We are ready for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenge and this time anything goes

I decided to mix it up and have a good play with several sets of stamps and came up with this card

I started off with white card and stamped a random selection of different sized spots with aqua mist ink. I then over-stamped these with a variety of stamps from different sets (PS A Blessed Christmas, Papertrey Ink Snowfall etc) in teal ink, before adding some glitter with a glue pen. I die cut a stitched rectangle and matted it onto teal card before placing it on the base card with foam tape. I tied the sentiment together by cutting a PTI Photo finisher die, stamping 'Christmas' on it, and topping it with the die cut 'Merry' with the Santa  hat which was cut with a Sizzix die.

Why not pop over to see all the inspiration from the Design Team at the Christmas Card Challenge blog, and join in with us this week.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

I'd like to play along with

Sweet Stampin' challenge - anything but a birthday card

Jingle Belles challenge - colours and Santa hat

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - anything goes

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


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