Monday, 25 May 2015

Papertrey Ink birthday card


Hello everyone,

Today is the day of the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, and this month we were given a colourful inspiration photo

Blog Hop Inspiration

and I came up with this card 

I took lots of colours from the inspiration photo and repeat stamped the arrows from the 'noted' set to create a panel of arrows pointing to the greeting. I wanted to keep it bold and colourful so I chose the hibiscus burst card for the background and added the happy banner from the one liner dies so I could add several colours of letters in the greeting. The birthday die from Clearly Besotted was stacked three times to add some dimension and I placed the whole panel onto a scallop shaped card to finish it off. I think we are going to be treated to lots of colourful cards today so do pop over to the Papertrey Ink blog to see them and don't forget your sunglasses!

I'd like to play along with 

Allsorts challenge blog

Seize the Birthday

little red wagon

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop.

Carol x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Little Claire and Papertrey Ink Christmas card

Hello everyone, and a specially warm welcome to a couple of new friends who have joined us as followers this week. First up is Hazel of My Card Attic. Hazel has a distinctive CAS style and makes some gorgeous backgrounds for her cards ( see here and here ), that last one was made from leftovers too! Welcome also to Missy Pink from The Crafty Pink Girl blog. Missy Pink has amazing colouring skills and is a fellow Clearly Besotted stamp enthusiast! Missy also has some great tips for using the Silhouette Cameo if you have one. I do hope you will call to see them and say hello.

Well as it is Sunday, it must be time for a new challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges, and this time we have the very popular 'anything goes' theme. I came up with this card which is a larger format that I normally make

I used the Little Claire 'At Home' image which isn't actually a Christmas stamp, but I put it into a snowy scene so I could stretch my supplies. I simply stamped and coloured the image, then coloured in the sky with some distress ink. I then used a glue pen to add the snow hill and snowy roofs with some very fine glitter. I embossed the sentiment in white onto a Papertrey Ink Photo Finish strip, and as a final touch I added the birds in the top right hand corner of the image.

I love the look of glitter but does anyone else have the same problem when using it? I always think I have been very careful and cleaned it all up, but invariably there is some on my face, even after a shower! I went to a formal meeting once and thought I looked quite smart, and when I spoke, people were paying close attention to what I was saying. However when I popped out to the loo, I saw that I had stray flakes of glitter on my face and realised it was the sparkle that had attracted attention, not my pearls of wisdom lol!

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

I'd like to play along with

Jingle Belles - let it snow

Holly Jolly Christmas - clean and simple

Merry Monday - non evergreen tree - my tree has lost most of its leaves so I hope it counts?

Sparkle and Sprinkle - use loose glitter

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Papertrey Ink and Sweet n Sassy Butterfly card

Wow - two posts in one day don't happen for me too often! If you are looking for the Simply Create Too post, please scroll down.

Fairy tale challengeblog

Hello everyone,

Well three months really whizzed by and it is time for my last post as Guest Designer over at the Fairy tale challenge blog. I'd like to thank Bianca for having me and making everything so easy. It has been great fun, and that continues this week because we have been asked to create a card using feathers or wings. The challenge is being sponsored by 

Our Sponsor 2015

and there is a great prize for the winner. I chose to use a digi stamp from the Everyday Miracles set and came up with this card.

I enlarged the one of the butterflies in the set and fussy cut it before colouring it with and alcohol pens. Once the ink was dry, I painted it with 2 coats of Wink of Stella glitter and shaped the butterfly round a pencil to give it some movement. I used Papertrey Ink Lemon Tart card as a base and die cut one of their Boutique Border Birthday dies and stamped it with the coordinating stamp in orange zest ink, before stamping a sentiment from the Butterfly Dreams stamp set. I put a panel of the lemon card through my Ebosser with the Canvas and Linen Impression plate and added a strip of card which I stamped with the stripey stamp from Candy Canes. I really like to have a couple of cards in my stash that can be made into a card for several occasions. This one would be ideal for graduation, other examination success, and even new job, with the addition of another sentiment inside.

Why not pop over to the  Fairy tale challenge blog to see all the inspiration the Design Team have for you, and join in with the challenge.

Thanks again Bianca, and thanks to you for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

I'd like to play along with

Fab n Funky challenge- flora and fauna

Freshly Made Sketches

Make My Monday challenge - things with wings

Carol x

Clearly Besotted and Papertrey Ink birthday card

Simply Create Too

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge over at Simply Create Too. This time we are asking you to 'keep it simple', so I hope you will join in with us this time.

I came up with this card

I took a small panel of card and stamped the Papertrey Ink gingham stamp from the Bitty Background set in picked raspberry distress ink. Next I added the Clearly Besotted sentiment from the Super Cool set beneath it, and when the ink was dry, I used the PTI Canvas Impression Plate to give a little texture. I then die cut the dish of ice cream and stamped it with Memento fog ink before watercolouring it with some distress inks, and then coating with Wink of Stella for some frosting. Finally, I added the wafer behind the ice cream and fixed it to the card, along with a little cherry from another set which I coated with glossy accents. You can see the frosting better on this photo:-

Why not pop over to the Simply Create Too blog to see what inspiration we have for you and join in by linking up your card.

I'd also like to play along with

AAA cards  who are celebrating their first birthday and I'd like to wish them happy birthday with a cherry on the top!

Crafting When We Can

Crafting When we Can - for the kids

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Sweet Stampin' CAS

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Simon Says Stamp and Clearly Besotted wedding card

Hello everyone,
I was lucky enough to have one of my cards picked as winner on the CASology challenge last week and they have asked me to guest design for them this week, which I am thrilled to do.

The cue card this time is 

and the challenge is being sponsored by 

so there just might be a prize on offer!

I came up with this card

I started by taking a piece of white card and I stamped it with the MFT Garden Flourish background stamp in Versamark ink and embossed it with Wow Silver Pearl powder. This gave me a damask look like you get on some wedding gowns

I cut this with the Heart Parade Die from SSS and also cut it in red card and silver star card. I took the red outline and inserted some of each of the hearts to make up the heart panel, and raised it on foam tape to attach to the card. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Love Blossoms and I stamped and embossed this with silver embossing powder which shines beautifully IRL

A mat of the silver card and a tiny red heart above the i finished it off.

Why not pop over to the CASology Challenge Blog to see what inspiration the team has for you this week, and join in. 

I'd like to play along with

Thanks again Melissa for inviting me to be your GD this week, and thank you for stopping by.

Carol x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Papertrey Ink Candy Cane Christmas card

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to Charlene who is a recent new follower. Char is a talented mixed media card maker and has experience of being on many design teams. Her cards are really bright and creative, and I encourage you to pop over to say hello and get some inspiration from her.

Well it is time for this week's challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges  and this time we have a lovely Candy Cane photo to inspire you.

I came up with this card using non traditional Christmas colours

I stuck to one stamp set for my card - Candy Cane Christmas from Papertrey Ink. I used a piece of paper to mask off my canes as I stamped the border on a stitched panel cut with a My Favorite Things Blueprints 23 die. I stamped the circle onto the panel and added a sentiment from the set which I stamped and embossed with red embossing powder. Then I stamped the circle again on another piece of card and cut it out with a circle punch before cutting it in two and decoupaging it over the flat circle to give some dimension.


I cut the scalloped edge with another die from the set and added a strip of red card to help the panel pop, before finishing it off with a couple of enamel dots.

Why not hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what inspiration the team has come up with and join with us this week. Remember that the photo is just for inspiration and if you don't want to use candy canes you can make any type of Christmas card and link it up. The important thing is to have fun and start to build up your Christmas card stash.

I'd like to play along with

Completely Christmas - anything goes with a twist of card for a child and all children love candy don't they?

Holly Jolly Christmas - CAS

Christmas at Sweet Stampin - cute

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Clearly Besotted Little Pudding Christmas card

Hello everyone, another week has rushed by and it is time for another challenge at Christmas Card Challenges. This time we are asking for a project without the use of patterned papers, and this is what I came up with:-

For this card I turned to my lovely but yet unused Clearly Besotted Little Pudding stamp and die set. I die cut and stamped 5 of the smaller puddings and then die cut and stamped the holly leaves. I stamped and embossed the berries before curling the leaves a little to give some dimension and adding them to the puddings. I made another split curve card base which I am loving at the moment, and added the puddings along the curve on foam tape. I finished off this very simple design by adding the greeting from CB Most Wonderful, which I curved on my block to follow the shape of the card.

Why not pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see all the inspiration from my talented team mates and join in with us this week. The theme is just for fun, so if you don't want to make a card without patterned papers, you can still link up and we'd love to see your creations.

I'd like to play along with

Happy Little Stampers

Happy Little Stampers - die cuts

Merry Monday - use wet or dry embossing

Addicted to Stamps and More!

Addicted to Stamps and More - holiday

Allsorts challenge blog

Allsorts Challenge - use at least three die cuts

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Carol x


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